Wow! What a week of miracles! I don't think that I have seen this many
miracles in one week my whole mission! I can't believe it!
On Sunday night, my companion were out on the streets proselyting, and
met a high school girl with a group of her friends. We talked to them
and talked a little about our church, and received one of the girl's
contact information. Later during the week, we met the girl for dinner
at a restaurant. As we were eating, we were just asking her questions
to get to know her and a little bit about her background. We started
talking about our purpose here in Korea and why we chose to serve
missions. We explained a little bit about what we believed, and
especially that we believe that there is a God and that we are His
children. Half way during the meal, she set down her chopsticks and
spoon, and just started crying. She explained to us that her parents
were divorced, and after the divorce she stopped talking to her
mother. Now, she does not know where her mother is, and has huge
feelings of guilt for treating her mother that way. We asked her if we
could go to our church, which was only about a 15 minute walk away so
that we could talk in private. She agreed.
When we got to the church, we took her around to see the rooms. We
talked about the different meetings we have on Sunday and how the
church had blessed our lives when we were her age. We took her to the
Sacrament room and explained the service of the sacrament and how we
bare testimony of our believes. Lastly, we showed her the baptismal
font and explained the special ordinance and the importance of
following Jesus Christ's example. She again started to cry. We
explained to her that her feelings could go away, as she repents and
uses the Atonement of Jesus Christ in her life. We taught her the
method of prayer, and knelt together on the floor together and offered
a prayer to show her how to talk to her Heavenly Father. We then asked
her to try to pray. She agreed. As she prayed, she started to cry. She
asked God what this feeling was that she was feeling. After her
prayer, we invited her to attend church with us on Sunday....and to
our surprise, she said yes.
On Sunday, she came to all three hours of church. We attended Young
Women's together and then taught the third lesson with on of the Young
Women's leaders. As we taught again about baptism, we asked her if she
would like follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized. Without
hesitation, she said YES!!! It is so amazing so see the power of the
gospel and how much it can influence any person's life that will just
accept and allow the teachings to change them! We set her baptismal
date for next Saturday the 23rd...two days before the end of this
transfer! So these next two weeks are going to be busy meeting to
teach all the lessons, getting parent's permission, getting
interviews, and cleaning everything to prepare for her baptism! This
is going to be the first girl baptism on Jeju Island in years! And she
was the first girl investigator to come to church in years too! How
Also this week, I received a phone call from my last companion in 김해.
One of our investigators that we had set a baptismal date together the
day before I left, had been baptized! I miracle! He is the man that
came looking for the missionaries and found our church just about a
month or so ago! Amazing!
The work here on Jeju is so special and the miracles are unbelievable!
Jeju is known for having no work and being just a dark hole, but my
companion have been busy and receiving blessings that have not been
heard of in this mission! It seems that almost everyone we talk to
wants to learn more about what we have to say, and we are even making
appointments with people right there on the street! Incredible!
We also have been focusing a lot of our attention on the less-active
members of our branch. We were able to meet with and teach five people
this last week! And four investigators attended church this last
Sunday! I couldn't believe it!
I am just in ah at the blessings that are being poured out upon me and
my companion and this mission and this area at this time! It is
humbling and such a privilege and blessing to be the Lord's
missionary and instrument! I know that the gospel is true. I know that
I cannot see Jesus Christ, but the feelings in my heart and the joy
that comes to my spirit is a witness to me that Jesus Christ is my
Savior, and that God and Jesus Christ live and love each and every one
of us! This gospel is truth. It is a road to happiness, a road to
confidence, a road to love, and a road to peace. And it is also a road
back to our heavenly home. This gospel is real and is the foundation
of why we are here and who we are! I love this gospel with all of my
heart and know it is true!
I love each and every one of you and am so grateful for your love and
support toward me! Have a fantastic week!