Sunday, April 26, 2015

14 Months!

Unfortunately, there's been no progress with any of the people we've been teaching. Last week Crystal accepted a baptismal date, but now can't even meet with us because of work. However, I am trying hard for us to keep in touch through the phone. I know she has the desire to want to meet and come to church, but with her new internship all the way in Seoul she just can't. At first that was ok, I figured we could make it work,not really realizing the impact not meeting would have on her. She's now said she has no time to read her scriptures. So I started sending her scriptures through text every other day and she seems to like that. I just slip in my thoughts or my testimony with it and that gives her a little taste of what she would get from when she meets with us.
I know that doesn't make up for an actual lesson or church itself, but it's better than just dropping her all together. I just don't want to lose contact with her because I know a day will finally come that she can meet and I want us to be prepared to teach her.

With the lack of lessons however, we were still super busy. On Tuesday we had a really fun zone conference. I got to take lots of cool pictures! Also, with a new stake center being built in Incheon stake, our stake and Gangseo stake will be combining starting next Sunday. On Wednesday and Thursday all us Incheon stake missionaries were assigned a day to go proselyting around the new stake center's neighborhood. My district's day was Wednesday along with 가정 and 연수. We made a cool sticker board that had questions referring to the new building and our beliefs as "Mormons" so we did that for an hour and then ended up switching with some elders and just walked around the rest of the 4 hours. Our purpose to inform people about the fun cultural night, and open house that was going to happen that weekend. While doing that, I was able to show Sister Mustain the ropes of how we talk to people. It was really rough, because no one really cares, and most of the people were all old Harmonies( grandmas.) Most of the time it's not that great of a method to just sit and talk to old people all day, mostly because we can't understand them, but this time we had a pretty great experience.
After walking around for a couple hours I felt like sitting down so I suggested we go back to the huge park near the church that we had previously walked through. When we got there, if we were going to sit down, I at least wanted to talk to someone. So, we looked around and I spotted a cute harmoni sitting by herself. She looked at us and I took that as a sign that she was the one we should talk to. We walked over to her and introduced ourselves. Told her about who we are and about the activities going on at the church that weekend. She ended up asking us about our families and in return told us about hers and how hew son was studying English and she was waiting for him. I mentioned to her about how we teach free English as a service and then her son came and she told him to talk to us. She was funny. She got up from where she was sitting and took our flyer handed it to her son and sat on a nearby bench as we talked to him. It was a little awkward at first, but I just started a conversation and mentioned to him about the free English class. He was really interested and I got his number and told him that I'd have some elders call him with more information later. But that wasn't the end of our conversation. He wanted to practice some English with us, and during that we were able to learn more about his family and that he likes music eventually leading to me inviting to come to the cultural night that weekend. It was pretty cool.
I got a text later from the elders I referred his number to and they seemed really happy. I mean what missionary wouldn't?

Cultural night was so great! I filmed it so that you all could be apart of it, but my lame camera died and so I didn't get all of it. I did get us missionaries singing though, so that was really all I cared about. I'm not sure if dropbox will be able to upload them all today. I'll try my best though. The new stake center is absolutely gorgeous though! It's 4 stories and even has a loft thing outside! So cool! Seeing this made me wish we had building as cool as that one back in America. The church in Korea is growing. Seeing an amazing huge stake center like this just made me so happy for all the Korean saints who will be able to attend there. Following cultural night, there was the open house on Saturday morning. All us missionaries and a couple young single adults served as guides to help people take a tour of the new building. President Ringwood even came and I got to shake his hand.. again. Haha
On Sunday, the fun events ended with stake conference. It was packed! I thought our stake back home was big. They filled all the pews, the whole cultural hall, the stage, and even had a overflow room upstairs where they had to watch it on a TV. Ritchell came with her husband so I was super excited about that. Sounds like they had a good experience. During conference, they announced all the new ward boundaries and called a completely new stake presidency; President Ringwood and his wife spoke; and they ended with the dedicatory prayer of the new building. It was a really cool experience. After the prayer, we all sang together filling the room with the spirit. It was a truly powerful feeling in the air hearing all the Korean saints singing together in praise and thanks to God for what He's given us.
I know this is the Lord's work. Nothing can stop it from rolling forth. I am so grateful for this sacred opportunity I have to be serving the Lord here in Korea these past 14 months. I hope and pray that I can strive to the very end of my mission to serve to the best of my ability and be an instrument in His hands. There's so much that I have learned, it's truly been a humbling experience, and there's still lots more that I need to learn and to improve on. I'm not sure if I'll be able to help anyone be baptized, but there is one thing I know for sure, and that is that the Lord has a plan for each and every one of us. He knows us each personally and each opportunity we have is given by Him for our benefit and it's a blessing. I know that the Lord did indeed restore His true church on the earth again and that through me He has blessed lives, and will bless lives. I might not see all the results of my hard work, but I know my efforts aren't wasted.

켈리 자매

Monday, April 20, 2015

Blessings of Fasting

So much happened this past week, I hardly know where to begin. Last Monday for preparation day we went with a bunch of Elders in our zone to see the cherry blossoms in Yeouido Hangang Park. It unfortnunately rained the day before so most of the blossoms had fallen and it was a cold cloudy day when we went so it wasn't as beautiful. However, we still had a fun time. We even saw a famous person. I think it was 수지 but I couldn't really tell. She was doing some interview in the middle of the park when we saw her. Some of the elders tried asking if they could get a picture with her, trying to work their foreigner charm, but got denied! Haha! We also met these guys in the army and they ended up coming up and asking if they could take their picture with me. So that was cool.

Our Tuesday Sister Mustain and I fasted and saw blessings from it almost immediately! We're doing a mission-wide fasting and prayer to find, teach to real conversion, and baptize more people. Missionaries take turns fasting for 24 hours so that several companionships are fasting each day. Each zone takes one week, with companionships fasting as scheduled with our zone leaders. No one is required to participate, but why would we not want to?
Fasting as a missionary means we actually fast for the whole 24 hours and not just till the end of church like most of usually does haha. So, it's been rough, but my testimony of the power of fasting is strengthened every time I fast with real intent. Just like President Eyring talked about in General Conference, I tried fasting past my hunger point. That's when we started seeing the blessings. I also noticed that the more we kept busy the more I forgot that I was fasting. Nice how that works out, right?

So, while fasting, we visited Sarah Cha's apartment while she was away at work, and we heart attacked their door. We then went and tried visiting with Ritchell, but she didn't answer so we heart attacked her door as well. Because we did that, later both of them said we could come and visit later. Sarah Cha texted us saying  how her kids all loved it and were so shocked when they saw it, and mentioned that she'd like us to visit soon. Then later in the week she said we could visit every Friday around 5pm. AWESOME!! So, before english class on Friday we visited them. It was a good time. I also learned that there's an english "group" in our zone area that she can go to instead of going super far to attend the English ward. This one isn't quite a branch yet, but in the future they will most likely become an official branch. So, next time we visit Sarah, I'll invite her to that! :D On  Saturday we visited Ritchell. She's doing very well and while we were there he husband came home from work so we were able to visit with them both for a little while.

On Wednesday, we got a call from a former investigator from Bpyeoung area and she wanted to meet that night at 7pm. Sister Mustain and I were just in aw because we had been praying for help in having more people we could teach. So, after looking at old records for her and meeting with her, we started the Family English Program with her. She doesn't have any gospel interest sadly, so we won't really count her as an investigator, but we're still grateful for this sacred opportunity to teach her through the Family English Program. And who knows... maybe later she'll start having more interest in our message. She's at least kind and let's us share our message with her.
Wednesday night as we were planning, I decided to text Crystal and see how she was doing. She ended up telling us that she can meet the very next day! AMAZING! We had been trying and trying and finally the opportunity came. I give credit to all the prayers that the members offered in her behalf, and our fasting. We had been praying that she would have the opportunity to watch conference, so on Thursday we did just that. Sister Mustain and I went to the church and reviewed over our notes from conference and we discussed some possiblities of talks that we think would be good for Crystal. After narrowing it down, we knelt in prayer and asked the Lord for His appproval. We didn't really know right away, but when we read through the talks online we figured out that Choose To Believe by Elder L. Whitney Clayton
of the Presidency of the Seventy was the one we needed to watch with her.
That discussion with her was so good that I think I'm going to go into more detail. Or at least I'll try my best.
4:25pm came around and she would be coming soon. As we waiting, I walked into the halloway of the church and saw that Crystal was outside riding her bike around the parking lot going around in circles. It made me smile, mostly because I know how much she likes riding her bike and because I was just so happy to finally be meeting with her again. I missed her. We still had a few minutes so I didn't want to interrupt her so we just went back into the classroom and waited.
When she came in she sounded really excited to see me again. Pretty sad that Sister chestnut went back home to America though. Sister Mustain then introduced herself, and we just chatted for a little. Then when the two of them got to know each other a little better, I mentioned general conference and asked if she would like to watch a talk with us. She was totally ok with that, in fact she even brought snacks! So, it worked out great. When the talk finished I mentioned that usually we take notes and ended up showing her my notes from conference. She was impressed to see how much revelation I received for myself just from listening to some talks. I asked her what things she liked from Elder Clayton's talk and how she can benefit from it. She said she liked how he talked about faith and how she needs to find something and focus on it when she finds it. She mostly got what he was saying, but I explained more for her about faith. I reminded her about the faith and seed analogy and how she said her tree was growing. Once we start having that little speck of light in our lives, we have to go towards it. And like the seed, we must nourish it through daily prayer and scripture study, attending church weekly, and keeping God's commandments and eventually, we will come to know the truth for ourselves and receive more light and knowledge.
 This lead to me following up with her if she still was praying and reading her scriptures daily. She unfortunately stopped reading the Book of Mormon, but she is diligently studying the Bible. For her I can understand why. I know she needs to gain a testimony of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, but she hasn't even received that from the Bible. So, I can understand why she prefers to read the Bible. She's still praying daily. I asked her if she would share her experience of prayer and how it's been helping her and making a difference in her life. She shared how she feels warm in her heart and at ease whenever she prays. I quickly testified to her that those feelings are the Holy Ghost. She agreed. I asked her if she feels that way as she reads the scriptures and she of coarse did. I had asked her to read some chapters in Alma in the Book of Mormon, but she didn't read them, so we read it with her. I was hoping that would lead to some sort of discussion, but not really. I then had the thought to ask her about what she's been reading in the gospel of Matthew and then supporting it with a witness from the Book of Mormon as well. I had no clue as to what I'd say or share, but thankfully Sister Mustain was fine with following my lead. Crystal ended up sharing with us a scripture she really likes that she had read. It was Matthew 3:16-17.

"16 And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
17 And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
Crystal really loves birds so I figured she liked this because it mentions a dove, but I was wrong. She told us she likes it because Jesus Christ was baptized and how he did it all for her. He suffered and died and showed an example to us all. She pretty much shared her testimony of Jesus Christ with us. Just like Aaron in the Book of Mormon Alma 22: 8 "And now when Aaron heard this, his heart began to rejoice.." I was so happy to witness Crystal's testimony growing. I asked her how she would feel if God were to say He was please with her. As she answered  I felt prompted by the spirit to share 2 Nephi 31 from the Book of Mormon when the prophet Nephi tells why Christ was baptized. Before reading I asked her about different ways we show God our love. she listed off the primary answers: prayer, church, scriptures. But then I testified to her that the most important we can show our love to God is by following His son, Jesus Christ. And one way we do that is by being baptized. We read 2 Nephi 31 together starting with verse 5.
"5 And now, if the Lamb of God, he being holy, should have need to be baptized by water, to fulfil all righteousness, O then, how much more need have we, being unholy, to be baptized, yea, even by water!
6 And now, I would ask of you, my beloved brethren, wherein the Lamb of God did fulfil all righteousness in being baptized by water?
7 Know ye not that he was holy? But notwithstanding he being holy, he showeth unto the children of men that, according to the flesh he humbleth himself before the Father, and witnesseth unto the Father that he would be obedient unto him in keeping his commandments.
 8 Wherefore, after he was baptized with water the Holy Ghost descended upon him in the form of a dove.
9 And again, it showeth unto the children of men the straitness of the path, and the narrowness of the gate, by which they should enter, he having set the example before them."
After we finished taking turns reading, I asked her if she would still like to be baptized. She said yes, but she mentioned how she wasn't sure because she still doesn't have a confirmation from God yet. So, we talked a little more about that. She said she would like to come to church, but can't because she works and isn't really sure if she can come. We mentioned how on Sunday we would be having a meal together after church as a ward and how she can just at least come to that. Only then she taught me a lesson, by saying that she doesn't care about the meal, if she comes to church she'll come to sacrament meeting to partake of the sacrament. She was completely right. The sacrament is why we come to church and it's the MOST important part. Crystal realizes how important it is, but I knew I had to explain that it doesn't really have meaning to her until after she makes those sacred covenants-or promises- with God. I touched on how when we are baptized we make those promises and renew them each week, and right after making those promises, God gives us a gift and makes a promise with us as well, namely, the Gift of the Holy Ghost. I explained to her that right now she can feel the Holy Ghost sometimes in her life as she does righteous things that invite the spirit and that's because of the light of Christ, but because she hasn't made that covenant with God yet, she doesn't have the promise of the Holy Ghost as her constant companionship. She seemed to understand that better and I felt the spirit guiding me as to everything I should say. I remember promising her that she can have that gift of the Holy Ghost when she is baptized by those with the proper authority-namely the priesthood. I testified to her that through the Holy Ghost I have received some many blessings of comfort and guidance. I promised her that she could have that too. I can't remember every single thing I said, but I know I kept referencing back to the conference talk we watched together.
When I felt like I had said all I needed to say, I felt guilty for not giving Sister Mustain any translation. So, she was just sitting there quietly trying to understand. I ended up inviting her then to share her testimony and to my surprise she had been blessed with the interpretation of tongues and had understand just enough to know what she should testify about. She shared a beautiful power testimony of the gift of the Holy ghost and baptism. As she was sharing her testimony, I felt the spirit grow stronger and stronger, prompting me to give Crystal a baptismal date. I knew I needed to, but just didn't know what date. Sister Chestnut and I had been thinking about May but that was way too soon now, and so I said a quick prayer in my heart and immediately my birthday came to mind- June 8th. I knew that had to had been inspiration, so I went with it. I have found going with it and not questioning good things has always worked out and later I realize it was the spirit. So, like I said, I went with it. I was nervous so when I tried asking Crystal to be baptized in June all that came out was, "my birthday" which ended up confusing her and she thought my birthday was that day, but after explaining, I was able to invite her to be baptized. I asked her if when she receives a confirmation and strengthens her faith by June 7th, would she be baptized? and she without hesitation said yes! :D

I know that the spirit had guided that lesson. I didn't expect any of that to happen. I merely thought we would be following up with her and seeing if we could just meet again. However, I'm glad Sister Mustain and I had fasted, and had prepare spiritually the days before so that we could be ready to teach what we needed to. Later we learned that our elders were fasting on that day and I factor that as a reason this wonderful discussion happened. Crystal wants to meet again and I know she has the right desires. So, now it's just about her gaining a testimony of the truth and she could really be baptized in June!!

That's about all the news I have for ya'll this week. Thanks for all your support!! Love you and keep me and most importantly Crystal in your prayers!!
Sister Kelly

Monday, April 13, 2015

Miracles and Wonders

This week has come to an end and now my cute little greenie is starting her 3rd week! :D Time really does fly by as a missionary. I probably say that a lot though huh? One thing I found really odd this week was that every single person we tried to contact and meet with all decided to ignore us all at the same time. I'm sad to say I've definitely developed impatience for when people to answer their phones. Koreans have phones constantly in their hands so I know they are just ignore us. -_- Life as a missionary, what can you do? However, we had a ton of meetings this week so that's a big factor as to why we felt so busy. Even if we had people to meet with we really didn't have much time. All week long stuff was happening. We had our service activity, district meeting, met with one investigator, exchanges with sister training leader, ward coordination meeting, zone training, English class, and- the best of all- GENERAL CONFERENCE! :D It was a great way to end the week for sure.

Even though we felt busy I did notice miracles and wonders throughout the week. On Wednesday we met with our investigator 조민지 at a cafe near her college. She is the one I've mentioned before who has no religious background so we had planned to read a pamphlet we have called Who Is God and then stop and focus more on the Savior and bear our own personal testimonies of Him. Our discussion went almost exactly as plan, except I learned that she is actually talking a christian class at school where she listens to the professor teach and then later goes to worship service. So, she ended up having questions about some of the things that he taught. I'm so grateful we had prepared our lesson because without that foundation I wouldn't have been able to follow the spirit as easily and adapt our lesson to her needs. As we read the pamphlet together she asked questions about why good and evil exist. At first I wasn't quite sure how to explain that to her but then I felt prompted to share Moroni 7 with her.  We focused mainly on verses 12-13.

12 Wherefore, all things which are good cometh of God; and that which is evil cometh of the devil; for the devil is an enemy unto God, and fighteth against him continually, and inviteth and enticeth to sin, and to do that which is evil continually.

 13 But behold, that which is of God inviteth and enticeth to do good continually; wherefore, every thing which inviteth and enticeth to do good, and to love God, and to serve him, is inspired of God.
After reading that I felt prompted to start teaching about the Plan of Salvation. Because I knew Sister Mustain had no clue what was being said I ended up just talking mostly, but I didn't know what I needed to say either. However, I didn't let myself think about that too much and I just spoke. And I found that my tongue was loosed and by the spirit the things that I should say were put into my mind and I just went with it. I explained to her about God's plan for her and how in order to be like God, we need to come to earth and gain a body like He has. He has given us this opportunity to live here to learn and grow in families, and gain knowledge (both good and evil) and experience like He has. Without those, we could not become like Him and His plan would be all for nothing. The more and more I said, the more she seemed interested in what I was saying. She always has been a good listener though :) I testified to her of how much God truly loves us, because He sent His son Jesus Christ to die for us. We needed Him to die for us because we aren't least not yet.  But we can through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. All we have to do is have faith in Him, repent, be baptized for the remission of our sins, receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and endure to the end. I asked her if we could watch a video on her phone and thankfully she was cool with that. (Sometimes it'd be nice if we had ipads) As we all sat in a cafe together with worldly music playing in the background, I felt the spirit strongly and the world just all seemed to silence as we watched the Because He Lives video together. I know my Redeemer Lives and without Him I am nothing. There's no way I could ever return to live with my Heavenly Father and my family because I'm no where near perfect. I couldn't even speak perfect Korean for goodness sakes, but I know that with the Savior's love, help, and grace, I can do all things.<3
By that time I felt as though I was saying too much so I invited my companion Sister Mustain to say a few things. It was the cutest thing with her slow Korean speaking skills, but when she got to bearing her testimony. I knew the spirit gave her power and what she was saying was all truth.
We closed with a prayer and invited her to pray to know if God is real. She eagerly asked how she can pray and so we opened the pamphlet and showed her where it says the steps. She said she'll pray and so I'm praying that she really will. We might not be able to meet this coming week but I know that discussion was much better than all the other discussions we've ever had with her.

Other miracles or wonders I witnessed happened on Friday. Weekly planning is so long and boring sometimes. I tried to make it fun for Sister Mustain, but sadly a great majority of it was me trying to set up appointments with people and reading about the Bupyeong area together. While we were planning Elder Dewey called and asked us to follow up with Ritchell and her husband if they will be able to watch conference that weekend. So, I did as he asked and called, but no answer. Everytime that happens I just text them, but that time I decided not to for some reason and just went back to our planning. About 5 or so minutes later, Ritchell called us and said she would really like to come, but she'll have to talk to her husband and see. We told her that we understood and would love her to come and that was that. We went back to planning, but then I had an idea... I hadn't even told her the times of conference. How stupid could I be? haha So, I texted it to her, and almost immediately after I texted it, she texted us back saying thank you for inviting her and then asked if she could call us. I was a little confused, only because we had just called, so I just replied yeah anytime. For some reason, we weren't by the phone anymore and she called us. Thankfully it was on ring and not vibrate because that phonecall was crucial. Ritchell ended up opening up to us about her worries, stresses, and basically how life for her is really hard right now. She recently learned some bad news about someone in her family and her heart is just broken and it was obvious to us that her faith is lacking. So, I aksed if she was still praying. She's been less active for about 3 years and her husband isn't a member so I assumed she might not be praying either. With sorrow and tearful voice, she expressed that she's been trying, but life is just hard. I testified to her that we are always her for her, we may not know exactly how she is feeling, but we know that the only person who truly knows is our Savior Jesus Christ. She agreed and thanked us a ton and just before hanging up I asked her if we could start visiting her every week. She sounded thrilled by the idea. So, we plan on visiting her at least once a week or maybe 2x. We'll see. I am so grateful that we answered that call though, and I'm even more grateful that Sister Chestnut and I met Ritchell at that small little thrift store.
I know God has a plan for us. He knows every single detail of our lives, and He uses us, when we are worthy and willing, to help and bless others around us. I've noticed that a lot as I've been a missionary. I may not be going around helping us come unto Christ by being baptized, but I do believe that the Lord is using me to help and comfort individuals around me who need to feel His love.
Lastly, I wanted to share about English class. Sister Mustain and I walked to Gyesan area from our house and ended up getting to the church an 45 minutes before class started so we watched mormon messages on a DVD we have at the church while we waited. To our surprise, Mayan came really early as well and he ended up wanting to watch mormon messages with us. I was super excited. I saw that teaching opportunity and took it! He wanted to choose which videos to watch just like all little kids do, so I let him. And once again I was surprised by him. Mayan ended up wanting to watch one about the Savior's resurrection. It was just one of the bible videos on but with Korean dub. I ended up asking Him different questions throughout the video and He liked learning about Jesus. Another kid named David showed up as well and we watched a few more videos together, but less intense. One about surfing and another about football.
Not much really happened but just the fact that Mayan was watching mormon messages with us was great. He needs as much guidance in his life as he can get. We didn't have much time to prepare for class because of weekly planning so I decided to read the You are Special book you mailed me mom. All the kids loved it. Probably because I didn't have them do a bunch of worksheets haha. They probably didn't understand most of the words. I didn't realize how many big english words that book has but I simplified it to the best that I could (including some korean translation haha) and taught them that they are all special and what other people think doesn't matter.

General Conference was so great! Sadly, no one we invited was able to come. But Ritchell did watch some of it on youtube. As for our investigator Crystal. She didn't make that her priority but I hope and pray that we'll be able to meet her again and watch it together. I invited her to watch it online though. President Morrise called Thursday night to tell me that he was going to pray for Crystal that she'd have the opportunity to watch it. I find him to be a very wise man so I decided to exercise my faith and do the same. I even texted the Gyesan ward and invited them to pray for her as well. I was so grateful to receive  a bunch of replies saying they would gladly pray for her. I just was disappointed to have to inform them on Sunday that she wasn't coming. They knew we tried though. I'm really sad General Conference is over. I wish it could continue forever, but if it didn't end then we wouldn't be able to take what we learned and put it into action. So, remember what you all learned from General Conference and don't forget to do them. I love you all and thanks for your support!!!<3

Monday, April 6, 2015

Happy Easter!

Hey everyone! Last week was so crazy busy. So I'll try explaining it day by day.  From Monday to Wednesday morning, Sister Chestnut and I had a really stressful 2 days. I'm used to a busy schedule that's not what made it stress. What was stressful was that we didn't get our missionary funds until April 1st (Wednesdau) and we were running really, really, REALLY low. On Monday we became a three some with Sister Mortensen so that was cool. Her companion went home early for personal reasons and so we all had to go to the bus terminal to send her home on a bus home. However, I had no more money. So thank goodness mom sent me $40 in American dollars, because I really needed it. Every chance we got we would check to see if our missionary debit cards had funds yet, but every time it wasn't there. So, I got $20 exchange at the Bank to Korean currency. (I wanted to save the other $20.) So, now I know how to do that. Real easy actually haha. So, I was able to travel just fine. EXCEPT! I was dumb and bought gifts for all my former companions who are going home so that left me with about $5 dollars or so. What a dummy I am! I was really pushing it.
On Tuesday we had our service activity at the local library teaching English to a couple women. Because we were low on money we walked. Right afterwards we walked to a members house so Sister Chestnut could say goodbye them before we went to a dinner with the Elders and another member. We only had enough money to pay for our travels or for that dinner meal. I knew I still had $20 in American money so I brought it just in case I needed  to exchange it and use it.  We spent a little bit too long at the members' home mostly because we had to wait for something they were putting together for her. Because we were running late, the wife  came up to me and whispered to me as she gave me $10 to take a taxi. During our visit we had mentioned that Sister Chestnut had her exit interview with President Morrise, so they were worried we would be late. We aren't supposed to accept money from people so I tried really hard to decline it but she is a Korean women and she was insisting and just wouldn't let me NOT take it. And we really didn't have any more time to like argue about it so I took it. Shame on me right? I'm terrible. But to be honest that saved us. That was definitely a tender mercy from the Lord. We all split it up between us and we were able to make it 10 minutes before her interview. Perfect timing! I feel like it's a miracle mainly because we never once mentioned to the members that we didn't have enough money for our plans for the day. We were hoping we would receive our mission funds and it would all work out. However, every time we checked at the bank it still didn't come. Plus, the bank had closed by that time so I wasn't able to exchange my American 20 dollar bill anymore.So, receiving that money from the member made it possible for us to be able to travel to and from her interview and also have dinner with the elders and Brother Joon. It wasn't a ton of money, but it was just what we needed to get by that day.

We had transfers Wednesday morning and sadly no money to get there. But we knew for sure we had received money on our MMS cards by then so we checked and Hallelujah! It was finally there. No more living on the wild side! Went to transfers and said goodbye to all my former companions, except Sister Van Weezep, because they all were going home together. So bittersweet, but I got a cool picture of me and all my companions, so that was cool!
The best part of the day was going to the mission home to pick up my new greenie! Her name is Sister Courtnie Mustain. She is 19 years old and from Cedar Hills, Utah. She and I have been getting along great. I just feel bad that I've been dragging her around every where getting a tiny bit lost. We found out that we actually are over 2 areas Bupyeong and Gyesan so that's been a fun adventure so far. After picking her up and having some training, we went straight to Mayan's birthday party. It was almost over by the time we got there, but Mayan seemed really happy that I was able to come. It pretty much was just a party with Mayan, his dad, and a bunch of missionaries, but he seemed to have a good day. So that made me happy. He came to English class and also got a haircut so I think he's feeling better now :)
As for Crystal and all our other investigators. I have no clue what's going on there. Weren't able to meet any of them and Crystal didn't come to church :( But we are keeping in contact so that's good. We did, however, pick up a new investigator for Bupyeong area. She started the Family English program with us. It was a really good first meeting so we'll see how things go from here on out.
The Easter Because He Lives video has been a great way to talk to people. We're still running from one appointment to other but a few times here and there I've been trying to mention it to everyone and share my personal testimony of the Savior. This week I'll try to teach my new companion how to talk to everyone on the street haha.
Glad to hear General conference was so good. I'm really looking forward to hearing the talks by our latter day prophet Thomas S. Monson. I've been waiting and waiting for conference. I'm really hoping to receive lots of personal revelation through conference for myself and most important for all of my investigators.
Love you all so much!!!
Sister Kelly