Tuesday, October 28, 2014

We picked a spot & literally 10 seconds after another church plants themselves right next to us. with treats!

We went sticker boarding with the elders for our english class and we picked a spot and literally 10 seconds after we set up our stuff, another church plants themselves right next to us. With treats! Whaaaaaat.  
One of their 전도사(proselyting person..?) came up to me and read my name tag with disgust and I asked him if he heard of our church before and he said, "Well I just barely read your tag, didn't I?" 

 We definitely moved to another area far from them and we actually got a better spot! We had a ton of success. If you ever need to go proselyting, I highly suggest doing it in front of Baskin Robbins on a Saturday afternoon! The next day we actually had someone call us looking for more information. WOOHOO! Sticker boarding actually works!

We learned more about feeling the Holy Ghost, making goals and finding by the Spirit. This was probably the best zone conference I've ever been to. Here are the key things I learned:
-We need to remember the miracles the Lord has already given us.
-We are missionaries, so we are teachers. But during personal study, we are the learners.
-Remember that your confidence and faith should be in Christ, not yourself... Satan may take away our self-confidence, but he can't take away our belief of Christ. Whenever we feel like we cannot do something, we must always remember that this work is His work and because it's His work, there is nothing we cannot do.

Also, if you all have not seen the General Women's Broadcast, you should watch these adorable Korean children singing(: 

Have a great week!

 Sister Johnson.

Monday, October 20, 2014

We had stake singing conference & won cutting boards & ramen, It's what i've always wanted!

Suwon stake did this huge stake singing conference where all the wards sing two songs and get prizes! We started practicing songs months ago.. and our ward chose songs sung by Mormon Tabernacle Choir... Gotta go big or go home, right? Since I'm in the same stake as my last area, Anseong, I got to see some of the members! 

When I saw them they asked me to sing with them, especially since I practiced with them a few times before I left. I was more than happy to! Our choir only had ten people in it and half of them were missionaries.. But it went really well and it was so special that I got to sing with them(: Then I sang with the YSA in our ward. After that, there was another ward that chose one of the same songs as Gokbanjeong.. That was awkward.. It was then our turn to go next and we killed it! All those months of practice paid off.. We were better than the other ward.. Shh.. I've really learned to be humble on my mission.. ㅋㅋㅋ Just kidding! 

Everyone seriously sounded so good and guess what? We were all winners! We won cutting boards and ramen, It's what I've always wanted! Oh and then the missionaries sang the EFY Medley. I went up 4 times.. Everyone kept asking me which ward I actually served in.. Haha I proudly sang with both my ward and branch.

We've been deciding if we should drop our investigator that said God was a baby. We didn't set our usual appointment with her this week but she texted us and asked if we were meeting. I suddenly got a strong feeling that we should meet with her but my companion wasn't really sure about it. So we ended up meeting her and there wasn't anything special about that appointment, but afterwards I was just happy because I had followed that prompting. Maybe she'll actually read the scriptures we gave her and maybe she'll want to get baptized..??(:

Also my family went on a cruise and I prayed for their safety. Apparently one of the other cruise boats near them got a disease.. The power of prayer works! They didn't get a disease! Okay I'm so ridiculous I know. Sorry for those who have to read my emails.

Have a great week!
Sister Johnson

PICS: Sister Carter chopping my split ends... My hair has gotten really bad but none of us trust Koreans to cut our hair because another sister did it and she ended up looking like Paul Revere..
 Next pic is me and some lovely Anseong members!!! I missed them.

We watched all of the conference on sunday. That was such a long but great conference marathon!

 Sometimes I think Korea is Las Vegas. I always feel like I'm walking down the strip. Just with a lot more tourists! Haha but all the fancy places here literally look like we're inside Caesars Palace.. It's so weird.

수원 (Suwon) had this huge festival. I wanted to go to it so badly but it didn't fall on a pday. Luckily the stake wanted all of us missionaries to work the booth in front of the church at 신풍 (Shinpoong) for family history work. 

The church is inside this huge historic wall. It was super fun giving away snacks and drinks while we could talk to people about family history work and about the church. It was a festival so other people didn't really seem too interested but we did find some great people! It was a good way to get our church name out there and our proselyting stats were so high that day. ^^ I didn't get to see the festival at all, but just seeing people coming through it made me happy.

I finally got to see conference! We watched all of it on Sunday. That was such a long but great conference marathon! My favorite talk was by President Henry B. Eyring. I could feel the spirit so strongly as he talked about his mother and wife.
 I also really loved President Thomas S. Monson's quote when he said, "It is far more important to have treasures in Heaven than on Earth." Before coming on the mission I didn't realize how important conference was and that I was so sucked up in the worldly things. But now I feel like my eyes have been opened and I've been living my life wrong. At least now I know I want to change my ways when I get back into the real world.

This week I also got to see a lunar eclipse! It was the coolest thing I had ever seen. Also does any of my other missionary friends have people yelling "Hallelujah" at you?? I get that a lot. Also a lot of people think we're nuns... Is it just me?

I hope everyone has a great week! Especially my family who's on a cruise in the Caribbean...
Sister Johnson

Monday, October 6, 2014

We covered so many gospel points and we cried together!

So we have this investigator who we;ve been trying to meet with for two months and we couldn't meet with her because it was "too hot outside" and so she didn't want to make us go outside... but we still had to go out and do missionary work anyway! Haha but we finally got to meet with her once it cooled down and it was by far the best lesson I've ever had. She's English interest but she loves learning and so she had so many questions about the gospel. It was so good! We covered so many gospel points and we cried together. I hope she'll continue to meet with us and progress!

We went sticker boarding with the district and we were an hour late when we finally started. It wasn't that great of a success and the people I got to put a sticker on the board would hurry and run away as fast as they could because they saw that we were missionaries. But then one lady was just standing there trying to read our boards and figure out what we were doing. We started talking to her and ended up giving her a Book of Mormon. 
We then continued talking and we found out that she lives in the building right next to ours! For reals this time! The area we were sticker boarding at was pretty far from our house and if we weren't late then we wouldn't have ever met with her. But the Lord truly will put those in our paths. She wouldn't give us her number, but we figured we'd just stalk her apartment until we run into her again(:

So I met with a member that used to serve with my Dad and Mom and she fed us soooo much! She gave us a meal then ice cream. We thought we were done but she also got us a box of donuts. We then still had some time left together so she took us to a cafe and got more drinks and a cake... I've never been so full in my life! Actually that's a lie.. Every time we have a meal appointment I'm always so stuffed because everyone thinks missionaries starve so they feed us their entire house. Anyway, she told us to never marry a Korean man because they're no good. My dad was okay for my mom to marry because he's technically "not really Korean.." haha
 Have a great week!   
Sister Johnson