OKAY more miracles!!! Remember that lady we met last week? She was at the bus stop and started freaking out when she saw that we were missionaries. We met with her yesterday and found out that she was baptized 25 years ago and was active for two years. She then moved to Seoul and lost contact with the church. She got married and her parent-in-laws were totally against churches and so she never spoke a word about it to them. But then 23 years later she finds us! FOR 23 YEARS SHE NEVER SAW A SINGLE MISSIONARY. And just we happened to casually run into her.
She said it couldn't be more perfect timing. She said she wishes she could have seen us sooner but it's better now than never, right?
She is an incredible woman and is seriously like our Korean mother. Except I guess I already have a Korean mother at home.. So she's my Korean mother in Korea! She has the coolest life; traveling the world, being an amazing artist, and her unbelievable kindness. Sister Driscoll and I kept asking ourselves, "Who is this woman?! And where did she come from?!" haha anyway, she wants to come to church again and she wants her son to learn the gospel too! COOL, RIGHT?! We found a long lost member..
This week we had a practice lesson with a member who was baptized not too long ago, but as we met with her we shared a message about faith. It's a quote from Elder Russell M. Nelson from April 2014 conference. "We might each ask ourselves, where is our faith? Is it in a team? Is it in a brand? Is it in a celebrity? Even the best teams can fail. Celebrities can fade. There is only One in whom your faith is always safe, and that is in the Lord Jesus Christ. And you need to let your faith show!" As we shared that with her she told it was hard for her to do that. She said her friends and family all think the Mormon church is 이단 (crazy/cult).
But as soon as she said that, Sister Driscoll and I both thought of the same message found in True to the Faith. It's in the Missionary Work section, "The most powerful missionary message you can send is your own example of living a happy Latter-day Saint life... If you are sincere in your friendship with them, they will be able to feel the spirit of your testimony and happiness." The member was mind-blown that we could find the answer she exactly needed in that book. She told us that she could be a great example and she is so strong because she still comes to church even with all the hatred she gets from close ones. But it was just a growing experience that we are truly guided by the Spirit to know what to do and what to say!
On Sunday it was two of our youth's farewells and they sang "I'll Go Where You Want Me To Go" with their families for the musical number. The parents of the soon-to-be missionaries couldn't even sing because they were crying so much. As soon as I saw that, I couldn't help but cry as well. The Spirit was so strong and by the end of the song, the whole congregation was crying. The lyrics and the circumstances were so powerful and by enlisting in God's army, we truly are telling Him, "I'll go where you want me to go.." Missionary work is the BEST!
I love this gospel. I love Korea. I love being a missionary!
Sister April Johnson
Pics: My lovely children BFF investigators & writing a wish on the wishing tree! It's 600 yrs old & you're supposed to write a wish & tie it to the tree! I'm a Mormon!