Monday, March 24, 2014

Jesus is_____?

Jordyn's weekly e-mail 
March 24, 2014 
Serving in Federal Way 
Korean Branch
Companion: Sister Choi  

So this week I thought I'd be a super cool American and tell Sister Choi in Korean that I know the Book of Mormon is true. I turned to her and went, "Hey! Guess what!" "What?" Then I told her (I have no idea how to type in Korean). She was quiet for a second, gave me a funny look, and then went "You're a Book of Mormon??"

. . .so close

But this week was pretty good, nothing terribly exciting happened, but nothing horrible happened either. Which I guess is technically good? We did get a lot of my least favorite phrase on my mission: "I'm sick." Doesn't matter who says it. Investigator? can't teach em. Member? can't use em. Companion? can't go out and work. There are only two words I hate more than "i'm sick." "transfer calls." but that's another story for another day. (speaking of which they're coming on sunday so i'll be emailing on tuesday next week)

President and Sister Eaton came to our branch yesterday and spoke. It was really great! I always love listening to them. Sister Eaton talked about how we can come unto Christ by sharing the gospel and pointed out something cool in D&C 4:4. The scripture says "For behold the field is white already to harvest: and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul;"
 You would think that it would say "he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that [his convert] perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his [converts] soul," but it doesn't. There's something about sharing the gospel that sanctifies us, and brings salvation to us.

And president talked about his favorite phrase in the bible which is found in John 1:12 that Christ gave them "power to become." There are some people (me) who think it would be a miracle for them to open their mouth and talk to someone about the gospel and that's probably right. But that's the exact miracle Christ can give us, and give us power to become whatever we need to. even a missionary.

Sorry my email is so lame this week, we've got a million things to do today because it's sister choi's last week. hope everyone's doing well! love ya!

Sister VerHoef

*all creative credit for this picture goes to sister choi*

Monday, March 17, 2014

Jordyn's weekly e-mail 
March 17, 2014 
Serving: Federal Way 
Korean Branch 
Companion: Sister Choi 

And if you want to know why they stand out, ask the missionaries!

This week was pretty up and down. We had absolutely amazing lessons with some of our investigators, and we also had an investigator literally cuss out of the house. Slightly awkward, but definitely a story. Such is life.

We had zone meeting on Thursday. President and Sister Eaton came to train us for part of it, and we focused on a new way that we're supposed to teach (in and out of the house in 30 minutes), along with some interesting news: we're super duper close to being prohibited from tracting.

Never thought you'd hear that right? Everyone's starting to realize how ineffective it is, and we're really being pushed towards member work because of what we learn in Preach My Gospel "The ideal situation is when members invite others to be taught and are present for the teaching. When members do this, more people are baptized and remain active in the Church." It's been tough to try and help the members here (ya know, because of the whole "I don't speak Korean" thing), but I do have some ideas for what I want to do in my next area that I'm pretty excited for.

Friday night the BYU Idaho collegiate singers came and performed for our stake. We had a lot of members invite their friends because it was non-threatening, but still in the church building and able to feel the Spirit. And it was amazing! Music really is a great way to share your testimony.

Saturday I hit my 10 month mark and almost went into a panic attack. Too fast.

And . . . Sunday was awesome. Every bishopric's nightmare happened during sacrament meeting: the speakers didn't show up haha. To make it even better, it was the high councilmen. So we got to hear testimonies from each of our branch presidency members, and despite my thinking the missionaries were gonna get called up, Sister Choi and I got to sit nice and comfortable. Score!

We also went to the recent convert fireside, and guess who was there?? All of my favorite people in the world, that's who. Brother Reine, Evelyn, Reina, Regina, the Bryans, and Sister Dudek.

The church is true, the book is blue, and being a missionary is the best.
Love ya!
Sister VerHoef

Line of the week: So Sister Choi and I are driving home from Seattle talking about weathermen and how they're never right. We have a mission one online that's actually way good, and Sister Choi said "but that's the only one that works. My mother's knees are a better weatherman than the ones on TV."

Proof that the Sun does shine in Washington sometimes

Proof the Sun Does Shine 

Monday, March 10, 2014

"Is this your first time eating dog meat?"‏

Jordyn's weekly e-mail 
March 10, 2014 
Serving in Federal Way, WA
Korean Branch 
Companion: Sister Choi 

So a member took us out for lunch this week and we went to a Korean restaurant with her, her son, and some other sisters from the branch. I don't know what any of the foods are still and Sister Choi knows what I can/can't eat Korean-wise so she ordered for me and I eat whatever doesn't look questionable. Everyone spoke Korean but Sister Garnica's son spoke perfect english and knew a lot of the missionaries that I knew from Tacoma so we talked for most of the time. So I'm eating what I think is beef for the whole meal, when Sister Garnica's son turns to me at the end and goes "So how'd you like your dog meat? Is this your first time eating it?"
I try to hide my reactions about the food here so I [hopefully] didn't outwardly freak out but on the inside I'm going "I just ate dog meat??? I thought I was eating beef!!! Oh my gosh that's disgusting, I think I'm gonna throw up! What do I do?? ahhhhh!!!"
He was joking. I ate beef.
Anyways, we did do missionary work this week too, I promise. We had a good lesson with Kate, she wanted a church tour and really liked what we taught her about the plan of salvation as well.
Gang is doin' good! We finally got in contact with him again and he brought one of his friends to come too. Her name is Sun Mi and she's going through some really hard times, and wanting to learn about the gospel so we're really excited to keep working with her. Updates to come.
Everyone else got sick again unfortunately. So . . . an insight that I was reminded of in my personal study this week!
I was reading Mosiah 24 and this is where Alma and his people are in bondage. I love verse 14. "And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs." I read that and thought "sweet! I won't be able to feel my burden, and it'll just go away. Sounds good." But verse 15 sheds more light on how burdens are eased. "And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease."
It wasn't the situation that changed here, through the enabling power of the Atonement Alma and his people were strengthened to be able to carry their burdens. Which is the same for us today. A lot of the time I'll pray for a burden or trial to just go away, but I receive strength to bear it. I remember Sister Bryan telling us once that all she wanted was a nap and was praying to find the time to be able to take one, and instead she received the strength to be able to function without one.
Which is awesome. One thing I've learned on my mission is how much the Atonement is in my life--not just for sins, but to become better, and to do things that I couldn't do otherwise. Christ is literally with us every step of the way and is always ready to catch us when we fall.
Hope all is going swimmingly (see? that's funny because missionaries can't swim) where 'ere thou art. Peace!
Sister VerHoef

Monday, March 3, 2014

A week full of everything I love: tender mercies and rain‏!

Jordyn's weekly e-mail 
March 3, 2014 
Serving in Federal Way, Washington 
Korean Branch 
Companion: Sister Choi 

Well Played Dove, Well Played 

So we've all heard the story about the people who go to a foreign mission and after trying to learn the language for forever one day it finally clicks right? That didn't happen to me this week (to be honest it probably won't) BUT, something did click. I learned to read Korean! We were at a recent converts house teaching english and it randomly came together after . . . 8 weeks. I wish I could have taken a picture of Sister Choi and Monica's faces when I read something: pure shock. Like wide-eyes, dropped jaws, probably super close to passing out. Monica helped me to read the ensign in Korean after and was super excited. I have no idea what I'm saying, but I can read/say words! #smallsteps

Tuesday night/Wednesday day I had the best thing of my life happen to me. I went on an exchange . . . to Ridgecrest! Woo! It was great. I felt like Heavenly Father was telling me "hey. you've survived almost 2 months in the korean branch, let's take you home and show that you haven't been forgotten and that your investigators are being taken care of." Which was perfect. I got to see a bunch of people that Sister Dudek and I were working with, plus Sister Wolfe took me to go see Sister Bryan which was like the greatest thing of my life, and I saw a part-member family I had been working with and they're doing so much better health-wise, and I saw Althea who was like "Verhoef! You're back!", and we had dinner with one of my favorite families, and it was just awesome and great and wonderful and every other positive adjective you can think of. I love Ridgecrest.

Funny story, there's a guy that's completely asleep and snoring at the computer across from me at the library. And then he'll wake up and do stuff on the computer for two minutes, then fall asleep for five. I love Federal Way so much :) You see the most interesting people.

Anyways, back to my adventures of spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We had some good lessons with our investigator Kate this week. We're teaching her english, and she's also super interested in Mormonism which has been great to teach. Granted, I don't say much during lessons, but it's nice to have someone who wants to learn something other than how to properly pronounce "world." She's super awesome, and is dying to find a boyfriend. So . . . be on the lookout.

In Lee is doing good too. Sister Choi taught him while I was on exchanges but when we saw him Friday he told us he had been reading the Book of Mormon! Like, a couple chapters in two days. Our reaction? "We have an investigator who will actually read what we tell him to! Miracle!" We had him in 3 Nephi and he made a joke about the Nephites all dying because they were in the dark for three days and got super scared. We told him that's not exactly why but we still got a good laugh out of it :)

We also had a way good conversation with our WML (ward mission leader)  this week. We were talking about the future and preparation and he said that you need to plan now for where you want to be in 5 or 10 years. He told me that he wants to go on a mission with his wife in 6 years, but doesn't know how to type in Korean, so he's learning now so he can be ready. Which I really like. And then Brother Chung completely flipped it on me and went, "So what kind of husband do you want? What kind of mom do you want to be? What kind of family do you want to have? You need to start preparing now." Which totally freaked me out, but is also totally true. So everyone, I want you to decide where you want to be in 5 years and start working towards it. Today.

I hope you all have an amazing week!

Sister VerHoef