Wednesday, October 22, 2014

There is an elder in our mission, he is soooo cool and the best at art so I made him draw a picture for me. it's our mission scripture in Korean

Me and my new compy
Me and some of my favorite missionaries!! 
Most of them went home this transfer ㅠㅠ I have no friends anymore

Monday, October 20, 2014

hello loving people that i love so much! hope you are all doing well! 

don't have much to tell you except just that i've learned a lot on my mission and there are some things that i have come to appreciate a lot more while serving. things that maybe i wouldn't have realized or recognized were even blessings in my life. 
1. i'm grateful for parents who have always been kind to me. who have never ever once hit me. (okay maybe you spanked my bum sometimes and made me wash my mouth out with soap but i probably deserved those) and as i look back i know that they love me because of all the things they have done for me and taught me.
2. I'm grateful for parents who not only went to church but really raised our family in the gospel. they taught us the gospel. they taught (mostly through example) the importance of prayer and scripture study. they made sure that we understood gospel principles because they knew that has and would bless our family and us personally forever. 
3.  I'm grateful for examples all around me of people who didn't give up because things got difficult. 
4. I'm grateful that I was raised to know that Heavenly Father's commandments are merely just an excuse for Him to bless us not restrictions and not a list telling us things we can't do just to make life harder for us. 
5. I'm grateful that I understand that in the end the only thing that is important really is my personal worthiness before the Lord. 
I'll share a couple things I learned/really liked from sacrament meeting yesterday. One of the speakers talked about how when it comes down to it, it doesn't matter how big the church is or how many members there are (something that Koreans generally care a lot about). the important thing is how strong our personal faith is. How strong are we on the inside? How well do we know our Savior? So many people today just focus on the outward appearance of faith. If you look like you believe in Jesus than everything's good! Check that off your list, you're saved. Well thanks to the Restoration we know that's not exactly the case. We have the gospel of Jesus Christ in it's fulness people! Do you realize how cool that is?? 
Another member talked about how the most importance choices aren't necessarily going to be between bad and good. like we're probably not going to ask ourselves. hm should i smoke a cigarette today or not? but the important choices  will be between the best choice and a good choice. like at night before we go to sleep. will we pray or will we say we are too tired? when we wake up in the morning will we study the scriptures or will be busy ourselves with other work we have to do? 
Right now I'm literally obsessed with the Gospels. I love reading about Christ's life and all the miracles He performed and I love seeing how the apostles record it differently too. all unique but they all have the same purpose of testifying of Christ. 
As I get close to coming home it's a really weird experience. I almost started crying like five times in church yesterday for I don't even know why. I was thinking about it yesterday and it's so interesting how my perspective has changed over the course of my mission. Starting and things were new and different and not what I expected and I was happy but I still had an idea of what it would be like if I was home. And now that I'm coming close to the time to go home, things are new every and different and rarely do the things that I expect actually happen, but I truly happy every day and it seems so weird that soon I won't be a missionary. I can't picture myself not being a missionary. I can't picture myself being anywhere but Korea. I'm excited to be home with family but I don't know it's a weird feeling. I just do a lot of other things to distract myself from feeling weird about going home. like reading scriptures and actually i'm obsessed with making planners for people. haha mom and dad you'll understand me. anyway i don't think you use those but i can start a planner making business when i come to your mission. okay anyway. i love you super uber a lot!! have a good and count the miracles that you see everyday! 

Sister Blick

Monday, October 13, 2014

hi fam bam! this is the start of a new transfer! almost. but it is THE transfer people!  Sister Stout is transferring and I'm getting yet another companion for the last time! This will be my eleventh companion yiiiiikes. i'm basically super sad that sister stout is leaving and trying not to freak out about it. but if there's anything i've learned over the course of my mission it's that i need to trust the Lord because He knows best. Anyway had a crazy week this week. Let me tell you!
okay first i claim bragging rights. sorry i know i need to humble myself. it's a process.
this week we had MLC and i had to give the closing prayer and Sister Morrise came up after and she said after your prayer President Morrise leaned over and said that will be the best korean prayer you ever hear coming from a foreigner. He's the nicest! When we had interviews he asked if when i went home the mission could keep my korean ability. Maybe if I swim to the bottom of the ocean i can find ursula?
Also we did a culture night for a ward activity because there was a holiday this week and we each made food from the countries we represented. i made beef and broccoli except it was chicken and broccoli with carrots because meat is way expensive here. and it was a hit! all the ward members said they liked mine the best^^ thanks mommy!!

okay sorry for the pridefulness. don't worry i know that every thing i do is because the Lord lets me and if he wanted to take everything away He could in like .5 seconds. so i have to remain worthy of the gifts He has given me and the ones He will give me.

miracle of the week!
so we have like no investigators. we have a lot of potentials that we either never end up meeting, meeting once and never again, or meet once but are too busy so we meet like once in a blue moon. i wasn't getting discouraged but i was just kind of stumped. sister stout and i talk to everyone we see and we work really hard but nothing was coming of it i felt. we had a ton of meetings last week and we were really busy but the appointments we had scheduled with investigators fell through and at the end of the week we hadn't taught one lesson or picked up a new investigator. i asked the Lord to provide because I knew He would. I knew we had been working hard and that even though we did everything we could, He could do more. He could help us accomplish what He wanted us to accomplish. Saturday night while we were watching conference, we got a text from a potential investigator who the first time we called spent 20 minutes on the phone trying to find a time to meet (she is extremely busy so it was hard) and then when the appointment came something came up and she cancelled. we concluded she was just too busy and didn't think about her again. But she texted and said tomorrow I have time in the morning can you meet? Usually we wouldn't be able to as it was sunday morning at the time we have church but this week was conference and as we watch it in English, not with our ward anyway we could kind of adjust the time so we agreed to meet with her. Let me tell you Heavenly Father let that work out. She's from China (Chinese people are seriously the nicest) and has been living here for about 5 years. She told us her dad passed away when she was younger and after that her mom moved to Korea and she stayed in China and went to school so she basically grew up by herself. She moved to Korea because she wanted to be close with her family again. Her family goes to church but she says she doesn't believe yet, but for some reason feels like she needs to believe in God but she doesn't really know who He is and if He really exists. We were able to share our experiences of coming to know that God exists and teach her about prayer and the receiving answers to prayers. She was so excited to pray! She was so sincere and earnest, something you don't see often sadly. Mostly people just want us to teach them English or they want to teach me about their church. It was just a miracle and I knew the Lord provided it for us. Plus she told me she would teach me Chinese. haha. So win-win! Her english name is Jenny  so pray for her!

Conference was awesome. I loved Elder Packer's talk. I was just reminded that no matter when is thrown our way, the gospel is true. Nothing changes that. Nobody's harsh fighting words or cold reaction. The gospel is true and always will be. And I can be confident in that fact. Also everyone talked about families and their husbands or wives and shoot now I want to go home and get married. Gll jk I won't dad don't worry. #dontwanttogettakenoutofthewill but families are so important and i love all of you! seriously weird to think that I will be with you for Christmas....weird. but that doesn't come for a while! anyway. love you!!

Til next week! Sister Blick.

Monday, October 6, 2014

HAPPY OCTOBER what the where did september go people?? time flies when your happy as can be i guess! well this week was another good one. every week is good really! love my companion to death. love korea. love everything. love missionary work.
we got to go to the temple which is always awesome. then i got to meet up with Sister Choi afterward! she had a holiday from school and SO lucky I was going to the temple that week so p-day was on thursday and i could actually do something with her! so she came to gangnam and we had lunch together. she's the cutest. i love her so much. i told her i went to the temple and she's like what inspiration did you receive today? and i was like ...a lot? she's like remember last time at church you said when you went to the temple you received inspiration that you were going to leave incheon. did that really happen? and I was like oh yeeah!! so she's like so what inspiration did you receive today? i just told her i felt a lot of peace. Sister Hoffman says SIster Choi is doing well and that she even bore her testimony in church yesterday!!! they are trying to pick up her daughter as an investigator too!! Miracles happen!!
okay sorry i have no time to write anything sorry!!! love you til next week.

Sister Blick