Monday, June 18, 2018

June 17, 2018

Well hello again,

Another great week has flown by. It brought with it my last Zone Conference, and sharing my final testimony. The feels are weird and all over the place, but as I was reflecting on my mission, thinking of what I wanted to say, it just left me in awe. The last year and a half has been so amazing and I wouldn't trade it for anything. There was a talk shared and they talked about the power and strength of our testimony. Our testimony isn't something we gain, and then it's done. Each day our testimony either has the ability to progress or degress. They compared it to an escalator. Life is always moving and Satan is always working on us. If we want to keep our testimony strong, we have to be moving and strengthening it each day. And in this crazy world always changing, we can't afford to stop walking, or stop trying. One question that was asked kindof made me think and I wanted to share it with you all. He said, "When was the last time you prayed to God and asked him if Joseph Smith really saw God?" I know I couldn't come up with an answer. Knowing something is true once, getting that good feeling and moving on, is not enough. We need our testimony on these foundational truths strengthened each day. We all know that through the Restoration, the Gospel was restored and everything was forever changed, but, do we recognize the power that has each day in our lives? It's a lot of deep questions, but I really want to challenge you all to think about it.. the power it has is incredible.

I send all of my love!

Sister Stout

Monday, June 11, 2018

June 11, 2018

Hello everybody♡♡

I'm low on time today, but hey I sent lots of pictures in place of words. A picture is worth a million words right? Haha. This week has been great, yet again. Time is going fast and I'm just soaking it all up. I know the Church is true and I'm forever thankful for the opportunity I've had share it. It's led to so much happiness, growth and forever friends. 
Sending my love!

Sister Stout

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

June 3 2018

My new companion! Sister 최소현. She's adorable.

This is how ice cream shops look in Korea haha. Not so much scooped ice cream. Haha I thought the boys would like it.

The outdoor market with a member.

Lunch with a member at the outdoor market!

And the perfect picture to describe how kids English class went. Haha

Hello everybody!

Sorry for the slacking again... but hey! I got transferred! I was positive I wasn't getting a phone call, until 9:50 the phone rang... I think I just stared at it for a while to be honest. Haha. So yes, for my last transfer I got sent back to my second area, Pohang! I was seriously so excited. I have served over half of my mission in this district, it just feels like home. I love it here! I was giving my little talk the first Sunday and it was like..."Mm hey I'm back!" There is just so much love here, and I was able to go to one of my other areas, Gyeongju, for district meeting and, haha life is good. 

Well I just started my last transfer. I'm still not sure how that happened, but time is going so fast. It makes me so thankful for all that I've learned on my mission, the people I've met and the experiences I've had. It definitely hasn't been easy, but I wouldn't change a thing. It has been the biggest blessing in my life. I was studying Alma 5 this week and thinking a lot about some of the questions Alma asks. I wanted to send them your way♡ It is in Alma 5: 26-28...

26 And now behold, I say unto you, my brethren, if ye have experienced a change of heart, and if ye have felt to sing the song of redeeming love, I would ask, can ye feel so now?
27 Have ye walked, keeping yourselves blameless before God? Could ye say, if ye were called to die at this time, within yourselves, that ye have been sufficiently humble? That your garments have been cleansed and made white through the blood of Christ, who will come to redeem his people from their sins?

28 Behold, are ye stripped of pride? I say unto you, if ye are not ye are not prepared to meet God. Behold ye must prepare quickly; for the kingdom of heaven is soon at hand, and such an one hath not eternal life.

Our relationship with Christ can take on as deep of a meaning as we let it. It has the power to shape us and turn us into someone better than we could ever imagine. One of the first, but sometimes the hardest steps, is recognizing our faults and acting! If we don't act, we never change or become better. The Lord has big plans for all of us, and I learn more every day how much He's waiting for each of us with open arms.

Have a great week♡♡

Love, Sister Stout

Monday, May 21, 2018

May 21, 2018

Our walk back from the hospital!

The last district meeting

               Our exchange with Jeju sisters

The day we climbed stairs for a half hour to find a members house, only to have the wrong address

Hey everybody!

Sorry I've been lacking on typing up a group email. I somehow keep running out of time, or think I'll do it in a little bit, but then end up not! Oops. Anyways...

The last couple weeks have been super busy, but great! We saw lots of miracles, lots of drama in the Branch, (it could literally be made into a movie met cool people and are now somehow on the last week of this transfer. I feel so many mixed feelings about going home coming soon... but I find that just pretending it's not is working best! 

Some random events this week, we had a Musical Fireside in Youngdoe. All the members had prepared things to perform and it was super fun. Going great, and this young man in the ward got up and started singing this American song that is really popular in Korea. Which happens to be a super naughty song, and he sang his little heart out. It was one of those moments as a foreign missionary, being the only ones that understand it, that you just Dang. What do we do? All the cute old people in the branch are just cheering and everyone loved it! I'm just exchanging glances with the American Elders, we both just shrug our shoulders... haha what are you going to do?

We also were able to do have exchanges with our Jeju sisters, Sister Welch and Sister Raju! They flew in Tuesday night and left Thursday morning. It was fun having other Sisters around, being the only Sisters in the Zone gets kindof lonely. Every time we do exchanges with Jeju I realize why we don't have 4 Sister houses, there would never be anyone sleeping! It was also Sister Welchs birthday, so we were able to celebrate that with her which was super fun!

A cool miracle from the last couple weeks. So two weeks ago we were walking down the road and this lady fell so we ran to go help her up. She has a bad leg, so we carried her stuff and helped her back to her house. We sat with her at her house and drank lemonade, sang hymns together and were able to share a message. She had met the missionaries at some point before, but her daughter had blocked our number from her phone. She said she didn't know how to unblock our number but to come by again at the same time. Well everytime we tried to visit, she wasn't there and we were super bummed! Well fast forward to exchanges and Sister Welch and I were walking down that same road from before and saw her! She asked us to help her home, and when we got to her house, her daughter was there. At first... I was obviously a little worried because she had blocked our number. BUT we were all able to talk, had such a good time AND she unblocked our number. We'll be able to keep meeting with her and her daughter. The Lord, like always, is preparing our path, people's hearts and is leading His work. I'm so thankful to be able to be a small tool in His hand and do His work here on earth.

I'm sending my love♡♡

Sister Stout