Monday, August 14, 2017

White Washing, Wood and Dog!

Laken's new district in Pohang
Our pancake party after walking for eeever in the rain!

 Our pieces of wood! 

 The family we're teaching in Uljin.

Hey everybody!

The white washing party in Pohang is real! Sister Oleson and I have made it a goal this week to heart attack all of the members doors and leave them cookies. It sounded like a great idea, until we realized how much we don't know this area or where anyone lives. But hey, we are really good at making cookies and hearts, now if we can just find a home for it all!

We have been over two areas, but the other one, Uljin, is closing. Which means we did all kinds of packing everything out of the houses there and the church. I don't think I've ever seen anything better than the Elders walking down the middle of the street in the pouring rain with a huge dresser on this tiny little wheel trying to get it to the garbage! It was pure gold!
Starting from nothing here in Pohang, we've been trying to find investigators and get to know the members and area. I think the best part of it all was one of the first mornings we were out proselyting and this man came up to us and handed us two pieces of bark, seriously wood. He told us we could eat not sure what to do, 
we both just start nibbling on these pieces of wood. I look over and for the first time ever all of the rumors are settled, there was this huge freezer of butchered dog. I think my heart broke in one second.There was a picture of this cute fluffy dog on the outside, then inside just all of these dog body parts. We're standing in middle of this huge outdoor market, nibbling on wood, standing next to a huge chest of dog, and I'm just thinking oookay Heavenly Father, here we go! Pohang is definitely going to be quite the adventure!

This week I've been studying the talk, "My Peace I Leave with You" by Henry B. Eyring. This talk is just, woah. Solid gold. I've been studying the difference between peace from the worlds point of view and peace through Christ. The worlds view of peace is having no trials, being able to kick back and everything just sailing great. Where peace through Christ comes amidst our trials. Through Christ we can have peace, even while the storm is raging. We all still have our weaknesses, but because of Christ, we can recognize them, and over come them. Because if we can't see our weaknesses, how can we progress? As we lean to the Savior and keep the Holy Ghost as our defense, we can feel the Savior's love and peace amidst the trials we face. I know as we turn to Him and keep Him our center, we can find peace amongst the storm and trials we're faced with. 
Sister Stout

Monday, August 7, 2017

The Big 6 Months and White Washing...August 7, 2017

 The Young Women

Pohang District

The Hand Statue

Hey everybody!

This week has been so jam packed full of miracles, I can't even wrap my head around it. I headed off to Pohang where I spent the whole 5 days writing down as much information as I could get out of my companion, Sister Lee WonJi. I felt like I was back in High School when the teacher would let you use your notes for the first 10 minutes of the test, and you realize that you don't know anything without those notes! It was crazy, I learned so much in such a little amount of time. My companion, Sister Lee WonJi, was just the cutest thing ever, I feel so thankful to have had her for even a short amount of time.

So actually happened this week! My new companion is Sister Oleson, throwing it back to our MTC days! I'm super excited to be serving with her in Pohang! I already apologized to her for how much we'll be getting lost. I sent my cute Sister Lee WonJi home today, even after just 5 days it was sad!

I've never felt so much love for people in such a short amount of time. I never thought I could love the people I'm serving this much. It's had me thinking a lot about how much Christ loves each of us. It's amazing to think about how much He sacrificed for each of us, and I'm so thankful that I get to spend each day sharing it. 

I love you all!!
Sister Stout

Monday, July 31, 2017

Getting Transferred! July 30, 2017

Saying good bye to the ward pictures!

Shoutout to Dayanara is you're reading this!

Our boat ride last P-day to the island again!

 Saying good bye to Georgia yesterday, she took us out to this bakery and bought so many breads and pastries

Hey everybody!!

I really don't even know exactly where to start with this week because so much happened. Thanks to the hottest summer Korea has ever had we have gotten to see all kinds of cool poisonous jelly fish that are coming close to the coast of Korea because of global warming. (Or at least that's what we're told.) Mixed with some killer humidity and our recent convert told me I looked like Emma Watson, not the cute red carpet version, but the Harry Potter version! 

So we were out walking around this week and as 9 was getting closer we decided to quick grab a bus home. When we got to the stop a bus was coming and I was thinking yes this totally goes home! We jump on the bus, not a worry in my mind, until the bus starts to go into the far left lane, headed for the tunnel that takes us to Changwon. There was no going back, we were off! When we finally got to Changwon, we grabbed the first bus heading back to Jinhae, which was so jam packed with people. I still had no idea how I didn't remember that bus went to Changwon, I knew that! Then it all became clear when I hear my name and turn around, there is our investigator that we hadn't been able to get a hold of for weeks! We were able to talk with her the whole bus ride home and sent up an appointment. It was awesome! All of these little things adding up help me never forget how the Lord really does lead this whole work. It is the coolest thing to be part of. 

This week we had two big ward parties this week. We got to help put on a Primary party and then a Sister in our ward came home from her mission there was a big party at her house. I'd been missing sitting around the fire during the summer with everybody, and it was almost the same thing, but with the ward! We ate, played games and people preformed songs. It was the best night. 

The next morning we are sitting doing our planning before heading out the door to church and get a phone call from the APs. With all of the random transferring and two area business we've had going on, it wasn't the weirdest thing. The weird part was he said, Can I talk to Sister Stout? They never ask to talk to me! Anyways, he says, Sister Stout we are thankful for all of your hard work and service in Jinhae, but you have been reassigned. It's not even transfer weekend! Just random out of the blue!! I think my jaw hit the floor. He said say good bye to everyone you need to today and then we will see you at the Mission Home tomorrow. I still can't believe it! I am being transferred to 포항 (Pohang) which is on the other side of the mission, along the East Coast of Korea. I guess a Sister there is going home early, and I'm going to be her companion's new companion for the next week until transfers...which is when my new companion will be going home and I will be the lead of the area. Essentially I have 5 days to learn all about a new area, it'll be an adventure! So we spent Sunday squeezing in visiting all of our investigators quick before I left and wrapping things up. 

With everything that has happened this week it has had me thinking a lot about how thankful I am to have served here and the people I've been able to meet. The Lord's hand truly is in every part of the work and of our lives. He leads it all and is there all along, even when we don't recognize it.
Love you all!
Sister Stout

Monday, July 24, 2017

Happy 24th of July!

Pre Ice Skating Stretches!

Ice Skating!

How many Sisters can you fit into an elevator?

PakBooJa's cat, it's turning evil!

Bracing the heat with all the Grandmas!

This has been another good week, but there can never be a bad week when you start it off with going ice skating! There is nothing like ice skating for P-day in this weather! It's like we can finally fit inside of our freezer.

We had a super awesome service project this week. We went to a special needs home and cleaned, it broke my heart. I don't think those bathrooms had every been cleaned, we spent 2 hours scrubbing 2 bathrooms. The things we found in those bathrooms, ewww, but so worth helping out these cute kids. It was so sad to see the circumstances they'd been left it.

We also spent a lot of time in Milyang. Milyang is so beautiful, it doesn't get more country than there. The branch has 9 members, one who is from North Korea, so that's cool. The whole area is just fields and mountains, I swear there are more wild cats their than people. While we were there we planned a youth activity, which couldn't be done without water balloons. It was so much fun with everybody! The area that the church is in is really sketchy, I'm not sure who thought it was a good idea to put it there, but we did the activity outside in this little alley way. It was so sketchy, yet so awesome! The next day at church, oh this cute little branch, everyone talks like every other week. We did a musical number in church and even with our iffy tune they loved it! Seriously the cutest little branch, I really hope I get to serve there again later on. There may not be a lot of people, but the love in that branch is amazing. It's cool to see how Christ's love never changes no matter where you are. 
Love everyone!! 
Sister Stout

Hi Brother and Sister Stout.  We met your sweet daughter today at the Jinhae Ward in Pusan.  She was happy and very happy and very helpful translating the primary lessons to my girls.  The Koreans said her Korean is very good.  She is in a very loving Ward family.  My husband served in this Ward 20 years ago.  We are Matt and Holly Mathison from Dallas Texas.  You would be so proud of your daughter.  She is working hard.  We hope our girls will serve as faithfully with a happy heart.