Monday, October 16, 2017

October 16, 2017

Hey everybody!!

This week was super awesome, and here it is super summed up!

We went and visited a former investigator this week, that turned out to be a Buddhist Monk and she lives at a Buddhist temple. That was interesting. She was so adorable and I guess just loves to learn about other religions. So we had lunch with her, and taught her a lesson about our church as a whole. It felt weird being inside of the Buddhist temple, but I mean, she asked us to right? She still had her Book of Mormon from the missionaries before on her book shelf and said how much she has loved what she read. Then as we were there talking other Buddhists came in and she shared part of it with them, that was awesome. She practically introduced the Book of Mormon to them for us! 

A member in our ward owns a Body Test Center and invited us over to do that, that was cool, except doing the pacer test was definitely not something I ever planned on doing again. I learned that I am not very strong and have no flexibility. Apparently you you can get in the negatives on flexibility...oops. She was like, "Okay go!" And I was like, "What? I already am!"
The next day she took us to dinner and then after we walked around the lights along the beach, and she held our hands the whole time. Koreans love holding hands, it's something fun in their culture. I think she was also just worried about losing us, but you know. 

So a few weeks ago this man came into the church and said he wanted to give our ward free meat for lunch after church because his mom is one of the old ladies that has this fruit stand across the street. We always say hi to them and will help them move boxes of fruit if they need it, and he said to say thank you he wanted to give us all this meat. 
Well randomly yesterday in middle of Sacrament meeting he walks up to the door with two huge bags of meat! Our Mission President was there visiting too, it was so funny. Hey at least thats probably a first for him! 

This week I was thinking a lot about the power of the Atonement. A few weeks ago at our Sports Day we did an activity with the Atonement. Each Zone had to pick two people to be their Savior. They then had to do 10 push ups for each person in the zone as they stood in front of them. I just can't get past how amazing that is. How Christ loves us each so much that He was willing to die for us. Not only that, but as He was paying for all of our sins He thought about each of us individually. He knew who we are, our weaknesses, our strengths, our hard ships that would lie ahead, He knew everything. Most of all He knew He wanted to be able to lift us and help us through it all. How thankful I am for Him, for this gospel and that I get to share it everyday.

I love you all.
Sister Stout

Monday, October 9, 2017

Happy 추석!!!


Hey family and friends!

This week, it was like a week of just straight party. This week was 추석, aka Korean Thanksgiving! Everyone goes with their family to pay respect to their ancestors graves. And considering there are so many people living here, I really don't understand where they all go. Everyone like vanishes. The streets are bare, which kinda kills missionary work! 

Wednesday, the actual day of 추석, our whole zone got together in Gyeongju and went and saw artifacts and learned a little bit about some history of Korea. In Gyeongju there are tons and tons of these hills that are a King's burial. Under all of these hills are like all his stuff and his live army he buried with him to protect him. That was fun to take time to learn about! We did a race with it, we had take a picture with a family, a couple, a high school student, middle schooler and elementary. It was so fun! Plus I seriously just love everyone in my zone, these people are the greatest. Then that night one of our youth was home alone because she didn't want to go to her Grandma's so we took her out for dinner. Except like nothing is open, at all. And we ended up getting these octopus dish, ew. It was so hot. My stomach was so upset the rest of the night and next day! Never again.

Friday was our Mission Sport Day! Rain was an issue. Last minute it got changed to another city where there was a little bit less of a chance of rain, but hey the rain still came! Good thing it's all about the people not what we were doing! Our Zone of Sisters all got matching Grandma pants with our companion, so we killed nailed the fashion side of it all. 

Then what could be better than topping it off with Conference? Conference was SO GOOD. The whole thing was like a fire. After Conference on Sunday every year our ward packs up and goes camping! The whole being a missionary put a damper on it, but we got to go up for Sunday. It was like an hour away, but being up in the mountains there was like throwing it back to the ones back home, except more trees and greener. They rented a little cabin up in middle of the mountains and it was so peaceful and fun. We played games, went on a little hike, it really couldn't have been better!!

Conference had me thinking how thankful I am for having this gospel. Like in Elder Nelson's talk, What would life be like without it?? I'm so thankful for the Prophet and Apostles to lead and guide us and that I never have to wonder what it would be like without them.
I love and miss you all!
Sister Stout

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

October 2, 2017

Sister Oleson has been sick, shh don't tell her she's denying it, and so we were wearing these around the house. They're like a fashion statement here, everyone wears them. People have patterned ones and all kinds of stuff!

.The rice I didn't finish. It's said in Korea that all of the rice you don't finish during this life, you'll have to eat in the next. Oops.

Hello Hello!

This week was so busy. I've appreciated all of the Conference spoils, we don't get to watch it until next weekend. And then after our ward goes on a camping trip together, unfortunately our permission to go got stepped on, but hey we get to go for the day! 

We went on exchanges this week, which somehow turned into a trip to Costco with some members that took us to lunch. Okay, Costco in Korea is exactly like Costco in America. It was like stepping into America for a little bit, even the smell was the same and they have all the same foods, plus some random Korean ones. I mean you probably can't buy Kimchi in bulk in America. Speaking of Kimchi, a beautiful thing happened this transfer. I make myself eat some kimchi every time we are with a member and it's there, I don't hate it, it's just, there. I kept thinking, hey maybe one day I'll actually enjoy eating this. Well I think that day came! We were at an appointment and I had my mandatory piece, and wait a second, I actually like it. The Gift of Tongues is so not just  a language thing!!! Anyways, the exchange was awesome. They have a big basketball court outside, so after English Class we were out playing with the Elders and some of the Youth and the sky was so pretty! It reminded me of playing so much lightening at home, it was the best!

On other news we got to meet with all of our investigators this week and saw some super cool miracles! Our investigator from Vietnam's mother in law had been a problem. She hated any and all churches, but she told us this week that now her mother in law is okay with it. It's such a huge blessing that things changed, because that's part of why the missionaries before had to stop meeting with her!
 After meeting with Angela this week, she told us she wanted to come with us to church, but she never replied to our text Saturday night so we were worried she wasn't coming. Then 5 minutes before church started she walked in! It was so cool!! However, she brought 3 dozen donuts with her for the branch...on fast Sunday. She's so cute. We were able to do a lesson with her during the second our of church with a member of the Stake Presidency, who is seriously the best. She is just eating up all of the love from the Branch! 

I love you all! I love the Gospel and seeing how it changes peoples lives. It truly is amazing. 
Have the best week!
Sister Stout

Monday, September 25, 2017

September 24, 2017

Korea has the weirdest corn dogs. All the Sisters went before Stake Conference started, they literally roll them in sugar!

After cleaning the church!

Cleaning the Church!

All of the Sisters at Stake Conference

Our branch at Stake Conference!

Hey and this is us eating the chocolate that you sent!

Our random sleep over with the Hogye Sisters!

Hey hey!

What a cool, interesting week!! 

We got to help deep clean the church this week, literally outside weeding is bushes, dirt, weeds, oh and spiders. So many spiders. I felt like I had one eye on the weeds and the other above me trying to avoid them! The creepy crawly game was real. But, the man who is in charge of all of the church buildings is so awesome. He knows all the missionaries and seriously just knows everything there is to ever know! Who knew you could learn so much while cleaning!
Kind of cool, Elder Choi, of the seventy, his family is all in my ward! We went to his sisters house for dinner this week and his nephew is my Ward Mission Leader. You know, naturally, that calls for a little pressure! 

This week we were meeting with our investigator, Angela, and were talking about the Book of Mormon. She asked if she could see it, flipped it open and was looking at it. Then just got the biggest smile. She flipped it open and the first verse she saw was her favorite verse from the bible, 3 Nephi 14:7-8. She kept saying how it must be destiny! It was so cool to see how the Lord has prepared her up to this point and is leading her. 

Another highlight of this week is one of our potential investigators that we text like all day everyday, told us she wants to be a missionary! I mean step one is learning about the church right?

I know the Lord is preparing each of our paths and He's leading us every step of the way!
Love you all!
Love, Sister Stout