Monday, September 18, 2017

September 18, 2017

Sister Oleson wakes up at weird times in the night and takes pictures! 

Our sleepover at the STLs!

Sister Oleson and me! 

The Music Fireside!

The Music Fireside!

Attempted picture at the bus stop. 

Hey everybody!

This week brought a new transfer! Sister Oleson and I will be staying in Pohang for this next transfer! I'm super excited we get to do another!

We spent a day with the STLs this week and it was so great! So I have this fear, that I feel like is normal, of talking to people that don't want to talk to me. I mean there are some mean people out there, and just, I just don't like to talk to them. If they tell me I'm brainwashed and to go away, I say yes ma'am have a good day. But my cute STL wanted to help me whip that around on our exchange, so she set our proselyting goal to talk to people until they hate us...I didn't understand it either, but it happened. And it was as horrifying as I planned on it being. I think my favorite part was watching my oh so adorable STL get whacked with a bag. I think in that moment she regretted our goal as much as I did!

This week we had mission tour! Elder Yamashita came and spoke to us. And oh my goodness, his wife is the cutest person ever. I want to be her when I grow up. Other random fun news, I met an Elder Stout at mission tour, whaaat. That was cool! 

We saw so many miracles this week. We got two new investigators. One is from Vietnam and she is just adorable. She met with the missionaries a long time ago and wanted to start again. When we went over to her house lots of her family was there visiting from Vietnam and I realized I really love Vietnamese people. They're so cute! Our other investigator has been Buddhist her whole life, but just a few months ago started attending the Catholic church and is started to think about God and Christ and I'm really excited to see where that goes. We had our Music Fireside on Sunday and she came with us! We were so excited and so shocked, because the church we did it at was close to 2 hours away and we had to take a bus because none of our members were coming. But she came and loved it! The whole night was so good. That also means Sister Oleson and I survived our duet. Yes!!! President Jeong came too, which means the pressure was definitely on. But the night was a huge success and so many people came!

I wanted to share a quick quote this week that I've been thinking about a lot. It's out of  the 4th Missionary talk, which is just the greatest, everyone should read it, and it says, "Every challenge you face, every hard thing you confront, every bad thing that happens to you, every unfairness, every conflict, every sadness, tragedy, every disappointment, and heartache, every temptation and every opposition happens for one purpose only: to give you the opportunity to respond by applying in your life the teachings of Jesus." 

I love you all!
Sister Stout

Monday, September 11, 2017

September 11, 2017

We went to our other area this week and took a wrong bus that took us in middle of nowhere! But the bus driver was in a horrible mood so we were both too nervous to say we just had to walk forever to get to our investigators house. There were no people or houses in sight! We decided it was the perfect time to start working on a remix of Party in the USA.

 Last P-day when we got together with all the Sisters in the Zone!

Elder Martin's birthday cake we made on exchanges! (PS Mom this is my STL that has only been a member for like a year)

 Lunch with a member

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Saying goodbye to the George's!

Hello hello!

This week has been filled with so many weird things. So weird. We're in middle of so much prep for big projects, it feels like that's what takes up all of our time! 

We went on exchanges this week and their ward mission leader took us all to dinner after. There is one Korean Elder that was there and he always told me how bad his English was and so he would never speak English to me. Anyways, we were talking and he asked where I was from, I told him, then in English, he says "Oh my gosh I love Logan! I lived there for 2 years!" I think my jaw hit the floor. He had been to Paradise and knew all of these places we had liked to go! It was the weirdest, yet biggest tender mercy ever! The rest of the exchange was awesome! Our STLs are the cutest people ever!

Right now in Pohang we are making an English textbook and....I'm realizing more and more than I don't know English or Korean. That has kind of been what is taking all of our focus this week is trying to get the textbooks done before one of the Elders go home next week. Our Branch President has a big vision for these new textbooks, however I'm doubting my English skills being good enough to make them!

We had interviews in Busan this week. Some how we ended up staying there all day doing things in the office. We had to say good bye to Elder and Sister George. They have been the most amazing Senior office couple any mission could've asked for. They are the cutest people and I feel so blessed I got to serve with them for this long. It's going to be so sad going and them not being there! After we had singing practice with our zone at the mission home. I finally convinced people that me singing is less important than people feeling the spirit, and now Sister Oleson and I are doing a duet! Thank goodness. 

I send my love!
Sister Stout

Monday, September 4, 2017

Hey everybody!

This week has been super great, I don't have a lot of time so I'll try to explain it all in pictures! 

 The area along the ocean that literally all you can buy to eat is crab! 

An area of Pohang we went to this week. Pohang gets bigger and bigger!! Sometimes I'm not sure why this isn't two areas!

Our MCM homework this week was to go to this area of Pohang that is along the coast to find these dragons, take a picture with them, and then eat at our Mission Leader's favorite restaurant. Interesting homework, but I think the best homework I've ever been given.

Our Kids English Class.

And this is our cute recent convert!

 This is the flyer for the Musical Fireside we're putting on. It's for all of the wards in our zone, and somehow Sister Oleson and I are singing solos. I really have no idea how that's going to work, buuut I guess it's happening. 

Monday, August 28, 2017

August 28, 2017

Last p-day at lunch after walking around in the pouring rain!

The buffet we went to after zone conference

Our night at the branch presidents house.

Hey everyone!

This week has just been great! For one, I cut my hair for the first time in Korea. It was kind of horrifying, Koreans have no mercy with the scissors! It was dumping rain and we had been wandering aimlessly trying to find a barber shop that looked the less sketchy. When we finally got there, we walked in and were just dripping…haha the poor lady cutting our hair! Thanks to the rain and humidity, it’s safe to say the Kennedy fluff decided to take a turn for the worst. I don’t think I’ve ever seen people make a face like that ever before when they have been cutting my hair. She asked if I had a perm and who did it because they didn’t do a very good job. Thanks Mom!(for the mom did not perm my hair) She kept making motions with her hand of my hair going out and saying don’t worry I’ll make you pretty…and then she just went at it! I think at that point I just gave up and closed my eyes.

We finally accomplished our goal of delivering cookies to all of the members this week! Thanks to Sister Oleson, I have no sense of direction! We felt like a spies the whole time trying to sneak into the buildings past the lock code, but hey somehow it all worked out great and we got into all of the buildings!

This week we were able to join a community group that one of the members of the bishopric works with and take bags of rice to cute little grandmas who live alone and have no income. They were so cute and so thankful. It was the best, and really makes you think about all you have to be thankful for when they were so thankful to get just a bag of rice. The group we were with was hilarious and explaining why we don’t drink coffee in Korean is sooo hard. They ended up pouring us cups of hot water instead. What is better than a cup of boiling water on a hot day?

We had Zone conference this week, it was such a cool zone conference! Part way through President assigned each team of Elders to a team of Sisters and said, go to another room and for the Elders to give the Sisters a blessing. I think it through everyone a little bit off, but it was the coolest experience ever! The Elders that gave us blessings were Elders we’re pretty good friends with, which just made it even cooler. The spirit in the room was unreal, every concern I’d had or have been thinking about was directly talked about in the blessing. I can’t even put into words the power that came through that experience!

Right now our mission is preparing for Elder Kazuhiko Yamashita to come speak so I’ve been studying a lot of his talks and just wanted to share a quote. He said, “We are ambitious for Christ when we serve faithfully, accept humbly, endure nobly, pray fervently, and partake worthily.” When we let Christ become the center of our lives and truly our focus, I know we can see miracles.
Sister Stout