Monday, December 11, 2017

December 11, 2017

A less active took us all to dinner. And Elder Lee's legs were hurting and so the lady brought him out a little stool to sit on so he didn't have to sit cross legged and it was SO funny. They brought him out baby chopsticks too. The struggle was real!

A failed picture we tried to take on the bus. (Just for you, it's blurry)

We had FHE at a members house and played the flour game. It was so fun, their kids loved it!

Hello Family!

Ah what a week. As always, too much to type and no time.

Transfer calls came. Sister Oh and I will be staying in Gyeongju and STLing. We are super excited we get to stay together another transfer. But plot twist, they broke up the fantastic four early and Elder Schimbeck got transfered out of Gyeongju. We were super sad, but he's going to go do great things other places! 

We have a less active we visit every week named Gulmira and she's from Khazakstan. We are helping her learn Korean and just help her live more comfortabely in Korea. She's absolutely adorable and has the cutest little girl. Their family is just so cute. So when we teach her we have to use a translater. Anywho, she's been needing a job. But because she can't speak Korean, it's hard, she doesn't have a car, so it has to be close, and she has to be home by 5 to take care of her little girl when she gets home from preschool. AKA their are so many restrictions. We've just been praying like crazy for us to be able to help her find a job, and the Elders have been trying to help her husband find one too. Because they don't know Korean, they can't really just call places, and reading the newspaper to find new jobs is hard, so we've been helping them after our appointments. When we met with Gulmira a couple weeks ago we promised her if she kept our commitments and came to church, that the Lord would provide and she would find a job. We've been praying like crazy for everything to work out. Last week the Elders found her husband, Slava, a job!! And this week we were able to find Gulmira a job that fits perfectly with all of her restrictions. It was such a cool testimony builder to us all that the Lord will always provide when we put Him first. I'm so thankful for this time I have to be an instrument in the Lord's hands. Serving a mission has been the best decision I've ever made and there is no where else I'd rather be. To any of my cute friends, if you're thinking about serving a mission or aren't sure, my advice to you is to do it. You won't regret it I promise.❤

Merry Christmas Season everyone!

Sister Stout

Monday, December 4, 2017

Hello Hello!

This picture looks all lame, but it was soo high up and we were sitting on the ledge of the rock. We obviously need to work on our angles.

Sister Oh is soo scared of heights, so she was freaking out that I was touching her up high.

This is the monk from the story! He took the one picture, and the other I took from above before he called us over to come talk to him.

And the last one was the best day every. Ignore my face, but we woke up that morning, got ready, and then Sister Oh was like, woah it happened. And I was like...what? "You look like a Korean." YES nailed it!! 

Hey everybody!!

I don't have a ton of time, but wanted to share the coolest miracle we saw this week. So on P-day we went hiking with the Elders. My sweet companion was a trooper, because she seriously hates hiking so much. She didn't say anything about it until we got there and started hiking, but she did great. So one miracle, she made it there and back alive! She was convinced she would die up there. The hike we went on was a Buddhist hike, so the whole way up there are different statues you can stop at, and it's super cool. Anyways so we made it to the top (again, that was one miracle) And there was a cool Buddhist statue that we missed, so we were trying to find it. Finally we saw it down below, but couldn't figure out how to get down to it. All of a sudden this monk appears at the statue and is yelling at us to come down and tells us how to get there. We all start running down to meet up with this monk.

(Random back story, Sister Oh and I have been studying Polygamy. Why? I don't know. She's been a member of the church for 6 years, so she doesn't know a lot of the history so I've been teaching her some. But one thing we were talking about last week, was she didn't know that Brigham Young and some other prophets excersized Polygamy. So we have been talking about that and researching it. Fun stuff. Except we kept thinking, this doesn't seem like what we should be spending out time on studying. I just shrugged it off and felt like it was important for her to know!)

We get down to this monk and start talking to him, and he realized who we are and says, hey I've been to your church! And we were like..what? "I've been to your church in Salt Lake!" .....what? He was in Utah over 10 years ago and went to General Conference in Salt Lake and toured Temple Square, but had never talked with the missionaries before, and he had tons of questions about our church and beliefs. It was SO cool. So we sat up on a ledge up in the mountain, over looking the valley, next to this huge Buddha, teaching him about our church and answering all his questions. (It was so beautiful, like out of a movie.) One of his major questions being about Polygamy, and it was all stuff I wouldn't know if we hadn't been studying the history of it. He invited us to come to his house that following Friday, so we were able to meet with him again. It was such a huge testimony builder to me of how the Lord always puts people we need to meet in our path and everything is his plan. Everything is always his plan!!

Now, forwarding to that Friday, we went with the Elders to his house. He lived like up in middle of nowhere. So we went and were able to talk with him, and finish answering some of his questions. And he wanted to tell us about our future. I didn't know that Monks did this, but apparently they read your palm and depending on your birthday, will tell you about your future. Mistake. So he did me first, and for some reason he liked picking on me because he just kept coming back to me and adding to my future, except I don't know if he had anything good to say about my future! To sum it all up, he said I'm going to have a hard time keeping a boyfriend, won't get married before I'm 30, and if I do it'll end badly. When I finally get married my first born child will have a lot of health issues and my husband will work far away from home and I'll only see him on the weekends. That I have a weak heart, and I get my energy from the sun, so in order to keep my heart healthy I need to live somewhere warm. That I am always happy and my heart has no room for anger. That I shouldn't study nursing, it doesn't fit me, that I need to study counseling, because he says he thinks I like to talk a lot and have a strong mind. He kept saying, "You had a boyfriend and you never listening to anything he said did you? Because you are strong minded and like to do what you want. " And I was like whhhat??? It was really embarrassing and also really funny. I also learned, I never want to be a monk because it would be so lonely and their bathrooms are like little outhouses in the woods. (If you ever visit a monk's house, don't ask them to use their bathroom.) The Church is true!

I love you all!
Sister Stout  

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

On P-day we went to an escape room for Sister Oh's birthday (which was Wednesdsay) It was super fun! We did a crime scene one, so we were like hand cuffed to the wall, trying to figure out the riddle before the person came back....we got killed. We couldn't figure it out.

Sister Oh's birthday!!

We went to lunch with our Young Women for Sister Oh's birthday!

This is our recent converts dog, okay its so cute. I love this dog, it's so small, but has so much energy! And it may or may not be in my suit case later.

Last one!! We had a Musical fireside this week and so after we all went to lunch at this place called Mom's Touch. Mom's Touch is pretty much American styled burgers, with a Korean twist on them, but it does the trick!

Hello Everyone!!

So much to say and so little time!! This week was Sister Oh's birthday, so we kept the party going all week. It was soo much fun. So for her birthday I got up in the night and decorated the house, we did a bunch of fun stuff. I made her Blonde Brownies and she loved them. Except after she said, that was so good, but I could never eat that for a meal. And I was like...what? Why would you eat that for a meal? And she said, isn't that a meal in America? Your mom doesn't just make a pan of brownies and you eat them for dinner? She was shocked! So we had a talk about cultural differences and stereotypes and it was hilarious. She also said she always thought American's slept with shoes on...I have no idea where that came from. And that we only eat bread, pizza and hamburgers. It was great, because then after she asked, What is the stereotype for Asians in America?? And I was like, Let me tell you about Yellowstone. Good talk, good talk.

Another bonus to this week, randomly Monday night all of our hot water, heater, and stove stopped working. We called the mission home and the APs were like...hmmm...we'll work on it. Showering was like doing the Polar Plunge, and I was already sick. We did all of our studies at the church to use their heater because its been so cold. After 2 days, we called the APs again and essentially said we were dying over here. They checked somethings, and turns out they forgot to pay our bill. It got paid and all warmness was restored in our house! It was a Thanksgiving Miracle!

So every week we help out at a Food Shelter by our house. We help dish up people who come in, and it's hopping! It's the place for all the poor little Grandma and Grandpas to come. Kind of an interesting culture thing. In Korea there isn't any program set up for the Elderly. At all. It's so sad. So to pay for themselves they walk around with this huge carts picking up cardboard, that they then sell to these junk yards for money. And most of them make little gardens in the mountains that they sell stuff along the street at the outdoor market. It breaks my heart because Korea is such a developed country, but then there are all these little hunched over 80+ year old Grandmas pulling a cart down the road full of cardboard. I don't think I'll ever understand.

Crazy Miracle this week! After our having no warm water issue, we were kindof just done. One particular night, all of our appointments canceled on us. Safe to say, it was a lame night. Right now our mission is doing a Book of Mormon reading challenge, in order to finish it by Christmas. After reading that morning we had talked about how everything happens for a reason and how the Lord lays our path. Except now here we were, cold, no appointments, and walking home down this dirt road in the dark. Super bummed, but this lady walks out of her house, we say hello and start talking to her. Turns out the missionaries used to come to her house a few years ago and she asked us to come back and visit with her. We were so excited, and now she's a new investigator. It was another testimony builder to me that everything is the Lord's plan, and if we just trust Him, everything will always work out the way it should. 

Sending Love!
Sister Stout

Monday, November 20, 2017

Earhquakes, miracles, oh and more Earthquakes

Last P-day!!

Emergency alerts we got on our phone for all the Earthquakes

And Sister Oh and I have been craving Banana bread so I attempted making some!

 I asked Sister Oh what we should do to pose, and she said, hmm okay you be the bell and I'll be the stick... She's super funny!

Hey everybody!!

This week, um yeah. SO much happened.

The week started off with going to a super famous Buddhist Temple for P-day. It was the biggest one I've ever been to. Buddhism is such a confusing, but interesting religion. 

We also had exchanges! I went back to Pohang for exchanges...that was weird. It was like going back to my old house, but none of my stuff was there. It felt like my companion was cheating on me! Anyways, there was this girl that I had met on the bus and we texted her everyday for almost the whole transfer, because she couldn't meet because she was busy with work, but we got super close with her. Well then she randomly dropped off the face of the Earth, we were so sad, then I transferred. Well, she called them a couple weeks ago to set up an appointment, anyways, so during exchanges I got to meet her! That was awesome, a huge blessing! 
That night we went door knocking, which was actually the first time I've gone my whole mission! It's not something we do much of here! Everyone has locks on their buildings and it's just more effective on the streets, except when it's so cold outside, there is no one to be seen! We go to the first door, on the fifteenth floor, knock. Silence. We could hear them coming to the door. So we waited. Waited. Ah yes here they come, well turns out they didn't actually hear the knock, they were just leaving the house. So what do you do when you open your front door and there is just these two girls standing there? Yes, this like 25 year old man and his mom scream and jump back like we were ghosts! Well, I didn't expect them to scream, so they scared me, so I jumped back and screamed! And my companion was awkwardly tucked around the corner so no one could see her... I had no words and neither did they! So we both just sat there staring at each other for a minute horrified! Then my companion peaks around the corner and gives them a nice spill, as their faces remain the exact same, horrified looking at me, and off we went. Seriously, the most scary experience of my life, also the first and last time I ever want to knock doors again.

And...oh yes Earthquakes. This week has been insane. So we had District Meeting in Pohang, right as our bus pulls out of the bus terminal, we get an alert on our phones saying that a 5.5 earthquake just hit Pohang. Thanks to the shocks of the bus, we didn't feel anything. Our poor Pohang missionaries sure took a scare though. One of the Sisters took a brick to the head and the other the shoulder, Heavenly Father sure was taking care of them, because they're fine! And since then we've had 7 earthquakes this week! We were looking it up at church with the members and it turns out that my area is sitting in middle of a mine of fault lines that are all suddenly deciding to be active! Korea like never has earthquakes. Our MCM leader talked to us about earthquake safety at church because there is supposed to be the biggest earthquake Korea has had in hundreds and hundreds of years coming this month. ....Korea is so not built for Earthquakes. 

Now, the funny earthquake story. So after District Meeting we were able to meet with a new investigator at her house. So when we got there, woah. It was like being blasted to the past! Her house is a super old Korean house, like the floor and walls were made out of dirt and there were parts you had to duck under wooden beams. Super crazy. I've never seen a house like that before! We were able to teach her, learn about her, the lesson went awesome, and I was saying the closing prayer. Half way through the closing prayer the whole house starts shaking!! Round two of the earthquake!! She's all of a sudden screaming GET OUT OF THE HOUSE SISTERS!!! Long story short, I never got to finish my prayer and that was the weirdest end of an appointment ever. And amidst of all the crazy we found a bunch of new investigators and have been seeing all kinds of miracles!! 

I love you all!! 
Sister Stout

Monday, November 13, 2017

Happy 빼빼로 Day!!

So my companion LOVES shopping. So we went last p-day, she bought this pretty dress, and I got the coolest sweatshirt ever. 

Translating to teach one of our less actives who speaks Russian.

Korean English

 Visiting with our recent convert and less active this week. So they all share the same living room then their rooms are connected to the living room. Our investigator lives there too, so pretty much it feels like we're there all of the time. Good thing they like us!

HAHAHA so. We were walking up the steps to the church this week with the Young Women and they were like, oooh why are all the flowers dead. Ohh sad. Then we said, oh maybe we should water them. Then...they looked at us and said, the Sister missionaries are supposed to water them....awkward. My companion forgot they asked them to before. And now they're like all half gone. 

A little boy in our ward was baptized this week!

Hey everyone!

Okay the amount of miracles we saw in 경주 this week has been unreal. I wish I had time to type them all up, but I'll just share a few!

Random fun thing that happened this week. So we are doing a Christmas Eve program and our Youth have to do a Cha Cha dance routine and we got asked to teach the Youth in our Branch how to Cha Cha. It was one of those things that I was like, wow, who knew taking Social Dance in High School was preparing me for my mission! Because if I didn't already know we would've been in trouble! Tender mercies all around.

So since we have three foreigners in our area this transfer we've been focusing a lot on our English class and getting more people to come. So in order to do that we've been going through all of our contacts and just texting everyone. Then we asked people who don't have interest to respond no, it's kindof funny hearing our phone buzz no all day, it's like "no" "no" "no" "heck no" "no" We get a good laugh out of it, but  we have 4 new investigator appointments set up for next week that we're hoping work out!! I mean they already gave us their address, so they're pretty must stuck. ;)

English class rolls around and we had 8 new people come, we were so excited. So we're sitting and in walks in three monks, like decked out in their robes with their heads shaved. They came and sat down at the basic language table, which is what I teach. So I'm started to teach them English and the one Monk says, will you please teach my friends about your God? They need it. And I was like...Yes Sir! This Monk is like well known among missionaries in this area. He has a full testimony of our church, he loves it, he believes in everything. Teaching his friends felt like I was teaching with a member. He was testifying about the truth of the Book of Mormon, adding his testimony, it was so intense. The only thing holding him back is, well he's a monk and I'm not sure how switching from being a monk goes, but it was soo cool. It was cool to see the way the Lord had touched his life and how much courage he had to share it with his friends. If a monk can share the gospel with his other monk friends, EVERYONE CAN!!!! Member missionary work is so needed!!

I love and miss you all!!
Sister Stout

Monday, November 6, 2017

9 Months!

So the first picture on the other thing was a puppy pet shop! They're everywhere, but we were walking by and realized the one in the bottom right corner was a pig!!! It was so funny we all had to stop and stare! 

Hello hello everybody!!

경주 is so awesome. The members here are seriously adorable. They all have so many kids, well for Korea and so the branch is crawling with little kids! They make me want to adopt an Asian baby, seriously they're too cute.

My companion is awesome!! Her name is Sister 오서현. She's an angel sent from above! We're having so much fun and things are going great! 

Cool things this week. We're learning Korean sign language, or at least are trying! There is a less active from Vietnam that is deaf and we wanted to be able to share a message with her. So we thought, yes our new smart phones have saved the day!!! So we made her a cute message card to take to the hospital for her (she just had a baby) ....and we get there. She looks at it and is shaking her head and stuff...we were so confused. My sweet hard working companion had accidentally wrote the whole card in Thai instead of Vietnamese! We were dying laughing when we realized what had happened! But later this week we went with a member who knows sign language, and lets just say it went a lot smoother, and she's going to teach us some more sign language this week! 

The smart phones were awesome, and then they stopped working! Halloween night our phone just stopped. Nothing would come in, and nothing would come out. We spent forever at the phone store, where they couldn't do anything until the next day. So our only option was to go Baskin Robbins and buy ice cream for Halloween, obviously. After we got ice cream, our district leader told us to ask someone to borrow their phone to text that we were home, but we are the only girls on our floor, so we decided to just ask someone on the street. After we got a nice lady to let us use here phone, we were walking home and I explained to my companion how every scary movie goes. I don't think we've ever ran home faster after that! The next day after trying and trying and trying, our phone started working!! 

Coolest part of this week though was Sunday! There is a Recent Convert named Slova, his wife is our investigator. They're from....umm I don't actually remember, Russia? Anyways, during Sacrament I was translating for Slova, Korean to English, and then he translated for his wife, from English to Russian. It was so cool. I had the chills like the whole time!

I love you all, stay warm and have a good week!!

Sister Stout

Monday, October 30, 2017

October 30, 2017

We went to the ocean to see the Hand Statue with our investigator this week!

One of these that is probably confusing, we did a district proscelyting activity and did  foreigner games,  It was awesome!

Hey everyone!!

I don't have much time, so I'll keep it short, but this week was awesome! We were so busy wrapping things up and preparing for the talent show on Saturday, that went great! 

I got transferred....sort of, I got transferred to the other area in my district, Gyeongju. We literally took a taxi here because it was cheaper to travel by taxi than pay to send all of my stuff and buy our bus ticket. My new companion is the cutest Korean Sister ever! 

I'm super excited to see all of the miracles that are going to come this transfer. 

I love and miss you all!
Sister Stout

October 23, 2017

Hey friends and family!

This week was awesome!! But let's be real, any week in Pohang with Sister Oleson is the best! 

So every year our Branch does a talent show and the missionaries do something random and fun. I guess it's supposed to be like the huge highlight of the night and we have big shoes to fill this year! So we decided to do synchronized swimming, oh my gosh. It is so much harder than it looks in the videos! I can already feel all the bruises that are awaiting in the near future!

We got to go to Uljin this week and it was the best day ever. I probably say that a lot, but really, this was. They took us up into the mountains and we had a picnic. The weather here is similar to Utah, so right now all of the leaves are starting to change colors, and it was so refreshing! Like stepping back into Utah for a little bit. 

And one miracle this week. We were teaching primary on Sunday and got a call from a random number. We called back after church and it was this man. He asked if we could give him a Book of Mormon and that he would be at the church in 5 minutes. When we met him, we got to talk to him for a little bit and he told us how his friend had served a mission in Japan 30 years ago, and had offered him a Book of Mormon. He was attending another church at the time and told his friend he had no interest. Now, 30 years later, he decided he wanted to take his friend up on his invitation because he needed something more in his life. It was such a testimony builder to me that we don't always know the impact of things that we are doing now, sometimes we won't know for 10 years, 30 years or maybe not even until the next life. But every leap of faith we take in sharing the gospel with our friends will always have an impact, whether we know it or not! There really isn't a more powerful way to do missionary work than member missionary work! The Lord needs you!!

Love you all!!
Sister Stout

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