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

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

Monday, August 21, 2017

August 20, 2017

 Elder Jeong and the raw cut up fish we had for MCM.

An Elder in our Zone brought us Dr. Peppers. Which is funny because thats like one soda that is nonexistant in Korea!

Roller skating last week for p-day, which is sooo different than roller blading!


Our Saturday night that consisted of painting nails and conference talks!
Hey Dad this is for you! this is the fish we ate raw, the MCM leader pulled it up on his phone so I took a picture of it...pretending I loved it so much I wanted to eat it again later. When really I was thinking, woah I have to know what I'm eating!

Hey Everybody!!!

This week has been awesome! Sister Oleson and I are definitely finally getting in the swing of all things Pohang. Pohang is a little piece of Paradise, the members are super awesome and just the people here are all so nice. Not to mention a kids English class we teach that has two little boys from Africa in it that have completely stolen my heart! Pohang has one of the biggest outdoor markets, it’s seriously huge. The Elders told us if we ever get lost in it to just call them because they know their way around the market. A little concerning, but hey we have managed not getting lost yet! Pohang is super close to the ocean and so the outdoor market is full of hundreds of glass cases full of water and sea life. I’ve never seen more crabs and lobsters in my life! At our MCM Meetings, which we do Saturday mornings and have breakfast together, our Mission Leader pulled out this raw fish. He showed us the picture of the deep sea fish it was, and it was one of the strangest fish I’ve ever seen! I kept waiting for him to cook it….and waiting. Then he walked the plate of raw fish over to the table, sat it down. And the raw fish party began! I guess Pohang is going to help me get over my weakness of raw fish!
We’ve been getting dumped on this past week! Which turns doing studies outside, to during studies at convenient stores. But I think my favorite part about it is sitting there studying on this long table, next to all of the men coming in and out filling out their lottery tickets. Who knew people in Pohang would be so into the lottery?? I always wonder what they’re thinking when they sit down, pull out their lottery ticket, and then there’s just like a pamphlet with Jesus sitting their looking at them. It never fails to start an interesting conversation though!
As amazing as Pohang has been to us, our investigator pool has been dropping like flies and it’s had me thinking a lot about faith. We can have all the faith in the world but there are always two things that our faith can’t do, first, our faith can’t take away another person’s agency. And second, our faith can’t change Heavenly Father’s will.  Through the trial of our faith, as we look to the Lord and we rely on him and HIS will, that is when we truly can see miracles.
Sending lots of love!
Love Sister Stout

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