Monday, May 23, 2016

마지막 (The Last) Email

So I don't know how it happened, but this is my last email as a missionary. My heart is full of all sorts of feelings that I can't explain. I have learned to love this country and the people here, the language and the culture. I love the Korean members, the missionaries I serve with, and just everything about being a missionary in Korea. No, it hasn't been easy. But I didn't expect it to be. It has been the most amazing 18 months of my life, and has changed my life and my expectations more than I could have ever imagined.  Going on a mission was the BEST decision I ever made.


 So here are some goodbye pictures:

                                                 
This was our district's last proselyting activity together. Sticker boarding. :)

Young woman's! Including our two investigators. :)

Both me and Elder Tanner are going home, so we had to get a picture with all the youth of course! We love the youth so much! The two girls standing next to me on both sides are our investigators. :)
Our branch president's cute daughter! :) We are best friends. She cried when I had to say goodbye. It was so cute but so sad. :(

So no, we didn't get to have a baptism this week. Our investigator didn't feel like she was prepared enough. But that is okay, because I know that she will get baptized someday. And it was also a relief knowing that she wants to be baptized when she feels its right, not just because I was leaving. She is reading the Book of Mormon, praying about it, and applying it to her life just as she should be. She is still coming to church every week and progressing. She just needs a little more time. The good thing is, since I am coming home I can contact her as much as I want through Facebook and other Korean social media. We already plan on making a chat group for the two youth investigators, their member friends, and me. Missionary work doesn't end after the name tag comes off. :)

Okay so I really cannot express the amount of gratitude I have in my heart right now. I never ever thought that I would be called to serve in Korea, but here I am, and I have almost finished a full time mission here. This has literally been the BEST decision I could have ever made, and the Lord sent me to the most amazing place, with the most amazing people. Yeah, the language is a little tough, but I love Korean and my heart aches thinking that I might not have the opportunity to speak it every day after this week ends. The Korean saints are such strong incredible people. They face challenges much different than we do in America, but they do their best to stand strong and keep the Lord's work moving along here in this beautiful country. I think I will be leaving half of my heart here, and I know that it is going to be really hard getting on that plane on Friday. But I also look forward to seeing my family and friends for the first time in 18 months. I am so grateful that I have support behind me, people who love me and uplift me through this adventure in Korea, both those in America and those in Korea.

I really wish that I could put my feelings into words better, but for some reason I just can't. Serving a mission has been the biggest blessing, and the value it has had in my life is something that you can't put a price on, or express in the English or Korean language. ;)

 15 And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in the kingdom of my Father!
-Doctrine and Covenants 18:15

This was my mission scripture, and I don't know for sure if I brought even one soul unto repentance while I was here, but I can honestly say that the joy that I have felt serving has definitely been something that has to have had a heavenly source, and I have received endless help from above. I have lived without the things of the world for so long, yet I have been happier than ever before. The gospel is true and Heavenly Father is in heaven watching us and helping us, guiding us and teaching us. He is preparing His children all over the world to receive the truth, and I am so glad I got to be a part of His army for a short amount of time.

I know that the gospel is true, and I know that Joseph Smith truly saw God and Jesus Christ, leading up to the Restoration of the true gospel. I know that the Book of Mormon is true, and I know that God created a plan for us. I know that through His plan we can return to Him and
live with Him and our families forever. I know that through faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and enduring the the end, we can receive eternal life and live in happiness forever. I know that if we keep the commandments and strive to live the law of heaven, we will be happy on the earth, and we will be even happier in the life to come.

I guess what I have truly learned is that the gospel is for our happiness. Heavenly Father truly wants us to be happy. That is why He created all of this for us. That is why I sacrificed my life for 18 months -- to help other people find the joy and happiness that I have found.

I am leaving part of my heart in Korea, but part of my heart lies in America waiting for me. I can't wait to see all of your bright eyes and smiling faces. And hugs.... Koreans don't really hug so being hugged will be so nice haha. :)

 Because of the time change this week will actually be 8 days long for me haha. But yeah...

SEE YOU ON FRIDAY!!!! Love and miss you all!

With love from Korea,
Sister Maughan
















Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Miracles Always Come

So this week was a good one! :) It doesn't quite compare with last week, but it has still been good. We got to farm again which was super fun as always! Being out in the sun and just working in the dirt was so nice! It made me feel at home ha ha. I mean, I have to admit that I didn't do much farming or gardening really when I was home... (sorry Mom and Dad ha ha)  but I certainly played in the dirt and sun a lot, I just did it wearing a slightly different uniform, and not a missionary badge.

 We also played Ultimate Frisbee again on Friday! The elders were on exchange so I was the only American there. Good thing I already know how to play because there is no way I would understand the rules in Korean ha ha. Even as old of a missionary as I am. ;) But it was super fun as always! :)

The two girls in the middle are both our investigators (the one in the striped jacket is the Buddhist one, and the one with the white shirt on is the one with a baptismal date) , and the rest of the people in the picture are members! :)



So we also had the opportunity to go to a dog cafe this week! In Korea, there are cafes you can go to where you can order ridiculously expensive smoothies and play with dogs, and it was my dying wish to go to one before I go home. So here are some pictures of me with dogs because... I love dogs ha ha! :)  Chewy is still number one though. That hasn't changed ha ha.




You know dog cafes probably aren't the most sanitary thing... but it was a fun experience. :) 



I don't know when the Elders got this pic...but they did! :) I was cold so I borrowed a members cardigan. :)


Okay so Saturday and Sunday were kind of stressful days. The investigator with a baptismal date was sick on Saturday and couldn't meet, and then couldn't come to church on Sunday because of her parents. But when she texted us on Sunday she sounded kind of upset, and we weren't exactly sure why. My heart sank as I read "don't call me today because I won't answer." She told us the reason was that if she came to church, she couldn't do homework. And her mom wouldn't let her come to church again if she couldn't finish her homework. But we weren't sure if she was more upset at her mom, or at us for asking her where she was. We know that she fights with her mom a lot, but of course we always worry that its something we did. Anyway, after hours and hours of no texts from her, a thought came to my mind. "Text her something simple. just say 'i love you!' and make sure she knows that its from you, because she has a stronger bond with you than your companion." (I was the first missionary she met, so we are tight.) So I did just that. I texted "자매님! 사랑해요! <3 love, 만  자매" and then hoped with all I had that she would reply. And about an hour later, she did! She replied, in Korean of course, "I love you too!" and then we just talked about her day lightly. I didn't pressure her or anything, just treated her like a friend. :) But the important thing was, she replied and she still likes us and isn't angry. So that was a miracle.

Also, while waiting anxiously in sacrament meeting for her reply, our other investigator texted us (the Buddhist one) saying that she was on her way.  I looked up at my companion shocked to see the text. Her parents did not give her permission to come to church, but she was coming! Part of me worried about her parents, but part of me was excited she was coming. When she showed up we asked her how she was able to come. "Well, I kind of lied to my parents. I said I was coming to the church to play ping pong with you."

So... I guess its a start. We wrote her parents a note, but she has been to scared to give it to them. She wanted to come to church so bad that she lied to them to come! I mean, of course I don't support lying to your parents ever. But that at least showed us her desire to come. And when she went to young women's she fit right in with the young women and really enjoyed the lesson (which, actually we taught haha). But it was so good to see her at church! :)

So even when we are worrying and stressed and running low on faith, if we just trust in the Lord, give Him even the tiniest bit of our trust, He will take it and make something beautiful out of it. I have to admit my faith was challenged this weekend, but seeing our investigator at church and receiving a text message from our other investigator reminded me that this is not my work after all, this is the Lord's work. And His plan is much larger and more beautiful than ours. :) We are not sure if our investigator will be able to be baptized on Sunday, but we are fasting today for it to be possible. Hopefully my last email as a missionary will be an email full of white clothing and the waters of baptism in our portable baptismal font. But if not, I will know that it was the Lord's plan. :) This is His work, not my work. And my remaining time to participate in it, while short, is a blessing. :)

Love and miss you all! See you soon ish!

Love, Sister Maughan






Monday, May 9, 2016

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!

So first off, let me say HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY to my beautiful and perfect mother. :) I already said it over Skype, but might as well say it again right? :)

Okay, so this week was the most miracle filled week yet. But before I get to the miracles, I want to post some pictures. On Thursday, it was my final zone training. So I had to say goodbye to so many people because I won't see them again before I go home. So that was super sad. But I will post some pics because... pictures are better than words right? I served with all these missionaries at some point and we all became friends. So these are goodbye pictures. ㅠㅠ

Sister Capener (one of my previous companions), Sister Workman (we served in the same zone for her 7 transfers), Elder Steele (He was a zone leader when I was a sister training leader  in the same zone).

Sister Capener and Elder Ryoo (we served in the same district).
Sister Workman! :)
Elder Lee (we served in the same district).



Wow, the friendships I have made on my mission are seriously priceless. And goodbyes are not fun. But I feel like as a missionary, you have to say goodbye so much. We get transferred, go home, meet new members and missionaries etc. But I can never thank the Lord enough for the amazing people I have got to serve with in Korea.

Okay now that we got the pictures out of the way, I can move onto the miracles. Okay so really, this week was PACKED with miracles. I just have to go through it day by day, and even by doing that I probably won't be able to put it into words.

Monday: It was PDAY! Yeah. Not much to say.

Tuesday: We met with our Vietnamese investigator. Her husband is Korean and he was baptized in March. We are taking it slow with her because of the language difficulty, but we watched the Mormon Message, Earthy Father, Heavenly Father with her. This is probably my favorite Mormon Message of all time, and she really enjoyed it. :)
http://www.mormonchannel.org/watch/series/mormon-messages/earthly-father-heavenly-father
And then one of the less actives that I helped reactivate in Incheon (my last area) called me asking when I would visit her before I went home. She begged that I come visit her, so that was a sweet tender mercy from the Lord.

Wednesday: We met with our English interest investigator and then had English class that night. All the young women came to English class, so that was fun! :)

Thursday: This is where the miracles truly begin. We went to zone training where I bore my last testimony. And then we came back to Icheon and met with our two young women investigators. We were planning to meet them at the same time, but one was later than the other, so we just taught them separately. We taught them both about the Book of Mormon, and they both thought that it was so cool that a boy their same age was able to translate it. :) The Buddhist background young woman said she would try to read it this week, and she accepted everything well. Truly golden. :) And the other one just soaked everything in. When she showed up late, she had been sleeping because earlier that day she had been fighting with her mom. She wanted to forget it so she went to sleep. But when we called she knew she needed to meet with us. And when she met with us she told us about her family situation and how it was hard for her. She is only 14 years old, but she recognized that she also had some things that she needed to repent of, like fighting with her mom. So she said whenever she recognizes that she has made a mistake, she prays to God for forgiveness. She told us about an experience she had when she was younger, praying for her family who, at the time, was struggling financially. While praying, she was overcome with peace that she hasn't been able to explain since. She said that her heart was warm and fuzzy, and she felt a sense of comfort that left her knowing that God was there. She asked us what that feeling was and how she could feel it again. I think both me and my companion sat there, jaws dropped and eyes bugging out like a deer in the headlights in unbelief as our investigator told us about how she had already felt the Holy Ghost, and wanted to feel it again. To be honest, this has not happened on my mission up until this day, and it happened to be my 18 month mark. I don't think I could have asked for a bigger or better miracle to be a part of. So we went explained the Holy Ghost and its importance, and our investigator left feeling a lot happier than when she showed up. :)

Friday:  We met the young women investigators again and taught them about the Word of Wisdom. Because tea and coffee are so popular here, they both admitted it would be kind of hard, but they both promised to try their best to follow the word of wisdom.

Saturday: We met them both again and talked about the Law of Chastity. I was a little nervous to teach the Law of Chastity to two 14 year old girls, but they both accepted it well. We made it fun by asking them what kind of person they wanted to marry. They are both pretty mature for their age, and said things like "someone who is family centered" and "someone who just loves me." It was a super good lesson! We ended the lesson by playing badminton for a half hour with them. Super fun! :)

Sunday: We knew that our the one young women probably wouldn't be able to come to church, but we invited her anyway. And then we called the other one when we got to church. The one with permission said that she would come. We sat in the back of the chapel anxiously waiting for her to come. When the door opened, we turned around to see our other investigator, the Vietnamese one, walk in with her family. Again, our jaws dropped and eyes bulged at the miracle that was before our eyes. We had invited her to church, but she wasn't planning on coming, so we didn't think she would be there.  And then about 20 minutes later our young woman investigator showed up. We had two investigators at church! It was absolutely amazing to watch the branch members fellowship them so well. :)

Okay, well that was quite a lot for today I think. I stand in awe at the miracles I am seeing in my last few weeks as a missionary. The Lord is truly blessing me being imagination, and I feel like I haven't really done anything to deserve it. I am just well... I am here. And that is really all I can really say. I am here and willing and I will serve with all my heart the next 2 and a half weeks. I love being a missionary, and this opportunity has been the biggest blessing, bigger than I could have ever imagined!
Here's the last pic of me and my cute compie! :)
I love and miss you all! So glad I got to Skype with the fam today! :) See you in a few weeks, but talk to you next week! :)

Love, Sister Maughan























Tuesday, May 3, 2016

And its May...

For 18 months when people ask me when I go home, I have been saying "I don't die until May 2016,"  ("die" is missionary slang for "going home"). Well, May has officially come. And with it has come a flood of emotions that I cant even explain. Some "dying" missionaries get to the end of their missions and deny that they are going home. Some get trunky and stop working because they know they will be going home soon. But for me, going home isn't something I am going to deny, nor is it something that I will allow to make me lazy. After talking to other old missionaries and President Morrise, I have figured that just straight up accepting that I am going home soon, but working hard up until the end is probably the least stressful way to go about it. Yes, I don't have much time left. But I still have time. :) I will not be satisfied until the day that I step off the plane in Salt Lake City.  Happy, but not satisfied.

Okay so this week was FULL OF MIRACLES. Like, wow. We have two investigators that a young woman referred to us. They are both 14 years old. One comes from a Buddhist family, the other comes from a Christian family. We teach them together.  Well, on Friday we taught them the third lesson, the Gospel of Jesus Christ. So we taught them about baptism. Because they are young, we teach them through activities. So for this one, we made the church into a pirate adventure. We made a map for them, and told them to go to each of the points on the map.. The points were "Faith in Jesus Christ" "Repentance" "Baptism" "The Gift of the Holy Ghost" and  "Enduring to the End.." We then made the treasure at the end "Eternal Life." They really liked it and asked lots of questions as we went. We talked about each of the points as we went on our journey (each room was a different point on the map).  When we made it to eternal life, we asked them what they remembered about the Celestial Kingdom. They remembered everything we had taught them before! :) They also remembered that in order to go to the Celestial Kingdom, you have to be baptized. So we reviewed baptism one more time, and invited them to be baptized. They both accepted! We then looked at the calendar and asked how May 21st 2016 sounded. They both agreed! :) The only problem was, that meant that they had to attend church yesterday, this coming Sunday, and the next Sunday. They committed to that too! :)



This was our "Eternal Life" room. :)

So Sunday rolled around, and we saw one of them walk in with her member friend. The one that comes from a Christian background got permission to come to church from her parents, and permission to be baptized. I saw her walk in and ran up and hugged her so hard! She laughed and told us that waking up that morning had been really hard, but that she had prayed immediately to God for help getting up so that she could come to church.  So amazing!
But the other 14 year old that comes from a Buddhist background couldn't get permission from her parents. :( They wouldn't' allow her to come to church. So we texted her and told her that we would pray for her to be able to come next week. She said that she would be praying for them to give her permission too. She really wants to get baptized but can't get permission yet. We will keep praying for her though! :)

One of the sisters that served in our mission came back and visited! We all had dinner at our Branch Mission leader's house. :)
Faith is absolutely amazing. I wanted so badly to be able to see an investigator get baptized before I go home if it was the Lord's will, and I might get to see one get baptized the very weekend before I get on the plane. I prayed and prayed and fasted and acted in faith in every way that I could. I am not perfect, so I had to repent a lot too. I only did a small portion of what it took to lead these girls to the truth though. .Heavenly Father and the Lord did the rest. If they by chance cannot be baptized before I go home, I will know that it is the Lord's plan. And I only want to do the things He would have me do. But for now, one of the girls is planning on being baptized on the 21st. The other one is still praying for permission. I know that the Lord's plan is perfect, and that eventually, whether I am here or not, both of these girls will get baptized and change their lives for forever.


I love and miss you all so much! Talk to you next week! :)

Love always,
Sister Maughan























Monday, April 25, 2016

Helaman 5:12



Okay so this week we got to go to the temple again!  And let me just say, I have never had to work so hard to go to the temple. Let me explain. To get out of Icheon, we have to take a terminal bus to Gangnam. It takes around 2 hours to get to the temple from Icheon. About an hour by bus, and an hour by train. So since the session we wanted to go to started at 9:30am, we bought tickets for the 7:10am bus. Usually we make it there easily if we leave at 7:10. So we didn't think much of it. But this time... we hit some stumbling blocks along the way. It had been raining and raining and raining for days (because I guess there was an earthquake in Japan...? I don't really know. Haha I can't watch the news), and for whatever reason, traffic was at a complete stop in Icheon. For an hour. At first everything was normal, and my cute companion knocked out dead asleep. I was looking out the window wondering if I would fall asleep on the ride too, when we slowed down and ended up completely stopping behind a line of vehicles that seemed to go on forever. I kept looking out the window, and looking at my watch. 10 minutes, still just the scene of endless rice fields and a few farm buildings covered in rain. 20 minutes, still the same scene. 30 minutes, we hadn't moved an inch. I turned around to see if the elders were asleep (they were sitting in the two seats behind us on the bus). They were both wide awake looking out the window. I asked them if we were going to make it. We all knew that there was a great chance we wouldn't make it to the temple on time. We decided that if we could get moving in 10 minutes, we could maybe make the 10:00 session, but as far we knew, we weren't going to be moving. Well, after an hour... literally 60 minutes of looking at those rice fields and farm buildings, we finally got moving. As soon as we got off the bus in Gangnam we called everyone we could to find out if there was a 10:30 session that missionaries could attend, because usually there are sessions specifically for missionaries and we have to attend those. President Morrise was driving so he couldn't answer the phone. Sister Morrise was on her phone and couldn't answer. The zone leaders didn't have an answer to our question. We didn't know if it was worth it to pay the money and go all the way to the temple without being able to go in. But we decided to try anyway.

We literally ran to the temple from the train station, and walked in huffing and puffing. The temple workers saw us and quickly ushered us into the temple. They assured us that there in fact was a 10:30 session that day, and that we didn't need to hurry. Anyway, so we made it to  the temple!

So here is the typical district Temple picture! :)

But there is an important lesson to be learned here. When we are trying to do something good, Satan will do everything he can to stop us. He knows where we are trying to go, and he knows that we are trying to follow the Lord. Therefore, he tries to stop us from doing good. He will send tons of vehicles packed bumper to bumper to try and stop us from getting to our destination. Just like in Helaman 5:12, he will send us storms and whirlwinds and everything he can to stop us. But we have to be strong and continue on with faith that the Lord will help us.  When we take a leap of faith, sometimes it feels like we can be leaping into darkness. Sometimes it feels like we are jumping off a cliff into an abyss and we are not sure what is going to happen. But I know that if we take the leap of faith, the Lord will either provide a net to catch us, or He will give us wings to fly.

 12 And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.


So this week is a very, very important week for us. We have 3 investigators that we will be inviting to be baptized. Our hope is that they will be baptized before I go home. And that means that they have to attend church 3 times by then. Which means that they have to attend church for the next 3 Sundays, or I will not be here to see them baptized. Two are 14 year old girls that were referred to us by a young woman. The other is a 24 year old Vietnamese woman who married a recent convert in our branch. They all have been very accepting of the gospel, and we know that with faith and hope and trust in the Lord, they can all be baptized. But it will also take a lot of work on our part. So we have made goals to be extra extra obedient and diligent this week. We want to talk to everyone we can while outside, and get to bed right at 10:30pm, leave the house right after lunch, and stay out working until exactly 9:00pm. We know that by polishing our schedule and doing all that we can to serve the Lord this week, we can invite our investigators to church and invite them to be baptized knowing without a doubt that we did everything we could, and the rest was up to our investigators and the Lord. Mostly, we are just trying to show our faith to Him by being extra obedient this week, tightening the loose bolts and polishing the scratches away. :) We are also praying even more often than we already were and more specifically. This week may in fact be the most important week of my entire mission.

We love the country! :)

Okay well that is it for today! Also, my dad just turned 40 again so wish him a happy Bearth Day (his birthday is on earth day ha ha). Love you dad! You're the coolest. And yeah, I know that every time you look in the mirror you get better looking. I am sure it hasn't changed. ;)

Love you all and miss you!

Love, Sister Maughan


















Monday, April 18, 2016

12th (마지막) Transfer... 시작!

Okay so I thought I would start this email with a picture of our new district and our branch president's ADORABLE daughter. She took this selfie after church yesterday ha ha. She took it on our phone, so the quality isn't the greatest, but I thought it was worth sharing. :)

And as you can see in the picture above, my new companion is Korean! :) I am training a Korean! Her name is Sister 이수기 (or in English, Sister Lee SuGi... or even simpler, Sister Lee) . She is super cute! :)  She is learning English, but we speak mostly Korean to each other. Sometimes I accidentally speak English to her (like if she asks me a question right after we wake up in the morning and I am not all the way awake yet) without thinking. I can usually understand her Korean, but then for some reason sometimes English comes out of me. When that happens we laugh. :) And sometimes she asks me what a word in Korean is in English, and I can't think of the English word. Then she jokes that I am Korean, not American.

Anyway, I can promise you one thing. By the time I get home my brain will be mush. 6 weeks of speaking only Korean and my English is gonna fly out the door.  Sometimes I catch myself thinking in Korean and I can't switch back to English. The problem is, I am not fluent in Korean either. So basically I left on my mission speaking English expecting to master another language, but I will probably return fluent in neither language. Haha we will see. :) Anyway, my new compy is from the Daejon mission area. She was actually baptized just over a year ago, so she is a recent convert. She was baptized while I was on my mission! So that is crazy.

Another cute pic of our branch president's daughters, :)
Okay so this last week was kind of crazy. Transfers and picking up a new missionary... then new missionary training meetings and explaining mission rules in Korean (which is still a work in progress haha). It has been an adventure.

We farmed again today! We have tried so many times to get a good picture with both of us....and this is literally the best we got.

We were able to meet with almost all of our investigators this last week! We are meeting with one of the young woman's friends, and we taught them the Plan of Salvation from start to finish. They accepted it well and we think that they will get baptized soon! This work truly is the Lord's work. :) Also, since I have a Korean companion, people have started paying more attention to my Korean. Immediately after meeting me, my new compy told me that I spoke "cute Korean." I just laughed. But then on Saturday the young women started gushing over my "cute Korean" because apparently I speak Korean really... cutely....? Haha I don't know. But whenever I speak the young women always smile and say "oh so cute!" in Korean.  My companion says that when I speak Korean it is really cute and high pitched, kind of like a child. But she said that when I speak English I sound like a professional business woman. Haha who knows. Maybe you'll get to hear my "cute Korean voice" when I get home. I think it is just normal. Haha.

Anyway so this week was the beginning of my last transfer. It is so weird to think that I have been a missionary for 17 months already. I feel like I am still a brand new missionary. But then I look back and realize how much I have learned out here... and the blessings of being a missionary are priceless. I thought I knew what I wanted in life before my mission. I had pretty high dreams and desires. But going on a mission was like putting on glasses for the first time. Everything is so clear now. I know almost exactly what I want for almost everything in the future -- school, marriage, family, career, etc. My dreams and desires have both specified and broadened. My future has been refined by what I have done here. A mission was definitely the best decision I ever made.

I know that this gospel is the true gospel, and I know that Heavenly Father restored it back to the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith. I know that God created a perfect plan for us through which we can return to live with him again, and with our families forever. I love being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I just love life. :)

Love and miss you all!

With love always,
Sister Maughan









Monday, April 11, 2016

Transfer Calls!

So this week was packed with all sorts of everything! Miracles, changes, general conference... just wow. But I will start with transfer calls because I am sure you are wondering what is going on. This transfer call was quite a surprise. We had a feeling that Sister Zippro was leaving because she has been here for a while. So when President Morrise called and told her that she would be transferring, we weren't too surprised. But... the fact that President Morrise was giving us that transfer call was the surprise. Usually the APs (president's assistants) give us the transfer calls. If you hold a leadership position or will be called as a trainer, President Morrise calls. Well, neither of us currently hold leadership positions, and usually training takes 12 weeks so I thought that since I only have 6 weeks left, training was out the of the question. But I was wrong. I am going to be training a greenie for the next 6 weeks! Usually trainers are called to be trainers for 2 transfers (12 weeks), but President Morrise said this was just kind of a special situation. My greenie will be trained by me for 6 weeks, and someone else for 6 weeks. Kind of crazy! :) But I am excited. And nervous ha ha.


My MTC district! Reunited!

Okay so we finally got to watch general conference!!! And it was SO GOOD. Wow. I loved conference. Among my favorite talks were Elder Christofferson's talk about youth and Elder Holland's talk about striving and trying. I like Elder Christofferson's talk because we have especially been focusing on working with the youth, and it has been bring miracles upon miracles to this area. In fact, right after we finished watching Elder Christofferson's talk, we ended up meeting with two new investigators who a young woman referred to us. They are both 14 years old and curious to learn. We taught them the entire first lesson, and they took pictures of things we used as we taught (pictures, scriptures, etc) because they wanted to remember what they had learned. Elder Christofferson's talk pumped my comp and I up even more for that lesson. After he finished his talk, we both looked at each other and high fived each other. We knew that we truly had been following the spirit in working with the youth. :) And Elder Holland's talk.... I have a ton of notes from his talk,. that is for sure. He has always been one of my favorite speakers. But I loved how much he emphasized striving. We truly just have to do our best, and the Lord will help us do the rest. :)

Korean food! Just cuz I haven't sent any food pics.
And then there was Elder Kearson's talk about refugees. Let me just give you a run down of how that went. First, when he started talking, me and Sister Zippro looked at each other and I said, "I feel like we are watching Harry Potter" and she said "I feel like we are watching Narnia!" His accent was the best. Anyway, as he started talking about the refugees, I think all four of us missionaries went bug eyed. You see, as missionaries we literally have no clue what is going on in the world. We live in a world of innocence and peace, a  higher plane. It is kind of nice being away from the world. Well, none of us had been informed of what was going on, so when he talked about refugees and people running out of war-torn countries, we were quite confused. All the sudden the world seemed like a much scarier place than it was when we left....especially for me who has been away for 17 months now, and our district leader who has been away for 23 months. We both go home next month, and needless to say, I don't think either of us are ready to brace the world again. But we have to go where the Lord asks us to, and do what He asks us to. And if we trust in Him, everything will be okay. 

Okay, so we had so many miracles this week, I am just going to list them out:
Tuesday: We met with our Vietnamese investigator with a member. And she prayed for the first time! :) It was so cool and such a miracle, because she comes from a Buddhist background.
We also met with our Uzbekistan investigator and she agreed to keep meeting with us. She had stopped contacting us for a while because she was kind of scared (religion is kind of scary to her, as she grew up in an Islamic country), but decided that we were good people and allowed us to recontact her and meet again. We started teaching her daughter English and it went really well. :)
Wednesday: We met our English interest only investigator and he had a change of heart when we were teaching him. He said "If I start believing, then what? I think my belief is growing. Your church isn't a bad church. It is a good church." This was a huge leap for him, as he had only been meeting with us for English, and always got antsy during the gospel section of our meetings.
Saturday: We met with the referrals that our young woman gave us that I talked about earlier in the email. They are so cute and so accepting. They are getting ready to go to FSY, a version of EFY that is only in Korea and for members and nonmembers. They agreed to pray this week, and they want to keep learning with their member friend. :)

Korea is beautiful in the spring! :)

This week was packed full of so many good things, so many miracles and so many smiles. We are sad that Sister Zippro is leaving. We have watched this area go from an almost dead area to an area thriving and growing like crazy. I am nervous to train, but excited for the future. I am excited to help the work continue moving along in Icheon. :)

I love you all and miss you always! 6 more emails and I am home. I know that means a lot to my mom who has been waiting for probably what seems like an eternity. ;)

Love you! Love Sister Maughan

















Monday, April 4, 2016

DEAR BRAXTON...

Hey everyone it is Braxton's birthday on Saturday... so remember to wish him a happy birthday! He is
going to be 18 YEARS OLD. Like what? Where did time even go? He was only 16 when I left. Anyway, HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRAXTON!!!! 생일 축하합니다! (seng-ir chook-ha-hamnida!)

Okay so I don't have a lot of time today because we are going to Gangnam, but I will type my fastest and tell you what happened this week.

So first off, I want to teach you a Korean word. The word is 정 (jeong). It doesn't have a direct English translation, but it basically means the connection you feel with someone else. For instance, if you make eye contact with someone on the street and say hello, they may smile back at you. If you see them again later, they may say hi first. Then you see each other again, and you always say hi. You might not even know their name. But you know there is some connection between you. You know it is there. You probably wouldn't call it quite a friendship. But there is some connection. The Koreans have a word for it. How cool is that? Anyway, so when we did the youth activity last week (Frisbee... I think I talked about it in my last email), one of the nonmembers that came built some jeong with me. I kept talking to her during the game. She was super cute and super funny. I didn't learn her name until the end, but we had a connection. We had jeong. :) So anyway, this girl came to English class on Wednesday because she liked us so much, and I ended up being her teacher. :) Then she came to our next youth activity this last Saturday. She saw me and ran up and hugged me! :) Koreans don't hug. So this was a huge leap. Well, now she is my friend. :) And it all started with a little jeong. She isn't an investigator yet, but I feel like it is very important that I continue talking to her when she comes and stuff. Being a missionary is the best! I get to make so many friends! :) Missionary work doesn't always have to be teaching serious doctrine and lessons. Sometimes it starts with having a little fun with the youth and becoming their friend. Once you build jeong and become their friend, they trust you and will listen to you more. :) So fun! :)


Also Happy Easter! Thanks Mom for the bunny ears! :)
Okay so this last week we got to go to the temple. I LOVE THE TEMPLE. I didn't realize how much I needed it. I guess lately I have been feeling a little down, like I wasn't doing good enough. When I was in the Celestial Room, I prayed for a little help knowing what to do. I prayed for quite some time. All missionaries pray for what seems like an eternity in the temple, so it wasn't anything too out of the ordinary. Anyway, once I opened my eyes, two sister missionaries were sitting next to me. They were both sisters that I had been in the mtc with. I said hi to them, and we started talking. We are all going home soonish, and had all been feeling the same way. All three of us admitted to feeling "not good enough" recently, and thinking that nobody else felt the same way. Well after talking, we all realized that actually a lot of older missionaries end up feeling that way. You get to the end, look back and what you have done, and wonder if it was enough. But we realized that it was Satan's way of trying to slow us down at the end. After talking to them for a little bit, I felt so much better. God had answered my prayers so quickly, and sent me two angels to talk to in the celestial room. I was so thankful to talk to these two sisters. :)

And then when I was studying the next day, I was asking for more answers, wondering how to completely overcome the feeling of "not being good enough." While I was studying, I ran across the word "strive" multiple times. That is when I learned an important lesson. God only asks us to strive to do our best. He knows that we are not perfect. But if we are striving to do all we can, we are doing good enough. :)
Here is our district at the Temple! The flowers are coming out now! Spring is here! :)


We took a selfie after handing out a Book of Mormon on the bridge! :)

Okay, I have to go now but I love and miss you all so much!

Love, Sister Maughan















Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Happy Easter! :)

This week was literally the best week ever! Okay, so it had its pros and cons, but we will focus mostly on the pros because... well.. why focus on the negative right? I guess you could say this week was the funnest missionary week ever. Sister Zippro and I make fun goals every week during weekly planning to keep the work moving along full of smiles and laughs as well as the spirit. Our fun goal this week was somewhat of a kickback to the 90s. If you are a 90s kid, you know what this is. Our goal was to make the biggest balloon possible during lunch break.



Okay so I don't actually remember the name of this.. but we found it in a store last week. You put the goo on the end of the straw and blow it into a balloon. I just remember never being able to actually get it into a balloon as a kid. It must have been so frustrating to not get it to work. But I can do it now (even though I am like 20 years old now... haha no need to grow up right?) Yes, even missionaries need a silly moment here and there. I don't know why I look so serious in this picture. haha. Focusing.

Anyway Sister Zippro won. She made a huge one. But it was fun. :)


So Saturday we had a super fun activity. A few weeks ago, Sister Zippro and I were talking about how we could help the young women actually enjoy church activities. We were trying to brain storm ideas right when the elders called us, asking us what we thought about a combined activity with the young men and young women. Well, I think I can say that it was the spirit talking to both companionships, the elders and us. The next district meeting we brainstormed activities, and we called up the young women and young men leaders. We set up a game of ultimate frisbee at a local park. We had to teach the Koreans how to play, but I think they found a favorite game. They loved it, and so did we. We reserved two hours that day, and I have never seen the Korean  youth more full of excitement, energy, and smiles. (Koreans don't really smile in pictures,  but they were full  of smiles during the game).

When you take into account that only 5 of the people in the picture besides the missionaries are members, you can see the success of this missionary activity. When working with the youth, you have  to  do the things that they like to do.  We  got a total of 4 phone numbers from this activity, and the elders got 1. And one of the young women who generally hates young women activities told her mom, "That was the first fun church activity I have been to. When can we do it again?" Her mom thanked us at church. We  are already planning next  Saturday's activity. This will become a weekly thing. We just got a zone  training on working with the youth, and we feel like this activity was truly revelation from  God. :) Who would have known that ultimate Frisbee would become such an amazing opportunity to unite the youth with the missionaries, and provide a missionary activity for us to meet nonmembers?

Okay, and then there was today. We farmed! We went out into the middle of no where, out into the country country part of Korea.  and farmed with a member in our branch. We pulled up old plants and gardening poles, raked, battled some HUGE spiders (Sister Zippro and I only screamed once), pet some cows, and pulled weeds all while the smell of cow poop floated in the air. I felt like I was back in good old Wellsville, Utah. 

Can you believe this picture was taken in Korea? Though it may look like it, I am not home yet. Don't let the picture deceive you.




Anyway, we had a lot of miracles this week to go along with the fun times. Yes missionary work is super fun, but we also have our serious moments too. This last week we met with a potential investigator, and it went really well. :) We met her  with a member. Her husband was baptized a few weeks ago, and she has 2 children. She is only 1 year older than me. And no, she is  not Korean. She is Vietnamese, but she married a Korean. She agreed to take the lessons, and study Korean with us and a member each week.  Since her husband was just baptized, she has a lot of potential to be baptized as well. We have been praying to be able to meet with her, and we finally did! :) We will be meeting with her again tomorrow. :)

So Easter isn't really a big thing here, but we still did our best to remember it. In Korean, Easter is 부활절 (bu-hwar-jeor) which directly translates to "Resurrection Day." In Korea, Easter seems to be a bit more of a sacred holiday than a holiday symbolized by a giant bunny that brings candy and eggs to everyone (which I never understood because bunnies don't lay eggs but anyway...). In fact I don't even think Koreans know what Easter eggs or the Easter Bunny is. But, what they do know, is that Easter is the day we remember Christ's resurrection. And so that is what we tried to do yesterday. I never understood why the resurrection was such an important thing. But after being a missionary and teaching about it, I understand. It is so important that we will all get the chance to receive our bodies again. Here on earth, we have pictures of our loved ones, we remember what they look like, what they smell like, the glow in their eyes. We remember the way they laugh, smile, breathe. Can you imagine what it would be like to never get to see them the same way again? Jesus Christ was resurrected so that we can all be perfected in Him, and get our bodies back in perfect condition again. After this life, I will look like me, and you will look like you. Isn't  it beautiful that God loved us so much that He provided a way for this to be possible? We all get to see each other again later, and we will be able to recognize each other! :) I never understood how important that was until now. I think of what it what be like to see my family at the airport in a few months, but not recognize them. It would be horrible! But I will recognize them, and so after we all pass away I will recognize them in heaven too. God's plan truly is beautiful, and the Lord truly sacrificed for us so that we could be happy.

Well Happy Easter everyone! I love and miss you all! :) Have a great week! :)

Love always,
만  자매 (Maughan ja-meh)




Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Heart Attack Fail

So last Monday we went to heart attack a potential investigator's door. But it turned into quite the adventure. Everything was going as normal. We were about to stick the last heart on the door, when we heard voices right next to the door about ready to come out. We were about to be caught. So we stuck the last heart on right as the door handle turned, and booked it to the stair well of the apartment building. The problem was, I was wearing my companion's shoes which were a little too big for me. So it was just "CLOMP CLOMP CLOMP!" all the way down the stairs. It was not graceful, sneaky, or quiet. We only got about 3 flights down when we heard our potential investigator call "Hold on! Wait a minute!" in Korean from above. We ran back up the stairs and said hi to her, kind of awkwardly. She laughed and pointed at the door. All the hearts had fallen in our attempt to get away. She said that she had to go over to a neighbor's house really fast but would come right back. So while she was gone, we stuck the hearts on the door again, trying to catch our breath, laughing at how pathetic we were. It felt a lot like the time I tried to answer a boy to a Homecoming and tripped down his front steps when I was running away from the door, which resulted in my friends laughing their heads off and me being caught by his little sister. I guess some things even a mission can't change. And clumsiness is one of them. ;) Anyway, the potential investigator came back and we got to talk to her for a minute which was really good. She laughed with us about our heart attack fail.




This is us on our way to heart attack. Sometimes when you live in the country, you are the only ones on the bus. So you take a selfie..

So this week was another week full of miracles. We met with one of the member referrals that we received last Sunday. We ate 떡복기 (tteokbokki) together with her member friend and taught a simple lesson on prayer. She mentioned to us that she hasn't been baptized yet. (She met with missionaries a few years back). That is always a good thing to hear as a missionary. It was basically like her saying, "I haven''t been baptized yet. But my friends have and I know what it is." Anyway, we told her she still could be baptized. She said she wasn't sure about it, but that she would think about it. We will keep meeting with her and see what happens. Hoping for the best as always! :)

On Saturday we were in charge of the young women activity. Oh my gosh, I love young womens. I miss it. And going to one of their activities made me so happy. Not to mention they invited us to play Dance Dance Revolution with them some time! We have to check up on the rules about that, because we don't know if we can play it or not. But the fact that they invited us means that we are becoming friends with them! And they need us. :) Anyway, Sister Zippro and I taught them how to make caramel popcorn. We didn't have a popcorn machine, so we had to pop it all over the stove which was an adventure. Luckily we didn't fail too much. We only messed up the first batch. (Can you say that? Batch of popcorn? Haha English....) Anyway it was SO FUN. The young women enjoyed it too.

Then we taught young women's on Sunday. We taught them about faith. We made a little boat and oars and labeled the oars "belief" and "action" and the boat "faith." You need all three to move on the ocean to eternal life. They really enjoyed it, and I think it clicked with them. One of the young women who seems to be struggling with a testimony actually willingly answered a question and gave a good answer. Usually she just says, "I don't know."  But this time she answered! It is a small miracle, but we were thankful for it.

Anyway I have to go, but I love and miss you always! Have a great week!

Love, Sister Maughan












Monday, March 14, 2016

Happy White Day!


So here in Korea there is another holiday outside of Valentines Day. And it is called White Day. On Valentines Day, the girl gets the boy something. On White Day, the boy gets the girl something that costs twice as much as what she gave him for Valentines Day. Or at least, that is what I heard. No guarantees that that is accurate. But nonetheless, White Day is another cheesy couple holiday, and to commemorate White Day, we took pictures with roses.



No, we didn't receive the roses from anyone special. Haha. On Saturday we did this activity with the Relief Society where we danced and lip synced with them, in front  of the whole stake. And because my companion and I supposedly did so well, we got roses. :)


So Saturday was my compy's birthday. And I felt so bad, because I didn't get her anything special. I am with her 24/7, so how am I supposed to get her a gift? haha. I thought about making the elders do it for me, but then the Sister Training Leader called and said that we would be going on exchanges. So I figured I could do it then, but then the STL called again and cancelled. And it didn't give me enough time to buy a gift. :( But I knew I had to make it up somehow. So I figured my biggest force for getting something special done would probably be the sisters in the branch. So while Sister Zippro was showering, I texted all the Relief Society
 sisters, "Hello Sisters! This is Sister Maughan. Today is Sister Zippro's birthday. When you see her, please say happy birthday to her! Keep this message a secret. She doesn't know that I sent it. Please don't reply. Thanks and love you all!" I prayed that my Korean skills would at least get the point across. Then I deleted the text message. That night when we went to the Relief Society activity with the stake, there was a cake already prepared for Sister Zippro, and we sung to her in front of everyone. :) I wish I could have done more for Sister Zippro, but I worked with my resources and made it as special as possible. And the elders helped out too. They also made her a cake. We be eatin' cake for days!

Okay so we are literally watching miracles pour in, and I couldn't be more thankful. I don't believe that I am the missionary who deserves to be here to watch this area change, but I am full of thanks that I am. My heart is literally full to the edge. I don't know how I will ever repay Heavenly Father, but the one way that I can is by giving it all I have for the next 10 weeks. I only count down because it makes me work harder. I have prayed and fasted to see one person baptized in the next 10 weeks. That is not a lot of time, but God has heard me prayers. Yesterday we received two member referrals (referrals in Korea tend to be rare and of VERY high value). And we will be meeting with both of them in the next few weeks. One of them is an 11 year old girl who is friends with all the primary girls her age in our branch, and the other is a young woman aged girl who is friends with all the young women in our branch. Both have high potential, and we are praying our hearts out that they will listen to the lessons, take them in well, and accept the gospel. And our Uzbekistan investigator will be meeting with us this week. She cancelled last week. But we have done practice lessons with the sisters in our ward, role playing to teach her. And after doing role plays with the members, they have all offered to do member present lessons with her, and even offered to watch her daughter while she works. The sisters in the branch are AMAZING. Everyone here is working so hard to turn the branch into a ward. I watch their efforts and I am in awe at the excitement in the air to do missionary work. I can't imagine a better place to be serving right now. No, this area has not been easy. I came into the area with only one investigator to work with. But miracles just keep coming, and the area is doing a 360 turn. The Lord is truly moving the work along here in Icheon.

 I love Korean children! Isn't she just the cutest. HAHA a bit up close and personal but its the best I got. :)


I can't believe how fast time is flying, but I am so happy that I have the opportunity to serve as a missionary. It is literally the best experience of my entire life, and it has changed me. I thought that I was converted before my mission. I wrote in my journal and read scriptures every night from the time that I was 14 years old. I prayed every night from the time I was little. I thought I knew what faith was, and I thought that I had seen miracles. But that was only the beginning of my own conversion. My mission has changed me and changed me and changed me again. But that is what the gospel is. It is change. The gospel is meant to continually change us. We can't be the beautiful vase that the Lord wants us to be if we aren't continuously spinning on the wheel allowing ourselves to be sculpted by His masterful hands.

I love and miss you all always! 사랑해요!

Also, we are trying to think of ideas for activities with the young women. They really need our help. Our young woman's president has a large load on her shoulders, and while we are not her counselors, we are taking on some of the same responsibilities. If you have any super fun or super spiritual young women activities, please PLEASE email me. We have 5 young women. And remember, we are in a small branch. We don't have all the resources that a large Utah ward would have. Thank you so much!

With love,
Sister Maughan



























Monday, March 7, 2016

Let it go! Let it go! :)


So yesterday before church, we stood at the doorway of our one hallway church house and greeted members walking in like always. While we were waiting there, our branch president's adorable daughters ran over to us and started playing with us and the elders. They are both 4 years old (they were adopted). They wanted us to spin with them in circles (like ring-around-the-rosies). Anyway the elders took one of the girls, and we took the other and made two circles. Literally the cutest thing ever! :) Then, after we finished spinning in circles, the girls ran to me and said "Stand over there!" So I stood where they wanted me to. Then they said "sit down!" So I squatted down to their height. They then proceeded to play with my hair. One of the girls told the other, "we are making her Elsa!" So they brushed all my hair to one side, and then one of the girls started singing, in English, with the CUTEST accent ever (she clearly was only mimicking the noises to make it sound as close to English as possible) "Let it go! Let it go!" I died of cuteness. Literally I couldn't stop smiling. Sister Zippro and the elders were all laughing. Seriously, the cutest thing ever!

Okay, so this week, I became a true sister missionary. My boots... my boots are destroyed. My remaining pairs of wearable shoes are slim, but I think they will last me 3 months. Or so I hope. Anyway, my boots are dead. So here are pictures.




Yeah... its a good thing spring is one its way. The soles of my shoes couldn't take the Seoul life. Haha. Okay that was a bad pun. I don't even live in Seoul. Moving on now.

So this last week was AMAZING. We got 4 new investigators! :) When I got here, we only had 1 investigator. The unfortunate thing is that that 1 investigator dropped us last week. But we got 4 to replace her! :) And 2 of them, are really high potential. It is a mother and a daughter.  We met them sticker boarding. They started out with English interest, but when we met with them we found out that they truly need the gospel. I mean every one needs the gospel, but they are in desperate need of it. The mother is not Korean. She is from Uzbekistan. She fled from Uzbekistan in search of a better life, and came to Korea when she was 27. She married a Korean and they had one daughter, , who is now 7 years old. But her husband left her. And now she has to work to fend for her and her daughter. She works at a restaurant, long hours to support her and her daughter and make enough money to live in a house and buy food. She comes from an Islamic background, which complicates things a little bit because we have to get permission to teach her, and if by chance she chooses to be baptized, we have to get permission from WAY high up to baptize her. But we have to start with baby steps, and teach her first of course. Anyway,  she told us that the Islamic religion scares her, so she doesn't want to believe in it. She is open to learning about the gospel.  At the end of our first meeting, I had this super strong impression to pray with her, though we had not taught a lesson yet. We had only talked about who we were and what we were doing in Korea, and introduced the gospel a little bit. I asked her if there was anything special that we could pray for her, and she looked at us with sad eyes and said, "Please pray that my daughter and I will find a happier life." Her and her daughter are literally best friends. So we prayed for that and she prayed with us. She thanked us afterwards, and asked us to come back often. We will meet her again next Thursday, and hopefully after this meeting we will be able to bring a member with us. :)

Also, the elders' investigator got baptized this week! And we will eventually get to teach his wife. But she just had a baby so it will be a while. Their investigator was so prepared though! He was glowing by the time he stepped into the portable baptismal font. Before the baptism, the missionaries all sang "Families Can Be Together Forever" in Korean. The spirit was so strong. Their investigator made the decision to be baptized because he knew that it would bless his family. So the song fit well. :) He was beaming even brighter when he stepped out of the font. :)

Here is a picture of the portable baptismal font.










Well, I think that is about it for today. But more to come next week I am sure! :) Love and miss you all so much! I hope spring is coming your way. It seems to be on its way here! :) Cherry blossoms are on their way. :)

Love, Sister Maughan





Monday, February 29, 2016

Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?

Okay so yesterday it SNOWED. The Koreans kept telling us that spring was coming. The weather was warming up slowly but surely. Our shower water was finally truly hot. The sun was coming out more and more and spring... spring was on its way! But winter decided to kick spring out one last time. It snowed a ton yesterday! Well okay, not really that much when you are used to Utah winters, but a lot for Korea. So we took the opportunity to do some service and shovel the front of our less active's store. And then we made a snowman out of the shoveled snow. Obviously there wasn't a lot of snow. But it was enough to make a small snowman! :)

not the best picture.. but its all we were able to get :)

When we showed this picture to the elders they said, "Please tell me that is not in your house." They worry about our freezing house sometimes haha. Its okay though because it is getting warmer! We have hot water and we have heater. Plus the weather has been much nicer, outside of yesterday. :)

Anyway, this week we have seen more miracles! On Saturday we met a potential investigator. She has attended a Baptist Church for 30 years and knows the Bible back to front. Before I transferred here, my companion met her on a bus and they talked about their favorite scriptures in the Bible. Then the lady asked if we could teach her the Bible in English. So Saturday we met her, and told her about the Family English Program, where we teach English for 30 minutes and the gospel for 30 minutes. She told us that she wasn't sure if she should meet with us, but she had prayed a lot about it. And the last time that she had prayed and asked if she should meet with us, as soon as she said "Amen," her phone rang. And it was us calling. :) Such a miracle. Anyway, so we tried to teach her a lesson on Saturday, but she ended up just preaching to us about the Bible. That was a bit of a struggle. Eventually we were able to cut in and bear our testimonies about the Bible and living prophets today. We tried to bring up the Book of Mormon but she didn't want to hear anything about it. She isn't going to be an easy investigator by any means, but we know we are supposed to be meeting with her. And having new people to teach in our investigator pool is always a miracle. As we were teaching her, I was literally relying on the spirit to know what to say every moment of the lesson. With my strength, we cannot teach her. With my companion''s strength, we cannot teach her. We are not sent on missions to Bible bash or be preached to. But with the Lord's strength we can see miracles. And that is what we are hoping for. I just kept thinking "Sister Maughan, just pray for a miracle. You gotta pray for a miracle. She knows she is supposed to meet with you. But you gotta pray and pray and pray." So that is what we are doing, and that is what we will continue doing. Not every investigator is golden, but every one deserves a chance at salvation. :)

This week we were also able to go to the temple. And it is always so nice when we get to go to the temple! :) We stayed in the Celestial Room extra long this time, because we didn't have  reason to get out of the temple fast. It was super nice being away from the world and in the beauty of the temple. I love being all dressed in white and seeing everyone else all dressed in white. Korean, American, whatever race you may be... in the temple we are all the same, beautified in the Lord. There is not a person in this world who doesn't glow with extra beauty in the temple.


When the Korean is the tallest in the district... #shortestdistrictever 
But we all love our shortness! ;) 

Anyway I love and miss you all! Have a great week! :) 


Oh, and transfer calls came. Nothing is changing here! Same comp, same area. We are pumped to see more miracles together! :) Starting transfer 11 of 12. :) 

Love, Sister Maughan 





















Monday, February 22, 2016

Valentines Kisses

So the title of this email, coming from a missionary, is pretty frightening. And the story that comes with it is pretty frightening. But not as frightening as it could be. So we all get to laugh at it. And now you are wondering what I am talking about.

The "Valentines" part of the title came last week. But the "kisses" part of the title came this week. This week we were walking home from our service activity (which is washing dishes at a community center) when this random guy came up to us and tried speaking English to us. We kindly said hello back and he went to shake our hands. He shook my companion's hand, and then shook mine. But after he shook Sister Zippro's hand, she was ready to continue going. So she kept walking. She didn't get to see what happened next. The Korean man then looked at me, said I was beautiful (in English), and kissed my hand. Yes, he kissed my hand. That doesn't sound like much but when you have been a missionary for 15 months that can be quite the surprise. You can imagine that I was pretty shocked. Anyway, after that I said "thank you" in English, and said "bye bye," and walked away. "He just kissed my hand," I said to Sister Zippro. She burst out laughing. "You can wash it when we get to the church," she said. Adventures every day!

And then this happened. On Tuesday, I plugged in my curling iron to the electricity converter just like I have almost every day since I got to Korea. But when I went to pick it up. It fell apart. It melted. Literally melted. So here is a picture.
​And this is what happens when Korean electricity fights against American appliance. #koreawon


So this week we had a lot of miracles. We taught 7 lessons! Every week since I got here, we were fighting to teach 2 a week. But because we met with so many potential investigators, we got 7 lessons! And 1 new investigator! :) And this week we will be meeting more potentials. The work is picking up out here in the countryside. I love feeling busy as a missionary, and I sure hope that it continues to pick up. I know that it will if we keep acting in faith and following the spirit. :)

The spirit is something that I have learned a lot about lately. I have realized that when I am doing everything the way I should, as the Lord would have me do it, I can feel the spirit so much more. And when I feel the spirit every moment of the day, there is a joy that comes that I just can't explain. It is one that can only be felt when you are trying to focus on the spirit literally every moment of the day. I have watched miracles happen from us following the spirit. It is so simple. The spirit leads us the way that the Lord would have us go. If we listen to the spirit, we literally cannot fail. Because the Lord will not let us fail. If the Lord commands us to build a ship, we will be given the ability to build that ship through the power of the spirit. If the Lord commands us to talk to every one in our path, though it is terrifying, we can do it if we follow the spirit. (This is one thing that I am still working on, and will probably continue to be working on until the day I step on the plane home. Talking to people is not easy, that is for sure.) If the Lord commands us to baptize people, we will be able to baptize people if we follow the spirit. The spirit is our connection the God. Without it, we literally cannot know what He expects of us, or where He wants to lead us.

It snowed this last week! But after that day it started getting warmer. :)

The spirit is something that I have learned a lot about lately. I have realized that when I am doing everything the way I should, as the Lord would have me do it, I can feel the spirit so much more. And when I feel the spirit every moment of the day, there is a joy that comes that I just can't explain. It is one that can only be felt when you are trying to focus on the spirit literally every moment of the day. I have watched miracles happen from us following the spirit. It is so simple. The spirit leads us the way that the Lord would have us go. If we listen to the spirit, we literally cannot fail. Because the Lord will not let us fail. If the Lord commands us to build a ship, we will be given the ability to build that ship through the power of the spirit. If the Lord commands us to talk to every one in our path, though it is terrifying, we can do it if we follow the spirit. (This is one thing that I am still working on, and will probably continue to be working on until the day I step on the plane home. Talking to people is not easy, that is for sure.) If the Lord commands us to baptize people, we will be able to baptize people if we follow the spirit. The spirit is our connection the God. Without it, we literally cannot know what He expects of us, or where He wants to lead us.

So I got my flight plans this week. I am sure that my parents are freaking out. Yes, the day has come. The flight plans were in my inbox today. I am going from Incheon to Detroit to Salt Lake, just in case you were wondering. But stay patient, I still have 13 weeks left. 13 pdays. 13 emails. Anyway love and miss you all always! :)

Love, Sister Maughan