Thursday, July 28, 2016

Week 6

19 days until we leave for Korea.... Time has flown by, yet it seems like we have been here forever! Our branch is getting 46 new missionaries today and 35 of them are Elders... These next couple weeks are going to be insane! But all of the new missionaries are going to Seoul and Seoul South, which is so exciting! 

Seoul South Elders

​Our Elders are such goofballs... They had previously dropped Elder Son on his face right before I took this picture, hence his terrified look as they tried to pick him up again.

I got to meet the Korean missionaries that got in last night (perks of being an STL) and they are all so sweet. I love Korean people! They are also going to be flying out with us in three weeks, meaning they are my new best friends as I try to get as much practice as I can in Korean before I leave haha.

This past week has been another tough one, but I am loving it. Devotionals are always amazing and are always the highlight of my week. This past Sunday we had a very unique devotional... The Nashville Tribute Band came had we had a "concert fireside" for Pioneer Day. It was actually amazing! I really enjoyed all of their songs and got to sing with them in the MTC choir.

Besides devotionals the MTC choir is by far my second favorite thing here. Brother Eggett, the choir director, is absolutely fantastic and each choir practice is a mini devotional. He knows so much about the background of each song that we sing and brings the spirit so strongly. 

Nothing new has happened this week, but we will be starting Skype TRCs. That just means we Skype with someone in Korea for 40 minutes to practice teaching lessons.... So wish us luck :) That's pretty much all I have for this week. Have a great week everyone!

Our last temple walk with the senior district

The Korean missionaries that left on Monday

If y'all have extra time this week check out the talk by Elder Holland entitled 'The Ministry of Angels'. Hope everyone is doing well, I love and miss you all!

-Sister Rindlisbacher

Friday, July 22, 2016

Week 5

Woot woot another week down. Only 3 more here in the MTC! I'll be leaving on August 15th for Korea! I am so excited to get out into the field, but so grateful for the time I still have to learn here in the MTC.

This past week was spent taking a lot of field trips off MTC campus and waiting in doctor's offices. We spent almost every single morning in some doctor's office running test for my companion, but she is doing good. Our lessons are getting better and we have finally stopped using notes. It was a bit scary at first because they were mostly vocabulary that we needed for the lesson, but we have definitely felt the blessings of the spirit!

Devotional this week was amazing... Elder Bednar came to devotional on Sunday!!! For our devotional we watched Character of Christ (which was my third time seeing it and it was still amazing) and right after it finished he just walked in... He was hilarious and was cracking jokes the entire night (while still keeping the spirit). Sister Bednar totally threw him under the bus after he asked her to "help him answer a question" and just walked away. They are amazing people! The spirit was amazing as we did a Q&A with him about the devotional. Every single question that I had and even the ones I didn't know I had were answered! He was such an inspiration and I am still riding off of the high haha.

In other news our new missionaries are doing great! Everyone is getting into the groove of things and they are such great examples to me. They are all learning so fast in Korean and will probably pass me by the time I leave. I am now "senior" STL so I have all the power muahahaha.... Not really, but a girl can dream. I am loving being an STL and getting to know all the new sisters. This next coming week we are loosing our senior district again and the Korean missionaries. But not to worry we are getting 46 new Korean missionaries next week! It is going to be crazy in our branch! We will have over a hundred people and will be split into two different buildings for classes. I am kind of nervous to be responsible for so many sisters, but I am grateful for this challenge.

Korean Branch 3... We are still missing four sisters who showed up after we had taken this
Left to right: Sister Yoon and Sister Gil
Left to right: my companion Sister Troxel trying to not be in the picture, Sister Kim, and Sister Park
Hope you are all doing well! Love and miss you!

-Sister Rindlisbacher

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Week 4

Half way done with the MTC! It feels like I just got here, but at the same time I feel like I have been here forever. This week was like the last, a very humbling week. Teaching our investigators is getting progressively harder as the weeks go on. It is still so frustrating not being able to say what I'm thinking because I haven't learned enough Korean. This week my companion and I have been focusing on loving our investigators and trying to teach to their needs. This past week I got sick so it has been a struggle to stay focused, but I'm mostly better now.

Our zone is now double and during study time you can tell. The new missionaries are still adjusting and haven't quite figured out what to do with themselves yet, which makes for a lot of noise. Being an STL is challenging, but I am so grateful for this calling. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes to ensure each missionary is doing good. It amazes me how much the Lord helps each of us. 

This morning was amazing because we got to go to the temple again! I've missed it so much the past two weeks and will miss it in the field. When I get out to Korea we are only allowed to go twice a year since the temple is outside of mission boundaries.

I'm sorry for not sending any pictures this week. I forgot my camera when we went on our temple walk this week. I'll be sure to send some next week. Hope everyone is doing well. Love and miss you all!

-Sister Rindlisbacher

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Week 3

Another week has come and gone :) This past week has been a lot harder than the first two. I have been struggling a lot, but the Lord is amazing and always picks me up. He truly knows us individually and knows what experiences will help us grow the most. I have been changed in so many ways the past few weeks and continue to grow each day. This past Sunday was our last with the senior district and the Korean missionaries. 

Sister Yang, Sister Rindlisbacher, Sister Choi
They left to be amazing missionaries in Korea on Monday. I'm really going to miss them, but two of the three from the senior district are going to Seoul South so I'm sure I will see them around. Our branch is going to be doubling in size today as we receive new missionaries. We are getting around 35 new missionaries today and by the end of my stay here at the MTC our branch will be around 112. It is going to be a big change as more missionaries come in. 

The entire Korean District
Also this past week I was also called to be a Sister Training Leader! I'm really nervous, but so grateful for this calling. I start all responsibilities tonight as we give the new missionaries an MTC orientation. Hopefully I'll set a good example and help all the sisters progress while I fulfill my calling.

Fourth of July celebrations
This picture is super blurry, but it's the only one that I have of everyone. On Monday we got to stay up late (something I regretted in the morning) to celebrate the Fourth of July. We all stood in the parking lot and watched the fireworks from the Stadium of Fire. There wasn't much to see because of the giant building blocking everything, but it was fun to spend time with everyone and not have to worry about studying. 

Everyday is a new adventure as we continue to teach our investigators and learn Korean. I absolutely love speaking Korean everyday and feeling the power of our Heavenly Father. Devotionals are amazing as always and continue to be my favorite times of the week.One thought that was shared last night by my Branch President was that "we set the parameters of what our success will be." We decide how successful we will be by our attitude. Have faith that the Lord will help you accomplish everything. I know that my Savior lives and loves each of us. Hope everyone is doing well. Love and miss you all!

-Sister Rindlisbacher