Monday, September 26, 2016

Week 14 or (Week 6 in Korea)

Another week has flown by! Also can you believe that I've already been out for an entire transfer because I can't! I still feel like I just got here haha. I'll be staying in 개봉 with Sister Blom until she transfers on Nov. 4th. I am so grateful that I get to serve the people here for another transfer :)

This past p-day doing some retail therapy. In 부평 (Bupyong) where there is an entire underground shopping mall. You get off the subway and it's just shops for as far as the eye can see. Needless to say it was awesome and I got some really cute stuff :) After our p-day was done we went to heart attack a former investigator. We wandered around for a bit because we couldn't find her address, but once we did find it we couldn't hear attack her because her door was open and people were inside. We decided to walk around for a bit and see if we could find anyone to talk to. We ran into an old 할머니 (grandma) who was going for a walk. She was 79 and sent it was stuffy inside so she was going to sit outside for a while. We walked to a park with her and sat for about an hour. The entire time she bore her testimony of Heavenly Father and how she has seen the miracles in her life that He has given her. She was so sweet and when we walked her home she said to come by anytime :)

Tuesday was spent mostly traveling and at the mission home. We had a 6 week follow-up with our mission president and some training from the APs. They did some hilarious skits and we also got fed some yummy treats. One thing that I wanted to share was from the closing remarks of President Turner. He talked about how we are here to do the LORD's work and that needs to be reflected in everything that we do. One thing that really stood out to me was when he posed the question "If you were to be convicted of being a Latter-Day Saint would there be enough evidence to convict you?" Is there enough evidence in your life that shows you are a disciple of Christ and a member of this church? I challenge you to think about that this week. 

Story time... After we got back from the mission home we went straight to an appointment with one of our investigators. We teach half English and half gospel. This was only the second time meeting so we're still figuring our where she is and we think she has a lot of potential. We got out really late from that meeting so we had to call the APs... Yay for mission rules. We hopped on a bus to get home and about 5 minutes later the bus started making weird beeping/screeching noised... We kept going along and eventually it completely broke down... They called another bus and we got on that, but had to call President Turner... My trainer tried to make me call him since I'm a "greenie", but I wouldn't take the phone haha. President Turner was very loving and just told us to be safe and stick together. I have never felt so guilty in my entire life than when I walked into our apartment at 10:45pm. 

Wednesday I went on exchanges with Sister Robinson. She is amazing and I'm so grateful I got to learn from her for a day. I went to 화곡 and met some of the members there. I love that no matter where I go in Korea I always feel the love of the members!

Okay another story... We met a girl during out street contacting and she wanted to meet for the 30/30 program that we had. We set up an appointment and decided to meet on Saturday at Starbucks. When we got there we texted her and a Korean girl who looked completely terrified walked up to us. She looked so scared and was almost shaking. We don't know why, but she couldn't even talk to us out loud. She would just type it on her phone and show us. We felt bad so we told her that if she didn't want to talk she could leave. She looked mortified as she said sorry and practically ran out of the Starbucks... I never thought I would scare someone so much... We got 뱡수 in mourning. It wasn't as good as a the place that we normally go to, but we got to have a good laugh while eating it.

It's been a crazy week and I love it! I can't wait to see what this next week holds for us. One thing before I go is that I know the Lord will never set us up to fail. If we aren't ready for something He will wait until we are. But if He has given you something to do, have faith to move forward and do it. He will help you if you prepare yourself to be helped. I've been learning a lot this past week about how important it is to prepare yourself daily to receive His help. Heavenly Father won't just give it to you and it takes effort on our part to get things done. Work along side the Lord and I promise your life will be changed. It has changed everything about me as I've learned to do this on a mission. I know without a doubt that I have a Heavenly Father and Savior. I know that they love me and are helping me every step of the way. I know that this gospel is true with all my heart and I want to share it with everyone. The joy that comes form the gospel cannot be compared to any other happiness. Share it with someone this week!

I love and miss you all! Have a great week!

-Sister Rindlisbacher

P.S. I got a new memory card for my camera, but I'm scared to plug it into the computer and have it get a virus... So for now I won't be sending pictures :/ It's lame because Korea is so awesome, but I'll show you all everything when I get back >.<

So we've been given homework to study for Elder Bednar and as I read them this past week I wanted to share them with you all. They are all amazing talks and I promise if you study them with an open heart the Lord will help you in some way. I love you all! Have a great week!

Seek Learning By Faith

Ask in Faith

Converted unto the Lord

Always Retain a Remission of Your Sins

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Week 13 (Week 5 in Korea)

Woohoo one month in Korea!

Mission tour was amazing! President Whiting was an amazing speaker and it was just what I needed this past week! He talked for a bit and then allowed us to ask questions and get answers from him. Our schedule has been a bit off because of everything that has been going on, but we're getting back into the groove of things. 

Some of my favorite things that he talked about were:

1. Enjoy don't just endure. He talked to us a lot about enjoying our missions not just "enduring" them. This really hit home for me because I've been struggling a lot with the language and being a greenie. I really love being a missionary, but I know I have definitely endured some things rather than enjoying them.

2. Rather than a mission being the 'best two years of our lives' a mission becomes 'the best two years FOR our lives'. A mission becomes a reference point that we can base everything off of. Whether it is moving on in life like school, marriage, or kids we can always learn something new from our mission even after we have completed it.

3. There are no coincidences, have hope in the little things. He shared a lot of cool stories from his mission in Tokyo, Japan about how the Lord really does place little miracles in our path everyday. He is so in tune to this work and our everyday lives.

P-day was also an adventure. We went to a traditional Korean Village and it was SO MUCH FUN! We spent almost all day there. Lots of traditional things, but also lots of "fusion" performances that were interesting to say the least. I really wish I could show you some pictures :(

One way to describe this past week was food... lots and lots of food. We had dinner at 3 different member's houses on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. We each gained a few pounds each night due to the massive amounts of food that we were force fed. Good thing I really love Korean food :)

Still no pictures for you. I figured out that my memory card has a virus so I'll be buying a new one later today and I'll send some next week hopefully.

Okay the best things always come at the end.... ELDER BEDNAR IS COMING TO KOREA!!!! President Whiting finally announced formally that Elder Bednar will be coming for a combined Seoul & Seoul South Mission conference! We heard about it early last week and everyone is so excited! I am so grateful that I get to learn from him again!

Just a quick testimony before I have to go, I know that the Savior lives! I feel Him everyday and I know that He is lifting me up because without Him I wouldn't be able to be on a mission. He is amazing and I absolutely love His gospel with all my being. I am so grateful to know of the restored truth and to be able to share it with those here in Korea. Heavenly Father loves us each individually and I know that He watches over us. I hope that you look for His love everyday and see the little miracles that He gives you.

Love and miss you all!

-Sister Rindlisbacher

Monday, September 12, 2016

Week 12 (Week 4 in Korea)

Another week has come and gone... Today actually isn't my p-day but because of 주석 (Korean Thanksgiving) and our mission tour we will be having p-day on Thursday. I'll be sure to update you on how awesome mission tour was. Elder Whiting is coming and we will get to learn from him on Friday, I am so excited ^^ 

This last p-day was spent being really lazy. Both Sister Blom and I were pretty tired so after emailing we had lunch and then just chilled at the church. She played the piano while I read a couple talks/BYU speeches. Speaking of which you all need to read "Waiting on the Lord" by Lynn Clark Callister. I really enjoyed it this past week. After which we went home and had dinner and heart attacked a member that had helped us the previous week. Then we went on a really long walk and talked with people along the way.

In terms of investigators this past week was a pretty rough. We had to drop our one investigator because we reached the end of the English Program :( We are going to miss her a lot, especially her little girl!

Our other investigators cancelled last minute also. We did find two new potentials, hopefully our meeting with them this week will go well. Pray hard for us :)

We also had zone training this past week. The skits that they came up with were hilarious! I really like my entire zone. This was the first time that I actually got to meet half of them haha.

My memory card got messed up somehow and won't let me get pictures off it -_- so for the time being I won't be able to send any pictures until I get a new one. I had a few that I really wanted to send this week. Hopefully I'll be able to figure it out before next week.

One thing that I can share is something that I learned in zone training this past week. Among all the other training we studied the talk "What Lack I Yet" by Elder Larry R. Lawrence. One quote that I really like was:
"If spiritual growth is not a priority in our lives, if we are not on a course of steady improvement, we will miss out on the important experiences that God wants to give us."

I know that this is true. I have seen it in the vast difference of being on a mission vs. pre-misison life. Yes we may be improving and growing spiritually, but there is so much more that we could accomplish if we make that our focus. As a missionary we are constantly focusing on that because honestly being a missionary is so incredibly hard... all the time, but the growth that you see and love that you feel is like none other. 

Heavenly Father can give us so much more when we make it a priority. Why not make is our top priority to come closer to our Father in Heaven and learn about the gospel? I promise as you make this a priority your life will change! Heavenly Father will open so many paths and will guide you back to Him. I promise! I know that He loves each of you because I can feel His love every single day that I am here in Korea. This gospel is absolutely amazing and I love it with every fiber of my being. I know that it is true! I know that Christ lives and that He atoned for our sins! I know that Heavenly Father watches over us and will show us the way if we ask. I challenge you all to make this more of a priority this week. Ask Heavenly Father where He wants you to go and make it a priority to follow whatever answer you get. I know that it will take you somewhere spectacular.

Love and miss you all!

-Sister Rindlisbacher

"Waiting on the Lord" by Lynn Clark Callister

"What Lack I Yet" by Elder Larry R. Lawrence

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Week 11 (Week 3 in Korea)

Wow... another week has flow by! This past week was a lot tougher than the last. For starters one of our investigators dropped us. It was a really sad day. She got a new project at work and said that she can't meet with us anymore. Another things is that the English program is ending with our other investigator so we'll probably have to drop her after this week. She has a lot of interest in God, but not really in our church. It'll be hard to say goodbye to her and her adorable daughter, but I know the Lord has a plan for them even if it doesn't involve us right now.

Anyways, enough of the tough stuff and moving on to how awesome Korea is!

Korean market
Last P-day was spent exploring a market in our area. There are so many smells that it was giving me a headache after a while. All the stores sell about the same things and are just repeated for as far as you can see. We got lost for a bit, but were able to make it out eventually. We also tried some fried dumplings while were in there :) I love Korean food so much!

Sister Rindlisbacher and Sister Bloom
This past week has been an interesting one... Lots of things happening and none of our plans seem to go the way that we think they will, but its been keeping life interesting. One thing that happened this past week was I scraped my left foot up pretty bad. We were running home so we could make it by 9:30pm and my shoes kept sliding off. I decided to just carry them and run, but ended up scraping my foot. I'll save you from the blood and not send a picture ^^ It's been a fun week and lots of miracles.

Sister Rindlisbacher
Another exciting thing happened yesterday! A member of the ward that I am serving in got his mission call! He has been waiting for around 6 months and it finally got here! He is going to *drum roll please* the Korea Daejeon Mission. He was really hoping to go to the United States or somewhere English speaking because he loves English (and is really good at it), but he is just so excited to be a missionary. He'll be heading to the MTC on Nov. 8

I'm running out of time, but I just want to bear my testimony that I know this church is true and the the Gospel of Jesus Christ is true. Everyday I feel the Lord strengthening and guiding me. He is amazing and I am so grateful that I have the opportunity to be on a mission in Korea. There are so many miracles each day, we just have to take the time to see them. Heavenly Father is so amazing and I get to see that everyday!

​Looking at this pictures I can't help loving Korea!

Hope everyone is doing well! I love and miss you all!

-Sister Rindlisbacher