Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Week 22 (Week 13 In-Field)

Can you tell I am excited for Christmas? Our house has been filled with Christmas music for the past couple weeks and I love it! Since Korea already had it's Thanksgiving we won't be celebrating the American Thanksgiving much. We did get to have a Thanksgiving dinner with the English branch members. I never thought that I would eat pumpkin pie or stuffing on my mission so yesterday made my week :D

This week has been great! I love my housemates and serving in this area. It is absolutely huge and is about 3x the size of my last area. We take lots of buses, subways, and we also walk a lot. Usually it takes about 45 minutes to get somewhere and then a little more time to actually find the place that we are trying to get to. Neither of us know this area super well so it takes a lot of following the spirit to find our members houses :)

Our investigators are doing great. We had a few lessons with them this week. We are still not sure exactly what they need at this time or how we can best teach them, but the Lord sure is guiding us. This past week was Nara's birthday so we had a little party for her. The chicken was so yummy!

Sister Rindlisbacher, Sister Shumway, Nara, and Nayoung
She really enjoyed herself haha :)

Nara drew me :) Sister Shumway also made an attempt lol. Guess which one is which.

Last p-day was spent shopping for my winter clothes. It's getting a lot colder and tights are a must everyday. Some days we can wear a light jacket, but the next day will be freezing and we put on as much clothing as possible to stay warm. Once we were done shopping we went to a little place to get lunch on our way home. As we were sitting down we noticed that the people next to us couldn't speak Korean and were having trouble ordering. They ended up asking if I was Korean (something that's happened a lot while I've been here... I don't look Korean at all -_-). I replied 'no, but that I can speak a little bit'. The waiter ended explaining the menu to me and then I explained it to them. It was awesome to be able to help someone :) Even though it was only to help them order some food haha.

My talk yesterday was good :) I learned a lot studying the question "Why does Heavenly Father want us to be thankful." I'll attach a link to the recording. My companion let me borrow her recorder so that I could have a copy of it since I didn't write it down.​

During Relief Society yesterday in the English branch the teacher shared a song that I really liked. It is called One By One and was written by Elder David A. Bednar. You should definitely look it up! I know that the Lord knows us all collectively as well as individually. I know that He loves us on a personal level and that He is always watching over us. He has a specific plan for each of us that is perfect. What ever path you are on is the right one for you. I hope that you all have a great week! I love you all!

-Sister Rindlisbacher
P.S. Here are some random pictures :)​

Monday, November 14, 2016

Week 21 (Week 12 In-Field)

Wow, what a week it has been. This past week has been really busy, but also really awesome!

For p-day we had a district p-day! It was so much fun... even though the two Korean elders that were leading us had no idea what they were doing. We had lunch together and then went to some obscure park and played some games. We got bored of the games so we went off on our own and took pictures. The Elders joined us after a couple rounds of the game haha. It was so much fun! I absolutely love this district!

The entire 인천 district

Left to Right: Elders Partdrige, Swazy, Petijohn, Yoon, and Kim.... plus Sister Shumway and Sister Rindlisbacher awkwardly far from them... Just pretend that empty space is filled with the Holy Ghost ;)

The sisters :) Left to right: Sister Rindlisbacher, Sister Shumway, Sister Sannar, and Sister Ambrose

This is a long story, but I'm sure I'll tell you why we are holding our legs up like that one day lol.

This past week I got to meet all of my new investigators. They are all really sweet and I am excited to teach them. We have there here in Incheon 1st ward. Their names are Gloria, Nara, and Nayeong. They are the cutest things in the world!

This is what happens when your investigator is 14 years old and likes to take pictures on her phone during the lesson hehe. 

We had lots of meetings with our investigators and members. I got to meet lots of members yesterday at church. Also I will be speaking for the fourth week in a row at church haha. I think the Lord is trying to tell me that I need to start like speaking in public. Luckily this week it will be at the English branch so it's not as hard :)

Speaking of the English branch it is in 성도, which is a man made island here in Korea. It is super nice and all the members are great. Yesterday we got to go and it was so overwhelming because I could understand everything and everyone. It was such a weird experience. The members are amazing! Sister Shumway and I got to attend primary and watch Legacy with a 10 year old and an 7 year old. They kept saying it was a "rated R movie" because of the kissing scenes >.< so funny! When they said the closing prayer they blessed us that we wouldn't get nightmares from it. They are so funny!

I don't have much time left so I will just bare a short testimony. From the experiences that I  have had this week I know without a shadow of a doubt that this gospel is true. I know that my Savior lives and that He is guiding me. I have felt so much opposition in the past couple months, but I have never been happier. I know that the message that I am sharing here in Korea is true and that no matter how many times I am told that "I'm going to hell because I'm not Christian" I am doing the Lord's work. I know that Gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to this earth and that the Lord speaks to us today. Rely on Him and everything will be okay. I love you all! Have a great week!

-Sister Rindlisbacher

Monday, November 7, 2016

Week 20 (Week 11 In-Field)

It has been a crazy stressful week. We had packing, cleaning, traveling, visiting, and transfers all packed into one week. It was a pretty rough week, but now everything seems to be settling down. I love 인천 (Incheon) so far!

Here are a few pictures of my investigators in κ°œλ΄‰ (Gaebong). We were able to meet with almost all of them and say goodbye before we both left. 

Leanne, Tom, and Sister Rindlisbacher
(I would type their Korean names, but I type too slow in Korean haha)

​Sister Rindlisbacher, Shany, and Sister Blom
The beginning of the week was the craziest. Since Sister Blom was going home we had to have everything packed and cleaned by Tuesday. I packed almost everything on Sunday except the things that I had to use throughout the week. Then Monday we sent our bags through the post office. That was really stressful because they kept saying that they couldn't do it. If they didn't send them we would have to carry them all week as we traveled to see people from Sister Blom's old areas. Luckily we had the Elders with us and Elder μ΄μ’…ν˜ was able to figure everything out. We ended up having to tape two big boxes together and put our suitcases in them. 

Tuesday was spent visiting with all of our investigators and one member. It was back to back appointments all day. A huge miracle happened that afternoon. Sister Blom lost her wallet on the bus that we were riding, which had her foreigner card in it. Without it you are not allowed to leave the country and they usually take about two weeks to get. We were calling so many people trying to figure out what we needed to do so that she would be able to leave on Friday, but had no luck. We decided to go to our first appointment and then go to the mission home afterwards to get things figured out. As we were at our appointment with Tom and Leanne we told them about everything and they were able to call the bus and find her wallet. It is almost nearly impossible to find things once they are lost like that, but it was a tender mercy from the Lord. 

Wednesday we had zone training in the morning and then went around half the mission to visit people for Sister Blom. I'll have to tell you about everything next week because I am out of time. I love you all and hope that you have a great week. Here are a bunch of random pictures. Love you!

-Sister Rindlisbacher