Sunday, October 27, 2013

one more week

Dearest Family-

I felt like I was in America last week emailing at President's house! we had a Sister's Conference, so we had to email there. Today I'm back home at Cafe Justin emailing on the borrowed computer. 

It is starting to get cold here. Gar and Ross...I got my awesome winter coat at a flea market near our house. It is so way too big on me! whatever. it's warm. and like 18 American dollars. The afternoons are beautiful. crisp air, just like fall should be! and the leaves are starting to change colors. 

We have fewer investigators than we would like (read We have zero investigators meeting at the moment) so we have been able to do a lot of street conversations! President has asked that we have "conversations" and not "contacts". It has been super good! And we've spent lots of time English flyer-ing. We just stand at the subway exit and pass out little papers for our English class. It always generates good conversations! and tons of people get to see two smiling foreigners. so that's awesome. I accidentally gave fliers to 2 other 외국인 (foreigners) this week! funny and awkward. especially when one looks at you, so confused, and says "thank you?" so i just laugh and say "oh...hi!" We are having a big Halloween party in our English class this Saturday which we are really excited about. Our whole ward is in on it! Our bishopric told us that the missionaries always have a Halloween party, but it has never been like a ward event. WHAT? how can we do it without them? seriously...our bishopric is the best. I will cry if I ever have to leave them! which might be soon. because transfers calls are this saturday. yikes. This little spot of the city is my home! anyway. so yay Halloween! it should be great.

in other news...we found TWO less-actives this week! and they BOTH said we could come again and visit! (fist pump) there are, sadly, so many lost members of the Church here. More than active members by a long shot. so we try our best to focus on a few. our ward is awesome about being friends with them.
I still love being a missionary! I feel like I am still such a young little missionary. but it is not the case! life moves by so quickly.
I love you all. I pray for you and think about your lives. I am grateful for your testimonies that have built mine. In a small way, each of you is sharing your light here in Korea because I took it with me.
xoxo, Sister Bassett
Sister’s Conference! SO fun!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Conference and Crosswalks

Dearest Family-

Hey! sorry about last week. 

So...Conference was so wonderful! we got to watch it all together as a zone. in English. So that was great! I loved how much putting God first was emphasized. It seemed like one talk after another was about the first great commandment of loving God with all our heart...with all we are. 

What have we even done lately...had some delicious Korean food with investigators and members. talked to tons of people to try and find new investigators. We do a lot of street contacting here. talking to people at crosswalks. on the subway. anywhere we are going. it is starting to be a lot of fun! crazy, I know, but it is! who would have thought that I could enjoy talking to random strangers so much? I have learned to talk about anything! their beautiful necklace or cute shoes, their little kids (and talking about my nieces and nephew), about learning Korean. and mostly about serving here as missionaries to teach about Jesus Christ. we don't knock doors very often, just lots of 'conversations' is what we call them. and it really gives my Korean a workout. 

There is still so much that I don't understand and can't say! a few days ago, we were talking to two old grandmas, who turned out to be Jehovah's Witnesses. I thought I understood their question, so I started answering. about where we were from and what we are doing....the usual. then she started giving me a really confused look. when she said her question again, I had totally misunderstood. and I still didn't know what she was talking about! so...we did an awkward laugh and started talking about something else. story of my life! so fun. it always gives Sister Fudge and I something to laugh about. about a week and a half ago, Sister Fudge and I were walking down the street and talking about what a GOOD day it had been! no lessons. no golden contacts. but we had talked to so many people. and it feels good! missionary good.

It is starting to get cold here! any sister coming to this mission, bring boots you can wear everyday in the winter! Mom, I got an awesome winter coat at this flea market for like $20. already worn, but whatever! i needed something really warm that I could wear everyday.

I love you all so much!

Sister Bassett

Sunday, October 13, 2013

시간 많이 없어요‏

Hi! I hardly have anytime.

Just wanted to let you know that I love you! I think you are all the best. Thanks for you prayers and support and letters and love. It means so much to me!

being a missionary is the greatest blessing. I can't imagine any place I would rather be!

xoxo, Sister Bassett

Sunday, October 6, 2013

this week!‏

Dear Family-

Sister P was confirmed on Sunday. It was a beautiful end to a week filled with small personal miracles. AND her husband, Brother K, has expressed some interest in the Church! We will begin teaching him this week, or maybe next? I am so happy. The ward is fellowshipping them so well. It makes my heart swell with joy and gratitude to think about her.

One thing that our mission is focusing on it having 'conversations' not just contacts. And this week, while looking up things the Bible Dictionary, I came across the word conversation. It means "behavior, way of life, or conduct." WOW! being an example of the believers, as Joshua says, in CONVERSATION has a whole new meaning. It's not just about TALKING to people, it is about becoming someone. Who we are and how we live is our 'conversation' to the world. 

this week I had the blessing of being in the just the right place at the right time. nothing huge...we didn't meet any new investigators or anything like that, but just little acts of service and feeling RIGHT about where we were. first we took a picture of us in our 한복s to the guy who sold them to us. and his wife was there! we had a nice little conversation ^^ she is a member of another church. we talked to a few other people, then helped a woman coming home from a trip to China. Her bags were so heavy! she happened to live just behind the church, the street we were taking to go home! another good conversation and being able to just help somebody out.

our ward is getting the spirit of missionary work in them...certain members. I can feel it! and it is awesome. They are reading this book called "Wonderful Ward Missionaries" in English (i think) and it is so great. We took one of our investigators, Lena, to a RS activity and she was SO included. and the three of us are going to dinner at a Sister's house on Tuesday night! (Note from Sister Bassett’s mom…I think the book they are reading is The Power of Everyday Missionaries by Clayton Christensen…a GREAT book for us all to read!)

I love you all. This week I have had SO many answers to prayers. Heaven can come VERY close to our close as we will let it. I KNOW our Father in Heaven lives and loves us. Jesus Christ is our Savior. We WILL find answers as we read the Book of Mormon. 

have a wonderful week! especially you sisters coming home from the cruise!

xoxo, Sister Bassett

Love making these!! Vegetable pancakes…mmmmmm…delicious!