31 December 2013

새해복 많이 받으세요!!! (Happy New Year!)

So Christmas Week was great!  We started it with a Zone Caroling activity....I made some fun christmas posters but then didn’t end up going to the actual activity. (I went on emergency split with Sister Florence since she was sick...)    

Me and Sister Chestnut spent monday morning saying bye to PyewPyew. She left for Myanmar Dec 23rd and doesn’t come back til late February. Theres a good chance me or Sister Chestnut will be gone ㅠㅠ   The picture is her and her Korean husband :)  :)

So then Tuesday, Christmas Eve...we had our big Mission Conference.  We got there like 2 hrs early because i was accompanying Sister Mortensen who sang ‘silent night’ later during the conference..... President spoke to us in the morning a bit, then they had a big ol’ christmas feast for lunch. One of the couple missionaries got a bunch of american food from the military base. We had mashed potatoes and stuffing and rolls and turkey and PIE!

They did a slideshow with pictures of everyone’s families so everyone can see the stock we come from. haha. They showed us Mr. Kruger’s Christmas and did a testimony mtg.    Here’s me and Sister Chestnut...

So then we got back to our apt a little late... .I got AUNT HEIDI AND UNCLE DAN’S christmas package and opened it just in time to put in the christmas CD they sent.

It was PERFECT. we didn’t have any christmas music until i opened that cd—so we put it on in the background... good ol’ Bing Crosby and Judy Garland.    I sat and opened the package from home too...hung up the paper tree and christmas banner from Sister Greenburg (thanks so so much!!!)  and arranged all the presents underneath it. It was strange spending christmas eve in a quiet bare apartment, but it was super memorable and great at the same time.

I opened the traditional one present for christmas eve...

Then the best moment of Christmas came as me and Sis C sat alone on our mats on the floor of our little apartment clear across the world in Korea and i read the christmas story... and then in mosiah 3. There was no family or friends or laughter or music or food or lights, but I don’t know if i’ve ever felt such a strong spirit in all my life as i did on that sacred Christmas Eve in our precious little Korea. I’ve read the Christmas story dozens of times and Mosiah 3 just as many times, but never have i felt such power in the words as i did as i read that night.

“The Lord Omnipotent who reigneth, shall come down from heaven among the children of men and shall dwell in a tabernacle of clay.....and he shall be called Jesus Christ the Son of God, the father of heaven and earth...and his mother shall be called Mary. And lo he cometh unto his own that salvation might come unto the children of men even through faith on his name: and even after all this they shall consider him a man, and shall scourge him and shall crucify him.”

I feel bad that i didn’t sound more happy on the phone, but this really was the most memorable Christmas ever....It was great to talk to everyone on the phone..i just hope everyone knows that i’m happy and well and so so grateful to be here.

and now we’re bringing in the new year with Tim Tam Slams and beautiful wintry days.

Happy New Year!!!

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