Sunday, November 12, 2017

Heaven
7.3 Weekly Email

·         Leanne Noelle Chun <leanne.chun@myldsmail.net>

Sister Castro let me borrow some lipstick.
Not going to lie, I felt like a little girl who got into her mom's makeup
and just scribbled all over her face. But 김금순s liked it. ^^
Presents from a former investigator. So cute!

Sister Castro wasn't feeling great when we took this picture, but she's still gorgeous, huh_
So much bus. But we survived!


We at 부대찌개 and it was amazing

Weather was beautiful on our way to church!
We ate this ice cream. And then the next we had no money because of all the travel we had done. #nailedit

Sep 10 at 7:52 PM

I'm dyeing my hair! This is the before picture.
Wow~! We had a crazy week this week! Besides Saturday and Sunday, Sister Castro and I were on a bus every single day! Monday we went three hours into Seoul, Tuesday we went three hours back home from Seoul, Wednesday was hour and a half total to and from Gangreung, same on Thursday and Friday. Hurray for no money! #thatpoormissionarylife But it was awesome.

Tuesday we had a big meeting for zone leaders and Sister Training Leaders; Wednesday to Thursday we were on exchanges; Friday we had another full day of meetings. The good news is, we felt the Spirit and we learned a lot. Now we just have to apply what we learned. :) It was a busy week. 

I've been thinking about miracles a little bit, recently. I think one of the greatest miracles that the Lord can perform is change, especially in His children. When I read in the Book of Mormon all these stories of people going from being the worst to not only loving God but doing everything they can to follow Him, it just seems pretty miraculous to me. When I see investigators go from being adamantly against things like paying tithing or giving up alcohol to caring about the little things, such as wearing skirts every Sunday and coming to church on time, I marvel in the Lord's power to change us. When I think about who I was before my mission compared to who I am now and who I am becoming... I don't know, it just seems kind of amazing to me. I'm really grateful for the changes Heavenly Father asks us to make. I really believe that those changes are for our benefit.
I love you all so much! Have a good week!

Love,

Sister Chun
Is this a Chrysanthemum?

Elder Steward, 함형준b, 김영민b, Elder Huillet, Sister Castro, 김금순s 식사 after church!


김요안나s is literally one of the best, hardest working missionaries
I've ever been with. Fun exchange!


이주경s and Sister Calda's present for her. ㅎㅎ



Mini exchanges while waiting for our companions to arrive from Seoul.



Anna and Sister Calda.
We were on a cool beacon-thingy (1)

































  • Leanne Noelle Chun <leanne.chun@myldsmail.net>
    To:Beth
    Sep 3 at 7:45 PM
    Wow! The beginning of a new transfer! I just want you to know, this transfer is going to be crazy. There's going to be exchanges every week (considerably a bigger deal out here in the country since we all live 1-2 hours away from each other), zone conferences, finding new investigators, and hopefully helping other investigators to move toward baptism and 끝까지 견딤! Basically, it's going to be a little hectic, and SUPER fun. 

    My new companion is a beautiful Honduran angel named Sister Castro Espinal. She just goes by Sister Castro, and I think she has the same conversation with every single person she meets:
    "My name is Sister Castro" 
    "Cast?" 
    "No, Castro. I'm from Honduras." 
    *short pause while they try to make sense of the Konglish and then realize that they don't actually know where Honduras is* 
    Then, "Do you know Mexico? It's-- [below Mexico]"
    "Ah!! Mexico! 네! Wow, Mexico!"

    It's very entertaining. Slightly frustrating, though totally understandable. I'm going to learn the word for Central America really well this transfer, I think. Regardless, Sister Castro is awesome, and she's going to make this transfer really fun. :) 

    This past week was basically just a lot of eating. We had four or five invitations to eat from members just the first couple of days alone, to see Sister Calda off, and one or two once Sister Castro was here. These members are the best! And they make really good food! 

    One of the dishes was made my 
  • Leanne Noelle Chun <leanne.chun@myldsmail.net>
    To:Beth
    Sep 3 at 7:54 PM
    Sorry weird things happened. That's not the end of the letter....

    made by 변광수b (Byun Gwang Soo): Chicken feet. I want you to know that I ate the chicken feet. Well, I attempted to eat the chicken feet. I put one in my mouth and munched on it for a second, and then I remembered all the chickens that we had growing up and what they walk around in and I very quietly took it out of my mouth. You know, it's actually really good. What isn't bone is really flavorful, really yummy, but I guess my brain couldn't quite conquer all the memories of chickens. Also, working that hard to get all the bones out of a piece of food is not my favorite. 

    Something cool that happened this week: Sister Castro and I went to the beach to do our weekly planning (because, you know, it's there), and we ran in to a few of the branch members. We sat down together and ate snacks and talked; it was so much fun. I think it may just be a function of having not very many members in the branch, but I feel so much like I'm surrounded by family when I'm with the members. Of course, I don't always understand everything that's going on, because I don't speak Korean nearly as well as I want to, but then again sometimes Englishing is hard, too. :) 

    I'm so grateful to be here in Korea. There are so many cool experiences and amazing people and so much good food; sometimes it's hard, and sometimes I have to grit my teeth and do things that I don't really want to do (looking at you, roleplays), but I'm so grateful for the opportunity I have to learn about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm grateful for my loving Heavenly Father and His wonderful Son Jesus Christ. I feel so happy when I learn about Jesus. 

    I love you all! Hope you have a good week! 

    Love,

    Sister Chun
  • Morning of transfers. Sister Calda made the biggest transfer yet! 

    Playing piano at a member's house on Sister Calda's last day.

    She's basically a model...

    And then there's me ㅎㅎ

    Bigger than my head! 

    Ocean!

    This says _Walmart_

    We got so close to this water! 

    Sister Castro! Her first time eating 밥버거.

    Visit with the most recent convert. She is the cutest lady.
    And she couldn't really remember where Sister Calda was from.
    It'll be interesting to see if she can remember Honduras.
  • 김금순s fed us fruit. She always feels bad that she can't feed us all the banchan in the whole world,
    but the fruits are just as good! 
  • Amidst all the eating and packing, Sister Calda still found time to make us this delicious breakfast.
    Hurray for companions who cook!


Sunday, September 3, 2017

7.1 Weekly letter

  • Leanne Noelle Chun <leanne.chun@myldsmail.net>
    To:Beth
    Aug 27 at 6:03 PM
    Hurray beginning of new transfers! I will still be serving in DongHae, and my new companion will be Sister Castro (we lived together when she was serving in Imun and me in DongDaeMun). I already love her, so this will be a fun transfer! 

    Sister Calda is leaving! ㅠㅠ I'm sad to see her go, but, you know, that's just sort of how things roll for missionaries. You come, you serve, you leave. It sounds simple, but the impact that the middle part has on our lives is probably a little indescribable. 

    Brothers and Sisters, I want to bear my testimony that the gospel of Jesus Christ is not just for bad people trying to be good, it's also for good people trying to be their best. I don't think I'm a terrible person, but, man, I don't think I've ever been so aware of everything that I need to or could be doing better. The good news is, as Elder Holland was kind enough to remind us of a few General Conferences ago, "we get credit for trying, even if we don't always succeed".

    This week is kind of short, but I'll try for more next week!

    I love you all! 

    Love,

    Sister Chun 
Exchanges with Sister Yoo!
6.6 Blog letter
·         Leanne Noelle Chun <leanne.chun@myldsmail.net>
Aug 20 at 6:36 PM

Holy cow, last week of the transfer. I think I say this every time, but that is crazy. What makes it even more crazy is that my companion will be going home next week. That is unreal. But she's doing great! Giving her all on her last week (just more than usual, I think).

We went on exchanges with the SokCho Sisters this past week. I actually took a picture with Sister Yoo this time (I forgot to do that last exchange, so I was sure to do it this time). She is a Korean from Korea and she's really good at Korean, so that was a fun day. I think she might have been a little wierded out by all the things about Korean that I asked her, but I had the opportunity, so I thought I would take it. 

Yesterday was really fun. We watched a Korea-wide broadcast for church and our usual after-church meal was cancelled. Most every one went home except Sister Choi and the Elders' investigator Andrew. Sister Choi had brought the stuff to make a meal, so we just went ahead and had a mini 식사 with the seven of us. Kimchi Jjigae. SO DELICIOUS. So fast, can feed a lot of people, and so good. I did not eat dinner last night, because I was still full. *fist pump*

Other than that it was a pretty quiet week. 식사 with a member, a lot of walking, a lot of talking, a lot of loving... You know, missionary work as usual. 

Brothers and Sisters I'm so grateful that I have the opportunity to serve here in Korea. I can see some of the blessings that I've already received; I don't know that I can imagine all the blessings that I'll be receiving for the rest of my life. 

I love you all! Have a good week! Be safe and have fun!

Love,

Sister Chun

식사 with the Branch President's wife.
Oh my gosh, it's no wonder that I'm gaining weight on my mission.
This food is so dang delicious.

삼겹살! Basically the thicker, Korean version of bacon. Dip it in a little Sesame oil (with a little bit of salt in there) and it's mind-blowingly delicious.

Branch President's oldest daughter 최은지s.
She teases her younger sister mercilessly, this little punk.

Our mini 식사 (lunch)

Sister Choi was the master-mind behind the Kimchi Jjigae.

Egg wash tofu, fried.

Our ghetto lid, because there wasn't one that fit the pot perfectly...

This is Franklin. Those rain boots are definitely his. He wears them very stylishly.


My mom teaching kids in Olathe with Sister Eraso and Sister Zarate! Yay, missionaries!
DongHae district!


6.5 Blog Letter
·         Leanne Noelle Chun <leanne.chun@myldsmail.net>
Aug 13 at 7:04 PM

My apologies for the short letter last week. Hopefully you could glean something good out of the pictures I sent. ^_^

Wow, the transfer goes by so fast! If I'm being completely honest, I'm trying not to think of the end of the transfer, when my beautiful companion Sister Calda will go home, having completed her missionary work, and I will (most likely) be left in DongHae, a giant area that I'm still learning, with a new companion... It can be a little overwhelming sometimes, but I'm taking steps to lessen the stress (i.e. Sister Calda is making me lead us around for the next couple of weeks while she's still here, to make sure that I know where all the important stuff is).

The good news is, I know how to find our house and the church. That's basically all I need, right? :)

Last week P Day we got to climb a mountain with the SokCho Sisters, Sister Kim and Sister You! Well, actually it was more of a glorified walk, and a lot of stair-climbing, but we ended up at some beautiful waterfalls, and it was fantastic. We took some weird pictures (an inevitability with Sister Chun), and then we went back down (one of my favorite parts) and ate some oily Jjajangmyun. *fistpump* Good P day.

We went on exchanges with the Gangreung Sisters. I was in DongHae with Sister Frint and Sister Calda went to Gangreung with Sister Seo. So much fun! We didn't get lost, so that was good, and we learned a lot. We called our recent convert and confused her a little bit: She's a grandma, which means I can't understand her very well, but it turned out okay. In the end, it was a pretty fun, pretty productive exchange. Love that girl! And Sister Chun is a 바보 and forgot to actually take pictures, so that's awkward. Maybe one day I'll remember to be a little more diligent in that regard...

I had the privilege of giving a talk yesterday in Sacrament. I was sweating bullets, but the members were just smiling up at me, so that was encouraging. Hopefully they understood at least a little bit of what I was trying to say in way-less-than-perfect Korean. :) I spoke about Jesus Christ's Atonement. Big topic, right? But I think it was okay. Things were a little clearer to me, at least, so that's good. The gist of the talk was how to apply His Atonement in our lives. Well, when you get thinking about it, applying the Atonement is basically just using the Atonement, which is to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ, especially continually repenting.

There are a bajillion General Conference talks that can explain the Atonement of Jesus Christ way better than I can, but one thing that was really prevelant in my mind as I studied in preparation for my talk was Elder Nelson's challenge issued this past General Conference. Remember what it was? To read everything in the standard works that Jesus Christ said or did. Basically, go to the Topical Guide and read every scripture reference listed. Since the Atonement itself is not the thing that gives us help and strength nor forgives our sins but rather Jesus Christ because He atoned for our sins, we should get to know Him, huh? I've decided to take up Elder Nelson's challenge. It' probably going to be slow going, but I would invite anyone and everyone to join with me in that venture. I'm excited for the peace and confidence that will come from knowing who my Savior is and He means to me personally.

I love you all! I hope you have a good week!

Love,

Sister Chun


This is a giant gate leading into the National Park. So majestic.


How I feel about hiking...

How Sister Calda feels about hiking!

Hurray for Korean waterfalls!

I have a secret fear that my companion will think it's really funny to throw bugs at me
(she likes spiders), and I'm sort of dreading it...

We saw a real live Korean chipmunk.
I didn't know any wild animals besides pigeons existed in Korea. ;)

Pretty companion!

Probably the first and only rainbow to ever happen in Korea.
Everyone - not an exaggeration - was very excited about this rainbow.

Sister Calda cooking with oil.


We went out for ice cream after a 식사 with some members.
(no worries, there was a Brother present, but he shied away from the camera)