Sunday, January 1, 2017
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
Today in Korea I am officially 23 years old. In Korea they all gain a year on January 1st, rather than their birthdays. So happy new year and happy birthday too I guess! This morning to celebrate we hiked 북한산 "North Korea Mountain." I can't believe it has already almost been one year since the last time I hiked it... so much has changed. I am so forever grateful for 2016. A year ago in the MTC, I could not anticipate all of the amazing experiences I would have and incredible people I would meet who would change and inspire me, bring me to love a new people and culture in Korea, and help me realize what is most important and special in this life.
This week we met our investigator from Vietnam, who is only 19 years old, so cute (can speak a little English and a little Korean) and moved to Korea to study for 4 years. She started reading the Book of Mormon and noticed as Nephi prayed, he was able to have an answer and "conviction" (확신) that it was true. As we taught the Restoration lesson, her eyes got huge with excitement as she said, "I have 'conviction' too! I know why Joseph Smith needed to be a prophet. I want to read Book of Mormon from 'here' *flips to front of Book* to 'here' *points to back and points* and share it with my family... then the whole world." She is so cute! I know that the Book of Mormon is true. When we read it, we are happier. We can find direction, answers, and feel God's true, unconditional love for us. I know that Heavenly Father loves us and will answer our prayers as we trust in the promise in Moroni 10:3-5. We can all have "conviction" too.
Happy New Year! As they say in Korea, "Receive many blessings in the New Year!"