There are some unique perks to being a missionary, like never having to worry about yourself and always dedicating your time to others. I’m constantly able to do what brings each of us a great joy and satisfaction: serving others! But while I’m here in Korea, the rest of the world keeps moving full steam ahead. For instance graduate schools are still expecting applications for next fall, when I hope to continue my education. So today I’ve dedicated my few free hours for the week to working on essays, and instead of writing a big blog I’ve re-recorded my testimony for you in Korean!
When I did this over a year ago at the MTC, I remember I was just thinking through the letters and words I’d memorized from a paper, trying my hardest to make it mine, and to express the beliefs and passions of my heart. Since then I’ve done nothing but find opportunities to share my testimony with people every day at church, in a classroom, in homes, through letters, on the street, all the time! Even though I share this great gospel and amazingly joyful message in a language that’s not my first, I’m still able to convey my feelings in a way that people understand how much I really love what I do and who I do it for: the Lord Jesus Christ and these wonderful Korean people that I love so very dearly. My Korean is not even close to perfect, and it never will be. But, I’ve learned time and time again that it’s not my language that’s important, but the spirit that comes as I tell people, “I know this is true. I know this will bless your life because of the way it’s blessed mine. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ live and love me and you perfectly.” Ah, the experiences that have come to me on my mission as people have not only listened, felt, and believed, but also found those truths for themselves and enjoyed a happiness that is only understood by seeing the new light in their eyes as they say, “I know it, too.”
I love being a missionary!
(video updated October 21 due to background noise – still noise, just not as much).