On Tuesday, I was on splits with Sister Brooksby, my MTC companion! We stopped by a member’s house on the way to another appointment, and I didn’t really have a message planned, but I felt like visiting them would be of great worth for Sister Brooksby and the family. Only two of the daughters were home, so we sat down and did introductions. Sister Brooksby is serving in a city called Naju, which is famous for its Asian pears, called Bae. Super delicious, and around Korean Thanksgiving…super expensive. Up to $3 for just one pear! We were discussing pears when I thought of an analogy about pears the missionaries in Chungjeong have been using lately. It has to do with a vision that a Book of Mormon prophet has about accepting the gospel. While we were talking I told them, “Hey, the Book of Mormon talks about Bae!” Of course no one believed me, so we pulled out our scriptures and read together the following scriptures:
10 And it came to pass that I beheld a tree, whose fruit was desirable to make one happy.
11 And it came to pass that I did go forth and partake of the fruit thereof; and I beheld that it was most sweet, above all that I ever before tasted. Yea, and I beheld that the fruit thereof was white, to exceed all the whiteness that I had ever seen.
12 And as I partook of the fruit thereof it filled my soul with exceedingly great joy; wherefore, I began to be desirous that my family should partake of it also; for I knew that it was desirable above all other fruit.
62 I speak by way of command unto you that belong to the church; and unto those who do not belong to the church I speak by way of invitation, saying: Come and be baptized unto repentance, that ye also may be partakers of the fruit of the tree of life.
After reading these together they looked at me and said, “It’s bae! Most sweet and white!” Exactly! So, I went to the giant chalkboard they have in their living room and we drew a picture of the bae tree and the rest of the vision. We talked about how the bae is the gospel of Christ and how the prophet immediately wanted to share it with his family. The two girls got a sheepish look on their faces…They, along with their older sister and mom all were baptized in America, but their dad still hasn’t met the missionaries and doesn’t come to church. We frequently talk about how to share the gospel with him, but it’s hard since he’s always gone for business. That’s when I got the idea to ask about their grandmother.
Sometimes when I visit them, their mom’s mom is home helping clean or cook. She. Loves. Me. One time I even tried sharing a message with her, but it was a total fail. She just thinks I’m strange because I speak Korean, so I’m more intriguing to her than anything else. With the girls, we set a goal to meet their grandmother in December to talk about the gospel! I could tell they were hesitant, we’ve made goals like this for their dad before and it hasn’t gone anywhere, but they SUPER love their grandmother. I had high hopes. As I bore my testimony to them about the boguem bae (gospel pear), I pulled out my planner for this transfer. It hadn’t even occurred to me until that moment that I had made my planner about this very topic using those very scriptures! We looked at the picture of the family sharing the white pear together and could feel the excitement of the moment.
On Sunday, the older daughter came up to me and said she’d already talked to her grandmother! She wanted to meet us this week to hear our message! We’re meeting her on Tuesday! I’m SO excited! I’ll let you know how it goes!