These past few weeks I’ve gone on lots of splits with different sisters in our zone to help them with this and that. A split usually lasts around 24 hours and during that time, I either go and work with a sister in her area, or she comes to my area and we work together while our companions are off doing missionary work in the other place. The purpose of splits is for training and support. Hopefully, I can help her with whatever she needs help, whether it’s companion relations, working more effectively, stress, and so on. It’s been especially fun to develop great relationships with these amazing women as I work with them one on one and see how they bless the lives of the people they serve. Last week, I was walking down the street with one sister and she said she had to tell me something. She said that one day at the MTC, her companion told her that before her mission she’d been obsessed with a missionary blog, and she missed it so much that her mom was sending her all the blog entries that she’d missed. They then bonded over MY BLOG! Isn’t that crazy? Apparently they had both “been obsessed” over the same missionary blog. Every time I tried to tell this sister some experience or story from my mission to help her… she already knew all the details.
I also went on splits with Sister Ensign, the same sister I had my miracle split with one year ago. It was so fun! Now we are so much older and wiser, we weren’t just wandering around hoping to get something of worth done, but we were capable and could even speak Korean! Last year when we had our miracle split, Sister Ensign had only been in Korea for two weeks and, as she pointed out to me, this time I only have two weeks left in Korea. It was such a blast! We taught some great people, helped one investigator to start loving the Book of Mormon, and ate delicious street food. Yum!
On Sunday before church started, a member told me that at the baptism after church, I was going to have to bear my testimony. . . in front of all the members! As a missionary, we bear our testimony all the time on the street, in people’s homes, anywhere and everywhere, but usually at baptisms, it is given by a member who takes time to prepare what they want to say. These testimonies are so refined and put together. Throughout the three hours of church I just kept thinking about what I wanted to say. The man who was baptized, Brother Shin, is so amazing. The elders met him on the street about two months ago, and he met with them almost every day after that! Within the first week he had read the entire Book of Mormon.
Since I didn’t have time to do any language study or plan anything super elaborate and complicated, I went with what I know best: the gospel. I got up and introduced myself, and I said that as missionaries we habitually, always teach the gospel. I then laid out the first two steps of the gospel: faith and repentance. Then I introduced Brother Shin again and said that he was about to embark on the third step: baptism. To teach the significance of the promise we make with God at baptism, I read the end of the prayer used each week to bless the sacrament bread, “that they are willing to take upon them the name of thy Son, and always remember him and keep his commandments which he has given them.” I then introduced the next step of the gospel, our reward for keeping our end of the promise, by reading the rest of the prayer, “that they may always have his Spirit to be with them. Amen.” The gift of the Holy Ghost! At the time, I said that the Gift of the Holy Ghost, the constant guidance and peace of god’s abiding sprit, is the best blessing of the restored gospel. In my mind, I thought, “Ah, so are living prophets, and the restored priesthood and eternal families…” Really, I couldn’t possibly rank all the amazing and priceless blessings of this gospel, but to introduce the final step of the gospel, I read another scripture. The words of Heavenly Father aren’t directly recorded in the scriptures very often, but in the Book of Mormon he gives us a promise through His son that “if ye shall press forward, feasting upon the word of Christ, and endure to the end, behold, thus saith the Father: Ye shall have eternal life.” I then closed with my testimony of the gospel, that I know it is a path laid out for us to follow so that we can return to live with Heavenly Father and our families FOREVER! What a blessing to know these things and to be able to “habitually” teach them every day that I am here. How great is the gospel!