Sunday, June 29, 2014

Hot Summer Days = No Make Up and Lots of Ice Cream.

It's been another awesome week in Korea; holla at me brothas and sistas. I suppose I'll share a couple of "fun facts" and some of the events that occurred this week in list format:

1. I got hit my a minivan. Straight up hit by a car. Do not fear, all is well! It was just a peculiar set of circumstances that resulted in a peculiar series of events. My companion thought I was going to die and all I could manage to do was laugh. I'm a survivor.

2. I had my first experience with a Korean hospital. Which was also a really strange experience but I'm all about trying and experiencing new things so I'll just add that to my list of adventures. 

3. Transfer calls came this week and I will be staying with Sister Giles in Gangnam for another transfer! It's going to be a lot of fun. Korea is getting hotter and we're both dreading the summer season. We keep talking about how hot it is and all the Koreans keep telling us is, "This is nothing. Just wait." I'm absolutely terrified. 

4. Speaking of how hot it is... my companion and I have both resolved to never wear make up and to always wear our hair in buns on the tops of our heads because of how hot it's getting. Make up just melts off of faces and hair just makes it hotter. So we've come up with the best solution: no make up and top knots for the win! 

5. So a few weeks ago Ginay shared this scripture with me: Acts 9:15: "But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:" When I read it, I immediately loved it. So much, in fact, that I wrote it on the inside cover of my new planner. Anyways, as I was reading in the Book of Mormon I came across Moroni 7:31 "And the office of their ministry is to call men unto repentance, and to fulfil and to do the work of the covenants of the Father, which he hath made unto the children of men, to prepare the way among the children of men, by declaring the word of Christ unto the chosen vessels of the Lord, that they may bear testimony of him." Each of us has potential to do and be great things. God knows all that we are capable of becoming-- even if we don't always seem to see it in ourselves. But part of the reason I really liked these two scriptures was that it's not just talking about US, but it's talking about OTHER people being vessels unto the Lord. And part of our job as members of the church is to share the gospel with others so that they can start reaching towards their full potential-- just like we are trying to do. So cool. I'm preaching the gospel to vessels of the Lord. :)

6. Another scripture I read that really hit me this week (pertaining to the "why" of missionary work): Alma 26:3-7

"3 Behold, I answer for you; for our brethren, the Lamanites, were in darkness, yea, even in the darkest abyss, but behold, how many of them are brought to behold the marvelous light of God! And this is the blessing which hath been bestowed upon us, that we have been made instruments in the hands of God to bring about this great work.
 Behold, thousands of them do rejoice, and have been brought into the fold of God.
 Behold, the field was ripe, and blessed are ye, for ye did thrust in the sickle, and did reap with your might, yea, all the day long did ye labor; and behold the number of your sheaves! And they shall be gathered into the garners, that they are not wasted.
 Yea, they shall not be beaten down by the storm at the last day; yea, neither shall they be harrowed up by the whirlwinds; but when the storm cometh they shall be gathered together in their place, that the storm cannot penetrate to them; yea, neither shall they be driven with fierce winds whithersoever the enemy listeth to carry them.
 But behold, they are in the hands of the Lord of the harvest, and they are his; and he will raise them up at the last day."
We have been blessed in our lives to have been instructed on where we can find refuge from the storms of life. When the skies are gloomy and grey, when the winds howl and the rain beats upon our backs, we know to whom we can turn for safety and protection. We know who will help us stand tall in the midst of havoc and chaos. Storms will come, they are unavoidable. But because of our Savior, Jesus Christ, we can build up and fortify ourselves so that the storms cannot penetrate us. And so, that's why we do missionary work. Because the storms are coming, they're always coming, and we want our friends, our family, our loved ones to all be safe and protected by the shelter of our loving Savior and His atonement. We know where to find protection and so we're inviting everyone to come in and find peace despite the storm. 
7. A word that has been on my mind for the past week has been the word "remember." And along with that, there have been so many different things that have been coming into my head that I need to always strive to remember. "Remember who you are, where you came from, and where you hope to go. Remember your loved ones and how much they care for you. Remember your purpose-- why you're here. Remember your Savior; remember what He did for you. Remember, you can do hard things. Remember, you're capable. Remember, you wear His name upon your heart. Remember the blessings. Remember all that you've learned. Remember how far you've come." It's so important to remember. I dare you to take the time this week to just sit back and remember.
It's been a good week. So many random things have happened. But I promise I haven't stopped smiling once. That's another thought that came into my head this week, actually, "Remember, life is way too short (especially your mission life) to waste even a moment of it angry or upset." So I've been doing my best to put on my smile each morning when I wake up and to keep it there every night until I go to sleep. Life tastes sweeter when you experience it with a smile. That's what I think, anyways. 
I hope everyone is happy and well. I'm sending all the love I can possibly muster to you all the way from Korea. I hope you can feel it. 
Always praying for you,

Sister CaLea Bagley

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