Introducing Sister Sierra Brooksby...

Hello my beautiful Brothers and Sisters!
I am Sister Sierra Brooksby! I suppose it's that time... Time to write and introduction and tell you all about myself. To be honest, theres a lot to say about me! I suppose the thing you'd want to know though, is where I am serving and when! I will be reporting to the Provo MTC On December 30th, 2015. I will be serving in the Seoul Korea South mission. It's a very exciting call for me and I'm totally pumped to share the gospel with my Korean friends!
For more information about all my adventures, keep up on my lovely blog which will, with great hope, be weekly maintained by my gorgeous mother. So you all soon! ;) Stay strong!

Here is the address you can write a letter to me:
Sister Sierra Brooksby Mar01-Kor-seos
2005 North 900 East Unit 8 Provo Utah 84602

Mission Address: (After March)
Sister Sierra Brooksby
Korea Seoul South Mission
29 wiryeseong-daero 22-gil songpa-gu Seoul
teukbyeolsi 05655 South Korea

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The temple trio

So this week was tripping great!
We visited a referral Tuesday- but it was a low-key visit. IE, we didn't talk as referrals. Actually the person who referred us asked us to put our Book of Mormon in our bags while we talk- some background stuffs going on I guess. On the way we almost forgot, that would have been a huge bust. XD She works at a blanket store so we went to buy an apron and a floor mat (because they sell them at blanket stores haha) and when we went in there were 4 ladies all together. So they lady (owner, referral) helped us get our things, and then it was time to leave but my comp and I knew we had to stay and talk at least a little more, and especially introduce ourselves as missionaries. So, I played my 'foreigner' card. It has special powers. I asked "So, I'm new to Korea, but do all 4 of you work here?" And of course they all laughed at the ignorant forefinger and explained they were visiting, so we explained who we were and then headed out. HA USA power. XD XD
We visited a member and they fed us chicken and pizza, we were there with the elders, and they fed us SO MUCH and then ordered more! You could see the suffering on the faces of the Elders as they tried to move around and get all the food to actually go down haha. It was so funny.
We had a meeting this week to follow up with all the greenies in the area so I got to see everyone from my mtc dongi again! (All the people I came to Korea with.)
All the ones in our mission, that is. It was good, I learned lots of stuff about working with a trainer. 
When we went sticker boarding this week I volunteered to hold the board. Thats an important job, because you talk to people as they come to the board to keep them in the area so a different missionary can get them to put their number down to get contacted about English class. Usually Elder Matthews holds the board, but I took it then. He reached for it out of habit, but I didnt give it to him so he said, Oh thats right, youre doing it. Youre kind of fun too. Eh from him it was good a compliment about my entertainingness as any. 
On the bus I talked to a girl and she will come to English class on Wednesday. Shes the same age as me! So crazy. I mean, its crazy to me, I dont really know why. 
Ahhhh then Thursday was temple P-day!!!!!! Woooo yeah!!!! On our way to the temple an interesting adventure ensued. When we got onto the platform for the subway I saw a blonde person from behind, and I figured he was an Elder, but he was alone. So I thought that his companion was just a little farther off so they could talk to lots of people or whatever.
When he noticed us he greeted us, but right away you could tell something was not exactly peachy. Apparently he had been talking to someone when the subway came, and his companion and the other set of Elders got on and left without him. 
So, we became a trio. Probably one of the oddest trios youve ever seen. He used our phone and called the other Elders and said Im on an unauthorized exchange with sisters. BWAHAHAHAH. Too great. The poor Elder looked so lost the whole time. They agreed to meet at the next station, but when we got on the subway we found out the one we got on was a Gupheng which means it only stops at the major stops along the track, so the poor elder had to travel all the way to the stop for the temple with us. It was about and hour and 15 minutes. Haha. Yeah, so that was our unauthorized trio experience.
I listened to the temple session in Korean. J I got the translator just in case, but I ended up not needing it, which was super cool. There were very few things I didnt understand. Gift of tongues all the way. :P 
We met with lots of less actives this week. We are working with one woman to get her son baptized, he should have been baptized a few months back, but he wasnt. So we taught him the Restoration simply, watched the video, and asked if he wanted to be baptized. He wasnt quite sure just yet, but we found out he loves to pray, so we asked him if he would pray to ask God if he should be baptized, and he agreed. Hes such an adorable kid!
We had a special English class this week- English baseball. The pitcher *throws* a question in English and the students had to answer it. If they got it right they moved up a base, wrong it was an out. If they wanted to go more than one base they could throw a ball and make it into a basket, if they did they went 2. The farther basket was 3. It was a bunch of fun. It would have been more fun if more people had been able to come, but it was good anyway.
Our PI who came to church last week came to the RS activity and made bags with the other sisters, so we are well on our way. Really, the help of the members is super important. Being a convert isnt easy, so all of you at home, do the missionaries and investigators a favor and be a friend to the investigators, and go out with the missionaries to teach! Offer to hold lessons in your home, it helps. 
Other than that, theres not much more to report about the week.
Oh but today we went to the beach! It was a bunch of fun. Its not really the beach persay, its like an island with a giant rock on the side and a rocky shoreline but a sandy beachy area as well. It was tons of fun! We went as a district, and one of the Elders who will go home soon said it was one of the best pdays hes had. Woo XD Peace. 
Yeah thats about the just.
If you get the chance read Jacob 3:1. Prayer is important, dont forget that not only does the Lord answer prayers; hes always waiting for us to ask. So dont forget to ask- he loves you enough to answer! And be patient, the answers arent usually a flash of lightning or an angel, but youll feel them. They dont always come straight away, but thats how God wants it. Just trust that they come and continue to ask in faith.
I love you all!
And for any of you that are wondering, I also love this Gospel. I love that every day I can become more like my Savior, and that by so doing I also come closer to him and feel His love more. As I feel that love I want to share that love. Guys, Jesus Christ loves all of us. He died for us. He died so that even though we mess up every day, and even though we make the same mistakes, we can be forgiven, and we can seek and find the power to move on and become better. Through Him we can overcome our trials, our weaknesses, and our fears. Its true. Take it from someone whose honesty is her favorite trait. I will tell you from the honesty of my heart, this is Gods church. The principles and doctrines found here are true. They will lead you to God, and they will help you find peace and direction. That is my testimony. I trust God. I trust Him 100% I trust him 1000000000% I trust him with everything. I love him. Im happy to be in His army doing his work, and Im happy all of you can be there to see it happen. 

Until next time!!!
Love (because its really hard not to)
Sister Brooksby.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Hot and Cold... Korea!

Hello friends and family! So last week I really didnt get to write much, or to talk to any of you individually really, for that I am saddened, but its already Monday again! Time went by so tripping fast! I honestly have no idea where it went. When time for weekly planning came around I was like: The heck? We just had weekly planning like, 3 days ago. But we didnt. So basically, looking back this week felt like it was 3 days long. But then I looked back on everything we did. We did a lot of stuff haha. XD 

So Speaking of. Because it was the Korean holliday on Monday we had a bunch of appointments to eat with members and my companion spent a lot of time skyping with her family (which was adorable) so I didnt have lots of time to email. Then, Tuesdaywe had a mission conference with 3/6 zones in the mission. It was great! The girls all got to pick out and wear hanboks and we also got to take them home with us. My companion and I were matching. J We learned a lot about record keeping and goal setting, I learned a bunch! I think I learned more in that training than my companion has taught me since I got here!

Ahhh but after the training when we got home we discovered we left the heater (or boiler, in Korea) on and the house was hotter than a sauna! My companion lamented for a very long time haha. We had to open all the windows and everything because we were dying. XD 

Wednesday we visited with the ward mission leader and ate lunch with them. The food was. Something. I recognized the noodles but the slimy stuff. I just ate and didnt ask questions. XD
We also met with our investigator and they gave us food, but we had just eaten dinner so my companion couldn't eat at all, so I ended up eating a ton, and drinking the huge glass of health drink they gave me, and my companions. XD And I ate gross fish stuff like 4 times this week. Ahh the life. 

Oh yeah and I gave away my first Book of Mormon this week, which was great. Proselyting in Korea is no cake man. 

We visited one of the members this week, they live in an apartment with 66 floors so they took us up to see the view! Though it was rainy, so we couldn't see much. And it was night haha. 

Though the real miracles today were yesterday- our investigator's mother (we want to teach her so bad!!) came to church! She came because of a member's invitation, they just recently became acquainted (but that's a whole other bowl of soup right there) and he invited her. She came and she loved it! It was a great sunday! And all the meetings were really great. I gave a short talk in sacrament about prayer and faith. :) One of the elder's investigators came to church as well for the first time! Big miracles this week. The woman who came also signed up for the RS activity to make handbags- more opportunities to get close to the members! Sweetness!!! Its going to be awesome and we expect this week to be just as great (probably greater!) 

Sorry this email probably doesn't make a lot of sense, but hey, life is good! The mission is great, and I'm learning a lot! So, all of the important stuff. :) 

We've also had lots of practice lessons this week with members to help show them how missionary work works. I think its helping to inspire them to want to serve wherever and whenever they can.
For all of you members- do some practice lessons with the missionaries. Invite them over and ask if you can hear lesson 1 (and don't forget to give them food) its a great way to boost your missionary spirit, and to see more of what missionaries do when they teach the Gospel.

I dont remember if I wrote this in the last email, but since we've moved we've had an interesting experience with water....

The heater in the house is great, but every time you shower the hot water comes on for about 45 seconds boiling hot then becomes a slightly bearable coldish warm. Its so much fun!
But not. Though we take shorter showers now. More time saved! Woo. XD We will call the house owner about it today. XD

Yeah Korea is great. I love it here!