Tuesday, February 26, 2013


Guess what!!!!! I just got transfer calls and I am going to be transfered to Jeonju ( a super good area!!!!!!) on Thursday!!!!! My new companion is Korean and doesn't really know any english.... ha ha I heard she is awesome though ! I am super excited!!!!!!! Sad to leave my investigators but I have done my part here and know the lord needs me somewhre else. :)
Thanks for the e-mail mom and Shmee. Thank you so much. I bet you did awesome shmee!!!!!!!!!!!! AHG I can't believe you will be a missionary in a few days!!!!!!! I am so proud of you!!!!! And your farewell talk topic was AMAZING and just so perfect for you! Thank you for being an awesome example to all of us Dee. I am glad you got my letters:) and thank you mom for everything, I love you so much!!!!!!
Also I have a request of you Diondra.... so when you go to the mtc, walk into the cafeteria and on your left will be some vertical tables.... well those first few tables are where the koreans sit. PLEASE FIND SISTER Jung- hyea- ream. She will be korean and is BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!! Her name is spelled 정혀 림. Please find her!!!!. She will be a missionary in Korea and will be in the mtc at the same time as you!!! Diondra, she is AMAZING!!!!!! I love her so much!!!!!! She helped out our mission by becoming a missionary early and going on splits with me and helping me teach in an area. she has an amaznign spirit and I love her. Please find her and tell her I love her!!!!!!!!!!
So this week has been another GREAT one!!!!! We saw so many miracles!!!!!! our greatest miracle was on Wed and Thursday!!!!! So Wed and Thu was a day where me and my companion went on splits with another companionship. I was set up with a sweetheart, Sister Jung. Oh my goodness I love her. The miracle about her and me together was that we taught a lesson and the spirit was amazing! Oh my goodness. The spirit was so strong as we both bore our testimonies of Jesus Christ to one of our investigators. I will never forget that moment. I am so thankful for the way the spirit teaches us and our investigators. God is turly in charge of this work and is making it so others FEEL of the word more than hearing of the word! It is amazing!
The other miracle with her was a girl we talked to while street contacting! She was walking across the street and I turned round and started talking to her. She said she was super interested in English and that she would like to meet with us!!!!!!! Whoot!!!!!!! So we got her number and we will meetth her!!... THEN..... Thu night was what we call dessert party:)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So we invited every investigator, less active, active, etc young adult we could find.... umm talk about SUCCESS!!!!!!!!!!!! It was amazign!!!!!!! And our prayers were answered because there were 2 investigatiors who are amazing and we wanted them to fall in love with their ward but there was no one their age in the ward.... well they would be in the same ward and they became BEST FRIENDS!!!!!! They were like all over eachother, cracking jokes and loving life. It was Sister Kim and Sister Mee. Oh my goodness I love them!!!!!! So because they are best friends now, they both are so much more willing to come to church. Sadly because I am transfering i willnot be able to attend their baptismis but Sister Hurt said she would send me pictures!!!!! I am super happy for them!!!!!!!!! So ya. ha ha. It was such a miracle to ahve so many people come to desert party. We even had random members come with referals of people we could teach!!!!! Amazign night!!!!!
My other favorite part of this week was with our investigator Camille. Oh my goodness I love her. By the way... if any movies pop up on FB... it is from Camille and she is so funny. She recorded like 10 werid videos of me and Sister Hurt singing. ha ha. So funny. I love her. Anyways. With Camille we watched the Restoration Dvd about Joseph Smith. The spirit was amazing, like always, but after the vidoe ended she said with a sincere heart " I use to think Joseph was just a man, but now I want to understand more aobut him and his story and this book (BOM)." It was just a beautiful moment on my mission. To see someone truly desire to want to know about our message!!!!!!!! Sadly Sister Kim is struggling with smoking and coffee.... but she is still planning on getting baptized on March 17th!!!!! She can do it!!!!!!! Butit is sad to see how the devil has started effecting her and making her relaxed in coming to church, reading the Book of Mormon, and praying..... we are praying for her!!!!!!But miracles are happening and now she is friends with our other investigator!!!!! So life is good.
I am sad to leave this area but I know the Sister missionary taking my place and she is AMAZING and she will be good for our investigators! I am so happy for her to come to this area! I will really miss my investigators and members and other missionaries, but that is waht a mission is all aobut... heart breatk. ha ha. in a good way... it helps you humble yourself and realize you don't know what is best and that you MUST rely on the lord! THis is his work and he knows best. I think of how I should apply that to non-mission life. How we get things un-expected in our road called life and how we just need to accept that the lord knows best and that this is his work and his glory to brigng to pass the happiness of his children and so we must trust him. Much easier said than done I know... but prayer helps.!!!!!
So before I end, I just wanted to tell you some cool news about Korea!!!!!!! So first off; President and Sister Furness will be released as my mission presidents in July and guess who our next mission pres is.... it is Presiend Shin!!!!!! He was my President in the MTC over the Korean districts!!!!!! He and his wife are from Korea and are AMAZING!!!!!!!! Oh my goodness I am so excited to have Korean mission presidents. I love them. Right now President and Sister SHin have been living in America for 20 years and so they are very good at english and good with amercans so they will still feel like my mission parents:) ha ha. I love them and I am excited. The other big news is that because there are so many more missionaries coming out that they opened another mission in Korea!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is called "Seoul South". The interesting thing is that they will be taking missionaries from our mission and the other Korea mission and making them go to the new Seoul South mission. Which means If I am ever trasfered to the upper part of our mission, then I wll become a missionary in the Seoul South mission.... but that will not happen until July so we will see what will happen.. Just crazy to think about!!!!!!
So there was my amazing week. Miracles every day and loving the work!!! So one thing I have learned about being a missionary and being a child of God is about life. And living in the moment. It is easy to be excited or scared of the future but we have been asked by the lord to live in the now. Live in the moment. you will be happiest if you can live and enjoy the moment. So many missionaries think about home and what it will be like at the end of their mission. Sadly the mission time flys fast and when they come to the end they wonder where the time has gone. Well, live in themoment because it all ends too soon. You will miss the moment you are at right now one day! In the Oct 2012 Gen con talk it says " You pile up enough tomorrows, and you'll find you have collected a lot of empty yesterdays".

I am loving my mission. I love every day. Yes every day has its challanges but I can love each day because my time as a missionary is short and I am happy to be here so I love what I have now!!!!!!!/.
Speaking of loving something now... I love you all so much. I know I love you because I am reminded every day by the Lord of just how privlidged I am to have 2 parents supporting me on my mission, my 3 bestfriends making righetous decisions, and all of us loving and living with the Lord in his Church!!!!!! I love you all so mcuh.
Thank you for your prayers, loveand support!!!!!
Sister Nicolle Ensign
Sister Nicolle Ensign

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Armpit Tea

Hello my beautiful Family!!
So That is SO SO SO cool about Taylor Hunts little brother!!!!! I will totally look for him and funny it is taylor Hunts borther because one of my mission friends, here in Korea, has a girlfriend who is really goodfriends with Paige hunt and we were just talking abut them yesterday:) so funny. Such a small world. Oh I am so excited for him. Tell him he will love it and to prepare for the best 2 years out of the country! Agh, so exciting.
Sounds like Samantha had a good birthday and I am so glad her gift arrived on time!!!! So great. And I am so glad she is excited and thrilled about the temple. It is so cool because here on missions the thing we love to teach about is the temple and how we can have eternal families and how we can care for our loved ones who have passed away. I always love showing people we meet a picture of the Salt Lake Temple. Just this last week I showed two new girls we met and they both want me to take them to the temple. They thought it was so beautiful. It was amazing. Temples are just so great.
Ha ha I am so glad dad is enjoying coaching basketball!!!! I bet he loves it and is super good at it!!!!!! By the way speaking of dad. I just got Shmees batch of letters with the pictures of you guys at grand america. First off, HOW FUN!!!!! Thank you so much for sending me pictutres! It is always so great to see you all in action!
So this week. Agh, what a miracle week:) So great. So this week we got a call from Sister Hoe who found 2 girls in our area that want to meet and "be taught english and hear the good bible words". ha ha. So we met up with them at this way cute little coffie shop, we all ordered hot coco and talked english and bible words. they asked us to give them English names and so we named them Sunny and Camille. THEY ARE THE CUTEST THINGS IN THE WORLD. They are shmees age and prett\y sure if they came to america, they would be best frieds with us. Oh my goodness I love them! After we met with them they said they wanted to come to church and then randomly throughout the day we would get texts or pone calls from them having them tell us how much they love us! Oh I love Koreans. They also really love our message. I am hoping we will give them the baptisimal invintation this week.
Speaking of baptism... KIM HAS CHOSEN AGAIN TO GET BAPTIZED ON MARCH 17!!!!!!! She thinks by then she will be able to be off coffee and to receive baptism commitments!!!!!! Oh we were so excited for her and you can tell she really desires it!
Sadly we were not able to meet the other investigatiors this week because it was the korean holliday, Solar. It is where everyone gets together and celebrates everyones birthday and the new year. So ya. It is a really cute holliday but NO ONE can meet. So instead of meeting, President Furness had us deep clean our appartments. Which was also good because it needed to be done!
This week was good becuase we were able to prepare and study and pray hard for our investigatiors. We were able to really think about the needs of our investigators and just really prepare for them.
Another miracle happened this week:)And a funny story to go along. So this week we went door knocking and.... we were let into 2 doors!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That is a miracle. My comp said she has only been let into a door a handful of times on her mission and in one day we were let into 2!!!!!!!!!!!! So great. The first apt we went into, it was this kind Grandma who sat us down and demanded to feed us. She brought us a drink called Moo. So we looked it up on the phone to see if it was a tea we could drink and the definition came up as 1; Armpit... 2; radish tea. so we were hoping it was the second which was okay for us to drink. So without thinking twice we take big gulps...... Instantally we both start gagging. HARD.... gagging like puke was about to come up. Luckily the grandma was in the different room because we were both crying and gagging and laughing because it was probably radish tea but it tasted like armpit tea.... My companion grabed un unpealed orange and took a bite to get rid of the taste and I was continually gagging. ha ha ha ha ha ha . we contiuned to drink the drind in big gulps so that she wouldnt be offended that we didnt drink it all... ha ha. So that was interesting. Luckily she was so nice and gave us other food and we shared a message. She didn't want to give us her number or meet agan, but we were happy she let us in. The second door was not near as funny but we shared a message and spent time with the family. They also didn't want to meet again, but we were happy they let us in:) What a great blessing!
So mom I also got your letters this week with the valentines card. Thank you so much. I am using that money today to treat myself to a good meal:) Thank you so much. I love you mom and dad!!!!!
Being a missionary truly is a blessing. I am so thankful to be able to be here sharing this wonderful gospel. Lately my testimony and understanding has grown in the knowledge of the Plan of Salvation. What a merciful and wonderful plan that our Heavenly Father Has given us. I am so thankful that he gave us a way to not only help our lives here be happy, but for us to be happy in the eternities. God truly loves us and is so merciful. So because I have wanted to make the Plan of Salvation easier for my investigators to understand, I drew a little sketch of the Plan of Salvation. I sent a copy of it in the letters. But when you see it I want you to look at the spirit world. I thought hard aobut how to draw it. I wanted my investigatiors to know that there is missionary work in the spirit world and that their loved ones could have a chance to accept the gospel. I also was thinking of Chelsea up in Heaven and the work she is doing in heaven. She is working hard to teach the souls in heaven. Both of our work is so important and we are helping Gods Children understand the questions to their souls and how to be happy, and most important, that they have a loving heavenly Father. I love this gospel.
I am so thankful to know that we have a loving heavenly father who gave us this amazing plan of happiness so that we could enjoy life and return to him and be at peace forever. I love this gospel.
Also I read this quote by president Eyring. "I dont depend on what has happend in the past.. i recieve the promise of Moroni often. I don't take that belssing of a testimony for granted as a perpetual entitlement". We can recieve moroni's promise that the book of mormon is true again and again and again. I know we can all do that. I loved Samathas letter where she prayed about if the church was true, AGAIN, and she got an answer AGAIN. YEA!! God will constantally let the spirit REMIND us of what we know and what is true. I know I receive that witness every time I share the book of mormon with others. I know it is ture. I know this gospel is true and I love being a missionary who can share truth and love with others.
Well I love you all so much. Thank you for your support and prayers. I love you to the moon and back.
Sister Nicolle Ensign

Monday, February 4, 2013

Missionary Work : Both Heart Breaking and Wonderful

So yes I got your letters and the day after p-day your AMAZING PACKAGE CAME!!!! I about died of happiness and laughter as I saw how perfectly packed it was. Agh, I love my family,. Mom I can't thank you enough for sending me thosethings. I ahve been in missionary heaven with all of those treats, smelling good stuff, treats, smelling goodstuff, . etc. and the temple pictures are the best. I just cried as I went through those and the christ pictures. I just love the temple. Thank you thank you thank you for the package. You really are the greatest:) Thank you.
Well now about my misisonary work . This week has been both heartbreaking and the best week ever. So this on Wed we fasted for Kim's lesson. We were going to teach her the word of wisdom and we really wanted her to accept it.... well the lesson went great but she droped her baptisimal date becauseshe doesnot know how long it will take to quit coffie. She was almost in tears when we told her she couldn't drink coffie. so it was really sad to see her take a sep back. BUT this yesterday she still came to church and we gave her the triple set of the BOM, D&C and POGP. and she LOVED IT. she even kissed it she was so excited. I know she loves this gospel. She has prayed aobuthe bom and knows its true. We will meet with her this wed to see if we can set up another baptisimal date. we also talked witht the ward and there is a great coffie substute that we want to give her. so evn though that was heart breaking we had a miracle!!!!! So our AWESOME ward member Chay-Hoon gave us the number of one of his students. so we met with her... during the lesson she was loving everything we talught her. We taught her about the BOM and before we could ask her if she wanted a copy,she asked if she could get one. So we talked about following Christ. And we were led by the spirit to extend the baptisimal invintation and she said YES!!!!!!! :) :) She is getting baptized on March 24!!!!!!! Whoot whoot!!!! She is just the cutest thing ever and I love her to death. I can't wait to see her get baptized!!!!!!! Love her!!!! Also more sad news... so remember that "bus girl" I gave the Bom to and she said she was reading it but couldnt meet with us.... welll we texted her to see if she was still reading and she said her dad took the book because he attends another church. She seemed really sad. I just hope she remembers the book and will find it again one day. BUT yesterday we found a new "bus girl" who Sister Hurt gave the Bom to and she LOVED IT!!!! She was reading ti on the bus for like 20 min!!!!! Awesoime!!!! So yes this week has been a rollercoster of emotinos but it has been amazing!!!!! So many miracles!.
Another great miracle was that yesterday we were invited by a couple in our ward (Robert Holley; he is famous in Korea. Look him up. He served his mission in Pusan when he was younger adn stayed in Korea and because he is white and knows korean, he became super famous). So we ate at their house... talk about amaizng... I think he's a billionare..... not even joking. we had tocos with home made salsa.... yes I died of happiness. And yes Bubba, there was A TON OF Cilintro... :) ha ha. I was in heaven. So we ate at their house and his wife made actual home made, american, chocolate cake... HEAVEN!!!!!! they are so kind and it is really amazign how they can be totally in the world but not part of the world. It is amaizgn. Such good exapmles:)
by the way I really do know how to spell I am just typing really fast. ha ha. Sorry... Ihope it all makes sence.... .
So there was my awesome week:) I wrote in my letter about my last p-day experience with goign to the bath house... lets just say about 50 korean eyes were staring at my naked body for 2 hours... I died of laughter bu talso enjoyed it because the bath houses are so so so so relaxing!!!!! I love them!!!!!! it was a funny but great experience:) My letter will go into detail:) But ya a few weeks ago when we went on the hike it was really fun. Because it was super muddy we all feel on our butts aobut 20 times... ah ah. but it was so fun. Not really pretty but it was fun to be with everyone.
So I read this awesome scripture in 1 cor 9:16 For though 'i preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of; for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel". I am so greatful to be the Lords hands and mouth peace here in Korea. I turly have felt his influence and help and he truly has carried me in this work. I love it. I love Korea, Koreans, and the Korean language, adn most ofall, I love being a missionary and seeing the change and light that grows in others eyes as they come to know our savior, Jesus Christ. I love you all to the moonand back!
Love Sister Ensign