Ashley at Temple

Ashley at Temple

Friday, May 1, 2015

안녕하네요 사랑하는 여러분, 

Well this is it! I cannot believe that a year and a half has passed by so quickly. I still feel like I got here yesterday and that there is so much more to learn! I honestly don't feel that my mission has ended quite yet. It hasn't hit me. I still feel like next week I will wake up at 6:30 and do the normal routine. But here it goes, my last email as Sister Farr in the Korean, Daejeon Mission. 

I was trying to think of something motivating to say for my last email. Something big that I learned that would inspire others but all I could think of were a few simple words. Jesus is the Christ. 

Throughout this entire experience I have learned so much more about my Savior. I have learned how much he loves each and every one us. As I have met hundreds of people, whom some I barely got to know, I have felt his love for them. Because of this, I have felt my capacity to love others has grown tremendously, more than I could of imagined. 

I have learned because of Christ, we can be spiritually cleansed. Anything impure about us can be changed and made correct through the atonement. We can have a new start every week when we take the sacrament. We can ask for forgiveness anytime through prayer. We can start each day confidently knowing that because of him we can have joy, peace, and happiness despite our imperfections. 

Because of Christ, we can live with our families for forever through the Plan of Salvation. This is one of my most favorite things about this Gospel. It takes away the sting of death. It provides hope and comfort. It brings peace to the heart. This truth has blessed me throughout my life and it will continue to do so. 

I am so thankful for the opportunity to have spent this time serving as a representative of Christ in this amazing country.  I am so thankful for the Korean people. They opened my eyes to so many great things and I learned to much!

Firstly I am thankful to my Heavenly Father for blessing me with this opportunity. Before I left on my mission I owed a great debt to my Heavenly Father and my Savior. I went on a mission to hopefully somewhat pay off that debt and to work hard because of how blessed I was. The more time I spent on my mission I am realized that I am in even more debt. Through my mission, even though it has been really tough, I am learning so much. The things I am learning I wouldn't of been able to learn anywhere else and I probably wouldn't of learned them at all. I have felt so much love and always knew that I could pray during a difficult time. Each one of my trials ended up being a blessing in the end because of how much I learned. 

Thank you to my family! Dad, Mom, James, Kaykay, and Jordy.  I love you all so much! I am so thankful for all the great things you taught me. You are the best family in the world. I am so excited to hug you all! Thank you for teaching me the gospel, loving me, helping me succeed. Supporting each and every one of my dreams, and being there when I fell down. I am so proud to call each one of you my family. You all have really made home a heaven on earth. 

Thank you to all of my extended family and friends! Thank you to my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, the Foutz and Davies family, Springwood Ward, Xanthea. I loved getting your emails each week. They really lifted me up and motivated me to keep trying my best. Thank you for the endless amounts of packages and letters, they were always so thoughtful! 

I don't know if I can thank an area, but I am so thankful to have served in Chung-ju, Gwuang-ju, and Gong-ju. I found something special about each area and learned so much in each. I am also so thankful for the members, converts, investigators, and people who I met. They changed my life and I will always remember them!

Thank you to the Korea, Daejeon mission and President and Sister Shin. I have learned a great deal from you. I am so thankful that through their guidance and inspiration I was able to serve where I served and meet the people I met. 

Thank you to each of my wonderful companions! I love you all so much. I feel so blessed to have served with you! I served with Sister Mathieson, Sister Paz, and Sister Parola in the MTC, so much love!. That was so much fun! Thank you to my amazing trainer JeeWoo Lee, love you! I am thankful to have served with Han-sol-Lee for a transfer, it was a blast! I love my adorable Sue-Hyun Kim, we had an adventurous 6 months, 180 days, 4,320 hours, 259,200 minutes, 15,552,000 seconds, or however you wanna count it. Sister Lambert, it was definitely a transfer of fun and miracles. I feel so blessed to have served with you! Last but not least, I am also so thankful to have served with my two babies Sister Stanger and Sister Paller. I learned so much from you both and you both make me so proud. You both ended up training me. Love you! 

This has been an amazing chapter in my life and I am sad to see it close, but I am also very excited to see what is next. I am excited to take all that I have learned from my mission and apply to my life. This has truly been an amazing 18 months. 

I am thankful for this Gospel. I know it is true. I am thankful for Joseph Smith and all the sacrifices he made to restore it. I am so thankful for the Book of Mormon and all of its teachings. It is a true book. It is God's word. It is another testament of Jesus Christ. I know God loves each one of his children. By serving others we can feel of his love. I am thankful for Christ's atonement. I know Christ lives. 


Sunday, April 5, 2015

This week was an awesome week. My most favorite part was Sunday. Here it was fastSunday and Easter.  It was such a great time to remember our Savior and all that he has done for me. I am also so excited for General Conference next week. (I know everybody already saw it this week).

I remember that before my mission I really didn't care about watching conference. The people who speak all live in the same general area as I do, its long, and really hard to stay awake. But when I was at the MTC I realized i had to watch the whole thing because I couldn't DVR it and watch it later. So when I was at the MTC I had the thought to write down questions before that I had and then pray to get the answers that I needed through General conference. I wrote down a bunch of questions and then I prayed. When I watched General conference I got an answer to each one of them! 

So this week we have been challenging our members to do the same. The whole ward has been really excited about doing it because they have similar feelings about watching conference as I did before the mission. 

We have also met with a new investigator this week. She is awesome! We are trying to find as many people as we can before I head home. This is the last little push!

I love you all!
Sister Farr

Hello Everybody!

First off, CONGRATULATIONS to my little brother Jamison! He is going to the Seattle, Washington Mission! I am so excited for him and I am so proud of him! He is going to be an awesome missionary! 

This week we met with our investigator and we are talking to her about getting baptized. She is progressing really fast and is really accepting everything that we teach her. We are picking a date with her this Wednesday. I am so excited for her! So please pray for her! 

This week I have really been so thankful that I served a mission. The main reason being that I have come to understand more of who my savior is and what he has done for me. Throughout this time I have had so many weaknesses and shortcomings but because of the atonement I was able to overcome them and work though the tough spots. I am so thankful that because of him we are able to live again. We are able to be with our families for forever. Also every little mistake get to be erased, and we can start fresh and clean. I have learned that the atonement isn't just used to fix mistakes it is used to help us progress and become even better. We can make our strengths even stronger. I am really thankful for my savior and all that he has done for me. Here is a video that I really love: Because of Him

I love you all and I hope you have a great week! 

Happy Easter!

Sister Farr

Monday, March 23, 2015

This week was really great and it passed by so quickly! 

We have been meeting with a lot of Filipino people, which has been awesome. We met with a less active that hasn't been to church in over a year. She was so sweet.

Yesterday Lorine also attended church and it was great! The members were so welcoming and they loved seeing her.

I also got to learn a traditional dance called tinikling. It was such a great experience! Super fun! The Filipinas thought it was hilarious to see me try it. 

We saw lots of miracles by meeting so many people. This area has so many foreigners that is is crazy. I am always so shocked by how many people we are able to meet. 

We are finding more and more each week! I am so thankful to be serving with Sister Paller, its a blast!

We also made crepes with the young women. They loved it! I love teaching them how to make fun things! 

It also rained a lot! I was so wet! 

Love you!
The church is true!

Sister Farr

Monday, March 16, 2015

What the?! Time is flying by so fast! My last transfer is a blast! 

Here is a story to summarize my week:

Our mission is doing what we call the "40 Day Fast" and its a relay fast where everybody in our entire mission has a day where they have to fast. Sister Stanger and I had the Wednesday fasting. We ate our last meal, and it was fine but then the next morning we both woke up so sick. We had gotten food poisoned by our last meal. We also had to do transfer day that morning. It was definitely rough. Like I was so weak! Food Poisoned, fasting, and hypoglycemic. Rough! We took a bus over to the mission office which was about 1 hour. We were so exhausted! I then went to my training meeting. While we were waiting President Shin came in an explained we have the now Filipino Sisters and there were three of them. He said he has to pick out of 11 trainers which one they will each get. (Backstory: I had called President the night before because our mission leader wanted a Korean to come because I was leaving. So that night President had originally had me with her but then changed me to a Korean). We all waited and they ran the slideshow to show us who we were training. I saw the name, "Sister Paller" and I was so excited but also a little confused. We started to walk outside to meet our trainees and the AP pulled me aside and said, "She is really a special missionary, and you are going to be the one that helps her be successful in this mission. She doesn't have a mother, her Dad passed away. She needs love." My heart sank. I didn't know what to do. I said I quick little prayer that I would be able to help her and help her feel God's love. As we were all waiting, I got a little more nervous but still very excited. And then they opened the doors and I saw her. She I think was just as nervous to meet me! I ran up to her, gave her a big hug, a flower, and told her I was so excited to be her new companion! She of course smiled right back and it was so fun! 

Since she has been here we have been able to meet all of our previous Filipino investigators and she is able to talk to them in Tagalog. Such a blessing! She is going to be so successful here! Our ward was so happy to meet her and they are so excited to see all the work that she can do. We have quite a lot of appointments today with Filipinos. I definitely feel like the greenie because i have NO CLUE what is being said haha. But she is teaching me some Tagalog here and there. We will see where that takes me for the next few days. I am also learning how to cook! Ha it is really fun! 

This week was full of lots of miracles and we are having so much fun! I love you all! The church is true!

Sister Farr

Well this week was definitely all over the place so I am just going to start from the bottom. 

So on Monday we received our han-boks (The traditional Korean dress) and we took pictures with our mission parents and then went straight to the bus terminal and proselyted like crazy. People were thrilled to see foreigners in han-bok. We met lots of great miracles with a few people that had just gospel interest, (Which is a total miracle). So fun! We also got to meet all the Sisters and have our last American meal together at Costco. We also had the best Family Ward Family Home evening ever. We were late... because of our proselyting activity. And only in Korea does this go down. In front of the entire ward they made us spell our names with our bottoms... #itwasbad

Then on Tuesday because our first proselyting activity was so successful, we decided to go to the really countryside area to help the elders find some investigators. We were able to meet lots of people, but we have not heard back as to how successful it was. But it was about to rain and then we said a prayer and for the hour we proselyted it was perfect weather! What a miracle!  We had really great district meeting about pride and fear and how we can use the atonement to overcome it all. 

Wednesday was definitely a blast into Western Culture and I was beyond shocked. Are you all ready for this? We met with somebody from Uzbekistan, Russia, and the Philippines. They were not good at English, so we spoke Korean. None of us were Korean but that was the only language we all knew. We ate Russian food, which was amazing. It tasted like spices from America. I was so confused as to why I was using a fork, and why my mouth wasn't on fire, and why I wasn't eating Kim-chi. It was the first legitimate homemade American meal I have had in a while and It was great! 

We met with our investigators and are really trying to help them progress, but so far there isn't a huge progression. So we are trying to find people by advertising like crazy, and working with ward members. We were quite successful this week though because of of the youth brought two of her friends to Ward Conference this week. 

This weeks ward conference was really great. So many people attended and it was a good start for the ward again. Ward conference is a really big deal in Korea. They had a huge lunch after and it was so delicious!

We also had a fun little meeting with my adopted family. They are adorable. We played passed the parcel and they are hilarious. I love being with them!  

Also I just found out today Sister Stanger will be moving to Gwang-ju and I will be finding out my last companion on Thursday! Wish us both luck, these past two transfers passed in a blink of an eye!

I love you all so much! I am praying for you! 

Sister Farr

Tuesday, February 24, 2015


I am really thankful that the funeral turned out so well and I love hearing about all of the miracles that happened. We are so blessed and we have a beautiful angel watching over all of us. 

This week was Chinese New Year in Korea, and it was a lot of fun! These are a few things that I did:
1. We eat lots of 떡국(duck-gook). This is a creamy rice cake soup with beef. Super good! After you finish eating your bowl of duck-gook you are officially considered 1 year older. So before I eat duck-gook I am 23 but once I finished, I am 24! 
2. 제사 (jae-saw) On the first morning of the new year, there is a ceremony to remember your ancestors. There is a lot of of food that is prepared to feed them and then we do a ceremonial bowing (2 times for the deceased) and then drinking (In our case fake alcohol). It was definitely a super cool experience!
3. 세배 (sae-bay) We also bow to our elders and it is called sae-bae. We bow down to them, and then say all sorts of blessings and nice things for us in the new year. AND THEN we get money, YAY! 

I also had blast from the past last week. My old companion Sister Lee came and visited me! Let's just say I was thrilled. I love her so much! I also got to go on a split with my Old comp Sister Lambert. We went around you-song and it was super fun! I also loved going back to my old area of Sae-jeong and seeing a few old investigators. To close it all off I got to see my old converts, give them a little present and give them a hug. It was definitely super fun! I felt super lucky! 

We had a fun little miracle this week. We were told to visit this random lady who lives in our area. We went and visited her and she said that she is has read The Book of Mormon and that she also said she still contacted the missionaries that she met with 20 years ago! It was really a cool experience. We are going to keep trying to meet with her. 

I love you all and I hope you have a great week! 

세해 복 많이 받으세요! 

Sister Farr