Ashley at Temple

Ashley at Temple

Tuesday, February 24, 2015



안녕!

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! 

Love,
Sister Farr


In Memory of Our Sweet Grandma Farr

I honestly do not know where to begin to express how much I miss our cute grandma. She was such an angel and will always be one. She showed each on of her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and our lovely grandpa endless amounts of love. She has been a support to all of her children and I am so thankful she raised my dad the way she did. He was a bit of a stinker from what I hear, but she always showed him so much love and now he shares that love with our family. I am also so proud of my Grandpa Farr. He has always shown my Grandma Farr endless amounts of love and has worked so hard for years. Him and my grandma have been such a strength to me on my mission. I love them so much! 

I am so blessed to have memories of huge family parties at Grandpa and Grandma Farr's with the mystery jello that would have shrimp in it. Or having cousin sleepovers with Abby and Alex, watching "Sister Sister" at 2 am and then waking up at the crack of dawn to make "popovers". How cool is Our grandma? She made endless amounts of dresses and costumes for us, created beautiful doll costumes, always bought us jewelry, dolls, barbies, etc. (Even if grandpa didn't approve). She taught us so much about the pioneers and our heritage which helped us understand where we came from and how blessed we are. She loved to bird watch and would always leave food out for the birds. She grew grew endless amounts of flowers around her yard, and would always let her granddaughters pick them. Looking back, each moment that I spent with my grandma were little pieces of what heaven will be like. She is so full of love and I can't wait to see her again. 

I am so thankful for the Plan of Salvation because it has brought me so much peace at this time. I know my Heavenly Father has been right beside me, supporting me. I know I have angels lifting me up. I know that because of our Beloved Savior, Jesus Christ, we can overcome the bands of death. I know that my sweet grandma still lives. She is now without pain and sorrow and is hastening the work up in heaven. She gets to be with her mommy and daddy and all of the ancestors she studied so much about. I know I get to live with her again and I will get to see her in all perfectness and beauty. I know she has touched the lives of so many here and is now touching the lives of even more people. I know that this separation is only but a moment in the eternal perspective. I know we will all be together as one big happy family again, maybe not eating mystery jello, but still all together.  I am thankful for my family. I love them so much! I am so thankful for opportunity to serve a mission to share the knowledge I have about the Plan of Salvation. I am so thankful for the love an support our family has been receiving. I love you grandma! I say all of these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen. 



Wednesday, February 4, 2015

안녕!

Today is officially my first day of my Second to last transfer! Ah! Time is going by way to fast. Way way WAY to fast! 

So this week we have a new investigator. Her daughter is a missionary in Seoul and met the missionaries 2 years ago. This woman is catholic but her daughter really wants us to meet with her mom. We are definitely going to be praying extra hard for this one!

We are doing lots of practice lessons for Sister Stanger this week. I remember when I first got to Korea and had to practice teach a lot. Such a headache but she is handling it like a champ! 

This week was Sister Stangers Birthday! It was for sure a 100% Korean birthday. We ate the traditional Korean soup 미역국. It is a mustard broth soup with seaweed and beef. Apparently when you eat it you are wishing yourself good health. She also got two cakes delivered to her and of course Korean traditional rice cake! Super fun!

Few fun cultural Things:
1. Ours. EVERYTHING is "Ours" It is one of my most favorite things about this culture. The moment I came to Korea, I was blessed to live with Koreans who taught me this from day one. I will say it was a bit hard at first but now living with Americans again, it is something that I really have learned to love and appreciate. 
2. Weather. So you know how it is a joke when you start an awkward conversation talking about the weather? In Korea, that's the way to do it! That is how to start a conversation.
3. House Lottery. A way that most Koreans get to move into new apartments is my lotteries. Only if you are draw, you get to move!

Over my mission my love for the Korean people has grown so much. This week I was still getting a little teary eyed thinking about Sister Kim because I miss her so much! I feel like they have such a big part of my heart! 

Here is a quote for the week (When I was trying to be spiritual, but in all actuality I can't speak English anymore). "I have less time more than I had." My entire district burst out laughing because we realized how stupid it sounded.

Well I love you all so much! Happy Birthday David! Love you!

Best,
Sister Farr 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hey all,

First off, Happy Birthday Mommy! I love you so much! You are the best mommy in the world, and honestly words can't describe how thankful I am for you! I just love you so much!

We had another great week. I am really trying to show Sister Stanger all the great and exciting part of Korea and Missionary work. To start of the week, on Monday we went to my most favorite place in the world: The Korean Bath House. For those who don't know it is essentially a huge room with several different pools of different temperatures, all sorts of saunas, and Korean ah-ju-mas. You walk in and put everything in a locker, bring all your bath supplies, leave all body insecurities at the door, and enjoy pure freedom! It was definitely a really funny experience and she really loved every moment of it. I officially have a bathhouse buddy! 

I forgot to mention at the New Year that I did in fact turn 24 in Korean age. I do like the feeling of being 24 and not 21. I keep on telling myself that I'm more mature now that I am 24.

Here are a few other fun things about the Korean Culture that I absolutely LOVE:
1. Korean Delivery. They literally deliver anything and everything to your house. Go grocery shopping? They will deliver that. Want a homemade Korean meal? Ya they deliver it. Chicken, Pizza? Ya ALL delivery. Did I forget to mention that it is at no additional cost? 
2. Old Korean People. Ha They are my favorite. They get away with whatever the heck they want. I mean seriously. You will see grandmas walk straight in the line of traffic with a green light and nobody will honk or do anything. We have this really funny old grandpa that is a taxi driver and ALWAYS says hi to my companion and I and offers us free rides and talks to us about america. He also feeds us this drink that tasted like mushed up warm cheerios. Love the older ones! 
3. The Taxi. An expensive taxi is $5. BEST THING EVER
4. Bubble-wrap. One method that everybody does to stay warmer in the winter is the bubble wrap their house windows. There is literally bubble wrap everywhere and it is the funniest thing. 
5. Korean superstitions. First you CANNOT write somebody's name in Pink or Red. That means you want them to die or kill them. Also if you pore your own water at the dinner table, you are cursing yourself to not being married for an additional three years.  

I also definitely had an "A-hah" moment this week. A ward member gave us Nutella, which I was thrilled about but when me and my companion ate it, after like two gram crackers with it I had the hugest need/craving for Kim-Chi. I have also noticed in my spare time I am starting to think how I will Kim-jong in America. Or where I can possibly buy it. Do I have Kim-Chi problems? YES. 

There is a word in Korean called Jung which we don't have in English. It describes the relationship between Koreans and the level of trust they have for people. Without Jung missionary work does not happen. If a Korean doesn't trust you they will not introduce you to their friends even if they clearly have gospel interest and have asked about our church. My comp and I have officially broken through that and our members are giving us referrals! Yay! Missionary Work will finally get moving! 

This Sunday was the last  Bible class that we have decided to attend. It was a really great experience and it taught me a lot. One thing it taught me is how true our gospel is and how we have so many answers that people want to know. It is amazing to see that we can answer so many things with the Book of Mormon. I know the Book of Mormon is True and that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. 

Well I love you all so much! Have a great week! 

Love,
Sister Farr

Wednesday, December 31, 2014



사랑하는여러분,

I hope you all had a great Christmas, I definitely love this time of year! I was so thankful that I was able to see so many people that I love! Thank you again for all of the support, I love you all so much! I was so glad to see you!:) Love and miss you.

I was definitely thinking that it is crazy that the year is coming to an end, this is my 1 full year of missionary work, super crazy! I have had some highs and lows, seen some miracles, and had a few sad moments. It has been such a beautiful year! I have met so many beautiful people that I am so thankful for!

We also had the ward Christmas party, which was a blast. Ha but there was a talent show and they made the missionaries prepare something. Given the timing with transfers, getting a greenie, we literally had no time to prepare. And in Korea, especially this ward, they take this stuff seriously. So with only a day to really think about it my companion ended up dressing up as Elsa from Frozen and did a live little show of "Let it Go" It would be a bit of an understatement if I was to say the little girls in the ward now worship the ground she walks on. So cute! 

We also had a really fun caroling activity in Daejeon, we got to see lots of people and everybody was in awe seeing so many foreigners in one place singing. Lots of students would run up to and and take pictures, the Elders definitely felt like celebrities are were beyond thrilled. Only in Korea would a random person want to take pictures with a group of Elders. 

We also got to spend Christmas evening with Suzy, we ate one of my favorites Shabu Shabu. Got to see lots of pretty lights as well!  

I was reading a talk this Morning from President Uchtdorf called "Walking In Circles." We are teaching a family night on it tonight, and I wanted to give you all a similar challenge. First read the article, and think of one thing that you can do this year that can strengthen your faith. I know that as you pick one little thing to improve on this year, you will all see a difference in your day to day life. 

Also good luck to Matt on the mission, you will love it! 화이팅! 

I love you all so much! Have a great start to the new year! I know I will be going to a mountain with the ward to watch the sunrise, pray together and then eating duu-gook to start of the the new year! 

Love
Sister Farr
팔자매


Monday, December 22, 2014

안녕하네요

메리크르스마스! Merry Christmas! Wow this week has been really exciting! We had a great start of the week. We were with our cute little Filipino investigators, we made chocolate rice crispy snowmen, and they had a blast. 

It was also transfer week, so Sister Lambert went to a new area. I have my new companion! She is awesome! She is from Idaho and such a fun person! I am really excited to serve with her, we are already having a really fun time. She asks me lots of really cute questions, the same ones that I had when I first got here. Its so refreshing! I remember when I first got here and it was so different. I love it! Ha definitely shows me also how much I have gotten used to living in Korea. 

We also had a big Christmas devotional and it was awesome, they showed the video on Christ. christmas.mormon.org. It was awesome. I loved also seeing all on my old companions. I definitely kept crying when I saw Sister Kim, I miss her so much! I even just tear up when I think about her! Ha Living with somebody for 6 months makes them just like family!  

I am loving this time of year. It has been such a great reminder of our Savior for me. I am been so lucky to have this opportunity to be on a mission to share the joy that his life and example brings into our lives. I am so thankful that because of him I can feel peace and comfort in my life no matter what is happening. My mission has had some of the best and hardest experiences of my life but throughout the entire time I have been able to feel peace, love, and Joy. My definition of all of these words has changed slowly. I used to think peace was felt when I got my nails done, going to the tanning bed, or taking long naps. I have learned peace is knowing that through faith I can speak Korean, find Gods Children, and go through hard times with optimism. I thought love was the ones seen in movies, super fast and not lasting. I have learned the greatest love is helping and serving others, meeting and making lifelong friends, and watching families accept this gospel and become eternal families. I thought joy was landing an internship, buying lots of new clothes, driving with friends with the radio blasting, finishing projects and getting A's on a paper. I have learned that Joy is watching somebody enter into the waters of baptism, being with a companion, and helping others learn about Christ.  This peace, love, and joy that I have learned about has come from our Savior Jesus Christ. I know that he lives and loves us all. Merry Christmas!

Love,
Sister Farr

Monday, December 15, 2014

안녕하세요!

This was such a great a fun week. Lots happened! On Monday we had a great family home evening with our entire ward. It was so much fun! The entire ward was over and we taught them how to play spoons and the chocolate game. Super fun!  

Me and my companion also decided to have a fun dinner at a place called Ashley's haha because both of our names are Ashley haha. It was fun! 

We also found out transfer calls and My companion will be moving with Sister Scott (I lived with her for 6 months in Cheom Dan). I am so excited for her! She is going to love it! I will be staying the same in the area and I will be finding out who my companion is on Thursday

To close off the week we had a baptism! Our Jang-un-young got baptized and she was so happy! After she was baptized she said that she had a "clean feeling" Super cute! I am so excited for her and her older brother attended the service, which was a big step in the right direction! 

We had another great week at the bible study class. The question was asked "What makes you feel at peace with God?" Does anybody have any great insights on that? I would like to know.

It also snowed a ton this week and it was super fun! We even made a snowman and it reminded me of when I would play in the snow when I was younger. Definitely a fun little flashback! 

I love you all so much and I am really having a great time! I love you!

Sister Farr