Ashley at Temple

Ashley at Temple

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! 

Sister Farr

Wednesday, December 31, 2014


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! 

Sister Farr

Monday, December 22, 2014


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. 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!

Sister Farr

Monday, December 15, 2014


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

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Merry Christmas!

This week was yet another exciting week in the country side of Gong-ju. We had lots of great little random events.

The highlight of my week I would be that we attending a bible study class with foreigners! It was pretty awesome and I learned a lot and we will hopefully keep meeting with them. Some were definitely in awe that they were in fact in the presence of Mormons. Haha it was great. Lots of great questions and lots more to come, I feel like I have grown so much since my mission and I can still only go up!  As a side note though, It was weird not to talk about the gospel in Korean, I am also realizing how weird I have gotten. I swear I cant even form normal sentences but it was great! 

NEXT WEEK is our cute little investigator's baptism! I am so excited! She is so excited, there is enticement everywhere! Also investigators that we taught in Cheomdan are also getting baptized on that same day! I am a bit sad not to see it, but it is so awesome! It sounds like Sister Kim and her Greenie are working so hard! Yay!

We had a really cute couple from Japan that came for our Mission Tour. They were adorable and definitely made so many missionaries happy!

Life is good. We are just preaching and loving it. Learning lots! 

Love you all and enjoy the Holidays! 


Friday, November 28, 2014


Happy Thanksgiving! I love you all and I am so thankful for you! I am so thankful for all the support I have received while I have been on my mission. I am really thankful for this opportunity to be serving a mission and to be around so many amazing people. I am really thankful for my family and all the love they give me, I have the best family in the world! Happy Thanksgiving! 

This week is going quite well! we have been busy, but we are loving it! We have another baptismal date on the way with one of our investigators. She will be getting baptized next month, be sure to keep her in your prayers! She is doing so good and is really happy with her decision. 

We also found two new investigators and they are Filipino as well. It is so much fun to see how much potential this area has with foreigners! 

I also heard there are going to be a few baptisms in Cheomdan with 2 investigators that I taught. I am super excited for them! 

Also Happy Birthday to my companion of about 7 months, Sister 김수현! 사랑해요! 

Happy Thanksgiving! I love you!

Sister Farr