Ashley at Temple

Ashley at Temple

Wednesday, September 17, 2014



Happy 추석! Aka Korean Thanksgiving! 

This is the biggest holiday in Korea and pretty much we do what we do at Thanksgiving, which is eat lots of food! We have a dinner sized meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for three days in a row. Its a lot! It is really fun because you pretty much eat. This and New Year are the only holidays that Koreans get to take a big break from school/work and go see family. It is such a great experience! 

Living in a 4 person apartment has been really fun! So much fun! We have the two Americans, The Korean, and The Australian. It is literally the best thing ever. There are so many funny moments and sometimes we cannot understand each other the clearest, but we laugh about it and it ends up being so much fun! Next week we get transfer calls, and I am not going to lie, I am not excited for it! 

The Members in Cheom-dan are so lovely! I love them so much! Member missionary work is such a blessing in this area. Everybody is always so excited to help the missionaries out and they are always so thrilled to help us out. I am also so glad that mommy got to meet Alice (Hyung-jeong)! Thank you so much for taking care of her. I had dinner with her family again last night, and they are so thankful!

We went to the bamboo forest on Monday, it was such a blast! 

We have this awesome investigator that is right now preparing to go to BYU and she also wants to get baptized soon. It is cool to see how there are so many seeds that are already planted in this area! So exciting!  

I heard that Comic Con was a huge success, congrats! I hope you all got your nerd on.   haha

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

xoxo,
Sister Farr
안녕
This week's summary:

We finished up Choo-soak. It was really fun, but I am not going to lie, I felt like dying because we ate so much food! Koreans like giving people food, and they love people eating their food. It was insane! It was a great time though! Its a big eating party in Korea that lasts three days, so its pretty exciting! 

In Korea, a lot of people know English pretty well. So our Stake did a English Speech Contest with this Korean Celebrity that also happens to be a member. It was really fun. I loved helping my investigators prepare for it. They were really nervous before but we practiced a lot and I was glad to see them confidently give their speeches! I couldn't imagine giving a speech in another language at 12 years old! 

We had a great lesson on Sunday. My comp and I had a member split and I last second had to teach a class to our recent converts. I was really nervous because I didn't prepare. I said a prayer to teach by the spirit, and it turned out beautifully! All the people in the class cried and they learned so much, we learn so much through the spirit. The biggest lesson that I learned was that we attend church to strengthen and lift each other up. We can see that we all have similar problems and that we can help each other out. 

I love you all so much! I hope you have a great week!

Love,
Ash

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Ahn-nyong!

So this week has gone by pretty fast! We had one of our investigators all the sudden decide she wanted to be baptized! So she will be getting baptized within the next couple weeks. Once again we did nothing, it was all members. They have so many prepared people in this area! She has been attending our church for 7 months and her daughter got baptized, but she has never wanted to. What a huge miracle! She is the sweetest lady in the whole world! I am so excited for her! 

This week I got the cutest surprise in the mail, I got a package from my Australian mommy! Thank you so much Debi! I got my favorite violet crumbles, and things to do the Tim Tam Slam. Thank you so much! I loved the package so much! 

This week we had dinner with Amanda, she is an american in our ward. We have a rule in our mission is that we cannot eat after 6 with just a member, we have to have a less-active, recent convert, or investigator. So we had this dinner appointment and we were planning on one of our investigators to come. It was about 5:30 and she wouldn't answer the calls. So we knew we would have to find a way to make this work out to go to the dinner appointment. We called up Amanda and told her what was going on. She immediately got to work and invited one of her neighbors. The appointment turned out really well! We had lots of good laughs and lots of good things to talk about. The cool thing was as I was rushing out the door, I was too lazy to grab a Korean Book of Mormon, so I grabbed the English one because it was the closest thing. We were able to give it to her! Such a cool little experience! 

I love you all so much! Good luck with the Con next week! I am really excited for you!  I love you all so much! have a great week! 

Kaylee & Jord, Good luck with school! Love you!

Sister Farr

Hello!

This week was yet another fun and busy week. We had such a great time and I am having to email really fast because I am heading off to a bamboo forest! 

This week we did a lot of great things but the best part was that one of our investigators got baptized! It was awesome. She was so happy and I could tell that she had made a big change in her life. She had been coming to church for the last 7 months but didn't want to and then a couple weeks ago she had a sudden change of heart after we had a family home evening with some members. She made the decision to get baptized and she had so much faith! it is incredible! I love her so much! 

We had the big guitar concert and it was so good! We had a lot of people first. But as many of you already know, I don't sing nor should I sing. But for some reason while I have been on my mission, I have been wrangled into singing in groups. Naturally, because my companion wants me to sing, I end up singing with her as she plays the guitar. We had the other two sisters join us and it was really fun, but I really know I am not supposed to sing!  haha good times.

We also had the big orchestra concert and a few members brought their friends who we will hopefully start teaching soon. Our members did a lot of missionary work this week! They are bringing all their friends to activities and asking them to meet with the missionaries and it is great to see how the ward is progressing! So much fun! I love this ward so much! We are seeing lots of little miracles on how the gospel can change lives! 

I also got to talk to one of my friends, Rachel, from yea-song. It is so fun to she how many people I am meeting and they are now becoming a part of my life. 

All is great here, I love you all so much! Good luck this week with Comic Con and starting school! I love you so much! 

Sister Farr

Thursday, August 21, 2014

This Sunday we had another great week! This week our ward had another great baptism! He is from Sri Lanka and he was ready for this message! He didn't believe in God before but he is now such a strong member. It is one of the most spiritual baptisms that I have attended. He was told that he is going to make the church strong in Sri Lanka and all of these really cool promises! 

I have had a lot of fun getting to know the members this week. We did a lot of teaching appointments and visits. It is good to see that even though we don't speak the same language, we can still love each other! 

We had a great FHE with a different Kong family. They brought their family friend who had been attending our church regularly but has not been baptized. This week on Sunday she said she is now more open to getting baptized and that her heart has been softened! What a great blessing! 

We went to another member's house and she has a Korean Traditional house. It was so pretty! It was the most peaceful house that I have been to in Korea, so much fun! It took a while to get there but it was definitely well worth it! 

So one thing that I have forgotten to mention. So I remember growing up and Dad would always bring home things that he had just hunted. Or he would talk about how he hunted a goose, duck, whatever. I remember being so sad and pretty much vegetarian haha and I couldn't even eat chicken off of a bone, or look at raw meat. Well since I have been in Korea, that is not an option. They literally eat everything off the bone. They just throw the whole animal(skinned) and cook it! So this summer I have been eating a lot of duck. I was sad a first, but now I am more and more okay with it.

I hope you are all having a great week! Life is going great! time is passing by so fast, I don't even know what to do. I can't believe that I am going to be wearing winter clothes again soon, what the!?

I love you all! 

Love,
Sister Farr 

Monday, August 11, 2014



안녕!
 This week was an amazing week! We had three baptisms in our ward and two of them were our investigators! It was so amazing! I feel so blessed that we were able to meet them and teach them. They were already prepared from the beginning. They have already started to talk to us about being missionaries, what the?! Such a cool experience! One of the moms attended and now she wants to be baptized, an eternal family is in the making!

So I had a realization this week, my taste buds have definitely changed. One of our members took us to this amazingly huge buffet in our area. It had a mixture of american and Korean food. So what do you think the first food was that I went to? I went to the raw fish, sushi, octopus, squid, jellyfish, and raw meat (Its surprisingly really good). So the nearly vegetarian person that I was before my mission has definitely changed. 

But there is one thing I am not willing to do... eat dog soup. This week a member called us randomly and made him go eat dog soup with him. The other sisters have been wanting to eat it for forever but me and my companion have been dreading the day. So we went to the place, which did smell weird. My companion and i gracefully figured out a way to kindly decline the dog soup and go for the more appealing chopped up fish... Long story short Sister Scott ended up eating 1.5 bowls because poor Sister Matsen was about to throw up a few times. So sad! But at the end of the day it was all good and fun. I never want to come that close again to eating a doggy. 

We got transfer calls today, and we are staying the same! We are so excited for this next transfer, there is so much potential! We also will be getting a new sister in the house, she is from Australia. We are really excited! 

We met with one of our investigators and her mom this week at church, it went really well. We are the same age but she isn't as open to religion. Her mom is a member and really wants her to be a member. We also invited a newly returned sister missionary to help with the lesson. It went beautifully and I can tell things will start to be changing soon!

I love you all so much! keep enjoying your summer. Its almost over right? Ha anyways, 

Bye!

Sister Farr

Monday, August 4, 2014

안녕! 

I hope all is going well! Thank you so much for all the emails! I love hearing from everybody! I am glad to hear that everybody is doing so well! Summer vacation is always a blast! 

This week we have been a bit busy! We have two baptisms next Sunday, and we are so excited! We have so many people coming to the baptismal service that they will be using the overflow of another room, we are so excited! They are such miracles. I love them so much and I am glad to see how much they have progressed. This gospel really can change lives of so many people! 

This week my comp and I were really praying for our potential investigators and who we could meet with. We were especially praying for this member's mom. We have english class every week, and she called us all the sudden saying she was going to come to English class the next day. We were able to meet with her and her friend, and make an appointment for the next day! It was great! Such an answer to prayer! 

My mom shared this story about my youngest brother that I would love to share with everybody. My little brother was on a big hike for scouts. He was having so much fun and having a great time. He started to feel a little sick and knew that he needed to feel better. He told his leader and then kept going. His leader asked him again how he was feeling and he said, "I'm fine, I said a prayer and I will be okay." I love him so much and he sets such a great example to me. So much faith! 

This week my first companion's dad, Sister Mathieson, visited my parents! They are from Australia so I never knew when we would get to meet or when our parents would meet. He stopped by my house and my parents were thrilled! I feel so blessed to have such a great memories and to have made such amazing friends. Sister Mathieson is a sister to me and I love her so much! Thank you so much for visiting Earl! 

Life is going great, we are learning lots! I am learning things that I never planned on learning. I love it so much! I love you all!

Best,
Sister Farr