Ashley at Temple

Ashley at Temple

Monday, October 13, 2014

Happy Birthday Dad! I love you so much! I am so thankful for your example and all that you have taught me. You are the best!  A lot of it has come in handy on my mission. I find myself often reflecting to moments when I would sit in your office and you would give me lots of great advice with all the questions I had. Thank you so much for all that you have given me! I love you! Happy Birthday! 

There is this one potential investigator that my companion and I have really trying to get a hold of. She is a member's sister and she has been feeling really sick lately and needs our help. Because my companion has been trying to help me really learn Korean, I have been the one calling her. Every time we have called she has either said she has been too busy, or ends up cancelling the appointment. On Monday night I wrote her name to call her again the next day, but I really didn't want to. I thought, "Haven't I called enough?" When we finished our district meeting on Tuesday, I started to call all of the people on the list except hers. I really didn't want to call again because I knew she was getting sick of us calling. As me and my companion were walking we ended up walking by where she lived and then I had the strongest impression to call her. I said to myself, "Fine! I'll call." I told my companion and she was a little confused but I called anyway. I started to call and the phone kept ringing and when I was positive she was not going to answer, she answered. The first thing she said was, "Can you come over today?" I was shocked! As I mumbled a few things and said yes we had agreed to meet the next answer. When we got there she was so excited to meet us and we happily talked about the gospel and how it can help her at this time. I learned a big lesson about really following all the little promptings that I get, even if I feel like I am being over pushy or awkward, the spirit knows more! 

This week we got to watch general conference. It was such a great conference, with so many inspiring messages. Since I started my mission, before every conference I have written down a list of about ten questions that I have at the time. Without fail I have been able to receive all the answers that I have needed. I remember when I was younger and would not be excited to watch, or would sleep through it, but I am so thankful that my parents still had the TV on for all of the sessions and tired to help me focus. Now I am way more excited for when General Conference comes because I always am filled with so much hope after. 

This week we made 김치(Kim-Chi) with a member, it was quite the experience! Lots of spicy red peppers, and tiny baby shrimp is what makes the red color. Ha it was defiantly a great experience, and I smelled absolutely lovely right after! 

Love you all have a great week! 

Monday, October 6, 2014

So one year has passed.... Time goes by so fast! I cannot believe it! I feel like I got here yesterday and that I still have so much to learn and do. 

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 am spending on my mission I am realizing 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 never realized how truly blessed I am until this time. I would always say, "I am so thankful... I feel so blessed," but looking back those words were a bit shallow. I now really am starting to understand HOW blessed I really was. Even though this whole experience has been so so so difficult and I for once was not able to be a perfectionist at everything I did, I am beyond thankful. For the first time in my life, I have really learned how to rely on my Heavenly Father and to try and follow his will and not my own. For the first time in my life I felt like I had nothing. My family was gone, my friends, my language, my home, my car, and so many other things. But once I realized that even without these things I have the greatest thing of all, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and I couldn't be more thankful. 

This week I also got a letter from Tiff and the story that she told me about Jake really touched me, so I wanted to share it with everybody. Their family always goes to Lake Powell every year for a family vacation. When they were on the lake they needed to go to the Marina to get gas, which was a hour away. When they started to go a storm started. She said she had been in other storms that were worse, but this one was pretty bad. When Jake came over to her he said, "Mom I don't feel like about this." Tiff gave Jake a hug and held him in her arms. When she looked back down she saw that he was saying a prayer and immediately after the storm calmed down. They were able to get gas and as soon as they got back from the marina the storm started again. I share this story because I was not the least bit shocked by Jake's faith. He has the the faith to stop a storm. He knows that he can always call on his Heavenly Father. I am so thankful that Tiff shared this story. I love you Jake! Way to go! 

This week we had a really fun proselyting activity. We gathered together and just started to try teaching people about this gospel. As we were proselyting, I ran into people that I have talked to before and they remembered me! What are the odds?! One of the teenage girls came over to me and was like "PAR!, Do you remember me?" I was a bit shocked because I never thought that when I talked with people that I was even making a difference or that I was even memorable. But after running into her and a few Filipinos that we have been trying to get a hold of, it was definitely an answer that I just need to keep moving forward and that these people will all be found with time. 

This week was a great week, I heard you all got to see a great conference! We get to see it next week, so I am super excited! I love you so much! Keep up the great work!

Sister Farr

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Time is going by too fast! So October 2nd is my year mark, that is so crazy! I cannot believe it!

Anyways this week was really good. We met with two of our investigators that have agreed to get baptized, so we are going to be working really hard with them to get them prepared for that! We are definitely super excited about that! It is so fun to see how people are so willing to make changes in their lives and they are willing to try new things. Defiantly my heros! 

I read something interesting this week about Elder L. Top Perry. He would to go to business parties and they would have the typical cocktail hour before. He started out drinking sprite, but it looked too much like alcohol, and then he started to drink coke, and it still looked too similar. He then decided to ask the bartender for milk and then he gave him milk. When everybody saw they could not question if that was alcohol or not. We can be similar in obedience. We can be obedient and feel like we are being obedient, just like drinking sprite, but others might still think we are still drinking alcohol. We can still drink a coke but then people still see that and think it looks like alcohol. OR We can drink milk, and nobody can mistake whether or not we are being obedient or not. I think this is a bit of a tough concept for, but it I am learning lots about it. 

Life is great and I am loving Korea! You are all the best, love you!

Sister Farr

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

So we just got transfer calls, and we will be staying the same! This means that me and my companion will be companions for at least 6 months! Isn't that crazy?! We are super excited!

One of my most favorite members in this ward is named Amanda. She is from Alaska and she is a teacher here, and she is the best! She feels like my American mom. She teaches the foreigner class every week and this week she talked about the atonement. She said something that really struck me. She said that if people keep expecting themselves to be perfect now to the point where they give up, they don't understand the atonement. This really helped remind myself that I am not perfect and I also can't expect other people to be perfect and that it always will work out in the end! 

We visited one of our recent converts and it was so fun! She made a dinner and after she was so excited to talk about the gospel, and she got out her Book of Mormon and was so excited to study. Its moments like these that make missionary work so fun! 

This week we went on a split and it was super fun. I learned a lot and I love being with Sister Choi, she is super funny!  

Life is great. I can't believe that the leaves are changing colors, where does time go?! Love you all! 


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!!

Sister Farr
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!


Sunday, August 31, 2014


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