Ashley at Temple

Ashley at Temple

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!

Love,
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



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