Monday, December 21, 2015

It's beginning to FEEL a lot like Christmas!! December 20, 2015

Hello! this week was a week of changes!! Monday we were able to get all packed adn ready to go. We were able to have a good time getting all of our stuff ready! 
Tuesday was really good it was our last day in segwipo (English spelling is so hard!)  so we wanted to do as much as we could!  We were able to go to the post office adn get Sister Kims stuff mailed off to her house. Then we went  and were able to visit the sister that we met on the street the week before it was actually really good! She is really nice and was pretty responsive to our message. she said that she would read the BOM and that she would pry to help overcome the hard times so that was really good i knew that i would be sad that i couldn't meet with her for 10 days but i think she will be okay! after we were able to visit a less active adn theyfed us some food adn we were abelt to have a good time there! we ate the meat that is on a pigs foot.... yeah that was really weird! 
Wednesday we were able to take a bus ride to the airport adn on the way there it was snowing !!! ahh it was so pretty!!! it made me happy! when we go to the airport we were able to check in and them we just had to wait for a long time. the plane ride was so pretty!! we were literally on top of the clouds the whole time ahh so pretty!! i love it!  when we go to busan we had to walk to the office with all of our stuff that was really long walk!! and my bag was really heavy!! ahh i was so tired!! we were able to meet the other missionaries that were having the Christmas party and then we wen tout to eat lunch because we were really hungry we go tto talk to a lot of people and then we went on exchanges i got to go with sister Fiso again! that was really fun we had English class and then visited some members in their area that was really good they were really nice people! when we were together we were able to meet one really nice girl that was really interested so we gave her a BOM and got her contact i hope that they will be able to meet with her again!
Thursday we went back to the office adn were able to have our Christmas meeting! it was really good! i really learned so much there! We also got to watch 17 miracles at the end it was really fun! I love that movie! After the meeting i got to meet my new companion adn together we were able to travel to our house that is like a 3 hour travel!! it was so long and also really cold when we had to go outside! but we made it eventually! my arms were so dead from my suitcase by the end of the night! 
Friday we planned dot visit one person that lives really far away but  when then they canceled so we did  prep for our Christmas party! I twas really good! in andong we have done a lot of BoM lessons on the street! i really like it her and the things that i am learning i love my companion she is so awesome! 
i also found out that this area is a lot colder than my last area so i am really really cold! but its all good! i love missionary work!! 
I Hope you all have MERRY CHRISTMAS!! 
Sister Thornley! 

Friday, December 18, 2015

December 14, 2015

     This week was so good!! it was kind of different but really good! First i have som ecrazy news! this week because my companion is going home on the 17th i will have to be getting a new compaion early before the transfer ends.. so iwas really nervous about that adn that i might have to learve this area taht i have really grown to love! so i recieved a call this week adn i was told that i will be going to an area called andong for the rest of the transfer with another sister thats compnion is allso going home (Sister Hurley my trainer). so i will be goign to a new area for 10 days adn then as far as i know coiming back to Seogwipo for the next transfer! ao taht will be crazy we will be goign to busan on wednesday adn then we will have a christmas meeting adn theni will be going to a new area to finish the transfer! I will be with Sister Yang Hanbeet (Koean 양한빗) it will be an adventure!
      This week was really good i will have to keep it short today becasue of time. I will tell of one really cool experience that we had! one day we hada lot of time so we were out on the steet talking to people and as we were talking to one lady we saw the elders walk passed us  btu we didnt really talk to them so we finished talking to the lady adn them left to go talk to the elders and when we waled up to them there was another tow ladies adn a child that started talkign to them first (in english) adn said the thye had say them down the road adn follwed them until they caught up to them and that they wanted to meet the sister Misssionaries!! at theat point we hadnt said anithing but htem the elders we able to say taht we were right there. so we got to meet them adn we found out that the ladies are sisters adn that one is a member but less active and aht the other is not a member but that they met witht he missionaries a lon gtime ago adn got a good feeling and becasue the non members life is hard right now she wanted to meet us again to get the same good feeling! so we were able to get their number and talk to them. it was really cool! we will be able to meet them tomorrow (tuesday) also our last day int he area! It will be really good i really do feel that we were ment to find them but i am scared for what will happen when there arent sisters in the area for the 10 days! i really do need ot come back to this area! but i know that God has a plan for this area adn for me I Love this work adn the things that i am learning!
    Another Good part form this week we were able to meet with a less active sister that is really amaxing i love her so much she has really became a good firend to me. adn as we were talking we talked about when this sister gets married that she would pay for my plane ticket form america to come to her wedding!! hahahaha how amzing is that i want to hold her to that so ican come back!
     We were also able to watch the First Presidency Christmas Message with the Branc h on sunday but I didnt really get to enjoy much more than the misic becasue it was all in korean so that my companion could listen to it! that was kind of sad to not get to actually hear the message but maybe i will get to read it later!
  We were also able to meet one lady on the street and give her a BOM and while we were with her she read some of it and after told us that when she reads the bible it is really hard to understand but when she read the BOM that is was easier to understand sot aht was a really cool experience i really love this area! 
   I love this work adn i know that i am supposed to be here at this time I really  really do love the koean people adn the love that they are able to give to me as well! i wil miss Sister Kim YeJi after she goes home but i loof forward to the adventurs left here in Korea!
Sister Thornley!

The amazing members! This little boy is my favorite!! THis is also a less active sister that is really fun! sh ecame to church this week! YAY!

Our fun pday!

December 6, 2015

hello everyone!! this week was really good we were able to see some really great miracles and they will contunue to come this week!
Monday we had a really fun pday we went to a place taht looks like a creater! it was really cool but it wasnt what i was expecting to see! haha all of the pictures ive seen its reallly green adn pretty but it was kind of brown adn dry! After we were able ot do a lot of findign but we didnt have as much success as we wanted!
Tuesday we able to have a good meeting iwht the elders adboiut how we can use the new christmas video to find pople to teach! we are goign to have an event that we will invite peple to tha tthey can come adn learn more about the church. adn meet members adn the members can bring friends to. it was really good we came us with some really good ideas im excited to seee it work out! after we went adn visited adn investigator for a short time. after we ate korean sweet potato pizza for dinner!! ahh it is so good i think it is one of my favortie pizzas now!! haha after we had lot of time to find pople! it was hard but we talekd to a lot of people and were abl eot give out a book of mormon. i cant remeber very much beacuse we did so much finding this week with not a lot of success.
Wednesday we had district meeting nd were abelt ot practice singign for when we all to caroling together to try adn get new people to teach! it was fun i relaly love christmas songs adn the feeling that they give! at the meeting we were able to have cupcakes because it was my companions birthday a week ago! that was really good! i was ableto t learn so much there i really like the things that we learn tit was good we talked aut how we need to be sharign the blessings that we recieve with all of the people that we meet with! After we visited a less active! she is so sweet i love her so much! we talked about reading the BOM and the things that she can learn from it ! she iwas so nicew ! While we were there it started to rain like crazy!! i was glad taht we werent outside!! hahaha after we went to visit an investigator but we were only able to talk to her less active son and learn that she is really sick adn hurts so that was sad. i hope that we are able to find a way to help her! after we went o visit a member but she wasnt home so we had to do some finding adn were able to give another BOM adn meet some godo people! it shard weverytime we give out things and then nothing comes of them adn the time but maybe some day they will have interest and call after i leave this area! I really think that will happen someday!
turdaay we were abl eto find anew service project for us! it will be good we will be helping elderly people! so taht will be good to have! after we went ot visit a less active but when went we had the wrong address or she had moved! so that was sad! we were then able to take a long bus ride to our branch presidents house so that we wuld help his wife make kimchi!!!! yay!! that was so much fun! it is actually hard work though! they litterally pput the spice stuff on all of the cabbage leaves so it takes a long time adn they make so much!!!! we hardly made a dent in the amount they will do ! i ate so much kimchi that day!! as we were making it adn then after for dinner!! when we went ot go home we had to wait for the bus for 40 min. adn it was really really cold!!!  but it was okay becaause when the bus came it was really warm!!
Friday we were able to have mcm adn then eat lucnh it was good we ate so much food!!! we also did weekly planing adn then visited another less active she is so funny!! we had a good lesson aout prayer adn reminded her to pray. she is making some progress so its really good!
Saturday we were ablr to go to a farm adn help an investigator pik their furit! it was good but we were there for a really long time!!! we were able to talk about hte BOM and start to teach more about the chuch! we were also able to visit some other investigators for a short time and gave them a card to watch the new christmas video! so that will be good it they can wtch it! then we visited a member but she wasnt there it was ol\nly her son so we just had to visit on the door step for a short time. then we did some finding. adn ate dinner we talked to so many people but they werent very intersted!
Sunday we went o piuck up a less active to take her to chrurch with us to was good she was able to come! church was good but it was kind of sad when the girl sitting next to me took the scarament bread and saw that it hade mold on it..... so that was unplesant because i had already eaten it! but iguess because it was blessed it was okay! haha we were abelt o thave a dinner appointment with a member it was good this family is really awesoeme! Afte dinner on our way home we got a text from a potential investigator asking if we can come todinner today(monday) this person hasd nt anyweed our calls at all!! so this was really awesoeme! it wil be a good week!! have a good week everyone!!
Sister Thornley!

November 29, 2015

wow this week was really good, but it turned out really really cold!! we were able to do a lot of good things!
monday we had zone conference it was really good and i already talked about it last week. i really learned a lot this week from the things that we talked about there! I really feel that i am supposed ot be here at this time!
Tuesday we were abl eto have the rest of our pday! it was really good we went to a waterfall! it was really pretty! i really like it her in jeju there are so many pretty things that are so colse!! after that we went to the churcha and watched part of the restioration video! i relaly love that video adn i really can feel the spirit when i watch it! i really do know that this church is true adn that Joesph Smith was called by God. After we were able to meet with one of our investigators adn we were able to teach english to her son and then we taught the plan of salvation! it was a relaly good leson the son had a lot of relaly good questions and was really interested in the message adn really understood it well and basically re taught it to us afr\ter! it was cute! we also tried to go visit adnother investigator but they werent home os we werent able tto mee them. so we were able to do some prosiliting... and one of the ladies we talked to we told her hwer we were going adn because it was really far she gave us a ride!! That was kind of cool but she seemed like she only has english interest but maybe we will be able to meet her again!
Wednesday was Sister Kim Yeji's birthday!! yay!! os we were able to go to lunch with the elders and have a little 'Party' for her!! it was fun. after that we went to visit a less active that owns the caffe! when we went there she gave us a really good orange and other fruit dirnk adn also a really really good apple pie!! ahh it was really good! i was happy to have pie on the week of thenksgiving!! haha we were able to have ashort message with her and invite her to read a part of the book of mormon so that will hopefully help her! after that we had a lot of time!!! So we walked a lot! but when we were walkingit was really really cold!!! ahhh so cold!! i was really wishing that i had more warm clothes on!! haha it also was really windy adn was raining a little so i was frozen!! haha we were able to do some more finding but because of the colod mot a lot of people wanted to talk to us!! AFter we were able to take a long bus ride to our branch presidents house to have dinner and when we go there they took us out to eat a meat restraunt!! ahh it was so good!! i relaly like how they cook th emeat here! its kind of cool they just bring out the raw meat adn then in the middle of the table is little grill thing and you cook the meatr yourself!! it was really good!! I ate so much food! then they took us home! oh and we planned to make kimchi sometime this week! so i adm really excited to be able to make kimchi this week!! haha
Thursday we Were able to have full study aand then we dressed warm adn went out to go try to find people to teach... we tried knoclking doors for the first time.. adn it wasnt very effective!! most people werent home or didnt want to listen... but i was happy that we were inside adt one point because it started to hale adn was really windy adn really cold!! We were aslo able to go to a bridge to find pople but there wasnt very many people beacuse it was so cold! after we went to the church adn were able to warm up adn get some papers to put in the book of mormons that we give out. Then we went to our next appointmenet adn as we were walking there we got rained on!! so we were alittle wet! but we were able to meet our investigatior adn it was good she is really nice but it was kind of hard to understand her and her house was really cold too!
Friday we were able to have mcm adn then we went to our service project picking fruit!! oh my goodness it was so cold!!! the gloves i had got wet and so the cold weater made my fingers feel frozen!! We were there for a really long time!! we picked so much fruit!! it was crazy to see how much fruit one tree can have!! After we were able to go with the member to our next appointment adn we were abel to visit a lessactive. it was godo we tlaked about how we can share the gospel with others. Their house was also really cold so it was hard tostay fouced because i couldnt feel my fingers adn toes the whole time!! but it was good
Saturday we were got to do some more service for a poteantial investigator!! yay we heloed them on their farm as well adn we were abelto pick so much fruit again!! but this time it wasnt as cold so i was really happy!! They are a really nice family and we will probably get to meet them again! After we went to the church and were able to have english class with our one english member.. it was good we were also able to teach her about the plan of salvation adn then she took us ot eat dinner it was really good! it was good to havesome warm food!! haha after that we went oand were able to meet with one of our investigators. it was good we invited her to read the book of mormon and then come to church. she is friends with one of our less actives so we want them to come to church together!! after we met her we had FHE with a family adn we were able to talk about chirstmas and whey we have it adn them we played missionary tag! it was really fun! we [played soem other games as well. then we waked home and we taked to some ladies and when we tried to give them a book of mormon they litterally ran away from us!! that was kind of fun!! haha today i alos got a Korean Name from my aweosme compaion!! its 한송이 han song ee it is used when counting flowers so it litterally means one flower! kind of cool!
Sunday was really good we were able to have church and then we went to visit alady but beacse her bak husrts she couldnbt open to door to letus in! so that was sad then we did weekl;y planning adn went ot a dinner appointment! it was relaly good! i ate so much food! we had rice adn veggies!
It was a relaly good week i relaly learned a lto that i dint include! i love missionary work adn being here in korea even though it is reallly cold!! i hope that all of you havea good week!
Sister Thornely

WE were able to go to another waterfall that is alos really colse to the church! it was really pretty!

This is an apple pie that a less active gave us! it was really good adn made me happy beacuse i go tto eat pie the day before thanksgiving! haha

November 23, 2015

Wow this week was a very busy week we were able to do a lot of good this week adn i was abelt o learn a lot!
Momday was the start of a new transfer and it is my companions last trnsfer of her mission so it will be sadto see her go but I love this work and the things i am learning! Monday we were able to go to a waterfalll that is really close to our church and take some pictures it was realy fun even though it was just me and my companion we were able to try some famous jeju hallabong juice but it wasnt as good as we thought it would be so that was sad. it turned out to be a very rainy day!
Tuesday we were able to go iwth a menber to quickly visit a less active that was really nice we were able to share a short message from General Conference and invite her to come to FHE withher kids i hope that she can come! AFter that we went o meet a new lady that we recieved a contact form she has two sons and wants us to teach them english. it was a good meeting she is a very nice lady adn is actually really interested inour church We were able to teach about hte Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith it was a good lesson adn we were able to invite her to chuirch and to be baptized she said that she would when she learns more. it was really cool. we were abelt o also teach english wiht her sons and htey were really cute they were nice kids. After them we were abel to do some finding it was good we were able to meet some people but most of the people we wtaked to rejected us so that was sad! It was kind of a herd night.
Wednesday We wentot visit the less active the owns the caffe she is the nicest person ever adn she gave us some really good lemon tea (not breaking the word of wisdom!) it was also a rainy day. we were able to watch a video with her. she really liked it adn i hope that we can see her progress adn continue to learn of Christ! After meeting her we went to the church adn were ablr ot have area meeting iwht the elders adn to meet the new elder inour area. after we went o meet with one of our investagtors adn it was a cool leson we had planned ot finish the restoratino but when we got there she told us that she was having a hard time and os we were able ot change the lesson and just focus on the power of prayer adn how we can overcome hard times though prayer! After we were able to do tracking again and we were able to give some people a book of mormom. but there were a lot of people that rejected us again but we were able to introduce ourself alot! i think that is the thing i can say the best in korean!! haha (because we use it so much!)
Thursday we were able to meet with one of our investigatiors she is really nice adn always gives us food or other stuff! We were able to have agood lesson with her adn then we went ot get "fried Food" with her! she got us really spicy fried stuffed peppers adn a bunch of other stuff it was good at frist but then i ate the hot pepper and felt like i was going ot die!! ahh os spicy! after meeting her we wento meet another investigator but when we got there she couldnt meet os that was sad! but we were able to go to visit a lessactive that we are focusin g on a lot! it was a good visit we asked her to help us wioth missionary work and inviting her friends to meet us. we also invited her to church!
Friday we were able to have District meeting! it was a really godo meeting i had to give the lesson on the korean learning it was good i was able to learn a lot as i prepared and then as i taught . we had a good chance to learn about how to increase our faith to reach the goals that we have as a mission. we also set some goals asd a district for the transfer. oh adn we were able to recive new beds so that as really nice but we had to take these huge beds back ont he bus that was a stuggle. after we were abel to meet with the nam won familoy adn teach about how to be girded byt he spirit. today was also a relaly crazy day as we were walking ot the bus in the morning we say one investigator adn one less active then as we came back from jeju we saw to same investiagtor adn then a member say us with our new beds and was ablet o give us a ride home then we saw another investagtor and then another lady that we had met int he same place two times! it was a crazy day we ran into a lotof the people we meet.
Saturdy we were able ot have engish class adn teach our investigator again it was good we showed a video an\bou tthe plan of salvaion. then she took us again to get fired food it was once again reallly spicy and made my stomach hurt form the oil. but she is a good persom we wer aslos able to meet iwht our new investagator family from tuesday with the elders and we invited her to church but hse didnt come. we were able to have a really good lesson adn i think that she wil become a really good investigator adn that she and her sons will be ablet o feel of hte truth of the gospel! after we were able to do some morew tracking adn it was another day where everyone ignored the missionaries they were really not willing ot listen to us to that was hard.
Sunday we had churchj adn it was really good we were alble tto have a lessactivcve there adn she was really happy to be there i was abelt o play with some of the kids here ahhh they are so cute one little girl sang me a tratitional korean song taht was relaly cute! We were aleot do weekly planning adn then we went o visit adn investigatior but she was sick so we werent able t actually meet hert so we finished weekly planning and the n did some more tracking adn was alble to get one girls contact adn she was really interested.
today we went ot jeju city to have Zone  Conference with Prestident Barrow it was a really godo meeting we talked all about how we need to have the faith to accomplish the goal that we have. I relaly learned a lot adn i really feel that i am blessed to be her at this time! I I love missinary work adn am ready do the things that i need ot have my faith grow in order to do the Lords Work!
I hope all of you have a wonderfun Thanks Giving! im thankful for all of you! have a great week!
Sister THornley

we went to a waterfall and tood some pictures it was really windy so it felt like we got wet!!

Friday, November 20, 2015

November 15, 2015

Wow this week was really good we were able to do a lot of really good things. and we were also able to recive a "new Vision" from President Barrow... the new Vision is that every companionship in the Korea Busan mission gets one baptism every week!! wow that was kind of a crazy thought at first! when i heard this i though taht it is going ot be impossible but as we talked aboutit as a district we all decided that it is oging ot be some thing that we can do because it is the inspiration that Presisdent Barrow recieved for our mission. i think that it wil take a lot of hard work and faith but i know that because this is the Lords work then it will happen!  We will be having a lot of miracles with this new goal and i am excited to be part of this! President Barrow actually saw something simmilar in his mission so i know that it can happen!
Momday we went o the largest aquarioum in Asia!! that was reall cool! it was really fun and we got to take a lot of cool pictures adn i got to see dolphins jusp really high that wass really aweome! Tuesday we planned ot have service but then it got cancled so we had to make a new plan we were able ot visit a menber in the branch that was really nice.  we also went to visist another less active that actually intoduced us to one of her friends that w might be able to teach!
Wednesday was 배배로 day!! (beabearo) this korean snack that is chocloate covered skicks abd because it was Novenber 11 we got ot eat them adn give htem theo the people we visited. this was the dayt hat we heard about the mission vision so it was a very thoughful day. we all got to go find people ot teach and then we went o a meat buffet together it was really good but i couldnt eat very much! After we came back adn went ot visit a menbers wife that is a nonmember but we wernt able to actually visit her so that was sad! bgut we visited another investigtor it waas good we were abel to teach the restoration.
Thurday we went to visit anothher less active but we couldn talk to her very much because she was busy with her caffe that she owns. then we met with another investigator and were abelto tach english. i really dont know how to tach english! i feel like i cant speak it any more! and i dont understand how it works! haha but them we had to come home adn deep claen our house. it was good i like being about to have our house clean! we also ordered chicken!! ahahh korean chicken is so good!!! It was also tranfer call night! ahh i reall didnt want ot leave this area! we got a call from President Barrow adn normally if he calls that means that you are goign ot be training or get anohter calling. but wehn we tlaked ot hin he said he got the wrong number!! ahhh it was crazy!!! we are staying her in Seogwipo together!! yay!
Friday we had mcm and were aboet ot talk  abotuhowo we can get the one baptism a weekand that we need the members help ! it was really good today was also a very rainy day i got so wet!!! haha we were also able to do weekly planning then we wento find some  pople to teach. we were abel to find one person but she isnt answering or call anymore... sad!
Saturday we had english class! it was good we wre abel to tack adn then share a message. it was good we walso got to go visit the Nam won familoy thye are the family of kids they were crazy! btu we were abelt o play with them and then we had them do a little quiz for the message! we also were abelt o have FHE and that was really good we played osne really fun games! we played the candy bar game adn eveyone loved it!
Sunday we had chruch adn we also went to pick up a lessactive to bring her ot chruch! it was good adn then we were able to have a branch counsel meeting adn the menberes were really good about seeing htat they need to help us find people to teach! it was a really good day we were abelt o go finid again but itiwas a day where everyone ignored the missionaries... sad!
I really love misisonary work adn the things i am learning!
Sister THornley!

November 8, 2015

Hello everyone!
This was a godo week we were able to see some pretty godo things happen here in seogwipo!
Monday we were able ot go to jeju city and go shopping  it was relaly fun we went in this underground shooping place! taht was pretty cool it was actually a pretty big shopping area! after that we can back and were able to have area meeting with the elders and we were able to plan an activity for the youth in our branch i think it will be good!
Tuesday we went to service!!! we got to pick the manderian oranges!!!! ahhh it was so fun at first and then after about two hours we all got really sick of it! but we were able to to really help this family so it was good! we ended up being there for a really long ltime!! it was kind of crazy but alos fun! after that we cane back adn had dinner adn then we were abel to make the long walk home!
wednesday we went ot district meeting. but as we were walking ot the bus stop we saw a maybe 12 year old girl get hit but a huge tour bus but luckly the bus wasnt going very fast adn the girl was able to walk away from it! aahhhh it was so scary! district meetin g was relaly good i was able to learn a lot we tlaked about baptism adn the way that we can improve in our teaching ot helop people recieve baptism. it was good thaej\n we came  back wand were able to meet a less cative sister she is really nice then we went to the city hall to change my address.. that was a stuggle we had ot treanslate a paper into korean btu they accepetd it adn i was able to become aresident of jeju islad finally!! haha then we went and visited another less active it was a good meeting as well. Thursday we were able to meet with our new investgator it was godo but i leaned that i dont know english or Korean!!! hahah its relaly hard  to teah english when you feel like you dont know how to properly use it anyomre!! haha then we went and visited to less active sisiters that when we first meet with them they werer reallyu rude andbut we were able to meet them adn it was actually really good we invited them to church adn we also to have another meeting next week it was actually really good !
Friday we went to visit a menber but we werent able to find her house so yeah that wasnt good but then we went ot visit another member and we were abletlo leave a messsage with them. After hat we went to namwon witht he elders adn were able to teach those kids. they were kind of crazy as usual and then it started to rain really hard ot we had to leave adn run to to the bus stop ing the rain!
Saturday we were abelt o have english class adn also meet with out\r investigotor again it was a relay godo class we were ablet o wathc a video for the message and she really liked it! today was also a relaly really rainy day!!we were also abole to meet another invesitgaort adn them have FHE it was realy fun we played a lot of games adn shared amessage!
Sunday we were abletoi to have to less actives form thursday ccome. they were kind of crazy adn then we were abelt o go to the beach with the primary and when we were there one of the little boys 3 years old told me htat he loved me!! haha so cute!! After church we did weekly planning adn thenm we went o to  dinner appointment! it was relaly good i rellly like the famly hat we went with! 
This week was relaly good i learned alot! todya we are going ot go to the learges squarrium in asia!! so that willl be relaly awesoem! Im excited!~
SIster THornley
ps sorry for the bad spelling!!

November 1, 2015

Wow this week went by really fast!!
monday was really awesome! I really love Jeju it is os pretty!! I want to see the rest of it! hahaha
Tuesday we Did a lot of prosiliting.... that was a really long day but we were able to talk to some really nice people we also go tot meet with a former investigator. it was kind of intersting she has actually been a missionary for a different church in a lot of different places but when we met her it was really good. I think we will be able to meet her again and help her. she kind of taught us a lesson though so that was different being the one getting taught not teaching! haha after them we met the STL's becuse they can to jeju for exchanges and we were able to be with them adn eat chicken!! ahhh korean Chicken is so good!!!
Wednesday we had sudy adn service it was really differnt havign 4 sisteris in our hosuse so we and sister Fiso ( my mtc companion) had to study on the floor! yeah that was weird. but we went o our service actuvity adn had to crawl under the trees adn open the fertilixer bags.. thast was crazy there were so many spiders it was reallly gross but also fun!! haha we shared a message with them and it was really good it ws fun being with sister fiso again but also kind of hard bwecause we are at the same level of korean so we had to try and understand people! haha it was really good aftet we did some more prosiliting and then came home adn had dinner.
Thursday we went to jeju city because we had Zone meeting! ahhh it was so good!!! we taled a lot about eternal families and they actually showed a video of our mothers sharing theier testimony of eternal family it was a relaly good meeting! after we went and ate the famous jeju soup it was really good i relaly like this soup its meat and noodles and then a little bit of seaweed. AFter tat we came back to seoguipo adn went o our sevice activity adn were able to pick op the trash around the members business them the fed us mud fish soup that stuff is interesting but the koreans love it!! haha
FRiday we had mcm adn them we went to eat at a chinese oplace adn there was a big bug in the food that was gross but we had to keeo eating it!! ahhh so crazyu! we also went and visited some new people so that ws good!
Satuday we had english class adn a halloween party at english class we had a new persom come adn we were abel to invite her to do our 30/.30 program so she becmee a new investigator! YAY!!!! Them we went yo jeju adn were able to have a party adn carve pumpkins adn eat yummy food adn play lots of games it was a relaly fun night!
Sunday we had church and were able to meet a new family that we have been trying ot meet fri along time now it was a really good lesson and we intvited the mother to get baptized adn she said she would when she knows morew so hat was really cool!
Today we are goign to go to jeju sity adn go shopping with the other missionaries so that will be fun I really love Korea and my mission i am learning os much i really can feel the belssings that this gospel gives to everyone! I hope you all have a good week!!
Sister Thornley
ps sorry the end was a little jumping around adn crazy to understand! haha

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Hello Everyone! October 25, 2015

This is going ot be a short email this week because of time. we were able to do a lot this week. We were focusing on the book of mormom and truying ot give it to the people we talked to. we were able to give out six in the week! btu only two of the people we think we can meet again. I really hope taht we can meet them.
This week i studied alot about the restoratiion aadn the i\history of the church it was am amazing experience i was able to really feel my testimony grow and see the real importance of the Gospel in the life of everyone!! I really do love missionary work and hope that all of you are doing good! I really do love seeing how much I can learn when i put my mind to learning. I have been able to see some improvement in my korean... very little... But i really do love be ing here in Korea servign these people they are the kindest people ever! TOday we went a tour of Jeju with one of the members! He was so nice and really wasnted to hepl us adn make sure hat we had a good time we were ablet o see only halp of the island so he wants to take us the rest of the way another pday. We were able to take some really cool pictures adn see alot of the Isaland! I LOVE KOREA!!!
Sister Thornley!

Pictures of the beach in Korea

 these statues are famous in jeju!!! they are everywhere!!!! they are supposed to be grandpas!! hahah
then its just a really pretty place that is actually at a hotel:)

October 18, 2015

wow this week was really good. we were able to have some good experiences her in Seogwipo.
momday we had area meeting with the elders and then we realixed that we werent going ot have time to meet one family so we decided to go right them adn just randomly visit this person. so we all made the trip there and when we got there it seamed like they werent going ot amswer so we went around the hose to the back door adn knocked and a man opened he door adn invited us in. this man wasnt the person we wanted to visit. the person we wanted was a less active man that apparently lives in Seoul. but this was his father and he isnt a member so we were able to go in adn talk to this man and then his wife adn we were ablet o teach them a lesson and we offered them a book of mormom but they alread had one and they even had the April Conference Lihaona so taht was really cool i howp that we will get to meet them again! we might get to help them on their farm!
Tuesday we were ablet o meet a less active sister that works/owns a cafe. she was so nice and gave us our drinks for free adn then as we were talking wiht her she gave us some cake for free so that was really nice! this sister is super nice and i hope that we will be able to help her adn her whole family come back to church. we also went ot visist another less active with the elders but the less active  wasnt home so that was sad.
wednesday we were ablet o have disrtict meeting! ahh i really love it! i was able to learn so much. Sister Kim had to give a korean lesson. taht was really good hwe taught about the comon mistakes that forigners make when speaking korean so that was really good for all of us to see how we can improve! after we went and did servive again. we got to work on the halla bong farm of one of the members (they are just the big oranges) it was good we were able to get a lot done for them adn it was pretty fun being in the trees! i cant wairt for them to get ripe so we can eat them!! hahaha after that we went to the Branch Presidents house (he lives really really far away!!) but it was really goofo her tool us and the elders to dinner. oh wow it was  a really really good dinner!!!!! it was these huge cuts of meat that you put on a  grill in the middle of the table and cook it yourself. wow it was really good meet.he had us eat somuch!!! i think that each on eof us there had to eat our won huge piece of meat!! but ti was really good adn just when i thoought i was full he orders rice adn soup for us!! so yeah Koreans really do show their love thought giving you food!! haha
Thurday we were able;t o to do weekly planning and then we went o change my adddress but when we go there thye said that i didnt have the right papers and that i needed some other things. adn it was really hard because i couldn treally undestand them adn then Sister Kim had to re explain it to me in more simple korean... so it was still hard to understand.. but we eventually decided to call one of the office elders and he was able to find the right papers so we can go try again later! then we went and had another service activity for amember picking up trash. then they fed us what is called mud fish soup.... yeah sounds gross right... but i was able to eat it... that family is really awesome! they are really nice and when we were sharin our message there was tewo other families from the branch that showed up so we were able to talk to them too! so taht was good!
Friday we were able to do waht we call "chace 전도" or chace proseliting we were able to talk to a lot of people adn were able to give out two book of mormons so taht was really cool we were able to also teahc a lot of short lessons adn also get some contacts! it was a really successfull day we also were able to go visit a famly that we invited to church adn we were able to play a game with them and tach a very short lesson. they are really cute kids i really like them a lot!!!
Saturday we were ablet ohave a very small english class!! theyre were two people that came... yeah iti was intersting.. after english class we went o Jeju city so that we could have interviews with president. it  was really good i was able to learn so much from him and he was able to really helpo me he is a very smart man! after interviews we ate chicken alfrado.. it was really goos an good reminder of home! haha we also were able to have a fireside tjat was focused on family! we watched a video that talked about how we onley have so much tim eon earth and thas we need ot spoend time ith our family. i Really liked hte meeting i was able to learn a lot an dfee of the real importanc eof family!
Sunday we were able tohave the family come to church ti was kind of crazy having to watch the 4 kids adn try adn keep them entertained the whole time i was really glad that church is only tow hours her becausethey would nt have made it the 3 hours! haha we wer able to finish weekly pannin and alos hav an area meetin gfo rth enext week. it was a really good day.
this week was relalyu good i lov being a mission ary and learn ing so much every day! hava good week!
Sister Thornley!!

Colorful Fish 
 Farming!! so much fun! ignore our ugly clothes!!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

First week of Whitewashing Seogwipo!!!! October 12, 2015

WOW ADVENTURE IS OUT THERE!!!! this week was full of so many good things!!! Monday we took a plane to the island and then had to take a really long bus ride to our home! it was so much fun! what an adventure!! It was pretty crazy butu we were able to talk to one persnon right off the plane and get her number so that was really awesome and then the taxi ride to our hose we were ablet o have a brief lesson with him and give him a book of mormom. that was really good to se that we were going ot be okay here! haha
Tuesday we were able to get more settled\ted into our home adn also go shopping! that was good our house had hardly anything so we had to get some food for the week! After that we met the elders and they showed us how to get to the church.... its a 45 minute walkt form our house to the church!!!! ahhh so far! btu when we got htere it was relaly cool the church is super close to the ocean!!! wehn we look out the window we can see th eocean so we got to go over and look at it and them we were introduced to the area by the elders. it was also kind of hard for them because they were whitewashed in just one transfer before us adn the other elders that were here got taken out so its kind of and adventure for all of us! After we got home we called all of the members adn intorduced ourselves! we actually were able to set an appointment us for the next day with on e of them so taht was realy nice!
wednesday we went to Jeju city to have district meeting. it is such a long bus ride!!! and we had to be there earlly so that we could watch the womens meeting of general confernce! that was really good i was able to see it in english adn Sister Kim was able to watch it in Korean. It was a really good district meeting we were able to set goal sall together soi it will be reallycool to see all of us work hard ot goet there! after the meeting we traveled adn came back for the meeting with the member it was really good they werea  realy nice family the mother is active but the daughter is less active so we want ot try and get her to come to church. They were really nice! after that we met wiht the elders adn alos with the District President (like the Stake President) adn we were able to mave dinner with him adn get to know  more about hte area!
Thurday we had a service activity with one of the members. he owns a farm that has oranges and little manderan oranges so we were able to go there adn help him cut back the trees it was really fun we they will be really fun to help harvest later!!! haha then we wathced the elders help him with some other work. we were kind of stuck there!!!
Friday we met with the same lessactive from the other day it was good they fed us lunch. that wasreally nice of them! after we met iwht the elders again and went ot visist a member adn his non member mother but they ended up not being homeso that was sad. we also went and introduced ourselves ot a less active sister taht was really nice!! we went  and visiteed anothter family that is kind of investigating the church they are a really poor family so that was sad to see. we were ablet o get osme really pretty pictures on our dinner time! ahh its os pretty here!!!!
Saturday we wathcherd general confernce! ahhh it was so good i was ablet o learn so much!! I really liked all of the talks i relaly liked elder Cooks talk i was able to learn  a lot from him. after confernce we went ot visit some there people that are less actives. itiwas kind of hard to find their house.. we accidently knocked on the wrong door like 3 times!!! hahaha oops! but when we met with thhem thye had heard some bad things about our church adn sid that we didnt believe in God adn Christ so taht was a arelaly sad meeting but hopefully in time we will be abelto help.
Sunday we got to watch the sest of confernce. it was really good i really liked the talk that was directed to the sisters adn i was able to see that by me being on a mission right now i am building the foundation that i need i order to have a stonget family later! we alo go to do some elglish class finding,... there wasnt very many people that were interestied to that was sad! we also were able to meet a formere investigator . she was reallly nice but it was hard because she really really liked the sister she first met but maybe we will be able to help her!
Ahh i love it here i am learning os much!! both Korean and about missionaary work! I have seeen an improvemnt inmy korean becaus i hav eot speak it all the time with Sister Kim. She is the nicest person i have ever met and i really love bein gwith her! She is always os kind oto everyone! I really look forward to the rest of the transfer!
Sister Thornley! 

 First day in Seogwipo!!! 
 The ocean and the sunset

The Hawaii of Korea!!!! October 4, 2015

Well this week was a very eventful week!! This week was transfer
calls!!! so on thursday night they call all of the people that are
leaving and tell them where they will be going and who their companion
will be.. so I was expecting a call because I have been in ShinJeong
for a long time. so when we recieved the call i answered and they made
a big deal about it and then they told me taht i would be going to a
place that is surrounded by water..... They also told me that i would
be opening a new area for sisters (white washing) and then they
finally said that i would be going to Jeju island and in the city of
Seogwipo 서귀포!!! ahh and i wil have a korean Companion! her name is
sitster Kim YehJe 김예지 i dont really know her very much but it wil be
good! I am really excited! I will have to fly on  a plane to the
island so will be gong there at like 7;20 pm today. ahhh it will be
such a different experience!! I will have to learn so much! It will be
really good! I will really really really miss this area but i will
also really like my next one!
So about the week!! monday was a different day we only had a short
pday but it was good we didnt have FHE because of the holiday but we
were able to do some english prosliting it was good but really slow
not a whlole lot of people talked to us so that was kind of hard.
Tuesday we had the mission 5K/10K so we went to Busan for the day!! It
was so much fun! I did the 5k. ahh i stil really dont like running!!
haha but it was fun because i was able to talk to one of the korean
sisters that was really nice. we were able to have a really fun time
and they even fed us hamburgers and hot dogs so it was a very americam
meal it was so good but they added in the tpouch of kroean with
breaded sweet potatoes and some rice cake! haha it was really good!
after htat we played games and just had fun! we also had english
class! it was good there was a good amount of people that came so i
twas fun.
Wednesday we had district meeting ahh i really love it! Ilove being
able to learn from the other missionaries i have really felt my
tetimony grow because of it. We went o eat lunch after and it was
really good there is one elder that is so funny we were alll laughing
so hard that we were about ready to cry!! it was really good! After
that we went o visit a member but she wasnt home so we went to visit
another one and she was home and we were able ot share a message and
then she fed us dinner! it was actually really good food! (even though
it was fish!)
Thursday we had service it was good the old people are so fun i like
them. Ahh so when we clear the trays we dup all of the food into a
bucket adn then we have to move it to dump it well as they were moving
it some how it tipped over and all of the food trash went
everywhere!!!! ahh it was so gross!!! after service we were able to
meet sister Haun JeeYoung she is a less active. iti was good we teahc
her daughters english and its some times really hard becuase one of
the daughters only speaks Chinese.. yeah crazy! but we were able to
see talk to her and get ot know her better She told us that she might
be able to come to church the following week. we also told her that it
might be my last time seeing her... so that was really sad to say
goodbye! after that we came home and cleaned the house really god adn
then waited for the call. and found out that i would be going to the
Hawaii of Korea! so that was crazy we actually recieved a call from
president at like 10:34.. but he told us that he callled the wrong
number... yeah that was scary for sister Cunningham becausue when
presiddent calls htat means that you are going to be training and she
didnt really want ot train... hahaha it was crazy!!!
Friday we were able to get a call form sister cunninghams new
sompanion she will be with sister Cooper she was in the MTC with me.
Then i was able to pack and get all of my stuff ready to mail to
Jeju... korea is really awesome and has a way that you can just mail
all of oyu luggage so its really nice that i dont have to worry about
my bags and the plane and all of htat stuff.. we were also able to
meet Kim YoonEh for my last time. it was good she is so cute i love
her so much!
Saturday was good we were ableto have a good weekly planning and get
everything ready for sister Cunningham adn sister cooper. We also met
with the elders to practice a mucical number that we would sin gin
church. it was really good. then we had english class that was really
different because it was my last on in the area so i had to say
goodbye to all of them. But after we had a movie night for the branch
but only a few people came so that was sad but Sister Go YuMin came
AHHHHH i lov here so much! we wathced meet the Mormons adn she really
liked it. It is such a good movie i realy like it an i thought it was
good for Sister Go to see it! After that we went and got McDonalds
with her bacause it was my last night that we could do that with her.
so that was really fun she is so nice she gave me and sister
Cunningham a gift! It was really nice of her!
Sunday was good we had a meeting and hte branch President asked me and
elder smilth to share our testimony becuse we were bith leaving. it
was good whern i shared mine it was very simple but really hard
because ilookked at all of themembers adn realized how much i am going
ot miss them i actually almost started to cry as i looked at Go yuMin
and saw the light that was in her face, icould tell that is wasthe
light of christ that was now continaully in her life. After church i
had to say goodbye to all of them adn it was really sad it was really
hard to say goodbye so Go Yu Min but i will stay in contact with her.
We also were able to meet with Lee Chae Yun she is the high school
student that was really interested. IT was really good to meet her. we
were able to teach a lesson and them she gave me a really aweosme
gift! She was so cute and even wrote me a letter all in english( her
english isnt very good so it was cute to see her try!) I love korea
and i lov this area  i wil really miss it but it willl be good in
Seogwipo too! Ilov emy mission and the things i am learning!
Sister Thornley

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

First Real Bible Bash Sept. 28, 2015

Hello everyone!!!
well i had my first real bible bash today! that was preatty crazy! i
dont even know what church it was but these people just stoped us on
the road and asked us a question that i didnt understand so i looked
to sister Cunningham and then they just went off about the passover
and how we need to be baptized and about the sacrament and the
atonement. They were really targeting me in thier questions, I feel
that it was beacuse i dint underatnd them at frist so they thought
that i didnt know the bible. It was really crazy they had me reaad
some scriptures in the bible. we were able to get out becasue it was
going know where. they werent being very nice to us so it was hard.
but it was a good evperence so that the next time that happens i will
know how to handle it better.

so this week was really good i learned os much! its crazy that there
is only one week left in this transfer. it went so fast!! I will
probaby be getting transfered next week. i will find out on thursday

Monday we had FHE and it was good again we played s fun game with a
beach ball adn some rolls of paper it was a mix of soccer and hocky!
haha it was fun! not a whole lot happened on monday so yep.. haha

Tuesday we went to find some less actives it was okay we were able to
find most of the houses but otheres we couldnt. it was the Craziest
part of my area i've seen! we went into what is called 시골 or the
country side! ahh it was so cool! one minute we were on the main road
adn then we would have to take a little path that went winding up in
to the country and up on the hills! It was so weird because the place
we were in looked like it was abandoned but apparently  people live
there!! Also there were some pretty crazy spiders there!!! ahh they
were so gross!!! they were really big yellow and black ones and they
had really really crazy big webs!! i have a picture that i will send.
I actually almost ran into the biggest one we saw just as we were
walking back it was about the size of the palm of my hand adn just
hanging above me! ahhh so scary! Sister Cunningham got a picture of
it. ahh they were so gross!! we also had english class . It was good
but kind of sad becasue there was probably 3 people there. elder Smith
shared a really good message about how even the little things we do
can make a difference. I feel like it might have been ment more fro
the missionaries! haha

Wednesday we had district meeting! it was really good i really learn
so much from the other missionaries! We focuesd on Christlike
attributes. it was really good i was able to see how i can improve! We
had lunch together after it was really good it was pig rice soup!!
(haha korean translation is so funny!) We all got free hand towles
because the place we weent to was new so they were giving out gifts!
we also o tto go visit sister park Jeehyun (the taekwondo lady) it was
so good she is the cutest lady i have ever met! it was a really short
vist but it was good Sister Cunningham was able to get ot know her a
little better. We also got to visit a member and play with her kids
adn talk to them. It was really good this member needs some love so we
were able to meet here and show our love! They showed us lov eback by
giving us some fruit and some other random snacks! oh it rained a lot
today so we had to walk in the rain adn got really wet!

Thursday we had service! it was kind of crazy because there was a lot
of pople then so we had to worry about helping all of them. But it was
good they had a tradidional Korean soup that is basically just rice
cake and broth them some other stuff. it was good but they always feed
us so much!!! haha We did weekly planning for the last week of the
transfer so that was preatty crazy!! we planned to meet with a less
active but she had to cancel because she wasnt going to be home. So
htat was sad but we were able to get a lot of stuff done for the next

Friday was a really different day!!! There is  a lady that is friends
with sister Cunninghams grandma that is Korean that is in korea for
some time so she wanted to meet with us so we had to plan and figure
out how ot meet them and where to eat. we had an appointment with
Sister Kim Yuneh (a long time less active) so we had to move her back
but then the woman we were meeting decided to invite Sister Kim to eat
with us so we invited her and she said she would come so that was
exciting! we went and met with all of them and ate SO MUCH FOOD!!! but
it was really good we had Shabu Shabu. After we met with all of them
we went with Sister Kim to her house to have a lesson. It was a good
lesson we were able to talk to her and reallu see the things that she
needed. Sister Kim is sucha a nice person i really love her So it
makes it hard to see that she has so many doubts and doesnt let the
truth into her  heart! After meeting with her we did some prosiliting
we werent able to find very many people but it was good!

Saturday was the start of the Korean Holiday called Chuseok (추석) its
very simmilar to thanksgiving so they eat a llot of food and bow to
their ansestors. Its a really big holiday. We decided to make all of
the members little handouts with a scripture so we did that. we also
had english class and we actually had pople come!! it was good I was
really supprised that peopl came even though it was a holiday! After
elgish we did some elglish class prosiliting with the elders. we were
able to get some people that might want to come to class! I also had
to make sure that i had my talk ready for church the next day! (yeah i
had to give a talk!)

Sunday was the offical day of chuseok so church was really different!
we went backwards and had young woments first then sunday school then
sacrament meeting. When church was supposted to start there was
littlerally us 4 missionaries and one other lady that wasnt a menber
of our branch but then the Priedeman family came adn we were able to
have the young womens and sunday school with them. It was really good!
I love being able to listen to the gospel in english every once and a
while! I was able to learn so much from them. they are an amazing
family i dont want to leave them!! Sacrament meeting was good there
wasnt very many people there.. actually i think there was more
visitors than members of our branch! haha but it was reallly good I
had to give a talk..... yeah that was really scary!!! I spoke about
obedience and why its important. i think it was okay but it was really
scary. Ahh i was trying to say that i was thankful for the opportunity
to serve in this branch but when i got to that part i coulnt remember
the work for opportunity! AHHH so i had to say it in english but they
were able to understand becuse the ppeople that knew english were able
to wisper it around the room!! hahaha yeah and then as soon as i ended
adn was going to my seat i remembered the word!!! AHHHH yeah it was
fun. After church we went to a mebers house and ate some Traditional
Korean ChuSeok food then helped them move some tables. It was good to
actually be able to serve them. Then we went with the elders down town
to do some prosiliting before our next appointment. we were able to
talk to a lady and give her a book of mormon! it was really good i
hope that she reads it adn will call us later( we werent able to get
her number so sad!) the next appointmet we had was with the Priedeman
family the elders and 4 other missionaries in another area. It was
really good!! I love the Priedeman family so much! we had a potato bar
for dinner!  it was so good! then we played some really fun games and
we were able to talk about some of the ways that we could see
improvement in the area. then we were also able to watch Pesident
uchdorffs talk from the sisters meeting! ahhh it was so good!!! I
really loved being with that family. they are such an amaxing family i
really love them! Brother Priedeman teared up as he tlod us that he is
proud of us and that our families love us. It was really special!

I really love my mission and being a part of helping this work move
along! I am loving every minute that i am here! I know that God is
blessin me as i am on my mission! I am so thankful for all of you and
the support that you all give to me. I hope you all have a great week!

Sister Thornley!