Tuesday, July 14, 2015

I've been in KOREA for 6 weeks!!

hello everyone!! this has been a very good week. ive learned a lot from being here! so the week started off really good with FHE we had one family there they are so amazing we played games and then ate food! they had boiled potatoes just as a snack!! Awesome right!! haha korea is great! there was a lot of food! Tuesday we had a lunch appointment with a menber. Sister Kim Doknam she is the most amazing woman ever!! she fed us really good food and loves to sing she sang us a song just as we were eating lunch! it was great then we talked about her sonversion story adn how her husband was inactive for like 20 years adn the whole time she went to church on her own wioht her two twin boys. And now she has a lot of time so she gets so study the gospel a lot. she showed us one of the ways she studied... wait for it because its so cool!!!!.... she hand wrote the entire book of mormon (in Korean)!!!!! she has like 5 huge notbooks that she wrot e down all of it! It took her 2 years to finish but she did it!! cool right! now she wants to start on the new testament!! i love this woman what an inspiring person i would never do that but its awesomne that she was able to do that fo rher study! after we met with her we went to the church to have interviews wiht president barrow. that was so amaxzing he is a very amazing man i was able to learn so much from him. He was able to helo me so much. after that we had english class that was fun when we were supposed to start there was only one person there and his enlish was already perfect! but then one sister showed up adn was going to just get the paper adn leave because nopone was there but then another person came so she decided to stay then one more person cane so we had 4 students and 4 missionaries! haha there wasnt that many people becasue it was raining really hard! darn! but after that we were able to have a lesson with sister kim surgee and answer the questions she had about the book of mormon. she read all the way to chapter 8!! she is so amazing! Wednesday we had study adn met the lee family that we teach english to with the boy the girl and the dad,. we only taught english to the boy because the girl doesnt like us anymore! oops but we had the elders there an dit was a really fun lesson we played games and then shared the restoration with them the dad wasnt open to very much of it but the boy was very happy when we gave to book of mormon to him he was looking though it like it was christmas!! it was so cute!  then we walked home in the rain adn talked to people. we met to older ladies that were budist btu one had a son that might come to english class!1 yay Thurday we had sevice that is still stressfull becasue i cant understand if they wasnt more food or less but i survived. after we ate the food it was good again so i was happy! i tried crab for the first time! then we met with Kim surgee and a member to teach her the importance of the restoration adn why it was needed. it was a really good lesson she is so accepting of the gospel and of all the things we teach her. i really hope that she can continue learning! then we had a dinner apointment with the branch presidents wife with the elders that was a really good dinner we had a lot of fun adn were abel to help her see the importance of service. it was a good time! today was also tranfer call night... im staying in my area with sister hurley! YAY!!!! Firday we had to appointments planned but one fell though so we just had one with Sister Kang yangme she is so funny she likes to talk adn talked to us about how to be a good parent. i learned a lot form her but it was a hard lesson becasue anytime we tried to bring in the lesson she would just say that she wanted to take us to the beach or change the topic. but we will only met her one more time because the area she lives in is getting new sisters this transfer so we will give her to them. after we met with her we came home and  deep cleaned our house. Saturday we had a lesson with Sister Go yoomeen the collage student( her friend couldnt come) but it was a really good lesson we had a member there that was ale to help expalin the questions she had and help us with the lesson. THis member is really awesome His name is Joseph he lived in america for a long time so his english is really good. he actually feels betterspaking english than korean! haha but we taught anout the plan of salvation and were able to get through all of it because she had questions about the rest so we were able to help her with that. she is progressing so good. Ive really learned a lot from meeting with her! We ahd the member invite her to church but she said it she had tiem she would come. after that we had english class that was good. I was still in advanced because i dont have to be realy good at korean! haha after english there was a fireside that we go to go to. it was really good it was a familyt aht the dad sang and the 3 daughters played the violin adn the mom played the piano it was really good there was a lot of people there ane the missionaries brought investigatiors we tried to get someone there but they all had other plans so that was sad. after they had food!!! that is a very korean thing to always have food! haha its great! but sometimes its not very good! :/ Sunday we had pec adn church. then we had a dinner apointment with the smallwood family! they are so fun! the father is half koreaan the mom is korean adn they have two little boys . the husbands Korean mom was there too bu thsh lives in amaerica. They all have really good english so that was good! the elders came too that was a realy good dinner. the Husbands mom made a cheese ball and crackers so it felt lik i was home!!! haha then we shared a message adn brownies that we made it was a really godo time i love that famly!!! we  ahd to walk to the bus stop after and it was rainign so hard!!!! adn it was super windy!! but it was fun. we found out later that it was a typhoon! I can see why kimberly liked them so much they are really cool! haha so much water!! i was so wet when we got home it was a good day!
monday was transfers!! so we left outr house super early and went to busan. we go there and had a really good meeting. Presisdent  Barrow chalanged the whole misison to read the Book of mOrmon in our native language cover to cover this transfer!!! adn he gave each of us a new book of mormon and told us to mark anything about Jesus Christ. it will be so awesome!! i am so excited! After that we went to lkunch with a lot of the missionaries and then went back to have a meeting iwht president and sister barrow about how traing is and allof that stuf it was a really good day. then we came back home adn had FHE again with the same family adn another one it was so fun! they had food again! we also got a new elder in our area the other elder went to be AP so thats awesome it was a reallygood day i learned alot. I loeve my mision and everything about it! Im excited to read the Book of Mormon this fast. I think i will learn so much! I love you all adn hope everything is going good!
Sister Thornley
ps sorry for the mistakes in spelling!!!

July 6, 2015

This week was once again very busy! I think that will be a very common thing in missionary work! monday we had pday wich is always good. we also had family home evening that was really good we had a lot of people show up so that made it better we played games and ate cookies and orange juice. Koreans really love giving food. ive been told that to show their love they give you food so we are very loved becasue we get a lot of food! its great! they give us a lot of rice cake!! tuesday we had a lesson with Sister Kang she is a very interesting person she likes to party. She told us that sometimes you have to hit people to have them do what you want of somthing like that. she also doesnt like when we give "homework" so its hard to help her faith progress because she wont do her part to progress. after we met with her we had english class. that was good we had a good amount of people there. We like it when we have a lot of people. mothiong to big happened but it was good. wednesday was a really good day! first we had district meeting. we had district meeting on the beach!!! aweesome right! we went to a place that had a lot of really big rocks and you could walk on a bridge and over to another big rock so we all went over there and had our meeting on the rocks looking out to the ocean! that was really cool! while we were there some koreans were taking oictures of us sitting on the rock! it was really funny but really awkward at the same time! haha we also ate watermellon and took pictures. It was really pretty becasue there were a lot of big boats that would pass as they went to the port. after that we came back to our area and make cookies to take to a less active. We went to visit her adn it was like a 30 minute walk  but as we were walking we met a really nice lady that was going there too so we walked with her the whole way and talked with her. The less active wasn home so so we left thinking we went there for nothing but as we werer leaving a man stopped us and asked if we teach english. we told him yes. then he asked hoe much it costs we said free. he didnt believe us so we expalined that we are missionaries and as one of our ways of service it to teach enlish and share a message. he wanted us to teach his two children english a boy and a girl. so we got his information and set up a time to meet. he is christrian but he made it very clear that he had a religion. it was just a very cool experience. especially becasue he was the one that stopped us first. then as we were walking home we met another lady that was awesome and might come to english class but she didnt like the fact that we were a church.. so we will see.. we also met a really creepy man that tried to give us a ride home on his bike or take us to coffee he was kind of scary. but we were okay. Thursday we had service and met another less active sister. She is a really great sister her name is siter Kim yooneh but she has a hard time feelign the spirit so its hard to met with her. shehasnt mad eany progress in the time that weve met so we are ging to met her less from now on and hopefully she will progress another time. We also met the family that we met on wednesday. they are such a cute family!! the boy is 12 and the girl is 10 they are so fun. We learned about their religious background and that they like church adn taught them how to pray. Friday we had study ane met with Sister Park HangMe. She is so fun i love her! she is an artist adn likes to paint animals in peoples houses she gave us a pamplet with pictures of her art so that will be fun to have to remember her by.  Then we did weekly planning. That takes so much time to plan for everyone! but its good. Saturday we had study adn met with the two collage students they are doing so good they are very interested in our church adn learing everything they can I learn so much from teaching them!  I really hope that they continue to progress as much as they are. then we had english class i was with the advanced there was so many people there that day!! it was a lot harder to teach becuse i had to try adn give all of them chances to speak enlish. but it was good. After english class we planned ot meet with Sister Kim SurGee but she culdnt met :/ this is the sister that came to english class two times then told us abotu how she had a dream about god talkign to her. After we met with her adn gave her the book of mormon we hadnt met with her but we had checked on her often one day we talked ot her and she said that she had been reading a chapter a day in the book of Mormon so we wanted to meet with her because she had a lot of question she wanted to ask us but she wasnt abotu to met so that was really sad. but we also go t to met with the family again the boy is super excited whrn we shared the message but the dad adn the girl werent very happy but it was okay. we had to meet wtih the elders because there wasnt an adult female btu that was good they are awesome elders. sunday we had church and did more weekly planning then we met iwth Joan she is the chinese sister. she is hard to met with because her korean isnt very good and she doesnt understasnd when we talk abou the gospel but we gave a chinese book of mornon so hopefully she will read it and understand.
I really love korea and all of the people here i am learnign so much everyday. the language is comming slowly but good. I can understand a lot better than speak  so i need soem work still. I love my mission!
Sister Thornley

Our apartment


 This is the place we had district meeting
 The bridge to the rock
 Climbing huge stairs to the top of the mountain on pday

My lunch