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!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Change the Mission Culture Sept. 21, 2015

Hello! wow this week went so fast! There was a lot fo good things that
happened as well.
Monday was really good i talked a little about it a little last week
but we were able to have FHE after and it was really good! Its so fun
to be able to be with the families and get to know them better.
Tuesday we went to look for less actives we were able to find all of
the houses but we think that they either moved or that they just didnt
want to answer the door. It was good though we were able to see more
of the Korean towns it was good even though we werent able to find the
lkess actives. We also had english class that was good but not very
many people came so that was sad!
Wednesday was reallly good we were able to have Zone meeting! ahh it
was a really good chance to learn from the other missionaries! I
really liked learnign how i can improve we were ablet ot use the topic
from the mission tour adn discuss the things hat we can do to make our
mission a better experience. It was focused on changing the mission
culture I was able to learn so much! after that i went on exhanges in
pohang with sister Ha she is so cute i really like her a lot! We were
able to hava  service activity adn then we visited some of the members
there.It was really good!
Thursday we studied and them visited a less active in that area it was
good. we had to travel a lot to come to exchange back but it was good!
after we exchanged we went to visit Sister Haun GeYeong. she is a less
active we vistied her adn her sister ( her sister isnt a member) it
was really good we were able to teach english and get to know them
better. It wa good! we also met with sister Lee CheUn she is a high
school student adn is suoper cute we were able to have a really good
lesson with her.
Friday we did weekly planning then visited Kim YoonEh she is also a
less active I relaly like her we taught her a good lesson adn talked
with her for a long time she actually made us french toast!! haha that
was really good! WE also met with sister Lee CheUn again she was
really interested and had really studied the pamphlets we gave her it
was a really good lesson I think she will be a reallly good
Saturday we did a lot of proseliting. IT was good we were able to talk
to a lot of people and were able to teach some short lessons! we also
had english class that was godo at first we tonlky had two students
that came!! haha but then more came! It was good. I like teaching
english because they are fun people to talk to! haha
Sunday we had Church and Sister Go YuMIn was able to be confermed. It
was a really special experience! Even though it was in Korean adn i
couldnt completly understand it all i was able to feel that it was the
things she needed. she is such an amazing persom i have really learned
alot from her adn the example that she is! We alos were able to have a
lesson with her. She wants to learn about the second comming adn about
the millinum so that will be and adventure to teach the next time!
Especially because i dont even know how to explain it very well in
english!!! haha After church there was the usual lunch and it wa good!
Then we did some prosiliting we were able to talk to one lady for a
while but then all of the sudden she said she had to leave adn asked
for our phone number adn we were abel to get hers. it was a weird
experience!! haha also that night there was a branch party with more
food!!!! yay!! haha it was really good food!! I got to talk with the
Priedeman family alot so that was fun. Its really nice having an
american family in the branch so that i can talk to them.
Today we planned to go to a whale museum with some other missionaries
btu they go there first and it was closed... so yeah that was sad. but
we were also to go shopping today adn get some fun Korean things that
i wil be happy to hav when i go home! I really love korea adn being on
a mission I have really learned so much from the time that ive been
here. It has been such a good experience! Thanks for the support you
all give me!
Sister Thornley


Im a Mormon.
we left this stickey note in a food place with a bunch of other notes!
hopefully some one finds it and looks up the address!

I'm so happy!!!! Sept. 14, 2015

ahhh this week was so good!!! we were able to see some really amazing
things!!! First off we were able to have a baptism!!!! Sister Go YuMin
got baptized sunday night. It was such a special experience for
everyone. She is so prepared. I was able to teach her from the first
so it was really cool to be able to see the change in her from the
start to now. She has a light around her all the time that others are
able to see. Even though it is hard to communicate with her I feel
that I have a conection wiht her it is a really good feeling! I was
also able to write her a letter in korean that I feel she will like.
It was crazy to see the letter i gave her because it was alll in
Korean!!! adn i could understand it all... ahhh so weird!! haha but it
was a reallly good experience. We were also able to have sister Hurley
come. taht was reallly good because we were the ones that taught her
from the start. We had two really good talks that we were able to feel
the spirit so strong.  we also had two misical numbers they were
really good. it is amazing to see how music can bring the spirit into
the room. She only had to get baptized once so that was good! adn then
we had the branch write letters to her adn were able to give that to
her.  she shared her testimony and the end as well adn it was reallly
good she was able to feel the spirit so strong. I reallly feel that
she will continue to progress.  we also had some snacks after and she
was able to talk with the members adn get to know them better. It was
so good!!! we also gave her a nice BoM and D&C  it was really good!
earlier that day she came to church and after we were able to spend
the day with her adn we were able to watch the restoration video it
was really good i think it helped her understand the restoration a lot
better! Ahhh she is so cute i wish that all of oyou could meet her!!!
hahaha oh also with week we went and got dessert called Bing Su 빙수  it
was really good we were able to have a good time wiht her adn help
both of us get to know her better.

so the week is goin got be short because of time. Monday we had FHE
adn then after there was two members that took us to dinner beacuse
they said that missionaries are always hungry (not true!!!) but they
took us to eat adn they got us the Fish from finding nemo that is the
deep sea fish with the little light!!!!! ahhh crazy right!! I ate that
kind of fish. it was in sauce and was really spicy!!! I had to eat so
much!!!! they made me eat the most of the food because i was sharing
wiht the two mambers adn them the elders and sister cunningham shared
but becasue i was with the members they made me eat the most!!! ahhh
it was so hard!!! haha but im still alive! haha

Tuesday we were planning on getting some of the prep for the baptism
done adn so we went to see the font adn the whole bottom of the floor
was covered in dirt!!!!!! ahhh it was so gross we think the the drain
backed up and got it dirty so we started to clean it adn we had to get
brushes and scrub really hard to try and get it clean it as so bad!!!
but we got the most of the gross stuff off adn then we had english
class. it was good i dont remember what happpened vey well but it was

Wednesday we had Mission Tour!! it was so awesome!!! we had to leave
our house really early to get there on time because it was like a two
hour train ride!! but it was so good i learned a lot! The persome that
came was really good he was really fun adn his wife was really cute
she didnt know english or korean very well because they are from japan
but she taught us how to make lips out of paper adn talked about how
we need to open our mouth. It was really cute!! that basically took
the whole day because of travel adn it was a long meeting but i
learned so much.

Thursady was kind of  a crazy day!!! we had service adn they ran out
of rice!!!! ahhh thats not a good thing here!!! these people need
their rice!! haha so we had to wait fro it to cook for like 15-20
minutes.. yeah it was crazy!!! after service we went with the elders
and a member to eat lunch. it was a reallly good lunch. we were able
to have a good talk with her and i was really thankfun for elder Ha
because he was translating a little for me so when i didnt understand
all of it he would help me. we also met a less active sister that is
new in our area she was reallly nice i think i talked about her last
week but but she was reallly awesome we were able to teach her
children english. but it was kind of hard because one of her daughters
only speaks Chinese!!!!! ahhh so crazy!! this is when i wish that the
small amount of chinese i knew didnt leave my mind when i started to
learn Koean!!! hahaha but it was good the youngest daughter is reallly
cute adn was fun to play with!!! we also had dinner with the Preiedman
family. that was reallly godo we were able to have a good american
dinner!! haha and also talk to them and help them as a family. then we
had an appointment with the senior high school student adn it was
reallly good we were able to teach english adn have a reallly good
lesson with her! She is so cute i reallly like her!

Friday we went and had Bing Su (its like ice crean ans shaved ice but
so much better!!!) with Go YuMin i already talked abpout that but then
we were able to do weekly planning and then we also were able to meet
with the same high school student adn she baught us bubble tea!!! it
was so good! she i sso nice adn the lesson was good too she was
reallly interested in the plan of salvation so we are going to start
there with her. I will be good!

saturday we were able tp get all the big prep for the baptism adn made
sure that we had everything we needed it was a reallly busy adn kind
of stresssul day but we got it all done we also had english class agin
adn after we got the church ready to have church the next day.

Sunday!!!!!!! ahhh it was so good!! other than what i said at the
first there isnt that much to say! ha but we were able to talk to the
branch adn get everything planned for the baptism. We had church and
it was reallly good!! Go YuMin is reallly awesome. she stayed after
church and ate with the branch and then we answeed the questions she
had and decided on a dress for her to be baptized in. then we watched
the video and we also went to the branch presidents house adn ate
dinner with the elders adn Go YuMin then we made sure that wverything
was ready and took lots of pictures.. AHhh it was so good she even
cried at the end because of the spirit it was really aweosme!!!

It was a reallly good week!!! I love Korea I love Go YuMin and i love
Missionary Work!!! have a good week!!!

Sister Thornley

Mission Tour With Elder Yamashita