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