Monday, November 23, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving!

Two weeks ago at transfer meeting, a sister going home who I have served in the same district with for almost my whole mission (Sister Hill) said something I've been thinking about a lot recently. She said, " I know I fell short of the missionary that God wants me to be, but He's okay with it, because I tried" This was said by one of the greatest missionaries I have met in our mission. She worked hard and was faithful through her whole mission and gave everything she had to this work but even she felt inadequate. I know that I have always set high standards for myself. And I know that Heavenly Father has high standards for us too. But I also I have come to realize that even more important that reaching our high standards, is that we did our best. I know our missions mean more in the end when we know we gave everything we could.

Sister Yang and I fasted with the elders this past week for our area to be able to progress more and to be able to find new investigators. And we were able to see a miracle! One of our sweet members referred one of her 15 year old students and His mother to meet the missionaries. We were able to meet them this week and it was really special. We taught about the word gospel. what it is. and how it has blessed our lives. We shared Mosiah 4:15.
15 But ye will teach them to walk in the ways of truth and soberness; ye will teach them to love one another, and to serve one another.

The spirit was so strong. The mother loved it so much that she made her son read it again just because she felt so good as He read it. She knew it was a truth. We are so grateful that we can be teaching this mother named Sister oohyun and her son. They have no religious background so they may progress slowly but I know they were able to feel the spirit and our love as we met them this past week. It made me think about the importance of loving people into the church. As people feel our love, They will be able to feel Gods' love and want to know why we are so happy. It's because of the gospel of Jesus Christ that we are so happy. I know that I grew up in the church but I never felt the gospel was forced upon me. I had parents who taught me the truth and helped me to go in the right direction but I always felt I had a choice whether to accept the gospel or not. But every time I went to church, I felt good. I felt the spirit. And especially when I tried to apply the things that I was learning at church into my life, I felt happier. I knew I was becoming better. For me, the choice was easy to accept the gospel because it made my life happier as I lived it. I know that anyone that strives to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ will become happier!:)

A cool thing that happened this week was when Sister Yang and I were coming back from district meeting, we were in another area called Gumi and because we had to wait a little while for our bus we started talking to people and we met a lady from North Korea! She explained that she escaped through china with her husband and came here 5 years ago. She spoke korean but had a different accent than the people I have met on my mission. She said that she has never seen a church in North Korea but that there is a little buddhism. We were able to bear our testimony with her that we know God lives and loves her. It seemed like it was the first time in her life that she had heard about God. How grateful I feel for the opportunity I have to share the gospel with so many people that have little to no religious background.

As we were weekly planning this past week we were talking about our investigator sister Parkhesun and Sister Yang and I felt so strongly that she will be baptized. It's something that she doesn't talk a lot about with us but we have been praying that her desire to be baptized will grow. So we visited her this past week and within the first 10 seconds of seeing her she brought up baptism and how she feels she needs to get baptized! She knows that she needs religion in her life. The problem is that she still has a lot of doubts. She likes our church the best out of other churches she has attended but she hasn't received a strong impression yet that our church is God's only true church. We fill strongly that She will get baptized but of course on the Lord's time and when she is ready:) We are excited to continue to work with her and help her overcome her doubts.

We also had the opportunity to visit a potential investigator who was in the hospital this past week. She was so happy to have visitors. She wanted to introduce us to everyone in the hospital because she worked at the same hospital for a year and a half so she knows almost everyone. It was awesome. she just walked around and introduced us and what we do to everyone she knew in the hospital. I think we were able to meet like 30 people!

I received a call from my past investigator Sister Parkjihyun from shinjung. (The one who teaches taekwondo). She sadly informed me that the sisters got taken out of Shinjung. There are no more sister missionaries there because there aren't enough sisters in our mission!:( I was so devastated to hear us because there are so many people that I love so much in Shinjung and want them to be able to meet the missionaries. :( hopefully they will get sisters again soon! She was calling to see if I was coming back to shinjung before I left Korea so that I could say bye to her family. I told her that I wasn't sure yet. (We are able to take one P-day our last transfer to go and visit one of our past areas but I haven't decided what I'm going to do yet.) She said if I don't, than she is going to come with her kids to Andong to say bye to me. I have just felt so much love from her. It was definitely a highlight of the week to be able to hear from her!

I will end with the funny moment of the week:

So in our mission, making planners is a really big thing. Missionaries love to get creative and try and make a really spiritual or fun planner for another missionary. So because this is my last transfer, The korean elder in my area Elder Lee decided it would be funny to make me an eternal marriage planner.... SO not funny because I'm not getting married for a while. haha but On the front there is a picture of a couple holding hands and on the back there is a picture of like wedding rings and big writing that says "Temple Marriage". So the funny story is that this last week at district meeting, we had just finished the meeting and were getting ready to leave when an american elder in my district who is still pretty new to korea saw my planner and wanted to look at it more in detail. When he flipped it over to the back side and read "eternal marriage" he said "합시다!" which in english means "let's do it!" It took me completely off guard so I started laughing a little bit and he finally realized what he said. He than says, "oh no! sorry! I meant to say like you need to get married in the temple!" It was just a really funny moment that he gave me permission to share. Hopefully it will give you a good laugh!:)

anyway, sorry for talking your ears off! I love you so much!!

Sister Hurley<3

Monday, November 16, 2015


Yesterday we traveled to Busan for transfer meeting and it was so sad because I had to say goodbye to 2 of my companions! Sister Broyles and Sister Kang! The craziest part was when I realized that I'm next.....where did the time go? I'm starting the first week of my last transfer and I'm determined to make every minute count of the time I have left. I just want to soak it all in ya know? I LOVE THIS COUNTRY. I love it. I love it in a way that I can't express but can only feel. Everyone needs to come to Korea! alright? okay good.


Here is a few things that happened this week. We honestly didn't have a lot of time to teach people because we did a lot of service and had to do deep cleaning and go to Daegu (3 hours away) to pick up some invitations for a stake event that is coming up. BUT...... this is what happened...

I got an email from Sister Goyumin who informed me that she got a calling in the young womens in shinjeoung! I'm so happy for her! Also she is planning to come to Andong on November 30 (P-day) so that we can spend some last time together before I leave Korea. I'm so excited!!! I have been sooooo soooo blessed to be able to meet the people I have taught again later in my mission.

This last week we had the opportunity of helping a Less-active in our branch as she opened up a nursing home. we worked super hard to help prepare food and decorations and pass out programs. We spent almost the whole day on thursday trying to help as best we could. But the miracle of it all was when she came to church the following sunday for the first time in over 3 months! And she went up to bear her testimony about service. She said that as she watch us help her with her event she felt more inspired to serve those around her. I have felt so grateful for the opportunities I have had to serve others on my mission. It has taught me a lot about looking, forgetting myself, and trying to find those who need help.

We met a member this last week who is american and lives in our area but attends a branch in Daegu where they speak english.She is an english teacher! she really wants to learn korean so we had the opportunity to help her a little bit and share a message with her which was really great! She said that her relationship with God has grown as she has moved to Korea and has had to rely on Him more. I thought that was soo cool:) Her testimony is so strong and we are trying to help her share the gospel with those around her!

I'm excited for this coming week! As we did weekly planning we were able to set some appointments with people we haven't been able to meet for a while. It should be a great week! I hope you are all happy and healthy!

I love you!!!<3

Sister Hurley

Monday, November 9, 2015


 Hey Ya'll!

This week has been a whole lot of reflection for me. I got asked a question by a sister in my district that has been on my mind all week. " Have you found the reason that you got called to Korea?" this is my answer...

well... it has changed my life. I know that one of the reasons was that I needed to really learn how to love. How to truly love everyone like Christ does. I needed to be humbled by learning a language that is still hard for me at times. I needed to meet certain people that were waiting to hear the gospel and be an instrument to bring it to them. but mostly i needed to learn how to truly rely on God. I needed to learn how to forget myself and to think of others. I needed to learn how to apply the atonement of Jesus Christ in my life by learning how to truly repent. I needed to learn how to overcome being a perfectionist and how to live with having weaknesses. I needed to learn about God's love for me. I needed to learn the importance of the sacrament so I could see how partaking of it worthily each week could change my life. i know that I could have only learned these things the way I needed to learn them by being called to this mission in Korea. I have learned so many things and I continue to learn everyday and I will continue to learn for the rest of my life but I'm grateful for the big things I have been able to learn as I am serving here as a missionary in Korea<3

Now for this week:

We had the opportunity to help 2 different families of less-actives in our area do farming this past week. For one we farmed a TON of apples. sooo many apples. we worked sooo hard but by the end there was still so many apples left. We were able to help a different family farm beans. i have farmed perssiman, apples, beans, peppers, rice, and peanuts. no big deal. If anyone needs help with farming when I get back.. call me up:)

We saw a miracle this week as we were at the store waiting for the elders recent convert to go eat dinner with them. A lady that worked at the store came up to us and told us that she used to meet the missionaries and that she would like to meet again! She told us her name and that we already have her number in our phone. hopefully we will be able to meet her this week!

A quote that I wanted to share with you all this week has to do with love and service: "Every unselfish act of kindness and service increases your spirituality. your continued spiritual growth and eternal progress and very much wrappped up in your relationships-in how you treat others. Isn't the measure of the level of your conversion how you treat others?" (mosiah 2:17)
I found it in the Book of Mormon manual... I don't remember who said it... but I really loved it and wanted to share!

We were blessed last thursday to have a packed schedule with 4 different appointments. Sadly our investigator Sister Kim told us she is going to Bangledesh for a tennis tournament:( She will do so good but we will surely miss meeting her for a couple weeks. Our other Investigator Sister Lee is moving back to Seoul because she was only in our area attending school. We are hoping we can refer her to the missionaries there. It was sad to say bye! We were able to meet Aya too which was really amazing. She opened up to us again and I feel we were inspired with the message we had to share with her. We really feel her faith is growing so much and it has been exciting. She feels that God is answering her prayers.

I had the opportunity to speak in church yesterday about receiving answers to prayer. I have such a strong testimony that God answers prayers It was the answer I received through prayer that helped me know that I was supposed to serve a mission. It was a really great church meeting because 3 less-actives that we hadn't seen in a while were able to come!

This weeks is transfer call week and Im praying I stay exactly where I am but we will see....:)

love you!

Sister Hurley

Monday, November 2, 2015


We had the opportunity of having a Zone meeting this past week and I was filled with the spirit as a missionary in my zone read 2 nephi 27:21:

21 Touch not the things which are sealed, for I will bring them forth in mine own due time; for I will show unto the children of men that I am able to do mine own work.

One of the greatest things I have gained on my mission is a testimony that this is truly God's work. Everything is according to God's plan and time in the mission field. This isn't our work, but as we do our best and work really hard, God will bless us. I have learned that as we show God that we want to do His work, He will let us be a part of this special work.

This last week consisted of Halloween preparation and Halloween english class and a Halloween party. We decided just two weeks ago that we were going to throw a halloween party so it was a little hectic trying to plan and put everything together for it but it turned out so awesome. Way better than I could have hoped for. We worked so hard to put it all together and invite everyone that we could. Every effort we put into it completely payed off on Saturday at the party. We were able to see so many miracles and it was a complete success. Before the party we had a halloween english class. We played halloween bingo and then did 2 different halloween word searches and gave out lots of candy. I think that everyone that came had a really fun time. Later in the evening at 4 we started out halloween party. Out investigator Gwondohee came with her friend, Out other investigator Parkheesun came with her 2 kids and her sister who is a less active and her kids, Derrik came, Aya came with her 2 kids, 2 random kids who saw our invitation for the party in the elevator of our building, and one of our members invited 6 of her students who were 13 who all got permission from their parents to come who all became potential investigators. We had about 10 of our church members who were able to make it. We had more investigators, less-actives, and potential investigators than members who came! haha. it was awesome! We planned all sorts of activities, (shoutout to my incredible mother who gave me most of the ideas) We had a photo booth where people could go inside a coffin and take a picture, we made creepy skeleton hands with popcorn, played pin the tail on the cat, guess how much candy is in the jar, toilet paper mummy races, and a few other activites as well. Our members also prepared a really good dinner! We were so happy about the turnout of people! yay Happy Halloween!!!

I had a really neat spiritual experience yesterday while I was at church. It was fast and testimony meeting and I was about to get up and bear my testimony about God and His love for each of us but I wanted to be reassured that this truth was real before I got up. so I said a sincere prayer to Heavenly father simply asking Him, " Do you really love me?" my answer came so strongly and immediately as I felt the spirit I imagined Heavenly Father saying "of course I love you! How could you think that I don't love you?" I felt like Heavenly Father was so sad that I would think that He didn't love me. tears began to fall down my cheeks. I know without a doubt that the truth that God loves us is real. It's not something that church leaders tell us to make us feel better but it's a truth. God truly does loves us with an infinite and eternal love despite our weaknesses and mistakes. This was an experience I hope I never ever forget.

Also this morning during personal study I was able to read Mark 14-16 and I was completely filled with the spirit. I was reminded that Christ truly is our Savior and that He lives. How grateful I feel to have a Savior who frees me from sin as I turn to Him. I know that the missionary work I am doing right now is the best thing I could do for my life.

As I look back on the past 17 months I can confidently say that I have never given up. I haven't been a perfect missionary but I have tried my best. I maybe haven't been able to reach the high standards that I set for myself but I know that God is proud of what I have done and what I am doing. I don't have a perfect knowledge of the gospel and I have so many weaknesses but I have tried to rely on God in all things and He has answered my prayers and has shown me miracles. My mission has been way far from what I expected but I trust that I have been given what I need the most to help me in my life. I will never regret the decision that I have made to serve a mission! Words can't express my gratitude for the opportunity I have to be a missionary. I have less than 7 weeks left and I will be so sad to leave this incredible country that I now call home.

I love you all so much!
The Church is True!!

Sister Hurley<3

Our English card that we hand out!


Preparing for Halloween!