Monday, June 11, 2018

Lima (Surco) Peru – Week 7


Well another amazing week has gone by! It really has been one of the best in the mission. We were able to see MILAGROS (miracles, I like how it sounds in Spanish more than English). I love being able to participate in them. So, the biggest milagro that we saw was with Alain. He went to church last week and we took out his info and then tried to call him to make an appt with him. He never answered so we sent a message, and he still never answered. So, we left it at that. Then on Thursday I received a call from him and he asked if there were any meetings in the church before Sunday and we told him no, but he insisted that we meet with him. So, I made an appt with him for the next day. We showed up to the church and he was already there waiting for us. We went in and taught him L3 and we invited him to be baptized and he accepted without any doubt. Then he told us that he was going to be leaving Sunday on a trip. So, we invited him to be baptized the next day and he accepted immediately. As we finished the appt with him we went and started filling the font so that it would be ready for the next day. We went back the next day and taught him L1, L2, L4 and L5. He accepted the commandments and did it without any doubts. We then had our DL come and do the baptismal interview and he passed. We called the ward and informed them that the baptism was going to be a 9:30pm and people showed up. It was amazing! He was supper duppper prepared beforehand. He told us that he has a friend that had been telling him about the church and urged him to come to church and meet the missionaries. So, he did that, and he ended up meeting us and getting baptized in about a day and a half.

Then yesterday we went and had a visit with an investigator who continued to deny that he wasn't ready to be baptized, but we found out why. As he was talking he said something really interesting. He said "no pienso en bautizarme," and so we jumped on that and helped him recognize that this is why he doesn't feel ready. So we did mental faith exercises with him, his wife and his kids. It worked. He recognized that he needs to improve on that! We scheduled his interview for Thursday. I know that he'll be baptized! He is the last in his family to be baptized. I know after baptism he'll be sealed with his family a year later.

Well I hope that you all have a great week! The pics are of his baptism and then of my comp and I last night! Have a great week!

Elder Farnsworth

Monday, June 4, 2018

Lima (Surco) Peru – Week 6

Hello, how are all of you doing?

Well last night I received the last transfer call of my mission. How sad, but at the same time exciting. I found out who will be the one to kill me, in missionary terms, it’s going to be my Brazilian comp. Elder Silva and I are going to stay together. So, it’s going to be a lot of fun! We have a lot of work to do here before these 6 weeks are done. We are going to do what’s never been done before. I know that the Lord has been preparing lots of people here in our area and in the zone.

This last week was a great week! I what to share with you some experiences that we had on Wednesday. To prepare for this day my comp and I fasted and on top of that we prayed and felt prompted to invite President Amato and the stake president to fast as well. Because we were going to have a meeting with them to talk about the stake. During that afternoon we were able to find lots of people to teach. And as we were waiting outside of the stake center for President Amato to arrive a man came up to us and was looking for "Elder," and I thought that he was looking for the other elders that are there because I had never talked to him before. Because the office of the lima south mission is in the church where we meet. So, we showed him where they were at and I forgot about it for about 3 min until those elders called us and said that he lives in our area. So, we went and talked to him and he had said that we had called and asked to meet with him at this hour, but we had never talked with him, so we had a lesson with him. Wow he is so chosen. What a blessing it was that God put him is our path. He accepted a date for the 16 of June and he came to church yesterday. And he loves what he is learning. So, after that quick visit with him we had our meeting and it was very spiritual. We were able to receive divine revelation to help the work of the Lord progress in the stake. Then we went to an appt with President Amato. He was able to help us get a person to commit to be baptized. He has been an investigator for years. His family are all members. His daughter lives in the stake and is sealed. So, he will be getting baptized this month. It is so amazing the power of fasting and prayer. I have learned the real purpose of it here and I have seen so many prayers and fasts answered. Before the mission I didn't understand it at all, but now I have a strong testimony of it.

Well I hope that your week goes well! Talk to you next time!!!!

Elder Farnsworth

Monday, May 28, 2018

Lima (Surco) Peru – Week 5

Another week has come and gone, and there just isn't enough time to get everything done. I honestly don't know where the times goes. I feel like we get up and then before we know it, it’s almost 10:30pm and we've got to be back in the room again. When we get to the room, in that hour we must get indicators done, plan and try to brainstorm on what we need to do. Our time just disappears. Then its 11:30 and time go to bed. I remember people always telling me that during the mission you'll be busy, and the time will just run away from you and I just didn't quite understand what they meant until now. Haha it all makes sense. Now I'm coming down to the end and I can't believe where the time has gone. I was talking with my comp the other day about this transfer and that were about to enter week 6 or the last week and then it all hit me. After this transfer is over I will be entering my last transfer...... That's insane. So that freaked me out a little and my feelings are very indifferent about it. Half of me is excited for what the future brings and the other half of me doesn't want to leave the mission. So, I'm just going to forget that it’s my last transfer and keep doing what I've been doing for the last 22 months.

This last week was interesting. We had a couple that was going to get baptized and married this last Saturday, but there were some difficulties with that. So, it will be postponed until who knows when... So, we will do everything that we can to help them get married and baptized. As a zone we have been trying to think of some new ways to find some investigators. I know that lots of you have been missionaries, what were some things that you did to find new people to teach? We're just looking for new ways to find people. Because with new ways you'll get different results. And that's what we're looking for. Right now, we're finding people, but not in the amount that the Lord is wanting. So, if you have any ideas, please send them. Or if you don't have any, make a Facebook post asking people. That would be a great help. Thanks! Well that's all for this week! Have a good one!

Elder Farnsworth

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Lima (Surco) Peru – Week 4

Today was a great day. We were able to go to the temple and it was my second to last time going here! That's crazy! I always enjoy going to the temple to learn more and receive divine inspiration. 

We were also able to have a baptism here so that was awesome! Her name is Ariana (18). She is really great and she shared a really strong testimony after she was baptized!

We have been reading a book in the mission that is absolutely amazing! I would recommend it to all! It has really changed my perspective on faith and what we need to do to receive heavenly help. So, read it. It will change your life!

The pics are with some of the zone, baptism and with my son and my comp. Because I started to train Elder Myers and then he finished it. Well I hope that you all have a great week!

Elder Farnsworth

Elder Silva (Companion), Elder Meyers (mission son), Elder Farnsworth

Monday, May 14, 2018

Lima (Surco) Peru – Week 3

Hola Buenas Días!

Well this last week has flown by! We were able to do lots of things, so that's why it went by so fast. To finish off the week being able to skype the fam for the last time! So that was enjoyable. This last week we also had lots of things that happened that were absolutely amazing! We had lots of miracles happen. We had people that we invited to be baptized ask us if they could be baptized before the date that we extended to them! We looked at each other and said absolutely yes! We had another lady that asked us to be baptized before we even invited her to be. We were teaching her about the Gospel of Jesus Christ (faith, repentance, baptism, holy ghost and endure to the end) and we were explaining about the Holy Ghost and the blessings that we receive from it and she made the connection that to be able to receive the holy ghost she needed to be baptized. So, she asked to be baptized. Wow that was amazing. This has been a great week of blessings! We gave the zone a talk to read about the Atonement to help all of us understand it a little better. I had read it before, and I read it again and I learned even more. And I would like to invite all of you to read it. It'll really change your perspective on the Atonement of Jesus Christ. So please read it. and I know that as you do, you'll come to know how to better apply it in your lives.

The pics that are attached are from a baptism that we had, his name is Samuel. He is the one standing next to me, And the other on is with the dad on my pension. Haha he us super funny. Well I hope that you've enjoyed your week and I hope that you have another great one!

Elder Farnsworth

Monday, May 7, 2018

Lima (Surco) Peru – Week 2

Hola como están?

Well we had another great week here in Surco! We were able to find some more people and invite them to baptism. They accepted a date for this month so that was very exciting to be a part of that process. We also had our leadership counsel and it was a good moment of learning and celebrating for just a moment on the success that we were able to have as a mission in the month of April. Then right back to work for this month of May. Today we had a really cool optional training that we went to. I also went to it a couple of months ago. I think that I might have mentioned it to you, but I can't remember if I did. It was awesome. It was basically a training on how to become successful after the mission. It was very interesting, and it helped me out!

Well that’s all for this week! The pics are of my comp, the zone, and my comp and I doing some really fun paper work. Well, have an amazing week, I love you all!

Elder Farnsworth

Monday, April 30, 2018

Lima (Surco) Peru – Week 1

Oi! Bom dia!

Haha I've been able to learn a few words in Portuguese this past week! It has been a really good last week! I'm really excited to be here and I know that we're going to help lots of people here! It's also really fun because the 2 DL's here are some good friends of mine. One was my old comp Elder Fagg and the other is Elder Mortenson, who I lived with in Manchay. So, we have lots of experience here in the zone to have lots of success! We're looking like we'll have an amazing month of May here!

In this last week I was privileged with the opportunity to go back and be in the baptism of La Molina Vieja, where I was just at! It was an amazing experience in so many ways. So, you remember that convert from Manchay that I was telling you about last week? Well he had been helping us teach these people that got baptized on Saturday, and one of them asked him to baptize them. So, he was able to baptize his first person! So that was awesome! I'm so happy that he was able to do that! The 2 people that we baptized were a father and son. The mom was baptized years ago in Venezuela and the 2 other kids are listening, but they're going to take a little longer. But I know that they'll get baptized! 

I was also able to go to one of the Hermana’s baptisms here in the zone. We got a last-minute phone call from them saying that they needed someone to baptize this kid because he only wanted an Elder to do it and he decided that last minute. So, we had to drop everything that we were doing and go, because all the other elders in the zone couldn't do it. But the good thing is that he was baptized and then on Sunday confirmed.

Well I hope that all the weeks keep going this well! And I hope that you all have a great week! The pics are from the baptisms and from some converts from LMV. The pic with the converts also has a kid that was leaving on the mission the next morning, so he spent his last night with us! Well that's all! Have a good week!

Elder Farnsworth