Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Lima (Manchay) Peru - Week 8

Hello family and friends. This has been a great and a hard week. But it has definitely been a memorable week.

Well we had 2 baptisms this past weekend! It was really awesome! They're brother and sister and their baptism was very memorable! She shared her testimony after the baptism that was really powerful because she was kinda hard to commit to baptism. After she finally prayed and followed the example that James 1:5 that says we need to pray and ask God if we don't know something. So she did that and she received her answer that the Gospel of Jesus Christ was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith and that he translated the Book of Mormon and that it is the word of God. It was amazing to be able to participate in the conversion of the two. They're really cool. Another part that was cool about this story is that the brother who was baptized has an inactive girlfriend. She started to listen to us and has gone to some of our missionary activities. This last Sunday she came to church for the first time in 3 or more years and said that she wants to continue to go. So that's really awesome!

Well not gunna lie but I feel like I had one of the worst days of my mission this past week. It was Thursday. It started out when we found out that one of our investigators that was going to be baptized the end of the month isn't married...... Haha we found that out when we taught his wife. We were talking with her and we asked " so how long have you been married?," and she said " oh no we've just been living together:."  And we said, " but your husband said that you've been married for 9 years." "No, we've lived together for 9 years......" And we were pretty confused. But that wasn't so bad. We just had to have a change of plans. The good thing is that they want to get married. It'll just take some time. But then after that we went to an appt with the family that we were teaching. We were all excited to be able to teach them all together because they're always busy. So we go in and sit down and the first thing that she said to me(the mom) is that "we're not going to be baptized."  My comp and I were very confused because the appt before this they all said that they had received their answer about the church that it is true. Then she just started to ramble on about stupid things that had nothing to do about our visits. She indirectly called us liars and a bunch of crap. The worst part it that her kids were so excited about our visits. Especially the 18 year old. Then she talked them out of it. I kept trying to get her to tell me the reason behind  it, but she never did. She just kept saying stupid excuses. I was so mad and sad during this whole thing. I just hurts to see people that knew these things were true to deny it all. My comp and I both felt the spirit really strong  in the appt when they all had received their answers.SO we both knew that they had received it. But then for her to call us liars and not want to talk with us was tough......We all have our agency to make our own decisions. But I just feel bad that I couldn't have done more....

Other than that day it was a great week! Today has been a really great day. We did a fun activity for pday. We went out to the middle of nowhere to a bunch of farmland and hiked up a hill and took some sweet pics. And then I ate a Guinea pig! Haha it was kinda weird... Well that is all for the week! Love you all!

Elder Farnsworth

Monday, July 10, 2017

Lima (Manchay) Peru – Week 7

Hello! How are all of you? I hope that you all had a fun 4th of July, because let me just tell you that it isn't the same here. In fact, it is totally different here. But we did the best we could to have some fun and show some American pride. We had our district meeting that day so we took pictures with all the Americans. This week was a very good week for my companion and I. We had a lot of success and if everything goes well this week we should have some baptisms.

Over the past 2 weeks we've been teaching a new person called Fernando. Yesterday, for the first time, he came to church and it was awesome! When we were talking to him after, he told us that he's going to make time every week to be able to come and participate in church! Then he started asking more about baptism and how we do it. He is really interested in our lessons and today we are going to teach his whole family. They went to church with him too and they liked it! So I'm really excited to have the opportunity to work with him. He is one that has lots of potential! And if he keeps coming to church and fulfilling our commitments that we leave him he'll progress really fast!

This week is the baptismal date for 3 of our investigators. Two of them are Vidal and Yoshmelinda. They're brother and sister! They are really sweet. It has been cool to see how they've progressed and made changes to their lives. That is honestly one of the best parts of being a missionary! To be able to help in the process that will change their lives for the best. Because most of these people all say that they believe in God and Jesus Christ. And then we say “oh wow that is amazing! What do you do to show that you have faith in them?" And they respond saying, "oh well I attended church about 5 years ago and I pray every once in a while." But 90% of the people have never even read the Bible or even been to church in years. But once they truly start to listen and apply the things that we teach them to their lives is when the miracles start to happen!

Haha something funny that happened was on Saturday. My companion didn't want to get up so we put the phone with an alarm right next to his head and when it went off he picked it up and threw it at the wall! Haha it was super funny. Then another missionary dumped him out of the bunkbed onto the floor and he stayed on the floor trying to sleep until we took his pillow away! Well this is all for the week! Have a great one and talk to you next week!

Elder Farnsworth
Celebrating July 4th in Peru

Monday, July 3, 2017

Lima (Manchay) Peru – Week 6

Hello! Wow I can’t believe that tomorrow is the 4th of July and I won’t even be there to celebrate it..... . But that’s ok I'm doing something better than having a BBQ! Well this last week was very exciting! We said goodbye to President Boswell and said hello to President Amato and his family. I was able to be in President Boswell’s last training, and then two days later we met President Amato and his family. We ate some Brazilian food that was really good! I'm really excited to work with him. He and his wife are so excited to be here, and they have lots of enthusiasm to work with the missionaries. Their first day here after their long flight, they went and proselyted with some missionaries. That shows their desire to be here and to help in the work of the Lord.

Well this was a really good week in my area and with my companion. We had a lot of success in the area. We found a bunch of new investigators that seem very interested in our message. We found a single mom with 3 kids that seem to have a lot of potential to accept the gospel of Jesus Christ. We invited them to baptism for the 29th of July and they accepted it! So we were really excited about that and we have a lot of good appointments lined up for this week!

Well today has been a fun relaxing day! We went to a supermarket to buy some things and I found a vanilla coke and was very excited about that. Those are very rare here. We also went to pizza hut for LUNCH! Well that’s how my week was! I hope that you all have a fun and safe 4th of July! Talk to ya next week!

Elder Farnsworth  😎

Amato Family
Pizza Hut and Vanilla Coke

Monday, June 26, 2017

Lima (Manchay) Peru – Week 5

Well this has been a very memorable week. We had our last multizone meeting with President Boswell. This Friday he and his wife will be leaving and returning to the good ol' USA. President and Sister Amato will be here that same day.

So our last multizone meeting was amazing! It was seriously amazing and I'll remember it forever. One of the best parts was that he made homemade root beer. It was amazing. It was the first time that I’ve had some since I left on my mission. But the best part was to be able to hear President’s last testimony. Wow let’s just say that it was it amazing. I felt the spirit so strong. It has been such an honor to be able to be in his mission. He will be deeply missed. But I am just as excited for President Amato to come here, and to have the opportunity to be able to learn and grow from him.

Well this last weekend we had a baptism that I had been mentioning for the last couple weeks. We were just waiting on her interview for her to be able to be baptized. It all got finalized in this past week so that was very exciting. Her name is Ashly and she is 18 years of age. She was very interesting to teach. Haha just because she had lots of questions. It is great, but she asked some of the weirdest questions that I had never heard before. So I was able to learn a lot from her, to help my knowledge grow. We are also teaching another person that is 17 years and he is called Marlon. He is great and really has the desire to learn more about the gospel. He has a baptismal date for the 15th of July. He is progressing quickly. He already has 3 attendances to the church. I'll keep you updated on him.

Well have a great week and keep reading your scriptures and praying! Here is a pic of my new president in the MTC right now.

Elder Farnsworth
President and Sister Boswell
President and Sister Amato
Ashly's baptism
Water Heater?!?

Lima (Manchay) Peru – Week 4

Hola! How has everyone’s week been? This week here was really good, except for the fact that I got sick...... Being sick and being a missionary is very hard to do, but it all just adds to the experience. So we had transfers on Tuesday and I received a new companion. His name is Elder Peña. I'm finishing his training like I told you last week. He is from Cusco, Peru, so he will be my connections with Macho Picchu when we come back. He's a cool kid, but he is also a little weird. I guess we're all a little weird. This week was a little more difficult than the rest of the weeks, just because people used the excuse that oh this weekend is father’s day. We would say but today is Wednesday and father’s day isn't until Sunday, but they'd make more excuses. Then Sunday was like any other holiday in the mission. Oh sorry we're doing family things.... But oh well. This week will be better. We also had the problem of getting people to accompany us to do visits. We're also looking into changing our house, because it is literally just a dark damp cave. So that is probably why I'm sick.... we're looking for one to change because this house sucks. I think that it might be worse than my first house and that was awful. In this past week we had some baptismal dates fall because they didn't keep their commitments with us. That is always really sad, because they're not progressing and most likely we will have to drop them.

Well that is all for this week! The picture is with my new comp. Haha yes he is a redhead!

Elder Farnsworth
Elder Peña

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Lima (Manchay) Peru – Week 3

Well this was the last week of a short 3 week transfer! My comp has transfers so I will be staying here in Manchay! But now I have to teach the area to my new comp and I still don't know it that well... Haha so it'll be interesting! My new comp is Elder Peña. I don’t know that much about him, but next week I'll tell you more! I will be finishing his training. So now I will officially be able to say that I have a kid in the mission. Haha so that’s pretty exciting!! I'm really excited for this transfer!! It is a 9 week transfer, so we will have lots of time to be able to work hard and talk with a lot of people. During this transfer I will complete 1 year in the mission! So that’s really exciting! To see how I have grown in the past almost one year is crazy but it is great. I wouldn't trade this past year or the next one for anything! It is truly amazing to be a representative of Jesus Christ and to help people.

Well this past week has been pretty good! We were able to do service for an investigator and his family. It was one of the most fun services that I’ve done in the mission. We tore down a house! Haha literally tore down the walls of the house. It was great! He is an investigator and he has a baptismal date for the 1st of July! His mom was very grateful that we helped them out. We have an appt with her today, so hopefully something good will happen with her. I think that she will be able to progress! Well the baptism that I mentioned this last week didn't happen because she wasn't ready. Her testimony of the BOM wasn't that good. But it’s improving. Her new date is for this Saturday. Ojala que bautizará este sábado! I think that she'll be ready! We have an appt today with her to see if she has prayed and received her answer of the truthfulness of the gospel. But then also this week two of our investigators that have a baptismal date for later this month didn't attend even when they promised us that they'd come......... They haven't been keeping their commitments, so I think that this week we will drop them. It’s sad to do it, but it is something that is necessary to do!

Well that’s all for this week. So the pics are from when we tore the house down. Today I was in the mission office when a family was picking up their daughter from the mission and they gave me a jar of peanut butter! It is literally gold here! Because one, there isn't a lot and also, if there is some, it is really expensive. So I'm really thankful for this!

Elder Farnsworth
Service Project
The Walls are DOWN
I LOVE Peanut Butter

Monday, June 5, 2017

Lima (Manchay) Peru – Week 2

HOLA! How are all of you?? Wow what a crazy week! Haha we now only have one week left in this transfer, because this one was only a 3 week transfer for the arrival of our new president. The next one will be 9 weeks! It’s so crazy to think that we will have a new president on the 30th of June! But I'm excited for him!

Well in this week there were some really great things that have happened and also some sad things. But the good things are that we have found a bunch of new investigators in this past week. We invited some people to baptism and they accepted. So that is really great. We started to teach a person of 18 years and he accepted a date. Now we're teaching his mom and his younger brother. They have so much potential! Seriously they are really great. I think that they are the type of people that will progress! We are also teaching another person that is 18 years old that is really great. There are lots of great people here. We are teaching quite a few people. Every day here is a great day. We might have a baptism this week! It’s not for sure, but it’s a 50/50. Haha but I have hope that it'll happen! But if not, it'll probably happen the next week! There is also a brother and sister that we are teaching and they are about 20 years old. This past week we taught them the Law of Chasity. Haha to say the least, they had a tooooooooooon of questions about it. It was pretty interesting to hear them, but they're also really great! I'll keep you updated on the investigators. The bad thing about this week is that we had some baptismal dates fall through.....and so that is sad to see them all excited to be baptized, but then not fulfill their commitments. But I have hope that they will realize on what they need to do to have more happiness in their lives.

Well in this past week we've had a lot of "rain" here. It is foggy and there is mist in the air and they call it rain here. Haha it’s kinda funny. So here is a pic of my name tag with the "rain." Also one of how I was studying in the morning one day. Our house gets really cold at night. It gets down to 60 degrees with 85% humidity. So it feels really cold. And then the other is with a friend of mine that is also from Idaho! His name is Elder Anderson! Well have a great week! I love you!

Elder Farnsworth
Lima "Rain"
It's COLD in here
Elder Anderson from Idaho