Monday, August 21, 2017

Lima (San Luis) Peru – Week 1

Buenas Tardes a todos. This has been a great week here in my new area. Lots of new challenges and excitements. I gave my first training as a district leader and took the weekly indicators. There is still a lot that I need to learn in order to become the best that I can.

My new comp is Elder Villagra and he is from Chile. Haha in Spanish his name sounds like Viagra the drug that men take. So all the time people ask him that and it’s kinda funny - lol - but at least they can pronounce his name. Nobody here can say Farnsworth. Literally nobody........ He's pretty cool, but he's really quiet. So I always have to talk to him or else we won’t talk at all. With time he'll get better. I hope.

This has been a very good and interesting week. My new area, companion and district are great. Now that I have one week here in the area I know the needs of my area and the district. My area that I have is very different than any of my other areas. It is a lot harder to contact and find news here. The people are very cold and not as receptive as some of my other areas. But that just means that we have to change the way that we do things. It’s sad how cold and untrustful the people are here. We knock on the door and they open and close it immediately. Or if we get the opportunity to talk with them they're always "busy" doing nothing. We literally see them get up from watching TV and say that they're doing homework or cooking. In reality they're doing nothing, so we'll have to find a new way to do the work.

I had my training on how to be a District Leader. Let’s just say that there is always something to be done. My free time that I had in the nights isn't my free time anymore. Almost every night I am calling people, filling out papers about the investigators or converts and preparing a training. But I’m very excited and thankful for the opportunity. The pictures are with my old pension and a family from my old area.

Well, have a great week and I love you all.

Elder Farnsworth

Monday, August 14, 2017

Lima (Manchay) Peru – Week 12

Well this week finished up and so did the transfer. Tomorrow I will be leaving for my new area and I'm really excited! I'll be going to an area called San Luis and I'll be a district leader there. So it'll be a very busy transfer with splits, phone calls and meetings. I´m very thankful for the opportunity that the Lord has given me.

Well my last week in Manchay was really good. We had some great lessons and we taught a couple great new investigators. We taught an 18 year old girl that asked us questions that made our heads spin... She is really smart when it comes to the bible and had some really difficult questions. We´d be explaining somethings and then she´d ask, “Where does it say that in the Bible?” So we had to teach the entire lesson out of the scriptures. Everything we said we had to back it up with scriptures, but it was really great. Lessons are so much better when the people interact more and ask questions without us having to ask.

A sad thing that happened was that we were going to have a baptism this last week, but it fell through... In the last 2 weeks we haven´t been able to get a hold of her. So hopefully after I leave the missionaries will be able to find her and help her get baptized. Wow I can’t believe that my time here in Manchay has already come to an end. It has gone by so fast. I feel like it was yesterday that I got here, but really it was 3 months ago. It is crazy how fast the time goes by. My comp and I also did a lot of contacting this past week because we had 2 days where every single one of our appointments fell through.... Contacting when it’s cold and windy and when you´re sick with a cold is absolutely amazing. Haha so we had some fun with that. When you´re contacting all day you start to get a little bored so you've gotta make it a little fun by playing games. Like having to say a weird word or stuff like that. It makes the time go by a little faster. If you don´t contact you won’t find any new investigators. So it is absolutely necessary to do it always.

Well it has been a great week and it’s going to be a great new week. I'm really excited for my new area and calling. Here are some pics from my birthday and from the barber shop where we always got our hair cut. Well, have a great week and pray for me in my new area and my new calling because I'm going to need it.


Elder Farnsworth

Birthday Cake
Happy Birthday Elder Farnsworth

Monday, August 7, 2017

Lima (Manchay) Peru – Week 11

Hola! How's everyone doing? Because everything here is great! It’s been a great week here in the mission! I completed 1 year in the mission, we had a baptism and today is my birthday! I don't think that it can get much better than that. Well it did! Today we went to a sweet car museum and I got an awesome letter from a convert! I can't believe that I have been in the mission for over a year now..... It is absolutely crazy how fast the time has gone by! But I wouldn't trade the experiences, memories and spiritual moments for anything! It has been an amazing first year, and I hoping on an even better second one!

Well our investigator got baptized! So we were very happy about that! It was absolutely amazing to be there! He shared a very powerful testimony about the things that he had learned. I think that he will probably go on the mission one day. Because he'd be an amazing missionary! I didn't baptize him, but I was able to confirm him on Sunday! Which was amazing! It was fast Sunday so it made it that much better! It was a very spiritual Sunday here in Manchay. Kind of sad that none of you came to the baptism... because I invited all of you! But that’s ok! Haha in the pic that I attached he doesn't show that he was happy, but he was very happy in the moment!

Other than the baptism that we had it was a little bit of a harder week. A lot of our appointments fell through because we didn't have someone to accompany us to them..... But we still visited a lot of great people that are progressing! We had some investigators that came to church on Sunday that we hadn't seen for a while so we were able to make an appointment to go and visit them. The thing that is really hard about Manchay is that only women are here during the day and we can't visit them when they're home alone unless we have someone accompany us. Because we never have one we can't visit them. At night when their husbands are at home they say no because the men typically don't want to receive us in their houses. So that’s a little bit about Manchay.
Oh and I received an amazing letter from a convert this week and I'd like to share some of it with you!
Elder Farnsworth Hi, I'm Cristofer of Vitarte - San Gregario, in case you do not remember, you could not go to my baptism because you switched to Manchay few days earlier. Well Farnsworth I want to say I'm glad I met you, and I am active in church, participating in activities, blessing the sacrament and may receive a calling later. Just the yesterday I completed two months in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and I feel good to know and belong to the true church. I also want to tell you that my mother is going to church (who isn't a member) and I'm thinking a lot about the mission, I would have liked to have accompanied you one night. I was told that on August 7 is your birthday, and decided to say hello and write a few days before. I hope you have a good time. I know it will not be with your family, but you had a good time taking the gospel to many people and bring them to the church and that they can baptize, as you did it to me. Thank you very much for being in my life Elder Farnsworth. I thank God for that. For getting in my way for good. I hope to meet again one day and so we can talk about different things as FRIENDS !!
So that is the best thing that you can receive from a convert!

For my one year mark my mom sent me a camel to say that I finally got over the hump of my mission! Haha I laughed when I saw it. It was a great present! And also a letter about the relations between a missionary and a camel! It was great!

We went to an old car museum that was really cool! They have some really old cars. It was a little expensive on a missionary budget, but it was so worth it! Well thanks for all of the birthday wishes and I hope you all have an awesome week!

LOVE, Elder Farnsworth
Hump Day - August 2
Happy Birthday
Mission Friends
Cool Jeep
SWEET Mustang

Monday, July 31, 2017

Lima (Manchay) Peru – Week 10

Well this was a great week! It flew by like all of the other weeks! We were able to go to the temple and we took some cool pictures while we were there! Haha and something pretty disgusting happened this last week!

Well our investigator passed his baptismal interview this past Saturday! So this coming Saturday at 4pm we'll have his baptismal service! You're all invited if you wanna come and down and attend! It has been so great to be able to work with him over these past 2 months. He has really changed a lot. Most of the other 17 year old kids in the world aren't making the decision to be baptized. He is really cool. I think that he'd be one of the converts that would go and serve a mission in a year! That would be really sweet!

We've also found another young person that we're teaching! He is 22 years old and he isn't really into the right things in his life. He was very happy when we came and knocked on his door. He almost cried during the lesson. He is one that has lots of potential to progress if he keeps all of his commitments such as pray, read and attend church.

Haha this past week I had a disgusting experience with my daily agenda..... haha really weird. We were walking back from lunch and my bookcase fell out of my hands and rolled. And when it rolled my agenda fell out and rolled as well. It rolled into a little creek that was flowing out of a house. Well this creek is leaving from the bathroom of this house. Haha and it all happened in slow motion. I saw it happen and yelled "nooooooo" because I knew it would end up there. After that I had to dry it and spray a lot of axe to try and get the awful smell out of it. haha thought that you might like the experience! Well have a great week! I love you all!

Elder Farnsworth

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Lima (Manchay) Peru – Week 9

Hola! Well this last week has flown by! Haha it was so fast that I don't even know what to write! Haha I'll find something interesting to write about!

Well something really cool that we had this week was a lunch in our zone with our new President and his family. That was a really fun to be able to meet and get to know them better. I had my first interview with him and his wife and we were able to talk and get to know each other better.

During this last week we were able to talk to our investigators that need to be married. Which was good, but they have no idea how or where to start to be married. At least they have a desire to be married! We finally ran into one of our investigators for the first time in 2 weeks. It was awesome because he was going to be baptized about 2 weeks ago, but then disappeared off the face of the earth. On Sunday night we got a call from him that said he was in his house and was wondering if we could come and visit him. Haha right after he called us we were on our way to his house. We also visited him yesterday in the morning and he'll be baptized this Saturday! While we didn't have contact with him, he was listening to missionaries in another part of Lima. He is seriously so cool. After the third time that he went to church he came and talked to us. He asked if he could teach one of the classes the next Sunday and we asked why. He said because the teacher in the priest quorum class is so boring.... and I know that I can teach better than he does! So we told him to talk to the bishop to see if he could. The bishop said that after he was baptized he could teach! So he's really excited to have the opportunity to teach.

We also taught the mom of a member in the church. She has now come to church 3 times and finally accepted a baptismal date for the 13 of August. My comp and I are really excited about that. We have been seeing a lot of miracles here in our area! I’m so glad that I'm able to be here in this area.

Well this is all for the week! Have a great week! I love you all!

Elder Farnsworth

Since Tyler didn't have any pictures to share I am adding a couple from the past week that I took.

Flat Tyler traveled with me to the National Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia. He met lots of people and was the topic of several conversations. While there I was reminded of an experience we both had at the 2010 Jamboree. Here's the blog post I made that day.

August 1, 2010: Sunday evening there was a Fireside with the General Young Men's Presidency. Tyler got to go up on stage in front of several thousand scouts during President Beck's talk and he committed that he "Will Serve a Mission." He received a gold dollar coin for sharing with the group. After the meeting Tyler said, "This was the best day ever."I'm so happy to report that he followed through on his commitment six years later.

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