Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Lima (LaMolina) Peru – Week 2


Well this last week has been a good week to end 2017. Because what is better than doing missionary work? I seriously can't believe that I spent all of 2017 here in Peru! I remember last new year’s like it was yesterday! This last week just like every week flew by, busy doing things every day. But I honestly love it. I have learned so much and am so grateful for the opportunity that I have to be here. Because this is truly the best mission in the world. I don't even know where to start with all the things that I have learned and experienced in this last year that'll shape the rest of my life. Because a lot of the things that one learns, and experiences can't be expressed unless you have experienced them. So, all the RM's know what I'm talking about.

Well one of the things that my comp and I did last week was go to the monthly leadership counsel of the mission, where all the ZL's, sister leaders, assistants and president talk about the mission. And one of the things that we did was show the work plans and achievements of the zone from the month of December and then share the goal and work plans for January. So, in this last month here in our zone we achieved our goal of baptisms and confirmations (8/8). So, we were very excited about that. The goal that we made for Jan is 12/12. And we are very excited for that because this zone typically doesn’t baptize a lot. There are lots of miracles happening here and lots of good people to work with. 

We have a lot of investigators that we're working with here! We could either have a really great month here with my comp, or it can be a good month. We have lots of potential here! Like lots! Everyone always told me that this zone/area is really hard because it is rich. But, it is really great and I'm loving it. It’s like the US a little. You can see that in a pic that I have attached below of the car, because you don't see that type of car in a poor area.

Pics for the week, the first is from my Skype last week with the fam, then a pic of the zone (minus 2 people), then the snacks my comp and I bought for new years and then our Pday food! Thanks for all you do for me, and I hope you have an amazing 2018!

Elder Farnsworth

Monday, December 25, 2017

Lima (LaMolina) Peru – Week 1

Feliz Navidad a todos!

Wow I honestly can't believe that this is my second and last Christmas in the mission. The time has flown by! I remember when we went to Disneyland 2 years ago as a family before the mission and it feels like yesterday.

Well this last week has flown bye! With my new calling of being a ZL I have been super busy. Haha I thought I was busy when I was a DL, but know I know that it wasn't that bad. Just alone in the last week we had to give a training at the new leader training on how to give a district meeting and do splits, we went on splits with the assistants, had a meeting with them, bought food for a zone Christmas breakfast and many other things. But let’s just say that we have been literally running to get everything done. But it has been super great! My zone is so great, and we have lots of American things here such as fast food, stores and even the American embassy. Its huge! And we have the temple. It is very much like the USA here in my area and in my zone! It is totally opposite than any of my other areas, but it is super great. There are so many amazing people here! Members and investigators. We are going to have lots of success here because the ward is strong and there are lots of escogidos here!

We were able to start visiting a person that has been coming to church for about 2 months and she is super good! At the beginning she didn't want to talk with us, but then she sent us a message wanting to know more about the church and the book of Mormon. And she has been asking the members a lot about baptism and what she needs to do to be baptized. So, this week we will be inviting her to be baptized for the end of January or beginning of February.

The pics are of a dinner last night, fireworks (because there were a ton of them) and from a breakfast we did this morning! Well I love you all and hope that your Christmas’s were perfect!

Elder Farnsworth

Monday, December 18, 2017

Lima (San Luis) Peru – Week 18


Well these past couple days since I wrote on Thursday have flown by! Now the transfer has officially ended, and I have transfers. Tomorrow I will be leaving for my new area. I will also be a Zone Leader there so that is really exciting. And it will be a great opportunity to serve and learn a lot. So next week I'll let you know how it goes!

Well the biggest thing that happened during these last couple of days was our Christmas party. Half of the mission was on one day and the other half on the other day. We met up outside the temple and then took pics as a zone (pic attached below). Then we went to a restaurant literally directly in front of the temple and it was really good! It is a chicken restaurant. We ate as much chicken and french fries as we wanted. And we drank a ton of chicha morada, which is a Peruvian drink that is really good! Then we made ginger bread houses. Haha pretty sure that ours were the worst. We received a Peruvian soccer shirt from the mission and ties/candies from some of the parents of the mission. From there we went and changed from our proselyting clothes and went to an orphanage which was in one of my old areas. We played with the kids for about 2 hours, and all of the kids loved it! It was a great opportunity to help them enjoy the Christmas season.

Well I hope you all have a great week and I love you all!

Elder Farnsworth

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Lima (San Luis) Peru – Week 17

Hello everybody! How are you all! I hope that you're all enjoying the cold weather while I'm getting a nice tan and sweating down here. Haha well I guess should say a nice half neck tan line and an arm one. Well this week is flying by!

We had our last district meeting for this transfer and I did splits with 2 areas. So, it has been very busy, but very great! We had one of our investigators change his own baptismal date from the 20th of Jan to the 30th of Dec. And he asked, can I be baptized this day and we said of course you can! He got really excited. He is 68 years old and he is so funny! He's got some crazy stories. He actually contacted us and that’s how we started teaching him! I'll have to let you know how it all goes with him!

I can’t believe that this transfer will be ending this Monday! It has flown by! So, I'll be able to let you know what my transfers are next Monday! This pic I have is of my district.

Well I hope that you all have an amazing week! Keep watching those videos every day. The ones that I shared with you last week. Do it so you can help somebody else have a good Christmas! I love you all and talk with you next week!

Elder Farnsworth

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Lima (San Luis) Peru – Week 16

Hey! Haha it feels weird to be emailing you all on a Thursday. It was weird going for a week and a half without Pday. Mentally I was fine, but physically I'm really tired... But it’s great! We were able to go to the temple today. So, I was able to be spiritually refreshed. Because we went a month longer without going to the temple. we normally go every three months, but because the temple was closed for cleaning. We went 4 months without going. So, it was extra special today and the fact that it is December and remembering the Savior of the world.

Well this past week and a half were really great! Even though we didn't find a ton of news in this past week we were able to see lots of progress not only with our area and our investigators, but also with the ward. It has been a week full of miracles! It has been great! I really hope every week can be like the last one or even better. So first I feel like we’re are getting to have more trust from the bishop! Which is great. Because when I came here there wasn't a lot of it. But it’s getting a lot better. He came to us in this last week with some names of PF’s (where part of the family are members) that he wants us to go and visit and baptize! So that is awesome!!!! I'm really excited. We have visited some and we have more to visit before Sunday so that we can go and give our information to the bishop! 

We also are starting to see fruits of the new way of planning! Because we have been doing it, but we weren't seeing results. But in these last days of the week we the miracles have been happening. So here is what I'd say the biggest of them is. We had followed all of ours plans for that day and nothing had happened, and it was about 8:30 at night. And on our specific plan for that hour was that a person was going to contact us instead of us contacting them. We were outside of a member’s house looking for them when someone asked us if we were the Mormons. We said yes, and then he went on to say that he had been looking for our church during the past week. Because about 10 days before he contacted us he spent a week at his friend’s house. This friend is a returned missionary and all his family are members. The guy that contacted us just loved this family and the values that they have. He really admires them, and he said that he wants to learn more about how to have those values and increase his faith. He said that he feels an emptiness in his life and, so he wants to find God and fill this emptiness. He asked so when can I go to your church and learn more? So, we made an appt with him to teach him more. In this appt we invited him to baptism and he accepted! So, we are really excited about that and it helped us grow our faith, and helped us know that the angles that we send out to prepare the people really do help!

Oh, and I want to invite all of you to watch the daily videos that the church has made to help us "Light the World" this holiday season! The link is below:


Well that's all for this week! Haha so some of the pics this week are pretty funny! The one with the camel on my bed was really funny. I got home from splits and that is how the elder in my area left my camel. Haha even funnier, he was reading Jacob 5. And those of you that have read it will know why its funny. The other pictures are from the temple.

Elder Farnsworth

Monday, November 27, 2017

Lima (San Luis) Peru – Week 15


Well I hope that you all enjoyed a nice Thanksgiving. Haha because that doesn’t exist here. We worked just like any other day. I had honestly forgotten that it was thanksgiving until somebody told me that it was during district meeting. To me all the days are the same. They all blur together. The only days that are different to me are Sundays and Pday. But this last week was really great. We were able to have 2 baptisms and that was really awesome. That investigator of 8 years finally got baptized!!! Haha it was about time! So, he and his son were baptized together. It was a very exciting day because there haven’t been baptisms in this area since May. Other than those baptisms we were able to see miracles here as well.

We were able to get back into contact with an old investigator that now is ready to be baptized. We were teaching her about 2.5 months back, but she didn’t progress because she needed to get married. She wasn’t so sure that she wanted to get married with this man. So, we stopped visiting her for a while. Then last week she came to church and we made an appointment to go visit her. We got there, and she said that she made the decision to get married, so she can be baptized before the end of the year. She already has her wedding papers, so we are very excited about that! Hopefully we will have another baptism before transfers come!

As a mission we have a new way of doing our daily planning. To be more specific of people we want to contact and the specific streets that we will be walking down during the day. That way we can find “escogidos” which means chosen investigators. They said we should have fun with it and the people we want to contact. So, my companion and I did that. We put on our daily planning to find a dwarf in the street at 9pm. Most of the people are short here, but I had never seen a dwarf. So, we did our prayer asking specifically for the people that we had planned out to visit and the people we wanted to find in the street. We left our house that day with faith and waiting for the different people we had planned for. We found every single one of the people that we had planned for, even the dwarf. That is the first one I have seen in Peru. So, I know that prayers are answered all the times that we ask with faith. So, I invite all of you to pray always with faith for the things that you need in your lives and you’ll have cool experiences like this.

Bye and I hope that you have an awesome week! I love you all!

Elder Farnsworth

Monday, November 20, 2017

Lima (San Luis) Peru – Week 14

Hello fam and friends! How are all of you doing?

Well this was another really fast week here in the mission. I feel like it was only yesterday that I was sitting here in internet writing a letter. But it has been a whole week. But I feel like this week will go by even faster. Because tomorrow we will have a training for my companion, Wednesday will be interviews, Thursday district meeting and Friday weekly planning. So, it’s going to be a very full week!

Well we should be having a baptism here this weekend!! And with luck we'll have two. The last baptism in my area was in I think May.... It’s been way too long since the baptismal font has been used. So, we'll have to give it a nice clean this week, so the water isn't dirty. Our baptism that is almost 100 percent sure. His name is Jonathon.

Well we also had another good week in finding new investigators. So, we have some good new people to work with. During the weeks to come. I hope that they will progress. Because the thing that we're seeing more here is we can find people now, but they don't want to progress. But I know that there are people here waiting for us.

I hope that you all have an amazing week. Don't forget to do your daily prayers and read the BOM every day. It really does change lives. I love you all! Hasta luego!

Elder Farnsworth