Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Lima (San Luis) Peru – Week 6

Hello! Well tomorrow are transfers. But........ My entire district doesn't have transfers. That’s ok! Now we have 6 weeks more so that we can work together and find more people to teach! But the challenge that I'll have now is 2 elders from my district will be finishing their missions this transfers and one will be finishing next transfers. So, there are a few of them that need a lot of encouraging these next couple weeks.

During this past week my comp and I were able to invite someone to baptism. And he accepted! So, we are very excited about that. He has lots of potential! His name is Gustavo. He works on Sundays so he didn't come yesterday, but we taught him last night that he needs to keep the sabbath day holy. And he said that he'll talk with his boss today. And we're eagerly waiting to find out if he did it. He is the type of investigator that everyone wants. He reads and he understands what we teach him, and he writes it all down to remember it and to study it after we leave. I'll keep you updated on what happens with him. He also has a son that is listening as well. During this week we'll extend him the invitation of baptism

I also did splits with an elder this week and ha-ha I think that his bed had bed bugs and ha-ha it kinda sucked. We also found some other great people this last week. They're good, but don’t have as much potential as the other two do. We've been trying to work more with the ward to find investigators. So, we've made a few plans with them to help us find news. I hope that we can get these plans up and going to see progress.

This is what was in my soup today.... 4 chicken feet and a heart.... Ha-ha I didn’t eat it. Well I hope you have a great week and I love you!

Elder Farnsworth

Lima (San Luis) Peru – Week 5

Hola! Well this week passed by really fast and to be honest not a whole happened. But it was still a great week! Like always.

Well we walked, walked and walked a little more. And we contacted, and contacted and contacted and a lot more. Ha-ha that’s about all we did. Ha-ha jk. But yes that was a lot of what we did. I was able to do splits with an elder in my district. He will be going home in November. And he's still working really hard so that’s good! Because lots of elders as they're going home get trunky and don't work real hard. I also had my interview with president. It was a great opportunity to get advice from him to help me with my area and my district. My companion and I have been thinking of a lot of ideas to try and get the ward excited to do missionary work. So, I think we are going to start doing English classes once a week to try and have nonmembers come and then we will be able to make appts to meet with them in their houses and share our message with them. And we have been trying to visit the ward leaders to get to know them and get references. But almost all of them said that they don't talk with their neighbors and don't have friends. So, we are going to take the advice of Bishop Caussee who is the presiding bishop of the church and do a special fast with them to help them find friends that we can teach! There is a lot to plan and do with my comp this week! And this is the last week before transfers.

Well that is all for the week! And I don't have any pics.... Sorry mom..... Next week! Have a great week! I love you all!

Elder Farnsworth

Monday, September 11, 2017

Lima (San Luis) Peru – Week 4

Buenas Tardes, how are all of you doing? I hope that all of your weeks were excellent! Because every week here is amazing!

Well this last week was a very busy one! I had district meeting, splits, a multizone conference with president, and a huge conference with Lima South and a few general authorities of the church. It was a pretty great week and it flew by! It was a very spiritual week!

Our meeting that we had with president was awesome! I learned a lot and we had pizza which was a nice add on. One of the things that I really liked from this was what Sister Amato said to us. She shared a scripture from Matthew 16:25 with us. Which says "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it." She applied that to the mission and how we need to be focusing 100% on what we're doing and we need to do it with a good positive attitude! When we do that we'll be able to find people to teach and help them. So the commitment she left with us was to forget ourselves and get to work.

Then in our conference on Saturday with some general authorities I learned a ton! I wish that you could have been there! It was an amazing experience. We were able to go up and greet all of them personally! There are a lot of good thinks that were said, but I'm going to focus on what Elder Oaks said. He is actually a pretty funny guy and he has a very powerful thundering voice. So he started out by saying "Mis queridos hermanosy hermanas.” I thought oh wow he knows Spanish. “That’s the Spanish part of my talk and now I'll finish in English." Something else that was funny was when he was called as an apostle he said he had lots of doubts and questions. So he said “In that moment I just decided to read the whole standard works to find my answer." Haha who just gets up one day and decides to read the Bible, BOM, D&C and the PGP? That’s a lot of pages to read! So we all laughed when he said that. One of the things that he focused on was the Holy Ghost and how we're all witnesses of Jesus Christ. As we know the Apostles are special witnesses of Jesus Christ. He said the only difference between us and himself is that he travels the world testifying of Jesus Christ. We should all be witnesses of him where we live. And a whole lot more.

Well I hope that your weeks are great! My pics are with my comp, my new Peru shirt and 3 of my friends from the Mission.

Bye I love you all!

Elder Farnsworth
My Companion - Elder Villagra

Made in Peru barcode shirt

Mission Friends

Monday, September 4, 2017

Lima (San Luis) Peru - Week 3

Well everyday I learn something new here in San Luis. The people are unlike any of the other areas that I've had thus far in the mission. They are great, but their hearts are just a little harder than the others. So, a lot more patience is required here. But sometimes it can get really hard because they don't want to hear something that'll change their lives. So, it can be hard not to get discouraged. But it we do get discouraged it’s even worse, because how can we be telling people that we have a message of happiness if we don't look happy? So, we always have to have a good attitude about the work even when nobody will accept you. Just always have to throw a smile on your face.

We had a sad experience with an investigator a few days ago. We went to visit him and he was really sad. So, we asked him what was going on and he said that he was having a lot of family problems..... And that he didn't have any money to take out his last paper he needs to get married. And no money to buy food for his family. He has been waiting for 8 years to get married and baptized. It’s so hard to see people in this situation. He wants it sooooo bad but the adversary just is working so hard on him and his family to not let it happen. But my comp and I have faith that he'll make it through and be able to make these covenants with God.

This week will be a very exciting week! We will be having a multizone conference with our president on Thursday and on Saturday we be having a huge conference with the mission Lima South. Elder Dallin H. Oaks, Bishop Gerald Causse, Lynn G Robbins, and some other 70s from the area here. So, it'll be really awesome to be there.

Have a great week and I love you all!!!!
Elder Farnsworth

Making District Calls
Shoe finally starting to get a hole
Ingrown toenail that bled during soccer
Name Tag after doing service
(It's paint not blood)

Monday, August 28, 2017

Lima (San Luis) Peru – Week 2

Hola! This has been a real crazy busy week! But it was a real fun crazy busy week, and I was able to learn a lot from others and also help others learn. Well let’s start with last Tuesday.

Lunes: After Internet we went to the house for a sec and then we left and had a Family Home Evening with a less active family and then we did some contacting. When we got back to the house I called my district doing follow up on all of the converts from the last year to see how they're progressing and then put the final touches on my district meeting training.

Martes: We had another district meeting and I taught them about the importance of being obedient always and also about how to have success as a missionary. We read a bunch of scriptures to support the teachings. I think it worked to help them throughout the week find new investigators. Our day after that looked like it was going to be a really good day, but then every single one of our appointments fell through........... Haha welcome to San Luis. So then we just ended up contacting all day. We found a cool new investigator from Venezuela and he has lots of potential. Then we contacted some more and to finish the day we had a meeting with our ward mission leader to talk about our investigators.

Miercoles: We walked to the area (which is pretty far) because we ran out of bus money... and surprise surprise all of our appointments fell through again! We ended up contacting again all day. We found a new investigator this day as well. He was very interesting because he tried to use our own words against us to try and prove us wrong. But, haha, he ended up making a fool of himself when he realized that we made a really good point and we were right. We made an appointment with him for another day. Then in the night was when I took the Wednesday indicators. So I called all of the district and asked them how many new investigators they had up to this point of the week and how many they have with baptismal date. Also the work plans that they had for the week and if they had any needs in their areas.

Jueves: Was just another day of the week. I think we ended up having just one appointment this day and we contacted more. We have set appointments every day, but when we call to confirm them they either cancel on us or they say yeah we'll be there. When we get there 1 of 2 things happens. 1 they're not there or 2 they say oh no I was just kidding or no I'm busy...... and that happens every day. When we contact they open the door see us and most of the time say " oh no joven, todavía,,,, todavía joven...." and then they shut the door. Haha and 90% of the contacts are like that. The people hearts here are very hard and closed.

Viernes: We got up real early and played soccer............ Haha I never want to go, but my companion likes to go and play. Then I went and did splits for the first time as a District Leader. It was a great experience to be able to go and work with another elder in his area. I really like doing splits. It is a great opportunity to find the needs of my district and to also help all of the missionaries in the work. 

Sábado: I finished up the splits and returned back to my area. Then we did more contacting and had a few visits this day. Not a real exciting day. Domingo: We went to church and ward counsel and then we ate lunch with one of our investigators. He's been an investigator for 8 years and this next month he'll finally get married and baptized. He has a bigger testimony than a lot of members of the church. Then we had another appointment with some young teenagers and that finished up the day. When we got back to the house I took indicators again, but this phone call lasts longer than the one in Wednesday. There is a lot more follow up needed and then I went to bed happy knowing the next day was Pday.

Today we went and had a BBQ in the park and this park had LLAMAS. I finally saw my first Peruvian llama. It was real fun. The other picture is with my Pensionista and her family.

Have a great week all of you and I love you all! Thanks for the support!

Elder Farnsworth
Peruvian Llama
Pensionista and Family

San Luis Area

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

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