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

Monday, May 29, 2017

Lima (Manchay) Peru – Week 1

Hola! Como están? This week has been really crazy! My new comp is called Elder Gallegos and he is from Puno, Peru. He has like 5 months left in the mission. This week has been a great week! I love my new area and my new comp! I am really excited to be able to work here. Haha there is a lot of dirt here. But I have hope that there will be a lot of people interested in the gospel here. My comp has been doing a pretty good job leading the area, but he has struggled with it a little. But I understand because he has little time in the mission. I came here and we had a lot of people with baptismal dates. But most of them aren't even that interested and aren't progressing. So we have dropped them to use our time with more wisdom. Because if we are wasting our time with people that aren't progressing what is the purpose? So we dropped them, but we have found a few new great people with a lot of potential that this week I feel like we need to invite them to baptism. And we'll see how it goes from there. But the struggle that we have here in Manchay is that it is hard to find people to accompany us. So we had quite a few appts fall because of this. And the way in the past that the missionaries got people to go with them was that they bought them a hamburger..... I don't want to buy them hamburgers. And I feel like that isn't the way to get them to come with us. This hasn't really been a problem for me in some of my other areas. Haha so it'll be interesting to see how it goes. But I’m really excited to be here and to be helping in the work here!

I was reading the talk from President Monson this past week and I want all of you to read it. It is my favorite talk from conference this year. If we all do what this talk says, we will be able to have more happiness in our lives.

My dear brothers and sisters, I greet you most warmly as we are met again in a great general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Before I begin my formal message today, I would like to announce five new temples which will be built in the following locations: Brasília, Brazil; greater Manila, Philippines, area; Nairobi, Kenya; Pocatello, Idaho, USA; and Saratoga Springs, Utah, USA. This morning I speak about the power of the Book of Mormon and the critical need we have as members of this Church to study, ponder, and apply its teachings in our lives. The importance of having a firm and sure testimony of the Book of Mormon cannot be overstated. We live in a time of great trouble and wickedness. What will protect us from the sin and evil so prevalent in the world today? I maintain that a strong testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and of His gospel will help see us through to safety. If you are not reading the Book of Mormon each day, please do so. If you will read it prayerfully and with a sincere desire to know the truth, the Holy Ghost will manifest its truth to you. If it is true—and I solemnly testify that it is—then Joseph Smith was a prophet who saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. Because the Book of Mormon is true, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s Church on the earth, and the holy priesthood of God has been restored for the benefit and blessing of His children. If you do not have a firm testimony of these things, do that which is necessary to obtain one. It is essential for you to have your own testimony in these difficult times, for the testimonies of others will carry you only so far. However, once obtained, a testimony needs to be kept vital and alive through continued obedience to the commandments of God and through daily prayer and scripture study. My dear associates in the work of the Lord, I implore each of us to prayerfully study and ponder the Book of Mormon each day. As we do so, we will be in a position to hear the voice of the Spirit, to resist temptation, to overcome doubt and fear, and to receive heaven’s help in our lives. I so testify with all my heart in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

Well have a great week! I love you all!

Elder Tyler Farnsworth 🙂
Elder Gallegos

My new area - Manchay

Lots of DIRT 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Lima (San Gregorio) Peru – Week 18

Well this week like all of the other weeks flew by! It was my last week here in San Gregorio. After 3 transfers here, I am leaving. It is actually kind of sad because I have grown really close to the people here in this area. They are so amazing. They have taken me in like family. There are people here that I will remember for the rest of my life here. And hopefully I'll have the opportunity to be able to return to visit them!

It’s a little sad that we didn’t end up with a baptism this transfer. This next transfer they'll be having a baptism here! His name is Christopher. He is 18 years old and he is really cool. We talked with him outside of his house one day and from there it has gone really well. In the last 3 weeks he has come to church 2 times and he has had most of the lessons. He has a baptismal date for the 3rd of June and hopefully I'll be able to come back for that! We have also found lots of good other people that have a lot of potential. I will be leaving them with my comp which I trust will make something good out of them.

Well, my family that I baptized gave me this blanket. It is a typically color scheme for one of the departments here in Peru. The other pic is from a FHE that we did. And the other is with some people from my zone. Well sorry for the short letter this week... I promise that next week will be longer.

Bye I love you all!
Elder Farnsworth




Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Lima (San Gregorio) Peru – Week 17

Hola! How are all of you?? Because I'm just fantastic, as my grandpa would say. It has been a great past couple of days. For one, I was able to talk to Annie on Mother’s Day. Oh and yeah I talked with my mom too...... Haha well to say the least I talked with the 2 women in my life. Haha and they're both doing well. It was great to see everyone’s smiling faces and to see that the fam is doing well. Also today, I was able to go to the temple! It is always really amazing to be able to enter the House of the Lord. It’s just so amazing the feelings and things that I'm able to gain every time I go.

Well, there is just one week left in the transfer and I will probably be going to a new area next week. I now have 3 transfers here and this next transfer will only be 3 weeks. At the end of it, President Boswell will leave and our new President will come. Wow, I can't believe that he will be leaving. This man is so amazing. He has helped me in so many ways. He is honestly like a second dad to me. He will be missed.

This week was a little harder than normal in my area. It was because it was Mother’s Day, but people use any excuse they can to say they don’t have time. So not a lot happened. We had some hope that 2 of our investigators were going to be baptized this Saturday but they're not ready...... Maybe in a week or two. It’s hard to make appts with them and their schedule. I have hope that they'll eventually reach the waters of baptism. That is one thing that I've learned in the mission field. You help a lot of people in the process of baptism and the gospel in their lives. Whether it is planting the first seed or harvesting the fruits of other missionaries. Every step is very important whether I'm there or not for their baptism. I’ve had a couple baptisms that I wasn't able to attend, but I was still really happy for them.

Well not a lot to write about this week..... Sorry. PICS of the week. I have 2 pics with some friends that are going home in a week and one from my skype with the fam.

Well, have a great week! I love you!

Elder Farnsworth
Elder Acuna

Elder Paiva


Monday, May 8, 2017

Lima (San Gregorio) Peru – Week 16

Well another week has gone by and now it is only one week until Mother’s Day. I’m pretty sure that my mom is more excited to skype than I am! (; Do I skype her or a girl??? Haha jk If I skyped a girl and not her she would probably come here and kill me or something like that. Haha better not do that!
Well this was a good week! My comp and I had a lot of success finding new investigators! We gave two of them baptismal dates and they accepted! So that’s good! The month of June will be a really good month for this area. We are teaching a couple families that have the potential of being baptized that month. And 4 of the 5 families are married so that makes it easier! But we'll see how it goes! My comp has asked me so many times why we keep on finding new people, but not only people, families. I say it’s because of obedience. He and I have been working hard on obeying with exactness and I think that it has been paying off!

Well this morning we had some down time and I did a lot of thinking about things I’ve learned and how many blessings I truly have. One of those blessings is that my parents were such a great example to me as I was growing up. I didn’t give much thought to it then, but now I can see it all and it makes sense! I am so blessed!! I’m even more blessed to be able to know the knowledge of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ! And now I have right now the amazing opportunity to share it with as many people as possible! The best part about this knowledge that I have is that I have a loving Heavenly Father who does everything for me, and has given me everything. It is my responsibility to share it with the people and that makes me so happy.

Well the pics are when I found a Dr Pepper, calling my parents today (to set up Mother’s Day Skype) and some pics with a missionary. Well have a great day and talk with you next week!!

Love,
Elder Farnsworth

I found Dr Pepper in Peru!
Calling Home to set up Mother's Day Skype
Missionary Friend



Monday, May 1, 2017

Lima (San Gregorio) Peru – Week 15

Buenas Tardes! Como están? Well all is good here! It’s finally starting to cool down! I’ve had to wear a sweater a couple times! I’m glad because I’m so sick of summer and the heat! Haha but I bet in a couple weeks more I'll want summer back!

Well this week was a good week! Not a ton happened, but we talked with a lot of good people! We weren’t able to see our people that have baptismal dates... So that worries me a little bit. We also dropped one of our investigators... This is sad because we became close with her and know that she has the desire to be baptized. But she recently, as of about a month, has a new boyfriend.... and ever since he came into her life she became more and more distant with us and always canceled our appointments with her. Well not cancel just wasn’t there... I never like dropping investigators. It’s one of the hardest things to do. I feel like we're just giving up on them, but in reality they gave up on us. I always feel like there is more to do when there is nothing to do. Sometimes you just have to let people make and learn from their decisions. It’s all a part of life.

I read a really great talk this past week from the Ensign. It is called WAR GOES ON, by Elder Lawrence. It talks about the different ways that Satan try’s to tempt us. Here is a part from it that I really liked!

It is important to know that there are limits to the power of evil. The Godhead sets those limits, and Satan is not allowed to cross them. For example, the scriptures assure us that “power is not given unto Satan to tempt little children” (D&C 29:47). Another significant limitation is that Satan does not know our thoughts unless we tell him. The Lord explained, “There is none else save God that knowest thy thoughts and the intents of thy heart” (D&C 6:16). Perhaps this is why the Lord has given us commandments such as “Do not murmur” (D&C 9:6) and “Thou shalt not speak evil of thy neighbor” (D&C 42:27). If you can learn to bridle your tongue (see James 1:26), you won’t end up giving too much information to the devil. When he hears murmuring, complaining, and criticizing, he takes careful notes. Your negative words expose your weaknesses to the enemy."

This is something that really called my attention! It’s something that we can all do better to protect us from the temptations of him. So we always need to be conscious of what we say. Here is the link for the rest of the talk: https://www.lds.org/liahona/2017/04/war-goes-on?lang=eng

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

Elder Farnsworth

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Lima (San Gregorio) Peru – Week 14

Hola! Que tal? Well this week flew by and I don't know where it went! It feels like it was Pday yesterday. The time seriously just flies by! Well ok where do I start.....? Well something really cool that normally doesn't happen happened! After not having a lot of new people these past couple weeks, this week was pretty good. But the best part is that they're 2 complete families! This is really hard to find! But they are super great! They have a lot of potential. Just need to work with them and they need to do their part and pray to know if these things are true. But they truly are amazing! Hmmm what more happened this week....? Really other than those families. Sooooo... Hmmm what to say...

Oh yeah! This week I went on splits with one of the assistants! His name is Elder Acuña. He is my grandpa in the mission. Because he is my trainers trainer. I went to his area. Wow let’s just say that it was a great day! I was able to learn a lot from him on how I can become a better missionary. There are always things that you can improve! I also had my first hot shower in more than 3 months! This was really nice! I also know what a great missionary should be because he is a great missionary. He really is just one of the nicest people that I've met. He’s always trying to help other people. He is what I would call a consecrated missionary. So those things that I learned I’m applying so that I can become a better missionary and see more miracles and tender mercies of the Lord.

Here is something that I like from the Ensign this month that we can learn from. It’s an excerpt from the talk of President Dieter F. Uchtdorf.
The Rabbi and the Soap Maker
There is an old Jewish tale about a soap maker who did not believe in God. One day as he was walking with a rabbi, he said, “There is something I cannot understand. We have had religion for thousands of years. But everywhere you look there is evil, corruption, dishonesty, injustice, pain, hunger, and violence. It appears that religion has not improved the world at all. So I ask you, what good is it?”

The rabbi did not answer for a time but continued walking with the soap maker. Eventually they approached a playground where children, covered in dust, were playing in the dirt.

“There is something I don’t understand,” the rabbi said. “Look at those children. We have had soap for thousands of years, and yet those children are filthy. What good is soap?”

The soap maker replied, “But rabbi, it isn’t fair to blame soap for these dirty children. Soap has to be used before it can accomplish its purpose.”

The rabbi smiled and said, “Exactly.” "

So what can we learn from this? We need to truly apply the gospel of Jesus Christ in our lives to make a difference. Because it'll always be there just like the soap, but it depends on us if we truly use it for the good that it has. So I challenge all of you to truly apply the gospel in your lives to make a difference not only in your life, but also in the lives of others! And here is the rest of the talk for you to read!
https://www.lds.org/liahona/2017/04/the-just-shall-live-by-faith?cid=HP_MO_17-4-2017_dPFD_fLHNA_xLIDyL1-A_&lang=eng

Well that’s my letter for the week! I love you all and have a great week!
Elder Farnsworth

Monday, April 17, 2017

Lima (San Gregorio) Peru – Week 13

Hola! Wow this first week of the transfer flew by! But at the same time it was really slow! Haha kind of weird! But I learned a lot this week. Well not a lot, but a very good lesson!

Well this was the first week of my 3rd transfer here in San Gregorio. Like I said I learned a good lesson for the future. So 2 weeks ago we had a lot of baptisms, and during this transfer my companion and I focused a lot of our time and energy on those people and let’s just say we put off a little bit of contacting and finding new investigators...... So now we don’t have a lot... We still have investigators to teach and stuff. But you can't teach the same investigators all day every day. This week we had a lot of blanks in our daily calendar, so we did a lot of contacting. Which I’m not going to lie..... I really don’t like it... It’s not that I have fear of it; it’s just that fact that 99% of contacts go absolutely nowhere. Yes I know that we need to be contacting for that 1% because we can potentially help them change their lives. So this is something that I need to improve as a missionary. The balance of teaching and finding new investigators at the same time!

We do have people that we're working with which is great! Because they're super great! They both came to church yesterday and their minds about the church are changing for the good! A while back they weren’t so sure about all of the teachings. But, because we've had a few good people from the ward helping us they are accepting the teachings more. Also General Conference helped them too with their testimony. Especially the talk from President Monson about the Book of Mormon! Well we'll see how they come along! I have a cool story to tell. Last night my companion and I were just walking to different investigators to try and have a lesson because like I said we didn't have a lot scheduled. I was tired after a long week and a little disappointed and it was getting to the time where we could go to dinner and then finish for the week. I said a little prayer in my mind that we could encounter at least someone to talk with. We were walking and I saw a house with a light on and I was like, hmmm I’m going to knock on the door because there is somebody there. Not really thinking about my prayer that I had said, a guy of about 30 years came to the door and we presented ourselves. I asked if we could come in for 10 min to share a lesson about Jesus Christ, and he thought and contemplated it. Eventually he let us in and we didn't even say anything and he was like yeah I was baptized like 18 years ago but I haven't attended for like 15 years. He was wondering if someone from the church had sent us and we told him no that it wasn´t that. He said with us there it brought back a lot of good memories and feelings from when he attended the church. His wife isn't a member so we made an appointment to go back and visit with them. I don’t know if it will lead anywhere, but it was an answer to my prayer.

Well that is my week! I hope you all have a great week! My pics are from Pday today with that flag we made as a district and a pic from inside my new house, the first rainbow that I have seen in Peru and a pic of us pulling a huge wardrobe up 3 stories with rope that was similar to shoe string!

Elder Farnsworth

District Flag
New Apartment
Rainbow

Moving a dresser with a Shoestring


Monday, April 10, 2017

Lima (San Gregorio) Peru – Week 12

Wow what a week! Lots of great things happened here! It was one of the best weeks of my mission so far!

Well I'll start with the Vasquez family! After lots of time and hard work, they were married on Saturday morning! The sad thing is that I wasn’t able to attend...... I had another meeting I had to attend. But, we were able to stop by after and take a picture with them! They were so happy that day and so was I! This day was nowhere close to as awesome as Sunday when they were baptized! What and amazing experience! They were baptized and then later confirmed! Let’s just say that the Spirit was super strong during their confirmation and then even stronger after during the sacrament. I feel like on Sunday I really understood the significance of the sacrament and how we can apply it to our lives because I was thinking a lot about baptism and a bunch of other things. Haha I don’t exactly know how to describe it. Feelings are something that you can’t really describe. But it just strengthend my testimony of the atoning sacrifice of our Savior Jesus Christ. Especially during this time of year with the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, it is something really important that we need to understand and apply in our lives.

We also had the baptism of Hodary on Saturday! This was also was really amazing! It doesn't matter who it is, when someone makes the decision to follow the example and be baptized it is something amazing! Especially when they are as young as she is. The world is really bad these days and young people don’t normally participate much in religion. But, she made the decision on her own to be baptized and she's the type of person that'll stay active in the church! Hopefully, she will make the decision to serve a mission!

Haha and something that I found really funny was when we went to visit the Vasquez family in the night. She told me that she was very impressed about my feet. And I was like what? And she said well when I saw your feet at the baptism they were so white and clean. And I was like well I take great pride in my clean white feet! Haha I had no idea that white clean feet were such a cool thing! But after this we talked with them more and now their goal is to be sealed in the temple in one year! I'll be able to go because I'll still be in the mission! I’m so happy and excited for them!

Like I said earlier, this coming Sunday is Easter. The church put out a video for Easter that I watched and I think is super great. I want all of you to watch it! Here is the link:
https://www.mormon.org/?cid=HP_SU_9-4-2017_dMIS_fMORG_xLIDyL1-A_
I hope you all enjoy it! Well have a great week! Oh and I have one more transfer in my area with the same comp! Well this is the first time that I'll have the same comp for 2 transfers! Haha we'll see how it goes!

Hasta Luego!
Elder Farnsworth

Passion Fruit
Service Project
Vasquez Wedding
Vasquez Baptism
Hodary Baptism




Monday, April 3, 2017

Lima (San Gregorio) Peru – Week 11

Heyyy everyone! What an amazing opportunity we just had over the weekend! I hope that many of you had the opportunity to listen to General Conference. It was absolutely amazing! As my mission president said “we were all spiritually recharged for the next 6 months."

Well I have some really good news about the Vasquez family! After having so many problems with their wedding papers, they're going to get married and baptized! I’m seriously really excited for them! From the first day we met them when they didn’t want anything to do with us to being baptized and having the goal to be sealed in the temple. It has seriously been such an honor to have the opportunity to know them and teach them and to be able to see them progress every time we visited them. Well, I'll be sure to send a lot of pics next Monday!

We will also have the baptism of Hodary on Saturday! So this weekend will be a great weekend!

Back to conference! One of my favorite talks were all of them! Haha I can’t choose between them! Because I took things out of all of them to apply to my life! One I really liked was one by and old mission president of the Spokane WA mission. And that we need to love people like Jesus loves them. And also from President Monson that we need to have charity! Because if we don’t have charity to the people we are nothing! And also all the talks about the Holy Ghost! Wow there are so many things that I can just go on about! Next week after I review my notes I'll tell you more about this!

Well this is all for the week!

The pictures that are below
 • one with the missionaries that are living in my house
 • Then there are some with a monkey.
 • one of a sweet sunset that I saw!

Well have a great week! I love you all!

Elder Tyler Farnsworth
Apartment Elders

My monkey friend

Sweet Sunset

Monday, March 27, 2017

Lima (San Gregorio) Peru – Week 10

Hey everyone! How’s everyone doing?? It’s all good here! It’s finally starting to cool down after being so hot! The nights are getting cooler too so it’s not as hot when I sleep. It was a good week and it was a bad week... What do you want to hear first??? Ok, I'll start with the bad. Well... The Vasquez family didn't get baptized.... Or married.... Because they had some problems with their wedding papers. But, I think it'll all be ready for the 8th of April! So that’s what we're planning on. It was kind of disappointing that it didn’t happen this weekend. But it’s good that it’s still going to happen. They're all ready! Just need to wait for the day! We went with them to the temple Thursday night and it was amazing! For one, the temple is really pretty at night and they loved it. They want to be sealed there one year after their baptisms so that they can be sealed for time and all eternity. So that’s great! 

Hayde came to church for the second week in a row and she's getting excited for her baptism on the 8th of April! It took us a long time to convince her to come to church. Like we're talking weeks.... But when she finally came and she loved it! So I think that she'll be all ready for the 8th!

We had a person come to church for the first time yesterday. Her name is Baledia and she is 17 years old. She really liked church and so I think that we'll probably give her a baptism date this week!

Well the good news is that General Conference is this weekend! We have the amazing opportunity to hear from the prophet and apostles! And to learn a ton! I’m super-duper excited for this! I hope all of you are too! And the other good news is that I got a package from my loving mother! It was filled with straight candy and a tie. Let’s just say I had a massive sugar rush. And the tie is super awesome! Well that’s all I’ve got this week! Have a good one! BYE!

Elder Farnsworth
Lima Peru Temple

Favorite new tie.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Lima (San Gregorio) Peru – Week 9

Hola como están? Todo esta bien aquí! Todo tranquilo! Esta semana era poquito largo. Pero también rápido. [Hello how are you? Everything is fine here! All quiet! This week was a little long. But also fast.] This week my companion and I had a lot of success with our investigators.

Let me start with Richard. He is basically an eternal investigator. He's been an investigator for 2 years..... and he attends church every Sunday. All of his family are members. We had a lesson with him to see where he was at with everything. He was still unsure about baptism and stuff because he comes from a Christian background. His wife shared her testimony with us and we challenged him for baptism. He accepted and a date was set for this Saturday. He has his interview with the district leader in Wednesday!

We also visited the Vasquez family and they're getting everything ready to be married and baptized. So we came up with a plan with them. This Saturday the mom and dad will be baptized. Their kids will be baptized in a couple weeks by their dad. The kids are not ready yet so when told him that he was pretty excited. It'll be a better memory for their kids if their dad baptizes them. So that’s all the news with them! I'll send pics next week to let you see how it goes!

We also have a teenage girl that is progressing to be baptized in a couple weeks. Her grandma and aunts are recent converts and so that is how she came to know about the church. She's been coming to church for a couple weeks now and she's really receptive to the lessons and all! Oh and her name is Hodary.

Today we went on a hike for Pday.

Pictures:

  1. That hill in the picture is where we went up.
  2. That house with the Book of Mormon is the same house on top of the hill. But the sad news is that nobody lives there.
  3. Me at the top of the hill.
  4. Someone from my old area so we took a picture.
  5. Haha…I have to write on my food so people don’t eat it...[If you eat that you will have problems] 

Well I hope all is well there and have a great week!

Elder Farnsworth