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