Monday, December 29, 2014

Week 18: Christmas In Encinitas

Hi Mom!

Skyping was great! Elder Jensen was able to talk to his family, but I didn't meet them because he was Skyping on the other computer at the same time.

I got a few letters for Christmas from some members in the ward as well as a package from Sabrina for Christmas/Birthday. We went to In n Out with a member, but she didn't know it was my birthday, but we also went and taught A. and she bought me a little cake and chocolates! She's super cool! It was a good birthday!:) And my pillowcase is awesome! Super random, but awesome! Thanks for all the gifts!

The Christmas Devo was really good though! I did two things: first, I sang a little part with the zone, and I did a lip syncing 'talent.' E. Pumphrey and I lip synced for some sisters in our zone. We sang a parody to "Girl on Fire." It was pretty good! The devotional itself was very good! It was super spiritual and amazing! On Christmas day we went and ate dinner with P. as well. She told her older children that shes going to get baptized and E. Jensen and I jokingly said "Que? Cuando? No sabiamos eso!" She just needs to take a leap of faith now and push past the feeling of being unprepared, because she truly is prepared!

Sounds like the missionary work is going great in Ftown! I am glad to hear that! Is Tyler a ward missionary yet? Sean probably will be one for a while too, huh?;) That's so crazy that Sean only has like 3 weeks left!! Also crazy that there are so many people getting married!! I feel old! haha;)

No baptism fechas yet. But I'm sure P. and A. will get baptized soon. I won't be there to see it sadly, because I'm getting transferred No idea where, but I know it'll be great! I'm going to miss my birthplace of Del Mar and E. Jensen, but I know my next area and comp will be great! That's the thing about a mission, everything is great! Sometimes we just need to change our perspective a little. It's truly the same thing with life in general. The Lord is always trying to help us become better and I know that when we follow His plan, everything will turn out right! I love you and hope all continues to go well!

Elder Brian Farley

Brian was transferred on Tuesday to San Marcos/Escondido - He is serving in the El Norte Ward along with 11 other Missionaries!  We will find out who his new companion is next Monday!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Week 17: Brian's 19th Birthday in Encinitas!

Elder Farley "made" Cake!
Hi Mom!

I know! Crazy stuff that I'm 19! But I'm still a teen!

We will be getting to his house around 11, so we can Skype around 12 with Sean and that'll work for me!

I got all the Birthday presents and cards and WOW! I got a lot of stuff! I almost feel bad for getting so much because the other Elders didn't really get too much... But I am super grateful for all!

Sounds like every went well at Tylers homecoming! It's going to be crazy to see him again after about a year and a half! Thats way cool that Hailey is going to Brazil! I am glad Scotty is proud of his part of the house! He and Sean will have a great time seeing movies again!

All us Elders are doing great!

Sounds like Christmas is going to be a fun one this year! I'll talk to you soon! Love you!

Elder Brian Farley

Monday, December 15, 2014

Week 16: Christmas Party at the Branch!

Hi Mom!

So this week was super fun! (We worked hard, but it was fun too!) We had a great exchange with the other Elders in my district and I learned a lot about how to be an effective leader! It's a lot more than just telling people what is wrong and giving ways to fix it. In fact, it's almost not like that at all. That's like slapping a little band-aid on the problem. Its also more than just setting a good example. People may see how well you are doing, but without motivation, help, instruction, etc., they won't always improve. The gospel is centered on love, and that's what a leader should show the most. By loving those you serve and lead, you can truly get to the source of the lack of success and know exactly what to do to help them improve. Often times, by fixing one problem at the source many others are fixed as well. But the only way to find these problems (may they be anything from a lack of unity between companions, or personal struggles) is through sincere love. I feel this concept works in any aspect of like, really. That is the kind of leader I hope to become.

Guess WHO?? By the size of the guess is it must be a Farley!
Later in the week we had our Branch Christmas party! It was super fun! We helped set up and it all looked great! We ate, had a pinata(and put it on afterward), danced (as much as we were allowed to), and Santa came!! We also had a couple of our investigators come too! (A. is our investigator whose daughter is about to be baptized and P. is the other one that came. Both are part-members) We even stayed out until 9:15. *"Cops" theme song* haha.

Another awesome thing that's going to happen is that later today we are going to the Temple!! Not inside, but to see the lights for a branch FHE! We are also going with A. and P.! Yay! It's going to be a blast! I love Christmas time! Oh, and P-day next week is going to be on Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day,  I think we'd be able to Skype around 1. I'll find out for sure this week and let you know on Christmas Eve! I think I'll get about an hour. This is going to be a little tight! haha

It's crazy that Tyler is getting home today!! Let me know how everything is with him! I am sure Scotty is excited about his new office! He deserves it!

I don't really think about transfers at all. But my guess is that I'll stay here one more transfer. It's really quite random here with how long missionaries are in an area. Sometimes up to like 7 or 8 months, sometimes 1 transfer, it all depends.

But we are still struggling to get SET appointments, but we are getting more phone numbers to follow up, so I think that'll improve pretty quick! I am still super stoked to be out here and super happy I am in the Carlsbad Mission!

Who's bad? CARLSBAD!

Love you! Hope all continues to go well!

Elder Brian Farley
PS:  I found the Tree of Life!!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Week 15: We've Got Roomies!

Hi Mom!

Wow! Lots of fun stuff happened in Hawaii! That's way cool that you and Dad had a great time! But it seems just like your luck to have a lot of overcast days;) Next time the Tornows go to Hawaii you should let them know of all the fun places we've gone to!

The baby blessing was really great! Church for them starts at 9:00, and we got there at 9:05. Then the blessing was at like 9:08! Just made it! haha. It was really a great experience though! I agree that probably not too many people have had that as their first baby blessing!

Yeah, we already have a tree... But the more the merrier! haha. We have a 5 hour Christmas Eve party with the mission, so it'll be a fun week;)

So E. Boehme and Shrade, the Farsi Elders, had to move in with us because their appt. lease was about to expire and they are moving in with a member in January. So they moved in with us for the transfer! Boehme is about a year out and was called to speak farsi last transfer until the end of his mission. E. Schrade was called about 7 months ago to speak it and has like 3 transfers left. They only have a few things to use to learn it, so it's going slow. But they aren't going to ever leave Del Mar or their ward until they go home! Crazy! But they are both way cool! They still do English work too.

I can't believe Sean only has one transfer left! Crazy! And Tyler is home now, right? Time truly does fly! Especially thinking about how State was a year ago! It's weird though, because I don't feel like time has flown by on my mission thus far. It feels like I've been out for about the time I have, but I know that my time is limited, so I don't feel like I've been out forever either. It's a weird and hard to explain feeling, but that's what it is.

We are trying to work more with part-member families, and are having success so far. One of our investigators received her answer to be baptized too!!! We are teaching her tomorrow and are going to set a date! I'm so excited! One of our investigator's daughters is getting baptized this next week(YSA), so we are hoping that will motivate her to be baptized as well! Super exciting stuff happening!

This past weekend we've ushering for a Christmas concert that has been put on by the Del Mar Stake. It was really well done for only one stake! But we met some potentials and hope to get some new investigators through it! That concert is something I'd like to attend after my mission! It was way good!

With Christmas calls, I think I'm just going to have to find a member with the right stuff and have them let you know what time I'll be on. I may even use the members account. But that's how it'll be done.

I also got the Birthday box! Thanks! (I haven't opened it yet)

Thanks for all the support you've given me! I love you and hope all is going well!


Elder Brian Farley

Monday, December 1, 2014

Week 14: Thanksgiving 2014

Hi mis padres!

The pictures of Hawaii look great! Sounds like a lot of fun too! I'm pretty sure Dad and I went on the Sleeping Giant hike last time, right? I remember it was really cool! Do a sunrise hike! That'd be cool! There seems to always be something new to do in Hawaii. When I get home we need to take a trip there, and also Mexico. (Because I'll be fluent;).

Thanksgiving sounds like it went well for you! We started by playing in a Turkey Bowl with some of the English wards here (because Mexicans always work here...Oh and my team won!;) Then we hung out, set up more Christmas decorations, and relaxed until dinner. Then we went to dinner with the Orme family. I think they sent a picture of us to you. And then we prossed (went proselyting) until the end of the day! So it went well!

I thought I told Sabrina to text you and ask for things to do in Hawaii, but maybe I didn't. But yeah, I remember there being a lot of tourists in Waikiki. It's pretty crazy there. I was thinking it'd be funny if you ran into each other in Hawaii!

I am good with supplies for English class! We always have enough to teach! We just hand out papers and they take down notes from the things we write on the chalkboard. It's way fun every time!

I did get the big box! Thanks! I like the calendar too! It reminds me of what we have at home! Thanks for all the packages! I feel like the most loved missionary here! Everyone is always like "Farley, you always get packages... You've gotten more packages than I have my whole mission!" So I am indeed grateful!:)

Recently we've had a lot of good things happening with recent convert/part-member families. We are trying to keep the appointments from falling through, but it's a real challenge with Spanish work. But I know they more we work with them, the better things will get! The work is tough, but I will always be tougher and work harder! I am amazed of how much I've learned and grown thus far, and am excited to learn more, and continue to help others come unto Christ! This is truly the best work there is.

I love you and hope you two have a great vacation!

Elder Brian Farley

ps. no news on skyping. I'll find out though!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Week 13: New Companion, Same Area!

Hey Dad,
This time of Thanksgiving has had me reflect on my blessings as well. I've had some lessons that really showed me the amplitude of the blessings I have. There are a lot of people out there that don't have a loving and supportive family, or that are having the exact opposite of that. I am so very grateful to have you and mom in my life to support me, love me and care for me. It amazes me everyday that God has blessed me this much in this life. Now my job is to share with the people here that God has so many blessing laid up in store for the people that accept his gospel and live it to the best of their ability. There have been people who told me "There is no happiness in this world." and that "there are only fake smiles and laughs", but I know that it is through the gospel that we can have true happiess. I am so grateful for your example in my life, Dad. You've been and are a huge influence of good that I could never replace. Thanks for all you do.
I am happy to hear that the Scripture Class is going well! I hope we can implement that here pretty soon! Mom told me about the plans to Kauai! Sounds fun! I know you two will have a blast over there!
I kinda figured that Belen would beat us pretty good. But FHS had an ok year. They at least made it to the playoffs and beat a higher seed!
My new comp, Elder Jensen, is a great kid! I know we're going to have a great time together! We are teaching a couple part-member families now, and I think we're are going to be having some baptisms from them soon! I am super excited! Everything here is getting better everyday. Thanks for your prayers, Dad. I love you, and hope everything continues to go well with the family!
Elder Brian Farley

Hi Mom!
So my new comp is E. Jensen. He's from Sandy, UT and he's been out about 9 months. He is way cool! We get along really well and have a blast together! He is really into getting to know the investigators and members (like what they do for work, where they're from, etc. Just being their friends. So thats good! We are teaching a few part-member families as well as our other investigators. I feel like we have a lot of potential to have a couple baptisms pretty soon too! So things are looking up!
We teach English class once a week on Tuesdays(Martes) and we have about 4 people that show up on a weekly basis. They're all from Mexico. I'd say about 90% of the people we run into are either from Mexico or Guatamala. Every once in a while you'll get Honduras or otros lugares.

We have a Thanksgiving dinner(well two, but we are only going to one) with a family from Encinitas 1st ward.  Yeah. Food is good. haha
That's way cool that you are having a lot of people over for Thanksgiving! It'll be way fun! Then off to meet up with the Parsons and Rachel, then another vacation! You and dad sure are doing a lot of fun stuff while Sean and I are gone...;) haha.
The Christmas Party in Vista sounds like it's going to be a blast! I think I'm going to sign up for the talent show too! But this time of year is always fun, no matter where you are, as long as you are with happy and loving people! I guess the only things I can think of getting would be a flashdrive (If you haven't sent that yet) and maybe a new belt? I am pretty low-maintenance;) haha
Sounds like you've got some fun stuff going on! I like Summer's new dog! But to me the name is Cinder she(ella) Pumpkin. haha. I can't believe Ty is almost home! But thats way cool! How many missionaries are out from our ward? Like 6? Thats way cool!
I'll definitely get a new suit here pretty soon! I am excited to talk to you at Christmas! It'll be great! And we already have Christmas lights up. So we're festive too;) haha.
I hope all goes well for you this next week! I love you and can't wait to "see" you in a month!
Elder Brian Farley

Monday, November 17, 2014

Week 12: Transfers! I'm staying in Encinitas 2nd Branch

Hi Mom!

How did Jeremy find out? haha. But yes, I'm staying! YAY! I don't know who my comp will be or where E. Smith is off to. So I'll let you know all the details next week. Hopefully the suspense isn't too much for you;) But yeah, transfers are super exciting! I am ready to learn from another experienced missionary and work hard with him!

I am a little sad that it doesnt snow here... But I'm doing my best with having the Holiday Spirit! We have that "sugar-vanilla" air freshener in the car, and I am listening to the Christmas music already! It's not too soon;) I hope it gets colder here though! I don't think I will need any sweaters out here. I'm still going around in short sleeve shirts! haha. The only times I wear long sleeve shirts is on Sunday. But I think I'll need a couple new short sleeve shirts by Christmas. And it looks like I'm going to have to buy a new suit soon as well. I had to sew a little a few days ago to keep my pants alive.

I definitely agree with Bro Webb that people need to have a true testimony of Joseph Smith (Jose Smish;) before they are baptized. And in addition, a spiritual testimony of the Book of Mormon. Without these things, we will most likely fall away from the Church when hard times come. I've seen that a lot in some of the less-active members we visit. Conversion is what people need to experience. The Gospel of Jesus Christ (Faith, repentance, baptism, gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end) outlines the way for us to truly experience conversion, and to continue to experience it. I believe it was Elder Bednar who said conversion isn't a "one and done", but rather a process that takes time. I know that conversion is a life-long process that we all must continually work to experience. I am becomeing more deeply converted each and every day. I love this gospel!!

I think I'll be sending an SD card here pretty soon. I have a decent amount of pictures. A lot of pictures of food I've made... haha. I'll send it soon!

I am a little bit jealous of all you vacationing... Just kidding!;) haha

We still dont have any word with the iPads, but I bet they'll be here soon. Our investigators have a few baptismal dates set up, but we still need to work with them more. I'll let you know when there is something really set!

Thanks for all you help and support, Mom! I am so happy that we have the gospel in our lives! It is such a blessing! I love you and miss you!

Elder Brian Farley

Monday, November 10, 2014

Week 11: 22 Investigators Now!!

Hi Mom!

Wow! It sounds like you are doing a lot back home! You just do a great job with everything, so everyone wants you to do things for them! haha. Sister Kendrick told me that you called her and were the first person to ask to help with Christmas! She was telling me how much she appreciated that! The missionaries in the ward sound great! Hopfully there are a lot more baptisms soon!

I saw Sister Wattles at the last transfer meeting, but I wasn't able to talk to her. I probably won't for a while becasue she won't be at the next transfer meeting, and E. Smith and I are the only Spanish speakers in the zone. Maybe someday I'll meet her haha.

The weekend sounds like it went well! Mission Prep is way cool! I hope more kids get involved! That class is so awesome! People don't even know how much it helps for the field! If only they taught Spanish too;) haha. No, Spanish is going good. All the members are amazed I have only been speaking it for about 4 months! So I guess I'm doing well.

Thats too bad about Jacob's comp. I know he's working hard though. It's too bad to see and hear about kids who are on a mission and don't have a testimony. Or who haven't gained a testimony while being out in the field. Jacob is strong, though. I don't doubt he'll help that missionary out a ton!

Things here are going good. Our investigators are alright, but we are planning on dropping two of them. But it's ok, because we have 22 investigators now!! Crazy! The problem is that we can never find a time to meet with them, or they just aren't home when we go to their house! A little annoying, but thats missionary work;) haha. We have a couple pretty solid families though, so that will hopfully go somewhere!

As for Spanish, I can understand like 95% of all that is said, and I can say about 75% of what I want to say. I just can't express Everything I want to say. It's ok though. Poco a poco;)

I did get the box! Thank you! I honestly can't think of what I want for Christmas... Sorry! haha. They only request I'd make is a flashdrive, but I may just buy one out here. But thanks so much for all you do! I know that missionary work is the greatest thing there is, and that the Lord will bless us so much if we bring souls unto Him! I love you and hope all is going well!

Elder Brian Farley

Monday, November 3, 2014

Week 10: Trunk or Treat with Encinitas 2nd Branch

Hi Mom!

A temple trip after my mission would be way fun! We only get to go to the SD Temple 3 times a year, so I'll have 5 more temple trips on my mission! Yay! Thats great you had a good time at the temple open house in Phoenix! Also that you were able to see Hna Dreiling! I haven't emailed her because I don't have time. That's really the truth! haha. And I don't even remember what we talked about in the CCM, but I only remember her talking about a "mission reunion."

The whole thing with the iPads is still unknown to us. All we know is that we might get them in December or in January. Nothing else. I hope we don't have to buy them and that they just stay in the mission! I just don't want to have the problem of getting the money out there and what not. Just too much of a hassle. But speaking of hassles, the life of MP's must be exhausting! I have learned in the past few weeks that there are a lot of little things that missionaries do, or that need to be kept track of. There seems to be a lot of mission drama too. Like everyone puts on a face when leadership is in the room instead of always acting dignified and just being oneself. I don't know. I just thought people would be cool in the mission field, not cause problems, work hard, and be themselves. I'm not saying everyone is like that, but just that it happens more than I had previously expected.

I had a good time at the Trunk or Treat! It was really fun, and I felt like I could just go to a ward activity and just have a good time with the members! It was good just being able to talk to Jeremy a little and being cool with it. The thing is, is if missionaries abuse a situation things go wrong. If they handle it like a missionary, things will always go well. There are some missionaries who do a great job with every situation, and some others that don't. I'm just trying my hardest to be dignified, and personable at the same time. If I do that, I know everything will go well!

Time does fly, though! I feel like I've been out for a long time, but at the same time I feel like I just got out here. A couple more weeks and I'll hit the 4 month mark! Crazy! But everything is going well here. We have 4 new investigators on date for baptism! I'm so excited! We just need to find the time to meet with them! Mexican people are always so busy! But I have faith! That is basically the biggest thing thats happened this week. That, and we've talked to many drunk Mexicans! haha! But all is well here! Keep doing what you can with the missionary work in the Ward! I love you!

Elder Brian Farley

Hey Dad,
The Halloween Party was great! We weren't able to stay that long, but it was really good. Spanish is going good. I'm not 100% fluent yet, but I think I'll be decent at Christmas! So far we have like 11 investigators! 2 families and a few others. But one of the families is set on a date for baptism! Awesome! We just need to meet with them more! But the area is doing well. We have a lot to go off of, and we've met with a lot of cool people! Also, the branch is helping out more and more! I really hope they invite more of their friends and increase the size of the branch!

With transfers, I really don't know. I mean, there is a good chance that I'll stay, but who knows... I really hope I stay! Although the work is still pretty slow for Spanish work, I love this area!
I'm happy to hear that Phoenix was fun! Mom filled me in a lot about that trip and meeting up with Hna Dreiling.

Thats too bad that the team isn't doing too well. But all in all, it doesn't matter.
Thanks for all the update, Dad! I'm happy to hear that the work in the ward has improved and that the missionaries are ready to work! I'm also excited to see how the different classes go!
I am so happy that I have your support out here. I realize more everyday how truly blessed I am in my life. Thanks for all you do for me, Dad.

Elder Brian Farley

Monday, October 27, 2014

Week 9: San Diego Temple

Picture taken by cousin Jeremy! Thanks, Jer!!
Hi Mom!

That picture of me and Auraliano (LA) is funny! It looks like I have a buzz cut though! No, no, no. I like my hair. Not doing that. Hopfully I'll get more pictures on my camera soon so I can send the card and show you how my hair usually looks! haha. But I am able to talk to Jeremy, but E. Smith still gives him the look. But he can totally talk to me! I don't care. As quoted from E. Farley Sen. "If it doesn't make you trunky, it's ok!" So I feel that talking to him is ok!

Thats scripture study idea sounds great! Yeah, let me know how it goes and maybe we can impliment it here as well!
The open house is going to be great! You will have fun! We actually went to the Temple this past Wednesday! It was amazing! The San Diego Temple is really pretty! I can't believe Summer got married there! Crazy cool!

You have no idea how excited I am for the iPads! We need them! It'd make things here so much easier(or so we think... and hope)! But it'll all come in due time. I really hope I can Skype at Jeremy's house! That'd be cool! If we have the iPads by then, I'm guessing we'll be in the church... But as long as I get to Skype, I'll be happy! haha. And I'm not sure what I want for Christmas.. I'll think about it! haha

I can't believe its almost November! Crazy! We have dinners like 90% of the time with members, so that's pretty good considering there are only like 6 active families! The only times I eat with other wards is on exchanges, and those happen like 3 times a transfer because E. Smith is the DL. But the ZLs are way cool! Great missionaries who work hard and have a great time with it as well! There are great missionaries in this mission! I hope I can serve with E. Clark, Schow, or Winterhalter sometime in the future! That'd be so awesome! In the mission we have "Fathers" (Trainers), "Sons" (Trainees), and are "Born" into the mission and "Die" when the mission is over, and other stuff like that. So all my MTC bretheren are my "Pre-mortal brothers" haha. It's great. They're great Elders!

Thanks for all that you do, Mom! I miss you and love you!


Elder Brian Farley

Monday, October 20, 2014

Week 8: Lots of Investigators

Hi Mom!

Happy Birthday!!!!! A year older (really just a day, don't worry!) and wiser too! A birthday letter will come soon!

Thanks for the update! Tell Jeremy it's ok! Sean gave me the ok to talk to him! haha.

I updated Dad with what was happening with the investigators. They're progressing... kinda haha. But as long as we keep working hard, and stay diligent, everything will turn out ok! My Spanish is improving! I actually noticed the improvement this week too! Truthfully, I didn't think I'd be this good at this time after spending 6 weeks in Mexico. But I'm doing pretty well now! I can't wait to talk a little in Spanish to you at Christmas!  I'll try to speak really fast too! haha.

We've heard a bit about iPads. Either the end of 2014 or the beginning of 2015. I want them NOW though!!  E. Smith and I keep saying how easy something will be once we get iPads! haha. But really. Nightly planning - Easy! Weekly planning - 15 minutes instead of 3 hours! Lessons - the best! That's the idea anyways haha.

That's funny that you and Hna Dreiling are meeting up! She's way cool! Tell her I understand her circumstances(SP?)!

We saw Meet the Mormons like two weeks ago! I thought I told you. But it was way good! I wish I could watch it again, but they don't want missionaries scaring away the business of the movie theaters... haha. But nothing else has really been going on. Just hard work and the fun it brings! I love you and hope all is going well!

Elder Brian Farley

Hey Dad!
Thanks for all the update with all that's going on at home! That's too bad about the football team... It'll be the first time in a while that we don't go to the playoffs. But we can't be the best every year! haha.'

So the work here is really picking up! We have 5 pretty solid investigators: E, P, L, C, and L.
E. is golden aside from the fact that he works on Sundays! AND he is moving to Mexico in February! He doesn't want to change his job either! It's a little frustrating, but we're working on him. \
P.  has two kids who've been baptized and she is pretty much golden too. She is already trying to find ways to change her job and be able to come to church every Sunday. But she's just a little tough to get appointments with.

L.  is an 18 year old kid from Guatemala. He's been here for like 5 months and is really cool! We have to go slow with him (and like everyone else we teach) so he understands, but he isn't really reading or praying, and he doesn't come to church.
C.  is really cool! He just gets it! We taught him lesson 1 and then checked for understanding, and he retained everything we taught him! We are going to invite him to be baptized next visit! I really see a lot of potential with him!

L.  is doing well. He hasn't come to church since conference. He hasn't really done much praying but he reads a lot. He and a lot of the Mexican people here need almost no convincing that the BofM is true. They just accept it as scripture right off the bat! The Mexican people are so friendly! It's great! But L.  is one that'll take more time.

We have a lot of potential investigators too and are having a lot of lessons! The work is improving a lot here! We just have to continue to be diligent and hard working! Also, my Spanish is coming along quite well! I am excited to progress even further and become truly fluent!

I am doing a lot better with everything here. There hasn't really beet too much that has happened other than that... But we get to teach FHE to the branch tonight! That'll be fun! haha
But all is going well here. Thanks for all your support and for helping me pull through. Sorry for not wishing you a happy birthday last week. I send a letter. Hopefully it gets there soon! I love you, Dad!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Week 7: Loving it More and More Every Day!

Hi Mom!

Thats good to hear that you two made it back home safely! I love all the pictures! Looks like it was fun! You were in the cattle car? What? Thats way cool! haha. Adventure at every turn! haha.

Those darn cameras! There are a lot here too! But since we have a new car, and we haven't put the plates on yet, guess what? NO TICKETS FOR RUNNING RED LIGHTS!! haha. But we would never do that!... Hopefully you two only come back with those two.

I really can't wait to see all those pictures! That all sounds super fun! I love all the architecture(SP) there, with all the castles and what not. Tons of history! It's always fun to go exploring and find all the non-touristy places! It makes it more of an adventure! But sometimes that becomes not too safe, but I'm glad you are safe! I am looking forward to the postcard and pictures!

Yeah, Aaron emailed me about where he is going. All those places sound way cool! I am so glad a lot of my friends are going on missions! I thought Logan was leaving next week! Crazy! He's probably on the plane right now! South Africa! Crazy! haha. But It's going to be so great for all those who decided to serve! I hope to hear Kyle and Charlie's mission call soon!

I can't believe Sean is almost home! Thats so insane! I bet he's freaking out a little too! He has done such a great job! I bet he's going to go so hard as a "regular missionary" during his last transfer! haha.

I've been able to see Aunt Sharon and Jeremy a little. It's cools to see them! I don't feel like I get distracted at all or anything!

The work here is still going good. We found a lot more potential investigators and the work is continuing to go forward! I am loving it more and more every day! I am really short on time today, but I'll try to give you a good update on all of our investigators next week!

Thanks for all the support and love you give, Mom! I am looking forward to Christmas whenI can talk to you! I love you and hope all is going well!

Elder Brian Farley

Monday, October 6, 2014

Week 6: First General Conference in the Mission

Hi Mom!

So I am staying here in Encinitas. We got a call from President on Tuesday and he said I'd be getting transfered, but then he called again on Thursday and said that I wasn't... So that was weird. But I'm glad I'm staying. Or else I'd have to go and have to meet new Spanish people and speak in my poor Spanish (it's not really that bad... But I want to be fluent!... I'm like a 4 year old mexican kid. So I'm getting there! haha). So all is good!

So GC was awesome! It was one of the first that I didn't fall asleep at some point! haha. But there were a lot of great talks! It is so amazing that we have prophets and apostles of God who can lead and guide us on Earth! I really liked Elder Bednar's talk because he basically told all members to get working with the missionaries! AND THEY BETTER! We need memebers to get their friends baptized! But yeah. It was great!

Germany sounds way fun! I wish I could go on the Autobahn! haha. But all the towns and sites sound way cool! Germany is the best! No one will ever meet a Mexican who is actually white who loves Germany more than me! haha.

Thats too bad that the branch in Kassel is still small. But little by little the church will grow over there. Sometimes people just need more time to change and allow the Holy Ghost to touch their lives. The gospel is for everyone, they just need to hear it with their heart. There are a lot of hard-hearted people over here, but there is always someone being prepared by the Lord.

This week we had Loreto come to GC, and he really liked it! We've invited him to be baptized like 4 times but he's just not ready to say yes. One thing I really like about him is that his yes is for sure! So when he does say yes to the baptismal invite, it's for sure! We are expecting him to be baptized within this transfer! Our other investigator, Luiz, is making progress. We just have to go slow with him. He is great! We are actually going to commit him to baptism tonight! Whoo-hoo! So, yeah! Speaking of baptism, there was a YSA investigator who was getting interviewed by E. Smith for baptism, and he was in my second grade class! So cool! Too bad I don't have my second grade yearbook, or you could look him up! haha.

Another funny thing, we teach a less active guy who starts his prayers like "Ahhhhh-Heavenly Father," then continues in Spanish! He's great! Nothing much else has been going on. But everything is looking up. I am officially the Elder who gets the most things in the mail! Thats always good! haha. But the white sunglasses I was talking about were in my truck in the center console (I think). But those will be fine. We just drive a lot, so I need some! haha

Have fun in Germany! I love you and hope all goes well! I am always praying for you!

Elder Brian Farley

Monday, September 29, 2014

Week 5 - Otro Dia!

Hi Mom!
I'll try to get to emailing sooner so you wont have to wait too long! That's cool that Dad has his journals and all from his mission! I am trying to find time to write in mine... But it's tough sometimes. I am going to make sure to write what's important though! I don't want to look back and think "Wow... I was a weird kid.." Well, I'll probably think that no matter what! haha.
I'm glad you are enjoying mission prep! That class is great! Although I didn't want to wake up that early somedays, it was way good and helped me prepare a lot! Hyrum got his call! Awesome!! He's going to be a great missionary! Hopefully he doesn't get jumped too many times! haha. He just needs a cop as a bodyguard or something! Speaking of cops, we had a lady threaten to call the cops we "soliciting" We were like, "Ummm no we aren't" and she was like "the exit(to the complex) is to the right" and we said "Well we're going left, have a great day!" haha. Some people make me laugh!
I'm excited to get that 100 day package!
The work is picking up here! We have a new investigator, Luiz, who has a lot of potential, and Eduardo had to cancel the appointment, so we couldn't tell him to quit his job... Darn... haha. The packages don't come until tomorrow, so hopefully the big BofM's come! And things are going better here. I think I was just a little overwhelmed with all the things I had to do and the little amount of time to do them all. I always want to do my best in all that I do, and I think I get a little discouraged when I see other missionaries doing better, because I feel like I can be that good. I'm doing better though! Thanks for all your help and support! Training is two transfers, so I'll be with E. Smith another transfer. It'll be good!
I'm trying to take more pictures and videos to send home! Sorry for not having too many! I still can't get this library computer to send pictures.  love you and am so grateful for your support!
Elder Brian Farley!
Ps. So a lot of Mexicans tell us "Otro dia(another day)" when we ask if we can share a message, because they don't want to be rude. So this less active guy in the Branch told us that when we are all in the Spirit World and God gives us the chance to live in the Celestial Kingdom, that those Mexicans will say "Otro dia" hahaha. Ohhh... Great stuff. Love you!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Week 4 - Solana Beach, CA

Elder Smith & Elder Farley
Hi Mom!
The past couple weeks have been waayyy hot! I've been sweating up a storm! But I guess I'm used to it. haha. I'd much rather have a dry heat and not sweat though! This week went by a little slow for me, but it wasn't too slow. The weeks are slowly going faster. Pretty soon I'll be out a year and I won't even know it! haha. Thats too bad that most the guys from our ward don't go to mission prep. They need to! It's really important! It's called Mission Prep for a reason! I'm glad you guys are enjoying the class though! It was way fun for me! It's actually very similar to how we practice teaching out here! I read Dad's email. Too bad... We'll get Durango next year though!

Saturday sounded like a fun day though! Aspen Leaf and all! Sounds like you guys are having fun! I'm glad you got all the tie clips and the letter! I was afraid they'd fall out! But I haven't been able to take many pictures. I'll try to take more in the future! I know it was always good to get pictures and videos from Sean, so I'll do my best to take and send more! And the new shoes would be good now haha. Thanks! I cant wait for the new stuff! haha. Thanks!

One Suit Bites the Dust!

Happy Birthday to Danny! I do like all the pictures on the new calendar! The Cardiff building pictures are funny too... since thats where I'm at now! It's weird looking at them and seeing myself in 2nd grade!

The work here is still going a bit slow. One of our investigators can't come to church because of work, so I guess we are going to ask him to quit his job.  He'd already be baptized if he didn't work on Sunday. The other one is doing well! I really hope he gets baptized! He is great because he really wants to find out things for himself! All we need is a big BofM! Thanks for sending a few! We do a lot of walking although we have a car, and that means a lot of sweating. But the Mexicans here sweat just as bad, so it's not weird! haha. Church is always good. Our branch is small, but we are tight! Everyone is way cool and doing well with missionary work! I try everyday to be my best, and I will continue working hard. Thanks for all you do! Every little bit helps! I love you so much and hope all is going well!

Elder Brian Farley

Monday, September 15, 2014

Week 3

Hey Mom!

Half-way though the transfer! I know! It's gone by pretty fast! Things are going great! We have a couple new investigators and one went to church! It was great! Elder Smith and I are still getting along! Things are tough here, but its worth it in the end! I got the suit and food! Thank you! I wont have to buy lunch for a couple weeks now! haha. I'm excited for the other packages! Thanks for all that you're doing! The packages don't take too long. About a week and a half I think. But that's not too bad!

That's too bad that everyone got sick! I hope everyone gets well soon! But it seems like you always dodge the bullet when everyone else in the family gets sick! haha. But I will definitely keep taking the gummies! They work wonders(I think)! It also stinks that the Scorps lost. I believe Danny when he says that there were some bad calls and such... tis the way it goeth sometimes. Mission prep is awesome! It definitely prepared me a lot for the mission! I think there are going to be a lot more talented and experienced missionaries coming into the field because of mission prep! And I'm glad all the guys are going! Hopefully the ones who aren't will soon. They don't realize how important it is! Oh, and you'll do great as the YW Camp Director! You did great last time(so I heard from the YW, but I know you did great!).

I'm glad everything is going good though! The work is going well here! We had a couple exchanges which were really good, and I ran the Spanish area on one of them! I fell asleep while saying my nightly prayer a few nights ago. I woke up at 1am! haha. But it was funny. I got the Slavokian and Middle-Eastern BoMs you sent, as well as the calendar and pull-up bar! Thank you!! You could probably send out the gym shoes in a month or so. My shoes are getting pretty old. Sorry for asking for so much!

Right now we have an investigator named Loreto who is pretty cool! He came to church and is really interested in finding out the truth for himself! I'm so excited for him!

I love you and hope all continues to go well! I am so grateful for all that you do for me and the love you show me! Keep growing closer to God and keep up that missionary work!

Elder Brian Farley

Monday, September 8, 2014

Week 2

Hi Mom!

That is so cool that Elder Holland came to Farmington! Did he say there will be a Temple built there soon? haha. But I wish I could've been there, but Cali needs me! Elder Holland is a great speaker! I actually heard he was in the Mexico MTC the day after I left... But it may have just been a rumor. If he was there, I just have bad timing! haha. But that's way awesome!

Sounds like things are going really well at home though. Well, aside from Gma and Gpa being sick. I hape they get better soon! Hopefully Gma gets good feedback from the doctor as well. But that's good that all the good football teams are winning! Especially my Scorps! haha

That would've been awesome if Sean could've met up with Theron, but he'll be ok.

Get them baptized!!!! That is great the missionary work is moving forward in F-town! I hope I can contribute as well when I get home! There have been a few RM's I've met here that have been helping out E Smith and I! I really want to continue being a missionary forever because this life is a time to prepare to meet God, and I want to give everyone a chance to prepare! Missionary work is hard, I've realized that. But when we do what is hard, the Lord will strengthen us and make the hard things easier! The whole point of the Gospel is to bring happiness in this life! I always want to be one to bring that happiness. Keep us the missionary work!

Thanks for sending me things! I hope they get here in one piece! I can't wait to see the goodies I get;) haha.

Thanks for all the info! I'm excited to further the work here in Carlsbad! Our apartment is in Solana Beach. It's nice, but no ocean view haha. Thanks for all that you do, mom! I love you and hope everything continues to go well!

Elder Brian Farley

ps. I still cant send pictures, but I'll send the memory card soon!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

First Week in SoCal - Encinitas!!

Hi Mom,

I'm sorry, but I have no time...
We had to get a lot of stuff set up in order for me to email here in the library.

It's crazy that we almost ran into you though! (Dan and I went to Church with his sister at the Cardiff building...we didn't find out until talking to the Elders serving in the Cardiff Ward right before Sacrament meeting that Brian was assigned to the Spanish Branch that met in the same building...this building is also the same building we attended 2004-2005. We left before he got there...didn't want to be breaking mission rules his first week on the job!) I talked to Jeremy a little, but all was good! haha. I'm glad all was good here in Cali for you! The same goes for me and E. Smith!

So I'll just tell you about whats happened so far!

First off, we contacted a woman named Maria and she said she asked for a sign from God to tell her He's there. Bam! Miracle! We seriously talk to everyone we come in contact with! The first day was scary, but now its fun! Yesterday we had a guy flip us off, and curse at us, we had one guy say "Bless You! Go away! No" haha, we had another guy who just kept saying "Bye!" like 10 times, and another guy who said "No English. Slovakia... no, no, Slovakia." So we have been having fun! haha.

We have 3 new investigators and they are doing pretty well! Teaching is fun, although I still can't say everything I want to say... Probably will be a little while longer before I can do that... We placed a Book of Mormon the other day! It was great! Stuff down here is a bit slow, but I know that the more faithful, obidient and hard working, the more success we'll have!

The lady who does the sandwiches for the prisoner people is a crazy (but nice) nun! She always breaks out in random prayers and she also prays to mother mary... Thats different.
(some of the Missionaries in Brian's area work with Catholic Charities to make peanut butter & jelly sandwiches once a week which are delivered to a prison in Tijuana, Mexico - Thanks for the info Sister Huber!)

I'm really out of time now. I'm sorry. But the work is going good here! I'm going to be the most obidient and hard working missionary I can be! I love it out here and am so very happy that I get to serve the Lord! I've already learned so much and cant wait to have more time next week to email you more! I hope to answer more of your questions about Cali then! I love you!


Elder Brian Farley

ps. send me food! Sorry no pictures today...maybe next week!

Hey Dad,
That was so crazy that we almost ran into each other! It would've been kinda weird, but I think it would've been fine haha. But everything here is going well!

Elder Smith is a great missionary! We are working hard to be 100% obedient and to be as hard working as we can! I'm so excited to work everyday and cant wait to get my first baptism! The work is hard, but its worth it! I haven't worked this hard in all my life, but I know it is for what is best! The Gospel is amazing and I can't believe how blessed I am to have the life I have now! The Spanish is always getting better! E. Smith is a great trainer! He's from Ohio and has been out about 8 months! I don't have much time because I had to get everything set up here at the library, and I need to email mom still! I love you and am so grateful for all that you do!

Elder Brian Farley

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Final Email from Mexico

Mexico MTC District 4B
Hey Mommy!

Sounds like there is a lot going on back at home! Fun stuff!

Yes, I got the second fruit basket! Thank you! (The only downside was that the two kiwis were suuuuuuper unripe...)

Departing District 4B

I can´t wait to get out to Cali! I´m way excited! I´m sure everything will be nice and smooth once I get to the mission home! I´ve got three other Elders traveling with me too, so I´ll be fine. I´m really excited to meet my trainer and go out and teach! Even if I only share my testimony that "Joseph Smith is a pamphlet (Best Two Years)", it´ll still be great! I just want to get into the work of the Lord and bring as many people as I can to the knowledge of the Gospel!

Jacob is going to be a great missionary! I´m excited to hear how he does! Open houses are always fun to go to, but they´re pretty surreal when they are your own. Thats how I felt. But it´s a good feeling! Being a missionary is great! Jacob has prepared really well, and I know he is going to do an awesome job in France!

Definitely keep yourself involved in missionary work! Like Dad always says, "The Church IS missionary work!" Also, no one ever gets offended by an invitation! I really wish I would´ve shared the Gospel more at home, but I know I´m going to continue to try my best to be a missionary after I get home! Just invite and use every opportunity you get to tell people of the happiness the Gospel brings! We all chose it before we came to this Earth, so it´s definitely meant for all men and women of the Earth! No attempt to share the Gospel is worthless, it´s planting the seed deeper and deeper each time.

Elder Clark and I know almost all the same movie, tv show, videogame, etc. references, so we are spreading many funny quotes throughout the MTC haha. All good though!

So last Tuesday was pizza day (we always have Costco pizza for dinner on Tuesday) and our night teacher thought it´d be fun to have a pizza eating contest. Challenge accepted. He didn´t bother to tell us that he had no breakfast or lunch, so we were trying to keep up with him the whole time! He ended up eating a whole Costco pizza! I ate a half slice less than a whole pizza only because the lunch lady didn´t give me a full slice... But I ended on the nastiest pizza imaginable! The dough wasn´t even cooked all the way, and it was a cold Hawaiian pizza... No fun... But I ate it all!! Yes, I imminently regretted my decision because I was about to explode, but I came in second place to a guy who hadn't eaten the whole day! And the whole time we were eating, my teacher kept saying "let it go!" I think he was meaning to say something like "give up" but it was lost in translation. haha. But it was a good time! All my teacher said after he won was "¿Quien es su papá?" haha.

Things here in Mexico are still about the same though. It´s hailed a couple times, but nothing crazy. My umbrella is almost completely broken... Sorry. But it´s not like I´ll need it in Cali! Sunshine State! 5 more days! Spanish is always getting better. I´m starting to like it more;) haha. But all is well! I love you and hope everything continues to go well! I know this church is true and that by following the commandments, and the Prophet, we can live very happy lives!


Elder Brian Farley

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Brian - Mexico MTC Week 4


So the epidemic was nothing. At least for me. Some kids were going to the infirmary and what not because of some flu virus the newbies brought in, but I got a cold somehow haha. But today is day 3 of my cold and it´s about gone, so I´m good! People here should just exercise and they´d probably be fine haha. But I really think exercising and staying healthy is the way to keep from being sick! It´s kinda weird how not too many Elders lift here. There have been like three Elders this week that have told me I have "the body of a God" haha! No clue why either because I was playing volleyball at the time. But enough of that! Braden left yesterday, and we traded ties yesterday before he left. I didn´t take a picture of it today, but I´ll send you a picture next week.

Hermana Dreiling is pretty funny, and the rules do seem a bit strict here, but at the same time we hear Mexican music like every night from some party outside the walls! When the newbies come in every Wednesday we always ask them "Whats it like on the outside?!" haha. But It´s all good. I mean we have 45 minutes of Gym time everyday! I can´t complain! I think any mission will be less strict than the MTC!

I got the ginger ale and other snacks yesterday and they´re all gone already!! Thanks for them though! Supplies wise here I am set on bathroom stuff, and protein, but i only have a half bag of jerky left. But then again, I only have like 12 days left here, so I´m good! That fruit basket was really good though! Plums are like my new favorite fruit!

I´ve already come to grips with the fact that I will be like Elder Calhoon from the Best Two Years: Me- "Elder, what language was that?" Senior comp.- "Elder, that was Spanish" Me- "Then I´m in trouble, because that wasn´t the language they taught me in the MTC..." haha. But It´s all good. If I can at least understand Spanish 100% when I get out there, I´ll be golden! I´ve heard it usually takes about 6 months to be fluent, so I got time to study! haha.

The Ogden Temple sounds amazing! I hope to go there to see it for myself someday! That sounds like it´ll be fun to go the the Phoenix Temple! And thats an awesome idea for Halloween! Maybe I could do reverse Trick O' Treating and knock on doors and give out BofMs! haha! It´s official, I´m going to do it!  Sounds like you guys had a great time up in Ogden though! I didn´t know there was so much to do up there! Don´t have too much fun without me;) haha

Wow! You´re actually staying in town?! haha just kidding. It´ll be good for you guys to relax a little at home because I don´t know if our family actually "relaxes" during vacations haha. But thats way cool that all that fun stuff is happening the next few weeks! There will be a little change for me in a couple weeks too. It´s crazy that Jacob is almost heading out too! He´ll probably have a good time in Provo, but I´ve got that Mexican Pride;) haha. We hear gunshots, sirens, screaming, loud music, etc. when we are here almost 24/7, and we joke a lot by quoting The Three Amigoes "It´s real... Yeah, all of this, it´s real." "What´re we doing in Mexico??" "I don´t know!" "I´ve been shot at already!" "I know" "What´re we going to do?" "We´re not going to get to California thats for sure!" haha. Funny stuff! If we didn´t joke around here, I don´t know what I´d do haha.

Sean is a busy missionary man! He´ll be ok! Only like 5 more months until he´s home anyway! I´m way happy for him that he is staying busy! He´s definitely one of my many great examples I have in my life! I am so grateful to have this Gospel in my life and for all the blessing it brings! I cannot wait to share the message of this restore Gospel to the people in Carlsbad and know this is what I am supposed to be doing!

I´ll let you know if I think of anything to add to my box that is being sent to Cali! Thanks for all that you do! I love you!

Elder Brian Farley

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Canon's For the Saints!?!

MTC District 4B
Hey Mommy! (I figured since Sean always says "Hey Momma" I need to do something different! haha)

Lake Powell sounds awesome! Except for the few inconveniences... And don´t worry, I´m not like the Elder from "The Best Two Years" freaking out that his parents rented a boat and went to Lake Powell haha! But thats great the Mark and Nicole got to come and that your ankle was ok! Is it feeling any less painful? I hope so. But I definitely think a Lake Powell trip needs to happen after I get home! Plus other fun trips haha. But it sounds like you guys are having fun!

I´ll always send you at least a little email to let you know I´m alive, dont worry haha. I know Sean is doing well though! Speaking of Sean, sean is a Spanish word! It´s used as a command 'to be' something when speaking to more than one person. So like "¡Sean bueno!" which means "Be good!" (I think... Don´t quote me on that). But It´s a Spanish word! Cool, huh?  (Response from sister Rachel:  Ha!  That's funny that Brian thinks Sean is a Spanish word. It's not. He's mixing up how to conjugate the verb Ser (to be). It's an irregular verb. Son is when it's plural.)

We´re having a good time. It´s a lot of work, but it´s good! I´m going to actually get one of those Spanish leather scripture cases tomorrow! They are way cool! My roomates, Elder Bean and Elder Webster are great guys! Bean is a really funny guy and Webster is way good with the language! Everyone else is cool though. Spanish is a little tough. I´m learning, but it´s still coming slow... I know I´ll be fluent though! And I´ve been able to workout almost every day (aside from Sunday of course)! I am also doing ab workouts every other day so I´m getting them back haha.

You guys will have a great time in Utah! The open house will be amazing! We went to the Temple Visitors Center today and it was way awesome! Although I´d rather go in the Temple, the Visitors Center is good enough. I was thinking we´d have to give tours or something, but it turns out that we took a tour instead! It was really good! There was a movie about the family and the Plan of Salvation that really made me appreciate it even more! I am so grateful for the knowledge that families can be together forever and that God has a plan for all of us! We also were able to go to the store there (la Tienda) and buy some stuff! I got a Mexican backpack thing, and a couple other souvenirs. You know what they say,"When in Mexico, do as the Mexicans." So I bought Mexican stuff! The trip to the Temple also opened my eyes a little more to how blessed I am to have grown up where I did, and that I was given all the amazing opportunities in my life. there were guys walking around with uzies and everything was all run down and it was a little scary... I kinda figured it would be that bad from what little I saw the night I arrived, and because the are gunshots (the instructors say they´re canon´s for the saints... Yeah, sure they are) we hear every night. One elder actually found a bullet on the ground here at the MTC! But I know we are protected here!

I got your other letters/postcards the last couple days! The first was from the 17th, then there was one the next day from the 25th, and then one the next day from the 16th... Don´t ask me how that happened. Elder Clark thinks the last one was sent by horseback. Is the pony express still a thing? haha. But thanks for all the things you send! I feel like the most loved Elder at the MTC;)

New Mexican Mexico Elders!
There really hasn´t been much else happening here. I feel like there should be more stories or something, but it´s just a lot of work and a lot of fun! I thought my testimony was strong before I came out here, but I feel it strengthening everyday! I am so grateful I am out here and able to serve and grow! I love you and love hearing from you every week!

Elder Brian Farley

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Hey mom!

Answers first:
1. Have you gotten any other mail from me besides one postcard? Only one postcard so far. Well, the three packages too. Thanks!
2. Will you send a picture of you and your companion together? Sí
3. Did you get your scriptures from Theron? Sí
4. Have you been healthy? Sí-ish... Lets just say I´m grateful for the digestive vitamins ;) haha
5. How is the workout facility there? It reminds me of a gym Arnold would´ve worked out in like 25 years ago, but less weight.
6. Tell me about your daily schedule. I already told dad, and I don´t have much time... haha
7. Do you have "school" on Saturday also? Sí, muchas school er´day except Sunday.
8. What is your Sunday schedule like? Ummm... Breakfast, personal study, priesthood, sacrament, study, lunch, meetings, devo, dinner, devo, devo, district devo, bedtime.
9. Do you get to go onto the Temple grounds? Not yet. Next week I think.
10. How's Mexico? Its really rainy (which I really like!) and really, not too hot! It´s bien!

E. Farley & E. Clark

Lake Powell will be way fun! Thats awesome! And your treats just allow us to become better friends with the other Elders! haha
(As for the Investigators at the MTC) They tell us they´re real, but I don´t pay no heed! haha. But the investigators are alright... They turned out to be our teachers! haha. PLOT TWIST!! haha.
All that about my mission sounds great! I´m excited to get there! Thanks!
Sounds like you guys are having a good time going to different places! Thats way cool! And Caiside is a funny little girl! haha

But I have to hurry up and get off here! I love you and am so happy to be out here! Keep doing all that you do! You´re the absolute best mom I could ever have!

Elder Brian Farley

Our District Poster

Hey Dad,

Week two is a lot better than week 1!  I´ve learned quite a bit already and I´m teaching decently! haha. But I know I´ll get it sooner or later. The more I learn, the easier it is to learn more! So thats good! German still seems so much easier to me though haha. I really can´t wait to get this language down though! I Can´t wait to go out in the field and start teaching! 

Thats way awesome that the North won though! I´m glad Logan did well, but it stinks that Kyle got hurt. He will be ok though. It wouldve been fun to play out there, but this is where I´m supposed to be. 

I´m glad you and mom are still doing your best to read and pray together! It definitely strengthens families and I know we´ll all be strengthened together as a family for staying dedicated and obedient. Keep up all that you do. I´m so grateful that you´re my dad and that I have your example to follow in my life. You are the best dad anyone could ask for. I love you, dad.

Your son and missionary,

Elder Brian Farley

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The MTC Life....Costco Pizza?!?? Nice.

Elder Farley
Hi Mom and Dad!

 Elder Clark De Donde es Indiana y his first name is Tyson! He´s pretty funny!
 I´m in district 4B (I call it district 4Behold haha)
 Two of the elders in my district are going to Carlsbad as well as Elder Clark! Elder Schow and Elder Winterhalter! They are all way cool!

But this last week has been fast, yet suuuuuuuppppeerrrr slow.  Spanish is actually pretty tough, but I´m getting the hang of it. I´m just going to continue to be faithful and happy, and I know I´ll learn it sooner or later! But the Elders in my District are cool and I get along with them all just fine! It´s definitely a lot of work, but I can feel the joy in the work, and I know it´s going to be even better in the field! The beds are fine, the food isn´t bad (costco pizza on Tuesdays!!), and overall, I think I´ll survive 5 more weeks of this, haha. But
I´m trying my hardest to learn and grow here, and I think I´ll be doing great by the end of my stay here!

So I have to warn you that I´m using a Spanish Keyboard, so it may be doing some weird things, haha! But
I´ve felt the spirit a lot at some of the devotionals here! It´s like EFY, but way more strict (not necessarily in a bad way), more spiritual, more tough, and there is more to learn! But on Sunday we were talking about baptism, and one Elder asked what happens if someone drowns while getting baptized, and another Elder said that that´s a slingshot to the Celestial Kingdom, haha! It´s horrible, but pretty funny. There aren´t really many other stories to talk about other than that. Just a lot of learning. But I´ve already talked to Braden a few times and I talked to Theron today! I´ll get my scriptures pretty soon! We are also on the third lesson with our "investigator." We speak total Spanglish with him, haha! But it´s all good.

It´s fun here, yet a little overwhelming, but I know that Heavenly Father will strengthen me and that He already has a lot! I know that this gospel is true and that it brings the ultimate happiness to everyone! I love you and hope all is well!

Elder Brian Farley

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Mexico City is huge and ghetto, but it's still pretty awesome!

I made it!!! So late, so many delays, but soooooo much fun!! I'm super stoked! Mexico City is huge and ghetto, but it's still pretty awesome! So breakfast is at 7:00, so I'll give you a quick run down of what happened.
After I got off the phone with you, I got lunch and went to the bathroom (opposite order, but whatever) and I got to know Elder Anderson and Elder Jones! They're both cool! I hope my companion, Elder Clark, is cool too! But anyway, our plane got there at like 4:00 and we got on only to wait until 6:30 to be told to go to a totally different gate and wait there until 7:50! That plane finally left at like 8:40 and we got to Mexico at 10:45, through customs, and got our bags by 11:45! We got to the MTC (or CCM) at about 12:30, then got all our keys and what not, and now it's 1 AM!! I don't care that it's late, because I'm so excited!!
But I should probably get to bed! I love you and am so excited for these next two years!!
Elder Farley #2 haha;)

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Off to the Mexico MTC

After a few bumps in the road with the Wonderful Great Lakes Airlines, Brian has departed for the MTC in Mexico City. He will spend the next six weeks learning Spanish and studying the Gospel preparing to spread the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the Spanish speaking people of the California Carlsbad Mission! We will miss him and look forward to that first email/letter home and especially to the Christmas Day Skype call from both of our boys/Missionaries!! 5 months and 8 days! Love those boys!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Ready to Serve!

Open House - Farewell

Brian Farley is soon to be Elder Brian Farley! He reports to the Mexico MTC on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014!  He is excited for this new chapter in his life!!

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