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!

Love,

Elder Brian Farley

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Brian - Mexico MTC Week 4

Mommy!

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!

Love,
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!

Love,
Elder Brian Farley