Monday, December 28, 2015

Week 71: Merry Christmas!

Cousin Jeremy's House!
Hey Mom! 

It was really good to talk to you too! I dont know why, but talking to you, the fam and the Parsons didnt make me feel weird at all! haha.

The video is turning out really good! I'll send you a copy when I'm done.

Thats crazy that the winter storm is so intense! I hope Cali gets some snow or something! ;) haha. We may have to go to Palomar mountain and check for snow there! Sounds like the post-Christmas activities were a lot of fun though!

There's not much to report here. Edson Range was good, we set a couple dates for next week, but the baptism for yesterday got canceled... The guy wants to be baptized with his family there... I hope he still goes through with it... I taught a guy who only has one week left at Edson, and said he'd be willing to be baptized, and I asked him about next week, and he said yes! I just need to teach him a ton next week before his baptism! haha

Dinner with PK and SK went well! We got to meet their kids and their spouses. It was interesting being a part of their family dinner because they were like anyone elses family dinners! haha. We had a second dinner with some members of our ward, at the end of it all the wife was all like "well, I've been sharing the gospel with 3 of my neighbors and it seems to me like they all have potential. I just want to help them be baptized!" (not exactly that, but basically haha) So, it's just another testimony to me that this ward is awesome!! :)

I love you a ton and am so blessed to have you as my mom! :) Thanks for all that you do! Have a great week! 

Elder Arellano, Elder "Santa" Clark, EF2

Love,

Elder Brian Farley

Monday, December 21, 2015

Week 70: 20th Birthday!

Hi Mom!

Thanks for the birthday wishes! I took a video of me opening all my birthday presents;) I love everything! Thanks so much!

I'm sure Jeremy already got in contact with you. I'll be over there from like 11-2. We are eating an early dinner with PK and SK after that. So anywhere around there would work. I'm sure you already got that figured out;)

It was cool to see the video of the family!

Soooooooo I guess I'll talk to you in a few days! :)

Love you!

-Elder Brian Farley

Monday, December 14, 2015

Week 69: TIWI's

Hi Mom!

This week was pretty eventful! We got the TIWIs installed to our cars, and they aren't that bad. It just tells me to check my speed all the time... And I am still almost always the slowest car out there! But for the most part, the missionaries are handling it well. Se we had a zone conference on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for the TIWIs, then we stayed up really late Thursday night to start and and finish two trainings for MLC on Friday. I'm pretty sure I got like less than half the hour of sleep I should have this past week... haha. But I'm good now;) Yesterday we had a really good day at Edson Range! There are a lot of really cool guys who want to be baptized! The only thing is that because of Christmas we cannot have any baptisms there until the 27th! I interviewed a recruit who was crying as he said the final closing prayer because of how much he wanted to be baptized! We thought he was going to be baptized that day, but he'll have to wait until the 27th... There are a couple more recruits that are ready now, but they'll have to wait a couple weeks... At least it's not super long. Another really cool thing that happened was our investigator, Charmaine (who we've never met or really talked to), called us up and told us how she's been in New England visiting a sick family member and she's been teaching her friend about the gospel and now her friend wants to be baptized too! So she's not even a member and is going around sharing the gospel with all her friends! She wants to be baptized the 26th too! Gosh, this is going to be good! :)

It's always good to experience some change here and there. And the next few weeks sound like they will be about as busy as mine! It's a good time of year, but things are often quite hectic! Thats good that you are keeping busy though!

As far as my plans for my birthday go, I think it'll be like any other day. I haven't heard about the office being closed, but I can imagine that'd be the case, so you dont have to worry about sending a cake! haha. Thanks though! :) It is weird to think that I am not going to be a teenager, yet not an adult... I'll have one year of limbo;) haha.

I could use another sd card. I have like 150 pictures/videos on my current one! haha

I will let you know on the plans for Christmas next week. Right now, I got nothing... Thanks for all your help, love and support! I love you!

Love,

Elder Brian Farley

Monday, December 7, 2015

Week 68: Transfers --San Elijo Hills

The AP's --E. Smith (home now), EF2, E. Green (home now), E. Arellano
Hi Mom!

The area is great! The members are super stoked to have us and they are really willing to work with us and help us out! There are a few who are all like "Ok, what did we do wrong that you elders had to come into our ward?" haha. They are just joking, but still wondering at the same time. Sister Rush's daughter and son-in-law are in this ward too! They are great! There are just a lot of really solid members here! And the primary is HUGE! There's like over 100 kids in primary! Talk about building up Zion! I am sure they will be down to build up Zion through missionary work as well! All the members love us so far! This is one of the most missionary-friendly wards I've been in! So that's good! And also, there are a lot of ties I have to this ward already!
We went to the ward Christmas activity on Saturday and got to meet like half the ward personally! Everything went well and we got to leave a good first impression! All that's left is to get the ball rolling, find some families, teach them and baptize them!! It's going to be so great!
We had a baptism yesterday at Edson, and set a few more dates! Elder Arellano likes it a lot too! The YSA Elders help us out there, and one of them is training right now. It's really good for the greenie to see what a humble person is really like and what an elect person acts like too! It still amazes me how humble these recruits are! I am striving to become more humble because of them! But Edson has no activity with anyone but the base. It's like the MTC, but more strict, and the military. I'm sure once they become marines they will be able to get involved in Institute.

We start transfer planning the very end of week 5.

I actually don't get to use my Spanish very much at all here. Only to yard workers! I still feel like my Spanish is pretty good though. E.A doesn't speak any Spanish. Only his Grandparents speak it. And PK can speak a little bit, but doesn't hardly ever speak it. I am going to be training in a couple transfers anyways, so I'll be good ;) haha

I don't think the TIWIs are going to change the amount of driving we do in the mission. Honestly, missionaries will probably want to drive less! I will know by tomorrow!

The video is coming along. I will be getting a lot of footage this coming week. So far, I think it's going to be really sweet! I dont know if you ever saw the Christmas video from last year, but it was really funny and energetic, but this years is going to be light, and actually quite motivational! I am really excited for it!

Christmas time will be really fun! I am thinking I probably wont be able to skype at Jeremy's, but we'll see. I think this ward will treat us really well this year! :) I am glad everything is going well at home! Thanks for all you to! You're the best, Mom!! I love you and hope all goes well for you this coming week!

Love,
Elder Brian Farley

Monday, November 30, 2015

Week 67: 25 Days Until Christmas Skype!

Elder Green headed home (DOA) and Farley

Last Days with Elder Smith (DOA) and Farley
Hi Mom!

My Thanksgiving went well! We started off by playing some football in the morning with the YSA ward, the we had lunch with PK, then we relaxed a bit, and then headed to dinner in Encinitas with President Gwilliam (in the mission presidency) It was all really good, but we have tons of left over pie! haha. Sadly, I've had a cold for the past few days, so I didnt really do well playing football, and could hardly talk to people because I lost my voice. I'm basically all better now though.

As far as transfers go, we are moving our area to San Elijo Hills in San Marcos. My new comp is going to be Elder Arellano. He is from Idaho and has only been out a little over a year! He is super solid and is a hard worker! I am really confident in the future of the mission and the future of our new area too! We will still have Edson Range, so that's good!

The schedule will go like this:
Tuesday
1. Pick up greenies
2. Transfer meeting
3. Take departing missionaries to PKs house
Wednesday
1. Go to the Temple and then Mormon Battalion (if we have time)
2. Go to the airport
3. Finish up transfer stuff
4. Move in to our new apartment and start working!

So it's going to be good!
Transfers

This next transfer we are also going to be getting devices attached to the cars that monitor where you go and when you go there, how fast you go, if you are driving safe, and so on. They will honestly be really annoying... But its for the betterment of mission-kind. haha. Thats going to be the 12th. The next event will be the Christmas party- I mean devotional. Thats going to be a blast! Still not sure on all the logistics, but regardless, I know it'll be a blast!

Mis companeros estan un poco trunky, but they're basically allowed to be since they have like 2 days left. It's been great working with them! I hope they come visit me in the next couple transfers! :)

Not much else has been happening. Just a lot of preparing for this transfer. With everything that I'll have to do, transfers is going to be the most stressful... So I have 6 weeks until the real challenge begins! haha
Transfer Meeting!


Thanks for the update from home! I love you! Have a great week!

Love,

Elder Brian Farley

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Week 66: Almost Thanksgiving

Hi Mom!

Yes, I need to polish my shoes... I'll get around to it soon, ok? ;) haha

I feel like our family can always be trusted to pick up the slack, even if it's last minute. I think that's awesome that we have that trust! And hopefully the sisters will be able to get that guy to take the lessons! You and dad could just secretly teach him without him knowing! You could invite him to read out of the BofM, pray about it, teach him the commandments, and he'll be all ready without even knowing it! haha

I feel like our Thanksgivings have been pretty low key for the past few years. I don't think that's a bad thing. Our Thanksgiving will be pretty fun it looks like. We will have a little meal with PK and SK, and then we will also have a dinner with a member family! And obviously we will have a Turkey Bowl in the morning. I think our ward isn't having one, so we'll be ward hopping;) haha

I liked the pictures you sent. Grandpa is so funny! I showed Elder Smith the picture of him looking angry, and he said Gpa looks like the cliche old person. Like the "get off my lawn" old person haha. I know he's just joking though.

I think Sean is going to have an enjoyable time no matter where he goes! I hope he does well on finals!

The video is going well. I have been in prepping mode for quite a while, but we have the recording equipment, singers, piano player, time and place that we'll record at for our mission song! All of that came together really nicely! I have been taking videos of the missionaries as well, but I will need to take a lot more before I put anything together. I guess the only thing that I may be lacking on is high quality video editing software, but we have a program that will be sufficient. So I am very excited for it!

For some reason we had to have Sacrament services at 6:30 at night on Saturday for the recruits, and we only had 15 minutes to teach them this week. To make it worse, we had 11 non members there to teach! It was tough, but we had very large lessons and got every one of them involved! We are having good success there, as well as in the V3 ward. There is a really solid guy that should be getting baptized really soon. He told us that God told him to go to church, and that He'll tell him when to get baptized as well. The B. kids could be getting baptized this next weekend! So that's exciting!

I was able to go to the baptism of R. and S. yesterday! It was so great to see the whole family! The little 8-year-old girl, J., who got baptized when I was there, came up to me and gave me a hug. It was a precious moment for sure! Their family is great though. One year and they'll get to be sealed! So cool! I really want to come back for that! I also got to see A., my other recent convert! 6 months before she goes to the Temple! So many blessing come from the Gospel! I love it!

Thats about it for my week though! Thanks for all the support and love you give me! Love you! Have a great week!

Love,
Elder Brian Farley

Monday, November 16, 2015

Week 65: Sunday in Cardiff!

Hi Mom!

For Thanksgiving, the Passmore family is the one who said we could eat with them and their family in Del Mar. I believe they are related to PK's councilor, Pres Gwilliam, and that is where we'd eat. But Sister Kendrick invited us to eat at their house for Thanksgiving as well! I don't know what we'll do! haha. The Farsi elders are still living down there. They don't have too much Farsi work though. I cant wait to see Elder Clark as Santa! He's going to be great!

That's great that you are seeing good success with the sister missionaries! Sounds like they will be getting the missionary work moving forward once again! We sadly didn't have any baptisms this last week. The recruits didn't even show up to MCRD yesterday... I bet they'll be there next week though. I have been traveling the past few days while E. Green and E. Smith were working here. They taught a few recruits yesterday and set two baptismal dates for the last week in November! They also picked up a family and we should be teaching them pretty soon! There has been a lot of good stuff happening here, its just been really hectic this past week and difficult to stay on top of things. So that's our bad. We just need to be on top of our own work! I feel the biggest difficulty for me in the work is just remembering to do things or talk to people. PK has a notepad he writes his to-do list on, and that's how he remembers to do things. I think I should adopt that idea so I can remember to do things as well! He said he's been carrying one around with him for most of his adult life!

Tell the Grandparents happy anniversary for me!

That's funny about the dogs! haha. I'm sure they will get better at listening in the future, but a trainer wouldn't be a bad idea.

Yeah, I'm sorry about the other camcorder... this one works really well though! The video is going to be super sweet! All that I need now is a way to record the song and we'll be golden! I still have a couple of leads to find some help. The video is going to be sweet!!:)

So I went to the Cardiff ward for church yesterday, saw the Parsons, Bishop Toolson, and a few other people who told me to tell you and Dad hi. Aside from that, I met a really good piano player who said he'd love to help with the Christmas video! His name is Ammaron! He's legit! He was playing some cool, rendition of like 3 different songs combined, and without sheet music. I asked him what he was playing, and he said "I am just feeling the music and playing... I need to take music lessons because I cant read notes..." I'm a bit jealous of his talent, but grateful he's helping me!

I got the ties, the Star Wars Box (trying to make me trunky, or what?? haha;), and I'll do my best to think of things for Christmas! I definitely could use some more slacks, and short white shirts. Shoes, and belts are fine. I could use some grey socks, and new running shoes. Things with PK are going great! Its super fun getting to work with him!

Not too much has happened since last time, so thats it for today! Thanks for the updates and all you do for me!I love you and hope you have a great week!

Love,
Elder Brian Farley

ps. I took no pictures this week :(

Monday, November 9, 2015

Week 64: Zone Conference with Elder Grow

Hi Mom!

As far as the holidays go, I thing we will be going to Thanksgiving dinner in Del Mar! haha. Still not sure on the details, but thats the plan. We may be able to go to the Temple and see the lights, but we'll see. Elder Clark is going to be Santa for the Christmas Devotional:) Other than that, I dont know! haha

Thats great to hear that your sister missionaries are doing well already! A bigger change like that is often quite good in missionary work. So are you going out more with the sisters for teaching appointments?? That would be a great opportunity!

We had a couple Zone Conferences with Elder C. Scott Grow from the 70. He's a character, but is a super spiritual guy. He talked mainly about the importance of reactivating people to get them to the Temple and how that will also help us in baptizing people. Truly the focus isnt to baptize, but convert, but baptism is an essential stepping stone to conversion that we specialize in! So I truly believe that this will help us baptize, but also help us focus on the real reason why we do missionary work, and that is to give people the chance of Eternal Life. He gave us a lot of good pointers on what we can do, but I just hope our sudden focus on reactivating doesnt give active members a reason to slow their efforts on doing the same and being involved in inviting as well.

Sister Grow had some interesting points she focused on... While President Kendrick is telling us to focus on our purpose, and to keep our eye single to the glory of God, Sister Grow was telling us about the importance of marriage and that many of the missionaries she's been acquainted with got married a couple months after being home, and often times to missionaries they met on their mission! President tells us that we need to forget about gfs and bfs, and not to ever have "mission crushs" and Sister Grow was basically promoting it! haha. Then later Elder Grow told all the sisters that Elder Green is a prime man to marry after their missions! So the notes I came away with from Sister Grows talk, were "Keep your eye single to... potential future spouse in the mission" and "All greenies are trunky now." haha. It really wasnt that bad, but its just funny how contradicting her comments were with President's. I still stand with President with all that though. We are here to focus on God's glory which is Salvation and Exaltation for all His children. Also, PK tells us that we shouldn't get married to anyone until we've spent sufficient time with them. He suggests at least 6-9 months. I'm not worried or focused on that, but I just want to let you know that those are the qualifications! haha

Well, enough of that. We are having 2 baptisms this Sunday for a couple recruits, and hopefully things will pick up in the ward. Not much else is happening here. I am really excited for Thanksgiving and then Christmas! Its my favorite time of year! :) Thanks for all that you do for me, mom! I love you and hope all goes well for you this week!

Love,
Elder Brian Farley

Monday, November 2, 2015

Week 63: Christmas Music??

The Boys are Back!
Hello Mom!

I thought you'd enjoy the videos on the SD card. I am trying to take more so you and dad can get a better idea on whats going on here. As far as pants go, I think I'll be fine for now. The only problem I am seeing is my pant pockets are ripping because I am putting too many items in them(phone, camera, BofM, flash drives, keys, etc.). I am working on putting less stuff in them... haha.

Thats great that you are able to help with Christmas here! So along with making a video for the Christmas party, I wanted to make a music video of different missionaries singing "Hark all ye nations." (Chack out my ps. for details). I think it's going to be super fun this year! I feel like I didnt really know anyone last year, but this year I'll know everyone! The Christmas party will be on Christmas Eve.

Sounds like there are going to be a lot of good changes with the work in Farmington! I'm confident that you'll get some good sisters in the ward. Maybe you'll get Sister Training Leaders and have a ton of baptisms! That'd be great! Our ward is doing a 40 day fast for missionary work,  I love this ward, but I just wish they'd get more involved.

We actually had a baptism yesterday with one of the recruits, and will have another next week! They are so humble and willing! It is a bit crazy that I've had so many experiences here before I was serving here! It's fun telling people that I've lived here before. They're always like "No way! Thats crazy!" haha. Question: I was baptized in the Del Mar building, or Cardiff building??

We've already broken out the Christmas music! haha. We are trying to compensate for the lack of snow here;) haha. Elder Green and Elder Smith are doing alright as far as keeping from being trunky, but I dont think Christmas music is going to help. Just as long as we dont listen to "I'll be home for Christmas", They'll be fine. haha

As far as the work is considered, things are a bit slow in our area (aside form Edson Range), and are going good for the mission! We are right on track for reaching our goal of 100 baptisms! :) I love it out here!
Pierre the buff ghost!
Thats about it for the week! Nothing too crazy has happened. I love you and appreciate all the love and support you give to me! I love you and hope you have a great week!

Love,

Elder Brian Farley

Monday, October 26, 2015

Week 62: Humility is the Key

Hey Mom!

Last week was really busy, but this week seemed like nothing really happened. Things have been hard with teaching our investigators and getting them to come to church and what not. So many of them are so close, but just aren't quite there. There are some really cool recruits on base though. We set a couple baptismal dates yesterday, and I did a baptismal interview with one of them as well. They are so humble and receptive to the Spirit! It is true that many of them have been compelled to be humble, but it is still better than being prideful. If only everyone was as humble as them. It just goes to show that the pleasures of life often times cause us to have pride and harden our hearts, like we see so often with the people in the Book of Mormon. If we do not humble ourselves and follow the example of the Lord, we are doomed to face the same fate of the Nephites.
In 2Nephi 1:9 it says:
                   
      Wherefore, I, Lehi, have obtained a promise, that inasmuch as those whom the Lord God shall bring out of the land of Jerusalem shall keep his commandments, they shall prosper upon the face of this land; and they shall be kept from all other nations, that they may possess this land unto themselves. And if it so be that they shall keep his commandments they shall be blessed upon the face of this land, and there shall be none to molest them, nor to take away the land of their inheritance; and they shall dwell safely forever.

We have that same promise. Humility is key to all of this. Often times we cannot accept correction, or turn the other cheek, or do good to others who do not do good to us, and that is because of the pride which is in us. President Ezra Taft Benson has a wonderful talk titled "Beware of Pride" in which he talks about all the ways we have pride. For me, humility is a huge way we can combat pride.

Elder S. is in fact my new companion! He is traveling around the mission though, so I dont see him everyday. It's fun though! He and E.G go home at the end of this transfer, so I will be all alone by then ;'(

Thats great that the ward is going to be having a couple baptisms here pretty soon! We should be having some soon as well. I just wish the members here would "awake and arouse [their] faculties... and exercise a particle of faith..." They just arent really doing anything of their own free will, but have to be compelled to act! I just dont get it... I guess people dont understand Doctrine and Covenants 58:26-29. So we are working and hoping for the best here. I know the members can do it, but they just arent there yet.

Thats about it here though. Thanks for all your love and support! I love you and hope you have a great week!

Love,
Elder Brian Farley

Monday, October 19, 2015

Week 61: First Transfer Meeting!

Hey Mom!!

I am glad to hear all the good news from home! Thats great that you get to help out the less fortunate during the Christmas season! :)

Things here are good. This past week was pretty crazy. A lot of office time. As for transfers, it was really cool to see how it was all done though!  I believe that God prompts us all the time to make decisions that will benefit us, but I also believe He allows us to make natural decisions and them makes something great out of them. God is all knowing, so he knows what we will do, and can set in motion and cause great things to happen even if we aren't necessarily prompted to do something in the first place! I hope that makes sense. I guess what I'm trying to say is that if we make good choices, whether prompted to or not, God will make great things come out of it! Thats how I see transfers, and moving people from one area to another.

So I guess you'll know for the next few transfers where I am going and whats happening before it actually happens! haha. So Elder Green and I are staying together.
Twining Ties

This next transfer is going to be a blast! We have an additional area this next transfer too. It's called Edson Range. That is where we teach all the recruits on camp Pendleton. We went yesterday, and they are all super humble and ready to hear the gospel! Elder Green served in the Carlsbad YSA and in Edson before and he said we should have at least 4 baptisms just from there this next transfer. The only hard part is that we only can teach them on Sunday, and they are up there on Edson for a total of 4 weeks. So the time frame is tight! It's going to be great though!

Not much else has happened here... Last week on P-day we went to Murrieta and played everyone in B-ball, and E.G and I beat every companionship (5 of them). There's one elder who is 6'6" and we even beat him! It was epic! I was sore for like 3 days! haha. Today we are going up to Temecula and are going to beat everyone up there in B-ball;) haha

Thanks again for all that you do, Mom! I Love you and hope you have a great birthday tomorrow!

Love,
Elder Brian Farley

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Week 60: Seeing the Miracles!

AP's on the Loose...E. Green & E. Farley
Hey Mom!

The week sounds like it was eventful and went well!

So this last week was so crazy! It went so well! We've been fasting and praying a ton, and the mission has been doing the same, and we have been seeing the miracles of it! Although the mission is young, and small, we may have the best quarter of the year this quarter! We have like 35+ firm baptismal dates across the mission for the next couple weeks, and our area is poppin' as well! We have found like 6 great people this past week who'll get baptized! All of them dont know it yet, but they are all great! So we have S., who came to church and loved it and has a date for the 24th, we have K., who watched conference and believes in the Prophet and Apostles and will have a date on Thursday, we have T who asked us if he can get a ride to church on Sunday, we have C. who is getting greatly fellowshiped by a member and will get baptized soon, we have M. who is really searching for the truth, and we have K. who told us he wants to come to church as well. Man, we have a lot of work to do!:) Prayer and fasting works!! I highly recommend it! We talked about the current people we are teaching, and the great potentials we are teaching and believe we will have about 10 baptisms next transfer. So many elect people! I just love sharing the gospel with people! It brings so much joy!
A Couple of the Zones hiked a "Mountain"!

I know its easy to get used to members not sharing the gospel, but we have to set the example and do what we can to share it with others. Be it through the internet, our friends, family, or even random people on the street, we have to do it. All of God's children are important and loved by Him, and we are the only ones who can show them the way back home. I see it as if we are the rescuers of those souls who are stranded on the cliff side of eternity, and God is the loving parent watching and hoping that we will help His children back to safety and Eternal Life. So it is up to us to reach out our hand and rescue the lost and hopeless. I know that is what Christ has done and continues to do for us. As long as we are doing all we can, and faithfully striving to do even more, we can be sure God is proud of us and accepting of our work. This is something that has been on my mind for the past couple of weeks, and I know it is the Spirit stressing the importance of continuing to be a missionary for the rest of my life. By no means is it easy, or popular, but this life wasnt meant to be easy, and we are an unpopular and peculiar people. We follow the Lord, no matter how unpopular it may be, because we are His chosen people. I feel like I am writing a talk... I'm just so converted to the importance of missionary work, that I want to help everyone become converted to it as well!

As for Elder Green and I, we are doing great! Thanks so much for sending me things and making sure I am good. It really means a lot, and I know there are plenty of missionaries who dont receive the support that I do. I've got to go, but I love you and hope you have a superb week!:)

Love,
Elder Brian Farley

Monday, October 5, 2015

Week 59: General Conference!

Hi Mom!

I did get the calendar! It looks great! The other box hasn't come yet, but that's ok! haha.
Sounds like you had a great time at the temple with the missionaries! Must be fun for the temple workers to see so many missionaries all the time!
Is it snowing in Ftown yet? Its raining pretty good right now! I love the rain here! It's the closest thing we got to seasons! haha. But things should be cooling off here pretty soon!

Missionary life is going really well! This week really flew by because we had three Zone Conferences from Tuesday to Thursday, then Mission Leadership Council on Friday, and Conference on Saturday and Sunday! Zone Conference is when we have 2 or 3 zones get together and we train them on things we feel that they need, and PK talks to them about certain topics. We focused on the importance to not waste our time on people who are not elect, what to do and how to tell if someone is elect or not. Obviously its directed by the Spirit, but we just focused on the things that we can control. So that went well. MLC is usually just with the ZLs and Sister Training Leaders (STLs), but this time we had the DLs in with us. We trained on asking inspired questions and making sure we are teaching people, rather than just flying through a lesson without any of the investigator's participation. We've seen that the young missionaries struggle with being themselves and following the Spirit, so that's what we are focusing on! :)

About 60% of the missionaries in the mission have been out for less than a year, and the average Elder has only been out for 7 months!! So we are a young mission!! Nonetheless, we are going to step up to the plate and hit all of our goals! It's going to be a great last quarter of the year! Overall, the missionaries are obedient, they are teachable and willing to work, so I am expecting great things in the near future.

Technically we are in the Vista Zone, but our numbers go to "The Office" on the computer.. But we can go anywhere in the mission, so we are kinda in every zone too;)

There was one talk yesterday (I forget who gave it) about being a true disciple of Christ, and Elder Green and I have been talking a lot about the concepts it talks about. We are amazed that people just go to church do everything they are supposed to do EXCEPT share the gospel with their friends. We are to be an example of the believers, but so many people think that only means do what's right, when it means share what's right as well! If we are truly not ashamed of the gospel of Christ like it says in Romans 1:16, we will share it with others!. I've committed to always share the gospel with those I come in contact with for the rest of my life. It's super simple to do, so that's what I'll do! :)

Thanks for all the support you give to me, Mom! I could have never gotten to this point in my life without you! I love you and hope you have a great upcoming week! :)

Love,

Elder Brian Farley



Monday, September 28, 2015

Week 58: The Gospel is so Important...

Hi Mom!

There are still things that are a bit stressful here and there every once and a while, but nothing too extreme. Mainly just trainings and other meetings are what cause a bit of stress, but we all work together and as a team so we're good! My bike is alright. I messed it up again, but Elder Smith has some spare parts that I can use to fix it! No worries!:) Things with S. and B. have slowed down a bit. They didnt come to church, but we are still working with them. There are a couple other investigators that are really solid that we picked up last week. They are both down to progress towards baptism! So it's just a matter of meeting with them now. That always seems to be the biggest issue. We do have a USB port in the truck, but I still have the other drive you sent from last conference, so I can still use that.  

Sounds like all is well in F-town though! I hope Cache heals up quick! I cant believe MJ is almost home! I was in the MTC with her! I feel like I am still so young in the mission, but that's not the truth anymore. It's so crazy! Missions fly by way too quick. Theres not enough time to do all the baptizing we need to do while here on the mish, so thats why the members need to do the work too! The gospel is so important and is needed for all mankind to inherit the Kingdom of God. It's the most amazing thing in the world!!! Why not share it?? I just think there are a lot of members who dont do their part in sharing the gospel with their friends. I am so grateful that you and dad are doing such a great job, regardless of any circumstances, at sharing the gospel! Keep up the great work!:) I know there is no better thing to be doing than sharing the gospel! I lobe you and hope you have a fantastic week, Mom!

Love,
Elder Brian Farley

Monday, September 21, 2015

Week 57: Great Potential in this Area!

Hi Mom!

So this week went really well! To fill you in, I am doing great and the work is progressing quite well! We have a full-time car (my old truck from VC!), but we often ride our bikes around so we can talk to people outside. The ward is good. We had two of our investigators and their kids come to church yesterday. S. and her son came, and B. and her 4 kids came!. S. said she'd come back next week. B. was super chill so that was good! Other than that, we have a lot of great potential in this area! We decided to fast for our area on Saturday so we could have more success and be an example for the rest of the mission. The next day at church we talked to a family who was visiting and would eventually move in. They have 2 kids over 8 who aren't baptized from previous marriages, so they will be baptized in mid-October when they move in! Fasting and prayer works! Some could say that this would have happened regardless of our fast, but I believe God knows everything, thus He knew we'd fast for that purpose and set in motion this family's move into this ward! MIRACLES WORK!!! So yeah. There are a lot of cool miracles coming up everywhere! :)

Other than that, being comps with E. Green is great, and I love spending more time with President and Sister Kendrick! I thought I'd be a lot more stressed out, but I feel like things will go well! As far as life being different, all that is different is that we spend our nights in the office planning for meetings and training. Overall, its just been a lot of hard work and fun!

Here's an idea for the ward: In missionary work we contact people. Basically just inviting them to take the lessons.
                    Ex: "Hi, we are the missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and we share a message about how God has called a Prophet in our days. This message has brought a lot of peace and direction into my life, and we know it'll do the same for you. Would you be willing to have us stop by for 15min another day to share this message with you?"
Boom. Simple. So like that, the ward members could have a "contacting goal" of like 3 people a week. Their contacts would be more like this:
                    Ex: "Hi there....So I'm a Mormon and there are some missionaries who share a message that helps us feel God's Spirit more in our live. I know the message has really helped me. Would you like to meet with them?"
Just an idea, but I really think it'd work well. We have to stand as a witness of God at all times and in all places, and that's a good way to do it:)

Thanks for the update on everything, Mom! I am so grateful for you and all that you do for me! I love you and hope you have a great week!

Love,

Monday, September 14, 2015

Week 56: New Assignment!

Hi Mom!

Sososososoososososososo sorry, but I have no time whatsoever! I love where I'm at! Really different from what I expected, but a lot of fun! We have our own area and everything, and are expected to baptize and lead by example. It's really good though! I love the area and the ward, and (believe it or not) I love the responsibility I have to be an example and work my hardest to lead the mission in the right way! I'm sure I'll be a bit stressed when Elder Green goes home, but I still have a couple transfers before that happens. I'm sure I'll get the ropes down by then. But I got to go! Sorry again!

Love you!

Elder Brian Farley
ps: sorry no pictures today :(

Hi Dad!

Being an assistant is really interesting, but fun!  It definitely is a great experience so far. I believe that if we are willing to grow, and we become comfortable in the place we are at, that the Lord then moves us or changes the circumstance in order to move us outside our comfort zone in order to grow. So that is what is happening to me, I believe. I am really trying to stay humble and open to the Spirit so I can lead in righteousness.

We do still proselyte in an area. We go to Vista 3rd ward. A typical day is like any other missionary's day. It's all to find teach and baptize in our area and help the mission do the same!

It is good to hear that all is going so well back at home and that there are a lot of people who still remember me! haha. I am super happy for Danny! I love that kid! I hope he has tons of success! I'm sorry, but my emails from now on may be a bit shorter because of my lack of time, but know that I love you and am always hoping and praying the best for you and the family!

Love,
Elder Brian Farley

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Week 55: Transfers...Leaving SFH Ward.

Elder Farley & Elder Green
Hey Mom!

I've actually only been in SM for 2 transfers! They are getting me out of here quick! I couldn't believe it! WE got the call from the assistants and they said "Well, you two are staying together." And we were all like "Cool, that's what we thought" and then they said "Sike! Elder Farley is out of there!" What?? No way! But alas, it's happening. Poor Elder M will have to learn so much on his own! He's only been in the area for 3 weeks! But he'll be fine;) And I am answering this before transfers, so I don't have any idea where I'm going. You'll just have to wait a bit;) haha

pictures courtesy A. Summers (local mom attending transfer meeting)
So since today is transfers and P-day we don't have very much time again today... Sorry! I will send a long(er) email in the near future! haha. But I am glad that you had a good trip in SD! It's a bit trippy to see you and Dad with people and at places that I've been to in the past year... haha.

The SFH ward is so awesome! The last time we taught "A", I told her that I'd bear my testimony at church. So as I was planning what to say Brother Wright went up, bore a short testimony, and then said "Now Elder Farley promised that he'd bear his testimony, and I wouldn't be surprised if he started walking up as soon as I finish my testimony... In the name of-" so I had no choice but to hurry on up there! (He's a punk! haha;) I went up and told the congregation that it was my last Sunday with them, and then bore my testimony about how the gospel changes us and how I've been blessed to be changed and see many others change. I thought it was short, but it turned our to be somewhere around 10min! Wow! Longwinded I guess! haha. But after that, we were able to tech the Elders quorum a lesson about missionary work! It was a great Sunday! Before we left, there were tons of members coming up to me and telling me that they were happy that I was able to serve in the ward. I didn't think I was loved by the ward that much, and I hadn't realized the love I had for all of them! All in all, I really will miss this ward, and I am very hopeful and excited for the progress they will make in the future!


I got the envelope, but not the cookies! I'm excited for them, though!

The District - Last time together for this transfer!


That's all the time I got! Thanks for everything, Mom! I am happy that I get to be your missionary boy and am able to be here and serve the Lord! Keep inviting, and being an example! I love you and hope you have a great week!

New comp...Elder Green

Love,
Elder Brian Farley

Monday, August 31, 2015

Week 54: Stake Conference...Joy!!

Hi Mom!

I am doing great! No worries in sending all the pictures. I wont ever get trunky! haha
"A" is doing really well! She has such a strong testimony! She still has a lot missing on the doctrinal standpoint, but that's what the Holy Ghost helps with!:) So we go over every Wednesday and teach her and her fellowshipper, "L", who is a RC as well. We taught "M" after Stake Conference yesterday (she went!) and we taught her about the strengthening and redeeming power of the Atonement, and then transitioned to baptism! We set a date for the 12th of Sept and she is solid for it!:) Super cool! "M" wasn't able to meet this last week, but we are hoping to meet with him here pretty soon. Tom has been dodging us a bit, but we are going to be doing our best to get back in contact with him!

Stake Conference was held at the Stake Center(obviously) and we watched a broadcast of it in another building. So when they first started the broadcast I saw the other "A" (RC from VC) sitting on the stand!!! I was thinking "well, she is either giving a talk or saying a prayer!" So after someone else gave the opening prayer, I knew she must be giving a talk! I cant even explain the joy I felt as I saw her up there. She had just been baptized like 3 months ago, and now she's speaking in Stake Conference!!! I was so happy! Explainable joy:) Sadly, the connection cut out just as she was starting her talk and came back right after she finished... But just seeing that she is still doing so well made me feel so happy and proud of her:) So that was the best part of the week for me:)

Sounds like your week went well! Its funny to hear about the dogs.

I don't have very much time left (sorry its another short email... we have a zone activity today.) but, to answer your questions, I only use Spanish when contacting Spanish speakers and sometimes when I'm with E.M (he always says "Lo siento, pero no entiendo" haha. all he knows.) and I did get the package, but I didn't get the letter. Next week;) haha. The ties are great! We love them!

Well, got to go, Mommy! I love you and hope you have a wonderful week!

Love,

Elder Brian Farley

ps. Pday on Tuesday next week. not sure on how that'll work considering that is transfers and we will have to go since we are ZLs... Oh well! haha
Also, I lost my Subway card while biking, so DONT refill it! Unless you would like to feed the homeless;) haha
love you!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Week 53: Baptism


Hi Mom! 

It sounds like you had a really good week!(aside from the minor inconveniences) It will be fun to take a lake trip after the mission, but as of now, I am only focusing on the work here! haha;) Was I told Summer has 2 dogs? 

A. did get baptized this last Saturday! It went great! She has a bad back, so the plan was to have her sit down on a stool and go forward into the water(and she is terrified of water too...) So after brother Wright said the prayer, she sat down and leaned forward, but didn't quite fit!!! Oh no! Well, brother Wright is awesome and he somehow flipped her around and got her under! He even used his head to get her down all the way!! He's great! haha. We thought she'd be like "That was the worst experience ever!!!" but when she came back up out of the water, she said "That wasn't so bad." So awesome! I was then able to confirm her a member the next day at church:) As well, E.M and I were asked Saturday night to give a talk in church! I felt really good about my talk and everyone was telling us thanks for the talk! So I think the ward really trusts us!

We also taught the girlfriend (Marilyn) of one of the youth in the ward and she is super solid! I really don't think this is a "flirt to convert" but that she has real intent about this! So we set a date with her on Tuesday to be baptized on the 30th, but she said she'd need more time. She is so ready though! We also ran into another guy M. who grew up LDS but was never baptized. He and his family were going to church up in NorCal and the moved a week before their baptism! What?! His family recently had a loss in their family and he said they would like to come to church and get back on the path to becoming members!! As well, we talked to a guy from China who graduated from a Baptist College and just has a basic foundation of Christianity who let us in and told us that he'd like to come to church and get involved! SO SO SO many miracles!!! I love the work out here!

I honestly feel that a lot of this happened because of the talks we were able to give at church. Reason being that the Lord will not give the missionaries work if He cannot trust the members of the ward or the missionaries. So the missionaries have to be living right and working hard, and the members have to trust the missionaries and be willing to work in order to gain the Lord's trust to allow us to do missionary work. I feel like our talks really built the ward's trust in us and because of that, built the Lord's trust in the ward! Super sweet! Anyways, I don't have much more time, but that's the rundown for this week! I love you and hope all goes well this next week! 

Love,
Elder Brian Farley


ps. got the quotes, thanks! Not anything else though. Probably next week. As of now I can think of anything I need! Thanks, Mom!



Monday, August 17, 2015

Week 52: New Companion!

Hi Mom! 

This week was pretty crazy, but good!  My new comp is Elder Mardesich! (Like Marta's itch haha;). He has only been out about 6 months, but he's a really good elder. He was in the zone in the Discovery Hills ward. He is from Saratoga Springs, UT. 

We had a crazy experience though! We had a lesson with our investigator, "A", and we set a potential date for like late September. Then the next morning we got a call from our ward mission leader, brother Wright (also one of her fellowshipers) and he said that she wants to get baptized this Saturday!!! So sweet! Miracles! So E. Mardesich will have a great first full week! On the same topic of investigators," I" dropped us this week. So that was a shame. But we have a lot of good potential for the future! So I am still really excited!

Sounds like the dogs are proving to be a good investment;) That's so cool that you are having a family be taught in your home! I am super happy for you! There aren't that many families that do that! I hope everything continues well with that!

Not much else to report. We have a lot of great members that are super willing to do missionary work, which is great! I love it when members want to help other people come unto the gospel! Missionary work is sometimes stressful or uncomfortable, but it brings such a great reward! The Prophet Joseph Smith said that the most important thing is to share the gospel, and that is so true! Without it there is no way for us to return to live with our Heavenly Father! Everyone needs to be working with someone. All who have it need to be sharing this amazing gospel, because everyone needs it. I am so happy to be our here on the Lord's errand! It's the best! I love you and hope you remain happy and safe! 


Duct Tape...

Love your son,
-- 
Elder Brian Farley

Monday, August 10, 2015

Week 51: San Marcos Zone Doing Good!



A monster-hill that we conquered!!!
Hi Mom!

Sounds like there are good things happening with the puppies! I bet dad isn't the most thrilled about the puppy stage, but he'll like them a lot when they are grown and up in the mountains with him! I think it'll be super cool to have them be trained well enough to follow exactly what we say! We will actually have trained dogs! So cool!
Anyway, I am so stoked for Danny! He is going to do great! I already sent him an email;) haha.
Elder Rosales is really cool.  He's a good kid. He's from Roberts, ID. Population: like 400-500! haha. He is really close to Rexburg though. We don't have any roommates, which makes life less hectic, so that's good. But Elder Jensen is a ZL in Esco right now! Super cool!
We only had "A." at church yesterday. "I." told us that he and his friend wanted to come to church, but early yesterday morning he told us that he couldn't... And "T." went to a funeral. But we have been finding more people recently and teaching more lessons, and the Zone is doing a lot better as well! I think greenies are really doing our Zone good!

Biking with Elder Rosales!

If you could print off and sent 16 4x6 pictures of that, that'd be awesome! Thank you!:)

Thanks for all that you do for me, Mom! Whenever I mention a few things that you've done for me growing up, or on my mission, everyone is like "Dang, your mom is awesome!" And I'm like "Yeah, she's the best!" I love you mom!

E. Farley didn't go to ITT Technical School...his attempt at "fixing" his camera. New one on it's way to CCM!

Love,
Elder Brian Farley

Monday, August 3, 2015

Week 50: New comp...Elder Rosales!

Hi Mom!

So I did get the package from Sister N. She was just like "here you go" when I saw her at church! haha. But I loved it all! The ties are really cool and the cookies are great! Thanks for sending out the clothes as well! The Aggies shirt is awesome! I always get the best stuff from you:) thanks!

Sounds like this week had a lot of things going on, but not to the point of overwhelming you, so thats good! I have been thinking a lot about the Sabbath Day and what we do to keep it holy, the importance of it and the blessings we receive by keeping it holy! On my mission I've had so many great Sundays, and the time spent in Sunday meetings were especially good! I feel the Spirit so strong in the meetings and am able to see so many great blessings as I strive to keep the Sabbath Day holy. Today I was actually reading about the Sabbath Day and what was done in the Old Testament times under the Mosaic law. Every Sabbath they'd rest and follow exactly what it says in Exodus, but every 7 years would be a year of rest, and every 7X7 years they'd have a year of "jubilee" where all debts were forgiven and everyone starts anew! So I was thinking about that and how we live the higher law than that of the Mosaic law. So by living the higher law we should be living even closer to how God would have us live than how the people in the Old Testament were living. If they were that obedient and forgiving in their law, shouldn't we be that and more? Thats kind of how my thought process has been about that. I guess those are my thoughts as of now in regards to the Sabbath Day. haha.

The area is doing well! We had 4 investigators at church yesterday! One was a eternigator who decided he was going to get some financial things taken care of and get baptized in March. At first I was like "yeah... Ok dude, sure you'll get baptized then", but he is super solid about it! So thats cool! "I" came to church and loved it again! He ran into some other sisters in the zone and told them that his date is the 8th! He's so solid! Just need to cut the cigs and he'll be good! We also had "A", our recent convert's friend come to church who is super solid as well! A lot is going really well in our area!

My new comp is not Elder Rosales! So I guess its Rosa for short! but he's really cool and has fun with the work. We are still working on being more obedient with the little things because we are going to be the examples as ZLs! My camera broke this week, so I dont have any pictures of him...

And as a Zone, we've come up with our Zone Vision! It is:
We "qualify [ourselves] for the work" as found in D&C 4:5-6. We talk to everyone. We baptize! We pray as though everything relies on the Lord, and work as though everything relies on ourselves! We are the San Marcos Zone!
We think it's pretty good! And the Zone is really pumped for this transfer!

I dont have very much time left, so I've got to go!
I love you and hope that you have a great week!

Love,
Elder Brian Farley

Monday, July 27, 2015

Week 49: Pioneer Day

Hi Mom!

What a week, right? haha. It was pretty eventful for me as well! I am glad that all is well for you and that everyone is safe, healthy and happy!

So this week was full of fun! We went to the Stake "July Jubilee" (Pioneer Day celebration) and had a great time! I feel like it was hyped up to more than it actually was, but it was good, nonetheless. E.E and I were in charge of the dunk tank where the 12-17 year olds would come up and try to dunk various church leaders! But it turned out to be a bunch of 2-10 year olds and their parents... So it was a handful... The parents more than the children, but it was fun! We didn't pick up any new investigators from it, but we did give a lot of help in making it a success!

The other really cool thing was that we picked up 3 new investigators from members! One lady is a friend of a recent convert, and the other two are a couple that live next door to some members. So we helped the G's move in a couple weeks ago and Sister W. invited then to dinner with us and some other members who are neighbors. They came and had a great time and we were then able to share a message about building our lives upon the perfect foundation, who is Christ (Helaman 5:12). They seemed to enjoy it, but we had to get going. Later that night we got a call from Sister W. She said that the G's kept asking all these questions about what we believe and the W's handled it perfectly! They invited the G's to take the missionary lessons, and they accepted! So we are going to be setting something up today with them! Super cool miracle! So... yeah. Missionary work is the best! Sister W. also told us that she is going to sign up on the dinner calendar once a month and she wants us to invite any investigators that we are working with to go! Super sweet! I am totally going to do that with the missionaries when I get older!


Aside from that, E. Ellis is going to be leaving the area and I am going to be getting a new comp! It is sad, but I know my next comp will be great! The mission is full of great missionaries! We would've gone to transfers anyways to haul bikes around. But there are a lot of things we are going to be starting up with the Zone for this next transfer. I feel like we weren't that best ZLs we could've or should've been, but we have many ideas that we will be implementing into the Zone for this next transfer! Missionary work it the BEST!

Thanks for being so great, Mom! It sure does help! We are all extremely blessed to have the true and everlasting gospel in our lives to lead us back to our Heavenly Father. His purpose is to get us back home, and our purpose is to help Him achieve that! I love you and hope you have a great week!

Love,
Elder Brian Farley

Monday, July 20, 2015

Week 48: After Hump Day!

Hi Mom!

So this week went by really quick! Because of our mail rule, I wasn't able to open my 'Hump Day' package until this morning, and it seems like just yesterday that I got the package! Anyway, all the gifts and things you sent are greatly appreciated by me and the other Elders! haha.  I shared the cookies with them and let them check out all my other goodies!

But things here are going really well! E. Jensen is no longer sick and no one else is either! The San Marcos Zone is doing alright. The mission isn't a cakewalk, but that never means we give up. Besides, if we do everything in our power to build the Kingdom we can walk with our heads high, knowing that we have been faithful in our efforts. That's what I wish the zone would internalize. That, and working as if it all relies on us, but having faith and hope in the Lord as if it all relies on Him.

Our investigator "I" is still doing great! He came to church yesterday and loved it! He said he is going to bring the rest of his family next week too! He is a really good learner too! We had a lesson in Elders quorum about the oath and covenant of the priesthood and he understood ever part of it and had no problems! He told us that he has a lot of questions for us, but then quickly said "nothing bad, I'm just curious about some things." So we are going to be playing volleyball with him and the rest of the zone today and then have a lesson tomorrow! His only problem is with the Word of Wisdom, but he's really trying to quit! He's so close!

Other than "I", there hasn't been much happening with our other investigators, but we'll get in contact and meet with them soon!

The other events of this week have been breaking my bike (which is now in the shop. And I gave them Dad's number for some reason, so they'll call dad when the bike is fixed... whoops), getting a bike from a member for the time being, and having a blast in the rain! It's been a fun week!

To answer your questions:
Yes, Im still planning on USU
And I loved the 'Hump Day' package! It was super funny! I was expecting camel things like Sean's package(that was a year and a half ago!)!
And we are in the San Marcos Zone

That's all that I've got! Thanks for all your help and support! I am so blessed to have a mom like you and to be in our family! I love you and hope you have a great week!

Love,
Elder Farley

ps. no pictures this week... I don't know where my picture connector thing went.. I'll find it though

Monday, July 13, 2015

Week 47: Hump Day!!

Elder Ellis, Chief, Elder Farley
Hey Mom!

So its almost hump day and I now know how Sean felt when he hit his halfway point. The time sure does fly by. I was talking to another elder about it the other day, and its just crazy that I have more time behind me than in front of me out here. I still have more field time to go because I was in the MTC for a transfer, but still. Nevertheless, I am still excited to get the Hump day package! I bet it's going to be awesome considering the one you sent to Sean! I probably wont get to open it for a week though, because there is a rue about opening mail throughout the week. Only on p-day we can open mail. Soooooo.... haha. It's all good though.

Anyway, now to the mission life! This week has been crazy! Our new investigator, "I", is so great! (he is a hip-hop rap artist! So sweet!) We had a lesson with him on Monday morning and night, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday! We set a baptismal date with him for the 26th, and he already has a huge testimony of the Church! He just needs to give up some addictions and go to church and he'll be ready! His wife is also really happy that we are teaching him and will soon be taking the lessons! That was the biggest miracle of this week! But we also got a text from a recent move in to the ward who was telling us that their neighbor was just moving in as well and that we should come and help them move. Turns out that they are not members, but they are super cool! We talked to them about the Church, the Prophet, the Apostles, and missions, and they seemed pretty interested! The members next door helped them move, as well as members who lived down the street a bit! So all their neighbors that they know are Mormon! haha. So at the very end the members next door told us that we are eating dinner with them on the 26th and then invited the non-member family (the Gibson's) to join us that day, and they said they'd come! So that was another really cool miracle! The Santa Fe Hills Ward has got a lot of good stuff happening! Oh, as well as a kid who is a member's friend who wants to get baptized! MEMBER WORK WORKS! Super sweet!:)

Spanish is still going well. I can still talk to anyone without really thinking about what I am saying, but I am just forgetting some words here and there. I get Spanish study like once a week... And even then its not much. But I'll survive ;)

The past couple days have been a bit hectic because Elder Jensen has strep Today has really been busy, but I have more time to email today for sure.

I'm not sure on what else to say... But things are going well, the Church is true, and I'm having a blast! I love you and hope you have a wonderful week!

Love,
Elder Brian Farley

Roommates thought this was a funny prank to pull on the ZL's! 

Monday, July 6, 2015

Week 46: No Time!


Hi Mom!

Sorry, but I have no time!! :( Read dads email! Sorry! I love you! Have a great week! I promise I'll email you first next week!

Love,
Elder Brian Farley

Monday, June 29, 2015

Week 45: Three Hundred and Sixty-Five Days to Go!!

Found a Friend!
Hi Mom!

Although you probably love the title of your email, "Happy 'you'll be home one year from today if you don't extend' Day!" isnt my favorite... haha. Its super crazy that I only have one left, but that just means I need to step up my game and make every day the best I can make it!

This past week in SM has gone great! We picked up 5 new investigators and set a solid date with C. for the 18th of July! So things are looking pretty good here for the future! Nothing else really crazy has happened though. haha

We actually had dinner with the Hoy family yesterday! haha. They were talking to me about all the Nygrens and were asking me if I knew them haha. So thats cool how small world things are in the church! haha

For P-day today we are doing a zone activity of basketball and designing a zone shirt! It's going to be way fun! And other than that, there isnt very much happening.

We heard from President Kendrick on Friday morning about the Supreme Court decision. It hasn't been a very big topic of conversation with us and people on the street, but it is sad that the world is straying so far from God. Of course those desires alone are not a sin, but acting on them is. It's a temptation for a lot of people in our society today, and they are either unaware of God's law, or not strong enough to resist the temptations of the adversary. All that can be done is love those who have that temptation, and try to help them overcome it. That's how I see it, at least. I really like that talk by President Benson! Everyone needs to beware of pride.

E.E. & E.F. quoting E.G, lol.


Sounds like everything else back home is going well! I am happy to hear there are so many good things happening! I guess there isn't really much else on my mind, but I know that this is what I am supposed to me doing. Some days are a bit tougher than others, but all in all, I love this work! It's the best! I hope and pray for your safety and happiness! I love you and miss you!

Love,
Elder Brian Farley

Monday, June 22, 2015

Week 44: Santa Fe Hills - San Marcos!

Hi Mom!

Yes, I'm in San Marcos again, as a ZL with E.Ellis! So VC is now just a regular missionary area now, and the ZLs in Carlsbad are still the ZL's for the Spanish missionaries and some English missionaries. There were a lot of women taking pictures and posting it on the Carlsbad missionary moms page, but I'm not sure if you saw those. Anyway, this area is about the same as my old area in SM, but just English speaking. There's no Spanish group like there is in VC, but I really like the ward! E. Ellis is a great comp too! We are working so hard! We had a baptism yesterday, but I hardly met the kid before his baptism, so I wouldn't really say it was OURS, but just his. It was kind of funny though because I said a prayer, was a witness and stood in when confirming him! I felt a bit odd for being so involved in a baptism in which I didn't even teach the person being baptized. But it was still a great baptism! The teaching pool is a little weak as of now, but we are working super hard in order to find people, and as a result we already found a lady named Carole who wants to be baptized! Super cool miracle!

Email from a member Yes, they were doing service today. It's actually kind of a cool story.  There is this older neighbor lady down the street (whom we'd never met) who had prayed for someone to help her with re-doing her yard...and guess who showed up on her doorstep shortly thereafter?  Yep!  The elders happened by when she was working outside and asked if they could give her a hand.  She knew they were an answer to her prayer.  Anyway, so the elders let us know about her, and we've spent the last two weekends, with her and the elders, getting her yard redone!  I think the elders made quite an impression!  Anyway, she said she was in between churches right now, so she decided to come to ours last week, and seemed to really enjoy it.  Your son and his companion taught her the first lesson today as we were eating lunch together, and asked her if she would like to be baptized.  She agreed! Super awesome!  I feel so blessed to be a part of this little miracle...and it has been great getting to know Elder Farley a little better.  He is a hard worker and a really good teacher!  

So I am really liking the area and being here with E. Ellis! We bike probably like 8-10 miles a day on average, and we contact about 40 people a day, so it's pretty fun! I'd say that it's hard work, but missionary work it fun, so it's not really "hard" for me:) The better we are able to enjoy the hard, difficult, uncomfortable, and challenging things in this life, the more fun and joyful we will be! Even when we look at our trials as a way to gain more experience, understand, and appreciate the joys of this life, those trials will not remain so daunting! Everything can be made simpler and easier to understand with the gospel! It's so great!

Sounds like things are going great at home! I am excited for all the fun and new things that are happening! The email from sister Nielson was about our investigator Carole! And yes, she came to church!

I dont have much time left to email, but my assignment is the same as the one I had in VC when I first got there with E.B. As a ZL we Lift, Encourage, Inspire, and Bless the missionaries in our zone as best we can. The acronym is LEIB (Love in German. I thought dad would like that;) We give training meetings once or twice a transfer which is determined on what the missionaries need and what we feel will help them. We determine what they need help with through doing exchanges and collecting numbers from what they had done the weeks previous. So all that, as well as a lot of errand running is what we do;) but I love it!

Well, I've got to go! I love you and hope you have a great week!


Love,
Elder Brian Farley

Monday, June 15, 2015

Week 43: Goodbye Valley Center :(

Hi Mom,

This last week went pretty well. We picked up a Guatemalan family of 8, and got a referral for a lady who wants to get baptized already! As well, we have like 5 other investigators who are ready to be baptized like now! But... I'm getting transferred!! It stinks... But I can't be prideful and covet the baptisms that Elder Murdock and his future comp will have because the work of salvation is not a competition to see who can baptize more, or have the best numbers. This is a work that all the saints of God are a part of. We are to help Him bring to pass the eternal life of all men! So, rather than thinking of the future baptisms as touchdowns made against me, I'm going to see them as one of my teammates scoring instead! (Man, football can be an analogy for everything;)

So with transfers, the only thing I know is that I'm going, there is going to be a new Spanish area opened up here in Esco, and that the Spanish zones are being dissolved. I really have no clue on where I am going to go... But the decisions have already been made by President and the APs, so speculation really gets us nowhere. I guess I will find out tomorrow! I love the mystery and anticipation that comes with transfers! haha
Last haircut day with Sister Rush...thank you!!

It sounds like there have been some fun and interesting events that have happened this last week! That's crazy that both Chloe and Heidi Wells got engaged in the same week! Sydnee has got to keep up! haha. That's awesome that Jacob went ZL! He'll really help out a lot of missionaries!

So I don't have much time left, but I was on an exchange last week and we biked for about an hour and went like 8 miles uphill to teach an investigator. I did a baptismal interview and she was totally ready! Then we biked another 10 miles (some downhill luckily) and taught another lesson and picked up a new investigator! Then we biked another 5 miles from there and taught another lesson and picked up a second investigator! This was all in one day! So that just really increased my testimony that the Lord will bless up for putting in the hard work and showing our faith! I am ready for a new biking area!:)

That's all I got! I love you and hope you have a great week!

Love,
Elder Brian Farley