Monday, February 23, 2015

Week 27: Having Fun in VC

E.B & E.F - Helping out at RS Enrichment 
Hi Mom!

So being a ZL isn't too bad. There are just a lot of things to do! We almost never travel to the Mission Office because the San Marcos ZL's do it and get our mail. E.Burbidge and I are getting along really well! It's really fun here in VC as well! There's a ton to do and the members are great! Honestly, every member gives us referrals, or says they'll invite their friend to an activity! We just ask for help and the members do the rest! Our WML told the ward missionaries that the job of the full-time missionaries(us) is to be full-time teachers and the job of every member is to be full-time finders! There's a talk by E. Bednar which talks about that as well. Totally what I wanted to hear as a missionary!! I love this ward! I just need to meet all the members now... haha.

We didn't get the twinning package yet, but E.B. is excited for it! haha.

Sounds like things are going well at home! It's funny that Ryker only says "no" haha. Did you get a package from me? I sent one when I left from San Marcos. It just has some stuff that I don't use, but that is too valuable to throw away! haha

Things here are going great we have a lot of investigators that can't get baptized because of marital issues or First Presidency approval, but also, a few who will be baptized in a few weeks! We get fed every night, don't worry;) Did you get that picture from Sister Rush? (2 pictures in this post) She'll be your best friend here in VC with all the things she does for the parents of missionaries! My Spanish is good. We don't speak very much of it here, but it's still improving poco a poco. haha

I will be careful driving for sure! We'll be smart and safe in what we do as well. Thanks for all your love, support and help! I love you and miss you too! Have a great week!

Elder Brian Farley

ps. No p.s. this week? haha
Finally polished my shoes!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Week 26: 7 Months Out --Valley Center - New Companion!!

E. Burbidge & E. Farley - Transfer meeting 2/10/2015 -(camera date wrong)
Hi Mom!

So, once again, I can't respond to everything you told me due to the time constraint, but I'll do my best to fill you in on everything that's been happening and try to answer your ?'s.

I had absolutely no idea that I was coming here. E. Schooff and I had it all planned out on where everyone was going, and almost none of what we predicted happened... I was the last Spanish missionary to get my new area, so I was thinking "There are no more Spanish areas open... Am I going to open up a new area? or did I miss someone?" Then President said I'd be going with E. Burbidge. I was thinking "Sweet! E. Burbidge is cool! We'll have a blast! But who's area will become the ZL's area?" because I never got a call from President telling me anything. Then E. Schow (who was seated next to me) said "Dude! You just got called as Zone Leader!" And I didn't believe it for a while, but thats what happened!

So as a ZL we have to do a lot of stuff. Meetings almost every day, we have to come up with trainings, disscussions, give council, do interviews, and have a 'model area' as stated by President. So I went from having a little responsibility to a ton of responsibility! I was feeling a bit overwhelmed the first few days, but I'm doing fine now. I just have very little time to do anything. But I know that I can really move the work forward if I forget myself and get to work.

Valley Center is really cool! First off, we get a truck and fly aroud the place, and the members here are the best member missionaries I've seen! There hasn't been a house I've gone to thus far where we had to force the members to give us a referral, but instead, after the lesson they say "Which of our friends can the missionaries teach now? Who's up next?" They are super great! At the same time, they are a bit intimidating. They expect the missionaries to be 100% on their game at all times. So I can't let myself slack off at all (not like I was before, but just that I'll have to be extra careful not to slack off) I believe I've met the Klinglers, but I'm not sure really. There are a lot of members here! Also, we cover Spanish and English here, so I still get to speak Spanish! All other ZL's only speak English!

Sounds like you have been having a good time at home and all. Keep up the missionary work, and try to enjoy that wind;) VC is actually very similar to Ftown! It's pretty windy, dry, dirty, and has a lot of little shrubs and cacti around here! The only difference is that there are palm trees, and orange and avacado orchards out here.

I wanted to share a couple experiences realy quick. First, last night E.B. and I went to the Church at about 8:45 to print off some papers before the end of the day, and we saw some people parked out in their car and smoking. Honestly, I doubt a group of people would sit in a car at about 9:00 at night and smoke a regualr cigarette. So we kinda spied on them from a window, called our WML and he told us to call the police. So we did, waited about 20 minutes and then 3 cop cars showed up with there spotlights shining on their car! We watched as the police took things from their car and then took individual pictures of all of them. Then the cops just got back in their cars and drove away! E.B. and I thought these people were going to get arrested, but almost nothing happened! So now the people are still there, and we are still inside. Fearing the people in the car would be angry with us, we stayed inside. Later, our WML showed up and told them to get off the Church property unless they wanted to come to church and change their lives. (Our WML is a pretty big and scary guy) So they got out of there and we were safe to head home! And we got to bed at like 10:45... It was a crazy night.

The other experience has to do with Elder Nelson coming! Nothing too specific, but I really enjoyed that. He was really happy and funny and really easy to understand. He brought the Spirit very stongly into the building! He also did another meeeting with just the youth, and since we had youth investigators staying, we got to stay! We sat in the very front row, and it felt likr E. Nelson was talking directly to me! It was awesome! It's a huge testimony builder to me that we truly have apostles of Jesus Christ on the Earth today to lead and guid us toward salvation. I know that we can grow much closer to God and Christ as we heed to the council of our leaders in the Church. The Church is true.

Thanks for all your support, mom. It helps a lot! I'm excited for Mother's Day! It's already coming very fast! I hope I answered almost all your questions! haha. I love you and hope you continue to do well!

Elder Brian Farley

Hey Dad!

I don't have much time because I told mom a lot, but the rumors are true. I'm a ZL with Elder Burbidge now! It's super crazy! I didn't expect that at all! I think it's interesting that you advised me to be humble before I even got that assignment. I know that you are definitely inspired to receive revelation for me, being your son, and I'm very grateful for that. I need all the help I can get out here! It's a little nerve-racking being in this position at such an early point on my mission, but I know the Lord wouldn't have put me here if I couldn't handle it. I'll do my very best here. There is a lot of potential here, and I hope I can continue the success that's been here!

I definitely know the feeling of people canceling or not pulling through. I feel like I've seen a lot of that on my misson thus far, but I know that the Lord will help us and strengthen us as we do what He wants us to do. Sometimes I wish people didn't have agency;) haha. But all we can do is use our agency to help and invite like you said. I've got to go, but thanks for all your support, Dad! I hope the missionary work does better in Ftown and that you and the rest of the family stays happy and healthy! I love you and hope you have a great week!

Elder Brian Farley

Monday, February 9, 2015

Week 25: So Long, Escondido!

Hey Mom!

So I never said that I was moving or anything... So how do you know that I am????? It blows my mind that you know these things without me saying anything!  El Norte ward is only a 8 missionary ward now! crazy! Also, Elders Ellsworth and Murdock are taking over our area and part of another area. But that's all I know. I already got the three boxes you sent, and I may never again in my life see a box so filled with protein products! haha. Thanks so much! I am going to re-tape it and open it in my new area tomorrow though. I'm not leaving it to the next Elders! haha.

Sounds like you are having a good time with all the fam. I'm glad Sean has got an idea of what he wants to do! He sounds like he'll be busy, but he'll be working and getting stuff done! I wish I could watch the State Championship game... Or my highlight film... I miss football sometimes;) haha. Stake conference is always good! We are going to have Elder Nelson (I think) visit the mission pretty soon. He's going to come to the Esco Stake Conference, at least.

President didn't say anything about changing P-day for President's Day, but I think it's a good assumption. We'll see. I'll let you know what's happening with my new area as soon as I can (so next p-day... haha).

So we got a new, really cool, investigator this past week. He has never talked to missionaries (aside from the ones who gave us the referral to his house) and he just let us in his house right after we knocked! we shared the First Vision and I think he really felt the Spirit! It's too bad that I won't be able to teach him anymore, but we're all on the same team here as missionaries, so it's ok!

I was going to share a story last week, but I didn't have time. I don't have much now, so it'll be the short version. We went to teach a recent convert  and afterward asked him if he knew anyone we could teach. I figured he'd say "no" because we always ask for referrals from him, but he told us to try his neighbors. So we went by right after we left his house (about 8:30) and talked to the husband, and got an appointment set! I was amazed on how easy and simple it was! It's a testimony to me that finding people who are ready to hear the gospel message are found through the members! I hope everyone is never afraid to tell the missionaries to try to talk with someone they know.

But that's all I got! I love you and I hope you're staying healthy and happy! Happy Day of Hearts!

Elder Brian Farley

NM Plate!

After Church! That Elder looks tired!

Hey Dad,

So things in Esco are changing up a lot. Two companionships are leaving! Us and the STLs. There are going to be 4 big areas now instead of 6 decent sized ones. I think it's going to be better but I will miss it here. I'm going to be leaving and get a new comp tomorrow. I hardly spent any time here... But It was good. Although we didn't have very much success, I learned important lessons and things I need to improve on. I've really realized that members are super important to work through. I realized that due to the small number of members in our area. But I know that the next Elders will have good success in utilizing part of our area.

Sounds like things are going well at home. Sean is getting back into things, and the rest of the family sounds like they're doing well too. There really hasn't been too much going on this past week. I think my next area will have a lot more going on! This area has been great, but knocking on doors for three hours a day isn't very effective...

My ankle is a lot better now! It was really bad before to where it was tough to walk on it, but it's just a little tight now and then. nothing to worry about. Thanks for supporting me in this, Dad. It's definitely a life changing experience and I'm trying each day to become someone greater so to help more people. I'll continue to do my best! Love you, Dad.


Elder Brian Farley

Monday, February 2, 2015

Week 24: Switching Apartments or Getting Transferred...

Hi Mom!

I suppose that being EF2 for life is fair. haha. And Sean will be a great help at the office! I see that he's already working on his beard too! haha. He sent me a picture of his implants and I could see a bit of hair on his chinny chin chin. He can't hide it from me. haha

Elder Schooff has been out about 14 months now. He's been in the area for 3 transfers(when this one ends). He may leave, or we may both leave. Like you said, it's crazy that this ward has so many missionaries, and I think that's going to change. E. Mather(one of the APs) asked me what I thought about my area, and then what I thought about having a set of Spanish sisters in Del Mar as well Elders when I saw him at a zone conference, and I said that'd be a good idea. A few weeks ago we got a call from E. Mather telling us that we are "switching apartments" and need to pack all our stuff. We think our area is going to get added to another area and that we are going top get transferred. All speculation, of course, but that's what we think is most likely. So they'll only have like 5 or 4 sets of missionaries in El Norte and open up 1 or 2 areas somewhere else. Crazy stuff! haha. you'll find out in a week.

Yeah, I guess I forgot to tell you about the Temple trip! it was great! Hopefully you, dad and Sean will be able to go to the Abq temple! That'd be great! Also, I hope you don't get sick! I got over a little cold like 2 weeks ago. Sickness is no fun!

Sounds like everything is going great at home! I really have no time left, but I love you and hope all is going well!

Elder Brian Farley

Hey Dad,

It's ok that its short. Unfortunately, I am lacking a lot of time this week considering I had to use some of my time responding to a survey of a training we did, and I got more emails than usual to respond to. But things here are going well. We still don't have very many people to teach, but we are really trying to use members more and get member referrals! We actually had a really cool miracle with member referrals that I'm going to share with Mom(so I don't have to be repetitive). But we are also packing up already, because the AP's called and said that we are changing apartments and that we need to clean out everything. We think our area is going to get shut down, but we aren't sure yet. I really can't believe it's February already either! Time is really flying by. Honestly, nothing much is really happening in our area. We are doing everything we can. Hopefully we'll see results soon! Thanks for your prayers and support, Dad. I know it's helping out. I hope to get your letter soon as well! I love you and hope all continues to go well!

Elder Brian Farley