Monday, April 27, 2015

Week 36: Weeks Like Lightning

Hey Mom!

Man, these weeks are going by so fast! I feel like I just started the transfer with E.M but now its just about over... I really really reeeeeeaaaaallly want to stay in VC! We have so much going on here! But PK will probably transfer me because since E. Smith, I've only been with my comps for one transfer... I promise I'm a good missionary! haha. But I better stay here. Thats all I'm saying;)

It's good to hear all the news from home and how everyone is doing! Sean sent me an email, and it sounds like he's doing better. I am super excited for all the people who are going to serve missions and who are out there now! Each month that goes by I think "I can't believe I only have __ months left..." Although you probably feel like I've been gone for a long time, I can't believe it's going by so fast. I really am trying to savor every little bit of my mission- both the good and bad, because this is the only time I have to do it. I really love my mission! I hope that everyone out there with a question of if they should serve will do it, because it's going to be the best thing for their lives and for the lives of those they touch.

I was actually going to ask you today to send me some of gma B's cookies, but you already knew! haha. Wow. The Spirit sure does instruct you well on the things I'd like out here! haha;)

Everyday isn't perfect, but no day every will be perfect. We just have to make the very best of everything we have. You know the saying "when life gives you lemons, make lemonade, and when life gives you melons, your probably have dislexia" haha;) But really, this life is to be tested, so we should never think that we deserve a perfect life when we choose the right, but blessings and support through the struggles and challenges.

We are still seeing good success here in VC! I love it out here, and I love being a missionary! I am so very grateful for all that you do for me, Mom! I hope that your travels and activities for this next week go well and are enjoyed! I love you and pray for your happiness and safety!

Elder Brian Farley

Hey Dad,

It actually rained quite a bit here in VC! It was pretty awesome! I felt like I was in Hawaii for a time because it was sprinkling and it was warm at the same time! But this week went well. P. wasn't at church this past week, but we had 11 investigators at church! The coolest thing was that all their fellowshipers got with them and were showing them where to go without us having to go get them! I love this ward! We are going to be having 2 baptismal interviews this Wednesday for a couple of the boys in the boys home and we are hoping for at least one of them to get baptized this weekend! W. is also doing really well! We are going to meet with her tomorrow and invite her to be baptized as well! So there's a lot of good stuff happening here too!

All the plans and happenings sound really exciting! There is going to be a "Meet the Mormons" activity next month for the Spanish ward in Esco, and we are going to try to get our investigators to go down there! Its going to be in Spanish! The more I am out on my mission, the more I think of all the potential my friends had and that I should have invited them! But I am glad others are doing that!

I am very happy for all the people going on missions and getting home! It's super cool! I am really excited to see you and the family in a few weeks as well! I feel like Christmas was only a couple months ago! Time is flying! But I am so very grateful for all the help, love and support you give me, Dad. I know that God really put families together perfectly and that you are the perfect Dad for me. Thanks for all that you do and have done for me. I love you and hope that you have a great week!

Elder Brian Farley

Monday, April 20, 2015

Week 35: Milagros for dias!

Hi Mom!

It sounds like you had a good trip! (I feel like I've written that sentence many times to you while on my mission. Trips are good though;) I think it'd be really cool for Sean and I to visit his mission once I'm home! We can go to his and learn a lot and be super busy, then we can visit mine, relax and go to the beach!;) haha.

I'll come up with a list of things I need (If I can even think of anything) Speaking of which, I got the shirts, conference talks, letter and goodies! The tie is super awesome! It is now one of my favorites ever! Thanks so much!

I agree with everything you said about social conversion and such. New members are like primary children in the gospel, but they know less! They need member support and someone to help them out! A big part of the gospel is service, and fellowshipping is one of the greatest forms of service there is! It's helping someone increase their faith in the fullness of the gospel so they can return to live with God in exaltation! It's much more important than the worldly things that distract us! We must always remember the ultimate goal for all of Gods children! But although the district is still dragging a bit, VC is doing great!

"Me and My Favorite Companion" haha

To start off, I want to share an awesome miracle that happened on an exchange with Elder Garcia:
       We were just about to finish our exchange and we got a call. The person calling was a returned missionary, named Britain, who lives in Encinitas and was serving in Ohio. She prayed to find someone on the plane home who was ready for the gospel, and she found one of our new investigators, W.! W. was just returning home to VC from visiting family and mourning the loss of a loved one. Britain sat next to her on the plane, shared a bit of the Plan of Salvation, and set a time when she and the missionaries in VC(us) could come back and teach her. She accepted and we met up with Britain and her dad and went to visit W. We taught her more about the Plan of Salvation and invited her to be baptized, but she said she was already baptized. I explained the importance of authority and then Britain's dad spoke of his conversion story and how he felt the truth as he attended church. So we invited her to church to feel of the truth for herself. She then came to church and really liked it! So we are going back on Wednesday to talk with her and set a date! Super awesome miracle! Plus its a great example of the talk from General Conference that "RM doesn't stand for 'Retired Mormon'", or missionary for that matter! This is just another testimony to me that the Church is true!

This past week we also have been able to meet with D, our investigator who is very spiritually sensitive. We went with bro. Reilly, our ward mission leader (WML) and we told D. that we are here to help him change his life and be baptized! He said that that is why he wants us there! Super cool!

And last miracle is that we met a 19 year old from Ghana. His name is P! We taught the class in priest quorum (where he was at) and taught the restoration. We testified that it was through the Book of Mormon that anyone can know that the Church is true, and right after that he asked for one!! Super cool!

So that's my week. I know that God's hand is always in our lives, and it just requires our hard work and faithfulness to se it! I love this gospel! I love you and hope you have a safe and happy week!

Elder Brian Farley

Monday, April 13, 2015

Week 34: Each and Every Missionary in the World is Making a Difference

Hi Mom!

DC sounds like really fun place! Sean had already made it sound pretty good, but he was a missionary there, so that always makes it a biased vote;) haha. I hope we can all go to my mission after I'm home for a bit! I already wrote a lot of places to visit in my journal, so we will be busy!

That's so cool for Trevor! I'm happy for him! He's going to tear it up out in the mission field! All my little friends will soon be on missions... Gosh... I'll be halfway by the time they're out... That's weird to think about. I think I'm going to feel like a greenie until the day I die (AKA: go home). So I'm going to keep working my hardest until then so I will have "no regrets!" (football quotes apply so well all the time haha)

Like I said last week, I feel a common misconception in the church is that its normal and ok for people to take 6 months, or even years before they are baptized. Many people see baptism (including members) as a huge crazy thing, but it's not. It's a very important and sacred ordinance and covenant, but it's only the beginning! Yes, people need to be readily prepared, determined to serve God, follow Christ's example and keep the commandments until the end of their lives, but this is simple with the Spirit! Change can come upon anyone in the blink of an eye! There are exceptions with some people where it may take a significant amount of time, but the majority of people, in my opinion, should not take more than 4 weeks to be baptized. God wants His children to become a part of His kingdom now, and He will help them make it happen if they are willing.

I don't really have too much else to say, but I know that being a missionary is super important, and that each and every missionary in the world is making a difference. Although their efforts may only be one more drop in the ocean of God's work and glory, that drop is a part of the tidal wave of happiness and love in the life to come. I love you and hope you have a great week!

Elder Brian Farley

Monday, April 6, 2015

Week 33: General Conference was Super Great!

E.F & E.M---VC!
Hey Mom!

General Conference was super great! Could you hole punch the talks you are going to send as well so I can put them in one of my binders? I love conference talks! I have like 30+ talks on my flashdrive that I listen to in the car! They are the words of life! Sounds like Easter went well with the fam! I can totally picture Caiside and Ryker searching for eggs! E.M and I were wearing both our twinning ties and socks yesterday! You can hardly see the blue on the heel of the sock with shoes on, so I thought it was ok;) Sister Rush is awesome though! We went over for lunch and then watched the afternoon session with them. They would've let us stay for dinner as well, but we had a dinner appointment already. I feel like I got fed more yesterday than on Thanksgiving! And I got more candy than I did on Halloween! Easter is the best holiday;) haha.

Things are going good with E. Murdock and I. The members all like him and he's liking VC a lot as well! I don't see how anyone couldn't like VC! But the work with the new Spanish Zones is kinda going the same as it was without them. I feel bad because my district really hasn't been having much success lately. So I am going to do my best to get them to step up their game and push themselves to have more success! Missions are too short to be standing still! So we are going to run! It's like the scripture in 1 Corinthians 9:24. We're going to "receiveth the prize" of baptisms!!

Sean is going back to college! Crazy! That all sounds really exciting though! Hopefully he was able to remember a little bit of math so he gets put in a good class!

You are going to be having a super busy month! I can't believe that Daniel is almost home!!!  Don't worry, I'm more excited to talk to you;) But I'm not going to say my Spanish is anything special... I mean, I've basically been in English work the past 3 months... haha. But it'll be good. You and dad will only be empty nesters for about a year, so you'll be ok;) haha.

I'm glad to hear that all is well at home. We are hoping to be having a couple baptisms pretty soon! So I'll keep you informed! The gospel is the best thing we have here on this earth! Sure, at times its hard to live, but when we realize we are putting our eternal lives at stake when we choose to walk away, it makes it a lot easier to choose the right! It's really great that we have a living Prophet and Apostles on the earth to lead us closer to God and to help us apply the gospel teachings in our lives so we may have a greater capacity to follow our Savior. Without that, we'd be lost as were the people after the death of Christ! How wonderful it is that we have the fullness of the everlasting gospel and the blessing to one day return to live with God and Christ again. It's simple, and it's true.

Thanks for all your love and support, mom! I love you and hope you have a great week!

Elder Brian Farley