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!

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!

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!:)

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! :)


Elder Brian Farley