Monday, June 27, 2016

Week 96: So Far It's Been a Good Run!

Hi Mom!

I think next week I am going to email one email to you just about how I've seen my mission and the things that I've learned. I will be packing here and there throughout this week, so I'll probably have about an hour to email next p-day. So far it's been a good run, but I still got a week more of running here! I don't know what my feelings are. Probably nervous most of all... haha. But I know all will go well. No regrets, so I will be sure to have none this last week!

This week went well. I describe J as an "in the moment" kind of person. In the moment of being taught, she really loves it and wants to change, but shortly thereafter she forgets what she has to do because she get caught up in the moment with something else. I think a lot of the people we work with are that way. They are really willing to have us teach them, but not willing (or they forget) to do whats necessary when we aren't there. However, we did find someone who seems to be really promising. We were contacting a lady at the bus stop, and then another guy in an electric wheelchair pulls up and asks, "Are you guys the Mormons?"
               "Yes, we are."
               "Cool, my mom and sister were just talking about you guys. They'd like for you to come and visit them. They live in this building, number 203."
He didn't have to tell me twice! We biked right on over there and went and talked to his mom. Her name is M. She has met with missionaries in the past, but is now a lot more open to them. She accepted the restoration, is reading the Book of Mormon, and came to church yesterday! We even set a baptismal date with her already! haha. She could potentially be baptized a day before I go home, but I am guessing she will be baptized the 16th of July (my 2 year mark!). We shall see what happens. So far she is pretty golden though! This week we also picked up like 10 other new investigators! haha. I don't know why these past few weeks were so slow, but this week was super busy and successful! I am glad for all of that. I hope I can leave E.C with a lot going on in his area. Speaking of him, I didn't break the news to him in the temple. I got a call from PK about my exit interview, and then I had to tell him. But I still stuck with my plan for the most part! I gave him the list of scriptures and told him to study it for personal study. When we began comp study and talked about what we learned, he told me that he thinks I was trying to say "I'm a missionary, but I'm giving up my responsibilities to you. I'm dying soon, and I'm going home to my friends and family." Amazing what you can communicate with the scriptures ;) haha. But then he said it doesn't make sense because I am leaving in November. I told him the truth and he was good after that. A little surprised, but he handled it well. The Temple was really good. I will still get one more before I go, so that will be exciting!



PK and SK leave on the 30th I believe. PK didn't want to make a big deal about leaving and distract the mission, so he just went to all the ZTMs and bore his testimony along with SK. He is a really professional kind of guy. We are going to be having a zone review with PT and is wife this Friday... That will be super weird! But I will sustain him. I mean, he's going to be my mission president for such a long time, so I have to, right?;) haha.

Thanks for continually supporting me in my mission, Mom! I hope this week goes great! I'll send an email and answer any last minute questions you have next week, but other than that, I'll see you in about 10 days! Love you!

Love,

Elder Brian Farley

Monday, June 20, 2016

Week 95: No Regrets!

Hi Mom!

This week, sadly, was another slow week. We couldn't get any lesson set with J, nor with the man the YSA sisters gave us. I feel like a lot of things are just falling through. We are going to have a more concentrated effort on the members though. I feel like we can get something moving forward if we work with the members. I just don't want to leave EC hanging without anyone solid. But he is a really solid kid, and I'm sure he is going to have a lot of success throughout it all. I think we just need to think outside the box a little more so as to find more people. I think English classes would be a good idea, but that would take a little time to start off.

We did run into a recovering addict last week who said that we could teach him this last Sunday, and we did. He's an interesting guy, but his gf seems to have some good potential. She lives in El Cajon though, so the missionaries down there should hopefully see some success with her. Other than that it's been a lot of flaky people.

It has been hot the past couple days, and we've been tracting through it as well! haha. We are carrying around a lot of water, so we are doing fine. I still haven't told him that I am leaving this transfer, but I have the best idea for bringing it up! So we are going to the temple this Friday and I told him I am going to teach him some "deep doctrine" there. So I have found a whole bunch of scriptures that talk about 'finishing' or 'returning home' and I am going to see if he can connect the pieces! haha. If he can't I'm just going to tell him. I an really surprised that he hasn't found out yet! haha. It still doesn't feel real. But I guess that's a good thing! haha.

I'm really not sure who E.C's step-dad would be, but he better be hardworking! I am going to give him a little pep talk before I leave to help him keep working hard and not become lazy before I go. He is a really good kid though, so I don't worry too much. Probably the coolest thing that happened this week was when a member got really excited to do missionary work and asked for some pamphlets to hand out. He said he's going to hand out them all and find someone here in Escondido for us to teach! That was really cool! It makes me want to work more through members and inspire them to do the work!

I think that's about it on my side of the world. I am so grateful for you, dad and the rest of the family! Thanks for all you do for me! I love you! Have a great week!

Love,

Elder Brian Farley

Monday, June 13, 2016

Week 94: 3 Full Weeks to Go!

Hi Mom!

I'm amazed you didn't talk to me about the earthquake that happened here! haha. It was a 5.2 apparently. But we just slept right through it. haha. But this week went well. Still no investigators at sacrament meeting though. J. said she would, but didn't. Every lesson we have with her is really great and it seems that she is doing really well, but then she doesn't let it change her completely I guess... But we are still working with her. We also got a referral from the YSA sisters of a dude who was supposed to be really solid, but he only wanted us to meet with him on Sundays... and not even for 5 minutes any other day. No se, but he may be solid, who knows. Elder Castillo is doing well though. He is a good child and is still working hard. He is getting things down though. I still haven't told him that I'm leaving this transfer. I kinda don't know how he hasn't found out yet! haha. Either I'll let him find out on his own, or I'll tell him week 6 haha. Overall, we are doing really well together and we are expecting some miracles together right around the corner!

Other than that, it sounds like there are a lot of things going on as always! Things here are pretty much the same over here. Just going to go strong until the end! Thanks for sending out the box! I got the cookies :) Everyone else enjoys them too. Thanks for all that you do for me, Mom! I love you! See you in a few;)

Love,

Elder Brian Farley

Monday, June 6, 2016

Week 93: One Month From Today!

Hi Mom!

So, yeah, that is a pretty trunky email title, but I'm basically immune to trunkiness. haha. But so far E.C doesn't know about any past assignments or that it's my last transfer. I like it better that way :) There have been a lot of people who have said things that would have made me question things if I were in his shoes, but so far I think he thinks I go home in November haha. I will probably tell him how old I am in a couple weeks. He and I are doing well together though! He is a hard worker and helps me stay focused as well. Now that he is more acquainted with the area, I am going to hand off more of the teaching opportunities to him. He is really quiet when it comes to teaching, and I'm just used to my companions coming in and adding their thoughts to the conversation so I just keep talking without thinking about it. So I am going to do better about letting him in on the lessons and also have him lead out. I think Sean and I have had so great of missions because of how you and dad raised us. So I am super grateful for you and dad for that!

That SD card had the Christmas video stuff on it? Weird. It should have had videos from the beginning of me and E.S being together. Oh well. I will be sending another SD card home right before the end, so look for that one in a few weeks :)

Sounds like things at home, with Sean, and the rest of the family are going well. It will be good to see everyone again, but I'm still not going to think about that for a little bit! ;)

And the APs right now are Elder Phillips and Elder Glover. Elder Arellano is in Temecula. So half of the same.

Things this week were a little slow. I feel like a lot of our investigators have kind of been piling out on us. We have met a lot of cool people recently, so hopefully we will be seeing some success here soon! People just need to be elect and keep commitments! haha. Sorry that this is so short, but I think thats about it for the week. Not too eventful. But things are going well, and I am sure we will be seeing some good results here pretty soon! Thanks for all your love and support, Mom! I am so grateful to have you in my life! I love you and hope you have a wonderful week!

Love,

Elder Brian Farley