Monday, December 29, 2014

Christmas Week

Hello again this week! 

I can't believe that Christmas is already over... where in the world did the time go? I cant believe that I have been gone for 6 months too, its so crazy how fast everything goes by!

My first Christmas out in the mission field was definitely a good one. It was so good to talk to all of my family. I am so thankful for the love and support that my family has always given me. I don't know how I could do this without their support! After I talked to my family on Christmas we went over to a members house and ate dinner with them. Then after dinner we were able to watch the Lego movie, it was pretty good. It felt weird to be able to watch a real movie again... I felt like I was breaking the rules or something haha! but our mission president lets us watch any PG or G rated movie on Christmas, so it was ok!!!

Other than that this week has been pretty slow. It was hard with the holidays, but I am hopeful that this week the work will pick back up. Our mission president challenged our whole mission to read the Book of Mormon all the way through starting on Christmas and being done by New Year's Day. At first I thought this would be impossible, and I was skeptical as to if I would even get anything out of it. But as of now I am in Mosiah and its amazing the things that I have learned and put together reading it that quickly. I know that the Book of Mormon is true!!!! It has helped me so much and it gives me so much direction in my life as to what to do. I am so grateful to be on a mission and I'm thankful that I get to share this message with other people! I love this work!!!

I hope you all have a great week and have a fun new years!!!! Love and miss you all!


Love Elder Farnsworth

Monday, December 15, 2014

Moving Day

Well the day has come.... I have to leave Melfort. We got our transfer calls on Friday afternoon and now I am being transferred and moved to War Road Minnesota! Back to the mother land haha! I have so many emotions over my transfer call, I'm really excited to go to the states and serve, but I am so sad to be leaving Melfort. I have grown so close to the people here and it really does feel like I am leaving home and leaving my family again. There are so many people here that I have grown close to, and there is so many activities that I will miss doing here. I think this was one of the best places for me to start out my mission. I feel like I have learned so much in the past 6 months here. I will definitely miss it! 

But now its on to War Road. I guess War Road is actually even smaller than Melfort... i didn't really know that was possible haha! War Road has a population of 1500 people and there are a couple little towns around War Road with like 3000 people. I have heard that I will be doing a lot of driving there. It is about 30 minutes to each city, so that will be interesting. I also get a new companion, his name is Elder Burnette and this will be his last transfer before going home. I am so excited to get there and start working! 

Other than that our week was pretty boring, we were able to teach a couple of less active and recent convert lessons, we also taught the family that we found last week. We were able to teach them twice this week and both lessons were really good, they asked a bunch of questions and they seemed to be really interested.

This week I had one of the most amazing experiences yet. On Thursday night Jordan called us and he sounded pretty worried. He asked if we could meet him and Erin at the church to give him a blessing. He asked me to give the blessing and I was really nervous. I gave him a blessing, and I can honestly say that I have never felt the spirit that strong before. I know that priesthood power is real and I know that it can bless our lives. I am so grateful that Heavenly Father has given this power to bless the lives around us and also to bless our own lives.

I am so grateful for the time that I have been able to serve in Melfort. Everybody always say how much they love the people in the areas they serve and how hard it is to leave them, I now know exactly what they mean! It is SO hard to leave, but its amazing to know that there are new experiences and new people to love! 

I hope everyone has a great week! Love you all! 

Love Elder Farnsworth


Here are some pictures of places and people of Melfort.

 Melfort Welcome Sign

 The Vera Family
They are from Chili and would feed the missionaries every Friday.

 The Ethiers
Sister Ethiers is a recent convert.  Bro. Ethier is the Branch Mission Leader.

 Benton Froc

 Jordan & Erin

The Turner Family

The Praskis

The Atwoods - aka Grandma & Grandpa

Monday, December 8, 2014

Miracles

This has been a pretty good week! We saw so many miracles in our area this week, I don't even know where to begin!!!

So on Tuesday Elder Schollars and I did the unmentionable... we went tracting. We didn't have much to do and we had to fill up our time so we went and tracted. We tracted in the ghetto area of Melfort and we actually had quite a bit of success! we found a family out of it and also a single guy that is in his 20s. So in all this week we found 5 new investigators!!!! That's unheard of in Melfort! 
We were able to teach them all, we taught them about the birth of Christ, and we had really good lessons with them all, it was a huge blessing! It was crazy because this whole transfer we have been praying for a family to teach and then just like that a miracle happens and we found a family! It's so amazing to know that Heavenly Father truly does answer our prayers! 

Also this week we were able to teach Elizabeth. It was a really good lesson! The spirit was so strong. She actually really opened up to us and she told us how much she loves having us over and she said she loves the branch, but she said she isn't ready to commit yet. I really admire her, I have never had so much genuine care for a person before. All I want for her is to get baptized and to start progressing in the gospel. I really do think that one day she will be baptized, it just takes time, and she really wants to be sure of her decision. Its amazing to see how much she has grown as we have been teaching her. Elizabeth has been meeting with us for the last 5 months and I really do notice a difference in her! 

This week we also had Christmas zone conference on Thursday. It was really fun. We had great talks and we even got to watch meet the Mormons. It was really good! I got all of my Christmas packages and letters and I loved them all! I haven't opened any yet...YET! haha! 

Well I hope everyone has a great week! The church is TRUE! Love you all!


Love Elder Farnsworth

Monday, December 1, 2014

It's Cold Outside!

Well hello for this week! hows everyone doing?

So the temperature dropped pretty dramatically this week haha! It snowed a ton this week too, we shoveled about 8 driveways in one day and WOW was it a lot of work! I think by the time I get through the winter I will have huge muscles from all this shoveling! The past two days the temperature has been a base of around -25 to -30 but with the wind chill we have been -41!!!! It's so cold haha, but don't worry I have my coat and hat and mitts so I'm all nice and warm!

As for this week, it was pretty good. We were able to teach a whole bunch of less actives and recent converts, but all of our investigators couldn't meet this week. That was pretty sad, but with it being so cold we weren't too surprised. It was weird because on Sunday we usually have a pretty descent turn out but because of the temperature we only had 26 people at church. I sure hope that this doesn't continue through out the whole winter! Its kinda funny because when I got here everyone would tell me about winter and how cold and hard missionary work would get... I would always just shrug it off, but now I believe them haha its true! We just keep working hard though.

The new Christmas initiative for the church started this week, so that was really exciting! I think it will really help us to talk to people and have people listen. Christmas is the most natural time to talk and testify of Christ... after all it is his birth we are celebrating! 

Well I hope everyone has a great week this week... just think 24 days and I can talk to you over the phone!!!! Love you all!


Love Elder Farnsworth

Monday, November 24, 2014

It's Snowing - A Lot!

This week for me was actually pretty rough haha! There was definitely some good things that happen, but it was still a hard week! We were able to meet with both Elizabeth and Corey this week. They are both doing really good. Elizabeth came to the relief society super Saturday and she seemed to have a great time. This Sunday was the primary program. It was really funny to watch all of the little kids up there singing and giving their talks! It was kind of weird though, we started sacrament meeting half an hour late... everyone just kind of sat there for half hour and then finally the meeting started. We had to wait for a family to get here for the primary program. It was sad too cause none of our investigators came to church. On Saturday it snowed a lot so we think that kind of deterred some people from coming. 

The snow here is crazy. It snows and snows and snows, and then the wind blows the snow everywhere! I am so excited about the snow though, I have been waiting for it and now its finally here! Its actually snowing right now haha! 

As for my new companion, I'm still trying to get used to him. He is a pretty nice person so that's good. Its been hard to teach him about the area and to help him get used to things, but its slowly coming along. We seem to get along pretty good so I'm definitely happy about that! This week one of our less active members who works at salvation army gave us a TON of Christmas decorations, so on Thursday I decorated our whole apartment for Christmas... its pretty decked out haha! 

Well that's about all for this week, thanks for all you do. I hope everyone has a great thanksgiving! Don't forget to be thankful!!!! 

Love you all! 


Love Elder Farnsworth

Monday, November 17, 2014

New Companion

Well hello this week! 

How is everyone doing?  I am doing pretty good. I got a new companion this week. His name is Elder Schollars. He is from Washington and he has been out for 20 months. I was actually really sad to see Elder Brown go, I will miss him alot! Even though at times he would drive me crazy, we had a lot of fun together! I learned so much from him, he taught me how to be myself and relax, but he also taught me how to be a missionary. He was a great trainer, and I will really miss serving with him. So far Elder Schollars seems okay. I don't really know him too much right now, but he seems like he will be a good companion, he is definitely different than Elder Brown though, that's for sure!!!!

This week was pretty sad in regards to teaching, we were only in our area until Wednesday morning and then I was in Saskatoon until Saturday morning waiting for Elder Schollars to get here. It was kind of a bummer to be out of the area for so long, but now were back and were ready to work hard! I decided today that I really truly love Melfort, its so small and there is not a ton to do, but its a great place. It has taught me how important it is to serve others. We do so much service and its amazing the feeling I get when I serve! I love it here!

As for the weather its actually not that bad, its definitely cold, but there is hardly any snow :( I'm sad I want lots of snow... but its just not coming! Everyone has been saying its been a pretty mild winter so far, so we will see what the rest will be like haha!

Well I hope everyone has a great week. I can't believe that its almost American Thanksgiving already! That is crazy! Well I love you all!

Love Elder Farnsworth

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Transfers

I had a pretty good week this week, we actually saw quite a bit of success! We had a lesson with Elizabeth, and then she actually ended up coming to church on Sunday! I was so happy. Then we were able to meet with Candace again this week. She actually text us this time! So we went over and had a good lesson with her! She is pretty hard to teach though because she agrees with everything, but at the same time she won't act. So its like she knows what she needs to do and she wants to do it, but she just won't act. It gets pretty frustrating but hopefully as we keep working with her things will get better! This week we also met with our other investigator Corey! This was another miracle... a couple of weeks ago Corey actually got thrown in jail, and we thought he wasn't going to get out for like 9 months, but i guess they put him out on probation, and now he has all these rules he has to follow! We went over and talked with him and he said he is super ready for change. He said he wants to start a new life! So we will be working with  him and hopefully he will start progressing. One of the hardest things of serving in Canada is teaching the native population. Both Candace and Corey are natives, and the natives here for the most part have no sense of time or commitment. If you set a time up they will agree to it, but then you go try to visit and they aren't there! It gets frustrating, but we keep working on it and we are seeing success so that is good!

So I'm sure your all wondering about the weather about here... its not snowing anymore :( it snows on and off but nothing is really sticking... instead its just freezing cold! This morning it was -14 Celsius, so i think that's like 4 degrees Fahrenheit or something, so it is definitely starting to get cold! We went and washed our truck this morning and by the time we drove 5 minutes to the library the whole thing was frozen! haha It might be a long winter!!!!

We did get transfer call this week, I will be staying in Melfort, and Elder Brown is being transferred to Fort Francis Ontario. He will be a zone leader there. My new companion's name is Elder Scholars. From what I know he is a pretty good guy. He has been out for like 19 or 20 months, so he has a lot of experience too. Hopefully I will learn a lot from him! It will be interesting because this transfer is only 5 weeks instead of 6 and the transfer ends right before Christmas, so I think I will be moving right before Christmas, but we will see what happens!

I hope everyone is having a great time back at home, I can't believe its already the holiday season, hopefully you all have a great time celebrating haha! Lately I have been reading a lot in Mosiah, its such a good book. I have learned so much from it. I'm so grateful for the book of Mormon. I know that book is true! I love you all I hope you have a good week!


Love Elder Farnsworth

Monday, November 3, 2014

James' Baptism

Well this week we got to baptize James!!!! We were so happy and excited for him. He got baptized on Saturday by Elder Brown, and I was able to confirm him on Sunday. It was a great experience. I felt the spirit so strong, and James seemed so happy! James has a really bad back and legs, so I had to be in the font with them to help get him back up in case his leg went numb. Before we all got in, James said wow this is too good to be true, there is no way this isn't the true church. Then on Sunday in gospel principles he said a prayer. In his prayer he said something like I'm so glad I could be apart of this true church for 16 hours now! This made me so happy!!!! It really strengthened my testimony. It made me realize how much I have been blessed to be apart of this TRUE church for 19 years. I'm so thankful to have grown up in the gospel! What a blessing!

The rest of this week was pretty slow. We went on exchanges in Prince Albert this week, Tuesday to Wednesday. I learned a lot on exchanges. I went with Elder Crake and Elder Rivera, they have both been out for about 20 months, and they taught me a lot. They have a lot more experience, and it was good to go with them and learn!

We did teach our less active named Nick this week, but instead of teaching him on top of the pub, we actually got to teach him in his room in the pub haha that was pretty funny!

Halloween was pretty good, we spent it with a member and her less active mom. We had a good time. They made us dress up so I got to be a cat and Elder Brown got to be Barney! haha. We had a good time!

I'm so thankful for all of your prayers and support, they truly do help! This has been such a good week, I know the Lord is blessing us and I'm so grateful! I hope you all have a great day!

Love Elder Farnsworth



James' Baptism
The women in front are James' girlfriend and the girlfriend's mom.

Eli and Elder Brown

 Its snowing!
This picture was taken this morning out his apartment window.  

Monday, October 27, 2014

Zone Conference

Hi everyone!!! 

This has been one of the best weeks yet!!!!!! Elder Brown and I saw so many miracles this week, it was amazing!!!!

On Tuesday we had a zone conference, it was so good. We had one of the area seventies come and tour our mission, his name was Elder Malm. He is from Sweden, he is such a good speaker!!!! Everything he talked about was exactly what we needed to hear! He talked about how we need to change, how we need to become better and become more like Christ. He talked about how we need to expect miracles. He also talked about how we can move our mission into the next phase. Right now our mission does have baptisms and things, but he talked about how we could take it to the next level. It was soooo good!!!! He talked about how we need to be bold and ask more people to be baptized. He also talked about how to find more people to teach! It was such a good meeting. Me and Elder Brown were so tired after the meeting because it was so spiritual that it was exhausting haha!!! 

On Thursday we had a really good day too, we got to meet with Elizabeth again which was great!!!! we thought she had dropped off the face of the earth, but we were able to teach her again. The lesson was really good. We asked her to be baptized and she said that she probably would, but right now she is nervous about her family. So we are working on that. We also need her to come to church, but she is always busy. Hopefully she can come this week!

Now for the biggest miracle of all!!!! So Elder Brown and I were able to teach James on Thursday too. Going into the lesson we were super nervous. We were teaching him the law of chastity, and he is living with his girlfriend. We were nervous because the week before he told us that they weren't going to get married for awhile and that they were just going to live together. So going into the lesson we thought it was kind of do or die. Well the very first thing that he started to talk about when we started the lesson was how he and his girlfriend broke up and how he wasn't living with her anymore!!!!! It was such a relief. So we taught him almost all of the commandments and he loved them, he told us he would live them. Then on Saturday we were able to meet with him again, and we went over the rest of the commandments, and the baptismal interview questions. So now we are having a baptism this Saturday!!!! I am so excited, we both weren't sure if he would get baptized or not, but the Lord wants him to, and the Lord prepared him!!!!!

Sunday was also a really good day. It was our branch president's son's farewell. He is going to the Pittsburgh Pennsylvania mission. He leaves tomorrow for the MTC. He and Elder Brown both talked and it was a really really good sacrament meeting. There were tons of non members there and it was just another miracle!!!!

Also crazy story this week, we went to the Melfort museum, and we were working in the saw mill and we were cutting these huge logs. Well one of the guys that was working the saw almost got his hand chopped off!!! It was crazy. He went to grab this piece of wood that was by the saw, and the saw was still moving. Well anyways the wood got caught on the saw and totally flung around and smashed his wrist and threw his hand into the saw. His hand got pretty cut up and he broke his thumb and has to have surgery. It was crazy. I thought he lost his hand for a minute there!!!!
I'm so thankful for all of your prayers and support. I can feel them everyday!!!! I love being on a mission. I have seen so many miracles and it just keeps strengthening my testimony! I know this work is lead by God, he helps us everyday. I know this church is true and I'm so thankful for the blessings that I have received because of it!!!!! Love you all! Have a great week!


Love Elder Farnsworth

Zone Conference

Service at the Library

Ward Halloween party

 Logan's Farewell

Monday, October 20, 2014

Teaching at the Pub

Well Hi Everyone! 

How are you all doing? This has been a pretty good week. We have had some funny experiences this week! Our week started off pretty slow again and we were a little bit discouraged, but then in the middle it started to pick back up. We were able to meet with one of our less actives this week, but it was pretty funny because he lives in the upstairs of the town pub. So we went to teach him and we actually taught him outside on the roof of the bar! It was pretty funny, definitely a different experience! We also got to volunteer at the salvation army this week. One of our other less actives works there so that was fun to spend time with her and go through peoples old junk!

On Wednesday we got our flu shots.... that's the first time I have ever gotten a flu shot and for some reason it made my arm hurt! It ached clear until Saturday! I wasn't too happy, but oh well! We also were able to volunteer at the museum this week. We were helping them cut these huge logs! They use this really old school cutter and one of the logs actually fell off the saw and it took all 8 of us an hour to figure out how to get this huge log back on the saw! haha It was pretty fun. The best part was we were able to talk to and see one of our potential investigators!

The end of this week was kind of a bummer though, all of our appointments ended up getting busy and everyone canceled on us again! That was kind of frustrating, but we just keep trying! Sunday was good. We had an investigator come and one of the members invited her niece to come, so she actually came and brought her kids. She seemed to really like it, but I guess in relief society the teacher was saying things that really freaked her out. So hopefully this week we will be able to meet with her and help her understand more of what was going on and maybe, hopefully she will be a new investigator! Sunday was good too because we had potluck! Who doesn't love pot luck! haha 

Well I hope everyone is doing good. I miss you all and hope you have a good week!


Love Elder Farnsworth

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Canadian Thanksgiving

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!!!! 

Yesterday was Canadian Thanksgiving here and we had a great Thanksgiving! On Sunday night we were able to go over to the Atwoods and have Thanksgiving with them. Then yesterday we went over and had Thanksgiving with the Frocs! It was really nice to celebrate and remember all of the things that I have to be grateful for. Too often I forget all of the amazing people/things that I have in my life. Its nice to have a special day to remember and think of all of those things!

This week was a pretty interesting week, it was actually pretty bad as far as teaching. We were able to teach a couple of our investigators, but ALOT of people ended up canceling on us. I think a lot of people were busy for Thanksgiving and the weekend and so it was kind of a bummer. We were able to do quite a bit of service this week which is always good. We do have a whole bunch of appointments lined up for this week, so we are just hoping and praying that they all follow through! We did teach James this week and his baptism is scheduled for November 1st. We still have a couple of lessons to teach him, and he still has to get married before he gets baptized so we just keep praying that everything will work out! The good news is that all of the drama that we have been dealing with has calmed down. Its nice to have a break from all of the problems... at least for a minute haha!

With it being Canadian Thanksgiving and all I thought I would just tell you all how thankful I am for you! I'm so grateful for my family especially! I love how big and how crazy everyone is and I'm so thankful for all of your support! I love you all. I'm also so grateful for all of my friends. You are all the best! You all email me every week and you have made a huge impact on my life! I also want you all to know how grateful I am for the gift and the power of prayer. Heavenly Father does hear our prayers, and He will answer them! If you ever have trouble or need help pray!!!! There has been so many times in the past 3 and a half months that I have prayed and received help. Without the power and ability of prayer I wouldn't be here! I love this gospel, and I'm so grateful for it in my life! I love you all so much and hope you have a fantastic week!


Love Elder Farnsworth

Monday, October 6, 2014

Getting Cold

Well hello everyone! How's everyone doing?

Things here in Canada are good, its starting to get really cold here!!! I had to buy my coat this week and we received our first little bit of snow! SNOW in the first week of October.... I think winter is going to be rough. Apparently it gets to be like -40 here and with the wind chill its supposed to be like -60, so that will be interesting!

This week was pretty good, we taught Elizabeth this week and like always the lesson was really really good! We taught her the word of wisdom and about Prophets. She was really receptive and even came to the first session of General Conference. It was great! We also moved a couple this week and they said we could come over and teach them, so our teaching pool is slowly getting bigger!

Conference this weekend was so good!!! I loved it! There were so many talks that I loved! It was kind of funny because all of the talks were directed toward people that Elder Brown and I were teaching. They would have been perfect, and answered so many questions.... it was super disappointing though because only Elizabeth came. I swear missionary work can be so frustrating sometimes. I wish sometimes that we could just force people to feel the spirit, because if they did they would know that its all true! I hope that kind of makes sense haha!

Other than that we just did our normal things this week. We dealt with even more drama! Its funny how much drama can be in one little branch! I think all of this drama is gonna make me insane! I have definitely learned a lot from dealing with all of the chaos though. Its amazing how much Heavenly Father loves us. He wants each of us to learn and grow. He gives us all so many challenges and trials, but they are all to make us stronger!

I'm so grateful for the gospel, without it I would be lost. It gives people the chance to change and become better! I love you all and hope you have an amazing week!


Love Elder Farnsworth

Monday, September 29, 2014

Transfers Again

This week has been a pretty good week. It has flown by for some reason. We have been pretty busy all week long so that's good! We went to Prince Albert for pday last week and spent the night up there with the other Elders. It was a lot of fun! The P.A. Elders have been going through a rough time because right now they are in a tripan and two of the elders don't really want to work so they have been struggling a little bit. Also P.A. is an interesting place. There is a lot of drugs and things up there so its hard to do missionary work, and right now they are in kind of in a dry spell! The Sisters up there are doing really well but the Elders are suffering haha! 

The rest of the week we taught a couple of lessons, we got a new investigator named Cori. He is a really neat guy. He is a native and his girlfriend just had a baby. He has been working as a carny in the carnivals for a while now and he has decided to change his life! He is really nice and loves what we taught him. He came to church and now we have another appointment with him too so that is great!!!!! 

Also this week we have been dealing with tons and tons of drama haha! The branch here definitely has some problems! Some of the members just don't seem to get along. Then we have a recent convert who has had some problems that we are trying to fix! It's tiring! 

We also got transfer calls on Saturday..... ( drum roll please) and I am staying in Melfort... with Elder Brown again! I guess its super rare to have the trainee stay with the trainer, but President Thomas wanted us to stay. It should be a good transfer, we have a lot of potential baptisms and were working hard! Also Elder Brown is now district leader so we have to step it up even more to be good examples! It will definitely be an experience! We will need lots of prayers! 

Well thanks for all of your support! I miss you all and think of you often! 

Love Elder Farnsworth!

Monday, September 22, 2014

A Normal Week in Melfort

Well this was a pretty normal week, we met with all three of our investigators this week, and the lessons went really really good! The first lesson was with James, we taught him the restoration, and he loved it, he seemed super excited about it and he said that he already knows Joseph Smith is a prophet because he already knows the Book of Mormon is true.... it’s only been 2 weeks since we have started meeting with him and he already knows!!!!  He is solid haha! It was fun when we went to James we got to play Settlers  of Catan with him and his girlfriend and it was really fun, it might be my new favorite game haha!

On Thursday we met with Elizabeth, that lesson went really well. We finished teaching her the plan of salvation and she loved it! She said that it made so much sense, she loved how there were degrees of glory and she loved the spirit world. I love teaching her, she has the strongest desire to learn and grow! She also told us this week that she did pray about baptism and she said it is something she will do, but she said she just needs to pray about it again and be sure... I think we will have a date with her this week.

We also met with Candace this week, and taught her the word of wisdom. She actually took it surprisingly well and said she would stop drinking coffee! We also taught our recent converts and had really good lessons with them. It’s hard to be in the small towns, because we don’t get to teach as much as in the cities. We mostly do a lot of service and volunteering. We try to get really involved with the branch and the community so we can hopefully generate people to teach!

This week on Saturday we volunteered at the multi K marathon here in Melfort. We were crossing guards on the road, so we got to direct traffic. It was pretty fun! We also had our branch activity this week, it was a pie and chili cook off. It was a lot of fun, and it was a huge success, they had 17 nonmembers there!!! It was like paradise for us haha. We went around and introduced ourselves and talked with everyone, it was really fun and the pie and chili were delicious haha!

Well that’s about all for this week, thank you all for your love and support, I’m so grateful for all of your prayers! Love you all and hope you have a great week!!!!!


Love Elder Farnsworth

Monday, September 15, 2014

Member Missionaries

Well this has been a pretty good week! The beginning of the week started out pretty slow, but the end of the week was great! On Thursday we got to go down to Saskatoon for a specialized training, our whole zone was there, and the other Saskatoon zone was there, President and Sister Thomas were there too.  We learned a lot about how to work with members, and how to teach better and all that good stuff! It was a great training. I learned so much from it! Then on Friday we were able to teach an investigator named James. We did a whole bunch of service for him last week, and this week he let us come teach him. We were able to set a baptismal date with him for October 11th. He has a lot of work to do before then . . . he has to get married!!! haha. He is super solid though and his girlfriend is a less active so it shouldn't too big of a deal! 

This weekend we also had stake conference. It was so good it was all about the temple, family history work, and doing missionary work! The talks were so good, they definitely inspired me! This week I realized how important the members are to missionary work! Before I came out on my mission I never knew or understood how important member missionary work is. Members are the key to missionary work. In our mission they took away tracting and now the most productive way for us to do missionary work is through the members. It is so important to remember that everyone of us is a missionary! So many people think that you are only a missionary when you were a name tag, That is not true! I was reading yesterday in 2 Nephi 26: 22-33. I love these verses, I love how it states that the gospel is for everyone, no one is denied and in verse 27 it says that we are commanded to persuade people to repent. It is our job to help everyone we know receive the gospel. I also love verse 30-31 if we truly have charity and love for others we will want them to receive the gospel! We all have a duty to help those around us receive the gospel. I know its hard and before my mission I was probably one of the worst member missionaries. Looking back I had so many opportunities to share my beliefs with those around me but I never did. I always thought it was too hard or too scary and I always thought that was a missionary's job to share the gospel. Now I realize that its all of our jobs to share the gospel and I realize now that its really not that hard. We just have to have a gospel conversation, or use Mormon words like family home evening or priesthood or church, anything that will spark peoples interest and then we can talk about the gospel! There are so many ways to share the gospel, if members are willing to work and share the gospel, the work will move forward at such a fast rate! 

I am so grateful for the gospel. I know that each of us has a sacred responsibility to share this Gospel with others. As you help to move the work along your lives will be so blessed, you will see so many miracles, and your testimony will grow! Remember its not just missionaries who share the gospel, its members too! I love this Church and I'm so grateful that I get to share this gospel with all of those around me! Thank you all for your support, I hope to hear from you all soon. Love you all! 

I challenge you all to go out and share the gospel with all of those around you, you will be blessed and so will they!

Love Elder Farnsworth


Monday, September 8, 2014

First Baptism!

This has been a really good week! Elder Brown and I had our first baptism this week!!!! Rhoneil and his son were both baptized on Saturday night, it was so amazing to see them both get baptized, the spirit was so strong there... I loved it!!! Rhoneil's family was so excited to have him baptized. His daughter got up and spoke at the baptism and said that she was waiting 7 years for this day. It was definitely a good day!!! The rest of this week was pretty good too. We didn't get to teach Elizabeth or Candace this week, but we did still get to teach a lot of the less active and recent converts. We had exchanges this week, so the three elders in Prince Albert came down to Melfort and spent some time with us. We had a lot of fun, we did service with them and taught a few lessons. It was nice to see other missionaries for awhile haha.  Me and Elder Brown are like exiled and sometimes we get bored of each other haha! There is not too much else to say about this week, it has been good, The baptism was so amazing, I can't really get over it! I'm so thankful that Heavenly Father allowed me to take part in it, what a blessing! Rhoneil is an amazing guy and I'm so thankful for the opportunity to teach him!!! 

Today for my birthday we aren't really doing anything exciting. Last night the Frocs made me a cake which was super nice of them. Then tomorrow we are going to get ice cream with a recent convert. Friday we are having a big fire at a members house for my birthday. The members here are so nice to celebrate with me!!! I love them all. I'm so thankful to be out here. It's so hard but its so worth it!!! Thanks for all your love and support. I hope you all have a great week!!! 

Go out and share the gospel!!! 


Love Elder Farnsworth

Rhoneil and his son's Baptism Day



Eli and Elder Brown canning pickles at a member's home.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Labor Day in Canada, Eh? Who knew?

It was good to hear from you! Sorry I am emailing a day late, but since it was Labor Day the library was closed, and then we were really busy yesterday and couldn’t even email at the church. I’m glad that you guys had a good week, it seems like everyone is keeping busy and just going on in life! Nothing too exciting happened this week, it was pretty normal. We had our typical lessons with our investigators and less active recent converts. Good news for this week was that Elizabeth did come to church!!!!! Hooray! she was crying all throughout sacrament so that was good too haha! Also this weekend is Rhoneils baptism.  He should be baptized with his son on Saturday, and his other son will be baptizing both of them so that should be really good!  

It’s so weird, I feel like I haven’t seen you all in forever, and I feel like you have no clue what is going on in my life haha! It’s so hard to summarize everything that happens in a week into one little email. I go through so many different thoughts, emotions, experiences in one week that a week can feel like a year haha! The time is going by really fast though. I honestly can’t believe it. I am more than half way through my training. I can’t believe that its almost my birthday too.... WEIRD!

Oh I should update you on the senior couple. They are actually really good people. They do talk WAY too much but they are really good to us, they are like our grandparents! Elder Brown and I love them, but at the same time get annoyed with them. This week has been challenging with my companion, he gets on my nerves sometimes, but we do get along really well and I do love him haha! I have just been tired this week! I better just get used to it. Sorry this email has been so whinny, I really am having a great time and I’m loving it out here. I promise I’m not "struggling" haha I’m doing good!!!!! There’s no place I would rather be right now, I love it here!!!!

Love Elder Farnsworth


Monday, August 25, 2014

Challenges Make Us Stronger

Well this has been a pretty hard/crazy week.... the best way to explain the week to you is to give you a day by day review soooo.....

Monday:  Elder Brown and I had to move apartments so the senior couple could have ours, it has an elevator and Elder Atwood has arthritis in his knees so he can't go up stairs. Anyways we moved most of our stuff and that was fine, but when we moved the couch in the "new" apartment we found the carpet was soaking wet and the shower had been leaking. So there was mold on the floor, and the place stunk so bad! They fixed the leak, and then they cleaned the mold so that was good. But because it stunk so bad Elder Brown and I decided to stay in our old apartment and sleep on the floor, so that was fun haha!

Tuesday:  Was decent, we were sore from the floor, but nothing too traumatic happened haha.  We did sleep on the floor again Tuesday night though. We also taught Tim on Tuesday... Weird! I have never seen so many bibles in my whole life, I think I said 2 words because he was talking so much about all of these bibles. I don't think we will meet with him anymore, he told us he just wanted us to come over so he wasn't lonely. He said that there is nothing to learn from us. He is reading the Book of Mormon, so we will see what happens I guess!

Wednesday: We woke up and were sore again, but we finished moving the rest of our stuff to the old apartment, it was pouring rain and lots of stuff got wet but we did get everything moved. When we moved all of our stuff into the "new" apartment they were replacing the balcony door, so rain got in our apartment too which was great. Then we drove to Saskatoon to drop the other 2 missionaries off. Then we came back and a member called us and there is major drama going on in the branch. Then when we got back to the apartment we spent a good 3 hours cleaning because it was so disgusting. There was a piece of meat under the sink that was sitting there for like 3 months!!!! It was nasty!!!!! Anyway we finally went to bed at like 12 because we were cleaning.

Thursday: We woke up and noticed our fridge wasn't working.... so all of our food went bad. Then Thursday night the branch drama continued and then we got a call from one of our investigators saying she was going to kill herself so we went over there and talked with her and worked everything out. That was a pretty scary situation but she is OK now!

Friday:  The branch drama continues... but we did teach Elizabeth and Rhoneil and both of their lessons went so good! It was exactly what we needed! I think next time we visit Elizabeth we will ask her to be baptized so that will be good! The senior couple also got here Friday. they are really nice, their names are Brother and Sister Atwood, they are from McGrath Alberta and will be serving here for 6 months. Were excited to have them!

Saturday: Nothing too exciting happened Saturday. We taught a recent convert, went fishing, and taught a less active. Fishing was horrible we didn't catch anything haha!

Sunday: Was good, but the branch drama did get worse haha! We went to the Frocs for dinner and had a really good time with them, it was much needed haha!

This has definitely been a hard week, but after we thought about, we realized that it was all Satan. Things are going so well, we are teaching so many new people and we have 2 baptismal dates, and Satan is mad. I think that's why this week is so hard, he is tempting us and making things hard but he will never win!!! I don't think I have ever prayed and pondered as much as I did this week. I'm so thankful for each challenge we had because I grew so much and learned so much from it!

Well that's all for this week, I hope everyone has a good week, keep praying!!! Love you all!

Love Elder Farnsworth

Monday, August 18, 2014

Transfer Time

We had another good week this week. The beginning of the week was super busy and we taught a whole bunch of lessons which was great, but the end of the week was pretty slow.  We taught Elizabeth and Rhoneil this week, both of their lessons went really really well and they are both progressing. We didn’t get a chance to teach Tim this week, which is kind of dumb but oh well. We did get new info on Tim, apparently he is a crazy person, the missionaries taught him before, and I guess the branch all know who he is too. They said has been to jail, and I guess he used to worship the devil. Who knows how true all of that is, but the good thing about the gospel is that it can help you change!!! So hopefully the gospel will change Tim!

We did do a little service this week, and we met a new lady named Eileen. We helped her weed her garden, and she was super nice. We are supposed to go back to help her some more on Tuesday, and hopefully we will be able to teach her!

We did get our transfer calls this week.... (drum roll) haha. Me and Elder Brown will be staying in Melfort, but Elder Norfleet and Elder Miranda got transferred. I will be sad to see them go! Elder Miranda is going to Saskatoon and Elder Norfleet is going to Bodet Minnesota, so he has quite the travel ahead of him. To replace them we will be getting a senior couple, which we are super excited about, apparently the senior couple is mostly for fellowshipping and finding people, and we get to do all the teaching which will be great cause I need the practice!!! The only down side is that we do have to move apartments, which is horrible, cause our apartment is the nice one and now we are definitely downgrading!!! So we started today and wow what an adventure hahaha I don’t think I have ever laughed so hard, we had to move a couch with a hide a bed and the bed kept popping out and making it super difficult to move, but it was really funny!!!

Well I hope everyone at home is doing good, I can’t believe that its already time for school to start, it’s crazy that all of my friends are now leaving for college, and everyone else is leaving the MTC haha!!!! I just want everyone to know, that this Church is true, God loves each of us and cares so much about us. He will answer our prayers! I love the gospel, and I love the work!!! Love you all and thanks for all your love and support. I would love to hear from you all!!!!


Love Elder Farnsworth

Monday, August 11, 2014

Temple

Well hello everyone! How's everyone doing? Things here in Melfort are going really good! For some reason we got really really busy this week with teaching appointments. We taught the Filipino family twice this week, then we taught all of our less active and recent converts, and then we even got a new investigator this week!!!! 

So funny story of the week... we went to the Filipino's house to teach a lesson, and every time we go there, they always end up feeding us. The first time they fed us spaghetti which was actually pretty good. but on Friday we went and taught them then they fed us something called menudo. I ate it and thought it was delicious but I didn't really know what it was. I thought that the meat that was in it was hamburger... well anyways the meat wasn't hamburger. Apparently menudo is cow stomach and intestine! I was a little bit grossed out, and now I'm afraid to even eat at the Filipinos! haha!

This week we also had zone conference, so we had to drive 2 hours down to Saskatoon. It was a really good meeting, after zone conference the zone leaders came and did exchanges with our district and that went really well too, I learned a lot!

On Saturday we got to go to the temple! It was so good to go to the temple. I love the temple so much! It was so peaceful and you could feel the spirit so strong! We went to the Regina temple which is about 3 hours away so we got to ride a huge charter bus all the way down and back with the branch. Also on Saturday a miracle happened!!! All week long last week Elder Brown and I had been praying for a new investigator, and we set a date of August 10th. We prayed all week and we kept trying to find someone, we street contacted a whole bunch and every time we saw no one. But we kept trying, and we kept having faith that we would find someone. Then on Saturday evening we pulled up to the church to go and facebook and all of a sudden there was a guy there. We talked with him, taught him the restoration, and made a return appointment with him. We found our new investigator, on August 9th!!! and the best part was he even came to church on Sunday!!! It was amazing Heavenly Father answered our prayers!!!! I know Heavenly Father will answer our prayers. I'm so grateful for my loving Heavenly Father who does answer prayers!!! I love this gospel!!!! Thank you all for your love and support. I would love to hear from you all! 

Love you all and hope you have a great week!!!

Love Elder Farnsworth


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Monday, August 4, 2014

Charity

What a week! This week has been pretty crazy! We did a ton of service this week. The beginning of last week Elder Brown and I set a goal and prayed to work on charity. We started to pray for opportunities to serve. WOW were our prayers answered! This week we moved 4 people 4 days in a row, we hauled out a basement full of concrete, we hoed a garden, and we painted a Ramada in the park! I was kind of thinking to myself that moving the 4 people was like a good way to celebrate the anniversary of us moving haha! Needless to say we definitely got the opportunity to practice charity.

Charity is such a hard thing to develop! It’s hard to always love and help people, but it’s even harder to have a good attitude while doing it! But I know that as we strive to have charity we can bless so many lives!!!

We were able to teach a few people this week too. We taught a couple of our less active and recent converts which was good, but sadly we didn’t get to teach any of our investigators. That’s ok though because this week we will teach ALL them! Today we had an appointment with a guy named Rhoneil. He is from the Philippines and his family just got to Canada. His whole family is active and they all come to church, and he has already said he wants to be baptized. Our lesson went really well and we committed him to be baptized on August 30th!!!!! Now we just have to continue to teach him and prepare him. Hopefully we will be able to teach Elizabeth this week too. She was out of town last week but should be home this week.

On Saturday my district had exchanges and I switched companions for 24 hours. I was with elder Norfleet... he’s kind of weird but I like him! We were able to get a teaching appointment and taught a couple. This couple has a really rough life. The woman has been sick for 9 years and they are both a little crazy... The guy told us how much he likes smoking weed and how God created it to make people laugh and be happy.... haha.  I guess we will have to teach him the word of wisdom next! 

Well thank you all for your love and support, I have the greatest friends and family!!!! I love you all!!!!! 

Love Elder Farnsworth


Monday, July 28, 2014

Teaching and Service in Melfort

It’s been a whole month!!! I can’t believe that I have been out for a whole entire month!!! I never paid much attention to time until I came out on my mission. Time is a crazy thing, I can’t decide if I want it to go fast or slow... but it’s not up to me. Things in Melfort have been pretty good this week!

I taught my first REAL investigator this week... that was nerve racking! I was shaking so bad and I was nervous all morning! I mean her eternal salvation was laying in my hands! But the lesson went really really well, she started crying within the first 10 minutes and she was taking in everything we were teaching. It was an amazing experience, I loved every minute of it!!! She was going to come to church, but she had a birthday party, and now she’s going out of town for a week, but hopefully we will get to teach her again next week!

We have also had the chance to do a lot of service this week, we helped a member tear out his concrete floor in his basement and carried it all upstairs... It was HARD work, but I think I gained a lot of muscle from it haha! We also helped in the park and painted these huge pavilions.

Other than that we have just been teaching our recent converts and less actives, and we have been street contacting like crazy, I’m still lacking a lot of confidence when it comes to street contacting, but someday I will have the courage to talk to everyone I see! We had our branch picnic on Saturday, that was a lot of fun, we went to a lake and played volleyball, baseball, and ate lots of good food. It was so fun to spend time and get to know all of the branch members. This branch truly is amazing, they are working so hard to become a ward. they are the perfect example of member missionaries, they are always giving us people to talk to, and they are so supportive of the missionaries! I love the Melfort branch!

I love being a missionary, it is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done, but it is so rewarding. I love this gospel so much, everyday my testimony grows, and I know without a doubt that the church is true. It’s hard sometimes because I really miss everyone, but I know this is where I need to be!!!! I love the missionary life!!!! Thank you all for your love and support!!! I love you all!!!


Love Elder Farnsworth

Here are a couple of pictures from the MTC . . .


Here are some pictures from Melfort!  It must be a little chilly already. 




Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Life in Melfort

This week was pretty good, we didn’t have too much going on, but we still managed to keep busy. On Monday we taught a man named Don, he is a less active member and has had a LOT of problems lately. He is older, and has had quite a life. We went and talked to him and he told us all about his life. For some reason he related a lot to me and I was able to talk a lot. It was one of the neatest experiences so far. It was also so humbling to realize how great of a life I have had compared to some people that are a lot less fortunate.

This weekend we got to do service work at the Melfort fair.  That was tiring, we worked in the scout booth cooking food for all the people. On Friday we worked an 8 hour shift and on Saturday we worked a 10 hour shift. By the end I thought I was going to die, my back and legs were so sore from standing the whole time, but it was really fun! On Friday it wasn’t too busy because it was so rainy, it gave us the perfect opportunity to talk to all the people we were volunteering with. Most of the people working were Christians, but not Mormons, so I started talking to this lady named Heather, we talked for a good 2 hours while we were working, and I told her about the church and about what we do during church and kind of what missionary life was like and she told me about her church. She goes to one of those Christian churches where they have like weird rock concerts and stuff but anyways, she said she had a lot of questions about our church and that she wanted to invite us over to talk! Then the best part is she said that she was willing to put her religion to the test, she said she would do everything we asked her to do, and that she would really listen to what we had to say!!!! Elder Brown was super excited and was telling me how prepared she was, I was kind of freaking out, because hopefully we just got an investigator! Hopefully this week we will be able to go and talk to her and her husband.

Other than that not too much has been going on, we’ve done a lot of street contacting, and we got to watch the Melfort parade which was tons of fun! We’ve done a lot of service this week, we volunteered at an old folks home and we helped put some doors in a house. I love it here, I feel like I’m living in a dream! I still can’t believe that I’m actually a missionary!!! I love it, I have learned so much and I’m so grateful for all the experiences that I’ve had! I love the gospel!!!!

I hope everyone at home is doing good, and keeping busy!

Love you all!

Love Elder Farnsworth

Monday, July 14, 2014

Eli Arrives in Melfort

What a week!  It’s been crazy to leave the MTC and to get to Canada, the flights and all of that were pretty good, we got to Canada at about 11:30 but then we had to go through customs, which was horrible, I don’t think they wanted us to come into the country haha! But we made it!  The first night we got to see a baptism which was amazing, I felt the spirit so strong, it was a great experience.  After that we went to the mission home and stayed the night. I really love President and Sister Thomas, they are so loving and caring, I definitely felt like they cared about me which was really nice haha!  On Thursday we got our first areas... that was so intense, I was so nervous to find out where I was going and who my companion was but it all worked out. I am serving in the Melfort area.  It’s  in the Saskatchewan province. It’s a really small town, it’s just a little branch here but the people are really nice. my companions name is Elder Brown, he is from Surprise Arizona and has been serving for 7 months, he is a great missionary. I have already learned a lot from him, and we get along really good so that’s a plus!

Friday was awful... we had to travel to our areas, and that is no easy task... it took about 12 hours of driving to get to Melfort. What a day... they have this thing called the transfer train were there’s a whole bunch of missionaries on buses and in cars that drive to all there areas, but it’s crazy... the logistics that go into just one transfer are crazy. the good news though is that I got a tour of the whole entire mission haha! It’s really really flat here, there’s only a few hills and there’s trees but the landscape is pretty boring haha! I still love it though, there’s so much water and everything is green!  It’s not too cold yet, the evenings are a little cold, but not too bad. I’m definitely not looking forward to winter, I’ve heard some pretty crazy stories about how bad it is... we will see I guess haha!

I have been able to teach a few lessons, it was pretty nerve wracking, but thank goodness for the spirit and my companion! we teach a lot of recent converts and less actives here, so they already know what we’re teaching, we just go over it again. we also do a lot of service here, we get to serve in a fair this weekend, and we help a lot of people on their farms. but life is good, I’m starting to get used to things, and I’m starting to rely more on spirit as I teach, that is no easy task, but it is an amazing feeling to know that what your saying is all the spirit!

Thank you all for all your love and support, I loved all the emails that I got, they were great, I’m sure your all wondering about my facebook... we are a facebook mission so I get to go on for an hour everyday but I can only talk about church related things and missionary things, so I can’t just sit and chat haha! also if you send me mail and packages just send it all to the mission home and then they deliver it. so if I don’t write back its because it can take up to 6 weeks to get things. but I would still love to hear from you all! love you all and again thanks for the support! I’m  so grateful for this opportunity, I have learned so much and my testimony has grown!!! I love the gospel!!!!!

Love Elder Farnsworth


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Arrived in Winnipeg - July 9, 2014

Hello Families,

Your missionary arrived today in the wonderful Canada Winnipeg Mission.  They look terrific and we are excited to have them serving with us.  They arrived on time, but immigration took them a while.  They were hungry so we fed them right away “taco in a bag”, and  ice cream.  We gave them several hours of training.  Tonight they enjoy a wonderful ham dinner.  Then we are off to a baptism of a young man about their same age.  We will teach them our mission song and get them to bed.  Their day started pretty early at the MTC, so they will be really happy to get to bed tonight.

Tomorrow there will more training and they will get their first mission assignment and be sent to all parts of the mission.  They are excited to serve the Lord and we are exciting they have come to join our ranks!

We love these elders already and thank you for sharing them with us.

Attached is a photo that was taken at the airport when they arrived.

Love,
Sister Menlove



Monday, July 7, 2014

Week Two

Wow! I never thought that I would get to the point where I had been out a week, the first couple of days were hard but now time is starting to go by a lot faster! 

This has been a really really good week. I have learned so much about the gospel, and so much about how to teach! Preach My Gospel is an awesome book, I feel like it’s a missionaries best friend! I have learned so much from that book about how to be a good teacher and how to help meet investigators needs! it’s amazing!!!! We are in class a lot, we probably spend over 9 hours a day in class learning! It’s a good thing I love my teachers, and my district! I can’t get over how blessed I am to be with all of the missionaries in my zone! They are all so awesome and they all have such strong testimonies! I think I will cry when we all get split up! most of the missionaries from our zone and district are going to Tampa Florida, and me and elder Reed and Elder Cox are the only ones going to Canada, so that's kind of dumb, but oh well I guess!!! I have to update you from last week, for some reason I now love the food here, and I think I'm going to gain a million pounds because now I can’t stop eating, and even though I sit the whole day and don't move I am always hungry!!! But now the only thing I have to complain about is the BEDS!!!! I hate them. I miss my memory foam and six pillows, I don't think I have slept very well the whole time I've been here. part of that is because we stay up half the night talking, but the other part is because I feel like I'm sleeping on a rock!!!! Oh well it’s worth it!

On Sunday, we had a devotional, and then we watched a movie called the Character of Christ. It’s based off of a talk that Elder Bednar gave. It’s awesome I would highly suggest it!!! It was exactly what I needed to hear! He was talking about how missionary work is not about how the missionary feels! It’s not about me! It doesn't matter what I want or how I'm feeling, all that matters is that I'm doing everything that the Lord wants me to do. I felt super home sick and then after I heard the talk I realized it doesn't matter how I feel!!!! Now anytime anyone in our district gets upset or down we just tell each other it’s not about us!!! Who cares if you’re tired? Who cares if you’re hungry? Who cares if you want your family? It’s not about us!!!! I loved this talk! on Tuesday we also had another devotional with Lowell M. Snow, it was really good too! He talked about how we need to use our agency to let the Holy Ghost help us. I loved this!!!! We have to choose to pray for the Holy Ghost, and we get to decide whether or not to listen to its promptings. I am so grateful for the Holy Ghost, I realized this week that the Holy Ghost doesn't just help you teach or give you promptings, it can help you learn, it can help you make decisions, and it can make you feel loved and comforted. I am so grateful that through the spirit I have been able to gain all of the knowledge that I have, there is no other way that I could have learned this much in this short amount of time!

On Tuesday Elder Ofiu and I got to teach this investigator named Kenzie. it was an awesome experience, we taught her about faith and prayer and in the middle of the lesson we asked her how she was feeling, she kind of got mad at us and told us how she hated that question, she said she never understands why Mormons ask that cause she never feels anything. We kind of explained to her about the Holy Ghost, and then we left. We went back on Wednesday to teach her again, and we asked her if she had thought about what we talked about and everything, she said she had thought about it, and then she told us that after we left on Tuesday that she finally felt something, she said she felt very peaceful and she couldn't really explain the feeling. Me and elder Ofiu looked at each other and we were both so excited! SHE FELT THE SPIRIT!!! It was awesome, we knew we had felt the spirit, but it was so cool that she did too!!!
I love the gospel, and I'm so grateful for it!!!! I am so blessed to be able be out here and be the Lord’s servant, I know this is what I should be doing and I wouldn't want to do anything else!!!!! 

I hope everyone enjoys the 4th of July!!! We actually get to go out and watch fireworks tonight so that should be fun! I can’t believe that I just got here and now it’s already time to go, I will be flying out to Canada on Wednesday, we leave the M.T.C. at 2:30 A.M. and our flight leaves SLC at 6 A.M. so all of you have your phones ready because I might be calling for a minute!!!! I love you all!!! Thank you for all the support and letters, the next time I email you I'll be in Canada! HOORAY!!!!!!!!! 

Love Elder Farnsworth

P.S. it’s been a week and a half and apparently my friends suck... the only people I've heard from are Jen, Ellery, Maren, and Brenda! 

Friday, June 27, 2014

First Week at the MTC

The MTC is awesome!!! I cant believe that it has already been 3 (almost 4 days). The MTC is great I have learned so much already.  I feel like my brain is on overload but its good!  My companions name is Elder Ofiu (oh-few). He is awesome!!! He knows the scriptures like crazy and hes always telling me a random scripture to explain something to me. He is from Alaska and is 21 years old. He said he was pretty crazy up until 6 months ago when he changed his life around. In our district there is three sets of companions, Elder Cox and Elder Reed, and then we have Sister Davis and Sister Capt. I really like my district we have a lot of fun!!! We have the 2 best teachers brother Clancy and Sister Latu. 

My testimony is already growing. I have learned a lot about how to love people. We practice teach people like crazy, they are trying to teach us how to love and see people as god sees them. Today we practice taught a lady named Tiva, it was an awesome experience, and me and my companion learned a lot from it. I don't think I have ever felt the spirit so strong until then, it was an awesome experience. As we sat there and taught her about faith, I tried to see her as God does, and my whole view of her changed. Its crazy how all of these investigators are fake, yet they are constantly on my mind. 

Last night we got to meet our MTC branch president, he was really cool. His scriptures look like a coloring book and he can practically quote any scripture. He called Elder Ofiu and I to be our MTC zone leaders, we weren't too happy about this cause it just means more work, but were grateful to have the opportunity serve more!!!

 Out of this whole experience so far, I have only one thing to complain about... the food SUCKS!!! My companion eats like 3 plates every sitting, but I cant even eat 1. I thought the food was supposed to be good, so that was disappointing. I miss everyone at home, I try not to think about it but dang I miss my nieces and nephew!!! (sorry for the rest of you, I promise I miss you too just not as much!) But other than that life is pretty good, whenever I start to get sad we always have an awesome lesson and I think its God's way of reminding me that this is all worth it!!! I'm so grateful for this opportunity, I KNOW the church is true, and I know that if we have faith, and do all that we can God will make up the difference! I love you all!!! 

Love Elder Farnsworth

PS -- Parker and Austin:  I can't wait for you guys to leave!!!  You will love it!!!!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The MTC

We dropped Eli off at the MTC on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.  He will be in the MTC for two weeks and will be leaving for Winnipeg on July 9, 2014.  His address at the MTC is:

Elder Eli Farnsworth
JUL09 Can-Win
2007 North 900 East, Unit 97
Provo, UT  84602



Thursday, June 19, 2014

Bye Bye Eli -- The Farewell

Thank you everyone for all your support of Eli.  Here are a few pictures from his farewell.







Eli's Mission Blog

Welcome to Eli's mission blog! We hope this will serve as a way for everyone to keep up to date on Eli while he serves in the Winnipeg, Canada Mission for the next two years!