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!