Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Exchanges and Zone Conference


This week for me was a pretty good week. We had exchanges in Neepawa this week so we spent Tuesday there with the elders. It was a nice little break to go to a different area and do some work there, but it was also nice to get back. This week seemed to fly by just because we were so busy! We did a whole ton of service again this week but we were also super blessed to be able to teach as well. We are still trying to just get our investigators to progress. We are going to try a few different things this week to try and change it up and we will see if that helps any. We do have zone conference tomorrow so we will be driving into Winnipeg tonight and then staying for zone conference and driving home tomorrow night. It will be a long day haha. Its a 6 hour zone conference and then like a four and a half hour drive home.  I have definitely gotten used to long drives on my mission haha!

Other than that all is going really well! I am happy and things are going really great! I love my comp and I love this area. Time is going so fast though, I can't believe its almost transfer time again. WOW! Time flies when your having fun haha! I am so grateful to be a missionary. I love the experiences I am able to have and the great people I get to meet and talk to. I love the gospel and I do know that with out a doubt it is true and the only way to live life!!!!

I hope you have a great day and an even better week!

Love Elder Farnsworth

Monday, May 18, 2015

Sheep Sheep and More Sheep

Well hello everyone how's it going? 

Life here in Canada is going pretty good. We had a great week this week, for the most part it was a sunny warm week. But Sunday all that changed! It was snowing again! Snow in the middle of May, kind of crazy but at  least it is warming back up today.

This week we were able to teach quite a few lessons and it turned out to be a great week. We found a guy named Albit this week. He is a black guy and he goes to the 7th Day Adventist church. He is really nice and we were able to teach him the restoration. He agreed with a lot of it and said he would read the Book of Mormon so that is exciting. He has a wife and 3 kids, so hopefully he will read.  I know that if he does he will find out its true and then hopefully things will go from there! 

Also this week we went out to some of the members and helped them sort sheep! What a job! We were running around like crazy people in this barn full of sheep and we had to sort them and put them into the chute so we could give them medicine and figure out if they were going to sell them or not. Sheep are crazy. They run around like nuts and they jump! I never realized that sheep jump before, but they do haha. A couple of them would jump straight into this tall fence we had up and then they would fly back down and keep doing it. It was a new experience that was for sure but it was a ton of fun. We would herd them into their little cages and sometimes you would have to grab them and move them, it was crazy! 

Anyways that's about all for this week.  I hope everyone is doing good and has a great week! Love you all! 

Love Elder Farnsworth

President Thomas and Elder Hansen in Dauphin

Monday, May 11, 2015

Having Patience

Well hello everyone! How's everything going? I hope that everyone had a great Mother's Day, it was good to see and talk to you all! 

This has been a pretty good week for us here in Dauphin. We were able to find 3 new investigators this week, We actually went tracting and we were able to find a mother and a son! It was a neat experience we knocked on the door and she let us in, then she kept saying how amazing it was that we came over and she was so glad that we were there. We taught her about the Book of Mormon and had a really good talk with her. Her name is Mel. Hopefully we will meet with her again this week and get her progressing. We were also able to set a baptismal date with Brenda yesterday! The date is June 7th. We have got work on getting her to church so if you could all keep her in your prayers that would be great! The missionary work is sure moving along here. Summer time is a great time for service and missionary work and hopefully we will be able to see some great things come this summer! 

So yesterday and today in my studies I have been learning and reading a lot about patience. I love Preach My Gospel's definition of patience. Patience is the ability to endure delay, trouble, opposition, or suffering with out becoming angry, frustrated, or anxious. It is the ability to do God's will and accept his timing. Patience is related to to hope and faith - you must wait for the Lord's promised blessings to be fulfilled. I love this definition because it is so true! We have to learn to endure through all of the hard things in life, but part of it is that we have to have a good attitude while we are enduring! Sometimes that really seems impossible, but I love how it says we also have to have faith and hope. We have to trust God and as we do that we will be strengthened and be able to endure through the hard things with a good attitude. Yesterday I was reading in Acts chapter 14 and I found a scripture that I really liked! In this part of the chapter Paul and Barnabas are going out to encourage some people to stay faithful and strong in the gospel. In Acts 14:22 it says: "Exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God." I loved this scripture because life is never easy, we are going to go through tribulation and hard times and its ok because its all part of the plan, and if we are faithful and we endure through it we will enter into the kingdom of God. We have to be patient, we have to trust God and trust that he will fulfill his promises. I know that it is hard to be patient, it is something that I have really struggled with, but I do know that if we trust God and we are faithful to him and his commandments everything will work out. It might not be the way we want or when we want but it will all work out! I love the gospel so much I know that it is true and I know that as we live it we will be so blessed in our lives!

I love you all and I hope you all have a great week! 

Love Elder Farnsworth

PS - Please note the change of address on the side of the blog for Eli!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Be a Member Missionary

Hello this week,

This week for us has been pretty good. We had a couple of lessons this week and we found another new investigator so that was a good thing! His name is Lucky and he is a really good person. He knows a lot about the church and he has some interesting beliefs and takes on life and religion but I like him. He is a super successful business man too. He has tons of money and things like that but he is really humble and doesn't care about money, he just does things to help people and stuff like that. Hopefully we will be able to have some more good talks with him and get him more interested. 

As far as investigators at sacrament we didn't have any. :( Its so hard to get them to come! They always commit but they never follow through haha. I'm learning patience too! We keep working with them though and hopefully we can get them there one of these days. We don't have any baptisms lined up right now. We are just trying to get our investigators to progress and then we will have baptisms. We are hoping to set a date with one of our investigators this week but we will see how that goes. 

Other than that things are going really well. I feel so happy! Its weird because this week we did a ton of walking around and street contacting and we did a bunch of service and I was really tired but yet I was happy! I have been setting a lot of goals lately and I'm really trying hard to achieve them. Its so hard sometimes, but I love when I am able to see the progress that has been made! How are all your goals from the new year coming along? Don't forget about them and keep making more goals! 

So the past couple of days I have been reading a book called The Power of Everyday Missionaries by Clayton M. Christensen. You really should read that book. It lays out so well how to be a member missionary. One of our greatest responsibilities as members is to share the gospel! Don't let life get too busy and forget about that importance of sharing the gospel. I do know that if you try really hard to have missionary experiences the Lord will bless you!!!! 

Love Elder Farnsworth