Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Second to Last

Hey everyone, hows it going? 

It's crazy to think that this is my 2nd to last email that I will send.  The time really does go fast, and it's all so bitter sweet. 

This week was a good week here in Selkirk though.  We were able to teach quite a few of our investigators and less actives so that was good. We got to go out to a members house in a place called fisher branch.  It's about an hour and a half away.  We spent 3 days out there helping on their farm and a bunch of their neighbors and things farms as well. It was a good experience to be able to go out and do some service and meet a bunch of people. we were able to teach some of them so that was great as well. It was kinda crazy, we stayed in this members house, but its a real old farm house and it doesn't really have running water, so we were using the old out house, and for a shower we had to use a bucket to fill the bath tub, then just bath in there.  Needless to say you don't get very clean. It was fun though.  Made me really grateful for all the amenities that we have. OH also I got my first tick this week.  Then I got a second and third hahaha.  It was tick city out there so that kinda wasn't fun but all in all it was a great time! 

Lately we have been reading the Book of Mormon as a mission and we have been highlighting where Jesus Christ speaks or whenever it talks about Christ or the gospel. We highlight when it talks about faith, repentance, baptism, the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end. This whole process has been amazing. It has helped me to see the Book of Mormon in a new light and really come to understand it even better. I challenge each of you to read the Book of Mormon but try something new with it, maybe read with a question, or a problem. Maybe go through and highlight all where it talks about Christ or the plan of salvation. I promise that it will help you to see it in a new light and strengthen the testimony that you have of the book. I love the Book of Mormon. I know that its true and I know it will bring us closer to God and Jesus Christ.  I can't even express how much I love that book and how important and amazing it truly is. ALWAYS read it... I promise it will strengthen your conversion and help you every single day.  We need to be praying, and reading our scriptures everyday, no excuses. If you are having problems or struggles in your life, if your doubting things -- read and pray, go to church and you will be amazed at how much better you will feel and how much help you will receive. 

I love you all!!!! I gotta say I am getting excited to see you all next week... just a little excited.... haha.

Love you all!!! 

Elder Farnsworth

Monday, June 6, 2016

In the News

Hey everyone, how was the week? Our week here in Selkirk was pretty good! It was super rainy this week so that kinda stunk but I guess it is better than snow eh? 

Things are good though.  We did a bit of service this week.  We also did some good old tracting and things like that to find some new people to teach.  Nothing too exciting yet, but miracles are coming! We did make the news paper so that was really exciting.  We are famous now haha, not really the members were all really happy but other than that no one has said much... it was great though, a good way to get the church out and noticed in the community. 

We had a great Sacrament Meeting this Sunday.  A lot of people got up and bore their testimonies and they were all so powerful and inspiring.  This branch here is amazing!  The spirit here is so strong and all the members are so unified.  I love serving here. It is  a great place :) That's about all for this week, nothing too crazy exciting.

I was reading a book this week and it was talking about Joseph Smith and the restoration of the gospel and it really reminded me how amazing and true all of this is. I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet.  I know the gospel is restored and we have modern day prophets and apostles that hold the priesthood. The Book of Mormon is true!  These truths are so important and each one of us needs to constantly remind and reaffirm these things for ourselves.  We can never loose sight of what is most important.  Life is crazy and busy but we always need to take time to think and ponder about the gospel and strengthen our testimonies. 

Love you all!  Have a great week!

Elder Farnsworth

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Garage Sale

Hello everyone, 

This week we did a ton of service. One of the members here in our branch actually lost their son in a car accident like 3 years ago.  He was only 7 and his friend Gracie died like a year after him.  Anyways they hold this huge garage sale in honor of them and donate all of the money made to charities and things within the community. This garage sale is HUGE.  They have a huge hockey arena just filled with stuff, so we got to help with going through all the donations and sorting them and putting them on tables.  Then on Saturday we would help people out to their cars and things with all their boxes. What a job haha.  We did this for like 4 days and we were exhausted!!! It was such a great experience though. We were around tons of the church members and we got to see and talk to and get to know so many people within the community.  It was a great opportunity for us!!! 

I love these small towns and branches. They all support one another and get involved with such great causes.  The best part too... we might even make the news paper haha! We got interviewed and got our pictures taken so that would be huge here if the missionaries made the paper.  Hopefully it happens! 

Other than that this week was just kind of normal we had an exchange on Tuesday so that was good.  Church on Sunday was great too.  This branch here has some of the greatest members.  I love serving here in Selkirk.  It is amazing how each area on your mission has an impact on you.  I am so grateful that I had this opportunity to serve and have all these great experiences.  What a blessing! 

Well I hope you all have a great week.

Love you all!!!

Elder Farnsworth