Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Returned with Honor!!!

What an amazing ride it has been having a son serve a full time mission.  It is something that you only dream of when your child sings the song, "I hope they call me on a Mission".  It has become a reality for us.  The preparation, the emails home every week and the incredible young man he has become are so worth the sacrifice.

Can't wait till they get called!
Can't stand to let them go!
Can't stop talking about them!
Can't stop worrying about them!
Can't wait till they get home!

I know in my heart that a person who leaves their family for a short time so others can be with theirs for ETERNITY.....is a true principle of this beautiful gospel we are so blessed to have!

Elder Farrow was able to see Aunt Kelee, Ryan and Grandpa and Grandpa Moon on his layover to PHX before coming home to San Diego!


SERVICE               DATE  FROM           TO             DEPART  ARRIVE
_____________________ _____ ______________ ______________ _______ ______
US AIRWAYS            19AUG HERMOSILLO     PHOENIX AZ     1140A   1252P
U ECONOMY                                  TERMINAL 4
                                                          NON STOP
                            RESERVATION CONFIRMED         1:12 DURATION
                            SEAT 03F NO SMOKING CONFIRMED

US AIRWAYS            19AUG PHOENIX AZ     SAN DIEGO CA   200P    311P   
U ECONOMY                   TERMINAL 4     TERMINAL 2
                                                          NON STOP
                            RESERVATION CONFIRMED         1:11 DURATION
                  AIRCRAFT: AIRBUS INDUSTRIE A321
                            SEAT 16A NO SMOKING CONFIRMED
Sisters are so excited to go to the airport!

Family is anticipating the arrival of his flight!

Mission Accomplished!!!!!

Proud parents!

Fun to have a welcome banner to greet our Elder!

His first home cooked meal!

Monday, August 11, 2014

The Savior Lives

Aug. 11, 2014

Recently I have had difficulty counting my blessings, because there are too many to count!! haha this week was phenomenal. I think we had a picture perfect week, not many trials like other weeks and we had pure smiles and happiness. I had a blast finding new families to teach and feeling the spirit with investigators and members! At this point you can name anything about missionary work and I can tell you I love it. I have really grown to love every aspect of this work. We baptised Yulisa like we had planned!!! she was pretty nervous, but after feeling an enormous peace in the beginning of her baptismal service she was calm, poised and excited once entering the the waters of baptism. I was able to baptise her, and I was nearly brought to tears seeing her face and eyes light up with joy while we were still in the font. There is no greater happiness than this!

Sunday morning was incredible too, we passed by the homes in Hermano Lopez van and packed it tight with investigators, like sardines in a can! I sang in sacrament meeting, and was accompanied by the precious Hermana Libby on piano. I sang Because I have Been Given Much I Too Must Give. A very appropriate hymn for an Elder that has been so blessed for 2 years in the Lords service.  Everything is progressing well and we have great plans for this next week.

Obviously I am a jumble of emotion finishing up my final days here in Mexico but there is nothing stopping me from finishing strong. I have no doubts that I will finish at an all time high. I love being a missionary and know it will be a difficult goodbye when the time comes for me to take off my missionary badge. I look forward to the future with all my faith and trust in God with all my heart. I love my Father in Heaven and my Savior Jesus Christ! Angels have protected me I have been in Gods hands for 2 years. I know that what I preach is the truth. There is a fire within my that fuels a powerful desire to share this gospel with everyone I meet. I know that the blessings of hard work are numerous. as we strive to live by faith and obedience there is no doubt in my mind we will find so much joy, peace and happiness. I have past through a lot in these last 2 years, and today I have so much love for my church, God and Savior.

Ill end with a poem I wrote this week that express my appreciation for my missionary service.

My Savior Lives by Elder Farrow 

My Savior Lives. What more can I say?
I have had His name over my heart every single day.
He guided me, protected me, and healed my broken heart.
He always supported me from the very start.
He walked with me and renewed my soul.
He has comforted me and helped me reach my goals.
He has changed me, He has made me strong.
I remembered the nails and pushed along.
It was never easy. I fought and fought and fought.
I was called to serve in a desert, where the sun was so hot.
I have worked so hard. I have given my all.
I have put my trust in the Lord with my back against the wall.
At the end of two years  I fall to my knees,
and ask my Father in Heaven if He is pleased.
Pleased with the work that I have done
serving as a missionary in the work of His son.
In my prayers I feel my Saviors love.
My personal revelation has come from up above.
I will never stop, because His work will never end.
For my entire life I will serve my family and friends,
He is by my side, and with me He will stay.
And even when I stumble He will help me find my way.
I know my Savior lives and with every waking hour,
I will be obedient and testify of His redeeming power.
I am ready now, there is nothing more to say,
For I know Christ lives and loves everyday.

I love my family tons and am grateful for your constant stream of prayer, love and support. I will finish strong and will see you all soon. I hope you all have an amazing week!

Elder Farrow

Monday, August 4, 2014

A much needed week of success

Aug. 4, 2014

Through ups and downs here in the mission, this weeks served to be very very successful and happy week. hah the last couple weeks have been a little tough and my companion and I were struggling a little bit finding new people and families to teach and battling with rechazo and desanimo. however, the Lord truly opened up the windows of heaven this week and our prayers were answered! I love how God works. He is sometimes just waiting for us to work hard and be patient then he helps us out when we need Him most.

The members here are catching the fire and are working well. obviously not everybody, but the solid families here are giving us names and coming out on visits with us. They feel the spirit with us and the flame gets even hotter. We have said goodbye to many families and found several new ones.

This week we baptized Jesus Antonio!! a stud!! he just barely turned 12 years old and is a little short for his age. He walked to church a few times just so his baptismal date wouldn't fall. He was very prepared and is super smart. His mom and his step dad would have been baptized too, but they are dealing with some issues with divorce for past marriages and other stuff. From the very 1st time we talked to him about baptism he told me that he wanted me to baptize him. Saturday was a very special day for me. In the afternoon we started our fast, later at 6 we baptized and had a very powerful noche de hogar (family home evening) with an investigating family. I honestly felt like the blessings didn't stop coming this week because Sunday was awesome too! lots of investigators at church and I felt like everybody was smiling haha or maybe its just me.

 Finishing up the mission is nothing easy and i think more now than ever I am depending on the spirit to guide me everyday. Guide my thoughts, words, and actions. to sum it up, i feel emotionally tired haha I truly feel my Saviors presence. its a little hard to explain but I just knows He is aware of me. I feel a beautiful peace every night in my prayers, and this peace is a big motivator for me to work hard and leave everything I have here in the field. 4th quarter baby! I am still going strong and have big plans to have another successful week. I am proud of my family and so grateful for your constant love and support these last 2 years. and do love you all with all my heart!

Remember The Nails,
Elder Farrow

1. A new family! they didn't go to church Sunday like they said they they would haha but next week fo sho!
2. Always time to make tortillas :D
3-4. Anotonio con su mama y hermanita

Monday, July 28, 2014

Diving Catches!

July 27, 2014

another amazing week has passed. I am so very thankful for the support i have in my family and I have loved your advise about finishing up strong. Please don't worry about me! you can trust in Elder Farrow that he is going to step up his game even more in these last precious weeks. I am very happy.

Whenever the Mexicans want to get your attention they say "la neta es que", its like saying "the truth is my friend". and sooo i tell you all... la neta es que this week was a real toughie. we are passing by some trials here in our area and pray diligently to overcome everything here in Peñasco. Something that really really drew my attention this week was the little tender mercies of the Lord. We found little hidden blessings every single day this week. check this out! digamos que we are playing baseball and the second baseman lets a ground ball slip right threw the middle of his legs for an embarrassing error, he gets down and pretty sad. Then suddenly his shortstop makes a beautiful diving catch or a solid double play to pick him up and lift the spirit of the2nd baseman! perhaps lately my companion and I were a little down this week, but the the Lord was making diving catches all week! He lifted us up daily as we found new people to teach and people even were inviting us into their houses. God truly does try our patience sometimes!

I love the mission so much and am really having the time of my life. My comp is great and keeps me laughing all day. sometimes i feel like I have too many blessings, or I dont deserve the blessing i recieve hourly. The sun is sooo hot haha no maches it is really heating up here and sometimes I get molested by how much I sweat. I show up to the lunch appointments at 2 as a wet towel haha I am loosing lots of weight. But yeah all is dandy and I am lookiung forward to another event filled week. Today in my District meeting I "capacitated" (Grandpa moon I know that's not a common English word, but that's all I know how to say now haha) about working with the members and asking them for names. I only hope my family is workin hard in the missionary work over there too! I love you lots

Remember the Nails,

Elder Farrow

1. An awesome little family. "hidden blessings!"
2. A big frozen fish haha

Monday, July 21, 2014

Bouncin Back!

July 21, 2014

I feel that as my mission is coming to an end, I am finally getting strarted! I have asked myself recently if God is happy or satisfied with the work I have done, and I haven't gotten an answer yet. He just keeps on telling me, keep on working hard Elder Farrow! He expects much of me! I am having the time of my life. and enjoying every single minute of my time here in peñasco. and dang, it was an awesome week. One of our greatest logros was brigging the Valdez family to the church for 3 weeks in a row. there were very menos activos but now they are showing great faith and making huge sacrifices to keep the commandments. actually they have played a big role in helping Yuliza, their neighbor, prepare for her baptism. Yuliza has been to church 3 times also and we pray and fast so she can be baptised the 9th of august.

Among our successes this week we couldn't ignore other downfalls that kinda bummed us out. even after 2 years of missionary work, the words "we don't want anything to do with the church" hurt so bad sometimes!! it has been harder for my compánion. he is experimenting with missionary downfalls, and I have tried my very best to teach him positivity and faith. I strongly believe that the true measure of our success is based upon how many times we can bounce back from failure or regection!  

I was able to do 2 interchanges this week with 2 different companionship's this week. I felt like an assistant again. working hard in someone elses area is a blast. Sunday at church my companion and I had a special moment in the 3rd hour when we taught in primary. we taught about prayer and used scriptures in Mosiah 24:9-14 to explain that we can say prayers in our head and in our heart. we asked all the kiddos to fold their arms, close their eyes, bow their heads and pray. it was silent!! haha after a solid minute i told them they could open their eyes. A beautiful spirit entered the room and all the primary teachers were in tears. It was sweet, and helped me understand more fully the intimate connection we have with our Father in Heaven. He does hear and answer our prayers. He has answered mine, and we wait patiently so He answers the prayers of our investigators. based on His time and their faith.

lately my testimony of Christ and His gospel have been bouncing off the walls and been growing so much. learning of Christ has strengthened my soul and filled my heart with appreciation for my family! I love you guys so much and work daily to show my love for my Father in Heaven. You are always in my prayers my good family. I hope you have an awesome week =)

Mucho love,
Elder Farrow

Monday, July 14, 2014

A Chosen Missionary

July 14, 2014

A lot happened and it was a spiritual strengthening week for sure. I was definitely blessed with some answers to some personal questions I have been having lately! I know very well that God is aware of his missionaries. I am grateful to be in His hands.

Our week of work was interrupted by a meeting in Hermosillo.   My companion and I had to go to on Thursday. It was a special meeting for the new missionaries that are in their training. I remember a similar meeting I had as a greenie almost 2 years ago.You would think that President Hernandez would get tired of assigning me topics to speak in his meetings, but yet again I was able to prepare 30 minutes of capacitation on WORKING WITH MEMBERS!! hah it is something that we as missionaries are always hearing from our leaders, and I decided to take another approach. I explained to them how in missionary work there are chosen investigators and there are also chosen missionaries. A chosen missionary is a missionary that the members trust with their friends and loved ones. I had fun with it.

Coming back to Peñasco we finished the week of with a solid day of hard work. We knew that we had lost 2 precious days of work while traveling and in Hermosillo and that we needed to invite tons to church on Sunday. We did just that. We left the house early at  9 in the morning and returned at 9pm sharp. I feel very blessed to have a young companion that loves to work.  He is motivating to me which is good.

All is well. My testimony of the atonement has really grown in the 2nd half of my mission. With confidence I testify daily of His divinity and healing power. He fills the hearts of missionaries with joy! Being consecrated and dedicated has never been more fun. I want to be perfect and put my trust in the Lord day after day after day.

I love my family! thanks for your prayers. they never go unanswered.
Remember the Nails,
Elder Farrow

1. I ate dat
2. Superman!! hahh my buddy. kids here bath and play in big tubs of cold water to cool down.

Monday, July 7, 2014

WOW! that just happened :D

Jammin! haha Mas Cerca Dios de Ti :) Himno 50!

Add captionLa Hermana Bastida y su hija Monica! they were a great help to us this week
 La Zona Peñasco!

La Familia Lopez Guerra! Lupita, Andrea and Jose :D

On Mon, Jul 7, 2014 at 7:22 PM, Blake Farrow <blake.farrow@myldsmail.net> wrote:
Family! otra semana nos ha pasado que si fuera un sueño! I cant believe how many tender mercies and how many blessing we were able to see this past week. taking a breath after a long days work you take a deep breath and say "WOW! that just happened." The Lord is surely working side by side with us! we were blessed to see 3 miracles this week. Their names are Lupita, Andrea and Jose. all three entered the waters of baptism this week :D trust me they had their share of opposition and truly had their personal and family battles with Satan in order to reach their goals, but they did it! I love their family so much, Lupita is a single mother who has sacrificed a lot to be baptised. They were also supported tons by the sister missionaries in the branch here and I am grateful for them too!

Like any missionary week, we had our ups and downs, but definitely stayed positive. If i were a boy scout again, I think I would have earned my bicycling merit badge like 9 times this week, we ran into some serious bike trouble. but all is well and we keep rolling on. We worked a ton with members this week and continue to be impressed by the faith of these great members. the majority of the saints here are converts and most have less than 10 years in the iglesia. they all remember very well their missionaries and are super willing to help us. especially when they can see two young missionaries with fire in their eyes and huge desire to serve. We try our very best to show these members how much we love being missionaries. It has honestly been a blast training Elder Corona. I have seen lots of progress in him, and he will be a great leader here in the mission.

My cheeks hurt from smiling so much this last hour. First seeing baby Emery laughing and then seeing my beautiful sister Brooke all chimpmunked up after getting teeth pulled. I have no doubts all is well in the USA. Sadly I was not able to celebrate tons the 4th of July, even though we are close to the border, there want much celebration :( but who cares, I feel Mexican now anyways haha I love it here in Peñasco and look forward to a solid week of work.

I have a burning desire to find, teach, baptise and master the Spanish language. I bask in the opportunity to be constantly serving others! i have a very pure testimony that joy is the result and prize of hard missionary work. I love this Gospel and my family. I am at peace

Always Remember the Nails,
Elder Farrow

1. La Zona Peñasco!
2. La Familia Lopez Guerra! Lupita, Andrea and Jose :D

Monday, June 30, 2014

Under the Stars...Living the Dream!

July 1, 2014

1. Making empanadas at an investigators house!

2. Josefina and her family :)

This week flew by like a peregrine falcon hunting a mouse that's for sure. I was blessed to see many tender mercies and also able to have our first baptism here in peñasco! Her name was Josefina and has a very special place in my heart. She was the only one in her family to be baptised and put lots behind her to make the decision of baptism. There is nothing like seeing a smiling face of a convert on confirmation Sunday! pure joy my family! Its what the mission is all about. Seeing their happiness makes all worries go away. seriously.

Even through ups and downs in the week Elder Corona and I were able to maintain our focus and positive drive. We traveled to Caborca early Tuesday morning for a special multi zone conference and president asked me to speak again. I was assigned the topic of prayer again, and was able to express myself exceptionally well. One of the moments when the spirit guides your thoughts, and words. pretty sweet :) We finished the week with huge dats and were blessed to see 9 new investigators in church on Sunday. That was a great feeling too. We worked well with the members this week. One hermana named Isabel has 75ish years old but scoots along like a 40 year old with animo. she called us at 5pm Thursday afternoon and asked us "elders where are you at? I want to go do visits with you!" haha we met up and she joined us in 3 solid visits, and her example, faith and testimony were exactly what our investigators needed. Later in the week also we had a pretty incredible lesson at night when we watched a short 25 minute video on the atonement and then later testified of Christ to a crowd of less actives, neighbors and investigators. like 20 people in total :D

 I sleep outside on our balcony under the stars every night! As I prepare myself to sleep, I have a precious 5-10 minutes of my day when I reflect and and ponder. where I count my blessings and say my personal prayers. I am living the dream and have no plans to slow down. I love this gospel, this church, my God and my Savior!

Have an incredible week!
Mucho Love!
Elder Farrow

1. Making empanadas at an investigators house!
2. Josefina and her family :)

Monday, June 23, 2014


June 23, 2014
My buddy Pedro! His business is a yard sale and I bought a 15 peso hawaiin shirt.

Octavio y Rossy y su familia

My comp and our bike machanic Domingo! hah


La Familia Gallardo!


This week was insane! haha We had so much fun and were able to see tons of tender mercies of the Lord. We were blessed with awesome results in the weekend and saw many of our investigators at church Sunday! The teacher didnt show up fro the second hour class, and I was again blessed with the oportunity to teach haha I had a lot of fun with it and even got a little emotional talking about how happy family can be when they live the gospel!! awwww naturally I was thinking about you guys and got a little touched thats all.

We are honestly teaching like crazy people and finding new families and randoms to teach like crazy. Out of all out inversigators Pedro is one of my favorites. He is one of my favorites. He is this 75ish year old man who wants to get baptised. We laugh so dang hard with this guy. He almost had us rolling on the ground laughing when he told us he fell asleep on the couch with a half eaten banana in his hand and when he woke up in the morning he was covered in ants hahah the craziness of the mission. There is a super sweet family Gallardo who went to the church this week. The dads name is Javier, He is a single father and a super less active who hasnt been to the church in years but has a solid testimony of the divinity of the book of Mormon. He completely supports his children and wants them to be baptised. After a feew powerful spirit guiding lessons throughout the week we were also happy to see Octavio, Rossy and their two boys in church this week!

Keep these guys in your prayers. With worldly temptation at an alltime high, they are going to need all the support they can get! Among other things here in Peñasco, I have loved experimenting with new foods. haha lots of seafood and especially a cool new fruit called guamuchiles! haha grow on trees here and they are everywhere. We ride our bikes under them and when there are branches low enough to touch, we reach up high and grab a handful of them while passing by. I am constantly impressed by the lovingness of the people here. They are super receptive and almost never rude (like alot of people in Hermosillo haha). Everybody is happy here because Mexico is doing well in the World Cup. My farmers tan is becoming more visible and I feel like I am smiling more and more everyday.

Life is good. My companion is getting more confident and is adjusting well to the mission! We keep on working hard and look forward to many baptisms in the upcoming month! My faith grows daily and I feel closer and closer to my Savior every week. I love my family and I love my God!

Elder Farrow

1. La Familia Gallardo!
2. Octavio y Rossy y su familia
3. My comp and our bike machanic Domingo! hah
4. cruisin!
5. My buddy Pedro! His business is a yard sale and I bought a 15 peso hawaiin shirt.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Crazy Week for Everyone!

June 16, 2013
Elder Corona!!

Kickin it!!!

"welcome to the mission!" hahah :D workin hard!

Brooooooke! Argentina!!!! hahah I am beyond stoked for you my little sister! You will be incredible and I am pumped to see you progress in these next 2 years to come. Happy Fathers Day dad!! I owe you alot, and love you vey much. Who woulda thought staying a half hour after baseball practice fielding ground balls in Kit Carson park woulda helped me out here in the mission field. You have formed me into the person I am today and am so thankful for your constant example an incredible father!

But man, strap on you seat belt and throw on a helmet if you can find one close, cuz this email is gonna stunn you! haha well maybe not, but honestly this week was incredible. After getting to know my companion a little bit more I know we are going to do amazing things here in Peñasco. He is a hard worker and an energizer bunny! My area is full of work, and really enjoyed teaching to many this week! it really is a beautiful little town. There is a very rich, hotel side of town, and then a more humble side or the neighborhood where Elder Corona and I work. The people are humble and happy. They have great Mexican pride, and crack up when I tell them I used to play profecional football in france. but now they sent me hear to play for the Mexican team. haha I don't know, I am always joking around here with the people and straight up having the time of my life. You could only imagine the friends I am making here. I love how easily the members here can put their trust in the missionaries. We worked hard with them this week, and even though we were new to the area, we had very good results this week. I remember opening an area in Hermosillo, and now, doing almost the exact same thing, it is a whole different ballgame. I have learned how to work well as a missionary, and look forward to applying absolutely evrything I have learned in these last 2 years right now in my final 2 transfers. and more than anything to teach my comp how to work hard here in the mission. I have also enjoyed being a District Leader again. not so much responsibility like before, but a very key part in the leadership chain. I don't know if that makes sense. hah

I am having the time of my life and am thrilled with the excitement on the other side of the border. My family is doing great things, and I am so blessed to have an army of support behind me. I strive daily to be faithful and diligent to live and honor the covenants I have made with God. He has made me strong, and keeps me strong when the world tells me I cant be. Having an enthusiastic approach to difficult situations has helped me conquer trials in these last 2 years, and I have to plans to change my perspective on things out here. This church is so true, and Christ is truly at the head of this incredible missionary force!

I hope you all have an amazing week! Choose to be happy :D

Elder Farrow

Monday, June 9, 2014

Puerto Penesco!

June 9, 2014

Completely exhausted from a 3 month rally of traveling Sonora, I have finished up my time as an asistant! Today, only after one last 7 hour bus ride, I find myself in Puerto Peñasco! I will be finishing my mission as a trainer and a district leader. I am really pumped for this change. Finally back in an area, time to relax, breath, meditate and BAPTISE!! My new companion is Elder Corona from Morelos Mexico! He seems like a stud and I am stoked to get to know him. I have a feeling we will have tons of success together and I know will be working dang hard in order to baptise here.

This week Elder Christiansen and I booked it to Nogales then to Agua Prieta and worked dilligently with 4 of the finest Zone Leaders in our mission. Great animo, hard workers and sick areas. I was impressed by the hills we crossed in Nogales and once again amazed by the humility of the people in Agua Prieta. My love for the people os Sonora grows every hour, and especially we I see their eyes glow with hope when we explain to them Gods beautiful plan for them. Simply said, some things never get old as a missionary.

I was able to capacitate (or speak/teach, I'm not even sure if capacitate is a word in English haha) many times this week to many missionaries, first on Tuesday at a Leadership training meeting with all the Zone Leaders, Later on Thursday to the missionaries in la Zona Nogales, Friday to Zona Sierra Madre, and lastly today speaking to and teaching the brand new generation of missionary who are ready to start their adventures here in Sonora. I felt the spirit of the Lord often as I explained to all their purpose as representatives of Christ, and even when I had to be a little more direct and explain to them how they can be even better in the field. I have absolutely loved reaching out to many missionaries and only hope that I have been a valuable service to them in these months past.

Watching the sunset tonight I said a quick personal prayer, giving thanks to my Father in Heaven for all of the incredible blessings, experiences and miracles he has blessed me with. It is strange to think how much personal progress I have seen in such little time. I truly feel protected while I am in the Lords hands, and I now He is the reason for the progress I have seen! I still anticipate more changes as I work diligently here in Puerto Peñasco!!! hahah yeee I am super excited to get started. we are opening an area again and I don't know anybody and it was a miracle we found a place to write haha

I love you all and am grateful for your prayers. They never go unanswered :)

Remember The Nails,
Elder Farrow

Monday, June 2, 2014

Caborca de Nuevo and Satelite!

June 2, 2014

Our last Pday dinner surprise with President and his wife! haha I ordered a huuuuge steak! how cool no! I love those guys

2-3 Wednesday morning hike with Tommy!

With Elder Cutler. A chosen family and a beautiful sunset. the lady in the wheel chair is named Ramona! she has one leg and sees like a bat! but that didn't stop her from getting to church on Sunday!!

Satelite in the church with old buddies :)

I seriously love my family so much. This week I have written lots of you and I want you all to know I appreciate all you love and support. I am so pumped for Brookie getting here papers finally in! Among other events that have taken place, I am very happy to hear from you all. And I know for a fact my older sister is happy when she sends me videos of Emery eating bananas. I swear I have been laughing and smiling for an hour straight now. I feel like I have been pretty good about writing detailed letters these last couple weeks, but this week will definitely be a little shorter.

To start off we headed North to Caborca. I worked with Elder Cutler and Elder Thompson. We all prayed diligently to find more people to teach and God blessed us with a miracle day where we found 20 new people to teach. and a couple golden families. What more could you ask for!! Thompson biffed it on a bike, that was sad and funny at the same time. We had a lot of fun working hard, and both nights there in CAborca we slept like rocks because we came home so exhausted haha

the second half of the week I was with Elder Winkelcotter and Elder Antonio in my old area Satelite!! It was great seeing old friendly faces and being with Elder Winky we call him. To tell you the truth the weekend was very slow, the work in satelite has taken quite the plunge. I tried my best to motivate the 6 missionaries that now serve in the ward. Its all in the attitude and the faith!! A highlight for me in satelite was that I gave a baptismal interview for a super escogido named Genoveba and she asked me to speak at her baptism on Saturday. She was an older woman around 60 and reminded me alot of Nanny :) I love feeling the spirit.

But really all is well here in Hermosillo. The heat is getting started now and I have a feeling this year is going to be worse than last year haha bring it on!!! This should be my last week as Asistant. Like always, tonight I will say a big prayer asking for physical strength, mental endurance and lots and lots of miracles. It is my faith and hope that God will again bless us like he has so many times in weeks past! I love you guys lots and hope you have a wonderful week

Remember The Nails,
Elder Farrow!!

 1. Our last Pday dinner surprise witH President and his wife! haha I ordered a huuuuge steak! how cool no! I love those guys
2-3 wednesday morning hike with Tommy!
4. With Elder Cutler. A chosen family and a beautiful sunset. the lady in the wheel chair is named Rmona! she has one leg and sees like a bat! but that didnt stop her from getting to church on sunday!!
5.the men
6. Satelite in the church with old buddies :)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Another One bites the dust :0

May 26, 2014

This week flew by! I am genuinely thankful for the trials that have been placed in my mission, because each one has strengthen me and my testimony. I would be lying to all of you if I told you this traveling assistant gig was easy. It has tested me in so many ways. but I have learned that there is no substitute for hard work and it is hard to beat a person that never gives up. I try to be that person everyday!

To start off the week we went south to Guaymas. A change in plans guided us to be in 2 days splits with Zone Leaders, Elder Rasmussen (Minnesota) and Elder Peterson (Idaho). We had our share of success and rejection, trials of patience and lots of laughs. I was with Rasmussen almost the whole time and we had some good bonding time. He and I had our adventures in neighboring town Empalme. There we did a sick baptismal interview and ate sushi that made me sick haha all we finished up strong!

The second half of the week we came back to Hermosillo and I accompanied ZLs Elder Huber (Mesa) and Elder Gutierrez (Vera Cruz) for the weekend. Tough Area. But I was able to teach them positivity and working with members can bring forth fruits. These Elders had one of the smallest houses I have stayed in yet haha I love Mexico and all its perks. I wouldn't trade anything for the experiences I am having here. Strangely, I was privileged to teach so many mothers this week. Single moms, old mom, young moms, worried moms, soccer moms, and Mormon moms. The Gospel has so many parenting applications and together my companions and I we were able to help each one of them find peace in understanding Gospel principles. This week I sure appreciated my Mom and the obedience and courage she always had while I was growing up.

Tonight President and his wife invited Elder Christensen and I to dinner and we are going to have a Family Home Evening together!! I'm stoked! We are spoiled by them :) The other day the Hermana Told me we were their prized lambs hahah I keep my chin up and count my blessings. I love my beautiful family and am grateful for this church. Our faith in Christ and our diligence in keeping the commandments had brought us so much happiness! YES!

Elder farrow

1. Rasmussen! hah this picture pretty much sums up what we did together in 2 days :)))
2. Every day im travelin. Elder Christensen! My best bud
3. Huber y Guti
4. tryin on some boots! hahah yeee
1. Rasmussen! hah this picture pretty much sums up what we did together in 2 days :)))

2. Every day im travelin. Elder Christensen! My best bud

3. Huber y Guti

4. tryin on some boots! hahah yeee

Monday, May 19, 2014

True Happiness!

May 19, 2014

I am passing through the happiest weeks of my mission. I don't really know how to explain it. The harder I push myself and the more loose myself out here I receive so much joy in serving the Lord. This week Elder Christensen and I tackled Puerto Peñasco! I was technically the closest I could be to home while still being in mission boundaries ;) This place is a beach! haha It wasnt like dusty old towns I had been in before it was pure sand! I never got close enough to see the ocean, but I sure felt the fresh Oceania breeze. Although still hot, it was sure a break from the deathly rays from other parts in the mission. I first started off the week with Elder Guerra (Puebla) and Elder Vasquez (Oaxaca). These 2 young Mexican missionaries made me feel so tall walking by their side! We had a brief chat before we started to work together Tuesday morning and I asked them both if they were ready and willing to leave their comfort zones to do what the Lord wanted them to do? I told them that we weren't going to return home without finding chosen families and putting baptismal dates, and we did just that! I know that we were were truly guided by angels this week. It is blast!

Switching gears  in the week (no pun intended), I biked around with Elder Van Aken (Seattle) and Elder Hernandez (Mexico). Their area was absolutely filled with families and I couldn't believe how easy i was to find large groups of people and teach them. Even weirder... they listened to us!!! I think I gave some sermons this week haha Also lots of fun. Ending my day together with those guys, they dropped me off lejos en la casa de los Zone Leaders. And there I finished up the week in the ZL's area. We taught so much this week and I consider it one of the most successful weeks of my entire mission. We brought tons of people to church and everyone looked so happy. Even the missionaries. One missionary in particular was very thankful for our visit and asked me before I left church a little early to catch our bus, "Elder Farrow, what do you have that other missionaries don't have?", I paused but later answered saying, "Faith".

I love being a missionary and feel so privileged to be a receptor of so many blessings. With every week that passes, I eliminate doubt and my faith becomes more and more unshakable. Hourly I am surrounded by opportunities to do good works. This is the chance I have to show my love for my Savior and what He has done for me. I feel my Saviors Atonement working in me! This Atonement is everything to me. There really is no other event in human history as significant as His atoning sacrifice. None else compares with it. Without it life would be meaningless. It would be a dead end journey. With it we are assured of eternal life. Death is not the end, but rather a passing on to a more glorious existence. This testimony flows within me now and it will never cease to grow.

Remember The Nails,
Elder Farrow

P.S. Garret! After 2 beautiful years and even a little bit more, you have reached the beginning of a new mission. I am proud of you my
brother and have been strengthened by you throughout my mission. Your love and humility inspire me! Felicidades primo mio! te quiero mucho! :D