Monday, January 27, 2014

Tengo Una Sobrina!

Jan. 27, 2014
Esta semana se me fue tan rapido hah i just got done writting president and i typed him like 4 paragraphs in spanish. I will start by giving a little of my love to my big sis for her brand new baby girl! :))) Emery is a fantastic new addition to the family and I am soooo happy to hear evrything with well, I was nervous this whole week hah I even included Brittany in our compnionship fast saturday after lunch! We should all take a moment to think that little Emery comes from the presence of our Heavenly Father, that she and that she really is a perfect, and beutiful, shining little angel :) Families are forever ;)

This week was a solid week. and I have really enjoyed being in a trio believe it or not. Elder Cruz is from Hidalgo and is a short chaparito ball of fire. We get along pretty good, and it is good to have a latino with us when we teach. I have learned alot with him in this last week. I was so blessed to have some pretty powerful spiritual experiences this week, some in my personal studies and others in lessons with investigators. In my patriarchal blessing it helps me understand the abilities I have as a missionary and as a leader, and makes me realize how much the Lord wants me to reach out to others and help them be more effective in their callings and to motivate them to be their very best. As I reach out to others, I have seen a large improvement in MY work and MY attitude. 

Our golden investigator Angel is progressing like a freight train at full speed. He reads his Book of mormon at school when the professor is talking, he prays, he asks questions, he recieves answers, he wants to be a future missionary. This kids got it all, and we are super excited for him. This weekend we watched a movie with him about the life of christ and the spirit was like BOOM! we finished the lessson and said a prayer while kneeling is angels front room. Angel offered a very special heart-felt prayer I will never forget.

This week we did some splits with other missoinaries, cuz the mission is opening 9 new areas and 8 more missionaries are coming into our zone, so we had to find some new apartments to rent and what not. Perhaps it was all a little disorganized being last minute and all, but we dont complain and we succesfully found 4 new apartments for our new missionaries. Sunday we had solid church meetings, great talks, good classes and the seats were filled. yeah family, we are talking 80 people at church! (maybe that isnt alot to you in SP ward, but according to Hermosillo terms it was a ton!) 

Missionary work is lots of fun. We make mistakes, we see miracles, we laugh, we cry, we shout for joy, we fall, we get back up and we are representatives of our Savior Jesus Christ! Daily I am priveleged to feel the love and power of my Savior so often. I cherish these memories and look forward to the day when I can share these experiences in more detail with my family someday soon. I love you all and am so very thankful for the love and support I receive. Please count you blessings this week, we are incredibly blessed to live in this dispensation! Never let your gaurd down and look forward with your faith!

Hasta el próximo,
Elder Farrow

Monday, January 20, 2014

All is Well!

Jan. 20, 2014

hello my good family! for some reason the weather man keeps telling us its going to be hot, so Ill probably be wearing short sleeves for the rest of the winter! who knows. All I know is that the sun is setting here in Hermosillo and I'm sweating. I have enjoyed my time with Elder Joyner and am really gonna miss the guy, hes only got 2 more weeks left, and we have decided to step up our game even more as he reaches the end.

Tuesday we had an early meal at hermana blancas house and then later went to an OXXO (a convenience store) to put on saldo, or credit to make phone calls and left the keys to our house right there on the counter! doop! we left the OXXO and didn't realize I left the keys there until the night and had to walk 45 minutes across our area to get them. it was a miracle they were there. I felt bad for wasting our time. nobody is perfect.

We found two new brothers this week. One is 23 and the other is 27. They both go to another church, but they are very open and loved talking with us. We sat there and they asked us questions for a good few minutes about how it was being a missionary and how we see the world today and how we battle it and all. It was really neat. They thought very highly of us and thought it was amazing us being young men out doing what we are doing being so far away from home. We shared with them the message of the restoration and they seemed to be impacted and interested. We left them with a copy of the Book of Mormon for them to read and they said that they would read it. we left feeling super edified, and this visit served as a confirmatino about why we are here!

We also had alot of fun teaching Angel again. He is super solid and was the only one of our investigators to make it to church this Sunday.He is progressing well to his baptismal date on Feb 15. we were really hoping things would pick up this week, but Sunday swings by and nobody shows up. We even ask members to go by their houses and pick them up for church, but they dont go :( we stay positive. We push along. there is a bug going around in Hermosillo and I think 3/4 of the ward was sick this week. We gave lots of blessings. And yes mom I'm doing alright. just a little cough i guess

This morning we got a surprise phone call from Pres, and he told us that he needed us to do a favor. there is a missionary that is finishing up the same time as elder Joyner named Elder Cruz, and President wants us to be in a trio with him until he leaves. Pres explained that Elder Cruz is a good missionary that has forgotten how to work hard, and wants us to motivate him so that he might able to go home with the mentality elder joyner have. Mas o menos, eso es lo que nos dijo. we are going to get him at the offices tonight.

All is well here. thank you for your love and support. I am excited to hear the news of my new baby niece Emery. I know everything will go so well. My testimony is doubling everyday! for this reason and so many more, I love being a missionary. I love you all! have a great week and remember the nails


Monday, January 13, 2014

We Met and Angel!

Our Elders letter was short this week.  We had a few emails back and forth working on BYU applications, etc.  He was struggling to think past the mission.  Love that boy!  I told him that the Lord and His Heavenly Father would direct his path, and that he need to worry about the future.  He had to look at his release date in his wallet....and he says it was difficult thinking about leaving.  He still has 8 let the work press forward!!!!

Jan. 13, 2014

I love the mission. this week was a great week, and it flew by me fast. Tuesday night right before going to bed, we got a surprise phone call from a random number. On the phone was Marta who was a member from Guaymas, she told us she needed our help with a priesthood blessing and that it was urgent! We asked if it would be alright if we could pass by the hospital 1st thing in the morning to give the blessing and she agreed. Early wednesday morning we arrived at a hospital bed 7 to see Martas Mother Guadalupe lying almost lifeless in a coma. she had been like that for 12 days. It was super sad to see Guadalupes family around their mother, BUT we were able to give her a priesthood blessing. In the blessing I pleaded with our Father in Heaven to give Guadalupe the chance to see her family again. We left the hospital only after leaving our testimonies of the plan of salvation and the love of God to Marta and her family. there was a special spirit that stayed with us the rest of the day. That very day we got another call from Marta, and she told us that in the afternoon, while her whole family was circled around Guadalupe in her bed, that Guadalupe opened her eyes and was able to look into the eyes of her youngest daughter, then quickly fell back into her deep sleep. what a miracle! we keep on praying for this sweet family!

Later in the week we were privileged to meet Angel. A student studying here in Hermosillo from Magdalena. He accepted a baptismal date and was on the edge of his seat asking us questions about the Plan of Salvation. with so much ease we answered his questions. he was so amazed that all of his questions were answered using a church pamphlet. The work has taken its nose dives, and face plants here lately and we are trying our best to stay positive. On the bright side, we are on the brink of success with a few families we have found these last few days. please pray for our investigators.

I have to go now, but have a fantastic week! I love you all and am so grateful for your love and support! Exito y animo

Elder Farrow

Monday, January 6, 2014

Happy New Year!

Jan. 6, 2014

My Good Family,

Truth be told, this was a very slow week! New years eve, I was asleep in my bed at 10 o'clock, and New years day here in Hermosillo was one of the most motionless, and calm days of my mission! haha We tried our very best to make lots of visits but everybody was zonked out cold in their beds, either asleep or hungover. The movement quickly picked up and we were back to normal by the 2nd. My legs and feet are pretty sore right now, we walked tons this week. I had lots of success finding more people to teach, including 2 new families who I am super excited to visit again soon. In both cases, they told us they would go to church on Sunday and didn't :/ but we will keep on trying! I love fast Sundays! I am always spiritually strengthened while fasting. We kept a prayer in our hearts for our progressing investigators and especially the future families we have yet to teach. I have faith in D&C 4:4. I know that the field is white and only God knows how willing, and wanting I am to baptize!

We had a very memorable lunch visit this week. We ate with the Lopez family. He just happens to be one of the richest men in Sonora and coincidentally lives in a beautiful home on the only golf course in Hermosillo. Anyways, he is also a counselor to Mission President Hernandez. When we came to eat at 3, we were surprised to see President and his wife at Hermano Lopez house. He had invited them to eat. and had also invited a member family and a few other non members over to his house for a feast! Before eating, Elder Joyner and I shared a brief message on the plan of salvation and our eternal potential as families. The spirit was there, and we asked all in attendance if they knew of families with whom we could share a similar message. They answered positively and we were able to write down several new names of people that we will visit this week. President Hernandez even told us of a man in his home town in Uruguay that he wanted to share the gospel with! haha idk for me it was a special afternoon.

2014 will be a great year. I look forward to the growth I will have and the experiences I will tackle. One thing that I love about life, is that there is always a tomorrow. Always a future where we can get better and do what we didn't do the day before. If there is anything holding us back that impedes us from achieving success, we need to get rid of it and look to our Savior for help. This is a huge lesson I learned last year. I hope you are bouncing back to regular life again and that everybody is able to take a break and count our blessings. We have so many! Have an awesome week and I will too :) love you all

-Elder Farrow

1. A bread called Rosca de Reyes! inside there bread are little baby Jesus toys and whoever finds it, or bites into it has to make tamales for everybody. and thats Hermana Juarez
2.pres and his wife on the left, hermanos lopez and some of the Navejas family!
3. hey