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