Monday, April 28, 2014

Week #39 -- Unsuccessful Week!

Hola!!! Como están.

Well I will start by answering your questions like always!!!

1- When is Mothers Day?  That is the day I will Skype you guys but I need to talk to my compañero and I need to know when is Mothers day!! So the dets on that will come next week.

2- No I have not received the package from Easter yet but hopefully I will tomorrow.

3- Well I am at the point where I am always tired but i just push through it.

4- Elder Arellano is good.  He is just a normal compañero but he's cool--I like him.  He reminds me of Paul our cousin.

This week was really hard!  We didn't have much success at all.  But its okay because we might have a baptism this Saturday!!

Tuesday we had the district meeting and my training was okay--not the best, but not the worst.

Wednesday we worked as hard as we could but we didn't have much success.

Thursday we did the same but we didn't have much success.

Friday we had a training meeting with Presidente and that was really good.  I learned a lot and we heard that in May we will have a training with a general authority.

Saturday I had a prayer in my heart to find someone to teach, but nothing happened.

Sunday we went to church and then we worked super hard, but again nothing!  BUT, we did find this lady who is from Haiti and she doesn't speak Spanish, she only speaks French so we taught her and we have a possible date for baptism with her this Saturday.  She is scared about the language, but we explained to her that her family is there to help her understand. So please pray for her.  Her named is FILOMENA.  Thank you!

Well that was my week.  I did find a scripture that says that we lost our memories through the veil.  Its found in Ecclesiastes 1:11.  That is what I found!!

Now my questions:

1- Do you know what my wife's name is?

2- We are going to sell the cows?

Well that's all I have.  Chou y recuerden que les amo mucho!!! tengan existo en la semana. (Bye and remember that I love them very much.  Have a great week.)??? I think he might have had some typos so the translation doesn't really make sense.


Elder Farley

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Week #38 - My future wife: A curly, black haired girl from the Sexual Purity Mormon ad :-)

Hola como estan? 

Quote: "Well, I will start by answering your questions:" end quote.  This was given by Elder Farley. :-)

1-Yes I am opening a sector, but it is not new.  It is my sector but I haven't been able to work in my sector for 2 months because my compañeros estaban enfermo (were sick), so when I got my new compañero we had NOTHING to do.  So yes, we are opening a sector, and we do have a few investigators.  They are all awesome!  Some of them even have a baptismal date.  We are also working with the menos actives (less actives) so that's kinda cool.

2- Yes I bought two new pairs of Sunday pants which fit really well.  I just need to sew the bottoms because they haven't been sewn yet--but they are cool.

3- I love my Sanuk boots!  They are the most comfortable shoes I have ever had.  Thank you so much!

4- I believe that when Presidente Amaya goes home in two months that an apostle with come down to the mission and help with that switch so that's way cool.  Also, did you know that Elder Holland knows a little bit of Spanish?

5- No, I haven't been sick with a cold or the flu.  I have been worried about my health and had a freak out because the three elders that I was directly working with went home for problemas de las rodillas (knee problems) and that got me worried that something might happen so I have to be sent home.  Then about a week ago I had a dream that I finished my mission in the States--NOT Ecuador!  So that kinda freaked me out!

6- The only mission rule about things we can't eat in Ecuador is that we can't eat food from the garbage. Ha Ha Ha! jk Yeah, we can't from the street. :-)

Well as for my week it was pretty standard. 

Tuesday we had training with the Presidente and that was really good because he talked about obedience and everything that he said is exactly what I taught in my District training a couple of weeks ago, so i thought it was way good!

Wednesday, well I can't really remember what we did but creo que fue un día (I think it was a normal day) normal.

Thursday we gave service to a brother because we painted his house.

Friday?  I can't remember.  But remember that I am a good missionary--we didn't just waste our time--I just can't remember what we did.

Saturday we helped at a baptism and that was really cool.  That makes me want to baptize the world!!  Then in the night we had the priesthood and adult sessions of stake conference.  It was awesome!  This member named, Hermano Vaca he spoke about historia familia (family history) which was awesome.  He also talked about the eclipse and he said that there was a red moon for about a week and later this year there will be another and that there will be a solar eclipse where the moon covers the sun and that this will happen for two times a year for the next two years. CAN YOU TELL ME MORE ABOUT THIS???

Sunday we went to stake conference and Richard G. Scott and Elder Holland talked to us through satellite and they spoke in SPANISH which was cool.

So this was our week.  I hope that you enjoy what I do as a missionary!!  I love it!!

One thing that I learned this week in my studies is that in the scriptures there is ABSOLUTELY no scripture that says through the veil we forgot the pre-mortal life. So, how do we know that?

Also I learned that we as members of the church NEED to work with the missionaries and with the menos actives (less actives) because the day of the Lord is nigh at hand and we need to help everyone come unto him or remember him.  So,  please WORK WITH all of those people that we love who are far away from the Lord. NEVER give up on them!  They are our brothers and sisters and they are also children of GOD.  They need the help of the Farley Family so please do everything you can to help them find their testimony again.  That is what I want the most right now, so please in the words of Nephi, "as long as the lord lives and as long as I live we will keep the commandments of god." 

I love all of you!  There is not a day that goes by where I don't think "I am doing this for God, my family, and my brothers and sisters who are waiting for my message".  I love you all greatly!


Elder Farley-

(Garrett and I had a few back-and-forth emails today and I thought our conversation was funny, so I am including it.  My emails are in pink and his are in black.)

Oh man, I love all of the pictures.  Thank you!  It sounds like you had a great week of lots of work and lots of service.

How are you feeling?  Are you still very tired?  

How was Easter for you?

We love you Garrett and are so happy for what you are doing as a missionary.  We will NEVER give up on our friends and family who have lost their testimonies.  We look for opportunities every day to reach out to them.  We will do more though and talk about that at FHE tonight.  

Yea, no I am great!  I feel fine.  I am perfecto!  I just need to work on my Spanish now.  BTW- that picture with the wedding cake--I want you to know that is my goal when I get back. :-)

Oh really?  With whom?  If that is the case then you better get up to BYU Idaho as fast as possible so you can start working on that.  :-)  You are too cute Garrett Dino.  I am glad you are feeling fine.  Is the fatigue getting better?  Is it getting hotter there?  What are you doing today?

Also, where did you get that knitted, blue tie?  I got you 4 new CTR ties.  I will send them once the General Conference edition of the Ensign is printed.   Then I will send all of that to you in one package.

Yes, it's hot down here.  It's always hot, but I am fine.  Today we are going to go play paintball again.  I know who I will marry.  I don't know her name, or where she is from, but she is in a video from the church.  It's a video to the youth and in this video two girls are talking about how sexual purity brings confidence and the girl I will marry has black curly hair!!  But I got to go so know that I love you a lot mom.  Just know that you are loved greatly! 

A convert made the blue tie for me.  Thanks for getting me more ties.  When you guys come pick me up after my mission we can visit my converts.

I love you too Dino!  Have fun today and drink lots of water.  Okay, I will keep my eyes open for black curly haired beautiful girls.  BTW-Do you want us to come pick you up from your mission?

If you guys want too--it's up to you.

Talk about the loaves and the fishes!

"This is my goal when I get home"

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Week #37 - New Companion - Elder Arellano


Well I just wanted to say sorry for writing so late today.  We had a fun filled day and this is why I am writing so late.  I am also a little bummed because we ended our p-day a little late so we won't have as much time to work!! Oh pero todo es bien! (Oh but it is all good!)

To answer your questions:

1- Yea Elder Arellano and I get along just fine. He is one of my better compañeros!   He is from South Guayaquil so I might have to watch out for that because it could effect him in some way being so close to home.

2- My week honestly was a little hard.  I have been so tired all week and today made it worse.  I am SO tired right now.

3- No, I have not met Elder Garrett Dean Taylor yet but I am sure that some time here soon I will meet him and when I do I will take a picture of him and send it to you.

4- Um half of the time I have no idea what I am eating so I might have eaten something weird, but I just can't remember!! But this week I don't think I have eaten anything weird.

OK now for my week:

Tuesday we just worked and worked and worked!  Right now we are opening a new sector because mine has been closed for about two months so its kind of hard to open it up.

Wednesday we just worked and worked and had our district meeting.  I gave my training about obedience and afterward my zone leader was like, "give me your hand that was amazing" and then we shook hands so that was pretty cool (D & C 105:5) is a great scripture that I learned this week.

Thursday we just worked and it was a normal day.

Friday was really hard because nobody was home so we ended up walking the entire day which was so tiring.  But in the night a member took us to a new area in our sector that no missionary has been to in years so I felt that there was success in that area.

Saturday we just worked like normal. 

Sunday we went to church and then we worked and then a member helped us teach people which was cool!!

Monday we went to the market to buy some new pants because I only have like two good pants left so thats why I took out some money--for the pants and for the week. Also we played paintball so that made me super tired but it was fun so this has been my week in a nutshell.

My questions

1- who is Bryce?

2- Are they dating?

3- How is Morgan?

4- How is the situation politically between Ecuador and the US?

5- Does anyone in the family want like a soccer jersey from Ecuador?  What size and who?

Well this has been my week!  Just know that the Lord loves each and every one of you guys, and know that I love you guys!! ALOT!


Elder Farley

Garrett and Elder Arellano

P-day Paintball

Monday, April 14, 2014

Week #36 - I had 4 companions this week!

MAMA i love you:........

Hola como estas?  I have been super awesome!  Thanks for all the prayers and all of the thoughts--I can feel your prayers and your love as I work to bring souls to the truth of the everlasting gospel!!

Well here are the answers to your questions;

1- YES, I have a compañero!  His name is Elder Arellano and he is from Ecuador Guayaquil.  He was originally going to serve in Venezuela but because of the situation down there he can't go, so he is serving here in Orquideas conmigo (with me).

2-  My week was a little crazy!  During this week alone I had 4 different compañeros.  From Monday till Tuesday I was in a trio with Elder Caballero and Elder Guzman and then on Wednesday until Sunday I was with Elder Steele.  Today I have Elder Arellano, CRAZY huh? And yes I have had some faith promoting experiences this week and they were awesome.

3- We taught a few lessons this week--maybe like 15 or something-- it was awesome!!

4- Mom honestly I have no idea when the transfers are, I just go with the flow.

Well this week was crazy!!  

Monday I was in a trio with Elder Caballero y Elder Guzman and it was a normal P-day.

Tuesday I was on splits with Elder Steele and Elder Diaz because the Zone leaders had a meeting the whole day and we had fun.  We were teaching and helping people know the truth about the gospel.  This was a pretty legit day.

Wednesday we had district meeting and during the district meeting Elder Diaz received a call from the president and he told him that he needed to go home to Honduras because he has problems with his knees.  So Elder Steele (from Utah) was left without a compañero so we were put together and it was a really cool because he was my first Gringo compañero. So that was cool to be with Elder Steele, but sad because Elder Diaz went home.

Thursday we worked really hard and we taught this family that was going to get baptized the next day and they were super excited and super cool to teach.  Their names are George and Bryan Ganchoso, but other than that it was a normal day.

Friday we spent the whole day getting ready for the baptism so in the night they could be baptized.   It came to pass that on the night of the 4th day of the 4th month of the 2014th year of the reign of President Amaya, George and Bryan Ganchoso were baptized, and there was much rejoicing in the heart of the people!!

Saturday we watched General Conference and that was super amazing!! I was inspired to do everything that I need to do!!

Sunday we watched General Conference and I thought that President Monson's talk about love was amazing!  It was awesome!!!

WOW this week was awesome! I loved this week because I have been studying the plan of salvation and that has been awesome.  I have learned so much it has increased my faith and my understanding of the scriptures.  One thing I learned was that we as missionaries receive forgiveness of our sins as we bring people to baptism.  But we can all receive forgiveness (James 5: 20) the last verse of James.  I thought that was awesome that we can receive forgiveness by preaching forgiveness.

Well this has been my week:


1- Can you send me a copy of general conference in English and Spanish?

2- Can you send me more CTR ties?

3- And always send me pictures.


Elder Farley-