Thursday, August 6, 2015

Week #102 - 7.14.15 - Garrett is home!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 -

It was a feeling of total exhilaration and anticipation as we waited for Garrett to arrive.  This is a moment I will never forget!  It was amazing to all of us how different he looked.  He looked so mature and grown up and skinny.  He changed so much while he was in Ecuador.  Well done Garrett!  Your mission is accomplished.  You did it!  The Lord is proud and so are we.


Welcome home!


The whole group is here to welcome Elder Farley home!  

I was so happy to see Garrett that I cried uncontrollably.  This is true joy!

Kendall

Hayden


Morgan

Dad and Chase

Austin, Adam, David, and Alexis

Grandma and Grandpa

Mission Accomplished!

Chase was the first person to greet Garrett.  He even ran passed security to get his hug and kiss.  So sweet!

Cami and I burst into tears when we saw Garrett down the hallway

I am so happy he is home!

Davis

Cami

Best friends reunited

Group hug


He was officially released.  No more missionary tag. 

Fun Ecuador t-shirts


Letter from President Riggins


Monday, July 6, 2015

Week #101 - Pay-Day for Cory

Dad-

I would like to thank YOU for completing your mission those many years ago.  Because if you didn't do that then you would have no authority or power to expect such a great mission from me!!!  Thank you for everything!  Thank you for being such a great dad!  You will never understand how great of a Dad I think you are!!! There are literally no words that can describe how great you are!!! I love you so much Dad!  I would follow you anywhere because I KNOW that you would never lead me astray.  Thank you Dad so much!!!

I love you with all of my heart!!!

LOVE,

Elder Farley

Week #101 - Signing Out!

HOLA!! Como estan?

Well, I honestly thought this week would never come, but it's here!!  It's very bittersweet to be honest.  I am very excited to see you guys and spend time with you after two years of being away, but I have had too many wonderful and hard experiences here in Ecuador that have shaped me into a man.  I can honestly say that I am a man now because I have sweat, bled, cried, and fought to brings souls to Christ!!!  I am forever thankful for my Lord, my redemer, and my friend Christ!!!! I am also thankful for you guys and the chance that you gave me to be here!!! I love you all very much!! ;)

Speaking honestly I will probably be very brief in this letter because we will see each other in a week!! ;) Sorry

To answer your questions-

1- What differences can you see in yourself from the first week of your mission to this last week of your mission?

1- Ja ja ja ja ja...umm one of the differences that I can see from the first week to the last week is that now I can speak Spanish!!! Ja ja ja

2- Were you able to teach Sulay and the Terrero family this week? 

2- The truth is that we weren't able to because the Terrero father is actually in a wheel chair and he had therapy so we understand very well and we will let time take its course with this family!!  And with Sulay we can't seem to find her but we will keep on trying to find her and teach her!!

3- What was the most memorable part of your week?

3- The most memorable part of this week was probably when we had a baptism. His name is Said Alejandro and he has 8 years.  We are helping the family become more active in the church!!!  But we still had a baptism and it was way cool!!

To tell ya'll about my week...it was very good!! The most important thing that happened this week was that we had a baptism.  His name is Said Alejandro and his family is doing very good in getting more active.  His mom is actually sick.  She has a tumor in her brain and she is going to get an operation this next month so we are taking things a little slow with her but everything is good!! She is super excited about her son getting baptized!!  This week we also rescued a family whose son is in the mission field.  He is serving in Bolivia and we were able to rescue them because they were inactive!!  We also played soccer today in the morning.  That was fun!!  But that was probably the highlight of our week.  Sorry I am writing so little but we will see each other in a week!!!  So, I thought that we could talk then!!! 

LOVE you all, 

Elder Farley, signing out!!!



Said Alejandro's baptism




P-day soccer.  Look at all of those Latino's.  I wonder how Garrett did being the only Gringo on the soccer field?


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Week #100 - Temple Week

HOLA!! como estan?

I can't believe that I have been here for 100 weeks.  That is 2 years!!  That is pretty incredible if you ask me.  And the most incredible part is that in such a short period of time I have changed so much!!!  I truly hope that I have become a man.  The changes that have occured within me is something that I cannot see very well so I am not sure what to say about that!!!!  But yes, I do know that I have changed!!!

Well, now I will answer your questions:

1- Did you ever receive the last package that we sent to you?

1- Yes, I did receive the package.  Thank you very much.  That was very awesome!  I enjoyed sharing it with all of my compañeros.  It was cool.  I even shared it with some members and they liked it!!! ;)

2- Did the Jehovah's Witnesses missionaries ever come back to teach you?

2- The day that they were going to come back we actually went to the temple so IF they did come back, I wasn't there to receive them.  But they were nice ladies.

3- Have you taken all of the pictures that you want?  Have you bought all of the souvenirs that you want?

3- Yes, I think I have taken all the pictures that I want.  I have filled like 1 1/2 memory cards so I have a lot!!! I bought lots of souvenirs so I think I am good!!! But thanks for reminding me!! ;)

4- Will you wear your suit home?

4- Ja ja ja, yes, mom, I will wear my suit.  I will look handsome for when I get back.  Don't worry.  Sorry that I kinda got you confused in the last letter!!!

5- Tell me about the condition of your testimony and the condition of your heart?

5-My testimony is everything I know to be true.  I know that this is the true church of God.  Through the church is the only way that we can return home with our Father in Heaven!!!  My heart has every intension to serve him until the day I die and even beyond that!!!  I hope that God permits me to do so!!! ;)

Well, now I will tell you guys about my week-

Tuesday we had our District Meeting and my District Leader gave me the opportunity to teach the District so I taught about the sacrament, and the covenants that we make when we partake from the sacrament.  It was very awesome.  I actually learned A LOT, and I think I was able to help the District understand about the sacrament, so that they can help their investigators.  I loved teaching that--it was awesome!!!  The rest of the day we just visited people and we met some new people to teach.  I hope that they can progess in the future!! Her name is Sulay. 

Wednesday we went to the temple for our Zone Conference.  It was awesome because while I was in the temple I found some personal revelation about what my career is going to be.  So I hope that what I felt was the spirit.  But that will be confirmed when I get home!!!  I really feel that I should be a sheriff and start a business of weapon making.  So I hope that was the spirit.  WHAT DO YOU GUYS THINK?  Then for the rest of the day we went to the family history center and helped some recent converts with their family history!!!

Thursday was a normal day.  All we really did was visit people and try to find new people to teach--nothing to exciting--just the work of the Lord. ;) We did find one possible family.  They are the family Terrero.  That dad is a man in a wheel chair!!! But he is awesome so I hope that he can progess as an investigador!!!

Friday we went to the temple with the Baque Family and that was really fun to do that with them!! ;)  We decided to go with them in the afternoon but for some reason or another when we got there, after taking like 5 different buses, they were closed.  So we traveled back in those same 5 buses.  When we got back we found out that a different ward was going to the temple so we kinda hicthed a ride with them and after another long bus ride we got to the temple and they were finally able to do baptisms for the dead.  To get home we went back in bus!!  Ja ja ja, it was a long, but fun day!!!

Saturday we helped our District with all of their investigators.  We taught them and helped them to get ready for the church!!!

Sunday was another meeting-filled day.

Well, this has been my week.  I hope that you guys could feel the power that I feel while I do the work of the Lord!!!

LOVE, and will see all of you guys soon!!

Elder Farley 




Monday, June 22, 2015

Week #99 - Jehovah's Witnesses teaching Garrett

Hola!!! Como estan?

WOW, Adam is home? Thank you for telling me because he is like my best friend!!! I am not going to lie, Adam and Tyler look good.  They look old and wise, but I know that they probably aren't, right? :-)

I am sure Tyler was a great missionary, and I am proud of all my friends who were able to serve a mission.

What did all of the Skonnard family say about me? Are they going to be here when I get home? 

The Skonnard family has changed a lot!!!  The little girls of Aaron and Monica have grown a lot!!!  Wow, I am rather surprised.  But what can I do?  All I can do is live with all of the changes that have happened while I have been serving the Lord for two years!!!

I am excited about the B-BQ.  Invite everyone!!  Please invite Julie.  Her email is julahun@gmail.com.  The B-BQ should be really fun.  Hey, I have a quick question...when will I be released?

I am super excited about going to the Farley camp thing!!!!  It should be really fun!!  I am super que pumped now!!!!!  And I am also super excited about going to BYUI.  I can't wait.  Today I talked to an Elder who is from Idaho and he said that Idaho gets really cold!!!  So, I am kinda like not prepared but I have to do it because that is life!!!  Hey, another quick question...do you guys know when school starts?

Don't worry about what I need to bring back with me.  I will bring what I need for the house.  Because I will get it!!!  Soy pilas no te precupes!!! ;) (I am working hard, don't worry!!! :-))

Well now to tell you guys about my week:

Tuesday we had our district meeting.  But this time the assistants were there so our District Leader told Elder Lang to teach us about something.  So Elder Lang taught us all about using the spirit and using it to convert people!!!  It was actually very cool and spiritual.  But the assistants weren't even there!!  So it was kinda funny because he wanted to impress the assistants!!! Ha ha ha--oh well!!!  After that meeting we talked with the Zone Leaders about our goals for July and August, but I was sad because I am not going to be here so I was a little sad.  But what can I do because it comes to all of us?  The rest of the day we visited people and we were able to help them feel the spirit--it was actually very cool!!!  We also had to hike this mountain that is in our sector like 5 times and it was awesome!!! But very hard.

Wednesday was a normal day.  In the morning two Jehovah Witnesses' missionaries came to our house to preach us the gospel, but my compañero didn't have his tie on so he couldn't go out to talk to them.  So I went out and they tried to preach me the gospel and I was super nice about it.  I even offered them water.  Then they asked if they could come back and I said "yes, why not?"  But before they left I gave them a pamphlet of the restoration so it was cool.  This Wednesday they should come back to visit me!!! Ja ja ja its funny because I am like an investigator for them!!!  Ja ja ja, then we had an exchange and I was with Elder Chancon--he is from Bolivia.  It was fun to be with him!!! 

Thursday was a normal day, we just visited people and helped them to come unto Christ!!!

Friday all we did was invite people to come to our Stake Conference on the weekend.  Nothing too exciting happened other than that.

Saturday and Sunday was Father's Day and nobody came.  It was rather sad but it helps me know where their hearts are!!!

This was basically my week.  I hope you guys can feel what I feel here in the misson!!! It's amazing. 

I love you guys a bunch and yes mom I will take your advice about my buddies!!!

LOVE,

Elder Farley



Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Week #98 - Protecting the ward members from a drug addict

Hola, como estan??

Ha ha ha, do you guys really have my itinerary? That's cool.  So now you guys can plan for when I get home!!!  But that is ok because I have one month to work and give my all to the Lord!!!

Now I will answer your questions-

1- Tell me about a miracle you saw this week?

1- Umm a miracle that I saw this week was that the Lord, through us, stopped a man from getting into a fight where he could have died!!!  But I will explain more on that later on in this email.

2- What was the best thing that happened to you this week?

2- Probably when we had a ward activity this week and it was awesome because we were able to connect more to the members!!! So that was probably the best or the fact that we found more people to teach this week!!!

3- What was the most significant thing you did for the Lord this week?

3- Well, I am not perfect so the most significant thing I did this week was probably when I set goals for myself so I can become a better person.  I am going to strive to complete my goals!!

4- Have you been able to buy all of the souvenirs that you want?

4- No not yet but I will next week--I will!!! I was going to do it this week but what happened was that today we went to a space center here in Guayaquil and it was actually super awesome!!!

5- Do you know how much I love you Garrett?

5- Yes I do!! Do you?

So now I will tell you guys about my week-

Tuesday was a normal day.  We went to visit new people and we contacted some new people named Candy and Ignacio.  They are neighbors and they seemed very interested so we will see how they react to the message of the restored gospel.  We also saw this man who had dreadlocks and they were down to his feet.  He hasn't cut his hair for 14 years--it was pretty amazing.  I wanted to take a picture with him but I didn't!!! jaja

Wednesday we had our zone meeting where our zone leaders talked to us about what Presidente wants us to do as missionaries.  It was very good.  We talked about the basics.  H reminded us about the things that we should study and the things that we should talk to the people about.  But in particular he talked about the law of chastity and how this law is a law of change and becoming more God like!! So that was very cool!!! The rest of the day we just taught all the people that we could!!

Thursday we had an exchange.  I was with Elder Franco, he is from Bolivia and he is cool but we didn't do anything special.  All we did was walk, talk, and testify.  It was a pretty cool day but we were able to help them to find a new investigator so that was cool.  Her name is Jennifer so that was way cool!!

Friday was a normal day--we really didn't do that much.  And to be honest I can't really remember what we did specifically but we did work so don't worry about that!!!

Saturday was a busy day.  In the morning we had a service project where we basically cleaned the backyard of a family and we took out all of the weeds and made it look a lot better!!!  Then we had a different service project where we needed to prepare for a Ward activity.  The treat at the end of the Ward activity was fruit salads and we needed to cut up all the fruit.  So then we did that as another service project!!!  Afterwards we went home and changed our clothes and then ate lunch and then we went over to the Ward activity where we played a variety of sports and different activities.  It was awesome!  As we changed our clothes to play the sports, this little girl came running over to us and was in a panic because her dad and another man were fighting.  The other man was a drug addict.  The drug addict was yelling at the girls dad and calling him all kinds of bad words and he was getting mad and was going to fight him!!!  But we got to him first and made him go inside where I shut the doors and didn't open them until the drug addict left!!!  He was really mad!!!  So what happen is that the drug addict was hitting this woman and the member of the church stopped him and in the process the drug addict accidentally punched him in the face and for that he wanted to fight him!!! It was a little scary but at the same time all I felt was courage and strength--it was actually a really cool experience!!!


Sunday we had a bunch of meetings and then we went to a hospital to give this ladies' dad a blessing so that was also a cool experience!!!!

Well this has been my week I hope you guys have been uplifted by this letter!!! Sorry if it is lame!!!

I love you guys a lot--you are all awesome!!!

LOVE,

Elder Farley

Thumbs up! Garrett comes home in one month

I guess he will teach anyone :-)

Guayaquil Space Center - P-day fun
Baque family baptism

Service project



And he was filled with light


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Return flight itinerary has arrived!

Dear Farley Family,

We are pleased to inform you of the return of Elder Farley, who will finish his Mission this coming July 13. We have attached his flight itinerary to make his return easier.

Thank you for your valuable help and support. Please confirm that you have received this email. If you have any questions, we are happy to respond.



Elder Miller and Elder Call
Secretaries of President Riggins
Ecuador Guayaquil North Mission
04-228-4323 | 04-229-3859


Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Week #97 - Baque Family Baptism

HOLA!!! Como estan?

I will answer your questions-

1- How did the Baque family baptism go?  Did they get baptized?

1- Yes they did get baptized!!  Their names are Francisco, Angie, and Thaila Baque and all three of them were baptized. Francisco asked that I baptize him, Angie wanted my compañero to baptize her and Thaila wanted the Bishop to baptize her!!!  It was all very good and it was very sweet to see a family get baptized and make sacred convenants with the Lord!!!  I felt the spirit and I knew then, without a doubt, that the Lord knows best and that he is our father who gave us rules and covenants so that we can return to live with Him!!!  It was a marvelous experience and one that I will probably not soon forget!!! I will send pictures of the baptism next week because this internet place we are at is really ghetto and I can't send pictures. Oh well, next week!!!

2- Did you receive our package yet?

2- No not yet.  I am still waiting for it.  I keep on bugging my Zone Leaders, in a nice way, for my package. :-) I am excited to share it with my compañeros!!!

3- Have you received your travel itinerary yet?  We haven't received it yet and I am getting anxious to get it.

3- I did call the mission office this week to ask when you guys are going to get the travel itinerary papers and they said that they usually send it to you guys like a month before I go home.  So, in the next week you guys should be recieving the travel itinerary thing!!

4- I can register you for your BYU Idaho classes in about a week or so.  Do you care what classes I sign you up for?  I was thinking about Book of Mormon, history, art, math, and science.  Is that okay?

4- Yes you can!!  I would appreciate it alot!!!  The only classes that I am really looking forward too are the Book of Mormon, art, and history.  The rest I don't really care about.  In fact, I am sure I can change the classes if I really wanted too anyways!!! So go ahead.  Also could you try and get a scholarship for art for me? I would imagine if you guys send in my pieces of art to the university I could probably get a scholorship in art!!! Could you guys try that?

So, now I will tell you guys about my week-

Tuesday we had our district meetings and in my district we talked a lot about contacting the people and just talking to everyone that we can!!  It was very edifying and we were able to set goals for ourselves so that we can be better in that aspect!!!  It was very cool!!  The rest of the week we just had normal days in which we visit all the people we are teaching and we tried to contact more people and get everything good so that we can have a better month!! We did ok!!

Wednesday was a normal day we went out to visit people and we taught them all about the gospel and we tried to help them understand about the atonment of Jesus Cristo.

Thursday we planned what it is that we are going to do for the week!!!  We were actually able to plan a lot of things that we need to do in order to help a bunch of people.  The rest of the day we spent trying to fulfill our goals that we set!!!

Friday was also a normal day where we walked, talked and testified!!  We were able to get coordinated to plan the baptism and get everything ready!!! Oh we also had an exchange and I was with Elder Franco--he is from Bolivia!!!  It was cool!!

Saturday we had a service project in the morning.  We were going to re-build a house for a lady in our ward but nobody came to help so we postponed it until the other week.  So we just went to a primary actividad and helped out.  It was fun!  We laughed a lot because the little primary kids are funny.  Then in the night we had the Baque family baptism.  It was very sweet too see a lot of members of the ward come and support this family!!!

Sunday was a normal day full of meetings and cool stuff like that!!!  The Baque family did get confirmed with the Holy Ghost this day!!

This has been my week.  I am sorry if it a little lame and I am sorry there are no pictures.  The place I am in has a very limited access to the internet, or in street terms, the computers are very old and I don't think I can send pictures.  But next week I will send you guys some!!!

I LOVE you all with all of my heart--and I do mean with all of my heart!!!

Elder Farley

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Week #96 - Mini MTC

Dear Family, 

Como estan?

Well, this week was cool.  I sent some pictures of what we did.  I took some pictures of a cool parrot named Papa and of a party for one of our investigators. Her name is Angie.

Well, since there are no questions I will just tell you guys about my week-

Tuesday we had our District meetings and my District Leader taught us about the importance of completing our goals.  The goals we set is a reflection of our faith and we will just have to work hard to complete our goals.  There was a couple of sectors here that have completed their goals!!!  So that was cool to see what they did to complete them!! Then we visited some people that we are teaching and it was really cool because we were able to teach them the commandments and they were able to understand what they mean and they are willing to follow them!!!

Wednesday was an awesome day.  We had an exchange and I was with Elder Lang again.  The truth is that our day was a little slow because not very many people were home, so it was a little sad but it was still awesome!!!

Thursday was a normal day--we planned for our week and we worked very hard to help our investigators feel loved and to help them understand the love of God!!! It was awesome!!

Friday, the assistants of the presidente came and we worked as a Zone with them and it was awesome!!!!  We were able to have the baptismal interviews of the Baque family, and they are all ready to be baptized into the church on Saturday!!! I am very excited about that!!! ;)

Saturday the Stake had this like mini MTC thing where in the afternoon we went and worked with the young people of the church.  It was awesome because I was able to teach the young people of the church how to be a missionary so that was awesome.  After that we went to the house of the Baque family and we had a birthday party for their sister Angie, it was really fun!!!

Sunday was a normal day with lots of meetings!!!

Well this has been my week.  I hope you guys have enjoyed hearing about it!!!! I love you all!!!

LOVE,

Elder Farley

Garrett and Papa


Birthday party for Angie Baque

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Week #95 - Silly Mom!

Hola!! Como estan?

Now that you are talking about the Bishop's wife, I agree that she is really cool!!! She actually reminds me a lot of you mom!  She is just so sweet.  She has probably been the best mamita here in the mission that I have had!!! ;)

Well, now I will answer your questions-

1- Did you get permission to get ice cream and watch a movie on a non p-day?  Are you working hard when you go on splits with Elder Lang?

1- Ja ja ja, no mom you are jumping to conclusions!! Silly turkey you ;)  In the mission we can buy ice cream whenever we want, so that wasn't a problem.  We only watched about half the movie at about 9:45ish and we finished it in the morning after we studied!!!  So don't worry mom because Elder Lang and I don't slack!!!  He is a good obedient Elder!!! ;)  You are cute mom ;) ja ja ja!

2- Have you received our last mission package?

2- No not yet.  I am still waiting.  I am excited though!!! 

3- Do you think you will be transferred one more time before you come home?

3- I honestly doubt it, but anything could happen!!

4- How many baptisms have you had on your mission so far?

4- I have about 30 baptisms right now, but there is always more work that I can do!!!

5- Can we have the friends and family B-BQ a few days after you return home? Or do you want it on the day you return home?

5- Yea that is exactly what I had in mind.  Not the day I get home but within a couple of days is perfect!!!  We need to invite like everyone and we need to eat Smoked Salmon Pizza!!!  How does that sound?

6- Have you seen Elder Robinson lately?

6- Yea actually this week on Wednesday we had a huge Mission Conference and I saw him there and we were able to talk.  I even told him that you guys (or you and his mom) planned everything to get us to room together at BYUI, so that was cool!!!  He is a great guy!! ;)

7- When do you want us to put money in your account for souvenirs?

7- If you could put money in this week that would be great.  I can't go this week, but the next week!!!

8- Who are you teaching right now?

8- Basically we are teaching The Baque Family, Andrea Salcedo, Ronald Ortiz, and Jean-Carlos and his sister Ariana!! Umm these are about all the investigators that we have right now.

Bueno mi querida familia, ahora voy a explicarles acerca de mi semana!! (Well my dear family, now I will explain about my week!!)

Tuesday we had District Meeting and my District Leader taught us about how we can help the people according to their needs and not just teaching them lessons. It was very good.  I learned a lot and then we did practices with what we just learned and it was cool.  The rest of the day was alright--we just visited the family Baque and we were able to set another baptismal date with the other daughter named Angie.  She will also get baptized on the 7th of June!!!

Wednesday we had a Mission Conference about family history work and it was awesome.  I got to see the whole mission!!!  So that was cool!!  We didn't do much after that because it took up a bunch of time.

Thursday was a normal day.  We visited a lot of the families that we have and we were able, through the spirit, to help them come to a better knowlegde of the covenants that they will make these coming weeks. So that was radical!

Friday was also a normal day--we just visited the families that we have.

Saturday we had an invasion as a zone.  What that means is that we went to one persons sector and we all contacted the people there.  That was fun!  We contacted a bunch of people and we were able to meet and get new people for the Zone Leaders sector!!  Then we went to a baptism that the Sister Missionaries had.  We were able to bring the Baque family with us to see the baptism so that was way cool!!!

Sunday was a normal day full of meetings!!

Well this has been my week. I hope you were able to feel what I get to experience here in the mission!!!  I truly love the mission!!!! ;)

And you guys are right.  I will focus more on the mission especially since I only have 6 weeks left!!! I want to give it my all for the last little bit I have left!!!

D&C 11:12 the spirit what does it do? It's radical.

LOVE,

Elder Farley




Sunday, May 24, 2015

Week #94 - Wearing the Bishop's Shirt

HOLA!!! COMO ESTAN??

Hey, don't even worry about not writing a whole lot today because in like a month and a half, more or less, I will be home!!!  But it is good to hear from you guys.  I am also excited to go to The Lone Spur Cafe!!  That will be awesome!!! ;)

So I will start off by answering your questions-

1- What size of clothes do you wear now?

1- Well, I am going to guess that I am somewhere in between a size medium and a large!!!  So for pants I am like 36 maybe and shoes I am a 10 and a half.  But we all have to remember that this is all a guess. I could be wrong.  I hope this helps!!

2- Is it cooling down in Ecuador?

2- The only words I have to answer that question is, "HAHAHA"!  No, it never cools down.  There is only hot and super sunny and hot--nothing else!!  But it's alright because I have gotten used to it. ;)

So now about my week-

Tuesday we had the District Meeting and basically what we did was talk about our problems that are in our Zone and District and we talked about ways that we can overcome them.  It was very good!!!  As a conclusion we found out that we just need to help our investigators with their conversion and how we need to be the most obedient that we can be.  So it was a very cool meeting.  Afterwards we celebrated a missionary's birthday.  His name is Elder Juanes and infact its his birthday and he is ending the mission so we kinda celebrated both things!!  To celebrate we ate chips and drank soda and we smashed eggs on his head!!  Elder Arias and I both had eggs and so when Elder Arias smashed his I was standing on the other side of him and all of the egg smashed on me and got my shirt just filthy!!!  So I smashed my egg and I contained the blast and it only exploded on his head!!  After that, us four went to lunch and to this house of a family that is really cool and I asked if we could wash my shirt and if I could take a shower and she totally said that it was ok!!  So I showered in this members house and we washed my clothes and I had to walk around with the Bishop's shirt on!!! Hahah it was awesome!!!

Wednesday was a normal day.  We didn't do anything too exciting!!  We found a new family called, the Baque Family.  They are cool!  They have a baptismal date for the 7th of June!!!

Thursday we had an exchange and I was with Elder Lang again.  It was cool.  We didn't do anything too cool like have another date, but it was awesome!!! I think we did buy ice cream and I think we watched the RM!! It was cool!!

Friday was a normal day.  We tried to visit Andrea but she has been pretty busy so it has been hard to meet with her!!  In the night we went to the Stake Center and there was a health fair and there was a lot of BYU students so that was cool.  I totally talked to them.  It felt really weird to talk to them.  I have forgotten what it feels like to be with a bunch of Gringos!!!  It was really weird but I will have to do again in 7 weeks!!! YIKES

Saturday we visited the Baque Family and we invited them to attend church with us and they said yes!!  So that was awesome!!  We went to the sector of Elder Lang and Elder Juanes to help them with there baptism so that was cool!!!  That was about it though!!

Sunday was a normal day with lots of meetings and the Baque Family came to church so that was awesosme!!!  Also this week there is a missionary who leaves for his mission so that was cool to see him get set apart!!!

Well I hope you all have enjoyed hearing about my week.  I know with out any doubt that this is the true church of God.  He loves us so much that he gave us a way to come back to his presence!!! I love everything about the gospel!!

Questions-

1- Are we going to have a BBQ for all the family and friends for when I get home?

2- You guys could invite JH to hang out or eat dinner so you guys get to know each other!!? It could be a good idea. ;)

Sorry about the pics.  I forgot to bring the cord!!!  Sorry but I still love y'all a ton!

LOVE,

Elder Farley

Monday, May 11, 2015

Week #93 - What? A Date with Elder Lang?

Hey, Hola como estan?

Well, I am not going to lie... I liked talking to you guys as well.  It was awesome!!!! You guys have all grown and I can see how you guys have changed!!! It's amazing.  I guess we will see each other in 8 weeks ;D

Umm...don't even worry about the trip to the Bahamas.  I am sure that Hayden and all of you guys will just love that trip!!! Make sure that y'all put on sunscreen because you don't want skin cancer.  That would be very ironic!  You don't want that!!!!

If you guys are planning a trip to Hawaii that is fine with me.  I will totally do whatever you guys do.  I am sure that it will be totally awesome!!

Well to answer your questions now-

1- What size of clothes do you wear now?

1- I am not exactly sure.  I could give you guys a guess but to be exact I have no idea.  I was thinking that we could buy the clothes in that first week when I get back so we could get the sizes exactly right then.  But if you want I could send you a guess.
2- As you are nearing the end of your mission do you have any regrets?

2- You know what?  I don't!  The only one I might have is when I wanted to come home about a year ago when Hayden first got cancer, but it's not that big of a regret because if it weren't for that experience I probably wouldn't have found where I am now!! So, no I don't have any regrets!!

3- Have you ever used any magic tricks on your mission?

3- Ja ja ja ja ja - no not really!!! Umm no I can't remember if I have used any.

4- Do you get a copy of the GC Ensign in the mission so you can study it?  If not, do you want me to send you one?  What about your companion?  Does he need one?  

4- I will do everything in my power to get a copy of it and if I can't find one then I will tell you guys.

So now about my week-

This week was pretty normal.

Tuesday was a normal day.  We really didn't do anything too awesome.  We just tried to visit an investigator named Andrea.  She is supposed to be baptized on May 23rd so that will be awesome but nothing else has really happened today!

Wednesday we had a Zone Meeting.  I brought the root beer extract and we made root beer as a Zone.  That was cool!!!  Most of the Latin's didn't like it!! Oh well?!  The Zone Meeting was cool.  We talked about our real purpose as missionaries is that we need to baptize!!!  So that was really cool!  We also had an exchange.  I was with Elder Lang and we bought some ice cream and we ate it on a fancy table that I set up.  Afterward I figured out that I basically went on a date with Elder Lang!!!! Ja ja ja ja!  

Thursday was a normal day.  We really didn't do anything!! Or it's just that I couldn't remember it very well.  But we worked hard so don't worry!! ;)

Friday we had a ward activity about Mother's day and it was awesome.  There was dancing and music and a lot of mothers!!! So that was way cool!!!

Saturday was the day where I totally scored the sweet soccer goal!!! ;)  After we cleaned the chapel we went to visit some less active people!!!  So it was a pretty basic day!! But it was awesome!!!

Sunday was a normal day full of meetings.  I taught gospel principles and it was good.  Ao that's pretty much the highlight of my week!!! ;)

Well this has been my week.  I hope you enjoyed!!! I loved talking to you guys!!

I have one question-

1- Could you guys buy all the Percy Jackson books? I think I am missing a couple  of those books and I remembered them yesterday and I kinda want to read them when I get home!!!

LOVE YOU GUYS!!!

LOVE,

Elder Farley

Ice cream "date" with Elder Lang. :-)
Beautiful Guayaquil Ecuador