Thursday, August 28, 2014

First Preparation Day (p-day)

Thursday, 28 August 2014
                Hi ma! Hola familia! It was a crazy day the day I was dropped off, for which I am still grateful for because it acted as a very good transitioning stage for me. I have managed to make it to my first P-day. I now stand on Higher ground (in reference to feeling like floating in the floods of Noah mentioned in his first e-mail). Including me there are five in my district Costa Rica Bound. I have heard of several others in other districts. At our Tuesday night Devotional I met another Elder Farnsworth, who came through the line of the brother of Philo T. Farnsworth. So we're definitely relatives. The food here is actually pretty good, I am just not well accustomed to it and have to pray fervently to be able to swallow, but I am surviving well. My companion has been very good to me. The family letters you sent made it to me just fine. I am on the West campus. I also received a mailing address, but will need to locate it again. I think we received a little under fifty pounds worth of language materials so I am pretty well scattered. I can't remember anything that happens in the last 10 to 20 minutes. It snowed on the mountains our first or second night here, maybe. All I know is that there was snow at one point. I love my Branch presidency, especially Brother Liston. He said he had been to Moab plenty of times in the past and I feel at home when I'm around him. Elder Wilkinson is related to my Mission President just about as distantly as I am related to Philo T. Farnsworth, but it is still cool. Love You Family, Time to go get my Laundry.  Adios.

             I don't know that I mentioned it, but Elder Moss is our District Leader. He is a good person.
             Mom I would have pictures today but I don't. Elder Wilkinson does, but can't get them downloaded. I'll try to answer ?'s when and how I can. It's hard when they're scattered throughout my email. But it is still okay. I don't quite have the hang of everything.  Surprisingly my Spanish is coming along. My first day I understood almost every word spoken to me in Spanish by my teachers who spoke entirely Spanish the first day. All will be well.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

First email from the MTC

Primero Dia a las MTC!           (Wed, Aug 20, 2014 08:47 PM)

Hi familia es un buen dia. Love ya lots. We feel like future investigators, flooded with the waters of Noah, yet still floating. Mi campanero es Elder Wilkinson y es un relativo distante de mi Presidente. All is well. Love ya lots! Goodnight. Buenas Noche.

Report to MTC August 20, 2014

Report date finally arrived (the same day school started for his sisters). Photos taken at Provo Utah Temple before going to the Missionary Training Center (MTC).

12:45 Time for the 'Drop Off Zone' and one last hug. See ya in two years!!


And he's off!

Elder Farnsworth will be at the MTC for six weeks for intensive Spanish language study and instruction and practice on proselyting before heading off to Costa Rica to offer the 'good news' of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to our fellow brothers and sisters in that land.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pre-mission Prep

Finish Eagle Scout project Oct 2013

Eagle Project: to make improvements at Pinhook Battleground
 Submit mission papers April 2014

Receive mission call April 24,2014

 Report Aug 20, 2014 to Provo MTC

Seminary graduation May 18, 2014

Graduate from High School May 22, 2014

Eagle Court of Honor July 27, 2014

Work on the ranch and Wait to turn 18

Three day horse trip and Birthday on the Mountain Aug 2014

Dutch oven birthday 'cake'

Be ordained an Elder Aug 4, 2014

Attend Monticello Utah Temple Aug 9, 2014

Attend the Manti Utah Temple Aug 16, 2014

Be set apart as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Aug 19, 2014