Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Como esta mi familia? I am fine and doing well. It is good to hear about all the progress back home even it if is going to be as hard as Wood for one of us back there (referring to his sister starting woodworking class). It has finally started raining again here in my area. All good things seem to come after trials, toil, and pain, but as I´ve read in many an email today, every single one is well worth it! The article I mentioned last week is in the Aug. 2014 ensign titled 'Act upon This Land as for Years (for y'all to read). I am still working diligently on getting hand-written letters to everyone. They may come later than I have been hoping we´ll see what happens. New rule for misión, writing on Tuesdays rather than on P-days in hopes to free up some more time to ensure some rest on this day and give initiative to have better district meetings before we can write home. Thanks for the pictures!

Meetings went very well, as my companion would say President was chopping our heads with amor (love). We´ve had some poor numbers lately as a misión but after meetings and training we are ready toimprove and move forward smiling in faith. I read the article by Elder Bednar 'Bearing up Their Burdens with Ease,' realizing a little more clearly that the Atonement is here to empower and uplift us. When we realize our mistakes and weaknesses, we need to rely on this power, stand up, shake the dust off, tell mom "I hope you Know we had a hard time," then put yourself together and in faith and with a smile seguir adelante (continue onward)!

Dad I hope your dream was just a dream. I did have a few rough spells last week, but nothing terrible and in fact, right now I feel great and enstrengthened by Him. We had a great district meeting today on the importance of Helping members amar uno a otro (love one another). This is the key to success, or one of many. Also one key is the fact that we as representatives of Christ and members of His church, We can´t except a Tal Vez (perhaps/maybe) for an answer, it is yes or no. We need to act and we need others to act. It is not enough to listen. Along with this the Book of Mormon really is the keystone of our religión. It must be read and a testimony gained to continue in this great work and endure to the end. With all this knowledge our teaching, my understanding, and the actions of those we teach, are beginning to change and take purpose. It´s great to hear that others are taking a step of faith back home, especially S. and C. working towards missions. I hope all is well in the Ward Family and in The Stake. This part of the wold is dependent on your examples back home, especially examples of love and success through Christ. Thank You for all you do and the Thanks that you give To Him on High. Love you all Very Much. May Miracles continue. Thank you for your perserverance.  Keep doing what´s right! More Later!

Hasta Luego mi Familia Amada! (Until next time my Beloved Family)!


Bien y Mejorando

Monday, 17 November 2014

I´m quite enjoying my time here. Every day has difficulties, every day has blessings of mercy, every day should have or at least end with miracles. We had a District Conference meeting in Liberia with four or five different areas attending.
We are fighting hard to gain a stake here. We received wonderful instruction and counsel from President Wilkinson and our other leaders here. Like Cory´s experience I learned that it is after we express sincere desire to follow the Holy Ghost that miracles happen. We had a companionship study where we introduced the Book of Mormon. Above all we were trying to focus our efforts on letting the person know "God wants," "Christ wants," we tried to take out the phrase "we want." By the way, on who´s errand are we? We found through this method, acting in faith, we were able to develop a Charity, pure love and desire for this person, to help them "come to a True knowledge of their Redeemer," and as we did so the Holy Ghost would enter and touch their hearts. What a great experience!

One of our investigators is doing well, he has testimonies of several parts of the gospel, but still does not see the importance of trusting fully in the Lord and sacrificing on his own part to do His will. Sounds kind of like the struggle we all face every day doesn´t it? We have another investigator doing quite well and he can see the blessings that come from Following up and doing his part. How good it is to put the Gospel to the test and see if it works. It does!
My Companion and everyone else tells me I am improving, and when asked yesterday, I said más o menos (more or less); I happened to say this right after my companion had finished saying that there are no más o menos respuestos por los miembros de este Iglesia (more or less answers for members of this Church). I was then corrected by the member who was corrected and can now answer "bien y mejorando (good and getting better)." What a good answer for the members of this church that Have Faith in Christ. I am getting along well with food, still figuring out the shopping and budgeting thing. My companion keeps telling me that he´s sure he´s going to be transferred this coming 8th of December. I hope not he has been very good. So I probably have another season of treading water to come, in the fact that I can´t give up but I may feel weak, in this I hope to find more strength.
Assignment from Sis. Wilkinson, maybe we can apply; pray consecutively for 21 days to know what family we can invite to hear the gospel, pray their hearts will soften, pray that we can find ways to be kind, etc, but pray for a family and share the gospel and invite the missionaries to teach the family.We have been promised as we act in faith on this invitation blessings will come and more importantly miracles. Boy do I have a list, but maybe we can combine efforts for someone special back home. I have work here to do but am more than willing to extend my efforts where I can. From President Wilkinson; Tengan Más Fe y Actuar Ser (have more faith and act as) or be representatives of Christ and Share because He wants us to, invite because Christ is inviting, Do His Work and Share His Love.

Be grateful for the opportunity to learn more and do better. Always be seeking to learn more and be better, that is the Way of Christ and this Gospel. We tell our investigators, the commandments are nothing of the sort like restrictions, really all they are and more are blessings that we can choose to follow to gain greater rewards. Your rewards come, trust me.  Everything God gives us to learn, he gives with the purpose that we will have opportunities given to us, to help Him accomplish His purpose Moses 1:39. So one day someone will come across your path and something you have learned, you will be able to use to help show God´s love for them and Bring them To Christ.

Dad I need some evidence of your work, it´s hard to "Be back later to check on your work" if it´s not here for me to check on. True to the fact the quote you sent. I had another gut attack (finding out tomatoes are a killer for me 5 mins and "it´s out a here"!) and was dearly grateful for every moment without pain and the fact He let me finish the day with strength, rather than being stuck on the golden throne del Baño (bathroom). What a blessing you all have been for me and our Famiy here in Costa Rica. I experienced an increase in love and desire to help this people as I was assigned Sunday after conference to stand by the door and greet (or say good bye to everyone) I was able to glimpse once more the feeling of love I felt when I opened my call, but now I am among them and they are my Family to whom I must share His Love. 

Hope all is well and you can always feel my love for you as well as the Savior´s. Remember our goal, Help all to receive of His love in His Temples. Keep smiling! thanks for your prayers! I am always glad for your help, So is Heavenly Father, he helps us all smile more when we do what´s right.


Friday, November 14, 2014

Desire to taste of the fruit

Monday, 10 November 2014
Bueno, estoy en el verano aquí. Que terrible! (Well, I am in summer here. How terrible!) It´s really not too bad the weather, windyyy, and hot, and dry kind of like our fall or spring when we have lots of wind.
We haven't had a good soaker for a while now. It is weird to think you all are having cold weather, snow, frost, etc. It´s very good to hear from you all. I haven´t received any letters since the 3rd and don´t know if or when I´ll receive more mail. I don´t expect to be able to go to San José to pick up my mail personally any time soon, though we have letters stating that zone leaders pick up the mail and divy it out once a month. It is assumed that missionaries have been robbing mail from the office and several elders are missing packages. Because of this issue our mission may deny us of receiving any packages. Don´t know fully how that all works out. I am going to remain steadfast in the faith that I will yet receive all that you have sent, if not I will make do. He will provide a way.
Good to hear about the progress of school for the school goers, especially starting woods (woodshop) soon. We helped the member sand some benches he had made, but haven´t had the ability of a return visit so far. Good to hear plans and life are moving progressively along back home. 
I got a story to tell. We had our district meeting last week but there was a strange and yet familiar smell in the church. Eventually one of the hermanas (sister missionaries) discovered a mofeta, or good for nothing skunk, in a trash can! I was all grins and giggles as they, mainly my companion, tried to get the trash can out the door. I really started having strange cramps in my abs as my companion stated that the skunk had got a direct hit on the cuff of his pants. By then my eyes were watering too. They don´t have any idea just how bad it can really get :) (He and his older brother have trapped a lot of skunks around home.)

My tooth that chipped is the same that chipped before, and it chipped a day after having it fixed and chipped even more this morning. I heard a strange pop, and had a piece of tooth in my mouth early this morning. I don´t know for sure what happened but I must have been chewing cud like a cow or something in my sleep. All well. We´ll get ´er repaired otra vez (again) next time I´m in San José. Our neighbor cut our hair.

So true the statements you sent me about forgiveness and unity. (How is the unity coming? My Primary lesson today was on forgiving others as Jesus did, even those who aren't repentant and have hurt us deeply. Last week Bro. K. talked to the Primary children about the 'mote' in others verses the 'beam' in ourselves. Sometimes lack of unity is due to us being judgmental and keeping offenses rather than forgiving. I guess for all of us unity comes as we each strive to live the teachings of the Savior, as we actually strive to do as he taught, as we each apply in our lives and families the reading of scriptures, praying, etc.)  I don´t see as of yet a whole lot of movement among the members to change. We´ll see. Good to hear from Bro. Schern in a round about way.
Just about everyone here in Costa Rica has an I-phone but internet is limited. We go to an internet/computer shop, kind of like a library. Yes I´ve heard a little about earthquakes and volcanoes, supposedly my companion felt a few, but I haven´t as of yet. We aren´t being readily affected by those problems. I do want to tell everyone that I´ve seen star fruit down here. They grow on large trees and look like large versions of the Japanese lantern weeds we have. I have also seen a gourd tree.
Boomerang cartoons are everywhere down here! A common phrase that deterred me the first few times I heard it down here is Gracias a Dios, but for a Gringo it translates, after saying hola anyway as, ¡Gracias Adios! I am finally understanding it is not a mean way to say good bye.
Well this was kind of a quick answer session of how things are going. I´ll send this one then another with more spiritual insight.

During one personal study I read a talk by Elder Ballard, "Following Up." In this there was an invitation to all members to have a PMG (Preach My Gospel manual) and read and study from it and put it into action in our lives, and an invitation to invite a friend once a quarter in the year to take lessons with the missionaries. I think you all are doing pretty well with this but this might be a good talk to review.

I had one day last week where I felt physically fine but the spirit was weak. I left my studies when I found a quote somewhere about increasing our faith in Christ requires that we express gratitude to Him. At this point I got on my knees asking for help to feel the spirit and have success and move forward, really gaining and reating a testimony of Christ and having Faith in Him. I had a prompting come to my mind to ask for help to have success in the Field of my Father as I had in the field of my father or the ranch. My thoughts continued to build and connect. If David could have success while on the errand of his father to tend the sheep and also have success in the battle of Our Lord I believe I can too. So I began to liken everything here in the mission back to my experiences on the farm a fin de que yo puedo tener felicidad (so that I can have happiness) and success and enjoy every step of the way. I wrote, "The end goal or purpose in sight is the Harvest in which we take much joy and pleasure; The steps along the way make it possible and the reward at the end even more joyous. Planning = Fulfilling our Purpose= Reaching Our Potential.
For Sunday I was then asked to give a talk. I used our topic we were planning on teaching to one of our most active investigators, L., as my guide: Keeping the Sabbath day Holy and developing Faith in Christ. I likened it to my relationship with dad at the ranch. First I started with faith to lead into what would be the desired outcome. Everyday at the ranch I was given a task to do, every day I accomplished what was expected or at least tried. Why? I did it to please my father and also because I knew good things would always be the outcome. Sometimes I, or we, don´t know exactly why specific things are asked of us, but if we act in faith, on the hopes and knowledge we have received from past experiences and outcomes, we will in some future time find out to what end the task was given. I have found that the tasks given to me at the ranch were given to help me gain a relationship with God and Christ and the Holy Ghost, gain a testimony of prayer, and Be obedient. While I was about the work of my father, I also came to gain a closer relationship, love, and trust for him. This is all the same with Our Heavenly Father. If we act in faith on the commandments and the promises given, knowing and hoping we will receive, we will in the end gain a relationship with Him because we were about his work. I further shared, in the actual lesson with L., one of the blessings that came to our family as my father tried to keep the Sabbath day holy was that we as a family grew more united, received more happiness, and a way was provided to keep the cows fed. What is the best outcome of all this learning I had to do and got to share? L. said, "What time is church? I have time today and I want to come." He came. So as we teach, through example, experiences, testimony, love, and the Spirit those with whom we interact will gain their own desire to "taste of the goodness of the fruit" we have tasted.
I love you all family, your examples, and your willingness to be a part of my mission work both here and there, through your own experiences and those I am blessed to remember and share and grow upon. I know He loves us and He is with us as we really put into practice the gospel, because we have a desire to know for ourselves, not simply do it because we have "seen" the fruit and think it is good, but because we want also to taste of the fruit for ourselves To Know it is good. May all continue well at home. Love you lots.
Hope it all makes sense and is uplifting; it worked for me. Thanks again for all you do for me!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Joy of the Gospel

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Well sorry for the long wait of one day to hear more from me. I forgot to mention last week that I would be going to San Jose for my month check with President Wilkinson.

MTC district together again for a day
I also had a tooth chip, I don't know if I told you or not. But I got it fixed the best we could while in San Jose. Best checkup I've had. I walked right in and the member dentist went to work. My tooth seems to be doing just fine.

We had 2 baptisms this past Saturday. The younger man is J., a great investigator and good friend. The lady is G. That was a miracle in itself to accomplish 2 baptisms in a day.

 I played piano again in Sacrament meeting. We had a great capacitacion (training) meeting for members to strengthen their desires to support the misión work. I shared pictures of the family to show that that is our goal--have happiness centered on Christ and the Gospel, become converted ourselves, teach our families and convert them and get them started on the straight and narrow, then share the gospel with friends THROUGH THE FAMILY, AS a FAMILY. Small tender acts of kindness and service or showing interest in the life and families of others is a great way to Share SALVATION and EXALTATION ultimately--this should be our goal.

I love you LOTS family. I am having a great time and feeling more connected to the work and Spirit and spirit of the work each day. Each day I have more to improve upon, and that is the joy of the gospel, each day we have the opportunity to undergo trials to receive change to become more like our Heavenly Father and His Son. Keep up the fun times back home and the WORK OF SALVATION and share the GOOD NEWS of the GOSPEL con todo (with all). I love your emails and pictures, and sharing my family con otros personas (with other people).

If we live each day with the goal in mind to do what is needed--with the knowledge we are doing it to BAUTIZAR y RETENER (baptize and retain) and share our ETERNAL happiness--learning and growing has more purpose, is more exciting, and there will always be a reason, time and place for sharing the things we learn and the person we BECOME.

I found a wood worker in our branch, got some picts of the work place, none of me sanding, maybe today when we go to help more!

I think I can find most ingredients here, please send hard copies of recipes, printing is costly here. If you could send hard copies of my wood projects, pictures not wood hard copies dad, that would be great to share with my member woodworker.

P.S. We actually ate fish too! With rice and a real lemon for lemon juice! Delicioso! More next week Love yall!!!! ELDER FARNSWORTH, el Elder the Younger.

Monday, November 3, 2014

No Word yet

Monday, 3 November 2014

No news from him yet this week, so we will share a few more pictures from last week: 


Seguir Adelante

Monday, 27 October 2014

Note to friends:
I bear my testimony God Lives. He is answering our prayers. I have seen the answers of your prayers for me and thank you all for your support. Jesus is our Redeemer and through Him I find my strength. May we all take more courage this coming week and step forward in the prayer of Faith to do His will more fully. I commend each of you for your best of efforts to lead good lives and be friends and examples to all, especially to me. God is ahead of us preparing the way we must go to do and accomplish His will. He is preparing the minds and wills of others to find the Savior and Everlasting Joy of the Gospel, of which is Eternal Family. Share your testimonies and the heavens will be opened for good upon us all. Of these things I testify and commend you all for your efforts, In the Name of Him who has Redeemed us, Jesus Christ, AMEN!

P.S. Remember, even the widows mite is acknowledged in the sight of God. Even if all you can do to spread His gospel is Smile Do it! We will all rejoice together.
Como Están Ustedes (how are all of you)? I don't know where to start. I feel rushed for time because I have lots of things I could say, want to say, and others that I will say, but only limited time to do it. I find every letter sent to me as precious as good food. The hermanas (sister missionaries) brought up the topic of what food I ate back home and that got me real anxious to have more recipes from home, in case I ever have the chance to cook with one of the recipes.
I got to see leaf cutter ants, the big red ones carrying leaves in a path about 4 inches wide and who knows how long. Saw some fish that people caught. Visited an area inside my area that is very much rainforest. It was very interesting because when we came upon one house, it was very familiar to me. I have also seen one hummingbird, one skunk, and too many mosquitoes. The climate isn't too bad with clouds, but when it's full sun it is very hot.

I love you all very much. Everyday your prayers are being answered on my behalf and the behalf of my companion. We've had a few moments recently where drunk people follow us for a ways trying to get us to stop and talk to us and each time it is scary, but my companion does well in those situations. He just says, Lo siento tenemos una cita, Adios (I'm sorry but we have an appointment, Bye), and we keep walking in the safety of the Lord. I had several wonderful experiences this week. The main one was that I was able to turn my day around one day from feelings of self-pity to having a fullness of Charity. We were teaching a recent convert who has just received a calling and I felt to tell her, Put your all into your calling to magnify it, enjoy every moment, ignore what others say about all the bad things and focus on the good and seguir adelante (continue forward/onward). At this moment my day changed as that was the message I needed to hear. I took courage and was able to cast out fear, the greatest hindrance to the Work of The Lord.

In brief I know that God Is hastening his work. We need your help, here and there, to continue the work.  I know God Lives, His Children are important. I want to magnify my calling and hope you can all find the same desire and instill it in others. The missionary work is for all who are willing. I love you my family. I hope all truly is well. May we find God's will for us more strongly this week and see His hand more often. 
With todo mi Corazon (with all my heart), Elder the Younger Terrance Farnsworth.