Monday, March 30, 2015

God Loves ALL of His Children!

Monday, 30 March 2015

I know that God lives and loves me too, for He has been with me in the storms that have tried to weaken me and take me captive. I know in whom I have trusted! It is upon the Rock of Our Redeemer who is Christ the Son of God that we must build our foundation so that we will not fall. If and When all else fails, trust in Christ and that He lives. I know that this Gospel brings true love, Charity, into our lives, the combining of our mortal Love with His to make all things possible through the Faith of Him who will always prevail. This gospel is happy and full of hope. I know! and no one can take my testimony away. Please seek Him, the Son of God, to receive the blessings of eternal happiness and joy that cannot be dimmed. I love you all and hope that "all will be for thy good" because it is if you trust in Him! Elder Terrance Farnsworth.
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 Being Tried in all things and Gaining confidence in the presence of God‏

Well after hearing all of what has been going on around the world my week doesn't sound quite as eventful. To start off I don't think I've mentioned that I have gained 25 pounds here in the mission, I didn't believe it either when I saw it on the scale. My umbrella finally broke. As a trainer I've had a wonderful time with my companion, he's very willing and ready to work and we are just having fun. We went to San Jose last wednesday, standing for 2 hours in the bus to get my companion started in the process to be made legal here in Costa Rica. When trying to find the bus stop to come back to Siquirres I followed I guess my instincts and we ended up at the bus stop that used to take me back to CaƱas. We got in a taxi there and got back in the right direction. As I was explaining the new church video with the taxi driver I was also paying for the ride. In the midst of it all, we got out.... without my wallet and without any way to recover it except the goodness and mercies of God on his poor farm boy missionary. I have had quite the week of learning patience and moving on with His will. We offered a prayer and I felt a glimpse of peace, so I know all will be well, however I'm still not sure how. I made the poor decision to have ALL my important cards and information in my wallet. So I no longer have my personal money cards, drivers license, temple recommend, cedula, mission money card, emergency money from the mission, password for skype etc. Some people just have to go and choose to learn some lessons a harder way than others. However in the midst of everything, a pastor came to bible bash with us, we found a member who offered support for trip and food money, an investigator the same night paid for our groceries plus more. We had a wonderful Baptism! and we found 25 new investigators! 

We saw a sloth and it's baby, and best of all we got news that we're going to watch conference here in Siquirres and on the 15 we're going to the temple. All that I can say is that the gospel is the only true and happy way, I know and understand the experiences of Nephi and Lot better. I love the Lord Jesus Christ and His redemptive power and Love. I know God lives! and He loves me. As we strive to fill our lives with the service of others our burden becomes easy and light, for we are then acting as Our Savior and His power enters our lives. I love you all. I hope that we may all stay centered on Christ even though the very gates of hell may open against us I know in whom I have trusted and All these things will be for our good. Elder the Younger. I love yall keep hanging in the saddle;)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Oh there's sunshine!‏

Monday, 23 March 2015
 Oh there's sunshine!‏
            Keep a smiling wherever you may find yourself, because there are others watching, waiting too that they may find themselves, their purpose in life, and the fact that God Loves them just as He loves you, and for this reason we better be smiling! I love you all and thank you all for your service and love towards me! Elder Terrance Farnsworth
           I´ve had a very, very busy past week. After seeing off Elder Gonzalez (who finished his mission and was returning home), I stayed in Gaucimo. The district I stayed with in Guacimo are great missionaries, striving to be obedient with exactness, something that brought a lot of life back into me. They all felt the need to be talking with people and doing the Lords work! I learned to love my companion Elder Black, the area, and the people in my short two days there. I also got to see one of the strangest creatures that lives here, a sloth! It was in the dark, so I don´t have pictures, but very interesting. Elder Black is great with grand desires to do the very best he can. I hope I was as much help for him as he was for me.
            When we took the picture (the big whole-mission picture)... We were standing for about two hours waiting for all to arrive and get in place. (I had commented that it was quite a feat to get them all in the picture and that it must’ve taken at least two minutes.) What a great mission Conference! (Elder Maynes and Elder Duncan of the Quorum of the Seventy were visiting the mission and wanted to meet with all of the missionaries together.)
Can you find him?
I think I found him after zooming in! I believe in the bottom picture he is on the back row just left of the third white column from the right.
   I got my new companion! Elder Lopez de Guatemala!

He came more prepared to the mission than I did, and I believe the Lord is simply trying to retrain me, because I have learned a lot from my companion already. It is special as well because his MTC companion is serving in our district as well. We got a surprise our first night home.... While staying in Guacimo, planning with Elder Black I had the idea to send a chapter to an investigator, M, to study with his girlfriend and their family. 3 Nephi 11. I also sent a message to the mother of the girlfriend, Hma C, with the reference and the invitation to read the chapter with M. and after ask him to bear his testimony....Our surprise was a call from Hma C saying that M wants to know when he can be Baptized! We are working diligently to get it all lined out and accomplished;)   

Well, we are thriving in this companionship, tired and striving to find a good way to be organized to accomplish more for the Savior, but doing well. It's good to see picts of yall and to hear yall're doin fine!
            Love Elder Farnsworth, The Younger.
Looks like about ready to enjoy a meal at the mission home

Waiting to be assigned to new companions
Paired up with new companions

The Gifts of God

Tuesday, 17 March 2015
The gifts of God are given to all of those in need. What he asks of us is Obedience that in Him we may succeed. Keep up the good work! Elder Terrance Farnsworth

Los Tiempos De Cambio (the times of change)

Well I don't think you'll be getting new pictures. I am in a different area today, I officially 'killed off' my companion Elder Gonzalez. He got orders yesterday to go to San Jose with other elders that have changes. Meanwhile I will be stationed in Guacimo, west of Siquirres. We haven't been affected at all luckily from the volcano. I have been able to see it once or twice but only after the eruption. My guess is that it is 2 hours away. When there are no clouds and rain I can see it quite clearly from my area.

My companion and I were able to end on a highnote. We both learned to love each other and were able to make plans for me to continue forward in the work. Last Wednesday I was struggling alot. I then felt a great desire to fast. One of the first times for a while that I have felt the desire, need, and Faith to do so. The following day was our weekly planning session. For once I felt uplifted and relaxed by the end. I noticed that the spirit had been working on my companion as well and we began to understand each other. I forgot to say that in the night before I read Alma 34 and learned that I was the problem, focusing on things I hoped I could receive and then be grateful rather than being grateful in the moment for the sacrifices that each of us had made. I saw in simple maneras (ways) the Hand of The Lord. Later in viernes (Friday) we decided to go to a part of our area that we hadn't visited before which is made up of a mountainside. We continued to the top to where we could see all of Siquirres. We then met an old investigator out of the blue and someone (with firewater) stopped us to ask us what it is that we do and when we explained he asked us why we never had stopped at his house. Reason for exploring? Saturday was filled with 7 baptisms for our district. Several of which were solely to make a membership record because their information had been lost. We were invited to be present and participate in which we lost much of our day. Then after the baptisms we were invited to a dinner with a member as a district. I wanted to go, but had greater desires to be out and working. I thank my companion for his sacrifice because I know he wanted to go but we decided to go to work. As I thought more about that, the more my love grew for him and the more the spirit entered me, and the more peace and relaxing that took place in my spirit. I felt the spirit and the words of all we visited were thanks for passing by and making the sacrifice to share with them. I learned that for me it is hard to talk about obedience because how do we accomplish the act of obedience? By sacrificing our will to accomplish God's will. Because we chose to go to work we had other opportunities. We both got a haircut, got to home on time, had the opportunity to do some quick shopping where I had a divine experience. I was in line behind an old tattered looking man, all he bought  was some hamburger, however when he went to pay, he was short cien colones, probably like 25 cents, but there was a debt to be paid. He looked bewildered and troubled. As my eyes were yet taking in the scene before it unfolded much, my hand reached into my pocket where I had cien to offer. The debt was paid. That experience gave me a greater understanding of the Atonement. Sacrament the next day took on a clearer understanding. I will be forever grateful for our decision to be obedient and make the sacrifice to do so, and then walk in the faith knowing that the Lord would provide for the sacrfices we have made. The knowledge I gained is greater than what I paid to help that man. I know the Atonement was the price paid for us. No matter what the price is we lack He is there willing and ready to pay the balance that all may be rewarded. I love yall lots and hope all continues well. For now my companion is an Elder Black from Nephi, Utah. His dad is a taxidermist:) Keep up the good work and have fun in the journey! Elder The Younger.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Hope in the Future through Christ

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Our Future is as bright as our Hope is in Christ and as we seek to find the need to really repent each day, the Key: being obedient with exactness to uphold our standards and Share His word With His Children. Thank you all for your love, patience, and prayers for me. May we all "go on in such great a cause as this" that we may bring "the good news" to All.
D&C 130:20-21 The Law of Obedience
Well, as for what I've learned and experienced this past week. I had my second Divisions (being paired with a zone leader or district leader for a day or two) of the mission. Another great experience! We taught our recent convert J. and her family and it was as if the windows of heaven really did open up and knowledge and truth were distilled upon us and this family. Our topic was the temple and how important our works are that we can accomplish there. Their minds were opened up to understanding as well as ours concerning our purpose here in this life, and the plan of Salvation as a whole. We had the opportunity to explain to them the reason for the gospel, making the home a heaven here on earth, and in those precious moments, I felt as if I was really in the temple feeling the Father's love for us. How gentle and great His Plan! 

However, as mentioned by Dad, there must be opposition in all things... The rest of the week was difficult. We've had a hard time meeting our goals, and I began to feel lost. I can testify that  obedience is the key or plan of how we can repent; it is not just a commandment but in and of itself it is the key to happiness and true forgiveness and repentance. The future is bright, and I have re-shined my sword and cinched down the saddle. I am now ready to serve once more with all my heart, mind, and strength. I write these things that I may ask for your prayers as I strive forward in my continual path of repentance through being obediente con exactitud
(obedient with exactness). I love you all, your prayers, and examples. 
Elder Farnsworth, The Younger

(A field of pineapples, I think)
Banana trees
Iguana (pet or dinner?)

Still Alive and Kicking Here in the Jungle

Tuesday, 10 March 2015
Well I've had another experience in the rainforests of Costa Rica. We got to see poison dart frogs, toucans, and an eyelash viper.

 Amidst all the beauty that we saw there are many hidden principles given to us to act as testimony that God lives. The river that we visited was very calm and peaceful; ideal to enjoy and desire as a goal later in the future, but a constant act of change. 
It can be very similar in our lives. We may have ideal times where we feel the overpowering Love of our Savior and that of our Father, but time brings changes, and those changes can be rough, but are refining. I was able to see the signs in this river that showed it has seen some very hard times when there has been an excess of water that causes damage to some things in the short term, but in the long term those changes add beauty and a sense of humility and wisdom wit the work of art it is becoming. Let us be like the river, powerful, yet humble, experience trials, but take joy in the beauty that follows, and always be willing to follow the counsel and the Will of Him who has created all and seek the potential He has given us. I thank you all once more for your examples and the special parts you have all played in my life. I hope that I may gain more Charity as you have all expressed for me and seek to be more grateful, for all He has given me. Elder  Terrance Farnsworth
Well I don't think that I've ever had as much opportunities to be grateful for yall and the ways in which you taught me to walk. Sunday night I was able to view one of these miracles that helps us to see our Father's love. Our planned appointments fell through, and Elder Gonzalez said "Whatever you would like to do." Well, I was reminded of some menos activos (less-active members) and said,"okay we'll visit M. y Y."  I did the only thing I could do, I kept walking with a prayer in my heart and mind that we would be able to teach them what they were in need of. We got to the home, had a hymn, a prayer and we carried on. I opened my bag, took out an Ensign from November 2010 that I had found in the church, and opened up to the message of the first presidency by Henry B. Eyring about the Book Of Mormon. From there unfolded a great lesson in which I asked for input from a returned missionary that had come with us. He explained a miracle of the Book of Mormon that he had had about prayer and what he had read. After his experience Y. opened her heart and told us the reasons she doesn't read or attend church. I felt that we had received the miracle needed with her and now we know a little better in how we can help her return with her family. The miracle of the lesson was that the one previous lesson we had had with her was about the Book of Mormon as well, and she could have easily ignored us but The Lord's hand was present. We have had several other lessons that have been equally guided by the spirit and uplifting. I hope to be able to report with more success in the following weeks.

We visited a privately owned reserve of a member yesterday, and they fed us lunch and everything. There are pictures of poison dart frogs, an eyelash viper, and well rainforest. We were all worried that we were going to get dengue from all the mosquitoes there. We had a great time.

Love yall lots and hope all works for the better this week and that we can all be ready and preparing to receive further counsel form the prophets this coming conference. Keep up the good work and keep love in the home! Love Elder Terrance Farnsworth.