Thursday, October 23, 2014

New area-Hospital View, New Companion-Elder Smilth-Holly

This past week has been great! Hospital View is a sweet township with tons of potential! My new comp is Elder Smith-Holly from New Zealand. He is about 3 months on mission and still has his greenie fire so we are going to do some great work here. This past week we have been doing a lot of finding to get some more legit people in the teaching pool.

Some of the best inv we have our Basadi ans Sunday who are husband and wife. They are ready to be baptised once Sunday quits smoking. We set a date for him to quit and made him a cigarette milkshake last night to help him quit! We also have MJ who is incredible. She is searching for the truth and just soaks up all that we teach her... the thing that is holding her back is that she works on sundays so we will be trying to get around that. We also have Ndivhu who is an amazing lady. She has two one year old sons and has been praying for a church! 

We will also be focusing on less actives and strengthening the ward. Apparently there is almost 200 less actives and we only get about 60 to church which is terrible for a ward! We will be picking that up as well! 

In my studies i really loved a scripture from John 16:33 which talks about how in Christ we can find peace and in the World we will find tribulation. It is so true and I am so grateful for the peace that the gospel brings into our lives. It is a peace that we can't find any other way! 

I love you all!

Elder Farnes

Good-bye friends from Fourways













Good-bye Fourways

Sorry I have to be short this week! This past week has been a great! It has been exciting and sad at the same time. I am leaving Fourways tomorrow and being transferred to a place called Hospital View! It was so sad to say goodbyes to the people that I have gotten so close to... but excited for what the Lord has before me! 

Conference was amazing!! We were able to watch it all over the weekend! I think my favorite talk was by Pres. Uchtdorf on "Lord, is it I?" Too many times in life we point the finger instead of trying to correct myself.. that is going to be something I will try my hardest to apply as I strive to become more like my Savior! I also loved Elder Scotts talk. He went back to the basics of prayer, scripture study, fhe, and temple attendance and taught it powerfully! The Gospel really is so simple and we complicate it too much! I am so grateful to have living Prophets and Apostles that can guide us in these last days!! I love you all so much! 

Elder Farnes

Incredible Week

Temple Trip!

Another great week here in Fourways! On Wednesday we had heritage day so we were able to go to the stakes sport day and get closer to the members! That was super fun and we took home first place! 

On Friday we had a temple trip. I love the temple SO much! It is the biggest blessing to be able to go there. The spirit is indescribable and it is the best place to receive personal revelation.

We also had zone meeting that afternoon which went great. We talked about our mission goals and then made some zone goals. We then talked about what we need to do to achieve them and what would hold us back. We talked a lot on consecration and have "LiVE" as our zone motto! Teaching the area and temple offices went well also. They wanted a tune up on finding skills and how to approach people so we did a zone conference on that.

Our Investigators are great. Sadly, Nokthula and her daughter are in cape town for 3 months now. Her job asked her to go there to work at Parliament so she will be gone for a while. I was so bummed when she told us about that. But, the Lord blessed us with a few new investigators. One is an awesome lady named Landela who came to church because a friend told her to and loved it. Another is a referral we got for and father led family which we will be seeing tonight.

In my studies the main thing that stood out to me was from D&C 9:7-9. It is where Oliver Cowdery wanted to translate the plates and was given the opportunity to. The way he tried to was just praying and asking for help; which is good, but not the best thing he could have done. The Lord tells him how he needs to first study it out in his mind or in other words he needs to exercise his agency and Work for it and then he can ask and he will be given his answer. I think sometimes we don't hold up our end of the deal by not working! Lets strive to get to work after we get off our knees! 

I love you! 

Elder Farnes

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Good things happening in Fourways

This past week was sweet! On Thursday we had Mission Leadership Council and it was a really good one. We discussed our goals as a mission ans how we can achieve them for the end of the year. Something that was stressed a lot was diligence. Going into Christmas and being the end of the year normally the stats drop so we are going to try and lift them even higher this last 3 months. A quote that I love from Benjamin Franklin says "Diligence is the mother of Good luck." It's so simple, but so true. In D&C 123:12-14 it talks about bringing those who are "Blinded" to the truth because they know not where to find it! Let attend to them with earnestness! 

We found a powerful Father Led Family this past week! His name is Jackson and his wife is Kathalyn. They are so cool and have been praying to find the right church for them! They are so prepared!! Nokthula and her daughter are also doing well. We had a really great lesson with her on the Plan of Salvation and discussed a lot with her about why bad things happen to us. Sometimes more than others. She opened up to us about things in her life and the spirit was so strong!

We have a great week coming up... We have Zone meeting, a temple trip, and my comp and I got asked to teach all the people at the area office this Sunday night! Should be sweet!

In my Study this past week Luke 24:45 really stood out to me. It was Jesus speaking to his disciples and He "Opened their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures." I have been praying hard to have my understanding opened as I read and it has been incredible. The scriptures take on a whole new light as we do this! 

I love you all!
Elder Farnes

Pday Fun!



Sweet Week, Time is going by too fast

New Companion, Elder Kolditz

Another awesome week! This one has really flown by! This past week I got my new companion. His name is Elder Kolditz and he is from Indiana! He is such a sick guy... we are already getting along great and tearing it up! 

We had some ups and downs with our Investigators this past week. Leratoe sent us a message late saturday night to tell us that things have take a turn in her life and she can't see us for a while. She said she still wants to be baptised and loves reading from the Bom, but that things have come up. I was devastated when we got that message... we tried to see her that next day and talk to her but it didn't work out. Good news though is that Nick is progressing more and more each week! Since he has been trying to come back and rejoin the church he has been struggling and one of the main reasons I have felt like is because he hasn't been reading from the Bom. We had a powerful lesson with him though and we are doing a Bom reading challenge with him. He hasn't missed a day yet and is loving it!! We also got a man named Collen back to church that hasn't been in years! 

We tried a new way of finding this past week and it turned out to be incredible! We are doing our finding by using Family History and the new "my family" booklet. It was the most success I have had finding in town so far and we were able to set up some return appts. We will be meeting with the Family History specialist this week and try and become pros at it! haha.

In my study I loved Luke 15. I really enjoy reading the parable of the lost sheep and the prodigal son! It is so important that we go after the one. The Good Shepherd went into the wilderness to search for the one lost sheep... we as well need to be willing to do all that we can to help those that are in need of us! We need to show forth and increase of love! I really have been trying to do that lately with our less actives and it has been going great! I am so grateful for the perfect example that we have in our Savior! 

I love you 

Elder Farnes

Happy Birthday Elder Farnes! Sept. 1st

Fourways Starting to Progress

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Blessings from the Lord

Completely Exhausted

Another Great week! It is just the best feeling getting to sunday night and being completely exhausted from the weeks work! 

This past week we had interviews with President Dunn. It was awesome to get to know him better. He gave me a few new ideas for finding some new people. We are going to make a big poster about Family History and at red lights we are going to walk to all the cars and hand out the new Genealogy pamphlets. I am pumped to be able to try that out.

We also had zone meeting this past week. We talked about Using our Time wisely and Working with Members. From Using our time wisely we discussed from the 3rd bullet point under comp study on PMG page 152. We talked about how our line needs to be in the water the moment we leave the flat. From working with members we discussed how we can gain their trust. It is just as important, if not more, than even gaining trust from Investigators. We talked about ammon and how we really need to focus on doing that through service! 

The area is going pretty well. We are having to drop some more people and it has been a struggle to find new investigators. At church yesterday though the Lord blessed us!! We had a husband and wife and another lady show up that had seen the church and felt like they needed to stop by!! I am so grateful for that tender mercy! 

For the last stage of faith it is the Fullness of all things! It is the point where our faith and our confidence in the Lord is so strong that we cannot be kept within the veil! (Ether 12:19) In the 2 Peter 1:3-10 it talks about all the characteristics we need to acquire to get to the point where we can receive that blessing! In D&C 93:1 it says what we need to do as well and that we can "See his face and know that He is." It is something that requires our whole self and it is my goal in this life! 

I love you! 

Elder Farnes

Another Great Week!

Another Great Week! This past week was jam packed with meetings, appointments and finding! On Thursday we has Mission Leadership Council. It was a really great meeting where we discussed How and What we can do to really get members involved and get the work to Boom! 

On Thursday we went on exchanges with a companionship which went great. Their area has been struggling a little bit so it was good to get in there with them and try to help them in any way that we could! 

Our Investigators are doing good as well! Khumbo went to Zimbabwe to hopefully pick up Marvelous. Monique is continuing to be powerful and loves reading the Book of Mormon. Leratoe is also doing amazing! She pretty much teaches us when we go and see her! Her work schedules just changes as well so that she will be able to make it to church from now on! 

For my study the third stage of Faith is Exceeding Faith in Christ's redeeming power. As a person continues in good works his faith and knowledge will come to a perfect brightness of Hope in Christ's Atonement! (2 Nephi 31:20) Each person will go through the process described in Mosiah 4:1-4 and is filled with Joy as they feel the Atonement working in their lives! They are willing to do whatever the Lord asks, to sacrifice all things! Miracles are wrought and angels appear (Moroni 7:37) My favorite  example of this is in Helamen 10:4-5 with Nephi! The trust between him and the Lord grew to a whole new level! I pray that we may be able to increase ours as well! 

I love you all so much! 

Elder Farnes

Tender Mercies

This past week has been incredible! We are definitely seeing the tender mercies from the Lord in Fourways! The past couple of weeks we have been hitting a rough patch on finding new people... we have been tracting like crazy and finding in any way that we can think of without much results. This past week we were able to meet with a family that we tracted into which was so sweet! They are the Kotela family and have three kids that are 13, 12, and a newborn baby! They are powerful.. they had lots of questions and want to know more about the gospel! The Lord has also blessed with referrals lately... we really don't get a ton in this area but this past week we have been getting some from everyone! The Lord saw our hard work and blessed us through those referalls! I am so grateful for that blessing in my life lately! 

We had a powerful lesson with Khumbo again this week! This past week we focused on the priesthood with him and how that will bless his life and the life of his family! As we discussed how it can bless his family he paused for a little and you could tell he was really pondering about it. He then said "I need that for my family. I will do whatever it takes!" It was a powerful experience! 

In my study this past week I did some more on Faith! The second stage of Faith is when faith comes as a combination of Belief and Knowledge. This happens when one gains a testimony and begins their conversion process! This conversion leads them to desire more truth... it leads them to have an anchor in the gospel and to abound in even more good works. (Ether 12:4) The seed continues to grow as they continue to act and those are followed by more spiritual confirmations! At this point people are ready to take the next steps through the priesthood and temple ordinances! I am so grateful for the Priesthood in my life and for the opportunity I have to use it to bless the lives of others! 

I love you!
Elder Farnes

Fourways Fun and Baptism








Chimweme's Baptism

Book of Mormon

This past week was a really solid week! We're really focusing on Book of Mormon reading with a few people and we really think that is just going to automatically help them to be more committed and progress. Gillian told us as she has been reading the chapters that we have left with her that all of them just speak to her and it tells her exactly what she needs to do! She is being taught by the spirit even when we aren't there!! 

Most of Our investigators are doing good. We got a couple of new referrals this past week that we will see this week and had to drop a few of the "jokers" that we were seeing. Chimwemwe passed his interview yesterday and just needs to get a second one from Pres. Dunn so that he can get baptised this sunday! Way pumped for him! He is powerful! 

In my studies this past week I came across a sweet talk on Faith in Jesus Christ and decided to go into a deeper study into it. Faith is really like exchanging collateral... we trade our works of Faith for witnesses of the spirit (Ether 12:6) In the Faith Process there are four stages that each of us need to go through. The First stage is Faith as Hope. The process is described perfectly in Alma 32:26-30. We first need to desire to believe (shown by our works and obedience). We then need to be willing to experiment; Investigators especially need to be willing to read, pray, and attend church. As they do those things they WILL feel the spirit witness of the truth unto them. Any Honest seeker of truth will receive that witness. And lastly, they need to be willing to act! They need to take the steps necessary after that witness has been received! I really think that if Investigators understand this process it will make them more able to recognize their answers! I am so grateful for the opportunity that my Faith has to grow every day!

I love you all so much!
Elder Farnes
Elder Farnes

President and Sister Dunn Arrive

This week has been really good, but interesting at the same time! We have been kind of taking care of a missionary from Uganda that is down here for some medical reasons. He is a sweet guy, but he has been taking most of our mornings and some early afternoons by going to the hospital.

This week we were able to meet the Dunns!! They are awesome! I love them already! I can't wait to carry on the work of Salvation with them! In the meeting with our Zone we were able to discuss a lot of Maxims that are mission will have! I feel like our mission is going to be elevated with these... Can't wait for the work to progress even further! 

We were also able to go to the temple this past week! I just love the spirit that is felt in the temple! There is nothing like it... you are able to feel true peace! I am so grateful for the temple.

Our investigators are doing great... Khumbo and Marvelous are still progressing like crazy, Chimwemwe is still powerful, and we were able to fast with Edward and Sally that he would be able to get more sundays off of work so that he can make it to church! 

We also hopefully have a few new families this week! We had a baby blessing in the ward on Sunday and we had the family use it as an opportunity to bring some non members! They brought two families and they both seemed really interested! 

In my study this past week I really enjoyed reading about Justice and Mercy in Alma 42! It has become one of my favorite chapters. In the beginning it talks more about the fall and then in verses 13-15 it jumps into how that made it necessary for an Atonement to be made! It also talks about how God is perfect in every way.... He is perfectly Just as well as perfectly Merciful! In 23-24 it talks about the Truly Penitent... We need to humble ourselves in order to receive mercy! And then in 27 it talks about our agency, We are ALL free to come and enjoy Mercy in our lives!! Let us help others enjoy the same blessings that come from the Atonement and Mercy! 

I love you! 

Elder Farnes

Hump Day!

Zone Leaders


Fourways

Another Great week here in Fourways! I am loving this area!! The members and investigators here are incredible! 

This past week we focused a lot on Khumbo since his wife went back to Zim to get a passport and visa. He has enjoyed everything we have taught, but hasn't been too committed. We really took advantage of this week with just him and he has made some huge strides! He is fully committed to the gospel now and is just progressing like crazy! 

This past week we also had Missionary Leadership Council! We discussed a lot on the Principles of Leadership from the life of Christ. A few of the things that I really enjoyed with regards to the zone was the need to see where people are at and help them reach their full capacity! Along with that everyone needs to be moving together with the same goals! Missionaries, members, and Investigators. It is so important that we all see what the final goal is! (D&C 38:27) 

In my study this past week I really enjoyed reading John 15. It has become one of my favorite chapters! In this chapter he talks about how we are expected to be Producers! He commands us to bring forth much fruit! In verses 4 and 5 he lets us know how with him we can accomplish miracles and without Him we can do nothing! We need to be Working with Christ for this work to move alonng... It is His work! In verse 8 we are told that this is the main way that we become his Disciple! and In verse 16 it says how we are Called and Ordained to bring in Fruit,... but not only that, to bring forth fruit that will remain! We need to bring in people that are truly converted and prepared to serve him throughout the rest of their lives! I also loves verses 7,9, and 10... It lets us know that this is the way to find Joy!! Happiness is always found in the work of the Lord! 
I love you all so much! 

Elder Farnes

Happy Fathers Day!

Mabopane














Good-bye Mabopane

Monday, June 2, 2014

"tight"


This past week has flown by! Lots of work going on here in Mabopane! Koketso, Thato, Nono, and Jocaline are all progressing great towards their baptism this week. They will be having their baptisms this sunday :)

We have been doing a lot of finding lately as well to create a bigger teaching pool for the upcoming months. We have found a couple cool people, but it seems like there is a lot of jokers. A lot of appointments set and then they bounce on us. haha. We will find the legit ones this week though. Seperating the wheat from the tares!

We started seeing an awesome less active guy named Donald. He is a powerful man who used to go out with the missionaries and was even the gospel principles teacher but hasn't been to church for a long time. He opened right up to us and explained some pretty crazy stuff that is going on in his life. He has faced a lot of challenges and is even battling with demons inside of him. We talked to him about the need for the use of the Atonement in both aspects of redeeming and enabling and the importance of him taking the first step. He made it to church which was incredible and loved it! He said it was one of the hardest things he has had to do in his life.

In my study this past week I was reading through Ether. There is so much to learn from there. I really enjoyed how in Ether 12:17 it talks about how "tight" everything on the vessels were. Are our bodies(vessels) tight enough? Or do we have weak spots that allow water or temptation to get through. As we make them tight from the start when they were in the midst of the waters (temptation) Ether 6:7. Nothing could get through. I am grateful for the opportunity I have to tighten up my vessel through the atonement. I love you so much.

Elder Farnes

Great Week!


Great great week here in Mabopane! Jocaline, Nono, Koketso, and Thato are all progressing so well towards their baptism. We are even teaching some of Jocaline's family which is great! At first they didn't want much to do with us, but now they are keeping most of their commitments and desiring to know the truth.

This past week it seemed like we focused a lot on the Sabbath day with people. haha. We are teaching a guy named Molefe who is super powerful. He has been reading from the Book of Mormon everyday and is starting to gain a testimony of it. The only problem with him is that he was only coming to church every other week it seemed like. We have stressed the Sabbath with him before but this time took more of an approach to try and get him to see WHY he needs to come and WHY it would hurt him to miss out. The lesson turned out great and he is very committed to keep it up and do what the Lord asks.

Alexander is still powerful as ever. He is currently going through his family history, has visited the grounds of the temple, and has a calling in Elders Quorum. Very cool to see.

This past week I studied some more of becoming the Good Shepherd. I love a scripture from Alma 5:57 and 2 Corinthians 6:17. It tells us How to become one ourselves; the first step is to give up worldliness. We need to put first things first. I was got into studying more about sacrifice and how it really is a sign of pure love. I learned that sacrifice and becoming the Good Shepherd often times requires loneliness or to separate ourselves from others. Our Savior is our greatest example (Matthew 8:20) In Gethsemane and on the cross he had to suffer alone for each of us. How lucky are we that because of his sacrifice we don't have to walk alone. He will always be there for us. D&C 84:88. I am so grateful for this gospel and the opportunity I have to work with my Savior and Redeemer. I love you all so much!

Elder Farnes

TImes flying by


This past week has flown by!! I have to be short today because of time, but everything here is great!! All of our Investigators are continuing to progress and we have found a few more. We have also made some great progress with some of our less actives! We got a man named Sachi to come to church for the first time in 4 years!! 

I also had the opportunity to teach some of our Zone meeting this past week which was great! I read from Matthew where it talks about how a city that is set on a hill cannot be hid and we need to let that light shine! We discussed how with the Power and Authority of our calling what we can do to allow our light to shine and have others automatically see us as representatives of Jesus Christ! Christ himself tells us how to do that in 3 Nephi 18:24! I am so grateful for this gospel and for the opportunity I have to serve! I wouldn't switch these moments for anything else! I love you all so much! 

Elder Farnes

Mothers Day


Happy Mothers Day!!! :) Especially to my amazing momma!! I Love reading about the 2,000 stripling warriors... When the times got tough and their backs were against the wall they "did not doubt, because their mothers knew it." They knew that they could hold on to the testimony of the moms when they needed it most. I am so grateful for a Mom that I can do the same with. It is her testimony that has kept me on the path that I am on. When times would get tough or whenever I would have doubts I knew I could always turn to my mom! Thanks so much mom! You really are the greatest and I wouldn't be where I am today without you! 

This past week was great! We were able to have some really powerful lessons with Jocaline and Nono. As we met with Jocaline she was able to explain to her daughter the need to be baptised again because of the priesthood and was able to even explain the two different priesthoods. She is truly becoming more and more converted to the gospel and soaking it all in. After the lesson we were talking and she told us how she has never truly been happy in her life, but now, because of the gospel she has found true Happiness! 

With Sister Nono we were able to get into a more in detail discussion about the reasons why she should  come to church and continue on the path of discipleship before it grows too late or before she starts to veer too far off the path. She expressed her feelings and even bore testimony of how she does know the truthfulness of the gospel. 

In my study I have been learning a lot about becoming the Good Shepherd. So much of it is just losing yourself in His work! To serve with unconditional love for those around you. As we take up our cross to Follow Christ and become the Good Shepherd we are only then able to deny ourselves of all ungodliness! Let us strive to make that apart of our daily prayers and lives. Let our minds be changed.

I love you! 

Elder Farnes 

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Personal Revelation


This last week in Preach My Gospel I was reminded of the importance of Personal Revelation. There is a quote by Joseph Smith that says "Salvation cannot come without personal revelation; it is vain for anyone to minister without it." That quote is so true and this  past week I have especially been trying to implemement that to help meet the needs of the people that we meet with.
 
With Jocalina this week as we met with her I had the prompting to dig a little deeper to see if anything was bothering her. She came out and told how there is something that is always telling her not to do the things that we ask, she says she knows that everything is true, but that voice is really bothering her. We were then able to talk about Joseph Smith having the same experience when he went to pray in the grove of trees and were able to give her a priesthood blessing as well. She definitely felt the spirit and was crying and so grateful for that blessing.
 
When we met with Salome we had intended to review with her about the plan of salvation with the kids, but right before we started I felt like we needed to talk about the atonement and how we can be strengthened from it. It was such an amazing experience to see how that was just what she needed. he opened up more aqbout things going on with her parents not accepting her anymore because she has joined the church and how she has needed that strength. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work with the Lord.
 
We finally got Brother Strike to come to church which was awesome! And Alexander got confirmed as well... He showed up in a suit looking like a missionary! It was a great sight to see!!
 
I really enjoyed reading about Moroni this past week in my study! He is such an incredible leader. (Alma 54:14 and Alma 48:17) He put his whole soul into being an instrument in God's Hands. He inspired people not to believe in him, but to believe in themselves and put their trust in God continually. He never asked them to do anything that he wouldn't do. A quote I really liked from President Harold B. Lee says "Only as we make ourselves totally available can we become worthy disciples of Christ." Let us make ourselves available!
 
I love you so much!
 
Elder Farnes