Monday, April 27, 2015

Importance of the Atonement

So this week was a really rough one. A family in our ward had marriage problems when I got here and the couple split even though they were sealed. She left and was living with her boyfriend in another city. Her oldest son has had drug problems but stayed here with his dad. They found him dead on Tuesday from suicide.
Turns out that day we were next door. Teaching about the importance of the Atonement in our lives. Right after we left, the neighbors were called over to help try and revive him but he was already gone.
Stopped by the church to see the family. I walked up to the mom, a great lady who was just a little lost. She hugged me like she was never going to let go. the ward here sadly rejected her for her sins. I saw her son, an 18 year old, and I can't even imagine what they were going through.
After the funeral, we went and sat down in their tiny house to talk to them. All they had was a mattress. As she began to talk, she spoke of her sons desire to help the family get back together and how her prayer to the lord to see if what she was doing was correct, was drastically answered by her sons death.
As I looked at her, I just listened as she talked and talked and talked. At then end she looked at me and said that she felt at peace because she was going to make the necessary changes to come back but didn't feel like she could. I told her, "Your value is not measured by how many times you fall but rather how many times you stand up after you fall." I learned through the Spirit that night that it was true. 
It doesn't matter what you have done. The Atonement is available to everyone. As we finished the lesson we sang God Be With You Til We Meet Again. The spirit was so strong. I stumbled through tears in the closing prayer because I felt the son's spirit with us and the Holy Ghost as well. 
On Sunday I gave a talk about this very concept, Jesus Christ overcame the Fall, He overcame it all. He is our Savior and our King and I am so grateful that I have finally come to understand.
Hermana Farner

Monday, April 20, 2015

Peace Practices

Weeks are getting harder and harder but hey that is what happens when Satan knows you are a boss.
Been doing something called Peace Practices. Every day I read a quote or scripture about peace and analyze it and apply it.
SO AWESOME! Although things aren't going the way I would like, I know that the Lord is here with me and I feel at peace. I am thankful for that.
Love you lots!
 Hermana Farner


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Being Patient in Afflictions

It was a really trying week this week. Learned a lot about the importance of being patient in afflictions. The first week of the cambio as an Hermana Leader means you aren't in your sector hardly at all. We were in meetings and meetings and more meetings. But they are good. Make you reflect and see what you can do better to help the people you are assigned to help, this last change is going to fly... It looks like I will be home which is kind of sad but happy at the same time. I hope that you all are doing well!
I have listened to President Uchtdorf's talk about five thousand times. It is really really good. Learning a TON about the importance of prayer to activate the Atonement in our lives and how a prayer for repentance brings us that amazing gift of light and strength that the Lord is waiting patiently to give us.
I am very grateful to have Hermana T as my comp. She is the best. I have tons of fun with her. We had a full week together for the first time in the companionship. And probably the last one! We are packed with splits :)
 Love you all and hope you all are well. Give McKayla a big ol hug from me! :)
Hermana Farner

Monday, April 6, 2015

Loved Conference

I love hearing from you and hearing how life is. I miss the mundane things sometimes and miss the habitual acts of house life. I haven't done it for so long. All I do in the house is read and sleep. It's pretty much sleep actually. I just am always on a bus.
Loved conference. It was my favorite by far. Learned a ton. Elder Uchtdorf's talk on Grace was sooo amazing. I think it changed my life.
But anyway, time is flying. Me and Tommy tom (Hermana T) are staying together. Possibly until I leave my beloved Chile.
Love you all tons!
Hermana Farner