August 30, 2014

Email 8-25-14

Right when things start going well, and I think everything is going to be okay, my dream gets shut down. HARD.. our transfer system is different now.  We now get an e-mail on Monday saying where we will go, then on Tuesday we go to our new area.

I just received the e-mail and I’ll be going to Itapipoca.   A city 3 hours away from Fortaleza, 4.5 hours from city center.  I don’t even think they have a ward or a branch there, I’m pretty sure it´s just a group... I thought for sure I would finish my mission here.   I don’t know what to think, or what to do.
We took a super awesome family to church and they loved it.   They had only planned on staying for sacrament meeting but liked it so much they stayed for the second hour too but had to run home because they left her dad there alone and he has Alzheimer's.

There were a few other people too.
Next week I’ll let you know more about the ward, my companion, and what not.. if I’m alive! Ha ha...
I know I’m here to work…. I’ll just go there and work…..

Oh man,  I almost forgot!!!!!    Remember one of the garage churches???   One of them was ran by a man who was baptized in the church of Jesus Christ a few years ago..   he went inactive and started a very successful church, then left it and started another that was very successful also, then got greedy and started another.. and that one is in our area, and didn’t grow very well..   We stopped by every once in a while and made friendship..   Two nights ago we passed by and he called us over and started talking about how he wanted to talk to the prophet about how our church grows and his didn’t..    We told him straight up that our church is true and his was incomplete..   We bore our testimonies of the truthfulness of the restored gospel and as tears rolled down his face he said he would return to church!    We walked by the next day and he painted the church. And ripped up all the papers.. And when we walked into church on Sunday he was there!!!!!!!!    He said, ``eu nunca mais vou sair desta Igreja!`` -  I will never leave this church again!

It was way cool!   One of the best experiences on the mission.    There were more details, but I’ll write them down and tell it better when I return.     Sad I won’t be able to help him more....     

Mom, thanks for everything you do!   It means alot to me!    Know that I love you guys too, ALOT!!!    I’ll give you more details next week of where I am and what not.
You are the best!!     Talk to you next week, have a good week!!!

-Elder Kyler Blane Farr

August 18, 2014

Email 8-18-14

So, I just read BISHOP Hatch´s letter that talked about how it didn’t matter that we had a hard week last week because we would have 4 people at church this week! Well, we had 5. so.. that was good.

Our ward had a meeting about that couple and their complications with the divorce and marriage and what not, and the ward came to the conclusion and everyone will help out a little bit.  Some people will help with money, some people will help with transportation, because he lives super far away, and one member is going to talk with his friend who is a... one of those people that work with that kind of stuff.. I forgot what  it´s called... and see if there´s a way around this huge process because it´s been 19 years since they have seen each other.

We redid our teaching pool!   We´re teaching like 5 families and some other single people.   We´vetaught a bunch of first lessons and we don’t know for sure who will actually progress, (hopefully all of them). Ha ha..
Our new mission president has changed a bunch of stuff!!   Nothing that will really affect me, because I think I’ll stay in this area until the end of my mission.  He changed how they will do the transfers and some other things.  He´s learning! Ha ha ha   we got some instructions from the Area Seventy that we are to work way more with inactives, so we were searching for some, and met a family that went inactive for little stupid reasons, just a misunderstanding.  We taught them and just started asking questions and they realized that they need the Gospel. It was a cool experience and they said that this Sunday they will be going to church. :)
Have a great week! ;)
-Elder Kyler Blane Farr
PS    we still don’t have an official ‘fly home’ date but it’ll be in mid November probably!
Yeah, we´ve found some good people and some like the ones that are dangerous.. but they´re all half my size, so I’m not worried. ;)

My Companion is the MAN!   I love this kid.   He´s excited and willing to work!   It´s cool..


But it´s true... we have to suffer to be able to grow!!!   Not grow grow, but spiritually growth.. or mental growth.. you know??    It´s like I always say in Portuguese.. tem que sofrer para crescer!   (have to suffer to grow)
I forgot to say... we taught the pastor of that church yesterday.. SO MUCH APOSTASY. I am seeing the prophesies of the scriptures come to pass here.  I know more about his doctrine than he does... ha ha ha but it was fun.

Email 8-11-14

So, remember our super elect investigator??

Yeah….  so a while back he was trying to take a language course but it wasn´t available at the time.   And right when he starts talking to us, it comes OUT OF NO WHERE!!   And it´s only on Saturday and Sunday, for the next two years.   And it´s a required class for what he´s studying... He said that in two years when he finished, he´ll definitely come to church again and get baptized...   I always tell my companion, that God knows what he does, but Satan also knows what he does.  He makes things look so good, but that will really do us damage. We´re just trying to help everyone, but that this happens.  We´re positive though, but it´s rough because also this week…..

We were teaching some people that are members of another church that were actually interested in the message and agrees to pray and ask God if it´s true but guess what they did first!?   They asked their Pastor.  So Stupid.  That´s probably the worst decision you can make.  The Pastor started talking bad about us and said how we don´t believe in God and all of the other stuff.. I study my Bile every single day. I guarantee that I know more about the Bible than these Pastorzinhos.  (google translation is ‘shepherd’)  I’ll take pictures of some of the little churches that we have here in the neighborhood.  They use their garage in front of their house as their church.   By day it´s a church, by night it´s a garage.

Good News.. kind of!  This Family that the mom will get divorced, then married, then baptized.. she went to the interior where her soon to be ex-husband lived and he doesn’t live there anymore.  He lives super far away in a place that doesn´t even have electricity ... but we got a hold of his sister that´s willing to help us.   She called the town where he goes to receive his phone calls, so when he goes there, he´ll get the message then he´ll call his sister who will call the lady we´re helping, then they will mark a day to go the place to do the divorce.... but it´s going to be SUPER expensive... but we´ll figure something out...

It´ll work out.. I´m noticing at this point of my mission how much satan doesn´t want us to do our work.. It´s frustration but it´s part of the plan.

There´s a little church in front of our house and we marked with the pastorzinho to talk about religionand we´ll teach him about the restoration. I´m just tired of him yelling every night about how someone is possessed and how he´ll take the demon out...ha ha   I’ll show you the pics and stuff when I get home.. but we´ll do our part and we´ll see what happens. 
I´m good!  Kind of stressed, but good.. I know my purpose and I’m willing to fulfill it.  The time is running out, but there´s still enough to make miracles happen..  Thanks for everything you do!   And for the letters too.

-Elder Kyler Blane Farr

Email 8-4-14

This week started off pretty rough. Last week we made tons and tons of new investigators, so this week we started off just following up with all of them.. We spent like three days visiting the same people and teaching them, then we realized that none of them were really progressing.   This happens quite a bit here because the people are so sympathetic and want to be our best friends.  Sometimes they just want us to come back to have conversations instead of progressing in the Restored Gospel. 

We ended up contacting EVERYBODY and their dog towards the end of the week and we contacted an old woman sitting in the street, (like most old people do every night) and she told us about how her grandson wanted to learn more about the church, but that he was not at home at the moment.  We asked if we could pass by later that day and of course they said yes.   We went back that night with a member, the leader of the ward missionary work and we went there and just simply invited him to church, and he accepted and asked us to go by to walk with Him.   His name is Pedro and he has 17 years but looks like he has 25.   He´s quiet but super elect.   In the sacrament meeting the Bishop spent the first 20 minutes burning everyone about different things about keeping the ward building clean.  Then we had a class about the word of wisdom and all of the ridiculous members spent the whole time talking about how we can’t drink coke.......................I got kind of worried... but we went to his house afterwards and he said he loves church.   We haven’t formally taught him yet, but he seems super awesome.

Last week, I bought a bag,, remember how when I came here it broke??   I finally got a new one,,, and I got a new suit.;)    It´s super legit!

A família that we are working with that  the woman had to get divorced to be able to get married then baptized, finally went to the interior.....or the.. I don’t know..  out of town to get it all figured out.   Then we´ll hopefully be able to start the marriage process, then throw them four in the water!   They´re super anxious and ready for baptism and we´re excited to help them be able to get there. 

I know that God is our Heavenly Father, and that He loves us, and that he wants us to be happy, and that we gain that happiness keeping the commandments.   If you have any doubts about any part of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, put your knees on the floor and ask God in prayer... it´s as simple as that.

Be HAPPY!    And remember to smile. :)

-Elder Kyler Blane Farr


He has been off his BP meds completely for around 6 months now and is feeling GREAT!   He checks it often and it's always perfect.

He and his companion are doing great!  He says his comp is awesome!  They share a house with another companionship,  one from Africa and one from Bolivia.

He can’t believe he hits a year and 8 tomorrow!  To quote him, ‘It is going by sssooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo fast!!’   

He says he still has some weight he wants to lose but can’t focus on it right now – other things that are more important to do, plus he doesn’t have much control over what he eats or does so he’ll wait until home to finish that!

And ends with, “We’re out of here!!!    Love you a bunch.   Have a wonderful week!!    You´re the best! ;)”

Email 7-28-14


There’s not a ton to write about this week, just that we are working até o pó!!! That means ALOT! Ha ha...

I´m just trying to make sure that my ``kid`` has a good working habit and that he represents me well when I go home.. (not that I’m trunky or anything... )

There is a part of our area that is kind of far away from the church but that has not been worked by missionaries in a long long long time. We work there the whole entire week and met some people that were super promising and said they would go to church, but when Sunday came around, we went to pick up the people and it was like a ghost town at every one of the people’s houses. Even the members that live over there weren´t home. We still don’t know what happened, we’ll go there tonight to see what’s up!

We left our house one day specifically looking for a MAN to baptize, a future Priesthood holder. We went looking the whole day and nothing... until that night we taught a man that seems good and he accepted the baptismal invitation!! ;)

But even better! We stopped by the church at the end of the day and talked to the Bishop and he told us a story of a member that’s wife was baptized two months ago and they looked on the church’s system to be able to give him a calling but his information was not there. We looked and called church HQ and NOTHING!!  There was no proof that he was baptized.  So he needed to be re-baptized.  We went to his house and explained everything to him the following day (Friday) marked his baptismal interview forSaturday morning and baptized him Saturday night!   It was cool.. Kind of like a baptism fell from the sky!   Ha ha it was a fun experience he wasn’t mad either!   He was super happy!!   Ha ha

We asked him who was going to baptize him and he said, ``well that’s one thing that I never thought I’d be asked again!`` and he said one of us could do it. As it was Elder Pinheiro´s first baptism on the mission I left it up to him, and he performed the ordinance.   It was a super awesome meeting, and baptism.

Hope everyone is super well and happy!

I WAS going to add pix,  but we went to the center and I forgot my camera. MY BAD!. anyways, love ya!

-Elder Kyler Blane Farr

So....olha aí, são os Èlderes simpaticos google translated to  "Looking around, the elders are friendly"    is that right?
Ha ha ha pretty much!
Yesterday I got THE trunky phone call..  they called to ask which airport I wanted to fly into.   Ha ha

hooleeyyy mmoolleeeyyy!!!!   That's just right around the corner!!!   it´s crazy!!!   (Elder Kevin coming home on Oct 1st)

We’re super good, just tired... going to the center is tiring.  We go by train so it doesn’t take very long but it just takes alot out of us.  

Tell everyone hi for me. :)
until next week!