Thursday, July 20, 2017

Trockenrippen

Hallo Leute,
Shoutout to my mom for the birthday package:) it came!
We did a lot of finding this week and had a ton of hilarious and also really cool contacting situations for example:
- one man contacted us and started talking about how he leads people through haunted houses and then he said bye and walked away..
- another man asked if we were JWs and we said no and he then asked of if Adam's rib was dry when God took it to make Eve..trockenrippen(dried ribs)
- one man that I asked what made him happy said that we did because he saw us early talking to people with enthusiasm and said he'd gladly visit our church:)
- Sis Catherall and I sat across the aisle from each other and both talked to two guys and both of these men could on the speak English and we both got both of their numbers and hopped out of the train and ran across the platform to the train going in the other direction because we had missed our stop ha comp unity! There were a lot of other cool contacts but I don't have the time to share:)

Sister Perkins and her parents were traveling around her mission and we got to eat with her and our investigators, Scurender and Isaac, and Pouyan! Was really fun and really weird because of the mix of cultures. Ghana, America, Iran and India all together...hahaha so fun! Pouyan bore testimony to Isaac about the Book of Mormon and it was super cool! Also Isaac doesn't speak a lot of German and a guy in the train asked him if he was also Mormon and he said yes! Haha super funny!
We had MLC for the first time with President Boyer and it was sooo awesome! The mission is continuing on getting better and making goals in working better with members to help people to come to Christ. Members are so important!

Sister Yeck! My Mtc comp that I haven't seen since the very start of
my mission!!
Us being us
A lot happened this week that was also good but ich habe keinen Lust mehr zu schreiben...
There's a scripture that Sister Catherall wrote on our window and it's from Alma 26:34-35 and it says:
"Now have we not reason to rejoice? Yea, I say unto you, there never were men that had so great reason to rejoice as we, since the world began; yea, and my joy is carried away, even unto boasting in my God; for he has all power, all wisdom, and all understanding; he comprehendeth all things, and he is a merciful Being, even unto salvation, to those who will repent and believe on his name. 36 Now if this is boasting, even so will I boast; for this is my life and my light, my joy and my salvation, and my redemption from everlasting wo. Yea, blessed is the name of my God, who has been mindful of this people, who are a branch of the tree of Israel, and has been lost from its body in a strange land; yea, I say, blessed be the name of my God, who has been mindful of us, wanderers in a strange land"
Ah this scripture is just exactly how we are feeling here! The Gospel is a gospel of joy and God has given us so many reason to rejoice! Yes we have hard times and things don't go as planned but when we remember all the things He has done for us and will do for us when we follow Him it's all worth it!

Have a great week!

Liebe Grüße
Sister Farner

THE STAIRS!!



Thursday, July 13, 2017

Meine neue Mitarbeiterin....:)

Hallo Leute,
Sister Perkins
This week was even better than ever! We saw so many miracles and ja I just love the people we have the privilege of working with!! We met with Isaac and he asked us to convince him why the Book of
Mormon is worth reading because he didn't want to waste his time. We tried to show him a few good verses and bore our testimonies and he told us we hadn't convinced him and I was feeling a little hopeless and then I realized, wait, the Holy Ghost can only convince him of the truth we can't say anything to convince him. So we told him that he should give it a read and pray about it and that the Holy Ghost would testify to him of the truth. We saw him a few days later running to the Bahn and he yells " I STARTED READING" as he ran by:) so cool!!
Alaeden, Sister Perkins
We met with some other solid people that are just amazing but I'm running out of time. There was Alaeden(Aladdin but in Arabic) and he explained the Book of Mormon back to us to make sure he understood it, there was Saeed who told us that Joseph Smiths first vision was beautiful and then we met with Esther and she's making so much progress and loved hearing about the plan of Salvation.
Sis Catherall, Sis Perkins

Sis Catherall
Oh also transfers happened and Sister Perkins went home:( but Sister Catherall is my new companion! She's from Herriman Utah and is one transfer ahead of me and we are already best friends and are getting work done!!! So pumped for this transfer! We are Sister Training leaders over 9 companionships and 7 of those are training! So many new sisters! I'm the old one now... We've already lost each other once and finish each other's sentences..haha this will be fun!

Have a great week!
Sister Farner

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Ein Jahr später

Hallo Leute,
What an awesome week! So many awesome things happened:) I was on a split with Sister Fried  and one of our appointments got cancelled all of a sudden and we had an hour and a half to do
something. I took out my map on my iPad and split up our area in 6 quadrants and then she rolled a dice to see where we would go. The quadrant we picked already had a saved location and I had no idea how it got saved but we decided to visit the apartment. We got there and I looked at the klingels and the name of a family in our ward was on it.  I then realized that we had gone to the new apartment of this family and I was a little embarrassed haha. But we decided to ring the other names there...with not much success. As we were leaving a car with a trailer came up and three members hopped out and were surprised to see us...so I said "wir sind hier ihnen zu helfen!" (We are here to
help you) and they were like okay! We were able to help carry the furniture and boxes up to the new apartment and it was great to help them out.  I explained to them later how we had no idea that they'd be there or that they would need our help. I was reading earlier that day about service projects and how we should be doing one once a week and was like I look for opportunities to serve but they are never there. And then we happened upon this service opportunity! It was a real testimony builder on following the Spirit! We could of easily just contacted people in our area but we followed the Spirit and found the people that needed our help:)
Gabriel and us
Another cool thing...GABRIEL CAME TO CHURCH. For those of you who have forgotten who he is, he's from Brazil and is so awesome! We were really sad his week because we went by his house(he has no phone) and he wasn't there and we were really confused and sad because we have had a
few lessons get cancelled because he's not there. But then he came to church and explained how he was at his neighbors when we rung! He stayed all three hours and in the investigator class we read Moroni 10:3-5 and he told us that as he read it he felt privileged to be allowed by God to be in the church and to read the Book of Mormon and how grateful he is that God allows him to have the opportunity to learn about the church. ah! So cool! He loves the Book of Mormon and is almost done with Alma!(200+ pages) He's making so much progress!
Sis Williams and I with Celine and Lisa
Sussan!!
I got to go on a split in Dortmund with Sister Williams(my last area and last companion) let's just say it was pretty weird but awesome too! I got to see Sussan and Celine and Lisa and Birgit!! Sussan
almost knocked me over when she saw me and I don't think I've ever seen someone so happy to see me in my life! I can believe she has been baptized for 3 months! Lisa is staying next year in Utah for a year! So excited. It was really great to go there and see how everyone's doing. Sister Williams and Sister Poulsen are taking good care of the people:) Sister Williams is going home with Sister Perkins in less than a week which makes me sad. She's an amazing missionary and has been such a great example. She loves the people and the Lord and that has made all the difference!
Which comes to Sister Perkins, who is leaving me soon! Little upset with her about that but that's life. She's been a great companion and very patient with my weird ideas and odd bursts of enthusiasm. Going to miss her a lot and am thankful that we had this time to work and serve the Lord together.
New mission President:) President and Sister Boyer
I love my mission and today is pretty crazy because a year has gone by! What??? I've learned so much here and I love how the Gospel is something we can always apply to make us become better. We can always improve, you don't need to be on a mission to do so, you're not done improving at age 80. You can always become more obedient, more happy, more kind, more spiritual,etc. I think on the hymn "More Holiness Give Me":
More holiness give me,
More strivings within,
More patience in suff’ring,
More sorrow for sin,
More faith in my Savior,
More sense of his care,
More joy in his service,
More purpose in prayer
and that is sometimes a little overwhelming hahah but when we take the time to work on one thing at a time we become who God wants us to become, more like our Savior, Jesus Christ.

Have a great week:)
Liebe Grüße
Sister Farner
Sis Fried and I by the sand volleyball tournament in the middle of the city





Thursday, June 29, 2017

Planet der Affen

Hallo Leute,


What an interesting week full of scraping wall paper off apartment walls for 3 hours and having our last MLC with President Stoddard along with a split in the beautiful city of Bonn! I've just been blown away at how individual and unique every person is! I just love talking to people and figuring out their stories and helping them to find Joy in the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
The Stoddards❤️😿

The Distrikt
We had a lesson with Scurender on Saturday and he told us about how he was going to pick up his car on Sunday morning and we were like hey what about church??? And he said dang I totally forgot. We then had an awesome lesson about the Word of Wisdom and we asked to pray and ask God to help him keep it and he said he didn't know if he wanted to and so I asked him to pray for the desire and he said he'd think about it...he said the closing prayer in Italian and right after he ended he
told us he asked God for the desire and he also told us he would see us at church!! He said he'd call the people to move his appointment to Monday! He's just so willing to change and become better and every lesson we are in he makes the changes he needs to be aligned with God's will for him! He's awesome!
Scurender made us pizza!! So good!
Sorry this email is short, we went to a monkey park today:) but I have pictures to make up for it!
Me and my best friend

Me and Sister Case

Liebe Grüße
Sister Farner
Made banana boats in Bonn on my split with Sister Voigtlaender

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Wie heißen Sie? Muffin. Chocolate Chip Muffin.


Hallo Leute!
Just another we going by real fast here in Duisburg. We had a few splits and a lot of appointments that fell out so we did some finding! Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes, I could think of no better place than here for my birthday!
We were able to have an appointment with Scurender and set a baptismal date with him for the 22 of July! He is from India and started going to an evangelical church because he like the disco music they played. Then he started learning more about Christ and realized that Christ really did live and die for us! He's seriously the coolest!
Scurender
I went to Leverkusen later in the day for a split with Sister Losee and they bought me chocolate and had a Happy Birthday banner on the floor when I got to her apartment! I was well taken care of. Sister Perkins was a pal and made me a breakfast burrito and then we got waffles later! I have the best companion!




Back to other things. So we went finding a lot and our district leader gave us a paper and we made a "Finding Bingo" game to make finding even more fun. So there we're things like "talk to a woman pushing a stroller" and "talk to someone with no shoes on" and Sis Perkins and I are very competitive and thought that we would do all 25 finding approaches in a day. We got to 18! That is where we met the guy named Chocolate Chip Muffin. He happened to be barefoot, wearing a cowboy hat, had dreads, holding a beer, and riding a bike when we talked to him and those were all things on the bingo sheet. We've seen him before and got to talk about what he does because we him always
outside the mall blowing bubbles or twirling a baton. He told us that he's been on the streets earning money for the last 2 years and that he's trying to save up for a school in India. He was also honest and
told us he uses some of the money for beer but he said he used to be a guy that had a regular job and wore regular clothes but then one day got an impression from God that he needed to do what he actually wanted to be doing. So he quit his job and has been traveling to different places around the world in an attempt to make people smile and to build a school for kids in India.
Chocolate Chip Muffin man

It's really cool to see the different ways of life people have and what they want to achieve in their lives. We've never contacted him because we just didn't think there was a good reason too. But I think this bingo game helped us to get out of our comfort zone and talked to ALL people. We were even able to find a family later in the day that want us to stop by and teach them about God and I usually don't approach women with a stroller and many kids because I don't want to bother her haha sharing the gospel is not the most convenient in many circumstances but it doesn't have to be because what it brings cancels all the unconvenience!
So basically what I'm trying to say is that we can make people happy by sharing the gospel no matter what circumstance they are in. It's here to help us not to hinder us!

Have a great week and step out of your comfort zone!
Liebe Grüße
Sister Farner
P-day at Wolfsee with the Dortmund zone leaders and Essen sisters!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Getauft

Hallo Leute!
What a week!!
Pouyan was baptized on Saturday!! It was a tad stressful because we may have accidentally left some paperwork on the train...but it didn't matter because the baptism was great! Afterward he told me that he felt amazing and that everyone should be baptized:) I'll never forget seeing him come to church the next day with his white shirt and tie he had bought the night before. So proud of him and thankful for his testimony of the Church and of Christ. He told an investigator at church that he should be baptized hahah he's a little missionary already!
Church was great too because we had 5 people come that are interested in the church they are from Angola and Nigeria so we got to use the translation microphone and headsets. Man that is a hard job! But they said they loved church after...so the Spirit helped me out haha. One of them is named Malachi and he called me yesterday to say that he loves the church and loves going but feels like he's not a full member yet and wants to be baptized....???!!! I was so shocked on the phone I was like ookkayyy we can help! I'm always amazed at the people here! 
Monday I was in Hamm on a split with Sis Bernhisel and the next day we went to Herne to split back  and we stopped in Dortmund for 15 min waiting for our next train. Then we got to Herne and Sis Möller hopped on the train with me to go to Duisburg then we got off in Essen for 10 min to wait for our next train that took us to Duisburg. We had two power lessons with our investigators and members who were angels and stepped in to help us out. Then we got word that Sis Möller had to be back in Herne the next day by 9am because of a dentist appointment so then we left Duisburg that night, stayed with Sis Schulz and Sis Perkins for the night then went to a dentist appointment the next morning. Then tomorrow we are off to Münster!! Whoop! So basically what I'm trying to say is that I was all over the Ruhr Pott and it was a blast! Missions really keep you on your toes and throw surprises at you!
I was reading this week in Alma about the Anti-Nephi-Lehis and what a powerful conversion story.
"6And as sure as the Lord liveth, so sure as many as believed, or as many as were brought to the knowledge of the truth, through the preaching of Ammon and his brethren, according to the spirit of revelation and of prophecy, and the power of God working miracles in them--yea, I say unto you, as the Lord liveth, as many of the Lamanites as believed in their preaching, and were converted unto the Lord, never did fall away.
7 For they became a righteous people; they did lay down the weapons of their rebellion, that they did not fight against God any more, neither against any of their brethren."
After reading that I thought about what things I can give up to come closer to the Lord, what things I can bury/lay down that are keeping me from becoming my best self. Sometimes I think we are the people who hold up the sword in defense to keep away the blessings of God we hold onto our pride or our sins or anything else that takes us from learning the correct way to be. Sometimes we are afraid to change ourselves because it takes a lot of effort, a lot of time, etc and in reality when we give up those things we find greater peace and joy! Bury your weapons!!

Life is good the mission is the best:) I love serving the Lord. Shout out to my little brother for going in the MTC this week:) proud of you Elder Farner!!

Liebe Grüße 
Sister Farner
Dortmund
Sport P-day


Thursday, June 8, 2017

Geschmack von Brasilien

Hallo Leute,
What a wonderful testimony building week!
So ja we met with Gabriel on Saturday, we met him at the Bahn stop a week prior and we didn't get his number because he has a Brazil number so we get there and he doesn't show up...we waited for 15 minutes and decided to walk to where he lives and we ended up meeting him on the way there! We were able to have a stellar lesson with him. Okay ignore that last sentence. Who says stellar!? Anyway the lesson went great and we actually were able to get through the whole restoration of the church and he shared his testimony of God and said that he knows God is there and that he feels the Spirit and the Spirit helps lead him away from harm, he then says "sorry that sounds really weird" I almost started laughing. We told him how we know that the Spirit is there to help guide us and that we can feel him too and he was like "really?!" He then shared a story about how he didn't get on an airplane because he felt this strong impulse not to so he had to buy a different ticket and wait for the next one. He said he sat there feeling so dumb that he didn't stay and then received a call from his mom and said that the plane he would of been on had crashed and everyone had died...! I got goosebumps from that. Oh my goodness! He told us He knows God is watching out for us and that when we follow the Spirit we will be saved from dangers that are ahead. We extended a baptismal date to him for 1 Juli and he accepted! Seriously the coolest person ever!

After that lesson we were talking to a man at a bus stop and I start to smell this weird scent that started getting stronger and stronger, smelled like vinegar and we all started coughing and stuff and had to run from the bus stop. We found that there was a guy spraying insecticide right behind the bus stop and he didn't bother to ask us to move haha weird,.

Sunday was awesome!!! The ward is super supportive of Pouyan's baptism on THIS Saturday! So excited! Fast and testimony meeting was awesome! There was a recently returned missionary who bore his testimony and it brought the Spirit so strong and every testimony after was building upon his and man I love Duisburg! Cyirus and Mojtaba gave the sacrament prayers in German not Persian and they did awesome! As I sat in Sunday school I realized there was 6 people from Iran, 4 Americans, and 2 Germans in our class and wow. They would've never gotten the chance to hear about our church in their home land and this time is really a monumental one for spreading the gospel to war torn countries. I'm just in awe of how ready these people are that came here searching for a better life and are able to have the freedom of religion!!
MTC group at mlc

President Stoddard and I















Sorry this email is a long one but this week was probs one of my favorites from my mission,
Monday was our last zone conference with President Stoddard and Sister Stoddard, they go back to America at the end of the month:( but we get the Boyers! Our meeting was bittersweet to say the least. Here are a few of the things the Stoddards said they learned on their mission:
Take it back to the Sacred Grove
Book of Mormon is key to conversion
Obedience is the first law of heaven and brings blessings
Spirit is essential to missionary work
Prayer works
Faith without works is dead, works without faith are dead
Missionaries are the lords ambassadors and are entitled to His help
Senior missionaries bring stability and power to the work
Missions are stressful, you can't get rid of stress,it's a matter of dealing with it constructively 
We can develop a close relationship with our savior as we devote our time to Him
Its all about love
Love. Conversion. Baptism.
all good things must come to an end so that more good things can happen

Amazing people! President Stoddard told me that when he was on his mission in Düsseldorf (that was before the Frankfurt mission came to be) there was only three church buildings: Essen, Dortmund(❤️) and Düsseldorf and now there is 10 or so more! How cool! I hope when I come back in 30 years there will be a huge change!!
I went on a split with Sister Shelley( she was in my MTC Distrikt) and it was just super awesome to be able to teach someone with her. We've come a long way! Still goofballs that's for sure:)
Her dress was like 10x too short for me so that's why I'm squatting haha
Sister Shelley and I tried to make soup..basically water carrots and potatoes..fail

Lastly, Tuesday. We were sitting in Bahnhof eating lunch and I saw this guy wandering around with his suitcases and felt the need to talk to him. He ended up sitting right behind us and I told Sis Perkins we needed to talk to him. But I was like hmmm how? Silly I know, I talk to hundreds of people each day but I drew a blank. Then I told her hey I'm just going to read really loud from the Book of Mormon and maybe he will say something she laughed and said okay so I read a few verses and I was like okay he obviously didn't hear so we went to talk about something else and he came up to us with his bible on hand and asked if we were having bible study!! What?? I said no and then had the opportunity to explain the Book of Mormon to him! He was going back to Africa for a month but we are going to teach him when he gets back! Whaaat?!! The day gets even better. We decided to carry the Book of Mormon around in our hand and we get on a bus and this guy leans over and asks me if I was giving out the Book of Mormon out for free and then I was again able to explain the Book of Mormon and I got his number and we will be teaching him next week! I love the Book of Mormon!! Seriously the best thing ever! I love reading it and being able to share it with other people. I've been reading about the sons of Mosiah, who are missionaries in the Book of Mormon way back before Christ was on the earth and I read in Alma 17 :11 And the Lord said unto them also: Go forth among the Lamanites, thy brethren, and establish my word; yet ye shall be patient in long-suffering and afflictions, that ye may show forth good examples unto them in me, and I will make an instrument of thee in my hands unto the salvation of many souls.
12 And it came to pass that the hearts of the sons of Mosiah, and also those who were with them, took courage to go forth unto the Lamanites to declare unto them the word of God.

I love those scriptures because patience is so important!! When we are patient in our hardships and trials we are able to see that one day we will be blessed for it. I've seen that on my mission. At the start it was extremely hard and now it's not easy but it's easier and I'm loving it even more and am seeing the blessing of my endurance. I love the Church, I love this work and I'm grateful I have the chance to proclaim the truth everyday!

Liebe Grüße 
Sister Farner

Sis Schulz and I

Sister Kleiners mom sent me a package of sweets:)