Thursday, August 17, 2017

Eis Eis Termin

Hallo Leute!

We had yet another great week and I think my favorite Sunday of my entire life! We had 5 investigators in church and that was literally the coolest thing ever! Esther and Isaac came for the first time and Maya, Elena and Ali also were there. I was just so excited and they all had a good time and Esther told us later that she felt like she was at home:)
Later on Sunday we went by Elizabeth, a person that I found in the area book(where we write all of the numbers of people we met on the street) and she's from Bulgaria! We shared the restoration with her and after Sister Catherall prayed at the end, we looked over and she was crying! We asked her what was up and she said that the sisters met her over a year ago by the bus stop and had tried multiple times to come by but she said she always said she didn't have time. Then her sister told her that God was trying to talk to her and she should listen. So she decided to meet with us and when I asked her if there was anything we could do for her she said " you've already done so much!". We got out of the apartment and we're literally overwhelmed with the love that God has for her. I love moments like these and the Restoration of the Gospel is just something so important that can help
us see that God still loves His children and yes we have hardships and sometimes life isn't fair but we need these challenges because they are what shape us into better people. God doesn't take our problems away, He gives us the strength to work through them.
Sister Weiler and me
I was with Sister Weiler on a split and we got Eis hahaha(for the second day in a row) and we went to the same shop as the day before and I noticed that the same people were working there and I was a little embarrassed but we went anyway and two of them we had given pass along cards to a few weeks prior. One of them apologized for not coming to church and he asked me if we meet during the week haha so I explained to him what we do and he asked if we could meet on Friday! So we are meeting tomorrow and I'm so excited! It pays off to get Eis;)

Anywho we have transfers this weekend so please pray that Sister Catherall and I train here in Duisburg haha that's the dream but we will see what happens.

Have a great week and remember to smile:)
Sister Farner

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Warum ist die Uhr so klein?

opportunity to be allowed to teach them the Gospel!
Sussan - she's hilarious hahah
Last week I shared a little about Ali and this week there were just a ton of cool experiences with him so be ready haha. He came to church on Sunday! He was a little mad with us because we didn't tell him to wear a suit but he got over it I think haha. It was fast and testimony meeting and I was explaining to him that anyone can go up and bear their testimonies and how we have it once a month. Towards the end of the meeting he asked me if I or Sister Catherall were going to go up and I said probably not and he said "Why not? Do you not have a testimony from last month?" I laughed and thought about it more and was like I have learned a ton this last month that has helped strengthen my testimony so what do I have against going up and bearing my testimony? So I went up and bore my testimony, came back and sat down and he said "You did a good job there Farner" haha but
that really struck a chord in me how I do have a testimony and that I should share it when I have the opportunity to do so!

Side note: Warum ist die Uhr so klein? Means why is the clock so small? Ali asked us that after Church about the clock in the chapel, haha he always asks us tons of questions!  We met with him yesterday and he told us that during sacrament meeting on Sunday he heard a testimony from a Bruder that was about how the missionaries found him on the street when he was 28 and he said he
will never forget that day. Ali then told us that he'd never forget when we talked to him on the street and asked if we'd ever forget him. We were like no way! Haha We then talked about his reading assignment in the Book of Mormon (Alma 34) and he told us that it gave him a better understanding of who Jesus Christ is for him and that he has a gained more love for Christ and that he knows now why Christ's sacrifice is so important. He grew up with a family that doesn't believe in Christ as the Son of God but as he has read in the Book of Mormon, prayed and come to church he has received that knowledge that He is! I could go on about how awesome Ali is. I'm really happy we get to teach him, but honestly he learns stuff on his own through the Spirit and we just confirm the truth! I'm grateful that we met him on the street and have been able to teach him. Nothing is cooler than seeing
someone come to know the Gospel of Jesus Christ and change according to it to make them even happier than they have ever been before! So basically share your testimony with those around you! It helps strengthen your faith and the faith of those who listen.

One of our other investigators, Elena was also there on Sunday and was touched from someone's testimony on Christ-like love! Seriously another great person we get to meet with. She told us that she hadn't read in the Book of Mormon for a few days and then had a test that went badly and decided to read and she said that she felt an overwhelming peace by doing so and that she loves meeting with us because she gets to be out of the world for a bit and focus on the spiritual side of things.
I could probably write a solid 10 more paragraphs on the miracles and the people and how great God is but there is power in shorter emails, right?

I love this work, I love the Lord and I'm grateful for everything I've been privileged to experience, the good and the bad, because it has made all the difference in my life.
I went to my last area, Dortmund, on a split and Lisa wore her patriot
shirt hahah


Liebe Grüße,
Sister Farner

Sister Poulsen and I with Dunkin Donuts(pic for you, mom:))

Sister Houston and I eating döner in the rain on our split in Duisburg

Dortmund split
Herne split





Saturday, August 5, 2017

Wat ist dat?

Hallo Leute,
Another week gone and more miracles to report:) We met a guy last week named Ali and we got to meet this week with him and oh my goodness! He's the funniest guy ever,   (Elder Burch
says hi, I stole Sister Farner's tablet while she is minigolfing right now) he told us he thought he needed to wait until was old to talk to people about his beliefs and such and he saw us and was so surprised and want to go on a mission like us too! We had to explain to him that he needed to be baptized and follow some commandments but he seriously couldn't stop asking questions! I've never met someone so open to learning in my entire life! We get to meet with him tomorrow and I'm so excited!!
We had Zone Conference this week and Sister Catherall and I got to give a presentation on "talking with everyone"! Something we've been pretty passionate about this transfer. It's really great to be able to work with all the missionaries and help them with their work!



I went on two splits with brand new sisters, Sister Richards and Sister Weigeshoff and it's amazing how willing they are to improve and get better and how patient they are with learning German. I was honking back when I was being trained...haha definitely didn't have the patience that they have. It was weird that they were looking up to me as someone old on the mission because I feel like I just got out!

We had another lesson with Elena and she's having a hard time knowing if Joseph Smith really was a Prophet and if he actually saw God and Jesus Christ. The member that was helping us with the lesson defined faith in a way I've never thought before. He said that when we have faith and we say that we know God is real it doesn't mean that we've necessarily seen Him, but that when we have experiences with God and we change because of them we know for a surety that we have changed because of those experiences. I hope that makes sense haha sometimes it's hard for me to write it all out haha. But when we read the scriptures, come to church and pray we build our faith and we become changed people because of it therefore we become evidence of the truth ourselves.

Have a great week and keep improving:)

Liebe Grüße
Sister Farner

Friday, July 28, 2017

Cremebad

Hallo Leute!
I was all over the place this week! I went to Euskirchen (2 hours in a train) and was on a split with Sister Estes who is from my MTC group! We had a lot of fun and may have gotten lost in a forest...but we made it out alive! We also helped out a member with cutting hedges and I ended up with tons of grasshoppers in my hair hahahah as an award for helping him, Bruder Titz gave us a loaf of freshly baked bread(Such a German thing to do). It's really cool to see how sisters progress during our splits together and how we both see the changes we need to make in order to become better missionaries.
I also got to go to Düsseldorf too and it downpoured the whole day! People must of thought we were crazy skipping along and being happy as we are becoming drenched with rain. My shoes ended up bleeding into my feet so now I have blue feet! Hahaha it will come off eventually.
Sister Catherall may have caught me a few times talking in my sleep. Last night I was apparently teaching someone how the Bible and the Book of Mormon are similar and last week I was setting up an appointment with someone on the street and saying it all in German. Guess I just don't stop being a missionary when I'm sleeping...I did yell another night "it's huge!!!" And Sis Catherall woke up and asked me what was and I told her there was a huge spider on the ceiling....and then I woke up and told her I was dreaming about it. Ahaha good times..Sister Catherall is a trooper for all the time she wakes up to me talking...
We had yet again another great lesson with Isaac! He's reading the Book of Mormon more and more and he shared 2 Nephi 33:10 "And now, my beloved brethren, and also Jew, and all ye ends of the earth, hearken unto these words and believe in Christ; and if ye believe not in these words believe in Christ. And if ye shall believe in Christ ye will believe in these words, for they are the words of Christ, and he hath given them unto me; and they teach all men that they should do good" and he said that he felt in his heart that it was true, the words he were reading were from a prophet and they gave him so much strength! Just a great guy really diligently searching for the truth.
We've had some crazy cool finding stories as we have opened our mouth and trusted that God would fill it and sometimes we don't need to say anything, people just come up to us! I sat in a Bahn(train) and a guy came and sat next to me and asked how I was and what I do and said he'd be interested in learning and he gave me his number and told me I should call him, that happened two other times this last week! It helps that we carry Books of Mormon around with us everywhere and are wearing dresses. Makes us stick out hahah 
Our Distrikt leader shared this scripture with us in Moses 6:31 which says "And when Enoch had heard these words, he bowed himself to the earth, before the Lord, and spake before the Lord, saying: Why is it that I have found favor in thy sight, and am but a lad, and all the people hate me; for I am slow of speech; wherefore am I thy servant?"
Which is often a question I ask because I am not so eloquent with my words and I'm also not perfect with German. But the Lords response is great!
32 And the Lord said unto Enoch: Go forth and do as I have commanded thee, and no man shall pierce thee. Open thy mouth, and it shall be filled, and I will give thee utterance, for all flesh is in my hands, and I will do as seemeth me good"
God promises him that he will have what he needs to fulfill God's will. I guess I forget a lot of the times that it's really nothing I do that's makes the difference besides acting. Opening my mouth, speaking to every person that I possibly can and then God gives me what the people need to hear as I need to His Spirit. We do all we can in life and God makes up the rest. But we need to ACT. We can't just wait around until God does stuff for us. He works with us according to our desire and our effort.
I hope you all choose to ACT this week and make the best out of your situations and that you see how God helps you through the hardtimes as you work with Him to do so.

Liebe Grüße, 
Sister Farner

PS we bought Cremebad thinking it was soap ...turns out it was bubble bath so we had been using bubble bath for soap for a solid week and had no clue..
The art of Duisburg

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