Thursday, April 27, 2017

Du bist Kinder

Hallo Leute,
One week down in the good ol Duisburg! This week was full of so many awesome things I have no idea where to start!
President Stoddard allowed us to go to Dortmund on Sunday and borrow the car from the zone leaders to do so!
I was able to see Sussan get baptized!!!
I remember meeting her at a street display a few months back and wow I'm so proud of her! It was a real testimony builder to me of how we should act on the spiritual promptings we receive and not ignore/wait. Elder Rasband talked about that in the last General Conference, he said "The Lord knows the needs of all His children--and He knows who is prepared to help. If we let the Lord know in our morning prayers that we are ready, He will call on us to respond. If we respond, He will call on us time and time again and we will find ourselves on what President Monson calls “the Lord’s errand.” We will become spiritual first responders bringing help from on high." I almost didn't talk to Sussan because we had just finished our prayer to start the street display and I could have easily let her walk away, but the Spirit gave me the nudge and I responded. When we let the Spirit guide us and get over our pride and our rationalizations that is when we see miracles! Sussan has become one of my greatest friends and being able to see her be baptized gave me another confirmation that the Church is true! That when we follow Christ we have made the right choice and are able to have pure joy that only the gospel brings!
All the members in Dortmund were really confused to see me there again and Bruder Kube during the opening announcements of the baptismal service he said "welcome back Sister Farner, our Dortmunderin" I've been accepted as a true Dortmund citizen! Hahah I love that place!

from my last Sunday in Dortmund Celine, Laura, Ellen Sophie and the Fritzs

 Here in Duisburg, we are seeing miracles too! God has led us to so many of His ready children it is awesome! We were meeting with Maya who will be baptized in a few weeks and Sister Perkins offered me up to give a talk at her baptism...:) ha..super excited to see how that goes:))))
I went on a split with Sister Kux, from Dresden and we had so much fun! I really love the opportunity we have to get to know the sisters and see how they do missionary work, I've learned so much from all of them:)
Sister Kux and I in the snow
Now to explain my subject line, that isn't the right conjugation "du bist Kinder" means "you are children" and one of the new members from Iran, Cyrus, told me that:') he is so funny! He's learning German too and we always have a good time with him. I love the people here because they are from everywhere!! Syria, Iran, China, Mali, Nigeria, Sri Lanka and those are only a few of the people I met this week from those countries! Ah! So much work here to do so many people to help! 

Liebe Grüße,
Sister Farner
The new Distrikt
Cyrus made us Persian food!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Tschüss Dortmund...36 Minuten Später...Hallo Duisburg!

Hallo Leute,

Yep I was transferred. To Duisburg!!! I was actually here on my very first split way back in September so I kind of know places haha.. not really. Let's just say leaving your first area after 8 months is the hardest thing in the ENTIRE world. I've never cried so much in my entire life and it was pretty bad. I was asked on Sunday to give my goodbye testimony and I cried before I got to the podium, cried at the podium and then tried to say stuff that just mushed together. Ya rough stuff. I love the people in Dortmund so much! Leaving them was harder than leaving on a mission(sorry family, I know I will see you again) and it crushed me. But hey it was time to move on..
which comes to the best part..
I'm in Duisburg which is 36 minutes away from Dortmund and I'm the Sister Training Leader over Duisburg AND Dortmund! Which means I can go to Sussan's baptism too! Also my new comp is Sister Perkins! I met her like 5 months ago and we are already best friends. She's an inch taller than me, played volleyball in college and she also is from Sandy Utah! We are so pumped for this transfer and we are already meeting all the cool people!
We went to a castle first one! So awesome.

Sorry this email is so short.

Liebe Grüße
Sister Farner

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Wie sagt man ich liebe dich auf amerikanisch?

Hallo Leute!
I'd like to start this email of with a big congrats to my little brother, Hollan, on being called to serve in the Marshall Island Marujo mission!! AHH! So excited for him:)

If you were wondering what my subject line means..haha we were in a Döner laden and the man behind the counter asked how to say I love you in American and we said I love you and he said no that's English, what about american and we said it's the same language hahah he was super

This week was awesome! Lots of goodbyes said...nothing official but I may be leaving Dortmund on Tuesday and so I've had a lot of last appointments with members and investigators. I am kind of in denial and I think I'm staying but like Elder Bednar said, we are called to serve a mission and assigned to an area. So I'm excited to serve the people in wherever place He wants me to go:)

Yesterday we had an amazing lesson with our investigator, Freddy, he's been investigating for a year! Annnnnd we set a baptismal date with him! He knows the church is true but has always felt like he wasn't ready or good enough to be baptized and so we talked about repentance and how baptism is the gate that opens us to more blessings and happiness. He didn't know who Christ was before he met with the missionaries but has been able to strengthen his faith more and more as we meet, as he
reads in the scriptures and as he comes to church. We asked him to be baptized at the end of our lesson and he said that he would maybe but he didn't we decided to pray to see if he should be baptized on the 27th of Mai and after I finished the prayer he said nothing, just pulled his phone out and went right to the 27th and made an appointment that said "Taufe"!!! Seriously so cool! After 8 months of working with him and helping him build the faith he made the decision to be baptized on a specific date! So happy for him:)

Miracles are happening here in Dortmund! I'm so happy to serve here! I've learned so much about how important it is to know Christ and to trust in Him. I'm thankful for everything He does for me and that He overcame death so that we could too! He lives! Have an amazing Easter!

Liebe Grüße
Sister Farner

Thursday, April 6, 2017

I'm halfway there ohhhhOH! Living on a prayer!!

Hallo Leute,

Yep today's my halfway mark!!! Ah! I was in the store buying food and living on a prayer comes on as we are shopping and I'm like, of course. So I had to put it as my title ahah just don't know how one writes that..
GENERAL CONFERENCE WAS SO GOOD! My mind got blown so many times and Sister Williams and I had to pause it, run into the other room, get chocolate, eat the chocolate, run back and play it again. How blessed we are to hear from the Prophet and other leaders of the Church inspired by God!! I want to watch it so many more times!

I was super excited to go speak to people after and I think it was Elder Renlund who talked about following the first prompting of the Holy Ghost and I took that to heart. We were standing in a bahn and I saw a seat open across this woman who seemed a little intimidating, but remembering his words, I acted on the prompting and sat across from her and started talking to her about faith and she said that she honestly wasn't interested in faith or anything and didn't want to talk anymore about it. I was a tad disappointed, but noticed a girl sitting across the aisle and knew I was supposed to talk to her but didn't know how to since I just spoke to the lady in front of me and thought it be awkward to do so. So I complimented her shoes. They were cute Nikes! But Sis Williams came and sat across from her and asked where she was headed to but didn't know what else to say..and our stop was next and as we got off she came up to me and asked me where I was from(that accent:)) and I told her America and then we started talking and she was interested in meeting with us! We exchanged phone numbers and we are going to meet with her soon! If I hadn't talked to the woman across from me, then she probably wouldn't have heard my accent and then wouldn't have asked me about it and then wouldn't have had the opportunity right then to meet us! Mind blown! Amazing how things turn out in a way you never expected. God is a God of miracles that you would never think of! So cool!

I had ice cream today and was meant to celebrate my 9 month mark, but it just made me sad...where does the time go???

I love my mission! Today is a special day! The day our church was restored! The day of Christ's birth! I can celebrate those two things! :)

Ran out of time..maybe next week I will share more of my ideas of Conference!! I just have so many thoughts..!'

Liebe Grüße

Sister Farner