Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas is just around the riverbend!

The Christmas tree decorated
Christmas is just around the riverbend!

This email will probably be pretty short due to the fact that I'll be seeing all of you in two days, but I'll do my best to include something worth reading.

Denis is still doing as great as ever. We were texting him last night because we didn't get the chance to ask him if he hasn't smoked still at, and his response was, "Without your help, I wouldn't have been able to handle quitting, so thank you for that." The thing is is that it wasn't us. It was us telling him that with Jesus Christ and the power of His Atonement it is POSSIBLE to quit. And he has! It's incredible to see people make these kinds of changes in their lives and to be a part of it. We also taught him about the Plan of Salvation earlier in the week and when we got to the Atonement part where Jesus prays of the Garden of Gethsemane, he asked if that was really in the Bible. So, we opened to Matthew 26:36-46 and the Spirit was strong while we read:
Rocky! We ran into each other while we were in Chisinau gettin Elder Westover's visa

36 ¶Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place calledaGethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and bpray yonder.
 37 And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, andabegan to be sorrowful and very heavy.
 38 Then saith he unto them, My soul is aexceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and bwatch with me.
 39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and aprayed, saying, O my bFather, if it be possible, let this ccup pass from me: nevertheless not as I dwill, but as ethou fwilt.
 40 And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them aasleep, and saith unto Peter, What, bcould ye not watch with me one hour?
 41 aWatch and bpray, that ye enter not into ctemptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
 42 He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy awill be done.
 43 And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.
 44 And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words.
 45 Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is abetrayed into the hands of sinners.
 46 Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.

Nastia, our other investigator, is still interested in learning more. Having a two year old daughter makes it hard for her to come to church, but we enjoyed reading the Book of Mormon with her and answering the questions she had. She kept telling us, "I can't promise you that I'll become a member of your church right now, but maybe someday I will if I feel that this is all true." Well, now we just need to help her get to that point! That's all for this past week. We were really busy preparing for the branch Christmas party, but we're still working as hard as we can to find and teach. I love this quote by the prophet so I thought I would share it with all of you to end my email.
“When we keep the spirit of Christmas, we keep the Spirit of Christ, for the Christmas spirit is the Christ Spirit. It will block out all the distractions around us which can diminish Christmas and swallow up its true meaning." - President Thomas S. Monson

I love you all and have a very Merry Christmas!
Sister Nelli (The Chief) at the branch Christmas party displaying the wonderful food

-Elder Farnworth

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