Sydney, Australia

Sydney, Australia

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Edwards made this for Nick-wish I could take the credit ;)

 Our missionary is HOME!!!!

Even though it was a sacrifice for Nick to leave for 2 years....
the whole family was affected...especially his mom!
It was hard, but I would NOT have traded it for anything else.
We all learned a great deal from this experience and we will
forever be changed for the better. Thank you for serving Nick!

 His Samoan and English name tags

Our ward is happy he is back too!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Elder Johnson and Elder Boswell waiting for the plane
President and Sister Back
Starting the 16 hour trip home with Boswell
Elder Duran
Elder Carter
Elder Bell, Elder Price, Elder, Elder McArthur
Elder Larsen
Airport times!! Ready to finish their missions!

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Driving to the Opera House with Bourne, Leataua, Masima, and Boswell
Harbor Bridge!

The Opera House
Elder Boswell

First time eating Baskin Robbins... and it's in Sydney! 
(with Boswell, Laitinen, and Duran)
All the missionaries going home October 2015

 I am 6 people in from the left

Elder Larsen and Elder Wang
Traditional Opera House visit before the missionaries fly home

Monday, September 28, 2015

Well, this is it. My final letter home as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It has been great getting to serve these people of Australia. I have a mixture of feelings; joy, sadness, pride and excitement. But overall, I have a nice feeling of contentment. I am sad I won't be able to be here to see the progress of those I have worked with and gained friendships with over the past two weeks, but I am happy with what I did while here. I am grateful for the trust and love that our Lord Jesus Christ places in us to go out and teach our brothers and sisters the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The impact of serving a mission has been incredible on my life. I have gained a foundation of a testimony on the doctrines of the church and of Jesus Christ. I understand that a testimony is not a place to reach, but it is a lifelong process of faith and repentance. I feel as though, because of my mission, I will be able to return home and face old challenges/weaknesses with new power and strength. I hope that one day, my three little brothers will be able to follow my footsteps and choose to serve our Lord also.

I love you all heaps!! Have a great week and I'll see you all soon! :)
Elder Macfarlane

 Golfing on P-day (second to last p-day)
 Saying goodbye to the Faleta's
A bit too intense for dunking competitions with Elder Harvey! Ha ha!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

This week was another great one! It's starting to kick in that I'm actually finishing....and I don't know how I feel about it. I'm excited to see my family (especially my mum), but other than that I feel like I'd rather keep being a missionary. Living in a foreign country, devoting your life to serving others, and meeting new people everyday is such a great way to live! Missionary work is wonderful and being a missionary is the best! I'll try to hold off on stories these last two weeks so I'll have things to talk about when I get home!! But here's some pictures! :)

 Two weeks! 
Elder Bourne, Elder Macfarlane, Elder Carter and Elder Boswell
 Green Valley missionaries
Elder Macfarlane, Sister Atkinson, Sister Salts, Elder Harvey
 The four missionaries dying in Liverpool Zone
(Missionary lingo for "Going home")
 Our Tongan speaking sisters, Sister Rollins and Sister Sofaele
 Elder Togia and Elder Macfarlane
 Liverpool Zone elders
 Elder Carter, Elder Macfarlane,
Elder Faimasasa and Elder Togia
Finding people to teach on the train, with Elder Harvey

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

I've made a decision that I will never by "trunky" until transfer day. However, I am also extremely excited to go home. I've been thinking about this a lot recently, for obvious reasons, and I've decided that that is a good thing. It's good to be excited to go home, I have a family who loves me, friends awaiting my return, work lined up, school is in the process of getting lined up, and ultimately I will be returning from serving a full time mission with heaps of new friends and stories to tell. How can I not be excited? The difference between being excited to go home and "trunky" is that I will not allow that excitement to take my mind off of what's truly important at this time. I am absolutely excited to go home, but I've also got much to do these last 3 weeks before I can throw in the towel and say I'm done. There are people I'm sure I'm still meant to find. There are lessons I still need to teach, but most importantly, there are still souls to save (including my own). The Lord's work will never be done, and I am blessed to be able to be a part of it.

Love you all!
Elder Macfarlane

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

I am really, really enjoying this last transfer. This past week we taught more lessons than I've ever taught in a week! That shows how determined we are to seeing success my last few weeks! We have sooooo sooooo soooo soooo many people incredibly close to being baptized and I just want to be able to see at least one more make that commitment and take a step of faith before I go home. I really care about these people and LOVE seeing them progress. I think that's the one thing I've learned throughout my mission more than anything else, is to love those around you. When you devote your life to helping others, your life becomes 10X more meaningful and it is a much happier way to live!

Although I only have 4 weeks until I lose m privilege to be a full-time missionary, I hope I can always devote my life to serving others.

Mosiah 2:17 "When ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God."

Love you all!
Elder Macfarlane

Elder Macfarlane and Elder Harvey