Monday, December 14, 2015

December 14, 2015 Christmas Conferences, YSA success, and.....Thorne fell into a hot tub‏

Hey everyone here's just a quick update of how we're doing:
We had 3 Christmas Conferences this week. The first was all of the Henderson zones, then out of valley (Kingman/Lake Havasu Zone), then we finished the week off with the Las Vegas Zones 
President Snow, Elder Thorne & I in our matching ties, and Sister Snow
Elder Thorne and I trained at all of them on Revelation through Church attendance. We also had a guest appearance at all of them by Santa Snow and a talent show (our mission has the most talented missionaries btw)
We are teaching a lot of people and one of them is getting baptized at the end of this month. Her name is Mary and she's a foreign exchange student from Russia. She just got here a month ago so she's still learning English and culture. She lives with a member family and is going to BYU-I next fall! She's super prepared! We were teaching this guy by a pool this week. He was a little under the influence of alcohol. We got done with the lesson and Thorne takes a couple steps back forgetting that we are by a pool and splashes right into the hot tub.... 
He said he was just showing the guy how baptism works but I'm not buying it.  The drunk guy said he looked like a model after he got out who agrees??

Elder Faldmo
Me, Elder Thorne, Sister Snow, Sister Training Leaders & President Snow

Monday, December 7, 2015

December 7, 2015 Raining Miracles...

Elder Thorne and I LOVE President Snow!!!
Things are going great here, Elder Thorne is a stud! He rains miracles all the time. We are having a lot of fun serving in a YSA Ward. We have a lot of RMs in our YSA Ward that are really good missionaries. We are teaching a lot of people that are our members friends right now
and that's how it's supposed to be! Our Ward is going to be constantly changing because of people leaving and coming at the end of every semester. We have a couple of UNLV athletes that are in our Ward that served missions that help us out a lot when they aren't busy with their athletic season.

Elder Thorne and I are very tired all the time. During weekly planning we were talking about some things and fell asleep...while we were talking! Yeah we don't sleep a lot. It's all good though!

We love being here right now, time is going by super fast so we're kinda just soaking this up! We feel super blessed to be companions right now! Everyone here is pumped for the BYU Vs. Utah game! Elder Thorne and I figured out we were both at the Las Vegas Bowl together when we were kids when BYU played Oregon!
#HYPE #ELEVATE #Win4Taysom? #NLVM
Bowlers & Comps... Midwest Guys
President Snow took us bowling today!
Elder Faldmo

Friday, December 4, 2015

November 30, 2015....Giving Thanks for Great Things Happening in Vegas!

Happy Thanksgiving!
For Thanksgiving, we went to President Snow's house and Sister Snow cooked for us! Before and after our Thanksgiving meal we met for about 6 hours to discuss and come up with the 2016 Nevada Las Vegas Mission Vision. 
Our Planning for the Nevada Las Vegas Mission 2016... big plans!

It was cool to bounce off each other's revelation and come up with vision and plan for our missionaries and members in the valley for 2016!
Our post Thanksgiving Meal Meeting Mess with the Snows
Elder Thorne and I are starting to build up our area and are teaching some really cool people right now! One of them is named Andrew and he's down here in Vegas because he's one of the managers for Rand Paul's campaign for Nevada. He's a super smart guy and very sincere and understands everything really well. It's really fun to teach people like him!  On Saturday, Thorne had a baptism to go to from his last area so I needed a companion for a couple of hours so I got Will Edwards to help me out! And then the Clarks came to my sacrament meeting on Sunday and
Will Clark poked his head in but didn't see me so they left :(

I hope you all are doing great! Love ya!
Elder Faldmo

November 23, 2015 @mammafaldmo

Hey everyone sorry I didn't have any time to write today! We had meetings that went long.
But, our week was good! We're starting to get things rolling here in the young singles' ward and
are excited for all of the new people we are starting to teach! We had 3 back to back exchanges this week since it's only a 5 week transfer and so we have to squeeze in the exchanges around their interviews and the Christmas Conferences. One of them, I was in the
North Zone with my former companion Elder Rockwood. I love that guy!
Happy Birthday on Thanksgiving to my wonderful mother! I love you Mom! #RockinRobin
All is well here in Vegas! Happy Thanksgiving!
Let me know what ideas you have for me and Elder Thorne's Christmas Card!

Elder Faldmo

Monday, November 16, 2015

November 16, 2015 Week 1 of the transfer down...

What's up people!?? 
Faldmo and Thorne here. 
My new comp... Elder Thorne
We just are getting adjusted to the YSA Ward. It's different for sure because we can't teach everyone we meet now but it's a lot of fun. We didn't think our mission would be the first time we attended Institute but this week it was! It's really cool to teach people our own age. 

We found some success ballin' in Sunset Park this week! We play 2 on 2, beat them, and then teach them. One guy said he was filming us and he said he put it on YouTube!

When you become Elder Thorne's companion, you learn a couple things. First off, your diet sucks, and also your abs get used to being sore. I am happy to be with someone that pushes me  to be my best!

We got very little sleep this week so we are glad week 1 is over! Airport runs and training the new missionaries was a success though. 
Thorne & I training the new missionaries in the mission home this past Wednesday

Ready for flu season...
We are excited to focus a lot more on our area now and to find, teach and baptize!

We love you all!
Elder Thorne & Faldmo

Sunday, November 15, 2015

November 9, 2015 New Comp, New Ward!

Hi people, there are some changes here. THE Elder Tyler Daniel Thorne will be my new companion and President is switching our area from the Bermuda Ward to the YSA Ward for our stake. I'm really excited for this new Ward and having Elder Thorne as my companion! Along with the fact that our sisters are friends at BYU and our families will be together this weekend in Missouri for the BYU game makes it perfect timing. President said he could call his parents to tell them so we prank called his mom and we made it seem like he was in trouble and was struggling and then we broke the real news to her and Kim was not happy with us... Sorry Kim! :)

I just want to give a special shoutout to Elder Sawyer. He has been in me of my favorite companions and is one of the greatest missionaries & leaders out there. I have learned a ton from him! The mission is reaching new heights because of him. I'm glad he's finally getting a
good companion after being with me - he is headed by the temple to be with Elder Chambers! :) And he's from right by Flathead Lake in Montana so only the best come from there or serve there right Grandpa Ross?

We had MLC this week and we rolled out the 7 Fundamental Components of Leadership: 
Stewardship Trust
Leadership Presence
Model Area
Charity
Exchanges
Delegation & Working through Others
Strategic Planning

We did this because once missionaries come into a leadership position, they don't always know what specifically they need to work on or do. We made a manual for these fundamentals and all of the leaders in the mission will have them to study.

Yesterday for church it was a special conference broadcast for the North America Southwest Area of the church and Elder Oaks, a member of the Relief Society Presidency, and 2 of the 70 spoke to us. Elder Corbridge was one of them and he is coming to our mission in January!
Elder Oaks (remember when he slept in our basement Mom and Dad?) gave an amazing talk and testimony. He emulated Christ as he spoke and I know he is one of the few special witnesses of Him on the Earth today.

This church is Jesus Christ's church on the Earth today. It's let by Prophets and Apostles. Christ talks to us through them. If we read the scriptures at all, we shouldn't be surprised if they tell us things that are contrary to the world or being "politically correct." I've received revelation and understanding through personal prayer about the recent handbook addition about kids with same gender parents. It's all from God and true.
Here's a picture of our last district meeting of this transfer!
One of my last pics of me and Elder Sawyer as companions

Love you all a bunch! 

Elder Faldmo

November 2, 2015 So happy for Melisa!

Melisa got baptized this week! 

It was one of the most spiritual baptism programs that I've been to on my mission. Her little sister Kelliany gave a prayer and Melisa shared her testimony at the end it and was pretty dang cool. Our gospel principles teacher, Brother Lata, baptized her and also, her baby she had about a month ago was blessed right after she was confirmed on Sunday!

Week 6 of the transfer starts today! It's going to be a little difficult to figure out transfers because during next transfer, there's going to be a new stake formed in Henderson! There's going to be some changes, but good changes! Las Vegas' wards and stakes are growing more and more week by week. This is what it's all about!

On Tuesday we had our ward's Trunk-or-Treat and the Bermuda Ward is nuts. There was a 10 year old DJ for it from the Ward and it was the first time I have been at a church function with strobe lights, smoke machines, and Drake playing. We had a lot of investigators there so hopefully they didn't get too scared.

President Snow doesn't want the missionaries out on the streets on Halloween so in the evening everyone came for a mission get together and we watched The Cokeville Miracle and every zone had to do a skit about the "worst member present lesson." Anyways it was cool, I got to see Thorne, Chambers, Wasden, the whole gang. So I guess I was with Elder Thorne the same time Abby was hanging out with his sister in Provo on Saturday.

The sports anchor for the news here is LDS did a story on Elder Chambers who's going to play football for BYU after his mission. It was really good publicity for the church and us missionaries. President Snow showed us all the video on Saturday. Here's the link! 
"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."

Love you guys!

Elder Faldmo 

October 26, 2015 #Tier3MissionaryWork

Happy Birthday this week to my buddy Elder Dustin Marsden serving in Tampa right now, happy 21st Dusty!

I was able to go on an exchange in my last area, Black Mountain, in Henderson this week and got to see some of my favorite people again! The Daltons, Boyles, Swartzlanders, Vizzas, Browns, & Rapps. I got to teach some investigators that I taught when I was there and I was with
my former companion Elder Felix (I was with him in Monte Bello) who is serving their now!

We finished up with Zone Conferences for this transfer and they were a success. President Snow had his coordinating council with all of the Stake Presidents who came to our zone conferences this transfer and we are moving exactly where we want to as a mission to work closer with
Ward and stake leaders and members! #Tier3MissionaryWork

Melisa is so solid right now and is getting baptized this Saturday! Her baby is going to be blessed this Sunday, the same day as her confirmation. She's loving all of the fellowship she's getting from the Relief Society and the new friends she's making. Remember we need spiritual conversion and social conversion!

This week I "ponderized" D&C 13. Isn't it wonderful we have the Priesthood on the Earth today? Oh if you guys really want to learn some cool stuff go read Oliver Cowdrey's account at the end of Joseph Smith History!

This morning, President Snow took Elder Sawyer and I and the MSTLs to the Old Eldorado Mine which is owned by the Werlys, members of the Church, who bought it 21 years ago. It's by Searchlight, NV. It was an abandoned mine and they fixed it up, put electricity in it and now
have people come from all over the world to take tours. They've had a bunch of movies, music videos, and commercials filmed there too. 
Old Eldorado Mine with the STL & Pres Snow

 

Tryin to pose like the Luke Bryan did for his album cover at the mines


Hey Fam I'm taking you there after the mish!
Love you all!
Elder Faldmo

October 19, 2015 WHAT YOU CAN DO THROUGH OTHERS...

Just me and my cous Jordy
Eldorado/Lake Mead Zone Conference
Another great week in Vegas! A lot of good things are happening now in our area and in the mission!

First and foremost, CARTER FURLONG, congrats on getting baptized! Of course, when I go on my mission, my friends start getting baptized :)

We had two Zone Conferences, one was a combined one with the North Zone and the Central/Sunrise Zone so I saw E. Chambers and Rockwood there! The other one was in the Eldorado/Lake Mead zone which is the zone that Elder Thorne and Wasden are the zone leaders for.

I got to see one of my best buds and cousins Jordan Hurst this weekend! She was in town for her friend's wedding and she took Elder Sawyer and I out to lunch. She filled me in good on all of the John & Beth Hurst Bunch news. I love you Jordy!

Melisa is the young single mom that we are teaching, and she is going to be baptized on the 31st! Krysta has been a super good fellowshipper for her, even though she's not in our Ward but they were both in the same situation before their baptism so they can relate to each other
really well!

Also, this lady at church who has been coming the last few weeks came up to us at church and asked us to be baptized! We thought she was a less active member who just started to come back but apparently she grew up in the church but somehow was never baptized.

Love you all! if you're a leader or a parents or a human or anything, go read Moses and Abraham and think about leadership and how Heavenly Father leads! President Snow told me and Elder Sawyer to do that about a month ago and it's changed my life!
"It's not about what you can do, it's about what you can do through others!" -President Snow

Elder Faldmo

Monday, October 12, 2015

Burn the Boats!!! October 12, 2015

Hey sorry it's been a while since I've written! I'll try and give you a rundown of what has happened these last 2 weeks...
First of all, shout out to my cousin Henry for getting baptized this weekend!
Way to go!
We had a great group of missionaries come in 2 weeks ago. One included Elder Wagner, dad's college basketball coach's son! He is starting his mission down in Quartzite, AZ down with all of the snowbirds. Also a missionary that is from St. Louis and that is going to pitch for Kansas State after his mission came in! I hope I can serve around him sometime!

This transfer is a zone conference transfer so it's very very busy. Because President Snow is a genius, for all of the zone conferences we are inviting the Stake Presidents to come and train us on what they want from us to help the missionaries and local and stake leaders and members work more closely. Is has been a huge success so far and all of the Stake Presidents are really excited and have gave some great trainings. After they train, I train a stake on planning. So I take the vision that the stake president gives us and then, with all the missionaries in that stake, we "set goals and make plans" to achieve that vision. We had 2 zone conferences (1 in Kingman, AZ) and also MLC (mission leader conference) this week so I was running on Dave Faldmo sleep (that means very little).
Training all of these new missionaries! Can you find me in the back?
Elder Sawyer and I trained on consecration at MLC this past week. We used the story that Coach Squier told my football team before the season started my senior year. It is about Hernando Cortez the conquistador from Spain who conquered the Yucatan peninsula in Mexico and took over the world's largest treasure. What he did was burn all of his boats so that the only was he and his army would return to Spain would be on the opponents' ships. It raised all of their level of commitment and they came out victorious. I'll send you the full story in a different email (below). We talked about how we can't have any boats out of the mission and need to be fully focused on the now in Las Vegas! Everyone, think of the boats that are still holding you back from being a better mom, dad, son, daughter, friend, or disciple of Jesus Christ and burn them!

So general conference was the best thing ever wasn't it? Favorite talk for me was Elder Holland's about the divine calling of mothers. "No love in mortality comes closer to approximating the pure love of  Jesus Christ than the selfless love a devoted mother has for her child." -E. Holland
It was cool to relate to his talk because the missionary he was talking about was from one of the wards I've served in here in Warm Springs, the Las Palmas Ward. Elder Holland's son used to be the Bishop right before I went to that Ward. Also, to go along with that talk, my mother Robin aka Rockin' Robin is my hero in all aspects of life. She is my example for unconditional Christ-like love and I hope my kids can have a mother just like her! She is one of the biggest
reasons that I'm on a mission. I love my mom!

Besides Holland's talk I loved how my boys Elder Foster and Montoya talked right next to each other. They were both just down in Vegas a few weeks ago for the mission presidents conference here and are a huge part of President Snow's coalition. I felt honored just because I was able to transport their bags to their hotel when they came and now was watching them at conference speak :)
But for real Elder Foster is one of the coolest guys I've met. He is a really great leader! Go reread his talk, specifically the story about Pablo. Now, we are applying this to the missionaries in our mission. We are counseling the zone leaders and district leaders to let new missionaries know up front what their challenges might be and tell them to come to us when they run into that problem.
Another talk that I want to talk about real quick is Elder Christofferson's talk "Why the Church." I get frustrated when people think they don't need organized religion to be spiritual. The purpose of the church is to give us, sons and daughters of God, the ordinances and tools necessary to prepare to return to live with our Heavenly Father again with our families. Don't forget that we do NOT come into Christ without His ordinances by His Priesthood. (D&C 84:20-22)

Remember Krysta? I baptized her almost a year ago. She came to both sessions of general conference on Saturday and watched it with us! She felt the Spirit really strong during Elder Holland's talk on mothers and started to tear up and told me after that that talk was for her. Also, we are teaching a 23-year-old girl who just had a baby so, Krysta came to a lesson with us and shared her awesome testimony of the Book of Mormon! It was cool because Krysta was in a similar situation almost a year ago. These are the blessings of coming back to a stake you’ve already served in.

My mission is going great! Just a little too fast right now.
Love you all!

Elder Faldmo
NOTES from training I gave:

1.) In February 1519, Hernando Cortez set sail on the final leg of a voyage that was to take him from Cuba, a stopover, to the shores of the Yucatan. He commanded 11 ships, with more than 500 soldiers, 100 sailors, and 16 horses, bound for Mexico to take the world’s richest treasure. The precious jewels, gold, silver, and sculptures sheltered on this limestone peninsula had been hoarded by the same army for 600 years.

2.) The quest for these riches began several years before in Spain. Cortez, already a wealthy man, had heard about the treasure. For centuries people had tried to take it, to no avail. But ambitious Cortez knew that he could take it—if he had the right kind of help. He decided to get more people involved. He wanted to build an army that could accomplish something that one man could not. So Cortez began to travel around Spain to talk to people and build a dream in them. Since he was already rich and successful in their eyes, as he told them of
the bountiful treasure that was theirs for the taking, they believed him. (Cortez was a practice extender!)

3.) Oh, other people had tried, he told them. Columbus, Vasquez, DeSoto, Vespucci-all had gone to Mexico seeking the fortune. And all were ordinary people, just like those Cortez was trying to persuade.
“They are just like us,” he said to his listeners. “If they can do it,
we can! And we will succeed!” This got them excited.
“Let’s do it!” they agreed after Cortez’s persuasive speech.

4.) Of course, a few said, “I don’t really believe there’s treasure there,” or “I don’t think it’ll work. But the majority of the people enthusiastically embraced the idea, and before long, Cortez’s ships were in place. The soldiers were in position, the sailors were prepared, and the horses were aboard. And together they set sail for Mexico and the richest treasure in the world.

5.) But once out on the ocean, it didn’t take long for Cortez to realize he had a problem. Some who were excited before the journey, had now turned into whiners. There are always whiners.
Cries of “I shouldn’t have come,” “This isn’t what I thought it was,” and “I didn’t know we were going to have to work this hard,” began to circulate among the people. Yet Cortez persisted, in spite of them, and made it to Cuba, where he took on water, food, and supplies. After resting his men and letting the quitters get off the ship, he began the final leg of the journey, formulating an idea that had never been used before. He created a system to motivate and train his soldiers and sailors that was unheard of in the history of the military. When
they landed on the shores of the Yucatan, Cortez began training, coaching, stoking them, even. He would hold “seminars” in the afternoon and “pep-rallies” at night. They were reminded constantly of all that they were about to accomplish. Cortez painted a panoramic picture of the magnificent treasure that would soon be theirs. And as they marched up and down the beach, honing their skills of warfare, they were told, “This is just one of the beautiful beaches we’ll be able to walk along when we get that treasure!”

Oh, but they were fired up! They were eager, animated, energized, and as they waited, trained, and prepared for victory, their conviction grew.

6.) But there was one more level of commitment that Cortez wanted to take them to, and they arrived at that place on that last, historic day, as they lined up to march inland. Before they would be allowed to seize the treasure that no army had taken for 600 years, Cortez would speak to them.

They were probably expecting something like, “OK, guys, we’re gonna get out there and win today, and when we do, we are going to par-TAAAY! . . . Oh, and if it gets too tough, we’ll just meet at the oak tree and come back to the ship.” But that’s not what they heard.

As they listened, Cortez leaned in and said three simple words that changed everything: “Burn the boats.”

“Excuse me?” they must have said.

“Burn the boats,” he repeated, “because if we are going home, we are going home in their boats.” And he torched them. He burned his own boats, and by doing so, he raised their commitment level to new and astounding heights! And an amazing thing took place: they fought well! For the first time in six centuries, the wealth changed hands. Cortez’s band took that treasure.

7.) And why did they win? The answer is very simple. They had no choice! It was “take it or die”—no options. Their boats were burned. Theirs is the attitude you must embrace in your heart and mind: you must burn your boats. What are the boats in your life that are keeping you from accomplishing what you really want? What vessels in your mind are keeping afloat the fear and doubt and frustration that hold you captive? Whatever prevents you from achieving your goals and dreams is a boat that must be burned.

Unfortunately, when the bullets start flying, we make for the boats. It’s just human nature. Doing anything else really require a decision on our part. It’s attitude more than anything— A willingness to work without the net, to burn the bridge—or boat. What boat do you need to burn? It can only happen one way: by embracing a level of commitment that sees sacrifice as a positive thing.

So many people think of sacrifice as something that is taken away, and it’s gone forever. Nothing could be further from the truth. Sacrifices of time, money, and effort are what we give to the game. How badly do you want that final result? Are you willing to sacrifice more than anyone else? If so, then your triumphs will be consistently greater than anyone else’s. Greatness—your greatness—will always be measured by the sacrifices that you are willing to make!

Elder Faldmo

         

September 29, 2015



I drop-step dunked today:)

September 28,2015 WEEK SIX

Pretty busy week… almost as busy as this next week is going to be!!! It's a real blessing to be able to work on transfers each week 6 of a transfer with President Snow and learn how revelation works and moving different missionaries around on the board to see what might work. It took forever to get everything straightened out with 10 new areas opening up and 30 trainee coming in. We have a net gain of 20 missionaries coming Wednesday! I felt like it was March Madness! If only we had revelation for filling out our brackets in March right? :)  We finally were done at about 1:00 AM on Saturday morning.

Singing Called to Serve NLVM Style:)
Role Playing some introductions with some of the Temple Square Sisters who are new to our mission

Sister England took this shot in front of the church: 
Me, Sawyer and the Sister Training Leaders
So Elder Sawyer and I and the MSTLs challenged the zones to break their zone records for all of the key indicators for a week. We said if any of them did, they could pie us in the face. Sadly for us, Paradise/East zone were the ones to do it. So today, we headed over to their zone to get pied. (I'll send the video later). It wasn't cool when the pie crust was in our ears and hair but it was for a good cause…
I guess ???:)

Paul got baptized this week! Elder Rockwood and I taught him when I was in my last area. He is the dad of a part member family that all started about a year ago when he ordered a Book of Mormon online because he has always been interested in studying every religion. All of his kids got baptized over the past year and he finally he did this week! He is one of the coolest guys I know!
Paul and Elder Rockwood in their white... ready for Paul's baptism

I've been thinking a lot about the Sabbath Day lately and the importance of keeping it holy. There isn't any fence sitters in Christ's church. You're either in or you're out. Keeping the Sabbath Day holy and going to church EVERY week, not when it is just
convenient for us, is so essential in being truly converted. Especially right now as the Apostles and general authorities have been making a push to teach this principle more to us. God is trying to tell us something by them doing that. One of my favorite scriptures that talks about the Sabbath is Isaiah 58:13. "If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the Lord, honourable; and shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words:"
It's clearly written in the scriptures and told to us by modern prophets and apostles that this is important to the Lord! Remember what is says in Preach My Gospel, "When a community or nation grows careless in its Sabbath activities, its religious life decays and all aspects of life are negatively affected. The blessings associated with keeping the Sabbath day holy are lost."
There's always something more we can do to make our Sabbath more of a "delight"!

I love my mission!

Elder Faldmo