IRON STATION – A young man who moved from Idaho to Lincoln County with his family in 2017 is on the move again. Aaron Farr, the son of Travis and Stephanie Farr, has been called to his ancestral home of Copenhagen, Denmark to serve his mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS).
“I am very excited to be able to follow in the footsteps of not only my ancestors, but all of the missionaries who have come before me,” Farr said. “I am probably the most excited to get to know the people in Denmark, but my purpose as a missionary in Denmark is to invite others to come unto Christ. I hope to spend the next two years doing that, and through my work I know that my faith in Christ will increase, as well as my knowledge of the gospel.”
Farr has deep ancestral roots in Denmark, with Danish relatives from both sides of his family, including Erastus Snow, who was the cousin of Farr’s fifth great-grandfather Winslow Farr. In 1849, Snow was called to open a new mission for the LDS Church in Denmark, where he helped translate the Book of Mormon into Danish and convert hundreds who would later move to America.
Among those he helped convert were Gerhard Jensen, Farr’s fourth great-grandfather, and Marie Ludvigsdatter, Farr’s fourth great-grandmother, who are related to Farr through his paternal grandmother. Anna Verbena Olsen, Farr’s third great-grandmother through his maternal grandfather’s line, was also from Copenhagen.
“We’re really excited for him, and we’re also very proud of him,” Stephanie Farr said. “We have a lot of family ties to Denmark, so it’s awesome that he has this opportunity to spend the next two years there and walk those same streets.
“This is a time in his life when most people are very self-centered, so for him to go elsewhere and spend his days serving, whether that’s doing yardwork or teaching messages about Jesus Christ, to be focused on others rather than yourself for all that time is a big part of what these mission trips are all about.”