Monday, July 17, 2017

YOUTHS!!

We had a bomb Zone Conference on Tuesday with a lot of new changes!!

One change is that we are working with the youth a lot more!! We are super excited to keep moving forward and progressing. So we get to take out the youth for a couple hours to be our "mini missionaries" And through this, we are helping them to strengthen their propio (own testimonies) testimonios and helping them get excited about the work! And then in time we will help them identify their friends that we can teach and baptize! And then the youth will be stronger and when they go on their missions, they will be even more excited to do missionary work.

I still love it here and am so grateful to be learning so much. 

Remember that God always loves you and that no matter what happens, He will never give up on you.
Sister Fry

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Satan's working hard

Yes! Satan is trying to destroy everything here! He has been attacking our recent converts, investigators and us!! Ack!

Different things have been happening with all our people, we've lost contact with investigators, Miguel got sick, no one came to church, we were sad a little this week, and Satan was just getting everybody!! But all the while we were thinking "Miracles are going to happen because of all this bad stuff!!" It isn't the first time this has happened, and it's only because we are WORKING!! And we are trying to stretch and grow and do all that is required of us! So we are working through trials and trying to keep the Spirit and we're going to have Zone Conference tomorrow, and then Zone meeting after! Yay!

Tuesday (Happy birthday DAD!!) we got to go to the stake breakfast (I had pancakes for the first time in months, and had a headache for the rest of the day because of all the sugar I ate :/ ), and we sang all three verses of the Star Spangled Banner, had district meeting and other than that had a pretty chill 4th of July!

Wednesday we had a BOMB coordination meeting (with all the auxiliary heads, talking about missionary work). The AP's made a plan with the ward members and we jumped on it to make a goal for how many baptisms each auxiliary will have by the end of the year, and the room was yeno del Espiritu miercoles, y(full of the spirit, Wednesday, and) it was just so cool. I loved it.

STORY TIME!! So we got this referral from this guy, his name was Jose, of one of his neighbors. Anyways, so we went by it and this lady opened up and said "I don't have a lot of time right now, I'm cooking". So we dropped it and didn't think more of it. BUT we went by yesterday and a different lady (the other one was probably the housekeeper) opened up and she's like "oh, you are from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. You are Mormons." AND it turns out that she went to church from ages 6 to 15 in Mexico!! So we found a less-active!! And what's more, she gave us a TON of fruit (see picture below.) it was so cool. It was such a tender mercy!! And we asked if we could come back wednesday, and she's like "how about Tuesday?" YESSSS!!!! She is such a sweetie, and we met her husband and daughter (15) and it was just so cool. :D

Love y'all! The church is true! Read your scriptures!!
(And happy late birthday Matthew!!)
Sister Fry
 
 
Sister Koehler made red pepper pasta. And we ate it at 10pm Monday night BOMB.
 
 
we have incorporated smoothies into our routine. Now I have my eggs/rice/spinach/pepper bowl and a smoothie--and yes I drink all of it before we study, then another glass of water while we study. Stay hydrated kids!!
 
 
all the treasures from our less-active!!
 

True Texans

Monday, July 3, 2017

Seeking the Spirit

We had interviews on Tuesday and President Torres said that he's noticed some changes in me over the past few transfers, but now he's like "WOAH sister Fry you are the greatest missionary ever and you've changed a lot, and you are just so great". haha. Not exactly but I have changed a lot recently. And I've noticed that I'm back to "me" don't really know how to explain that, but whatever.

Set some BD's this week, had a TON at sacrament meeting. Please someone tell me how hymn 152 goes in Spanish because I don't have any idea what the heck we were playing and I butchered it so bad. I feel so bad. :/

BUT back to the Subject of this email: after interviews we had to hang at the office for a little while because Sister Phalwane has to figure out how to get home (#expiredgreencard--she's going to take the bus) ANYWAYS, so the Zone Leaders were going to do a little study session with those that weren't in interviews, but it turned out to just be Sister Ellsworth and I and the Zone Leaders. Anyways, they had a "special guest" come to one of their companion study sessions and he talked about having the Spirit and how  we really don't know what the mission of the Holy Ghost is. So he said (and invited us) to study in the Topical Guide about the Mission of the Holy Spirit. BOMB so cool!! And they talked about how after Jesus came to the Americas how the people were righteous for 4 generations after that! WHY? Because they wanted the SPIRIT more than anything else. I am a witness of this because Sister E and I have been trying to seek to have the Spirit in every aspect and we are already reaping the blessings of this. And we've been happy! If we seek the Spirit, then we are truly being instruments in the hands of God and we are doing His will, and therefore (this is so cool) He will RUN OUR AREA. 

And I love that.


Happy Birthday tomorrow Dad! And Matthew on Thursday!!! Love you!
Love ya!
Hermana Fry

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Kissed by the Sun, Drenched by the Rain

Super amazing week. We have been talking a lot about establishing Zion here in the stake, and we knew that it needed to start with us. AND THIS WEEK WAS BOMB. We were working super hard as a companionship so that we could be happy and have animo and be servicful and everything!! And it was so cool!!

It was un poco caliente (a little warm) this week, but it was SO FUN!! So Friday we had to take our car in to Chuck (our fix-it-felix) because our bumper was falling off and we got dinged by a shopping cart. SO we've been carless since! And we called today to see if it was ready and he said that he ordered the wrong bumper--so more BIKE DAYS!!!!!! So we have been hydrating like nobody's business and getting rides from the sisters to church and stuff. But Saturday the sun was muy fuerte(very strong) and Sister Ellsworth got un poco(a little) sunburned on her arms and so did I!! And then we were talking to Arturo to see if he was going to come to church/get baptized/come to the baptism that night, and he's like "If it starts raining I will have to stop working" so I--of course--said "well, we will pray for it to rain!!" And not 5 minutes later it started pouring!!!! He didn't come for the baptism, but it was pretty fun. :)

Yesterday we went over to Bishop's house for dinner and they have two 20-something boys at home and it was a tex-mex filled night!! They all speak both languages, while Bishop only understands English. But there were chismes (gossip?) and jokes all over the place in English and Spanish. jaja.

The Tex-Mex is strong here!!

Other than that it's been a pretty great week! With biking to the moon and back and sweating like crazy, it's been pretty fun. Josh is leaving for his mission here on July 4th, to Tacoma Washington, and he gave his farewell talk. Super trunky. I remember doing that!! haha

All is well here in South Texas, and I couldn't ask for anything more.
Sister Fry
 
 They weren't actually Mormon, but... someone who lived there was....

Saturday, June 17, 2017

En El Pueblo de Sion (In the village of Zion)

Well this was quite the week!! We contacted and contacted and contacted (or tracted, knocked doors--whatever y'all wanna call it.)

We had a bomb Zone meeting Tuesday where we learned how to keep our animo up! And it worked amazingly well since normally when a missionary doesn't have investigators they get sad. :( BUT not us!! 

This week my testimony grew of Family History. Haha. I even posted about it on Facebook through our Family History consultant. (He gave his phone to me and asked me to bear my testimony.) Tuesday night I helped a 5 year old, Abel, start indexing. He did five documents. It was the cutest thing. So, if your child can read, they can index!! :D Wednesday a super-important-Family-History-person came to see how our area was doing. (see photo attached). We didn't stay, but did have a BOMB lesson with this family of seven, hopefully they will progress--we'll see.

This week summer came, and while down in Plantation (contacting--what else??) we found the perfect place for a temple!! Though it is a little small. :/

Sunday night we went over to Miguel's with Brother Gonzalez and his son, and talked about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It is hard for many to think how they can be forgiven if they have done something wrong. His doubts come from not coming to church for years and wanting to know if he can be forgiven for the things that he's done. But Joseph Smith really interested him, so we are going over to the Gonzalez's home Tuesday to watch the Restoration.

This week I definitely shushed a member. BUT-here's the story. We went over to a less-actives' house and he gave his spiel, and kept talking about this one tangent (meanwhile, we are very hydrated and so we definitely need to use the bathroom--we stood there for 40 minutes, and were 10 minutes from home). And then I said something and Sister Ellsworth (whom we love!) started bearing her testimony and then he started interrupting! (side note--when before we started talking, we made sure it was "our turn" to talk.) So I shushed him, and he's like "oh sorry, it's your turn, I'll stop talking, please continue." haha. It was funny.

In other news we also had fun in our apartment and are living the law of consecration. I studied the Word of Wisdom (HEALTH CODE!!!!!!!!) and am starting a plan and covenanted with God and it's all GREAT!! :D Anyways, so we bought groceries and we all came home and were like "I bought cucumbers!" "I bought apples" "I got the bread!" It was super funny. So if you need some knowledge about what you should be eating--study the Word of Wisdom in Doctrine and Covenants 89. I feel better already!

But I think that is all. I am noticing the changes I have made while on a mission, an am grateful to be here every single day. #11monthsTODAY!!! And with transfers we are staying!! So I'll be here for Juany's wedding (Thursday!!), my 11-month and 12-month mark on the mission, a mission farewell, and many more miracles yet to come. 30 More Weeks!!! Ahhhh!! Super exciting! :D

With love from a happy, healthy missionary,
Sister Fry

Friday, June 9, 2017

Fasting Miracles!

We fasted for so many people Sunday!! We fasted with two less-active families and also an investigator family! It was so cool!! Going without food and water for two meals/24 hours is at times difficult, but you see so many miracles!
We fasted with the Manzur family, the Vargas family, and our investigator family so that they can find work/change their schedules so that they can come to church! It was so cool! 

And in church so many people bore their testimonies on the temple and family history. We love it here in Mission, and wouldn't have it any other way. Even though it's hot and humid and everything, we still love it here!!

Ether 12:6,12. Miracles come by faith. Faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement are necessary for us to progress in life. It's wonderful to be a missionary and see the change in others lives. The mission is the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. But we wouldn't change a thing!

So, if you ever want to see a miracle or get an answer, fast!
Con mucho amor (With much love), Hermana Fry

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Hi world

I am still alive. :) 

We had zone conference this week and President blew our minds!! This week has been SUPER LONG but it also went by fast. Thanks to President, we have had a lot of animo (energy/animation) this week! We have been knocking doors and asking for referrals and not caring if we were awkward by passing their house and coming back to talk to them. hehe.

Ah yes, we read and President expounded Jacob 5 for us while tying it to the scattering and gathering of the House of Israel AND also to his topic of "this is not our battle". So we are to fight God's battle. Because this is his battle and since it's his battle, we don't have to worry about losing, because it's not our battle. :) God loves impossible odds. All throughout the Book of Mormon we read about a band of small numbers fighting, and conquering against the enemy. 
In 1 Nephi 3-4 we read: 
"Laman and Lemuel again began to murmur, saying: How is it posible that the Lord will deliver Laban into our hands? Behold, he is a mighty man, and he can command fifty, yea, even he can slay fifty; then why not us?...And it came to pass that I spake unto my brethren, saying: Let us go up again unto Jerusalem, and let us be faithful in keeping the commandments of the Lord; for behold he is mightier than all the earth, then why not mightier than Laban and his fifty, yea, or even his tens of thousands?"

So, how impossible are the odds?
Hermana Frita