Monday, August 14, 2017

White Wash TMM

SO: This week we have knocked so many doors!! Mostly because we did a White Wash of the mission. AKA we dropped/stopped teaching the people that weren't progressing (i.e. not coming to church, reading, praying, etc.) and we didn't have very many people to begin with, but we still dropped those that we had, and are starting afresh!

We got a little discouraged near Thursday, but kept our animo going. What has really helped is that we have been unified as a companionship. That and the Spirit and just being willing to go and do (not sit and stew) have really kept our animo/spirits up.

This week we have many-a-return-appointments, and we are very excited for all the people that we have met this last week. DUDE we are so pumped!! During the week, probably Thursday, we just kind of sat in the car (cooling off for a few minutes before we went out to work again) and I just said "I am ready for my blessings now!!" But we continue on in patience and in hope that the elect are here, and we are growing so much in the process!

God will help us in whatever we are going through. Sometimes (oftentimes) God needs us to trudge through the mud, or climb EVERY mountain. But it's always for our best. God knows where all the prepared people are here in San Benito, but what good would that do us if he just sent us there? We need to be converted. We need to be obedient to every prompting we receive. That's really what God is asking of us. And bringing someone to the Gospel of Jesus Christ is just a nice bonus along the way. :)

Love y'all!
Sister Fry
 
 
 
"If I touch these wires together will the doorbell ring?" Answer: yes.
 
 
A couple weeks ago we had a friend hang out with us for a while (actually he FELL FROM A TREE and scared us half to death). But enjoyed the ride!
 
 
This is Chiquitin (I don't know how to spell it, but that's how you say it) he's an adorable 3-year-old in our ward. And his rainboots LIGHT UP

Monday, August 7, 2017

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Tuesday we had exchanges, so I went with Sister Cademis to Brownsville! It was fun because I got to see my MTC companion, Sister Nischan! It was fun to be with two previous companions!

Wednesday I found some more family names to send to the temple!! Yay! and on Friday I helped a sister find information about her dad, and we found a marriage record and his birth record! The gift of tongues is real because somehow I helped her read this scribbled-old-cursive-document IN SPANISH. It was crazy!

Yesterday I "played" the piano in Sacrament meeting, and couldn't figure out why the organ setting was so quiet--the volume was all the way up! Then I remembered that little pedal thing and I made it louder. Haha. Oh the joys of being a missionary.

We are still finding and contacting and finding. The Zone leaders called us on Saturday and reminded us that President Torres and Heavenly Father trust us and put us in this area for a reason. And we need to do everything we can to do His will here. They also challenged us to make a goal of how many times we teach the Restoration this week. So we will be growing our testimony of that as well. They promised that we would be able to find more people so we are going to cash in on those blessings this week!

I love being a missionary! The church is true, wherever you are in the world! Be humbe, follow your leaders, and read some scriptres!
Love you!
Sister Fry

Monday, July 31, 2017

No Mires Tras Ti (Look not behind thee)

Well, as everyone is just dying to know, my companion's name is Sister Jamile ("Ja-Mile") and she is from Hawaii! She has been out just a few short weeks, but she could fool me! So congratz to her trainer!! I'm in San Benito  ("Sanny B" as the missionaries say), which is in Harlingen Zone, an hour east of Mission/McAllen. We have a branch, and about 109 people came to church yesterday!! So we are super pumped! The stake wants to split so we have a Harlingen stake and a Brownsville stake, and we need just a few more priesthood holders to make our branch a ward. :) So we are working on that. Also since it was the 5th Sunday of the month yesterday, we were combined for the 3rd hour, the Relief Society, Priesthood, and Youth. And one of the branch counselors talked about testimony. What that is and why it's important and what comprises a testimony. He asked what we teach to the chiquitos--los niños para enseñarles como dar sus testimonios.(children to teach them now to give their testimonies). And I had absolutely no idea, so I whipped out my planner to take some notes. He said that we testify about God, Jesus Christ, the scriptures, the Restoration, and Joseph Smith. And basically everything else falls into those categories. Having a living prophet, the priesthood, temples and family history, etc. And he said that even though you may bear the same testimony/say the same things/testify of the same things as the person before you, they are the truths that we know. That really impressed me. It was amazing. I learned a lot. Then the other counselor got up and talked about the importance of The Book of Mormon. And why it is important to read it. He issued us a challenge to read The Book of Mormon in three months. And in order to do that we need to read 3 chapters a day. So I will finish The Book of Mormon tomorrow and start over again Wednesday. I will be finishing The Book of Mormon from reading it in three months myself to help with a prospective-elder-now-elder in Mission. So I'm excited!! And that means I will be able to read The Book of Mormon two more times before going home!!!!!!!!! YAY!!

I think I have learned more about what it takes to have a ward/stake/temple on the mission than I ever knew before! And why elders are so important, what the "caring ratio" is--how many elders to everybody else. It's crazy!!

Also the transition coming here was a little rough. I adjusted well, but then I still wasn't "all here," I wasn't "all-in". So Saturday I prayed and explained what I was feeling and God said "Remember Lot's Wife." (Lucas 17:32) Lot and his family were asked to leave Sodom and to "look thee not behind thee/no mires tras ti" (Genesis 19:17) And Lot's wife turned back to look on the city and was turned into a pillar of salt. I read a talk from Elder Holland from BYU (https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/jeffrey-r-holland_remember-lots-wife/) and he explained that it wasn't so bad that she looked behind her, but what was wrong was that she longed to go back. She left her heart in the city, and couldn't imagine a better life than the one she knew in Sodom. SO, after I got jacked a little bit, I repented and tried to look at San Benito with hope and love. And to leave Mission and just be here. AND IT'S BEEN AMAZING!!! If you ask for help from our Heavenly Father, He will help you! I love being here, and my eyes have been re-opened, and I am no longer looking behind me with longing. Yes looking back into the past is good, but it's like a rear-view mirror. If we look at it too long, we could crash and things won't be as happy.

"Faith is for the FUTURE!!!" "The future is as bright as your faith!!"--President Monson
I know as we strive to not look behind us with longing, but as we look forward "with an eye single to the glory of God" (D+C 4:5)  we will receive countless blessings from God.
So move forward!!
Hermana Fry


a priest I found! We are friends now.

I can now officially say I've seen the Statue of Liberty. :)

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

T.R.A.N.S.F.E.R.S!!!!!!

24 July 2017 
So before we begin, this week was amazing! We saw many amazing miracles! :)

The assistants to the Presidente had a baptism for a family (aka boda (wedding) baptism, also they got confirmed and the Priesthood so that they could go to the temple the day after), and we invited Antonio and he brought his three kids too!! It was crazy!! I'm going to miss being an AAP--we like to call ourselves the Assistants to the Assistants to the Presidente because on Saturday the elders had to go to the temple with their little family, and so we taught a lesson for their investigators! It was super fun!!

Also we found a family that lived up by Mile 3, and who now moved back into our area! So it's good that we found them so Sister Ellsworth and her greenie can teach them!! Also we found another chiquito family that Sister Crouch and I spotted (the ones in the yellow house with the twin boys) and I totally forgot where they were, until we were trying to find a prospective elder, and there they were! They are going back this week and continue teaching them. :)

Okay okay, so I'm being transferred!! I'm going to San Benito!! It's west, and I'll be in the Harlingen Zone. :) And I'm step-training! (So my companion has been in the mission for one transfer). And Sister Ellsworth is also training!!! We had dinner at the Valdivia's yesterday (SO BOMB) and the AP's were there and they told us transfers. It will be so exciting!!

I have learned a TON from Sister Ellsworth and I'm excited for my (probably) last area!! Yay! And so now we gotsta go have a lunch at the Cruz's!!

Love y'all!!
Sister Fry
p.s. happy birthday to all the birthdays out there!!--Brandon, Valerie, James, etc. :)

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