Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Fog? Or Carne Asada?

Yesterday there was a futbol (soccer) game, and the Tigres won, so everyone was cooking and doing barbacoa y carne asada y todo (BBQ and meat and everything), so there was this fog that YOU COULD EVEN SEE IN MEXICO and it was really crazy. But the Tigres won, no se preocupen (so don't worry).

Also many things happened this week.
>>Tuesday: mini zone conference and interviews--President said: "see you soon!" (for my dead interview) haha
We also went to the doctor for Sister Wilhelm, and now she is feeling better, so that's good. We waited in the doctor's office for EVER and they didn't really tell us to leave, until we poked our head out and said "are we good?" jaja.
>>Wednesday I started MyPlan (for returning missionaries to make goals for the future and everything) and I almost cried!! They had the coolest video to start and they just talked about how wonderful RM (returned missionary) life is like. so that was really cool.
WE ALSO BIKED POR TODOS LADOS DE LA CIUDAD (all over the city)!! And it was super cold (43) with wind and drizzle, so we wore a sock on one hand. But it was a really successful day. And I've decided that if it doesn't get colder than 43, I don't have to buy a coat. :)
>>THURSDAY we had roleplays with the sisters and we had a pretty set evening. Sister Cabello called us and said that she had bought gloves for us (b/c we had visited them the night before) so we were in the neighborhood and we stopped by. It was super sweet.
>>Friday was Melanie's birthday!! Happy birthday!!!!!  We did weekly planning and had a pretty bomb day seeing people, knocking doors and trying to use our time most effectively for the upcoming day.
ALSO, other IMPORTANT news is that it did get colder than 43, because it snowed Thursday night and so we woke up to about 1/2 inch of snow Friday morning!! (see pictures attached). It hadn't snowed in Laredo for 13 years, and many children/jovenes had never seen snow before. So we had an early White Christmas!!
>>Then Saturday, we woke up at 4:30am to drive down to McAllen. We had a special visit from not only Elder Cook, but two members of the Seventy as well, Elder Uceda of the Presidency of the 70, and Elder Villareal (who was born and raised and still lives here in the valley). So we had a fun time arranging for the photo and everything, quick shaking hands and then we were off.

Don't have tons of time to explain everything, but Elder Cook bore a strong witness of Jesus Christ our Savior. They didn't come to see the missionaries, they came to see the people and to make a report to President Monson. President Torres told us that he took a trip with elder Uceda to Harlingen and they were talking about how many people couldn't pass the checkpoint and how big the stakes are and everything. Basically about how much the people need a temple here. 

I came on a mission because God prompted me to, and I'm here in this mission to learn from my Mission President, mas que nada (more than anything). Estoy tan agradecida de tener la oportunidad a trabajar aqui y aprender de Presidente Torres. (I am so grateful to have the opportunity to work here and learn from President Torres).

Que tengan una semana exitosa!! (have a successful week)
Con amor, Hna Fry (With love)
 
 
snow!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Venga lo que Venga! (Come what may)

Well, we are serving in the Laredo 6th branch--we are the southernmost part of Laredo, and we have some small towns south of Laredo as well that we will be working in. It's really fun because we see Mexico every day!!! We see the lights every night and some tall buildings during the day. And what's more is that when we're at our apartment our phone thinks we're in Mexico. So that's pretty fun. :)

There are more hills here than I have seen since leaving the CCM in Mexico, and I'm so pumped to ride my bike more this week. 

This week has been mostly just organizing the area and meeting some members. The other sisters that work in the English branch are sending us a lot of  referrals, so that's really fun. :D And with that, working through the members and working with the less-actives, we're going to be on fire!!

This place makes me so happy! Seeing Mexico everyday, being silly with my companion, etc. is really fun. My companion is Sister Wilhelm, and she's from Wilsonville, OR, so it's kind of fun to say that we're both from Oregon!! This is her 4th transfer in the mission, and she's so AWESOME!! She got the flu about two days ago, but she's been holding up strong. I love her she's super fun!!

After being in the car for three hours driving up to Laredo on Tuesday we were pooped, got our luggage, charged our phone (the keyboard doesn't work--so that's fun :D), went shopping and sat down for a little bit of food--at 8:30pm. So we made our beds and went to bed. We finally cleaned the apartment today and we can feel the Spirit a lot more now!! The Goodfellows (they are over housing) apparently spent a good chunk of time cleaning our apartment before we came (went from 4 elders to 2 sisters) and so when we got there it was more of "eww" instead of "we can't live here!!" (her words not mine.) :) They also stopped by this morning mid-clean. So needless to say, we are pooped, but we are living in a clean apartment!!

Also my address is
(If you'd like to send things quicker), don't know about packages yet.... but we can let you know what happens!!

This week we will be getting a special mission-wide conference, which only means that there's an apostle and a member of the seventy coming!! We're so pumped!!

Anyways, that was our week
Love you tons!
Sister Fry
 
 
 
Butterfly!
 
 
yes, that hill you see there--THAT'S MEXICO!! And our lovely friends, the Border Patrol men are nearby. :)  


we were knocking on a member's door, and this GIGANTIC DOG slithered out of this car!! It looked like it was going to eat us!! Luckily, we're still here.

Monday, November 27, 2017

I'm dying in LAREDO!!!!

That's right ladies and gentlemen! We are dying in LAREDO!!! (when we finish our mission we call it "dying" hahah.) Anyways, so I'm "Trunky Transferring" my last transfer and I'm going to Laredo! (I think I've got my point across--right?) We're going to Laredo. I'm SO PUMPED!!!

Quick recap: Tuesday was our last district meeting and we guessed where we were going and Sister Kovacs-Martin and I will be going to Laredo and Elder Shipley to LaJoya.

The rest of Tuesday and Wednesday we contacted a lot and invited everyone and their dog to watch the Christmas video that came out on FRIDAY!! (If you haven't gotten the chance, it's on LDS.org, Mormon.org, Christmas.lds.org, or on YouTube #LIGHTtheWORLD or #ILUMINAelMUNDO)

Thursday we had role plays in the AM--since there are so many sisters finishing their missions and so many coming in, President has decided that we will be doing role plays every Thursday with sisters up to 4 transfers into their misison so that they can get teaching down and see different ways of teaching. It was really cool! Then we went to the Rodriguez for dinner#1, the Cuevas for #2 and the Saldivar's for #3. (the other sisters had 2 more after that too!!). My stomach was so SORE from that and I never wanted to eat turkey again (HAH. We've had turkey at everyone else's house we've gone to this week. haha!!) then we contacted a little bit and handed out some more cards, and found some more potentials.

Friday was weekly planning! and then more finding, the Cuevas for dinner and family history to end out the night.

Saturday morning we went out and can I just say that we are going to have KILLER biking legs because that's literally our form of transportation because need to budget our miles to make it to McAllen tomorrow. Anyways, we did a little bit of contacting in the evening and then I was just thinking about Ice cream. So we went and got ice cream at McDonalds because I was just feelin a McFlurry and we prayed and we didn't get any other revelation other than "it's okay to get ice cream."

Anyways, Sunday was also good, we taught the 10 and 11 year olds about how the pioneers had faith. Then that night we read a chapter from Helaman 8 with the Salinas family. It really brought in the Spirit.

This transfer is going to be the best! Happy holidays to all! LOVE YOU!!
Sister Fry

Monday, November 20, 2017

The Distance to Heaven

First of all, thanks to all the birthday wishes! I'm a legal adult now!! woohoo!

Also, another tender mercy was that we were able to watch the YSA Face2Face event yesterday, and we got to hear from Elders Ballard and Oaks. AND I was sitting there at the beginning watching the opening musical number debating if I knew the singer. I was like "it's her--no it's not. Yes it is. Nope. It's definitely her." AND IT WAS!! Tiffany Law sang the opening musical number! It was so beautiful. So if someone could tell her that I saw her and that she did really well, that'd be great (thanks Shelley.) :) AND THEN they flashed through the audience as well and Elder Lundberg was there!! (He was my first district leader) It was so cool! And then another elder from our mission, Elder Jensen, was in the last musical number--the one second from the right.  

Anyways, thanks for letting me just say that really quick. Other than that the Stake Primary President and a member of the High Council came and spoke yesterday and the High Counselor said that "We're not too far from heaven, it's the distance to heaven is from our knees to the floor." And I really liked that because it also just fits in with the theme of this week which is gratitude. Also, they are coming out with the new Christmas video on Friday, so give that a quick watch--it's super good.

Other than that we've had a lot of fun this week doing missionary things. It's hard, but hasn't it always been hard?? Hahah!! I love being a missionary and love the things that are happening all around me. It's hard to control our circumstances, but it's easy to control our attitude.

Happy Thanksgiving and eat some turkey for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
CON AMOR!!!!!!!!
Hna Fry

Cake at the Cuevas on Friday


I fell off my bike for the first time--makes it a little more difficult to pray!! :/ :)
 
 
and the sunset!! :D

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Should I tell Him, or should I just let him keep going?

For those of you that noticed, I did not write yesterday. Yesterday Elder Pearson and his wife (he is a seventy) came and talked to "the valley" and are talking to "the great white north" (and Laredo) part of our mission today. So today is Pday!

He talked a lot about faith and being great missionaries and everything he said was answers to my prayers.

Sorry that I sounded so upset last week, but my companion was going through some really hard feelings of going home. So we finally started a fast on Thursday and texted our mission president to see if he could call us. He did later in the day and said that many missionaries feel like they want to go home, and so he said to pray and fast and to have an interview with him on Monday (yesterday). What he didn't know is that we were already fasting. So she thought "Should I tell him, or should I just let him keep going?" haha. AND that happened a couple other times in the week too where we were already doing something and someone suggested it! Haha. But my companion is great and she's going to stick it through. :)

We also spoke (Sis Kovacs-Martin and I--my companion sang "Mas Cerca Dios de Ti")--my first talk in Spanish!-- and many members complimented us and thanked us and mentioned that it had been a long time since they had felt the Spirit in Sacrament Meeting. Then we went to branch council and told the members there that we've exhausted all our resources and we have no more ideas how to help them. We then offered a kneeling prayer together and President Alvarado offered it. It was very long and my feet were going asleep, but it was what was needed. Then we sat down and Hno Ramierez thanked us for all the hard work we've put in and said in effect, that they were ready to keep working and that they were going to put their focus on the temple. And to work "how the handbook/prophets/church says to work." Then we went to the Ramierez's house for Sunday dinner (as per the usual) and prepped a little bit for coordination (which was moved up to be earlier this week), went to coordination and everything was different. Everyone was happy and laughing and haciendo chismes (doing gossip) and everything. It was wonderful!! Then we worked on a plan (us missionaries) to make the bulletin board that we have pretty and centered on the temple. So in total, we were in the church building 9 hours on Sunday!! BUT IT WAS SO WORTH IT! People were happy and we got suckers and you could feel the Spirit and feel the love that was present there. :)

Elder Pearson talked about "Net Faith" You know the scripture in the New Testament when the father brings his son that has been posessed of a devil his whole life and Jesus says "if thou canst believe, all things are possible to those that believe" and the dad says "Lord, I believe, help thou mine unbelief." So I've never really understood that totally, but yesterday Elder Pearson explained that we always have faith. And he made a list of things we need first, before faith (Alma 32: desire, trust, etc.) and he made a list of the "deadly D's" (discouragement, doubt, dissapointment, etc.) that tear down our faith. But he made an equation: that faith - "deadly D's" = Net faith. That that father HAD faith, he just needed some help with the doubts that he had. And how we can ask for help from God too--when our net faith is negative, we can ask for God to help us overcome our doubts and fears, so that our net faith can be positive.

It was really nice. Anyways, I should probably let y'all go. Have an amazing week, and if you're not happy REPENT! Make a change and "haga un switch"!! BEEEEEEE Happy!!
Con mucho amor,
Hna Fry
 
 
so we actually have a "bear" in San Benito that we pass every day on our bikes going home :)
 
I found some glasses


I AM: "The Sisters of the Harlingen Zone"
 
 
 This is why they have the rim around the baptismal font: so that the sister missionaries can turn off the water and lock the doors. The other sisters had a baptism of 9-year-old Ellie. :) Her Mom's been a member for the past... 4 years. :)

Monday, November 6, 2017

At Least We Don't Have Bears.

Dear my beloved readers (whomever you may be):

Well I guess I ought to explain the subject a little bit of this email: We (my lovely companion Sister Woodworth and I) received a prompting yesterday to explore a little more south of our area. So we got on our bikes after saying a real good prayer, and biked, and biked and biked. (does that remind you of the Pioneer song we used to sing in Primary? Well, my companion did pray for safety on our "trek" haha.) We biked 10 miles down south to Los Indios where apparently we have a member. And although we weren't able to talk with said member, we were able to be instruments in the Lord's hands. and so that was really nice.

Other than that, my week has been not super good. (you'll doubt me when I send home happy-smiling-sister-missionary-photos, but that's up to you to believe me.)

This week is the first solid week that I haven't wanted to do anything. I didn't want to knock doors. Didn't want to talk to my companion, didn't want to see anyone or be anyone for that matter either. All I wanted to do was lay on the ground and not do anything. But we pushed forward through anxiety, sad thoughts, self-demeaning thoughts, etc. and we are here to tell the story.

Through all our bad times and our good times I know that God watches over us and loves us and knows us perfectly.

Yesterday we had a regional Stake Conference and Elder Christofferson talked a lot about the life of President Monson and the impact he has had on many of the lives he has touched. I know that God has a voice here on the earth and that the leaders of this church are chosen for a reason. I know that we are led today (TODAY!) by prophets, seers, and revelators of God.

I'm grateful for the opportunity I have and have had to be a missionary in the Lord's vineyard. We taught seminary this morning and we studied Jacob 5.

I love verse 75:
And it came to pass that when the Lord of the vineyard saw that his fruit was good, and that his vineyard was no more corrupt, he called up his servants, and said unto them: Beholdfor this last time have we nourished my vineyard; and thou beholdest that have done according to my will; and have preserved the natural fruit, that it is good, even like as it was in the beginning. And blessed art thou; for because yhave been diligent in laboring with me in my vineyard, and have kept my commandments,and have brought unto me again thnatural fruit, that my vineyard is no more corrupted, and the bad is cast away,behold ye shall have joy with me becausof the fruit of my vineyard.

so, we are going to party in heaven if we are diligent. :)
Con amor, Hermana Fry
 
 
 
Los Indios!!
 
 
a wall with your favorite missionary
 
 
 
we played "what's in your backpack!"