Sunday, October 23, 2016

The Color Orange

Friday, October 14, 2016

Well well well

So I guess I should probably start out at the beginning. Tuesday was absolutely amazing. So, we did VELO--met some new people, found some less-actives that are just absolutely wonderful people. AND then here's the best part. So Sister Ogle's daughter had a baby. Woop! (tiny little thing--5lbs 7oz, 17in) But, the mom's room--the daughter--was super messy, so we were called over to help clean. First off, we were there for like FOUR HOURS. and we killed 8 mice, and two baby mice. They were all infested in her closet. Super gross guys. but after we cleaned it down a bit and got some clothes washed there you could feel the Spirit a little in there. :) And we were not only helping the Ogle family, but also the daughter and this new child of God. So give service to everybody!!!

And the new elder here is Elder Gundersen, he's a greenie from Utah, went to the Mexico MTC and is Elder Puga's "HIJO!!! I love my hijo!" It's super funny.

Oh, you know it's been a good Sunday when your planner is filled with notes, and has two stickie notes filled with good things people say. It was ward conference this week (there were 89 people at church! It was super weird!--and won't ever happen again. haha--that is until we just get things really moving here!!!) And so the Stake President... whose name I completely forgot, gave the lesson in Relief Society. And something he talked about was being converted to the Lord. And how it's a cycle: we involve others, inform them, inspire, and invite. and by doing that we can help people become converted.

He also talked about the lost sheep. But not necessarily how we need to find the other, but mostly how we need to be strong enough to carry that sheep back to the flock. If our shoulders aren't strong enough to take the sheep home, finding them won't do us very good. So, we not only need to find our less-actives and find new people to come to church, but we also need to make sure that our shoulders are strong, so that we can support them. :) And we had stopped him after sacrament meeting, but at the end of the RS lesson, he was like "and you have two sisters over there that are more than happy to help you! They will help you practice or do role-plays or whatever to help!" And we were like YEAH BUDDY! So the moral of this story is to ask the missionaries. Ask them for help. Ask for suggestions to share the gospel. If you need to share it with anybody, but don't know how to do it, ask them! I always thought that missionaries were always super buys--which we are, but oftentimes we don't actually have set plans and can shift and accommodate people in. So just ask them!

One more thing before I go: The Spirit man--it's real. Sister Perez felt like there was someone at these apartments we were at, but not who. And then we met Alex! that was last week--did I mention him? basically we talked about how God loves him and he felt the Spirit and cried--super dope man. BUT THEN we had the wrong phone number (which was totally my fault--woops) so we visited them (Alex, Erika, and their two twin sons) and just happened to be at their door when they pulled up. So they're a very busy family, but we taught them the restoration and it was super bien! Oh, so good. But yeah, and then as we were getting ready to leave Alex was like send us spiritual messages and stuff! AND THAT--lemme tell ya-- is the sweetest music to a missionary's ears. Because that's just a text message of a short-little-guy-of-just-Spirit-packed information. I LOVE IT. Super good. So good everybody.

God loves you--and don't you forget it! 

Con amor,
Sister Fry :)

Sister Kemple's cat. :)

Thursday, October 6, 2016

KENNY!!

Shout out to the cousin who led the music during Priesthood session! We had just sat down to watch during the opening song and I was like "THAT'S MY COUSIN!!" So yay!! The whole world saw my amazing cousin Kenny. :)

Anyway, this week I learned that I was prideful. It was amazing. Like, wow. So we had a little district powwow where we did a little role play and anyway, so Elder Lundberg basically said that we were all being prideful. And so we've been able to fix it a little bit, little by little. YAY! Ether 12:27 says that we have weakness so that we can be humble. And so that's what we're learning!
  • Transfer calls went out yesterday and we are all staying except for Elder Lundberg. So Elder Puga will be our new district leader! woop!
  • General Conference was amazing, as it always is.
  • We have been able to get our feet underneath us a little bit better and we are going to reach standard this week! We have been working really hard, and now it's time to work smarter, and work in the Lord's way (since it is His work.)
  • I read Elder Bednar's talk from last conference (Apr. 2016) about always retaining a remission of your sins, and I liked how he said that we are baptized to prepare us for the gift of the Holy Ghost
  • Alex: he's 20 and has a set of twins and is not married. At first we were only speaking in Spanish, but then when he said a few English words we were like "wait! do you know English?!" and he totally does. But somehow that made it easier for me to talk to him in Spanish. Anyways, so we basically told him that God loves us. And we just told him the simple things. And he started crying! He said that he had been wanting to get closer to God. And so he felt the Spirit so strong! Ahhh! I'm super excited to teach him!!
But something  I liked from Conference was how we need to make sure we have a knowledge of--AND FAITH IN--the simple things. Like Jesus Christ. and a knowledge that God loves you more than you can comprehend. He does!
This is Brother Clem. He is a 6'6" Santa Claus. WE LOVE HIM!!! He hasn't been to church for ... since he's lived in Beeville (30+ years). And we have just been visiting him and loving him and "watching over the sheep".  AND he's been listening to the scriptures as he reads them on his phone! And he watched some of General Conference! And we gave him a little tour of the church too! (p.s. the first time I met him I got stung by that bee--yeah, it's that Bro. Clem). And he works at O'Riley's and so we told him that we might be transferred, but we wanted O'Riely's hats so he got us one! AND he signed it!!

I guess it just goes along with what E. Holland was saying during Priesthood session about home teaching. It's not just a once a month thing, but a consistent thing. Sending scriptures, calling them, making sure that they are coming to church, or going to get them when they are not at church! Anyway, keep watching over your sheep wherever you are in the world!

Love y'all!
Sister Fry