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

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Well, we were late to church.

23 minutes late to be exact.

BACKSTORYYYYY!!!
We went on exchanges on Thursday and Sister Ellsworth stayed in our area, and I went to the STL's area. She and Sister Luque visited some 'potentials" that we have. They visited the Puente family. Sister Puente was an investigator (perhaps was baptized??) nine or so years ago, but we haven't ever been able to meet with her and have a lesson. So Thursday, in Sister Ellsworth's words: they magically got inside and had a really good lesson with her two sons, Miguel and Aiden. "And she eloquently said words and they accepted a baptismal date" And Sister Ellsworth was so surprised/caught off guard and so she said the 21st of June. That's a Wednesday. jaja. Anyways, So we went over on Saturday night and visited them and they said they'd come to church!

Sunday morning: we went to Miguel's house to get him to church and it honestly just looked like he woke up. But said that he would come and that he needed a ride (side note: Saturday night he said that they would not need a ride). So then we go to Lulu's to make sure she will be to church on time for her and Gustavo's confirmation! And have to return home so Sister Ellsworth can get her badge. In the midst of all this, we're scrambling to find members to bring this 19-year-old guy that wants to come to church! We come back to his house 5 minutes before the meeting is supposed to start and he's all dressed up. Like white shirt, tie, slacks, shoes, suspenders (gun-holsters...), the whole bit.

Now we're stuck. But Damian--the Bishop's son/RM pulls through and brings him to church!!! yay!!

So yes we were late to church. Yes right once we sat down the counselor in the obispado (bishopric) said to make sure we're on time to sacrament meeting. :/ Also, we missed Lulu and Gustavo's confirmation. :// And we had to sit in the middle of the chapel. :/// And we felt super bad. ://// But repentance is real! :) And that is never happening ever again. You feel icky if you're late to church--DON'T BE LATE. :)

So those were kind of the highlights of this week. Miguel will be coming to church next week for all three hours, and hopefully his brother as well, and we met the two nicest grandma's ever. President Torres has asked us that with our potential investigators we tell them that we teach five lessons, and have them commit to that. So we have two grandma's (Abuelita (little Grandma) Lopez y Abuelita Fuentes) as new investigators. #setexpectations. #Spiritsostrong #somanystories #Ilovegrandmas

The church is true. Don't be late.
Con amor, 
Hermana Fry
 
 
Miracle dinner on Saturday
 
 
Find Jesus, He saves.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Everything is Awesome!

Don't have a lot of time, so pictures are worth a thousand words.

I love this gospel and know the blessings that come from living it. I am a living witness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in action. I know He lives. I know He loves me. 

Happy Mother's Day!
Sister Fry
Our little piece of heaven. (the really hot + humid piece.) jaja
 

 

Monday, May 8, 2017

Too many things!!

First: my greenie, Sister Ellsworth, is doing great! She's from Houston, but has moved around a lot because her dad is in the military. She's adjusting pretty well, considering how many things we had to do this week. Seeing things from the other end is super fun because it's just a whirlwind of new things for new missionaries! Also, all the members/anyone we meet ask her "do you know Spanish?" and when she talks/bears her testimony they say, "que hermosa" o "que chiquita!" It's super funny. :) We are all learning! It's been hard but fun to take the role, and look over and Sis Ellsworth is totally lost, and I'm just like "bear your testimony!" but she always brings such a humble Spirit with her testimony and her prayers. She's great!

Second: PANTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
There has been a Zika outbreak in the TMM! (specifically Brownsville, I believe, but not sure)ANYWAYS, Thursday, we got a text that we need to wear SLACKS. So we will be the only mission in the US that wears pants. The mission will cover the cost of getting them for us, so that's what we'll be doing today. At first we were like "NO! we love skirts!" but then we were like "we can ride our bikes like the elders!" and "we don't have to worry about windy days!" #alwayswindyinSouthTexas

But yeah, other than that life is good here en el valle(the valley). Lulu and her son are preparing to be baptized this week. And we're just trying to find people and teach them!

Tender mercies:
First--I'll get to Skype this week! And see my lovely family :)
Second--We met this guy, Brother Villarreal. He is 63 or 73 years old (Spanish man, I can't remember) But anyways, we went over again on Sunday and we feel like he really needs to be baptized before he dies. Like really bad. We felt the Spirit when we have gone over the past two times, and feel like God really needs him on His side. 

Love y'all!
The Lord is watching over us!
Sister Fry

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Juany is the Juan!!

We had a miracle this week! Juany was baptized and confirmed this weekend!!!1 YAY!! We are so happy.

Also, Sister Crouch will be returning home this week. :(  but in other news, I will be staying in Mission and be training!! There are only 2 or 3 sisters coming, while like 15 missionaries leaving, but one of them is my greenie! It's so crazy!!

Many things I have learned on my mission. I am officially half-way done in the field, with 6 more transfers to go. I'm so grateful for all those that are helping me stay out here. Thank you for all that you do. I'm excited to see as many faces as I can on Mother's Day, but I'm so glad I have a great family and friends to support me. 

Thanks again! I'm loving South Texas and couldn't my life being any different.

LES QUIERO MUCHISIMO!!
Hermana Fry

Thursday, April 27, 2017

It's Coming!!

The end of the transfer, the end of the month, the end of Sister Crouch's mission :((((, our baptisms and EVERYTHING! ahhh!

Updates: Juany is super excited to be baptized this weekend, when we asked about who she wanted to speak/do prayers/etc she whipped out names like nobody's business. So she's already got half a foot in the water already. :) 

As for Lulu, she has lots of doubts and trials. Without the support of a mom, and worrying about not being able to be ready and all, it's really hard. But we are going to make a concentrated effort to contact her daily and read scriptures, and finishing teaching her. But she is also super ready to be baptized. Sometimes it's just the doubts that come, and the whisperings of Satan. But the Zone Leaders came to a lesson with us, and gave her a priesthood blessing, which basically was just filled with hope. She's undergone a lot of changes in her life, and sometimes that's hard.

But anyways, ALSO. We've been trying to find this family. We don't know where they live. BUT we found Maria. She is like in her 80s, and she studied with the Testigos de Jeova por 9 aƱos(Jehovah's Witnesses for 9 years, and), y they finally were just like "you need to make a choice to come out and do missionary work with us." But if she did, her husband said he would divorce her. So she was praying and praying  to know what to do, and so the day she was going to knock doors with the JW's, the lady forgot. AFTER 9 YEARS of going over and reading scriptures, the lady forgot to come over. So Maria said, "well, then this is the last time we will have Bible study." And now she's just going to a Christian church! It was so crazy! And she's so spry! We went over yesterday because we forgot to set a return appointment, and she's like "Why are you here?" haha. what went though both of our minds was "we want to baptize you" but we obviously didn't say that. Haha. :) But we did talk a little about the Plan of Salvation with her, because her husband has since passed away, so we're hoping to teach her more this week and we'll see what happens!!

Other than that, Texas is great. Sister Crouch is so positive, and even though the road is bumpy and we can't see the end in sight, it's still a road, and it's still the right road to be on. A bend in the road is not the end of the road.

Love y'all!
Sister Fry

Monday, April 17, 2017

Week of Celebrations

This week we celebrated almost every day.

Tuesday we went to a baby shower! The best part of it was that we, las misioneras [the missionaries] participated in a game. In fact the last game, and the messiest. I sat on a chair while Sister Crouch shoveled applesauce into my mouth with a baby spoon--blindfolded. Let's just say that the whole room was laughing as the applesauce went just about everywhere but my mouth. :) Sister Crouch's only excuse was that "I'm really competitive."

Wednesday was my "hump day" in the mission, so I am now officially over the hill (aka I hit my 9 month mark). We celebrated with a DQ blizzard. We also had a super BOMB lesson with Juany, one of our investigators. She is progressing super well! And she has changed, now she has a light that she didn't have before.

Thursday, we didn't really celebrate anything, but we did get to see a lot of miracles! We fasted that day and we went down to the southern part of our area: Plantation. We were able to find an inactive (who came to church! Granted, there were only 15 minutes left of church, but he came "Because I promised." so we stayed with him for the other ward's gospel principles class and sent him off to Priesthood after that.) we also found this lady who was baptized like 10 years  ago, but hasn't come since, so it was fun to remind her, and start teaching her the lessons again! We also met with this super dope 14 year old! He totally remembered our appointment and everything--only because we were 15 minutes late, and he had already left! But his mom called him and we taught them the Restoration!! We also went to a Baseball game for our investigators! It was adorable! 

Friday we celebrated many a birthday. Sister Crouch, that 14-now-15-year-old, and Lulu, another investigator. We also had interviews. BUT we got special permission from the AP's to be late because we had lessons with both of them! So we were running around all morning and were told NOT TO BE LATE, and arrived at 12pm. We were late nonetheless. So we parked and grabbed our stuff as quick as we could, ran into the chapel--and they were eating lunch. Haha. At least we got there "on time"!

Saturday we made Gorditas with Lulu and her mom! we each took a piece of the dough and tried making one... let's just say they tasted delicious. :)

Sunday. Easter Skirts, carrot cake, chocolate bunnies. And we did a musical number with the other sisters in our ward. It was mostly an excuse to try to get some less-actives to come, but none came. :( That's okay because we had great lessons on Easter, baptism, the susurros del Espiritu y [whisperings of the spirit] Sis Mora's daughter returned home from her mission!

The Church is true! God has a plan for all of us!
Love Sister Fry

I found a friend!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Semi-finals!

Well, we brought one person to church yesterday (Juaney) and there were six investigators there! All of our investigators with a baptismal date were there: Juaney, Lulu, and her son. So we're super excited for the end of the month!! I don't know if I have said this before, but we are baptizing 5 this month. President Torres told Sister Crouch that on Transfer Tuesday, and then that next Wednesday he told us that it was going to be a family. And so we are trying to find families and we need at least two more investigators to have a baptismal date!! (and that's why this Sunday was the semi-finals. Because next Sunday is our Superbowl, and if they don't come next week, it won't be impossible for them to get baptized this month, but it will just be harder. And we were talking about that (baptizing five--we both have not had many baptisms on our missions), and I said, "I think we are taking this rather well. Many people would be stressed, and we could be stressed--" and I kind of stopped there, and we both were like "yes! we definitely could be really stressed and overwhelmed." But we're not! We are just stressed enough to keep working. This is an impossible task that God has set in front of us, to have five convert baptisms this month, and we don't know how to do it. But, with the infinite wisdom from Sister Crouch, "God has the ability to give us the ability to do all the things he needs us to do." And so that is what we are doing. Prayers and fasts are appreciated to help us find our last two and get them all in the water on the 30th! Thank you!

Next topic: God answers prayers. Last night it's like 8:40, and we are getting ready to head back home, and we knocked on one last door. This nice old lady opened the door and we asked if we could sing her a song (Sis Crouch is bomb at playing the Uke) And so when we were starting to sing, I just said a tiny prayer that if she felt the Spirit and was ready to accept the Gospel, just to let her cry. AND SHE DID!!!!!!! She shed a tear, so we're going to go back this week and share our testimonies with her. She is so sweet. Tender mercies like that show me that God really does care about me and that He does answer prayers, even little silly ones. :) I love God!

We have been working super hard, trying to do all that we need to do, finding, teaching, learning, eating every now and again, going to members, etc. And it's also starting to get a little warm outside. So we'll be drinking much water. Sister Crouch on this morning's humidity: "We're not supposed to swim."

In other news, I finally learned how to spell definitely correctly. De-finite-ly. Magical. #s/o: Sister Crouch
Love, Sister Fry

Monday, April 3, 2017

The shortest 8 hours of my life

And no--it's not the hours from 10:30pm-6:20am. It's general Conference weekend!!

Conference was wonderful, investigators came, we have some super good goals for this week, lessons and members and investigators galore, and I am already out of time! Sorry! I hope that you (and I) can rewatch and relisten and reread the talks given from our Prophet. That is a truth we have shared so many times this last week with people: that we have a prophet TODAY that leads and directs the church just like in Bible times. And I love it! Watch it on LDS.org 
 
Con amor, Sister Fry

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

I now think in Tex-Mex

Dear my beloved people:

This week has been absolutely crazy. It has flown by. Transfer Tuesday was a success and I spent a little bit of the day with Sister Kindle as our companions were being transferred. Then we got a call to come to the La Vista Chapel, so that was fun to see some people who were being transferred and all. But also I met my companion!! Sister Crouch! (yes like the verb!) She's so awesome! This is her last transfer, so I will be "killing" her. :) There are many people in our zone who are dying this transfer. :( But such is the mission! :)

But so yeah! We found the Puente family and they are super cool! We brought a member over after coordination on Wednesday and just about overwhelmed the Mom with scouts and activities and everything--and we haven't even taught the first lesson!! Our focus this transfer is families of 5.

Also, five must be our lucky number because at coordination President Torres came and talked about "Cinco por cinco!" [Five for five] Things that the ward members need to do to split the ward again in SIX months!! The members here are willing and ready to answer the call of missionary work! Since the ward split last week, we have new Primary, YM, and YW presidencies and a new ward mission leader, and all their testimonies were about missionary work and reactivation!! We also had the most delicious food ever from the new Primary President, and she was super ready to grow her little primary. :) It was sooooooo cool! These people want a temple!

Also we had found Juanie last transfer, and we talked about the Book of Mormon and General conference with her on Friday! And so she came to the Women's Broadcast with us!! She said that she would text us at 6pm to see if she would be able to make it. So 6:05 rolled around and she TEXTED US!!!--which we had completely forgotten about! IT WAS SO COOL!! And so we swung by her house at 6:45 and she was all ready to go! This was my first time watching conference in Spanish... but it won't be my last. :)

Saturday overall was a day of miracles. The zone blitzed our area (aka all the missionaries in our zone came and tracted and found us some people to start working with). It was amazing. Then we had a quick lunch (haha we hardly did Spanish study this week--we just haven't had time!!) and met with the sisters so we could get their key to the church, drove practically back home to show our member where our investigator lived to pile in their car to give a church tour. Alex, (who lives with his "primos"[cousins] Ales, Jorge, and Elio) We have met now everyone in that trailer. haha. and Alex was the last one! But we met him on Friday and Sis Crouch just popped out and said "we're going to be having a church tour tomorrow, do you wanna come?" And he said sure! So funny miracles that came from that: Brother Garcia--who picked him up is from El Salvador, same as Alex! So that was super cool. So we gave a tour of the rooms and stuff and then ended in the chapel. So we sat in silence for a little bit and then when sis Crouch asked how he felt, he said "bien" with almost a tear in his eye. It was amazing. The Spirit was so strong. And Brother Garcia and his two kids were just saying "when you get baptized, this is where you'll get baptized..." and "when you get the priesthood..." and we haven't even taught him the first lesson or anything!! We just met him the day before! But it was very cool. It was a new and neat experience.

Sorry, I guess I should explain more about my companion! Sis Crouch is from MEXICO!!!!! haha. she always says that. She's from a tiny town near Brigham City, UT, she has 3 brothers, and has served in just about every part of our mission. And--get this--she's also going to school for Geology! small world!

Many miracles this week, and working super hard with the urgency that this valle needs!

Con amor, Hermana Fry
p.s. I got a little sunburned Wednesday! :)

Days without Valdez

This week went by super fast!! Hope everyone is enjoying their spring, ours came in February. ;) So for all of you who are starting your tan now, you have some catching up to do. :P

Well, I guess we'll start from the end of the week and work backward: MISSION 3RD WARD WAS SPLIT YESTERDAY!!!!!!!! Ahhhh!!! yay! It was so fun! We had a record 320 people at church yesterday and they created the Mission 4th ward. President Torres was the last one to bear his testimony yesterday and he said that Our stake, Harlingen, Brownsville, Laredo, and Edinburg stakes all have high goals for reactivation, retention, and new converts. Because THEY WANT A TEMPLE!!! It was so fun to see and feel the excitement and the hastening of the Lord's work down here in the valle.

Saturday Sister Valdez went to the temple with someone she reactivated, so after spending the morning going to two baptisms with Sister Luna and Sister Postoian, I went with one of the sweetest members of our ward ever. She and I worked for a couple hours and she doesn't speak any English. Zip. Zero. Nada. And so that was really stressful! Not only having the entire area on your back, but with a member who I can't communicate with? Nope. Super scary. But Friday night I was just praying and praying and praying before I went to bed. I wanted to know how to do it. And I remembered a story from President Monson from this last conference. ("Principles and Promises"). And he told the story of a soldier who needed to climb a rope to a ship with a big radio strapped onto his back. And he had climbed about a third of the way up when his strength was completely depleted. He said a silent prayer telling Heavenly Father that he had always kept the Word of Wisdom and kept his body healthy, and that he needed to receive the blessings from being obedient. And he was given the strength to climb up the rest of the rope and get aboard the ship. So, Friday night when I was praying and asking for help, I was reminded of that historia. And I have been working really hard on my Spanish every day. Reading the Book of Mormon over breakfast, doing grammar during our Spanish study time and reading out loud. And I asked to "cash in" my blessings in a sense. And so Saturday went really well. It was amazing! I was able to communicate with this member and talk to people on the phone--which I'm normally terrible at. And it was just an overall great day. :)

Thursday we also had exchanges with our STL's [Sister Training Leader] and I spent the day with Sister Edmunds. :) She's going home Wednesday.

Keep doing good things and thank you for all the prayers. :)

I know that God is willing to bless us, we just need to ask for His help. 
Love y'all!
Hermana Fry

p.s. TRANSFERRRRRRS! I'm staying here in Mission!! And Sister Valdez is going to be our STL with sister Rivera!! yay!! (And I have no idea who my companion will be.) :)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Why have a napkin when you have a tortilla?

Many miracles, trials, and faith.

We started this week of with Zone Conference on Tuesday, and President talked about our "Sacrifice Table." and how we need to put our all on the table and give it all to God and leave it there. Leave it there to be consumed in the fire. Not to put it there, and then a couple days later say "Actually, I want this back." And how we need to be working in the Lord's way. Since this is "[HIS] work and [HIS] glory, to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." (Moises 1:39) Since it's His work, we need to do it His way! So after fasting and praying I found out what God wants me (needs me) to put on my sacrificial altar and give it to him and not worry about it. And then when challenges come and trials come, I need to exercise my faith in Him and not worry about how it's all going to work out. And it's hard. Really really hard. :) The temptation is great, but we have to have faith!

Enough about me. We met Arturo and Nora this week! He had some "questions of the soul" about why he's here on the earth. Also, Fabiola. She's the sweetest thing. She and her three kids live here, and her husband works/lives in Mexico. She lives here because her two boys are autistic. But they are super sweet kids. :) And she had the best questions! "If the apostles and Jesus died, what happened to the authority?" We were almost bouncing out of our seats--we were so excited!! And we explained the rest of the message and she had questions about church and missionaries and everything. It was super fun to answer them! 

We see miracles and tender mercies every day. Little ones that tell us God loves us and He is there for His children. President Chandler (Stake Presidency) tells a story about when one of his daughters was falling away in her testimony. And he was thinking and praying about if he needed to spend more time with her and less on his calling. But the answer he received was "Take care of My sheep and I'll take care of yours." And so he continued fulfilling his calling, and two missionaries were able to help his daughter and now she is serving a mission. :) 

Spanish is coming, it rained off and on this week, working hard!
Sister Fry

Monday, March 6, 2017

Blessings on Blessings on Blessings!

Quick before I leave:

Priesthood blessings are a gift from God. We sometimes think we can do everything on our own, but we need the help of God. So if you're needing more direction in your life, need answers to questions, or just need to feel the Spirit, ask for a blessing. They are wonderful.

In other news, we moved!! We moved to a different apartment on Saturday, and we were only informed of it on Tuesday. haha. But now, after 11 years, there are no more Summer Breeze missionaries. :)

We are preparing someone to be baptized this week, and two more the next week. Our ward mission leader came up to Sister Valdez and I and asked "when are YOU going to have a baptism?" because the AP's and the other elders in our ward have been having baptisms. haha. :)

I love y'all and sorry it was short this week!
Sister Fry


It rained a lot...we were completely soaked. :) my jacket didn't do much for me. :) But being the stubborn Oregonian that I am, I refused the umbrella. haha. Don't be prideful!

Monday, February 27, 2017

"Marching" Forward!

That pun is thanks to Grandpa Fry. :)

Well this has been quite the roller coaster of a week! We had interviews Thursday and President said that my Spanish is improving (I don't quite feel the same, but...) and that we need to ride our bikes to find people!! I'm used to finding very few people up in Beeville, but down here in the Valle, they practically fall at our feet! (not really, but still). So that's been fun. :) 

Paula came to church the first Sunday we were here, but that was her second time coming to church! A member works with her, and she invited Paula to church and she has come three times already! The only day she has off is Sunday, which makes it hard to teach her, but we went over yesterday and taught her the Plan of Salvation, because she has a daughter that passed away when she was twelve. So that brought her a lot of comfort. She also came to the baptism that the AP's had yesterday, and we're going over tonight with a member, because she doesn't have work today either!! *AND* we set a BD for the 12th of March with her! MILAGROS SE PASEN!! [miracles happen] The valle is super cool. President also told me that the members are more than happy to help us, we just need to find the people that need to come! 

Let me tell you a little story about Mission 3rd Ward: President Torres made it his little project to start getting the wards down here to fully function with missionary work. So now, months later, we have ward coordination every week (if you don't know what that is, it is a meeting where all the heads of the auxiliary--Primary president, YM/YW president, elders Quorum president, Soc Soc (what President calls the Relief Society: "Sociodad de Socorro"), etc.--meet together to talk about re-activation. And President worked really hard to get this place moving. And now it is! And we have great ward missionaries that I'm sure we'll keep using more and more. 

What is really great and what gets people really moving and really committed is follow-up. If you don't follow up, nothing really happens. For instance: if I ask the RS president to visit a less-active family, but don't follow-up, then she might not remember or think it was that important. BUT if you ask them if they did it, and they didn't do it, then they feel bad and have even more desire to do it the next week. :) Same goes to people who are investigating the Church. We ask our investigators to set aside a little time to meet with us and to read the scriptures and pray about our message. And the next time we follow up with them. If they don't, we read or pray with them. If they don't the next time, we teach them the importance of keeping commitments. Keeping commitments is practice for keeping covenants. Missionaries teach people that they can feel the Spirit even when we leave if they will but read or pray. So, follow up with someone. Have a comp. inventory. Talk openly with your spouse or kids or friend about what their strengths are what they can improve on, what their goals are, how you can help. I love comp inventory!! We had an especially good one this week, and I felt like Sister Valdez was going to help me as I am helping her. :)

Remeber: you're not alone! 
Don't die; do good things; be safe!!
Love y'all!
Sister Fry

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Trio now a Duo

So Wednesday we got a call from Elder Fielding (AP) to have Sister Cademis pack her bags and be ready to go to Robstown (in Sinton!!) in an hour!! It was so crazy! There were many "emergency transfers", but now it's just Sister Valdez and I in our area. :'(

Other than that, we had Stake Conference, and Elder Stoddard (from the 70) come. He's a funny guy, and Saturday night--at the adult session--at the very end, he had all the missionaries come to the front. There were 40 of us (plus President and his wife)!! And that wasn't even all the missionaries in the stake either! It was crazy fun! And he asked a few of us how the member-missionary work can be increased, and I was the very last one! It was super cool to have all eyes on me and now I can officially say I have spoken in Stake Conference! :) Many missionaries said to invite us over when you have non-member friends, or to come to a lesson with us. But I said that it is important to "Stand in Holy Places" and be an example of what you believe. You profess to be a Christian, but prove it.

It was also weird to see President Torres there as well! And it came in really handy. We had found an investigator and he came to conference and his girlfriend and her daughter. Sister Valdez got the impression to have President come talk to him. So it worked out that we were already standing up there so he came met our investigator. It was really neat because Sister Valdez introduced him as our "Papa" in the mission because we are away from our families. 

Other than that, we are still getting used to our area, members, and I am getting used to my terrible Spanish. But we are working on that! :)

I know this church is true because it has blessed my life. I have had many experiences that have helped me develop my faith. And thank you for all the prayers. :)
Sister Fry

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Un cambio! [a change]

Well well well. Monday as the last day of the transfer... (or the first day of this transfer....) Anyways, we went down to Corpus and went to the beach, some went to the Lexington ship thing, and we just had a chill Pday! It was super nice. I took 100 pictures that day. Then we had dinner with Brother Clem, and while we were there our district leader got the phone call and I got transferred! Yay! So Tuesday we woke up at 4am to swing down to Sinton to pick up something from the Zone leaders, then on to Robstown to meet with the others that were leaving from our zone.

So now I'm down in the Valley!! I'm serving in the Mission 3rd ward (Spanish), and I'm in a trio! My companions are Hna Valdez and Hna Cademis. They are so fun! But not only that, we are opening an area, and there are nine (YES 9!!) missionaries in this ward! How cool is that! President Torres really wants to get the Valley going because he wants a temple in McAllen!

That would be really cool, because some people can't pass the checkpoint to go up to the San Antonio temple, and others can't go into Mexico. Which is super sad, but if we keep going the way we are, there will be one here sometime!!

It's been kind of a crazy transition for me, going from a zone of 14 to a zone of like 25, and from having two in the apartment to having FIVE. Also, Mission is MUCH bigger than Beeville, so I am still lost, but with the grace of Sister Valdez's GPS, we are going to make it through! But it's been fun! Practicing Spanish is... coming. It's sort of difficult because (a) I haven't had to rely on Spanish for the last 6 months, (b) when people talk about things other than the Gospel, I am completely lost, and (c) it's scary!  But it's gotten a lot better this week, and I'll have at least five more weeks to really go hard on the paint with practicing my Spanish. :)

BUT get this--we show up at church and there's this lady there who has come twice now to church with her friend!! And we are meeting with her tonight!! Ahhh! Milagros se pasen!! [miracles happen] And we also have another investigator who we found and he has a daughter who's nine, and he really wants to learn more! Yay! So I'll keep you updated on those happenings, but the ward here is great, and they're super excited to have sisters!! And I had my first Mexican food! It was this silantro chicken stuff with rice and beans. It was delicious. :)

The Church is true!! Even though I didn't understand everything that happened in church yesterday, there are amazing people here! One sister talked about how we get a testimony, and how we need to first BELIEVE, then search and find for ourselves the things we want to know. It's not a bad thing at all to have questions! It's different from having doubts. Having questions means REVELATION! Answers to prayers and added knowledge. Having questions means LEARNING. It's wonderful the things you can learn from just having the Book of Mormon in your hands. "Where is the best place to find the Pride Cycle?" 4 Nephi and Mormon. (that's where I am in my reading) "What is the Spirit World like?" "How can I strengthen my faith?" "What more do I need to do or change in my life to make it more in harmony with the teachings of Jesus Christ?"
All your questions will be answered if you ask with a sincere heart. And with REAL INTENT--which means that you will act on whatever message/answer you recieve. That you will change your life to be what God wants it to be. It's hard. But it's possible. I know that. Not only do I know it, but I BELIEVE it too.

Love you!
Sister Fry
 
February 13, 2017

Fast Week!

Wow what a week. We're going to go list-letter today:
Monday: we just chilled and it was amazing! Then had dinner with a less-active at Sammy's (and saw--did not watch-- Duck Dynasty for the first time)
Tuesday: District meeting, family history-Ancestry.com is super cool!!
Wednesday: Zone meeting, Taco Bell, we were told that we just need to enjoy our mission! So we took, or tried to, take some silly pictures on our bikes (WARNING: do not attempt.) And since the elders had to go down to MLC, we drove them down to Sinton and had a BOMB dinner with them and the ZL's at the Dunn's house. Oh so good.
Thursday: service at the Scotts, I hurt myself to take a cool picture.
Friday: we tried knocking every door on a street--didn't finish but we now have a cool new investigator and a good potential!
Saturday: Three Rivers!! we quick did our Spanish Study and then drove out there (ate at a delicious Mexican restaurant). And then looked for former investigators and potential investigators. Basically we went around Three Rivers and were "led by the Spirit, not knowing beforehand the things which [we] should do." (1 Nephi 4:6) And it was amazing! A little drippy, but we met some pretty cool pictures. 
Sunday: church--bore my testimony (which, in our tiny little ward I have had that amazing opportunity each month) :) And Dad: thank you. Every time we sing hymns at church, I know the bass line. It is ingrained in my memory forever. But even though I am not able to hear Dad's voice, I still feel the Spirit of the hymns. So, thank you dad!
Also, we were able to knock some doors, met this cool Jewish guy--super cool to talk to him, met a good potential, and a new investigator! All while the Super Bowl was on. haha. :)
We talked a lot and reflected also as we were walking about this transfer, and we have learned how to be more obedient, how to be silly, how to listen to the Spirit, we have prayed a LOT more, and we have learned how to move on from setbacks.

I love my mission and am excited for what this new transfer brings! I have no idea what will happen, but it will be so fun!
Sister Fry
 
February 6, 2017

What a week

We started off this week with a bang! District Meeting Tuesday, we were feeling like we weren't really doing anything. None of the people we are working with are progressing, and we didn't really feel like we were doing anything. So Elder Gonzalez challenged us to talk to every person we meet. And so we did. :) And even though we STILL don't have anyone progressing, we are still working super hard on that, and we are being diligent.

Wednesday we had a worldwide broadcast from Salt Lake where they talked about preaching repentance and baptizing converts. They also talked about some new schedule changes to get us outside spreading the gospel more!! What has been really nice is that we have already started doing that, thanks to our mission president. :) Also, we are focusing on less of the key indicators, only the ones that are super important! As we were driving home from Robstown, we were talking and it just felt like a weight had been lifted from our shoulders that we didn't even know we had! Sister Oscarson, during the meeting, said, "The thing I love about this new schedule is that it allows the missionaries to exercise their agency to determine how to best use their time." Amen to that!

Thursday after working and trying to find, we sat on a curb (which sometimes we do), to collect our thoughts and say a prayer. We got a call from the elders and they told us they had found Sandra. We met the elders at her house, had a great lesson with a member (and the elders!!) and also went over Friday and had a fantastic lesson. Saturday she called and said she wouldn't be able to make it, but being the persistent missionaries we are, went over anyways. Basically, we haven't been able to contact her since she called us :'( but that's sometimes how these things go. She really accepted the teachings and asked super good questions. :) 

Thursday after the lesson, we were meeting a member at Subway for dinner and so we were just this little biker gang--the four of us on our bikes cruising around town. That was super fun. Also: a word to the wise: don't drink three cups of Vitamin Water in one sitting. They had some at Subway and it was DELICIOUS, so of course we got refills. Bad idea. Don't do it. It doesn't make your insides feel good!! Elder Messinger had it the worst, with me coming in with a close second. But we are both better now

Sunday, after church and visiting Sister Gibson in the hospital (she's doing a lot better now--yay!!), Sister Peyro was a little down in the dumps. So I texted the Elders and they came over and we drove out to the country, where we can see more than we usually can. (Texas is super flat, BTW) That was really fun, relaxing, and lauging.

What have I learned from this week? Missionary work isn't what everyone says it is. You are tired and hot and cold and excited and basically you try to make the most out of what you've got. Whether the work is slow or you're baptizing thousands, the work is true. It's God's work. And no matter how much you think you've screwed it up, it's God's work, and it will always happen according to His plan. This I know. <3
Sister Fry

January 30, 2017

What do we do as missionaries?

Literalmente estamos planeando nuestra fe [Literally we are planning our faith]. We are just planning our faith. We have increased our teaching pool a little bit, so we'll keep teaching and help them progress towards Christ, trying to contact less-actives that the ward has given us, finding continually, making sure that we are not driving ourselves crazy, etc. Basically just missionary work!

In other news, I have a cold. :) My nose is a little drippy/stuffy, but it's more fun that way. :) Last Tuesday we were able to see some peeps in George West, and drove in the CRAZY rain.

Zone Conference--President Torres' English is getting really good! We learned about the Pre-mortal world and how important our actions here are to our eternal salvation. :) Just some light-n-easy stuff. But really--it was amazing. We're just sitting there having our minds blown and writing down as many scriptures as possible. :) Then he talked about how missions are just to see if God can trust us. :) 

Sister Fry
 
 
this is my compa [companion].      
 
January 23, 2017

MLK!


Well, for all y'all that go to school, hope you had a nice, long weekend. For those of us that were missionaries, we couldn't email because the library was closed. :) In other news, we went to the AQUARIUM in Corpus!!!!!!! It was one-dollar-day, so it was PACKED. It was super fun. We got to see the dolphin show twice, saw some cool turtles, birds, a big boat, etc. So that was fun.


Last week was crazy. From exchanges, losing the keys, flat tires, being stranded and having to walk, finding, teaching, trying to teach, zone meetings, sicknesses, and just everything else of life, we made it! 

Sister Peyro was a little under the weather Friday so we stayed inside and I read through a lot of stuff (Teachings of Joseph Smith, January Ensign, Teachings of Gordon B Hinckley, etc.) also, we made a TON of phone calls to find out if any of them are correct on our ward list (since only about 10-12% of them we know/come regularly.) :)

For my 6-month mark (the 12th), we went to DQ and got blizzards, then found an old telephone booth and took a picture in it!

All the days and weeks are running together now, and I have no idea when anything is anymore. Was New Years in this transfer? January's already half-over.... it's practically summer again. 

we have been trying to find people and teach them and trying new techniques at door-contacts. And it's coming. Zone Conference this week, a trip to George West, and other missionary stuff are in store for us this week! And it starts in 15 minutes!!!! Let's GOOOO!

The Church is true. God loves you. When things are hard, they really aren't. One of our new investigators, when we invited him to church said, "If I can wake up at 8am, I can come to church." And I think that will be my new motto.

Keep up the good work. Don't die. Do good things.
Also: do family history!! I have found many people from doing mine. It's not all done! I have sent names to the temple! "Do we know what we have?" YES! The restored gospel! Temples! Eternal families! the atonement! Now go share it!
 
Love you!
Sister Fry





January 17, 2017

A Week of Silly

Howdy, howdy, howdy!
So, where to start this week? Monday we got together with the Zone and watched the elders play basketball and then we played chair soccer (we all have a chair and if someone hits our chair we get two lives, and then we have to sit out. But if we knock over someone else's chair, we get back in. I won the second game by a miracle shot!) Then we had Gumbo again at the Wybles and did some role-plays as part of the elder's lesson there. That was kind of fun.

Tuesday we had a Zone meeting and basically it was about how President has been telling us that we need to do this and do that and change this and we are working super hard!! And we're beginning to see the fruits of our labors! And it's amazing!!! But with that, we are also getting a little burned out. Because HE WANTS A TEMPLE IN MCALLEN!!!!! And we want one too! So we're trying to work super hard!! But also, we are trying to remember that we need to BELIEVE that we can do it. Because if we don't believe, then nothing matters.

Wednesday we helped Brother Gothard destroy his trailer, and then moved apartments. It took us 6 HOURS to move apartments. Luckily, the elders helped move our ginormus-yellow-dirty-couch, and we were able to clean out a lot of the stuff that was just chillin' in our apartment from other sisters. Now we have a smaller apartment and we can feel the Spirit a lot more in the new place. (the new apartment is just another building in the complex.)

Thursday we did service at the Scotts: putting up planks so they can put up their second attic. And worked the rest of the day. FRIDAY we went to Refugio!!! It was really cold (~37 degrees + wind + humidity.) Needless to say, we were offered rides twice, got a free jacket for Sister Peyro, and our bodies were super cold. But we are starting to go through the ward list and find out which addresses/phone numbers are correct, and seeing who needs to be seen! Which was super fun.

Saturday was AWESOME! we contacted, found someone new! Had ice cream at DQ with Oj, picked up the elders, knocked doors... it was absolutely amazing!

Then yesterday there was a YSA broadcast. It was SOOOOO good! I loved it. I also spoke with Elder Messinger and Elder Gonzalez about (suprise) missionary work. But we all covered something different, and it was super good. So fun. And yes-- even though I'm a missionary and talk to people every day, I still get a little nervous about giving talks. (but who doesn't??) And we had 45 people at church!! yay! now that the holidays are over and everyone's back at school, we hope to get the numbers to keep going up!

Love y'all!
Sister Fry

January 9, 2017

Beeville!!!

YAY BEEVILLE!!!

So when we were told in interviews that Sister Perez would be staying and I would be leaving... it was all a lie!! No, but Sister Perez left on Wednesday and I got my new compa: Sister Peyro ("Pay-row") She's super cool! I love her already. She's super silly and funny and just wonderful to have around. So yeah! We're still in Beeville and we LOVE it. She is the youngest of three, her parents were converted when she was 6, she has wanted to serve a mission since she was about 9, and her birthday is in May! (She also goes home in May!), she has super curly hair, and is a goofball. I love her!!

We have cleaned up our list of investigators and "thrown out" the ones that aren't progressing, or that we've only seen once and have not been able to see again. SO, we're super excited to find a whole lot more people today, tomorrow, and every day!

Our Christmas P-day was absolutely AMAZING because we got to watch STAR WARS 7!!! Even though I've already seen it, it was cute to see some of the other missionaries who haven't seen it. ALSO for New Year's we get to watch FINDING DORY TODAY!!!!!!!!! We're super excited, and super grateful to our mission president for letting us have a little fun as a Christmas present. :)

Yes, getting close to that 6 month mark! Crazy, it's going by super fast. Super. Yes, I say that often ("now when you say "often", do you mean "orphan" a person who has lost his parents, or "often" frequently?"--NAME that movie!)

Anyways, so that's the most exciting things going on this week. We have been super silly, which is always fun, like: throwing water bottles in the air and seeing whose goes highest, trimming trees, flipping cats (now that is fun), seeing members, eating food, yelling in the streets... you know--normal missionary stuff. If anything the mission has taught me is that it's important to be serious and get the things God wants you to get done done, but he doesn't want us just to begrudgingly do it! "Men are that they might have JOY"!! So stick a smile on your face and find the little things that make you happiest!

Les quiero [I love you all], Sister Fry

January 2, 2017

Happy Boxing Day!

This week we have worked super duper hard. Like it's 8:30 and we still have to keep working. But something that has changed since our last Zone conference is we don't have to plan at night anymore!!  So we get home and in our pj's as quick as we can! haha. There are a lot of tired missionaries out there in the world! So now our morning schedule is we have personal study for an hour, companion study for 30 minutes and then we plan for 30 minutes before going out and doing VELO at ten. 

We found a lot of new people this week, and we have been reflecting a lot as well. Sister Perez has almost five months left on her mission, and I have been out for almost six months! Which is just about the craziest thing ever. I cannot even believe it. But my testimony of this gospel has grown and it has solidified.

On the way home from Three Rivers, I came up with this super cool analogy. Okay so we all know those little block/toy things for toddlers right? You have the circle block and you put it in the circle hole, same with the square and the triangle, etc. So before we leave on our missions, well... the first 18 years of our lives we don't really have to worry about anyone else. It's just me me me! And it's GREAT! :) so we're like this circle block and we fit into our little circle hole. When we go on a mission, the hole is different. We try to force our circle block into the triangle hole. And it doesn't really work. We can either break the hole, or we can break the block (ourselves, in essence). When we break  ourselves, we can better fit, be molded, and be teachable people. we are turning into what God wants us to become. So then by the end of our mission, we're pretty darn close to being a pretty pink triangle right? so then when we go home, we say "oh! i remember how to do this!!" and we try to go back to the circle hole, the world we knew. Again, two things can happen: we can either undo, in essence, all we have done on our missions and just go back to our "old selves", back to our "circle selves" or we can find a new hole to grow into. A hole where we can become even more like Christ. That's one challenge of missionary life, but it's a challenge worth taking. 

I love you all and hope your Christmas was filled with the Spirit of Christ. President said (in our little mission party on Tuesday) that Santa is real, because he represents the spirit of Christmas, and the spirit of Christmas is the Spirit of Christ

con amor [with love], Sister Fry
MTC buddies
December 26, 2016

Freezing cold

Well, winter hit all at once Sunday. :) Saturday was freakishly warm and we didn't wear sweaters or anything. But then everyone was like "the arctic front will hit on Sunday" "make sure you're warm enough". haha. And it did. When we went out to get people to church it was a nice 36 degrees outside! And it warmed up to 41. :) We tried staying inside as much as possible, but are grateful for the sisters that left warm jackets in the apartment so that we can still bike. (Which we are also grateful for because both were out of commission, but somehow I fixed them! #twastheSpirit) So yay! We hadn't used them for like a week, so Saturday we were suffering a little bit. :) haha.

Anyways, it was a super good week we had lessons, super spiritual lessons, and we found a few people to start seeing. But what was really exciting was Zone Conference on Thursday. We also had interviews, and President Torres told me that I'm leaving :( but to a Spanish area :), and Sister Perez will stay here with a new companion. So that's as much as I know today, transfers will be next Tuesday (27th). But that's not really what was exciting.

What was exciting are the things that are going to be happening in 2017. So Satan hasn't really had to worry about our mission five months ago. He's just been doing his little thing and we've just been a mission. BUT when President Torres came, he started stirring the waters. This year we are going to be doing family history once a week for 2 whole hours!! For our family!!! Ah I'm so excited! Also, we are focusing on getting better ward coordination meetings, and getting auxiliary heads to come to our weekly missionary meeting. That being said, Satan has also been working really hard at bringing us down. Now we've taken control of the Texas McAllen Mission, and are going to start doing REALLY great things. :) (also we are finally getting iPads sometime this year--which will be an adjustment to all of us. Because we only know how to be missionaries without them. But it will be a growing experience for all of us, and it will be SUPER FUNNNNN!!!)
Also: here's a video that is basically what our mission president is. And how he got a temple in Honduras (#McAllenTemple?????) who knows!!! But we'll work on it!! : (https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2015-12-10-to-key-holders?lang=eng

In other news, I found out that I am slightly allergic to cats. We went to Sister Boyer's house yesterday and one of her kittens scratched me and it started itching. :) 
 
Love y'all! Stay warm!
Sister Fry

Giant fuzzy Teddy Bear

December 19, 2016

Winter, Exchanges, etc.

This week this week. It rained, we were FREEEEEEZING, I bought a bear blanket. We got matching sock/slipper things, it is warm again, we went on
exchanges, we invited THREE people to be baptized and they all accepted. We laughed, we cried, we worked, we walked, we biked, we sat, we played games, we sweated, we contacted a house that they've been trying to contact for 4 transfers now, etc.

That's basically the week in a nutshell.

But yeah. Our district leader and STLs were like "what changed?" because we hadn't invited anyone to be baptized in FOREVER. And basically what changed is, we asked. It doesn't take a super strong spiritual impression to invite someone. So we were at Berta's house and I just... asked her if she wanted to be baptized. She thought about it for a little while and then said yes. She has had three strokes and is trying to recuperate from them. She is such a sweet lady and asks us questions all the time. She came to church yesterday and even though we weren't really around her all that much (we are stretched super thin here), we talked with her later in the evening, and she really liked it. She also asked us "what is the church to you?" kind of like, why do we like it? And basically my answer was, I like church because of the love I feel there. We're starting to get the ward/branch back on its feet, and set some goals for next year. We are working hard, and church isn't just some place you go to on Sundays. We go to mutual, Relief Society activities, ward socials, etc. And I love the church and I go to church because I'm not perfect. I am able to be better because I go to church. With friends and family at my side, it makes things a little easier. You're accountable to them: "haven't seen you at church for a while, what's up?" or "how can I help?" or something like that.

Basically, church is to me that drive to live better. It's family. It's late nights. It's stuffing my face at Christmastime. It's Jesus. It's His Atonement. It's a single prayer. We go to church, I am a missionary, we have temples, all because of a prayer. One single prayer uttered by a fourteen year old boy has changed so many lives. It has helped so many people overcome their weaknesses and get on their knees and pray to God. God is our foundation and we strive to be like Jesus Christ.

So come to church! There's people there that love you--who don't even know you and they already love you. 

Anyways, keep doing good things and have a happy holidays!

Love y'all!
Sister Fry



This is what it means by "outdoor plumbing" right??





December 12, 2016

That's silly

So I typed up this super eloquent letter, pouring out my heart and sould to y'all... and then it didn't save. sorry.

No time this week, I guess it wasn't meant to be. 

Words of wisdom: dont' eat Wataburger at 9:30pm at night. It's not worth it (even though it totally was) :)

Love y'all
Sister Fry

 











We found Santa in CalAllen                
                            Gigantic bubbles



November 28, 2016



Lesson in Patience

So we're in Corpus because WE GOT OUR ELDERS BACK!!! YAY! So Elder Gundersen went home to recup from his surgeries, so he flew home Tuesday, and Elder Gonzales stayed with the zone leaders until Friday when they texted and said we were going to have elders!!! So our elders are Elder Gonzales and Elder Messinger. And when they told us that, we had a huge weight lifted from our shoulders. phew! So we're in Corpus for the dermatologist again. woop!
Also, sorry. So this keyboard's space bar only works if you push the one corner super hard. This is the hardest trial of my patience.
We were challenged by our zone leaders to read Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John by Christmas,so we've started that. And now I'm in Mark! It's been super fun reading about the Savior. And the things He did. It has just increased my testimony of the things that Christ has  done for us. He practiced what He preached (Shelley: Matthew 21:28-31). And I know that Christ is my friend. He knows me. He is always by my side. My favorite scripture is in Isaiah 53:3-5:
"Surely he hath borne [my] griefs, and carried [my] sorrows.... But he was wounded for [my] transgressions, he was bruised for [my] iniquities: the chastisement of [my] peace was upon him; and with his stripes [I] [am] healed." I especially love that last part. <3
Mormon.org. go right now. watch the #lighttheworld video. It is the best! I love it so much! I could watch it over and over and want to watch it again.
Also, winter came Saturday. so Saturday and Sunday were rainy and cold (and we can't ride our bikes, so we walked Saturday!) haha "you shouldn't be outside in this weather!" "you WALKED here??" and yet there were still people that were like "bye felicia!" and didn't want to talk to us. :) But we saw a lot of miracles. President promised us that if we find someone new every day, we'll baptize at least once a month! Can you imagine that? One new convert in each area. that would be 7 converts for our (Sinton) zone, each month!  Imagine how many people would come unto Christ!

Love y'all! Keep Christ near your heart and He will keep you warm!
Sister Fry




December 5, 2016