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!"