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!