Monday, March 31, 2014

"Wilt Thou Comfort My Soul in Christ?"

Mom,

Ahh, I am so happy to finally get to email you! Monday could not have come soon enough. I am so sorry that you guys have had so much craziness going on. Real world life is just too busy. Plus, what emotionally draining news. I can't believe what has been going on with Uncle Chad. It really breaks my heart to know what he is going to have to go through. But ya know, I know that he can. He is one of the strongest, greatest guys I have ever met. Seriously, he has helped me so much to feel loved and supported. I think he has been racking up the blessings for years to save up for this trial. I can't say enough good things about him, and Aunt Mel and of course my sisters!! I wish I could be with ya'll and give some comfort.

And Zach, I am sorry about the whole BYU-H thing. But the Lord has a plan. Maybe you are meant to go to BYU with me, and so we can hang out all the time!! Wouldn't you love that? One of the less-active families we are trying to teach, have a daughter that's like 17 and a son who is 15. They went to their prom together and our best friends. It made me miss you and I imagined you letting me hang out with you and all of your friends. Ha ha funny right? But that's rough that BYU-H will no longer have a sports programs. Sometimes we cant quite see the picture Heavenly Father has drawn for us, and its really hard to trust that it will all work out in the end. But you know what, you will be blessed for your desire and willingness to go on a mission! I think that is SOO cool! I tell everyone and their dog that my little brother is getting his mission call this week!!! I CANT WAIT TO FIND OUT WHERE!!! Ah, that will be so crazy to find out. You will be such a great Elder oh my goodness. I have a feeling that the Lord has a very specific use for you out in the mission field. One of my challenges for you this week is to write down before you get your call, all the reasons why you feel like you need to go on a mission. Write down how you feel, your testimony, your experience in high school with the Spirit and how it has all lead you to this point. I know it probably sounds lame, but I am serious! You will want to read this when you are having a low point on your mission. You cling to the testaments of the Spirit that you have seen before in your life. And then, the night you get your call before you go to bed, write down how you felt when you got your call. All of it! It will be one of the coolest things to read about one day, I can promise you that!! PLEASE DO IT!!

As for this week, on my mission....I have been pondering a lot. Questions like: What am I becoming out here on my mission? Am I staying focused? Am I letting the mission overcome me, instead of overcoming my mission? I feel very stagnate. Letting the monotonous mission schedule rule me, instead of putting my life and spirit into it. What am I learning? What am I trying to improve? It is really easy to get into a rut. Just doing it because you are supposed to and not because you want to. WORST IDEA!

And then, I found out about Uncle Chad and everything that is going on, and my mind was confused. How do I deal with this? How do I help my family? What do they need to hear? It is a different spot to be in out on your mission. You get caught in a haze and real life problems seem light years away. It shocked me back into what real people are feeling and dealing with. I was praying so hard, just hoping that I might have personal revelation to help everyone. I was praying that the family would be comforted and that they would recognize the presence of the Holy Ghost with them. I realized why prayer is hard, and why missions are difficult. Giving up control and letting the Lord take over is not a natural man thing to do. Letting the Spirit guide the lesson and not what I want to say, is hard to do. Being left to pray for my family because I can't comfort them physically is a hard thing to do. It's not natural, but I am humbled and VERY confident that our Heavenly Father hears EVERY prayer and is doing all He can to help!

So, in the words of Alma, "Wilt thou comfort my soul in Christ?" (Alma 31:31) Have faith that He will. "Oh Lord, wilt thou grant unto me that I may have strength, that I may suffer with patience these afflictions which shall come upon me..." Have faith that He will.

And if that is too hard, have just a little tiny piece of hope that this is real. Start small. Baby steps. It isn't easy to give away control when tough times come. It isn't easy to have hope or faith or patience when tough times come. But they do come, and they only way to get through it is through our Savior, Jesus Christ himself. The Savior himself said these words, "In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world." (John 16:33)

Lately, I have been hesitant to write my weekly email. It is either I don't know what to say, or I don't feel like I learned anything, or I didn't overcome my obstacles in front of me that week. I let the world get the best of me. And now after hearing about Uncle Chad and everything, I was racking my brain on what I could write about. And I prayed, and that is what came out. I know that this life is hard, tremendously harder that I ever thought. Trials come unexpectedly and I can only imagine the pain that people must feel. But there is one thing that I do know, THERE IS HOPE. Although, it may seem slim at times, and the trial may seem unfair, it is there. We have a Savior standing at the door, just waiting for us to open it and let him in. Open the door. Let him carry you through your trials, because the burden is just TOO heavy for any person alone. "And it came to pass that the voice of the Lord came to them in their afflictions, saying: Lift up your heads and be of good comfort, for I know of the covenant which ye have made unto me: and I will covenant with my people and deliver them out of bondage. And I will also ease the burdens which are put upon your shoulders, that even you cannot feel them upon your backs, even while your are in bondage..."(Mosiah 24:13-14) Just as the Lord promised Alma and his people, the promise to us is the same if we have faith.

I know this to be true. I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true. I know that there is a plan for all of us. I am so grateful for all of the knowledge that I have concerning this life, because we all know I would probably go insane with out it. I am grateful for Jesus Christ and his sacrifice that we all may be able to return home to our Father in Heaven. Although, this life on earth may be hard, there is hope through the Atonement of our Savior. If we focus on that, any trial, any sorrow, and any frustration will be made bearable.

I love you all. I hope that these words brought comfort. I love Mel and Chad, and I wish I could help more. The gospel truly the only way. That's all I know how to help right now. But I love you, and I love their family. I fasted with you all yesterday, and I am praying often. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do! Ah, I really do just love them all!!

I can't believe you are all going to HAWAIIIIIIIII!!!!!! Ah, so jealous! This Friday huh? Wow, please say Hi to Terina for me! I wrote her a letter. And tell Sister Spring hi!! And that I want Ethan's address. That is going to be so surreal going back...ah I can't imagine. I want to hear all that you learn from your trip. I got your package today with the cardigans and letters!! Thanks so much! I LOVE IT!! New clothes on the mission is the best present EVER! I went to Goodwill today and got myself some springy skirts. That place totally lifts my mood!! I had the best exchange this week in Franklin. So fun, the girls are AWESOME!! We planned a trip to Europe together when I get home ha ha, and we ate at Cracker Barrel, and the members were nice. I got a little sad to go back to my area, but its okay. I meant to learn here. I really need to work on becoming more like Jesus Christ instead of focusing on all the stuff that frustrates me. It makes everything so miserable! 



Monday, March 24, 2014

Prayer and Attitude

Anyways, this week I learned two things: the importance of prayer and attitude. Now, bare with me if everything I say is like, "Duh!!!" I am a slow learner! 

So, this week, the whole ward was partying up with Spring break and we didn't have a car, so that means walking for days! And literally, we walked for days!! It would take an hour just to walk where we needed to go and then we would tract that area for a while, and then walk an hour back. It could have been MISERABLE!! It could have been AWFUL!! But I realized that it is all about the attitude you have. My new philosophy is that, if you can be happy while tracting, you can be happy through any trial that comes your way in this life. I know when I come home and something bad happens, my response is going to be, hey, it could be worse. I could be tracting!! So, that was my goal. And you know what, it wasn't half bad. I don't mind walking that much, so I was trying to make jokes, sing, talk about the gospel, name the roads we were walking on ,compliment my companions, whatever I could think of, and I had lots of time to think. Just making light of the situation. Sometimes, my companions weren't the happiest and I felt like the donkey in Shrek. You know what I mean, the annoying passenger. And I even said that out loud, and no one responded....so it must have been true. But you know what? Donkey was happy and so was I. I am out here to serve, and I might as well try to be happy doing. And when you knock on door after door, never knowing what to expect, you just keep going and try to improve on the next door.

It really made the time go by faster, and at the end of the day, when I put my feet up, I felt accomplished. It is amazing how your attitude can change things. I know there is so many times that I could of had a better experience if I just would have changed my attitude. Turn my frown upside down, you know what I mean? And gosh, I am not great at it at all. Not even close. And it didn't really change the happiness of the others around me, but Shrek's have lots of layers, and you just got to take the time to peel them back.

And with walking, comes prayer. You have a lot of time to pray and really ponder on the gospel. You pray a lot as a missionary, but I really do love it actually. I need so much help every day and because I can't ask my dad and my family for help, I cry out to my Heavenly Father. I know he hears me and helps me along the path. My mind was opened yesterday too, by a talk in sacrament meeting. She compared Heavenly Father to a friend. What if you were talking to your friend, but wanted to watch television longer so you hurried and left them mid-conversation. What if you wanted to listen to music really loud, but your friend was over so you just yelled over it real fast to get the message across. What if your friend was talking to you and you were thinking about what to eat next, or what you are going to wear, or whatever the thought may be. Your friend would not be happy! You haven't taken anytime to actually listen, or talk to them. You blew them off for other things.

This analogy really struck me, because I know that I do that all the time. I am so tired, that I make it a short prayer. Or I start dreaming during the prayer. Or I pray because I am supposed to pray not because I actually want to talk to my Father in Heaven. Ah, I realized that I want Heavenly Father to know how much I love him and care for him. I don't mean to put other thoughts before him, but I fall into that trap. It really encouraged me to make my prayers real, and more meaningful. Like I am talking to a great friend, that is always there to listen, and only asks for a little bit in return. I started to make my prayers sincere and just talk to him and on and on, because I know he wants to listen. I have felt the Spirit more, and more and it has helped me to feel comfort and peace throughout the day.

I know this seems random, but having a better attitude and praying like I mean it has helped me through all the crazy hard stuff the mission throws at you. I know Heavenly Father is listening. I know that he cares, and loves it when we take the time to really talk to him. I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ is real. When I have faith, and repent, there is a difference in my heart that I can't explain. Sometimes, it freaks me out. Like, THIS IS ACTUALLY REAL! It's real people. Use the knowledge that we have. Why not right? Smile and Be Happy. Go for the Gusto. Sing the song of redeeming love! (Alma 5:26)



Love Sister Frampton

P.S. This is my trying to be like Zach pumped for mission face.



Monday, March 17, 2014

Training Wheels

Hello Family!

Man, I am so excited to email you today. And I am on a different computer so I hope that this actually sends to you this time. Well, this week has been a insane week, that's for sure! I don't think you can really ever get used to mission life, because they are always throwing new things at you.

So here is the news: I am in Thompson Station training Sister Tagilala with Sister Gates. Transfer meeting was AWESOME! It was so fun to see everybody again that came out on my mission with me. Everyone was so nice and excited to see me. Made me feel SO loved! And then we had a meeting with President Andersen about training new missionaries. It was cool to hear him talk about the process of how he picks trainers. He said that he prays about which missionaries need to be trainers this transfer, and decides from there. I felt needed for the first time in a long time. Like the Lord needed me to help a new missionary. It was like this mystery girl was my child. I wanted to be the best trainer and do all I could to help her have a good experience and learn out here.

And then, we got to go and meet all the new missionaries. The suspense was killing me. WHICH ONE WAS MY CHILD!! I had no idea. But I did notice that they were all really cute white girls, except for 2. One Hispanic and one Polynesian. I thought to myself, "How funny would it be if it was the Polynesian?" And then each girl came up one by one and read which area they were going to....ahh...WHO WAS IT?? And then, Sister Tagilala, the lone Polynesian got up there and read Thompson Station. I was so excited and knew that it was not a coincidence. Sister Gates and I charged her and gave her a big hug. I become a Mother:) Haha, but it really is so exciting. She grew up in Fiji, and now her family lives in California. They are converts to the church too, and I love hearing her testimony. I ask her to tell everyone, just so I can listen to it again.

Sister Tagilala mom was taught and baptized by Lei Pakalani! From
Hawaii remember. She served her mission in Tonga that's where she was
found. How crazy! What are the chances. Small word.

I decided my mission life is almost a mini-version of my entire life at this point. I am living with a sweet Polynesian who brings back so many memories of my old way of life. And then Sister Gates who is from Utah, and reminds me so much of highschool and the culture there. And I am somewhere in the middle trying to balance us all with these Southerners who I love with all my heart! Now I am just waiting to me meet a Parisian and my mini-mission life will be complete! What are the odds right?






Boy, this transfer is going to be a challenge. I know it and can feel it. It's a little bit funny that I am training, because I myself don't feel like I know what I am doing haha! But my trainee has NO IDEA!! Poor girl, she will figure that out soon enough! I am like a pre-teen Mom or something on the mission. But the baby has no idea, that her mom is younger than most moms. Does that make sense? It's all good though, you make the best out of situations that you are put into. Like today, we bought spam and soy sauce. She loves the stuff. Boo-yah!

Thompson Station has a great ward and the people are really helpful to us, which is nice. The area itself is harder to find people to listen to our message. I am so determined though. I pray and I study for these people. I want them to listen, even though I have so many fears, my mouth barely makes out real sentences. I keep thinking of new ideas to try, and new approaches to tracting because so far the old approach hasn't worked. It is so different from my last area where we were so busy, I rarely ever had to go tracting. Now, that is all we do. It's really humbling, and I am again brought down to the realization that I can't do this without the Lord. I literally don't know how we are helping the area here. Especially since the area has been tracted so many times that people are bugged by us. But after praying and racking my mind for solutions, I continually come back to the realization that I need to suck it up, go to work, and the Lord will provide a way for us. I feel really determined and hopeful that the Lord is preparing people here, and that I need to do my best to be prepared spiritually and work on my teaching so that I can be ready for when the time does come that we find someone that will listen.

It has been hard lately to try and keep up a good attitude about everything. It is Spring Break and everyone and their dog is going out of town, plus we don't have a car....and I think, "I want the best experience for this trainee!! It's her first area." And then she confounds me, because she always says, "It's alright. This will be great. It's going to be awesome!" She is the most positive person I know. She is teaching me a lot . . . more than I can teach her.

And that brought to this realization about my mission. Everyone probably already knows this, so don't worry about being inspired by this, but truly, I know that I will LEARN FAR FAR FAR more than anything I will ever teach anyone. My favorite thing has actually become listening to people. Hearing their stories, and seeing things from their perspective. It is so interesting! And the people I come in contact with that are members here and so strong and hard working. They have such powerful testimonies, because they have to be confident in what they believe in here, every day. I am a sponge just slowly absorbing as I go.

I am also called to teach and to spread the gospel. And even though, it doesn't come naturally to me, I know that I can do it. Just reading the story of Moses or Jeremiah, who struggled in speech and told the Lord they couldn't do it. The Lord said back to them basically, "Don't you have faith that through me, you can do all things." I need to have that faith, that I can overcome my fears and share this great message. I need to realize that it is not me doing this great work anyways. Gosh, no matter how great I sound, there is not one person who will listen without the Holy Ghost testifying the truth of it unto them. And now that I am not in training anymore, I don't have anyone to hide beneath or rely on to save me. I have to talk a lot now, and it's kinda weird. I am trying to learn how to lead a lesson, or remember to make commitments with them. Ah, my soul is growing. I don't even know how its possible not to change on your mission. You are put into so many uncomfortable positions, and forced to overcome them. So, here I go on my journey to overcome LOTS OF STUFF!!

Good thing I got friends on the other side helping me right?

Well, I am sorry that you haven't gotten to hear from me for a while. But these are some of my thoughts. I would encourage all of you who read this, to pick something you struggle with and start to rely on the Lord to help you overcome it. Send me some of your experiences and I will make sure to write down my experiences as I try to open my mouth!

Oh and pray for me! I am already mentally preparing for the hardest week of my life!! No car, tracting, possible rain, PRAY LOTS!! Haha, gotta love the mission life!

Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad!! I love ya! I wrote you a letter, so I will send that off today. And one to Wyatt as well. I am trying to become a facebook missionary, so they are going through the process of approving me right now. Also, could you send me pictures of my baptism, and me playing sports or different activites of the family.  I am sooooo excited for Zach. He is turning into the coolest brother on the planet! I am so happy for that guy! Sheesh, and I miss you all.  I did get the chocolate, seaweed package!! Thank YOU!!! made my day. I love reading your sacrament meeting letters so funny.  Mom, you really knew best for me all along. Ah, humility, love it!!! HAHA


Monday, March 10, 2014

Oh My Heavens!

My iPad is wackkkkk!!! It wouldn't send any emails. I tried so many
times. I actually sent a hand written letter too because I had had
enough! I finally had to turn off everything and
restart my iPad and it works now . . . I think!

Man, what a day!,

UGH! I typed out my whole email to you guys again and it got deleted!!!
I'm so mad. I don't understand why it keeps doing those and only with
my most important email. What a long week though. My email was
positive and inspiring, but I don't have time anymore so, here is the
short list.  I'm staying in Thompson station for another 6 weeks at least. Ah, it will be a
challenge for me. And I am training with sister gates. So I will still
be in a trio. All three of us, I really want to help my trainee.
Especially knowing how hard it was for me and what I felt. But it's
gonna be crazy hard. This area is rough. Rich, suburbia, with busy
people that are attached to their church. We still have no one to
teach. I think I just really miss Mt. Juliet so much and after having
to leave. It hurts my heart.

But I got to see Jamie and Mikey go to the temple and do baptisms. It
was awesome. Very spiritual experience. We live pretty close to the
temple actually. I'm in the richest area of Tennessee. For district
meeting we meet at the stake center next to the temple. But those boys
are amazing and the spirit was so strong. I couldn't stop smiling.



And the best part of the week was watching Mary get baptized. She did
it! And I got to give the talk on the Holy Ghost. It was very special
to me. She gave me a big thumbs up right before she went under the
water at her baptism. I wanna be like her some day, I wish that you
could hear her testimony. Man, I wrote so much detail about the event.
Bummmmmmmmer, I'm so furious at myself.




Here's my outlined talk:
And the excitement is not over yet...you still get to recieve the gift
of the Holy Ghost.

In 3 Nephi 27:20-21

20 Now this is the commandment: Repent, all ye ends of the earth, and
come unto me and be baptized in my name, that ye may be sanctified by
the reception of the Holy Ghost, that ye may stand spotless before me
at the last day.

21 Verily, verily, I say unto you, this is my gospel; and ye know the
things that ye must do in my church; for the works which ye have seen
me do that shall ye also do; for that which ye have seen me do even
that shall ye do;

I know you have felt the Holy Ghost in your life. All of your happy
moments in your garden of Eden, all of the truth you find in your
study of the scriptures, all of the times you teach the missionaries.
Now, when you recieve the gift of hither Holy Ghost tomorrow, you are
promised to have the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost as long
as you live worthily.

The gift of the Holy Ghost is given unto you by e laying on of hands.
It's one of the most precious gifts our Heavenly Father gives us. It
sanctifies us, or in other words makes us holy and enables us to
always have the comforter with us. Through the power of the Holy Ghost
we can feel gods love for us. The spirit teaches us, cleanse us,
comforts us, testifies of truth, warns us, and directs us. This gift
is a promise of eternal life. What an amazing blessing we have. And
that you have made the decision to recieve it.

Tell the story of when she first asked me to give a talk. Gave
comforting flying pig. " you did not leave me comfort less. Nope you
gave me your flying pig. Because you wanted me to know that it was
possible and I didn't have to do it alone.

What you did for me is exactly what Heavenly father does for us when
he gives us the gift of the Holy Ghost. When we decided to come down
to Earth, we knew it would be hard. Extremly hard. But he did not want
to leave us comfort less. So he gave us the Holy Ghost to be our
constant friend to remind us that we are never alone. Now, you too
will never be left comfort less.

Just as it says in John 14:26-27

26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will
send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things
to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world
giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let
it be afraid.

(John 14:26-27)


Closing remarks and testimony!

I wanted to thank you for praying and fasting for Mary. I knew
she felt the difference and I told her what you guys did. It was so
amazing to see your faith in helping her, We never gave up on her and
now look where she is.  

Well I love ya. Pray for me and my new trainee to be okay. I miss ya. I'll have a good one next week. I hope.oh and I sent a little package home today.

To My Brothers--CONGRATULATIONS!

Thanks for all the emails this week. I was so overwhelmed with Joy over the whole basketball news that I was crying this morning when I read all of them. Literally, I am the most proud sister that there EVER EVER WAS!!!!

YOU WON STATE AGAIN!!!!! I can't believe it! I was praying really hard for you guys all week. I knew how hard you boys worked and that you guys deserved it!!! Oh man, so much deserved it!!! I have been there for the past 3 years, and so I sent a part of my Spirit in an empty seat cheering SUPER LOUD!!! I hope you guys felt it there.

Zach, I am so freaking proud of you. What an amazing man you have turned out to be. Not only how great your talents are, but also how hard you work for them is inspiring. I am trying to harness that talent out here in the field. I always had so much hope that all of the boys would turn out to be nice, kind, God-loving people. And I am so honored to be your sister and to hear all of the wonderful things you are doing. You are being a light to the family, your school, and all those who are watching your basketball team. Thanks for being everything I could have hoped for in a brother. I made the best decision in Heaven to be a part of our family!!! I miss you and I am sorry that I missed your game. But when I heard about all you did, I feel like Heavenly Father filled me up with just a little of His love that He has for you. He loves you soooo much and is so happy for all that you have accomplished. But not only that, but by the way you accomplished it. Always turning to the Lord in all things. I am so proud of your decision to serve a mission. You are already so prepared because of your mental toughness. That is the hardest part of a mission. If you can beat your head, you can do anything out here.   Anyways, that is my letter to you this week.

Also, the twins!! Man, how did it feel to be apart of a state championship game!!! Wahoooo!! I heard you guys got in and got to play!!! What an amazing experience. I want you to know that I am so proud of you guys too! You have worked so hard this year to get better at school and basketball. It is so cool to see you guys change and grow and become the coolest kids around. I would never trade  you for anybody else!! Haha!! I have heard the stories of how much work you put in basketball. Thanks for showing me how to be brave and courageous and never backing down from a challenge!!! I love you! WAY TO GOOOOOOO!!!!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Pigs DO Fly

Last week was one of the hardest weirdest weeks of my life. 

At the beginning of the week I went on exchanges with the sister training leader over my
area and it was awesome. I felt so included and got to teach and bear
my testimony lots. I was back on a high, and ready to work and role-play with my companion to teach better. Then a huge thunder and
lightening storm hit, with lots of rain, and a chance of a tornado, so yep ... got called in early. When I came back to Mt. Juliet, oh my, the most weird powerful spiritual experience of my life ever happened, but it's too personal to tell you all what happened. 

 


Jamie and Mikie got baptized. They got haircuts, and Mikie shaved his
beard! They bought a shirt and tie--first ever. They both want to go on missions now and want to go teach with the elders on the weekends. they have changed through and through--a true miracle, start to finish.  Sadly, heart-breakingly, we didn't get to go to the baptism. We have been emergency transferred to Thompson Station. But I heard that Mikie bore his testimony in Sacrament meeting yesterday. 







 
I also heard that Michael, our first baptism, helped pass the sacrament and received the priesthood. Ah, I'm SO proud of them. And I'm so lucky I got to be a part of all that.



My heart is hurting though. We left sooooo many people behind. Darn it. Life is just one big fat learning experience after another. My heart is still not over it.







Fortunately, I did get to say goodbye to the Marys! 
 








And guess what!!!
PIGS DO FLY. Mary Ruth stopped smoking, and she is getting baptized on Saturday! Wahooooooo. In a river, (so, Oh, Brother, Where Art Thou) because she loves the outdoors and she was inspired by my baptism story. I hope my mission president lets us go back to see it. 
 







I got to hold their duck. I held a DUCK!!!! His name is Jumper.









So now I am in Thompson Station. It's on the other side of Nashville. I found out that Billy Ray Cyrus lives in our ward boundary. Miley Cyrus grew up here, and one of the members' nephews got his first kiss from her when he wss nine years old. ha ha









Thompson Station is Suburbia if I ever saw it. It's been rough trying to get investigators because everyone is so comfortable and busy. They don't see why they need to listen to our message. We are in a trio now. Our third companion is great and her companion went home early so she has had it rough too. To top it all off, we got a call from president today telling us that my new companion's grandpa passed away last night. Watching her cry made me cry. It's been such a sad morning and man....nobody else's grandpa can die!





We are trying to think of different ways to get people to listen to our message because our area is pretty small and it has been tracted many times. We have had to get creative . . . 




 
We decided to try to make the community feel needed and involved--give them a reason to step out and help, as well as get them to the church tour they do here. It is an awesome way to get people to understand our message. 





I really needed this week. I learned to enjoy my mission more. Even though the move was hard, I had so much fun laughing and working hard. We didn't have much luck getting people to listen to us, but it was fun to laugh and make the best of hard times.