Monday, July 28, 2014

Epic Fail of an Idea

So, lets see...a lot happened this week. First, Monday I had my first ever Family Home Evening with the YSA. It was really fun, and a little awkward because they didn't really know me, but we had a flour fight. Seriously, who knew throwing flour at other people could be so fun? I didn't! And we had 4 non-members there, so that was a huge blessing. It was a great way to get to know all of the YSA too, and bond! Ha ha, and they are SOOOO AWESOME! I just love them so much, and want them to have great futures. 

We did a lot of organizing this week because we have so many less actives to find. And we are trying to get the YSA excited about things. And you know what I have had to teach a lot of? The law of chastity... ha ha. Awkward! But serious! And funny, and of course I would get stuck teaching that. :) All that payback from avoiding the topic my whole life. 

The highlight of my week was having dinner with a member in Kentucky! I LOVE KENTUCKY! It is so country and rural, and peaceful, and beautiful. We got to see the cute town square and the family farms. She knew everyone in the whole town. She lived down the road from where she grew up. Her husband's family lived in the next 5 houses around. It was like a story out of a book. I wanted to be a part of that SOOO BAD! They were humble farmers, living in paradise. I will send pictures, don't worry! In front of Tabacco plants. Who knew? Apparently it is the money crop, so all the plants around are Tobacco. I didn't know, until after I took a picture in front of them....and then when I found out...I took more. But it was hilarious and so fun. 

And we had President Interviews as well, and it is always nice to talk to President. He is such a nice guy and really cares about each missionary. 

I've been pondering a lot about the gospel of Jesus Christ this week. Am I actually living it? I mean I teach people all about it all the time, but sometimes through the every day steps of missionary life, you feel like it gets lost. During studies am I living the gospel? Driving in the car, am I living the gospel? During planning am I living the gospel? Sometimes, you just scream for other opportunities to live the gospel. Am I having faith in the Lord, and trusting him with the area? Am I repenting daily and turning my heart to the Lord? Am I remembering the Lord always? Am I following the Spirit? Am I enduring?  I just want to feel the gospel striving in me, ya know?

And this week, studying repentance it hit me: having to repent does not mean that I am a bad person! I always thought it came along with a bad connotation, like, if you need to repent, boy are you a sinner. Sad day! And I thought of the conversations, when my parents would say, "You need to do something wrong, so that you can figure out that God still loves you!" And I would think, "Wait, I am just going to live perfectly all the time, so I never have to feel bad and use the atonement." EPIC FAIL of an idea that was. The Bible Dictionary says repentance means "change of mind, a fresh view about God, about oneself, and about the world." I LOVE THAT! It is just changing your heart, turning it to the Lord, and asking for help to do better. This is the only way to progress. Ah, I hate that it is, but it is. Repenting doesn't mean you have a huge sign on your head saying, "God is mad at you, because you are a sinner."

That is how Satan wants us to feel. And boy, I have fallen into that trap for so long. I am sick of it. God loves us way too much to ever give up on us, or look down on us. We can't comprehend how He does it, but all he wants from us is a broken heart and a contrite spirit that is willing to change. That is hoping to change. And that desire will work in us until it changes us! I am grateful that I am slowly but surely understanding repentance, and the love my Father in Heaven has for me, and all of his children. 

I know that this gospel is real, and it works. I know that the Book of Mormon along with the Bible are books given to us from God, that allow us to know his plan and live it more fully. And I know this because I have received my answer, through the Holy Spirit, directly from heaven. We all need to stand strong to what we know, and boldly testify to those around us! 

I love you all and I hope you have a great week! 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Clarksville, BABY!!

I am now in Clarksville,TN! It is awesome and so different. We are right next to an army base called Fort Campbell and a college called Austin Peay (pronounced pee) (thought the bros would like that. ha) And everyone has a military haircut and is so young. I had a great first week. There are only like 10-15 YSAs who come to church and activities, and this is covering the whole stake. It's not like a Utah stake--it covers lots of Tennessee and Kentucky! Oh, and I have been to Kentucky officially! So sweet!
There are over 600 less active young singles in our stake. They better get ready, because
we are coming to find them haha! We are working on mapping them all out and using Facebook to really get people excited for this group. It is so wild to be at the beginning stages, but it is so fun. We have
family home evening, institute and sports night each week for them. We try to get investigators to come. It's awesome, and wild. I played volleyball last week, so I am looking forward to getting people to
come to basketball this week. And tonight for FHE, the YSA are having a snowball fight (flour fight). How hilarious is that?
The funny part of this area, is it isn't a Southern town. It's a lot of transplants because of the military. So this will be my third transplant area on my mission. Good news, we have a car all the time...what the
awesome! And the temperature was so cool last week, we couldn't believe it was summer.
We are working with a few investigators, and it is cool to see them searching to find if the Book of Mormon is true. One of them is a street minister and used to hate the Book of Mormon. Literally, he would tell people bad things about it all the time. And the week before I got here, the missionaries finally got him to read some of it. He loved it! And found out it was true. And it's hard for him now, because everyone is shocked. He says, "I was trying to avoid it, and pretend that God didn't tell me it was true!" Isn't that awesome!? The Book of Mormon is true people! Love it!
And a fun story--so my companion's mom has a friend that she had met online almost 10 years ago that is devout Catholic and from Indiana and she wanted to come visit my companion, Sister R.  Since Sister R has never met this woman she got it approved for her to come down and give her a church tour. It worked out perfectly, because Sister R had never done a church tour, but I used to do church tours EVERY week in Thompson Station. So, we got the church tour all ready to go. This woman from Indiana brought her son and she was the nicest thing on the planet, but her son was not happy to be there. He looked disgusted to be standing in a Mormon church. But we just kept on going, and took them through and taught them about Jesus Christ and the Restoration. It was neat to see Sister R get to bear a powerful testimony of the Restoration to a girl she loved.
And the best part of it all, was that when we walked into the Chapel, Sister R's friend from Indiana looked taken a back, and said, "I feel so peaceful in here. Wow, there is something strong in here. I felt it in all of the other rooms, but the Spirit is strong in here." She just wanted to soak it all up. Take it all in. She never wanted to leave, and was blown away. It was amazing realize that the Chapel really is a sacred place. I LOVE THE SPIRIT! And while Sister R was talking to her friend, I was talking to her son, helping him understand our church and also learning about the Catholic religion. I learned a lot, and it was funny because when we walked out, he said, "I think I have converted Sister Frampton to Catholocism." Ha ha, I must have been too nice about it all, oops! But it all paid off, because after we went to dinner with them, I looked at him, and said, "Well, do you think you will read the Book of Mormon now?" And he said, "Yes, I always say, you can never stop learning!" This was a miracle!! From looking grossed out to be in our building, to smiling and taking a Book of Mormon. Ah, we walked away from that feeling like they now know the TRUTH about what the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has to offer. And Alex posted on FB about how thousands of his dead ancestors are rolling in their graves because of the BEAUTIFUL  tour he received of a Mormon church. 
It was a great week. My companion is so amazing, and kind, and a hardworking missionary. I am so grateful and she is teaching me so much, and makes me feel so calm. And she is funny! I have so much motivation to do all I can for these YSA. They need to feel a part of a family and something great.

Love, Sister Frampton

Monday, July 14, 2014

You will never believe it!


So, big news. Actually unexpected news. I am getting transferred! I am leaving Thompson Station and going to Clarksville. And get this--this is the biggest part of the whole thing, I will be working with the Young Single Adults! And it's not big enough to be a ward, or even a branch. Its what we call a twig or a group. How crazy is that?? And Clarksville is right on the border of Tennessee and Kentucky so I am really hoping that I get to be in parts of Kentucky. That is all I know for right now. I am so excited for this new adventure. It really will be an adventure, completely different. I won't be in a family ward anymore. Oh gosh! So exciting.

My new companions name is Sister Rokovitz. Ha ha, I always get the companions with the sweet names. But gosh, transfers are such a bitter sweet thing, that's for sure. You are excited for a change, but sad to leave the people you are leaving behind. And you know what the funniest part of it all is? This week has been a great week! FULL OF MIRACLES!!

We got into potential investigators homes and taught them the Restoration. They were super nice about it, and said they would read The Book of Mormon and that we could come back. What the what? Seriously AWESOME! And then, one of the girls in the ward is dating this non-member boy who is so prepared to hear the message of the restored gospel, it is wild. He is reading The Book of Mormon, and after coming to our church, he said he can feel a difference in the Spirit here. It is "BETTER" and he always wondered why, if God never changes, there are no more prophets and apostles. I was jumping for joy. This kid totally rocks! And you know what? He went to his church yesterday and I guess they were bashing on Mormons the whole time. He couldn't believe they were doing that, and he told me half of the things they said weren't even true. The best part of the story is he wrote me on Facebook and said, "Jesus Christ would never sit there and bash another religion."

True, or what? So, we have all these investigators now, and all the things I have been working to build here for a while are finally starting to come to pass, so it must be my time to leave. It's so funny because I was so excited to email you all this week and tell you of all the spiritual miracles that happened. Ha ha, but my mind is all over the place with transfers going on. It is stressful packing, and trying to say goodbyes and thank yous, and teach people and yada yada. Tonight we have dinner with a less-active family that never lets us in . . . MIRACLE!!! But it will cut out a lot of the goodbyes, but hey, mission life. Hopefully, we can get them feeling the Spirit again.

Sorry, my mind literally is all over the place. Transfers are the most bitter sweet times. And I am reflecting. Did I do enough? I know I wasn't perfect, but that's okay right? That's okay right? You know the usual mind games. I had some of the hardest times in this area, and I hope I learned what I needed to learn.  I am grateful to start fresh somewhere else, but there are great families here. But I will be back one day. It will all work out. It always does. I read Alma 37 yesterday, and it really helped me because it talks all about the wisdom of God, and that all things are done in the wisdom of Him who knoweth all things. And that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass. We will see for sure where this next journey leads me. Can  you believe I am working with the YSA?  I never thought that would happen in a million ba-jillion years. So wild!

I am sending a box home with the Andersens because I want them to come and meet you and try to set up things with Kent, if possible. He is from Roy, so it is really close to Ogden. I am so glad you all had such a great time at Island Park. Even though it was a small crowd, it sounds like the best crowd of people in my book. I'll be there next time! I just cant get over the Kent thing though, I mean, maybe that's why I was here. Who knows?

And Sister Broome is the best! She LOVES YOU! She is going to make me a mission album. She is literally like a professional scrapbooker. It is crazy. I am so excited about it. She says she wants you to send her pictures of the day I left for my mission and then earliest to later or something. Talk with her on that, but how cool!! And she said we are always welcome to say at her house when we come and visit. She is like the best cook, so that sounds like the best idea I have ever heard.

Anyways, boy oh boy, today is going to be a crazy busy, but fun day. Sister Gopinath is taking us up to Franklin to eat lunch and go to some fun thrift shops, and she took in those two huge skirts I had from the start of my mission. Remember those, how they were falling off? No worries, they fit great now, so it is pretty much like getting new clothes now. Ha ha I got your package with the clothes. Thanks so much. I am excited to wear those things! I will probably get the other one tomorrow.

Ah, I can't believe Zach's mission is coming up. WOW!! This is a huge week for Zach. Oh my golly, tell him good luck. Opposition always comes before the temple. Just remember that and help him see through that. Remember what happened to me the night before? It happens to everyone, from what I have seen out here. It is so strange. Just keep an eye out and pray hard core. 

Summer is getting closer to ending. Time is flying. This next transfer will be my halfway mark. That blows me away. Sometimes I have to smack myself and be like, "Sister Frampton, you are a missionary. You are on your mission. The moment you have been waiting for for years. Can you believe it? Enjoy it! Make the most of it!!"

Do you like my blabbering letter?I love you all! Email me back! Talk to you soon. Thanks dad for your letter too, I loved it

I will pray for Wyatt too. We got to heal that leg. Did you say he got a blessing of healing with oil? I cant remember, but if not, you should get that done. Also, teen camp. Boy oh boy. So cool. They will have fun at that. Lots of exciting news.

And from what I have heard Sister Rokovitz is awesome. She is from Spanish Fork I think. So, yay, and I will be out in the more country, and I think by a college, and a military base. So much excitement.

Pray for me to adjust and that everything goes smoothly for me today. Big week ahead for all of us. I love you guys. Best family in the world. Hope you liked the pictures I sent home this week.

Marly, Natasha, and McKinli Andersen

Devin Gopinath and James Ferrucci

Good ole Aunt Sharon

Sister Helliquist

The Price Family

Marabeth and Aidan Poole

Julia, Valeria, and Olivia Broome

Nina and Lynda Gopinath

Sister Fitzgerald and Sister Albert 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Ready for a MIRACLE?

Okay, first off, thanks for all the letters, and for the package that I got this week. I wore the green polka dot dress to church yesterday, and I loved eating the seaweed! It sounds like  you all had a great fourth as well. Mom, thanks so much for talking to Sister Broome. You were an answer to her prayer. She thinks you are just everything that is good about the world, and not like a Utah girl at all:) She was having a bad day, but you made her so happy, and she can't stop talking about you! I was so proud to hear that. Oh it is so fun to all serve together as a family.

And ready for this? Oh man . . . Dad, you are just going to die. Because I died!

So, I was at the fourth of July ward party talking to my ward mission leader because he was about to give a ride home for the night. He was talking about how a counselor in the stake presidency served in Vina del Mar, Chile (just like Zach will) and he served in another part of Chile. I told him that is where my brother is going and I had two uncles that also served in Chile. I said, "I guess you would have remembered an Elder Frampton if you had met him." And he starts thinking. "Wait, I did meet an Elder Frampton. I HAD A COMPANION NAMED ELDER FRAMPTON. I don't know why I haven't put that together yet." I was like, "Which one. What was his first name?"He was describing him and it really could have been Paul or Kent. It was crazy.

Then, he goes home and checks in his attic where all his mission stuff is. Back in the day all the missionaries had little pictures of themselves that they would pass around to each other so that they would remember. He thought it would have taken him at least an hour to search through all the pictures he got. Get this . . . he opens the box, and there is one picture that stood alone on the top of the box.

He was Uncle Kent's mission companion. Can you believe that? And on the back, Uncle Kent wrote him a note, about how much he liked him, and they would be friends forever ha ha. But he ended with, "Love ya Bud." KENT STILL SAYS THAT! Isn't that wild?

Brother Tim Andersen is my ward mission leader's name. They were companions for only a month, at the beginning of Kent's mission. He told me how hard working he was, and smart and a great mission companion. They loved working together and saw great things happen in the area. I was already in so much shock. Small world, mixed with hints of divine intervention.

And then, the next day, Brother Andersen got a Facebook message from a person he baptized in Chile. It had been over 20 years since he had talked to him. this guy searched him out. The two people's names are Christina Gonzalez and Christian Novoa. Guess what they asked him? They said, "How is Elder Frampton doing?" And went on and on about how much Kent effected their lives. Christina was Elder Frampton's FIRST BAPTISM on his mission. At least that's what I know. And they are active, and one is a Bishop now, and they have been looking for Kent and Brother Andersen for a while. I found this out at church, and I almost started crying. I felt the Spirit so strong. God is looking out for his children, and he definitely is looking out for Uncle Kent. WHAT A MIRACLE!

Oh my gosh, please tell Uncle Kent. My ward mission leader is coming out to Utah at the end of July, and he wants to meet the family. And he said he would love to meet up with Uncle Kent, and at least get his contact information so that these people could get a hold of Kent. Also, Brother Andersen said he would be willing to take anything to you all or bring anything back for me that I would need or want, so be thinking about that.

Ah, it was such a spiritual weekend in that way. Transfers are next week. I find out this Saturday if I stay or go. I have mixed feelings about it. In some ways, I feel like if I leave now, I will have let the area beat me with discouragement. I don't think I am done learning from these people and this place yet. All of the people even close to progressing went on vacation and have been gone for over a month and come home right before/after transfers. And now it is my comfort zone. But in other ways, I want to move on, start new. I have the hardest time with MONOTONY! Ah, I have been having a hard time with studies because it is so hard for me to sit still and do the same thing every day. I need to have a renewed energy and focus on studying my scriptures. A renewed charge of feeling the Spirit. Does that make sense? I don't know. We will see.

This week was hilarious and interesting because we had a lot of people bash with us, and not say the nicest things. Oh gosh, the mission life. But what they say doesn't make sense to me at all. It doesn't speak true to my heart or my soul. It's very interesting,because I have got Anti-Mormoned like a beast out here. And I know that is why lots of people leave the church. So, in a way, I am grateful to have heard it all before I leave my mission and work it out and pray for my testimony to be strengthened so that I don't let it affect me later. It's really pish-posh stuff. Anything that you want to prove wrong, you can. You can do that with every religion. Until you reach a point where there is no God at all.

And I am learning, that before you can believe any religion, you need to understand who God is and have a relationship with him. Start there. Start praying. Find out if God exists and then work on understanding the rest. HAVE FAITH! The blessings will come and the peace will take over all the worries you have.

I was talking to this lady and I asked her about her journey to understanding who Christ was. She isn't a member, but it was fun to hear her insights. People teach me things all the time. I love that people want to talk about the gospel here. Anyways, she was saying that she believes that God built us with a void--a missing piece that cannot be filled with anything other than the gospel and our relationship with Heavenly Father. It rang true to my heart. And I remembered a conversation I had with Dad like four or five years ago. We were driving in the car, and I was struggling. I felt like something was missing. And I was just jabbering on about how I felt this hole in me, and I didn't know how to fill it. I didn't feel complete. And dad, you told me something I never forgot. That we all have that hole, and we can only fill it with God. With gospel truths. With the Spirit. And everyone feels it, but not everyone knows how to fill it. People try to fill it with drugs, or girls, or worldly this and that. But it is not lasting or satisfying.

It was a good reminder. We all need to be spiritually nourished. Ah, I love those moments.

I won't lie, every day is a different fight, but a fight non-the-less. Some days I rise to fight the fight, and some days I am not up for the battle. But the Lord helps me out a lot. The Lord forgives me for my weaknesses, and is slowly helping me learn to be the person He needs me to be here.

I am so grateful for the gospel. And my family. And the testimony that is growing in my heart.

I sure hope you all have so much fun at Island Park this next week. That sounds like a blast. You are going with the best parts of the family. Can you pray to have missionary experiences while you are there. LOVE. Be an example of how the gospel is supposed to be lived. I love you all and can't wait to hear more from you!

God's plan is a whole lot bigger than I realized!