Monday, September 29, 2014

Street Racing Models. HA

Hey Everyone! 

Can I just say, what a week? Golly, I swear this week has been full and LOADED with some SUPER DUPER miracles. I hope I can remember them all and do it justice. My companion and I have been super busy, and have been running around trying to get everything figured out and organized. But its the best thing EVER. I love it. Love it. And LOVE IT some more. 

NOTE: All names have been changed to protect the interested.  

We are getting really close to baptism with some of our investigators and it has just brought so much joy to see so many people want to find the truth, and see the necessity of the gospel in their lives. After teaching and helping them this week, we walked into church and we had five of our progressing investigators there. HOLY MOLY! Three of them were sitting with member friends in the ward, and I was sitting next to the Gilmore Girls. It was her two kids first time at church ever, and they did really well. I learned how hard it must be to be a mom trying to keep your kids busy and quiet during Sacrament meeting. It was a workout. Oh, the joys of motherhood. 

The other investigator, Mitt Romney, was sitting with my companion a few rows ahead. It was wild. There was too much to do, and too many people to say hello to. I was just blown away with gratitude. It was fun to see the chapel filled with so many non-LDS people.  I just felt so strongly that this is what our chapels should be like every Sunday. 

Ah, and then the Primary President came and grabbed Lane and Rory and took them to class. Their mom saw a little boy run up to Lane and give him a high five, and she couldn't get over how awesome that was. She just kept replaying that in her head over and over. It taught me to never look over the little things--a wave, a smile, a high-five--to not take for granted the kindness we can offer to those, who might not be around the same environment. Oh, it was SO GREAT.

And Romney said, "You know, I have been to a lot of churches, and I have done a lot of research on your church, but the good really does outweigh the bad." 

And then we got to watch the General Women's Broadcast, Saturday Night, which was SO good. The Korean Choir full of little kids was so cute. It reminded me of my friend Hannah, who is serving a mission there. And the temple video. Ah. The sacrifices those people around the world make to go to the temple. They understand the divine blessings that come from the temple, even though it may be far its worth it. The mere fact that our church survived all of the hardship and persecution is a MIRACLE. The mere fact that it still stands today is a MIRACLE. We are fighting a hard fight, but golly, nothing but the POWER of God must be behind this church, because that's the only thing holding it together. Each member in this church is important. Each member plays a part in this church and in building the kingdom of God on the earth today. I was just astounded and felt this need to get out and fight the good fight. Who cares who is against us. There will always be opposition, so all we can do is glory in the gospel. Relish in the joy that it brings us and share that with others. 

Oh, I have to tell you the best part of the week, I almost forgot. This is too funny!!! Okay, so we were walking out of apartment last night, to go and contact a few investigators, and this sleek black car drives past us.  And then a few minutes later, that same black car pulls up again, and says, "Are you girls 18?" I said back, "We are over 18...why?" 

"Are you employed?" He said. 

 "Well, actually, we are missionaries. why?" 

"Well, I am looking for some models, for street racing, and when I saw you girls, I thought you would be perfect.!" HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHHAAHAHA

Oh my goodness, I guess I don't look as bad as I thought in my goodwill attire. SO FUNNY!! We actually kept talking to him, his name is Seven. Like the number 7 and he said he would be interested in hearing about our church. Don't worry, we will bring a member when we see him again. He was like this young 18 year old kid. I couldn't stop laughing about it the rest of the night. 

What a week right? I feel so good about the work we are doing. We are working really hard, and its so fun. And next week I have exchanges, and get this I will be in Mt. Juliet...I hope I see some familiar faces. And then Zone Meeting, where we get to watch the new Meet the Mormons movie, and General Conference. Boo to the yah. And transfers are the 7th of October too. Craziness.

Love yall! 

Sister Frampton

Monday, September 22, 2014

We are all a team!

Hello Everyone!!

The weeks are pounding by fast. Golly, by the end of the week, I can't even remember what happened at the beginning. Ha ha. It has been a week full of miracles though. Seriously, I should be way more grateful and enthused than I am sometimes. Why is it such a human thing that we are never grateful for the things we have until we lose them? 

So, first miracle of the week. Monday night, we went over to a member's house, and they invited a neighbor over for dinner. He has joined and left a lot of churches before because he always sees them straying from what the Bible teaches. When we were talking about the Restoration, the Spirit was so strong, and he totally got it. And loved it. By the end, he was asking us, "So, how do I become a Mormon? Do they throw me a party or something?" 

I will never forget what he said when we were walking out, He said, "It's so weird. I have had all of these questions deep inside for so long, and you girls just come along and start answering them."Ah, the gospel is SOOOOO true. 

We got to teach him again on Friday with his girlfriend. The Spirit was really strong, and I could just feel they were prepared. The girlfriend still loves her church, but she kept saying, "I am so interested to learn because all of the members of your church are such Christ-loving people." That is a huge compliment to our church and I hope that is something most people would say. Members make a HUGE difference. They came to church this Sunday, for the primary program and loved it.

On Tuesday, we got fed a double dinner. One from a member, and one from our investigators. I was going to die. So full of goodness. Apple Cider pancakes of wonder, and then enchiladas and homemade guacamole. And to end of the night, they gave us a huge piece of cake.
Sister Mellor

The lesson with our investigators went great though. We were able to simply explain and answer some questions about Jesus Christ and his atonement. I read the coolest scripture in Romans 5: 16-17 this week about the atonement that taught me so much. It talks about by one man's choice--Adam--all were made mortal or spiritually dead, but through another man--Christ--all were made alive. And that Christ's gift was free. 

I think it is easy to think that we have to be at a certain level of righteousness to use the atonement of Jesus Christ, or to be worthy of his grace. But the gift is free, and wherever we might be, whether we think ourselves to be the vilest of sinners, we can still USE THE ATONEMENT!!! That is what it is for. You don't need to be a certain amount of anything to earn it or pay for it. Maybe it is just me who didn't fully understand this, but it's the only thing that is truly free in this life. Let us all USE IT! 

Come unto Christ, He will truly will help bear you up in all of your afflictions and sorrows.

That is what I have been really learning these past couple of weeks. I haven't felt very good, and biking is like torture to me, but I am choosing now to rely on Christ and his strength. It's been humbling for sure. You should see me huffing and puffing, even after I use my inhaler. I am always way behind my companion just praying to make it up a hill. But no matter how slow, or how bad, or whatever, I will have enough strength to make it up the hill because Christ will help me. I might still be sweaty, and people still laugh at me when I go by, but I did it with some divine help, that's for sure, and that's all that matters. Who knew biking would be my biggest trial huh? Ha ha, that's what I call a first world problem.

I have been really eating up the scriptures and the Spirit lately. I love learning and relating things to the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I am determined to make sense of it all.
I have also really been pondering what Zach said to me in his email this past week. He said, " We can do this!!! We will help each other through all the hard and good times!! We're a team!! Team Frampton!! " It touched my heart so deeply to know that I have a teammate out in the mission field. Team Frampton. I mean think about it. That's pretty special. Our whole family is a team. Our whole ward is a team. Our whole church is a team. We are working towards one goal together, and that is to bring others unto Christ. We get so caught up in divisions, and things that make us different or disagree. But who cares!!! WE ARE A TEAM. Hello, we are all God's children. We are all here for the same purpose: to be tested and be able to make it back to see our Heavenly Father again. Why on earth, would you ever want to deny someone that chance by negativity, by separation, by rudeness?
Let's all work as a team this week. Let's lift one another up. Let's compliment. Let's smile. Let's rejoice in our Lord, and our God. We have the truth. Let's give this life all that we have for God. 

I was studying Jacob 5 this morning, and it's the super long chapter about the olive tree. I finally got it. And the last time he nourishes His vineyard he calls servants to help him prune it, dig it and dung it. And the Lord of the Vineyard says, " . . . Go to, and labor in the vineyard, with your MIGHT. For behold, this is the last time that I shall nourish my vineyard; for the end is nigh at hand, and the season speedily cometh; and if ye labor with your MIGHT with me ye shall have joy in the fruit which I shall lay up unto myself against the time which will soon come."
Let us all labor together in the Lord's vineyard and share love, peace, joy, whatever we have with those around us. Gosh, this world surely needs it. We are a TEAM. The best team in the world. We are not against anyone, and everyone can join. I am so grateful that the Lord has his hand in this work, and He will do everything in His power to help us, all we have to do is ask.
I will stop babbling on now, needless to say, I had a good week:) 


Sister Frampton

Monday, September 15, 2014

Just ONE person . . .

Howdy Familia! How are yall doing?

I thought I would start out the email super peppy, because I am actually doing really good today, and I had an awesome week last week, for the most part. My brain is starting to come back to speed. We are actually teaching quite a few people, and our schedules are so busy. BIGGEST BLESSING EVER!

On Tuesday, we were able to teach the investigator we found when we felt impressed to tract on Bolton Drive . She needs the gospel and can feel the Spirit. We taught her about prayer, and every time we teach her she has the most inspired questions that I just want to abound in joy and scream, "DON'T WORRY, WE HAVE THE ANSWER!" It is really fun to teach someone so interested and prepared. She came to take a tour of our church, and it was really cool because she said to us, "I can't believe you girls got me to come into a church. I haven't walked into a church since I was 11 years old." And she had her two young kids running around, so excited to be there. It was their first time in a church ever. It really took me back. Teaching her about primary, and young women's, and baptism. I think it is really easy to forget that some people have never been to church. Or had a church family. They don't even know what this is, and how often do we take it for granted? Or complain about going? Too often. Even I do it too often.

And then, we got to teach a new couple. Oh, I love them. They are newly married, and in their early 20's. We got to help them put together and understand the Plan of Salvation for themselves. The Spirit was so strong, as you can see their real desire and curiosity to know more. They have been praying and knows that God answers prayers. THIS IS HUGE! If we know God answers prayers, then we need to have faith, that as we seek for answers, HE WILL GIVE THEM TO US. I have real hope for them.

It is just so fun, and there are so many less-active families that are working to get back involved with the church. They know that it's the truth, it's just hard to make their way back. And that's what I have noticed. For the most part, people don't leave the church because they disagree with the doctrine. That happens, but a lot of the time, it is that people don't feel welcomed at church. Or had a bad experience with a member. Ah, it's so hard. We can never please everybody, but if we all would just look out for ONE other person, we could change their lives. You never know what people are going through. If we could only look after one...

In my mission, we only get to go to the temple every six months. And so, another six months has come and gone, and we had the opportunity to go to the temple. I had a question in my heart. I truly struggle sometimes with overcoming my fears, and having FAITH. Faith sounds so easy, I never thought it would such a struggle. But when you are faced with opposition, you really do have to decide where you stand, and what you will stand up for. So, I just prayed and asked for strength, to really feel that extra Spirit to help me push past my natural man and my natural fears. And I had a much better experience at the temple this time. I understood it and felt more comfortable. That was a tender mercy of the Lord, and I was so grateful to feel at home there. And to just sit, and ponder and read the scriptures. I think that the Lord talks to me through the scriptures. And I felt such an overwhelming feeling, that it was time for me to trust in the STRENGTH OF THE LORD. My strength is pooped, worn out, not working anymore. I need the strength of the Lord. And I am working on allowing Christ to really carry me through my trials. I am excited for this . . . let's see if I can get over my pride huh? HA HA

And I think the biggest thing I learned this week, is to use my inhaler before I go biking. I forgot I even had Asthma, but this bike is kicking my trash!! Tennessee hills are no joke, and I swear they are always uphill! I was huffing and puffing, and trying to be strong. I didn't want to tell my comp that I had asthma, because I thought, "Oh, I am just out of shape." But she caught me, and said, "Do you have asthma!" Oh, she could tell! So, learned that lesson. I will conquer the bike.

Seriously, we look so funny. Its the first time I have ever worn a helmet. And you have to tie your skirt to your bike, so it doesn't fly up and flash everyone around you. And you are carrying a little back pack. 

Humility is my life ha ha. And so, I just laugh as people look at us, all confused, and i ponder about the meaning of life. 

Saturday, we were biking to the church, and there are so many hills. I didn't know if I could make it...ah, gosh, I'm a wimp, and so I started praying and asking for help. And I thought about all the trails in our life. The pushing forward, the pain of growing, taking us up and up and up, closer to where our Heavenly Father needs us to be, and just before we think we can't handle it anymore, the hill starts to turn down, and we are able to coast down hill for a few moments. But all too quickly, another hill comes. Forcing us once again, upwards. And when we can't make it, we pray for help. We pray for guidance. The Lord will help us, and will strength us to make it. I don't think I have ever been happier to see a church building in my life. I could have kissed the ground. I was just so relieved!!! Relief just came over my sore back, and my tense legs. Ah, I could see the finish. And I thought of the scripture in Alma 34: 41. But that ye have patience, and bear with those afflictions, with a firm hope that ye shall one day rest from all your afflictions.

The journey of life is hard, sometimes painfully hard. But one day, God has promised that we will rest from our afflictions. To be taken back to His presence.  To be calm. And happy. And full. That day will come, and how glorious that day will be, when we will be able to stand before our Father, with a smile, knowing that our burdens will be gone, and everlasting joy will fill our hearts. It will feel 100 times better, than seeing a church house to rest in, after peddling my life away.

How grateful I am for the gospel. For its truthfulness. For my family. For the knowledge that we will be together with our families forever! The thought of going into the ground, to just rot, makes me want to throw up. It's not true, and that is not our next destination. God has a plan for all of us. He will take care of us, and won't allow us to go through anything, without his angels our right and on our left, bearing us up!

I love you all. Thanks for your encouraging letters, and making me feel so loved. I need the support. I miss you all. You know what word I keep saying? Bomb-diggity. I thought ya'll would like that. And it makes my absolute LIFEEEEEE that you won't watch X Men until I come home. Seriously, that might be the coolest thing that's ever happened to me. 

Keep praying for the people of Smyrna to be prepared for the wonderful knowledge that we have. 


Sister Frampton

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hump Week

Hey Family,

How the heck are you? Are you doing okay? It has been an emotional couple of weeks for all of us. Golly, I am so sorry to hear about Chase and Carrie's baby. I will write them a note, will you send me their address? Those pictures are so cute. Henry surely had a special, unique purpose in this life. He was meant for them, and I know that they will see him again one day, and oh what a joyous day that will be. PURE JOY!

So, this week I officially hit nine months. Golly . . . what in the world! There was a Sister missionary who came home this week from Brazil, and we got to see her. She is just the coolest, but anyways, I just felt this overwhelming feeling of gratitude for her and her service. And the fact that she made it. SHE DID IT! A mission is not the easiest thing in the world, but it is the most worthwhile. And to see how happy her parents were to have her home, and to have her safe. Ah, it was emotional. I know that all the hard work I am putting in, will make it so worth it when I do come home.

It has been a hard week, not gonna lie. But right now, I need to focus on the work and find that motivation. Let it fuel me. I need to use the atonement to give me the strength to fight my battles every day. I am grateful for the thought you shared with me this week Mom. It was a needed reminder that Christ is always there, just watching, waiting and hoping we choose to seek him out. And that we need to trust in his plan.

Ah, some of the fun things that happened this week:

I got to eat oakra for the first time, and loved it. I thought it tasted great.

I got to ride in a red mustang with the top down for a lesson. (She said if I wasn't a missionary, she would blast some Queen. It's like she knows me! )

We met with this nice Jehovahs Witness lady and Church of Christ lady. The best part about it is we are all trying to convert each other. Its a funny conundrum of sorts. Who will win?  ha ha Just kidding, of course. Its not a competition. But I love learning and understanding their points of view. And I am learning so much about the Bible. The Bible is AWESOME!

We had Zone Conference this week, which was really good. It was fun because I got to see my two past companions again. Sister Gates and Sister Tagilala. It was fun reminiscing about old times. And you know what the funniest part is too? They have been in the same area since they left Thompson Station when I served with them, and I have hopped into two already, and stayed in Thompson Station longer than both of them. Mission time is so weird. But I learned so much about prayer. And I love hearing counsel from President and Sister Andersen. And, I get to go to the temple, which should be great. I really need the peace from the temple. It is coming right at the right time. Oh, and Zach's letter was awesome this week. It was so fun to hear how happy he was. How did I get so lucky to be related? He is going to create a storm when he gets to Chile.

I love you all! Send me some letters, I miss Garrett's pictures and Wyatt's great words of wisdom!


Sister Frampton

Monday, September 1, 2014

Smyrna Time


 Ahhh.....what a wild week for each and every one of us. This will be a week that none of us can forget. That's for sure. Ah, so much to say. Where to start? How about Monday night?

So, we went bowling with the YSAs on the military post for my last activity with them all. And MIRACLES HAPPENED. First, 30 people came. People we have been working to get to come to activites for ages came. Boo yah! Second, I bowled three strikes, and won against four military men. That's called Spirit Power. It reminded me of all the times we played as a family. That's our thing, ya know. All that practice paid off.  And third, the YSAs were so freaking awesome, they made it harder to say goodbye. Ah, but what an awesome, awesome, awesome way  to end my stay in Clarksville.

 Transfers, ah so sad. Two of my fav girls, Sinclair and Abbi came and dropped me off. But good news, my companion is a champion. Golly, she reminds me of my trainer. Go getter, hard worker, doesn't like to sit around, ready to do missionary work kind of a person. She's ready to go. 

The people here in Smyrna have been pretty nice. The ward mission leader, is the nicest! Guess what? You will just die, so I need a bike in this area...and I don't have a bike. So, before buying one, I decided to ask around the ward, if anyone would let me borrow a bike. The ward mission leader freaking bought me a bike! 

This area is a lot like Mt Juliet. It's only 30 minutes away from there. They have some pretty promising investigators too. One miracle that happened this week was, we prayed about where to go tracting. We decided on Bolton Drive. We get there, and as we were knocking, my companion says "We need to cross the street." Okay, we cross the street. And I look over at the next house and I hear in my head, "that's the house." So, we go knock that door, and the lady lets us right in!
And she really wants to get involved in church, and make a better future for her and her kids. It was awesome! 

 Anyways, so transferring areas is kinda hard. New place, new people, new apartment. Everything is new. And since I just got transferred, it's hard to get the energy to start over. Unpack again...learn new things again...ah...and I don't even know what happened to me, but this weekend my mind was soooo foggy, and unclear. Like my body felt fine, but I couldn't process anything, and I didn't feel like myself. I am the driver in this area, and I kept missing turns, and I would get out of the car and forget to take out the keys. And I kept saying, "focus Sister Frampton. FOCUS!" It's been the weirdest thing, I just told my companion shed have to excuse me for my brain aneuyrism. Maybe I'm just overtired.

 Ah, I'll get over it soon I hope. But funny thing,the scriptures you shared with me today Mom, that's exactly what I studied in the Book of Mormon this week. And 1 Nephi 21:15, that's one of my alllll time favorite scriptures, and it made me smile when I read it this week. The Lord works in mysterious ways.

 Well, that's pretty much my week, wild, exhausting, miraculous, and fuzzy. Love you and miss y'all.

 YOUR BIRTHDAY, happy 16th!! Love you more than you know. Don't date
 girls, they are gross. Ha ha


Sister Frampton