Hello family, and my dearest friends!I just want you to know right off the bat that I LOVE YOU'NS! You'ns is a southern word that this town is teaching me. It is more Southern than y'all but it means the same thing. My Southern accent is really coming along. I said, "fixin to" the other day without even thinking about it. Oh boy, a whole new side of Sister Frampton is coming out.
This week was just too awesome, in a funky way. We have been able to organize the area really well now, and have a plan of attack. We had so many great plans for this week, and we wanted to get way more members teaching with us than ever before, but golly, the Lord taught us instead that it is not our plan, but His. My companion got pretty sick. She was miserable--but so positive and still great to be around--so we didn't get to spend as much time out and about as we would have liked, but the Lord still helped us as we prayed for His guidance.
To give you'ns a sense of this town, it is a retirement community of really humble people. They are the sweetest, kindest things, but have a hard time making it to church because everything hurts, and they are tired. Gosh, I have really been reflecting on what it means to endure to the end. I thought enduring 20 years was good, but these folks have me beat!! And the way you teach out here is so different than in the city. It's a lot slower pace, and its all about LOVE. Just purely LOVING them and creating a spiritual environment with them. It's really sweet. I am grateful the Lord is allowing me to be humbled, and see these people with different eyes. I love them A LOT already.
Friday night there was a special event going down in the stake. Yep, the Nashville Tribute Band was coming to play a free concert! If you don't know who they are, they are a famous gospel music band to the missionaries, because that's what we are allowed to listen to on our missions. So, we took our investigator, Nick, who is set to get baptized in two weeks, and his girlfriend Carly. And our new convert, Tammy came too. It was so awesome. They sound amazing in real life, and they had all the missionaries gather before the show and say a prayer with the band members. And then, during the concert, they had all the missionaries in the audience come up and sing songs from the "Work" and "Called to Serve" CD. It was so wild. Dan Truman and Jason Deere are the nicest! It was a really awesome experience. I had a hard time holding in my excitement and not dancing and yelling. I don't know how others hold it in. Life if great, let's show it right? (Except when you are a missionary..he he)
Our investigator, Nick has SUCH A SOLID TESTIMONY! We bonded over his love for X-Men. He is pretty much like Garrett, it is freaky. The Southern version of Garrett.
I can't really describe all of the good things that happened and the good relationships that are building. Sister Clyde and I are really doing everything in our power to love these people and help them come closer to Christ. Ah, I'm excited about it. Bishop is a whole new person since the baptism. He is joking with us, and is so happy! He keeps saying, "you are guys are wonderful. Air five, front five, back five." (with his hand in the air) Oh, its too classic, but probably not as funny in writing.
So I had an amazing realization at district meeting this week. We had a training about teaching with sincerity, and it hit my heart so hard. Our District Leader had all of us break off in twos and teach our companion the plan of salvation in 5 minutes. Went great. Then he had us ponder on someone in our family or one of our friends that mean the world to us. It was cool to hear who each person looked up to in their family. Then he said, "Now, pretend that this person has never heard of the gospel, or doesn't have it in their lives, now teach them the plan of salvation." It was a totally different experience because you teach it with so much more love, emotion and sincerity. Then he made the point that everyone we meet is our brother and sister. They are our family. And we need to teach them the same way and love them the same way as we would our family. I don't know if I had ever fully realized that before. Am I teaching these folks like I would my family? I should and I am going to make even more of an effort to do so. What a beautiful way to look at the world all the time, like we are family!
P.S. Can you find David Archuleta?