Friday, March 7, 2014

March Week 1

Hey Everyone!!! Well it took me long enough right???? This week has been a mess and transfers was even more a mess than usual. Yesterday was spent mostly getting things moved and then I spent all night getting unpacked. It was kind of fun to have been awake for like 2 days and then get some sleep. I slept like a baby and it was so nice. I cant tell you how nice it was. Well I'm now in North Tucson in a ward called Countryside ward and... its definately not the Gila Valley or Sierra Vista. It is nice to just be able to be back for the time being. Its been a real adventure in just 2 days. I left Safford with an open heart and mind. My heart has been opened to the people and my mind has been opened to the Lord. I was reading in Numbers this week and I was studying chapeters 10-12 when I ran on to a thought that I really want to share. I was reading about the people who were in the wilderness and how they were so tired of mana that they started to murmur to the lord. He decides to send meat. If you get a chance this week read about what happens and see if you can understand what bit of revelation that I found or just find your own revelation. Well everyone, Have an excellent week and stay happy!!!! Elder Klynton Frederick

Monday, February 24, 2014

February Week 4

Hey everyone! Arizona is well... still here. Despite my obsessive want to watch it just burn up.... I'm just kidding!!! This week has been interesting... in more than one way... so first off, I want to share with you something that I learned in Numbers. As I was reading chapter 10, I noticed that even then they had alarms.... well I guess alarm clocks aren't so bad. My destructive bone was a little achy for something to watch go boom or just poof, gone... I really wanted to take a bat to our alarm clock the other day cause I was tired of getting up at 6:30 every blasted morning. Well I guess that won't happen. I've been really wanting to burn something. Maybe I just will. I have yet to burn a shirt so that should do it. I really just need a good service project.... That should really let me take some anger out on something. So... thought for this week: Why do we do missionary work? Not just us missionaries but as members. We are asked to do missionary work everyday. So, WHY? Don't forget that there is great power in doing what our Heavenly Father asks of us. We can see his hand in our lives everyday if we so wish it to be. All we must do is have a desire and then let that work in us until we come to a faith or a knowledge. Either one will do when it comes to the gospel. They may not be the same thing but they are both good. I hope that all is well!! Have an excellent week! Elder Klynton Frederick

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

February Week 3

Hey everyone!!! All is well here in Safford. There isn't much that has been going on, but we did have a baptism on Saturday for a nine year old girl. She is super sweet. We really didn't do much more than just teach her the lessons. It was fun to just get the chance to teach her the gospel. The last couple of weeks have been really slow as far as missionary work goes. We picked up a new investigator on Saturday as well. We had gone to dinner and were riding our bikes home when a man stopped us and asked if we were the missionaries. Of course we said yes. We took a moment and found out where he lives and his name and things like that. It was really cool to just be out and about and find someone. I was thinking about some of the crazy things that have happened to find people to teach. Things like doing crossfit, yoga, shopping, emailing, and everything else that goes on in your average day. Its interesting to see the people who want to learn the gospel versus those who just hear it and move on their way. There is something about the sparkle in their eyes that makes it all worth it. My companion and I were talking about how long its been since we went really tracting and my companion pointed out that he has never been tracting. I thought about it and its been 8 months or better since I went tracting. That tells me that its still possible to find and teach people the gospel even without knocking doors. Remember to share the gospel with someone you know and love. Be courageous. That is how we get over the fear of doing something. There is always someone who you can talk to. Have an excellent week and don't forget who loves you!!! Elder Klynton Frederick

Monday, February 10, 2014

February Week 2

Hey everyone! I apologize for not sending a letter last week, things got busy and things got off track and I just didn't get it done. Things here in the Gila Valley are good. I'm finally over a year on the mission so woohoo... a year left. Its nice to know that I don't have more than a year left. I feel like this has all come to a point where I feel like I know what I'm finally doing and I am getting to the point where I can make the work accelerate as Heavenly Father wants it. I will admit... don't look forward to a longer weekly letter. I suck at summarizing what is going on. There really isn't anything big that happens each day... well not to me. Its kind of like normal life. When something big happens, its normal to those of us who are there all the time. Its a whole other story when it comes to those of us who know nothing about what is happening. If you want to know, its normal missionary work happening. The best way to know what I am doing is to go out there and invite your less active and non member friends to come to church, to listen to the missionaries, or read the Book of Mormon. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing someone grow in the spirit and grow closer to their Heavenly Father. When someone uses their agency to come closer to Him, then we really see the beauty of the things in life that we want to see everyday. This week has really opened my eyes to some things and have continued to enlighten me in other things. I know that this is the true church of God. I know that Joseph Smith restored the gospel of Christ and that He lives. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that His Spirit lives in each of us as we follow the teachings not only of the prophets but, of the scriptures as well, we will find a greater love for each of our Fathers children and we will want for them what we have as members of the church. Thank you for each of your support. You have been to kind to me and to those around me. I love you all tons. Elder Klynton Frederick

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

January Week 3

Hey everyone!!! Well its transfers week for me again, except I'm not going anywhere. My new companion is going to be Elder Collins. He is a really cool kid. I served around him in Sierra Vista when I was in the Hereford ward.... Wow... it seems so long ago that I was there. Its been 6 weeks and yet it seems like forever. So this week I was thinking about what to write for my email and Then Heavenly Father presented me with a story to write about. I was sitting at my apartment after a long day and I got a call from the Wiebelhaus', in west Tucson. If you don't remember this is my 1st convert and her husband and then their daughter claims me and elder Reese as her missionaries. Anyway, he called me and said that they are coming down to Safford to a cabin that they have here and they wanted to come see us. After that happened the story just kind of developed. They came over and Reese and I spent some time talking to them. It was nice to just get to see them before Elder Reese comes home in 2 days. Its crazy to think that I knew him before, and I came out when he was just over a year, and now I will see him go home. He was an awesome companion and is a great missionary. As time went on we parted ways but it was so good to see them and see the love that not only they have for him but the love that he has for them. It confirmed to my heart at that moment that families are not only eternal, but they can also soften, and bring great peace to a soul yearning for love and for a connection that some may not see. I also had confirmed to my heart that when we make choices, we also sometimes choose family and when we choose wisely, we find that we love them as much, and sometimes more than our actual families. Friends can become more than that. We begin to see the pure love that Christ had for each of us. Its days like that, which make a mission worth it. I know that families can be together forever through the divine plan that our Heavenly Father and his Son, not only put into place but sacrificed everything for so that we could also come to take part in the beautiful blessings that we are given. Each day can be what we choose it to be. Love you all!!! Elder Klynton Frederick

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

January Week 2

Hey everyone!!! I have an interesting story for you all this week. We were at our Christmas conference and President Killpack gave the whole mission a Christmas gift... sort of. Our gift was to leave our mission and go to Phoenix and listen to Elder Holland speak to all of the missionaries. The sort of part is that the mission had to give up 150 miles for each vehicle. well the 150 miles really doesn't bother me but after about a week we got some news about the speaker. Elder Holland wasn't able to make it. His schedule changed. Although it kinda made the whole trip not super worth it, I was thinking about the other speaker and the Spirit whispered to me and my thoughts changed. It really didn't matter who the speaker was as long as he prayerfully prepared for the conference. If he did that then the message is the same. It won't matter if its Elder Holland or President Killpack, it would be the same. Not only that but I got to leave my mission with the mission Presidents permission. I can officially say that I got to leave my mission on my mission. It was awesome. Now, here's an interesting fact for you. When we got to Phoenix, and we got off the bus we all kind of had a sigh of relief. The sun wasn't nearly as intense there as it was here in the Gila Valley or anywhere I've been. Its almost completely different. I think almost all of us noticed it too. It's really weird but true..... The talk was by Elder Wright of the 70 and it was really good. I think I learned more from the movies of Ephriam's rescue and 17 miracles than I did from the talk though. It was cool. Well everyone, The week was really good. I hope things are really good Love you all! Elder Klynton Frederick

Monday, January 6, 2014

January Week 1

Hey everyone! Now that Christmas is over, missionary work is beginning to pick up again. Things are going really good right now. We have several new investigators who seem really solid. All of them have shown real interest in the gosple and they have a real love for it. Thank you all for the Christmas cards and boxes. If you haven't recieved a letter that I have your box, don't worry I will send one to you. Thank you all for your support not only during Christmas but during the course of my mission as well. This week I wanted to focus on what the new year brings and some of the challenges that we face. First off, I wanted to share what I have seen all my life and what we will probably continue to see happen at the New Year. Our New Years resolutions. When the beginning of the year comes, we all want to set goals and have something that we want to work better each day, month and year on. Lets take a step back and think for a moment before we do just that. Goals are good to have. They help us to accomplish things that we want to do, however, we need to create a VISION of what we want to be, either where, who, or what. If you can see it you can be it. Its important to have that vision. Now, goals are what? Steps right? like a staircase, each goal is another step. Our vision is to reach the top of that stair case. Each goal needs to be smart. SMART- that stands for Specific, Measureable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. After you have set these goals, then go forward and work toward your vision!!!! I hope you all have a wonderful year and I hope you had a Merry Christmas!!! Elder Klynton Frederick