Thursday, July 30, 2009

July Week 5

Well Hello Family,
Boy what a week, I have had, it was an interesting one for sure, I have gotten to KGF not KFC!!!! So KGF is near Bangalore only…sorry that’s Indian English, it is about 3 and half hours from Bangalore by bus, or should I say by the craziest driver I have ever seen, and there are about 13 million of them in India. Yah, its that bad.
Well it is good to hear that you have had such a great time on the 24th, I was missing it badly, I hope you people got pictures… GRRR no one updates their FREAKING BLOG… I am talking to you aunt Kim, and Molly your not out of trouble either, you should be taking pictures every day and updating weekly… just kidding, but I would like to see pictures of you people on a regular basis, I mean come on I am half way around the world here. [smiley face]
Well so my days here in India are good, I have had a couple of … Interesting stories lately one of which I would like to share now.
So my first day here in KGF I was with my companion and we went to see this awesome family who I had been told a ton about, and when we got there, we started to teach the Plan of Salvation and all of a sudden the wife looks horrified and runs out the door and her husband follows suit, we are then left in the room with their two sons, who are just staring at us, I then look at my companion and we both just shrug our shoulders and are wondering what is going on when all of a sudden this 250 lbs Indian (he was huge) walk in wearing a white robe. He then sits down and starts to talk to the children in Tamil (another Language) and the parents are just staring. The pastor then takes their prayer book and is looking at it. So then I take my Plan of salvation pamphlet and put it face down on my Knee just in time for him to look at it. He then turns to me and says “ ware are you from?” I then look at him and say “ the church of Jesus Christ of Latter- Day Saints.” Then he just started to rip into us and tell us that we should go and teach those who are Hindu and Muslim, and that we should not disturb the faith of the catholic families. So Then I started to say some thing, about how we are teaching those who want to hear, but then he just tells me that I am Evil and that my gospel is false because I am a latter- day saint and I have only had the gospel for some time where as he has had the gospel for the last 2000 years, so I asked him how he could know if what he had was true when he didn’t have Apostels , and he told me that he didn’t need one, and he started to just talk and talk and he wouldn’t shut up. So I yelled at him (I felt bad for doing it, but I did) and said “ But whare is your prophet? Oh ya, you don’t have one do you?!” but he didn’t hear me. Any way so to make this story short, he left and I started to cry because Of how bad I felt for his soul, I knew instantly that he had a special place marked for him in hell. Well any way we ended up getting the whole family to come to church because they liked what we had to say, and they knew he was wrong.
That just goes to show how much the adversary doesn’t want us here, especially because we just continue to have awesome stories like that, and of course there is more to it, but that is for when I need it.
I really am so glad that we have and know that we have the truth from the beginning of time, and before, I know with out any doubt that this is the true church of Jesus Christ, and that I am doing our heavenly fathers great work, I hope that I have one of these experiences a day, just to prove to me and the adversairy that as Nehemia once said “We have a great work and can not come down” I know that Joseph Smith is a true prophet of god, and that Thomas S Monson is the Prophet Seer and Revelator of this day, He does receive revelation today and that he does Know what is best for our families. I sustain my Leaders and I know that each and every one of them have been called of god to help us in our daily struggles. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of god and that it does contain certain truths that have been able to restore the true church back onto the earth. I know that it is written for us so that we can know and watch for that great and Dreadfull day. I love you all and I know that The lord is watching over all of you. He has his angels watching over you.
Elder Colton Frederick

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

July Week 4

Well hello Home!!!!
so guess what... IM LEAVING RAJAHMUNDRY!! I am getting transferred on Friday to KGF which is even smaller that Raj, but I am way excited, because one of my Elder friends that had earlier been here is now my companion, his name is Elder Chagoya.
So not too much is going on here, I am just getting ready to go to KGF, its really hard, all of my Converts and my investigators are here, and I am leaving, I just am glad that I can be with them in the celestial Kingdom, if they do whats right. I love them so much, I wish that I could come back and see them all before I leave, even if I where only to be here for a couple of days... Oh well
so Life here is awsome, I am just loving India more and more.
it would be nice to have an Email at least twice in a month though. and then I woudnt have to guess what week it is, (I dont want to count the time because if I do, then I know how much time I have left)
well I love you all, and I know that so does the lord, he continues to bless you and I all of the time, I see his blessings every day when I go and teach all of these wonderfull people. I know that he does love us enough to send his son for all of us, and that he did restore his church for our families. so that we could become one Eternial family and be with him. I have seen the problems that happen in every day life, and I promise that as you keep that gospel in your lives that you will be able to see the things that you need to do. he will guide you in all of your lives. I can see it in my investigators lives, the musulim sister Tanveer she has been really sick the last couple of days, but I know that she is so happy because she is reading the book of mormon every day, and she knows that it is true, and I too know that it is true. I love you and I know that no matter what happens the lord is with all of you
Your Elder
Elder colton James Frederick

ps, sorry so short.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

July Week 4

Wow, that sounds like you had quite the trip mom, I hope you took a lot of Pictuers, I would like to see it all.
Well Life here is pretty good, I Might be transferring here in the next week or so, so be looking for that news next week.
We are really working hard here, we just set 8 people with a baptisim date, but I probabley wont be here for any of them because I have been here in Rajahmundry for the last 7 months, yep seven months have passed away, never to return, I honestly cannot belive the amount of time that has gone by. Every time I get home from prosaliting, I think "holy cow its night again" I just wish I could do more in a day, but I just seem to not have enough time. Oh well thats life.
hey so a neat little fact, One of the guys that was in the MTC with me was from Steamboat springs, he went to the Chicago south mission.
Well not to much has been going on really, no super neat stories, but I guess every day is a miricle around here.
I love you all, and Iknow that the lord loves you, I promise that as you all continue to keep the covenents that you made in baptisim, and in the temple, I promise that you will have all of the things that you need. I know that what the Prophets and apostels tell us is so that we can come closer to our heavenly father. I know that the prophet Joseph smith Recived the revelation to Restore our saviors church, and that he did recive an ancient record that was translated by the power of God, and was given to us and is now called the Book Of Mormon. I know that it is the Fullness of the Gospel.
I love you all.
Elder Colton Frederick

Thursday, July 9, 2009

July week 2

Well since I havent heard anything, I figured I would just update you a little bit. so when I got home from Zone Confrence, I just had a really great Interview with President Nichols, and He really helped me realize that when it comes to companions I just need to breath and think if it is right, wrong, or style, and I realized that I just need to get over my bad self, and be patient. things will change. well so as I did, we started our week, and in one day we had 11 new investigators, and we havent had a turn out like that in problebley a month, so I just realized that it really does help when we humble ourselves, and we do what the lord asks us to do, and love our neighbors.
Well so I have been pretty good, I just went on exchange yesterday, and I had a great time, I went into Elder Morrisons ( our new District Leader) Area, and I visited some really awsome families, the one that I want to tell you about is just amayzing, I just was quite impressed.
so we went to this family who is the father who is about 43, and he has two young dauters one is 11 and the other is 7 , the mother was not there, so I diddnt meet her. As we were teaching, the Seven year old was just so tierd, and she put her head on the eleven year olds lap, who was just completly in our lesson, she was asking so many great questions, and as the seven year old (smilie) was laying there, the eleven year old(tina) was just playing with her hair, and she just let her sleep there, and then we where getting ready to leave, and Tina said the prayer, she said something that just ripped my heart out, she said " please bless my sister, as she has some bad health, please bless my mom and dad in thier duty (jobs), I am so greatfull for my sister, I love her very much, please bless her in everything she needs." I cryed through the whole prayer, she is the cutest little girl I have ever met, and so smart. the people here are just so loving, they love thier families so much, and I just am amayzed.
Well Time is running short, and I am running out of things to say, but what I do want to say is this.
I know that this church is true, Iknow that god made a plan for us, and that this gospel really does bless families, our families are ordaind of god, and when you do what you know is right there is such a spirit, and a love that every one wants, I now that Joseph Smith is a true Prophet, I know that he RESTORED the saviors church, and that the Prophet Thomas S. Monson is the Prophet, Seer, and Revolator today. I know that My savior lives, and that he loves each and every one of us.
I love you all
Elder Colton Frederick

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

July Week 1

Man you have no Idea how bad I felt that I didnt wright, I felt way guilty all week because I didnt write to you. I just think that if you dont Email me I will just pretend like you did, because I keep feeling guilty that I diddnt.
Well Im glad to hear that life is going great at home, I am actually sending this letter from Visack, we had zone confrence, and our train got delayd 5 hours, so I probelbly wont get home untill about 8 tonight, so I get to hang out in visack for a day.. it should be pretty fun.
so I have a super neat story today, so you remember the musulim sister that I was telling you all about? well we where visiting her the other day and we started to ask how she felt, and she said that she was so blessed because she was praying to heavenly father, then she called us last night, and said " so I really want to be baptized, but my family wants to know if they have to be baptised to at the same time." obviously we told her no, and she said "well good, I hope I can be baptised this augest." I was so happey I just about yelled, and to top it all off, we where reviewing the 1st lesson, and she can teach it about as well as a missionary, she knows the restoration like I do, and she is reading the book of mormon EVERY DAY, she loves to read it, and she is usually reading 3 chapters in a day. I am so happy for this girl, I just keep praying that her parents hearts will be softend.
Oh man, I am so excited for Klynton, he must be having a blast, I miss the kid a ton, I keep doing things that I think "man I know he would love this" I hope he is having a blast at camp, I am so jelous.
well I know that the lord loves you, and that you are really in his hands, I am so glad that you are able to see the lords gentle hand in your lives, and I pray that you all continue to have the Hine sight to see him there.
Iknow that this church is true, andthat we really are doing the work that he wants us to do, I know that as we do what the lord askes us, and we live our lives worthely that we will be able to listen to his spirit, and we can recive insperation, and revelation for our families, our callings, and for our selves, I know that My savior lives, and that he loves me, I know that he atoned for my sins and the sins of the world, I know that if we put our trust in him, that he will lift our burdens and make them lighter, I know that he called a prophet once again and that that power and authority is back on this earth today.
I love you all
Love Elder Colton Frederick