Wednesday, December 30, 2009

December Week 5

Hey Family!!
Wow it was really nice to talk to you too!! man I just wish that they were not closing shop, I was a little ticked at them, I guess I was also being a little selfish, you know, its not like I only talk to my family only 2 times in a whole year... hahah, okay enough of my self pity.
Well to everyone in the ward and everyware else HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!! I hope that as the time to make new resolution's comes you all find exactly what you want to do to progress and you do it!!
well alright, sounds like everything at home is going great!!! I just wish that I could see pictures of everyone.
Pretty soon here, I will start sending my pics and get them to you. I have a TON!!!! so just wait, and it'll be there.
well not too much on my end, I was pretty happy to talk to you all, it was nice to hear from all of the family (that includes Kyle and Kenny) and I really enjoyed talking to Jullian, He is a great kid, Tell him I said HELLO!! I think that its great that I got to talk to him, ( I kept in visioning Molly's Picture she has of him on her blog) he really is a great addition to the family!!!
Christmas was pretty good, I got to have some lunch at pres. Nichols and I got a "hill shire Farm" Beef stick from one of my Zone leaders, we did a Gift exchange and thats what I got. IT WAS AWSOME!!! I ate it in about 3 days.
Well sounds like life is coming back to you all after the Christmas season, and it sounds like your going to just busy all day long for the next long time. SWEET!! got to love work.
I know that all of you are being taken care of, and I know that you are being under the lords watchful eye. I am just so happy to tell you that I know that the church is true, and I know that Joseph Smith is a true prophet, I know that The book Of Mormon is the word of god, and that it truly was written for us in these the latter-days. I know that the savior lives and that he truly did atone for us so that we could return and live with him in Gods Kingdom, I am so happy to know that the plan that god has for us is made for each and every one of us, and that he has no exceptions, I know that Thomas S. Monson is the lords Living Prophet, seer, and Revalator. I know that as we bring our lives along the guidelines of the prophets that we can make it to the Celestial kingdom, as long as we keep and continue to make Sacred covenants with the lord.

I love you all,
Thanks for the prayers and the support that you all have given for me. I love you
Elder Colton James Frederick

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Colton Christmas Week

There was no letter this morning and I am not sure if he will send one this week, especially in light of the fact that he is calling home in the morning (December 24th). So, to all of you who watch this blog, MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! I just want you all to know that we love you and are grateful for your support. Not only mentally but emotionally and financially as well. Colton is doing so well and I will try to formulate a report after we talk tomorrow.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

December Week 3

Hello family!!
Hey sorry for not Emailing yesterday, I was at Mysore palace, It was a ton of fun, I took some pretty cool Pictuers, I had a lot of fun riding a Camel and getting “Blessed” by an Elephant!! Ill try to send pictures next week.

Mom, I have some news for you, actually I will be calling you on Christmas Eve morning, we have been having some issues on trying to decide when it should happen, so for sure it will be Christmas eve morning, It will probably be around 6-8 your morning time, so BE AT HOME… or at molly’s, you inform me on p-day and I will call there.
Well some more news, We got Guna and Leo Baptized this week, I am just sad because almost all of our progressing investigators are either now members, or we have had to drop them, so now we need to find like mad dogs, but no worries, My companion and I will do it we are finding fiends!!!! Its great!!!
So last night my district leader and his companion put on some Christmas music on and as I was sitting there listening to “I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas” I could just Imagine what it must be looking like at home, the tree… The lights… the SNOW!! And holy cow that must just look so cool, the other thing was I just kept thinking about how the memories must work in our minds and how I kept thinking about how I loved to listen to Christmas music, and now I wish it could be Christmas all year long!!!
I really am just so grateful to be here though, I am able to teach those around me how important it truly is to have the savior I our lives, and since this is the celebration of the saviors birth, we need to remember what that birth brought, I think its really interesting at how much people really don’t think about that, we are living in a time where the savior and his gospel principals are so important to our personal salvation, I just think about how cool it is that even though most people don’t think about who it is that has truly blessed us the most, we know the truth of the savior and how he works, and how he has done so much for us.
By the way grandma TAKE CARE!!! You are just too crazy, I don’t think that you slipped and fell, I think that you where snowboarding and aren’t telling anyone about it… be careful please?
Well I love you all so much, I know that the season of Christmas is coming again soon, but I also know how much it truly can bless our lives when we think of others and how the message of the restoration can truly bring happiness to those that are around us, this is the greatest Christmas gift that any one could give, is that of the gospel, I know that if you will help someone around you to hear the gospel that you will be able to truly feel the spirit, of the lord and of Christmas.
I am so grateful for the Christmas memories that I have of our family, and I truly know that the gospel has brought all of us together, I know that this is the Kingdom of god, I know that the book of Mormon is true, I know that the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints is the true church on the earth, and that Joseph smith truly did restore it through the savior and Gods Direction. I know that it is Lead by a true and Living prophet, Namely Thomas S. Monson. I know that the covenants that we make on a daily and weekly basis will bring us the most joy when we strive to keep them.

I love you all, and I hope to Hear from you soon. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!
Elder Colton Frederick

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

December Week 2

Holy cow what a week, its been a ride the whole time, Ive had some of the greatest/worst experiences I have ever had in my entire mission, and then to top it off, I have been at zone confrence!!!
so my week started good, after I sent my Email on wednesday, I had an amazing lesson with Rekha and Praveena.
The next morning I woke up and we had our studies, and went to district meeting were we learned all kinds of good stuff. but as I was sitting there, I started to notice that my head kind of hurt, then I kind of felt like I was moving without the rest of my body and then it would meet back with me. and then I started to feel like I was going to throw up. well so then I went back to the apartment thinking "oh maybe it will just pass" and as I was sitting there, I couldnt even move... well so I ended up sleeping most of the day, and then almost all of friday too.
In the mean time I had the motions that could remove all of your entestines and I had to poop so hard that I passed out!!! oh boy that was an experience of a life time!!! well then on satruday I worked part of the day, but had to come in for the evening because I just couldnt get to far from a toilet.
but then I was feeling much better on sunday and then I got the chance to Baptize Rekha and praveena both, I was just so happy to do so, I just felt so happy that I was able to help them recive those covenents with the father. I just hope that they stay strong in the church, they have a ton of really great fellowship in the branch, but you know how some people can be, I just pray that they stay strong.
well then monday I still had my motions, and to top it off, I also had the stomach cramps of a life time. well so I finally called sister Nichols, and come to find out... I HAVE WORMS!!! but its okay because we have the drugs to kill them !! whewww... ;)
anyway, then on tuesday I had my interview with Pres. Nichols and learned that I need to come up with some things... good old president Nichols, he knows just what to say to keep me guessing.
well then to top that al off I had zone confrence today and HOLY COW that was amazing!!! I love zone confrence so much I love to learn all of the things that are needed to be given. I was even lucky enough to give a talk today as well about Hope. it was really awsome, other than I feel like crap, I am so great!!!! I cant tell you enough how much I love this place. I just wish that I could stay.
well hey thats awsome to think that Jullian is getting used to being at Matt and Molly's. You know that if you where to get a Preach my gospel and teach him the lessons from chapter three, he would know every thing that would be asked in the baptismal interview for him. you could even do it for FHE, I cant tell you enough how much I absulutly love Preach my Gospel, it truly was written through the veil.
oh man as I was sitting here reading your Email, I could see Missel toe, and red and green, and snow and a big huge fresh Christmas tree with Lights on it and everything, and it made me smell fresh wassel, ahhhhhhh trunky for just a second......... okay thats enough I get to hang at the Nichols on Christmas so maybe just maybe I will get some kind of christmas.
Wel things are just wonderful here in good old india, I am loving life (even when it sucks) and I am just so happy that I can be doing the lords service.
I love you all and I hope that you all know that I know that this is the true chruch, I know that the lord Jesus christ Truly did Atone for us, and that he was resurected that we could overcome that physcial deth that we all must suffer one day, but I truly know that if we follow the truth that has been given to us by prophets, and that which has been restored by the prophet Joseph smith, I know that we can have all of the glory of god in our lives and that if we continue to make and Keep sacred covenents with the lord, I know that we can truly be with our family's together. I know that when we Hope for things in this world, and if we have hope in the savior and the father that we truly can come closer, I know that as we continue to follow all of gods commandments that means Keep the sabbeth day Holy, we read the book of Mormon every day, and we pray, and all keep all of the other commandments, I know that the lord will bless you. I know that the book of Mormon is the word of god, and that it truly is what can build a better relationship with our father in heaven, and in our family's. I know that the lord is truly listining to us when we pray. I know that Thomas S. Monson is truly the prophet today and that he does recieve revelation for us today. Iknow that the preiesthood of god was truly restored 200 years ago, and that as we use that power that has been given to us, that we truly will be able to bless those that we love.
I love you all, and I pray for you as well
Elder Colton Frederick

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

December Week 1

Hello Family!!!
Wow, once again I am just absolutely amazed at the amount of time that has flown by, I cant even believe that today is Wednesday, especially because of how much has been done in the last week, we have two more baptisms this week, their names are Rekha and Praveena and they are the two most excited sisters ever, they love to read the book of Mormon, they love to pray, and they are just so happy all the time, they know that every thing that we teach as a church is true, and they want their whole family to become members WOO HOO !!! I love these two, they are such a testimony builder its just amazing!
Matt and Molly oh man that’s great, I am so happy for you! And your totally right, those steps to bringing someone into the church is daily scripture study, prayer, Family Home Evening. I am so grateful for the things that we can learn as we teach those that we love about the gospel. And the lord really does promise that the joy of one soul is great, and for Matt and Molly I know that this is the kind of thing that will bring you the most happiness. This, saving souls and bringing more and more children into the gospel is Missionary work. (I know that you already know that, but I just wanted to say it)
WOW you people are nuts, it sounds like its freezing there, I cant even believe at how cold it is there, every time it gets under about 75 degrees Fahrenheit I think that I am going to die(NOT) no I just am sure that when I come home I am going to freeze!!!! AHHH !!!!!
So Mom ware is the brother that you talked to from, and ware did he tell you to go?? I could probably find the place and tell you if you should go or not, I do know the Elders in all of Bangalore.
Oh man Good old Thanksgiving, I am so glad to hear that you all had a good one, Mine was spent in Bangalore, doing a career workshop for 5 hours, and then lunch at McDonalds, which is EXPENCIVE!! For a little snack wrap its 120 rupees that lunch or my companion and I for 2 days!! Oh well so that was my thanksgiving. But I am glad to hear that you all had a great time, as I was sitting there eating my lunch, I had the thought “ wow a year ago I was sitting at home with all of my family eating… Turkey, Potatoes, gravy, stuffing… oh… Oh man that sounds good, potatoes, gravy oh boy” then my thoughts went onto how long it had been since I had actually had a real American meal. And that was my birthday, and even that was partially Indian. And the time before that was… MTC oh well that’s life. HAHAHA
Well I hope that all of you know how much I truly enjoyed hearing all of your voices on that CD, I listened to it when I got it!! And THANK YOU FOR THE GOODS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! they where AMAZING I haven’t had REAL Oreos since… I don’t remember when. Oh mom by the way I don’t need anymore soap, I think I have enough to last me the next year, and maybe even another year after that. But thanks anyway. (its making some of the stuff taste like soap) but NOT THE OREOS!!!! Yah baby !
I love you all so much, and I want you all to know that I know that the lord is watching over you. I am truly praying for all of you and I know and apreatieate (I think that’s spelled wrong) the prayers that you are offering in my direction, they really are being answered. I know that this truly is the Lords church on the earth, and I also know that it is being lead by a True and living Prophet, I know that Joseph smith is a true prophet, I know that he saw god and Jesus Christ. I know that the book of Mormon is true, I know that when we follow the things that have been written in it that we are truly coming closer and closer to the lord. I know that as we keep and continue to make sacred covenants by going to church, by partaking the sacrament, and as you go to the temple, that the lord is truly going to bless us in the ways that we need.
I know that this work is the best and greatest work that a man could ever do, and know that it is truly being lead by the lord.
I love you all,

Elder Colton Frederick