Wednesday, January 27, 2010

January '10 Week 4

Oh man it just sounds like your all just loving life, I am so glad to hear about Carl and Priam, tell them CONGRATULATIONS!! thats awsome, I wish that the branch here had some of the members of the chruch there, Its just a complete differance here than at home, its crazy, but I love it. Its kind of interesting to see how a branch works on the inside, and a ward, being all caught up in the middle of it, I am just amazed at how it truly is the lords church, the people that are put into a position to change thier lives and to change others, it puts a bit of a fire under me to want to go home and help the ward, (interesting thing, but 2 years ago, I dont think I would have EVER wanted those words to come out of my mouth) I am just so gratefull to be a missionary for the lord!!
Well We just had Zone Confrence, and so we are here in good old banglaore, AGAIN!! man I swear I am here for something or other all the freaking time, but as they say here " what can do?"
So a funny story for you all, last week my companion and I came to Bangalore for his (my companions ) wisdom tooth, he had been having the top Left one growing in, (before his mission his dentist said that his top ones would not have to be removed) the tooth was hurting his mouth so bad that he could barly eat rice( thats a bad thing) and so we ended up going to a dentist here in Banglaore, whow supposedly was one of the best dentists in India. well as we walked in the doctor took us right in and sat Elder Riley down, and started to look in his mouth, and anounces " Yep, thats going to have to be removed" and were thinking "...DUH!! thats why were here" and so he gives my companion some novocane, and when my companion asks for Nitrus, he says, and I quote " Oh its okay your a tough guy" so we are just kind of thinking that he is just going to work on him with just novocane... we where right... the doctor starts to let the novocane work and starts to just talk to us, and my companions speach starts to slur. so all of a sudden he tells Elder Riley to sit back and to relax, so of course he sits back and opens his mouth, the next thing I see is the doctor grab a tool about the size around as a pencil, and stab my companion in the mouth, standing in a forward stance, and then I see blood come out of Elder Rileys mouth and go onto the Bib he was wearing and onto his chin. Then all of a sudden he grabs a tool that is the same size as a small pair of Hedge Clippers, the ones that you can use in one hand, and about as long, and all of a sudden yank realy hard to whare I hear a pop. and then I hear " okay your done." he stuck some cotten in there, and said "okay so you can go and have a seat over there. and points to the chair next to me. we paid and then got his drugs and left, we wer'nt in there for more that 20 minuets, and that is the time for us to walk in and out... My companion and I just Cringe everytime we think about it.
well that's about it, we are really working hard here in good old KGF, and we are seeing alot of changes happen in our Investigators, Thank you all so much for your prayers, Thier comming true.
I love you all so much, and I really am so gratefull for all of your prayers, I know that the lord lives and I know that he is watching over all of us, I know that the savoir Jesus Christ truly was our Greatest Example, I know that He Atoned for our sins, that we could strive daily to become like Him. I know that the God and Jesus Christ Truly apeared to an obscure boy, 200 years ago, I know that by and through him The lords chruch was Restored to teach us the gospel, I know that Thomas S. Monson is the True and living Prophet, and that his 12 apostals are called of God. I know that the book of Mormon is the lords words for us to follow in these last days. I Know that the lord hears and answers prayers, and that his will is done when we are following and Listining to his spirit, I love you all so much, and am so gratefull for your help.

Love always,
Elder Colton Frederick

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

January '10 Week 3

Hello Family!!!

Well I am doing pretty good, I am just loving life, in good old Incredible India!! Its strange to think that this isn't home, I just keep thinking about how much I love this place and the people, Even with all of the funny things that they do, I almost cant imagine life anywhere else. I feel like all I have ever known was here in India, weird how that works.
AMY DID WHAT?!?!?!?! I cant believe it, I would have never guessed it, but then again, I haven't heard from her since before I left. Send Tom and Lori my love, I will keep all of this in my prayers. Shes lucky she doesn't live in India, she would probably be killed Literally. The people have it in their culture that you have your marriage arranged, weather it be arranged or love, usually there is some kind of Parental involvement, if not their cut off from ALL family Ties, I think its stupid to arrange a marriage, but at least have some sort of parental agreement, that's Nuts!! Oh well, all we can do is just pray for her, kind of interesting at how people can take Agency to a new Extreme on both ends of the spectrum... Just know that I love you Tom and Lori.
well I Have some pretty sweet news, Vicky's parents are FINALLY letting him get baptized!!! I cant tell you how much we have been working on getting him there. Elders found him In December of 2008 and since that time he has been coming to church, so finally we sat down with him and finally got permission to get him baptized, we sat down with his parents and the branch president, and talked about it, and they said that it was his choice. and his choice was a really big YES!!! we are way excited, he is scheduled to get baptized on the 31 of January... Its about time!!
we also have two more baptisms coming up in February so pretty soon I hope. They are a couple of Children to a family that we have been meeting with for about two months now, and their parents have said that it was okay, so now we are trying to work on the parents, but there is a bit of an English problem, means there is no English.
I am glad to here that things are Okay, I am praying for all of you, and just glad to hear from you all, its always nice to hear from all of you.
I want you all to know that I love you all, and I know that you are all being watched over, I know that the lord does everything with a purpose, I know that with every trial there is a blessing, and with every blessing there is more desire to live with our father in heaven. I know that this is the lords true and living church, I know that the lord has restored it through his servant the prophet Joseph Smith, I know with out any doubt in my mind that the book of Mormon is the word of god, I have been able to feel the lords spirit whisper to me that it is true. I know that there is no other way to reach the kingdom of god other than through the savior Jesus Christ, I know that he lives and loves each and every one of you, and he is always there to " comfort the meek and lowly of heart." I have no doubt that the prophet Thomas S. Monson is the lords true and living prophet, seer and Revelator in these last days, I know that his living twelve apostles are called of god. I know that the lord lives and loves each of us, and is listening to your prayers. I love you all and am so happy to call you all my family and friends.
Elder Colton Frederick

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

January Week 2

Holy Cow its Wednesday already!?!?!?! Oh man I almost cant believe it, things are just going buy so freaking fast, I cant even count the day's that pass, my companion where talking about time and how long we had been companions, and all of a sudden we noticed that it had been 3 months!!, we where both laughing because it sure didnt feel like it.
Mom by the sound of it, your probably right, the houses that you taught it and these are probably the same size, there is one member family that lives in a "house" about the size of my bed room in length, and there are 9 children, let alone the 2 parents, its pretty crazy, they all are just so nice though, and so loving, I am amazed every time I go there.
Oh man you are killing me with the Frozen Custard, I miss American Ice Cream so bad... don't get me wrong, I love the Ice cream here, but it just is nothing like home.
WOW!! Frank, and Mickie are going to go on missions here pretty soon huh?? THAT'S SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!!! tell them Congrats!!!
Man mom, sounds like that Family History stuff is really taking off more and more, I Keep praying that you find Every one, I never realized how important it is to have a Genealogy until I came to India... Lets just say no one knows birthdays around here.
Hey the bishop Came for dinner huh? that's cool, I need to send him a letter... been a little while... OKay Ill repent, I just have to find his Email address again, I know were it is, just need to use it. the stake president too, In the mean time tell them I said "HELLO form INDIA!!!"
So I have a bit of an interesting story, Last night as we where coming home from an appointment, My companion got a phone call from one of the sisters in the branch, she said that she needed a blessing, so we told her that we could come tomorrow, (today) she said okay, but she asked for us to pray for her as well. This sister has been having some problems with her Ex- husband, He was cheating on her and was living a double life, and then she found out about a year ago, since that time she was trying to leave him, but he is a bit like Frank and just give her all HECK amount of trouble, he calls her and scolds her and try's to get the children to come away from her, so she has been trying to get a divorce, but in this culture if you get a divorce, most of the time the women is looked down upon because of it. Now she has been Hiding from him for the last year, and has made quite the amount of threats to kill himself,and all kinds of thing, just more and more problems, so she has been trying to get things taken care of, so I guess he called her last night and was trying to get her back, and she didn't know what to do, and she was just sick of him. so she called us to come and give her a comfort blessing, so when we showed up this morning she was in full tears, there was not any rest for that women in the last few hours, you could tell that she had been crying all morning, so we brought the former branch president in and we sat down and gave her a blessing, it was absolutely amazing, if you could have seen her face before and after, it was a complete change from one of utter pain, to complete comfort, (she was still crying of course) but it was just amazing at how much you could see the faith that she had in just a little tiny blessing. Just goes to show that the power of god is definitely on the earth today.
well I am Really happy to hear that your all doing well, I am glad that everything is able to play out the way things are supposed to.
Things here are great as you all should expect, we are just having a great time teaching some really amazing people who really want to change their lives an repent to best ability that they have.
I know that the gospel is true, and I know that the lord does truly do things in his own time and in his own way, I know that when we put our trust in him that we can become more and more like him in every way. I know that the savior lives, and that he loves each and every one of you, I know that he suffered the pains of our sins so that we could give him the pain of our souls, I am so grateful for a living prophet, I Know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet, and that he restored the lords true an LIVING church through and by the power and Instruction of god. I know that the lord does truly answer prayers how ever small or big they may be. Thank you all for helping me get to ware I am today, I really am so grateful for every thing that you have done for me.
I love you all
Elder Colton Frederick

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

January Week 1

Hello Family!!!
Oh man that FHE sounds like a blast, I think its weird that, that many FHE's have passed, I haven't counted, but I do remember reading about a few fun ones here and there, I miss them, I bet it will be really weird when I get home and all of you are laughing at me because I am sitting on the floor cross-legged and eating my food with my hands. The sad part is that, that probably will happen. Espically if there is rice, so NO RICE or else you'll see my Indian come out.
So it sounds like Jess got beat up again by the family, JESS- Bro you got to wait for me, You cant just jump in there with out a wing man!!!! Ill be there in... okay a while, but just be careful man, They have snow and there's three of them!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!
Well the week here has been pretty good, We have been really working hard to get some new investigators, but of course the lord provided some, the neat thing was that it wasn't just any investigators either, we ran into an anglo family that was a Brazilian native family, it was pretty cool they where here in KGF for the Holidays and they decided to stay for 5 weeks. My companion had walked by the house earlier that day and about 30 minuets to an hour, later all of a sudden this brother that looks more mexican than Indian comes up on his motorcycle and asks us to come to his house. so we set up an appointment for the evening and then when we come to the address we come to a HUGE HOUSE!!! (remember I have been In villages my whole mission and have never taught in a house bigger than maybe Wheelers drive in, that has two Families staying in it) and the children are mostly all WHITE!!! I was just thrown though a loop! and then we started to teach them the first lesson and they invited us back, it was so Cool. My companion and I are way Excited to go back because the children all understand, probably better than most people. they actually asked us how they could pray!!!
Well that was about all of my cool stories for the week, mostly I have just been trying to work hard and get things done. I am way excited for this new year, we have actually made a goal for the half year, partly because My mission president might be going home, because his visa runs out, and then and also because all of the elders that are here are going to start to be going home in about May, and that is when the big batches start to go home, so our goal is 325 baptisms for the Half year, and last year we blew past that, so we Know we can do it agian, even with half of the people that we had the first time.
I Just want you all to know that I love you all, I am so grateful that you all have us in your prayers, and I want you to know that I can feel them always, I have seen so many of them answered and I thank all of you.
I Know that this church is the lords true and living church, and I know that It is truly led by the lord and the savior through a man called by them for us. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that it truly was written for us in this time. I know that the Prophet Joseph Smith did see two personages In a pillar of light, and I know that it was God the father, and his son Jesus Christ. I know that the Latter was sent here for us and that he did truly Bleed and die for our sins, and was resurrected for our hope in god.
I am so grateful for all of your hard work in being my Family, Friends and loved ones. You are all in my prayers.
Ilove you all

Elder Colton Frederick