Wednesday, June 30, 2010

June '10 Week 5

Well what a time to prepare for, It sounds like your all getting quite busy with this summer being about to end, ( I know that as soon as you all realize that the summer is here, you'll then realize that its over) I cant believe how fast time is just FLYING BUY!!! I have about a two day week, and that doesn't help that it's Sunday and Wednesday, mostly because those are the days that I realize that the week is just about over.
I actually am shifting my apartment this week, we are shifting to a place in our area, instead of being a 20 minute bus ride now I can walk out of my front door and be in my area. Our apartment is way nice, I really like it.
Well we had quit the week, we have been Finding some REALLY sweet families, they are all just so sweet, We have one family that asks us when we are going to come back all the time, and they all just love what we teach.
I had a neat experience with this family who are Brhaman, (Hindu) they tried to tell us that they pray the exact same way that we do, which we ended up explaining that because they talked to a brick, or a stone that there was no way that they could get the things that they needed. We where really amazed that they actually got down on their knees and prayed to "Heavenly Father" and not just Heavenly god.
We have another family that we are teaching that are from Bangal, (northern india) that are Just AMAZING!! they asked us when we where coming back and also where so excited about the Plan of Salvation that they asked us how they could know that it was true, and then when they prayed they said that where so thankful to god that these two sons came to teach them truth. I am really hopeful about all of these people.
Well I love you all and am just so happy for you all, I know that this is truly the lords church, I can see it in every thing that is done, I am so thankful that the lord lives and loves us, I know that Jesus Christ truly atoned for each of us. I know that God Lives and that he truly did Select Joseph smith To Restore his Gospel. I know that those who devote their lives and talents to him and his bringing about his truth, in families and around the world are all doing the lords work and are bringing to pass the Immortality and Eternal life of man -moses
I love you and am so thankful for your prayers.
Elder Colton James Frederick

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

June '10 Week 4

well sounds to me like the life and times of good old Mt.Pleasant are going great!!
Just don't forget that the greatest growing comes from the scriptures. I have seen so much more of a change in my self as I have put my nose in the scriptures. I know that the best way to learn is to ask the lord for his help.
well life is good here in good old Vizak, I am really excited to be able to be here and be teaching some of the coolest people. I told all of you about Amar and Saritha, and man things are like pulling teeth with these people, but We think we have found a solution, we are giving them a chapter to read, and then calling them in the morning and giving them questions that they need to look for in the chapter, and then we are following up with them that night. sooo.. hopefully that will get them excited about the scriptures, we are also giving them a tour of the church tonight and then we are taking a great exchange to help give them some help with their 1year old son. who is their excuse for not coming to church.
Well we just had zone conference this last week which was really amazing, and sad at the same time, this was our last one with my mission president. He gave us his advice, and told us about how his family became members of the church. As all of this was said and done, it got me to thinking about my life goals, and about how I really want to have my family raised as members of the church. I Thought alot about how much I really don't have any Idea about what I am going to do with my life, but at the same time I am so excited about how much I get to plan it all out as time goes by.
I love you all, and am so happy for all of you, I hope that you all know that I know that this is truly the lords Gospel restored. I am so happy that you are all living and keeping your lives in the gospel of our lord and savior. I know that he suffered for all of us and I know that it was all out of love for us that the lord created the plan of salvation. I know that this is the greatest work that we could ever do (next to having a family) and I know that if we live the gospel and show the lord the evidence of our faith, that he will give us what we need.
THanks for all that you do!!
Elder Colton Frederick

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

June '10 Week 3

Hello FAMILY!!!
well thanks for all of the Info! I hope everything goes well with Jess, I will defenetly keep him in my prayers more specifically some times it does take some waiting before the lord has us ready for our new experiences, and sometimes we have to remove things with in and about us before we can do the things that the lord has us do his work.
Well I had quite the experience this last week, we have been teaching this family the Fathers name is Joseph and the wifes name is Hemilata we where teaching them for quite some time, and as I told you last week she was not really sure that they wanted to take baptism, so we started to talk to them again and found that they where not willing to take baptism, even though she new that if she did that she would be able to go into gods Kingdom, if not, she knew the consiquences, and she (Hemilata) said that she understood, but that she just could not do it. I was so sad, all I could do was bear my testimony to her and let them go, It was quite sad, and then the next sunday we also dropped a family who had a baptismal date, but just was not interested to come to church. (I think that I have had my heart broken to many times for these people that I don't even blink anymore, its sad, but I cant get my Emotions in the way, of anything, if you do, you just end up getting hurt. which doesn't help them, No matter what, your Emotions will not get people baptized, Only your sincerity will help them get into the waters of baptism.
Well I am sorry about the cold there, but I am so happy that its getting into the Rainy season here, because It has just been so MISERABLY HOT!!! Oh well, I did Kind of Enjoy it, mostly because I have just really learned Diligence even when its tough. Kind of like that good old saying "when the going gets tough, The tough get going. "
As much as I had my heart broken with those people, I have really enjoyed learning about how we as people gain experience, and how when we gain a testimony we can Enjoy the gospel in our lives and be blessed by its teachings.
I know that the lord lives that he loves each of his children, and that he truly does have our priorities in mind, He has the happines of each of us at heart. I know that god truly loved us so much that that he sent his son Jesus Christ on this earth to atone for our sins.
I know that the book of Mormon is the word of god, and that by reading and following it that our families can truly be blessed. I know that Thomas S. Monson is the prophet and spokes man for god. I know that Joseph Smith truly under Direction from god restored the gospel and the priesthood of god to bless each of his children and to teach them how to become like him.
I love you all, and I hope that you all have a great time this week.
To all of you fathers out there, HAPPY FATHERS DAY!!
Love, Elder Colton Frederick

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Jume '10 Week 2

Hello Family!!

Sounds to me like there is quite the amount of activities going on there, people coming home from missions, people going on them, people just moving along in life!! I am so glad that you are all good though.
Well life here is good, nothing like killing snakes though. I am just running around like an Elder worried about families who don't seem to want to do anything...Grrr, oh well. we have been working with this family that I have been just so hopeful on, but this last week they went to their families house and the brothers to the wife where scolding the husband and telling him that he was dumb for wanting to be baptized again, and the wife just seems to not care... so right now we are trying to be a little creative and get them to have a spiritual experience so that they can know what the spirit feels like so that they can get an answer... pray hard.. thats what I am doing....
on the other hand, things are pretty normal around here, just trying to learn more and more, I really have enjoyed my companion, he is way cool, and he is teaching me a ton about just being a person, as well as gospel things, I really like the way he does things.
I had quite the learning experience the other day, just about how much the lord really loves his children, and how sad he must feel about the things that go on in life, as I was out walking, I saw something that just made me sick to my stomach, and since that time I have just really felt bad for what the lord puts up with. It makes me want to make sure that I and my family NEVER ever get into those kinds of things. I am so glad that I have been on a mission to learn some of these big lessons, and I am so happy that I have had the people around me to train me how to live and except things in life. It is truly amazing at how much the gospel can truly bless us if we really strive to learn it and follow it in our lives.
Sorry for the rambling on about life.
I am really happy your all enjoying the weather, I think I might die here if it gets any hotter!! I am praying for the rain, so hard that you just want to die... your sweating to death, everything is wet, and you cant even concentrate because your brain is soooo past fried... but its fun, and good for the body!!
well I love you all and am so happy for you all to be doing so well, I hope everything goes well with all of you this week, and I am praying for you, so don't forget it. By the way for all of you snake fighters BE CAREFUL.
I want you all to know how thankful I am that you have been such great examples in my life, I am also thankful for you teaching me so much. I want you all to know that I know that this is truly the lords true and living church. I am so happy that the lord has given us so much, and that he even sent his son to come to the earth for us and our sins to be overcome, all so that we could live with a loving, and living father who wants our happiness.
I know that the book of Mormon is the lords words and that by reading and following it that we can be able to have happier and more loving families.
Thanks for all that you do.
Love Elder Colton Frederick

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

June '10 Week 1

Well not too much time here, but I did want to tell you a little news!!
So I now have a new Companion, and he is way COOL!! we have been pretty excited to work together, he is from Idaho, his name is Elder Thompson, Its been a lot of fun the last few days, and I have already learned so much from him, things that I never would have thought I could do, but it is soooo much more effective.
We have been working with some really sweet families this week who hopefully we can get baptized, Amar and Saritha where having a tough time understanding the importance of getting an answer, and we also decided that we needed to start from the beginning. So that is what we are doing.
I am sorry this one is a little short, but I am pretty busy this week, I have a few Erends that I need to run, (buying a new Mattress!!!!) Hopefully this will help me sleep better.
I love you all so much an want you all to know that I know that the lord lives, that he loves us, I know that he truly answers prayers. I know that he restored his gospel and did so for us and our families I know that the book of Mormon is the word of god. I know that the prophet Thomas S Monson is the lords Mouthpiece today. I know that the blessings from living a life worthy of a temple recommend and then using it is the best thing that we could ever do. I am amazed at the way that the lord works in such small and simple ways.
I love you all and am so happy that you are all such great examples in my life, I hope and pray for you all every day. I thank you for your love and kindness that you have all given to me.
Love you all
Elder Colton Frederick