Monday, October 25, 2010

October '10 Week 4

Well Here I am again sitting at the same computer that I always sit at writing again another Email.... I have no Idea how the days just Keep flying by. I cant seem to make it slow down... That's not a bad thing though.
Well I have quite the News, I HAVE ELDER LOHAT BACK!!! Yes its true were back together just rocking good old Chennai, and are ready to just burn the and work it to the ground.
I finally got to listen to that CD that you all sent to me for my Birthday, Last night after my Follow-ups. It was kind of Weird to listen to you all, and it was really fun to make comments to you even though you where not Physically there. It was pretty cool. I thought it was kind of interesting at how much all of you have changed, and that was a year ago... I cant even Imagine the changes that have been taking place....
Well as for my news, nothing to much, I now have elder Lohat, and we are just really loving every minuet back together. We have really been having so cool experiences with how we want to do the work, the spirit has been really strong as we have been brain storming together about our goals and about our courses of action. Its kind of cool to know that with in just a short amout of time I will be handing over the ropes to him to take care of the Chennai Zone. Pretty sweet, but kind of humbling just to know that its the lords work, not my own. Just goes to show that he really is aware of what is going on in his missions.
Well Not much to say Other than I know that the church is true. I am so thankful to Heavenly Father for allowing me to come to India and to Take part in such a Peculiar work in such a Peculiar place called India. I am so amazed at how much the lord blesses his children as they are truly obedient to the commandments of god. I love the Verse in Mosiah 2:41 how Obedience brings forth the blessings of heaven, I love the lord, and am so grateful for the opportunity to serve his children in India. I love this place so much and am absolutely convinced that this is the greatest work that we could ever do. I love The people that I meet, and that I work with so much, I am so excited to see My brothers and sisters make promises with our Heavenly Father and see them just take off in life. I am grateful for the example of the savior, he is truly the Master, and I know that he lives. His Atonement is proof of our Father in Heaven's love. I love you all and am so thankful for you and your Constant love and testimonies.
I love you all.
Elder Colton Frederick

Monday, October 18, 2010

October '10 Week 3

HOLY COW !! I think I need glasses after that Email...Just kidding.
Well first of all I have some pretty exciting News...My companion is now the new assistant, and I am being made into the senior Zone Leader, and now my new companion Is.... ELDER LOHAT!!!!! wOOO HOO!! Yep I am so excited to have him again. We are going to ROCK chennai!!!
Okay so that's the transfer news, on other news for the week, have been just as busy as ever, we went to zone conference, and received sweet trainings about following the spirit in our lessons. It was just amazing... by the way.... we finally have VISAS!!!! Yep you read it, our mission finally received visas for some of the American Missionaries, The missionaries that where supposed to come just Before Elder Peckham where given their visas on Tuesday and will be coming to the mission this week. I will have four of them in my new zone. As you can guess this just rocked the moral for the mission and for the work, we can see the hand of the lord in our mission and in our lives and are so excited to get some more missionaries. Our hopes are that Elder Pecham's batch will be allowed to come about the same time that I take off. It would be such an amazing blessing to see this happen. I know even more now than ever that the lord really does take care of his missionaries. President Funk said " Its the lords work... He knows where here." so it was pretty amazing to see what it is that the lord does for us.
So in some more cool news. We set Suyash for Baptism this week, his Date is the 14th of November... MY last week. Suyash was so excited about it. He tried to act passive about it, but you can see in his eyes that he is so excited about it. I know that he will really be a great leader here in India. He has a great life ahead of him and so I know that he will be awesome.
JESS YOU ROCK!! I am so excited to here that you sent your papers in, My mom said that you did it On Wednesday!! that is so awesome... and of course all those that can are welcome to the airport. ( That is weird saying that)
Okay on another note, I am way excited,we will be having as I said 4 new missionaries here in my zone, and of course I get to go on exchange with them. I am SO EXCITED they have been pretty sweet to the ears, and so I think that I am going to take advantage of the situation and learn as much from them as I can.
Oh by the way mom, about your experience at the Doctors office.. I think Its so cool that our doctor has the Priesthood, and is able to use it in his practice. (how many people can say that instead of giving you any treatment that their doctor gave them a blessing and they got better Immediately) ahh the power of the Priesthood.
Well as much as I would love to go on, I really don't have much more to say, the week has gone by so fast that I didn't even realize that it had been a week since General Conference until I had been in the middle of sacrament Meeting, and then I felt like it had only been like a day.. Weird
I know that this is truly the lords Church, and I know that the work that I am engaged in is truly the lords, I know that the proclaiming of the gospel is fulfilling scripture. I know that the plan of Salvation is real, I know that the savior lives and that he loves us. I know that Heavenly father lives and that he loves us. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful family who roots for me from far away, I am so grateful for the Emails that I get, and the love that is shown to me and those around me. I want you all to know that I love you too, and I am praying for all of your success. I am so thankful that the lord has blessed us with his gospel in these latterdays. I know that Joseph Smith was visited by two heavenly Personages, and I know that he was inspired, and directed by god to restore his truth back on the earth today. I know that Thomas S. Monson is the lords living prophet. I love you all and am so happy to call you my Family.
Elder Colton Frederick

Monday, October 11, 2010

October '10 Week 2

well since I didd'nt get a letter from you all this week I figured I would Update you all with the new Information of what happened this week. What a week it was too, I have had quite the neat experiences. From families getting baptized, and people wanting to be baptized, and even to taking an airplane to Bangalore and back.
I hope you all enjoy the picture that I sent. That was my airplane ride to Bangalore, I went and had my Full on Zone leaders council, it was awesome, My mission president gave a great training on following the spirit, and how we can attain the gifts of the spirit. It was way cool. We also discussed all kinds of things about the mission. It was quite the experience.

Other news, Usha, Richella and Anto where Baptized this week!!!! Elder Tewari got them baptized during General Conference this week... WHICH WAS AWESOME General Conference was quite the conference I really liked the whole thing. I think that It was quite interesting that they really focused on having faith in the lord, Trusting the prophet, and following the words of living prophets are soooo important. that talk about the 14 fundamentals of following the prophet by president Benson, is sweet, and I had just read that the other day, and to have them talk about all of the principals that where said was pretty cool. If you get the chance and haven't followed the council in reading it for FHE..... DO IT!!!! Its quite interesting at what was said.
okay any who, so that was about all that happened During Conference, after conference we went and saw Suyash who has been looking for answers to his prayers, and was not sure if he was even praying correctly, so we sat down with him and talked to him about how he could receive an answer, and he ended up praying and asking specifically to know that the book of Mormon is true.
His friend from Utah (Cheryll) who is a member of the church, was in complete tears, the spirit was so strong as Suyash said the prayer. You could hear the desires of his heart where so strong and you could tell that he really wanted to know the truth about the book of Mormon. He said though that he will be baptized, that he knows that Jesus Christ is our savior, and that this all was true, but he said that he really wanted a spiritual witness that it was true, he did'nt want to just simply believe, He's such a stud!! I love him so much. Well that was just about all of my week, I loved every minuet of it, mostly just because of the way every thing just played out. My most favorite thing though was Usha's baptism. It was probably the greatest moment of my Entire mission, That was quite the Cake topper, To see that whole family get baptized was just so thrilling. I Just wanted to give her a big huge hug, and tell just tell all of her family how happy I was for them.
with all of that said, I know ever more the stronger that this is the lords true and living church. I know ever more that the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith, and I know with all my heart that the savior did Atone for all of us so that we could be able to come back and live with our loved ones. I will be so happy when I get to see all of the people I have taught, and baptized in the Celestial kingdom, I know that the promise that the lord gave to Joseph Smith is true, when you bring but one soul to my kingdom, how great shall be your joy.
I Know with all my heart that this is the greatest work in the entire world. I know that this is the lords work and that it truly does bring so much more happiness when we follow the words of the prophets, and we apply the gospel in our lives. I love you all and hope the best for you. I am happy that your all my family
Elder Colton Frederick

Monday, October 4, 2010

October '10 Week 1

Wow, what a week, I am glad to here that your all on the mend of what ever bug you have just had. Sounds Pretty Nasty!
Well, My week has been pretty busy as well, I have been on quite the Roller coaster of life, On Monday Last week, we took the Mission president with us on exchange, (he came to Chennai for Interviews) and we took him to see Suyash, President Funk also graduated at Utah State University, and so it was quite the Exchange, and Suyash really benefited from it, President talked about Faith, and we went on about the gospel of Jesus Christ, which was really great, because now he is thinking about baptism. Yesterday after church, we where looking at the October 2010 Liahona, and it has a ton of Pictures of the Temple in side, and Suyash turned to me and said, " I think I would like to go there with in the Next year or so." I got a big old grin on my face and said to him "Hey that's a great goal, Well get you there" He smiled and said " thanks... When can we meet again?" which in suyash talk means "I want you to come to my house so that we can talk about baptism" I was so happy, and so was he.
My week was also consisting of Interviews for all of the missionaries here, and then some good old Lock downs (I was stuck in my apartment all day long), and then me running around trying to get into school... Pray hard please... Ill need it.
So over all I had a pretty good week, I have also been thinking about families a lot lately, there is a couple of x-pat. Families here, and we had the oppurtunity to go and visit with them, and it was so cool to see how strong the gospel was in their lives, I was really impressed with the attitude of the children about the gospel, and how much it really has blessed their lives. I really think that it is so cool to see families faithful in the gospel, and living their lives in a way that is harmonizing to the gospel of Jesus Christ. I really hope that when it's my turn to have a family that I can do the same and Help my Children live the gospel. The whole thing brought my thoughts to how much you as a family have truly helped me learn and grow, and It brought me to true Joy Knowing that you have helped me and the rest of our family to know about How we can have happy lives. It is such a blessing to see families that are so loving, and so caring about every aspect of each other, and that are yet still so secure in the promises that they have made together. It is a shocking thing to me to see families that still have some problems, but are sure that through faithful obedience to the lords Doctrine. Shocking in the aspect that I know so many other people that would benefit from living the truth. I guess in short, It truly is such a blessing to be able to carry this truth to so many families here in India, and then see the problems they have just melt away because of their faith in the lord.
I know that the gospel is true, I see the evidence of it every day and because I do My testimony grows, I know that this is the lords truth, and that it is what will make families the happiest. I know that Jesus Christ and our Heavenly father do love each and every one of us, and that they truly are aware of everything that we need, and or want. I know that my Redeemer Lives, that he loves me, and that he atoned for each of us. I know that Joseph Smith, did receive the Keys to open the last dispensation, and that Thomas S. Monson is the lords mouthpiece today, I am so happy that we get to listen to the words of a living prophet, and I know that what he and the 12 apostles say is exactly what we need to hear at this time.
I love you all and hope the best for you, I am happy to have you all in my prayers.
Elder Colton Frederick