Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Almost 2 Weeks

Wow, it is hard to believe that it has almost been 2 weeks since that boy has returned home. What a difference!! He has really embraced the missionary work, kept the commandments and wow the changes!!!! I love what living the Lord's way and working to bless others in his name does to one's soul. That boy is no longer a lad, he is a man and it is so fun to see the maturity. He takes on the tasks around him without being asked and seems to want to be in the middle of what ever is going on. That is so much better than being reclusive. Klynton seems really glad to have him home as well and it has been fun having both of them in the same room but I have started calling them trees because they are both so much taller than I am. Amazing. The school stuff should be taking off soon and he can get things done in a hurry and then be ready to go to school.

At this Thanksgiving time, I feel so blessed to be able to have such wonderful family and friends in my life! I feel that my cup runneth over and that God in Heaven is so good to me. It just doesn't get much better than this! Having friends and family around at Holiday time and being able to spend a little time with them!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Last Week!! Last Letter!!

This is my last baptizem Suyash, this happened yesterday night.
Love you

To all of you who have followed the blog: Thanks so much for your love and support!! This isn't the end of the blog, but it is the end of the mission. I will try to maintain the blog occasionally as big things come along. Then when Klynton goes, I will do it all again. Colton gets home on Wednesday night about midnight and we are so looking forward to that.


Monday, November 8, 2010

November '10 Week 1

Well well well the end is even more in sight...

You ain't kidding this is probably the busiest week that I will have, and its my last. Actually mom the Trip to Erode and Coimbitore is today, I will be lieaving with in the next couple of hours, but I promise I will get you some Photo's, I love the country side on the way to any place, India is just quite the beautiful place, and you never know what to expect, you can have which ever way you want to live life, you can life in the smallest of the small, or the Biggest of the Big, and that is how India is. I agree this is probably the greatest opportunity that we could ever have to learn what the lord wants us to as we spend time in his service and in a blessed land.
So Jess is going to Baltimore huh? That's SWEET!! we just had a few missionaries that got visas come from that mission. Pretty cool.
Hey by the way mom, You'll Never guess what I just received in the Mail.... the shoes. I finally got them, When I was in Bangalore for ZLC I was in the mission office, and I was looking around, and All of a sudden I see a box with your hand writing on it addressed to me, and of course nothing but a few Gatorade packets and the shoes made it safely, the Milano's and the what ever else was destroyed, Supposedly "rats" got into it, But I did get some Beef Jerky. Those rats where probably 5'3 and spoke Tamil, Oh well what can do, I at least got new shoes for the last week and a half of my mission. THANK YOU !!!!!!
Well yes I did get to go and visit with Usha, and her family, and that was such a great visit, they bore such strong testimonies, and Usha has done a full 180 from Roman Catholic to one of the Strongest members in the Branch. It was really grate to spend time with them. They wrote in my Book of remembrance for me and left quite the letter's. My heart will probably go with them and the rest of India when I step on that Air plane.
I love you all and am so grateful for all the support you have given to me, I know that this is the lords work, I know that the savior lives, that Our heavenly Father is Mindful of ALL of his Children and that with out his power and his guiding hand Nothing is possible. I know that this is his true and living church, I know that it is Directed by a living prophet, and I know that The Prophet Joseph Smith did restore the truth of god and if fact translated the book of Mormon. I know that the power it holds is not any mans power, but gods power. I don't care what anyone says, its true.
I love you and am so thankful for your love and supporting prayers in the last Two years.

Elder Colton Frederick

Monday, November 1, 2010

October Week 5

Wow...I think some one is way too excited about the future... Okay i am excited too, but I have way to much to do to even think about that kind of stuff, I am going to zone leaders council today, and will not get back until wednesday, and then on monday next week I will be going to Coimbitore for exchanges with a few of my Missionaries there and that will be for a few days since its like a six hour train ride to Coimbitore from Chennai... Oh what fun it is to ride and Indian train for six hours, I lucked out and was hooked up with some really good tickets, which means I don't have to sweat the whole way there. (thank you members of the church)
Well things are Awesome here in good old Chennai, we are really working hard, and really spreading our wings from just focusing all of our efforts on one specific place, we are really getting to know the Area, and working on really using the members, for some reason the last set of Elders where not really using the members on exchanges, or ever using them for any kind of work. It is such a fun thing to visit with the members and to really work with them, I love spending the time with them, they all have just such strong Testimonies, since more that 80 percent of the members are all converts.
We are going to go and see some of my converts today, I am so excited to see Usha, Rechella and Anto, they are not in my area, but we got permission to go, so we will be going before I go to Bangalore today. Lunch... Mmmmmmm I love the food here so much, I might just have to move back... ;)

Well I just want you to all know that I am so thankful for the Examples that all of you have been to me. I have been so grateful for all that you have done for me, I have been able to in one way or another use something that all of you have taught me. I use them every day and have been ever so blessed because of it. There are some that have no Idea how much they have caused a change not only in my heart, but in the hearts of hundreds in India. That is not an exaggeration. I Know that this is truly the lords kingdom on earth, I know that it was restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith in 1830 I know that because of that we have the understanding of god and his Eternal plan for all of us. I know that his plan is perfect, and that what ever happens in our lives it is for the betterment of our selves. I know that the book of Mormon is the word of God, and that the spirit that it brings is so Powerful that no one can second guess, if they read it with a heart that hears and Ears that Feel. I am so thankful for all that that means. I know that the words in the book of Mormon where written for us in this time and if we use them and it EVERY DAY that we will "be able to know all things which we should do" 2 Nephi 32:3 I know that there is "no other way nor name given under heaven whereby salvation can come except in and through the name of Christ." Mosiah 3:19 I also know that god is watching over all of us, he knows we are here, and that he know's our needs and our wants, and I know that he pulls all kind of strings, and that miricals are not over. He is a god of power, and when we show our faith, all things are possible.
I love you all and am so happy that your happy. With all my Love
Elder Colton Frederick