Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Secret is....... WHAT?

I can’t believe it is already p-day! The weeks are flying now! The first week felt so long and now I am beginning to freak out because I am going to the real world in 3 weeks, what?!!! But wow the amazing, life changing things I am learning. It was another week of up and down, happy and sad, failures and success, and everything in between.

Update on the Spanish: It still is the hardest thing I am working through here in the CCM. Honestly I have been trying to pin point what it is and my comp and I pretty much have it figured out.... My love for the gospel and my ability to teach the gospel has been so easy for me growing up..... But the one thing that I haven’t realized is that without a language (or the ability to speak a language)  you are confused, lost, and unable to connect with others. I can’t tell you the heartache I have. The gospel is the most important thing to me and to not be able to teach it, and share how I really feel has brought some really hard times. But more than that I have witnessed miracles that I could never imagine. The gift of tongues is real people!!!!    No matter how bad I am at Spanish I realize every time I am in the mindset of giving everything to the Lord and teaching what He wants me to teach. The spirit is always there. I can’t even describe the feeling. My favorite thing has been to recite the memorized first vision in Spanish. It is so so powerful. Wow. Sometimes I want the Lord to just BAM make me speak the language fluent the next lesson, or miraculously put words into my mouth that I don’t even know. But quickly have I learned it does not work this way. I have learned that first just like in anything related to the gospel I have to have faith. After faith I pray to have strength to keep the faith as I act. ACTING is the hardest part. But it is where we find the answers Heavenly Father wants us to receive. This week I was reminded of a scripture that I have heard probably 2000 times. 1 Nephi 3:7 I WILL GO AND DO.... This scripture is up on the wall in the cafeteria and I don’t know why I didn’t notice it till now (well actually because now I can actually read and understand it HAHA) but it has been my answer this week. I had so many people tell me that missionary work is.... wait for it.... work. It is in the doing, or the acting. My faith in the Lord is matched with His faith in me. So first I have learned to have A LOT OF FAITH. Second pray my guts out and third act so that he can place miracles. Oh and I can’t forget the most important thing which is something I thought I already learned in school BE PATIENT!!!!   I have to tell myself.... HERMANA FRAME BE PATIENT literally like every two seconds. Goodness me.  It is the hardest Christ like attribute for me to learn.

My other big realization this week is how important it is to be in the continual process of being converted. Here in the CCM you are taught how to help the investigator with this but this is true in everyone’s life. We are all investigators of Christ. Every day. So here are the few points I have figured out and the fundamentals we are taught. First, realizing how the Holy Ghost speaks to you personally. Second, revelation comes through prayer that is consistent, followed by the study of the Book of Mormon to hear what God has to say to you. Third is revelation we receive through attending church. This one was huge for me. It is the 3 hours weekly that we are able to come unto him by learning more about the gospel and with an open heart the Lord can fill our lives with blessings, answers to questions, and the reminder of our daily sacrifice to remember Christ. Remember conversion is continuous. DO NOT JUST GO THROUGH THE MOTIONS. It is easy when you have grown up in the gospel to have it be mundane.  Each day pray, read, ponder, repeat. Oh and go to church prepared. My bishop always said to have DAILY SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES. It is so important. Whatever we are doing, how happy or sad we are, what trial or success we have. Come to him.

Last night we had the area seventy come and speak... It was so great but the end hymn was I Know that My Redeemer lives. Oh what joy it brought to my soul. It is my favorite song and even though it was in Spanish it hit me hard. I remembered how vital it is to come to him daily. It is through our obedience, constant nourishment our testimonies, and ask-seek-knock all day everyday do we feel his love and become better people anchored in him. Yo se que vive mi Senor. Yo se que soy una representante de Jesucristo. Yo se que mi mision bendecira mucha vivas. Yo se que esta Iglesia es verdadero.

Before I end here is a few random facts of the CCM
-It is in the middle of Lima in the district of La Molina about 10 min away from el Templo
-The food never fails to be amazing-rice chicken, beef, rice, potatoes, rice, rice and veggies, oh and more rice ;)
-Physical activity is from 2 to 3 every day that includes ping pong, futbol, volleyball, beach volleyball, running, foosball, and sometimes just chilling. I love just being able to get out and do something.
-The ratio of Hermanas to Elders is 10-2.    I LOVE IT WITH ALL MY HEART.    We eat first, we sit in the front, and we are literally pampered.
-Most of the missionaries are from Utah, Cali, and Idaho----go figure
-And most of all I LOVE IT SO MUCH. The spirit is here 24/7... I thank the Lord every day I get to be here.

I had an amazing week with so many miracles, blessings along with trials. Each day my head hits the pillow and I can’t tell you how grateful I am for this opportunity to serve. I love it, with all my heart. I love this gospel. Until next week!!!

Con amor,

Hermana Frame

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