Monday, August 31, 2015

Sacrament and the Atonement

 Buenos dias!

How is life in Utah?  'Bout the same?  It's about the same here too!  Talking to everybody, testifying about Jesus Christ and his Gospel, baptizing, learning, growing, change, everything!  I'm loving it!

Something I want to talk about is something I learned when I was studying in The Infinite Atonement by Tad R. Callister.  One thing I realized and learned as I read there was that we will ALL be resurrected and face Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father again in their presence, no matter how sinful you are.  It's one of the "you have to take it" gifts of the Atonement.  We already agreed to it in the beginning.  Because Christ accomplished the Atonement, we will all meet God again face to face, if only for a moment.  That's what the Atonement does. It makes us "at-one" with God, whose presence we left. A reunion that is only made possible through the Atonement of Jesus Christ because we are unclean and "no unclean thing can dwell with God."(1 Nephi 10:21)  The question is though, will you stay?  Will you want to stay in his presence.  All who don't merit eternal life and the Celestial Kingdom will not want to be there and "the very thought of coming into the presence of their God will rack their souls with inexpressible horror." (Alma 36:14)  Yeah.  I've been thinking about that.  If we honestly partake of the sacrament every week, remember Christ's infinite sacrifice, we are showing God and testifying to everyone there in sacrament meeting that we are sinful people and need help or in another word,a savior. We are saying we will do better this coming week and become closer to what God wants us to be.  I took the sacrament yesterday with this new attitude in mind and felt my sins be washed away again.  My soul was sanctified through the Atonement of Jesus Christ. The great thing about the sacrament also is that we can do it EVERY SINGLE WEEK.  How's your attitude taking the sacrament?  It can be the most spiritual part of your week if you let it. I have some advice for you all: LET IT.

Love you all.

Elder Frame

PS: The mission is going great! We baptized Tony on Saturday and I gave him the gift of the Holy Ghost on Sunday! Love!

My district leader elder Corona!
All the families I left behind in Selma, Parlier, and Kingsburg! LOVE 'EM!
visited by Elder James J. Hamula of the Seventy 
and his wife for our MLC 
(Mission Leadership Council – Zone and Sister Training Leaders)

Crazy and ready to travel!

Crazy fun week here in Abancay and we also got to visit Andayalas this week which is a 3 hour bus ride…. The worst in the mission. Well, I do have to say it compares to Quillabamba… so I have now conquered the two roughest routes in the mission. But Hermana Lozano and Hermana Harris! It was so great to work with them.


We also had interviews this week with President and I was so happy to talk with him this time! He always tells me how the companion I am with needs me… I told him… President in the beginning I always think… Oh yeah I know I can help them. But in the end they help me. I find that my attitude is everything and being humble as well. Haha!


The only thing I want to share this week is that while Hermana Arroyo and Hermana Salas were in Abancay to visit us I was able to go with Hermana Arroyo to a less active. We have tried 5 times to get into his house and HE FINALLY LET US IN! I have told him from the beginning that I am a very stubborn person and we would come until he did. Haha! No but it was great. He had lots of doubts and I was so frustrated in the lesson. But we finally came to the conclusion that he had not received an answer that the church was true. We were able to teach him again about how to receive it… But at the end of the lesson I left realizing his heart was still so closed off… But I had the thought. “with time and love he will come around”. I am learning patience and persistence. I love working with the less actives but it is a challenge sometimes.

Anyways we are leaving super soon to travel to Cusco so have a great week!

I love you all!


We had fun helping make bread! 
The bread here is incredibly good!
 I know I will miss it.
 But it was fun to see the oven and help in the process.
 We had interviews this week and this is all the Hermanas in our district and from Andayalas!

Thank you family for always writing on my mom’s crazy big posters! Love getting letters!

Hermana Lozano and I doing a million registros for a baptism
 they had and they had ruined like 10 of them…
 If you are a missionary you will know what I am talking about
 because it has to be done PERFECTLY. 
Us traveling! Let it all begin!
We helped a member with her baby shower
 decorating and making chocolates.
 Hermana Arroyo… Oh how I love her.
 It is fun to chat with her because we served together
 in the same district in Quilla for 6 months
 and now we are Hermana leaders together! What fun we have.
A less active Danicka had her birthday.
 Love the face in the cake tradition. HAHA!
 Definitely teaching my kids this one!
Me with my pension and her husband
. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH!
 I could literally spend hours in their house talking with them. 
They are incredible examples to me. 
She is due in a month and I am so excited to see them start their family.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Quick and Random

This week was great and I am adjusting and getting used to my area, but I just know that when I do we will be traveling. Goodness me! But hey! The mission is a constant adventure and WOW! I just can’t believe I am Peru. I wake up every morning and think. What in the world… I am not in Utah. This is not anything like Utah. Haha! But I love it!

I decided I just need to get everything out so it will be a bunch of random points this week.

-The Book of Mormon. Can I just tell you all that I love this book? I read it EVERYDAY! I feel its power and know that the people I am teaching feel the spirit each time we are Reading. I finished it this week and asked the Lord to help me know that it is true. I already know it is but a reconfirmation is always appreciated. That day I had many experiences that I was able to preach with power and the Holy Ghost was there.

-Teaching Families is the best but most stressful thing in the whole world! Literally last night we had a FHE appointment and we went and oh BOY! It was like a counseling session I felt like. Fighting, arguing, and basically it was a time to get it all out for all of them. But I was able to testify to them that through the gospel we can have strong united families and luckily by the end of the lesson we knelt down in prayer. Their two teenagers and their parents…. Wow the spirit that immediately came.

-I finally get to wear a sweatshirt and wear slippers because it is a Little bit cold at night! Haha!

-We might have to move again and I about lost it! 5 times moving in my mission! UGH!!! No, maybe the Lord is teaching me something. Who knows.

-JACKSON I mean… ELDER FRAME HITS A YEAR THIS MONTH! Oh how I miss him and love to hear how well he is doing. Shout out to my amazing brother.

-Prayer is incredible. I love praying with my companion because even though we are super different and I thought I was not going to enjoy our time together surprisingly I make it through the day because I ask the lord to help.

-We were at our pensions Moms house this week and she told me that I need to get married to a Peruvian and move here because of how I just brighten everyone’s day. I told her… Okay! And I can have chocolate babies! She died laughing.

-I have had an Elder from Spanish Fork serve in my area since the beginning of my mission. Now Elder Jensen from my high school is serving here in Abancay… Small world… especially in the church.

-I wish I had a washing machine. I have washed my garments by had since the beginning of my misión. Appreciate your washers and dryers!

-MY AREA IS HUGE! Compared to Quillabamba. I can’t even walk it in 2 hours. I always think of how Elder Frame…. Is driving to all of his appointments and I am here walking.. HAHA poor hermana frame…

-I have a craving for Little Cesars…. Really bad… And root beer. Haha! It can wait…

-I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY.

Well, need to go. I love this life as a missionary and taking in every second I get. There are moments I have during studies that I think. Oh, how I miss this, or this, or this, and then I sit there and slap myself in the face and say… WHAT A BLESSING. I truly love this work and I know it is where I am supposed to be.

I love you all.


Hermana Frame

This is how all of the women carry their babies. 
It is called a manta…. Super bright colors… and hey it Works!
I wanted a pretty picture and there was some kids flying a homemade kite
 and had no clue that my companion was snapping pictures.
 In the end they all love the cards that we hand out so we snapped another pic! Haha

We walk through a ditch every day and this is the moment I think…
 Haha my brother in his air conditioned car… Haha!

Coke in the combie!
 Loving the life here in Peru.
 Coke and riding in a car that can fit what feels like
 50 people in one car.

Brother Sorenson sent a book of Mormon!
 What a spiritual momento to give it to one of my investigators!
 Thank you!

This is cane. Like sugar cane. 
They cut it up and sell it to eat…

Salchipapas with my pension and the other hermanas! WE LOVED IT!

We went to Mirador…. 
It is where there is a big White cross and we can see the whole city of Abancay! 
Hermana Cooper, Hermana Hansen, my companion Hermana Tango and I! 
We loved it and had a great time with llamas and taking pics.



Onward, Ever Onward

HELLO!

I have been having a crazy weird week. None of my investigators think I know Spanish.  It ticks me off.  I've been a little quieter than usual here in this area and I haven't really seen the effects of it until now.  All my investigators and members are treating me like they did in my training area: like I don't know Spanish. It's really making me kinda mad. So yeah that's pretty unrighteous.  I'm making a point to talk more in appointments and with the members so they can understand I know and understand Spanish.  They all get kinda surprised when they find out I'm fluent. So yeah. My lucha with my investigators and members is real.

We had a super duper good meeting this week with President Clark, the Assistants and us three Southern Zones.  It was Zone Conference.  It was AWESOME!!  President Clark had us read a talk by Elder Holland named Cast Not Away Therefore Thy Confidence.  It was a great talk!  It talks about Satan and attacking us before and after spiritual experiences.  "It's not over 'till it's over" type of theme.  He gave a great training on how we need to continue FORWARD!  The Lord will fight for us!  The Israelites crossing the Red Sea is a major story in there also.  I encourage you all to read this!  I've been super inspired by his training. He's a really great man, President Clark.

I've also been studying a lot on the Atonement.  I've been reading a book called the Infinite Atonement by Tad R. Callister.  It. Is. Amazing.  I could sit and read it for hours if I had the time.  It's a definite must read.  I feel the spirit so strong testifying, teaching, thinking, or anything else about the Atonement.  It's the one doctrine that is ESSENTIAL.  It's the reason we are here. It's the reason for everything.  I love learning more about it all so much!

Here's some random thoughts I've had throughout the week.

- I love having a truck.
- I love speaking a different language.
- What in the world.  My little siblings started High School.
- I feel old.
- Being a missionary is so dang awesome.
- I like eating home cooked food.
- Tortillas are so unhealthy but so good.

Love you all.

Elder Frame


Monday, August 17, 2015

The Family and ABANCAY!

I walk out of our apartment and I begin to walk down the Street and there is a single mother attending to her store that barely brings enough money in to feed her kids. I keep walking as we head to our appointment at 11 in the morning. I pass by 2 little boys house that their mom became sick (single Mom) and left them in an orphanage for a time so she could receive treatment in Cusco. My heart just aches as I think of how do they do it every day without the love of their mother? In that momento I thank my Heavenly Father for my mom and dad that have always been there to support and love me.

 A few blocks down a brother in our Ward is heading to work to help support his two kids, whose mother left with another man 3 months earlier. I keep walking and we pass by a members home who in Ward council we talked about because the couple were having many problems and the father was planning to leave permanently the next week. As I walk my companion begins to tell me how our recent convert we are teaching admitted to us that early in her marriage her husband abused her daily and now has fear of talking with any men over the age of 20. I then think of my last companion who suffered a lot because her father left her at the age of 8 with her mother and didn’t return till 7 years later. I just think… Heavenly Father WHY? Why all of this suffering? Why are there so many destroyed homes, relationships, and families? Oh I have had many moments in my misión where I will get back to our apartment and just start to tear up because of all I went through that day fighting Satan in his journey to ruin the lives of Gods children and make them miserable just as he is.


In the last general conference many talks were given on the family and marriage, as well as the last few issues of the Liahona are filled with tips, council and talks given about overcoming divorce, holding together the family, having a stronger marriage, and creating eternal families. Oh how I have found hope in Reading each talk, story, and council from our church leaders. There is so much sadness, so much heartache, but in the góspel of Jesus Christ we FIND happiness. True happiness. In a talk by Elder Bruce C. Hafen he said… “The joys of human love and family belonging give us hope, purpose, and a desire to live better. They make us long for the day when we will take the hands that have held ours together enter the Lords presence. There we will embrace our loved ones and stay with them always.”


Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity--- as it says in the Family Proclamation to the World.


I know that children don’t have to suffer, relationships between a husband and wife can be strong, and we can avoid divorce or even more get married in the first place (I feel like no one here in Peru gets married). But I KNOW by living the góspel and applying the principles that are taught, we find true happiness and we avoid all that Satan is trying to do to destroy the family.


Today I want to thank my parents, my mom and dad. They are incredible. They are not perfect, my family is not perfect but I know that they love their children, they teach the góspel, and they strive to “rear their children” to become better people through the góspel. I know that Satan has less power in MY life because the decisión both my parents have made to have the góspel in our home be married and sealed in the temple for eternity, and to continue moving forward. Thank you so much mom and dad. I will forever be grateful.


No matter your situation…. There is hope. I know that. I work with broken homes every day. I know that the góspel heals the home and lessens the power of Satan. Find ways to teach the góspel more, encourage your children to marry in the temple, express gratitude to those who are in your family right now… No family is perfect but I KNOW that all can find happiness through applying the góspel in your homes, and in your lives. I love this góspel and have so much hope for my future because I am a member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.


Well, I hope you all have a great week and I am so grateful for all who support me here in the misión. It is a time I will never forget. Love you all!


Hermana Frame

New place, new faces! My room is bigger! Yay! But I am so much colder here!
 And our shower broke so there is no hot wáter! AHHHH!
 I have been adjusting to all the crazy hills I have to go up and down!
 But the weather is a bit weird. One second it is warm
, then really hot and then a few hours later the sun starts to go down
 and I am freezing my bum off!
My companion Hermana Tonga!
 She is so great and we will be doing so much great work here! 
She is from Bolivia and she will be ending her misión here in 3 months
 so I am excited to help her have the best 2 transfers before she heads home.

Being an Hermana leader will be crazy! 
I found out we travel literally 2-3 weeks of the transfer
 so I will be getting to know a LOT of places! Yay!
 I am excited to help the sisters and I have already gotten a million calls for health problems! Crazy!
 It is a good change and I am so excited!

Some pics from one of our investigator and her kids!
 He loved taking pics with my camera and he is the cutest thing! 

Leaving Quilla was hard but I did it!
 The members and my converts and all the people I was able to get to know 
will forever be in my heart!

In Cusco making cookies!
 All of us Hermana leaders had a great time helping all the new missionaries
 coming into the misión from the CCM! 


Pic of all of us NEW Hermana leaders! We are going to have a blast 
and I will get to see them every month for a meeting we have as leaders!

Bueno....

Elder Frame here just checking in!

How's life for everybody!?  It's pretty good here!  We're gearing up for a week full of Zone Conference with President Clark, District meeting, 2 exchanges and everything else missionary work entails!  It's gonna be GREAT!  Haha, we have so many meetings!  It's so awesome!  The spirit is always super strong in every one of them!  Also there is heavy revelation in all of them too!  I want to share a quote also I heard this week!

"The words 'Thy will be done,' written on the heart, are the window to revelation."
- President Henry B. Eyering

Anyways, I just found out we have to get going because we are actually going to go play some soccer with some of our investigators today!  It's gonna be great!  The only bad thing is I have to end early.... Sorry.

Love you all!  Keep el Chamuco back!

Elder Frame


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Alive and Well!!

COMP PHOTO!

Hey everybody!

I'm so sorry but it's going to be really short today!  There's more in the voice recording!! We went to the temple today so that's why I'm so short on time!  The temple was super great by the way.  It always is.  We are so in the true church. It's reconfirmed hardcore every time I go to the temple.

Visalia is still great!  Endless member support.  Investigators coming out of the woodwork and baptisms about to be rolling in!  It's such a great work.  If any of you are trying to decide on a mission, it's for you.  It's for everyone.  I love it.  I've learned so much about myself, others, the gospel, Jesus Chrsit, God.  The list goes on and on forever.  I am so grateful to have this opportunity to serve God.  It's the best decision I've made in my life.  I'll never stop saying it.

Read the scriptures. Live up to your covenants.  You'll stand before God one day and answer for everything you've ever done. So make what you do what you want to tell God at that day. Live life so you can honestly have a true "No Regrets" written on your tombstone!  Love you all!


Elder Frame
It was my comps birthday!  
So I helped him to taste his cake!  haha!  
I love that tradition especially when it's not my birthday
"I saw a pillar of light, exactly over my head....."
left=companion, right=my district leader elder corona
DISTRICT PHOTO!

Monday, August 10, 2015

All At Once!


Well I am leaving Quillabamba! Oh it will be my home for sure here in the mission. Yesterday I completed 11 months so including the MTC and Quillabamba I am just rockin it here in the mission! But today I found out I will be going to ABANCAY!!!!! Ahhhh! I don’t know a ton about Abancay but I have heard it is great and the weather is great! I thought I would be serving in cold cold cold my whole mission but no! Abancay is not hot or cold and I think it’s not humid so we will see! But it is completely hills and mountains so I will be hiking like all day long! Ah we will see!

 My new companion will be Hermana Tango and I will be an Hermana Leader (sister leader). Wow! Lots of change! I am super excited and super nervous but I go to a training on Wednesday and from there I will be starting my new adventure…. Ah I am super excited!   We will see how it all goes this week!

Well, this last week was crazy and I am trying to realize that I am actually leaving Quilla! It doesn’t feel real but I am sure as I have to say goodbye today I will really feel it.

But wow on Saturday we had baptisms and I will not lie I stressed un monton! It means I stressed a LOT! Haha but no, it all went well! But Paula, Jacinta and Favian all were able to be baptized! It was such a great day and wow, as I watched them, and then helped them out of the font it just all hit me. All the small things lead to those greater things. I remembered all the spiritual moments, all the preparation, the time we were able to spend helping them understand really how special it is to be baptized. Oh wow! Seeing their faces after was priceless!



I really have been focusing on the basics because I know that if I don’t I cannot have the spirit. One day this week we had a lesson or something in the morning that didn’t allow us to study. During the day Hermana Bazo turned to me and said… Oh wow we cannot miss study sessions because we do NOT have the spirit. How true it was. I realized how much my desire to work was affected, how in the lessons I was not teaching as well and just all around I felt so all over the place. I guess the moral of the story is… Make time to have spiritual moments. Pray, read your scriptures, and allow the spirit to work in your life. Doing the basics, those small things each day create the big things. I want to share a quote that touched me this morning.

“These are not just steps that they experience once in their lives; rather, when repeated throughout life these principles become an increasingly rewarding pattern of living. In fact it is the only way of living that will bring peach of conscience and enable Heavenly Fathers children to return to live in His prescence.”

It is referring to the Big 5. Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End. The basics. I have a firm testimony that the basics is what gets us to our goal of living eternally with our families and more important to live in the presence of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. What a blessing it is to be here and love the people, serve them, and change not only their lives but most of all mine.

Well, until next week!

There was a humanitarian group that came and it was so fun to talk with all of them.
 I forgot about the U.S. these last few months having my Latina companion 
and being in a different culture so it was fun to talk in English for a little bit! 
But it was an amazing experience, there was 1000 people
 that were able to receive glasses and what a great opportunity 
to contact, and find all of the inactive members as they came to receive temporal help.
 Now the challenge of helping them realize that their spirituality, 
their salvation is a little more important than a pair of glasses.. Haha!
We had quite the time killing and enjoying the turkey that Jacinta had us catch, kill, 
and eat the night of their baptism. It was so funny though
 because when we sat down to eat the turkey the power went out. HAHAHA! 
Welcome to Peru. So we ate with a lantern. Oh the memories.

I will miss it all!
 The fruit, the days I get back to our apartment
 and fall asleep on the floor,
 the cake making, the members,
 EVERYTHING! AH!


This was a picture we took a few weeks ago when Elder Uceda came!
 It is Zone Quillabamba! 

 
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