Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Snoqualmie Falls

P-Day last week was a beautiful break and we drove with our Kent Sister Friends to Snoquamie Falls.  Oh, the beauty of Father's creations.  These falls are 100 feet taller than Niagara Falls but regardless of their height they are spectacular!
         We are teaching our Burmese Family, the Foke Family, the Follow-up lessons after baptism.  They are dear friends and we love the privilege of teaching and working with them.  Saturday we drove to Federal Way for a DI shopping experience for them which took  4 hours and they were blessed to be able to get many needs of theirs.
          We are working with and teaching a new investigator.  Diane is very interested in the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Pray for her and also for us. We are Visiting Teachers to 7 sisters and enjoy the blessings that come with the calling.  What a privilege it is to visit and share our love and the teachings with other sisters.  I really miss Nondi when we go visiting but we press forward.
         Sue, our dear less-active friend continues to grow in the Gospel.  She is a recovering alcoholic. Tracy, her friend, has gone to the mid-west to visit his family for 20 days and she was very anxious at his leaving about being strong when she is alone.  So, she called and asked if she could spend a day with us serving.  This was a remarkable experience for all involved.  In fact, our investigator asked Sue why she joined the church and she bore a beautiful Testimony.  She is daily reading the B of M, watching  Conference talks and reading the Ensigns we gave her and looking up scriptures that are footnotes to the articles.  She is so pleased with the way her 'inner feelings' have been strengthened and yesterday in Fast and Testimony Meeting she bore a beautiful testimony of being strengthened through her invested time in The Lord Jesus Christ.
    Cherly, another investigator who sales 'stuff' on Craig's List was taking her wares to a Weekend Fair and needed help packing.  So yes, you are right, we 'two ole ladies' spend 2 hours packing her truck and rented u-haul trailer.  We hope seeds of love are planted thru service and she will feel her Savior's love. Our RS President asked us to fill a  Bishop's Storehouse order for a couple evicted from their apartment.  Bishop gave them a weeks supply to live in a Motel 6.  They were very pleased with the food and supplies.
We started our ESL class and it was good with 2 students.  We hope it continues to grow and help these dear Burmese parents learn the English language.  Their children of school age speak    English very well so we hope these children, and the English Language Program, will bring success as these refugees learn and grow and adjust in their new country.
      This blog is meant to represent my mission and the wonderful Spirit of the Work and I hope you can feel it through my message to you.  What an incredible calling, though challenging,  President Boyd K Packer taught, "The voice of the Spirit is described in the scriptures as being neither 'loud' nor 'harsh'.  It is not a voice of thunder, neither...voice of a great tumultuous noise.  But rather a still voice of perfect mildness, as if it had been a whisper and it can pierce even to the very soul and cause the heart to burn. (3 Ne. 11:3)  I hope all of us can be more able to hear this voice and grow in the gospel.  I  know this is the work of The Lord.   I am extremely grateful for the Prophet Joseph Smith and for the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in these Latter-days and hope to be a valuable part of the work that is going forth.
      May God be with all of you this week and bless you in your righteous desires.  I love all of you.
Sister Frame

Monday, May 20, 2013

Hello from the Beautiful Northwest!

Hello  from the beautiful Northwest with blossoms of every color and kind.  It is Magnificent!! This is what happens when the rains comes and comes and comes. The time is flying and it will soon be five months since I left home and it seems there is just no time in each day.
We go to Church about 9:15 on Sundays for meetings, then drive home and pick up less-actives or investigators, attend church and classes and then visit more.  Monday is P-day and about every other week we do something fun but we also wash and clean and shop.  Then we go to FHE with Stake Singles at 6:30 and come home about 8:30. Tuesday is always District Meeting usually fro 12-2 and then we visit and teach until about 5.  Eat and then go to Bishops Missionary Meeting at 6:30 and do splits with the Ward Missionaries until 9.  Wednesday we visit and teach and tract usually all day until about 5.  We then prepare for our ESL Class that is in our Clubhouse at 6:30.  This is a delightful experience. Thurs is study and plan from 9-1 with appointments the remainder of the day.  Each Thurs at 4 we cook dinner for a Less-active couple.  He is 87, she is 82.  They are delightful and stubborn about not stopping their coffee but we just love them....and they love us.  Last week they also invited the Elders to come with us and they just love them.  Wow!   So much love.
To all my grandsons and granddaughters, these missions are the MOST WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE you will ever have.  Look forward to them and prepare yourselves to work and work and work.
Friday we usually visit and teach all day.  We have two referrals this week so pray for us.
Saturday we often do service and visit.  Sister Carter curls the beautiful white hair so an adorable 92 year old Sister who has a horrible Doward's Hump.  She is incredibly crippled and so happy and the least we can do is spend 1/2 hour making her pretty.  He husband is almost blind but he tells her she is 'beautiful'  What a choice experience for us.  Last week I typed a letter for him as he is sharing his 'last testimony' with all his neighbors....who are all non-members.  It was beautiful.
Then  we start another week and we love what we are doing!!

Our Elders, who are our District Leader and his companion whom he is training, call occasionally and  we often respond with a MacDonald's Run or some pie a non-member friend made for us.  I think these 'Grandma's' make them happy and help with the work.  We help them by giving rides for their investigators to various places.  They are very pleased we are teaching an English Class ESL...for their Burmese Investigators.
Nancy is 22 and is from Burma.  She and her family are refugees who left the country or they would have been killed because they are Christians.  Nancy's parents and 2 sisters went to India.  Nancy went to Malaysia for 4 1/2 years and then came to America and lives with her aunt and uncle.  She speaks ok English and had to stop school in 9th grade to work and pay rent.  She came to class and spoke for 15 minutes and did ok.  Then we had her read the Book of Mormon and with every verse her English improved.  After about 30 minutes of reading, she hugged the book and said, "I just love this book"  She want to be baptized BUT she is addicted to coffee, drinking it since she was 7.  She was also putting tobacco on the roof of her mouth but has been able to stop. Her language is a miracle and so is her love of the B of M.  Now we are praying for another miracle that she can stop drinking coffee.
I was reading in Alma 53 and realized the effort and energy it takes to make plans to stand strong against the battles Satan gives us in our lives.  We have to labor and make fortifications to guard against the enemy.  These fortifications, for us, are prayer, fasting, study, obedience, temple attendance and those actions our Prophets remind us to do.  I am amazed, as we do these things, the number of miracles we experience and the personal revelation we receive.
Foke, our dear 64 year old Burmese father, husband of my daughter and grandsons (picture) has only been a Christian for about 6 weeks, yet this morning when his ride for church did not come (church is 7 miles away) he walked 1 mile to meet the bus, rode for 5 miles to the bus stop in Burien and then walked to church.  Why?  Because he loves The Lord.  He was an great example of someone who had made a stand against Satan.
I am extremely happy in this work....as I climb this mountain!    I love the people so much and I am so happy when the less-active come to church.  Karen is incredible after 15 years away with hurt feelings.  Roberta is literally an angel after never being active and we love her dearly.  And the list goes on and on... I love my Heavenly Father.  He has given me so much and I feel it a privilege to share with others the blessings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I love my Savior, Jesus Christ and I am so incredibly thankful for the Atonement He made for us.
My God be with all of you this week and bless you!

Sister Frame

Friday, May 17, 2013

Its a Whale of a Tale....

Hey Guys,
This whale, or 1/2 of a whale, came up on the shore where we had a picnic last month.
Read the article.  It is really amazing.
Thought you might enjoy!

Love,  Sister Frame

As Sisters in Washington....

We had a meeting this last Wednesday with the 3 sets of Senior Sisters in Washington.
The two sisters on the left, Sister Gallagher and Sister Webb just came this week.
It was such a delightful meeting.  We met with Pres. and Sister Miller.  Such a great day!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Greetings from Tukwila, Wa!

Life is so good in this Washington Seattle Mission.  We continue to see incredible success in this area and I know "The field is ripe already to harvest... and I am blessed to be part of the work!

Last week I said we were on our way to Mt. Ranier...well, here is a picture of this Majestic Mountain that stands 14, 441 feet tall.  This is a beautiful place to live, in spite of the rain that is currently blessing Mother Earth.  We walked this morning in the rain and drizzle.  It is just part of the life of those living in the Northwest.
Since I spoke with all my children yesterday and enjoyed their visits, there is just not so much so say.

I pray that your lives will be blessed with happiness and that the 'mountains' you climb will be filled with help from the Holy Ghost and that God will be by your side.  The climb is hard and long but don't forget to pause and see the beauty that is here in spite of the climb.

Hope all of you look for Miracles this week....and find them
All my love,
Sister Frame

P.S. We love the young men. Elder Buckway is the tall one. He is our District Leader. His most used comment is  "Bless Yer Hearts" and he uses it all the time

Monday, May 6, 2013

Another Beautiful Day in the Seattle Neighborhood!!

Greetings from this corner of our Nation.

Our Missionary Conference with about 250 Elders, Sisters and Seniors was held last Saturday, May 4 in Bellevue, Washington.  Our speakers were Pres. and Sister Larkin;  Elder Bussy who is the Area President and also Elder Marcon A Aidukatis who is in the Presidency of the Seventies and is over Missionary Work.  He was also a Mission President in his home country of Brazil.  Talk about an incredible experience!  The 6 pages on notes in my journal just can't be condensed but it was one of the best meetings I have ever attended in my life.  We arrived at the Stake Center by the temple, ALL cars were backed into the parking stalls and we were in our seats at 8:15.  The meeting was over at 12:20 and we had been fed a 'spiritual feast' and we very grateful for the opportunity to be taught!!
After the meeting we went to lunch with the Kent Senior Sisters (Kent is a city) and they brought us home.  Arriving at about 3:00 we counted our blessings and the wonderful opportunity of serving as Missionaries.  We have another 27 missionaries arriving this week and another 35 due the first part of June.  Our mission will be split the first of July when a new Mission President comes.  It could mean transfers for all of us if they 'whitewash' the area.  We have heard rumors.  This will be exciting for all of us.
We found a new investigator o Saturday from Ethopia.  He is about 30 ad his name is Begashaw.  We are eager to teach him.  We found another man that we referred to the Elders because we two sisters could not teach him.  Yes, we are "catching the wave" and trying to hasten the work.  Our planners are filled and our DL, Elder Buckway is teaching us 'the better way' to fill them out  and to work the plan.  We are up and going early and usually are horizontal at 9:45 and asleep at 9:46. We are well accepted in the Ward and we seem to be making a difference and the people are very happy with the new ideas ad help we provide.  I was asked to teach RS next week.
Our Zone Leader, Elder Beetus is from the Marshal Islands.  His father took him outside EVERY morning from the time he has four years old and taught him how to jump for the sport of high jumping.  He also taught him how to run.  As a teenager he was competing in all of the local competitions on the track.  Over the years he built up quite a name.  He was famous.  He was training for the Olympics.  One day he received 2 letters in the mail... one was an offer to go to Australia and train for the Olympics.  The other letter was from the President of the Church to go to the Washington Seattle Mission.  He opened both of them up.  Thinking he was going to Australia, his mother asked him to go to his room and pray again.  His choice was to come on a mission and he is a GREAT young man and leader.  He is just an amazing young man.  He will be going home in about 4 months.
We are using the ward directory and looking for people...becoming 'little ole detectives' as we use 411.com.  This really works.  One of the sisters from our ward moved to Bellevue and her phone # was 1 digit wrong.  I called it and she said she really appreciated that our Bishop cared enough to ask us to find her. Felt good! Our Bishop is having us over for dinner on "Mother's Day"  I will get a picture of them and let you see some of those that love the work we are doing.  Tomorrow is Transfers so we hold our breath and hope Elder Buckway and Elder Nebeker will be here for another transfer.  Can't believe how much we love them.  I picture my Grandson's out in the field, Jake sooner than the rest, but I just am excited for the privileges and opportunities that all of you will be able to participate in. I hope all of you are getting along and that you continue to help each other. May God be with each of you and bless you in your personal goals and endeavors.  Continue to serve others and to look for the good in each of them. Please remember how much I love each of you!
It you have time, write me on email or even a letter and let me know how you are doing
Next week is Mother's Day.  Not knowing what time we will eat at the Bishops, I will send a note and let you know.  Those that can, let's skype or whatever it is called for about 20 minutes for each family. Did all of you know, Missionaries are allowed on email for 1 1/2 hours each Monday and they can write family, friends, cousins or whomever they want?  Don't know why the rules were changed but the missionaries are so excited.  I think it also helps with furthering the work and they put excitement into the hearts of those they write and encourage the to come and be missionaries.
We are headed to Mt. Rainer at 8:30 this morning with the Sasser's.  They are from Orangeville, Utah...just south of Price.  They are so good to us and are also our Home Teachers. I love all of you.  I miss you.  And, I am becoming a better person and I am grateful for the opportunity to 'climb this mountain'.
Hope each of you experience a Miracle this week!
All my Love,
Sister Frame