Monday, September 30, 2013

"Serve The Lord with Gladness......" Psalms 100:2

Hello to all of you on this very, very rainy weekend.  The rains came, the winds blew, water crafts were off the ocean and Puget Sound and it is very cold...for this area.  If feels like the weather in January when I came to Seattle but now, whether it is rainy or not, I have learned how to drive in this area and where to find the homes...which I could not do in the rain and fog of Jan. I just want all of you to know that I love the work we are doing and we are "Serving with Gladness."  We are meeting incredible people and are making so many new friends.  Last Sunday on Sept. 29, there were eighteen less-active people to church that have not been in the building for years.  They have been reminded of 'those things they have forgotten" and realize that they do love The Lord and want to come to church and be taught and be around the people.

District Meeting was Tuesday and was conducted and taught by our new District Leader, Elder Flake from Provo, Utah.  He quoted words by Elder Dallin H. Oaks which tell the Purpose of Missionary Work.  He said, "We do not preach and teach in order to 'bring people into the Church or to increase the membership of the Church.  We do not preach and teach just to persuade people to live better lives...We invite all to come unto Christ by repentance and baptism and confirmation in order to open the doors of the celestial kingdom to the sons and daughters of God.  No one else can do this'.  Yes. this is what a mission is all about and just think of this incredible privilege it is for the 77,000 missionaries that are covering the world.  I love it!

Tuesday we visited with Tsega and Loolia,  This beautiful young mother from Eritrea (north of Ethiopia) is the mother of Loolia and is a wonderful woman.  She loves the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His teachings.  She wants very much to be baptized but right now she is unable.  Her faith in Heavenly Father is incredible!  She talks with Him about all she does...and she listens to His answers.  She has such faith.  I just love this beautiful lady and pray that her righteous prayers will be answered so that Baptism can become a reality because I know "For with God nothing shall be impossible". Luke 1:37

Wednesday Sister Carter and I went to Bellevue to the Temple.  Our session was an ASL session and I realized what a blessing it for hearing impaired people to be able to see and understand the words and the meaning just I am able to do.  Heavenly Father loves all His children and  provides many blessings and opportunities for all of us.  We enjoyed ourselves, had lunch in the temple and took pictures of the leaves starting to change colors.

Many hands make a big job easy!  Relief Society on Thursday evening enjoyed having 18 of us bring 'pot luck salads' and then we assembled 150 Humanitarian Birthing Kits that will be hand delivered to Africa.  Each plastic zip-lock contained: 1 square yard of plastic, 2 plastic gloves, 3 3x3" square of gauze, three 10" pieces of cotton string, a piece of hand soap and a razor blade. This was an amazing privilege to be able to give 'so little that will mean so much' so new-born babies will not be laid on the dirt when born and will have the cord cut with a razor instead of what they do. We visited and laughed and worked (well, not really) and ate the salads and completed the project in 1 1/2 hours.  Hurrah!!

Another day of visiting we went to the stalwarts in our SeaTac Ward.  We visited the dear Phil Smiths.  She is 92, he is 90 and they have unfailing faith and take care of each other in their home.  Brother Smith NEVER misses church though he is almost blind.  We visited the Mcleans.  He is 90, she is 87.  They still live in their home together but a son and his wife also lives there to help. Our other Smith's are just wonderful.  He is 80, she is 79 and he has been a member for six years.   These dear friends love our company, as we do them, and each visit we have prayer, a song and a message but often the younger Smiths are not home because they are helping the 'old' people in our ward.  Can you believe? Brother and Sister Gov have 2 teenage daughters.  She escaped from Cambodia in a  'totally miraculous manner' and her story is beautiful.  She has great faith in God.  She knows He made the way for her to escape.  She loves Him and speaks with Him very often and listens to His answers.

I want all of you to know that I love Jesus Christ very much and I love serving Him, teaching those things He taught when He was here on earth and learning more of Him.  May God be with each of you this week and bless you.  Please take time to recognize the Miracles in your lives and to record them.
Love to all of you,
Sister Frame

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