Monday, January 13, 2014

"Don't Wait to Get Started!"‏

This is a bold statement and I am going to remind myself there is no time like today to do those things that are our High Expectations. Just Do It! The reality of getting started and reaching high is that this process will make all of us work hard and stretch and become more than we had any idea we could be.

 I find it almost impossible that another week has passed and the opportunities to love and serve continue and the miracles are there and available to all of us. Heavenly Father loves us and wants to bless our lives. 

Last Sunday we drove Pin and Veronica to church. Pin is an 80 year old Philipino member who has attended another ward and by out 1-2 visits each month we have encouraged her to come to the SeaTac Ward which is the ward of her residence. It was not too hard to get her to come because of our new time change of 1:00. Veronica is an investigator we thought would be baptized on Jan.11 but the plans were delayed. She is the young lady we took to the Temple and the piano recital. She is such a delightful young woman. Our attendance at church this week of less-actives was 23. Our goal is 40 by June 30. So, please pray for us and this righteous desire!

 This Sunday we had dinner with Richard Johnson and his mother, Louise; Monday evening we ate with the Jesse Ramirez Family. Each time they feed us we have authentic Mexican food. This week we had delicious cactus. Last month it was Pazoli....oh, so good!!

 Monday we ran to Seattle to Pikes Market and to The Pro Shop and Nike Town. Sister Carter is going to outfit her grandson from head to toe in Seattle Seahawks clothes for his college graduation. This was a fun day!! Oh, we also bought a cookie!!

 We have the benefit of using the King County Libraries and we each got a library card. Each visit to the library we can print of 75 black and white and 15 colored. What a fine service to the residents of King County. We went and printed our colored Mission Letter this week which had the condensed notes of our Zone Conference

 Tues was our weekly bread run and how blessed we are to do this. We usually get about 30 loaves of 12 grain, 9 grain, 24 grain, blueberry Struesel and raisin bread, english muffins, flat breads with cheese or garlic bread and on and on. It is such an opportunity to go into the homes and visit and share bread and then tell of Jesus Christ who is the 'bread of life'. Kathleen and Conrad, her non-member husband, did come to church last week!! Glorious day! We visited this week again and they both said they would be to church again this week and probably a daughter would come with them. Kathleen is feeling much better.

 Sometimes I am just so amazed of the bumpiness of the roads we travel in this life, yet progress does come and we need to keep our eyes opened, looking up, for the strength and help we can receive. We had a wonderful visit with Sister Simon's daughter, who is less-active. We visited and reached out with an invitation to please come to church. I really can understand that coming back to church through those tall doors is hard to do after being gone so long. We told her we will be at the doors waiting and hopefully she will be there. My car needs inspection and emissions and what a pain. Cars are not checked for emissions in Washington state. Sassers, our Senior Couple friends from Orangeville, sent me the form I need and we finally found a place that will check the emissions. Can you believe it is about 5 miles away...and out of our mission... so we had to receive special permission from Pres. Miller to go to Renton and have it done and get the papers sent in. That is a project for P-day and it will be a great day when completed.

The hardest and saddest part of our week was that Roberta finally decided to give "Chopper", her papered Victorian pit bull up for adoption. She loves this dog more than anything but just can't afford the food and all that is required to take care of him. She lives in a very small mobile home and her knees are bad and it is hard to walk him. So, it happened this week. She cried and Sister Carter and I also cried but he will be so much better off where he can be outside and run...but will never be loved more!!

This week we had a Zone Meeting and I continue to marvel at the power and strength of these young Elders who teach and train all of us. Elder Seppi and Elder Gardner are our Zone Leaders and they are wonderful. We are having transfers on Jan 14. When that takes place, NO ONE in the Washington Seattle Mission will have been 'in the field' as long as Sister Carter and I..most often called "The Sisters". That is amazing and in our Zone more than half of those Elders serving are 18 years old. Can you believe that? If you could be around them and see the incredible Elders they are you would just be so grateful that Heavenly Father has blessed the world with the power of these young people. Our Sisters are just as strong!! The Washington Seattle Mission has a goal of 1663 baptisms in the year of 2014 and we realize how much our Heavenly Father is depending on us and guiding us to teach and preach the words of Jesus Christ to His children. Please remember ALL the missionaries daily in your prayers. Yes, the field is white and ready to harvest and all of us, members and missionaries, need to set our hand to the plow and do all we can to teach and rescue God's children.

Today, Sunday, Sister Carter and I went on an exchange so that I could help get Sister Nudd to the clinic for an IV and fluids after a slight concussion last week. she is mortified of needles, and Dr Badger was so kind and gentle as he assured her that he would be careful and even hold her feet so she wouldn't "kick" him.  She did extremely well and after 3 bags of fluids was feeling much better. After a blessing from the Elders and many prayers from the rest of her mission friends, it was yet another small miracle that she was able to get through the needle work that needed to be done to get her healthy.

I am extremely thankful for Jesus Christ and for the reality of the Atonement and of The Resurrection. I know I am a Child of God and that He knows me and loves me and all of us.
I am thankful for the reality of daily blessings and miracles and I ask all of you to look for them and make your families aware of them....and then record them so you won't forget.
I love all of you! I love being a missionary! I have worked very hard climbing this mountain but the vistas are sooooooo beautiful and I am thankful I have "Just Kept Swimming".
Thanks for your letters and cards and pictures. To my children, grandchildren and Mom I can't thank you enough for your tireless love and encouragement and wisdom and counsel and for sharing your lives with me. I sit her with 'sweaty eyes' as I count my blessings!
May God be with all of you and bless you this week.
Sister Frame

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