Sunday, April 6, 2014

"This is a Great Festival of Feasting upon the Words of God through His Servants!"‏

Beautiful Flowering Tree!
These words were given by Pres. Choi about our 184th Semi-Annual Conference of the Church or Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which has come and gone. I hope and pray that each of you enjoyed the conference as much as I did. I tried not to take 'copious' notes but to receive personal revelation and I think I was able to listen better and most specifically because I was not writing so much. Sister Reeves really spoke to my "Grandma" heart and I loved her words...especially that the best filter against the evils of the world is personal responsibility and I also found her words powerful as she testified of: FHE, daily scripture study and Family prayer. Elder Anderson spoke powerfully of the trailer that was lifted by a whirlwind and placed on top of another trailer and the lady who was hiding in the bathroom did not even know she had been moved. He compared this to the power of Satan and how it is growing and we don't even know it. Pres. Eyring said he wanted to leave as his heritage to his family the 'example of living the gospel'. Wow! Loved that. I really can't continue because it would be pages but just know how much I was taught for myself. And during one of the songs I wrote all the Apostles on a piece of paper. Yeah! Not so bad for this ole Sister.

Elder Phister & Webb
Zone Meeting was Friday of this last week and once again it was just extremely good. The Zone leaders taught us about Pride and the importance of the 'lack of it'. They reminded us that the Proud stand more in fear of men's judgment. They told us that Pres. Kimball said, "Once you feel humble you are already prideful".  Pres Choi spoke to us of 'gossip'. He said that gossip is "the voice of the Devil!" He said we are raising our bar with the missionary work and so Satan is raising his bar!. Think about that. The harder we work to improve, the harder Satan does all he can to stop us or thwart our effort so we can be miserable like unto him!  Then Sister Choi spoke
Elder Chadwick & Gorner
for Pres. Choi because his voice was going. D&C 42:27 tell us that gossip is wrong and it is a commandment not to 'speak evil of thy neighbor, no do him any harm'. That is what gossip is. Exodus 20:16 said, "Thou that not bear false witness!" and who said that....The Lord!.  This was just such a wonderful meeting closing with the positive thought by Gordon B. Hinckley which says:
   "In all of you living have much fun and laughter.
      Life is to be enjoyed and not just endured!"

Our work continues to be so good and we love the opportunity to meet with the less actives and also with the nonmembers. This week we visited 62 people and of those 20 were non-members and we hope that great and wonderful things can happen for these people.  We visited with Tawny and her son who are non-members. The Elders had been working in her area and helped her carry a table into her home. They asked us to go see her. This was our second visit because she was ill the first time. She has an older son that lives with her and he has some handicapping conditions. As she had showed us around her home and we were preparing to leave we asked if we could sing a song, "A Child's Prayer". Really, she did not know what to say, was rather taken back and then said, "Well, yes I guess that would be ok". We sang the song and her son tried to sing with us. His smile covered his face and she was just so pleased. Then we asked if we would have prayer....this time the pause was longer and I thought she would say no but after about 10 seconds (or maybe an hour) she rather hesitantly agreed. The prayer was offered and was just beautiful and on completion she was crying. Her son took my hand and asked, "Was that Grace?" I told him grace was to bless food and this prayer was to bless him and his mother. Again, his smile covered his face. This entire experience was miraculous and the hearts of an Elderly mother and her grown son were so sweetly touched by the Spirit that we really did not want to even move! We told her we would come back and help her with some service; her son smiled and asked if we would come back and clean the house and cook for him. (Not so much....but we will go back with treats for both).

Sister Frame, Fadia, Mina, Rosea and Dheaa
Sat. after Conference we went to see Dheaa's family. They are from Iraq and are planning to be baptized before we go home. We LOVE them and they love us also. We took a message about the importance of, prayer and reading the B of M. Dheaa speaks the best English as he has to translate for Mina his wife. They girls Rosea and Fadia are learning English and doing well. They rejoice when we leave and say, "fee amman Aallah" (God with You). They were Christians when they came to America so this makes it easier to convert. They are just wonderful people. When we are preparing to leave I say we will be back on Friday and then say "In' sha Allah" (meaning God Willing) they almost cheer!! They delight that we are trying to learn from them....all they do in America is learn from us ALL the time.

Our friend Nancy is learning and learning about the church. She is about 64 and lives with her son who disliked "The Sisters" immensely when we first met. They live above us. We have worked and worked with Nancy and taught her and loved her and have 'tried to kill her son with kindness' and it has worked!! Now, rather often when his mother is not around, he thanks us very much for our kindness and love for her. We take her to FHE and arrange rides for her to go to church. As missionaries we are backing off and matching people with ward members that can serve so when we leave, the members can continue to love and serve their Ward Family and those we have worked with will not even miss us!! (Not really...we will all miss each other when that time comes).

Sunday after Morning Conference the Tongan Ward feeds the Missionaries at the church and it is a "Feast". You just can't believe the beautiful foods and their kindness. These wonderful people feel it is such a blessing to feed the Missionaries and we are truly blessed....blessed to be given spiritual food from the Conference sessions and to have the physical food from the Tongans. Bro and Sis Kato were going to the ward but live in our boundaries so our Stake President asked them to attend our ward. They are Wonderful. She has worked for the airlines and has family in Utah and she flys there so often I get a bit homesick. Love them to death!!!

This has been an absolutely wonderful week working with the people in our Seatac Ward. We have met investigators and continue to work with the less-active....both are Heavenly Father's children and He rejoices when they come to Him.

Conference was incredible and my 'bucket' was filled as I hope all of yours were. How very blessed we are to have the technology to hear and see all that is available. Sometimes I am just amazed to live in a time when a Prophet of God is on the earth with His 12 Apostles. All of us are so blessed.

Thank you for your letters and your emails and your love! How blessed I am to know all of you at home at to feel of your support. I am extremely thankful for my children and grandchildren and my Mom. I pray for the blessings of Heaven to be upon all of you this week and I hope you will take the time to look for the miracles in your lives....even on the days that are dark!

God Bless all of you.
Love and Hugs,
Sister Frame

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