Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Temple Trip!!

We were lucky enough to be in the same session with Elder Alba, who is a member of the 70! He hopped in a picture with us and greeted us all personally. He's so awesome!

Hola familia y amigos!!

I hope you all had a great week, and noticed the tender mercies from the Lord! This week, we had the wonderful opportunity to go to the temple, which is a privilege given only every 6 months. So we were so so excited to go, and really enjoyed it. I love the temple because it is a temporary retreat from the world, where we can feel the spirit so strongly. I know that the Lord loves us so much, he loves me, the people I am teaching, all of you, and all His other children around the world. It was such a blessing to be able to go and feel of His love.

We also had a really spiritual experience this week with a couple named Ricardo and Dora. We tracted into them on Easter and they said they were looking for a church, so we invited them to ours but they didn't come. Then this week they showed up! We sat by them, explained everything, members fellowshipped them, and they loved church! We had a return appointment, in which we were planning on teaching the Restoration. However, when we got there and started, we both felt prompted to teach the Plan of Salvation. They loved it, and said it answered so many of their questions no one else could answer. At the end of the lesson, Dora said the most heartfelt prayer, and was brought to tears. The spirit was so strong and testified to their hearts that what we are sharing is true. They are so prepared and I cannot wait to keep teaching them!

The Plan of Salvation is such a powerful lesson, and it was such a testimony to me that truly it is God's plan. He loves us so much, and has given us a way to be with our families forever!! I am so grateful for the knowledge I have of the Plan of Salvation and the opportunity to be a missionary and share it! 

I love you all tons, and am so grateful for you all!

Have a great week!
Hermana Frank

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Staying here in Cumorah!

Hello everyone!!

This week was so great, and we didn't get any transfer calls so Hermana Ramirez and I will be staying here in Cumorah!! We are super excited, especially because we have a lot of progressing investigators and we get to continue working with them together! 

Yesterday was great, and speaking to my family was such a blessing! I love them so much and am so grateful for all their support and love. It was fun to see that nothing has changed and it brought back lots of great memories. :)

This week we had both Elsy and Carmen at church! They both loved it, and loved the priesthood giving us food during relief society haha. And it was so cute because I have Elsys son a ctr ring, hlj in spanish, and he loved it! Shout out to my mom for sending them to me, all the kids love them! He ran out to the car when his dad came to pick then up, and said look dad! Haz lo justo!! It was so cute. :)

I also truly saw the gift of tongues this week on exchanges. An English sister, Sister Hansen, came here to Cumorah, and my trainer went with the other sister to an English area. Sister Hansen didn't know any spanish, and so I was left translating lessons, calling people, and tracting, everything in spanish was up to me. I was so so nervous, and prayed and fasted for the gift of tongues, and I saw miracles! I was able to teach lessons with power, and understand what people were saying! I know that everything is possible with the Lord, and He is waiting to bless us, we just need to reach out to Him. 

Overall this week was amazing, we met lots of cool people and saw miracles. I love being a missionary!

Thank you all again for everything, I hope you have a great week!!

Con amor,
Hermana Frank 

Friday, May 12, 2017

Chicken Agua

Hola familia y amigos!!

This week was so absolutely amazing I don't even know where to start....

First I guess I will start by addressing the title. We have an investigator, named Macaria, whom I have talked about before. She is so sweet and humble, and doesn't have much, but loves to share. She invited us over for lunch, and she made what her niƱetos call, chicken agua. Haha it is caldo de pollo really, which is chicken broth, and it was delicious! She was so happy to have us over! She is so much happier than when we first started visiting her, even though she is going through hard things. When we got to talking, we found out why! She told us she has been reading and she had questions about the BoM for us! She finished 1 Nephi and is now in 2nd Nephi. Even though her reading glasses were broken, she still took time to study every day and loves it so much. And we truly have seen a difference in her countenance! It is so amazing! 

Missionary work is such a blessing because we get to see the changes that come into people's lives as they live the principles of the gospel and commandments. This week we visited a man named Jose, and when we taught him the Restoration and gave him the BoM, he was so grateful. He said, "wow, this is the greatest treasure anyone could ever give me. This is my future!" And we were both like, yes Jose! It is! He is so cute, and loves talking and visiting with us. Whenever we call him, he talks forever about the Book of Mormon and then asks us what we ate for breakfast. He is so random, and we love him!

We also have another investigator who is seeing the blessings of the BoM as well. Her name is Elsy, and she is one of the best people I know. She loves listening to the BoM all the time at work, at home, in the car on her phone. Because she listens to it at work, we were knocking on doors this week, and came across one of the ladies she works with! Her name is Mireya. Even crazier connection, we were also teaching Mireyas daughter! She said that she has been curious about what we were teaching her daughter (we had never met her, her daughter just told her about us) and also was curious about what Elsy was listening to! She said while she had it on at work, she listened to it to and really loved it! Elsy isn't even a member yet, and is already being a missionary! She told us that she loves spending time with us, and wishes she didn't have so many responsibilities so she could come knock doors with us. And her cute son (he is 6 years old), when they came to church this week, told me, "I want to do this one day" and pointed to my tag. I said, "You want to be a missionary?" And he said emphatically, "yeah!" I told him that he could, and his eyes got big and he said, "how?!"

I could go on and on about the miracles we saw this week and the people I have met and continue to meet, but I won't bore y'all too badly. 

I just really want to bear my testimony to anyone who has made it this far in my email, that I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God. It changes lives, and brings peace and happiness. I have seen countless lives change because of the relief it brings, and I encourage everyone to read it and study it daily. Even if it's listening to it at work, reading one verse before bed, whatever you can do. The Lord blesses those who are striving to learn and draw nearer to Him.

I am so grateful for this gospel and for all of you and your support. And to the mothers out there, happy mothers day!!!

Con mucho amor,
Hermana Frank 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Right place at the right time


This week was so great, and I really saw the Lord's hand in my life as I accepted a challenge this week from my aunt to look for the tender mercies. 

We started off the week by having quite a few fall out appointments. But because we were in the areas, we knocked doors and met a lot of potential investigators! It was so cool to see how the Lord works sometimes in mysterious ways, but it was great to see His hand in it all. I know that although missionary work is hard, as well as life, if we see and recognize the tender mercies we will have a better attitude and more joy and success. 

At the end of the week, we had visited a woman named Macaria in the morning, I have talked about her in previous emails, and she has been going through a lot in her family. She really wants to be baptized, but because of family situations it hasn't been possible. She is so cute though she sleeps with the BoM under her pillow so the Lord can help her remember the things she studied. Anyways we shared a quick message and then left. Then later that night, we were in her complex going to an appointment with a referral. It fell through, and we were going to go to tract in a different place because her complex has been tracted a lot, but for some reason we felt like we needed to stay. We then were about to get out of the car, when we felt like we needed to call her. She answered, and was in tears telling us that she really needed support. We luckily were super close by and were able to run there and help her. It was a tender mercy that we were able to help her that night, and I know the Lord puts us places for a reason. Please pray for her!

This week we also had zone conference, which was amazing. Elder Alba from the 70 came to speak as well as his cute wife. It was so great to get guidance and counsel from them, and I know that the Lord will always answer our questions. 

I again want to thank you all for your love and support!

Con mucho amor,