Monday, September 10, 2012

Things are swell in Trowbridge

Good morning my friends, before I start off, I would like to say a couple of words...
Alright, now that we have that out of the way, I will tell you all about my wonderful week of missionary work!
Now, I haven’t really discussed this very much in my last few emails home, but the work has been REALLY slow the last few weeks. I don’t know why, we’ve been working our hardest… people just were not being receptive or keeping commitments. This week however, things changed a bit! I don’t know why, but everything really picked up this week. We doubled our number of teaches, progressing investigators, and investigators at church! It’s a really good feeling.

Big news of the week: we now have two baptismal dates! One is going to be baptized in… wait for it… A WEEK! How exciting is that? The other is going to be baptized on October 5th, as she thinks she needs to hear the lessons one more time. It’ll be nice though, because they each can have their own special day. I’m so excited for them. At this time last week, we did NOT foresee an opportunity to extend a baptismal date any time soon, but then they developed a fairly intense desire to be baptized. Truly a miracle and an answer to countless prayers.

This week I was able to go on two exchanges. First, we exchanged with Taunton from Monday night to Tuesday night. It was way fun working with Elder Aragones. He has a POWERFUL testimony and an incredible conversion story. We pretty much did finding all day and it was really successful. We found at least three people to teach! Still waiting on the other four to get back to us, as they did not want to give us their address… they took a Book of Mormon though and promised to read it. We’ll see. On Thursday, I was able to go up to Bath to work with Elder Price, which was fun (as always.) We did a lot of finding, tried to see some formers, and ate some delicious curry.

Last P-Day was probably one of the most fun ones I’ve had so far! We took the train into Bristol and went to Primark (but I didn’t get anything) and then we went to Weston-super-Mare! We went to the Grand Pier, hung out on the beach, and rode a sweet log flume ride! We then went to Taunton’s baptism, which was in Weston for reasons unbeknownst to me.

This week, I have really gained a testimony of the power of prayer. They really are answered. If we exercise just a little bit of faith in our Heavenly Father, it’s incredible what he can do. All we have to do is just ask! I can’t think of an earnest prayer we gave this week regarding the people we taught that wasn’t answered. It’s incredible what a little faith, enthusiasm, and desire to ask can do to put the work forward! I am really looking forward to seeing the work progress in Trowbridge.

If you send me a letter this week, just keep sending it to my current address. Even if I move next week (which is very unlikely), I will still get the letters sent to my old flat before letters that are sent to the mission home (because Elder VA would just forward it to me and I’d get it the next day.)

I love all of you so much. Your prayers, letters, emails, and notes always inspire me to work harder. The Church is true, as is the Book of Mormon. The work is moving forward and cannot be stopped, not even slowed down.

With love,
Elder Frederickson

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