Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Love Conference!!!

Good morning, my friends.

Everything is great here! Conference was good. In particular, I enjoyed Elder Ballard, Elder Bednar, President Uchtdorf, and Elder Oaks (Priesthood session.)  Since Wandsworth Chapel is... well, on the other side of London, we decided it would be a much better idea to organize viewings at our chapel and at the homes of less-actives. This was fruitful. The Spirit was felt by all, in some way or another.

This week, the focus was progression. We spent the week doing things we felt would strengthen our investigators. Perhaps we could've done a bit more finding, but at the end of the day there isn't much point to finding if you don't progress those you find! :)

I've been making a concentrated effort to pray for and expect miracles. These miracles have taken the form of referrals! From investigators, from members, from mormon.org... it's awesome! If you ask everyone for referrals (including the Lord!) you'll receive, sometimes in ways you don't expect. I'm learning that you can think of all the techniques, tricks, and schemes possible to get referrals but at the end of the day the biggest things you can do are ask, serve, and WORK! If we do those things, the Lord will provide.
Our investigators are doing well. It's really crunch time with them. We're bringing them both to a baptism this Saturday. We're taking Andres to the temple.  He saw the Sunday morning session yesterday. He was obsessed with President Uchtdorfs talk!  Hahaha I wish I could peer into his mind to see how it works. We were able to focus on President Uchtdorfs talk though and help him recognize that he is feeling the Spirit. He is definitely progressing though.

L. is one of the fascinating people I've ever taught. He's amazing. He finished 2 Nephi this week and when asked about how he liked 2 Nephi his comment was that he couldn't believe they ate raw meat but he researched it and found that when you cook meat, it loses a lot of vitamins so now he understands. He also commented on how he loved the Isaiah chapters. Wow. We also made him a CD of Churchy songs he can listen to on Sunday, because he asked for hymn recommendations when we taught Sabbath day.
We also began teaching an Italian girl.  She is SO COOL! We brought along Tony, a recent convert and he did amazing. She is Catholic but she said that our belief that God isn't three people mysteriously in one, but that God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost are seperate beings makes "much more sense." Amen to that. She accepted a date for May 3rd. We'll see what happens! She's YSA so that's always good, means we have a great support system.

Today will be fun! The Zone is getting together at Wandsworth chapel just to chill I think. It'll be good to hang with everyone and play some sports.
I love you all so much!
-Elder Frederickson

Picture: (Most of) the original Basingstoke District. Idk what the pose is, I was trying to make fun of Sister Wests pose but ended up channelling Spider Man.

"When I was a hippie, I had the swag" - March 31st

Hello, everybody!

This week will be a slightly short email I think.

This week has been wonderful. We worked hard. We saw miracles. Our investigators are not progressing as well as they could, but we've set goals and made plans to help them progress this week. We have high hopes from them. The member referrals have begun to pour in. There is a huge harvest to be reaped in this area and the time for it has come. Obedience, planning, faith, and WORK are a few of our tools that we intend to use to reap. It's so exciting to serve here!

We had two investigators at Sacrament! But we had four show up right afterwards, so in reality we had six! We were so excited to have so many people at church!  there is a spirit of missionary work here. It's awesome! I love this area and this ward.
Funny story of the week: Yesterday this guy wearing a Che  hoodie and jeans carrying a saxophone walks right into the really intensely spiritual combined thrid hour where we were talking about the atonement. I knew something interesting was about to happen hahaha.

We had a munch and mingle afterwards and this guy starts playing a really jazzy version of "When The Saints Go Marching In" while dancing. It lasted about two seconds before Elder Bradford (senior couple) shut it down hahahaha.

I love you all, have a wonderful week! :)
With love,
Elder Frederickon

March 24th

Dear friends and family,

Last week, it dawned on me... I have two transfers left. That is not much time. I have eleven short weeks to reap the harvest and... well, the rest of my life to think about it! As such, I felt it necessary to increase the work rate here. A lot. After transfers happened, Elder Ganta I just went all out! We talked to EVERYONE. Absolutely everyone. We were rewarded for the work we put in and saw miracles.

Our two main focuses were wasting no minutes and getting people out to church. We are making sure that we are finding as much as possible between set appointments. It really is as simple as putting in that extra mile to show your love for the Lord. When that happens, the Lord provides. Sometimes he provides in ways we do not expect. For example, despite our focusing on getting our investigators to church, only one that we'd been teaching came. Despite that, several non-members showed up with whom we were able to set appointments and we hope to work with them in the coming days and weeks.

One of our investigators did came to church, and he was just wonderful. He loved the service. He is such a deep thinker and always thinks outside the box. After gospel principles, he was going to go home but he felt something telling him to stay a bit more. He even made a wonderful contribution to the ever-entertaining Priesthood lesson! We offered him a reading calendar but he said he'd rather just read it cover to cover. He is definitely progressing and we are so excited for him!

We also started teaching a Jamaican named Ricky. He's awesome. 
A funny story from the week- on the way to an appointment, we walked through this on high-streetish place in Catford where there is always lots of activity and many colourful characters. We saw an old, drunk man stumbling around carrying a boom box blasting a loud reggae beat. Over this beat he sang "How Great Thou Art" at the TOP OF HIS LUNGS. I love London.

Anyways, to end this on a more spiritual note- two scriptures I came across this week.

Helamen 3:29-30... the scriptures are POWERFUL. Are we using them the way we should?

29 Yea, we see that whosoever will may lay hold upon the word of God, which is quick and. powerful, which shall divide asunder all the cunning and the snares and the wiles of the devil, and lead the man of Christ in a strait and narrow course across that everlasting gulf of misery which is prepared to engulf the wicked—

 30 And land their souls, yea, their immortal souls, at the arighthand of God in the kingdom of heaven, to sit down with Abraham,and Isaac, and with Jacob, and with all our holy fathers, to go nomore out

And 2 Corinthians 9:5... do not forget this, fellow labourers :) 

 6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
I know this church is true and the work I do is the work of the Almighty! I love you all so much! :)

With love,
Elder Frederickson

March 19th

Dinner with Becky was wonderful! My new comp is good. He is from India. He's been in the flat for a transfer already so I know him. This coming transfer is just a five weeker, then I might be outta London. We'll see :)
Elder Mafubelu is moving- he has my DREAM moves call hahahahahha ZL in Reading with Elder Hanks. Obviously I knew that wasn't happening though hahaha. He was the one with whom I butted heads sometime but we really sorted things out. I'll attach a picture with him from this morning at Clapham Junction. Our ZLs are Elder Popa and a new ZL, ELder Alejandre from Spain. I LOVE Elder Alejandre he is such a nice guy.

I am really excited for the transfer to come. We have so many people that are going to be baptised. Idk if I'll be here two transfers. We'll see! :) 

Thank you so much for the package as well :) I loved it! You guys are the best!

Love you!

March 10th

This week was definitely an improvement on last week! 

We didn't have any investigators at church, but we felt that we did a lot more than the previous week to get our investigators there. In large part, this was a result of their agency but that doesn't really excuse us. There is always more that can be done. So we've set goals and made plans to increase sacrament attendance even if our investigators don't come. For example, we are going to emphasize having members invite their friends to church. We already got started on that yesterday! I am confident that this won't just increase sacrament attendance, it will also help our teaching pool grow.

I had a wonderful exchange with Elder Mafubelu this week. He is a fantastic missionary and I learnt a lot from him. On that particular day we did not have any teaching appointments, so finding was a big focus. It was a fruitful day and we found several new investigators in all shapes and sizes :) we'll be teaching many of them this week and we're really excited. Now, as with any exchange, my aim is to carry that increased enthusiasm and lessons learnt and apply them every day the rest of my mission. So far, so good! :)

Something I have been focusing on this week is using the scriptures more in all phases of missionary work. To do this, I obviously needed to improve the quality of my personal study. This has been great, I've seen a lot of blessings from it. I am loving the scriptures more than ever and feel as if I am now teaching with greater spiritual power than before. By this I mean that the Holy Ghost is bearing more powerful testimony. I couldn't really ask for anything more.

Our investigators are doing well! Sometimes it can be easy to be frustrated with the Lord's timetable but perhaps he is just teaching us patience. Our most progressing investigator is back in the hospital, so she couldn't go to the temple and couldn't make it to church. We will keep doing all that we can to help her. Her desire to gain a testimony is so sincere.

I must admit, I got so excited when I read on President's letter that Havant had a baptism this week. Even though it's been a year since I served in that wonderful place, I still love the members there a lot. How wonderful it is that they saw a baptism! :) 

P-Day should be alright! We ended up going to the O2 last week. Beyonce was performing there like the next day so all of her merchandise was set up hahaha. We just kinda walked around and went to this really good restaurant. Today we're just going to clean the flat and chill. Sometimes those are the best kind of P-Days, to relax and prepare for the week.

I love you all so much! :)

With love,
Elder Frederickson

Good Morning - March 3rd

Hello, everybody!

This week has been difficult, but very rewarding. Zone Conference was exactly what I needed. Seriously, every single presentation spoke directly to me and was inspired. I came with seven questions and, after studying my notes the next day, I had answers to all of them.

We now have some investigators committed for March 29th for baptism, how exciting! They are great. We are going all out and working our hardest and the Lord is rewarding us. We're also seeking to establish a stronger relationship of trust with our ward leaders. and  we will find a way to do even more. 

There is a couple of things that I have been focusing on over the past week, personally. This weekend, I really wanted to have a more meaningful fast. I had studied Isaiah 58 and decided to try a couple of simple things. First, I tried talk about the fast as little as possible. Even little comments, like "we need to have some good food to break this fast!" or saying that I'm hungry. I also tried to make the entire fast a spiritual experience. Connected with that, since we are emphasizing church attendance so much as a mission, I decided I needed to better apply the doctrines that we teach regarding the Sabbath. I read through doctrine regarding the Sabbath as taught in PMG Chapter 3 and thought... is this really how I view the Sabbath right now? Short answer: it wasn't. Obviously I wasn't like... shopping or watching a film or anything like that. I was pretty much just treating it like any other day in the week. I decided there were some little things I could do to increase my testimony of the Sabbath in the mission field. First, I made a concious effort to make sure the music I was listening to was appropriate. Not that I listen to irreverant music during the week, but perhaps I could be EXTRA conscious of what I was listening to. Second, I tried to study the scriptures a bit more. For example, while Elder Bognar was accounting, I took a moment to study and write in my journal instead of cleaning or just chillin. It was all really good, I learned a lot.

P-Day should be fun today- we are going to Wimbledon which is a bit of a hike but it should be worth it to chill with people, see the tennis stuff (maybe?) and have a great lunch at Jimmy Spices.

Things are definitely look up for the week to come. We have a lot of appointments and investigators who are more willing to progress and keep commitments. It'll be a good week! :)

I hope all of you have a great week! I feel your prayers! 

With love,
Elder Frederickson