Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Labor Day

Sister Frampton is from Highland, Utah.  She graduated in 2011 and attended BYUI.  She actually went to Disneyworld at the same time as Erin and may know her.  We have a couple of friends in common too.  She is really nice, and is a hard worker.   We have a lot of similarities and really push each other. 
This week has been interesting.  We ran out of miles last week, which is the first time that has ever happened to S. Frampton.  So we ended up doing a lot of walking!  We found quite a few potential investigators which was cool.  I am learning to open my mouth more.  A member also took us to the Canfield County Fair on Saturday.  It was HUGE!!!!!!!  It was crazy trying to find people to talk to there because it was so packed with all sorts of things.  To give you an idea of how big this fair really is, Train was one headline band and the other was Sheryl Crow.  Some people say it is one of the biggest county fairs in the country.  It was cool to go see what The Boss was singing about. 
We have been doing a lot of service this week as well.  We went to the Ki's home, who have an orchard, to help.  We spent the afternoon picking raspberries.  We were scraped up pretty good, but it was a lot of fun.  We also went to the Youngstown Rescue Mission to serve food there.  It was an eye opening experience to see the security and things.  There was a lady named Edith there who sang about Jesus to everyone for lunch, and people were brought to tears.  I loved it.  Serving God's children is a huge blessing we, as missionaries, get to do all the time! 
We have been teaching a lot, and have been rejected a lot.  Our focus right now is on the ward.  Helping to establish a ward plan, as well as getting the members involved in the work.  We are putting our focus on cottage meetings right now.  These are like mini firesides or large FHEs at members home, where we share the message and let everyone socialize and bring their friends and families who would benefit.  Right now we just need to start the flame.
We have also been working with the A family.  They are all less active members with the exception of Jennifer, the mom, who is not a member.  We went to their home for a labor day cook out and met the whole big family.  Many of them don't know anything about the church, so we had a great opportunity to talk to people about our missions and teach them a bit.  Jennifer has been progressing a lot.  She used to not want to hear the messages, but Sunday she invited us to share a message with everyone before we left.  She made the initiative!  We are hoping that this is a sign of her progressing towards the desire to be baptized. 
I love you all.  We don't have a lot of time today, so tell the kids I will write them next week. 

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