Monday, September 29, 2014

Toledo!! and a Freak Dancing Accident....

Elder Cahoon and Elder Anderson

My cut up arm


Beautiful Toledo!

Elder Cahoon & I

Swords in Toledo!

This awesome Husky mix dog we found in an investigators house!

Vale (okay),

Well I don't have a lot of time this week because we went to TOLEDO!!! Just the best place ever. But I will try my best to fill you all in on what has happened this week and send a ton of sweet photos. We will see how it goes...

So we had the mission leadership council this week on Tuesday and so the zone leaders from the north and the islands were with us on Monday and that meaannss Elder Echegaray!! We went out and contacted on Monday night and killed it in the street together. We got some sweet references and it was really good to be back working with him. He's the best. I love him haha. 

Basically the story of this week has been that we have been getting really close to finding new investigators but we haven't had any success. We set up and confirmed around 6 or 7 lessons with new investigators and every single one ended up bailing on us or just not showing up. It was a little difficult and frustrating but we can't make people hear our message! We kept working hard throughout the whole week though and we are hoping to find some news this week.

One cool thing was that we had this amazing lesson with Vladimir and promised him that if he were to read, pray and come to church, he would have the desires to get baptized on the 11th of October. He accepted the invitation and seemed excited about it. He ended up not coming to church on Sunday though so that was kind of difficult. 

Good news though is that Baltazar is amazing! He has come to church 5 times in a row and although he is super mysterious and doesn't want to set a baptismal date, he is progressing really well! 

One of the highlights of the week was an activity that we had on Saturday with the ward. We did a party of the nations or fiesta de las naciones and it turned out reaaaally well! We made brownies and danced to Cotton Eye Joe which was unbelievably epic. I cut up my arm a bit right before we went on in a freak dancing accident but I still made it through. It was suuper fun and we grew a lot closer to the members here.

Excited for next week! I know that the Lord has many blessings in store for us.

Love you all!

Elder Franklyn

Monday, September 22, 2014

September 22, 2014

"Taste of America" and Poptarts!!

Monday, September 15, 2014

September 15, 2014

Surviving Transfers....

Monday, September 8, 2014

September 8, 2014

Soccer in Pavones/Transfers Next Week!!


Well, this week has been good! We have a visitor!! His name is Elder Moyano and he has been with us this whole week. It has been super fun and we are working soo hard with him. He has knee problems and so we have to walk slow but we are doing well. Outside of playing the cello, this is the first quartet I have been in! I don't have a ton of time to write buuuut just wanted to shoot out some updates. 

Lucy and Emilio finally got back from vacation and are doing good. They want to wait a little longer until they feel completely prepared to keep all of the commandments but they are doing really good. We have been finding a good amount of investigators too and it has all been going great. Baltazar is doing great too and he has come to church 2 weeks in a row now! We also finally met with Tanchi and Yonaisi and we had a lesson with them. They are doing good. They just need a lot of support. It is sad to see so many people passing through hard times but the manifestations of their faith are eye opening. I have learned so much out here on the mission about overcoming trials and it is inspiring to see someone push through and overcome a lot of difficult things passing in their lives. 

Well today has been busy! I went on splits with the assistants and we went to play soccer in Pavones next to the temple. It was really fun!! My team played really well too and we won a good amount of games. It was really fun to be with the assistants too. They are great. I've learned a ton from them. This week is going to be transfers so I might die -- but hopefully not.  I'll be working really hard and I'm not sure how much time I will have next week to write but just know that I love you all and that I am doing great! Keep up all of the hard work wherever you are and know that I am thinking and praying for you.

Love you all!

Elder Franklyn

Monday, September 1, 2014

Cafe Rio Burritos & Running with the Bulls

September 1, 2014

Cafe Rio Burritos and Running with the Bulls!!!

Running of the Bulls!

Elder Sanchez & I

Got my package Mom - thanks!

Amigoooos y amigaaaas,

Well this week has been rough, but sometimes I like the hard weeks. I'll quote my trainer Elder Echegaray here: "My favorite days are the hard days in the mission. Those days when every lesson bails on you so you go out and contact in the street. Those days when every person that you contact in the street just says no. And then at 9:50, right when you have to go back to the apartment, you receive a reference from a Dominican in the street that you know is not going to want anything the next day. Those are my favorite days."

Those are the days when my testimony of the truthfulness of this work grows the most. Those are the days when I look deep down inside and think of why I am out here in the mission. Those are the days when I think of my cousin Nathan who have up so much to serve a mission in South Africa. Those are the days when I think of my cousin Ryan, my best friend Jacob, and my best friend Truman, serving their hardest out there in other parts of the world. Those are the days when I realize that I really am a disciple of Christ. 

Some really cool things happened this week though too so I'll start with those. On Thursday, we ate with an American family that lives here named the Hubers. They are awesome! They made us Cafe Río burritos and they were to die for. They are such an awesome family. All of them are learning a lot of Spanish but they are doing really well! We shared a great lesson on the Sacrament with them and I think our relationship with them has grown a lot. On Saturday, we put on an activity for the ward on the plan of salvation. It was awesome!! Some of you make have heard of it but basically the people come in and sit down in seats that are set up like an airplane. The plane crashes and the people are taken on a tour through the Telestial, Terrestrial, and Celestial kingdoms. It was awesome and everyone felt the Spirit really strongly. It grew my testimony of the truthfulness of this Church. Oh and Balthazar came to church and loved it!! He has a lot of potential!

Some bad things that happened... Our car got towed. Emilio and Lucy have been out of town for a week now and also told us that they wanted to push back their baptismal date a bit. Felipe and Isabel have to separate because of legal reasons and we had to say good bye to Felipe yesterday. They were sooo close to figuring it all out and getting married too. Now it probably won't happen for months and months. Other than that, just a lot of people bailed on us this week and we haven't had a lot of time to work either. 

President Jackson came out with some more changes that happened today in the mission. A missionary had to go home and so it was sad to see him leave. Elder Moyano hurt his knee in the Islands and so he had to come in as well. And he's here with US!!! He's from Argentina and he is suuper cool. I am excited to have him here. He will just be here for a couple of weeks to recuperate so it should be fun!

Well we are hoping to have a better week this week! We've just got to keep working hard and making the best out of the short time that we have here. I honestly love the mission though and wouldn't trade it for anything. Keep up the good work back home!!

Love you all!

Elder Franklyn