Archive for November 2009

Amazing

November 19, 2009

The mission is going well – Franklin and his companion are getting a lot of opportunities to teach people. That said, the majority of them don’t continue progression in the Church, but the exposure to different people is a good thing. After bearing his strongest testimony of Jesus Christ and the Book of Mormon to a preacher, Franklin said, “He talked a little after and said things he had said before, then said, ‘You’re trying to lead an old horse in a different direction. I’m too far down this road.’ No matter what we said we knew it wouldn’t change. It was hard because I know he felt a little tug and didn’t want to change.”

In the last zone conference, the missionaries of the area were joined by Elder Kikuchi, a member of the Quorum of the Seventy. Franklin’s description of him was that of admiration as he explained that Elder Kikuchi’s mission was extended twice, resulting in a 3.5-year-long mission. At this zone conference, Franklin and his companion were called on to do a demo first lesson of the first vision principle. After his companion introduces the principle, he turns to Franklin at which point Franklin is to say the first vision. “I’m the only sound in there. So I go through it the first time. It goes ok, but Elder Kikuchi shows how fast you’re supposed to say it, to give the Spirit time to talk, and then he kneels behind me and lays his hand on my back with a tiny bit of pressure to tell me to slow down and tells us to try it again. We do it again and the Spirit was there, not just there but there as though we were breathing it. And I didn’t want to be there, I don’t like that kind of thing being in front of people and doing things but I’m glad I got to have that.”

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Good Times

November 10, 2009

Franklin is doing very well! He said he had an awesome week and that he’s getting better with Spanish and the members. He didn’t have enough time to write much but he did send some pictures:

 

Morning of Monday 11/9/09

The helmet Franklin had to wear because the other elders accidentally took his

Franklin’s companion

Fast Pace

November 3, 2009

Through transfers and missionaries leaving, Franklin is now the main man as far as knowing the area the most. His companion is Elder Anderson who has excellent Spanish, is smart with working with members, and has a sharp sense of time (a blessing for Franklin). At this point, things are moving “uncomfortably fast,” but they are running smoothly too. Now that the pace has changed, Franklin says,

“I was struggling for a while here. The mission is a lot of things the MTC didn’t prepare me for, and I think it could’ve. I did really enjoy a lot of it, but could have used a lot of other things in place of some much more. When I came in here, I was hoping I could follow the rules and not get a hard time about it from anyone. Getting ridiculed from the outside is pretty easy, from the inside is a lot more lonely. But I did realize I was stressing out a lot and missionary work goes a lot slower when I choose to be stressed. Like you said Dad, happiness is a choice. And it’s pretty great how the Spirit helps find ways to bring us together.”

He goes on to say that the Gospel is not separate from the church, from our lives, or from the world. It is rather the fabric of it all. Everybody’s in it and everybody needs it.

Franklin had the opportunity to baptize an 8-year-old boy who’s father is a recent convert. He said he (Franklin) was REALLY nervous, but fortunately everything went okay. He has also given five blessings so far and points out that while they didn’t have great Spanish, they did everything they could. “I think I get scared of things like that because I focus on my weakness and feel like I’m supposed to do it alone. I’m so glad the plan doesn’t work (? – handwriting is hard to read here) that way.”