Archive for July 2010

“Hey homeslices”

July 23, 2010

It’s been crazy hot lately (112-115 degrees) which apparently makes the metal in cars radioactive so the missionaries down there have to take extra caution. Sounds like they had a bit of fun though when were ”trying to burn each other every chance we got. Only in El Paso, where the sun can weaponize your change.”

Things are looking good, despite a slow patch a couple weeks ago. One of the investigators, Scott, set a date for himself on the 31st of July. He’s been really sick recently, but he’s looking forward to everything coming up. Even though Franklin and his companion still didn’t get anyone to church, they were able to get a lot of things done which made it a satisfying week.

In his ‘thought’ portion of his email, Franklin said, “I spent a lot of time going through old general conference talks these last couple weeks while I was preparing a talk and some trainings and found one from President Uchtdorf, “The Infinite Power of Hope,” at least something like that, it was in a Spanish copy and I don’t remember exactly. After reading that one and going to church, it led to thinking about a lot. Sometimes it feels so tempting to look around and think we’re all doomed. to stop trying because it’s not worth it. And, it can happen to any of us, no matter what we believe or how long we’ve believed it. If anyone is feeling down, I love that talk and recommend it.”

A new mission means a new mission president. In Franklin’s words, “. . . our president went from being straight up and to the point to a little off guard, mellow. I’m sure three years of directing a mission will turn President Miler into the same kind of person President Walker is.” So far, everything seems to be transitioning smoothly, just a little change in president personalities.

Here’s Franklin’s new mailing address (he just passed his ONE YEAR mark so send him a congratulations!):

New Mexico Albuquerque Mission
4400 Presidential Dr. NE Suite E
Albuquerque, NM 87109

More Slow-Mo

July 4, 2010

Teaching has been pretty slow lately. In the past couple weeks, a lot of baptisms fell through and there were few teaching opportunities, but every mission is going to have times like that. Franklin did get to go to the temple on Wednesday. “We went through a session and met President and Sister Walker at the end. We moved to the institute building a few blocks away after and held a short testimony meeting before dinner. The whole thing was powerful, definitely hard for everyone to say goodbye to the Walkers but I think much harder for them to say goodbye to us.”

One of Franklin’s investigators, Steve who is actually Franklin’s age and graduated high school the same year, is getting ready for baptism. “He’s probably the most down to earth guy I’ve met. He’s doing so well. His wife Sam is a very inactive member who didn’t get much of a foundation in the church except from her aunt. Sam’s coming back strong now too. They have a little baby Sofia who I think is secretly the fifth member of the fantastic four because her hair never fails to shoot in all directions static-style and once I swear she gave me a shock.”

Finally, in Franklin’s last words in his past couple of emails he has given some thought about the gospel and how it can solve any problem. “It gets us where we can’t get on our own.” In a talk he heard, there was a quote mentioned that went something like, “Try and keep on trying until that which seems difficult becomes possible, and that which seems only possible becomes habit and a real part of us.”