Monday, December 29, 2014

Washington DC South Mission: Week 19: December 29, 2014

Our visit last week to Washington, visiting all the monuments
Hey family,
It was fun to talk to you guys this week. I got Karli Christmas package this week also. John and Bahar came again to church this week with all their kids too. Bahar had work, but John wanted to stay for all three meetings. He said he really liked them. He and his family are doing well. John is progressing toward his baptismal date for January 24th. He's a very cool guy. He's very excited about being baptized. The day after Christmas we had a 1/2 mission conference which was really  good. I'm still sick unfortunately so it was hard for me to enjoy it. This Sunday we also got a new ward mission leader which is good because the one before wasn't...he just wasn't aggressive I guess. I sent you the pictures of our trip to the monuments. That was a lot of fun. I pretty much told you everything that's been going on when I skyped you. I sent our Christmas dunk fest videos to the boys. Till next week.

Elder Frew

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Washington DC South Mission: Week 18- December 22, 2014

Dear family,

We had a good week. Last Sunday John and Bahar came to church. Bahar
is a less active member who hasn't been to church since high school.
And John is not a member. They both loved last week and brought the
rest of their family this Sunday too. But we went by there house this
week to have a lesson with them for the first time and actually taught
one of the 5 lessons. We said a prayer before because we weren't
exactly sure what we should teach but we planned on the restoration
unless we felt we should teach something else. That was by the far the
best lesson that we've had since I've been here. We went through the
lesson and it was so amazing.  As we taught the spirit was extremely
strong. John started crying during the lesson which was pretty cool.
And said it was amazing. We then put him on date to be baptized on the
25th of January!!! Unfortunately I will be transferred on the 8th so I
won't be in leesburg anymore probably. But I should still be able to
come to his baptism assuming he goes through with it. John is very
cool. Growing up he went to the baptist church every now and then. Yes
he's black. And Bahar was baptized at 13 and went to seminary and
stuff then went inactive at 19. She is part Afghan. They have two
daughters. One is named Tatia who is 13 and another girl who is about
1 year old. We have another lesson with them tonight too. Pray for
this family, please.

Right now I'm sitting on the metro heading in to DC. It's very cold
today. I love going into the city. It has such a cool atmosphere
about it. I'm glad that I get to go and visit here every transfer. I
think that we are going to go to the Lincoln memorial today along with
a few other memorials. I should have some good pictures to send to you
next week.

I will be calling on Wednesday sometime to set up the time and
everything for when I'm going to skype you guys on Christmas. So I
would just be ready for that. I also got your package that you sent
me. I was able to restrain myself and not open them up early.

Also I sent my Christmas package home to you guys. You should open it
on Christmas Eve. It should already be there. But just let me know
that you guys already got it.

I'll send my dc pics next week

Love elder Frew

Monday, December 15, 2014

Washington DC South Mission: Week 17- December 15, 2014

Dear family,

So I got your package in the mail this week. Thank you for all the
food. And cards.... However, I thought you would know me better than to
trust me opening just one present a day.  I didn't want wait to open a
gift just one at a time. So I opened the box and I just opened up all
the presents at once. Sorry if I ruined your 12 days of Christmas but
you know that is something that I would do. I was able to control
myself on the cards though. I'm a few days ahead though already. But
thanks for the package.

This week we had interviews with President Riggs as we usually do
every other transfer. Elder Ames went first and told him that we
hadn't been getting along. I usually would try and talk to him the
least amount as possible. When I went in for the interview he asked me
about how the companionship was doing. I told him that Elder Ames and
I have very different personalities, and we do things very different
ways. He asked if there was anything he could do to help us. I asked
"how do you cope with an annoying companion"? He said that you don't
cope with him.....he gave a mission wide talk about having charity and
not being" in a box toward people". He said a lot of things to me that
really affected me. We talked for a half- hour and we were only suppose
to go for ten or fifteen minutes. I also told him how I was frustrated with
the lack of success that I've had. He gave me a promise that if I had
charity towards Elder Ames and didn't just get cope with him till the end of
the transfer that I would have success.

After the meeting we went back to the apartment and sat on the bed
thinking about what choice I was going to make. I really just wanted
to cope with Ames and wait till I got a new companion. I was on my bed
pretty ticked off that I was stuck in this situation for another
month. I sat and really didn't want to try and make this work with
Elder Ames. But as I was sitting on the bed I watched a bible video that is
in the gospel library. The video is of Christ getting scourged and
crucified. After watching that I  knew what my decision needed to be.
I got up and went out of the room and started getting ready to go to
an appointment we had. Before I opened the door to the leave I
apologized to Elder Ames for being so annoyed with him and for trying to
ignore him. He accepted it and apologized as well. We went to Taco
Bell where we were meeting a member for a lesson. I walked in and to
ease my pain I ordered a burrito since the member wasn't there yet. A
worker there was on break and reading the bible. I didn't even start
the conversation he just said hi and introduced himself and asked if I
could answer some of the questions he had. (I was just like what the
heck is going on) as I'm answering his questions, giving him a b.o.m,
and starting to begin teaching, and other worker walks up to Elder Ames and
asks him some questions about the 12 tribes of Israel which was kinda weird.
Anyways after talking for a while we reschedule for a couple days
later and left. When went went back we taught him basically all of
the first two lessons.(this is inside Taco Bell both times). Also a
less active lady named Bahar came to Church this Sunday with her
non-member husband. She had two kids, one of them being 13 and not
baptized yet.

Since President Riggs interview things have been going a lot better. I
still have to exhort so much energy in not being annoyed with Elder Ames but
things overall are a lot better. Pres. Riggs said it was going to be
extremely hard also.........this week we also had our Ward party along
with our mission party. The mission party was sweet. I got to see Elder
Oyler again which was awesome along with the elders who came out with
me. For the Ward party the 4 elders in the Ward bought Christmas
cardigans to wear. The only problem was was that Walmart didn't have
men's cardigans so we had to buy women's. I will send you he pictures.

I'm looking forward to talking to everyone at Christmas.

Love you all Elder Frew

Monday, December 8, 2014

Washington DC South: Week 16- December 8, 2014

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Dear Family,

 I can't really remember
what happened this week. We have a Mission Christmas party this week
along with our Ward party which will be cool. This week should be
pretty quick with all the parties and stuff. I will get to see Elder Oyler
at the mission party which will be cool. For the Ward party all of the
four elders in our Ward bought these lady sweaters to wear at the xmas
party. I'm really looking forward to Christmas though. We're
going to be going to the Getts family for Christmas Day. That's the family
who the dad knows Sister Juarez. Then for Christmas Eve were going to
the Anderson family who are another one of my favorite families here. They have
been very generous and taken us out to some really nice restaurants here.

We watched the Christmas devotional also at a Ward members home who is dating a non
member. I will be trying to send my Christmas package off next week
hopefully. Tell John and Dan not to expect too much though.

Love Elder Frew

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Week 15

Monday, December 1, 2014

Washington DC South Mission: Week 15: December 1, 2014

Thanksgiving Day Turkey Bowl Football
First Snow of the season

Hey family,

Elder Ames and I had a pretty solid week. Elder Ames has been working
me like a dog and is very strict. I'm getting kinda used to it but
that doesn't mean that I like it yet.... haha. One thing different about
him than Elder Oyler is that he talks to everybody! We also don't ride our
bikes anymore because according to Ames it's too cold. So we just walk
around everywhere which I don't really like, but it has some
advantages.This week we met a girl named April just walking by her
house so we went and talked to her. She told us that her father died
in October and that she's been pretty depressed. We gave her a plan of
salvation pamphlet and talked to her about a few other gospel related
topics. We are suppose to meet again with her this Tuesday. Also this
week while we were walking around we met an inactive lady who has a
daughter who has a teenage daughter who hasn't been baptized yet. And
a non member husband. We invited them to church Sunday and they said
they were gunna be there but they didn't show. Most of the people we
invite don't anyways.... We also met a girl named Tina who was a twin
sister to one of our investigators who said we could come by later
this week. So we met some good potentials investigators this week but
we will see what happens.

This last week it snowed here for the first time since I have been
here which was cool. But now on pday it is in he high 60s and pretty
sunny. The weather here is so bipolar? Today we will probably play
football again which is fine with me. I will send a picture of the

For thanksgiving we had a turkey bowl in the morning that was a ton of
fun. It snowed a couple inches the night before so we played football
in the snow which was a lot of fun. After that we did some service for
a lady in our Ward who's going through a divorce and can't really walk
very well. So we were helping her clean her house and throwing a bunch
of crap out. Then for dinner we ate at the Gissemans home. She is
really nice. We had some pretty dang good food there too. We had a
deep fried turkey. And the pies were awesome. She gave us food to take
home too. Overall it was a great thanksgiving.

How is Daniels basketball team doing? Who's starting?
Love elder frew

Ps for package ideas
-beef jerky
- no sweets
- I'll add more later