Friday, June 25, 2010

Now at temple square

Hello my wonderful family! As you can see, P-day is on Fridays! I love you and miss you more than ever!!! I WAS SOOO HAPPY TO SEE YOU LAST SATURDAY!!! What a tender mercy from Above right?? I prayed, knowing that it probably wasn't the Lord's will to have us run into each other, and there you were the minute I got there!!! It was so great to be able to teach the little history that I knew and testify to you about eternal families. It was powerful and spiritual and I loved every moment of it!! Everyone was so jealous that I got to see my family on temple square. A lot of them met you apparently. They all told me they saw you. My former roommate Sister Hicks said that Dad is cute (not in a creepy way lol she just liked him) and that she had fun meeting you all :) Thank you for taking the time to visit. It was so uplifting and a great spiritual boost for me!! Anyway, after that we were able to contact some people and get a referral. My temporary companion told me all kinds of things to know about the square. It was very helpful, although I wish we had talked to more people! When the day was through we were all exhausted!! But totally stoked that we got a taste of our mission before actually leaving the MTC. I love the MTC with all my heart and I miss it, but this is my new home now!! How was your anniversary mom & dad? I hope you had a good time. And I'm glad you liked the card and pictures dad :) There's more for everyone when you get home! Enjoy! I just love you so much!!! :)

The rest of my time at the MTC consisted of the orthodontist's office, we packed and taught lessons and listened to general authorities. I enjoyed all the time where I could just sit and take it all in. Now it's my turn to do the teaching! Saying goodbye to the Elders in our zone was hard. They are such dear friends to us! I will miss them! they're going to indonesia and madagascar!! So they'll be there for a long time!

Well, Wednesday morning, we got up at 5am and left for SLC soon after that! (by the way, I definitely didn't pack too much! I probably packed the least out of all my roommates lol) Sister Denny and I were freaking out on the way there just because we were so excited to finally start this mission on Temple Square!! We got there and met President and Sister Holmes who are seriously SOOO amazing and so loving and sweet and funny!! They are incredible people and I'm looking forward to serving with them this next year! We got our new name tags (I now have the SLC temple on my tag and the American flag!! YAY It looks pretty awesome if I do say so myself haha) We had interviews with the president, his wife, and the assistants to the pres (APs) (so now they know that I speak some spanish- they said they'll probably use me for the spanish tours! Awesome!) We then all gathered in a room downstairs where a group of sisters were sitting who would be our future TRAINERS!!! Sister Denny and I looked at all the sisters in the group and tried to see if we got any vibes from one of them, or feelings about one that might be our trainer. I had a feeling about one sister from japan so I told sister Denny and then they started calling names out. They called me up first and then they called Sister Nakajima up who is now my first trainer and companion!!!! Everyone was clapping and cheering- it was kinda fun :) She is the one I had a feeling about!! Crazy! She is from Japan and she's been out for 13 months! she went to Everett, Washington on her outbound! She is incredible!! I have learned SO much from her already!! She's so cute! I won't be able to print pictures until next p-day so I'll attach them to this email. She actually told me that she looked at the list of new sisters coming in and had a feeling she'd be with Sister Frogget!! How amazing is that? The Lord truly has a hand in calling companions to be together. She and I had both been praying for a miracle companion, and our prayers have been answered! She's so hard-working and very close to the Spirit. It's only the 3rd day and she has done such a good job in training me and being patient with me. After we ate lunch together, we planned for the day and got to work on the square!! it was kinda scary because I had no idea what I was doing. My first contact was a young man who recently became active again in the church because of some sister missionaries. We talked for a while and he gave us a referral for his friend in CA. Luckily I wasn't scared at that point anymore- I was confident and happy to talk with him! I love talking to people! This is going to be an AWESOME mission for me :) We are in the "cover zone" which means that we don't have an assigned area- we just cover for sisters who have p-days or meetings or meal times. That's truly a blessing for me because we have been able to walk everywhere on the square and I have been learning a TON. My first tour (which was nothing like the tour we gave you last week) was with a family of Jewish people who were so kind and willing to listen to what we had to say. I didn't know any of the facts, so Sister Nakajima talked most of the time, but I was able to testify of those things, so it worked out just fine. I am getting a LOT better and it's only day 3! It's kind of a learn-as-you-go system, so I have been picking up on the facts and it has worked out great! We now talk equal amounts of time and the information just flows out of my mouth. The Lord has truly blessed me with the gift of remembrance and discernment and knowledge and testimony. I am even closer to the Spirit than before and it is incredible!

After being on the square for a while, the new sisters were all able to go to Walmart and get some groceries! So i now have food!! yay! I got to my apartment (which each has 4 sisters) and guess who I live with?!?! SISTER HARRIS and her new companion Sister Zalazar!! You remember Sister Harris right? AAaaaah I couldn't believe it when I saw her! She is the sweetest thing in the world and I love her to death! :) We were both amazed that we coincidentally met before I went into the MTC and now are living together for 6 weeks :) Happy day! I unpacked all my stuff and passed out after planning. Best sleep ever! Yesterday was my first FULL day as a temple square missionary. It was quite exhausting but totally worth it. Sister Nakajima (I'll call her Sister Naka for short) and I planned and prayed for miracles that day. As we planned out the tours, we prayed to meet a group of 4 people at West Gate and take them on a tour. We began walking toward west gate and before we could even get there, a group of 4 men walked up to us and said, "We would like to tour to the Assembly Hall, then the Tabernacle, and then over to the Christus. Could you do that for us?" I couldn't help but smile because that is exactly the tour we had planned to give to that exact group of people. Isn't that amazing!? The Lord brings people to us as we have the faith to see miracles happen. It's awesome! Things like that happened ALL day!! Sister Naka is so close to the spirit and she knew she would give a Japanese tour that day. Sure enough we did! I just followed along because i didn't understand anything, but they ended up wanting missionaries to come to their house! So that was awesome! We gave tour after tour after tour and contacted so many people! It's really busy around this time of the year! The president even cut our lunch hour and dinner our in half so we could work more and contact more people! We are a hard-working and diligent mission! It's exhausting like I said, but awesome! I go to sleep VERY quickly each night lol :) Anyway, I'll stop blabbering on... I hope you enjoyed the stories! I love being here. It's amazing. The spirit is so strong. I am so blessed. I miss you all so much!

Tell everyone at the reunion HI for me and that I love them! Tell them to write to me too!!! Anyway, I better get going! As you can see, I have more time to email now! YAY!! I LOVE YOU SO MUCH and think about you often!! You're the BEST!!!!!!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox

Much love,


Friday, June 18, 2010

Visitors Center Training

Happy Friday!!!! My p-day got changed because I am now part of another district!! We started the Visitors Center Training on Wednesday and it is absolutely amazing!!! It was very sad to see the Elders in our district leave, but it is nice to be with a bunch of sisters (they smell a lot nicer too!!! hahaha) Life is so wonderful here. I honestly think that EVERY single person should have the opportunity to serve a mission. It's the best thing in the world. The 3 sisters that I live with and I all talked to a returned missionary who served at a visitors center and she shared so many wonderful things! I am seriously SO lucky to be going to temple square. There's honestly no place I'd rather go. We get to go on a little field trip to temple square and go on splits with the sisters that are already there!! how cool is that?!? I sure hope Tara is having a blast at EFY. She is in my prayers often. Was Blaine able to come visit? How is the family reuniting? I sent a letter to Dad at the Nielson's house, so hopefully you got it! I love you guys so much! I sure enjoy hearing from you as often as I do. You mean the world and more to me. I wish I had more time to tell you about the experiences that I have each and every day! It's incredible! I am closer to my Heavenly Father than I have ever been before and it is amazing to see how the Spirit works so closely with us if we will have the faith to do it and the patience to listen! I would encourage you to develop such a relationship with the Spirit. Having Him as a constant companion is more than I could ever explain in words. Mom, Thank you SOOO so so so much for the package!! It made me so happy! Your cookies were delicious and everything else was just what I needed! (Except I didn't mean to have you send these gray pants! I was talking about my blue jeans! Sorry! If you want these ones back, I can totally send them!) You're so sweet. Thank you so much. And I got the coat the day after that! It's way cute! Thank you thank you!! You're an angel! :) Sister Denny and I taught 2 lessons in the mock visitor's center last night. It went absolutely amazing and smoothly!! We taught with the Spirit and from our hearts. It'll be awesome to teach real people with real needs and real problems!!! Life is so good!!! I love being a missionary!! :) On Monday I had a sudden feeling that you guys were close by!!! I felt your presence!!! Come to find out, you were driving by the MTC!!! Thank you for driving by and saying hi!! I was there in spirit :) I went to the temple this morning hoping you would drive by, but EFY doesn't end till tomorrow so I suspect you'll be coming tomorrow morning. But like I said, you should drop by temple square visitors centers and see if you can't find me!!! If you don't, then it's not meant to be. The Lord probably wants me to concentrate on the mission, so maybe we won't see each other. But I still love you so much!

I see Nick Hales all the time here! He'll be here for a LOT longer than I will!!! He contacts me in spanish it's pretty cool :)

Oh by the way, when the MTC called, I was THERE WITH HER! I wanted to yell out and say hi to you but it wasn't very appropriate lol. I ended up going to the orthodontist on Monday. It was a fun field trip. It was weird being off MTC campus though. The Spirit was definitely not as strong when we left. It was amazing when we came back! I'm getting new retainers and we have to pick them up on Monday. So another field trip, yay! Who knew going to the orthodontist could be so exciting! :)

I love you so much and thank you for everything you do. Send as many dearelders as you can before next wednesday! Have fun and no stress!!! I love you with all of my heart and being. I think and pray for you often!! MUCH LOVE

Sis Ro Frog xoxoxoxoxox

Thursday, June 10, 2010

2 weeks and 1 day

Hello my wonderful family! I miss you and love you like crazy!! You are my favorite people in the world. Dad, thank you so much for making that blog for me. That should be awesome to have people read it. And maybe they'll write to me too! Just for future reference, send all emails to my email, and then send it to me on so that I can read them ahead of time and not have to take time out of my 30 minutes! Deal? Thanks so much! You are all wonderful! You're in my prayers! Tara did you get a 4.0?? Congrats on getting all A's! I hope that bumped everything up. Love you girl. Send me pictures of your recent comings and goings! I can't believe you'll be in the same town as me and we wont' be able to see each other!!! :( You'll have SUCH a blast at EFY. Tell me all about it and send me pictures. Have fun at the reunion and don't forget about me! Tell everyone to write to me! Tell them my address! My heart and wishes will be with you as we stay in the same area!!!! xoxoxo

Well, I've officially been here for 2 weeks and 1 day! The time goes by SOOO fast here, it's unbelievable!!! I love it so much. I learn and grow every single day. You wouldn't believe it. Sister Denny and I are really learning how to teach from the Spirit and from our hearts. We teach little lessons every day and big ones every other day almost. This past week we got about 30! It's great experience and I have learned SO much I never thought I could!

I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!!!! The Spirit and environment here is incredible. Over the course of this past week, I have grown an INCREDIBLE love and better understanding of the Atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ. It began in the beautiful temple last p-day. I felt an overwhelming love encircle me and I knew Christ had suffered and died for me- at such an individual and personal level. I have truly FELT the power of the Atonement in my life and it has made such a difference in everything I do. The Atonement is the VERY CENTER of this gospel, of this work, and of everything we do. We have access to the full plan of happiness because of Jesus Christ and that is our message to the world! I want everyone to feel the power of Christ's Atonement in their lives. Once they do, they'll do anything to get on the path that leads to eternal life. I love this work! I love the gospel! I love Jesus Christ with all my heart. I owe everything to Him and have the responsibility to preach the gospel to the world!

The people in our district are so awesome. I hope you got the pictures that I sent you! I will send more later. Did you get my letters to everyone??? I dont' really know if the mail is dependable lately! Sheesh! Anyway, our district and I are getting really close. It's almost like we're a family. Sometimes though we get distracted in class and get completely off topic. I know i can do better at using my time more wisely and not waste a moment of the Lord's time.

All the devotionals and mission conferences and large group meetings- EVERYTHING helps increase my knowledge, strengthen my testimony, and answer my prayers. I want to thank you for your prayers for me. I have felt them work in my life at this time. I need them. As many missionaries may experience, I went through quite a rollercoaster one day last week. It was such a spiritual day, but during a lesson, I felt like I couldn't teach- I was afraid and discouraged. That of course led to the Spirit not being there because my fear took over my faith. I ended up in tears and didn't think I could teach at all. I realized my CONSTANT need for the Spirit in my life and in my teaching. I have prayed and fasted for that and I have seen such amazing results! The Lord truly answers prayers. I love him so much. He answered me through the scriptures, through thoughts and impressions, feelings, and through other people. All of this was the very topic of Elder Hales' talk on Tuesday! we get to hear from a general authority every tuesday! Awesome huH???

5 more days and the guys in our district leave for Colorado springs and we temple square sisters are left to learn how to do tours! I'm very excited, although I've heard it's going to be a REALLY intense week. We'll see how it goes. I get to go to the temple right after I send this email! I love going so much! It makes everything better. Oh I saw Nick Hales today!!!! He just got here yesterday! I got to be a host for the new sister missionaries yesterday! It was weird cuz it seems just like yesterday that I was the one who was being hosted lol.

Our district is performing the EFY medley this sunday! I get to play it on the piano! I'm really excited about that :) Every district sings before they leave out into the field. I can't believe how fast time flies here. We're sure having a good time! the MTC is AMAZING! I wish every person could go through this experience. It's a once-in-a-lifetime thing. The greatest thing ever!!!!

I best get going but I'll send more letters! LOVE YOU TO PIECES FAMILY!!!!

Peace out


Sis Frog!!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

MTC arrival

AAAAAH YAY it's finally P-day and I can email you!!!! Thank you all so much for your dearElder letters! They completely make my day!!! I can't respond to them because I can only write letters on p-day, so be patient with me!

I LOVE YOU ALL SO MUCH!!!!! I can't possibly express to you how wonderful the MTC is!!!! I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!!! It is the greatest thing that I have ever done!! IT has only been ONE WEEK and I have so much to tell you and only 30 minutes to do so! I will do my best!! The first day here was absolutely amaazing! I got here and everyone was so helpful and loving and happy!!! The Spirit is SO strong here!!! You wouldn't believe it!! This is EXACTLY what I'm supposed to be doing right now. God needs me here at this time in my life. The first day was pretty long (4am to 10:30pm... long day!) but I loved every second of it! I am surprisingly not homesick at ALL! Don't take that the wrong way, I love all of you so much, but since I know this is where i'm supposed to be, it makes it easy to love it here and love the work that I'm doing. I've already made wonderful friends in my district and zone! There are 6 elders going to Colorado Springs, and 4 of us sisters are all going to temple square! I live with the sisters in the same room. SO FUN! My companion is amazing! Her name is sister Denny from Missouri! She's SOOO gorgeous so I get self-conscious around her sometimes, but it's all good! She is so cute and fun and we get along really well! I have seriously learned and grown and accomplished SO much more than I EVER thought I could in one week!!! It's so crazy! I LOVE IT!! The MTC has seriously already changed the rest of my life. How amazing is that? That tells you how special this place is. This is a place where God's children prepare to spread the gospel to the WORLD! SO many seeds are planted here. I just can't get enough of it! I love it! I am going to treasure my time here. We have meetings and classes and workshops all day! We wake up, study, eat, go to class and learn TONS, eat, have MDT (missionary designated time) where we choose what to do with our time- that's where we work on our lessons for our investigators or do street-contacting and bear our testimonies to random people. It's awesome! Sister Denny and I taught our first lesson this week! It went so well! We are learning how to testify off of each other and ask meaningful and effective questions and really get to know the investigators' needs. I am learning so much about myself and about the gospel. I'm learning how to teach by the Spirit and speak from my heart. That's exactly what I need :) One of my favorite things about being a missionary so far is wearing the missionary tag!!!! It is such a privilege!!! The reason why is because I bear my Savior Jesus Christ's name. I am a representative of Him. I have the knowledge of the gospel of Jesus Christ and it is my calling right now to preach it to the world!!! It's the greatest opportunity in the world!!!

Can you tell everyone you possibly can about It's such an awesome way to communicate with missionaries, and I can write them back on Thursdays. I'd love to hear from everyone, so let them know! Thank you!! Go ahead and forward appropriate parts of this email to whomever you want too!! I have so many people that want to hear from me and not enough time to write!

We get to go to the temple today! I'm so excited!!! I only have 3 more minutes and then all this will be lost so I better send it now!!! I will write to your more when I find the time. I LOVE YOU AND I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY! MY LIFE IS WONDERFUL RIGHT NOW AND I COULDN'T ASK FOR MORE.

You are all in my prayers. I love you so much. I love the Lord and His gospel and I know it's true!!!! Hope to hear from you soon!!!!! LOVE YOU



(Sister Frogget!!!!!!)