Thursday, November 10, 2011

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith

Concerning my 18-month mission, I can honestly and sincerely say, like Paul, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”
            Wow, what a journey this has been! I have learned, grown, matured, and have been shaped, molded, and refined. My testimony has solidified more than I ever thought possible. I have helped at least one soul, if not many (all over the world!), come closer to the Savior Jesus Christ. I have witnessed miracle after miracle. I have seen God’s hand in my life and in theirs. This is a great and marvelous work! I am truly honored to have been a part of it for such a short and precious time. Duly called and set apart as a missionary of the Church, I have had authority to preach the principles of the gospel, and have been set apart to represent the Lord Jesus Christ. I have devoted all my time, talents, and attention to serving the Lord. How GREAT is my calling!

            This full-time mission is only the beginning. It is part of life’s greater mission- an eternal mission. It not only includes my mortal life, but my spiritual life, when I will continue to preach the gospel. I will continue to pray fervently, search the scriptures, serve others, and give my all to my Heavenly Father. I will press forward, and stand steadfast and immovable for the rest of this mortal life, until I kneel at the Master’s feet and stand at the right hand of the Father.
           There is a time and a season for all things... my time has come. My 18 months is up. I will miss Temple Square so much. But the work will carry on. The truth of God will go forth- boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done.
Three important words.......   "IT'S ALL TRUE"
Love you. See you soon.
The one. The only. Sister Rochelle Frogget.
PS: We had 2 VIP tours this week!!! It was nerve-wracking but fun! Especially because we had Elder and Sister Hinckley escort us!!!! They are AMAZING!! :) He's just like his father. I love it. We saw him today after having a testimony meeting with our class in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building. We were all sad to say goodbye to President and Sister Holmes and to each other. Elder Hinckley greeted us and then said, "Stop crying, you'll get over it!" lol!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

God be with you till we meet again

I can't believe this is actually happening, but next Monday will be my last time to email!!!! This is the most bittersweet moment of my life!!! I am so excited to see you all and be with you again! But I love and treasure my mission SOOOO much and will miss it immensely. I absolutely LOVE being a missionary. I've heard a lot of people say that after the mission you don't have the Spirit as strongly with you... but I don't believe it has to be that way. I believe that if you work hard enough at it, you can keep that Spirit with you... the only thing is, you don't have the right to receive personal revelation for EVERYONE you talk to!! That's what I'll miss the most- being able to help someone come closer to Christ by receiving specific promptings and revelation for THEM- to know exactly what they need, after having only known them for a few minutes, and they live all the way across the WORLD!!! This mission is incredible. This work is miraculous!! I've loved these precious months to serve as a full-time representative of Jesus Christ.
 
Last week, we had the opportunity and privilege to attend the Bountiful Temple!!! What a BEAUTIFUL temple!! Revelation was received. The Savior's love was felt. Spiritual promptings were given. We were all uplifted and strengthened. I love the temple so much!
 
The closer Sister Denny and I get to the end of this transfer, the more miracles we are seeing!!!! It's so wonderful, but so sad! We are finding SO many new investigators, and we won't be able to teach them anymore :(  One of our investigators...went to church the past 2 Sundays!!! You know what's really sad? The first time he went, it was a singles ward, and NO ONE... NOBODY talked to him!!! They just looked at him and didn't say a word!!! Not even the missionaries! My heart sunk when I heard that. I couldn't believe it. But what surprised me was [him] saying that's not the reason why he was going anyway. He didn't go to meet new people or make friends. He went because he wants to get closer to God. He went to worship Him. How adorable!!! and very admirable. It taught me a few lessons... one of them being that I want to be THE BEST member missionary that I possibly can when I return home!!! It'll take effort and diligence to stay close to the Spirit and know who to reach out to, but I know that is my duty and obligation to do so. I love this gospel, and I'll make any sacrifices to lift and help others, and spread this goodness to all of God's children!!! 
 
The chapel that [he] went to was the exact same chapel that Sister Denny and I went to this week to attend a Baptism!!!! It was all in Spanish, so it was fun to use that again :) It was a special occasion that doesn't get to happen very often, so it was quite an honor to attend! It reminded me of another investigator of ours, Jorge, who just set a baptismal date!!!!! For January 11th!! He lives in North Carolina, so maybe I can attend! :) I love this gospel! I love this work so much!!! I think of and pray for you everyday!!! I'll email once more next Monday (probably)!!! God be with you till we meet again. I love you
 
Sister Rochelle Frogget

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

HI!!!!
 
No fires this week- except for the Spirit of God, like a fire is burning!! The Spirit has guided us SO much this week. Sister Denny and I are really learning to stay close to Him and be BOLD and loving with our investigators, and with the people on the square. We have an investigator named Jorge- Sister Denny met him on her outbound! in North Carolina! We have been teaching him and trying to get him to church. The lessons have been powerful. He knows this is the path he needs to take... it's just going to take a while before he enters into the waters of baptism. To hear his prayers is SO amazing. He is so sincere and pure and loving when he prays. He knows what he need to do. The time will come when he actually does it. Sister Denny is planning on flying out to NC to witness his baptism :)
 
Remember a few weeks ago, when Sister Vennerholm and I met this young man named C. E.? I was prompted to go talk to him... and now I know why!! He is GOLDEN! We called him for a lesson, and he said he was here on Temple Square! (He lives in Salt Lake City, going to medical school! lol). So we left the call center and had a lesson with him on the square!! He loves everything we teach him, and is now praying every night (his prayers are also so honest and heartfelt); he went to church last Sunday, and accepted the invitation to be baptized!!! I sure hope he can meet with the missionaries soon, so he can take the lessons and get baptized within the next 2 weeks!!! Not likely, but I would absolutely LOVE to see his baptism. He has progressed so much and is coming to know the truth.
 
The Referral Center this week has been INCREDIBLE. The most memorable conversation I had was with SHELBY. Her member friend that referred her is named Rochelle!! She is an AMAZING member missionary and already invited Shelby to go to church this past Sunday! and gave her a Book of Mormon. Shelby had gone to youth groups of other churches before, but didn’t find any fulfillment in them. She knew something was missing. I testified of the Restoration and the Book of Mormon. I told her it will fill the hole in her heart that she might not even know is there, and it will give her the fulfillment she’s looking for. She is SO excited to have the missionaries (and Rochelle) all come over and teach her. And she’s super excited to go to church today and feel the Spirit. We completely clicked and will probably be friends after the mission! We’re teaching her this Wednesday!!!
 
One morning, we were all walking to the square, past the reflection pool, and we saw THE CUTEST young family, posing for a picture in front of the temple. They were all dressed in white. There was a mom and dad, 2 adorable little girls, and a TINY little boy with a white suit and tie. SO CUTE! They had just gotten sealed in the temple together. It was one of the most precious things I've ever see on my mission. I wish I had taken a picture. I know that families can be together FOREVER. The temple is truly the House of the Lord, where those sacred ordinances are performed by the proper priesthood authority from God. Family is SO sacred and SO special. I LOVE THE TEMPLE! and I LOVE YOU, FAMILY!!! :)
 
ALL my love and prayers to you!!
 
LOVE,
Sister Rochelle Frogget

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Good news!!! ....I'M ALIVE!

Hello my wonderful family and friends!!!!!!
 
Good news!!! ....I'M ALIVE!!! haha.
 
Funny story!
So. It was Saturday night. We were exhausted from the very hectic day we just had. Ready to go to bed. Now, let me just tell you that our apartment is RIGHT next to what we call the "Great and Spacious Building" hahaha. It's full of college-age students that party every weekend and make a TON of noise. We always have a hard time getting to sleep on weekends because of them. So, I woke up at 1:30 in the morning to all these guys screaming words that I couldn't put together in my mind. I rolled my eyes and rolled over. Then I had to get up and use the bathroom, and noticed an unusual glow in the entire apartment. While I was washing my hands, I could still hear their voices. I was so frustrated! I came back into the room and looked through the blinds..... I screamed, and my heart jumped out of my chest as fast as Sister Denny jumped out of her covers to see what was the matter... Directly above our window was a HUGE, blazing FIRE!!!! Debris and embers were flying down towards us. The men that we heard were pounding on people's doors to wake them up so they could escape the fire. "Get out! Your house is on fire!"  Sister Denny and I stared in shock and knew we had to DO something. We heard the men say they already called the fire department, so all we could think of is to evacuate the building, because these flames were CLOSE, and could easily catch our complex on fire. Nearly 200 sisters were pouring out of our building to our evacuation spot. We had to run up this flooded hill through sprinklers!!! We were all SOAKING wet by the time we reached the top. We were shivering, cold, tired, and terrified out of our minds! What seemed like hours was only 5 minutes, and the firemen were finally putting out the flames. We stood out there till 3am, waiting for permission to get back in the building. During that time, we got in our individual zones and prayed together. Later, one of the sisters in our zone said she had been awake ALL night listening to these young men. They were drunk and were saying terrible, vile things about the Church, missionaries, and women. This sister could not believe what they were saying- she was nearly ill because of it. She said it was like the men in Liberty Jail- before Joseph Smith got up and yelled at them to be silent. Well, a similar thing happened to these young men. As they were saying these terrible things, suddenly one of them said, "Dude your apartment's on fire" It took them a while to find out what they should do. Apparently they tried putting it out with a bucket of water, but then it just got bigger. I don't doubt the Lord was in this! They sure suffered the consequences of their actions! Punishment with FIRE!  :) And fortunately, our apartment was completely unharmed, as well as all the people in the complex next door. President Holmes even drove down to see how we were doing. It was finally time to go back to bed- we headed back and met some of the fire fighters! They knew we were the sisters and talked with us for a bit. They really don't get paid enough for what they do! They're literally HEROS!! "You go save lives, and we'll go save souls!" we said before we left. haha. We finally warmed up and tried to go back to sleep... what a joke! The whole thing kept playing back in my mind. The words continued to haunt me: "Get out! Your house is on fire!!" ... I'm still trying to catch up on sleep lol. It was one of the scariest things that has happened to me on my mission, but I knew that God was protecting us. And humbling us. I love Him so much and know He watches over and loves all of us so deeply.
 
The next day was so weird because everyone was walking around like nothing had happened. It was just a normal, typical day. My testimony was strengthened, and despite our tired, weak bodies, we were bold and loving in testifying of the reality of God and His Son, Jesus Christ. The closer the end comes, the more I treasure my mission and treasure all the incredible moments that we experience with people. I love this work!!! I love preaching the gospel! I know God lives, and we've been seeing miracle after miracle as we tell that to the world!
 
I love you all, and I can't wait to hold you in my arms.
Talk to you soon!!!!!! Sorry this is short. I'll include more miracle stories next week!!! xoxoxo
 
Love,
Sister Rochelle Frogget

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Hey hey hey!!! It's a beautiful autumn day! I'm loving it.
This week has been PACKED with leader responsibilities- we're doing a bunch of trainings and meetings for our zone so that we can get them pumped up to call all the 9,222 referrals that we received last transfer. President Holmes wants us to call ALL of them by the end of this transfer! So we're really working hard toward that.
 
As zone leaders, we all had the opportunity to attend what is called a "Zone Leader Council" yesterday! And it was in Sandy- at President and Sister Holmes' huge, beautiful HOUSE!!!!!!!! We had REAL food, a breath-taking view, wonderful company, and a great spiritual feast!!! It was the best meeting I've been to yet! President Holmes is such a power-house. I love him and his family. They have 12 children, which means they have MANY grandchildren and some great-grand children now! We got to see a bunch of family pictures and photo albums, and play around in his personal gym downstairs! haha :)
 
A few transfers ago, when I was with Sister Kleine, we met a member who gave us a referral to call. I called her a few months ago, and then called her again today, and heard the news that her 2 sons, Erin and Gregory, got BAPTIZED, and she is now reactivated in the church!!!
 
Also, I don't know if I ever emailed about this, but way back in February when I was with Sister Woo, we had a Spanish tour with a young man named Luis, and his mom and 2 sisters. Luis is living in Arizona, while his family is back in Peru, where they're from. Well, he referred to have missionaries come teach him. And I found out when I came back from Vermont that HE GOT BAPTIZED IN APRIL!!!!!  I just called him last night and he's staying active and doing really well! He just was ordained to the Aaronic Priesthood, and is thinking about serving a mission! He goes teaching with the full-time missionaries over there in AZ, and one family told him (Luis) that they really needed to hear his testimony. And now they're baptized! It's amazing to see this work move along. I'm SO happy that we can follow-up and see the results and fruits of our labors now. The WORLD is our mission. There are baptisms all across the globe. Not that I'm biased or anything, but can I just say.... THIS MISSION IS INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!! I absolutely LOVE it. This is exactly where I was supposed to be called. I saw the Keeles during General Conference and Judy and I were reminiscing back to a year and a half ago when I was waiting for my mission call, and she was PRAYING that I'd go to Temple Square! Well, I just have to THANKK HER for praying me here because this seriously is exactly where I'm supposed to be. I couldn't ask for a better mission. I know the Lord is in it. He knows me SO well. He knows and loves each one of us more than we could ever imagine. I love Him and know that He lives!
 
You are all in my prayers! I love and treasure you!! Missionary work is THE BEST WORK in the world. I love being a missionary.
Until next week!
 
Sister Rochelle Frogget

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

General Conference Referrals

Good evening!!!
Emailing is late today... we've had some leadership trainings and meetings today... so don't expect many letters this week! :( sorry.
This week has been SO hectic, but SO FUN!!!!!
DIDN'T YOU LOOOOOOVE GENERAL CONFERENCE?!?!? I only saw the Saturday afternoon session, but what I saw was exactly what I needed to hear. The Lord knows me well :) We were up early Saturday morning to contact the standby line of people waiting to get an extra seat in the Conference Center. We met some AWESOME members and nonmembers. The Spirit is incredible during General Confernce time. Thousands of people, gathered from all across the globe come to listen to a prophet's voice. When we were all singing Praise to the Man together, I couldn't help but think of Joseph Smith, there in our presence. I don't think he would have ever imagined 21,000 people in one building PLUS millions of others across the world, singing praises to him!
Saturday night we contacted before and after the Priesthood session (my favorite session! I wish we could watch it haha). We met 2 young men who are preparing to serve missions in the near future. We told them some miracles that we've experienced lately on the square, which really brought the Spirit. They were so full of faith, and so motivated after conference to be bold about sharing the gospel. They said if it wasn't for Conference, the Spirit, and for the stories that we shared with them, they wouldn't have thought of the friends that they gave us to call. The Spirit motivates and inspires. He inspired thousands of people that weekend. Our mission made a goal of receiving 7,000 member referrals over Conference weekend (Last Conference we got just over 6,000). We were a little apprehensive about reaching such a high goal, but we had some motivating mission meetings, which pumped everyone up to work our hardest and do our best.
Well, it all paid off...... we ended up receiving 9,222 member referrals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I couldn't believe it. We had met and exceeded our goal. We couldn't have done it without the help of the wonderful members that we met. THANK YOU!!!! :)
Now we have a TON of work to do in the Referral Center! We'll be calling people for half the day. The members and the Lord trust us with these souls. And we're going to do our best to give Spirit-filled messages. Think of the baptisms that will result out of 9,222 referrals! Think of the souls saved. The children of God brought closer to Christ. That's what it's all about.
Sister Denny and I are having a blast being back together! We're loving it :) Our zone is so supportive and diligent. We're working hard (even though it's stressful). And we're finishing strong.
This work is the best work that anyone could ever be a part of. I love it with all of my heart. I do it for my Savior, Jesus Christ, who is the center of it all!
LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!
See you soon
<3
Sister Frogget

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Helloooooo!
 
TRANSFER CONFERENCE was yesterday! Tomorrow is when the new transfer starts. It'll be my 12th.... and last??!! Aaaaaah!
SOOOO.... are you ready for the news? My new companion will be..... SISTER DENNY!!!!!! She was my companion in the MTC! We started our mission together, and we're ending it together! We are both SO excited. And to make it even better, we are ZONE LEADERS!! :)  Neither of us have been ZLs before, but we are going to give it our all, do our best, and rely on the Spirit. AND have a ton of fun together. It'll be a good transfer :)
 
But this transfer isn't over yet! Not for a day at least :) Last week we met a genuine and sweet couple from the Philippines. They were truly prepared to hear this message. It made us smile whenever we taught them something because they were just in awe. Especially about the Book of Mormon. They're Catholic, but they don't agree with a lot of the practices, and they've been searching for something more. It was fun to see the lightbulbs turn on in their minds. You could see the sincerity in their eyes. They know where the church is near their home, and they plan on going the week after Conference!
 
We contacted a Russian Motorcoach. It was funny! And very long. They had so many questions. I wished I could speak Russian so I could help Sister Chernyshova out. But she did really well. One of the men came up to me and with broken English, he asked if I had ancestors who were Vikings. LOL. I wore my hair really big and wavy that day, so maybe that's why he thought that. HAHA :)
 
Did any of you (women) watch the General Relief Society Conference? Wasn't it incredible!? Our mission president allowed us all to attend in the Conference Center. We are so blessed! You will not believe this though... I guess there has to be opposition in all things! ...While 21,000 righteous women were in that building, listening to words from God, there was a group of 1,500 men and women who were running the "Underwear Fun Run." All of them were only wearing underwear and tennis shoes, as they ran from the University of Utah, to the capital, to Temple Square. They even gathered in front of the Beehive House to take a group picture! Security had to come and kick them out! HAHA! Luckily we were where we were supposed to be (in the Conference Center), so we didn't have to witness that.... although it would have been a funny sight! Can you believe that?! People protest in the weirdest ways!
 
On Sunday, we took a tour with 8 black Texans!! I bet it looked funny too, since Sister Vennerholm and I are probably the whitest sisters on Temple Square! Anyway, they were just having the time of their lives and loved being on such beautiful and peaceful grounds. None of them were very familiar with the Church. However, one of them, Virginia, had been given a Book of Mormon by a friend years ago, but she had always been afraid to open it up and read it because she didn't want to be confused. After coming here and learning more about it, she is now going to go dig it out of her shelf and read it. We didn't find that out till the end of the tour- but not coincidentally, Sister Vennerholm and I had focused our entire tour and teaching on the Book of Mormon. We expressed our love for it and really testified from our hearts. It all came from Above because Virginia needed to hear that in order to develop the desire to read the Book of Mormon. I love that book with all of my heart and know that it is the word of God. And if we study it and follow it, we will feel true happiness, and eventually be led back into our Heavenly Father's presence.
 
You are my treasure! I will pray lots for you this week! Have fun watching Conference. I'm so excited to hear the words of God through His servants.
 
Talk to you soon!
 
<3
Sister Frogget

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

17 Miracles

Wow, do the weeks go by as fast for you as they do for me? Sheesh, time flies! Especially when you're busy doing the Lord's work.
 
Last week we took a huge Mandarin tour (didn't you know I learned Mandarin on my mission too!? haha). We were contacting the tour for Sister Chen from China and Sister Rohner from California. So basically we lead the group and help them all get to the right places at the right times, and then we talk to them along the way. Anyway, as we were contacting these Chinese people, one of the Chinese girls caught my eye- she had a special light about her, so I went and talked with her. Her name is Joy and she's from Taiwan. We ended up talking the entire hour of the tour! She told me how special and peaceful she felt when she walked in the gates. She felt the Spirit especially strong when Sister Chen was testifying about God's love for us, while we were in the Assembly Hall. Joy later told me her story: as a teenager she was very negative and didn't believe in God at all. She even got to the point of considering suicide. Right as she was about to do it, she heard a voice telling her that God loves her and that she needs to be strong. From that moment on, she has believed SO strongly in God and His hand in her life. She now prays to Him daily and is SO close to the Spirit! I was amazed. She referred to have missionaries come tell her more about the gospel. She was praying in the Assembly Hall and had a feeling that she needed to learn more about it. She also wants to keep in contact with me through email! What a sweetheart! Those Chinese people are all so prepared and humble! It's too bad I don't speak Mandarin!
 
Even though my Spanish skills are really lacking, I'm still doing my best, and God is speaking through me. We had an awesome lesson with Evelyn over the phone. We called El Salvador, and taught her all about the Book of Mormon. After I read 3 Nephi 9:14 she was excited to read more about it. She was such a kind and genuine woman, and was very patient with my Spanish. We're teaching her again tomorrow! Along with her, I've been calling Spanish people all over the world, and 3 of them have met with the missionaries and have return appointments with them!! We are praying for them and hoping we can witness their baptisms!! The world is our mission!
 
Yesterday was a day of miracles. Miracle #1: We met a man at the East Gate named Raymond, from New Mexico. He had never been here before, but was just traveling through and thought he'd stop by. He's divorced and retired, and therefore feels alone at times. We were both prompted to take him to the Tabernacle and then to the Conference Center. Turns out he was raised Catholic but doesn't really believe in God anymore. Testimony, scriptures, and the Spirit are all key in the power of conversion. I remember after sharing Alma 26:37, testifying from my heart that I know God lives, and He loves him (Raymond) so personally and individually. And that he could find out for himself if God is there or not. By the end of the tour, he was excited to meet with the missionaries and read the Book of Mormon. He was also very excited to get a picture with us haha. People feel something special about us, but what they don't know is it's the Spirit!!
 
Miracle #2: Two weeks ago, we were walking past the Tabernacle, and I saw a young man just looking up at the temple. We walked right past him and didn't talk with him. Something was telling me we should. I told my companion we should turn around and go meet him. So we did...He's native American and is here in Salt Lake City, studying in the medical field. He hasn't heard very much about the church, but he decided to come visit Temple Square and see what it was all about. We testified of the Book of Mormon, and he didn't mind having one, but didn't want missionaries to come to his house (which is the only way we as Temple Square sisters can send it to people). So we gave him our phone number and hoped that he'd call so we could share more with him. Well, just yesterday, we met [him] AGAIN on the square!!! He had a tiny break from school and decided to come feel some peace and quiet. We taught more about the Book of Mormon, and with a good, bold re-invite, he decided that missionaries wouldn't be so bad after all, especially if the Book of Mormon is something that can bring him this peace ALL the time, even when he's not at Temple Square! We will now be teaching him over the phone, and hopefully we can attend his baptism!!!!! (when the time comes, of course).
 
Many more than 17 miracles have happened this week, but I don't have time to write them all! HOWEVER, just last night, we had a "mission meeting" down in the Theater, and guess what President allowed us to watch?!?!?!? 17 MIRACLES!!!!!!!! We were all SO happy! We had been hearing all about it from members and non-members on the square. I even bought it at Deseret Book before seeing it! But I'm glad that I did, because that movie is INCREDIBLE! And very intense. They called it a "tear-jerker" but it was much more than that. Tears were streaming down all our faces! Our testimonies and faith have been strengthened more than I thought possible. And our appreciation for those honored pioneers has sky-rocketed. Seriously. If you haven't seen it, then don't see it. lol. Because I bought it and I want to watch it with you later!
 
I am SO thankful for the faith of the pioneers, for the faith of us as latter-day saints, for this incredible work, and for the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that He lives. With all my heart, I know that He lives!
 
More miracles to come... next week! Loves and prayers comin' your way!
 
<3
Sister Rochelle Frogget

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

I am so thankful for a companion!

Goodday!
If I think back to all the interesting weeks that I've had on my mission, this one would definitely make the top 5. My companion had a jaw injury back when she was 14 years old, and has recently had some major pain in her joints. We went to the doctor, then to a dentist, then finally to a jaw specialist who told her she can't talk for more than 20 minutes in an hour! ... In normal life, that wouldn't be too bad. But we are missionaries and we are talking 24/7! So you can imagine how different it has been this week! I feel like I'm training again! I do most of the talking, and she says a few words here and there. Some tours, she doesn't say anything at all because she's in so much pain! Poor girl! So I do my best, but I have really increased my appreciation and need for a companion. We support each other, we testify to what we are saying, and we both have different stories and backgrounds that can help the guests. If it's just one of us doing the missionary work, it's definitely not as effective. I am so thankful for a companion! Anyway, the jaw specialist gave Sister Vennerholm a bottle of muscle relaxants.... so her jaw doesn't have much pain... BUT, she is extremely tired all the time... I sometimes feel like I'm walking around with a zombie! haha A funny zombie. She is a good sport about it all, and tries her best to help out, of which I'm grateful for. We've had less time on the square too, so Heavenly Father has reached out His hand in love for us each day and allows us to witness some amazing miracles.
 
For example, we were about to head home when 2 men passing by us asked a question, and it ended up being an incredible conversation about the gospel. They were from NEW HAMPSHIRE! In the same city that I served for a week! The older man, Richard, was a sailor, and looked like one too! It was funny. His 25-year-old grandson Matt was with him, and he was the one that was super interested in the church. But every time we tried to teach him, his grandpa would interrupt with a story. I didn't know what to do... but prayer WORKS because then his cell phone rang so he excused himself for just the right amount of time that we could talk to Matt :) It was perfect! He wants to learn more and read the Book of Mormon! He's excited for us to call and share more with him too!
 
We've met some incredibly prepared people this week. I'm always in awe because Heavenly Father just places them in our path at exactly the right time, in exactly the right place. We planned to meet someone at the Tabernacle at 4pm and take them at the Conference Center. We headed that direction, and I saw a couple, and knew that we were meant to talk with them. Sure enough, we did! And we took them to the Conference Center, where we had a very open and spiritual conversation. They sat down and just soaked everything in that we were saying. They told us their beliefs (they aren't part of a specific religion), and they were so aligned with the Church's beliefs- I was amazed! As our love for them increased, so did our ability to be bold with them. They ended up referring for missionaries :) They said they weren't planning to come to Utah, but something happened in their trip that led them here. They believed that God sent them here just to talk to Sister Vennerholm and I! That was a special moment. They knew God sent them here for a reason, and they heard the whisperings of the Spirit telling them so. I love this gospel! :)
 
Sister Vennerholm and I have really been seeing the Spirit work through us this week. After our tours, we evaluate how they went, and that's when we realize that we both felt inspired to take them to the certain places that we did. It feels SO great to know that the Spirit is guiding both of us and helping us increase our unity and reliance on Him. I love being a missionary. There's no place I'd rather be right now. I am strengthening my relationship with my Father in heaven and with His Son, Jesus Christ. That brings true happiness! :)
 
I hope all is going well back in NV! I think of and talk about all of you almost everyday!!! You mean the world and more to me. LOVE LOVE LOVE!
 
Sister Rochelle Frogget
 
PS: One more story! We were telling a couple about the temple, and started talking about eternal marriage. The man interrupted us by saying, "Oh yeah, I've heard about that! Don't you believe that women are eternally pregnant too?" ..... LOL! I thought he was joking at first... but he wasn't! I've never heard that one before! People think the weirdest things about us lol. I'm glad we could clear that up for him :)

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Complete

Maori! (That's how they say it in the island of Kiribati! My roommate a few months ago is from there)
 
Last P-day, we were shopping in Deseret Book store, and there was a man looking at the Book of Mormon. He said he was interested in having one. When he heard about Christ's church being restored on the earth after being lost for a period of time, he said it made so much sense- that the other churches were "incomplete" and this church is "complete"! What a simple and refreshing way of putting it. It's complete. He sadly didn't refer for missionaries, but he went to go watch the Joseph Smith movie. I hope and pray that he'll feel the Spirit whispering to him that this is the truth.    
 
The next day I went to a Spanish meeting! with all the spanish-speaking sisters in the mission. We role-played and practiced, and it definitely paid off! The next day I made a phone call to Mexico, and a sweet girl named Jocelin referred for missionaries! We'll be teaching her this week... wish me luck! :)
 
There have been a lot of sick sisters in the mission lately! District leaders are the ones that stay home with them when they're sick, so I've been staying with different sisters for a couple days. I feel like a nurse! haha. But during that time, I get to study a LOT and contemplate. It is so refreshing and uplifting. I was talking with one of the sisters as she lay sick in bed, and she told me a story of a woman that she met a couple months ago, Sharon. She walked in the gates of Temple Square and had never been here before, even though she had been to Salt Lake City many times. The sisters approached her and offered a tour and she accepted. They took her to see the South Visitors center, which is all about the Plan of Salvation, families, and the temple. When they showed her a display of the purpose of life, she said, "I've heard this before. This is so familiar. Where have I seen this?" Her eyes filled with tears, and the Spirit was so strong. They took her over to the temple model, and as she looked inside, she teared up even more. She realized that she really has seen this before. 22 years ago, Sharon was in a coma for 3 weeks. During that time, she remembers a "dream" that she had. She was surrounded by people dressed in white, and one of them, called a "spirit-guide," was accompanying her as she learned the exact things that these sister missionaries were teaching her. She remembers going through a building, that looked almost exactly like the temple that she was staring at. But the one she went to didn't have a baptismal font or sealing rooms (which makes so much sense. We do that kind of work here on earth! Of course they wouldn't do it in the spirit world!) She remembers learning in the temple all about God's plan for us. She looked at the sister missionaries and said, "This is all true. This is a temple of God. That man over there [she pointed to the picture of President Monson] is a true prophet, and you should listen to his words." Ever since being in her coma 22 years ago, she hadn't told anyone about her experience until that day. She thought people would think she was crazy. But she finally found what she was looking for, and what was shown to her so long ago! It's amazing how the Lord prepares His children to receive the gospel, in different ways and at different times. I have such a testimony of the temple. I know that it is the house of God. His work is going on inside. I love the temple, and I LOVE serving on Temple Square!!! The Lord knows me better than I do, and He knew this is the place I needed to be sent. I am so honored to serve in the shadow of His house, each and every day!
 
I've been doing a lot of self-evaluating and self-improving lately. I want to become the best that I can be, for my Heavenly Father. I know it is only through Him that I can do that. I love Him. I know that He hears and answers my prayers. I know His gospel is on the earth today in its fulness- it is "complete"! I love my Savior, and I love all of you! I hope your week is full of missionary experiences and testimony-building experiences! I can't wait to hear from you again!
 
All my love-
Sister Rochelle Frogget

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

There are souls to save

Hallo!!

What an amazing (and humbling) week! There's so much to tell, but I'll just go over the highlights! We had a leadership meeting last week by President Holmes and the assistants. INCREDIBLE. I learned SO much. We had a special focus on Jesus Christ. HE needs to be the One that we focus on in this work. As Temple Square missionaries, we send people home with a picture in their minds- they might leave here, remembering all about the pioneers and their sacrifices; or they might leave with a picture of Joseph Smith in their minds, or the Book of Mormon. That is not how it is supposed to be. We must send them home with a picture in their minds of JESUS CHRIST.

They must know that we know He lives. They must know we love Him and worship Him. In every contact and tour, we must testify of Him. Not only that, but give a personal testimony that we have come to know for ourselves that He is our Savior and Redeemer. We practiced and role-played, and then put it into action. I cannot tell you how much of a difference it makes!! The Spirit is so much stronger. Contacts and tours are much more focused. There are so many more miracles! I love it! My testimony of Jesus Christ is traveling all across the globe. I love my Savior and I know that He lives. The Atonement is real. Thank heavens for that!

We took around a lady named Guadalupe from Mexico! What a sweetheart! She was just in tears as we took her up to the Christus. She has such a strong love for the Savior. We talked about eternal families, and she said her family is struggling right now (who's family isn't? lol). We promised her that the gospel will bring her family closer than ever before. And she referred for missionaries! We'll be teaching her over the phone too!!! <3 I love being a missionary.

Guess what?? Sister Vennerholm and I have some new friends! Three of them..... President Monson, President Eyring, and President Uchtdorf!!!!!!!! We were in the church office building, walking back to the square, and they were going to the temple together. We didn't actually meet them, but they said hello to us and smiled as we walked by :)

President Uchtdorf was especially enthusiastic-- I think it's because Sister Vennerholm has her Swedish flag haha. Europeans have a special connection with each other lol. Anyway, we could literally feel the power from them as we walked by. It was amazing. The Spirit was so strong! We saw the Prophet of God. He is called by God and speaks as His mouthpiece! We wanted to yell it out to everyone on the Square! :) The message we have is an amazing one! We should yell it out.. to the whole world!

That's all for now! More miracles to follow next week! I love you to Pluto and back, and pray that you're doing well!

Hasta luego! There are souls to save. Better go! :)

Love,
Sister Rochelle Frogget

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Gomorgon Familjen!

Now I'm switching from German to SWEDISH!! Sister Vennerholm is absolutely hilarious and a lot of fun!!

It is going to be a FANTASTIC transfer! :) It's sad not to be with Sister Kleine anymore (we were really good friends), but she is in my district, so I see her and work with her all the time anyway! My district is awesome- there are 4 companionships and we're all from different countries- Tahiti, Germany, Sweden, Australia, Malaysia, Belgium, and Hong Kong! I'm the only American!!! I'll have to send you pictures of our district next week (after my first district meeting! wish me luck!). Being District Leader is actually a lot of fun! We collect teaching numbers, interview each companionship, go on exchanges with them, meet w/the Zone Leaders to brainstorm ways we can help each sister, give trainings and district meetings, and just take every opportunity to serve! I am loving it so far.

Working with Sister Vennerholm has already taught me so much. She is so full of faith and always strives to follow the Spirit when we teach and take tours. We've been taking a lot of people from Germany around! It's so sad because my German is of course VERY limited, but we teach in English and teach very simply. It's helping us to keep our teaching brief and powerful- which is exactly what we need. We took a lady named Lynn around. So sweet, and not sure where she stands in God's eyes. She knows quite a few members of the church, and has noticed that all of us just seem so happy, no matter what happens. She recognized the really peaceful and special feeling on Temple Square. We promised her that she could have that feeling with her ALL the time, and she wanted it.... but she didn't want to give her information to us!!! It was so sad! We re-invited her a couple times and bore strong testimony, but she just wouldn't do it. I'm just glad she was able to feel the Spirit here and now knows where to contact us. I hope and pray that she does!

Guess what!?? Sister Vennerholm RUNS to the phone whenever I get a Spanish page, so I've been taking more Spanish tours!!! YAY! I'm getting back into the swing of it! We took 2 ladies from Spain around- which was absolutely exhausting because first of all, my Spanish was still rusty, and second of all, most Europeans always ask so many questions and don't believe the answers they hear. But it was VERY good practice for the future, that's for sure. THEN... the next day, I took a lady and her son around- from Mexico. They LOVED everything and believed what they heard. We took them through God's Plan for His Family. I asked the little boy in Spanish what he likes about his family. He replied by saying he likes being together with them, and then he just started bawling! And he was only 9 years old! It was the sweetest thing. No eyes were dry that day. Family is such a tender and special unit- central to God's plan for us on this earth! They referred for missionaries, and I'm sure they'll be baptized later down the road :) What was I thinking not taking Spanish tours!!! They're the miracles!! I'll be sharing a lot more of those this transfer! Just wait :)

We met 2 girls that served together in New York and got home last year. We were up by the Christus, just talking about post-mission life, and how it's harder than it seems to keep up the spirituality and missionary work. But still possible. We started talking about the importance of daily scripture STUDY and how vital it is if we want to stay close to the Spirit, and to really KNOW God and Jesus Christ. I asked them how much they'd like to have a scripture study session with one of the Apostles... How amazing would that be? A one-on-one session with an Apostle of the Lord. You would learn so much and find so many new treasures! right? .... well think of this.... imagine studying the scriptures, one-on-one, with a member of the Godhead... Now how amazing would that be? Well, we have that right! If we let Him, the Spirit of God can direct our scripture study. Everyday. And help us learn and grow and find new treasures each day. I know that when I do that, the results are miraculous. And I end up using what I learned throughout the day. I love the scriptures. I know they are the word of God. I know God speaks to us individually through them. I am determined to read and study them EVERYDAY, especially after the mission! I know the scriptures are TRUE!! :)

I was reading in the Conference Ensign the other day and found a powerful statement by President Eyring:

"There is danger to our testimony in only casual study and reading of the scriptures. They are necessary nutrients for our testimony."

It was eye-opening for me because it can be easy to just read a few chapters and call it good for the day. But that is not enough. STUDY them. SEARCH them. DELVE into the scriptures. Both your testimony and your spirit need that nourishment. Every single day.

I love you all more than words can say!!! Hugs and kisses from the one and only...

Sister Rochelle Frogget

:)

Monday, August 15, 2011

MOIN!!

Hello once again from beautiful Temple Square!!

Miracles continue to happen everyday here on the Square. Not a day goes by without them. The Lord is sifting the people that come and is sending the truly prepared ones to us! However, we are still seeking for a German referral! We take SO MANY German tours, and they're GREAT... We meet so many cute families that love what they see. We teach and bear testimony, but they just don't want to meet with the missionaries!!! It's so sad! We are trying to have more Spirit-filled tours and contacts. The Spirit is the one that can speak heart-to-heart with these people. We cannot teach without Him. So we're working on that. Although.... Sister Kleine and I only have ONE MORE DAY together... :( We just had transfer conference this morning in the Tabernacle! It was a special occasion because we got a TOUR of the building- including all the underground tunnels!! We got to see the Mormon Tabernacle Choir dressing rooms, rehearsal rooms, and recording rooms! And one of the well-known organists gave the tour and showed us all kinds of neat things about the organ :) It was fun! Then, we found out who our next companions would be and where we'll be serving! SO.... starting this Wednesday, I will be with SISTER WENNERHOLM!! from SWEDEN! We are in the North 3 Zone, and I am a district leader!!! lol. That should be fun! I'm excited to have the opportunity to serve these wonderful sisters. I have a lot to learn- it's going to be a great transfer! :)

During this busy summer season, we don't have much time in the call center, which makes it difficult to call all the referrals that we receive. Especially Spanish referrals! We receive hundreds of them a day!! So President allowed all the Spanish sisters to have a Spanish Marathon on the phones!!! It was a lot of fun! My spanish has been a little rusty lately, but doing the marathon for 2 hours everyday for 3 days helped me gain back some confidence and fluency. And a few of the people that I talked with referred for missionaries! This upcoming transfer, I am DETERMINED to take as many Spanish tours as possible and just work as hard as I can. I still don't have a Spanish companion to help me out, but I do have the Spirit, and that's all I need!!! :)

We met 2 co-workers last week, and one of them was Lina- she actually lived in Minden for a while, and worked at GE!!! She saw my tag and recognized the name! I think she has met you, Dad!! Anyway, she and her co-worker Ryan loved everything and decided to have missionaries come share more with them! I was thinking about it the other day, and SO many people pass by Temple Square, or walk through it, or even spend all day inside the gates, and most of them don't realize that what they're searching for in life is RIGHT HERE!!! They want to be truly happy-- we have the secret to true happiness! They want to know what life's purpose is... we know the answer! They want to feel loved or important. We know the way they can feel it! They are seeking for the truth, but they don't know where to find it... and it's right in front of them! So that gives me as a missionary a heavy responsibility I think! I must work hard and talk to everyone. I must bear bold and loving testimony of what I know to be true!!!

...and that's something we ALL must do! We have that responsibility. I love the hymn that says, "Because I have been given much, I too must give.." That's a pretty accurate theme of why I came on a mission. I love this work. I LOVE being a missionary. I love my Savior with all of my heart!

Talk to you soon! LOVE YOU!

Sister Rochelle Frogget

Last p-day we went to a Belgium Waffles place!! YUMMMMMM. Strawberries, vanilla bean ice cream, and a thick, sweet waffle. Can't get much better than that.

Sister Kleine is a vegetarian, so we made a veggie pizza! Yum :)




Monday, August 8, 2011

BE WHERE YOUR FEET ARE

Oh happy day!!!

How are you my wonderful family!?? Do you know how special you are to me??

This week has been quite the roller-coaster. I have learned on the mission that there WILL be good days, and there WILL be bad days. Just face it. I've also learned to appreciate the not-so-good days because it makes the good ones SO MUCH BETTER!

We got to go to the temple last week. The peace and the comfort that I feel there can be felt no where else in the world. It really is a haven from the storms of the world. It is a holy, sacred place. It is the house of the Lord. I really needed that- it strengthened my testimony of the importance of the temple, and now I can testify even stronger to all the guests on temple square how special it is!
As always, we've been taking SO many German tours! It is fun! And I'm learning more and more German (Blaine, you would be proud! haha). I haven't been taking a lot of Spanish tours lately though... I've been thinking that I really need to brush up on it so I can see more miracles with those humble, loving people! I need to forget my fear and jump in with both feet. The Lord is on my side! He'll put the necessary words into my mouth, if I prepare myself accordingly! So expect some Spanish miracle stories in the near future!

I met a girl named Billie-May last week in the visitors center. She had crazy, turquoise hair, kind of a funky style, and thick make-up. I started talking to her and she was the nicest young woman with such high moral values and the kindest personality. We talked for a really long time about all sorts of things, and then I brought up the Book of Mormon, and she was so intrigued. She LOVES to read, and has read parts of the Bible before, but never heard of the Book of Mormon. She asked all about it and all about the church, and she referred to have missionaries come share more with her! I am so excited for her, and I know that she will make a magnificent young woman in the church.

On Thursday last week, we saw 2 Asian girls taking pictures by the Assembly Hall, and decided to talk with them. They were the sweetest girls, and didn't know ANYTHING about this place. They were just passing through and heard that they should visit Temple Square, so they came. We ended up taking them on a great tour and they loved everything. One was from Hong Kong, and the other was from Mainland China. They didn't grow up with a belief in God, but when we took them up to the Christus and talked about Jesus Christ for a while, they started opening up to the idea and said it makes sense that we would need a Savior. Since they're going back to China in a couple weeks, missionaries won't be able to contact them, but we gave them copies of the Book of Mormon in Mandarin and got their information for the future... because we all know that China WILL open up to missionaries eventually!!! Once it does, THOUSANDS of missionaries will be sent over there, and miracles will happen left and right! I'm excited for that day to come. (SOON!)

This week I've learned that it's important to "BE WHERE YOUR FEET ARE". There's no better place to be. We shouldn't dwell in the past or stress too much about the future. Just live in the moment and we'll be led to where we need to be! It reminded me of the scripture in Philippians: "I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content." Life is meant to be FULL and RICH and ENJOYED! Don't endure to the end... ENJOY to the end!!!! :)

I love you and miss you and pray for you ALWAYS

All my love---
Sister Rochelle Frogget !!!! :) <3 <3 <3 <3

Monday, August 1, 2011

Guten Tag!!!

This email will be brief and clear because I have even less time this week! lol. Last week we met a young lady (actually she's 36 but she looks 21!!!) named Adonay. She had never seen this place before, but was travelling through and thought she'd stop by. She is SO nice and SO much fun! We loved taking her around. She has had SUCH a hard life. She actually wasn't even Christian until last year, after her 11-year-old daughter got hit by a car and died. Ever since then, she decided to sacrifice her old self and all the habits and lifestyle that she had, and become a new person. Her second daughter has down syndrome, so that has taken a lot of her time and patience as well. But she has been so blessed by it all. Now she knows the Bible really well and loves the Savior so much. She LOVED everything that we shared with her. She was soaking it all up like a sponge! (I LOVE those people! haha) We were in the Tabernacle trying to speak louder than the Organ playing... which is VERY hard to do. lol. But right as we were explaining Joseph Smith's vision, the music stopped and it was silent. The Spirit was able to speak. Her eyes were huge as she was listening. It was such a beautiful feeling. She wants to meet with missionaries, and Sister Kleine and I will be teaching her over the phone too! She will definitely be baptized. God sent her here at the right time in her life. He does that a lot, actually. He sends His prepared and elect here.

Ok, this story isn't very exciting but I thought it was funny. We were in the south visitors center, and a huge family walked in. I thought I was in a movie or something. They looked unreal. They were dressed kind of old fashioned, and all the girls had long braids and the dad had his hat and overalls on. There was something eerie about them. Then the dad walked up to me, looked at me for a couple seconds and then asked where I'm from. I told him, and he looked at me up and down again, and said that I looked like I should be one of them! (It so happened that I braided my hair that day LOL). I found out that they were a family of polygamists!!! SO WEIRD!!!

Anyway, I have so many more stories that I want to share, but I'll have to do that next week. I gave my talk in Sacrament Meeting yesterday! I'm SO happy it's overwith. I talked about humility and how we must realize our complete dependence on the Lord. It went really well. I gave an analogy about rock-climbing and belaying, and how Christ arrested our free-fall to death more surely and completely than any mortal man could save another. We must do more for our Savior than give a few words of thanks before bed, or think of Him for a few moments during Sacrament meeting. We must remember him. We must ALWAYS remember Him.

I know that He lives!!! He is our Savior and King. I love Him with all of my heart.

Talk to you soon!
Love,
Sister Rochelle Frogget

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

HAPPY PIONEER DAY!

Moin!!

!! We had a huge parade this morning. We even got to go to the pre-parade presentation in the Tabernacle, where President Hinckley's son spoke to us. Also yesterday, we were able to attend the Music & the Spoken Word in the Conference Center! It was beautifully centered around the pioneers, of course. It's an exciting time here on Temple Square! It's SO nice to be back in the summer time again! It reminds me of my first transfer last year. We are working hard and meeting all kinds of people. Last week there was a big hungarian family that was trying to get into the temple doors, so the temple workers called us to come give them a tour. They thought the family was German-speaking, but they were actually Hungarian-speaking (who woulda thought? lol), and we have no Hungarian sisters! :( So we spoke english while the dad of the family translated. They were hilarious and fun, and just a really good family. It was probably my favorite tour of the week, even though they didn't refer for missionaries. But they did feel the Spirit, and that's what matters!

Wednesday was a funny day! Sister Kleine and I had just finished with a great tour, when a young guy came up to us and started asking about missionary work. He's 18, so he's preparing to serve a mission and wanted to get some advice on how to approach people and share the gospel with them! He will be such a great missionary! Some other sisters had challenged him to give out 3 pass-along cards, so he was working on that. He then asked us if he could walk around with us and see how we do it!!! haha I had never been asked that before, so it was interesting to approach people with a young man and his skateboard standing next to us! lol. But surprisingly it never felt awkward. Then we saw a man watching a video clip in the visitors center, and Aaron (the young man) wanted to talk to him. We gave him some words of encouragement and then he walked over and stood next to the man, watched the rest of the video clip, and then started talking to him! We watched from a distance in amazement as he gave him a pass-along card and even offered a Book of Mormon!! What an AWESOME missionary he will be. It was a great example to me- he didn't even have a tag on, and still had the courage and confidence to do missionary work like that. It helped me to realize that I need to forget all my fears and know that I have the power and authority, and the RIGHT to talk to and teach these people!


That night, we were in the call-center, and had an amazing lesson over the phone with Jerome from Minnesota. He's a really funny black guy who pronounces my name "Ro-shay-l" We laugh every time he says it :) And boy, is he a TALKER! As he was talking, a scripture popped into my head, so I grabbed my Book of Mormon and opened up to it. I really wanted to share it, so I started introducing it, but then Jerome interrupted me and kept going on and on. I tried again, but again was interrupted (not in a rude way... he just has a lot to say! lol). I tried 2 more times, and couldn't get a word in, so I finally just gave up. My companion and I were laughing silently because I couldn't seem to share my scripture! Then Sister Kleine started talking, and said that a scripture popped into her mind and she wanted to share it, but she had forgotten where it was in the Book of Mormon. She started explaining what it was talking about, and I realized it was the SAME scripture that I had looked up and tried to share! So I shoved my book in front of her and pointed to the correct verse. She smiled and we almost started laughing as she read it to him. We both had thought of the same scripture!! (Alma 37: 6-7) What a "coincidence" :) And it was exactly what he needed to hear. After that, Jerome changed from being slightly hesitant, to extremely excited to learn more about the church and to receive a copy of the Book of Mormon. He even went to church yesterday and met with the missionaries! We are so excited for him! So this all goes to show that the Spirit works through us (if he can't get one of us to share the scripture, he'll work on the other one! lol), and the Book of Mormon has POWER!!

Those are just a FEW of the experiences that I had this week. I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY! There's so much to learn and so many people to teach! I'm glad to be a part of this work! Even though it gets rough at times! But I always like to say, "The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials."




ALL MY LOVE!!!

Sister Rochelle Frogget

PS: I'm giving a talk in Sacrament meeting next week!! On HUMILITY! Wish me luck!
PPS: When I went to the choir yesterday morning, a lady walked up to me and asked me if I'm related to Tara Frogget! I of course told her she's my sister, and she was with a girl named Elena Watts- who was Tara's trek sister!!! Crazy huh? They thought I looked almost exactly like Tara. That was fun. IMMEDIATELY after I talked with her, ANOTHER lady walked up to me and asked if I was Blaine's sister! I said YES and she happened to be the mother of one of Blaine's companions in Germany! Elder Barnes' mom! Crazy small world, eh?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Hallo allesamt!!

(That's German! Sister Kleine is teaching me all kinds of fun phrases and words!)
Wow the weeks are just flying by here on Temple Square. Thousands of people pass through these gates. We have so many little miracles every single day as we talk with people and help them feel the Spirit here. It's great to be back! :)
The Lord seriously places specific people in our path. There are no such things as coincidences here. Ever since I've been with Sister Kleine, we've met more German people than I have throughout my entire mission! We took two huge motorcoach tours last week. They were all from different parts of Germany, and I couldn't help but think about BLAINE and how he's the one serving those people! I wondered if maybe he even knocked on any of their doors or walked down their streets. They are great and kind people, but not very accepting to religion at all. Blaine is doing an incredible work over there, and he's working HARD, that's for sure! He had FIVE investigators at church yesterday!!!! Can you believe that!? What a miracle! :) We've also taken many individual German tours. Two couples really liked everything, and almost referred for missionaries, but didn't. But a seed has been planted! Maybe Blaine will be the one to harvest it! :)

On Friday, we met a WONDERFUL family in the South Visitors Center. I seriously thought they were members. But we soon found out that they weren't. We took them around, and ended in the Conference Center. There's a big art gallery there of stories in the Book of Mormon, and they were completely fascinated by it- by the stories, and the concept of another book of doctrine on the American continent. They will be an amazing member family- some day soon!!! 3 other people referred in the Conference Center too! There's just an incredible atmosphere and Spirit there. It is evidence of the Restoration!

We've been taking big youth conferences and YSA groups around too. It's exhausting, but fun! I love being tired in the service of the Lord. We don't have NEAR as much time in the call center anymore, but with the little time that we do have, we've found a couple investigators from Missouri and Texas. Whoo! :)

We had a meeting the other night that was spiritually uplifting, and made me think. Just like it's important to know about the apostasy before you can understand the need for the Restoration, it's ALSO necessary to know about the fall in order to understand the need for the Atonement. I'm really trying to focus more on the Savior as I talk with and teach people. He's the CENTER of it all! Where would we be without Him? People need to understand that they NEED Him. I want you to think of your relationship with Jesus Christ. Why do you need a Savior? What does the Atonement mean to you? If someone were to ask you why they need a Savior, what would you tell them? ... just some interesting thoughts. It's harder than it seems to put it into words! But I'm doing all I can to strengthen my relationship with the Lord- really knowing who He is. Then I'll be able to understand and explain things with more power and conviction. I love my Savior and I know that He lives!!!!!

Hab' dich lieb und hoffe, du hast eine schoene Woche! (Deine Schwester ist verrueckt!)

All my love-

Sister Rochelle Frogget!!!

Monday, July 11, 2011

I'M BAAAAACK!!!!!!!

It's GREAT to be back on the square again! It is as busy as ever and I'm loving it!!! My new companion is
Sister Kleine from GERMANY! And you know what? Blaine met her in the MTC back in November! She's from Flensburg- the northern part. She said she has family and friends in Hannover, which is where Blaine is at the moment!! We are working really well together. I got back on Wednesday night at 10pm, since I missed my flight, and I was DEAD tired. And we had to take a motorcoach tour the next morning at 7:00!! So I was really thrown back into the swing of things. It was interesting to get used to being here again. But I think I've got the hang of it again :) I really miss Vermont- I was able to witness so many wonderful miracles there and grow close to the people. But it is now time to put both feet back on the square! :) Before I do that, though, I want to tell you what happened the last couple weeks, since I wasn't able to email on the 4th of July! Nancy's BAPTISM WAS ON SATURDAY the 2nd!!!!!!!
It was absolutely amazing! Before the program started, she was putting her suit on and was really nervous. My companions and I all gathered in a circle with her and said a prayer of comfort and peace. After the talks were given and she was immersed in the water, she just started sobbing. She knew this is what she needed to do. She felt a true forgiveness of her sins. It was a new beginning and a time of covenant-making with her Father in heaven. When she got back into the room, she was beaming. That, my friends, is true happiness. That is what this is all about.

The next day was Fast Sunday. It was PACKED! And our wonderful Nancy was confirmed a member of the Church and given the gift of the Holy Ghost. I couldn't stop smiling! THEN, she got up and bore her testimony!! GET THIS. It was hilarious. She said a few sweet things, and then she said, "I want you all to do something for me. I want you to stand up." So we all stood up, not knowing what was going on. Then she said, "Now I want you to clap 10 times" (So we all clapped- in the chapel!... no bueno! lol.) "Thank you. That was a standing ovation for Jesus." We couldn't help but laugh as we sat down! But then she explained her conversion story, and how Christ is the One that led her to this point, and gave a beautiful testimony. Then she ended it with the most sincere and touching prayer. It was a bit of a change for a typical fast and testimony meeting (haha), but it was spirit-filled and very touching. We all love Nancy and I am SO happy to have witnessed all of this.



What a great way to end my time in the New Hampshire Manchester Mission!!



That Wednesday I traveled to Manchester, had a wonderful interview with President Wilkey, and went to the airport. It was VERY sad to leave. A bittersweet moment. I will always love that mission and I thank Heavenly Father that He sent me there for a short time.



Our plane was really delayed, but once we went on board, I sat next to a very kind man named Tom. We began talking and didn't stop till the plane landed! He was traveling back home to Texas, and we had great conversations about his family, work, and religion (of course!). I talked to him all about Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. He's catholic, but doesn't practice it at all, and he said he would like a copy of the Book of Mormon! And the missionaries in Texas will be bringing it to him! I sent his information through yesterday, and my companion and I will be teaching him over the phone this week! AAAAH! so exciting! :)

There's so much I want to tell you, but I'm just about out of time!! :( Sister Kleine and I have seen some awesome things happen already! Including 3 German referrals!!! Now Blaine would know that that is a miracle! We're trying and praying to find people from his area so that we can send a referral to HIM!!!! How amazing would that be!? We'll do our best!!! :) I love this work and know that the gospel is ALL TRUE!!!! I love being back on the square and look forward to sharing more miracles with you next week! xoxoxoxoxo

ALL MY LOVE---

Sister Rochelle Frogget

OH BY THE WAY!!!!!!!

Sister Woo (my former companion from Singapore that I trained before I left) is now TRAINING!!!! I have a little grandbaby! :) haha! Her name is Sister Miguel from Mexico. And guess what?? I few transfers ago, Sister Miguel came with her family to Temple Square to get a tour before she went into the MTC, and I WAS THE ONE THAT GAVE IT TO HER!!! IN SPANISH!!! And when she told me she was coming here on a mission, I thought I would train her. Little did I know that my trainee would train her!!! haha :) Crazy story huh!:?

Monday, June 27, 2011

A week of miracles!

Greetings to my treasured family!!

This week was sure a treasured one. A week of miracles! My heart is brim-full of joy!! I'll do my best to try to express everything to you, and I hope that the Spirit can speak to you as I do so!

On Tuesday & Wednesday last week, we did exchanges with the sisters in Rutland. So Sister Hatch and I were with a new missionary named Sister Nelson from Utah. She has so much fire, and we had a wonderful time together! After lunch on Tuesday, we went to contact a referral named Linda. We visited with her, but for the most part, she wasn't interested. HOWEVER, our car was parked across the street, and as we were getting inside, we thanked the lady in the yard for letting us park in front of her house. She immediately put down what she was doing and came to talk to us! Her name was Linda too! She's Catholic by tradition, but doesn't really believe anything that they practice. She said she doesn't believe in infant baptism or purgatory or anything like that. We shared some Book of Mormon scriptures with her and prayed with her. The Spirit was strong, and she invited us to teach her more later that week! So we came back on Friday and had a beautiful lesson with her and her husband. As we shared Joseph Smith's experience, tears filled their eyes, and the room was peaceful and warm. Linda expressed how wonderful and true that is! She isn't willing to come to church (because she's determined to stay catholic by tradition), but she is going to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it!! (So that means that she eventually WILL come to church, if she prays with a sincere heart and real intent! hehe). So Linda is our wonderful new investigator! YAY :)

On Wednesday,
we finally went to the JOSEPH SMITH MEMORIAL with Nancy!!!!! She was super excited to go. We drove about 2 hours to get there, and when we drove onto the property, the Spirit spoke peace to our souls. It was incredible.
We got a tour of the visitors center by the senior missionaries, and then watched the Joseph Smith movie! Every time I watch that movie, my testimony of Joseph Smith is strengthened. I remembered a question that a man asked me a few months ago back on Temple Square. He asked why the Joseph Smith movie doesn't show or talk much about Jesus Christ. As I watched, I noticed that the movie doesn't show much of Christ directly, but it really is all about Jesus Christ! He is reflected through Joseph Smith- his whole life was centered around Him and lived FOR Him. I want MY life to be like that. I want others to see Christ through me. I want my life to be centered around Him and to be lived FOR Him. Anyway, Nancy loved everything. As her testimony grows, the light around her grows brighter and brighter. I LOVE being able to see that happen. She is a lot different from when I first met her. She is closer to her Savior. I am SO fortunate to be able to see all of this take place! I LOVE IT! :)

It was quite an eventful week for Nancy. The day after going to the Memorial, she had an interview with President Wilkey!! Our mission president!! We all got to drive down to Middlebury and have our own interviews with President (SO AMAZING. I love that man!!!), and then we waited while Nancy had her baptismal interview. I am SO glad she had the opportunity to be interviewed by him. She really needed it. He was able to help her feel forgiven for some past transgressions that have been weighing on her for more than 40 years, and he helped her feel more prepared for baptism. She came out and screamed "I made it!" and then ran into our arms. She was saying "Thank you, thank you" as she sobbed tears of joy. All three of us surrounded her in a big group hug as we cried and rejoiced with her. I cannot begin to express to you the joy that filled our hearts that day (Alma chapter 29 might give you an idea). It was a moment that will forever be etched in my memory.

The moment we walked into the door of our apartment after returning from interviews, the phone rang. Private number. I answered it and a lady named Cathy was on the other end! She said she had a card with our number on it. She had met with missionaries before years ago, and wanted us to come back and teach her again! She also wanted to come to church that Sunday!!! Sister Hatch literally fell on the floor in amazement, and I was trying to act calm and collected as I was jumping for joy! :) We set up a time to teach her, and a time to meet her at the church and give her a tour. We rejoiced, and THEN got a call from JASON!!! He's the EMT guy that we met in Sister Acosta's house, while he was putting her on a stretcher and taking her to the hospital! We then tracted into him a few weeks later and he said he would discuss it with his wife. We weren't sure if we'd hear back from him, but alas! He called us saying he went on mormon.org and saw that he could get a free Bible, so he decided just to call us instead! He has crazy work hours, so the only time we could meet with him was at 8:00 on Saturday morning, in the LDS church parking lot! We met him there, and gave him a Bible, and of course a Book of Mormon. We listed some of our favorite scriptures and wrote a little note for him. He and his family were going camping to get away from the world, and Jason was thinking that he could read from the Bible to his family!!! It was SO CUTE!!! He is definitely the future bishop of the Burlington ward... seriously. We are SO EXCITED for him!!!

Yesterday, we met Cathy at the church! Such a sweet lady. She brought her Book of Mormon and was ready to go! She loved the tour, and already knew some people in the ward! She seriously seemed like a member already. We are teaching her this Wednesday! One of the members didn't know who she was and asked her if she was getting baptized this Saturday (lol), and she said, "not yet, I'm working on it"!! She is so ready and we're so excited for her! That day at church was so crazy and hectic- in the best way possible- because there were so many new people and nonmembers to talk to, and we set up so many dates to go teach them! The work is progressing incredibly! We came home "tired in the Lord" and ready for bed! lol. I LOVE days like that.

That's only an overview of the entire week. So much has happened. Hearts have been changed. The gospel is spreading. I LOVE IT! Sometimes my spirit is like POPCORN... it just wants to pop because it's so filled with happiness and excitement! lol :) haha

I know this email is already super long, but I came across this little analogy that I want you to read......

It is so easy to get caught up in the rat-race of life, and sometimes neglect that which really matters most.

THE CELLPHONE VS THE SCRIPTURES

I wonder what would happen if we treated our scriptures like we treat our cell phones? What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?
What if we turned back to go get it if we forgot it?
What if we flipped through it several times a day?
What if we spent an hour or more using it every day?
What if we used it to receive messages?
What if we treated it like we couldn't live without it?
What if we gave it to other kids as gifts?
What if we used it as we traveled? What if we used it in case of an emergency?
This is something to make you go...."Hmmm..Dude.. where is my scriptures?"

Unlike our cell phones:
One Plan does fit all.
Unlimited usage. No roaming charges.
You always have reception.
You can use it in the mountains and in a tunnel.
It's free with no hidden costs,
AND you don't ever have to worry your scriptures being disconnected because CHRIST has already paid the bill!

FEAST UPON THE WORDS OF CHRIST!!!

I love you all so much!

Love,
Sister Rochelle Frogget!!! :) :) :)