1 Nephi 3:7

"And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them."

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

This Week was AMAZING! - September 18,2016 - Week 99

This week was amazing! We have been Finding people like crazy! So the highlight of this week is last night Elder Francisco and I went to the Bingco Family they have been members for almost two years. Except for the father. Last night Brother Bingco called us and told us to come over. So we went. When we walked in, right away brother said I am going to be baptized! We were shocked because we have been working with him and teaching him ever since I got here and the missionaries before me as well. He set his own baptismal date for Oct 22 which is my last week of the mission. I can't express how happy it made me. I just want to testify "to every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven". I know that this gospel is true! If we just humble ourselves and submit our will to the Father and except his Gospel, we will be eternally blessed. 

This week I have been studying 3 Nephi 11-26 about Christs visit to the ancient Americas. It has strengthen my testimony of God's love for ALL His children. It doesn't matter what our situation is, where we are, how wealthy we are, if you have a broken family, or not. We are ALL God's children and he loves each and everyone of us. He has given us a place to come and feel happiness, joy, sadness, peace, comfort, and most of all love. We ALL have a purpose. Its our job to go and find out who we really are and why God sent us here. ITS ALL TRUE! 

Love you guys and hope you have a great week! :) 

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Elder Jake Frandsen
Philippines Iloilo Mission

Where do I Start? - September 12, 2016 - Week 98

Alright where do I start...Okay so on Tuesday we went to Iloilo to have a special MLC with area presidency. It was super cool. We learned what prayer is and really how to pray. We were all over the scriptures to find out really how to pray sincerely. Then on Wednesday we had a huge mission tour with a bunch of other zones where the area presidency taught us about obedience and FINDING scattered Israel. Then we headed home and did our best to apply the things and are still working on it. So this week was also transfers. I didn't think anything was going to me because I only have 6 weeks left. Once again I was WRONG!! On Sunday night the AP's called me and told me Im transferring back to Bugasong Antique, my second area. I was like what!??!!? But I told em Ill go where ever the Lord wants if it was true revelation I will go. But I didn't want to leave Buenavista Guimaras. About 20 minutes after I hung up the AP's called me back and said President had been receiving revelation ever since I had hung up. He said Its not time for me to leave Guimaras. So long story short I am still here and my new companion is ELDER FRANCISCO...again! haha I could not be more happy with what happened. We will both be zone leaders as well as I will go back to my first area here in Buenavista!! Elder Francisco have been working our tails off and I told him its gonna be this way for the next 6 weeks. He is by far my favorite companion iv'e had out here in the field. When we are companions, I don't know why, but good things just happen. So yeah thats about it for this week. Time is starting to go by to fast. I'm not ready yet for these two years to be up. It's time to give it my all. Love and miss you guys! You take care! :) 

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Elder Jake Frandsen
Philippines Iloilo Mission

Can't go a day without Scriptures - September 4, 2016 - Week 97

This week we focused really hard on talking to everyone. We were able to find a couple of families that we feel are pretty interested. Lately we have kind of been struggling with getting our investigators to church and to be progressing but we are feeling pretty good about these families. On Sunday I had the opportunity to speak in sacrament meeting. I chose to speak about families. Because right now some families in the branch are struggling. I shared the scripture Alma 43:47. I think it hit a couple people and really brought to the table really how important it is to stick together and be a united family. And to literally do everything in your power to defend the family. Then after church Elder Francisco and I were asked to speak at a devotional. So we put together an awesome discussion about powerful scripture study. Its weird because before I left to come on the mission I wasn't the kind of person that just sat down and read the scriptures but now I can't go a day with out em. Well that's about it for this week. On Tuesday and Wednesday we are going to have a Mission Tour which means the Area Presidency will be coming to talk to us and train us to be better more effective missionaries. I'm pumped. Ill take notes for yall. Love yall and take care!!

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Elder Jake Frandsen
Philippines Iloilo Mission

New Companion/Big Goals - August 21, 2016 - Week 95

Alright so it'll be a short email today because iv'e got lots to do today. So this week Elder Crook and I have a set a pretty tall goal to have 20 baptisms on October 22 before I go home. We set this goal to keep me focused and not trunky as well as to push the other missionaries in our zone. The highest amount of baptisms that has happened in one area in one day in this mission is 10. I want to raise the standards in this mission before I finish so that missionaries behind will be driven to break those goals. If you are in a comfort zone...get out! If you are comfortable with where you are at, there is probably little to no growth or progression. God gives us all challenges and hard things to overcome because he knows our capabilities. As we overcome our fears and challenges with the help of our Savior we will grow everyday of our lives. I'm excited to see what comes in the next few months. And pumped to work hard to the end.

That's about it for this week. Love and miss ya'll. Take care! :)

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Elder Jake Frandsen
Philippines Iloilo Mission

Another Great Week in Buenavista - August 15, 2016 - Week 94

This week was another great week out here in Buenavista.

Monday and Tuesday: We had an MLC (Mission Leadership Conference) in Iloilo. This one was a little different then the ones Ive been to in the past. We did it in Presidents home which was awesome. After the first night we had a FHE with President and his family. We made homemade ice cream and had so much pizza. I was fun just getting to really know president and his family better as well as the other missionaries. On Tuesday after MLC we came home and went to one of our investigators to do her baptismal interview.



Wednesday-Friday: Those were just normal working days nothing crazy exciting happened in those days.

Saturday: In the morning we got up and went to rosadels baptism. And as we all know all baptisms never go as planed. So when we woke up there was tons of rain and wind. Like a little typhoon. But we went to the place where we planned to do the baptism. We were about 15 min late but we were still the first ones there. Little by little the members started to show up and we got things rolling about an hour late. Better late then never. After the baptism we went to the branch activity where the missionaries did a kind of a mini mtc. It was pretty successful. We had a lot of people there. After the training we played some games and ate lots of food. It was a great day.


Sunday: MY BIRTHDAY!!! At church all of my recent converts and members invited us over to eat. So we pretty much spent the whole rest of the day going and visiting members and eating food. It was a great 20 birthday!



This week was all in all a pretty fantastic week! :) Love yous all and take care!  

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Elder Jake Frandsen
Philippines Iloilo Mission

Monday, August 1, 2016

July 31, 2016 Week 92

Jacob has been under the weather the last couple of weeks and has not has the energy to write.  Tonight we found out the culprit was Dengue Fever.  3 of the 4 Elders in his apartment have been down with the fever and the Buenavista Branch has also been hit hard.  Many have been hospitalized but we are praying that all will be well soon.

Jacob has a new companion Elder Crook, from Utah.  He will miss Elder Tereke but was fortunate to have a say in who would be completing his training.  One of his favorite companions from his second area in Bucasong, Elder Fransisco.

Jacob is now the Zone Leader in Guimaras and looks forward to expanding the work he has been able to do in Buena Vista.  The following is a short letter we received tonight:  He titled it, FAITH

This week was crazy. Here are some of the highlights or things that happened this week.

1) On Monday I got sick and I was sick until Sunday with Dengue Fever. 

2) I got transferred to the other area in Buenavista, Guimaras.

As far a spiritual aspect of things because I was sick I had lots and lots and lots of time to study. On Saturday night I focused my studies on the principal of Faith. I spent a solid hour finding scriptures comparing Faith and Believing. To most of us they are the same thing. But there is a reason why we are asked to have Faith in Jesus Christ and his Atonement and not just Believe on it. The principal of Faith leads us to ACTION such as repentance, obedience in following the Lords commandments, etc. While if we just Believe on the Atonement of Jesus Christ we will not be forgiven and cleansed of our sins. Because even as we Believe Jesus Christ paid for our sins there is no action of repentance. Our Heavenly Father gives us commandments and asks us to do things as an opportunity for us to show our Faith towards Him so he can shower us with blessings that we want and need. Its so straight forward in the scriptures when it says "Faith without works is dead" or in other words Faith without action is not Faith at all. So when God blesses us with an opportunity to show our Faith to him that its not for Him but only for you. The blessings are endless as our Faith in our Savior continues to grow stronger everyday through our actions. God truly loves us and whats the best for us.

Well that's it for this week sorry I haven't written in a couple weeks I do better in the future. Love yall and have a great week!! :)     

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Elder Jake Frandsen
Philippines Iloilo Mission


Sunday, July 17, 2016

New Mission President

Philippines Iloilo Mission


Hermenegildo and Emily Cruz









Hermenegildo Inocencio Cruz, 56, and Emily Ibuyan Loresco Cruz, five children, Springville Ward, Las PiƱas Philippines Stake: Philippines Iloilo Mission, succeeding President Jaime R. Aquino and Sister Lorna Aquino. Brother Cruz serves as an MTC branch president and is a former bishop, high councilor, regional welfare agent, stake Sunday School president, and missionary in the Phillippines Cebu Mission. Coordinator, Seminaries and Institutes. Born in Naga City, Philippines, to Rodolfo Francisco Cruz and Elena Garcia Inocencio Cruz.
Sister Cruz serves with her husband in an MTC branch and is a former stake Primary president, stake Relief Society presidency counselor, ward Relief Society president, ward Primary presidency counselor, and Relief Society teacher. Born in Kalibo Aklan, Philippines, to Alberto Fino Loresco and Teresita Isidro Ibuyan Loresco.