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."

Monday, June 29, 2015

So This Week Consisted of Just About Everything - June 29, 2015 - Week 35

Well lets see where do I start...Cge so all four of us Elders here in Bugasong desided we were going to start the week off with an adventure. So we hiked and hiked and crossed rivers and hiked some more. Three hours later we arrived at Yapo! Yapo is a little village up in the mountains. When we got there it started just pouring rain! But that was normal for us so we just kept working. The people there are super awesome. We even had one family offer for us to just stay there over night because the rain was so bad and it was starting to get dark and the rivers had risen tons in the time that we had been working. But we declined the offer of course because its not allowed. So we started our journey back home. The rain just kept getting harder and harder. When it came time to cross back over the first river we all looked at each other and were like sooo who's going first? Haha Then they all pointed at me because I am the tallest. They said the tallest person goes first because if they don't make it we know the rest can't either. So I was like "fine...I will go" So I started the water quickly reached my knees then my waist and then my chest. I was really nervous because as I was doing that I remembered that Satan has power over the water. But then I remembered i'm a missionary and that I am being watched over. So no I didn't die. :) Then we continued hiking till we got to the second river. The second river wasn't as high but it was running super fast and strong. So I started across and I was trying to hold my backpack above the water so all my Book of Mormons and stuff wouldn't get wet. And then I tripped. In my effort to save the Book of Mormons, Backpack, and camera, I went for a little swim. And as I was trying to get my footing I lost one of my crocs :( I was super disappointed. But we all ended up making it across the river without any major injuries. After the river we continued our 4 mile journey back to the house. I had no choice but to do it with one croc (shoe) the rocks killed my feet though. All in all when it was all said and done I have ZERO regrets from that trip and we are planning to go back soon.

On Monday Elder Francisco and I did so Book of Mormon placing and tracting close to our house. We met a guy named Brother Nietes and his two twin boys named Rien Ford and Romeo. We taught them the first discussion and we felt really good about them. We gave them a Book of Mormon and told them to read it. On Thursday we went back to them to follow up and much to our surprise Brother Nietes had finished the Book of Mormon 100%. So we opened it up and it was all marked up with highlights, questions, and comments. So we taught the second lesson to all of them and extended a Baptismal Date. They all excepted to be baptized on July 25. After we were done Brother Nietes went and started talking to his neighbor who is hard core catholic. We over heard him bearing his testimony about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith to his neighbor. And he told his neighbor "Just read the book and you will know" And then he gave him his Book of Mormon. He was so prepared to receive the gospel before we started talking to him. He then asked for a Doctrine and Covenants so we gave it to him and went back on Sunday and he was half way done with it. He started throwing out words like Alpha Omega, Millennium, and other words. He barely speaks English but he was talking about those things like he was and institute teacher. This was such an awesome experience and testimony builder for me.

On Sunday we had one of our investigators come to church his name is Brent. He is 16 years old. After church he asked if he could work with us for the rest of the day. Of course we said yes. So we went and picked him up. It was just raining a little bit when we picked him up but then when we started working it started to down pour like crazy. I asked him if he wanted to stop and he said no way man! So we continued to work. We ended up teaching 8 lessons with him and every time he shared his testimony he had a huge smile on his face. We was so excited to just get in everyone's home and share what he knew. It really got me excited to teach as well. Because it was raining super bad after we finished one appointment we would run to the next home and just teach who ever would let us in. He can't wait to work with us again next Sunday. His baptism will be on July 25th. Missionary work is amazing! I love it!

Also this week I finally finished the Old Testament, and started the New Testament. Here in the mission we do this thing where we read the whole standard works in one year. Its kind of funny that the Old Testament takes half the year and that you can finish the New Testament, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price all in the same time it takes you to finish the Old Testament. Even though I still don't understand so much from the Old Testament I learned so much. And I can't wait to start again next year.

Well I think that is just about it for this past week. It was a great one and I hope it was just as great for y'all as well. Love and Miss you all so much. :)  

Elder Jake Frandsen
Philippines Iloilo Mission

Just Surviving Out Here in Bucasong - June 21, 2015 - Week 34

So yeah this has been an other awesome week here in Antique. We have a lot of new investigators. This week we tracted the whole beach front. There are so many people there. One of our new investigators name is Jousha, She is super interested. She told us she can't wait to be the next member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Also this week we have been doing tons of Less Active work. There are so many members here but tons of them are inactive because they can't afford to go to church. It makes our job kind of difficult because if I could I would give them money to go every week but it isn't allowed. We went to go teach one of our less actives this past week and they ended up teaching me. They brought up fasting. They asked me how many times iv'e gone to bed starving in my life I told them maybe once. They said they don't remember the last time they went to bed feeling full. They told me fasting here in Bugasong is completely different then fasting in America. She said we fast because we have no choice, we choose to fast instead of starve because there is no point in starving if they can fast. If they don't have food they will say a prayer and ask for Heavenly Father to prepare a way for them to have food. And then they start there fast. It really made it real how important it is to fast. I know now that through fasting and prayer we do receive blessings. 

It has been pretty much none stop rain here since I got here. So anytime I try and do laundry and hang up my clothes to dry well it doesn't work. Right when its about to dry it rains again. Haha. 

Bugasong is an awesome place with awesome people. I am super glad to be here serving and teaching them. I love the gospel I know its true. I know that only through this gospel can we live as families together for eternity. 

I love all you and have an awesome week! Miss you guys. 

Elder Jake Frandsen
Philippines Iloilo Mission

Another Awesome Week sa Antique - June 15, 2015 - Week 33

This week was a really productive week in Bugasong. Starting on Tuesday we had a zone training in San Jose. After that Elder Lafaele came to Bugasong and worked with me. I learned a lot from him. He is super hard working and the best part about working with him is he got me super motivated to work really hard in this area.

Also everyday this week we get up early and go play basketball in the morning which is super fun because we always meet new people to teach there. On Thursday, we came home from playing ball, and when we got to our apartment there were tons of broken beer battles and trash that someone threw at our apartment when we were gone. We aren't really sure why they did that but we are just glad we were being watched over and protected and that they came when we weren't there.

On Saturday we went to the bukid and well I slipped and fell in the water and got super muddy...my companion could not stop laughing at me. He will probably never let me forget that moment.

I really love the Elders in our apartment, especially my comp. He is super hard working and he knows how to have fun as we work. This week flew by super fast! 

On Sunday we had District Conference in San Jose which also happened to be an area broadcast from Salt lake City. Elder Neil L. Anderson gave an awesome talk on faith. Then after we went back to Bugasong to work with President Tandoy the Branch President. He is super shy and less active. When we got to his house he told us that he can't work with us but didn't give us any reason. So I was kind of being persistent and I didn't take no for an answer. After about 10 minutes of asking him I got really frustrated. I pulled out my scriptures and pretty much chastised him and told him Hey look you are the Branch President here in Bugasong! You need to start leading by EXAMPLE! If you don't work with the missionaries why should the other members?! How can you tell the other members to work with us if you don't even know what working with the missionaries is like. You have a DUTY and RESPONSIBILITY here in Bugasong. Its up to you how you want to use your AGENCY. Then we started to walk away and my comp looked at me like what the heck just happened. We turned around and President said wait...I will come with you. We ended up having a couple of really good lessons that day and I think it really strengthened President.


Elder Jake Frandsen
Philippines Iloilo Mission

Monday, June 8, 2015

Welcome to the Jungle - June 8, 2015 - Week 32

This we has been an interesting one...
So this week was transfer day on Thursday. Yes, I was transferred. My new area is Bugasong, Antique. The area is on the other side of the island. My new area consists of jungle, mountains, beach, ocean, a monkey, and much much more. We are super far away from EVERYTHING. :) I am still the District leader here. We have 4 Elders in our apartment. My new companion is Elder Francisco. He is Filipino. He just finished his training just like my last companion. He is AWESOME! The missionaries that transferred out of this area were Elder Swanton (MTC Comp) and Elder Larson (my batch also). My area is mostly by the beach and mountains. Which is exactly what I wanted. :) This area is HUGE! 

Alright so here is the fun part. So on Friday Night my stomach started to hurt really bad so I called sister Aquino and asked her what to do. She told me go to the hospital in the morning. She thought it may be my appendix. So we got up early in the morning and went to San Jose to the hospital. After lots of tests. They figured out I got UTI (urinary tract infection). I think it was from the mass amounts of soda I drank in my first area. So they gave me some meds and just told me to eat healthier and drink more water. So don't worry everything is good now.

So yeah I'm super excited to work here in this new area. The church here is actually a Branch! With about 50 attendance every week. And an other plus about this area is no baptismal font...just the OCEAN :)

Well I will attach so pics so y'all can see some of the area. I love you all and Happy Summer to you all! Love you guys so much! :)
 Saying good bye to good friends in San Miguel

Elder Jake Frandsen
Philippines Iloilo Mission

Monday, June 1, 2015

Hi Everyone! - May 25,2015 - Week 30

Hey guys! Haha I can't help but laugh at the weather in Texas right now...this is actually good it makes it easy for me to explain the weather here, so take that rain and then add a little more and that's the daily normal here...haha the word for storm here in bagiuo. Its kind of weird because they use the same word if there is a Hurricane coming. So that means there isn't a huge difference between regular rain and a hurricane here.

Anyways so my week was pretty good we taught about 30 lessons this week. We taught Sister Theresa Guelos just about everyday this week. She is pretty much our mother here in San Miguel. Every time we go to here house she feeds us so much food. :) She is super sad that I will probably transfer next week because she will be on vacation in Hong Kong. She said we will have a huge feast before she leaves though. She is the first investigator in San Miguel...and she is still investigating. Its okay the main thing is that we don't give up on her. Even though sometimes its frustrating and stressful, I know that day when she walks into the waters of baptism the stress and frustration will turn into Joy and Happiness. 

This Sunday our attendance at church went a little down to 18. Everyone texted me right before the meeting started and said they can't come because it was to hot...I was super frustrated. Elder Lazo told me not to respond because he knew I would probably chastise them and maybe offend them. I was like what the heck! COME ON PEOPLE! THIS IS THE PHILIPPINES DUHHH ITS HOT! WHERE IS YOUR FAITH?! SO IF ITS HOT YOU DON'T WANT TO BE MORMON?! GET OVER YOURSELVES! I went on for probably 20 minutes. And then my companion chastised me...haha Sometimes the mission can be so frustrating. After you work hard all week just to try to get people to come to church and then they don't show up...Its okay I just have to remember that people have their agency.

So I am district leader right now...I have learned so much already from it. One of the responsibilities of the DL is to give a training to the district every week. Which means I get to prayerfully study on what to give a training on every week. I learn so much from studying for DM. Sometimes I feel like I get more out of it than the district does. 

So up to this point I have been praying and waiting for that point where I am comfortable with the language, comfortable with the lessons, with the people, the culture and everything. But this week in my studying for my talk to give in sacrament meeting I learned that that point will never come where I will be 100% comfortable with everything. So I am striving to become comfortable with being uncomfortable. If we are comfortable with everything here in this life there is no point in us being here. We are here on earth to learn and to grow spiritually and physically. I testify that everytime we are uncomfortable we need to endure and not give up. Our Heavenly Father gives us trials and tribulations to help us grow. If you do your best to endure through those things he will be there to help us. Just like when Peter was walking on water and right when he started to sink Jesus Christ was right there to help and lift him up. Don't back down! LEARN TO DO HARD THINGS! 

Well that's all for this week I love and miss you guys so much. Have an awesome week and I will do the same! :) 

Elder Jake Frandsen
Philippines Iloilo Mission

Week of being Punted... :\ - June 1, 2015 - Week 31

Well this week has been alright. So usually its not to hard to get lots appointments here in this mission. But this week everyday as we filled our planners with appointments. The next day when we went out to go teach those people, no one was home or they were busy or they had an excuse of some sort or another. Its so frustrating! When we walk 10-15 km to someones home in the hot sun or pouring rain and then they aren't there. Its alright I guess because as long as we are doing the work we will be blessed.

Also this week we taught our investigators with a baptism date. We had a really good lesson about the Plan of Salvation. Then at the end of the lesson I asked them how their baptism preparation was coming. They have come to church four times now so they have met all the qualifications for baptism. I was expecting something really good and positive. They told us they can't be baptized because their Father who works in Manila said they can't....

I testify right now that missionary work is HARD.

This week we had our DLC Meeting which was super good. And it was pretty fun because I got to see some of my batch. Most of the DLC was about being perfectly obedient missionaries. Its so important to strive to be perfectly obedient to the things our Heavenly Father asks us to do. HE ONLY ASKS US TO DO THINGS SO WE CAN ACHIEVE GREAT HAPPINESS. He gave us commandments to follow so that if we follow them he can bless us. HE WANTS TO GIVE US THOSE BLESSINGS!

So that is all for this week. I will be getting transferred this week. I'm just not exactly sure where. Its kind of sad because I will miss the people here in San Miguel. I miss you all and love you all and have an awesome summer! (if you get bored just come over and visit me :P)

P.S. The picture of my comp was his reaction when he found out I will transfer 

Elder Jake Frandsen
Philippines Iloilo Mission