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Archive for April, 2009

Letters from Ryan January-April 2009

Thu ,16/04/2009

Wow, it’s been a long time since we put Ryan’s letters up. So here are all his letters from January 6 to April 14

April 14

Well this week was ok. We did a lot of work and ended the week with those seven people with a baptismal date and we taught 29 lessons. That is the most I have ever had! The work was great but I did however lose my camera which really stinks and I looked all over for it wherever we had gone after it disappeared and nothing. I am really sad that I lost it. Otherwise things are ok. I found out that I am being transferred and so is elder Larson and elder Rogers, they are closing Lawton Spanish and the Lawton first ward is going to be turned over to sisters and I am going to the Marshallese branch in Enid for a transfer. It will be pretty crazy but president asked me to do it so I am going to. It sounds pretty exciting and very new to me. President called it a “one transfer adventure”.  Thanks for the package too the ring fits perfectly and the treats are awesome. One funny story is one of the people we have a date with named Toni was living with here boyfriend who also had a date and when we taught them the law of chastity she kicked her boyfriend out of the house to keep the law of chastity. It was pretty cool, for her not for him. Well I hope you all have a great week and always have hope.
Love,
Elder Ryan Frost

April 7

Hi everyone,
Things are good here nothing to complain about. The Spanish work here which was slow before has just about died we really don’t have any Hispanics  to teach that have a lot of potential but we did set 7 baptismal dates in the last week with people that seem really prepared for the gospel. On Friday Elder Rogers crashed his bike and bent his wheel, I’ll send a picture, and so we have to drive everywhere for now till he gets it fixed. Transfers are coming up and we find out next Monday what is going to happen. there are only 5 missionaries coming in and about 13 will have left by the end of the transfer 5 were sent home and all five were from the Lawton area and the other 8 are just ending like elders Rodriguez and Carlson. I actually got to see elder Rodriguez last Friday when the assistants came down to go to the military base. I told him that he should visit the house when he gets home and meet you all. He lives in West Jordan so it’s not too far. Conference was awesome I loved just listening to the prophets and I learned a ton I took 16 pages of notes again and I think I might fill up the journal that mom sent me in the MTC for conference and other notes by the next one so I’ll have to do something. I heard about the bible in Spanish and how it will be done in September (wink, wink maybe before the 20th, Big Wink, REALLY BIG WINK no hints or anything implied). I am really excited I like the one we use but it does have some strange wording at parts and looses some of the power.
Elder Ryan Frost

March 31

well really not much to tell this week just an average week there really wasn’t too much excitement we did have super conference but that was about it the rest of the week was just kind of boring no fun stories. but i did get to see most of my MTC district and my “Father” elder Hales. but that was about it. sorry there wasn’t more but I’ve been a little sick a strange gross cough thing but I’m going to a doctor today to get some medicine and get better.
Elder Ryan Frost

March 24

hi everyone,
another week gone and another interview with the mission president. it went as the rest do he told me to keep being obedient and just keep working. apart from that just another normal week. the assistants on saturday night brought over three books from a member that i helped move in the city and  i saw three history books that belonged to the pervious owner of the house left and they gave them to the assistants to give to me. they are from 1909 and way cool but i will have to send them home at some point, the president asked me to, but no worries. we did have to go to the doctor yesterday because elder larson hurt his finger but it was not a huge deal. last night we got caught in a pretty bad storm but we’re all fine. hope your all doing great and that nothing is going wrong just have faith and all will work out.
From
Elder Ryan Frost

March 17

Hi everyone,
Things are good here and not much has changed really. Still working and moving.  My bike chain broke yesterday and we had to get it fixed.  That’s about the most exciting thing that has happened in the last week.  Apart from that just normal stuff. Things are moving along here slowly but moving at least.  Well not much else to say have a GREAT week and always put your trust in the lord!
Love,
Elder Ryan Frost

March 10

Hi everyone,
well another week gone by.  Things are ok here in Oklahoma.  The new area I am in is Lawton spanish we cover the entire city of lawton.  The area is not doing much at this point we are trying to find Hispanics but there really are not very many here but we are doing what we can to find them.  It is a big change from my last area and I am not used to an English ward.  I really do not like going to an English ward I prefer the Spanish branch.  it is lot more fun.  the English ward just seems kind of stiff and boring.  But I’ll adjust to it.  Otherwise, things really have not changed much.  Just the same missionary work as always.  I love you all and have a great week.
Love,
Elder Ryan Frost

March 3

hi everyone,
well i’m going to a new area tomorrow and i will be in …………………….. Lawton Oklahoma with …………… Elder Larson from the MTC!!!!! i am really excited things are great just need to pack and get ready i’m a little sad that i won’t be here for the baptisms of lupe and gilberto but i know the lord needs me wherever i am. i love the gospel. have i great week, Thank you and i love you all!!
LOVE,
Ryan (AKA Elder Frost)

February 24

hi everyone,
i’m doing great. things are going good the weather i much nicer now and things are moving along well. this last week we had the family at church and manuel who we have been teaching for a long time and he seemed to like it. here are some pictures! all else is about the same have a GREAT week.
Love,
Ryan (AKA Elder Frost)

February 17

hi everyone,
i hope your all doing great! i’m doing good here. things are moving along and about the same last tuesday the first tornados hit but they were far away from us here. things were just really windy and wet, LOTS of rain.
otherwise things are good the family is doing great and the president of the branch here is helping them find a laywer to help them to get married and then baptised. things are moving along really well we helped a member move on sunday and the new house was not lived in by the person that owned it and it was stacked with a ton of old stuff and it smelled really weird elder greenwood and i called it the cancer house because you feel like you are getting cancer just by being in it. but by the time we left it wasn’t too bad. we also had family home evening with the branch president’s family and the montoya’s  it was really fun and they seemed to like it. but everything else is about the same we had zone confrence on thursday and that was really good the president talked for about an hour on obedience because other missionaries have been having problems with that. i really enjoyed it. everything else is pretty much the same. no funny stories that i can remember but i’ll send some pictures for you all to see. have a great week Love you ALL!!!
Ryan (AKA Elder Frost)

February 3

hi everybody,
i hope your doing good. on sunday we had 8 people to church and 6 with a baptismal date things are going good. the snow and ice are about gone so finally we can get back on the bikes. other wise things are the same not to much new to report. the family we are teaching has to get married before they can get baptised but they really want to and really like church. the wifes husband left her and hes somewhere in mexico and she hasn’t seen or talked to him for six years so she really wants to just divorce him and move on. but everything is good love you,
p.s there are pictures of the ice storm
Ryan (AKA Elder Frost)

January 20

hi everyone!
i hope your all doing great and enjoying life. things are good here moving along. we have been doing good. we don’t know if the two dates we set will go through but we set two more last night with that family we have been teaching and they came to church sunday and really liked it they felt the growth that they have been missing in their chuch now so we are really excited for them. otherwise things are about the same still cold andf i;m staying here for another transfer while elder hales goes back to texas with elder bell as his companion and elder bells companion comes here
Ryan (AKA Elder Frost)

January 13

hi everybody,
things are going good. not much has changed this week. we are still teaching, biking, and freezing but it’s all good. we actually helped a member family put a floor in last saturday, the carpet they had was about 12 years old so we helped them put in a linolium floor for their family room, they have 7 kids and 4 are younger then 10. on sunday we watched the broadcast from the marriot center from president monson with the family we found and the branch president. they really liked it and the message he gave. then we went with the branch president to go and visit a member whose wife is in the hospital, they really appriciated it and we got a referal for the elders in the north. this branch is really nice they help a lot in the missionary work. transfers are coming up so we’ll have to see what happens. otherwise not much is new things are still moving along and are good. i hope your all doing great and have a fun time in whatever is going on.
Love,
Ryan (AKA Elder Frost)

Emily’s sick

Sun ,12/04/2009

Sorry it’s been so long since we’ve posted.  Emily’s been sick for about 5-6 days now.  I do have some pictures and stuff to put on which maybe I’ll do later today.  Happy Easter to everyone.  Let’s celebrate the real reason of Easter… Eating candy!  Just kidding.  I’m grateful forwhat Christ did for us so many years ago.

General Conference

Fri ,03/04/2009

This weekend is General Conference. I’m really excited about it. I think sometimes it’s really convient to watch it at home, but sometimes this happens:

Sleeping During General Conference

Babysitting while Julie was away

Fri ,03/04/2009

On the 23rd, Julie went to PA for an interview for graduate school there.  Emily picked up Aspen from daycare (after a very stressful time not being able to find her daycare) and Ronan from the bus because they won’t leave him there without someone picking him up.  Then Forester came home from school and eventually Ilana.  I went over there at about 2 I think and stayed with them until Julie got home.  We ate dinner with them and hung out until Justin got back with our car (emily was using there car so we could transport the kids around).   They made muffins together which Ronan ate so many of them.  :)

College Bowl 2009

Thu ,02/04/2009

Emily and I went to college bowl on Saturday the 21st and helped out.  We weren’t on the team but I was the official time keeper and Emily was the backup score keeper.  We got lots of free food though although we had to skip out on the temple for the last like 3 hours of our shift.  Below are a few pictures.

Planetarium trip with Nathan and Nicole

Wed ,01/04/2009

We went to the planetarium with Nathan and Nicole on the 20th of March.  It was fun.  We saw the fish movie in 3D so it felt like you could reach out and touch the fish, which people, including us, often tried to do… :)  Nicole bought us popcorn to eat, a big bucket of it.  After the movie, we refilled the popcorn which turned out to be a mistake because afterwards, we went to Olive Garden and ate a late dinner and so the popcorn was just a lousy temptation that no one wanted to carry around because they would eat it and get even more full.  I just order salad; Emily got a really good chicken entree.