Dear family and friends,I made it! I cannot believe I am actually on a mission. It still feels like some sort of twilight zone or something. I am sure I will come to in a few weeks or so.
It has been a tiny trial of my faith, but I have ultimately learned to love it. My district, the elders that are in my class, are all going to Norway, obviously, but they are all very different individuals. (there are six of them plus me). There is one other classroom/district of Norwegians right next to us that arrived on the same day I did. (Elder Kirk is in that other district). I was put with two elders as my companions for class time, meal time, and teaching. Their names are Elder Nilsson and Elder Naumu. Nilsson is straight out of high school, very, very smart, played the trombone in high school, and reminds me EXACTLY of Kevin Boyer. Naumu is 19, did a year at BYU, basketball player, Hawaiian, and a silent spiritual giant. Its been such a blessing to be teaching and spending time with these elders. They bring such a different aspect of the gospel to class and to our lessons.
The rest of my district are just the biggest characters you could think of. As a sister missionary it is disrespectful to call elders by nicknames but I have a bad habit of doing so. Elder Crook's first and middle names are Joseph Hyrum... This is not a joke. He IS Jack Black. Elder Crook is our district leader and just so scatterbrained. His companion, Elder Sperry, prides himself on the fact that his high school marching band took state his last year of high school... Which was two months ago. The last companionship is Elder Griffin, who was homeschooled all of his life, hates large groups of people, and is very good at karate, AND Elder Reber who is a track "star", and looks and talks so similar to Elder Bednar it is a bit frightening. But honestly, I already just love them so much. They are ALL so smart and spiritual, I am very lucky to be with the people I am.
Our zone is made up of people going to Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Belgium/Holland. That is who we go to church to, eat with, and have the exact same schedules as. Well, our first time at gym I noticed a big board on the wall with "records" set by sister and elder missionaries in the MTC. Those include fastest mile, max 3-pointers, max push ups, max sit ups, and max pull ups and so on. I could not help to let out the inner Crossfit Spearhead in me and just want with everything I have to get my name on that board. The goal that I have to beat is the pull up goal. The sister score to beat right now is 14 pull ups. YES!!!! You better believe by the end of 6 weeks I am going to be the proud owner of that spot which will read: Sister Frampton 16 pull ups. I guess I should ask if I can kip though...... I will keep you posted.
Last night we were able to run outside, and luckily there is another solo sister that I was able to run with. Holy cow, she is a cross country girl so she definitely pushed me. I needed it. We ran around the MTC I don't even know how many times, but it was SO amazing to watch the sunset and actually be OUTSIDE to do so. It was also nice to just stop thinking completely and JUST think about breathing. I really needed that break.
So mom and dad, there is an elder in the other district that knows me and I had no idea who he was, but it was fun to have a random connection with him. I guess his parents lived in San Antonio while his dad was doing his residency or medical school or something. The Duncon's?
At one of our meetings we learned that there are close to 3,000 missionaries at the MTC right now!! Crazy huh? Also, that as of now, there are 75,000 missionaries in total that are serving. But that's not all! By the time I leave to go to Norway, there will be 85,000 missionaries serving full-time missions to the Lord! I just love that so much.
After four days in class and learning/speaking Norwegian, I am so surprised at how much I already know! I can pray, bare my testimony and have a very simple everyday get to know you conversation. IN FOUR DAYS! I do not take credit for any of that though, it IS the gift of the Holy Ghost and the gift of tongues that is helping me. I would be lying to say that I am not tired. After that much sitting and brain work, I get pretty exhausted. During personal study, I will do lunges down the hallway while reading or a wall sit or just jumping in place gets the blood flowing again. Haha, I've had to get creative.
I feel the spirit here so strongly and I feel SO blessed to be here. The food might be horrible, and it is definitely not my queen size bed to sleep in, but THIS IS where I am supposed to be. I know that there is someone in Norway that will benefit from me serving at this time, and that makes everything worth while. Always look for ways to forget yourself and serve other people... It is most rewarding. The church is true! I feel so lucky to be a representative of Christ and bring people unto Him. I hope you all have a fabulous week and pray every single day for the missionaries! I love you guys, thanks for all you do for me.
xo, Sister Frampton
xo, Sister Frampton