Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Update for this week

So I'll just begin at last week

We had a great P-Day and got to go to this place that hooked us up with a free afternoon of play called get-air.  It is similar to jump-on-it or power tumbling.  Anyway, I was able to do my first backflip on a tramp, which was scary, but fun.  We had to leave early to go to a lesson with some less-actives who were also feeding us a barbeque.  It ended up being a night full of surprises and miracles.

So first, the food was great.  The best part was the watermelon with lime.  You have to try it because it is amazing.  Anyway, we had Caleb, Rachel, and a newcomer Brooke there (Rachel's friend).  We taught them the gospel of Jesus Christ.  As we got to baptism, I was inspired to ask if everyone there was baptized.  Brooke said no!  After that we started focusing on her, and it was quite the change up. We didn't learn it there but we found out afterward that Caleb and Rachel had also broken up.  Oops.  We did get through the lesson fine, and then they asked if we could go to temple square and get a tour.  We said absolutely, and saw it as the perfect opportunity to feel the spirit and invite Brooke to be baptized.  That is happening tonight, so I will let you know how that goes.

By Tuesday, we were completely walking.  We had parked our car because i think we had only 16 miles left.  It was a hard day because we had not appointments and just covered a ton of miles.  Plus, it was raining, and at one point hailing, so we were slogging through a bunch of water soaked socks and pants.  We did take umbrellas which helped some.  A miracle was that we were working in an area Elder Steiner was assigned to so we were able to stop by some of his recent converts and try to get referrals from them.  It also got us out of the rain for a bit.  It is super cool for him because he has three families in this area who are going to the temple in the next few months, so he will get to go with them.

Wednesday was interesting because we went on exchanges.  I got to go with Elder von Kampen again in his area while Elder Robinson (DL) was with my companion.  It was very different, and fun because my area overlaps his area and we were able to visit some of the less active singles when we had time.  My backpack was a great blessing because it help all the stuff I needed.  I have a picture of me ready to go back home from the other apartment.  It was fun, but very different, and I am definitely glad to be back in my own apartment.

Thursday we had a zone meeting which was great.  We were trained on going to ward councils and coordinating with the members in the area to get more referrals and work done.  My zone leaders are great, and they even gave us a ride to our appointment with Aubree after the meeting. She is doing super solid and is totally ready and excited for her baptism.  After the lesson we had another huge miracle happen.  So a couple weeks ago we happened to sit next to the only non-member present in one of our ward sacrament meetings without knowing he wasn't a member.  That was only pointed out to us after the fact. (His name is Anthony by the way.)  On Thursday as we walked, this nice man offered a ride and we accepted.  When we got in the car and told him we were the YSA missionaries he told us we should visit this man who lived with him named (thats right) Anthony!  We are going to have to get on that young man because the Lord is definitely paving the way for us.

Friday was our last day walking, and we were tired.  We had no success in the afternoon or evening.  We wouldn't have even had any lessons except these two guys came up to me and asked what our church believed.  Elder Steiner was actually in the restroom at the time so i have a quick 3 minute restoration and bore testimony of the Book of Mormon.  That was sure interesting, but fun.  Hopefully I planted a seed that can be harvested by another set of missionaries in their home stake. Dinner was interesting that day too because we ate with a returned mission president. He was super strict, but he sure had some fun spiritual experiences to share.

Saturday was awesome.  We had our car back, and we got in almost all the homes we contacted. In addition, all the of people were very nice and just needed some help coming back to church through fellowshipping.  We ended up eating dinner with a relief society president in one of our wards and we are super excited because that was is going to get fully behind us.  We even got a referral for a prospect that has a member boyfriend and has been coming to church.

Sunday was many meetings as usual.  I was able to go to my first ward council meeting, and the bishop there is ready to do anything he can to help us.  Then we were able to make it to four different wards: (two sacrament meeting and a priesthood and a sunday school).  That was long, but fun because of the testimony meetings.  It was sad for us though because we didn't see any of our investigators at church.  For dinner we had taro leaf and pork at this polynesian lady's house, and she tried to make us eat enough to feed a family of 6.  It was good, and I thought of Trevor and Grandpa as we ate.  The best part of the day was a fireside we got to go to.  Elder Christofferson was the main speaker and he spoke on good counsel. Troy was able to go with us and that was amazing.  His wife also spoke on hope, and together they were amazing.  Afterward we were able to shake their hands.  It was awesome.

This week people that could use prayers:
Aubree, Troy, Brooke, Rachel, Caleb, Jeff, James, Toby, The Nelson Family (especially Brielle--she went into the ER for a few hours on Saturday), Taylor, Anthony , Emily, Thea, Bridget, Tara and Jacqulyn.

Love you all!

Elder Beckstead

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