Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Last Week in SLC

Hello Everyone!

This week has been insane!  It started off really slow, but we continued to work and work and things started happening towards the end.  It has been really cool to be able to tell people where I am going, but pretty sad to know that I may not see them again for a while.  I'm just trying to do my best to forget that last part and help as many people as possible in the last few days I am here.

So, we get to go to FHE's all across the stake on Monday night, and I am s

tarting to see that as we do so, the members are seeing us and starting to get excited.  I don't know how it is going to be elsewhere in the state, but here in our mission, we are working towards being able to have at least one set of missionaries per stake.  This last week we got to see some of the reward of letting people see us as we hit three different FHE's and every single one of have people they wanted us to meet.  It is fantastic!

Wednesday was interesting because we got to go to the Salt Lake City days of 47 Parade for a few hours in the morning.  There was only one stipulation: we had to contact and look for referrals while we were there.  That was sure interesting.  Our entire district got one street on both sides between 300 and 400.  That meant there were eight of us crawling up and down that section of road for a few hours, plus the fact that other companionships would walk past us to their assigned areas.  Elder Cooper and I did our best to talk to everyone, but people either got annoyed because they were trying to watch the parade, or they had already talked to at least one other set of missionaries. We didn't have very much success, especially compared to the sisters (who got like 30 referrals).
We also got to have an authentic southern meal cooked by an investigator.  That was great!  SOme of the best fried chicken I have ever eaten.  His beans were also great, second only to Grandpa B's famous baked beans.  I loved it, and Anthony (the investigator) committed to coming to church.

Friday was cool because Elder Cooper had to do a couple of interviews for the Spanish Elders, and I got to practice my Spanish while they waited.  It was pretty funny for me to talk to the visa waiting Elder, because his Spanish was still awful. Then again, the Elder from Argentina completely blew me out of the water.  It was a lot of fun either way.

One of the new investigators we picked up this week, Dyllan, was great.  He moved here from California about a month ago, and the very first thing he did--before he even unpacked his stuff--was to go to his 9 year old cousin's baptism.  What a way to be introduced to the Gospel!  He came to church this Sunday and loved it, and we have a couple more lessons with him set up for this next week.  He is such a great man, and I expect that he will join the church very soon, and fit in very nicely.

Sunday was the most crazy one I have ever had in the area.  We were able to stop in to 6 of our nine wards (remember that 7 of the nine sacrament meetings are a 1:00), we spoke in two of them, and we went to a couple of ward mission meetings on top of that.  We blew through so many miles it wasn't even funny, but it was necessary.  We are sure glad that everything was able to work out the way it was because we were able to pick up another new investigator with an amazing story.  She lives in Washington and got a scholarship to play softball for some school up there.  A few weeks ago she came down to live with her cousin's family for a few weeks.  She somehow got a hold of the singles ward, came and already has something like 1500 friends in this area (only a slight exaggeration). Anyway, she felt the Spirit so much she wants to stay, so she is working on transferring to Weber State!  She is actually going beack to Washington this week for a short time, but she wants to get baptized as soon as she can, so when we have her schedule figured out we are going to plan to get her wet.  It is amazing!

Thanks for all your prayers!  We see so many miracles every day, and they are in part because of your thoughtfulness.  Keep up the good work, and remember that miracles can happen wherever you are!  you just have to look for them.

Love you all!

Elder Beckstead

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