Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Moving and Apostle's Promises

Hello everyone!

This week has been a crazy one!  Elder Eyre and I have lost too much of our time proselyting because we had to move to a new apartment.  That was quite an adventure!  First of all, it is right next to campus, right upstream from about five sororities.  Thankfully, the Lord knows what he is doing, and he has been sending cooler weather to keep them inside.  Second, it is a brand new mission apartment, meaning we had to order pretty much everything new.  We got new bunk-beds (which were a pain and a half to assemble) new desks, new chairs, a new complete set of cooking supplies (too many to fit in our cupboard space, actually), and other essential living things.  The only things we got used were a kitchen table, an old cat-scratched couch, and a musty lazyboy chair.  All in all the apartment is pretty great.

Despite the fact that we were packing, unpacking and assembling forever and a day, we still saw some pretty incredible miracles.  On Friday, we had dinner with a family in the same complex where we had a few potential investigators, so we contacted them when we were done.  One was a single old lady who was very nice and told us we could come back on Saturday.  Then, walking back down to our car, wondering who we might be able to take so that we could teach her inside of her home, our ward mission leader drove past and stopped to talk to us, offering to help!  He was in a bit of a hurry, so we quickly explained, and he agreed.  Then, on Saturday morning, we decided we had better call him to confirm our plans with him, when, as we picked up the phone to dial us, he called!  Coincidence, I think not!

Our mission personally had a pretty amazing promise recently from two apostles.  They said, "If every missionary companionship will talk to 10 people each day independent of tracting and working with members, every aspect of the work will improve four fold." (that may not have been an exact quotation, but it was close.)  Then, in conference we had that reiterated by Elder Ballard.  Does anyone remember what he said?  I'm going to give you all some homework, for which I will give the answer next week, if I remember.  Listen to Elder Ballard's talk, find what he asks us to do before Christmas, listen to the promised blessing, and then make plans to do your part!  I would love to hear what happens, or what your plans are!  Thanks a bunch!

Love you all very much!

Elder Beckstead

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