Sunday, March 9, 2014

Miracles Exist, I Promise!

Hello Everyone!

Miracles do happen on a daily basis, and sometimes, we are blessed to see some pretty big ones all occur at the same time. That is what happened this week for me. It has been great!

First of all, my District Leader took me out in my area on exchanges, and we were able to talk to a ton of people! He loves to talk, a lot, so we were able to find more potentials tracting than we have in a while, despite the fact that it was a lot colder than either of us was expecting and it was pretty miserable. It was great! And truly, there is nothing that keeps you warmer than feeling and sharing the Spirit with others.

Then, we had interviews this week! That was a blast. President Bell is a miracle worker, and through his inspired training and advice, both Elder Lott and I are so pumped to go out and try some new things to catch this area on fire!

We were able to try one of those new things by going to downtown Wichita and chalking up the main town square with all sorts of Mormon art. We had probably 8 missionaries, and another 20 members all drawing things form scriptures to the plan of salvation to the first vision, to baptism. It was sweet! And, we were able to do it during the monthly art program, so there were lots of people there looking to see new types of art going. It was pretty awesome. Plus the Lord guiding my hand to do the best chalk art I've ever done (see the attached pictures).

We followed that up by having a general authority come and train us. Elder Martino from the second quorum of the seventy made it to our mission and he gave some great training on finding new investigators and working with the members to invite people to com unto Christ. He was so great, that I got about ten pages of notes (and if you remember my notes, I can fit quite a bit to a page)!

Finally, yesterday was probably one of the best days for having fun on my mission. It snowed a little bit down on us, and the temperature plummeted, so much so that we only had sacrament meeting at church. With an inch or two of snow that collected into drifts on people's driveways, sometimes getting two feet deep, and wind that was gusting about and blowing loose ice crystals into our face, we went to work. We were able to take out a young man whose family was out of town and go clean off 6 driveways for members who couldn't do it themselves, and less-active members. At 7:00 or so, in the dark, we were home but decided to go and do at least one more walk before turning in for dinner. After shoveling his walks, Jose ended up letting us into meet his family and letting us teach him the first lesson. We found out later that it was seven degrees outside as we were doing this, -18 degrees with the wind chill, and we totally thought it was worth it 100%. 

Miracles do happen. Look for them. Watch the Lord guide your life and use you to touch other people. You will be able to find so much joy as you do so, and it will allow the Savior to use you even more than He could otherwise. I know Jesus Christ lives, and I know that He loves each one of you no matter what. I know that He will help you if you just let Him. 

I love you all!

Elder Beckstead

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