Monday, March 17, 2014

Speaking Spanish and An Apostle's Witness

Well hello everyone!

Wichita has sure had a power packed time this weekend. We seemed to have a ton of stuff going on, highlighted by a visit from Elder Bednar. Maybe it is just this area here, but things have kicked into high gear and miracles are abounding. Every day is sure a great day to be a member of this, the Lord's church, and even better being a missionary!

So I will try and lay it out to you in fairly chronological order. The first major miracle happened on Wednesday. We had the chance to go and serve at Deseret rehab center, which is based out of Utah. It is basically a place where nice old folks go to recover from nasty stuff that happens to them, such as surgery or other things. Anyway, there was this very nice old man whose name was Ramon Julio Paz, who speak nothing in English other than "me no speaky ingles." All the other (5) missionaries tried to go and talk to him, but spoke no Spanish, so after finishing my conversation with another old lady, I got to try!  The Lord truly blesses those of us who go and act trusting in him. It was so cool because I was able to learn a ton about him, as well as really help him be a little happier. Sadly, he told me that no one else in the complex spoke Spanish, so he was very happy to be able to communicate with someone again. It was truly a testimony of the Lord's work as I only barely understood maybe a fourth of what he said, yet he was able to feel the Spirit with me and smile.

Friday was amazing. Elder Bednar came and gave a training to our mission. It was amazing to see a very different side of the Apostle I have grown to love. He was so personable and happy with us, helping us laugh and telling us some personal stories he asked us not to pass on. It was truly amazing to hear him expound on doctrine and give wonderful answers to our questions. The major concepts that he drove home to me were: 1. We are agents, sent here to act, not to be acted upon; therefore we should act as agents in all we do, in prayers, studies, thoughts, and deeds, and, we should treat all other people as agents as well, in our teaching questions and other interactions with them. 2. I learned that faith is action. We already know 99% of what we need to do, and now it is up to us to act and exhibit our faith. It is not faith if we believe in something but to not act (as agents!). And, only after the action of faith on our belief will the power and miracles come into our lives. I must also say that after his testimony, the Spirit of the Lord was there in an incredible way. I truly do love this work and the feelings happiness and joy it brings to everyone!

Sunday was also pretty awesome because a part-member family came to church for the first time since they have been in this ward. Even better was that our ward rushed over to meet them and become their friends. Boy, I wish you all could have seen the smiles on their faces! 

I know that this is the Lord's work! I know thanks to a personal witness from the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I testify that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, the Savior and Redeemer of the world. I witness that He loves all of us, and commands us to do what is right for our benefit. I know, without a doubt, that happiness comes as we live the Gospel. I so testify in the name of Jesus Christ.

I love you all very much!

Elder Beckstead

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