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Temple with the twins

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Manila Temple Trip

You might be confused about the title but I’ll explain later. It has been another amazing week here in Sampaloc! Thank you to everyone for your emails! I am cracking up right now as I read them! Thanks for your inspirational words and encouragement!
Highlights:
Sister Joji passed her interview! She is getting baptized on Saturday! It really is amazing how far she has come in the past month and it just goes to show how the Gospel of Jesus Christ can change lives! More to come…
Wednesday was transfer day! Elder Gallarde (our pinoy kabahay) got transferred to Paranyaque. Elder Zook is now the district leader and I know that he will do an amazing job! We knew that Elder Taylor would be training but we didn’t know who yet. Turns out he’s an American named Elder Briskin! We now have 4 americans in the same house in the Philippines haha! Elder Taylor and him are really going to have to study the language hard, but I know that they will be stronger for it.
Also on Wednesday, we got to go to the Temple with members from the ward and the twins. It was really a great experience for them.  After a little while we decided to go back to Sampaloc with sister Lanie because she knew where we could get on the MRT (railway) to take us back there. Well we buy our tickets and are waiting for the train, but when it comes it’s so full that we can’t even fit one of us in there! Let alone all 6 of us in the group! We left the station and got on this super sketchy bus that was just as full as the train had been. Since it was rush hour traffic just like always, it took us a while to even get close to where we were going. Then we found a jeepney to go by the Church just before it left! By some miracle, we made it back to our apartment by 9:30!
Here is the “Disneyland” highlight. That comes from what President Ostler told Elder Zook during interviews. Elder Zook told him that he was trying really hard to make my first area a great experience. President Ostler said, “Elder Beagley needs to experience the whole missionary experience, not just Disneyland.” It’s true what he said that I need to experience the trials to enjoy the good experiences. These past few days though have really been Disneyland!!  Before this week we were working really hard to try and get our investigators to progress and now they really are! On Saturday, the sisters in our district had a baptism. Elder Zook and I invited a lot of people to go and we were pretty excited. Then it was even better than we expected! Nine of our investigators came including Sister Erlinda, the twins, and most of the Urbano family (the one we found through that referral last week). After the baptism we all ate and then the ward did the best fellowshipping I have seen so far. The twins were playing basketball in the Church League, the Urbano kids were playing with some of the member children, and Sister Erlinda and the Urbano’s mother and grandmother were practicing a dance with the Relief Society for the ward Christmas party! Elder Zook and I couldn’t stop smiling! It was like this weird proud parent moment haha! It’s like these people are taking their first “baby steps” in the gospel and I could not be happier for them!
I really am starting to love these people so much! I know that what I’m feeling is much like the love that our Heavenly Father has for us. He loves us so much that he gave his son, Jesus Christ, to atone for our sins and to give his life for us. I know that through the Gospel of Jesus Christ we can be blessed and happy in this life and return to live with our Heavenly Father in the life to come. I’m so grateful to be here in the Philippines as a missionary and I’m grateful to have your  support and love through your emails and prayers.
Mahal-namahal ko kayo lahat! Ingat po kayo!
-Elder Beagley

 

 

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This is The Lord’s Work!

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This is where it all begins…

Magandang Umaga lahat kayo!

I’m excited to tell you about some crazy stuff that happened this week too! Unfortunately, there’s no snow in the Philippines but there have been some miracles!
Sigi na I’ll tell you about my week, but first the not so fun experience that I just had yesterday. I’m cooking an egg and I put a little too much oil in the pan but I thought it would all be good. Then when I flipped the egg, a big drop of oil lands right on my foot! Masakit (It hurt!). Later on, I took off my sock and there was a blister right there where the oil burned me! It didn’t even hurt anymore.
The main thing that I want to tell you guys about this week is that this work is truly full of miracles. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, This is the Lord’s work! As missionaries we are really just tools in bringing people unto Christ. This was so evident in what happened on Tuesday. We had a district meeting and it was said there that our finding has been a little low. So we set a goal to find 10 new investigators this week. After that, Elder Zook and I went out proselyting. We had an appointment with a woman named sister Nobles. She had somewhere to go but she walked us over to her neighbors house and said, “They want to listen to you.” So we ended up teaching a lesson to her neighbors and got two new investigators there. We have a return appointment for this wednesday. Later in the day we went to a referral from another non member who we had just talked to randomly. Turns out that we taught a family of 8 and they are super open and interested. We met our goal in the same day that we set it! I know that we are so blessed to have found these people! We went back to that Urbano family just on Saturday and the lesson was so great the spirit was so strong and they said that they would pray to know if our message is true. They said if they get their answer that they will be baptized on December 27th! I’m really excited to see them progress and come closer to their Savior.
We also had one more miracle this week. I truly know from this experience that no effort is wasted in missionary work! We had a lady approach us as we were talking to some people on the street. She told us her name was Erlinda and that we could come and teach her if we wanted to! Great start right? Well when we tried to find her house we couldn’t. We searched for almost an hour when Elder Zook told me to ask some ladies sitting in front of their little store (tindahan.) One lady knew sister Erlinda and was able to lead us to her house down this tiny little allyway. When we got there, Sister Erlinda had a picture of Jesus from one of our pamphlets taped to her mirror and a Book of Mormon on the shelf. She had been taught by missionaries in 2010! This is the second time that this has happened and it gives me hope for people who don’t accept us right now. I know that we are planting seeds for the future and I’m excited to see who else we will find in amazing ways like this.
 For Thanksgiving we are gonna be doing missionary work haha. Elder Zook said that some celebrate thanksgiving here but the main thing is really Christmas. There is already Christmas music in the store where we do our shopping. We aren’t even allowed to go out on New Years day.
Another crazy thing here is that people break all the traffic laws and I still haven’t seen an accident. It’s like they just expect people to run red lights and stuff so nobody is really surprised haha.
Hannah: I’m glad you had an awesome Snow Day! Suwerte Ka! (You’re Lucky!) That’s great that school is going so well!
I’m out of time but I love you all so much and I pray things are going well in snowy Idaho!
Mahal namahal ko kayo!
-Elder Beagley

— Baptismal Date Set!!!

Okay, so about my week, I’ll give you the highlights:
Tuesday was a birthday party that we set up for a recent convert named Michael. We bought a cake and we had an awesome time! Elder Zook and I shared about eternal families and it was really great because Rigo and Renzo (the twins) were there too. The spirit was strong and I know that they really want their family to follow their example in the gospel.
On Tuesday we had my first Zone Meeting in the field. The emphasis was on OYM-ing (Open Your Mouth). We have a new goal to street contact 10 people each day per missionary. It’s like a competition kind of because whoever talks to them first gets the tally. It is really going to accelerate the work. We have already seen how much the Lord guides us in his work. As we show him our willingness to “talk with everyone” He places people in our path who will receive the gospel. We have a couple return appointments today from just random people we started conversations with!! Sometimes matigas ang mga ulo nila (they are hard headed) and they don’t want to listen. But every person who does listen makes it all worth it!
This week we did some service for a woman named Joji. She is now one of our progressing investigators! We cleaned out her second floor and let me tell you, no matter how dirty our house gets, it’s nothing compared to this! There was so much stuff piled up, that we found a Book of Mormon from 2011! She said that the missionaries had talked to her before and they left her the book with their names and the date in it! We also taught sister Joji about how the atonement can help her through trials, she prayed so sincerely and the spirit was so strong that she started crying at the end of her prayer. I know that it really is a miracle that we found sister Joji again after 3 years and that she is now ready to receive the gospel in her life. Her baptismal date is the 22nd!!!!
The twins are really progressing! Elder Zook and I taught them again. They really understand the gospel and they are really working hard and changing their lives. I pray that their family will follow in their footsteps!
The last highlight this week is another lesson with Sister Joji. Our member present was Brother Dionel and at the beginning of the lesson he asked, “Naniniwala po ba kayo na totoo Ang Simbahan ni Jesucristo ng mga banal sa mga huling araw?” (Do you believe that the church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints is true?” Usually sister Joji jokes around or tells stories that aren’t really related, but this time she was completely serious. She looked brother Dionel right in the eyes and just said, “Opo.” (Yes.) The spirit was so strong after that as Elder Zook, Brother Dionel, and I taught her the Gospel of Christ. I know that this church is true. I know that this gospel brings us so many blessings and that if we live it and endure to the end, we will live with our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ again as a family.
Mahal namahal ko kayo!
-Elder Beagley

A Visit With An Apostle

District TiesThe Sampaloc District

So now about my week. It’s really a blur so I’ll just tell you guys about the most Awesome thing that happened to us! Elder Zook and I were really praying hard for these two investigators named Minda and Pablo to be able to receive an answer in their prayers about the Prophet Joseph Smith and the Restoration of the Gospel, and we both decided that we should fast. The next day after we had started our fast, we walked past the home of the Huliganga twins that we taught earlier. The father hasn’t been very open for them to be taught by us and they haven’t been home a lot so we hadn’t taught them since the very first time. We went up to the “door” thing and the father was standing just inside. We shook his hand and he said “wala sila” like they’re not here. We started to walk away down an underpass and all of a sudden we heard running behind us and someone yelled “Mormons!” It was the twins! They told us that their dad told them not to talk with us, but they still wanted us to teach them, so we went to the church right then. We watched the restoration video and after Joseph Smith’s testimony, brother Ringo said “tama!” like “that’s right!” I was so excited! The twins are now progressing towards their baptismal date! They are my age which is so cool. They really are so prepared by the Lord! I know that when we really pray and fast in faith, the Lord can give unto us whatever it is we need, even if we don’t know what we need! Really it was another miracle and a testimony builder to me that this is the Lord’s work, not ours.

Besides that we have been in some crazy places this week. There is some really poverty here. You probably wouldn’t believe your eyes if you saw some of the places we have taught lessons! The crazy thing is, the people are happy! This is just life to them. It really is a motivator to me to bring the gospel into their lives because it can really bless them. Families are a big thing here and it’s almost always the emphasis of our lessons. I really do know that families can become eternal through priesthood ordinances and living the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

. Another interesting thing that happened this week was our interviews with President Ostler. I rode the PNR (Philippines National Railway) for the first time. What an experience, talaga!  So many people packed into each car. Interviews were pretty great. I wrote down an awesome quote from Pres. Ostler. He said, “Life (or your mission) is a store. Pay the price and take what you want.” I know that if we as missionaries do what is right and work with all of our heart might mind and strength, our missions can be the most amazing times of our lives.

The  twins with Mom and sisterThe Huliganga Family

Monday I had my first Family Home Evening here. We took the twins to the Barola Family’s home and had an awesome time! On Wednesday we planned to do service for a sister named Joji, but she wasn’t home. so we cleaned the Huliganga’s yard. I really think that was the Lords plan for us because their parents are starting to open up to us now I think.

Then on Thursday we had maybe the funniest lesson of my mission. We taught a sister named Brooklyn. She has 4 kids. the two boys are named Lebron James and Kobe Bryant for their first and middle names. Not even kidding!  So it started off funny. Then as she is saying the closing prayer she can’t think of the word mensahe (our message) and she says just like this “Time out! Ano ba yan?” (like Time out! What the heck is that?) I laughed pretty hard after we left!

We had a special meeting on Friday where we got to hear Lynn G Robbins and his wife speak at Buendia. Then on Sunday, Elder Dallin H Oaks came to the Santa Cruz Chapel to speak to our stake! The power also kept going out. When it did he would stand in the middle of the congregation and shout! It was a great time! It was an amazing experience and he shook almost everyones hand there before he even started the conference. I really do know that we have a living prophet and living apostles on the earth today. The Lord leads and guides this church through them! Elder Oaks said one thing that I want to write to you. He said will all of the full time missionaries stand. We all stood and then he said, :”I have a one sentence sermon on missionary work. Will all of you with missionary responsibilities please stand.” slowly everyone stood up. It was a great reminder that every member is a missionary!