He is the Gift…

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Hey guys! It will have to be a quick email this week because we are having a Christmas district activity later, but that’s okay because we’ll get to skype in 3 days!!!  I’m excited to talk with all of you guys!!!

We have not been to the Mission Office at Buwendia yet to get our packages, but we’re going on Tuesday so I’ll definitely have my package by Christmas!
 The p day trip to Divisoria was great! It’s more than just the outside market, they have all of these stores just jam-packed into the surrounding buildings were you can buy knock-off brands of things for super cheap.  I just bought a cool silver tie and then we got some things for the Christmas party on Tuesday as little gifts to exchange.

This week I just wanted to tell you guys about a lesson that Elder Zook and I had with a sister named Ging. She seemed very open the first time we had a lesson with her and had a lot of questions about the Plan of Salvation. Our first lesson with her was great and answered some of her questions. The lesson this week was our second time visiting her. We had planned to just teach Lesson 2 as that would answer more of her questions than teaching about the Restoration would. But, when we sat down to teach her, we asked if she had any questions from the pamphlet that we left. She said, “I want to know about Joseph Smith.” Instantly, the spirit was there and even though Elder Zook and I hadn’t planned any scriptures or who would teach what, it was the best lesson over the Restoration that we have had as a companionship. I know that the Holy Ghost is so important in this work. If we do our part, study the scriptures, and live worthy of the companionship of the Spirit, it will give us the words to say at the moment that we need them. And, equally as important, if those we speak with do their part in reading and seeking for knowledge the Holy Ghost is able to manifest the truth unto their hearts.

This Christmas season I simply want to tell you all that I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. There is a big program going on here right now called “He Is The Gift” He truly is our heavenly Father’s gift to the world, and if we come unto him, he will accept us with open arms. I know that Christ is the reason for the Spirit that we all feel at Christmas time.
I gotta go but I love you all so much and I can’t wait to talk to you in 3 days!
Mahal ko kayo lahat!
Maligayang Pasko (Merry Christmas!)
-Elder Beagley
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The Storm has Passed…

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We helped the Catungal family gather a whole bunch of rocks to start the foundation of their new house.

It’s been another great week here in Sampaloc!

First about the storm. On Monday they let us go out in the morning to email after they got the news that the storm had slowed down. After we emailed and got some food we had to go back to the apartment and had instructions to stay inside for the rest of the day. At that point it was really only sprinkling outside. We played a Book of Mormon card game that Elder Zook has. It’s called “And it came to pass.” It was actually really fun and super easy to pick up! Then we had our studies and dinner and just stayed in for the rest of the night. No excitement about the storm really. The hardest it rained was in the middle of the night and we didn’t have any floods in our area. We truly were blessed to be safe from the effects of the storm and I’m really glad that none of our investigators were affected either.  It really is something that I have seen in the people here, that they acknowledge the Lord in everything. There is a lot of real poverty here but whoever we talk to still says that they are blessed.
Tuesday was back to normal and we had our zone meeting in Santa Cruz. It was really a good experience and one of the main subjects was OYM’ing (open your mouth). Something that our Zone Leader, Elder Richards, said was really profound and has helped me to understand why talking with everyone is so important. He said that “we shouldn’t be starting conversations with people as part of some number to reach a goal. We should be driven by our purpose which is to bring others closer to Christ.” It really made me think not only about my role as a missionary, but about all of our roles as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. We all have a responsibility to “stand as witnesses” and to help others come unto Christ. I know that, especially in this Christmas season, as we talk with our friends, neighbors, and other non-members, that we can fulfill our missionary responsibility. I know that all of you can do this! The Lord will help you and as you seek to be a part of his work here upon the earth, you will strengthen your own testimony and the testimonies of others. So I invite you guys to talk with someone who isn’t a member about the Church. Maybe they won’t be interested, and that’s okay! As you show the Lord that you are willing to be a tool in his hands he will bless you with missionary opportunities. I just thought of something else the Zone Leaders asked Elder Zook and I in the meeting. They said, “If you had to OYM (or street contact) a thousand people in order to find and baptize one person like Brother Renzo, would it be worth it?” Obviously our answer was yes. I know that you will find great joy in helping people come unto Christ.
The other highlight from this week came up in a lesson that we had with Brother Cliff. He has been temporarily suspended from his job so we are getting to teach him again! Blessing in disguise – haha. We really emphasized with him the importance of reading and praying about the Book of Mormon. That has been a theme in our lessons this week. It’s so important that we have a testimony of the Book of Mormon because that is really where our whole testimony of the gospel comes from. If the Book of Mormon is true, then Joseph Smith was a true prophet and he truly was the Lord’s instrument in restoring His church upon the earth in our time. I know that it’s true, and I know that anyone who really has a desire can come to that knowledge as well. All that we need to do is read and pray, and the Holy Ghost will manifest the truth of it in our hearts. It’s so simple and yet so powerful!
I truly know that this is the Lord’s work upon the earth this day, and I am so happy to be a part of it!
I love you all so much and I hope that you have a great week!
Mahal ko kayo lahat!
-Elder Beagley

A Baptism and a Typhoon!

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Our Gift to Renzo

Our Gift to Renzo

It turns out that the storm slowed down and won’t be hitting us until later this afternoon/evening so we get to email!

My week has been a pretty crazy one. We have been putting together 72 hour kits, getting updates all the time about this storm, and we had a baptism!  Mainly what I want to tell you guys is about all of the events that led up to the baptism. So first, Brother Renzo’s twin (Rigo) got sent away to Navotas (about an hour and a half ride) as their mother sent him to live with their Lola (grandma). These twins have had so many obstacles and this is just one more of them. We had been texting the Grandmother because we actually taught her a couple of times before she moved away and she is really accepting and a really sweet woman. She was going to bring Rigo to Renzo’s baptism on Saturday but he ended up staying in Navotas because he thought his parents would be angry if he came back. Renzo was kind of sad that his twin couldn’t be there but he was still so happy to see his grandmother again.  The baptism was the most amazing experience I have had so far, probably in my whole life. I got to baptize brother Renzo and he had the biggest smile coming up out of the water! After we went back into the chapel, brother Renzo bore his testimony. The spirit was so strong as he said that he know’s Joseph Smith was a true prophet and that the Book of Mormon is true. He said that he has had many problems and challenges in getting to where he is now, but he knows that this was God’s plan for him. It was the first time I have ever seen him cry as he said that he hopes his family can accept this gospel into their lives in the future. He also said that he wants to become a missionary and teach others the gospel. It was the happiest moment of my life seeing him up there speaking. After he finished, his grandmother walked up and gave him a great big hug! People don’t even hug in the Philippines! It was amazing and I know that she felt the Spirit and truth of his testimony. She was crying and hugging him so tight and I know that she was feeling the spirit. After that she passed out! Brother Renzo caught her and sat her down on the bench. She was fine after she got some water. All in all the most emotional and spiritual experience I have ever had!
I just want to tell you guys that I really do know that this is the Lord’s work here on the Earth today. This is his gospel and I know that if we will not only live it, but share it, our lives will be blessed more than we can imagine! It is amazing to see the changes that come into people’s lives as they come unto Christ. The best way to really strengthen our testimonies is to share them! I hope that this Christmas season you will all find a way to bring at least one friend to the Church, even if it’s just an activity and not sacrament meeting. We as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have a responsibility to represent him in what we do and say. I know that as we do this, and especially as you do this, others will notice and want to know what it is that we have in our lives.
I love you guys so much and I hope that you have an amazing week!
Mahal namahal ko kayo! Ingat!
-Elder Beagley

Thankful in The Philippines

Sampaloc District & the twins  Sampaloc District with the twins

Thanksgiving DinnerThanksgiving Dinner – We even had some delicious maple bacon

4 Americanos sa bahay   –   Crazy that we’re all American in our place in The Philippines

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At the temple with the twins

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I am doing great! Thanksgiving dinner was awesome! Thank you so much for that and I’ll send a picture of all of the stuff we were able to get with $40! Oh man, I wanted some yams pero walang ganiyan dito sa Pilipinas (nothing like that here in the Philippines.) That might just be the first thing I want to eat when I get home is a big plate of yams!
So my week was not what I expected. We ended up not having a baptism because sister Joji got really sick and had to go to the hospital. Pero… May kaligayahan pa! (There is still happiness!) Brother Renzo (The twin with the black hair) passed his baptismal interview and he is getting baptized this Saturday! Hopefully, sister Joji will be back to normal by Saturday and we’ll have a double baptism. We will continue to pray for her and I would ask for your prayers also! Brother Ringo, the other twin, has his interview this Saturday and should have his baptism next week! It’s so incredible to see how far they have come! I know that this gospel is true and it really is the way to receive happiness in this life and come closer to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. Elder Zook let the twins borrow two of his shirts and it was amazing to see them dressed up like missionaries! They have already told us that they want to serve missions after they are members for a year! I know that they are part of the reason that I was sent to this mission and this area. This gospel has changed their lives and seeing that process has changed mine!!!
Another highlight from this week happened just today! We got a message on Sunday night that our p day would be moved to today so that we could go to the temple! It was a late P-Day but definitely worth it! Just going to the temple would be great, but we were also able to go into the MTC and see some of the teachers and Senior Couples there! Elder Zook and I spoke to Brother Comenta who just so happens to be the missionary that gave Sister Joji her first Book of Mormon back in 2011! We showed him a picture and he remembered her right away! He was happy to see that she was prepared to be taught through that experience. After we walked out of the door of the MTC we ran into Elder Moffat (McKay Moffat!!), from Eagle, who is going into the field in Cebu on Wednesday! That was the craziest thing ever to see him just randomly in the Philippines! After that we were just about to leave and Brother Alcibor (my MTC teacher) walks in the gate! I got to speak with him and this time I could actually understand what he was saying! I feel extremely blessed to be in this mission and to have met all of these amazing people! Just like mom said, I know that this is exactly where the Lord wants me at this time and I am so thankful for all of the experiences I am having, even the not so great ones.
There is one more highlight for this week! We had our first district meeting with Elder Zook as district leader. He is really great and I am blessed to have him as my companion. He shared promises that the lord has made us in missionary work and he had assigned me to share a christlike attribute for the District. I didn’t know what he was going to share and he didn’t know what I was going to share, but they ended up working perfectly together and it was a very spiritual meeting! I have a scripture for you guys. It’s in D+C 59:23. It says that if we are diligent we will get our reward. It doesn’t say that we will have great success or that everything will always go our way, but it says that we can have peace. It’s really so true and I have already seen it a lot on my mission. If you do everything that you can, you can find peace in knowing that you did your part. Even if Elder Zook and I get rejected by every person we talk to, we can find peace in knowing that we did our part to share the gospel with them. That’s what makes this work so amazing is that the great parts are so happy and the bad parts don’t matter! I know that this chruch and this gospel are true!
Ingat!  I am out of time but I love you guys so much and I hope that you have an amazing week!
Mahal ko lahat kayo! Ingat po!
-Elder Beagley