Send Elder Beagley Happy Birthday Greetings

District Ties

Elder Beagley’s birthday is coming up on February 26th! If you would like to send him a timely greeting and say hello here is a simple and quick way.

Logon to http://www.DearElder.com  – Once you are on the site, select “Write a missionary” and then, from the pull-down menu, select “Philippines Manila” and click on the “Write a Letter” button.  You will need to enter your return address and provide the following:

  • Title: Elder Taylor Beagley

That’s it!  You have up to 7900 characters to express yourself.  When you complete by selecting “Send Letter,” DearElder.com will print, fold and deliver the pouch mail to LDS Church headquarters for their weekly delivery to the mission office in Manila.  And, again, there is no charge for this service.

“it shall be given unto you in the very hour…”

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Our District at Christmas

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FYI’s – One of the most refreshing things to drink here is buko juice (coconut juice) that they sell out of these little carts and things. It’s actually pretty cool to see them slice open coconuts with machetes to make it!  Also, I have had a lady in the ward doing my laundry in the past since we have money in our support for that, but I’m now having Elder Lumanta teach me to do it by hand. It’s actually not too bad it just takes a little bit of time out of P day.

Magandang tanghali sa inyong lahat!

It has been another great week here!

This week we taught Sister Minda and Brother Pablo once again. It had been a while since we were able to teach them before just a couple of weeks ago so we were excited to go back. We knew that Brother Pablo would have some new questions for us because of the Pope’s visit here, but we were prepared because of an email President Ostler sent out before the visit last week. It explains some different ways to use talking about the Pope in OYM’s and also in lessons. I definitely know that President Ostler was inspired in sending out that email because it was a huge help to us especially in this specific lesson. We were able to explain that the Pope is a good man who cares about the poor and puts a great emphasis on families. We then taught about how our families are the most important things to us. Brother Pablo seemed really impressed with our responses and listened for the rest of the lesson about the Plan of Salvation.
We also had another appointment scheduled to teach Sister Joy. We met her at the church, but our member companion was not able to show up. We almost had to reschedule with her, but a member walked up to the church right before we did. It turns out that he’s a returned missionary named Ezra who was just coming early to wait in the Institute building. He was able to accompany us so that we could teach her. During the lesson about the Plan of Salvation he gave a great testimony and he was really able to help sister Joy understand the blessings that come through God’s Plan for us. It was a really great lesson and full of the spirit. After the lesson, we found out that Sister Joy did not have any reviewing to do that day and that she would be able to attend the stake temple trip. We weren’t planning on attending, but were able to reschedule a couple of appointments and go to tour the temple grounds with her. The other elders also brought an investigator and it was a great experience for both of them. The spirit really is so strong there and I know that Sister Joy felt it as we were telling her about Family History work and Eternal Marriage.  I am continuously realizing how much of a blessing it is to be able to go to the temple. I know that it will continue to bring you all great blessings as you make it a priority.
Later in the week we taught a new investigator named Luzviminda (her name is actually a mix of the 3 regions of the Philippines: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.) She is also an investigator from back in 2010 and she had found her old Book of Mormon from then because she knew that we would be coming. It had Elder Comenta’s name and the name of an Elder Hart in it. Our member companion had actually met Elder Hart and told me that he’s from Idaho! It was a great lesson and I know that Sister Luzviminda has been prepared since 2010 by the Lord.
We had a great lesson with Sister Erlinda and a recent convert from the YSA ward named Brother Aries. I am continually seeing the importance of members and full time missionaries working together. Brother Aries was able to share a great testimony and talk with Sister Erlinda about how the Gift of the Holy Ghost guides him in his life. After that lesson, Sister Erlinda gave one of the most sincere prayers that I have ever heard. She thanked Heavenly Father for us and said, “Ama, ingatan nyo po ang mga Elders ko.” (Father, take care of my Elders.) I truly am feeling a great love for these people as I see what a great effect the gospel has in their lives.
On Saturday was a Follow Up Training Meeting for all of the new missionaries and trainers. I wrote a lot down in my study journal but I just wanted to share one thing that President Ostler said.
“If you feel like there is too much stress in your life [and it’s not caused by sin] it’s because you aren’t trusting your Heavenly Father enough.” I realized that this is completely true. If we are obedient and do everything that we can, the only stress that will be left over is that which will push us to be our best.
Yesterday Elder Lumanta and I taught Gospel Principles class. Nobody knew where the teacher was and Elder Taylor and one of the sisters had already given a talk earlier on, so the responsibility fell on us. At first, I felt a wave of apprehension. I started to have all of these thoughts of inadequacy race through my head. Things like, “I don’t even know which lesson we’re on in Gospel Principles.” and “Do I even know enough Tagalog to fill up that time?” But then I remembered, the promise of the Lord in D+C 84 that “it shall be given unto you in the very hour.” I also remembered what President Ostler said at the Follow Up Training Meeting about just trusting Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ to fulfill their promises unto us. My fears faded away and Elder Lumanta and I were able to lead a discussion about the Savior with great input from both recent converts and investigators in the class. I know that the promise is true, I didn’t know what I would say but I opened my mouth and the Spirit gave me the words, even in Tagalog.
I know that this is the Lord’s work on the earth today. One more thing President Ostler said is this: “Your mission is not YOUR mission. It’s the Lord’s mission. We just do our part to show our faith and diligence and then the Lord does the Work.” I know that if we all try to do our part, we can become effective tools in the Lord’s hands, and the blessings will come to us and to those whom we serve. I love you guys so much and hope that your week is a great one!
Mahal namahal ko kayong lahat!
Ingat kayo!
-Elder Beagley

Idaho Ties…

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P-day

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Hey guys! Hello again from Sampaloc!
On Tuesday we had personal interviews with President Ostler again. I can’t believe that it has been 2 transfers since the last time! I had a great time talking with President Ostler and he gave me some great advice on how to become closer with Elder Lumanta, because even though we are already getting along great there is obviously a culture barrier. We also got to see and talk with Elder Jones from my MTC batch and his trainee, Elder Dela Cruz from Elder Lumanta’s batch, so that was great!
On Wednesday we had Zone Meeting. The morning before we actually rearranged our studies so that we could teach Sister Joy. It was a great lesson full of the Spirit and she accepted a baptismal date! I’ll keep you updated on how things go with her! At the Zone Meeting we talked a ton about OYMing and about how we need to make it a higher priority. President Ostler feels that it is very important for us to increase the number of people that we are contacting every day, so that is what we are doing. I felt it again this time in my interview with him that he really is called of God to be our leader here in this area and if it’s coming from him, it’s what the Lord wants for His work here. We all committed to the Zone Leaders that we would reach our goal of 70 for this week and last night Elder Lumanta and I reached it! We will be going back to a lot of the people that we talked to and I know that some of them have been prepared by the Lord for us to teach.
On Friday we taught a man by the name of Orlando. He was a referral from a long time ago that we had tried 3 different times to contact but had not been able to reach. I felt like we should try one more time, even though it was quite a walk from where we were proselyting at the time. This time he was home! He came out to the table in front of his house and said that we could share with him. As Elder Lumanta and I began to use some of the How to Begin Teaching from Preach My Gospel, I felt like I should share with Brother Orlando about our purpose as missionaries. I told him that we were there to help him come closer to his Savior Jesus Christ. He started to cry and the Spirit was very strong. I asked him what he was feeling and he replied that he felt “malayo kay Cristo” “far away from Christ” in his life and was happy that we were there. It was great to see someone like Brother Orlando who has a desire to come unto Christ. I know that in some way, his experiences have prepared him to receive us.
 
This weekend was stake conference and it was a great one. On Saturday night we got a text saying that we should attend and so we did. It turns out that President and Sister Ostler were speaking. I’ll just share some of the notes that I wrote. 
“Whenever we want to do something really important, we have to remember that there is a price, and that price is action.” -President Ostler
Elder Larry J. Echo Hawk (of the Seventy) also spoke. He talked about the Whitmer brothers wanting Joseph Smith to ask God what the “thing of most worth to them” was. D+C 14 and 15 are their responses and they are both the same. To bring souls unto Christ would be the “thing of most worth.” Elder Echo Hawk posed the question, “Do you think that The Lord’s answer to us would be any different? No, it wouldn’t.” I actually got to meet Elder Echo Hawk while waiting by the bathroom after the meeting on Sunday and it turns out that he was the Attorney General in Idaho for a number of years. I know that what he said is true. This work is the thing of most worth to me right now and I love being a part of it!
I’m out of time, but I love you guys so much!
Mahal namahal ko kayong lahat!
Ingat!
-Elder Beagley

A Week for Referrals

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Hey everyone, it has been a great week! Elder Lumanta and I are settling in great. As I mentioned before he is a good cook and so far the best meal that he has made for us has been some delicious Adobo Chicken.
On Tuesday, we had our first district meeting with Elder Taylor as the District Leader. He is doing a great job.  We also got to eat dinner at the Stake President’s house. It was super delicious and I’m pretty sure mom would have loved the salad. It reminded me of the one that she makes with the corn in it!
On Thursday we were headed to the church early to meet up with a new referral named Joy when I realized that we wouldn’t be able to teach her without another male member present. Our member present wasn’t meeting up with us until later and I didn’t know what we would do. When we got to the church, brother Nick (a member from the singles ward) was there waiting for some people, and he was able to help us. I know that it was a little miracle just for us to be able to teach sister Joy. It was a great lesson and we are going to teach her again on Wednesday.
Later on that night, when we went back to the church, a man came walking up with a BYU shirt on. I told him that I liked his shirt and he stopped to talk with us for a minute. When he saw Elder Lumanta’s name tag, he got really excited and started asking Elder Lumanta about where he is from. It turns out that the man’s name is Nick Perez. He lives in Bountiful Utah, but he’s visiting here in Sampaloc for a reunion, and he is the one that baptized Elder Lumanta’s parents! It was an amazing experience and I truly know that the Lord places us in just the right place at the right time!
On Friday night, we were able to teach another lesson to a referral from a member of the ward. Her name is Kelly and her boyfriend, an RM, is the one who referred her to us. When we asked her what her expectations for the lesson were, she said, “I really want to find out for myself if this is true.” She has come to Church with Brother Paul a few times already, but just this week she decided to be taught by us. That lesson was very powerful and sister Kelly cried when we taught about how the gospel blesses families. I know that because sister Kelly’s desire is so strong, that she will be able to know the truth for herself. That is the great thing about the gospel. The knowledge doesn’t come from somebody else. We can truly know in our hearts that the Book of Mormon is true through the power of the Holy Ghost, and that knowledge will only lead to more. I have done as Moroni directs and “asked God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ” if these things are true. That’s why I’m here right now, because I know that they are true.
The last highlight of the week is yesterday, which was the last Sunday for a couple of young men in the ward. Elder Castro will serve in the Philippines Urdaneta mission, and Elder Barola will serve in the New York, New York mission! (Elder Barola goes into the Provo MTC on the 20th!) They both gave great farewell talks and after sacrament we had the Philippines Area General Broadcast. I just want to write to you guys one quote that was shared in the broadcast. It’s from the last General Conference. “God will not act to make us something that we do not choose, by our actions, to become.” I know that this is so true. If we do not do anything to improve ourselves, Heavenly Father can’t help us to improve. But the reverse is also true. If we do everything that we can to become who Heavenly Father and the Lord want us to be, they will give us the experiences and knowledge for us to get there. Being a trainer right away isn’t the easiest thing, but I know that I’m doing everything I can to become the missionary and the man that Heavenly Father knows I can be, and I know that he is helping me every step of the way. I can’t do this by myself, so it’s a good thing that I’m not.
I love you all and I hope that you have an amazing week!
Mahal ko kayong lahat!
-Elder Beagley

Christmas Brings Change…

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Week of Christmas

On Monday our district activity was making gingerbread houses. It all started out good until the frosting wasn’t strong enough and ours fell down! It all turned out okay though because the Young Men from the ward came in and we told them that if they cleaned everything up, then they could eat the gingerbread houses and candy! No arguments from them on that!

 Tuesday was our Christmas Party for all of the mainland missionaries. It was a great time and was not only extremely fun, but very spiritual. One of the best parts was when all of the missionaries sang “The 12 Days of Christmas.” We were split up into 12 groups and had to come up with a way to act out our “day” in the song. The best part by far was the partridge in a pear tree. There were two of the taller elders who lifted up Elder Lindaya (A tiny Filipino) behind a whole bunch of elders as the “partridge.”Then on the last time through, they lifted up Elder Clark instead! He’s a gigantic Samoan guy! It was really funny! We also got to watch “The Fourth Wise Man.” It was amazing and had a great message about what we can give back to Christ at Christmas.

The best present I received and also the best highlight out of the week was obviously talking with (and seeing) you guys! It felt like I was back at home just about to talk to Jessi and Scott and the kids on a Sunday when I heard Dad say, “Here we go!” on the other end! It made me smile! It was the best to see Kayla and Jerrod sing their Christmas song for me! I loved it! Right at the end of the call as I was about to hang up I just looked at all of you guys. I love you guys so much! It made me realize just how important my time here is. I realized that if I was there with you guys like I was wishing, I would have a lot of other things to worry about with school and probably a job and things like that. But, here on a mission, all that I have to worry about is serving the Lord. I realized how blessed I really am to have this great opportunity and also to have such a great family to write home to each week!

Another highlight from this week was a new investigator that Elder Zook and I found named JR. We taught him a lesson this week about the plan of salvation because we found out that both of his parents died when he was very young. His eyes lit up as we told him that, through God’s plan, he can live with his parents again. I know that this is true for all of us. If we accept the gospel into our lives and truly live it, especially as a family, we can return to live with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ with our whole family. We are so blessed to have the knowledge of this plan as it can bring us great peace in this life, no matter what happens.

On Saturday, Elder Zook and I taught Sister Erlinda again. She has now come to church 4 times (which is the requirement) and is reading in the Book of Mormon. She really understands the reasons for keeping the commitments that we give her. She is coming closer to Christ as she changes her life for the better. I know that she has received a witness through the Holy Ghost that the Book of Mormon is true and that the Gospel is really what she needs in her life. She is doing great and should have her baptismal interview on Saturday.

The last highlight of the week is when Elder Zook and I went to Sister Lanie’s house for dinner. We thought that it would only be us and her family, but when we got there 4 of the Santa Cruz Elders were there. We had a delicious dinner and got to play some Filipino family home evening games after. Elder Jones from my batch (MTC) was there and also Elder Vaivai who is Elder Zook’s old companion.

Anyway, that’s all for this week and I’m almost out of time, but I just want to say that I love you guys! I know that this is where I am supposed to be and even though it’s hard sometimes, I am the happiest that I have ever been! I know that it’s because I am preaching the truth of the gospel to the people here and it’s not only a blessing in their lives but mine as well!

Mahal ko kayo lahat!

-Elder Beagley

New Years

Hey guys! It has been an amazing and also a very crazy week!

Monday night Elder Zook and I were headed home on a jeepney when we got a text. It said that Elder Zook would be transferring the next day. No surprise there since he had been in this area for 7 and a half months. The next text that came was the big surprise, it said that I would be training! At first I felt like I might just pass out. I had just assumed that because neither I nor Elder Zook had been called to the new trainers meeting a few weeks ago that I would just get a follow up trainer like normal. It turns out that President and Sister Ostler were still on Palawan (the island part of the mission) when the new trainers meeting rolled around, so they just decided not to have one!  I’m not quite sure about how I am as a trainer at this point but I know that I’m never alone in this work. I always have the Lord’s help and I have really seen that this past week.

Later that night as Elder Zook was packing, we received another text saying that Elder Zook was being made the new Zone Leader in the Santa Monica Zone on Palawan! He started his mission on the island and now he’s gone back! I know that he’ll do a great job there.

So my new companion is Elder Lumanta. He is from Mindanao (Philippines) in the Cagayan De Oro mission, so his main language is actually Cebuano. It’s a nice balance though because he knows a lot more of the everyday conversational Tagalog and I know most of the language to use in lessons. He is really great and already has a lot of great missionary habits. The OYMing is no problem for him because he has an immense desire to share the gospel and fulfill his purpose. Even since the first day that he has been here, he just points out people and says, “Elder!” and then goes up to talk with them. His family is kind of split half and half. He has 6 older siblings, 3 married in the temple, and 3 married civilly. His only brother didn’t serve a mission so he is the first in his family. He is really great and has already been cooking us Filipino food!

Our New Years here wasn’t as exciting as you might think. We had to be back in the apartment by 6 and stay in for the night. The crazy part was that we couldn’t even sleep because of how loud the fireworks were! It was literally like all of the people around us had bought fireworks and were setting them off outside the front window!

Since it was the first Sunday of the month we fasted starting on Saturday afternoon. I have really gained a testimony here more than ever before that miracles can happen from fasting. We went back to Sister Joji’s house for a lesson that afternoon. I told Elder Lumanta beforehand that he would be the one extending the commitment to come to church and he did so very willingly. When Sister Joji raised a concern he faltered a little, but then I saw the spirit working in him and he was able to address her concern. She ended up coming to church yesterday! I truly know that when we are obedient and show our faith Heavenly Father blesses us with miracles! I love you all so much and I hope that you have an amazing week!

Magandang bagong taon! (Happy new year!)

Mahal ko kayo!

-Elder Beagley