A Baptism, 2 Birthdays and “grey ham” Crackers…

Bro Cruz

Brother Cruz is on the left and Brother Reyes a former bishop is on the right

Bro Lorenzo

Brother Lorenzo our ward mission leader

Magandang Hapon sa inyong lahat!

Thanks for the birthday wishes!  I can’t believe six months has gone by already!!! It’s gone so fast!

Here are some of this weeks Highlights:
On monday the baptism went great! Sister Arjeree, the one who referred Brother Cruz to the missionaries was able to witness it and the spirit was very strong there. Brother Cruz gave his testimony and I know that he will be a great faithful member of the church. His confirmation was done yesterday by President Andrada (our former stake president who will soon become the mission president in Laoag.) After he was confirmed a member he had no more apprehension about taking the sacrament. It was a great spiritual sacrament meeting with Elder Lumanta as one of the speakers.
We had 3 lessons this week with Sister Erlinda. She has now abstained from smoking for 2 weeks! 2 Weeks more and she can be baptized! She brought a different friend to meet with us in each of the lessons. She is really a great example of receiving and wanting to share the gospel. I know that what is happening to her is only natural. As we accept the gospel into our lives and genuinely strive to live it, we will want others to experience the joy and peace that it brings into our lives. One of my spiritual experiences for this week comes from the temple trip that we were able to have with Sister Erlinda.       It was amazing to feel the spirit there and also to have Sister Erlinda be able to feel the same thing. We taught her that through the ordinances of the temple her family could be sealed for time and all eternity. She offered the closing prayer in our lesson and began to cry as she told our Heavenly Father that she knows this is the right path in her life. After our lesson we ran into the Zone Leaders there with some investigators of their own. In our previous trips to the temple we had just taken a taxi home so I thought I would ask the Zone Leaders how to get to the train station. That way we could save some money. As Elder Lumanta was writing down instructions on which train we would take and which station to get off at, I had a thought enter my mind saying, “don’t worry, someone will take you home.” Later on when we got on the Temple Shuttle to go to the train station, there was a man sitting next to me. Elder Lumanta started a conversation with him and it turns out that he was the 1st counselor in the Temple Presidency up until 6 years ago. He actually lives about 5 minutes from our apartment just out of our ward boundaries. He was able lead us to the right bus route which took us one jeepney ride from the apartment. I know that it was the Holy Ghost whispering to me and comforting me.
Sister Joy is also doing really well! Yesterday was her 4th Sunday at church and her baptismal interview will be this saturday! I know that the reason she is progressing so quickly is her testimony of the Book of Mormon. It really is the Lord’s tool for missionary work. Once an investigator gains a testimony of the Book of Mormon, they will come to accept the truth of the Restoration and seek for and live the Gospel. I know that the first step is always faith. We need faith to believe that Heavenly Father will keep his promises to us. We need faith to receive a witness (Ether 12:6). If we exercise our faith, we WILL receive that witness and our faith will then be strengthened.
For Elder Lumanta’s Birthday (and kinda for mine too) I bought him the things that he needed to make “mango floats.” They were sooo delicious!  The funniest part of the whole experience was looking for the “grey ham” crackers in the grocery store. I had no idea what Elder Lumanta was talking about… until we found the “graham” crackers on the shelf and I just busted up laughing! Elder Lumanta is teaching me how to make some delicious desserts. He really is a blessing to have as a companion and not just as far as food goes. He is really picking up all of these “missionary skills” so quickly and is an inspiration to me even though I’m supposed to be the trainer. I know that the Lord has placed us together for a reason and I learn more and more from him each day.
I only have a couple of minutes left but I just want to bear my testimony of the Holy Ghost. It really is the single most important part of this work. If the spirit is present in our lessons it can “carry [the message] unto the hearts of the children of men.” (2nd Nephi 33:1) If we make ourselves worthy for the guidance of the Holy Ghost it will tell us what we should say and will guide us throughout our lives.
I love you guys all so much and I hope that you have an amazing week!
Mahal namahal ko kayong lahat!
Ingat kayo palagi!
-Elder Beagley

While you were sleeping… a baptism!

Boiled Egg Stuff

Elder Lumanta made hard boiled eggs and I don’t know how this happened…?

Elder Taylor

Last Picture with Elder Taylor

Magandang hapon sa inyong lahat!

It has been another amazing week! Here are the highlights:
On Tuesday we had another great Zone Meeting. Elder Smith who is from Elder Taylor’s batch gave a great talk on time management. I wrote down a quote that he shared but I didn’t get where it was from. It goes, ” As we follow the commandment to ‘cease to be idle’ we must be sure that being busy equates to being productive.” I can testify to how important time management is. If there was nothing else that I took from my mission except for how to manage time, it would still have a huge impact on my life. Time is a precious gift that our Heavenly Father has given us here on earth. I know that as we use our time more wisely we will be more blessed ourselves and will have more opportunities to bless the lives of others.
Wednesday was transfer day . We lost Elder Taylor from the bahay (house) but we got Elder Clark (aka. Superman. that’s what all of the members call him.) Our day was actually pretty crazy because we had 2 trips to Buendia. At first the news that we got was that we would become a threesome of Elders for a few days because Elder Clark wouldn’t get to the mainland for 3 more days. We took Elder Taylor and Briskin to Buendia and brought Elder Briskin back on the PNR. Just as we got to our station we got a call saying that 2 Elders had been able to get on an earlier flight and that Elder Clark was on his way to the mission office. We walked to the other side of the station and got back on the train! I was kind of thinking, oh man this is taking a lot of time out of our day. But I stopped thinking that right when we got to the mission office. As we were walking up to the gate we saw some Elders getting out of a taxi on the other side of the road. It was Elder Clark and also Elder Hu’ihahau from my batch! When they saw us I heard Elder Hu’ihahau say to Elder Clark, “Man, that’s Elder Beagley!” I hadn’t seen him in months because he’s been on Palawan. It was way awesome to get to talk with him in tagalog because we haven’t seen each other since the MTC. It made my day!
Later on that day, Elder Lumanta and I taught Sister Joy again. She is really progressing! She has been reading in the Book of Mormon and has been living the Word of Wisdom by not drinking coffee. She has great faith and is gaining a testimony for herself that the Book of Mormon is true. Later on that night we taught a lesson to Sister Rosenda (daughter of sister Erlinda). When we went to teach Sister Erlinda she wasn’t home but we asked if we could share a message with her daughter that was there and she said yes. When we started the lesson I felt like I should ask Sister Rosenda what her feelings were about her mother’s decision to quit smoking (she has been a week straight now). She got a big smile on her face and said that she is really happy for her mom. It made me realize just how much this gospel can really bless families. Even though Sister Rosenda has been shy in the past in letting us teach her, she is now seeing how her mother accepting the gospel is such a great blessing to them. I know that repentance is so important in our lives. Not only does it bring us joy to be forgiven of our own sins, but it also brings us great joy to see others repent and accept the truth into their lives. I see this every day as people stop making decisions that have held them back and start making decisions to follow their Savior. I know that Sister Rosenda’s heart has been softened by her mother’s example and I hope that it will lead to her accepting the gospel as well!
On Thursday we had a lesson with Sister Ging. We watched the Restoration DVD and our member companion who is also our ward mission leader pointed out a great point from the film. One of the preachers in the video says, “Hanapin ninyo ang secta na pinakamalapit sa katotohanan at iyon ang simbahan na kailangan ninyong sapihan.” (Find the sect that is the closest to the truth and that is the church with which you must join.” I am so grateful to live in a time when the truth is here on the earth. Back in that time even those who preached knew that the Church of Jesus Christ had been lost and that without his power it could only be “reformed.” I know with all of my heart that Christ’s church is here on the earth today. It has been restored by the Prophet Joseph Smith. Any who will truly seek to know this truth will be able to find it. The Book of Mormon is the evidence. If we read, ponder, and pray we will know that the Book of Mormon is the word of god and that Joseph Smith restored Christ’s church to the earth.
Saturday is my last highlight for the week. Brother Cruz came back into town and he passed his baptismal interview! The friend that referred him to the missionaries is also here visiting from Tennessee. She leaves on Wednesday so we got special permission to have Brother Cruz’s baptism today! It’s actually in 2 hours! I’m so happy for him that he has finally overcome his bad habit of smoking and is now ready to accept the gospel fully!
Mahal ko kayong lahat!
Ingat po kayo!   (I Love you all!  Be safe)
-Elder Beagley

Blessing the Lives of others…

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The Manila Mainland Missionaries

Magandang tanghali sa inyong lahat!  (Good afternoon to you all!)

——  This has been a most Amazing week!

On Tuesday one of our investigators named Alvin brought four of his friends to the church to be taught! He’s really awesome and is already wanting to share the gospel with his friends. We started the lesson with Brother Nick as our member companion and we ended up having 3 more before the lesson was over. People just kept passing by and seeing us teaching and then they just joined in! First was our ward mission leader Brother Lorenzo. Then a recent convert from the University ward named Aries. Last was a teacher from the institute building by the Church named Ryan. They helped us in the lesson and they did some really awesome fellow-shipping afterwards. Two of Alvin’s friends have actually come back to the Institute building for activities since then!
On Wednesday we had a lesson with the Urbano Family again. I’m not sure if I told you guys about what happened with them. Their mother said that they weren’t going to “hear from our group” anymore because they had been “enlightened” by the Pope’s visit (that’s what she texted us). We were pretty sad at first but we actually ran into them one time and were able to ask for just one more lesson. When we taught them that time the mother was still at work so we just taught the grandmother and the kids and got another return appointment. This time was that return appointment and it went really well. I know that Sister Marlita (the mother) really felt the spirit as we taught about families and how this gospel would really bless theirs. Elder Lumanta also really helped by doing some magic for the kids (He really does have a way with people, even more than other Filipinos.) We really saw how the Spirit can soften hearts and Sister Marlita said that we could come back on Saturday.
On Thursday we had another PNR (Philippines National Railway) experience when we had to travel to Buendia to put thumbprints on visa forms. We went and did that but the really memorable part was the ride home. We had to wait about 30 minutes for the next train and decided to do some OYMing in the station. Elder Lumanta and I met a group of 5 construction workers on their way home from a job and they were really funny! We gave them pamphlets with our number and explained a little about the Restoration. They were really nice guys and Elder Lumanta got to speak some Bisaya with one of them. When the train finally came we were waiting right next to those guys. The doors opened and I honestly thought that we weren’t going to fit! There were so many people packed in there! We dove into the mix and the construction workers were right behind us. One of them shouted “Kailangan namin makauwi!” (we need to get home!) like a battle cry and we crammed in the train somehow while busting up laughing. It was a good time.
On Saturday we had our return appointment with the Urbano Family. We thought it might not happen because we had no companion to go with us. We went to the church where there was a farewell for Sister Castro in our ward (she’s serving in the Naga mission.) We saw brother Causo there and were able to have him come with us to the lesson. The lesson went amazing and Sister Marlita said in english at the end of the lesson, “okay I promise” when we invited her to church. The best part is that she came and brought her 3 daughters with her yesterday!
Yesterday was a pretty great Sunday as far as they go. Like I said we saw the Urbano family there along with Brother Ralf who’s Sister in Law is a member in the ward while his brother is working abroad. We had a good lesson with Brother Ralf after church but the best part of the day came later after our studies. We went to an appointment and on the way back passed by the house of one of Sister Erlinda. We wouldn’t be able to go in and teach her at that time because we didn’t have a companion, but we thought we would just see how she was. I had a feeling after we left her door to go to the church. I didn’t know why because we had a male investigator that we could have tried to visit then but I decided to follow the prompting. Just as we arrived at the church, the Alejo Family (some recent converts) were just leaving. Sister Alejo is the fellowshipper of Sister Erlinda. She and her husband came with us right then to teach Sister Erlinda. She wasn’t expecting us to come back and was smoking when we got there. She quickly threw down the cigarette when she saw us so I was the only one that saw it. I was going to say something as we started the lesson but felt like I should just wait. After we had the opening prayer Sister Erlinda opened up to us about how she is still struggling with the Word of Wisdom, but she also shared that she has a great desire to quit so that she can become clean for her baptism. It was a great lesson and Brother Alejo was able to share his experience about overcoming problems with the Word of Wisdom before his baptism. It was a great help to Sister Erlinda and she is now committed to live the Word of Wisdom from today on. I absolutely know that it was what Heavenly Father had planned!!  –  I know that the best choices we can make are those that bring us closer to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. One of the “best” choices that we can make is also to help others come unto Christ. By doing so, our testimonies grow along with theirs.
To close this email I just want to say that I know that this is the Lord’s work. Sometimes I feel disappointed when things don’t go perfectly here, but I feel Heavenly Father’s love for me and it helps me to be positive and just push forward. I know that our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us more than we can even imagine. They want all of us to experience the blessings that they have. We can return to live with them as eternal families through living the Everlasting Gospel. It’s this hope that drives me through hardships and trials. I know that no matter what happens here, success or not, Heavenly Father loves me and is happy that I am here serving. I know that this mission will shape me into who I am supposed to become. I’m thankful for all of the experiences, good or bad, because I know that it’s exactly what our Heavenly Father wants me to experience. I know that He loves all of us and knows exactly what we need. I love all of you guys so much and I hope that your week is amazing!
Mahal ko kayong lahat!
Ingat po kayo!
-Elder Beagley

Cold bucket showers!

DSCN0375[1]Next to the Sampaloc District board.

DSCN0361[1]District map. Our area is on the left of the colored one.

Magandang tanghali sa inyong lahat!

Good Afternoon to you all!
Here are the answers to some of your questions…..
Q  Elder Zook mentioned that in his new area he has a heated shower, so we are wondering what your shower-tap water is like?
A. The reason that Elder Zook is loving the heated shower is because of the one here. It’s not heated at all and just comes from the normal water from the apartment building. So it’s freezing. Normally Elder Zook would take a bucket shower with some heated water from the stove so that he didn’t have to endure the cold haha! It’s funny that you ask now about the shower because it has actually been broken this week. The handle had some problem and the water just kept coming no matter what we did. It took the apartment staff a few days to fix it so we’re all taking bucket showers this week.
Q.   Have you purchased new pants or shoes?
A. I have not purchased new pants or shoes because of how busy we have been each P-day. That might happen today though. My shoes are still doing alright but I might be needing some in the near future. I will probably withdraw the money for pants today so that I can just use it next week without having to go to the ATM.
Q.  Have you heard of or met a Sister Ward, she is a friend of Chelbie Beagley and is in the Manila mission
A. I have not met a Sister Ward here yet. Ask Chelbie when Sister Ward got into the mission for me.
Q.  What are some of the cultural things you have learned from Elder Lumanta?
A. Some of the cultural things that i have learned from Elder Lumanta include things with the language, food, and just building relationships with people. Since he doesn’t really have a language barrier or anything like that, I have been able to see how to kind of joke around with people in order to come off more friendly as we’re street contacting or beginning to teach. I have also been doing a little bit of helping him cook so hopefully I’ll get better at it in the future.
Q. Have you gone on any exciting Jeepney rides?
A. As far as Jeepney rides go almost every one is exciting! If I had to pick one it would be one that we had on a Sunday. There really is not a lot of traffic on Sundays and so normally it’s about a 10 minute ride from our area to the apartment instead of 15 or 20 when the traffic is really bad. So that’s normally nice, except for one time when the driver really took advantage of the lack of traffic. It was the fastest that we have ever gotten home! It was really fast and it doesn’t help that the stick shift in the Jeepneys is so jerky! We were just holding on inside there!
Q. When is Elder Lumanta’s Birthday?
A. Elder Lumanta’s birthday is February 20th so we’re pretty excited to be in the same month as companions!
I’ll share with you guys a few highlights from the week:
We are continuing to teach Sister Joy and she is really progressing! She reads all of her assignments and has come to church twice now. This week she has her pre-board but next week we are going to teach her again. Her baptism could be by the end of the month!
We also worked with a member named Brother Causo. We taught sister Erlinda and it was a great blessing to have brother Causo there. He shared his testimony of the Book of Mormon and also shared about his conversion. Sister Erlinda’s concern has been that she wants to “know everything” before she’s baptized. We were able to explain that all she needs is a testimony of the truth. It was a really great lesson and Sister Erlinda said that she will work towards February 21st as her baptismal date!
On Saturday we had an activity to try and get some investigators out to the church. We watched 3 videos. One about Wilford Woodruff during the great Apostasy, one about the Plan of Salvation, and Joseph Smith: The Prophet of the Restoration. It was a great activity and Sister Erlinda, Sister Kelly, and some of the Urbano family were able to attend. Some members shared their testimonies at the end and I could really feel the spirit testifying of the truth. I know that our guests felt it as well.
I haven’t written about Brother Cruz in a little while because he has been on vacation for about 2 weeks. We got a text from him this week saying that he has been going to church in Baguio! It was great to hear that and hopefully with the Zone Leaders permission he will be able to be interviewed for baptism this next week!
To close this email I just wanted to write to you guys about Charity. Just before we went out to work yesterday I had a prompting to read about it in Preach My Gospel. I read one of the related scriptures in Moroni 7:48 and when I prayed I really asked as it says in that verse to be filled with the pure love of Christ for the people. I know that this was a prompting because later on we taught Brother Renzo. He told us that he has been having family problems because he is the only member. We were able to be bold and loving in committing him to keep reading and attending church. I felt such great love for him and I know that it is a part of what Christ feels for all of us. I know that this work is true!
That’s all of the time I have.
Love you guys!
Ingat kayo!
-Elder Beagley