Week 30 – I am Going to Palawan!

Bro Marome

Brother Marome-One of my favorites. He’s super funny and is always working with us.

Dinner

Dinner with Brother Laurente and Brother Marome

Fried chicken

Thanks again for the package. We continued to enjoy it in the bahay this week.

We made some little cookie things and also fried chicken!

Sis Menchie

Sister Menchie who is a recent RM and reminds me exactly of Hannah.

Temple

Roomies at the Temple with Brother Laurente

Brother Dionel Laurente is an RM from the Legaspi Mission. He is a really great guy and since he is making a transition from his old work to a new one, he was available to work with us for most of this week. He is really funny and really focused on the gospel and blessing the lives of others. He’s a great example to me of what I want to become through my experiences on my mission.

My FIRST Transfer This Week!!!!  It has been a great last week here in Sampaloc!

This week we had a Family Home Evening kind of thing with Bishop Bautista. It was a great night with great food and we got to discuss the Because He Lives initiative. Elder Lumanta and I shared the lesson and Elder Clark explained what we want to do for the initiative to be a big success here. I wrote in my journal afterward about the Spirit that I felt there in Bishop’s house. His family is centered on the teachings of Jesus Christ and I know that that is why you can really feel His love in their home.
Another spiritual experience this week comes from an OYM that Elder Lumanta and I had. Two of our lessons had just fallen through and we started walking back towards the home of another investigator. We were walking down a street with some gated houses and we saw a woman out in front of her gate. We greeted her as we were walking and she smiled and replied so we stopped to speak with her. It turns out that she had attended church a long time ago just to see what it was like, but she has never been taught by missionaries. She knew about the Book of Mormon and actually asked us for one along with the pamphlet that we left with her. We set up a return appointment for the next day and when we came back she had read through the pamphlet and had some good questions for us to answer. I know that we were placed on that street at that time so that we could find Sister Erlinda (another Sister Erlinda). I know that OYMing is not the most effective finding tool, but the Lord has all kinds of ways for us to find the people that he has prepared. This was just another testimony builder to me that if we follow the advice in PMG to “talk with everyone,” we will be able to recognize those whom the Lord has prepared, and they will eventually recognize us as bearers of the truth.
About Sister Erlinda who has been our investigator for a long time. She opened up to us that she has been struggling with smoking again. It was a little saddening to hear but I know that her testimony of the Book of Mormon and the restored gospel is still very strong. She brought 3 of her relatives to church with her this Sunday. She truly knows that this is the Lord’s Church here on the earth. Elder Lumanta and I bore testimony to her that she will have the Lord’s help as she strives to keep the commandments and she seemed very comforted by that. I’m sad that I won’t be here to see her baptized, but I know that I have done all that I can to invite her to follow Christ through His Gospel and now she only has one more hurdle to jump before she can really follow Christ’s example through being baptized.
I only have a couple of minutes left but this is the big highlight! I just got a text saying that I am heading off to Palawan on Wednesday! It’s the island portion of the mission and I’m so excited! I’ll have to send a picture for my plaque from there.  I know that it will be a challenge but I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ will be helping and guiding me every step of the way. I definitely have realized that it will be hard to leave Sampaloc on Wednesday but I know that it’s what Heavenly Father wants for me. There are people prepared here for other missionaries and there are those in my next area who I am supposed to meet.  I just want to bear my testimony to you guys of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As we show Him our faith through repentance, make and keep covenants, and endure through life’s trials we will be blessed with the companionship of the Holy Ghost. We will have peace in this life and inherit eternal life in the life to come. My favorite line about the gospel from PMG is that as we continue in faith, “it becomes an increasingly rewarding pattern of living.” I know that this is true. I love you guys!
Mahal namahal ko kayong lahat!
Ingat po kayo palagi!
-Elder Beagley

Presents, Hometown Ties and The Temple

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Birthday Package Excitement!

B-day present

My Gift to Myself

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I Love the People of The Philippines!!!!!

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The Evolving Sampoloc District

Late P-Days are so worth it! We just got back from the temple.

After our P Day activities last monday, we had a Family Home Evening with the Elder’s Quorum President and his wife. He brought out some of his pictures from back when he served in the Manila Mission and guess who was his companion when he was out in Taytay? Kyle Anderson that went to school with Jessi and Ashton! It was pretty crazy to open up the photo album and see him standing there in a BSU shirt! I just started laughing. Elder Lumanta and I gave an object lesson on the Atonement and it was a really great time. About the Atonement, there’s an initiative thats going to be starting soon. The church will be releasing a video called “Because He Lives” on the 28th of March. Then on the day before Easter the Church has bought out Youtube’s front page and a whole bunch of other ad space in America and 4 other countries (unfortunately the Philippines isn’t one of them, but it will still be great!). You guys will have to check that out. It’s an amazing opportunity for missionary work and for the whole world to know that Jesus Christ died for them and was resurrected and because of that, we will all be resurrected.
Tuesday was Zone Conference! I’m glad that you guys are getting the updates on the mission blog. I’ll just share some themes/quotes that I really liked:
“Humility is the key to spiritual growth and receiving revelation.”
Elder Thurber (who’s blog I read and who is now an Assistant to the President) Shared the contrast between the surrender of Zerahemna in Alma 44 and the surrender of the Anti-Nephi-Lehis in Alma 24. It was great about just “burying our weapons” forsaking our sins and following Christ. My favorite quote from him was this: “How can we invite others to come unto Christ (or in other words fulfill our purpose)? Because we are already there.”
The end of the Zone Conference was a video from one of Jeffrey R. Hollands Conference addresses called, “Do you love me?” It was about how Peter and the other Apostles went back to fishing after Christ had left them. Christ appeared on the shore and they quickly realized that it was Him. Christ then asks Peter three times if he loves Him. Elder Holland explained what Christ was essentially saying in these words. “Peter… If I want fish I can get fish. What I need are disciples, and I need them forever.” This was probably my favorite part of the whole conference. It really showed how we need to be truly committed to being a disciple of Christ. Peter went on to accomplish great things in teaching the Gospel, and I know that we can too if we truly become disciples of Christ.
“The crowning characteristic of Love is always loyalty.”
Another highlight of the week is that I got my package! I was so excited to open it! Thanks especially for the BYU shirt and the mashed potatoes. The first thing I said when I ate them was, “These mashed potatoes are so creamy.” but nobody in the bahay got it. That’s for you mom!
Today was also one of the highlights. We got to go to the temple this morning! It was a great experience as always. Sister Delaitubuna in our district goes home next week. I still can’t even imagine it but I know that it will come all too soon! After this zone conference I feel even more motivated to give all my heart might mind and strength in this work. I know that there will never be another time in my life like this. I want to bear my testimony to you all that I know Jesus Christ lives. He atoned for all of our sins and died so that we might live with Him and our Heavenly Father again. If we will confess and forsake our sins and strive to follow Him we can be made clean. I feel His love for me and for the people of The Philippines every day. I hope that you can all feel His love for you as you draw closer to Him.
I love you all so much and thanks for the encouragement always!
Mahal namahal ko kayong lahat!
Ingat po kayo palagi!
-Elder Beagley

Feeling Heavenly Fathers Blessings

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Dinner with the Soriano Family

Magandang Tanghali sa inyong lahat!
I am writing a little earlier today because we have a district activity in a couple of hours.
For my weekly highlights I don’t have a ton of time, but I’ll share the big ones.
This week I wanted to share with you about Sister Erlinda. She has been through a lot in regards to preparing for baptism. She has really changed her life in this process. This last week the reason that she was not available to be interviewed was that she had a problem with her eldest son who lives in the province. She received some texts from him that caused her a lot of concern for his well being and she was trying to figure out if she should go to him or send one of her other children to help. She has truly shown great faith through this trial by turning to the scriptures and to our Heavenly Father in prayer. We taught Sister Erlinda with our Ward Mission Leader, Brother Lorenzo, on Tuesday. She expressed her concerns about her son and that she didn’t really know what to do. Brother Lorenzo was a great help in that lesson. He encouraged her to fast and that we would join her in that fast the next day. We also encouraged her to share some scriptures out of the Book of Mormon with her son. In our lesson on Saturday with Sister Erlinda she said that she had done what we said. She fasted and shared with her son that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know all of our trials and that they will help us. She said that even though she hasn’t received any news on her son, she felt peaceful and knows that it will be okay. She told us that she feels ready now to be interviewed. I know that through fasting and sincere prayer we can receive answers. We can truly feel the Spirit comforting and guiding us.
On Wednesday, we had another miracle like last week. We went to contact a referral in the northernmost part of our area. After we taught the referral, Sister Josy, she told us that we could look at the apartment building she owns a few streets over and that some of the people who stay there might be interested in listening to us. As we were walking we weren’t sure which apartment building she meant and we ended up going over one road too many. As we walked down the road we heard someone yelling, “Elders!” We stopped and turned around. It turns out that a caretaker at one of the buildings on that street is an inactive member named Sister Marizon. We just happened to walk down the road right when she was in the front room. She said that up until that point she had been too shy to say anything to the missionaries that she saw in the past. I know that Heavenly Father placed us right in that place at that time to meet Sister Marizon.
The funny experience of the week reminded me of Kayla/Hannah. We were teaching Sister Joji with Brother Lorenzo and she was telling him what her job is. She delivers babies for free. A lot of pregnant mothers here have nothing to pay so she helps them. Brother Lorenzo said, “Magaling po kayo.” (You are great.) Sister Joji looks at him and says, “Oo. Astig ako!” (Yeah, I’m awesome.) It made me think of Kayla and Hannah with their, Yeah I’m Awesome kind of attitudes.
The last highlight for this week was Sister Joy’s baptism and Church on Sunday. We had her confirmation in Sacrament meeting and Sister Maribel (the less active member we found last week) was able to be there and even bring her friend who is now one of our investigators!
I know that as we do our part in the Lord’s work, he will absolutely do his part. He is ready and has prepared blessings for us as we humble ourselves and do his will. I love you guys and I hope that you have an amazing week!
Mahal namahal ko kayong lahat!
Ingat kayo palagi!
-Elder Beagley

Six Months? Already? I Truly Love this Work!!

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Hey guys! Greetings from Sampaloc!

Here are the Weekly Highlights, Ang dami nila! (There are a lot!):

On Tuesday we went to teach some investigators up in the tip of our area. We haven’t had so much success finding up there until last week so we were excited to go back and teach some investigators that we had found. The only problem was that nobody was home at the 3 places that we had planned to go to. At the last house that we went to we were about to just leave and hop on a jeepney to take us back by the church. I had a prompting to stop and talk to some people sitting on a couple of benches in front of a little tindahan (streetside store). It turns out that one of the people we started talking with is an inactive member that moved from the province. Her name is Maribel. We asked if we could share a message with her right then and she happily accepted. We taught her and her friend, now a new investigator. It went great and she even gave us a referral after the lesson. I hope that as we return and teach her we will be able to help strengthen her faith and help her return to being fully active. I am truly grateful for the guidance of the Holy Ghost.
On Wednesday I had my first exchanges with Elder Clark. He came to our area and we had a great day. The best part of it was after one of our lessons as we walked back out onto the street. I saw this woman who looked kind of familiar walking up to us. She said her name was Jessica and asked if I remembered her. It clicked just then and I remembered that Elder Lumanta and I had knocked on her door looking for a referral a few weeks ago. She introduced us to her husband and said that we could share a message with them right then if we had time! It turns out that she actually moved just a few streets over to the top floor of a different building. We would never have found the apartment if we hadn’t been right there at that time to see them. I’m grateful for all of these little miracles that Heavenly Father gives us each day.
My Birthday is also one of the highlights even though I haven’t received the package yet. I almost forgot that it was also Nicole’s birthday. Tell her maligayang bati for me (it’s what you sing instead of “happy birthday to you”).   It was a very busy and successful day of work with our Ward Mission Leader Brother Lorenzo (aka Coco Martin, apparently he’s a celebrity here in the Philippines.) He really gave us some great advice about the work and was able to testify to what we were teaching in the lessons which just makes it that much more powerful.
On Friday we taught Sister Erlinda and went over the interview questions with her. When we talked about the last question with her she said that she really does feel ready and she bore her testimony to us about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith being a prophet. It was so powerful I almost cried. She has now been 3 weeks with no cigarettes. She will soon be able to be baptized!
On Saturday Sister Joy passed her baptismal interview. She will be baptized this Saturday! We also had an amazing lesson with an investigator named Kelly. As the lesson was starting, Elder Lumanta and I knew that we needed to address Sister Kelly’s concern about feeling an answer about the Book of Mormon, but we didn’t really know what exactly we would share. Sister Kelly’s boyfriend and some of her other friends are members so they were in the lesson too. After she told Elder Lumanta and I that she had not really felt anything after praying, I felt like I needed to ask Sister Ica (Sister Kelly’s friend) what the importance of the Book of Mormon was in her life and in her conversion process. Sister Ica gave an amazing testimony and it really set the tone for the lesson. I also felt prompted to share D+C 8:2 with Sister Kelly in the lesson. After the scripture I told sister Kelly the story of how I received a witness of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon “in my mind” as well as “in my heart” and I felt my testimony increasing as I shared it. We explained that the answer comes differently for each person but we can be sure that if we read, ponder, and pray with real intent, the answer will come. It turned out to be an amazing lesson full of the Spirit.
Yesterday was my 6 month mark in the mission. I can’t believe how fast it is already going! I truly love being a part of this work. There was a quote from Elder Lynn G. Robbins at our special meeting a while ago that I feel like I should share with you. He said that the Lord works in small ways so that we usually can’t even see what he has done, except in missionary work. If we participate as full-time and member missionaries we will truly see the Lord’s hand in His work here on the earth. It is so evident to me each day and I feel my faith being strengthened through all of these experiences here in the Lord’s work. My challenge to all of you is to take a more active role in this work. We have a knowledge and have received a witness that The of the Fullness of the Gospel is here on the earth today. We have a responsibility to share that knowledge and our testimonies of the truth. I know that if we all do our part, the Lord will do his. We will see miracles. Also, It’s really true that if we pray for some of Heavenly Father’s love, he can give us the charity that we need. It’s what has really made the difference for me here. The most powerful motivation to do this work or any work is love. Especially the pure love of Christ.
I’m out of time, but I want you all to know that I love you so much!
Mahal namahal ko kayong lahat!
Ingat kayo palagi!
-Elder Beagley