Week 56 – The Book of Mormon Inspires the Pure in Heart

Temple P Day

Temple P Day

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CSP 2

Community Service Project

Kabahays being model missionaries

Kabahays being “Model Missionaries”
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Magandang araw ngayon kahit masama ang panahon! (It’s a beautiful day today, even if the weather’s bad.) Because we got to go to the temple!  Thank you for the prayers and I do feel your love for me always. Thanks for the picture of the temple!
Yes, Elder Lumanta is training. (See the pics on the mission blog) I have an apo! (grandchild!)

My first zone meeting as a zone leader was this last Wednesday. I was a little nervous going into it but I know that the Spirit really guided us in making it a good experience. It was all about the importance of the Sabbath day and was based on a seminar that the quorum of the 12 put on. I know that our behavior on the Sabbath really shows our love for Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ,  and that as we really keep it as a holy day we will feel the Spirit more in our lives and receive blessings.

One of our progressing investigators is Sister Regina. She actually told the Elders before I got here that she didn’t want to be taught anymore, but then decided about a week later to listen again. When I asked her why she made that decision she said, “There was something pushing her to read the Book of Mormon, come to church, and be taught.” I know that the Spirit was working with her. She has already quit smoking and should make her baptismal date of October 17th.

We just came from the temple and you will never guess who I ran into there. Elder Guanzon from the Boise Idaho Mission. It was so strange because just over a year ago he was the one with the name tag and we were speaking English. Now I have the name tag and we were speaking Tagalog! It was really a tender mercy from Heavenly Father and it made my day, even on top of going to the temple.

The last highlight is about a referral. It was on a street that is mainly full of big businesses and schools, so last night we went to the only houses that Elder Stratton knew of on that street and started looking there. The house numbers there were far lower than in the text so we started walking. After it had been almost an hour looking for this address and asking different people if they knew where it was, we were starting to feel a little skeptical, but we were still determined to find it. We walked into a store at what we thought was the end of the road and asked if they could try and call the number for us (since it was a land line). When they tried to call, it said that the number was incorrect. Thinking that it might have just been a fake address and phone number we were almost ready to give up on it, but we saw that the road continued on a little farther. We asked one more person and they said that that was the address of the college that we were next to. We gave it a shot, went in, and asked the woman behind the counter if she could look up the name of the referral. Brother Jerome’s face popped up on her computer screen. It turns out that he is a teacher at that college, where we normally never would have looked to find him. They called him down and we talked to him for about 15 minutes. It turns out that he was taught and attended church back in 1995 and is now interested again because of one of his students who is a member. He asked us if it was okay for him to come to church this Sunday and if we could bring him an English Book of Mormon because he has the gospel library app on his phone, but wants a hard copy. We could barely even respond to say yes. It was an amazing experience and I know that they Spirit was leading us on and guiding us to find Brother Jerome. I know that he has been prepared and that we were meant to find him yesterday.

I know that this is the Lord’s work. I love you all and hope you are doing great!

Mahal ko kayong lahat!

-Elder Beagley

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Week 55 – Families Can Be Together Forever

Last District meeting in Quezon

Last District Meeting in Quezon

Me and Elder Stratton with some manggosteen!

Me and Elder Stratton with some mangosteen!

Ang bilis ng internet dito! The internet is so fast here!

It has been an amazing and crazy week of transferring! Everything was kind of a blur on Wednesday. I have been good about writing in my journal every day. I know that all of these memories are going to be amazing to look back on with my family some day.

 I flew off of Palawan with most of the Elders who flew there with me, including Elder Gibson and Elder Ashton from my batch. My new companion is Elder Stratton from Las Vegas. He played volleyball in high school. He only has 2 transfers left on his mission. Our kabahays are Elder Mcquarrie and his anak Elder Arninio. Elder Mcquarrie is from Orem, Utah and Elder Arninio is from Tacloban. Our ward is Pasay 3rd and we actually just had dinner with bishop Aquabera and his wife last night. He is super awesome and served in Cagayan De Oro where he met Elder Lumanta’s family. Small world.
This is my spiritual experience to President Ostler: I actually wanted to share about what happened this last Tuesday before transfer. As Elder Whittle and I were riding the shuttle into Puerto, we received a text from some members in Quezon that our recent convert, Sister Eden, had just given birth but had lost the baby. I immediately called Elder Bernard and our branch president and had them to go over so that she could receive a blessing and support from the branch. As we rode in the shuttle I felt a lot of sorrow for Sister Eden and was really praying that she would be okay and feel comforted. Elder Bernard called back after the blessing and let me know that Sister Eden would be okay. It was an answer to my prayers as he said, “It’s going to be okay, she’s strong.” I felt peace in my heart at that time and I knew that what he said was true. Because of the gospel, Sister Eden knows that she can be with her child again. I know that we are so blessed to have this knowledge and to live in a time when the fullness of the gospel is here on the earth. Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, all of our families can be together forever if we will keep our covenants and endure to the end. This knowledge can give us the hope to overcome any trial in this life.
We actually have some stuff to download and print for zone meeting so I have to go, but I love you all and hope that you have an amazing week!
Mahal namahal ko kayong lahat!
Ingat kayo palagi!
-Elder Beagley

Week 54 – A Brown Out , Transfer and Blessings

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The Rabanzos and Brother Raffy. He’s the one next to me.

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Saying Goodbye to The Gerarmins

Magandang umaga sa inyong lahat! Malilipat na po ako. I’m transferring! There was a really long brown out yesterday. Today we have district meeting and a shuttle ride to Puerto so I only have a little bit of time. 

The weekly highlights are short this time. I’m getting transferred to Pasay as a zone leader, which I was a little scared about at first, but I know that this is what  Heavenly Father wants. President Ostler’s text to me also gave me some comfort. He said this: “The Lord will sustain you as you serve with humility, love, and diligence.” I know that this is true for all of us in any calling.
This is from my email to President Ostler since I have no time: For my spiritual experience I wanted to share about a lesson that we had with a less active member named Sister Agapito. She has been to church for a few times in a row now even though her house is farther out than we usually work in our area. We went to visit her after a lesson with some recent converts this last Wednesday. We haven’t had the opportunity to teach her for a while and have not yet retaught the 5 lessons so we decided to start with Lesson 1 and just refresh her on the Restoration. As we taught, we could tell that she doesn’t remember a lot about the doctrine of the church, but she knows that it’s true. We explained to her that people during the great apostasy were searching for truth and not finding it. She really related to that and told us her conversion story. She was going to be baptized on two different occasions into two different churches but ended up calling it off both times. We asked her why and she told us what she had told the leaders of those two churches. She said, “May hinahanap pa ako.” (I’m still looking for something). She told us that both times it just didn’t feel right, but then she found the truth. She began to cry as she bore her testimony to us. I know that there are many people out there just like Sister Agapito. She was searching for something, but she didn’t know what it was. I have come to realize how blessed we are that we DO know what it is. It’s the everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that it has been restored and that it is the way for us to come unto our Savior and return to our Father in Heaven.
I should have time for much more next week.
I love you all so much and I hope that you have a great week!
Elder Beagley

Week 53 – The beginning of Year Two!

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Sister Aiza is getting baptized on Saturday!

This is after her baptismal interview in Rizal on my one year mark!

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Last P Day we bought a huge papaya!

Since their baptism last week The Paje family has already been doing missionary work! On Tuesday, Brother Paje (Jacob) took us to the house of one of his friends and we got 4 new investigators there. They are the Linohan Family (the n has a ~ thing but I still don’t know how to do that on the computer). Then, on Sunday, Brother Jacob helped in fellowshipping some of his non-member classmates that came to church from the other Elder’s area. Brother Paje also came with us in a lesson with Brother Leonardo and shared a great testimony. It reminds me of where I’m reading right now in the Book of Mormon. In Helaman 6, many of the Lamanites are converted and even become more faithful than the Nephites. Even being recent converts themselves, it says that they preached the gospel with “great power and authority.” I have seen that in Brother Paje. The Spirit was very strong as he testified.

For this week we are still working in a “trisome.” Nobody has been sent yet to replace Elder Chandroo, so it’s just been one group of three missionaries for the two huge areas. It has been a little challenging, but we were still able to balance our time and make it work. I have learned a lot from Elder Vega while I’ve been here. Since I’ll probably be transferring on the 9th, It has been an amazing opportunity to visit both areas and teach other members and investigators.

For the last highlight I wanted to share about an activity that we had on Saturday. It was a “One Day Mission” for the youth in Quezon (which was also my “One Year” mark). Elder Bernard and I weren’t able to attend the “classes” that the youth had in the morning because of that interview in Rizal, but we made it back in time to have the youth and one of the young adults in the branch work with us. It was a great experience for everyone involved. We ended up teaching one of our investigator families and a couple of less active members. I was so impressed with the youth, especially as they bore testimony. Elder Bernard and I had planned to share about covenants, specifically the baptismal covenant, with one of our less actives that we taught. As we turned the lesson over to the youth and gave them a chance to share, the Spirit was so strong. One of the young women gave a very powerful testimony that as we keep our covenants we can have hope in knowing that Heavenly Father will always bless us. I know that this is true. I know that the Lord always keeps his promises. It’s up to us to keep ours, and when we do he will shower us with blessings. I know that the Lord is preparing people here in Quezon to receive the gospel and I also know that he is preparing these youth to go and bring others unto Him.

That’s all for this week. I hope that you will all continue to pray for missionary opportunities and OYM (Open Your Mouths) when you have those opportunities to share the Gospel.

I love you all!! Mahal ko kayong lahat!

Take care always Ingat kayo palagi!

-Elder Beagley