Week 61 – Pray With “Real Intent” to Know Gospel Truths

New Companion and kabahay

New Companion and kabahay

My new companion is Elder Bengan. He’s 21 years old. He’s from Roxas City, Philippines but moved to Aklan during his childhood so he speaks 4 languages: Ilongo, Aklanon, Tagalog, and English. He also only has one transfer left in the mission but is still going strong so I’m really happy. He’s a really good teacher and I’m going to learn a lot from him during this transfer.

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New Haircut

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Magandang hapon! Yes we did feel “the shake.” The funny thing is that Elder Stratton had joked one other time about there being an earthquake, but he was just moving his chair back and forth. So this time I thought he was messing with me and then I felt it too! It wasn’t really strong here, just barely enough to notice. Please pray for all of those affected.

My verse to “ponderize” this week is D+C 136:27 about being a good steward.

We taught the Moser Family again last Monday and they accepted a baptismal date! We taught about the Book of Mormon and how they can know for themselves the truth. Then Elder Stratton and I invited them to follow Christ’s example when they know, through the holy ghost, that this is what they should do. Brother Moser said, “absolutely.” (he’s pretty good at English) He said that if the Holy Spirit tells you that something is true, you can’t really deny it. I’m excited for them and I hope that we can help them to overcome the other trials that they are facing. We are going back there later on with the second counselor in the bishopric here, Brother Domingo. We are really praying for this Family and to be able to find other families here in this ward. I know that the Lord will bless us if we do all that we can.
I wanted to share about a lesson that we had with Brother Edgar. He is currently living with his cousin who is a recent convert. We have been teaching him a couple times a week for about a month now, and he has come to church twice, but not consistently. We taught Brother Edgar on Wednesday night, and he really felt the spirit for probably the first time. He had been reading and praying and had not received any answer yet, so we just kept  encouraging him to continue to pray and to really develop that “real intent.” It all came together for Brother Edgar as we taught him about the Atonement of Jesus Christ. We shared with Brother Edgar that Jesus Christ not only took upon himself all of our sins, but also our pains, weaknesses, and burdens. We explained to him that through Christ’s sacrifice, his gospel was made possible, a path back to our Heavenly Father. Brother Edgar then remembered what Elder Stratton and I had shared on Monday about Lehi’s dream and the iron rod. He said that he understood what it meant now and that he was feeling something that he had never really felt before. He tried to describe to us what he was feeling but ended up just saying that he was really happy. I know that was the Spirit testifying to Brother Edgar that this message is the truth. He said that he wants us to come back more often and that he is really thinking about baptism now (before he wouldn’t accept a date). I know that the Lord is using Elder Bengan and me as his instruments and I’m so very grateful for experiences like this one.”
This last week our goal has really been to work more closely with the members and ward leaders. We went and shared messages with Bishop Acuavera, the 2nd counselor, Brother Domingo, and the relief society president, Sister Domingo (They are husband and wife). We have really started to feel the support of the ward and I hope that the investigators, RC’s, and LA’s will feel it too.
I’m out of time but I love you guys! Have a great week and keep on praying for those missionary opportunities, I’d love to hear about them.
Mahal namahal ko kayong lahat!
Ingat kayo palagi!
-Elder Beagley
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Week 60 – Changes Are Coming & The Work Goes On…

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Games @ Mission Office (2)

Family Night Zone Activity at the Mission Office

Foosball

Apples to Apples (2)

Apples to Apples

Cinnamon Rolls (2)

Cinnamon Roll Deliciousness!

Transfer day na naman! It comes so fast.  We have had a crazy week! I won’t be transferring this time, but Elder Stratton will be training in Palawan for his last transfer.

We had a really fun zone activity on Monday at the mission home. There was even foosball and Apples to Apples which made me remember some fun times back at home.

We also had a really good lesson with the Moser Family this last week. We shared about Christ’s earthly ministry and how the gospel was lost after his death. As we were finishing up, Sister Moser asked us, “Meron ba kayong mga bawal sa Mormons?” (Do Mormons have things that aren’t allowed?) She had heard that we didn’t smoke or drink and wanted to see if it was true. We explained to her that we knew we will be blessed if we avoid those things. Her husband then expressed a little bit of concern about that. He said that he had tried to quit smoking before and just couldn’t do it. I felt the Spirit right then prompting me to testify of the power of the Atonement, and that’s what I did. I explained to Brother Moser that it is hard to give up things like that, but that is what the gospel is all about. The beauty of this gospel is that we can become better. We don’t have to be stuck in our bad habits or addictions. I testified to him that, through Christ’s Atonement, we can receive strength to change our lives and to become the people that only God can make us. I know that this is true. I know that the Mosers felt the spirit and I know that if Brother Moser will have that “real intent” that we always talk about, he can overcome anything that is keeping him from accepting the gospel.”
On Wednesday I got to work with Elder Hadley (one of the Assistants to the President). We had an amazing day and found 6 new investigators. I learned a lot that I can improve on especially in working with the members. The ward there in Makati has seen how hard the assistants work and they trust them to teach and take care of their friends and neighbors. They have a lot of support there because of that. It was also really great to see how dedicated Elder Hadley is even with only 1 week left in the mission. That’s my goal.
So as far as the transfer goes there are a lot of changes here in Pasay. 5 Elders have finished their missions and will be headed home. Elder Stratton is training a new missionary for a transfer on Palawan and Elder Bernard will be transferring into the zone! My new companion will be Elder Bengan who I don’t really know at all yet so we’ll see how it goes! I’m really excited to have all of these changes going on and I know that, just like President Ostler told all of the trainers, this is our opportunity to change the culture of the mission. I know that Heavenly Father will help us to get the work moving here in Pasay zone. We have already started to see improvements with 5 baptisms in the zone this past week (we only had 3 all together last month.) We are being blessed.
I’m out of time but I hope that you will all keep on searching for those missionary opportunities, ponderizing, and reviewing the talks from conference. I love you guys!
Mahal namahal ko kayong lahat!
Ingat kayo palagi!
-Elder Beagley

Week 59 – Christ’s Prophet and Apostles on the Earth Today

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Pasay Zone Meeting

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District Activity at The Philippines Air Force Aerospace Museum

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Treats from package

I saw all of the ingredients in the package and just had to do this like mom does!

Magandang P-Day sa inyong lahat! It has been an amazing week of conference and missionary work!

 This week we found a great family from a member referral. They are the Moser Family. We had an amazing first lesson with them this week and they even said that they know God brought them here to Pasay for a purpose. I’m excited to go back later tonight!
My next highlight is my spiritual experience that I sent to President Ostler: I wanted to share about a lesson that we had with a part member family this past week. The husband was married in the temple to his first wife, but she passed away about a decade ago. He has since remarried a woman from another faith and, a few weeks ago, she finally decided to let us teach her. This last visit we started teaching Sister Lysa about the plan of Salvation. After our short lesson about where we came from and what God’s plan is for us, she had to take care of the baby in the back room and left us with her husband to eat some bread that they had prepared for us. We were actually on exchanges at the time and Elder Vaivai, not knowing the whole situation, asked about Brother Norman’s previous wife. He told us what had happened and that they were sealed in the temple before she passed away. As we sat in silence for a few moments, I had a strong spiritual feeling come to me about how blessed we really are to know God’s plan and to have Priesthood keys to seal families on earth and in heaven. I expressed this feeling to Brother Norman and he said that it’s really true. Then he looked at us and said that, just the day before, He and his current wife had read the scriptures together for the first time. I could see the joy and gratitude on his face and he was almost brought to tears right then. As I’m writing this, I think of Henry B. Eyring’s talk about how when we do our part, the Lord adds his power to our efforts. The Lord is the one who is softening Sister Lysa’s heart. Brother Norman has done his part to preside over his family and show a great example of faithfully living the gospel and Elder Stratton and I are doing our small part to teach and invite Sister Lysa to come unto Christ, but the Lord is really the one doing the work. I am so grateful for the grace that is available through Christ’s Atonement. As we “come unto Christ and deny ourselves of all unrighteousness,” Then is his grace sufficient for us. (From my ponderizing scripture this week).  My ponderizing verse is Moroni10:32. What’s yours?
For the last highlight, I’m just going to share my favorites from conference:
1. Ponderizing. I thought that this talk was so awesome. It’s an amazing idea and I can’t wait to keep doing it from now on. I’ve already seen the effect of having a scripture running through my head throughout the day.
2. The talk from Dieter F. Uchtdorf about the “simplify” quilt, and also Jeffrey R. Holland on the divinity of motherhood. Those are for you mom!
3. The quote from Dale G. Renlund’s older brother, “The Lord has called you for what He needs to do through you, and that will only happen if you do it His way.”
I know that this quote is so true. As we do things the Lord’s way, he blesses us with strength and especially with the Holy Ghost to guide and direct us.
I know that the 3 new apostles have truly been called of God. Just as President Thomas S. Monson was. I hope that we will all read and reread the conference talks and apply these guiding truths in our lives. I love you all and hope that you have an amazing week!
Mahal namahal ko kayong lahat!
Ingat kayo palagi!
-Elder Beagley

Week 58 – Love From Home and Heaven

BatchmatesMy Batch Mates from the MLC

Burrito Day

Burrito Day

Shared with the Kabahays

We Shared with the Kabahays

Elder McQuarrie Really Likes Burritos

Elder McQuarrie Really Likes Burritos

Magandang Tanghali sa inyong lahat! It has been another great week here in Pasay with many blessings and miracles.
 I’ll get to see conference next Saturday and Sunday! Super excited!
I got the package from home. We had burrito day so all of the kabahays loved it too!
We had interviews for my first time as a zone leader this last Tuesday. It was a really great experience as always. President Ostler gave me some great advice about how to help the missionaries in my stewardship feel my love for them (that’s what Elder Zook told me was the most important thing for him as a zone leader.) Another really spiritual experience happened in an unexpected way while we were checking area books (our records that we keep in each area for our investigators, recent convert, less active, info about the ward and lots of other stuff). We were checking one of the Sister’s area books and I kept  thinking to myself, “How do they do this? Where do they even find the time to be this detailed?” Then I got my answer as we were looking through some of their teaching records. I read the “background” section for one of their progressing investigators. It explained how they had OYMed this woman on a jeepney and then searched for a couple of weeks before they found her again. I remember specifically what they had written at the end. It said, “Her son is deaf and we are enjoying learning sign language to communicate with him. They are so special.” I read that last sentence over a few times, and it was then that the Spirit really hit me. I realized that the reason the sisters were so detailed and dedicated in updating their area book is because they love these people and the Lord with all of their hearts. I learned a lot from that experience and from those missionaries’ examples of faith and diligence. I am praying to be able to develop that kind of love for these people and I’m starting to feel it more than I ever have before.
MLC (Mission Leadership Council) was also another highlight. There are three other missionaries from my batch there (Sister Veras, Elder Ashton, and Elder Boshard) so it was really great to see them. The training was a lot about helping our investigators build stronger families and having better coordination to work more effectively with the wards and stakes. I learned a lot about how to better prepare so that our work and meetings with members will be more useful and get more done. I hope that we will be able to help the zone do this because it’s one area that we’ve been lacking in.
The last highlight is about one of our progressing investigators named Sister Lysa. She is the wife of our Young Men’s President and has been a strong member of another faith since birth (Seventh Day Adventist), along with her whole family. She just had a new baby and so her and her husband have been talking about their future. She decided to let us teach her a couple of weeks ago. This is the first time that she has allowed the missionaries to teach her and so Elder Stratton and I were feeling a little pressure. One of our lessons with her this week went amazing. She had read the chapter we left her in the Book of Mormon and had been praying to know if it’s true but didn’t quite feel like she had received an answer yet. Elder Stratton and I shared with her what it means to have “real intent” like Moroni says in chapter 10. I felt the Spirit testifying to her through us as we promised that if she would show her faith and come to church that Heavenly Father would give her the answer that she was searching for. She kept looking at her husband and just said, “titingnan natin.” (We will see). I knew that she felt that spirit and I was praying that she would act on the things that she felt. Long story short, she came to church for the first time ever yesterday! One of the members that tutors her daughter gave a great testimony and it seemed like the whole Relief Society was fellowshipping her. I know that Heavenly Father is really blessing us with miracles!
I’m out of time but I love you all!
Mahal namahal ko kayong lahat!
Ingat palagi!
-Elder Beagley

Week 57 – Very Blessed to Know and to Share the Gospel

More exotic fruits - rambutan

More Exotic Fruits – Rambutan

Magandang hapon sa inyong lahat! It has been another fast and amazing week here in Pasay!

First I wanted to share about a lesson that we had last week after our temple trip. It was with Brother Blanco, a new investigator. We had actually OYM’ed him while he was selling Mangosteen (one of the many delicious fruits here). We bought some fruit from him and got a return appointment but he didn’t seem all that interested at first. We returned to his house on the day that we had set, but he was still selling fruits and couldn’t leave his cart. After our temple trip was the second time that we had come back and this time he let us in to share a message with him and his wife. As we taught, Elder Stratton and I could see how important his family was to him. All of his answers to the questions that we asked him were centered on family. At the end of the lesson I felt prompted to share one more scripture in Mosiah 4:14-15 and testify about the blessings that the gospel can bring into our families. I told Brother Blanco that I’m far away from my family, but I don’t feel like I have to worry about them, because I know that they are living the gospel and that, through sacred ordinances, we have been sealed as an eternal family unit. I told him that we could see his desire to give his children a good life and to make them happy and I testified that there is no better way to do that than by living the gospel of Jesus Christ. I felt the spirit testifying through me that the verse we read was true and that the gospel can really bless Brother Blanco’s family. I know that he felt it and he was really thinking about what we had shared with him as we closed with a prayer and left. I feel so blessed to have the gospel in my life and to have the opportunity to share it with others. I know that Heavenly Father is blessing us in this area and I hope that we can really be a help in strengthening the ward and helping them to accomplish the Mission Vision here in Pasay.”
The next highlight happened after we went and observed some of the Sister Training Leaders teach at the chapel by the mission home. We had to watch the class first so that we can teach it tomorrow as a part of interviews. After the class we decided to go to the Subway by the chapel because we don’t get to go there very often. While we were ordering, an American came up and said that he’s a member from Lehi Utah. He asked where we were from and talked with me about Tanner Mangum playing for BYU. Then he paid for our sandwiches and even drinks and cookies which we don’t usually get because it’s expensive. It was pretty cool, but I didn’t remember his name. Elder Stratton said that it’s because Heavenly Father know’s that it’s close to the end of the month.
Our last highlight was a lesson last night with a newer investigator named Rona. She came to church with her aunt in their ward and is really interested. We even had a couple of RMs to come and teach with us. I’m out of time, but I love all of you guys and hope your week is great!
-Elder Beagley