Week 65 – TempleTrip for P Day

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We had a pretty crazy temple P-Day today so this is going to be a short one because we have to get out and work!

Here’s the microwave version of the highlights:
I had an exchange with Elder Appleby (our kabahay) this past week. He will be going home with this batch of missionaries on December 2nd. Having him in our apartment, I was already impressed with his diligence and obedience throughout this transfer and I was excited to work with him for a day. Our exchange was on Saturday so we still had the shortened study schedule and it was our goal to really go out and find by OYMing. The lessons that we had planned almost all fell through, but we just kept on opening our mouths and talking with neighbors of investigators and others whom we saw. We were able to find one new investigator who let us in to teach him when we OYMed him outside of his home. That lesson that we taught was full of the Spirit, and I know that it was because we were showing Heavenly Father our faith throughout the day by talking with everyone. Elder Appleby is a great missionary and I have learned a lot from his example of diligently finishing strong. That is my goal, to “speed up towards the finish line” as Elder Maynes said in one of his talks. My outlook on finding and “talking with everyone” has changed after listening to Elder Maynes speak. It really is a blessing. I know that as we exercise faith Heavenly Father will bless us with his Spirit to lead us to those who are seeking the truth.
This last Tuesday, Richard J. Maynes of the Presidency of the Seventy spoke to our mission. He first took questions so that he could discern the needs of the missionaries and teach us. He nailed it with his topic of “finding.” My favorite part of his whole talk was this: he turned to President Ostler and he said, ” Listen to this President, because everything depends on it. It’s consistency.” He helped us to understand how through goal setting and exercising faith we can accomplish much more than we have been. We have already started to apply the things that he taught us in our finding and were able to reach our goal of 8 new investigators this week. I know that the next months will be amazing if we will consistently exercise our faith and do “the Work of missionary work” which is to find those who Heavenly Father is preparing for us.
We are out of time, but I am still happy because we got to go to the temple today. The temple is such an amazing place and it renews my energy and determination to do this work each time I get to go. Another amazing thing was that Elder Arninio, our kabahay from Samar, did the temple work for his father today. He was so happy, and we were happy for him. What a Fantastic experience!
More next week…
I love you all!
-Elder Beagley

 

Week 64 – Prayer and Fasting Play a Key Role

I Will Pay the Price

All of the Missionaries in the Zone Signed the “I Will Pay the Price” Sign!

MLC Group

Mission Leadership Council

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Magandang Tanghali na naman. Ang bilis ng araw. (The days are so fast!)

It has been another week full of miracles here in Pasay Zone. Thanks for the questions!
Here goes:
Q – What time is your church and how far away is your building?
A – Our church is at 1PM and it’s about a 15 minute walk from the apartment. We actually live right by the boundary of Pasay and Makati.
Q – Do you eat white or brown rice?
A –  White rice and you would be surprised at how many different types there are. I think I’m turning into a Filipino too because the other day Elder Bengan made some rice in the rice cooker and I started wondering, “What smells so good.” Oh no…
Q – What is your new apartment like?
A –  Our apartment is just 2 rooms and a bathroom. We sleep and study in one and the other Elders are in the other one. We have to rush a little in the mornings since there is only one shower. But it’s still nice.
Q – What is your favorite responsibility of being a zone leader?
A –  I really like being able to see all the work that the Elders and Sisters in the zone do. We follow up with their district leaders and as a zone leader you can really see how much good these missionaries are accomplishing. That’s probably my favorite part.
Q -What flavor was your pizza,(it looked delicious! !!) did the 4 of  you finish it?  What other things are you eating now that you didn’t on Palawan?
A – One pizza was meat lovers and the other was barbecue chicken. We definitely finished it. Some other things that we have here that we didn’t have in Palawan would be any kind of fast food. We don’t eat fast food that much though.
Q – How does the senior couple know David?
A –  The Mortimers are from that area of Utah. I’m not really sure how they met David. Elder Mortimer actually bought us Subway when we went to the mission office for Elder Bengan’s English test this last week.
Q – Have you done any big service projects lately?
A –  We have really been asking members and looking for service projects, but we haven’t had any lately. That’s another thing that’s a little different here. People always say, “nakakahiya naman yan” (pretty much “that’s embarrassing”) when you offer to do service because they want to be independent and are kind of shy to accept help.
That’s super that Dave Hershey won the election. Tell him congrats. I’m just imagining him making jokes at their meetings. It must be a really good time!
We had a great zone meeting this last Tuesday. We talked all about what it’s going to take to reach our goal of having a White Christmas. Just like President Ostler has said, the price of miracles is exact obedience and hard work. We made kind of a zone covenant to bring us together and we all signed that sheet in the picture saying that we will pay the price. I really love all of the missionaries in our zone. I feel like we came together with this new goal.
We have had some more finding miracles this past week. One of them was when we went back to a less active named Sister Katherine that we found OYMing one day. Apparently her niece, Sister Nicole was taught by the missionaries before and wants to be taught again. We went back with Brother Erving, a recent convert, and Sister Nicole accepted a baptismal date for December 26th!
The biggest miracle this week was what happened yesterday at church. I have really seen miracles through prayer and fasting on my mission and this was just one more of them. Our focus this week was on getting the new investigators that we found last week to church. Things were looking good for a few of them but we weren’t so sure if the others would show up. Yesterday morning we studied and then went to pick up one of our investigators on the way to church. We had just found Brother Manolo the night before and he told us that he wanted to come with us to church but didn’t know how to get there. When we arrived he got ready quickly and came with us. As we arrived at the church we came in and saw another one of our investigators, Sister Lysa who is part of a part-member family, already sitting down with her husband. As sacrament meeting started, a less active sister showed up with her niece whom we began teaching this last week. Another less active family (The Lucena family) came to church for the first time in a while and brought their non-member friend who wants us to teach her as well. Then, about halfway through the meeting, we got a text from another investigator, Sister Novie, who was on the way but had turned down the wrong road. She made it in time to catch the end of the primary program along with her son and a boarder who lives with them. The only word that kept coming to my mind was “miracle.” I know that that’s what this was. We have been having trouble getting people to church and this was a definite answer to our prayers and fasting. It was like we were seeing the blessings being “poured out” right before our eyes. My faith has really grown through experiences like this one. I know that the Lord is really the one doing this work, and we are so blessed to be His instruments. We also saw a lot of success happening in the whole zone. We will keep following up and doing all that we can to keep up this momentum for the 26th of December!
That’s all for this week! I love you guys tons and hope that you will continue to share the gospel in little ways. Thanks for being awesome!
Mahal namahal ko kayong lahat!
Ingat kayo palagi!
-Elder Beagley

Week 63 – Searching, and Finding!

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Pizza with the Kabahays

Pizza with the Kabahays

Elder Appleby is Pretty Excited

Elder Appleby is Pretty Excited

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Magandang Hapon! It has been a great week with a big new announcement for the mission

Thanks for the temple pictures! It’s looking great!
Today I splurged a little for part of the pizza (the good stuff is a little expensive for how much mission funds we get), but mainly I bought two pairs of pants and shirts.
My ponderizing verse this week is Alma 57:21 about the stripling warriors.
This last Monday our Bishop, Bishop Acuavera, worked with us to go and teach Brother Edgar. It was a great lesson full of the Spirit and Brother Edgar finally accepted a baptismal date for December 12th! Bishop really helped him to understand how important his commitment is and how the gospel will bless him more than anything that he would have to give up. I was so happy to have bishop come with us and I think it’s a good sign that we are seeing more support from the ward leaders.
We also fasted last Fast Sunday for Sister Lysa, that she would be able to accept a baptismal date and continue to progress. We went to teach her with our Assistant Ward Mission Leader on Wednesday, and she also accepted December 12th as her goal date! We are seeing more and more of these “little miracles” happening in our area. Our lesson there was about the Plan of Salvation. Elder Bengan and I really focused on eternal families and I bore my testimony to Sister Lysa of the peace that can come into our lives when we know that our families can be together forever. I’m so grateful for that knowledge.
This last week’s MLC was definitely a highlight. We talked a lot about new goals that are going to change the mission, especially in the month of December. Just like he said in his email, President Ostler talked about paying the price. That actually comes from one of his favorite sayings which he shared with me in my first interview. He said, “Life is like a store. You pay the price and take what you want.” Any goal that we set has a price that we need to pay in order to achieve it. Our goal for this December is the same way. I can’t tell you all of the details quite yet, but let’s just say we’re calling it “A White Christmas.”
My last highlight happened just last night. Especially after MLC, Elder Bengan and I had been praying to find new investigators who would be able to progress, but until yesterday we had only found a couple of new people who joined in a lesson with one of our current investigators. Last night after coming back from stake coordination we had about 2 hours of proselyting time left. We went to our first appointment with Brother Pedrano (a less-active member), shared a great short message there and left. We had both felt like we needed to follow up on a few OYMs that live a couple of streets away from Brother Pedrano, so we started heading in that direction. It turns out that the Sister that we had OYMed before, Sister Novie, is the owner of the boarding house where she lives. She invited everyone who was there to join in on the lesson and we taught the whole group of 7 people! It was an answer to our prayers. As we were about to begin the lesson, one sister said that she had to grab something and returned from the other room with a Book of Mormon! She said that she had borrowed it from a friend because she wanted something to read. We were definitely lead by the Spirit in finding this group of people and I know that at least some of them have been prepared to receive the gospel at this time.
I’m out of time, but I love you all! I hope that you will all do what you can to share the gospel with others as this Christmas season nears. Have a great week!
Mahal ko kayong lahat!
Ingat kayo palagi!
-Elder Beagley

Week 62 – The Spirit Speaks Truth Unto the Hearts of Men

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Elder Bengan cooked some delicious chicken curry

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Shopping at the Mall of Asia

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Magandang hapon!

Elder Bengan’s first name is Mar. He is the 4th of 4 siblings. He was baptized in 2011. The Pinoy kabahay is Elder Arninio from Samar, and the other one is Elder Appleby from Australia.
Halloween isn’t as big here, but I’ve heard that out in the province it’s a lot more celebrated.
Christmas music has already been going for weeks here! Sometimes our investigators even want to sing Christmas hymns to start the lesson. I’m starting to get used to it.
This week we had another lesson with Brother Edgar. We know that Brother Edgar has really felt the Spirit and he is continuing to read in the Book of Mormon, but he has expressed concerns to us about his family. Mainly he is wondering what they will say or how they will react if he accepts our invitation and is baptized. We brought up this concern in our coordination meeting and Brother Domingo from our bishopric had a great suggestion about a member who could come with us to teach Brother Edgar. It turned out that Brother Oliva, the member he suggested, was available at the time that we taught Brother Edgar on Tuesday and met up with us to go there. During the lesson, Brother Edgar brought up his concern again and Brother Oliva was able to share a great testimony. He also came from a family who are all of a different faith and who were not accepting of his decision. The Spirit was really strong when he told us of how he broke the news to his parents that he was getting baptized. He was eating dinner with his parents and siblings when he told them. He said that they were angry with him and told him to leave. He said, “Hindi ko natapos ang kinain ko. Umalis na lang ako.” (I didn’t even finish what I was eating. I just left.) Even though his experience wasn’t such a happy one, he testified that the blessings that have come to his life from the gospel are worth it. His family has since then accepted him back in and no longer has those feelings toward him. I was so glad that we had brought Brother Oliva with us. It once again strengthened my testimony of the power of members in this work. When the Spirit speaks through someone, whether it be a member or a full-time missionary, it carries the truth unto the hearts of men (2nd Nephi 33). We are continuing to pray for Brother Edgar and are trying to help him increase his faith
On Saturday we attended the baptism of an investigator from Pasay 1st ward. I actually interviewed him last week and he is super awesome. His name is Brother Mamerto. His faith is so strong, he was already paying tithing before he got baptized. He gave a really great testimony and there were a lot of members there to support him. Pasay 1st and 5th wards actually had Halloween parties after the baptism, so I guess they do celebrate it here even if it’s not as big.
Another exciting thing is happening with a family in our ward, the Ruiz family. We have been teaching them for a while, especially the wife because she has been less-active. She started coming back to church a few weeks ago and we had a great lesson with them this last week about preparing for the temple. They’ve started attending temple prep class and are really committed to getting their family there together. We are focusing on helping Sister Ruiz become “Fully Active” so that she can be prepared when the time comes for them to get sealed. We’ve also been having a lot of support lately from the ward. It might be because Elder Bernard got transferred here and everybody just loves him! This next week we’ll have MLC and Stake Coordination so hopefully we can continue to help the work progress here in Pasay!
My ponderizing verse for this week is Moroni 7:28-29. Miracles are still happening every day! I love you all and hope that you have a great week!
Mahal namahal ko kayong lahat!
Ingat kayo palagi!
-Elder Beagley