Week 66 – A Time For Thanks

Frog eye salad

Our Attempt at Frog Eye Salad – Without the Tapioca

Mashed potatoes

These Mashed Potatoes are so Creamy

Monte cristo

Elder Bengan Made Us Monte Cristo’s

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We Also got a Lechon Manok (whole rotisserie chicken), Corn, Custard Cake, and Some Ice Cream

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Magandang Tanghali sa inyong lahat! It has been a great Thanksgiving week and last week with Elder Bengan, Elder Appleby, and even Elder Stratton. (He came back for his last interview and stuff and stayed in our apartment.)

We had a ton of good stuff for Thanksgiving.  That frog eye salad is fruit with cream and condensed milk and nata de coco instead of the tapioca. Not quite as good, but still pretty scrumptious. I was definitely thankful to have Elder Bengan in the bahay. He’s not as good of a cook as you Mom, but he nailed it with those monte cristo sandwich rolls.
Here are the highlights besides the Thanksgiving pictures:
Tatay Manolo, the guy that we found who came to church the next day, came again yesterday. He has already been reading the Book of Mormon and says that he feels the Spirit when he reads. He accepted a baptismal date for January 9th (that ones for you mom) and is already starting to prepare. Also Brother Edgar came to the Ward FHE on Saturday and to church on Sunday. We found out what his concern really was. He said that he didn’t really feel the Spirit the first time he came to church (he showed up late and had to sit in the back with the noisy kids). We talked to him yesterday and he had a much better experience.
This past weekend we really saw some good things happening in the ward. There was a baptism in Pasay 3A (Elder Nagal and Elder Bernard’s area) on Saturday from a less active family and now the whole family has started to come back to church. They are also excited for their sister to be baptized next month. It seemed like this and the Ward Family Home Evening that we had afterward really brought the members closer together. Our bishop got involved in the FHE and led the whole ward in a fun Christmas Singing game. We really saw everyone come together under his leadership. I’m excited to see what we can accomplish in this ward and stake in the next months.
This past week was Thanksgiving (at least it was in America) and so I’ve been thinking about what I’m most thankful for. The thing that kept coming back to me was the joy, peace, and security of living the gospel. Because of Christ’s Atonement, no trial that will come to us is too great. I know that this is one of the biggest blessings that I have received in my life. I am so thankful to be here serving and I feel Heavenly Father’s love so strongly. It’s my last little while with Elder Bengan right now and I’m going to miss him. It has only been one transfer, but he has taught me a lot and I want to follow his example of finishing strong. I’m also really proud of the zone for the work that they are doing. Pasay zone had 10 baptisms this month! There are so many things to be thankful for in this work and I know that Heavenly Father is blessing us with miracles. We saw one yesterday when a Brother whom we had never met before called the other Elders and asked if he could come to church and what time he should show up. His name is Brother Andrei and He lives in our area. We are scheduled to teach him on Tuesday. I’ll let you know how it goes!
I am so thankful and for all of you guys and for your love support and prayers! Have a great week!
Mahal namahal ko kayong lahat!
Ingat kayo palagi!
-Elder Beagley
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