Week 67 – Spiritual Experiences and New Friends

Elder Valdez

My New Companion, Elder Valdez

Elder Valdez and Petersen

Our New Kabahay, Elder Petersen From Rigby, Idaho

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Magandang tanghali sa inyong lahat! (Good afternoon everyone)

 I don’t know an Elder Heckle but if he’s on the mainland I’ll get to see him on Wednesday. We have a big zone conference with all of the missionaries because Elder Bowen from the Area Presidency is visiting.
I did get the packages! Thank you so much! We haven’t quite decorated the Christmas tree, but I’ll send you a picture of it all decked out next week. Thanks for all of the snacks and everything! Don’t worry, I shared the love with the kabahays.
Last Sunday, an investigator who we had never met before just showed up to church. His name is Brother Andrei. We talked to him and set up an appointment for Tuesday at the church. He arrived right on time this last Tuesday after our district meeting. We got a better idea of his background in that lesson. He actually chatted with someone named Joanne on Mormon.org. We’re not sure if she is a missionary or just a member, but apparently she lives in Utah. He became interested in reading the Book of Mormon from some of the scriptures that Sister Joanne shared with him and he accepted her invitation to come to church and get a copy. He also came this last week and is now really progressing! It was a real blessing to find someone who has been so prepared. It really is a blessing in our lives when we have the opportunity to serve.
This last Thursday, Elder Valdez and I had a few lessons that fell through and stopped for a moment to think about who we could visit. The second counselor in our bishopric came to my mind and his house was close so we headed over there. It turns out that we were guided by the Spirit because the Domingo family actually needed our help at that time. As they let us in we could tell that they were having some struggles of some sort. We shared a short message with them from the Book of Mormon about trials and how Heavenly Father can release us from physical and spiritual bondage through Christ’s Atonement. Brother Domingo actually got a little choked up after the lesson as he explained that they had been going through a lot of challenges and it had gotten even worse the past couple days when the car that Brother Domingo was driving as his side job was hit by some debris that fell off a truck and wouldn’t run. He shared that he was losing hope when we arrived and that it wasn’t the first time the missionaries had showed up when he was feeling that way. I remember him saying that it seems like whenever he can’t do it alone anymore, “heavenly father sends his angels to help him.” We might not be angels, but I’m glad that we were there at the right time.
The last highlight is one of the most spiritual experiences that I’ve had so far on my mission. When the Spirit testifies to those we teach and they recognize that,  it is absolutely incredible and we had a great experience with that this last week! “Brother Edgar, came to church last Sunday and we had an appointment scheduled with him for the next day. Elder Bengan, Elder Stratton, and I went to teach Brother Edgar on Monday night and he told us about his experience at church. We were happy that he had attended all three hours this time and he even shared in Gospel Principles class about his experience with listening to the missionaries. He told us in our lesson that he had once again felt the Spirit as he shared his experience the day before. That makes three times that he has told us this same thing: once when Elder Bengan and I first taught him together, once when our Bishop visited him, and this last time at church. Our lesson was about the Holy Ghost and we tried to help Brother Edgar understand what these impressions meant; that he was receiving his answer. I remember really clearly the end of the lesson, because before we even extended an invitation Brother Edgar had something to say. He took kind of a deep breath, then looked at each of us and said, “I will do it.” The room was full of the Spirit as he explained that he knew what we were teaching him was true and that he had made the decision to be baptized. I said a little prayer in my heart right then to thank Heavenly Father for blessing us with this miracle. There really isn’t anything like the miracle of conversion. It reminds me of what Jesus Christ said to Peter in Matthew 16, “for flesh and blood have not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.” Nobody could give this spiritual witness to Brother Edgar but our Father in Heaven through the power of the Holy Ghost. I’m so grateful for the blessings that we are receiving at this time.”

I’m out of time, but I love you guys! Have a great week and keep on looking for those missionary opportunities, especially at this time of year.

Make sure and keep up the scripture reading and study some Preach My Gospel too!
Mahal namahal ko kayong lahat!
Ingat kayo palagi!
-Elder Beagley
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