Week 77.1 – Beginning of Recovery

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Brother Christian’s Baptism

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Doctor Morrel

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Panimula ng paggaling. (Beginning of recovery)
It has been another slightly strange week back in Idaho and Utah. I’ll just share the important stuff and some of the experiences that I’ve been having. We found out last week about Doctor Morrel who could do  more advanced surgery than the one originally planned and have me back in the Philippines in about 6 weeks as opposed to the 3 months that we heard from the first doctor. That was a blessing. He was very kind when we met him on Monday and the surgery yesterday went extremely well from what he said. I’ll meet with him again on Monday before returning back to Idaho.
I’m glad that the surgery is over with and that I can now focus on recovering and preparing myself to return to the mission field. I’m doing my best to keep up my study habits and not lose the language. It has been great to connect with some of the returned missionaries that served in Manila and to email my companion, Elder Valdez. Our investigtor, Brother Christian was baptized and confirmed this past weekend and the Elders there are now teaching his neighbor Creg. These recent converts are so strong in their testimonies and desire to share the gospel!
I’d like to end with my testimony of the Atonement.  Jesus Christ’s infinite and eternal sacrifice provides us not only with forgiveness of our sins but with strength that we cannot receive from any other source. As Paul wrote in his letter to the Corinthians, “I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ; That in every thing ye are enriched by him…” As we accept Christ and the power of His atonement into our lives we receive grace and are enriched and supported. I know that this is true. I know that He knows every little thing that we go through. I hope that we can all do a little better each day to come unto him. I hope you all have a great week!
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Week 77 – This Week Was a Little Different…

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Pasensya na huli ang mensahe na ito. (Sorry this message is late) But I think you’ll understand once you read it and if you’ve already seen me since I got back. This email is more to all of those who have been following the blog. This past week was very eventful, to say the least. On Wednesday I began to have some noticeable pain on my tailbone while sitting and I got in contact with Sister Lemmon,our medical coordinator for the mission. Long story short, I went to get it checked out on Friday morning and was home in Idaho Saturday night. It still kind of seems like a dream; I can’t believe I’m back in Idaho. I’ll be getting surgery for something that’s called a pilonidal cyst (don’t google that, unless you’re a doctor and are okay with gross stuff) and I’ll need to take some time after to recover. The best part is that I still get to go back to the Philippines. It’s actually a miracle that everything happened the way that it did. If I had come home two weeks later I would have had less than six months left in my mission and would not be able to return. This is an interesting trial and, like my mission president and stake president said, the Lord has a purpose for bringing me back at this time.

One of the most spiritual moments that happened this week was right after I found out what the cause of the pain was and that I would need to come to the States for surgery. That morning (Friday) we had gone straight to the doctor and my companion hadn’t eaten breakfast so we headed down to the hospital cafeteria after meeting with the doctor. My feelings were a mixture of surprise and disbelief. I just kept thinking “this isn’t supposed to happen.” I had been in Pasay for a while and was expecting a transfer, but not a transfer back to Idaho. As my companion ate I couldn’t hold it all in and the tears started, but then the Spirit came into my heart and a passage of scripture came into my mind. It’s from Romans chapter 8:

“35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the daylong; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present,nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
I knew without a doubt at that moment that Heavenly Father loves me completely and perfectly. Even if I have to go home for a while, he will still love me and support me in this trial. I realized that I was wrong; that this was supposed to happen and that even if I don’t know what Heavenly Father has in mind, he has a purpose for sending me here at this time.
One way that Heavenly Father has already blessed my life and continues to do so is through my family and loved ones. I was pleasantly surprised to see Justyn Zook waiting alongside my family in the airport when I arrived. He was my trainer and is a true friend. It was just what I needed to have him there and it really helped me to adjust. Heavenly Father places these people in our lives to bless and strengthen us along the way. I’m grateful for my family and all of those who gave me a warm welcome in Stake Conference.
For now I’ll still try and send out an email each week to keep you guys updated. For now I’ll be traveling down to Utah on Monday to have the surgery on Tuesday. The recovery is sounding like it’ll be about 6 weeks but we hope it goes faster than that.
That’s all for this week! Ingat kayo palagi!

Week 76 – The Lord Wants to Bless Us Through Learning and Growth

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Happy Chinese New Year! It’s actually kind of a big thing here and there are a lot of stores closed today.  We had a great week with Interviews and MLC! 

Brother Dhemer wasn’t able to come to church last week and we couldn’t get a hold of him. We were kind of getting discouraged, but then we had the feeling that we should visit on Friday night and he was there. His boss had been making him work overtime and on Sundays. Also, his cell phone broke so if we hadn’t gone at that time we never would have been able to reach him. He prayed about it, asked his boss if he could getSunday off and got permission! He has great faith and continues to progress.
Brother Christian, the neighbor of Brother Erving and Brother Edgar, should have his interview this Saturday and his baptism on the 20th! They are really doing a great job of fellowshipping him and we have seen the effect of that in his progression.
Our MLC and Interviews were amazing! I just wanted to share this one quote from President Ostler: “The Lord wants the work to get done, but He also wants to bless you. He’s okay with things taking a little longer than they need to as long as you grow from the experience.” He could make it easy on all of us if he wanted to, but that would rob us of the blessings of learning and growing.
The last highlight is my spiritual experience to President Ostler. I’m not sure if I told you about Brother Louie yet. We had OYMed him and set up a return appointmenta couple of weeks ago. When we returned, he was expecting us and was excited to listen. He texted us last week on Sunday letting us know that his boss had called him unexpectedly and that he wouldn’t be able to make it to church, but he wanted to come. We scheduled another return appointment and that was this last Monday. This lesson was even better than the first. Brother Louie had read the whole pamphlet and started the Book of Mormon by reading the introduction. He told us that while he was at work, he kept thinking about going to church and reading in the pamphlet and it was the first thing he did when he got home. Brother Edgar, the recent convert who accompanied us in that lesson, had a similar experience when he first started reading the Book of Mormon and was able to testify that he knows it’s true. Brother Louie kept saying that he was feeling something he hadn’t felt for a while. He is really receptive to the Spirit and he’s inviting it into his heart through his actions. We focused on inviting him to church in that lesson and he committed to come this Sunday. We were pleasantly surprised when he also brought his wife with him to church yesterday. I know that this is another blessing from Heavenly Father. Elder Valdez and I are continuing to be blessed with investigators who have been prepared and I know that there are more out there at this time.
I love you guys so much! Keep up the missionary work (including family history work) and let me know how it goes!
Mahal na mahal ko kayong lahat.
Ingat kayo palagi!
-Elder Beagley

Week 75 – “Be faithful, do not doubt.”

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Elder Crowder just had to have this selfie of the “Roomies” today!

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Ang bilis ng linggo (The week goes so darn fast!)

We had to send in our zone goals so I’ve only got a little bit of time.
Here are the really short highlights:
Brother Christian (Brother Edgar and Brother Kerby’s neighbor) is doing great and still coming to church. He should be baptized on February 20th. He really understands the teachings of the gospel and is reading daily in the Book of Mormon. We’re excited to see the recent converts bringing others with them. Brother Kerby also worked with us a lot this week and we ran into some people he knows while OYMing. We ended up teaching them and will be going back later. Like dad said, the new members are a great help in the work!

I was a little under the weather this week, but it turned into a spiritual experience that I want to share with you. I had started feeling sick on Thursday and it got worse on Friday night. I didn’t get much sleep that night and the next morning I wasn’t sure if I had the energy to go out and proselyte. I asked Elder Valdez to give me a blessing and the Elders in our apartment joined in as well. After our studies I was still feeling about the same, despite the medicine I had taken and the blessing that they gave me. We headed out to work and met up with a recent convert who came along with us. In our first lesson with a sister named Tessy I could barely keep my eyes open. Even as we were OYMing it was hard to focus and Elder Valdez was doing most of the talking. At one point we sat down on a bench after one of our appointments had fallen through. I was thinking, “I need to sleep, I can’t keep going,” but then I said a prayer in my heart and these words came into my mind, “Be faithful, do not doubt.” I realized that if I did all that I could, Heavenly Father could strengthen me, but if I was reluctant and negative I wouldn’t receive the blessings he wanted to give me. I decided that I was going to keep on going and stop dragging my feet. It was amazing what happened after I made up my mind. I felt so much better and was able to keep going throughout the whole day. It’s true that the witness comes after the trial of our faith. We ended up having a great day and finding some new investigators. That night I slept fine and woke up knowing that Heavenly Father had really blessed me. The priesthood blessing that I received had really worked, I just needed to show my faith first. As far as how I’m doing now. I am feeling 100% again and I’m thankful for the blessings that Elder Valdez and I are receiving in the work. We are being blessed with new investigators almost daily and many of them seem promising.

We are definitely seeing great blessings in finding new investigators. We had 11 this week!

I’m also very excited for interviews and MLC this week.

That’s all for this week, but I just want to see how you are doing with FIT. Friendship, Invite, Testify. Let me know next week! Love you guys!
Mahal na mahal ko kayong lahat!
Ingat kayo palagi!
-Elder Beagley