Week 77.4 – Families Play an Essential Role in God’s Plan

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Baby Blessing for Thea

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Magandang hapon sa inyong lahat! Just wanted to send out an update on how everything is going.

So far the recovery has been great! The doctor emailed my mom today and wants to follow up with us on the 26th. He said that if there are no problems at that point I should be cleared to go back out! That was great news!!
I’ve still been working in the temple and I learn and feel the Spirit more each time that I go there. It has been a great experience and a great way to spend my time while I’m here in Idaho. I’ve also been staying in touch with some of my old companions. Elder Valdez told me that Brother Greg (Brother Christian’s neighbor this time) is going to be interviewed for baptism this Saturday. The recent converts really are amazing fellowshippers  because they have just felt true conversion for themselves and want to share it with others. I know that if we (speaking of those who have been members longer) would all take some time to think of our own conversions, and not just when we were baptized, we too would develop a greater desire to share the gospel and bring those blessings into the lives of others.
I was blessed a couple of Sundays ago to be a part of the baby blessing of my niece Thea (my brother’s daughter). It was a happy day and I still can’t believe that he’s a dad now! All of these experiences are just tender mercies from Heavenly Father and I hope that I will be able to continue to learn from this time at home.
Another tender mercy came on Monday when we had a Family Home Evening with a great family from the ward. It really reminded me of some of those FHE’s that we had in the mission and some of the amazing families that I was blessed to interact with. I’m excited to get back to the mission field and find more of those families who need this gospel and who are being prepared right now. The mission and serving in the temple has really strengthened my testimony of families and their role in God’s plan for His children. I know that families can be forever through the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know the priesthood can bind us together and seal us for time and all eternity. That’s all for this week.
Mahal ko kayong lahat!
Ingat kayo palagi!

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Week 77.2 – Family, Friends and Blessings

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My Birthday at Sweet Tomatoes

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My Niece Claire Shares My Birthday – Isn’t She So Cute?!!!!!!!!!

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Hey everyone! This post is coming later than usual. Not having a P-Day has thrown me off a little. It has been another great week back home. After having the surgery, my mom and I stayed in Utah for about a week until the doctor could take the drain tube out. It was a real blessing to be able to stay with my mom’s high school friend Shari. She’s a riot and we had a great time visiting others like her parents, my mom’s other friend Jennifer, and even my MTC companion Brandon Dunford. He came home with MSG poisoning and it was great to finally see him again and to meet his family. I could tell that it was hard for his parents and especially for him to not finish his mission, but I know that the Lord has a purpose for every trial he throws our way and the Dunfords have been doing all that they can to help others affected by what Brandon had. It was a great week and I was almost sad to make the trip back to Idaho.

I also had a birthday this last Friday and my relatives in Utah made it a great day! We went to a delicious place called Sweet Tomatoes and got to visit with my aunts, uncles, and cousins on the Beagley side. It was a really fun time and a better birthday than I expected. Thanks again to everyone who made it a great birthday despite me just having had surgery.

Recovery from the surgery is going well. I’m able to do most things with little to no pain and I’m off of the medicine that they gave me. It’s nice not to be too cooped up as I recover. My mom and I went to Costco the other day and as we were about to check out I heard some ladies near us speaking tagalog. I told my mom to get in their line and I followed with the cart. They were so surprised when I started speaking with them after asking them where they were from. Even the cashier lady was from the Philippines. It was a blessing from Heavenly Father to still be able to feel a connection with the Philippines and the Filipino people way out here in Idaho. Needless to say, it made my day.
I’ve been in contact with Elder Valdez and he says that the area is going great and they have a couple of potential baptisms coming up this month! It has been a great experience staying in touch with friends and old companions from my mission and friends that are still serving. I got an email from Mitch Cottle (a rugby teammate serving in Anaheim, California) and it really helped me remain focused and not get discouraged through this process.
One of the best things that happened this past week is that I’ve started working at the Boise temple. After meeting with a member of the temple presidency I was set apart and I just returned earlier to work my first shift. Even after just one day I know that this is what Heavenly Father wants me to do. The spirit is so strong in the temple, and I know that serving there will help me to keep the missionary spirit alive. I know that the blessings of the temple are real and that families are forever when we do our part to keep our covenants. I’m excited to continue to serve and learn in any way that I can so that I’ll be ready to go back out.
That’s all for this week!
Mahal ko kayong lahat!
Ingat kayo palagi!
-Elder Beagley