Week 83 – Commitment To a “Mighty Change of Heart”

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This is Brother Ralph, his soon to be wife Sister Len, and Kreisha (pretty much the cutest little filipino girl I’ve ever seen)
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This is Brother Chito. He wanted us to take a picture so that he could send it to his Sister. He said it would make her happy to see him back at church.
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This is Brother Nephi, our ward mission leader.
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A bunch of members and missionaries in Las Piñas ward
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I made some delicious sinigang this week
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We eat outside sometimes when it’s not too hot
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We had a funny experience this last Monday. The Sister missionaries in our ward asked us for permission to visit some members that live in our area. We told them that they couldn’t because we’re only allowed to cross areas to visit the Bishop if he asks us to. We were in a lesson with the Robles family at around 7 PM and what do ya know? The Sisters show up at the door! The look of terror on their faces when they saw us was pretty hilarious. That’s just one reason why it pays to be obedient!
We found a new family this week! A member brought her friend to church last week and we ended up teaching her, her sister, and her mom. They are the Rin Family. The mother said that she has been to a lot of different churches, but they all have things that she doesn’t agree with so she’s still searching. We had two really great lessons with them this past week and they all came to church yesterday! I’m excited to continue teaching them this next week!
We were walking through the market a few weeks ago and a man said “Elders.” We stopped to talk to him and found out that his name is Chito and he’s a member who has been less active for a long time. He was baptized back when the only church in the area was a couple hours away in Makati and was very active before, but hadn’t been to church in Las Piñas for years. We invited Brother Chito to come to church and we got his address so that we could visit him. We tried to visit him a few times after that but he was never home. We thought he might be really busy working and that was probably why he wasn’t coming to church. We’ve run into lots of less active members like that before so we didn’t think much of it. Then, last Sunday during second hour, he walks right into gospel principles class! I wish I had a picture of what my face looked like when I saw him because I was very surprised. We scheduled a return appointment with Brother Chito and were able to teach him twice this past week. He told us that he felt like Heavenly Father put us in the right place that day at the market to bring him back. He also came yesterday and even wanted to take a picture with us so that he could send it to his sister in Japan. He said that it would make her happy to see him back at church. I know that Heavenly Father really did guide us to Brother Chito and I know that he is using us as instruments to help him come back to activity in the Church. I’m grateful for miracles like this one. All Brother Chito needed was someone to be there to invite him. We didn’t really do much, but Heavenly Father made it happen.
I have been learning a lot about what is called in the scriptures, “a mighty change of heart.” It was the main topic of our last MLC and our last zone meeting. I wanted to share with you a thought that I had come into my head during studies. We read in the scriptures stories like Paul’s or Alma’s where they had a big event lead to their “mighty change.” But it’s not always like that, so I was thinking “what is it that has to happen for someone to have this change?” Then I realized that we will always have our free agency. Just because Jesus Christ appeared to Saul doesn’t mean that Saul was forced to change his life. He chose to do it. Just because Alma saw an angel doesn’t mean he instantly became a good person. It’s our choice. We choose to make the change, and once we make the choice we have to labor and work to remain faithful to the Savior. Just like Alma did, (Alma 36:24) we must “labor without ceasing.” I hope that we can all choose, today, to follow the Savior and live to be true to that commitment.
That’s all our time for this week. I love you guys and I hope you have a great week!
Mahal namahal ko kayong lahat!
Ingat kayo palagi!
-Elder Beagley

Week 82 – The Spirit Guides and Comforts Heavenly Fathers Children

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This is us with Bishop Flores. He served in the California, San Francisco Mission.

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It was National Service Day here this last Saturday.

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The Pineapple Tool I Bought at Home. It works! We’ve done this twice now!

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Kakaiba ang umaga namin dito.  It has been another great week!

Here are the highlights:
We had an OYMing experience that led to us finding some Less-Actives. This last Monday night we were going to have a returning member named Crisanto work with us. We had told him to meet us at a specific street corner in our area. We got there a little early so we decided to print off the MLC notes at a “piso print” place on the corner. After printing them off we still couldn’t see brother Crisanto so we started OYMing some men at a coconut juice stand. They weren’t all that interested, but we did our best to invite them to learn more. As we talked with them Brother Crisanto arrived and, after leaving a pamphlet with the men, we turned to head toward our first appointment. As we started walking away, I heard someone say “Mormons ba kayo?” (Are you mormons?) and I turned to see a woman with a small child. We started talking with her and she told us that her name is Sister Mancao and she was baptized in Sambales. I felt the Spirit and knew that we had been guided in OYMing those men. If we hadn’t stopped to talk to them, we wouldn’t have met sister Mancao. We set up a return appointment and headed off to our lesson. The amazing part is that when we went to the return appointment it turns out that Sister Mancao has some member neighbors that had been looking for the missionaries but had never seen them (They live in a compound of houses built on top of each other where we hadn’t been before). I know that Heavenly Father led us to these two families to help them return to full activity in the church. I’m grateful for all of these “little miracles” with which Heavenly Father blesses us.
We also had my first Zone Meeting back in the field this last week! It went great! Besides teaching about the mission vision, I gave the opening remarks. I had all of this stuff planned, but as soon as I started talking I had this feeling of gratitude come over me and I realized just what a blessing it is to be a missionary again. I told the zone that if they feel like they miss music or movies or anything worldly I promise that they’ll miss being a missionary more. There really is nothing like it. I hope that we can help them achieve the mission vision of getting families to the temple
The last thing I want to share this week is about Brother Ralph. He’s the investigator that will be getting married and baptized soon. This last week during our lesson on Wednesday he and his soon to be wife, Sister Len, seemed kinda sad and told us that they didn’t know if they would have the money that they need for the marriage license and everything. We were really praying for them and asked sister Menil to go over and talk with Sister Len. They also talked to Bishop on Sunday and they now have a solid plan to get married on the 21st! That means that Brother Ralph will be baptized on the 28th. We are so excited for them!
I want to leave my testimony that I know that families can truly be together forever and that the Priesthood makes it possible. I know that Heavenly Father hears and answers our prayers. Most of all I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior. I love you guys! Have a great week!
Mahal namahal ko kayong lahat!
Ingat kayo palagi!
-Elder Beagley

Week 81 – The Savior Wants to Give Us All That He Has

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Two of My Favorite Things – Filipinos and Mangga (Mangoes)

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Elder Lumanta with His New Matching Tie Clip

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 MTC Batch at MLC

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It’s back to the washing bin for me! I actually kind of missed this…

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The Little Pineapple I showed You on Our Call

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Happy Mothers Day!!!!!!

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Maligayang Araw ng mga Nanay! Happy Mother’s Day!!!

Mom, I love you tons! I can’t describe how grateful I am that you are my mom. It was great to spend those 2 months with you. Thanks for taking care of me after the surgery. Thank you for all that you do and for being who you are. Mahal namahal kita inay! (I love you so much mom!)
Here are the highlights for the week:
MLC this last week was amazing! President Ostler gave me a big hug and I could feel his and Sister Ostler’s love for me. It’s so great to be back! We talked about the missionaries having a “mighty change of heart” (Mosiah 5:2) and really becoming consecrated missionaries. Elder Leofo, one of the assistants said this, “They say you don’t know what you have until it’s gone, it’s also true that we don’t know what’s missing until it arrives… that’s how it was when I gained a testimony of the Savior.” I also loved President Ostler’s quote that I shared with you guys, “Put it all on the sacrificial altar. It’s all worldly stuff anyway.” another thing he said was, “The Lord is looking for heirs. He wants to give us all that He has.” I love how he puts things into perspective. It was great to be at another MLC.
I wanted to share about an investigator named Sister Jocelyn. Her brother is a recent convert who moved into our area after being baptized. When I first arrived in this area and we taught sister Jocelyn, Elder Smith and I both had the feeling that she wasn’t especially interested. She’s nice and willing to listen because of her brother’s experience with the gospel, but she wasn’t very progressing at that time. Two things have since happened that have made the difference for Sister Jocelyn. The first is that she started to keep her commitment to read the Book of Mormon. She had read the introduction and testimonies and started first Nephi when we visited her a little over a week ago. After that lesson she started to ask us more questions and showed some interest to know more. The second thing that happened was that she was invited to and attended a ward outing two Saturdays ago. She had a great time and apparently felt the love of the members because she came to church the next day. She also came this last Sunday. It truly is a miracle to see people accepting the gospel and receiving its blessings in their lives. In our last lesson with Sister Jocelyn she had some great questions. One was about the responsibilities that members have once they are baptized, but the second question was the one that really stood out. She has a one year old son but has been separated from the father for a while now. As we taught about the Atonement and the Resurrection she asked us, “After we die, will we still be with our families?” I felt the Spirit and knew that Sister Jocelyn was feeling it too. We explained that through the Atonement and the Priesthood we can be sealed and become eternal families. She smiled as we shared. I know that Heavenly Father’s plan is truly a plan of happiness. I know that the priesthood authority provides the way and that we can be with our families for eternity if we will come unto Christ together.
I’m out of time but I love you all so much and I’m glad that I got to talk to everyone! Tell Jessi and the kiddos thanks for the great song!
Mahal namahal ko kayong lahat!
Ingat kayo palagi!
-Elder Beagley

Week 80 – Apply The Teachings From The Book Of Mormon in Our Lives

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P-Day Trike Ride

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Elder Guzman

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Our Kabahays (Housemates)

Elder Guzman from Tarlac, Philippines And Elder Jones from the UK

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Magandang Tanghali (Good Afternoon) Poe (the Poe is a joke about this lady running for President here -see 2nd photo)   It has been another amazing week!

No, I didn’t get to see Elder Valdez before he left. Apparently they took him to the airport that night that I got back.

I had my first district meeting back in the field on Tuesday. Our district leader is Elder Lambert. The sisters had to go have a check up so it was just us 4 Americans. Which was a little strange but fun. Sister Ortea joked on Sunday that we should have sang the Star-Spangled Banner for our opening hymn in District Meeting. Too bad we didn’t think of that… The district meeting was about helping investigators pray and receive an answer for themselves. It went pretty well and we were able to apply that throughout the week.

I wanted to tell you about a family that we have been teaching. The Espidido family lives in CAA, a really crowded part of our area. Before I got here, their mom literally chased down the missionaries and told them to come and visit. She’s a member, but she works abroad in Macao and was home for just a little vacation. We went and taught them for the first time last week. The most progressing member of the family that we have taught is Brother Thet (the son). He has read all of the assignments we’ve given him in the BOM and he and his grandmother came to church yesterday! His mom has since returned to Macao, but she’s still messaging them and encouraging them to go to church.
Another one of our investigators is Brother Ralph. He’s living with a sister who is a member and they have already been processing their marriage papers so that he can be baptized. The most amazing thing about Brother Ralph is that he finished the Book of Mormon last week. He’s not even a member yet and he has already read the whole thing! His faith is continually growing and he has a great testimony.
For my last highlight I wanted to share about a lesson that Elder Lambert and I had while we were on exchanges this past week. During planning, Elder Lambert explained the situation of one sister that we would be teaching. Sister Merlene is working as a maid for an elderly brother in the ward and asked the Elders for a Book of Mormon when they came to visit the member. They gave her her own copy of the Book of Mormon and scheduled a return appointment. Elder Lambert and I headed over to the lesson on Thursday afternoon. Brother Rosario invited us in and sat down while Sister Merlene got her Book of Mormon from upstairs. When we started the lesson and began following up with Sister Merlene we were happy to hear that she had been reading in her free time. We asked her what she had learned and she told us that she read about repentance in Mosiah. The next thing that she said really struck me. She said, “Nakita ko ang pagkakamali ko at nagsisi ako.” (I saw my mistakes and repented.) I felt the Spirit then and knew that Sister Merlene has been prepared to receive the gospel at this time. She not only started reading the Book of Mormon right away but is already trying to apply its teachings in her life. I thought about before the mission. I would sometimes read the Book of Mormon just to say that I was reading, but how much of it did I really take in? I feel like a lot of members could learn from Sister Merlene’s example to immediately apply the things we learn and change our lives.
I’m out of time but I love you all! Have a great week!
Mahal namahal ko kayong lahat!
Ingat kayo palagi!
-Elder Beagley