A missionary leaves her family for a short time, so that those she teaches may be with their families forever!”

Monday, April 17, 2017

Happy Easter 🐣🐇🐰

Sorry for my novel last week, this week should not be nearly as long. Mostly because I do not want to take that much time to write a letter again, writing is not one of my talents. But this week was really good. There were quite a few miracles, and Sister Brumett and I learned a lot about the Spirit this week. And we had some really good revelations too.

I love this place. The people are wonderful. We are teaching so many amazing people. Our teaching pool has tripled in the last two weeks, and now we are struggling to keep up. It's a good problem to have, but it is a learning curve.

Let's see... highlights of the week, Monday we taught a super cute family and they loved it ❤️ they are so going to the temple soon, we can just see them there. They have all the right questions and desires. Tuesday we took our recent convert and his wife to the family history center again, they loved it. And there was chocolate cake there. Mmmmmmm. Then we had one of our investigators come to the Relief Society activity that night and it was all about scripture study, and everyone was challenged to read the whole Book of Mormon by the end of they year. That was so great! Then on Wednesday we taught Book of Mormon class, and I have to say, I LOVE ETHER! It's the best! We talked about Ether 4, and I really love verse 12 because it talked about how every good thing comes from God. EVERYTHING that is good is because of God. That's a thought to think about. You could take years trying to process that one.

And then on Thursday we had an amazing zone conference. I learned so much, and I set a lot of goals. It was really neat. Also, we filled Easter eggs with our recent convert and his wife, mostly his wife, and she loved it! She is so cute!

Friday was pretty normal, but one highlight was when we called our investigator to invite her to church she said that she was reading the pamphlets just as we called! It was so exciting! I love her!
Saturday was our exciting day this week, and the day we learned a lot about the spirit. It started with a ward choir practice that was super fun, we sang "I Know That My Redeemer Lives" (and it was gorgeous). Then we went off to our day. First we had an incredible lesson with another beautiful family. The father was so ready for the gospel, and he really wants to get closer to God and be the kind of family man he is supposed to be. It was so good. After that we had a creepy encounter with a man that we felt we had to leave right away, so we walked away and said a prayer of sort of comfort and helping us move on with our day. Then we went to go see our investigator that is supposed to get baptized this Saturday, but the whole time we were talking to him there was this negative feeling and he was back to his crazy self before we had been teaching him the gospel. It was pretty freaky. Then Sister Brumett felt prompted to bless his home (which is a tool that was described to us at zone conference) and when we did that that negative evil feeling was gone, and the investigator was back to himself, a man filled with light and the gospel changing his life. It was beautiful, and the difference was powerful. After that when we were sitting outside our next appointment we still felt a lingering negative feeling, and we sad a prayer to send the evil spirit around us away, and when we used the name of Jesus Christ it left and peace filled the car. Again, that difference was palpable. All that day we bore our testimonies powerfully in that name of Jesus Christ. I know it affected those we talked to, and it definitely strengthened my testimony and knowledge of the Spirit, of how God gave us each situation-and in that order-to prepare us for the next one, of the power and influence that not only we as missionaries have, but mostly of the use of the name of 'Jesus Christ'. The authority that name gives us over Satan and his followers. That whole experience was frightening, but beautiful. The Lord is in charge, and Satan's power is pitiful. All he can do is frighten us, but he cannot withstand the power of Christ. Sister Brumett and I were reminded of Alma 30:48-50, 60, it's true.

Sunday was a beautiful day where we were able to be guided by the spirit again to make sure we have a priesthood holder with us the next time we plan to go over there, so we decided to wait a day before going back to our investigator's house. So we went somewhere else, and were able to be an answer to prayer, to give relief and fill a home with the calming Spirit of a lady who was having a rough day yesterday. It was great.

This week was full of miracles, and many blessings.

Another revelation this week: Keep the Sabbath Day Holy (this is not the only part of it, but this is something we figured out together with the spirit during weekly planning): This is the day that your family learns to love each other. If you always do everything the same everyday, your family does not learn to love each other. This is the day set apart for your family to learn to love each other. This is the day set apart for your family to learn to love and to have peace in your home. You need a break from the world constantly bombarding you with false views of family life. You need time to heal your family and protect them from the week's attacks. That is what we are asked to specifically not compete, work or spend money on the sabbath. Also I found this fun scripture this week, Nehemiah 13:15-22, it's a big deal. (I love the Bible).

And more revelation, this was something that we thought about a lot: "I am the same yesterday today and forever." 2 Nephi 27:23, with Christ, you know who you're getting everyday. You can always count on Him to love you unconditionally. You never have to wonder how He feels about you from one day to the next. There is never going to be a day where He suddenly hates you. There will never be a time when he no longer loves you. He never changes! He is our rock and our salvation. Look unto him for all your answers, because He has them! And He is perfect. And He has absolute perfect love for you!

This gospel is beautiful. There is so much to learn, and yet so little. You could understand it all, but never fully grasp all is means. It is complex and perfect. It is simple and easy. It is a blessing to know about and I am grateful for the opportunity to share it, 2 Nephi 2:8!

And of course, because yesterday was Easter I must share this scripture that I love, "And now, after the many testimonies which have been given of him, this is the testimony, last of all, which we give of him: That he lives! For we saw him, even on the right hand of God; and we heard the voice bearing record that he is the Only Begotten of the Father--That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God." D&C 76:22-24

Love y'all!
Sister Beckstrand

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