Brandon Beals is Serving in the Chile Osorno Mission from April 2013-April 2015
Monday, October 28, 2013
THIS WEEK WAS SO, SO GOOD!!!!!!
So this week we had to go into Punta Arenas to have a bunch of conferences, and some stake conferences as well as other stuff. But it was so, so awesome; because I got to see all the members from my old sector!!!!!! I was so happy to see them and it brought so, so much joy! It shows so much how important it is to serve a mission! There truly are people out there that only specific people can touch their lives. All of the members that I got to see have such a special place in my heart. And they have changed my life forever! I am so happy that I got to see them again because it helped me see the importance of being the best person you can be with every person you meet! Such a wonderful experience.
Anyways, I have been here the whole time so I didn't have a whole lot of time in my sector. But our investigators are for sure progressing! It is so cool to see the change in peoples lives.
Saturday night we had a stake conference. I learned so much about the work. Truly these are the last days and the work is definetly a sign of it. But the thing that was most important to me; that I learned during this conference; Of which I want to share with you guys; Is the importance of working together as missionaries and as members. The person that was speaking was a seventy and he said that... This is not the work of the missionaries, nor the work of the members; but it's the work of the Lord. And that we both have the same amount of responsibility to do the work. Whether a member or a missionary. He invited every person in the congregation to have a family home evening with someone who was either less active or not a member. To invite them to come to their house and have a family home evening, and BRING THEM TO THE GOSPEL. Then he brought up some logistics. He showed that Punta Arenas has 160,000 people; that 4,500 have been baptized as members, and that only 500 are active. Basically he said, "Brethren, we have work to do."
It was so inspiring as missionaries! It gave a such a wave of energy. Because truly we are incapable without the help of the members.
My point and invitation to all of you is TO PLEASE HELP THE MISSIONARIES IN YOUR AREA!!!! We need you help! And so does The Lord!!!!
Anyways, I love you all family and friends!!!! Thank you so so much for your prayers! I can feel the power and see the effects of them everyday! I am truly grateful for every little prayer! Thank you so much!
So this last week has been so, so, so crazy! we have been doing lots and lots of walking recently and less and less teaching. Satan has been trying to do any and every thing in the world to stop us from working because this place has turned into a literal gold mine! My companion and I have been whippin out the spirit left and right on people here and they are progressing so well! We have a family that we are teaching and they FINALLY accepted a baptismal date for the 16th of Nov!!! They are so excited and so am I! However, we found out that the reason she didn't want to get baptized and still kind of doesn't is because she is TERRIFIED OF WATER!!!!! she had a bad experince when she was little and is now scared, like literally so scared to get into water! But she is going do it!
My companion and I started a temple program here and it is going so, so great! The plan is to help every person go to the temple in 2014. And it is so wonderful to see how happy the families' are for it! We had our first ¨Family plan to go to the temple" I guess you would call it, this week, and it was so awesome and so powerful!
Next month we are going to have 4 baptisms and I am so, so, so excited! I hope I dont get transfered out of here before then! Because the people here are so so wonderful!
This is kind of our program with the members! we have a family home evening, they decide on a date, make some goals and a whole lot of other stuff goes into it as to when! So happy though, for this family!
How is jacob and preparing for his mission? I hope he gets called to OSORNO!!!! it is so sick here! It said in my patriarchal blessing that I will find joy in seeing my converts go forth and live the gospel! It is so true. That is certainly what makes me so, so, very happy! I think I am fluent now too, by the way! I hope you learn spanish so I can talk with you guys in spanish after the mission and perhaps during the mission!
Right now we have 3 brand new investigators who are taking lessons as of last night. Because they heard that I can play the piano. So they wanted us to come over! So amazing!!!! Although I think I forgot how to play the piano.
Thank you so much family for you love and your support! I love you all so so very much! Thank you for your prayers!
Alright so this week was a little slow but it was a fantastic week because of conference!!!!!
I didn't really understand everything because it was all in spanish and by the time we got to the last session my brain hurt so bad from trying to interpret everything that I caught almost nothing! But it doesn't even matter because the spirit is what testifies of the truth and really speaks to men!
My convert is doing wonderful! She is such a powerful person! Thank you so much for the prayers and support for her! I definetly know that they have had an affect in the simple process of conversion and following our savior Jesus Christ!
Yesterday was the day of transfers and it looks like I will be staying here in Porvenir for another 6 weeks! My companion and I have lots of high goals and expectations for this next 6 weeks and what we want to see come out from the Branch and our Investigators and I am so extremely excited!!!!
SHOUT OUT TO HERMANA DEWEY!!!!! During conference inbetween the session they had some program on and I SAW MY MTC TEACHER!!!!!!!! she was a teacher in a class in the mexico mtc!!!!! That is so sick!!!!!
It is so wonderful to hear from everyone and to hear about the BYU and other sport updates! Thank you so very much!!!! Wow, I can't believe it's hunting time. It's kinda weird but I actually miss hunting. Mostly because I wish I was spending time with my dad.
I love you all and I would encourage you to ALWAYS live the commandments of the LORD!!!! Never ever look back! If you need a recomfirmation, then ask for it as many times as you need it! The lord has blessings waiting to be taken up! We simply have to go and pick them up!
Also I would like to invite you all to take heed of the words of the prophets that we just heard and get involed in the work of the missionaries in the area you live!!!! The importance of this commandment is VERY BIG!!! as missionaries we are incapable without the members! Please help the missionaries in whatever way the lord wants you to!