Brandon Beals is Serving in the Chile Osorno Mission from April 2013-April 2015
Monday, November 24, 2014
This last week has been a really really good week! My companion and I have been struggling to find new people. But this last week we found somebody!!!!! We found a guy that is adventist. He has been so so prepared by the Lord to hear the gospel. I was on an exchange with another elder and we decided to go to a street just to knock doors ? So we go over to the street and we contacted a guy that was walking in the street who was really receptive and he told us that we can pass by and that his house was just down the street... so we went down the street to write down the address of the contact we had just made, and we decided to knock on the door of the house next to it... so we did that, and some guy answered and said... "What do you guys want?" We said 'We are missionaries from the church of Jesus Christ. and he said "Oh the Mormons... come on in. I want to know what you guys have got to say." So we went in and shared a brief message about the apostasy and the restored church and everything, and he was really, really interested. Then he told us... "I was just about to go to bed and go out and lock up my gate and my door and everything when I just had the thought that someone was going to come and knock on my door. So I decided to wait just a little bit and that's when you guys knocked on my door!" How sweet is that! But it doesn't end there!!! Yesterday we had another appointment with him. After we shared a message with him. he explained to us how he has been going through depression, becuase he is 52, never has been married, never has had kids, lives alone and just has a boring life. He said that a neice of his asked him if he was part of any religion. He said "Yeah, but I'm done with religion and don't really want anything more to do with it." and she said, "Well, you should to look up about the Mormons. Because if you do you will find some amazing things that will change your life." He had agreed and everything, but he thought, "I'm never going to look them up..." He explained to us that he thought "If it really is from God and if it really is as great as she says, they will come to me, but I'm not going to go and look for them!" Hahaha, and so we came!!!! So he has been reading the Book of Mormon. He LOVES everything that we share with him! He is now preparing for baptism in December!!! So this week has been a really good one! Today we have an appointment with the guy we contacted in the street who lives next door! So hopefully we will get another investigator there as well! Man the work is just great!!!! And everything is starting to go really, really, well here!!!! Anyways, I don't have much time for more stories but I love the work! I love the Lord! I love the gospel! and I love all you family and friends! see you all soooooooon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This last week was just another great week! We had the opportunity to be able to meet with Elder Viñas and Elder nelson and it was super, super wonderful! They are such inspired men! And their wives are just as inspired! I learned so, so, so much from them! From the mission work, to choosing my wife! Hahaha. They talked about a lot of good stuff, that really got everyone excited! Also this week we had a conference with our mission president, so that just made it all the better! So it was a really wonderful week! I've really grown a lot closer to Christ this last week. And so, as expected, Satan has thrown a mix into everything! Everything leading up to the coming of Elder Nelson was absolutely crazy! The mission, our zone and our sector was just crazy! But now we are just going to keep pushing forward!" Anyways, I don't have a whole lot of time to write, like always. But I love you all! I am so greatful for this wonderful gospel and the wonderful blessings I have recieved to be a member of Christ's church! Everyday I think of how big of a blessing the mission is for me! The Lord is so loving! And so smart!
Alright y'all I got my new slogan CTTE (commited to the end) I'm gonna make sure that I give it my everything these last five months of my mission. So that I can stand before the Lord one day and tell him that I gave my all to the work of salvation!
We have an investigator that we are working with that is super, super awesome! She is so, so, so, so ready to be baptized. But the problem is that she is living with somebody and has been for like the past four years. They had a baby together and she has been wanting to marry him for a while. The problem is that he is already married to someone else. So, legally, they wouldn't be able to get married, making her unqualified for baptism! And to make it worse, this man is a drunk so he doesn't want anything to do with us. And, he's not even willing to get a divorement from his old wife...but she is BY FAR!!!! thee best investigator I have EVER SEEN or HEARD ABOUT in the mission! It breaks my heart!
Anyways these last couple of weeks have been kind of hard! We are trying to find new investigators. But things aren't coming together as well as we thought they would... So that is kind of hard. But like I said I am going to give it my all everyday so that things do work out!
This Wednesday, we are going to be going down to Osorno to have a conference with Elder Nelson of the Quorum of the twelve apostles and Elder Viñas of the 70, again! I am super excited and I hope we get some new ways to do the work and to be better missionaries! So I am super excited for that opportunity!!!!!
The mission is just absolutely wonderful and amazing! Everyday my understanding of the gospel and of my Savior Jesus Christ just grows so much! Yesterday, I think I got my first glace of a real understanding of the sacrament as I was passing it. I just got overwhelmed to realize what the sacrament really means! Such a confirming experience! I loved every moment! I love the work! I love all of you! And, I love my Savior Jesus Christ! Thank you so much for all that you guys do for me! For you prayers and everything!
Alright I don't have a whole lot of time like always so I've got to be quick. This last week was super super slow.... I have had a cold for about three weeks now and it isn't getting any better at all. So the nurse sent me to the clinic and I've been in the house for the last couple days because the doctor said I'm not getting any better because I work to hard and don't rest enough. Hahahah fair enough. But now I've got a really bad cough like my companion had It doesn't really look like I'm getting any better. This last Sunday our convert blessed the sacrament and I blessed it with him. It was a super, and wonderful experience. I was super nervous for him become he gets a little nervous. Which made me kind of nervous. But he did a great job! He didn't mess up or anything. So it was just wonderful! It was just a wonderful experience for him and also the branch that we are in. This morning my companion and I have been running all over the north part of the mission looking for a missionary that ran away last night in our zone. So right now I am absolutely tired to death.
Anyways, besides that, everything here is going well! The work is progressing. Thank you so much family and friends for all your love and support! I love you all! Thank you so so so very much!