Elder Bean's Mission Scripture

Elder Bean's Mission Scripture:

Alma 26: 35

35 Now have we not reason to rejoice? Yea, I say unto you, there never were men that had so great reason to rejoice as we, since the world began; yea, and my joy is carried away, even unto boasting in my God; for he has all power, all wisdom, and all understanding; he comprehendeth all things, and he is a merciful Being, even unto salvation, to those who will repent and believe on his name.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Dec. 17, 2012 “First Batismo & Farewell, Elder Petersen”

Stefani's baptism

Primero Batismo!!!  So wonderful.  It’s all worth it!  It was a really special service, Elder Petersen and I sang a duet, and the spirit was really strong. This is what it is all about:  Helping people come unto Christ.  So good-- It’s all worth it!    

Oh, a lot happened this week, but was also very normal.  I’m hitting my “normal streak” I think... We’ll see if things get more exciting in the future. 
So, on quarta-feira (Wednesday) this week, we had interviews with President Martins.  Our scheduled time was for 1:20pm, but he was running REALLY behind and we didn’t start until 4:30pm.  [And we had planned to have almoco(lunch) with the family of the bishop at 2:00pm, but didn’t arrive until 5:30pm!  Nossa!  But, because Sister Bishop felt sorry for us, she sent us home with buckets filled with food! J  So good.] But back to the interviews, it was really cool to talk with President more about the missionary purpose and about what being a missionary means.  Some important things he said: “You are not David Bean right now.  You are Elder Bean.  You are here to live a consecrated life.  This is the only time in your life you can devote all your time to the Lord.  Live it to its fullest.”  Muito legal.  He really is an inspired leader for this work.  A very good man.

Letter-shout-out goes to Mom, Opie A, Laura W, and “The Chosen!” Thanks, all.  Also, to all you wonderful people back home who are wondering why I haven’t written responses to you yet, I will try to explain.  I am only allowed to write letters on P-day, between the hours 12 and 6, but I also have to eat, write the President, and clean.  So, truly, I really am trying, and you WILL get responses--every single one of you!  You are not forgotten, and I think about you all the time.  All 29 of you that I need to write back. J  But really, I will. 

Random notes:
1) I heard “Les Miserables” this week and just about died with joy and saudade!  Thanks Rosemary, Catie, Stephanie, McKann, Johnny, Aaron, Matthew, Andrew, and you others who made Sunday nights so fantastic.  Good memories.
2) To all you girls that are getting your calls!  One piece of advice:  study Preach My Gospel now, because in the MTC you won’t have time.  And thanks for the updates on who is going where!  Keep the info coming! J
3) I promise you that headphones are of the devil and if you use them you will miss opportunities/inspiration from the Holy Ghost.  J  Okay, no more soap box.
4) I hear a lot of saxophone music when we’re walking on the street.  Ah man I wish I could play... But it always makes me super happy to hear.  I sigh, gasp, and live the moment.  Ba ha.
5) Mom, I always make my bed in the morning, haven’t missed a day yet. J
6) Sad bit of news.  Elder Petersen was too good to last.  I found out today he’s getting transferred to Sao Roque.  So I only have one more day to learn all I can from him.  Oh man.  I was really hoping he would be able to finish my training.  Well, what I learned from Elder Petersen: Everything. J But more specifically, patience.  Muito Paciencia.  Also, all the functionalities of missionary work, a ton of Portugues, how to be grateful and selfless, to really think about the people, to be obedient first, and many, many other things.  I’m so grateful I got a good trainer - I’m sad he’s leaving, but I know the Lord knows best.  Boa Sorte, Elder Petersen!  Sao Roque is getting a great missionary. 

Well folks, that’s all for now!  Next letter I’ll tell you all about my new companion!  Keep praying, read the scriptures, love you all.  Ate aproximo semana. 
Elder Bean

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