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.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Feb 18, 2013 “And I say, ‘Hey! What a wonderful kind of day!’”

NOTE from Elder Bean's Mom:  We finally got a whole bunch of "blog" letters!!!  I'll post them as fast as I can (they come handwritten and I get to type them).  You will recognize from the news he recounts the background stories to some of the pictures I have previously posted.  Have fun matching the pictures to the blogs!]

 Hey, everybody!  God is good!  And so was this week! J  I baptized a woman last Saturday, and it was super special.  She is the mother of two, has a good husband, and she is setting the example for her family.  Her story:  she has a sister in the other ward, and for some time now she’s been visiting that ward with her sister.  So what she needed, more than anything, was a friend in our ward, connections, etc., to have the desire to switch over [members of the church attend the ward within their prescribed geographical area].  And now, we experienced a miracle.  When we first arrived for her baptism, there was no one there. We went upstairs to find her  some baptismal clothing (a white jumpsuit), and we discovered the entire Relief Society from our ward finishing a meeting! J  We invited them all to come downstairs and watch the baptism,  and show their support, and they all came.  It was perfect!  The new member met the Relief Society Presidency, and many, many new friends, and other women who will help her with her kids, etc.  It was exactly what she needed – such a tender mercy. J  Her husband came to the baptism, and attended church the next day to watch the confirmation.  He really liked it, and he felt the Spirit. 

That same Sunday, another one of our investigators, with tears in her eyes, finally made the decision to go to church. She loved it and felt the Spirit, and said she is going back!  J  The recent converts I’ve been able to work with are getting stronger and stronger [in their faith in Christ], and they’re changing more and more [putting off the “natural” or worldly self, and becoming more Christ-centered].  It is seriously miraculous to see.

And!  I hear that my twin sister Emily is still keeping on, keeping on in the MTC in the Dominican RepublicJ  Like always, I’m so proud of her.  

The work here is progressing so well!  It’s Great (with a capital G)!

So…the night after the baptism of this woman, Elder Nielsen and I were about to do another visit before returning home, but just as we were about to enter, we got a call from some members who said that the woman who was baptized a few hours ago was suddenly super sick – and that we needed to help her, to get to her fast!  Without a second thought, Elder Nielsen and I ran (literally sprinted) twenty minutes to the other side of our area to her house (we were half expecting to cast out devils that had gotten hold of out convert), but when we arrived, we found her, her husband, her two children, her sister and other family members and friends all smiling and looking perfectly healthy.  They started to laugh as they revealed some pizza and soda.  Uh-huh…they had tricked us to get us to come to a party celebrating her baptism!  And they knew we wouldn’t have come if we had known it was a party!  It was kinda cute, a little funny, but mostly…painful!  [That was a long, frantic run to her house!].  Some people!  J Baha!  But the pizza here is really good.  There are like a million different types, too.

Okay, one last bit of interesting news:  We had a temple trip scheduled for this last week, but President Martins called the zone leaders to let us know that as a mission, we weren’t worthy to go to the temple.  He said that individually, there are many of us who are clean / temple worthy, but as a mission, we need to be more obedient.  Wow!  It was a shocker, but I think it’s cool we are going to be “raising the bar.”  Elder Nielsen and I have already made a list of the few rules we weren’t fulfilling with exactness, and started working on them.  We can already see a difference in our work.  Obedience = blessings.  Just be obedient, people!  This life is really simple: obey the commandments, and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. J
It feels like we’re starting a new phase for the Mission Sao Paulo Norte.  J
Well, until next week, that’s all for now, folks.
Yours truly, Elder David Bean  

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