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. 25, 2013 Happy Birthday to you! Happy "birth"-day to me!

First things first:  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOM!  J  Sure love you, and I’m so grateful for you, your example, your support and love.  Hope you had a fantastic day! 
Second things second:  I was baptized twelve years ago on the same day as my mom’s b-day.  J  It was cool talking with our investigators about what my baptism was like and how special it was.  I remember so much about that day from so long ago. 

Our district leader has challenged us to invite someone to be baptized every day, and that has helped us keep our focus and purpose in mine:  share more about this special ordinance/covenant which Jesus showed us by His example and Word is a commandment. 

Elder Nielsen baptized a woman this week, and she has a miracle story that is super cool!  She had been investigating the church for about a year, and had never felt like it was her time to get baptized.  She and the missionaries had been praying that she would be able to find work, which she found, but worked on Sundays.  Elder Nielsen and I challenged her to find a job where she didn’t have to work on Sundays.  So, one day last week, she left her house to go our and find a new job…which she found!  She showed her faith, and that same day she found a job that was better than the first, and that didn’t required her to work on the Sabbath. J  I believe in miracles!  And it gets better!  As she was riding the bus home after finding the new job, she said a prayer to thank God, and as she opened her eyes, she saw us, the Elders, walking down the street.  She felt a strong prompting that she should move forward with baptism, and the next day, asked us if she could be baptized!!!  We were like, “Wha--at?  Are you serious?”  And then we realized her faith and God’s hand in both her new job and her decision to be baptized. Wow –very powerful, and so cool.

Know what else is cool?  Getting letters from my family, Maren (good luck in the MTC!) Sister Olivia, Bao. Ashley M, Seth M, Aunt Jody, cousin Will and my wonderful Grandma.  Thanks, too, for two packages from the best mom in the world!  A new Preach My Gospel, some candy and muffin mixes definitely made this missionary feel loved.  And seriously, guys -  all of you people writing -  you’re so great!  Your letters really keep the spirits up. The love is real.  J

So…we have an investigator who owns a restaurant, and he’s going to invite all his employees to listen to our lessons!  How cool!  I accept. J

We also had interviews with President Martins a few days ago.  Our time was scheduled for 11:00 am, but we didn’t get to meet with him until 5:00 pm.  Ha – six hours waiting in the same chair for two minutes speaking with him!  Baha—but I got to know the other members of my zone really well.

So…to wrap it up:  The work is super good!  The ward is starting to get really involved, and we’re teaching a lot of people with potential to move forward in accepting the Gospel. As missionaries we are called to find and teach people who want to come closer to Christ.  It is a little sad that not everyone progresses to that point, but all of Father’s children are under His care and watchful eye.  In general, Nova Granada is progressing super well. It’s exciting to see the momentum of this “stone cut out of a mountain” as it begins to roll forth. J
Hey, I sure love and miss you all.  Be good.  Search for opportunities to sever, to be better, to grow.  Until next week, Love, Elder David Bean

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