Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Tue, Jul 12, 2011 at 2:53 PM
Email #41 – LaGrande, OR
Preface::: Story of the missing spoon from mom's email:
Dear Bevell Family,
Wow, I'm going to be honest here, this last email kinda made me jealous as I read about all the fun stuff you guys are doing with friends and family. I really do miss you guys. I have moments when I say in my head "What am I doing!!? I should be with my family, having fun, building relationships and hanging out with friends, working and going to college!" I realize more and more everyday what a sacrifice serving a mission is. Yes its fun, and I know that in the end it will all be worth it, but sometimes that doesn't seem to help. But even as I say that in my head I cannot deny how in a strange way we are growing closer together faster than we would if I was there with you guys.
Hooray! You found a spoon! lol, That really is funny! And the fact that a fork is now missing is pretty funny as well! The humor never stops! And to Stephen Shelley I say "hi" back! And also "WRITE ME!!!" lol.
Now for my week. Man it’s been crazy! So we got transfer calls this last Friday and Elder Richards and I are staying together in La Grande, we are both very happy about this. We have a new missionary in our apartment, his name is Elder Bell, he replaced Elder Rudd. Elder Bell is from Mesa AZ and he just graduated from West wood High! We have no hard feelings towards each other. lol.
We had the baptism of Trisha Takahashi this last Saturday!! It was simply beautiful! I got to talk about baptism and Elder Richards on the Holy Ghost, and after Trisha was baptized she stood up and bore her testimony. WOW is all I can say! She has such a strong testimony in this gospel and you can see how it has changed her! I feel so privileged to have been allowed to teach her. I will send you pictures when I can, my camera is back at the apartment right now.
We got a new investigator this last week who moved in from the Kenowick mission. Her name is Elizabeth Davis, (We call her Libby). She has already been taught and interviewed for baptism and has a date set for the 23rd of this month!! She is just great, and already knows so much about the gospel. We spoke to the missionaries who taught her and they said that when they would teach her she would understand what was being taught and could guess what was next! its crazy!
So things are only getting better here in La Grande and I am really excited for this next transfer!
Thanks for Finally sending the package! I have been waiting for that with such baited breath that I could catch a fish! (Baited breath! Get it? lol XP Well I love you all and look forward to reading your letters! Take care and keep the faith! I love you! Stay cool.
p.s. Hey dad, could you send me a line of authority chart? That would be great! Thanks!
And happy late birthday Dan!!!!!!!
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Tue, Jul 5, 2011 at 2:36 PM
Email #40 – LaGrande, OR
Dear Bevell Family,
Ignore that last email, for some reason the computer I am at decided to send it when I had just started. I'm emailing at the library here and to be honest, the computers here are not fun!!! I have to really push down on the keys to type my email, and it really annoys all of us. We used to email at the family history center but for some reason we are not allowed to email from there now. We're all still kinda sore about that. lol, anyway!
Life is very beautiful right now! I was in the car this morning driving back from staying at another elders house (we went and saw the fireworks over in Baker for the 4th) and I was thinking back on my life up to this point, and I realized that I have changed so much. A mission really does change you, and I am so grateful for that change! I am a better person, a different person! Overall...I'm liking the new me!! =D
The fireworks were pretty good. Nothing like what we would go and see, but it's a small town, and it was very nice. We watched it with our district leader Elder Shelly and his companion Elder Reel, and a family in their area. It was great to spend some time with them, and I thought of you guys as I watched the fireworks.
So this last week was a faith building moment. Last Wednesday the 29 of June, I was placed on a three day exchange with Elder Reel. Now this is the Elder Reel who had a hard time with my trainer Elder Mitchell. So you can imagine my distaste for this exchange. But I also saw it as a time to really learn to navigate my area, and to work on patience. So I said a prayer, and then planned what I was going to do for the next three days. They were all busy days so we wouldn't have to sit and do nothing. That was when I saw that Elder Reel has changed a lot. In lessons He was surprising me with ways to teach that I had never even thought of! I was amazed, and my faith increased. I was humbled those three days, as I looked past the faults, and simply loved who I was serving with. That's what this gospel is all about! It’s about loving each other! When we start to forget about what each other has done in the past, overlook each other’s flaws, and simply love one another, that is when the world will change. I know it, because I experienced it. And that is what changed me.
Transfer calls come this Friday, and I really am hoping and praying that Elder Richards and I will be staying together. And since you can't get me a GPS right now, I have decided to save up for one. I'm taking $20 each month, and just putting it aside, so in five months I should be able to afford a GPS of my own!!
That's all I am going to write for now, I will send you more details in snail mail. I love you all and pray for you every night! Take care and just love each other! Stay cool!