Monday, June 25, 2012

Been a "WOW" week...

Date:     Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 1:07 PM
Email #90 – New Plymouth, ID

Dear Bevell Family,
   It has been a wow week! Elder Melchior and I have been pushing hard and miracles are happening in New Plymouth. This week was a 28 lesson week! But that is not the best part. The best part was what we did a lot of this week. Tracting!!!
   Yep, this week we decided to fill in our free time with tracting, and I am grateful we did. I have never had this much success in tracting before. Most of the tracting happened in the Fruitland 3rd ward, which is our slowest ward. We met all kinds of people. They were kind, some were not, some would slam the door, and others stand and listen then say no. Some would thank us for our efforts to make the world a better place, others told us we were going to hell. Only one really got my blood boiling.
   Anyway we did find some people who were very receptive. We passed out a few book of Mormons, and we even set some return appointments. One of them was Debbie. She is Hawaiian and she really wants to know the truth. We met with her yesterday with our ward mission leader. She asked a lot of questions about Joseph Smith which we answered and invited her to hear our entire message. We testified that the message we have to share will bless her life and it is something she will want in her life. She accepted! New investigator!!!
   This Sunday was a really good one as well. A mom spoke about her son who is out on his mission and how much he has learned so far. I sat and thought about everything that has happened to me on my mission and all that I have learned as well. It's a lot. lol. The stuff that stands out to me the most is how much better I am at recognizing the spirit, how I'm not afraid to talk to just anyone and everyone, (well not as much as I used to be anyways.) I'm a better leader, I'm not afraid to voice my opinion in the proper settings anymore. Best of all though is how much my faith and testimony has grown. I know this gospel is what I need in my life. It's because of this gospel that I am who I am today.
   Well, that’s all I got for now. I'm glad to hear you are all save and having fun. You are in my prayers. I love you all. Stay cool!
                       -Elder Bevell-

Monday, June 18, 2012

Characteristics of Conversion

Date:     Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 3:07 PM
Email #89 – New Plymouth

   First off, I'm sorry that the past week wasn’t the best for you. But life is like that. Something I have noticed though on the mission is when you have a bad day, a good day usually follows! If not then a super good day will come when the bad days are over. lol.
   You will be happy to hear that I had a very good week as we had another 23 lessons this week! This only shows us that we can get at least 20 lessons each week here. We are truly seeing the blessings of the Lord in our lives.
We also had a baptism this last Saturday! Charity Huston was baptized and I was asked to perform the baptism and Elder Melchior confirmed her the following Sunday. The baptism was awesome. There were a few non members there so Elder Melchior taught about priesthood authority and how it was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. The spirit was felt.
   Now for something cool I learned this week from my companion! We were having companionship study and were talking about what we could do to better feel and understand the promptings from the Holy Ghost in our lives. As we talked a random question popped up. Does our obedience show our conversion to the Gospel? We then read a little from "True to the Faith" under the section Characteristics of people who are converted. The five sections that are under that are;
 1.  They desire to do good.
 2.  They rebel not against the Lord.
 3.  They share the Gospel.
 4.  They are filled with love.
 5.  They strive for greater conversion.
I have decided to do my best to follow these five steps and I know that by doing so I will feel a greater abundance of God’s Love for me. I hope you find this just as powerful and cool as I do.
   I love you all, I love the mission and I love the gospel! I am so grateful that I came on a mission, for I know if I hadn't I would be in a very dark place. I am grateful for the second and third and unlimited chances that my Savior gives me and the strength I receive as I do my best to serve Him. You are always in my prayers! Stay cool!
                -Elder Bevell-

p.s. The pictures are Elder Melchior and I sword fighting. One of them is me holding Sting!!!!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Staying in New Plymouth!

Date:     Mon, Jun 11, 2012 at 1:34 PM
Email #88 – New Plymouth, ID

Hello Bevells!
   My week has been superb!! Want to know why? It's because Elder Melchior and I did more than just achieve our weekly goals we exceeded them! We planned for 20 total lessons this week and ended with 23!!! This is the first time on my mission having taught over 20 lessons, and it feels great. We are hoping to get even more this next week.
   Oh and transfers are, I'm staying with elder Melchior! =D We work really well together. And I missed getting my stuff to elder Johnson so hopefully the zone leaders can get it to him before he ships out. And no I did not give him your phone number, just our address on the box.
   I'm glad you are doing good, Mom, with your stomach. Did I tell you Elder Jones has to get his gall bladder taken out. I'm sure he will be just fine but a few more prayers can't hurt.
   So, like I said we had over 20 lessons this week so I am very tired. lol. It's the good tired though. It felt so good to be working hard, when we taught I could feel the spirit directing our conversation. We were able to resolve concerns, and help people better keep the commitments we give them. The greatest blessing of all this week however came from two single mom families. The Airaldis and the Huston. The two oldest Airaldi boys and Charity Huston all told their parents they want to be baptized ASAP! So we now have a baptism set for this Saturday the 16th and for the 23rd as well! I so very excited!!! The wards are very happy too since it's been a while since they had an investigator baptism. The Huston's even made their own special baptism invitations. I really love this area and I hope I stay here for the rest of my mission!
Good job Izaak on teaching the lesson on Sunday! I am really impressed. Breck, I hope and pray the doctors will be able to continue to help you, I love you and you are in my prayers! <3
    I love and miss you all; I will try hard to stay strong to the end! Thanks for your prayers love and support! Stay cool!
             -Elder Bevell-
p.s. The pictures go as follows:

   Elder Johnson and I.

   District picture.

   Me and my guns! lol.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Day by Day...

Date:     Mon, Jun 4, 2012 at 1:52 PM
Email #87 – New Plymouth, ID

Dear Bevell Family,

   I will start with myself this week as I am feeling rather selfish! (That was a joke so you can laugh now.) 

   So, this last week was actually really good. I wrote you a letter about it that I sent off this morning.  I am glad to hear I have mail on the way.  I have been feeling a little forgotten as of late. But I don't hold that against you because I know life can and is busy, especially at the ranch! So I will go over my week for you by day.
   Monday, the 28th, P-day;
-Had breakfast with the elders in Payette.
-Played volley ball with our district.
-At 6 p.m. we were picked up to spend family home evening with the Burbank's. We roasted hot dogs over a fire and talked about all the blessings that God has given us and we had a moment of silence for all the men and women who gave their lives so we could have some of those blessings. Very good time.
   Tuesday the 29th;
-Emailed at 11 since we didn't get the chance on Monday.
-Had lunch at the senior center in town. We get to go because we are "Elders"! lol. Plus it gives us a chance to mingle with the older folks in Town. There's a guy named Tom who we always play a game of pool with afterwards. We have yet to beat him. (POOL SHARK!!)
-After lunch we were able to do some service for the people we live with. They are remodeling their kitchen so we got to break up some cement stairs and dig holes outside. Good man work.
-Washed up afterwards.
-Had dinner at the Beutlers home. He is our ward mission leader in the New Plymouth 1st ward.
-Had a lesson with a potential investigator whose last name is Ruska. We taught her and her son about the restoration. She didn't have any questions. We would have set a return appointment but she is out of town now.
-We then had splits with 1st ward. I went with Br Beutler while Elder Melchior went with Br. Jones. Br. Beutler and I visited Ranee and Carol again. Ranee was just leaving to go to town, and Carol had moved into her own place. So we drove to Carol's and talked a bit and invited her to church. She said she would try but still didn't in the end.
   Wednesday the 30th;
-A slower day. Spent a lot of time making phone calls trying to set up appointments for the rest of the week. We did have a lesson with the Airaldi family. Single mom, three kids (one girl two boys.) The oldest not baptized. We taught them the plan of salvation and gave them their own color copies we had made at the library that morning. They loved it and the oldest kid (Ziek) seemed to really enjoy the lesson.
   Thursday the 31st;
-Our first day in the week to work in the Fruitland 3rd ward. A rough day.
-Began by doing our weekly planning for the rest of the week and next.
-pulled out the area book and began visiting less active members. Not many were home, or answered their doors. Some addresses were wrong as well. We need to get an updated ward list for that ward.
-Had lessons back in New Plymouth, both at the same time actually so we had to call up some people to go on splits with us. My letter tells about what I did. Elder Melchior taught Teddy Huston and her daughter Charity. Teddy is a recent convert and charity is not baptized. He taught the first lesson (The restoration.) I came in just in time for the closing prayer!
   Friday the 1st;
-Had district meeting then went out to lunch with the district afterwards.
-Stopped by the bishop of Fruitland 3rd and had a very good talk with him. We told him how the ward was struggling and he apologized for being so busy. He then gave us two names to contact and told us that he would get more names from the ward council for us to visit when appointments fall through. They are also putting together a list of members who can be available to come with us to lessons! Friday was the best day of the week!!
   Saturday the 2nd;
-Had lunch at subway because we get it free once a week!
-Made progress records for the ward.
-Contacted more less active families in 3rd ward and the names that Bishop gave us.
-Delivered progress records at the end of the day.
   Sunday the 3rd;
-Went to church in Fruitland 3rd. Fast and testimony meeting went really well. There was a constant stream of testimonies including my own and Elder Melchiors. One thing that stood out to me in Elder Melchiors testimony was this. He said; "We are here on earth to be tried and tested, and to be blessed." I thought about the last part. We know we are here to be tested, to grow. But how often do we remember that we are also here to receive blessings from our Father in Heaven? It's an interesting thought isn't it?
   And that dear family was my week!!
Now to you guys!
   Congrats to Alec on is mission call!! The people in Anaheim California won’t know what hit them!! lol.
And good job Mom on your missionary experience! I am so proud of you. To refer her just go on to and go to "meet with missionaries" you can then type in her address and it will be sent to the missionaries covering that area. Also a cool thing on if you didn't know this already if you look all the lessons we teach as missionaries are on there! Cool huh!?
   Breck in singles ward!? Let me tell you now, from what I have seen with the single wards here I am not looking forward to that. Hopefully your letter will bring me hope Breck! lol.
   The bible camp sounds like it was fun Mom. I'm glad you were able to help them avoid some potentially bad and awkward experiences. As I thought about that I thought back to all the young people I have taught the Gospel too and how much fun it was. I love teaching youth about the gospel! Maybe I will think about being a seminary teacher. (Key word in there is THINK.) lol.
   I'm still praying hard for you Breck on your seizures. Don't give up just yet! And I loved your graduation pictures! Man I really wish I could have been there!! It looks like you had a ton of fun! Congrats again on that.
   Don't be getting down I haven't forgotten you Izaak!  Don't ever change little bro! (That way I will always be better than you at halo! haha!)
   It was so good to hear from you all again! I look forward to your letters; please keep writing me it really is a huge pick me up!! I love you all! Stay cool!
                               -Elder Bevell-