Monday, March 13, 2017

Not in Williamsport - post from 03/13/2017

So.... this week was interesting. On Thursday night we got a call from
President Johnson. I figured he was calling to congratulate me for
being out a year or something. But that was far from the reason he
called. He told us that an elder had to go home because of an injury
and that I was going to replace him. That was Thursday night! Friday I
packed up and said goodbye to a couple people. Saturday I loaded the
car and headed off to my new area.  Williamsport disappeared just like
that. That quick that easy. So I am now in Lewisberg! It's so nice
here I love it! I also have a sweet companion too. His name is Elder
Ramos. He has been out for 23 months.... so he's going home after this
transfer. Everyone in the mission knows elder Ramos because he is such
a great missionary. It's been fun.

It was hard when I first heard. I was thinking, "are you serious. Why
right now? Why?" And such things. But I will go and do the things the
Lord commands. It's about Him and His work. Not me.
I honestly don't remember too much from Williamsport this week. But I
do remember what happened on Lewisberg! I love this area! It's similar
to somerset. Lots of land. I'm glad to get out of the city.... the
city life isn't for me... that's for sure!! Something cool is that
elder Ramos also served in Somerset. So we got the somerset boys
rolling around in Lewisberg.

So the first day I got here we went to try to see this person but she
wasn't home. But her daughters fiancé was and we talked to him and
shared the restoration with him. He asked about if the Book of Mormon
can help him and his love life and faith and a couple other things. We
said... "um duhhhh." Just kidding we didn't say that but it's really
cool how the Book of Mormon can truly help with anything in life. We
invited him to be baptized and he accepted on our first lesson. While
we had that lesson the spirit was super strong. It's cool because
elder Ramos and I have never taught together before, that was our
first time, and the lesson just flowed so perfectly.
We have taught the restoration two other times and each time the
lessons were just powerful!

There is a man that is not a member that is dating someone in the ward
so we had lunch and a lesson yesterday. That man is so prepared! He
accepted a baptismal date and he is so awesome. He was so into it and
he was really into the things we invited him to do.

The other lesson was with this kid that hasn't been coming but wants
to come back and his girlfriend. He is a genuine kid and is awesome!
His girlfriend isn't a member and has a rough life but wants to learn
about the church. She doesn't have too much of a knowledge about who
Christ or Heavenly Father are. So we are excited to help her come to
know who they are and what their plan is for us and just everything.
It's going to be great. She accepted a baptismal date.
And in these two lessons we had yesterday we had this kid named Edwin
come with us. He a couple years younger than I and he just got
baptized a couple weeks ago. He is so cool though! His testimony is
awesome and really helped the people!

Lots of good happening here. I love my companion. I love this area. I
love the members... oh yea. Haha we did service on Saturday and it was
like 0 degrees, seriously. It was so cold! My hands froze and some
members game me their gloves because they were freaking out that my
hands were red. Haha so I put them on and my hands started to hurt so
bad! Aw, it hurt. I was freaking out because it hurt so bad. I was
like pacing and haha man. I thought I was going to die. But I didn't
want the members to think I am a sissy so I acted like I was fine.
Haha. I survived luckily.

But yeah. I love it here! I'm so happy! I love this work! It's great!
Going to miss Williamsport and the people Therein but it's great here
in Lewisberg!

Love yinz.

Transfers - from 3/6/2017

This week I got my new companion. His name is Elder Wood. He is pretty
sweet. He is a big time crazy. He wrestled and rode bulls and all
these crazy things. But he is an amazing missionary. While we are out
and we get rejected, I tend to just say ok and walk away, but he keeps
talking to them and finds a way to spark interest to the person. He
would be a great salesman;) haha. It's awesome.
One time that happened and we were saying goodbye and she said, "you
look like a movie star. You got a big smile. You look like a famous
person, like Jim carry.... yea Jim carry." Haha I don't know where
everyone gets Jim carry from. Then my comp told her that I looked like
the guy from Horton hears a who. She laughed and agreed.
We cleaned out nasty apartment this week. We had 8 missionaries,
including the samuelsons (elderly couple), all at our apartment
cleaning! It took all day but it is a lot better now!

So something cool happened while we were out walking. A lady across
the intersection waved us down and the first the she says is, "I'm
from Utah!" She then told us about how her daughter just had major
health problems like heart attacks and strokes and hardly survived.
She asked if we could give a blessing so we gave her our number and
she called us thirty minutes and said her daughter wanted the
blessing. So we ran over there and her husband anointed and they asked
me to give the blessing because I am the senior companion. So as I
gave her a blessing I blessed her with a knowledge of what she can do
to heal physically and spiritually. She was a less active so that was
cool. After the blessing I was a little emotional because she was in
such bad shape and I just got home and went to the room and prayed and
asked God to help me know if she is going to be ok. The next day my
companion woke up and told me he had a dream that she was healed. So I
took that as my answer from God working through elder wood.

A lady we go and help out with every night told me I was special. We
go to her home and help her move her husband from the couch to bed and
lean him on his side while she cleans him. I am emotional every time I
leave that home. I just feel so much love for him. He isn't all there
because of a tumor but he makes jokes every once in a while. He was
trying to read my name and he said "Beamer" was my name and I said
"close! It's segon!" And he says.... "oh that's a bunch of sh%*." Haha
it was so funny. We all laughed! But the lady asked why we
missionaries do what we do. Why we help. Why we care. And I told her
about how I get emotional when we do this because I feel charity. And
I explained that charity is the pure love of Christ. Told her that we
feel it ourselves and for others and we want to share it. Then later
my comp had me share ,y testimony and I shared my conversion and my
testimony and she just looked at me and pointed and said,
"'re special.....You're special." And I can't just explain
the way she said it. She said it in a way that she saw That meant a
lot because I often think the opposite. I really needed to hear it at
that time. It was god working through her for sure.

A lot of my companions and President Johnson tell me that I'm too hard
on myself.  I don't feel that I am. I kind of see that as a good
thing. I went from being careless about improvement and was
comfortable where I was but now I stress about improvement and stuff.
So something I need to work on is finding that happy medium of strict
and relaxed to myself. I love a quote about Brigham young that I
really need to start applying, "if you have a bad thought about
yourself tell it to go to hell, because that's exactly where it came

I love the Book of Mormon. I love this work. It is true. It is truly
true. It's beautiful. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Elder Arnold from the seventy. He gave a great talk in general
conference last year and he spoke amazingly in the stake conference!!