Monday, March 26, 2012

Transfer to Hamilton

Kia Ora Mother,

Thanks for the email and as usual the timing is perfect. I actually did get transfered and double shifted into an area. I am now in Hamilton which is good because it is more city that the areas that i have been in. O am actually very excited right now because I am sitting in a mall that is probably bigger or almost bigger than the whole town of Kaitaia.

Anyways, before I forget, there is a lady in my ward now that knows Sis Burgener. Her name is Mary Milham and she said if you ever need to contact me or something, send her an email and she will let me know.

Lets see, other news is my new companions name is Elder Randeny from Sri Lanka and he has been out 6 months. Being double shifted has meant a lot of finding and meeting people at the present. We replaced sisters, so many of the members are happy to have Elders in the ward. We cover 2 wards as well and I am back on a bike. That is the one part I don't like but mostly it is good.

I wish I had more time and I might hop on later but I am short a 2 dollar coin. I hope you have a wonderful week. Thanks again for the email. Being put in this position has really given that sight of the shore and I am being pushed more than I have in different ways.

I love you heaps.
Elder Beckstead

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Slow Week

Kia Ora Mother,
Well I can't say that I am surprised but that was definitely a busy week. There is a member that thinks he is busy but compared to you he is not too busy. This email just proves it.
Well, my week wasn't nearly as exciting. We had our set fall through because apparently we went to her house too much. People come up with the dumbest excuses to not do what God wants them too these days. We will definitely keep trying though.
Not much else to tell except for transfers this week. We know one of the elders is getting transfered but besides that we don't know anything else. My guess is that it will stay the same except for him but who knows.
I hope you have a great week and I love you heaps.
Elder Beckstead

Monday, March 5, 2012

Pray for Temz & Clarks Family

Kia Ora Mother,

Sounds like an interesting week you have had and just for the record I think I am like you when I pray except for not so specific. I need to work on that especially when investigators are concerned.

Before I forget, please pray for Temz, and also the Clarks Family. The area up here has always been pretty slow and this last week we just did a major preach by the way sweep. No conventions or anything just alot of tracting and talking to people. Most of the lessons were walk in lessons with people we talked to on the street. Some have potential but most didn't. Oh, well. We can't give up.

So, basically the figurines for the ward member up here. 8 of them. And also my mission journal is the three ring binder that says missionary Journal on the front. The pages are probably 8 inches by 6 inches or so. I just need more of the inserts. The littlest package will be fine.

Ok, the exciting parts of the week was an emergency district meeting in whangarei because president lekias wanted to meet with the district and zone leaders. Then we had two trade-off this week which was good and annoying at the same time. We were able to accomplish alot I think this week.

Well, tell everyone that I love them heaps and tell both sams to stay out of trouble.
I love you heaps and am grateful for all that you do. In answer to your question, no I don't get Ensigns anymore but I am busy with other stuff they are having us do at the moment so I am not to fussed. I will just order them again when I get home.

Arohanui, and have a great week.
Elder Beckstead

PS: Oh also. Please don't send anything else that I just have to drag around. Now I am starting to get rid of the load I am carrying around. Keep it at home because I will need it there. Thanks for that and I can't think of anything else that I need at this point in time. Just prayers and emails and preparations for what happens in 6 months.

800 People and Figurines

Kia Ora Dad,

Don't worry about the soap box. I love reading your emails too. This week has been one of the busiest of my mission in concern of talking to people. We talked to and offered the gospel to over 800 people this week. We also had just under 30 lessons. Mostly they were short lessons but hopefully powerful nonetheless.

Tell mum when she reads this email that she still has time. Don't let her freakout, this is only a preliminary email time this morning. I will be back on later to read hers as well.

I want you to know that I am happy and healthy at the moment and just enjoying the crazy people of the north. Tell the schwartings thanks for the email. Tell them that I enjoyed their class very much even to this day and that xane has told me he enjoys it as well. Tell them thanks for the example they showed to me.

I love you dad and I am grateful for all you have done for me.
Elder Beckstead

P.S. There is a guy in our ward that teaches seminary and he is teaching Old Testament. Every year he gives the students a figurine of someone from the book. Two years ago it was Captain Moroni and last year it was Joseph Smith with the Book of Mormon. So he was wondering if you could send 8 figurines of someone in the Bible. David slaying Goliath or Moses with the ten commandments. Anything really related to the Old testament.

Ok, also, I need more inserts to my Missionary Journal. Mum might be shocked but I actually do write and I am running out of pages. Besides that I am pretty good.

Love you heaps.