Monday, February 23, 2015

It isn't my strength that will convert, its the spirit!

The week was okay. My companion is Elder Sibeko, he is from South Africa, he has been on mission for 6 months. 

Yes I can remember all of my companions.
1 Elder Buah
2 Elder Hales
3 Elder Manzini
4 Elder Flament
5 Elder gewyu-Appiah 
7 Elder Bogh
8 Elder latu
9 Elder Zenovieff
10 Elder van wagoner
11 Elder Odume
12 Elder Garcia
13 Elder Sibeko

Some of them I stay in contact with, some have returned home and I either don't here from them or I dont have their email.

This week we had a tough time with our investigators, we have wondurful investigators, but many of them are lacking the courage to follow what they know is true. This is because they have family and friends that will not approve of their decision. So we have been putting great effort into using our members. Another problem is that our area is small and most people work outside of our area, so they are often not home but I have learned to be humble, sometimes I rely on my strengths to work, but it isn't my strength that will convert, its the spirit, so we are just trying to be obedient and work so the lord can work through us. A few investigators are traveling for a long period of time to a place where the church is not there, so we wont be able to teach them for a long time. They were those who were progressing and starting their conversion but we have had some bonuses in people we have found, people who  have been waiting for the gospel.

Well I am cool. I cant believe I have 6 months left.

Monday, February 16, 2015

We are trying to be the most obedient and faithful we can be, and the blessings are that we have the spirit with us!

To answer your questions. Yes we get colds. I see president about every month, only because I am near the mission home. With the blog... I haven't seen it so I dont really know whats there. 

Its nice to see home. Its so green grass and mountains. There are no mountains in Ghana so I miss seeing them and also the clouds look really sweet!

The week was nice. Ghana Accra mission is so different from Sierra Leone Freetown mission. Its not the mission culture to be obedient here, its harder to be obedient because there isn't people to be there to support you in obedience. In some ways I have felt my mission slow down for a while because I have slacked on some minor things here. This week I have worked with my companion to be "full time" missionaries, not just partial missionaries, we are trying to be the most obedient and faithful we can be, and the blessings are that we have the spirit with us. We have a greater desire and happiness while we work. In my district I have been able to keep apostasy out, but when I see other missionaries it is pretty terrible. I am trying to stay strong. I am lucky I have a young companion who is willing to be obedient. 

ay de pon em o
elder beckett

Monday, February 9, 2015

Listen for the spirit and then courageously follow!

Sorry for last week. We were having some problems with the internet. 

The reason that people are afraid of the church here is because of rumors and things that the government have said about the church in the past. So everyone thinks that we are a cult or something and that we worship Mormon... but its always a fun time to see peoples faces change when they hear our message of redemption through our savior Jesus Christ. 

I have been studying about the Spirit. I have learned a few thing about the spirit. On mission I have been able to recognize the spirit very well, or maybe I should say I have learned to listen to it. I guess thats what I get for being set apart right. There are many  prophets that are quoted in Preach My Gospel saying "listen for the spirit and then courageously follow". Thats one of the great tasks of this life is to be humble enough to follow the direction of the spirit, especially when you don't know the reason for doing it. It applies to both missionaries and investigators, and also everyone in the world. Mosiah states it pretty well in chapter 3 verse 19. Yielding to the enticings of the holy spirit allows us to walk in the spirit or walk in the ways of Christ.  "For the natural man is an enemy to God, and has been from the fall of Adam, and will be, forever and ever, unless he yields to the enticings of the Holy Spirit, and putteth off the natural man and becometh a saint through the atonement of Christ the Lord, and becometh as a childsubmissive, meek, humble, patient, full of love, willing to submit to all things which the Lord seeth fit to inflict upon him, even as a child doth submit to his father."

So as a missionary it is important to be worthy and able to hear those promptings so we can help people and ourselves. The spirit always humbles me and makes me repent.

This week we were able to find some really sweet people who have met the church in the past and want to learn more about the gospel. As we walk the spirit can just call you to people and if you are not humble you will never see the people the lord wants you to see.

love elder beckett

Monday, February 2, 2015

The members have finally started to warm up to us!

Thanks for the update on ebola. I talked to a recent convert in Salone and he is now having the Melchizedek Priesthood and is the second councilor in the Sunday School prez. So that was nice to hear!

 Some of these nights are so hot here. I woke up this week and took a shower in the night because it was so hot. 

The week again has gone fast. Work in Teshie is going on smooth. We are still trying to find people, many people are scared of our church. I will be in Teshie for at least 6 more weeks. We are really enjoying the ward here in Teshie, the members have finally started to warm up to us and it takes a lot of work to really have the members trust you. I am sure that is the same across the world.

Sister M who was recently baptized and her husband