Monday, February 27, 2017

Ran Mine

How's it going family and friends!
TRANSFER NEWS: I AM STAYING IN CHIPADZE WITH SISTER NAFULA FOR ANOTHER TRANSFER. I'm so happy. She's the best. Two other sisters - sister Buthelezi and sister anyango are moving into our house & we are really excited. Here's one of the many reasons I love my companion. We come home late on Saturday night and we were closing the day and she starts praying and then stops and says, "God gave us baptisms today!!! We have to get down and kneel." 
Yesterday sister Nafula goes, "sister beckstead, you taught me something. The day my mom died and I received a priesthood blessing, you later asked me if I heard what they said. I answered that I didn't really listen. You then told me some special things the blessing said and I know you listened carefully. You taught me to listen to blessings and because of this, I listened to Jacqueline's blessing when she received the gift of the Holy Ghost today, and it said she was going to one day go to the temple and perform baptisms for the dead for her loved ones. When she was baptized yesterday I just imagined her dad (who passed away) getting baptized and it made me feel happy inside. Thank you for teaching me that." 
Funny story. So I had a really bad headache on Saturday, so I took some Advil then I don't even know what happened but I started sweating like crazy, my entire body was wet as if I just bathed and my companion was like what is going on... I mean I was drenched. I still don't know what happened but it was so funny and we still laugh about it. Sorry, kind of gross. I guess it was kind of like a hot yoga experience, without the yoga. 
We went to a part of our area we have never been to called Ran Mine and it's so cool people mine for gold and then process it... We are going back there this week because it is a productive area. 
This week our zone watched the missionary broadcast which was great and here are some things I learned from it:
  • Testify of Jesus Christ. Keep His name on your lips. If you are ever unsure of what to say, testify of Him and His doctrines. 
  • Are we too concerned about ourselves? Fear disappears when we love the people and forget ourselves. D&C 6:36
  • It's not just about baptizing but continuing working with that person, being patient with them and realizing they have their own timeline. 
  • None of us are good enough, we just need to be our best. He will make us better than we imagined. 
I know this church is chokwadie (truth)!! I love being here. I love sharing the light and truth. God is good all the time, let me tell you. Only through His strength I know I can do all things. I'm so thankful for the many wonderful blessings in my life, I will be forever grateful for what God has blessed me with and continues to do so. "This is my life and my light, my joy and my salvation, and my redemption from everlasting wo.... (Alma 26:36) Now this is my joy and my great thanksgiving; yea and I will give thanks unto my God forever. (Alma 26:37)"
I hope everyone has a great week like always!! I know it seems like I'm so far away and distanced but I'm only an email away. I love you all! 

Sister Beckstead

Monday, February 20, 2017

Week who knows what cause I am enjoying!!

Hello family and friends,
This week was very busy. We had a zone meeting on Tuesday, then after that we went straight to Harare for exchanges. I was so happy when I got there and Sister Bergen had made Swig sugar cookies!!! Yes! We got back from exchanges on Thursday morning then my companion and I moved into a new house closer to our area on Friday...It was filthy when we moved there so we spent a lot of time this morning cleaning it. Some of the relief society sisters came and did service helping us clean we were so happy.
What I liked from zone meeting:
•"Satan trembles when he sees the weakest Saint on his knees... 2 Nephi 32:8-9" -elder Williams 
•We need to record the feelings of our heart.
•"We need to love one another not just because God said so but because it is the true desire of our hearts. We can't be hypocrites and go and teach people to love one another when we ourselves don't even love our companions." -elder Chirande 
This drunk man came up to us this week & was talking all kinds of crazy and made us laugh a bit. He goes, "I'm a rich man, you know. I got push carts, flee markets and cattle..." then he got all quiet and says, "me goes...." & walks away. 
Last night we had interviews with President Mkhabela and he talked about how lucky we are to be in Bindura since it is so peaceful. I agree with him on that part. On a spiritual note, I loved what he shared with us in 1 Corinthians chapter 4 where it is talking about the apostles doing missionary work. He talked about keeping the faith through our sufferings. These are the verses we read, "For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men. We are fools for Christ's sake, but we are wise in Christ; we are weak, but we are strong; ye are honorable, but we are despised. Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace;" (verses 9-11)
This scripture made me realize how grateful I am to be here. Of course it's hard every day. We walk in mud all day and are dirty- constantly being rained upon. Other days we are beaten down by the sun. We don't get to talk to our families or friends as much as we wish we could and we miss our favorite treats from home. It shows what those who love Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are willing to do. Lately I have learned to have a positive attitude about life and just be happy all the time - it is much more enjoyable!!! Try it!!!
Well, we have a world to save! Let's go! I love and miss you all! I have another busy week (which is the best as a missionary) because we are getting ready for baptisms!!! Yay!!!! 


Sister Beckstead

Monday, February 13, 2017


Hello family and friends!

This week was pretty grand. I cooked sadza on firewood at investigator innocent's house, got called mchina by a group of kids in chipadze all week (do I really look Chinese?) and taught many great lessons with my lovely companion. Our area is really blooming and we hope we can stay at least one more transfer together (week 5 just began) because we are a team.

Jacqueline, Cynthia, Spalile and Grace are some wonderful young women we are teaching and they have been coming to church the past three Sunday's as well. We finished teaching them about the Restoration this past week and extended a commitment to them to pray to know if The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the true church on the face of the earth today. They did pray and we asked them of their experiences. Hearing these experiences made me cry tears of joy and gratitude for this true gospel and to witness others finding it to be true themselves. Here are the responses:
"I always want to go to church even when it's Wednesday I want it to be Sunday."
"I feel happy."
"I prayed and felt our heavenly God in heaven beside me."
"I always want to see you two." (My companion and I)

I can't describe how I truly felt inside when I listened to them describe the feelings of their hearts. It softened my own heart and made me realize I am an instrument in this missionary work. It filled me with joy that is inexpressible. Joy I want every person to experience at least in some point of their lives. Nephi in first Nephi chapter 8 describes my feelings of joy better than I can myself.
"And as I partook of the fruit thereof it filled my soul with exceedingly great joy; wherefore, I began to be desirous that my family should partake of it also; for I knew that it was desirable above all other fruit." (Verse 12)
..." And it came to pass that I beckoned unto them with a loud voice that they should come unto me, and partake of the fruit, which was desirable above all other fruit."
(Verse 15)
"And it came to pass that they did come unto me and partake of the fruit also." (Verse 16)

I am extremely grateful for this gospel. I am grateful for parents who raised me in truth and righteousness so I could be here in Zimbabwe helping others to know of the truth also. As Thomas S. Monson said in this past conference, "We are blessed to have the truth, we have a mandate to share the truth. Let us live the truth." 

Sister Beckstead