Monday, March 27, 2017

One Year Older & Wiser Too #20

Hello family & friends,

 I know it's super early in the morning back in the states and not everyone has gotten around to it, BUT THANK YOU FOR THE BIRTHDAY WISHES. I feel very loved even though I'm all the way in Zim. Thanks for making my day wonderful and putting a giant smile on my face.We are going to the mountains soon to have a lunch picnic then tonight I am making Mexican food & we are celebrating with cake and ice cream.  . 

I know that it doesn't matter if we are having a bad day, bad week or a bad year if the center of our lives is Jesus Christ. There is much to be grateful for and we can find joy in our circumstances because of His Atonement. I am grateful for this gospel that constantly uplifts those I am around. I get to witness people's lives completely changing every single day and it is the most beautiful thing. Allowing others to feel God's love for the very first time in their lives, there is nothing better. I never said it was easy, I just said every day out here is worth it and there is joy in every day. 

I love you all! Have a great General Conference weekend. I hope I get to watch it soon. 


Sister Beckstead

Monday, March 20, 2017

A Week of Celebration

Hello family and friends,

Celebration #1- Went on exchanges to Chitungwiza in Harare..... I GOT TO BE WITH SISTER WALBECK. It was the "Walbeckstead's" all over again. I really enjoyed being with her, she always teaches me so much when I am with her. She is full of love and so kind and friendly to everyone!

Celebration #2- The baptisms were beautiful on Saturday. I have never seen happier baptismal candidates.... Their testimonies were sweet. Rongai said, "I am so glad that I am finally baptized. I know this church is the only true church because everything they teach changes lives, I have seen the change in me. Am glad that I had wonderful, patient teachers." Aww. Yvonne was other candidate and is only 9 years old but her cousin was there who is a member and she was soooo happy that her sweet cousin was finally getting baptized.

Celebration #3- Our stake had a giant Relief Society celebration for 175th  year and it was so great. There was a spiritual part, then funny skits and tons of refreshments! 

Celebration #4- Sister Ngonisa and Sister Jili's birthday!!! #marchbabiesarethebest :)))

Celebration #5- My companion and I were teaching these two mam's named MaiAnesu and MaiEunice. We stopped seeing them for awhile because they weren't really progressing. We both felt impressed to see them because we kept thinking of them so we went to see them and it turns out that they both came to our district conference the week before. We didn't see them because there were so many people but they even came to church this week and we are so happy that we followed the spirit! 

I love Bindura so, so much! This is my favorite area I have served in yet! I love this gospel and I know it to be true from the bottom of my heart. I know that as we feel God's love for us we will want to share that with others. Spread love!!!!

I love and miss you all! 


Sister Beckstead

Monday, March 13, 2017

Spiritual High

Hello family and friends,

So I apologize for not writing an email last week, things were so, so hard here with the internet and I just got frustrated but I have a lot to say this week!

We have two amazing investigators right now that really stick out to me so I want to write a little bit about them.

There's Rongai. Rongai came to church with one of his friend's. He said his friend was a good example and wanted to be like him. So the day he came to church he said he felt really happy and the spirit confirmed to him it was the true church. Rongai hasn't missed a Sunday since!! He is so sweet to my companion and I, he always says, "In my prayers I thank God for giving me good teachers of the gospel" then yesterday he said if he passes his baptismal interview this Friday, he will throw a party for us hahahaha. 

We met Shepherd on the side of the road and invited him to church. Then felt impressed to teach a street lesson to him. So we did. He came to church the next day. His life story really is amazing. He shared how he was so bitter and angry when his dad left them and in result, lost faith in a living God. "Later on in my life, I had to stop being stubborn and realize that there was a God because if God created me, then God is there." Shepherd said that with a laugh. When we extended a baptismal date to him, he said, "If Jesus Christ was perfect and needed to be baptized, then I really need to be baptized because I sin a lot." !!! this guy is so ready for the gospel!

Fun Things:

1. I ate crocodile last week. Sister Buthelezi and Sister Anyango cooked it for us. It was amazinggg.
2. Sister Nafula and I jump roped with kids in the area and I felt like I was a little middle schooler again jumping and playing around. The kids loved it.
3. The people here in Chipadze really do love us. Everyone greets us all day long: the kids, the elderly, the mamas and even the kombi drivers. "Sister Beckstead! Sister Nafula!" Although a lot of people call me Becky... pretty funny.
4. Learning to drive a car in manual is super fun on Zimbabwe's bumpy roads. 

Our district conference yesterday was so great. The main focus was on marriage and families, which is especially what they want the members to work on here with the temple coming. Our mission president, President Mkhabela also had the opportunity to dedicate our chapel. It was a spirit of the utmost reverence as he spoke in the tongue of angels. I have never heard a more beautiful prayer in my entire life, he spoke to our Heavenly Father as if he was present in the room with us. And I know His spirit was. I relate this experience to when Jesus Christ visited the Nephites in 3rd Nephi and they said the words of His prayer were too powerful to be written down. It was incredible and I testify that the moment we say, "Dear Heavenly Father", He is listening to us. 

I even loved what President Parardzai shared about women in his childhood. He grew up in a society that didn't treat women correct. Women would go to the fields and work early in the morning, come home and cook breakfast, go back to the fields, come home again and cook, go back to the fields, come home again and cook dinner.... then fetch water and heat it up for their husbands to bath. Women pretty much did everything, all the hard work. President Paradzai said, "This kind of society is not anywhere close to OK for Priesthood holders." 

Something that was said yesterday in district conference is something that I want to share with all of you. Don't procrastinate. You are not promised of tomorrow. Do all you can today to hold the hands of the people you love and be with them. Serve those you are with and love them. We shouldn't only serve those we enjoy being around, but everyone. This advice even applies to me as a missionary!!

I love you all!!


Sister Beckstead