Monday, July 10, 2017

cute kids are my favorite

1 year


I hope everyone had a great 4th of July!  America!!!!! 󾓦󾓦

Gweru is seriously the opposite of Bindura so it's a funny change. On cloudy days here in Gweru, I feel like I am back at Rexburg putting on my scarves and fleece lined leggings. It is COLD here.

With the missionary work itself, Sister Smith and I are starting from scratch. We have been trying to find people to teach but the best solution we have found is to ask members for referrals because people in the streets aren't too receptive to our message. On the bright side, we ran out of Restoration pamphlets this week so that's a good start! haha.

This next week I will be hitting my year mark as a missionary here in Zimbabwe. I am grateful and will continue to serve with all strength and vibrance! 


1- Red, white & blue

2-this guy offered to give us a ride on a push cart, we accepted his offer

3-zimbabwean food!!!!!!

4-we found a cool bakery in town with cupcakes so I was pretty happy

5-Sister Smith and I woohooo

Sister Beckstead

The Best is Yet to be.


Hello family and friends,
Ahhh. Many tears were shed and heartfelt goodbyes were said yesterday. I have been transferred from Bindura to a new area called Mkoba, Gweru. The Chipadze branch members told me, "We just want you to love and treat the people of Gweru just the same way you did to us." The goodbye is rather painful but I realize it is because we had a very special bond there and it's good to love even though goodbye's hurt.
My new companion is Sister Smith which is so cool because I was in the same house as her when I was being trained and she is a good friend of mine. 
Funny moment:
This person was telling me, "Chando is famous in Gweru, you will visit Chando." So I'm thinking Chando is some prophet or rapper or something. I said, "I'm going to baptize Chando!" Chando means cold in Shona..... 
Whenever change occurs, I have learned to focus on the future. Faith is always pointed to the future and our future is as bright as our faith. It is not good to be wallowing or dwelling in the past, that ruins the joys we could be having. So, my message this week is whatever is going on in your life, find something to be happy about even if it is different than what you are used to. I love you all, have a great week.

1. I love this girl so much. I am going to miss Sister Namugenyi.
2.Saying goodbye to Bindua in a photo.
3. ma sistasss.
4.woohoo love these people.
Sister Beckstead



Hello family and friends,

This week we focused on seeing some less active members of the church. Sister Love was one of them. She told us about how when her family was going through a hard time grieving over death, no one went to visit them from the church so she felt forsaken and alone. She was offended and hadn't gone back. I shared with her how the church is like a hospital, we are all sick in our own way but we go there to be healed. Also, how the church and its doctrine are perfect but the people are not perfect. Sister Love was very happy that we came to visit her and she said, "I was lost and now I feel rescued." That really touched my heart and reminded me that we need to find those lost sheep, God wants all of His children back no matter how long they have been lost, or the reason why they became lost. 

I love these verses from Alma 31, as they are trying to rescue the Apostate Zoramites.
34 O Lord, wilt thou grant unto us that we may have success in bringing them again unto thee in Christ.
35 Behold, O Lord, their souls are precious, and many of them are our brethren; therefore, give unto us, O Lord, power and wisdom that we may bring these, our brethren, again unto thee.
Love you all! Xoxo

1) I got my hair plated just for fun and it looked terrible hahaha then I took it out that same night.
2) oh, rats!
3) Ok, now this is pretty cool. So Elder Dube of the Seventy grew up in Zimbabwe, served a mission in Zimbabwe, and was also a mission president In Zimbabwe! This week I met one of his converts! I had to take a picture with him, anyways it was way cool haha.
4) just a selfie with Elder Banks & my companion, Sister Namugenyi.

Sister Beckstead

Yes, I Am a Real Missionary!


Hello family and friends,
I thought about a story I read in a church magazine where this little girl pointed to a missionary and asked her mother in amazement, "is that a real missionary?" The missionary heard her and he said that changed his entire mission. Throughout his mission he tried to live up to the high expectations that little girl had of missionaries. This story also reminded me to be the kind of person and missionary I am supposed to be, reacting with kindness and love to whatever comes my way.
Right now our area is struggling with investigators coming to church. It is something we are going to work on very hard this week by teaching the importance of the sacrament, assigning members to pick up investigators and sending text reminders the night before. Throughout my mission I have learned 999 things about the world around me, this precious gospel, and lessons from people. At the end of the day on Sunday as we were closing the week, my companion, Sister Namugenyi thanked Heavenly Father in prayer for the two investigators who came to church on Sunday. What a wonderful example of hope, faith and gratitude she is.
It is officially "winter" here. I guess since the kids here now call me "murungu" (white person) instead of "mchina" (Chinese) it is evident that the sun is not shining as much, therefore my skin is getting lighter.

I love and miss you all! Have a great week. 
1) hiking,
2) Mike & Johnson some of our wonderful investigators
3) The Dzapasi family, a beautiful family we are teaching
4) church on Sunday with some of my favorite girls.
Sister Beckstead