Tuesday, September 9, 2014

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12 year old that Katie has been teaching and is to be baptized.
September 8, 2014
This week was really interesting!  One day started as follows: We had
an appointment cancel, normal.  Then we had a zone conference, it was
so good!  First we went over each districts stats, then did some
lightning rounds (it is a way to practice teaching in a quick way.  It
helps with recalling the lessons with our muscle memory.), and then a
few workshops.  The workshops the other Elders or Sisters prepare are
either REALLY good, or really lame. Hahaha 2 out of the 3 were
fantastic! So that is good.  One of the workshops was about the story
of Jacob.  Which I have really learned to love that story because of
what I learned about it in the MTC.  All of you should go read the
story of Jacob (Genesis 25-28) and then if want your mind blown, read
the lyrics to Nearer My God To Thee!  So cool!  In the workshop we
talked about ordinances and how the rungs of the ladder are different
ordinances we have to have on our journey to heaven.  But it is not
the ladder that gets us there.  It is our desire to continue up the
ladder that help us reach our end goal.  Really though, go read about
Then we all travelled to Freeport (in our zone, but not my district.
So my first time there.)  Once in Freeport we first went to the
Freeport Chapel.  Whiiiiiccchh is basically just in the middle of an
old store complex. Haha there is a picture. We gathered materials and
then we did a street sweep!  Basically we set up a lemonade stand on a
street corner and gave out free lemonade and pamphlets.   At first I
was a little hesitant but then I really enjoyed it.  Most of the
people who walked by would say, really it's free?? Or they wouldn't
trust our lemonade and say no and keep walking.  But the some of the
missionaries did get quite a few referrals from it so that was good.
One big black guy said that he studied Theology and said he knew the
bible really well.  He gave us his bible quiz.  He asked us who were
the 3 people that went up with God?  He thought he had us fooled.  But
good news, we passed!  Do you know who?  Well that man was so
impressed that we knew the answers.  He talked to us for a bit and
then we gave him our info on the pamphlet.  He said he wanted to have
a religion discussion with us again. Haha we will see what happens.
We returned back to Lynbrook and after went to an appointment in an
area called CedarHurst.  This is Jew central.  There were sooooo many
men in suits with top hats walking around.  Did you know the hat means
they rank higher in their church or have a different calling in their
church? I didn't know that before.  There are so many cultures here
it's amazing!  I got In trouble last week for clearing the table and
rinsing off the dishes at my bishops house after dinner.  An Elder
told me in Hispanic culture it is rude to try and do their dishes.
Ya, my bad.

I don't know if any of you have ever driven in NY, but its super easy.
All you do is pretend like there are no traffic laws and whatever
goes. Haha it's terrible!  I have seen cop cars around but have only
seen one person actually pulled over.  The flow of traffic is at least
10 over and almost no one stops at stop signs.  The best part are some
of the intersections.  You can be stopped at a light with two lanes
going straight and one right turn lane.  But once it's green you have
to merge in the intersection because the other side only has one lane.
Those intersections are everywhere, it has cause some intense moments.
I get my "green dot" to start driving this week. Yay! Haha we will see
how this goes.  Our car is a Malibu boat.  It is literally a boat.  It
sounds like a boat and turns like a boat. But we love our Malibu!  I'm
very grateful to have a car and not have to walk everywhere.
Especially when we are going through the sketchy areas.

I recently read a talk by Dieter F. Uchtdorf called "are we sleeping
through the restoration".  I really really like this talk.  It talks
about things in our lives that cause us to let our earthly purpose
slip away.  I think that talk can be applied to everyone in one way or
another.  One of my favorite parts was where Pres. Uchtdorf says
"there is too much at stake for is to give only a half hearted
effort."  That hit me because it's true!  We are talking about
people's eternal progression!!! We have a great responsibility as
members of this church that I think we forget about all too often.
Here in my ward, we are really trying to push for member missionary
work.  There is a huge success difference if the investigator was
referred by a member.  Especially if that member is willing to sit in
on the appointments.  I never realized before the mission that I could
play such a huge role in missionary work.   Always look for
opportunities to share the gospel, daily!  There is so much work to do
that we can't rely on the missionaries alone.   Sorry.  I will get off
my soap box now, this has just been on my mind a lot lately.  And I
know that it is very important :)  also another super good talk is by
Bruce R. McConkie in the 1985 April general conference.  The title is
about gethsemane.  I don't know it's exact name.  But it's a great
talk! You should read it!

Overall, it's been a good week.  It's had it's high and lows.  But
life is good!  So many tender mercies!
Love you all!
Sister Beecher

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