Elder Jonathan Beaman

Elder Jonathan Beaman is serving in the Utah Salt Lake City East mission.  His father, Timothy Beaman, shared the following about Elder Beaman and his mission:

Jonathan’s desire to serve has been a real inspiration on how well his leaders have helped us groom him for life service to our Lord Jesus Christ. Anyone that knows him knows he has a good heart and is willing to help out when he can. His letters home have been an inspiration to us on his dedication. I can feel his love of his MTC group, as he talks about them, and his companion and zone leaders.

I know that Jonathan is doing a great work. At times the adversary has tried to hamper our way maybe in hopes that we would send negative messages to him. We have kept our conversations with him positive and working through some of the trials we are facing while he is out. I feel blessed that I know members in his area are looking after all the missionaries. We have received texts and emails from families that have invited him into their homes. It almost seems like he is not gone since we get so many updates about him from the members. Also it is amazing how small the world can be. He has met families in his area that have families that live in our stake. It is nice to have that personal touch from time to time.

For those that know Jonathan I think this shows how much he has grown on his mission. From one of his letters, Jonathan wrote:

“Oh yeah, New Years Day my companion and I gave talks 15-20 minutes long and I actually did 20 minutes. It felt quick but I was told 20, I was so proud of myself.”

By Timothy Beaman

Elder Jonathan Beaman SLC

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Family History Sundays

I have a hard time making the time to do Family History.  I have the best intentions to work on it and there are many things I want to do with Family History.  The best time I’ve found to do even just a little bit of Family History is Sundays. Actually my husband is even better at it.  He takes a few minutes to just get on Family Search or ancestory.com to research. There are so many resources now that make doing Family History much easier than it used to be. Check out this link for simple helps.  This article is full of ideas of another aspect of Family History, some wonderful ways to preserve family memories.  Hopefully you’ll find a way to do some Family History on Sundays or really on any day.

Missionary Speech of All Time

Elder Jeffrey R. Holland recently spoke at a seminar for new Mission Presidents and shared what was referred to as the “Missionary Speech of All Time.”  R. Scott Lloyd, Church News staff writer, recounted the story in an article he wrote for the Church News on June 30, 2017.

He wrote the following:

Elder Holland closed by relating a story—being careful to protect the privacy and anonymity of the participants—of a young man from southern Idaho. One night the young man stormed out of the house and set off to join an infamous motorcycle gang. He succeeded in that resolve and for 20 years became immersed in a culture “of temptations yielded to and degradations explored,” never contacting his parents, who feared that he was dead.

Eventually ending up in Southern California, he one day was sitting on the porch of a rented home when he saw two LDS missionaries making their way up the street.

“With a rush of memory and guilt, regret, and rage, he despised the very sight of them,” Elder Holland recounted. “But he was safe, because he kept all visitors at bay by employing two Doberman pinschers, who viciously charged the gate every moment that anyone came near.”

The dogs startled the missionaries as they passed by and continued on, “our man on the porch laughing at the lovely little drama he had just witnessed, wishing only that the gate hadn’t restrained his two dogs.”

Then, the two elders stopped, looked at each other, conversed a little, “likely said a silent prayer,” then turned around and approached the gate.

“The Dobermans on cue charged the gate again, hit it, snarling, frothing, and then stopped in their tracks,” Elder Holland said. “They looked at the missionaries, dropped their heads, ambled back to the front steps, and lay down.”

The man on the porch was speechless as the missionaries opened the gate, walked up the path, and greeted him.

“One of the elders said, ‘Are you from this part of California?’

“The man said, ‘No. If you want to know, I’m from Pocatello, Idaho.’

“There was a pause. ‘That’s interesting,’ the elder said. ‘Do you know the [such-and-such] family in Pocatello?’

“With a stunned look, our biker paused and then, in very measured words said, ‘Yeah, I know them. They are my parents.’

“‘Well, they’re my parents too,’ the missionary said. ‘God has sent me to invite you to come home.’”

The younger brother had been born after the older boy had left home. The elder brother did not even know of him.

“Mom and Dad have been praying for you every morning and night for 20 years,” the younger brother said. “They were not sure you were alive, but they knew if you were, that someday you would come back to us.”

The wayward son invited the two in, and they talked for the rest of the day and some of the night. He did return home, returned to Church activity, and, in March 2015, was married and sealed in the Boise Idaho Temple.

Commenting on the account, Elder Holland said, “This is a story of the role of Almighty God, the Savior of the World, and the Holy Ghost involved in the work of the ministry to which we’ve been called.

“The Holy Ghost prompted those parents to keep praying, to keep believing, to keep trusting. … The Holy Ghost inspired that rebellious boy to come to himself like the prodigal he was and to head for California. … The Holy Ghost influenced that younger son to serve a mission and be willing to accept a call to Southern California. … The Holy Ghost inspired one of my brethren in the Twelve, who was on the assignment desk that Friday, to trust his impression and assign that young man for service not a great distance from his native-born state. The Holy Ghost inspired that mission president to assign that young missionary to that district and that member unit. The Holy Ghost led those missionaries to that street, that day, that hour, with big brother sitting on the porch waiting, and, with Doberman pinschers notwithstanding, the Holy Ghost prompted those two elders to stop, talk, and in spite of their fear, to go back and present their message. …

“And through the elders, the Holy Ghost taught repentance and brought true conversion to one coming back into the fold.”

Elder Holland said the young elder, without realizing it, gave the missionary speech of all time, when he said to his brother, “God has sent me here to invite you to come home.”

“We are sent by God to invite His children home,” Elder Holland concluded. “We do that through the Holy Ghost, the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, on the strength of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Welcome to the divine companionship.”

The Sabbath, Summer Vacation and Sacrifice

What does your Sabbath look like when you are on vacation? This article from the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints blog on lds.org has some great insights.  Check it out and tell us what you think.  Where are you headed this summer?  Or where have you already vacationed? How do you still make the Sabbath His Day when you are traveling?  Let us know in the comments below.

Elder and Sister Huling

16 July 2017

Dear Woodbridge Stake,

With less than six months left in Argentina, it is past time for us to let you know what Humanitarian Missionaries do who are assigned to the Area Office in the South America South Area. The Church is seriously following the scriptural admonition to seek out the poor and the needy. There are two different types of projects with which we have helped. There are Major Initiatives, such as donations of vision operating equipment, donations of wheelchairs and training courses taught to people who assist in child births. These require the supervision of specialists who live in the US.

Then there are Area Initiatives which are developed locally to cover a wide variety of needs. For example, the Church has donated defibrillators, a 4-wheeler to assist in feeding the disabled, a vein finder, personal hygiene items for refugees, school supplies for needy children and clothing for flood and fire victims.

As missionaries, we help move the projects along in a variety of ways. We coordinate meetings, prepare agreements between the Church and our partners, make flight and hotel reservations for the specialists who come down, attend official ceremonies where donations are presented and take pictures of events and write reports. Our trips to Uruguay, Paraguay and several places around Argentina help break up the tedious, but necessary, office work.

We have traveled by plane, train, boat, bus, taxi, car and subway to accomplish our tasks. We have attended the temples in all three countries. All are beautiful and the ordinances always uplifting.

There are other Senior Missionaries serving in the Area Office in a variety of assignments. We have enjoyed our association with them which strengthens all of us to be better able to accomplish our assigned tasks. Testimonies are borne daily of how the Spirit guides us in answer to prayer. There are countless manifestations that the Lord is at the head and directs this work. We pray continually to do His will.

Elder and Sister Huling

Elder and Sister Huling

Elder and Sister Huling with the defibrillators that were donated to the pediatric wing of a hospital.  Elder and Sister Huling drove them to Córdoba, an eight-hour drive away.