Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Beth's Mission Feb 5 Round Rock 20

And that is so exciting about the babies(Dylan and Bree's little boy born Jan 18 Luca Neil and Melissa and Matt's little girl born Feb 1 Mikayla) and upcoming weddings!!! Wow!!! 


Jaylynn is getting married! So exciting!! Tell them all congratulations!!! Family is the best!!

Sister Bleak is awesome!! She has been out about 3 months. She came out the transfer after me. She has already helped me so much and we have made some great goals and just have so much fun! 

This Week was a great week!!

 First to explain the subject of Blessed by the Best. On Tuesday we were out with Jasmine contacting a potential and he man we ended up talking to was super excited to talk to us! His answer to almost everything we said was "Yup! Cause we're Blessed by the Best!" It was the greatest thing ever and it's true!! We really are Blessed by the Best!

Something crazy happened this week -- we got Smartphones!! The area slide phone was replaced with a Smartphone!! It is the craziest thing ever and yet so amazing to see the options that this will give us to reach more people on different levels and to truly further the work of the Lord!! He truly is hastening His work in His time!!!

Yesterday we had an amazing Sunday!! Sunday's are always so incredible, and yesterday was no different!! We had a lesson with Dominic and Sister Power and it was just so amazing!! Dominic shared with us that he feels that the church and the gospel just make life better! He's noticed a difference in his family relationships, in his work relationships, and in how he sees life in general! It was such a great lesson and He truly has been so prepared by the Lord! It feels like we as missionaries have played a very minor part!
Then church was amazing as always! Fast Sunday is always so amazing! To feel the strength of the Lord and to be able to listen to the spirit's guidance is just incredible.
Then! Last night we had a church tour with David!! It was so great! He works on Sundays and right now it is impossible for him to get it off, but after our tour he said that he can't wait to go to church! He shared some incredible insights with us and again, it is so amazing to see how the Lord prepares each of His children!! It is such a miracle to witness that and to truly be an instrument in the Lord's hands!!

A lot of our focus has been on strengthening the members and helping them to find missionary opportunities and ways to share the gospel with everyone around them! There is so much potential here, but most people are way more receptive when their friends are the ones to share the gospel with them. Even through service and just showing them that you care. If there's one things I've learned while serving as a full time missionary, it's that we can not do this work without the members!! \
I just want to testify that I know that Heavenly Father truly has a plan for each of us, for each of his children!! He cares about everything that is going on in our lives and He wants more than anything to help us on our  journey!! All we have to do is reach out and let Him help us!

I love you so much!! Thank you for everything and for being such an amazing example in my life!! I am so grateful for you!!
I hope that you have an amazing week!! Love you!!


Love,

Sister Broadbent


Pictures: 
1. Smartphone!!
2. Comparison of old phone to new phone
3. Donald Duck chillin' in a tree!




Beth's Mission Feb 1 Round Rock 19



 That is so cool about Called to Serve!! (Called to Serve was written for a New Mission Presidents conference, Elder Packer asked the MTC to sing it, they came down the street with flags of ever country singing the song) I love that song so much!! That is so exciting about the New Stake Presidency! (Tyler Kunzler Pres, Kevin Garner 1st Counselor, Dane Allred 2nd Counselor)  I know they will do all that Heavenly Father needs!!

I am So grateful for yours and Dad's example of service to the Lord and for your willingness to do what Heavenly Father wants even when you don't understand right now all the reasons. That is something that I am learning- to completely rely on the Lord and trust in His eternal perspective and knowledge. What a blessing it is to know that He has a perfect plan for each of us! And what a blessing it is to allow Him to change us and shape us into the person He needs us to be!! That is something that I have come to realize this week- how important change and progression are and how important it is to be guided by the spirit and to allow the change to make us into the person that Heavenly Father needs us to be. We all can improve every single day and what a blessing it is to allow Him to help us!!

This week was a great week! It is always so crazy how time works and feels haha- last Monday feels like yesterday and yet this week has been so full of changes and so that makes last Monday feel like forever ago! Crazy! But so good!

My new companion is Sister Bleak! She is from Bountiful, UT and is "tall and loves Dogs." She is so awesome and motivated to work hard and it is inspiring! The past few days with her have been so amazing already! On Saturday we were able to go out street contacting and tracting for most of the day and we met some incredible people that were just so kind and said that we could come back! Such good things are happening and I know that this work truly is lead by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ! Sister Bleak and I will have a great time together and I am excited to see the things that will happen!! 
The Spanish sisters that live with us are both staying so that is exciting! They are amazing and we all have way too much fun together!

This week we were able to have a lesson with David! It was so good to meet with him again and to see the progress that he is making!! He loves to study the Book of Mormon and some of his insights are just amazing!! He compared Lehi to Joseph Smith and it was just incredible! He is awesome and we are going to have a church tour with him and we are super excited!!

We also had a lesson with Dominic and Sister Power before church yesterday and it was amazing! Dominic is just so great! He loves going to church and loves how kind everyone is. He has been reading the Book of Mormon and has made it all the way to the end of 2 Nephi! It is amazing to see how just in the past 6 week he has changed! We asked how he feels in comparison to before coming to church and reading the Book of Mormon and he said that he just feels good, like everyday he reads is better and that he is able to be more level headed at work and that life is just better! It is incredible to see his progression! And I couldn't agree more! The gospel just makes life better!!

I am so grateful for the hand of the Lord in each of our lives! I know that He truly loves each and every one of us and that He only wants what is best for us! When change comes, it is an opportunity to improve and become more like He needs us to be! Even when it's hard, because it definitely gets hard! But He is always there and He only wants what is best for us! 
I was reading in 2 Nephi 4:20-35 this morning and I feel just like Nephi did. "My God hath been my support; he hath led me through." I know that as we truly trust in Him and do our best to do as He needs, he truly will lead us through! 

I love you so much!! I hope that this week is a great one and that all is well!! 
Thank you for sending the package! I am so grateful for all that you do for me and for the support and strength you give me!! 
I love you so much Mom!!


Love,

Sister Broadbent

Pictures:

1. Fun with all the Sisters before transfers!! Love them so much!!
2. Sister Watt and I right before transfers! I Love her so much and I am so great for her!
3. Sister Bleak and I! She is so awesome and I love her already!
4. We went to a "vintage" candy shop today and it was so awesome!! 





Beth's Mission Jan 22 Round Rock 18

The weather has been back and forth all week haha it was super super freezing on Tuesday, then warmed up a little Thursday, rained a bit Friday, was warm and windy Saturday, rained all day yesterday, and is sunny and windy again today! Kind of all over the place, so it keeps things interesting!

Thank you for sharing that story!! That is so amazing! So touching and full of so much hope!! I love hearing stories like that that are full of so much growth and where you can literally see the hand of the Lord working in the lives of each and every one of His children! I think a lot about that with people that refuse us, or with in-actives, or with those who don't want us to contact them- I know Heavenly Father truly has a perfect plan for each of us! It is incredible to see that in my life and in the lives of our brother's and sisters!

Joe is so amazing! I love him so much!! He is so strong and I love hearing of his growth! Thank you for sharing with me! He is so much more than he knows and I am so grateful to have him in our family! Life is such a blessing!! We were able to talk about the Plan of Salvation and the role of Jesus Christ in that great Plan and I just realized again how incredible life is! We are able to be here in our families where we learn and grow and help each other so that we all can return to live with our Father in Heaven again! How blessed we are to have that knowledge and to know that this truly is the gospel and Church of Jesus Christ!!

This week was an amazing week!! 

It was so incredible to watch the announcement from the First Presidency! I am so grateful for those inspired men and I truly know that they are called of God! As we were listening to President Nelson speak, I felt the spirit testify to me so strongly that he truly is the Prophet of God on the Earth. I know it! He is the mouth piece of God and I am so grateful to follow his counsel!
That night we had a lesson with Meghan and it was amazing! She is really learning and it has been amazing to see her growth and desire to learn the gospel!! She got to go to a Stake dance on Saturday and loved it! She is so cute!

Thursday we were able to go to the San Antonio Temple! It was so amazing!! So beautiful!! We went with three of the ladies in our ward and it was such an incredible time! I am so grateful for the temple and for the peace, love, and strength that I feel there! I know it is truly the House of the Lord!!

Yesterday was such a great Sunday! We were able to have a lesson with Sister Power and Dominic and it was amazing!! Dominic basically considers himself a member and just wants to learn everything that he can!! They gave us a ride to and from church and we were able to have such good discussions about the chruch and they are just the best! I love them so much and I am so grateful to be able to help them at this time in their lives!

Today We got transfer news!! I can't believe how fast the time flies! And I have been in Texas for 4 months! Crazy!!
So for transfers: Sister Watt is leaving! After 10 months in this her first area she is being transferred! It's kind of bittersweet, but she will continue to do such great things and I am so grateful for her!!
I am staying here in Walsh Ranch and will be getting my new companion on Thursday and I am so excited!! I love this area so much and I am so excited to continue the great work here with these amazing people!!

I am so grateful for this great work! I know that Heavenly Father truly has a perfect plan for each of us and I know that Jesus Christ truly leads and guides this church! How blessed we are to share the joy we have with all those around us!

I love you all so much!! I am so grateful for the strength and love and prayers that you give!! I love you!!
I hope that you all have a great week!!!


Love,

Sister Broadbent


Pictures:

1. Round Rock Zone/District!!
2. Sister Boyer and I on exchanges!! She is so awesome and we had so much fun!
3. Sister Watt and I at the San Antonio Temple!! 
4. At the San Antonion Temple!
5. So beautiful!!!!







Beth;s Mission Jan 15 Round Rock 17

This week was a great week!! 

Today will be a short e-mail because Sister Watt and I are going to the temple this Thursday!!! We are so excited and I will talk about that more next week!

A highlight from this week was that on Saturday we had a lesson scheduled with Sister Power and her visiting teacher and when we got there, Dominic and Meghan were both there and they stayed for the lesson!! It was SO good! That was the first semi-actual lesson that Dominic was present for and he was even helping Meghan to understand things as we read the introduction to the Book of Mormon! It was amazing!! Such a blessing! We have set lessons scheduled with them for every Sunday before church along with our Tuesday lessons with Meghan! We are so excited!! And they all came to church yesterday!! Sister Power and Dominic have come for the past 5 weeks now!! The ward loves him and them and he just wants to learn so that he can "catch up" because he says he's coming into all of this "late in the game." They are so amazing and it has literally been a miracle seeing their progression and growth as a family.
 This gospel is truly the best thing and I know that with it our families can be blessed and strengthened through all things!!

I wanted to share part of the chorus of "Nephi's Courage" from the Primary Children's hymn book because it has been stuck in my head all week and I just love the message!

"I will go, I will do the thing the Lord commands.
I know the Lord provides a way; he wants me to obey."

Just like Nephi says in 1 Nephi 3:7 :)

I know that Heavenly Father truly prepares the way for each and every one of us! He loves us beyond measure and only wants the best for us! Even when things get hard and we can't understand why we are going through things, when we look back, we will see how much we have grown and someday we will be able to thank Him for allowing us to grow and become the person He knew we could be. 

I love you all so much!!!! Thank you for your support and prayers and love!!! I am truly so grateful!! I hope that you all have an amazing week!! 
I love you!!!


Love,

Sister Broadbent


Pictures:
1. I straightened my hair for the first time in Texas! It hasn't been too humid lately and I thought i'd try it!  It actually stayed pretty well! Haha :)
2. Sister Watt and I out and about
3. Texas y'all
4. A beautiful pillar-ified home!!





Beth's Mission Jan 8, 2018 Round Rock 16

Carthage sounds like a great movie! I love church history so much! I was reading a story about Joseph F. Smith (Hyrum Smith's son) and I just love hearing the stories of all of our prophets past and present! It is truly such a blessing to know that this church is lead by our Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ! As I have reflected on the President Monson's life and passing, it has made me realize how wonderful this church is- we have such incredible leaders to learn from as we learn for ourselves from the scriptures and the teachings of Christ. So blessed to know and trust in God that all will happen just as it needs to in His great plan!



Also, next week I most likely won't be emailing a group email. I will be able to email you, but I don't think we'll have a lot of time to do all of our emailing. We are going to the temple on Thursday the 18th so our P-day gets moved to that day, but we still email on Monday- we just won't have a ton of time- hope that all makes sense. We are so excited to go to the temple! It's crazy how comfortable I got going to the temple every week- I definitely took it for granted! It will be so good to go.

2018 is already going! So crazy! I am so excited to spend all of 2018 in Texas on my mission! Such a blessing!
The book of Ether is one of my favorites as well! I love about all of the incredible people in the Book of Mormon!
One thing that I don't think I realized at all before my mission is how important it is for the members to be involved in converts and less actives and the whole ward really! Missionary work is the work of the gospel- we are all here to help each other along as we continue on this journey back to our Father in Heaven. 



This week was a great week! Again it went by SO fast!!

A couple of highlights- we went on two exchanges this week so I got to be with Sister Siddoway twice this week! It was great!!
      While on one of our exchanges we were able to meet with Ryan that Sister Hill and I found over a month ago. He is now going to the YSA ward and that's the ward that Sister Siddoway is over, but he still lives in our area- so it all worked out! It was such a great lesson! It was amazing to see how he is growing and progressing in the gospel!! Every aspect of this work is so good! Whether you are a "sower," a "gardener," a "waterer," or a "reaper," the work you are doing is so important!

We were able to meet with a less active woman in our ward -Sister Garcia- who is working to come back and wants her 8 year old son to be baptized! We were able to have two lessons with them this week and it was so good!! We have been working with her for a couple months now, but this week was different. She recognized the peace that she feels when we come and remembers the peace that she felt at church and she wants that in her life and in her children's lives. The second lesson we had with her on Saturday, we were searching for a member to come with us- two fell through and then the member- Sister Chase- that came with us Friday night said to call her again for anything and so we called her to come! It was more last minute than we usually like to plan for lessons, but it was a miracle to have her there! They connected on so many levels and it was incredible! Sister Garcia is basiacally at the same point in her life that Sister Chase was at 30 years ago. Sister Chase was perfect for Sister Garcia and she is planning on helping her with things that she needs including helping her come to church! It was such a blessing and truly all in the hands of the Lord!!

We also had Zone Conference on Thursday this week and it was so great! There was a big focus on how we need to be completely focused on our purpose and how we need to be better disciplined disciples of Jesus Christ. As disciples of Jesus Christ we testify of Him and invite others to come unto Him! That is why we are here! It is such a blessing to be able to help each other along as we all continue on the path back to our Heavenly Father! We also talked about sustaining our leaders and doing all that we can to help each other along! With the passing of President Monson, it is a blessing to know that everything is truly directed by our Father in Heaven. I know that as we sustain our leaders and support this work, we will be blessed and strengthened and be able to learn and grow together!

We have been invited by President Polley to make the scriptures our own- to liken them to ourselves and to write them on our hearts so that we can draw on them for comfort and so we can share them with others.

One that I have been working on is Mosiah 4:12

"And behold, I say unto you that if ye do this ye shall always rejoice, and be filled with the love of God, and always retain a remission of your sins; and ye shall grow in the knowledge of the glory of him that created you, or in the knowledge of that which is just and true." 

It has been such an amazing experience to truly make this verse my own- coming up with a way to remember it and being able to think about it during the day and find opportunities to share it with others. I love the scriptures so much! It is such a blessing to be able to study and learn and continue to grow in the knowledge of God!

I want to invite you pick a scripture that you can make your own and that you can write on your heart. And share it! Share it with anyone that you feel you want to! I know that it will strengthen others and you!

I love you all so much!! Thank you for your strength and support and prayers! I am so grateful for each and every one of you!! I love you!!
I hope that you have an incredible week!!


Love,

Sister Broadbent


Pictures:

-Sister Siddoway and I on exchanges
-Sister Watt and I out walking
-A beautiful trail we walked on
-Hermana Hill and I did "corn rows" on Hermana Ferrell :)





Monday, January 1, 2018

Beth's Mission Jan 1 2018 Round Rock 15

This week was a pretty great week!
It feels like it went by really fast! But then again it always does! And now it's 2018! Happy New Year!!

A couple of highlights from this week:
We were able to have interviews with President Polley on Thursday and it was so great! I am so grateful for his counsel and invitations! It is always so good to be able to talk with him as well as with Sister Polley about the work and about how we can improve and better apply the things we learn as missionaries into who we are.

We had two exchanges this week! One on Friday due to a Mission Leadership Council that Sister Watt attended. I was with Sister Siddoway who just got in the mission 3 weeks ago! She is from Bountiful, Utah and is so cute! It was fun being with her!
Then on Saturday we had another exchange and I was able to be with Hermana Ferrell! She is so sweet! 
It is always great to be with other Sisters and to learn and grow together! We were able to talk to some awesome people and it was great!
We weren't able to have very many lessons this week due to cancellations and other things, but that doesn't stop us! Even the cold 30 degree freezing weather won't stop us! It has been so cold! It even snowed again last night!!! And still The work must go on! And what a blessing it is to know that Heavenly Father has a plan for all things and everything is going and will work as it needs to!
As the new year has come upon us, this week has been one of new resolutions. A time to look inward and see what we can do better to look outward and truly become different- resolving to be better than we were. 
Yesterday in Sacrament Meeting, the talks were all focused on how we can truly improve and make goals that we can achieve to help us become who our Heavenly Father needs us to be. Not just changing the physical things that we do or are, but changing the way we think and act to better align our thoughts with our Father and to truly become His sons and His daughters.
As this new year of 2018 begins, what can you do to become more like our Savior Jesus Christ? What can you do to truly follow His example in word and in deed?
This morning I was able to finish the Book of Mormon again and it was such a powerful experience for me!! I felt the peace and strength of the spirit testifying to me and confirming that the Book of Mormon is true. I know that it truly is the word of God. This read and study was focused on the Doctrine of Christ that President Polley invited us to do my first Zone Conference. As I have been studying, it has been incredible to see truly how everything is centered on our Savior Jesus Christ! He truly is the Light, the life, and the way!
If you haven't read the Book of Mormon or if your could be a little better at truly studying, I would invite you to start now! There is no better time than the present to recommit and to seek Jesus Christ. 
Moroni 10:32

"Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God."

I know that Jesus is the Christ! I know He loves you and He cares about you. I know that the Book of Mormon truly is another Testament of Jesus Christ. I know that, as Joseph Smith said, it is "the most correct of any book on earth, and the keystone of our religion, and a man would get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts, than by any other book."

I love you all so much!! I am so grateful for your love and support and prayers! Thank you for all that you do and Thank you for being a part of my life!!
I hope that you all have a wonderful week and a very Happy New Year!!!


Love,

Sister Broadbent


Pictures:

1. These plants are huge and we have yet to find out what they are.
2. Sister Watt and I during our studies
3. Hermana Ferrell and I





Beth's Mission Dec 26 Round Rock 14

It was so good to see everyone yesterday! Thank you for everything! It is funny how it is so anticipated and then I just didn't know what to say and then it's over! I am so grateful for the technology we have though! It felt like we were all right there and it was just so good! I love and am so grateful for our family! I love you so much Mom!!

I hope that the rest of the week was good and that everyone had a Merry Christmas!!
I love you so much!!!


Our P-day got changed to Tuesday just for Christmas So Merry Christmas yesterday! It will be back on Monday next week :)
This week was a great week!

First, this whole month and Christmas/Holiday Season has been so great! I have loved seeing the joy that comes into the hearts of everyone and the love that is all around! I have realized more and more that that Love is from our Savior Jesus Christ- He truly is the reason for the season! And that love doesn't have to stop just because Christmas is over! We can feel and share that love all year round! I find that as we come closer to and truly seek Christ, we have that love with us, and then we just have to be willing to step outside of ourselves and spread that joyous love! Such a gift!

That is what I have realized this week. Through every appointment, every interaction, every service opportunity, I have realized that we are here to share the love that our Savior has for each and every one of us. That's why I'm out here serving a mission- because I know that Christ loves me and is there for me and I know that He loves each and every one of our heavenly brothers and sisters and He wants them to know that so that we can all return to live with our Father in Heaven!
On Friday we had a lesson with Maria and it was so incredible to share that love with her and to hear her express how she has felt His love in her life.
Then on Saturday morning we had Breakfast with the 2nd counselor in our Stake Presidency and we got to chat with his daughter who just got back from her mission in Argentina. It was so great to be able to talk all together as missionaries, servants, and children of God and share how we have felt His love and how we have been able to share that with others.
Christmas Eve was such a great day as well! Sister Power, Dominic, and Meghan all came to church and it was so great! That night we had a retelling of the nativity performed by kids under the age of 15 at the Bjarnason's house and Sister Power, Dominic, and Meghan came to that as well! It was so fun and so cute and just a great Sunday celebrating the birth of our Savior!
Christmas was Amazing! It was unlike any Christmas I have ever had before and it was so great! We celebrated Christmas by doing service in the morning for our recent convert, then we had a huge brunch, then talked to our families- which was SO great!! So good to see them and talk with them! I love them so much! Then we had a chocolate fondo dinner and then went to our Ward Mission Leader's house for more dessert! It was a such a great day!
We were blessed with many gifts and food, but it made me realize that this season isn't about that at all. It's all about our Savior Jesus Christ and the love that He gives to all! What a joy it is to see that this Christmas season! And now we get to go share how we can keep that with us all year round! Such a gift and a blessing!!

I shared this scripture with my family yesterday and I want to share it with all of you!
Alma 38:9
"And now, my son, I have told you this that ye may learn wisdom, that ye may learn of me that there is no other way or means whereby man can be saved, only in and through Christ. Behold, he is the life and the light of the world. Behold, he is the word of truth and righteousness."
I know that He truly is the light of the World! I know that He loves you and He knows you!
I invite you to pray to feel that love. Pray to know how you can help others to feel of the Love that Christ has for them. We are all here to help each other along! We can all continue to Light the World!
I love you all so much!! I hope that you all had a Merry Christmas! Thank you for all of your love and support! I love you!
Have a wonderful last week of 2017!!! Love you!

Love,

Sister Broadbent

Pictures:
1. A Waffle Love Cottage Meeting- So great!
2. Christmas Eve with my cute companion Sister Watt
3. Christmas Nativity
4. Christmas Morning!!








                                                      Christmas Eve at the Vaupel's