Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Beth's Mission Sept 12 2017

Also, I was talking to an Elder from San Antonio and he said that I could definitely use my peacoat for when it gets cold. Do you think you could send that to me later when I get to Texas? It's in one of my boxes upstairs. Also, I didn't realize how any T-shirts I would be using due to exercising and sleeping and I am wondering if you could send me some of my T-shirts that I packed away? Or should I just buy a couple? It's kind of crazy, I thought that I brought a lot of clothes, but I really don't have that much and especially compared to the other sisters in my room. Also with that, how much money is on my Card? There is an outfit I am thinking of buying, but I wanted to check how much is on my card first. Also! If you want to find me another flower dress with pockets I would love to have another of those! That's a lot of requests, but whatever you think is best will be perfect! I love you Mom! Thank you so much for everything! I hope that everything at home is going well! I love you!!

This week was quite the week!! Full of ups and downs and lots of learning and the Spirit!! God is good y'all!! 
Last Tuesday for the Devotional we had Elder Oaks and his wife speak to us! It was so incredible! He taught about Changing, achieving, and becoming and how we can do hard things if we will but trust in the Lord! I truly know that He is an apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ! 
For the Sunday Devotional we had Chad Lewis and his wife speak to us! Also so great! These devotionals are truly inspired! We have another one tonight and I can't wait!

In one of our classes this past week we were talking about prayer and how we each personally receive answers from the Holy Ghost. In Preach My Gospel there is a whole chapter on Recognizing the Spirit and its amazing! I know that Heavenly Father truly does listen to and answer our prayers! If we will but ask, He will answer!!  

D&C 4:7
Ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Amen.

 I am so grateful for prayer! We pray more times a day then I can count and it is so incredible how the Spirit helps us in everything that we do! During a lesson our teacher decided to have us do a little Personal Revelation activity- it was so powerful! We went to a quiet space (the new building has areas on each floor that are called "ponder spaces" that have music and beautiful windows and its amazing!!) and we just talked with Heavenly Father. I invite you to try this! Find a quiet area and then pray to Heavenly Father with a question in mind. After you finish your prayer (make sure you have paper and pencil with you) just wait and listen. Write down any and all thoughts that come to your mind! It is so incredible and I know that Heavenly Father will answer your prayer!!

So a couple of crazy awesome things happened this week! First, We got our travel plans!! We will be leaving for Texas in 8 days! So crazy! The time here at the MTC has flown by! It has been so incredible to learn and grow and feel the spirit so strongly testify of the truthfulness of what I am doing! I am so grateful to be here and to learn and teach by the spirit. 
Also! Sister Holt and I have been assigned to be the Sister Training Leaders in our Zone for the Week!! It already has been so fun and tomorrow we get to welcome two new districts into our zone and we are so excited!!!

I love this gospel much! We are a part of such a great work and I am so grateful for the honor it is to truly represent my Savior Jesus Christ and teach his gospel and share his love! I know He knows and loves each and everyone of us and it is so incredible to help others to know and feel of that for themselves! 

I love you all!! Thank you for all of your love, support, and prayers! I have truly felt of them this week! I love you! Have a wonderful week!!


-Sister Broadbent

Beth's Mission Sept 19 2017 Last day of MTC

Last MTC letter!  She's on her way tomorrow morning!! 

Hello from the MTC one last time!! These past three weeks have literally flown by! The first about 5 days seemed to go on forever, but now it's already time for us to leave! I am so grateful for the time I have been able to spend here at the MTC learning and growing and coming closer to my Savior.

That is so awesome that Joe blessed the Sacrament! It brought tears to my eyes! I know he did so wonderfully and righteousy. I am so proud of him and the strong valiant young man he is!

It's crazy to think that I will be in Texas tomorrow!! We've gotten emails from the sisters who left last week and its crazy now that it's our turn! I am so excited and slightly terrified haha but I am so excited to meet the people of Texas and help them know of Heavenly Father and Christ's love for them! We are so blessed! 

This past week was such an awesome crazy one!

One of the things that I have loved about the MTC is the devotionals! Last Tuesday we had Elder Kearon from the Presidency of the Seventy and his wife come talk to us. Then on Sunday we had the Provo Temple President and Matron speak to us- such inspired messages! I'm excited to listen and learn from whoever comes tonight for the last one! 
        As Sister Holt and I had the opportunity to be Sister Training Leaders this past week- we definitely we kept on our toes! We had a few crazy moments with the phone and having to run to find sisters but everything went well! It was always so fun to "do our rounds" at night and talk to them about their day and tell them how much we love them. The new sisters that came in on Wednesday are so cute! We got two new districts in our zone and it was so exciting to welcome 8 new sisters!! I truly came to love each and every one of them!
           Crazy thing that happened- One of our Elders wasn't being so smart and had to get four stitches in his finger so that was exciting! Haha I have loved my district so much!! I know that it wasn't by chance that we were all thrown together as a district. Last night we had a testimony meeting together and it was just so great! Our Elders are so great and I'm grateful that they were respectful and obedient- for the most part. I wish them the best of tidings on their missions! 
            Also a crazy thing that happened last night- us sisters were writing together in our journal circle when the Fire alarm started going off!! At first we thought it was a joke, but them everyone was evacuating the building! It was crazy to see all of the sisters from the whole building head outside in their PJs, some crying, some laughing, some taking videos and pictures- and no one had any idea what had happened!! As we were all outside- a group of sisters started singing hymns and it slowly grew until almost everyone was singing together. It was so powerful! We still aren't sure what happened, but we got the ok to go back in and just as we were writing in our journals again the alarm sounded again! But only once this time- then there was an announcement about an electrictian coming to fix it- so as far as we know it was just a faulty electric problem- All is well!!

            As I've been here at the MTC, I have truly felt so grateful for Heavenly Father's plan for each of us! I know that He truly knows every detail of our lives and He will help us along the way if we will but turn to Him and follow Him. I'm not going to lie, these past three weeks have definitely been hard- but I have learned to rely on my Heavenly Father and my Savior Jesus Christ in all that I do and it has changed my life! This past Sunday- one of our teachers invited us to truly ponder on who the Savior is to us during the Sacrament- it was so incredible! What can each of us do to better represent the Savior? Also on Sunday we got to do our last temple walk! It was awesome and so beautiful! And we get to go to the Temple later today! So excited!!

Another really cool experience that I have loved is doing Book of Mormon reads as a district in class. Since yesterday was our last day of classes, in our last class, Brother Alley had us read the last chapter of the Book of Mormon. It was awesome! That chapter has such power and truth in it as does every word of that wonderful Book! As we were talking and pondering together, I had a calm yet super strong feeling come over me that the Book of Mormon is truly the word of God. I know it. I know that as we read it and pray to know if it is true, the Holy Ghost will testify over and over of it's truthfulness and power- it truly is the keystone of our religion.

I have felt so blessed over the past few weeks- to have felt the spirit constantly so strong and to have learned and grown so much, I know this is only the beginning, but I am so grateful and I can't wait to see what Heavenly Father has in store! I am so grateful for each of my teachers here and for the lessons that I have learned.

I am so grateful for each of you for all of your love and support and for being such incredible example to me! Thank you for everything!! I am so grateful for the incredible opportunity I have to literally represent my Savior Jesus Christ and to go out and serve the wonderful people in Texas! I am so exctied and I know that with God, no trial will be too big. I have already felt so much love for so many people that I haven't even met yet! I am so excited to meet them! We leave bright and early tomorrow morning and the next time I e-mail it will be from Texas!

I love you all so very much!! Thank you for everything big and small that you have blessed my life with. Thank you for all of your love, support, and prayers! I hope you all have a fantastic week!!!

God is good y'all!!


Sister Broadbent

P.S. We met a guy who was on the first set of District films!! He went to San Antonio on his mission and now works at the MTC! It was so neat!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Beth's Mission Sept 2017

First email for Sister Elizabeth Broadbent - MTC Sept 6, 2017
 The District 32-C Sept 2017 - Sister B is in the middleish
 Sister B's Selfie!  I thought we'd have to go without these great pictures for 18 months - great to still see she's got it!
 Beautiful new mural in the new classroom building - Moses parting the Red Sea
 Sister B & Sister Holt - MTC Comps
 TSAM MTC Sisters - Sister Schofield (Farr West), Seegmiller (Syracuse), Broadbent, &  Holt (Pleasant View)
 View of MTC flags view from classroom
 Sisters Holt & Broadbent
 TSAM Sisters
This week has been quite the busy adventure!! I feel like I have already been here for so long because we have literally been going nonstop between classes and studying, preparing, exercising, eating (the food has been pretty good! We even got Chick-fil-a yesterday!), and everything in between, but it hasn't even been a full week yet! Everyday has been so full and overall so great! Everyone is so kind and all want to serve the Lord! I have learned so much in these last few days and I've felt the spirit like I never have before. It is indescribable and such a blessing.

So! My companion is Sister Holt who is from North Ogden! She is so amazing and has such a strong desire to do what is right and what the Lord needs her to do! I am so grateful she is my companion! We have had so much fun and have been through so much the past few days and I don't think either of us could have done it alone! Heavenly Father truly knows every single need that we have even if we don't recognize it! I am so grateful!

My district here has three missions with 4 Sisters and 12 Elders. All of us Sisters are going to the Texas San Antonio Mission!! We are so excited to be serving together! I love them all so much and we have tons of fun together! The Elders in our district are split between the Nevada Las Vegas Mission and the Ohio Columbus Mission! They are all so awesome! They have such strong spirits and for the most part stay on task, they're great. They have even commented on how other Elders are disobedient and they don't want to be like that, such good examples! I've caught what they call the MTC plague while here and Sunday was probably the worst of it (it's not that bad though don't worry). I felt like I needed to ask for a blessing and it was a great comfort to know that I could trust my Elders enough to do that for me. We have already become so close, like a family really, I am so grateful for each and everyone of them, and we have decided we will have to have a MTC District 32-C reunion! Haha So great :) 
Our Branch is amazing as well!! Our Branch President, President Thompson is so great as well as the counselors! And their wives are so kind and loving! And our Zone is so great too! We have Zone Prayer together each night and they are all just so amazing! I'm so grateful for all the love and good times we have!

Our teachers Brother Alley and Sister Pito are so great!! Sister Pito served in the TSAM!! She was so excited and so were we! Sadly with BYU starting school this week she won't be our teacher anymore :( But we have learned so much from her and I know that the teachers here truly are inspired from God!
We have had the opportunity to prepare lessons for some investigators and as Sister Holt and I have been preparing and praying so much (I am truly so grateful for prayer! It is such a blessing to be able to communicate with our Father in Heaven) and just really trying to listen to the spirit, it has been incredible to feel words flow through us and to hear thoughts come to mind and feelings to your heart. I know that as we sincerely pray and diligently study, we will be guided by our Heavenly Father. We had a couple of our "appointments" fall through this past week and it really helped Sister Holt and I to humble ourselves because we truly needed to rely on the Lord more. This is His work! We are here to serve Him and do His Will!
It is so incredible how much there is to learn! And yet it's all so simple and all comes back to our Savior Jesus Christ. I know that He truly did atone for our sins and all of our pains, afflictions, and shortcomings. He knows and loves each of us personally and individually! As we have been preparing for lessons and learning to truly listen and teach by the spirit, it has been such a humbling to know that I truly can't do this alone. And I don't need to. None of us do! Our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are always there for us if we will only turn to them and be obedient to what they've commanded. The gospel of Jesus Christ is so true!! It is such an honor to wear His name on my chest and I pray constantly that I will be able to truly be a representative of Him so that others will be able to feel of His Great love for them.

God is Good y'all! Us TSAM sisters have had that along with Every Sister, Every Elder All in! As our mottos. It has been so great! Definitely a learning and hard experience, but I am so grateful for all that my heavenly father has blessed me with! He is truly always there and He knows each of our circumstances personally and loves us more than we could ever imagine! 
 I apologize for my scattered thoughts! There is so much that happened and I wish I could tell you about all of the amazing experiences and lessons I have learned,  but then this email would be practically a novel which it almost already is. 

I know that this Church is true!! Our Heavenly Father has blessed us so much!! 
Alma 26:12 expresses my feelings pretty perfectly: 
"Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever."
I love you all!! Thank you for all of your support and love and prayers! 
I hope you have a wonderful week!


Sister Broadbent

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Josh's Mission Sept 21 2015

Hello Family! (everyone is included in family, we're all brothers and sisters here )

Well, I'll just start out by saying, thank you so much for everything that you have done! It's been such an amazing experience to get to know so many of my wonderful brothers and sisters out here in Iowa :) it's amazing how the Lord puts us in the right places at the right times.  

so I really don't have any great and last words, mainly because I am not that great and I don't have many words. But I will just leave you all with a relatively brief bit and testimony.

I have loved serving the Lord these last two years, I feel that I have been blessed beyond what I could have hoped for and especially what I deserve. I feel like King Benjamin describes in 
Mosiah 2:24-25 "he doth require that ye should do as he hath commanded you; for which if ye do, he doth immediately bless you; and therefore he hath paid you. And ye are still indebted unto him, and are, and will be, forever and ever; therefore, of what have ye to boast?

 25 And now I ask, can ye say aught of yourselves? I answer you, Nay. Ye cannot say that ye are even as much as the dust of the earth; yet ye were created of the dust of the earth; but behold, it belongeth to him who created you."

this is true! The Lord has given us everything and we are and will always be indebted to Him. He loves us to much!! He wants us to be happy and joyful. He has given us a plan to follow Him which provides the way to happiness and eternal life, that way and plan is through Jesus Christ our Savior. I know that when we come unto Him and take the Spirit into our hearts that all things will work out for our good.

I also feel as Ammon said in Alma 26:16
"we will rejoice, for our joy is full; yea, we will praise our God forever. Behold, who can glory too much in the Lord? Yea, who can say too much of his great power, and of his mercy, and of his long-suffering towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the smallest part which I feel."

because of His great mercy we are all empowered to do and be the very best that we can. I know that Christ is our Savior and that He lives!! " and while he lives I'll sing!! He lives to wipe away my tears, he lives to calm my troubled heart, he lives all blessings to impart.

I know that this is true!! and I thank Him for allowing me to come to this understanding and for the blessing is has been to serve Him. 
thank you all for your love!! thank you for everything that you do!! I hope and pray that all is well with you!!
ij iokwe eok!!
Merci beaucoup
Elder Broadbent

ps I would love to keep in touch, if you want, look me up on Facebook or you can email me at joshuabroadbent727@gmail.com

pss I will be giving my homecoming talk in Ogden Ut at the Rock Cliff Stake center (any questions on directions just ask) at 9am on the27th of September... that's this next sunday. I'd love to see anyone and all there!! oh and there will be a lunch after church is over, if nothing else...come for the food (don't tell anyone, but that's what I'm doing...)  I love you!!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Josh's Mission Sept 8 2015

Hello family!!

your welcome for the pictures!! you got the ones from a lady named crystal didn't you?? When she asked to take some pictures and send them to you, I realized that it was your b day and that would be perfect so I'm glad that it worked out :)

You're are welcome for the video, I'm glad that it helps others. I wonder sometimes if the videos we share with people (not just through email) are actually effective, I know they work for me, so I hope they work for others! :)
that's a really good question, how do I focus. really the main thing that helps me is to be thinking about the sacrament and the Atonement as soon as I wake up in the morning on Sunday. I try to think about things that I need to improve upon and repent of, and then during the sacrament to ask my self, how does this apply to the Atonement? Elder Callister in his book "the Infinite Atonement" talks about trying to find applications with each of the ordinances we perform. 

I'm glad that it all worked out to get those things from the Beyer's! they are wonderful!  one of the packages is for Elder Todd, but you don't need to worry about getting it to anyone. When I get home I'm going to give it to his mom, who lives down in American Fork. so for now, don't worry about it, thank you though!!

it's been a very busy and hectic week! We were out of our area for like 4 days, with various exchanges and we also had interviews with President Jensen this week. But it has been a good week! We've been doing a lot of finding and trying to sift the wheat from the tares. We're striving to talk with as many people as we can and to see the work that the Lord has for us here. 

 It is such an amazing opportunity to serve the Lord with all our heart, mind, and strength. Our Heavenly father has provided the way to return to Him, through our Savior Jesus Christ, through living His gospel. This last week we were able to go to the temple and receiver permission to do initiatories (which I haven't done in a long time). it was really amazing to feel of the wonderful spirit of helping my brothers make covenants with Father in Heaven. We then went and did an session (which we saw the Old video, the one that I saw the first time I went through the temple) and it was really an amazing experience to see a lot of connections that I hadn't previously made, which came from doing both parts of the endowment. It was amazing!
and lastly I want to leave a thought from President Nelson. He gave a talk at the new mission president seminar at the MTC and I really love what he talked about
“We, as agents of the Lord, are privileged to preach His gospel,” Elder Nelson said. “The Apostle Paul taught an amazing concept. He declared that each agent, each disciple, yes, each missionary, can become a living ‘epistle of Christ, ... written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God ... [embedded] in the fleshy tables of the heart’ (2 Corinthians 3:3). With that unique designation, we can help to achieve Their three great overarching objectives for us.”

First, he said, missionaries are helping to gather scattered Israel; second, missionaries are helping the families of gathered Israel to be sealed in a holy temple; and third, missionaries are helping prepare the world for the Second Coming of the Lord.

“Their objectives become our objectives,” Elder Nelson said. “Keep them foremost in our minds. Their objectives undergird everything that we do. The Lord expects us to maintain His quickened pace. … We need to proceed in faith and do our best, knowing that He will help us.”
I love how he talks about the Hastening of the work of Salvation and the Lord's quickened pace in this work! it's true, the work is going forward faster than ever, sometimes we focus too much on the short view of things and the everyday matters, which is very important though. but sometimes we need to take a step back, look at the whole picture, examine our past works, see what we are doing now, and look ahead to what we need to do. Elder Renlend in general conference said

 "God cares a lot more about who we are and who we are becoming than about who we once were.4 He cares that we keep on trying."

I know this is true! I love being a part of this great work!! I love you and thank you for your love!! I hope and pray that all is well and that you know that everything happens for a reason!! thank you for everything!!
ij iokwe eok!!
Merci beaucoup
Elder Broadbent

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Josh's Mission Aug 17, 2015

Hello family! 

It has been a wonderful week! It was pretty sad seeing Elder Wardle go but it was alright. He said bye to a lot of people and on Thursday we went to Transfer meeting where I got my New companion, Elder Jacob Todd! He's really great! He grew up in Indiana but his family now lives in Spanish Fork, UT. He's been out for 14 months and is just a really great missionary! I'll be honest, I was a little worried about getting a new companion right at the end, probably more than I have been since I got finished being trained, but it all worked out great, Elder Todd is awesome! We like a lot of similar things and we've been working hard already.

Things have been going well, we've been trying to find new people to teach and just talk with everyone. We haven't been able to help anyone really progress very much, but we know that the Lord will bless us as we are faithful. It's been really great to go out and talk with a lot of people. It's really amazing to see just how many of our brothers and sisters who don't have the gospel! There are tons of people who need the gospel yet who know not where to find it.

We've also been trying to think of ways that we can help the ward become more active in the Lord's work. Our Bishop has talked a lot about the need to be better fellow shippers and to help those who don't have the gospel come and see what they need and to also help those who have lost their way to find it again. He talked about the need to understand better what fellowshipping in the church really means, which he explained it is that we take an interest in the lives of God's children who are around us. 

We also talked in church a lot about service and need to give our all to the Lord's work. The covenants that we've all made help us to understand what the Lord requires of us and what we need to do better to apply the Atonement to our selves and to others. the Service that we give to others is done in many forms, but like it says in Mosiah, when you are the service of your fellow being you are only in the service of your God. and service makes you feel great! it heals the soul and helps you to feel a love from God that you wouldn't other wise. That reminds me of the Mormon message "Lift"

Well, as always, thank you so much for all that you do! I love you all and I really appreciate your love! this gospel is wonderful and true! I know that God's love is real and helping others to feel that is the best opportunity that we have ever!
I love you all!
ij iokwe eok!!
Merci beaucoup
Elder Broadbent

Josh's Mission Aug 24 2015

Dear family! it's been a really great week!! 

early in the week we had a leadership meeting up in Iowa City, where we were trained on a few things that we are trying to improve upon in the mission. it was a wonderful meeting! We talked a lot about respect, especially for Heavenly Father, for the Priesthood, and for others around us, specifically other members.We also talked about the importance of the Spirit in the work of Salvation that we are a part of and listening effectively to what the Lord has to say to us

I've been thinking a lot about the temple lately and yesterday there was a talk given about the importance of families and temple Marriages. it was really awesome especially because we had a lot of people at church. so this is an awesome blessing, this transfer I get to go to the temple 4 times, which is how many I would have gone my whole mission if I hadn't been in Burlington.  f it's such a great blessing to be able to go to the temple :) I love it so much! In Bishop Causse's talk in conference, he said

 "There are so many wonders in this world. However,sometimes when we have them constantly before our eyes, we take them for granted. We look, but we don’t really see; we hear, but we don’t really listen"

That's really true, I didn't appreciate the fact that there are temples everywhere in Utah, and even one my mission having the Nauvoo Temple right here, it's just amazing! I can't imagine what it's like in places where there aren't any.  sometimes though (especially some of the members here since we are so close to such a sacred place) we just don't realize the things that are before us, we don't always see the hand of the Lord in what we are doing. Like this week, we have been struggling really hard to find some new people, we even fasted for it on Sunday. It was pretty amazing though, when we sat down for the meeting to start, Eric Watson was there, and the Watson's brought a friend of their son's, Sterling who we will be teaching and we're going to talk with his family. And also an investigator named Byron came with his fiance, who is a recent convert, Nina. We were able to set a date for baptism with Byron for the week after he is getting married in November. It was just amazing to see the hand of the Lord in the work that we are doing and it's really amazing that once we humbled ourselves and asked for more guidance and were willing to do the work the Lord's way that we were blessing to help those who were put in our path.

It's very interesting too that the success that we see, which is really all around us, is very dependent of our own personal faith. When we have the faith that Christ is our Savior and the the Atonement is real, we can better understand that the Lord is preparing our brothers and sister, who can change everyday, to receive the blessings that He has for them. Something that I was thinking about that's related to that is an example of the stars that we see at night. Stars are always shining but we can't always see their light.

it's so interesting to think about the stars, and the fact that the light that we are seeing from them isn't even real (it is, but not... I'll explain :)...) The light that we see is simply a reflection or an image of what the actual star looks like, we can't see what they really look like because they are too far away, their light is so great though that we are able to see it illuminate the sky. it's very much like how the world perceives truth and what actual truth is. Real truth illuminates everything around it, makes everything brighter, and we are able to understand more. But there are some truths that require faith in what is not seen, most gospel truths are like this. We know that God is there and we can even sometimes see the result of His light and glory and maybe even feel the effect of them as well, but I haven't seen His actual being, there aren't many who have, but we know that he is there. this can also relate to ourselves, we can't always see what the Lord has in store for us or for those around us, but we can still trust that we can obtain a greater light.

 We are so blessed to be a part of this great work! Where we can see change everyday! I am very grateful for everything that you do!! I love you!! I hope and pray that all is well. 
ij iokwe eok!!
Merci beaucoup
Elder Broadbent