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

Beth's Mission Dec 18 Round Rock 13



Merry Christmas!! Goodness I can't believe Christmas is already here and we are planning for a video chat!! So crazy!!
We have a brunch at 11 and a dinner at 5. Sister Watt is planning on 1:30 or 2:00 our time for her family. We could either do 12:30 or 1:00 our time so 11:30 or noon your time? Let me know what will work best. Sorry for the crazy scheduling!! 

Light the World is awesome!! Got to be honest, it's really weird posting on Facebook everyday for it and seeing family and friends from home comment and like and such, but its cool to connect in that way!! We truly have so many resources to share the gospel!! Such a blessing!!

Love the snow!!! It has been cold this week! Raining quite a bit, completely poured all day on Thursday, and today it's been "misting" and foggy all day! Sort of feeling like Christmas in that way I guess :)


This week was a great week!! We had a busy week and were able to go on a few visits with members of our ward that were all great!!

The first part of the week we had Sister Sonntag with us until her companion came on Thursday. It was fun to have her with us and to be able to have another Sister to go out with and teach with! We had lots of fun!

On Thursday we had a lesson and dinner with David and it was awesome! It was so good to meet him!! He read the chapter assigned to him last week and he studied it and had so many questions! He even found the Doctrine and Covenants and quoted from it! It was so awesome! We were able to clarify some things and help him to better understand and it was a great lesson! We have another lesson with him on Thursday and we are way excited! We are praying that he will feel the spirit of what he is reading and studying!
That night we were also able to go out as a ward mission and visits quite a few less actives in the ward! It was so great to be unified and all together as we visited and invited people to church! We have these newletters we created with a conference talk and upcoming events in the ward and it is perfect to give to those who need a little help!

Saturday was our Ward Christmas party and it was awesome!! We had so many less actives come and two investigators! It was a fun night!

And Yesterday- Sunday- was the best day of the week! I love Sundays so much!! 
First we had such great personal Study and Companionship study talking about Heavenly Father's great plan and the eternal family we are all a part of! Then in Sacrament, all the speakers talked about that focusing on our Savior Jesus Christ- so good! And we had two investigators and so many less actives come to church! It was amazing and the ward was so welcoming and loving and it was so great to see and feel the great spirit that was there!! The two investigators, Meghan and Dominic both had a great time and said they wanted to come back! Dominic is Sister Power's husband and Meghan is her daughter. They are amazing and we are so grateful for their excitement and willingness to work together as a family to come closer to Christ!
And yesterday night the youth had a huge caroling activity and it was awesome! Meghan came and loved it and it was so great!
Overall it was such a great day and such a great week!
I have been reminded again and again how important it is to remember our dear Savior and brother Jesus Christ this beautiful season! 
3 Nephi 18:24 "Therefore, hold up your light that it may shine unto the world. Behold I am the light which ye shall hold up—that which ye have seen me do."
He truly is the light and life of the world!! I know that He is our brother. He is our Savior and Redeemer. I know that He knows me and He knows you. He loves you. It is such a joy to spread His love and to help others to feel of His divine love and peace that He gives! We are so blessed!!

I am so grateful for all of you!! Thank you for your support and love and prayers!! I love you all so much!! I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!!! Remember the reason for the season! And have a great week!!! Love you!!
Merry Christmas!!!!!


Love,

Sister Broadbent


Pictures:

1. Crazy pre-bedtime fun with these amazing Sisters!
2. At the Christmas Party with Sister Power, Dominic, and Meghan! Love them!!
3. Merry Christmas from Sister Watt and Sister Broadbent!!!



Monday, December 11, 2017

Beth's Mission Dec 11 Round Rock 12

We did get transfer calls today!! Sister Watt and I are both staying in Walsh Ranch for another transfer!! We will be in Walsh Ranch for Christmas!!!

This week was a great and crazy week!! It is always so strange and amazing how the days feel like months, but the weeks feel like days!! So crazy! But it is such a blessing to be able to be busy serving the Lord!

This week we have had more people say that they want to get together with us to have a Family Home Evening, or go on visits with us, or have a neighbor night, or cottage meeting, and it has been so great! Our Ward Council is really starting to show their support and desire to help us and let us help them in this great work! One thing that we have talked about is that we as missionaries really can't do anything without the members! The best way for us to find those who are ready and prepared to hear the message of the gospel is through the members who are friends with them! We have seen that with many people and how important it is for those who are searhing for the truth to have friends who are there to support and uplift them! As our dear Prophet President Thomas S. Monson has said, "Now is the time for members and missionaries to come together, to work together … to bring souls unto Him!" What a blessing it is to share the joy of the gospel with others!!

That is the case with our investigator Bailey! She is so awesome and has a lot of friends in high school who are members of the church. She wasn't able to meet with us yesterday or ome to church, but we are praying for her and are grateful for the miracle of friendship!

We also have a new investigator this week who's name is David! He is a referral from a member couple in the ward who just met him 2 weeks ago! We had a lesson with him on Thursdayand -we were on exchanges so I haven't been able to meet him yet- Sister Watt said that it went great! He knew a lot of members of the church growing up and is interested in learning more! We have another lesson with him this Thursday and we are so excited and blessed with another miracle to witness!

Also on Thursday another miracle occured. IT SNOWED!!! That's right, it full on snowed!! I think they said it hasn't snowed in 7 years!! Sister Hill and I were together and we were up in Taylor with a family for dinner and when we walked outside it was snowing!! The kids were so excited and we took pictures and just couldn't believe it! The whole ride to our next appointment (where we also played with the kids in the snow) we were just laughing and in awe!! It was kind of funny too to see the people who didn't know how to drive in it haha I was driving and it really wasn't coming down that much, but people were going so slow! Haha definitely something you don't see everyday in this part of Texas! And it stayed until the next morning! We made a little snowman haha it was so great! Definitely a miracle to remember!

With the Light the World initiative, it has been so awesome to notice even more opportunities to serve and to see others serving as well! I would love to hear about any of the experiences you have had finding ways to serve or how others have served you! One of the greatest things about the chance to Light the World is that it doesn't have to only be these 25 ways in 25 days! We can light the world everyday of our lives if we will look and pray for opportunities and get out and serve!

I was reading Sister Bingham's talk "That your Joy might be full" from this last conference and this quote stuck out to me:
"Jesus instructs His disciples to keep His commandments because He knows that as we follow His example, we will begin to experience joy, and as we continue on His path, we will come to a fulness of joy. He explained, “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”"
I know that as we truly seek to become like Him as we seek Him, we will have such joy! And we will be able to help others to feel of that light and joy that we feel!! Who is someone that could use a little uplifting or that could use a smile or a kind note? I want to invite you to think about someone or multiple people and do something for them! I know that they will appreciate your kindness and that you will be able to feel the joy of service in your heart! 

I am so grateful for all of you and for the strength and support that you give me!! You all mean so much to me and I am so grateful for your examples and the light and love that you give me! Thank you for everything! I love you so much!!

I hope you have a wonderful week!!

Love,

Sister Broadbent
 

Pictures:
1) District Meeting- Vista Ridge District
2) Round Rock Zone
3) Snow with the Lopez family!!
4) Our little snowman!
5) It was so cold!! We put socks on as mittens and wrapped ourselves up!
6) Snow and the sunrise
7) Sister Watt and I back together again!
8 - Sister B and Sister Watt with a family







Monday, December 4, 2017

Beth's Mission Dec 4 Round Rock 11

It's snowing!?! That's so awesome!! I'm not sure I miss the snow haha, but it is weird not having snow when Christmas is coming! It's basically fall here haha the leaves are starting to fall on some of the trees and it's beginning to get a little chilly at points, but honestly it's not even cold! It's weird! And everyone says that it's not normal for it to be this warm this time of year, but we're not complaining! It doesn't quite feel like "the holidays" though- definitely a different expereince!

This week was a pretty great week!!

We had exchanges on Tuesday and Friday and Sister Hill and I got to be together again! She is so great! I love her and it is a privilage to get to serve with her! On the Tuesday exchange we had a lesson with one of the families they are teaching in the Spanish Branch and we got to read a chapter with them in the Book of Mormon! I read in Spanish and it was awesome! They helped me along and said I had a good accent haha One day I'll be fluent! ;)

On Wednesday we had Zone Conference! It was the Christmas conference and it was so amazing!! There were a lot of musical numbers and I got to play the hymns and for one of the musical numbers and it was so fun! The trainings were amazing and we talked a lot about working with members and having ministering visits and using the Book of Mormon in every teaching opportunity. So good! It was a great Zone Conference up here in the Austin area!

This past weekend was our stake's Stake Conference and it was so great! President and Sister Polley spoke in the Adult session on Saturday and they, along with the Stake Presidency, apparently talked a lot about missionary work and how members truly need to work together with missionaries to increase the work! We weren't able to go, but we heard all about it and have had over five families already schedule cottage meetings and ministering visits and we are so excited!! It truly is a miracle!! And Sunday we had a mission wide fast for ministering visits and claiming the blessings from them. We have already seen blessings and miracles occur and I know that as we continue to work with the members- because we truly can't do this great work without the members!- we will see even more blessings and we will be able to help more and more people feel the Light and Love of Christ!! What a blessing we have to be a part of this glorious gospel! And what an even greater blessing we have to share it with others!

One way that we have loved sharing the gospel is with the Light the World initiative! It is so amazing!! It has been one way that the members have been able to reach out to others and serve as our Savior served! I think the most important part of this Light the World is that it reminds us that we can serve and Light the World all year round! It is such a blessing to look outside of ourselves and serve! I know as we serve others we will be blessed and strengthened in all that we do!
On Saturday our townhouse neighborhood had a service/beautify day and we got to meet a lot of our neighbors and serve with them as we fixed some things in our complex! It was so great and for the Light the World, we brought water for everyone to have! It was such a great service day!

A favorite quote that I found in my studies from this past General Conference is from "Turn to the Lord," By Bishop W. Christopher Waddell:
"True enduring happiness with the accompanying strength, courage, and capacity to overcome the most challenging difficulties comes from a life centered in Jesus Christ. … There is no guarantee of overnight results, but there is absolute assurance that, in the Lord’s time, solutions will come, peace will prevail, and emptiness will be filled.”

Knowing that Heavenly Father is there for each of us has helped me a lot this past week. One thing President Polley told us is that we should be Praying as if everything depends on the Lord and then working as if everything depends on us. I love that so much! Trust in God, work hard and everything will work out!

I am so grateful for all of the support and prayers I feel from each and everyone of you! Thank you for being a part of my life and for helping me to be who I am today! I love you all so much!!
I hope that you all have a wonderful week and that you can find your own ways to Light the World!

Love,

Sister Broadbent




Pictures:
1. Texas Ornament passed down from previous missionaries
2. Austin Zone Conference
3. Baking Cookies for our neighbors!!



Monday, November 27, 2017

Beth's Mission Nov 27 Round Rock 10

This week was a great week! 

We were able to do a lot of service from helping Sister Owen's with her Etsy business, to painting the older women's nails at the Living Center, to preparing food for the homeless and needy on Thanksgiving, to helping a less active in our ward decorate one of her four Christmas trees!! It was a great and busy week!

First, Happy Thanksgiving!! I hope that everyone was able to eat lots of food and especially recognize the things that you are grateful for! There is so much that we have to be grateful for! I was reading a conference talk from President Monson on the attitude gratitude. "A grateful heart, then, comes through expressing gratitude to our Heavenly Father for His blessings and to those around us for all that they bring into our lives. This requires conscious effort—at least until we have truly learned and cultivated an attitude of gratitude."
I have realized once again the blessing of agency! We choose if we want to be happy, if we want to be grateful, if we want to be obedient, if we want to serve others, if we want to share the gospel. We have the power to choose! It is such a blessing to reevaluate our choices and choose to align our will with Heavenly Father's!

This week we were able to have a pass off lesson with the YSA Elders for Ryan and Preston! We had a great lesson about the Book of Mormon and they went to church again yesterday! We are so excited to see how they grow in the gospel!
Yesterday we were able to have a lesson with a new investigator referral from a young man in our ward. Her name is Bailey and she has a lot of friends in the church. We taught the Restoration and it went so well! She agreed to read the Book of Mormon and we will be meeting with her again! So great! The spirit was so strong as we quoted the Joseph Smith's account of the First Vision. It was so powerful. I love the peace and strength that the spirit brings. I know that Joseph Smith truly did see Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ that beautiful morning. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true! I am so grateful for the love and strength that I have felt from my Heavenly Father! I know that as we truly turn to Him and have faith, we will be able to become who He needs us to be and we will be able to get through anything with the Savior on our side!!
We are so blessed!!
I am so grateful for this gospel!

Also this week the Light the World launch video came out!!! If you haven't seen it, go watch it!!! It is amazing!! There is a calendar of 25 ways to serve over the 25 days until Christmas starting December 1st!! It will be so awesome!! How can you light the world?

I am so grateful for each and every one of you and for the love and support that you give me! I have truly felt your love and prayers and I am so grateful!
I hope that all is well! Have an absolutely wonderful week!!!
I love you all!!


Love,

Sister Broadbent

I forgot to tell you about my birthday! 
It was such a great day!!
We had a wonderful ward council, then church was amazing.The primary sang to me super loud and it was so cute and amazing! Loved it!!
Then we decorated Christmas trees and it was awesome!
Then we had dinner with the Creers and it was so great! Her mom made me a homemade double layer German Chocolate cake and it was absolutely amazing! Thank you for the cake mix and recipe as well!! We will be making that soon!
And she gave me a neckalace and candy! So kind!! (Oh! Thank Cari for sending me those earrings!! They are so cute!!! Love them!!)
After dinner we went to our lesson with Bailey which was so good!!!!
Then we went to share the Light the World video with familes and it was awesome! We stopped at the Lowe's house and they gave us ice cream and she gave me lotion and stuff! So kind!!
It was such a great birthday! Definitely one to remember!! I was thinking about you and the family all day and I am so grateful for you!! 
Thank you for everything!!
I love you!!!


Pictures:
1. Sister Hill and I on exchanges!
2. Thanksgiving with the Bjarnason's!!
3. Decorating a 12' Christmas tree!!
4. We set up our Christmas tree and nativities today!!





Beth's Mission Nov 20 Round Rock 9

This week was quite the week! Full of ups and downs! It's amazing how the ups ALWAYS far out weigh the downs!! Especially as we turn to our Father in Heaven and open our eyes to the Joy and Blessings He gives us!!

During Exchanges this week, Hermana Hill and I went out finding and contacting and it was a great day! We went "Chalking" at a park (which Sister Watt and I did again with a returned missionary in our ward and it was awesome!) As Sister Hill and I were out, we tried to talk to everyone and then there were three people that we passed that we felt so bad for not talking to! We decided to repent and made the determination to talk to every person that we came in contact with and we did!! Then we found Preston and Ryan! They are brothers who expressed interest in learning about Christ and agreed to have us come back! It was a miracle!
The Next day Sister Watt and I had a lesson with them! Ryan is more interested than his brother Preston, and it was good to get to know him and teach him about the Restoration! 

Then on Sunday they both came to church!
Sunday was a crazy but great day!
We got up and planned and got ready and just as we were about done getting ready, we got a call from our District leader saying that one of the Elders in our Zone was sick and they had to go do exchanges and they might need us to go to their ward to cover for an activity they had for Primary! We got things situated and luckily the Hermanas could give us a ride, but then as we were driving they called us back and said we didn't need to go anymore! So we went back home! We did Personal Study and Training and then a member picked us up for Church! Then Ryan and Preston came to church! We weren't expecting Preston to come, but it was so great to have them both there!
 It's kind of an interesting situation because they are YSA aged young men, and so we will be passing them off to the YSA Elders- but the YSA ward just got dissolved, and now one YSA Ward is covering 4 stakes! It's all been kind of crazy! We were grateful that they came to church and are hoping that they are truly interested in learning more about the restored gospel!

This week I have been reminded again and again that Heavenly Father truly has the full plan! Everything that happens is for a reason! Every good or bad thing, everything is in His plan and he truly knows each of us in our individual needs! How great is the Plan of our God!

This week I have also been reminded to Find Joy in everything and to be grateful for the seemingly little things just as much as the bigger things! There are so many blessings everywhere if we will open our eyes and look for things to be grateful for!! I have been reminded of President Uchtdorf's story about finding Joy in the Journey in his talk, "Of Regrets and Resolutions." One portion I love is, 

"We shouldn’t wait to be happy until we reach some future point, only to discover that happiness was already available—all the time! Life is not meant to be appreciated only in retrospect. “This is the day which the Lord hath made … ,” the Psalmist wrote. “Rejoice and be glad in it.”
Brothers and sisters, no matter our circumstances, no matter our challenges or trials, there is something in each day to embrace and cherish. There is something in each day that can bring gratitude and joy if only we will see and appreciate it." 

There is always something to be grateful for! I hope in this season and always we can truly Count our many blessings!
 
I love you all so much!! I am so grateful for each and every one of you!! I hope that you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

Love,

Sister Broadbent

Pictures:
1. Sister Watt and I featuring our "Friendship Bracelets" that I made
2. Sister Watt and I again featuring her fish tail braids she let me do
3. One portion of our "Chalking" -I'll try to send more later or next week!