Wednesday, June 17, 2015

week 99 - just another day in the office

Well this week was pretty routine, but good at the same time.  I've been studying so much lately, every time we go into the flat I just kinda sit down and read, it's helping me stay focused and not think about home at all, which I won't lie is getting kinda hard not to.  I used to only think about home during emailing, but now it's starting to happen more and more throughout the week and I'm trying so hard to shut it out and not die!  I'm excited for these next couple of weeks though, we have some good trips planned out.  We're going to go to Orkney this weekend (my last time) and then the next week I have to go down to either Inverness or Aberdeen for my interview with President Brown, and then the weekend after that we go to meet the new mission president!  It'll be awkward for me cause he'll be my mission president for like 7 days, but oh well!  As far as the work goes, we haven't been able to see any of our investigators lately cause crazy things are going on in their lives, which is kinda a bummer.  We're hoping to see some of them this week though.  We have exchanges this week with some missionaries that have become really good friends of mine over the past year or so and I'm really looking forward to spending some time with them, it'll be really helpful I think.  One of them is in my group so we'll motivate each other to work hard for our last few weeks out!!  Or we both might just get even more trunky by talking about Hawaii loads (his family is going when he gets back as well).  Other than that I can't really think of much that is going on!  I love you all and hope you have a good week!!

Elder Benesch

week 98 - Elder Holland's visit

Hey everyone!!  This week was so intense, but I loved it!!  I've literally not been to my area for 5 days, and I'm still not back yet!  I'll go back to my area tomorrow though so that's cool haha.  I'll explain why though.  So last Thursday we drove down to Aberdeen cause early in the morning on Friday we had to go to Edinburgh for Scotland East conference.  That was such a great conference, and it was the last one I'll be at and also President Browns last conference with made it really special for me.  That night though I went back to Dundee to stay the night and so I got to proselyte in my old area and see some of the members that I got really close to there!  Then the next day we went and had Elder Holland speak to us, and that was such an amazing experience.  When he came in before the meeting started, he had us all take turns shaking his hand, and when he shook our hands he looked us straight in the eye, and we found out later he was having a quick interview with us all to see what he needed to say to our mission.  Basically he was finding out if he needed to go ballistic on all of us for being a disobedient mission or if we were okay and he could just spend time teaching us to be better missionaries.  Luckily he said we were a good mission with maybe one or two struggles and he complimented President Brown for that.  Then we had 6 people speak to us in by far the best meeting I've been to on my mission.  President and Sister Brown spoke together first bearing their testimonies too us which I won't lie actually brought me to tears since it made me realize just how much my mission has meant to me.  Then we heard from Elder Herbertson who is the Area Authority Seventy over our mission.  We then heard from Elder Teixera, the Europe Area President who is going to be moving over to be a president of one of the Area's in South America.  Then we heard from Elder Hollands son who was visiting and who served his mission in Scotland.  And then Elder Holland spoke to us, and that was amazing!!!  It was so cool to listen to all these great leaders of the church all in one setting!!  I loved it!!  Elder Holland expounded on John 3-4 for us and described how important it is for us to be speaking on the same level as the people we find and begin teaching.  We have to simplify things so they can get it and understand it, that way they can start progressing and feeling the Spirit.  It was definitely one of the highlights of my mission.  So that was all of the cool stuff that happened, but one of the bad things that happened was that our car got wrecked and is now in the garage for at least 3 weeks but probably more.  I wasn't in the car when it happened and I haven't even seen what it looked like, but all I know is it's gone for now, hence we haven't made it back to our area yet haha.  We got it all sorted though and we are borrowing a different set of missionaries car who don't really need it in their area until our car is fixed.  It's just been a total crazy weekend though with so much going on, but it's been really good:)  

It sounds like you guys had a really good stake conference week as well!  That's awesome!!  

I love you all and hope you have a good week!!

Elder Benesch

week 97 - long week but not dying yet!

Hey everyone!  So this past week was a pretty long one, but luckily I didn't really slow down or lose focus too much.  I'm still working my hardest at not dying or getting super trunky!!  Sometimes it is hard not too think about home, especially when we're just driving around to a bunch of different places.  Our investigator J. seems to be doing pretty solid!  She read a lot from the Book of Mormon this past week which was really cool!  We're seeing her tomorrow and hopefully she'll have prayed about the Book of Mormon and gotten an answer.  She's also planning on making the hour journey to church which is so cool!  It shows that she is actually really committed to learning about the church.  L. has been doing awesome, we brought him out teaching with us a couple weeks back and he was so good.  His son who has been coming to church with him asked if he could get baptized, and then when L. asked his mom (his ex-wife) she said it was fine for him to get baptized!!  So we're working on organizing that at the moment, we don't know all the details but we're getting it sorted. The tracting thing is pretty good!  We haven't done it a whole lot lately, but it's still totally a good thing to do.  Dakota should definitely learn it.  There's loads of stuff I can think of actually that it would be cool for him to learn!!  I'll try not to hound him with loads of stuff when I get back, but I'll give him some ideas.  So this week might be a tough one to stay focused cause I'm just so pumped to listen to Elder Holland on Saturday!  It's gonna be so cool, plus I'll get see a ton of missionaries that I haven't seen in forever.  I also haven't gotten any of my travel plans yet, and I don't think anyone else in my group has so we're all still waiting to find out.

So I hopefully answered all the questions you had!  

I love you all and hope you have a great week!

Elder Benesch

Monday, May 25, 2015

week 96 - last transfer!

So I am now officially on my last transfer!! I can't believe how little time I have left, it really hit me this past week how close I am to home. I've been working hard to get in shape for baseball (I guess if I can make it on a team haha). President Brown is starting to get a little trunky I think haha. He is starting to realize that a lot of things he is doing is the last time that he'll be doing it! Which is kinda how I'm feeling as well at the moment. We got a new investigator this week though which is exciting! Her name is J., we found her by tracting and leaving a pamphlet with our number on it at her door, and she called us back! It was cool cause that seriously never happens haha. She seems really interested by the things we believe and we've definitely sparked her curiousity, so hopefully she's curious enough to read the Book of Mormon sincerely and ask God if it's true! We also may have a south african lady come out to church with her friend who is a member this next Sunday, and so we'll have to see how she likes it and if she wants to learn more! We get to have Elder Holland come to the mission on July 6th, so I'm really pumped for that, all of the missionaries in Scotland will get to come and see him speak, but sadly the Ireland missionaries won't get to come over. At least I'll still get to see a lot of the missionaries I want to say goodbye to before I go home!

So I'll start being on the lookout for a suit for Dakota, I might now be able to get one for a few weeks since there isn't exactly any places to go shopping up here in our area, so I would have to be in Inverness for something, but I'll figure it out. We might get a p-day in Inverness when Elder Holland comes to the mission. Those suit sizes work for over here as well, I guess just double check and make sure they are the sizes Dakota wants!! I don't know if it would make that much of a difference if you get the white shirts here or over in the US. They may be a bit more stylish from over here, but good ones would cost about 15 pounds (like 24 dollars) a shirt. Cheap ones are 6 pounds a shirt, which I bought about halfway through my mission, but they only lasted about 7 months before getting old.

Well I love you all and hope you have a good week!!

week 95 - Good trip to Orkney

Well we had an awesome time in Orkney! The members of the branch really appreciated our visit I think. We had a good dinner/lesson with D., one of our investigators over there who is the nicest woman ever. As soon as she gets an answer that the Book of Mormon is true she'll get baptized, so we're hoping and praying that she'll be able to get her answer soon!! We did see a few of the sights while we were over there, we checked out Skara Brae during our lunch on Friday, and it was pretty cool! I got some souvenirs as well. I'm pretty exhausted from the trip though! I don't know why but both times that I've gone over there I've just gotten so tired. We probably won't be doing anything too exciting this week for P-day, we're just gonna take care of some of the important things we need to get sorted. Next week will be the last moves call of my mission, so we'll find out for sure if I'll have one more companion or if Elder Swarts will be my last! I'm pretty sure we'll both stay together, cause it wouldn't really make sense to move either of us, but you never know! Heavenly Father might have something else in mind for me this last transfer!

I love you all and hope you have a good week!
Elder Benesch

week 94 - Not a whole lot new

so I just saw you all yesterday so there isn't a whole lot that is new for me on my side! It was really good to see you all though, and I can't believe how much everyone has changed!! I was really shocked with how different all you kiddo's looked! It made me realize that I have actually been gone for a while even though it doesn't really feel like it! I'm pretty excited to see you all in a few months, keep being awesome!! Love you all!

Elder Benesch

week 93 - Interview with the President...for the last time

So we had a good week, we went down to Aberdeen for zone interview training, and it was the last time I'll get to have zone interview training with President Brown!! I was really sad, because president goes home like 7 days before we do, so he won't be the one to send us off to the airport. It'll be the new mission president, President Donaldson. He spoke to us in the MTC though, and he seems like a really cool guy so that'll be good. President is going to try to find a way to interview everyone going home with me before he leaves the mission though, so hopefully this isn't the last time that I get to see him. We had some cool experiences with finding though this week. We've been trying some new approaches and dialogues with people and it's starting to work really well! We've gotten inside peoples homes I think every time I've been out tracting this past week, which never happens! We're gonna keep working at it and see if we have more success with these new approaches, and then if we do then we'll tell everyone else to start doing it! Today we're going to go out hiking for P-day which should be pretty fun! Elder Swarts is being kind enough to let me plan out our p-days since I don't have too many left, so I'm trying to find all the fun and cool looking stuff to do while I'm up here! I can't believe that all of Dakota's friends got their mission calls to the same mission! That is so legit!! They're all gonna have a blast, cause I know me and Elder Austin have had a blast being in the same mission.

Dakota I'm still so pumped for your mission call!!! I'm so excited for you to get out in the mission field and start making miracles happen in the lives of others. You're gonna be a beast! Keep preparing yourself by studying Preach my Gospel and reading from the book of mormon every single day. That's seriously the best thing you can be doing to get ready!

Oh! I almost forgot to tell you all, for mothers day, we're going to be skyping around 6pm here I think, give or take about 30 minutes, so plan for whatever time that is back home!! I think we're like 8 hours ahead so that should be like 10 am your time I guess. Hopefully that's not during church!

Well I love you all and hope you have a good week!! Talk to you on sunday!!

Elder Benesch