Monday, July 25, 2011

July 25, 2011

Hello everyone!!!! I hope everyone has had a great week!!! This week has
been amazing for us here in Logan. We have been so blessed this week. I know
that through this work that my family will be able to recieve blessings as
So like I said this week we were so blessed to have Alex Dalton be
baptized. I am so happy that I was able to witness this amazing experience
in his life. I have really enjoyed being able to teach him and watching him
gain a personal testimony of this gospel. It been such an amazing experience
to watch. To watch alex gain that friendship with his savior has been
amazing. I know that he will be a great missionary to his family and I know
that his family will follow his example and someday will be baptized!!!! So
the baptism went amazing. I got the chance to talk about the Holy Gohst and
express my gratitude towards Alex's . But before the baptism I asked his mom
if she would like to say anything. She stood up and gave the most heartfelt
gratitude prayer. It was so amazing to watch!!! The spirit was so strong
during his baptism. His mom came to church the whole time yesterday to see
his baptism. It was so awesome. She told us after the baptism" I am so happy
to be alive to witness this day for my son." 6 months ago I never thought
Alex would accept this gospel now he finially did. I know that the gospel
can change lives for the better. I am a witness of the happiness it can
bring into our lives. I know that this gospel is true. There is no better
happiness than this.
This weekend we had alot of fun with our branch. We celbrated pioneer day
on Saturday. And the food was so good!! :) But we played Tug o War and Elder
Whitehead and I got to be the captins and My team one ( ha ha we had the
down hill slope thats why ha ha) That was fun we had a bubble gum blowing
contest waterballoon tossing and so much more. :) But that wasnt the best
part. The best part was to see 5 investigators at this party. One of them
being Anita. She came and she toured the church. I am so glad she came
though and saw the church . But at least thats one step forward:) We were
also able to see 2 new people. For the past 3 months they have studied our
church online and they came to the party. For 2 people to go out of their
way just to find our church is amazing I cant wait to start teaching them I
know it will be amazing. They had such an amazing glow about them . It ws so
As you can see we have been blessed beyond measure here in Logan. I know
that this wouldnt be possible without the help of our heavenly father. He is
blessing with so much. I am so greatful for these blessings he is giving me.
I am so greatful to experiene the happiness that comes from this work. I
know every area may not be as succesful as this area. But I hope that i can
get every area to be just as great. I hope I can be a blessing for each ward
I serve in. I am so lucky for what I have and what Im experiencing as a
So this week I have been reading in Alma still. Im almost done :) I have
been really enjoying reading about all these war stories. I have learned
alot from Moroni and how he rebuilds the weakest part of the cities into
something so great. And when the Lamenites come they were so astonished that
these weak cities they couldnt even get past . I have been thinking alot
about this lately and this can compare alot to us. Often times we have weak
cities which heavenly father (moroni) encourages us to rebuild and
strengthen and fortify against the Lamenites (Satan). I know that can apply
alot to me. I know I have some weak cities that I really neeed to
strengthen. I know it may be hard to rebuild these cities. But if we just
simply do it and obey our heavenly father he will indeed bless us agaisnt
the Lamenites.
This week I didnt get the chance to meet with my mission president but this
wenesday he is coming down. He had to change his plans for something. I am
really excited to see what he says:)
I also want to wish my mom a Happy birthday I hope she knows how much I
love and miss her. She is the greatest mom in the world. I am so greatful
for all that you do for me as a missionary. I love reading your
emails everyweek. I love you mom so much. have a great week and ill write
you soon alright :) HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
I am so greatful that the lord is blessing me with so much. I am so greatful
for my family and I hope they all know how much I love them. I love this
gospel so much. I love sharing with people that I am member of the church of
Jesus Christ of latter day saints. I love the blessings that come from this
gospel everyday. Thank you all so much for your support that you give to me
. I hope you all have an excellent week. May you all be safe and be safe and
know how much I love and miss you all.
8:3) -Elder Bentley

Monday, July 18, 2011

July 18, 2011

Wow what another fantastic week!!! I hope everyone had a great week!! I am
so EXCITED to tell you all about my week.
I dont think life could be any better!!! I love being able to loose myself
in the work everyday!!! Its the best. I know this is what I worked for is to
be a missionary!
So first I want to share an awesome experience I had not this Sunday but
last. It has to do with the priesthood. The Priesthood is such a special
gift. Its a gift given to me and the millions of men around the world to act
in gods name. As I have been on my mission I have come to realize how
important it is to live worthy of the priesthood. I had an amazing
experience with it this past Sunday. We went to visit the Bigleys and Sister
Thomas that Sunday. Sister Thomas's leg really started hurting. So we
offered to give her a blessing she accepted. I was the one to give her the
blessing. It was hurting her so bad. Elder Whithead set apart the oil and I
sealed it and was able to give the blessing. As I ended the blessings she
turned to me five with tears in her eyes and said Elder Bentley it doesnt
hurt anymore. Her and sister Bigley were in tears. This experience has been
on my mind all week. I am greatful my heavenly father has entrusted me a 19
year old with such a special gift. I am so indeed greatful for the power of
the priesthood. Yesterday I was reading in the conference ensign from 2007
priesthood session and I came across a talk by President Thomas S. Monson
called " The Priesthood- a sacraed gift" And I really loved what he asked us
as priesthood holders

"from youngest to the oldest, are you living with your lifes accordances
with what the Lord requires? Are you worthy to bear the priesthood of God?
If you are not, make the decision here and now, muster the courage it will
take, and insitute whatever changes necessary so that your life is what it
should be. TO sail safely the seas of mortality, we need the guidance of
that eternal mairner- even the great Jehovah. If we are not on the lords
errand we are entitled to the lords help."

I love that part of the talk it really helped me realize how important the
priesthood we hold is. I want all my cousins friends and especially my 2
younger brothers and dad to know. That the priesthood is so special. Do
whatever possible to make sure we are living in harmony with our
priesthood!!! Remember " the limit comes in you if you do not live in
harmony with the spirit of the lordand you limit yourselves in the power you
exert." I know that the priesthood can bless peoples lives. Im a witness of
Lately as you all know I have been reading in the book of mormon I am
halfway through Alma!!!! Its the best. Its so cool hearing about Alam and
Ammon and his brethern missionary experiences. Its so awesome to think of
how many Lamanite lives they changed just by relying on the lord. I love the
joy that ammon after their mission. I hope I can have that much joy when I
get back . But a verse I found to help me alot as a missionary comes from
Alma chapter 27-29.
"now when our hearts were depressed , and we were about to turn back, behold
the lord comforted us , and said:Go against thy bretheren the Lamanites, and
bear with patience thine afflictions, and I will give unto you succes. "
"And now behold, we have come, and been forth amongst them; and we have been
patient in our sufferings, and we have suffered every privation; yea, we
have traveled from house to house, relying upon the mercies of the world—not
upon the mercies of the world alone but upon the mercies of God."
"And we have entered into their houses and taught them, and we have taught
them in their streets; yea, and we have taught them upon their hills; and we
have also entered into their temples and their synagogues and taught them;
and we have been cast out, and mocked, and spit upon, and smote upon our
cheeks; and we have been stoned, and taken and bound with strong cords, and
cast into prison; and through the power and wisdom of God we have been
delivered again."
I think this is such an awesome verse and applys to everything to what I am
doing this day. We have a baptisim coming up this nest Sunday we are supper
excited for Alex Dalton. I am so glad he has made this special commitment. I
know that his family will soon follow. I am so happy because Elder Partridge
and I are the ones who started teaching him!!!! And now he is finally
getting baptized!!! All of our investigators are doing great. I love Crystal
and her family and Im so glad I baptized them. I am so happy that the work
is going so well here in Logan. I love it here!!!!
Tomorrow I have to meet with the new mission president, which I a m super
nervous for because of what he told me at meet the president. Yesterday was
probably one the best sundays I have ever had. It was so spiritual I really
enjoyed i wish you all could have been there. I am so blessed to have had
such great companions I hope that Heavenly Father will continue to bless me
with such great companions. We have a bit ofa struggle at saying our
companionship prayers in the morning . Ireally need to step up and help our
compionship with that.
Well Thank you all so much for all you do!!! i love ya all. thank you so
much for hwlping me in this work. I hope everyones families are doing well.
And I hope that these emails will help you all individually as much as it
has helped me. Have a fantstic week. And I look forward to another great

Bentley (moroni 8:3)

Monday, July 11, 2011

July 11, 2011

Hello everyone!!! I hope everyone had a great fourth of July!!! Mine was
Well this week we got the chance to meet the new mission president and I
so excited to work with President Pitt for the next year and a half. Him
his wife have such amazing testimonies and I can really tell Im going to
learn alot from them. Anyways a cool experience I had this week with the
mission president. . . before the meeting started he told us to line up
the hall and he was going to shake everyones hand and say HI!!!! so we
me and my companion Elder Whitehead were about halfway down the line I
him making his way through just asking the elders where they were from
said hi. . . so he gets to me and I have the biggest smile on my face .
. he
smiles back and says Elder Bentley and I replied yes president, He said
was reading your profile and I prayed about you and I just want you to
that your father in heaven is very pleased with you and has alot of
in store for you and I cant wait to tell you my feelings and thoughts I
when I come to meet with you. That just made me so nervous to hear that.
. After he got done Elder Whitehead nugged me in the side with his elbow
said ha ha you alright bud. . . he didnt say anything like that to my
companion or anyone else that I know of. I felt like i meet president
before but I have never seen him before and for him to say something
that kinda shocked me, so Im just a bit nervous for my interview coming
with him ha ha. He is a great man!!!
So the work here has been going absolutely Great!!!! We were so blessed
yesterday to have so many of our investigators at church the whole
was almost packed!!! We had 8 investigators at church!!!! Yesterday I
had to
give a talk on Repentance and I just want my dad, mom and grandparents
know how grateful I am for you all helping me!!! Without your help I
think my talk would have gone so well. Well like I said I had to give a
talk on Repentance . . . I almost had my whole talk memorized only but
story and I think I messed up twice but thats about it. I shared with
this story about the HUBBA BUBBA BUBBLE GUM!! And I really like this
it was about a man who was at school and got his favorite pair of slacks
stuck to gum under a desk. So he rushed home asked his wife and took it
the dry cleaner and got them cleaned after they were cleaned they still
managed to get dirty. repentance is like this story because often we get
or sin on us and its really hard to get off . Sometimes we can get most
the Hubba but not all the Bubba off. So the Atonement is the dry
through the atonement we can be made clean but yet still often after we
they will still get dirty so. we need to remember to keep ourselves
from sin. Thats why we have great priesthood holders today who are
by God to help be clean from our mistakes. We need to make sure that we
to repentance often and make sure we are clean from sin.

Everyone that came up to me said that I will always remember your talk
about the Hubba bubba bubble gum. I am so grateful my heavenly father
family helped with this talk. Well I have been reading alot from the
book of Mormon!!! I am already
halfway through again!!! I started Alma this morning. Well while I have
reading I continue to find answer to my prayers and lately I found alot
scriptures on missionary work I found one the other day, which I have
come to
love and it is found in Mosiah 26:20
"Thou art my servant; and I covenant with thee thou shalt have eternal
and thou shalt serve me and go forth in my name, and shalt gather
my sheep."
I just remember while I was reading this I realized how important my
was I felt like father was speaking directly to me when I came across
scripture. I love how I continue to read the book of mormon and find
that pertain to my life today and that's how know that my father n
is listening as I search him out in the scriptures. I want to challenge
everyone to pray for answers that you need and search it out in the
scriptures and I promise we will come out gaining so much knowledge of
Savior and of the blessings that await us as we read the scriptures.
Well elder Whitehead and I are doing great. He is a great companion and
am grateful to be serving with him. I really feel that we have been
beyond measure to be serving here in Logan. We teach so well together
and I
have learned alot from him. The members here are just awesome like
Sister Thomas is the sweetest lady on this side of the Mississippi
:)!!!! we
had so many dinner appointments this week it was awesome. I still am
about how many people came to church yesterday. At least I know we are
doing something right. :)
Well I just want my family to know how much I love them and miss them. I
so jealous that you all went to California but I hope you know that I
wouldnt want to be anywhere else but here serving my Savior. I know a
and half seems like forever away but Thats a year and half of so many
blessings to come!!! I cant believe I have already been out 5 months!!!
and Savannah and Cade and Shaders!!! I love you!!! I hope you all have
summer break and be safe . I am grateful that I am able to be your older
brother and I hope I can set a great example for all of you to follow.
Well i hope everyone has a great week. I love you all so much. Thank you
all for helping get to where I am today. Without you all none of this
would have been possible to achieve. Thank you so much for all your
and continual support not only to me but to my family. Have a great week
love ya all:
Elder Bentley(Moroni 8:3)

July 4, 2011

MOM can you believe I have been out 5 months:) 19 to go:)Happy 4th to the
most amazing family the world
i love you all!!!!! have a greaat week!!!!