Saturday, November 26, 2011

November 21st, 2011

Hello you all!! i hope everyone has a brilliant week!!! i hope everyone is staying safe and enjoying the nice weather lately. I hate to brag but its so much nicer here than it would be in Arizona. Dad you would love it. Well i am so excited to tell you all about my week.
This week started great and ended great :). I am lovin my life as a missionary so much!!! This week i went on exchanges with Elder Ringer who is waiting for his visa and going to Ukraine. We got done with our dinner appoitment this week and we wonderin what to do suddenly a thought came to my mind, go and see Jesus hernandez ( he is a less- active). So i followed on the impression and went straight to his house. We got there and he opened his door right when we walked up and he thought we had knocked. ha but really we didnt even knock yet. we sit down and start talkin with him and there is this other guy named sergio who lives with him. He invites sergio in ( and by the way jesus can speak english and spanish but sergio can only speak spanish) and sits down and we start talkin to him and jesus translates for us. I cant remember the questions which we were asked but I want to tell you are questions were led totally by the spirit there was an amazing feeling that was in that room. We ended up giving sergio a spanish book of mormon and he invited us back. That expereience was amazing to feel the holy ghost even when you dont understand what some people are saying. :) I better start learning some spanish. You'd figure me bein from Az I would know a little something haha. Thats funny right there i dont care who you are :). We were also teaching another one of our investigators who is sososo close to baptism!!! We spent the entire lesson asking questions that came to our mind. We really wanted to find out where he was standing with his testimony. so the whole time we basically drilled him with questions. I want to tell you again that it was an amazing experience to watch someones testimony grow so much from since we started teaching him any week now he should be baptized :). our area has been blessed to be able to have a baptisimal date for another student for december 10th we set that date this week. Things are really pickin up for us and we are keepin busy. but now that this week is thanksgivin things will probably slow down a bit. But its ok :) So that house that we build every friday is almost done !!!!! Its been fun workin on it and watching it piece by piece but we should probably be startin another house soon!!
So this will probably be the most exciting part of my email. This week we got the chance to go up to charleston, WV and see Neil L. Anderson!!! It was so great bein able to see an apostle. Just imagine how busy an apostle is and is able to come spend two hours with missionaries. So I prepared well this week to be able to hear Neil L. Anderson I wrote down all the things I was strugglin with as a missionary and i found that most of them were answered in his talk. "What think Ye of Christ?" (Matt. 22) We were challenged to think more of Christ and study more about Him. Our witness of Him needs to be firm and bold. Study His characteristics, His teachings, how He healed, and how He taught and blessed. The scriptures bear testimony of Him and so must we.
As we do that, remember that no goodness or righteous act goes unnoticed. All of what you do in righteousness will help you and your family. You have to be true and faithful. Do not underestimate the good you do for others in this life.
He was assigned here for a reason. Find out for yourself what the reason was that he came for you.. Elder Andersen said, "Don't be unbelieving of the power of angels."
He also said something else really cool that stuck out to me as a missionary feel inadiquate is not uncommon but its necessary. Often times I dont feel like i measure up but it was nice to know from an apostle that its necessary to feel that way.
Then this sunday i was sitting in church and I heard an amazing talk by a student who talked about his mission. He talked on the subject of obedience and i felt it was something i really needed to hear as a missionary. If there is one thing I can say thats the most important thing its obedience its not easy at all to be obedient. But as I continue forward as a missionary I realize that i can do so much better and yesterday that talk was exactly what I needed to hear. Although it might take most of my life to improve on some things I know with my heavenly father and with my saviors help and can strengthen thosethings I struggle with. All those who read this email. . .please if there is one thing i want to say to you today is be obedient, just dont mess up, realize your weaknessand how much your father in heaven loves you and wants to help you.
Well as you all know this week is thanksgiving I just want to take a minute and tell you all what I am greatful for.. .
I am so thankful to be a missionary, i am so thankful to be serving a mission, i am thankful for my best friends which i havve came to meet on my mission, i am thankful for their love and support, i am thankful for wonderful comapanions, i am thankful to be serving in such wonderful areas, I am thankful for my family especially my mom and my grandma my dad and my brothers and sisters. I am thankful for a prophet, I am thankful for the book of mormon, i am thankful for the bible, i am thankful for my savior, i am thankful he is my firend, i am thankful for prayers, i am thankful for my heavenly father. I am thankful for all of you. :)
I love you all so much i hope you all have a great thanksgivin. i misss you all like crazy. please be safe. Today i get to put up a christmas tree :) just like buddy the elf. And one more story then ill go. We went to dinner at this mexican ladies house this week and she had someone there that only spoke spanish ha ha and i was tryin to say whats your name in spanish, and it turns out I was sayin I love you ha ha and the girl went awww ha ha it was so funny. :) well again happy holidays and i hope you all get stuffed like a turkey. gobble gobble!!!!!!
love elder bentley- moroni 8:3

- " And he said to them all, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me." Luke 9:23

Monday, November 14, 2011

November 14, 2011

Hello everyone i hope all is going well back home and everyone is doing great. this week i dont have to much time so i thought i would send a email to my brothers
Coda: I love you bud. how are you doin. I hope your doing great and being such a good brother. Just imagine coda how much everyone looks up to you. have ever just took the time to realize that cade savannah and shaders all look up to you and you need to set that example. be good. mind mom and dad. coda just be good. I cant tell ya you enough how important and easy that is. you know better bud than to behave bad. just behave. Please. prepare to be a good missionary now. trust me it doesnt start when you get out here it starts now. prepare the sacrament ever sunday and think of your savior dont just act it coda be it be the best loving brother you can be . because once you fall your borthers and sisters and friends will think its ok and they will fall with you dont be the cause of that. i say this coda because i love you congrats on your new calling. thats so great serve all you can please. I love you coda so much do good in school.
cade: i am going to tell you the same thing i told to coda just behave. please mind mom and dad and contiue to do well in football. Be a good example to shaders and to your older brother. please cade have fun. do good in scouts read your scriptures and always say your prayers. I love you buddy

so guess what this week i get to listen to neil L. anderson I am so excited last night I listend to elder lansing he talked about marriage it was a great talk savannah and shaders continue to be good. i love you muffassa. i love you family so much I am so happy our family is together forever
i love you have a great week !!!!

love your brother chazzer

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

November 7th, 2011

Date: Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 11:24 AM
Subject: Watch Good Things to Come
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Good Things to Come

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November 7th, 2011

Can I just tell you all ITS SO COLD HERE!!! its pretty crazy !!! I gotta tell ya I really do miss Arizona I enjoyed being able to keep my clock on the same time all year long. I hate daylight savings haha:) it really messes with your sleep. I was awake at 5:15 in the morning yesterday when really it should have been 6:30. Ha ha gotta love it ha :). So as you all know I am training again. . . My new companion is Elder Davis he is from Southern Cali. I have a feeling this companionship is going to be great. Because this week we started off GREAT!! Its amazing to see how much excitement these missionaries come out with. Elder Davis seems like a hard worker, sounds like we are going to teach great together and have fun. Im still supper nervous to be training, its so hard. But i guess its what the Lord wants me to do. I just hope I will do well and set a good example for this young missionary. Elder Davis is a convert to the church he joined the church when he was 14 . He pretty cool. i just dont know how I got so lucky so far to have such great companions. It really is a blessing from heavenly father. I just hope i can be a great companion to these missionaries as well.
The work is going great here in BV!! we have 2 people who are so close to baptism!!!! This week were so happy to have gotten a couple new investigators. Some of our less actives are starting to come back to church. It was so funny yesterday before dinner we went to this guys house. The guy opens the door and just starts laughin ha ha :) I couldnt help but laugh either he comes out side to talk to us this guy was kind of drunk if i had to guess but it was pretty funny. I was just crackin up. But the work is going great!!
Yesterday was just an amazing fast and testimony day. In one of our student wards that we went to we heard alot about trials. It just seemed like it was exactly what i needed to hear as a missionary. Believe it or not we go through alot of trials as missionaries, with people not coming to church, getttin doors slammed in our face, investigators not progressin. Maybe its something a little bit bigger than that. . . Not being obedient, or not following the morning routine or dealing with companions. Trust me it hard. But I was watching this mormon message and it reminded me of everything i needed to do as a missionary. Its so easy dont quit dont give up just keep going and serve my mission with all my heart. Especially as a trainer i have been feeling like I cant measure up but i realize I just need to keep going and serve with all my heart. Im not going to give up. I would challenge you all to watch a video by jefferey r. holland called " good things to come". It talks alot about enduring trials and I think it might be helpful for you all. I love the video. I can promise ya with all my heart if we just stay happy and and love while going through a hard stressful time I promise you we can endure anything.
Well i would like to share my testimony with you all . I know that this church is true with all my heart I know its true. this is christ church. I know that this work is so important. I love seeing the joy and the peace and the happiness that this gospel brings . I love being a missionary. I know that I am a represenative of my savior and I pray that I will always be worthy for people to see that in me. I am so indeed greatful for a loving heavenly father who simply takes the time to answer our prayers everyday. I love him. I know these things are true. although my testimony is simple i know its true with all my heart.
I love you all so much. We moved into a new apartment its super nice the other missionaries are jealous:)!!! I hope you all have such a great week and I cant wait to type you an mail next week. i promise it will be better. Thank you so much for your love and support that you show to me and to my family . I hope all is well and i love ya. scroll down for new apartment adress. . .
love- Elder bentley
-moroni 8:3
Just for a little while.
my new adress:
2754 maple ave. Apt.# C-10
Buena Vista, Va 24416

November 1st, 2011

Happy late Halloween everyone!!!!! Hope you all were safe and had lots of fun and ate tons of candy!!!!! I am so excited to tell you all about my week!!! Its been really exciting.
Well first i want tell ya how annoying Halloween is as a missionary. I probably had more than a dozen people come up to me and say "nice costume elders ha ha ha !!!" I could almost quote it word for word what everyone said to us haha !!! But it was supper fun we passed out candy with some members and had some broccoli cheese soup that was good!!!! We walked down the city yesterday and in front of every shop there was people passin out candy and I cant tell ya how many people gave us the wierdest looks!!!! It was so funny!!!! I bet they didnt know we were serious or faking haha I almost died laughin at peoples faces:).
Well this week has been pretty exciting!!!! I got a call from president pitt on monday, he asked me if I would be willing to train again, I said of course!!!! I will be training here in BV!!! i am so excited, I know that this new missionary will be a blessing to this area!!! I am so nervous to train i hope i can be a good example, to this new missionary. I love training, its super duper hard but its also way fun to watch an Elders testimony grow of the principle he teachers. Thats been something cool to watch with Elder Parker. There is so much work to do here in BV I hope I can help this area as much as I can!!! I am sad to see Elder Parker leave though he has been such a great example to me. Last night we had one of the best lessons together, It was totally led by the spirit, he did such an amazing job at teaching it was the best lesson EVER, he will be going to Barbousville, WV. That area was in my old district, so he will be right near Logan that is pretty sweet. I am so excited for him.
So this week I have been way excited to share my thought with you all!!! This week when i got that call from president pitt these words stuck out to me. "I want you to know how much you heavenly father loves you" have you ever taken the time to realize how powerful those words are. We as priestholders say it in almost every blessing we give, we as missionaries promise that to those we teach. " Your Heavenly Father loves you" is such a powerful overwhelming statement!!! I want you to know that i have a testimony of that, That our father in heaven loves each and everyone of us. He loves us so much that he was willing to give us the true church on the earth today, he loves so much that he was willing to give us a savior to come down to earth and atone for our sins, he loves us so much that he provided ways to live him forever, he loves us so much he gave us temples, the priesthood and the Book of Mormon. He gives us so much to proves he loves you!!!! How great is it to know we have a loving heavenly father. We were sitting in sacrament the other day and this CES Missionary bore his testimony on our loving heavenly father, I wish you all could have heard this wonderful talk it was amazing!!! But one thing stuck out to me that he said, " may we not forget the father" , May we not forget how much our father loves us, how much he blesses us. I promise you our father in heaven is real, with all my heart. I hope you all will take the time this week to think of these powerful words. " Heavenly Father Loves you!!!" 1 Nephi 11:17
" I know the father loveth his children. . ."
So this week we might be movin into a new apartment ill tell you all the new adress next week. Something cool thats happening this month is a general authority is coming November 11-14 we get to go see Neil L. Anderson. i am so excited then in January a person from the 70 is coming to see us!!! Its going to be so awesome!!! Our investigators are doing great we are have hopefully a couple baptism coming up soon we are so excited!! i cant wait to email you all next week and tell you all about everythng. i love you all so much. thankyou for your support to me and to my family!!! I miss you i hope you all have such a great week and remember how much your heavenly father loves you!!!
love : Elder Bentley
moroni 8:3