Monday, December 19, 2011

December 19th, 2011

Howdy y'all. I hope everyone is doing so so well. And having an awesome christmas. Well this email might be a bit short but I hope it enough. . .

I am so thankful for this christmas season. There is no better time of year than this. I want you all to know I love my savior I am greatful for him and his love that not only he shows to me, but to my family and those around me. i love him. Last night me and 3 other missionaries had the opportunity to go to a presberterian church. Its was interesting but we felt the spirit so much and ill tell you why. One of the wards around here , gets together with this church and does a special christmas program. So our choir sang and played some christmas music and it was awesome, me and my companion were sitting next to some people of the other faith and almost after every song they would say, they are so good!!! It was just amazing the spirit we felt as we sang hymns about our savior and worshipped with another faith. We were happy to get a couple people interested in talkin to us ;) !!!!! I love this christmas season its amazing. And I have been so uplifted this week as I have thought about my savior and put him first. I am greatful to know he is always there for me and is willing to help in my time of need. I love my father in heaven and I am greatful that he was willing to send his son down here to this earth to show the way to live. I know that indeed this christmas is one of my best christmas. I am greatful to be spreading his gospel to all people.

So this week we had a cool thing happen for us, we have been teaching this less-active guy and right after church we got a text from him yesterday and said elders i wanna come back , i know its the right thing to do. He has already gave up smoking and is working on coming back to church now :) We are so excited. I am so greatful that the spirit is still leading me in this work, we were walking down the street one day and I said elder look that screen door is open lets go nock on it. He agreed we went we got up to the door and knocked and this lady said yes come by any day im always home we proceed to give her a book of mormon, it just felt like heavenly father had prepared us to meet with her. :) That was a pretty cool experience. I am so excited to be district leader its going to be stressful but i know i can do it :).

I am going to miss you all so much this christmas I hope and pray that you all will remember our savior, our brother and gain a better relationship with him this christmas. I am going to miss my grandmas mexican food, this christmas is going to be really different. But I think it what I need. I love you all so much. thank you for everything that you all do, for the many letters and everything i appreciate it i love it. and I am so thankful. Thank you.

I have testimony of this work, I am greatful to be helping others this christmas season and i know there is no better work i can be doing.

i love you all . merry christmas . and i miss you.

love elder bentley
moroni 8:3
i love this scripture:
alma 13: 28-29
8 But that ye would humble yourselves before the Lord, and call on his holy name, and watch and pray continually, that ye may not be tempted above that which ye can bear, and thus be led by the Holy Spirit, becoming humble, meek, submissive, patient, full of love and all long-suffering;
29 Having faith on the Lord; having a hope that ye shall receive eternal life; having the love of God always in your hearts, that ye may be lifted up at the last day and enter into his crest.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

December 12th, 2011

How is everyone doin!!!!! i hope all is well and are enjoying this christmas season. This has been such a great week for me. I cant wait to tell you all about it:)!!!!!

This week has been supper dupper cold!!! BRRRRR!!! Well this week has been so exciting, i dont even know how to begin this email. :) ha its been such a great week!!! Well I found out that im going to be staying here in Buena Vista for another transfers and Im going to be the district leader :)!!!!! That should be a fun learning experience and i will be keeping the same companion. :) I am happy to stay here in bv because we got baptisms coming up!!! So that was exciting news to hear that Ill be a district leader!!!

Jay E. Jensen from the presidency of the 70 came and spoke to our stake. It was so great to hear what he had to say. I wanna share with you all a couple of things that I learned from him. Saturday night, he spoke to all the college students and me and my companion had the oppotunity to attend. Elder Jensen started his talk off talking about hymns and he pointed out something in a christmas song that I never noticed before. in Hymn # 206 Away in a Manger. Elder Jensen pointed out something, in the last verse.
" be near me lord jesus, I ask thee to stay.
close by me forever and love me I pray.
bless all the dear children in thy tender care
and fit us for heaven to live with thee there. "
What powerful powerful words. I love those words. And that is something I never notice before, what such a great goal to have this christmas season, to find ways we can be better fit for heaven. He went on to tell us how much he loves hymns and his scripture and how they bring us in harmony with god. I as Elder Jensen love my scriptures so much. he challenged us to be in them every single day. wether its a verse or whatever always be in the scripture. I pray that we will remember the importance of the scriptures and how much closer they will bring us to christ this christmas season. Then on Sunday morning he spoke to all recent converts, less actives and investigators and had an awesome testimony meeting. We were happy to see one of our less actives come that we have been working with for a while. :) So this weekend was exciting.
This week has been awsome. We set 3 people with a baptisimal date. That has been pretty exciting. We have a baptism coming up on January14 with brenton, we are excited for that because we know he will achieve his date no matter what!!!! We had an investigator commit a less-active to come back to church this week. so things are pretty exciting around here in bv.
So this week I had some funny things happen to me. like always :
So this last week I was with 3 other missionaries on exchanges and we went to the Stake Relief Society Presidents house for dinner. All was going well. We ate dinner and I finished and was going to take my plate in to the sink. when all of sudden my pants stuck to this nice wooden bench that I was sitting on. so I sat back down and tried a second time to get up. And my pants continued to stick all of a sudden the whole family and all the missionaries started laughing. It was pretty funny. Im gald my pants didnt rip and that I walked out with them on. :)
Then a couple days later they saw and came up to me and started laughin and said they will never forget that dinner, and she painted the bench so pants shouldnt be sticking anymore haha. Then that same night we went to a parade and we got some hot chocolate from a members shop and we went out and were watching the parade, so I was standing there perfectly fine, with hot hot water, when all of a sudden a member comes up and says HEY MISSIONARIES!!!! and bumps my arm (he didnt know I had hot chocolate) and it spills all over my hand and that burned pretty bad haha, then all over the ground. I looked back up and him and my comapanion were dying laughing . . ha ha I am glad it didnt spill on the person in front of me or on my cloths :)
haha I dont get why all these funny moment happen to me.
Well I hope I will do good at this whole ditrict leader thing and be the best I can be. I love you all so much. I hope you all have a great week and a great christmas. I love you all!!!! thank you for everything!!!
love elder bentley: Moroni 8:3

Sunday, December 11, 2011

December 5, 2011

Howdy ya all !!!!!!! I hope you all are enjoying this holiday season:) Isn't this the best time of year to focus on our savior. i hope you all are stayin warm and having fun. I hope that this email will uplift this week.
So this week has been such a great week:) I love bein a missionary around christmas time :) Its so much fun bein able to learn of my savior. . I really loved the christmas devotional last night. It was amazing to hear our prophet testify of christmas. It made me wanna be a better missionary and a better diciple of my savior. What an amazing chance I have to be a living witness of him. I am so greatful for the opportunity which I have to wear his name over my heart everyday. We had an amazing zone conference this week where president pitt. . .where he testified of the savior and of the atonement. It was a very spiritual meeting. like i said last week I hope we can keep christ in the very center of our hearts and thoughts. I am so greatful to be a missionary and to realize the true meaning of christmas. So yesterday i was sitting in sacrament and i challenged myself something for a whole entire year starting christmas, I am going to do service for someone else and mark it on the calendar feel free to join if you all want to :). I am excited to see who I can help :)
This week we had to move out of paradise back into our old apartment. Its alot different but at least I got a little taste of heaven on my mission, i wish you all could have seen it, it was super nice!!!!! So this week we got a new investigator she is so awesome, the first lesson was so so spiritual and we realized how much she needed the gospel, i really felt like we were sent there for a reason. right now this lady her baby is having lots and lots of surgerys and it has been really hard on her. she travels about an hour away to stay with her 5 month old for a whole week. then comes home on weekends to stay with her family. we had an amazing first lesson the spirit was so strong. i am so greatful to be a witness of this gospel bein a blessing to peoples lives. I am so happy elder davis and I are finding so much succes here in Buena Vista. I am so greatful to be serving in a wonderful area among such wonderful ward members.
Well I dont have to much time this week, but one last thing i wanna say is we changed apartments again :) we are in our old aparment our adress is this

Elder chaz allen bentley
270 W. 30th St. Apt. # F-3
buena vista, Va 24416

I want ya to know how much I love ya I thank you all for your support and your encouragement which you give to me. I love you all so much. Have a great week and Ill prepare well for next week. I love ya!!!

love: Elder Bentley (moroni 8:3)
P.s I want my brothers and sisters to know how much I love them. I love you all so much. Thank you for being such a great example to me. Mom told me about your alls testimonies. continue to build that testimony. I love you. keep bein great and i miss you all :) I love you!!!