Monday, June 25, 2012

June 25, 2012

Hello friends and family , i am going to appologize ahead of time if this email is short but i have been really busy this week and not much new is going on here. But I hope you all are having such a great , great week.   I want nothing but the best for you all be cause all of you matter so much to me!!!!!
 Well this week I thought I would just bear a testimony , it stinks i cant bear it in person but i hope you all can feel that same spirit over email. Lately I have gained a testimony just how important the scriptures. I know that the scriptures can be like packets of sun shine and make us happy. I know that satan will get not to read or he might distract us and seem to pull us farther and farther away from the scriptures, but i know as we take the time to read we can be filled with happiness. I have come to know alot on my mission how important obedience is, it seems like every time i turn around that the lord is reminding me to be obedient, sometimes i feel like i can never measure up But I know that obedience does bring blessing , we got to remember to obedient to the principles of the gospel, to our leaders and to the simple things that matter most in our life. If we remember the Strippling warriors, it says the obeyed with exactness i wonder how much different things would have been for those 2000 young men if they hadnt obeyed, Remember in the book of mormon , I believe it was the nephites made a covenant never to take up arms or fight again and Helaman had to remind them of the covenant they made, and they obeyed. We got to be obedient , we not be perfect , but how greatful I am for the gift of repentance which gets me back on that striaght and narrow. It litterally is a gift to me , just by making steps of repentance I can be so much more happier and not dwell on past transgression. I am so greatful to be a worthy priesthood holder and missionary. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love my savior I love wearing this black name tag every day. I feel empty without it on, I will always remain worthy to bear his name on my chest. I think when i get home i am going to get a tag that says brother bentley so i can remember that belong to his church and that i am a representaive of him at all times, and in all things, and in all places. I love my father in heaven I love communicating with him, i know he is always there for us and he loves us so so much. I know without a doubt that this church is true and i know that Joseph saw what he said he saw and i know that the book of mormon is the word of god. I know that we have a living prophet today. I love my family so so much . I love my friends. I am greatful for each and everyone of you who have impacted my life. Thank you for your sacrafice. Lately I love the temple how blessed we are for what we have for the opportunity to go to the temple weekly and to make special covenants. I would challenge you to go every week. Thats something i am going to make a habbit when i get home. i know that these things are trues and these are things that matter most to me more than anything in the world. I love serving my father in heaving and these wonderful people of west virginia and i love my recent converts so muchand i hope and pray everyone of them will cherish the gospel forever.
I love you all so much i am sorry nothing really new happened just went on alot of exchanges and ya. I love you all so much , thank you for taking the time to read these emails i hope they are worth your time. Have such a great week you all are the best.

Monday, June 18, 2012

June 18th, 2012

My dearest family and friends!!!! Helllo, I hope you all have had an exciting splendid week!!!! I sure do miss you all so much.
This week has been busy busy busy, thats all that life is now days is just busy!!!! I honestly wish i could slow time down and enjoy things, but we it just keeps movin and i just keep livin haha. So we have traveled alot this week, been to maryland and everwhere. And this week is going to be even more busier. We are hoping to go fishing next week with our recent converts husband :) cant wait i havent been fishing in a while!!!!
 So this week has been pretty good, I was able to go on exchanges and tract into a awesome elect lady who has just been waiting for the gospel. We meet with her on saturday and had an amazing lesson that was just so amazing and spiritual!!! We felt really prompted by the spirit to set her with a date for July 28 and feel really good about her making her date, this should be an exciting conversion to watch. I love it!!!
 Then our recent convert Jerri Vincent is doing so so great !!! Lately she has been taking care of a member from maryland, and it has been alot of stress on her so we were able to go give her a blessing, but the sister that she is taking care of is the one that introduced her to the church, she really hasnt been feeling well and just is emtionally going through a hard time and spiritually. And I dont wanna brag or boast in myself thats certainly not what i am doing , but the spirit was so strong as i gave her the blessing and exercised my priesthood, I am greatful for the spirit, i love heeding to its promptings, there has been a countless number of times on my mission where the holy ghost has guided me to know what to say. I listen and it seems to tell me what to say, it truely is amazing to listen and to follow its prompting and watch it effectour heavenly fathers children in such a powerful way, its amazing.
 So this week I read an awesome talk by Elder Henry B. Eyring from general conference called mountains to climb. He shared something that really stuck out to me.
"But President Monson has also wisely taught that a foundation of faith in the reality of those promises takes time to build. You may have seen the need for that foundation, as I have, at the bedside of someone ready to give up the fight to endure to the end. If the foundation of faith is not embedded in our hearts, the power to endure will crumble."
In this talk he talked alot about trials and why we have them and how we can overcome them, but  I know that if we put that faith in the priesthood and in the blessings we recieve we will not crumble. Remember to make sure you put that faith in all things. And i know that our father in heaven will be there to strengthen us and help us at all time. I am greatful for a loving heavenly father who is willing to support me through all my troubles and low times i am greatful for my davior who is there to lift me at all times.
 "The feeling of love from our Heavenly Father is like a gravitational pull from heaven. As we remove the distractions that pull us toward the world and exercise our agency to seek Him, we open our hearts to a celestial force which draws us toward Him." 
 "Heavenly father is aware of us, he knows that sometimes we need to hear words that have not been said. He has put the authority on the speak and act in his name through the gift of the priesthood. It is through this gift that we are able to have the ordinances that will allow us to return to our Heavenly Father, and it is also through this gift that we are able to be comforted and healed. Those who hold the priesthood have the ability to speak directly in Heavenly Fathers name to provide comforting words to those in need."
 I love these two quotes let us not forget the priesthood which has the power to provide comfort to us.
 I hopw my das and my grandpa and all the dads i know have had a wonderful fathers day , i am greatful for your loving examples to me thank you for the way you hold your priesthood and how much you teach me to become a better son and a better missionary. I hope my heavenly father know how greatful i am for him as a father, i know that he has always been there for me, he knows me , and he loves me. I love him and i am greatful that he is my father. Happy fathers day.
 I love you all so much i am greatful i get this opportunity to write you and share with you some missionary expereince. i wish i could tell you all how thankful i am for you and your support, i hope you have a great week and know i love you all.
                                                    love -
                                             elder chaz bentley                                             -moroni 8:3

Monday, June 11, 2012

June 11th, 2012

Subject: love ya all
Howdy ya all!!! What such a great week , and I hope you all can agree with me. The field is ALWAYS WHITE and ALWAYS READY TO HARVEST. I hope and pray that your families are all doin so so well, please know i love ya and i send my love to ya all from West Virginia.
 Well I have been so blessed once again to see such a wonderful conversion from start to finish!!! THis week Elder Makemson and I had the opportunity to baptize Jerri Vincent it was such a great baptism!!!  I had the opportuinity and privledge to baptize her, that baptisimal prayer was just so powerful it was really amazing. She came up outta the water and just thanked me over and over. I know that again this is why I came to West Virginia i couldnt imagine how much different my life would be if i hadnt have come to this mission or be here at this time, so This week we spent most of our time preparing her for her baptism it was awesome.
Then this Week we had Zone Leader Council I learned alot about obedience, I thought alot about a letter my grandma wrote to me before my mission saying to be totally obedient and obey all mission rules. She shared with me a quote by elder neal A Maxwell: "Be different from the world in order to make a difference in the world." I know that obedience is so important I have comitted not only to president pitt but to the lord to me a more righteous priesthood holder and to be a 110% obedient till the end of my mission, it seriously not worth it to   be partially obedient or to pick and choose what we will and wont obey. I know That I may not be perfect but I am greatful for times like thses where i have my savior to help me commit to things that may seem small but in the long run are so big.
I hope Brad Welchman and Danjee have a great birthday , i love you brothers and your families thanks for your support wnd your great examples have such a great day .
I am soorry I didnt have alot of time to email today but hope you all know i love you and next week will be better there was alot of emails to read, I love you all so much have a great week, lets move this gospel forward together .
love elder bentley
moroni 8:3

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

June 4th, 2012

Howdy ya all its great to be emailing ya this week. It makes me so happy to communicate with you all every week!!! I love ya and hope you had such a great week!!
I love my mission so much i know i say that probably a thousand times but its true. HOnestly I really think I have had the best companions in the world. THey are so spiritual and such great leaders, I wonder if at times if they get tired of serving with me sometimes i may be a pain in the neck to get along with, but i feel so blessed to have great spiritually strong companions. Well this week I was sad to see my good friend elder Kelsch leave but i have been blessed with a wonderful companion and his name is Elder Makemson, he is pretty sweet, He is from arizonna acctually lives not to far from my house pretty crazy we always have a lot to talk about haha. Its so much fun and i love just everything i am learning from these missionaries.
 Well Alot is happenin here in C-Burg we had our awesome investigators Jerri Vincent come back from Vacation this week, We probably be seein her everyday this week since we have her baptism coming up this friday!!!!! She is just so solid she sacraficed her own baptism for her friend who was in the hospital, her friend is Shirley Weaver and was the one who recieved her endowment and introduced jerri to the church, While Jerri has been gone these past 2 weeks she really was converted to the lord and wants to do this for him because she knows its right and true for her and not for another person besides herself. THis has been such an amazing conversion to be apart of she is amazing and we cant wait for this weekend. Then yesterday we were able to set this other family on date Their names our Chris and Kayla Dorsey, they are an awesome family and they all want to be together for ever with their family. We are excited to see this conversion as well. This work just brings forth such great blessings its amazing!! I love it her in clarksburg and the blessings i am able to witness. Me and elder makemson have alot of work to do for this zone , I can tell this is going to be a blast because he is fun and spiritual.
 Well Lately I have been studying alot about the apostasy , you know I have never really had a testimony of this principle until recently, I know that there had to be some sort of falling away to bring about the Restoration of all things. Something I learned this week while reading the scriptures is God promises us that there will never be another apostasy because everything that was lost is once again restored through Joseph Smith. How lucky we are as Latter Day Saints to have a living propheet again on this earth, to have the priesthood to perform saving ordiances and to guide and direct Christ church on this earth today. I also learned that we can individual apostasy where we turn away from the truth, or simply try to bend the rules or commandments to fiit us, My friends and family I know our savior lives please know that this restoration is true. Just stop and think about how many blessings we have in our lives because of this Church. Its not worth it to go away or to pick and choose what we will obey, remember obedience in all things brings the richest blessings in eternity. I know this may sound preachy and I am sorry But I have come to know that these things are true I know that Joseph Smith is the lord mouth piece. I love my savior , I love bein able to witness such spiritual conversions which bless my life so much. I know that these things are true and i am greatful to be sharing this gospel in this part of the world. Its such an amazing experience to be apart of this 56,000 vast army of missionaries proclaiming this true gospel.
 I want my grandma to know I love her , I am thankful for her sacrafices for me in my life she is amazing thank you for everything ;) I miss talking to ya but I anxiously await to talk to you again on Christmas, I hope you have such a great birthday , and remember I love you so much.
Jensen Thomas Happpy birthday buddy I miss you so much, Thank you for bein such a great cousins, I hope your getting better at the wii. hae a great birthday bud i love ya.
Uncle Craig want ya to know I am praying for you buddy , I love ya and hope your health gets better.
Ilove you all so much, thank yoU thank you thank you for your alls support love and help not only to me but to my family, Its a pleasure to be moving this great work along with you, I love you so much have such a great week.
                                                                                        elder bentley -moroni 8:3

Monday, June 4, 2012

May 29th, 2012

We aRe Family!!!!!!!!!  I love you all so much i hope you all have had such a great week, my goodness i dont ever think you all will know how greatful I am for each and everyone of you!!!! 
 Well This week has been pretty exciting and busy as a zone leader!! I think  one of the things i love about this area is we play Basketball with a bunch of non-members every tuesday and thursday, i gotta admit i am loving the basketball, cant wait to get home and keep playin some good old church ball.
 So I am getting a new companion tomorrow!!! His name is elder Makemson, not even sure if that is how you spell it. But I am excited to see what this next transfer brings, president pitt and the lord is expecting alot outta me, that was told to me this week so i got alot to do. We were so blessed in our zone to see a couple baptisms, but right now we are in the rebuilding stages of gettin more people on date, I hope I can find a way to get an even balance of dates and baptism at the same time. BUt I am excited this next transfer will be fun!!! So we are hoping to see another baptism within the next 2 weeks for this lady named jerri Vincent we are so excited, just need to finish the lessons with her and get her baptized, she is just so elect and prepared by the lord it amazing, she loves my companion that i have now and doesnt wanna see him go . . . But we are excited for ehats going on within our ward and the zone a missionary thats leaving tomorrow is getting a baptism today before he leaves thats so amazing !!!! Blessings are just all over the place for us. We started to teaching an awesome family who will eventually get baptized, we got some other people on the radar who are lookin to investigate the church. The work is pickin up but there is still so much to do!!!
 I just wanted to tell Uncle Craig how greatful i am for him and his wonderful example for me to serve a mission, i heard your health is not doin so well just remember to put forth faith , i promise and i know that the lord loves ya and the wonderful uncle that you are , he is watching over ya. I hope you know i love ya and i appreciate all the things you do for me and my family!!!!
Well not to much new this week, but I am super excited for what is to come this next transfer, i love you all so much!!!! Please have such a great week and i miss you all.
                                                                                                               love elder bentley
                                                                                  -moroni 8:3
p.s These past couple weeks we have been in a rush, so ill try to make my next email more spiritual