Wednesday, December 19, 2012

December 19th, 2012

December 18th, 2012

hey family well this week should be exciting!! I hope you all have had a great week and your christmas is going well for you all!!
Well this week is pretty exciting because its the start of my last transfer!!!!! Transfers are this week, I am getting someone by the name of elder Wilcox he is from Tuscon Arizona that place sounds really familiar I have a feeling i am going to really love this kid especially from what my mission presidents been telling me so this should be great, good thing I am stayin here in good ol Vinton, ha so if you feel like sending a letter please do, if not bottle up your feelings and tell me in a couple weeks haha :)!! Well I am super happy to be stayin it should be legit I am just glad i dont have to pack, thank goodness. I think it was awesome to hear that brody got home great job CUZ, sounds like you tore it up out there, we will for sure have to sit down and catch up on good ol times in the miss. I hope your doin well dont take to many of the girls save some for me for when i get home haha i will see you soon buddy.
So this week I have been studying JEsus the Christ its a good book, very very deep i have yet to read it on my mission but if I read a chapter a day i could probably finish it before I go home thats my goal!! But I just love the things that I am learning about the savior, this week I have come to know that CHrist is the only one that could be born of an immortal father and a mortal mother. I know that christ went about to fufill his father in heavens will. I have also come to know more than ever that Christ is our Savior and that testimony grows more and more every day just by simple Being a missionary. I was talking with my companion this week and we this calling that we hold is the highest calling within the Church, the things we learn out here i could never learn back home. I just love it when I come to know my savior more and more everyday and it really puts that desire and that yearning to want to be like him. I just love this time of year so much that we have to re-commit or re-allign ourselves with christ, I love him and my father in heaven and I know that they love you so much!!
I hope my brothers and sisters retain in rememberance ( i love it when it says that in the scriptures) how much i love you great job nana in basket ball i know soon you will be able to dunk it over all the girls mom says your the best out there you great sister and your gorgeous stay away from the boys till after your mission , I love you sister and I love the spirit that you always have with you, CADE what up buddy you getting good at football i hear, you keep bein a good brother and setting a good example to your brothers and sisters i know i look up to you alot and i love how close you are to your heavenly father always pray cade, coda bug words cant define how much I freakin love you dude, you little stud out there playing basketball, i remember i got cut from the freshman team in basket ball i am proud of you your doing a great job coda remember that your preparing for your mission now if  you can go watch a mormon message called Staying within the Lines by jefferey R. holland, coda right now more than ever these years you prepare are so crucial for your mission coda i want you to be a missionary now which means becoming like the savior , coda just imagine how sweet it would be to convert one of your friends and baptize them before you left on your mission, i wish i could have baptized someone before my mission coda share the gospel and be an example now dont wait, be like the savior at all times, coda i love you and i justwant you to have the best mission when you grow up and i know that the decisions you make now will effect the people you come in contact with then. I love you brother so much. I love all of you family and friends so much and I really do wish I could have helped one of my friends come into the gospel before i left on my mission i really do. you all can do it especially this time of year just invite and have the missionaries do the rest, i love you all and pray for you everyday. This is going to be a great transfer I know it. Merry christmas and i am excited to talk my family next week!!
                                                                                                                love elder bentley
                                                                                                               moroni 8:3
Eliminate all self defeating, faith destroying,atonement denying, thoughts words and actions. mission tour 2012 Scott D. Whiting 

Monday, December 3, 2012

December 3rd, 2012

Family and Friends!! I hope you all are doing well, I sure do miss ya bein without family around the holiday can sure be tough some times but its great and ok when you know you are doing the right thing.
Well This week was kinda slow for us here we are working and working we walked basically everywhere this week it was sure crazy haha!! We had a couple cool experiences where we really felt like we needed to be in an area and in those areas 2 members stopped us 1 said that she was from california  and that she hadnt been to church in a while and she was looking to come back so we are excited to visit with her more she has a boyfriend whose a non member so we will see how it goes, and the other person we ran into was a member who has lived in our area for 6 months and she traveled every sunday 45 mintue drive to blacksburg for 6 months, thats a awesome member I tell you what, haha. We are working with a couple investigators we are really struggling trying to get them to come to church, I hate it when they dont come I  just wanna leave church and go drag them outta bed. But we are really trying to work hard I know the elect are out there I love this scripture which gives me more and more hope everytime I read it Doctrine and COvenants 29: 7
"and  ye are called to bring to pass the gathering of mine elect ; for mine elect hear my voice and harden not their hearts."
 I just hope aand pray i can find a family my mission president sent me a short letter and said "I know the Lord will bless you and open the opportunity to have a family." I just hope that will come true . I think that is the most wonderful gift i want this christmas is to find a family and there is no better feeling than bringing someone into the gospel so family and friends I would invite you to just include in your prayers for me this christmas.
Well  what a marvelous time of year it is to be a missionary. I pray that we will be filled with the spirit of christ and love this christmas season like my sweet grandma once told me what joy meant:
The christmas I remember the most at least I think it was christmas is one time my mom  made cookies to go deliver to people and me and one of my brothers and sisters went to go deliver it to people and we saw this lady who got outta her car and one of us said we should go give her a plate of cookies we got out and delivered it and tears just rolled down her face and she said something along the lines of " thank you, you will never know how much this means to me." she had a really hard day I know that we were led by the spirit to serve someone we never meet and it had a big impact. I know this christmas seasone we can serve that same way and make someones day.
I hope my grandma knows how much I love her I hope your doin well G MA keep getting better and look out for those reindeer they can be painful if you get run over by them haha. I sure do love ya and i am thinkin of you
I love you all so much, I hope that your having a great christmas season and I pray that it will be full of wonderful memories of serving others. I love you!!
                                                                                                                                      Elder chaz bentley
                                                                                                                                      moroni 8:3
Buddy the Elf: " Santa is coming there is so much to do!!"

November 26th, 2012

Well happy thanksgiving and merry Christmas everyone!! I hope you all had a great week and didnt get too Stuffed and can still move , I bet black friday helped out alot haha to work off the extra turkey!! Well I sure do love you all and I miss my family so much especially around this holiday season!!! But this is the best time of year to be a missionary I love it :)
Well We have had a preetty good week, We got fed 2 giant meals on thanksgiving , thank goodness we played football that day it helped out alot ahaha!!! We were able to teach some amazing spiritual lessons, one of our strongest points as a missionary is teaching , the spirit is so powerful whenever we teach its awesome!! But this week we were able to set a baptisimal date with one of our investigators, for january 5th she is just so solid its awesome!! I am still hoping to find a family to bring in, I have been praying really hard, I hope I can find them soon, I know they are out there!! But we have had a pretty good week here in Vinton.
I cant believe Christmas is coming up, I recently have been thinking alot about the Wise Men and I love what it say's in the scriptures about them. Another name that the wise men are reffered to as is "Magi", It says that "they were righteous men sent on an errand to witness the presence of the Son of God on the earth." Their spiritual capcity was evident they could see the star when others could not. They were led by the spirit to see christ. These were not ordinary men. They were prophets." These are things that it tells about them in the bible dictionary, I am always amazed just how much knowledge they had and how spiritually prepared they were. I truely believe they were Humble, I know that if we are humble to the spirit , it will lead us to christ.  I love to think of christmas as coming to Christ, just as the wise men and the shepherds did at the time of his birth. I think this is a great time to capture a vision and to Feel of our saviors love for everyone of us. I love my savior and I hope that I can bring gifts to him and thank him for all that he has done for me. I love this quote " WISE MEN STILL SEEK HIM" Remember to seek him this christmas season.
Well I hope maddy knows how much I love her happy birthday CUZ!! I cant believe your already 13 I promise you me and all the cousins will have to party when I get back home!! i love you
And I dont know how I could ever forget my dear aunt stacy, I love you so much I hope your birthday is just so flippen great, Your someone I look up to alot aunt stacy and I am so great that heavenly father placed you and maddy into my life I honestly dont know what I would do without you. I love you so much. I pray that your family is doin well, kayer and micah, reggers, trea and brecklyn, and uncle david. I lvoe you all so much , have a great birthday the best aunt ever I love you!!
Congrats on the QC BULLDOGS WINNING STATE i never though I would hear that in my life time, good job Bryce Oakes and John CAMMACK!!
"Well remember not to eat the yellow snow, always remember the 4 main food groups elves eat candy, candy canes, candy corns, and SYRUP"
-buddy the elf
I love you all have agreat week, and god bless each of you this holiday season.
                                                                                                                      -love elder chaz allen Bentley