Thursday, July 28, 2011

All Grown Up!

We got a letter from Elder Bengtzen yesterday. His enthusiasm and energy jumped from the pages.  It made me smile the whole time I read it.  He says his life has never been better!  He has learned more in the past 6 days than in his whole life.  (He shouldn't have slept through all those family home evenings.)  He said that being a district leader is sometimes really hard but absolutely rewarding.  He is over 10 missionaries and gets along with all of them.
His zone is made up of half English speaking missionaries and the other half speak Cantonese. This means half the talks and prayers are in Cantonese.  He loves it when they sing hymns because they all sing aloud together but half are singing in English and half are singing in Cantonese.  What an amazing thing to witness!

Brayden wants Uncle Erik to know how grateful he is for the Book of Mormon Student Manual. He was put in a situation where he had to prepare a 10 minute lesson in about 3 minutes.  He was able to prepare a lesson very quickly thanks to that manual.

Well I know Brayden has truly grown up now because he said, "Sunday here is the best day!  Church starts at 7:30am and ends at 5:45pm."  Wow, 10 hours of church without a cell phone to play "Angry Birds" or "Words With Friends."  He is actually paying attention and learning something.

His first district meeting was Sunday and he was asked to prepare a lesson for his missionaries.  He prayed for Heavenly Father to help him prepare a lesson that He would want Brayden to teach.  About 5 minutes before he was to present, he found out that they were each assigned a topic.  (Guess he missed that part.)  After being "freaked out" he looked at the topic paper and saw that he had actually prepared the exact topic that was assigned to him.  He said it was an AMAZING experience for his testimony.

Grandpa Tom has told Brayden ever since he got his mission call to memorize D&C section 4.  He has asked Brayden several times if he had it memorized.  The answer was always, "not yet".  Even the day he was set apart he still couldn't do it.  I was waiting to see if grandpa Tom was going to tell the Stake President that Brayden wasn't quite ready to go yet.  Well grandpa, Brayden wants you to know that he has all of his district stand and recite D&C section 4 every day!

1. Now behold a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men.  2.Therefore, O ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve Him with all your heart, might, mind and strength, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day. 3.Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work; 4. For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul; 5. And faith, hope, charity and love, with an eye single to the glory of God, qualify him for the work. 6. Remember faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence. 7. Ask, and ye shall receive; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. Amen.

1 comment:

  1. We memorized that section at girls camp in 1989. You might pass along that it helps to put it to music. I believe the hymn we used was "We Are All Enlisted". I would look it up but we're traveling and I'm away from my hymn book. I still have it memorized, but can only recite it with that melody in my head. I have gotten to where I can speak it without singing, however.