Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life. -3 Nephi 5:13

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

December 29, 2015 This Mission is Making Me a Man!

Hey Guys!
I wanted to thank you for the great presents that you sent again! It was a superb Christmas! I was so excited Christmas morning to open presents and then to Skype you guys! I loved the letters as well and the money that I received from Family and wanted to thank you for whoever sent me presents and whoever thought of me this Christmas! It truly means a lot!! This last week was a pretty fun/slow week. We didn't get the opportunity to teach as much as we would like due to appointments being dropped and investigators disappearing and also of course the Christmas Season. We did get to have a dinner appointment everyday this week which was very kind of the ward! I think I gained 25 pounds with how much food I've been eating and also the candy that I have! haha and yes momma we give a spiritual thought for every dinner appointment we go to! :) It was so good to see your guy's faces and to catch up on some things! I thought for sure I would go through the whole Skype call with you guys without crying but mom got me at the very end. haha the whole household (a total of like 10 people) were of course quiet so that they could hear me crying haha. We got Sister Hobbs to cry! She reminds me a whole lot of you momma. She tears up every time she thinks of her son going on a mission and is very nervous for him! I am so glad that I was an answer to their prayer, we truly do click. He loves sports and we have some good conversations about basketball. I want to invite some people in the ward to play ball but it's so difficult with everyone being so busy and our p day is always stacked. It also doesn't help with the new rule with playing sports with people, I'm still bummed out about that but oh well. I haven't shot a basketball in a long time! haha the weather here has been of course funky. I showed you guys on Skype a little bit of what I've been experiencing so it's been pretty much warm this past week. We actually got a lot of snow yesterday and it actually felt like I was in Canada for once. I think it was -4!! We received actually some bad news yesterday. We were at the Mandarin with a very kind young family talking about Laura and Manny and how we were so excited for them and their future when we get a couple of text messages from them. The messages were very shocking to us. They explained how they didn't want to continue down this path and how it doesn't feel right. They thanked us for our devotion to God and how much we helped them open their eyes to religion and faith but it isn't right for them. So we of course responded by asking the why's and the what happens. We think they ran into some anti. they were not able to go to Church last Sunday due to some unexpected family showing up to there house to have a last minute Christmas. We were trying to get into contact with them but they weren't responding at all until we got those messages at the mandarin. We think the family scared them and made them question of few things about Mormonism. Manny continued to say that Laura wanted to meet with her Pastor to talk about some stuff. They said that they felt rushed in this whole thing and feel overwhelmed about it. So I'm a bit mad, sad, and confused right now. They said that we could come over tonight around six and to have a conversation about it. So wish us luck tonight! I don't know to much about the Anti that's out there but I do know that Anti means absolutely nothing especially when you have gained a testimony of this church. I know the spirit leads all conversation about the Gospel and me and Elder Ditty will rely completely on him as we try and help Laura and Manny back onto the path to Baptism. Missionary work definitely doesn't come easy! But I can say that the challenges that I've gone through and am going through will be rewarding. Obstacles are there to signify how bad you want something. So WE AREN'T GOING TO GIVE UP!!!! hahah and we are going to keep working hard despite the hardships!! THIS MISSION IS MAKING ME A MAN!!!!   So yeah that's the news of Laura and Manny. Sorry for those of you that are a little depressed about reading that so I'm going to renew that happiness with this next story that I have. So the other day we were out tracting and we receive a message from the zone leaders saying that they found us a new investigator! This woman called the zone leaders crying. They couldn't really understand her so they were able to get her address and they went over to her to teach the restoration. They came to find out that her son was a new convert to the church and was baptized last year and I guess they got into a fight about some things and the son basically said he wasn't going to talk to her until she met with the missionaries! What I just said made it sound like they hated each other but we came to find out that the mother is very proud of her son and his pathway to Christ. She was very curious about the Mormon church and why her son was so happy. So she really excited to learn why her son joined the church and she herself wants to join. She said she's been waiting to be baptized for two years and was hoping her son would become religious! The Zone leaders taught her in Niagra falls cause she was staying for Christmas at her dad's house but she lives in Stoney Creek so we will be able to teach her so we are very excited for that! So those are the big things that happened this past week. There are a ton of little things that I could talk to you guys about that would take 10 pages but those were the biggest! :) Well I love you guys dearly and hope everything is well back at home. I pray for you guys every day and night and  I love the support you guys give me! xoxo
Elder Beddes

Merry Christmas 2015

Skype with the Fam 2015

Friday, December 25, 2015

December 25, 2015 Merry Christmas Family! (Handwritten)

Here is some Canada candy and other stuff from here! Hope you like it! Mom and Dad, it's up to you on how you want to distribute it all. There's another magical coin for Maleah. Tell her the first one I gave her gave her super strength, this one giver her super smart abilities and powers. I don't know if the shoes will fit Dad, but they look pretty goof for working in the yard! There's some literature for Atom if you guys haven't already converted her. Should help explain things a little bit. There's a present for Grandma and Grandpa in there too. I marked them. Juice is for you Dad! Mom, the mint chocolate Cadbury is yours! Also, I want Momma to have the choice of two other candies. Dad don't let her say no to that cause I know she will! My dear sisters, I love you dearly and enjoy the rare candy! I love you guys so much! Remember the true meaning of Christmas ok?
Forever and Always,
Elder Beddes aka Coco

Monday, December 21, 2015

December 21. 2015 Scrooge and Niagara Falls

Hey there fam!!

I can't tell you how excited I am to talk to you this Christmas!!! So I'm going over to the Bishops house and we are going to have breakfast and then i'll probably get on around 11 or 12 so that's like 9 or ten your time!! I think the bishops wife will call you the night before and let you know!! BUT I"M SO EXCITED!! Christmas definitely doesn't feel like what I've experienced all of my life! haha no watching my favorite Christmas Movies or listening to Johnny Mathis, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra Christmas Music. And it definitely doesn't look like Christmas up here! haha it's like 8 degress Celsius for Heavens Sake and no snow at all!! But hey I'm still lovin it because I love helping other people out during this season and that's what it's all about. I love the feeling you get when you talk to a ton of random strangers on the street about why we celebrate Christmas! I'll tell you an experience that I had that's kind of funny! So we were handing out these small Christmas cards to people about why a Savior was born and this was like the first day of December. And I see this older fellow on the corner of the street and I walk up to him and start talking to him and he of course does the whole "Who the heck are you and why are you talking to me?" face haha and I say "We are the missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and we are handing these cards out to people so that they can discover why a Savior was born. Are you excited for Christmas?" And he suprises me by saying "No, I hate Christmas." and he walks away. I WAS SHOCKED!! Who knew that there was a living scrooge on the corner of a street!!!!!! I thought everybody celebrated Christmas!!!!!! I guess not.... I was quite sad. haha anyway the moral of the story is to be grateful for the families that you are in and have a good time this Christmas Season and to remember why we celebrate it!! It's already a bit odd to not spend time with my family and it can be depressing at times but that's another reason I'm out here is to share that Christmas Spirit that I've experienced with my family in the past with others!! I think I've talked to over 500 people about the Savior and Christmas and it brings me great joy to proclaim it!! Laura and Manny are amazing!! We taught them the Law of Tithing and the accepted it like it was nothing at all. We only have to teach them a couple more things and they are small. We've taught them all of the big stuff and they are progressing a ton!! They've gone to the Christmas Party and they went to Church yesterday!! Manny in Priesthood class was a stud! He was participating like he has been a member all of his life. I heard Laura had a good time in Relief Society as well! They love it so far!! Mom I didn't have enough time to print out your testimony and i'll print out right now and show her thanks so much for doing it!! She's going to love it!! We are planning on having their marriage on January 8th!! And then they'll probably be baptized the 16th!! They are so excited and so am I!! They are such an awesome small family and I love them! Mom you had a question about how we found them. They were actually on a paper with all of the potential investigators. Apparently missionaries came by their house a couple of years ago and Laura and Manny weren't ready at that time and I guess the missionaries name came back. So we decided to go and see if they were home and they invited us in!! So it's pretty awesome!! I don't know if I told you this or not but Manny is a professional fighter for his weight class. he's a skinny dude but could destroy me. He's like 140! Laura loves to sew and is a stay at home mom! She's so sweet and kind! So, pretty much I'm soooooo excited for these guys and the pathway that they are going!!! We found 3 new investigators this last week which is pretty awesome!! We have been working really hard in trying to build up the teaching pool since it kind of sucked when I came in... haha we had to drop like 3 eternal investigators this last week, so kind of sad but we are finding more and more. I love you guys so much and I can't wait to talk to you soon!!!
Forever and Always,
Elder beddes

PS- Just read your testimony momma! That was beautiful. I'm crying in a public library right now haha thanks so much. she's going to love it!!!

Niagara Falls!!!

Niagara Falls City



Hike I went on today!


'The Mountain'- Stoney Creek

Outside the apartment at night

Zone Conference- Elder Beddes???

Monday, December 14, 2015

December 14, 2015 In The Spirit of Christmas

Way to go A!!!! Good job making the jr high team. It's too bad that you can't play at Farmington but that's ok!!! At least you know that you made it! haha Good job B with more playing time!! Keep up the good work!! M that is great shot form!!! You are a good shooter!!! Keep it up!! Well this week has been a really good week!! I've been working harder than I have been and it's paying off!! We've taught over 15 lessons in a week to NC RM and INV!! We've even set a baptismal date and marriage date for Laura and Manny!!!! They are so solid!!! They are in there early thirties and they have two little kids that are just adorable. The daughters name is Eva and she is like 8 months old and the sons name is Sawyer and he's so cute!!! They want the Gospel in their lives so that they can raise their kids in a good environment. They are keeping all of their commitments. We have taught them The plan of salvation, the gospel of Jesus Christ, the word of wisdom, the restoration, families can be together forever, prophets and the book of Mormon!!! And they love it so far!!!! They only have one more lesson and that's the law of tithing!! So wish us luck with that lesson and I pray that it'll be alright!! Laura has been watching Mormon messages and has been reading The book of Mormon and another book by an apostle called Our Search for Happiness. It's a really good book!!! She also chats with other Mormon Moms and asks them questions about things!! She loves it so far. Manny is awesome too!!! He is a man of many talents. He is a UFC fighter and plays the guitar and is good at it!! They are both so kind and I love them!!! We bring members over to teach with us and they get along with them, so they are being well fellowshipped!!! Manny has come to church twice now and loves it. Laura has had so complications with the kids being up all night so she had to stay home and watch them which is sad but she is going to come to church the next three times for sure. The marriage date is going to be January 8 and the baptismal date is going to be January 9th so we are way excited!!! They came to the Ward Christmas Party last night and loved it!! Everything so far for them is running smoothly!! Momma if you could bear your testimony in email and talk about how the Gospel has blessed you and the family and send it to me as soon as possible that would be great. I'm going to get back on the computer later tonight and print it off and give it to Laura. If you wouldn't mind doing that, it would be great especially coming from a momma who has raising four kids and has a lot of experience. :) Make it all heartwarming too. ;) YOU'RE THE BEST!!!! So yeah that's what's up with Laura and Manny so far!! Keep them in your prayers cause the date is coming up quickly!!! If you guys have any advice for me in teaching this family I would greatly appreciate it. Like good Mormonmessages they would enjoy or good talks they would enjoy or just advice in general, let me know!

We have found three new investigators this last week!!! We taught Kim who we found contacting on a road. We met up last Wednesday at Tim Hortons and we taught The Restoration. It was such a spiritual experience. We asked her to say the closing prayer and she accepted. As she was praying she started to cry. When she ended the prayer I asked why she was getting emotional. She said that she had such a good feeling and that it felt good to pray to God. And I said That's the Holy Ghost telling you these things that we just talked about are true and the God loves you and knows you. I explained to her the feelings you get when the Holy Ghost is present. It was such a good experience!! She wants us to come back and teach her. She also accepted baptism so we'll see what happens! We also went to four family dinners this last week which was really nice!! There was one in particular that I liked the most. We went to a young family for dinner and the father was way cool!!! He was a bit fried and exhausted from working so much. He had barely started his own business and has to work all of the time and he has a new born baby and so he's way stressed out! But still he took the time to have us over for dinner and we really appreciated it. As we walking to our car after the dinner appointment I felt in my coat pocket money. I pulled it out and there was fifty bucks!! I immediately turned around and knocked on the door and they answered and acted like it wasn't their money but I'm pretty sure it was them!!! But they kept denying and I couldn't help but start tearing up!! The kindness and the spirit that I felt in that home was profound. And the hospitality of that young family even though they are really stressed about they're new work and the new born baby they thought about us and gave us money!! Blessings!! We didn't keep it though. We decided to put it in an envelope and put it on Laura and Manny's porch and drove away. They have a smaller house and they have really small kids and they needed it more than we did! So those were the highlights of my week!! There's so much more to talk about and I wish I could tell you every detail but I'm running out of time!! You may be wondering what kind of food that I've had to eat so i'll tell you a little bit of what I've experienced so far. I've eat mushrooms, tomoatoes, egg soup, fish chili, fish, pudding, onions, corn, beans, eggs, and other disgusting stuff. When it comes to dinner appointments with families, I pray that it'll be something good. If it isn't, it's making me a man. :) I'd like to bare my testimony cause I don't do it as often as I should. I know that my Savior lives. He loves each and every one of you. He knows the challenges and the struggles that we experience here on Earth and he wants that anguish and turmoil and heartache to be gone. All we need to do is allow him to do it. We must pray, we must have faith, we must read the scriptures, we must be a good disciple in order to receive peace, revelation, and guidance throughout this big storm that we are constantly in. I know that the Plan of Salvation is a Plan of Happiness!! I couldn't imagine the Celestial Kingdom being what it is without my three beautiful sisters M, A, and B, and my wonderful parents Kristie and Matthew. I'm so very grateful to be part of such an amazing family that supports me and loves me to the fullest!! FAMILIES CAN BE TOGETHER FOREVER!!! I love being a missionary and sharing what I know to be true to those that need it. Especially to young families like Laura and Manny. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
God Bless,
Elder Beddes

P.S. I forget my cable thing for my camera so I can't post pictures right  now but I will try and do it tonight when I print off your testimony momma. :) I love you guys

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

December 7, 2015 Serving in Stoney Creek

Why hello there family,
I am glad that Grandpa and Grandma Berry are more at ease with moving to Utah. I love Utah so much they are going to love it. I can't believe Grandpa was in the business for that long!! Holy Cow he's had tons of practice!! Well you are probably wondering how everything is going for me here in Stoney Creek! It wasn't very hard to say goodbye to Elder Johnson but I kind of miss him though which is weird. Something about living with the kid for 3 months did something to me. haha it took about an hour and half from where Georgetown is to get to my new area! White lightning is pretty sweet!! We are getting along and we're having a good time! He is a very hard worker. We tract and contact a ton.... a ton more than what we did with Elder Johnson. I don't know if Elder Johnson was being lazy or just worn out cause he's about done with his mission but he kind of brainwashed me into thinking it was normal to particular things. Not bad things but just things we could have done a lot better. We could have tracted a lot more is what I'm trying to say. It's definitely different and it can be awkward at times talking to random strangers on the streets!! But that's part of being a missionary. Elder Ditty is a little trunky hahah he talks about home and girls a lot but that's ok. He stills works very hard. He has a fun personality. Our teaching pool is smaller than Georgetowns hahaha so the area is a ton slower than Goergetown's hahahah president must be trying to make me a man or something cause he sure does like putting me in hard area's hahah. There's only about four investigators that we have. Elder Diddy has only been in the area a transfer so he's still pretty new in the area and his old comp was in the area for six months and he found absolutely no success whatsoever which is kind of depressing but we have taken it as motivation to turn this place around!!! The area hasn't seen a baptism for two years so we are about to change that!!! I go to bed everynight feeling more proud of myself for working so hard and though we haven't found much success so far I'm taking it as a learning experience for me. I've come to learn that failure and disappointment is a passageway to success and happiness. Though the people here are crazy and the ward is about 120 people, I'm stilling keeping my chin up and having a good attitude!! It's kind of hard going to a new area and not knowing anybody in the zone or your comp or in the ward but I'm getting more used to it. I'm actually glad that we moved so much thoughout my life cause it's gotten me more used to change. Sorry had to log out and log back in again, the computer was going to shut down. Anyway, so yeah that's my area. Something funny that happened this last week- we went by a returning members house and he let us in. It was a bit ackward cause he was really quiet and he was working on something on the computer. Then he turns around and looks at me and just stares at me for a couple of seconds. Then he says "Are you a model?" hahahaha I was quite shocked and so I said no and then he said "Are you sure you don't do modeling? You are a very good lookin young man." hahaha it was quite weird. He's like in his 60's and is 300 something pounds and his house is a dump. StoneyCreek isn't the best area.. hahah lots of weird people. But it's all for the experience!!! The apartment is more ghetto than Georgetowns but it has a roof and we have heating so that's good!! Trying to count my blessings!! Niagara is thirty minutes away and we are going to try and go soon. A member has to take us though which is kind of dumb but it's a rule. So it's a lot harder to try and get someone in the ward to take us but we are going to try. Highlight of the week: We found two new investigators!!! Their names are Lauri and Manny!! They are awesome, they have two little kids that are 2 and 2 months old. They want to raise them in religion and we had a good lesson with them!! We have taught them about the Book of Mormon, the restoration, and about families and how they can be together forever!! They love it so far!!!! They have read alma 32, moronic 10, 3 nephi 11, and 3 nephi 27 already!!! Manny even came to stake conference yesterday and loved it!!!! They want to baptized and want to join the church!!!!!!!! They are not married though.... so we can't baptize them till they are married. But that's ok cause Manny already talked to bishop about it and they are going to get married soon and then baptized soon after!!! Hopefully we can get them married and then dunked in the month of December, it would be super sweet!!! So we are going to set a date for the marriage and for baptism very soon and we are going to keep teaching them the lessons and hopefully they will still have the desire to be baptized!!! Elder Diddy says that this is the most exciting thing that's happened here in Stoney Creek for a loooonggg time hahaha so I think we are getting blessed for our hard efforts!!! It's not a for sure thing though and I'm still a little hesitant because of what happened last time I set a baptismal date with Joe Thistle... but it's still something to be excited about!! So that's been my week!!! Hope you guys are doing alright!! I love you forever and always.
Elder Beddes 

New Address:
Elder Colten Beddes
90 King St. East Apartment 707
Stoney Creek ON L8G 1K7

Oh one more thing... Sister C is in my zone...... NOOOOOOOOOOOO Hahahahah it was ackward when I shook her hand but that's ok!! haha I love you guys!! I'll tell you more details about the phone call thing on christmas next week.

New Companion, Elder Diddy from Oregon

A nice restaurant we went too last p day. my favorite now!!! it's called the mandarin

The apartment. on level seven. there's cockroaches every where in the apartment haha