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

Monday, November 28, 2016

Nov 28, 2016 Let's Do Work, Ey?

Such a good week!! Seems like you guys had a wonderful week as well!! This past week was very revelation filled and the Spirit was so strong!!! I have to first bring Bryn's baptism!!!!!!!! I'm so proud of this guy!! Think of the most solid and golden investigator... and Bryn will fill that description. This guy is the most prepared person I have ever taught, he is so sensitive to the spirit.. it's amazing. Me and Elder Bybee talk about the lessons that we have all of the time and they don't seem real cause they gooo so well. We are just waiting for some people to come out of nowhere into the room and point at some camera and say, "You've been on a tv show, this is not real!" or something like that! It's seriously what it feels like!! The baptism went so well!! Most of the YSA showed up to it and Bryn's mother and friend came to it as well and they want to investigate the church!! When he came up out of the water he couldn't help but cry tears of joy!! He's come a long way! From drugs and partying to the gospel!! This guy is awesome! I'm so proud of  him and the decisions he's made!!! Me and Elder Bybee are getting along so well! We joke around so much and have a good time, but we work extremely hard!! I don't think i've ever been so busy on my mission!! So many appointments and talking to people, so much paper work, and meetings!! haha we had to plan a zone council kind of last minute for the benefit of uplifting and encouraging the zone to work harder, because the zone isn't doing so hot. But it was a very good meeting!! President Bailey of the district presidency attended as well and loved it very much!! He took us all out to pizza hut after.... haha what a fat bill!! Anyway we based the zone council on the fourth missionary.. i don't know if any of you have read that or not but it's changed my mission. It talks about four different types of missionaries and how it's best to be the fourth missionary! He talks about how the difference between the third and the fourth missionaries is quite small but 80% of missionaries are the third missionaries. He says the difference between the two is the amount of love and charity each one has. The third might be exactly obedient and reap the blessings but he does what he wants to inside of his heart. The fourth does what the Lord expects of him, is obedient, and has charity! His whole heart, might, mind, and strength is in the work. He let's go of "passions", puts it in a box and back onto the shelf for the time being. The fourth missionary is changed and benefits greatly from his mission while the third isn't changed and has guilt. 
It was a good eye opener for a lot of people! It was a great meeting and I think it motivated a lot of people including me and Elder Bybee!! I love the Gospel so much! While I was reading the talk it really make me think of the eternities. And how everything we do really plays a part in the rest of eternity. I have the rest of my life and the rest of eternity to think about my two year mission..... let's do work ey? 
Love you all so much!! xoxox
Love, Cocojo          


 Bryn's baptism!!! 
He is the one next to Elder Bybee! Emerson is a ysa going on a mission and he baptised him!!!
Good old Elder Bybee




Monday, November 21, 2016

November 21, 2016 Utah Mormon Friends

Looks like you all had a fun time on Thanksgiving!! i loved the family get togethers!! I'ts something i've grown a better appreciation of out on a mission knowing that we have family so close that we are able to do that kind of stuff! Thank you so much for the tips about college and life in general! It helps a ton! Regarding the whole rice, cereal, pasta and food like that.. I'm ok with that! haha it easily satisifies me! Macaroni and Cheese is what i grew up on anyway! Oh by the way, i've been teaching Elder Bybee the skills and techniques of making a wonderful meal of mac n cheese. He loves it so much! Well this week was AMAZING!! I don't think i've ever been so busy in my life! Life as a zone leader man... it's a roller coaster!! Seems like we don't even have time to breath! There are days where we literally have to skip lunch!! It's been so much fun and it's been quite rewarding! me and Elder Bybee are having so much fun! He's so awesome! We have become really good friends! He's hilarious and he's seen nacho libre so there isn't much complaining necessary! Well I'll go ahead and share my favorite highlight of the week right now! Bryn passed his baptismal interview!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! He's going to be baptized this Friday! He's so ready and prepared, it's crazy! We were going over the baptismal questions with him and literally every question we asked him he started crying! The spirit was so strong! I've never experienced such a spiritual baptismal interview ever! This guy is so awesome!! I can't wait to show you pictures. I love Bryn so much and am so proud of the decisions he's made!! 
We were contacting on the streets of Queens university and we ran into a guy who was part of this christian group called power to change! They had this stand outside asking people what they thought of God. So we started talking to him. He's so cool. He invited us over to his place that night and there were about 8 others that were staying in his apartment. They were all part of this group! They were all sooo cool. They were all so friendly and they were just askin us about what we do as missionaries and askin questions about the church!! Man it was such a cool experience. Just 2 mormon missionaries with like 10 guys just chillin on the couch talking about the gospel! It was sweet! And they invited us over to this ugly sweater Christmas party with all of the power to change group for a couple of minutes! It was soo fun! you would expect all of these people to be mormons! hahah they were so kind! It was funny to see everybody's faces when we went into the house of like 60 people in it!! But Ebe and Sam were introducing everybody to us. It was pretty funny, Ebe was like," yo this is our utah mormon friends, they are so sick!!" I felt so welcome it was sweet! Now Ebe wants to go see how good my basketball skills are. Elder bybee is good too! We go sometimes early in the morning and he's given me some competition!!! He's good! Found a couple of investigators just talking to random people on the streets and knocking into them!! People have been really kind here, it's been such a fun ride!! Kingston has 160000 people i think. Branch has about 150 people in it! YSA here is about 10 so it's been fun to be around them! We have FHE with them tonight they are really cool! The branch is soo kind! Everybody is excited about baptism coming up!!
Man me and Elder Bybee are having a blast! We are teaching a bunch of lessons, so it's really nice!! One thing i love about elder bybee is that he teaches from the heart. The lessons that we have been teaching people i feel like they are more meaningful and more spiritual. I feel like missionaries focus to much on just covering each doctrinal point in the lessons rather than trying to apply it to the person you are teaching or sharing experiences with people for example! And I feel that we do really well with teaching with the spirit, and people feel the spirit a ton more too!! 
I love you all!! 
Forever and Always,
Colters   



Elder Bybee
 
 

Monday, November 14, 2016

November 14, 2016 The Farmington Boys Killin it in Kingston!

Elder By thought it was hilarious that you did that on your mission! He remembers getting injured while he was pitching one of the games, he got hit in the hand or something and he went up to talk to him and you said, "Can you still pitch?" hahaha he tried and he couldn't. Elder By loved you as a coach. It's pretty cool to talk about baseball with him and past memories at high school and buddies we went to school with. It's pretty weird to talk about. Who knew I would be serving with Elder by? Small world ay? The farmington boys killin it in Kingston! It's been a good week! It's been different for sure but it's been good! I don't feel any different as a zone leader to be honest. Just more responsibility, but i'm grateful to have the opportunity to be one! I love serving with Elder by, i'm bummed we didn't hang out at all before the mission cause we are exactly the same, such a good guy! He's a really hard worker too! So we both came into the area with horrible white wash notes(thanks missionaries who served before us) so lots of running around with our heads cut off, but we are settling in. Just trying to get to know everybody by calling them, dropping by, etc. The branch is awesome!! They are so kind, they love feeding the missionaries so that's a blessing. They are willing to come out teaching with us too! I love that! So many miracles happened this week. Holy cow i'm tearing up just thinking about it. First and foremost Bryn. 
We got a referral the other day from Halifax for a dude named Bryn. He has been being taught a little from missionaries out there but recently moved out to Kingston for work. HE is so solid! What a miracle! He was bearing testimony of the gospel in our first sit down lesson with him! He agrees with all the doctrine and is already saving for a mission because he is only 20. But something that he is experiencing that i related to well and really hit home for me is when he was talking about changing our nature. He talked about being in college and getting kicked out for partying and just really not caring about school. He talked about the parties and the drugs and alcohol that just float around. He was talking about if the gospel can change his nature, he will do anything for it to help. He wont go back to college until he is strong enough to withstand the parties and everything. He knows he isn't strong enough right now because he doesn't have a foundation of Christ. He's so awesome. We taught him everyday this past week hahaha that's how prepared he is. He loves the gospel. He's probably one of the most prepared people that i've taught. He has a date for the 25th of this month! 
We found 3 new investigators!! The YSA here are so awesome! They just bring there non member buddies to activities and it's great! The apartment is trashy, not the best but's that alright. There is a roof over our heads. It's an apartment complex. 
The zone is full of amazing missionaries. They all are special in there own way and they have there individual talents and abilities that combine to make a powerful zone! We have two of the funniest missionaries in the zone so that's fun! Everyone did well this week missionary work wise, i'm excited for the future and the work that is going to be put in! 
I know that all of this matters. It's making a difference. The Gospel is capable of doing that. As a missionary you are part of so many lives, it's crazy. I was thinking about this the other day about how members, missionaries, friends, etc play such an important role and you can impact so many different people. The master teacher and follower impacted me and I love sharing that. I love teaching with Elder By cause everything that comes out of his mouth is from the heart. He's such a sincere missionary and I look up to him for that. I love this guy so much, we are having a blast! The mission is the hardest thing I've ever done. But oh is it worth it!! Love you guys, I'm sorry if i didn't answer everybodies questions. My brain is on overload everytime I get on to email. hahah so if you have any questions for me ask me again and i'll try to answer them! 
Forever and Always,
Elder Beddes, Coco, (some new ones i've obtained on my mission) slappy, ferris bueler, ranoldo


Toronto!

The Farmington boys killin it in Kingston!




Monday, November 7, 2016

November 7, 2016 Baptisms, Transfers, AND Zone Leader

Well well well where do i start off this week!? Oh i know, 4 BAPTISMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Soooooo excited that I got to experience that in this area, i have been so blessed!! I love these two families so much!! Zana, Dominic, Spring, and Cassie all got baptized Saturday and confirmed Sunday!! This is what Elder Hn said(He summed it up pretty well):
"This week was super busy and exciting! We spent most of the week getting Cassie, Spring, Dominic, and Xana ready for baptism. Lots of Preparing. I didnt get very much sleep Friday night because I was so excited for the baptisms! Saturday morning finally came and we got delayed for 30 min.  Cassie and Spring didnt bring white clothes so Sister Lee ran to Walmart to go and get them white underwear. While she was gone, we tried to set up a movie for everyone to watch, but no one could get the tv to work. We finally got the tv to work, but then sister Lee came back. So we proceeded with the program. I went first baptizing Dominic and Spring. I had to baptize Dominic twice since his legs came up. Spring came down and she held on to my arm so it was out of the water, and her hair came up also. I held her under as I tried to put her hair in the water and then her legs came flailing up since I had her under too long. The second time her legs came up again. So the third time I got smart and stepped on her feet so her legs wouldnt come up. I kept her under and looked at the witnesses to make sure it was done correctly this time before bringing her back up. A few people starting clapping when I brought her back up. Elder Beddes only baptized Cassie and Xana once each. At least I can say I had 5 baptisms instead of 2!" 

Haha so it went really well, it was such a spiritual time for everybody! Most of the branch came out to support so that was really good to see! We had lunch after as well, lots of food! It was a good time!! 
I love these two families with all of my heart. Cassie, one of the girls i baptized, said this in a text just a couple of hours ago, it made me tear up. "You are an amazing missionary. I know you will make so many more ppl happy! You made me smile a lot! I am so thankful for you entering into my life. I'm so grateful you taught me so much and I couldn't ask for anything better! we are all gonna miss you beddes. I'll see you again sometime maybe. Just remember keep on smiling because your smile can brighten ppls days. I will read the book of mormon and pray each night. I've gotta go to school now but thanks again and i wish u luck on your mission." Ohhh i guess i better tell everybody now lol i've been transferred!!!!!! To the next city over hahaha! Kingston and i'm going to be a zone leader with Elder Bybee an old high school buddy of mine! So small world! I have a couple of my favorite missionaries coming into the zone as well, so it's going to be fun!!! It's hard to say goodbye to everybody here and to Elder Hn but i'm not to far away ay?! Now, when I baptized Xana, i'll be honest i started to tear up! lol there's only been a couple of times I have felt the spirit so strongly and this is one of those experiences. Xana is 8 years old and everytime I look at her it reminds me of Maleah. So when I was baptizing Xana it was kind of like a re-inaction of what it would have been like for me to baptize Maleah. It made up for it in a way I guess is what i'm trying to say! It was an amazing moment for me! Anyway, I loved Napanee! I learned so much! One of the biggest things I learned was that God pays close attention to branches. Who would have thought that a branch of 30 could have 4 baptisms? Lots of people lost hope honestly and coming into this area there wasn't much haha but with the Lord's help it got picked right back up to it's feet! I love this area with all of my heart! I'm going to miss it a ton!! I love you all and hope everything is going well for all of you!!
Love you Forever and Always,
Elder Beddes, Coco, Colten     

"I'm headed East to Kingston, whitewashing into the area and training a new Zone Leader from my hometown, Elder Beddes!!!! He's a stud, and I'm stoked. I've never whitewashed before, so we'll see. I'm excited though, we're gonna get it done. (Kristie Berry Beddes! How exciting is this!!!??? Just got this email from Cale.)"

Dear Xana,
Hi! When I got my baptism done I felt special and the water was really warm. It felt nice to get baptized. I'm happy you got to get baptized too. Now we have the Holy Ghost! The Holy Ghost helps you feel better and helps you make good choices. I loved my baptism! I hope you remember these good feelings too.
From your new friend,
Maleah

Dear Maleah,
Thanks so much maleah!! you are the best, she is going to love it!! i'm glad you had fun at halloween, i think of you guys a lot!! I'm excited to play with you!! they do have trick or treat in canada! lots of questions to answer haha but a mission is hard but it's fun!! I love you!! Of course we can do all of that stuff! I can't wait!! I want to play sports with you too!! Stay cute lele,
Love you more,
coco

Nov 5, 2016

Cassie and Spring (Evelyn L)

Xana and Dominque
 
 

 Elder M (going home tomorrow)

 Napanee, Canada