From: Nathan DeBeikes
Date: Monday, September 23, 2013

Hello everyone! wow, i cannot believe that it has basically been two months since i left. time has honestly flown by, and each week seems to go by quicker than the last. it just makes me realize the urgency of the work that has to be done, and it makes me want to continue to work as hard as i can. i’m gonna be honest, for the first couple of weeks it seemed like i trapped in the moment, that time would never go by, but now that i have gotten past that it really made me realize that time will go by very quickly. i am so happy. i’m just happy all the time. even when i get discouraged, i know that i can pray to Heavenly Father and He will give me comfort and encouragement. i have been studying the subject of grace a lot lately, and you would be surprised how much there is to learn about the grace of Jesus Christ. the more i learn, the more i realize how fortunate and blessed each and everyone of us is. without His grace, we would be nothing. it is through grace that we can feel the spirit, that we can make good decisions, that we can have the opportunity to become like our Father in heaven. man, it just makes me so happy to know that with Him i can do anything. so when we have a bad day, or when it seems like nobody wants to talk to us, i just remember that, and it gives me great strength to carry on. i love this work. the more i see people who are struggling in their lives, who won’t accept the gospel, the more it makes me eternally grateful for what i have. these gospel principles are the ONLY way to eternal happiness, and i cannot believe how fornuate i am, to be one of only fourteen million in the world, who has a knowledge of this guideline to true happiness.
This week has been pretty good, we were able to see Bof again, and it was amazing. we read with him 2 Nephi chapter 4, which was about Nephi being really hard on himself, not knowing why he sinned even when he knows its bad. but Nephi still turned to the Lord, because he knew that he could always rely on Him, and that He would never abandon him. after we read that, Bof knew that he had to pray, and that it was okay that he has made mistakes, and that God will always be there to listen to him. so he prayed, and it was one of the most sincere prayers i have ever heard in my life, and the spirit was so strong, it was truly amazing. it is amazing to see the changes he is making in his life. it was a great experience. this week has also been a little hectic because of transfers. one sister and three elders from our district got transferred to different areas, and it is very weird having so many new missionaries, but i love all of them. Elder Hess and I are actually the only ones in our zone who kept our companion (the zone consists of about 14 companionships). but everyone new in our district seems like they are ready to work, so it is exciting. we haven’t had too much success finding new people this past week, but that’s okay, i know our time will come. i love what i am doing, and i love the gospel. i am so thankful for it in my life, and i am so thankful to all of those who have influenced me in my life to get me to this point. i love and miss all of you, keep being great!
Love, Elder DeBeikes

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