Priesthood Blessings!

Dear Family and Friends!
This week has been crazy!  We had hot weather where I wanted to just die and was sweating up a storm (I think it was about 70°:)) and it snowed!  So that was weird.  And then Tuesday afternoon we had to travel to Rio Gallegos for interviews with President Rogers on Wednesday, and then we got back to Calafate at 1:30 in the morning on Thursday.  But my comp had to stay behind to get himself legal so he came the next day at the same time!  So I was tired!  Then, the next night, the assistants called and told us that they were arriving that morning at the same hour!  Fortunately I avoided that bullet because the next day they had planned to do divisions with the other elders first so we didn’t have to go get them.:)
We had a really cool experience last Tuesday, one that doesn’t happen very often and one that you can definitely see God’s hand guiding.  On Tuesday in the morning before we went to Gallegos, we decided to go out contacting.  The part that wasn’t so fun about that is that it was snowing, quite a bit, which was really weird.  So we were contacting on one street and everybody was opening up and all of them inviting us to come back, but in the good way, not the “get off my porch” way.  So we were feeling pretty happy about that.  Then we knocked one door and a lady opened up and said “Chicos, come in, come in!”  I looked at my comp and he looked at me, kind of unsure of what to do, because it’s not very often that we’ve gotten into houses here in Calafate, and because we didn’t even have to say anything, she just invited us to come in.  So we went in, and started talking to her a little bit, and found out that she had no idea who we were or what we were doing, but because it was cold outside she had mercy and let us in.  She told us that she is agnostic (but then later that she believes in God a little bit, which was kind of weird).  So we kept on talking to her and she kept on making references to the fact that she was sick, so we pressed it gently and found out that she has fibromyalgia, to which my comp replied, “I had that too.”  She kind of looked at him funny and said “You had it? You don’t have it anymore?”  He replied in the affirmative and she asked how, and he started recounting his story of what had happened and that his dad had given him a blessing to be healed and that after that, he was healed.  She was like “Can you call your dad and ask him to give me blessing?”  So we then explained priesthood authority and that we had it.  She got really excited that and asked us to bless her.  So we talked a little bit about faith in God and Jesus Christ, and she said, “Yes, I believe that I can be healed.”  So we gave her a blessing and the Spirit was super, super strong, and when we finished she was choking on tears and ran to the bathroom so we wouldn’t see her cry.  When she came out, she came out thanking us.  So we talked a little bit longer and then had to leave.  Then, on Saturday, we passed by her house again and she let us in and asked us for another blessing, because she felt so good when we gave it to her.  We then explained that for a blessing of healing, you only give it once, and then you have to let your faith to work.  Then we started explaining who Jesus Christ was, because she didn’t know who he was, and how he had suffered for her, and that when we have faith in him, blessings come.  She then told us that she wanted to have more faith, so we left her with a pamphlet (we didn’t have time to explain the Book of Mormon because she had to leave really fast) and asked her to pray and ask for more faith.  We’ll see where that takes us.  But it’s been a really different and cool experience working with someone who has not known God nor their Savior.  She might have had her first spiritual experience of her life when we gave her blessing, and that was so cool.  She felt Him, and she felt Him strong.  The priesthood is real, and the power of it as well, we just have to help her increase her faith so the blessing can take full effect!
I hope that you all have a wonderfully fantastic week!
¡Les quiero un monton!
Elder Trenton Behunin
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I loved the quote that came with these pictures “Don’t worry I didn’t do anything dangerous to get these pictures!”
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These dogs made me laugh. Check out the snow! A late spring storm!
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A Valuable Experience

Dear Family and Friends,
How’s life going?  Things are pretty good down here! Calafate is super beautiful, and now the the Patagonia winds are starting!
So I spent a lot of time writing my mission president today, and as I was doing so, I decided to share the experience that I shared with him with you guys.  It wasn’t the greatest, most spiritual experience of my mission, but it made me think a lot and helped me really learn a lot, and has given me the drive to be better and to work toward my eternal salvation.  I hope you can find strength from it too, and not to focus on the fact that I wasn’t able to get a baptism, but the lessons that we can learn from it.
Last Sunday, one of our investigators, Cristian had his third attendance finally and was super excited about baptism.  He was super sad that he had missed his original date, and all the members were talking to him about his baptism.  So when we met with him on Tuesday, we reput his baptisimal date for this coming Saturday, the 24th, to give us time to finish teaching him and get the interview scheduled.  And he was super excited and everything.  But he’s busy with work so we’re not able to talk to him every day, so we weren’t able to talk to him on Wednesday.  Then on Thursday we called him at night to set up an appointment on Friday morning and he told us that he no longer wanted to know anything and that he was Catholic and wanted to stay Catholic.   We talked to him for like an hour an a half that night trying to convince him otherwise, but to no avail.  But we did manage to convince him to meet with us one more time to “say goodbye,” really our final attempt to get him to change his mind.  We worked and worked with him for an hour an a half, trying everything from the gentle convincing that he needed to have the Holy Ghost with him to he was putting his eternal welfare at stake by denying the testimony that he had received, but none of it worked.  He was scared of what his family would say, because he hasn’t told them yet (they live in Formosa).  We told him to call them to see what they would think, but he was firm.  I pray that in the future he changes his mind and decides to fear God more than man.  Because he has a testimony, we were able to get that out of him.  He knows, and he knows that he knows, but isn’t willing to do anything about it.
I had no idea how to feel.  I know what steps he needs to take to reach eternal happiness, and he was so close. We tried and tried to get him to see how important this decision was that he was making, and that he needs what we have, but he refused to see it.
I do feel like I did learn what charity felt like though in that moment.  Looking back, my sorrow wasn’t in the fact that I wasn’t that I wasn’t going to get a baptism, but that the salvation of Cristian was in jeopardy.  I’m not saying that I always focus on the numbers, but in that moment especially, I felt earnestly for his salvation.  I saw what was missing in his life, and how much the gospel could happened.  I thought of the words of Christ to the Nephites, “how oft would I have gathered you as a hen gathereth her chickens, and ye would not.”
It’s interesting, thinking back now, how much I learned how much the gospel can change someone’s life not looking at how it changed someone’s life, but how it could have changed someone’s life.  The gospel of Christ is powerful, and to fully experience it’s power, we need to apply it in our lives.  And when we don’t do that, we lose out on so many blessings, as I’ve been able to see this week.  We need to do everything in our power to keep ourselves on the path and doing the things that will lead us to our Heavenly Father.  When we are doing that, we don’t need to worry that we aren’t receiving the blessings that we as members of this Church and faithful followers of Jesus Christ are entitled to receive, because we know that obedience to the laws of God brings blessings, that that God will not withold any blessing that we are worthy to receive.
The work of God continues.  The purpose of a missionary is to invite people to come unto Christ, not to make them do it.  I learned a lot about this week.  Everyone says not to share the bad experiences, but I don’t see this as a bad experience.  I see it as a powerful learning experience.  And I hope that maybe those of you that are reading will try with all that they can to continue firmly on the path leading to exaltation and fully participate in the blessings that their Heavenly Father has in store for them!
¡Les quiero muchisimo!
Elder Trenton Behunin
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Baptism Soon! (We just need to teach lessons 3, 4, and 5:))

Dear Family and Friends!
This week has been pretty good.  The work has gone pretty good.  On Thursday, Rio Turbio and 28 de Noviembre came up for zone meeting and then we did a tsunami in my area afterwards and two baptisimal dates were put!  That was way cool!  We weren’t able to find either of them afterward though, but we’ll definitely be trying hard to this week.  We also found several possible investigators that we’ll be trying to find as the week goes on.
The best part of the week though was that Cristian, our investigator that already had two attendances and who almost made it to his baptismal date, but his work got in the way and he couldn’t come to church or meet with us, came back to church on Sunday!  So he now has all the attendances he needs, now we just need to work with him to find the time to finish the lessons and to get baptized!  We’re so close!  When he found out that he didn’t make it to his original date, he was so sad because he thought that he wouldn’t be able to get baptized because of it!  But we reassured him that it would be all right, and that he would still be able to get baptized, and that made him super happy!  In the testimony meeting, he got up and bore his testimony that although he had had a lot of trials these past couple of weeks, that Jesus had helped him and that he was so grateful for it!  It’s so cool to see what he has sacrificed to come to the church!  He got kicked out of his house a couple of weeks ago, and then this last week his work wouldn’t let him come to church, so he decided to find a different work!
Other than that, the work continues here!  It’s getting really hot though, I’m wanting to die in this 70° weather! But it’s nice to wear short sleeves again!  Maybe my arms will not be so white anymore:)
I hope you all have a fantastic week!
¡Les quiero un monton!
Elder Trenton Behunin
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Not very many pictures this week! But we finally got a car!:) We’ll just have to fix it up a little bit:)

#Ponderize

Dear Family and Friends!

I hope you all enjoyed Conference!  If you can’t tell from the title, my favorite talk was by Elder Durrant. Not only did I laugh a lot, but it’s a good idea though!  And I want to be able to make my own words too!
Conference was way cool!  Especially here in the mission I love Conference so much!  I love it so much that I marked it six weeks beforehand in my planner!  I can’t believe that was already my third conference!  It makes me feel old!  I’m not trunky, but I only have one more General Conference in the mission!  That’s crazy!  My mission is disappearing before my eyes!  I was nervous though, because I woke up Saturday morning not feeling well at all.  I was miserable!  But as the first session approached, I felt better and better, and was able to listen.  When the session ended, I again almost immediately felt miserable, with a really bad headache that left me in a dark room because the light and sound hurt me so much!  And then as the next session approached all the pain went away and once again I was able to listen to the words of the prophets.  And then, on cue, when the final prayer ended, my head started hurting really bad again.  So I decided to be brave and walk outside to go buy ibuprofen because nobody had any.  And then I took a nap on a table in the chapel and woke up right before Priesthood without any pain!  And it didn’t come back this time!
So I’m trying the ponderizing challenge!  I found a scripture in D&C 60:13 this morning that I’ll do that this week!  Time flies, and I’m starting to run out, so I need to take advantage of every minute that I have left!  And I know, you might say that you still have 10 months left, but with the way this last year has gone, it’s not very much:/  #Meditizar!  (That’s the Spanish translation for Ponderize!)
Share the gospel with someone this week!
¡Les quiero un monton!
Elder Trenton Behunin
2015-10-1  if you can't see those are flamingos!
If you can’t see them those are flamingos!
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I don’t know why I took this picture I just it!
2015-10-3 English room for conference! Elder Carlsen and I!
The English room at conference with Elder Carlsen and I!

Happy Spring!

to me, Bryce
Dear Family and Friends!
 
This week has been pretty good!  Everything, from the work to the weather!  It’s been a pretty stable 50°F all week!  What a great way to start off the spring!
 

We taught Natalia again this week, the one that found the card on the ground and prayed for someone to tell her what it was. We taught her the Restoration and she loved it! She was so excited when we told her that God is more than just a force out there that she had believed in before, but really a person who cares about her and wants her to be happy. And then, instead of talking about Joseph Smith like we usually do, we shared the 20 minute video of the Restoration and during the First Vision we paused it and asked her how she felt and she started crying and saying that she believed it with all her heart. We then put a baptisimal date for her and she accepted it, saying she would love too, but she still has a lot of questions that she wants answered, but that she loves what we are teaching. They weren’t able to attend yesterday because they were going to be working in the country a little bit, but we passed by yesterday right after they got back and talked to her husband a little bit and he proceeded to thank us for leaving him with the Book of Mormon, that he loves it so much. We are going to pass by them today to put a baptisimal date with him and to talk about marriage. But it was so cool!

 
So during service this week I nearly cut my thumb off with a saw.  I was sawing a dead branch and it came off faster than I thought and the saw fell on my thumb. fortunately it wasn’t deep, but it really hurt:)
 
And here’s the pictures from the glacier too!  It was so cool!  It’s definitely on the list of things to do again before I die!:) 
 
I hope that you all have a wonderfully fantastic week and find someone to share the gospel with!
 
¡Les quiero un monton!
 
Elder Trenton Behunin
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Me and y Comp Elder Ixcot and the Zone: Derrick, Fredrickson, Fernandez, Throckmorton, Cardenas, Carlson, Ixcot and Behunin
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These 6 pictures show the ice breaking off
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