Thursday, May 5, 2011

Letters from Seminary Kids to Elder Bezas

The following are letters from some terrific seminary kids written to Elder Bezas and his companion, Elder Daley. The seminary kids and I had talked about what missions are like...definitely NOT like playing video games all day! 

What sweet kids! And how profound their thoughts they wrote to these two outstanding missionaries/young men...

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Elder Bezas,

I know the Lord is so grateful for the sacrifice you have made to serve Him. The Lord will strengthen you as you serve. He asks that you give all you have to Him, but if you do, you have no need to worry about whether it's enough. The Lord will do the rest. He asks you to love, give service, and open up your mouth so that He can speak through you to His children who have become lost. Through you the Lord's love for His children becomes evident.

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Elder Bezas,

You will do many and great things for the Lord. You remind me of when Ammon goes to preach to the Lamanites and that he baptized many people, which I  believe you will do. Thank you for all you do! The Lord loves you and hopes for the people to soften their hearts. Keep up the Amazing work.
K.A.

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Elder Bezas,
A story that I most remember through the D&C are the three 18-year-olds that carried everyone across the river. It was cold and hard...yet they did it. They stood strong, just like you should be. :0)

Sincerely,
A.O.

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Elder Bezas,
Isaiah 60:1-11. "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound..."
You were called and you accepted, therefore, that makes you strong. God is with you always and if you are having a hard time, reach out to him, he will help you. He is your loving Heavenly Father and wants you to be happy and be strong in the Church and in your testimony. He will help you touch the lifes that you are meant to touch and bring to the Church. You are where you are supposed to be at this time and you are physically and spiritually ready for this. The Lord would not have had you go yet if you had not have been ready. The Lord works in mysterious ways, trust in him.

J.E.


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Elder Bezas,
You are a worthy missionary serving the Lord and the Lord needs all of our help. We will all go through trials and tribulations, but we can always turn to the scriptures and turn to prayer. If we pray always, the adversary will not be able to harm us in any way. You can be guided by prayer. Do the right thing and you should never doubt yourself.

B.C.

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Dear Elder Bezas,
You're lucky to have your mom. She's so awesome. And you can see it in her eyes, when she talks about you, she really believes in you. And she should, because you are going to do so many amazing things on your mission and bless so many families and individuals. Some one you teach on your mission is going to be baptized and go on to glorify you. Never lose faith, and never give up your testimony because it's the strongest weapon in the world.

Love,
B.E.

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Dear Elder Bezas,
Hey this is [name]. I went to school with you and to seminary with you. And I know you are strong enough to conquer Satan, do what's right and in the long run you will beat him. Keep at it.

C.R.

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Dear Elder Bezas,
We are all so proud of you. That you are serving the Lord. Heavenly Father knows your struggles and is there for you. He has saved you for this time to come and teach his work. In D&C 31:3 it says: "Lift up your heart and rejoice, for the hour of your mission is come; and your tongue shall be loosed, and you shall declare glad tidings of great joy unto this generation." You were saved to come forth now and continue God's teachings and journey. You are on the right path and everyone thanks you for your wonderful service! Keep seeking the truth and God will show you the way."

B.R.

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And these were the letters to my son's mission companion, Elder Cory Daley:

Dear Elder Daley,
Hello. My name is [name] and I hope to be a missionary when my time comes. I'm supposed to bring to your mind the missionaries of the past, but I think you know them better than me, but my favorite is Mormon. Mormon spent his life preaching and serving a people who would not listen, but he never gave up. He knew the worth of souls and he loved his people. His courage is astounding to me. I hope this reaches you in good health. Remember that God will never leave you out alone in your work. From a hopeful friend,
J.A.

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Elder Daley,
You may not know me, but I just want to let you know how awesome it is that you're doing the Lord's work. Just remember when you're out, the Lord never promised it would be easy, He only promised it would be worth it. Jeremiah 1:17-19.

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Dear Elder Daley,
I am going to draw you a picture because I love that you are helping the world. :) Missionaries are the best. [picture drawn] You are the sunshine in someone's life right now. Thank you. :)
K.S.

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Dear Elder Daley,
Thank you for being on the Lord's errand. You are being blessed right now by Him because you are following His commandment. Many of us have callings in which we are given by the Lord himself and this is your calling from Him. There's a scripture verse that is in the Doctrine and Covenants that I really like and maybe you would like it too. It's in Section 88, verses 83-84. I hope that everything is going well with you and Elder Bezas. Your companion is a great friend. Thanks for your example. Sincerely,
A.S.

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Elder Daley,
You don't know me, but I wanted to tell you thank you for your service. Even though it may be a struggle at times Heavenly Father has blessed you with his power. Doctrine and Covenants 68:4 testifies of this. You have been given a great opportunity. Everyone you have taught or will teach will be impacted by your spirit, even if they do not become a member. The scriptures will console and inspire you no matter how much you are struggling. Thank you for being willing to serve your Church.
A.J.

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Elder Daley,
Thank you so much for all you do, and for being willing to serve the Lord in such a way. Missionary work is such an amazing way to gain your own testimony of this gospel. I know that you are being extremely blessed, and so is your family. :) Thank you.
N.S.
P.S. Favorite scripture: Words of Mormon 1:7

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Elder Daley,
What you are doing is AWESOME! My cousin is going on a mission to Peru soon. Knowing that there are people willing to serve the Lord is a comforting thought. Missionaries change lives. They keep the truth growing. Don't let Satan conquer you. Sin makes you stupid. Keep doing what you're doing to stay strong! Sincerely,
K.A. (one of Sis. Bezas's seminary students)
P.S. [picture drawn of the Book of Mormon] This book is awesome and changed my life. I'm pretty sure it could change someone else's.

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Elder Daley,
You are doing a great job and making a difference. So keep up the good work! We are so proud of you! Just think of all the blessings you are bringing to the people in New Jersey by sharing this beautiful gospel with them! You are so awesome! Never, never, never give up!!! We love you. God loves you. Keep up the good work!
M.Q. :)