Sunday, October 27, 2013

Progress Towards Nagoya

Abe also wanted this email he received included on the blog:

Konnichiwa Bedard Choro,

It was so nice to meet you at TRC last Saturday evening!  Your Nihongo is coming along well and you have a great spirit about you that will make many people want to listen to you in Nagoya.  I am excited about you going to Nagoya since I have visited there and think it's a great place--you will love it too!!

I'm attaching the 2 pictures we took, hope you can pass them on to parents and friends as you wish.  Parents always want more pictures!!

Good luck to you, hope to see you again at TRC!

Nihongo, gambatte ne!!


Kowalski Kyodai (Bryan)

Elder Bedard and his MTC companion Elder Crandall

Promptings of the Spirit

Hey everyone! Where are are you guys? I only had two emails this morning (from my faithful brother and sister).  Just because I started doing a group email doesn't mean we can't continue to do personal email :D  Anyways this week has been really good but also really difficult because I have been sick all week long and still am.  I got it especially bad last Tuesday and actually had to go back to the residence and miss a devotional because I had a massive headache, felt really weak, and was shivering really bad.  However now it has just turned into a really bad cough and sore throat, so hopefully I get better soon. Other than being sick, I feel like I have progressed a lot this week. Oh and me and my companion were called as zone leaders.  Being a zone leader has been really interesting-you never really realize how many problems there are in a zone until it is your job to take care of them.  All of my lesson went well this week especially one that I can think of in particular.  Me and my companion had planned and studied to teach about the restoration of the Gospel and then following the prophet, but when we went in there something amazing happened.  My companion was about to start teaching and then I thought it would be a good idea to ask again how the investigator was doing and then we started talking about a couple of different things, and somehow it led to us talking about the Word of Wisdom.  We were able to feel the Spirit so strongly and I know that that is the lesson that our kyudosha (investigator) needed.  The weird part is that I didn't really realize I was being lead by the Spirit until after the lesson and I thought about what had just happened.  Anyways I just thought that was the coolest experience, and it reminded me that sometimes we don't realize when the Spirit will have an influence on us, but, if we are worth of it, the Holy Ghost will guide us in ways we would never have imagined.  Man, I love being on a mission so much.  I feel the Lord's presence in my life so very much and I just simply cannot wait to go to Japan.  I know it is going to be the most amazing experience ever. So other than being sick right now I am enjoying myself and progressing both in Japanese and in the deepening of my conversion to Jesus Christ.  I hope everyone is well. Please write me back I miss you guys love ya! Talk to you later, bye.
     -Elder Bedard

From Lis: Abe wanted me to also tell ya'll that he he'd love to get pictures from you guys. So if you don't have much time to write, send him a few pics with captions. And I wanted you guys to know that though this email is addressed to a general audience, Abe would love to read your individual responses to it. You can email him at or mail him at 
Elder Abraham Bedard
Nov 19 JPN-NAG
2009 N 900 E Unit 139
Provo, UT 84602

Thanks for helping support my brother as he does the Lord's work. Have a great Halloween weekend!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Growing Faith

Here's Abe's first group email!
Elder Bedard and other Elders in his district who are going to the Nagoya Japan mission
Hey everyone! Sorry it took me so long to set this up, but I have found that within my hour I have to do email I can't email everyone so I'm going to start this with the help of my sister. However, if you want to write me with any questions that are just about anything I will reply as soon as I can :) This week was really good and I am progressing in Nihongo faster than I could have ever imagined. It is amazing what we can do when we will simply get down on our knees and ask the Lord for the help that we need. My Faith in Christ has grown so much more since I have been here.  Every time I teach a practice investigator it grows even more as I see this gospel affect people in such a positive way, and if 
Elder Bedard's district while in the MTC
these are just training lessons, I can't imagine how I will feel when it comes to the real thing! I am so very, very excited to go and teach the people in Nagoya. Yesterday I taught two lessons with my companion and in both of them we committed the investigator to baptism, and one of them was just like "Hai!" which of course means yes, but it was just a surprise that he was so very ready to receive baptism and  made me realize people are being prepared for me to teach them already and some of them are just ready and waiting to be taught.  Anyways, this week I also began reading "Jesus the Christ" and it is easily like the most amazing book I have ever read. It covers Christ so very well and every time I read it I just gain endless amounts of knowledge about him and my Faith in him grows more.  It is just an amazing book and I would recommend it to everyone.  The MTC is a great place and I love it a ton, but I am growing more and more anxious to go to Japan.  However, yesterday I finished my first month in the MTC and am now starting on my second so it is definitely going by fast. Anyways I've got to go, but I love you all and thanks for all the letters and support! And thanks for all the Birthday wishes last week if I haven't already thanked you!  The Gospel of Christ is the most powerful thing I could ever experience and I am so glad I have the opportunity to serve a mission in Japan.  I miss you guys!
     -Elder Bedard


Hey, this is Lis Bedard. For those who don't me, I'm Abe's twin sister. I'll be doing this blog for Elder Abraham Bedard or Bedard Choro so that you guys can stay connected with him while he's on his mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at the MTC then Nagoya, Japan. I'll do my best to keep everyone aware of updates, but spread the word that this is Abe's main form of communication. This will take place instead of group emails and if you subscribe to the blog you'll be alerted to new updates, which should happen once every week. I hope you all enjoy hearing about Abe's mission and feel the joy of his service as I have. Let our testimonies grow together. Enjoy!