Blessed to be sharing the Gospel with the people of Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, South Dakota and Minnesota. Grateful for my Heavenly Father, His son Jesus Christ, a wonderful family and amazing friends.

Monday, July 17, 2017

The week of a MILLION miracles!

Wow we have seen SO MANY miracles this week! I don't want to overwhelm y'all, but I am going to share as many as I can! 


This week I went on exchanges with the one and only Sister Frehner and we saw the coolest miracle! I love Sister Frehner, she is so real, and it's so fun to be a missionary with her because she tells you how it is! Anyway, we worked so hard all day and didn't find anyone! But, at the very end of the night, like 8:30 pm, our hard work paid off and this is what happened! We went to see a potential who wasn't home and as we were leaving I felt prompted to turn around and go talk to a lady outside on her back porch. Sister Frehner was willing and ready, so we went where the spirit directed. We ended up talking to this sweet lady for about 30 minutes, sharing the Restoration, and committing her to read and pray. She listened so intently to our message and with great conviction in her voice said, "I know that God sent you here." We were able to testify of the feelings of the spirit and how we were prompted to return even though we were leaving. She was so grateful that we came back and even ended up saying the closing prayer to our meeting. Her name was Jodi. Well just two days later Sister Neuberger and I returned to her home to see her and she excitedly told us that she had read the introduction page, all of the testimonies, and the first chapter of the Book of Mormon. She said that after she read she prayed harder than she ever had in her life and that the next morning her daughter called her and shared with her an incredible miracle wrought in her life by God, and that miracle had happened the same night that she had prayed! Jodi was ecstatic as she recognized that that was an answer to her prayer! She went on to describe the feelings she felt as she read and prayed and we were able to help her see that that was the spirit. It's so incredible to see how Heavenly Father puts us in the path of those that are prepared if we are willing and we are ready! I know that as we work hard we are blessed.

Also this week we had the best plans for Monday night...a church tour, and a lesson with a stellar investigator. Well all of it fell through, so naturally we jumped on our bikes and went finding! We were biking down this street next to a Burger King around 7:30 pm and Sister Neuberger all of the sudden slammed on her brakes right in front of me. Well me and all of my coordinated limbs almost went flying over the handlebars, but I managed to screech to a halt and ask her what the heck was up. She was kinda giggling and she pointed to this guy in the Burger Kind parking lot. "He's rapping!" She said. And he was, full on rapping, in the parking lot! SO...I decided we should talk to him. Well let me tell you! He was probably the most prepared homie I have EVER met. We went inside Burger King and taught him a 45 minute lesson and he ate it up. He pulled out his notebook, took notes, and asked the best questions. He recognized that he was in his own personal apostasy and kept asking what he needed to do to get out of it. It was incredible! His name is Will and he is honestly one of the coolest guys I have ever met. A little tough on the outside, actually kindof terrifying, but a big teddy bear on the inside! We had to pass him off to the YSA elders to teach him because he is YSA aged :( But seriously what a miracle! I know that when we talk to everyone Heavenly Father trusts us and He puts those that are prepared in our way. 

And also! Renee and her daughters came to church again yesterday and Renee is progressing so well! She is reading the Book of Mormon almost every day, praying to know if it is true, and finally opening up to us. She keeps recognizing more and more instances in her present day life and past life where the spirit has spoken to her and she has such a desire to have the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. We are overcoming some major hurdles right now, but she is set to be baptized the 29th of July. So keep her in your prayers! 

And this week our investigator Jimmy came to church and LOVED it. He stayed all three hours and showed up in this HUGE baby blue suit and cowboy boots. Haha it was awesome. The ward loved him! 

Oh and we had this incredible lesson with our investigator Josephine and the spirit was so powerful. We committed her to pray right then and there and ask Heavenly Father a question, then to flip open the Book of Mormon and read and find an answer. Heavenly Father answers prayers! I know He does. The Book of Mormon was speaking directly to Jojo and she felt it. I have never done anything like that before, so it was a leap of faith on all of our parts, but I know that miracles are wrought by faith! 


As we were rolling up to Renee's house the other day Bird and Blessen came running down the sidewalk yelling "Dem white people are here! Dem white people are here!" Haha it was so funny. I have no doubt that all of the neighborhood heard, and I am not even mad. At least we are well known! 

Also please enjoy the attached pictures because apparently I cannot be normal to save my life! I swear Mom...I try!!! 

Spiritual thought: 

This week I was reading 2 Nephi 25 and verse 26 stood out to me. It's a verse that I have read a lot, but a specific phrase stuck out in my mind as I pondered upon it this time. "And we TALK of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." I don't think we realize how sancitfying and redeeming it is for us and for those around us to simply talk of Christ. I know that before my mission Jesus Christ was not in my every day conversation, but I have promised that from here on out He will be. I am so grateful for the time I have had on my mission to simply talk of Christ, to come to know Him, and to come to know others through Him. I am so grateful for the conversations I have had with my family about Jesus Christ, about His gospel, and about His light. I know that those are conversations I treasure and I pray that there will be many more of them to come. 
I challenge all of you this week to talk of Christ, every chance you can. Make him a part of every day, and you will be blessed! 

I love you all! SO MUCH! 

Hi my name is....

 Sabrina and random Semi-pro football player?


This week I had an incredible miracle with sweet Sister Banks on exchanges! We were out finding in this neighborhood and saw two cute little girls sitting out on a porch. We said hello and asked if we could speak to their mother. Their mom, Renee, was inside and at first was hesitant to let us in, but we promised her powerful blessings if she would listen to our message and she let us in!!! We ended up teaching her the Restoration and she loved it. The spirit was strong as we testified of the Book of Mormon and promised she would feel greater peace in her life if she followed the Savior. Renee and her two daughters (Bird and Blessen) ended up coming to church yesterday and they absolutely loved it! It was incredible to see how Heavenly Father put us in the perfect place at the perfect time, and gave us the words to say to pierce Renee's heart! 


So this is a list of our current potential investigators: 


Also this week we were teaching Renee and her semi-pro football playing friend walked naturally I asked for a picture. Please enjoy the attached picture of me and my new friend Tony.

Spiritual thought: 

I think as members of Jesus Christ's church we sometimes get overwhelmed with all that we are asked to do. And it seems that during the hardest times of our lives we are asked to do more, give more, and be more. I know that there have been so many times on my mission where I have been overwhelmed and I have felt like I cannot do any more, my plate is too full, I cannot handle another task. I was reading Elder Palmer's talk from this last General Conference yesterday and this quote stood out to me with great force. 

" My dear brothers and sisters, now anytime you feel you are being asked to do something hard... think of the Lord beholding you, loving you, and inviting you to let it go and follow Him. And thank Him for loving you enough to invite you to do more." 

I know that the Savior only asks so much of us because He loves us. 
So if things seem difficult keep going. If you get tired of walking, run! 

I love you all and hope you have the best week! 


Sister Bengtzen 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Lincoln and Jello and Love

Sabrina and Sister Neuberger in Lincoln

So you'll never believe it! But I am back in the Capital Ward in Lincoln, NE!!!! The exact same ward that I was trained in just about a year ago!!!!!!!! Isn't that incredible?! DREAMS COME TRUE! But really...this is like my home away from home. I love this place. And the icing on the cake is that my companion is Sister Neuberger. She is INCREDIBLE! She just came out of the trail center and she is from Midway, UT. She is a powerful teacher and is just ready to work, so we are having a lot of fun together already.


So this week has been kind of like a tornado. We have no idea what we are doing, but we are sure trying! The missionaries that just left the area were two of the most incredible missionaries in the mission, so there are some awesome individuals we get to now work with, and everything is as organized as it could be. The only issue is Sister Neuberger and I have NO sense of direction and we have never met any of these humans it is just a blast. Haha but we are trying our best!

This week we had this incredible lesson with a lady named Gloria and we taught her all about our relationship with Heavenly Father and prayer. We committed her to pray with us at the end of the lesson, but she declined. Both Sister Neuberger and I, and the other missionaries that we were with, bore our testimonies of the power of prayer and slowly Gloria's heart softened. She began to cry and opened up to us about her life and some of the darkest, deepest challenges she was facing. The spirit was strong, and after some time, we committed her again to say the closing prayer and she did. It was the most powerful prayer, and the room felt as if it had been electrified by the presence of the Holy Ghost. She committed to take a tour of the church building with us next week, and we are excited to invite her to come and worship our Savior and our Father with us.

Also, just yesterday, we met this young mother named Josephine. She was out on her porch and we taught her the Restoration briefly. As we began, she started to cry, and told us that she knew Heavenly Father must love her and must be aware of her because He sent us to her. The spirit again was so strong and we were able to invite her to read and pray and meet with us again.
Sabrina, Sister Neuberger and the other Sister's in the apt bldg.

This week we were out finding and we walked into this apartment complex and there was this lady just drinking and smoking and being her merry self, if ya know what I mean, and she was overly excited that we had come by. She looked at Sister Neuberger for a good two minutes, then walked into her apartment, and came back out with a Tupperware container with some weird rainbow substance inside.She thrust it into Sister Neuberger's hands and yelled, "HEY! Isn't this craaazzzzy, my boyfriend made this jello and it looks JUST like you!" I could not even attempt to keep a straight face. I just busted up laughing and we left immediately! Haha I LOVE LINCOLN. 

Spiritual thought:

I think the overwhelming truth that I have learned this week is that Heavenly Father's love is the most powerful thing we can share with others. In every interaction we have had, every lesson we have taught, and even in our church meetings, the focus was love, and how powerful it is to tell people that we love them, and that Heavenly Father loves them. I have been able to see that in action this week and I am so grateful to know that MY Father loves ME. I in turn love Him, and I know that is only because I understand how He feels about me. "We love Him, because He first loved us." (John 4:19) I just want you all to know that I love you. But more importantly, and more than my mortal words can express, I know that Heavenly Father loves you. That love is unchanging and unending, simply put, it is always there.How grateful I am for that love!
Have the best week and enjoy the 4th of July!!
Sister Bengtzen

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

What happens in Walmart stays in Walmart

Sunset Kearney
Bobsy, so glad you are home safe! I am expecting pictures get on that ;) Bugs I swear if you don't stop growing I will lose my marbles. Also Jake and Abby you look as adorable as ever. Thank you for your prayers! I feel them!

Kenna (not her little girl)
So we have been working with our investigator Kenna for quite some time, and this week something remarkable happened! She has been wanting to be baptized for a few weeks, but her mother just isn't supportive and it has thrown a serious wedge into their relationship.  We decided on Thursday to fast and pray specifically that her mother's heart might be softened. We had an awesome lesson with her on Friday and she committed to pray about a specific date to be baptized. Today while we were grocery shopping we received a text from her and it said "Do you think July 22nd would be an ok day to be baptized?" To which we immediately responded "Absolutely!" She then proceeded to tell us that she talked to her parents and they aren't exactly on board with it, but they said they would come to her baptism, and she has decided to be baptized on July 22nd!!! I hope our fellow Walmart shoppers enjoyed my reaction because I was FREAKING OUT! Haha. What an incredible testimony to me of how Heavenly Father hears our prayers and how fasting really does bring down the powers of heaven. 

Also this week we haven't heard much from Brad, which is a bummer, but I am hoping it is just because he is busy with his new job! I really do know that Heavenly Father led us to him, and I am confident that he will continue to learn more about the gospel. 

Oh and on a side note, our recent convert Stacey is going on Trek this week, and she is SO excited! Haha I think when she first heard about the fact that we dress up as pioneers and walk for days she was a little hesitant, but she has jumped right in and I can't wait to hear about the experience she has. Also she gave a talk in church on Sunday and it was so sweet! As she spoke tears filled her eyes and it was evident that the words she was saying were directly from her heart. It is such a gift to see someone change through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, I am so grateful to have a front row seat to that miracle each and every day. 

Only in Nebraska!

Sister Meik tried to tackle me the other night because I told her she would not succeed even if she tried. Well I was right, she highly underestimated my ability to climb furniture and leap long distances. I made it through unscathed. 

Also earlier today I was sharing the message of the Restoration with this guy in front of our house and in the middle of me asking him a question Sister Meik started to giggle. I quickly glanced at her, with a scowl on my face I'm sure, and then I started to giggle too. It is a pretty stormy day here in Kearney, and because of all the static electricity in the air, both Sister Meik's and my hair was standing straight up. ( I don't know anything about I am not sure if I can attribute it to static electricity...but that made me sound intelligent so I am going with it! Haha) 

Spiritual Thought: 
Field is white....

I think as we try to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout our lives, it is inevitable that the adversary will attack us at every chance he gets. I think one way he tries to reach us is by telling us that we aren't good enough, or throwing this lie of "perfection" in our faces. Telling us that we need to be better than we are, and that no matter how hard we try, if we make mistakes we simply are not good enough. I read this quote the other day and it is so simple, but so profound, and it opened my eyes to this lie of perfection that Satan was trying to tell me.

 "Remember that repentance is NOT the backup plan. Repentance is the plan of happiness for EVERY person." 

I am so guilty of forgetting that. Heavenly Father sent His Only Begotten Son to the earth so that we could repent. So that we could progress, change, and become more like Him. I am so grateful for a knowledge of Heavenly Father's Plan. I am grateful to know that I can change, that I can become better, that I can progress, but that I don't have to be perfect. 

I love you all and I hope you have a stellar week! 

Sister Bengtzen 

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Savior is more important, isn't He?
Hey team! Time is just flying and the work is hopping! I love, love, love, love my mission and I am so grateful to be here! 


Ok, so I have told y'all a little bit about Brad but I am just going to start at the beginning for sake of this miracle!  About 3 weeks ago, we met our investigator Brad while he was playing the guitar on his porch, and at first when we saw him he acted quite strange and kind of shocked.  Well this week we were finally able to have our second lesson with him and it went really well! We taught him about the Book of Mormon and read the introduction with him and took a short church tour. At the end we again invited him to read and pray and to attend church. About 3 days later we received a call from him and he began to pour his heart out to us. He told us that he was sorry for how taken aback he was when we first met him, but that there was a reason for it. Four years ago he had a dream and in that dream he saw Sister Meik and myself vividly, and has remembered our faces ever since. He said the most remarkable part of all was that the first thing we shared with him was the story of a boy, who saw visions and had dreams, and communicated with God. He has always felt like God has led him through his dreams, but no one has ever believed him, and so he is hesitant to tell others. He told us that the story of Joseph Smith pierced his heart and so he read half of the Book of Mormon, in ONE NIGHT! And on our phone call he promised us he would read the rest by our next meeting. The rest of the Book of Mormon!!! We asked if he had the chance to pray about it yet and he said he did, and that it was a sweet experience. He is excited to tell us more about it in person. Throughout the entire conversation my mouth was gaping open and I wanted to cry and scream and sing and faint all at the same time! Haha, the spirit was so strong and it was so evident that Heavenly Father had led us to him, and that he is ready. There are so many blessings that come when we talk to everyone and when we follow the promptings of the spirit! In the moment I felt that Heavenly Father trusted me...and I cannot think of any knowledge that could make me happier. 

Also this week we also had a cool miracle with one of our members. We had dinner with them on Monday night and they gave us a referral, so we stopped by her house. It turns out her husband had just left her and they were getting evicted from their home, so she was a complete wreck. I had just watched this video from Elder Holland earlier during P-day, and I felt like I needed to show it to her. As she watched it tears filled her eyes and she just exclaimed, "God knows me!" We were able to leave her with a Book of Mormon and go back and do some service for her. I was so grateful for an inspired member in that moment, who led us to someone who need Heavenly Father and His love. He is in the details! 

 Sabrina and Sister Gardner rocking the red!
 Sabrina and President Gardner looking Straight out of  Nebraska!

District Baseball 

Last night Sister Meik was driving and she we had quite the traumatic experience. She was telling me all about her studies and she was talking like a mile a minute when all of the sudden this rabbit ran across the street and slipped right under the tire of the car going the opposite direction. It got smashed right in front of us! And Sister Meik went silent. After about 3 minutes she looked over at me and in the quietest voice said, "That was my first experience with sudden death..." Haha I could not help but laugh! She is so sweet and innocent. I LOVE HER! 

Also we dressed up like pioneers this week, because that is what we Mormons do apparently, and helped out at this museum here in Kearney! Well long story short, some lady asked me if she could interview me for a news story and I looked at her and said, "Well apparently I've never been on live television before.." Haha we both started laughing and we were able to give her a card. And I was on the news! Woo hoo! Look out Ellen. Here. I. Come. 
Sabrina being interviewed for Nebraska TV

Spiritual thought: 

I feel like I get to this point in my email and I look back on my week and think about all of the things Heavenly Father has taught me. So I really do feel like this is more for me than it is for any of you, but thank you for being patient with me. This week I have been really overwhelmed thinking about all of my weaknesses and shortcomings and faults. I think we all go through days and weeks like that, which is good, because that means we are human! But I was reading a conference talk during one of my studies the other day and the spirit whispered something to me. It said, "The Savior is more important, isn't He?" And I must admit it caught me off guard. Well of course I thought! He is the most important. And then, slowly, what I was being taught came to light. I think sometimes I am so busy worrying about what I am doing wrong to allow the Savior to make things right. Sometimes I am so caught up in my own weaknesses that I forget to look to the Savior for strength. The Savior is more important! More important than my flaws or my mistakes or my weaknesses. I am so grateful for my Father in Heaven, grateful that He saw enough value in me to send a Savior to the earth. I know that Jesus Christ lives, and that He can make more of us than we could ever make of ourselves. 

I love you all! 
Happy June!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Sister Bengtzen 
Coffee in the chapel!

Hey funky bunch! It's your favorite missionary Sister Bengtzen! I wish I could say that this week we had shake n' bake chicken...but we didn't. We had lots of Pizza....Ewww. (Wow you had better get that reference or I will be so sad...I know I am out of date, but still I think I am so funny...) 

You know that pirate ship ride at lagoon where you go up and down and up and down and you feel like you're going to be sick? Yeah that is kindof what our week was like...but it's OK! Weeks like this come...and they go! And we learn and grow through all of the ups and downs and become stronger because of them. 


So I was able to go on exchanges with Sister Sekona again (she is the Tongan missionary from California) and oh my goodness...that girl. We have a riot whenever we are together, so Tuesday was a day for the books! We both went like a thousand miles an hour and found 2 new investigators and talked to like 50 people and just worked hard! It was the most exhausting day, but we both went to bed with the biggest smiles on our faces. Our new investigators Lyle and Jessica seems so solid, and we are excited to help them progress, so we will see what this week brings! 

Also our investigator James, from Gibbon, came to church on Sunday! It was such a miracle! Our YSA has maybe 20 active members, so everyone was SUPER excited to have a visitor there. The branch just wrapped their arms around him and it was so sweet to see. James has been through a lot, and he is quite rough around the edges, but our members just loved him regardless. It reminded me of the scripture in Matthew 25:40 "Insasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." You could feel the love of the Savior just pouring out in every interaction with him, and I was so grateful. People are so good. 

Sabrina, Sister Meik and Sister Church

OH AND GET THIS! Stacey went to the temple on Saturday to do baptisms for the dead for the first time and we got to go with her. It was so happy! And Sister Church got to come AND one of the members I got super close with in Lincoln showed up at the temple to surprise me!!!!!!! Talk about tender mercies and miracles all over the place! Stacey got to do family names and the spirit was so strong as we watched her perform the ordinances. We are so blessed to have a temple in this is such a wonderful reminder of why we are here. It really helps me just let go of the world for a few minutes and hang on to eternity. 


So our investigator James, who came to church this week, got a ride from one of our cute YSA girls! He got in the car and the first thing he asked her was if they could stop at a gas station and get some coffee. This poor girl had no idea what to do! So she said yes. Hahahaha so James showed up to church with a fresh cup of coffee and a big old smile on his face. He has a lot to work on...but he really loved church and is excited to come back! 

Spiritual Thought: 

So like I said this week has just been hard. Hard is such an un-descriptive word. But I don't have the energy to think of another one. I think one of the most difficult things I have experienced on my mission is seeing people I love struggle - whether that be spiritually, physically, or emotionally - and knowing that there isn't anything I can do about it. The other night I was just pouring my heart out to God and this question came to mind. It was as if the Savior was directly speaking to me, and He asked, "Are you confident that I am there to take care of those you love, even when you can't be?" It took me back for a second as I thought about it. But after a few moments I confidently said yes. I am. And it was an ah-ha moment for me. Not that it took away my pain, or my sorrow, or the struggles of those I love, but it reminded me what I already know about my Savior and about my Father. I am so grateful for my testimony of Jesus Christ because I know that He isn't just there to comfort and console me in my afflictions and my hardships, but He is there for all of those that I love. The scripture in D&C 84:88 has become very real for me. He is on our right hand and our left and his angels are round about us to bear us up, and the same is true for all of those that we love. 

This is the work of God. This is His church on the earth today. This is a fallen world, but with Him we can hope for something better. 

I love you all and I am praying for you nightly. 


Sister Bengtzen 

Fisher's of Men!?!
Sabrina by the lake

Hey team! Today will be quick because I don't have a bunch of time! Mama & Daddy - I got my eyes all fixed and they got me some sweet new contacts that are soft lenses and they will be great for the next 7 months! Seriously I can see EVERYTHING! Haha I have been reading every single sign and Sister Meik is sorta sick of hearing me say "I CAN READ THAT!!!!" The contacts I used to wear require several appointments and just a lot of time, so I will get that all fixed when I get back :) But for now we are in good shape, so thank you thank you thank you for setting that appointment up and taking care of me! I paid the copay with my card, so if you have any questions just give Sister Gardner a call and she can contact me! But I feel like a grown up and everything is good! Wahoo!!! 
Sabrina with cool sunglasses

We saw Kenna this week and she is doing so well, she came to us with some intense questions but we turned her to the Book of Mormon and to prayer and she really took hold of that. We also committed her to go to church with her questions and she said she would. She went to church on Sunday and called us after so excited and said, "so many things clicked today!" She was able to talk to the Branch President for a time and that was a HUGE blessing and she attended all 3 hours of church! I know that she was greatly blessed for doing so, and I know that Heavenly Father is eager and willing to answer her questions, just like He is eager and willing to answer all of our questions! So thank you for your prayers! She really is doing well!
Also this week we met 2 new investigators! Brad and James. They both live in Gibbon, NE which is like 25 minutes from us. And they are so prepared! Brad is in his 40's and has been divorced and has gone through quite a rough go. He moved to Gibbon to get away from the crowd and we met him sitting on his porch jamming on the guitar! James is in his 20's and he has been through even rougher things! He was adopted at age 12 and has been all over the country. He has no other place to live, so that's why he is in Gibbon. They are two totally different individuals with completely opposite backstories, but they both readily received Books of Mormon and were excited to learn more. It's cool to see how the gospel truly is for EVERYONE! 
Also STACEY IS GOING TO THE TEMPLE THIS WEEK!!!! WOOOOOOOO! And Sister Church gets to come!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YAYAYA!

Sabrina in Omaha with some of her fav sister missionaries

So today we went to this lake with some other sisters and all of these people were out fishing. We started talking to one of them and he asked us if we were out fishing? Me, thinking I was clever quoting scripture said, "No, we are just fishing for men!" Hahahaha he looked at me so strange. And that is NOT what I meant. I am by no means out in Nebraska to get a boyfriend...but it's fine. I am sure Heavenly Father thought it was funny.  

Spiritual Thought: 

So this week I was thinking about all of the things I have tried to plan in my life. I feel like I had this plan since I was little about where I was gonna go to college and that plan sure changed. I feel like serving a mission was never really in my plan, but clearly that changed! And I also feel like I had this plan of how my mission was going to go, but that has also changed. I am so grateful that Heavenly Father's plan is better than mine, and that He knows better than I! I found this scripture in Proverbs that teaches this truth so simply. "A man's heart deviseth his way; but the Lord directeth his steps." (Proverbs 16:9) I am grateful to know that God has a plan and I am grateful I get to share that with others every day. 

I sure love you all and I hope you have a wild time on all of your adventures this week!!! 


Sister Bengtzen