Monday, September 11, 2017

Paducah Life - Paducah, Kentucky

This week has been amazing. We found so many great new investigators. Our ward is working together to make missionary work a priority. We have referrals from members. Our mission is jumping ahead like crazy.

We have a new chapter of preach my gospel titled "How do I fulfill my purpose." It is the single most brilliant thing I have ever read and I will actually use the things taught in it for the rest of my life. It
replaces chapter 8 again so I never have to read how do I use time wisely. No more terrible weekly planning sessions. Life is great. We have Facebook now and we are using it to work with the ward and the members. It is certainly something very different from what I am used to but I am learning a lot. I am learning how to actually manage my technology use and be productive instead of just avoiding all social media. Things are great and they are getting greater. We will see many more miracles before I come home.

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

Elder basham

Monday, September 4, 2017

Transfers - Paducah, Kentucky

Elder Titus and Elder Basham
Hello everyone, I am still in Paducah for my last transfer. I have a new companion though. It is Elder Titus. Hope you all are well. See you soon!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Eclipse - Paducah, Kentucky

So today we saw a full total eclipse. Our area was right in the perfect spot to view complete totality. It was so cool. There was over two full minutes where the sun was completely blocked out. All you could see was a shiny silver circle. It was unlike anything else I have ever seen. I am so lucky and grateful that I could be here at this time. 

When the sun was covered it looked like sunset in every direction of the horizon. The crickets were chirping and everything was just amazing. We could see Venus and Mercury in the sky. They looked like amazing stars. I had an awesome time! It is so cool to see God's creations!

Something funny my mom sent me
Alma 30:44
"The scriptures are laid before thee, yea, and all things denote there is a God; yea, even the earth, and all things that are upon the face of it, yea, and its motion, yea, and also all the planets which move in their regular form do witness that there is a Supreme Creator."

Have a wonderful week! I love you

Elder Basham 

Monday, August 14, 2017

Is cactus a fruit or a vegetable? - Paducah, Kentucky

Hello Everyone

Guess who came and visited Paducah.  It's Elder Nez from Snowflake, Arizona. He was my very first Zone leader. He went home last January. If you look all the way back in time there you'll see a selfie we took then. He was visiting the ward and we were surprised and happy to realize that I was here at the same time. He is such a great guy and was an awesome missionary. I'm grateful to have known him.

This week was fantastic. We met a new investigator named Tyler on Tuesday. We came back on Thursday and he had actually read the Book of Mormon. He read the first 9 chapters. He understood it and thought about it. When we talked to him on Thursday he wanted to get baptized. He was ready to change his life and follow the savior Jesus Christ after only two days. All he did was read the Book and it touched his heart. This is because it is a true book of scripture given to us by God. It is a record of Christ and contains His words. Reading it is an act of faith that invites the Holy Ghost into our lives. It is showing Heavenly Father that we are willing to listen to Him and give Him our time. He will answer that prayer and reward our faith. 

The Book of Mormon is the greatest tool God has given us for missionary work, to unite our families, and to change our hearts. This is why President Ezra Taft Benson asked everyone to read the Book every single day. In his most recent conference talk, president Monson spent all of the three minutes he was physically able to stand asking and pleading with us all to read and treasure this gift from Heaven. I know I have been blessed so much by following this council. I know it will bless you too. I love you all.

Have a wonderful week,

Elder Basham

Elder Nez visiting from Snowflake, AZ
Elder Basham & Elder Nez January 2016

Monday, August 7, 2017

- Paducah, Kentucky

Hello Everyone,

This week was pretty amazing. We had an investigator come to church for the first time. He really enjoyed testimony meeting. His name is Warren and he is planning to get baptized on the 26th. It has been great getting to teach him.

Yesterday we got to teach the lesson in 3rd hour because the teacher left to go to the doctor in the middle of church. We just taught an impromptu restoration lesson. Although it was really simple and
everyone had heard it many times, we all felt the spirit very strong. It reinforced for me the importance of the spirit. No matter what we know or have experience we always need the help of the spirit so we can keep learning and teach others. I'm grateful for my testimony of the gospel and how it has blessed my life.

I hope you all have a wonderful week.

Elder Basham

Also a member did a caricature of us as we taught their family home evening.

Monday, July 31, 2017

A Miracle - Paducah, Kentucky

Hello Everyone! 

This week I want to share with you a very special story. It is about my MTC Companion Elder Hickson. He is from Arizona so he is actually the very first person I met on my mission. Two years ago we were little greenies sitting in sky harbor airport together not really knowing what to do.
Elder Hickson is the one on the left in the very front. 

This is a really special story told from the perspective of his current companion Elder Brown:

"Well this week was especially special because last week we got a text saying the temple president has requested that Elder Hickson and I go to the temple this past Saturday to do some temple work for them. We didn't question it at all because we were excited to go to the temple since it's the temple. Anyways we planned it out to go and the guy we talked to said it would be about 4 hours which is a lot longer than a session so we were a little confused but we went along with it...we went inside and the matron comes and says Elder Hickson the temple president needs to speak with you privately for a minute. So he leaves to talk with him. Come to find out he was getting sealed to his family that day and they had all come from Arizona to be sealed together as a surprise. Now pause the story and rewind back a while ago. Elder Hickson's mom was a member and married a nonmember guy. He didn't care if they went to church but he didn't want anything to do with it. After a long time and while elder Hickson was on his mission a year ago his dad got baptized in a lake right after a trek youth conference. Then two weeks ago his dad and his brother got their endowments taken out and they all came with his 6 year old sister too, to come be sealed as a family. I got to sit in and be a part of it with them and what an experience it was to be there. Other family traveled with Elder Hickson's family to watch the sealing and it was just great. Sunday Elder Hickson gave a talk on the Savior and how He helps and saves us and it was just so great. I tell you I was blown away and so spiritually enlightened by this experience. This is topping the charts for my mission. It really was tender and even though I don't remember too much of when I was sealed to my family it still made me think about me being there with my parents being sealed when I was 4-5. Unsure on the exact age but I had such peace and such a feeling of the Spirit in that moment listening to the words and hearing them again and being able to really understand them this time and take in the meaning. It reinforced for me my testimony of eternal families and made me think about how much I love my family. I'm almost to the down hill half but it doesn't mean less work or slacking, it means work harder, work prouder, work better. And do all of this through the Lord that will be your strength."

Now I cannot really think of anything more amazing than that. I love knowing Heavenly Father's plan for eternal families. I know that this plan is true and that God loves each and every one of our families. I am so grateful to have been born into a family sealed in the temple and blessed by all of those wonderful promises. I sadly take it for granted so often but I know my life would not have been the same without it. I would look forward to creating my own wonderful eternal family one day. I love my family and I love my Savior who makes all of this possible. I love you all and hope you have an amazing week!

Elder Basham 

Monday, July 24, 2017

Paducah! - Paducah, Kentucky

Hello Everyone!

Paducah is such an amazing area. I just love this town. It's just like downtown Gilbert, but instead of just one street, there are several blocks of cute little old buildings. We have an amazing bakery that's
been here since 1927 and it's just delicious. The Ohio River is cool and they have a giant mural wall and a steam train by the flood gates. We are full-time bike and bus so we actually get to just be out and talk to people. I am loving it.

We knocked on a man's door and he was just kind of hesitant and trying to find a polite way to tell us away. We just kept testifying anyway and when we realized he wasn't yet ready to let us in we just sat down on his porch chairs and invited him to have a seat too. He did and we had a whole restoration lesson. He accepted the invitation to read the Book of Mormon and actually really liked all we shared. It turns out he was more interested than he thought he was. If I would have feared or just walked away accepting that he wasn't interested then he still wouldn't know the truth about the Book of Mormon and the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I hope you all have a wonderful week! Love you all
Elder Basham

Josh made us a rabbit on my last night in McMinnville. It tastes like chicken! 

My new companion is Elder Hatch. He is super awesome! 

Elder Tolman trained me. He was my first companion
He is heading back to Idaho now. We were both
greenies but it seems that I only have 12 weeks left.
Where did the time go? 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Paducah! - McMinnville, Tennessee

Well everyone it happened! I am now finished with my time here in McMinnville. I am being transferred to Paducah, Kentucky tomorrow.

This will be my first time serving in a Kentucky area although I've always thought Kentucky was probably way better than Tennesee. I guess I now get to see if that is right. McMinnville has been an amazing place for the last several months. I have loved the people here and really enjoyed getting to serve them. It was certainly interesting having so many different companions, but I had a great time.

Here was our awesome district. Elder Weight and Elder Wadsworth are going home on Wednesday. That is pretty crazy. I have been with them for a long time. Fortunately, Elder Weight only lives 15 minutes away in Chandler, so we will still have lots of fun together. 

Our Awesome District

Also here is an adorable kitten just because it's awesome. I love cats!

Monday, July 10, 2017

The Valley of the Promised Land - McMinnville, Tennessee

Hello everyone! This week has been fantastic, however, I just wrote about two pages to the mission president so you all get a video this week again.  Let me know if you like videos or not. Anyway have a great week I love you all

Elder Basham

Baby Alan
Just a funny addition to the story I told about Alan last week. Our stake president went to high school with him and found the year Book.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Alan - McMinnville, Tennessee

I would like to tell you about an amazing friend of mine named Alan. He was born during the Korean War to Charles and Joyce. His father Charles was an aircraft pilot during World War Two. Alan served as a law enforcement officer for sixteen years in 5 counties here in Tennessee. He built many of the highways here and has two cats. He absolutely loves NASCAR and will tell you all about it. He never wanted much to do with Mormons though. However, last November Elder Merchant and Elder Polson knocked on his door and for the first time in 63 years he let them in. 

He was rather nice at first but always explained that he never would go to a Mormon church or quit smoking. Thankfully those convictions never turned out. I was here in February when he had his first church tour. The next week he came to church. Soon he then out all of his tea. After a few more weeks I heard him offer his first prayer. In due time the coffee and the cigarettes both fell away. His favorite scripture is 1 Nephi 3:7 "And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I will go and do the things which the Lord hath commanded, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them." He will tell you about how if God could help Nephi build a boat, he can help you do anything - even quit smoking. 

He was baptized on the 22 of April this year. It was such an amazing occasion.

Alan's Baptism April 22
A few weeks later I had the privilege of conferring on him the Aaronic Priesthood and ordaining him to the office of priest. But the greatest joy I know comes from his amazing experience in the temple this past Saturday. He was able to be baptized for his father and brother as well as his grandpa Elijah. 

 Hermana Waite was there to be baptized for his mother.

Elder Basham, Alan, Hermana Waite

Elder Basham, Alan, Hermana Waite
It was so powerful and I loved every minute. I know that the temple is the house of God and eternal families are real. This is the lord's work. It is the work of building eternal families to live in the kingdom of God. I love Him so much for this. I love the Savior Jesus Christ. I love Alan and I love this mission. In the name of Jesus Christ. Amen. 


Elder Basham 

Monday, June 19, 2017

- McMinnville, Tennessee

Hello everyone!

This has been an eventful week. It definitely wasn't easy but we all made it through and I am very grateful for the experience. Elder Hlebasko returned home this Saturday morning. He is back with his loving parents and I know he will be well taken care of. I am sad to see him go but glad he is okay. I am grateful for all the time we had together.

Elder Hlebasko & Elder Basham

Elder Hlebasko and his parents

As for me, I have a new companion named Elder Chamberlain. He is a really awesome person and a great missionary. I can tell we are going to have a lot of fun together and get amazing things done. We thought a normal selfie was too boring so we did this instead. 

Video of Elder Basham and Elder Chamberlain

And then took a selfie:

Elder Basham and Elder Chamberlain
Well that is all for now. I hope you have a great week. Please keep Elder Hlebasko in your prayers. I love you all.

Elder Liam Basham 

Monday, June 12, 2017

- McMinnviille, Tennessee

Elder Basham & Elder Hlebasko

I decided to try sending a V-Log. It was a really good week. We were
super busy every day. However nothing specifically exciting happened.
I love my new companion Elder Hlebasko he is quite awesome.

Anyway I'll see you all later have a great week!

Elder Basham

Video from Elder Basham

Monday, June 5, 2017

Transfers - McMinnville, Tennessee

Hello everyone! 

You will never guess what is happening! I am staying in McMinnville again. This will put me here for about six months! That is really pretty exciting. This has been an amazing ward and I love serving here. My companions Elder Villanueva and Elder Carlson will be leaving to the Hopkinsville Kentucky Zone. Elder Carlson just keeps bouncing back between there and here. I will be receiving Elder Hlebasko. It's pronounced like Tabasco but with an L and a silent H. I have been told that the H stands for Happy so I am excited. Here is a picture of our district. 

Elder Neil L Andersen asked us all to share with you the conversion stories of our mission, regardless of whether or not I taught them personally. As I think about this counsel I feel that it is very inspired. There is nothing quite so sweet as the story of someone finding new the joy of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that sharing these stories will help you all feel the love of God and see the light of Christ more. This letter from my mission president is the most perfect place to start. I love you all and hope you have an amazing week!

Elder Basham 

Dear Elders and Sisters,

One Facebook post. One conversation. One small act of courage. One family baptized and on the path to the temple to be sealed for eternity.

"Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise." (Alma 37:6)

"That the fulness of my gospel might be proclaimed by the weak and the simple unto the ends of the world..." (D&C 1:23)

Last weekend I was blessed to attend the baptism for the Tidwell family in the Dickson ward -- mother, father, daughter and son were all baptized. This is the family that was found by Elder Crawford's grandmother, Patricia Ironcloud, who lives in Montana. She posted a simple picture of a heart that showed up in Sister Tidwell's Facebook feed about two months ago. That one Facebook post led to a conversation, in the course of which they realized that the Tidwells lived in Dickson....the very town of 15,000 people where Grandma Ironcloud's grandson was serving his mission. Grandma then courageously invited Sister Tidwell to meet her grandson and his companion. She agreed. The missionaries visited and began teaching the family. Their hearts had been prepared. They were repentant. They received the Spirit and the truths that the Spirit testified to their hearts. And they were baptized.

Grandma Ironcloud skyped in for the baptism. I saw her face on the iPad when her grandson stepped down into the waters of baptism to perform the baptismal ordinance....there was joy in her eyes, as she became emotional at the sight. I will always remember that moment.

Over the last week, I've reflected on the power of one Facebook post. One conversation. One small act of courage. These small and simple acts led to a family repenting, being baptized, and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. This is why we are here. We are here because our Heavenly Father is preparing His children in every area of our mission to receive His love and truth, to repent, and to be baptized.

By small and simple things are great things brought to pass. If you ever feel small, insignificant or incapable of assisting Heavenly Father in this work, please remember that we all feel that way...and we are all that He has. He already told us that the fulness of His gospel would be proclaimed by the weak and simple. We are never too weak, never too simple, never too broken, for Heavenly Father to perform His work through us. He just requires our willing hearts and minds, our best efforts to work and obey and repent, our faithful attitudes, and our courage. He does the rest. He always has, and He always will.

President Stone

Monday, May 29, 2017

No more disposition to do evil - McMinnville, Tennessee

I would like to apologize to you all for not sending an email for two
weeks. I'm not sure I knew how much it meant to you, and I was having
a few hard days. It has been hard trying to do missionary work with
this companionship. We have had many struggles and I have found it
very difficult to be the missionary I am used to being. I have changed
a lot over the past month. I think the biggest thing that I am worried
about though is the attitude of complacency towards the Gospel of
Jesus Christ and the willingness in my heart to break commitments and
disobey the commandments when something more entertaining arises. That
inward struggle is far worse than any of the outward things I have
done or left undone.

However, I am so grateful to know that that is not who I really am. I
have learned so much over the past few weeks about standing strong
even if it means standing alone. I have become even more grateful for
all of those who did and do stand by the Savior with me. I have seen
Jesus Christ help me again and again to stand up and turn around.
Although I made many mistakes, I am grateful to know that the very
instant I turned to Heavenly Father in sincere repentant prayer, He
was there to forgive and strengthen me. The spirit and the peace just
come so quickly. I have seen so many wonderful miracles this transfer
and enjoyed so much peace.

My thoughts turn toward the scriptures and the pleas of the people in them.
"Yea, what shall I do that I may be born of God, having this wicked
spirit rooted out of my breast, and receive his Spirit, that I may be
filled with joy, that I may not be cast off at the last day?"
"Awake, my soul! No longer droop in sin. Rejoice, O my heart, and give
place no more for the enemy of my soul. ... O Lord, wilt thou redeem
my soul? ... Wilt thou make me that I may shake at the appearance of
And the wonderful praises resulting from these prayers being answered.
"Yea, we believe all the words which thou hast spoken unto us; and
also, we know of their surety and truth, because of the Spirit of the
Lord Omnipotent, which has wrought a mighty change in us, or in our
hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do good

I love this scripture because in Spanish the word disposition
translates to a readiness or willingness. The people were no longer
ready or even willing to commit sin after experiencing Gospel of Jesus
Christ. True repentance changed their very natures. I know that is
possible because of the gift of the Holy Ghost which sanctifies and
fills our hearts.

I am getting closer to it but I am not quite there. I am grateful for
all the progress that Heavenly Father has granted unto me through his
Holy Spirit which has indeed wrought many changes in my heart. I am
grateful for all of the chances to start over. Fall down seven times,
stand up eight times! It is all possible because of the Savior, Jesus
Christ. I love him, and I will follow him. I love you all. In the name
of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Elder Basham

Monday, May 8, 2017

An Eternal Family

Jacqueline was baptized in February, josh was baptized in March, and
their daughter Jocelyn was baptized in the end of April. I am so
grateful to have been able to witness this miracle over the last few
months. I cannot wait to see a year from now when they get to go to
the temple to be sealed. This is what makes missionary work amazing.
This has been one of the very best areas of my mission. I pray that
this joy will continue as we go forth to teach and help more people.

I love you all

Elder Basham

Josh, Jocelyn, & Jacqueline

Elders and Jocelyn

Monday, April 24, 2017

Crazy Transfers - McMinnville, Tennessee


Guess what. Elder Carlson and I are staying here together in McMinnville. However, we will be moving to a new house. The Spanish sisters are leaving and their area is closing. We will be taking over their house and receiving Elder Villanueva. This will be my second time in a trio and my second time being in an area speaking Spanish.

All on top of my second time with Elder Carlson and his second time in McMinnville. All in all this will be a busy week. We have to move everything from our house to the next one and then completely clean out the one we have been in. So far P-Day has been pretty adventurous.

We have been helping out the local nursing home with their activities and visiting the patients so they aren't cooped up alone all day. This last week we had a pretty funny activity to do for them.

By the way. Everyone in McMinnville pronounces my name Bass Ham. There are actually a lot of Basham's around here that I run into at the stores and see names on mailboxes. The only problem is they all say the name weird. Anyway, Hermana Reynolds thought she was really clever this week. 

Bye y'all!

Elder Basham

Monday, April 10, 2017

Back to the Mountain - McMinnville, Tennessee

Hello everyone,

This week we got to go on exchanges with the zone leaders up in Altamont. It was quite a fun experience. Elder Watt and I enjoyed getting to work together again. We had no set appointments so we spent the whole day finding. We got to see all sorts of different scenery and meet tons of cool people. There is a whole road way back on a mountain path that is full of a whole family of Japanese people. They just have houses all over the land and each of them take care of a different part of the farm. I wish I had pictures but it was too dark then. They had a series of lakes and dams in terraces and each house was on a different terrace. (I like the word terrace.) they had beautiful gardens of flowers and amazing towers of rocks all stacked by hand. It is absolutely something I never expected to find up in Altamont.



We also had a dog follow us tracting to several houses.

Also that old church has a cool bell

We have a rule as missionaries that we have to work out for 30 minutes every morning. Honestly this is probably the most difficult rule for me. However it can be nice if you make it fun..

I suppose running a mile to a waterfall counts as a good enough work out

Rocking the shorts and dress shoes!

Anyway I hope you all have a great week! 

Elder Basham

Monday, April 3, 2017

Charity - McMinnville, Tennessee

Hello everyone!

This was an exciting and a happy week, but there really aren't many stories to tell. Most of the great things that happened came in the form of lessons learned. Here is one of my favorites I learned from General Conference.

I learned a lot all throughout conference, but I definitely learned a lot more afterwards as I stopped and thought about all of the teachings together. After looking back there is one thing that really stands out to me and that is the importance of being Christ Centered. They talked about a lot of different gospel topics and brought up many different ways to improve. However, if we see all these things as separate and individual points to be achieved one at a time then we will be probable become overwhelmed by the vast array of things yet to do. In order to experience the true power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, we must learn how all things become one in Christ and how "in Christ there should come every good thing." Principles such as the atonement, faith, repentance, and covenants only have power when they are connected to our savior Jesus Christ. All of our goals and pursuits in life will only have power to change our hearts when centered on Christ. 

The biggest way in which this has helped me is in understanding Charity. For a very long time I have sought after charity as if it were some sort of independent entity or power of its own. I was praying and working for charity as if it were an object that could be just handed to me or obtained through effort, but this is all wrong and doctrinally incomplete. "Charity is the pure love of Christ." That love exists in him, because of him, and through him. We seek this attribute in order that we may love as he loves, serve as he serves, and see others as he sees them. Most importantly we seek it that "when he shall appear we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is; that we may have this hope; that we may be purified even as he is pure." 

If we pray and strive to be filled with the pure love of Christ and to love and serve as Him, we will have a miracle. We will come to a greater understanding of His perfection, character, attributes, and mission as our Savior and the Son of God. "And [Jesus Christ] suffereth long, and is kind, and envieth not, and is not puffed up, seeketh not [His] own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil, and rejoiceth not in iniquity but rejoiceth in the truth, beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things." We will come to deeply "Know ... the one true God and Jesus Christ whom [He] hath sent." We will have our hearts changed and our desires made pure through the love of God. We will grow an unshakable Faith in Him. 

I hope you all have a wonderful week and that you find ways to center your life and your goals on Christ. Definitely start by reading Moroni 7 and John 17


Elder Basham

Monday, March 27, 2017

New Car - McMinnville, Tennessee

Hello Everyone!

Today we are in Nashville getting a new mission car. They have to take the Tiwi box off our old car and install it in the new one. They just started working on the car that was scheduled for 10:30. So we may be here a little while. We only get 36 kilo seconds of P-Day and so far 7 of those have been spent driving. I'm not quite sure how much we will actually get done today but at least I get to see lots of old missionary friends at the office.

This week has been exciting. Mostly the weather is exciting. We have had no shortage or rain or lightening storms. Probably the best storm I have seen here in Tennessee happened this week. We were out to dinner with our bishop and the power went out in the restaurant. We ended up eating the rest of our food with a flashlight. Outside the wind was blowing about 70-90 mph. Fortunately that only lasted for a few minutes and then we were free to drive through the aftermath.

Rain and Flood video part 1
Rain and Flood video part 2

On a positive note, we got to go to the temple this week. That was such an amazing experience.

However the Nashville temple isn't open all day like the ones at home. There is only a session in the morning and then another one several hours later at night and it closes in between. So unfortunately Elder Wadsworth and I were kindly asked to leave the celestial room because we had spent too much time asking questions and reading answers in the scriptures. I've never had that experience before. I am very grateful though for the temple and what a blessing it is to go and find knowledge and answers there. I learned so much about prayer and I keep learning more. I am not sure I will ever fully understand what a great blessing prayer is.

I hope you all have a wonderful week. I love you

Elder Basham

For some reason there is a grill on our porch. I don't think
 missionaries or anyone have used it in years, but it cleaned up pretty well
. My first attempt grilling anything ever was actually quite delicious.

Have you ever seen a car that has its own wifi? Well now I have. I can send an email while going 70 mph down the interstate. Of course when Elder Carlson is driving but still awesome. The car practically drives itself with auto braking, auto lane centering, and cruise control.
Anyway this is exciting. Have a nice day y'all.

Elder Basham

2017 Chevy Malibu

Monday, March 20, 2017

I am a Child of God - McMinnville, Tennessee

Hello everyone

Yesterday in church, we sang the song I am a child of God. I was really impressed by the idea that each and every person, though singing as a group, is offering this same plea and cry for help. All of us really are children of God and need Him. Many people may not know he words, but there are millions all over the earth with this song in their hearts. 

I am a child of God,
And he has sent me here,
Has given me an earthly home
With parents kind and dear.
Lead me, guide me, walk beside me,
Help me find the way.
Teach me all that I must do
To live with him someday.

I am a child of God,
And so my needs are great;
Help me to understand his words
Before it grows too late.
Lead me, guide me, walk beside me,
Help me find the way.
Teach me all that I must do
To live with him someday.

I am a child of God.
Rich blessings are in store;
If I but learn to do his will
I'll live with him once more.
Lead me, guide me, walk beside me,
Help me find the way.
Teach me all that I must do
To live with him someday.

We had an amazing experience last night and it is shifting the way I think about missionary work. Instead of looking for people who are available for me to teach and who are willing to listen to me, I realize this work is so much different. There are hundreds of God's children who need His help. He wants to teach and bless them. I want to make myself available to them so God can help them through me. We taught a woman last night. You might call her a golden investigator or say we had an awesome lesson. But I think I would rather say that she needed her Heavenly Father and He sent us there to help her. He knew who the right missionaries were and when the right time would be. I know His hand is guiding us in the work. I know that there is nowhere I would rather have been in the entire world than that house last night. No family event, friend, job, school, or calling would have been more important to Heavenly Father than me being there. I am so grateful to know that and feel that. I want to approach the rest of my mission this way. 

I love you all. Thank you so much for all you do and the sacrifices you have made to help me be here. Have a wonderful week. 

Elder Basham 

PS. Here are the pictures from Josh's baptism. His daughter and niece and nephew were there.