Just before his transfer out of Oxenholme, Elder Beckstrom experienced something he couldn't explain or laugh off like he could the praying incident.
"It had been raining for a couple of days . . . so there was quite a bit of fog when we were coming back from Kendal that night. It was hard to even see the hedgerow on the other side of the road," Beckstrom says.
The two reached their apartment just as darkness was setting in. Beckstrom recalls, "[Elder Taylor] was just sitting by the window reading a letter and he looked out the window and said, 'Look. There’s somebody out in the field.'
"I asked, 'What do you mean?' and he said, 'There’s a light out in the field.'"
After coming over to the window, Beckstrom could see the "glow of [something] like a Coleman lantern, but softer," out in the pasture.
"We looked to see if we could see anything [else] but there was quite a bit of fog. But then we saw the light coming back toward the house. It came to the first row of stone fences and I expected it to stop or hesitate while someone made their way over the fence, but it just continued to float past."
The light came down the pasture to within 100 feet of the missionaries' window before disappearing in a cluster of trees a little beyond the house.
Elder Beckstrom never saw the shadow or outline of a person holding the lantern. He never saw it pause while it went over stone fences. He never saw it bobbing as though someone were holding it while they walked.
"I asked [my companion], 'Did you see anybody?' And he said, 'No.' . . . .
"The next day we ran into the farmer as we were coming out of our apartment and we asked him if he had been out in the field late at night because we had seen a light coming down from the outer pasture.
"And that’s when he kind of chuckled and said, 'I’ve seen that light before too.'"
After asking who it was, the farmer told Elder Beckstrom and Elder Taylor, "I think it is my grandfather. I think he comes back to check on the farm and the house."
"That’s when we knew he was talking about a ghost," Beckstrom continues. "He said, 'Yeah, he comes to check out the house from time to time. My wife and I will hear him in the house as he moves things around or opens a door.'”
"After that, Elder Taylor and I started to wonder if Grandpa was coming up to our apartment and moving things around," Beckstrom adds. "[The farmer] never seemed creeped out by the visits. He seemed comforted that his grandfather was coming back to check on things."