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Sister Kaitlyn Beard "Now therefore stand
Washington Vancouver Mission and see this great thing,
2223 Northwest 99th St which the Lord will do
Vancouver WA 98665 before your eyes."
1 Samuel 12:16

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Week 18: Things I've never done before

Dearest Family,
Ah Congrats Courtney! I can't wait to hear about the wedding! And to see pictures! I am sure it was beautiful!
This week has been crazy! Lot's of things have happened that are things I've never done before. So... I will start with those stories.
So one day we were out in Columbia City walking around trying to find some less active members and some other people we had names and addresses for (which when the Elders write addresses... it could be a whole street so not good). Well we see this really pretty archway covered in ivy or something so we knock on the house but no answer so we decide to take a picture from the street. As I am getting a picture I notice the neighbor across the street spying out the window blinds! I really wanted to ignore that but.... couldn't! So we went and knocked on that house. Mr. Stevenson answered and as we talked the door was slowly closing but then Mrs. Stevenson came and we complimented her garden so much that she had to show us the backyard etc, etc, we ended up getting a full out house tour and staying for an hour and a half! I've never faced a spying neighbor and got a house tour from it:)
We did a 15 step stop smoking program with Steve. Well... we had HIGH hopes. On Saturday we went and checked on him. He'd bought more cigarettes AND more coffee (which is one of the steps. NO coffee, alcohol or tea because it rings a bell for the need to smoke.) Well we told him to go grab his cigarettes "Okay now crush them" we watched until he had torn up all of them. After more talk we found out about the coffee so we told him to go get it and we took it away from him and threw it away later that night. I've never demanded someone destroy their cigarettes and hand over their coffee before. (I admit I walked away from that carrying the coffee thinking 'what in the world did I just do?')
Then yesterday we were going to see a guy named Dale who lives out in Deer Island. He seems to commonly flake out on appointments. Well before we knocked we said a prayer. The member going with us had also bailed so we planned to get his neighbor that we are also teaching (we have to have another woman with us to teach a man). So we knock and he isn't there. Well we went and visited with this other lady in the trailer park for like an hour and a half before we could escape from there! Then we pull out on the highway to come back and go to St. Helens and we see Dale. Right there talking to someone on the side of the highway. PERFECT! So we pull over and flip around and go track him down. Yep we caught him! So we met him back at his house with JoAnn his neighbor for the most amazing lesson! K I will tell you about this lesson! Dale and JoAnn were just talking and talking about their neighbors, the government, etc. The usual stuff that gets you upset. Well I put in a random comment that kind of tied it into the Plan of Salvation but not really. It almost immediately went back to the other topics in same force, but I noticed that the spirit had FLOODED the room. It was super strong! It's kind of strange that the spirit came just from a simple attempt and though the topic of conversation was not yet on the gospel the spirit was present and in full force! We then easily directed the conversation to the Plan of Salvation and that was one of the most unique but amazing lessons I've ever had! They were really attentive and the spirit was so strong! Even with Dales comments that sometimes make us uncomfortable. It was really amazing. I've never tracked someone down for a lesson on the highway:)
Well this week we lost several investigators. Like A LOT of people. I think the hardest one was Howard. He has been an investigator for years. And then he told us no more. I took it pretty hard because I'd been voting to be more persistent. Then we lost him. But the Lord doesn't let us get down on ourselves like that. That day was a great day besides that. Sister Major and I were totally healthy and strong just a little down. Well President Taylor called. And when we called him back he just asked us how we were "are you sick, are you well?" Then the zone leaders did the same thing. I know that it was a little memo to me from God. The Lord is so wonderful to me. He always sends just little things to remind me that he loves me. What a wonderful heavenly Father he is! I am so grateful and yet so undeserving. He is the master teacher though! There's no better way to show your love to someone then consistently believing in them more then they believe in themselves. And he always ALWAYS is there. He never fails me. He has a plan higher than I can dream of. My little dreams, my little wishes. Yes they may be important but God has forseen that there are thing more important than those for me. I feel like Elizabeth in the bible depicted in the play Savior of the World. I have not given up my hopes but my demands, yes. I'll give God forever to make me what I am, give up hopes, give up dreams, give up all other things. I trust him to make me to be the best person I can ever be.
So this week was Nancy Hollenders baptism! Can I tell you I have never been more joyful? This was amazing. I know that Nancy will stay strong FOREVER. She has been prepared her whole life and she will not get lost. Her daughter has been a member for a long time and her prayers have paid off. Nancy will stay strong. I know it. Sometimes I wonder why I have to push so much for baptisms that I can see will not help the person stay strong. I suppose some people need it for the support and others find the faith and support first. Well Nancy is amazing! And President Taylor came to her baptism too! (another just little show of Gods love!) It was so wonderful to be back in Oakhurst. I seriously felt like I was home! And the welcome was as such! You are right Mom! I will forever look to the Oakhurst ward and my experience there for everything. I learned so much. It was so wonderful to be back! And Brother Hawkins baptized Nancy! That was wonderful! And it was great to hear the update from the Elders about how everyone is doing! They are SUPER busy these days. Which I am grateful for. Right after Nancy was baptized Sister Lawler turns and looks at me and is like 'did I not tell you you are suppose to go help her? Sorry! Ya she asked for you!' So I jump up and run out to go help her and have a half second of "oh no! Sister Major!" but then ran off anyway. So that was crazy!
I am so grateful for the fact that this mission is small and that I can come back to her baptism. I love her so much! It is such a wonderful experience to see someone you have taught enter the waters of baptism. As representatives of Jesus Christ we get a portion of his spirit and I think a portion of his joy. If it was in full we wouldn't live through it I bet! But OH! What joy!
It was a little hard to come back to St. Helens. We are really trying to brainstorm how to help this ward. One thing that I am starting to feel strongly about is the 30 minutes before church. This ward had the missionary meeting (of all things!) scheduled then! Well that gives us no time to greet people or get to know the ward. We are changing. But can I extent a challenge? I know in Utah people don't arrive as early to church as else where. But BE at church 15 minutes before the meeting starts. And then go around and talk to people. Facilitating a feeling of welcome and home is more important that anything else you could be doing 15 minutes before church. Even if no one else is there it will help you and will help you set an example. Be to church early. At least 15 minutes. And talk to people. I'm not kidding. I feel really strongly about this. If it's not what MAKES a ward welcoming it is what SHOWS that the ward is welcoming. And I honestly think it does both. So there is my challenge! If you trust me then do it! No excuses! I don't want to hear them, so don't have them:)
Well one funny story and then I have to go. So after district meeting we see the Scappoose Elders doing a Chinese firedrill... with an unseen cop 2 cars behind them. We are hiding our faces pleading "oh those stupid Elders! Have pity on them!" but they got pulled over pretty soon after. Well... they came off with a warning. Sometimes. Sometimes!
Well for Preach My Gospel. I've been thinking about our life on earth. And also with my speed Book of Mormon reading this transfer I have been marking when it talks about God or one of his names. I have noticed that a HUGE amount of time that it talks about God it says something like keeping his commandments. I have never noticed how frequent that was before! What a huge part of our life on earth! What a MAIN part! If we want the blessing keep the commandments that are inseparably tied those commandments!
This week I will be studying the helps for Addictive Behavior in Chapter 10 pg. 188-189. Join me and give me input!
I love you all so much! I hope that you have a wonderful Memorial day! And that you all travel safely from Canada! (who went anyway? You've left me hanging!)
Well I love you so much! I pray for you! Keep working hard and keep getting excited for summer! Yay! It's going to be an awesome summer!
Sister Beard

A tree hug and a Companion! :)

A field!

Playing volley ball with the district minus Rainier Sisters last p-day!

Major Beard variations :) Our favorite

Us and our variations

Matching! Haha! Companion unity finally.

Me and Nancy Hollender!

Us with the Elders! Elder Porter and Elder McCuen

Sister Sonderegger, Nancy, and I
This is Brother and Sister Le Normand. We read the Book of Mormon with them every Monday at 7! I take my violin over a lot to play for them. We have had some sweet experiences with them. Brother Le Normand actually read 2 chapters on his own last week!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THis is the Stevensons. They gave us a tour of their house after we knocked on their door when they were spyin on us taking another picture!:)
This is sweet Clarence Nickel. He is 97 years old and still very chipper! We love teaching him! He has amazing stories. One time we tried to watch the Restoration with him but... that didn't work because he started telling us about how all the saws and farm tools reminded him of such and such past story:)

Throwing away Steves coffee! haha!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Week 17

Dearest Family,
Well there has been a lot to happen this week now that I reflect! I can't believe it was just a week!
But first! I am so excited for Courtney getting married this weekend! I bet the wedding is going to be amazing! I can't wait to see pictures! And safe travels to everyone going up to Vancouver Canada! Oh and updates on the upcoming mission call Grammie and Grandpa???
We moved into the Elders apartment. It has been a week of cleaning! The surface was better than some of the stuff we discovered underneath to be sure! quite a lot of moldy food (yuck) and mounds of tupperware and other useless things. But whatever. Some wonderful Relief Society Sisters- Sister Beatly, Sister Troyer, and Sister Brame- came and helped us clean on Tuesday and then took us out to yogurt! That was fun.
So This week has been amazing! Can I just say? Thank you for the prayers they have really worked wonders. I love it here in St. Helens. What took 2 months in Oakhurst has taken 2.5 weeks in St. Helens. Things are picking up and I am really beginning to love the country folk.
So we went to visit a guy named Steve who the Elders dropped right before we came because apparently he doesn't want to talk to sister missionaries. Ya whatever. We had an amazing lesson with him and he totally wants to be baptized. He is praying about a date. His big roadblock is smoking. But the Elders got him from 3 packs a day down to 1 so we are making huge progress here! But we have a great plan to get this working.
We have found a stop smoking program that has 15 steps. You give a lesson and commit the person to like 1000 very specific things. Within a week the craving for smoking is gone. It is all reliant on will power. If you WANT to quit smoking. This will work. So we are setting things up so we can start this with Steve on Wednesday. It's a very specific lesson so we will be practicing and role playing this week a lot. You also need a very diligent friend shipper. Luckily we have found the best one ever! Brother Susee came to the lesson with us this week and wow! He is so good! And he is way excited about Steve! After the lesson he called "I know it's late but can I just say... THAT WAS SO COOL! Okay Goodnight" And hung up before we could talk. And he keeps texting us etc. And wow! Steve was coming to church on Sunday but called in sick. So Brother Susee let him feel better till the1pm ward and then picked him up and dropped him off and picked him up at 4. This guy is amazing! (though he does like to really dominate lessons... but we have decided it is worth it). Anyway.... Back to the smoking thing. We are starting to use it as a finding tool (we found the info in the apartment). Everyone and their dog smokes in this town and so we are starting to say "well hey we have this great program. You can stop in a week." We already have a couple people thinking about it and we will be getting back with them in a week.
We have a great lady in the ward named Pam Howe who took us to see all of her neighbors the other day! She is not ashamed of the gospel. She is a recent convert and knows how much this will bless people and just is out there to help everyone. It is amazing.
So happy birthday dad! When we were making that video for you we went to the area famous Burgerville (you'll have to get a shake when you go to Portland. It's always the shake that is with the fruit that's being harvested- strawberry right now). but we were videoing that really weird video and it was late at night and this couple was watching us. I was feeling kind of weird. So after I was like "Hey I hope you guys don't think we are too weird." But they were impressed with how much we love our Dad's and how we must have a strong family. So we got to talking with them. Wow. Awesome experiences all around the board! But ya. It was Sister Major's Dad's birthday Sunday so we celebrated all weekend! Sorry it is upside down! I didn't notice that till just barely!
So This Sunday we had 4 people at church! When we were telling the Bishop at council before he was like kind of in shock. Super exciting! One lady Lillian was so funny! She was only going to stay till her church at 11. But in Sunday school she asked some weird question and loved the response (way off topic) and felt a burden lift from her back and so she stayed! she said she didn't feel like she needed to go to her church anymore so ya why not stay for relief society. We were like "ya! awesome!" She is a funny lady! We invited her to be baptized this week but she is kind of deaf so she thought we said church or something and started telling us a story about church.
We ate with this family yesterday who is out in Deer Island (so out in the real country). and we had some home grown steaks! Wow! Those are really good! But then half way through dinner Brother Ridgeway says "Bald Eagle" And everyone jumps up from the table except for us and Sister Ridgeway and runs out the door... to save the chickens. Crazy life out here. They hate the bald eagles. There is a nest near by. And they can't do anything since they are the national bird. But they just sit and watch till no one is looking then take their chickens!
I got super exciting news this week! Nancy Hollander is getting baptized on Saturday! She is smoke free! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so going! I hope! But when I found out I felt a little like Ammon when his strength is exhausted from joy. Except... not that much. But I was thinking that if I could unite all the people I have met and worked with into one room... oh man that would be the most joyful time ever! I can't even say! But I am so excited to be able to see everyone this weekend! I can't wait! I really can't wait! I am so excited for Nancy! Oh! Wonderful day!
Well I am sorry that I have forgotten to do Preach my Gospel stuff lately! The transfer threw me off for sure. But this week I am going to study Our Life on Earth from Chapter 3 lesson 2. It's funny how often people put focus on things after this life or whatever. But the most important thing is what we do in this life. People aren't very impressed with our idea of heaven. But honestly who cares what there is after this life if we aren't living this life worthy of something good. Anyway those are my pre-thoughts.

I love you all so much! You are such an amazing family! I am so glad that you had such a good week! I hope the end of school winds down nicely and that you have awesome plans for this summer. (Like helping the missionaries!) I Love you! Have a safe week this week!
Sister Beard.
And I'm really sorry to hear about Brother Mason. Give Sister Mason a big hug for me!

We did pottery last Monday! don't get fooled... I didn't make that pot. Brother Brame did and I watched and learned for the most part. But Sister Major made hers all by herself!

The famous clock at the Thomas's. it goes off and the everyone rushes to be the first to say "there it goes again"

The weird Princess and the Pea bed arrangement. But the Thomas's brought in a new bed frame on Friday (then they headed out to Hawaii! they are so funny!)

Our kitchen

Our living room

Dad! It's the Elders cook book! 101 things to do with Ramen Noodles :)

Sister Major and I love to cook together! It's so fun!

Um.... big salad! :)

It was dumping buckets of rain after church! Seriously! TONS of rain and this is Oregon!

Monday, May 12, 2014

Week 16: Happy Mothers Day! And Anniversary! And Birthday! And Wedding! And day!

Dearest Family,
It was so wonderful to talk to all of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love you so much! I am so grateful for Skype!
Congratulations to Adrienne and Joe! I was thinking about you all day on Saturday! I'm sure the wedding was amazing!
This week has been a little more laid back than most weeks. We had zone conference (which is spiritually exhausting!) and it was really wonderful. Sister Thomas inspired us by telling us to work more with the primary children (a story on that later). President Thomas told us a lot of things but one that I really remember is he talked about stress and how when we don't love what we do it is stress, but when we love what we do it is called passion. Wow! I just loved that! President Taylor said a lot of amazing things. He told us that our mission is being proved. The Lord proves his servants in order to find out how far they are willing to go for him. All the prophets were proven all through out their lives. This life is a time where we are proven! He talked about Abinidi from the Book of Mormon. We don't know a lot about Abinidi. In fact we pretty much don't know anything. But President Taylor pointed out that it was most DEFINITELY NOT his first assignment to go and preach to King Noah in a way that would end up requiring his life to seal his testimony. Although we don't have the records- Abinidi was surely tried and proven throughout his life in order for the Lord to be able to use him in his work in the way that he did. We watched a clip from the movie Ephraims Rescue where President Brigham Young asks Ephraim to go and shave at the party for no reason at all! Except he did it to see if he could trust him. Later in the story when the pioneers are stuck on the plains and Brigham Young asks who is ready to go and help them, all these people say "ya I will be ready in a week." "Give me 2 days". But Ephraim says "I am ready now". He was proven before he was sent. We have to stay strong in ALL of the little times.
It's gotten me thinking. People like to be complacent. That's not what this life is about. In fact I don't know if anywhere in the eternities we have a scheduled "easy nothing" time. We will always be doing because when we are doing we are happy. FULLY happy. Don't forget that your work is not finished. THIS work is not finished. The missionaries are still out there and so members still need to be out there.
I'm learning from this area that the members in the ward are EVERYTHING. If tracting is easy.. it's the ward's doing. If it's hard.... It's the ward's doing. Please help the missionaries wherever you are at. If there are missionaries there-there is work to do and so we CANNOT be complacent. It's too hard. We can't CAN'T do this alone. Trying to do it alone makes it so nothing happens at all.
Also at zone conference we had a sweet sister talk. She served 4 months in the Phillipines and then the storm struck and she was then was among the 10 sister missionaries to be stuck in the apartment and then on the roof etc. It was all over the news. She came and told about her experience and showed pictures. It was a nightmare. They were really protected. Well. Nothing we will go through will ever be that bad. I can't exactly tell you what we learned in words. But the spirit was there when she was speaking to us.
So this week we had some interesting experiences. We were out talking to people and we walked past this store thingy and this group of people waved us over. So we went. They claimed sober but.... they are just a little more wild maybe. But ya we talked with them and they had a TON of questions. One of the guys was asking us a question after quite a while of talking with them and he started asking it and it was like "so beep beep beep beep did the beep beep beep..." (beep as in he was swearing) His question was like 7 words but he made it quite lengthy. At the end instead of answering I just said "Wow. You've got some foul language there." I'm not exactly sure why people like swearing, or smoking, or dressing sloppy, or living a wild life. It's just immature. Why would you do that? That's got to be an awful lifestyle and yet everyone seems to live it. Whatever. That's why we preach the gospel right? Anyway...
So on to the story of talking to primary age children. Usually we just pass them mostly on the streets. Especially since it's summer. But this one day (probably Wednesday) We talked to EVERY kid we saw! And at one point we were talking to this sweet girl named Nicki. She led us to her house. She showed us some things she likes to make (craft stuff). She told us she LOVES to read and so we gave her a Book of Mormon. She told us she wants to be baptized someday but her mom said she has to read the bible first! Awesome right? Well she told us she had a softball game and she REALLY wanted us to come. She kept mentioning it. So (since it is a small town we pretty much know where it's at) We went to her game after dinner for 2 innings. She was way excited to have us there! She kept looking over at us! Even though she didn't get to do a lot while we were there. She was SO excited! I don't think her family is very supportive. We told President and Sister Thomas that night and they were glad that we went to that. Awesome!
Then the other day we were out visiting someone in this parking lot... ya they live in the parking lot. And we see this lady just sitting at this apartment place. Well it turns out she was baptized a couple years back and hasn't been to church in forever and her life is awful and she thinks she wants to come back to church. We ended up visiting her almost every day since then and she still likes us coming over so that's a good sign! But we are really excited to get to reteach her and her daughter and hopefully get them coming back to church. (p.s. her name is Laurie)
We went to visit the new apartment! Well. I thought it was going to be WAY worse than it is! We where hearing how dirty it is and all this stuff. But no. Elders are reasonable :) They just have a TON of random furniture and random objects. Like SAT prep books, AP history books, puzzles, weights (AHHHHHH! Love it!), 5 sets of speakers, tons of chairs, 10 baseball bats.... etc. Lot's of stuff. And they were so kind as to leave all their old food (yuck! It all went moldy!) But ya. Not to bad. We just have to figure out how to get rid of a bunch of weird furniture and get a real bed. One of the beds is just a pile of boards, a thingy (can't think of what its called) and a couple mattresses! (Probably Princess and the Pea style :). Anyway. Not bad! We moved in today so we will try and get stuff figured out eventually.
Well on Friday Sister Major threw up at our dinner appointment. So we ditched the rest of the day and went home. Then I was sick on Saturday and we still had to go to some appointments and I was struggling through those for sure!
Speaking of one! We were at this lady's house that we finally got to see. And she has this cat that likes hair....? Weirdo! So the cat would come and rub her face to our hair. But the cat wouldn't leave me alone! And then as it's rubbing it would start biting my head! Not cool! Stupid cat looked all cute.
But anyway we are all better now! That's a blessing!
We talked in church like I told y'all. Then we went to Young Womens and it was AMAZING! The lesson and also. I was able to learn all of the young women's names in literally 3 minutes and they have quite a group! It was really awesome! I can't say I've been blessed that way with the ward yet but it was amazing with the young women! I am so grateful!
Well happy anniversary parents! I hope you have quite a celebration! and happy birthday Dad! Can't wait to send you this card! You are going to love it! (well first I have to find it in the suit case mess!). And Happy Mothers day! I just love you all so much!
St. Helens is going well. And will continue to get better as I get to know everyone. But ya you are right! I get homesick for home and also for Oakhurst! I miss them all so much! It's crazy! I love you!
Oh! And fun story! We got to roast marsh mellows at President Thomas house last night after we came in for the night. And it was so fun! The stars are pretty and you can see them here!
Sister Kaitlyn Beard

The Longview Bridge! Going to zone conference 
Welcome back to Washington!

I met Hermana Porter Grandma!

We made quite a  pile of eggs for a sandwich! Yum!

WE ARE STRONGER THAN MASHED POTATOES! (a visual president Thomas was using at zone conference- from Elder Holland's General Conference talk:)

There's Sister Major with the close up on the goose :)

We found a goose! And it almost charged!

We went to the dock today!(ops! I look weird in that last one sorry! I promise I was happy and excited!)

Part of our district minus Sister Lammi

The dock! And the river! Yay!

This is the sisters! Sister Johnson, Sister Lammi, Sister Major and I
Riding the dog! haha!

Trains around here drive A LOT of lumbar!

Monday, May 5, 2014

Week 15: Hello from Oregon:)

Dearest family,

So surprise!!! I got transferred to St. Helens Oregon! On Tuesday we had 10000000 appointments and they kept falling through! Well we got out of an appointment with Nancy Hollander and I had a feeling I should check the phone. Which I never do. I saw a text that said "sister beard" and also had "president" at the top. My first reaction was NNNNOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!! Well ya it was like 4pm and I was leaving in the morning. Well that just put tons of stress on us as we now had to figure out how to close down our area. We ran and said goodbye to Nancy. We ate with Michelle, which can I say it was a miracle we got to eat with her! But ya that was the longest dinner appointment ever! As my mind was going 1000 miles per hour! We got to say goodbye to the Remleys, Sister Bagby, bishop and sister Davis, the Lawlers, the Blacks, and Sister Jones. I can't say Sister Sonderegger and I had a peachy last day together. We were both high stress and react to high stress differently. But it worked out. We tried to figure out how to pass our area book info on the iPads to the Elders. Elder McCuen is really excited to have all our investigators which makes me just want to roll my eyes! But ya. Stressful night. Sister Ternyey seems so sad! Luckily the Mcglouphlin sisters are moving in with her! Sister Lawler came over and helped me throw everything together. Which I am so grateful for! I didn't sleep very much that night! Ah! It was INSANE!
Well for transfers my new companion is Sister Major. She is from Paradise Utah-a small farming town. Well she had a doctors appointment and so after transfer meeting she went to the appointment and I just chilled at the mission office. But then the appointment got changed so we got to ride with President and Sister Taylor to pick up two sister that were going home and take them to the airport. I didn't think I'd be in the airport till I went home! that was weird! But ya we got to go out to eat with them. THEN go to the doctors. It was a pretty fun vacation! Getting to spend the day with President and Sister Taylor! They think our idea of 'vacation' is weird. But it's just a change of routine! They ended up driving us out to St. Helens because the group coming out here had already left. 

Well ya St. Helens. It is totally the country! We are about 1.5 hours from the volcano! And Sister Troyer said she would take us sometime if we wanted. We shall see! That would be an adventure! We cover a HUGE area. No one in the ward seems to know the exact boundaries. Bishop just put his hand over a map and said "all this"... Okay. It covers three small towns. St. Helens, Columbia City, and Deer Island. We have all sorts of scenery! It's beautiful! Farm land, hills and forest, and the river! We have a car of course which is a HUGE adjustment for me. Makes everything way different than walking. We are living with President and Sister Thomas in the mission presidency with another set of sisters until they clean the Elders old apartment for us. Did I mention that we are replacing the old Elders? So we got doubled in which Bishop Naillion says is called "pink washing". :).

It's been a rough start! We got here Wednesday at like 4. Our phone ended up in the Dalles somehow so President Thomas let us borrow his until we got our phone on Saturday night. We don't have any records. No appointments. No dinner calendar. Etc. we managed to find the dinner calendar in time to be an hour late for dinner! Wops. We then found out we had missed an appointment. Then Thursday we were just planning to see random people in the ward that Bishop had given us and as we were heading out I checked the Ipad and two appointments had magically shown up! Well... that's insane! So we ran off to one that we were an hour late for and then to the other one. It was really crazy. Only one other appointment has magically shown up, so I think we might be done with that. Wow sorry! this has seriously just been a mess of crazy stuff!
Well things here are totally laid back! Totally country life! It's kind of weird! It's definitely harder to stick totally to the missionary schedule with everything as it is. So we will have to keep working on that.
People here are really nice. The nicest door slam in Vancouver is the meanest one out here. But it stinks because it's super hard to tell if people are interested until the end. And they pretty much aren't interested. But we will see what we can do! Hopefully we can do something! 

Two random activities. President Thomas really wanted us to come home when they were having a big 'prom' group over on Saturday. I didn't really know what he was meaning but he really wanted us to come and he promised '50 nonmembers'. Well it turns out it was his granddaughters prom group. And up here when you take pictures for prom or any dance all the parents come and it's this big social gathering! And there was tons of food and they were there for hours! Well we went and talked to people and tried to just be nice and stuff. We had some people ask President Taylor some questions and we talked to one lady and I think she is going to come to church when one of the girls in the ward has her mission farewell in a couple weeks. Anyway that was cool and fun.
Then President Thomas wanted us to come over for Sunday family dinner (he always wants us to come to stuff) but we had an appointment already so we came over after because his mother-in-law had just come upon a family heirloom fiddle that they'd got repaired. They wanted me to play it. But... it is a little out of my league! It's 200 years old and Norwegian. It looks super sweet and stuff! But I don't really know how to play that sort of thing. And it needs a lot of work tuning! It has an extra set of strings under the bridge that just adds to the sound I guess. It's crazy! And 6 tuning pegs! So I ended up just playing for them on my violin Meditations from Thais-since that's all I have memorized at the moment. And then I think I'm going to go over later to her house and see what I can do with the fiddle. But ya! I love being able to play! I just love it! and I am so blessed! I don't get to practice much and yet I am doing better than I could have ever dreamed! The Lord is helping me and helping me keep my talent so that I can use it!
Well. Things are crazy. And p-day is way different too! But it's going to be great! I will let you know how everything is going next week! Oh joke! Ah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MOTHERS DAY! I can't wait to talk to you! I love you so much!
Don't worry about me! It's hard but I'm up for the challenge! And the Lord gave me a wonderful companion for this new challenge!
I love you just oh so much! Please have a wonderful day! I will pray for you all!
Sister Kaitlyn Beard

Sister Sonderegger, me and Sister Balch and our favorite lady bug charriot ride! Ah! She took us out on an adventure last Monday!

This is Sister Dudley the awesome ward missionary and Victoria!

The Calverts! 

Saying goodbye to Michelle!

Me and Sister Bagby. She fed us every time there was an empty Wednesday!

Sister Dodge! In RS presidency and she helped drive us around in the craziness of Tuesday!

The Black family! Patty, Pete, Xavier, and Aradia!

Karen Jones and her cute grandson Caden!
Ly Quack! She's from Cambodia! She joined the church a little before I got there! She is so giving!

Us and the Elders! Elder McCuen, Elder Porter, me, Sister Sonderegger (brother Lawler was being such a weirdo with taking pictures! I think this one isn't as weird as the others)
Us and Bishop and Sister Davis!

Us and Sister Lawler!

Us and Sister Ternyey
Me and Sister Major planning outside on the porch last night!