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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

Monday, June 30, 2014

Week 23: Happy Birthday Washington Vancouver Mission!!!!!

Dearest Family,

Sorry I am writing late! We had a mission birthday party and all met
in Vancouver at a park! It was super awesome! I love this mission! And
it was fun, one of the girls from my BYU ward came in this last
transfer! And she said another boy is coming from the ward next
transfer! I love it! Anyway I will say more about the mission later.

This week has followed the typical roller coaster pattern! Hitting a
pretty bad low but now we are on the up side again so that's the good
news!

First thanks Grandma for the CDs! We've listened to almost all of them
already! We love it! We didn't have any of them so thank you so much!

This Thursday we had interviews with President Taylor. Oh he is
wonderful! The bonus of being in a very spread out zone is we got to
stay a little longer since we carpooled there. So we got to hang out
with Sister Taylor for a while! She is great! I asked President a
couple questions. One that I've really found useful is I asked him
about people who have addictions and then die with their addictions.
Clearly they can't keep going with them when their body is gone but
does that take away the ability to choose if you have to get over it?
He told me that those who satisfy their physical appetites in this
life are going to have a really hard transition to being without a
body. Those who try and live spiritually will still have to adjust but
it will be easier. It made me start to think that the choice will
still be that you have to look to God to find help from addictions
EVEN when you can't satisfy them. Anyway I've been thinking about this
a lot because a lot of this town is full of people with drug fried
brains. It's hard for us to know how accountable people really are for
even hearing our message. A lot of the people in this stage that we've
been teaching have been dropping us and we don't have any desire to
even talk to the people we can tell are in the same situation. So a
lot of my questions were concerning this. President Taylor told me
that we are here to find those who are ready. Not teach everyone.

Here's a little tangent... Sister Major and I have been reading Jesus
the Christ during personal study then discussing it during companion
study. Something we came across this week really stood out. Not
everyone who chose to come to earth actually fought against satan and
for Christ. Some were less involved. We've been thinking how not
everyone really came with the same conviction that Gods plan is
important. Not everyone understood. Some people get it while they are
here. Others need longer. This is a whole big plan of progression and
some people mature with their understanding at different points. But
at some point we will all end up standing before the judgement bar of
God. So at some point everyone has to have the opportunity to learn
and understand according to their abilities.

Anyway. We taught Silvia the word of wisdom. Which wasn't the plan...
But whatever. She is funny. She read out of 1st Nephi and Mormon.
Thinking Mormon was the main book from the Book of Mormon. So that
brought a lot of questions and it took us a while trying to explain
the general layout of the Book of Mormon. Hopefully she got it. But we
taught her word of wisdom and she told us that she's going to have a
long talk with God and tell him he needs to tell the prophet that wine
is okay :) she's a goof. But then Sister Major was joking with her and
(this is later after she fed us lunch) and said that ice cream helps
headaches (okay this wasn't a joke, Sister Major says it's true.) but
Silvia said "green tea ice cream?" We thought she was joking but....
That's all she has! Haha!

We love biking! I don't know if you've experienced a mission fully
unless you get that chance! It's the best!

One day this week Sister Major and I were tired of our usual lunch so
we looked in the cupboards with all the food the Elders left. We ended
up making homemade chips and hummus! Sister Major was making the chips
and asked me if they looked right. I told her I had no idea I'd never
made chips I just knew someone who had. :) but it turned out. We
started making hummus then realized we only had garbanzo beans and
nothing else! So we just added some orange zest... It was pretty good.

So this week has been pretty discouraging. I don't know if 5 months is
just a discouraging time or what. Sister Major said it is so I just
think I'm going through the typical missionary phases.

Part of the discouragement is just getting really discouraged with the
ward. But I'm trying to overcome that and learn Christ like patience. 
Yesterday before church I started reading about patience in preach my
gospel. I love how it says that it is not getting angry or frustrated
in trouble, opposition, etc. That is so hard! I want to work on it.

Don is preparing to be baptized. He is suppose to be baptized on
Saturday but of course there is opposition in all things. No one in
the bishopbric is going to be able to come. That's really frustrating.
And the ward mission leader won't be there either. We are trying to
figure this out. We have to do all the planning and preparing and
scheduling and everything! They only have to be there and they can't!
Ug! It's weird to me that we are in charge of everything when in
Oakhurst, they did it all. They took baptisms under their wing. They
took missionary activities under their wing. Here we have to spend so
much time doing it all and trying our best to figure out who is
suppose to do it but it ends up being us. Ah well. We are learning a
lot. And I am really grateful for Sister Major. She's an angel.

We did another MMTC (Member Missionary Training Class). We went over
lesson 2: the Plan of Salvation and how it answers questions. We had
only about 10 people. But it was really exciting we had 3 people
report that they have been talking with family and friends and shared
a Book of Mormon which was the challenge from last time! It is super
neat! Even though the numbers are dwindling we've read in Doctrine and
Covenants that even if we labor all our days for the salvation of one
soul then how great will be our joy with them in the kingdom of
heaven. I believe it. One exciting new thing is that while we have
been here we have been working with a sister Pam Howe who told up us
that one of her neighbors is an inactive member. Her name is Sue.
We've been working with her for a while. She started coming
with us to read with the Warde family because we need a sister with us
when  we are meeting with men. Well then she started coming to church
and comes every week no matter what! And she has started coming to
other lessons and sometimes sharing things that are not at all true...
so that's an adventure! But we gave her a Preach My Gospel and she has
been reading it like crazy! And she got her husband (who is anti
religion) to listen to the things she's learning so she makes sure she
understands! And she came to the MMTC and is sharing her beliefs like
crazy! Though she sometimes tells false things so it's a good thing
she reports back in detail and the isn't afraid to go and retell
someone. She is amazing! I am so grateful to see people change. There
isn't anything more glorious than seeing someone become a more humble
and caring person by coming to God. We may have to walk by faith
rather than sight and we may not ever KNOW while we are here, but we
can sure see that the fruits are good and that a belief in God changes
people for the better. And a belief in God through the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter-day Saints has a more powerful affect on a person to
become great than anything else.

This weeks sacrament meeting was amazing. We heard from the Weitzel
family. And when Chad the 22 year old son spoke there wasn't a dry eye
in the congregation. He spoke of his drug and alcohol addictions and
when he was in the lowest of low and had no more desire to live, but
he, like Alma, seized upon the thought of the teachings of his father
about Jesus Christ. He has recently received the Priesthood. He is
preparing for a mission. He bore a simple sincere testimony. Can I
just say. This is true. THIS: the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the REALITY
of God and Jesus Christ! There is no other way. Oh how glorious.

So I've been thinking. A lot of people we talk to say "oh I've been
saved on July such and such." It's like being saved is some event.
Some one time show. They've done it. Check. Over. Excuse me? Are you
thinking straight? Obviously there is a big misunderstanding for who
we are, what Jesus Christ really has done for us. In our study if
Jesus The Christ we read how because of Jesus Christs suffering in
Gethsemane, death on the cross, and resurrection we will 1. All rise
from the dead 2. All be brought back to Gods presence to be judged.
And in that way it is called salvation. We are brought back to his
presence. But people don't understand that that doesn't mean we get to
stay there. 3. Exaltation is a possibility if we repent. That's the
key most people miss. (Exaltation is living forever WITH GOD AND OUR
FAMILIES) There is so much more available and possible if we live
uprightly before God and always turn to him and keep his commandments.
It's so important! I wish people understood.

Random fact: It's crazy! There are a bunch of just neighborhoods in
some of the rivers! Apparently they don't have to pay property tax.
Crazy!

Well today is the official mission birthday! (Which I already said but
wrote this on the drive to the party and now I am proof reading:) 1
Year Old! So fun! We are all meeting in Vancouver for a party today!
I'm super excited to see everyone! I love being a small geographic
mission because this party is even possible! President and Sister
Taylor have been busy and this mission has been through a lot in its
first year. And just recently with Sister Parrish and Sister Lierley.
There's been a lot of sadness. With iPads and Facebook. There's been a
lot of responsibility and pain for President Taylor. The mission had
visits from President Holland And Elder Corbridge early on before I
came. Their wisdom and counsel is frequently talked of and has become
a huge part of this mission. President Taylor's allowance of
instruments has led to a musical and talented group of missionaries.
Presidents wisdoms and trust has taught us a lot. We are learning to
trust and be trusted. This mission is heavily influenced by its
wonderful leaders. As a missionary I feel inspiration flow freely and
the back up of President Taylor who will do anything to help us in our
search for inspiration and our road back to God. The leaders of this
mission have sacrificed a lot for it to be this way. The leaders of
the church have provided great opportunities for us. There is work to
do here. There are things to learn. There are wonderful people here.
This is a great mission. I'm glad to be here. It's a great blessing.
I'm glad The Lord knows what I need more than just granting my surface
desires. He knows what he's doing and is teaching me to trust him.
Those who come to this mission are lucky! This is a great place to be
and a great time to be here!

Sounds like your farewells went great Grammies and Grandpa! I love you!
Congrats Maddie! Getting baptized is an important decision! Make sure
you write in your journal about it!
I love you all so much! Be safe and have a great week with great
summer weather! (Hopefully good weather!)

Love Sister Kaitlyn Beard

Ps. The sky is clear today finally! From where I'm at I can see Mt
Hood, Mt Adams, Mt St Helens, And Mt Rainier! So cool!

Washing the car!

Eating Rasberries at the Thomas's (who went to Hawaii again this week!)

Matching at interviews wops!

eating as a district again

St Helens bench

Sunset Heights neighborhood! that's our stake!

The crazy cat! He's got such a funny face!

Us with Brother Hamblin

Tennis

Companion Tree hugging! 

My favorite picture of Pres Thomas photo bombing! With sister Boatright 

Me and Sis Sonderegger!

We miss Sister Johnson! (who doesn't like her new walking area! i'm jealous!)

A sister who is new who was in my fall BYU ward! Super cool!

Us:)

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Week 22

Dearest Family,

Oh this has been a great week! Well... weekend. To be honest I don't remember the beginning to well. Anyway... 

So this Tuesday we had exchanges again. I stayed in the area again with Sister Cox. Sister Major and I were kind of surprised because Sister Major just barely went to Astoria with Sister Clerico but... it's revelation so it's okay. Anyway we had a super busy day that day! Running around everywhere! The great thing was we helped Joann Ceja move and we actually got to interact with her husband who usually hides in the back room and only comes out to sneak ice cream while Joann is busy:) Well luckily they were only moving to another trailer in the same trailer park so we can still teach them. But oh they are such funny people! 

On exchanges as well we went to see Leland Beardslee and OH! He has changed! He read without being asked. He isn't questioning as much why we are so determined to 'make him mormon'. He is just learning now! What an amazing change! It was remarkable!

I drove the car for the first time since I have been out! That was scary! I was really nervous but hey... you don't forget how to drive as soon as I thought. Though I still don't know if I want to be in the car when Laurann first drives:) Luckily I won't be home. Haha

At Zone Meeting on Wednesday Brother Bell from the stake talked about how if we are obedient then God provides a way for us to have opportunities we are obediently trying to have. Then talking to President Waite at dinner on one night he told us of a guy who prayed and asked for a missionary experience that was REALLY obvious. Like REALLY obvious. Well he was at the store one day and this guy was reading a book and he was like "What are you reading" "Oh just this book about Jesus". So he's like okay whatever. Then the guy says "I really love Jesus! I can't learn enough!" Then again "Oh I just really love Jesus!" So this light bulb goes on and he's like 'oh this is it' So he starts talking to him. And time passes and he got baptized (ya we skipped the most exciting part I know- all the in between) BUT the moral of the story is that when we are willing to keep God's commandments and share the gospel and are praying and looking, God will give us opportunities because we are proving ourselves obedient. People will come out of the wood work. (story to come)

K so here is our story: On Sunday we were.... oh man I have to go in weekly order never mind.

Okay so Thursday we got bikes. Awesome! Sister Thomas dropped us off at the Van Dykes and then we got that bike all fixed up and tires pumped then we walked down the road around the neighborhoods to the other bike. Which Sister Reeder's daughter and son-in-law are letting us borrow. They aren't members or really religious. They had the bike all ready and fixed up waiting for us! They are wonderful! So we picked their strawberries for them and had them waiting for them. Yay!

Biking has added a whole new level to missionary work! Man! So the totem pole of the best transportation goes... walking is best, biking is great, cars are convenient. I love walking but this area is way too big. Bikes are seriously the best! I would definitely not go a whole mission without the experience it's priceless! Especially as a sister in a skirt:) we love it. 

We went to visit Silvia on Friday. We walk in and she says "can you help me with something?" "Ya of course!" missionaries! We LOVE to help! Well she goes to the fridge and pulls out this cake "I just can't eat it all" She pretty much put us in shock! We're all prepping to move the fridge or something and now we are getting to eat this cake! It was great.

We also helped her on Saturday to make a labyrinth. She showed us the pattern and that was overwhelming but luckily with ropes and sticks and string you can do some pretty good measuring and drawing. Then we moved rocks to the outline. She still has a pretty good pile to move though! Such a funny activity! Oh we love Silvia so much! We could go visit her every day if we could! She's amazing!

Don Warde is on date for July 5th! He finally told us a date and isn't going to surprise us which was really not an okay idea for us. We have to actually do things before a baptism! And Paulette Coleman is on date for July 19th! she's met with missionaries for 4 years and is finally going to go with the commitment. We are excited!

Ah so much has happened!

So Saturday night we went to teach Dale ... well he wasn't home SURPRISE. Well we had a sister in the ward with us and we were just kind of standing there not doing anything. Which now looking back I have no idea what we were doing or thinking! Actually I don't think I was thinking. But well after standing there for a minute or so Dale drives up. I feel like we are really watched over. The angels were probably just holding us there saying 'hold up honey, he's on the road'. This keeps happening! We go to see someone, they aren't there, we wait around in the area long enough and they show up! Which is good because Dale lives in Deer Island which is far away! But it's for other people too! 

So on Sunday (here's the miracle story!) We went to see Laurie and Krislyn. They weren't home so we had another hang out in the area moment well right when we were nearing the end of talking to people in the area Laurie and Krislyn drive up. We visit with them and Laurie tells us a guy just moved into the RV spot across the parking lot and is looking for a church. Well we walk out of their house and their neighbor who we don't usually talk with tells us that there is this guy across the street in the RV spot who is looking for a church. Then she sees him and yells at him and calls him over. OH WOW! We are really excited. After talking with him we found he is catholic but will go to any church that worships Jesus and will let his wife participate too. He's way interested in the Book of Mormon! We are really excited about this! People just come out of the wood work.

So. Here's the thing. Sister Major and I have been praying since we got here that we would have 6 baptisms before we left the area. We don't have a ton people who are progressing at that level and we don't have a lot of time to tract or find. But people are just popping up! The Lord really does provide miracles when we diligent. We keep getting these situations and then walking away like 'la la la la la what is going on! ? This is crazy!' God really is amazing!

So we had our second MMTC (Member missionary training class). We talked about the chapter 3 lesson 1 The Restoration in Preach My Gospel. We taught and role played. And the last role play we had everyone practice giving out a Book of Mormon to their friend. We had a box of Book of Mormons (which is a miracle in itself. How often do you get a whole box to yourself when the supply orders come in?! Like never!). Well we had everyone take one and practice and then told them to give it out this week. We told them a little about the miracles we have been having and that when we really pray and have faith God provides. We told them to take it with them everywhere. We are really excited! One of the funny things is the Cluff family was there. We just this week talked with their neighbor (who they referred us too) and gave her the first lesson but left out the Book of Mormon completely. Which... I've never done and couldn't have explained why we did it. Well They all came and now they have a Book of Mormon and can give one to Alice. We told them to do it before our lesson on Thursday. Isn't that amazing? This is God's work not mine! 

Well you can all join me and study the second lesson in Preach My Gospel as we prepare for our next class this Sunday. Then after that on the July 6th we are having a patriotic fireside! I am stoked! Can't even tell you! 

Well I love you all so much! Miracles are happening! Can I just say I love Sister Major? She is an angel! We work awesome together! She's like a real sister! I've adopted her just so you know. She's family:) We really love working together. Even when we are frustrated with certain things we just try and get over it and focus on how much that we can do. Because we are getting a lot of opportunities to do so much here! The Lord is providing a lot of miracles! I just keep thinking 'we must be doing something right!' Even though we're tired, imperfect, make mistakes, forget things, sometimes want to be lazy, not always able to do everything we need to. We are seeing a lot of miracles. I love this work! And I don't have to be alone in these miracles. These miracles are open to EVERYONE who participates in being a missionary in any way. Try and always be a missionary and pray for opportunities. 

I love you all so much! Be safe in all your travels! Have a wonderful farewell talk Grammie and Grandpa!

Love,
Sister Kaitlyn Beard


We helped Silvia draw and start laying rocks in her labyrinth. She is the best!

Here's us with Silvia! She is the wonderful lady we found after all your prayers Mom!

This is us with Sister Archer and her kids. Sister Archer is from Sister Majors last area and she came for a visit and to take us to lunch!

Sister Major was really having quite an unhappy moment Sunday night with ipad problems! Oh do we love ipad problems! So we thought we'd photograph it and laugh later:)

Monday, June 16, 2014

Week 21: Happy Fathers Day!

Dearest Family,

When Mom you told me you had prayed that we would find someone this week I immediately began looking for someone seeing as your prayers are always answered! Well we didn't have to wait long! Monday night our usual jam packed evening cancelled on us and we had a whole evening free! So we got the first chance to go tracting in ages. We went to this one side street at the start of the boonies. At the first house we went to we met this super nice lady and we got along like old friends! And all of a sudden an hour and a half has gone by ah! Well she may meet with us again... But we asked about her 3 neighbors. (Only 4 houses on this street). And one was a no another a yes and the third she said "if you were my kids I would say no... You'll probably get the door slammed in your face." Well we went to the yes house and she said no so we walked past the 3rd house where we had heard all these crazy things and decided to knock. The main draw was the fact that the automatic gate was cracked open. Well she is the nicest lady! She was really embarrassed because she was in her pajamas and so she asked us to come back Friday! And we did and it was an amazing lesson! Mom! You are amazing! Your prayers are always answered. Her name is Silvia by the way and she is AMAZING! 

Well lately all these people have been offering to give us free hair cuts but they always say it to me so... I took that as a hint! Well the sweet lady we have been teaching, Emma Jean, cut our hair on Tuesday. Just trims. But it was great. We tried to have a lesson while it went on and Sister Major told her favorite story from the Book of Mormon but Emma Jean didn't say anything so... we went back to just getting to know her. Ah well! 

Well we are teaching a lot of people! It's crazy! I think we noticed how many people we really are teaching on Sunday...
So first off... HAPPY FATHERS DAY DAD! I love you so much! We dedicated a whole day to loving you this week! We borrowed a guitar from Marie Waite and I learned Teach Me to Walk in the Light. We also found Isaiah 2:5. We made a list of people that we are teaching or lonely men in the ward and we went and sang and did a short lesson with as many as we could! We hardly got to any of the people we are teaching and interacting with which made me realize... we know and work with a lot of people. Wow! It was really great! A couple people cried, a couple people made us feel really awkward and ya. But hey it was great. Just like we read in the scriptures there has to be opposition in all things! At one point I was kind of doubting if we should be dedicating a day to this and then I remembered how satan always tries to make you feel bad when you are doing something good. And it's true! I know it was a good thing because there were so many lonely people last night that were happy to see us! Not all but many! 
It was kind of funny. I haven't played guitar in a while and so at some peoples houses I kind of totally forgot the song but... it worked out:)

Sister Major and I ran a speed workout on Saturday! It was awesome! It feels great to be sore from working out! 

On Tuesday we met with our 97 year old friend Clarence Nickel. We don't get to teach him a lot. When we visit he talks and talks and talks. We have heard the same stories over and over again, yet we still go. Why? Because we found him. Because God doesn't do random. Because there are angels present that we feel every time we visit. We've been feeling like we need to record some of his stories. So this week we had him record our conversation with his tape recorder. It was funny because the presence of angels was very distinct! He started a long story before we had the tape recorder out and we could feel just a lot of stress and anxiety. As soon as the tape player was out it was way more relaxed! There were just a lot of emotions that you could feel. It sounds crazy but it is what it is. 

We've heard some haunting stories lately. And I've been thinking a lot about how you empathize and understand things without going through them. I think you can understand a lot by listening with your ears and with your heart. You can relate to emotions and moods even if you can't relate to experiences. You can never understand what it is like to see someone get killed or be raped but you can sure understand the there is a lot of emotion and hurt and pain involved in these experiences. And that there is always a wall as well. Having bad things or unpleasant things happen often builds a wall that has to be carefully monitored and deconstructed. It's crazy. Well anyway welcome to missionary attempted psychology 

Sister Major and I get along SO well. Sometimes in lessons it's like "okay fine I guess it's your turn to talk" because both of us will say the same thing anyway. It's crazy! From the beginning we always have got along so smoothly and it's been easy but the longer we are companions the more I notice how insanely similar we are! Same passions too! Both of us get excited about music and family history and such! We both are way up to creative ideas to help this area, etc.

Which! Speaking of! We are going to do a 4th of July Celebration on the 6th of July. Kind of like the fireside that they have at BYU but.... low scale you know. I am so stoked! We got it approved on Friday and we have been meeting with Sister Cottrell and are passing off the main stuff to her! Love it!

Hey Mom and Dad I have been thinking. Maybe we should move and start a farm! I think it would be the best! Don't be surprised if I want to farm when I am older! Sister Major grew up on a farm and there are a lot of farmers out here and... ya. 

Well everything is going really well! I am doing really good. I love Sister Major and I love St. Helens (except for the smoking habit everyone has). I am so grateful to be a missionary at this time! I hope you are all taking advantage of the fact that we live in an amazing era of the world. Where the Lord truly is hastening his work. Go to church and read your scriptures and say your prayers and PLEASE help the missionaries in Orem and where ever you are at! If there are missionaries then there is work for YOU to do. 

I love you all so much! I hope that summer is going well! And that you are having fun and working hard! 

Love,
Sister Kaitlyn Beard 

P.S. I forgot to tell you that today I had my first strawberry! Ya I thought I had had a strawberry before too! But we stopped and bought a box of fresh picked strawberries! Um.... They are amazing! Just melt in your mouth!

Roasting Marshmallows after giving a little lesson for the relief society activity this week.

Brother and Sister Quinn. They remind me so much of Grammie and Grandpa! 

Our favorite sweet Sister Whipple who tells us hilarious stories and gives us an interpretation of 'turn the other cheek' I don't think I will ever forget (maybe I will tell that another time:)

Sister Jensen! She goes on exchanges with us sometimes. And She sometimes reminds me a little of Sister Lawler from Oakhurst.

Eating lunch!

Us and Terry and Steve Coffey. (pronounced like coffee) we tracted into her a while back and she said "I was just thinking of calling you guys" she heard that the Mormons are good movers. So we have visited her a lot and this week we got a group to come and pack up the truck! she is moving to Bend? Oregon. And I told her I'd come visit sometime after I come home. Don't let me forget! 

Brother and Sister Fox let us pet their horses! They have 4. 


We had to make a strap out of hair ties! It worked great!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Week 20

Dearest Family,
Thanks Mom for the package. That picture is amazing. I can't even believe it! I love the letter you wrote! I can't believe how amazing the prayers of a mother can be!
So also on Tuesday we had three member present lessons lined up (which all fell through) but we were just hanging out with Sister Troyer getting ditched for all of our lessons. Well we went back to her house to get our car and she tells me I need to play violin for her before she leaves. Well then she tells me she has this crappy old violin from her mom. Well then she pulls it out and I check the maker and felt like I was wondering around in a dream! It said Stradivarius! I wandered out of that house in total shock and speechless! And upset that it is sitting in her closet! No violin should EVER sit in a closet! Well we went back on Thursday and she had been researching like crazy and it's not a real Stradivarius. It has the same tag as one but says "made in Czechoslovakia" so that means it was an attempted copy because Stradivarius never left Italy or something. But still! Don't let that sit in your closet! I told her to take it to Utah with her and take it to Scoggins and Scoggins for repair (it needs some repair). But when she gets back it should be ready to play! Can't wait!
When we visited Leland Beardslee we were having a really good lesson (from what I thought.) Testifying like crazy, etc. And then he looks up at me and says "Honey. Do you ever just zip up that bible and have some fun?" I didn't really know what to say! I was having the time of my life telling him about the gospel! :) But he was satisfied that we only are missionaries for 18 months. Whatever. It's always fun!
Well one day we had some spare moments, which is actually rare right now. We are always booked! We started walking to see this lady who was a referral ages ago but she is always busy. Well we ended up being a really far ways away! And as we were walking on Pittsburg road (a country 'busy road') we see this guy and so we go and start talking to him. He goes inside and we start talking to his friends who actually lived there. They told us how they had found this guy Steve out on a dirt road that they took just because they felt like they should (we're thinking 'oh yes! that's the spirit! This is golden!') well they traveled 7 miles on this road in the middle of no where and found Steve recked on his motorcycle. They took him to the hospital and took care of him. He calls them his guardian angels. Well pretty soon after that we found out that this was Brother and Sister Trommlitz... so yep. Golden Members! Ah well. But we talked to them Sister Major was talking go Brother Trommlitz and I was talking to Sister Trommlitz and Steve. I ended up giving Steve a Book of Mormon and Sister Trommlitz had the opportunity to bare her testimony. It was really cool. We never made it where we were going because of time but wow! Cool! On Sunday Sister Trommlitz told me she'd been thinking and wondering how to share the gospel with Steve then he comes and a couple minutes later there we are! When I hear that I know we must be doing something right! Those are really cool stories but it's not like we were led by amazing inspiration to be there. We just were. I don't know. Can't tell you how it works, it just does.
I love teaching the word of wisdom and the law of chastity! Favorite lessons! Well we taught them to Dale this week and at the end of the lesson he was like "You want me to throw away my tobacco?" And he threw it all away in the trash. When earlier he was no way stopping! I don't think he'll just be clean from now on but that is a huge step! Small steps lead up the staircase you know! Dale is a kick! He's just so funny! But he really likes us and is becoming a man of his word with us. He knows he can't run away! We will go out and find him!
We got to go to the temple on Saturday! It was REALLY hard to stay awake! We had to get up at 4:15! But it was so amazing! I just love the temple! I am so grateful that President Taylor has made it so that we can go. It was a little emotional when I was sitting in the celestial room. Last time I was there Sister Lierley was there. It's just crazy that life can change so fast. That we really never know.
We've started this new thing called the MMTC. The member missionary training class. It's cool to see how you really receive revelation for your area. This class has been SO inspired! In my last area ideas just flowed! Like the music fireside and such. Well I get here and I didn't have any intention to do it again even though in my heart I would love to!  But now you can really see that places need different things. This is really what is needed and boy is it perfect. It's going to be an 8 week class. Sundays at 7pm. For the next couple weeks except next week (fathers day). Yesterday we did our first class. We spent a lot of time role playing and practicing teaching the class so that the spirit could really be unrestrained. We taught using our own resources and curriculum from Preach My Gospel chapter 1. Talking about what and why we do missionary work. Near the end half of the class we did role plays. We did a demo role play then had everyone role play inviting someone to do something or go to something to increase their faith. After the role plays we started teaching again and I noticed the spirit was SO strong. It filled the room almost in a tangible sense! It was so strong! I sure hope people were paying attention to fill it! Sister Major and I are so amazed! I didn't know that role plays could bring the spirit so strong! We really had a lot of success. After the class we were planning to go contact more people but never got to leave the church till time to go home because we were asked tons of questions for advice of how to share in this one particular situation. We gave a couple Book of Mormons, Family Proclamations, and a stack of cards to the people who came to give to their friends. It was successful. A total change. We've been working hard to try and get people to catch the vision and share with their friends and they won't even say they have friends to share with! Now we have requests for material! It's amazing! This is going to be a great tool to transfer the vision. We've fought hard to get this started. And this is totally inspired! I wish you could come! It's really amazing! We had a good turn out of 25 people and hope to get more. Even if 1 person came it would have been worth it. We know this is something that God has inspired us to do and we are really feeling the presence of angels to guide us.
Sue Hansen came to church yesterday! She is a less active sister. We have been getting her to come help us out on Wednesdays when we do a Book of Mormon reading with some guys and need another lady with us. Through reading she has felt the need to come back to church. She said she was coming but it still doesn't prepare you for the joy you feel when you see her walk into the chapel and come right towards you "I told you I was going to come". So much joy!
Well anyway. Things are going great. We are SO grateful to be staying in St. Helens another transfer together! I love Sister Major! She's Brother Major's (in the ward) niece by the way! We are so glad to have longer together! We hope we can be companions for 9 months!
Keep praying for Sister Lierley's family and for all those who knew her.
I love you all so much! I hope that summer is going great! It's getting warm here more consistently! Might be summer! Who knows? I love you so much. Stay safe in all your activities and do a lot of good! Keep going to church early and reading scriptures and being wonderful people that you are! And take Sadie for a walk would you?
I love you. Like a lot.
Love,
Sister Kaitlyn Beard



The sisters in the district and the STLs.

The family we are getting 1 bike from has a dog that just had 11 puppies! 11! And they are way cute!

Brother and Sister Troyer are the best! Sister Troyer just dedicates herself to helping us! Except for the fact that she is headed to Utah for a whole month!

Checking for dreaded transfer letters!

The temple! 

We found Tree Beard Kelsey!!!!!!!!!!

The Member Missionary Training Class! MMTC.