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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, September 29, 2014

Week 36: Happy in Happy Valley:)

Dearest Family,

So this week we have begun the great week of the mission of finding
the 'elect'. Sunday was a day of mighty prayer to find the 'elect' and
this week we have prayed and been looking for 400 new people to teach
as a mission. The mission is going to track each persons progress by
name. The 'elect' means those who are prepared for the gospel.

So on Monday night we prayed really hard to be guided to know where to
go. We ended up getting the feeling to go visit a guy we met a couple
weeks ago who we know is out of town. We went and found his son home.
We talked with him and are going to meet with him and his family
today! We kept praying and kept being guided to go to certain places
and we found people who hadn't been home in ages. it was awesome!

We went on exchanges again this Wednesday. This time Sister Burraston
and I stayed in Happy Valley with Sister Thorson. It's funny. I've
gone on exchanges 7 times and I have only left my area once and that
was the first exchange when I was still a deer in the headlights!

One of my favorite moments on exchanges was when we were visiting this
couple in the ward who come pretty regularly. We are working with them
to read their scriptures. As we were leaving she tells us we can come
by any time and we don't have to make an appointment. And some
inspiration hits me and I told her "We'll come by as soon as you read
up to 1 Nephi 8, So whenever that is, let us know and we'll come
over." Well you should have seen the expressions in that room. It was
pretty great!

We ate with Sister Simpson twice this week. Her daughter-in-law Tanis
comes and cooks for all of us when she invites us over. :) Tanis is an
AMAZING cook! Her Mom is from France and cooking is what she does!
Anyway we taught Tanis and her husband Daron the Restoration on
Friday. When we were sitting down to start the lesson I got this
feeling that this was going to be one of the most amazing lessons I
would see on my mission. It was really amazing. Sister Simpson was not
an active church attender or active in a faith in God till she was
much older. Her kids were not raised with that. Some traumatic event
changed her outlook. She is doing all that is in her power to remedy
this lack of religion for her children. She trusts so heavily in the
promises she has made with God in her covenants. Religion is her main
subject with her children and their families. Because she is trusting
so heavily in her covenants the Spirit of The Lord is able to really
abound in her home. It was really amazing. Today we have started a
challenge with them to read the Book of Mormon in 90 days! This is
going to be amazing and I am really excited! Please join in with me!
It's about 6 pages a day.

It's been such a good week to see people change! We've been visiting
an elderly gentleman Brother Coleman. There is notable change! He
first off is more excited to see us. He understands more of the
scriptures we read with him. I don't know! I can't really describe it
but it is amazing!

We've also been seeing a Sister Walker. This past week we asked her to
read 1 Nephi 5-8 and we came and she had read 1 Nephi 5-12! I just
about fell off my chair! She was full of questions and just so excited
about the Book of Mormon! I can't even tell you how amazing the Book
of Mormon is! I've seen it change more countenances and more lives
than I've ever seen be changed by anything else. And in such a short
amount of time too! No wonder Satan has circulated so many lies about
this amazing book. It is the most powerful book in the entire world.
It's what stops Satan from succeeding. Reading it, and reading it
daily. It's the tool for conversion and for lasting conversion.

One of my favorite people we are teaching is Jeanie! She is
the sweetest lady! She has a Buddhist and Catholic background. We had
a lesson this week and then the next day helped her paint again. The
lessons we have while we are serving her are way better than the sit
down ones! So I am glad she has many projects. She doesn't understand
the idea of God. Buddhism is very similar to our understanding of
things but without the understanding of God. She's trying so hard to
understand and I know she will with time and prayer and study. She
came to the women's meeting on Saturday with us! It was a lot on the
temples which was a little beyond what we've talked about but she
liked a lot of things she heard. I sure do love Jeanie! She is such a
sweet heart.

It's crazy to me how all these people trust me and look to me as a
leader! I'm a 19 year old girl and yet I've been entrusted by God with
teaching people about him and how to find exaltation! It's kind of
crazy! We were in a lesson with a man who is in his 40s and who is
trying to overcome pretty much every addiction you can think of. Well
he's looking to us for help. We're the ones who have been sent to tell
him about God and how to have a fulfilling life to prepare for the
eternities. This is an amazing calling-being able to represent Jesus
Christ. And at 19. Not only am I called but I am given the power and
authority from God to do this work. I am so grateful to be able to be
a part of this work. This is amazing.

Saturday night we were sitting out by the main building in our
apartment complex to plan for Sunday and then sinc (an iPad thing- we
sinc our area books together). Well we were planning and this guy
walks by "hi!" so we say "hi" back. Then he says "What are you doing?"
"What?" "What are you doing?" I'm a little confused but say "Oh we're
planning for tomorrow" "Oh do you work here?" "No. We're missionaries
actually." "OH really???" And he comes over and tells us he just moved
here from Hawaii and he is looking for a church. He's would love for
us to come and tell him more. So he walks away after we exchange info
and our jaws are all on the cement. I was told in the blessing I got
before this last transfer that we would see miracles before our very
eyes.... ya that was just it. That was most definitely a miracle
before our very eyes!

We got to go visit a family that lives close to us. The father is a
member of the church and the rest of the family is not religious. He
hasn't been to church in years. Well turns out he plays guitar. So
Sister Stone throws me under the bus and so half way through our visit
he cracks out his guitar and so I sing and play Amazing Grace (luckily
I've played it so many times even though its been a while I can still
remember it). He was pretty impressed even though it was really
simple. He played a little of something he usually plays. It was
awesome! Music is the best. It's been a while since I've been able to
use my music and it sure felt good! I'm not letting it go that long
again.

Well this weekend has been the first time that I have really felt like
I am suppose to be in Happy Valley. And also the first time that I
have really loved this area. I'm just a little slow with that sort of
thing. But I really do feel like I'm suppose to be here and you know I
really do love it here.

I sometimes worry that I am not living up to all I am suppose to be as
a missionary. I was promised a lot of things in my patriarchal blessing
for when I am a missionary and sometimes it's hard to see if I am
living up to that. But this week there were a couple times when I saw
that I really am being a voice sure and true. We were talking about
patriarchal blessings the other day and one of the Elders said he was
told that a patriarchal blessing is not what we will become but what we
may become. We have to do all in our power to follow God and to live
up to our potential which God gave us a sliver of a vision of in our
patriarchal blessings.

I love being in the work of The Lord.

In light of General Conference coming up this weekend I would like to
tell you a story. In Oakhurst there was a faithful sister in the ward
who was going to be unable to watch conference while it was being
broadcast. She asked her neighbor and dear friend to record it for
her. Well while he was recording it he ended up just sitting down and
watching it. Because of that he gained a witness that this is the
Prophet and Apostles of The Lord Jesus Christ. He joined the church.
General Conference is POWERFUL! I hope you won't pass up this
opportunity to share this conference with someone. Call someone to
come over for every session so that we can all be edified and grow
closer together! I always think of when Jesus came to the Nephites and
said he was coming again tomorrow and many people labored all night
long to spread the news and then to be there the next day when he
came. I feel like that's what all of us should be doing as the Prophet
of God is speaking to us THIS weekend!

On Sunday we taught a man named Sam from Samoa. We were talking about
receiving answers from the Holy Ghost and recognizing them. He told
several stories of people who have prayed to idols and then their
prayers are answered. He told us he thinks often it just comes from
our own minds. Then he tells a story of how he had a desire to come to
America when it is nearly impossible to get a visa from Samoa. But he
just walked in and got one and came over with only 400 dollars and
look where he is now! We talked with him about how sometimes there are
times when we are guided to do things that honestly don't make sense
and that really fit into a bigger picture that we can't see. We
definitely know that that is from God. There are things that we can
just do out of our own power, but there are many that we just cannot.
It reminded me of the story of Nephi in the Book of Mormon. Him and
his brothers were commanded to get the record of his people from
Laban. He was prompted to kill Laban when he found him drunk. He talks
about how he prays and tries to figure out if this thought is just of
him or if it is of God. He determines it is of God. The importance of
this record was greater than Nephi could have ever seen at that
moment. It preserved their language, it taught them of God, it had
their genealogy. So much! It was a part of God's bigger plan. It seems
hard for us to recognize when thoughts and feelings are from God. We
know that every good thing comes from God. Sometimes a potentially
good thing also takes a leap of faith to follow. Someday we will all
see and know that God lives, Jesus is the Christ, and Joseph Smith was
and is a prophet of God. As we come to recognize the spirit in our
lives and see how God has always been involved I know we will gain a
glimpse of how this is all part of a much greater plan. I love how
God's church also includes the Gift of the Holy Ghost. Which means the
companionship of the Holy Ghost when we are living worthy. Preach My
Gospel talks about how the Holy Ghost is "the power by which we teach
and learn." I love how this is a part of the restored church! I love
all that the priesthood provides!

I love being a missionary and serving here! It's great! I love working
with all those who are in this area!

Congrats to Kaleigh Kirkham! I would have never even guessed there!
That is so exciting!

I love you all so much! Have such a good week and such a good
conference weekend!

Sister Kaitlyn Beard

"Beyond comprehension, my brothers and sisters, is the love of God for
us. Because of this love, He sent His Son, who loved us enough to give
His life for us, that we might have eternal life. As we come to
understand this incomparable gift, our hearts will be filled with love
for our Eternal Father, for our Savior, and for all mankind."
President Thomas S. Monson


Jeanie came to the Womens conference with us!




Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Week 35: There's been a change in the wind says I :)

Dearest family,

Happy Birthday Laurann!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope you have the best day ever!

So I have a really cool story from this week. On Monday we were ending
p-day and needed to grab dinner. So we went to the food carts on the
way home from the stake center (where our zone hangs out and plays
games, mostly scatterball, basketball and Frisbee) so we stop at the
food carts and there I am ordering tacos and this guy comes up to us
and asks if we are missionaries. We start talking with him and find
out he has just moved from California where he met the missionaries
(Sister Baxter and Sister Francis) He knew them for a week-a week that
you can tell is very dear to him. They gave him a Book of Mormon which
he has carried with him. I can't even adequately describe the look
about him as he talked about what the missionaries have taught him.
They taught him about he priesthood, about prophets and apostles, and
about baptism! It was an amazing experience. We got his information to
refer him to the missionaries in his area. He lives super close... but
in the other mission sadly. Ah well I guess we'll follow up in heaven
or on facebook.

I was laughing because there I was with my tacos the whole time.
Afterwards Sister Stone and Burraston got curry and I'd already eaten
my tacos when they prayed. So Sister Stone's prayer went like
this"please bless the food in Sister Beards stomach and please bless
the curry." Wow Sister Stone is pretty funny! She just says stuff like
that all the time!

We have a couple really awesome people we are teaching. One lady's
name is Linda. She is great! Last time we talked and got to
know each other and by the end she told us "I want to know more about
this restoration you keep talking about!" During this weeks lesson she
just kept asking how she can really know. She's really open and the
best! She reminds me a lot of Sister Mullenix from St. Helens.

We had a funny time teaching Dennis and Cindy Harris. Dennis is a
jokester. When he answered the door this week he told us he was going
to have to bail on us. Well we ended up talking for a long time on his
door step till Cindy tells him he my as well invite us in for a bit.
So that was great!

We helped a sweet lady Jeanie paint her garage on Saturday. We helped
her do a big yard project the other day and I'm not sure she will ever
forget that! It was with the other trio and we stopped by 8p.m. Friday
she told us about this project and the next morning we had a crew of
people plus random people from her neighborhood and off the streets
that wanted to help. None of us know who one guy Gilligan is. Anyway
we had a great lesson on Friday and then helped her on Saturday. On
Friday I'd had an interesting experience in her lesson. At one point
she was talking I felt so strongly that her mother was there and that
she had found the truth. It was the same feeling I felt at the Churchs
but it was more specific and just for a minute. Anyway it made me
super curious about her mom. So while we painted I asked Jeanie to
tell us about her childhood. She starts off by telling us that she had
a non-traditional childhood. Um. To say the least! She was on her own
at 14 and working. Then bought a house at 18. She was the first woman
to work in the sawmill and has CRAZY stories about that! Later she was
able to get her GED and then go to college and eventually got her
professional degree. Wow. Crazy story. But it was wonderful. I love
doing service for Jeanie and I love learning about her life. There's
no way we could learn all that about her just in lessons. Yay for her
being willing to let us help. Anyway I am really excited about Jeanie.

I've decided that as missionaries a lot of what we are doing is
finding 'the elect' or those that have been prepared for this message.
And I am learning that a lot of the times being prepared for this
message involves people from the other side of the veil. Heavenly
Father has really blessed me to be able to feel the presence of
angels. I have learned a lot about how missionary work really works
seeing how people we encounter have been prepared. It seems to be
either by angels or by friends. So we as the friends need to not slack
off:)

Oh I wanted to thank whichever of you has been praying that we will be
well fed! Here I will tell you about some miracles and gracious people
in this area. So on Sunday Sister Sanchez gave us 4 dinners. On Monday
at the food carts this guy gave us money for dinner. On Tuesday Ann
Warner took us out to Bajio and when the food was rung up the guy said
"you're good" and gave it to us free! That was AMAZING! Then on
Wednesday the Wells called us and gave us the best pumpkin pie I have
ever had! Plus muffins and pasta salad. Then after dinner the Collins
gave us 4 plates of cookies and a tub of ice cream. Later after a ward
potluck Sister Sanchez gave us a plate of lemons bars. Besides all
this we got fed nightly, had a ton of frozen food from other members,
and had bought a bunch of food for lunches. Pretty much I feel like I
was standing amazed at everything that was being provided for this
week. The Lord really is providing for us! We will not be going hungry
any time soon. Yep and another family just called feeding us every
Monday night for the next forever. It cuts p-day a little short but ah
well.

Wednesday was exchanges. We'd forgotten about them and the STLs called
us Tuesday night in the middle of a skype lesson and so we had to run
out of there and come back and run and pack. It was crazy! I stayed
here with Sister Ivins. She is great! We had a lot of fun! We were out
tracting at one point and Sister Ivins complimented a lady on her
BEAUTIFUL rose garden! So she went and got a vase and gave us a couple
roses! Oh man! I love roses! And I love people! And I love tracting!
You get to meet all sorts of people that way! I told Sister Ivins
tracting is like Christmas because you never know who will answer or
how they will react. Just like unwrapping presents! Except we get to
do it all year round! :)

Sister Stone has been sick this week so things have moved a little
slower than usual. But she's slowly getting better so that is good.

We found a lady who has been not coming to church for a long time. Her
9 year old daughter is so excited to get baptized so we are teaching
them. When we asked her when she wanted to get baptized she said on
Tuesday! She's so cute. We told her she has to wait longer. We need to
make sure she can come to church. But we are so excited that she is so
excited!

So a thought on energy drinks. We are working with a man named Jason
and he has overcome a couple addictions and is working on a couple
others. This last week he told us that of all his addictions energy
drinks is going to be the hardest. Energy drinks are definitely not
good for you!

This week has been really good. We are learning how to better work in
this trio. Trios definitely have their goods and bads despite who is
in them. And this one is definitely more challenging than the last.
But we are learning a lot. There's a whole new realm to learning in a
trio than in a companionship I can tell you that.

So we were tracting yesterday and we ran into a Spanish family! Yay!
So I start trying to speak my basic Spanish and the lady looked at me
and yep pretty much seemed to understand nothing. Ah well! I told the
Hermanas and it was pretty funny. I'll keep working:)

Yesterday we talked to this guy who pretty much was kind of open but
not super interested. He just loves God. Anyway after like 15 minutes
we are giving him a Book of Mormon and he says "Ya I'll take it. I've
got the Bible the Jehovahs Witnesses Bible" So I get this whim he
doesn't get it so I say "The Book of Mormon Isn't the Bible..." Then I
tell him as bluntly and plainly as I can in words and tone that it is
a record of people in America. I've never seen anyone light up like
that. He was literally intrigued. It was super cool!

We got to see the Beard family again! Can I just say I am stoked????
The sisters keep telling me to just treat everyone like the Beard
family and we'll get everyone to be new investigators. I am just so
stoked that I've found my family here! We are hopefully going to get
to actually teach them this Wednesday. I can't wait! I want to go over
every day!

I love being a missionary! I love missionary work! I just love it!
It's so great and so rewarding and there is SO much to always be
doing. And so much to always be learning. I won't ever be a perfect
missionary. So I think I'll just be a missionary forever till I can
get it right. :)

I love you all so much! I hope  that you have had a wonderful week. I
hope you are enjoying the autumn air and the joys of the new school
year!  The air changed this morning for sure! I woke up and my violin
was out of tune from the temperature change. We're headed to the rainy
season. Hope your autumn is lovely! Enjoy the mountains for me.

Oh and Dad guess what? Elder Price is in my zone! He got moved after a
transfer. Was in a trio for a week and now is training a visa waiter.
He must be a pretty stalwart missionary to be training before he is
trained! Anyway so there's that update.

Love,
Sister Kaitlyn Beard

Here's some good conference quotes.

"In order for us to make the correct decisions, courage is needed--the
courage to say no when we should, the courage to say yes when it is
appropriate, the courage to do the right thing because it is right."

"We can help ourselves in our desire to do what is right if we put
ourselves in places and participate in activities where our thoughts
are influenced for good and where the Spirit of The Lord will be
comfortable."

"Everyday courage has few witnesses. But yours is no less noble
because no drum beats for you and no crowds shout your name."

"Courage becomes a living and an attractive virtue when it is regarded
not only as a willingness to die manfully but also as the
determination to live decently."

"Catastrophic conflicts come and go, but the war waged for the souls
of men continues without abatement."

The Prophet of the Almighty God speaks His words to us. When we follow
we will be blessed. I know that following the Prophet keeps us in line
with the correct principles and order established in the heavens. The
great battle for the souls of men is waging on today. I will be found
fighting valiantly for The Lord on his side under the direction of his
mouthpiece and prophet who stands currently as President Thomas S.
Monson.


Mom we ate pumpkin pie on your birthday!

Exchanges! We got roses! they smell really good:)

Us with George and my tacos:)


Our greenie meal with Sister Pancio fittingly on Sister Burrastons year mark:)


Monday, September 15, 2014

Week 34: Another Trio! This is the weirdest time of my mission I swear!

Dearest Family,

We've had a pretty busy week. We've had a lot of places to go and lots
of people to see. One of my favorite families is the Harris family.
They remind me a lot of the Coon family from St. Helens. They haven't
been involved in any church for ages. Brother Harris is a member of
the church and none of the rest of the family is. We've been teaching
them. They are also pretty big jokesters. Brother Harris was joking
that next time we should bring our mace well then Sister Stone pulls
hers out and assures him that we've already got that covered. It was
SUPER funny!

We talked to this lady as we were getting into our car. She was really
friendly till we said we were missionaries then she freaked out at us
"It's harassment okay! Don't come by again!" as we were driving away
she took a picture of us and our car. Sister Stone was panicking but I
assured her that it would all be okay. Even if for some insane reason
we were taken to jail so what? But ya of course nothing came of that
except maybe social media.

We got to go to the temple on Wednesday! Oh it was wonderful! And very
much needed. Our district came late so we were by ourselves for that
trip. I could stay in the temple for hours. It's seriously like
heaven. Actually it's kind of cool. One of the ladies we are teaching
her name is Maggie. She LOVES the Portland temple. She goes there in
her spare time to just enjoy the feeling there. Temples truly are a
house of God. Maggie was referred to us because her friend knows she
loves the temple. Anyway. I love the Portland temple. It's my favorite
place.

Sister Stone told me on Wednesday that she understands why I am so
passionate about people we are meeting with reading the Book of
Mormon. She'd come to understand that while we were in the temple! I
am so excited! I was hitting the roof of the car like a yippee sign on
steroids! :) People need the Book of Mormon. It's insane how many
people don't understand that. Even missionaries and members of the
church don't always understand how important DAILY and ALWAYS Book of
Mormon study is.

We got a text from President Taylor on Wednesday evening telling us
that we were going to be in another trio! Sister Burraston has joined
us in Happy Valley. Her companion went home. Sister Stone knows her
from a previous area and is really excited.

We talked to a lady this week and she was talking about how she goes
to a baptist church but it had some other name for the local church.
It's been my observation that people are no longer liking
denominational churches. Being 'catholic' or 'baptist' isn't what
people want anymore. I think people have given up on finding the
truth. They feel like large organized religions are corrupt. They just
want to go to a local church or just no church at all. People who say
they can worship at home often also express surprise and sorrow that
their children don't really have that faith that they tried to teach
them. Hmmm.... I wonder why? People may not like being raised going to
church but that's what brought them to believe and it is essential
that they continue if they want their children to believe as well.
Their ignorance makes me really sad. It's like Elder Robert Hales says
"Obedience is taught by example. By how we live, we teach our
children." If you are not living according to God's commandments how
can you possibly teach your children? Scripture study, prayer, family
home evening, church, etc. all these things are also commandments.

We had zone meeting on Thursday! President Thomas came! Sometimes he
really reminds me of you Dad! It was so wonderful to see him! Then he
took me and Sister Stone out to lunch afterwords to thank me for
buying him that 'you can never have too much happy' shirt. I love
President Thomas!

Zone meeting was really inspiring. There were many things that really
stuck out to me. President Thomas talked about how we don't know the
influence we are having. He told us of his friend who was baptized in
St. Helens last week. She's wondered what he had that she didn't for
20 years. He never opened his mouth because he judged her as not
interested. "How many others haven't I told the secret of happiness?
My sin. We are not judges. We are not called to be judges. We open our
mouths to everyone."

He also talked about fear  "Two meanings of fear. Forget everything
and run or face everything and rise. Your choice." Do we run or do we
face fear and develop courage?

Elder Tateoli told a story of hiking St. Helens and not making it to
the top. He said he remembered hearing "The hardest part is the middle
when you can't see the beginning or the end". How true is that! The
hardest part is when our vision is limited. We've come quite a ways
and it's not too far to go but sometimes our vision is limited. I
think in these times we have to rely on our Heavenly Father and the
things we have learned in the past to help us to remember to keep
going forward and to have faith that it will be worth it. We can
always rely on the things we have learned because they are always with
us in our hearts!

Well Thursday we kept canceling appointments in order to be ready to
get Sister Burraston. But it kept getting pushed back. We ended up not
getting her till late at night. The next day was weekly planning. And
it was pretty much all on me. By the afternoon I'd hit the max. I
couldn't do it any more. But Sister Stone is very aware of me so we
are working it out. It's funny. The first week of a companion is
really rough but then its usually good. I love Sister Stone! I'm sure
in a week I will love Sister Burraston too.

Can you believe all the change in the past couple weeks? 4 companions
in 3 weeks. Ah! Crazy!

Sunday we had a really cool miracle. After church was over people from
the Sunnyside ward and a ton of other people start coming for a
funeral. We had a distinct impression to stay. Well we had a lesson.
So we decided we needed to go on splits (perks of a trio). We said a
prayer. "Heavenly Father we feel like we need to stay. We need some
help finding someone to go on a split with us." Sister Pancio drives
up and starts talking to us right after we say amen. Wow! So we went
on splits! She went with Sister Stone to an awesome lesson and Sister
Burraston and I stayed for the funeral. We felt like Nephi "not
knowing before hand the things [we] must do". But we kind of just
talked to people and tried to help. It was a really cool miracle.
Truly we are seeing miracles before our very eyes.

Anyway sorry things have seemed a little rough in my letters. It's
just been a lot of change in a really short time and it's been a
challenge but I think things are going to settle down for at least a
couple weeks.

I know that I need to make my mission the best so that later in my
life I can rekindle the feelings and things I know as a missionary and
the diligence I serve with so that I can always stay strong and be an
example and leader in my future family.

I love what Laurann said! Being on a mission your really do get to see
things more as they really are.

I love you so much! You are the best family ever!
Thank you for all the letters this week! They helped a lot! I really
appreciate it I can't even tell you.

Love Sister Kaitlyn Beard

"O Lord, I have trusted in thee, and I will trust in thee forever...
Yea, I know that God will give liberally to him that asketh. Yea, my
God will give me, if I ask not amiss; therefore I will lift up my
voice unto thee; yea I will cry unto thee, my God, the rock of my
righteousness. Behold my voice shall forever ascend up unto thee, my
rock and mine everlasting God." 2 Nephi 4:34-35

Mom happy birthday! I'm hopefully going to be sending you something.
Have such a wonderful day!





Sister Collins took us to the temple.