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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, February 17, 2015

Week 56: A Crazy week!

Dearest Family,

We've had a SUPER stressful week here! Homeless two days in a row, moving, a baptism and just everything else that that involves. 

Sister Owen had grandsons over two nights in a row so we got kicked out and had to go party with the YSA sisters in Mountain View area. So that was exciting especially when it wasn't working out at first on the second night. I can't imagine actually being homeless. That would be awful. 

So best story ever. I think we are the only missionaries who start packing before we find out about transfers. We just kind of assumed that Sister LeDoux was leaving and that we were moving. So we started packing then we found out our new housing had an issue and wasn't kosher and had to get checked out again. Then we didn't get letters on Friday. So we were super stoked about that whole thing and getting another transfer together! But then transfer letters came Saturday and we found out our housing was approved after it was too late to move on Saturday. Ah well! It was exciting! So we spent a super stressful morning and half of our p-day moving and cleaning. Sister Owen is really scared to be home alone again after 2 years of missionaries at her house. 

We love biking! It's super bad though because it works up an appetite! We have an hour for lunch and dinner and lately we've been eating the ENTIRE hour! Super great! 

In zone meeting the zone leaders said they just got news that bikes now have unlimited miles! Haha! Super great. Our whole district cheers (biking district!). So hilarious! The things you don't have to worry about without a car!

So Glen's baptism went really well! It was stressful as baptisms always are. And when half the people who were suppose to be in the baptism program still weren't there and it was 11:03 and starting we just said a prayer and reminded ourselves that the most important thing is that Glen gets baptized. It went well and he was SO excited! When he came out of the water with his excited exclamation it made everyone laugh and smile! He had asked to bare his testimony and it was so great! My favorite part was when he said "and now I'm mormon!" He has just been so excited from the very beginning! His family all came to his baptism to support him and it was awesome! I really love seeing people in the water. It's more than just a baptism. It's a covenant with God. It's watching someone prepare them self to live a life more in line with God's teachings and that takes change with brings light into people's eyes and joy into their life! Although our message may sound crazy to some of the people we talk to I know it is true. I can feel the power of the Lord's spirit. How else would so many people believe that a 14 year old boy really saw God the Father and Jesus Christ and was called as a prophet? Let me tell you they wouldn't. This is in no way my work but the Lord's. If it was mine we would see nothing happen all day long. We would see no miracles. No one would listen and no one would change. But there are miracles. People do listen. People do change and it makes them happy. I know that this is God's truth! 

Sorry if this email is super scattered! Packing this morning and moving was crazy and stressful and taking up a lot of our p-day which stressed us out so ya I'm not super focused. 

So super cool miracle. Chandler brought his friend Adam to Glen's baptism. He is in a tight spot right now and staying with Chandler. Anyway he loved the baptism. Luckily the Elders came and they were able to talk to him while we were running around like crazy. Anyway he said he isn't a super smiley or happy person but he couldn't stop himself from smiling that whole time. He came to church on Sunday and seems to be loving it. We are super excited to talk to him on Tuesday!

Well for the first time in this area in at least the last 6 months we have so many appointments for the coming week we literally have no time to schedule anyone else. I'm sure some will cancel or fall through but we don't have any open time that's apparent. Well then I found out I am training! So the Lord has something awesome planned for this incoming Sister because I have never seen this before! I am super excited for a transfer full of miracles!

Sister Hardy came up and told us on Sunday that we are one of the strongest companionship's she's seen in the ward. Well we kind of laughed because it certainly hasn't been easy! We've had some super rough spots! But I am grateful for them because they literally have made this such an awesome companionship! I've never had so much fun with a companion that by the end of the day I try and think about what work we did and can't think of any but then we get a lot of lessons and such so apparently we are working but it just seems like play. It's super awesome! We've had to learn a lot about communication in this companionship and we've both improved a lot (we think). 

Well I am loving being a missionary and loving everything! I am really needing just some play time so I'm going to be done writing! We are teaching awesome people and having just a ball riding around Vancouver and laughing super hard! Transfers are tomorrow at 2 so I will tell you more next week! I love you all so much! Hope you all had an awesome Valentines day! Mine was great! I love you! Have an amazing week!

Sister Kaitlyn Beard

That awkward moment when we decide to bike to church with a bunch of
stuff we've borrowed from people and need to DI and then the DI
trailer isn't there! Sister Fallon saw us in her car and yelled out
"YOu look like hobo missionaries!" her favorite thing to tell us!:)

THis is Sampson (named by Sister LeDoux) Isn't he cute?

Waiting for transfer letters during weekly planning:)

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