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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, June 23, 2015

Week 74: Are you ready for the transfer update????

Dearest family,

Happy Father's Day! I love you Dad so much! We ate a bunch of ice cream in your honor and ate with the most hilarious old couple! Anyway how is everybody doing? 

So this week has seriously been all over the board for adventures and emotions etc. so we'll see how this email goes!

So a couple weeks ago Sister Morrill was really down and so we called President and when he got into Vancouver he met and interviewed Sister Morrill. As part of that he told her that he could see something really good coming our way. And when it did to call him. Well we made that call this week! On Monday night we were trying to find an address of a sister in the ward that we haven't met. Well we got lost in this apartment complex and didn't find the address till Sunday:) but we ended up knocking on this ladies door whose name is Kim. Kim is friends with a family in the ward though she hasn't seen them since she moved out of that neighborhood. Well anyway we started talking to her and she is sincerely interested. When we told her a little about Joseph Smiths first vision she believed it. We went back and met with her on Wednesday. We had felt prompted to take it really slow and just make sure she understood it all. Not only did we talk about everything we wanted to but she understood it and we came to understand what she doesn't know, how she's felt the spirit&Gods love in the past, and how she feels about all the different commitments we like to leave. It was seriously amazing. The Lord really is preparing people and softening their hearts. We are so excited to see this progress. 

So this week was zone conference. And I got to do a training in the breakout sessions with Sister Rasmussen on staying healthy! So we got to go all three days for the break out sessions and lunch. (Which can I say it's kind of overwhelming to have to present 9 times and rely on the spirit and change according to promptings. But it was a way good experience!) So we got to see the whole mission go through and eat a lot of pulled pork! The last day was seriously the best because it was our zone conference so we actually got to stay. Oh. So this zone conference was in honor of installing TIWIs. They are those little devices that track speed, seat belts, and reckless driving. We were all pretty nervous about it but they aren't bad at all. We like to call ours 'granny T'. Even though it speaks to us in a man voice! Anyway... Zone conference was really amazing. There's nothing like gathering in a large group of missionaries and all learning together. The spirit is undeniably strong. Though it doesn't come naturally but with preparation just like any other spiritual thing. Last zone conference so I had to give my departing testimony which just like many other missionaries, I never thought that day would come. I am so grateful for this chance to be a missionary and to come to this mission.

We had an awesome ward service project this week. We went to a cemetery and helped clean it up a little bit. Care taking for a cemetery would be a very unique and interesting job. I know the caretaker of that cemetery researches and does family history on all the people in his cemetery. It's just really interesting to see names and dates and imagine stories for what happened in between. So fascinating! Family history is awesome!

So now for the news you've all been awaiting patiently! We're getting transferred! But together! So here's the dealio. Right now the zone leaders are serving in Felida and Skyview. Well at transfers the zone leaders are moving to Ridgefield and will also be covering Salmon Creek (where we are right now) we will be taking Felida and other Elders will be moving in to take Skyview. So a big switching around! It sounds like they have a bunch of people to teach and an awesome ward. Also it's President and Sister Taylors ward! So excited! It just feels right too. So I am super excited for his upcoming transfer!

Well the other exciting thing is since we are close to the mission office we get to take out the new missionaries! And there will be 12-14 sisters coming so we will all get 2. It's going to be an exciting day tomorrow with those exhausted sisters! But hey you never forget your first day! I'll always remember Sister Buckley and all the people we tried in YSA. 

Things are going great. I'm definitely loving being a missionary. I think that whatever your doubts are about serving a mission. Whatever doubts you have coming out if you serve with all you've got they will be resolved. I definitely struggled with knowing that this mission at this time was where I'm suppose to be. But now I know. This really is where I'm suppose to be at this exact moment. 

I love you all so much! Have a wonderful and safe week! You're always in my prayers. 

Sister Kaitlyn Beard

Raspberry season is finally back!

We got TIWIs! We're the safest drivers in town!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Week 73: The Lord's timing

Dearest Family,

Hello! We are trying to take advantage of the Gorge while it is still in the mission. So we hiked Punch Bowl falls this morning! It was lovely!

This week has been awesome and even though it's only been a week I feel like I've learned a bagillion things and grown a lot.

We had interviews this week with President Taylor! It was super stressful at first because of all things he was ahead of schedule and Sister Taylor wasn't even there yet so Sister Morrill and I couldn't get all the random questions we had answered but luckily she came and President slowed down through interviews. Since everyone else had gone so fast I didn't feel too bad asking him my whole list of questions so honestly it was the best interview I've had. I love President and Sister Taylor so much!

President gave us a little heads up for transfers. I can't decide if I'll share this week....:) 

We got to go on exchanges with the ASL sisters. I stayed in Salmon Creek with Sister Stromness. One of my favorite parts was language study watching her interpret bible videos! Also we got an awesome referral on exchanges and actually talked to some friendly people. Sister Stromness is awesome.

So the Yakima mission is approaching! And this week we got news and then saw our favorite Elder Archibald drove off to Kennewick to be one of the new APs. (He was a zone leader in The Dalles). Anyway things are crazy. It's crazy how July 1st with the mission split is actually coming up now! There's always something exciting going on that's for sure. 

We had our last meeting with the leadership out in The Dalles this week too. That is crazy! And we also spent some time with the Hermanas while we were out there helping them write down their area book as the Yakima mission is not an iPad mission. Which some of the newer missionaries have never done paper so there's some panicking going on. 

We also had another exchange and I stayed in Salmon Creek with Sister Black. She is such a fantastic missionary! I sure love her! Exchanges are seriously so awesome. It's such a great way to get to know other missionaries as well as give training. 

We had MLC (Mission Leadership Council) this week. I don't even know where to start... We talked a lot about what it means to be a leader as well as leadership skills. One of the ones we focused on was 'Know your people'. I could say leadership took skill and that it comes from experience before now but I feel like my eyes are just beginning to be opened to what it really means to be a leader and how much goes into that. I couldn't explain it. And I could never write or explain all I've learned in the past couple weeks and from this particular meeting. But I can say that I am even more amazed with the miraculous leadership of President Taylor. He is a fantastic leader and I'm beginning to see a little more why and how he is such a good leader. 

We have been helping a lady move this week (she's met with missionaries on and off for years). Anyway she's in a really weird housing situation and we were helping her get the last bits and the owners came by and she asked us to stay just a little longer and we did and as she was putting something away the woman came up and yelled at her for taking her gloves and she just said "no I bought them.... but you can have them." and then yelled at her for not cleaning behind the oven and some other stuff and she just calmly said "okay I'll be back tomorrow." I've been studying a lot about charity lately and this particular moment was one that was clearly visible as charity. In the face of anger she didn't get aggravated or anything. There was no excuses or arguments. She just calmly and humbly dealt with and took on the issue at hand. 

We got to go to Brother Bingham's baptism in Nehalem this week! That was way exciting! That one has been long awaited.

Sunday morning we went out tracting and did so in the boonies. We have ended up running into a lot of rude people. And at this point I really felt at my limit. Like I couldn't do it anymore. We got had one particular interaction that was super rough. We walked that long driveway back to the road and somehow continued onward. I really think that when you think you are at your limit the Lord sends tender mercies your way in some way or another. This one came in two parts. We ended up knocking on the door of an older gentleman who actually talked to us for a while and let us actually share some of our message with him. Then as we were walking back to the car we were flagged down by a car and it was the wife of the man who had been rude to us. She had been driving up and down the road to find us and apologize. She was so kind and encouraged us in our purpose. Honestly at your limit a wonderful kind woman like her made me cry out of gratitude for someone who is actually nice! (but don't worry my life isn't miserable it was just one of those moments you know?)

Heard something in Relief Society I LOVED! Lesson was on the Living Prophet. She talked about how our electronic devices have to be updated occasionally to protect against viruses. Protection from 2002 would do nothing against the crazy viruses out these days. Likewise we need the counsel of a living prophet. Yes we build upon the counsel of previous prophets. But knowing how to build an ark isn't going to be as useful today as it is to know what to do to keep your kids safe from pornography. Hence the need for a LIVING prophet with a clear to understand analogy. 

So lately I have just been feeling so much peace in the Lord's timing. As many of you probably don't know I could have come home June 23rd. But for me that's never been an option. I've always known and felt that FOR ME if I came home earlier than August 4th I would have quit early on something I'd covenanted to do before this life. I can't explain it... but I know it. So I KNOW I'm suppose to be here for one reason or another for this next transfer. I'm not saying it's going to be some miraculous transfer. All transfers have miracles. But it's just where I'm suppose to be to become who I'm suppose to become.

Speaking of. It's also come to me this past week that this is the exact 18 months I'm suppose to serve as a missionary. No sooner. No later. There are a whole list of things and factors that are combining and becoming more clear to me that this is suppose to be when I serve. I'm sure I will be looking back for many years and seeing more and more reasons why. But I just feel this calm assurance that this is where I'm suppose to be when I'm suppose to be here. I'm learning just a little lesson on the Lord's timing. And I think this understanding will give me the strength and courage to get on that plane and come home when the time comes. 

Well I love you all tons! I hope you know! I hope you are all enjoying the summer weather and doing some productive awesome things. 


Sister Kaitlyn Beard

The Van West zone with President and Sister Taylor (minus Ridgefield Elders)

After MLC

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Week 72

Dearest Family,

I hope you all have had a fantastic week! Happy first week of summer! Or I guess 2nd week of summer. Kids here still have a week and a half left. 

We've had a good week here. Still no luck in finding anyone to teach but I guess that's only half the reason why I'm here. The rest is probably for the stuff that I am learning. We talked to a ton of people this week and not very many people were interested in even giving us a couple seconds. I think we had one guy the whole week who just stood there and let us teach and we are so use to talking as fast as we can before the door slams (people are in such hurrys) that I'm pretty sure we just threw up all this information on the poor guy. So we're going to do a lot more teaching practice during companion study so we can somewhat keep up our teaching skills. 

We have an awesome district leader right now Elder Wilson. I sure love enthusiastic leaders! 

We went on exchanges with Hazeldell this week. I got to go with Sister Huge (she's Sister Morrills favorite really! So that was some hard revelation to receive!) She's an awesome missionary! A couple interesting experiences from exchanges. We knocked on this one older ladies door and she let us come in and clean her house. We tried to talk to her about all sorts of topics and couldn't seem to generate any conversation. She just doesn't do anything anymore and seems really sad. It just reminded me of our conference with Elder Neilsen last week where he talked about how we have to get up and move and use our agency. That we need to act and not be acted upon. 

We also went out with a sister from their Relief Society. We went to a lesson and the sister talked the WHOLE time! We were horrified! Afterwords she told us we should probably teach them the lessons and we were both thinking 'ya maybe we would have if you would have given us a chance to say more than a sentence'. Anyway I did all I could to not tell her to not do that again because I'm not in that ward and couldn't read Sister Huge well enough to tell if she was thinking the same thing. Anyway. I like what President Taylor says about members coming to lessons. They are there to answer questions if called upon and to testify. Which honestly is a huge problem. 

Sister Morrill had a really discouraging exchange and series of events so I persuaded her to all President Taylor and so we met up with him and she got to have an interview while I just meandered down the hall way:) I love President Taylor. I think leaders like to be called upon to help. It's hard for a leader to know all the time who is struggling but when we say and ask for help then the leader can. I think leaders like to be called on for help and advice but not as much to deal with someone who has given up. But ya I've discovered that leaders are here for us we don't need to be shy of communicating when we are struggling and when we need help. Creating a good bond with our leaders helps them to more fully fulfill their leadership responsibilities and also helps us to more fully progress and become more like our Savior. We definitely can't do that on our own and will have to learn to use all our resources. 

We met with our wonderful Relief Society President this week and she gave us about 70 names to try of people who don't actively come to church. We are way grateful as it has already given us more direction in our finding attempts instead of just always praying over a map we have some places and locations to go to. 

Allergies are out of control this season for everyone! I've successfully taught Sister Morrill how to farmers blow and she's sure taken that one on! :) 

Lot's of weeding for people which is fun.

We've been hearing a lot about a big meeting that happened in the mission area this weekend with all the General Presidencies from Relief Society, Young Womens, and Primary. They met with all the ward and stake presidencys of those auxiliaries in the mission. I think the biggest general take away I've heard from the sisters is how they felt the love the sisters had for them. And also how impressed they were with their knowledge of the scriptures. Just like Elder Neilson they opened it up for question and answers and the sisters were way impressed with how quickly every question was answered with a scripture and a story that was totally a perfect answer. Someone quoted Elder Call who I guess had said something like 'If you are impressed with how these sisters answer so readily from the scriptures and you wonder how they do it, then I have two words for you: Get Feasting.' 

It reminded me of a story that Elder Neilson told of when he was first called to the 70 and sat in his office the first couple days waiting instruction. Well he was called into the office of one of the Twelve who told him to 'go to your office and become'. We are to become like our Savior. Our studies of the fundamental principles of the gospel found in the scriptures and particularly the Book of Mormon help us to become more like our Savior Jesus Christ. 

We encounter a lot of people who ask us if we've been saved by grace? Well honestly this life is about more than just being 'saved'. Through the atonement of Jesus Christ all rise from the dead and overcome physical death. And through the atonement all are brought back into the presence of God to be judged thus overcoming spiritual death. However, we are not guaranteed to stay there unless we have BECOME someone through the GOSPEL of Jesus Christ. We are to work and to repent and to become like our Heavenly Father or we will not feel worthy to dwell in his presence. 

I have been greatly blessed lately to be able to be asked to participate in lots of trainings and musical numbers so we are staying busy studying and planning for those! 

We were really grateful yesterday. I've read before that sometimes the spirit will tell us what to pray for and we witnessed that yesterday in relief society as Sister W. prayed for us by name and then was overcome with emotion and then asked that we would know that Heavenly Father is aware of us and our individual struggles and several other things. We were so grateful. This area is definitely hard but I know that I am experiencing some personal refining. The things I am learning are very worth the trouble. And don't get me wrong. I still believe in miracles. And I think often those that we find who are prepared are found when all of our own personal efforts are spent and so when the Lord blesses us with someone to teach who is prepared we know without a doubt that they were provided by God. 

Sister Morrill and I are getting along great which is a great blessing! We have a lot of fun! I think my favorite moment this week was coming home after a hard day and Sister Morrill was really discouraged and we see a box waiting with her name on it. She exclaims that it is a tender mercy! Then opens it and it's a pair of shoes that are way too big with no note or explanation from a member in her first area. She was so confused! Oh it makes me chuckle whenever I see the shoes or think about it.

Well we have an extremely busy and exciting week coming up! Interviews, District Meeting, MLC (missionary leadership council), exchanges, etc! So yup I'm excited! We've been looking forward to this week and particularly interviews for what seems like forever! 

I love you all so much! Did you know that you're the best family ever? I just love you! I hope you are all just having an awesome fun time and being safe and such! Don't forget to eat some good pasta salad and just a good BBQ because it sure is the season for it!:) 

I love you!

Sister Kaitlyn Beard

We made a bouquet for a recent convert in our ward:)

Week 71:Happy Summer!

Dearest family, 

I hope you had a great week. Happy last week of school! We have had a great week here in Vancouver. 

Okay some stories. So this week we ate dinner with a wonderful Korean sister. She made some super good food! It was kind of funny because Sister Morrill didn't like the soup she made so at one part the sister left the room and I agreed to eat her soup for her:) so we swapped. Anyway we left that dinner and she dubbed me a 'true homie'. (She's into all that slang.) 

Been super tired this week but lots of power naps have helped out a lot. 

We had an awesome lesson with a new investigator we found. He loved the first vision. He asked if we'd recited something and so we gave him a copy and he loved it! Anyway we will see what happens. 

We've ran into a lot of members who are doing awesome missionary work. Love seeing that! 

We had an awesome exchange with Van 1st sisters. I went with Sister Black to Van 1st area. She's an awesome missionary. She's been out three months and now she's training and she is doing awesome. 

I'm sorry I don't know what's up with all these lame stories lately.

Okay so cool story of the week. We had a full day Friday planning and doing service. When we were done we had all these people and places planned and we were on our way and we both felt super strong that there was somewhere where we were suppose to be. So we prayed and stopped and pulled over trying to figure out where we were suppose to be. We prayed until we both thought of the same area. Then we drove there and prayed till we got the same street. We never did feel the same house so we tracted the whole street. Talk about an amazing experience! I've never relied on the spirit so much while finding. But we were truly searching for that person we were suppose to find. We have never had such a good experience finding. We finished the street and hadn't found anyone super interested. We stopped at a members house for a pit stop and they gave us two referrals for people around the corner and guess what? One of them met with missionaries years ago and totally wants to again! They're just busy so we will see how that goes. But that was super amazing!

We had an awesome conference on Saturday morning with Elder Brent H. Nielson. He came and did the iPad conference for us and also spoke in conference. He is awesome! It was one of the most amazing conferences ever. He had had us read two talks by Elder Bednar on the atonement. We just talked and discussed and then later he opened it up for questions. It was seriously such an amazing experience. I love being a missionary and having the privilege of being a part of some of these amazing events. 

We went on a half day exchange with Hazeldell so Sister Morrill and Huge could go to a baptism. That was pretty fun. 

Played in church on Sunday! That was pretty fun. Played Savior Redeemer of My Soul. Finally figured out how to make that song easier. 

Man I'm sorry for all the lame stories today. I'm loving being a missionary! There's just a lot of random stuff going on and lots of finding still so not a ton to report. 

We thought we were getting robbed last night so we had a little practice of what to do in a break in so that was exciting. But it ended up just being the family that we lived with their kids coming in SUPER late to do whatever they were doing. 

I love all the missionaries that I work with and serve around. I love this mission! This mission is the best! I love being able to preach the gospel and share with people about what is closest to me. I know it's true! 

I love this scripture "And now, behold, I say unto you, that the thing which will be of the most worth unto you will be to declare repentance unto this people, that you may bring souls unto me, that you may rest with them in the kingdom of my Father. Amen." D&C 15:6

I love you all so much! Happy summer!

Sister Kaitlyn Beard

Mini-exchange with Sister Girot