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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

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Week: 77: I'm a Palangi:)

Dearest Family,

Apparently Palangi is Samoan for white person:) something like that.
It came from Sister Tauala:)

So we started off the week with a pretty good miracle hopefully I can
explain it well. So we have a calendar where the first week of the
transfer we pray and decide exchanges for the transfer with all the
sisters. Well when we did that no exchanges felt right for this
upcoming week so we just left it blank. That put three exchanges into
other weeks! But we followed the spirit. Well on Monday some other
Sister Training Leaders in Gresham called us and asked if we could
help take some sisters because they have a lot and are really
overwhelmed. So we took 5. And the exchanges they'd planned with those
sisters fell into the week we had left open! That was a huge witness
to me that the Lord had this in mind all along. If it hadn't happened
that way I probably would have had a harder time accepting and knowing
if we should have accepted more sisters. But it's a complete miracle
and I know it is how it is suppose to be.

So this week we went on exchanges with Van 1st and I stayed in Felida
with Sister Tauala! She is the coolest! We just had a party that's for
sure! We had some awesome miracles. Sister Tauala is from Hawaii and
just knows how to talk to people. We even found a new person to teach
when we were out and about!

We also had exchanges with the Hermanas! I stayed in Felida with
Hermana Butler and we also had a good exchange!

We were suppose to go on exchanges with Vancouver ASL but when we were
praying for who should go where nothing was coming to mind and nothing
was feeling right so we just called it off till the end of the month.
I love being a sister training leader and being able to have so many
experiences seeking revelation and experiencing receiving it. This
calling is such a blessing. I am learning so much!

We went out with a lot of people this week who came to lessons and
came out tracting with us too that was super fun. We really have he
best ward! They are just so willing to help! They are always willing
to come out with us and to help us. It is really amazing. And they are
always giving us referrals. Even if they don't go anywhere it is still
super amazing!

We've had some good meetings this week. We had Zone Meeting. I love
the zone leaders we have currently because they aren't afraid to set
high goals and then they focus on teaching the doctrine, which we all
know that the study of doctrine changes behavior faster than the study
of behavior changes behavior. So if you really want to inspire someone
you teach them the doctrine. And they do a way good job with that!

I had a dream on Saturday night that we were late to church and missed
the sacrament and we were literally panicking! We need the spirit and
the way to have the spirit is by renewing your covenants through the
sacrament and we had missed it. Well when I woke up I was anxious and
on the look out for road blocks to church and the sacrament. Needless
to say I was so relieved when I was able to partake of the sacrament.
That's definitely something I have really learned as a missionary.
That the sacrament is so important!

It's crazy I really feel like the adversary is out to get everyone
even the saints. We have to be constantly doing spiritual CPR (church,
pray, read) in order to stay strong.

Well we have a really good week ahead! Including several trips to
Portland to have exchanges with those sisters! So I am excited! I hope
you all have a wonderful week! I love you all very much!

Sister Kaitlyn Beard

Me and Sister Tauala:)

We had some Asian food! Here's some fruit called Lyche yum!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Week 76: Happy 4th of July!!!!

Dearest Family,

Happy 4th! And Happy July! I sure love the summer! It's super hot but I'd take it over winter for sure! And I sure love the long day light! I love going in at 9 and it still being light and getting up and it being light. It's de best!

We've had a pretty awesome week here! Okay I'll just start off with how awesome the 4th of July was because it was honestly the awesomest holiday EVERY! So we started the day off right with a ward breakfast yum yum yum! Then us and the Hazeldell sisters (Girot and Huge) went to Fort Vancouver and volunteered at a gate for a couple hours. Here goes a history tangent! I learned some things... first off this 4th of July celebration use to be the biggest west of the Mississippi but they downsized... they use to shoot off fireworks off a barge in the Columbia and you could even see it in Portland. But that's over with anyway:) One of the guys we were volunteering with was giving us some Vancouver history 101. So this was part of the Lewis and Clark trail and then when they were settling it they had military in the Ft. and the guy in charge (I know his name but I can't seem to spell it sorry!) thought the line between the U.S. and Britain would be the Columbia so when American settlers came he sent them across the river to settle (Portland). Obviously the boundaries changed but that's why Portland is bigger and more well known than Vancouver. And this part he didn't know for sure but we've heard before. Apparently when they were naming Portland a guy from Portland Maine and a guy from Boston Massachusetts flipped a coin on whether to call it Portland or Boston. And we all know the end of the toss. I thought that was pretty funny! 

Anyway after a couple more service activities with different members in the ward we ended up going to President and Sister Taylor's house for a BBQ! I sure love this zone! They invited the whole zone over and it was sure the best thing ever! I've always wanted to be in this zone for a holiday! We had some delicious food including 7 of President's famous pies! Then we got to throw around a football and some other things (which I've discovered I can catch a football pretty decent and throw okay. Who would've known? Dad I guess all your attempted teaching is flooding back to me now:) Then President had bought a bunch of fireworks and got a steal of a deal! And we had a pretty fantastic show and were joined by a bunch of the Felida ward so it was a true party! The best part of the show was when Bishop showed us all his skill of swinging around burning steel wool on the end of a wire. I'll try and get my hands on a video because it was pretty sweet! That was the highlight! Well.... um... that was the best 4th of July party ever! I feel really blessed to be here at this particular time! 

The rest of the week has been pretty good! We went on exchanges with Hazeldell this week. I went to Hazeldell with Sister Girot. It's kind of funny to me but it seems like on exchanges things cancel even more than usual and it can be really stressful if you are in your area and you think the Sister Training Leader wants to see how busy you are or whatever. But I honestly think it's what the Lord wants so that we can have some adequate time to just see how the sister is doing and be able to train and help them according to their needs. The most stressful exchange I've been on as a Sister Training Leader was when we had like a thousand things going on and not a second to think and I honestly didn't feel like I could even gauge how the sister was doing. It's a blessing to see how the Lord and the spirit works. We really have to slow down sometimes to be able to feel the spirit yet we also have to be on the move.

We had an awesome Mission Leadership Council where we really studied the talk Which Way Do You Face. And also we talked about leadership skills. I use to think MLC  would be an uplifting awesome event before I ever got to go. It's definitely both but it's also a major call to repentance! So there's always plenty to work on which is good.

We've got an awesome zone this transfer and we're in an awesome district which I love! Pretty much things are going really great. And then we bought two balls today so we finally get to play scatterball again yay! 

The ward is awesome still and we are still just trying to figure out who really wants to be taught so I will keep you updated as we figure that out.

I've been thinking a lot lately about how I'm really suppose to be here for this exact time. I was thinking of Alma who wishes he was an angel and then says he ought to be content with what has been allotted to him. And then of Nephi in 3rd Nephi who wishes he could have been born in the days of his fathers but then he was born in such a privileged time right before the Savior visited. I was thinking or trying to imagine all of these characters at a different time period of history and how the Lord really has an exact plan for each of us. He really wants each of us here at the exact time period we are born just like he wants me to be serving here for the exact time period I am here. I'm still trying to understand and comprehend but I know that the Lord really does have a play for us.

I love in Isaiah 55:8-9 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." Life is all about learning to trust the Lord and trust in his ways. 

I'm so grateful for the stability that comes from knowing the Lord and trusting in his commandments and following them. What's the appeal of the worlds changing values and confusions anyway? Aren't we all seeking for peace and joy? Well I love how we know that both and peace and joy come from a correct understanding of the Lord Jesus Christ. If anyones looking for a good talk to read you can read Therefore They Hushed Their Fears from last conference by Elder Bednar.

I love you all so much!

Sister Kaitlyn Beard

Presidents delicious pie!

Exchanges with Sister Girot!

Week 75: Happy 4th of July this week!

Dearest Family,

How are you all doing? Well I hope! This week has seemed so long! But it usually does when you switch areas. 

We had an awesome church tour with Kim and Mariah. They are seriously so awesome and we are way excited for them! The Elders came too and so it was a good hand off. 

Tuesday we took out the new sisters! We got (and I'm going to butcher their names) Sister Okerlund and Sister Irhig. Sister Okerlund was in TCO with me and I didn't even know it! But that was super cool! It was kind of cool to see how our attempted planning ended up playing out just perfectly to their needs. We took them to a family that has been asking us to come over for a while. And then we bought them the classic Burgerville shakes! And did some door knocking. It was just pretty much perfect though we would have never known what they needed but the Lord is ever mindful of his missionaries especially the new ones. 

So transfers! Man it's been crazy! I'll try not to bore you with too many details but the area book is electronic and since the area was combined with another ward last transfer and then separated this transfer back into it's own area we ended up having a lot of problems. We didn't get any information until Thursday. And when it came only parts came and with problems. Anyway. It's been exciting. But needless to say this is going to be a fantastic ward! Felida is the most missionary minded ward I have ever served in. All the members invite their friends to church, seminary, girls camp, scouts, basketball, etc. We had names just being given to us like crazy with every one we've talked to! The only problem we can see is some of these people have been taught by the missionaries for years.... YEARS and not any commitment. This is probably the most unique problem I have encountered. We saw some of that in Happy Valley but here it's like crazy. But we are just so excited to be working with this ward! They are just so missionary minded! Like they asked us to give talks on Sunday and when we were called we were informed that in Felida we keep church talks and lessons simple and we need to be mindful that there are people not of our faith in our congregation every week so to teach simple, true doctrine. 

Pretty much the ward is just super amazing here! I can hardly believe it! So things are super exciting! We're still trying to get to know everyone and figure out who is actually being taught by the missionaries but there are many good things happening!

So on Wednesday we went to the temple with Nancy. Oh it was seriously so amazing. I haven't seen her in over a year and I can't think of any better place to be united again. Nancy to me really is my hope. When we found her we found her on simple faith and fervent prayer. She has always just been a blessing to me and a witness that what God says is true. I can't even begin to explain all that goes into it. But finding and teaching her was a witness that God fulfills his promises. And then being able to go to the temple and seeing someone who has found the faith and stayed true and faithful is another witness to me that this really is the Lord's work and he really does fulfill his promises. I could never explain all that goes into that but I am so grateful for her. And I am so grateful for that opportunity. 

Well family. I love you so much! Things are going great and are every exciting. We are excited for the 4th of July and for this next transfer which I want to make the best transfer yet. It definitely has the potential. I've changed a lot for which I am so grateful. I still have a lot to change and I am just so grateful for this chance to be a missionary. I love you all so much! Have a wonderful week! And a  happy 4th of July!

Sister Kaitlyn Beard

Kim and Mariah