Monday, November 30, 2015

Another Good Week,
Hey everyone, so as the title suggests another good week here in the DR.. Although a little bit rainy, in fact im soaked and a bit cold right now because.. We had this Capitation with the Zone leaders on how to take care of some district numbers (which they're having me do for our district) 
and a bunch of us had to make it to an Internet center, in the rain.. but first we had to cross a muddy river, our first zone leader just walked through the river and got soaked and i tried jumping it (its more of a little stream) and i slipped in the mud, but caught myself and only got a little mud on my buttocks. But everything good we were all soaked afterwards! Pretty funny though! BUT its not super comfortable to be soaked in clothes like these.. So not a whole lot went down this week. A lot of the same old stuff, Elder Alva and I have been getting along good still and my Spanish has been getting a little better.. I think! It honestly better than its ever been right now but i feel like its the worst its ever been, cause now that i have a Latino comp every Dominican can suddenly realise the Huge difference between my Spanish and perfect Spanish and everyone seems to let me know! Either by making fun of a way i pronounce a word or by strait up telling me it sucks.. When they do that i usually start speaking to them in English saying just random words and usually i feel pretty satisfied afterwards! Hahah, but also hope you guys had a good thanksgiving! Its a little different here, instead of turkey we had rice.. and instead of stuffing we had beans.. BUT it wasn´t too bad i guess! We got together as a Zone and everyone brought a little bit of food.. Fortunately I'm blessed with parents who shipped me POTATOES GRAVY AND PIE and i brought that to the Rice and Bean Feast, needless to say it was everyone favorite haha! Makes me think a lot about home, I miss it sometimes, but at the same time its so good to be out here being a part of the greatest work.. As always I love ya guys and hope this week is Great! Hope every ones safe and enjoying the snow!!!
Love, Elder Beard

Monday, November 23, 2015

Elder Alva New Week
Hey guys, so i don't have a lot of time this week, but just wanted to write a little letter, Really not much happened this week except I got Elder Alva, and things have been going really well! Like i said he is from Peru and he also lived in Bolivia and Chile for a few years! 
 So this is pretty funny, all of the Dominicans think elder Alva is American and are super impressed with his Spanish, but they still ask him do you understand this word and this word, then he tells him oh I'm from Peru, and they have no clue where that's at.. or that they speak Spanish haha! Apparently the Dominicans Spanish isn't very great, I've asked around to a few Latinos and they said its the worst they've heard ha ha and a lot of times they dint even know what the Dominicans are saying! So yeas its still difficult for me ha ha, Although i can feel it improving with elder Alva, he knows a tiny bit of English oh also he has 18 months here in the mission. But anyways sometimes I'm not gonna lie i just space out and cant understand a word hes saying and just not my head and say si, but other times I'm like.. wow i just understood every word.. so yea sometimes its a little disappointing other times its been good, but overall this week Ive enjoyed my time with Elder Alva. We also painted a house this week ill send a picture so you guys can see elder Alva, As always hope every things going great back home and every ones safe.. Elder Beard

Monday, November 16, 2015

So Let´s this out of the way, I'm staying here in Villa Mella, Santa Cruz, and I´ll be senior companion to an Elder Alva from Peru! As far as I know he doesn´t speak a lick of English so well see how this goes haha, may be a little rough, but I can do it.. I´ll tell ya guys what though, I'm gonna miss Elder Hutchins, it´s been a good 12 weeks with him! I don´t know too much about Elder Alva, 
So anyways this week Elder Hutchins and I ended off my training good with the Baptism of R!! It happened and it was awesome! R was looking good in white! After we took pictures we ran inside and got started on the baptism.. All the crazy kids ran up to the font and a couple tried jumping in, and when he was baptised they all started laughing haha, they'll be there some day, but we went around and he was choking up a little bit, then he stepped out of the font and gave me knuckles! It was such an awesome experience for us and for him! I know that becoming a member of this church is gonna help him out so much, Especially with the problems with his wife.. Life´s not always easy, but its easier to know we´re never alone.. After when R was going around talking with everyone, bishop came up and told us we have another talk tomorrow.. So during my talk I made to mistake to say I was a little sick so I apologise if i don´t speak too well (i had a little stomach pain nothing too bad) but after holy cow! The whole relief society came after me with their home remedies, Tea Ideas, and were just flooding me with all this advice! I was then forced to drink 4 cups of water and while this was happening all of a sudden I see the bishops wife and another lady walking through the door with a giant bowl of soup! I could hardly believe it haha! they literally went home and cooked me soup! It wasn´t too bad. I just thought it was funny how like caring-overreacting the Dominicans can be, at one point in time the bishops wife asked if I could be taken to the hospital immediately by the ambulance! haha kinda reminded me of the incident in the metro.. But like I said it wasn´t much cause im fine now haha! So overall, not a bad way to wrap up my training.. My Trainer and Friend Elder Hutchins will be heading out tomorrow morning and I´ll be starting out the transfer with Elder Alva, I'm not gonna lie its not easy seeing him go, like Ive said you can really get close to someone in 12 weeks, but that´s how the mission goes! As always I love you guys and hope things are going great back home! I know they are in Beaver cause they just took STATE! Congrats guys! I´m wish i could have been there for it! Until Next Week friends,
Elder Beard

Hey Friends, 
So this week was a pretty good week, Although a little disappointing, M and G who were supposed to be baptised this week can´t cause their mom doesn't approve.. Shes a hardcore catholic who thinks Mormons worship men haha so yea that sucks, but were trying to work on that with her.. I came home that night pretty frustrated to say the least lol. But good news! the date with R is looking pretty promising for the 14th, I don't wanna speak to soon, cause as we know some crazy crap can happen last second, but it´s looking solid haha hopefully everything goes as planned! He´s super excited and we´re excited for him, Wish us luck, hopefully next week we have a picture with R in White!!
 So this is the last week of the transfer and I'm so far I've been spending it with the flu, so I apologise if this email sounds a little choppy, plus my computer sucks today haha! So funny thing here, so far everyone that's found out I'm sick has given me some recipe or natural tea to make thats gonna make me feel 100 percent better!
So Something cool this week, my parents shipped shirts to Wily that had his little company name on them and he was pumped, he has one for all his family and now all his friends are wearing them around the street, it was super cool to see how Happy it made him! Ive seen him wear the shirts every day since haha! Well that about does it for this week, This is the last week of the transfer, so by next week ill know who my new companion is.. Not gonna lie I'm a little nervous to get out of training and to get a new companion, The Spanish still really basic for me and if i get a Latino I think theres gonna be some difficulty communicating haha, But it'll probably also improve it a ton! Well as always hope you guys have an awesome week back home and hope every ones safe,
Love Elder Beard

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Family Council,
So once again this week flew by holy cow! Couple crazy things happened this week,
 First off these crazy girl around our neighborhood is in love with me, it creeps me out we make sure not to walk on the street she lives on or she'll start battin her eyes and waving.. She just wants me for my Visa.. We also avoid this street cause its really dark, and when places are really dark they're usually not safe, in fact we were on it the other night and saw like this kid like 14 beating up this 14 year old girl, had her in a choke hold me and Elder Hutchins were about to save the day, but some crazy cops came zooming out of nowhere and happened to notice them, they got out and the kids stopped then the cops just left.. Made me sick to my stomach to be honest, theres some crazy crap that happens.
 Speaking of crazy crap.. more or less annoying crap... this week we were able to find and have a lesson with R and things were pretty rough for him.. We talked to him about his wife and he was choking up pretty bad, so were we to be honest. We bore testimony that if he puts the lord first, everything else will fall into place and we showed him Alma 7:11-12.. We then went downstairs to try and talk things out with his wife a.k.a she who must not be named (mainly cause i forgot her name).. We said first off hey can we have a minute to talk.. immediate NO. We talk a little more explaining we´d like to talk about your family, R, and would like to help ya out in any way we can.. Still no like a brick wall. At one point she even started laughing.. and wow that ticked me off! I was about to chew her a new one, but unfortunately i only know nice Spanish words!  hes really anxious for baptism, but hes started work so we've had to move his date to the 14th.. We now have 3 baptisms set for the 14th, the other 2 are G and M, 13 and 15.. Yes i know what you're t hinking, wow that's young! and yea it is! But remember, these guys are Chicken fed Dominicans, Ill send ya pictures of them. Anyways they're really nice kids, they always read and progress. They understand everything and M has read the whole Bible and is almost through with 1st Nephi already! We have high hopes for them!
 So something cool that happened, actually today, I got to see Elder Green! It was good to see him we talked (for as long as we could) and reminisced. It was really good to see him, he looks like hes doing good and i believe he heads out to Santiago this week, He´s gonna be a great Missionary! I wish the Santiago and Santo Domingo E mission stayed more in touch!
 Well that just about does it for this week, As always i love you guys and hope everythings going well for ya back home!
 PS everyone here already has their Christmas lights up (since the start of October actually) But Christmas here is only Holly and Jolly for a lot of the Dominicans cause they get hammered drunk, play Domino´s and listen to Romelio Santos haha! Until next week!
Elder Beard
PPS (13 year old in blue stripes... Elder hutchins and I are in the white shirts and ties)