Monday, December 28, 2015

Merry Christmas!
Well guys I just finished my first Christmas here in the DR and I´ll have to say it was definently one of the most memorable haha! So First throughout the week We could see the crowds slooowly start to grow and the alchohol slowly start to appear more, until Christmas Eve..
 So in Christmas Eve Morning our Zone had a little White elephant gift exchange and a dinner, Super fun, I gifted a picture of myself and a candle of the pope.. A sister first got it and didnt want it what so ever.. Needless to say I was heartbroken.. BUT luckily i got my Elders to back me up.. First Harris Robbed the gift, then another named Lemus.. Lemus had my pic for quite some time, but elder espinal came in with the 3rd and final steal.. Elder Lemus was devistated and I once again felt loved. So that Night the party started,, people drinking, motor bikes, salsa music everywhere!! They all looked like idiots, but it was pretty entertaining! So the party lasted allll night long.. Barely got any sleep, and woke up the next day to tons of people in front the house still salsa dancing! As we made our way through the crowd we saw lots crazy stuff, and one guys fell and smashed a lady into his cement house, looked painful, but they both ended up on the ground laughing! So after this we retreated to the mission office to watch some Christmas Skits and have a good time there.. After that we got to call the Fam! Super exciting and so good to see them! After I hung up I felt a little bit home sick.. But it just turns out i was actually sick sick.. Yup Im sick again.. and I even bragged to them that i hadnt been sick this whole transfer! So that was my Christmas,, now its back to Work!(when I get better) I hope all you guys enjoyed your christmas, Thank you for all your Happy Christmas Wishes.. Talk to you Soon!
Transfers were this week and I will be staying in the same area with the same companion, Elder Alva
Elder Beard

Almost Christmas!
But it doesnt really feel like Christmas at all,, probably cause theres no Snow, Fireplace, or Tree (real tree) So lke ive said many times christmas here is a different story.. One day there was a lady preahing on the metro and she said ¨Remember that Christmas isn´t only about drinking and partying, but its about Christ too!¨ And we´re like No. It´s only about Christ!! For the Average Dominican, the christmas Spirit is being hammered drunk! Every night it gets closer to christmas the streets have been becoming more and more packed with people Smoking, Drinking, and Salsa Dance (i literally saw a pregnant women in a colmada dancing salsa while holding a beer) We live in the worst place for this time of year too.. Smack dab in the middle of 5 streets, and 5 colmada´s who all have sub woofers,, Fri, Sat, and Sun. I do not sleep. Kinda stinks to be honest and im thinking i need some firecrackers to throw at the Drunk Partyiers. But its all good, this week was still pretty good, we had the chance to stop by for the beard fam this week and she told me that She had a pic of her great grandpa and he looked like me cause he had the same ears, tall and dark hair.. Of course the ears haha! Thats a key identifier in the Beard Family!
 So we also had the chance to get a few Christmas Packages! My parents shipped a couple things for my Comp, who was super pumped. But it was way funny to see his reaction on some things.. He had no idea what the purpose of Silly Puddy is! I tried to explain to him that you just like.. squeeze it and uhhh twist it... Then I realized, I dont know what the purpose of silly puddy is! That caused me to ponder Deeply.. What is the Purpose of Puddy?

 So transfers will be on the 29th this next week, It´ll be exciting to see what happens.. Other than that not a whole much has been happening, I imagine that i may have some story next week about a crazy Drunk guy next week, but we´ll see! Hah I think A couple Christmas´s here will really help me to appreciate the Christmas Back home!! Hope you guys are having an awesome time back home and hope you guys all have a VERY MERRY CHRISTAS... and a happy new year😀 
TTYL  Elder Beard

Friday, December 11, 2015

Dominican Fam.
Well this week has been pretty good here in the D.R. Very Very hot and sweaty! But still pretty good, I feel like the spanish is coming along at a decent rate, and ive been making a lot of friends here.. Like a lot of friends, lol people i didnt even know were my friends in the street coming up to me like Heey my brother or How are you my friend! For example.. About a month ago some guy named Junior tried selling elder hutchins and i this phony watch and we told him to get lost.. But now every day we pass him he stops us and talks and the other day he actually greeted me with a hug lol (hes not gay hes like a gangster) he always introduces me to his other friends.. he has like to other friends named junior haha. And they all live around our nieghborhood, so i feel like if we ever get mugged theyll protect us! 
  So something pretty funny happened this week. E. Alva and I were sharing with a less active member and suddenly his crazy non pork eating aunt comes out of the house and startes saying AMEN AMEN to the scriptures we were reading and started praising the lord! THEN she started going off on some rant about how the mormons are founded from the illuminati and that were an apostosy and that every single church is an apostosy and then she busted out into spontanious prayer, and prayed that Dios would fix the problem with the U.S. Government.. Whats that problem  you might ask? Well according to her the U.S. government is working undercover with the Catholic Pope to overthrow all other governments and make them all have church on Sunday.. She also says that the ¨dragon¨in the war in heaven is the United States.. After her crazy ciritisim and prayer she just left... BUT we had the last laugh cause the scriptures she was AMENing and Praising were directly out of The Book of Mormon!! lol
   Im not sure if this next part is destiny or what.. you tell me! So the other day some guy came up to me and just started reading my plaque.. outloud kept saying my name and i was like yes? He said oh nothing,, my wife just has the last name as you! I was pretty shocked like whaa? so his wife came in the store and was like hey thats my last name!! Haha she was a little bit whiter, but still dominican so i figured it was whatever, but she said it was her grandpa who came from england ( and my great grandpa came from england which is the same time period) so i was like ahh crap we´re family lol! Her name is A Beard (something else they have 2 last names) so we put down an appointment for them and gonna pass by and share family history! And they live like 5 minutes from our house so that makes things really convienent! Ill try to get some pics to send next week! Well thats about it for this week! Hope everyone back home is doing great! Miss ya!