Tuesday, December 13, 2016

This has been an awesome first week here in Valiente.. I´ve had the chance to meet a lot of new people out here, and got a nice warm welcome.. The Branch has defenitly got that Las Americas feel about it.. The Branch president is an aweomse guy, named Prez. Julio Ogando,, hes super young and super energetic, as you can imagine the youth here in the ward are super strong! The branch feels pretty similar to La Llave to be honest! And as for my area.. Well its like a mixture of captial and campo, its got a bunch of buildings, but it´s all dirt road and trees.. Luckily this house is pretty nice and has got a bunch of fruit trees in the back yard.. I still have a sour orange tree, banana tree, plantain trees, mango tree, avocato tree, and even a coconut tree!! With space to spare,, unfortunatley everythings out of season and theres no fruits growing on the trees, other than a couple of baby bananas and coconuts. But this week i got a tiny mango tree from an investigator and named it snoop dogg.. We´re gonna plant it out back when it gets a little stronger with some better roots!
So something aweosme this week, was that we had the Stake Conference, so once again i got to reunite with a few friends from La Llave,, and got to hear that 2 of my converts from la llave will be recieving the Melchizedek Priesthood! It made me so happy to hear! As well i got to see Presidente De La Cruz, who is now Hermano De la Cruz (because he was released as stake president) everyone in Las Americas was really sad to see him go, but knew the work continues!
So now time for my comp.. His name is Elder Charles and hes from an island named Grenada, and he´s a stud! (hes the one with the super man shirt).. Hes an awesome and super funny guy, we´ve been having a really good time out here.. He´s a beast too,, he knows how to do anything, from cooking, to peeling coconuts with machetes in like 1 minute! Hes like a huge teddy bear! (and strong too i feel like i have a body guard haha).. So youll see in another picture, Me, My Comp, and Hermano Cenot (Who recently moved here from Haiti) He is serving what they call a ¨Mini Mission¨.. Hes still waiting for his year in the church to leave on the mission, but for now hes been serving with us here,, and I actually knew him before he left on the mini mission,,  he is from a ward thats was a neighboring ward to la llave, so i already got to know him, its been awesome living with him! But about wraps it up for this week! I hope you guys are having an aweome week, and enjoying the most wonderful time of the year!
Love Elder Beard

Monday, December 5, 2016

Well guys, today is my second time saying goodbye to Gonzalo.. I can´t believe its happening again haha! I´ve been assigned to serve now in... wait i want you guys to guess... think. think.. 
LAS AMERICAS! haha, I´m going back to the Stake, but this time in the other Zone, Las Americas Este,, I have the assignment to be something they call ¨Super Zone Leader¨ Which basically means I´ll be in charge of training a few of the new Zone Leaders,, I´m pretty excited about that,, My companion is Elder Charles, and my area is Valiente A.. Valiente is (from what i hear) the second strongest unity in Las Americas (after La Llave) So I´m pretty pumped to go,, but as well a little bummed to leave,,
 Gonzalo has treated me well,, I´ve met some amazing and very humble people out here that I´ll never forgett.. I´ll defenitly never forget the friends I´ve made out here and the Miracles we´ve seen,, From hanging out with everyone and getting dirty in the Construction, to going on splits with President Arismendis.. AND HOW COULD I FORGET,, Hanging out with Mr. Horse (pictures included).. So this morning I decided we needed to adventure before I left,, So we got on the bikes bright and early and headed out into the Jungle,, We climbed a hill and looked over the little town,, such a cool experience,, you could see everything.. The hills were  way green and misty, there were pigs down in the bottom of the valley floppin around in the mud.. I was about to take a picture, but I thought, the picture just doesnt do it justice, it doesnt show all of the memories, the people, and miracles that happened.. So i decided not to take it (but didnt matter anyways cause i had forgotten my camera 😂)..
Amazing expericnes! I´m gonna miss it here, but I´m so grateful for the time I had..
Well I  hope you all have a great week! Love you guys
Elder Beard

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Hey guys, so its just gonna be a quick letter this week with some pics,, But this week was a suuuper busy week,, as all ends of the month are! We were running around like crazy taking care of interviews and going to the capital for meetings.. We went to the Temple this week, which was always awesome,, everytime I go its like a spiritual Recharge! it keeps me going! And we were able to see the results of the blessings throughout this week, and we were able to recognize many miracles in our area.. 2 of them were the Baptizm of M and R,, It was great to see them make this huge step in their lifvs this week,, and to say that they´re very prepared for the step their taking!  I had my interview with president this week,, It was awesome, and I kind of realized I´m living in one of the happiest moments of my mission right now! The mission and life is great! I suggest it to anyone!
Love you guys! Happy thanksgiving!

Dear Family and Friends,
This has been another great week out here in the D.R. and specifically in Gonzalo!
So we ended up doing the service at hermana Jeidy´s house,, Its pretty fun doing these little services,, My companion and I have been hunting for new houses to paint! This week as you can see, i made a natural Tea,, from a bunch of random leafs i found in the backyard, with a sour orange, and chinola.. Turned out pretty decent! I´ve been fightin with a cold lately,, I´m not sure whose winning,, i sure don´t feel good, but its not stopping me from workin still,, i think its a tie haha! The weather has been really interesting lately.. It´s actually been cold! Believe it or not Cold in the DR.. and Its rained every day this week again, and i´ve actually had to use a jacket this week.. Weeird haha, So this week we´ve been having some pretty decent progress here in the Branch, We had our weekly noche de amistad (pictures included of my comp. drinkin some coca cola, and me witht he Branch President Arismendis). And this time 25 people showed up! A lot better than last weeks 15.. We also had a family home evening in the house of Francisca,, where 8 people ended up coming.. We´ve noticed that these little things make a big difference, strengthening the members.. This week we had an attendance of 40 in the Branch,, and after wards we all got together and made plans to head out in the afternoon to visit the members who didn't make it to church this week,, We rallied the troops and headed out,, everyone was super excited to go out too,, in the afternoon i went on splits with the branch president and headed over to the construction where we visited the whole little town! And on our way riding the bikes we found 4 other pairs of members out teaching,, There was even an investigator out there strengthening the less-active members!! I love the faith of the members out here,, its not easy to stay so strong in a tiny branch,, but there is nothing shaking the faith of the strong members of this Branch.. 
So heres one of the many miracles the Lord has blessed us with this week.. So its pretty late and we´d just gotten home a little early,, my companion was hungry so he wanted to go out and buy a tostada,, I didn´t really want to casue i was exhausted, but we decided to go.. In the tostada place a nice lady hooked us up with tostadas and a free piece of pizza,, The lady all of a sudden told us her name is K and she is member of the church.. She told us her story (partially in English) because she used to live in England. Her husband never supported the church and she always had to sneak out when he was asleep if she wanted to go.. So she moved back to the DR and some reason fell away from the church,, She said shes a little bit shameful for falling away and has seen us out walking a lot and always wanted to talk to us, but never got the nerve to.. That same night she had written in her calender of Goals that she was going to talk to the missionaries, but she got too nervous and backed out,, She started crying and said that she couldn't get the courage to come to us so the Lord sent us to her.. She´s been through the temple, has 6 years in the church, and obviously the Lord has something planned for her,, I told her Hermana Kari(cause thats her name) I think there are 3 reasons we met,, 1st to get a tosdada😋, 2nd Because you need the church, and 3rd the church needs you.. When K reactivates I know she´s going to be a great help here in this Branch.. The Lord is preparing something amazing!
Thank you guys for eveyrhting, and have a great week!

Today was an awesome week here in the Campo, as always.. I´ve felt especially tired this week, But when we come home exhausted i feel great inside, cause i know the Lord is blessing us for our efforts! And we´ve seen many blessings this week! And one thing I´ve noticed this week is how much the Little things matter to people. Lately we´ve been focusing a lot our consuler duties and strengthening the Branch and Members,, We were riding on our bikes to lunch when all of a sudden we saw a sister from the church, I, hand washing some clothes,, We decided to hop off and help finish off the clothes. She was so happy that she wouldn´t let us go until she got us some fresh fruit from her tree, She got up on her roof with a huge PVC pipe and knocked down a bunch of Manzanas de Oro, for us (not really an easy task cause shes like 70! She was super happy, for something that wasn´t really much, just a Little service, but the Little things matter! Little by Little, service by service, we are trying to revive the Branch. Tomorrow We´re going to paint hermana Jeidi´s house and soon plan on going over to the Construction with some members to paint houses out there! When youre in the service of others youre in the service of God!
  As well, this week, we went to the Caves out here in Gonzalo,, they were pretty cool, and you could definitely tell that we were in the country cause Trash Mountain was not to be found in these caves! As well, remember the horse I took pictures with last week? Well he´s my buddy now, every time I go to the construction he Whinnies at me and I go over to pet him (and yes mom, after wards wash my hands, especially because he´s got some nasty disease) Anyways We named him Mr. Horse. He´s a good guy!
That´s about it for this week everyone, as always thanks for all your support, letters, and love, I hope you have a great week! and GO BEAVER!

Another great week out here in the Campo! Very busy too, we were out of our area a loooot this week, which was pretty hard cause we´ve got a lot of work to do out here! We´re the counselor out here, so we´ve got a lot of members to visit, and a Branch to get excited! We had the chance to leave with all of the worty Melquesdic Priesthood holders  (5 including us) and visit the different members, it was pretty good cause a few members have been losing excitement about the church, so we were able to encourage and cheer a few on this week, which helped out a lot, cause we ended up having 45 attend the sacrament meeting this week, while last week we had 15. The little things like that really make a difference in their lives, and the Lord really does bless us for our efforts! We have to continue working hard this week to help this branch out!

So we had the Baptism of MacGyver this week (d) and it was pretty intense.. So heres the back story, there has been some major opposition in getting macgyver baptized,, just random things. He was supposed to be baptized last week, but he left out of town the previous day and his motorbike broke down and he couldn´t make it back! This week during his baptism it started to rain like CRAZY and we had to go to a river cause theirs no font here in Gonzalo.. so we were like oh no.. we cant postpone it again! We talked to him and asked what he wanted to do, and he thought about it for a little and went into his house, got down on his knees and started praying.. Right after he prayed he came up to me and said, I´m gettin wet either way, and today is the day of my baptism, Lets GO! So we hopped in the back of the truck and drove out to the Salto Sacoa (an awesome river like 15 minutes down the road).. We got out there absolutely soaked, but it was totally worth it.. Afer Macgyver got dunked he said I´m Pure! Later I decided to give him my CTR ring, luckily it fit perfectly.. It sure wasn´t easy, but it was definitely worth it.. Honestly with all the opposition we faced getting him to his baptism, I think he has a great work to do in the Church.. He´s 19, so he could be leaving on a mission here in a year! And as always, The Lord blesses us greatly for our efforts!

 So this week, i got coconuts from my other Haitian buddy MiguelSon,, he´s super crazy and loves running around screaming in the rain haha! He´s one of the stronger members in the constuction, by the way, i finally brought my camera to the construction (the Haitian village) and got out a couple cool pics, but it´s pretty normal cause

theres always crazy stuff going on in the Construction, it´s awesome there!!
Thats about it for this week, as always love ya guys and hope ya have a great week!

Monday, October 31, 2016

Well, i'm back in the campo! and just a bunch of normal/crazy stuff has been happening out here.. Fist off i entered into this giant hole that an investigator was making behind his house.. It was a pretty good sized hole,, about 11 feet deep, and he dug it by himself with a shovel, while i was in the hole i realized a giant pipe was directed into the whole.. I asked him what the whole was for, and to my suprise I found out I was in a 11 foot poop hole haha! good thing it wasnt in use yet!  As well this Thursday I smashed this huge trantula with Tabitha! AAAND I got soaked about every day this week in the rain haha! It rains a ton out here! I'm really loving it out here,, with all the adventure and humble people, its practically the perfect area, plus to top things off, in our little back yard, we've got trees of avacado, guaba, orange, and chinola! And theres a member (and shes the missionary mom out here) named hermana Heidi, she cooks for us every day, and we bring the fresh fruit from our trees over and she makes a juice on the spot! There is a juice that i love, its called Sour Orange,, where they basically just take green oranges and make juice out of them, sounds weird, but tastes great! 
 So this week we were able to see some pretty awesome things,, First off i'm sure you guys remember the baptism of E? It happened about the 2nd week i was here last transfer, anyways, this sunday he got the Aaronic Priesthood, and was able to baptize his cousin Tarzan.. Hehe, his names not actually tarzan, but thats what everyone calls him.. He climbs up trees and pics me coconuts! But anyways, we went out to the Rio 12 to prefrom the baptism, and it was the same day that E had recieved the Priesthood, and Tarzan said I want El! So E did it,, and did it good! On the way out of the baptism, we got caught up in the rain (youll see a pic with me, my comp, and the branch president soaked!) and we got soaked to the BONE, We hopped in the back of the truck to head back home (and there was no room inside) so we just stayed in the back and got pelted by golf ball sized rain drops the whole ride home haha! It was a little uncomfortable, but nonetheless an amazing experience! E has been super strong lately, and has becoming a great friend.. He's been leaving with us a lot lately, and its awesome cause hes got this little bike and he just cruises around along side us, popping wheelies and stuff haha! the campo life is awesome, I would love to train out here!
But thats about it for this week, My comp is elder Carias from guatamala, he's awesome! Elder Johnson and Elder Salazar are the DL's out here, and also awesome missionaries,
Love ya guys!
Elder Beard

Monday, October 24, 2016

holy cow guys, so first off you're gonna see a picture of my shoe.. I got the sole replaced the other day and they gave me Frankenstein Soles, and on the bottom it says DESTROYER,, pretty crazy right? So anyways everyones been checking out the new Frank in 2016's.. 

  And now for the Noche Blanca... So luckily V, S (her daughter), J, and M were prepared for their baptism and interview at the start of the week,(and they were all baptized in the Noche Blanca), and we were able to help everyone else in the Zone with preparing and Interviewing their investigators.. Literally every day this week I was on an intercambio with one of the elders from the Zone,, we ran around like crazy
Anyways i'll start off now with the day of the Noche blanca.. We start the day off looking around and reminding everyone about the Noche Blanca and tried getting everyone there early.. Aound 2:30.. We were supposed to leave at 3, but theres a little thing in the DR called Tiempo Dominicano,, which is about  1 to 2 hours after the actual time something is supposed to take place.. Sadly the 3 School Busses were all running on tiempo dominicano and they picked us up at 4:30!! And our crazy school bus (and now I appreciate how my dad drives) rear ended into a tow truck!! (and there was more than 100 in the bus) Luckily we're in the DR and we just kept truckin along haha! So we finally got to the chapel of Boca Chica,, Things were a bit hectic, but when we got there, there were about 350 plus people.. It looked like a Stake Conference! So we originally planned to baptize with a little bit of light left,, around 5 or so, when the sun was setting, but due to the dominican time, we got out of the chapel and onto the beach at 7,, and it was dark! It was pretty crazy up until that point, but we all got out into the Ocean and formed a little U shape, so everyone on shore could see us, and when the baptisms begun, all the Hecticness(if thats a word) Just slowed down until it was all gone, and the Spirit filled its place.. That night 41 of our Brothers and Sisters were able to make covenants with our heavenly father, and everyone of them can testify that the Spirit was there.. I'll try setting the scene, We were all out there (about 60 of us including those baptizing), the water was super calm and you could see the lights from the dock were reflecting off of it.. When the baptisms began the 300 on shore (led by President Corbitt and President De La Cruz) began to sing hymns.. 3 Months ago, In a meeting with the Stake President, Elder Affleck brought the idea up, It started off as an Idea, but with tons of work and even more Miracles, we were able to see it happen! Elder Affleck didn't get to see it in person, but it was made possible because of him, and it was a night that none of the 350 plus will forget!
The Mission is awesome!
P.S. I found stole this guitar from our Ward Mission leader, but wont be able to play it now cause i'm heading back out to the Campo! Yup their shipping me back to Gonzalo to be ZL in Hainamosa Campo.. TABITHA DADDYS COMIN HOME!
Have a great week, Elder Beard

Monday, October 10, 2016

Well guys as the title suggests it was a crazy week.. As you can see I got a little bit muddy this week riding the bike around,, theres been a cyclone hitting the country and it makes everything super muddy,, its pretty crazy riding around in the rain.. So  The week passed by pretty normally until I got the call in the middle of the week that I would be shipped back to La Llave the next day on a special transfer. And so thats where I'm at now,, Back workin in la llave, with as ZL of Las Americas A, with Elder Lanzas from Panama as my comp! A pretty crazy change, and a suprise.. After the 6 months here i thought I was done, but the Lord still has work for me to do here! It was only 2 weeks, and the majority of the people see me and say, Hey Elder Beard!... then they stop and think... Then they run up and hug me like WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE. Its happened with just about everyone, even the empenada guy, they're used to seeing me puttin around here! It feels a little weird to be back so fast, but it feels like i fit right back in at home.. Anyways things have been going great,, Thats about it for this week! I hope everything is going well for ya back home, Love and Miss ya all,
Elder Beard
I forgot about the best part of the week! GENERAL CONFERENCE!! I'll be quick cause i dont have time to write all of the talks and things I liked, cause its a lot! But more than anything, i see the conference has been changing for me,, Before to me it was like,, awe man this is great! But now, it felt like i was waking up Christmas morning!! And like they said in conference.. Spiritual experiences don't always depend on whats happening around you, but whats happening in you! The mission has helped changed my perspective on all of this and changed how i am on the inside! 
Have a great one!

Well guys, today was another Average, but good week! There has been some pretty crazy tropical Cyclones and hurricanes hitting lately.. We all got a text on our phone saying that we're possibly gonna have to evacuate in the following days, but nothing too crazy ended up happening.. We just got rained on like CRAZY.. I didn't get a picture of us sopping wet.. But we did of Elder Burity and Elder Espinal! Look closely in that picture.. Yes, Elder Espinal is ringing his tie haha! More than anything these past storms have luckily passed over where we've been stationed!
We've been pretty low on investigators and References lately (remember I got moved to the dry side of La Llave) so we resorted to contacting haha! We contacted a ton and didn't come out with a lot of succes.. Until, around the last day of contacting we found a young buck named I, and we shared a little with him, he seemed pretty interesed, so we left a pamphlet and came back in 2 days.. On the return visit we found out that his dad had found and read the whole pamphlet and had liked it a lot! The dad wasn't there when we returned, but we have another appointment where he will be present! Although we planted a lot of seeds this week, that was a great blessing to see after all the hard work!
It was a hard working, but great week this week! and wow it flew by. Time flies by when you're working and when you're having fun😀 Love you guys and hope you have a great week!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Well guys, this has been a super crazy week haha! 
So lets start with Transfer day,, So Elder Lopez and I hopped onto a bus and with all my suitcases and stuff and took off into the Dominican Wilderness.. Seriously we were driving for about 2 hours in pure Jungle when the bus guys just said heres your stop! We hopped off and carried the big ol suitcases over a few mud puddles and through the tiny town of Gonzalo to our tiny house! I then I got to setting up camp and getting comfortable! THEN... WE HEADED OUT ON THE BIKES! I almost crashed a few times,, i cant remember when the last time i rode a bike was,, and one of the pedals on the bike is all floppy haha, and i named the bike tabitha! Gonzalo is sooo cool! To be honest It reminds me like im back home in beaver,, seeing the stars at night, breathing in the fresh air,, and it even gets a little cold at night! It´s completely different from what ive experienced until now in the mission, cause i was in the captial for the majority of the mission! But I´m glad im out here now,, i probably had one of the most memorable experiences the other night,, We were riding down a little Dirt Road lined with wooden houses lit up and tons of trees,, Crickets making tons of noise and the sky dotted with stars, and to top it all off a bunch of fire flies were buzzing around lighting up in the road.. Obviously the spiritual experinces we´ve had can´t be beaten, but thats the coolest visual expeince i´ve had in my mission! Anyways this Sunday and investigator named Emaniel got Baptized and Elder Lopez had me Baptize him.. But the interesting part is, that this is a super tiny Branch (in fact, so small that I was set apart this Sunday as 2nd Counciler 😯) That we are in a rented building that doesn´t have a baptismal font! So,, We do what you do out here in the Jungle and Baptized in a River-Waterfall.. We baptized Emaniel in El Rio 12. First time and super awesome experience!! (the only bad part is that i won´t be able to send pictures this week cause i left my camera in the house).. Emaniel Lives in this little village called The Construction (remember this village cause im sure ill be talking about it a lot ) its about 2 miles or so away from Gonzalo and its a little village of Haitians! Like Everyone,, theres only 1 Dominican in the whole village.. The Village is super United! The other day they were all out, everyone of them in the street chopping and raking up the weeds and trash into a big pile,, they keep the place pretty nice.. And there are a bunch of members who live out there! There are a couple of people who we are preparing for baptism these next couple of weeks,, One of them are the Familia Mota.. They´ve had some time with the missionaries, but they are awesome!! We feel like their time is coming up here soon, where they can take this  step,, As well There is an awesome member here in the area named Hermana Jeidi, who cooks for us Lunch and Dinner Every day! Y su comida es rica! So thats about for this week,, I still havent crashed on the bike and im a little bumed i didnt bring my camera, but just wait for next week cause i´ve got some pretty cool pictures to show you all about the Campo Life! My comp is awesome! He´s like a skater Bro from california! The Zone is small, but super United and our DL´s (elder Call and Elder Johnson) are studs! Love ya guys and hope ya have a great week!
Elder Beard

Monday, September 12, 2016

This has been an amazing last week here in La Llave,, Yup.. Got the call, after 6 months of being here, I will be heading out to an area called Gonzalo, being a Zone Leader with Elder Lopez in the Zone Hainamosa Campo.. So I´ve had quite some mixed emotions about all this,, I love La Llave so much,, and what I love and am gonna miss most are the People here.. I´ve met some of my best friends here in this area,, and It was pretty tough saying goodbye to everyone,, The Bishop Let elder Palma and I get up and share our last testimony in front of everyone and he thanked us for serving here with them.. He told us he feels a special between his missionaries, and I felt the same,, The members take you in and treat you like youre family.. I have like 3 missionary moms in this area haha! And Saying goodbye to the converts has been super tough! I´m not gonna lie, i may or may not have shed a couple tears these past couple of days haha. But I know its a good thing, to be missing everyone so much, it helps me to be grateful for the mission and to see all the new people you get to serve and come to love and through loving in serving the Change you can see in yourself.. The mission is great,,  And we left here on an awesome note! We put down over 15 baptismal dates this last week, and the people we´ve met have great potential! Also, I don´t know if you guys remember Yokaira? She was our first convert here in la llave,, Well her 2 little brothers just got baptized yesterday, by their cousin (and our ward mission leader) Luigy! Today, I got up on the roof and just thought back on the past 6 months i´ve had in this area,, I feel very grateful to have known everyone and had this time, and i don´t think i would trade it for anything.. Its sure tough to leave, but I know the Lord needs me over in Gonzalo! It was actually Elder Afflecks old area, and guess what? I get to ride a bike! There are only 2 areas in the whole mission that have bikes and thats one of them,, im pretty excited about that! And Elder Affleck says that its awesome out there,, Its one of the most Campo areas in the mission and Campo basically means that its like the countryside,, he tells me its a very poor area, but the people there are amazing and super humble! And the majority of the people out there are Hatian,, so im gonna have to start practicing my French haha! But anyways guys,, thats about it for this week,,, The sunrise pictre is off the roof of the house, and I send a couple more pics of me saying goodbye and what not.. Its been a great time out here, and I hope you´re all having a great time back home! Love ya guys!
Elder Beard

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Well guys, yet another great week out here in the mission! So this week we had the chance to see Yaharyra and her son Eduarlin take the step of Baptism!! Yahayra had a few doubts at the start, but she kept with it and got her answer and took the action! Que chevere! Anyways if you guys are looking at the pictures down there, you'll probably see the Hoard of Mormons walking in the street.. And that would be an awesome Mission Activity we had called Dia Misional!! So basically what went down was that we all got to the Chapel ( and there were about 70 members who came) at 7am.. Starting off with a breakfast,,  the perfect way to start off any activity. Then we had a couple of trainings for the members, on how to be an effective missionary.. Talking about what to share, who to look for, and if they have potential.. We did a bunch of practices and it basically a mini MTC for the members.. After all that we all headed out to the field to contact.. and that would be the picture of us in the street.. Everyone got to apply what they'd just learned and they were super excited to go out and Contact  (and we were pretty excited for the references😁).. After a couple hours of contacting they all came back into the chapel and we had a little lunch and testimony meeting where they shared their experiences.. That was probably my favorite part! There were Recent Converts, Less Actives, and even Investigators who were sharing about the little blessings they saw from the short time they had contacting.. One of they was Jose Luis (the younger) who just got up there all sweaty and said... WHAT WAS THAT.. Wow, I didn't know that walking around all day could be so hard! I don't know how those missionaries do it haha! But it was hard and  good experience Amen.. The Members were getting super pumped! I think thats just what we needed too in the ward, So not too much else happened this week,, I bought a paper clip holder for my desk. Its a little black one,,  not too expensive, but its nice, got a little magnetic thing on it.. i'll send a pic next week🙌.. So I've gotta go now, and prepare the Stake Reports.. We have a meeting tonight with the Stake Presidency and President Corbitt, to talk about last month, so wish me luck! Love ya guys and hope ya have a great week!  Elder Beard