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