Monday, June 5, 2017

Well guys, my time has just about come to an end.. this next week will be my last week in the mission feild and pretty much every day i'll be in the capital taking care of some last stuff.. It's so weird how fast the time has come and gone.. It feels just like yesterday i was stuttering in lessons next to my trainer, and I never thought this moment would come, but it came so fast!

I can truly say I've been grateful for every moment of the mission.. Yes even (and maybe even especially) the hard times. I sure hope you can see the difference when I get back, and if i had to give any advice for those still out or going, it is to enjoy EVERY MOMENT,, cause the day to go home will come,, and in the aspect of life, 2 years is a short time,, Love every moment, work hard, be obedient, and be grateful for every blessing the Lord gives you for doing those things..

How am i feeling right now? It's hard to explain,, but its pretty comparable to the feelings that I had when I left Beaver to come out here.. I'm actually leaving my home again. I feel nervous, but excited.. I'm sad that I'll be leaving so many loved ones and familiar faces behind, but so grateful to see other loved ones and familiar faces.. Its been kind of a bitter sweet week honestly haha, but all in all, I just get this overall gratefull feeling.. I'm glad It's gonna be hard to leave, because it means i'll be leaving behind amazing people and experinces that i never would have met or had if i didn't serve the mission.. I know that the Lord blesses us.. Eternally. For the things that we do here in our full time missionary service.. I'm leaving countless blessings here in the DR, but will be coming back to many more.. I love the mission and I love my people, Here and back home..
I love you guys, thank  you for all the support you've shown me I'll see you in a week or so!
Elder Beard

Monday, April 17, 2017

Well guys, things have been going great this week!
Anthony was able to recieve the Preisthood this week and ordained to be a Priest! Hes super happy about that and has been helping us with the missionary work giving us references and what not... This week was Semana Santa,, although it wasnt very santa haha,, there were pools, beer and hookah all over the streets people were going nuts! But the only good part about Semana Santa was the tons of Habichuela con Dulce they got.. LITERALLLY we ate habichuela con dulce about 3 times EVERY day this week.. what is this mysterious food you may ask,, well.. its a famous dominican meal for this time of the year, where they put BEANS together with SUGAR and eat it! sounds weird right? it is at first hah, but i like it a lot better this year than i did last year.. i guess that comes with being "aplatanao" 

This week wer were able to help out this awesome member named Jonas get his empenada stand up and running again (pictures included)..something i love about this guy is that no matter how rough the situation hes always got a huge smile on his face!
As well this week Elder Beecher was finally beat as the missions tallest missionary :( we found one taller,, and hes here in the zone,, his name is elder Burrel from Jamaica!! super cool guy! Heres a picture with me next to them both, just so you see how tall they really are ;) and keep in mind, im usually a foot taller than the average dominican haha!

Have a great week guys, happy easter!