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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Patience and Diligence But 60 degrees!

Hello Family and Friends

This week was very uneventful. Holidays is terrible to tract or try to find people they always say to busy. Or after the holidays so. Pretty much we've just been knocking doors and blowing our noses, ( we got a bug that was spreading around everywhere. ) so It's been kinds slow. 

We are just moving along. Im learning the concept of being patient and diligent for blessings to come. Linda seems to be getting somewhat better. Hopefully we'll teach her soon i'll keep you updated.

Christmas as a missionary is a strange concept. We woke up opened presents then got to church. After that we went caroling with the rest of the district. Because tracting wouldnt work. Then we had dinner and skyped. Pretty much a regular day. It just feels like everything slows down and it's hard to get started after wards. but it's picking up slowly. It should start getting better. 

Oh weird thing. It was 60 degrees yesterday. 60!!!!!. It is so weird here I love it.

Oh another cool thing. I have officially been out for 2 months and 1 full transfer. 

Well love ya'll hope you have a nice holiday. and I think the next email will be on wednesday. so don't freak out.


Love Elder Beus

Monday, December 19, 2016

Cold and Wet

Hello Family and Friends.

It is cold here, and wet. Not a good combination for missionary moral. But the work continues. just to give you a glimpse of what we've dealt with weather wise it started out pretty normal, little snow flurries. then it got cold. Like really cold. It got down to 5 degrees cold. Just to remind you water freezes at 30ish degrees. It was like that for 2 days. Then it started to rain. Problem is though the ground was still freezing and everything else. So a strange thing accrued. It's called freezing rain. It was so hard to walk any where. It was so cool. so by now its like 30ish degrees out side then a random warm front came in and it was 50ish degrees. So Utah can't compare at all. 

Enough of sad talk of weather. I do actually have good news.

We have been getting a lot of practice at Tracting this past week. I haven't knocked on so many doors in my life. It's great. Now the fruit to our laborer is slim. But we continue. We've found some really good potential Investigators. which i hope i will be able to say that we are teaching, but we'll see.

all of our current investigators are sick. Linda has strep, so she banned us from her house so we don't get sick. Which is kinda nice. We don't risk the chance of being sick, But we don't stay in contact. It's a struggle. We do have two sisters were teaching. They are a bit strange, so we'll see how that goes. They read at least so that's good. Speaking of reading make sure you read ever day if missionaries say read to investigators then it just might be a little bit important.


Some thing that has been the main spiritual focus this week. Is Happiness through peace. So take a moment and think of your peaceful places........ hopefully it's either the temple or church. If not then go more. They are literally designed to be peaceful. And the spirit is a key thing as well. the spirit can bring peace to any weather thrown at you. and i say this in the name of the prince of peace, Jesus Christ amen 

It's beginning to look alot like Christmas...

well mom it is so cold and crazy here. you would absolutely hate it here. 

so down to some business first.

1 if it's possible can you buy me a Garmin GPS. pretty much the maps don't really work out here. and it's just hard to find houses with out one. Elder Larsen has one but I should get one pretty soon. They cost around 75-100$ so a little spendy. just make sure it's nice enough to work. 

2 i am buying some winter boots ( it's that bad out here ) so can you just rearrange founds to my credit card after i buy it today? thanks mom

3 i have now recieved 5 packages. so if you can say thank you for me to those who sent them.

4 i will text you on christmas when im ready then i can skype you. 

that's all the business.

how's molly doing? 


have you considered dating again yet? it would be a great time to try while i'm gone.

It beginning to look alot like Christmas...

well mom it is so cold and crazy here. you would absolutely hate it here. 

so down to some business first.

1 if it's possible can you buy me a Garmin GPS. pretty much the maps don't really work out here. and it's just hard to find houses with out one. Elder Larsen has one but I should get one pretty soon. They cost around 75-100$ so a little spendy. just make sure it's nice enough to work. 

2 i am buying some winter boots ( it's that bad out here ) so can you just rearrange founds to my credit card after i buy it today? thanks mom

3 i have now recieved 5 packages. so if you can say thank you for me to those who sent them.

4 i will text you on christmas when im ready then i can skype you. 

that's all the business.

how's molly doing? 


have you considered dating again yet? it would be a great time to try while i'm gone.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Bible Study w/attempted Plan of Salvation insert

Hello Family and friends


This week was not as awesome as last. It comes as a shocker but missions can be hard. I know that information is hard to swallow. But it's true. It's hard.

We actually did get some good things this week. It wasn't as bad as i thought it was. Linda has been progressing so well. she actually wants to read the book of mormon and wants to quit smoking. it's all just working out great with her. problem is she got strep so she's a bit out of commission for a bit.

 As for Pat we forgot to bring the jars back ( she gave us some tomato juice and pickles. the juice tasted unsalted and the pickles tasted like those one pickles we would have were its thinly sliced cucumbers i liked it elder Larsen not so much ) and like the vinegar so we can't per say drop her yet. But it's OK. she's giving us cookies. and helping me practice the lessons a bit.

 Sam is sick to so we aren't seeing him much. but he seems a bit interested so. if it's a particle of hope we'll work with it.

Andrew is progressing too. but till we get permission from his mom we got nothing. we're trying to get a lesson with her to be able to show her that he want's to be baptized.

other then that we have been finding. And let me tell you it was 22 degrees outside too. and it's supposed to get colder this week. we have been looking for new investigators all week pretty much. we go to an appointment then we go finding. mostly tracting. it is rough. we get a lot of " oh we go to the church down the street". which is a huge problem here. There are so many churches and other faiths here. so we have to literally unconvert then convert. It makes a challenge but i love the challenge. 

Something cool we did this week is we went to a bible study oh another faith. and we tried to teach the plan of salvation. But we couldn't get passed the pre earth life because they are so stuck on the bible. so it brought to my attention how wonderful it is to have a prophet and the 12 to help us with those questions. and not just really on written word as proof. That revelation is what truly differs us from any other church. So cherish it. I love our prophet so much and the understanding we can get from him and the other prophets and seers. In the Name of Jesus Christ amen. 


Love Elder Beus

Baptisms in Columbus


Things are going great here. Linda is so golden. she has been deeling with sicknesses her whole life and she couldnt find a doctor to help her so i told her to prey for a doctor and she found one. problem is she has strep this week so we cant see her. it's a bummer. we've left the cali famiy alone they have so much to do lately and they kinda shoved us aside. I am totally settled im getting into the groove pretty well. The sisters arenty texting back so idk. we'll see. oh darn i was actually in columbus on saturday doing baptisms with kaitlin. that sucks to here about the snow. it snowed here but rained later so it comes then goes pretty much. at least in utah they plow they don't here. i'll be lookig for those packages soon.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Boxes and Blizzards

Hi Elder Son!
How's things going?  How is Linda doing?  How is the California family?  A bit more settled?  A move is always a great time for a new start. What’s up with Caterlina and Serena?  Any progress? You may have some days that aren’t great but it sounds like you are doing fabulous!
I got with Brother Babcock and I’m sending a couple of his stories to you.  I think I have your Christmas list handled.  You should be receiving four boxes this next week, three from me and one from Amazon.  The ones from me will probably be held at the post office.  They will notify you and you will swing by the post office to grab them.  Save some car miles for this trip.  Bikes will be tricky.  I called the mission office.  (They are so nice. I was always terrified to call Seth’s mission office.  Not nice.)  No transfers before Christmas and it was ok to have you pick up your packages at the post office.  One of the moms on the mission Facebook page said there had been some thefts.  Hope this works out ok for you.  There are instructions on the outside of the boxes.  
I’ve been working a bit more this week.  We’ve been doing inventory.  I’ve been working on a Worker’s Compensation Audit, pretty standard.  Papa is also switching banks from Wells Fargo to Zion’s so I’ve had some extra work with that.  I’ve been working on Christmas.  I’m not a great shopper.  We had the ward dinner.  I made a casserole.  It was nice and well attended.  The Primary put on the Nativity.  The Youth served.  Seth came but hated the casserole so I won’t be keeping that recipe.  

Saturday, Russells invited us to dinner in Park City.  Jame was able to get the night off.  The weather was rough so he came up here first and then we went onto dinner together.  I drove down I-15 and up Parleys Canyon.  It was raining hard and it was very scary.  It was snowing in Park City.  When we left, Seth drove.  We got out of the parking garage and he starts right, guns it and flips a 180 degrees.  Argh!  We settle down and I directed us on the wrong exit.  We got lost for a bit.  The snow was really coming down.  I was nervous.  We did get back on track and went home by the back side through Henefer and Morgan.  We did really well until Morgan and we slid out a bit.  Seth handled it great.  By the time we got home, we had all had enough and Jame stayed overnight.  He went to church with us today. He went home after church while the weather is clear.  
Well, bud,  please know we are praying for you everyday.  I'm missing you.  The tree only has lights in the middle.  No one seems interested in fixing it.  
I love you tons!
Love,
Mama

Hurrah for Israel!  

Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas Conference

Hello family and friends.

This week was pretty awesome. First off P-day will be switched to wednesday after the new year kinda strange but it'll work. But on P-day this week we did something sweet. we got 1/2 in PVC pipes and did a dart war in the gym of one of the buildings. Super funa dn super cheap. 

On teusday we had a mission wide christmas confenference. it was the coolest thign in the world and wanna know the coolest part of it.... well we did it in ....... the..... Kirtland temple. It was the coolest most spiritual thing ever. There was singing and testimonies . and it was just glorious. 

on wednesday we finally got some succsess from finding. we found linda like monday and we werent to sure about her. Linda is a genious of a lady. we then started teaching her on wednesday she was just golden. we taught her the first 2 lessons and she understood both so well that we didn't know what to teach her next. She is just so smart. then after her we taught a woman named Pat we have to drop her but she's a very nice kind woman. but she can't read. and if you' can't read or really want to read the Book Of mormon then  we have to drop them. sadly. but after that we found a family from cali and we started teaching them. They are super busy all the time with moving and what not so we didn't count them as investigators. we also found caterlina and serena sorry i cant spell so just go with it. But they are two sister and theyre kinda crazy a bit. but that was a lot of lessons in one day. 

thrusday was the world wide day of service and so when we weren't having luck finding people we grabbed our rakes and got working. and had the best hot chocolate ever. oh boy was it good.

Friday was just a mess of appointments falling through and so we just went finding for most of the day with little to no luck. We did how ever talk to another investigator we had. his name is sam and he has a little boy and he has loads of question. which is great. cause we have the gospel to answer.

saturday we had a pretty great day. we taught andrew a part member family investigator. and he just is taking it slow but progressing. he is 12 so it's pretty hard to teach him. he likes to go off on tangents. then we taught linda again, and she was awesome. then we went and raked some leaves some more. and found out something. Dennison a local taown near us hasa polar express and it's pretty sweet cause it's a ton of people which is awesome for us as missionaries.

sunday was just a typical sunday we had church then we had a lesson with kaitlyn and sydney they are both Recent Converts and were trying to get kaitlin to the temple soon so we did some family history. Then we wen't finding a bit then we had dinner and call ins.

so this week seems pretty hectict but this is a regular week as a missionary, and i love it. It's pretty hard but you can see gods hand in everything. 


so Have a great week #light the world. and remember to look for the hand of god in your life and to give thanks. In the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

Casseroles & Canoes

Im doign great mom. um i just remember like the casseroles. and all of the good food we have. and like im concerned about the nativity cause after awhile i won't need it any more. um ask brother babcock for the stories of like the 12 conoes and like of the war chant. my companion is very interested in the partial stories i tell so i want the full stories. 


I thought i gave you one.... sorry um. Those cookies were great and just candy to share would be sweet too. Um hot chocolate packets would be awesome. or some tea, it's pretty expensive out here. um can you send another tie rack ive used up all the spots on the one you gavce me already. and ties and sweet too.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Faking it Blodgett Style

Hi Bud,
How's it going? I'm so glad you had fun on Thanksgiving!  Thank heaven for the Rogers!! I think you're good on the cheesecake. 
What memories have come back to you?  I hope they are really good. 
What items are you concerned about what to do with?  I thought most items were usable for more than a few weeks. 😳
I contacted Brother Babcock. He doesn't have any in a digital format but he will turn them into a digital format. He just needs to know which stories you wanted. I will work on our stories. I'm doing Christmas preparations for right now. 

Andy Blodgett was so funny today during fast and testimony meeting. Evidently, his kids are faking chores, like pretending to brush teeth without holding a toothbrush or watering a bush without any water. His daughter had four cavities and his bush almost died. He related that back to when we go through the motions but don't have the Spirit with us. Andy's bishop advised him to keep reading and keep being obedient until you get the Spirit. Andy also recommended that there should be no more faking. Be honest and no hiding things. 

The Elders passed the sacrament today. They wanted to support a convert, Alex, who just became eligible to pass the sacrament. It was a sweet gesture. Alex and his brother and sister in law are from Iran. It's tough to be Christian there and even tougher to be LDS. 

Keep working hard. Let me know how things are going. 

You didn't give me a Christmas list yet...

Praying for you, love you tons!
Love,
Mama 

Hurrah for Israel!