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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Toledo Bound.

Well this has been the best week of the mission so far. So much has happened.  It'll be hard to explain all of it.  So if there are imperfections, it is the imperfection of my writing skills and not of the awesomeness of this week. 

Wednesday, (Start of awesome) we got a referral for Stephen, we showed up and he lived in a mansion that had been split apart for apartments.  It was super awesome. He invited us inside through this huge door. We taught him the restoration and he was super excited. It sounds like he has taken some heavy drugs in his past and it has fried him a bit.  Sadly, happens a lot but he was excited.

 Thursday, we got invited over for lunch to a part member family and it went awesome. The food was super good. My favorite mac and cheese and Burgers. We then go to a super scarry apartment complex, which I'm pretty sure passes all of the building codes by a particle. Really sketchy. We came home and we got comfortable, then Elder Barnson had the thought of grabbing the phone just in case.... President called... Elder Barnson is training!!!!! which is so awesome. 


Friday, we had a zone conference, and they made us get flu shots, so that wasn't quite so awesome but hey the church doesn't want us sick. That night we had an awesome lesson with the Washingtons. We raced home /cause it was late and dark and East Cleveland.

Saturday, We taught Stephan again, and we set a date with him. It was amazing. What's really nice is that the sisters that sent us the referral call him all the time to see how he is doing. So we have been getting some good things done here. This put us up to 6 people on date... 

Sunday was just the best ever.  We had 6 investigators to church...Yeah Stephan came to church and we had Dembele as well... (we didn't know we were spelling his name wrong this whole time.) Then we thought that the zone leaders would be switched around a bit and that Elder Barnson would be called to be district leader now too. But then President said he wants to talk to me... So I'm going to be a Zone Leader in the Toledo Zone, and my companion is Elder Brown. So should be awesome. We get a truck... Yeah, I am so happy.

Monday we went on exchanges with our zone leaders so that was fun. We did some hard work together.  We also went and taught that Part member family again, and the family was there this time and it was awesome. So now Elder Barnson is so set.  We then went to a FHE for the YSA because a recent convert was there and an investigator. It was pretty cool cause I interviewed the recent convert.  We went to the Kirtland Sites for FHE, and the sisters that gave the tour were in my district, and one of them is going home, so I got to see her last tour. It was so awesome. 

Good things are going on and Elder Barnson is going to be a perfect trainer I just know. I hope that every one else has awesome weeks. But Toledo here I come..




Monday, October 16, 2017

Let's try again.

Hey Elder Beus,
I messed up the transfer date so I'll try again...I guess the big item is transfers.  

Questions:

*Are you going to be transferred?  If yes, please give details include pictures, companion information, and address.  It's getting time for another box so I really need an address. 

*Are you training again?

*Leadership, again? 

*What do you need/want?  

*Did you get the Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar? 

I'm glad you are safe.  Keep listening to the Spirit.  Stay in tune.
  
So Grandma's party was well attended and lots of fun.  She is doing great.
  
She asked me for a ride to Lexi's shower on Friday so I was there to pick her up and found Sharra and Kellen there.  They had ridden the train up.  (Kellen kept telling everyone, "choo, choo".)  The shower was at Jorgensen's.  It was very nice and also well attended. We left a bit after 8:00 and found out that Sharra and Kellen needed to catch the 9:15 at Roy station. Yikes!  I drove as fast as Grandma talks!  We drove into the lot at 9:08 and Sharra ran!  She had her hands full with Kellen's car seat so he just toddled right behind her.  They made it with time to spare.  Adrenaline rush!  Next train, 11:45.
  
Thursday guess who came to the temple? Spence and Lorinda.  I also got off at the same time as they were leaving!  It was so good to talk with them!  I miss them.
Seth caught a cold Friday and was feeling crummy.  He did assemble the four stools for the counter and put 10 crates down the "rabbit hole". (The "rabbit hole" is the crawl space.  The opening is in the master closet in the floor.  I need to remove the hanging items and then lift the hatch. Then you climb down through the floor and onto a ladder.  It is about four feet tall with a cement floor. Not our favorite place.)  So the house is coming together.  Jame came up Sunday and we got rid of three more boxes.  Yeah!
Sunday morning, 9:00 am, Spence's Farewell.  It was great to see everyone.  Seth came and we sat on our row.  Ellie Heiner was the youth speaker, and  Paul Duncan the high counselor speaker.  Spence did a great job.  He was assigned to speak on service.  He spoke about you for about half of his talk.  He was so grateful for the service you gave to him and for always thinking about how to serve your quorum members.  He talked about you always getting him out of jambs when his bike had problems but mostly for being his friend. He also talked about Ethan showing him how to fix his bike and taking him home on his moped almost running out of gas.  It was nice.  He is excited but nervous.  I did give hime your message and he has promised he will write.  He also said, one year down, two to go and then you are back together.  I went over to the Grandpa Goff's for the luncheon afterwards. (I brought veggies and dip.)  Belnaps leave for Ghana for three years starting next summer.  I miss them already and have an invitation to go stay with them.  
Make sure you let me know where you are ASAP.  Remember that we love you and miss you.  Keep on moving forward.
Love you tons!
Love,
Mama


Eli: I am getting transferred. My new companion's name is Elder Brown.  All I know about him so far is that he came out one transfer before me... oh and we'll be Zone leaders... I haven't transferred yet so I can't answer all the questions 'til next week... Elder Barnson is training though so I guess I did pretty good. My face is looking and feeling a lot better. I'm gonna miss Spence so much. It'll be hard but I'll last. You told Spence he doesn't have to move back to Ghana if he doesn't want to. He can live with us. It's gonna be rough without him. Oh and I heard Tyler Boydstun is going on a mission to Independence, Missouri.  Can you find out where Logan and Parker Larson and Mckay are going?  I can't think of anyone else. but can you find out where the're going so I can write it down or something. I'm forgetting them all. Life's great. It's starting to get cold so that should be fun. I feel a lot more prepared for winter this year though... should be fun. Hope you have a blessed week mom and love ya!!!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

drunk people, schizophrenics, and gun shots, Oh my...

Well, everybody, it truthfully is spooky during the Halloween season here in Cleveland.

drunk people, schizophrenia, and gun shots Oh my.. We've had a really good week.

So to catch you up from last week cause we went to the temple, we got a bunch of referrals. We got them done now. General Conference was super awesome.  We only had to kick 1 hobo out of the church.  He came in asking for money for food, so I said I have an apple in my bag I'll give to you, and he said "I don't like apples". So I explained that we don't hand out money.  We supply food so people don't spend it on drugs or anything bad. So he promptly left... not that cool. Yeah that's about it for last week

But on Thursday we had an opportunity that most missionaries don't have. There's a lady named Andrea Bisconti. She left the church a long time ago, we don't know why. We don't know when. All we know is she wants to come back and bishop said to teach her so we'll do what we do best and go and preach His gospel. She's wonderful. Then we saw Assa that night. He's being funny. He got a new job and he doesn't work too late. We still can't get him up for church in the morning... It's been a while but he said he wants to feed us some African food so this'll be interesting.

Friday, we went and taught Ashley. She is on fire lately. She's studying and she's praying and asking questions. It's been great. 

Saturday, we ran everywhere. We were behind on weekly planning and we had to catch up on 12 week. And just running and running and running. 

Sunday was Nice. We got a new YSA Branch mission Leader. His name is Chase. I don't remeber if I told you about him. He's from Ogden and he was on the drum line and he took lessons from Louise as well. So we connected on impact. So this'll be fun getting started here pretty soon. We also had 3 nonmembers come to church. A member invited a friend for the Family ward, he was pretty cool too, so we'll see. Then an investigator from another ward came for YSA. Then a a foreign exchange student from Brazil who's staying at a members house came over to YSA as well just to see how it is, so it was super fun.


Monday, we saw Ashley again so that was sweet. Then referrals. Then we had to buy Elder Barnson some new bike brakes. It was Metal on Metal. Not a good sound. But now they are quiet. Rest of the night we went out with a member to do some referrals, Cause when a member comes out stuff happens... and it did we met a guy named Ronnie, he is super awesome. He is a family man which is a blessing for this culture. He was super nice invited us in. We talked for a brief minute. He invited us back to talk some more. Members make miracles.

Tuesday, was super interesting. We started out talking to Brother Kelley, an old member of the ward. We asked him how he found the church. It turns out he saw a tv ad for a free bible and called in, so the oldest member of the ward was a media referral. Rest of the day, we did some referrals, and at night we had a member come out. This time it was different... we met a guy named Jason Mormon! Yup, his last name was Mormon. Spelled the exact same way. He was a bit drunk and we had a very strange conversation with him. Including but not limited to him saying we were angels. and we had wings.... I said my name was Elder Beus, then Elder Barnson repeated his... he said y'all both Elder so we tried explaining that it's our title... he then turns to me and said what's your real name. I said Eli, it was weird to say it.... he then goes on and on about how I lied. He then told me to take off my name tag... I wasn't going to do it. Lucky he was drunk and I was bigger so he didn't push the matter anymore. I'm sure he didn't even remember it this morning. He even walked us to the members car because he was scared for us. it was a weird experience.. but that is Ohio for yeah. 

We also took some photos on a high building.


Monday, October 9, 2017

Busy boring

Hi Elder Beus,

We didn't get much from you last week so I'm hoping that you catch us up this week.  I guess the big item is transfers.  

Questions:

*Are you going to be transferred?  If yes, please give details include pictures, companion information, and address.  It's getting time for another box so I really need an address. 

*Are you training again?

*Leadership, again? 

*What do you need/want?  

*Did you get the Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar? 

* Waist and length. I have no idea how to solve your pant problem without some measurements. Colors. We will need to start out with one pair to see how they fit.  (Make sure the rise is correct.) 

*Has the weight loss slowed a bit? 😕
 
*How is your teaching pool coming?  Ashley, Demble, Washingtons, Assa?
  
*How will the people from the Congo on the west side of Cleveland be taught?

We have been boringly busy.  Jame and Seth are working hard and studying lots.  They are getting into more challenging classes.  Seth is teaching quite a bit as ward mission leader.  I think they may end up with three baptisms shortly. I taught my 17 year olds this week.  It was good.  The lesson was on encouraging others to keep their values.  My mind kept going back to "little Luis".  I felt like when he was around us I just needed to encourage him to do well in school, band, home and as a Catholic.  Now he is a member.  Nice young man. Happy for him.
Alice's funeral was nice.  Grammy spoke and did a nice job but she was exhausted.  She has been resting for days now.  
I took some of the dehydrated items out for the pigs.  I guess old stinky is good.  Grandpa had a great crop of pumpkins this year.  I ran into DaNette, Kira and her kiddos.  I told Grandpa I wanted a warty one and Will looked up at me and said "Warty?  What's warty?"  Wrinkly nose and all. We got a laugh out of that.  
Seth and I worked on the yard Saturday.  There are bushy trees all along the back fence and we trimmed those back.  I also washed windows.  I will need to get something stronger for some as the sprinklers hit them.  Seth then took me to The Habit.  We got a Santa Maria Style burger, delicious!  We will try it when you get back.  
Jame and I did the dentist today.  No cavities! Yeah!  We grabbed Seth and went to Jeremiah's after.
It's Grandma's birthday Wednesday. Braden's wife, Lexi, is having a baby shower on Friday.  Spence's Farewell is Sunday.  Can you believe it!?!
Like I said, "busy boring".
I love you sweetheart!  Keep on keeping on...
Love,
Mama

Eli: Transfers are next week, and I haven't heard anything yet, so preparation day will be Tuesday.  I'll try sending all the details. you might have to remind me next week as well. I love those caramel apple suckers, also I don't need pants they'll last. I need garments... I don't remember what they were or what sizes. But I could use 2 pairs of them. and I'm a 36 waist and a 30 height. but honestly I have plenty of pants and I can buy them if I need some. The weight has settled. I'm sitting between 200 and 210. I like this area I don't have to work to hard to loose weight. But it's the same for gaining. Teaching pool is great I'll type it in the weekly. We are working on the west side people. The problem is Assa will have to teach. Tell Spencer I'll see him 2 years, and how I love him. Also tell him to write me or so help me I'll knock him down a couple inches.  I love you too mama. Hope you have a great week. 

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Temple Trip, short on time



A lot happened this week, I'm still alive. General Conference was cool... we just went to the temple so not a lot of time. I'll see if I have more time.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Pizza, Smoker, Seth

Hi Elder Bubba,
How are you son?  You are looking kinda skinny in those last pictures.  But happy so, it's good.  How are things going with Elder Barnson?  Are you two getting tired of each other yet?  The weather has been crazy here too.  One day hot as blazes, the next wet and chilly.  I think this area is more humid than the last but no where near Ohio.  Tell me when your baptismal dates are.  I'm glad Ashley came back.  It is so hard for those folks coming into the country.  It is a land of opportunity but you need the skill/education set.  Were you able to make arrangements to teach the people from Congo?
Lots of service. Wow!  You will come home knowing how to do many new things!  
I hope you were able to see conference.  It was wonderful!  We watched them all.  I loved Elder Rasband's on having the Lord's hand in our lives.  I know the Lord has guided me.  This house had much guidance.  I'm not sure what to do now though.  Mostly, I'm still getting everything in order.  I've made good progress this week.  I'm hoping to clear out the front hall boxes this week.  We need to work in the yard a bit before the snows flies so that is probably next.  Then I need to work on food storage.  We have plenty for a few months but we will be hurting after that.  I have quite a bit from before but it is now 15 years old. So it may be a great time to replace.  I've already replace the powdered milk.  It has like a 2 year shelf life and it is nasty after that.  Uncle Brian said to bring it out to the pigs.  I guess they like old stinky stuff.  I did get 14 1/2 quarts of homemade spaghetti sauce made.  It is delicious. Seth ate it twice today!  I also made a pizza on the smoker.  It was wonderful!  Can't wait to make one for you.
Great Aunt Alice Alice passed away on Saturday.  The family feels like it was a doctor's mistake that caused her death.  Her husband Pat, is really struggling.  Her family has always struggled.  Her oldest son is in a mental hospital.  I will go to the funeral on Thursday.   Grammy is doing her makeup and speaking.  I hope she is strong enough for that.  
James came up for Conference.  He is doing well, working hard at his history and Spanish class.  Seth got 100% on his test tonight!  Molly is still healing.  I finally got through to Dr. Allen today.  He called in a couple new prescriptions for you. I will pick them up tomorrow and get them off to you.  I'm weary.  Spending most of my days working here at home.  It's hard because I'm alone almost all day every day.  I'm hoping that like Elder Rasband said that the Lord has his hand in our lives and there will be more for me.  I am getting things done though.  You would be proud!
I'm proud of you.  I love you and miss you.  Fresh courage take.  The heat will leave and hopefully the cold will be slow in coming!
Love,
Mama

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Hot Again.

Well. It has been so hot here. It was in the 70's. It was beautiful, but then out of nowhere, it was in the high 80's all week. We have been working a lot too, of course so we took a bit more breaks during the day. I am very thankful to whoever invests in AC.


Quick update on teaching pool: Demble is doing well, he has committed to pay tithing after he is baptized, we just can't get him to church. Ever since he works under the table it's not like he can find another job. Washingtons are doing just great, we finally set a date with them and that's all the investigators. Ashley is doing wonderful again, she just bought a Quad for institute She arranged her schedule to go as well. Assa got the new job and will go to church this week. He has been talking to some people on the west side of Cleveland who are from the Congo and he want's to teach them so I,'m not sure how we'll do it but we'll figure it out. 

Thursday, we ran everywhere. We were late to everything. We did get a chance to teach both of our African friends in one day. We taught Demble in downtown then we taught Assa,

Friday, we had to do the dreaded "Bundle". You might ask what the Bundle is, it includes everything where we have to sit inside and not be outside. 12 week training and companionship study and weekly planning. Elder Barnson usually has to remind me and almost drag me to do it. I love this work but the administrative stuff is no fun. I'd rather be biking somewhere. 

Saturday, we did service all day. Brother Johnson asked us if we could help paint a house really quick. So we thought, oh maybe 3 hours of hard work and we'll be done.... we started at 9:30 we ended at 6:30.... But that's not all sister Lui needed some help moving some stuff so why not.  We helped here. but I patted my pockets. I had my wallet. Elder Barnson on the other hand didn't, so we walked 3 miles home and we got home at 8:55 so we did service all day. It felt awesome and kinda terrible because we got burnt pretty bad. 

Sunday, remember that burn the day before yeah it was pretty uncomfortable. But it was ok. We had a good day at church. A lot of people showed up who hadn't for years. So super cool. We then went our with 2 members that night and we got a lot done. It was super sweet.

Monday was so hot, but we helped another lady paint thankfully it only took an hour. After that we got to work. We went and dropped off a couple books, and then stopped by some members that bishop had asked us to. We had help from a member to so that was nice. 

Tuesday, we biked so much for some reason we got lucky and it was even hotter. but we did it. e even got 3 members out that night and we worked hard. I can truly testify again of the power of the Word of wisdom. You will have strength beyond what you could do. 

We also went to the sign again fro Elder Barnson.


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Vehicle Service.

Hi Elder Bubba!
How goes it?  You sound very busy.  We haven't had a picture for a bit.  Maybe one at the next baptism?  Are you being safe when you go into Cleveland at night?  Follow the mission rules and listen to the Spirit.  Stay safe!  I'm glad about Ashley.  Sometimes someone else can come in and make the difference.  The presentation at the hospital was very fortuitous. When people can candidly ask questions in a respectful setting it really opens up communication.  That was fun about all those drummers.  I'll bet your arms have forgotten all about "chops".  😜
So for fun this week..  I took a defensive driving course so we could lower our cost of insurance.  I'm not sure why it needed to be me because I haven't been in an accident for a long time.  Four hours, Saturday morning 8:00.  Argh.  I was so sleepy.  After, we went up to Bobwhite to dig up my herb garden.  Grammy and Papa don't want it, so in the mean time, I have been preparing a bed here at the house to receive the herbs.  We got all those planted Saturday afternoon.  Saturday evening was the women's session of conference.  This stake has a dinner before.  I, however, watched it on the computer, in a blanket, in my lazy-boy, in my muddy clothes.  It had wonderful messages.  I hope you get to hear them.  I just couldn't go out one more time.
Seth has had an interesting week.  He broke up with Liza.  He was quite sad.  He took his truck in for repairs, a lift kit and new tires.  He ended up needing a new transmission and u joints. He also had a gal hit his rear tail light, $114.00.  He paid his tithing last week and the bill totaled almost $6,100.00.  Because of warranty, extended warranty, and our pricing, he paid $562.00.  It was truly a miracle.  We are very grateful.  Seth was almost giddy.  You should have Seth tell you about all his ward mission experiences lately.  They have been doing fabulous.
My visiting teachers came tonight.  They are close to my age and very nice. Maybe they will be my friends.  That would be so nice.
Sweetheart, please remember, I love you and I'm so proud of your choices and all your efforts!
Love you tons!
Love,
Mama

Eli:  I'm doing great mama. I have some more photos this week. I am being very safe. and very fast. wow sounds like a lot has happened. and I know that you are proud. I truly appreciate the support. Sorry, It's gonna be short this week. We want to do a Zone activity.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Drummers society/Bikin'

Well it's gonna be a better week, This week was awesome though so it'll be hard to beat.

Update on people we are teaching.

 Demble, we had a lesson on Monday with him and we taught Word of Wisdom and he accepted it fully. The Washingtons are doing fantastic We committed them to a date, and we should be getting the parents ready for baptisms for the dead as well. Assa is doing great.  He got a new job so he isn't so tired for church. We had a good lesson with Ashley finally. She was super interested in institute. So this area is doing great.

Thursday we had something awesome. A member in the ward was doing a presentation at the Cleveland clinic on the LDS church. Mostly on how to treat and respect our culture, but it turned into a what is the doctrine of the Mormon church. So super awesome there was a couple members with us there too, and they all asked really good questions, a lot of the stereo typical questions, But it was super cool.

Friday, We finally had a lesson with Ashley it was good, It was mostly Elder Lewis, our ward mission leader, who talked to her though. Other than that I think that was the high light of that day...

Saturday, We had the best mac and cheese I have ever had in my life. It was so cheesy and so good. That's sadly all I remember.... I promise we are working as well. I just can only remember how good that food was.

Sunday was a good day, We went to church, the Washingtons came super awesome. We talked a lot to the YSA.  Funny story, Chase one of the YSA members is from Ogden, And I think I talked about this... But he was a drummer as well. And I thought, hmm, maybe he knows some of the Older Drummers, he knew Matt Berghout and he knew Bryan Hyde. And not only that he took lessons from Louise Scouten, as well. So we were laughin' it up a little bit. The rest of the night we went out with a member to do some referrals, and he is super big on bikes. So, of course, we used him, and he quickly tuned up our bikes for us too so super nice.

Monday we were late to everything. Super bad.  Our dinner was late. Our next appointment was late, which was another dinner... Whoop, then we were late to the Washington's, But we set a date with them so that was good, Then we got home late, so a late day.

Yesterday was awesome too. We taught Brother Kelly, the oldest man in the ward. He is so funny to listen to. Then we had to hurry to the hospital for a blessing, Then we had to hurry somewhere else then we had to bike back in the direction of the hospital again, then we had to go somewhere else for a referral then we had to go back to the same area super annoying... lots of miles, But we had an awesome experience, We took a YSA member out with us, we got canceled on so we got Italian pastries in little Italy. Then we went to the college to drop off some bibles, and we talked to a whole dorm of students, we dropped off 6 copies of the Book of Mormon and they invited us back, so it was super sweet. Then we had to go to east Cleveland at night, so we biked even faster then normal. Long day of biking this day is a very nice break. 


Lot's of good things, I hope everything is good where ever you are, love you all.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Poor Molly :0(

Hi Elder,
How goes it? How are all your investigators doing?  Assa still moving along?  Was Demble able to make it to church?  The Washingtons sound fun.  It sounds like Spencer is doing great.  Thank Heaven Mike went with you.  We have so much to learn about our own church we don't venture much into someone else's.  Although, Jews and Mormons have alot in common.  You will know more over time.
How are you feeling? Are you taking good care of yourself?  Did you get your box?  It should be there today.  Go easy on the jalapeños or you will be sad.  The cookies are good for you, wheat germ, pumpkin, and dark chocolate.
The Beus Aunties had launch at Jana's last week.  They have remodeled their home and it is so nice.  
Jame came up for Beus FHE on Sunday.  We smoked chicken thighs on the Traeger.  They were too good.  
Shawn and Paul want to arrange for the Beus' to go back to the French/Italian alps for a Family History trip.  I'm hoping for November 2018 so you can go too.  We will need to check on flights and watch Grandma's health.  She is doing pretty good just getting tired.  
Paul and Terrie are coming your way.  They will try to meet up with you and maybe take you and Elder Barnson out for a meal.  They are looking for fall leaves in the motorhome.  They will get with the office first though.  
I took Molly into the vet today and she has torn the other (left)  knee.  We are going to try to wait this one out.  She still struggles with the right from the surgery so I'm nervous to have her have surgery again.  She has been acting funny like, hiding behind and under chairs and trying to scratch her way out of her kennel.  None of us slept great last night.  She will be medicated for about a month then we will see how things are going.  
I taught my class for the first time.  It is the 17 year olds and there were 9 of them.  It went fine.  
Well, I'm pooped and headed to bed.  Sweetheart, remember I love you and I'm so very proud of you and all you are doing. 
Love,
Mama

PS Logan Duncan got his call, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, 1/10/18.  He wants to keep in touch with you.  

Eli:
I'm doing great. Assa is doing good as well. Demble is still trying to work around work. I am feeling great. I'm getting worried about my acne scarring now though. I have been washing morning and night with the stuff President Allen suggested and it just isn't working so I'm branching out now. Can you try asking him if there is something harsher I can use? I haven't gotten the box yet.. Mama, I'm sorry to say it but it is against church policy for family to meet. Let them know I love them but I will have to decline. Give me Logan's email once you get it. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Ward Councils

Well it's been a good week, It's also been a long one. and I forgot my planner so I'm not actually sure what happened...

But what I do remember is that we had a great ward council. This ward really wants to help us teach these new converts. So it's been awesome to see the help that has been signing up to come. We have been working hard, Then after the awesome ward council, we had an awesome YSA Branch council. This new branch president wants to get the ball rolling, so this'll be fun as well. 

Assa has been doing just great. We don't have problems with him

The Washingtons had a great lesson with their kids. They all really enjoyed last week, and it's kinda fun making the lessons short and entertaining. Also, there are snacks. 

Demble had to work all week. So that was hard, we're pretty sure he's doing fine he just can't go to church because of work.

Spencer, our YSA investigator, is on fire. Spencer was a referral, And ever since he was YSA aged, we went and talked to him. He has been reading a bit so we read with him and we brought Mike a YSA member. The lesson went awesome. Spencer is a reformed Jew and Mike studied abroad to Jerusalem... so it worked out awesome. He knew more about the Jews then me and Elder Barnson combined. 

Sorry that there's not much this week. I woke up super tired this morning. My brain is still trying to turn on. Oh and we visited some cool culture gardens





Tuesday, September 12, 2017

New calling..

Hi Sweetheart,
I'm listening to the Monty Python album.  "and always look on the bright side of life..."  Funny.  How are things going?  How did Brother Kelly do with his surgery?  I hope well. Is the bike up and running well?  Who are you teaching now?  So at least six more weeks in this area with Elder Barnson?   Are you taking care of yourself?  Forty pounds is significant.  Be healthy.  I'll send a box this week, so last chance for requests.  
I made salsa last week, twenty pints.  It was tough.  I picked, purchased, prepared, cooked and processed from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm.  It is good though.  Seth says not hot enough, oh course, but we still have most of his jalapeños  from last summer.  No one can eat them including him.  They are too hot. 😜  
I got the office furniture shipment Friday.  It is so nice!  I haven't got everything put away yet though.  Little by little..  I think it's driving Seth nuts because it just takes time and its a bit messy in between. I'm hurrying though.
I'm still moving the last items out of Bobwhite, too.  We had so many things.  I'm trying to be very careful.  Keeping the meaningful items.
Grammy is comfortable and peaceful.  The cancer is all through her liver and into her lungs and chest cavity. She also has lymph involvement under her right arm.  They are trying some pills with her to slow things down.  Sorry sweetheart.
We had a fire in Uinta last week.  Stanton's were evacuated from their home.  There were three homes destroyed.  It took three days to contain it.  We couldn't see the mountains because of the heavy smoke.  They are back in their home and all is well.
I went to David Belnap's wedding reception Saturday at the Joseph Smith Memorial.  It was very nice.  It was so good to see everyone again.  Bishop Foley asked if you would come teach Preach My Gospel when you got back.  I told him I'm sure you would.  Spence gave me a big hug, well, all the Belnaps did.  He is getting closer.  I will go to his Farewell for sure.  I haven't heard anything from Parker or Renald on their going.  
I got a new calling Sunday.  Sunday School, 17 year olds.  😆  He asked me if I thought I could handle that age group.  I told him I raised three sons by myself, I think I have this.  They are nice kids.  I think one of the boys is a Plain City Jenkins.  
Jame and Seth are back in school.  Pray for Jame in Spanish! 
Seth just got back from school.  Someone hit him and broke his tail light.  ARGH!  
 
Please remember that I love you and I'm so proud of you!!  I miss you.  Keep on keeping on..
Love you tons!
Love,
Mama

ELI:
I am doing just great mama. Luckily, the surgeon said no. Brother Kelley didn't have enough weight. The bike is running almost as smooth as Elder Barnsons brand new one, so it's great. Hopefully, no more repairs. We are teaching a man named Demble. We are teaching the Washington kids and we are teaching a guy named Spencer. I have been eating super healthy. I feel great. Can you send me some cologne? Everybody loved the home baked stuff. Send some salsa I'll buy chips and have him send Jalapenos too. Oh and I bought some pants today. I looked in the mirror and realized I don't have a good pair of everyday pants. And I was thinking I should get something that'll fit me when I get home . They were cheap and they fit good. Oh, of course, I would teach!! Poor Seth..He isn't having much luck is he? Well, thanks mama for everything you do. Know that I love you. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Below 200.

Well, it was a pretty fast week. I'm not sure where it went. But hey it's P day so I get to write home.

Lets see, last Wednesday, We cut a P day a bit short cause we had to go to a referral. But it was totally worth it. He is a reformed Jew and he has so many questions AND to top it all off he is a YSA age so we invited him and he said he'd try it out. Then we saw Assa and we talked about the Gospel of Jesus Christ with him and it was super good.

Thursday started out with us heading up north to the lake. But the lady we wanted to stop by and see ran out of minutes... A very common problem here. So then we tried talking to some people then we had  lunch with one of our Less Active members. His name is Ken and he is super funny and a really good cook. He made us fried chicken with the best macaroni I have ever had. Super Good. He topped the fried chicken with lemon pepper and Honey... Kinda weird but super good. After that we helped Assa buy a bus pass to get him to church. Then we had weekly planning for a bit ( we never have time for it ) Then we took a YSA Member out with us and we went and did some finding super fun. 

Friday was Zone conference and we have been working on some home made ties. and they looked great, Other than that I don't remember what else we did. We probably biked some where..

Saturday we had to help Assa move some furniture and install a TV, Which by the way, never done before but I we figured it out. We couldn't get soccer for him though. After that we took a member out and he was telling us all about how on his mission he got in so many fights just cause they'd come to him so that made us feel nice and safe. He just reminded us to not be in bad parts at night. Then we finally finished our weekly planning. Then we scratched the rest of the night and went and helped a family move. She was Diabetic and started having a problem and she asked for a blessing.  It was just awesome for me to think that I am always ready to give a blessing and how I would like to keep it that way.

Sunday was super rough. It was long and it was Fast Sunday Which usually isn't a problem. But as we start biking to a members house for dinner. It got super windy. we had to peddle going down hill.. no fun. 

Monday was super awesome. started out with District Meeting at Kirtland again, super awesome. But as we left a sister in the district who was going home, she kept the tears in right until we left and we all waved at her she couldn't hold it back. It was sad. After that we went to this place and got some lunch.  We were all super stuffed so what do you do when you are super stuffed. You go bike. Elder Barnson and I went super far. Then we thought we'd just take the bus home for dinner. It was a nasty hill and we didn't want to bike it. We go to get on the bus and.... He forgot his bus pass... Yup so did a good chunk of biking. so much actually that I am now at 200 pound. Started at 240 before the mission, so much fun. Then we had a  Family Home Evening with the Washingtons and it was good. 

So all in all pretty great week. it's great to reflect and see that we got a lot done. Hope everything is going great where ever you are. Just know Elder Beus Loves you all and I'll be here only for a minute. 

Monday, September 4, 2017

The Bike...

Hi Sunshine,
How goes it?  I'm sorry to hear about Ashley.  She may not be finished with the Church but it may end up being someone else that helps her.  Agency is tough.  Did Brother Kelley have his surgery?  How did he do? I think your planning sessions with alternate plans will serve you for life.  That's kind of how things go.  You boys used to always ask why I left early for events and I would tell you to give me time to get lost and then still be on time.  That's the same thing. How is Elder Barnson?  Still hanging in there?
THE BIKE... How is it?  
I'm not sure what I did this week.  I do know that today, between the three of us, we made considerable progress on the garage!  I believe after I do a DI run tomorrow, Seth will be parking in the garage.  Woohoo!!!  I will have to take a picture after tomorrow and show you. We are so proud.  Next project is crates in the front hall.  They have memory stuff in them so I'm hoping to make up family history type books.  I also need to make salsa.  We invited Grammy and Papa over tonight for dinner.  We had tri-tip on our new smoker.  It was delicious!  I also found a new recipe for peach cobbler.  It was very nice.  What are you wanting in your box this month?
It is transfer week.  They have started posting it on the Facebook page.  Let me know if you've moved with an address.  
Well bud, I'm pooped.  Please forgive my short letter.  I love you!  I'm proud of you!  Do not run faster than you have strength!
Love,
Mama

TO MAMA: 
I'm doing great. Brother Kelley is having his surgery on the 8th... I hope he does ok. Elder Barnson is doing fantastic like normal. I still don't have a problem with him. and he keeps up now too. The bike was fixed for free by a loving member. So it is working awesome. he had some spare parts and he gave me a solid steel axle so cross your fingers. well i figured out that the medicine wasn't doing to much. I got the same amount of acne before and after. But i'm doing better on keeping my face clean. I've been washing my helmet more and my pillow case and the towels and not touching my face so it's getting better. The trail mix was a hit. Anything that can fit in a bag is wonderful. I can pack it and eat it on the go. Maybe something healthy. i hit my goal of reaching 200 pounds this morning. so no i gotta either keep it or keep getting lower. I'm staying cause i'm training but most likely next one i'll be leaving. 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Too fast...Sudden stop

Well This week was super fast then stopped a bit too fast...

Thursday; started out just perfectly fine. It was actually a pretty normal day. A member fed us some super good fried chicken. After that, we visited a less active. He had a very dirty and messy apartment.  We talked a bit, well actually a lot. He was drummer. First time I held drum sticks my entire mission.... I am super slow now, Ah well, not going to be a professional drummer anymore. and honestly nothing bad happened all day. It was nice. Pretty sure it was just a tender mercy to replace the rest of the week.

Friday; We've been going up by the lake a lot lately. Its a pretty cool lake, ocean thingy. It's huge. We went out with a member to the project to drop off some bibles. He was then kind enough to tell us that our ward contains the 2nd worst violent crime area per capita in the US. Sorry Mom. I'm safe, I promise. After that, we had a crazy schedule. We had 3 back ups cause we weren't 100% sure how it was going to go. We took Plan A though. We visited Demble at his house with a member and it was very touching. I've just a had a great understanding of back ups. " just in case".

Saturday: we had a great morning everything was going great. We were going to take a bus home for some lunch and 12 week training and I had just barely replaced my front brakes.... I was going a bit too fast for how fast I needed to stop. So needless to say, my hands kinda hurt. But my bike is fine and clothes are fine, thank goodness. We took it a bit easy the rest of the night.

Sunday was pretty fun, Mostly fist bumps that day. And the Washingtons entire family showed up to church. It was perfect.

Monday; We saw Demble in the morning at the library that was close by. He had read 3 chapters by himself. He really likes 1 Nephi chapter 3 verse 7. Bishop Keller and his family invited us for dinner that night too and they fed us breakfast food. It was wonderful. Then we had Family Home evening with all of the Washingtons. It was awesome. Their family is all united and they couldn't be happier. It's wonderful.

Tuesday; We did a lot of biking. My hands were fine by Monday morning. We didn't talk to anyone all day. We just didn't have any luck. And I noticed that my brakes have been rubbing a bit since before the crash. So we took a look at it... Yep another bent axle.... So yippy, no bike for a bit 'til a member will help me fix it. 

It's been a good week. Got a bit beat up by myself. But it's been a great week. We've worked hard. And I actually miss my bike. I've grown to love it. I hate walking it takes too long.


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Lookin' Skinny

Hi Elder Son,
How are things going?  Your pictures are looking a bit thinner.  Are you staying healthy?  How are your clothes fitting since your last tailoring?  
How is Ashley doing?  Is the older gentleman you have been working with progressing?  Will he be able to make it to the temple?  Can you tell me his name?  I will pray for him and put his name in the temple.  
How long will you be in a triple?  I'm seeing quite a few pictures on the mission Facebook page who are headed out next week.  How are you getting so many referrals?  Where do they come from?  I think it is great!
Well, Jame has started school again.  Not much expense as far as books goes so that is good.  He is going to have to work hard on the Spanish again.  He needs four semesters total of Spanish.  Pray for Jame.  Seth starts next week.  I think it will be good.  It will cut him back down to forty hours a week.  He has had so much overtime lately.  He is exhausted!  Molly and I are learning new tricks to being quiet.  😜  Seth goes to bed by 8:00.  
Grammy has found a lump in her arm pit since the surgery and a second seems to be developing.  Sorry for the bad news.
I've been working on the moving,... still.  I have one more run up to Bobwhite to clean things out.  I get so tired though, it may be next week.  We are working hard on the garage.  We are down to about twenty crates that need sorting.  I'm going to be able to throw quite a bit away.  The family history items were all copied for each of you so I have four copies.  I will keep one original, upload to Family Search and trash the rest.  Technology is wonderful.
I've been freezing peaches too.  Over a bushel in the freezer now.  Nice for winter.  I also got a new salsa recipe I will be trying probably Friday.  I also have shopped for a new grill.  I decided to buy one from Marrisa's husband, Troy.  He owns the BBQ Pit Stop in Layton.  I ended up with a Traeger smoker.  I'll have to send a picture after we put it together.  Auntie Ernie sent me a couple nice rugs for my birthday, very fun!  In other words, its coming together.  
Sweetheart, we are so proud of you.  We know it isn't easy and we are praying for you.  
Love you tons!
Love,
Mama
Hurrah for Israel! (Remember this is from the Other Side of Heaven movie?)

ELI:
I'm doing just fine. I did crash my bike... I'm fine, clothes are fine to thankfully. My clothes fit perfectly. at leasta couple. Most don't but it's fine. I could care less. Ashley isn't talking with us anymore. We're not sure what happened. Brother Kelley is doing just fine. He is going through a very hard surgery, and most of the doctors in the ward are scared for him, so he's pretty scared. Elder Dubon is back, it was only 3 days. So it mostly comes from this thing called daily bread it's a scripture app. and it suggests to get a free Bible. Also we hand out cards that say get a free bible as well. Thanks mom for all you do. I broke my bike again, it was before the crash, This time i'm going to fix it though. It cost way to mucnh for labor. We also have a member who said he'd help. So sorry about that i'm trying to keep my expenses low. 

MAMA:
Sweetheart!
Spend the money to have it fixed!!  I'm okay. 
I'm so glad you are okay!!!  Do you have road rash?

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

One year older and wiser too...

Hello Family and friends, I feel old now....

Thursday was a pretty normal day. It was my birthday though so we had to have cake. today is the first day actually when we haven't had cake. So i'm nice and full of cake. I actually don't really remember much on what happened on my birthday. All I can really reflect on is it rained and we had Costco pizza, wait now it's coming back to me. I had the wonderful opportunity to Interview someone for baptism. In this case I actually taught him the first lesson, and I heard all about his progression, I truly saw the countenance of Christ in him. It was a beautiful experience. I'm glad I had the opportunity for it. 

Friday We went to members house to teach him a lesson, he was an assignment given to us by Bishop. He is a very old man and he is very sick. He has been really trying to change his life around before he passes away, and we're trying to get him to the temple before he goes. So we biked down to him and read scriptures with him, cause he didn't from last week. then we had interviews with president Brown, and he said that this is the first time since he has been on his mission where this are had 0 uncontacted referrals. So i patted myself on the back, He also gave me a fist bump it was kinda strange, But i saw the love that he was trying to express. And of course the interviews ran over time, so we went and grabbed dinner really quick at 5 guys, ( Elder Barnson got a gift card ) But we walk in and i saw a lady do a double take, so it was either a good thing or a bad thing. It was a good thing, she was a member from the neighboring ward and she bought us dinner it was such a  good day. 

Saturday: This day was so bad, We sat down in the morning to make some phone calls, and our phone started buzzing a lot..... And more and more and more, till we had 5 new referrals in one day.. so we now have a lot of work ahead of us. 

Sunday was pretty normal, except we took a trip to the air port. Elder Dubon had to go on a short trip for some citizenship stuff, so we had a triple up for the last couple of days.

Monday, first day of the triple up. It was pretty rough, we started out going to down town then all the way to the tip of our area for a referral, we literally went to all of the corners of our area so lots and lots of biking. But we got some cool photos, we biked into a park and we found something kinda cool

Tuesday, We had another district meeting, which i almost forgot about but i got it figured out in the morning, and it turned out ok actually. we worked in Elder Talbots area most of the day, so we had a car so it was super nice. but we biked at night and it rained pretty bad, we got drenched. so not so fun.

It's been a good week. Not as tired this week, thankfully but i still worked hard. But i do feel old...




Brand new 19 year old!

Hi Elder Bubba,

A brand new 19 year old!  Woohoo!  How was your birthday?  Did you get your box? What did you do for your birthday?  Did you buy some milk?😉  Is Elder Barnson recovered from his birthday?  Did you have to eat something icky too?

How is Ashley doing?  Able to get to church?  It sounds like you are working hard and making great progress.  I'm happy for you.
My birthday was rather quiet.  I spent the day at work and at home.  I have been ordering items for the house so presents were needed furniture and other items.  Seth did take Jame and I out for dinner at Timbermine for my birthday on Monday.  It was delicious.  Thank you so much for the card.  What a great gift!  Please tell the others thank you, too.  

We also got to see Sara Heiner.  She was the hostess.  She is home from her mission and her family even went back to visit.  She got to see Wicked. Twice.  I guess her mission allows them to go to one Broadway show at the end of her mission then she went again with her family.  

Did you get to see any part of the eclipse?  I went up to Grammy's to check on her. Papa is out of town.  So we saw it together.  We didn't have any glasses so we just saw the changes.  The temperature dropped ten degrees in three minutes!  There were also some really strange shadows through the trees. Micah got some good pictures. The Belnaps went up to Rexburg, Idaho so they could see 100% eclipsed. They got some great pictures too. Traffic was almost at a standstill southbound on I-15 Monday evening.  It was crazy.  Some folks in Idaho rented out their homes for over $3,000.00/night.  Nutty!

Jame started school.  Seth starts next Tuesday.  Seth has been headed to work by 4:30 am lately.  They are building for Honeyville and Honeyville keeps changing their minds on what they want but they still want the job completed on the same timeline.  Another Nutty!  

I got my car in the garage!  Yeah me!  I'm still working my way through boxes so Seth can get in the garage unless he fills it with workout equipment.. I froze a half bushel of peaches and I'll be canning salsa probably this weekend.  

Please know I love you, I'm terribly proud of you and just keep moving on.  Remember to take care of yourself. 

Love you tons!
Love,
Mama
Hurrah for Israel!


My birthday was like any other day here in the lords vineyard, but tender mercy we got costco pizza for dinner so i was pretty happy, I got the box.  I love it all. The trail mix was a good idea, and thank you for the leather it's perfect for a snack. Everyone has now converted to cake and milk, I think I have changed them all. Elder Barson took his Birthday like a champ. So he's fine. Ashley isn't doing to good. she canceled ourt last appointment, and hasn't answered us back yet... I did see the Eclipse we borrowed some glasses really quick and took a look, super cool. it also dropped like 5 degrees so it was a great blessing. Thank you mom so much for everything. Is there any stories about dads mission. Sister Lutz in my district her mother is from Denmark. and she speaks a bit of Danish. I'm also related to her on the Nye side. We are 3rd cousins.. and then another sister named Sister Dennison is a 3rd cousin on the same side. It was kinda cool that we are in the same district. I'm doing good Mama and It's been awesome here.