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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Its beginning to look a lot like ...WINTER..

It's beginning to look a lot like Winter out here. I don't like it. I'm too cold.

Well, we've had a fun experience these last days. We have dropped everyone that we were teaching. So we have been finding a lot. Our recent convert is also moving somewhere in California, and luckily things are looking up. 

Saturday, we handed out over 130 cards this day.... that's all I remember for that week.

Sunday, we had a lot of fun, We pull into the church parking lot and none of it was touched.... So our High Priest group leader started doing dough nuts in the parking lot... and ward council turned into shoveling the walks before people came to church. After that we did some finding and turns out when your shoes have no traction you start to slide a lot and it's entertaining.  So Elder Brown and I went skiing kinda. We got out of a members home and Elder Brown wanted to see how far he could go down a hill.  A couple just walked out of their nearby house, so he starts running and goes for the slide. He performed great, too great and ran into the truck. The lady started busting out in laughter. 

Monday, we had exchanges with the Bowling Green Elders. I went with Elder Brown, and Elder Brown went with Elder Morgan. Yup, we have 2 Elder Browns in the mission, in the same zone, and in the same district. So it was pretty fun. We had a great time together. He is the district leader so I had to do some training so that was fun. And, of course, we got some hot chocolate after. It's really cold. It was 19 this morning and it's warmed up to a blistering 21. I might put on some shorts. 

Tuesday we had MLC, but district leaders were invited. We were hoping for smart phones a bit, but no technology yet.  Which is a blessing and a hindrance. But Elder Brown from Texas had a great quote to give us he said" A wise man once told me, if you ain't willing to put the handkerchief in, you ain't gettin' the squirrel out, your gonna keepin' done what you keepin' done " we aqree still pondering on the meaning of it. But basically the meeting was a lot on how to train district leaders. Turns out I've doing just great.  I had a couple things I needed to repent of, but that's ok.

Other than that, it's snowing as we speak and as it snows people get colder and go home so knocking doors is a  lot more efficient now. My study on humility is starting to kick in now. I've been trying to learn from every situation and I've learned a lot. Oh and I saw Elder Barnson at the MLC.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Miracles

Hi Elder Bubba!
How are you son?  Feeling 100% yet?  I have sent two more boxes today for your Christmas.  Go ahead and open the box.  There are perishables in it but don't unwrap the gifts until Christmas.  I also included a little something for Elder Brown. I liked the picture of the trucks together.  Kind of fun.  How is your assignment coming?  I see lots of pictures of you in meetings.  You should try a different tie.  I know I sent you out with more than just the yellow one.  A darker tie for winter is nice.  The lighter ones for spring and summer. Just a suggestion.  Any particular investigators that we can include in our prayers?
James took his last final yesterday.  He feels pretty good about things.  Seth is taking his final as I type. If he passes, he is finished for the semester, if not he has to go back Thursday.  We had a miracle with Seth.  He had ordered new tools as the old ones are failing. He mixed up the South and West of our address when he ordered them and they should have already shipped.  They cost over $400.00.  We started praying as soon as he realized it.  He called this morning and found that they have been backed up with shipping so the tools hadn't shipped yet.  It is a miracle for us.  Seth is still working tons too so the "bumps in the road" are rather stressful.  He will work 10+ hours every day this week.  I hope he can go to dinner and caroling at Beus' on Sunday. Jame is also going to try to come  up.  
I've had a miracle too.  When I tried to pay for our tickets to Barcelona, I couldn't get the airline, Iberia, website to work so I called in.  The agent's language was good but it was definitely not her native tongue.  I thought we had it correct and I paid for them with no Travel Insurance.  I had to wait until the next day for my confirmation to be emailed to me.  It didn't come so I called and they had my email wrong so they sent it again.  Still wrong.  Finally, they sent it to Uncle Paul (he made the original confirmation) and Paul forwarded it to me.  Everything was correct but my name.  It was under Leslie Petersen.  I can't get on an international flight with the boarding pass listing one name and the passport listing another.  I then started trying to talk to a manager to get it corrected.  They were not going to help me and if I cancelled one ticket, all three were voided because I paid for them together.  I prayed for help.  I felt comforted that everything was going to work out.  Then I started calling.  I must have called 9 or 10 times and sent a copy of my marriage certificate before I was able to get the manager to correct it.  They were so mad at first because of the error and then because of the delay.  Slowly their hearts softened. It was truly a miracle.  
I've been doing Christmas stuff.  I got everything for the boxes.  πŸŽ… I've ordered a bunch of items through Amazon. I try to purchase locally but they just don't have what I need.  I've purchased a 3D wooden map of Lake Powell for Papa, dish towels for Grammy, Mormons in the Piazza for Grandpa, and a Minky blanket for Grandma.  I will put your name on these. Remember those mint truffles Bishop Foley had in his office?  I'm giving those to neighbors.  I'm giving cheese balls to Visiting and Home Teachers.  That's about it for today.
Write to Spence.  He is having a homesick time.  Pray for Miguel.  He just got put in as Branch President. 
I'm missing you this holiday season.  I'm so proud of you.  You are right where you should be.
Love you tons!
Love,
Mama

ELI:
I'm doing good Mama, I feel close to 100 %. I basically baby sit a lot. We make phone calls , and texts and meetings. Lots of fun. We are having to restart on our investigators, so no one yet. Cross your fingers. One of my favorite scriptures lately has been, the last one on 1st Nephi. It just talks about the tender mercies of the Lord. I write Spence every week. I won't let him fall. I never did. And that is so cool to hear about Miguel!!! I'll shoot him an email if I have time. Thank you Mama for all you do!!!! love ya!! also I might be skyping around 1 your time 3 my time. Elder Brown needs to confirm with his mom and I'll let you know.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Sewing and Chevys

Well, it was transfer week so it was long and I forgot to bring my old planner so some days may be fuzzy... sorry

Let's see
WednesdayThursdayFridaySaturday, I can't remember... whoops I'm sure it was some tracting and raking leaves. And some weekly planning. Oh I remember one thing. So the sisters in our ward ripped some of their skirts, and surprisingly I was the only one that could sew, so I fixed it for them. That's all I can really think of. 

Sunday, we had Stake coordination with President Brown and the Stake President, (perks of a being a zone leader...) It went pretty well, except our entire zone's numbers dropped... We think it was the sudden burst of cold and the dark. But we've been trying to pump them up again. After we went to a dinner then we had to welcome some Elders from Bryan for an exchange on Monday, Elder Ewell and Elder Coppieters. ( sounds like Co. Peters. )

Monday Elder Coppieters and I went together. We had a nice long open day together. We got a lot done though so that was good. He was pretty new himself and Elder Ewell has been out for 2 transfers. So we had to talk a lot about some things. We set some goals and made some plans. It was good. Then they left about an hour drive from our apartment... Well they left some stuff...

Tuesday we wake up and we see a text" hey Elders I forgot my hygiene bag..." So we had an open night, it took us 3 hours to drive over to Bryan and drop it off but we saw the 2 Chevy Silverados together. It was a sight to see. 

Other than that, I can't think of anything else, lately I've been learning a lot about humility. My goal for this transfer was to be more like my Savior and it's been hitting me hard. But I can see the good and the light coming from it so no complaints from here. It's been helping me to be a better missionary so I will do it. I hope everyone has fun with the #Light the World, and hope everyone has a good week Love you all!!! 



Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Good Ward

Hi Sweetheart,
How are you feeling this week?  I put your name in the temple.  The Light the World is really fun.  They have put in vending machines around downtown Salt Lake that allow you to donate something to someone else, everything from socks to a goat.  Before I forget, you should get a package from Amazon this week.  It is for Christmas but open it alone on Christmas and think about what fun you could have with it.
I got a text from Uncle Shawn.  They have found tickets to go to Barcelona and then on to the Piedmont for $430 round trip in June.  Grandma and Grandpa want to go, so fourteen of us purchased tickets.  My heart is breaking because I wanted you to be able to come too.  Grandma is concerned she is too old to go now.  Everyone promised they would take care of her.  Shawn didn't dare wait any longer.  I'm just praying that we will be able to take you later. Please seek the comforter with this.  Please forgive us. I'm so sad but I don't know if there will be a possibility later.  I'm so sorry sweetheart.   Remember the great time we had in NYC together.  We will work hard to try again.
So this week, I finished my visiting teaching. I got an extra treat out to one of my visiting teaching gals who had a birthday on Friday.  (You remember those little tarts from Kneaders.) Russells were in town to bless Era. Friday night, we went out to dinner with the Russells, Stanton kids and Grammy at Sonora.  Then we took a walk over to Farr's and got ice cream.  So yummy.  
Saturday, I picked up some flowers at Jimmy's and then headed to the Red Iguana in SLC for Jess/Era's shower.  It turned out very nice and I won a gift certificate to Red Robin.  That afternoon, I made a breakfast casserole for Sunday morning and Seth and I went and picked up a tree.  
Sunday morning we picked up Jame and went to the brunch and then on to sacrament meeting. Micah gave a nice blessing.  Seth was invited to stand in the circle.   We took Chels up to David's on the way home.  When we got home, we collapsed.  Seth has worked 10 hour days and a half day on Saturday.  I was running to keep up on all the events and trying to help. 
Monday we were back at the grind again. My neighbor, Lena Christensen, called to see if I was alright because I wasn't at church Sunday.  I told her I was good and later that day I dropped off a load of homemade bread, still warm.  I really appreciate that she cares about me.
I have had two nice visits tonight from the Beehives and Activity day girls.  I've been caroled, received cookies and a tree ornament.  Very thoughtful.  
It's Christmas and my boy is far from home and feeling under the weather.  It makes a Mama a bit melancholy. Please take care of yourself and get better.  Let me know about your Christmas calling schedule.  Can we still Facetime?  That worked great.  Remember we love you!
Love,
Mama

ELI:
I feel great!!! I promise not to look 'til Christmas, Please take plenty and plenty of photos!!!! Good job to the ward. Sounds like they are taking good care of you. I've been looking at the directory. There's a sister named Sister Maples who lives in the stake that's here in Cleveland as well. Also I went to school with Grace Myers so I know some people in the stake. With you moving, it makes being home sick a lot easier. I see it as a blessing. Other than that I'll tell you more about my week in the general.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Sleeping...

It's been a very exciting short week.


Thursday. Thanksgiving!!! We went to our Stake President's home and we had a lot of fun. After we ate, we all gathered around a piano and started singing Christmas music. It reminded me of when the cousins would come over and sing with Papa and you could just sit and listen. We did that for a while until I got a little woozy. I didn't want to pass out at the President's home so we sat down for a bit. Then we went home, we updated some records and I went to bed early hoping to get back to work the next day....

Friday.. I slept most of the day... I got up and couldn't even do my morning workout so my comp forced me back to bed.... 

Saturday, We got back to work, we did all of our weekly planning finally. Then we sat down and I fell asleep, I wanted to sleep for about an hour then we'd get to work. I slept for about 3 hours so we had dinner then took it easy the rest of the night, super fun.... I've had a very humbling week BTW


Sunday, went to church and I truly partook of the sacrament this week. It was very necessary this week. We got roped into singing in the choir last second so that was fun. For some reason when you have a companion that can sing, everyone just assumes that you can too. So that was fun. I couldn't reach most of the notes due to the cold but it was fun. We then got back to work. It was good to go knock some doors. We then had our leadership calls to see who our new district leaders were. It was pretty cool. Remember Elder Talbot, well, he's Assistant now so that was cool to see. 

Monday, had district meeting. We then contacted at the University. We used the new Light the World initiative and it went ok. I'm getting pretty good at spotting out a fake number. It's mostly the girls that do it. It's kinda rude, But we keep on trying. Then we got the transfer calls. Everyone in our Zone got mixed up. Elder Brown and I are the only ones that stayed the same, so this is going to be fun. We'll have to see how our Zone does now. We were leading in the mission so far so we'll see if we can keep it up.

My companion has truley helped me a lot, by not helping me. It reassured me that, hey, I can do this, I can take care of myself. I can live on my own when the time comes. I knew he would have stepped in if I asked. I'm just stubborn. Well, we'll see how this week goes. Love you all. Go checkout the new video called Light the world if you haven't already, I'm excited to light the world this Christmas season.
 
Elder Beus

Nutcracker

​Hi Sunshine!
How are you feeling?  Were you able to get out for a dinner on Thanksgiving?  How was everything? When is the next transfer day?  I've got my weeks off again.  Will you be in Toledo for Christmas?  Any new Christmas gift ideas? How are the investigators in Toledo coming?  Any more?  Progressing? 
I cooked and baked Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday last week.  We went to Beus' for dinner.  We only had about thirty this year.  Seth was complaining because he had to sit at the singles table.  The funny part was that if he raised his elbow, he would have hit two people at the young marrieds table.  We did go to Bobwhite afterwards.  It went fine.  It was just a bit odd.  Grammy immediately went to her room.  I talked with everyone.  Ashley came to visit. She and Teresa are getting divorced.   She is still hilarious though!  Papa is very sad.  Grammy has decided to not take any more chemo.  She says it makes her sick.  The doctor said it was because of the last rounds of the other chemo and this new chemo won't make her sick.  They have tailored the medication just for her particular cancer and they lowered the dose.  She still doesn't want it.  She is feeling better but the doctor said that won't last for long and then the cancer will come back with a vengeance.  They will have a hard time controlling her pain.  Heavy load.  
We went to Pie and PiΓ±ata.  We had a smaller group.  Hadley brought her boyfriend.  Seth said he is a nice guy.  We did the gifts for the Temple Square missionaries again.  Many hands make light work.  
Friday we went to the Nutcracker.  Landon and the girls came this time.  It was fun.  The brothers even liked it but I did need to sit between them.  I was so tired.  I made a Thanksgiving dinner for us at home Friday.  I'm getting to be too much like Papa and when I'm tired I droop a bit.  I assigned James to remind me to stand up straight.
Saturday we hung lights.  I made turkey noodle soup and we all hung lights.  I was feeling a bit intimidated by the fancy lights the neighbors have done professionally and I can't see our lights if they are on the front of the house so we lit three trees up front and hung my 30 year old "trailer park" lights around back where we can see them.  Too funny!  We had a great time.
Sunday was tithing settlement.  Bishop Watson is a very kind man.  He served his mission in Toledo.  He is excited to hear all about your experiences.  
Monday was a Monday.  Good news, Paul Heiner fixed the motorcycle and we got it sold fo r $1,100.00!  Bad news, my car failed the safety inspection, $1,500.00. And they mess up on Seth's bill from August and he owes $1,500.00.  Argh!  We will get it.  Seth just paid an additional $1,000.00 off on his truck.  He was able to stop the payment.  
Oh I had a great experience doing some family history.  I have been going through Papa's mother's family group sheets and found that one family hadn't been added so I checked on their ordinances; everything is complete but the sealings.  I will get those completed.  
Anyway, I hope all is well for you.  I love you and pray for you always.
Love,
Mama





Eli:
Hi Mama!!! I got the package today thank you so much! We went to a dinner at the Stake Presidents, we had a lot of fun. We did a lot of singing and I had to sit down cause my companion said I looked light headed. A lot of our conversations have been Elder Beus you need to rest. Elder Brown, I feel Fine. No Elder, You  look pale. Ok fine I'll take a nap. Transfers are this week I'm staying and Elder Brown. Our entire zone switched up though. We've lost most of our investigators. We have one but it's a sensitive case. We'll see if I can bring it up one day. That's sad to hear about Ashley. How is she taking it? Is Landon still married? I can't remember. Does the doctor know how long Grammy will last? Sounds like a lot has been going on lately. Everyone looks great. I love you lots mama. It's been a fun week. It's hard to keep a Beus down. But I did it. Still not 100% but I'll get there.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Sick for Thanksgiving

Well this week has been pretty interesting. 

Thursday was your good old weekly planing like normal. We also had to prepare our discussion for zone conference as well. 

Friday, we had an exchange, and oh boy did Elder Marzden and I work hard. 

Saturday, for some reason almost every Saturday on my mission has been what I call a searching Saturday, so we went a finding most of the day.

Sunday was pretty open as well we didn't have much luck.

Monday, the dreaded zone conference, Elder Brown and I were asked to share a discussion on preparing members to go out teaching. To actually sit them down, lesson plan with them the night before, so that it's a true lesson with a member. Where they are teaching points of the doctrine as well. We asked the sister training leaders to do a role play for us and we taught them briefly, and if everyone does what the Sister Training leaders did, we will be just fine. And then I started feeling a little sick...

Tuesday we did some service in the morning and I felt great a little weak, but just fine. I took a nap during the day just to rest up.

Wednesday, We canceled the whole day... I was super sick. I still feel sick. And for some reason this strain of cold will make you pass out if you don't eat enough so my poor companion so we'll see how today goes.

Sorry it's kinda short  the library wasn't open so we had to keep it very short today.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Thanksgiving and Passing out?!

Happy Holiday Sweetheart!
Where are you headed today? How many dinners do you have scheduled😜?  I see the weather is a bit cooler there still.  We are still quite warm.  Can't imagine that will last too much longer.  Do you have any investigators you would like us to pray for?  Things sound like they are coming along well for you and Elder Brown.  What is his mother's name?  I have  Facebook friend request from a Loraine Pace Brown so I'm just wondering if that is the connection. I'm pretty careful about who I accept.
I finished the green bean casserole, half way through the butternut squash casserole, and have the dressings made for the green salad.  Dinner is at 1:00 tomorrow at the farm.  Grammy did invite us up for later in the day.  I'm tired though, I confess.  We will have to see. Jame was going to stay until Sunday and now he is going home Saturday.  I have everything for our own dinner here at the house so we can have leftovers.  I guess I'll need to make the dinner Friday. We still haven't got the bulbs in the ground and we need to do the lights.  It's tough to get everything to fit.  
Seth is wiped out, ten hour days working as fast as he can go.  The Autoliv building at the BDO will be finished in six weeks, no matter what. That means long hard days for Seth and the crew.
Jame is determined to pass these two classes and they take quite a lot of time so he is stressed too. I was hoping to get a box to you this week but I couldn't get one item in until Friday and it is too early for your prescription to be refilled SO I'm hoping to get your package out by Saturday. 
Go have a great time!  Just let me know you are well!
Love you tons!
Love,
Mama

ELI: Well no one in our ward could host us so the Stake President is. But I'm sicker than a dog. I got a cold, and turns out this virus, makes your heart rate slow down, and I passed out. SO that was fun. We don't get fed very often here but that's ok, I'm used to it. That's not his mamas name so I don't know who she is. Sorry it's short we're busy today, also a reminder i'll be emailing tuesday next week. I promise i'm fine, my companion has been forcing me to lay down a lot. And I hate it. I'll write more next week love ya!



(We don't usually email back and forth but when Eli said he was sick, I was concerned so we exchanged a few more lines.)

Mama: Have you seen a doctor? Drink!
Eli: I talked to Elder Lewis, he's our medical coordinator, and yes mom I have been drinking plenty. It's never been clearer.
Mama: Ok. Please eat and rest. I’m sorry sweetie. Hope you feel better soon. 
Eli: I will!!
Mama: Love you. πŸ€—

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Cooler, less insulation..

Well lets see here. It got cold. Really really cold. And I'm not as insulated as I used to be. I'm not sure how I wore shorts all the time. 

Thursday, was a great day. We had interviews, and I walk in expecting the normal formal interview... But we pray and he kicks back more then usual and we casually talk this time. We went longer then normal. I think President is starting to like me, or he just likes talking to zone leaders a lot. So needless to say we were late getting back to work. So it was a great day.

Friday, we had exchanges I went with Elder Pierce. He's from Las Vegas and has a strong testimony. He just isn't too good at talking to people. And my problem still is I talk too much. So it was fun to be quiet again. We did a  lot of finding together but we had a good time. He wants to be a mechanical engineer as well so we had fun talking.  

Saturday, It was 30 degrees in the morning, so we went and raked people's leaves. We made a lot of people's day brighter. It was pretty great. Then the rest of the day was different than what I wrote down so I don't remember. Everything is just a big blob of mission in my head so it's hard to keep track. I need to apologize to those who mixed me up with my brothers because if life is like this, I can see why people mix up names. I now have empathy.

Sunday, we had a good sabbath. Afterwards, we went finding. We had 2 meals so we were nice and full when we got home. 

Monday, the only thing we had planned was district meeting. Then good old finding but we had some good luck with us. We talked to a bunch of people and I noticed something. Elder Brown is about 6 inches shorter and people keep on trying to talk to me when we go to a door. So we came to the conclusion that people like to talk to taller people. Go figure...

Yesterday, we did a lot service again. Reminds me of last summer working at the BDO except they have a machine to pick op the leaves. It makes people a lot happier to have their leaves raked by a Mormon than have a Mormon knock on the door. So we'll continue raking. So we go service tracting. It's been helping our mood and helps us find people.

All in all a good week. Wouldn't trade it for the world.


Warming in the truck.

Hi Elder Bubba,
How are things?  My letter is a bit late.  I found an old curio cabinet and I've been working to clean it up and put all my little  things into it and I lost track of time. I'm preparing a Thanksgiving box, any requests.  Is there a way to ship without making you go to the post office for it? How is the finding going?  Anyone in your teaching pool? How is Elder Brown?  It looks like your weather is getting colder.  Tell me about the missionaries your serve with. What is your housing like?  What do you think of President and Sister Brown?
Well, this morning, I'm heading to an appointment with my cousin.  Her husband died about a year ago and she was just diagnosed with breast cancer.  Hard times.
Grammy is doing about the same.  I've only been up once.  She is still saying some pretty harsh things to me even though I'm not around.  I'm not sure about that.
I've got my assignments for Thanksgiving: Green Beans, Squash casserole and green salad.
I'm still working on invites for the shower and I've got to get some help for the decorations, muted colors and Mexican venue.  I don't know how to put that together.
Aunt Vickie is doing a project for the Temple Square missionaries so I'm helping a bit with that.
Most of my Sunday School kids turned 18 last week so they are probably going to Gospel Doctrine now. 
I still haven't worked my way through all the boxes...  Argh!
I'm running late.
Love you tons!
Missing you in the holidays.
Love,
Mama

PS Send that Christmas list.

ELI: I'm doing great mama. I'm not insulated as I used to be so I am very cold but I'm warming up really nicely in the truck. Just to let you know I will be emailing Thanksgiving and it'll probably be short. I can't think of anything mama. There's really not a way to ship without the inconvenience it's ok don't worry about it. Finding is getting better. we still have a small teaching pool. It hasn't gone up or down. Elder Brown is good. He likes chocolate milk syrup. You could send some if you want. There's a lot of missionaries mama. It would be pretty hard to tell you all about them. Our housing is great. We don't have a washer and dryer but we have the nicest kitchen and 2 bedroom and a nice clean bathroom. It's great. I love Sister and President Brown. You truly get to know them when you're  a zone leader. I feel like I talk to him all the time now. He is a great man and she is a very funny person to talk to. Mama I think Grammy is getting to a point in health and age were you shouldn't be offended. I love you too mama. I honestly can't think of anything else i need. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Big Zone - Recommend Kirtland



Well, it was a good week. Crazy week but good

Thursday, started out with your good old weekly planning. Me throwing stuff at Elder brown because I would rather go knock doors than sit and plan, although, it is nice and warm inside. We also did some service at a DI kinda place, not as functional as DI but they are pretty good. 

Friday, we had exchanges I went with Elder Davis for the day. We did some contacting at the local university. That was pretty fun. Turns out Elder Davis loves talking about cars so we got along just great. We did a lot of finding with no success. He is the district leader so we talked about what the zone leaders could do to help. Then we sent them on their way home... an hour drive away... yeah big zone.

Saturday, All I really remember is nothing went as planned but we got stuff done. AND we found a potential. ( Who didn't answer when we tried later that week )

Sunday, got some extra sleep that was super nice and we did a lot of finding again. Not a big teaching pool right now. 

Monday, we went to Kirtland!!! We had a member drive us with a recent convert Brother Bigelow. We had a really good car ride, lots of good stories, well actually a bit too many stories, we missed our exit... we were almost to Pennsylvania. Whoops, but we had a good time. We got home ordered a pizza and went to bed. It was a good day. I love Kirtland!!! Highly suggest it.

Tuesday, all I remember this day was finding, I know it was yesterday, but days mesh together. 

We had a good crazy week, and hopefully next week will be better!



Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Renald's Call

Hi Elder Bubba,
I saw a picture of you on Instagram.  Son, you need to put on some weight.  You are looking way too thin.  You do look happy though.  Well done you.  Did you get your box?  I shoved a bottle of habanero sauce in.  Did it make it?  The post office wouldn't leave it at your apartment so you will need to retrieve it.  Sorry.  It's the post office, not anything I did.  Remember to take pictures this time include Elder Brown, your truck,  your place, your District and Zone too Tell me about your teaching pool. I hope you are remembering all the names too so you can add them to the Blog/book later. 
Renald got his mission call.  I went up to the house Saturday to watch him open it.  He is going to the Virginia Chesapeake mission, reporting February 7.   
Things are slowing down a bit at the house.  We are getting things finished up.  I still have some sorting but then we are on to just hanging pictures.  Seth hung a pull up bar in the garage along with his Eagle flag, the "Mama's Boys" poster and now he's looking for a spot for the OHS Tiger poster.  I've been organizing my sewing/craft cupboard.  I can actually find things now.  It feels great!  It has been so long since we had access to our own things.  We still need to get the leaves raked up.  It rained last Saturday so no leaves.
I'm still working on invites for a baby shower for Jess and Micah's baby, Era.  Just when I think I'm done, they add a few more names.  I'm so glad we are doing email invitations.  
I haven't seen Grammy for a couple weeks.  I keep getting feeling like I'm coming down with the flu and then I take Emergen C and I feel a bit better but I don't really want to give that to her.
School is beating the brothers pretty hard.  They both spend lots of time studying and doing homework.  Jame is down to like three and a half more semesters and Seth two and a half years.  Jame is talking about going summer just to get it finished. He is also talking about going to the archivist masters program at BYU.  We'll see.  What are you thinking of?  Not to distract you but I will need to help if you are to get things together for when you get home.  
Anyway, keep keeping on.  We are so proud of you!
Love you tons,
Love,
Mama

Eli: I don't want to gain weight. I feel healthy. I am very happy. Couldn't be happier and tired so it's perfect. I got the box. Thank you very much. It's a pretty hot one. Nothing has been hot enough for me lately. I don't know why. I forgot to take photos of the truck, but I got one of Elder Brown. I don't have a district one yet or zone but soon. Names will be hard I'll try my best. Our teaching pool is pretty slim here mostly recent converts, and trying to find more. Toledo University just seems like a depressed school so we have been trying to brighten it up a bit. Tell Renald to send me an email on his lds account so i can keep up. I just bought me a box of Emergen c as well actually, and thank you for the medicine again. I think it's helping a lot. ​​​​That's good to hear about Seth and James. I'm still thinking mechanical engineerin. I'll probably just start at good old Weber State and go from there. I have truly grown to love to use my hands to help others and hopefully I can get some scholarships now too since you moved.  Well mama I truly love you and appreciate all you did for me. 

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Finding/Miles

Well family and friends, We have been working hard, and driving longer....

All we do here is drive everywhere, welcome to the 2nd biggest zone, where everyone exceeds there mile limit... Yeah i fell bad about it, But we did have to drive to Cleveland and Kirkland, so it' not our fault completely. I'm sure i could've biked it but president wouldn't allow it. 

Thursday, I hate and love Thursdays, I call it administration days. I just feel like a secretary the whole day. We make plans and set goals. I 'd rather just go work. But that's me, at least it's warm inside. We then after completing all that went contacting at UT and talked to a good chunk of people. It was pretty good, Then we stopped by a LA and they really wanted us there. We talked to them and had them watch a video, that really picked up their day. Then we traveled for 2 hours to the assistants area.

Friday, The assistants area is the hardest area to proselyte in. It is the richest and has been worked in every angle because it's the assistants area. But we still had fun, then we drove for 2 more hours to get home. 

Saturday, All I really remember is we found a great place to knock doors. It was near the university so it was a bunch of students which allowed us to talk a little more then usual.

Sunday was church and it was a blessed day. It was the primary program. I loved it. I mostly watched the little boy that yelled at the top of his lungs. Absolutely loved it. Then we happened to stop by a former that was really excited for us to com., I'll tell more next week if it goes over good.

Monday, we had district meeting. Then we went a finding. It's been awhile since I've done this much finding. It's kinda fun. Elder Brown and I have some good conversations in between.

Then the dreaded 31st where missionaries have no idea what to do. Oh wait, we have a meeting all day. We went back to Cleveland again, for a 10 hour long meeting then drove home so there goes the whole day. It was MLC wqe (sic?) learned a lot actually. It was pretty  good.

We mostly have finding to do, we are teaching a bit but I'm running out of time to tell you. 
Love you all, have a great week!!!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Hump Day Facebook Comments

Hi well seasoned missionary!
How goes it? So I posted your picture of you standing on the corner of Ogden and Spencer (Was that intentional? Spencer sounds great!  Are you getting his emails?) onto Facebook and we got 107 Likes/Loves.  Some of the responses included:
"One more Ohio winter"⛄
"He looks so good" Jamil & Kristen
"That's my son's mission"  The sister I team teach Sunday School with
"He looks great and what a smile..." Sister Koudelka
"Kinda looks like Ogden" my high school friend
"Toledo was my last area on my mission. I loved it there! You'll have to tell him to go to Tony Packos for dinner.  Its wonderful."  Brad "Pot Roast" Cottrell, A guy a went out with a few times
"Wow-already a year!! He looks so awesome!!"-Laura Loar
"Brings back memories even though I was never in Toledo I was right next door in Port Clinton for my last area."-My new bishop, John Watson

Did you get your box?  Did everything make it?  I was nervous. πŸ˜¬ Tell me what worked well and what didn't.   Did your celebrate your one year mark or just work? I'm preparing to send another box.  I have your prescription so I just need to know what else you need.  

How is the teaching pool coming?
How is Elder Brown?
Could you send some pictures of him?  your new place? your truck? Zone? How many in this place?
Did you recover from the chili contest?
Ben won the chili contest in his ward.  He used our taco soup recipe as a "starting point".  We had them up for dinner Sunday. It was good.  They are fun.  Jame came up too.  He had to retrieve his new credit card.  He was checking his America First Account in Orem when a charge for gas in Murray popped in as pending.  He ran to the America First office and caught it so he doesn't have to pay for it but he had to cancel that card and get a new one.  What a blessing!  
I did my visiting teaching this week and taught my lesson in Sunday School.  The visiting teaching lesson was loving those who stray and the Sunday School lesson was on teaching with questions. great lessons.  Our fifth Sunday lesson was on do not delay the day of your repentance.  We had a great sacrament meeting.  The 2nd counselor's family, the son was leaving to Georgia Atlanta and the daughter was reporting from Illinois Chicago.  Big day for them.  

Braden and Lexi had their baby, Charles Allen Jorgensen.  He was a tank.  Poor Lexi.

We went and had donuts at Grandma's tonight.  So delicious.  Grandpa got a new 60" TV.  He is very excited.
I think Seth and I will do leaves and run them our to the farm Saturday and that will be our excitement for a bit.

Love you tons! We are so very proud of you!
Love,
Mama

ELI: That's great to hear about Facebook. I also heard that the Tigers finally won the Iron Horse again. So that makes me happy as well. I'm doing great me and Elder Brown have been doing some good things here in Toledo. We have been working hard. I'll say standing there was intentional.... I got the box thank you for the bread. It was awesome. I think I still have some left. Everything made it. The jam was a bit messy, But I cleaned it off really easy. I just went to work mama. It wasn't a big thing for me. I don't even really remember what happened that day. I would love some hot sauce, but some really hot stuff like habanero or ghost pepper. But my face is doing great, it's actually getting a bit dry now, so I need to slow down a bit. Our teaching pool is growing, slowly. Elder Brown is doing good. I forgot to take photos this week. Sorry, being a Zone leader is some busy work. I'll get zone photos on the 20th. It's just the 2 of us. That's crazy to hear a bout Braden.. I didn't know they were expecting... Or you told me and I forgot. Ah well. Well tell them happy comments from Elder Beus. Sorry I'm a bit tired today we had a long meeting yesterday. Well, have a great week mama, I love you.

PS that's my MTC district, we are all in leadership...

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Transfer Week

Well family and friends this is definitely one of the weeks I don't like. Transfer week


Wednesday, Started out just fine. I got a photo with me and Elder Barnson and some other missionaries. I met my new companion Elder Brown, we hoped in our truck... I love the truck BTW, and we went on our way. It took us like 4 hours to get to our area. I was the only one transferred into the area. So me and Elder Brown got to talk alot. I think I know him all they way Already.  The Zone we cover is about 1/4th of the mission... and we are pretty much in charge out here because President is too far away. So it's pretty awesome. We don't do much though. We share the ward with a set of sisters, Sister Leifson and Sister Warner.

I can't remember what happened Thursday through Sunday. I forgot the old planner... But we met Brother Bigelow one of our recent converts. He is a reading machine and is in D & C already.  I'm sure he is half way done too. We also had a Trunk or treat.. So much fun, they made us taste judges... of chili, I wasn't the biggest fan of chili back at home but let me tell you, there was some good chili there. I love it. Elder Brown and the sisters hated heat. So I tried all of the hot ones... And I loved it!  I couldn't feel my mouth but it was good. Sunday was pretty slim, Bishop is a funny guy though. We don't have a big teaching pool right now, but just you wait, it'll pick up. 

Monday, we had district meeting, a 45 minute drive away, not used to that anymore, so long drive. We then stopped at our local university... which is huge! Super awesome, and the school lets us there, Probably cause our Ward mission leader is the dean of the business part... 

Tuesday, we did quite a bit of knocking doors, and it's not so fun outside anymore. It's cold I've lost all of my warmth too so I'm freezing. It's time to crack open the winter stuff. We had an opportunity to teach our other recent convert. Her name is Shay, and she is funny. Her husband, Larry is new too but they love the gospel. Larry does a stop and shop and he doesn't sell anything against the word of wisdom... and they have a beautiful pit bull. 


All in all, I​ have been having a lot of fun so far, we'll see what the future holds but it should be good. I hope of you are having a wonderful week. love ya!






Elder Beus at the corner of Ogden and Spencer in Toledo, Ohio.  

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Slightly more boring than last week..

Hi Elder Bubba!
How are you?  How is Toledo?!  What is it like?  How are the missionaries in the area doing?  Are they being obedient?  Who are they teaching?  How are you and Elder Brown doing?  What are your favorite Zone Leader duties?  Least Favorite duties?  How is the housing?  Are you in a car? train? buses? bikes? shoes?  πŸ˜œ  How many are in the zone?  Is this area safe? Did you get your box?  Did everything make it ok?  I sent some items that may not have liked the trip.  I sent them to celebrate! Big day this week!πŸ“£  You are at your half way mark. Woohoo!! You are doing great.  Keep on keeping on!

So what did we do....  I went to breakfast with Jane Person on Tuesday in SLC.  Wow...traffic.  She will come up next time. I guess there was some question by Chels about her going to live with Grammy and Papa.  I don't think that's a great idea. Only Grammy, Chels and Lacey think that is a good idea.  It has been vetoed.
I caught Seth's cold/flu bug and missed John Heslop's daughter's wedding reception on Friday, was very slow Saturday, and missed FHE and church Sunday. I was back up on Monday but I've been napping.  I did participate in the church's indexing event over the weekend.  I indexed about 75 names.  I have also been working through more items in the front hall.  I'm down to about a dozen boxes to go through and sort.  It is mostly awards and school work so I've been scanning and tossing or keeping if really important.  I've been refinishing a chest of drawers in your room.  
I invited Ben and Athena and gang to come up for dinner on Sunday.  That should be fun.  I'll try to get Josh and Sayla and gang next month.
Jess and Micah had their baby, a boy, Era Elm Russell.  I will attach a picture. Erin has chosen her Grandma name to be "Mimi".  They are so excited.   They are having a baby shower in December at the Red Iguana in SLC.  I will be in charge of the invitations and the decorations. Argh!  Say a little prayer for me.  Jess is very particular.  I hope I can quickly figure out what she likes. 
Anyway, kind of boring.  We definitely look forward to your letters. Please remember that we love you and are praying for you.
Love,
Mama


Era Elm Russell

Eli: I'm doing great Mama! Toledo is a hoot, it is popping over here, it's not as crazy as Cleveland but it's crazy. it's weird feeling safe again... all of the missionaries here are training... I was the only one transferred into the zone. we don't have to big of a teaching pool. mostly recent converts, These missionaries have some of the toughest areas to work in, so these missionaries are awesome. Me and Elder Brown are doing great! I love the guy already. We don't actually do much as zone leaders... We just kinda baby sit and make sure everyone is doing OK. The apartment is great, no washer and dryer though but it's good. we have a Taco Bell like 2 minutes away from the place. The address is 3357 Airport Highway, Toledo Ohio, 43609. We actually drive a 2015 full sized Chevy Silverado.... It's cooler then Seth's... The zone is 22 missionaries; 3 sets of sisters, 1 set senior sisters, and the rest Elders. I didn't get a box..... I'll call some people tonight to see where it is.... Elder Brown is from Heber Utah, he loves singing and dancing and is about 5'8 he's pretty funny. We have been getting a long just fine. Lot's of talk about Wicked and Phantom of the Opera, SO we are great. if you have more questions let me know. love ya mom.

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!!!