Kirkland Temple

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Never so tired and happy.

Hello Family and Friends. 

I have never been so tired in my life, so much biking and heat this week. So every night was a well deserved rest.

Thursday, started out like any other day. We did a Bible referral, we dropped it off, she wasn't interested in the Book of Mormon, but we continued on. We then got a phone call that someone at the University Hospital wanted a blessing. So, of course, we dropped everything else to go help. We show up and talk a bit and give him a blessing then he asked us a favor. He had just been driving a semi all the way here to Cleveland and he wanted us to grab a bag from his truck and bring it to him. So we looked it up and it wasn't too far away and he said the bag wasn't too big. ( He didn't know we were on bikes...) so we showed up, grabbed everything he asked for. We looked at what he wanted us to carry. It was a full sized duffel bag completely full.... so I put it on my back and we went forward about 2 or 3 miles. My shoulders still ache just from the of lifting that heavy thing. When we came to him all sweaty and tired, he asked us how traffic was cause it took us so long. Then we told him we were on bikes. He said he wouldn't have asked if he knew we were on bikes. So it was a pretty fun day.

Friday, we had district meeting in the morning and it was Elder Barnson's Birthday so we had lots and lots of cake.. I'm still kinda sick of cake. We had a great time then we had a lesson with Ashley. She's still kinda struggling to come to church. After that, we had an awesome meal with some members then biked to the church for a meeting with a Less Active member and Bishop. The Meeting was super spiritual. After wards, I turned to Elder Barnson and I told him to remember that meeting. Then we had more cake with Brother Gupta. We did a lot of traditional India stuff and we lifted Elder Barnson on our shoulders and fed him cake. It was weird but I will always remember it.

Saturday, all I really remember was we did a lot of biking this day. We helped a member move a freezer, and install an A/C unit. We got food from her so we had to take it home. Then we got more food from another member, then we got fed dinner that night, then we showed up to a Less Actives house and he made some fried fish, which was to die for. Then we bikes super fast and hard home to be home on time.

Sunday was pretty normal. Lots of church. Then lots of biking afterwards.

Monday, Again lots of biking. We were so close to finishing all of our referrals so we went hard, and we didn't contact everyone of them, but at least we had a contact attempt for everyone and I'm proud to say it's still like that.

Tuesday, we had an opened day finally. It was weird to have one. so we tried some tracking then we got a phone call for a hospital visit, then another referral, but hey, we are still down to 0 uncontacted referrals. 

So lots and lots of biking. and it's my last day being 18 on a mission. I'm still the youngest in the district, But I wont have the opportunity to say I'm still only 18. 19 is still young but 18 sounds more impressive. I am glad that I am spending my 19 year old life doing this. I'm glad of all the experiences I have received already. I'm excited to see what else happens.

me biking, Elder Barnson on our shoulders, and he was fed something pretty terrible.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Happy Birthday to Us!


Happy Birthday to Us!
How are you Birthday boy?!  I'm hanging in there. What are you doing to celebrate?  I have a box coming your way.  Hint: Buy milk.  I am going to lunch with the Beus Sisters at a burger place in Clinton called Tony's Burgers.  I'll let you know how it is.  Also, Seth is taking Jame and I out to dinner Monday night at Taggarts in Weber Canyon.  I told him I need to get out of the traffic.  No looking at the sun on Monday for us.  It will be an eclipse.  I don't think it will affect you much.  
The work you are doing is wonderful!  Three baptisms!  Woohoo!  How is Elder Barnson doing?  It sounds like you have been super busy.  I'm so glad no one was hurt in the car accident.  ARGH!  How long will the driving Elder have to not drive?  I'm so glad you remembered what you need to do.  I think the Spirit plays a big role in that in times of stress.
We are doing alot of unpacking, DIing, Recycling, and trying to figure out what to keep and what to discard.  It is coming but slowly.  Molly is doing great here.  Only two accidents in ten days.  It is great!  The house is mostly tile in the common areas and carpeted in the bedrooms.  Bedroom doors stay shut so very few accidents.  I have ordered some office furniture so the office is a mess but when the furniture comes, we will be able to straighten it out.
I went to visit Grammy and Papa today.  Grammy is out driving again and the house seemed to be running well.  It is clean and there is food in the fridge.  Neither one had time for a chat so they are keeping busy too.  
I've been to church twice now.  It was good lessons and nice sacrament meetings.  The Relief Society lesson brought a new idea to me.  It is that priesthood blessings offer temporary relief but priesthood ordinances offer forever blessings.  
Sweetheart, hope you have a wonderful day!  Please remember that we love you. We miss you. We are very proud of you!  Keep of Keeping on.
Hurrah for Israel!

I'm very very tired, but i am doing just great, Lots and Lots of biking. We are going to go and work just like any other day. There's really no reason to stop. Elder Barnson is doing wonderful. He is stll working just as hard as i am and i'm sure he's just as tired. I love you too mama, and i hope you have a wonderful Birthday as well. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Hello Family and Friends

This week was a crash...

Thursday: started out pretty normal. We got rained on pretty good this day. We have had perfect weather so far with Elder Barnson then it just dumped on us. We did get fed twice though so it was a pretty awesome day. 

Friday: We had to go and teach one of our newish investigators. His name is Demble. He is from Africa as well and he is very happy to hear the gospel from us. He is trying with all of his might to get Sundays off. It's a bit of a challenge for him but he is super happy to do it. We were seeing him but he got busy then we started teaching him again though so that was nice.  We had to see him at 8 am... and he is a pretty good bike ride away. And it was raining so we were soaked most of the day. Lucky our bishop was super nice and fed us while his family is out of town. We discussed a lot of the missionary work here in Cleveland. Then we went out teaching with a very recent return missionary. Pretty much, we had 3 missionaries and we got  a lot of good work done. 

Saturday: was baptism #3. The baptism couldn't have gone smoother... for me... usually while the people who are wet and are changing, the missionaries share the restoration. So Elder Talbot, Dubon and Elder Barnson were going to do that. But Elder Talbot and Elder Dubon's investigator didn't show. So Elder Barnson shared it all by himself. I was so proud of him. He did wonderful. The only thing I forgot to do was unplug the font while I in was there.... So I went to bend over to unplug it and splash.... There goes my entire contents of my pocket.... Super embarrassing, Right into the water. Luckily the mission office has extra hand books and what not. After the baptism, we went out with Bishop to go teach a less active. hen we saw Brother and Sister Washington they are doing wonderful. They just talk A lot... So Saturday was an awesome day.

Sunday.... There's nothing that goes wrong on Sundays right?... Wrong, we showed up to Assa's house to get him to church. And he doesn't answer. And his window is just a bit too far for me to reach. So we start patiently waiting. he woke up and we missed the bus. Luckly he lives super close to some members who were late as well. The reason why they were late is because they had the bread... So everything started just on time when we got there. Then after church we went over to a sisters home. She feeds us some weird stuff but she usually lets us take it home. We didn't have that option this day. It was some weird fish and rice stuff. so we scooped it down our throats and we went on our way.

Monday: we started out seeing Demble again. He's doing wonderful. We then had to go to a trainer trainee meeting. So we were going to meet some Elders next to the Highway to save them some money. ( This morning we jokingly wrote back ups " just in case...") we put our bikes on the bike rack we turn into the intersection. We were in it already ready and the light had just barely changed.. and The Elder who was driving ran right into the truck. All four of us are totally fine. Right after the crash, everyone kinda freaked out. But I remembered everything my mom told me. Put in park. Put emergency lights on parking brake and get out. So that's what I had to tell the driver to do. It was just awesome to see the power of the Holy Ghost take over. I wasn't stressed at all. Even with everything that has happened this week. The other man in the truck, however, was not as happy. As soon as he got out he grabbed his smokes. And started puffing away. It just shows why the Gift is so important. 

Tuesday: was wide opened... so we went finding. We did 6 referlas in 1 day. We must have biked at least 20 miles that day. I'm still feeling tired from it... This day was actually normal.. surprisingly. 

I'm so proud of Elder Barnson for this week. He kept up all the way. I only lost him once the whole week. But let me testify about how the Holy Ghost is very important, and how the Word of Wisdom actually is  wonderful commandment we have been given. You truly can do all the Lord asks when you follow it. And I say that in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen 

Tuesday, August 8, 2017


Hi Elder Son!
I saw your picture on the Instagram page with the baptism!  I figured that must be Assa.  You are doing great work!!  How are things going with Elder Barnson?  He looks like a great young man.  I guess Elder Wotring went home?  Elder Barnson will get the "regular mission" experience soon enough for now it sounds like you are giving him quite an extraordinary experience.  It sounds like he is really doing well though.  You can be proud of him.  You will need to get recipes of your favorite meals so we can try them when you get home.  Tell me who you are teaching now.  How are the referrals going?
It has been an exhausting couple weeks for us.  We are in the new house. There are still lots of boxes but we are working through them.  I will send some pictures when we get the office set up.  It has been a real emotional roller coaster for me.  Your brothers have been very supportive.  I'm praying for good things for us all out here.  We are about five minutes from the farm.  I had been packing boxes for weeks.  I had set up a U-Haul rental for last Saturday and had contacted Andy Blodgett about some help with the move.  Aunt Nance texted me and asked if I needed some help. I'm so glad I said yes!  No one from the ward came until I texted Andy and Spence.  Then they both showed up but Nance, Jana, Blake, and Jory came.  We really dug in about 8:30 and were driving out by 9:30.  (Spence went home because he was taking out his endowments Saturday. So cool!)  The family followed us out and Vicki, Ray, Jacob, and Amy met us at the house.  We were unloaded by 11:00 and had the truck returned before noon!.  I'm so grateful for the help!  
I went to the new ward.  I even bore my testimony.  It is a very quiet ward.  Testimony meeting was very slow and very few people comment in classes.  It was kind of different for me.  I got our records transferred so we are now members of the Fair Grove Ward, Kanesville Stake.  It is the same Stake we were in when we lived in West Haven before.  There are even a few people in the ward who were in our old ward. Merrill Child is in the ward next to this ward.  
James came up and stayed Sunday night and we worked together Monday.  He took a load to the DI.  We still have quite a ways to go though.  Most of the house is nicely set up.  I haven't been feeling great.  I think working very hard and not eating or sleeping enough. I'm so sorry about missing last week.  I did go to get my annual physical today, I passed but they would like to see me lower my cholesterol a few points and slowly lose some weight.  I'm down ten pounds from last year.  
I went and visited Grammy and Papa for a few minutes today.  They are doing pretty good.  They are working together to get things done.
The new Guardians of the Galaxy came out today.  It was pretty good.  We will put it on your movies to watch list.    
Seth and I went shopping for office furniture tonight.  They just didn't have what we wanted.  I'm going to order online tomorrow.  
Give me some ideas of your favorite treats.  It sounds like your tastes have changed a bit since leaving. (mostly salty less sweet).  
Sweetheart, I'm just tickled with the hard work and great time you are having.  Keep on going!
We love you.  We miss you and pray for great things for you!
Love you tons!
Hurrah for Israel!

To Mama:
Me and Elder Barnson are doing wonderful. He is a great missionary. Elder Wotring is home now. We have had the most missionary experience I've ever had on my mission so far. So he is diving right in. We are mostly teaching the recent converts. We are also teaching another African named Demble ( I think I talked about him before ) but he has started picking up the pace and he really wants to be baptized. Referrals are doing great. Poor Elder Barnson has a hard time keeping up with me but we are getting a lot done.... The reason I say more salty then sweet is I feel less guilty when I eat salty stuff... I went and bought some really good pants but they are too long so I am having them tailored. Also, my bike ate some of my pants but they were too long too so I got those one tailored as well. I think I'm doing fine on clothes. I'm doing better on money this month. Elder Wotring liked going out to eat a lot more. 

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Training, super busy

Hello Family and Friends.

We've hard so much fun this week. Oh boy has it been crazy

Wednesday started out with me Driving Elder Wotring to Kirtland. We sat a round for an extra hour then planned and Then I picked up my brand New Elder. Elder Barnson. Guess who is older.... he is. I'm still the youngest in the district. After that I took him to a Steak and Shake to get him a burger. Then we went to work. I dove straight in with him, we went to the hospital. Then we did a referral then we had a member meal then a lesson with Assa then we biked like crazy home. So the poor fellow didn't even get a chance to know what a normal day is.

Thursday was spent biking everywhere again. We did a couple referrals did some weekly planning and some 12 week. We then picked up some really good food from the Church from  Sister Sip. She cooks really good southern style food. So super Yummy. Then i showed him where the library was and how many referrals we have. I'm pretty sure i blew his mind. 

Friday was an awesome day. ( by the way we have had perfect weather since he has been here) We went and talked to Eric and Michelle and made sure everything was ready for the baptism the next day. Then we had a lesson with Ashley We then went back to The VA hospital did some referals And then i cooked him some Good old Chinese food. Again thank you mom for teaching me how to cook food. It made His day.

Saturday Was the day. We went really early we cleaned out the font and filled it and cleaned the space set up chairs and made a display for people if they wanted a book of mormon. or a bible And then President called us.... He was coming..... The poor Elder was so nervous. We had practiced so much the night before to share the restoration and now he was sweating bullets. I was just nervous about making sure everything went great. So the baptism went as planned. Carl Anderson gave a wonder talk on baptism and the Holly Ghost, The ordinance was given by Elder Talbot. And it went pretty smoothly. Then Elder Barnson and I got up to share the restoration while they changed. And he was a champ. I have never been so proud. It was amazing. All of the members and president complimented him. and he wanted to say it was cause of me. But he did so awesome. It was a very touching experience.

Sunday: he thought this day was going to be easier... Not... We had to pick up Assa again and bring him to church. and it went pretty smoothly. We got him there on time. and we got him home right after, And Eric and Michelle asked me to confirm them. And I will always remember that day. Every lesson pointed towards happiness and temples, to going forward after baptism. It was beautiful. I don't even remember what the rest of the night was like. 

Monday was his first District meeting ( I wonder if this is what parents feel like always being happy with firsts ) We had a pretty normal day. We did a referral ( yeah I know, we have a lot of referrals) We then helped move a couch to Brother and Sister Washington. They love being called that now, Then we had some interesting food. Sweet potato enchiladas. Just sweet potato beans salsa and tortillas and sauce on top, Super good. super filling too. 

Tuesday was his first Exchange, I'm not sure what he did. But Elder Talbot and I had a blast. for some reason when ever I am with Elder Talbot, we bike the hardest. We just seem to be late to everything it was pretty fun

As you can see we have been super super busy. And I love it. I wish this feeling of working hard doesn't stop.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Baptisms and Training

Hello Family and friends.

So I forgot my planner again, we were planning on going to down town Cleveland to take some photos so I didn't take it. But I can tell you what's coming up.

Michelle and Eric Washington are being baptized by Elder Talbot on the 29th, Whoop! And I will be confirming them on that Sunday. So super sweet. 

Assa is Still doing awesome. He is still on date for the 5th and that's be awesome too.

But Elder Wotring is getting transferred. And I am Getting a Brand new Greenie from the MTC. So this will be some fun transfers. The poor Elder is going to the best area ever, and he's getting 2 back to back baptisms. He's going to feel so different in another area. But I will love him to death. It's going to be super fun. I love this Gospel. and I know as we use it and live it, breath it. Have us become part of the Gospel, we are happy. and Life is pretty good. Not easy just good. and there is always good and better days in the OCM. Wish me luck with the new guy.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Farewells, Homecomings, Surgery, Moving

Hi Elder Bubba,
How goes it?  Good remembering!  So are you getting transferred?  Make sure you include your new address if you do get transferred.  Ship your things to Bobwhite.  We are scheduling to move August 5.  (I will notify the mission office.) So there is time.  Any ideas on Birthday gifts yet?  
What is the latest on the investigators?  How are things going with your companion?I'm excited to hear how Assa is doing.  I need to remember to pray for Ashley so she can get to church.
Lots of mission sacrament meetings.  McKay is leaving to Japan this week.  Austin got home and reported from South Korea.  They both spoke and did great.  I believe Riley and Sarah Heiner report next week and Sara Larsen the following week.  
Seth and Papa got through the week at Lake Powell. They had over 30 people so it was interesting. The group also ignored my suggested menus and brought in a chef.  Seth and Nicholas about died, two nights without meat.  They had arugula every night. Took Papa forever to get home for all the pit stops! Too much fiber.
Grammy's surgery went well.  She is actually feeling much better.  She is eating better. She is moving around more although slowly.  She will need to keep the drains in her chest in until she sees the doctor again on the 31st.  Getting stronger everyday.
Moving news: We feel good about the date of August 5. Seth is going to hook up the dryer so no plumber. Jame and Seth are both off today so we are going to go find the kitchen items today.  Yeah!  I found a table, chairs, and china hutch and they will be delivered on August 3rd. I need to go find a desk and maybe an armoire to store my sewing stuff.  The wifi is on and strong. Hahaha. Its coming...  Scary but good.  The Spirit is comforting all along the way.  So no holiday for us today just need to find our kitchen.  
I'm praying for you always.  I love you and I'm proud of you.  Be cool as in not overheated.😜
Love you tons!
Hurrah for Israel!

To Mama:
I'm doing more than great, I'm getting more and more assignments now. I am training now so this will be a fun couple of transfers. I'm going to stay here so don't worry. You don't have to spend to much for my birthday. The new rim was pretty expensive. Eric and Michelle are getting baptized this week. and Assa the following. so everything is awesome here. Me and Elder Wotring are doing fine. he's going home so he doesn't really care. I didn't know Mckay got a call!!!! that's awesome if you see him tell hime good luck. and if you can get me his email that would be awesome too. 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017 in the lake....

Hello Family and Friends 

There are so many referrals here.... We honestly received 7 notifications for Bibles and Book of Mormons this week we can't keep up. 

Wednesday, We had an awesome lesson with Assa, we taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and he loved it, we got to talking to him about church, turns out they met at his house.... he was pretty much a bishop. So awesome. 

Thursday, our Ward mission leader got assigned to be the mission medical coordinator as well so he had a meeting in the morning and we had an appointment that he wanted to go to. And President Brown's meetings usually go over a bit, we were tempted to call him and say we need our member back... We didn't but it turned out fine. We went to Ashley. She still doesn't have Sundays off, but she's working on it still. She's doing awesome as well. She recommitted to studying more. It was perfect. After her, we had a lunch with a member at the hospital, we walk in and 2 people walk up to us and say how is it going elders... so of course we started talking, ones a member the other is investigating they moved up to Ohio so we got they're address and set them up, he asked me for advice to join the church other then reading the Book of Mormon and I said read the Book of Mormon. After that we did referrals like most nights.

Friday, we had interviews with president. That was fun, I hope that district meeting went good. They usually don't say anything. no news is good news right? After that we forgot our work bags at home and the meeting went late, so we didn't have the bus schedules, so we watched our bus fly by and we walked a lot in our suits, in Ohio, in Cleveland, next to the lake. pretty much in the lake cause it's so humid. super fun. but hey we got food from a member. This area feeds us all the time.

Saturday was exchanges for a bit we had some good fun, we visited someone in the hospital. and He loved model trains. and i thought Fritz loves train too ( member in Wooster ) so I asked and before I could say anything he called him and I talked to Fritz for a bit. It was fun.

Sunday was busy like always, we went to family ward, then a bible referral then YSA branch then dinner then a referral then home. no breaks at all. 

Monday we saw Ashley again, she's still doing great. We started teaching an investigator that moved in. President asked us to baptize him as soon as possible so we taught him and his wife all of lesson 4,( commandments ) and it went pretty good. After that a member asked us to teach him to dedicate his home. It was kinda cool. So we taught him, he said a nice prayer, he asked for the spirit to dwell at his home then he gave his full address. the digits, the road, the city the state the country the world the solar system..... what ever works I guess.. he is a funny guy though.

Tuesday. We did some referrals in the morning and we taught Eric and Machele all of lesson 5, so that they are ready for Saturday. But Eric has to be interviewed by president so it'll be the next week but it's pretty awesome.

It's just been a crazy week of working hard. I have never been so tired ( or sweaty ) in my life and I love this work.

PS. So you know that song, How can I be? played on the ukulele, It was made here in the OCM by Elder Stukki and Elder Fifi.


Hi Elder Beus,
How is this week going? Great stories about Assa!  That would be wonderful if he would become a member.  Eric sounds funny.  Talk faster...😉 Hopefully Ashley can switch her schedule.  A home environment is huge.  I hope to do better on that.  How is Elder Wotring doing?  What did you do to celebrate his birthday?  Speaking of which, you have a birthday coming up, what would you like?  Did your last box arrive?  Did you take time to read the papers?  
Seth and Papa are gone to Lake Powell.  I haven't heard anything so I hope everything is going well.  It has been a strange week.  Very quiet for me.  Grammy still spends most of her day in her room so its just Molly and me hanging out in this great big house.  We are great buddies!  Grammy goes in for surgery on Friday, please remember her in your prayers.  She asked that Kelly stay with her during the surgery.  My assignment is to pick her up on Saturday.  Papa will be home Saturday evening to watch over her that first night.  
The new washer, dryer and freezer came to the new house.  I need to call a plumber to attach the dryer, it's gas.  I also had the floors cleaned.  The carpet in the great room will need to be replaced and the other rooms will need to be resized.  They have waves in them but they are in good shape.  I'm not doing very well on organizing yet.  The crates are just too heavy for me so James and Seth will help me next week. I'm going shopping for a table and chairs and desk on Friday.  
I was released from my calling on Sunday.  They called Lisa Bradshaw to replace me.  She will do wonderful. I went on my last Relief Society visit last night. I need to orient Lisa on the 26th and that should be the end.  I've started doing some indexing to take up my I'm too tired to move time.
I'm hanging in there and looking forward.  I hope you are doing well.  I love you and I'm very proud of you, your Heavenly Father is also.  Keep on keeping on.
Love you tons!
Hurrah for Israel!

Eli: This week has been a hard week to work, it is hot here. Elder Wotring is doing great, he has a couple boxes packed. I packed one some clothes I'm not weird neither do i want to throw them away so if i can get the address to the new house that would be great, or should i ship to ogden. I have no Idea what i'll want for my birthday, i did get the last box the apricots were a hit.. I loved them. I read them they're pretty cute. And just a reminder to let the mission know about the move.

Monday, July 17, 2017


Hi Sweetheart,
How goes it?  I'm so glad you are enjoying this area.  I'm assuming that you didn't get transferred.    Tell me about any new investigators.  Any more blessings that you have given?  We didn't hear about your new companion. Could you send us a picture too?  It is nice when everyone is working together.  You didn't really tell me what you needed in your box.  I know a journal but what else?  I talked with Bishop Browning and you are welcome to report at the Forest Green Ward if you would like.  I do need to transfer your records though so I still have access to paying the monthly mission amount.
We are having very strange days.  We are surrounded by boxes and can't move any of them because we don't close until Thursday.  I begin preparations for a colonoscopy on Thursday afternoon for Friday so I won't be going to the closing.  Seth has a huge YSA activity on Saturday.  I just hope we can get the storage unit emptied this weekend.  Maybe we can get in by August 1st. We went through Dad's old items.  We found a few things that you might like and saved them for you.  Seth took a few.  James wasn't really interested.  It makes me a bit sad; sorting and discarding everything. I think it is good though.  I think James' is all packed now.  We can pack your room next.  I think I would like to get rid of a bunch of your DS games.  What do you think?  I will also get rid of any unused notebooks.  I'm lightening up on the teen books too.  Any requests to make sure I keep?  Jame wanted Bartimeus Trilogy and Seth wanted the Eragon Series.  They thought you may be fond of the FableHaven Series...
We have a big appointment for Grammy tomorrow.  We get the results of the PET scan.  We need some more information on how many more treatments.  She has been sick for months. We are praying for peace and guidance.
Seems like alot and nothing going on at once.  SO strange.
Please remember that we love you.  I know that at times things are difficult for you.  Please know that I pray for you morning, noon, and night.  Your Savior is on your side.  Keep your thoughts high.  I love you and I know that your Heavenly Father loves you.  Keep up the great work.  We are proud of you!
Love you tons!!
Hurrah for Israel!

I'm doing great mama, I haven't had to give any blessings yet. Elder Wotring is my new companion, He's from surprise Arizona, He's super smart, he got accepted to Harvard.   I need a Journal, I still want those stories from our ancestors, I'll need medicine soon, And i forgot my Pin so maybe you can write a note and send it in the mail. I can't think of anything else fro a box..... Keep FableHaven, Oh and if you can fit, don't trash dads couch. The problem is it's been 8 months since i've seen what we have so i'm not to much help to remember. If all else fails, and you're not sure, Take a photo, and trash it. As long as i have a photo i can still remember it 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

"my heart is now at peace"

Hello Family and Friends. 

Well It's been so much fun this past week. So much actually that i forgot my planner to tell you what happened.. whoops

 Our investigators are doing so awesome though. Assa came to church, we had to pick him up from his house and show him the bus route he would have to take to get to the church. Sadly we were a bit to late but we got him there. After ward he had to go home early cause of paper work he had to sign. But he said " my heart is now at peace" he was so happy to go to church. It built my testimony of going to church. We talked to him for as bit after and He talked about how in the refugee camp he was in there was no church building and they met at someones house. They would go every week. Him his wife and his 5 kids. He had 2 more then we thought. But he is such a strong man in the gospel, It's amazing. And on the way home we talked about the Word of Wisdom, which he already knew about and is living. 

 Eric our other investigator is a frustrating man. He was a referral from the shaker ward he moved into our ward, he is totally a man from Ohio, He doesn't stop talking.... Ever.... It's so hard to teach him lessons. But he has a testimony and wants to come closer to God so that's good. we just can't get the off switch some times. 

Ashley our Recent Convert is so awesome. We taught her the Gospel of Jesus Christ and she talked about how she wants to come to church more. And for some reason her job has here working Sunday but not Saturday so she'll see if she can get it switched. 

This area is amazing. Theres so many people who could use the Gospel. If they had the curage and the drive to do it. There is some members her called the Johnsons, who preach about making sure that you make your home a place you want to live at. There home is beautiful, and all of there neighbors ask them how they do it. And they say we took the time. So their neighbors now take the time to Beautify there homes, And that is what the Gospel is like we just need to take the time. Make sure that we feel loved and safe and secured. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Corn Grows...

Hi Elder Bubba,
I've been missing you lots this week.  It has been a difficult week.  It is the oddest thing, once people realize you are leaving they are nice to you...  What's up with that!  
I've been thinking about your busing.  Are you contacting while busing?  Could make for some interesting conversations.  Help pass the time.  You probably know this...How is Elder Wotring? Feeling better?  I'm sure you are doing a great job as District Leader!  Eli, you have very good leadership skills.  You have some great experience, think band and 1st Assistant.  I liked your apartment pictures.  Those beds are tight.  Hope no one snores or gets up in the night.  I didn't recognize your bedding. Did you have to add a blanket? How are Ashley and Assa progressing? How did the referrals from last Tuesday go?  Any investigators?
I've been busy but nothing fun really.  Grammy had her appointment and will be having a double mastectomy on Friday the 21st.  She wanted it sooner but Papa needs to be home to help.  
I had my colonoscopy/endoscopy last Friday.  I get so sick with the preparation.  It takes me days to feel better.  It went fine though.  I did have one small polyp which he removed and told me to come back in five years.  I was hoping for ten years. I also went to see Jotham's dad just for a female exam.  I still have blood tests and Dr. Gray to go then I'm finished for awhile.  
We closed on the house on Thursday and settled and took possession on Friday.  Saturday was crazy.  I cleaned the church and went shopping and went to get apricots in Brigham with Papa and Seth did his big Young Adult Causey Excursion.  He didn't have very good turn out.  We were both exhausted so nothing more happened on the house.  Monday evening, David and Maurine and the Belnap Family came and helped us move out of the storage unit!  I'm so very grateful!! I can't believe it!  That is finally over!📣  I've gotten all of the utilities switched over except the trash.  Maritza and I will go clean tomorrow and the floors will be cleaned on Tuesday.  I can start sorting all the storage in the garage.  I need to tell you, I'm getting rid of lots of old things.  It is so freeing not to have to deal with everything.  I think you will like it.    I still need table and chairs and office/craft type furniture.  Maybe I'll get to that in a week or so.  I'm still not sure when I should leave.  I guess that is up to how is Grammy feeling.
I'm being released Sunday from my calling but they still want me to come to meetings and visits. Bizarre. 
I'm hanging in there and hope you are doing the same.  I know things can be difficult for you.  You are learning and growing and changing your life.  Your Heavenly Father loves you and is making you into the son he knows you can be. Be patient and kind to yourself as you grow.  You love you.  You are an amazing young man.  
I love you dearly son.  I'm so proud of you!
Hurrah for Israel!

PS Did the box come? Carefully check the papers inside the journal.  😉

We don't really contact while busing, We see the same people a lot on the buses. Elder Wotring is turning 20 today, he is still working hard till the end so we are getting along just fine. My bedding is the one with the trucks.... Ashley and Assa are doing so good, It is amazing how devoted to the gospel the already are. The box has not arrived yet... but i'm sure it'll come soon. That is still so crazy that we moved out of Ogden. It feels like we have been there for ever. 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Down to 40 Referals

Hello Family and Friends, It's been super awesome in Cleveland Ohio.

Wednesday, ended with us going to a Member Meal, then we had a lesson with Ashley, She is so sweet, we took a member with us, and we didn't ask if he could drive us home.... so we started walking, we got home a bit late... whoops. Our Zone Leaders were kind enough to pick us up so we weren't to late. 

Thursday, We had a member feed us again ( we get feed all the time it's wonderful) but she took us to a greek place. the gyro we had was huge. it was like 3 in one. It even took me a while to finish. Then the rest of the day was full of us trying to do the things we planned but it didn't work our like most days.

Friday we got dumped on. It was just flooded every where, we saw this car with water up to it's was crazy. we helped 2 people move it was super fun. just drenched and tired.

Saturday. we  got some stuff done we did like 3 referals and got them off our list. we are down to like 40 now whoop. We can almost have them on one sheet of paper. 

Sunday was pretty weird, we had a person show up to the church, cvause he wanted a Book of mormon, so we taught him, and he said all of the right things, and all of the right questions. he brought up that after reading the book he would be baptised. so we were creeped out a bit. to bad he doesn't live in our area, but we totally think he's a spy from the church to see how well we teach. our he's just that awesome. 

Monday was another district meeting. i'm getting better at them. there not as weird, and I can open up on my comments, and everyone else talkes a lot more now too. Our neighbor gave us some cupcakes too for th 4th of July so we had to our do her. so we made her a cookie sheet. with 50 stars and 9 strips. She lives on her own, so not sure how she is going to eat all of that....

Tuesday we got even more referals done, and i am so tired frm doing it we biked so much. so much infact that i bent my rear axle... (sorry mom i gotta buy a new one) but we have our new bus passes and we can ride as many as we want. we get our moneys worth fast

A quick update on Investigators, we are currently teaching 2 immigrants. One is Demble, he is from Africa, he speaks french, and he loves learning about the gospel. The other is Assa, He is also from Africa, he speaks Swahili, and his family is back in Africa, He has a wonderful testimony already, he's just starting from no where so he is busy all the time. We are also teaching Eric and his wife from the shaker Heights ward, they moved into our area, we haven't taught them yet but they are interesting and we'll see. 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

City Scenes

I'm doing great mama. It's a bit harder then i expected but i'm doing just fine now. We've only had 2 hospital visits so far. but we'll be getting some soon i can just feel it. This ward council is awesome. Everyone is super awesome, they all do missionary work, it's an assignment by the stake to serve in the Cleveland 3rd ward so everyone works hard. we're doing pretty good on bibles we're slowly weeding them down. Demble is super busy, what can you expect from someone that immigrated. So you can just send the box to the apartment i live at. we live in a very safe neighborhood. I need a journal still. also i forgot my Pin.... if you can get that to me some how that would be awesome. I've spent to much money in this area. We just got caught off guard without food. I'm not scared about the move. That's all we do as missionaries is move. I just can't bike to college anymore. Don't worry about me mama i'm doing great. I Love this area.
Hello Family and Friends.

It is the coolest thing ever to be in Cleveland. There's so many people. and they are super funny. They do the dumbest things ever somedays. We watched an intersection get blocked 2. Oh boy is it funny. 

Thursday: we had exchanges with our Zone leaders, Who Live with us... so not really an exchange. It was me and Elder Talbot though, we had some fun. Problem is we had to go to an appointment in our area, His name was Assa. He is an Investigator from Africa. He was taught in a refuge camp and he has a string testimony of the Book of mormon. After that. we rode the train and the bus everywhere, And it was pretty fun. Elder Talbot understands our pain of having buses. 

Friday: we had a lesson with a recent convert. her name is Ashley, She hasn't been able to come to church since her baptism... Stupid work. But she is so awesome ( we'll be seeing her today too)  We took our ward Mission Leader as well. And it was an awesome lesson. After that we went on a small exchange, Me and Elder Dubon went to a LA named Kimo, he's from Cambodia. He is awesome. He just doesn't speak English very well. after that we went to dinner with a family that just moved to Cleveland from Mexico. The Bernals. Luckily Elder Dubon is from Guatemala, and that took us all night. Because of buses.

Saturday: We helped somebody move in the morning, we were then an hour late to our next appointment. Then it dawned on us that we forgot our bus passes. So we walked, and walked and walked. After thaat we had dinner with the 1st councilor in the ward. They invited someone over to cook for us, and he talked our ears off. It was so hard to get out on time to get home. And he would say to make a long story short. I don't want to know what the long story is.

Sunday: Elder Wotring Got sick. so it was a study day. Super boring.

Monday: was district meeting #2. This one was at Kirtland though. Ever since the Sisters in the district double as site sisters they have to stay there sometimes. So it was pretty sweet. They keep on saying i'm doing a good job. But I don't know. 

Tuesday. We had mission Leadership council, District leaders were invited. Hopefully this will improve my district meetings. We learned a lot from it. A question that stumped us all was.....Does Ohio farmers grow Corn.... the answer was no. The Corn Grows. We weren't to happy with that one. After that we had a member feed us, he also came out woth us after wards and we got like 6 referrals done. 

It's been an exciting week in Cleveland. I can't wait to see what else happens while i'm here.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

It begins...

Hi Sweetheart,
How goes it?  The calling going well?  How about the hospital visits?  How are things going with the ward council? Have you been able to hand out all your Bibles? How is Demble doing?  And his friend Leah?  How is the city?  Safe? Are you ready for a box?  What do you need?
The Beus Reunion went great!  We had a bit of traffic in Sardine Canyon so we were a minute late but most everyone else was also.  We took pictures but I haven't got the group one yet.  I'll send it on when it comes.  
All the Beus families with missionaries have moved this summer.  Shawn to Farmington.  They are downsizing and getting closer to Salt Lake where he works.  They kept their Hooper home and are renting it out.  Paul has lost his job so he needs to sell his big house.  They are trying to find another one in Elwood that they can afford but haven't found one yet.  They will be staying in Terrie's mom's summer home in Liberty until they can work it out.  AND our appraisal came back $5,000.00 over our offer so we are moving to West Haven.  We should close next week.  We will stay here until after Seth and Papa get home from Lake Powell on July 22 and then move.  Seth thinks he will get Tyler Boydstons older brother and Brendan Lore and the Belnap brothers to help with the heavy stuff.  I'll work on the storage unit items starting with having the lawn mower serviced tomorrow.  I bought a washer, dryer, freezer, and vacuum today.  We still need knives, table and chairs.  We will purchase the previous owner's TV and sound system.  YIKES!! Its real!  Please know that it will be good.  The Lord will help you make the changes to your plans so it will still work.  
We also had Grammy's Birthday party.  It was very nice.  She liked her book.  I've attached your stories. We took pictures.  Please note that I didn't forget you when I had the chance to "grab you".  
We are moving forward and I believe it is with the Lord's hand.  Please know that I love you.  I'm so proud of you.

Hurrah for Israel!

Fay and John Beus, Beus Family Reunion, Hyrum, UT
Nyla Petersen's 79th Birthday Party, Ogden, UT

Petersen Family

Petersen Siblings

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Bikes, Trains, Buses

To Mama:
I can try but they sneak up on me too. The apartment in tiny and not in my area. It's in the sisters. The address is...2324 Ashurst University Heights Ohio 44118... About a 30 minute walk or a 10 minute bike ride form our area. We have the biggest biking area in the mission. We mostly use buses, or trains though. I cover a lot of east Cleveland and we go downtown alot too. My companion is Elder Wotring he is from Surprise Arizona. He's pretty interesting he goes home in 2 transfers so he's pretty done. In this area we get so many Head quarter referrals, that it's all we do. We currently have 59... they kinda fell behind, we also give blessings weekly. We have 2 major hospitals here.  The apartment is small, and there's 4 of us again. We have no car.... yippy.... I'm not in shaker heights. i'm in the really poor part of Cleveland. It's pretty sketchy. Members are actually called to be in this ward, from the stake, so we have awesome members. we have a the Cleveland 3rd ward and the Cleveland YSA Branch. 

I still haven't been able to read my story...Also can you add Elder Kirby, thanks. I need some help what's the best way to remove stains? is it better to soak in oxy clean or what i'm not sure. Also how long does it take to boil chicken? 

That's crazy that we are moving... I'm sure gonna miss Ogden and i'm gonna have to change some plans i had.... not so close to weberstate to bike anymore... I'm gonna miss that ward so much. It has been the best one so far.

PS don't be scared for me. I'm fine, it's not dark till late so i'm totally fine.

To All:
Hello Family and Friends.

Well I am in Cleveland!!!! Finally. I actually get to serve in the middle of the mission. I am in the East Cleveland area. we have 2 wards. Cleveland 3rd and Cleveland YSA. We have the biggest biking area in the mission, and way to many things to do. Our days mostly consist of dropping of free Bibles. We have 59 to hand out. ( they kinda fell behind ) So we are playing catch up. We also have the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospital which are huge and seem to always have a member that needs a blessing. So we hop on the bus and go to the hospital. I haven't been on a bus this much since High School. We seem to always be waiting for a bus. Or running for one. I am also the district leader, we have 1 set of elder and 2 sets of sisters. The Elder are the Zone leaders, so I don't do much with them, The sisters are both Kirtland site sisters so they have 1 day at Kirtland and 1 day out teaching. So it's pretty hard for them to do much. 

Our teaching pool consists of Demble. It's french and i don't know how to type it out for you to under stand. He referred himself he has moved from Africa, and wanted to go to a church and he had heard good things, we teach him downtown. The last time we taught him he invited a friend named Leah, she's pretty awesome too, They both said they would be baptized, when they came to know that it is true.  

Oh and my companion is Elder Wotring from surprise Arizona. He has 2 transfers including this one. so he's pretty seasoned, and it's been pretty fun with him lately. we'll see how it goes, Also here's the photo of Fritz Hartzler.


Hi Sweetheart,
I'm so sorry about missing your transfer day and not writing a day early. Could you help me remember?  I've put it in my calendar.  Please forgive me.  It made me sick that I missed it.
Congratulations on your new calling.  Please tell me all about your new area, companion, and the calling.  How is the apartment?  What car are you in?  I read up a bit on Shaker Heights.  The people seem to have good wages and live in historic homes.  How is that?  Who are in your teaching pool?  How are you finding in this new area.  Are the members supportive?  Wards or branches?  Large or small?  Are you working with the ward councils?  
We had a really nice Father's Day dinner on Sunday.  It was even nice for me because everyone helped!  Friday is the Beus Family Reunion at Hyrum Dam.  We are throwing Grammy's party on Saturday. Russells will be in.  We will give her the memory book then.
Other big news, Papa finally agreed to let me start shopping for a home.  (I also really wanted Grammy to have her own home back for whatever time she has.)  I started half heartedly looking on June 6th.  Tom Webber is the realtor and he told me Weber and Davis counties generally have 2,500 to 3,500 homes for sale.  There are currently 850 on the market.  I wasn't real optimistic on finding one. BUT Saturday we went and looked at three.  I really liked the one so we made an offer and it was accepted yesterday.  YIKES!  We will probably close by the end of the month and slowly start moving.  I'll take pictures then.  It is in West Haven about 7 minutes from Grandma's and Grandpa's.  I tried to stay in the ward/stake/area but there just wasn't anything decent in my price range.  Sorry son.  I'm sure Bishop Browning will allow you to report in the ward.  I don't know how long Grammy will be around but I know Papa is tired of the big house and all the work. I hope she gets feeling better now that chemo is finished and will be able to do some fun things. She still needs to go on for a PET scan in three weeks. She wanted to go spend some time in Carmel, California near the ocean, maybe go to Yellowstone.  I hope she can.  I will still drop up to the house each afternoon after work to help with chores.  I'm worried that you may feel unsettled about this news.  Please know that our family have all been fasting and praying about it. It feels good in the home.  I hope you will be at peace about it and when you return home, you will feel good in this home. I don't even know if the Bobwhite house will be in the family by then.  
Spence is still waiting for his call.  Christopher returned and gave a great report Sunday.  They are both great friends.  
I have been adding some items on Family Search.  Go check out your Great Great Step Grandfather, Harvey Perry Wellman.  I also added Dad's patents to his profile.  

Please remember I love you and I'm terribly proud of you!  Keep on keepin' on!
Love you tons!
Hurrah for Israel!