The Field Is White

The Field Is White
Doctrine & Covenants 4:4

Monday, January 26, 2015

January 26, 2015

This last week was really great!
We met with one of our investigators, Teddy, on Thursday.  He's the one trying to quit smoking.  The first thing he said when we sat down was "I want to set my baptism date. I'm done smoking, I'm ready for baptism!"
He's gone two weeks with no smoking. We set a baptismal date on the 31st, this Saturday.  So this will officially be my 1st baptism!  I couldn't be more excited for him.  He's married to a member and they are already looking forward to going to the temple in a year to be sealed!
Then, the day before, on Wednesday we received two referrals.  Bill  was one of them.  We stopped by that day and met with him and his daughter.  Bill is about 80 years old.  He has a brother who lives in West Valley. (Oh yeah, side track real fast. What ward were we in when we lived in West Valley? The new senior missionaries who are coming to replace the Abney's are from West Valley and he has been the Stake President. Their names are the Brooks. I don't know if their name sounds familiar. That would be pretty neat if we know them.)  Anywho, So we were talking and saying that would be neat if the Brooks know his brother.  That would be a super small world.  Bill and his daughter Molly are very interested in the Book of Mormon.  We're in the middle of trying to find a larger print BoM for them both since they are a bit older.  
It really hit me this last week at a Zone Conference.  At the Zone Conferences, The missionaries going home that month bare their testimonies and one of the sisters that I came out with, Sister Smith, gave hers.  It hit me that I will be doing that in 6 months.  No bueno.  You know me.  I don't cry.  I started to cry at Zone Conference and then also, yesterday was the last day that the Abney's (The senior couple, the man in the ladder picture) would be here in North Carolina.  They spoke in Sacrament meeting.  I started crying when Elder Abney was concluding his talk.  They are like my parents here.  We've grown so much together.  I wrote them a letter and gave it to them before they left. They said they're going to miss me the most ;D It feels so weird with them not here but the mission has made me a freakin’ softy!
Uhh, I think that's all the major things that happened this week!  It was a great week!  I hope this one will be just as good if not better!
Love you! Stay Safe!

Elder Beach

Excerpt from his Dad's Email:   I'm still working and doing my best and I am definitely not wishing my time away. It freaks the heck out of me that I have 6 months left. Next month I get permission to start applying to schools and scholarships. I really do not want to come home.  (This last sentence brings tears to Momma Beach's eyes and JOY in my heart!)

Momma Beach says: 
in the Missionary Field

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Planning, Quidditch and Vadering

We had a great week last week. We met with T*, on Thursday. He has had a word of wisdom problem. But when we stopped by, he was 4 days without smoking! It's super exciting! He's really close to baptism! So is Darren! We just need to meet his parents but they are so busy! I'll send some pics. Love you!
Elder Beach

Our window one morning after having it open over night

Elder Steingraber stole my camera on exchanges and took a bunch of pictures and videos with Elder Lindley

My new shoes I bought (thank you Carsons and Grandpa for the money!)

We had a little fun after planning one night. We had a quidditch match.

 Believe it or not, I am eating really healthy now. I have oatmeal with a protein shake and Bananas or Strawberries every morning.

Being the Star Wars nerd that Elder Lindley is, I was surprised he had never heard of "Vadering"... 
so he was pretty excited when I introduced it to him.

I found this shirt in the apartment! It fits perfectly. I think I might keep it!

 So I found out that in a few weeks, I find out the exact date I come home and at 18 months. I get to start applying to colleges and scholarships and what not.... WHERE DID THE TIME GO!?

Thursday, January 8, 2015


I just got done with a service project choppin’ down a tree, it was so fun!  I became squirrel boy and was climbing through the branches and tying the rope to the big branches so we could pull them as they start to fall.  It was so much fun! I love doing that kind of stuff!  

So on New Years Eve, we did another service project for the church. I had to climb to the top of the flag pole in front of our church and get the flag down cause the pulley system got messed up.  So we got a really, really tall ladder and up I went!

Here are some pictures!  It was so much fun!  I love service!
Elder Abney (senior couple), my comp - Elder Lindley from Wellsville, UT and me up top!

How was your Christmas and New Year's?  Everything went great!  I did get sick on the 26th though :(

I made a "pact", I guess you could say, with one of my investigators. I quit eating candy and sweets and sugars and drinking soda for however long it takes him to stop smoking, to give him that motivation.  Man it is hard!  I can't imagine giving up smoking!

I have a new career idea/goal. Life Flight Paramedic! I think it would be really awesome.  I already love helping people, so what better than to do that for my career!

uhhh let's see what else is new.....Oh =( The baptism didn't happen last night.  He failed to mention to his parents that he was getting baptized.  His parents aren't against him getting baptized, they just want to know a little bit about the church. So hopefully we can teach them too :D I think that is all for this week... I'll send more pictures.

More pictures of the Flag Pole Adventure! :D It was such a blast! I really love heights. It made me miss rock climbing so much... oh well 7 more months!