Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Week 1 in Hutchalo

Hello to all my family, friends and coaches back home, at school and serving around the world! Hope this finds you all doing well and enjoying this Christmas time of year. We’ve had some insanely nice weather for the first week of December here in MN but it’s supposed to drop down in the single digits and negatives this week. Elder L is pretty excited for that. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ This week has been good and we’ve been really busy with both areas. I almost feel overwhelmed at times, but it sure beats having nothing to do and not many people to teach!

So Monday was P-day and I talked about it in my last week's email, so I’ll spare all the details from that! 

Tuesday morning, Elder L and H drove to the mission office to drop off Elder H and then Elder L worked with the Eden Prairie Elders for 2 days until transfers. So Elder W and I worked in Buffalo for a few days until Elder L got back on Thursday with us! So Tuesday morning the apartment was thrashed. πŸ˜± So we cleaned it and ended up taking a whole closet full of old clothes and assorted sporting goods to Goodwill. We took 5 garbage bags full of stuff missionaries had left behind in this closet. πŸ˜‚ So that closet is good and cleaned out now and Elder L is using it! After that we had a quick lunch and then had a lesson with DA who is a date set investigator in Buffalo. He’s from Transylvania and started meeting with missionaries about a year ago. His baptism date is for the 15th of December, but he hasn’t come to church so we aren’t sure he’s going to hit that date. He’s a really genuine guy and has a testimony of the church and Book of Mormon, he just doesn’t come to church because he said he “needs to learn more and read the Book of Mormon more before I can come.” So we are going to work with him on getting to church and understanding that the reason we go to church is to learn. We don’t learn then go to church. We go to church to learn. It’s like school!πŸ˜‚ Anyway, we walked around this way cool lake in Clearwater with him and we talked about reading the scriptures, prayer, humility, following the prophet and a few more things too! It was kind of a unique lesson, but I felt like it went about as good as I could’ve given as we were walking around a lake haha. πŸž After that we stopped by some people who lived out in the sticks but none of them were home. A few of them had some really nice houses. Holy cow they were sweet! We had dinner with the Ss! They are way nice and I’ve actually eaten at their house before on exchanges. They remembered me as the Elder “who ate lots of salad and doesn’t eat dessert.”πŸ˜‚ Brother and Sister S are way awesome. Their oldest son has a girlfriend he’s really serious with and I’m not sure he’s planning on serving a mission, but we will do our best to influence him in that way. πŸ˜ We knocked a few doors after dinner and there were a few people we gave out Light the World cards to and one guy said we could come back this week, so that was cool! After that we had a lesson with PE and his fiancΓ©. They got married this last Saturday so that was sweet! She is an investigator and she hopefully will be getting baptized soon! Her family belongs to another church and they said they basically will kick her out of the church and disown her if she joins the LDS church. That’s sad, but it happens so we are working with her to overcome that road block. She loves the missionaries and the Book of Mormon so that’s awesome!πŸ™Œ

Wednesday we went out to Annandale and that was kind of a weird day haha. πŸ˜‚ We stopped by every single person in Annandale and literally no one was home, interested, or had moved! Haha this one dude we stopped by was a less active member and he lives down on the lake so we took this super steep driveway down to his house. We knocked on the door twice and no one answered so we started leaving and then this huge dude answers the door with a t shirt and boxers on, and his boxers are just hanging wide open. The cows got out of the barn- let’s just say that...πŸ™ˆπŸ™‰ He’s like, “My siblings went to BYU and I hate the church.” and then grabbed a thing of Diet Coke sitting on his porch and slammed the door.  πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Elder W and I almost died laughing haha. We knocked some doors and met some really nice people. We gave a Book of Mormon to this one lady (can’t remember her name) and followed her on Facebook, too. She said we could swing by next time we were up in the area. I love having the Light the World campaign as a fall back technique when we tract. We start out sharing about the restoration and the Book of Mormon and stuff and then if people aren’t interested we share the Light the World stuff with them and invite them to participate in it! Almost every person we talk to says they will at least visit the Mormon.org website, so that is awesome. It’s been a great tool for us so far! After that we had a lesson with Brother A. I had met him twice before on exchanges in Buffalo and Elder H and W didn’t know who he was. He’s a less active dude who is trying to get back into the church. The Elders would go by and read the Book of Mormon with him. So we visited with him for a while and then talked about coming to church and his patriarchal blessing. He said he had lost his, so we are going to help him get a new one this week! He told us he just didn’t seem to be finding answers to his questions in the scriptures when he read them and the first thing that popped into my head was, “When was the last time you read your patriarchal blessing?” He said it had been a while for sure and he didn’t know where his even was. So we are going to talk to Bishop G this week and get him another copy of it! So that should be sweet.πŸ‘

Thursday we did a lot of knocking doors.✊ In the morning Elder W and I knocked an entire town home complex in Monticello. We found a lady who is from New Jersey that had met with the missionaries while she was there and we are going to meet with her again this week! So that was pretty cool. One story that was way awesome to me was that we got to the end of a row of town homes and this older lady was outside smoking a cigarette. She told us to keep walking before we even got to her, so we did and then knocked the last house on her row. Nobody answered the door so we ended up talking to the lady smoking about the weather for like 10 minutes and then slowly transitioned into the Light the World video. She was like, “There’s so much darkness in the world, no one is gonna make that much of a difference.” I was like, “That’s why we invite everyone to do this! Because if every single person on earth participated in this that gets invited, that’s a lot of light being shared around the world.” She was like, “Yeah I guess that makes sense. I’ll give it a try.” I thought that was cool that even though she didn’t want us to “preach” to her, we still were able to share the Light of Christ and the Light the World initiative with her. So that was awesome.πŸ”₯ After that we went to Culver’s for lunch and waited for Elder L to arrive with the ZLs heading back from transfers. I got a chicken salad with Thousand Island dressing. I will never understand why salads are so expensive at fast food places. It literally costs less than 3 dollars to make the salads they serve and they cost like $6.99. I will never understand why they’re so expensive. But then the Culver’s double deluxe with bacon combo basket with a shake is like $8.99. I’m still trying to figure out why food that is way more healthy and way less in quantity is way more expensive. If anyone can figure that one out please let me know. πŸ˜‚ It’s crazy. Anyway, after Elder L got there we did some more knocking doors for about 2 hours and it was a party with all three of us. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ We actually had a decent amount of success and found this lady who was from Washington and her best friend was a member of the church! She had some little kids and didn’t have a church she and her husband liked, so they didn’t go to a church, but she was very familiar with the LDS church and really liked it! We are going to get her a Children's Book of Mormon Stories Book of Mormon for her family to read! So that was way sweet. πŸ˜Ž Knocking doors with 3 people is a little crazy, but we make it work haha. We have the “spokesman, wingman, and dude who stands in the back and tries to play it cool.” It’s pretty funny, but it’s been working pretty well for us so far! We gave out like 4 Books of Mormon in 2 hours and like 20 pass along cards and invited people to check out the Light the World initiative.πŸ’― It was pretty “dope” as Elder L says haha. πŸ˜‚ After that we had dinner with the Ps. They are way awesome! Haha so we typed in their address and we got there and went and knocked on the door and we are like, “Hey! How’s it going?” And the lady that answered was like, “Who are you guys?” HahaπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ So we found out it was their old house, but the lady living there was super nice and was like, “Oh yeah, they moved so I live here now haha!” So we found their new house and had a great dinner with them. Their kids were crazy oh my goodness! It was a zoo. πŸ˜‚ They are super nice and really awesome though, so it was awesome. After that we stopped by a few people who weren’t home and then called it a day!

Friday morning we did service at Brother Y’s house in Monticello. We helped him rake up the rest of his leaves for fall and got them out in the horse pasture so we can burn them this winter and have a big ol’ bonfire.πŸ”₯ He took us to Jimmy Johns for lunch and then when we got back we got to ride the 4 wheeler around their trails for a little bit. It was pretty fun.  Brother Y is way awesome. He and his wife are ward missionaries and they are super good at it! I got to talk to him for a while and he’s such a good dude. I’m way excited to be in this ward! Like everyone is awesome. After that we stopped by a couple less active people in Monticello that Brother Y told us to swing by. We didn’t get in contact with any of them but we talked to a few spouses, so that was good! We will have to go back by them again because they all seem like they have good potential. After that we knocked doors for about an hour and we gave out a couple Books of Mormon and invited a lot of people to do the Light the World campaign. Tracting is such a hoot. πŸ˜‚ We almost get a little too crazy sometimes and have too much fun, so I get to rein us all in when we get carried away haha. πŸ˜‚ After that we went home and had some dinner and then weekly planned. We didn’t have anything Friday night, so we moved it back to the evening because people don’t seem to like us knocking on their doors much after dark pretty much. Weekly planning was a grind planning for two areas. Oh man. Lots of mental exertion haha. I was mentally dead when we got done. It’s just a lot of coordinating and logistical stuff but we got it done and good to go for this week. While we were weekly planning this dude came in and was shooting pool. He asked us if we wanted to play, and it was at the end of planning so Elder W and I played him. He was a hoot. He would cuss every time he missed a shot and was telling us all these super weird jokes. πŸ˜‚ I’m pretty sure he was a little off, but he was a nice guy. Hopefully we can get a pool relationship going and then transition it to Gospel stuff. πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘Œ

Saturday was awesome!πŸ™Œ We started off by helping some lady in the Buffalo ward move a couch from her house to this townhouse, and it was a beast. Metal frames and all that. It barely fit through the door of the town home and we had to carry it up the stairs right at the entry, then swing it up over the stairs and drop it down in the living room. πŸ˜… Pretty nuts. After that we drove to Hector which is about an hour and 45 minutes southwest of Buffalo. We went there to help Brother and Sister H split and stack wood! It was a party. We had a grand old time with them and we split basically a whole tree and then moved about another tree's worth of wood over to their deck and stacked it there. Sister H had a sandwich bar for lunch and it was so good. Lots of meat, cheese, tomatoes, avocados, apples, pears, etc.  It was awesome. πŸ˜‹ I forgot to get a picture of us splitting wood unfortunately, so you won’t be able to see all the wood we split.  πŸ˜œ After that we stopped by the crazy dude LJ that we met last week with Brother C. He wasn’t home or didn’t answer the door, so we weren’t able to meet with him. After that we stopped by the Ns. We hadn’t met them ever so we stopped by them on the way to Fairfax. They were home and let us in! They actually were at church last week and I passed the sacrament to them out in the hall, but they left right after and I didn’t get to talk to them. So when we got in I was like, “Oh I know you guys!” Sister N has super bad anxiety, so they just sit out in the Relief Society room usually and then leave after the sacrament because Brother N works Sundays. He is a pig farmer and the company he works for butchers like 1.4 million pigs a year. So he raises and sells a lot of pigs to them to help contribute to that number. We were able to get to know them a little bit and give Brother N a blessing. They’re super cool! After that we had dinner with the M family down in Fairfax. This is the AM family. I love them. They are probably my favorite family in the branch. We had a blast with them. Their son really opened up to us and was cracking jokes and talking about serving a mission next year. It was a great dinner. Brother M gave Elder Woolley a $200 baseball signed by Harmon Killebrew. πŸ˜± He has like 3 of them so he’s like,“Yeah, just have it! I got more haha”. He is such a good guy. He’s awesome. After that we had to head home because it was like 8 pm and the drive is about an hour back up to Hutch.πŸš—

Sunday we had branch council in Hutch and it was great again! We had a few people show up for church so that was great! J and V both came again! After church we got all our stuff packed up really quick and then went to stop by this Bible/Book of Mormon referral in Hutchinson. All we had was 860 whatever street but it was a town home complex so we didn’t know what number it was. We started knocking all of them and met some interesting people but didn’t find her there. She called us right when we got done and said she lived in #6 but wasn’t home. So we left them in her door and we are going to go back later when we are down there! After that we drove up to Cokato and visited the Ks. Sister K has a lot of health problems and isn’t able to attend church and Brother K takes care of her so he isn’t able to make it either. They love to talk and told us a lot of stories about their lives haha. πŸ˜‚ We were there for almost 2 hours and towards the end we finally were able to jump in and talk about church and shared a video about the atonement of Jesus Christ. Sister K really opened up and said she has a hard time trusting God and people and so we talked about how prayer can help us with that and I actually used Alma 37:36-37 again and shared that with her. She said she probably just needs to be patient in waiting for God to answer her prayers. We talked about how that’s part of it, but we also need to do our part. We can’t just pray for things to happen and then sit around and hope for them to happen! We need to work at it and do our part. We invited them to come to the Christmas party next Saturday and meet the branch members in a very informal setting. They said they’d love to do that and would try their best to make it.πŸ‘ŒAfter that we drove up to Monticello to have dinner with the Ms. Brother M is the ward mission leader in buffalo and Elder W said he hadn’t met him and he’d been there 6 weeks, so I’m not sure about all that haha. Hopefully we can meet with him a little more and coordinate stuff with him! After that we watched the Christmas devotional and it was so good! I loved the messages that Christmas is all about the Savior and about giving of our time, not just our money or gifts. It’s like that quote from President Monson: “He who gives of his money gives much, he who gives of his time gives more, but he who gives of himself, gives all.” I love that quote. As we devote not only our time and money to serving and helping others, but also our whole selves to lifting and building up others this time of year, we truly give the greatest gift we can give to others and to our Savior. I absolutely loved the Christmas devotional this year.πŸ”₯πŸ™ŒIt was great. After it was done we did some Facebook work to try and get ahold of some less actives and potential investigators in both areas. We got in contact with some potentials so that was solid! 

Well, Hutchalo is pretty sweet! I love serving with Elders L and W. They’re great guys and I feel like we are best buds already,  I’m grateful to be out here doing this work and being the Savior's hands in ministering to others. It truly is a wonderful work to be a part of! Thanks for all the prayers and support! Couldn’t do it without them. Love you all and have a great week!

Much love,
Elder Beach
#MavUp #10

Elder W and I met Olaf out tracting!

We live in a beautiful area!

Teaching as we walked around the lake.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Transfers ("Hutchalo" trio)

Hello to all my fam, friends, and coaches back home, at college and serving the Lord around the globe. Hope this email finds you well and enjoying life and whatever you’re doing! So myself, Elder L and Elder W will be in a trio in Buffalo and Hutchinson (Hutchalo). I’m hyped to be able to work with us three. We should be able to do some good work together. This week was pretty good! We had some crazy stuff happen and some cool stuff too, so enjoy.πŸ˜‰πŸ‘Œ

Monday we had a sort of lesson with H. He is the Spanish investigator that Elder C and I taught last week. He told us he doesn’t believe the Book of Mormon is true and he doesn’t want to read it. He said he doesn’t speak enough English to tell us why, so we weren’t able to really discuss it unfortunately. It makes me sad when people won’t even give the Book of Mormon a chance. It’s literally more of the word of God written by prophets of God and people don’t want to read it.🀷‍ Oh well, everyone has their agency! After that we drove down to Arlington to help Brother C with his barn he was building. It was a canvas barn and we helped him do all the framing of the door entrance and install the doors. It was a big canvas door that rolls up on a cable system so we worked on getting that installed and put together. We worked on that until it got dark and then had dinner with Brother and Sister C. It was really good! They’re awesome people and I really love them. I’ve really grown to love all the branch members in the 6 weeks I’ve been here. I’m honestly kind of sad we will only be in Hutch part time, but also excited because there is lots more work in Buffalo! Anyway, after dinner we had a lesson with LT, who is a recent convert in Glencoe. We visited with him for about an hour and he really opened up and we had a good conversation about his conversion and the gospel. He’s kind of quiet and so it was great to get him to open up and chat and get to know him more.πŸ€™ So that was really cool because usually he doesn’t say much!πŸ˜‚

Tuesday we had district meeting in the morning. We did a testimony meeting and it was really good! Most people’s testimonies were about how their missions had changed them. I know we are called to teach others the gospel and serve others, but as we do that and lose ourselves in that service, it really changes who you are as a person and as a disciple of Christ. It’s been amazing to see the changes in myself the last 17 months, and I’m excited to continue to progress in the last 7 months. πŸ™Œ After that we drove to Buffalo Lake and Hector. We had a lesson set up with G in Buffalo Lake at 3 pm, so we decided to stop by some less actives in Hector before that. We stopped by this dude named LJ, who is a prospective Elder. He is like 70 something and nobody had met him, so we stopped by. He let us in and everything was pretty normal. Then we got talking and he is crazy. πŸ˜œ Oh my gosh, he’s a nut. He has a physics degree from MIT, so he’s super smart, but he has some insane ideas about religion and stuff. He has this Urantia book thing that’s written by aliens, I guess. πŸ€·‍️ It claims there were people in earth like 50,000 years before Adam and Eve.πŸ˜‚ Then it talks about how Adam and Eve had affairs and their illegitimate kids were invisible. It was super weird. πŸ˜‚ So he started sharing all of his insights with us and we just were like what the heck?? We finally got out of there and we had driven like 5 minutes in just dead silence. We then looked at each other and were like, “What the heck just happened?” Like it took 5 minutes for it to sink in how weird the conversation we just had was. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ It was interesting, to say the least. After that we had a lesson with G and that went really well! We taught him the full restoration lesson and invited him to read the Book of Mormon and taught him how to pray! He said everything we taught was super foreign to him, so he would have to ponder on it. We said that will be awesome! Read the Book of Mormon, ponder its message, and pray and ask God if it is true! So hopefully he will do that. We are going to stop by again next time we are down there and see how it is going with him. After that we drove up to Litchfield because we were going up to Sauk Rapids to blitz with the ZLs. So we visited the Rs in Litchfield. Brother R is a member and his wife isn’t, but she comes to church every week and seems like she has a solid testimony. We got to know them and talked for a while. We shared a Mormon message about the Atonement of Jesus Christ and we had a really good discussion about how the Atonement of Jesus Christ has influenced or strengthened us in our lives. Brother R had some really good insights and experiences that had happened in his life, so it was really good.πŸ‘ŒAfter that we stopped by this less active lady we hadn’t met, and she just went off. πŸ˜‚ She used quite the slew of profanity about the church and then was like, “I love you guys, like the missionaries are great, but the church is blah blah blah...”  After she went on her rant we just headed out and tried not to laugh haha. πŸ˜‚ 

Wednesday was awesome! I got to be with Elder M for the day and we had a grand old time just like in the old days. We did some tracting in the morning and it was super cold. We didn’t find anyone solid unfortunately, but we had a good time and worked hard, so that was fun! After lunch we went and worked at the animal shelter and did some dishes again just like we usually did haha.πŸ˜‚ So that was pretty fun! We then knocked some more doors about 10 minutes east of Sauk Rapids. It was a little out of the way and we didn’t even know it existed when we were there haha. We found a couple of cool people while we were knocking, so that was great! We met this one lady who just had a baby and said she was super active in another church, but thought the Book of Mormon was super interesting when we explained that it was more scripture about the gospel of Jesus Christ and was written by prophets for our day. She thought that was pretty cool!😎 After that we had dinner with the Cs. Their daughter and granddaughter had moved in with them from Texas and then they also had a buddy that they were really good friends with there too, so we taught the restoration to them and gave their buddy (can’t remember his name) a Book of Mormon to read.πŸ’― So dinner and the lesson with the Cs was awesome! After that we had a Skype lesson with F! She’s been pretty stressed out about what school to go to and we talked about that with her. She asked us, “Does God get annoyed with me if I literally ask for help with everything I do?” We were able to share Alma 37:36-37 with her:
 36 Yea, and cry unto God for all thy support; yea, let all thy doings be unto the Lord, and whithersoever thou goest let it be in the Lord; yea, let all thy thoughts be directed unto the Lord; yea, let the affections of thy heart be placed upon the Lord forever.
37 Counsel with the Lord in all thy doings, and he will direct thee for good; yea, when thou liest down at night lie down unto the Lord, that he may watch over you in your sleep; and when thou risest in the morning let thy heart be full of thanks unto God; and if ye do these things, ye shall be lifted up at the last day.
I love these verses to ask God for support in all our doings and counsel with Him in all our doings as well! God never gets annoyed with us for asking for help too much. He is our loving Father in Heaven and wants us to turn to Him always. 

Thursday we were in Buffalo all day for P day and Thanksgiving! We had a Turkey Bowl in the morning with the Buffalo ward and that was great!πŸˆπŸ’― I haven’t been able to play football much on the mission, but it was great to throw the ball around and play some safety, too.πŸ”₯ Lots of TDs, throwing and running. πŸ˜‰ It was fun! After that we had dinner at Bishop G’s house with his fam! It was so good! I only had one plate of food, which was incredible because all the food was amazing, but I’m still trying to eat decently. The sweet potato soufflΓ© was SO GOOD. That is seriously my favorite Thanksgiving dish. I love it.πŸ˜‹ We played some around the world ping pong with bishop's kids and us 4 Elders and I won like 14 games haha. πŸ˜‚ It was pretty fun! After that we went to the P’s house for some pie. (I just had some salad they had that was way good). SP is 16 and he is big boy. He’s like Colt but not quite as big. He’s really athletic, too. He’s a good kid and we get along really well, so that’s been sweet. After that we stopped by a couple less active people and only one family was home so we visited with them. I can’t remember their names haha but they love the missionaries, so we will be there again for sure now that we are all in Buffalo. πŸ˜Ž

Friday we were back in Hutch, so that was good! We weekly planned and that was a little tricky because we didn’t know what was going on for sure with transfers, so we ended up Facebook video messaging Buffalo and weekly planning with them for at least the start of the week. We were calling/texting the ZLs to figure out what was going on, but they weren’t entirely sure what was going on either so it was a little tricky, but we got it all done and Elder Layton and I got some good planning done for our own area, too. Friday afternoon we tracted in this area that looked like it hadn’t been tracted much in Hutch. We started out and it was mostly just people who went to other churches or they weren’t home. We both had felt like this was the street we should come to to tract, so we kept going and working hard on this street. We found this guy who had met the missionaries before and we ended up having a really good conversation with him and he was a really nice dude. He wasn’t super interested, but we were able to give him a Book of Mormon and invite him to read it and pray about it so that was cool!πŸ€™The next house we knocked on was this like 93-year-old lady was super nice! She let us in her entry way and talked to us for about 20 minutes haha.πŸ˜‚ It was an interesting conversation! She was a Lutheran lady and was very devout. Her husband had passed away about a year ago and she just lived alone in her house. Her kids wanted to put her in a nursing home I guess, and she was very adamant that she could live on her own. πŸ˜‚ So she still lived on her own! She told us that every night she prayed that God would put someone in her life that she could share the gospel with, and we were the only people in the last few weeks that had been put in her life that she could talk to about Jesus Christ and the Gospel. So basically she just tried to convert us the whole time and we tried to do the same haha. So we didn’t get very far with her, but we had a great discussion with her so that was cool. πŸ˜Ž  After that we knocked the rest of the street and didn’t find many interested people haha. πŸ˜† We did find several people that were like, “It’s kinda late to be out isn’t it?” It was 6 pm but pitch black outside. I was like, “Not really, it’s 6 pm!” People in Minnesota don’t seem to understand that just because it’s dark, it doesn’t mean it’s too late to be outside knocking doors. πŸ˜‚ After we finished knocking the street we went and visited TP. He’s the guy we met with my first week here but wasn’t really progressing much. We both felt like we should visit him. When we stopped by he was in his garage with the door open and almost seemed like he was waiting for us! So he let us in and we talked about the Book of Mormon with him. Next time we go over to visit him we will be reading more of the Book of Mormon with him and also, playing some pool! I guess T is a “hustler” pool player. So he basically hustles people in pool haha. πŸ˜‚ He wants to play us next time we come over, so next time we go over we will be reading the Book of Mormon with him and getting hustled in pool. πŸ˜‚  After that we went and visited JB. We had to meet outside her apartment because J and R were working. Anyway, it was good though, except Elder L made her “Purge List.” πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ Not sure what that is, but doesn’t sound that great. We shared “Mountains to Climb” by Elder Eyring and she really liked it. We talked about how faith can help us with our trials and difficulties in life. One thing J said about her faith was it doesn’t make trials easier or take them away, but it gives her a reason to/ability to endure them. I thought that was really cool that she had recognized that in her life!

Saturday we went down to Buffalo Lake, Hector and Fairfax again! We stopped by these potentials that lived in Hector that Elders L and M had found. We stopped by and had about a 30 minute “expound the scriptures unto them” chat. They said they had read the Book of Mormon and prayed about it and God told them it wasn’t true. I seriously doubt they read it and prayed about it. All the concerns they had about it sounded like anti stuff they had been reading. They said that the Book of Mormon contradicted the Bible. I asked them what about it contradicted the Bible. They couldn’t answer the question. Like literally they couldn’t answer it. I’ve never met a single person that has shown me something that is in the Book of Mormon that contradicts the Bible. The Book of Mormon is meant to build up and support the Bible and not tear it down. Anyway, we just kept bearing our testimonies of the restored gospel and Priesthood, but they said we don’t need the Priesthood or a church because we are all “the body of Christ.” I didn’t really know how to teach them/help them, so we each just shared our testimonies and left! After that we stopped by the Hs. They are awesome! They are a less active couple but are super cool. Brother H is a hoot and we are going to go help them split wood this weekend, so I’m way excited about that!πŸ’ͺ🌲Should be fun.πŸ‘Œ After that we drove down to Hector and helped a family in the Willmar Branch do some work on this restaurant they are opening. JM (oldest one) and we redid the floor in the restaurant. I got to work down in the cellar and help put new floor boards in and stuff. So now I can do that too, if anyone needs me to when I get home.πŸ’― So funny story: the water in the restaurant was shut off while we were working in there so we had to go next door to the Lions Club to use the bathroom. Well, some lady who apparently “thinks she runs the town” (that’s what I got told) was getting pretty cheesed at us for going into the Lions Club buildings which was just full of a bunch of her crap. So anyway, we kept using the bathroom as needed and then we hear a drill going and it wasn’t anyone’s in the restaurant. So come to find out, she screwed the door shut from the restaurant to the Lions Club. πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I seriously died laughing haha. So that was pretty funny! The Gs said whenever we get down there we can eat for free there.πŸ‘Œ

Sunday was good as always! We had several less actives at church and V came and brought J again. J said he would like to have us come over and teach him in the next week or two so we are getting that all set up with him and V. πŸ™ŒAfter church we packed up everything and loaded up the car because of transfers. We were like 90% sure we would be in a trio, so we just took all our stuff up with us to Buffalo when we went up Sunday night for P day the next day. We stopped by D, N, and C, and they were all asleep except D, so we talked with him for about 25-30 minutes. I’m still trying to figure them out. They seem interested and are reading the Book of Mormon, but I don't know if they’re really looking for truth yet. I think if they continue to read and we can meet with them more they will come to recognize it! After that we knocked some doors for a while and gave out 1 Book of Mormon that hopefully we can follow up with! The guy was a pastor at his church and seemed fairly interested in the Book of Mormon. He said he would be out of town for a while so check back in a few weeks.πŸ‘ŒAfter that we had dinner with the Hs. They live way out in the sticks and are super cool! They make Native American trinkets and antiques and play bluegrass guitar and banjo. Brother H can talk, oh my goodness he can talk. We were there for like 2 hours. πŸ˜±πŸ˜‚ I finally just cut him off and was like. “Alright! We gotta go!” So we finally got out of there! We did a few stop bys in Cokato after that and nobody was home/interested. After those we drove up to Buffalo.πŸš—

Today we had p day with the Buffalo Elders. Elder H's last p day as a missionary. A member in the Buffalo ward works at a Dominoes pizza and let us come make our own pizzas for free! See pics below. ⬇️ They were super good! I made a chicken veggie BBQ pizza. Dang good! We went and visited some members and then a dude from the Alexandria Ward came down and took us to Cabela’s so Elder H could visit him before he went home! That was way fun! Cabela’s is awesome. I got a snap back for $4.99, so that was just great. πŸ˜Ž I’m super excited to be in the trio this transfer. Should be a party! Happy birthday to one of my best buddies Max. Hope 20 treats you well, big bro!πŸ’― I hope you all have a great week and are loving life. It goes by so fast! Thanks for all the prayers and support. It means the world to me!

Much love,
Elder Beach
#MavUp #10

At Cabela's.

My new snapback.

Making pizza at Dominoes.

Making pizza at Dominoes.

My awesome pizza.

Another delicious dinner.