Monday, October 27, 2014

The Book of Mormon is our greatest Tool

Hello, hello family! 
Well it's another great week in Barra. To answer mom's questions...
1. My area covers Barra, (about the size of our neighborhood/ ward 1's neighborhood), a little town on the way into Barra, (about the size of our neighborhood,) 
and Ransohan the island, and a far off place called Talo Talo that we haven't gone to yet because it's a little dangerous there and we have been told to focus closer to the church. 
2. It is just a branch, but the branch is really strong and I feel like I'm in a ward... except for the fact that there is half the people at church. The church here is about half the size of our church at home. 
3. I love the branch so much! This is a really great area, even if we are starting on a different step of the ladder with them as in my other areas. They are wonderful, loving people. 

Well, we've had a good week! We found two new investigators... (one isn't as interested as the other though) and I feel like I've really gotten to know all the members. The maze of Barra is no longer 
puzzling and I know where I'm going! We didn't spend as much time at the beach this week- which is great because that means that we had more time in lessons. 

I'm happy and content in this area and I know this what God wants for me! I have learned so much from being here in this area already! 

Always remember that the Book of Mormon is our greatest tool! Use it in your everyday lives and you will never go wrong! 

(Sorry, no more time!)

With love,
Sister Beaumont 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My Brother Is Such An Inspiration To Me

Well, this week I want to start out with a special shout out to my dear brother, Trevor. He is such an inspiration to me!
My companion and I really have applied so much from his letter last week. He's the best! What a way to deal with disappointment! 

So, this was my first full week in Barra. Barra is still connected to the main island, but it is in it's own little gulf. 
There happens to be a small Island called Ransohan in my area, but we are no longer allowed to travel there. 
(The last time Sister Missionaries tried, the boat almost sunk.) Too bad. But we are on the beach line. Like, 
literally, from most of our members houses, it's 5 feet and you are on the beach. I love it! I never go a day without seeing the ocean 
and going to the beach.... Paradise! 
In order to get to our area, because we are 45 minutes away, we have to take a 3 trikes. Whew. Then we arrive to this cute little fishing village
where all the houses look the same and there is bamboo fencing and narrow street ways, (wide enough for only one person) everywhere you look. 
We struggle sometimes with being able to get investigators because basically all the village of Barra has been taught before, or at least knows us 
because it's that small. Very few people are receptive, UNLESS referred by a member because it's harder to reject your next door neighbors. 
If it ever rains hard, we can't go to our area because it gets really flooded. So we just have to wait it out at the house. I always feel like an anxious
puppy when this happens. It's too weird to just sit during the day. We have to be doing something. 
That's all I can think of about the area. If you have any more questions, just ask. 

I love collecting seashells here, because we do live on the beach. When we get too tired of being punted over and over, we call a five minute break 
to pray inwardly and seek guidance from Heaven on what we should do next. We go to the beach and I pick up seashell after seashell. I'm pretty sure I have 
nearly 100 now. I'm going to send some home to you, so look forward to that! 
The little children always love to help me pick them up. As soon as I pick up one, suddenly there are ten children rushing up to me, seashell in hand saying, 
"Ito, ata! Ito!" (This one, sister! This one!) It's so cute and we always give them candy for their help. Which is actually, probably why they are so anxious to help, haha. 

We have only one investigator right now. Before there were more, but they were all children and our mission president doesn't want us to teach children anymore. 
She is really amazing though! I love her so much. She knows, really knows it's true. She needs to be married before she can be baptized, and her marriage date is
the 8 of the Dec. Her baptism date is the 20th. We are so excited for her! (I sent you a picture of her kids last week)

Sister Vaka remains the funniest companion ever! I love her so much! We have too much fun laughing and joking. I told her that I must be Tongan in spirit, because my 
best friends on the mission are Tongan! 
Three funny stories from our companionship:
1: We decided to start praying in the street when we get punted (people give us excuses) or when we are worried about a lesson. (Thanks again to Trevor's awesome example) On one such occasion, my companion and I were standing in the 
middle of a really narrow walkway and this person came unexpectedly. We had to both shuffle over, eyes closed, heads bowed, and press ourselves up against the gate. Those moments, haha. 
The best part was that my companion just kept praying making it even more awkward. I couldn't hold it in and totally snorted with laughter just as the guy passed by. I hope Heavenly Father understands, haha.

2. We were praying after our daily planning one night. Sister Vaka has this thing where she has a really, REALLY hard time holding her pee. She usually starts squirming in her seat, rocking back and forth and I just know she 
has to go. Well, she was doing that during our planning, but she insisted we close first. I started the prayer, and I could hear her rocking back in forth on the floor. I was really trying hard not to laugh. Suddenly and out of
desperation, she kicked her feet like a fish against the tile, trying to hold it. I snickered and without waiting for me to finish the prayer, she jumped up and exclaimed, "Sorry! Amen! Amen!" and waddled like a penguin off to the bathroom. 

3. We were eating casava cake at a members house this week because it was her Birthday and the member had homemade it for her. She was talking to me, fork in hand with a big piece of cake on the end. Suddenly, one of the chickens 
inside flew right into her face. We were freaking out and screaming, trying to understand what just happened. That's when we realized her cake was now gone. The chicken had swooped down and stolen it! We laughed and laughed forever! 
The best part was that the next time we went to that members house, she was cleaning some chicken meat. When we asked her where the chicken was from, she just laughed and pointed at Sister Vaka and then motioned "kill" across her
throat. She actually killed the chicken because it stole her cake! Too funny! 

Well, I love you all so much! 
Till next week! 

-Sister Beaumont 

Monday, October 13, 2014

New Beginnings

Well, this past week has felt like three weeks in one! One week was in Sto. Tomas with Sister Maagad.... and then I was TRANSFERRED!!!!!!!!!!
So the second week was in my new area Barra, with Sister Vaka as my companion! Yes, it is THAT Sister Vaka. My old housemate! The OTHER one that Sister Williams trained. Crazy, right? 
Then of course, the third week was General Conference which was awesome! I loved it! My favorite Talks were by Elder Holland and Elder Uchtdorf. I feel like General Conference gets shorter and shorter the longer I'm on my mission! It used to feel like 12 hours per session, now it feels like 12 minutes! I wish it could be longer! It's far too short! :) 

So... here's the details about those three weeks. 

First, Sister Cox left after completing her 18 month mission. Dang, I'm going to miss her so much! She is such a fun housemate. And because she left, I became companions AGAIN with Sister Williams. (We were in a threesome for 4 days). It was so fun! I loved every minute of it! We have both changed so much in our teaching styles- She is such a good teacher! (Haha, not like she wasn't before.) I really learned alot from her... again! 
So, work was really good in Sto. Tomas and our investigators were all progressing toward baptism when.... I was transferred! I was literally stunned when I got the call. It was 50/50 between Sister Maagad and I transferring, so I wasn't so surprised that I transferred, just where and who with! I never thought Sister Vaka and I would be companions, but we are so happy and have loved every minute together. 

Barra is on the other-side of the mission. I took a three hour bus just to get to the zone boundary. I feel like I just crossed borders and entered a new mission. It's so crazy! I've never been this far from the mission home before. Barra is a very small little fishing village in the middle of nowhere. We live 45 minutes away from our area because the water isn't safe in Barra. The houses are all made of bamboo wood and they literally live right up against the ocean. When I saw the ocean for the first time, I went running toward the beach... only to be caught in a wave hitting the beach. My feet up to mid calf were soaked! :) I walked around with sand in my shoes for the rest of the day, but I didn't care.It was so worth it! 
Only after did Sister Vaka tell me that their are insects in the beach water that bite Americans like crazy... don't worry, I wasn't bit. 

Everyone calls us Sophia here. I finally asked Sister Vaka why. She told me that there was an American nun who came to the Philippines and then ran off with a tricycle driver. She said that they think we are Sophia "in disguise." So that's great. :) 

Well, overall I love my new area and I love my new companion.
And I love you all! Hanggang sa muling makikita! 
(Till we meet again!)
-Sister Beaumont 

Monday, October 6, 2014

"Maybe God Knows Something We Don't"

My dear family,

This time IT IS NOT MY FAULT. I have spent the last 1 and 8 minutes trying desperately to get a computer that would allow me to email. :( Sometimes, I really dislike computer gamers. They take the Internet speed. 
But, at last after tears, stress, and three computers, I can email! 
Yay! I hope that what little I am able to send in the next 7 minutes is enough. Tell everyone that emailed me I'm really sorry and I'll email them next week. And please tell Trevor that I'm excited for his adventures in Hungary! 

Well, we didn't watch conference yet, that is next weekend. We do get it a week late here. But I have watched the Women's Conference and I loved it. In case you are wondering, yes, the temple video montage in the conference did have some Tagalog. Everyone gave a little Whoop! when we heard it, haha. It was toward the last and had a clip of a family sitting on mats in a house.... if that is helpful. 

Well, because I only have 4 minutes left, Here is what I sent to my mission President. 

We have had a great week, despite it being an unusual week. What with sickness, companion trios, and the Women's Conference we are really missing a full day of work right about now. :) We have looked forward to this week with the hopes that we will be able to dive back into our area and "thrust in the sickle with all our might". However, I have come to learn that the harder you have to work to "work", the more you appreciate it. And of course, the harder anything is, the more you learn. 

This week I have truly come to understand that God really is all-knowing and all-powerful. I loved the statement from the talk given by Elder Uchtdorf at the Women's Conference. He said, "I think that maybe God knows something we don't." Though humorous, it struck me to the very core. I realized that God's commandments, His plan, and His direction in my life come because, "He knows something I don't." God is in fact, SMARTER than me! Who am I to pick which commandments to follow, or dispute his direction and guidance? From just that simple phrase, my entire outlook on my missionary service and even my life was changed. He knows better than I what is best for me. I have been praying since that day that I can follow His commandments with exact obedience and lay upon the altar all the petty things that don't matter to his work. I have realized that if I follow Him, I will in fact, be happier! It's so simple, but it has taken me 20 years to figure it out. :) 

As far as our area, we were unable to see most of our investigators this week. We hope and pray that they will have strength to continue keeping their commitments. We did have the opportunity to visit our Part Member father. He is really changing his life. I don't even recognize him anymore! This week, when we asked him why he accepted the invitation to be baptized, he responded, "Because I read in the Book of Mormon that we must repent, be baptized, and receive the Holy Ghost. I want that." 
We are so excited for his baptism next transfer! He will be a strong convert, because of his testimony of the Book of Mormon.

Well, that's a part of it anyway. I'm sorry again. I love you all! Pray really hard that all the computer gamers will get sick and not be able to email next week! :) (Just joking!)

Mahal na mahal kita,
Sister Beaumont