Tuesday, March 29, 2016

LAST TRANSFER!!!


MONDAY MARCH 28

Sister Bee fail...
I didn't leave enough email time for a weekly update..
BUT, I had a great week! Easter Sunday was awesomeeee.

We had a wonderful zone conference, I learned a lot. I'll be sure to
share some of my notes with you next week.

The "Messiah" sing we held at the church went great! Two of our
investigators came! That was really exciting.

Transfer week...
I'm staying here in Yarmouth with Sister Draper, and we'll be
receiving a new companion! I'm on my last transfer of my mission. 6
weeks left. Kind of disturbing and exciting at the same time.Lol

Feeling extra blessed to be here in this area. We're teaching some
incredible people right now, and I feel so much love for them!

Love and miss you lots.
-Sister Bee

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The Sisters Tay has trained!



Exchanges

Snow!

Tay's new companion... Betsy ;)

Sweet Sister Kinney!

Easter Package!

So fun being reunited with Sister Dickson!


Sister Stoker!


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Easter Week!


MONDAY MARCH 21

:( Last week of team Mcbeeper... (McVey, Bee, and Draper)
BUT On the bright side it's Easter week, and that makes everything
better! Easter Sunday we have a big activity that we've been working
on! We're broadcasting the Mormon Tabernacle Choir "Messiah" sing at
our chapel, It's going to be so fun! We've literally invited everyone
and their dog to come, and have hung posters up everywhere in the
community! So.. PRAY THAT PEOPLE WILL COME! The branch is really
excited for it, and really helping us out with it by inviting friends
and they even made a Facebook page for us. We're going to hang these
huge poster boards all around the church explaining what we as Mormons
believe in. It should be neat, and don't worry I'll take pictures!

Yesterday I was able to attend my first linger longer. Where everyone
lingers, and stays longer after church and eats food... What a
glorious thing! It was kind of a cool thing to watch, after church we
walked into the kitchen to see if there was anything we could help
carry out. When I saw how much food was there I got a little nervous,
knowing how many people were staying after and seeing that there was
not to much food in the kitchen.  We had a really cool miracle though!
It may sound silly, but I saw it with my own eyes! It reminded me of
Mathew chapter 14 in the bible when Jesus feeds five thousand!
"17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two
fishes. (we had five sandwich platters, and two bags of chips,
literally)
18 He said, Bring them hither to me.
19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took
the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he
blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the
disciples to the multitude.
(We went in to the gym and had an opening prayer, as we went back to
the kitchen we had our own little miracle! There were platters on
platters coming out of the kitchen!)
20 And they did all eat, and were filled"
We all left fed, and happy, it was a great Sabbath!

I really am grateful for a living Savior, who performs miracles of all sorts.

This week was great, we taught lots of people, which is always
wonderful. Tuesday one of my companions woke up with this huge stress
cold sore on her upper lip, that morning we had an appointment with
one of our investigators. We go into her lesson and before we start
she looks at me and the companion with the cold sore and says "I know
you are sisters in Christ, but are you two related and really
sisters?" We said "no, we're just companions!" She then goes on to
say, "hmm.. That's weird! I totally thought you were related, you both
have the same upper lips!" So there I am with no cold sore, and was
just told that I have the same upper lip as my companion with a huge
cold sore on her lip. Nicccccce. Hahaha.

Welp... I hope you have a wonderful week and Easter. It's such a
special reason to celebrate.

He is Risen!
He lives
Because He lives
Wherever He Walked,
Wherever He Taught,
Wherever He Healed,
HE CHANGED EVERYTHING.
Then everything changed...
The man they called Master, Messiah, friend, was gone..
BUT THE GREATEST MIRACLE, was yet to come.
He is not here.. HE IS RISEN!
>>>He Lives<<<
And because He lives
If you reach out, call out, cry out,
HE IS HERE!
Then, now, always, HE IS HERE..
During the good, the bad, the in-between,
He is Here!
No matter who you are
Or who you were
HE IS HERE
No expectations
No lost causes
At all times, in all places, He is Here!
He rose on the third day
HE LIVES TODAY
-- and I'm so grateful that He lives, and Because He lives we will all
live again!

I miss and love you guys 🎈
-Sister Bee

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Went on an exchange with Sister Lewis this week. She is the coolest girl!

Some of the women in the ward play volleyball in the mornings at the church, our schedule finally worked out where we could go! I got a little too into it and the knees are all floor burned, but it was SO much fun! Such great people here!




Some of the sweetest ladies we serve at the food pantry with!

Wilson family, and Abbie!

Planting eggs for the primary easter egg hunt!

Hair colored!


Beautiful little lakes everywhere!

Friday, March 18, 2016

"Golden Branch"


MONDAY MARCH 14

Hi, Hi, Hi!!

This week was good. Sometimes there is just not enough time in the
day.. Busy busy busy! We had stake conference so I got to see some
friends from the Farming-dale (Augusta) Ward, so that was really fun!
They were all happy to hear I was serving in the "golden branch" haha
I guess that's what other wards call it. I truly understand why they
do call it that. There are so many incredible people here. It just
continues to blow my mind. So loving, caring, and willing to help
others and to come to lessons with us. We rode down to stake
conference with the Stake Presidents wife, Sister Thomas. They are
such great people too! Crazy thing about my Stake President is that
his Mission President is our neighbor! Gerald Simmons, such a small
world!

It's amazing to see how prepared this area is. We have some wonderful
people that we are teaching. We had a really neat experience last
night. So the Reynolds family found some friends that just moved to
town, they have invited them over a few times, and this last time they
invited them over and asked if they would be up to hearing a lesson
from the missionaries, and they said "yes!" They had us over for Cafe
Rio Sweet Pork Salad (you can imagine how happy I was!) we were able
to have a lovely dinner and get to know them. There were lots of kids
there, put together I think there was 21 people. After dinner one of
the members took all the kids downstairs and we were able to have the
first discussion with this sweet couple. We taught them all about the
restoration, and answered their concerns. They've just moved here and
we all feel like they were led to the church. They didn't accept
everything about our church, but I know with time, and prayer that the
spirit will work through them and great things will happen. I have
never had quite the experience like I had last night, but I am so
grateful I was able to be there. The members all shared their
testimonies and helped make it such a good night. I hope and pray with
all my heart that they'll accept this gospel and these blessings into
their lives.

I am a grateful that I have came to know the truthfulness of this
church. I have prayed with all sincerity to know what is true,  and I
have received several confirmations, or tappings on my heart,
witnessing to me of the truth of this church. I know that Gods main
desire is for us to be happy, and that is why He's given us His Son,
the commandments and the gospel. I know that when we follow His
counsel and the Prophets counsel that we find indescribable joy from
loving the gospel. I know with clarity that this church has been
restored, it's true and complete. I know that Jesus Christ is our
Lord, Savior, and Redeemer. He is the Prince of Peace, The King of
Kings, The Author of our happiness. He has paid that eternal price for
us. I know that our Savior loves us perfectly, as does the Father that
sent Him. I'm grateful for a Heavenly Father who hears and answers my
prayers. I know with my whole soul that He listens. I know that Joseph
Smith had a humble prayer in a grove of trees and saw God the Father
and Jesus Christ. They called Him as a prophet and restored the exact
same church Christ established when He was here. I'm grateful for the
many restored truths that give us hope, and guidance in this world.
It's a blessing in my life to know that families are forever. I have
came to know that The Book Of Mormon, is the word of God! My whole
life I was told what a special book it was, and never took the time to
read it, but once I finally sat down and made the time to read it, I
realized just how special it truly is, it changed my life, and I know
that it can change anyone's for better. This is the church of Christ,
it is divine. Now is the time to prepare to meet God, and we can do
that through the Atonement of Christ, and by living His gospel that He
so freely has given us! I love you dearly, and I leave you my
testimony in the name of Jesus Christ Amen.

-Sister Bee

The Assistants.. Such hard working Elders!

The Sister Training Leaders in the mission!

Sweet sweet Sister Holms. I love her with all my heart! She works in the mission office and sadly her mission ended Saturday so she headed back to Idaho. I am going to miss her sooo much!

Oliver is the little boy of one of the sweet ladies we are teaching. This week during our lesson he comes running in the room with this stuck on his head. It was hilarious! haha he's such a cute boy. This investigator is AWESOME, and is really loving the gospel. Sadly she just has a work schedule that demands her working on Sundays, but it's changing in April!

Fluff and moxie, two of New England's finest. Moxie, everyone loves here, to me it tastes like cough syrup. Haha but the fluff is delicious! Lots of Mainards put fluff and peanut butter on a sandwich and call it a fluffanutter.

Miracle!

MONDAY MARCH 7

Quick weekly update coming at you my fellow family and friends!
Just so you know I'm in public emailing you, eating cheese puffs, with
no makeup on sipping on a soda pop. I've really let myself go. Lol,
great thing about living out side of Utah is you know no one.
Hmmm... It's been quite the week!
This week we did a church swap with our investigator Valerie, that was
somethin' else!We go to her church with her, and then she comes to our
church with us. She is Seventh Day Adventist, and her church was in
Portland ME. The people there were SO nice, the teachings were about
Jesus Christ which was great, and they even had a fun pot luck after
so we got to talk to a lot of people. What did come to such a surprise
that there was just something missing at their church. Im just once
again, feeling so fortunate to be apart of the mormon church,
sometimes I don't quite know how I got so lucky to be born into this
true and amazing gospel.

HUGE MIRACLE OF THE WEEK
Let me tell you about the wonderful Wilsons. So the Wilsons are the
most darling family ever. Just a young couple with little kids, all
boys! 4 little boys, and 2 are adopted. They are one special family,
who love the gospel. I could not say enough good things about them. So
awhile back we committed the Wilsons to pick a date to have a non
member friend to take the missionary discussions in their home. They
prayerfully selected a date as a family for the end of February.
During weekly planning last week we were talking about which members
in our area had dates set. As we were talking we realized that the
Wilsons date was only a few days away and we hadn't heard an update so
we decided to ask them about it at a ward activity that next night. At
the activity we were talking to Sister Wilson about it and she said
"We really just didn't put our all into it, we've only fasted for it
once, I guess we will have to set a new date and try harder next time"
we then told her that we were going to be praying in every prayer that
a miracle would happen before their date, and if it wasn't their time
we would plan on teaching them a lesson to raise their spirits and get
them excited for their new date!... So fast forward a couple of days
and we still hadn't heard from them so we assumed that nothing
happened. Then we get out of a lesson and see that we had a voicemail
from Sister Wilson and it said "Guys, I found her! I know that it's
all thanks to you and your faith. Call me back!" (We were freaking
out, and gave her a call back oh so fast!) a random friend of hers
showed up on her doorstep the day of her date, and the conversation
went right to God. The Wilsons were able to give her a Book Of Mormon,
and invited her to take the missionary discussions, she happily
accepted! A couple days later we were able to have a lesson in their
home with our new investigator Abbie! She is prepared for the gospel,
and I truly know that Lord has been preparing her. All of us learned
so much from this experience of the power of prayer and of faith.
Missionary work can sometimes be scary, but I do know that as we
exercise faith in and trust in the Lord, He will do the preparing. All
He needs is our faith, and the rest is in His hands. The Wilsons both
got up yesterday in sacrament meeting and bore there testimonies of
this wonderful miracle. I know that it inspired many others to set a
date and put the effort into this vision. I feel many great things
ahead with this 2016 mission vision of setting a date. I LOVE BEING A
MISSIONARY.

I love the gospel of Christ, it's became apart of the person I am.
This church brings so much peace to my soul. I know that it is the
only true and living church on the early. I'm eternally grateful for
the grace of God that allows us to enables us to increase our faith.
Have a good week.
I Love you very very much! Xoxo
Miss you
-Sister Bee

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Things to be Grateful for

TUESDAY MARCH 1

HI GUYS!! 
This week has been sooo busy! Monday and Tuesday we had a new missionary training down in Manchester New Hampshire for Sister Drapper. That was a great meeting, we got to spend the night at the mission home, which is always fun, especially because Sister Stokers waffles are so delicious. Wednesday we had zone meeting, which Sister McVey and I are over two different zones, so we had to split up and train by ourselves. That was a little bit scary, but I'm very grateful everyday for the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. Im sincerely grateful for the way He comforts and helps me daily. I'm also thankful for the opportunities that help me grow. Our mission President always says "there is no growth in the comfort zone, and no comfort in growth zone." I know that to be so very true, we're given hard or uncomfortable things in life so we can grow! This week we also went on splits, so my two companions went together and I went with a recently returned missionary in our branch that served in Argentina. It was so fun to get to know more about her, she told me a lot about her mission which I really enjoyed, we were able to teach a lesson together and do some tracting.
The chapter we read through this week in our training was 2 Nephi 4. Man oh man, my love just continues to grow for good ole Nephi! In this chapter, Nephis dad, Lehi is about to die. He gives some great counsel to His posterity, and dying words of a parent usually have alot to say, let alone a prophet! There was a little insight I really liked and wanted to share. Nephi had a moment in the middle of this chapter that he was feeling down, and was feeling really bad about his mistakes. Which I guarantee everyone of us have moments like this. He was down in the dumps, it made me feel better for the times that I get down to realize that even Nephi, a prophet had hard times. The great lesson that is taught here is that he was only feeling down for three verses (17-19.) We are going to get sad, we are going to make mistakes and feel bad about them... BUT, like Nephi we can't stay there for long. We have to move on, and press forward.  Verse 19 says "And when I desire to rejoice, my heart groaneth because of my sins; nevertheless, I know in whom I have trusted." 
He changes His mind set from wo is me, to God help me. Our attitudes are everything. I know that our thoughts are powerful. Because our thoughts lead to emotions, and emotions lead to our attitude. As we stop and recognize like Nephi where we are at, and what state of mind we are in, we then can change negative thoughts to positive. Even in the midst of his trails and hard time, he changed his thinking and had gratitude. When we start feeling low, I know we can say NEVERTHLESS and think of things to be grateful for, and just like Nephi we will remember in who we have trusted in. He tells himself in verse 28 to Awake, and ask for help from the Lord. He recommitted himself to God and walks again with him. I hope this week you can find the time to study your scriptures, turn to 2 Nephi Chapter 4 and see what you can learn. This chapter has taught me so much. I really love the Book Of Mormon, the principles taught in it truly has changed my life. It will forever be a testimony to me that Jesus is The Christ.
A little funny moment from this week.. So Maine is known for having not only having 4 seasons, but 5! Fall, winter, MUD, spring, and summer! Every year after winter all of the snow melts and its a big muddy mess everywhere. We have to wear a our big boots everyday, or were gonner's. Well it was dark and we were out in New Glouster, a little farm town on the end of our area. We were driving to go check up on a person and we come over this hill and we drive into a HUGE mud pile. We wiggled and turned the car as many ways as we could and we were nothing but STUCK. Three sisters with mud splattered on their dresses pushing and doing everything we could do. All I could do was laugh. It really was quite amusing. I just had no clue what to do.. So we decided to pray.. I'm not even kidding it goes something like this. "in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen." our heads all come up and we hear "Hey do you guys need some help?!" There were 4 boys in a shed near by that came walking out, they we're so kind and happy to help. They all had trucks, they hooked our little toyota up to some chains and out we came. It was such a blessing and an answered prayer. I truly believe God helped us get out of the mud after we remembered to ask Him for his help. It made me think of all the times we struggle in life, and forget to ask our Heavenly Father for help. He is anxious to help us with anything, all we have to do is remember to ASK! He is our Father, I know that He cares. If it matters to you, it matters to God. I have become reliant on Him. Overall this week I've been so grateful for my Heavenly Father. I could not do a darn thing without His love and help. Its nice to have someone who will listen to us all day. He can be on speed dial, and never get annoyed. How neat is that? I know He lives and its blessing to be here helping Him in His work. I know that as we reach out to Him, as we talk with Him, and trust in Him and His plan for us that we can find peace knowing things will always work out. I'm grateful for that peace that comes from having hope in the gospel and in its eternal promises that we can all live with Him again someday.
Sorry for the long email. The longer I'm out the more I just want to share with you! I bet you guys miss back at the first of my mission when you would get a nice hello and then a bye! Haha  
I hope you guys have a terrific week. I miss you dearly, and love you beyond words!
Love, Sister Bee

This was at the Temple today down in Mass. It was a beautiful day! Lovely Sister Call gave us a ride down :)



Everyone is tapping their trees up for homemade maple syrup!


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The sweet Raynolds kids have my heart! The most wonderful family. Emily Reynolds is seriously an angel here on earth. They had us over for dinner this week, and they had some delicious soup. It was just what I needed getting over a gnarly cold and being out in the cold all day. On Sunday right before dinner at their house, we did some tracting and found a street with the nicest people. We were able to hand out 3 Book of Mormons and some pass along cards. That was super special!