Friday, July 1, 2011


Hello friends and family,
This has been another really good week. On Thursday, the 23rd, I hit 4 months in the mission since entering the MTC (Missionary Training Center). I can not believe how fast time has gone.
Like I said, this week was good. The work was really slow and I think I big cause has to do with how hot it is getting here. For weather, I think it definatly gets up there to the hot Arizona desert summers. Only advantage those of you in Arizona have that we dont is air conditioning to escape the heat. Here it just never goes away. But, it builds character I like to say. Haha. And the best part is, is everyone says the heat has yet to even begin. So I am in for a treat.
On Saturday I had my FIRST baptism in the mission. We have been teaching a young boy who is 20 years old named Patrick. He had already revieved most of the lessons by the time I arrived in this area. Nonetheless, I felt priveledged to witness this big day for him. He has been one of my favorite investigators that we have been teaching in our area here in Praia. For being a 20 year old boy, he has a HUGE spirit and is so sweet. He was truly ready to revieve the gospel and let it build a new foundation in life for him. For now, he is the only member in his family. We are teaching his older brother right now too, but it is taking a little more time with him. We have hopes though that with the new light of Christ that Patrick has in his countenance, his family will desire to have the same in their lives and desire to learn more.
As far as the week goes, this weekend the city of Praia lost electricity (which is very normal). I have learned that cotton balls covered in oil works amazingly as candles for light. we just stick it on a tin pan and it last forever...and its cheap!! Saturday at our baptism, the first counselor of the branch I am surving in cornered me and told me that one of the speakers for Sacrament the following day just let him know they were not going to be able to make I had to prepare a talk and speak in their place. Being without electricity makes it really hard to read and prepare a talk for church though the night before. However...I quickly remembered that I had my handy dandy HEAD LAMP!! for allllll of you who teased me about taking a head lamp on my mission, I want to now know that it has SAVED me on several occasions...this weekend just being another exception. So I sat in my bed with Liahonas and scriptures surrounding me Saturday night with head lamp on head preparing my Sunday talk. Good times.
We have also been out of water for the last few days. The living situations here in Praia arent much different then what they were in Sal. Sal and Praia are the only two islands that sisters serve on that do not have warm water ever and that constantly are running out of water. Only thing is is that it is becoming less of a shock and annoyance and more of a way of day to day life that we live with. I have become pro at showering out of buckets though by now, I might add.
Well, that is all for this week. I hope all is wonderful in everybodys life and that everyone is safe and living happy lives. I love you all!
Com amor,
Sister Beus


The current AP of my mission is a cartoon artist. He drew this picture of Cabo Verde that depicts EVERYTHING just about that we see in our day to day work out in the streets. It is incredible. It is really fun. Thought you would like to see it. Put this on my blog if you can maybe.


Truly in Africa!

Olá family and friends,
This has been a really good week. As I wrote last week, I am now in my third area which is here in Praia. The area is great and it involves more walking then I have done so far. The majority of our area that we work our houses that all sit on a mountain. So everyday we have to climb to the top of the same mountain where most of our current investigators live. Because everyday is like going on a hike, and since the sun here in Praia is ALMOST as bad as in Arizona during the early summers, we sweat lots and lots and lots here. It is good for me though and I like it a lot. Oh, and I am back to being 100% myself and fully healthy.
Also, for the first time since arriving here in Cabo Verde, I think it has FINALLY hit me that I am actually living and serving in Africa. That mainly has to do with the fact that the area I am currently serving in has the most ´culture´ in all of Cabo least that is what I have been told...and both of my companions are from the mainlands in Africa, neither one speaking English. We live right across the street also from Cabo Verdes largest outdoor African market, Sucapida, which is soooo amazing and really great. It is probably really bad for me to be placed in this area because everytime we go to Sucapida I want to buy everything, especially since it is so dang cheap. But mother, do not worry, I have yet to do so :)
The church here in Praia is a lot more established then what it was in Sal. There are 4 branches here in Praia and there are more members in each branch here then what there was in Sal. I still miss Sal a lot...but I am really happy in the area I am now and know that I will grow to love these people as well.
I love both of my companions. They have what I would call an ´African attitude` more then the other. They are a lot more sassy then what I am use too and they definatly have a different ´culture´ about them and do things very different then I do. But I think I love them more so because of that. Sister Macamo is amazing...she is the one from Mozambique. She has the most amazing dread locks that I grow more and more jealous of everyday. Difference between her dreads and the dreads I once had is that hers actually look good on her. haha. But we all get a long really great and they are hard workers and big examples to me. Sister Macamo, is also only in her second transfer in the field like me and Sister Lorenço will hit one year in a few weeks.
That is about all for this week. I have spent most of my time trying to email photos home so I have not had time to write as much and share better stories this week. But I love you all! Thank you for your continual support and prayers. It is both very much appreciated and needed.
Com amor,
Sister Beus


Here are photos of my third area, Praia 2, with my companions Sister Lorenço from Angola, Africa, and Sister Macamo from Mozambique, Africa. There is also a photo at the top of a mountain that we climb everyday that over looks our entire area here in Praia 2. Sister Macamo is the taller sister and Sister Lorenço is the shorter one.

In a Few Crazy Weeks!!

Olá family and friends,
How is everyone doing? I am doing really well here in Praia on the island of Santiago...that is right, I am no longer on the island of Sal. I also have not written the last week or so because things have been a bit crazy the last 2 weeks.
First, I got a little sick about two weeks ago. One night I was woken up by the most horrible chest pains ever. They lasted all night and by mid day did not go away. My heart rate was also really high. Long story short, I was told by the mission that I had to go to the hospital. This was on a Monday. By the end of the week, I still had pains and had one more visit to the hospital as well for more tests to be done. Turned out I just had an ulcer in my esophagus that was caused from some medicine I had been taking for the hives I had recieved on my scalp the week before. But because of the pain I was having, I had to be transferred out of Sal last week to the mission home in Praia. I was placed in a trio companionship with the two secretary sisters in the mission home when I arrived. But as of today, I have been cleared to leave the mission home and enter back into the field to continue my missionary work. However, I am still in Praia and still in a trio. My companions this last week were two American sisters, Sister Laimana (from Hawaii) and Sister Brooks (from Provo, Utah). They are both amazing and we got a long really well.
I am now in my new trio with two Sisters BOTH from Africa, Sister Macamo (from Mozambique) and Sister Lorenço (from Angola)! I have only been with them for about an hour now but they are both crazy (in a very good way) and both speak sooooooooo dang fast in Portuguese with HEAVY accents that are different then the Cabo Verdianos. So far our conversations have consisted a lot of them speaking into my face and me responding saying "Huh!?" over and over again. It is pretty funny. I love them both though but we definatly come from two different worlds...I love it!!!!! I am excited to be with non English speakers and hopefully I can continue to better my English even more so now that I am not serving with American companions. It will not be easy...but I am very much so looking forward to my time with the two of them.
I am still trying to adjust to Praia. It was good to be in the mission home for the week and be able to see my Mission President, President Neves, here and there a few more times. He only has two weeks left of being our mission president before his time is through and we receive a new mission president. The new mission president is going to be President Oliveira from Brazil. I am very sad to see President Neves leaves because he is incredible and works very hard. As mission president they not only have to be over all of us missionaries...but also over ALL of the members because stakes do not exist here. So he acts also as kind of what a Stake President usually would do. So they seriously have to do a TON here and President Neves has just done an incredible job. We will all miss him very much when he finally leaves here in the next few weeks.
Praia is also different because it is a much faster pace being here in the capital. I miss Sal A LOT. I got so close to the entire branch there and all of my investigators in such short time that it made it extremally hard to say goodbye. My last day there was last the last time I saw everyone was at church. They changed the closing song in Sacrament meeting to Till We Meet Again...and I am not going to lie, I definatly shed a few tears a long with a handful of the other members. It was really hard. BUT...all of Cabo Verde is great and now I just have to go out and start meeting more people again in a new area...starting today. I am looking forward to the new experiences that await me this transfer in this new area and with this new companionship.
Well, that is all of my time for this week. I love you all! Até proxima semana!
Com amor,

In the Hospital

Hi Mom,
Last Monday I woke up at 2am with the WORST chest pains in the world. The pain went clear up into the back of my throat and my heart rate was at about 126 at rest. I freaked out and actually began crying cause I thought my heart might have been failing or something. Like...I was SERIOUSLY freaking out. Later that day I went to the hospital where I had to stay over night. The doctors there are useless and about 40 years behind in medical knowledge. It was a sketchy and dirty place and it was not very much fun. After being there for two days, nothing had been resolved and I was sent home. On thursday my mission doctor in Germany told me I had to go back and have some tests done on my heart. So we were back at the hospital and I had a Electric Cardio Gram done and some other things done. It was quite the adventure there, let me tell you. Reminded me a little bit of that hospital we went to in Mexico after the accident...only a lot more sketchy and dirty.
Anyways, good news is...the problem is NOT my heart. It has been discovered that I have an ulcer in my esophagus. The ulcer was caused from a medication I had begun taking last weekend to help with my rash I had on my head. Kinda crazy. But transfers take place today and because of my health, they are transferring me to Praia so that I can be closer to the Mission Nurse and get better medical care. Please, DONºT worry about me. I will be fine. Yesterday I finally started getting a little better and even today I am doing better. So things are looking up (in comparison to the rest of the week). When I get to Praia I will be working as a Secretary in the mission home for the transfer in a companionship with TWO other sisters. Yup, I will be serving in a triple companionship. We have an odd number of Sisters in the mission now cause one Sister finished her mission this transfer and goes home today. And since I am sick and will probably hinder the work of my companion for another week or so, they put me in the triple so that I can spend more time with the nurse this week and the other two can continue with their work.
I have been trying hard not to get down on myself. It has been hard. I am trying to keep my head up and trying to not get mad that I keep having all of these crazy health problems happen to me on the mission. I am REALLY sad to be leaving REALLY sad. Yesterday was a cry fest for me as I had to say by to all of the members and my investigators. My first baptism was suppose to be on Saturday and it is of two of my favorite investigators too. So it is super hard for me to leave here. In Sacrament meeting yesterday they changed the closing hymn to Till We Meet Again and I was crying along with several of the other members. I dont know how it happened, but in the short 5 weeks I served here I got EXTREMELY close to the entire branch here. My comp, Sis Walker said that this is her favorite area she has served in in the year she has been here because it is hard to get as close to the members on the other islands as we have here because the others are so much bigger then here in Sal. But again, I am trying to keep my head up and have faith that things will work out.
Anyways, thanks for all the pictures. I am glad it was a fun weekend. And i can NOT believe bradyn is wearing garments now!!! CRAZY!! I am sad I could not have been there for that and for his graduation. Tell him I love him and that I am so proud of him. Well, I have to get to the airport now. I love you.
Sister Beus
P.S.- Now that I will be serving and working in the Mission home, my Pday changes to FRIDAYS!! Just so you know. So I should get another PDAY and chance to write you this Friday. I will write a mass email then. I love you!!

One Month Mark!

Olá family and friends,
I have officially been here in Sal, Cabo Verde for ONE MONTH as of yesterday! I am so surprised at how fast this month went by. We have transfers next week but I am pretty sure that Sister Walker and I will stay companions this next transfer and stay here in our same area in Sal. Nothing is for sure though so we will see next week.
This last week was really good. On Wednesday me, my companion, and the two other elders serving here in Sal all flew to the island of Sao Vicente for District trainings with our Mission President, President Neves. It was my FIRST TIME meeting my mission president finally after already being here for one month in the field. He is such an amazing person though and is highly respected and greatly loved my all of the missionaries. It was sad because it is everybodies last time seeing him because we are getting a new mission president the first of July. It was too bad that my first time meeting him was also my last time seeing him. I hope the next mission president is as incredible as President Neves, which I am sure he will be.
Going to Sao Vicente was also really great because I got to see Sister Holland again, My MTC companion from back in Utah. We actually stayed at her and her companions apartment for the 3 nights we were there. So we had fun catching up from the last month that we havent scene each other. Training went really well. On Friday we went on splits, and I went with Sister Lorenzo (from Angola, Africa) and Sister Gomez (from Portugal) for about 5 hours teaching with them in their area. It was fun because it was my first time not being with an American since arriving here in Cabo Verde and not being able to speak English. I love both of these sisters a ton and had lots of fun teaching with them for the night.
Over all, it was a really good week. We did not get to teach nearly as much as most weeks since we had to fly to another island for trainings. I guess the only other exciting news I have to share is that the island of Sal has lost electricity twice this last that is always fun. We finally got water back but there has been no water pressure so it is basically like having no water still...and it has been almost a week and a half now since being out...again. Im still adjusting to showering with a cup and bucket of water but I think I am just about acustomed (spell check) to it. Speaking of water though...I got my FIRST hot shower this last week in a month! The Sisters apartment has HOT water!...and they rarely ever run out of water and they ALWAYS have hot water. I envy them, that is for sure. But I was happy to get a hot shower while I had the chance. Now its back to a cup and a bucket of cold water again which I always enjoy.
That is about it for my week. Until next week!
Sister Beus

Stinky Bathrooms, Bug-infested Home, and Just a lot of Dirt

Olá family and friends,
This has been yet another great week. Every week just keeps on getting busier and busier with lots of lessons and things to do. We did not make one single contact even the entire week because all of our time was filled with lessons to teach...and anytime one of our lessons did fall through, our back up plan was just to go right to the next one because they were scheduled so close together. So it is really neat that our time is so filled but we also felt pretty lame for not even having ONE contact to report this week.
So to best describe my week would be the following...Our toilet wont flush, we shower AGAIN with a bucket of water, our home is infested with bugs with dead cockroaches covering our kitchen floor, and the bathroom mirror now has a perminent place leaning on our bedroom window. To better explain, our island is out of water. Yup, thats right. Sal is more or less completly out of water. And we were told this is going to begin getting very common now that we are beginning to hit the summer months. So we have not had water now for 5 days. We were told that our tank on our roof was suppose to get refilled yesterday...but as of now it is still empty and we have no idea how long it will be before we actually get some again. But I guess all of Praia, the capital, is out of water too for 7 to 10 days. It is some exciting times. There was one truck tank of water that came on Saturday and when it was parked for people to get water is was like a zoo. Everybody was lined up with their buckets in hand awaiting to get water. It was pretty funny to watch. Once we are done with the computers we have to go around our area and see if we cant find a water tank to fill our buckets too because we are completly out other then our one jug of drinking water that we have left. Lets just say...Sister Walker and I are probably the stinkiest we have been in a loooong time and neither one of us are too happy about it. But its been kinda funny and we laugh about it every day.
Oh, our house is also infested with bugs...especially cockroaches. We walk around every time we get home from the end of our day and step on them all...but then we are too tired to clean them off the floor so they usually just lay there collecting themselves all over our tile floor for a few days before one of us just gets so grossed out that we finally give in and clean our floors. Its kinda funny, Sister Walker and I are both pretty lazy and careless people when it comes to things like that. When we are out doing missionary work we both work really hard...but once we are back in our apartment we instantly become pretty lazy and dont want to do much. We have decided we are pretty much a really bad companionship for that reason...but we just laugh and continue to not care.
Anyways, thanks again for all of the birthday wishes! My birthday on Wednesday was good. Just another day of missionary work. Except for my comp made me brownies and wrote parábens and 22 all over it for me. We lit a match as my candle and I held it before blowing it out. It was exciting to say the least. haha. But the day was still an enjoyable day. One fun birthday present I got was some sort of head problem. I woke up I think on Wednesday to a very itchy head that burned baaaad. At first I panicked cause I thought maybe it was lice. I had my comp check for me and she said my entire scalp was covered in red bumps and rashes. Since then, my scalp is now peeling about 2 or 3 layers where each red bump was and its loads of fun. I have spoken with my mission doctor on the phone who is in Germany though and Im in the process of taking care of it. All will be good and fine. It will just be itching for sometime until things get figured out. But for now, its just another thing on the list of things that Sister Walker and I get to laugh and joke about.
As far as investigators go, we are teaching the most adorable 8 year old boy named Valdir. I dont think we are suppose to have favorites when it comes to investigators...but he is definatly really high up there. His mom, Sonha, is an inactive member who hasnt been to church in over 5 years. We started off talking to her and teaching her once a week along with her 13 year old sister, Tairine, who lives upstairs from Sonha and her kids with there Mom. Anyways, we commited him to baptism this week and he is very excited. His aunt, Tairine, who is the 13 year old sister of Sonha, Valdirs mother, was suppose to be getting baptized this Saturday. But we have now pushed her baptism date to the 11th so her and Valdir will be getting baptized together on the same day. I think that will be really good and even better because all of their families will hopefully come. And with that, hopefully be more interested as well in learning more about the church.
We also taught Samuel again this week. For those who dont remember, he is the man from Ghana who approached us in the street our first few days here in Sal and our first lesson with him was in English since he does not speak Portuguese. Anyways, the last two visits with him, President Fortes (our Branch President here in Sal) came with us. It was a lot better that way because Samuel speak and understands Bedu Creole (not Sanpadjute Creole which is what is mainly spoken here in Sal), and President Fortes also speaks Bedu. So we were able to teach him in Portuguese and then President Fortes would translate what we said into Bedu for Samuel, and then anything Samuel said into Portuguese for us. I do not know why, but Samuel does not really like Sister Walker. Samuel always directs everything to me when he talks and each time we see him in the streets he approaches me and speaks to me in English and never to Sister Walker. Kinda weird but whatever. Samuel came to church last week though for the first time since basically his baptism back in February. He did not go yesterday though because he got called in last minute to work. At first I was kind hesitant about Samuel...but I really like him and he has a good spirit about him. He is one of our harder appointments that we have though because his views are a bit different. He is still great though.
We also had a talk with Andreia´s mom Friday night. Andreia is our 15 year old investigator who we helped do all of her families laundry 2 weeks ago. She has been wanting to get baptised really bad and its been an on going battle with her mother to get permission. We finally had a sit down conversation in their one bedroom home on Friday night that lasted an hour. The day before we had a lesson with Andreia about testimony and teh significance and power ones testimony can have. So when we spoke with her mom on Friday, we had her bear her testimony to her mother on why she knows this gospel is true and why she has the desire to be baptized. Then for the hour it was a constant battle and a little bit of an argument between the two of them as Sister Walker sat and listened and tried to figure out what to say to her. Every time we would try and talk her mother would keep repeating and explaining to ust that she wants for all of her kids to baptized together on the same day and how each child already has a god mother and god father chosen for when they get baptized into the catholic church. Near the end of the hour of the conversation, I finally got the courage to just bear testimony of my feelings about the idea of her daughter being baptized and about why our church is different. I explained how I know without a doubt that Andreia has come to know for herself that the things she has learned and the things the gospel has to share have and will continue to change and bless her life. And how I know that because I have scene it change my life. And because of that I am here I Cabo Verde, away from family and share and bring the same joy and blessings that I have had in my life because of the gospel to the lives of others who are willing to listen. It was an incredible personal experience for me. It was the strongest I have felt the spirit from within myself since being here in Sal and was kind of a learning experience and reminder to me that I KNOW why I am here. So I think I needed that for myself. By the end of the lesson, Andreias mother said that she wants to be sure that this is something Andreia definatly believes in and is not going to just be baptized and then become inactive. She explained how baptism is a sacred and special thing and that she does not want her daughter to do it just because she wants to...but to do it because she believes in it...if that makes since. So she has agreed, for now, to let her continue going to church. And if after a month she is still strong and still has the desire, then her mother will sign the baptismal form and give Andreia permission. I understand completly where her mother is coming from and if I were in her mothers shoes, I would probably do the same thing is if I did not understand as her mother doesnt. But her mother has also agreed to let us come by sometime and share with her some things of the church so that she can understand and know the things that her daughter has been learning and committing to live.
As for church this week, it was kind of crazy. All of the young women have been fighting with each other and WE are the cause of it. Yes, Sister Walker and I are the cause of all the young women fighting with one another. However, we have done NOTHING. They have been fighting because some are mad that they dont get to teach with us either as much as some of the others, or some are mad because they have not gotten to teach with us at all. And when I say fighting, I do not just mean arguing. I mean, like getting a book of mormon and hitting another girl over the head of it fighting. Some of the young women are band from teaching with us for at least this next week and the Branch President has had to sit them down and talk with them. Sooooo, its kind of dramatic and pretty rediculous. There are certain girls mad at us now and its funny cause we have been clueless to this whole ordeal of whats been said and argued about between them all. So we have been having to deal with that and talk with the young women one at a time to get sides of the story of what happened and who did what to who and what not. Fun stuff.
Also, at choir practice last night things went really interesting. President Neves, my mission president, will be in Sal next Saturday and Sunday and we are going to have a Saturday night devotional where he is going to speak to the members. So our little branch choir (which was created only 4 weeks ago keep in mind), has decided to sing a few different songs for the devotional. NOBODY can sing on key or even the right melody. all. Oh and whats better, is the men can sing higher then the women. So everything is just really off. But, our District Leader, Elder Shelhammer, decided it would be cool for them to try and sing the EFY melody for it. The EFY melod for those dont know is when men and women sing parts from As Sisters In Zion and Army of Helamen in parts that are all mixed in together. Basically, its not an easy to sing for those who can sing and carry a melody...but its espcially hard when you cant do either one of those. We rearranged it to a much simpler arrangment to where neither one of them are singing their seperate parts together at the same time...but to where it sounds ok and pretty good for them. I just hope they can remember it by next saturday when they sing it at the devotional.
Well that is about it for this week. On Wendesday we fly to the island of São Vicente for District Training and will be there until Saturday morning. I am soooo excited because we will be staying with Sister Holland, my MTC comp, and her companion. I am really looking forward to seeing her again. Oh, and I will meet my Mission President, President Neves there for the first time. I am having my mission arrival interview with him on Saturday when we all fly back to Sal together that usually is done the first day in the fields. It is interesting that I have been here almost a month and I still have not met my mission president.
Thank you all once again for all the love and support. You are all missed but I love being here. Until next week!
Sister Beus

Head Rash

Hey mom,
check out what fun disease I have now. I think my body seriously hates me. Ive been on and off the phone with the mission doctor in Germany all week. He thinks it is something called Folliculitis thats going on with my head. But its peeling about 3 layers of skin off my scalp now and its super fun. Just thought id share for kicks. Its being treated and slowly getting better so dont freak out or anything.
Love ya,

Sister Beus's Birthday

Dear Fam and Friends,
First and foremost, thank you ALLLL so much for all the Birthday wishes!!!! The emails were fun to read. Though I must say, this weeks email will not be as long as the last two because I got on and had 63 emails to try and quickly read through. So now my time is almost up and I have to write fast.
This week has been really good. Really busy, but really good. Gah, I have so much to say but no time....what to say....
First, today was my companions 11 month Mission birthday...meaning she has been out on her mission 11 months today. So to celebrate her 11 month mission bday and my 22nd bday on thats coming up on wednesday, we decided to hop in the back of a pick up taxi and went 20 minutes over to Santa Maria, one of the prettiest beaches in all of Cabo Verde (thats at least what everyone says). I decided, if anyone were to look up Sal on google or sometime, all you would likely see would be pictures of Santa Maria. It is pretty indeed and VERY touristy. Im not gonna lie, I felt out of place with how many white people there were over there (mainly europeans). We work in the poorest area on all of the island in the city of Espargos, and today was the first time I have scene another white person. So it was interesting. We had a lot of fun though walking around the beach. Are area is about a 40 minute walk to the closest beach so other then seeing the ocean miles away from our back porch of our apartment, we never see beaches here much.
This week we taught 27 lessons. Like I said before, we were SUPER busy. The great thing is, this next week we have marked 34 lessons as of right now. We are at the point where we wont know what to do if we get any new investigators or any new ANYONE. Sister Walker said she has never run into this problem ever in her mission until now. We have begun marking people for the following week because we just do not have time. It is really good that we are so busy and having so much success...but it can also be really exhausting. I am loving it though. We walk almost more then I ever have before in my life. The only other time I can think that Ive probably walked about the same if not a little more was when backpacking Europe.
So I wanted to write about all these great people that we are teaching but seeing that my time is almost up, I will just tell you about yesterday. We had marked for 12 investigators to come to church yesterday. Usually we make sure to pass by at least half of their homes on our way to church and walk with them so that we make sure they actually come. But last week Sister Walker was asked to teach Relief Society for this week and it is the first hour block of our meetings. So we had to get to church early so that she could get set up for the lesson she had to teach and we had no time to walk by our investigators homes. After Relief Society was over however, we decided to walk around at the beginning of the second hour which was Sunday School and see which of our investigaros had actually come. By the time we went around to all the different classes, we realized that only ONE of our investigaros had even shown up. We could not believe it because there were at least 5 that we thought for sure would be there and who actually needed to be there cause they are suppose to get baptized soon and cant if they dont attend church. So we dumped are backpackes in one of the rooms and hiked/power walked to the zone where most of our stronger investigators live to guilt trip them and tell them to come to sacrament. We were hoping to get 6 to come with us, but we could only get 4. That is because the other two are a mother and daughter. When we stopped by there to see why they didnt come to church and to see if they wanted to walk with us to sacrament, the mother answered and looked in baaad shape. She had obviously been crying for sometime. We had asked what was wrong, and she said that her daughter, the one who we are teaching and who is 19 years old, had been missing for a day and a half. For one, I would not have gone to church either. But it is a pretty scary thing that she is missing. We have not passed by today yet to see if there is any news yet but we are going to in about 2 hours before Family Home Evening tonight. We have been praying hard the last day that everything will turn out fine and that it is nothing serious. But this place is pretty crazy...especially are area, so who knows.
Anyways, by the time our 4 investigators were finally ready who came to sacrament, we had about 5 minutes before it began. Of course we were 15 minutes away so we were late. But we HAD  to be there on time because I had to give a talk in church. Yes, my 3rd Sunday in the field and already I had to give a talk. Our Branch is not very reverant so the Branch President last week asked me to speek in chruch this week for 15 minutes and chastize our branch on Revereance. Over all, I thought it went descent for the fact that I have only been our here for not even 3 weeks int he mission and my Portuguese is still not super great.
Well, the internet place is closing now so I better wrap this up. I love you all and thanks again for all your love and support!! Until next week!
Sister Beus

Beginning Week 2

Hello family and friends,
Happy Mothers Day yesterday to all of you lovely Mothers! Family, it was really good to hear and talk to you all on Saturday. It is weird that I will not talk to you again until Christmas.
Anyways, I have finally made it past my first week here in Sal, Cabo Verde. Things are going really really well...especially since Sister Walker and I are starting from scratch with an empty area book. We already have 5 of our investigators marked for baptisms. Our first baptism will be on the 28th of this month. Sister Walker and I are both excited because the baptisms will be in the ocean! It is the only island now that they do that because it is the only island without an actual church building with a baptismal font.
More then half of our work has been focused on visiting inactive or less active members. I think I mentioned last week that there are 407 registered members here on the island of Sal but only 46 are active. Of the 407, 172 are women who should be in Relief Society...but currently only 14 of the 172 are active and going to church. Tomorrow the Relief Society president (Luci) is going to go with us for a few hours around the island to visit and mark appointments with a large amount of these inactive women. Then we are going to see if we cant get them to start coming again.
Church yesterday was really great. We walked around our area and picked up 16 investigators on our way to church to make sure they came. It was like a parade as we walked up to the building where we hold church cause there was a good number of us. It was neat that we got so many to actually come. We had marked 21 to come to getting 16 of them to go was really good.
Yesterday we also had a lesson marked with a less active member. His name is Samuel. He is in his late 30s and is actually from Ghana. He doesnt speak Portuguese though which is interesting. He only speaks French, some African language from where he is from, Sanpadjute Creole, and very broken English. We met him last week on one of our very first days here as we were walking through one of the neighborhoods. He walked up to us ont he streets and began talking to us in his broken English. He told us he was baptized in January into the "Church of the Elders" (that is what the LDS/Mormon church is referred to as here...not LDS, not Mormon...Church of the Elders). We tried avoiding him all week because he seemed a little sketchy and his English was also difficult to understand. But by the 3rd encounter we had with him in the street during our week he made us feel guilty for avoiding him and really wanted us to come by. So thats what we did yesterday. We went to his home and we all sat in a circle on the ground because he had no chairs in his one bedroom home. We had one of our young woman members with us who did not understand anything he was saying since it was English. Sister Walker was being kind of weird and was refusing to speak English because she said she did not know how to teach in English and felt awkward. So basically it turned out being a 30 minute conversation between this man from Ghana and myself as I battled with him the importance of going to church and living life in faith, while Sister Walker sat and translated the entire conversation/lesson into Portuguese for our member who was with us. In the end, he commited to come to church next week and we have another appointment marked with him this Thursday, which we are making the President of the Branch come to with us. It was one of the more interesting lessons we have had so far...mainly because it was in Broken English and just WEIRD.
We are also teaching this 15 year old girl named Andreia. She is really interested in the church and has been reading a ton from the Book of Mormon every day this last week. She has a few other friends who are members and has commented on how happy she sees them and how she wants that same happiness in her life. The only problem is, is that her mother is really sketchy and turned off by us and the church. Adreia actually was taught by Elders already months ago and had a marked baptisimal date. But her mother finally chased them off and said never to come over again and that her daughter will never get baptized and that she can never go back to church. So when we met her in the street a few days ago and she told us all of this, we were a little worried about facing her mother and trying to get permission to continue teacher her. Our first encounter with the mother went really well. For the first 10 minutes or so she had a very disgusted and turned off mood towards us. But after we talked to her about how allowing her daughter to take the lessons ago and attend church would better her life and change the way she does everything from the way she treats her sibblings, to how much harder she will work and help out in the home and in school, ect...she started opening up and accepting us. By the end, she herself said that she would give us permission to come and teach her daughter again and that she could also go to church. She is one of our 2 investigators that we have marked for a baptism on the 28th...but now we have to approach her mother within the next few days and try and convince her to allow her daughter to be baptized. We are praying hard that her mother will gain understanding and comfort to letting Andreia be baptized. So in the mean time, we are constantly passing by everyday and visiting and helping Andreia with chores and things to try and continue to be on her mothers good side. One of the things we helped her with on Saturday was washing her entired families clothes all by hand on a wash board. I have come to the conclusion that I am really bad at washing clothes by hand. All of the locals on the street gathered around and watched because I think it looked really funny at how bad I was at it. It was a bit embarressing and I felt ashamed that I was so bad at something as little as washing clothes by hand. I guess it is something I will have to continue to work on. I plan on being pro by the end of my 18 months here. As for Andreia, we will soon see whats going to happen but I really hope that she will be able too because she will be a really strong member if we can get her to that point.
Hmm, what else...
We had no water in our house for 4 days. Our water tank on the roof finally got filled this morning so we once again have water...only thing is is that now there is no water pressure. So that is the next thing we have to get fixed and figure out. So as of right now, we are still taking showers with water out of a bucket and a cup. JOY!!
Well, that is pretty much all of the news I have for this week. I am loving it here and am so happy with the decision I have made to serve and be a missionary. It is a humbling experience that I am honored and feel privilidged to have. It is not easy, but I would not choose to be anywhere else right now.
I love you all! Thank you for all the love, prayers and support!
Com amor,
Sister Beus

First Week in the Field!!!

Dear Family and Friends,
Here I am in the islands of Cabo Verde!! I can not believe that I am already here!!! I arrived safely at 2.30 in the morning on Friday in Praia where I was picked up by the AP elders and taken to the mission home to sleep for the night. I have so much to say and dont know where to even begin. I suppose all start from when I arrived:
Sister Holland and I woke up in the mission home Friday morning and first had an orientation with the AP elders at 9am. This is where we had are health orientation about how to NEVER drink the water and how we set up and create filters in our apartments and such. Then we found out where are first area assignments were going to be and who are trainers were going to be. As some of you may know, there are 10 islands in my mission. But of the 10, sisters only serve on 3, Praia, Fogo and Mindelo. They had a projector with a map set up to show us are areas and what would happen is theyd click a button to have one of our names first show up on top of the map, and then again to have the area point to which area we would be in. So first was Sister Holland...she is serving on the island of Mindelo for her first area. We were both super excited for her because that meant she had to take yet another flight to get to her area. Next was me...the Elders asked where I thought I might be serving and I figured Praia. But then when my name came up, the arrow went and point to the island of SAL!!!! In case your not aware, that is NOT one of the three islands that sisters get to serve on and I knew that immediatly. I looked right at the APs in shock and they both had huge grins on their faces and then said, "Sister Beus, you and your companion will be opening a new area for sisters for the first time in over 10 years!!!" I was in shock, but suuuuper excited! They then went on to explining to me that this island has not had sisters in about 11 or 12 years, and even since then, there have hardly ever been Sisters serve on this island. I continued to learn that there have only been one companionship of Elders on this island for months and no one else because it has the least amount of members and the work has not been very successful here. Nontheless, I was excited to open a brand new area for us Sister missionaries.
About 2 hours later, we left the mission home to go pick up my new trainer who had flown in the day before from Mindelo which was her area she had just been serving on before now, and she had been staying with other sisters who were in Praia until my arrivel. Her name is Sister Walker, an American from Washington state. She is this short 5 foot nothing tiny girl who is awesome. We are very different but I think we will get along great seeing that have thus far.
We then got taken to the airport to catch a plane to the island of Sal. We arrived and the other two elders on this island picked us up and took us to our new apartment. As we were driving there, the elders told us that our branch was sooooo excited to be getting Sisters for the first time in years that they were throwing us a welcome party that night at the church. When we arrived to our apartment, we had a welcome party outside waiting to greet us of members from our branch. The branch here is amazing. There is only one on the ENTIRE island and it is made up of lesss then 50 people. Very small. But they are incredible.
As we began to get settled and talked to the Elders about our area, we found out that we had are area book was empty. Meaning our entire area has not been worked in before and we had to start from scratch. We also found out our area is made of the poor half of the island and the Elders are over on the tourist side of the island. So basically, we are serving like in the Bronx of New York. I have never been to such an underdeveloped place in my life. The people are sooooo incredibly poor here. When I was in Ecuador there were serveral poor places and such where people lived in huts...but at least they could grow gardens and such to get food for themselves. Here there is no water, and no vegetation. Everything is imported. Have you ever scene war footage from Iraq where all the homes are cement slabs that are half fallin down and all the roads are powerdered dirt and flat and trashy and ugly....yup, thats my first area!!! Its a real eye opener and Im still trying to adapt. But the people are as humble as can be and incredible.
On Saturday we had a member who is AMAZING and who has helped us everyday take us around and show us all of our zones in our area. This is also when we found out that we have the second LARGEST area in the entire mission. Most areas are made of 3-5 zones....are area has 11 zones!!! It is HUUUUGE and a little overwhelming. But I am excited to start the work and see what happens.
So we have not done too much work yet because when we came on Friday, we had a party thrown by our branch for us and spent our time doing that. Then the next day there was a branch activity at the branch that we went to as well that lasted the entire day. We basically are running the branch here along with the other two Elders because it is a very underdeveloped branch. It is the only branch also in the entire mission that deosnt have a dedicated chapel built for them. But we do have property we found out that the church bought to build one one...only thing is is that it wont be built and finished for two years. So for now, we are renting to a building where we hold church. But since we are the only branch without a chapel, that means we are also the only branch without a baptismal font. So yes, all of our baptisms will take place in the ocean!! I must admit, I am pretty excited about that.
On Sunday we went to church and it was really neat. You know how I told you the members are really happy to have Sisters?...that was an understatement. They are like truly GRATEFUL we are here. During Testimony meeting in Sacrament, there was not one person who got up to the podium to bare their testimony and didnt express their grattitude and happiness for having Sisters serving with them. Oh, one funny thing about Testimony meeting that I have to tell you about:
You know how typically one person at a time gets up to bare their testimony? Well not in our branch.  People here get up in GROUPS and all stand at the podium together as one at a time bares their testimony. When one is done, they will step to the side and let the next one go. Then once they are all done, they will all go back and sit down together and then the next group will get up. Groups meaning like one entire family at a time, or all the young woman at one time, or all the young is bizarre and kinda funny. Sister Walker says she has never scene that happen anywhere else where she has served. Its a special branch, lets just say that. But again...amazing. We actually have a waiting list of members who have signed up to teach with us. That thought went right over Sis Walkers head because in every area she has had to serve in up to now, she has had to CHASE members to try and get them to come...and often times failed. Here, we have our ENTIRE week filled with a member coming everyday with us. There is not one hour that we will be out working where a member wont be with us. They are incredible I tell you. We just hope that the new excitement of us being here wont die down quickly and that they will all continue to be so excited about going out and working with us. Because as of now, all the work we have done has been nothing BUT references from our members. We have been able to get into everydoor and teach a lesson to every person weve contacted. And as of right now, we have two baptisms scheduled for two weeks from now just after going out and working half a day. So already we are having success and we have hardly had to do anything. Its great.
So since we are only 4 missionaries serving on this island, our zone is combined with Sao Antao. This means that once a month we have to fly to the island of Sao Antao for zone conferences. Everything about my first area is crazy but very exciting.
One thing I dont think i will ever get use to here is showering. There is only one temperature here...ICE COLD. And the water pressure is basically like a few drips. We have to shower with our head up side down and wash our hair that way. Then we wash our bodies with a wet wash clothe....yea, should have appreciated the gross showers at the MTC more. Sister Walker told me that her other areas all had water pressure with hot water though. She served in the two areas in Mindelo up until this definatly is not your typical area...escpecially not for Sister Missionaries.
Oh another thing, I have yet to meet my Mission President. He was in Fogo making visits the day we were int he mission home in Praia. So it will be 2-4 weeks before he flies either here to Sal or in 4 weeks when we fly to Sao Antao for Zone conference before I will meet him and have my interview with him. Kinda interesting.
Oh and last thing, in order to get inside some of the homes here and to get peoples attention to know you are there, we have to throw stones on top of the rooves because we cant knock on cement. Just another thing I thought youd find interesting that I coudlnt stop laughing at the first handful of homes we had to throw rocks at.
The best part about being here is that nobody really speaks any of the languages that I have learned to speak, English, Spanish or Portuguese. This is the ONLY island our of the 10 that speaks both Sanpadjute and Bedu Creole...all of the other islands speak one or the other mostly of the two dialects...but never both. So another challenge for me that I have to get through on top of everything else...but very excited. I can understand a lot more and communciate a lot better then the average new missionary. My entire branch has told me that they are shocked this is my first area because I can understand and speak the same amount as an Elder whose in their 3rd area. So that has made me excited and determined. The Creole if spoken slow enought I can catch enough of since Portuguese is mixed in it. But its difficult. Usually teenagers and young adults under the age of 35-40 can speak Portuguese. But the older genereation...forget it. And they are dang hard to understand. But Im slowly getting there. The Criole will be a challenge to pick up but I have to learn it so that i can speak and communicate to 70 percent of the people Im teaching.
Well, that is it for now. Happy Mothers day to everyone next week! I want you all to know that I am excited to be here doing the Lords work and would not want to be anywhere else. I have a long road ahead of me and this is only the beginning, but it is an exciting opportunity and I am grateful to have this calling.
Have a wonderful week!
Com amor,
Sister Beus

Almost There!

Hi Mom!!
I wanted to send you a quick email really quick to let you know that I have made it from Germany to Portugal. We have about 5 more hours or so before our last flight to Cape Verde!! I wanted to call you but this entire dang airport is out of international calling cards!!! So unless I had it swap and charge you instead, I have no way of calling you...and there is NO way Im gonna do that cause it would cost you tons of money.
So anyways, just know that I am safe though....Sister Holland and I are both SUPER tired, and both pretty sick with bad colds. I keep telling Sister Holland I dont like her cause she got me sick....but she knows i mean it with love :)
So anyways, this time tomorrow I will be in my assigned area doing the Lords work...CRAZY!!!! Im so excited and its crazy to think that I have gotten to this point in my life. Just know that I love you tons!! I will call in about 2 weeks on Mothers Day...but I will email you again before then Im sure.
Take care and send everyone my love! ....and Sister Holland says "me too me too". So her love goes to you as well. Do me a favor, will you call Sister Wing and tell her that I got here safely. I had planned on calling her but since Im not able to get a calling card anywhere, i cant really call anyone. But I also want you to know...I ADORE that woman!!! She has been a huge blessing to my life during the MTC and it was hard saying goodbye to her. She will be someone special in my life who I will stay in touch with forever. Next time she goes to visit in AZ I told her you two need to meet. So make that happen for me. Shes incredible and so loving. She is like a second mom to me. She has helped me more then you know...espcially when I was sick before coming home. So be friends with her...
Well, I love you tons! I have to get going before Sister Holland falls asleep on me here.
All my love!
Com amor,
Irmã Beus

Final Week at the MTC

Ola everyone!!!!
This has been such an incredible week! And I am now officially into my final week with only 5 days left before I leave for the mission field in Cape Verde, Africa! And I found out today that my visa and passport just arrived this morning. So I am all set and ready to leave. To be honest, I have been nothing but excited for months about my mission. And especially these last two weeks I've been feeling confident and comfortable about the language. BUT...then I went to my first Creole class on Wednesday with my companion. A guy who served there 4 years ago in Cape Verde set up the lesson for us to teach us Creole. It is sooooooo African and soooooooo difficult!!! It does not sound too much like Portuguese and NOTHING like English. I think what made me begin feeling nervous is that after our lesson was over, I asked how often he would speak Creole vs. Portuguese while serving there. He told us that after his first month being there he spoke nothing BUT Creole. Then I asked then why the heck do we have to learn Portoguese. That's when he said it's because there is not literature in Creole...not a thing. And that the scriptures and everything is in Portuguese. So we have to be fluent and both reading and speaking in Portuguese good enough to read the scriptures to our investigators and to then be able to translate everything into Creole during lessons. When I asked how well they would be able to read and understand the scriptures in Portuguese, he told us at this point we are probably more efficient in the language as far as reading goes then 80% of Cape Verdians.....and THAT'S when I started freaking out juuuuuuuuuuuuuust a little bit. Nonetheless, I am excited more then anything to have this opportunity and to get out and learn the 2 main Creole dialects spoken and continue my Portuguese studies so that I can share this great message with the people of Cape Verde.
So Bradyn got his mission call to Tampa Bay, Florida, huh?!?!?! YEAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!! I love Tampa. I drove through there a few times when I was living in Florida this last year. There will be a lot of gator hunting around there which is PERFECT for Bradyn. And I am soooo excited that he's going to be learning and speaking Spanish. There will definatly be tons of Cubans where he will be to teach which will be incredible. I am so happy and proud of him!! And he was such a stud in the prom pictures. Mail me more pictures in the mail!
Let's I said, this has been a great week. We have had "pretend" investigators we have been teaching everyday for 4-6 weeks now (depends on which investigator). We have one getting baptized on Saturday and one on Monday! The one who is getting baptized on Saturday had to actually get married first because him and his spouse had been together for 10 years but never legally married. So my district did service to raise 150 euros in order to pay for his wedding this last week. We raised the money and had a pretend wedding yesterday. It was hillarous!!!! My teacher pretended to be the bishop and then the micky mouse ears hat I took of bradyns that he got at disneyland was the wife Marta. I took a video of it all but I don't know how to send video home. We were all rolling in laughter on the floor because it was so dang funny. I'll try and see if I can't figure out how to send video home.
Oh and yes, Elder Richard G. Scott of the 12 aposltes (for those who don't know) came and spoke to us at a devotional Tuesday night. He spoke about the Spirit and the Power of Prayer and it was such a powerful talk. The spirit was so strong in the room. At the end of his talk, he also gave us an Apostilic Blessing to those of us learning another language to have the Gift of Tongues. I wish you could of all been there to see and feel how powerful his words were. Him declaring that blessing upon us all has brought me a lot of comfort...especially after our Creole class.
Well, my time is up. Love you all!! Talk to you next week when in Cape Verde!!
Até Mais!!
Irmã Beus

Week 4

So I am officially into my 4th week here in the MTC. It is crazy to think that next Wednesday I will have already been here an entire month. I wanted to thank you Mom for the package. My companion and I surprised our entire district yesterday by going to class early and decorating our classroom with the decorations you sent for St. Patrick's day. Our one Elder from Belgium walked in and was really happy...but very confused at the same time because he did not understand the purpose of this silly holiday we have. It was rather funny. I will take pictures and send them soon so that  you can see our cute little classroom decked out in St. Patrick's Day decorations.
Where to begin...this week has been a bit crazy. I have definitly been tried and tested throughout the week. Last week I began not feeling too well. I was having pretty bad stomack pains and was not sure what the cause was from. However, I stayed positive and tried ignoring the pains and discomfort that I was having for about a week. Well, on Monday I could no longer ignore them. I began throwing up and had to run to the bathroom about 15 times + throughout the day. It has continued through the week but we are finally starting to get it handled. I have been doing blood tests and several other types of tests all week and have been in and out of the doctor about a half a dozen times a day since the first of this week. I am feeling a lot better today then what I have over the past couple of days. All of my side symptoms that I have been having keep pointing to a parasite in my system. Yes....I just said parasite. The results will be all done and we will know for sure on Monday what is wrong. But it is very likely that I will be treated for a parasite beginning the first of next week. My district and I have turned it into a big joke. Though I am in constant pain and discomfort...I'm trying to laugh it off and keep pushing through. All I can think is...of course only I would get a parasite before even getting out the mission field. haha
My district has been wonderful to me and especially my companion Sister Holland. Yesterday I got a few different shots to help with nasea and other things and one of them was basically a shot of morphine. Since I had already made my comp miss about 3 language classes this week, I told her that I would just make a bed out of chairs in the corner of the classroom and sleep during class so that she could be there. We got to the classroom about 30 minutes early before it started and within 10 minutes I was out from the shot. 4 and a half hours later I woke up. During that time, my entire district held class in the DARK and whispered so that I wouldn't wake up. They are so great but I feel kind of fullish and bad that they felt like they couldn't even turn on the lights. My comp told them it would be fine because I was out COLD but my teacher was so concerned for me and wanted to be sure I was not woken up. I am truly grateful and blessed to have such amazing people surrounding me.
Well, that has pretty much been it for my week. Not a whole lot to share since I have had to miss out on a lot of things. All will be fine though and I will be healthy again before we know it. Thank you to everyone for all of your love and support.
Irmã Beus

Week 3

Hi everyone!!!
This week has been really good. I can not believe it's already been two weeks and that I'm into my third week being here. Time has flown this past week. I am still enjoying it a lot and am grateful for my time here thus far.
The only thing that has been tough is to maintain all my energy by the end of the day. We work so hard here and do so much, that it can be exhausted at times. However, I make sure that doesn't slow my work down and Sister Holland help's with that too.
I have run into a few people here that I know. It's kind of odd because I've run into more friends from back home that I went to school with who are return missionary boys and who are here working as language teachers in the MTC more then anything. It's kinda funny. Zach Brough being one of them (my friend who I went to the Ben Folds concert forever ago with). Then I also see Elder Patterson around a lot too. Elder Patterson is from your ward Mom. We had mission prep together for about two months before coming to the MTC. So it's fun to see him pop up everywhere.
How did Bradyns Eagle Court of Honor go? When does he turn in his papers?
Tell BJ and Britt that I say congrats and that I want to see pictures!!! I can not receieve pictures through email....yet. Once I get out to the mission field I'll have a lot more time and a little more flexibility then what I have here in the MTC.
Well, my short time is already up. I love and miss you all. I am grateful and feel more honored to have this calling as my time grows here. It is truly a blessing that will cary out throughout my life and I am seeing that everyday through my experiences. 7 weeks and I will be in the field in Cape Verde, Africa. I am taking advantage to learn as much as possible here in the MTC until then though.
God speed!!
Sister Beus
P.S.- Thank you Marisa and Gerusa for your letters through Dear Elder this past week. I got them and it was so fun to hear from you both. I will write back when I get more time.

Week 2

Hi family,
This week has been sooo good. Things have been so busy here every day and I never have any free time. This last week Sister Holland and myself prepared the First Lesson to teach to our district in Portoguese. We were the only companionship that had to give it this week. It lasted between 15-20 minutes, and for both of us not ever speaking Portoguese until this past week, I thought it went over pretty well. We have also been doing a lot of contacting in Portoguese all week. Since I am a little more ahead in the language however, I've had the one having to do most of the talking and contacting. Sister Holland is picking things up though and we'll be able to speak a lot before she know's it.
Mom, thank you so much for the "Dear Elder" mail this week. I was surprised to have gotton it. But PLEASE, pass news around to everyone to use that over emailing me. I do not have time to read emails on P-day because I am timed and have exactly 30 minutes to email. So I won't ever have time to read emails and respond. So pass the word along on how to use "Dear Elder" and to write to me that way. It is great. They put it in my mailbox and so it's like I receive an email that comes that day. So it makes it better then email because it's just like getting an actual letter. So Mom, you need to respond to me through Dear Elder too and don't email me because I don't have time to read them.
So everything is wonderful here. My teachers are great. I have two, Irmao Jones and Irmao Tiago (James). Both served in different missions in Brazil and one of them has only been home for 5 months...I'm actually older then him so it's interesting.
Mom, I did get the bottom bunk and Sister Holland got stuck with the top bunk. We have 3 other girls who we share a room with. Two of them are going to France, and the third is going to Switzerland (all French speaking). They are great but I only see them at the end of the day back in the dorm rooms.
So my favorite day has so for been Sunday. I think Sunday's will always be my favorite day. They are amazing! In relief society, Sister Dibb's came and spoke to the Sisters. For those who don't know, Sister Dibb's is I think the 2nd counselor in the Young Woman General Presidency...and she is President Monson's oldest child!!! She is such an amazing woman. I got to go and speak with her after Relief Society and ask her questions about her Dad, the Prophet! It was an incredible experience.
That is so amazing that Bradyn is all done with his papers!! I am so excited to hear where he will be going. Make sure that he sends me a Dear Elder AS SOON as he gets his call so that I can find out the same day.
Well, my time is up. I love you all. I am so happy here and I know that I am doing the right thing. I have witnessed what it's like to have the consistency of the Spirit with me at all time's. It is truly a blessing and priveledge to be serving as a missionary.
God speed!
Love you,
Irmã Beus

Week 1

Hi everyone,
How are all of you? Today is my first P-day, Saturday. From here on out though, my P-day will be every Friday.
So everything is going really great. I am very surprised with myself with how much I really am enjoying it here. The MTC is not as bad nor hard as I expected it to be. So all is grand.
My companion is Sister Holland from McCall, Idaho. Mom, she is the one we had lunch with just before I entered into the MTC. She is WONDERFUL!! We get a long really great and she has such an amazing spirit about her. We make it a point to laugh a lot...which doesn't seem to be a problem for the two of us. I know that she will teach me a lot during our 9 weeks as companions together in the MTC.
My district here in the MTC is really great as well. It is comprived of Sister Holland and I, and then 4 other elders. Sister Holland and I are the only two in the entire MTC who are going to our mission in Cape Verde. The rest of our zone is comprived of the two of us going to Cape Verde, our 4 elders in our district who are going to Portugal, and then about 20 others who are all going to Brazil. I guess there was a huuuuge visa problem so all of the Brazilian missionaries are getting sent to the MTC instead of the CTM and are all getting reassigned to the states until they can get their visas. So I am grateful that I am not going to Brazil since there should be no problems with my visa coming in on time.
We had a meeting with our Branch presidency on Thursday. It turns out our branch is made up of everyone who is going Portuguese speaking. So on Sundays, everyone has to prepare a TALK that must be in Portuguese in case you are one of the two picked at random to speak on Sunday. And all of our church meetings will be in Portuguese as well. It is a little rough but it helps a lot with forcing us to learn the language.
Speaking of language, all of our classes are ALL in Portuguese. Meaning from day one, both of our teachers speak to us in ONLY Portuguese. It's kinda funny at times cause it's like an on going game of sherades for 6 hours a day. I am grateful for knowing how to speak Spanish because it is a REALLY helping me to understand what is being taught. I have become the translator for the rest of the class. Everytime one of the teachers say something, they look at me and point for me to translate to the rest of the district. So it is kind of fun. I just memorized my missionary Purpose Statement in Portoguese and right now, Sister Holland and I are preparing to teach the entire first lesson in Portuguese for 20 minutes this coming Tuesday. I can't believe how much I have learned thus far and how quickly we are picking up things. I feel like just after 4 days, I already have learned and understand more Portuguese then what I did my entire first year of Spanish in high school. It is truly amazing!!
Well, that is all the time I have for this week. I love you all and miss you lots. I am loving things here so far so don't worry about me. I know that I am where I need to be right now in my life so I am grateful that I have this privledge and opportunity of serving the Lord.
God Speed!
Sister Beus


Bon Voyage Sister Beus!