Saturday, August 27, 2016

Week 36

I officially finished my 1st cambio with mi hija and it flew by! I literally just met her yesterday. This last 6 weeks I have learned to trust in God more than ever before in my life. It was a great learning experience. I trained, I got a new mission president, got a "new" house, and had a lot of other trials along the way. But I also had so many triumphs. I got to see two of my closest friends get baptized, I saw investigators stop smoking. Families come to church for the first time. And I even saw people pray for the first time while sobbing. I have truly loved this cambio in Los Heroes. I am super pumped to have another cambio here with Hermana Bedoya. 
This last Friday I got to go to the temple with Hermana Bedoya and all the other trainers. I am so in love with the temple. I wish I could live there.  Afterwards we were walking around outside and I got to see Hermana Lively AGAIN. I have seen her 3 times in my mission and it has been such a blessing.
Another story, almost every night we have to take a collectivo home because our sector is gigantic. (collectivo=taxi)   We had like 15 minutes until we needed to be home and I was freaking out because I am crazy when it comes to obedience. We finally waved a taxi down and when he pulled up I just about died. He had two nuns inside and said, "Jump in. This taxi is being blessed" So we drove around the town with 2 nuns and it was hilarious. I asked for a selfie because it was kind of a once in a lifetime opportunity. 
I am sooooo grateful for this gospel. And I am even more grateful that I have the opportunity to share it with people all day.(well some parts of the day. Most of the times we are outside just waiting for people to let us in. haha) 
This week a man looked me straight in the eyes and said, "Why don't you just go back to your own country and leave us Chileans alone." I may have prayed not to harm him. Or the woman who said, "Get off my property. I have no interest in listening to you." 
But it's just a testimony builder to me that people are going to hate and Satan is working his tail off to bring this church down. 
The hills are alive.......

Family Moena

Hermana Bedoya

My Zone Olimpo
Temple Trip & Hermana Lively!!!!


 We got matching headbands-Twinning

Friday, August 19, 2016

Week 35

This week we didn't have much success and spent a lot of time outside walking, talking, and knocking. During this time I had a lot of time to think about my life, my family, and Chipotle. 
I started thinking about how crazy it is that I am in Santiago, Chile and have been here for 8 months now. And then I was thinking of 2 people who have been by my side every step of the way. My parents, the best people that I know.
The mission is a rollercoaster, filled with ups and downs. Life in general is a roller coaster. And I am just so grateful that when I have hit rock bottom, I have had my parents to pick me back up and help me get going again. They have shaped me into the person I am today and are continually pushing me to become better.
S/O to you both, I love you more than I can say.
Ezekiel 16:44
Enos 1:1
1 Nephi 1:1
Matthew 19:29
Fathers-D. Todd Christofferson
Behold Thy Mother- Jeffrey R. Holland
This week Joaquina was baptized-by Janson- and it was so beautiful. We sang Families Can Be Together Forever and I lost it because I know now more than ever that this is true. And for that I am so grateful. 
After her baptism, bishop bought a chocolate cake and cheese pops (Joaquina's favorites) and we all just hung out as a ward. This week they get to go to the temple and I am so excited. There is no better place than the temple. 
I am so grateful to be here. For the lessons I have learned, the people I have met, and the testimony I have gained. 
Love you all. Thanks for your support.
Hermana Beardall
Mi hija

I went and got my hair done by a girl in our ward this week and she did it grey....I cried and cried and cried and then laughed my head off. Now its back to normal don't worry. hahahaha
My family here in Chile.

Joaqina's Baptism


"When I grow up I want to be a missionary"...tears

Friday, August 12, 2016

Week 34

I don't have much to say this week, sorry. But I do just want to express my gratitude for this gospel and the opportunity I have to be here. The other day we were in a lesson with some investigators and they started drilling us on what we can do as missionaries.
So when you go home do you guys watch TV?
We don't have a TV.
Oh so you listen to the radio? 
We don't have that either.
But do you have boyfriends?
Can you wear pants?
Then they continued to say, "You have more rules than the nuns here." hahahaha
Truer words have never been spoken.
Sometimes all the rules we have are hard and "constraining" but when I look back at the last 8 months, I realize how blessed and SAFE I have been. I have walked 250ish nights here in Santiago in some sketchy places and not once has anything happened to me. I have not been harmed because I have been obedient. And that's probably the biggest thing I will take away from the mission. That with obedience comes safety (spiritual and physical).
Changed houses this week to be closer to our sector and it has been an adventure I tell you. It was the elders house for 15 years and we are the first Hermanas to live in it. If that gives you any idea what we are dealing with. But I am grateful I have a house...haha love you all! 
Cool building in Santiago

 Visiting with members.

Our new house

Joaquina let us use her polaroid. :)
Beautiful sunset!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Week 33

We are officially in August and I am officially freaking out.. The times is going by so quickly. This week I feel like I got hit, okay maybe beaten with a humble stick. I had an allergic reaction on my scalp to some shampoo I used and had to wear a beanie every night while my head soaked in vinegar. Doctors orders..
My pal Marta who just turned 89 told me I looked ill and needed a back massage (pictures below) 
Some man asked me, "What are you even speaking? German?"
It just kept coming all week. And when it was Friday and I about hit my breaking point, I had a heart to heart with myself. I started thinking why I am really here. I realized I am not here for my looks or to learn Spanish perfectly. I am here in Chile doing something at times that isn't all that fun or easy because I love my Savior and want to serve Him for such a small sliver of my life.
My favorite scripture right now is in St. John 21: 15-17.
"Hermana Beardall, lovest thou me more than these?"
I said unto Him, yeah Lord thou knowest that I love thee. 
He said unto me, Feed my lambs.
He said to me again, the 2nd time, Hermana Beardall, lovest thou me? 
I said unto Him, Yea Lord thou knowest that I love thee. 
He said unto me, Feed my sheep.
He said unto me the third time, Hermana Beardall, lovest thou me?
And I said unto Him, Lord, thou knowest that I love thee. 
Jesus then said, Then feed my sheep.
"I need someone to save my sheep and feed my lambs. I need someone to preach my gospel. Do you love me more than you love all this? Then feed my sheep and do it forever." Jeffrey R. Holland
I love my Savior more than I can even say and I love His gospel more than I love "all this"(Forever 21, my iPhone, Cafe Rio, my bed) 
For this, I am here doing something not all that easy. 
I love the mission more than I can say. It is preparing me for life. I wouldn't trade it for anything.
Hermana Beardall
Cupcakes with Joaquina
 My pal Martha

 Pamela, one of my investigators, knows I love cheddar cheese and bought me some because it is hard to get here.

Week 32

I had such a good week!! This week I was able to finish the Book of Mormon in Spanish for my first time and it was incredibly hard. I made it a goal to finish it in Spanish because we were given a promise that if we finished it in a different language, we would be able to speak the language better. I testify to that! Learning a new language is the most humbling thing I have ever done. Being 19 years old and not being able to express how you feel or tell a story is super frustrating. But I am so grateful I am serving here in Chile and that I have this opportunity to learn Spanish. I have had to humble myself to a completely different level and trust in my Savior to help me. I always say to myself, "Do your best and God will provide the rest."

This week we also had a baptism! Janson was baptized on Saturday and it was such an amazing experience. Janson is 21 and we found him knocking doors on kind of a gloomy day. Ever since that day, he has taught me more about faith and perseverance than almost any other person.
I was reading stories about my ancestors this week to realize how easy my life really is...haha and I found a quote from my great great great grandma that applied perfectly to my life right now. "I have forsaken my native land, and my beloved ones, and have come here to be in obedience to the call of the Lord and to keep and fulfill his commandments better. I rejoice and feel happy to be a member of the church of Jesus Christ. I thank God, my Heavenly Father, for the blessings he has given me." (written after her two babies passed away and she buried them at sea)
I really am just overwhelmed with gratitude for all I have and the opportunity I have to serve my Savior. I know He knows us personally and is always ready to come to our rescue. We only have to ask.
I love you!! 
Hermana Beardall
I made my companion breakfast.
I miss the wedge.
Jansons baptism
 The birthday of Janson's new life! 
Our bishop baptized Janson.
Joquina and Janson