Thursday, October 29, 2009

October 26, 09


Ok this week was pretty sweet but let me start out with the not fun stuff and some good jokes then I'll leave ya with some great spiritual experiences! Ready?

Ok so this week I learned how to say Papa Smurf in spanish. Papa pitufo! Sweet huh! I thought it was pretty funny. Oh and mom see if you can order a candy bar called sublime. Its made by Nestle. I love them! I hope that I can order them when I go home! Oh and you know the primary song once there was a little snowman. Well in Spanish its about a mono. Ha that’s a monkey! I thought that was pretty funny.

Ok so the bad stuff. I woke up one morning with a big patch of red spots. Kind of like mosquito bites or the chicken pox, and boy do they itch! Every morning I would wake up with more. Have you guessed it yet? Pulgas! Or in English Fleas! Yup that's right. This week I had fleas! It was only a matter of time I guess. The area that I'm in has kind of a problem with them. You can tell just by looking at dogs that they are infested with em. They have patches with no hair cause they itch and scratch it away. Yea pretty cool. I did some digging and found out how to get rid of them. I found some flea powder to put on my mattress. I'm pretty sure that it worked because I haven’t had many bites in two days. But fleas are nasty little buggers. Its like having mosquitos that live in your bed and have eight full hours to eat you while you sleep… I hope you all don’t think I'm gross for having fleas I promise that I shower!

Mom I'm waiting for your package! I'm really excited for it! I am craving chocolate and anything that is from the states right now. Do you think that you could send me some church music on CD's in Spanish or English. I would like that thanks! I had a chicken foot in my rice the other day… I didn’t eat it… next time I will. Its just hard to eat something when you know for the entirety of its life it walked around in poo… I did try chicken neck. There isn’t too much meat there.

Ok so the good stuff. So we have been teaching this family called Fernandez. Juan who is the dad worked in Utah for 8 years and speaks a little bit of English, but while he was there he was exposed to the church. He is actually the nephew of the family that we live with so he has been exposed to it for a long time. We taught him the first discussion in his moto taxi because it was the quietest place that we could find. We asked him if he would pray to know if Joseph Smith was a prophet and that the book of Mormon is true. He said he didn’t need to because he already knew it was!! Awesome! So anyway we taught his whole family for the second time on Saturday night and they all accepted the invitation for baptism! They didn’t come to church yesterday because they had something for their son's school that they had to do but they said they will be there next week. They have to go to church twice before they can be baptized so we are shooting for the 14th for a baptism. I'm so excited for them they are an awesome family! The spirit during that lesson was awesome. You can tell that they are just ready. I have learned something about the days that are hard. The harder it is to watch your thoughts, get along with a companion, things like that, the more people you're supposed to teach that day. I hope that makes sense. Satan knows that our message is true or else he wouldn’t bother trying to tempt us with things of the world. The help of the spirit is something that I cannot do without and am so thankful to have it. We have some other investigators that we are hoping to invite to be baptized this month. Andres for instance, we haven’t taught him again but he is at the church with his sister all the time and we have a lesson with him Tuesday. I think that he and some other investigators could be ready here in the next few weeks. I'm really excited for November!

Ok family I have a challenge for you! I think that everyone can do it the whole family. Cousins and everyone. Do you think that you can read the book of Mormon by the end of March. I'm pretty sure that’s about 3 pages a day if you start this week. My testimony of the book of Mormon and the Bible has increased so much! I love sitting down and just reading now and I have learned so much. I wish that I had more time to just read. I love you family! You’re the best! Remember you all can send me emails if you want to!

I love you all so darn much! Let me know whats going on in the world! I'm in my missionary bubble and don’t know anything! Thanks for your letters! Oh and send me Heaths address por favor!

Love elder Bearnson

PS Tell Steve I'm trying to get a letter in the mail today, so he'll see it in about a month! But good job buddy keep up the work!
October 12, 09


I just wrote a huge email and it got erased... so here it goes quickly. I have been sick this week. I have to go to the bathroom a lot. All week. I've been able to work though. My companion doesn't wake up in the morning till after 7. I talked to my zone leader for help and I think that I can get it worked out. I don't feel like we are united but I'm working on it.

My hand is better. No cast or brace. I have two rods and seven screws and eighteen stitches. I have eight upcoming sessions of therapy to help me use it more.
We have some good investigators, Victor, his mom Carmen, and Maria Del Pilar. Please pray for them to know that this is true and what they need.

My mission has been hard from breaking my hand to grandpa, to being sick and having hard companions. But I know, I know that this is the true and living church on the earth. I know that if we stay strong Heavenly Father and his son Jesus Christ will lift us up higher than we were when we started.

Love Elder Bearnson

I'm so sorry I'm so angry right now! Next week I'm going to send it differently so that it doesn't do this to me.
October 19, 09


Ok first off I'm sorry if I made it seem like last week was a terrible one, it wasn't. That day was just really bad and then the computer wouldn't work and just made it worse. I'm actually doing really well.

I have achieved a new level of patience. My companion is really hard to get along with but I do it. He didn't wake up today until 7:30 and didn't get in the shower until 9... I just get up and get to studying and everything else. I have just quit worrying about it. I've done all I can do about it and now I'm just trying to be an example.

Ok, I'll tell you a little about last week first. Church. It was sweet! For some reason it was testimony meeting. My companion didn't want to share his testimony so I just got up there by myself and did it. I saw one guy in the audience make a crazy sign to someone else, that made me feel really good ha! I got up there and just went for it. Lots of people came up to me later and told me that I did a good job and that they understood me. My Spanish is progressing really well. Lots of the members and other missionaries have told me that my Spanish is a lot better than a lot of others. I know that its not because of my smarts, that's for sure. I know its because of the spirit and because I'm trying hard. I'm trying to talk more and just do it. That's my goal for this week. We also had 6 investigators at church so that was awesome!

This week went by very quickly. I can't believe that Z man is 12 tomorrow!! I had a couple of awesome experiences that I want to share with you. We got to listen to Elder Christofferson this Saturday and Elder Clayton! They were awesome! I had to listen in Spanish so that was kinda hard but they both were very uplifting. Elder C spoke about the spirit and I learned a lot.

Ok another story. On Saturday night we were supposed to watch the testaments video at the church. We invited people to it for the whole week and had a chapel full of people. Then we couldn't get the door open to the room with all the electronics the lock got jammed up or something. So the guy had the key in it and was shaking it around in there with pliers... I'm sure you can see where this is going... yup the key broke... so we took a grinder to the lock and made a big mess of it... that didn't work either. So we took the vent from off the top of the door and cut through the bars there. Then one of the members climbed in and got out the projector and the DVD player. All this was happening while the chapel was full of people and they could hear us grinding and all this stuff. So we eventually started around 8:15ish... we were supposed to start at the latest 7... but hey it ended up working and it was great.

Oh a tidbit of information. You know that neighborhood in the Springs called Cordera. Well cordera means lamb. And that street in our neighborhood Huerfano, means orphan. I thought that it was kinda funny. Oh! and you need to look up the recipe for this cookie thing called alfafor. Its the bombdiggity!

Oh. Ok some spirit. There is this guy named Andres. He is the older brother of this girl in the ward who just got back from her mission. He isn't a member and neither is anyone else in her family. We had a lesson with him the other day with my companion and me, two other return missionaries and her (Zaira). So this guy had 5 missionaries testify to him that the gospel is the one completely true thing on the earth. I think that it went well. He was calling us all friends and thanking us for our help by the end of the lesson. But I couldn't understand much because he is really smart and used words that were way over my head. We'll see where that one goes.

We have lots of investigators but not really any of them are progressing very well. We are going to try some different things this week. OK I'm out of time.

I hope those pics work that I sent. They are kind of gross I know, sorry. Eighteen stitches, two plates and seven screws! I'm pretty sure that this one is the new record for me. I hope that I don't get the chance to break this record...

Happy b-day Zachy!!! I can't believe you're 12! Let me know what you want. I can get pretty much anything here and its a lot cheaper. There is a lot of cool stuff that I have been thinking about getting you. You'll probably have to wait till Christmas for it though. I love you so much family! get better! Dad good job with your running! Way to show him whose boss Aunt Debbie!! haha! I love you all so much stay safe and strong. Rely on the Lord and everything will be ok.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Oct. 5, 2009
Hi family!

OK NOW I'm really in Peru. This place is so crazy! I'm in the most southern part of the city of Lima. It's called Pachacamac. It is also pretty much the poorest place in Lima. There are a few paved streets but they are riddled with pot holes. Everything else is dirt. Pretty much the only cars are buses, moto taxis and regular taxis. The people sure are poor but they are awesome! I have found the cure for my obsessiveness... it's here. There is so much trash everywhere. People just kinda pile it up wherever and then people come pick it up and haul it away every once in a while. My companions name is Elder Saavedra, he's from Bolivia. We get along pretty well but he has troubles getting up in the morning. Sorry about my miss spellings... I'm typing with one hand and this keyboard isn't the best.
We are teaching some people and its awesome! Elder Saavedra has been here before but that was over a year ago. So we are going around trying to get to know everyone again and find out who is active and who isn't. We have a couple of new investigators that we are working with. I Think that by this time next week we´ll have some baptisms lined up! We had a baptismal interview with a girl yesterday whose whole family are not members. Her dad is catholic and doesn't want her to be baptized but she does so we need to try to get that figured out this week.

My Spanish is coming along. I'm trying to not get discouraged. It's hard but I can get it done! Ok, so mom might not want to read this part! My companion and I were walking through the little bit rougher side of town and apparently this guy said lets rob this gringo and take his camera. But then one of the guys he was with said no because I guess he has known some of the elders in the past. So that was good. I didn't feel like getting robbed this week.! Don't worry! I'm being careful!

So tomorrow we leave to go see the doctor again to get my stitches taken out. I saw it last week and I have about 20. Hopefully I can get you a pic and send it to you. I'm going to have a pretty good scar to remind me to be patient for the rest of my life!

Oh I want to tell you about my house! We live above a restaurant that the hermana we live with owns. Then she and her husband live above us. Every building in Peru is made with cement and rebar. That's it. If people have money they have tile in their houses, if not it's all cement. There is no such thing as carpet except in the president's house but he lives next to a golf course so that doesn't count ha. Well any way it's cold here right now its really only like 60 or so but with 90% humidity its pretty cold. And then we only have cold water and boy its cold. The morning shower is not something I like.

Conference! Wasn't it sweet!! I got to listen to a lot of it in English and I'm glad I did because it was awesome. Elder Holland was great!! If you didn't hear that talk read it or go online and watch it!!

I hope that all of you are doing ok after this last week. I'm hanging in there, I hope that you are too. Grandma, I love you so much! I can't express that enough. Aunt P thanks for the pics, I got them on Monday when I really needed them.

I love you family! My testimony is growing so much. This the hardest thing I have ever done and I'm really only a week in, but I can make it. I know that our Savior lives and will help us through every single one of our trials. Stand tall in low places.

Love, Elder B
Sep. 16, 2009
Hi Family!

Ok so I got my new companion this last week. His name is Elder lujan (Lou-Han) He is from Trujillo Peru. I like him a lot but he is a lot different than elder Pilicita. I'm kinda missing him right now actually. Elder L is great though too. We are learning how to teach together which is a little hard because its totally different than with elder P. This is the second week in a row that I haven't been able to go to the temple. Last week was because of Interpol and this week was because of immigration. Kind of a bummer but I should get to go next week.

I can't believe that I only have two weeks from today left in the MTC. And that also means in a month that I am done with the first two months in the mission... it goes by so fast. I'm getting a little tired of the MTC because everyday is the same including the food and just about everything else. I just want to go out and get to work at this point. We don't get to go out proselyting this week either I don't think because of some ward conference thing on Saturday night while we are supposed to be out. So next week I won't have too much to write about either.

Some stuff that I haven't told you about. We have here in our little MTC a turf futbol field. It's pretty sweet! Some of the Latinos are awesome at it, it's pretty ridiculous. I love playing with them everyday though it's way fun! We have a few security guards and stuff like that, with a big wall all the way around. All the churches have really high tech walls and fences and stuff and guard posts and things because they would get all covered with grafiti and people would break in and take everything. All the windows have bars on them. All the churches are really nice but it's a shame that the church has to take such precautions to take care of them. One thing that President Groberg said while we were on our tour kind of put the point home. We had walked by a building that is apparently supposed to be like welfare for people and he said this "this is like the welfare system... its a nice thought" so I took that to mean that it doesn't do anything. It's pretty tough to see some of the living conditions that people have.

Not too many very spiritual experiences happen that have a huge impact here. Mostly its just a gradual building of my testimony. I know that this church is true that Christ is the Head of this church. I know that he loves all of us so much and wants to bless us more than we know. I know that if we work hard and put all our faith in him that we can make it through anything. Stay healthy family! I'm praying for you all everyday!

Love Elder Bearnson

Tell Carly that I put the wrong return address on that letter whooops! I hope you get the letters I sent on Monday. One is for Tay.
Sep.28, 2009
Hi mom,

President Groberg has given me a few minutes to write you. I thought mom that you might be able to use this at Grandpa's funeral.

What can you say about a man as great as Harry Allsop? Certainly someone like me can't express the words to give him justice. Grandpa was one of the greatest examples in my life. I learned so much from him in my life from his example. When I look back at my best memories with Grandpa they all revolve around work. I can remember being just little and going up the canyon to haul a load of wood. I loved spending the time in the woods just me and my Grandpa. I'm so thankful for this last summer and the opportunity to work with him one last time in Uncle Jim's backyard. I can't express in words how thankful to the lord I am for that opportunity. Grandpa leaves a big hole in our family and in the world by leaving, but we all know where he is. In Alma 40:12 it tells us that Grandpa is happy and resting from all the cares of the world. I know that he will be with me helping me share the gospel that the Lord has blessed us with. I'm going to miss my hug from Grandpa when I come home, but I can wait. I can wait until the day that I get to join him in the presence of our Heavenly Father. I know that this is where I'm supposed to be. I know that he wouldn't want me anywhere else. We can't forget the Lord in anything that we do. Remember that and wé'll all be together again with our Father in Heaven.

If you think this is appropriate to share mom that would be fine with me. I can call at about 630ish here time tonight. Thank you. Family I love you.
Sep. 25, 2009
Hi, Mom,
I´m doing great! Finally got out of the hospital and I´m back at the MTC and feeling good. My stomach is doing just fine. It was just last night that I was feeling sick. Elder Lujan helped me out a bunch--stayed with me all night. Just a little bit of pain, and, other than that, I´m doing good. I love you all. Thanks for your prayers. Guess that´s it. Elder Bearnson
Sep 24, 2009
Hey family,

Sounds like everything is going good. I hope Grandpa keeps improving and doesn´t have anymore problems. My good buddy Elder Smith is typing this e-mail for me because I only have one hand (Hi!) Funny story-we were playing soccer and I got hit in the knee. And it hurt like it used to, but don´t worry its ok. But I was angry that I had gotten hit and it hurt. So I punched the ground with my right hand. And consequently broke two bones in my hand. In the afternoon I have surgery that you´ve heard about. I feel really stupid for doing it, and learned a good lesson in patience. I´ll be just fine, I´m in good hands. Thanks for sending me the stamps, they should get here pretty quick. I don´t know what to say about the dogs. I wish I dídn´t have to find out about that today too. I hope that they´ll be taken care of. Tell everybody to send me a letter and send my letters to the mission address, and they should get to me. Thanks, I don´t have anymore time. I love you all -Elder Bearnson
Hi Everyone!

Mom! You can't just tell me that USU just played great! Gimme a score! haha! That's so great! I'm so excited to be able to watch them when they are really good!
This place just keeps getting better and better I love it here! I can't believe that I only have three weeks left! The time goes by so darn fast! I'm so glad to hear that everything is going so well! Everyone sounds great! I'm glad that I have this opportunity to serve the Lord. I can't tell you how much my testimony has grown and how much even these few weeks have changed my life. God is our Heavenly Father and He loves us more than we can even imagine.

My Espanol is going great! I'm finally able to understand my teachers for the majority of the time and I could kind of understand people when we went out to teach on Saturday. We got to teach a lesson to a lady that her husband was the member but he had died about a year before. She said that she was Catholic but she said that she would go to church the next day! So I hope that she did and that she will find out more about the church.

The MTC is pretty much the same all the time but it's going really fast so I can't wait to be done and get to work. Um so I learned that I will probably at some time on my mission eat a cat... I guess that in my mission that there are places that are so poor that that's all they can find sometimes. Soo we'll see how that goes!

I got Grandma B´s letter in the mail today! Thanks so much! It's so awesome to get mail! Thanks a bunch for the emails and all the news. I'm still praying for you! I hope that Grandpa is doing better! I'm going to make this one a little short so that I can send you some pictures! I love you all! keep the Lord in your hearts and in your minds!

Love Elder Bearnson

Map of Peru

Lima Peru South Mission

Lima Peru South Mission