Elder Bean's Mission Scripture

Elder Bean's Mission Scripture:

Alma 26: 35

35 Now have we not reason to rejoice? Yea, I say unto you, there never were men that had so great reason to rejoice as we, since the world began; yea, and my joy is carried away, even unto boasting in my God; for he has all power, all wisdom, and all understanding; he comprehendeth all things, and he is a merciful Being, even unto salvation, to those who will repent and believe on his name.

Monday, February 17, 2014

July 4, 2013 Timpview Marching Band seniors!

Note from Elder Bean's mom:  Anyone who knows David well, knows that he has a great affection for the Timpview HS Marching Band!  On July 4, 2013, after marching in Provo's Freedom Parade, the band's seniors gathered outside the band room to send this enthusiastic greeting to Elder Bean (who, along with Zachary Giddings, was their drum major their freshman year!):

Special July 4 greeting to Elder Bean!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

July 1, 2013 May I have your wallet, please?

Note from Elder Bean's mom:  On June 29, 2013 I received an email from Elder Bean's mission president. It read:

Dear Sister Bean:

Thank you for preparing and sending your son, Elder David Bean, on a full-time mission.  He is a fine young man, and Sister Martins and I are delighted to have him in the Brazil Sao Paulo North Mission.

We need you to contact your bank to cancel Elder Bean's debit card and ask for a new one.

Unfortunately, in a metropolitan area like Sao Paulo's (the third largest in the world), sometimes unpleasant things happen and missionaries are not immune to those.  A few minutes ago Elder Bean and his companion, Elder Torres, were robbed in the street and lost their wallets.  There was no violence, and both missionaries followed the standard Church policy for such incidents.

Elder Bean is fine--he called me just a couple of minutes ago from another phone (the Church-issued cell phone was taken as well)--and he sounded calm and in peace.

When you have a new debit card for him, please . . .  [The rest of the email was about how to send the card through FedEx for greater delivery security.] 

Elder Bean explained some details on Monday July 1:

We were on the bus when a young man stood up and pulled out a gun.  His buddy started collecting the cell phones and wallets.  But no one got hurt.  Actually they were very polite, saying things like "Be calm, please" and "Just give us your wallets, please."  I'm okay, and presidente has already given us a new cell phone and some money to live.  It was a real blessing that nothing super bad happened.  I love you, and I know that your prayers and the Lord are protecting me.

June 2013

[Note from Elder Bean's mom:  Elder Bean's emails in June were briefer than usual.  He spoke of simple things, asking that some church materials be sent to him for certain members and missionaries, soliciting prayers on behalf of the work, and always expressing his love for his family.  He mentioned needing to write letters to his president, getting kicked off the computer, having trouble sending pictures, and wanting, but not having, enough time to write longer letters home.  I assured him that although newsy letters are nice, we are happy to see his focus on the work.  We are all so proud of him.  Below is an exerpt from a June 24 email home: ] 

June 24, 2013
How are you guys?  Life here is great.  This week I finally understood, and put in practice, the concept of short lessons - which help our investigators progress.  We had 26 new investigators this week!  More than I've ever had.  It was great. :)
We've also been having lots of riots here 'cause the government raised the prices of the bus fares!  It's exciting and cool that the people actually do something: they stopped all the traffic for hours and hours this week.
Yes, Mom, I did see the missionary broadcast last night from the Marriott Center. It was really cool, especially seeing people I knew!!!  I loved it. [Elder David's brother, Jonathan, sang with the combined missionary and local members choir.]

Mairipora Photos

Elder Bean stands in front of Mairipora, Brazil.

Elder Bean with a papagaia!  
Elders Torres and Bean starting another day!

View from the elder's house in the morning. Beautiful.

May 27, 2013 New companion!


Yeah, I'm so happy it's ridiculous!

I'm with Elder Torres - he's brasileiro, super cool, age 25, arrived last week from the CTM.  We're already really good friends.  My Portuguese is improving a lot, and life could hardly be better. :)

Elder Bean and Elder Torres

 On the day of the transfer, our corona (ride) stopped at their job before taking us to the mission home.  Guess where they work?  Right across the street from the CTM!!!  It was so weird seeing the CTM again.
It all looked smaller, a lot smaller.  Probably 'cause my confidence is way bigger.  baha

Also, on the road, we passed by the peak of Jaragua, which is kinda my beacon in here in Brazil (kinda like the air force memorial in DC).  It was good to see it again, and remember how every day in Osasco I saw it.

CTM - the missionary training center in Sao Paulo
Jaragua peak

Between my "father" (trainer) Elder Petersen and my second "son" Elder Torres.
 I love posterity.
And between my two sons: Elder Lucas, and  Elder Torres.
My name tag alongside Elder Robison's.  Best of luck to him
in his new assignment.  He is pretty close to going home.

May 2013 Baptisms in Mairipora

Photos from baptisms of two young men
Marcilio stands behind his sister and with other family before his baptism.

Lucas's baptismal day.  His older brother is also a member. 
Mairipora: boys in the ward.
Some of these guys could be general authorities some day!

May 14, 2013 Temple trip

While at the temple I got to see my zone leaders from Osasco:
Elder Young and Elder Groesbeck.

The Sao Paulo Temple.  So pretty.

May 12, 2013 SKYPING on Mother's Day!

Twins: Sister Emily Bean and Elder David Bean got to skype
on Mother's Day!

Grandma, Mom and brother Jonathan skyping with Elder Bean
on Mother's Day!

May 6, 2013 I got the package!

:D  I GOT THE PACKAGE!!!  BAHAHA!  THANK YOU SO MUCH!   I will be passing the beef jerky on to a beloved member in Osasco, but will use the shoe insets with much gratitude. :) You're the best.
Love, Elder David

April 22, 2013 Transferencia to MAIRIPORA

After saying many teary goodbyes, I got transferred to Mairipora.  It is close to the interior, and it is so beautiful!  Less buildings, forest, lake, etc. - it's like being at camp again!  And so many times every day I think I'm walking down the path of an onbelay trip.  I love it.
Mairipora is close to the interior - reminds me of camp :)
My companion is Elder Robison from Seattle Washington.
View of Mairipora
I still did not get the shoe inserts (or the beef jerky).  Maybe it's be a good idea to resend.  As for what I've been doing in the meantime: using cardboard, smiling and walking still. . .  ;)

Please tell Grandma, Uncle Mark & Family, Aunt Kim & Uncle John, the Luques, the Woods, Andrea, Jonathan and Emily that I love them all.

You have a servant of God praying for you.  Every day, every night!!!
Love, Elder David Bean