Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

We volunteered to help sort toys at Tupperware headquarters
--these will be given to kids who are homeless.

Our Christmas Tree had a few gifts that we gave to each other. I like to keep it simple.
He is the Gift. Our Savior Jesus Christ gave us the greatest gift--Resurrection--that everyone might live again. Through his Atonement we can gain his greatest gift--Eternal Life--for those who believe in him by following his example.
After delivering the packages we did some last minute shopping--then we settled in for the evening and watched Mormon Christmas Videos  #sharethegift.
On Christmas Eve the senior couples delivered packages to missionaries who received a last minute package from home--packages that arrived at the mission home on December 24th. Elder Bean and I delivered four packages to Elder Vaughn, Elder Olsen, Sister Damato, and Elder Doman,
At Christmas time there were several thousand packages and letters delivered to the Florida Orlando mission office--they then have to be forwarded to the missionaries. Each requires a printed label and many have to be delivered by the office staff.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Night In Bethlehem--Hunters Creek Stake--December 19th and 20th

"Night in Bethlehem" was so outstanding. It took all week to decorate the cultural hall and several classrooms into scenes from the Bible and  the City of David. (Above) Sisters Olsen and Rivera are serving food to add flavor to this authentic experience. (Below) the missionaries, dressed as Shepherds and Priests, guided groups of people through the experience.
(Above) Jeneva Perez, with her twin sister, is my little miracle . She goes to Valencia College and belongs to the club, Campus Crusaders for Christ. In order to get the missionaries on campus I needed a club sponsor and she has agreed to do that.
(Below) The Angel appears to Mary to inform her that she is highly favored and has been chosen to bear "The Son of God".

Talented Sister Dawn Robinson Korzen conducted the choir-she could play the piano,
 sing soprano, alto, tenor, or bass while conducting. 

Sister Nielson  in period costume, Elders Radigan,/Hemsley dressed  as priests, Lindsay, Salinas--missionaries.
Sisters Fisi and Lynch helped everyone get in their robes. There were over 700
Costumes for the two night. Everyone dressed in period attire.
Elder and Sister Bean
We enjoyed singing in the choir
-All choir members wore these robes.
We practiced for over two hours for 3 evenings The choir performed 2 times each of the two nights.

Adam and Eve built an alter and prayed to God
Ben and Gloria McClaine

Isaiah prophesied of the Coming
of the Messiah.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Elder Bean's Birthday--busy week in the mission--Arriving and Departing Missionaries

These 6 Sisters (Earl, Fricke, Moody, Nielsen, Quinton) and 12 Elders (Armijo, Cannon, Carver, Chidister, Fife, Hanson, Honda, Lindsay, Palmer, Salinas, Trip, Whitaker) arrived on December 15th.
These departing missionaries with President and Sister Berry. The departure dinner was a fun way to celebrate CP's birthday.
Sisters Adamson, Allred, Baker, Barnes, Carpenter, Conger, Godfrey, Hart, Hoyt, Kirkham, Laforce, Leidtke, Mofffitt, Nielsen, Peterson, Pierce, Ransom, Spreier, Thomas, Welch, Elders Hirschi, Giraldo,  Flood, Potter, Gottfredson, Despain, Nakatsuka.

Dr. Elder Bean- This Christmas Ornament and
a nice notebook  was a gift from Sister Berry.
Elder Dr. CP Bean turned 65 this year.
 He is thrilled to be on Medicare
More birthday celebration at senior district Family Home Evening. It was our turn to present the lesson from the latest General Conference addresses We chose President Dieter F. Uchtdorf's talk: "Receiving a Testimony of Light and Truth". I have a testimony that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored, that we have prophets on the earth today, and the light and truth that they speak will not only bless us and our posterity here in mortality, but it will also accompany us throughout all eternity. I am grateful to know that our family can be together forever.

We found the perfect cake topper--an airplane from "Planes". Happy Birthday dear.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Bill and Diana McGuire Visit Disney World

Bill and Diana McGuire had dinner with us in Down Town Disney. 

We took pictures of each others in front of the Christmas Tree in Down Town Disney.
We got a call from Bill and Diana McGuire a month ago informing us that their entire family were coming to Disney World for a vacation. They were here the week before Thanksgiving. We didn't get to see the entire family but we had dinner at Earl of Sandwich with Bill and Diana the night before they flew home. It was fun to catch up on their life and family. We were neighbors for about 20 years.on Fairway View Drive, Fruit Heights. They both have retired and hope to go on a CES mission after Diana recovers from getting her back fixed. She was in pain while on the vacation.  They have a remarkable family--all 5 children married, 15 grandchildren--I believe one on the way, making 27 that flew from Utah to Florida--how did they do it! Just so you know--let us know when you come to the Orlando area. We'd love to see you.

Monday, December 15, 2014

We saw Three Shows at Hollywood Studios

On November 29th we went with Elder and Sister Spencer to Hollywood Studios and saw 3 Shows: Beauty and the Beast, Raiders of the Lost Arc, and Fantasmic. We were hoping to see Frozen but the lines were too long--we never would have gotten in.It is nice having an annual pass so we can a few hours on spend P-day at Disney. We don't wear our missionary badges at Disney.

Sister Bean and Elder and Sister Spencer watching "Beauty and the Beast"

Beauty and the Beast was a short version of the Broadway Musical--such beautiful costumes and music.

The light Show of Fantasmic was fantastice

Raiders of the Lost Arc had fire and explosives--so exciting

Mickey Mouse lead the Fantasmic Show

Monday, December 8, 2014

Candlelight Processional in Epcot Center

The singers in yellow were visiting choirs from local schools.
Jodi Benson narrated the story of the first Christmas quoting from Luke 2.
We were so excited when David and Lorna Deloach invited us to go with them to Candlelight Procession at the Epcot Center amphitheater the day after Thanksgiving. They picked us up at 4pm. (The Deloachs are in our ward in Kissimmee--we have known them since we lived in Fort Walton Beach 33 years ago and have enjoyed renewing old acquaintances.) We waited in line over 2 hours to get into the 6:45pm show--it actually flew by because we were having fun visiting and taking pictures. The Candle Light Processional has a celebrity narrator, (Jodi Benson--she did the voice for Arial on Little Mermaid) who tells the Biblical account of the Savior's birth intertwined  with gorgeous Christmas songs. There is a Disney Choir, and a visiting choir from one of the local churches. The live orchestra is made up of members from the Orlando Symphony and Disney musicians. The visiting choir is in yellow and the Disney choir is in green--all the choir members were holding candles--the light from the candles made their sparkly collar more sparkly. It can't hold a candle to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir but was a great way to begin the Christmas Season. It even felt more like Christmas as we sat on the cold metal benches--twas a chillier than usual night--if you go take a blanket.
We stood in line for over 2 hours to see the show and had a great visit with Lorna and Dave Deloach
We went a second time with this group--Elder and Sister Nielson and Spencer. It was much warmer our second time around.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Florida Orlando Mission Zone Conference was outstanding

Zone Conference for the Florida Orlando Mission was Tuesday and Wednesday November 17-18 from 9am until 4pm with an hours break for lunch--provided by a Relief Society. The agenda was:
*Sister Berry spoke about reading and studying the General Conference talks and writing down the things our prophets asked us to do, than trying a little harder to do a little better.
*Several missionaries were asked to share some miracles that have occurred because they were boulder about talking to everyone and if inspired talk to them about the restored gospel.
*President Berry spoke on Faith, Repentance, Baptism, Receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End (our missionary purpose). Turn your hearts to God in faith. Everyone needs repentance--some need to repent of serious sins and some need to make incremental improvements. Stand spotless before God through baptism and becoming more like HIM. Ask inspired questions to investigators, invite them to repent. Tell stories from your own experiences--speak from your heart. Pray specifically for your investigators and their personal challenges.
*Song by Sister Woolley and Elder Vailea--"Praise to the Man".
* The Prophet, Joseph Smith Jr. came for a surprise visit and bore his testimony of the truthfulness of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. (Elder Waller)
*President Wood, a counselor in the mission presidency reminded us to speak simply so a child can understand.
*Sister Trainer Leaders talked about weekly i-pad planning--power planning--they challenged the missionaries to fill up every hour.
* The Missionaries (including the seniors) were told about a Family History booklet "My Family" and given the assignment to fill the booklet out, which includes entering ones four- generations family tree with some info about the ancestors on the tree. After filling out your own booklet then get a copy for investigators and new members and help them fill out one. The spirit of Elijah will fill their heart. Set up a second baptismal date for the new member to attend the temple and do baptisms for persons on their tree who have passed.
*Challenge--read the NEW TESTAMENT in 70 days.
*role playing--each zone practiced talking to people they meet in sundry situations.
*Brother Herzog, church public relations representative, told us that "The Book of Mormon Musical" was coming to Orlando. He gave us guide lines how to answer questions we might get from someone who has gone to the musical--Answer the question calmly, simply, and correctly. Bridge from the question with a statement of truth about the restored gospel. Testify of how the Book of Mormon has helped you in your life. Invite the to learn more about the church.

The Prophet Joseph Smith Junior came for a surprise visit

Leesburg Zone

Daytona Zone

Orlando Zone

Hunters Creek Zone

Orlando South Zone

Cocoa Zone

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Elders Erickson and Laws--a tender mercy

While we were at the Allgiaer's apartment Elder Dr A arranged for Elder Dr. Bean to met up with two  young Elders with knee problems--when I first met them I saw a brightness about them that was very special. They both have knee problems too complicated for me to explain. This situation was a tender mercy of the Lord. These faithful elders are athletes who are soon to go home and will be in a rigorous athletic  training. They spent about 45 minutes talking to Elder Bean about their knee problems which were much the same in both cases. He listened to them and then gave them some good explanations of what they needed to do to get better and he gave the limitations of how to keep from injuring their knees further, They told him the Orthopedic doctor that they had visited had done very little talking and just gave them a knee brace and some pills and patches. They had learned so much more from this visit and they were so grateful. They were on spits which means, one of them was temporarily in a new area--what are the chances that these two being in the right place at the right time to be able to see Elder Bean who is an expert for their problem. They kept saying over and over again how the Lord had provided a way for them to get some extra help. Their faith in the Lord brought the miracle.

Elders Erickson, Bean, and Laws in the Allgiaer's apartment.

Mission Presidents Conference

Atlanta Airport Marriott--Mission Presidents Conference
On Thursday evening the Area Medical Advisers (Dr. Allgiaer and Dr. Bean) and Assistant Area Medical Advisers (Vicki and Jolynn) were invited to attend the formal dinner at the MP Conference. We ate pork chops, salad, veggies, and peach cobbler al'amode. Elder Ulisses Soares, Elder Craig Zwick, and Elder Erich Kopischke resided over the Conference. At the dinner Sister Anita Kopischke immediately came up and talked to us with so much love and enthusiasm. Come to find out they live in Farmington, Utah--moved from Germany 2 years ago. She put us at ease..
The Mission President's wives met separately on Friday morning. They were given instruction from the wives of the residing authorities and then at the end, the medical advisers were given one hour to answer questions. I learned so much from this conference--so uplifting--I can do a little better.
That was it--Thursday night dinner and Friday morning meeting with the wives. We ate lunch, packed up our bags and drove back to Florida

North America South East Area Mission President's wives with Sister Kopischke, Sister Soares, and Sister Zwick (centered)

Trip to Atlanta, Georgia

Sister Bean driving in the Atlanta area
We drove to Atlanta Georgia on Wednesday morning to spend time with the Allgiaers before we were scheduled to attend the Mission President's Conference.  Atlanta is having a beautiful fall--something we just don't see in Orlando--but whose complaining we have balmy air and palm trees. We met the Allgaiers for dinner. It was so wonderful to see them and talk about our experiences as Area Medical Advisers. They travel more than we do and we are more involved in the senior district that they are. They never go to the mission office and we go to the office every day. After dinner we went to the Atlanta Temple.

The beautiful fall leaves near our hotel.
Allgaiers at the Flying Biscuit Cafe--Sandy Springs location.

The Atlanta Temple located in Sandy Springs

On Thursday morning we drove to Peach Tree City (South Atlanta) to the Allgiaers apartment. It is located in a beautiful wooded area 10 minutes from the Atlanta Mission Home and Mission Office and has beautiful mansions among forested gentle rolling hills. Their three bedroom apartment matches ours in size and comfort. We both find ourselves in simple but nice circumstances as we serve the Lord. Allgiaers took us to visit  Senoia. Sundry movies have been filmed here including "Fried Green Tomatoes" and "Driving Miss Daisy" It is presently the filming location for the popular television series "Walking Dead". We browsed in the Woodbury Shoppe--certified retailers of all things"Walking Dead". We also browsed other shoppes and antique stores. The Elders were more adventurous and walked near the "Walking Dead" filming set and talked to the security guard there even though there were NO ENTRANCE signs. We ate lunch at the Redneck Gourmet and had fried green tomatoes on a redneck burger--yum!

The redneck burger has fried green tomatoes on top
There are over 20 movies filmed in Senoia

Friday, November 7, 2014

Elder and SIster Bean Hosted a Halloween Party

We hosted a Halloween party for the senior district in our small apartment. There were 16 that attended. After eating Chili, mummy dogs, and treats we played Moffia. It was a fun night!
President and Sister Berry--"I used this spider when I taught pre-school years ago."

Elder and Sister Busath in their bright orange shirts and glow lights..
Elder and Sister Spencer--2 bags of leaves
Elder and Sister Johnson with her cute witch hat.
Sister Nielson is the sweetest witch I've met.
Elder Nielson got that colorful tie 47 years ago on his mission.
The hat was "a find" and very typical of missionaries in the 60's

Center piece for our table.

. Elder and Sister Clare (right) and Elder and Sister M Johnson (below) drove for over an hour  to get here.We appreciate their presence. We love the senior couples that serve in our mission.
Elder Bean carved oranges.