Marc Alan Bernhisel, 61, and Julee Kirkham Bernhisel, five children, Riverview Ward, Brandon Florida Stake. Brother Bernhisel serves in a Young Men presidency and is a former counselor in a stake presidency, high councilor, stake mission president, bishop, high priest group leader and missionary in the Southeast Asia Mission. Self-employed physician. Born in Minneapolis, Minn., to Harris Glenn and Bethine Sax Bernhisel.Sister Bernhisel serves as a Young Women adviser and is a former stake Young Women president, counselor in a stake Young Women presidency, ward Young Women president, Relief Society president and seminary teacher. Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Emerson Dale and Virginia Koch Kirkham.
Monday, April 9, 2012
Glad to hear Easter was so awesome for the family back at home. Speaking of colleges, this last P-day we went to NC state and toured the football stadium and the basketball court. I have pics of the stadium you guys will see someday. :) I'm horrible at taking pics. Um no we didn't get spoiled this Easter. In fact we didn't even get fed yesterday. But its okay we had two awesome lessons with members present and the English ward made us Easter baskets. Nothing big, but we know we are supported. Dad, I email at the Cary library and its a quarter for every page we print off. Why do you ask? I think that's all the business right? Oh question for Dad, why does all other countries in South America hate on Bolivians. It's like an insult to call someone a boliviano(a). They also insult the Bolivians by asking them, "Como esta su mar?" I don't get why they hate on them so much. Maybe you know. :) Oh one more thing for you Dad, I have finished reading the new testament and I began studying "glory", what is it? Also in my studies of glory I found a scripture that I think you would enjoy, let me know. :) Proverbs 20:29
Okay so this last week was awesome. We are progressing so well. We had exchanges this week and I got to spend all Wednesday with Elder Miller, my MTC companion. It was awesome to work with him in his area and see how much we have grown since we have been in the MTC even in this short amount of time. That was the highlight of the beginning of the week up until Friday. Friday we drove all the way down to Holly Springs, finally to contact some referrals we have had for almost 3 months now because it is so hard to drive that far and try to conserve miles for the rest of the week. But we finally did it and had some success. After that we had a dinner appointment at a members home who invited like 6 of their nonmember friends to eat with us. It was perfect! I have decided that I am not a big fan of flan though, but I love sweetpotatoe pie.:) Anyway besides having a good meal we had a BOMB lesson. Since the next Sunday was Easter Sunday we decided to read about the atonement of Christ and how important it is for us in our lives. Of all the principles of the gospel that we teach, I love testifying of the atonement and the Savior's love for us the most. Anyway, we finished teaching and then their friends started asking questions. PERFECT! They were curious about what we believed happens to those who never get the chance in this life to know Jesus. He really loved our answer that they aren't just damned and that everyone gets a chance to hear the gospel. We are excited to see how they react to this lesson and the spirit I know they felt.
This Sunday, like I said we had two wonderful first lessons with some of the greatest members present. We were able to feel the spirit and we learned a lot about teaching from Bro. Foster who was with us. They were two very successful lessons, but even though I haven't been out that long, I have already seen how boring it is to teach the first lesson so many times. These investigators need to start progressing, because I want to teach something more. I have the first vision down sooooooo well. Anyway that's whats going on and we are excited for the work out here in Cary. Unfortunately this is the last week of the transfer and my training, thank goodness, but it looks like I might be getting a new companion next Tuesday. We'll see. I'm honestly somewhat excited because change out here in the mission is fun and keeps things rolling. We have such a set schedule and routine that it would be so horrible if we didn't get thrown around here and there. Plus it's nice to get fresh ideas and techniques from other elders. So it will be a bitter-sweet event.
Oh also we found out that the Brethren have decided to make a change in the calls for new Mission Presidents and our new president will no longer be Pres. Senior, but President Bernhisel. He's a Physician from Florida. So that's new and interesting.
Um........Oh this week while out contacting an investigator we were walking through a trailer park and we talked with some guys who were outside boiling two pig's heads for el Dia de Pascua. IT WAS FREAKING NASTY! Two whole heads and they were cutting them up and they planned on eating everything. Menudo, chicharrones, todo. Glad I'm not eating there for dinner. Well that's basically how the mission life has been going here. I love you all and I hope you are keeping up the good work. Love ya guys to death.
Oh one more thing for Sara to do for me. I received a letter from Paige this week and she said she was moving, but never gave me another address so if you would be so swell as to call her or something and get that for me so i can respond. I'm sure she would love to talk to you. :) Thanks I love you!
Here is a picture and what info was in the Church News about Elder Burnham's (soon to be)new Mission president.
Julee K. and Marc A. Bernhisel