Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Exploring Barç and the Lord's hand

OOOOHHHH my, this week was one of the best weeks of my life. We were soooo blessed. Seriously it was the BEST week. And it goes like this....

First, we have been struggling with our area. For almost two months we have worked like work horses to try and find and teach people. We have found some, but they just haven´t been prepared, or they never met us again. For example, we would talk to 30 people on the street, get 17 numbers, and not see anyone of them again. For those who don´t understand, that is tough. We literally spend 24/7 for 2 years trying to help people come closer to Christ, and when we don´t feel like we are doing that, it hurts. We had fasted and prayed, and were just waiting for miracles. Then it came.

This Sunday Sandra and Diana walked in to church. They are a mother and daughter from Nicaragua, and they are some of the most prepared people I have ever taught. They have such an intense desire to learn more about Jesus Christ and His restored church. We went over to their house on Monday, and they fed us fantastic Nicaraguan food (Picture attached below). My companion Elder Hale was sick so Elder Christensen (my old companion in Tarragona) went with me. We had such a blast teaching again together. The spirit was very strong. They both committed to be baptized on the 7th of October. It only gets better. 

We were hustling to pass by another person yesterday, and two Italian men stopped us. They asked us who we were, and when we explained, they invited us into their house. They proceeded to offer us beer HAHA, and then started to smoke. We then shared a wonderful message about how the Book of Mormon could help change their lives. It was a strong lesson, and the one who spoke spanish well was very grateful that we were there. 

All of the sudden things changed very quickly. We are finding and teaching a ton now, and Lord has blessed us so much. The thing I am grateful for is the time we had to ask the Lord for these blessings. He taught me patience, and that this is His work, not our´s. that is an impactful lesson. This mission has changed my life in so many ways, and it continues to change it everyday. 

For our wonderful Preparation Day we spent time on Tibidabo, a famous cathedral in the mountains, and then walked around the old streets. It is so fun seeing the beautiful architecture that is found here. People gave so much trying to draw closer unto God, and you can really feel that as you walk into these incredible cathedrals. It is such a blast to see all the talented performers as well. There was a man who did the flamenco(a style of dance), it´s like tapping, and it was so good. We got a picture with him after haha. Sorry for the fact he wasn't wearing a shirt. That's Europe! Haha 

Anyway, keep loving life people! Make everyday count. 

Elder Beck 

Nicaraguan food, flamenco man, and Barç, 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Rocky to Smooth

Wellllll, this week was absolutely fantastic.We had another transfers. They are the craziest times for us. We have so many moving parts. There are over 100 missionaries who have to catch planes and trains, and I am responsible for every single one of them. Last time I did this it was terrible. We had an early, early morning, then went through a crazy stressful day, and we got home at 3:00am exhausted. This time it was a completely different story. We prepared and worked a lot harder to not have problems, and things went very smoothly, like fresh butter smooth. Only three people missed trains, and we only had one problem that was quickly solved. It was a very relaxed day which was a huge blessing. There isn´t a better feeling than knowing that you put your time and work into something and seeing the results. 

I love when 2nd Corinthians where it talks about that as we come unto Christ He changes us. I think it is such an incredible blessing to have. We know that as we love Christ, and as we try to come unto Him He will change our very souls. I have seen that on the mission that as I serve Him He has changed me to help me love people. That´s what it is about loving people. I didn´t realize that for a long time, but now I do. 

Barcelona literally has the most beautiful weather right now. It is averaging 70 degrees. Wow, it could not be better. I love this city. The architecture is also incredible. I was reading about some of the famous architects who have lived here, and wow, it is absolutely inspiring. It´s huge motivation to know that if one person works hard, does the little things every day, and has creativity they can change the world. People are incredible, and God on their side, they can do so much. I love that. 

As far as investigators go we have two really solid people. Aida and Georgina are both progressing, and we are hoping that they will each continue to have desires to learn about the gospel. 

At this point I am out of things to say. Have a good week everyone. I love you so much. 

Signing off, 
Elder Beck

Flash back photo with our Grandpa from the Philippines 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Two for one, and Lion Riding

Family and friends, this is your main missionary Elder Beck coming to you live from Barcelona! We are here in the city enjoying a breezy 79 degrees. As far as this week goes, it has been a good one. Lots of work, and lots of fun. Things just continue to keep on keeping.

Just wanted to give a quick apology. I wrote the email last week, I just forgot to send it. Haha, it was my year mark which makes it even more embarrassing. It's all good though. I will include it below! Read it. It was one I worked on.

This week was a great week as far as missionary work goes. We found two amazing people knocking doors. Aida is getting baptized the 23rd of September, and Georgina will be soon as well. They are both so prepared in the sense that they are willing to search. A pattern I have seen time and time again is that the people who want to know if this message is true, and I mean really want to know, they receive an answer. God never obligates us to search for him, but, He always answer if we ask with real intent.

This week for Preparation day we walked around Barç. It was such a nice day, and we mounted the famous lion statues, hence the title! 

I´ll keep this week short so that you can read last weeks without getting bored. I am doing wonderful, and I love you all so much! 

Stay Frosty, 
Elder Beck 

August 24th

Oh Dear Brothers and Sisters,

There are no words to describe how I feel. My thoughts and emotions about this past year are so deep. I have had experiences that have changed me. I am a different person than before. I couldn´t be happier. This mission has been the most impactful thing I have ever done. 

I think about the beginning days in Tarragona. I was a young missionary who didn´t know a word of Spanish, trying to share something that meant so much to me. Elder Dunn, Ramirez, and Christensen. Each of them changed my life in a different way. Elder Dunn taught me how to be myself. Elder Ramirez taught me how to cook and speak Spanish. Elder Christensen taught me how to be strong through trials. And all the miracles we saw there. Oscar, Marvis, Maria Carmen... So many people that I have grown to love with all my heart. 

Then I made the big leap to Castellón. There with Elder Reddish I learned how to be tough. He was the grittiest person I have ever met, and it rubbed off on me. Walking those hot, lonely streets helped me to dig deep and work hard. We got to baptize Mouna, a muslim who became converted to Christ in one week. It was such a miracle. Elder Jones came and taught me how to be truly sincere. He is such a loving person. Then I went to Barç to be the Secretary. 

Being here has taught me humility, and just how many weaknesses I have. I am grateful for it, and I wouldn´t trade this experience for the world. I have another 5 months here, and I could not be more excited for what´s ahead. Being able to work with President and his wife is the biggest life. 

On a different note, you all heard about the crazy terrorist attacks that happened. Well, we have a crazy story.

As missionaries we have what is called areas. It´s the places we work in. The Plaza Catalunya, where the attack happened, is our area. We go there every single day. The attacks happened at 4:50 We were getting to leave the office at 5:25 to go there, when all of a sudden Hermana Dayton called us, and gave us a few things we needed to finish up. We left at 5:45 to go there, but at that point the metro shut down, and we were redirected to another. At that point we started sprinting around Barcelona to get back to the office to answer parents who were worried. We later learned that Hermana Dayton had received the distinct impression to call us. If she hadn´t called us, we would have been there, and we would have seen it. The people on the ground, the pain..... it would have scarred us for life. I am super grateful that we didn´t have to see it. My heart goes out to all those that did. The memorials were beautiful that they put up afterwards. I am grateful to know that God has a plan for us. Without knowing it, it would be impossible to understand. I know He knows us. I know it. 

That´s it folks. I am so grateful I have another year here. The time is flying, but I am savoring every second of it. I love you all, 

Elder Beck  

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Oh the Sweet City Life

> Good Afternoon ladies and gents, I just want to say that this has been yet another stellar week here in the grand city of Barcelona. The work as Secretary has gotten progressively more crazy, partly due to the fact that we will be having two groups of missionaries going home. I could try to describe all that goes into it, but it would take waaaayyy too long, and the majority of you would be asleep before finishing the small book it would be.
> Yesterday we had a new missionary fly in from Mexico, so we got to help welcome her which was fun. I ran my first staff transfer meeting, and that was also fun. Really there are just so many little things that we do everyday. I feel like I am more a company Secretary rather than a missionary. I have had to learn to balance the two, which has been a blessing because it has given me a better perspective on missionary work.
> I have definitely felt the hand of the Savior as I have continued to learn about being Secretary. I now realize why I was called here. I have learned just how truly dependent I am on Him. He has helped me so much to be able to overcome my weaknesses.
> This week I thought I would share a scripture. It is one of my favorites. It is found in Alma 37:6. It says ¨¨Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.¨ Something that I have noticed in my life is that it is the little things everyday that make the difference in our lives. Success doesn´t know cold, tired, hungry, or any other excuse. I love that. We have to show up if we want to get anywhere. The purpose of this life is to progress.
> Anyway, I love you all so much. Have a great week!!!!!
> Elder Beck

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Oh Montjuïc

So some of you may be realllllyyyyy confused by the subject line, but fear not, I will now explain. 

There is this hill here in Barcelona called Montjuïc, and it is a giant tourist attraction. There is a palace, castle, all sorts of stuff. We visited there for preparation day, and enjoyed the great views from the outer walls of the castle. I will have pictures below. 

As far as this week goes.... I´m not going to lie, I really don´t remember. That´s how it is sometimes. We wake up, work out, go to the office and are slammed with work,  leave at 5:30 to teach and share the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, and then we run back home at 10:00. Everyday is an adventure. 

On Thursday we did an exchange with the Zone Leaders. I went with Elder McNutt, and we had a blast. We ended up contacting a lot of people, and I loved that. It is so fun to meet so many people. I have memorized a dish from practically every country in all the world, and so whenever we talk to someone and we mention it they go crazy. I love talking to people and hearing all the stories. That has probably been the most memorable part of the mission, all the people we meet. Don´t get me wrong, I love the geography, the traveling, the sights, but nothing... and I mean nothing, compares to the experience of meeting the people we do. I´ved learned that everyone is human, and everyone has gone through good and hard times. That has been a big eye opener. God loves each and every one of them the same, and He only wants us to be happy. 

This month in the mission we are focusing on families, and so I thought I would share my feelings on it. As I reflect on this year being away from my family, I have realized the importance of families in God's plan. He intended that every family have the opportunity to be together for all of eternity. He makes it possible through His holy temples, and through the authority which was restored through Joseph Smith. That is such a fundamental part of the truth that we teach, and it is the defining part of our religion. We believe it is possible to be with your family for eternity, and I know that it is true. I have felt the truth of it, and that is why I am out here everyday trying to share that message with another family, because I know much they can benefit from that. That is such an important message, and I invite you to investigate it for yourself. 

Love you all, Have a stellar week!

Elder Beck

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Furnace of Stress

Soooooooooooo, this is Elder Beck with weekly update number );&:);&3.
We just finished what will officially be known as the most stressful
week of my life. I didn't write last week because by the time I got to
the end, I was dead! Here is basically what went down....

It all starts on Sunday when a few people missed trains and we had to
leave church to go figure out that situation.  We ended up having to
pick people up and were driving all around Barcelona dropping people
off, and then we thought the Sister missionaries didn't make it home
because of some confusion, so we had to drive to their house to go see
if they were there. We stayed out until about 1 o'clock that day. Then
on Monday we had a full blast of meetings, scheduling, problems with
printing companies, and preparation for the next day....... Transfer

This day started bright and early when my phone started ringing at
6ish with people who had problems with their tickets. Luckily we
didn't lose money with that train, and things just kept getting
crazier. My phone didn't stop allllll day. It almost died twice from
almost full battery. It was nothing short of controlled chaos.
Absolutely wild. We had a blast with it. We were working like crazy.
Then, because of delayed flights we ended up staying out until 3am. We
dropped the missionaries off, and then got lost on the way home.
Barcelona is a maze, so I'm surprised we even made it home. So

We were so blessed to be able to make it through! In the end it all worked out.

I know why the Lord called me here. It's so I can learn more humility.
I have needed help so many times this week, and He has given me the
energy I needed. This mission is teaching me so much.

To finish, one of our investigators is progressing a lot. Liberate has
read until Alma in the Book of Mormon, and she may make the decision
to be baptized soon. We are very excited about that. We had a very
spiritual lesson with her. This work is a miracle!

Elder Beck

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

I Just ❤️ This City More and More

We had an absolute incredible week. There is no other words to describe it. I have felt so blessed to be able to come here and learn so much. It has been so wonderful to be here in Barcelona, the heart of this mission, and learn from the leaders around me. Literally everyday is so full of fun things and random adventures. I LOVE IT!!!!!!

Before I get to the good stuff wanted to give a quick update on the stick driving. I have improved dramatically in the span of a week. Now it feels a lot more natural. It is way more fun than normal driving. There is just so much more involvement. So that is how that´s going.

This week we had the opportunity to have zone conference this week. We listened to incredible messages from the older missionaries, and I loved it. I was able to see Elder Christensen and Elder Dunn again (two of my favorite companions)!! Elder Dunn, Elder Jones (my companion now), and Elder Hemeyer are all going home this Tuesday which is super sad. The good thing is that I now we will hang out again. It´s just sad to see that I won´t see them again for a time. They are all such good missionaries. 

This week was also an incredible time for miracles. Here in the office we spend our time in the morning doing office work, and then at about 5:30 we go out and do missionary work. We don´t have a lot of time, and so when we are outside we work as hard as possible. We run up the stairs, talk to everyone, and love every second of it. It makes us really appreciate the time we have. The Lord has blessed us so much. We have found lots of new people, and a few families that we will be meeting with this next week. It is such a blessing to be a part of this work. The happiness that comes is real. I love it. I am such a changed person because of it. I am so happy, and I love the opportunity to be changed. I didn´t realize how much I had to learn before, but in this short time I have learned that I am nothing without my Savior, and that He makes me into who He needs me to be. 

Time flys here. Between transfers, late-night airport runs, early mornings, stressful scheduling, and crazy adventures... I am having an absolute blast! I love it. I invite you to look and see if this is something that can bless you, because I am 100% sure it will. The Book of Mormon is true. Plain and simple. 

Love you all. Go out there and get it.

Elder Beck

Barcelona stadium Camp Nou