Monday, June 5, 2017

Scooter Parties, Geckos, and Sad moments

Good evening ladies and gentlemen! This is yet another weekly update
from yours truly Elder Beck. This week has been so full I don't know
where to begin.

First, on our way to sports on Saturday we came across a giant Vespa
(scooter) group! They were riding all through Castell贸n to celebrate
who knows what! It was super funny just to come across the group! We
saw some very interesting scooters. People are very creative with
their stuff. Haha

On Friday night we had the kitchen door open to let in some air.
Normally it's fine, but then it all went south. We looked over and
found a gecko in our house! That was hilarious. We tried to get it
out, but it ended up jumping into the heater on the wall. So of course
the only logical thing to do was to try and flood him out. We grabbed
water and tried, but it didn't work. After that we tried to stick
knives down to knock him off, but that didn't work either. By this
time we had to go to bed, so we shut the door and left the screen
open.  When we woke up, we didn't see the gecko. Who knows where he is

As far as updates with the people we are teaching, they are all
progressing well! They each have their things, but as we teach by the
spirit and they do their part we begin to see miracles! I have loved
Castell贸n because it has given us very unique challenges!

One of my favorite investigators is Jesus. He is a man with tear drop
tattoos, and has been in prison a lot. He has suffered so much, and is
so humble and willing  to accept the gospel. I feel so much love for
him every time we teach him! It is such a blessing to be a missionary.

Now on to the sad moments. This week three of my companions good
friends passed away in a car accident. It was at first numbing to see,
and then the sadness hit! Elder Reddish was sad, yet it was not
despair, because he knows that there is more after this life. If he
didn't, it would be a crippling weight. There is a place prepared for
those who die. If you don't believe, it doesn't matter, because it is
true. Every person at some point in their lives needs that knowledge.
It's not a belief.... it is knowledge given through the power of God.
I know that Jesus Christ suffered the pains that we suffer. I know He
felt it. Every feeling of guilt, pain, remorse, sorrow, and despair.
It was so much to bear, that blood came from every pore of His body.
He didn't have to suffer, but He chose to, because He loves us. Their
is someone out there who loves you with a perfect love! I know that
beyond a shadow of a doubt, because there have been times in my life
when I felt alone, hurt, guilty, sad, and weak. Yet in that moment
when I asked Him, He took away that pain. He has the power to do it.
All we need to do is seek Him.

I love you all, and I hope and pray with all my heart that you will
search Him, because it will change your life. He changed mine.

Elder Beck

Monday, May 29, 2017

It's starting to heat up.......

Sooo summer is now officially beginning. Being outside in the hot sun
is pretty crazy. We shower twice a day now, and the older Elders tell
me it can get up to three times in the summer. It has gotten a little
warm in our apartment so my new best friend is now named the fan.....
he keeps me cool and dry, and he is very loyal. I love him!

This week absolutely flew by. We ended up being in Valencia for three
days for Zone Conference and interviews with President. I absolutely
love the conferences. Elder Reddish and I got to teach about the power
of testimony which was fun as well. I don't know why, but I enjoy
teaching in front of groups of people. I just get excited every time
it happens. I love feeling the Spirit guide us with what we need to
say. Interviews were also a blast. President Dayton is such a powerful
man. He just has this spirit about him, and it just radiates every
time you are around him. We see so lucky to have him.

Fabricio and Clotilde are our main investigators, each with their own
set of difficulties. Fabricio has had problems with a member who he
has been dating, so that has pushed his baptism date a week. Clotilde
is progressing, but still is lacking the courage to make the right
decision. We have seen thought that as she has progressed she has
changed. The Book of Mormon truly has power to change people!

Preparation day was good! We went to a smaller castle in a tiny town
called Onda. I just love how they let us explore and climb around on
all the walls. Spain is the best for that. We also celebrated Elder
Reddish going home soon, so we went to the Fitzgerald. It's an
American burger company with great milkshakes. I haven't had good
American food in a long time!

Things are wonderful! The work continues to progress here! I love
Spain, and I love the people. We have the best food from every part of
the world. We meet people from everywhere every day. I feel like just
learning about so manly cultures and people is a blessing by itself.
Even more, we get to be doing the work of the Lord!

Love you all! Hope you all stay frosty during these sizzling summer months!

Elder Beck

Photos from the castle

Monday, May 22, 2017

Tiny Towns..................馃彴

This week is been super good we have been having a blast here and
Castell贸n. Right now we are sitting in a beautiful caf茅 enjoying some
Frank Sinatra and a decent chocolate muffin. I hope everyone has had a
fantastic week, and it looks like a ton of people are now done with
school so congrats.

Week has been super nice as far as weather goes. You have enjoyed
playing a lot of sports as a matter of finding people. For example, we
went to a nice tennis club in the mountains to play with an
investigator who invited us and it was super fun. We also found a good
group of people playing basketball and we decide to put the hurt on.
It does help that my companion is an amazing player. We are now famous
here for being the two kids in shirts and ties who rail in basketball.
People have started recognizing us, and it has been a great tool to
find people to teach.

This week I also had the wonderful opportunity to go to a tiny town
called Teruel. It is a super secluded town in the mountains. After a
horrible bus ride we end up in a tiny, beautiful castle like town
that's famous for their Jam贸n. That was a blast walking and talking to
people on those streets.

We also had two fantastic moments especially. On Thursday we had
basically two make or break it lessons with our main investigators
Clotilde and Fabricio. They both went incredibly well. Fabrico's ended
up being a for sure baptism date. He has a testimony of the Book of
the Mormon, and he will get baptized on the 3rd of June. He is really
prepared. I just love his so desires to communicate with God. He prays
all the time. He even talked about serving a mission.

I know that God lives. He is our Heavenly Father, and He loves you
more than you can even imagine! I hope you will take a moment to
reflect on that this week! I love you!

Elder Beck

Monday, May 15, 2017

Family, Friends, and TE脩脥S

This week, not gonna lie, was pretty normal. All except for one
duper fun. The other Elders got him a fat Jam贸n leg. That was crazy!
It is a thing they have here in Spain. You're going to have to look it
up to see it.

 We have started to build a lot of relationships with the members, and
for that we have begun to see a flow of people who want to share the
gospel with their friends. One of the members boyfriends is named
Hector. He came to a Noche de Hogar we had decided to fast after
seeing the video Hope of Gods Light. In the story the man fasts to
know if a God exists, and Hector has done the same thing. We know he
is going to receive an answer.

I talked to the family yesterday, and that was really amazing. I
always love seeing how much they have grown and changed, and yet how
in so many ways they are still the same! Clara and the little boys
have gotten so  much bigger.

Quick language update. With Spanish I feel like I have improved a ton
with Elder Reddish. Before I could communicate myself, but now I feel
like all the little errors I have are beginning to correct themselves.
That has been a huge boost in confidence with Spanish. It's really fun
being a missionary because we speak a mixed dialect of English and
Spanish that only someone who speaks both languages would understand.

Other than that, the time is winding down for Elder Reddish. 4 weeks
left before he is back I'm California!

For preparation day we played tennis which was super fun. It was so
good to get back in the grind again!

I know this church is the church of Jesus Christ. I know the Book of
Mormon. Please read it. It is the most important thing you could do
right now.

Love you all,

Elder Beck

Monday, May 8, 2017

Oh how the time flys....

Honestly, as I wake up every morning it's like the days don't even
exist. We start the week, and then all of a sudden it's Friday. Time
flys so fast on the mission. It is insane. The experiences that I had
in Tarragona feel like a dream, even though it was only two months
ago. Time just does not stop!

This week has been good. Nothing crazy happened, which was a great
thing. We did have one experience that was super incredible!

We did have a fantastic experience with some members this week. We
have tried to pass by Jean Carlos and Luisa quite a bit, but they have
never allowed us to come in. On Saturday we didn't have much in the
afternoon, and so we contacted while doing pass bys. As we neared The
house of Jean Carlos we felt prompted to go there. As we arrived we
tried to  They didn't answer, and so we were about to leave when the
door flew open, and both Jean Carlos and Luisa were standing there. It
was such a miracle to get to know them. The next day, Luisa came back
to church. It was such a blessing to be a part of that miracle. I
testify that the Lord works through us. It exists. We would not be
able to do this work without His hand. The Church is true people!!!

This week for preparation day we went to a cathedral and a giant bell
tower. I never get tired of the quiet tucked away streets that make
Europe and Spain what it is. They truly have the most beautiful
architecture here!

Love you all, keep working, and make it count!

Elder Beck

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

HUGE Castles and lots and lots of sleep

Weeelllll, this week was very, very slow to say the least. My
companion did not feel well the majority of the week, so we had to
take a lot of time in piso. I tried to do productive things, but after
however many days it starts to just get boring. The General
Authorities were really smart in making it super boring to stay in the
apartment, because it truly was very boring.

However, by the end of the week my companion was back in the swing of
the things and we were able to leave and work a little bit. We had a
crazy experience with a Romanian man who we were meeting with. He told
us to come by for dinner, and so when we got there he was waiting
outside. He told us we were going out to eat because his wife wasn't
him. To make a super long story short, we got in the van, drove to see
all his friends, tried to go to 2 different restaurant that were
closed, and sped on the highway way to fast. Needless to say, when we
got out of the car, I was glad to be alive.

Besides that there wasn't much new. We did go to a super fun castle
today. It was big, and there were no gates or signs, so we basically
explored all around, walking on the rocks and the walls. It was a
fantastic adventure. Afterwards we looked around the beautiful little
town below it. Cobblestone streets and the most incredible buildings
lined the walkways. It was well worth the trip.

The mission is absolutely the best. I learn so much every single day.
I am so grateful for the opportunity to be out here serving the Lord.
Hope everyone thing is going absolutely fantastic with everyone.
Sending lots of love!

Elder Beck

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

I HATE Hospitals......

Alright, so this week was good. We had a lot of fun meeting with the
people that we have been finding in the street and such. I feel like
the miracles just keep coming and coming and coming.

This preparation was filled with excitement. We went bike riding to
the most amazing sea cave. We weren't looking for it, but we found it
off the side of the trail. It was probably one of the most beautiful
spots I have ever been to. I LOVE SPAIN 馃嚜馃嚫

We had a fantastic opportunity to eat with a professional singer from
the Dominican Republic. We got to sing with his professional
equipment, and it was so fun! He lived in New York for 45 years, and
plays basketball like a baller.

What else, what else..... One of the Elders in our group ended having
to go the hospital for a problem, and I had to go with him. We were
there for like 6 hours sitting in the most uncomfortable chair. Not
fun, but we were able to have some super fun conversations with some
people. In the end the other Elder is fine, which is super lucky.

This week we also attended a zone conference which was so amazing. I
loved hearing the inspired words of our President. He spoke about
Joseph Smith. He sacrificed so much for gospel. He suffered beatings,
being tarred and feathered, being poisoned, kicked out of his home,
prison in the dead of winter, and so so much more. Yet, despite of all
of that, he never, no not ever, denied the validity of the Book of
Mormon, nor of the work which he had been called to do. He sealed his
work with his blood. He knew what he was doing, and he never denied
it. Praise to the man who truly saw God the Father and His Son Jesus

I know what we teach is true. I know God and lives, and I know that it
is the only way we can all be happy in this life.

With love,
Elder Beck