Monday, December 26, 2016

BEST CHRISTMAS EVER!!!!!!!

Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas from the land of sun and palm trees. Not
gonna lie, the tropical weather has its perks!! I hope you all had the
best Christmas ever, because I know I sure did!

To start, I am staying in Tarragona for 3 more months!! We found out
on Friday, and I am super excited for it! To have the opportunity to
spend that time with these investigators and members is such a
blessing!

I am so grateful for Christmas. I feel like this year I truly learned
the meaning of Christmas. Yea, I know, that sounds super cliche, but
it's true. I have come to know my Savior and Redeemer on my mission,
and I am so grateful for it. The Savior truly has so much love for us!
He know exactly what we are going through, and I am so grateful for
that. He truly is the greatest gift we can ever get in our lives.

Hmmm, well, we spent Christmas with the members! We ate with the
bishop and a few other fantastic families. We ate so much food!! I
felt gross today because of it, but what a great time! Other
highlights include the getting to talk to my family, which was a blast
as well.

Finally, I am so grateful I have to overcome my weaknesses. I have a
lot, but through my Savior I can become perfect, even as He was. I
wanted to share a quick scripture about our Savior from the Book of
Mormon. In Alma 7:11-12 it says " And he shall go forth, suffering
pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the
word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains
and the sicknesses of his people.

12 And he will take upon him death, that he may loose the bands of
death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their
infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to
the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his
people according to their infirmities."

I know He knows us personally, and I know that through the teachings
of the Book of Mormon and the Bible we can come to know and love Him!

Love you all, and have a Happy New Year!!!
Elder Beck

Ps. Some photos to remind you I am so lucky to live in paradise!!!!!!!!!!




Monday, December 19, 2016

Week of weeks of weeks

Sooo in reality this week was good, but nothing really exciting
happened! I am doing well, and Spain continues to be an absolute
blast! I love it here, and everyday just gets better and better.

We had the ward Christmas party, and brethren, let me tell you, the
Spanish People know how to party! Singing, a ton of people were
dancing, and some of the best food ever! I love it here. Definitely
going to take my party skills have learned here  back home with me!

On a more serious note, this week we we met Eva. She has multiple
sclerosis and a daughter who is 5 years old. They are alone, and in a
horrible situation. I have only cried twice on my mission, and one was
last night as we thought about them. This morning we woke up and
cleaned her house for two hours, because it was in a bad situation. We
are going to continue to work with her. My mission has really allowed
me to see how petty the world is, and how so many people care about so
many things that are useless. I did too. I am changing that as I help
others.

Not much else! I a, super excited for Christmas on my mission! I
encouraged everyone to remember the one who we are celebrating. He
lived the perfect life, and I am so grateful for Hi !

Keep writing, and have a wonderful Christmas!

Love,
Elder Beck

Monday, December 12, 2016

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like....

In all honesty, it's more like fall late summer here. Some days are
actually warm! Hahah, blessings of a ocean side location!!

Hello dearest friends and family. Here is yet another weekly update
from your missionary, Elder Beck!

To begin, this week was interesting! My companion was sick, and so we
spent two days in our apartment. Instead of letting it go to waste, I
basically deep cleaned the whole apartment, then set up the Christmas
lights we found! So that was fun.

More highlights including teaching a wonderful new investigator named
Soy. She is from China, and so she knows nothing about Jesus Christ.
It is definitely a challenge, but a good one at that. I'm excited to
see where it goes!

Finally, other highlights include getting cat-called in the street.
This doesn't happen often, but when it does, they see us dressed in
shirts and ties they instantly assume we have money, so this group of
girls asked if they could have some of our pasta (money)! I walked
away this time, but next time, I'm going to share with them our phone
number, a Book of Mormon, and a return visit! I think we just
discovered a new way to find investigators.... Hahaha

Anyway, love you all!!! Keep writing! I love all of the stories and
emails I get. Stay classy!

Love you,
Elder Beck





Monday, December 5, 2016

LEARNING at the Speed of Light

Buenas Dias mis amigos, to begin the discourse, I am learning Spanish
super, uber, duper, fast!!!! It has been such a blessing to have a
native companion. He has taught me so much, and I feel like I am
understanding a ton now! The Lord knows exactly what we need, and He
provides!!

Quick story, so last week I lost my iPad, which was super
unfortunate!! Buuuuuttt, thanks to the Hand of the Lord, the person
who had it returned to the bank, and I have it now. This is where the
story gets interesting. As we walked out of the bank a woman stopped
us, and asked if we were the Mormon missionaries. Of course, we
responded that we were, and she proceeded to tell us she has been
searching for the church after she had moved from another country! She
wanted to be baptized, and for her child to grow up with the teachings
of the gospel! She lives in the area of the sisters, but still, what a
blessing. The Lord works in mysterious ways, I just wished it required
a little less stress on my part! What a blessing!!

Not a ton else! Tarragona is so beautiful with the lights and the
trees here! I absolutely love the time of Christmas! It is such a
great opportunity to remember our Savior and what we did!!

Love you all, and have a fantastic week! Keep writing!

Love,
Elder Beck


Sent from my RECOVERED iPad



Monday, November 28, 2016

I got shot...

Soooooooo, in all honesty I only got a flu shot, but I figured more people would read this email if I sent the intriguing subject line, so there ya go.

To begin, this week has been wonderful as far as the work goes. We are focusing on finding more people, and we are really trying to do it through the members. It seems a little slow at times, but as we have preservered we have begun to see miracles. For example, we had a baptism this last week. Pamela is the daughter of a member, and she just moved here a little while ago. We taught her the lessons, and now she was been baptized. What a blessing it has been to already have two baptisms. The Lord is so merciful, and He provides when we are trying to do our best. 

Two quick miracle stories. So first, on Thursday night, one of our investigators fired on us (which means they canceled on the visit), so we decided to go pass by Adrian, one of our long time investigators who hadn´t been picking up his phone when we called him. So, we caught the bus, and on the bus, sitting right next to us, was Adrian. I was so happy to find him. We had a lesson, and he is working to get back on track. It is a little difficult, because he has had a horrible home life. And I mean horrible. We are trying to help him see the light that his Savior can bring to him. It was such a miracle to find him on the bus. 

The other... So yesterday we had a medio dia (lunch) planned with one of our investigators, and as we got to the bus station, I couldn´t find my bus card, and the place you can buy them was closed. So I was stressing super hard, because the member had worked hard to make a nice medio dia. However, I couldn´t find my card. So here we were, on the street, with absolutely no visits, when out of the blue, we contacted his beautiul family. They were young, but as we shared with them what we believed about the family, you could see the light in their eyes. We scheduled an appointment with them for tonight, and I am super excited to teach them. The reality is God knows His children, and He is preparing a way for them to hear the gospel. 

Not much else to say! I´m learning spanish super duper fast with Elder Ramirez, and he is a great teacher. It has been such a blessing to learn from him. 

I love you, and keep writing!!!!!!!

Love,
Elder Beck 




Monday, November 21, 2016

Adiós Inglés



For all you non Spanish speakers, that means goodbye English.... haha

So this week was transfers and my new companion is Elder Ramirez. He
is from Colombia, and speaks literally noooo English..... it is
definitely a good time!!! We have had such a blast here.

This week was pretty crazy. I've basically learned three years of
Spanish, and probably 10 years worth of patience. It's been a little
difficult going from talking all the time In English, to literally
just basic phrases. However, I am so grateful for the opportunity I
have to Spanish quickly. He is teaching me a ton, which will be a
blessing the rest of the mission!

We have this one investigator named Pamela, who is 20 years old. She
is getting baptized next week, and I am stoked for her. The teaching
process has been nothing short of awkward. To teach someone your
age.... who is a girl.... is sooooo weird. But my companion and I have
overcome the challenge, and she is getting baptized this next week!
Haha

Quick shout out to the people in the musical this week, the pictures
looked great, and its sounds like you killed it. Congrats on that!

So while I have been here I have changed a ton. As I have submitted my
will to the Lord's He has taught me so many things about myself and
people. Everyday, I am striving to be a better person so that the Lord
can use me as an instrument in this work.

I have a testimony that this is Christ's church. I know my Savior
lives, and that he has called a prophet, like Moses and Abraham, to
lead and guide The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints! This
is His work, and I am so blessed to get to do it for this short time!

Have a great week, and keep writing! Happy thanksgiving!!!!!!

Love,
Elder Beck

Old companion and I taking on the world one person at a time
 




Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Trump = Free Bread

This week was insane to say the least!! To start, my ipad has problems, so I don´t know what is going to go down with that. I know I missed some people in the email, but it will all be fixed next week. 

Our transfers were this week, and it was tough to see Elder Dunn go. My new companion is named Elder Ramirez. He is a Colombian who doesn´t speak any English..... Needless to say my Spanish is going to improve reaalllyyy quick!! 

So quick funny story. We were walking in the streets this week, and a man stopped us. This man always asks how Utah is when we walk by, so we sort of know who we is. We started walking with him, and all he talked about was how Trump won, and it was super funny. Then after he gave us like 5 loaves of bread. It was great. The bread was pretty good. 

Thanks to the problems with my ipad, I don´t have any time to email this week. Write next week and I promise I will respond. Ipad has gotta get fixed up first. 

Thank you for the emails and the love. Have a great week!!

Love, 
Elder Beck

Monday, November 7, 2016

Just a Boy and His Baguette.... + a BAPTISM

Gents and ladies, ladies and gents, this week has been absolutely
wonderful! I am the happiest I've been in my whole life, and the
mission is literally the greatest experience in the world!!!!

To begin, this week I had my first baptism. We baptized Maria Carmen
Perez Ortega. She is an amazing miracle. We found her late in the
streets one night, and one month later she has entered the waters of
baptism. It was a beautiful experience getting to see her progress
from nothing about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints to
gaining a very strong testimony of the gospel. She cried as she bore
her testimony during the service, and she couldn't stop smiling as she
thanked us for finding her. I am so blessed to be a part of her
journey.

So during the service we were planning on singing a little musical
number with the sister missionaries, but their bus came late, so I
ended up throwing down a rough piano song. It was a good time.

Other highlights include getting the opportunity to go into the
mountains and explore around some waterfalls with a super kind member
here. It was super fun, especially since before we went we got fresh
baguettes and ate them there. Hence the title. Literally in love with
Spain!!

This has been a wonderful week. Thanks for all the emails. I love
getting them. You're all so kind. Thank you, and enjoy this amazing
fall weather!!

Love your boy,
Elder Beck

Pics include shots from the mountains. Unfortunately, only my
companion has the pics of the baptism. I'll send them next week.





Monday, October 31, 2016

Flipped out on Ancient Roman Ruins

October 31, 2016

¡Hola mis amigos! ¿Como le va en Los Estados Unidos? As you can see my Spanish is straight fire. Haha


Well, I hope you all had a stupendous Halloween! They sorta of
celebrate it here, but it's not as big of a deal.


This week was wonderful as far as the work goes. A quick story, one
night about three weeks ago we were in the streets contacting. It was
late, and a little cold, so there weren't many people who were willing
to stop and listen, but we were still diligent and continued to work.
Then, a wonderful lady named Alba walked next to us. I asked her how
she was doing, where she was from, all the basics. Then we proceeded
to share the Book of Mormon with her. As we read her the promise of
the Book of Mormon her eyes lit up. We knew she could feel the spirit.
So we set up a visit, and committed her to read and pray about the
book. Fast forward three weeks later, and she was sitting in stake
conference, sobbing, when the choir was singing Praise to the Man. She
knew she had found Christ's church on the earth. It has been
absolutely incredible to be with her from the beginning to now. She is
getting baptized this week on Saturday, and I get to do it. What a
blessing this gospel is to people who are willing to experiment upon
the promises  of God. You know what's interesting, she wasn't
converted by us. Not even close. People, I can barely say "we are
missionaries" in Spanish, let alone convince a woman who is strong and
active in another church that this message is true. I can't convince
her that Joseph Smith really did restore the Church of Jesus Christ
again to the earth. I can't convince her that the Book of Mormon is
actually the Word of God, just like the Bible. No, no, no.... she was
converted by the Holy Spirit of God, who promises to testify of truth
if we are willing to act. That is the best part about this church. If
you want to know, you can know through the Holy Ghost. That is a
promise from our Heavenly Father.


On other topics, the majority of our investigators canceled our
meetings with us this week, and so it was a lot of contacting and
calling. However, we found promising. New investigators, so that we
will see how that goes!


As far as the language, it is most certainly improving, but it is
definitely taking time. I can now understand a lot better, but
speaking is still coming along! The goal is just to keep on keeping as
they say.


A super fun thing we did is today, we visited an incredible Ancient
Roman Aqueduct. Being me, I decided the best course of action was to
climb up and do a backflip. It turned out pretty great. Haha! There
are so many places to see and explore here. We find something
incredible every single day!


Keep sending me an excessive amount updates my people! I love you more
than you know, and I hope you are enjoying this wonderful season as
much as I am. You are the best!


Love,
Elder Beck





Monday, October 24, 2016

The Mountain Pueblo and an APOSTLE

October 24, 2016

Buenas (everyone says that here) my beloved friends and family!! Glad
the fall season is going well for everyone.

To begin this lovely email, this week we got to see an APOSTLE of the
Lord! President Nelson visited our mission. It was a blast seeing
everyone. But more Importantly the spirit that we felt was like
nothing I have ever felt before. He was so inspired. He called us to
remember that we were chosen to do this work in the life before, and
that family history needed to be an important part of our everyday
actions. We have started using it when we are contacting, and we will
see how it works. During the meeting I got a sure witness that he was
an apostle of the Lord. They have the same keys that were given to
Peter long ago during the life of Christ (Matthew 16: 17-18). This
church is the restored church of Jesus Christ, the same that was
established by Christ himself during his ministry. The reality is
either Joseph Smith was a complete fraud and I am wasting two years of
my life for nothing, or he was called to be a prophet and this is the
work of God. The only way you will know is if you read the Book of
Mormon. God promises to reveal the truth to those who read and pray
with real intent. I ask you to please read it. I promise with the
deepest feelings of my heart it will change your life forever. I know
because it changed mine.

On a lighter note, we had companion exchanges for a day, and I got to
go to a smaller city called Tortosa. It's a great place. My companion
and I then went up to a mountain pueblo called Prat de Comte. There we
met with a little Honduran family who fed us eggplant stuffed with
tuna and cheese. Sounds gross, but it ended up being okay! The place
was insane though. It's the type of place you only dream about
visiting. You drive through the mountains, and it feels like you are
in the middle of nowhere, then all of a sudden an ancient village pops
up. It looks like a place from Nepal. What a great experience!!!!

A little interesting thing about the Barcelona mission. Here, there
are so many people from different countries. We talk to people from
Nigeria, Ghana, Pakistan, Morocco, Columbia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Cuba,
England, China... the list goes on and on. One elder started keeping
track, and he has talked to people from over 90 different countries.
It's crazy to think I get the opportunity to learn and grow with so
many different people and cultures.

It was a wonderful week, and I hope you are living the dream. I love
you all, and keep writing!!

Love,
Elder Beck




Monday, October 17, 2016

Sticks and stones may break my bones, and thank goodness we didn't have to find out

October 17, 2016

We HOLA my beloved friends and family. It's your Elder from across the
big pond! You all seem like your doing wonderful. In the famous words
of Pedro Sanchez, "I hope all you wildest dreams are coming
true!!!!!!!!!"

Now many of you may have been extremely confused by the title of this
email, but let me explain. So my good Elder Dunn and I were out on the
streets one day, working hard, when we decided to visit some less
active meme era. We arrived at of their building, and proceeded to
ring the buzzer for their piso (apartment). All of a sudden this old
man bursts out of the lounge area and starts yelling at us and telling
us to leave. We tried to calmly explain that we had a friend who lived
there, but he was having none of it. He started to walk away back into
the building, and we stayed at the entrance. He turned, saw us again,
and hobbled back to the door. He started screaming at us, and this
time started to threaten to hit us with his cane. After it became
clear the people weren't home we walked away, with him finally
leaving. Slightly scary, but more funny because honestly if he tried
to hit us I don't think it would have done any damage. Hence, the
title.  Hahaha

The food here is amazing! The members feed at at least three or four
times a week, and the food is good. The beans are literally to die
for, and they have this super amazing dish called paella. It's
basically rice with chicken, pork, or beef, but it is soooooo good!!
I'm in love, which has resulted in me gaining quite a bit of weight.
When I left I was like 152, now I'm 165.... haha

The work is going great as well. We have several people with baptism
dates, and we work hard everyday to not only find new people on the
street, but also work hard to work with members. That is the best way
to do the work. When we have referrals teach a lot more people who are
truly ready to hear the gospel.

One special investigator is Adrian. Adrian has a serious addiction to
smoking, but he is fighting super hard to overcome it. Sometimes he
will come to church and have to go outside to smoke, but we always go
with him and encourage him to keep fighting! I cannot wait to see him
overcome this through the power of our Savior.

I love this gospel, I love this place, and above all I love you! Keep
killing out there people, and don't forget to write!! I love hearing
all about your lives!

With more love than you know,
Elder Beck

P.S Elder Dunn and I ran out to watch the sunrise over the
Mediterranean this morning, and it was INCREDIBLE! Also added a
picture I edited.







Monday, October 10, 2016

FIRST AREA!!!!! And it is INSANE

October 10, 2016

HELLO BOYS AND GIRLS! How are y'all doing? I hope the world is still turning and America. Politics haven't blown up the nation yet!!!! Haha

So my first area is the incredible land of Tarragona. People. You would not believe this place. It's an ancient city that was built like 4 million years ago and is still standing. Please, instead of checking out the Instagram, go look up this place for me. I can't believe this is my first area!! It is right on the Mediterranean Sea, and it is so beautiful!! Every corner we turn is just so amazing, and I'm loving every second of it.  #blessed.

I finished up my time at the MTC which was a great learning experience for me! I've learned a lot, and I mean a lot, of humility. I've realized the importance of relying on my Savior every day. In Tarragona, we walk roughly 8 miles a day, and when it's raining and people aren't speaking with you it is absolutely necessary to rely on Him.

After leaving the MTC we met President Dayton and his wife. They are wonderful. It was so nice to have good food again!! Haha, I'm a huge meeting we then found out our trainers ( I'm with Elder Dunn from Utah, and he is fantastic) and found out our areas. Tarragona is about 1 1/2 hour train ride away from the good old Barcelona! Elder Dunn and I left that night and got to work. We visited a man named and David, and we committed him to baptism on October 29th!! Such s great area. #blessedagain 

I am having a blast!! I have two hours to email now, and I will be emailing at the same time, so write me tons!!! I love hearing from every one of you, and I will respond to everyone. 

The photo down below is me preaching the word here in Tarragona 

Love,

Elder Beck