Thursday, September 29, 2016

4 Days to Barca

September 29, 2016

So, I´m leaving for Barca in three days!! That´s crazy!! I´ve grown so much in the MTC, and I can´t wait to hop on a 180 mph bullet train and get to Barcelona. That´s when it gets real!! I love this mission so much.

As many of you know I had my bday on Saturday, and it was a great time. For my birthday all the Italian elders sang the Italian national anthem, which is seriously so lit. If you have never heard it go listen to it right now!! Also got a sweet soccer ball from my district, and the package from the fam was killer!!!!

Now I want to share a really amazing experience I had at the park last week. I was with my home boy Elder Hunsaker, and we had a really tough day. Between straight rejections
 and anti mormons we were dead tired at the last 15 minutes. However, right when we felt like throwing in the towel we were able to meet two really incredible people, who, after we bore testimony, decided to accept the Book of Mormon and read it. Then the most incredible thing happened. As we boarded the metro  back a man waved over to us and asked us in Spanish if we had an Italian Book of Mormon. I said we didn´t. We only had Spanish and English. Then during the conversation I looked up, and in the next car over was one of the Italian Elders, Elder Rodriguez, standing there teaching a lesson. I turned to the guy and said I was going to get him an Italian BOM. When the metro stopped Elder Hunsaker and I booked it over to the next car, grabbed an Italian BOM from him, and made it back barely in time. The door´s were literally closing as we hopped on. Meanwhile the guy was laughing his head off the whole time. HAHA, I then asked if he could read Moroni 10:4-5, the promise of the book. He said he couldn´t, and so in horrendous Italian I read him the promise. It was such a cool experience. Later, after we got back to the MTC, Elder Rodriguez stopped me and told me he had gotten to the metro one train earlier. He and his comp were about to get on, but the Spirit prompted him to wait. And so he stopped and decided to wait for the next train. Not only that, but he stood in the only spot I could have seen him through the window. God loves his children, and it was nothing short of a miracle. The church is true, and God wants everyone to read the Book of Mormon.

To sum it all up, this has been a fantastic week. I´ll email again on Monday, and from now on I will be emailing on Monday!! Love you all and I hope you have a Fantabulous week

Love,
Elder Beck

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Buenos Dìas Todos Personas

September 22, 2016

HOLA,

Whats up from the great land of the USA?? I hope you are doing great, and that the sun is still shining down upon you.

To begin with this email, guess what.... ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT IN THE MISSIONARY TRAINING CENTER!!!!! Holy cow.. In a week and a half I`ll be taking a four hour bullet train to the great land of Barcelona!! I could not be more stoked. Although I have enjoyed the people and fun of the MTC, it is definitely time for me to move on with my blessed mission and get teaching some real people.

Moving on, so our every week we make goals regarding the language, and this week we started speaking in Spanish completely. It has been crazy. To give you a quick analogy, it`s like trying to eat food without hands... I don´t think you realize how much you don´t know until you start trying to speak alllll the time. It´s been a little crazy. AHAH, but I love it.

Now, even though I always sound super pumped in these emails, which I am, there is definitley some hard days. For me, it is super hard not to get frustrated with myself over the language. Even though we work hard everyday, it´s hard not to wonder if were doing enough. However, every time I get frustrated I remember that the person who assigned me to this mission was the Lord. I am so blessed to be learning another language, and to get to serve the people of Spain. Onward, ever onward .

Quick update, so the Russians and the Portugese/French left last week, and they were replaced by more Russians, and some super awesome Italian Elders. I love them so much, and I`m pretty sure I´m going to be fluent in 4 languages by the time I leave. SWEET!!!!


Love you all, and here are some pics of me in case y`all forgot what I look like.

Elder Beck






Thursday, September 15, 2016

Halfway There



September 15, 2016

What's up everyone??? I hope you are all doing absolutely amazing!

To begin, all the Elders that were only staying for three weeks left the MTC on Tuesday. It was super tough to say goodbye to all of them. They were my examples when I first got here to the MTC, and there enthusiasm inspired me. I loved each and every one of them. The Elders who left were the Elders going to the Baltic states, Russia, France, Portugal, and Africa. They are going to kill it out there. Also, one of the Elder´s that left is from Haiti, and he gave me a necklace from there, so basically I´m adopted into the Haitian people now!! BOOYAA

It is absolutely crazy to think were half way through the MTC here. Even though it´s only been three weeks I´ve changed so much, and I feel like I´ve lived a lifetime here. The Spirit is so strong everyday, and I learn so much about the Gospel and the lovely Spanish language.

I wanted to share an experience from the park this last Saturday. My park companion and I filled our bags with 13 Book´s of Mormon and tons of pamphlets and said we were going to try to hand out every single one of them. To get to the park we have to ride the metro, and so right when we got to the metro platform my comp and I started talking to every single person we could. At the beginning we got rejected a lot, but as we got to the park we started to find people who listened to our message in broken Spanish, and we started hanging out our stuff. We were talking to people every second we could, and were praying like crazzzy that we could find people who were willing to listen to and accept our message. However, with only thirty minutes left, we still had eight Book´s of Mormon. We stopped and said a prayer under a tree, and went to work. We exercised a ton of faith, and in just over thirty minutes we handed out every single book. It was a huge blessing. Without the Lord it would not have been possible. Every person I felt prompted to talk to accepted a book and committed to read it. This gospel is true people.

If you ever want to know why I left my family, school, and friends for two years, read the Book of Mormon, then ask God to know if it is true. That´s how I know it´s true, and that´s how you can know as well.

Love you all more than you know,

Elder Beck



Thursday, September 8, 2016

WOWZERS

September 8, 2016

HELLLOOOOO PEOPLE,

So, the MTC has been insane. Between Spanish everyday for 8 hours, messed up cafeteria food, and playing futbol in Madrid, it`s cazy.

To start this lovely second email update I thought I would share what we do on Saturdays. Every Saturday we all pile into the metro with Book of Mormons, pass along cards, and gospel pamphlets, and we head over to the MASSIVE park that is nearby us. Once there they send us off and with broken Spanish we try to talk to people about why we are on a mission. INSANE. My first time there I was totally way in over my head. This one old guy talked for twenty minutes straight and I literally didn´t understand a single word he said to me and my comp. We walked away laughing our heads off. Luckily while there we were able to find people who spoke broken english, and we got our message across. We`ve even met two couples from the US. Who would´ve thunk.

Continuing with this ramble of thoughts, during our preparation day we get to go visit somewhere in Madrid for three hours. Last week we went to the center of Madrid. Everyone here calls it Sol for short.  And OMGoodness it was the amazing. We saw the royal palace, an amazing garden with the coolest statues, some of the craziest Cathedrals, and so on and so on. I`ll attach the pics below. Be sure to check them out.

My spanish has improved a ton. I´ve made a goal to memorize 35 words and 10 phrases everyday for the next three weeks. In total that will put me way over a thousand words, and over 280 phrases. My goal is to be able to speak fluently in three months. Through the Lord it is most certainly possible.

Alright, one last thing. As you can imagine learning Spanish for 8 hours everyday can be draining. Sometimes by the end of the day my head feels like its about to explode. A few days ago I was having a particularly rough time, and I needed a pick me up. I felt prompted to read the letters and notes you all wrote me before I left. I was instantly reminded how I am pretty much the luckiest guy ever to have so many amazing people in my life. I have been so blessed to have gotten to meet, adventure with, and love you all.  So here`s to you. Thank you for helping far away in Los Estados Unidos.  

To finish, I want to bear my testimony. This church is real. The Book of Mormon is the word of God. Straight up. It can help every single person in this world. Through this book you will come closer to Christ, guaranteed. I didn`t leave everybody to chase some fairytale... It`s the truth, and it will make you happy.

I love getting emails, so keep writing. Thanks again, and I hope you are all doing fantastic!!!!!!!!!!!!

Love,
Elder Beck
 














Thursday, September 1, 2016

IIIINNNN MADRID

September 1, 2016

HOLY COW THIS WEEK HAS BEEN ABSOLUTELY INSANE!!!!!!!

So first and foremost saying goodbye to all of you was super duper tough. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about you all.

To start this crazy trip, flying for a whole day was terrible. It's like being homeless. You sleep on the benches, and nobody wants to be there. On the flight from Chicago to Frankfurt I met this Indian guy who talked about God, economics, hard work, and life`s meaning for 3 hours. It was a fantastic conversation. The airport food ended up being pretty okay, and I slept enough. In Frankfurt I met up with some other missionaries who were flying to Madrid was well. Some of them are going to Portugal, France, Spain, Russia... basically all over.

When I got here to the Missionary Training Center in Madrid, we hit the ground running. Devotionals, dinner, and personal study. The next day was insane, starting with language classes, gospel study, and fun. Every day here has been so incredibly hard. My mind feels like it's going to explode from all the Spanish, but everyday I'm learning more and more.  

Quick tangent. So every day we get an hour for sports here, which is basically the best time ever. We play soccer at this place called "The Pit". It's a huge concrete stadium that has two metal goals, and it is so cool. It feels like it is straight out of a video game. The fact that we are playing futbol in Madrid in that stadium is the best thing ever.

My companion's name is Elder Lowder. He's from Rigby, Idaho, and I love him. He was a track star in high school and we get along super well. In the MTC there are about 70 missionaries and they are all awesome. We are all divided up into zones, then to districts. Per zone there are about thirty missionaries, and in my district there are 7 people. You have your daily classes with your district, and then eat and play sports with your zone. Basically every missionary here is awesome, even the Portuguese Elders. Only a few of them speak English, but they are the coolest guys ever. One of them is actually a professional soccer player. Like he played with Neymar. THAT'S INSANE for those of you who don't know who that is.

Last, but certainly not least, Elder Lowder and I were called to be the Zone Leaders over our zone. It's a pretty humbling calling, and I love the opportunity to talk to the Mission President and serve my fellow missionaries.

To sum it all up, I hope you are all doing absolutely wonderful. I couldn't take any pictures this week because we aren't allowed to during the week. I will have tons for next week though. I love you all so much.

P.S. If you write, I will definitely try to write back, and they don't have a regular comma here which is why they all look so weird... haha

Love,
Elder Beck