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!!!!!!!

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!

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!!!!!!

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!!

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

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

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.