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