Wednesday, October 25, 2017

OH WOW

HUGE NEWS this week friends and family. Your´s truly Elder Beck will
be flying along with three great friends all over the mission to roll
out a huge project our mission is taking on. We are all getting smart
phones now. I was the first, and now comes everyone else. I was so
happy to find that out. With that comes Facebook, Whatsapp, and a
bunch of other advantages. For all you who saw me using Facebook,
that´s why. I´m not being disobedient, it really is because we are
getting a ton of new stuff.

With this travel we will be going to Bilbao, Palma de Mallorca,  and
Valencia. May I make a suggestion.... please look at pictures. Look up
all of these places because they are amazing. Granted I will literally
be in conferences the whole time I am there, but it is still so fun
that I get to go there.

Sooooooo, this week has been crazy with all the phone news. My
companion has been working so hard to land deals and lock down the
phones for cheaper, and we have just gone non-stop! There has not been
time to breath.

Missionary work is working well. We are teaching some, but we have to
do a lot more finding!

I will make this one short, because I literally wrote an email last Friday.....

Love you all!!!!!!!!!!!

Elder Beck

Friday, October 20, 2017

And it all Came Crashing Down.... All at Once

Wild week everyone. Absolutely wild. We had transfers week, which, for all that don´t remember is the time when EVERYONE moves in the mission, or decides to have problems. Oh, what a story this one was.......

Everything on the big day (which is Tuesday) went fine. No one missed their plane or trains, everyone made it to their destination. I didn´t have too many phone calls. It was easy. I sent my companion down to Gandia, which is basically the farthest area in the mission.  It was hard to say goodbye, but it was time for him to enjoy something different than the office. He was ready to go. Needless to say, we really didn´t have any problems, at all. Then Tuesday hit.....

The day started off well. Lots of people, buying lots of travel, finishing lots of little projects, and we barely got it all done. I ran to the airport and the train station at 2:00 to drop a group of missionaries off, and then I came back, just in time to present transfers, and get another huge group of missionaries. I realized that a certain group of missionaries had to get the train station very fast, and so I took off with them,  running to get them their. Meanwhile I was trying to cancel a plane ticket that wasn´t going to work, so I missed the exit, and had to do a massive loop back. Those two missionaries made... barely. Then I ran back to get the next group. I picked them up, and shuttled them down in a whirl. We ended up having to take three cars to fit everyone. However, one of the missionaries driving took a wrong turn which ended up in a 15 minute detour. Their train was leaving at 5, and I was standing on the curb waiting for them at 4:56At 4:57 they showed up. We grabbed their bags and ran in. They barely made, but come to find out that two of the missionaries tickets just didn´t process, and so they had to stay the night. So I was taking these missionaries back to the office, and all of the sudden out of nowhere I began to smell something weird, and then the car started smoking. We pulled off to the side of the road, and one of our companions came to pick everyone up. So I waited by this car, and mind you, my phone is at 3%, trying to coordinate all of this, when all of a sudden I received a phone call from some missionaries traveling by train telling me that they missed their stop, and that they were on their way to Madrid. Then it started raining..... at this point I was like, ¨okay, really?¨..... I couldn´t believe it. Thank goodness God exists, because if not I would have rolled over and died. HAHA, thanks to His grace I made it.  All problems were resolved... barely. HAHa

Besides that it was and incredible week. We ate 240 pieces of sushi (I personally ate 43), got to go back to Tarragona, and were blessed to see baptisms. All in all, probably the craziest week of my life. 

Don´t have anymore time. Love you all! 

Elder Beck


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Compassion for Others

You know when those commercials pop up advertising quick neck and back
pain relief, and you just sit there and say, ¨why do they put these on
TV..¨ This week I learned why....

On Thursday I was lifting weights, and I turned my neck to the left as
I lifted  the weights, and out of nowhere I heard a popping noise in
my neck. I set the weights down, went to look to the right, and
shooting pain. I went to look to   the left, and shooting pain. I
tried to look up, even worse. Turns out I pulled a muscle in my neck.
It was the worst. You never really realize how much you use your neck,
until you can´t. I was stuck like that for two days, and then Elder
Perri gave me two massages which helped a ton. Then, the next day
Elder Cvijanovich gave me another one. That released it up a ton.
After three days I could move it relatively normally, and on the
fourth day it was fine. But my goodness, I wish it didn´t happen.
Let's just say I will never complain about those commercials again,
and my compassion for people with neck pain has dramatically increased
. HAHA

Transfers is this week, and we have been slammed. Literally every day
of the week has been jammed packed. On top of that we have some
baptisms this weekend, which is a super big blessing, just a lot more
stress as well. however, the third time around it isn´t as hard
because I know exactly what I need to do. Being Secretary has been the
biggest blessing because I have learned sooooo much. It has allowed me
to deal with incredibly stressful situations, and still perform.

On a more fun note, today we went to the big palace in Barcelona. It
is a huge castle that has been converted to a giant art museum. I
loved going in and admiring the art. It is incredible to think that
people had a vision so grand back then. They created incredible
structures and art with none of the technology we have today. They did
it from pure work and brilliance. It makes think about how much we can
do today!!!

Wow, life is going so well. The weather is beautiful, and I could not
be happier.

Love you all more than you know!!!!

Elder Beck


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Let's Riot

Brothers and Sisters, this week has been a wild one to say the least. For all of those who didn´t see Barcelona was in full revolutionary mode. More than anything it was just annoying. Tons of people were in the streets, so we couldn´t really go to the public places. However, we weren´t part of anything so none of the missionaries got hurt or anything. It was all good. It is interesting to see the people here. They are getting pretty crazy about it. They really want independence. 

The interesting thing about being here in the office is that we saw all the videos from the police stuff. Being in the office allows us to understand the situation better. We had some supplies prepared in case we were told to stay in, but nothing happened that would have warranted that. 

On  the brighter side, I got a new companion. Elder Sorensen if from Texas, and he is sooo smart. 36 on the ACT, graduated early to go to BYU, and is funny as well. We have had a blast sharing stories, and it seems like we are going to have a great 3 months together. 

Having an iphone has been a huge blessing for buying travel on the go. It helps us to be able to do what we need to do without interrupting our day. Instead of having to get up at 6:00 in the morning or 11:00 at night to drive to the office, we are able to do it from our apartment.

Our investigators are incredible. Sandra y Dayana are getting baptized next week, which is a huge blessing. They are both progressing so much. The members are supporting them, and they love the church. It has been great to be part of their progression in the great gospel of Jesus Christ. 

 Aida has been struggling a little bit more. It has been hard to meet with her due to her schedule. She is still reading and praying, just lacking the ability to meet with her. 

As well we are teaching Jordi, the man from Barcelona. He has been participating in the demonstrations this week so we weren´t able to meet with them. We have visit with him tomorrow which we are super excited about. 

The work is progressing. We are working hard in our area to boost up member work. We have changed the way we divide up time. We spend time passing by members more, and we saw a huge miracle from it. We found this less active man named Bruno, who was going to leave from that apartment the next day. It was a huge miracle, because he has desires to change and to begin again. 

The work continues. Transfers are in two weeks, so we are excited about that. Just another day, with another challenge. 

Love you all, 

Elder Beck 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

I got an IPhone

Dearest Friends and Family, 

This was a hard week. Really hard week. I came to the realization that my life is on the downhill. I left the wonderful time in human existence known as the teens, and entered what as known as the twenties. Oh, it hurts to say. Thoughts of retirement funds, mortgage payments, health insurance, and all the problems that come with that harsh word known as ¨adulthood¨ flooded my mind. My bones will begin to decay, wrinkles set in, and back pain becomes something I know personaly. That´s how I spent my birthday, with that sad realization. huhhhhhh......

Haha, just kidding, the truth is this was one of the best birthdays ever! 20 is the best because it was a birthday in Barcelona. I spent the day picking up all of my friends from the airport, so it literally was the best ever. They got me ice cream and made me brownies/banana bread. It was so fun. There was Missionary Leadership Council on Monday, so all of my favorite people came from all over the mission and were here. That was so good. We ended up staying with all of them in the office. It was one giant sleepover. As well, President Dayton gave permission for the Secretary (me) to have an iphone. I will be the first missionary in this mission to have an iphone! Blessings!!!

Other than that, wow, life is good. This week we had a lot of late nights. Getting back after 12 am is a regular occurrence for us. While it´s fun, it takes its toll. By Monday, after too much banana bread and a sleepover, I was dead. Let´s just say I had to take a nap at a certain point. Haha. 

Our investigators are AMAZING. Sandra and Dayana took me to eat pizza for my birthday, and are for sure getting baptized on the 15th. Wow, they are incredible. They are reading the Book of Mormon, and Dayana said that she is excited to serve a mission one day! There is nothing better you can here as a missionary. 

As well we have a man named Jordi. It was really interesting how we found him. About a month ago we were in the streets talking to people, and we saw Jordi with two of his sisters carrying a table. They were moving, and we offered to help. We carried the table to the apartment, and dropped it off. We had another visit, so we gave him a pamphlet and our card and left. Fast forward three weeks. We were passing by a random person, and out of nowhere walks Jordi. I recognized him, and he recognized us (we are pretty easy to recognize). We talked to him, and he said it must not be coincidence that we met again. We set a visit, and we met yesterday. He accepted a baptism date for the 21st of October. He is so humble, and so ready. 

Aida as well is doing fantastic. She didn´t come to church this last week, but she is reading and progressing. She will be getting baptized on the 14th as well. We are very excited for her. 

I am just soaking in every second of this mission. It´s been the best experience of my life. 

Love you all, 
Elder Beck 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

The Secret Garden

Friends, Neighbors, Acquaintances, and all other Folks, this week's
was a wild show. Wow, where do I begin......

Welll the truth is, I usually get to this point in the week, and I
really don´t remember what has happened this week. We do a lot of the
same routine stuff, and the time just kinda blends together. Office
work varys. We make trips to government buildings, airports (lots of
airport runs), and other random errands. I am in charge of travel, so
I spend a lot of time talking to flight companies, church people, and
other stuff. It´s interesting, and at the same time frustrating.
That´s how it is sometimes.

For preparation day we went to the labyrinth. It´s basically a giant
garden that is super beautiful. It looked exactly like the garden from
the Secret Garden. I will send some pics below!

I have to admit though the best part of being secretary of the mission
office is the relationship with our President and his wife. They are
so great. They teach us so much everyday. It is absolutely incredible.
I have basically learned how I want to live my life by watching their
examples. They perfect examples of the scripture Alma 37:6. They have
done the little things their whole lives, and it is pay offs. We found
a quote that I love, and it exemplifies it. Bruce Barton once said
¨Sometimes when I consider what tremendous consequences come from
little things - I am tempted to think there are no little things.¨
WOW, Inspirational. It is so true though. If there is one thing I have
learned is that there are no little things in life. Every day matters.
Every second counts. That is something that is critical in life.

We have some amazing investigators. Sandra and Dayana are so nice.
They made us food again which was so fun. Haha, they are reading the
Book of Mormon and are progressing so much. They are reading and
praying which is sooo good! However, they weren´t able to come to
church because Sandra was sick. We have a visit with her tomorrow, and
we are excited.

Aida came to church and she is super good. She is progressing. She has
been reading, and she has a fecha for the 14th. Wow, she is wonderful.
We weren´t able to meet with her for a long while, but now that we are
it is great!

We also did a special fast with our friend Gina. There family is
trying to get money to go to Ecuador so that they can get married and
be baptized. We started the fast with a GIANT meal, and then ended it
with an even bigger one. Literally it was a mountain of rice. It
looked like a small football. By grace I was able to finish it. Haha.
We are excited for their progression as well.

Things are great. Life is amazing. I just cannot express how grateful
I am for all of you. Literally, I think I am the most blessed person
on earth.

Love you all,
Elder Beck



Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Exploring Barç and the Lord's hand

OOOOHHHH my, this week was one of the best weeks of my life. We were soooo blessed. Seriously it was the BEST week. And it goes like this....

First, we have been struggling with our area. For almost two months we have worked like work horses to try and find and teach people. We have found some, but they just haven´t been prepared, or they never met us again. For example, we would talk to 30 people on the street, get 17 numbers, and not see anyone of them again. For those who don´t understand, that is tough. We literally spend 24/7 for 2 years trying to help people come closer to Christ, and when we don´t feel like we are doing that, it hurts. We had fasted and prayed, and were just waiting for miracles. Then it came.

This Sunday Sandra and Diana walked in to church. They are a mother and daughter from Nicaragua, and they are some of the most prepared people I have ever taught. They have such an intense desire to learn more about Jesus Christ and His restored church. We went over to their house on Monday, and they fed us fantastic Nicaraguan food (Picture attached below). My companion Elder Hale was sick so Elder Christensen (my old companion in Tarragona) went with me. We had such a blast teaching again together. The spirit was very strong. They both committed to be baptized on the 7th of October. It only gets better. 

We were hustling to pass by another person yesterday, and two Italian men stopped us. They asked us who we were, and when we explained, they invited us into their house. They proceeded to offer us beer HAHA, and then started to smoke. We then shared a wonderful message about how the Book of Mormon could help change their lives. It was a strong lesson, and the one who spoke spanish well was very grateful that we were there. 

All of the sudden things changed very quickly. We are finding and teaching a ton now, and Lord has blessed us so much. The thing I am grateful for is the time we had to ask the Lord for these blessings. He taught me patience, and that this is His work, not our´s. that is an impactful lesson. This mission has changed my life in so many ways, and it continues to change it everyday. 

For our wonderful Preparation Day we spent time on Tibidabo, a famous cathedral in the mountains, and then walked around the old streets. It is so fun seeing the beautiful architecture that is found here. People gave so much trying to draw closer unto God, and you can really feel that as you walk into these incredible cathedrals. It is such a blast to see all the talented performers as well. There was a man who did the flamenco(a style of dance), it´s like tapping, and it was so good. We got a picture with him after haha. Sorry for the fact he wasn't wearing a shirt. That's Europe! Haha 

Anyway, keep loving life people! Make everyday count. 

Love, 
Elder Beck 


Nicaraguan food, flamenco man, and Barç, 








Thursday, September 7, 2017

Rocky to Smooth

Wellllll, this week was absolutely fantastic.We had another transfers. They are the craziest times for us. We have so many moving parts. There are over 100 missionaries who have to catch planes and trains, and I am responsible for every single one of them. Last time I did this it was terrible. We had an early, early morning, then went through a crazy stressful day, and we got home at 3:00am exhausted. This time it was a completely different story. We prepared and worked a lot harder to not have problems, and things went very smoothly, like fresh butter smooth. Only three people missed trains, and we only had one problem that was quickly solved. It was a very relaxed day which was a huge blessing. There isn´t a better feeling than knowing that you put your time and work into something and seeing the results. 

I love when 2nd Corinthians where it talks about that as we come unto Christ He changes us. I think it is such an incredible blessing to have. We know that as we love Christ, and as we try to come unto Him He will change our very souls. I have seen that on the mission that as I serve Him He has changed me to help me love people. That´s what it is about loving people. I didn´t realize that for a long time, but now I do. 

Barcelona literally has the most beautiful weather right now. It is averaging 70 degrees. Wow, it could not be better. I love this city. The architecture is also incredible. I was reading about some of the famous architects who have lived here, and wow, it is absolutely inspiring. It´s huge motivation to know that if one person works hard, does the little things every day, and has creativity they can change the world. People are incredible, and God on their side, they can do so much. I love that. 

As far as investigators go we have two really solid people. Aida and Georgina are both progressing, and we are hoping that they will each continue to have desires to learn about the gospel. 

At this point I am out of things to say. Have a good week everyone. I love you so much. 


Signing off, 
Elder Beck

Flash back photo with our Grandpa from the Philippines 



Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Two for one, and Lion Riding

Family and friends, this is your main missionary Elder Beck coming to you live from Barcelona! We are here in the city enjoying a breezy 79 degrees. As far as this week goes, it has been a good one. Lots of work, and lots of fun. Things just continue to keep on keeping.

Just wanted to give a quick apology. I wrote the email last week, I just forgot to send it. Haha, it was my year mark which makes it even more embarrassing. It's all good though. I will include it below! Read it. It was one I worked on.

This week was a great week as far as missionary work goes. We found two amazing people knocking doors. Aida is getting baptized the 23rd of September, and Georgina will be soon as well. They are both so prepared in the sense that they are willing to search. A pattern I have seen time and time again is that the people who want to know if this message is true, and I mean really want to know, they receive an answer. God never obligates us to search for him, but, He always answer if we ask with real intent.

This week for Preparation day we walked around Barç. It was such a nice day, and we mounted the famous lion statues, hence the title! 

I´ll keep this week short so that you can read last weeks without getting bored. I am doing wonderful, and I love you all so much! 

Stay Frosty, 
Elder Beck 

August 24th

Oh Dear Brothers and Sisters,

There are no words to describe how I feel. My thoughts and emotions about this past year are so deep. I have had experiences that have changed me. I am a different person than before. I couldn´t be happier. This mission has been the most impactful thing I have ever done. 

I think about the beginning days in Tarragona. I was a young missionary who didn´t know a word of Spanish, trying to share something that meant so much to me. Elder Dunn, Ramirez, and Christensen. Each of them changed my life in a different way. Elder Dunn taught me how to be myself. Elder Ramirez taught me how to cook and speak Spanish. Elder Christensen taught me how to be strong through trials. And all the miracles we saw there. Oscar, Marvis, Maria Carmen... So many people that I have grown to love with all my heart. 

Then I made the big leap to Castellón. There with Elder Reddish I learned how to be tough. He was the grittiest person I have ever met, and it rubbed off on me. Walking those hot, lonely streets helped me to dig deep and work hard. We got to baptize Mouna, a muslim who became converted to Christ in one week. It was such a miracle. Elder Jones came and taught me how to be truly sincere. He is such a loving person. Then I went to Barç to be the Secretary. 

Being here has taught me humility, and just how many weaknesses I have. I am grateful for it, and I wouldn´t trade this experience for the world. I have another 5 months here, and I could not be more excited for what´s ahead. Being able to work with President and his wife is the biggest life. 

On a different note, you all heard about the crazy terrorist attacks that happened. Well, we have a crazy story.

As missionaries we have what is called areas. It´s the places we work in. The Plaza Catalunya, where the attack happened, is our area. We go there every single day. The attacks happened at 4:50 We were getting to leave the office at 5:25 to go there, when all of a sudden Hermana Dayton called us, and gave us a few things we needed to finish up. We left at 5:45 to go there, but at that point the metro shut down, and we were redirected to another. At that point we started sprinting around Barcelona to get back to the office to answer parents who were worried. We later learned that Hermana Dayton had received the distinct impression to call us. If she hadn´t called us, we would have been there, and we would have seen it. The people on the ground, the pain..... it would have scarred us for life. I am super grateful that we didn´t have to see it. My heart goes out to all those that did. The memorials were beautiful that they put up afterwards. I am grateful to know that God has a plan for us. Without knowing it, it would be impossible to understand. I know He knows us. I know it. 

That´s it folks. I am so grateful I have another year here. The time is flying, but I am savoring every second of it. I love you all, 


Elder Beck  

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Oh the Sweet City Life

> Good Afternoon ladies and gents, I just want to say that this has been yet another stellar week here in the grand city of Barcelona. The work as Secretary has gotten progressively more crazy, partly due to the fact that we will be having two groups of missionaries going home. I could try to describe all that goes into it, but it would take waaaayyy too long, and the majority of you would be asleep before finishing the small book it would be.
>
> Yesterday we had a new missionary fly in from Mexico, so we got to help welcome her which was fun. I ran my first staff transfer meeting, and that was also fun. Really there are just so many little things that we do everyday. I feel like I am more a company Secretary rather than a missionary. I have had to learn to balance the two, which has been a blessing because it has given me a better perspective on missionary work.
>
> I have definitely felt the hand of the Savior as I have continued to learn about being Secretary. I now realize why I was called here. I have learned just how truly dependent I am on Him. He has helped me so much to be able to overcome my weaknesses.
>
> This week I thought I would share a scripture. It is one of my favorites. It is found in Alma 37:6. It says ¨¨Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.¨ Something that I have noticed in my life is that it is the little things everyday that make the difference in our lives. Success doesn´t know cold, tired, hungry, or any other excuse. I love that. We have to show up if we want to get anywhere. The purpose of this life is to progress.
>
> Anyway, I love you all so much. Have a great week!!!!!
>
> Elder Beck

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Oh Montjuïc

So some of you may be realllllyyyyy confused by the subject line, but fear not, I will now explain. 

There is this hill here in Barcelona called Montjuïc, and it is a giant tourist attraction. There is a palace, castle, all sorts of stuff. We visited there for preparation day, and enjoyed the great views from the outer walls of the castle. I will have pictures below. 

As far as this week goes.... I´m not going to lie, I really don´t remember. That´s how it is sometimes. We wake up, work out, go to the office and are slammed with work,  leave at 5:30 to teach and share the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ, and then we run back home at 10:00. Everyday is an adventure. 

On Thursday we did an exchange with the Zone Leaders. I went with Elder McNutt, and we had a blast. We ended up contacting a lot of people, and I loved that. It is so fun to meet so many people. I have memorized a dish from practically every country in all the world, and so whenever we talk to someone and we mention it they go crazy. I love talking to people and hearing all the stories. That has probably been the most memorable part of the mission, all the people we meet. Don´t get me wrong, I love the geography, the traveling, the sights, but nothing... and I mean nothing, compares to the experience of meeting the people we do. I´ved learned that everyone is human, and everyone has gone through good and hard times. That has been a big eye opener. God loves each and every one of them the same, and He only wants us to be happy. 

This month in the mission we are focusing on families, and so I thought I would share my feelings on it. As I reflect on this year being away from my family, I have realized the importance of families in God's plan. He intended that every family have the opportunity to be together for all of eternity. He makes it possible through His holy temples, and through the authority which was restored through Joseph Smith. That is such a fundamental part of the truth that we teach, and it is the defining part of our religion. We believe it is possible to be with your family for eternity, and I know that it is true. I have felt the truth of it, and that is why I am out here everyday trying to share that message with another family, because I know much they can benefit from that. That is such an important message, and I invite you to investigate it for yourself. 

Love you all, Have a stellar week!

Elder Beck


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Furnace of Stress

Soooooooooooo, this is Elder Beck with weekly update number );&:);&3.
We just finished what will officially be known as the most stressful
week of my life. I didn't write last week because by the time I got to
the end, I was dead! Here is basically what went down....

It all starts on Sunday when a few people missed trains and we had to
leave church to go figure out that situation.  We ended up having to
pick people up and were driving all around Barcelona dropping people
off, and then we thought the Sister missionaries didn't make it home
because of some confusion, so we had to drive to their house to go see
if they were there. We stayed out until about 1 o'clock that day. Then
on Monday we had a full blast of meetings, scheduling, problems with
printing companies, and preparation for the next day....... Transfer
day........

This day started bright and early when my phone started ringing at
6ish with people who had problems with their tickets. Luckily we
didn't lose money with that train, and things just kept getting
crazier. My phone didn't stop allllll day. It almost died twice from
almost full battery. It was nothing short of controlled chaos.
Absolutely wild. We had a blast with it. We were working like crazy.
Then, because of delayed flights we ended up staying out until 3am. We
dropped the missionaries off, and then got lost on the way home.
Barcelona is a maze, so I'm surprised we even made it home. So
blessed!

We were so blessed to be able to make it through! In the end it all worked out.

I know why the Lord called me here. It's so I can learn more humility.
I have needed help so many times this week, and He has given me the
energy I needed. This mission is teaching me so much.

To finish, one of our investigators is progressing a lot. Liberate has
read until Alma in the Book of Mormon, and she may make the decision
to be baptized soon. We are very excited about that. We had a very
spiritual lesson with her. This work is a miracle!

Love,
Elder Beck

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

I Just ❤️ This City More and More

We had an absolute incredible week. There is no other words to describe it. I have felt so blessed to be able to come here and learn so much. It has been so wonderful to be here in Barcelona, the heart of this mission, and learn from the leaders around me. Literally everyday is so full of fun things and random adventures. I LOVE IT!!!!!!

Before I get to the good stuff wanted to give a quick update on the stick driving. I have improved dramatically in the span of a week. Now it feels a lot more natural. It is way more fun than normal driving. There is just so much more involvement. So that is how that´s going.

This week we had the opportunity to have zone conference this week. We listened to incredible messages from the older missionaries, and I loved it. I was able to see Elder Christensen and Elder Dunn again (two of my favorite companions)!! Elder Dunn, Elder Jones (my companion now), and Elder Hemeyer are all going home this Tuesday which is super sad. The good thing is that I now we will hang out again. It´s just sad to see that I won´t see them again for a time. They are all such good missionaries. 

This week was also an incredible time for miracles. Here in the office we spend our time in the morning doing office work, and then at about 5:30 we go out and do missionary work. We don´t have a lot of time, and so when we are outside we work as hard as possible. We run up the stairs, talk to everyone, and love every second of it. It makes us really appreciate the time we have. The Lord has blessed us so much. We have found lots of new people, and a few families that we will be meeting with this next week. It is such a blessing to be a part of this work. The happiness that comes is real. I love it. I am such a changed person because of it. I am so happy, and I love the opportunity to be changed. I didn´t realize how much I had to learn before, but in this short time I have learned that I am nothing without my Savior, and that He makes me into who He needs me to be. 

Time flys here. Between transfers, late-night airport runs, early mornings, stressful scheduling, and crazy adventures... I am having an absolute blast! I love it. I invite you to look and see if this is something that can bless you, because I am 100% sure it will. The Book of Mormon is true. Plain and simple. 

Love you all. Go out there and get it.

Elder Beck

Barcelona stadium Camp Nou 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Barcelona... My City

People, you would not believe how amazing it is here. To think that I have the opportunity to serve here as a missionary is absolutely incredible. There are now words to describe the energy of this city. I LOVE IT!!! We see people from so many countries every single day. This first week has been an incredible experience. 

Soooooo... despite all the hype there are some downsides. That downside is named stick shifting. Look, before the mission I considered myself a decent driver. I didn´t have too many problems, and I felt confident that I could drive well. Then I tried to learn how to drive stick. I wasn´t bad, but I also wasn´t a natural. I have stalled the car 100000000 times. In between parking, red lights, hills, pedestrians, bikers, jay-walkers, then with a car that you have to balance three pedals and the speed...... it all just combines to make driving one big challenge. Let me tell you, there´s nothing like being served a big slice of humble pie. However, after careful diligence I have learned to overcome the challenges and continue on. I can now navigate the bus lane going a breezy 15 miles per hour. The important thing is that I am officially more humble than I was before. 

Our investigator pool is a little small because we only have about four hours to be outside talking to people. That has been an interesting change, but it has been easier than I thought it was going to be. The office is always stressful coordinating everything in the whole mission. I didn´t realize how much work we actually do, but we literally coordinate all of President Dayton´s schedule, and just about everyone else as well. It is a blast talking to all the missionaries in the mission,  and I am learning so much every single day. I will for sure be a pro, so if you know anyone in the future who needs a male secretary, been there, done that. I would most definitely recommend myself. Hahaha

THIS preparation day we went to the most epic views of Barcelona called Park Guell. When you look up Barcelona, all the pictures you see come from there. That was super fun. 

Keep enjoying life people. Work hard, play hard!

Elder Beck