Monday, January 30, 2017

The Destructive Powers of Pique Machu

For all of you wondering about this strange title of an email, I will
now explain.

First and foremost, pique Machu is not Machu pichu, which is a place
in Peru. Pique Machu is a dish from Bolivia, and it consists of
assorted meats and fries all mixed together. It is basically a heart
attack on a plate, but it tastes so good. Anyway, we had this
wonderful dish on Saturday night, and then went home and went to bed.
And then it all went south....

I woke up the next morning feeling absolutely horrible. I don't know
if my stomach has ever felt so bad. I will spare you the graphic
details, but basically I didn't leave the bathroom until 1 in the
afternoon. I couldn't even drink water I was so sick. I couldn't go to
church, and my companion had a talk, so a member came and stayed with
me while he left with another. People, it was the worst. I love food,
but never do I want to eat Pique Machu again..... truly, Pique Machu
has great power over men.

Besides that horrible day, this week was absolutely fantastic. We
found this young boy who is the most prepared person I have ever met.
Oscar is 15 years old, and the first time we met him he told us he
wanted to be a missionary. He is absolutely fire!! I am so excited to
see his baptism!! Honestly, we have worked so hard to see this
miracle, and now it is finally here.

Other updates include my companion leaving this next week, so that
will be tough to see him go. He is such a great missionary, and I have
grown so much with him as a companion!

That's it for his week! Love you all, and don't eat Pique Machu!!!!!!!!!!!!

Elder Beck

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Down, and then the Up

This week was wild. To start, last week was a difficult week. We spent
a lot of time with flaky investigators, talking to people in the
street, and overall it was just tough. We worked, we worked, and we
worked a little more. However, no matter what we did, we just hadn't
seen the results. I couldn't help but blame myself for the problems,
and it was tough. Then we had the week of miracles...

We did companion exchanges with the zone leaders on Tuesday. It was
absolutely incredible. Everyone who stopped to have a conversation was
prepared to hear the gospel. Everyone was receptive. We started
setting visits and teaching every night. On Saturday we had so many
people to teach we didn't think we could get it all done. We set
baptismal dates! Overall it was just an incredible week.

What else. The one funny thing about being American is that everyone
assumes you are related to trump. It's super funny. I have had a blast
with it.

Other random stuff... the waves were really big this week so that was
fun to see!

That's about it! All and all we are just trucking along. The mission
life is the best!

Love you all,
Elder Beck

Monday, January 16, 2017

What a week

Couldn't really think of anything funny to say in the intro, but
that's okay, we'll get a good next week!

So, this week was great. Two stories. The first was that when my first
companion left I didn't know the are super well, do I ended forgetting
where a less active member lived that we had visited. I had prayed for
over a month to find her, and this week we ran into her on the street!
I was so grateful for that. The Lord provides when we are faithful.

Another time is that we visited a woman who had multiple sclerosis and
cleaned her house while my companion cooked food so that she could
have a good meal for the next couple days. I am so grateful for the
opportunity to look outside of myself and serve others! Truly you find
yourself as you lose yourself in the service of others.

We also had interviews with President this week, and that was
spectacular as always. Life is just so good on the mission. Both hard
and rewarding!

I wanted to share a part of the introduction of the Book of Mormon.
This promise is real, and I testify it is true, because I have done
it. The Book of Mormon is the evidence that this is truly the church
of Jesus Christ on the earth!! "We invite all men everywhere to read
the Book of Mormon, to ponder in their hearts the message it contains,
and then to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the
book is true. Those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain
a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost."
If you want to know, do it!

I hope you all have the best week ever!!

Elder Beck

Monday, January 9, 2017

I Almost Ate a King

Soooooo, buenas días lads and lass's of the great United States or
wherever you are! It has been an absolute wonderful week, and I hope
it was the same for you all.

Well, to start, we had día de Reyes on the 6th. It was a blast to
basically celebrate Christmas all over again. Everyone here opens
their presents on that day, so it is Christmas round two. They also
have a great tradition with the Roscón de Reyes. It's a round
donut-looking cake with cream in the middle. The fun part is that they
put two figurines in the cream, but you can't see it. Whoever gets the
king has good luck for the rest of the year, and the whoever gets the
other random one has to do the dishes, and has interesting luck for
the year. Luckily I got both, so I am going to have a relatively
normal year. There's nothing like chewing porcelain when you are just
trying to enjoy a piece of cake. Hahaha

On another happy note, one of our less active members is reactivating
gave us all of her cigarettes, coffee, and tea to throw away. It was a
great experience to be a part of, and we are super happy for her.

Random fact, The weather here is crazy. During the day it is super
nice, but then during the night it drops like 100 degrees and is
freezing. It's mostly due to the fact we are right on the sea.

That's about it for this week. I am truly grateful to be serving this
mission, and it has changed my life for the better. Keep making good
choices people, and have fun!

Elder Beck

Monday, January 2, 2017

And So it Begins!!!!

Happiest of The New Year to you all! I am so glad to see so many of
you doing so well, and I hope you are all making tons of crazy goals
this year.

To start, this new year was I have to admit different than all the
others. To start, we had a great lunch with a couple from Honduras.
That was a blast, then we bought a ton of food for a family from
Romania who doesn't have very much money, then we celebrated with them
a little bit! After that we had a huge dinner with a couple from Cuba.
It was a great time. As we got back to Piso I decided to call one of
our members to see if she could bring her friend to church. When she
answers she was sobbing, and begged us to to come over. So we grabbed
our coats and ran to her piso at 10:35. Normally we can't be out past
10, but we had permission to be out until 11:30 that night. So we got
there and talked to her for 45 min. Then we sprinted back home to not
be late. By the time we got back I was drained! Definitely the most
fulfilling New Years I have had. Just the opportunity to focus
completely on others is such a blessing. I have learned so much while
being here.

So this officially begins the only full year of serving a mission.
While I know it is going to fly by, I am so grateful for the
opportunity to be a member of the this church, and to know the truths
that are taught. Truly this message contains the FULNESS of the
gospel. A lot of people teach good principles, but there is only one
church on earth that contains the fulness of the gospel, and that is
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Here's a quick Scripture from the Book of Mormon. From Mosiah 2:17,
"And behold, I tell you these things that ye may learn wisdom; that ye
may learn that when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are
only in the service of your God."

I look forward to spending this year in the service of my God! Have a
great week, and keep writing!! Love you all.

Elder Beck