Zone Duran Norte
Me (sweating) and my Reese's Birthday Cake. If you guys haven't tried it, you need to try it ASAP. It is SOOOOOOO delicious. And it looks exactly like the pic on the box ;) haha And it is super easy!
I love you all!!!
Love, Elder Beck
Monday, March 28, 2011
How is all of the fam doing this week? I hope everyone is having a great week! I'm having a great week so far..the weeks in the mission always start out great because they start with me writing to the fam! ;) I love reading all of the letters you all write and seeing all of the pictures. It just never gets old... I love you all!!!!!
As stated in the Subject, I am now starting my 14th change in the mission. It's crazy how FAST time flies. There is little time left but so many things to do! This is the time to work my hardest and put in practice all of the things that I've learned over the past 20 months. And I'm still with Elder Garcia (this is the first time that I'll be with the same companion for 3 changes) so between the 2 of us, I think we've got quite a bit of experience to have lots of success in this sector :) The only change in our house was Elder Laub. I don't know who I'll talk with at night now...I was getting kinda used to speaking English at night, but now it'll be Spanish 24/7 lol. The new Elder in the house is Elder Jarrín and he's from Quito, Ecuador.
This week I was reading a Liahona from a few years ago and I was reading a talk about forgiving. It was such a good talk. I loved one of the quotes from George Herbert... "He that cannot forgive others breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass if he would ever reach heaven; for everyone has need to be forgiven." It made me think of what Jesus taught in part of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 6;14-15... "For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." Forgiveness is something that is so important in our lives. We all need to forgive others, and we really all need to be forgiven by our Heavenly Father. It's really hard for some people to forgive, but it's always better after they do it. Sometimes we have to forgive even when we a person that has done something to us doesn't ask forgiveness. It's easier to live life without having those hard feelings against another person.
Well, I guess there's not really that much news this week haha. Last night, we were waiting to find out if there were any changes and the power went out for about an hour and the phone died. The zone leaders called like 10 times to ask us something and they thought something had happened to us. But the power finally came back and I found out that I would be staying here :) It was SUPER hot in the house without my fan blowing in my face lol.
I love all of you SOOOOOOOO much. I have the best family that anyone could ask for :) Thanks for all of your support and love. Thanks for all of the letters and photos. Thanks for all of the prayers. I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love, Elder Beck
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
The 4 of us in Chilis. Elders Elias, Laub, Garcia, and Beck
Me and my plate of YUMMY food.
Me and my plate of delicious dessert.
Before the baptism :D
Me with the 4 that got baptized. Julio, Maria Jose (yes, she's 8 years old...just TINY haha), Me, Maite (the one who got baptized 6 times), and Karen.
Me and Maite...after she finally went under water ;) lol
Me and Maria Jose.
I LOVE ALL OF YOU!!!!
Love, Elder Beck
Hola mi querida familia!!!!
How's everybody doing this week? From what I've read in your letters, it sounds like you have all had a super-fun, non-stop party, week :) haha My week wasn't too bad either..but I wouldn't call it a party lol.
First, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO REGAN ON THURSDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope you have a GREAT day Regan. I love you SOOOOO much!!!
As I mentioned last week (I think) we went to Chili's after emailing. I just want to say that it was the BEST meal that I have eaten in about 20 months!!! YYYYUUUUMMMMMM! We all started out with the bottomless chips n salsa and those are just as tasty as the ones in the States. I ate a New York Strip steak with mashed potatoes (with the potato skin and bacon and cheese mixed in) and garlic bread and fried vegetables and french fries. And for dessert, I ate a chocolate chip molten cake with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. It was all SSSSSSOOOOO DELICIOUS!!! Thanks for that Birthday present Mom and Dad! :D
This week we did an exchange with the Zone Leaders and I was in my sector with Elder Olaya from Colombia (He was one of the ones that I went to Quito with last September). We had a good day and taught a lot of people and found some new people to teach. But my favorite experience from that day was our very last appointment. We were teaching the Fuentes Castro family (A referral from the Acuria family) and we've been trying to get them to accept a baptism date for a couple of weeks now, but they just wouldn't accept. They've gone to Church a few times and they are ready to be baptized. We've taught with some very powerful scriptures and testimony and everything and I've definitely felt the Spirit while we've taught them. But that night the Spirit was different. For some reason it was a lot stronger that night than in any of our other appointments. We taught about the Doctrine of Christ with 2 Nephi 31 and some other scriptures and the Spirit was just strong. We invited them to be baptized and they all accepted (Augusto, Mirian, and Karla). That experience helped teach me how important the Spirit really is in this work. We had taught with the Spirit in other lessons with them, but not like that night. And that made all the difference! I love my mission.
Well, I guess the biggest news this week would have to be the FOUR BAPTISMS THAT WE HAD ON SATURDAY!!!!!! Julio, Karen, Maité, and Maria José got baptized. They are all siblings (12, 11, 10, and 8 years old). But, this baptism wasn't exactly the easiest baptism I've had in my mission. Not because they didn't want to get baptized or anything, but because of things that happened in the last minute before the baptism. On Friday night we went to our ward mission leader's house and he told us not to worry about filling up the font and that he would do it Saturday morning. So, naturally, we trusted that he would do it. And he did.......sort of. The baptism was supposed to start on Saturday at 630 pm, so my comp. and I got there at 5 pm to set up the chairs and make sure everything was ready. To our surprise, the font had about 10 inches of water in it. We turned on the water to fill it up, but there was no water! So, we went to call everyone that we could, but NOBODY answered their phones. Our ward mission leader got to the Church at 625pm and we asked him what had happened. He told us that when the font was filling in the morning, the water ran out. We asked him why he didn't tell us or anything (since we live around the corner from his house, and we would have been able to cancel the baptism if we had known in the morning) and he said that he thought it would be enough water........... I thought he was joking, but unfortunately he was serious.
By the time it was 630 pm all of the members were already there and we were only waiting for the investigators. My comp. and I decided we had to do something since everybody was already there and we couldn't just tell everyone to go home. We asked the ward mission leader if there was water in the water reserve tank outside and he said no. We went and looked and it was half full lol. So we asked him if there were buckets and he said no. So we went and looked in the cleaning closet, and we found 2 buckets lol. We asked him if he could help us fill the font up a bit more with buckets, and he said no lol. So my comp and I did it with the help of one of the other members. We had to use a hose to dip the buckets down into the tank, cause there wasn't any rope or anything. It took a while, and my back and arms are still kinda sore, but we filled it up enough to baptize the investigators haha.
I'm pretty sure I broke a record that night.... The member that helped us with the buckets baptized 2 of the investigators, and I baptized the other 2. He baptized first and he had to repeat twice on the 2nd person. And then it was my turn..... I baptized Maite first. Apparently Maite is deathly afraid of being under water because every time I finished the prayer and went to dunk her under the water, she started kicking all over the place. That's what she did the first 5 TIMES. And then the 6TH TIME (yes, the SIXTH TIME!) I told her that after I finished the prayer she would sit down, and then just lay her upper body back into the water. And that time it worked..finally. As the saying goes "SIXTH TIME'S THE CHARM!!!" (That's how the saying is, right?? LOL) It was all good afterwards though and we joked around saying that I had 7 baptisms that night (the first 6 with Maite and the 7th with Maria Jose) bahahaha. Other people said (to me) that she must have had a lot of sins to need to be baptized 6 times. And other people said that I was trying to relive the story (in 2 Kings 5) of Naaman the leper that had to dip himself 7 times in the river Jordan to be healed. LOL That was my favorite ;)
What I learned from that experience is what kind of member I need to be when I am back home. I want to be like the member that helped us fill the font bucket by bucket, even though it was hard, it took a long time, he was in Church clothes and might get dirty, he didn't have to do it, etc. And NOT like our ward mission leader that didn't help in the moment when we needed his help most. He's a good guy, but that's not how I want to be as a disciple of Jesus Christ. I know that Jesus Christ would do everything possible to help someone that needs help..and if we are his disciples, we need to try to do what He would do. But no worries, we are all in the same process of learning little by little. That's what I learned this week :)
Well, that's the news for this week!!! Today was SUPER P-day, so now our house is 'super-clean' (at least for Ecuador's standards ;) ) The most super thing about super p-day is that we leave our house super-late cause we have to clean so much lol. Thanks for every thing you do for me. Thanks for all of the letters, pics, prayers, support, and love. I LOVE ALL OF YOU SSSOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Love, Elder Beck