Tuesday, January 5, 2016

I can't beilieve it is 2016 already

Hello! I can't believe it is 2016 already. Time to start writing 2015 and then have to go back and write 2016. haha. For me it was a really good week.

On Tuesday we had a busy day. I went on splits with K1 because Elder Osei-tutu was still having to stay at home. SO me and Elder Erckanbrack went to our area. We went to visit this investigator and his family, but we got there early so we did some street contacting. I talked to this man. He is a very nice person  and seemed very interested in the church, so he invited us to come visit him and his family. Really cool how just a few minutes early allowed us to be able to find  him. We stayed in my area for the afternoon and went to K1 area in the evening. We got bounced by this one appointment and were wondering what to do and this woman came up to us and said there is someone who wants to read the bible with you and so we taught this man the first lesson. It is always nice when the lord brings people to you. ha. 

ON wednesday I stayed with Elder wilson to listen and watch MLC over the computer. It was really good and i learned a lot from listening in. Something I liked was about goal setting. When we set goals and are good at setting goals. We reach our potential and become better at what we are doing faster. I haven't been the best at setting goals in my life and i know that is something I am going to try and improve this year. We also went to a really nice restaurant after MLC. Really delicious (He loves his food!)

On Thursday we had a really good day of teaching. Elder Wilson and I seemed like we really were teaching with unity. Good thing he is leaving. haha. Then at 5 we went to pick up my new companion. Elder Brogan. He is a really nice kid. He looks younger than me and doesn't seem like he is 19, but he is an awesome missionary and teaches really well. I am excited to learn from him and see what we can do. Then we went to a small party that a member was throwing and has some nice food.  (Num Num...there's the food again!) Afterwards we visited a Recent Convert. 

ON Friday we had a window of heaven and found some really powerful people. It was also a really quiet day. I think it was because of New Years and everyone was sleeping.

On Saturday we cleaned the baptism font and visited Patience and his mother. Patience is the one getting baptized. His mother should soon be following him though. We also visited that family that I found on Tuesday. They are really awesome and seem really interested. We also had a big feast at Cecilia's home. She is the Relief Society president in K2. It was really nice. 

On Sunday it was a good day. We only had 40 at sacrament meeting, but we had powerful testimonies and a wonderful baptism of Patience. It was a great experience. It was amazing to see Patience's mother and the happiness she had for her son. I hope she remembers that feeling and follows after him very soon.

It has been a great week. I am excited about the new companion and I am now going for a record for most companions in a mission. haha. I have been reading about Ammon in the book of mormon. He is my favorite person in the book of mormon. The faith and the courage he had is just amazing. What is your favorite Book of Mormon character? Thanks for all the love and support. Have a great week.

Love Elder Beck


·      (6 missionaries, 3 branches, one truck, one missionary couple from Blackfoot, Idaho).  
    Kigali, Rwanda (where he is now has a population of more than 1 million, is the capital and largest city of Rwanda. It is situated near the geographic center of the nation.)  
     Official language of Rwanda is English but many speak French, Kinyarwanda, or Swahili. They use interpreters at times but mostly teach people who know English.

The church has been in Rwanda for 7-8 years with missionaries only being in Rwanda for the last 2 years.  Elder Beck is one of about 50 missionaries to have served there.

Elder Beck has been out for 4 months and has had 4 companions, including one in the MTC.  His other companions have been the Zone Leader in Rwanda.  His first companion in Rwanda was from Idaho Falls, (the others from California and Utah).

Most people in Rwanda have not heard of the LDS church.  They are ready to hear the gospel of Jesus Christ and it is not unusual to have a baptism or more weekly.

Mom's Questions:
1. Are you learning any Kinyarwanda or French?  Do they have interpreters at church?
I am not learning any french really, but I am learning a little Kinyarwanda for fun. It is fun to learn it.

2.  What are some of the local sayings and interesting things people say in your area?
They say "supa" for super, we say "you're the best "a lot, they talk a lot with grunts, 

3.  How do you like the truck you drive? Is it new- ish?
The truck is nice. We call it the Iron Stallion. It is pretty old for a mission truck, but I still like it a lot. It is disiel. They could be getting a new truck soon.

4.  How's your fellow missionary who had the appendectomy doing?
He is doing well. He is pretty much full strength and going out right now.

5.  Do you think men or women are more receptive to the gospel message?  Or mixed?
It is kind of mixed, but i would probably have to say men. Women sometimes seem prideful here.

6. do you have time for service work or are you too busy teaching?
We haven't done much service yet.  (At Christmas he said they usually teach 20 lessons a week so they are busy)

Love Elder Beck
Patience and Elder Beck  (I always knew he would find patience on his mission! lol!)

Patience's MOM, Patience, Elder Beck


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