Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Working hard... WWW & How is the day?

Entebbe Missionaries!

Hello. This week was awesome. We had an awesome time and it was also Wilford Woodruff week (www) where we work extra hard and to the last second looking for people to share the gospel with. IT was good, but tiring.

So on Tuesday it was awesome. I was on exchanges with Elder Myers. He is a good friend and we just had a nice day. Taught a ton of powerful lessons and just had a good time. We taught Juma the blind man and we laughed like nothing all together. IT was awesome. Laughing is awesome.

ON Wednesday, I was able to go on exchanges with Elder Shelton this time. We had a nice day. Got surprised with food from an investigator and dropped a Book of Mormon off at another investigator and he was really really happy to get one. The BOok of MOrmon brings happiness into our lives. Read it!

ON Thursday, it was a long day, but we got a ton of things done. I was so tired though. I literally wanted to sleep on the road.... But it was awesome. We met some really cool people and are definitely seeing the blessings.

On Friday was another really nice day. We had some insanely spiritual lessons. It was a lot because of a member that came with us. It was just awesome. It made me grateful to be on mission.

On Saturday was a good day. We had a family history thing at the church it was good, but a little disorganized. We are working with a lot of different members right now and things are picking up with members. SUnday was awesome, but disappointing. A lot of people that I felt really good about didn't come to church, but there were some that did come. The ward is doing well. The problem is getting people consistent and ready for baptism right now, but the work of the Lord will progress.

Today we had a fun zone activity and just made and ate a ton of food. It was fun.

This week I was a little down because it feels like we are working so hard and so many things seem to be moving forward and then there comes a lot of disappointments.... Which was getting me down after church on Sunday, but then we were visiting an investigator and I shared a scripture in Alma 36:3 and we had a really good discussion on it. I think it helped me more than the investigator because it is an awesome scripture. Alma is teaching his son Helaman to trust in the Lord through everything and he will support you through anything and everything. What a great lesson to teach your son or to anyone. Trust in the Lord! don't doubt, don't give up, but if we trust in him we will progress we will accomplish great things and the lord will be with us every step of the way. Let us trust in him and everything will work out. We trust him by being grateful, being prayerful, and being obedient and diligent no matter what! Have a great week.
Love Elder Beck

Mom Questions....
1.  What's something that we as a family did to influence you to be a good person?

Something the family influenced me was staying together and having unity and also supporting everyone through everything no matter what. IT is important!

2.  How big of an influence were leaders, coaches and friends on you? In preparing you to be who you are and to serve a mission?

They were a big influence on me. I didn't have that much personal preparation, but somehow I was still prepared enough to come, so it had to be those around me.

3. Pride was a topic of discussion  this week.  How does pride prevent us from progressing? Is pride an issue in missionary work?

This week I studied a talk about Pride by President Benson. It is a really powerful talk. Pride blocks the spirit, knowledge, change, unity, and many other things which are essential to moving forward and progressing. It is something that is really really big on mission and in missionary work. Pride is not easy, but we can control it and get rid of it in our lives.

4.  What is a common saying in Uganda that you don't hear in Idaho? Like we might greet with... howdy, hey there,  what's up? What do you say there?

How is the day? How are we? .......Nothing much different! 

Usually just bad English grammar and probably won't make sense in the States, but it does here. haha. 

and not just one HOW IS THE DAY....., but maybe like 3 or 4. hahahahaha

Being a goof ball!  ha ha ha ha  - - love it!  this is the only pic he emailed this week

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

18 months down!!

ELDERS Beck and Anderson with the cute children

Hello. This week was awesome. Officially hit 18 months on mission and I officially passed my sister and dad in time spent on mission. I am feeling really good about myself right now and receiving even more blessings.... haha
African sun

This week I went to Kajjansi on exchanges with Elder Shelton. It was a fun day. We enjoyed. had some really nice food ,felt the spirit and had a crazy dream... It was fun though. Wednesday we had a really spiritual District meeting on becoming Christ-like and it really motivated me the rest of the week. Also had a really nice day.
Thursday We had a powerful day. One of our investigators Derrick received an answer that he needs to be baptized so he is set for this sunday on the 26th. On Friday we had lunch with an investigator. Cassava!! gotta love it. 


On Saturday we had interviews with president and started a mission fast and had a fireside. It was awesome. Sang a nice song. watched a new first vision video that the church put out. Really nice......Also Elder Koopman's Birthday. I have been around him for both of his birthday's......
Nap time


On Sunday we had a nice day except for the rain. It stopped a lot of people from coming to church, but we had some investigators, some white people, and a guy from Uruguay that only speaks spanish. It was an interesting Sabbath. Also we met with the Stake President and the Mission President to talk about how we can work together better. IT was a really powerful meeting. Today we played basketball in Kampala. Really fun. Great week.


This week I just realized the importance of Priesthood keys and the blessing it is that we have them on the earth right now. Each of us have leaders around us that hold these priesthood keys and can receive direct guidance and revelation from God. It is amazing to see and such a blessing when we listen and live to what these people say. I can't imagine what it would be like not to have these priesthood keys today. Let us not take it for granted and be grateful for them. have a great week.  Love you..
Love elder Beck

1. when you say you aren't good at spending money ...does that mean you spend too much or you are a tight wad?

It means I am a tight wad.... I feel bad when I spend money and always second guess myself and feel regret and ask myself if it was worth it... yep. But I am spending more money now.... Not sure if that is a good thing or not.

2. Is the truck on the mend?  Is the driving worse in Uganda or Rwanda?

The truck is good. The driving is worse in Uganda by a far amount. It is not easy!....

3.  does it seem weird that you are on the downhill slide of your mission?  It's fun to see some of the missionaries coming home..... Tyson, Brynlee.  We are excited for your return but we love that you are still going strong and working hard and  loving your mission.  How do you feel about that or are you trying to ignore it?  My bet is that we will miss your mission almost as much as you will.  It's a journey, live it well.

  It is definitely in my mind as I am 18 months now, but it doesn't really affect me during the day too much. It makes me realize how fast time is going by and how I need to use these last 6 months smartly and make a huge difference! I will miss mission a lot when I go home.

Having fun with selfie stick.... silly boys

Sunday, March 12, 2017

2 for 1. Busy but good! (and the sequel....) We are on fire!!

--someone didn't around to posting last week..... maybe Blake?.... anywho... here we go, 2 wks worth--


Hello. SO this week was really busy for us with transfers and truck and MLC, but the lord did really bless us this week.

Tuesday we had to take the truck in because it wasn't going into reverse and that is a problem............ So we got back to our are late ,but still had some nice lessons. Wednesday was transfer day so we had to go to kampala go back to entebbe, go back to Kampala, get some lunch, move some luggage around and finally come back to Entebbe. It was good though. NO one got hurt.

Thursday we finally had a full day in our area and we used it well. WE had a lesson when a chicken came into the living room as we were teaching so the investigator gets up and catches the screaming chicken and throws it out the door........... Only in Africa, yet it feels so normal now. haha.

also we did some finding and we came across some guys and started talking to them. They welcomed us and so we asked if there was anyone else that would like to join us and slowly by slowly they picked sisters, daughters, neighbors, friends and by the end we had like 15 people gathered around us ready to learn. It was pretty cool. It was a nice lesson as well.

ON friday we went to Kampala again to have MLC. It was really powerful! Elder Grant is the new AP and he was awesome. Learned a lot from that! ALso went to a nice buffet afterwards and ate well.

Saturday, we got back to our area. Did some planning for the week and for the transfer. It is going to be a great transfer. We taught some awesome lessons and went to Kajjansi for a baptism interview. I found out if you talk really fast. The american missionaries can understand what you say, but the people can't. It is actually pretty funny...... THey get mad at you because they can't understand.

Sunday we had an awesome day. A lot of our investigators came to church, but they all left before the last class. Priesthood and Relief Society get kind of boring........It was good though. Mary got confirmed and is really doing well. We got fed lunch. Really nice. We have some baptisms looking good for the 19th of March so that is awesome. Things are good right now. We did some window shopping today. Negotiating here is not easy. They want to rip you off........    It makes it fun though. haha.

Something I learned and like a lot this week was something that was said in MLC. That we don't need to be mechanical. We shouldn't just do the same thing over and over and just go through the motions. TRYING SOMETHING NEW AND FUN. ASKING THE LORD WHAT WE CAN DO BETTER.  It can bring joy and happiness in our lives and especially the spirit. The lord created us to be creative and to be different. Don't get stuck in the same old rut. Make things new and fun, but LET THE SPIRIT GUIDE YOU. I testify that the spirit will guide us in our lives. Have a great week. Love you.
Love ELder Beck

Elders at MLC

cool painting


So this week was great. Missionary Work is going well.
It started out on Tuesday that we got bounced a bit in the late afternoon and we were again wondering what to do, so what did we do..... We prayed and asked God what we needed to do. I felt like we needed to go to this area and Elder Andersen felt like in that area we need to go to this specific place in that area. We did some finding, but got shut down at first and then when we were about to go to our next appointment we decided we were there for more than just that and we contacted one more house and the people we met we are teaching now a husband and wife and a brother to the husband. Crazy. It is so simple. Pray and ask God and he will guide you. It is always the last person you talk to. haha.

Also on Wednesday we had a really nice ZDM as a zone. The Unity is awesome right now. I also sang were all in this together with dancing for a training so thank you sisters for watching High School Musical..... Let us say it caught the attention of the missionaries, but definitely never doing it again... haha.  (What in the world, He sang in front of other people?  Awesome!)

ON thursday we had exchanges. I was with Elder Mambou. He is from Congo, but lives in South Africa. Really fun day. Great missionary. The lord is bringing people to us and it seems like our investigators are bringing people to us to teach. It is awesome!

Sunday was a great day. We had a ward conference which was really nice. A lot of powerful people from the Stake came. It was good for the investigators. We are doing a lot of great work. We are just getting a lot of people close to baptism, but something is holding them back. We are getting a lot of cool people right now and we are praying to find a way to get them to become official members. IT is fun. Elder Andersen and I have been looking back and seeing how everything seems to work out and how we find and teach people. It is amazing how everything seems to work out together and it is not us, but the Master putting it together. It was an awesome week.

This week the theme for the conference in the Ward was... Obedience brings blessings. It is so simple, but yet we sometimes forget about it. When we are obedient and put God first. Whether on the Sabbath or tithing, or anything. The Lord will bless us and provide for us. It is so simple and it ALWAYS WORKS! IT is a divine law. We will never not receive blessings when we keep the commandments. Obedience brings blessings. Have a great week. Love you.

Love Elder Beck

1. What do you think of your cousin makell going to czech slavak mission and speaking slavak?

I think that is sweet! I couldn't do that.......... But she is a lot better than me so she can handle it. Missions are awesome! It will be a great mission but not the best because she is not in the UKM...ha ha

2.  Have you been to a funeral in uganda?  How are they different or the same as in the US?

I have been to one in Rwanda, but not Uganda. It was different because they recorded and took pictures of everything. They had a camera in the face of the family crying their eyes out as the person was buried that seemed weird. Also they have pastors pray and do weird stuff. I like the USA Church ones better. 

3.  If you had a lot of money in Uganda, what would you buy?

UMMmmmmmm. I don't know. Nice food....... Clothes........ GO a see cool things....... Get cool paintings............ I am not really sure... I found out that I am not good at spending money.......

4.  Birthday package going out this week?  need anything specific?

Neutragena face wash.....Candy......... Cake mixes......... Frosting........Beef Jerky.......A bag of Sunflower seeds flavored.... Just suggestions

5.  Have you bought any clothes over there, if so , what? 

I bought some african pattern shirts. I am probably going to buy a custom suit. Maybe some other things. Clothes are cheap here.

6. We had a lesson on Grace this Sunday.  I am amazed and in awe of Grace. It is for all and enables us to become all that we can.  We don't earn heaven but learn heaven through grace...to become like the Savior. The talk for the lesson was recent one by Uchtdorf and then one by Brad Wilcox.  What are you studying?

 I am glad you read that talk by Dieter f. Uchtdorf because I read that same talk. It is a really good talk and I enjoyed it a lot. I am going through Uchtdorf's talks for the last few conferences right now. The words of modern prophets and apostles are becoming my favorite to study right now.....I will study that talk again and more about Grace.