Monday, July 31, 2017

A wonderful week! Miracles. ISO: prayers

Elder Beck skillet skilz!


Hello! This week flew by again, but there was so much that the Lord blessed us with this week. Here are a few of the things...........

So since one companionship left we had to figure out their area as well and figure out how to fit in those that they were teaching with those that we were teaching. somehow it all worked out. But they had one investigator that had just come back from the village right before they left. His name is Patrick. This guy is amazing. He is an older man, but very smart and speaks and reads english very well. We visited him a few different times this week and every time we came he had read the assignment in the book of mormon that we gave him like 3 times and he was teaching us what it was saying in the chapters! He is preparing for baptism on the 13th of August, but he is facing some challenges in the village with his family, so pray for him. He is a miracle!

On Wednesday, the Lord led us to a few prepared people. I realized that I needed to do better at finding along the way. So on Wednesday right after we finished a lesson we walk out and I talk to the first guy that I see. WE talk to him and he is interested, but has no phone............ But we told him we would be at the church tomorrow in the morning, so we went away not really expecting him to come. The next day during our ddm. He shows up. We teach him and then on Sunday he comes to the church and just loves the church! Truly a miracle!

On Friday, we saw another miracle. We get a call in the morning from a guy and he says he wants to meet us. SO we are excited and we meet up with this guy and this is what happened. So the day before I gave a contacting card to our chapti man( The guy we buy chapati from) He then gave it to his friend and when he saw it and it said 'Light the World' He felt like he needed to join the church.! Truly another miracle. He came to church on Sunday! and He makes super nice chapati! hahaha   Also had our lunch paid for from a random guy! Super nice.  First time that has happened to me on mission.... Another miracle...

recall chapati



On Saturday, we are teaching this guy and we have been teaching him for a long time so far. He is someone that questions a lot of things and is hard to make him happy with our answers, but he has been coming to church most Sunday's and we are being patient with him. But as we taught him on Saturday he told us about how we always tell him about praying and coming to know it is true and he said he found a couple of scriptures in the bible and the book of mormon and he feels that it is true! He still is not sure about baptism for the second time, but he is progressing! It truly is a miracle.

Then on Sunday we came to church and we had some great investigators at church and even the Lord brought us 3 potential investigators to the church. One was a man we contacted last week, another was a family we tracted into over a week ago, and the last was a man that came because his children said it was a good church. Another miracle. The Lord blessed us this week and I am truly grateful for it.

This week has been amazing and I know that miracles they do happen in today's time. The Lord is the same yesterday, today and forever. He works them according to our faith. Truly he can work wonders in our life even when it doesn't seem like it is possible. Just believe and work hard and you will be surprised what happens. Have a great week.

Love you,

love Elder Beck



Hello beautiful Uganda!




Mom questions....
1. What is the best way to stay converted? Or to continually be converted?  With new members and yourself,  how do you keep focused on the gospel and Jesus Christ?


Well the best way to stay converted is Reading the book of Mormon, taking the sacrament, and also being busy and active in the church with different responsibilities and activities! we started up FHE for the single adults here and it helps keep them strong and active in the church! Also involving them in missionary work is one of the greatest in helping them. It strengthens them more than even the investigator sometimes.


2.  Tell us about the children in your branch or the areas that you served in.

Children are crazy. Some are afraid of me. Some of them are annoying to me. Some of them love me and when they see me they run up and give me a hug. Some are quiet. Some are funny. Kids are awesome and on Sunday I helped teach Primary. SO I am grateful for the experience I had before mission in teaching children. It is not easy> haha



3.  If you want to teach someone about the church, what approach do you use? Do you teach about the restoration right off the bat?

Ya I always try to teach about the restoration first right off the bat because I want to try to find the people who are prepared, but you know the spirit always directs and sometimes you talk about something different if the situation is right, but you always need to connect it back to the restoration in the near future.


4.  Are you going to buy a suit to bring home? It looks like most of the other missionaries who are  coming home have a suit and I'm assuming that most of them did not bring one. 

Ya I have already bought a suit that I am planning on bringing home only. 135,000 Uganda schillings!  (Big spender = $37.40!!)



5.  What are a couple of things that you will really miss about your mission? What do you think has changed in you by serving a mission?

I will really miss the missionaries and the mission president and his wife. They are so awesome! My love for the scriptures! My love for God and Jesus Christ! My perspective in life! Don't expect too much from though when I get back...... ha                          (Note: happy mom moment here)





6. Do you need anything? Is there anything we could send to the Mission home show our appreciation to them of their support and efforts?

Just your prayers...........They are the best help.

(ISO: prayers for the missionaries and people in the UKM mission.  Please. )




The following pictures are from Sister Collings...she is the best at taking pictures and taking care of our missionaries. Zone conference.
Masaka and Kampala South Zone mtg.... smiley  :)  




Looks like Elder Beck is using humor for his role play....ha ha



Sisters are into it!!



TOTAL UNSURE WHAT THESE PICTURES ARE ALL ABOUT??  Break in?  I know he just moved to another apartment.  Elder Beck sent pictures but forgot about the deets.  (next week)

suspect



mystery

SAVE THIS DATE:
Elder Beck's Homecoming Talk
October 15th, 2017
11:00 am
Pocatello Stake Building
655 South Grant AvenuePOCATELLOIdaho 83204

All invited!!

(getting excited just thinking about it!! woot!)


Saturday, July 29, 2017

Mid- Transfers! Comin' home papers!

Idaho Falls on the 29th at 3 pm.  I can't believe it!!



Hello. SO this week was fast and busy like always. Let us see.


On Tuesday we had exchanges. I was with E. Obeng and we had a fun day. We had Ethiopian food for lunch. He though the Njera was a rag. SO when they put the meat on the rag he was freaking out and especially when I started eating the Njera. hahaha.

njera....ethiopian flat bread


We also did some finding in the evening and we met this guy and he says he is starting a company and he is going to rival with Nickelodeon! hahaha. SO he shows us his studio....It is in this back corner in a small little room! hahaha. He was a funny man! We taught him the restoration........ He has a long way to make it too Nickelodeon. hahaha. The people you meet on mission............. ALso we went to visit a member family and they had a friend there and so we shared about the book of mormon and the restoration. She seemed interested and she has good support from the family! Tender Mercy.



On Wednesday we had an interesting day. WE did some more finding and we found this lady who has a church in her small home. She said she was an Apostle, so I guess I met a living apostle on Wednesday!


On Thursday we had a nice day. WE had some powerful lessons in the morning. One  was with a less active man named Boscoe. In the middle of the lesson someone knocks on the gate. Boscoe just tells us to go inside. SO we do it........ things continue and after the lesson he leads us out this back gate and tells us these people are disturbing the family and wanted money for something.......Interesting.......... Sneaking out the back way......

Then later in the day we went to Kajjansi and did some zone finding with the entire zone! It was powerful to come together as a zone and seek for those lost sheep.


On friday we had interviews with the president! WE found out that two of the missionaries. OBeng and Asare are leaving on Monday to new areas. SO it was sad news to not have those great missionaries around anymore, but the work continues! Also had just a wonderful lesson with a new investigator named Michael. Everything worked out well and he accepted a baptism date! Great guy! Tender Mercy for sure!


Saturday was a busy day. WE had to move from our apartment to another one. Which took way too much time and effort. Than we had district finding in the market. That was awesome. WE met some great people. Even a guy named Saturday.... Powerful name! hahaha.   Also had an awesome lesson with an RC named Ezera! Me and my companion bore testimony too him as he has been facing a lot of opposittion from friends and peers recently and the you could feel the spirit in the room. Testimony is powerful!


Sunday we had a nice day. Church was good. Some Mzungu's (foreigners) from Utah joined the service and I got to talk to them a bit. One family even had the same last name Beck!  So that was good to see them. They are here for Humanitarian project up in Mbale..... White people are funny.............haha.

New member?, Elder Beck, the sisters
We received this photo on Sunday night from the Beck family from Utah!


Today we lost E. OBeng when the AP's picked him up and we lost E. Asare when we dropped him off at the airport going to Rwanda K2 Branch! Gonna miss those guys! Solid week looking for another great week this week and many wonderful tender mercies to come!

This week I learned a great deal! But something that I have been studying a lot about is Christ-like Attributes. I really like the one of Patience! I like the scripture Alma 17:11. Sometimes we expect things right away and everything to work out perfect, but sometimes patience is required. Patience doesn't just mean doing nothing though and being lazy. It is simply having faith in the Lord's timing, but still doing all that you can do! Some of the greatest blessings comes to those who have patience. Life may seem hard in the moment, but right around the corner a blessing is waiting if we are just patient through trials. Thanks.

Love you.
Have a great week.
Love Elder Beck




Mom questions....
1.  Tell me about your branch/ ward  mission leaders?  How do they help you with missionary work?

We have good leaders here. Our ward missionary leader is 20 years old. He is preparing for a mission and he has a twin. Great guy and his name is Opio! The bishop is awesome. He is married, no children. His name is Martin. There is a member named Boscoe. He is a boxer and he goes with us to teach and he is huge so we are not afraid when he is with us. hahaha. Another member named Andrew. he is 19 as well and preparing for a mission next year. He helps us a lot and has been a member since he was 10. Those are a few of the members that help us teach and do missionary work in the ward.......


2.  What's something you noticed this week that reminded you that God exists and that He is in charge ?

This week we fasted as a district and we were fasting for the ward. On Sunday we had an increase in sacrament attendance by like 10 or 15 and also had many of the members stay behind for the baptism that the other Elder's had. It was a time when I knew that God was there and that he is in charge and helping us along the way.


3.  The girls want to know who's your favorite sister?

My favorite sister........... I am not sure. I will see when I get back home! hahaha.


4.   Favorite hymn ?  Favorite hymn you can play?

My favorite hymn right now is 322? Come all ye sons of God. It is a fun one to sing. My favorite one that I can play right now is 100 Nearer my God to Thee. It will always bring the spirit.


5. What's the plan for you coming home and such?

Things are good though. We are facing some opposition, but we are about to have some great things happen,. I can just feel it! I have my flight itinerary for when I go home. I am flying back on September 29th and will arrive in Idaho Falls at 3 pm! Pretty crazy.

Love you mom. Have a great week.
Love Elder Beck




but who's counting?



Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Starting the Transfer off! / .....Time.....

Blogger behind.... (2 wks worth! and only 2 more transfers)


7-10-17

Hello. This week was great let me try and remember what happened because it is a blur right now.....................

RIght after emailing last week. I walk out of the internet cafe and guess who I see walking down the road. Alex from Lugazi!!!!!!!!! (I don't know if you remember who that is). He is someone that I found and was teaching and later got baptized after I left! It was so good to see him and it was God's plan because he usually leaves earlier, but had something hold him up and that is why we were able to meet! It was so good to see him! and we set a program to meet the following day. He also gave me his popcorn that he just bought...... What a great guy!



So good to see Alex from Lugazi (not a coincidence)


So on Tuesday it was the 4th of July!!!!!!! God Bless America! How grateful I am for that country and even how it came to be! We had a nice day. Got fed by bishop and had all the missionaries together for lunch and got to say goodbye to all of them! Then we met up with Alex and got to share with him again. Such a powerful guy and he knows the gospel is true! Also celebrated the 4th of July by going to KFC for lunch and waving an American flag around for most of the day! hahaha.

Happy Day "Merica!!

Nothing says USA like coke and KFC!!

Look at dem fries!!!


Another cool thing that happened was me and E. Phiri had a wonderful experience during comp study. We just simply read a chapter from the Book of Mormon and discussed it and the spirit was so strong you could cut it with a knife! The power of the Book of Mormon is unreal. It gives you a greater desire to keep the commandments and to do your very best for the Lord. It is a true book and anyone who sincerely reads it will feel of the power of the Book of Mormon and how it can answer the questions in their life and help them come unto Christ!


Thursday we had a nice day,b ut I can't remember what happened right now. Then on Friday we went to MLC. It was so nice and again the spirit was so strong and it gave good direction for this transfer. So much to do this transfer!


Then on Saturday we just had a busy day. We had some great lessons and prepared for the Sabbath!


THen on SUnday we had a great sunday. We didn't have too many investigators show up this Sunday which was sad because we were hoping for a lot, but we did have David show up and his baptism was very nice and he was very happy! He is such a funny man and someone that just wants to follow Jesus Christ! Then we headed up to Kampala for another meeting with President. It is fun to council and learn from President Collings. He is a great man and someone that is called of God! Then today we didn't do much, but just cleaned and I got to talk to E. Grant and E. Farnsworth the AP's for a bit today. I can't remember much from what happened this week, but it was good!

David's baptism



Ladder to the font??

Elder Phiri, Alex, ?, Elder Beck



I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the World. I know the Book of Mormon is true. I know that God has restored the fullness of his gospel again on this earth with so many blessings and so many greater things in store for us as we follow his Son! 3 Nephi 27:21. Love you.

Love Elder Beck




7-17-17


hello! so this week I don't remember anything, so let me try to make something up about what happened................
ha ha

So this week it started off well. We visited a member and we were about to teach his fiance when a drunk guy came and the member invited him in to join the lesson..........(still questioning that decision). the lesson was a bit disorganized, but it was so funny and the drunk guy bought us a soda. Let us just say that those people make life interesting. he was a sweet guy and like he said 'a bouncing believer' (while dancing for us). hahahaha. But we were able to do some contacting that day and we got work done! We met a lot of powerful people and even one of our investigators named Alex got an answer that the church and gospel was true (but we are still trying to help him come to church)..............

On Wednesday we had a tough lesson. We met this stubborn guy that was basically an Atheist, but we did our best to testify. We also had a powerful lesson with an investigator when we read from Alma 7 with her. there was no doubt that the book of mormon was true!

On thursday we learned that Ugandan movies are really cheesy and hilarious....these people are funny.............Also met a stubborn goat that I will send a picture of it..........

Uganda goats


Stubborn goat


ON Friday we had a nice day ................ Saturday we had some powerful lesson's in the morning and we also had a nice talk with bishop and how we can help the members more. then we met and taught a guy named george. he is a sweet guy. So humble and willing to learn.

then on SUnday we had a nice day. Except people don't like to keep promises of coming to church. We had a baptism in the ward which was so nice. then we had a meeting with the Stake PResident and Mission President. then Pres. and Sis collings fed us! yes! then we visited  couple of members that were sick in the evening. Solid day and solid week.

today we played some basketball and lost the keys to the truck..... We still don't know where they are. good thing we have the spare!


this week I enjoyed a talk by Dallin h. Oaks this last conference. 'the godhead and the plan of salvation'. It is amazing talk and I really like the scripture in John 17:3. We need to come to know who our heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are! If we understand who they are and what they are like, everything else can make sense to us. It is something that is commonly misunderstood in Christianity today. I know we do have a loving heavenly Father. that he sent his Son and our older brother Jesus Christ to make salvation possible, and that we have a helper, comforter, and testator in the holy ghost. they are 3 distinct beings with one purpose, for us to gain Immortality and Eternal Life! have a great week.

Love you.

Love Elder Beck





MOM QUESTIONS!!

1. How are the living conditions in Entebbe compared to the other areas you've served in.? What does a typical home look like?

the living conditions are pretty much the same as any other place, Maybe a little nicer because there are more nice homes here. MOst homes either have 1 room or 2 rooms. they maybe have a curtain to divide the sleeping place from the sitting place.


2.   Does it smell pretty good there after a rain?


I don't know. It can smell nice or it can smell bad. It depends where you are.....



3.  What is something that has inspired you this week?

We had a meeting with the Stake president and the mission president and just talking to them it inspired me to help Entebbe ward more and serve them and try new things. SO it was good to be excited for the ward!


4.  Do you think you'll stay in entebbe for the rest of your mission or transfer out for the last part?

I am probably going to leave from what President told me in my last talk with him, but you never know, but I am expecting to leave! but who knows.


Bad pic of making Chapati

God Bless the USA

Mom's bday gift.....
(thanks to some helpers for this gift)


video







Tuesday, July 4, 2017

TRANSFERS!!!! (I'm staying in Entebbe!). Families.

Hello. SO this week we can just go to the good stuff............ just kidding......... For transfers I am staying in Entebbe for another and also staying with E. Phiri. Not much change in the zone except and new sister is coming and they are taking out one area from the zone.............. So that is transfers. have a great week! Love you.................ha ha


....I love this pic...esp as Elder Beck nears
the end of his mission in Uganda

Elder Phiri

Beck and Phiri!!  Comps!


I guess I will tell a bit about the week as well. So this week was a straight up Supa NIce Week! We re-vamped our efforts and saw some great blessings come our way. We did some powerful finding and tried to make it finding full of faith! We found and talked to a lot of people this week and the lord blessed us with some people to teach! One of them we met on wednesday and taught them on Thursday. Their names are Charles and Phibi. They are a humble familiy with one little baby. We had a wonderful lesson with them and at the end of the lesson I asked how the feel right now..... Charles said" I feel that the church of Jesus Christ is True!" He came to church on Sunday and is going to bring the rest of the family next Sunday!
THe other one was from pushing water out of our house last week( if you can remember). I contacted the guy that was helping us push the water out and we met with him on Friday and his family. We had a great lesson and they were asking some inspired questions. They didn't come to church, but promised to this Sunday. SO let us hope and pray for them. 2 great families that the lord has blessed us with this week. Teaching a husband and wife and children together is simply the best experience on mission, especially when they are all understanding together!
the kiddos all want their picture taken!!! cute!

Security guard!  I think they are teaching him



p-day w elders and sisters!


Other things that happened. On thursday in the morning we did some sweet digging for a member in the rain and she fed us some nice Pork and Cassava!On sunday we had a wonderful fast and testimony Sunday! WE even had one of our investigators ( the same one that was saying hallelujah last fast Sunday) come again and bear his testimony. His name is David and he is getting baptized this Sunday. He is a great man. He bore his testimony again. He told us what JESUS stands for. IT stands for Jesus Eye Saving Us Seriously! hahahaha. So funny. (oh my!!  lol!))  Seriously! He is a great man and we hope he is ready for his baptism...........
Today we even had a district activity to say goodbye to E. Malaza who is going back to South Africa this week. It was fun and E. Malaza is a great missionary and is a great example to me of hard work until the end and making mission fun. i WILL miss that guy...........

buh bye!  miss ya!

This week was a great week and something that I thought about and learned about a lot was SERVICE! I was studying the words of King Benjamin about service in the book of Mormon and also on Sunday we talked about SERVICE in Priesthood Class. SERVICE is truly one of the greatest medicine's. If you are sad or disappointed or depressed go and SERVE someone and help someone! You will be happy and overcome those sicknesses. I also like a quote from Gordon B. Hinckley "if we complain about life, it is because we are thinking only of ourselves!" Wow! Let us think more of others and truly lose ourselves in the SERVICE of others! I have never been happier than as I have served as a missionary, serving others and the lord. It is because of SERVICE to others! Have a great week. Love you.
Love Elder Beck

Mom note..... he is sooooo happy  :) :) :)  I've never seen him soooooo happy!  Service is the key!   Duly noted. Time to implement.



MOM QUESTIONS....
1.  Do you have a senior couple in your area? How many senior couples in the mission?

No we don't have a senior couple. There are 3 Senior couples in the mission. ONe for each country..... We could use some more.  WANTED.....more senior couples!  Apply now!  (YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO!! DO IT!!)

2.  Do you usually drink water or what beverage?

I usually drink water, but sometimes soda and passion fruit juice is good as well. I am going to stop drinking soda my last 2 transfers though.


3. What kind of activities do you have there for the youth?  We just got done with an awesome girls camp!!

I am glad young womens camp went well. It is weird here. They don't have much youth and don't do many activities because of the lack of numbers and coordination. It is amazing seeing how different a ward functions at home and then here in a relatively new ward with new members of the church. It is amazing how strong the church is and how it has grown from the Early saints.



more beauty of Uganda

photo taker? mystery guy

Elder Phiri.... here am I

Elder Beck....happy, happy, happy..... :)

aaaaahhhhhhhh!