Monday, October 15, 2018

Missionary Monday - Olny Week 2

What's up? 

This week was a little slow so I'm gonna do this one a little different, I'll give a quick summary of what went down and then talk about stuff I've been studying/thoughts I have, we'll see how it goes. 

So this week... One of our Investigators sisters died and she has gotten pretty preoccupied with that, understandably. It sounds like the picture perfect situation where you teach them the restoration and then they want to get baptized but she was indifferent to it and cried a lot. It was apparent that she just needed to let her talk herself out so thats what we did. At 8:45 when we were about to go they were like "Oh and by the way we made food for you!" And so then we ate a huge second dinner super late at night, d'oh. 
We had basketball one night with a bunch of Investigators and members and that was going awesome until I jammed my finger mad hard, it got super fat and purple but I lived to tell about it ๐Ÿ˜‰ 
Got a little sick from some Brazilian meatballs that a member fed us, that was cool. That same fam also made us some "Latter day Saint Coffee" that was made out of barley, to me it just smelled and tasted like burnt popcorn ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฟ‍♂️ 
And then last thing, we visited a member family who hadn't come to church in a while and when they let us in there was a woman that we had helped carry bags to her car in the pouring rain two days earlier at our complex, sitting at their kitchen table and we were like wait what? And she was just as confused as how we had run into her again. We got to know her and she is from Perรบ and has only been here for a month. We asked if we could share a message with her and she said of course. We taught her about the Book of Mormon and what it means in the bigger picture of the restoration and she loved it. She was surprised to find out that all the rumors she had heard about us worshipping Joseph Smith and stuff like that weren't true. So there's some potential with her. 

Recent study things:
So in conference Elder Uchtdorf said something along the lines of "We need to have more than an intellectual understanding of the gospel" meaning that we need to be Spiritually convirted as well. I think that is one of the hardest things when as a missionary I've ran into members who have left the church or are just inactive, they know all the doctrine and everything but they don't KNOW it, it's not anything personal to them. And KNOWING it is a personal responsibility. I feel like pre mission Elder Beck had an intellectual testimony, as do/did the majority of teenage youth in the church. And with the new in home church focus being introduced I think it will bring a double sided conversion a lot sooner in the youth of the church, which will be awesome. 

We had a conversation with a man who expressed his belief of predestination (Similar to foreordination but not the same) And basically said that where hes at in his life when he dies was known and decided by God before he was born. And that's because God was all knowing. I knew that was baloney but I decided to study it so at least I could have a full knowledge of the subject and was surprised to learn that a lot of churches believe in predestination. Bruce R McConkie spoke pretty boldly about it: "Some souls, according to this false concept, are irrevocably chosen for salvation, others for damnation; and there is said to be nothing any individual can do to escape his predestined inheritance in heaven or in hell as the case may be." Upon studying other things I came to the conclusion that yes Heavenly Father does have a full knowledge of each of our nature's and tendencies, that knowledge being gained from long observation and experience with us in the life before. His foreknowledge is based on intelligence and reason. So basically things happen naturally (by our agency) and He's kinda like "Yeah figured, that sounds like something Elder Beck would do". Rather than things happening in our lives because he made them happen. Ultimately where we are at when our lives are over is completely up to us and not set in stone until we get there, hence the necessity of an earthly experience in the first place. 
Elder Beck

My pictures this week arent super great, sorry. 
Sniper memorial in the middle of a bunch of apartment complexes
Elder wahlquist found a penny, nickle, dime, and quarter in the same day so I owed him an ice cream cone, he was proud of himself. 
Hermano colindres is loving the western united states
This is the first time I've seen outer darkness added to a plan of salvation diagram ๐Ÿ˜‚ 

A New Light

We have come a long way with this girl and her reading!
She's not been near as eager to read as the rest of our kids were but I think she's starting to like it.  Yesterday during family night she happily volunteered (or rather happily demanded) to read out of the scriptures, which was a first for Lilly.

As you can see, they are so excited about my lesson.

We talked about our Prophet President Nelson and how in the last two General Conferences he's emphasized preparing for the second coming of Jesus Christ.
We read in 3 Nephi chapter 11 when Christ visited the people in the Americas and how the people didn't understand him until they focused their ears to listen and were steadfast in looking to heaven.  It's all about putting ourselves in a place mentally to receive the promptings and comfort of the Holy Ghost. That's exactly what our prophet is encouraging us to do by participating in his challenge to:
1-Take a 10 day fast from social media
2-Read the Book of Mormon between now and the end of the year and highlight all the verses that have something to do with the Savior (So far almost all of my verses are highlighted--Christ is in the details of almost all of that book)
3-Establish a pattern of regular temple attendance
4-Participate fully in Relief Society
I've never read the Book of Mormon this quickly and I am loving it.  I'm seeing it in a new light.

The girls had their Primary Program today in Sacrament Meeting.
Janie gave a talk she wrote all by herself about the fall of Adam and Eve.
She did such a good job.
Lilly proudly told the audience,
"I am Lilly Beck and I am a gymnast, but most importantly I am a child of God"
They sang my new favorite Primary song.
I tear up every time I hear it.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Bragging Rights

It was great to have the Arizona Beck's and Arizona Sollis family in town for Mama Jan and Papa Tom's annual Halloween costume party!

Uncle Bobby won the prize for best costume...for which there was no actual prize, only bragging rights.

My neighbor Tina made this darling skirt for one of her daughters years ago and when she heard Gracie was looking for a poodle skirt she gave it to us.  I told ya we've got the best neighbors!

Papa Tom thought he was pretty funny going as Radiation Man.
He hasn't lost his sense of humor through all this cancer stuff.
That mask was made for him to wear during the treatments for the tumor in his jaw bone.
He's been so sick, we were really grateful he was able to come.

You just want to squeeze him don't you?!

Thursday, October 11, 2018


Having Em around has been really great!
She took these guys to the pro hockey game a few weeks ago.

She got Kev and I hooked on a great institute class (and then bailed to go to one closer to her home :)

October is the best!
The girls and our good buddy Spencer had a great time at Gardner Village.

Janie and her camo is almost as great as Janie and her Spidy (may he rest in peace).

Kloe got her dance pictures from homecoming...

Dances are not what they used to be...complete with a photo shoot and activities that go from sun up until after midnight.

The purge continues.
I was cleaning out the family room and swept this out from under the couch.
Beck kids=piglets

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Old Man Slippers


This sweet baby goes home today :(
It's been so fun having him putter around our house, jabbering away.  We got him to say Papa to Kevin,  Emmy, Gracie and Lilly, but still working on Grandma.

He found Estabon's prized Obama hat...

The Arizona cousins go home today too.
With our girls in school they didn't get to spend as much time with them as they would have liked but we did manage to squeeze in some swimming.

The Beck House purge is underway.
The Kevster is getting after it in the garage...

He loves those old man slippers and it's almost time for him to pull out the old man sweaters.