Monday, September 28, 2009

September 28,2009 Lockdown

holy cow, thanks for the email. haha

ok so yeah all is well still here and stuff but yeah were on lockdown at
around 6 everynight. (President Maneul Zelaya of Honduras was ousted in late June and now he is back in the country at the Brazilian Embasy the country is having riots etc.) But its not to bad we just work hard till 6. Well the lady thought her kid was to young to be baptized and stuff so we just had to talk to her and stuff but she was not changing her mind. then you bear the testimony and pray the spirit is there to help you. so thats what i did, its amazing how the spirit works through you, I could just see here eyes while I was sayin the stuff that her mind was changed. but yeah the baptism is this Friday, it was gonna be next Saturday but they heard that im probably gonna get a change from my area so they changed it so i could pèrform it. haha
that family loves me. I feel really good though, we went around our area and my comp tries sooooo hard to get everyone to like him. haha but im just chill and always happy with them. so yeah, we went around the other night and he was tellin everyone that im gonna leave my area next change, ha and like three families were like.... freak no dont leave man. hey oscal, you
leave. hahaha beckstead you stay. I though that was pretty funny. you just need to always be happy is one thing i've learned here. always happy but never content.

So tell Josh Roberts that I lost his email, I wana talk to him more and
stuff but i need his email. tell him to email me again. and make sure you do
it cause I wanna tell him some things about spanish.

ok so yeah I hear my team still sucks. hahahahaha thats neat. cause soo
many there are soo freakin cocky.

So yeah im stinking jelous of kevin, he got tot hold mi corazon berfore i
did. im gonna freak out. haha

But yeah so thats about what i got today, were still workin hard, im not
sure i wanna leave my area still, but i do want my comp to leave. hes such a
butt kisser. He breaks all the rules then acts like a perfect missionary
around leaders. haha it makes me mad im just the same always. Thats one
thing i have learned here, is to be yourself, always and if people dont like
you, maybe it wasnt meant to be. you just have to be usted mismo haha.

ok so to hear all this football stuff is killin me, but dont worry its
alright i like to hear whats going on once in a while. im glad you told me!


Tuesday, September 22, 2009

September 21st 2009

OK I will start by answering questions.
Yeah I love the protein, thank you very very much. But don't worry about sendin more until I ask because I have a lot. Congrats on the two heifer calves haha. I got the package with the pictures last week. They were awesome. I love them. And my name in the paper. Haha!(an article I sent him that mentioned him) OK so only Jaxon wants a wallet and not any of the others? I'll buy dad two belts, one of each type. But I need a list of names of who wants what. I have a good friend going home in 4 months so I will send them with him. But you need to hurry and give me the list cause they are only in the South. So about interviews, I've had about 2 with Pres. They are short and we don't really say much. I don't really have anything much to say to him. I'm working and that's all I need to worry about. Yeah I will check out the blog when I'm done with e-mail. Sorry it's hard to send fotos at times, but I'm tryin.
I know Ashley Askwig, she was a good friend there at ISU. She's really, really pretty. I'll tell you that much! haha
OK tell everyone congrats for me. I did read all the e-mail but I don't have time to congratulate each person individualy. haha (I told him about Devyn, Tessa, Aubrey, and Brittani as homecoming royalty) yeah tell Devyn hi and that I didn't miss her birthday I was thinking of her. And Peyton's birthday too. I promise I thought of them. I got the card too, by the way. Thank you. I love you all!!
So I have one cool thing to tell you about a baptism we have this weekend. I will never tell you how many I have baptised or anything like that cause I will never boast about something like that, but...we have a baptism this weekend, it's a young kid that is 10 years old. Anyway, his mom had the hardest time lettin him be baptised cause he's soooo young. I dunno why. But we finally got her with a testimony, so he's gettin baptised. He's such a cool dude. I'll try and send you a picture of the family when I can. They don't give us much time for that...... It's pretty much sheer rain here, and not much else!!
Well I love you all and stay tough
peace out
e b

Sept.15, 2009 Hijo's of Heleman~"Rocky Run"

Well I didn't get an e-mail from the fam this week..But I'll still send you all one. HaHa(I sent him a 1 hour long e-mail and he just did not recieve it-there was a big mix up with other missionaries that day too-according to other mothers from my mm's e-mail-I felt really bad) Well how are you all doing pues. Hopefully pretty good still. Mandi and Chuck sound really good. And Darbi sounds really cute. And I'll get home just in time to see the cutest part of her life. How lucky. But Mandi's kids gonna be just barely comin out.hahahaha(now he's seeing into the future:)So sorry to hear about the football team. They sound pretty rough, but hopefully things turn around pretty fast. Tell Tyson good luck with that. I weighed myself today and I pulled out an astounding 182 lbs. HAHA i'm screw...just kidding, I weigh 216 right now so I'm not tooo bad yet. And I'm in a pretty rough area so I feel pretty lucky. I talked to Elder Brinton yesterday and he told me this, well man your lucky, cause from your does not get any worse. That gave me some comfort. It's all uphill from here I guess.
But yeah sorry you didn't get an e-mail yesterday, I was in Teguz. We had this activity called the Hijo's of Heleman. We went to this really cool place. haha, Tell Tyson I have a recording of me doing the Rocky run up some ancient stairs and Elder Crabb is singin the Rocky music too. It was pretty stinkin fun.
I bought 13 ties and some new cool lookin bags and stuff. So you never told me if Dad ,Tyler, Tate and Tyson want some belts made of crocodile and iguana They are pretty cool. I have one of each and a wallet of crocodile. I love em!
But yeah everything here is dirt cheap so that's cool and pretty...I forgot the word. Those 13 ties costed me 5 bucks. They are all awesome too. But yeah I dunno what else to tell ya all. Things are cool here but still about the same. We are workin hard and puchin forward the word, casi literalmente. Hopefully we will see some more success here in a few weeks.
But yeah I would love to get an e-mail from ya Mom
Peace out and I hope all stays pretty chill there at home.
Love ya all
Elder Beckstead

Monday, September 21, 2009

September 7, 2009 A little horse ride!!!

hey que tal familia y amigos mios:

So I'm here in El Triunfo still doing my thing. I do have one pretty cool story for ya all. The other day our mission President wanted us to go to a place called San Juan. I have never heard of it before, but I guess it's in our area, so we went on divisions and I went with a recently returned missionary and my comp went with some other dude. So we rode in a truck for like 30 minutes then we got to some place and we had to get out and hike. I am pretty sure I am one of the first Gringos to ever arrive at this place, it's just a really really small town in the middle of nowhere, but ya so we were walking and we come to this river where everyone takes off there shoes and crosses. Well I didn't really wanna do that so I'm lookin for a place where I could like jump on an island in the middle of the river or something to avoid the wetness, but then some dude shows up with this horse, and he's like hey you wanna use my horse to cross the river? At first I was like it's against the rules........but.......................yeah, it's for a good cause and to push the gospel forward, so I crossed the river on horseback hahaha it was really cool. But now I want a horse to go to all of my appointments. ha But keep it down cause I did break a little rule. (we decided that it's the Wood in him coming out)That's about all that happened cool this week. That little town is well prepared, I'm thinkin we are gonna baptise about 13 people so it definitely was a great find. it's amazing how the Lord works sometimes.
So that's all I got this week. Yeah the house you saw is the house where I am living right now. It's pretty ugly, but it works. Hey I'll talk to ya all next week, hopefully I got something cool to tell ya again.
PS so I have a hammock in my house that I bought, and I bought a wallet made of crocodile and a belt made of iguana. Tell anyone that if they want something cool like that to just tell me and I'll send it to them through the mail which turns out pretty reliable.

Elder Beckstead

August 31, 2009 Fiesta in El Triunfo

Well I don't really have anything new to tell you, haha well a little bit. I'll start with this, my trainer had a change the last cambio so I have a new comp, his name is Elder Oscal and he is from Guatamala. He's pretty cool, but very very laid back and chill. He's seriously down with anything. He's great cause he's helpin me out a bunch with the language. So far we've been working really hard and we are pretty much constantly walking. I arrived in Triunfo a month and a half ago and we had an attendance of 55, last week we had a total of 94 people at church, it just goes to show if you work hard and rely on the Lord, great things are possible. But in reality we haven't done anything, we work really hard with the members to get them to work and stuff, and the members bring friends with them. So it's really thanks to the members and the President that we've had tanto sucess. So thats been pretty cool.
So I'll tell you something neat from here in Honduras. The word for cool is mazizo. But in English you say it like, masiso. Cause z's make that noise anyway. So theres something cool for ya. So what I do on P-days too. On p-days we come to this city called Guasaule where we meet as a zone and just have class and just chill, usually I hang out with an Elder se llama Roberts. He's from Idaho and he has like 17 months in the mission. He has been teaching me a lot of cool stuff about the mission and about the language, also he's givin me like 20 ties.
He says he's coming to my homecoming in two years. Ha Ha
But also there are a ton of really cool elders here, most are just laid back and chill, but some are really annoying too and love to kiss everyones butt just to sube , or I don't really know what you call it in English. Like go from District leader to Zone Leader. Whatever that is called.
We don't have any baptisms set up right now, but this week we are gonna try to 4 fechas so we will see. So I got two packages today too. I'm not sure which ones cause I haven't seen them yet, but they said one is really big and the other is a little one so we will see. Thanks so much. Sorry it's hard to trust the letters I send from here. Tell me if Bishop got his letter from me and if he did, I'll send more to everyone else. I wanna make sure they are able to arrive before I send a whole bunch and stuff.
So I am glad to hear the first week of school went well. Tell me how Colby did in the rodeo, I'm guessin he didn't end up going if it's anything like the wrestling thing. HaHa. I want another picture of Cattus too.(Cattus is the name Robert wanted Chelsi to name Darbi)
Last night there was a Fiesta in El Triunfo. It was huge. Lights and music pumping all night long. It was crazy and all I could do was watch, listen and try to fall to sleep in our house. Hahaha I wanted to go so bad, but it's neat, people like go in groups walkin towards the Fiesta because if they go alone, they probably will be killed or robbed, or both. So at times it's pretty dangerous I guess. (so it's freaking me out!!!) But we are fine. Ha ha My companionis scared to death of danger though, it's so funny. Hahahaha he's always like, no quiero ir porque hay ladrons por alla, haha. I just say puchica compa soy gringo y grande no tenga miedo, puedo luchar por ti. haha he's really really short and pretty chunky. I'll try to send a foto next week.
One more thing about this place, when we travel in buses and stuff, I always hear people talkin about me, haha they don't think I talk in Spanish. I just say saben que puedo hablar en espanol verdad, and they just shut uphahaha
but thats a long letter for ya!!
con amor
Elder Beckstead

August 24, 2009

well I'll start by answering your questions, first no I didn't even know that there was a dedication. (he's talking about the Oquirrh Temple dedication) this week
The Spanish is coming, with time it will get here but they talk so stinkin fast here it's hard to understand what's going on, and as of right now, I haven't received any of the packages, hopefully they will be in Teguz though. I don't get packages until someone goes to Teguz and brings them here cause we don't really trust the bus drivers here with our stuff. So maybe I have it, we will see. The stuff you sent me from the MTC got here really fast.
My companion was the one in the blue, and the other people were members from our ward, it was an actividad in our branch so yeah, the cross was about 30ft up I think. It was really high and some little dude was just like chillin there, and I was pretty stinkin scared during the whole thing.(I asked him about the pictures the one on the cross) They are seriously crazy here. They do the weirdest things and I swear they don't feel physical pain. One thing about Honduras that I have noticed though is that there are a lot of people with physical illnesses, and a lot with down syndrome. I'm talkin like tons, there are two in our ward alone.
So this week I have my first change, I'm not sure if we have a change in our companionship yet, but we will see. Tell Chuck I only have 15 more changes here. But I hear time flies once you get past your first two, which is cool. Cuando I'm able to speak Spanish great and stuff time will fly cause it will be so much more fun here and especially when I can talk in ff. haha it's another language that I'm gonna learn while I'm here. It's really cool and it's just a little different then Spanish. Well I wanna learn it but first I have to learn to understand everything people tell me haha. I understand all when we teach the lessons, but when were just talking about random things I struggle to find the words to say and to understand all that they say to me. Tell Grandma to write me in Spanish y tal vez la excribire en espanol. Si ella tiene suere pues jajaja
That's my Spanish for the day pues. But yeah I'm guessin you wanna know about our investigators and stuff. We have like 5 right now, well we have more but we have 5 that are really good investigators. Two I'm thinkin we will baptise for sure. But I dunno if I'll even be here the next change pero vamos a ver pues. So yeah that's whats going down. I broke my camera so I have to buy a new one here today or tomorrow. But that's about it. Good luck in everything and let me know how things are going.
Love you all
Elder Beckstead
su amor jajaja

August 17, 2009

The boy behind Mitch is his companion.

Mitch says that the people are very daring, not afraid of anything.
This is lots higher than it looks. Too high for Mitch.

Pushing the Lords work.

Hey fam what's up?
So mom take it easy, I'm not dying I promise. I'm OK. Well the people here know of that Elder Brinton, but I don't really know him. Yeah I have received two packages that you have sent. It takes time for them to get here. But if you could send a package with the powder, that would be awesome.
So about Cole, tell him good luck from me and tell him he is in for an experience like he has never seen before. Tell him to try and stay close to the Lord during his time at the MTC cause he's gonna need his help to make the transition from America to Honduras. It's pretty intense. (Cole is his friend from High School who is going to Comayagula Honduras) The office for Comayagula is in the same building and the same floor so we are not too far from each other. Especially if I end up as an office missionary in the next two changes. I hope not but it's possible.
My comp speaks a little English but not much. It's annoying at times cause he wants to learn~ so he's always askin me questions and tryin to talk in English, I just remind him that it's more important that we talk in Spanish then English right now.
I haven't seen the ocean, but honduras is alright, it's not the states that's for sure. The temp is really, really hot and very humid, so it's really rough at times. But honestly I'm telling you all that is happening, so don't worry so much. (I was afraid he was starving) I'm in a small little ward with about 60 people in it. And we are the only missionaries in Triunfo. I do not see the Mission President very often only once in a while when we have entrevistas.
So yeah I keep in touch with a few people, not everyone, but as much as possible.
I cook breakfast almost every morning now. I bought pancake mix and some bread and eggs, and I make breakfast often. Its alright so don't worry. Really!!
So dividions just means that I went with another comp for a day or two because my comp had to go somewhere else or something.
My hands are really tired and I don't wanna bore you all. This is the last week in this change, so next week i'll probably get a new comp and stuff....vamos a ver
love you all
Elder Beckstead

August 10, 2009

OK well this is the last try...I've written you two huge e-mails that didn't send. Both of them, so sorry this one is going to be short and stuff.
But the same is going on here, we went on divisions last week and it was awesome. So I'm thinking my comp is a little weird now. haha,(wonder what he thinks of Mitch!!hahaha) but yeah he takes the whole trainer thing a little serious, he treats me like I'm his little kid. He shines my shoes and stuff like that all the time. haha But I 'm not gonna complain. I don't ever have to clean my shoes. But yeah, all is well here. Tell everyone I said hi and that i'm thinkin of them and stuff. But yeah I'm going to send two more e-mails for my teachers from the MTC. Please forward them to them. Peace out and I love ya lots.
One more thing.... I'm not lifting because there are no gyms. Please send protien because they taste soooo good to me right now. And put money on my card because I am going to buy some serious food at the market. HaHa send tons of protien!!!!!!

E Beckstead

August 5, 2009

Well thanks for the e-mail again.
So I have a little story for ya before I'll get down with the information. Yesterday at church was the first time I have ever cried during a sacrament meeting. It wasn't hard core, but there were a few tears So... all the members are standing up and bearing their testimonies, and some don't do to well cause I'm not sure they know what a testimony is. But...this little 15 year old kid named Eduardo stood up to bear his and he started off talking about his brother and how he misses him and I couldn't figure out why I was crying and stuff. I know he has a few problems in his family and stuff. He said all this stuff about his brother and how he wishes he could see him again, then he said pero yo tengo fe. It's amazing. Later on I asked Elder Lazo what was wrong with his family . He told me that two years ago his mother died and his whole family spread apart and Eduardo hasn't seen or heard from any of his family since then. Right now he lives with his uncle who doesn't really like him and works and has to pay for everything he has. We are everything to him. He has nothing but us and the church, yet he is so strong. It's amazing. And I realized that this is why i am here, if I can help people like Eduardo and bring the gospel to the people with nothing, then I have fulfilled my purpose as a missionary. It was a very humbling moment for me.

So anyway, on with Honduras. So here in the hottest part of the country all is well, my comp is really cool but he's not the best trainer in the world. He likes to do things himself and always makes things more complicated. He brings many people to Christ be he is very confusing. Latinos just all have different ways of doing things. So yeah, we walk everywhere unless a member wants to give us a ride somewhere which does not happen often cause not many have cars. Tell Grandma she's in my prayers. (She ruptured a disc in her back right during the big part of her rodeo season and can't ride horses for a while) I'm really stoked about the heifer calves dad is having. Just think, when I get home he can sell them all to pay for my college.jajaja

My old comp is in Paraiso Brady's old area. But he's in his house because of some problems there. So yeah, I knew Peter Burton, he was in my district in the MTC so you have a foto of him. Spanish is coming, I'm able to understand more and more about every day.
But Yeah that's quite a bit, sorry it's so long. But today we get to go on divisions, Elder Jenkins is comin with me to Triunfo. He's way cool he's like 6'5 and he's from New Mexico.
Wells that's all for now
Love Ya much
Elder Beckstead

July 27, 2009

Darbi was born on July 23, 2009 after 7 nephews a niece!!!:)Colby and Darbi

OMG I want to be there to hold my neice soo bad, so I'm postponing my mission for a little while and coming home. hahahaha just kidding you can stop freaking out mom! So I can't stop looking at her pictures and I can't wait to hold her in two years. ha ha she'll be cuter then anyway. :( But anyway, yeah I baptized a little boy named Junior. I have photo's of it that I will try to send here in a second. I hope I will be able to do it, but I'm not sure. So we've been workin pretty hard to get a bunch of people back to church and last week we had the highest attendance in church in a while. I just hope we can keep it up.
It's such a culture shock here. haha I'm not too fond of the whole bucket shower thing, but ill get used to it. Anyway our zone is awesome and today the gringos in our zone are gonna take on the gringos in the other zone here in Chuluteca in basketball. Yea I'm pretty stoked about that. I think the Latinos are facin off in soccer too!! That reminds me, the other day all the gringos played the latinos in soccer, and the gringos won. haha the latinos were pretty upset. But it's some good times I love p-days because of that.
So one elder here is from Boise and knows one of the kids that I payed ball with. So it's nice so far. I have lost all my fat in my face and in my butt due to much sweating, but I haven't lost any muscle. It's cool, I feel like I felt in High School a year ago, but yeah it's awesome. I dunno what else to say right now, we do have some new investigators that we are gonna try to make a baptism date this week So that's cool too! But we stay really busy and that's a good thing.
I love ya and peace out!!!
Elder Beckstead

July 20,2009

MOM FAM whats up?
Well I got here and I went straight to work, it's awesome I just wish I could talk to the people a little better. This weekend we have my 1st baptisms so I'm really excited about that too. But our house is pretty nice, it's below standards in the US of course, but it's alright for what we need of it. And no, we don't have a dirt floor. It's a tile a pretty blue tile. hahaha So my first compas name is Elder Lazo. He is from Nicaragua. Bu yeah we get along great and we have quite a bit in common. We are in an area called Triunfo. It is right on the border of Nicaragua. Our area is huge and small at the same time, we have three little towns there and two barrios. One town is a hour and a half walk away from our main town so that's pretty neat. But we are always busy, it seems we work on retencion a little too much and investigators not so much but that's what we need to do. Right now we have around 6 prog inv. so we stay pretty busy with them and what not. But the country Honduras is way cool. It's very green and we see a lot of spiders, iguana, and chickens haha. It's weird, chickens are everywhere and all the dogs just leave them alone, pero cuando a dog see's a cat, wow that dog is on the cat like a fly on poop. Me and Elder Lazo had to save a cat the other day, but the sucker kept following us, so we finally put it in a tree and ran. Hopefully it found a home eh? Well that's all for now, it's awesome and I love it. That's all you really need to know. haha
Love Ya
Elder Beckstead

July 14, 2009

Made It to Honduras Tegucigalpa

Yeah we landed and all is well, It's way cool here everything is sooo different. I haven't met my comp yet, but I will tomorrow morning. The Pres is awesome. He's so happy it's always great to be around him. It's so different here. People speak so fast it drives me nuts. I've been able to talk and understand a little bit, but not very much. When people talk slow I get it, but I still need to build my vocab a lot. But I'm kinda surprised how much I really do know. But yeah, I'm really excited to get out in the field here tomorrow. I think we are all going tracking as soon as I'm sone with this e-mail. But I'm not for sure, I dunno my area or anything hasta tomorrow. Then I'll let you know next week, or when I write back next time. But the food is great so far and we ate at McDonalds last night and it was cleaner then the ones in our towns.hahahaha. Alright, well I gotta go, love you all and you'll get another e-mail next week I hope.
Well Love Ya
Elder Beckstead

July 8, 2009

Hola familia,
Tengo una mas semana antes voy a la Honduras, estoy amimado. Well whats up? All is the same again here. I'm hurrin to finish everything, you should be receiving a package of stuff here in a few days with all the stuff I do not need or don't wanna carry around with me.
Well I'm glad you bought an ipod, it's about time. So you are able to download music off the internet and stuff too? If so I'll be sad you didn't do that years ago. But anyway I hope things work out in Honduras. (The President had been ousted by the local law enforcements and they are having a coop) I leave Sunday night at 9:00PM and my flight leaves SLC around midnight. I may be able to call you all so have everyone be at home, but I dunno for sure what's gonna happen so don't get your hopes up:(. Yesterday I heard some pretty cool things about Honduras. In most places when they talk, they just skip over the S. For example; San Pedro Sula is hanpethrohula. Thats how they say it. I'm soo stoked!!! They talk really, really fast there, I guess at times it's hard for Mexicans to understand what they are saying too. WOW!! and they are really nice too I guess. They won't tell you straight up to leave.
They told me that we need to be straight up with them, it was crazy yesterday, our day was like planned for us, I dunno how to explain it. We planned it out and tried to follow a schedule and stuff, but we ended up doing something completely different and we accomplished all our goals. It was CRAZY. Like one of our teachers wasn't there so they had a sub who went to Honduras and is from Venuzuela. That stuff happened all day long. Tell Malorie Happy B-day from me too, make sure Chris White gets that part.HA HA!!
I'm the flight leader and we have five elders in our group, we go to Atlanta first and then straight to Teguz. Hopefully if we don't leave I will call Monday. Hopefully you get an e-mail Monday and not a call.
Well tell everyone I said what's up and I miss you all, thanks for the ties too, they were awesome. Make sure you give everyone my new address in Teguz too.

Well Love ya and take care
Elder Beckstead

Sunday, September 20, 2009

July 1, 2009

So...I saw all but like two Aposles. It was way awesome. Elder Holland spoke to us and I sat on the like fifth row, at that fireside alone there were seven Apostles. It was so crazy, I loved it. But that was only for last weekend, now it's all back to the same, this week I'm gonna be really busy with class and then next week we will be teaching most of the time yea in Spanish. We had a progressing investigator here too, who was just a teacher that was acting like an investigator out in the field. So that has been pretty cool. But I'm pretty stoked, next week is gonna be so easy, then it's off to the Central Americas. I'm pretty stoked about that. So....
So tell Hawk Happy Birthday for me. I miss him. I got your pictures and they look awesome. Were gonna have to spend a lot of time at Downatta when I get home n 2 years Ha Ha Ha wow. But it's all good. So I got your package today tor the 4th of July. Thank you so much for that. It's awesome, we all loved it. But I didn't get that letter from the President. so...Well I do not have much to say right now and next week will be about the same, but the week after you'll get a huge e-mail with all you could possibly imagine. I wish I had more to say but that is it.

Love Ya
Elder Beckstead

e-mail from Chris White


Well the Spanish is getting better. I forgot to mention this earlier in my moms e-mail so you should mention it to her, but a BYU football player taught our class the other day He was soooooo cool. Then he also taught me in a te so that was pretty great too, He's so stinking big, its incredible. But gimmi 3 years and ill open him. HA HA jk
Well I'm praying for ya!
Mucho Amor
E Beckstead

June 17, 2009

Hola familia y amigos:

Mucho amor de la ccm en Provo, Utah:

How is everything going. Remember I do enjoy a letter once in a while, and this week there was a lack of a single one until Monday. I was a bit sad about that, but esta bien. I miss you all and it's good to hear that Peyton is already doing all that work. I'm proud of the little tike, even thought I would really like Toni to go to church once in a while. Maybe when I get home i'll teach her the first lesson in Espanol. Ha Ha Speaking of which, I taught the first lesson in Espanol, now we no longer even talk too much in English since we have no need anymore. I'm no where near fluent but I can say what is needed to be said and what not. Spanish is way cool. the MTC is all good at the moment, the gripe de chancho is slowly dying down. My comp has been sick these last few days. I love the kid, he has a great heart. We clash somewhat, but we both have the same desire to serve. Well I'd write you in Spanish, but I am out of time. I love ya and stuff and I miss you all so very much. Send a letter soon.
E Beck

June 24 e-mail
You have some pretty random Spanish there Lor, haha-it's neat. So I didn't get any mail today so I won't have to worry too much about the whole writing thing. It's good to hear things are settling down I guess. Haha now Chelsi knows how I have felt the last few weeks. (Chelsi 8 months pregnant was exposed to Swine flu) There are still people locked up wit the gripe de choncho. Pero aqui esta bien. Salgo le ccm en doc semanas mas. es no bueno Cosas aqui estan muy uh......monontinous. Same thing every day all day. It's rough but I'll make it. So I guess ur all doing a lot of fishin then eh??? Thats good. I do miss that stuff an just chillin with the boys. I've taught about 20 lessons now in Spanish so thats neat. I'm learning more about it everyday, but it takes a lot of studying. But like I said, there is not much to write that has not been said When I leave for the mission field, I'll have more to say, but as of right now, I got nothing. Same old, same old.
One minor thing I guess, the President is probably talkin to us this weekend sometime. Well I love ya! The Apostles will be walking around the MTC this weekend too. So I could pretty much run into anyone of them just while walking to class. But that's it.
Love ya and have a great one
E Beck

June 10, 2009

Well that whole global warming thing isn't working out too well is it. Now I just need to pray that the rain stops so Dad can cut and bail his hay. Ha Ha!! I love Mandi, make sure you send me a letter twice a week telling me that everyone is alright, I was freakin out this week cause I don't know how Dad, Grandpa and the kids are doing. Even if that's all the letter says. Things here are much better now, the swine flu has ran it's course in our zone and we are all back and out of isolation. Well the four that left are, on kid had to go home, it was really hard cause he was a great friend of mio. Yeah I sent it all in Spanish, (he's talking about a letter to Norm she's learning Espanol) when I get home I'll teach her all the Spanish conj and everything. She'll love it!!I love it, I taught a lesson in strictly Spanish yesterday, and I did most the teaching cause my comp is strugglin a little with the language, but it was awesome, I didn't know a word or two, but for the most part the words just flowed out of my mouth. and I knew exactly how to answer most of their questions. Sometimes I get lost though. Haha. Yeah my English is terrible now though, it's awful, I can't say any big words anymore. Everything I say is just plain and straight up. No neat adjectives or anything. But I hear that it's a good sign. I can't wait to get home and talk to David Bingham. Ha! nobody else will know whats going on. We'll have our own conversations. But half our mission zone is going to Tampico Mexico so it's neat. Elder Heppler is sending him a message from me so.. but yeah, one month left before I go to Honduras, the Spanish is alright I'm trying to learn 40 verbs a day, so if that goes well I should be pretty fluent by time llavar , or arrive.

I love you
and peace out:)
Elder Beckstead

Letter to Chris White:

The Spanish is going pretty good. I'm learning aroungd 40 vocab words a day, but I'm not sure most of them are sticking. But I'm reading the scriptures daily in Spanish and so far that has helped me out a TON. The flu epidemic is nearly over, and all my friends are home and safe in their dorms instead of isolation. The MTC is great. Elder Bednar came and spoke last night, he was sooooooooooooooooawesome. I loved it, and I had to pee really bad throughout the entire time as well, so you know it was good if I stayed that long. You know I love to write ya. I miss Jesse. I miss him a ton. I am glad I finally got a hold of him. Well have a great one, love ya all. La iglesia de jesucristo de los santos de los ultimos dias es verdidera.
Elder Beckstead out

June 3, 09 Swine Flu

When Mitch tells us to "take care of his boys, these are the ones he's talkin about!"

They are sittin on Grandpa's rock at the ranch!!!:)

Hey fam,

Well I would say all is well here at the MTC, but we kinda have a flu epidemic bouncing around. 4 Elders from my zone are in isolation and at least one of them actually have the swine flu! It's pretty intense. I was sick for a day and had to stay in my room all day last Sunday, but all is well for me now, but we don't get to see any of those elders for at least a week. I would hate to be them! The Spanish is startin to come along pretty nicely, I can say quite a bit when it comes to churchy stuff and gospel and what not. I can also do contacting in strictly espanol. It's pretty cool to have a conversation in Spanish and know what's going on. My comp didn't have any Spanish in his past, but he had a lot of Japanese, he's strugglin but recently I've been making him speak to me in mostly Spanish and I let him do all the talking during contacting (sometimes) and he's starting to pick it up. He's really good with the gospel knowledge. He knows everything I swear, during lesson, he can just take over and say it all, but he's nice enough to allow me a few words and a testimony once in a while. It's crazy, I've gone from being scared to share my testimony to sharing it like a thousand times a day all to different people. Our teachers are awesome!! Hermomo Aldridge looks just like Matt Damon, And his name is Jason. Think About it??? Jason_______? From every ones favorite movies. It's neat . He's amazing too. I can't believe how much I have learned from him alone. So how is Chuck holding up?? And Mandi?? and Toni?? Other than that it's all the same hear We get a new district today so I'm really excited. Were no longer the newbies of our zone. But I'm pretty sure the new district will all get really sick before the week is over and have to be isolated the way things look so far, so the old feeling won't last long. It's amazing you can always tell whose been here and all the newbies just because the ones that have been here have a greater knowledge of the gospel. I can't believe the difference. It's like they carry themselves more upright and they just look older. Then they go to the mission field and start all over again. One last thing, no missionaries are leaving the MTC for another week, we have two districts in our zone that are supposed to leave but can't till next week, so it's gonna get pretty crowded here in a few days. Well I love you all, stay safe and keep my boys safe. Love Ya!!

This e-mail was to Chris White:

Well it's good to hear Jesse is all right. I love the kid, my comp is gettin after me right now about being on the computer for too long so I have to hurry, as you can tell he's pretty much a stiffler but he's a great guy. Once he hears a rule, he follows it to a tee. I forgot to mention this in her email, so could you tell my mom that no apostles have spoken yet. But I am so glad to hear from you, I love gettin letters and emails from people. It makes my day every time. It's good to hear about the rain too, we need it. Well I was sick last Wednesday to Sunday but I am fine now. (Notice he told Chris this and not me) 3 kids in my zone have the "swine". They are locked up all by themselves. Its CRAZY. The virus breeds like bunnies in the MTC. But all will be fine in a few I hope. Well he's buggin me again. Well I love ya!!!

hasta luego
Elder Beckstead

May 26, 2009

Well I didn't have time to read your entire e-mail and write you back, so I had to just skid over the e-mail , sorry I'm just almost out of time. TheThe MTC is still pretty great, there are a lot of kids in our zone that I met before and didn't really know it. There is a kid from Bear Lake, one from Dixie that I played with at USU football camp and several others that I had heard of or knew. I also talked to Derek Ward from Malad and I saw a kid from Firth that was on their ball team and Treg Corbridge from Aberdeen. It was pretty neat.

The Spanish is pretty cool. I just have a few minutes to read e-mails. The lessons are coming alright too. I'm hoping that I am able to contact in full Spanish by this weekend. I am working my hardest and praying a lot to keep the spirit with me when I learn. But I have to go now.

I love you


Farewell and MTC

He finished up at ISU on May 8th, Farewell was on May 10th, then on to the MTC on Wednesday May 13, 2009. That happened so fast.

His first letter said:

Dear Familia,

The first day at the MTC was a very spiritual one. I can't believe I had to say the prayer at orientation. That was soooo awkward. My Companions name is Elder Crabb. he bore his testimony and I couldn't believe what faith he had in the gospel. Tell everyone I love them. When we said our goodbye's I don't think I have ever felt so close to dad. Make sure that he knows that I love him and that I want a personal letter from him each week. Same with Peyton and all the other little rascalls. Don't miss me too much allright.


Mitch Beckstead

The Call

Bishop and Carol's call came the same day as Mitch's call so she picked it up for him!!!: It was Parker's 3rd Birthday!!! After dinner at Mitch's Dorm~telling the room-mates the news!!! Colby and Stockton with him!Mitches Call

On April 3 2009 (Parker Moser's 3rd Birthday-nephew #7) Mitch received his call to serve as a Missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints.

You are assigned to labor in the Honduras Tegucigalpa Mission. It is anticipated that you will serve for a period of 24 months.

You should report the Provo Missionary Training Center on Wednesday, May 13, 2009. You will prepare to serve the gospel in the Spanish language.

Your purpose will be to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. As you serve with all your heart, might, and strength, the Lord will lead you to those who are prepared to be baptized.

We opened the call with all the family at the Red Lobster in Pocatello Idaho. He was attending College at ISU and in Spring Football at the time.