Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Part of a letter to Chelsi-his sis!!

Chelsi and Tate
GO TO CHURCH CHUCK, (chelsi's nickname)
I could tell you some things about the gospel that would make you go to church forever, but wait a year ok. And get your butt to the temple ok?? I wrote you last week but I guess you didn't get my email, sorry man. That makes me feel kinda bad but its all good. But yeah I didn't get your pic, i'm not sure why but try it again. and yeah maybe in just over a year you can all come get me, but that all depends. I'm not sure I want you all to come. Well love you and peace out.
Elder Beckstead

This part of the blog I will dedicate to Chelsi and Mitch. Chelsi love's Mitch more than life. She is very close to him and relied on him a lot. They are best friends. This has been the hardest thing she has ever had to do. She swears she needs him much more than the people in Honduras-haha A day does not go by that she misses him. He bears his testimony to her a lot. Our family has learned when you send a missionary- a son, an uncle, a brother, a nephew, a cousin, a grandson you sacrifice. . . .until you send a missionary, you do not even understand. It has been good for her(she don't think so) and our family to have this experience. She had a baby while he was gone and that was hard too!!! Hang in there Cheltz!!! We really are being blessed!!!

2/22/10-Getting "HOT" again!!!

Elder Beckstead with companion Elder Contreras
from El Salvador
Looking over the city
I only recognize Elder Roberts(with the ball)
Elder Beckstead on the end!!

WOW TYSON RALPHS IS HOME-then Zac then Jesse then all the others, Then me.(kids in our ward and others that went to High School with him) haha It's all good I don't mind the mission at all right now. haha But yeah the life here is still the same, and as for that Jonny dude, he was probablly one of my better friends in the mission and helped me through some pretty hard times. haha Yeah so I can honestly say that he was an influence in my mission. (his friend from Boise that he met on the mission)I hope the teams do good there at state. haha I know they will make it, its in our blood being West Siders. As for the gym thing, do me a favor. Don't buy it or send it to me, save the money and put it into my account. I need it.(I asked him if he wanted an iron gym for his birthday??) haha The money they gave me last change went away really, really fast. Its just paying for food here kills me every change. And wow, softball is starting, thats freakin crazy. Well just think, next year when softball starts I will be very, very close to being home. haha super cool. And as for Hondo, right know is is really really HOT. haha I'm dying and my comp is dying too, he complains so much about the heat, and he's from freak El Salvador. But it's nots that bad, when May is over with, the temp will calm down again I think-or Hope anyway. As for the mission, all is well, were still workin and tryin to convert people. haha I'm in a very small area that only had 14 baptisms all of last year, so its pretty hard but I'm thinkin we can increase that number a little bit, or I hope anyway.The work is true and the Iglesia is too. Keep on truckin and moving forward. The mission is really amazing, and i'm pretty sure all the young men should go. Its seriously worth it.
Well peace out
Elder Beckstead
p.s gimmi an update on the missionaries that are gettin ready to leave from home.

Monday, February 15, 2010

2/13/2010 Training Elder Contreras from El Salvador

Thats sounds exactly like Honduras actaully.(I discribed to him how I heard Honduras was from a Mom who picked up her son in San Pedro Sula-men standing in front of stores and and resturants holding rifles, everyone plays chicken at the intersections because there are no rules and few signs or lights. Tiny homes with no real roads. There is no glass in the windows or screens, and clotheslines everywhere. Kids playing in the streets, dogs barking, music playing, people yelling out their open windows, women washing and throwing their dirty water in the street.) I did get changes so that is something brand new. Tuesday night I got changes and so yeah, In this moment I am training a brand new missionary, his name is Elder Contreras and he is from El Salvador, he's brand new and I have to teach him almost everything. haha But he is really cool. He talks super, super fast and pure Spanish from El Salvador, haha so I have alot to learn with him. He says a lot of words that I don't know still, haha but im gonna learn them. For example, the other day he said Compa tengo que echar la araña, that means I have to throw out the spider, haha but from El Salvador, it means I have to pee. haha something neat. And about Elder Roberts, he was one of my best friends in the mission, So I'd say yes add him on facebook. He was a hardcore missionary and very succesful in his mission. So yeah search for him alright. and write him and what not. But yeah, Love you all and peace out until next week.
Elder Beckstead

Monday, February 8, 2010

A baptism the same day as Jaxon

This is the Guitar he bought from a man he is teaching.Mitch with a boy he is teaching-looks like a normal teenager with his cell phone!!

Having Pizza with some members and friends

Had a baptism Feb 6, 2010
The same day as Jaxon his nephew!!

Beach in Cedeno Honduras
Hola fam que hay de nuevo aha en los unaiy. pues si, aqui todo tranquilo, teniamos un bautismo el sabado cual fue bien especial, ya ahi tambien llegò un investigador lo quien estamos enseñando, el es un marero y tiene unas marcas en su cuerpo de tiros. este man es bien bien serio. pero despues del bautismo, èl me contò que el habia tenido sentimientos bien fuertes, o sea el espìritu santo estaba testificandolo de la varacidad de la iglesia. increible. pero si creo que el serà bautizado.But ya thats about our baptizm. It was tight! (So the little buggar made me transcribe!!! Thanks to Gricel: Hello Family, What's new in the United States? Well here everything is calm, we had a baptism on Saturday which was very special, and an investigator went and which we are educating. He is a gang member and he has marks on his body of gunshots. This man is very serious. After the baptism, he told me that he had very strong feeling. I mean the Holy Ghost was testifying the truthfulness of the church. Incredible. But I think he will be baptized. But ya thats about our baptism.
I was super heated aout the super bowl too, I was hoping so bad that the Colts would win, but like you said, thats how it goes sometimes. but yeah this elder batschi has done divisons with me a few times, he's a nice kid, but like you said, a lot of people here in the mission are completely different than me. I've said this a few times in the mish:"I love the kid, but hes kooky in his way and i am kooky in my way" haha they are all awesome people here, but man, some of us have just completely different personalities. haha as of right now I havent recieved the valentine yet, but I hope it has some pictures. haha of girls maybe?? haha just playin...............sort of. As for changes, I kinda wanna stay in this area for a while, I'm liking the situation that we have here, but the last missionaries were kinda lazy and did nothing, so me and my comp are pretty much opening this area. Well more or less I think. I'm not really sure what happened to be honest, but all I know is that this was a hard area to enter, but its all good right now, its fun to try and set up a new missionary system and see if you can have success with your ideas.
Don't you even worry about the cold, its already over with. As for the ties, NO, I like my ties my shirts and my pants, Why would I burn them??? They need to last me two years anyway, well hopfully. I already know that im gonna need to buy a new suit before I come home. Fortunately they are pretty cheap here. I think??? But yeah, I'm gonna buy a guitar here, haha and hopefully learn it when I get home, but im teaching a dude that makes guitars, so its hand made and it only costs 100 dollars. haha so if you all wanna help me out to buy it, you should. Ill send you all a picture of it here soon. Hopefully. Well about my experience so far, haha its good. I love the mission I just miss the whole family. But i'm here for a good cause and i'm doin the right thing. So yeah that's a good thing. And for the heater situation, haha our houses dont have heaters, or air conditioning. We just have blankets and on hot nights a little fan that blows on us. So yeah thats about it. All is well here, the work is moving forward always. As well as my testimony of the gospel, the work is true, the church is true and we really are saved by grace, after we do everything posible. I love you all sooooo much and want you all to be safe for the next 2 years waiting for me. OK??? (it's down to 15 months, but who's counting???) Well peace out and thank you all OK
Elder Beckstead

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Hey que ~hay fam
So whats up there in the states, haha in the states, thats crazy to think that you are all there and im here. But yeah fun fun.but That song is incredible. haha everywhere we go in the streets we hear it. The houses just blast it. So here the weather is very very nice right now, here in the city the weather is always pretty nice though, I enjoy it. So this last week was pretty rough, I have been pretty sick and all that, just with a cough and a cold, but its buggin me, Ive been leaving the house and working anyway, Mostly cause I hate being in the house and partly cause we have some neat investigators. but yesterday I had to stay there all day long after church to try and get better from this cough. But dont worry at all, I'm fine. Its my own fault, I just enjoy the work so I can't stay in, haha you all know me and that when i'm doing something fun the sickness doesn't matter. haha its a bad habit. I havent heard from Mrs Solomen yet. Hopefully she gets a hold of me cause there are a few things I would love to send to Jace. Some ties, haha that dude sent me a shirt from Pendlton, so im thinkin about sendin all my friends something sweet from here, haha I know exaclty what tooo. hahahahahaha there gonna love them. but yeah im gonna send a package here one of these days, with some neat things for the fam and for all the friends on missions tooo. But yeah tell the ward thank you again for all the cards and letters.I love you all soo much and you should hear more from me next week, haha were gonna have a baptism so it shold be cool. Well Im hopin it doesnt fall through. I dont think It will. I love you all and peace out.
Elder Beckstead