Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Baptism for a sister waiting a long time/I love the BOM

Hey Howdy ya'll, how ya'll doing??? Well here in Honduras all is well . We are pretty excited because we were able to help a sister enter the waters of baptism this week after a very long and crazy wait, she has been waiting over a year due to marraige and finally we got everything taken care of. We are pretty excited about it all anyway.
So other than that it has been another crazy week here. First we had interviews on Tuesday and were helping President get everything situated all day. Wednesday was a normal day, but on Thursday we had to go to Teguz to a ZL consejo. Which was pretty cool, we learned a lot from everyone and Elder Falabella from the area was there. There was a lot to be learned and stuff and we got to eat a lot of food. I couldn't help but think though, what was going on at home with the family. (Thanksgiving) And yes. . .in 27 I am going to be talking with all of you. I am pretty excited about that.
So I talked to President and it looks like my release date is gonna be for the 17 of May, yes mom your birthday. it's gonna be crazy fun but I'm probably gonna be getting home around 10 at night, but I do not know for sure yet. Ha! My friend just said that he has 465 more days on his mission, Ha I can't believe how long I have been here, It's crazy.
So how were the bed races? So are we gong to be able to do that again next year? I'll hook up with some football players from wherever I'm playing ball. We will win for sure!! Well we better. We just have to find two really, really small girls to be the ones to change the robes or whatever.
So yeah once again changes are coming up, we are pretty excited because it sounds like we are gonna have a great group again here in Valle Verde, but we will see. I think we might be changing areas though as ZL's but we will see. I kinda hope so, it is really, really hard to maintain a little branch like this and be a good ZL at the same time. We will see though.
So do you all miss me????? Be honest or are you partying it up without me there? haha So heres a question. . . Where do you all want me to go to school after the mission?? well first you should know that there will be zero decision made here until after the mission, cause right now it's all about the work.
So thats all I got for right now, we are still working hard, next week i'll have some information for ya all about the changes and what went down. I love you all and have a great time.
Elder Beckstead

The missionaries from West Side High School have a connection letter that is sent 2 times a year. This is what he sent to be put in the newsletter:

WOW has the time flown by. How you all been??? It's so amazing to have the chance to be here in Honduras representing the Lord, my family, the ward, and WEST SIDE BABY!!! This work is the work of the Lord and I love it. I can honestly say that I have been able to see miracles here in Honduras over the past two years. The Lord really does work in crazy ways. Well I am thinking that this will probably be my last connection letter. I can't believe how fast the mission has gone by. So after being here in Honduras for more than 18 months, I think that one of the key things that I have learned about being a missionary is the importance of the Book Of Mormon. NEVER EVER fear what people are going to say about that incredible book. As you know the new training has instructed us to use the introduccion more in our teachings of the BOM in the first lesson. I have been reading the part that says, Declare a los hermanos que el libro de Mormon era el mas correcto de todos los libros sobre la tierra, y la clave de nuestra religion; y que un hombre se acercaria mas a Dios al seguir sus preceptos que los de cualquier otro libro. I know that phrase has power to it and if we teach it in a correct way according to the spirit we will fulfill more fully our objective of bringing more souls unto Christ. So the council I give to all those newbies and preparing missionaries is just that, USE THE BOOK OF MORMON IN ALL OF YOUR TEACHINGS, and I promise that you will see more success in all that you do in the mission. I love that book, it has changed my life and my mission, I love you all and I pray for your success daily. May the spirit be with every one of you in your time in the Lords service and may God open the windows of Heaven and pour his blessing over you all in abundance.
Exitos y animos cuates
Elder Beckstead

Monday, November 22, 2010

West Side HS wins the State Championship coached by Tyson and Tyler Brother in laws to Mitch!!! We were all pretty excited about it. . .
Hey whats up familia,
SO Im freakin jelous about the whole West Side thing going on there, those boys were always really good at all the sports and stuff, I bet they're lovin life right now. I remember that after we lost at state I hated life for the rest of high school. Dang! but yeah Congrats boys.
So tell Tyson congrats too, thats a great accomplishment, I notced that Kasey Freddy was one of the coaches there on the team too, hahah that made my day, I didn't know that. I bet thats a quality line they had this year.
SO About the work here, ahha
so this week has been a pretty rough one I wont lie, we had to fix a whole bunch of problems that were here in the zone, its all good though. I hope next week gets a little bit better. haha so I'm glad you liked the last email, ha we had brought a ganster to our Pday activities to play soccer with us and he was just standin there behind me the entire time like my body guard or something. I felt so tight, then on Sunday he came to church. He's changin too, I guess hes quiting alot of things he used to do, Im pretty impressed by the guy. The other day he told me that if I ever have any problems with people trying to jump me or anything like that in the street or trying to rob me, he said to have them give him a call and he will ¨take care of it¨ haha fun times. Its good to have the KNOWN guy on your side. I gave him that jerky you sent me and he went crazy, but it was kinda weird cause he said that he had to eat it with tortillas. So it was kinda a mix with Honduras and the States there. haha and he gave me this crazy ointment stuff, cause I pulled my neck muscle, and I put it on and it was amazing, My neck healed in a matter of minutes. So I asked him what is was and he said that it was like an icy hot type thing with marijuana extracts. So I went against the word of wisdom this week. haha!
Thank you soo much for the money, you really don't know how much I appreciate it. Love you guys soo much.(We sent money for a couple of poor members to get married)
So about the little boy, yeah we play with him a little bit, his dream is to grow up and be a missionary just like the two big gringos when he grows up.(a little boy 6 yrs old, with no clothes we sent him some for Christmas) SO Thats the little boy, and yes he looks alot like Blaize. So by the way, the girl that sent me that letter is like 50 years old OK, we baptised her entire family and she is way pilas (strong) in the church now. So no she is not a young girl, that is just how people express themselves here. It's weird and you already have a ´picture of that lady, she's one of the few that were baptized in the picture. (Wayne read me a letter that a girl wrote, and it sounded like she was sweet on Mitch-so I asked him to send a picture)
Allright well like always ha sido un pacer escribiros. os quiero mucho
Peace out and have a great week
Elder Beckstead

Monday, November 15, 2010

Having a great experience with E McCallister/Still don't like spiders!

This is a Honduran Spider like the one that Mitch talks about in the e-mail below. . .
Pretty freaky if you ask me ekkkkkk!!!
Chelsi, Rodrick, Phillip, Jake, Deon
Colby and Jack!
After the last home game. . . .Coach Z was fired!!

WOW what awesome emails.
Emails like that make my day every time. 100 percent of the time.
So here in Honduras all is well, haha I was so happy to hear that you all went and took Jake and Phil and Rod out to dinner thank you sooo much. Those guys were my best friends there in college, especially those three, We had sooo many good times. And Chris.
So here in Honduras all is well, were still workin really hard in our area, I've been laughing for a week straight with my new companion Elder Mcallister, he's gotta be the funniest guy I've ever met.
haha and GUESS WHAT, HE CANT SAY HIS G´s either. hahahahaha I die laughin every time he says, han on, whats that thin and I'm the kin. haha good times.
I'd say that he's one of the better comps I've had here in the mission when it comes to being friends and everything and working hard. Were havin some good times right now.
So tell the boys good luck, they better take it to that freakin MALAD wussbag team. Tell Tyson that if he loses I'm gonna fly home beat him up, and then come back and finish my mission, but don't tell Chuck that cause she'll take it serious.
ok so that story was awesome, it reminds me of Jaxon, that kid can take about any amount and any type of toys and turn it into the biggest battle of the history, his imagination is awesome.
So I haven' t asked this one for a while, but hows my horse doing??? I kinda wanna go on some horse back rides when I get home in the mountains you know, that would be sweet, just me and nature.
So guess what, I bought some weights and they only cost me 5 bucks, there made out of concrete, but they still weigh quite a bit, so I'm gonna be workin out quite a bit now, so yeah were good on the weight gainer, I just need to find out how to get some milk haha. PS the milk here is not very good, I tell you we are truly blessed to have Jersey Milk at our fingertips every minute of the day, I remember that every time we would go to get milk, the milk truck always seems to have come the minute before.
So I cant believe that about ISU and the coaching staff, that sucks, I thought Coach Z was doing good things there in ISU, but we'll see, you know the worst part about it is that now im probably gonna lose my scholarship, you know we should probably find out something about that. Thats too stinkin bad, I'm really gonna have to start over again. O well, I'm just gonna have to work really hard. Well see, but I would love to talk to the coaches from Utah State, it would be way sweet.
Alright well sounds like everything is going good there in Idaho. I hope everything still goes well and always does. The work is, like always, amazing. The Lord really does work miracles here in Honduras, I've seen it many times.

O by the way, when you mentioned that about Jake and the spider it reminded me of a certain instance when I was teaching a lesson with Elder Thatcher here in Ojo de Agua and I saw a huge black thing fall from the ceiling and land on me, I thought it was a peice of their roof, seems how there houses are always falling apart. But when I went to look I saw a HUGE SPIDER the size of my hand sitting on my belly staring at me, it was as if the spider was telling me that it was gonna eat me I swear. So I jumped up and ran around the room screaming like a girl for about ten seconds till it fell off me. Then I looked at it on the ground and killed it. Then, get this, the people we were teaching told me that it was JUST A SPIDER can you believe that, JUST A SPIDER, yeah just a spider the size of my dang hand. geez I really saw my life flash before my eyes haha.
So yeah thats something interesting for ya.
Well Ok I love you all keep up the good work and see you next week.
Elder Beckstead

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Short and Sweet

Whats up Family,
How goes the battle,
Here in Honduras all is normal. We're still holding on trying to baptise a slightly wicked people. You know, if everyone was married it would be a lot easier to get some baptisms here, but we just have to add a huge process on every baptism.
Sounds good about the high school football team. It sounds like everything is going the way we want it to. ha well they better win. If not, im comin after them. ha!

So I hope your getting your letters that I'm sending you. I've sent about seven so far up to this point so if your not getting them let me know cause there is personal stuff on there.

So you'll have to send me the story about the ponies or whatever, So I'm pretty stoked to get the package now, so I bought some weghts to put in my house, oh and by the way, I took out some money to buy some souvenirs in Valle De Angeles, so thats what happened with that.
But yeah I dont know what else to say about anything. This is gonna be a short email.
I really hope that ur gettin my letters.
and tell Dad that I love the crap out of him k.
Elder Beckstead

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Wow Camden Waite is already on the mission. Thats pretty crazy right??? He's got a long time ahead of him hahaha. Just kiddin the mission is way cool.. Well about Elder Crabby (His MTC Companion) he was in my zone last change, but now he's in the UYUCA zone but is still pretty close to us, but we never see him.
So about the food, lately I havent been eatin much of anything, the last crazy food I ate was from a long time ago, lately its just the usual, beans and rice with some eggs. and mantequilla which is a white cream substance thing that Is pretty good with other food. and no I don't live by any fast food places, I live in what they call an aldea, I live really really far from everything.
We have something called pulps, which are little places where we buy food and stuff, but thats it. We have to be really creative with our food choice. tThe weather is about the same, it's hot at times but in the morning its pretty chilly. I like it right now but I literally have a battle with my shower every morning. I HATE COLD SHOWERS!! and my shower is freezing cold. So I have to put up with it every morning and sometimes night, but its all good. Its a good learning experience.
About the internet, I have to leave my area and go to another because we dont have internet. We just come to a place called Zamorano and use it there in a little internet cafe thingy. And yes the computers are not very good and all of them have viruses because of chastity problems many Hondurans have.
Well the week has been a good one, we have been very very busy with interviews this week trying to get some people baptised. We have been really lucky this months in our zone. We have 16 missionaries and we were able to have 48 baptisms in October, which is a new mission record. So we were very happy about that, but a litle dissappointed cuz we wanted to have like 50 or 60. but we're happy. Maybe next month??
I really have to go, sorry. Tell Chuck that she has the go ahead with the protein. I really do need in right now. I love you all and have a great week
Elder Beckstead