Monday, August 7, 2017

August 7

My Family, 

This week has been a whirlwind. Between 8 new investigatiors and my companion dying of pain, its been a good week. 

The Soto family have baptismal dates for the 19th of august, and are progressing very well. The Mendoza family is also progressing very well. The work is moving forward. 

Friday was a dark day though, upon returning home after the district meeting and lunch, my companion was very very very much in pain. Hermana Moreno told us to take the day and let Elder Chota rest a little. He has not improved. In fact, th epills he was told to tak emade his very sick. So he and I will travel to the hospital everyday this week to get physical therapy. So that's fun. 

An upside to having a companion who can only walk very, very, very slow is that I am able to look around and enjoy everything a little more. For example, There are some very beautiful flowers near our house that I've never seen in more 3 months here, but on saturday I got a good long time to look and think about them. Simple, but amazing. I've also had more time to pet dogs and cats while we waddle around town. There's never a down side to more time with dogs and cats, calling each one cooper and mishu. 

I have done a lot of studying this week and that's bored me, but it's all good. This week's message is in english, just because. It's pretty lame, but it's the best I could give. 

During lunch yesterday, I, being prideful, and boasted up in my stength tried to eat some jalepeƱos (we were eating mexican) to show a family that texans are strong. I almsot died a most lame death. But I lived, and it was a totally rightous expirience. 

That's all i've got thank you all for everything. ​

-Elder Beech





July 31



First things first, my voice recorder is actng up right now so i'm not sure if i'll be able to send the voice recording. i'll try. 

I'm working really hard out here and we found two great families this week. The Famila Soto and the Familia Mendoza. 

Fma. Soto: They just got here from Venezuela and are super excited to get out, but at the same time absolutely destroyed. They have basically nothing. We taught them the restauration yesterday, and they were very interested. I feel sometimes God gives us trials so that we will be more in tune with the spirit. 

Fma. Mendoza: We have a lesson with them tonight, but it's a family in which the father left and the mom is taking care of the 4 kids. They came to church and had a great time (i think). 

My talk went well. More then all I talked about Joshua 3:5 
And Joshua said unto the people, Sanctify yourselvesfor to morrow the Lord will do wonders among you.

I talked to the ward about inactives and missionary work. I think it went well. 

AND NOW FOR MR. EDLER CHOTA

When he had 8 months in the mission (he now has 23) he fell on his knee. this whole time he's been holding up and not letting the pain get to him, but it's worn him down. we went to the hospital today and he may have surgery soon. We still don't know, but should be cool. 

I took a nap today, and got a haircut. It's going pretty well out here. we lost Jaeder, we don't know where he's gone...... but what happens happens. 

Miss you all, and thank you father for the picture of my son. He is still very ugly. 

BAUTISMO MAS NADA, 



-Elder Beech

July 24

We only had one baptism this week, but we're looking to saturday for the next baptism. 

First things first, I have not been transferred. Neither has elder chota. It looks like he will finish his mission with me in perimetral. AND i get to deliver a great talk on sunday. so hyped. 

it's been a hard week. I got very sick on tuesday (more explained in my voice) and I couldn't work very much the whole week. I pretty much slept and went to the hospital to see if i had AIDS or something. I'm all good now, which is nice, but during the baptism I thought I was going to die. 

THE BAPTISM!

she cried, the entire time. She is very happy to be clean of her sins, and that she can now me a new person. It was a very spiritual expirience. 

I'm good, i'm looking for new people to teach, and I'm loving the mission. ​


Thursday, July 20, 2017

July 17

Hey family dear, 

This week was alright. About almost everything we tried to do failed. BUT My voice this week is in english so that is fun. 

we are hoping to have 2 baptisms this week, one on Friday, and the other on sunday. They should both be really exciting. To tell you a little about it here's an overview. 

Nicol- She should be baptized on friday afternoon, if all works out okay. She is the daughter to a less active single mother whose son just ran away from home with is girlfriend. The mom is slowly returning to activity and is very excited to see her daughter, aged 17, enter the waters of baptism, get married in august, then be sealed in the temple next year. It has been a very long process with her and her family, but we're almost there. Just a little more work, and she will be very blessed. 

Jader- Jader is 10 years old, son of a single, recently divirced, mother-member and brother to another 15 year old member. The missionaries have been trying to baptise him for the last 2 years in Columbia, but now he's coming to live with his mom in Ecuador. He asked to be baptized upon his arrival here. 

Other than that, we have transfers at the end of the week. I don't feel I'll b getting a transfer, but who knows except God. 

We are super tired right now after a lot of work and a lot of illness but were still moving forward. 

That's all I've got for this week, hopefully pictures of baptisms next week! 
-Elder Beech


Brandon got a call from a ward member during the week.  They had been cleaning out some boxes and found this picture of another Elder Beech from 25 years ago with a little note that he left them.  That Elder Beech is Brandon's Uncle Bryce.  What a treasure for our family.  (Now Kevin needs to ask Bryce who maybe has his old mission scriptures. Maybe Brandon can go find those too. LOL)

July 10  (His 19th birthday was this week)

Attached is my voice memo in horrible spanish for about 40 minutes talking about a good week.


This week actually went very well. We didn't have A TON of success, but more than before. We did a lot of service, ate more than usual, and had a conference with president. 

Tuesday, we helped set up for a baptism, not ours, but for the ward. It was very nice, and we gained some confidence with the ward, and they are now looking for people for us to teach. We had an activity on thursday night, and got a referral and that is awesome, as we are going to teach the whole family. We talked with president, who gave us a lot of guidance and encouragement. But most of all, Hna. Nicol came to church again and that was good. Also, another church member almost killed his ex-wife, who lives in Quito, but we visited him, he cried, and calmed down, and told us he wasn't going to travel to Quito. It's been a rough ride for said member, and I just hope that he will come back to the fold. 

As for my birthday, I received a plush sheep, so now I am the good shepard, so that's cool. We ate a little bit of brownie and such, but all in all, it was a normal day. more or less. 

I haven't much to share other than what I have spoken of in my voice message, and I hope you all can understand and will be enlighted by some things which I spoke of. More than all, I hope that you won't cry and miss me too much BECAUSE THAT IS LAME. I am well, the work is well, and it is well with my soul. ​




July 3  (USAUSAUSAUSAUSAUSAUSA)


This is hopefully my voice message for the week. I'll also send last week's. 

This week was HARD. To be honest I really just wanted to give up right then and there last night. I was mad. In my companionship prayer I told God how super mad I was, and then something amazing happened. I don't want to share it with too many people, but I'll share it with you. (He had a very spiritual experience and learned for himself..) just like he promise in D&C says, I will be also, for I will go before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to bear you up. His angels WERE there and they DID and ARE bearing us up. 

 And we had a very hard week, but this week WILL be better. I know it. 

-Elder Beech
June 26



ANYWAY, this week wasn't much better. but this week that's coming up should be good. I got Dr. Pepper this week from a gringo so that was really nice. He served along with uncle bryce, so it was fun to hear his stories. 

Not much is new with me, they almost shut our area down this week because some gay guy kind of came after the gringito, but its all chill and its all been sorted out and it was actually REALLY funny, but really inapropriate. but yeah, other than that, SUPER boring. I also just realized that dad is not with most of you, so good luck hearing my weekly report and understanding said report. 

miss you! 

-Elder Beech

He sent a voice recording this week.  He spoke amazing Spanish the whole time!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

June 19



I didnt have much time to write last week, so that's why my letter was crap. Perdon me. 

So this week was good, until last night. We went out and worked out BUTTS off. We contacted, asked memebers for help, did a ton of service projects and had a fun time. Elder Chota works super hard, but has me laughing always. I think we make a good pair. We had about 6 baptismal dates by the end of saturday. we were smiling, so proud of all the work we were doing, then came sunday

First of all, nobody caem to church. So that was discouraging. Then we went out to get the baptismal permission from the mom of one of our baptismal dates. the mom of 3 baptismal dates. Wilmar's mom in fact, the last baptism here. She said no to all 3 of here kids getting baptized. She said that they were acting bad in the house and doesnt feel they can be memebers of the church of jesus christ. si we left the house shaking our heads. 2 baptismal dates. That night we went to the house of some inactives who are slowly coming back to church and have a 9 year old daughter who is not baptized. When we came by, the family said no, and that they didnt want anything to do with us or joeseph smith anymore. Si we started walking to our only baptismal date, who is a shoe in to be baptized on my birthday. šŸ˜ŽšŸ˜ she said she wanted to be baptized on th 5th of july so that we could celebrate. Shes the daughter of an inactive, and she asked us to be baptized. So we caem by super excited. When we got there, she told me sorry, but that she would rather be baptized on wednesday. So we said, heaven yeah, lets get it all set up. And ran her through the pre-interview. She got frustrated when she told us that she had to have an interview with president, due to certain things she disclosed to us, and told us she would call if she ever had the desire to be baptized again. She doesn't have a phone. 

0 baptismal dates. 

It's days and weeks like these, where you get back to the apartment exhausted, depressed, and in silence. Where you take a showet with your eyes closed and when you tuck yourself in at 10:00, and you don't sleep, because you just wonder what you're doing wrong. Where yopu lie in bed staring at the ceiling and the words of the lord of the vineyard ring out in your mind; "What could I have done more for my vineyard?" Its days like this when you just feel beat. 

We have a lot more references to contact this week, and we're hoping to just start over from scratch. It'll be hard, but we're up for the challenge. God wants to test us, then we can show him that we're not giving up. Like wrestlingf an angel, even when we dislocate our joints, we keep wrestling, beacuse we know how impĆ³rtant the gospel is. 

A little background on Elder Chota. His name is Brandy, so we're basically the same person. He was baptized at 17 years old, alone. Nobody else in his family are memebrs, and his girlfriend married his best friend. But he just keeps working. HE's short and talks funny, but he is incredible. 

I hope all is well with you guys, sorry I couldn't include more in this letter. Hopefully, when I have a cmera again, I can write letters every night and give you guys more deatails. 

cuĆ­dense! 

-Elder Beech
June 5, 2017

Hey family, 

I GOT ROBBED AND I AM OKAY JUST CHILL OUT. I also watched a little baseball thanks to my buddies here god bless. 

This week has been a good week. two venezualan families moved in to the ward, with literally nothing. they're awesome though. They talk a lot about baseball with me. 

our baptismal date for saturday fell through. His mom told us that until he can learn to behave he cant get baptized. so we gotta mom this booger and then baptize him. ugh. 

AND THE STORY OF THE WEEK; ARMED ROBBERY!

so im just walking home at night, chilling out not being rude to anybody and this UGLY man walks out with a knife and tell sus to give him our stuff. so i was like nah bro, i gotta keep my scriptures cuz im a jesus man, and he was cool with that, but i gave him my money and camera (still have the sd card) because im not trying to die or anything. then the guy was like, okay have a good night, and we said, yeah you too, and we went home and played cards. 

not much else happened this week, sorry about that, but should get better lol love you dudes, 
-Elder Beech

Thursday, June 1, 2017

How has it been three weeks??

We had such a great phone call with Elder Beech on Mother's Day. We even had Whitney on FaceTime on another device so we could all talk to each other. It was such a blessing to have everyone together for an hour. Some of the questions we asked him are:

1. What do you do on P-day? play soccer, visit sites, do errands
2. What was your favorite meal from members so far? Ribs!
3. What do you not like to eat there? Rice, rice, rice
4. What do members usually feed you? Rice, rice, rice
5. What was your last service that you did? washed someone's dog
6. How often do you do laundry? There is a lady that does the laundry for us

We asked him lots of other things too. It was great. He bore his testimony to us in Spanish. His Spanish is really good, and he loves speaking it. It was hard to say good-bye, so now we look forward to the Christmas Skype time!


May 15:
hey fam bam slam,

nothing at all has changed since yesterday, so thats alright. we played soccer today with wilmar and all and then ate some cookies from hna. diana who sent a picture to mom last night. lol that family is awesome.

yeah, nothing to report, had a baptism, number 7 and hes super well haha, and Jesus sends some hellos to you all especially whitney. Ʃl va a ser mi cuƱado.

here are some pictures, hope you enjoy them lol. send more pictures!!!!!!!!!!

love Y'ALL,
-Elder Beech

May 22:

Hey family,

this week in the disney world of the ecuador guayaquil south mission, not much is new. Looking forward to a great week this week, looking forward to working super hard so we can stay better than the zone leaders hahaha.

All has been super boring over here, nothing new to reallly say. we played soccer today, and that was fun. My legs hurt super bad though :(. but all is well. send pics of cooper and your lives pls. I look forward to hopefully sending a letter by hand next week. but we'll see.

ay a vosotros,
-Elder Beech


hello family,

just so you all know, I did write a handwritten, detailed, inspiring letter this week, but lent my camera to the zone leaders today, and so I cannot send the letter :(.

BUT recap of the week, 2 new baptismal dates, almost got robbed and a fish burned me.

so we put a date down for hna nicol who has been baptized before, but theres no registro so shes gotta go under again. and a 13 year old asked to be baptized so that'll be cool.

a high dude tried to rob us, but i said no, and he walked away.

and i HATE FISH SO MUCH THAT I STUCK 2 PIPING HOT FRESH OFF THE STOVE FISH BUTT TAILS IN MY SOCKS AND I GOT BURNED REALLY BAD AND IT WAS STILL BETTER THAN EATING THE STUPID THING.

but yeah, all is good. sunday was awesome, hna virginia lopez had a birthday, so we went to her house to eat, and the stupid zone leaders showed up and ate browines with us. but its chill, they didnt machete or anything. we also had stake conference, which felt Ʊole being in the plano 5th ward in terms of attendence. but its all good. president was there, and elder espƭnoza and the temple president (MY GRINGO HOMIE) and it was super beutiful and everything.

hope all is well and that finals turn out to be super hard and you all suffer hasta cooper esta sufriendo lol ƱaƱo. im kidding. but how is that bugger? still ugly?
-Elder Beech

We got this video last week!

video



And this picture showed up from a sister in Guayaquil!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Voice recording, transfer, and a week in Guayaquil

Forgive me for not posting the last few weeks. Brandon sent a voice recording instead of a letter 2 weeks ago. It was all in Spanish (which is excellent by the way), and I don't remember lots of what he shared. Much of it was jokes that only make sense in Spanish and a list of things he needs for his birthday package.

The following week, he had a transfer so spent the day traveling and moving into his new place.

We got a great letter today. So here goes:

We live in a really messed up part of town. theres always dudes smoking pot and crack outside our house, but theyre 100 percent chill with us. always like wassup elders hows it going? its crazy awesome here.

next week we talk, and thatll be cool, bring cooper along lol

Tuesday: It is too hot. We walked around our sector and got to know some of the members. Everybody is super nice here. They all like talking to me and giving me good food. It's so freaking awesome! I ate too much today, and now I'm dying!

Wednesday: Still hot. Got to know some of our investigators today. They're cool. We also watched an inactive play uncharted 4, so that was sweet. I can just smell the potential of this area. It's awesome.

Thursday: Wilmer accepted a baptismal date for next Saturday the 13th. He's a 16 year old who's really small and really amazing! He's excited for his baptism.

Friday: I showed up to our district meeting to a surprise. Elder Fourcade got transferred into my zone. He's cool. As for today, we finished teaching Wilmer, so now we just need to get him into the water.

Saturday: Elder Inuma got really sick so nothing happened.

Sunday: We had a meeting with the Stake President today about a missionary invasion. Should be interesting. We also had lunch with the coolest family, Familia Salizar. It was a good day.

ALSO SOME LADY SHOWED UP AT CHURCH AND ASKED TO BE BAPTIZED! LIKE WHAT!!

-Elder Beech

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Week in Santa Rosa

Tuesday, April 4

We had a crazy day today. I had an appointment with the doctor for my eyeballs. Herman Moreno scheduled it for me. I was having trouble reading and it annoyed Elder Coello so we went to the doctor, and now I have reading glasses. Then we had a lesson with Tatiana, who was baptized a year ago. She's an inactive member. She quit coming to church because of personality conflicts with someone. After that lesson, we went to Santa Rosa to spend the night.

Wednesday, April 5

I spent the day in Santa Rosa with Elder Bowser and Elder Hurtado, both younger than me in the mission. It was a hot day, and nothing much happened, but we ate pizza. I also got my Easter package. Thanks for the Duck!

Thursday, April 6

We came back from Santa Rosa and I got sick. So I spent the day puking. So that was fun.

Friday, April 7

We went back to Santa Rosa for Zone Training. We're going to Guayaquil next Saturday to meet Elder Christofferson! That should be fun. We had no lessons today.

Saturday, April 8

The day started off like Friday, nobody was home. But at 5:30 we had a lesson with Franklin Rayes, who is a new investigator. He's old and cool. He lives in the middle of nowhere. I found a really cool goat as well! He's a really cool dude. After that, we just looked for new people and found none.

Sunday, April 9

The Miracle. Nobody answered our calls or the door when we went to invite them to church. We felt we'd put up another 0 for investigators again this week, but we showed up to church with 5 investigators. They just came. It was amazing. The rest of the day was calm, nobody at home again, but it's all good.

Monday, April 10

All is good here. I ate ribs today, so that was nice. I am a super nerd, but it's all good. We are going to baptize soon, I hope. Miss you and love you! This week was boring.






Updates on Monday, April 10

buenas tardes hermanas y padres,

this week was exeptionally BORING. we did a lot of traveling and i taught a lot of animals. We lost our super cool old guy investigator, so that was sad, but he´ll come around one day. Guayaquil was cool, all 3 missions were there and i saw elder Toledo. I also found Ecco in my comps package and stole it. jajajajajajajajajajaja. All is good around here, were having incredible success with investigators and everything. Its looking really bright here in piƱas!

how is everybody? šŸ™

keep your nose up
-Elder Beech

Monday, April 3, 2017

Two weeks of updates!

Updates from the last 2 weeks:

March 20: I spent my whole day in Santa Rosa. Elder Coello got into Santa Rosa at about 7:40. We're staying the night with our zone leaders, Elder Roberts and Elder Gomez. We should head back around 6 or 7 tomorrow and get into Pinas around 10 or 11. I will be so dead tomorrow. Elder Coello is a cool guy.

March 21: We left Santa Rosa at about 6:40 this morning and got into Pinas at about 11:00. The back route got blocked too. As for the day, nobody was home. We spent the whole day searching for nothing. We found a new investigator, 17 year old Karla, who's sister is a member in Italy. She's cool. Elder Coello is dying. These mountains were never made for men like him. He's super awesome. He's chill.

March 22: Elder Coello is absolutely going to zonk tonight. He has 20 months in the mission, all in Guayaquil, which is super flat. I cannot describe how steep these hills are. We actually had lessons today. With George and Ibies and their family. Wonderful family. Walked around a bit, had a lesson with Jessica, and then hit up a less active, then walked into the mountains, and nobody was home. Solid day.

March 23: It was a good day. Freezing day with rain (cold for Ecuador). Once again nobody was home. We also got a call from the zone leaders last night. Pinas is its own district now. District Leader - Elder Beech.

March 24: I was super sick today. Ugh.

March 25: Still sick, but I left the house finally. Nobody was home, but it was a good day.

March 26: Church was good. I slept pretty much the rest of the day. Really sick still. Excited for General Conference!

March 27: We went to the cross today. For the first time in a long time, I had a real P-day. I also may be able to recover my photos tomorrow. We'll see. For district meeting this week I'm having all the missionaries write talks about the atonement and their lives (or just the atonement). Also super pumped for General Conference! It'd be cool if next week you could all send me your favorite talks BEFORE Monday. Thanks.

The roads in and out of Pinas are closed, so we're trapped in Pinas in case I get sicker. LOL.

We finally had a lesson with Hermana Esperana, a 16 year old investigator. It was alright.

March 28: Today was not so good. Everybody is super sick, busy, or not home. A lot of our investigators have problems with listening to us because their parents don't want them to listen to us.

March 29: We have no money, and no food. Rough day.

March 30: We went to Portovelo today, which was cool. I think we might have some success here.

March 31: Nobody was home again today, but we had a branch activity, so that was fun.

April 1: Conference was good.

April 2: We had to hang out in the house after general conference ended because of elections. We had 0 investigators show up to conference :(








Saturday, March 18, 2017

Sorry, I haven't been too good about updating the blog. For starters, Brandon had a transfer to a new area. His Pday was spent on the bus all day, so he didn't have a chance to email. The following week was Carnival, and they were housebound during the Pday, so again no email. Then we were out of town for Spring Break, and I didn't have service so was unable to update the blog. So here are his notes from the past few weeks.

Feb. 20:

This week was not too good. Between losing my scriptures and everything I had studied, along with my copy of my visa and pasport, and several photos. We had little success.

In all honesty its hard here. For P-day, we cleaned house for 5 hours. No break. Im exhausted. We also have carnival this weekend so we'll be stuck in the house from saturday until wendesday. Please pray for me and my companion, and this sector. Its rough.


March 1:

Well, staying in the house is rough. Being sick is even rougher. But its all good.

I ate cuy like 4 weeks ago and I forgot to tell you guys. I also at a giant ciqueda this week. Maybe thats why im sick.


March 6:

We are hoping and looking forward to a baptism on Saturday, if she passes the baptismal interview. She a bit old, and really crazy, but she has desires to do whats right.

All that she has told us:
The mafia wants the gold under her house, and has killed her husband, and is torturing her son to get the gold. Her neighbors are devil worshipers and somebody keeps throwing toxic gas into her house. She wants us to wait with her as we fill up the pila bautismal for 3 hours on saturday. Also satan keeps talking to her. She's really cool.

As for the rest of the week, we started off by losing our golden family on wednesday night. Too much extended family pressure to stay catholic. So they kindly told us to leave. Elder Schillen got really bummed by that, but I told him God will bless us as Job if we have patience. We didn't get a 10 fold reward, but looking back, we do have a 3 fold reward. 3 new golden families.

We also had a REALLY old investigator (hes 16 but got dropped 3 months ago) show up to church randomly, and so he's back and progressing. He's a cool guy.

Also we lost another investigator because she died. But she was at least infinity, and was accepting all that we taught, so shes all good.

I still do not have my package, but I feel it will arrive in my hands on Friday.

Attached are some pictures of me with the catholics, me with Elder Vegas and Elder Arroyo.

Church is true, Jesus died for you, and Ecuador is too rainy.

March 13:

I hope the pictures are loading. I saw an Iguana this week, and Hna. Rosa drank cofee and was not baptized. Also spent about 22 hours in Machala for a zone conference and it was calm.

All is well in the work here in PiƱas, not much to report on. I hope all is well with you all in Texas. I have no good stories for you guys, but maybe next week when I can send my weekly letter. Yes I am writing them.

Love you,
-Elder Beech

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Updates from Ecuador

I know the updates have taken a while. Please forgive this missionary mama! Here are the highlights from the last few weeks.

-They had a 2 hour broadcast from Salt Lake City to inform them of the new mission rules that are being implemented worldwide. The 2 biggest ones that will impact Elder Beech are that P-day is 2 hours longer starting at 8:00am, and they are allowed to go to bed at 9:30pm instead of 10:30 pm.

-Solid work going on in Catamayo. Lessons taught frequently but slow progress with his favorite investigators.

-Went on splits with his District Leader, and they ate lots of tamales.

-Priesthood Conference in Loja. Got back to Catamayo late because the bus broke down.

-Received a letter from our Ward Primary. It was mailed before he even left the MTC! He loved it! "It made me happy"

-He's been sick for the last little while, so he hides his meals of bananas and rice in his socks when he just can't eat it. I guess this is better than appearing rude to their members or investigators.

-He had his first transfer. He is now in Pinas with a new elder from California. Brandon is the senior comp. That was a tough Monday for us, since he wasn't able to email at all.

"My testimony is strong still, despite getting rejected a ton. Church is true, book is blue, Jesus loves you. Gospel changes lives, and the Book of Mormon is cool."

Monday, January 16, 2017


Highlights from this week:

He got sick early in the week. Then the rest of his apartment mates started getting sick too. He had a good attitude and pushed through working as missionaries do.

He ate lasagne on Friday!

He gave a talk on Sunday.

"This week was one of the hardest of my life. But why do we have trials? To learn. It's all for our experience. I've had a stomach bug for almost a week and an allergy rash on my back that hurts worse than Harambe's death. But guess what? I've learned so much, and I'm infinitely a better missionary because of it. Life is not meant to be easy. It's a state in which we are to learn and have our faith tried. I invented a word this week: zapatomirador. A zapatomirador is a shoe watcher. Someone who always has their head down Someone who won't lift their face or their voice to their Heavenly Father in their times of need. Nunca ser un zapatomirador. Always look up, and look for the good in everything. See the blessings"

Monday, January 9, 2017

Harambe Lives On In My Heart

I am not sure why he titled his email this, but it's his blog, right? His letter was super long (5 pages handwritten), so I am just going to share the highlights that I think he'd want you to hear.

Monday: Taught one lesson to Christian about choosing friends wisely.

Tuesday: "In terms of how our day went, we wasted the Lord's time a ton. My companion spent about 2 1/2 hours of study cleaning the kitchen, which we cleaned yesterday. Cleaning is good, but we need to use our time with wisdom." They taught a one-armed drunk guy. He thought that was cool. They taught a less active member about prayer. She has a strong testimony about prayer, so they are hoping she comes back into the fold.

Wednesday: "For personal study, I studied a ton of the Book of Mormon, while my companion looked for revelation through dreams."

"In Alma 32:28-43 it talks about seed of faith. We need to nurture our faith with daily prayer, scripture study, and going to church every week. Then we can partake in the blessings of the Gospel. I also studied about repentance in 2 Nephi 2:6-9 and 2 Nephi 9:21-24. The first one talks about how redemption comes through Christ and how all who believe on His name will be saved. The second one talks about how repentance is how we show our faith and how we can live with God again. The plan is for all of us to return to God's presence, but we must repent and strive to be worthy every day."

"My companion took another nap from 10-1. The good news is I'm learning a ton from him." Later in the day they had no results with contacting. "I was very angry with my companion for sleeping and was looking for things to get after him about. That is NOT acceptable of a servant of the Lord because of my anger and inability to forgive or correct with love. We had an unsuccessful day. How awful do I feel? Terrible."

Thursday: "I woke up really sick this morning, but during personal study, I read something important. In 3 Nephi 17:5-9, it sounds like Jesus was about to leave to go rest after a 3 year ministry to the Jews, after the painful atonement and his death, after his ministry to the apostles and the Spirits and again to the apostles , an his ministry to the lost tribes. But when 'Jesus had spoken, He cast His eyes round about again on the multitude, and beheld them that they were in tears, and did look steadfastly upon Him as if they would ask Him to tarry a little longer with them.' And Jesus said to them, "Behold my bowels are filled with compassion toward you" Then he healed the sick. Jesus never stopped working and neither can we. No matter the circumstances, our fellow members need our help, our other non-member friends need a chance to accept or reject the Gospel. Keep your work going."

"In terms of how the day went, kill me. Our golden family, familia Silva, burned our Book of Mormon and told us to never come back. So that was rough. I felt they would be baptized."

Friday: "We had a zone conference today, and I got the food package. Thanks for the gum. I collect the drawings."

Saturday: Christian was baptized.

Sunday: He shared his two hour lesson that he taught to Christian. I won't share it all, but basically Christian was confirmed and received the Aaronic Priesthood. The branch president would like Christian to bless the sacrament next Sunday. Christian freaked out. He doesn't feel ready. Brandon read several scriptures about prophets that were young and unprepared for their responsibilities. God made them great men. Christian felt Brandon wouldn't understand since he's been a member his whole life. He asked Christian, "Do you know how many missionaries I've met that are younger than me? I held up my fist and said no other missionaries that are younger than me. Do you think that was easy to leave on a mission so young?" "No, Christian, it's not. I planned my whole life to leave on my mission at 19. I left when I just turned 18, and it moved fast. One day, I'm chilling with my friends at a lake, the next I'm in Mexico, far away from home on a mission. It wasn't easy."He also explained that the first Saints were new converts one day, and the next leaving on missions. He read several more scriptures about that. He also asked him who was Peter, the great apostle, before Christ called him? He was a fisherman. "And yet that fisherman became a great man of God. Nephi was just an ordinary young dud when the Lord commanded him to build a boat for his family to sail across an ocean."

Weekly Testimony: "Be obedient. That's an issue my companion has and we suffered a lot this week because of it. We eventually started following more rules and found more investigators. So just goes to show you...
This week I also got to see a mother and a son grow closer and have a better relationship because of a baptism. The Lord will heal all fights, if you let Him. So let Him. We are blessed to have the Gospel, and D&C 49: 18-19. Abide in the love of Jesus and of God. Blessed are we."

-Elder Beech
"Everything you want is on the other side of fear"



Monday, January 2, 2017

We just had an earthquake today! Woo-Hoo! Freakin weak though... maybe next time!

Anyway, this week was super discouraging for me. My companion isn't used to how hard the work is here in Catamayo, so for the first two days, he was pretty angry. He seems to have chilled out a little bit. Maybe a little too much. He likes to sleep, and all this week he's napped during lessons, and gone to bed as soon as we get home, which is bad because Saturday and Sunday nights we had to be home by 7:00. Maybe he's just tired of all the walking we have to do here. Who knows?

As for investigators, Christian is getting baptized on Saturday, so that's exciting! Familia Cueva have been out of town all break, and same with Familia Silva. They're all pretty receptive though.

I found the dead dog of a member, so we had a funeral service for vivi, the dog last night. Kind of strange to give a graveside talk for a dog, but then again, I'll probably be the same with Cooper.

Being on the mission, you're in tune with the Spirit a lot more. That's something you can't deny. You're out and about teaching or studying all day. I'm not someone partial to sharing my spiritual experiences too much. I kind of reserve them for me. But I had a strong one last week. On Christmas Eve, I bore my testimony of the Savior's life and that He did much more for us than being born. I bore this testimony in near perfect Spanish , with such force, I felt my body burning with the Spirit. You cannot make these feelings, there was someone else guiding me.

The Lord was with us during the week of Christmas. The Spirit in lessons was strong and everybody could feel it.

This week I've felt as if I was doing the work all on my own. 1) my companion was sleeping through the lessons and 2) I did not feel the Spirit guide me as strongly as before. I wondered why. I knew the Spirit was there, I had felt it so strongly just a week ago. Why was I not having the Spirit with me as strongly? I have two answers to that. 1) maybe because I was stressed and my companion wasn't following the rules. Obedience brings blessings, and obedience gives us the right to the Holy Ghost. 2) In Job, that old book in the Bible, it talks of a "just and perfect man" who loses everything because the Lord wanted it to test him to try his faith. Faith had to be tried. When the hard times come, cling to your faith. Never lose it. That's why we have so many less actives here in Catamayo. The hard times came, and they bailed. Sad.

I've also read in the New Testament. I'll share some other spiritual experiences next week. But remember this, there is a great life after this life. Do not lose sight of eternal glory. Do not lose your faith. Help others. "Ye are the light of the world."

Last things: it's true. It's all true. We have prophet who gets revelation from God for us. God loves you, and gives us commandments to protect us and the blessings are huge. Jesus suffered and died so we could repent everyday, and return to live with Him again. Stay faithful, make good choices. You will be blessed, even when you can't see the blessings. I love you all, and miss you all. I pray for Y'all, and hope that you stay true to the faith.

BE EXCELLENT TO EACH OTHER. (Bill and Ted 1:1)

Church is true, book is blue, and God loves YOU!

Supreme being in the Universe loves you. You're pretty darn special.

With love, jokes, and a stuffed bear,
Elder Beech #3