Thursday, June 27, 2013

Waazup ya'll!


Beck Family!

Wazzup ya'll. Oh my goodness is it a fun time out in Compton. I think I have ran into about every person imaginable out here. I met a real shoalin monk, shaved head and orange robes and all. I have met real Jews from Israel, long beards yammacas, and they all sound exaclty like the Jews on Seinfeld, as in they shout every word they say. That show was suprisingly accurate. The gangsters here are really cool, they rap for us and ask is anybody is messing with us. And if we said that somebody was, I'm pretty sure that they would straight up go and gun them down. Nobody messes with missionaries, or our bikes. We chained our bikes on this one super sketchy street that we arent even allowed to go on at night, but this was noon day, and we were talking to some guys who said that we shouldnt worry about our bikes getting stolen, cause that was a gang banging street, and thieves get shot by gang bangers. Needless to say, our bikes were still there a couple hours later. There we some guys that stayed outside on their porches all afternoon i think just to make sure nobody took our stuff. They just set their pieces out on their railings so every body could see, and then they just lean back in their chairs and watched out bikes. That is the Compton safety gurantee. My area is nearly all of Compton, and covers just a slive of West Dominiquez, which looks and acts just like the rest of Compton. The area is From Atlantic to Willmington by Greenleaf to Alondra.
 
I am safe cause I am obedient and pray a lot. If those things stop, im sure that is when the situation could get a little more sticky. But I am confident that if i keep up with those two things, all will be alright out here in Compton. No worries Mom, just lots of prayer

So yes, just lots of dirty ghetto and fun. I will be looking for the photo book, cause goodness i need it out here, every hispanic just wants to see your family, and then tell you their life story of theirs. Also, HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIERRA!!!! I know its like a few days late, but still counts. And for the rest of the family, have a good week, keep having fun, read your Book Of Mormon.

 

Beck out,

Elder Beck

Thursday, June 20, 2013

There's always a first for everything!


Beck Family!

 That looked like so much fun, the water, the forrest, the fire, all these things that i miss a ton! I am surrounded only by concrete and thugs. Its a little bit different than the great out doors, but its pretty exciting still. The work is going super well here in Compton. I am one of only 4 missionaries, that is 2 companionships, that actually work in compton. Every body else works close to it, or right up to the border, but i am the one that actaully gets to work in it, and it is so much fun. I live in a 4 man pad and it is a blast, we get a long so well, its just super fun. There are plenty of things that are in Compton that i have never really seen before in my life.

Like pimps, legit pimps, thugs that have honestly killed people, fired chicken shops every where, and constant gunshots. Honestly, from the hours of 6-6, there is a steady sound of gunshots and police choppers. super fun right. And yesterday in church I got to confirm the lady who got baptized , shes the one that i send picutres of last week. I was kind of nervous to confirm and bless in front of everybody, espescially in spanish, but it was one of the best spiritual expereinces of my mission. just getting up there and letting the spirit do all the talking, it was super cool. There are just tons of those crazy spiritual experiences out here on the mission, its awesome.

Today i helped push a mans car a 1/2 mile down the road to the gas station, so right now my quads are on fire. We then gave him a card, and he wants to come to church this Sunday. Crazy things like that happen all the time out here, just people put in our path that are ready to hear our message. I get along super good with my new companion, he dirt bikes and was a nearly pro BMX racer, so we get a long just fine.  Have an awesome week family, love ya lots.

Beck out,

Elder Beck

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

I'm in Compton!


Beck Family!

Holy cow life is awesome here. I am in Compton, and it is freaking fun.

There are so many people here all the time its crazy. Just people on the streets all day long. I actually live in Long Beach, cause no missionaries actually live in Compton, cause that would just be a little to dangerous.
Cool bike name!
 
One Awesome member
 
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missionaries at work
 
yup, this was in my apartment
 
So i live about 1/2 a mile from the city. But my area is fully in the heart of Compton. It is crazy here, a little sketchy, but crazy fun. My new companion is a fun loving guy and we get along great. He is really good with people, and so we make friends with everybody, and hes really good at being a missionary. My apartment is not nearly as nice as the one i just left. There are roaches and week smoking neighbors, and gay people. Honestly, we have a big "Section 8 welcome here" sign on the front of our apartment complex. not a good sign. But still, its a blast. I think i sent you enough pictures, and sorry if i make a few spelling mistakes, but i just have to work really fast. On saturday we got a lady married so she could finally be baptized. Which she finally was on Sunday. So it was a great start to the work in this area. Compton is honestly like no other place i have ever been to, seen, or even heard of. There is a nearly constant noise of police helicopters out looking for people, lots of sirens, the whole sha-bang. It is just to fun, i love it here.

 
Beck out,

Elder Beck

 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

My first baptism!!


Beck Family!

So, Life if literally the best right now. Yesterday I had our baptism for xxx and her son xxx, and it was the greatest moment of my life. Honestly, when she was baptized, it had to be one of the highlights of my entire life. She was baptized by her father in law, Hermano xxx , and I actually have a funny story with him. He was my first Contact on my first day as a missionary. My comp. had me contact him even though he was a member and he knew it, but he still had me contact him. Needless to say, it was terrible. But now it is a funny story and since then I have learned a ton of my Spanish and accent from him. He is from Mexico city and he literally has the greatest accent I have ever heard. He looks like the Dos Equis man, and sounds like the man that all other men want to sound like.

He is flippin awesome and when he baptized his daughter in law and grandson, it was just one of the best moments of my entire life. Also, in other news, I am getting transferred. Yes, I am super sad to leave Hunting Beach North, this is my birthplace and I absolutely love it here. but since I am done being trained as of right now, it is time for me to go off into the big bad world. So guess what, I am being transferred to Long Beach North. In other words, I am going to Compton! yep, legit, I am headed to the hood. I leave tomorrow, and I am super excited. I have heard from some people who were in that area of a couple shootings that happened around their apartments in just the last week. So yeah, it is gonna be flippin sweet. Honestly, I love it out here, and I feel like I have a real spiritual recharge from yesterday. I am trying to send lots of pictures right now, but the email really isn't working. I might have to send home the SD card so you can get all the pics. But if I do that, please send it back as soon as possible, cause I want those pictures. Have a good week Family, I love ya'll.

Beck out,

Elder Beck