Missionary Moment 28: Everybody’s Hero

Hello! This Sunday was fathers day! In honor of that, I’d like to talk a bit about what makes the father figures of my life so valuable to me. Mothers and Fathers are who I believe to be some of the most important people in the world. And I’m not just talking about my genetic…

Choosing Our Circles -Benjamin Fuqua

Hello all!!! Wow, what a crazy 23 months this has been serving as a missionary for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. I have been everywhere from Plzeň and Liberec in the west of the Czech Republic, and all the way to Košice and Prešov on the east of Slovakia!! I have…

Missionary Moment 27: Exactness with Each Step

Hello everyone! It has been yet another wonderful week here in Hradec Králové! I have prepared for you a fun thought on obedience. Obedience is interesting for me. Many sources in the world will tell you that obedience only confines our freedoms. They say to “just do it” and to live with no regard to…

Missionary Moment 26: Seeing or Believing

Hello everybody! We have all heard of people choosing to believe something after they’ve seen it, but today I would like to talk about how we can believe without seeing, see without believing, and what that means. To better illustrate, I’d like to share about a little activity we had as missionaries. We were all…

Missionary Moment 25: Happy Easter!

Hello everyone! This week was a wonderful week! As you know, we had Easter! It was wonderful. We got to spend a little time with some local members who painted eggs with us and took us on a little hike! I had a blast! With that I also learned something really neat.To start it off,…

Missionary Moment 24: Life Is Hard, For a Good Reason

Ahoj! Things are going well and I am absolutely loving my time out here!Today I would like to address the age old question of “why is life so hard?”. As a missionary I have had the wonderful opportunity of having a hard life! For example, just this week as we were working as missionaries do,…

Missionary Moment 23: Our Personal Relationship

Hello everyone! Transfer calls have come once again and I am now in the beautiful city of Uherské Hradiště! A small spiritual thought I wanted to share was how important it is to build our personal relationship with our Heavenly Father. On the mission, I have the privilege of spending all my time focusing on…

Missionary Moment 22: Follow Him

Hello! Today I wanted to share two scriptures. The first is Matthew, chapter 4 verse 19, which reads: And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. The second, is Mark, chapter 8 verse 34, which says: And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples…

Missionary Moment 21: Be Clean

Hello! It has been a while! Life is great here on the mission!This week I would like to speak of a seemingly simple, but sometimes difficult, thing. In the Doctrine and Covenants chapter 42 verse 41, it reads: And let all things be done in cleanliness before me. I’ve been thinking of this recently and…

Missionary Moment 20: Feeling the Prints

Hello! This week has been fun! One day, we were talking to people on the street, this man turned to me and asked where Jesus was born. However, I thought he asked where I was born, I was very confused why he was asking, but I responded "Nebraska". The man then exclaimed (in czech) "Oh…

Missionary Moment 19: You Are Never Alone

Hello! It has been another great week in Prague! This week started sunny and warm and now we have snow again! This week I’d like to talk some more about learning the language. Czech is very difficult to learn. I’ve been trying for almost six months now. I’m definitely getting better, but sometimes I still…

Missionary Moment 18: The First And Last

Ahoj! It has been another amazing week! This week we did what is called a “fast” as a whole mission in preparation for the Easter season. A fast is when you go without food or drink for 24 hours. During this fast, as well as our normal missionary work, we read a document called “The…

Missionary Moment 17: I Say A Little Prayer

Hello again! This week was amazing! It all started earlier this week. As missionaries, we like to meet with people and discuss faith and how to strengthen our relationship with God. We call these “lessons”. One day, we were planning and we did not have any lessons scheduled for the day. Before we left the…

Missionary Moment 16: Open Your Mouth

Hello! It’s been another great week! This week I saw a pretty cool miracle.So, as you might have noticed, I am still very new to this whole new world of missionary work. And I have to say, the work is great, but the language is rough. I still struggle wording things and understanding and this…

Missionary Moment 15: Commit To His Plan

Ahoj!This week has been amazing! We saw miracles and met wonderful people every day! One thing I learned this week was the importance of trusting in God as we walk in faith. By that I mean that we have to move to be guided. For example, let’s say that you have a horse drawn carriage….

Missionary Moment 14: Change

Ahoj! Transfer calls came! I am now in the Prague Pankrác area for the next nine weeks and my new companion is Starší Raines! It is absolutely beautiful here! Today I’d like to talk about change. Change is a funny thing. In this life it is completely unavoidable. Whether it is friends coming and going…

Missionary Moment 13: We Are Family

​​Ahoj!This week, our Prophet Thomas S. Monson passed away. That means that a new prophet will be sustained (a vote of support, not election) this upcoming April. In note of this, I choose to study some of Thomas S. Monson’s talks this week and came across a little message I’d like to share today. In…

Missionary Moment 12: Veselé Vianoce

Merry Christmas! Things are super busy here for the holidays, so this is going to be a little shorter.I wanted to speak a little about Christmas gifts. Christmas gifts seem a little funny when we think about it. Nothing on Christmas is really about us, so why are we giving gifts? As I thought about…

Missionary Moment 11: Light The World

Ahojťe! Life is great and getting better! This week I had a pretty special experience. One day, we were coming back to the train station in Vrutký to get back home. A funny thing about Europe is you have to pay to use most bathrooms, and of course, we needed to use the bathroom at…

Missionary Moment 10: Be Yourself

Hello! Žilina is awesome, but very cold! This week has been a lot of fun, and I learned a major lesson too. At one point this week, we were on the train heading back from some meetings and lessons. My slovak is still struggling, but I wanted to do something instead of just sit for…

Missionary Moment 9: Just Smile And Wave Boys

Hello! I’m officially in the field now! I am being trained by Starší Trythall. I am serving in Žilina Slovakia, and I now have to try to speak slovak instead of the czech I learned in the MTC. They are NOT the same!Everything has been absolutely crazy! I had to travel for almost three days…

Missionary Moment 8: Faith, Trust, And A Little Pixie Dust!

Hello! Guess what happened this week! On Monday evening I found out that I had been reassigned to the Salt Lake City South, Utah Mission and that I would be serving there until my visa arrived! Needless to say, this was stressful news. I was the first of the Czech Missionaries to find out I…

Missionary Moment 7: Don’t You Just Love Love?

Hello everyone! This week has been a blast! My companions and I had the opportunity to teach Blanka Dvořaková and her husband Bratr Dvořak from Olomouc over Skype! It was so amazing to get to teach some native Czech speakers! On top of that, I get my travel plans tomorrow! Just to let you know,…

Missionary Moment 6: No Coincidences

Hello!This week has been very eventful to say the least. We celebrated Halloween (as much as we could) and had a blast learning more of the language! But this week was different, a new friend that I have shared my MTC time with was sent home this morning because of an injury in his right…

Missionary Moment 5: Let Your Light Shine

Hello! This week in the MTC we celebrated Christmas together as it was the 25th and we decided it would be fun as a district to share that together. As we did so, one thing stood out to me very strongly. That was the importance of the Light of Christ, or the love that Christ…

Missionary Moment 4: The Priesthood

Hello!I can’t believe it has already been 4 weeks! Time is just flying! This week was very special, I had my birthday on Saturday and was assigned to be the zone leader on the same day! My schedule just keeps getting more and more full, but I love it! There is nothing like being able…

Missionary Moment 3: Great Things

Hello again! This week was very special. On Tuesday, Elder D. Todd Christofferson of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles came to speak with us. It was an extremely powerful experience. His talk related the importance of our work today, and that of the early saints, specifically the translation of the Book of Mormon. As…

Missionary Moment 2: Stayin’ Alive

Hello again! I have officially hit the two week mark and it has really gone by fast!As I’ve been in the MTC, a lot of other elders have shared little tips such as “make it to sunday” or lots of other things to help me “get through” the 9 weeks I have here. But I’ve…

Missionary Moment 1: Gift of Tongues

Okay! I am officially in the Missionary Training Center studying the gospel and czech!This week, more than anything, I’ve learned about the gift of tongues. I have been told multiple times that Czech is the second hardest language offered in the MTC, and I only have nine total weeks to learn it (8 now!). On…

Being a Disciple of Christ

In 1948, while Germany was divided to be governed by the world powers after World War II, Russia blockaded west Berlin in an attempt to starve them into submission. During this time,

Living Alone

I recently moved out to start my life at college. I’ve never lived on my own before, so this was really a change for me.

Snow Angels

Okay, so here goes another mountain story. I had just finished gathering my gear in the morning after the snow campout a year or so ago. I decided not to wait for everyone else. Rookie mistake.

Midnight Miracle

Miracles are real. Miracles do happen. I learned this very quickly on a snow campout on mount hood a few years back.

Cold, Cold Water

To all of you out there who do just fine with cold water, good for you! I am not one of those people. For me, cold water is somewhat debilitating. So naturally, the swimming merit badge was not easy for me.

Napkin Maps

Long ago, back in the days of my Scouting adventures, my troop and I ventured into the vast wilderness below Mt. Hood. We were having just a great time and, being the adventurous boys we are, wanted a little more excitement than just camping by a lake. That’s when we found him.