Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Great Grandpa Beck

Lately we have been apple picking at my parents, playing outside, enjoying dinner with new friends and spending an evening with my Grandparents.

 My Grandpa had a great experience during the Korean War.  While he was there he was able to share the gospel with his Korean translator. The man was one of the first converts in Korea, became the first stake president in Korea, was personal friends with President Hinckley and served the church in so many ways.  My Grandpa shared his story with the kids. It was fun hearing it again and watching my kids listen for the first time. He talked about the choices that helped him grow strong in the gospel and how those decisions helped him bring the gospel to HoNam and then he later shared the gospel with SO many others. He encouraged the kids to be "sunbeams" in others lives. I didn't get any pictures because I decided to video tape instead!

I found this very brief account written by Ho Nam on the church website-

Ho Nam Rhee

Ho Nam Rhee, first president of the Seoul (Korea) Stake, tells how he joined the Church.

I was first introduced to Mormonism when an American Army man I worked with, Calvin R. Beck, took me to MIA. Everyone at the meeting was American, and I was surprised that they all extended warm hands and called me “Brother Rhee.” I felt that brotherhood, and the word “brother” echoed in my mind for days.

I wanted to know more about this religion, so Brother Beck taught me about Joseph Smith and the restoration of the gospel. I still remember one lesson based on the following questions:

Where did we come from?

Why are we here?
Where are we going after this mortal life?

The subject shocked me, because those questions have puzzled great philosophers throughout the ages. But as Brother Beck explained the plan of salvation, I was thrilled. I had no doubts. I think the Lord blessed me at that very moment.

My spiritual birthday came September 5, 1954, in Seoul. Elder Harold B. Lee, then an apostle of the Lord, personally confirmed me a member of the Church—an unforgettable blessing. I can still picture his kind, serious face and feel his warm, tender hands on my head.

I could hardly wait from Sunday to Sunday to share the testimony of the Saints. I was greatly blessed a second time when I was ordained to the office of priest by Joseph Fielding Smith, who dedicated Korea for the preaching of the gospel in 1955.

I feel I have an even more important position than the Korean ambassador to the United States, because I represent not one nation, but the kingdom of God. I am an ambassador of God to this world.

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at my Grandparents.  I am thankful for all the time I have been able to spend with them and love that my children are no making memories and learning from them.  I didn't want a post with no pictures so here is one of Titus.  He is growing so fast. He was such a scrawny little guy when he was born and now look at all that chub!


kandis said...

titus is such a cute little chub-a-wubba!

Natalie said...

So I learned about your great grandpa on my mission. Wow! Small world!

PapaFordham said...

Loved the story about your Grandpa and our cute little smiley Titus!!!!