David L. Beck learned early in life the lessons of helping others realize their vast potential and eternal worth.
The Bountiful, Utah, native was just 10 years old when he said goodbye to his neighborhood playmates and Primary pals and moved to Brazil where his father, Wayne Beck, had been called to preside over the Brazilian Mission.
There young David found himself struggling to learn a new language and to fit into a new culture. Still, he soon recognized the love and encouragement his mission president father and his mother, Evelyn Beck, had for the Mormon missionaries and the Brazilian people. Many times he witnessed people changing for the good because his parents believed in them.
\"My father would build people up and challenge them to become better,\" Beck said. \"He helped them understand who they really are and what they can do.\"
Those childhood lessons would influence Beck's interactions with others during his own full-time mission in Brazil and later as an assistant Scoutmaster, bishop, stake president, mission president (again, to Brazil) and, since April, as the LDS church's Young Men general president.
During the past five months of service in his worldwide calling, Beck has been lifted by the enthusiasm and spirit of the many young men with whom he has come in contact. He is impressed by their willingness to serve and participate in the gospel. \"They are a lot of fun to be with.\"
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