Sunday, June 24, 2012

Letter from 6/18/12 (Sorry I forgot to put this on earlier)

Hey everyone!!
What another amazing week it has been out here in sunny cailfornia. A ton of crazy things have happened this last week. Can't wait to tell ya. Here I am now!!
So this week we had a zone conference. It was my first Zone conference on the misson and I loved it! Elder Larsen and I got a prize for keeping within the limit of milage for our car. You have a limit of miles you can drive a month. Most missionaries acutally go over the milage. So I can see why we have a limit. Elder Larsen and I actually stayed about four hundred miles under the limit last month. Which is weird because we are the farthest away from everything. But none the less we both won a 12 Hershey chocalate bars. So we have 24 bars now. So we were pretty excited about that. I also got a chance to talk to Elder Sumsion a lot too. It was so nice to finally talk about home and football and stuff like that. Elder Larsen hates talking about that. so it was something I really enjoyed talking to him about. We had this huge lunch of beef, pork, salad, and of course, tortillas. I don't know if I have told you yet but the mexicans eat tortillas with every meal. In fact a lot of them don't even use forks, knives or anything like that. They either use their hands or a tortilla. I acutally really like it. I know that Tre tre would really like that too. Hahaha Anyway I really enjoyed the talk by President Bowen. He spoke on sacrifice. And even though the mission may be hard. Sacrifice is needed. It is somehting that God has always required of man to do. I found that very interesting as he pointed it out with a bunch of different examples from the scriptures. I lvoed the verse he gave in Nehamiah 6:3. It is what has been keeping me going the last few days. I loved conference.
So lately we have been up on our miles. So we have been doing a lot of finding, contacting, knocking doors, etc. It's been really fun because we have been able to find a lot of really great people to teach. Like we met an Older lady as she was walking home. we walked with her and helped her carry her groceries home. (a lot of latinos do that too. Can't drive, but walk a long way to get groceries) We taught her the Restoration right there and committed her to be baptized. We haven't been able to find her since, but that doesnt mean we are oging to give up on her. Also we ran into a guy as we were knocking doors named Eric (yes, english). We taught him about the Book of Mormon and the restoration and he was like "there is more scripture?! We ahve a prophet on the earth today? Why didn't anyone tell me about this?" It was so cool to see the spirit just pierce his heart as we taught him. We passed him on to the English missionaries. We hope that all goes with with that. Also we were knocking doors and found a family of eight that was really interested. We taught them the first lesson as well and committed them all to be baptized. They are very catholic too. So let's hope that goes well too!
So we have been teaching Victor, the 19 year old. He is so solid. We taught him a bunch of the commandments. It turns out he was already living the Word of Wisdom too. So it was really cool to see that. He even asked his boss for work off to come to church. He said he could only come to the first hour, but I guess he decided to stay and he loved it. He even got his mom (another investigator) to come too. Which we have been trying to do for a while now. So we were so happy to see that miracle. Victor is planning on being baptized on the first of July. So is his mom.
Last week I wrote about David and Daisy getting married. Well, They got married yesterday! hahaha We committed them to get married and they acceptted. They got the marrige license, the rings, and we had the wedding in the church yesterday. Bishop Disner performed the marriage. Now they are living the Law of Chasitity and can get baptized. so we will be having a Baptism for them this Sunday. Pretty amazing huh?  They are now talking about how they can get sealed as a family (they have an 8 month son) for eternity in one year. Pretty cool huh? This is what this work is all about. Bringing families together forever. I could possibly witness it too. I'll still be here then. What a miracle no?
Dad, You asked why we wait a whole week to give the gift of the Holy Ghost to our investigator. It's mainly because we want them to come to church as many times as possible. This way They know they have to come to church the next week in order to get the gift of the Holy Ghost and be confirmed. I guess a lot of the converts here go less active really fast. But that hasn't happend with ours. Humberto actually blessed the sacrament and gave the benediciton Yesterday. He has also been teaching with us a bunch too. So cool huh? His testimony brought a lot of miracles this week. So yeah that's why!
That is pretty much my week! A lot of finding, and teaching, and we are going to be baptizing. Oh mom and dad, I have a request. I don't know if it is safe to send my insurance stuff over email. but i'm going to the doctor on the 27th of june. I am going because of my headache problems. i don't know if you think I should go or not, but sister bowen said I should get it from you in case. So maybe if you could mail it or anything like that? What do you think?
Dad, feliz dia de padres. Tengo lo mejor padre en todo el mundo! Soy muy agradecido tengo usted. Te Amo mi padre. Espero que tuvo un buen dia.  
I love you all!! Can't wait to get to ya next week!! Hear from you soon!1
Elder Dallin M. Ollerton

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