Monday, September 24, 2012

Letter for September 24, 2012

Hey all!

This week has been a very good/interesting week.

It started out super slow this week. We didn’t have the greatest week
last week like I wrote about. We were trying to do a lot of finding
and we were diligent in doing so, and the Lord blessed us with more
people to teach.

So, first off for the family. I will let you know that I did something
very silly on Tuesday.  I was messing around with some of the
settings on my camera, and it turns out that on accident I erased all
of the photos and videos I had taken on it. That goes clear back to
when I was with Elder Excell. I was really bummed about that. I had a
lot of sick videos and pictures to send home. I was just about to send
it home too. So now I'm trying to make up for it by taking a lot more
pictures. Sorry about that. I can't do anything about it now.

So from about Monday to Thursday was just really hard. We would struggle to even find someone to teach. We would drive all around to just about
every investigator we had everyday. They were either not home, or they
were home and were super duper busy. Even when we would find someone to
teach. They were already on the edge of being dropped, or it wasn't
the best lesson I had ever taught. We kept going though.

Friday is our weekly planning day. That is when we take 2-3 hours of
the day to plan for our investigators and for the area every week. We
were in the middle of planning and setting goals for how many lessons
we wanted to get in when Elder Janne stopped and looked at me. We
talked about this area. We decided to change our mind set about the
work and the area. We went out, we went knocking. We found a really
cool older lady name Amalia. We were just talking to her about the
Book of Mormon and what it was. She was like "oh it's another book to
help us understand the bible better right?" We were amazed. She had a
lot of responses about our comments of the restoration that went in
line with our beliefs. So we are really excited about that. We also
have been contacting a ton of referrals that we have been receiving
from members, and other missionaries. The coolest one we found was
Luis. He is fourteen years old. Very smart kid. We were explaining and
teaching him about the restoration and he loved it. He knows a lot
about the bible too. It really surprised us. He accepted to be
baptized. So we are going to follow up with him soon hopefully. That
might be our biggest challenge with him.

We are also still teaching Miguel. We taught him a lot about church.
That was our biggest focus with him. Because that was our biggest
problem when I taught him in La Habra. So we taught him a lot about
it. He really opened up to us this week about how he feels
"spiritually dead" he feels that's how his spirit is. So we read with
him in 2 Nephi 4. I could see on his face how bummed he looked. He
told me that he feels like how Lehi felt when He said he was "drooped
in sin" we explained that through Christ he would never have to feel
that way anymore. We went on Sunday morning to wake him up to go to
church...nothing. He didn't go at all. I don't know what we are going
to do about that, but I do know that the Lord will direct us in the
right direction.

We also started to teach some former investigators that sister
missionaries taught. Their names are Jesus and Hortencia. They seemed
way open about the restoration. They also accepted dates to be
baptized. Now we just have to get them to church. So we are excited
about that.

So we saw Miguel and Dane, the Jehovah's Witnesses again a few times
this week. We actually had a really good lesson with them. See because
usually when we had a member with us they would go off on a whole
other topic and they would eventually get back to what we were going
to teach them, but it would always end up bad. We just went in
ourselves. We told him our purpose as missionaries. We taught them the
restoration again. I don't know though if they really are interested.
bad I know, but they got the whole message in. So this next
appointment we have with them is probably their last chance. We
learned why Miguel is 'afurera' or outside his church. so we'll see
what happens.

That is basically the week we had. I'm starting to gain a great
testimony on the power of the priesthood though. so last Sunday I was
asked to give a blessing to an elderly sister in the ward who was
about to take this strong medicine. and how she basically had to be
confined in her room for like a few days and stuff like that. She
wanted a blessing and asked that I perform it. I did, then we left
and moved on and I didn't see her for a week. She came to church the
next Sunday. And she shared her experience. She told me that all that
I had said and blessed her came true. She did not feel pain like she
was expecting to. She went through the whole process without any
problems either. Which she and the doctor’s thought she would. She also
said that when I blessed her I said 'tu vas a sentir el amor de Dios
que tiene para ti" or something like that. That translates to you are
going to feel the love that God has for you. She said as she was in
her room when she took the medicine. She could feel the spirit so
strongly and she said she could feel the love God had for her, and
that she could feel Him helping her and comfort her. I thought that
was awesome. I know the power of the priesthood is real, and that it
has the power to work miracles.

I'm also starting to get a greater love of the Book of Mormon. I
receive revelation everyday reading from it. How could one not read
it? I guess I never thought that growing up. I wasn't the best at
reading it. But let me tell you. I will never go a day without reading
it. I know it's true and that it's the word of God.

I love you all! Thank you for your support and for all you do to help
me out. I've been so blessed. Can't wait to hear from you soon!

Elder Dallin M. Ollerton

Friday, September 21, 2012

Letter for September 17, 2012 (sorry its late, Dallin's dad)

Hey all!

It was definitely an interesting week. A lot of stuff happened. It all
started out with the fact that this week was zone conference week.
That changes up our normal routine for the week. Which was nice in a
way. We had a lot of more proselyting time this week. We had a full
schedule for Tuesday and Wednesday. During those two days a lot of
things happened. Like about five of our investigators dropped us. They
would run from us at the door, or they would just never answer the
door, or they would tell us to not come back. We spent our Tuesday and
Wednesday doing a lot of driving and walking. Struggling to find
someone to teach. We would find some other people to teach, but then
we would struggle. It wasn't the greatest.

So this Thursday we had zone conference. We started out the day by
doing some service. We painted some concrete fences out in Yorba
Linda. It was fun and it took us about an hour to do. It looked really
good when we left. We went to an apartment to change, and then we
headed out to the building where we were going to have zone
conference. It was in Irvine. That was an adventrue in itself. None of
us had been down to that area. so we were relying on a Thomas Guide to
get us there. We made it there. When we got there we had two talks.
One by Sister and President Bowen. They were both really good talks.
That wasn't my favorite part though. My favorite part were the
testimonies that were borne by the departing missionaries. there was
one that impressed me the most. It was by Elder Jordan Sumsion.
Watching him go up and bear his testimony was amazing. Not only did
the testimony pierce my heart. But looking at his countenance, and the
way he spoke. It all amazed me. He has changed a whole lot on his
mission. He is a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. It was amazing. He
has and will always be, a great example to me. I love and will always
respect that man. Watching him go up and bear his testimony gave me
hope. Because there is a lot of little things about myself that I
would like to change. Looking at him, gave me that hope and assurance
that I can do that, and I can become great like Elder Sumsion. Or even
greater. more like the Savior. So grateful for his testimony. It was
something that I really needed, and it was an answer to my prayers.
I'm so glad that God listens to our prayers.

So the next day we got a call in the morning by Elder Collette. The
housing coordinator for the mission. He told us that we had an hour to
pack up all of our stuff, and get over to the new apartment that he
had arranged for us to live in. It was a fun day. It is a super nice
apartment. it even has a washer and dryer. We are so spoiled out here.
So grateful for that.

Saturday I spent all day in that new apartment, for Elder Janne was
sick. He was just feeling like he was going to "yack" so they say in
Kansas. He slept for about six hours. During the day I spent it
reading from preach my Gospel and the Book of Mormon. I also watched
some church movies that we have. It was super boring, but I learned a
lot, which was a real blessing. I got a lot of stuff done that was

We had stake conference this week. It was really good. They spoke a
lot about how we need to get an education. how president Uchtdorf said
that it is not a suggestion, but a commandment to get an education.
Found it really interesting.

So investigators, we didn't have a baptism for Lilia. She didn't come
to stake conference. She works two jobs and has no time to see us
anymore. She told us yesterday that she would possibly be working seven
days a week and won't be able to get baptized. We talked about it. and
told her that if she came to church she would be able to find a job.
She just lost one of her jobs. So she has to look for more work in
order to help provide for her family. Unfortunately this is common. I
feel so bad. They work so hard to provide just enough for their
families. I'm so grateful for the blessing I had in always having
enough to live. So we are going to work with her and hopefully she
will be baptized this week. So Please Please pray for a miracle. She
needs it!

Also, Leticia told us she doesn't think that she will ever be able to
talk to us. She has a really weird boyfriend who doesn’t' like anything
to do with us. Which is a bummer because she has a son who is in BYU I
right now preparing to go on a mission. I think she would be golden.
but we'll keep trying.

We have Miguel. I taught him in La Habra. He moved to my area right
when I got here. He actually accepted a date to be baptized on the
7th. We just hope that he comes to church. That was his problem in La
Habra. So we'll see how that goes.

Genesis....oh genesis....She keeps ignoring us. She also told us this
week that she's a spritual person, but not a religious one. She
started her confirmation in the Catholic church. So we are thinking
she might be a goner for now, but we will try again and see.

Miguel and Dane are doing well. They are the Jehovah witnesses. They
are reading from the Book of Mormon. WE didn't get to talk to them
last week. Hopefully they can receive an answer this week! It’s not
promising though, but we'll see!

That's basically it! It's been a real busy week. WE hope to teach a
lot more, and hopefully get a baptism in. Elder Janne and I are
determined. WE know that it’s all about what the Lord wants. So we
will do His will, and work as hard as we can.

I love you all! thank you for you support, and we'll hear from you soon!

Elder Dallin M. Ollerton

Monday, September 10, 2012

Letter for September 10, 2012

Hey all!
It's been another very busy week out here in Anaheim! It's been a
super duper hot one here too. But life out here is good!

So we had the confirmation of Rachelle yesterday. Now we had a problem
with that though, we didn't make it in time for the confirmation. So
that is a story. So yesterday morning, we were on our way out to come
to church when I did something really silly. I had opened the trunk
of our car to grab something real quick right before we were to head
out to church. I accidentally threw the keys in the trunk while I
was searching for the thing I was going to get. I got the thing, and I
slammed the trunk shut. I reached in my pocket to get the keys to
open our car door, but they weren’t there. I was like "dang". We had
to call a member to come and pick us up to get to church. We got there
right before the sacrament hymn had ended. I looked at Elder Larsen
and he mouthed to me "we got it done" I was upset, but I couldn't help
but laugh at how dumb I was. Not the first time that I have done that.
I hope it will never happen again. ha-ha.

So Rachelle was confirmed. Lilia came to church yesterday! It was
awesome. She was doing like half of the participation in the classes.
So she is doing really well. She is basically ready for baptism. Her
baptism is scheduled for this Sunday. She can only meet with us once
this week, that is when we will be having the interview. She also has
to go to stake conference next week. ha-ha yeah...It'll be a challenge,
but I have no doubt she will be baptized this coming Sunday. Another

So I'm suppose to report on Leticia. We still haven’t seen her yet, but
we are going to this week. She's suppose to be golden, and we are
really excited. We also got a referral from our housing coordinator
Elder Collette. he is golden too I guess. We can only meet on
Sunday’s, so we'll see I guess.

So Genesis....yeah that has been interesting. I just get the bad
feeling that she doesn't want to talk to us anymore. Every time that we
go over there to talk to either her or Rachelle she is always busy
doing something. We went over to there house in Orange on Saturday and
had a very good talk with her mom. Her mom is really starting to open
up with us. That is a miracle in itself. She never wanted to talk to
us about anything when I first got to this area. Now she was telling
us that she wants us to eat dinner with them, and she actually told me
that when I come back after the mission with you guys (my family) she
wants to meet you guys and everything. It's been really neat. Also,
she finally broke the news about why Genesis has been acting so
differently lately. I guess when she went to girl’s camp a while ago
she didn't have very modest clothing. A leader (I’m guessing of our
young women's) told her that what she was wearing is straight up
inappropriate. I guess that kind of caught her off guard, and she got
very offended. Also, she got grounded. So she is kind of "mad at the
world" I guess you could say. We are praying that we have a break
through with her. If she is going to be baptized soon she'll have to
go to stake conference too, but we will see.

We are also teaching these Jehovah's Witness's. Their names are Miguel
and Dane. They are really interested. That or they are just being
really nice. ha-ha I can't really understand their Spanish very well.
So we always have to bring members with us, we hope that it starts to
get better with that though. They are reading and everything. It's
been kind of hard. We might end up dropping them soon because they
just don't want to "soften their hearts" you could say. But we will
see with them!

We also have an investigator who has been very hard on us, but she is
starting to soften up to us and really open up to us for some reason.
Her name is Liz. I think I have talked about her before. She is
finally starting to read. Now we just have to get her to church. She
has a date for the 23rd, but we will have to change it soon I believe.

That is basically my week and the people we are teaching. We are
starting to see more and more growth. We are going to be doing a lot
of focusing on finding and getting investigators to church. It's at
church we can receive answers to even the most difficult questions we

I love you all! The Mission is awesome right now! Area is doing well,
teaching a lot, I have a great companion, Members are awesome, cant
complain too much right? I love you all and thank you for your

Elder Dallin M. Ollerton