Monday, October 15, 2012

Letter: October 15, 2012

Hey family!!

It has been another fantastic week out here in Garden Grove. We have
once again seen a lot of miracles. We were tried this week too, but we
tried our best to work diligently and it paid off.

So we spent a lot of time this week at a certain house/street. The
family we often visit is the home of two recent converts. They are the
Familia Gomez. They are awesome. They've invited so many of their
family members to listen to us and to come to church. Many accepted
the invitation. I'll give you the names and what is going on with
them. They actually end up being about half of our investigators.

So first we have Ines and her daughter Kate. They were listening to
the missionaries before I got to this area. They never really
accepted baptism until my first week here. They have a date for the
fourth of November. We kind of got really worried about them because
they actually live outside of our area. President Bowen has given us
permission to teach them though. We don't really have the time to go
out there, but if we get lucky we can catch them at the Gomez home. Up
to about Friday we hadn't seen them, which worried me because we need
to see them in order to be able to teach them what they need to know
and do in order to be prepared to be baptized. We went over to the
Gomez home to celebrate the birthdays of Hma Gomez and one of her
daughters Jocelyn. We went and sure enough Ines was there. She
brought up a great question. "Why don't you believe in drinking
coffee?" I took this opportunity to teach her about the Word of
Wisdom. I even pulled out the Doctrine and Covenants to show her what
it says and the beautiful promise that is given to us if we follow
this commandment. She loved it, and she told us that she is going to
give up drinking coffee and drinking. It was awesome, and she also
committed to church and came. She loved the classes too. So she is
doing really well. We just need to see her daughter Kate. We'll get
there "poco a poco"

So the next person is awesome. Her name is Daisy. It is the cousin of
the familia Gomez. I guess she had seen the missionaries before and
when we got here she asked her cousin Dania (one of the recent
converts) if she could get taught by the missionaries. She is about
sixteen years old, and is a faithful Christian. Which is really good.
The first time we taught her was on Saturday night. We taught her in
this huge group of like ten people at the home of the familia Gomez.
We taught her, Ines, and their neighbor. It was kinda crazy. We taught
her the restoration. She showed a lot of interest in reading the Book
of Mormon. She even came to church as well. She thought it was very
interesting. It was a lot different than the church she attends, but
she wants to learn more. We are seeing her tonight as we do a FHE (Family Home Evening) with the familia Gomez.

We also have Ana. She is doing better. We finally got her to commit
to a date. We wrote a plan out with her about how we are going to help
her get baptized. She picked the date for the 16th of January. We are
going to work with her and get her for that date. In the meanwhile we
actually talked to her 11 year old and 8 year old sons about the Word
of Wisdom. They loved it and committed to live it. The 8-year-old son
has a really big desire to get baptized. So we believe that we are
going to put our main focus in them. They both (the sons) actually
came to church. It was a miracle. So we are doing good there

We also had a HUGE miracle last night with Gudelia. We went over
yesterday morning to invite her to church. She had already gone to a
Catholic church with her family. We decided to comeback later that
night. We did so, it was perfect timing too because she showed up
right when we did. We played around with the kids for a minute and
then had a lesson with them. Afterwards we went and taught Gudelia. We
had planned about a week back to teach her about the covenant of
baptism and the importance of being baptized. So we started by reading
with her in 3 Nephi 11:37. Then we explained how baptism is a
commandment. Then the spirit really kicked in. It got to be so strong
that I was literally opening my mouth and not even knowing what I was
saying. It was awesome. I had the prompting to open up Mosiah 18:8-10
and read it with her. I followed it. She explained how she knows what
we teach is true, and how the Book of Mormon is true. And how willing
she is to keep that covenant. I told her to read verse ten. You could
feel it strike all of us with the powerful feeling of the spirit. Then
I had another prompting to invite her to be baptized again. She has
been invited at least 100 times by the missionaries that have been
teaching her. She accepted to be baptized. She accepted  to be
baptized on the 11th of November. We are going to have to work so hard
to get her ready, but we can do it. It was such a great lesson. It was
so cool to see Doctrine and Covenants 84:85 fulfilled. It was

So that is really who we have right now. We are still teaching a lot
of great people who are reading out of the Book of Mormon and are
praying. We have also faced a lot of difficulties as well. We went
over to see Araceli on Friday and she opened the door and yelled, "I've
been trying to hide from you guys! Here is your book, and I don't want
you guys to come back to teach us ever again, Thank you and Goodbye!"
It was pretty devastating, but we decided not to let it bug us and
press forward, and we have been blessed with so many miracles.

I'm so grateful for all of the blessings our Father in Heaven has
given us. We still have a lot of work to do here. I know that as we
work diligently we will be blessed. I have been reading a lot about
that in the Book of Mormon. In the book of Helaman is all about when
Nephi goes out and preaches. He was rejected, but it talks about how
he went about with "unwearied diligence" In the end we can see that as
he did that the Lord made him so strong. In 3 Nephi 7 we learn that as
he worked diligently that his testimony and teachings were so powerful
that the people, even though they didn't like it, could not deny it to
be the truth. So amazing, and I know that that is true. So always be
diligent, no matter how hard things or times may be, and then "if thou
endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high"

I know this church is true! Thank you for everything! I love you all
and can’t wait to hear from you soon! Les Amo siempre, y tengan una
buena semana!

Elder Dallin M. Ollerton

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