Monday, November 19, 2012

Letter for November 19, 2012

Hey everyone!!

First off, I wanna give a shout out to my little brother who just turned nine yesterday! Happy Birthday Cameron! It sounded like you had a great birthday. I love you so much and I hope you had a great birthday. Look out for a letter from me!

What a great week it has been. A lot of things happened. It's been pretty crazy busy.

So first off I've been called to train. I picked up my trainee last Tuesday. His name is Elder Burrup. He is from the great grand state of Idaho. He is from the northern part. He says he is about four hours away from the border of the U.S. and Canada. So yeah, he is pretty stinkin’ awesome. I've been so blessed to receive him to be my companion. He is so ready to be out here and to be a missionary. He was so stoked to get out and go to work.

His first day in the field was pretty interesting. So I couldn't get a hold of our dinner to confirm it. So what I had to do was call another family to feed us. Luckily I had planned to call the Valero/Gomez home that night. I called and asked them if they would feed us something small because I knew that Elder Burrup had had a great big lunch when he got here. So I took him over there and they fed us some hot dogs and some fruit. It was really good. Afterwards I saw Ines, one of our investigators, sitting on the couch. I decided to talk to her about the message we shared. She gave us the news that she was going to be baptized into another Christian church this Sunday. I asked her if she was absolutely sure that she was going to be baptized into the right church. She said yes. Then in the middle of us teaching her she took a phone call into another room. Then after she was done she just left the apartment. Ha-ha so we basically taught a half of a lesson for my trainee's first lesson in the mission. Ha-ha it was great. I just learned though that she didn't end up getting baptized yesterday so that is good news for us. So we are going to work with her and hopefully we will have some luck there!

We also went back and started to teach Sonia again. The first time I brought elder Burrup there to teach her was awesome. The lesson though started out to be a disaster. She was going off talking about how bad one of the members she really knows well is. Calling him a hypocrite and everything. It was starting to make us look really bad. But then she had to take care of some business with a customer at her food truck. So Elder Burrup looked at me and was like "What do we do? I have no idea what is going on?" I told him that we were going to focus on the Book of Mormon and praying to know that it's true. Then I told him to invite her to be baptized. So that is what we did. Then the focus on the lesson was about finding out for herself if all that we have been teaching her is true. We both testified of the Book of Mormon and how we know that the church is true. The spirit really settled and was helping us testify with such power. Then I committed her to read and pray about it. Then I looked at Elder Burrup, He asked her if she would be baptized, and she accepted. It was incredible. She had never accepted a date so easily like that. We set a goal to help prepare her by the 16th of December. It was incredible. She even came to the ward activity with us this last Saturday and she loved it. So hopefully we can get the rest of her family to join in.

We also started to teach Ana, the mother of Jose and Anthony, again. We had a great and powerful lesson on Saturday. We finally figured out what has been keeping her from being baptized. She broke some news to us about some things that have been going on in her life. She always prays to God for an answer and she never got it. I told her that we are representatives of the Lord, and we are here to help her. I told her we were the answers to her prayers. And that she could overcome all things through the Atonement of Christ, and through faith. It was so great. Then Elder Burrup came in and invited her to be baptized. She accepted it. It was so great. Right now she isn't sure about it, but I promised her some blessings that would occur if she did get baptized. So she accepted. We have set a goal to help her be prepared by the 23rd of December. So we are going to work with her a lot more. I hope and pray that she finds out this is all true. She came to the activity we had too and is doing well. She couldn't come to church due to her son being sick, but we are going to do our best to help her be ready.

So we are also seeing the other Ana, the one that was supposed to get baptized two weeks ago. She is going through a hard time right now. We had a really good lesson with her about praying to know that it's all true. I think that when we initially invited her to be baptized she accepted not really knowing what it required in her life. I believe she wasn’t firm in doing it because she doesn't really know if it's all true. Having that answer would solve all of the problems that she is having right now. So we are working with her. We don't have a new date yet, but we hope to soon.

We are also seeing Diego still. He is doing pretty well. We are hoping to have a break through lesson with him tonight. So whenever you all get this please pray that this lesson will go well. He is supposed to get baptized this Sunday. He is still not sure about it. He was unable to come to church this week because of his aunt's baptism into the other church. We are hoping though that we can help him see the blessings of doing this. He is doing pretty well. He also needs to read from the Book of Mormon too. So will you all pray for that too? I know that if we can all ask for this help, God will help us out.

Those are some of the main investigators. It's all going well. I have a really great trainee who loves to work. He has already taken the lead in finding new people to teach. He's invited people to be baptized, and he even knows a bit of Spanish. I think that I’m going to learn a lot of things from him. Maybe even more than he'll learn from me. Ha-ha But I know that we are going to see miracles together. I love this work; I know that this is the Lord's work. I love you all and Have a happy thanksgiving!!

Elder Dallin M. Ollerton

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