It has once again been another great week in the mission field. Ha-ha a funny story to start this week off. So after p-day last week we were on our way to an appointment. We were biking super duper fast around all the corners so we could get to see our investigator Christopher. I was riding around all the corners as well. I had to swerve around some people on a sidewalk to cross the street and get to the other sidewalk. I turned really sharp and as I was pedaling my pedal hit the asphalt and I totally wrecked. Ha-ha it was great. It tore my front pocket right off. Ha-ha thank goodness I didn't have any injuries. Just a few scratches and that was it. Ha-ha it was great fun and a great start to this week.
Speaking of Chris we had a few great lessons with him. We had a good talk on Monday about Agency and the importance of choosing the right. He is ten years old, so we had to explain it as simply as we could. He was able to grasp the concept really well. We returned during the week and discussed the gospel of Jesus Christ. We read with him in 3 Nephi 27:14-22. He had a great question for us. He asked us "Why did God send Jesus Christ to die on the cross for us?" What a great question that is. We read verse 14 and discussed it with him. How grateful we should be for God sending us His son. That we may be able to live with our Heavenly Father again. Because we know that nothing that is impure can live in the presence of God. So we went on to explain the steps that are needed in order to qualify ourselves to live in His presence again. 1. Have Faith in Jesus Christ. Sooooo important. 2. Repentance 3. Baptism by immersion. 4. Receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost and 5. Enduring to the End. If we can follow this path continually we understand that we will be able to live with our Heavenly Father again. He really liked that. He also loved it when we taught him about the sacrament. We invited him to church, but he was unable to come with us yesterday. Believe it or not he is way good at the guitar and actually plays in a band at the fiestas. So he couldn't come. We hope and pray though that he will be able to come. He has a date to be baptized on the 7th of April. Very excited for him. We are still talking to his parents as well. They are doing well. We had a chance to talk to them about the plan of salvation. We weren't able to explain much, but they were able to understand most of it. We are excited for them as well because they look very interested in the message. We hope and pray we will be able to help them get to church as well.
We are still teaching the Acosta family. They are doing very well. We had an interesting lesson with Kim in which she accepted a goal to work towards baptism as well. We got very excited about that because she has never accepted a date with anyone before. We hope and pray that we can help her continue to progress. She was ill yesterday so she was unable to come to church. I know that we will see some progress with her though. She and her family are doing well.
We are still seeing Mari. She is doing very well. She was able to come to a tour of the Newport Beach Temple grounds. It was a great experience for her in which the spirit felt very strong, at least to me. She kept telling us as we were going around how she wanted to go inside so badly. Even her son, Mario, was expressing to me how he wanted to go in. I have no doubt that she will be baptized. Which is soooo great! We are working on helping her getting another job. So that way she can come to church. That is really the only thing holding her back. So we hope to work it all out so that she can get baptized. She is really doing well. That temple tour was exactly what she needed.
We also had a great lesson with this great new family we started teaching. They are the familia Valera. We first talked to the mom a while back while we were tracting in their complex. She invited us to come back another time. We came back and taught the sons. We came back and then taught the two boys and the mom. They are super interested. In fact, we came back this week and talked to the whole family, all four of them. They accepted to be baptized when they come to find out that this is all true. They said they were going to come to church, but they didn't come. We are very excited for them and they are a great solid family. We are very excited for them.
I love being here. We are seeing some really good things happen here. I love this work, and I love this church. I know that this is the only true church. I love the Mission!!! I love you all!!! Hope to hear from you all soon!!
Elder Dallin M. Ollerton