Wow, I can't
believe another great week has gone by. It seems that it goes by faster and
faster. I can't believe it. I guess that is what happens, as one grows older.
It's amazing. Sounds like everyone had a great pioneer day back home. Here most
people have no idea what that is. I
celebrated it in my heart!
baseball last p-day and I was sore for about 4 days. I was walking around
looking really stiff.We set some good
goals this week as a companionship and we saw some really good results. On
Wednesday we had an interesting lesson with Liliana. She was supposed to get baptized
this Sunday but because she hasn’t come to church enough she was unable to get
baptized. She told us that she was going to come and then she never showed up.
We went over to her house for an appointment, but we didn't have a male member
with us. So we asked her if we could come back later so we could actually enter
her home, she said yes. We started calling every member we could think of and
then finally a man named Hermano Martinez told us that he could come with us.
We went over and started talking about how she's doing with reading and
praying. She is doing very well there. We also asked her how she felt about
baptism. She brought up some concerns, which is really good. When we started
teaching her she was really closed off and really didn't like to express to us
her feelings. Now that she has been able to participate of the fruit and knows
that this is all true she is actually more open to us. She asked us if she were
to join the church would she have to distance herself from her family since
they don't follow the word of wisdom and the other commandments that we follow.
Hermano Martinez came right in and told her she wouldn't need to do that, but she
could use it as a way to invite her family to come to church and to see what it
is like. He shared how he was converted to the church and how he was able to
invite his brother. His brother eventually joined the church as well. She
really liked that and you could tell that she was more at peace. We talked
about how we wanted to invite her family to church, too. We had a great lesson.
She then expressed how she was nervous and wasn't ready to be baptized yet. She
feels like she needs to change a lot before she can be baptized. Then we discussed
baptism and how it's important that we do our very best to keep the
commandments, but we don’t' need to be perfect to be baptized. If we did then
there would be no reason for baptism. We read with her in 2 Nephi 31:17 about
how baptism is the door that opens up to the path, which leads us to God. We
need to take that first step. Then Elder Robinson came in and shared Moroni
8:25-26 and talked about how she will be clean again. She really loved it and
we moved her date of baptism to the 4th of August. We had another lesson with
her and she was telling us how on the weekend she was sharing the word of
wisdom pamphlet with her friends. They got mad at her and left. She was really
bold in sharing the gospel with her friends, which is so neat. She didn't
come to church again though :( So we will have to move her date again. We have
got to get her husband on board too.We
are going to see them tonight and invite him to listen too.That way he can be a better support to her.
So pray for her. She is soooo close!
We went on
exchanges again in Garden Grove. I went back to my old area. Man it was like
taking a trip back into time. We went back and visited a lot of people that I
taught when I was there because the area is struggling a little bit. In fact, when
we went over to see Anita she told me she was cooking my favorite Mexican dish.
Enchiladas Verdes. She invited us to come back and eat, so we did. We talked
and right now she has no desire to be baptized. I know that she will be
someday, whether it’s in this world or the next, she will. I guess we just have
to give it time don't we? I love that family so much. I baptized her little
boys and they are doing great. It was a really fun day and we had a really good
Friday was kind
of a hard day. We had about 5 scheduled appointments that all cancelled on us
right before we were going to see them. We were able to meet a really cool new
guy on Saturday named Gilberto. I guess Elder Robinson taught him on exchanges.
He is the roommate of a less active member in our ward. They taught him the
restoration and they set a baptismal date for the 25 of August.They told me that he is really good. We went
back and he had read the pamphlet, and the introduction to the Book of Mormon,
which is amazing. He was also asking us a lot of questions about his reading. Like
about the Urim and Thumum and stuff like that. We taught him the plan of
salvation and he loved it. He is really receptive and really promising. So we
are excited about him.He didn’t come to
church either. But we will get him.
We didn't have
anyone at church again this week. That was kind of hard. We are going to put a
lot of focus on it this week. That way our investigators can keep progressing. That
is one of the biggest steps for an investigator to take in his/her progression.
Church is so important and if we can’t get them there, then there is no way
they will be able to get baptized. The good news is that Garden Grove had 2
baptisms on Sunday, so our zone is doing very well. I love being a zone leader.
It's a lot of fun and I love serving other missionaries. I love this work. I
love this mission. I was thinking about it the other day... when my time comes
to go home, it's going to be pretty hard. I've come to love the people so much.
I love this stake, the wards, my companions, and everything else. This is my
home. Anaheim will always be apart of me. I love the Lord. I love His work. I
will always do it too. I love you all. Have a great week.
Wow! What a
week it has been. We have been very busy doing a lot of busy work. That is what
happens as a zone leader in the beginning of a new transfer. Our area covers the
mission office so the assistants use us every now and then when they need our
help.It's been fun! We have had a lot
of great experiences and we have seen a lot of great things. Sounds like
everything back home has been great and there are a lot of things going on.
Congrats Camers on your lacrosse season and mom and dad with your anniversary.
I love you guys so much! The weather here has been a little weird lately! We
have actually had some rainstorms.Nothing
too big, but that never happens in the summertime apparently. So that has been
really fun to have different weather lately. I never thought I would get tired
of sunny perfect weather all the time. But I have been a little! The rain was
able to come to church yesterday. He was ill and said that he wanted to wait
til he felt better to come to church. We had a really neat experience with him
on Tuesday. After our first lesson, with him, we were thinking of what member
would be perfect to friendship him. We thought of a guy named Tony. They are
the same age and like the same things. We brought him over with us and we began
to teach the plan of salvation. Oh by the way he read and prayed about the
Book of Mormon and told us he believes it's true. While we were teaching him
the lesson Richy was like "wait, you're Tony?" and Tony said "
you're Richy Hernandez?" they got up and gave each other a fist pump. I
guess they had known each other before in school. They hadn't seen each other
for about five years they said. Back then they were best friends too. So it was
awesome. So Richy is in and has a really good friend in the church already. So
it's awesome. We hope we can continue to get him ready for the 11th of August.
The youth had
their trek this week. There were about 120 youth in the whole stake that went.
None of them had serious injuries. So that was great. The night before they
left we were at the church and a Hermana came up to me and asked me if it would
be okay if one of her girls could represent Alice Ollerton in the trek. I told
the young woman that was going that it would be an honor if she did that. So
the Ollertons were represented at the trek for our stake this year. Pretty
amazing and they had a great experience. They were all beat after wards, so
that was awesome.
We met a new
guy named Francisco on the street not too long ago. We ran into him again later
in the week and he told us to come back so that we could visit him. We came
back and he invited us in. We shared the restoration with him, his wife, and
son. They really enjoyed it and they are super interested in the church. They
said that they are going to come this next Sunday. They all accepted to be
baptized. Not on a specific day...yet. Our bishop is from the same part of
Mexico as Francisco so we are going to bring the bishop over to friendship Francisco.
They are going to feed us tonight and make some homemade tortillas. I'm going
to ask the Hermana for a recipe cause I love homemade tortillas so much! I'm
excited for them.
doing well too. She was unable to come to church. She had to take care of some
family things. Her four kids were going to come too. She signed up to feed us
last week so she fed us too. It's always a good sign when your
investigators feed you. She gave us enchiladas de mole. They were soooo good.
We taught her the word of wisdom and the law of chastity and she is already
living both of them. So she is progressing towards baptism! We will have to
move her date to a later date because she didn't come to church. We are very
excited for her and hope that we can even get her kids on board for baptism as
well. So yeah!
It's been a
great week. Elder Robinson and I are tearing it up! I’m very excited for this
week. We are going to play some baseball with some members today for p-day.
What a great way to start off the week. I love you all and I cant wait to hear
from you soon!
week has flown by out here in the mission field. I want to first off say
congrats to my folks back home. My parents will be having their 23rd wedding
anniversary. I love them so much and I’m so grateful that they are my parents! I
have the best parents in the world! Thanks mom and dad, I love you both so
much. My cousin Easton was ordained an
Elder this week. Congrats man! I'm so dang proud of you! You are going to be
such a great missionary out there in Argentina! I’m gonna miss you too. But I’m
so excited for you!
seems that with the more time you are out in the field the faster transfers go
by. We just had transfers not too long ago and here they are again. We are
staying together. I'm still with Elder Robinson! We are stoked. I’m going to be
"killing" Elder Robinson, meaning I’m going to be his last companion
out here on his mission. He goes home after this next transfer. Which is so
crazy because he was one of the first missionaries I met when I got here. So
We had a
pretty good week last week. Liliana came to church! Yahoooooo! Since we felt so
bad about what happened last week we told here that we were going to walk with
her to church. We also called a member of the relief society, who had
accompanied us to a lesson the week previous, to come with us. So that way
Liliana would have a friend at church and wouldn't feel uncomfortable. The
member really did a great job at taking her in and showing her around and explaining what the services are all about.
Everyone was friendly with her and that was so great. I love that because
almost all the members in our ward are converts and know exactly what she is
going through. So they really took her in quite well. She is still progressing
to baptism on the 28th of July. She is so awesome and it's so cool to see how
applying the gospel in her life is really making such a difference. She reads
and prays everyday. Something she never did before. She is even noticing the
difference in herself as well. She is really eating it up! So it's awesome! We
are very excited for her. We have a great lesson plan for tonight, so we hope
and pray that she continues on and progresses towards the waters of baptism! :)
We had a cool
experience finding someone new. His name is Richy. He is seventeen. We kept
stopping by his families apartment and asking for his parents and he always
said they weren't home. So we decided to stop by and teach him. His mom was
there and said that he's never really gone to church and if he wants to join
then he can. We had a really neat lesson with him. The spirit was there and I
loved it. We invited him to read and to pray and he accepted. It was so
awesome. He even accepted a date to be baptized as well. We are going to work
with him and get him going. It really was a miracle. He is an awesome kid and
is going to make a great member of the church.
Well I’m out
of computer time. I love you all and I hope that you all have a great week this
week. I know that the church is true! Love you all!
actually quite a bit has happened since I last wrote on Wednesday!Sounds like all is well back home. Justin is
off to football camp and everyone else is off to their normal thing! On
Wednesday night I had the delightful opportunity to teach the Young Women at
mutual! I'll tell you why. So the stake
is doing their first ever-pioneer trek. The stake is about 20 years old and has
never done one before. So they have been preparing for it and getting all the
youth excited for it. They are doing it the same as we do it back home with the
exception of them doing it somewhere in California. A few weeks ago I spoke in
church and I mentioned that I had pioneer ancestry. So the Young Women's
president asked me if I would come and share my family history with them. They
gave me a whole hour to talk about it. I'm really grateful that Grandma
Ollerton sent me the written family history. I studied up and really
ended up learning a ton about my family history and I just fell in love with
it. So, I talked about John and Alice Ollerton. I didn't think I was going to
take that long but I ended up taking about 50 min. I talked to them about my
trek experiences and how much I loved it and how they were going to love it and
I was really excited for them. I also related my story to them and they really
ate it up. They had seen 17 miracles not too long ago and I would relate scenes
from the movie that were just like what had happened to my family. It really
made it more personal. I told them as well that the decisions they make now in
their lives are going to affect generations and generations of their posterity.
I told them that I am a sixth generation member of the church. They were all
amazed at that. Most members in this stake are converts to the church. So I
told them how much I appreciated my relatives listening to the missionaries and
then coming to Zion in Utah. Who knows where I would be without the gospel in
my life? My life would be totally different. I hope that made an impact on them. They
seemed to have enjoyed it. I really enjoyed it too. It was really powerful.
had a great zone meeting. We met as a zone to get ready for the training we
will be receiving as a mission. We received training from the assistants on
Tuesday. Normally we would’ve given the training to our zone on Wednesday, but
we had the temple trip on Wednesday. So we gave it on Thursday. It was
interesting because when we got to the church to set it all up President Bowen
was there. He told us "Don't get nervous because I’m here, I’m just here
to listen." I couldn't help but be
a little nervous because the mission president was there to observe us. It
was a great training on how to become powerful teachers. There is a
sentence in Preach My Gospel on page 104 that says "The Book of Mormon,
combined with the Spirit, is your most powerful resource in conversion" We
focused last month on the Book of Mormon as a mission. Now we are putting a
focus on the Spirit and really having in our lessons to help those we teach
become truly converted to the gospel. It was really powerful and awesome. We
had to go 30 min over because of all the participation we had and everything.
President Bowen really liked it too. It was also July 4th so we went to a
member’s house for dinner where they also shot off a bunch of fireworks. It was
something I had never seen before. All the streets in Santa Ana were full of
people blowing off fireworks. It was sooo loud and bright. Big ones. Little
ones. It was awesome! We were told that there was a truck from Mexico selling
fireworks from Mexico. It was nuts! Then we went to the top of our complex to
watch the Anaheim Angels lite their fireworks. It was awesome. We had a lot of
food and fun with investigators and members.
Friday we had
a pretty humbling experience. We were walking to a member’s home at about 8:40
pm when a man stopped us and said he wanted to talk to us. You could smell alcohol
on him. Then he told us that he's been looking for guys like us to talk to. He
told us that he wants a lot of help right now. He has a drinking problem and
wants to change his life. His wife and him keep getting into fights and
problems. He has work and money to pay for the stuff he is just making the
wrong choices. He was just bursting into tears because he knew that Satan had
gotten a grasp on him. He knows that God can help him. He said something
that I will never forget. "I know that God put you two in my path to help
me." That really impacted me and I knew what he said was true. God really
did put us in his path. I'm really glad we went over there instead of going
home ya know? We got his phone number and we hope and pray we can find him
again and begin to help him. Please keep Frank in your prayers tonight. He
really needs them.
didn't come to church. We went with some members over to her house to teach her
the rest of the plan of salvation and she really enjoyed it. The Spirit was
really there as the members bore their testimonies. It was awesome. We called
her Sunday morning and she told us that she was getting all ready to come to
church. We got really excited. When sacrament started she still hadn’t shown
up. We got a text from her. She said that she had walked and got to church. She
noticed that all the women were dressed up in dresses and skirts. She was
wearing jeans. She felt embarrassed and decided to go home and come another
week. We felt really bad and we hope we can get her to church. She just needs
more friends and that is exactly what we are going to do with her. Get her some
more friends in the church.
about it! It's been a great week and I’m excited for another one! I love you