Monday, July 22, 2013

Letter for July 22, 2013

Hey everyone!
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 really nice.

Richy wasn't 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. He's awesome!  

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.

Lilliana is 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!

Elder Dallin M. Ollerton

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