Monday, October 19, 2015


Elder Nicolas Ovalles' email this week:

Dear Family and Friends,

I hope all is well with you! I used to be a baby and cry about my family, but I've reduced it to once a week. Losing myself in the work was the best solution to cure my homesickness. But homesickness is real big problem here at the CCM (MTC). As Zone Leader, I had to help people with their homesickness and their late night crying, but everything has worked out. Earlier this week, I saw a group of new missionaries (who were homesick) go home the same day they got their. It was sad. Sooooo please, always pray for the missionaries here at the CCM (MTC). This last week has been a roller coaster!! I am soooooo tired of the food. I don't know how people can eat this food for 9 weeks! The rice they serve here isn't real. I mean it is, but it isn't...ya feel? I haven't met a latino out here that likes the rice they're serving. Anyways, the Spirit has been soooooo strong and I can feel it 24/7. HERE IS MY WEEK!

Tuesday: My Spanish has been getting a lot better! I definitely feel a lot more fluent!!! So on this day, we taught our first TRC lesson. So our investigator's  name was Jose Meza! He is an awesome old guy. Solid Investigator. The first lesson we taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He understood it all and has lots of questions that was easily answered through our testimonies of The Atonement and his earthly ministry. 

Wednesday: We had In Field Orientation all day was soooooo long. Like seriously. But I took a lot from it. I learned today that a relationship with the members of the branch or ward is super essential for success in missionary work. Help from the members will help with referrals, investigators, and recent converts. President Hinckley once said "Every new member needs three things: A Friend, A Responsibility, and the good Word of God."

Thursday: We had another TRC lesson with Jose. It was super spiritual and lots of crying on both parts! Elder Villanueva and I felt prompted that we should teach the Plan of Salvation and we taught it. Jose loved it and he understood it like he knew it before. The spirit was so strong we invited him to be baptized and he said YESSS! He will be baptized on November 7th!!!

Friday: We had our last TRC lesson with Jose and again, it was so super spiritual!!! He presence just brings so much light into the lesson and we are able to teach with such confidence and love. We taught him more about the Plan of Salvation. He had more questions, but we were able to answer them. 

Saturday: We had our last Classroom Instruction time. It was good!! Everyone knows I don't really like to be in classes for a long period of time but I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! But there was serious drama going on in our Branch that was needed to resolved through the MTC Presidency... (No, it didn't involve me for all those who were thinking it was me haha)

Sunday: Today was sooooooo long. Lots of meetings that we were late to because of Elder Hafen waking up late :P anyways, the lessons were good and Sacrament was good. (Sacrament Meeting goes by so quickly) It was an emotional day after Sacrament because of the drama that was the day before... But temple walk was beautiful AS USUAL. TheSunday Night Devotional was SOOOOOOOO good. Former BYU Football Star and Eagles Tight End, Chad Lewis and his wife spoke to us. With a surprise speaker......TAYSOM HILL #4!!!!!!!!!! (Taysom Hill is/was a quarterback for BYU until he suffered a season-ending injury during the first game of the season against Nebraska). I got to meet him and he is awesome! He has this little scooter thing to roam around because he can't walk :( 

Monday: I took Elder Hafen to travel because he leaves at 8:30 and then we took Elder Morales to travel at 9:30 because he leaves for Paraguay today. (AWESOME DUDE) And now we are sending emails and chillin because we all leave tomorrow!! :)) PRAISE JESUS. haha sorry. I'm so happy to be leaving already.

In conclusion, my time here at the CCM (MTC) has been but a small time in my service to the Lord. I KNOW this church is true, I KNOW that Jesus Christ suffered for all of nuestros pecados. I KNOW that my purpose to invite and help people to come unto Christ through the restored gospel will bring gozo y felicidad to many families in my mission.

Elder Ovalles

P.S: I leave the CCM tomorrow at 4:30pm. So from now on, send all mail, packages, etc. to my mission home! Address: Utah Orem Mission 612 West 100 South, Lindon UT 84042

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