Monday, December 21, 2015

12/21/15


Dear Family and Friends,

This week has been another amazing week! Lots of ups and downs but we
learn from them. Lots of spiritual experiences and learning
opportunities. Here is my week: (it's going to be short because we
have some other things to do!)

Tuesday: we had the awesome privilege to go out with Elder Griffin
again. We spent a lot of the day planning for some new people we
found. We had a good correlation meeting with The Jacobs. They're such
a wonderful couple. It's a shame that they're being released on the
31st of December. After that, we went to go visit the new people we
found and taught a couple of wonderful lessons. My Spanish is really
getting better. Our dinner cancelled again so we went to a freebie to
eat. That was good. After that, we taught some nice lessons in the
trailer and then we went to Ward soccer where I hurt my toe and had to
leave early because it hurt like crazy. So I limped all the way back
home :( haha

Wednesday: we had such wonderful lessons! AND we had a fellowshipper
at every single lesson!!!!!!! It was so great!!!!! It was truly such
an honor to have them with us. We taught a wonderful lesson to Dalilah
and her brother is visiting from Ohio! We were able to teach a
powerful lesson and put him in contact with the missionary in this
home town! (15 minutes from Kirtland) it was a great experience to be
able to talk to him about Jesus Christ and Christmas.

Thursday: we had DTM in the morning and that was nice as usual! It's
always great to hear spiritual discussion in English. After that, we
did lots of contacting in some new apartments in vineyard. Sooooo it
was a long walk!!!! That night, we had dinner with an English family
but they spoke Spanish. They have a 16 year old son who has never been
out with the missionaries!!!! So we took him out to 4 lessons that
evening. All of them were unplanned but so wonderful. This teenager
just enjoyed himself! He was shy at first but after that, he was
living the life.

Friday: we had zone conference!!!!!!!!! Ahhhhhhh!!!! Such a wonderful
experience. I left that conference being a changed man. I'm so glad we
are focusing on Christlike Attributes this transfer. It really is
helping me fulfill my purpose as a missionary and my goal of being a
Preach My Gospel Missionary. But after that, ALL of our lessons
cancelled. But something I learned was not to be discouraged and I
wasn't and oh my goodness it has helped :)

Saturday: we helped a part member family move and it was so fun
bringing a large refrigerator up basement stairs to a truck. After
that, we went to do finding in the trailer park and then some lessons
around the corner. After that, we went to do a quick version of weeks
planning. After that we had our Ward Christmas Party! That was soooo
fun and I met so many people. We found so many people who were less
active or non members. It was such a great experience.

Sunday: church was soooooo interesting and I loved it. The talks were
about service to others. Oh and I translated sacrament meeting. (Some
members and visitors don't know Spanish so they wear headphones and I
used a microphone and translated everything.) I truly felt the gift of
tongues. Sadly, none of our investigators came to church :(((((( oh
and my companion and I were assigned to speak in sacrament meeting next
Sunday on missionary work.

I challenge you all to read "Witnesses Unto Me" by Elder Jeffery R.
Holland. This talk is such a moving one. "Asking every member to be a
missionary is not nearly as crucial as asking every member to be a
member!" Members always want to know how they can be missionary. Well
one of the best ways is to be a member. If you live the gospel, people
can just tell that you stand out from everyone else because of your
standards, because of what you know to be true. Let us all strive to
be a member and also witnesses unto him. I can definitely testify as

you all do this, you'll find many missionary opportunities throughout
your day. I love you all and I know Our Heavenly Father loves you all
as well. Have a blessed week and a Merry Christmas!

Love,
Elder Ovalles

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

THIS WEEK

My dear family and friends, 

This week was filled with ups and downs, but overall, it was another AMAZINGGGGGG week :) here is my week:

Tuesday: we had Elder Griffin with us and it was awesome. He's such a funny but extremely spiritual elder. We had an effective correlation meeting with the Jacobs and found some new families that they were teaching who were interested in the gospel. Soooooo we wrote down the names and addresses and we visited them all!! They weren't ready... It's okay though. Everyone has their time! Something that I have learned and swore to live by when teaching people is that to Heavenly Father, their direction is more important than their speed. We taught all our lessons today in the trailer park and they were all super nice families. One in specific is the Corona Family. They are a less active family but they've been coming more and more. Their son, Christian, is 8 years old and has expressed interest in being baptized. The thing is HE NEEDS TO COME TO CHURCH. Sooooo we've been stopping by and helping him progress towards his baptism. We also have been working with the family to get them to the temple. Later that night, we stopped by a non member family who really love the church and the priesthood. The husband was going to have a surgery the next day and wanted a priesthood blessing. Wow... That was such a spiritual experience for me! It was my first time giving a blessing in Spanish. I'm not sure how I knew all those words but I knew them and it was about 5 minutes. It was great!!! 

Wednesday: today was like a golden day....for the most part....here's why! Haha soooo we spent a lot of the day tracting. YES! We actually went tracting in Utah!! There are new apartment complexes and they're basically uncharted territory. So we went door to door sharing the gospel with everyone whether they're members or not. We ran into so many different people. Some from Syria, Australia, Russia, Peru, Madagascar, just everywhere!! We were going to leave and I felt an urge to knock on this door. We already knocked on it earlier but no one was home but the spirit said knock on this door. Sooooo I did!! A lady named Rocio opened the door. We introduced ourselves and I said we were sent to your door by the spirit, why do you think that? Soooo she explained why she thought that. She said "Because 30 minutes earlier, i was eating a restaurant and ran into some English missionaries and they began teaching me there and i told them that I want this in my life but my husband speaks Spanish so they told me that they would send the Spanish missionaries later this week. But I prayed that you would come sooner and you did! This church is true." It was a wonderful experience and we are going to start teaching her and her family starting next week when her husband comes back into town. 

Thursday: today was filled with lots of walking and cancellations. It was sad but that's okay, that means the God has something else in store for us, we just gotta look for it. So we had a lesson with Dalilah Garcia about the Love of Christ and The Book of Mormon. She really enjoyed it because she noticed she was slacking on reading. We committed her to read the Book of Mormon everyday. Later, we had a lesson about the Plan of Salvation with the Bautistas. They were soooooo excited for this lesson again but he remembered all the questions he had before so it was nice to answer them for him. They really enjoyed it and felt the spirit. We had dinner with an older couple who were super nice! The brother is actually a magician who would travel the world and stuff. It's super cool! They took us to a restaurant that was soooooo good! It was called Milagros (Miracles). My companion and I ordered huge plates of nachos. It was to die for!!! Sooooooo good. It was so good but so heavy and my stomach actually began to hurt... They dropped us off in the trailers and we began to find some new people we planned for. We found a couple of people but no male adult was home so we taught them through the window and doors. It was fun! Later that night, I got home and puked 3 times. I was like thank goodness it's over. Then my companion started puking so I realized it wasn't just me.

Friday and Saturday: it was determined that we had food poisoning and it was bad... Puking a lot and other things.... It was rough

Sunday: today was stake conference and it was soooooooo nice! I got to meet President Russell M. Nelson of the Quorum of the Twelve. That was nice! :) he is such a wonderful human being. Him and his wife both!! Sister Nelson was my favorite talk ever! She talked about the Gift of Desperation. We need to be desperate for the help of the Savior because there are many things in our lives we can't fix ourselves. President Nelson spoke about Jesus Christ. It was sooooooo deep. My companion and I missed the last portion of his talk because an older sister behind us began to have a seizure so we went to her rescue. My companion and I got there and he held her neck while another member held her tongue down and I started measuring her pulse. It was intense! Then all the doctors, surgeons, nurses, etc, in the stake came to her rescue. So we backed off and missed the entire ending of stake conference. Anyways, we left and ate some lunch and then we went to the new apartments. We were invited into this home and we taught a powerful lesson but they became offended for some reason and literally forced us out their apartment. It was a little scary!! 


It was a good week. I learned sooooooooo much this week! I would like to share a paragraph of my favorite talk called "What Lack I Yet" by Elder Larry R. Lawrence. Here it is: "A perfect time to ask, “What lack I yet?” is when we take the sacrament. The Apostle Paul taught that this is a time for each of us to examine ourselves. In this reverent atmosphere, as our thoughts are turned heavenward, the Lord can gently tell us what we need to work on next." My invitation to you all this week is to ask yourselves "What Lack I Yet?". I can promise you that when you do this the Holy Ghost can give you customized counsel. This customized counsel will bring peace and balance to your life that you can't find anywhere else except by the spirit. 



I love you all,
Elder Ovalles

Monday, December 7, 2015

2 MONTHS TODAY


Dear Family and Friends,

I hope everyone had a wonderful week, because I did too :) here's my week:

Tuesday: was filled with lots of pictures because Elder Barbosa was
leaving and what not. We had a good amount of appointments cancel on
us. But we got on important lesson in with Sophia Esparza. Sophia is 9
years old and wants to be baptized soooooooo bad. Her family is less
active but we are working with them too. They live about 5.5 miles
away from our house sooooooo we got a good exercise. But we taught a
nice spiritual lesson with her and we invited her to be baptized and
she said yes!!!! We also gave her an adjustable CTR so she can prepare
herself for her baptism by making good choices. We got her an English
Book of Mormon because she likes reading and understands better in
English. When we were putting our coats and hats on, I asked her
"Sophie, what can we do for you?". She replied with this sweet but
powerful statement: "can you help my family be sealed in the temple so
we can be forever?".......tears literally came to my eyes. I stood
there in silence for a couple seconds and I told her "yes we
can."...... I left that house being a changed man. Because of that 9
year old girl, I don't picture everyone in baptismal white but in
temple white. We want the temple to be the goal for the families we
work with.

Wednesday: TRANSFER DAY! Wow it was sooooo exciting because our
mission is still growing! Elder De La CaƱa Barbosa got transferred to a new area, he's
training a new elder, and he is in a trio. And my new companion
is.............ELDER MORTENSEN!! He's awesome. He's from Memphis,
Tennessee!! He's been out for 14 months. His Spanish isn't the best
though....... (He served 4 months Spanish speaking and 10 months
English speaking...)! Soooooo in the lessons this week, I've been
speaking the majority of the time but Elder Mortensen has been talking
more and more. Like he tells people "estoy progresando" haha anyway,
we did a lot of finding and showing him the area. We found tons of new
investigators, it was awesome! We work so well together. I know we're
gonna have success!! Later that evening, we had a lesson with Dalilah
Garcia. She's been going through some extremely hard times.....please
pray for her. We had a lesson with her and in the middle of the lesson
she began to cry because of everything she's been going through. The
fellowshippers there are The Jacobs (the daily dose couple). They
don't understand Spanish and neither does my companion soooo I had to
teach and then translate from Spanish to English and then English to
Spanish. I believe this opportunity helped me grow my fluency.

ThursdayThursday we had District Training Meeting. Elder Mortensen
is the new district leader! He is such a spiritual man! Gosh I love
this guy. It's been like a day and half and he has already taught me
so much.  We had a bunch of spiritual lessons and we found lots of new
investigators. Later after DTM, Elder Griffin (the only black guy in
our mission) came with us for the day. He's awesome. Sooo we left our
apartment and visited a home that was rumored to have a possessed
daughter because she played with a ouija board. Sooooo we knocked on their door
 and that daughter opened the door and some type of darkness
pushed the spirit away...we felt like we were standing there alone.
It was scary. She looked possessed and her voice wasn't hers......

Friday: we did so much finding. We found lots of new investigators and
this new investigator named Noemi Garcia stood out from all of them.
We saw a girl sitting on some steps in front of a house so we went over and
talked to her. She came off SUPER ANTI and HOSTILE. Instead of running
away, we looked for real reason for her hostility. She told us about
how she had 3 kids before the age of 18. She had her first at 14 and
since then it's been really rough for her. Her husband right now is in
prison and she got evicted from her home so she lives in the basement
of her dads house. We offered to help move furniture and that's what
we're going to do Monday night. We shared one message with her about
the gospel of Jesus Christ and she enjoyed it and definitely felt the
spirit. I'm excited to meet with her again. Later that night, we went
back to the possessed people's house. We prayed to allow the spirit to
be with us the entire time and push all the darkness that fills this
house away. We knocked, but a different daughter opened the door and
she was completely fine and wasn't sick. Then the other daughter came
(her sister). We shared with them "A Savior is Born" video and then my
companion and I both bore powerful testimonies of our Savior Jesus
Christ. They understood this was important and invited us back for
Monday night. After, we prayed and thanked the lord for the safety he
provided and for allowing their hearts to be softened to this message.
We also had a lesson with the Machucas. Only the brother was there. We asked the brother
why the sister is avoiding us and he said because she's not ready.
Sooooo please pray for them too.

Saturday: we again found a lot of new investigators!! It was nice to
meet and talk to everyone! We spent basically all afternoon in
weekly planning which has to be 3-4 hours. It was a good weekly
planning session because we got lots done and have lessons and finding efforts
planned. After that, we went to teach a lesson to the Bautistas who
have been struggling. They've been improving spiritually but
physically, not so much. The sister is going to have a baby at the end
of the month and she isn't even showing. Please keep them in your
prayers too. We had a couple of lessons that night but one I wanna talk
about: The Gabriel Family. The brother and the son aren't extremely
open to the gospel....YET. But the father encourages his children to go
to church and read from the Book of Mormon. We had a lesson with the
women of the family. We taught a wonderful lesson about the Holy Ghost
and reading from the Book of Mormon. The spirit told my companion and
I to invite her to be baptized. So we did and the mom said no. (Oh
sorry, the background of the family is that the two oldest daughters
have been attending church for about 3 years. Every Sunday. Every
church activity. Even youth conference! But they haven't been
baptized. The mom works on Sunday). Anyway, we invited the mom to be
baptized and she said no. But the spirit kept telling us she wants to
be baptized but she's scared...and so we
told her we are here to help her prepare not only to be baptized but
to enter into the temple so she and her family can sealed together forever. She sat there
for a couple of minutes in silence (felt like hours) and she said
"okay, this is what the Lords wants for me." We invited her again to be baptized in the
beginning of February and she accepted and so did the two oldest
daughters. This comes to show that when the spirit whispers directions
in your ear, you follow it immediately.

Sunday: church was soooooo wonderful. As usual! I love watching people
bare their testimonies. I love when people bring a different
perspective/side of scriptures. Because of that, we can help other
people grow more and understand the scriptures more. We found more new
investigators and walked a lot. Towards the end of the night, we came
to a stop in front of a trailer. Dalilah Garcia's trailer. We prayed and
felt prompted to knock. We knew we couldn't enter because it was only
her but we felt prompted to share with her a video called "Life
without a Savior". We pulled up the video and shared it at the front
door. It is only 2 minutes and 15 seconds long and half way through,
she was sobbing. She felt the spirit! We felt spirit!! It was amazing.
We invited her to be baptized and she accepted. It was such a
wonderful experience.

Thank you everyone for your constant support and love. I know we all
know why Jesus Christ was born and what now, but I invite you today to
discover why the Savior was born for you. Not for your brother, your
cousin, your dog walker, but for you. I promise as you do so, you will
come to know why and you'll feel the love of Christ fill your
soul. Please invite everyone to do the same. Discover Why. Let that be
the question that resides in your heart this Christmas Season.


With All My Love,
Elder Nicolas Ovalles