Monday, January 18, 2016


Dear Family and Friends,

This week has been long, interesting, cold, and super fun. Here's my week:

Monday: we went shopping and we went to go eat at Panda Express. At
first it was yummy but then I was like ehhhhhhh it wasn't worth it.
After that we spent the entire afternoon/evening cleaning... It was
pretty brutal. I mean we're not messy but there were things in our
apartment that were just not necessary. Plus, we had to change the
arrangement of our apartment because the Assistants to the President
were moving in with us for "a couple of weeks" which means at least
two transfers.

Tuesday: I had really good studies and I was just on such a spiritual
high and I was ready for the day. Then Elder Cox called and said we
have to change our study room because the Assistants will be sleeping
in there so we had to spend our afternoon doing that. He came over and
dropped off some cots and tables and chairs. Once all that was over,
we were like dead tired from moving and cleaning more. We visited the
Oropeza Family. They're interesting. They're members but they have
fallen back away into their old habits. (Coffee, working on Sundays,
the Virgin, los santos, etc)

Wednesday: we had lessons with the Amaya at 11 in the morning!!!!
Spanish Missionary Work never starts that early on Wednesday. And
mostly everyone kept their appointment. I'm glad because we've
planning so much just for cancellations all the time.

Thursday: we had only one lesson the entire day and it was with
someone who was trying to prove that the Catholic Church is the only
true church and that we are going to hell because we pray to Joseph
Smith. We kinda just sat there and listened to her ramble for about 15
minutes and then we cut her off (in a nice way) and asked "do you know
who Joseph Smith is?" And she went off.... Her argument started off
with "on Google..." We shared the restoration and to my surprise, she
calmed down and listened and also accepted a return appointment.

Friday: today was a sad day because everyone cancelled on us..... Even
our dinner..... It was kinda sad because we walked around trying to
contact everyone but no one wanted to meet with us.

Saturday: we had lessons all the way down in was a
long day and it was a blur. Sorry :/

Sunday: We had church and it was super good like usual. Lots of
investigators showed up to church and it caught us off guard because
it was all the youth we're teaching. Vanessa Bazan showed up too. Once
we got to Gospel Principles, the teacher said he had to go and so we
taught it! It was on "Jesus Christ, Our Chosen Leader and Savior". It
was super spiritual and I loved it. I've never taught a class at
church in Spanish before so it was a good experience.

Thank you all for constant support. Missionary Work isn't only for
Full-Time Missionaries, you all can do it too! Everyday! It doesn't
have to be going up to someone and giving them a Book of Mormon. It
could be something simple like texting a scripture to friend who's
having a hard time or if a friend asks you for advice, don't be shy to
share counsel from General Conference or other events. I promise as
you all do this, you'll feel closer not only to the people you serve,
but also to God and Our Savior Jesus Christ. It is my testimony that
God lives, that Jesus Christ lives, and that we can be the best
missionaries if we continue striving to become more like Our Savior.
We need our brothers and sisters to come unto Christ. Everyone needs
the Gospel. I know this to be true. I love you all and hope you find
these opportunities in your life.

Elder Ovalles

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