Monday, July 25, 2016

CHOOSE FAITH

Dear Family and Friends,

This week was such a blast! Elder Barbosa and I found families that are amazing and ready for baptism. Here's my week:

Monday: super boring but fun. We didn't have an lessons but we did lots of finding though and it went well!

Tuesday: EVERYONE CANCELLED ON US. It was sad :( 

Wednesday: We did lots of finding in the area. We found some families that are pretty darn interested! They kept asking questions geared towards baptism! During Dinner, we had a lesson with Ever (yes, thats his name). It went super well because it was in another members home. The Familia Alfaro are amazing fellowshippers and help Ever understand the importance of the Book of Mormon. Later that night, we had a lesson with the Familia CariƱo. They are such a wonderful family. They are going through some struggles but they are keeping the faith.  

Thursday: EVERYONE CANCELLED ON US...AGAIN.....except Jesus Martinez and his daughter, Vanessa!!!!! They are so ready for baptism! We found them the other day on exchanges. I was with Elder Lopez and we decided to knock on this one door and Jesus opened (I talked about him in my email last week I think). Anyways, him and his daughter are very receptive to the message and the father just came straight out and said they want to be baptized and his other two daughters as well. The daughter confirmed it as well! It was great :) 

Friday: We did weekly planning like all day! Our fridays are usually the same. Plan, Eat, Teach! Hahaha we had some pretty strong lessons today. Aguilar Family invited us in right after planning and we read with them the Introduction of the Book of Mormon. It was super spiritual because we read every single paragraph and we explained simply. The Father (who was never interested) begin participating. He accepted the invitation to pray about it and was excited because we promised him he would receive an answer if he pray with real intent (something that he was lacking). 

Saturday: we did exchanges with one of the District Leaders in the Zone.....ELDER SANCHEZ. It was nice to be with Elder Sanchez for the day. It reminds me of old times with him in the Winter. We had fun and found some new people to teach. One in specific came to the Pioneer Breakfast. Her name was Marta. Shes from Aguascalientes! She was nice and invited us over to teach her, her husband and her 7 children. We also found a young girl whose mom is less active but wants to come back. We shared with her the Restoration and she said she knows its true and called her mom out and said she knows its true but she just doesn't go to church because she didn't make friends. Lets just say the chancla is real...............and the little girl can testify of it haha. 

Sunday: LONG DAY. Thats all I have to say about that...... But I really enjoyed church because we had so many investigators that came to all the wards! They were happy and stayed ALL 3 HOURS!!!! Also, they offered to help out with the different activities in the Ward!


My Dad sent me talk earlier today that I read during my personal study. It is called, "You Know Enough" by Elder Neil L. Anderson. Its super good!! Something he said was: Challenges, difficulties, questions, doubts—these are part of our mortality. But weare not alone. As disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, we have enormous spiritual reservoirs of light and truth available to us. Fear and faith cannot coexist in our hearts at the same time. In our days of difficulty, we choose the road of faith. Jesus said, “Be not afraid, only believe.” Let us make sure that in our trials and tribulations that we all go through, that we choose the road of faith. Our questions and doubts are resolved or become less concerning to us. Our faith becomes simple and pure. We come to know what we already knew. ALWAYS CHOOSE THE ROAD OF FAITH. 

Love,
Elder Ovalles

Monday, July 18, 2016

THEY GOT BAPTIZED

Dear Family and Friends,

This week has been a great week, not too many lessons, but lots of appointments were set! Here's what happened:

Monday: we ran around all over Orem because we had to do stuff for the Zone.

Tuesday: we had President Interviews basically all day so we were running around for that as well. We were also told that we will be receiving Facebook back really really soon. Soooooo thats super exciting and a little scary! Later that night, we contacted a lot of the people and set some lessons up. I also did a baptismal interview for one of our District Leaders. It went well! The little girl will be baptized this saturday. After that, we got ready for exchanges with another one of our District Leaders, Elder Lopez and Elder Vi. I brought Elder Lopez to my area and Elder Barbosa went to theirs. It was fun and we got a lot of work done.

Wednesday: We did lots planning and running around for the Zone. One of our lessons cancelled and we decided to visit this person who hasn't been interested in a very long time. So we knock on his door and he opened and invited us in!!!!! We taught him and he accepted the invitation to be baptized. Also, he told us his 3 daughters also want to be baptized. MIRACLE :) we have a lesson with him and his family this Wednesday.

Thursday: We didn't have DTM today because we did it during President Interviews on Tuesday. But we did lots and lots of finding. 

Friday: did weekly planning like all day and had no lessons with YSAs :( they were all on dates and on vacation. 

Saturday: THE GAVITOS GOT BAPTIZED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was so great. Highlight of the day :)

Sunday: church all day and meetings all day........super good dinner though :) all had a great lesson with the Carino family. The Hermana recently had a baby and she has been inviting us over to teach her family. The entire family accepted the invitation to be baptized :))))) 

Love,
Elder Ovalles