Tuesday, September 13, 2016

WEEK ?

Dear Family and Friends,

This week has been super busy but really fun! I would love to tell you all about it, but due to us getting our car back, our day has been backed up :( soooooo this email will be not super short, but small :) here's my week:

Monday:we had wonderful lesson with Fiorella and her family! They are SUPER solid. They went to church for two sundays in a row! They ask lots of really really good questions. So in that lesson, it was super powerful because we were talking about Modern Day Prophets. And so when my companion dropped the bomb about a living Prophet, Fiorella turned to her husband and then to us and said "there is a living Prophet? AWESOME!" She loved it and so did her family. It was an amazing experience because after we showed her a small part of a talk that President Monson gave, they knew he's a Prophet. 

Tuesday: We had an all day service project! We (4 Zones in the Orem area) participated in the building of an "All Around" Park. This park is to allow children (of all physical capabilities) to enjoy their time at the park. So we spent basically the WHOLE day there. It was hot, but really fun. It was a big community effort, so we saw a lot of the members from church there! After that, we showered and had some great lessons! Later that night, we begin exchanges with the PG Elders, I was going to their area for the day. 

Wednesday: The morning of the exchanges, we had to conduct a baptismal interview! Those are always fun :) After that, we did lots of finding and contacting. Sometimes on exchanges I feel so lost! But I just do what I do best and I know the Lord will do the rest :) We found some good solid people and also a lot of really rude people. Later that night, there was one lesson in specific that stood out to me. There was a man we found who has never spoken to missionaries, or a Mormon for that matter. Anyways, as we were doing How To Begin Teaching, we were able to find out that he didn't have a lot of knowledge on Religions in General. I LOVE PEOPLE LIKE THIS! It's always super fun to explain that we are all children of God, and his face just lit up! It was an amazing feeling for everyone involved. 

Thursday:We had District Training Meeting in the morning! That was fun :) Elder Vi is a good District Leader. After that, we planned for our Musical Number that we will be performing at Zone Conference next week. Also, later that night we found Juliana (after the longest time ever) and her Brother (who is a less active member). They both are solid and have many good questions. We also played soccer later that evening after our lesson with Brian. 

Friday:We received permission to attend the Funeral for Moises Morales down in Provo. It was a very spiritual experience for everyone that attend! Attending a Funeral as a missionary is very very different. Not a weird different, but a good and spiritual one! Because of what was sad, I have even a firmer testimony of the plan of happiness. 

Saturday:We did lots and lots of driving......we had to take one of our missionaries to Highland for a Baptism because his ride cancelled super last minute. Then we had to pick up his companion from another Baptism. It was a long day for my legs haha :( but later that night, I saw a guy playing basketball and he challenged me and I accepted! We played and it was great! First time playing in a VERY long time. I left and my feet were killing me the rest of the night..... I get home to find two blisters on my feet. One on each foot hahaha they hurt but good thing I got my First Aid Merit Badge because I knew exactly what to do :)

Sunday: My feet killed me :(((( but church was amazing :DD so many investigators accepted the challenge of attending church for the three hours and they did! Every single talk was something they really needed in their lives!


Love,
Elder Ovalles

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

BoM's & The After Life

Dear Family and Friends,

This week was amazing even with a few hiccups. Here it is:

Monday: lots of running around as usual! But we cleaned the apartment
and then left into the field. We didn't have any lessons but we set
lots of good appointments for this week and the coming week. We also
met a crazy person........ I can't share what happened........it
was...crazy....haha

Tuesday: we had MLC like all day long................... We didn't get
back to our area until late at night.

Wednesday: we took our beautiful new car into the shop :( it had to be
fixed. But we took another companionships car. They weren't very happy
about it......... ANYWAYS. We sorted things out for our training
meeting on Thursday. After that, we began day exchanges with the
Suncrest-Sharon Park Elders. I went there! It was sooooooooo fun!!! I
haven't walked an area like that in sooooo long. I miss it so much!
Since Elder Silva is pretty new, I showed him all the different people
I used to teach when I was there. At the end of the night, we went to
house that I was working with! I'm not sure if you all remember Kaila
and Orlando? It's okay if you don't. Well, we didn't teach them but we
did teach Orlando's parents. They have never spoken to missionaries
and really haven't heard of the LDS church. We taught them and we
invited them to be baptized and they accepted! It was such a wonderful
experience to see people take such a great leap of faith. God truly
loves His children.

Thursday: we had our Zone Training Meeting! It went amazing. Our
monthly focus as a mission is the Book of Mormon. I have grown such a
massive love for the BoM! I had a love for the BoM before my mission,
but man, I gotta tell you all! It's the best book ever. A couple of
weeks ago, I made a goal to place (give out) a BoM every single day to
a non member. I haven't missed a day so far! Whether or not we teach
them, they have the most important book in their possession. We have
heard of some miracles already :) it's great!

Friday & Saturday: As a Zone, we participated in the Timpanogos
Storytelling Festival in Provo Canyon. It was super fun but super
hot!!!! I got really tan. I mean, I already am tan, but even tanner!
Anyways, we were in charge of directing traffic. Let just say, there
were lots of people who didn't listen to us.............. It was
annoying! I think this is how all the prophets felt when no one heeded
their warnings. Later that night, we met Elder Rees from the District
1 (the Polynesian elder). It was super cool! I came home that night
and watched some of the District 1 and 2. It's sooooo critical to
understand Preach My Gospel.

Sunday: One of the hiccups of this week is that Moises Morales (our
recent convert) passed away last night. He was interviewed by the
Bishop and Stake President to received the Melchizedek Priesthood. The
Bishop came into the hospice room that was filled with lots and lots
of family and friend. He and Moises' sons, ordained him an Elder. 10
minutes later, Moises passed on. Something that really helped me
understand this entire experience is my conviction in the Plan of
Salvation. In D&C 122:7,9 says “Know thou, my son, that all these
things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good...
“Therefore, hold on thy way..., for God shall be with you forever and
ever.” The challenges we go through here on this earth are a part of
the plan of happiness and are inevitable experiences. We truly have to
hold on our way and accept every single challenge AND blessing we have
with faith.


Love,
Elder Ovalles