California Irvine Mission

California Irvine Mission

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wowie wow wow (Dallin's words)

WELL, This week has been extremely eventful. There are two very important lessons I´ve learned.

1. The Lord is always watching over you.
2. Mexican Hospitals are CRAZY!

So, the Wednesday after my P-day last week, I was in the gym playing basketball with a high school friend named Elder Spencer Robertson during gym time, I went up to get a rebound and when I landed, I landed on Elder Robertson's foot. My ankle rolled and I heard a distinct POP and RIP. But I knew right away that it was no ordinary ankle sprain because I've sprained my ankle several times before. Some of the staff here at the CCM helped me over the la enfermaria, where they began to tend to my ankle. The doctors here were sure I broke it, so they sent me to the hospital, which was an awesome experience because most people don't leave the walls the whole time they're here. The ride there was crazy and I was nervous to hear what happened to my ankle, because they told me that if I broke it, they were going to have to send me home for a couple of months, which would not have been ideal. So we get in to the hospital and they took an X-ray of my foot and ankle. The doctor then came in and told me that somehow both my bones attached to my foot dislocated and reattached, which saved both bones from braking. BUT, that didn't mean I was off the hook. They put me in a cast and gave me crutches and pain meds and everything like that. It has been a struggle to get better because I don't want to have to miss class of anything like that. But it's getting there.

I know that my guardian angels were working overtime.. Again. But the most important thing I got out of this whole experience was when I was out of the CCM, I saw so many people that I wanted to share the gospel with. I really do love these people, although they are not in my mission, I love the hispanics here and everywhere. They have so much faith and are so friendly. I am so grateful that I was able to have see them, and remember my purpose here as a missionary. The rest of the week has been pretty good too. I'm recovering in a miraculous amount of time. The doctors said that I would be on crutches or in a wheel chair for two weeks. Today I am walking, (with somewhat of a limp), without any extra support/cast/brace. I know that the Lord is blessing me. My Companion and I are having a good time, and we are getting along nicely. I love the Guys in my district. They are hilarious and I love spending time with them. We went to the temple today and we went through the visitors center because the temple was closed. The lord is progressing his work. And although it is hard work, you get to decide if you're having a good time or not. Attitude is a choice. I miss you guys and you are in my prayers every night!

With much love,

Elder Dallin Fuell

Here are some pictures

CCM District

CCM District

Dallin and his companion


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

One week down!!

On Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 9:09 AM, Dallin Fuell <> wrote:
Hola Mi Familia!!

Im so happy to be writing home! Mexico city is WILD. I was holding on to the sides while I was riding in the bus from the airport. La CCM (MTC- Missionary Training Center in Spanish) is like an Oasis in the middle of a stinky city. (No offense Joe... jaja) We have palm trees and grass and our own water tower, Its pretty amazing. Ill send you pictures with this E-mail (Sorry-Technical problems). I´ll be straight up honest with everyone, these first few days here were not fun or enjoyable at all. It´s hard work and there is no time to do what you want to do, only what the Lord needs you to do. 

My companions name es Elder Gunther. He´s a pretty nice guy.  Spanish is hard, but I´m getting so much better everyday, Last night I had a two hour conversation in Spanish with a Latino Elder from my Dorm, his Name is Elder Lopez and his companion es Elder Gil and he is from Spain, They are awesome, and I love talking to them. In the CCM there are Dorms y Casas. I live in a dorm with 6 elders, each companionship has there own room but we all have to share a bathroom... -__-. But in la casas, there are like 20 elders in each casa, I think. So I´m happy I´m in a dorm. I was made district leader the second day I was here, so that has been a load of added stress on me but my District it awesome, so its not that hard. 

I´ve met lots of people I knew from like school and stuff like that down here, which was awesome. We have an "investigator" named Alan that we are teaching right now, he´s not a real investigator, but its cool anyway. AND the gift of tongues is real because somehow we were able to commit him to baptism even though we had only been here for 3 days, but I know that it is because the Holy Ghost is not bound by language, his influence can be felt as long as you are willing and ready to receive it. 

The food here is...... not so good, jaja. Mostly because they´re not allowed to bring things in from the outside of our 20 foot, brick, barbed-wire, electric fence, wall. So our food is not so fresh or Mexican. But it´s all you can eat, so I don´t care how it tastes. That is sad about Grandma Smith (A sweet lady that lives in our neighborhood) passing away, she was an amazing lady, but Mom is right, she is having a great reunion on the other side right now, and I´m so grateful for that knowledge. My companion is from Mapleton, Utah. And one of my good friends in my district went to Alta, his name is Elder Monsen. He´s like 6"6´. I hope everything is going well back at home, and I miss everyone like crazy. Be good and pray always.

Exact Obedience is the price
Faith is the power
The Spirit is the key
Love is the motivation
And Christ is the Reason.

I love you all!

Elder Dallin Fuell.

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Goodbye!

  Even though we have had a son leave on a mission before, this was different than the last because we were just taking Dallin to the airport and dropping him off so he could go to the Mexico City MTC.    We are proud of him and know he will be a great missionary.   Brenda said it best after someone asked her if it was any easier the second time around.  She said, "No, it's not any easier, but I know I can live through it!"

His plane left at 1:00am in the morning on Wednesday September 17th.  When he made it to the Mexico MTC, he wrote a quick email saying he made it:

Longest trip of my life, but I made it. I only have 5 minutes to write you, so its gonna be quick. THere were no missionaries with me in Salt Lake City, but there were some when I got to Atlanta. And I have some new friends that I made while I was flying here. His name is Elder Weeks. Hes from Atlanta. And my Companions name is Elder Gunther... But I havent met him yet because hes not here yet. and Mexico is crazy, the bus ride over was awesome haha. Anyways, Love you all! and Ill write you on next tuesday!! (My P day).

Con amor,

Elder Fuell

Ps. I didnt sleep a wink. Ive been awake for more then 24 hours now. woohoo.