California Irvine Mission

California Irvine Mission

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I'm Here!!!

Sorry I was unable to call you all.  I was very, very rushed for time and barely made my plane before they shut the gate. Customs were moving very slow and there were a lot of people coming here from Mexico. I'm so happy to be back in the states. I love it here already. Everyone keeps telling me that I'm so lucky I got called Spanish speaking here, so that's just getting me more excited. Here is a picture of my mission Pres, his wife, and I. I feel like my Spanish is ready to improve. Today has been sooo long, but I cant wait to get started. I'm so thankful for our Savior, And for my testimony. I love you all, and I miss you! I don't

know when my P-day is yet, but you'll get an email me from then.

Have a good rest of your week!

Con muchisimo amor,

Elder Dallin Fuell

Last day in Mexico City

Hola Madre!!

Since I leave tomorrow at 2 in the morning ( my flight doesnt leave until 5, but they want us there 3 hours early), They are having me email right now!!  Im happy to be leaving, But I really love my distrcit and my Teacher Hermano Monroy, He reminds me of Von. He is so cool. Anyways, I love you and Ill talk to you more tomorrow. I might be able to email you when I get there, but I don't know. Tell everyone I love them!

P.s. We placed that Book of Mormon to my Physical Therapist, Samantha. She was very happy, and our testimonies are written in it with a way to contact the missionaries. FIRST BOOK OF MORMON: PLACED!

Con Amor,

Elder Dallin Fuell

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Another Great Week in Mexico! (That's for you Joe!)


Just like every week, I am so excited to be writing home! Its a refreshing feeling. This is my last P day in the CCM. I´m going to miss the people here very much, especially all the guys in my district. We have all grown so close together and they have been, at times, where i´ve  been able to go for blessings, (for my ankle mostly), and where I've been able to go for a good laugh, or if I have ever had a question about Spanish or anything like that. I really do love them.

Im glad to hear everyone is doing well! Mom keeps me very updated, and I am so thankful for that. This week has been pretty hard because I have been very sick all week. I had a high fever last Tuesday night and the doctor here, Elder Gill, who i am already pretty good friends with because of my ankle, ordered me to bed rest and gave me a bunch of medicine. It was pretty bad for the first few days but it got better and better, slowly but surely, and now I'm fine! My ankle is doing MUCH MUCH better. They are having me do physical therapy at the hospital so I don't have any more problems with it during my mission. And that brings me to my next story!

My physical therapists name is Samantha. She is always super nice to me and My companion. Now, the hospital is outside of the wall of the CCM, so we take it as an opportunity to share the gospel in the little Spanish we know. Well, while they were shocking my ankle with electricity, I got the impression to ask Samantha if she believed in God, and she told me no. SO, we asked her if we could teach her about what we knew about God during my sessions, and she said yes, she would like to know what we believed. So, we starting teaching her, SOLO EN ESPAÑOL. And by the end of the message of the restoration, she told us that she felt something in her heart and that she would like us to bring her a book of Mormon in our next visit!! Which is on Thursday, so we bought a Spanish Book of Mormon for her and we are writing our testimonies in it. And I am so excited to teach her some more on Thursday!

Also! Elder Niel Anderson came to the MTC, I got to shake his hand, which was cool, and his devotional was on getting a testimony of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and why it is important to have that while your are on your mission. It was really good and It pumped me up.

  I'mhappy Lindsey is home safe!! That's great! I know that she served with everything she had, and she has always been a good example to me and her siblings.

My flight leaves out of the Mexico to Dallas at 5:05 in the morning, which means ill be leaving the CCM at about 2 in the mañana. No sleep again. :´( But that's okay. I should be arriving in California at about Noon. I'm so excited to be get back into the United States!
Yo sé que el Libro de Mormon es las palabra de dios. Sé que Jesucristo es nuestro redentor, y que Él es muy amaroso. Sé que Jose Smith fue un profeta en los ultimos dias. La Iglesia de Jesucristo es en la tierra otra vez hoy. Yo estoy muy feliz estar un misionero para nuestro Salvador. Yo amo mi familia muy mucho. Yo amo el Evangelio muy mucho. Yo estoy listo ir a California. En el Nombre de Jesucristo, amen.

I love you all!

Elder Dallin Fuell

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

A wise Man once told me, ¨The only time Success comes before Work, is in the dictionary¨. -Von Porter

 A wise Man once told me, ¨The only time Success comes before Work, is in the dictionary¨. -Von Porter


I´m so happy to be writing you!! First of all, the reason for the title of this email is because all we do is work here. This week has been bitter work. We have been in the classroom studying Spanish almost every minute of every day. I can teach the lessons all pretty well in Spanish, but I need to widen my vocabulary. Other than that, I'm doing great with my Spanish. I love my Teacher Hermano Monroy. He is the coolest guy ever, and he is so nice and helps us out all the time. Hes just cool. The guys in my district and I are all getting really close. They are awesome. Super funny at times, and they also really invite the spirit in to our discussions and stuff like that. They are always awesome examples to me.

I am so excited to get to my mission. Don´t get me wrong, I like it here in the CCM, BUT everything is just kind of repetitive. And I don't love the classroom setting. Its hard for me to pay attention.

My foot is getting much better!!! And I have an awesome story to tell you guys!! So, I had a check up with my doctor, Doctor Miguel, and He was checking out my foot and told me that I'm going to have to do Physical Therapy because i've lost a lot of movement in my ankle from the injury. And so he started asking how much longer we were here in Mexico, and we told him 2 weeks and He was so surprised that we were trying to learn Spanish and that we had only been learning in it for 4 weeks because we spoke very well. And we started talking to him about missions and what not, and then I made eye contact with my companion, Elder Gunther, and so I asked him, IN SPANISH, if he would like to hear our message about Jesus Christ. And he went on to tell us that he was Catholic and we explained to him that we didn't want to step on his feet but our message was about happiness and Eternal Life. We then went on to tell him that we could send missionaries over to his house to teach him and his family, and he was very interested in that, so we got his address and gave it to the Latino that drove us and he is making sure that the missionaries get sent over. IT WAS AWESOME. It was my first contact, and Im starting to believe that hurting my ankle was not just a lesson for me, but also so that I could have that experience, and hopefully bring at least one soul unto Christ.

Other then that, not much is new. Elder Niel Anderson of the Quorum of the Twelve is coming on Saturday to give us a devotional. I'm excited about that. Anyways, I love all of you, and hope you're doing well. You´re always in my prayers.

Con Amor,

Elder Dallin Fuell

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

I Loved General Conference!!

I loved Conference in the CCM!! It was awesome! We got to watch it in English, so that was nice! And for the first time in my life, I took notes. Hahah It was hard at first, but I kept my attention, and made me love it more. I ended up with 15 pages of notes! But there is a certain way I like to take them, Let me explain:

1. You write down the DOCTRINE that the Apostle was talking about, and all the main points of doctrine. Sometimes there's a lot, but you just write down as much as you can while they are talking.

2. All of the talks have an invitation of some sort. The gospel is about changing, so of course they are going to invite you to change or be better, So you write that down.

3. Last of all, you write down the promised blessing. This is my favorite part, because when things are promised by an Apostle of the Lord. It will happen.

We were taught this way of note taking by David A. Bednar at a devotional. It worked wonders. I could listen to every speaker, the whole time without falling asleep or being bored or anything. I also realized that whenever you teach someone about the gospel, its good to follow this pattern. So my Companion and I are trying to apply it when we teach our progressive Investigators here, and its been working pretty well.

Other than conference this week, It went by pretty fast. My foot is getting better slowly, I got off my crutches last week on Wednesday, but my foot started to get worse, so the doctor got mad at me for trying to get better to fast, and put me in a wheel chair so I wouldn't walk on it. I hated being in the wheelchair. But I eventually learned how to pop wheelies in it, So after that I didn't mind. But I got out of that two days ago. And they have me back on crutches. Hopefully they will let me walk by the end of this week. This injury has been specifically hard for me because I like running around and playing sports with all my friends here. But now I can´t. BUT, If worse comes to worse, I have a career in wheelchair basketball. Enough said.

The daily grind here is hard. We work long 16 hour days and its mostly in a classroom. Which is not my favorite environment. But I´ve gotten super close to a couple of guys in my district, Elder Monsen from Draper, Utah, and Elder Aidoo from Modesto, California. Super cool guys. My Spanish is slowly, slowly, improving. I can teach in Spanish alright, but my favorite thing to do is to just have conversations in Spanish with workers here or anyone. I feel like I learn the most that way.

Well, that's all for this week. I hope everyone is having an awesome time back at home, I miss you guys, and I love you lots!

Much Love,

Elder Dallin Fuell.