California Irvine Mission

California Irvine Mission

Monday, March 30, 2015

A tough week....but improving!!


This week has honestly not been very good! But that's okay, things are continuing to get better. My companion and I are getting along great, and we're hoping that we stay together for this next transfer as well. I've been thinking a lot about The Atonement this week. Especially because I've been reading Jesus The Christ by James E. Talmage and I've just gotten to the part of Jesus Christ's suffering in Gethsemane and his death on the cross. I've been reading about everything He went through for us. Everything that he wanted to go through for us. How humbling it is for us to know that we rely on his Sacrifice daily. And that by His Grace, we are saved. My favorite chapter in the Scriptures is Isaiah 53, (or Mosiah 14). I believe that those chapters describe what the Savior did for us, better then almost anything else. Another thing I've been thinking about is the Resurrection. The fact that Christ lives. He conquered Sin and Death for us. I'm so grateful for my testimony of these things. I'm very excited to hear what our Prophets and Apostles are going to share with us next weekend. I hope everyone has a good week and enjoys conference!

Con amor,

Elder Fuell

Temple is the Goal!

Hola!   (week of 17th-23rd of March)

 This week has been really good! It's been another hard week, but a really rewarding one too. I'm just going to go through some of the highlights of this week real quick:

1. We got to be a part of the Swallows day parade in San Juan and march in it like the Mormon Battalion. It was really hot, and really kind of disgusting because we were following right behind the horses, but that's okay. It was all in all, pretty fun, because people usually don't get to be apart of parades on their missions. Haha

2. Elder Wilson and I were looking through a ward directory list and found a man that neither of us knew, but it said he lived in San Clemente, and so we called him, and he told us that he would love to meet with us, and so we set a time to go meet at the church and talk about what we could do to help him start coming back to church. When we got there, he was dressed up in a shirt and tie and he told us that he had wanted to come back to church for a while, but didn't feel he was totally invited and he had been praying that someone would reach out. Turned out all he needed was a phone call, and a nice talk, and he has started coming back to church. His name is Virgillio. I know that we were prompted to call him, and that he was ready to come back. Cool experience.

3. We got to go to the Temple with a couple who we have been working with. Their names are the Familia Hastings. He is American but he served a mission in Atlanta Georgia Spanish Speaking, and he met his wife on his mission and went back and married her. And she is from Mexico. But they really only speak Spanish, and all their little kids only speak Spanish, so that's cool. They live on the Marine base in San Clemente, so we get to go down there to visit them. They are both endowed but still haven't been sealed. But they are planning on getting sealed this July. When we were talking with them about being sealed, I remembered that there was a ward temple trip on Saturday and I felt I should invite them, SO I invited them, but they told me that every time they tried to go to the temple together, something comes up and they can't go. In fact, they told me that they had never been to a session together. When they told me this, I looked at my companion and I could see that he was feeling the same thing I was, And so, I promised them, as a Representative of Jesus Christ that if they committed on going to the temple on Saturday, nothing would come up and that they would be able to go. Saturday came, and they were able to go, and Elder Wilson and I were able to go with them and do a session in Spanish. It was one of the most spiritual experiences of my mission. The Temple truly is the House of God. Families are sealed for eternity there. And I can't wait for this family to make that step in being sealed.

Hard, but good week. I love the people in my area, and I love my ward. The work is progressing!

I hope you all have a good week! I love you!

Con amor,

Elder Dallin Fuell

Monday, March 16, 2015

Put your shoulder to the wheel!!

Hola Familia!

    I'm very happy to be writing you! I hope everything is going well at home, and that everyone is happy and healthy! Everything is good here in California! But it's been really hot these past couple of days! Like in the 100's. But when we're down working in San Clemente, we get a nice ocean breeze and it keeps it pretty cool, I feel bad for everyone up in Mission Viejo though! The bad news is I'm probably going do end up there during summer.. :( Hahaha But that's okay! "I'll go where you want me to go" Right? Even if it means I'm so sweaty that I have to carry two extra shirts with me every where I go. Hahahaha I hope that's not the case, but we'll see!
    This week has been really tough! Elder Tellez got transferred up to Newport, so now it's just Elder Wilson and I working down in San Clemente. Elder Wilson is fluent in Spanish because  he went to a bilingual school when he was growing up. So he's been helping me a lot, and my Spanish has been getting much better. We set 3 baptismal dates with some of the Ramirez Brothers this week! We set one with Luaro, he's 30, Roberto, He's 24, and Jose, He's 27. They really liked the Plan of Salvation. It really is the plan of happiness, and when we teach it as the Plan of Happiness, it really touches home. It was a great lesson, and I hope they keep progressing this week and get ready for their date on the 26th of April!
    This week, the line "Put your shoulder to the wheel" took on a whole new meaning. This really is Missionary WORK. It's fun, and it's definitely rewarding. But it is some of the hardest work I've done in my life.There has been a lot of rejection this week, so that makes it a little bit harder, but we also had a couple great lessons with the Ramirez family and found a couple new investigators. It's weeks like this that I can feel the Lord's hand in my life even more. I can't explain it, but when we get up in the morning to go work, I feel completely re-motivated. Even if I went to bed completely defeated and exhausted. I'm so happy to be on a mission. And I'm happy to hear all my friends are getting their mission calls! It's super exciting! Missions can be life changing. Thank you for all your prayers, I hope everyone has a good week!! Love you!

Con muchisimo amor,

Elder Dallin Fuell