California Irvine Mission

California Irvine Mission

Monday, March 28, 2016

South Coast Rules!!

Saying goodbye to Elder Holland (2nd from right).  He has some medical issues and hopefully will be returning soon.

Hello Family! and others who might end up reading my email!

Dave! That's awesome you got your call! Columbia will be awesome! And Spanish is probably the best language every invented! So, that will be nice. I'm super pumped for you! 
This week was really sweet! For reals. I'm not just saying that. The South Coast ward is awesome! It covers a little part of Costa Mesa and a little bit of Santa Ana and in parts its pretty run down.  I love the area. The ward is awesome. We have lots of Polynesians and Hispanics, but its an English speaking ward. Another thing that's really cool is that Elder Ashton's trainer is from Tonga and so he LOVES Polynesians. And they love him. And I love all the Hispanics.. but I don't know if they love me yet. Haha, but they're great! 

Something insane happened yesterday too! It was our first Sacrament meeting in the Ward, and right when I walked in, one of the members that we had already met, who knew I spoke Spanish, told me that there was a family visiting our ward from Peru, and they didn't speak much English, so I went and talked with them for a while. They were really nice and were just visiting to go to Disneyland and then go over to General Conference soon. Sacrament started and we went and sat down. After all the speakers were done, there was a little bit of time left and the Bishop asked that all the missionaries that were transferred into the ward come up to bare their testimonies and introduce ourselves. This isn't even a surprise anymore. Its happened to me so much. Hahah I always have a thought ready now. But when I stood up and started talking, I felt an impression that I should bare part of my testimony in Spanish for this Peruvian family in the back. So, I did! It felt great to bare my testimony over the pulpit in Spanish again. After Sacrament was over, I went over to say thank you to that family. The Father came up and gave me a big hug and got a little emotional and told me that he knew that Heavenly Father was pleased by the way I was serving.. and obviously that made me get a little emotional. He then told me that I taught him a lesson on following the spirit. I didn't really know what he meant by that, but then he pulled out a little piece of laminated paper out of his pocket and it was signed 3 people. Thomas S. Monson, Henry B. Eyring, and Dieter F. Uchtdorf. On the top it said, "El Quorum de los Setenta". I was like, "Wait, What?" So apparently he's in one of the Quorums of the Seventy down in Peru headed up here for General Conference. And he felt like they needed to be in the English Ward today even though there was a Spanish ward that met in the same building. It was awesome. He then wished me luck on the rest of my mission and then left with his family. And the crazy thing is, I never got his name!!! Hahah I don't know how we missed that topic, but we did! It was an awesome experience anyway. The rest of church went great and the rest of the day was FULL of miracles. Well, that's my experience for this week. I hope you all had a great Easter Yesterday! Love ya!

Con amor,

Elder Fuell 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Another Great Week in Irvine!

Wow. This week flew by!! I feel like it was just barely P-day! We have been SOOO busy this week! Something cool that happening is that our area is being changed! We have been serving in the Northwood Ward here in Irvine, but now we're getting moved to the South Coast area, which is in Santa Ana. We're still gonna live in the same place and work in the office, but our proselyting area got moved! I'm super stoked to be working in Santa Ana! There's so many Latinos!!! Haha I'm super excited to speak some Spanish. But there is also a large Tongan influence in the ward we're moving into! Which I'm also super excited about. Other then that, everything is pretty much the same here! Just working hard and getting ready for transfers on Tuesday. Because we're moving areas we passed off all of our investigators to the Sisters, but Farah told us that we have to be at her baptism, so we'll go to that and see everyone! I'm so happy to be serving a mission, and Dave, let me know where you get called! Don't be too sad if you don't get called to Irvine.. not everyone can be called to the best mission in the world. hahah. :)

Love ya!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Another Great Week

It was another great week here in Irvine! Lots of stuff to do and keep us busy! We had another Mission Leadership Council and it was great! The spirit was present and I was happy I was able to be apart of it. We did a training on Companionship study called "The Unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace". Quoting Ephesians 4:3. I felt like it went good, but there are always a ton of places I could improve while presenting.. it still doesn't feel natural to me. 

We also taught our progressing investigator named Farah. She is really cool. She has a baptismal date coming up but it might get moved back a couple weeks to help prepare her more. She's doing great though. She really liked The Plan of Salvation and wants to get started in Family History work! So then after she gets baptized she can do some of the temple work for her ancestors! She's gonna be a great member of the church. She always is so nice to us. 

Overall, this week was great. But the weeks are going by too fast now. I wish I had more time. But, I am grateful for the time Heavenly Father has given me and for all the things he continues to bless me with. I hope you all have a great week! Love ya!

Con amor,

Elder Fuell 
Saying goodbye to Elder Hale