June 24, 2013

So two new companions. I hadn’t met them before when I wrote the letter. But I do now! Goodness and I love them! They are so awesome! God knows what he’s doing.

Elder Meza. He is From california but his parents are for Guatamala. He’s so awesome. He knew spanish before his mission so he is a killer spanish speaker. So good with it all. So good at just relating with the people so that is awesome. He is such a good missionary. He has two transfers left in the mission. So 11 more weeks for him.

Then Theres Elder Olsen. Elder Olsen is from Canada. He’s pretty awesome. Canadians are just awesome :D. He has 5 weeks left. haha. Pretty funny. We got talking about what their relationship is to me. Because usually your trainer is your Dad. But I’m not going through the training process. haha. So elder Sprouse and Elder Slade were my Premortal Parents. Then elder olsen and elder Meza are my God Fathers haha. Pretty funny.

anyways they are awesome. Well lets just say the Lord knows exactly what he is doing. We are all so good for each other. Our teaching styles really mix and work great with each other! Its so amazing! and the best part about having to run the area is it has helped my confidence level so much! I was really worried at first but the with a lot of praying and faith it has been probably the best week of my mission thus far!  I love it! I just have so much more confidence in the language, in what i’m doing. Really just in everything! I feel like with Elder Sprouse and Elder Slade I knew that they knew my weaknesses and I let it effect how I worked. So when I got my two new companions I was able to start with a new slate. Just go out and really be myself. That was the biggest blessing. I love it! It has helped me so much! The best part is that Elder Olsen and Elder Meza my new companions are all about working with the members. That is what they like to do. and Elder Sprouse and Elder Slade didn’t really work with them too much. So I’m so excited for that. Especcially after the meeting last night! AAAAHHHH So awesome!

“The members should be filling our planners enough so that we don’t have time to go knock doors.” That is so true. in the MTC we were taught to teach to conversion and we can’t do that without the help of the Ward. So ya pretty awesome.

So we have  official progessing investigators that I will get you on the end of your seat reading as dad would say haha.

Rute!!!! She is so awesome! We taught the sabath day Holy and she works sundays. So we just kinda said hey its a commandment and there is a way that God will provide a way. So She said okay I’ll look for a new job. So thats what she’s been doing. And last time we went by she was like “Ya I really just feel like my time is up with this phase of my life. That at work I just feel like its time to move on and get something new. The sad part is is she is from Columbia. In Columbia she is a dentist and a brain surgen. She came here for her kids to have a better opportunity at life. The sad part is she is cleaning hotel rooms for a living. Be greatful that we live here in America. Such a blessing!! But ya Rute Is awesome. We even have a date for her which is the 28 if July. Thats hard cuz I’m pretty sure I won’t be here. But Either way she will be making the right decision I know that! She will be coming to Jesus Christ and that is what is important! 😀

The Zulay. What an awsome Lady also. We went over and she had read 8 chapters. and we went back to kind of explain it a little and she said the story faster than we could. She loved it. and she felt it to be true. So that was totally awesome. Her date is for the 14 of July. So awesome. She just needs to make it to church the next two weeks. So we’ll see how that goes.  😀

Then Yessica and Juan. Juan is the one that drinks and had a date. But relapsed and then we never followed up. That was hard because I really wanted to follow up but my companions were against it. But My new companions are ready to do it! Ready to tackle the drinking! Awe ya! and Yessica. I think if we get Juan we can get Yessica. So we’re really working with Juan so that Yessica will want to be baptized from his example. It will be awesome! So many great thing happening here is the Lords work.

Two more stories. So saturday night we get the text from this guy in our ward that works at the temple as security. He said there was a guy that came by looking for more light in his life. That he kinda explained a little about what the church was. and this Guy “Thomas Diaz” Came yesterday! Such a blessing! We’re going to teach him tomorrow! IT will be great!! 😀

Then the next story. We’re sitting in preistood yesterday and one of the guys in our ward taps us on the back and says theres a couple out the foyer that wants to know more haha. Such a blessing! They spoke spanish which was even better. So we had a church tour and showed them the building. We’re hopping to teach them tomorrow too! It will be sweet! The Lord is preparing people every day! Such a blessing! He’s preparing the The missionaries every day too! Use the missionaries! Apply what you learned last night at the meeting! It will bless your life forevery.

“The Real measure of your conversion is your desire to share the gospel.” Share it! Its not just enough to live it and be an example any more! You gotta share it! 😀

O yes my old compaions. Elder Sprouse went home to wisconson. and Elder slade transfered areas. But he is my district leader now. :D.

Well know that i am good. That the work is good! That I’m alive and well.

Thank you for your prayers,

Elder Dial!

June 17, 2013

No word on my visa but My MTC companion got his visa. And some other visa waiters that came out to florida got theres too. So ya. haha. I have something to do here in Florida. Here it goes! 😀

 
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So we officially Dropped Norma. She wasn’t progessing and getting married so we told her we can’t come by and teach her anymore. So hard to do. But it needed to be done in order for her to progress more!! 

 

Wow this was a really slow week. It was a bike week and it RAINED AND RAINED AND RAINED!!! So much rain which makes it rough with bikes. haha. and with that came a ton of appointments that fell through. But I do have one experience with the rain that was a tender mercy.

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Tender mercy right here. So Tuesday we found this family that we wanted to teach. Well anyways saturday we went to stop by and see if we could maybe teach them. No it didn’t work so we just knocked some doors in that neighborhood. Knocked and knocked and knocked. Then it started to poor.well this family saw us hudled under a tree and came and invited us into their garage. Tender mercy. We didn’t get to really teach anything but we did talk with the guy. Super awesome amazing guy. Just also super catholic. haha

 

OOh another thing is this week we had Zone conference!! My second zone conference ever. They are so awesome. The mission president really does have the keys for the mission. You just always learn so much from them. O ya only my first zone conference on the mission though. THe other one was with dad when we went to the salt lake mission zone conference. Its so awesome to just learn. I think thats why I loved the MTC because it was all learning. But now I get to apply. I love applying too. I get better and better at it every day to which is the best! 

 

Ya like I said it was really a slow week this week. SO I got the package and the letters. Loved them thank you so much for the letters. I’m gonna try to answer them all right now. 😀

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Colten:

The hardest part of being a missionary is not what i thought it would be. I thought it would be the language but its defintly not. The language is the easiest. The hardest part for me is kinda a mixture of things. But the Biggest thing is talking to people. Relating with people. I would encourage you all to get out of you confort zone. Go talk to people. It will bless your life so much!!

I still have yet to see a crocodile. I’m pretty surprised about that but I have yet to see one.

The key to success in high school. Defintly to have fun. Work hard. But have fun while doing it. Go beyond what you learn in the class. Do your homework. That is your best learning time. But always have fun. Don’t not do something because your afraid to fail. If you want to do something do it.  Work your hardest at it and do it! Just like Riley. He really liked LAX and he’s worked hard and he’s doing it. You wont know until you try so go do it and have fun!

 

Ambria:

I haven’t been to disney world. But I have seen the entrance to it a few times.  We even went to a gift shop with so much disney stuff. It was awesome!! 

 

Riley:

I love it where I’m at right now. But I would love it wherever the Lord would want me to go. I Just love serving the Lord! Its the best!!!

 

Well that was about it!! 

 

I love you all! I’m loving the mission! Go and do don’t sit and stew!

 

Go and do his work! Smile!! Remember the atonement is a happy thing!! Be glad you get to repent! Its such a blessing! Repentance is change. So if your not Changing then your not repenting! Repenting is a crucial part of life! Always remember that! If we aren’t changing we aren’t becoming closer to Christ! We need to be closer to Christ every day! So Find something to work on every day that will bring you closer!! 😀

 

Love always!,

Elder Dial

 

June 3, 2013

IMG_1598 IMG_1599Goodness I don’t even know where to start. O ya word on my visa… Ya nothing. I got nothing haha. You probably know more than I do! haha. So we set some pretty great goals this week. Its hard to find people here because we need to find people that speak spanish. and Not only speak spanish but also prefer spanish. So its hard to find people. Then to see if they progress after. that’s even harder. So this week we wanted to find 5 new people which is crazy high. the last couple weeks we put like 1 or maybe 2 one week. O yes and this isn’t just finding but also having them accept a return appointment. Technically new investigators. God is so awesome! We found this new Lady named Zulay. She was a referral. She is so ready for the Gospel! Its crazy to see the people that are ready and looking for it and to see the people who are ready for it but don’t know they’re ready for it. We have a few that didn’t know they were looking for it before but we found them. But they have tons of changes to make.

Change is hard. I had a teacher I think it was in the MTC that said, “Change is the hardest part. Once you change it becomes so much easier.” So true. Once you change your ways its so much easier. Thats why your childhood is so important. If you are brought up right then you wont have to change. I am so greatful to have been brought up right. To be raised by two wonderful parents that raised me to be the man I am today! Such a blessing. That’s one thing I realize out here every day! So blessed to be part of a wonderful family! Have wonderful parents.

Okay story of the week. So we decided to bike down to this appointment. 13 miles away. So fun. haha. No I enjoyed it. Just long and hard. but ya the appointment canclled once we got down there. typical huh? Well we decided God wanted us down there for some reason or another. So we start knocking doors and had some success. But them Elder Slade was like There’s a lady in this conplex that we taught that we should follow up on. So we went to just say hi. Invite her to a party we had on saturday. Well as we went to walk away it started to poor down rain. (You’ve never seen rain till you come here just in case you were wondering.) But ya it poored down rain. So we decided hey maybe its a sign lets go teach her. So we taught her. Bomb lesson. So awesome!

So on Wednesday my District leader asked me to give a lesson in district meeting. I love teaching. Especcially in english haha. But ya I have just been really lacking confidence in my teaching. That was perfect. I love teaching. Thats something I love to do out here. My favorite part of the mission for sure. But ya Just gave me my confidence back really. So awesome. Thats something My patriartical blessing says is that the best thing i will do is teach. I believe that. God has blessed me with good teaching skills. Thank goodness. But thank goodness he didn’t bless me to be perfect. Cuz now I get to work on contacting people. Thats probably my biggest struggle. Is contacting people and making them interested in the gospel. I’m too nice. I don’t push it on them enough. My companions are so good at that. So I thank God for allowing me to work on things!!

We had temple service last thursday. Got to work on the weeds outside. That was fun. On the way back we had some fun. So somehow I talked them all into acting like the car was a bird. and we all flapped our arms out the window on the way back. Me Elders Gregory, Deardon, Slade, and Sprouse. haha. Elder Gregory and Deardon had to pick us up cuz we didn’t have a ride. but ya thank you dad for that. It really just made it a fun ride. haha. the things I learned from my dad. haha. Some things good… some things crazy haha. Crazy good! 😀

Hmm Yesterday we confirmed Yara. Such a blessing. She’s so solid. Its to bad I won’t be around when they get sealed. They are totally going to! I love it. I better be careful though. I might still be here. haha. Just kidding. I love it here! I really do!

So we got caught here at the church after church yesterday while we started to wait for it to stop raining. We got talking about What is true success?? Elder Sprouse goes home in two weeks and I feel like he’s having lots of regrets. He’s a lot like riley its pretty funny. He’s like a Riley and Justin mix. But ya he wants to be better. He is pretty awesome. But ya any thoughts?? What is true success??

Anyways gotta go! I love you all! Have an amazing week this week and talk to you next week!

Love always,

Elder Dial!

June 10, 2013

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The other one is Norma’s kids with a sweet little trailor hook up haha.

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Okay the plate of food we had at the Revous families house yesterday

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a picture of this sweet green area we took pictures by!

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well we found some hats and had some fun haha. Gotta love it!

Miracles are everywhere!!! I love it! Gods hand is so eveident in our lives if you are truely in tune! This week we had the car! Gotta love the car! We are always able to get so much more done!! Hmm where do I even want to start with this week…. Two people. Well not just two people. One person and then a Family of 3 we found this week. So awesome.

Alicia: Alicia reminds me so much of Grandma Shutte. So much. She is so just loving and wants to change her life. Goodness its crazy. She has one problem. She need to get married. and she knows that she needs to too thats the funny part. we addressed it the first visit and she’s like “I know its a sin.” haha. So she knows she needs to change. But just everything we teach her she just soaks up. She’s loving it so much. She knows this will bless her life. On your mission you have the capability to love people like you never could before. Its so awesome! I can just see her in the font. Being cleaned of her sins. She truely is amazing! She will be baptized. That is if we get her to church. She said she’d come yesterday but then she didn’t show up. haha. But you jsut love it. Its so awesome.

Next is Jane, Lois, and Raynet. Raynet is the son. They are so prepared. They were being taught before by the missionaries before they moved. So now we have came in and let the spirit do its work. They have a pretty awesome story. Raynet is in high school. got Hit by a truck on his bycicle. Was in the icu for like 3 months I think they said. A miricle right there that he’s living. Such a blessing. So they know God is helping them. and now we are going to let God come in and help them so much more….. The only problem is They were going to come to church yesterday but called last min saying that one of their friends were sick. No good haha. Lame excuse but its all good. They will come to want it.

Just like Yessica. Yessica is one of our progressing investigators that has a date for this saturday but isn’t ready. She needs to quit her job. Bu we went over the other day and she just went off about how she felt bad for not going to church. The Godly Sorrow is comming in. Taking its tole on her. So she go work off this week and came. So perfect. Miricles are everywhere. But ya We do need to change her date unless she has had a major change of heart.

O my goodness Norma… She’s so awesome. But Still no marraige. But She came to church yesterday with a member because she doesn’t have a car. Its so sad to see all the people here to don’t have really much of anything. But they are just so happy to be here in the states. even if they might not be legally. haha. But what a blessing we have to live here. anyways on there way to church they got rear ended…. So scary. But ya another miracle she was perfectly fine. along with her two kids. Blessings everywhere!!

Aaaahh Zulay. She isn’t quite as ready as we thought. But she is accepting it all. We had a very spiritual lesson with her. So amazing. She’s just awesome. People are just awesome. But anyways so glad we had the car this week. Crazy winds haha. Would have been fun to ride bikes in but would have been soaked. But ya it was crazy. Kinda like our snow storms but its raining so bad you can’t have the wipers going fast enough to see out of them. haha. It was litterally raining sideways! So crazy! haha. Gotta love Florida!!

Okay now onto the language. Two blessings this week. It was a crazy busy week and not really much time to study the language but one of our lessons with Norma she just started laughing as I was talking. it was very weird. I thought I had said something wrong to start out but then she was like “He is just so much better then he used to be.’ Kinda took away the spirit a little but hey I didn’t mind. Boosted my confidence haha. Then another lesson was yesterday with The Rivous Family. I said something and at the end of the lesson the wife said “you have really gotten good. I couldn’t even detect an accent or anything. haha. I was so glad. I love spanish. Its coming slowly but its been great! I have loved it so much!! Glad I’ve had this chance to come here and learn a little more before I get thrown in the deep end haha. love it!!

Some spiritual thoughts for this week. Goals. Everybody need a goal in there lives. I have got a new goal to have a goal every day to improve on something! I love Goals. I have already inproved so much in just the few days I have done it.

Also at Zone Training meeting Elder Fink said somthing that really just hit me. “Can you Feel it?” Sometimes we just get in the rush of life. Get used to having the spirit. We need to take a step back in our lives and ask ourselves can I feel it? Am I thankful for it? Its something we need to work for and how gratful I am to have it in my life here as a missionary!

Next thought,

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something is more important than fear.

So true. I get so nervous sometimes but I have came to realize I’m out here to share something that is so special. Its nothing to be nervous about because it is such an amazing message that if i have the spirit then they will see how important it truely is! 😀

Sister Cather. is in my district. You should Ask Gary if he knows her. She’s from shelly! 😀

One more thing really quick then pictures.

Christianity tells people to repent and promise them forgiveness; but until people know and feel they need forgiveness, Christianity does not speak to them. Just as when you know you are sick then you’ll listen to the doctor. haha. So simple but so profound. That is what I have seen is a begger part of missionary work out here! haha.

Well I love you all!! Until next week,

Elder Dial!!