Elder Dallin Dean Gomez

Thursday, September 30, 2010

P-day Email September 30, 2010

Hola mis amigos!
Happy birthday Levi on Saturday! I hope you had an awesome day!
It's good to hear from all of you. I enjoy hearing good things that are
happening back in sweet little Lake Point and other places.
I was surprised a couple of days ago when my branch president called me to
him and asked me if I would be the district leader. I accepted of course, so
I'm the district leader. It's a blessing, because you can really grow to
love the Elders you serve with and become their great friends.
I'd like to thank a special someone for some amazing cookies that were
basically devoured by me and the other elders in my room...you know who you
are! Ha ha.
A lot happened this week. There were a lot of devotionals and firesides this
week and all of them are so powerful. President L. Whitney Clayton talked
about the progress of this church and how it continues to roll forward as
the stone cut out of the mountain. One thing he talked about was the church
in South America. In 1925, Melvin J. Ballard was in Buenos Aires to dedicate
South America for the preaching of the gospel, and at that time, there were
no members on the whole continent. A few months later, the first person was
baptized. Today, there are roughly 400,000 members in Buenos Aires alone,
and millions throughout the continent. It's such an amazing thing.
Prophesies about our day are surely being fulfilled! Keep praying
for missionary work, especially in areas that are not currently open to the
preaching of the gospel. Which brings me to the next thing-prayer. Prayer is
great. It's powerful. and it's real! There are so many instances in the last
3 weeks where my prayers have been answered. I promise you that if you pray
regularly, Heavenly Father will help you will all that he has.
I have an embarrassing story to tell. The other day me and another Elder
from my district were running back from the field where we just had our gym
time, well, it was at an "intersection" I guess you could say, and there
were elders and sisters walking perpendicular to us, and so I was trying to
find a gap that I could run through, and I was focusing on this gap right
after some sisters...(I'm thinking all of this as I'm running toward them in
the space of like 3 seconds) so I do this little maneuver around them, and
all of the sudden I smack into a pillar/pole. What?! I was so focused on how
I was going to get in between these missionaries that I forgot to watch out
for long sturdy metal things that are all over the place. So I hit it pretty
hard and my shoulder and arm hurt so bad. It's still a little bruised, but
it's definitely getting better. I'll be more careful next time (mom) :)
I want to thank everyone for seeing the good in me and helping me through
life. It means so much. Always strive to see the good attributes of people.
Our Heavenly Father only sees our strengths and the good parts of us. He
loves you and he has faith in you. Pray about that. Pray to better
understand God's love. You will have blessings come into your life.
Read your scriptures! The scriptures are amazing. Especially the Book of
Mormon. I was thinking as that talk that was given about the progress of the
gospel and about missionary work in South America, and I just had a thought.
This is just my personal opinion, but I had this impression that one of the
reasons why so many people from these South American countries accept the
gospel and are baptized is because of the Book of Mormon. When they read the
Book of Mormon, they can feel that it is a true record of their ancestry! I
bet they feel that, and that's one of the reasons why they know this church
is true.
The Book of Mormon is about REAL people. Christ DID visit the Nephites and
bless their children and teach them and establish his church. Read the Book
of Mormon. It is so important. Christ came into this world. He died for us.
He was resurrected. And HE WILL COME AGAIN SOON! I know with all of my heart
that that is true. Start improving your lives in whatever way possible. I
have so much work to do, but it's good. I love it.
Thank you all for your love and support and for everything!

I would love to hear from all of you!
-- 
*Elder Dallin Dean Gomez*
MTC Mailbox # 286
CHI-CONS 1109
2005 N 900 E
Provo, UT 84604-1793

Thursday, September 23, 2010

September 16-23rd in the life of Dallin

 
 
Hola mi familia y mis amigos! Thank you everyone for your prayers and for your letters! So, where to start?
(A part of a letter that came earlier in the week) - I wanted to talk more
about the devotional and video clip from Elder Holland. He said so many cool
things! He talked about the question "Why is missionary work so hard?" It's
so true and wonderful and complete and it makes so much sense, so why is
it so hard? Why isn't the only problem in the mission field pneumonia from
being in the font too long? :) and he came up with an answer. "Because
salvation is not a cheap experience!" How can we believe that it
will possibly be easy for us when it was never easy for Jesus Christ. We only
have to spend a few seconds in Gethsemene or on Calvary to know somewhat
of the price that was paid. The atonement will carry us missionaries perhaps
even more than it carries our investigators. As we're spat on, hated, rejected,
we still have reason to STAND TALL. The Lord has not called us to "hold the line"
but to CHARGE! to serve with all our heart, might, mind and strength! He told
us to make these two years our finest hour.
That was just a tiny part of what was said. I took so many notes. It was amazing.
My district had a testimony meeting after the devotional, and it was so spiritual.
We're all finding our places here in the mission, and after the devotional, it
almost changed us! We had a week to get used to things, now it's time to
GO TO WORK!

(From his email) This week flew by pretty fast. I'll start off with last week.
p-day was great. We finally got to do our laundry and all of the other preparation we needed to do for the week. But in my opinion, the most important preparation we did was going to the temple! It was incredible. And the great thing is it's p-day again today and so I get to go! The next day, Friday...honestly I can't even remember what happened. It was a normal day here. Every Saturday we do service and that is really cool. Also on Saturday, we found out that we're losing one of our teachers- Hermano Timothy! :'( He was way cool. He's just moving to another district. He was way good at teaching us and he had the spirit with him so strong. He served in Guaralahara, Mexico (if I spelled that right) BUT, because we lost a teacher, we got another one! His name is Hermano Ramirez, and he's FROM Guaralahara, Mexico :) He's still learning English, so it's great to have a native speaker teaching us. I've learned a lot from him. Also, our other teacher that we've had for the whole time is Hermano Latimer. I don't know how to explain him....I think he has ADD. His mannerisms remind me of a squirrel's. Ha ha. But it doesn't matter, he still teaches with such power and I've learned so much already. You'd be surprised how much you learn in such a short time here! I can basically already speak Spanish!....ha ha.. not really. But we have learned a lot. I'm not going to give a demonstration though, because my time is limited on here. I will, however, apologize ahead of time for any misspellings or random Spanish words that I add, because Spanish makes your English skills go out of whack! And Dad, I will be understanding your letters shortly!
My companion is doing good. Elder Pung. He, as well as me and others, is finally getting into the mode of things and working hard. Which is great. It's hard because you're thrown into a life that is completely different from how you've been living your life so far. You want to know what does make it easier though? Letters. So write me! I don't know anything that's going on in your life anymore. So a few of the highlights of the week are: TRC-training resource center. Every Tuesday, an investigator comes in and we have the opportunity to teach them. Because it gets a little repetetive just practicing on other Elders and Sisters. It was my second TRC, and it went great! We started the lesson off a little rough, (since the first part is in Spanish), and then you just have to remember your purpose...to invite others to come unto Christ. and when you focus on that, teaching is so much easier and better, and the Spirit can be there. And it was! The lesson got so good, and it was great.
Funny story!!! So one of the branch presidency memebers talked to us the other night, and he's this old funny guy who is OBSESSED with shining his shoes! Basically his whole message was about shining shoes, and then after, he gave us a demonstration! This man is SERIOUS about his shoe shining. He didn't have a small nice shoe shining kit, he had an army bag full of supplies! And then he told us a story about how the brush he uses has been with him for over 50 years, because he bought it with is own money when he was 8! Anyway, if there was a shoe shining Olympics, everyone better just not show up because they would be embarrassed. So, now I know how to shine my shoes perfectly and efficiently! The Devotional-it was so good. Elder Paul V. Johnson of the seventy spoke to us, and he talked to everyone how we can have the spirit. The answer- obedience, following rules with exactness, dilligence, faith. And honestly, I have seen in the two weeks I've been here, that being so true! Sometimes you're just exhausted and you don't want to work, and the spirit isn't with you. But on the other side, I have had a few spiritual experiences where I KNOW that it was because of my dilligence and faith. D&C 82:10. The Lord will bless you if you are doing what you're supposed to. He's promised it. And I testify that that promise is true. I've seen it plainly and simply here many times. It's like the Liahona. It worked upon faith and diligence (1 Nephi 16 I think) And if they lacked in those aspects, it stopped working.

Food- Where to start? It's good, sometimes :) They have a lot of choices everyday. Food isn't even important, so I'll move on. Ha ha.
Guess what? I almost forgot facebook existed until you mentioned it in your
letter. And my phone... the first phantom vibration I had was two days ago!
I went a week not even thinking about it. I could have sworn I felt a
vibration in my pocket, but I didn't. Really, those things DON'T matter.
And they don't have anything to do with achieving salvation.
For exercise I do 50 pushups every night and a couple ab exercises and pullups
sometimes. That's all I have time for.
Thanks for the advice about using water to iron my shirts! It helped me a
ton getting it done in time, and it has helped a bunch of other elders too!:)
By the way familia, thanks so much for the invite to SAN DIEGO! Sheesh. Why did the boy throw a stick of butter out the window? Because he wanted to see a butter fly :D *Tender mercy of the week*- Answers to prayers. They are amazing. Almost all of them come in personal study every day. Read your scriptures, and I promise you that your life will be so richly blessed! Thanks again for everything you all have done for me and still do. You know who you are! Elder Gomez
P.S. Just so you know, no donut and no carbonation has touched my lips! 

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Email September 16, 2010

Hola!!!! Como estan ustedes? Alright...where to begin? I guess I'll begin with the first day here...it was really long, weird, different, and scary. I got my companion. His name is Elder Pung, from Hemmet, California. He's nice. The first night we were all just unpacking and looking around all scared-ish. It was great. Now we're all best friends of course. :) Once the days got picking up and moving normal, it started going by smoothly and it was really awesome. I've never sat in class for so long and thought the days are SHORT. So here's a few specific things I'll talk about: Personal study- this is the most important part of the day I would say! If you have a good personal study, you have a good day. That's generally how it feels! It's so important because you can learn so much and discover so many new things. Plus, you are supposed to share things from your personal study in companionship study, so you get to learn what your companion learned also! Another thing I've learned is that we are NOT here to learn Spanish.. what?! Just kidding. We are here to bring people unto Christ by helping them received the restored gospel in the Spanish language. I was slightly confused why our first 5 or so lessons and lectures were not on Spanish. All of the other elders were speaking spanish all the time, and we were learning other stuff. But I finally realized, if we know how to bring the message of the gospel to people first, in our native language, then once we know Spanish we will already know the message, so we just translate it. But if we don't know the gospel in our OWN language, it does us know good if we learn Spanish! (that's my philosophy) Some wise man once told me: The purpose of the MTC is to take the world out of you. People who don't want the world out of them DO NOT like the MTC! It's so obvious. There is a couple Elders in my district who goof off a lot and they talk about sports, girls, other things from back home, and they don't like it here! They aren't ready to "leave all other personal affairs behind" like it says in their call letter. They chose to reply to their call letter and accept their call, so why is it so hard? No, I can admit that it's really hard! But not impossible. I want people to know that I'm a representative of the Lord Jesus Christ, so I've made a commitment to always be an example of him, especially here at the MTC which can be the ulimate place for goofing off (aka 2,500 19-20 year olds) The highlight of this first week here was definitely the devotional on Tuesday night! Elder H. Bryan Richards, former general authority, temple president and mission president, spoke to us. It was AWESOME. There was so much to it, but I only have ten more minutes on here! Ahh! He said while he was the mission president, he had a missionary come into his office and say, "president, I need to go home. I don't have a testimony, and I'm wasting my time." The mission president told him, "read the Book of Mormon cover to cover and then see me when your done." The missionary came back about a month later, and when he walked into his office, Elder Richards could tell that a miracle had taken place. He said "we don't need to have a talk do we?" The missionary, "not really" "What happened" The missionary said, "I have read the Book of Mormon, and I KNOW THAT IT IS TRUE." That story was terrific. The Spirit was indescribable. It was amazing. The Book of Mormon is so true and it has the fulness of the true gospel of Jesus Christ in it. I strongly admonish everyone who is reading these words right now to read the Book of Mormon. He showed us a clip from a talk by Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. It was awesome. I'm pretty much out of time...rats. Um, I have other great experiences that I would love to share with all of you, just send me a letter if you'd like to hear more! Thanks for being awesome everyone! And know that I'm perfectly okay (mom) :) I love you all! Elder Gomez

Monday, September 13, 2010

Happy Day! Dallin's first letter came!

 Here is a portion of his letter:

I almost got attacked :) 13 letters on my first day!  That's insane. It came at just the right moment though, it was a great blessing. (Tali and Siera gathered letters from a bunch of his good friends from school and I mailed them all together with our family letters so that they would be there when he got there - so thanks to all of you who wrote to him!)    I don't even know what to say except that I am doing just great!
It's so hard to find extra time to write letters. there is no extra time!   I really really want to let you know that I'm great!  The spirit is strong here.  Yes, learning here at the MTC is like trying to drink out of a fire hydrant, but it's fun! 
We've been learning a lot about our purpose as missionaries.  We don't just read "to invite others to receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His atonement, repentence, baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end".  WE GET WAY MORE INTO IT. WAY MORE INTO IT!
My companion is Elder Pung from Hemmett California. He is a nice guy.  My teacher wants me to take the test to go up into intermediate Spanish, but I don't know if I'll pass?!@! I'm going to take it tomorrow (Saturday) or Monday.   If I do test out, I'll have to leave this residence room, leave the building completely, switch companions ... so we'll see.

I don't  know what else to say right now except this is the only letter I've written so far in three days.  It's almost impossible to find time!  I am supposed to wait till P-day - -but it's not till next Thursday and I really really wanted to let you know that I'm great! Will you tell everyone not to be offended is they don't get a letter from me for a week, because I don't have a lot of time to write.      I love hearing from all of you as much as possible, and I will respond to ALL of you eventually, when possible. I love you.  Tell everyone thank you so much for the letters.   Good night and choose the right!  Elder Gomez

Friday, September 10, 2010

OKAY, get on with it!

Dallin had a great bon voyage party with some friends and family the night before - -  then said his goodbyes....


and then anxious to do it, entered the MTC!

He's in the army now.....  the army of Christ!

walking the walk and talking the talk

Like I've said before, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it must be a duck!   Dallin has been walking and quacking like a missionary for a long time; ever since he was a little boy and gave up drinking the bottle because he heard you couldn't take one on your mission.   But I think it sunk in to all of us just recently how much Dallin really and truly looks like a duck, I mean missionary!

Ready to leave the girls (at least the cowgirls) and tell the whole world  the TRUTH!

taking guesses and getting his call

CHILE CONCEPCION SOUTH