Elder Dallin Dean Gomez

Friday, October 29, 2010

one plaque leads to another plaque

 President Monson just barely said: “First, to young men of the Aaronic Priesthood and to you young men who are becoming elders: I repeat what prophets have long taught—that every worthy, able young man should prepare to serve a mission. Missionary service a priesthood duty—an obligation the Lord expects of us who have been given so very much. Young men, I admonish you to prepare for service as a missionary. Keep yourselves clean and pure and worthy to represent the Lord. Maintain your health and strength. Study the scriptures. Where such is available, participate in seminary or institute. Familiarize yourself with the missionary handbook Preach My Gospel."

 
I love these words from Richard G. Scott: “Satan’s increasing influence in the world is allowed to provide an atmosphere in which to prove ourselves. While he causes havoc today, Satan’s final destiny was fixed by Jesus Christ through His Atonement and Resurrection. The devil will not triumph. Even now he must operate within bounds set by the Lord. He cannot take away any blessing that has been earned. He cannot alter character that has been woven from righteous decisions. He has no power to destroy the eternal bonds forged in a holy temple between a husband, wife, and children. He cannot quench true faith. He cannot take away your testimony. Yes, these things can be lost by succumbing to his temptations. But he has no power in and of himself to destroy them.” 

At our regional conference this past weekend,  Elder David Evans of the 70 talked about young men preparing to serve missions.  He said something powerful.  "Everything good in my life can be traced to my decision to serve the Lord on a mission. All of my greatest blessings -  my family, my church service and my best friends have come as a result of that service." 

A friend was just asking me what creates the perfect environment for a young man to be prepared to serve a mission at the age of 19.    I told her that it is a combination of things.  1. It's the young man knowing that it is a commandment from the Lord through His prophet.  2. It's his desire to be obedient. 3. It's his complete understanding of how much Satan doesn't want him to do it and the attacks and temptations that preparing to serve will bring. 4. It's having faith that Satan cannot stop him or hurt him if he is committed to it, because the power of God is stronger than Satan's influence. 5. And it's an absolute knowledge that serving a mission will bless his life in ways he will never be able to duplicate.

Since talking to her, I have also been thinking about a number 6 I need to add to that list.   6. It's having great young men leaders and a ward that believe in you and prod and encourage you along every step of the way from age 12 - 19.  What immediately comes to mind is the night Dallin finished reading the Book of Mormon for his Duty to God award, and how he didn't hesitate to phone his young men's president and bishop at 2 o'clock in the morning to tell them because he was so excited and knew they would be too.    I think of all the scout camps and lessons and service projects that led to his decision to go on a fulltime mission, and I know that Dallin would agree with me;  The Big Canyon Ward ROCKS!!!




Thursday, October 28, 2010

Week 7 Elder Dallin Gomez email

October 28, 2010
Hello family and friends!
This week has been a good one. I'll start off with a few cool things that
have happened this week:
First off, last Thursday, right after I wrote the last email, we got our
travel plans!!! So I've had to wait an entire week to tell you all. I'm
leaving on November 5th! 3 days earlier than we were anticipating. Hurray!
Also, me and my district were able to host, and bring new missionaries in
from getting dropped off by their families. I hosted in two elders and it
brought back a lot of memories.
Richard G. Scott came and spoke to us. It was such a good message. He talked
about the spirit and being led by the Spirit. And letting the Spirit guide
you. He also invoked some apostolic blessings upon us! He blessed us with
the gift of tongues, the gift of confidence, and the gift that these
lessons
that we learn right now will bless us throughout our life. He also blessed
the sisters with a protective shield, that as they go throughout the
world,
if they are following the Holy Ghost, they WILL be safe.
Speaking of his message, being led by the Spirit, I have a story. I was
angry one morning in this last week. I was frustrated about something not
important. Maybe my companion, the language, I don't even remember. All I
remember is being really frustrated. I opened my scriptures and asked
Heavenly Father for an answer to help me know what to do. I was reading in
2 Nephi 4, and I read verses 27-29. Of course! (you should read it) Some
people would call these things coincidence, but they happen EVERY DAY. And
they can happen to you and I everyday if we ask for Heavenly Father's
help.
Also, I would like to talk about something really....cool! I think sometimes
we read all of the stories in the Book of Mormon and in the Bible and we're
so amazed at how incredible the stories are. We may wonder sometimes, "why
don't we have any cool stories like that these days?" Maybe the 2,000
stripling warriors going to battle and beating their enemies in miraculous
fashion? Well, I thought about that. And I realized that if there was
latter-day scripture about the gospel in this time right now, it would say
something like this: "and in the space of thirty and five years, ten
million
souls were brought unto the Lord, by the army of the fifty thousand
stripling warriors, male and female." Something like that? Not to be
focused
on numbers, but in the last 35 years, the church has grown from about 3
million people to 14 million now!
So my message to everyone out there. This is REAL. This work is the true
work of God. And I'm SOOO lucky to be a part of it.
Also, I started coming across scriptures in the Book of Mormon that talked
specifically about me and my mission: (1 Nephi 15:13, 1 Nephi 13:38,
Mormon
5:15) Again these are just a few scriptures that I have come across in the
last week or so that are talking about ME and this true work! Me going to
Chile!
The temple last week was really awesome. It was one of the best times going
to the temple for me. The Spirit was strong. I get to go every p-day, but
unfortunately, it's after I send this email, or I would say more about it.
I'm excited to go in a few hours though. It really is the house of the
Lord!
Other than these things, I guess I'm just excited to leave in ONE WEEK. Es
loco!
If you have any questions, let me know. You can always write to the address
below or you can go to DearElder.com, which is super easy and fast and free.

Thank you everyone for your support!
Love, Elder Gomez

Thursday, October 21, 2010

From Joyschool to MTC Buddies



Dallin mentioned in his email that he met up with an old friend Mason Moody.  These boys have not seen each other since they were about 5.  Another in these pictures is Sterling Adams, who is also in the MTC right now.   Mason is the cute stink behind everyone else in the top picture, and the dragon gauging his own eyes out in the bottom picture! :) Sterling is holding the paper in the top, a smiling soldier in the bottom.  Can you tell which Dallin is? I sent the pictures to Dallin today, and I'm sure the three of them will have fun remembering the good old days.

October 21 email from Elder Gomez

Note for MOM- Will you send me some pictures or a picture of the Halloween
party and maybe other pics we had for joyschool. Because MASON MOODY is in
the new district in my zone. Ha ha.


Hola family and friends,

This week was great! Can you believe I'm going to be on a different
continent in just about two weeks?! Because I can't!
This week, Elder Nelson of the quorum of the twelve came and spoke to us in
our devotional! I'll mention a couple things he talked about. One thing is
our safety. He talked about how we don't need to worry too much about our
safety on our missions because Heavenly Father is watching out for us big
time. And that is so true. Before I left, my stake president was talking
to
me and my family about the rate of young men my age who die. For LDS
missionaries it is very much a lower rate. And if you think about it, we
are
the ones going to countries we've never been to before talking to
strangers
each and everyday, not knowing who/what/where could be dangerous. And yet,
we are protected greatly. He also talked about how we need to always
remember to teach very simply. That's something that really stuck out to
me.
I realized, we aren't going around craftily and deceitfully convincing
people that this church is true by some complicated way. We state very
simple things! We can even tell them right off the bat, "Hi, I'm Elder
Gomez, I'm a missionary for the church of Jesus Christ of latter-day
saints.
I'm here to share with you a message that Jesus Christ lives and his true
church has been restored to the earth"
How long does that take to say?! Not long. How simple is it? Very. BUT, they
will feel the Spirit and it will touch their hearts and they can feel right
off the bat that your message is true. They can feel right off the bat the
joy of what we're saying can bring to them.
Something else he talked about it how we present ourselves. Again, we are
representatives of Jesus Christ. We dress nicely, simply, with nothing to
distract from that. In Elder Nelson's words- "Having character is better
than being one" :D
Something else really cool that we get to do once a week (on Sunday) is
watch church movies. I watched the Testaments this week and it was really
neat. Especially the VERY ending. When Helam is healed from being blind
and
he looks up at the Savior and then the captions come on the screen saying,
"Jesus Christ has come... AND HE WILL COME AGAIN"
When that came on the screen, right after I looked into the eyes of Christ,
the Spirit flooded my body literally. It was so incredible. I can't deny the
Holy Ghost. Always seek to feel the Spirit. Be worthy to have the Spirit
with you.
I've had some opportunities to teach this week. It's getting so much better!
It's not easy to teach in a different language, but it seems as though
everything goes amazingly well during lessons. It's awesome!
Being a zone leader is really hard sometimes. I get frustrated sometimes
when it seems like I don't have any time to study for myself. On Sunday I
had 6 meetings! (not including Sacrament meeting, Priesthood, and Sunday
school) so technically 9. It's a lot. But It's also completely awesome how
you are blessed when you sacrifice yourself and your time to serve others.
You really just have to put yourself aside and fulfil your
responsibility.
That's really what this time is for. In our call letters: "you will be
expected to devote ALL of your time...to the Lord" But that's not only a
one
way thing. The more we devote all of our time and efforts to the work, we
are so richly blessed. Whenever I get down on myself here or if I'm ever
frustrated, I realize that I'm frustrated because I'm thinking about
myself.
Well Dallin, get over yourself! Really though, it is a privilege to be able
to serve others all the time.
Other than that, I don't really know what to say, besides repeating myself
about how I'll be leaving to CHILE in a couple weeks! I'm so excited.
Thank you all for your letters, love, support, and prayers.

Sincerely, Elder Gomez

-- 
*Elder Dallin Dean Gomez*
MTC Mailbox # 286
CHI-CONS 1109
2005 N 900 E
Provo, UT 84604-1793

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Pieces of thoughts from Dallin's letter this week !

I got to do sealings today, it was awesome! I'm excited to get married! (But not too excited :)

You asked what my favorite foods here are:
Biscuits and Gravy - they are SO GOOD.
Fajitas - they had them for the first time the other day and it was heaven in my mouth!
Tapioca pudding - oh man, AMAZING!
"Graham Canyon" ice cream -  words cannot describe this.  So delicious!

What do you call two Mexicans playing basketball? Juan on Juan.


The MTC is going by SOOO fast! Everyday really does fly by.  All of a sudden its night time. When it's morning, it seems like it was JUST morning a few hours ago, when it's nighttime, it seems like it was barely nighttime.  When it's P-Day, it seems like P-Day was just a couple days ago!  You get the picture :)

 Elder Arnett and I are zone leaders now and we had a companionship inventory (where you talk about strengths and weaknesses, things you don't like about each other, etc.). We mainly talked about how we can both start becoming who we're supposed to be.  And we made some plans with our day, kind of a different way of looking at things, studying, being leaders and we both feel VERY good about it.  I feel so excited and at peace right now, because we're doing everything the Lord wants us to, we follow all of the rules  -- and we're pretty much over the stage where you focus so much on your differences that you can't get anything done.  Our differences aren't a problem anymore.  They are SO unimportant.  It's like in the last few days it's finally completely apparent what we need to start becoming.  And today, as we planned how to use our time more effectively, and how we want to act as leaders, especially now that we are zone leaders, we were guided by Heavenly Father.  It's almost as if we've had 5 weeks of ALMOST being productive, kind of doing what we're supposed to, kind of planning right.  All of those things were ALMOST there, but Heavenly Father is now finally saying, they have worked their best, gotten over hard times, tried their hardest, so now I will help them.   And in our planning and talking to each other it was incredible and we both knew that Heavenly Father was helping us.  It was indescribable!

new MTC pictures













Thursday, October 14, 2010

October 14th email from Elder Gomez


October 14, 2010

Hello my family and friends!
Thank you for your prayers, letters and support.
First item of business- HAPPY BIRTHDAY TALI! You are amazing. (so are all of
you others, but she is extra amazing today) I hope you have a great day.
I'm not the district leader anymore because the branch president asked me to
be the zone leader! It's been a good experience. I am no longer companions
with Elder Pung, because me and Elder Arnett are zone leaders now, so it's
just us two. This is my 3rd companionship. Just when I think I'm adjusting
to one thing, something completely different comes along! But that's good,
it's part of life.
Alright, something significant I learned from the scriptures this week...1
Nephi chapter 13. Please read it! It's amazing. I read it for personal study
and it got me so excited and it's amazing reading prophesies in the
scriptures that have been fulfilled and are going to be fulfilled. You can't
deny these things! They are in the scriptures! The Bible, the Book of
Mormon! They haven't been changed throughout the years, they've stayed the
same for hundreds of years! :)
Funny story that you'll all like, I know it :) -- During companionship
study, we were sitting in the hall and all of the sudden a spider crawls
right up besides my face when I'm leaning against the wall. It scared me
pretty bad! So I told one of the other Elders in our district (Elder
Burch) that there was a spider on the wall and he asked how much I would
give him if he ate the spider. I said ten dollars for sure! So he grabbed it
off the wall...and...ate it. Mmmm! It was no small spider either! I'm sorry
mom for the random ten dollars missing from my account. That's where it went
:)
The TRC this week was awesome! (training resource center) (where we teach
volunteer investigators) The gift of tongues is REAL! This week was our
first lesson that we were supposed to teach in complete EspaƱol! And I was
pretty nervous! Well long story short, when we finished with the lesson, me
and Elder Arnett came out, not knowing how in the world we just taught
a lesson in a different language. All we knew was that the Holy Ghost was
there so strong! It was incredible. It's amazing how Our Heavenly Father
will help you when you work hard for something. He will help you with the
rest. And He did...amazingly! The gifts of the Spirit are real, and awesome!
Other than that, Spanish is coming along pretty good. Elder Arnett is really
really good at Spanish, so we are progressing.
This week for our devotional we had Bishop Richard C. Edgely of the
presiding bishopric come. His message was very very good. One story was so
good that I'll share it with you all. Richard C. Edgely was on an airplane
and he met a minister of a baptist church. They started talking about
religion and eventually Bishop Edgely arranged for a get together type thing
for this minister and David B. Haight. During this meeting, they had a
connection with someone and they started talking about that, and eventually the
minister said "well, you have two things that make your church walk on easy
street" Elder Haight- "what are those?" "Well, all of your twenty-year-olds
go on missions, which they pay for themselves, and all of your members pay
ten percent of their income".  "Well...Brother so and so, next week, why don't
you get up in front of your congregation and announce two new changes." "I
couldn't do that!" "Why not?" "because they wouldn't do it!"  WHY wouldn't
they do it is the question! The reason why in our church, we are so
empowered to do such things as leave our family, friends, everything we hold
dear to us (besides the gospel :) ) behind, is because we have a REAL
conviction that our message, and our knowledge of God and Jesus Christ are
real. During Bishop Edgely's talk, I had an amazing impression that we are
here, all 2,500 missionaries just in the Provo MTC, and 52,000 other
missionary across the world, because we KNOW THE TRUTH, and we want to help
the Lord in His work to "invitar las personas a venir a Christo a fin de que
mediante la fe en Jesucristo y su expiacion, el arrepentimiento, el
baustismo, la recepcion del don del espiritu santo, y el perseverar hasta el
fin!" That is the work of the Lord, it's the only way! And it's true :)
I would suggest for everyone to read 1 Nephi 13, Joseph Smith History, 3
Nephi 11, and any more you want to! :) The Book of Mormon is amazing!

I love you all, thanks again
Elder Gomez

-- 
*Elder Dallin Dean Gomez*
MTC Mailbox # 286
CHI-CONS 1109
2005 N 900 E
Provo, UT 84604-1793

Monday, October 11, 2010

A snippet from Dallin's last letter

During the week we got a letter from Dallin.  He said: "So I can't believe that in a few days I will have been here for a month.  The MTC truly makes time seem very strange.   Time has flown, it really has, but at the same time the MTC seems SO normal.  It seems impossible that I've only known this place and these people for only a month.  Like President Morris said, home will eventually feel like a distant memory, and your mission will be the only life you know.   But don't get me wrong - -I still think of you a lot! Be happy everyone! This is the true Church." 


We also got a couple room inspection reports!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Week 4 - Email from Elder Gomez :)

October 7, 2010

Hello everyone!
Thank you everyone for your prayers and letters. Sometimes it seems as
though I can actually feel your prayers pushing me forward. I am a little
bit sick, as of yesterday. But I'll tell you what, I love Nyquil :)
This week was a good one! It flew by. It's hard to keep track of time here.
It's weird that I've been here for a month! 1/24th of my mission is over!
Sad. But happy. Happy because of how much I've learned!
I'll talk a little bit about Spanish because I don't usually mention much
about it in my letters. It's coming along well! I can have a pretty good
conversation. This week for our TRC (where we teach investigator volunteers
once a week) we were teaching a lady who is somewhat new at it, so she
didn't really know for sure what she was supposed to be doing, so she made
us teach in Spanish! We're not supposed to teach in Spanish until next week!
But then I thought, shoooot, why not?! So we tried our best to teach in
Spanish. It was interesting to say the least. She really only cared about
our Spanish, not really the message. It was good practice though. Most of
the investigators at the TRC are converts actually, so they just act as
themselves before they got baptized. It's good to have real problems that
people face rather than teaching other missionaries all the time.
I received an email from Jamie McConnell, he just left to my same mission a
month ago, and when he got down there, he said that he couldn't understand
anything. He said, "they didn't teach me how to speak Chileno in the MTC!"
Ha ha. Great... :) No, it will be fun.
Some other things:
Conference was terrific! There were so many good talks. All of you, you need
to read over the talks when they come out in the ensign. I really liked
Elder Gong's talk in the Saturday afternoon session. (as well as many many
others)
I guess something else I could talk about are my companions. Yeah, I have
two. Elder Pung and Elder Arnett. They are from California and Washington.
Elder Pung is more of the laid back type, and Elder Arnett is pretty much
opposite of Elder Pung. Elder Arnett joined our companionship because his
companion went home. It's been really interesting seeing and working with
two very different personalities. It's good though. I'm learning a lot.
Something we have been focusing a lot on is teaching people, not lessons!
The divine truths of this gospel are so important and necessary for every
individual person. You have to listen for the Spirit to help you know how to
present the gospel. Here's a really good quote that I heard this week: "If
they can feel your love, you can never be too bold" I love it! I thought a
lot about that. It's true though. Once people know who you really are, a
presentative of Jesus Christ himself, and they can feel your love for them,
and Christ's love for them through you, all you need to do is tell them the
simple truths of this world, and THEY WILL ACCEPT IT. I don't know how to
say how excited I am to go down to Chile and teach people who have been
prepared to hear the gospel. It's why I'm here. Everyone read Alma 30:34,
right now! That is exactly what can be said about me, and you, and every
missionary. You could also read verses 33 and 35. It's true though. The only
thing we receive in this church is joy! Do we receive money? No! But this is
the most important work that is going on in the world because it is the
truth of God! I'm pumped to go to Chile!
I saw Elder Preston Rust come in yesterday, he looked way excited to be
here, and I was excited to see him!
Tender mercy of the week- Scriptures that are so perfect for the situation
I'm in. Scripture reading is powerful. So read your scriptures!
Love you all,
Elder Gomez

-- 
*Elder Dallin Dean Gomez*
MTC Mailbox # 286
CHI-CONS 1109
2005 N 900 E
Provo, UT 84604-1793



Friday, October 1, 2010

MTC PICTURES!


                                            Dallin and his district



                                            Dallin's companion Elder Pung
                                  Elder Bowman, from Grantsville, also going to CHILE CONCEPCION SOUTH
                                           Dallin with 2 elders about to leave to Guatelmala