Elder Dallin Dean Gomez

Monday, April 11, 2011

Baptisms! Email April 11, 2011






Hello everyone,

Happy anniversary Aida and Steve!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Happy birthday Steve!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Happy birthday Carlos in two days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This week was good as usual. We had interviews with the president and he
gave me some good advice. We were talking about how there's a lot of
miserable people in the world, but the sad thing is that they don't know that
they're miserable, because that's how they've always been. He said referring to
that, "There are people who get it, who don't get it, and who don't get that
they don't get it."  Ha ha. I think a lot of people are in the last category.
Actually....I know that they are. The other day we finally found a lady who
we contacted about a month ago. She was just leaving her house though, so we
only had enough time to talk to her on the way to the bus. We asked how she
was, what's been going on, etc. She said that she's not particularly happy
right now. She has a lot of problems...with her "pareja" (the person who you
live with but are not married to) she has problems in work, her mom is
sick....just a lot of things. You can tell that she lives a very fast pace
and stressful life. Yeah, with that knowledge, I KNOW how she can receive
peace and security and even happiness during all of these trials. It's called
"The Gospel of Jesus Christ". The only problem is that SHE doesn't know that.
So we have to tell her that and show her. That's basically our goal with
everyone. To show them how happy they can be when they come to know the
truth about this life, and that God really is Our Heavenly Father, and that
He really does want us to be happy. And that He has given all of the tools
to do so. We haven't talked to her since that short conversation, because she
is always doing other things. Other things that stress her out and take up
all of her time! This work is saddening. I feel some distress every single
day when people don't exercise this little bit of faith and hear the gospel
of Christ. And on the other end, I experience joy that is beyond description
when they DO accept this message. So so happy. Speaking of which....

This weekend Cony and Francheska got baptized! They are so awesome. I'll
attach pictures. I think I've talked in the past about their family a little
bit...their mom was an inactive member, and has come back to church, and the
gospel has changed the lives of her daughters now, especially Cony, the 14
year old. During the baptisms and confirmations the spirit was really
strong. I love these moments!!!

I have to say a little bit about Alberto. We were walking on a street one
day....(ok, that's really vague since that's what we do everyday) Ha ha, but
we were walking one day and there was a drunk man laying face down sleeping
on the side of the road. We felt that we should help him, so we got him up,
talked to him a little bit and told him that he needs to go to his house and
sleep. We started talking to him and finding out a little bit about him. We
gave him some food and told him that were are his friends and we are here to
help him and to change his life. That through Christ and the message that we
have, he can be happy and change his life and stop drinking. He started
crying a little bit when we told him we were his friends. We helped him walk
to his house, and when we got there, we talked to his step daughter a little
bit about him and that we are here to teach him about the gospel of Jesus
Christ, and that he wants to repent and change his life...but he needs help.
He is about 50 years old and this step daughter about 25 or so. He went to
sleep and it was good that he was not in the street anymore. We found out
that he doesn't live in our area, but he's from the area of the missionaries
who live with us. So we told them all about him and they were really
excited. They've had a rough time lately with finding people. So they stopped
by and taught him a lesson, and they set a baptismal date with him! They
were so happy. They invited him to church and told him that they would stop
by on Sunday to get him. So they stopped by yesterday morning....but no one
was home...(That happens quite a bit)  they were pretty bummed out. So they
show up to church, and he was there!!!!!! (that is REALLY rare!!!!) He was
there and all of the members were taking good care of him (befriending him)
SO COOL!! I'm so happy for the other elders! And it's cool to see that it
started because me and my companion had the impression to stop and help a
little man in the street. If you have the opportunity to help someone in
need, DON'T let it pass by!!!! You won't regret it.

AH! I almost forgot! I felt an EARTHQUAKE!! Ha ha. I was so happy!
Alright...it was more of a tremor, but it was cool. I was studying and all
of the sudden everything started to move and shake. I guess that's why they
call it an earthquake!

We have another baptism on the 23rd - Norma. She's a 60 year old lady who has
a strong desire to follow Jesus Christ. It's a bit of a challenge to teach
her though because she LOVES to be the one talking. Literally, if you try to
say something, she'll just keep talking. But I honestly think that in her
life, she hasn't had a whole lot of people who listen to her. I think we have
helped her a whole lot just by listening to her ramble and tell stories of
the Bible and her life. We also were able to give her a priesthood blessing
of health last week which was neat. She was crying when we finished and she
felt the Holy Ghost tell her that it was a literally a blessing from God.
Also this last visit, as she was rambling on, she started choking up all of
the sudden, and started crying and shared her testimony of the first vision
and it was so neat. Everyone is so different, but everyone can still know
that this 14 year old boy say Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ because they
had to restore their gospel to the earth.

I also testify that Joseph Smith saw Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ because
They came down from the heavens to tell him of the work which was to come
forth. A work of which I am a part of currently as a missionary of the Lord.

I love you all. Keep choosing the right.

Elder Gomez

PHOTOS
-Baptism, Me, Cony, Francheska, and Elder Hickman
-A few of the young men and leaders in the ward
-Me making fried cheese empanadas with some members
-Baptism
-At a birthday party for Javiera, Cony and Francheskas little sister.
-Javiera
-An inactive family that we have been working with, the Conejeros.

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*Elder Dallin Dean Gomez*
Chile Concepcion South Mission
O'Higgins 940, Oficina 503
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