Elder Dallin Dean Gomez

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Good letter from Dallin :)

January 31, 2012 
Heeeyy! How's it going over there in the USA?

This are going great here in Los Angeles. This week was great like always, even with its challenges. I'll start off talking about Jesica. She is the mom of Abigail, the 12 year-old cousin of a member family in our ward. At first, Jesica was the one restricting Abigail from getting baptized, so me and my companion decided to focus on Jesica as well. We have had some amazing lessons with her and now SHE wants to get baptized even more than Abigail. The gospel can change your life so much. Just let it happen! Dont resist! 

We stopped by the Cuevas' house. They are an inactive family who have a daughter, Francisca, who's 10 years-old, but they wont let her get baptized. They say that she is not old enough to make her own decisions. She wants to baptized a lot, but they just wont let her. We have been trying to work with the parents a lot to help them see the eternal importance of this decision, and how if they wait so much time, she's going to reach an advanced age and she wont want to be baptized anymore because Satan will have entered into her life too much. She needs the Holy Ghost right now to guide her life! Anyway, we stopped by and only Jorge was there. He is actually the parent who is supporting her a little. His wife is the one who doesnt want her too. Jorge was home alone and he was working on his thesis. He speaks fluent English and that is what he is doing his thesis on also. His family is on vacation but he stayed home to work on his thesis. We shared a little message with him and at the end of the visit we told him about priesthood blessings of comfort and counsel. He had no idea that blessings other than health blessings existed. He said he would like one because he reached a point in his thesis where he didnt know how to keep going...he was stuck, so we gave him a blessing to be able to think and write fluidly with the spirit and strength to finish it. It was amazing! The spirit was strong and he learned a lot about the priesthood power. Hopefully that will, in turn, help Francisca and his family as well.

We ate lunch with a long-time member, who is about 60 years old. Her husband, Santiago, isnt a member. We asked why he isnt a member and he said because he's catholic. We taught him the doctrine of Christ and a little bit about the restoration and we invited him to read the Book of Mormon. As I handed him the Book of Mormon with the marked reading, he asked "that's the Bible, right?" I said "no, you already know the Bible is true, right?" "yes" "Well...this is from the Book of Mormon so you can know of ITS truthfullness also!" then he said." Yeah..that is my question."    That really is everyone's question! Whether the Book of Mormon is true or not. I'll tell you right now that IT IS TRUE!!!!! Just READ it, PONDER it, and PRAY about it! You will know. 

This week we had an amazing experience. Spencer Villaroel, from this ward, was set apart as a full-time missionary and shipped off to Antofagasta, Chile! Best decision he could have made! We have another missionary from this ward now. There are currently 2. He is awesome. When he was set apart he started sobbing and his mom cried as well. It reminded me of when I had to leave my family. I know this work is the true work of God, spreading throughout all the world. 

I want to tell you all about Brother Merino. He is a 60-ish year-old man who has been one of the strongest members in this ward for many many years. He is an example to all for his dedication and faith in the gospel. Right now he has prostate cancer and it has gotten worse and worse. It's now in the bones in his legs, which causes him an extreme amount of pain that cause him to constantly sweat. Even morphine wont stop the pain all the way! Anyway, we have had the opportunity to be with him several times this week and see his strong faith in the Lord. One day he started crying from his pain and at the same time shared his testimony about the Lord's atonement. He has complete faith and hope in the Lord. He told us, we are the owners of only ONE thing....our free agency. We must use this one possession with righteousness. He has also grown to love the pioneers of the church more. 
I ask myself: What made the pioneers capable of crossing the United States in the most horrible weather conditions possible with such faith and strength. How could they do that? What made thousands and thousands of new converts from all over the world listen to the commandment from the Lord to gather in Zion and leave everything behind? They left EVERYTHING! It's because the gospel of Jesus Christ is true. That is the only reason and the only way that this gospel grew from 6 members to more than 14 million and still growing.  All from a 14 year old boy. He was a true prophet. God is the same, yesterday, today, and forever.

Alright, I will tell briefly about Viviana. She is a 38 year-old investigator who just needs to get married to be baptized. She is ready and she has a desire to follow Jesus Christ. We had a lesson with her which was very special. We taught about the Sabbath Day, it was a normal lesson...nothing special. As we were finishing the lesson, she said she had a random question, nothing to do with the Sabbath Day. She asked about adopting little kids from Africa. She is seriously thinking about adopting but she has no idea where to start. She said that it hurts her to see the children in Africa suffer and die at such young ages. Viviana has one daughter and she is a great mom. Well, as she was saying that it hurts her to see them suffer, se put her head down and began to cry and cry. As she was crying she was hugging her daughter, Matilda, so tightly. She was frustrated that the adoption process is so complicated, while thousands of children are dying. She wanted to know why God allows such things to happen. In this lesson I learned a lot about how good of a heart Viviana has. She has so much pain thinking about these children. We turned to the Book of Mormon and left her Alma 14:10-11, Alma 60:13, and Moroni 8 to read. The next day we went back and she had read all of them and it helped her a lot with this question she had. I also asked if she would like if I brought some pictures from my several friends who are serving missions throughout Africa and she said yes! It helped her have peace knowing that the gospel is also spreading throughout Africa. She has a baptismal date on March 11th, the day after her marriage.

We had a conference yesterday for the zone leaders, which is why I didnt write yesterday. It was amazing. At the end, one of the assistants to the president pulled us aside and he told us that our area is leading the mission. He thanked us for the example that we have given for the mission and encouraged us to keep it up! It was neat. We were surprised!

The Gonzalez family is doing great after the three baptisms. We are now teaching two other granddaughters, Valentina 16, and Valeria 12, who havent had much contact with their mom Ana in their lives, but their family is uniting a lot thanks to the gospel. We also hope to teach the other granddaugther, 19 year-old Carol who is gothic. She will need a big miracle, but we are already seeing her heart change a lot.

Tender Mercy- Forgiveness. What a huge blessing that the Lord gave us! A blessing that can be at its fullness if we repent and are baptized by the priesthood authority. Forgivness brings joy and happiness and peace. Repent and be happy! :)

Quote of the week-  "I've never really viewed myself as particularly talented. Where I excel is ridiculous,sickening work ethic" Will Smith 
The assistants shared this quote in he conference and I really liked it.

I know that Jesus Christ lives! 
Thank you for everything. I got the pillow case from the ward and friends and it is amazing! Thanks everyone! 

Love, Elder Gomez

photos next week. I forgot the camera cord

Monday, January 23, 2012

Baptism Week!!

January 23, 2012
Hey everyone!
How are you all doing?????

This week was great because we had some baptisms!! Nicolas and Christian were baptized, taking upon them the name of Jesus Christ. They are studs. They are spiritually mature for their ages. 
We have been teaching Abigail's mom, Jesica, and have had a lot of success with her. Abigail is the 12 year-old cousin of a member who has come to church twice in a row who decided to get baptized, but her mom, Jesica, told us that she doesnt want her to. We planned an appointment with Jesica and we have been teaching her now. The reason she didnt want Abigail to get baptized was because she was already baptized when she was a baby.  This week we had a lesson with her where we read Moroni 8 together. Afterward everything was crystal clear :) and Jesica actually told us that she would also like to be baptized if she has the chance. We were like, "this is your chance!" She wasnt able to come to church because she works on Sundays during church at the moment...but we are going to see what can be done, so Abigail and Jesica can get baptized together. It was neat because in the lessons with Jesica, she talked a lot about how this church makes her FEEL. She feels happy and peaceful always when she shares with us and her dad's funeral was in our church and she kept talking about how peaceful she felt during it. Abigail went on the young womens camp and she loved it so we are excited to talk to her about that as well!

We taught Nicolas and Christian about tithing, the word of wisdom, and the law of chastity this week and they are both willing to live them. The blessings that come from the commandments are so precious. We need them in our life to be happy! And as a result of Christian and Nicolas (and Marcelo a few weeks ago) getting baptized, the whole family has remembered there covenants and are reactivating. We are stoked. Even Nicolas' sister who is gothic came to the baptism and is changing. She told me that she wants to learn how to play the piano better (because I played at the baptism) so we are going to teach her the piano and the gospel at the same time! :) She is the only grandchild that isnt baptized who lives in our area. Also, Nicolas' mom came back to church for the first time in more than ten years...in church, when they were confirmed, she was there, and a few members who knew her came up and hugged her so hard because they were so happy to see her. Also, Nathalie, the youngest daughter of the grandma of Nicolas and Christian, whose birthday it is today actually, brought her boyfriend and now we are teaching him! He is awesome. He loved the baptism and church...but, in his own words, he is a "beer fanatic", so we will have to work with him a little bit on that one! This is going to be a hard family to say good bye to when I have to leave this area! They are great! 

We gave a blessing to the son of our ward mission leader. He got sick suddenly and had to go to the hospital. he was screaming in the hospital but right when we gave him the blessing, he stopped crying and went to sleep....I thought he died for a second. just kidding. But it was very special and I know the priesthood is the power of God on the earth. 
The members here are awesome. Brother Kiger, our ward mission leader, was baptized about a year and 3 months ago, and he is awesome! The best ward mission leader I have seen! The night before the baptism, he was visiting all of the members inviting them to the baptism and helping us find people to give short talks at the baptism. I almost wanted to cry (literally) of happiness after he said he was visiting the members inviting them. THAT is how we should be as members! Fulfilling our callings!

Tender Mercy- This week I was thinking about some converts and members from other areas and how much I miss them and love them.....I just had a warm feeling come over me that they are alright. I havent been able to visit a single convert from any of my past areas....its rough not being able to, but I have faith that one day I WILL see them again! Hopefully sooner than later. The gospel is true and it will change your life for the better. 

Well, it was a good week and I am out of time. Hope to hear from you all soon! Send me a message!

Love, Elder Gomez


-Family night with several members. 
-Silvia, recent convert, with her daughter Nicole next to her, who you cant see, with nicole's two kids. Nicole is getting baptized on February 11th, with the french fries and meat that she made us for lunch. They were so good. With Elder Pond (on an interchange)
-Me, Elder Strait, with Marcelo and Christian.
-Us with our investigator, Viviana, who is getting baptized on March 11th. She has in her hand a paper with her hour for her marriage secured for March 10th! :)
-Baptism, the Gonzalez family. Nicolas with glasses, Cristian with dark hair. 
-Us and the boys

-Lunch after the baptism with the Gonzalez family
-Nicolas' sisters, Dianne and Carol, with Carol's boyfriend.
-100 year old man who we tracted into. He was awesome. He knew a LOT about the church!
-Me with an investigator, Diego, and his friend.
-Me with some random kids who started following us one day while we were knocking doors, and they wanted to help us..they actually did because they told us a lot about each neighbor before we knocked on the door, so we had a headstart.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Today's Dallin Email

January 16, 2012
This week I have felt very blessed! I have been praying a lot for different random things and I feel like so many prayers are being answered. We were able to help our investigators in many ways. Or I should say, through us, God was able to do many amazing things.
The first things are blessings of health. We gave two priesthood blessings this week, one to a little boy and one to Nichole, our investigator. The blessing we gave to Maximiliano was amazing. He was sick and he was screaming and screaming and screaming, and RIGHT before we put our hands upon his head to annoint him, he calmed all the way down and stopped crying completely. Such a strong testimony of the power of the priesthood plus faith. After we gave Nichole her blessing with the bishop and the ward mission leader, she was smiling so big like she had just won a million dollars! She doesnt smile a ton so it was awesome!
Also, on Monday night we had a family night and the nonmember dad of the family said that the blessing we gave the week before worked because his son, Vicente, completely healed afterward. Too bad the man doesnt believe in God! But I think this helped him a lot. This man, Claudio (Vicente's dad) is a good guy and he's really smart. He reads all the time, but he doesnt use his intelligent right. He likes our church a lot, especially as a good place for Vicente to grow up in, but he doesnt believe. Like I said, he reads a lot. He has a HUGE library full of books, incuding much of the church library. He said he has read ALL of the books! I pointed to Jesus the Christ, "yep" he said. I pointed to the Bible..."yep"....then I pointed to the triple (the Book of Mormon, D&C, and Pearl of Great Price) he said.."...........that one no...." ha ha! The ONE book he should read out of all of them! He has read everything except that one. So....we are going to focus on him reading the Book of Mormon. I testify of the power of the Book of Mormon. It is SO IMPORTANT. I guarantee you that nobody has ever left this church unless they FIRST stopped reading the Book of Mormon every day. I guarantee it! Because it has such an amazing spirit with it. PLEASE READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!

Well....last week I mentioned that we found a lot of new investigators....well...this week we found even more! We are being so blessed, and I know that it is a result of fasting and prayer. Faith plus fasting plus prayer equals miracles. We were able to go with some young men this week to teach, which was great. One young man, Felipe, was a huge help to us. Felipe is 22 years old and he has a little bit of a disability. He has sight problems and hearing problems because he was in an accident which left him in acoma for a month, but now he's all good...and with a strong testimony! With him, we were able to set a baptismal date with Nicolas, a twelve year old cousin of Marcelo, our last baptism. Nicolas' mom has been inactive for many years and she hasnt really wanted anything to do with the church, but finally she has let Nicolas choose what religion he wants to participate in. Nicolas is amazingly smart and he reads the Bible every night! He has gone to many different churches also, but he told us that when he's in ours, he feels a peaceful security that it is right, and he feels really happy when he comes to church. Cristian is another one of the three cousins... I'll just tell you so it's not so confusing. There are three cousins: Marcelo 9, Cristian 10, and Nicolas 12. They are the sons of 3 sisters, Ana, Sandra, and Carol, who are part of 6 siblings, who are the children of Gladys Gonzalez, the grandma. They are ALL members, reactivating. Carol and Ana also have other older daugthers, but they arent baptized. We are trying to get them interested also. This whole family is the Gonzalez family....they have been inactive and bitter for many many years now, but all they needed was just a lot of love and positiveness. We are excited. Nicolas and Cristian are both getting baptized this week and they are both spiritual giants so that's cool.

On the day of our fast, we got a random call from one of our recent converts, Silvia. Her daugther is Nichole 20, the one we gave a blessing to. Silvia said a bunch of stuff, and finally at the end of the conversation she said, "oh yeah, Nichole wants to get baptized on February 11th." OK!! (we were fasting for her to be able to have a baptismal date because she's been very stubborn!)

The investigators who we found last week, Francisco and Eliana, werent very loud this week....as in, Francisco went out of town and Eliana was busy all week, but we are going to pick it back up with them this week. We have a lot of high hopes for Francisco.

This week we found Beda, Jorge, and Natalia, some amazing people. We knocked on their door and Jorge 40 let us in and we were sitting in their side garage area and Beda 64, Jorge's mom, and Jorge were talking to us. Beda is more stubborn with her faith. She doesnt believe in religions because she has had bad experiences. Someone told her that we worship Joseph Smith and dont worship God, so that put her off a little also. Beda is a really cool lady. She does all sorts of sports, she does all sorts of stuff like sewing stitching....etc etc, and lots of other stuff...basically everything... so we asked if we could say a prayer so they let us in their house and we started sharing the restoration of the gospel with them. We got to Joseph Smith and we related the first vision and Jorge got a little teary eyed and Beda was looking so attentively. We asked how they felt and Beda said that she had to share a story with us that she doesnt tell anyone because its so special and personal, but she told us and it was really amazing. She believes the first vision. She said she feels like its true. They she randomly said in the middle of the lesson, "you know what? when you were praying, I felt this warm feeling in my heart. It was just amazing." I dont know exactly what I did, but I'm sure if you were watching me you would see me with my mouth hanging open. Ha ha. The spirit is awesome and its real! Beda had to go to Pucon this week, so we will teach her and Jorge when we get home. Natalia is 14 and she is Beda's granddaughter. She walked in towards the end of the lesson and was interested in the lesson, so now we will teach her too!

We had a visit by Elder Corbridge, of the 70, this week. It was an amazing conference where we were trained by a true servant of the Lord. He came down from the pulpit and he sat down in front of me facing me (I was on the front row) and he did a practice with me. He invited me to go to church. It was cool to do a practice with a seventy! Ha ha. I would write more about what he said but I dont have time. Just know that it was good!

As zone leaders, me and Elder Strait have decided that we must be the examples in everything, so we worked our tails off and it was awesome! As a result, we had 7 investigators in church and we have 5 with baptismal dates. The closest will be Cristian and Nicolas.

By the way, I just want to touch a liiiiitttttttlllllee bit on MODESTY. Always be modest! Your modesty is an outward reflection of who you are on the inside. It affects you and the people you are with. Remember, we are the light of the world! The light we have as members of the church is supposed to be set on a hill....we are supposed to arise and shine forth and be STANDARDS FOR THE NATIONS.....now....lets not be wearing any type of clothing that's not in harmony with our standards as latter-day saits. We took upon ourselves the name of Christ! And, last but not least.... MODEST IS HOTTEST!!!!

Tender Mercy- When a young man/woman feels the love of Christ for the first time in their lives.

Thanks family! I love you all! And friends too of course, but my family more.

Love, Elder Gomez

ps- Be happy!

Monday, January 9, 2012

January 9, 2012
Hey everyone, 

This week was great! We even saw a miracle with the weather. It hasnt rained here for more than a month and a half, probably a record for Los Angeles, Chile! But this morning we woke up and it was raining. 

This week me and my companion were thinking about what we could do to help our own area, and to help the other missionaries in our zone. We decided that the best way we could help them was to first, be the examples. Using a style of leadership that Jesus Christ used- "Do as I do, not as I say"- so we went to work!

We found one lady while knocking doors who seemed to be pretty good. Her name is Eliana. She said we could come back the next day when they werent so busy, so we did. When we got there she let us in and we sat down and got to know her and shared with her about the restoration of the gospel. She has some friends who are members of the church, but she has never taken advantage of being taught by the missionaries. For some reason or other, she is at the point in her life when she is more open to hear about religion. As we shared the restoration, we shared a scripture from Amos that talks about how days of hunger will come to the earth. Not hunger or thirst of food but hunger of hearing the word of God. And people wont be able to find it. We asked her if that is how she feels. She said yes! And we shared about Joseph Smith, and when he also had this hunger to know the truth. When we got to the first vision, the Spirit was so strong in the room! We shared the vision and she kept commenting on how good she felt. She said how she was surprised that she felt so peaceful about it and she feels like its right. She said that she wants us to come by more. Honestly, i cant remember everything that happened in the lesson because we were very much guided by the Spirit. One thing I remember though at the end. In the pamphlets that we give out, at the end it talks about "How we can know?" and it talks about the way the Spirit answers us and talks to us. It says "this knowledge is very important and can change lives, BUT, it is usually manifested to you without big visions or spectacular demonstrations of the power of God. It's usually manifested to us through a peaceful security that it is true.." (something like that, if I translated right) then it shares Galatas 5:22-23 about the fruits of the spirit being love, peace, joy pacience, kindess, etc...When she ready that, the spirit was in the room very strong and she said this is exactly how I feel right now! I feel a peaceful security. We are so excited for her!

We had a miracle happen to us when a man stopped his car while we were walking down the street and he said in perfect English "hey, can you guys come to my house one day to speak English with me, I need to practice." We said, "of course!" So we came by the next day and he let us in his house. His name is Francisco and he is 22 years old. He lives alone because he is studying right now here in Los Angeles. He was one of the most pleasant people to be around! He speaks English really really good and understood everything we said. We were a little hesitant at first that if we started right away into our message that he wouldnt be interested, because maybehe just wanted to speak english, but he started asking us all sorts of questions about our message! It was great! Actually it turned out that he really doesnt need to practice English as much as he needs the gospel in his life. He lives alone and he has a girlfriend, but apart from that, he seems pretty lonely in this moment. He is looking for something more in life. We talked about the Book of Mormon also and he was really interested in it. Again, when we taught him the first vision the spirit filled the room and he told us afterward too! He said that he is really grateful that we came by because he felt something really special with us. He was very happy. One of the coolest parts of the lesson is when we invited him to church. He said he would love to go! I said, "Awesome, and when you are there, you can take advantage of all of the english speakers in the ward" (there are like 8 members who speak fluent english) And he said "yeah, but that's not the most important reason of course, it's a lot more important than that!" I was just shocked! I thought "who says that?!" ha ha. He is awesome! We are excited to go back tomorrow. I'll keep you all updated.

We had a really good family night with a member who has been really struggling lately. He hasnt come to church for about two months because he has debt with another member and he gets really uncomfortable there. Satan has really been working on him to make him weak. We actually dont even know which member it is who he owes money too, which I am extremely grateful for because I cant stand being involved in unnecessary problems. We just testified of the gospel and the commandments and the importance of keeping thecommandments. He has a lot more courage now to face his problems and he is going to do it. Satan has really worked on him and he has stopped reading his scriptures, even praying for a while, and obviously going to church. And he is miserable! But he thanked us so much for being there for him and for helping him. He got really emotional about it. I am so humbled all the time to be an instrument in God's hands here on the earth.

On Sunday we saw many blessings for our work throughout the week! The church ATTENDANCE (not assistance ;D) doubled which we were happy about. it went from in the 60s to 125! Nice. We had a lot of investigators in church which we were happy for and just yesterday we put a baptismal date with Abigail. She is a 12 year old whose birthday is just one day away from Naomi's. (July 15th!) She is the cousin of a member family and she came with them. Her mom works at a little business just a couple houses away from where we live, and that is where we found her. We have invited her so many times to church and finally she came! Her older brother was baptized a couple months ago too actually. Yesterday we taught her about the gospel of Jesus Christ and the steps we must take to be happy in this life and have the Holy Ghost. We invited her to be baptized on January 21st, with Christian, Marcelo's cousin. i think I mentioned him last week. Christian is also going to get baptized on he 21st. Christian and Marcelo and their family are all doing really good too! They came to church for the 2nd time in a row now! :) I confirmed Marcelo yesterday which was a neat experience! 

We were able to find many new investigators this week so we are going to be working with them. In the testimony meeting in church yesterday, there were some really powerful testimonies by some of the ladies in the ward. I dont worry at all about the relief society here. The bishop's wife bore her testimony about how she was worried about what she should teach her children (they are very young, 3 and 1 years old) but it hit her that all she needs to teach them is the gospel, and they will be ok in life. It was so powerful and she got emotional. Then another sister testified about the love of God. That He truly loves each and every one of us so much. It was powerful also. Then another member about shen she was sad one day and she decided to turn to the manual that they are studying right now in Sunday school (George Albert Smith) and she found exactly what she needed. She testified of the power of the scriptures. It was a really good meeting. 

I also know that this church is the church of Jesus Christ, and that he in reality is our savior and he loves us! We can grow close to him by praying sincerely and readying the scriptures. I am so happy here in Chile on my mission. This week, I reached the point when I was the most tired that I've been in all of my mission. But God helped me keep going and I am so happy. I cant explain my happiness really but I just know that it only comes through living the gospel. 

Tender Mercy- I'd have to say when Francisco stopped us on the street and contacted US! Ha ha :) That was definitely a blessing of the Lord.

I love you all!

Elder Gomez

-Us with Viviana, our investigator with a baptismal date in March. She is so awesome and ready for baptism but her marriage date is the 10th of March! So her baptismal date is March 11th. But she is awesome! 
-Me making pancakes
-"Disponible" means "available" :D

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Happy New Year from Elder Gomez

Jan 2, 2012
I can't believe that its already 2012!!!

Good news, this week was great! Very very busy! Earlier in the week, we had a family night with a member family with three investigators and a recent convert. It was excellent! We read Alma 50:1-4 and they drew what they heard, then we talked about today, and the spiritual battle that we go through, and how we can fortify our spirits. 
Here's something funny/random...I dont know if I've ever mentioned this before, but every Monday of this transfer, us and the missionaries who live with us, have a yogurt challenge. We see who can chug a  liter of yogurt the fastest. My companion has dominated us all every time. This time he set a record of 11 seconds!
well, enough with the funniness....

One day this week we were walking and passed an elderly lady in the street. We started talking to her and she was in pain, because of her feet. She had on these tight sandals and she had some giant bumps on her feet. She said the sandals were hurting her, but she has to wear them because they were a present from her daughter. We took her to a place where they sell shoes and got her a pair of crocs. She was so grateful and happy. We were happy to be able to do that service for her. Something so simple but it makes a huge difference in the lives of people. Hopefully we can all be alert for the little acts of service we can do to change people's lives.

This week we helped a recent convert move. I can tell you one thing, there some risky people here! Silvia (recent convert), and another sister in the ward, loaded up the truck, but there was no back part of the truck...It had walls on the side, but absolutely nothing on the back, no tailgate of door or anything... I was looking for a strap or bungie cords or something but nope, they just wanted to go without anything on back! I said to myself, "dad would not approve!" ha ha. There was a fridge and an oven right on the back....I was scared that they would fall off on the highway!!! I was nervous....Silvia said "you two, of all people, should have faith!" I thought immediately "faith minus works is dead!" Ha ha. But anyway, I share this story to stress the importance of prayer, and to testify that prayers are answered. I was praying so hard the whole way that nothing would fall! And we made it alright. I was relieved. Prayer is real!  

We had interviews with President Martinez this week which went really well. And on Friday, we went to a zone leaders counsel far in the wilderness. We went through a place called Victoria, and through Curacautin, and up the mountain until we got to a beautiful country house of a couple members. It was so beautiful. We had a devotional and were trained by our leaders. I know that mission presidents are called of God. President Martinez teaches with such spirit! Then we ate a giant BBQ. I have had so much steak lately it's great! Afterward, we went up to a volcano and to a lagoon! We had a good time, then we came back and ate watermelon. Me and my companion had the opportunity to drive back up to Los Angeles in the middle of the night with the Martinezes! They have three kids, one 11 year old, one seven year old, and a 5 year old. My eyes were opened at how much the Lord blesses President Martinez. He should technically be SO TIRED! He has been doing so many things like you couldnt imagine! But at the same time, if you are in his presence, he wont show even the smallest sign of being tired. He's so interested in EVERYONE with sincere love. Read D&C 84:33 and you'll understand. 

We got the news of transfers. Me and Elder Strait are staying together for another transfer. The zone is going to be really new so we will have obedient missionaries with the will to work hard!! 
Also, Elder McConnell got called to be a zone leader also, so we will be seeing each other more often! 

On New Years eve, a miracle happened. We didnt have anything planned for the evening, and we went to Marcelo's house, our investigator who was going to get baptized this week. Him and his mom have now come to church for three Sundays and are completely active again! The only problem was the rest of his family, the Gonzalez family. They werent not very open to us and they didnt want Marcelo to get baptized apparently. We just ignored it and still act like they are our best friends, and they let us in for New Years eve. then they invited us to eat with them, then we started talking about he baptism, THEN they ALL commited to go on Sunday to see Marcelo's baptism! Remember, just a few hours ago they wouldnt go to church. The best part is, they DID come! On Sunday, yesterday, they all came and Marcelo was baptized. And the miracle is, in sacrament meeting, Cristian, Marcelo's 10 year old cousin, decided to prepare for baptism as well, so now he will be baptized on the 21st! We are very excited! Such a miracle for a famly who didnt want anything just a few days before. I know that the only thing in the world that can bring such a change of heart is the Holy Ghost. That is why I am here, so people can receive this amazing gift. I am so blessed to be the instrument through the which God works miracles.

Tender Mercy-. The Lord blessing us with success with the Gonzalez family. We prayed for them a lot and prayers are answered.
I love you all! Take care this year!....because It might be the last!....no, just kidding :)

Elder Gomez

-Me, Elder Strait, volcano
-Me with President and Sister Martinez at the Lagoon
-Me putting the trunk on my shoulders.
-Family Gonzalez on New Years Eve

-baptismal photos, Gonzales family

-Valenzuela family, with Elder Filamita, from Argentina. Elder Filamita just left this morning to his country! He finished his mission. This family we are teaching and the mom was recently baptized and now we are working with her kids.
-lunch with the Villagran family, on New years day. 

-The four that lived in our house. The tall latin finishes his mision today.
-Me and the sisters in my zone. The one with freckles left today for her house.