December 24, 2019


Merced, California


Elder Johnson & Elder Washington

Week 12

This week was crazy busy! All the Elders in my apartment except for me and the Hmong Elder were super sick so me and Elder Lee had to bike everywhere. We had meetings with people that were in my area which was 5 miles away so my legs are super sore not gonna lie haha.

One of our friends that we have on date for baptism, Brian, told us he drank tons of coffee so we went and had the word of wisdom lesson with him and he explained that it would take a couple days to quit coffee. I decided to fast for him and during the end of the day I started to get a super bad headache. I took Excedrin and I think that because I didn't have any food in my stomach or water I got super dizzy... but we had appointments that I didn't wanna miss. So we hopped on the bike and I kept feeling more and more dizzy but I kept going and as we got to the house for our appointment I got off the bike and passed out hahaha. It's okay because Brian quit Coffee cold turkey that day and is still on date for the 28th!

I also wanted to just take a second and talk about yesterday being 6 months since my mother passed... On the mission so far I don't think I have had a day where I have not felt my mother help me throughout the day... Feeling the spirit while teaching people is the closest I have come to feeling my mom's love. Watching peoples eyes light up and seeing the excitement in their face and voice as they speak reminds me of how I would look if I got to see my Mom again... Being on a mission is something I always knew my Mother would have been super proud of but recently I was sent a picture of my mom with my uncle at the airport when he returned from his mission and seeing the tears in her eyes and excitement in her face in the picture made me smile thinking about what her expression must be seeing me doing the work.

I love this church and all the hope it has brought me... I know that I will see my mother again I absolutely testify of it and I can't wait to see the excitement in her face and tears in her eyes when we get to see each other again.

I love all of you so much and I'm so grateful for all the support from it being packages, letters or emails... not a day goes by where I don't feel supported by all of it and Im so thankful for it.

I love this church and all the feelings it brings me!

Love, Elder O'Reilly

(PS. Happy birthday to the baby sis Charlie! congrats on the big numba 1 so much love)
1) Momma with my uncle back from the mission


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