January 13, 2020


Merced, California


Elder Johnson & Elder Washington


This week was the best week of my mission so far! I can't even begin to describe the love and pure gratification I have for being able to wear the black badge! I'm just a happy happy happy young man...


This week me and Elder Johnson were invited by our recent convert Brian Gleeson to come and join him for his Ordination to receive the Aaronic Priesthood! We were so pumped! So we show up to the church and a pretty large group of members were there to support him which made it awesome! And as we are all standing there cramped in the Bishop's office the Bishop asks Brian who he would like to Ordain him and he turns around the room smiles and asked me! It was a huge shock but I was instantly filled with the Holy Ghost and I then had the amazing privilege of Ordaining one of the best men I've ever met and a few days later of also having the opportunity of accompanying him into the house of the Lord....

Walking into the Temple with a man that a couple weeks before was lost and just wanting to find acceptance but was now Confident and Happy. He is full of huge smiles because of the knowledge he now has that no matter what anyone thought or what his past was he knows his Heavenly Father loves him with all of His heart. Heavenly Father had just been waiting for him to make certain changes to allow Him to pour out blessings upon him. Being apart of Brian realizing this was a moment I will never ever forget.

Last week in my email I also talked about how we would be inviting our friend Maci Huggins to baptism that evening and we ended up inviting her and she accepted! She is now on date for the 1st of March! She is such a great girl and so prepared to make that special covenant!

On Friday we also invited another of our friends named Delvina to be baptized and she accepted as well! We are hoping to have a finalized date for her baptism sometime this week!

Also, quick shout out to my cousin Sister O'Reilly for entering the MTC Wednesday preparing to go serve the people of Panama! Go give em Heaven cuz!

And also a pretty crazy new rumor is going around that in March Elder Missionaries are going to be putting a pause on white button shirts and ties and trying polos now... A Zone in our mission has already began a trial run of it... I'm not sure how I feel about it...

Me and Elder Johnson also came up with this pretty cool idea where we bring Book of Mormons to people in our ward and we are having them take that first white page and write their testimonies in them and we will pick them up whenever they are done and when we feel prompted to hand it to someone either a friend we are teaching or somone we met just knocking doors we will open to that testimony and read it to that certain person right then and there and after we give it to them we call the person who wrote the testimony and describe the person we gave it to and how their certain testimony helped that certain individual! We have been doing it for only a week and the success we have had has been awesome! Members are loving it! There is a testimony we got from a young boy that when I read it made me pretty emotional (that's not very hard) but I'll send a picture of it!

I know that in the pre-mortal life we all fell to our knees & begged our Heavenly Father to send us to Earth at this exact moment in time and how lucky are we to be here with a living prophet and the opportunity to know the truth and share it with others!

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

Elder O'Reilly


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