Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Hola mis queridos!

This week we were on fire!! Con fuego!! I really loved the Zone Conference we had and the spiritual boost that those always bring. Hermana Rogers and I are looking for even more ways to be on fire everyday!!

An awesome miracle we saw this week was when we picked up a new investigator named Annalee. She just moved here from Mexico about three days ago, and we met her two days ago! It was actually a more in-depth miracle of how we found her as well because we had received a referral of someone else that lived down the street from her but that family was not Hispanic (although they have a Hispanic last name) so we were walking back from knocking on that door to get in our car when a random member pulled up next to us and asked if we needed help. We asked her if she knew of any Hispanics in the area and she mentioned the house where Annalee now lives. This house belongs to an active member who is Hispanic but goes to an English ward! We knocked on her door and she let us in to share a brief message with her. At the end of the message we asked if she knew of any other Hispanics in the area and she said “...yeah! My friend and her husband are moving into my basement next week and they aren’t members but have good Christian beliefs!” It was amazing! Then we went by the next week and we were able to meet Annalee and she had never met with missionaries before and absolutely loved the message we shared about eternal families and told us that she and her husband had just been talking about that a few days before. It was so perfect! She is so golden and she and her husband came to church yesterday and they absolutely loved it. They are awesome!

Something I have been studying and pondering this week has been the life of President Monson. It was so good to be able to watch his funeral; it was so touching. One of my favorite talks ever from President Monson was his brief but powerful talk on the Book of Mormon less than a year ago. It was his last talk and his plea to us was to cherish the Book of Mormon more and to read it everyday. I love the Book of Mormon and since then it has been my goal to read it every single day! His ministry truly has made a significant impact on my life and I am forever grateful for his service and dedication. Because of the revelation he received a few years ago I was able to serve a mission over this past year and a few months!! And it is the best thing ever.

Much love!!

Hermana Daniels

Monday, January 8, 2018

Hola mis queridos amigos y familiares!! 

This week has been exciting and so busy! First of all, I love being back in Spanish. The gift of tongues is real and the Spirit has helped me remember so much. Also I am so excited to be in Draper with Hermana Rogers! We get along great already and we are excited to see a lot of miracles this transfer!!

And we have seen many miracles already! We will be having at least four baptisms this month and we are so excited for them. One is a girl that is 22 and her family was baptized recently, but she didn’t decide to until now. She is so prepared and ready for her baptism! The other day we had a lesson with her about the Book of Mormon and we talked about how we can pray to know if it is true. We asked her if she has prayed yet and she said “No..but I already know that it is true!” Haha it was so sweet and sincere—she is awesome.

The other three people that will be baptized this month are a family: a 15 year-old girl and her parents. The daughter is so excited to get baptized and the parents weren’t super sure yet, but on Sunday the mom came up to us after church and said “hermanas....we all want to get baptized together as a family. Can we get baptized on the 20th of January?” It was so sweet!!! They still have a lot to learn since their first lesson was a couple days before I came to Draper, but they are very prepared and will hopefully be baptized by the end of the month.

This week I loved reading in Mosiah about the boldness of Abinadi and that he even gave his life for the Gospel and his testimony. He inspires me to give my all every single day! I was also studying about member missionary work and I found Alma 19 about the story of Abish. She is an awesome missionary! She was so converted that she literally ran to tell people about King Lamoni’s conversion and to come and see. The initial reaction of the people was so negative that it actually brought Abish to tears to see how hard-hearted they were. However, when King Lamoni awoke and bore a second witness of the truthfulness of the Savior, their hearts were changed and most of them converted and were baptized— in fact there were so many that converted that they formed a new church/congregation! The thing I love most about this example of member missionary work is that Abish had no fear. She didn’t know what their reaction would be but she was so converted that it didn’t matter because the least she could do was plant a seed. And look at what the end result was! Thousands of new converts! We never know how much of a difference we will make but we won’t make any difference unless we DO something.

I love you all and hope you have a great week!!

Hermana Daniels

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy new year, y’all! 

Wow, I cannot believe that this year is already over. It was my one full year of being a missionary and representative of Jesus Christ 24/7!! Aka the best full year of my life. It truly has been amazing. 

Sister Neuhaus and I are still doing great. I’m thankful to have had her as my companion these past two transfers— we are best friends. :) We also had an incredible week this week! The Lord truly loves to test my patience...we have worked so hard these past twelve weeks and we have seen many many miracles, but just in these past two weeks we have found 10 new investigators!! Our area finally kind of exploded! We feel like the people’s hearts are finally being softened! We keep knocking doors over and over again and it has actually worked! 

One of my favorite experiences from this week was when we picked up two new investigators (different houses and families) within a matter of 10 minutes. The first one was somewhere we had been before and knew that the dad isn’t a member even though his family is. Well, we saw him working outside in his garage, so we started talking to him about experiences he has had in the past with missionaries and he still has a lot of doubts. We tried to resolve some of his concerns and challenged him to read the Book of Mormon. He said he would and even said that we could come back and talk to him about it! Then as we were biking out of his driveway, we saw his neighbor across the street sitting outside smoking. We went over and talked to her and she was suuuper nice to us and bore testimony to us of the power of prayer. We invited her to church and to our service club and she was way excited about both of them! She wants her kids to grow up in the Gospel as well and wants us to come back and teach her more. She is so golden!

The Lord has truly blessed us this week and we are “on fire.” :) In my personal studies I’ve been reading Mosiah and I absolutely love King Benjamin’s speech and Mosiah’s plea for his people to take upon them the name of Christ and follow Him. It has been so applicable to our lessons and lives!

Alsooooo bad/good news....
Transfers are tomorrow and Sister Neuhaus will be training a new missionary!!! I’m so proud of her! I’m gonna have a grandbaby! Haha she is going to kill it here in this Stake. As for me, I have been called to return back to the Spanish Zone!! I will be serving in Draper!! That’s the only Spanish area that I haven’t served in yet so I’m super pumped!! My companion is Sister Rogers and she has been out the same amount of time as Sister Neuhaus (12 weeks) so I don’t know her yet and I hope she speaks Spanish! haha it will be fun. I love Draper!!

I hope you all have a great week and start off this new year with some great resolutions and goals! There is especially no better time to follow Christ than the present. Let’s do our best everyday!!

Les quiero!!

Hermana Daniels

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Buenos días!!

This past week was so great! I already told you about most of it, but from Thursday to Sunday we had more exciting events!

On Friday we just had exchanges and that was fun! It snowed Saturday morning so that was interesting to bike in lol
On Saturday we had a Christmas party for our Gospel Principles Sunday school class and it was so fun! There was a nonmember there who is this little elderly Colombian lady who has been taught by missionaries a million times but doesn’t want to change. She is the cutest thing in the world and she asked us what we want for Christmas and we said for her to get baptized and she just laughed and walked away hahah she’ll get there someday. I told her I might be leaving Riverton soon so she said that she might come to church before I leave!

On Sunday we spoke in one of our wards and it was a missionary homecoming as well so that was kind of weird but so fun. My topic was “Jesus the Savior,” Sister Neuhaus spoke on following the Holy Ghost, and the returning sister missionary spoke on her mission and God’s love for us. The Spirit was so strong! An elderly man came up to us after Sacrament meeting and told us how grateful he was for our messages and that he hadn’t come to church for a while but he was glad that he went that day because he really needed to hear and feel the Spirit that was there. It was so sweet! Also another brother asked me if I sleep and cry with a smile on my face because of how much I was smiling during my talk and all the time hahah yikes

Then Sunday night we had our mission Christmas Devotional with Elder and Sister Zwick! It was also very powerful and beautiful. I loved their emphasis on developing Christlike attributes and the importance of giving during the Christmas season and not just receiving. Sister Zwick gave a really cool analogy of that with the Jordan River. She said that the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea both receive water from the Jordan River, but the Dead Sea has zero vegetation or any signs of life because of the salt content. On the other hand, the Sea of Galilee is very much alive and plentiful and that is because it doesn’t just receive, but it gives by emptying out on the other side! The Dead Sea has no other output! Therefore, in order to stay strong and alive spiritually we need to not just receive but give.

I love you all and I hope you all have a great Christmas next week!! We will be well taken care of by lots of ward members :)
Feliz Navidad!!

Love, hermana daniels