Wednesday, December 6, 2017
That’s right, everybody!! We finally got our first real snow yesterday!!! It was great. It already melted by this afternoon, but it was still fun. The mountains look so good!! Haha also funny story: it snowed while we were watching the Christmas Devotional last night so after it ended, we walked outside and our bikes were covered! I’ll send a picture of it, it was pretty great.
Another highlight of this week was when we had our mission tour with Elder and Sister Wakolo (member of the 70)! That couple is incredible. Elder Wakolo is seriously one of the smartest people I have ever met. I took 15 pages of notes sooo there’s a lot to share, but I’ll just share a few of my favorite quotes!
1) “Casualness leads to casualty.”
2) “Because of Who I stand for, I’m careful who I fall for.”
3) “It’s not your testimony that will save you in these last days, but your continuing conversion. Therefore, reflect, change, and become.”
4) J esus
5) “Sweet is the work! Let’s go knock on the next one!”
6) “Always be on FIRE!”
I also have a funny story from the week! So the other day we were riding our bikes down this street and it was dark outside and my flashlight isn’t super bright so I could only see like two feet in front of me. Well, I was super concentrated on the ground and following the light when all of a sudden I saw this skateboarder speeding towards me... haha apparently he didn’t see me either cause I looked up to see his surprised face slam into my bike lol he practically tackled me and I almost fell off of my bike, but I caught myself. Luckily, Sister Neuhaus was a little farther behind me and able to see what happened so she stopped before hitting us as well. But yeah, he was like 14 and super embarrassed and he was just like “oh! Sorry!” And ran off... haha Sister Neuhaus and I just sat there laughing for a solid minute afterwards so that was fun.
We also started doing “Light the World” this week!!! YAY! We love serving and we love spreading the joy of Christmas and service with everyone around us! If somehow you haven’t seen the Church’s initiative yet, go check out Mormon.org!! And start doing #LightTheWorld!!
Peace and blessings from Riverton!!!
Love, hermana daniels
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Monday, November 27, 2017
It has been a very busy and exciting week!! First of all, Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! I can’t remember if I said that last week or not. Our Thanksgiving was great! We house-hopped to like six different places— but don’t worry, we only had one turkey dinner. At the rest of the houses we played games and ate pie and did service and shared spiritual messages about how we are thankful for Jesus Christ!
Also Merry Christmas because I got to Skype my family this weekend because they celebrated Christmas early with everyone home!! Love y’all!! And a special shoutout to Buckeye because seeing me on skype definitely helped the Buckeyes pull-through that win against Michigan. #gobucks
A miracle we saw this week to start off the new transfer was on Monday night! We had received a referral from a bishop of a part-member family, and Monday night we were able to set up a lesson with them! We taught the whole family: including the LDS mother (who got baptized when she was 8 but never went to church and doesn’t know anything about it), the non-member father, their 8 year-old daughter, their 6 year-old daughter, and their baby boy. It was an amazing lesson— the Spirit took the reigns right away and it was awesome to be able to see their hearts soften as the lesson went on. We taught them about who Jesus is and that we are children of God and then we took President Nelson’s advice by singing “I Am a Child of God” with them! The Spirit was so strong and the little girls absolutely loved it and begged us to come back next week to sing more songs about Jesus with them! :) Even the non-member Dad was touched by the way his daughters were interested in the Gospel and personally thanked us for coming over and teaching. It might take some time, but we are excited to keep working with this family and to bring them unto Christ!!
This week I have loved reading in the Book of Mormon and doing Sister Nelson’s “30-day challenge.” We also gave talks in a sacrament meeting yesterday which was great!! As I was preparing for it, I was studying President Uchtdorf’s talk, “Waiting on the Road to Damascus,” and I love when he says, “The most effective way to preach the gospel is through example. If we live according to our beliefs, people will notice. If the countenance of Jesus Christ shines in our lives, if we are joyful and at peace with the world, people will want to know why. One of the greatest sermons ever pronounced on missionary work is this simple thought attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi: ‘Preach the gospel at all times and if necessary, use words.’ Opportunities to do so are all around us. Do not miss them by waiting too long on the road to Damascus.”
I love the simplicity and truthfulness of that statement. We can always share the gospel and it doesn’t have to be something huge! Even an example goes a long way.
Another fun fact of the week is that Sister Mary N. Cook came to visit the sisters of our mission last night!! It was so amazing. She and her husband are my favorite. They talked about the Atonement and how to apply the Redeeming power of Christ’s love. I also loved when she quoted President Eyring by saying that “our calling is to bless the lives of others.” A smile or even a compliment goes a long way and as we focus on serving others this Christmas season and throughout the year we will be able to bless the lives of so many around us in ways that we don’t even know!!
PEACE AND BLESSINGS FROM RIVERTON!!
Sister Daniels :)
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017
The Utah Salt Lake City South Mission is the best mission ever. There are lots of reasons why, but this week in particular we had the privilege of meeting and listening to the President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: President Russell M. Nelson. !!!! It was one of the most spiritual experiences of my life. We got to sit in the very front row of the chapel and just watching him and his wife speak with such power was truly inspiring. Whenever he made eye contact with me it felt like he was looking into my soul. Hah it was way cool. We heard from him and his wife and also President Craig Christensen (of the presidency of the first Quorum of the 70) and his wife, and Elder Warner (area 70) and his wife.
We received so much revelation for our investigators and less-active members! Sister Nelson’s talk especially taught me so much. Something I really loved that she said is that we don’t believe in sprinkling water for baptism, we believe in being baptized by immersion just like Jesus Christ. She said that because we do that covenant by immersion, we should strive throughout our whole lives to live our covenants by immersion as well! Just “sprinkling” our lives with a little bit of the Gospel will not change or convert us. We need to be fully immersed all the time!!
She also invited us to pray not to find people that are ready to accept the gospel but instead to find those whose ancestors have already received the gospel in the next life and are waiting for their ordinance work to be done! I love that!
I very much enjoyed President Nelson’s emphasis on the Book of Mormon as well. We talked about how different our lives would be without the Book of Mormon and the restoration of the Gospel. I love that book and it’s power is so real! Most importantly, it helps us understand the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Did you know that the entire Bible only mentions the word “Atonement” once? And that the Book of Mormon says it 39 times?? I am so thankful for that knowledge of the Savior’s sacrifice for me. Sister Nelson also invited us to do something called the 30-day challenge with the Book of Mormon. She told us to start everyday in a kneeling prayer and to thank God for that book. She then said to ask God a specific question in that prayer and then to just open up the Book of Mormon anywhere and start reading. She promised us that it won’t take us very long to find an answer! And then when we do find an answer, she told us to write down in a journal 1) the date 2) our question 3) where we found the answer to our question and 4) what the answer was. She said that it’s important to put where we found our answer because when we go back and read it again sometime it most likely won’t teach us the same thing! That’s the power of the Spirit and the Book of Mormon, folks. Read it everyday and do that challenge with me!! I have seen it work already.
Sister Neuhaus and I have had a great week this week as well. We are so excited for the holiday season and all of the service projects and teaching opportunities we’ve planned for investigators and less-actives and even active members!! We had an amazing miracle this week as well. On Friday the Spirit lead us straight to a new investigator! Her name is Leilani and she is in her 60s we think. When she opened the door she was a little hesitant at first, but then let us inside right away and told us about all of the miracles she has seen and that she’s looking for a purpose in life! She has had some near-death experiences and has lost many loved ones, but she was very open to learning about the Plan of Salvation and she really wants an eternal family. The Spirit was so strong and she accepted a Book of Mormon and we taught her how to pray and she is so excited to learn more! The coolest part about this miracle is that her nextdoor neighbor who is a very active member had just started teaching her about family history work and does it with her all the time, so when we heard Sister Nelson’s talk the day after we were so excited that we found someone who has ancestors waiting for her!!
Transfers are also this week and Sister Neuhaus and I are staying together in Riverton!!! WOOO!! This is going to be another super fun transfer— we are so excited!
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Monday, November 13, 2017
It has been a crazy but great week :) I’ll do another highlight reel today because there was so much!
Normal p-day, we went to Costco, bought some peppermint chocolate-covered almonds (10/10 definitely recommend), and we played flag football as a district! I think I sent pictures of that last week though.
An awesome miracle we saw was when we went to go visit a less-active family named the Haaga’s. A couple weeks ago their bishop gave us their name as a referral and we were finally able to contact them about a week ago. It was honestly amazing and a miracle how we were able to gain the mother’s trust right from the beginning— that was defintely the Spirit softening her heart! She told us straight up that she has met a lot of missionaries but we were the first ones that she actually liked. She invited us back for this week to meet her husband which was a pretty big deal considering he is practically anti now and extremely introverted. Well, this week we went over and the husband was hesitant to meet us at first but he also opened up right away and you could literally see his attitude change in a matter of minutes. It was in God’s plan that we were able to meet them!! They also have two unbaptized children so we are hoping to start teaching them soon!
We had interviews with President and Sister Lansing! I love them to death. They’re so great and they told us about all of the upcoming events for our mission this holiday season and we are super pumped!! I think we will be meeting like five general authorities in the next two months :D
We had a zone meeting and Sister Neuhaus and I gave our first training together/it was her first training in a zone meeting! #crushedit Alsooo during that meeting they trained us on how to use Facebook....... yes, it’s official, we are a Facebook mission now. We really haven’t done that much with it except clean it up haha but in the future once we figure out how to use it better it will be a great tool in missionary work. So, just so you all know, I cannot chat or video chat with anyone even on p-day and I won’t be doing much on Facebook besides posting inspirational things about the Gospel :) Entonces please don’t tag me in things :))) thanks!!
We taught Tyler! He is my favorite little friend ever. He is so prepared and it kills me because he wants to learn so much and has a sincere desire to do what’s right, but his mom is super over-protective and won’t let him go to church. We brought a boy his age with us to this lesson (who was on his football team and is the Bishop’s son) and he even invited Tyler to church but Tyler’s mom still said no... We’ll keep working on him! Please pray for his family!!
Haha so awkward story... So the other day we got a referral from our Stake Relief Society President of a less-active family next door. We went over, not sure what to expect, and they let us inside right away. So far so good! Then we start talking and getting to know them and after a little while we asked if we could share a scripture with them. Well, at this point we still weren’t really sure if they were less-active members or not. We could tell that they were members but we couldn’t quite figure out all the details so as I was explaining the background of the scripture I was just like “this is the story of Alma the Younger....you’re familiar with that story right??” Hahah trying so hard to figure out where they’re at and they just nodded their heads so we kept going and after that scripture they immediately testified and shared experiences from past missions and told us that they have three friends that aren’t members and asked if they could have some Books of Mormon to give them! Hah we were so confused like how are these people so strong but less-active?? And then they mentioned that they had just returned from a month-long vacation in Europe.... (we didn’t tell them this) but their neighbors thought they went less-active because they were on vacation for so long!!! Hahah ah it was hilarious, you had to be there.
Saturday morning I fell off my bike for probably the 10th time hahaha the struggle is real. But still no broken bones! (Knock on wood) I have a nice bruise on my knee and thigh and arm though so that’s good. That was also super awkward because there was a car behind us on the road (just in the neighborhood, don’t worry mom) so the whole reason I fell over was because I was trying to move out of the way to get on the sidewalk and I totally biffed it.... and then the car behind us didn’t even stop to help hahah they just looked out the window and stared at us lol
Church was all about missionary work!!! It was the best!! We went to primary, multiple relief societies, sacrament meeting, and gospel principles all in different wards! Sundays are the best. We also had our weekly English class with the Portuguese family in one of our wards and they are my favorite people. Hahaha they are so funny and have been teaching us some Portuguese too! :))
This week in my personal studies I have been reading the Book of Mormon in Spanish. I absolutely love 2 Nephi 27-29 about the profecies of our day—they are all currently being fulfilled!! It amazes me how people can’t see that sometimes. I love the Book of Mormon and I know that it is true. I love reading it everyday and I love continuing to receive that confirmation of its truthfulness from the Holy Ghost.
Also this week I hit my one year mark in the field!! Wow, time flies :( But it has been absolutely incredible and I have really changed and learned so much since then :)
Love you all!!!
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