Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Hey y’all!!

GUESS WHAT it’s been a blizzard of snow since 7pm last night and it’s still going right now! We switched climates with Michigan I guess haha. BUT I LOVE IT!! There’s too much to bike in, though, so we’ll probably be walking for the next few days :))

I LOVE MY MISSION, EVERYBODY!!!! Ah this week was a good week. First of all, sorry again about last week! There is so much I need to catch up on so we’re going to do bullet point updates today:

- This week was transfers! Like I said last week, I am now serving in the Draper Meadows Stake and I am with Sister Downs! She is from Colorado/Georgia and has been on her mission for one full week!!!! Woohoo! She is super awesome and came to the mission on fire! We are excited to see lots of miracles in this area this transfer :)

- We were also in a trio this week for 4 days. Sister Grenfell was with us because she was waiting for her visa and she finally got it! She left Saturday morning to fly to her assigned mission in the Philippines. She was super awesome too and was a HUGE help this week telling us all about the area and investigators. Unfortunately now we’re on our own...haha but it’s fun and we aren’t really on our own because we have the Lord!!!

- A couple fun facts about this stake: Elder Costa (Quorum of the 70) lives in this 1.5 square mile stake and so does Elder Rasband’s daughter who is married to our stake president! Our stake president told us that sometimes Elder Rasband comes to visit when we have dinner with their family so maybe I will get to meet him again! :)

- Highlight of this past week: our area covers the Utah State Jail!!! Haha and there is this awesome thing they do there where the inmates work at their own little restaurant! It’s called “Serving Time” and it's actually really good food! The high councilman over missionary work took us there and it was lowkey scary but so fun haha. I’ll send a picture.

- Funny story from this past week: yesterday we had to go to our Stake Center to find something in the library and it happened to be during the blizzard. Well, neither of us really knew where the building was, so we were following google maps to the main street that it was on, and turns out this street had no sidewalks. So, we started walking/pushing our bikes down the side of this super tight road and out of nowhere a huge truck pulls over with this super sweet young couple and asks us if we need a ride! They seemed nice and were members of the church (don’t worry mom) so we jumped in and threw our bikes in the back. They only drove us like 20 seconds down the street to the stake center, but it was a straight miracle! The struggle was so real hah also you kind of had to be there.

Last transfer we saw a ton of miracles as well! A couple fun facts about that area:
- My last week there we found a new investigator named Jefferson. That night at dinner the family that we ate with asked us about who we were teaching and we mentioned that we had just met Jefferson that day. Then they all flipped out and were like “wait is this him??” And pulled up a picture of him. Apparently he is one of the top scorers for the soccer team Real Salt Lake!! eyyyy! Too bad I wasn’t there long enough to be his friend but maybe he’ll remember me someday haha

- A couple weeks ago we knocked on a door and I will never forget what happened. A man opened the door, realized that we were missionaries, and called his wife down to talk to us. This lady must of had a bad day or something because she just started going off at us ahaha ah she was like “hi yeah we aren’t interested, ok? Please stop bothering us. My kids are trying to sleep (which they were all running around behind her...) and we are sick of being bothered by you guys. Stop knocking on our door! You need to get a life and a job and go do something better with your life than bother us, ok?!” Eeeeesh it took all of my self control not to get mad and so I just responded “ok sorry, is there anything that we can do for you?” And she goes “yeah, you can never come back.” .......haha ahhhhh it broke my heart. I almost cried. But! It’s all good because even Jesus Christ was rejected by His own, so how can I expect missionary life to be easy? All we can do is invite and give people the opportunity to accept Christ. We just need to do our best and let God take care of the rest <3

- On a more happy note, Sister Neuhaus (my previous companion) and Sister Schweich had a baptism in Riverton this past weekend!!!! I was so proud of them :) It was a teenage boy from Africa that I had met only once but we shared a dinner message with his family and at that point we had no idea that he was interested until he came to church a couple weeks later and asked the sisters when he could get baptized. <3 Miracles are real!!

- (I think) I forgot to tell Dad and Meg this before, but about a month ago we found a lady to teach that was half-Bolivian, half-Japanese!! She only spoke Japanese and Spanish and her husband only spoke Japanese and English! It was the weirdest thing ever! Haha all I could remember in Japanese was “watashi wa Danieruzu shimai desu.” Haha they told me I said it right so that was good I guess. I was going to tell Meg that she could come fellowship for us, but now I got transferred so never mind ;)

- One other fun thing that I did my last week in Spanish was I helped translate Stake Conference! It was super intimidating but really fun. I am so thankful to my Heavenly Father for giving me the opportunity and help to learn a second language!! I’m a little sad that I won’t be ending my mission in Spanish, but teaching in English is great as well and I know that Sister Downs and I are together for a reason :) 

Anyway, those are some highlights from the past couple weeks! I am so excited for this new transfer as well!! Today we started March Madness again (the mission teaching tournament)!! ALSO all of the sisters in our mission have the special privilege of being tour guides for the open house of the Jordan River Temple in a couple weeks!!!!!! I’m so pumped!!! We will be training for it this week :D Also tours don’t start until March 17th so I won’t get to do as many tours as the rest of the mission since I won’t be here in April, but President Lansing said I can be on the “on call” list if they need a tour guide asap so I’m so excited :)))

Well I hope you all have a fantastic week!!

Hermana Daniels

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Hi everyone!!

I’m super super sorry but I have absolutely no time to write emails today because it’s transfers!! But I will give you a better update next week. 
As for transfers, Sister Rogers will be training in Spanish in Sandy (Galena Branch—where I served once!!) and I will be training in English (on bikes again) in the Draper Meadows Stake!!! SO crazy all of the changes that took place this transfer, but I am excited :) I’m a little sad to be leaving Spanish again but I was blessed to have this transfer to practice it so that was good!



Monday, February 5, 2018

Hi all!!

Another week flew by wayyy fast y’all. And that’s because the work is so good!!! 
First of all, no I did not hear or see anything about the Super Bowl lol except for last night when we went to go knock on someone’s door, we could hear their neighbors yelling and we thought that they were in a fight or something but then we realized that it was just football haha

But life is good because last week for district activity we played fútbol AND threw a football around so we have the best of both worlds :)

Anyway, we had an awesome miracle this week! On Wednesday night we went over to knock on a potential investigator’s door and he was home! We only had 10 minutes to share something with him, but he was super interested and asked if we could come back the next day! So we went by again the next day, taught part of the Restoration, and he accepted a baptismal date for March!! He is so awesome and has a sincere desire to become a better person through Christ. We are excited to help him get to the waters of baptism!!

Speaking of baptism, I don’t know if you remember, but there was a couple from Mexico that we were teaching a couple weeks ago that was pure gold and accepted to be baptized for Feb. 3rd (two days ago) but unfortunately they moved back to Mexico a week after we met them. However, we and our bishop have been keeping our eyes on them and we heard that they were able to find a church where they live in Mexico!! They told the bishop and missionaries there that they want to get baptized asap and they are working towards being baptized in February. :))) 

At one of our dinner appointments this week we were sharing a message about missionary work and the family we were with told us about the ward mission plan they have for this year! Their goal as a ward is to hand out 52 Books of Mormon— one per week!! I thought that was so awesome and I think everyone should do that!! (@GrandRapids) ;)

Something I loved from my studies this week was one of my favorite scriptures in all of the Book of Mormon: Mosiah 28:3. It describes the pure dedication that the Sons of Mosiah and Alma the Younger had to preach the gospel to every single person— including the Lamanites! “Now they were desirous that salvation should be declared to every creature, for they could not bear that any human soul should perish; yea, even the very thoughts that any soul should endure endless torment did cause them to quake and tremble.” I love how strong their desire was to share the gospel and it motivates me to want to find every single person as well and tell them about eternal life and happiness!! 

Another fun fact from the week was that last night we ate a Peruvian feast :D it was so good!! Our recent converts, the Danilla family, are from Lima, Peru and they made us the best food ever: papa a la huancaina, lomo soltado, and jugo de maíz morado (sp?). AH it was awesome and it was authentic Peruvian food from the Peruvian market. I’ll send a picture of it.

Hope you all have a good week and drive safe in the snow up north!! Ha it’s still Spring here I think the seasons reversed ://


Hermana Daniels :)

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Hey y’all! 

The Spanish Zone hit a record of 25 baptisms for the month of January!!! That goes down in history as the most baptisms in a month for the Utah Salt Lake City South Mission. Súper chevere po!! Our ward alone had 11 of those 25 and we personally were able to baptize 4 of those 11 incredible people. The SLC South mission is on fire!! 

So two days ago we had the privilege to baptize the Danilla family :)))
I love them so much. It was a father (Miguel), mother (Cecilia), and their 16 year-old daughter (Natalia)! It was one of the most spiritual baptisms I have had on my mission. This family is truly incredible and they each shared powerful testimonies of their conversion during the baptismal service. They are forever grateful for the Church and the miracles that have happened in their lives within the past month. I can’t wait to come back to their sealing in the temple next year!!

Something unique about this baptism is that it was during a Stake Youth Activity called MTC Day! 120 Laurels and Priests from the Eastridge Draper Stake came and spent all day learning about missionary life: how to cook, how to sew, how to change a bike tire, how to learn a new language—which they had 8 different languages being taught by RMs (not including Spanish!), etc. It was way cool and they were able to accommodate us for an hour of their time to show all of these future missionaries what a real baptism looks like. :) It was so fun! 
And the best part is that Sister Danilla (the mom) was so thankful that so many people were there to support their baptism. She said that since they moved here from Peru they felt very alone in a new country and language, but because the MTC day activity was at the same time as their baptism and all of those youth plus the ward members were able to come, she recognized it as a sign and blessing from God that these things are true and that they aren’t alone. She felt an overwhelming sense of peace and love and joy and couldn’t stop smiling all day. We love them so much!!

Also, fun fact! So back when I was serving in Sandy a year ago, I met the Penca family. They were less-active and their 10 year-old daughter was not baptized. We worked with them so much and for so long and all of the hermanas that served there after me continued to help them. It has been a rollercoaster of a year for this family, but their daughter, Marisol, was finally baptized on Saturday. !!! And her (now active) father baptized her!! I never thought that that day would come, but through faith and diligence and patience, it did!! I am so proud of them and it was so good to visit Sandy again :)

I loved reading from Mosiah this week! One of my new favorite chapters of the Book of Mormon is Mosiah 21. I love the example it gives about the people of Limhi and of Ammon and how they were truly converted to the Lord because they were already living the baptismal covenants before being baptized! They knew what they needed to do and did it— having faith that they would be able to officially make that covenant by proper authority someday. We are blessed now to have the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His priesthood authority, so we need to use it!! We need to not only live the covenants that we make to follow Him (like the people of Limhi), but we need to actually make those covenants and keep/renew them (like the people of Alma)! That is true conversion and that is what we saw with the familia Danilla. They made the changes and covenants in their lives to follow God and keep His commandments, and then they were baptized right away because they understood what it means to be disciples of Christ.

Those were the main highlights of this week— it just flew by so fast! I can’t believe it is already February... que rápido de verdad. The mission is so great and I love every minute of it!!

Have an awesome week!!
Hermana Daniels

Funny story I totally forgot to share, 

So the Danilla family had their baptismal interviews on Wednesday and Cecilia went first and she walks out of her interview and she’s like “we have a problem..” hah my heart dropped so hard, we were like “WHAT?!” They told us that they were married when we taught them the lessons! Well, it turns out that they were married in Peru, but when they came to America they had to get divorced to make it easier or something...so they weren’t actually married! AH we were freaking out and called people right away to see if we could get them married before Saturday; and thanks to our bishop, Heavenly Father, and Elder Dehyle (elderly missionary that is a lawyer) we were able to get them a marriage license that same day and they were married right before their baptism on Saturday morning. Ahhhh it was so scary!! Haha but it all turned out perfect in the end :))) so we had a marriage this weekend too! And it was another huge blessing for this family because they had been trying to figure out how to get married here but they had no clue at all. But God answered that prayer for them too!!