Tuesday, September 19, 2017
This week was so good! We had a lot of things going on so this week's
update will be the quick ESPN top 10 version :)
1) Zone Conference! We received some great instruction from our
leaders and especially President Lansing. Zone Conferences are the
best! Also Hermana Alvarado gave her departing testimony💔 pero todo
bien we are going to work super hard these next couple weeks :) Also
fun fact, Sister Lansing knows my friend Cate Sorensen from BYU!! 💕
2) Smartphones. We are the 13th mission in the world to get
smartphones! Turn up! It's so weird, though...we really don't even
need iPads anymore. We think someday all of the missionaries will just
have their own smartphone because they are being asked to bring their
own phone with them now into the mission. We will see! It's a samsung
though so it's kind of different to get used to not using apple
products pero bueno it's better for missionaries so that we don't
break so many iPhones haha.
3) Anna Victoria Chavira got baptized!!! She is so adorable. After her
baptism she shared her testimony and she said "I just feel so happy
and clean and new like I've been born again." Ahhh she's awesome.😍
Also it wasn't technically our baptism but we still helped the elders
out a lot because they didn't really plan very well hah so it was fun.
4) We got to eat dinner with the Chavira family as well this week!
They are the sweetest people on this planet. They literally have no
money and no jobs, but they fed us tacos and guacamole and they are so
humble. I love them so much!!
5) We have driven around the whole mission this transfer and now we
are paying for it because we have about 60 miles left to use in one
week....oops. We only have a limited amount of miles that we can use
each month! Don't worry, though, there are plenty of members that have
offered us rides or that just pull over on the street whenever they
see us walking haha.
6) Speaking of no miles, our Relief Society president, Hermana
Veropalumbo, came out on visits with us yesterday so that she could
drive us around. :) Hahah she is so cute, she just bangs on the door
and rings the doorbell a million times until someone comes to the
door...hah that's not normally how we knock doors but hey at least it
7) We had a huge series of miracles this week! So you know how the
work has been kind of slow this transfer since we've started over with
Riverton? Well, we started this week with five investigators and now
we have ten! It has taken a lot of patience, but little by little we
have seen the miracles that have been waiting for us this whole time.
For example, last night we prayed to know where to go and the Lord led
us to a specific family. We saw a man named Jose outside so we were
talking with him for a little bit, but then his mom came outside and
interrupted. But it was a good interruption because she came and sat
down with us! Unfortunately, Jose left :/ but we were able to teach
his mom, Gregoria, right there! While we were teaching her about the
Book of Mormon, her daughter-in-law randomly came outside and joined
us too!! It was so incredible! The Lord was literally just giving us
new people to teach and we were able to reach our goal of finding five
new people! There are so many of His children that are waiting to hear
this good news!!
D&C 123:12-13 "For there are many yet on the earth...who are only kept
from the truth because they know not where to find it— Therefore, that
we should waste and wear out our lives in bringing to light all the
hidden things of darkness, wherein we know them; and they are truly
manifest from heaven."
Go bring light to those that are in the darkness!!
8) Our Zone had a goal this week to find 60 new people to teach (5 per
companionship) and we hit a goal of 64!!! That's faith, everyone.
9) It has gotten so cold this week! We had to break-out the sweaters
and long sleeves... 💔 I'm not ready for winter yet :((
10) HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHOUTOUT TO DAD AND SYDNEY TODAY!!! Hope you both
have a great day!! I will eat some cake for you :)
Love you all!!
Have a great week and don't forget to smile!!
Love, Hermana Daniels
at 9:41:00 AM
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
I hope everyone had a good week and that they are safe! We obviously
can't watch the news, but we have heard about all of the natural
disasters and everyone in Florida, Texas, Mexico, and Guatemala has
been in our prayers!!
Also a quick RIP to the Buckeyes' undefeated season this year :// #gobucks
Haha and it was fun to see all of the Utah and BYU flags up in
everyone's yard. We tried to count how many there were but we lost
track. There are probably more Utah fans here though (unfortunately).
Honestly this week was hard but good! I've been sick all week, but
it's just a normal cold so don't worry mom ;) it's getting better
though! But we still have been working so hard every single day and
sometimes it is difficult to be patient and accept the Lord's timing,
but it's something that Sister Alvarado and I are becoming masters at
by now haha so that's good !! This morning in my personal study I was
reading in Doctrine and Covenants and a scripture about this stood out
to me. It's D&C 114:2 which says, "For verily thus saith the Lord,
that inasmuch as there are those among you who deny my name, others
shall be planted in their stead...". And that helped me a lot this
morning to have hope that even though there have been a lot of people
this week that slammed the door in our faces or rejected us or ignored
us or ran away from us or got stolen from us, that the Lord will
provide and He will guide us to those who are prepared to receive the
Speaking of which, we had some fun experiences with rejection this
week haha. Last night we went to go contact someone and we drove by
their house and they were sitting outside on the porch! So we quickly
hurried and parked and started walking up to their door but then they
jumped up and went inside. ...haha we knocked on the door anyway to
try to talk to them but they turned off all of the lights and didn't
answer the door. Nice! A day in the life of a missionary! Hahah
Also there is this thing called "poaching." Poaching is when you are
teaching someone and then another set of missionaries tries to teach
them. So we have been teaching a boy named Walter since May,
but he never got baptized because he has been waiting for his grandma
to come back from Guatemala. Well, she came back this week!! We had a
lesson with her and she is super sweet and isn't super interested in
the gospel but she is excited for Walter's baptism so we hope that her
heart will soften when she sees him get baptized! Anyway, a couple
weeks ago Walter told us that he met some elders at church that
started teaching him (in an English ward). Walter's family speaks
Spanish (and he does too) but he goes to an English ward because he
has friends there and understands more in English. The thing that is
frustrating though is that the elders knew that we were teaching him
and they didn't even ask us about transitioning. They were going to
bring a translator to their next lesson so that they could communicate
with Walter's family! :// We finally talked to the elders yesterday
about it and ended up letting them teach Walter now. We both equally
have good reasons to teach him, but we hope that being baptized in the
English ward will be the best for Walter, even though he will be
alone. Haha so yeah it's a little rough teaching Hispanics that are
bilingual sometimes, that's happens so much! Sister Alvarado and I got
poached all the time in Sandy too haha. But we know that the Lord will
help us get back in the zone. :]
On the other hand, we saw some great miracles this week!!
Yesterday at church our recent converts, Camila and Milton, gave talks
in Sacrament meeting!! They did such a good job— we are so proud of
them and the people that they have become. Also Camila will have her
temple recommend interview this week and we will hopefully go to the
temple by the end of this week!! Milton is still progressing as a new
member, but his work schedule got changed so he can't stay for all
three hours of church anymore :/ and it's hard for him to change it
because he is a cop. But he's working on it and is still going strong!
Do you remember when I told you about José Gregorio, our Bishop's
brother that came from Venezuela in May but then had to go back to
Venezuela? Well miracles are real because he came back last week!! He
was there when Bishop's parents were baptized in May and he felt the
Spirit so strong at their baptism that he cried. Sister Johnson and I
only taught him a couple times before he had to go back to Venezuela,
but he was so prepared! We were so sad when he left, though, because
it is almost impossible to get in and out of Venezuela right now. This
whole family was praying and fasting so hard that he would be able to
come back and he finally did!! Unfortunately, he lives in the elders'
area now.... :( but this past week he accepted a baptismal date for
September 23rd!!! Haha it was so cute, at church he came up to us and
was like "hermanas! I'm getting baptized on September 23rd! Will you
please come?!" Ahhh I love him he's so awesome!! We are so pumped for
his baptism and we hope that his wife and kids will follow his
Also Anna Chavira's baptism is this Saturday!!! She's the little girl
that we found about a month ago that is 9 but her parents are
less-active members! AH I love that family. She also lives in the
elders' area :(( but we will be there to support her for sure :) I'll
send pictures next week!
LOVE Y'ALL!! Miracles are real!!
2 Kings 6:16 "Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they
that be with them." God and His army of angels are always with us!! We
just need the eyes to see them!
at 12:45:00 PM
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Saturday, September 9, 2017
This week was súper chevere :) The work has been a little slow since
we split the area and gave all of our investigators to the elders, but
it has been a great adventure meeting so many new people. This week
will be even better!
So first of all, yesterday instead of p-day our whole mission
participated in this race called the "temple2temple run" which is a 5
mile run from the Oquirrh Mountain Temple to the Jordan River Temple!
I didn't actually run, though, I just volunteered to give out medals
to everyone which was fun haha. And then today we went to the Draper
Temple!! I love that temple so much. It is so pretty! I'll send more
pictures of it. So our p-day is today and that's why we don't have a
lot of time to write emails because we were in Draper all morning.
We have also seen a lot of small but great miracles! One of our ideas
this week to be able to meet more people was to call the Ward Mission
Leaders in our stake. We were going through some contacts in our
phone, and there was a Ward Mission Leader's number there that only
said "Ward Mission Leader that knows Spanish people." Right away we
thought, "awesome!! Let's call him!" He answered the phone and when we
asked him if he knew any Spanish-speakers in the area he immediately
said "yes! I know two families. One is down the street from me and we
are friends and the second is my next door neighbor and I have been
working with them for a while. Can you come meet them today?" Wow, we
were so shocked and excited!! We went over and talked to this brother
and his wife and they are the best member-missionaries ever. They
introduced us to each of their Hispanic neighbors and we planned an
FHE with all of them for this week as well. We are so excited to start
working with these new families!! The Lord definitely works in
mysterious ways and according to His own time.
In my personal studies this week I loved reading about overcoming
trials and staying positive and hopeful. Doctrine and Covenants 103:36
says that "all victory and glory is brought to pass unto you through
your diligence, faithfulness, and prayers of faith." We will all have
trials, but the real trial is if we prove to be diligent and faithful
no matter what comes our way! Then in Doctrine and Covenants 105:14 it
says, "For behold, I do not require at their hands to fight the
battles of Zion; for, as I said in a former commandment, even so will
I fulfill--I will fight your battles." Hermanos y hermanas, we don't
need to suffer because Christ already did! He will fight and has
already fought our battles!! We just need to trust in Him and have
faith that things will work out. I know that when we trust in Him and
in His will, we will gain the victory and find true joy and hope for a
better day. As Elder Bednar says, "Do better today than you did
yesterday, and better tomorrow than you did today."
Love y'all!! Never give up!!
Peace & blessings,
Hermana Daniels ❤️
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