Tuesday, August 15, 2017
So we didn't actually have any convert baptisms this week, but we went
to the Oquirrh Mountain Temple to do baptisms for the dead!! With our
recent convert, Marisa!! Ah she is so cute. It was such an awesome
experience to be there with her for her first time! The first thing
she said when we walked in was "wow, this is exactly what I imagine
heaven to be like! Everyone is so nice and dressed in white!" Marisa
is also pregnant and she said that her baby recognized where we were
because he kept kicking her stomach as if he wanted to get out! Haha,
it was so sweet and she had an incredible time. She is excited to be
baptized for her deceased family members as well!!
Sister Alvarado and I love being in Riverton. We love our recent
converts and investigators and it is such a huge blessing to know so
many incredible people. Also we will be getting a new car this week!
Woooo we will finally have a USB port! Haha our current car only takes
CDs :/ you could say that we've gotten a little sick of them...
As I have been reading in Doctrine and Covenants I have loved learning
so much about missionary work. So many more things stand out to me
that never did before! One of my favorite verses that I read this week
was D&C 88:81. It says, "Behold, I sent you out to testify and to warn
the people, and it becometh every man who hath been warned to warn his
neighbor." I love that the Lord states that He, Himself, sent us out
to the world to TESTIFY and to be a voice of warning! He sent us to
declare good tidings of glad joy and to bring souls unto repentance
and unto Him. I know that every missionary in this mission was sent
here because they have a specific and unique testimony to share with
God's children here in Utah. The Lord didn't just send us to teach the
gospel and to serve others and to preach repentance, but to testify! I
know that bearing testimony as often as possible not only invites a
strong spirit, but gives that spirit an opportunity to soften the
hearts of the people. I have seen this time and time again and I love
knowing that there are still a lot of people out there that need to
hear my testimony! What a great experience it is to be able to share
something so powerful every single day.
Love you all!
at 8:47:00 AM
Monday, August 7, 2017
Hola mis queridos!
This has been another good but fast week! I can't believe that it is
already August! The work is great, though. Sister Alvarado and I are
doing great, working hard, and having fun. We love being in Riverton;
we know that there is a lot of work to do and we are excited to do it.
We have had to drop some people that have a lot of potential but don't
want to progress which has been hard, but the Lord always provides!!
We have found a lot more potential this week and it has been amazing
to see the miracles that the Lord has been preparing for us.
One of the biggest miracles we saw this week was when we found a new
family of four that is from Guatemala!! They are so awesome. It all
started when we were going to go visit a member, but she forgot that
she said we could come and wasn't home. We had some other people in
our plans, so we decided to go try and find a man named Ismael who
walks around his neighborhood every night. Recently, we haven't been
able to find him outside and he unfortunately doesn't know which
apartment he lives in, so it has been a game of hide-and-seek. We
drove around his apartment complex once and didn't see anyone, so we
decided to drive around again. The second time that we came around the
corner we saw some Hispanics getting out of their car!! We immediately
parked and talked to them and they were super friendly and said that
they are from Guatemala so Sister Alvarado instantly clicked with them
as well!! It's a mom, dad, 22 year-old son, and 14 year-old son. We
asked them if they had talked to missionaries before and the mom
paused for a second and said, "actually...yeah...I was baptized in
Guatemala when I was 14!" And then her husband and sons were like,
"What?! We didn't know that!!" Haha it was kind of funny and awkward
at the same time, but they are open to learning more and said that we
could come back on Wednesday! We are excited to get to know them
better and we know without any doubt that the Lord sent us there in
that exact time, place, and day so that we could find them. The Lord
works in mysterious ways!!
This week we also found an amazing hermanita named Bertha! She is
visiting from Mexico and she knows that God sent us to her and that
her purpose here in Utah is to learn more about God and to get
baptized! Her story is incredible already. She has the gifts of
revelations, tongues, and healing and (after two lessons) already
believes that Joseph Smith was a prophet, that the Book of Mormon is
true, that the Church is true, that President Monson is a prophet and
that Jesus Christ directs this Church. She tells us things that we
haven't even mentioned yet! She also said that the first time that we
came, God told her that we were coming and that she should listen to
us. She asked God why she should listen to us and He told her that
"they are good people and that their message is true." Wow, she is the
most prepared person I have ever met and she continues to have dreams
and visions as she is being taught by the Spirit. It's amazing!! The
only thing is that yesterday she told us that she has to go back to
Mexico for her job and that she won't be back until December :(
there's a very slim chance that I will still be in this area in
December, but maybe she will get baptized in Mexico! We will try to
send the missionaries that are there to her :) at least we were able
to plant some seeds!
Good news!! Marisa (our recent convert from Chile) got her temple
recommend last week and we will go with her to do baptisms for the
dead in the temple tomorrow!! :)) We are so excited for her. That's
such a privilege to be able to do that! Also last Monday night we had
a lesson with her and her boyfriend and the bishop and his wife of the
English ward that they go to and the bishop gave them their first
callings!! Their calling is to greet everyone and hand out the
programs at the door :) It isn't the greatest calling ever, but they
are so humble and when the bishop asked them if they would accept that
calling they both started crying and hugged each other and it was so
so sweet and then everyone else was crying too haha. But it really
helped Sister Alvarado and I to realize as well that every person and
every calling is equal in the eyes of God. We are all His children and
we are all important. I love the scripture that compares that to a
body: our head may lead, but without our feet (or even toes) we won't
get anywhere. Our joy is so full this week!!
I know that this is the work of the Lord and that He is with us every
step of the way. One of my favorite scriptures that I read this week
is found in D&C 84:38, and it also talks about how God is with us. It
says, "And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go
before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and
my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to
bear you up." This scripture gives me so much comfort and joy and to
know that when people receive us, they receive God too and that He
will help us in any and every situation. I personally have felt His
strength and His angels bearing me up and I know that I would not be
nearly as effective without Him--I would be nothing! But this is His
work and His glory and He will not let us fail. :)
Les amo mucho!!
love, Hermana Daniels
(p.s. sorry I don't have any pictures this week)
Monday, July 31, 2017
at 7:40:00 PM
Hi family and friends!
It's already August tomorrow! What?? I feel so old.
This week was súper genial!!! Wow we are so tired but so so happy. Milton and Camila got baptized on Saturday!! It was one of the most spiritual baptisms I have ever been to. I love this family so much!! I can't even describe how awesome they are. It feels so good to be lead by God to someone who is so ready for the gospel and then to teach them and watch them enter the waters of baptism. That doesn't happen everyday! And after they were baptized they both shared their testimonies in front of everyone and there wasn't one person there who didn't feel the Spirit— they are so incredible.
Their story is super cool too!! I think I already told you parts of it, but for Milton, this was his first time meeting with missionaries. He married his current wife 4 years ago and she is a member but she never pressured him to take the lessons or go to church. She was simply a really good example to him and would share spiritual stories all the time. When Milton's daughter, Camila, arrived from Ecuador a month ago, the first thing Milton told her was that they were going to go to church. They went to an English ward for a couple weeks and the bishop there said he would send missionaries, but we don't know what happened with that because they never came. We had received a separate referral from a member family in the neighborhood, so when we knocked on their door they were already expecting us! Haha we didn't know that they were expecting missionaries but God did and He sent us in the perfect moment. :) Camila's story is long, but we know that she was prepared for her baptism since before this life. She is so awesome!! She met missionaries in Ecuador before, but she never got baptized. Actually, one of the elders that found her was from Utah and had returned from his mission and he came to her baptism and confirmed her on Sunday!! Small world!! But it was really cool to see how this was her time and in her testimony at her baptism she was like "I'm so excited to have a forever family and to get married in the temple and have lots of kids" hahahah she's hilarious. We hope she serves a mission too :)))))
Another miracle we saw this week was on Friday when we found two new investigators! We know that there are some non-members living in the same house as our recent convert, Marisa, so we prayed in the morning to receive revelation of what time we should go and we went by to see if they were home. We found Marisa's sister-in-law and her sister-in-law's niece who had just arrived from Chile the night before!! That was perfect timing because it was the Lord's timing!! Also fun fact, they are from Santiago!!! And they have lots of family still there!! I showed them the picture of Spencer with the Chilean flag and they said that they would tell everyone that he is coming and to look for him :D haha Spence, you already have some friends waiting for you!! They are from Coquimbo! Does the Santiago North mission go that north?
One of my favorite scriptures that I read this week is found in D&C 68:6. It says, "Wherefore, be of good cheer, and do not fear, for I the Lord am with you, and will stand by you; and ye shall bear record of me, even Jesus Christ, that I am the Son of the living God, that I was, that I am, and that I am to come." I love scriptures like this one because it gives me so much comfort to know that even though we may have hard times, Jesus Christ, the Son of the living God, is with us!! He knows our potential and He loves us so much and He will strengthen us when we defend and testify of Him. Be examples of the believers!!
Love you all! Life is good in Riverton, UT!!
love, Hermana Daniels
at 7:37:00 PM
Monday, July 24, 2017
Happy Pioneer Day! This holiday is huge in Utah, but we didn't have
time to do anything special like see a parade..it was just a normal
This past week has been great, though! We saw lots of miracles and we
feel so blessed.
Sunday: We gave talks in Sacrament meeting and I accompanied someone
on the piano for a special musical number! Yikes I haven't practiced
the piano in so long, but it was good to have a chance to share my
talents! Keep practicing the piano @Spencer @Bryan @Liz!!! Also during
Relief Society there was a sister there that didn't speak Spanish, so
I got to translate the whole lesson for her... :)))) it was fun! And
good practice. Then after church we went to Temple Square with our
investigators that are on date for this week!! They are so excited for
their baptism and they loved Temple Square!!! We are so excited for
Saturday: We went to a baptism in Sandy and it was so good to visit
that ward again :)) they all remembered me! That's the best feeling
ever when old members and investigators remember who you are! hahah
also there is one set of sisters there and one set of elders and
everyone told us that they are going to try to change it to two sets
of sisters so that my companion and I can come back haha que lindo❤️
Friday: We had an awesome miracle! So at night we had a lot of plans
in mind, but a lot of them kept falling-through, so we decided to
pray! A few people came to our minds, but we followed the first
prompting to visit a man named Vicente. We drove over to his house and
saw a few cars in the driveway, so we decided to try and knock. We
passed the house so that we could turn around and come back for a
better parking spot, and when we came back to park, Vicente was
suddenly outside working on his motorcycle!! We started talking to him
and at first he was kind of closed off and was making excuses about
how he had a lot of work to do and didn't have time to talk to us, but
then he started asking questions and we were able to follow the Spirit
and address his concerns! I think it was one of the longest but most
spiritual OYMs I've had on the mission. We talked for probably about
an hour and during the whole conversation this man was putting
different pieces together in his mind and figuring out how God was
answering his prayers. That night he had been wondering what to do and
God knew it, so He sent us to help him receive his answer!! It was so
cool to see everything click in his mind and I know that God is aware
of each and every one of us and everything that we are going through.
We just need the faith to follow Him and recognize His answers!!
Thursday: In the morning we were driving to contact someone in our
plans, but we found someone new instead! We were driving towards their
house and Sister Alvarado was telling me a story so I got kind of
distracted as the navigator and we missed a turn. We went to go turn
around a little farther down the road when we saw a house with the
last name "Lopez" hanging on the door! We went and talked to them and
they were literally walking out the door to go on vacation, but it was
really cool how everything happens for a reason even if we don't mean
for it to happen haha!
Tuesday and Wednesday were good too, but those were just some of my
favorite experiences from this week :))