Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Monday, July 17, 2017
This week was super good!! This week is also transfers and Sister
Alvarado and I are staying together in Riverton!!! Haha this is the
first time that I will stay in an area for more than 3 months and it
is also the first transfer that I won't switch companions! Miracles
everywhere! haha but we are super stoked to stay in Riverton :)) there
is so much work to be done!
Highlights of the week:
1) We had breakfast with the Oviedo family!! AH I love them so much.
They are so excited for their baptism in 2 weeks!! They made us kind
of a normal American breakfast (eggs and sausage and a grilled ham and
cheese sandwich/bagel thing) but they also signed up on our food
calendar to feed us dinner the day after their baptism :)) que cute!
Hopefully we can go to Temple Square with them this week!
2) We went to Temple Square with Gris and Diego! We went on Saturday
night with them (it's a young couple that we are teaching) and their
two kids and another young couple from our ward. I'll send pics! Haha
also it was kind of awkward because we were trying to take pictures in
front of the temple and there were probably at least 10 different
weddings going on....hah it was fun. But they loved it a lot and were
really touched by the "God's Plan for Families" video :) hopefully we
can help them progress toward baptism this transfer!
3) Our homeowner, Sister Koch, is so cute and made us some really good
salads for lunch on Thursday since we aren't allowed to eat lunch at
home anymore. :// I don't know if I told y'all that, but President
Lansing said that we could be saving more time during the day to use
for proselyting so we have to make a lunch or buy something everyday
now. It's so hard...any suggestions for quick lunches that we can make
at night to use for the next day??
4) On Friday night we had an awesome miracle! We had planned to
contact a couple families, but none of them were home. We weren't sure
what to do next, so we prayed for guidance. One investigator in
particular came to both of our minds, so we went over to her apartment
complex! As we were pulling into the complex, we saw two Hispanic
ladies sitting outside talking. We quickly parked the car and went
over to talk to them. They both were members, but one of them had just
arrived from Costa Rica the day before and really wanted to go to
church, but didn't know where the church was and doesn't have a car!
We gave her all of the information about it and before we left she
said "sisters, thank you so much! I had been praying ever since I got
here that God would send me some missionaries or members to help me
find a church..and here you are!! God answers prayers. Thank you for
being tools in His hands for me." It was so sweet! I love being a tool
in God's hands— for every single one of His children whether they are
members or not!
Love you all! Remember who you are!!
at 7:08:00 PM
P.s. I forgot to say in the other email that I tried "mate" this week
which is this drink from Argentina that's really weird/sketchy. Haha
but it's an Argentinian custom and there's an elder in our mission
that's from Argentina and he gave my companion some (because she likes
mate) so she made me try some too. It's awful. 0/10 would not
at 7:04:00 PM
Monday, July 10, 2017
Hi family and friends!!
Sorry I didn't get to send a big email last week, but we are finally
all settled in to our new house!! We live with a single lady who is in
her 50s?? And she is so so sweet. We live in the basement, but we
share the kitchen and laundry room with her. It's a nice place and we
love it already :) we miss the Wardle's (previous homeowner) but it's
nice to start over/change things up a little bit!
As I mentioned in the email subject: this week was insanely hot. It
hit 106 and we were dying and sweating non-stop. It was great :))
Today we went mini golfing as a district again and I'm still pretty
rusty, but at least I had a hole-in-one!!
We also had a good 4th of July!! We had a 3 hour meeting at night
and didn't get to see the fireworks :// but we still saw
lots of them on the drive home so it's all good!
I'll admit this week was kind of rough-- or in other words Heavenly
Father loves testing my patience :) but I received some inspirational
personal revelation and we had a huge miracle Saturday night that I
want to share with you!!
MIRACLE: A couple weeks ago we received a referral from the Riverton
Zone Leaders of a family from Colombia. We were able to contact them a
couple times, but were never able to get in the door because they were
busy. Well, we were finally able to set an apppointment with them for
Saturday, and it was one of the most incredible lessons I have ever
had. I love this family!!! It is a married couple and their 19
year-old daughter and they are actually from Ecuador! (There is a
Colombian couple living there too). The mom was born and raised in the
Church and is still active, but she married her husband just 8 years
ago. These people are some of the most prepared people for the Gospel
that I have ever met. Throughout the entire lesson of the Restoration
they had deep questions and true intention to know more. At the
beginning of the lesson the dad was like "look sisters, I'm Catholic
and I won't be Mormon because I drink coffee." But as the lesson went
on and after we shared the First Vision they were so shocked and
everything clicked and the dad said that he knows that now is his time
to change. AH it was so awesome!! The dad and daughter both accepted
baptism before we even finished the question!! They both will be
baptized on July 29th :)) They have also already been to Church many
times and they love it. Haha and they took a picture with us before we
left I don't even know why. They're so golden!! God has blessed us so
My personal study revelatory experience! So I was reading about My
Purpose from PMG and it talked about how the Atonement of Jesus Christ
is central in all things. So, I decided to pick back up on my study
from the Topical Guide about Jesus Christ that Elder Rasband had
challenged us to read back in December. I love the references in the
topic of "Jesus Christ, Atonement"!! Specifically, though, my
revelatory experience occurred as I was reading Luke 22:40-42 about
Jesus's suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus didn't want to
suffer so much, but He understood His purpose and accepted God's will.
Then I read something that I never noticed before: after He accepts
God's will, God sends an angel to Him to strengthen Him! I don't know
how I ever missed that, but that is incredible! He received strength
from heaven and then was able to continue and complete His suffering
in the Garden-- even though it was still incredibly painful. I know
that in the mission/in life we will have a lot of hard times, but when
we have patience and accept God's will, He has promised that He will
send angels round about us to lift us up!! Then when we receive that
strength, we can continue to accomplish His will. We will still
suffer, but we will better understand our purpose and be able to trust
in God and receive His trust as well.
Sorry it was kind of short this week! We have a lesson today at 4 :))
Love you all!!
at 6:24:00 PM
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
So, yes, we have been moving and cleaning and packing and unpacking
all day so I'm sorry I don't have time to write an update of the week
or to respond to individual emails :// but I will for sure next week!!
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!!! 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸
Love, Hermana Daniels
P.s. Enjoy these pictures of my lovely sock tan and some homemade
at 2:50:00 PM
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
WOW how am I already halfway through my mission?! I feel like
Christmas was yesterday and that I'm only 2 months old. Ahhhhhh that's
so weird. Christmas is in 6 months again! Hahah wow time flies. I
don't even know what to say.
Bueno. I have learned SO much from these past 9 months serving the
Lord 24/7. And I am so excited for the next 9 months to come!!
Mission-wise: I have a lot more experience than I did 9 months ago,
that's for sure! I'll admit there are definitely still times where I
don't know what to do when we are teaching or talking to someone, but
the cool thing is that I have learned to get out of the way and just
let the Spirit talk! That's the key to everything. I am so weak and
unqualified but the Lord has molded me and used me in His hands to
make me strong!! (Alma 26:12)
Language-wise: hahah I definitely know more Spanish than I did a year
ago. It's good but hard at the same time to be speaking Spanish in
Utah because everything is in English and I'm not immersed in a
Hispanic culture. But it's good at the same time because it forces me
to practice using English and Spanish at the same time so I have
gotten pretty good at translating! Also it has happened multiple times
this week where I've been trying to explain something in English and I
said some things in Spanish without even noticing it haha I always get
some confused looks and then realize that Spanglish isn't spoken by
everyone...whoops :)) Also! I have been getting a lot of compliments
on my Spanish lately so I guess that's good! Haha especially this week
when we have been talking to people on the street or in the doorway,
as soon as I start saying something they look at me super surprised
and say something like "woah where did that come from??" Hahah it's
fun. The gift of tongues is so real!!
And I've grown so much in so many other ways! I have a deeper and
stronger testimony of the Book of Mormon and other Gospel and
doctrinal topics, I have learned to be more Christ-like, I have
practiced more patience, I have learned about so many different
cultures, and, most importantly, I have learned how to truly trust in
the Lord in everything and to love His children. I love this mission
so much!! Everyone always asks how I felt about getting my call to
serve here and it is weird sometimes being surrounded by so many
members, but there is SO much work to do as well. We are strengthening
the home stakes of Zion!! It makes me really sad to meet so many
less-active people here as well. There are less members than one would
think! But especially being part of the Hispanic culture has been
incredible. I feel like I have already traveled the world! I love
these people with my whole heart and I wouldn't want to be anywhere
else in the world right now. Missions are the best!! We come home
everyday and collapse on the ground but our hearts are full and we are
so happy. It's an honor to be a soldier in the Lord's Army in these
last days!!! <3
This week was also super good :) We saw lots of miracles and met lots
of new people!!
On Thursday we met the mother of a member in our ward who just came
from Mexico a couple weeks ago, and we had a lesson with her! She is
only visiting her daughter until mid-July?? But she has talked with a
lot of missionaries before. There isn't a church building in her
little town in Mexico (that she knows of) so she hasn't really been
able to progress over there, but she has come to church every week
since she has been here! Well, we got to know her and taught her a mix
of the Restoration, the Plan of Salvation, and the Gospel of Jesus
Christ. We had no idea where that lesson was going to go, but the
Spirit was so strong and took over right away in order for us to say
what she needed to hear. Wow, I love living the promise that "when our
mouths are opened they shall be filled!" I testify that that is true.
This sister, Etelvina, is also incredibly humble and prepared and,
don't worry, we are on the search for a Church meeting house in her
little village! And when she receives a confirmation to what she needs
to do, she will be baptized on July 1st! We are praying that she will
accept the confirmation that she already received that night. She even
gave the closing prayer and said that she is so thankful that God sent
us there to open her heart and asked Him to help her know if this is
the path that He has for her. We are so excited for her!!
This week in my personal studies I learned so much! One of my favorite
scriptures that I found is 2 Corinthians 4, verse 3. It says, "But if
our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost." This scripture is
so simple, but so profound! There are people in the world that don't
even know that they are missing something! Therefore, it is even more
important to talk to as many people as we can because the blessings of
the Gospel are endless and for everyone!
Also a funny story from the week: We are teaching a young couple from
Mexico and they have a 5 year-old girl and baby boy. This little girl
is so so precious and she loves Disney (so naturally we are already
friends :)) and she loves dressing up like Belle or Ana or Elsa. So
one day we went by and I had two braids in my hair, and my companion
was like (to this little girl) "look it's Ana!" (At me) and the little
girl was like "Ah! Yes!!!" Hahah it was so cute (shout-out to Tricia
aka Princess Ana :) everyone thinks I look like Princess Ana now too
Lots of love and prayers from SLC!!
Have a great week!
at 4:47:00 AM