Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Wow it's only been 8 weeks in the field but I feel like I've been here
for so long! Haha ah ok maybe not that long. But I hit my 3-month mark
tomorrow! Already only 15 months left and they are flying!
Merry Christmas again!! It was really nice to skype you all yesterday
:)) Today at Walmart when we went grocery shopping and everyone there
was asking us if we got to Skype and everything haha they're so sweet.
Also someone else bought groceries for us again...ah I feel so bad
every time, these people are so nice! But now it makes me want to
serve more and be a better missionary and make them proud so it's
alright. It's like everyone comes shopping on Monday mornings just to
buy things for the missionaries haha but we are so blessed.
This week was good though! Christmas Eve and Day were nice. Yesterday
we went to the Bishop's house for lunch and their whole family was
there and they did a cute little nativity program :) and we had more
tamales haha. Then we had dinner with a family in the ward and we had
some yummy ham and mashed potatoes and veggies and rolls and more
tamales :) I felt like exploding again haha. But it was good! I love
celebrating in different ways. I still had to buy a little cheese
block though to remind me of home :))
Christmas on Sunday was so special! I love celebrating Christmas on
the mission because it's super focused on the Savior and His life and
sacrifice and I love my Savior so much. My relationship has grown with
Him so much already and I am thankful everyday for everything He has
done and continually does for me. One of my all-time favorite talks is
called (something like) "Missionary Work and the Atonement" by Jeffrey
R. Holland. I could read it every day and find something new to apply
to my life. It is so good!! You all should read it :)
Anyway, I will just send you lots of pictures because I pretty much
caught you up on everything else over Skype :)
Love you all so much!! Have a great week and Happy New Year!!
GO BUCKS :))))
at 1:50:00 AM
Thursday, December 22, 2016
This week started off with lots of downs but ended with lots of ups
haha. So my birthday was great! I miss my hair haha but it went to a
good cause. Also it snowed super hard Monday night which was fun. We
haven't gotten a ton of snow like in Michigan, but we have had some
nice snow showers with big flakes :) It's funny because every time
someone asks me where I'm from and I say "Michigan" they're like "Oh
so this weather is like Summer to you, huh?" Uh no not really haha
this dry winter is still brutal. My hands are always cracked and it's
still pretty cold! But I'm sure Michigan is still worse anyway. Then
on Tuesday we got our new companion! She is super super sweet. Her
name is Hermana Gonzalez and she is from Dallas, Texas. She is also
fluent in Spanish and English and is a convert as of 3 years ago! It's
kind of hard fitting us all in our tiny basement, but it has
worked-out alright so far. :)
Then Wednesday hit and I woke up that morning with a fever and
dizziness and headache and thought I was going to throw-up. Haha it
was not fun. I ended up sleeping for that entire morning until my
companions had to go to District meeting and then I went over to a
member's house and slept some more. I felt super weak all day and just
awful, so my District leader also gave me a blessing. Then on Thursday
I was doing a little better and was able to go to our Zone meeting and
do a little teaching, but stayed home with our homeowner at night to
try to rest up for Friday. Friday I felt a lot better, but then
Saturday my runny/stuffy nose and cough got worse but I was determined
to go to Luz de Las Naciones anyway. Luz de Las Naciones was a
cultural celebration/Christmas devotional for the Hispanic community
and it was a bunch of cultural dancing and singing from lots of
different Latin American countries. It was so cool!! The audience was
going wild with clapping and singing and dancing in their seats haha
which was weird to see in the Conference center...but it was super
fun. I felt Latina. :) My favorite part was when the Mariachi band
came out and they did this big dance with huge colorful dresses. And
then after that song, the people behind us (along with many others)
screamed "VIVA MEXICO!" and the people below us yelled back "VIVA!"
lol it was like OH-IO but crazier. Then on Sunday Elder Rasband came
to talk to us!! It was super good and inspirational and everyone got
to meet him :)
So yeah this week was kind of a blur...but hopefully I am on the
upside of things. I don't really have a voice still and my nose is
still stuffy/runny but it's all good. I'm just sad that we can't sing
Christmas carols anymore this week haha...oh well.
I'm so excited for Christmas and to Skype you guys!!! :)))
Love you all so much!
Hermana Daniels <3
at 5:48:00 AM
Monday, December 12, 2016
Wow muchas gracias por todos sus emails y amor!! I don't like being 20
lol. It's weird saying that now...but good. And thank you for the
presents and cards too, I am so blessed and so loved. :) We have had a
lot to do today but lots of good things. This morning when we woke up,
Sister López sang feliz cumpleaños to me and got me some Star Wars
fruit snacks ❤️ Then I opened mom's birthday package which was so nice
and super cute :) thank ya momma!! I wore the new outfit today :) Then
at 10am we had breakfast with the senior missionary couple in our ward
that just got released. I'm so grateful though because they still live
in my area and will be coming to the Spanish ward still! They are the
best. They made us homemade breakfast burritos and waffles with
homemade whipped cream and strawberries ahhh everything everyone makes
here is homemade and I love it. And they actually just do that
breakfast for the last day of the transfer, but today just happened to
be my birthday too so that was awesome. :)
Updates since Thursday:
1) Transfer day is tomorrow! Sister López and I are staying here in
West Jordan and we have both been called to train a new sister...!!
AHH I'm so so scared but I know that this will be really good for me
and force me to stop riding Sister López's shadow. (Training means you
are basically the boss woman and have to show new missionaries how
everything works for those that do not know--which is usually done by
experienced missionaries, so it's a good thing that we are a trio
because I only have 5 weeks under my belt!). So yeah...lots of
pressure but I'm excited. Also we live in the smallest basement I have
ever seen so this should be fun fitting a third sister in our
already-cramped space :)) But we'll all just be best friends haha.
Also this decision by President Lansing was not planned at all, but he
felt like this is really what the Lord wants so hopefully we get to
see a lot of miracles this next transfer. WOOO!
2) Bad news.......I decided to donate my hair. Hahah ahhhh it's like
slightly longer than Megan's but still only down to my shoulders and I
can't braid it anymore :(( they said the minimum was 10 inches so that
is what I donated haha. But it feels really good and it was a
much-needed change, and perfect for my new year of life ;) Your turn,
at 7:00:00 PM
Friday, December 9, 2016
Wow this week was so long and hard not
having a break on Monday, but the temple was and always is so worth
it. The Oquirrh Mountain temple is soooo pretty inside and out! We
took lots of pictures but both my companion and I left our iPads in
the car soo I will get those pictures to you on Monday :)
And sadly we still haven't had the
chance to watch the Christmas Devotional :((( I wanted to go but we
didn't plan far enough in advance to go and we ended up having a
couple lessons that night anyway...but it's okay, we can watch it
today or on Monday probably. We get to go to Temple Square as many
times as we want as long as we bring investigators!! But we can only
stay there for an hour which is really hard :/ but that means we just
get to go back more times! Haha. I have been able to go 2 times :) and
the second was actually yesterday during the day and it was dead quiet
compared to the hundreds of people there every night. Like it's insane
how many people go every single day. That would be so fun serving
there for a day! But we don't get to do that. (At least not that I
SO this week!
1) December 1st: The Worldwide Day of Service! It was great- we spent
about two hours cleaning a less-active member's house which was
insane. She had seven children, at least four dogs, and around fifteen
birds living in one little house and she never learned how to clean.
I'll just say that I regret not taking a before-and-after picture
because it was a big difference..but it felt so good to help her and
to set that example of loving service from the missionaries. We also
made some chocolate chip cookies from scratch and gave them to our
Stake President's family and some of our investigators. Super fun!
Except also that night Sister López scared me so hard,
she found a huge dead spider and picked it up to scare me.
2) Miracle of the (last) week! So we got a referral from a ward
mission leader in a different Stake to go visit this man named
Eduardo. When we went to his house, the first thing he said to us was
"what church are you from? I want to come! What time does it start and
where is it?" Haha we were so surprised but so excited! He is so
prepared! That night we were only able to give him a quick intro about
the church (because he was in the middle of eating dinner) so we sang
him a hymn as well and the Spirit was so strong. After that hymn he
said "God sent you here, didn't he?" ..!!! We told him "yes, yes He
did!" Ah it was so cool. Unfortunately he wasn't able to make it to
church on Sunday :/ but He is so excited to learn more about our
church and we are so excited to teach him.
3) I tried tamales for the first time! They are sooo good :) It's kind
of like lasagna rolled up in a corn husk and made of corn flour but
super good. Also I tried plátanos verdes which I was not a big fan
of...it's just a green banana that doesn't taste very good.
4) A story I forgot to tell you before: so one of the first times I
knocked on a door, I did the knock from Frozen. Completely harmless,
right? Wrong. Right when I did it Hermana López freaked out and was
like "Hermana!! Don't do that! That's a super rude thing in Mexico!"
Haha....luckily no one was home. I just wonder what Mexicans think
about the movie Frozen now..hm. Also the other day I said "BOOM
roasted" and Hermana López had no idea what that meant lol it was so
hard to explain.
5) Yesterday was exchanges round 3 and I was with another Hermana in
Draper who is only on her second transfer....it was so scary! But so
fun and definitely helpful to learn how to help her be a leader. Also
she knew about as much English as I do Spanish so that was good
practice for both of us with the language. But since we were in Draper
we got to drive by the Tree of Life!! It's this huge tree with
millions of lights and looks like the Tree of Life from Lehi's dream
in 1 Nephi 8 :) Also I confess that I ate out for the first time of my
whole mission yesterday...but the Hermana I was with wanted to
celebrate my birthday with me and buy me Chick-fil-a so of course I
6) Miracle 2 of the week! So while I was in Draper, Hermana López and
Hermana King were here in West Jordan and they found a new
investigator on the street! Her name is Samalia and she's from
Venezuela and she is golden. Like she is so prepared to hear and
accept the Gospel and God brought her here to find us and she knew
that He did too. She is so awesome!!
7) The sad news...all three of our investigators that were supposed to
get baptized this weekend weren't able to come to church on Sunday :((
so now two of them are set for December 17th and one for Christmas
Eve. I'm still super excited for them though, they are all so
The work here is so good- so hard and frustrating at times, but so
good. We have the best ward!! I love West Jordan; I don't want to
leave! But I think Sister López and I will stay here for at least one
more transfer since it is Sister López's last transfer 💔 so that's
good that we have more time here :) Thank you for all of the birthday
love and daily support as always. I LOVE YOU ALL :))))
Let me know how your Light the World calendar is going! I love sharing
that with everyone. It's so fun to do as well! And SO many
opportunities every day that we don't even notice we are doing! So
don't be afraid to go out of your way to serve someone this week and
month and year! Always :)
I'll talk to you again on Monday! Woot woot!
Have a great week!
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
WOWOWOW LET'S GO BUCKS!!!! Ahhhh what a great week, that is so
awesome! Not gonna lie, y'all had me worried all day Saturday and
Sunday because I figured someone would've emailed me if we won but no
one did and I was so scared we lost hahah. Hermana López and I run by
this one house every morning that has an Ohio State flag on their
fence and I almost knocked on their door to ask them who won this
morning but I practiced some intense patience instead hahah. WOOOOO
I'm so happy. I kinda screamed when I saw that we won hahah my
companion was slightly scared.
ANYWAY, yesss that was so fun, I was on exchanges that morning and
there's this cute elderly couple that lives with the other sisters and
they came downstairs and asked us to help them make their Thanksgiving
dinner with them. So thoughtful! And she had me make the frog eye
salad haha I told her I didn't like pineapples but she adds coconut
shavings to her frog eye salad so, yes, I had to try some. It was
SO this week was super super good!! Good points and low points, though, I guess.
1.) I got your package!! And a package from Aunt Carol the same day!!
Thank you all so much! I will send a picture of our cute little
Christmas set-up :) also this lady in my ward gave me a cute little
Christmas tree too and she's like "you better keep that for next
Christmas too" hahahah she's hilarious I love her.
2.) On Wednesday we had a special Spanish Zone Conference with visits
by 3 Area 70 Authorities! Elder Zwick, Elder Salinas, y Elder Becera.
It was SO good. They were super enthusiastic and inspirational and
they said that there have been 450,000 New Mexicans just in the Salt
Lake valley these past 10 years? Maybe less? And that was just from
Mexico! And they are all coming here because they are prepared to here
the Gospel NOW and that is so cool. They challenged us to bring 100
investigators/members/less-active members to the special Spanish
devotional on December 17th at the Conference Center. Ah! We can do
it. :) But they really stressed that the Lord is definitely hastening
His work everywhere and especially in Salt Lake because like it says
in the scriptures, these people will come to know the teachings of
their fathers! Super cool.
3.) Wednesday night was my first "exchange" which means I just get a
new companion that is from my Zone for 24 hours. That night we had
some stellar lessons! One in particular was with this one family that
just moved here from Chile about 3 weeks ago. The Spirit was just so
strong with them and I could tell that they were definitely prepared
to hear the Gospel. We taught them the Restoration and I invited all
of them to be baptized! And they all accepted!! Ahhhh it was super
awesome. I love them already and I only met them once. If they still
get baptized, I will definitely go back to Riverton to see that.
4.) THANKSGIVING :) hahah I don't think I will eat another thing for
the rest of my mission. Like no joke I felt like I had a octuplet food
baby. We had 3 dinners and they were all with Mexican families and
they don't let you leave until you finish the plate that THEY served
up for you which is like a mountain. Ughhh it was a real struggle. But
at the same time it was really fun. This one family gave us ham and
weird green bean casserole thing and purple beets mixed with
cauliflower which turned pink?? Idk oh and this one thing called pan
de jamón was really good. And they played some nice Mexican music in
the background with Shakira so you know it was a good time haha. And
then the next day we got more of the Thanksgiving feast from this
other lady and she made us a whole chocolate-pecan pie. Ahhhh it's so
good but so much haha ugh these people. But I am seriously so blessed
and I wish I could've given all of the left-overs we took home to
someone who actually needed it :// but it has provided lunch and
dinner for us for like the past week so we won't let it go to waste.
5.) Friday we had another exchange, but this time I stayed here and
Hermana López went to Draper. Ahhh I had to be the boss-lady! It was
kind of hard but good for me at the same time and we actually ended up
teaching 4 real lessons that night! (We usually just have like 1 real
lesson and look for more referrals for every other night). The sister
I was with was Hermana King and she is a convert as of 2 years ago!
And she worked as Princess Ana at Disney World before she came on her
mission! She's awesome.
6.) Every Saturday morning we eat breakfast at our Stake President's
house. They are the best!! And we took pictures with their pretty
Christmas tree that I'll send. And at church yesterday they came to
our ward along with President Lansing and his wife! We seriously have
the best ward and stake. They call it the Celestial Kingdom of the
Utah SLC South mission :) and it really is. Also our bishop is the
best. His name is Lino Alvarez and he actually used to be an Area 70!
And he is literally President Hinckley in Hispanic form. No joke. Look
him up. He gave a talk in Conference in like 1995??
7.) Also at church one of our investigators who is on-date for baptism
didn't come :( so now he can't get baptized before this transfer is
over :// but we still have one other investigator on-date for the 10th
of December and her granddaughter (who is 8 so we can't count as a
convert-baptism) is getting baptized that day too with her!! And I
think I told you last week that we were super sad that she didn't come
to the Primary Program, but turns out they were there!!!! They snuck
in late in the back row and didn't say hi to us afterwards haha. But I
was so happy for them!! They loved it too. And this week we were
nervous that they weren't going to be there because they were late
again, but lo and behold, both of them came!! It was awesome. And
earlier last week we were going to go by their house and invite them
to go to Temple Square with us to see the Christmas lights, but we got
to their house and it was just one of their friends and she said they
were already at Temple Square that night with some friends from
California. What!? Hahah I was so sad they went without me but
overjoyed that they already knew about it and went! They are so
prepared and so awesome. I can't wait for December 10th. :)
8.) Almost every day I try something new, and this week my favorites
were the chocolate-pecan pie, these fresh empanadas this Sister made,
and this Mexican dish called "Chili relleno" ! It is sooo good.
Anyway, this week has been really good. My Spanish is coming along
well :) We picked up about four or five new investigators/contacted
referrals and they all have so much potential! I love them! There is
so much work to do here! But I love it. One of my favorite talks ever
is by Elder Holland called "Missionary Work and the Atonement" from
2000. IT IS SO GOOD. You should read it. Also "Feed My Sheep" by him
is so incredible. But anyway, he talks about the struggles of
missionary work, but kind of calls us out for complaining because
"Salvation was not a cheap experience!" He continues, "When you
struggle, when you are rejected, when you are spit upon and cast out,
you are standing with the best life this world has ever known, the
only pure and perfect life ever lived. You have reason to stand tall
and be grateful that the Living Son of the Living God knows all about
your sorrows and afflictions. The only way to salvation is through
Gethsemane and on to Calvary. The only way to eternity is through
Him—the Way, the Truth, and the Life."
Ahhh goosebumps every time. This quote gets me through everything. WE
CAN DO HARD THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHICH STRENGTHENETH US!!
I love you all so much and I challenge you to do hard things! And to
serve someone every day this December! Have you seen the new Christmas
video?! It is amazing. And I love that there is a video for every day
and every theme of service. So many people turn to the Savior during
this season and we need to help them get there! Members especially are
so key to missionary work. That is all we have been told to focus on
now. We have to go to 2 member homes a day this December and ask them
what they will be doing to serve others and use this 25 days of
service initiative. I don't know if the missionaries back home are
doing the same thing, but if not, you can still help them! We as
missionaries will be getting our own calendar of acts of service to do
that actually follow mission guidelines so we will be serving every
day with you! Haha unfortunately we can't do things like donate blood
or call home....hah but I think I will donate my hair again :)
And if you haven't seen the #LighttheWorld video, go watch it on Mormon.org!
and sorry this email was so long haha
LOVE YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT WEEK AND HAPPY DECEMBER!!! (on Friday)
<3, Hermana Daniels
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Yes we are so good here in West Jordan! It is super cold though. It
was nice every day for my first week but then this huge cold front
came in and it has been in the 40s ever since. :/ but we have a car so
it's all good ah we are so blessed. Speaking of which, we had our
first snow too!! It was beautiful. There was probably a good inch of
packing snow everywhere but it also melted pretty fast. I'll send some
pics. Also Hermana López gave me designated driver responsibility this
week so I could practice driving to prepare for driving in the snow
because she has no idea how to haha. She actually learned how to drive
on the mission so that was fun to learn while we were on the highway
one day..... haha but she's actually really good so no worries.
Yesss my birthday is on a p-day!! I'm trying to figure out if I can go
golfing because they have a Top Golf place here and I've never been
there, but I'm not sure if 1) they will still be open by then and 2)
if I can...but I will try.
WOOOOO GO BUCKS!!!!!!! Wow I'm so proud!!! Shoooot that is going to be
such a good game! I might have to ask around to see how it goes! Ahhh
I'm so jealous. The skull session is definitely going to be packed but
that would be incredible. Congrats to Uncle Chuck too!! Good luck in
the NCAA championship!!
Ah c'mon Dad and Spence! I've been telling everyone that last
thanksgiving I went hunting and took down 2 pheasants haha I should've
been there to help ://// oh yay you got the letters! Sorry I have more
coming soon for mom and dad and the married couples over in Provo :)
and yes we have a dinner appointment for Thanksgiving. Ah I love this
ward so much! We have had dinner made for us every day except p-days
and one time this lady forgot and now every time she sees us she just
goes "Oh Hermanaaaas lo siento en verdad en verdad hermanaaas!" Hahah
I love these people.
Anyway some highlights from this week!
1) snow!! the one at night was when it officially started snowing but
you can't really tell ://
at 3:53:00 AM
Monday, November 14, 2016
I'm alive! Hahah ahh okay maybe not 100% alive after this week...pero
no se preocupe. WOW I don't know where to start. I flew in last
Tuesday night (which feels like a month ago), went to the Mission
President's house, ate left-over dinner from the testimony meeting
they were having in the basement with the missionaries that were going
home, met a lot of new people, met my companion, went to move in to a
place where other sister missionaries were staying (I'll explain in a
minute), half-unpacked, planned for the next day, and went to bed on
an air mattress in this little room.
SO to answer some of your questions and explain some things:
*mi compañera!! Ah I love her. Her name is Hermana López and she's
from Guadalajara Mexico. She was originally called to this mission
English-speaking and has served her whole mission in English so far,
but she is training me so she's back to Spanish. She is fluent in
English and Spanish cause she grew up in Mexico but lived in Africa
for 9 years because of her dad's job. She has been out for 16 months
as of today...so she will probably end her mission with me or at least
in this area. She is 21 and she did a year at UVU before the mission
but she's transferring to BYU (!!). She has an older brother and
younger sister. She is the nicest person I've ever met. She kind of
reminds me of Meg-- just super selfless and humble. It's just kind of
hard though because I don't really know as much Spanish so she talks
for most of our lessons and I feel bad that she's kind of teaching by
herself, but we made a goal this week that I will try to talk more and
she will talk less, haha.
*yesss we have a beautiful car haha it's a brand new 2017 Malibu (ah!)
apparently our vehicle coordinator had to pull lots of strings to get
it so there's kind of a lot of pressure to keep her nice...haha but
we've taken good care of her so far :) (knock on wood)
*we are an iPad mission and it is seriously the biggest blessing. All
of our area books and LDS tools and maps and information and
scriptures and pictures and videos and notes are on this thing- it is
incredibly handy (no pun intended ;) ). Also we get to read emails
throughout the week when we have free time which is super nice. We
just can't answer until Monday.
*The people here are amazing! So I'm in West Jordan right now and my
area gets its own Spanish ward! Church yesterday was kind of hard
being completely in Spanish...but actually one of the youth speakers
gave her talk in English so I guess it's a good mix haha. It's a
struggle because I want to be fluent in Spanish so badly but everyone
here speaks both (for the most part) so I make them speak Spanish
sometimes if they use both so that I can practice.
*Also the Latino people are from all around the world which is so
cool! Last night we ate dinner with this couple from Peru and they
made this super good Peruvian dish! Also I've had Mexican, Bolivian,
and Chilean😋 so good! Speaking of which, yes, we have dinner
appointments every single night except P-days-- it's kind of crazy
haha. And during Relief Society I was sitting next to my new friend,
Hermana Romero (super old lady but so so cute and calls us her
"precious ones") and she was genuinely upset that our meal calendar
had filled up so fast. Also we have a set of Elders in our ward too
and they had some free nights but she didn't want them hahahah.
*Mi casa! So all of the missionaries, at least in this Salt Lake
mission, live in member homes. My first week we lived with the
Crockett family--they are angels. So quick explanation: it was
basically their basement, but there was a door to it and little
kitchen and living room and a bedroom with a bathroom and another
little bedroom where we stayed. We had to share food and the bathroom
with the other sisters that actually stay there but it was totally
fine. But that house was not in our mission. This is actually the
first time sisters have been in our ward for a while, so they had to
find us a new member-home to stay at so that's why we were there for a
week. We actually just moved in to our new place today! It's the
basement of this older lady in an English ward. It is so much
smaller....ah! Haha but it's perfect. We still have to share the
kitchen with her, but she works all day so that's not a problem. The
people here are just so kind and generous. We are so lucky!
*Teaching! Woooow there is so much work to do here. So since we are
new to this ward slash I don't know if it has always been a ward?? But
we are doing this thing called "white-washing." We have to go
introduce ourselves to the ward members and pick up all of the
investigators and recent converts of the last missionaries that were
here and just keep going from where they left off. It is so hard. I
feel kind of bad for Sister López because I don't know anything about
the field- let alone the area. But we're figuring things out together.
But we've had some amazing lessons this week! We have taught at least
one lesson a day I think since Thursday or Friday?? Sorry I can't
remember. But man is the Lord preparing the Hispanic people in West
Jordan, Utah. I love it! The Spirit is so strong every day and we see
multiple miracles daily. Yesterday we taught an awesome lesson to a
less-active member and her mom, daughter, brother, and friend who were
all not members. We talked to her about why she joined the church and
it ended up being this super powerful experience and everyone was
crying and her mom told us she wanted to get baptized too. Ahhh it was
incredible. That was probably the highlight of the week even though
there were so many more cool stories.
*WOOOO GO BUCKS!!! Haha I'm so proud. Thank you for the updates.
*Ah I love that quote and scripture!! I was just reading in Mosiah 2
this week too! I love that. It's just so simple sometimes! Even when
we are keeping the commandments and following God's plan, we are still
indebted to Him because He in turn blesses us for that! That helps me
look for all of the little blessings that are in every day of my life
because He gave us this life in the first place! I am forever thankful
for my Savior's sacrifice and the life and opportunity to grow that He
has granted me. Serving Him every day still will never be enough to
repay Him, but as long as I'm doing my best I know that that is what
He wants from each of us.
I love being here and I love being a missionary. It's so awesome to
actually be teaching real people now and to see that light in their
eyes. I have a lot of work to do and a long way to go, but I'm trying
to be patient and do my best with where I'm at right now. Thank you
all so much for your prayers! I love you all so much! Have a great
week and try to count all of your blessings! I want a sum total by
next week ;) ;)
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at 6:10:00 PM
Thursday, November 3, 2016
AHHH This week there was so much!!
Okay so first of all Happy Halloween/ Feliz Noche de Brujas!!! Thank you for the package of Krispy Kremes! Haha we celebrated with them :)
Also yes this is my last p-day at the CCM </3 but I´m so excited to leave next week! My flight is a direct flight at 3:50 and yeah it should get in around 7. I´m not sure if I´ll be able to call, but I will try :)) also there is one other elder going to my mission and we leave the same day so that´s nice. Except my companion leaves a day before me so I´ll be assigned to another district for a day.
-My one month mark!!! 17 months to go!
-todo español is hard but good for me
-we had this weird drink in the morning for breakfast since it was cold, and it was kind of like hot chocolate but smelled like chocolate covered cinnamon bears....haha mom and liz would´ve liked it.
-we had Book of Mormon study and looked at Alma 8. I love this chapter! It´s so relatable to missionaries and gives me hope that I can do hard things! God is always with me!
-2 Nephi 9:39-40 is also awesome and at the end says to be "spiritually minded is life eternal" which if you take the first letter of each of those it says SMILE ! haha I love that.
-also I was trying to remember that footprint poem about the two sets of footprints in the sand and I wanted it in Spanish so my teacher looked it up for me :) I love that poem! I actually had one of the elders from my district draw a picture of it cause he´s super good at drawing and it looks awesome. I´ll take a picture of it to send you next week. But yeah it´s awesome and a great reminder that God is always with us <3
-daylight savings! we got an extra hour of sleep! #blessup
-I got called on to give a talk in church haha but it went well!
-we watched the devotional from Elder Bednar from like 2011 about the Character of Christ and that we always need to be turning outward when we would naturally turn inward. Our district is trying to work on that this week.
-I got your package! thank you again, it made my day :)
-Feliz Noche de Brujas! They had this special bread for us to celebrate and it´s called ¨pan de los muertos" haha literally bread of the dead. nice. it was just a roll/donut thing with cinnamon sugar on it though, nothing too exciting.
-ONE WEEK LEFT!!! I´m so pumped for the field!!
-we watched a live devotional from the provo MTC by President Nelson and it was so good. He told us we were "Living Epistles of the Lord" and that we should engrave the doctrine of Christ in our hearts. He is so sweet<3
-and we got 2 new districts!! 4 more hermanas! Sadly it´s our last week but I love seeing new people anyway.
Sorry I have no time left and I´m actually way over....but I love you all!!! Don´t forget to smile!!
at 4:08:00 AM
Thursday, October 27, 2016
Hola gente!! This week was so great!! Lots of humbling and spiritual feasting and I´m just loving life. This week I´m going day by day to see if that goes faster haha
--So a random Elder came up to me and was like "Hey do you have an older sister named Megan?" And I was like "YES!" and he was like "oh I worked with her at BYU!" and then he just kind of turned around and walked away and it was kind of awkward but it made my day haha also he didn´t say his name but I think it was something like Elder Ellsworth??
--We taught someone from Mexico City! She was pretending to be an investigator but she was a member. Woooow it was so hard though. She walked in and started talking suuuuper fast and I was so lost and I´m 100% sure the look on my face explained it all. Haha and then I tried to answer her in fast Spanish but I just felt like a sloth from Zootopia the whole time so that was fun.
--I taught an elder in my district how to moonwalk! Hahaha it made his day and I can´t help but laugh about it all the time.
--This hermana from my casa came up to me and also asked me if I had an older sister named Megan!! Hahaha it was so weird! But she also worked with Meg at BYU! Meg is famous here lol. I think her name is Hermana Lin?
--It got super cold here :/ pero the sun feels so good when it decides to come out so it´s all good.
--One of the elders in my district was telling us a story at breakfast and he was super animated in it and slammed his hand down on his tray and accidentally hit his spoon which was in his bowl of froot loops and as you can imagine, froot loops and milk went flying. It was hilarious.
--Hermana Graham and I got called as Sister Training Leaders! We are the oldest sisters though so that´s kind of how it goes, but I love meeting new people and learning how to be a better teacher and servant to my fellow Hermanas <3
--We were all super tired in class so our teacher made us get up and sing "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" in Spanish. Haha I loved it. Except in Spanish you just say "cabeza, cara, hombros, pies" and then "ojos, boca, nariz" :)
--120 missionaries left for the field :( so now we just have three Hermana companionships in our zone.
--We played tennis with Latinos! Hahah it was a super random version of tennis and there were like no rules, but I loved it.
--We had an awesome devotional by an Area 70! He gave us three pieces of advice:
1) Never underestimate your power to do good and the impact you have in the lives of those you love and serve.
2) Trust in the inspiration, capacity, and talent of your companion. Be humble and learn from them!
3) Sometimes we will need to leave the metaphorical line without looking back so that the Lord can do what He has planned for you in your life. The Lord will do SO much more with you than you could achieve if you stayed in the line! Trust Him! and always remember the influence you have as you desire to do good (D&C 11:8-9)
--I got a letter from the Fredlines today! Haha it was sent on September 28th....... yikes.
--I got my new scripture case engraved :) pics to come!
I love you all!! Thank you for the constant prayers-- I know I am so blessed.
at 4:34:00 AM
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
week 2 again!
(From Wednesday, October 12)
Hola!! Week two has been so stressful but so good! It´s literally an emotional roller coaster everyday. But I love it and I get to go to the Mexico City Temple today!! That´s why we had to email earlier so that we could still get it in on time! So look forward to temple pics next week :)
Alright so this week. We now have 2 investigators but we teach one every other day so it´s slightly less stressful. Also I hope I didn´t tell you this story last week cause I can´t remember exactly what day it happened, but we were practicing teaching someone as a District last week and it was super rough. Like no one really stayed on topic and it was confusing and I wanted to say things but then someone else would start talking and it was just bad. But then afterwards my teacher testified to us that we are all here for a divine purpose and we have been called to preach the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in the Spanish language for a reason. Everyone in my district is going back to the States to serve their missions, but I know that there are specific people that God is preparing right now to hear His message of love and hope and that need to hear it in the Spanish language. I can´t wait to get to Salt Lake :)
Also I love my roommates and district so much. I know I say that every week, but they make me laugh so much every day and it´s what keeps me and my positivity going. And Sunday was our first Sacrament Meeting here! It was awesome. We all have to prepare talks every week cause we just get called on at random to speak so luckily I didn´t have to last week cause my Spanish is not that good yet haha. Also the President of the CCM spoke to us and shared some awesome stories! He talked about specific prayer and that God hears every prayer we give. He told this story about how one time he went to visit the ruins in Acapulco with his family and when they got there (6 hour drive), it was pouring rain and the park was closed because it was raining so hard. Presidente Tenorio pleaded with the manager of the ticket booth to let them in since they had devoted this whole day to this activity and had come so far, but the manager wouldn´t let them. So Presidente asked him that if the rain stopped would they be able to go in? The man said that everyone waiting there could go in for free if the rain stopped because it was a straight downpour and the man knew it would probably not stop raining all day.
SO, Presidente Tenorio said a specific prayer that the rain would stop in about 15 minutes and that they- and everyone else that got shut out- would be able to enjoy the ruins and history of their ancestors. 15 minutes later the rain stopped. Presidente said a prayer of thanks and went back to the ticket booth to ask to be let in. The manager was amazed and let everyone in for free- as promised. Haha Presidente was so happy and said that really he just did that so that everyone else there could go in for free too because the tickets were expensive and that he was just trying to help everyone else...haha but he also really wanted to go in ,)
So moral of the story don´t be afraid to say specific prayers!! Also I realized this week that, yes as missionaries we say a lot of prayers, but even if it´s repetitive, if we ask for things and give thanks with sincere intent every time, it´s really not repetition anymore- just sincerity and hope. So pour out your heart´s content to Heavenly Father! He always wants to hear from us. :)
I love you all!! Hope you all have a great week :)
con amor, Hermana Daniels
GO BUCKEYES!!!!!! HOLY COW BYU BEAT MICHIGAN STATE?!?!?!? GO MIGHTY COUGARS!!! What the heck I´m so sad I missed that slash that I´m missing MSU get wrecked hahaha ahhh I also literally just squealed with joy and my companion looked at me like I´m a freak but I don´t care I LOVE COLLEGE FOOTBALL ahhh. Thank you for the updates.
at 8:55:00 PM
I forgot to mention!! Last night I talked in my sleep in Spanish I guess.... haha YESSS I'm so pumped that makes me happy lol.
at 8:47:00 PM
hollllly cow this is my 4th week at the CCM!!! Since the first week it has just flown by.
This week was so incredible though!!
1) We went to the temple 2 times since I last emailed! AHH it's so awesome I love it. It's hard to speak in Spanish but missionaries go there every day so they get a lot of practice with patience with these Americans haha.
2) Last Thursday we fasted from English for 24 hours. Wooow that was so long and hard and gave me an awful headache cause we were fasting from food too but it was so beneficial!! I went the whole day without speaking English! The Lord is working miracles here, people.
3) Hermana Openshaw left this week :( it was so good seeing her here all the time and I know she's going to do great things in New Mexico!
4) This week we had 2 incredible lessons. The best lessons ever. The first one we were just so in sync with the Spirit and really related our message to our investigator. It felt so good! And then on Tuesday we taught again and we made our investigator (teacher) cry because the Spirit and our love for her was so strong. I can't explain how good that feels. I love missionary work and sharing God's great message of love and hope!!
5) Bonnie L. Oscarson (Young Women's General President) visited the CCM yesterday!!!! She is so awesome and I got to meet her and give her a hug and she gave a super inspiring devotional. Also we got to sing the EFY Medley in spanish to her! SO SWEET
6) This week was just so spiritually uplifting! I've been super humbled this week and realized that this really is the Lord´s work and that through Him I can do all things!! I'm so pumped to get to Utah and meet everyone there.
7) Shout out to all my fans for the emails!! Thank you all, it made my week!!
8) Sorry this is so short I don't know what else to say in so little time and with so many things that happened this week. Just know that God loves you all and that He has a very specific plan for each and every one of us-- we just need to humbly put all of our trust in Him and things will work out!!
I LOVE YOU ALL! Have a great week!
love, Hermana Daniels
at 8:46:00 PM
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
AHH i love it here so much. It´s hard and this week has been super stressful and this one day we had this class about practicing the language during every free second you have and we have to learn like 2,000 new words here and everything and then in the afternoon of the same day we had a class about stress management lol so ironic but it´s okay, I´ve felt a lot of patience and humility this week too so I'm trying to stay balanced as best as I can :)
Also I love my teacher so much. She´s awesome and like 4 feet tall and super sweet and tells us she loves us all the time and always compliments my rough Spanish and ah I just love her cause she´s just an angel :)
Also I got to play tennis again this week and there´s one other elder in my district that knows how to actually play (not just swing at the ball and make it fly over the fence lol) so that was awesome. And we get to go to the temple today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I´ll have to send pics of it next week though cause we dont get back to the CCM until like 6 :////
at 6:47:00 PM
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Ahhh I feel like I`ve been here for a month already!!! Each day is super slow but the weeks go by so fast. There's so much to do!! Okay so yeah it's a lot colder here than I was expecting, except this week it's been super nice every day and colder at night but the first few days I was here it rained every afternoon and evening. Also there are random explosions every night and morning which is fun. I've heard that it's a Mexican tradition to set off fireworks slash explosions every night to scare away the rain?? I don't get it but hey it's been working so I don't mind :) Also the food hasn't been too bad! Breakfast is pretty normal American breakfast every day except today we had chicken nuggets lol but they always have Zucaritas, Froot Loops, Cheerios, and some chocolate cereal available for every meal so that's a relief haha. But lunch is my least favorite cause it's always either taquitos or an interesting meat thing. Dinner is usually pretty similar to lunch so I say a lot of prayers to bless my food haha. But I've been able to find something every day so don't worry :)
¡Mi compañera! Her name is Hermana Graham and she's from Dayton Ohio! She's serving in Las Vegas West! She was actually on my flight out here from Detroit! She's awesome. Actually fun fact she was at BYU this past year with me and she lived in Taylor hall! And my friend Emmett was her hometeacher! Hahaha she said he only visited her one time the whole year. She's super funny and sassy like me and we just roast our district every day haha. She is also super skilled in Spanish which has been awesome cause we have helped each other with memorizing things! We've already memorized Our Purpose, the Baptismal Invitation, Moroni 10:4-5, and the First Vision in Spanish!! Also we've already taught 4 lessons completely in Spanish.....super nerve-wracking but awesome!! (P.s. sorry for all of the grammar and spelling mistakes- I'm on a Spanish keyboard and can't really think in English anymore haha everything I'm typing is underlined in red cause it's a Spanish programmed computer too) but anyway I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!!
My Distrito is 8 elders and then me and my companion. Hoooly cow these elders are babies! One of them is supposed to be a senior in high school right now but skipped a grade. He just turned 18. Haha I told them I'm going to be 20 in 2 months and they all freaked haha. Aparently I still look like I'm 16. Also this means they are all super immature and annoying most of the time aha but I love them anyway- they keep things interesting. Also I love my roommates: Hermana Shehane and Hermana Dingess-- they're the sweetest ever. They're both serving in Salt Lake West! And so far I only know one other elder serving in my mission :( but that's okay I'm still super pumped. Ahh the CCM (MTC) life is so long and hard and exhausting but I love it and I know God is giving me the strength to do His work because I seriously don't know how I get up every morning at 6:30 and go right to sleep at 10:30 and can do so so much in between. Already today I got to play tennis for the first time since being here (!!) and showered and did laundry and had breakfast and lunch and personal study. These days are packed! Also we just had 165 missionaries leave the CCM! but 200 more got here yesterday so it's packed again. But not as much as Provo. The CCM is the second largest MTC population-wise (12,000) but the largest for space wise-- this campus is SO beautiful!
Also yes I absolutely LOVED conference and it was suuuper nice to have it for my first weekend here! UGH I'm seriously so upset I didn't get to be in that missionary choir. Except it was soo awesome when the congregation got up to sing Called to Serve and all of the missionaries here stood up and sang super loud along with the missionary choir and it was just lit. I don't know how else to explain it haha. But I saw Hermana Hirschi!! (Sarah Hirschi from BYU) So jealous. Maybe I can convince my mission president to let the Salt Lake missions sing at next conference :))) But I really loved President Nelson's talk about having constant joy because that's really the most important thing about being a missionary. But I've been pretty good about that at least this week! Hermana Graham and I are basically moms to our District and try to keep them on task and positive and sometimes that's hard but they're pretty good about listening to us.
Sorry this email isn't super long-- we've done so much this week and we only have an hour to email and my mind is everywhere right now trying to think of things to tell everyone (sorry for the unorganization of thoughts haha) but basically I'm loving it here so much already. I feel like I've grown a lot this week and I learn so many new things every day. Shout-out to my high school Spanish teachers and Sunday school teachers and of course Mom and Dad.
I love you all!!!! Have a great week and look for the joy in everything! Life's a climb but the view's great. -Hannah Montana
con amor, Hermana Daniels :)
at 4:52:00 PM