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 ://
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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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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!!
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