Tuesday, November 21, 2017
The Utah Salt Lake City South Mission is the best mission ever. There are lots of reasons why, but this week in particular we had the privilege of meeting and listening to the President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles: President Russell M. Nelson. !!!! It was one of the most spiritual experiences of my life. We got to sit in the very front row of the chapel and just watching him and his wife speak with such power was truly inspiring. Whenever he made eye contact with me it felt like he was looking into my soul. Hah it was way cool. We heard from him and his wife and also President Craig Christensen (of the presidency of the first Quorum of the 70) and his wife, and Elder Warner (area 70) and his wife.
We received so much revelation for our investigators and less-active members! Sister Nelson’s talk especially taught me so much. Something I really loved that she said is that we don’t believe in sprinkling water for baptism, we believe in being baptized by immersion just like Jesus Christ. She said that because we do that covenant by immersion, we should strive throughout our whole lives to live our covenants by immersion as well! Just “sprinkling” our lives with a little bit of the Gospel will not change or convert us. We need to be fully immersed all the time!!
She also invited us to pray not to find people that are ready to accept the gospel but instead to find those whose ancestors have already received the gospel in the next life and are waiting for their ordinance work to be done! I love that!
I very much enjoyed President Nelson’s emphasis on the Book of Mormon as well. We talked about how different our lives would be without the Book of Mormon and the restoration of the Gospel. I love that book and it’s power is so real! Most importantly, it helps us understand the Atonement of Jesus Christ. Did you know that the entire Bible only mentions the word “Atonement” once? And that the Book of Mormon says it 39 times?? I am so thankful for that knowledge of the Savior’s sacrifice for me. Sister Nelson also invited us to do something called the 30-day challenge with the Book of Mormon. She told us to start everyday in a kneeling prayer and to thank God for that book. She then said to ask God a specific question in that prayer and then to just open up the Book of Mormon anywhere and start reading. She promised us that it won’t take us very long to find an answer! And then when we do find an answer, she told us to write down in a journal 1) the date 2) our question 3) where we found the answer to our question and 4) what the answer was. She said that it’s important to put where we found our answer because when we go back and read it again sometime it most likely won’t teach us the same thing! That’s the power of the Spirit and the Book of Mormon, folks. Read it everyday and do that challenge with me!! I have seen it work already.
Sister Neuhaus and I have had a great week this week as well. We are so excited for the holiday season and all of the service projects and teaching opportunities we’ve planned for investigators and less-actives and even active members!! We had an amazing miracle this week as well. On Friday the Spirit lead us straight to a new investigator! Her name is Leilani and she is in her 60s we think. When she opened the door she was a little hesitant at first, but then let us inside right away and told us about all of the miracles she has seen and that she’s looking for a purpose in life! She has had some near-death experiences and has lost many loved ones, but she was very open to learning about the Plan of Salvation and she really wants an eternal family. The Spirit was so strong and she accepted a Book of Mormon and we taught her how to pray and she is so excited to learn more! The coolest part about this miracle is that her nextdoor neighbor who is a very active member had just started teaching her about family history work and does it with her all the time, so when we heard Sister Nelson’s talk the day after we were so excited that we found someone who has ancestors waiting for her!!
Transfers are also this week and Sister Neuhaus and I are staying together in Riverton!!! WOOO!! This is going to be another super fun transfer— we are so excited!
at 8:09:00 AM
Monday, November 13, 2017
It has been a crazy but great week :) I’ll do another highlight reel today because there was so much!
Normal p-day, we went to Costco, bought some peppermint chocolate-covered almonds (10/10 definitely recommend), and we played flag football as a district! I think I sent pictures of that last week though.
An awesome miracle we saw was when we went to go visit a less-active family named the Haaga’s. A couple weeks ago their bishop gave us their name as a referral and we were finally able to contact them about a week ago. It was honestly amazing and a miracle how we were able to gain the mother’s trust right from the beginning— that was defintely the Spirit softening her heart! She told us straight up that she has met a lot of missionaries but we were the first ones that she actually liked. She invited us back for this week to meet her husband which was a pretty big deal considering he is practically anti now and extremely introverted. Well, this week we went over and the husband was hesitant to meet us at first but he also opened up right away and you could literally see his attitude change in a matter of minutes. It was in God’s plan that we were able to meet them!! They also have two unbaptized children so we are hoping to start teaching them soon!
We had interviews with President and Sister Lansing! I love them to death. They’re so great and they told us about all of the upcoming events for our mission this holiday season and we are super pumped!! I think we will be meeting like five general authorities in the next two months :D
We had a zone meeting and Sister Neuhaus and I gave our first training together/it was her first training in a zone meeting! #crushedit Alsooo during that meeting they trained us on how to use Facebook....... yes, it’s official, we are a Facebook mission now. We really haven’t done that much with it except clean it up haha but in the future once we figure out how to use it better it will be a great tool in missionary work. So, just so you all know, I cannot chat or video chat with anyone even on p-day and I won’t be doing much on Facebook besides posting inspirational things about the Gospel :) Entonces please don’t tag me in things :))) thanks!!
We taught Tyler! He is my favorite little friend ever. He is so prepared and it kills me because he wants to learn so much and has a sincere desire to do what’s right, but his mom is super over-protective and won’t let him go to church. We brought a boy his age with us to this lesson (who was on his football team and is the Bishop’s son) and he even invited Tyler to church but Tyler’s mom still said no... We’ll keep working on him! Please pray for his family!!
Haha so awkward story... So the other day we got a referral from our Stake Relief Society President of a less-active family next door. We went over, not sure what to expect, and they let us inside right away. So far so good! Then we start talking and getting to know them and after a little while we asked if we could share a scripture with them. Well, at this point we still weren’t really sure if they were less-active members or not. We could tell that they were members but we couldn’t quite figure out all the details so as I was explaining the background of the scripture I was just like “this is the story of Alma the Younger....you’re familiar with that story right??” Hahah trying so hard to figure out where they’re at and they just nodded their heads so we kept going and after that scripture they immediately testified and shared experiences from past missions and told us that they have three friends that aren’t members and asked if they could have some Books of Mormon to give them! Hah we were so confused like how are these people so strong but less-active?? And then they mentioned that they had just returned from a month-long vacation in Europe.... (we didn’t tell them this) but their neighbors thought they went less-active because they were on vacation for so long!!! Hahah ah it was hilarious, you had to be there.
Saturday morning I fell off my bike for probably the 10th time hahaha the struggle is real. But still no broken bones! (Knock on wood) I have a nice bruise on my knee and thigh and arm though so that’s good. That was also super awkward because there was a car behind us on the road (just in the neighborhood, don’t worry mom) so the whole reason I fell over was because I was trying to move out of the way to get on the sidewalk and I totally biffed it.... and then the car behind us didn’t even stop to help hahah they just looked out the window and stared at us lol
Church was all about missionary work!!! It was the best!! We went to primary, multiple relief societies, sacrament meeting, and gospel principles all in different wards! Sundays are the best. We also had our weekly English class with the Portuguese family in one of our wards and they are my favorite people. Hahaha they are so funny and have been teaching us some Portuguese too! :))
This week in my personal studies I have been reading the Book of Mormon in Spanish. I absolutely love 2 Nephi 27-29 about the profecies of our day—they are all currently being fulfilled!! It amazes me how people can’t see that sometimes. I love the Book of Mormon and I know that it is true. I love reading it everyday and I love continuing to receive that confirmation of its truthfulness from the Holy Ghost.
Also this week I hit my one year mark in the field!! Wow, time flies :( But it has been absolutely incredible and I have really changed and learned so much since then :)
Love you all!!!
at 5:52:00 PM
Monday, November 6, 2017
Haha I pick up accents so quickly— Sister Neuhaus has already got me saying “y’all” and “ma’am” and “sir” lol. Also yesterday we were teaching a Brazilian family in our ward some English and the mom asked me if Spanish was my first or second language...haha either she doesn't understand Spanish very well or I haven’t completely lost my accent yet! Hahah I still get asked where my accent is from though. Also I feel like I’ve developed a Utah accent as well so I guess I just speak really weird in general... the family has something to look forward to at Christmas now haha
This week was super great! Life is great!! First of all, happy Halloween! Going to the Draper Temple on Tuesday was such a blast!! We got to do baptisms and confirmations for the dead and it was really fun because we went through one time and we finished super early so we got to do it again! I love the temple so much :))
We have seen a lot of miracles this week! We have been able to gain the trust of a lot more members and motivate them to do member-missionary work! It’s been a little slow getting them fired-up, but Sister Neuhaus and I have the faith and determination to turn this stake around so we are brainstorming all of the possible ways to do so! We also picked up two new investigators on Thursday! We were promised by the zone leaders that we would find a new investigator if we talked to everyone and taught when we found specifically that day and we came across many close calls, but it wasn’t until the very last door we knocked on that they opened up and let us in right away. We had prayed to know where to go that night and the Spirit directed us straight to them! We taught their two kids and they are super sweet but their parents are very less active so we will be working hard with that family to reactivate all of them. :) But the best part is that one of the kids is 9 years old and he had never prayed before and when we taught him how to pray he was so excited that, after the lesson was done, he ran upstairs to go pray some more so that he could feel God’s love. God’s love is real, people!!
We have seen a lot of little personal tender mercies this week. I think two or three times someone pulled over while we were walking or biking somewhere just to tell us how awesome we are and how much they appreciate us <3 it was so sweet! Also yesterday in testimony meeting at church we got to bear our testimonies (which doing so is a little scarier when there are like 400 members in the ward lol) but afterwards a lot of people came up to us to thank us for it and how it changed their perspective on missionary work or how they received revelation for someone they can give a Book of Mormon to or little things like that! Super sweet. I love this stake!!
I want to share part of that testimony with you all as well! It stems from Mosiah 28:3 which says, “Now they were desirous that salvation should be declared to every creature, for they could not bear that any human soul should perish; yea, even the very thoughts that any souls should endure endless torment did cause them to quake and tremble.” We should be so excited to share the gospel with everyone we meet just like the sons of Mosiah because everyone deserves that opportunity of salvation and hope through Jesus Christ and God loves ALL of His children!
This week in my studies I have been reading Joseph Smith-History and the talk by Elder Christofferson called “Why the Church.” I loved learning even more about Joseph’s determination and testimony- it gives me chills every time. That talk by Elder Christofferson is also incredible! I love the points he makes about the importance of organized church and that we go to church because we love God and to keep our covenants and not because of the cultural or social aspects. We have met way too many people this week (and in my whole mission) that think the Church is just a culture and not religion, but they need to understand that it is so much more! It’s an obligation to God! We need the Church and we need Him!!
Also fun facts: we played flag football as a district today which was fun! I’ll add pics. #gobucks And the activity day girls from one of our wards surprised us with little baskets of goodies! It was super cute! OH and today we have an FHE with a member family and we get to do tim-tam slams!!! #shoutouttoMegandPops
Aaaand it lowkey snowed this morning!!!! Haha I’m so excited but not because that means we’ll be walking instead of biking soon but oh well it was a great start to the day. It wasn’t real snow, though, it was like raining slush...but close enough :D
LOVE YOU ALL!!!
at 5:21:00 PM
Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Sorry this week the email will be short because we have had a busy day. But some highlights from the week!
SULPICIO GOT BAPTIZED!!
wooooo! It was so great. I gave a talk on baptism and let me just testify real quick of the gift of tongues because it is so real. I was kind of nervous since I haven’t spoken that much Spanish for a little while, but it all came back no problem so that was nice :) Also I got to FaceTime Hermana Alvarado!!! She’s so cute and doing really well :) she’s teaching Spanish to Americans that go to the Guatemala MTC!
#shoutout to the Zuskinds who sent me Canadian candy for Halloween! It was so good!!
I also got to share some of it at one of our ward trunk or treat parties :) we thought we were funny and parked our bikes there and put candy in my basket to give out to people haha it was fun.
We also had exchanges this week with our sister training leaders and I was with Hermana Villaroman! She is serving in English now too and she is my stl so that was fun :)
Sister Neuhaus also taught me how to make an ice cream cake and we made it for one of the elders’ birthdays! It was legit. Also we had a surprise party as a district for him so that was fun!
Today for our zone activity we had a little Halloween party! We did relay races and our district won by a long shot which was fun haha also Sister Neuhaus and I made lit costumes: the Bible and Book of Mormon! It was her MTC teacher’s idea lol it was a hit
And tomorrow for Halloween we get to do work for the dead! We are going to do baptisms for the dead at the temple!! I’m so excited.
Our area is doing super well! It was kind of a rough start whitewashing, but we have seen soooo many miracles and we are killin it! We are excited to keep working hard with patience to continue seeing those fruits of our labors :)
This week we have been teaching a lot of “CPR.” CPR means church, prayer, and read. Just like CPR can save physical lives, going to church, praying, and reading the scriptures saves our spiritual lives. Everyday we run into people that are returned missionaries, retired temple workers, high priests, people that once had a testimony and were active members of the Church but have ceased to do the basics and no longer have a testimony as a result. Because this is such a common issue we have been stressing to EVERYONE the importance of reading the Book of Mormon, praying, and church attendance. When you stop doing those three things you lose an essential foundation of your testimony! Never stop reading the Book of Mormon, praying, and going to church!!
That’s all the time I have for now but I love you all!!!
at 4:37:00 PM
Monday, October 23, 2017
Sorry I have like zero time to write today because we had a super long
district activity: hiking in the mountains. Wooo it was super fun but
took all day so sorry about that!
Fun facts from the week:
-I'm finally Latina!! Hahahah so funny story. Three out of four homes
we went to this week asked which sister they talked to on the phone
when we called to confirm our dinner appointments. They all thought
that I was a foreign missionary because I sounded like I had an accent
on the phone.... so they all asked where we were from hahah it was
funny but made me feel good because now apparently I have a Spanish
accent when I talk so I am finally Hispanic :)))) #goals
-We also had zone conference and it was so great. I love going to that
meeting and getting that spiritual boost for the transfer!
-Sister Neuhaus hit her 1 month mark this week!! We made crepes :)
-A miracle we saw was that we taught two new kids this week and they
accepted to be baptized! Their dad was recently baptized a couple
years ago so he is in full support of them, but their mom isn't
exactly on board so we will see how that goes. It was a really
powerful lesson, though and they have a lot of support from the ward!
-Something else we have been focusing a lot on this transfer is
member-missionary work. We have had to rely on the members A LOT so
far since we are whitewashing a new area and it's hard to do so when
no one wants to help.... but we are about to change that!! We have a
lot of plans to work with the youth and individual wards so we are
excited to turn Riverton around.
Love you all so much!! I'll send pictures!!!
at 6:16:00 PM
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
"What Does 'Hermana' Mean?"
This week was an adventure! First of all, the subject of this email is
the question I got at least 5 times a day everyday this week lol I
really need to get that English name tag because I keep having to
explain to everyone that I'm just in English wards now haha but oh
I love my new lil companion!! Her name is Sister Neuhaus and she is
from Nashville, TN. She is the third of eleven kids and is super fun
and we get along great. She also went to BYU for a year before her
mission but that was last year (not two years ago when I went) which
makes me feel super old hahah. But we are so excited to be here in
Riverton together; she is an incredible missionary already!!
On Wednesday we had our first district meeting in the Riverton Zone
and it was really really weird not being in Spanish for the first time
but it was fun. Haha sad/funny story though: we didn't realize that
the zone building was so far away from our house so we decided to bike
there because we didn't know who to call last-minute for a ride
either, so we ended up biking about 2.3 miles Wednesday morning just
to get there and then another 2.3 miles back to our area haha it was
rough. Don't worry though, we called a ride for the next day when we
had another meeting there😁😂
The bikes are great, though! Everyone waves at us and it's easier to
talk to everyone on the street and to contact houses that are in the
same neighborhood without having to get in and out of the car all the
time. The only major downside though is that it's been getting waaay
cold at night and in the morning :/ but once it starts snowing I think
we will be able to get more rides so that will be nice :)
On Saturday we had an awesome little miracle! We knocked on the door
of a less-active family, and the person that opened just happened to
be the only member in his family that isn't baptized. He was super
nice and receptive but told us that right now wasn't his time. Well,
we didn't take "no" for an answer and testified to him that it
actually is his time and that God sent us there to find him.
Apparently that softened his heart because he then accepted a Book of
Mormon and offered a prayer for the first time in his life! It was a
really neat experience. Unfortunately, he was still wasn't very sure
about having us coming back but we gave him our phone number and he
sounded like he would actually text us when he wants to learn more
(unlike everyone else we meet) so at least we were able to plant that
On Sunday we had church all day long haha it was weird but fun. We
cover seven wards but we only made it to about 5 different
meetings/Ward councils. It was the first time that I had been to
church in English for a whole year! (Other than a couple times with
our recent convert, Marisa)
I love this Stake! They are super nice and there is a lot of work to
do to animate the ward members but Sister Neuhaus and I are up for the
challenge. She also likes to smile and laugh a lot so we will just
smile our way through everybody's heart ;))) but for real, smiles make
a huge difference— we've seen it already!
I absolutely loved reading the story of Enoch as well in Moses this
week. He is one of the greatest examples of humility and faith. I love
how humble he was to recognize his weaknesses in being a servant of
the Lord, but then how confident he was immediately afterwards as he
trusted in God to help him accomplish his purpose. He was bold and
courageous and preached repentance to everyone and had the literal
faith to move mountains. No one could stop him!! He knew who he was
and what his purpose was and no one was even going to touch him before
he finished his message. And that's exactly how we are and should be
as members and missionaries! When we put our faith and trust in God,
he will literally make our weaknesses become strong. I know that that
is true and have experienced it time and time again. I am definitely
not the perfect missionary or person, but I know that as long as I
keep doing my best Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ will be there to
lift me up. :)
Monday, October 9, 2017
I hope you all had a great week! This week for us has been awesome, crazy, sad, and busy. I can't believe that Hermana Alvarado will be leaving tomorrow-- we are just working hard non-stop until she can't anymore! It still hasn't really hit either one of us except for our last weekly planning we just cried together for companionship inventory haha. But it's all good!! I'm so proud of her and excited for her to continue being a member missionary in Guatemala. I will miss her so much but I will always remember her example for me! She's so amazing!!
Soooo transfers are also this week and this transfer is so crazy!! Everything is changing! I, for one, received a very unexpected transfer call today. I don't know who my new companion is yet but I am excited to meet her tomorrow!! The sad news about transfers is that I will no longer be in the Spanish Zone .... 💔💔 My Heavenly Father has called me to serve (at least this next transfer) an English assignment. I will be staying in Riverton, though!! My companion and I will be whitewashing an area that was previously covered by elders so this should be fun!
Haha this week we had dinners in the English wards and almost every family told me that I have a weird accent lol I don't know if it's from Michigan or from speaking Spanish but either way I will get to work on it from now on! hahaha ayyy ay ay, but don't worry fam I will keep studying Spanish as much as I can :)) I know that I will go back to Spanish someday!
Anyway, we also saw a lot of miracles this week! On Tuesday we got out of a lesson and we had a little bit of time to visit one more person before we had to head home, and the Spirit lead us to a new house that we had never been to before! We knocked on the door and this young man opened right away. As we got to know him he told us that he already knew that we were going to come that day. We asked how he knew and he said that when he was at the train station he walked past a Book of Mormon and when he returned, it was gone. He knew that God was going to send someone to him that day and He sent us!! It gave me goosebumps to hear his miracle and we testified of God's plan for him and that we were sent that day to find him! I love being a tool in the Lord's hands.
Another miracle we had was on Friday while Sister Alvarado was at the temple and I was working in the area with our Relief Society president as my split. We had some people in the plans but the Spirit told me to ask this sister if there was anyone she wanted to visit as well (being the Relief Society president). She mentioned a less-active family and we went directly there. This sister nor Sister Alvarado and I have met or even seen the parents of this family, but the mom was sitting outside when we got there! We were talking to her about church and invited her to a Relief Society activity as her husband pulled in the driveway. God's timing is perfect!! This family isn't quite ready to go to church again yet, but the sister is very excited about the Relief Society activity and connected well with our Relief Society president. :)
We are currently reading in Moses as a mission which is great and I am also in 2 Nephi 15 in my personal study of the Book of Mormon. It is kind of difficult to read these chapters of the Book of Mormon in Spanish since they are the Isaiah chapters haha, but it's really cool to see the different footnotes and explanations in both languages! Chapter 15 of 2 Nephi talks about the Lord's vineyard and the scattering and gathering of Israel. I love verse four which asks, "What could have been done more to my vineyard that I have not done in it?" Sometimes we are giving our all to the work and we aren't seeing many results, but we feel like there is nothing else that we can do. I felt a little bit of that at the beginning of this transfer. However, there is always something we can do or improve! Whether it's patience, diligence, faith, obedience, etc., there is always something to improve on in order to continue giving everything to the Lord. I have learned that lesson very well this transfer and it has really helped me to open my eyes and see that as long as we do our best, the Lord will take care of the rest according to His will and time. He has definitely blessed us so much!! We are currently teaching 3 people that are preparing for baptism and I am sad to leave them, but we know that the Lord was preparing them to find us and to continue in His path with the elders that will be here next transfer. As Elder Rasband mentioned in General Conference, there are no coincidences!!
Thanks for the prayers and support always— especially with the bikes hahah, the bikes are great! We will still be on bikes next transfer but thankfully the area is much smaller haha we were covering 6 stakes and now it is just one 😛
LOVE Y'ALL :D
at 7:37:00 PM
Monday, October 2, 2017
We had a super crazy but super good week this week!!!
First of all, the big news:
Last Tuesday night we got a call from our zone leaders telling us that
we needed to clean out our car and take it to the mission home the
next morning at 7:30 am and leave it there....they told us to suit up
and get out our bikes. I honestly thought that they were joking, but
it was no joke at all. Hahaha ayy I was so stressed out; I don't even
have a bike! But I got one from the mission to borrow and we have been
biking ever since. We don't know how long we will have bikes for but
let me tell you that it takes talent biking with a skirt on. :D
Where's our car?
Well, all of the missionaries in Puerto Rico were evacuated and
reassigned to a lot of other missions including probably all of the
missions in Utah and a lot in California. Our mission got four new
missionaries, so they had to open up new areas for them to work in.
One of the new areas is Draper and that is pure mountains so those
elders needed a car and our car was taken. But it'd be insanely
difficult to bike in Draper all day everyday so it's all good haha
we're excited for the new challenge! :))
The Lord has blessed us so much this week as we have started on bikes
as well. The weather was perfect almost everyday, we saw a lot of
miracles, and now we have super strong legs lol. But Heavenly Father
is really looking out for us!! I know I couldn't do anything on the
mission without His strength.
We also had a great weekend of General Conference!!
We got to go to the Sunday afternoon session and it is so special to
be there live :) I loved Sister Oscarson's talk on service and how we
should look everyday for someone who needs us/our light/our help! I
also loved Jeffrey R. Holland's talk on the Atonement and so many
other talks about the importance of the Book of Mormon and that we
need to read it every single day!! I know that that is true and it
really does make a huge difference in our lives!!
I hope you all had a great week and have an even greater week this week!!
Sorry I don't have a lot of time to write today, we're going hiking
for Sister Alvarado's last real p-day! I'll send some pics though :))
at 5:34:00 PM
Monday, September 25, 2017
How's it going?! I heard Michigan is dying of heat haha, can we trade?
It was in the 40s here yesterday! The mountains are already halfway
covered in snow! I'll send some pics :)
Wowww yes I turn one year old this week and it has been the best full
year of my life. I have changed so much already and most importantly
have come so much closer to my Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus
Christ. What an exciting time it is to be a missionary! :D
This week was also super good. We have been so busy meeting new people
and finding so many miracles. On Thursday we had interviews with
President Lansing and Sister Lansing which is always amazing— I love
them so much!! Then another day (i can't remember which one haha) we
got a call from our Zone Leaders while we were doing companionship
study asking us to go outside to our car and get our mileage report or
something from the car. Well, they made it sound urgent because they
surprised us with some sticky notes and chocolate! Haha it was so
sweet, it was just like a little pick-me-up to encourage us to keep
working hard and doing our best every single day. I'll send pics of
that too. :)
On Saturday we watched Women's Conference in the Stake center because
we are only allowed to go to one session as missionaries and we have
tickets for Sunday so we have to wait until next week! But it was fun
because Sister Alvarado and I were together for last Conference too
haha we're stoked to bring our recent converts to Conference with us
We also had two huge miracles this week :))
1) So it all started a couple weeks ago when we contacted a Ward
Mission Leader in our stake to find referrals of Hispanics in his ward
boundary. He told us of a couple houses, so we immediately went to go
contact them. One of these houses was a Native American family (not
Spanish) but this man we met gave us another referral of his neighbors
across the street that are Hispanic. We then went to go contact them,
and found two different people but we weren't able to have a lesson
with them that first night so we kept going by to try to find them
home. Well, on Friday we went by and found another new person there!
His name is Suplicio and he is the owner of the house. He was super
nice but no one else was home so we scheduled a lesson for the next
day so that we could bring a member with us. We went by Saturday night
and taught him the Restoration and he accepted a baptismal date for
October 14th!! He is so prepared and ready to receive the Gospel. The
coolest part about this miracle, though, is that he was already in our
area book! The Spanish elders taught him a year ago, but they lost
contact with him because he moved and apparently never told them where
he moved. We had been looking so hard for him and we finally found
him! The Lord was waiting to send us there until he was ready. :)
We're so excited for him! He also came to church on Sunday all dressed
up in a suit and tie and brought his Book of Mormon and stayed for all
3 hours! He's so awesome :))
2)José Gregorio got baptized!!
I remember when I first came to Riverton back in the end of April and
Bishop's parents were waiting to get baptized until their son, José
Gregorio, came from Venezuela. We all were fasting and praying so hard
that he would come with his two sons and a week later they came!!
Sister Johnson and I went over to teach Bishop's parents one day and
all three of them were there and it just happened to be their very
first day in Utah as well. Since that day we knew that the Lord sent
them here for a purpose and it has been incredible to see their
conversion. José actually went back to Venezuela a couple months ago
(after his parents' baptism) and due to a current civil war in that
country we weren't sure if he was ever going to come back. We fasted
and prayed again and the Lord answered our prayers-- according to His
plan-- again!! José came back and then got baptized three weeks later.
He is so so incredible and I am so happy for him!! Haha also after his
baptism he came up to Hermana Alvarado and I and tried to give us a
hug and we were like "oh sorry hermano we aren't allowed to give you a
hug in the mission" (can't give men hugs) and he was like "you can't
but I can" hahahah I love him he's awesome. Miracles are real!!
This week the Lord has answered my prayers through the scriptures
everyday. I know that the power of the scriptures and of prayer is
real, but it really hit me this week how important it is to not only
pray with faith, but to act on that prayer and to earnestly seek
guidance and direction from the Lord through His written word. I am so
thankful for not only the trials that I have had this transfer but
also for the opportunity I have had to learn more patience and to
strengthen the power and resources of prayer and scripture study in my
life-- to help me now and in the future. One of my favorite scriptures
that I read this week was D&C 128:22 and it says, "Brethren, shall we
not go on in so great a cause? Go forward and not backward. Courage,
brethren; and on, on to the victory! Let your hearts rejoice, and be
exceedingly glad..." I know that we can apply this scripture to many
different situations in our lives, but what stood out to me the most
about this is to be "exceedingly" glad in all things and to keep
moving forward with courage! No matter the situation, when we go
forward with faith and glad hearts our Savior will always carry us
I hope you all have a good week!
at 5:25:00 PM
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
This week was so good! We had a lot of things going on so this week's
update will be the quick ESPN top 10 version :)
1) Zone Conference! We received some great instruction from our
leaders and especially President Lansing. Zone Conferences are the
best! Also Hermana Alvarado gave her departing testimony💔 pero todo
bien we are going to work super hard these next couple weeks :) Also
fun fact, Sister Lansing knows my friend Cate Sorensen from BYU!! 💕
2) Smartphones. We are the 13th mission in the world to get
smartphones! Turn up! It's so weird, though...we really don't even
need iPads anymore. We think someday all of the missionaries will just
have their own smartphone because they are being asked to bring their
own phone with them now into the mission. We will see! It's a samsung
though so it's kind of different to get used to not using apple
products pero bueno it's better for missionaries so that we don't
break so many iPhones haha.
3) Anna Victoria Chavira got baptized!!! She is so adorable. After her
baptism she shared her testimony and she said "I just feel so happy
and clean and new like I've been born again." Ahhh she's awesome.😍
Also it wasn't technically our baptism but we still helped the elders
out a lot because they didn't really plan very well hah so it was fun.
4) We got to eat dinner with the Chavira family as well this week!
They are the sweetest people on this planet. They literally have no
money and no jobs, but they fed us tacos and guacamole and they are so
humble. I love them so much!!
5) We have driven around the whole mission this transfer and now we
are paying for it because we have about 60 miles left to use in one
week....oops. We only have a limited amount of miles that we can use
each month! Don't worry, though, there are plenty of members that have
offered us rides or that just pull over on the street whenever they
see us walking haha.
6) Speaking of no miles, our Relief Society president, Hermana
Veropalumbo, came out on visits with us yesterday so that she could
drive us around. :) Hahah she is so cute, she just bangs on the door
and rings the doorbell a million times until someone comes to the
door...hah that's not normally how we knock doors but hey at least it
7) We had a huge series of miracles this week! So you know how the
work has been kind of slow this transfer since we've started over with
Riverton? Well, we started this week with five investigators and now
we have ten! It has taken a lot of patience, but little by little we
have seen the miracles that have been waiting for us this whole time.
For example, last night we prayed to know where to go and the Lord led
us to a specific family. We saw a man named Jose outside so we were
talking with him for a little bit, but then his mom came outside and
interrupted. But it was a good interruption because she came and sat
down with us! Unfortunately, Jose left :/ but we were able to teach
his mom, Gregoria, right there! While we were teaching her about the
Book of Mormon, her daughter-in-law randomly came outside and joined
us too!! It was so incredible! The Lord was literally just giving us
new people to teach and we were able to reach our goal of finding five
new people! There are so many of His children that are waiting to hear
this good news!!
D&C 123:12-13 "For there are many yet on the earth...who are only kept
from the truth because they know not where to find it— Therefore, that
we should waste and wear out our lives in bringing to light all the
hidden things of darkness, wherein we know them; and they are truly
manifest from heaven."
Go bring light to those that are in the darkness!!
8) Our Zone had a goal this week to find 60 new people to teach (5 per
companionship) and we hit a goal of 64!!! That's faith, everyone.
9) It has gotten so cold this week! We had to break-out the sweaters
and long sleeves... 💔 I'm not ready for winter yet :((
10) HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHOUTOUT TO DAD AND SYDNEY TODAY!!! Hope you both
have a great day!! I will eat some cake for you :)
Love you all!!
Have a great week and don't forget to smile!!
Love, Hermana Daniels
at 9:41:00 AM
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
I hope everyone had a good week and that they are safe! We obviously
can't watch the news, but we have heard about all of the natural
disasters and everyone in Florida, Texas, Mexico, and Guatemala has
been in our prayers!!
Also a quick RIP to the Buckeyes' undefeated season this year :// #gobucks
Haha and it was fun to see all of the Utah and BYU flags up in
everyone's yard. We tried to count how many there were but we lost
track. There are probably more Utah fans here though (unfortunately).
Honestly this week was hard but good! I've been sick all week, but
it's just a normal cold so don't worry mom ;) it's getting better
though! But we still have been working so hard every single day and
sometimes it is difficult to be patient and accept the Lord's timing,
but it's something that Sister Alvarado and I are becoming masters at
by now haha so that's good !! This morning in my personal study I was
reading in Doctrine and Covenants and a scripture about this stood out
to me. It's D&C 114:2 which says, "For verily thus saith the Lord,
that inasmuch as there are those among you who deny my name, others
shall be planted in their stead...". And that helped me a lot this
morning to have hope that even though there have been a lot of people
this week that slammed the door in our faces or rejected us or ignored
us or ran away from us or got stolen from us, that the Lord will
provide and He will guide us to those who are prepared to receive the
Speaking of which, we had some fun experiences with rejection this
week haha. Last night we went to go contact someone and we drove by
their house and they were sitting outside on the porch! So we quickly
hurried and parked and started walking up to their door but then they
jumped up and went inside. ...haha we knocked on the door anyway to
try to talk to them but they turned off all of the lights and didn't
answer the door. Nice! A day in the life of a missionary! Hahah
Also there is this thing called "poaching." Poaching is when you are
teaching someone and then another set of missionaries tries to teach
them. So we have been teaching a boy named Walter since May,
but he never got baptized because he has been waiting for his grandma
to come back from Guatemala. Well, she came back this week!! We had a
lesson with her and she is super sweet and isn't super interested in
the gospel but she is excited for Walter's baptism so we hope that her
heart will soften when she sees him get baptized! Anyway, a couple
weeks ago Walter told us that he met some elders at church that
started teaching him (in an English ward). Walter's family speaks
Spanish (and he does too) but he goes to an English ward because he
has friends there and understands more in English. The thing that is
frustrating though is that the elders knew that we were teaching him
and they didn't even ask us about transitioning. They were going to
bring a translator to their next lesson so that they could communicate
with Walter's family! :// We finally talked to the elders yesterday
about it and ended up letting them teach Walter now. We both equally
have good reasons to teach him, but we hope that being baptized in the
English ward will be the best for Walter, even though he will be
alone. Haha so yeah it's a little rough teaching Hispanics that are
bilingual sometimes, that's happens so much! Sister Alvarado and I got
poached all the time in Sandy too haha. But we know that the Lord will
help us get back in the zone. :]
On the other hand, we saw some great miracles this week!!
Yesterday at church our recent converts, Camila and Milton, gave talks
in Sacrament meeting!! They did such a good job— we are so proud of
them and the people that they have become. Also Camila will have her
temple recommend interview this week and we will hopefully go to the
temple by the end of this week!! Milton is still progressing as a new
member, but his work schedule got changed so he can't stay for all
three hours of church anymore :/ and it's hard for him to change it
because he is a cop. But he's working on it and is still going strong!
Do you remember when I told you about José Gregorio, our Bishop's
brother that came from Venezuela in May but then had to go back to
Venezuela? Well miracles are real because he came back last week!! He
was there when Bishop's parents were baptized in May and he felt the
Spirit so strong at their baptism that he cried. Sister Johnson and I
only taught him a couple times before he had to go back to Venezuela,
but he was so prepared! We were so sad when he left, though, because
it is almost impossible to get in and out of Venezuela right now. This
whole family was praying and fasting so hard that he would be able to
come back and he finally did!! Unfortunately, he lives in the elders'
area now.... :( but this past week he accepted a baptismal date for
September 23rd!!! Haha it was so cute, at church he came up to us and
was like "hermanas! I'm getting baptized on September 23rd! Will you
please come?!" Ahhh I love him he's so awesome!! We are so pumped for
his baptism and we hope that his wife and kids will follow his
Also Anna Chavira's baptism is this Saturday!!! She's the little girl
that we found about a month ago that is 9 but her parents are
less-active members! AH I love that family. She also lives in the
elders' area :(( but we will be there to support her for sure :) I'll
send pictures next week!
LOVE Y'ALL!! Miracles are real!!
2 Kings 6:16 "Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they
that be with them." God and His army of angels are always with us!! We
just need the eyes to see them!
at 12:45:00 PM