Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Monday, July 17, 2017
This week was super good!! This week is also transfers and Sister
Alvarado and I are staying together in Riverton!!! Haha this is the
first time that I will stay in an area for more than 3 months and it
is also the first transfer that I won't switch companions! Miracles
everywhere! haha but we are super stoked to stay in Riverton :)) there
is so much work to be done!
Highlights of the week:
1) We had breakfast with the Oviedo family!! AH I love them so much.
They are so excited for their baptism in 2 weeks!! They made us kind
of a normal American breakfast (eggs and sausage and a grilled ham and
cheese sandwich/bagel thing) but they also signed up on our food
calendar to feed us dinner the day after their baptism :)) que cute!
Hopefully we can go to Temple Square with them this week!
2) We went to Temple Square with Gris and Diego! We went on Saturday
night with them (it's a young couple that we are teaching) and their
two kids and another young couple from our ward. I'll send pics! Haha
also it was kind of awkward because we were trying to take pictures in
front of the temple and there were probably at least 10 different
weddings going on....hah it was fun. But they loved it a lot and were
really touched by the "God's Plan for Families" video :) hopefully we
can help them progress toward baptism this transfer!
3) Our homeowner, Sister Koch, is so cute and made us some really good
salads for lunch on Thursday since we aren't allowed to eat lunch at
home anymore. :// I don't know if I told y'all that, but President
Lansing said that we could be saving more time during the day to use
for proselyting so we have to make a lunch or buy something everyday
now. It's so hard...any suggestions for quick lunches that we can make
at night to use for the next day??
4) On Friday night we had an awesome miracle! We had planned to
contact a couple families, but none of them were home. We weren't sure
what to do next, so we prayed for guidance. One investigator in
particular came to both of our minds, so we went over to her apartment
complex! As we were pulling into the complex, we saw two Hispanic
ladies sitting outside talking. We quickly parked the car and went
over to talk to them. They both were members, but one of them had just
arrived from Costa Rica the day before and really wanted to go to
church, but didn't know where the church was and doesn't have a car!
We gave her all of the information about it and before we left she
said "sisters, thank you so much! I had been praying ever since I got
here that God would send me some missionaries or members to help me
find a church..and here you are!! God answers prayers. Thank you for
being tools in His hands for me." It was so sweet! I love being a tool
in God's hands— for every single one of His children whether they are
members or not!
Love you all! Remember who you are!!
at 7:08:00 PM
P.s. I forgot to say in the other email that I tried "mate" this week
which is this drink from Argentina that's really weird/sketchy. Haha
but it's an Argentinian custom and there's an elder in our mission
that's from Argentina and he gave my companion some (because she likes
mate) so she made me try some too. It's awful. 0/10 would not
at 7:04:00 PM
Monday, July 10, 2017
Hi family and friends!!
Sorry I didn't get to send a big email last week, but we are finally
all settled in to our new house!! We live with a single lady who is in
her 50s?? And she is so so sweet. We live in the basement, but we
share the kitchen and laundry room with her. It's a nice place and we
love it already :) we miss the Wardle's (previous homeowner) but it's
nice to start over/change things up a little bit!
As I mentioned in the email subject: this week was insanely hot. It
hit 106 and we were dying and sweating non-stop. It was great :))
Today we went mini golfing as a district again and I'm still pretty
rusty, but at least I had a hole-in-one!!
We also had a good 4th of July!! We had a 3 hour meeting at night
and didn't get to see the fireworks :// but we still saw
lots of them on the drive home so it's all good!
I'll admit this week was kind of rough-- or in other words Heavenly
Father loves testing my patience :) but I received some inspirational
personal revelation and we had a huge miracle Saturday night that I
want to share with you!!
MIRACLE: A couple weeks ago we received a referral from the Riverton
Zone Leaders of a family from Colombia. We were able to contact them a
couple times, but were never able to get in the door because they were
busy. Well, we were finally able to set an apppointment with them for
Saturday, and it was one of the most incredible lessons I have ever
had. I love this family!!! It is a married couple and their 19
year-old daughter and they are actually from Ecuador! (There is a
Colombian couple living there too). The mom was born and raised in the
Church and is still active, but she married her husband just 8 years
ago. These people are some of the most prepared people for the Gospel
that I have ever met. Throughout the entire lesson of the Restoration
they had deep questions and true intention to know more. At the
beginning of the lesson the dad was like "look sisters, I'm Catholic
and I won't be Mormon because I drink coffee." But as the lesson went
on and after we shared the First Vision they were so shocked and
everything clicked and the dad said that he knows that now is his time
to change. AH it was so awesome!! The dad and daughter both accepted
baptism before we even finished the question!! They both will be
baptized on July 29th :)) They have also already been to Church many
times and they love it. Haha and they took a picture with us before we
left I don't even know why. They're so golden!! God has blessed us so
My personal study revelatory experience! So I was reading about My
Purpose from PMG and it talked about how the Atonement of Jesus Christ
is central in all things. So, I decided to pick back up on my study
from the Topical Guide about Jesus Christ that Elder Rasband had
challenged us to read back in December. I love the references in the
topic of "Jesus Christ, Atonement"!! Specifically, though, my
revelatory experience occurred as I was reading Luke 22:40-42 about
Jesus's suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus didn't want to
suffer so much, but He understood His purpose and accepted God's will.
Then I read something that I never noticed before: after He accepts
God's will, God sends an angel to Him to strengthen Him! I don't know
how I ever missed that, but that is incredible! He received strength
from heaven and then was able to continue and complete His suffering
in the Garden-- even though it was still incredibly painful. I know
that in the mission/in life we will have a lot of hard times, but when
we have patience and accept God's will, He has promised that He will
send angels round about us to lift us up!! Then when we receive that
strength, we can continue to accomplish His will. We will still
suffer, but we will better understand our purpose and be able to trust
in God and receive His trust as well.
Sorry it was kind of short this week! We have a lesson today at 4 :))
Love you all!!
at 6:24:00 PM
Tuesday, July 4, 2017
So, yes, we have been moving and cleaning and packing and unpacking
all day so I'm sorry I don't have time to write an update of the week
or to respond to individual emails :// but I will for sure next week!!
HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!!! 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸
Love, Hermana Daniels
P.s. Enjoy these pictures of my lovely sock tan and some homemade
at 2:50:00 PM
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
WOW how am I already halfway through my mission?! I feel like
Christmas was yesterday and that I'm only 2 months old. Ahhhhhh that's
so weird. Christmas is in 6 months again! Hahah wow time flies. I
don't even know what to say.
Bueno. I have learned SO much from these past 9 months serving the
Lord 24/7. And I am so excited for the next 9 months to come!!
Mission-wise: I have a lot more experience than I did 9 months ago,
that's for sure! I'll admit there are definitely still times where I
don't know what to do when we are teaching or talking to someone, but
the cool thing is that I have learned to get out of the way and just
let the Spirit talk! That's the key to everything. I am so weak and
unqualified but the Lord has molded me and used me in His hands to
make me strong!! (Alma 26:12)
Language-wise: hahah I definitely know more Spanish than I did a year
ago. It's good but hard at the same time to be speaking Spanish in
Utah because everything is in English and I'm not immersed in a
Hispanic culture. But it's good at the same time because it forces me
to practice using English and Spanish at the same time so I have
gotten pretty good at translating! Also it has happened multiple times
this week where I've been trying to explain something in English and I
said some things in Spanish without even noticing it haha I always get
some confused looks and then realize that Spanglish isn't spoken by
everyone...whoops :)) Also! I have been getting a lot of compliments
on my Spanish lately so I guess that's good! Haha especially this week
when we have been talking to people on the street or in the doorway,
as soon as I start saying something they look at me super surprised
and say something like "woah where did that come from??" Hahah it's
fun. The gift of tongues is so real!!
And I've grown so much in so many other ways! I have a deeper and
stronger testimony of the Book of Mormon and other Gospel and
doctrinal topics, I have learned to be more Christ-like, I have
practiced more patience, I have learned about so many different
cultures, and, most importantly, I have learned how to truly trust in
the Lord in everything and to love His children. I love this mission
so much!! Everyone always asks how I felt about getting my call to
serve here and it is weird sometimes being surrounded by so many
members, but there is SO much work to do as well. We are strengthening
the home stakes of Zion!! It makes me really sad to meet so many
less-active people here as well. There are less members than one would
think! But especially being part of the Hispanic culture has been
incredible. I feel like I have already traveled the world! I love
these people with my whole heart and I wouldn't want to be anywhere
else in the world right now. Missions are the best!! We come home
everyday and collapse on the ground but our hearts are full and we are
so happy. It's an honor to be a soldier in the Lord's Army in these
last days!!! <3
This week was also super good :) We saw lots of miracles and met lots
of new people!!
On Thursday we met the mother of a member in our ward who just came
from Mexico a couple weeks ago, and we had a lesson with her! She is
only visiting her daughter until mid-July?? But she has talked with a
lot of missionaries before. There isn't a church building in her
little town in Mexico (that she knows of) so she hasn't really been
able to progress over there, but she has come to church every week
since she has been here! Well, we got to know her and taught her a mix
of the Restoration, the Plan of Salvation, and the Gospel of Jesus
Christ. We had no idea where that lesson was going to go, but the
Spirit was so strong and took over right away in order for us to say
what she needed to hear. Wow, I love living the promise that "when our
mouths are opened they shall be filled!" I testify that that is true.
This sister, Etelvina, is also incredibly humble and prepared and,
don't worry, we are on the search for a Church meeting house in her
little village! And when she receives a confirmation to what she needs
to do, she will be baptized on July 1st! We are praying that she will
accept the confirmation that she already received that night. She even
gave the closing prayer and said that she is so thankful that God sent
us there to open her heart and asked Him to help her know if this is
the path that He has for her. We are so excited for her!!
This week in my personal studies I learned so much! One of my favorite
scriptures that I found is 2 Corinthians 4, verse 3. It says, "But if
our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost." This scripture is
so simple, but so profound! There are people in the world that don't
even know that they are missing something! Therefore, it is even more
important to talk to as many people as we can because the blessings of
the Gospel are endless and for everyone!
Also a funny story from the week: We are teaching a young couple from
Mexico and they have a 5 year-old girl and baby boy. This little girl
is so so precious and she loves Disney (so naturally we are already
friends :)) and she loves dressing up like Belle or Ana or Elsa. So
one day we went by and I had two braids in my hair, and my companion
was like (to this little girl) "look it's Ana!" (At me) and the little
girl was like "Ah! Yes!!!" Hahah it was so cute (shout-out to Tricia
aka Princess Ana :) everyone thinks I look like Princess Ana now too
Lots of love and prayers from SLC!!
Have a great week!
at 4:47:00 AM
P.s. We are moving houses this week :(((( The Wardle's contract is up
and it is time to kick us out </3 Missionaries have lived here for 3
years!! And we are the last ones. So we will be moving next P-day so
sorry if I don't have a lot of time to write emails! We are moving
about 5 minutes away to live in the basement of a single sister in our
stake. She is so sweet and this will be the first time that
missionaries have lived there..? I think. But we are excited for the
change :) We won't be able to walk to church anymore though :// that's
the best haha we live literally right next to the church building
right now so I guess we won't be able to play basketball for exercise
in the morning anymore :( pero está bien!
at 4:40:00 AM
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Buenas! How is it already June 19th? This month has flown by!!
We had a good week, though! It was hard and there were definitely some
insanely long days thrown in, but it was an incredible learning
experience as well. Something that has helped me is to replace every
negative thought with something positive! Haha one day my companion
said "hermana, my legs hurt so much today" and without thinking I just
said "well at least we have legs!" Hahah kind of random and you kind
of had to be there, but it's true! When we count our blessings we can
see so many more positive things each day. Try it!
We spent a lot of time trying to find and contact new people, and we
weren't having a lot of success, but we did have a miracle on Friday!
It was getting kind of late, so we prayed to know where to go, and we
felt like we should go visit a man named Santos. We got to his house
and sat in the car for a minute but then we saw him outside! We went
over and talked to him a little bit, and he said he was just about to
leave, but he saw us pull up so he waited for us to come talk to him.
Normally people try to drive away as fast as possible when they see us
coming!! Haha it was great— he is super nice and accepted a pamphlet
and told us we could come back another time even after initially
saying that he wasn't interested! His heart changed in a matter of
minutes! Then he also gave us a referral of someone who goes to his
church who lives down the street! We went right away to contact her
and she opened the door and also said that we could come back on
I also have loved reading Doctrine and Covenants now as a mission. I
have learned something new from almost every section! One of my
all-time favorite sections, though, is D&C 18. This section helped me
decide to serve a mission! Of course it talks about the worth of souls
and how great will be our joy when we brings souls unto Christ, but
one of my favorite verses is verse 17. It says, "Behold, you have my
gospel before you, and my rock, and my salvation." We literally have
the truth and knowledge of everlasting life and salvation in our
laps!! Before my mission I took that for granted too often! But now I
realize the importance of sharing the goodness and blessings that we
have from the gospel with others. The Gospel changes lives! And it is
our calling and responsibility to bring it to them.
Sorry it's a shorter update this week, but I'll send some more pictures!!
Love you all!!
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Buenos días!! Today is temple day!! We haven't gone yet, but I will
send some pictures next week :)
Highlights of this week!
1) Marisa's Baptism!! It was beautiful. She invited lots of family and
friends to attend and the Spirit was strong :) Also at her
confirmation the next day, she received a beautiful blessing and she
was crying through the whole thing. She is so amazing! I asked her to
write her testimony in my journal because she is so awesome. I don't
know if I told you her story yet, but just real quick:
She is from Concepción, Chile (s/o to Joe). When she first arrived
in Utah a few years ago, she had nothing. She was struggling a lot and
really needed help but had no where to go. One day, she contemplated
taking her own life. But then a pair of elders knocked on her door!
She let them in and they helped her calm down and told her that some
sister missionaries would come soon to comfort her because they (the
elders) couldn't do that much. The sisters came right away and
comforted her and invited her to church-- to which she attended the
next day. When Marisa was at church she was looking around for the
elders that had knocked on her door, but she couldn't find them. She
asked the sisters where they were and the sisters said that they had
no idea what she was talking about because there were no elders in
that area! Marisa knew right away that they were angels sent from God.
She has such a strong testimony and has had so many incredible
experiences like that where God has protected her and guided her to be
the woman she is today. :)
2) Elder Bednar came to talk to our mission!! We took a mission
picture with him, so when they send it to us I will share it with you
as well :) But wow, he did a Q&A with us for 3 hours straight and the
Spirit was so strong the entire time. I know that he is an Apostle of
the Lord!! We talked a lot about conversion and faith and one of my
favorite things that he said was: "Be a little better today than you
were yesterday, and a little better tomorrow than you were today." The
Lord doesn't expect us to be perfect, but He does expect us to
progress. Something else I really liked was that: "No one struggles
who feasts upon the word's of Christ daily." It is so true!! The Book
of Mormon is the keystone of our religion and our lives. We all have
struggles and different problems, but the power of the Book of Mormon
is that it can and will answer every problem we come across.
3) Last night the Spirit guided us to one of our investigator's homes!
Not only was our investigator home, but also her husband and two
children, her mom, her uncle, and her uncle's wife (who are visiting
from Mexico for only 2 weeks). We were planning on teaching just our
investigator and her husband, but that completely changed (which
happens almost everyday on the mission)! But we were prepared, and the
Spirit guided our words to know what to do and what to say. I can't
even describe how incredible the Spirit is and the gift of
discernment. I testify that the promise is 100% true that when we open
our mouths, they will be filled!! I don't even remember what I said
because I wasn't talking— the Spirit was!
4) Yesterday we also had a lesson with our investigator named Walter.
He is 11 years old and has two baby chickens and two goats. Haha I
hate goats, but Walter needed help putting them back in their cage, so
basically my companion and I played tackle football with some goats :)
then Walter ran out of food for his baby chickens, so we helped him
crush some corn seeds into basically dust. I felt so authentic,
though, just sitting there hand-crushing some corn seeds in a rock
bowl with another rock. :)
5) On Saturday morning we went to a Relief Society Activity and they
had some little classes and in one of them we learned how to make
No-Bake Cheesecake! It is insanely simple and super yummy. I'll send a
picture of the recipe when we get the recipe!
6) On Thursday we had a Zone Meeting and the building where we meet
for that is about 20 minutes away, so we were contacting some people
in the morning before we had to leave for the meeting. Well, we had a
house in mind, but we weren't sure if we should go because we had to
leave soon to get to the meeting on time! We sat there for a second
and then decided: let's go. We ran up to the door and knocked 3
different times until finally someone answered just as we were about
to leave. We talked to them a little bit and they said that we could
come back next week to share a message with them!! The coolest part
about this little miracle is that no one has opened that door to the
missionaries since September of last year. But God needed us there in
that moment and now we're going to baptize that whole family! :D
I love you all and hope you all have a great week!!
at 5:14:00 AM
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Hi family and friends!!
Today is transfer day and.......I'm staying in Riverton! but Sister Johnson is going to Sandy with her old companion and Sister Alvarado is coming here with me!! We're just switching back! Hahah super random but we're excited!!
This week was good! Sister Johnson and I had a great transfer together :) We taught some good lessons, found some new people to teach and to meet, and of course we have seen lots and lots of miracles! We had 5 baptisms this month!! Le'go!! and we won a pie from Kneaders because we lead the mission in baptisms! Hahah actually, we were supposed to have another baptism this past Saturday, but our investigator called us the morning of and said that she couldn't do it that day anymore because of a family emergency. At first I was kind of sad, but it was a real emergency and she is a super super solid investigator (already a convert), so no worries, she will definitely be baptized this week!!
On Saturday we had a huge miracle and heart-break at the same time. So last Sunday, we talked to our Bishop's brother who is not a member (pretty much anti-Mormon actually), but it went really well and he accepted a Book of Mormon and he just started reading it right then when we gave it to him! And then we asked when we could come back, and he said that maybe a weekend would be good, so we said "okay, we'll be there on Saturday!" So we went over on Saturday and just his wife and one of his two sons was home. They let us in and we started talking to his wife, Rosemary, who has also investigated the church for a while, but has never wanted to change. We asked her how everything was and if her husband was able to find a job so that he could help her support their family (he just got here from Venezuela for the baptism of his parents: Adnerys and Jose). But that's when she told us that he had left to go back to Venezuela just the night before. ....</3 She started crying and I thought I was going to too. Their marriage has been rough for a while, but it was so sad to see her hurt again and this brother was so ready for the Gospel! We comforted her right away and shared a scripture with her and we could see it really touch her heart--even to the point of tears again. I know without a doubt that God sent us there to comfort her in that moment--just as if He was there for her, because He is! But what a blessing it is to be a tool in the Lord's hands everyday and to be guided by the Spirit to be exactly where we needed to be. Rosemary has always been too busy to meet with missionaries and has never really wanted to change, but we can see something changing inside. She has come to church every Sunday except one ever since I got here! It will take a lot of patience and prayer, but we know that she knows that this church is true. We hope it is finally her time!!
Something awesome I learned this week was from one of Elder Bednar's talks that he asked us to read in preparation for when he comes! The talk is called, "Seek Learning by Faith." It goes perfectly with the message of "The Music of the Gospel!" And it's something that Sister Johnson and I have really been trying to focus on this week: to help our investigators feel the Spirit (or the music) instead of just learning the doctrine (dance steps). I love that Elder Bednar said, "Teaching, exhorting, and explaining, as important as they are, can never convey to an investigator a witness of the truthfulness of the restored gospel. Only as an investigator’s faith initiates action and opens the pathway to the heart can the Holy Ghost deliver a confirming witness. Missionaries obviously must learn to teach by the power of the Spirit. Of equal importance, however, is the responsibility missionaries have to help investigators learn by faith." It is so true!! We can testify and teach as much as we can, but if the investigator's heart is closed, there is no progress. They have to develop their own faith and testimonies by learning the basics first through an environment filled with the Holy Ghost.
If you haven't seen "The Music of the Gospel" video yet, go watch it right now!!! I love it :) here's a link for it but I'm not exactly sure if it will work: http://media2.ldscdn.org/assets/mormon-channel/mormon-messages-2017/2017-01-005-the-music-of-the-gospel-360p-eng.mp4?download=true
In other news, it was insanely hot all week. Like almost 90s everyday. Yesterday it hit 101. But it feels like Mexico now so it's all good!! Last night at 9pm it was still 87 degrees. Yikes!
Also we had an all-sisters meeting this week which was so fun! I love the sisters in the Spanish Zone :) We are all going to be best friends forever because there won't be any new Spanish sisters coming in the mission until next year I think.....haha yeah so I will definitely get to know these 7 other hermanitas super well! <3
This week I have also started reading Doctrine and Covenants (a book of revelations from God to the prophet Joseph Smith) and I just love it so much!! I am so blessed to be able to continue learning new things in every book of scripture with a missionary perspective. These are some of my favorite verses that I have read!
~D&C 24:8 "Be patient in afflictions, for thou shalt have many; but endure them, for, lo, I am with thee, even unto the end of thy days."
~D&C 15:6 "And now, behold, I say unto you, that the thing which will be of the most worth unto you will be to declare repentance unto this people, that you may bring souls unto me, that you may rest with them in the kingdom of my Father."
~D&C 12:7-8 "Behold, I speak unto you, and also to all those who have desires to bring forth and establish this work; And no one can assist in this work except he shall be humble and full of love, having faith, hope, and charity, being temperate in all things, whatsoever shall be entrusted to his care."
~D&C 11:21 "Seek not to declare my word, but first seek to obtain my word, and then shall your tongue be loosed; then, if you desire, you shall have my Spirit and my word, yea, the power of God unto the convincing of men."
I'm also working on a separate email of all of the cool stories and incredible miracles that we have seen this transfer :) That might not be there until next week though.
Love you all!! Cuídense mucho!!
Hermana Daniels <3
Monday, June 5, 2017
This week went by so fast again! The days feel slow sometimes, but it
was a good week :) Top eight highlights:
1) Aldair Diaz Martinez, age 10, was baptized on Saturday!!! That was
our 5th baptism of the transfer and we still have one more week and
someone planning on being baptized this Saturday as well, so hopefully
we can make that 6! Aldair's baptism went really well, though! Our
recent convert, Aurelio (who was baptized in January), baptized him!
It was his first time! He was a little nervous and didn't get it right
until the third time, but it was really special for both of them. I'll
2) We started teaching our Bishop's brother!!! Wow this was a miracle.
So, as you all know, the Bishop's parents just got baptized a couple
weeks ago and they were waiting to do it then so that their other son
(who is not a member) could be there as well. Well, their other son,
Jose Gregorio finally arrived from Venezuela and was at their baptism
with his wife and two kids. He has always been very against the
church, but he cried throughout the entire baptism. His heart was so
touched! He said himself that he wanted to go back to Venezuela as
soon as possible because he didn't want to come here and be converted
by everyone. Well, we've been trying to talk to him since the day he
got here, and we haven't been able to catch him or his family at a
good time. But yesterday we went over there for dinner (with Bishop's
whole family--which is basically half of the ward) and Jose Gregorio
joined us for the spiritual message! We shared the video "Dare to
Stand Alone" (mainly for Adnerys and Jose who are new members) and
afterwards, Jose went off on his own message about the Bible and John
the Baptist and how he's noticed that our church is the only church
that baptizes the exact same way that Jesus was baptized! Anyway, we
talked some more and he accepted a Book of Mormon and he said he is
going to read the chapter we left for him AND he said that we can come
back and teach their whole family another day!!! AH this family will
take some time, but I am so pumped for them!!
3) We tried some yummy Chilean food this week! @Spence get hype!!
Chilean food is the best. And you will be fed very well so make sure
your pants can stretch! ;)
4) Sister Johnson taught me how to make homemade scones! They're
really good. We made some apple cinnamon ones! Dad, you would be proud
5) Happy Memorial Day today! We made some red-white-and-blue fruit
salad just like home! God bless America. 🇺🇸
6) We taught some lessons and met some new people and almost died of
heat stroke but I love summer!! I already have a watch tan hahah
7) This week I also finished the Book of Mormon! I love that book with
my whole heart and I know that it is the true word of God. I also
started reading Doctrine and Covenants this week and I love it so much
as well! One of my favorite sections is Section 15. John Whitmer
inquires of the Lord of "that which would be of most worth" unto him.
I love the Lord's answer in verse six! "And now, behold, I say unto
you, that the thing which will be of the most worth unto you will be
to declare repentance unto this people, that you may bring souls unto
me, that you may rest with them in the kingdom of my Father." That's
the most important thing that we can do! Declare repentance and bring
souls unto Christ!! And I can't wait to rest with them in heaven
someday—it will truly be a glorious reunion.
8) On Wednesday we ate with this family from Mexico and they have
actually fed us every week and it is the best Mexican food ever. The
first time she made us flautas/tacos duros! Sister Lopez made me those
one time and it's just chicken in a tortilla that is fried. The second
time we had sopes! Those are hard to explain, you'll have to google
that one haha. And this week it was mole enchiladas! Ahhh que ricos
todos. I'm so blessed.
Sorry I didn't have time for long stories today, I will share more
miracles next week!!
Happy Memorial Day and happy June this week!!
Hermana Daniels <3
at 9:43:00 AM
Tuesday, May 9, 2017
WOW waaaay up, I feel blessed!! This week has been another incredible
week in Riverton, UT. We baptized two incredible people on Saturday,
and will be baptizing two more this Saturday!! :) Also we found lots
of new people to work with and three of our investigators came to
church, as well as three more that haven't been taught in forever! Que
bendecidas somos. Also one of our recent converts bore his testimony
in Sacrament meeting for the first time and it was beautiful. Also we
have food for days and literally everyone has paid for our meals this
week. Also we live literally right next to our church building so we
walk to church and on two separate occasions, someone has pulled over
on the side of the road and asked us if we need a ride. Hahah these
people are so sweet.
SO some highlights of the week:
1) Fabrizio's Baptism!! Fabrizio is 23 and from Peru! This baptism was
so beautiful. The Spirit was so strong and it was super special. Also
Fabrizio's friend came who is from Brasil and gave a talk on the Holy
Ghost! It was in straight Portuguese! (Shout-out to Trevor) I didn't
understand everything he said, but it was really cool and I was able
to pick up bits and pieces that sounded like Spanish! I can't remember
if I told y'all his conversion story, but I will summarize it again
real quick. So he had been meeting with the sisters for a while before
I got here. Like he started taking the lessons back in February I
think? Anyway, he was never really sure what to do and had known it
was true since he got here, but never accepted his answer. Then the
second day that I was here in Riverton, he called us and asked if he
could talk to us. In the lesson we had with him, he told us that that
morning he decided that it was time and that he wanted to be baptized
as soon as possible. !!! God had been working with him little by
little and his time was now. :)
2) Paolo's Baptism!! Paolo is 17 and from Nicaragua/Costa Rica! His
baptism was incredible as well. Wow just an entire day full of the
Spirit!! He is living with his aunt and uncle here in Utah and his
uncle was the one that baptized him. After he baptized Paolo, they
gave each other a super long hug and as Paolo turned to leave the
font, his eyes were full of tears and his smile was as big as ever. It
was so precious. This is the Lord's work!!! He is preparing His
people! Paolo used to be Atheist and denied God because of some hard
experiences in his life, but he was so prepared and accepted the
Gospel right away and now knows that he is home. ❤️
3) Fun fact: Our area overlaps the Orem mission! (Our Spanish area--
their English area) We are the most southern part of the mission and
border branches from Lehi and Saratoga Springs haha-- so weird! But it
gets weirder. So Riverton/Bluffdale are basically in the middle of
nowhere and we have this one investigator that is super far up in the
mountains and whenever we go there we can see the entire Salt Lake
valley from the top! Also.....we can see the Y mountain. Ahhhhhhh I
cried inside. Also I took a picture of it today but it was super
cloudy by the mountains so you can't even see it in the picture ://
but I can see it in real life! Hahah also we can see downtown SLC and
all three temples that are in our mission. Nice.
4) Word of the Week: Paleta. It means popsicle! And the most delicious
popsicles from Michoacán, Mexico!! They are SO good. Get the ones that
are coconut flavored! The brand is called "La Michoacana." And they
are my new favorite because I like to tell everyone that I am from
Michoacán because it sounds the most like Michigan :) I think I said
this before, but people actually believe me when I say that I am! Haha
it's the best.
5) Shout-out to the Grand Rapids Ward Young Women!! Thank you so much
for the sweet letter!! That made my week!! I'm working on sending one
Anyway, we see miracles everyday which is the absolute best, but these
were just some highlights!!
Love you all!! Happy Mother's Day!!!!!!! :)))
Love, Hermana Daniels
at 3:53:00 AM
Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Hola!! My first week in Riverton was so incredible!!
Tuesday: we had exchanges in the morning! We moved all of my stuff (I
don't know how I have so many random things) over to my new home with
the Wardle family :) After we dropped off my things, we got out to
work! We had lots of lessons already planned and set up some times to
meet with the Bishop and Stake President and Ward Mission Leader. I
love this ward already!
Wednesday: also a super busy day! We had a meeting in the morning with
our new district and then had lots of lessons in the afternoon and
evening. We had an awesome lesson with one of our investigators at 6
and then English class at 7 and then another lesson with a different
investigator at 8! Riverton feels so much busier than Sandy--which is
a good thing :) The lesson we had at 8 was a miracle, though. Earlier
in the day we had planned to have a lesson with someone else, but then
they cancelled on us. So we were just going to go visit some people
instead. But! Our other investigator, Fabrizio, called us and asked us
if he could talk to us at 8 that night!! So that was a miracle alone
that we were able to meet with him--but it gets better. We were
talking to him about the importance of going to church and praying and
reading the scriptures, when he was like "Hermanas. I already received
my answer. I received it today! I want to get baptized on May 6th."
!!!!!!!! AHH it was so awesome!! The sisters that found him (my
companion and Sister Lopez who took my spot in Sandy) had been
inviting him again and again to get baptized, and he kept disregarding
it, but God has a plan for him and made sure that he knew these things
are true!!! We are so excited for him. He will be baptized this
Saturday at 12pm in Riverton, UT :)
Thursday: Thursday morning we visited our investigators, Adneirys and
Jose Maria. They are this sweet little old couple from Venezuela who
got here a couple months ago and they are also the Bishop's parents.
Their story is so cool! So Bishop has been trying to get them to come
to church for a suuuuper long time, but they've always been very
Catholic. But! When they came to the US, their hearts were super
softened, and the sisters started teaching them! Now they have already
gained their own testimonies that these things are true and they could
get baptized any second. They had a baptismal date at one point, but
wanted to wait until their son and two grandsons also arrived here
from Venezuela so that they can come to their baptism too. However, as
I'm sure you already know, it is almost impossible for anyone to get a
visa to the US right now, so they have been waiting for their son to
get here for a long time. BUT they finally came on Wednesday night!!!!
So we got to meet them Thursday morning and it was so great. Their
son, Jose Gregorio, has never been receptive to the Gospel either, but
we taught all of them about family history work, and they loved it! We
invited Jose Gregorio and his two sons to join us in the other lessons
we teach to Adneirys and Jose Maria and they said yeah! It might take
a little work, but I know they will come around too :)) So now
everyone is super happy and Adneirys and Jose Maria said they want
their baptisms to be on May 13th :) Wooooo!!
We also had a great lesson with our other investigator, Paolo! He is
17 and from Nicaragua/Costa Rica. He only got here a few weeks ago as
well and he wants to be baptized on May 6th! The sisters only taught
him one lesson before I got here, so we have been teaching him
everything else and he is so awesome and prepared.
So many miracles!!!!
Friday: we had an awesome lesson with another one of our investigators
named Aldair. He is 10 years old and his parents are less-active, but
he never grew up in the church. Another cool story with them!! So we
just started teaching them this week, but we weren't the ones that
found them. One day Aldair's mom was waiting at the bus stop and an
English elder started talking to her! She doesn't speak very much
English, but somehow this elder found out that they were members and
where they lived. When the sisters went over there on Monday night,
they met Aldair and found out he wasn't baptized! So we have been
teaching him this week and on Friday he accepted a baptismal date for
May 20th!!! He is so smart and funny and we are so excited for him. :)
Saturday and Sunday: it was a good weekend! We met some more members
and investigators and got some doors slammed in our faces and met some
really nice people and ate some good and bad food haha. The food
highlight of the week was a little octopus that was in this rice and
shrimp dish that a member gave us. It was gross. But it was cooked and
it was the Bishop's wife, so I forced it down hahah. Also at church on
Sunday we sang a special musical number (A Child's Prayer in Spanish)
and the theme of Sacrament Meeting was how the Gospel changes lives!
So three of the recent converts in the ward spoke and then Sister
Johnson and I each gave a 10 minute talk. I don't even remember what I
said ahaha but that's proof to me that the Spirit was speaking through
me so that's good :) I love this ward though!
What a miraculous week!!! The Lord is blessing Sister Johnson and I so
much. That hard work these past few transfers has paid off :) but it
doesn't stop!! I'm so excited to work here in Riverton and to have at
least 5 baptisms this transfer :))) Oh! Also my little friend David
Noguera from Sandy that we were teaching is also getting baptized this
Friday!! Finally!! :) I'm so excited for him and his family.
May will be the month of baptisms!! :D
Anyway, sorry this email was so long! There's so much going on in
Riverton! But I'm so excited and so thankful to be here. Thank you all
for all of the prayers!! I can definitely feel them :) I love you all
so much and hope you have a great week!!
Happy May!! Also Happy May the Fourth Be With You on Thursday :)
Love, Hermana Daniels
at 9:32:00 AM
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
The last week of the transfer!! All week we were busy with service and
exchanges and teaching lots of lessons which was good. Also this
weekend was Stake Conference and it was weird not being home haha but
it was still really good :) They only have 9 full-time missionaries
serving from their stake! That's so crazy! Our stake is the same size
and we have like 27! Haha. But a stake in Utah is like 2 or 3
neighborhoods so I guess there aren't a lot of youth that are
mission-age? I don't know. Shout-out to the Grand Rapids Stake, though
Sooo the big news. I'm.......being transferred! :) :( haha I'm excited
but at the same time I will miss Sandy so much. I will now be serving
in RIVERTON!! With Hermana Johnson!! She came into the field 2
transfers after me I think? But this is also my first time being the
senior companion! I feel so old. But Hermana Johnson is awesome! She
is from Illinois (#midwest) and she has learned and studied Spanish
since she was 4...! Thank goodness! My Spanish has improved a ton
since I started, but I'm thankful that she is fluent as well haha
we'll be a great team.
Also fun fact I have had a new companion every transfer! I don't
really know if that's good or bad, but it is fun getting to know all
of my Spanish Zone sisters. My companion told me I was easy to get
along with, so because we didn't have any problems to work through
we're being split-up so that we can learn how to work with different
people haha. I'm super excited to go to Riverton, though. It will be
This week I also finished reading Helaman! I love all of the counsel
we receive from these chapters. I specifically loved the emphasis of
repentance and faith in chapter 15. Samuel the Lamanite tells us that
when we have those two things together, we can develop a change of
heart. When we align our humility with God's will, this change of
heart brings lasting conversion!!
I hope all is well!! Thank you to everyone for the continued love and
support and prayers. :) Have a great week!!
Hermana Daniels <3
at 4:27:00 AM
Hiiii! So on Monday at the March Madness Finals, President Lansing
said that we could have 4 extra hours of P-day this week because we
have lost so many P-day hours due to all of the March Madness
tournaments. So I get to say hi again today! Hola. :)
These past couple days have been great, though!
Monday was fun and Tuesday was our last district meeting of the
transfer! This transfer flew by!! I can't believe we have transfers on
Tuesday! But I think Sister Alvarado and I will stay together here in
Sandy. At least I hope so! We've been on fire this transfer and have
so much more work to do!!
Then yesterday we went to Temple Square with our recent convert, Mark,
and his mom, Maria!! It went really well! The Spirit was so strong and
she loved being there. It was almost a train wreck, though. When we
got there, we went to go see the Christus statue and some Temple
Square sisters were helping us with the tour and everything which was
nice (we called them the night before to make sure they would be
there). Then we walked over to the movie room to watch "God's Plan for
Families" (the short video presentation of eternal families) aaaand it
was broken. Haha my companion looked like she was going to kill
someone lol we were like "uhhhh ok. What do we do now?" And then the
Temple Square sisters were like "oh sorry we didn't know that! We'll
go check if there's another movie theater room we can watch it in." So
then while we waited for them we just walked around and looked at the
paintings which were nice. When they came back they said that they
couldn't find it in Spanish anywhere else..... Haha inside I was kind
of upset and frustrated that they had one job and it didn't work and
we even called them the day before to plan everything. BUT then!
(First of all, I was humbled real quick) and second of all, God knew
our investigator, Maria, needed to see that video and feel the Spirit
there because as we were walking to the stairs, the technician burst
out of the theater doors and said that it was fixed!! Straight
miracle. Without that video, Maria definitely wouldn't have had as
Spiritual of an experience. Temple Square and the Spirit there is
incredible, but that video brings goosebumps and tears every time and
Maria felt that. We testified to her afterwards and she told us she
wants to get baptized someday but she is still working on getting work
off on Sundays. WE'RE SO EXCITED FOR HER!! She's awesome. And super
prepared for the Gospel. Even Mark was helping us bear testimony and
he wants to be a missionary someday so we told him to keep being a
good example for his family and friends :) Sandy has big things
Anyway, today was good too :) we deep-cleaned our house this morning
before cleaning checks and then made some toastadas for lunch! I made
these before with Hermana Lopez, but this time I did it all by myself!
:)) (I'll send a picture)
Much love from SLC!!
Love, Hermana Daniels❤️
at 4:20:00 AM