Tuesday, March 28, 2017

WOwie I can't believe I'm already 6 months old!! I still feel like I just got here sometimes, haha! The past 6 months have been incredible, though. I have learned so much and have come so much closer to my Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ. What a blessing it is to be their representative for another 12 months!!

This week was so spiritually uplifting! We got to go to the temple, we had Zone Conference, we had lots of meetings, and we had the General Women's Session of General Conference!! (Shout-out to Meg and Brynn and Brynn's friend haha love y'all). But they were all so great. I learned so many things and recharged my spiritual battery!!

So this week we also did exchanges with my old companion, Sister Gonzalez! It was so fun to spend 24 hours with her again :) That Thursday night that she was here in Sandy, we had a huge miracle!! So it was about 8:45pm and we had time to try to visit one more person. I knew Sister Gonzalez didn't know my area, but I asked if we could pray for direction anyway. After our prayer, I was thinking of some people when Sister Gonzalez asked me if I knew a trailer or home that had a red door. I was like "...actually yeah! That's one of the people that came to my mind too!" So we ran over to this trailer, and sure enough, they let us in (and unfortunately we didn't have a ton of time) but we were able to share a quick message with them about Jesus Christ! And now we are teaching them as new investigators!! It was just so cool how the Spirit was able to guide us both to exactly where we needed to be that night-- even though Sister Gonzalez isn't even serving in Sandy!

Also I am so excited for General Conference this weekend!! It will be so great. Don't forget to go in to it with a question! I promise that it will be answered through at least one of the talks that we will hear. :)

I'm sorry I don't have as much time to write today with March Madness taking up 3 hours of our p-day now! Speaking of which, we made it to the next round!! Except today we went up against the companionship with the highest score as of last week....and they are sisters that actually know how to teach in English...haha. But it's okay cause we went all in as the underdogs and it went really well! Cast your bets in now to see if we'll make it to the sweet sixteen ;)

Hermana Daniels

P.s. please either make Spencer wait to open his mission call until Mother's Day or just no one can tell me where he is going and he can reenact the whole thing for me over skype :)) 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Happy Spring, everyone!!

All of the trees and flowers are already starting to bloom! I love it!
Today was so great!! We got to go to the Draper Temple this morning!
It is so beautiful and I love being up in the mountains:) I'll send
some pics!

This week was super good! We have seen so many miracles already. We
were going to have a baptism this Sunday, but this little boy's
parents want to wait until April. At first we were like "ahhh dang it
now this little boy is probably never going to get baptized..." but
then we went by their house yesterday and his mom told us that she
talked with her non-member husband and they agreed on April 8th for
sure!!! Were so excited!!! This will be the first baptism that our
area has had for a while! 

Also this week we started March Madness too!! It's a missionary
teaching tournament! We don't actually get to pick basketball teams
:// haha but it's fun! It's kind of weird cause we're being judged on
our teaching skills in like a scenario/practice lesson...I don't like
it but oh well. Also we have to teach in English since it's the whole
mission and we only have one Spanish Zone.....I don't even know how to
teach in English!! And my companion was in English areas before but
she doesn't remember either...haha so it's kind of hard and we have a
little bit of a disadvantage but it's all good. My goal is for us to
at least make it to the sweet 16 haha. I'll keep you updated.

This week I learned so much from the Book of Mormon!! I love it!! I
feel like I have been able to apply every chapter in Alma to
missionary life/work! Specifically chapters 19-27 have helped me to
continue to have faith and to work hard. Ammon and Aaron were such
great missionaries! I love learning from their experiences. As long as
we have love and patience and faith and the Spirit's guide, the Lord
will help us through anything! There were only about 6 missionaries in
Zarahemla (and other Lamanite cities), but they established the church
in the heart of the Lamanites! These people wanted to kill them and
made them suffer through many things, but they continued to work hard
and they were able to convert thousands of Lamanites. And how great
was their joy afterwards! They saw the fruit of their labors and they
were so happy that they fell limp to the ground. That's the goal right
there, haha.

Fun story of the week:
We got a phone call from the Salt Lake County Jail! Hahah it wasn't
that exciting though, the guy was just like "Hello? Gomez? Hello?" And
then we were like "Uhh this is the sister missionaries..? Can we help
you?" and he was like "What? Is this Gomez? Hurry I only have one
minute!" and then we were like "uhhh no...." and then he hung up lol.
It was so random but great.

Anyway, I love you all and I hope it warms up up there! I haven't worn
a jacket for more than a week! :))

Hermana Daniels

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

This week is already transfer week! Hermana Fuentes will be going back home to Atlanta, Georgia, and I will stay here in Sandy with my new companion, Hermana Alvarado!!! She is the Sister Training Leader and also just a super awesome missionary. We are going to work super hard this transfer, I already know it. She is also the hermana that I mentioned before from Guatemala!! She has been out for like 11 or 12 months I think? She actually started her mission in Guate while she waited for her visa so I have no idea. But she is very experienced and obviously speaks Spanish fluently so that will be a big help. Haha I still have so much to learn! But my teaching skills and Spanish skills have improved a ton this past transfer so hopefully I'll just keep getting better!

This past week was also incredible!!! We put 2 people on-date for baptism, had 7 investigators come to church, and picked up 3 new investigators!! Basically the Lord blessed us this week with all of the blessings that we had been working for this whole transfer. Haha talk about patience. But all of that hard work was so worth it and I'm glad we kept working when it got tough because now we have so many blessings! I was just getting too impatient before, but now that I look back at it, it was only less than a month ago when we were struggling and now we are rejoicing. Funny how that works. But the Lord knew I needed to learn so much more patience and I am so glad that I have had that opportunity.

  • On Tuesday we had an awesome zone meeting and Hermana Fuentes and I got to give a training! The whole meeting was super uplifting and inspiring and definitely helped us this week. Anyway, after it I was talking to Hermana Gonzalez and she told me that Lourdes is back on-date for baptism!!! Lourdes is the lady I was teaching in West Jordan who was trying to quit drinking coffee and she almost got baptized with her granddaughter, but she backed-out. But now she's back on!! And she told Hermana Gonzalez that every time she is tempted to drink coffee, she thinks of me because I made that deal with her that I would fast from chocolate if she would stop drinking coffee and when she gave up, I kept going. I broke my chocolate fast when I moved to Sandy-- thinking it didn't make any difference. But it did and it still does!! That just made my heart so happy that I was able to help her and can continue to help her even though I left! That deal/idea was inspired by the Lord. I'm so happy for her and that she is on her way through the repentance process and towards salvation.

  • On Thursday we had plans at night to go visit a family that is investigating, but we felt like they would probably cancel on us when we got there (because they tend to do that), so we called them to confirm that it was okay. Turns out that they were just about to go to bed, so we weren't able to go. However, our less-active friend, Miguel, called us right then and asked us if we could come over and teach his son! This was the same man who texted us a few weeks ago asking if we could baptize his two kids! We finally got to teach one of them! And that is now who is on-date to get baptized on the 8th of April!! His name is Mark and he is 11 and we are super excited for him. He is so smart and sincere and awesome!

  • A couple weeks ago, we were walking around this apartment complex when we ran into this man named Angel. He didn't really have time to talk to us, but he said we could come by his apartment any time. Well, we went back the next day and at his apartment there was just a woman there named Jesid! We were so confused and thought that he was just messing with us and told us the wrong address. Well, it turns out that Jesid is actually a member of the church, but she is less-active and that Angel does indeed live there too. The miracle, though, was that that day that we met Jesid, she had been struggling with a lot and had been praying that God would help her. Right then, she heard a knock on the door and knew that was her answer. We came in and shared a message about Jesus Christ with her and she has been doing so much better ever since. I love how God works in mysterious but simple ways. Because we were listening to the Spirit, we were able to be lead to Angel, who told us to go to his apartment, where Jesid also lives, where we could help her feel God's love and bring the Gospel back into their home. Angel is also one of the new investigators we picked up this week! Everything God does is for a reason.

  • David is our other investigator who is preparing for baptism!! We have been working with him for a while (his mom is now an active member and his dad is still a non-member) but his parents' hearts have been super softened. Now they are both okay with David choosing to be baptized for himself, and are willing to help him progress towards it as well. He has chosen a goal of March 26th!! Please pray for him and Mark to meet their goals of baptism!!

  • We got to go to Temple Square with our investigators, Joel and Katherine!! It was a great time and a perfect day and hopefully they were able to feel the incredible Spirit that is there. Fun story: so when we were taking pictures in front of the temple, we asked this random couple to take our picture and they said they would if we could take their picture too. So Joel was taking their picture for them and then all of a sudden this guy drops down on one knee and proposes!! Haha Joel was like "AHHHHH what!?!" Haha it was great. 

Anyway, sorry for the long email! There were just so many miracles this week!! We are so blessed!! And I know that those come from being exactly obedient in everything that we do: the work, the mission rules, etc. But also one of the biggest things we need to be obedient to is the voice of the Spirit!!! He directed us everywhere we needed to go this week and we have seen miracle after miracle by following His direction. It is incredible!! Obedience brings blessings, but exact obedience brings miracles. Don't leave the house without the Spirit!! And always always always listen to what He has to say. It may be hard sometimes to hear him-- especially surrounded by so many things of the world-- but as we make those little changes in our lives to be more worthy of His presence, we will be able to hear Him and make the right choices.

I'm sorry to hear that Michigan is getting snow and crazy weather! It has felt like Spring every day this week :)) I love it.

Love y'all!! 
Hermana Daniels

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Hey howdy hey! 

We had another long but great week! Mom and Meg you'd be so proud of me, I made snickerdoodles for all of my investigators :)) And with this one family in particular, we asked them if they liked them and the dad was like "What snickerdoodles?" and then his daughter was like "the cinnamon cookies!" And then he was like "Ah Adalie you weren't supposed to say that-- I was trying to get them to make us more!" Haha I love that family already. We just started teaching them yesterday actually! The English elders were teaching them for a long time because they have pretty good English, but they called-off their baptisms because they read some Anti-Mormon stuff....so then the elders were like "ok sisters you can try to teach them in Spanish now since that's their native language anyway" ....ugh I hate when they do that. But we're going to bring the magic touch anyway so it's all good!! 

Miracle! So we had exchanges this week and I went to Draper with Hermana Villanueva and Hermana Fuentes stayed here with Hermana Alvarado! So I wasn't actually here for the miracle, but one of our investigators accepted a priesthood blessing for the first time! Apparently it was a really big step for him— I'm so proud! And then he came to church too and said he was feeling better already :) The power of the priesthood is real!

Also an update on missionary work: we are currently teaching 9 people who are considered "progressing," but none of them have a baptismal date yet. These past couple weeks of teaching them have definitely tried my patience, but at the same time it has given me such a greater perspective. I have learned that this is just like how God feels (times a million) when we aren't making good choices or not remembering His hand in every aspect of our lives. He is perfect and all-knowing, but I'm sure His heart breaks every time we choose the easier wrong over the harder right. He has given us this wonderful gift called agency, meaning we have the power to choose for ourselves—so let's use it for good! None of us are perfect, but as we always strive to choose the right, we will be SO blessed!! Heavenly Father's love is eternal and understanding. He cheers us on and celebrates with us every time we do good— for all good things come from God. So from a missionary perspective, I have learned to have a greater love for these people and to exercise all of the patience within me because I know that change and conversion take time.

Weather update: it felt like Spring all week again until just last night when it was suuuper windy and ice-snowed. I hate it. Haha I'm just very ready for Spring.

Food update: I had some really good arepas and tacos and fish and lentejas and pie de queso (which is like cheesecake but made with queso straight from Chihuahua, Mexico instead of cream cheese. I don't know how to explain it. It's good but I still like cheesecake better.) and gorditas (don't know how to explain those) and burritos and tres leches cake and guacamole and quesadillas and frosted mini wheats. Aka the usual week with Hispanics :) also fun fact, our branch is super small and isn't really able to feed 4 missionaries anymore, so we're eating with the English wards now! But actually my heart is broken because I was just getting used to Hispanic foods. Maybe we'll rotate with the Elders or something. 

Also this is Hermana Fuentes' last week in her mission :( I'm just sending everyone home! But she is awesome and we're going to work hard and have lots of fun this week!!

Love you all!!

Hermanita Daniels