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