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

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