Monday, August 28, 2017

Hello family and friends!!

Yes, it's true, transfers are today and I will be staying in Riverton
for another month and a half which makes a grand total of 6 months in
this area!! I love Riverton, though. :) I will also be staying with
Hermana Alvarado!! This is her last transfer so I will send her
home...💔 But this transfer will make 6 months with her as well!! She
is my longest companion!!
We are super excited to continue working here. There is a small
change, though...our area was split in half! We now share the ward and
area with a set of elders. We used to cover Riverton and Bluffdale,
but now it is just Riverton. I'm so sad :((( we are teaching so many
people in Bluffdale and almost all of our recent converts live over
there! That will be really hard to let go, but we know that the Lord
needs the elders over there and that He has a lot in store for us here
in Riverton. We are excited to see what this next transfer brings!

We had a great transfer these last few weeks, though. Milton and
Camila are both so incredible and are continuing to progress in the
Gospel. We are excited to keep working with them because they live in
Riverton :D and to help them get to the temple!!

This past week was a little crazy but good!
Miracle of the week: On Thursday morning, we received a prompting from
the Spirit to go visit a former investigator who has family visiting
from Mexico. The former investigator wasn't home, but we talked to her
mom who is actually super interested in the Book of Mormon, but she
went back home to Mexico yesterday. :/ However, we had met this
investigator's brother as well who just arrived to Utah a couple of
weeks ago! We had gone to visit them with the intention of finding him
and his wife, but only the mom was home so we just talked to her. Then
as we were about to leave, the brother and his wife walked in the
door!!! It was so cool! Heavenly Father knew that they would be there.
:) We talked to them for a little bit as well and unfortunately they
are currently renting an apartment in Rosepark (out of the mission),
but they are super receptive and we know that they will accept the
Gospel someday. Hopefully they will move to Riverton!!

This week in my personal studies I learned a lot about recognizing the
Spirit and teaching by His ways. I love chapter four of Preach My Gospel 
and Section 100 of Doctrine and Covenants about preaching the Gospel 
by the Spirit!! In verse four the Lord tells us that His purpose is the
salvation of souls! But then He goes on to say that in order to find
and save those souls we need to 1) lift up our voices, 2) speak the
thoughts that He gives us in our hearts, 3) open our mouths without
fear and 4) declare these things in His name. In verse eight He
promises us that when we do all of these things "the Holy Ghost will
be shed forth in bearing record unto all things that we shall say." In
other words, when we do these things and trust that the Lord will fill
our mouths when we open them, the Holy Ghost will carry our message to
the hearts of the people and they will understand and recognize that
our message is true!! Thus bringing about the work of the salvation of
souls. We literally can't do anything without the Spirit!! He is the
true teacher. I have seen this time and time again on my mission and I
am so thankful for the gift of tongues and for the Spirit! It's one of
the best feelings in the world when we let Him speak through us— I
love being a tool in the Lord's hands each day!

Love y'all! Good luck to Liz and B in their first week of school!!
Also #gobucks and #gocougs :))))

love, Hermana Daniels

Monday, August 21, 2017

Hi y'all :)

S/O to Elder Daniels who entered the CCM in México this past week!!!!!

This week was awesome! We found a new family to teach and the parents
are actually less-active members, but their 9 year old daughter isn't
baptized yet! Her baptism will be September 9th and she is already
inviting everyone :)) they're so cute! The little girl's name is Ana
and she is so fun. She taught us how to make slime!  It's just glue, 
Tide, and food coloring! When we first found them,
the mom told us that she knew that the Lord had sent us because
whenever she is struggling, He always sends someone to help her. That
day that she was struggling, we knocked on their door! They are all
excited to come back to church and are so humble and willing to
change. We love them so much already!! We are so excited for them and
especially for Ana :)

On Saturday we had so many miracles! It was one of those days that we
were lead to exactly where the Lord needed us to be and in the exact
moment we needed to be there. First of all, we found a couple who
typically goes to church on Saturdays, but they were at home when we
went because they were preparing to go on a trip the next day! They
told us that that never happens and we told them that it was no
coincidence--God knew that they were there and He sent us!! Then we
went and visited a new investigator from this past week and there just
happened to be a member there who just happened to share his
conversion story and miracles that he has seen in his life with this
investigator. It was so awesome!! Also no coincidence! This
investigator then asked us if he could have his own copy of the Book
of Mormon to start reading! We love that question!! Then right after
that we were guided to stop by a less-active member's house, but they
weren't home. However, we were in the same neighborhood as a potential
investigator so we felt like we needed to go there as well. As we were
knocking on the door this sister pulled into the driveway! She let us
in and we had a great discussion and she committed to read from the
Book of Mormon even though she told us at the beginning of the lesson
that she wasn't going to commit to do anything. Hearts have been
softened this week!! We know that we were definitely lead to find each
and every one of these precious children of God and we are so excited
to keep finding more miracles as we follow the Lord's plans. :)

This morning I was reading in Preach My Gospel about Christlike
Attributes. I love how it says, "just as vital as what you do,
however, is who you are." That is one of the most important lessons we
can learn and teach on the mission: how to become like Jesus Christ!
And we can't become like Jesus Christ unless we follow His ways. When
we invite people to follow Him, we invite them to become more like Him
by literally changing personal habits and customs. Change is
hard--every person and especially every missionary knows that-- but it
is so worth it because God has so much more planned for us!! We just
don't have the eyes to see it yet. But I know that when we follow Him
and His higher ways we will be so blessed!!

Other fun facts from this week: we saw the solar eclipse today! That
was weird. Also we got our new car this week! It's so nice, we are so
spoiled haha but it has a USB port now so we're so pumped to listen to
more music options now!! :) Also our dear friend, Raul, Marisa's dad
that was visiting from Chile goes home this week :((( he's so awesome;
he will get baptized in Chile! We have an FHE with their whole family
tonight as well so that will be fun.

I hope everything is going well!! Lots of love from SLC!!

Hermana Daniels

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Hi everyone!!
So we didn't actually have any convert baptisms this week, but we went
to the Oquirrh Mountain Temple to do baptisms for the dead!! With our
recent convert, Marisa!! Ah she is so cute. It was such an awesome
experience to be there with her for her first time! The first thing
she said when we walked in was "wow, this is exactly what I imagine
heaven to be like! Everyone is so nice and dressed in white!" Marisa
is also pregnant and she said that her baby recognized where we were
because he kept kicking her stomach as if he wanted to get out! Haha,
it was so sweet and she had an incredible time. She is excited to be
baptized for her deceased family members as well!!

Sister Alvarado and I love being in Riverton. We love our recent
converts and investigators and it is such a huge blessing to know so
many incredible people. Also we will be getting a new car this week!
Woooo we will finally have a USB port! Haha our current car only takes
CDs :/ you could say that we've gotten a little sick of them...

As I have been reading in Doctrine and Covenants I have loved learning
so much about missionary work. So many more things stand out to me
that never did before! One of my favorite verses that I read this week
was D&C 88:81. It says, "Behold, I sent you out to testify and to warn
the people, and it becometh every man who hath been warned to warn his
neighbor." I love that the Lord states that He, Himself, sent us out
to the world to TESTIFY and to be a voice of warning! He sent us to
declare good tidings of glad joy and to bring souls unto repentance
and unto Him. I know that every missionary in this mission was sent
here because they have a specific and unique testimony to share with
God's children here in Utah. The Lord didn't just send us to teach the
gospel and to serve others and to preach repentance, but to testify! I
know that bearing testimony as often as possible not only invites a
strong spirit, but gives that spirit an opportunity to soften the
hearts of the people. I have seen this time and time again and I love
knowing that there are still a lot of people out there that need to
hear my testimony! What a great experience it is to be able to share
something so powerful every single day.

Love you all!

Hermana Daniels

Monday, August 7, 2017

Hola mis queridos!

This has been another good but fast week! I can't believe that it is
already August! The work is great, though. Sister Alvarado and I are
doing great, working hard, and having fun. We love being in Riverton;
we know that there is a lot of work to do and we are excited to do it.
We have had to drop some people that have a lot of potential but don't
want to progress which has been hard, but the Lord always provides!!
We have found a lot more potential this week and it has been amazing
to see the miracles that the Lord has been preparing for us.

One of the biggest miracles we saw this week was when we found a new
family of four that is from Guatemala!! They are so awesome. It all
started when we were going to go visit a member, but she forgot that
she said we could come and wasn't home. We had some other people in
our plans, so we decided to go try and find a man named Ismael who
walks around his neighborhood every night. Recently, we haven't been
able to find him outside and he unfortunately doesn't know which
apartment he lives in, so it has been a game of hide-and-seek. We
drove around his apartment complex once and didn't see anyone, so we
decided to drive around again. The second time that we came around the
corner we saw some Hispanics getting out of their car!! We immediately
parked and talked to them and they were super friendly and said that
they are from Guatemala so Sister Alvarado instantly clicked with them
as well!! It's a mom, dad, 22 year-old son, and 14 year-old son. We
asked them if they had talked to missionaries before and the mom
paused for a second and said, "actually...yeah...I was baptized in
Guatemala when I was 14!" And then her husband and sons were like,
"What?! We didn't know that!!" Haha it was kind of funny and awkward
at the same time, but they are open to learning more and said that we
could come back on Wednesday! We are excited to get to know them
better and we know without any doubt that the Lord sent us there in
that exact time, place, and day so that we could find them. The Lord
works in mysterious ways!!

This week we also found an amazing hermanita named Bertha! She is
visiting from Mexico and she knows that God sent us to her and that
her purpose here in Utah is to learn more about God and to get
baptized! Her story is incredible already. She has the gifts of
revelations, tongues, and healing and (after two lessons) already
believes that Joseph Smith was a prophet, that the Book of Mormon is
true, that the Church is true, that President Monson is a prophet and
that Jesus Christ directs this Church. She tells us things that we
haven't even mentioned yet! She also said that the first time that we
came, God told her that we were coming and that she should listen to
us. She asked God why she should listen to us and He told her that
"they are good people and that their message is true." Wow, she is the
most prepared person I have ever met and she continues to have dreams
and visions as she is being taught by the Spirit. It's amazing!! The
only thing is that yesterday she told us that she has to go back to
Mexico for her job and that she won't be back until December :(
there's a very slim chance that I will still be in this area in
December, but maybe she will get baptized in Mexico! We will try to
send the missionaries that are there to her :) at least we were able
to plant some seeds!

Good news!! Marisa (our recent convert from Chile) got her temple
recommend last week and we will go with her to do baptisms for the
dead in the temple tomorrow!! :)) We are so excited for her. That's
such a privilege to be able to do that! Also last Monday night we had
a lesson with her and her boyfriend and the bishop and his wife of the
English ward that they go to and the bishop gave them their first
callings!! Their calling is to greet everyone and hand out the
programs at the door :) It isn't the greatest calling ever, but they
are so humble and when the bishop asked them if they would accept that
calling they both started crying and hugged each other and it was so
so sweet and then everyone else was crying too haha. But it really
helped Sister Alvarado and I to realize as well that every person and
every calling is equal in the eyes of God. We are all His children and
we are all important. I love the scripture that compares that to a
body: our head may lead, but without our feet (or even toes) we won't
get anywhere. Our joy is so full this week!!

I know that this is the work of the Lord and that He is with us every
step of the way. One of my favorite scriptures that I read this week
is found in D&C 84:38, and it also talks about how God is with us. It
says, "And whoso receiveth you, there I will be also, for I will go
before your face. I will be on your right hand and on your left, and
my Spirit shall be in your hearts, and mine angels round about you, to
bear you up." This scripture gives me so much comfort and joy and to
know that when people receive us, they receive God too and that He
will help us in any and every situation. I personally have felt His
strength and His angels bearing me up and I know that I would not be
nearly as effective without Him--I would be nothing! But this is His
work and His glory and He will not let us fail. :)

Les amo mucho!!
love, Hermana Daniels

(p.s. sorry I don't have any pictures this week)