Monday, May 28, 2018

NJM - LAST EMAIL - May 28, 2018

I can't believe this journey for me is almost over.  It has been long at times and hard at times.  I have gotten closer to my Savior.   I prayed more fervently than I have ever before.  I have read my scriptures with more intent.  I have relied on the spirit and gained a testimony of missionary work.  I have relied on on the Lord and members and nonmembers from Switzerland and France to love my boy and help him on his journey.  I have seen miracles happen and many prayers answered.  I have prayed and begged for angels to guide him and help him.  I have prayed for his Mission President and his wife every day.  I am so grateful for them.  I am so grateful for his companions, they have taught him so much. I am so excited to see him June 5th at 10:30pm.  I thank my Heavenly Father for this Journey, to be a missionary mom has been one of my greatest gifts.  My HEART is FULL!

Here is his LAST EMAIL!

Bonjour a tous!! 
Well the time has come! The last email on the mission! By next week ends for y’all ill be on a plane coming home. Pretty crazy right. It’s still so so crazy to me. What an experience that these last 2 years have been. I dont even know how I could resume these last two years. But what I do know is that i couldn’t have done it without all of you and my Heavenly Father! The last 3 months I have been here in Bordeaux and today was my last Sunday here and my last time I will hear and take the sacrément here in France. I was pondering about the service and the things I have been able to accomplish these last two years and cant but feel so much love and joy. Ive met lots of people and made lots of new eternal friends, I’ve had lots of hard times and even more really good! Ive cried I’ve preached I’ve gone without sleep I’ve eaten lots and lots of good food hahah but in all I’ve been able to come closer to my Savoir and my God. This last week I was able to give my last testimony in a Zone Conference to all the missionaries in the surrounding towns. It was even more cool cause I has some of my best buds there. But you know me I gotta be different than everyone else so I started out with welcoming all the missionaries ending at the same as me into the France Lyons Mission Hall of Fame. I always thought it a cool idea the Hall of Fame all the great football players who really made a change to the game in every way. Hall of famers are the ones who put in the most hours at the gym, watching film, doing extra catches before and after practice, but what we all know them by was their performance on the field. I went on to quote one of the great hall of famers Micheal Irving and what he said in his Hall of Fame inauguration, he said this,” Look up, get up, and dont ever give up. You tell everyone or anyone that has ever doubted, thought they did not measure up or wanted to quit, you tell them to look up, get up, and dont ever give up.” For me this quote would sum up my two years of service. Looking up for help getting of my but and lots of times off my knees when I thought it was way to hard to continue on and then never giving up and enduring to the end. Trying and trying and trying and then you realize that you are at the end and it all felt like a dream, and then you are given the opportunity to be remembered for your hard work and dedication. Man I love the mission and im going to miss it so much. I am so thankful for the opportunity I got to serve in the best mission in the world and the serve amongst the best people.  The south of France, Switzerland, and Corsica will always have a part of my heart. I want to thank all of you who have made all of this possible for me. I cant thank you enough. I owe you all so much more thank i could ever repay! I hope you have felt the blessings and love that have come. 
I cant wait to see you all so soon and share all of my experiences with you. 
To finish I would like to just end with my testimony. 
I know that Christ has restored his church back again on the earth and that because of this we have reason to rejoice! I have seen how this restored gospel has changed peoples lives and the lives of those around them. I know that we are here on earth because we once chose to follow the Lord before and than he has a plan for each one of us! I know that families are ment and created to be together forever, one huge blessing i have been able to see was one of the people i was able to help come to the knowledge of these thins and baptize will be going in the end of June to be sealed with his wife for time and all eternity! What a beautiful chance God gives us. I know that life is hard and that sometimes we feel helpless and lost and we dont need any help but we just want to be mad or sad or whatever it may be.... BUT we should leave all of these problems at the feet of Christ and he will take them away from us. That doesn’t mean that our hard times will stop or change but he will be there to strengthen us to endure them and make us better from them. Im so thankful for this, the fact even tho im not perfect and i have problems i can have this help all the time thanks to the sacrifice of Christ. I know that missionary work is the work of the Lord and that thanks to this work one day all will claim and see that Jesus is the Christ. Again i am so grateful for these last two years i have had to give my all for this work. I love my Heavenly Father and his son and my brother Jesus Christ. And i know that L’Eglise de Jesus Christ des saints des derniers jours is the church that has the fullness of the gospel on the earth. I love you all and I thank you all again for all the love you give and have given me. And i say this in the name of Jesus Christ amen. 

I hope again to see you all so soon and this is Elder Nicholas J McDaniel and im signing out 
Au revoir, Ciao 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

NJM PDay from Bordeaux France May 21, 2018

We went to Lyon last week it was fun to see some buddies from the mish it's weird cause for some that was my last time seeing them on the mission. But besides that we got a challenge from President Brown to teach with 1000 members in mai so that should be fun! He brought all of our transfer in front of the conference and was like what are the legendary missionaires gonna leave us for their legacy haha so that was fun! But besides that it was a good week full and busy we have some good Amis getting really close to baptism so we will see what the lord wants for them these next couple weeks! But all is going well! I am going to work hard and do my best these last few weeks.  time is going by so fast lots to do not enough time.  I love the lord and and i want to make him proud. i will miss the people here.  love you all
Wigity Wigity Wigity 

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

NJM PDay from Bordeaux France May 1, 2018

Bonjour, 😊

I'm doing really good 🤗😊 I'm getting so pumped and sad and excited and sad again hahah kinda wiggin out that like I come home so soon! And I come home the 5th but in reality the 1st I'll be in Lyon cause there are problèmes with the trians we have to go into Lyon early so my last couple days will be in Lyon 😊me and elder sweet are pumped for that hahah. But besides that I'm doing really well physically mentally spiritually all is going really well. 
My new companion is Liam Thomas he's from Canada and he's in his 11th transfer so like 16 months out on the mish. Hes super cool I love him. I couldn't have asked a better way to finish. 
Still really crazy how the days are counting down we do a Skype in like a week or two and then I'll be getting on a plane coming home! 
Yeah we had some Amis come to church. We found a really cool lady this week and she's really interested to find out who god is and it's amazing she comes from China!! Haha and we have this new amis as well who's had Spanish and he's so dope he came to church and he was meeting the missionaries in Spain when he was there! He said he wants to be baptized when he finishes the book of Mormon! And he reads a lot! 
But this week was really good, we have been able to help our ward mission leader in his cabin and garden again it's funny cause like him and my comp were looking at me to know what do to and how to fix the cabin haha. I'm glad I was raised to work hard and learn how to do these little kinds of things I love it! I was also able to give a blessing to a women who will be getting baptized soon this week actually by the soeurs well its the soeurs Amis. But she comes from Albanian and her her husband and little daughter are being baptized Saturday so that should be great! There is also this woman I was talking to on the bus and she said that she always knew that religion was good for people and how she wants to help kids in school and how she wants to learn  more to help then as well. She wants to be a German speaking teacher. 
He came last Saturday and yeah we had lunch together and talked it was special 😊
But besides that I'm loving life. We fly Lyon today for a conference and get back Wednesday and we have lots planned this week so I'm really excited! It's a great fun exciting work that we do as missionaries! I love it. I'm gonna miss it for sure! I love you so much to mom thanks for all you do for me! I am so lucky to have such a good mom! I love you so much! Ooo I heard the priesthood meeting was really good, I asked some members about it! I'm glad dad took Jackson and the boys they get some bonding time with him! I love you mom! ❤😊 I love you ❤❤️Elder McDaniel

Friday, April 20, 2018

NJM Pday from Bordeaux France, April 16, 2018

Hello  ❤❤
We did have a great Sunday! It was a really good one and we had some investigators come! It was great and we got to give a thought in primary two times! 

But I'm doing good doing real good. These last couple of days were weird for me cause I got my last transfer call so that was really weird and then I was thinking about it and I couldn't sleep haha not that I'm scared it's just weird to think I was weirded out cause it feels like I haven't been here a long time but at the same yes haha. I'm really happy and really healthy! But I'm doing good. I'm happy to stay in Bordeaux to finish and sad I finish soon but happy to be going home haha :) 
So my new comp is going to be elder Thomas I don't know him well but I've heard he's really nice and awesome so that's good! 
But our church is pretty good! I love our members they are awesome! And our bishop is really nice and cool as well! It's not as big as back home but it's pretty jig as well. Hahah.
But this week was pretty good. I'm excited to be going into my last transfer! It feels good! It's been a long and short 2 years and it's coming up fast! 
It's a weird feeling really weird! But I'm ready for it. I'll just keep working hard and doing me to the end! I'm pretty proud of all that I've been able to acomplish and become. It's been a good time of reflection for me as well lately! 
It's an amazing work missuoanry work and I'm so glad that I can do it now and have been able to do it these last little while! 
The coolest experience that we had this week was we went and visited this less active member to see how he was doing. He's a return missionary  of 4 years and he went inactive right when he got back. And we were talking with him asking him why and all that and it was a great réfection for me to see like how Satan attacks always and how lucky I am to have my ideas  straight and plans in place and ready for life ahead of me. Cause far too much return missionarys go home and then go less active or go off the straight and narrow.  but everyone has their own journey, what some learn from some experiences others learn from others.  We are all trying our best to please our Heavenly Father. Thanks to my family for being the best ever and loving me and supporting me though it all! I wouldn't be who I am without you all!  I love you so much!! Elder McDaniel

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

NJM Pday from Bourdeaux France, April 9, 2018


I'm doing good!! This week was really busy getting ready for the transfers and we had a baptismal interview in another town far away so we traveled a lot but It was fun and good! 

Transfer is in one week. We get calls this week but we know a week early this transfer so this is my last calls which Is weird! 
Our Amis are good. It's weird here cause like they are doing good but don't progress a lot. It's hard we find new amis but it's the same thing. But we are continuing to work hard and follow the promptings of the spirit! 
We were on a train and we saw a woman and she was reading a book about English so I start talking to her in English and she spoke a little. And then she ended up knowing Mormons and has good friends that she loved but lost contact with, she said that her husband died recently and her son too. And it was just so amazing to be able to testify to her about eternal families and how families are eternal she didn't want to listen to us because it was hard for her and kinda was hard for her spiritually but she just said I hope one day we can be something so much more!   LOVE YOU ALL!!