Thursday, September 22, 2016
From: Nicholas J McDaniel <nicholas.mcdaniel@
myldsmail.net> September 19, 2016
Hello everyone im going to start doing one miracle at the beginning of my letters to y'all in hopes that though these experiences that you all will strive to be missionaries yourself as well as you go along this adventure with me! My Miracle this week was we were able to find a new family who seemed golden!!!! And I know we were lead to them! I know through prayer we receive answers to our prayer!!
Monday: I had my first Kebab today! A Kebab is a sandwich or taco thing thats full of meet and greatness! Its so good the next time i have one i will post a picture! I didn't think to take one! Haha désolé. But we were able were able to have a group member lesson with saint-genis this week to cause they live with a member in our ward and they stayed over for bbq which was really good with some really good sausages!!!! It was really good and we were able to get a 12 min in and talk with the member hes super cool!!!
Tuesday: We finally got a English class set up for Wednesday nights so thats good! A lot of people ask us about that and i think it will be a good way to serve others and maybe get some new amis out of it!!!!! Yay!! Hahah but we were going through the Area Book which is so small compared to other ones because some Elders before us lots the old one and they had to stat all over again. This was a while ago, was but its still so small. But anyways we were going through it and calling up potentials and we got some RDV fixed with some of them and were able to stop by a couple while we were going porting! So it was super good! I felt to bad this day cause we were porting and i started the memo like who we are and what we're talking about and she was kinda older and she had no hair and i think she had cancer and i felt so bad that i like made her get up to the door but she smiled at us and said we were kind and we asked to help her but she said she wasn't interested. For me just offering to help someone is the key. Even tho she didnt let us in we might have been able to spark her us and make her feel a little better.
Wednesday: This day can be best described by me getting closed in a bus door hahahaha super
Thursday: THIS IS THE DAY WE FOUND THE MIRACLE!!!
Friday: Its been raining a lot this week and we were walking to a members house to do a 15 min and we got in and were teaching this family and i noticed the little daughter had a Frozen shirt on and i was like boo ya! So at the start of the lesson i told the kids at the end we had a song they could listen to and then we played let it go and they all started singing it and it was super cool and i was happy they loved it! They all knew it by heart! It was so funny! The thing was is that the lesson with the Disney song brought the spirit so mucH! It was amazing! I believe that Disney movies are the best for in you every way and i cant wait tell Christmas when i can watch one hahah:)
Saturday: Ward activity! Our primary put on a ward activity that a bunch of non members and less actives and amis came to and it was so good!! They had the primary sing songs and we had good food! One thing here is that we have quiche all the time here and i still think Naomi's is the best ive ever had!!!!! But we talked with theses people and it just was a huge success. One cool thing we had hotdogs but in baguettes for the bread it was kinda weird but so good hahah and Elder Sebra is gonna teach me how to make the baguettes so your welcome for whoever I make them for some day hahah.
Sunday: Church is good as always and One thing I loved about this Sunday is getting to see one of the young men bless the sacrament for his like second time. It reminded me of watching Skyler bless for the first time he was super nervous and it made me so glad that this kid was advancing in the priesthood and one step closer to heading on a mission and doing this amazing work! I love it! Its been so amazing growing and learning so much here and i cant wait to see my brothers and hopefully cousins and eventually my own kids go on missions and have their lives changed while trying to help change others lives!
I love you all so much and I thank you all for our prayers for me and helping me!
I hope you all have an amazing week and Let the SON shine in!
|Ward Primary Party|
Monday, September 12, 2016
On Sep 12, 2016, at 8:36 AM, Nicholas J McDaniel <email@example.com> wrote:
Bonjour everyone!!!YO, YO, YO!!!!
I hope that all of you had an amazing week! I forgot my planner at home so I'm gonna just do a general overall this week! But it was an amazing week and I can wait to stay another transfer in GEX!!!! Yay!!!! I love the people and the members are the best and we have awesome investigators who are progressing really well!! Norbert's baptism was planned for this next week on Saturday but we don't know if he's going to do it on that day cause his dad had some worries or something but we are planning if not this week, but the next week! But we feel his spirit growing every time we meet with him and when he bares his testimony about the things we teach him. He's a golden investigator!!
But the start of this week we had 15 min with a member and they fed us and they were so cool! They have the coolest dog it looks like a real live bear!! But nicer and cuter hahahah (:
We were really anxious this week to get calls and to see what will happened with the whole district and everything! So we got the calls in Annecy because we were there for an exchange with the DL (District Leader) and the DL monkey, that's what they call the District leaders companion so we went there and had a ton of success and that next morning we got the call that we are staying!!! And even crazier! I'm the new District Monkey and Elder Sebra is the new District leader!!!!!! We were so happy to stay together me and him get along very well together and are having some good things happen here in Gex that haven't been happening here in a long while!
Also we had another wonderful opportunity to do service for a member and move his old spa to the dump!
One thing that stood out to me this week was on Sunday we have a thing in our ward where we go to all the classes for a missionary minute! And we were in one of the classes and the missionary moment was simple and sweet, here in France people are very "of the world" and this sister had the opportunity to say why she acts the way she does and that was it. People notice us because we are different! And that's awesome! The whole thing is we are examples to everyone all the time. I love what grandma Becky has been telling me , let the SON shine in, when your living the gospel all the time people notice and they have the SONs like, "aka" the light in your shine on them. It's something we can all do every day! I'm so glad that I get to do this and share this light with others every day! I'm doing really well and this should be a really good week!
Lots of amazing things are happening and the gift of tongues I really really feel!! My goal is to be able to hold myself in French by the end of this transfer! So hopefully this transfer goes well. We also set the goal on week 3 only French the whole week, so everyone be looking forward to a French email 😉 haha just kidding, I think I don't know, we'll see hahahaha.
But thank you all for the prayers and help with me and my mission adventure!!Love ya,Elder McDaniel
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
On Sep 5, 2016, at 6:03 AM, Nicholas J McDaniel <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Bonjour!! This week has been really good and I'm just gonna get right into it and letting you know how my week went!
Monday: P-Day was super chill, we got our stuff done for cleaning and food and chilled and watched a movie and took a nap we were both tired so why not right hahah. But we also got to go eat at Bishop Liperts home their family is cool because they all speak German and English but also the kids are like fluent in French as well to so they are a trilingual family which is pretty cool!!! But I gave the spiritual though which was super good the spirit was so strong. And after bishop was like hey do any of you play ping pong and I was like YES I love it. So me and him played for like 30 mins it was great he's actually pretty good!!
Tuesday: In the mornings we do our studies and we have to do a 12 week thing cause I'm a blu and we watch these videos called the district and we were watching it and missionary's from the us are being filmed just in there every day life and giving an example of what kind of what we are suppose to be doing and we were watching and I was watching and I saw this Soeur that was talking and I was like hey that kinda looks like Linzie hahahah they have the same hair cut I think is why I thought it was similar hahah. I'll let you guys be the judge for those of you that know Linzie:) But we also got to do some service and help a member in our ward move some couches out of his house 2 floors up and move them to our house 3 floors up it was epic! It's funny cause I miss like lifting weights cause we don't have any in our apartment I was so sore after hahaha. But it was really good they served us tacos after as well and they were super good!
Wednesday: ZONE CONFERENCE!!! I had my first zone conference in the mission and it was so good. I got so much out of it! It was so good to see President again! I saw him when I came In and our interview was really quick when I came in cause we got in late and he just had us bare our testimony in French, and let's just say I've come a long way since then hahah. But we had another opportunity to have another interview with him and it went so good. I got to talk about my family and just where I come from and just my background. By the way thanks all of you cause I started crying when I was talking about you all. And He gave me a complement that I will never forget, he says just by taking with you right now I know your like one of the stripling warriors. It was so cool!! I will never forget it! He also challenged us to go and pray to meet our goal and receive direct revelation from God and find this family in our sector. So I'll get to that experience in a minute! But it was a good day we had lots of good food and we got to get a little bit of porting and a member invited us over for dinner so it was a really good day!!! I also learned today that the teenagers here say dope to!! So when I talk with them at church I always use it hahahahahaha.
Thursday: We took half of our 12 weeks time to make our Captain Moroni Rent coat of Liberty. I challenge you all who don't know this story to go read it in the Book of Mormon in Alma 46! It's such a good story! And very powerful what Monorni and as he takes the stripling warriors latter on what they accomplish with faith and being obedient to the lord and always remembering where they come from and what they believe in. Then we took another little bit and prayed to receive our revelation for us and what we are to do here and let me tell you I fell like on cloud 9 right now. I prayed and I just felt the spirit so strong, we went to a grove of trees by our apartment and just went in the trees and prayed and I I finished and I opened up in the French Book of Mormon to Moroni 10: 4-5 which talks about how by the spirit you may know the truth of all things and I was like okay I know something is about go come so I felt inspired to go to the Book of Mormon to Doctrine and Covenants and the scripture I opened up to has changed my mission for me and I have lots of work to do!!
Friday: SPENCERS YEAR MARK!!!!! Holy Cow!!!!!!!!!!!!! That's so crazy I can't believe he's been out for a year already it's gone by so fast, around this time next year he will be home what the heck!! It's so crazy! I hope to be a good missionary like he is, I'm working on it every dayy!!!!!
Saturday: We called this day Le tour De Gex, as you may know we have bike here in Gex, and this day we rode like 20 miles and it was epic, when I get back I'm gonna take up biking cause I love it haha. I'm used to having a sore butt hahha. But I'm gonna race Kyle when I get back cause I feel like I could take him on!!!
Sunday!! As always Sunday's are awesome! I got to talk in front of everyone in priesthood for our Missionary moment we do in our ward cause, we have the best ward. Our Amis came to church and our other Amis gets back this week and we'll be able to help her progress as well and maybe even get her family baptized as well!!But this week was so awesome!!! I feel the saviors love and your love every day. Thank you so much! I love you all!!