Tuesday, December 19, 2017

NJM Pday from Lyon France, December 18, 2017

Christmas Party

Ward Christmas Party

Ward Christmas Party!

Ward Christmas Party

Ward Christmas Party

Ward Christmas party- Luau style

Saying goodbye to Elder Sweet his best bud!

Saying goodbye to his companion Elder Sweet is a hard thing to do! 

Hey mama!!!! 
Yay! One week tell we get to talk!
So a lot happened this week! We got transfer calls and I’m staying and getting a Tahitian and Elder sweet left to another town. I was really sad to send him off today. It was so fun with him and we got along so well he is one of the best I know.   But the lord has more for us now with other people and for him in another place. My new companions name is Elder Agnie hes from Tahiti which is really cool! He’s a really good missionary, he’s not the same as Elder sweet but it’s okay. I’ve heard he’s pretty intense but well see! It’s gonna be a lot better than last Christmas I hope hahaha! But he’s so sweet and such a stud and really strong so we’ll get along just fine! 
Now if we ever wanna visit Tahiti we have a place to stay! :) 

Im doing good, like I said sad Elder sweet left he’s such a good friend.  Elder Agnie is just not like Elder sweet so that's gonna be a change for me. But I’m ready and I know I have lots to learn and the Lord makes everything possible. To be honest I really thought I might make it out the rest with like “bro” companions like Elder sweet but it’s okay the work moves on still! 

Yeah it snowed this morning and it was crazy! It was so much! I’ll send you lots of pictures! We also had our ward party this week! So il send you pictures of that as well! But besides that all is well! 
It’s emilees birthday today you should wish her happy birthday! Thanks for all you do mama!  I love you so much!
Wigity wigity wigity! Elder McDaniel 

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

NJM Pday from Lyon France, December 12, 2017

Some of my letter from Nicholas!
HEYY Mom!!!!
Dang thats so cool that you were able to watch the cedar city temple dedication!! I bet it was so good!! It feels like just yesterday that i was watching the paris temple dedication! So wonderful! 

Im doing really good, things are blowing up here and it’s just so amazing! I love it! There is alwasy so much to do and it makes the time go by so fast! And ive been able to meet so many amazing people! So so so so many! The mission is so amazing! It was weird cause our sisters that’s came in with us from the mtc are going home on next tuesday they will be back home. And they gave their departing testimonies and it was really really weird! Casue they have been there the same amount of time as we have but like they are going home now its really weird! Before i know it it will be my turn to leave my testimony
 and thats kinda freaky hahah! But also exciting!  Elder Sweet is doing awesome he is such a stud and his mom is so so nice.  Have you talked to her?  We think he might be transferring next transfer and it makes me sad.  We get along soooo well and we are just bros.  
John Wayne is doing well! He is just moving to his new house this week so that’s really good! We should be able to see him by the end of the week and help him in his new house and see him more often. 
We had our Christmas party yesterday with our mission well half of it and we watched cars 3 and did some activities and got our presents:) it was so fun! 
Yeah i made thanksgiving dinner for everyone, everyone loved it! That’s going to be my go to to make back home cause its so easy really really easy! And my favorite!  It was those pictures i sent you on thanksgiving! It was with a member family. It was basically me who did lots of the cooking like the pie and the green bean casserole but they brought some pre cooked chicken and some insta potatoes haha. Im glad to be home for the next thanksgiving i miss really American cooking especially for thanksgiving!!!
But im doin good for now! Thanks so much! Thanks so much for all that you do for me! I love you so much mama! 
Something i love about the mission is that all of your life experiences help you testify to everyone! I love love love that! Even tho your life or my life or anyone’s life isn’t perfect and they had hard times and still will have hard times all the things we have lived and gone through were for our good. All the time God is good, God is good all the time! 
Love you mom! 
Elder McDaniel 
Sent from my iPad

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

NJM PDay from Lyon, France December 4th, 2017

Bonjour Ma famille,

Hello! Once in a blue moon Elder McDaniel get his group email done! Even if it’s not very long it’s at least something right? Right :) I’m actually real proud of myself im getting this off today hahah. 

Well these last couple of weeks have been going really well. Here in Lyon it is nothing like being anywhere else in the mission. There are about a thousand people all the time and so many people to teach and lots of work to do! And lots of member! It was a weird change for me from being one of the only priesthood, blessing the sacrament and presiding sometimes on Corsica to being able to sit in the congregation! Really weird! Me and elder Sweet my comp are pals and we are loving the work here in Lyon. He’s been here for like 7 months a long time! And transfers is soon so he might be leaving me for Christmas which makes me sad, But we'll see in two weeks
We have a couple really cool amis but one I wanna share with y’all. His name is John Wayne jr. Yep John Wayne! So his story is actually ina Book he wrote and its only in English even tho he’s french I’ll get the name at some future date of the Book, but it talks about his adventure of trying to find who his father and how this adventure led him to Texas and then back to france and then to just by chance walk and enter into our church one Sunday when everyone was there! His story is such an amazing one! I wish I had more time to tell it! But In all, his story is about following the spirit! That’s my invitation to all of you, not matter where your going in your life follow the spirit and know that God will guid you in where you need to go! I love you all so much! ❤️ 
Elder McDaniel 

Friday, December 1, 2017

NJM Pday from Lyon France, November 27, 2017

Nicholas is doing GREAT!  He is teaching some great people and loving his mission.  He only has 190ish days left.  It has gone by so very fast.  I am very grateful for all his companions, his mission president and his wife (President and Sister Brown), all the people he has met and has loved him and my family for loving and supporting him.  My heart is full of gratitude!  

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

NJM Pday from Lyon France, November 20th, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! 

Hello Everyone....I’m doing really good! I love it here in lyon. Something that I’ve loved that I’ve felt more than ever is that even tho I’m so imperfect and that I make mistakes, no matter how many times God forgives me.  It’s been so amazing to feel that power of the atonement. We studied in our district meeting about the resurrection and how this fact changes everything, so I watched the videos on the gospel library of the final events of Christ’s life. And really watchin them really changed my appreciation for the atonement! And that the resurrection gives us all the opportunity not only just to have a body perfect but the fact that the death doesn’t separate us. Im just so thankful for all of this. I think it’s so amazing. 
Our investigator John Wayne Nelson, he’s doing really good he’s reading the Book of Mormon every day it’s like we’re not even doing anything we’re just here to watch cool miracles happen! 
President and sœur Brown are good we don’t see them very often but they call us sometimes so that’s good, i want to make a pecan pie and I called sœur Brown for some corn syrup cause they don’t sell it here. And she has some cause she gets like a stuff shipped in cause she doesn't like  France stuff very much. They are so awesome!
Elder sweet is really good! He’s one of my best friends! He’s so cool! We get along so well! He said he’s gonna come watch me play football and come to our marriage and everything he’s a really homie! 
Just an invitation for you this next week to take the sacrément differently. Meaning... take it,and when you do leave all your worries and problems there just before you take it and you’ll feel literally free from all these things, I’ve done it and it’s one of the best feelings! I love you all so much, and I’m so thankful for you and the family!  Thanks for all you do for me! I love and miss you all!  Have a great week!
Love Elder McDaniel 

PS  It's getting cold here and I found a jacket in our apartment that an Elder left check out the picture!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

NJM Pday from Lyon France, November 13, 2017

Hello mama❤️ 
Im so sorry that i wasnt able to write last week we were so busy with all the new people coming in and we were at the gar all day and my ipad was broken again! But all is well now i got it all taken care of.
Im so glad that you were able to get so much out of stake conference! We had a couple really good conferences lately as well in our stake. It talked about how our faith and the story of the sick women who touched the clothes of Christ and in this story it starts off with a man who asked Christ to heal his daughter who was about to die and on his way there he stopped and the women was healed and if you look at it from his point of view you would be wondering why are you stopping my daughter is about to die and if we don’t hurry she will. In the end they get there and she was dead, and they all started to doubt that it was to late to save her. But then as the story ends he does save her and she was brought back to life. We can learn a lot from this story! Patience, faith, the fact that we much act. So many things you should go read it its in mark:) 
But besides that its great casue me and Elder sweet are staying together this transfer we have lots of cool things going on! The time seems to be going by so fast! It’s crazy i went into my 12 transfer out of 16 only 5 more and 6 months left! It’s so weird! Im doing really well tho! 
Our amis that found us for genealogy is awesome and we have a couple other other ones as well! The work is so amazing!
I love this mission! It’s helped me so much i love it. Man its just so great! 
I love you so much mama! Thank yo for all that you do for me! I'm so grateful for all my family! 
I love you!
Wigity wigity wigity!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

NJM Pday from Lyon France, October 30, 2017

No group Email from Elder McDaniel today, but I'm going to post some of mine! :)  He is doing GREAT!

Im doing really well i had a really good week it was such an amazing week from a miricle that happend this week! So this last week when we were at Church a man came in and asked for us, he wanted to learn a little more about GENEOLOGY because he loved it and he felt a special connection to it. So we fixed an appointment and then we met with him and he told his story on how he didnt know his father casue he died when he was young and he was American. So he did this DNA test to find his family in Texas and how he said how he felt like he had been led the whole time while he was doing it. And we told him about the temple and how this is why he was getting pushed to do all these things with his family so they could be together for forever! It was so powerful!! And then we invited him to be baptized to be prepared to go to the temple for his parents! And hes like well ya this is where i have been pushed by my parents to come and i know thats not random and i believe here is where i can have all of these blessing of eternal families! Wow! Such a cool experience! We were so excited after the appointment! Hahaha
But we have 3 new investigators with baptismal dates one of them is john Wayne the man we taught and then his daughter who is 8 and then another African man named johny!
But i love you so much mama! I hope you never forget that! Thank you so much for all that you do for me! 
Elder McDaniel 

Thursday, October 26, 2017

NJM Pday from Lyon France, October 23, 2017

October 23, 1997 - The BIRTHDAY BOY!  #20 years old! 

Whats up everyone!!!!! I just wanted to thank all of you for all of your birthday wishes!! I am so spoiled by all of you! It’s so cool to experience one more of my birthdays out here in servie of the Lord! I thank every one of you for helping me get here and to become the person that I am today! My first birthday was a more or less than 4 and a half or 5 months out on the mission now over a year out I have been amazed at the change I have seen! I am so grateful for all the friends and family that i have supporting me in all that i do!!! Which is to invite people unto Christ! One thing that I cannot deny is that what I am doing, and what I try to share with those around me is true! And no matter who you are it can help you where your at in your life in one way or anther! I saw this as we had the baptism of Ghislaine in corsica in the ocean! Change is what leads us to our true happiness! I love you all so much and thank you again of all your love and support you give me!