Monday, August 18, 2014

Transferred Again

At  this point I have been transferred every transfer. I am so grateful for the opportunity that I had to serve with Elder Burnham for this transfer. I am grateful for the chance that  I had to come in contact with these wonderful people here in Great Falls. But the time has came for me to leave down to Shepard, MT! I am grateful for President Mecham and his inspiration that he has received to have me be called to serve the people in Shepard. As always, I know that I am called there for a reason, and there are people that I have to come in contact with and to bring them closer to our savior Jesus Christ. 

This week was pretty crazy. Because the Fort Benton missionaries Elder Lancaster and T. Jones had to come down to stay with us because Elder Jones was finishing his mission and going home. When Elder Lancaster came down me and him got to go find some less actives while Elder  Burnham had a meeting he had to go to with the zone leaders. We planned to have a tripanionship for the day. But the zone leaders did not get a chance to go on an exchange with the zone leaders, so they took him and I had to be senior companion for the day again! Just  like my last area in Malta, I put my fear aside and tried my best. We ended up getting in with all of the people that we planned for which most of the time never happens. 

I have had a good time on my mission so far and I am getting more comfortable teaching and talking to people. I am getting to create long lasting relationships with the people that I come in contact with the more people that I meet. Its  starting to get really hard to leave my areas, but I like going to different places because I get to meet more people. 

Hope you have had a good week as well,  hope to hear from you soon.

-Elder Daniels

I hope I stay for the transfer.

I hope I stay for this transfer. Everyone is joking about how I'm going to stay and my companion is going to leave, and I'll have to be senior companion then! I don't think that will happen, but this past week we had interviews with President Mecham and he asked me if I was ready to be a senior companion! OH NO!!! HAHA.  I told him  I didn't feel ready. BUT I said that I felt I could be in the near future. He felt the same way about it. Then I realized that transfers is next week and that is in the near future. I told him that if he feels like I should be senior, I would do it with all my best abilities. he said that "the lord doesn't call the qualified, he qualifies those he calls"

 I have about 20 months left. haha!  Its hard to believe now that I've been out for 4 months already.

We didn't really meet with alot of investigators this week cause it seems like this area that I'm in. 
needs the less actives. We looked at the ward list and the ward is about 75% less active. Its  kinda sad.
Well this week was fantastic. I loved having the opportunity to have the interview with President Mecham and being able to talk about how I am adjusting to the missionary work and seeing if I may be ready for the role of senior companion. Since the interview I have been thinking about taking on the role and seeing if I am ready for it. and the lord feels that I am ready to make that leap to the next level, I will try my hardest to be the best missionary that I can be.(not like I'm trying to do that anyway)

It seems like the Roe River ward in Great Falls is starting to be a less-active member Ward .
We still focus on those investigators that we have on date for baptism and all of the  new investigators that we have. But most of the time, they will cancel the lesson because something had come up and they would not be able to have a lesson. 

We have been working on our pamphlet lessons this week. our zone leaders, Elder Buntrock and Elder White, challenged us to have one day that was 100% pamphlet lessons. I am glad to say that we did accomplish that challenge.  We also got challenged to teach every active member lesson the messages that we teach about the gospel. We have been doing it with all of our dinner appointments. 

Elder Burnham is a fantastic companion, district leader, missionary, and friend. We have worked really hard this past transfer and I hope and pray that we are together for this transfer. I feel that we will stay together for another transfer. I hope you have had a good week and I'm excited for this upcoming week when we find out transfer information. :D
I thought it would be fun to add some of our correspondence here. McKade is with the district leader who has to do lots of email work on Mondays which leaves McKade lots of time to email me! These past weeks but after the transfer this week. We probably won't be able to email back and forth.
What do you do on pday?

Well, we played b-ball. and emailed, went shopping. kinda the normal stuff that you would do on your only day off.

-Elder Daniels

Whats your favorite snack? People ask and I'm like idk.


-Elder Daniels

Does it look like fall yet are the trees turning colors there?

No they are not turning colors yet.

-Elder Daniels 

What are you eating? Do people give you stuff to take home?

No they rarely send us home with stuff. But sometimes we can get some  homemade bread from the amish hooderite people. THATS REALLY GOOD BREAD! I might buy some cookie dough. I try to have some snacks alot.  I get nature valley bars on the go so I can have a snack while I'm out and about preaching' the word. 

Upload some pics I love them! You don't have any of Great Falls. Was your interview what you expected.
There isnt much that I can take pictures of. We are usually on base and I don't think your supposed to take pics because they have nuclear weapons and stuff. The interview was good. We basically talked about if I was ready to be a leader and a senior companion.
-Elder Daniels 

 I wish I could send you food! It's just to expensive to send packages. You can buy brownie mix and cookie mix. They are cheep. In the Baking aisle. You can use apple sauce for oil in brownies or cookies and use it to just eat for lunches. Buy chopped ham packages like by the pepperoni. Then you can mix it with eggs.  Buy tortillas then you can make tons of stuff, 

No I have some cereal that  I eat. I have some breakfast sandwiches sometimes. We eat our own breakfast I don't spend a whole lot on groceries. Apparently there is no tax in Montana. I guess some ideas for breakfast would help. Lunch is good. Sometimes we eat out. Sometimes a member feeds us and other times I have sandwiches. burritos. left overs. ramen, the classic mac and cheese, and other good stuff. and we usually get fed every night for dinner by members. 

-Elder Daniels
 Make sure your eating fruit and some veggies ok cereal is not healthy, and won't make you full. Get lots of apples and bananas for snacks and nuts are good to for energy. Peanuts almonds are cheapest. I'll make up some quick ideas for lunches and breakfast I know you just don't have a lot of time to shop or think about planning meals. So I'll put something together. 

It's always fun to email McKade! His answers crack me up he's so vague and random. He loves being a missionary and says he's surprised how much he knows. And is bold and not shy! He says he's teaching like its no big deal. That's huge for him to talk to people. I can see a lot of changes in him. He's transferred to a new place every six weeks, hopefully he stays so he can feel more comfortable . Fingers crossed, maybe he's getting extreme training. And there's big plans in his future.      

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Weeks eighteen and nineteen

This week was a pretty slow week compared to the others. I serve in what is called the Roe River ward. There are two companionship's in each of the wards now. We don't know what areas we have to cover now. Something that is especially interesting is that we have another set of missionaries now. We have been trying to figure out if we should split up the ward between us. To make sure we are not teaching the same people. Its a kind of tough situation. 

One thing that I thought was cool this week was an answer to our prayers. I already wrote it in my last letter to you. about Tyler and the other less active family. Tyler said that he was going to be able to come to church yesterday, but unfortunately his father is not letting him go without his mother who is a less active. We did have a lesson with the families yesterday, it was a really good lesson, the kids that we taught are well prepared and are ready to be baptized, they just need to be taught by us. We set a baptismal date for them for September 6th. We know that it is a long ways away but that is what they wanted. I think later on, Elder Burnham and I will try to move the date closer. The  kids have a lot of questions which is really awesome because it shows that they are interested.  
I  hope all is well for everyone this week and I love doing the work here in great falls. 

-Elder Daniels 
A hilarious family, especially the dad, and phenomenal ├ęclairs
This week went by so fast! Since Elder Burnham is the district leader, he has to go on exchanges with all of the companions. Which means for me that   I have to go on a lot of exchanges as well! The work has really progressed here in the Great Falls Roe River ward. Me and my companion have been working really hard and we have prayed for a lot of things. Since we have been patient, we have seen the effects of our hard work. We are very excited to have 4 people on date for baptism in the next month. They all seemed like solid dates. But when the time comes that they have to go to church. They have other things that they have to do and they do not come to church. 

I can not believe that this transfer is almost over! It seems like only 2 weeks ago the transfer started. but now its under 2 week left. We had a mid-transfer meeting with President Pfile, the stake president. I think it was good that we had it. Because at the beginning of the transfer, we created goals to accomplish. And the goals never seemed to get accomplished. So I liked the transfer meeting because that helped us know what to do to accomplish those goals that we set. 

 I hope you all have had a good week!