Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Elder Daly~July 28, 2009....a great Zone Conference

Zone Conference was in Szczecin this week and it was just as memorable as always. There were way good presentations and my mission heroes Thain and Gray gave their death testimonies. This week we got to do alot of service for Marcin (not the one with the baptisimal date, he fell off the face of the earth)... We helped him do some remodeling and he is honestly the coolest guys ever. He and his wife kinga and their baby are my favorite people in szczecin. He was at chuch this sunday and while we were painting yesterday and told us he knows the book of mormon is a holy book. Which was a huge step from a week ago when he doubted if God even existed. He told us that ever since he started meeting with us his life has been noticeably better. We are excited and we have another meeting with him tonight.
have a great week!

love you all!

elder daly

Monday, July 27, 2009

July 27, 2009...a great historical event in Iquique!!

Hola familia!!
> ¿Cómo están? A great historical event happened last week in Iquique…last Monday it rained…or you could say drizzled the whole afternoon and into the night. The people were quite excited and some scared at the light watery drizzle falling from the sky haha. The houses in northern Chile aren´t quite prepared for rain or drizzle because many don´t have full roofs or have badly constructed roofs. Entonces, lots of water leaked into houses and people had some flooding. Also the electricity wires and poles couldn´t handle the wetness, so lights went out all over Iquique and the electric company didn´t have the means to handle all the havic haha. Our lights went out for a day and a half because we were on the bottom of the priority list as they tried to fix stores and such. It was pretty funny how a drizzle can affect a city for a week of repairs. I can´t imagine if it actually rained. Even in Church, leaders said we were in the last days with disasters such as these…rain in northern Chile lol :) So that was our major historical event!
> We had lots of little miracles this week and brought many investigadors and meno activos to Church yesterday! It was great…we are seeing many blessings from running around all day, trying to find time to visit everyone. We also had a fun FHE with Lucas and his family last night. Lucas is 9 years old and is going to get baptized this Saturday. His mom was menos activa and older brother got baptized last year. So we have been activating the mom, who is now assisting Sacrament Meeting with her sons…happy day!! So we are excited for them. The dad isn´t a member and doesn´t want to go to church…but there is always hope for the future!
> Congrats Vanessa and Ben on baby Chloe!! The pics are so cute!! Good luck with your new little girl and have lots of fun!! Love you tons!!!!
> -Hermana Daly

Monday, July 20, 2009

July 2009~pics in Iquique....yay!!

Hermana Daly~July 20, 2009~"working hard and seeing little miracles in people."

Hola familia!
> We have been working lots with la familia Coronado…the mom and daughter are menos activos and the husband and son aren´t members, but are super buenos. They are learning lots and went to Church yesterday. Edison, the dad, has lots of questions because he wants to know everything but we know he knows it´s true. And Luciano is 11 and is soooo capo (smart/intelligent/I don´t know the exact translation). He always begs to read the scriptures at night and reminds everyone to pray over meals and such, and loves going to Church. We love this family!! They are already talking about a mission for Luciano haha. The other night we had a Family Home Evening with another family, which was fun! So they are my first “Iquique family” they we always like to visit and teach.
> We are continuing to work with menos activos and are getting various members and families to Church! Some still promise to go every Sunday, but then “something” happens and they don´t come lol. But we finally got an investigador, Victor, to Church yesterday! Miracle!! He is set in his Catholic tradition, so it was amazing that he finally came to Church. We will see if he comes again…but he really does need the Gospel and I know he feels a greater peace as his listens to the Gospel because he is going through some hard times. Lots of people are going through hard times…and I just wish they could realize that the Gospel has all the solutions to their problems.
> Working hard and seeing little miracles in people. The Gospel and true and Jesus is the Christ!! I am so grateful for that knowledge! Love you all!!!!
> -Hermana Daly

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Elder Daly~July 14, 2009...life here in Szczecin

This week was going to be one of the greatest of all time! Unfortunately we met a lot of opposition and some things didn't work out quite the way we would have liked. However, we still have our hopes high and a lot of potential for improvement and to see more miracles in the coming weeks. Marcin didn't pass his baptisimal interview and is having family problems right now but he is going to be back this week and he still has full intention of working towards baptism again. He is still waiting for an answer that I am pretty sure he already. So we are going to try and help him realize what that answer feels like and I know he will be baptized. Other than him we have a couple of other investigators that are promising but can't seem to find the time to meet right now so most of our time has been spent finding people. We readvertised the free English class to hopefully get a new batch of investigators and we also started having branch night on Mondays. Yesterday's branch night was awesome. We had a group of 11 there and it was a really good time. The branch is doing well. Agnieszka is excited about her minimission and going to the temple. Zbyszek came to church... Henryk has never been doing better. He has been amazing on some of the lessons we have had and he has been a great fellowshipper to those investigators that we have had in church lately...

welp... that's about life here in szczecin..... loving the work, the comp, the people. miss you guys!


elder daly

Monday, July 13, 2009

Hermana Daly~July 13, 2009~startiing to lose my english skills!

> Hola familia!
> Otro semana! Woops...I was about to write in Spanish, but I guess that wouldn´t work too well lol. I´m really starting to lose my English skills. I started teaching English classes again and we worked on pronunciation...and let´s just say I almost remember how to pronounce everything haha. It´s incredible how you can forget English.
> This past week we had zone conference and talked a lot about menos activos. The Area Presidency is really motivated to activate Chile. So we are spending lots of time finding and visiting menos activos...and have lots of goals to accomplish the rest of this year. We need a put an end to Chile being always related to menos activos lol. So lots of work! There isn´t enough time in the day to get everything done that we need to do...but we are trying to learn how to use time effectively, which is hard when all the Chileans sleep all morning and then have a siesta in the afternoon. So we end up sprinting in the evenings when everyone is up and home lol. But it´s fun!
> Also our ward is now at 3:00 in the afternoon...super late! It´s a bit difficult, but hopefully we will see an increase in assitance from our investigadors and menos activos because they can sleep in in the mornings.
> Well love you all tons!! Have a great week...right now it is winter vacations in Chile! Crazy how opposite it is here! Sometimes it´s a little cold in the evening, but still hot often in the morning and afternoon. Love you!
> -Hermana Daly

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Elder Sean~July 7, 2009..."what a difference a week makes"

Hey hey im in poznan for pday and we are about to go play some sports with some homies down here. It is crazy what difference a week makes. We had an amazing miracle filled week. We were able to get both Agnieszka and Henryk on a bunch of our lessons this week and Marcin is still doing great and is ready for his baptism on Saturday. We also have some other investigators that finally decided to make some progress this week.. heck yeahs!! I really felt like we were being led by the Lord this week...in comparison to last week where it just felt like i was trying to force things to make something of anything happen. We had a handful of new people in church and the other elder terkowski and owen and dominating even more so. Fourth of july was rainy here.. but that didnt keep us from eating mdonalds fried apple pies and making rootbeer from concentrate. God bless america!

have a great week, love you guys a ton!

elder sean

Monday, July 6, 2009

Hermana Daly~July 6, 2009...Happy 4th of July!

Hola familia!!!
> Hope everyone had a great 4th of July!! We didn´t do anything special here, but I dreamed like Sean of BBQs and lots of yummy food and fireworks. I did put on a blue skirt and white and red top to sport some American pride lol.
> This week was great…lots of little miracles in finding people who are prepared to hear the Gospel. Heavenly Father truly does put them in our path…it´s up to us to open and mouth and share the Gospel. One lady, Evelyn, was standing on the corner waiting for a micro. We decided to talk to her and she told us how she had received a card from other missionaries, but then lost it. She had wanted to learn more, but didn´t know where to go or how to find the missionaries. We were quite excited to hear her interest…and she told us to pass by the next day. We taught her and her son, and it was great! She doesn´t believe much in religion, but is willing to learn…so we are excited!
> Another night we were walking and saw a woman who was a little sad walking towards us. We talked to her and she told us that there must be a reason that God put us in her path because she was sad from something that she found out about earlier that day. She told us to walk with her and talk as she told us the story and said she wanted to pray with us. So we walked to her apartment and prayed and then shared a little bit about the Gospel. She said she was Catholic, but wanted to learn about what we believed…so we passed by later in the week and shared with her. She is way open to learn, and we are way open to teach…so it´s a good combo :)
> I am grateful for all the experiences I am having and all the things I am learning. We are teaching lots…the only problem (as usual) is getting them to attend Church, but we are working hard!!! Enjoy your week!!!!
> Lots of love,
> Hermana Daly
> P.S. Oh…my companion Hermana Lugo reminds me lots of Vanessa…she has the same tone voice and sounds/laughs as Vanessa lol. Kinda hard to explain, but

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Elder Daly~July 1, 2009~Happy 4th of July!

Happy America is the best day!! Ah what i would give for some barbeque and mothers magical potato salad. Ill probably just go sulk at McDonalds all day. Cam, im glad mom is encouraging your pryo addiction and buying you illegal fireworks... haha.. light up the sky man.

Well the work can finally go on this week after the death of Elder Bean and Elder Edmunds. JUst kiddin, they are so bomb and i am already missing them way bad.

It was a little tougher week this week to be honest. Not a lot of progress with our other investigators but we did gain a sweet investigator this week. Marcin was supposed to be baptized this past week, but he decided he needed a little more time so his date is the 11th of this month and Elder Guthrie and I get to teach him since Gray and Edmunds left. He is way elect and way ready so that'll be a cool experience.

not a whole lot else to report, we just keep on keeping on and we are really excited for the new transfer. I hope you all have a great 4th...

love love love

elder daly