Monday, November 17, 2014


First off, holy crap!
 Jeffery, I’m so sorry man. That sucks really badly. How the heck did that happen???!? Hope you get a new set of wheels soon man, and hopefully you were able to salvage what you could. Hopefully that day you forgot to grab anything of value and put it in your truck like your skateboards, wallet, and stuff. I'm just glad you weren't in the truck, you can replace a vehicle, but not a Jeffery, there's only one of those. Sounds like y'all had a fun interesting week! As for me, not that crazy. Don't think I can top that. But I’ll try. Here is the highlight reel of my week.
On Monday last week Elder Fitzpatrick locked the keys in the trunk of the Corolla at like 9 O'clock. So we had to spend the night at our District leader’s apartment. I was freezing, it smelt bad because their apartment is all old and moldy, and I slept on the floor only getting about an hour of sleep. Then we woke up went to Vista to get a spare key and taught a lesson at 11 o'clock at the Institute, without having taken a shower. Hopefully we didn't scare our investigator away from our stench.  
On Friday we had a lesson with Blake, a former investigator, I think I mentioned him in my emails a few months ago. We had the lesson at our assistant ward mission leader’s house, Jimmy, with to other cool kids form the ward, Kenny and Justin. We taught him about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the spirit was so strong. We were able to set a date with him for the beginning of December, which is awesome because he told us that time last year he was in jail, great way to change that anniversary to something happy to remember. He told us that he has been to a few other churches in the past few months and he says he feels different when he’s not at our church. Like there is something missing. (The Spirit). He said that he actually started reading the Book of Mormon for the first time and feels that it is true! We asked him to say the closing prayer and as he said it he got a little emotional. It is freaking awesome to see the Spirit in action softening people’s hearts.
Over the course of my mission something that I have prayed for just about every night is just to be a blessing in others’ lives. Lately I’ve been getting frustrated with myself. I’ve been feeling like I haven’t been an influence on many people at all and have done a poor job at showing people that I love them, when I really do care. I had an experience last week that helped me understand that this is not the case at all. Elder Cowan, one of my last companions and is now my district leader, wanted to go on another exchange with me this transfer. Which puzzled me because we had already done our exchanges for this transfer. Up until the very end of the exchange I had no idea why I was there, but then he told me. He said that the reason he wanted to go on the exchange with me was to just tell me that he has seen how I have helped certain missionaries out that I have served around in the past that were struggling really bad. He said that he feels that the reason we are serving around each other again is because he felt like he should have told me that when we were companions, but he didn’t. And then this last week received a note from one of those missionaries who is about to go home in about a week. I found out that this missionary was struggling with some things that I had no idea about when she was serving around me. And she just thanked me for being kind to her during those hard times. I’m not telling you all this to boast, but to tell you that Heavenly Father answers prayers through other people. That is how he works, we are his hands. Those were a few tender mercies I received this week.
Tomorrow our mission is meeting with Elder Teh of the 70. He spoke in the April General Conference this year. Should be freaking awesome!!
I love you all, let me know if there is anything I can do for you.

-Elder Daniel


-The Esco Zooooone!!!

- Made our own beards in the spirit of No Shave November

-This is Jake, just got his call to Indiana Indianappolis Mission


How's everyone doing this beautiful Monday morning!
How was everyone’s Halloween and weekend?
This last week was grand! We had two missionary booths and were able to set a baptismal date with Demitrio!!!
The Booths on Palomar are a lot of fun and we give out about 40 copies of Book of Mormon a day and other pamphlets and cards and stuff, and we will usually get at least a few referrals a day from them. So tons of seeds are planted from them, we get the word out to people (college kids) about who we are, what we do, and that were not weird.
Halloween was on Friday, it’s weird though, I almost forgot it was Halloween. It didn’t feel like it was any kind of holiday at all. Holidays are incredibly different as a missionary.
We had a lesson with Demitrio on Saturday night. He was feeling really sick so we were able to explain to him what the Priesthood is and how Priesthood blessings work and then proceeded to give him a blessing. We taught him about the gospel of Jesus Christ and how living it would give him strength to overcome the trials that he is facing in his life. He has been though and is going through a lot. When we got to the point where we explained baptism he was anxious to set a date with us. We set a date for the 23rd of November. I’m excited for this guy. This is exactly what he needs in his life. It’s going to bless him in so many ways. I wish that everyone understood that, sometimes even we as members forget. We have the fullness of the gospel, eternal truth, the Priesthood of God, and if you just live it and do what Heavenly Father wants you to do, you will have nothing to worry about. It’s so simple, but sometimes it’s not the easiest path to follow.
I love the work that I am engaged in, I wish you could feel the joy that comes from seeing the light of the gospel in someone’s eyes for the first time, and seeing those people become what Heavenly Father wants them to become. Seeing others happy and knowing that you were the cause of that reaction, brings me happiness that can’t be found anywhere else.

Gotta go,
I love you all, and I mean it,

-Elder Daniel
Palomar College Missionary Booth
-Emilio and E. Fitz
-Pink Hippy Beard Guy
-We even saw Jesus!
-My beard I grew for Halloween..



Helloooooooo Everyone!
That's crazy Britny is getting married! Holy crap! Hope Walter's truck isn't completely dead. Cars suck sometimes. I didn't get my cleats yet, they should be here this weekend. Mission mail is super slow, it usually sits in the office before anyone gets it.
Last week we weren't able to meet with Demitrio, his work schedule is crazy. He works on Camp Pendleton and is out there for most of the week. But tonight we are meeting with him. He told us that he wants to talk about baptism that is something he's interested in doing. So hopefully we will set a date with him tonight!!!!! I’m stoked!!! We picked up a new investigator last week, his name is Miguel, and he was a referral from the Spanish sisters (Hermana’s). We actually had a pass off lesson with the Hermana’s on Wednesday and he wasn't there so, E. Fitzpatrick and I decided to just go street contacting since it was the end of the night and we actually ran into Miguel on the street and taught him there! haha. We should be meeting with him this week to teach him more. We were able to go to Ramona for church on Sunday. All the YSA's in Carlsbad, Murrieta, Escondido, and Vista had a combined camp for the weekend. Our first counselor in the bishopric spoke and one of the things he said stuck out to me. He said, "Life is all about service. That is what we are here on this earth to do is to serve others. Everyone around us. Life happens around us, but in the grand scheme of things, it doesn't mean much if we haven’t lost ourselves in the service of others or kindled relationships that will last." I thought about it, and honestly serving everyone around me all the time hasn't been something that has been my forte. We get distracted and lost with the temporal cares of the world and we also become selfish without even realizing it sometimes. So that is something that I want to work on. I want to look back on my life and know that I was a friend that I was genuine with my dealings with everyone around me, and I was a blessing in others’ lives. That’s what brings you true joy, nothing else. It’s the antidote for just about anything.
E. Moolenbeek emailed me and said that he and E. Christiansen have an appointment with Daylon and they are going to start teaching him! Isn’t that freaking awesome!!! I told you he was serving in the Vista 10th ward now right?

I love you all,
Your son, big brother, and friend,

-Elder Daniel
- San Diego Temple, the best place on the planet.
- Happy Halloween! (lead singer of Neon Trees tie!)