I love to see the temple

Hello,
This time I really have no time!!

I have a new companion, Sister Harmony Edwards from New South Wales, Australia!!! She is fantastic, and because of her I am going vegan this transfer, am doing sprints almost every day, and wearing my hair in awesomely intricate braids. 🙂

We have been seen so many miracles this week, yet so many moments of weakness and disappointment as well. I can handle stress extremely well and don’t buckle too much under pressure. I didn’t realize how much I had on my plate until VC Training Monday night. We had a council and made a list of all the things we needed training on and the things we were struggling with. A lot of the sisters feel so stressed out with all the pressures we have and things on or plates while also being prepared to train 30 new sisters by November, we get 14 in October and everyone will be training!!

Personally, I was so disappointed with myself this week. Someone we were teaching and whom I love so much texted and and told us she was hurt because she didn’t feel loved our truly cared about by us. Online, I am so embarrassed to admit it took me 1.5 months to reach back out to them.

Nevertheless we all shared our struggles and we took comfort in knowing we are not alone.

This led to the most sacred experience of my mission thus far, and I don’t think anything could top it. Elder Ferrin had a treat for us. Something so special, everyone’s jaws dropped and we all cried and rejoiced and sang and hugged and embraced, I promise I am not being cheesy, it was the best surprise and everyone’s dream come true!! I won’t say what it was, some moments and experiences are just so sacred. But it was amazing. I can’t even begin to describe it. All I can say for now is that I have NEVER felt God’s love so strongly for me on my mission, and I’ve only felt it this intense a couple of times in my life.

I testify that God’s love for us runs deeper than you can imagine. He is more aware of you than you will ever know!

Romans 8:
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

His love is real. And after last night I know for sure without a doubt that it is there regardless of if we feel it or if we believe in it.

Love love love,
Sister Dalisay

PS – I have officially hit 8 months. In 4 more weeks I will be halfway there!!

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4th of July Fireworks in Washington DC!!

Hi all!!

Not enough time, but I am so grateful to be able to serve in the nation’s capital!!

This week I was pondering again on faith and how that leads to miracles (again), and it just keeps getting better and better! I was able to see many mighty miracles as a result of keeping my prayers specific, unique, and being exactly obedient to God’s commandments and the given Missionary standards.

Much has happened this week! Sister Jeffery and I showed up at the repass (a funeral reception) of Sierre Leone royalty. We were asked to give a tribute with definitely over 150 people in attendance!

I also finally feel like I am becoming the missionary that I was in San Diego on my mini mission. I feel like I am becoming better, stronger, and more powerful. I am continuously striving to repent, which is a stronger word for improve! I testify that true power comes from loving the doctrine of Christ, which is Faith in Christ and His sacrifice, repentance, baptism by proper authority, receiving the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end! It works!!

In closing, I had the most patriotic 4th of July of my life!!! Sister Jeffery and I wore red white and blue. We had a 4th of July burger dinner we made ourselves. We even got to sneak a peek of the fireworks over DC – OH MY GOODNESS THE WHOLE HORIZON WAS FULL OF THEM EVERYWHERE!!! 😀

We even had our own little cute program before bed where we got to really truly celebrate independence day with the awareness of God’s hand in it. The Book of Mormon testifies in a chapter America becoming the nation it is today and fighting for its independence, which set the stage to allow the restoration of Christ’s Gospel to happen.

I am so grateful for the religious freedoms we have here!! We literally get to believe whatever we want!! But most importantly we get to preach the Gospel to every single person that comes under the sound of our voices, to unite all in coming to Christ and being with our families for eternity.

Happy 4th of July. Have enough faith to make FIREWORKS happen in your own life this week!!

Love love and fireworks,

Sister Dalisay

June bugs bite!! A lot. 😣

Hello everyone!!

So sorry I haven’t been keeping up with you all the past month.. I haven’t had much time lately!!

I could catch you all up on the little cool things that have happened, but I think since I don’t have a lot of time, I will just leave you with something spiritual to think about.

Lately something that has been on my mind a lot is the principle of FAITH. Faith is a grown up hope. It’s believing in things that you can’t see.

True faith is centered in Jesus Christ. He is literally the source of life! When Adam and Eve were cast out of the garden of Eden, they were seperated from the presence of God and subject to physical abd spiritual weakness and tribulation. Because Christ took upon Himself the sins and sorrows of every. single. person, and because He was crucified and arose 3 days later, He has defeated the band’s of physical and spiritual death.

Through Him, not only can we find joy, but we can find everlasting LIFE!!

We hope for miracles all the time. We hope for a certain outcome, a certain person to follow through, a certain something. But God cannot grant us the miracles we seek without us first showing and exercising our faith. Otherwise we would not grow and learn. We couldn’t benefit. If He truly wants the best for us, He MUST help us to learn and grow through trials.

As a disciple and a MISSIONARY of Jesus Christ, I am set apart by His authority. I have the authority to promise you MIRACLES as you put forth effort into you faith. My best friend once told me, faith is the culmination of action + belief.

I testify, and promise you, that if you do what you can to have and show faith in Christ, you WILL see miracles. God is a God of miracles.

20 And behold, we have seen in this record that one of these was the brother of Jared; for so great was his faith in God, that when God put forth his finger he could not hide it from the sight of the brother of Jared, because of his word which he had spoken unto him, which word he had obtained by faith.

21 And after the brother of Jared had beheld the finger of the Lord, because of the promise which the brother of Jared had obtained by faith, the Lord could not withhold anything from his sight; wherefore he showed him all things, for he could no longer be kept without the veil. (Ether 12:20-21)

Love love love,

Sister Dalisay

24

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Hello all!!

"God’s giving me more, as I’m turning 24!!"

Thanks a whole bunch for those birthday wishes!! I wish I had time to go through them but no surprise, I have no time today.

So much has happened!

I have been transferred out of Chevy Chase DC, into Africa + South America.

Just kidding. College Park West. But it’s basically the same thing.

I am SO STOKED!!!!

My new companion is Sister Angelyn Jeffery! She is 19 years old from Bountiful, Utah. She looks like an American Apparel model and has the best beach wavy hair and she’s only been to the beach like 6 times. We actually have a lot in common.

We moved into this new area on Wednesday and I turned 24 on Saturday. From Wednesday to Saturday night was the most stressful period of my mission. But we had the best time, and had a miraculous baptism that we could not pull off without the help of my mission leaders and other missionaries.

I testify that God gives us the Spirit to help us bring others to partake of the goodness of the Gospel of Christ. The only reason we had a baptism Saturday, amidst all the things going on, was because the Spirit bore powerful witness to us he was ready.

Again I have run out of time, every other week I only have about 5 minutes to write this post.

But I pray you all can have a spiritually powerful experience this week that will point you toward God.

Love love love,
Sister Dalisay

PS – I have time to catch upon the other weeks, stay tuned!!!!

“If we help people to feel, then we help people”

Hello friends,

Scratch what I said about the watermelon marking the beginning of summer. I meant mosquito bites.

This week has been wonderful. Full of tender mercies for sure.

Tonight we might get a phone call from our mission President. He will tell us if Sister Meacham and/or I will be leaving the area and/or getting a new companion. I have been in the same area for 6 months, so I am assuming he will move me..

Chevy Chase DC. No other place can ever compare.

If I am to move on, here among the trees and ginormous houses I leave behind a piece of my heart, along with the dressing from Trader Joe’s I never opened and my ketchup.

Wherever my mission president asks me to go, and whoever with, I am so grateful to be here.

No one will ever know except Christ and God himself. ♡

I will miss many things about Chevy Chase, but mostly the people I have been able to see change through living the doctrine of Christ.

– Elton is doing SO well!! 🙂 He is getting baptized on June 30!! You can see the change in his countenace. He truly is living the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and there is such a visible change in him!! Through his smile you can see the light of Christ.

– Steve. Bless his heart. What an example of endurance and faith. I am so lucky God has let me witness the way he repents.

– Anthony. ♡

The theme of the week is experience. As sons and daughters of God, we are on this earth to gain experience. As we intertwine the Gospel of Jesus Christ in our interactions with others, we uplift and edify one another.

As I’ve looked people in the eyes and weaved the pure love of Christ into this week, I have been blessed with an increase of love and charity. I know that in those specific moments, I’ve been able to truly minister to others. And in return, those people and those experiences minister to me.

"And now, behold, because ye have tried the experiment, and planted the seed, and it swelleth and sprouteth, and beginneth to grow, ye must needs know that the seed is good" (Alma 32:33).

This church truly is inspired of God. It truly is Christ’s church. If you don’t know it, I invite you to try it –

E X P E R I E N C E it.

It will change you.

Love love love,

Sister Dalisay

Go to Heaven and come back

Hello hello,

I feel as if summer has officially begun! Once the watermelon begins to ripen and be shared, so it begins…

Not a lot has happened this week, and I’m not sure what to write, but I will share some phrases that have stuck out to me this week:

Be courageous enough to forget yourself!

Go to heaven and come back.

If you keep your covenants and your hearts are renewed, your very nature will change.

I testify that if we are courageous enough to sacrifice the tiniest of things for others and for the Lord, we will find joy in all the corners of our lives.

I testify that if we take a moment to pause and seek revelation from God to direct our words and actions, it will be easier to find our potential and reach it.

And I testify that if we make sacred promises with God, we will become the best version of ourselves. Our best self is the way God sees us, and He sees us as kings and queens in His sweet and joyous kingdom.

Love love love,

Sister Dalisay

“and their mothers knew it”

Hello hello!

This week was so great. All I do is laugh with Sister Meacham. 🙂

I got to talk to my family on Mother’s Day!! 😀 Video chatting is a lot harder than emailing for sure, but I’m so happy to see them.. you know what that means…

Less than 1 year to consecrate everything to the Lord!! I’m running out of time!!! Aaaagghhhhh!!!!!!

I do have an interesting story, similar to the buttermilk this week. This time it was a liver and onion sandwich, except we didn’t know it was a liver and onion sandwich until the second bite. I have decided, I’m not very fond of liver…

This week we’ve done a lot of thinking and training about the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost, aka the Holy Spirit, helps us in all things to align our will with God’s will. It also gives us guidance and comfort.

Hermana McKee is a sister missionary from California who goes home at the end of the month. Something someone told her before her mission was:

WORK LIKE NEPHI, PRAY LIKE ENOS & LOVE LIKE CHRIST.

This translates to:

WORK DILIGENTLY, PRAY FERVENTLY & LOVE PERFECTLY.

I know that when we do these 3 things, we keep ourselves worthy of the Holy Ghost, which will help us in all things.

"And ye shall offer for a sacrifice unto me a broken heart and a contrite spirit. And whoso cometh unto me with a broken heart and a contrite spirit, him will I baptize with fire and with the Holy Ghost, even as the Lamanites, because of their faith in me at the time of their conversion, were baptized with fire and with the Holy Ghost, and they knew it not" (3 Nephi 9:20).

I love that phrase. And they knew it not.

I know that when we work hard to please God by keeping His commandments and making promises with Him and keeping those promises, we are blessed beyond measure. We have the Holy Ghost with us. Along the way we don’t even realize our hearts are being purified.

I challenge you to do those things. To work diligently, pray fervently, and love perfectly. As perfectly as you can!

I know you will receive Godly strength to support you in all things as you do.

God is real.
Christ is real.
His atoning sacrife is tangible.
The Spirit is good.

God’s richest blessings be upon you. ♡

Love love love,
Sister Dalisay

So funny, I peed my pants

Alright,

I literally have 5 minutes to write all this.

So it will be VERY short.

1. Remember the guy and his wife who we tracted into and they gave us buttermilk?? We received his information, the church told us to deliver an English Book of Mormon to him, because he is helping us revise our Romanian translation of the Book of Mormon! We decided to skip our appointment with a different referral and go down to the Foggy Bottom that night – we were unified in our answer to go and it was one of the first times I felt Sister Meacham and I truly united in prayer. We had the coolest night!! We knew we were supposed to be there because of all the people we ran into. At the end it started pouring rain put of nowhere, we were drenched from head to toe! My poor shoes..

2. Here is a funny story, so funny you might pee your pants.. not kidding.

This past Tuesday night I thought it would be funny to see if I could fit in one of the new lockers they installed in the sisters lounge at the visitors’ center in place of the cubbies. It was all fun and games and cute pictures – until I couldn’t get out. Sister Meacham tried to help pull me out and we laughed so hard I literally PEED MY PANTS WHILE STUCK IN THE LOCKER. I literally could not stop it!! Then I lost all control and FARTED. It echoed. I just about died. I had to drive home with pee soaked undies and skirt.

Love love love,
Sister Dalisay

103!! :)

At this point in my mission, I am not only good lookin, but good cookin.

I becoming a seasoned missionary, as well as a seasoned chef!!

Sister Meacham and I like to spend our last hour of the night making all sorts of brownie cuisines using only a spatula, and a griddle or skillet – brownie pancakes, scrambled brownies, and brownie gritz!

Brownie juice coming soon. 🙂

(kidding about the brownie juice :P)

This week, I don’t have very much to say, except I’ve really been able to see many little miracles from having faith sufficient.

A scripture I read earlier this week is in the Book of Mormon, 3 Nephi 16:8 –

" … for I see that YOUR FAITH IS SUFFICIENT that I should heal you"

I know that when you truly need something, and you ask with sufficient faith, the Lord will grant it to you, but only if it is in line with His will for you.

Sister Meacham and I have seen MIRACLES come to pass from this simple principle – Jesus Christ’s atonement is perfect for us. He truly makes up the rest when we make the choice to believe in Him and take actions to show it.

If we truly believe in Him, specifically that we can do hard things or seemly out-of-reach things because of Him,

He will complete our efforts

– that is Him HEALING us.

I testify of the atonement of Jesus Christ.

I testify you can do hard things!!

And I testify you can perform MIRACLES!!!

Love love love,

Sister Dalisay