“What are the odds?” “YES.”

This has been such a heavy week. I think about how heavy it was and it boggles my mind how so much good and so much struggle can happen all at once.

Here are a couple stories from my week:

1. I literally cannot drive in DC. Before I came here I was an expert driver. I literally spent an hour on the downtown DC freeways getting lost and being frightened when cars honk (which makes me turn onto the wrong road). That same day everything was just hard. It was actually supposed to be a fun day! We had a couple service things lined up and I saw a lot of people I am fond of! Nothing horrible necessarily happened, I was just so stressed, that everything I did after that was difficult, because I felt inadequate, and I felt like I was wasting God’s time because of my mistakes. There is this booklet called "Adjusting to missionary life" they give you to help you out when you are stressed. I am very very stubborn, and I told myself I will never have to use that book!!

I used it. That night I went straight to the freezer then straight to my desk. I read from it and ate a whole pint, all 985 calories, of my Haagen-Daz mint chip ice cream while deep breathing and singing a calming church song in my mind.

2. The next day, is a day you would think would be difficult. We had a funeral for an elderly church member, Crystal Bailey. I was in her neighborhood Sister Meacham’s first night in the mission. I had a thought to see her, but waived it away. I am so sad I didn’t see her…

But even though, that day was so joyful!! I was so impressed by the love that was there. I said gave a few remarks and afterward, Sister Meacham and I were debating whether we should spent our time going out and finding people to teach or spending time with Sister Bailey’s family. We prayed and both felt we should stay. The Spirit that they felt was undeniable, and they left feeling edified and uplifted by the Spirit. We even heard someone even joked in the parking lot, "Lance, you thinking about converting to the Mormon church???"

Soon, my lovelies…. soooon.

I was so warm in my heart with the love the Father has for all His children, even if they are not of the faith. He loves them –

He loves you even, oh so dearly..

Now let’s throw in a funny story (which is probably more funny to me than it is to you honestly)

Something funny that happened was when we were filming a short video clip describing our area, we went behind my desk, sitting on the floor because the lighting was the best. You can see me in the beginning of the video looking down at my stash of snacks and thinking "I really want a banana chip".

A few seconds later you see Sister Meacham look down with her mouth gaping slightly open because she’s never seen my snack stash before.

We both pointed it out later on and it was great. πŸ™‚

Something I’ve been seeing everywhere this week is OBEDIENCE.

I am struggling in being obedient, not because I don’t want to be but because of my own flaws (refer back to DC driving… also refer back to me always running late even before the mission).

I know my weaknesses and I am striving to do better. At some points during this week I’ve been down on myself because we weren’t able to teach as many people as we usually can. I know that as I strive to do my best to be obedient, Christ makes up the rest. Whether I get lost driving or I decide it would be more beneficial to stay put and cultivate a seed with someone rather than busting out and trying to talk to everyone, Christ makes up the difference and Heavenly Father knows my efforts.

I know that to be exactly obedient, we must be obedient in numbers. My companion and I must be obedient together – if one of us is not and the other is, we will not be balanced and we will fall.

In Alma 53 in the Book of Mormon, the Army of Helaman is made up of 2000 men who are the sons of many men who became righteous and kept their covenants with God. Because they were obedient to God, and their fathers were obedient to God, they were able to fight and overcome their enemies.

I know there is power in being obedient
This is the first law of heaven. May we all strive our best to be obedient to God, I know we will be SO blessed for it!!!

Love, Sister Dalisay


I have a story… it’s a one liner.

I just had the most stressful half PDay, and don’t have time to email!!

So I’ll leave you with a few things.


I am training!!!! My trainee’s name is Sister Sydnee Meacham, from American Fork, Utah! She is super blonde and a super girly girl, and I love love love her!!!!
Attached is a really bad picture us…

2. We were tracting, and we were at the last house of the block the other night. I whip out my pen to write our number on it, and the guy says, "You dropped something" –

I look down.

I dropped a panty liner.

I nonchalantly picked it up and put it away and we finished talking to him.

We turned in complete silence and walked down the stairs, and the second we stepped off the last stair, we couldn’t even make it off his property. We were laughing so incredibly hard and so incredibly quietly, we both cried tears and I almost peed my pants!!

3. There is a difference between knowledge and wisdom. I had a lot of knowledge before my mission. I even gained wisdom with many of the experiences I’ve had. But I know I’m on my mission to gain even more wisdom.

Doctrine & Covenants Section 6

7 Seek not for riches but for wisdom, and behold, the mysteries of God shall be unfolded unto you, and then shall you be made rich. Behold, he that hath eternal life is rich.

I am grateful for my savior, and I am grateful for Father in Heaven. He truly loves us. I promise you that.

Love love love,
Sister Dalisay

I broke my fast by eating half a pizza

I hardly have enough time for a decently thought out update.. But this week I have been blessed with so many tender mercies.

Tomorrow is my last day of my 12 week training. After that, I am officially a normal missionary!! Woohoo!!

Here are some of the tender mercies this week:

1. I saw Kyle Showers at the VC. He was a missionary in Long Beach I knew when he lived in my complex. It’s nice to know that people I remember don’t forget about me.

2. I saw Sister Schmidt, my mission presidents wife on my mini mission in San Diego. I cried.

3. I received packages from 2 of my closest friends, Jared and Marissa!! They filled them with yummy and fun surprises! Jared is a famous singer, and will serenade you upon request. Marissa makes scarfs everyone, and has an etsy store. πŸ™‚

4. I got to spend time in the baptismal font the very last day the temple was open. I shed many tears and cherished the moments I had in there.

5. A man Sister Friel and I taught in the VC was baptized on Saturday and we got to watch it!! His name is Bruce, and his girlfriend’s name is Peggy. They hope to be married and sealed in the temple in a year. πŸ™‚

I testify of the love God has for us!! I know there is a God. He is real. We shared this scripture with a beautiful woman named DΓ©bora we were teaching:

1 Nephi 1:20

And when the Jews heard these things they were angry with him; yea, even as with the prophets of old, whom they had cast out, and stoned, and slain; and they also sought his life, that they might take it away. But behold, I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance.

I promise their are tender mercies that come because of the infinite love our Heavenly Father has for us. No one will know, but the Savior and Him, how much these tender mercies meant to me. I hold many of these experiences very sacred..
When we combine His love with our faith, miracles happen.

I sincerely love you all, and pray for your welfare. Have a wonderful week. ❀

Love love love,
Sister Dalisay

Let the Holy Spirit Guide

This week was so spiritually heavy. I can’t even keep my eyes open right now.

I’ve had many small experiences where I’ve found that if we allow ourselves to be led by the Spirit, we will grow, and we will have joy.

A couple small experiences that taught me more about following the Spirit:

#1: When you want to help someone, truly love them and listen like their life depends on it.

My companion Sister Friel and I gave a tour to a guy named Larry at the Visitors’ Center. Larry didn’t know what he was expecting out of meeting with the missionaries. He told us he feared more of what Satan could do, more than what God could do. We shared with him some of my favorite scriptures:

2 Timothy 1:7
Helaman 5:12

And we committed him to pray to know if the Book of Mormon was true. We decided to have him watch a couple of videos about the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

He told his missionaries he was struck. Which is something completely not common for him to say.

We followed the Spirit so exactly that tour and listened with all our energy to him – his words, his voice, his eyes. When we listen to others, we can love them more fully with all our hearts and provide for them the things they need.

#2: Even when you are having a hard time and want to do your own thing, seek to do God’s will, and you’ll thank Him later.

Sister Friel was having a hard time a few nights ago. We spent some time in silence, we spent some time praying, we spent some time in silence again, then we spent some time talking. We talked about action and discouragement, but we still were seeking to do missionary work and did it. As we were about to reach out to one last person, it turns out the guy we ran into was an inactive member of the church, and he lived in our apartment building!

Tender mercies are everywhere, and when we seek to do God’s work regardless of how we feel, we feel the blessings of love He has promised us we would feel.

There were so many more tender mercies this week!

Yesterday it was just over 50 degrees and sunny (the California girl in me was just happy to not need my big coat). I just flounced around in my floral dress and pointy toe flats all day long and we did some of our studies in a cute little park.

We were graced with a beautiful and pink sunset the other day, I got to take some cool pictures.

I laughed so hard at a dream I had the other night that I wrote down, my eyes were squeezed shut and I laughed a way I haven’t laughed since I can’t remember when.

I know that aligning our will with God’s isn’t easy. But when we push through and try our best, and allow His Spirit to take the lead, we find happiness.

But not just any happiness, joy. Joy that only God can give us.

I am happy. I am grateful. I am blessed.

Love love love,
Sister Dalisay

PS – one more week of training and then I’m an official missionary. Whoop whoop!!

In Christ Alone

So much excitement this past week!!!!

– we had no car, so we had plenty of fun adventures with our feet and taking the buses and metro! It’s kind of a blessing, because we’ve gotten so many rides from and have gotten to know better Sister Wilcox and Sister Sheffer. Love them!!!!

– someone broke into a maintenance room and busted through the dry wall into some other sisters’ apartment and robbed them. Meanwhile we left our apartment keys with our car keys in the autoshop and have left our apartment unlocked for a week and a half… we fear nothing!!!

– my companion and I are now covering TWO areas/wards, Chevy Chase & Bethesda. Two of the wealthiest wards in DC, but two of the most friendly and warm!!

– it was hardcore snowing ginormous snowflakes as big as my pinky nail 3 days ago, and it is 80 degrees today.

– I got to attend a conference honoring LDS black pioneers and I had such a cool experience talking to someone on the metro the day before, and the Spirit promoting someone to share with me the answer to his question during it.

SOOO much excitement!!

This email is so rushed, I’m sorry!!

But something I’m seeing this week is that only in Christ alone can we rely.

For Why I Believe, I performed with Sister Gardner and Hermana Farrer "In Christ Alone (with The Solid Rock)". During the song, I quoted a scripture – Helaman 5:12.

This week I’ve also seen many miracles. Someone we taught at the VC a month ago is getting baptized!! The mom of a girl we talked to said her daughter is making so much progress in her journey closer to Christ. We helped Steve do some family history work and on Saturday he is going to the temple to do baptisms for his father and other ancestors.

My heart is full.

And it really is on Christ alone that these tender mercies come about.

God is in the details of our lives, everything good is of and testifies of Christ.

I know and bear my witness to you that if when we make Christ our foundation, life is better! Situations that aren’t ideal turn into the most fun and the most meaningful. Trials become trivial. And love and consecration to those you love and to God become part of who you are.

Here in the power of Christ, I stand. I hope you are too.

Love love love,
Sister Dalisay

β™‘ LOVE Him with all your heart!!

Not just because it’s Valentine’s day, but thats been the theme this whole month, but even more so this whole week.

This is the recitation we recite everyday when we study with our companions:

Matthew 22:36-40

36 Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

38 This is the first and great commandment.

39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

This past week a couple of minor things happened that put a.. a dent (if you please), in our days. (Ahem.) We got into an accident, so our car is in the shop and we are walking and metro-ing everywhere.

There is peace in Christ

Well, Steve’s baptism went SWIMMINGly… πŸ™‚

It was beautiful. It did not go the way I expected it, but many people came. Some of Steve’s own friends and his even his son came!

One of the reasons I know this is truly Jesus Christ’s church, is the undeniable Spirit that is felt when the ordinance of baptism and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost is performed.
This past weekend, my heart was overly content and overflowing with the Spirit.

That was pretty much the highlight of my week. Aside from a cute 97 year old lady who invited us to be her dinner guests at her assisted living home. She invited us to tour her apartment, and she had so many wonderful things that documented her travels all around the world…

Sometimes I think I’m on a mission to determine the type of person I want to become. There seriously SO many amazing people here!!


here is my thought of the week:

The other day my companion Sister Friel and I were trotting happily along down in the Foggy Bottom. There was a young lady standing on a curb, looking down at her phone. I knew who my next target would be…

We walk up to her. I greet her, and invite her to check out mormon.org. I ask her if she has a religious background, and she says

"I’m Catholic, I’m sorry, but thank you".

"Oh that’s awesome! How has your faith in Jesus Christ helped you throughout your life?"

"I’m sorry – but no. I’m sorry".

The intensity of our eye contact almost crippled my heart. I don’t take rejection personally here on the mission. I know it’s not me. But for some reason I couldn’t shake the burning in her eyes that pierced me with the words she doesn’t. want. to talk about it.



I can’t help but wonder how the Savior feels when His own brothers and sisters reject Him and condemn Him so hard heartedly. I can’t imagine how our Heavenly Father must feel when we fight so hard against the Gospel of Jesus Christ, which is His plan for us. His plan allows us to enjoy His infinite blessings of love, peace, and joy. His plan makes it possible for families to be together for eternity, for us to live with our Father again.

While I respect the agency of other people to choose if they want to hear our message, my heart hurts that people won’t just kindly decline. Some choose to abruptly shut it down.

As a disciple and messenger of Jesus Christ, I testify of the blessings that come when we nourish the good that is already in us.

That good, is the light of Christ.

I know it exists in every person. And I promise that everyone wants these blessings. I know that each and every single person, no matter who you are, what your circumstances are, whether or not you think you need Him, you do.

The outcome of this Gospel, if you seriously take it and apply it to your life, is priceless. And is the most delicious thing you could ever partake of.

I love you all with all my heart,

please let Him in.

Sister Dalisay

Repentance includes God

Hello friends,

This week was my first week in my second transfer. Meaning, I’m not the newest missionary anymore, we got a new batch last week! I’m still in Chevy Chase DC with Sister Friel, and it’s going splendidly.

We have a baptism this Saturday for a 66 year old man named STEEEEEEEvvve! (that’s how I say his name every. single. time).

Steve literally fell into our laps a little over 2 weeks ago. I try to refrain from using the term "golden" because so many times you hear, "He’s so awesome, he’s golden!" or "You’ll love her, she’s SO golden!"…. but literally. HE’S SO GOLDEN!!!!

I will probably never have an experience teaching someone like Steve on the mission. He is progressing so perfectly in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, it’s not normal.. but it’s a testament to me that God truly does refine His children and prepares them to receive Him.

The thing I want to talk about today is REPENTANCE.

But not in the way you think.

Another missionary this week said, "Repentance has to involve God. We can’t do it by ourselves, otherwise it’s not called repentance".

I’ve seen this throughout this week from 3 things:

1. Steve. There is a literal change in this man’s countenance. From when we met him 2 weeks ago to who he is now, he literally glows with the light of Christ. Because of his willingness to keep God’s commandments, as well as his diligence in reading the scriptures and praying, he has changed through God.

2. The Book of Mormon. I’ve been reading chapters in the book of Alma, that describe war. There is a person named Captain Moroni who leads the followers of God to battle against a man who is wicked and has rebelled against God. In order to overcome the wicked who were trying to oppress them, Captain Moroni fortified the weaknesses of the land to become strenthened strongholds. I compare this to us. We must rely on God and the Savior to help us resist the Adversary when he is trying to attack our weaknesses. This relying on God, and taking actions to strengthen our weak spots, is called repentance.

3. Myself. My first transfer I did my best and was a good missionary. My downfall was that I let small things consume my time and worries. I was not humble enough to let little things go and turn outwards. I thought I was right in the ways I relied on the Lord, when in fact I wasn’t turning outward, serving others enough, or expressing my love. This past week I’ve seen a change in myself.

As I’ve started to pray more earnestly with all the energy of my heart, as I’ve starting searching for ways to help my companion, and made more of an effort to express love and appreciation to others –

as I forget myself and go to work,

as I find that balance between being myself and being a consecrated mssionary,

I am finding that I am changing, turning my heart and my mind to God, and REPENTING.

You can’t be better or be your best without God. If you could see the outcome of your future, it is much more preferable to include Him.

Repentance is joy. It’s not just going from bad to good. It’s good to better, better to best, and eventually,

through the Gospel of Jesus Christ,

we can be perfect.

I love you all so dearly, cheers to Steve and cheers to our Savior, who allows us to find more joy in repentance!

Love, Sister Dalisay

1. Picture of me enjoying FILIPINO FOOD, the FOOD OF MY PEOPLE!!!

2. MASK me what’s going on here..

3. We found wings in DuPont Circle today!! Look Ma, I’m an angel!!

4. The wings are more like ears… I look like a colorful Dumbo.

I said a pun on the metro in dead silence

When we got on the metro train, it was dark. All the lights inside were out. I was talking to a lady sitting in front of me, when the lights flickered on. Then off. Then on. Then off. Then on. This ome guy made a ghost noise (oooOOooo) and some people chuckled. Another guy cracked another joke. Then, my spirit drew courage, and I said, in a silent metro train, with tons of people on it,

"If anyone is looking for any enLIGHTenment, us Mormon missionaries can help with that!"


It was still very silent. But I did hear a nervous chuckle.

Then I resumed my conversation with the lady in front of me. πŸ™‚

It’s been a good week!

Our friend Steve, who is looking into the church, accepted the invitation to be baptized on February 17! Luckily the day he did, there was a baptism about to happen, and we got to show Steve the baptismal font. When we crackd open the doors, the Spirit overflowed into us and there was no denying it! He also attended the Why I Believe devotional with us. It’s a devotional geared toward people looking into the church or who have recently joined. After seeing that, he is basically all in!!

So many good things happened since last PDay, and I am just so grateful! Elder Bennett, a general authority of our church, came and spoke to us. The thing I applied to myself after that was praying with all the energy of heart.

I can attest that when we do pray with all the energy of heart, we can literally feel His presence with us, by the way of the Spirit. My week was so great! I’m overjoyed with everything that’s going on, and I’m excited to end my first transfer on such a good note.

This email will be very short, as I have run out of time. But I challenge each and every one of you, to not doubt yourself. The effort you put in weeks ago, is the faith that allowed God to grant you your miracles today.

"Miracles don’t require perfect faith, they require effort"
– a recent convert who spoke at Why I Believe

Love + Sincerity,
β™‘Sister Dalisay

At dinner yesterday I played with my Dino nuggets and ketchup and made Sister Cowdell bust up laughing

Hello from Sister CD in Washington DC!!

This week was full of miracles. πŸ’•

After a second phone call with a young man who is struggling with himself and wants to come close to Christ, I invited him to meet with missionaries and even be baptized on Feb 10. He said yes!

A couple came into the VC and the lady was a member in the Annapolis stake. The man was humbled and impressed by her spirit, enough to bring him to want to find out certain things that are between him and God. We were all touched.

WE ARE TEACHING SOMEONE IN CHEVY CHASE!! I REPEAT, WE ARE TEACHING SOMEONE IN CHEVY CHASE DC!!!!! Holy fish he is such a miracle!! Since I got here we have only had one teaching appointment. This guy is golden. He had it all throughout his life, but in recent years his life has crashed and burned. He found happiness again when he started to turn to God, and actually, he fell in love with an LDS woman who lives in Utah. On his own he started reading The Book of Mormon and attended church. We watched a YSA broadcast with him, taught him a lesson, and will invite him to be baptized soon. He is so ready for the Gospel, and I know that God has been preparing him his whole life for this!

I’m loving the people so much more. Whether they are learning about the Gospel like these three men, members in the ward, or fellow missionaries in my mission. The attribute I am yet again learning and working on is charity.

Nothing is more important than a person to be loved.. that’s something the late prophet of the church taught and he was so right. πŸ’•

I know that the essence of God and eternal life is love. Love is what brings us home and closer to Christ.

Alma 37:16-17

16 But if ye keep the commandments of God, and do with these things which are sacred according to that which the Lord doth command you, (for you must appeal unto the Lord for all things whatsoever ye must do with them) behold, no power of earth or hell can take them from you, for God is powerful to the fulfilling of all his words.

17 For he will fulfil all his promises which he shall make unto you, for he has fulfilled his promises which he has made unto our fathers.

I came across these verses the other day.

Christ said if we love Him we must keep His commandments. We make a covenant with God to do this when we are baptized. A covenant is like a promise for a promise, between you and God. I feel like the only reason why we have covenants is because it’s the only way our Heavenly Father can make sure He gets His children back. He can’t force us to do anything and has given us the beautiful gift of agency. But He will help us if we desire it. By making and keeping His promises to us, because He loves us so terribly infinitely and wants us badly to return home to Him! He is our Father, hoping His children choose to come home..

If that’s not love, I don’t know what is.

Remember your promises. They will help you in all things. God is bound to keep up His end if you keep up yours. Remember to love others. And remember to give God your heart and soul. Share that light and joy He gives you to others. Share the Gospel! God wants you to come home. And He’s provided us the way through Jesus Christ, His Only Begotten Son. So why not invite your brothers and sisters along the way? How great will be your joy.

Love, Sister Dalisay

PS – is it cheesy that as I’m writing this moment, a song called "it’s not about you" is playing? πŸ˜›

PPS – the picture of the Washington DC Temple attached was taken by Elder Jack Pferdner. Him and his wife finish their mission next week! He took this photo outside and edited it on the computer ro have a watercolor effect. Isn’t it beautiful??