Thursday, December 25, 2014

Dan's Christmas Song

We had a great skype conversation with Elder Dahlin on Christmas Day. His companion talked to us for a little too. Here is a video of them singing Silent Night to us in Spanish!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Pictures posted of Daniel by friends on Christmas Eve

These pictures of Dan and his companion were posted by Viviana Heredia Alejos on Christmas Eve.

Linda tarde con mis amix los elderes

Gracias chikos x regalar smi familia felicidad

Feliz navidad elderes los queremos

Monday, December 22, 2014

Dec 22 2014

Feliz Navidad!!

Wow this week has been so amazing. The people here Love Jesus haha. There is no other way to put it. Also, they love their food. Let me tell you. I’ve never been this fat in my life haha. I’ve accepted the fact that this month I’m going to gain hecka wait. But January I’ll lose it. It’s worth gaining the weight, because I only have 2 years to enjoy this food haha and its SOOO good.

Anyway, this week I saw a video, in Spanish it’s called Gracias a el. it’s probably Thanks to Him in English. Anyway, it really put into perspective how important he savior is in our lives. I encourage you all to watch it :) also, the video el es la davida. Haha it’s on It should be something like He is the Gift in English. Watch these 2 videos and you will feel the spirit. I promise.

This week has been good! Besides the heat and the getting fat, we have had a lot of experiences. We ate lunch with a member on Sunday like we always do, and on our way out, we saw a guy scraping the paint off of the wall so that he could paint it later. Elder Flores and I stopped and talked to him for a while. We ended up putting normal shirts over our missionary clothes and scraping paint off the wall with him for the next 2 hours. By the end of our visit, he and his wife both said that they want to get baptized. It’s amazing what service can do. We should always look for ways to serve others. Just imagine it as if the person you’re serving is Jesus Christ. Would you pass up the opportunity?

Surprise!! This week we also went to the temple!! Dang was it nice to go to the temple. I’ll never be able to describe the feelings I get there. Peace, happiness, love. It’s truly indescribable.

Well, I want to wish all of you a Feliz Navidad. It’s so important for us to remember the real meaning of Christmas at this time of year. Jesus Christ died for us. He has paid the price for all of our sins. And we should do all we can to remember him and his birth at this time of the year. I’m so grateful for this holiday and for the opportunity that we have to remember him. Being on the mission really has helped me to focus on the true meaning of this holiday. I’m grateful for Jesus Christ. Especially in this time of year. He did something that nobody in the history of the world could have ever done. And I will be forever grateful for him. 

I’m stoked to talk to my family on Christmas!! I want you guys to know that I’m so grateful that we can be together forever. Being here teaching about families and how they can be together forever really makes me realize how lucky I am that I have this opportunity and this blessing too. I love you guys more than I can express. And I’m so excited to talk to you on Christmas day.

Thanks everyone for all of the support! And I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas. Try to focus a little more on the true meaning this year, and I promise you’ll be happier than if you hadn’t.

Love you all! 
Love, Elder Dahlin

Also, huge shout out to mi Hermano Elder Jenkins!! Happy big 19!! I’m stoked to have so many friends so close to me in the mission.

ALSO!! Congrats Hermana Bergeson!!! LIMA EAST!! I’ll have to let you know about all the secrets at the Lima MTC. I’m so excited for you! 

Here are a few pictures from the temple this week. Enjoy these pictures. Included are some pictures of the beautiful, castle-like Lima Peru Templo. And a selfie with my boy Moroni.

Feliz Navidad!!
Elder Dahlin

Monday, December 15, 2014

Dec 15 2014


This week has been soooo hot. I’m seriously sweating to death every day. I’m going to have to get used to it being smoldering hot in December January and February. 

So this week some funny things happened. We were sitting in sacrament meeting and dos hermanas show up, and there aren’t any more seats. So me and my companion give up our seats and we go outside into the hallway. When we get out there we hear something around the corner. So we walk over to see what it is and there’s a stray dog in the Church building!! haha so we spent a few minutes chasing it around and finally getting it out haha. So funny. Ahhhh Peru.

So some of the traditions here for Christmas are a little different. Christmas Eve starts at like 5 pm and they party until like 5 am the next morning. And then Christmas day is normal and everyone goes to work. Also, they eat this stuff called Paneton. Which is like fruit cake but it’s actually good haha. It’s like sweet honey bread with little fruits in it. It’s hard to explain, but I’m probably gonna get so fat from eating that stuff. And they drink chocolatada. It’s this super good chocolate drink. It’s like hot chocolate but better haha. And even though its sooooo hot they drink this super hot chocolate drink haha. This I could get used to. So delish.

This week I learned that I’m not even speaking Spanish! The language is called Castellano. It’s almost identical to Spanish but different. I think it’s just a dialect haha. 

There is a sister in our ward and she has a boyfriend that lives in Sweden. This week he came here to get married! He speaks English German and Spanish fluent. But I haven’t spoken English with him yet haha. Anyway, they got married, and he wants to get baptized! So that’ll be fun to teach him and see him progress. We had dinner with them last night and at the end of the night I was prompted to share a scripture about the Atonement. It’s Alma 7:11-13. And I talked about how powerful the atonement is. The atonement truly is so powerful. All the bad things in our lives, including sickness, pains, guilt, sorrow, and temptations, can all disappear through the atonement. How cool is that? It shows just how much Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us. It wasn’t just a sacrifice on the Part of Jesus Christ, but for Heavenly Father too. Can you imagine having a son and letting him be executed? In the book, True to the Faith, it says that the biggest act of love that the world will ever see is when Jesus Christ died for our sins. And I believe it 100 percent. Cien por cien. I know he loves each one of us. I know that we all have a plan and the only way we can see the happy side of this plan is through the Atonement. Always remember him, especially at this time of the year when we celebrate his birth. He’s our older brother, and he loves us so much.

I love you all! Please continue praying for all the missionaries in the field. Remember, that if you ever need help with anything, pray.

Thanks for all the emails and support!! 

Love Elder Dahlin

ps. here are some pictures from a few weeks ago that I don’t think ever sent.

Also a picture of the hot dogs that they eat here! They put guacamole and tomatoes and chips on them!!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Dec 8 2014

Hola de Lima Peru,

Elder Dahlin here. Another week in paradise. I know everyone always says this, but there is nothing like the mission. And I can’t describe it either. It’s just feeling the spirit all day everyday nonstop. I love it. It’s like EFY. At EFY we feel the spirit all day long right? This is like EFY, but for 104 weeks straight. And we feel the spirit on a whole new level. I love it so much.

This week I got better. It was almost like a miracle. I went to bed feeling sick, and woke up feeling as if nothing had ever happened. So thank you for all of the prayers. 

I can’t believe how close Christmas already is!! It’s so different here because its Christmas time, it’s like the middle of December, and its blazing hot. I’m used to the cold and wearing sweatshirts and sweats, but here I’m sweating to death nonstop haha. Gosh I love Peru. At times it’s so hard. Missionary work is so hard. But it’s so worth it. If it was easy, it wouldn’t be worth it. I love this mission and there is nothing else that I would rather be doing. I’m excited to see where my friends are going to get called to. I know Brynn Bergeson just turned in her papers, and Caleb Clement is also turning his in. I can’t wait to hear about it!! Let me know when you guys find out okay?

This week we had a little service activity and ill add some pictures of it with this email. We had to move a couch to the top story of this building. But all of the doors inside the house are super small. Like my shoulders don’t even fit if I try to walk through normally. So we moved the couch outside because the door to outside is a little bigger. And tied ropes to it and hoisted the couches up the side of the house with ropes haha. It was so much fun. Service can be fun. We have to just look at the bright side of things in this life. Yeah things are hard sometimes, but there’s always a lesson to learn. From every experience there’s a lesson to be learned. 

Oh!! This week I’ve learned of a new blessing that comes from missionary work. Mom don’t get scared from this story haha. So yesterday we went to pick up a family for church. They’re less active and we are trying to get them into the habit of coming to church. We were outside waiting and talking when this drunk guy starts walking towards us. We step aside and give him a bunch of space. And he turns towards me and starts walking, stumbling, towards me. I’m like what the heck!! So I was just like hola hermano! Hay algo que yo puedo ayudayle? I just asked him if there’s anything that I can help him with, and he didn’t say anything. Then all of the sudden he swung at me! At my face. I like kicked into spider reflex mode and dodged it, and after that he walked away. Haha this might sound cheesy but whatever. I know that I’m being watched over. I wasn’t in any real danger, and if I was I would have been told by the spirit to get out of there. I know that everything that I experience is for my testimony and for my learning. And if I listen to the spirit I will be protected. I love the spirit and the guidance that I can receive on my mission.

So the video that I tried to send isn’t working. I don’t know why :( but I’ll try to figure it out next week haha. I love you all! Always remember Jesus. Especially at this time of year. We’ve been given so many blessings, all from our Heavenly Father, and if we can remember Heavenly Father and Jesus at this time of the year, we will all be a little happier :) I testify of this. And of the importance of prayer and being receptive to the spirit. I know that we can receive guidance and answers to our prayers. I have seen answers. I have seen lives change even in the short 3 months that I’ve been here. I love the church. I know it’s true. I love this work and I know that I’m here for a reason. En el nombre de mi Salvador, Jesucristo, Amen.

Elder Dahlin, over and out.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Dec 1 2014

Family and Friends,

This week has been interesting to say the least haha. I’m not gonna lie, this has been one of the worst weeks of my life. I’ve been super sick since Thursday morning at 2 am. But I’m getting better. This week I was able to give my first, and second priesthood blessing! I’ve done the anointing before but this week was the first time I ever gave the actual blessing. My companion was super sick. He could barely walk. I thought I was going to have to carry him up the stairs to our apartment. But it was all good haha. He was lying in bed and asked for a blessing. I gave him a blessing and he went to sleep. The next day he said he felt better and by noon the next day he was laughing and singing like normal. The priesthood is powerful. I also have received a priesthood blessing so that I can get better, and I’m getting better too. I know the priesthood is real and that it has been restored back to the earth. It’s so powerful and through this power we can help others. Not only to heal them but to perform ordinances. Crazy.

This week I was thinking about the atonement. In the scriptures it says that Jesus took all the sicknesses and pains of the world upon himself during the atonement in the garden of Gethsemane. I was thinking about this this week. He died and he took the sicknesses of the world upon himself, so that I can pray and ask to feel better. And when I end up feeling better, it’s because he took away my sickness and my pain in the garden. Something to think about.

This week we had our first baptism!! Her name is Carmen and she is so excited about the gospel. I was able to get in the water with her and baptize her. It was such an amazing experience. I’ve never baptized anyone before!! It was so amazing to see her face when she got out of the water. She was so happy. So pure and clean. Haha it was funny because she was afraid of the water. It was soooo cold though so I don’t blame her. But it was so good. A day that I’ll never forget. It’s crazy to think about how fast the time is going. Tomorrow is the end of my first transfer! I think I’m going to get a new companion because mine has been here for 6 months. That’ll be bittersweet.. haha. But we’ll see!

I’m excited to find and teach more people. And bring more of my brothers and sisters back to Heavenly Father. I love my mission. And even though this week wasn’t the best week of my life, I’m grateful for it. I’ve learned that bad days are absolutely necessary in this life. We need bad days so that we can appreciate the good ones! So if you’re having a bad day, learn to love it, because better days are ahead. There always are better days ahead. And pray! Prayer works. I’m a witness that prayer works, and it always will. As long as we are humble and have a true intent.

Well I’m out of time! I hope you have a good week!!

Love Elder Dahlin

Ps. I have a video of me saying what I’m grateful for!! For this thanksgiving season. But I don’t have time so next week I’ll send it.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Nov 24 2014

Family and friends,

Wow what a week! I can’t believe that I’m already almost done with my first transfer. Second if you count the CCM. So crazy. I’m sad at how fast the time is going. I can’t imagine how hard it’s going to be to step onto the plane in 2 years.

First of all, Garrett and Brent I hope you guys had amazing birthdays!! It’s weird not being there. But I know this is where I’m supposed to be and I hope you had good birthdays :)

This week I’ve gained a testimony of the gift of tongues. I’m understanding more than ever. But still not everything haha I have so much to learn. But I’m grateful for the Spanish that I am able to speak. Kind of a funny story happened haha. This week we were visiting a family and we were just getting to know them. She asked my companion where he was from and he made her guess and eventually she guessed Bolivia. Then she asked where I am from and I made her guess too! Usually people would say United States without a second thought because I’m blonde, white, and 6 feet 2 inches tall. But she immediately said Columbia. WHAT?! Haha she thought I was from South America. I know I’m learning the language fast and the only reason is because of the gift of tongues and the Holy Ghost. I’m so grateful that I can be the instrument to bring people back to Christ. And I’m grateful that I can speak well enough Spanish to teach people about Jesus. So amazing.

Before I go any further... THANK YOU SO MUCH for the package!! Wow opening that bag and seeing all the candy seriously made my whole day. You should have seen my face. I took a picture and I’ll send it with this email. That’s as close as I can make it to the real thing. But yes thank you so much for the package and the candy. The Christmas packages are going to be so hard to not open, but don’t worry, I won’t open them. Thank you so much mom and dad. Also, a huge thank you to Sister Quist for bringing the package here to Lima. Couldn’t have got it without you!!

This week I got bit by a dog!!! :D I was walking and there was this little dog laying on the street. I stepped around it and it thought I was going to step on it or something but it freaked out and bit my pant leg!! I thought they tore. But I checked them later and they’re perfectly fine haha. It was scary though. I was about to kick the thing if it attacked me. I’m surprised I haven’t gotten attacked more by dogs because there are seriously hundreds of stray dogs here.

This week we are having our first baptism!! On the 29 we will be baptizing hermana Carmen Guevarra. She’s such an awesome person. I don’t have a picture of her but I’ll send one next week of the baptism. She’s awesome and she’s definitely ready for baptism. I’m so grateful that I can help people learn more of Christ. This gospel truly does bring happiness, and I’m so grateful that I can help bring this happiness into the lives of the people here.

This week we were in a little store talking to this couple about the restoration. He starting talking about some things that he was going through and all of the sudden I just zoned out. I don’t think I heard anything that he said, all I was thinking about is that we should switch lessons and teach the gospel of Jesus Christ (faith, repentance, baptism, Holy Ghost, and perservar hasta el fin. A few minutes later I pulled out a gospel of Jesus Christ pamphlet and started teaching about baptism and the blessings that come from this gospel. After this they were super excited to know that they can be clean again. And they went on to tell us that they want to get baptized and they want to know what they can do to be baptized. They’re really awesome, but they have to get married before they can be baptized. It’s amazing how real revelation is. They needed to hear about the gospel of Jesus Christ lesson. Revelation is real. It’s so real and I’m a witness that it exists! 

Well I don’t have much more time. But I hope you all have a great week!! And a happy Thanksgiving. Thanks for all the letters. I’m grateful for all of you and all of your support. I’m grateful for my family and everyone that has been a part of my life this far. I’m grateful for this church and for my opportunity to serve this mission. I’m grateful for Jesus Christ and for his sacrifice, through which we can all be clean and enter into the presence of God again.

Have a good Thanksgiving!!

Elder Dahlin

Monday, November 17, 2014

Nov 17 2014

Familia y amigos,

¿Como estan? Esta semana fue el maximo! estamos encontrando muchas personas para enseñar. Estoy agredicido que yo tengo esta oportunidad a enseñar y ayudar la gente aqui estar con sus familias otra vez despues esta vida. Esta obra es marvillosa.

This mission is amazing. I love it here so much. That was just a little bit of Spanish for you all haha. This week was really good!

First of all, I hope you had a happy birthday Dad!! I was thinking of you on the 14th. Did you get the new Call of Duty? haha I saw previews of the new Call of Duty in the streets and I thought of you. You love your Call of Duty.

Brent and Garrett!! Happy birthday!! Haha I think it’s so funny how 3 of the 10 of us have birthdays in November. I love our family. You guys are amazing. 

I celebrated all of your guy’s birthdays this week haha. I bought a cake. And it was a grand total of a whopping 3 dollars. 10 soles, which equals about 3 dollars American. Everything is crazy cheap here.

Oh yeah! So if you want to write me a letter, don’t send it through normal mail, SEND LETTERS THROUGH DEAR ELDER. That’s the only way I’ll get it. Dear Elder. If you don’t know what that is google it haha. 

So this week was pretty funny. The people here like to make fun of Americans. I’ve been called gringo, white boy, blancito, Colorado (I guess that’s racist for American) and many others. Haha I think it’s funny. And I’m writing every name I get called down in my journal.

So this week I went to a family history training thing. It was really cool!! FAMILY! Did you know that our family history on mom’s side is almost completely full 9 generations back!? Grandma, good work. I think there are 18 names missing in the last 9 generations. That’s amazing!! Family history is so important. And also did you know that our last name was Ersson? Then it changed to Hansen, then to Dahlin? Fun fact of the day.

This week I felt an earth quake!!! It was seriously so cool. Haha the whole earth..started.. to quake... but yeah that’s the only way I can escribe it. It was really loud and my whole body and everything in the house that we were in was vibrating. It was really cool. Unforgettable for sure. But there’s something scary that happened.. the ocean has receded 100 meters because of the earth quake. Which means that there’s going to be a tsunami. At least that’s what I heard. It could be false. But I know that if any of the missionaries are in danger, we will be pulled from our mission and moved out of harm’s way. The president of the mission can receive revelation and take us out of danger. How cool is that? I’m safe here haha so nobody worry about me. 

This week was really good. We have baptisms scheduled 3 weeks in a row starting the 29th. It’s amazing to see how people lives can change. Can you guys please pray that we can find people that are married and looking for the Gospel? It’s really hard when they aren’t married. But I know that all things are according to His will. Prayers are powerful. Please pray for this work!! 

So we had a training last night. It was from the area 70 of the South America northwest area. Me and Elder Davis Jenkins are both in this area! He said that every 15 minutes there’s a baptism in our area. How cool is that? The work is truly being hastened. And I’m so grateful to be a part of it. There is nothing like being a missionary. I love it so much.

Our mission had 84 baptisms last month and we’re really trying to break that this month. I know that it’s possible. All things are possible with Christ. 

Well, all is well, we’re teaching people every day and there are so many people here that are looking for what we have. 

The church is true, Christ is the Savior of the world, and Heavenly Father loves each and every one of you. Never forget that you’re a child of God. And just as your earthly parents love you, He loves you to a degree that we can’t even comprehend. I’m seeing the love that God has for the people here and it’s honestly life changing.

I love you all! Continue to pray for the missionaries. Have a good week!

Elder Dahlin

The attached pictures are of me in the big city of Lima, the cake that I bought, and a note that my companion wrote haha. He’s Bolivian and he’s learning which is so cool. But this note made me laugh. He’s awesome.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Nov 10 2014

Friends and Family,

I have 6 minutes to write this so it’s going to be short!

This week was better than the last. The weeks keep getting better and better. I’m more comfortable with Spanish than ever and I’m learning so much. At times it’s really hard but I know that the things that I’m going through are only for my own good.

I love teaching about the Plan of Salvation. It’s probably my favorite. Every time I teach about it, I can’t help but think about how lucky we are to have the families that we have. Always be grateful for what you have. Never forget that!

Before I forget, is Caleb Clement alive and well? I haven’t heard back from him for like a month! I hope he’s okay haha

Also, Happy Birthday to the best Dad in the world!! Dad you’ve helped me with so much and taught me so much. I’ll never be able to repay you for everything you’ve sacrificed and done for me. You're an amazing example and I’m so grateful for you and Mom and our whole family. I love you! I hope it’s a good one!

Haha some of you guys will laugh at this. You know how I have a habit of finding money on the ground? Even here in Peru I can find American dollars on the ground. The other day, I found 20 American dollars on the ground. That’s like 60 soles. Enough money for 2 weeks of food haha. Blessings.

This week we set 4 dates for baptism! It’s amazing to think that I’m here doing the Lords work helping others find their way back to Christ. The mission is amazing and I know that in 2 years I’m going to not want to come home. I love Peru.

This week we taught this guy, Hermano Lopez, about baptism. He’s like, so I can be free from sin?! And we told him that through covenants like baptism, we can be free from sin and guilt, and he threw his hands in the air and started crying and he was like, I need to be baptized!! We’re going to baptize him but first him and his wife need to get married. It was so awesome to see how excited he was about being baptized. It might take a few months for them to get baptized because his wife technically is still married to her old husband, so she needs to get divorced and then they need to get married. But I know that they’ll get baptized.

It was amazing to see how excited he was about this work and it made me tear up a little. That’s why I’m here, to bring people happiness, to spread the word that Christ lives and that families can be together forever. So much happiness. I know that all the blessings in my life have come from this gospel. I love this church. I know it’s true. Thanks for all the support!! I will have more stories next week but this is all I have time for. Have a good week!!

Much Love, Elder Dahlin

Ps. These pictures are from P day. We went to a park of fountains and aquas and lazers! So cool. Enjoy! :)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Nov 3 2014

Family and Friends,

What a week! I don’t have like any time so I’m going to be quick. This week I have learned a lot. A lot of what I’ve learned is to always be grateful for what we have. Some of the people here have nothing and they’re so happy. Like literally nothing. It’s so sad.

So I had another experience with prayer. And it was in the shower haha. So in our apartment there is a shower head that has an electric current in it. And when water touches it, it heats the water and that’s how we take hot showers. But if too many lights are on in the apartament, all the power turns off and the water in the shower turns cold. So I’m taking a shower and all of the sudden the lights turn off and the water turns freezing cold. NOO!! I was like ah dang it. And then I remember pray always. Even for little things. So I said a prayer that I could have hot water for just two minutes. Right when I said amen and opened my eyes the lights turned back on and the water turned hot again. I was like wow prayer works. And then if that isn’t enough!! Right when I finished showering and I was reaching to turn the water off, BOOM. The lights turn off again and the water gets cold again. Coincidence? Heck no. God really does answer our prayers even if it’s just with small things. He has blessings that he is waiting to give to us, all we have to do is ask. Prayer is powerful.

So before I forget! If anyone is thinking about sending me a letter, don’t do it!! It will never get here because the mail people are on strike right now. So it will just get lost. I’ll let you all know when the strike is over.

So this week I’ve been learning a lot of Spanish. My companion is Bolivian and so I’m kind of forced to speak Spanish all day everyday haha. It’s nice though because we live with two Americans. So we speak English sometimes but mostly Spanish. The mission is awesome. I’m so grateful for this opportunity that I have to serve my Heavenly Father and help people all day every day for 2 years. It’s such a blessing. And I know that I’m helping people here too! It’s such a great feeling.

This week I ate some weird new things!! I ate chicken liver and chicken heart!! Haha it actually wasn’t bad. Maybe when I get home I’ll slaughter a chicken and cook up some chicken innards. mmmm :)

So some other cool things happened too. We prayed as a companionship that our investigators would be able to go to church last Sunday. We got there and there were 9 investigators there!! So awesome!! Prayer is so real. I can’t stress that enough. 

I was thinking about it the other day, there are 7 investigators that we are probably going to baptize by the end of the year. It’s so exciting that I can be the instrument in God’s hands. I love this. I don’t have much time but thank you all for the prayers and for all of the support. I know that I have an army behind me supporting me. And I love that. I love you all. 

Angela make sure you correct this haha I’m typing as fast as I can. 

Have a good week!!

Ps. Mom, can you send me a recipe for cookies and for brownies, I’m craving America. 
Pss. Halloween exists in Peru!! The kids run around getting candy and instead of saying trick or treat they say Halloween please!
I love it.

Elder Dahlin

These pictures are of me roaming the streets of Lima, eating some new food, my scriptures that I've marked, and the wife of my mission president. Enjoy!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Oct 27 2k14

Family and friends,

This was my first week out of the CCM! HOLY COW. Lima Peru really is a special place. different. but special. I’m definitely not used to the big city haha but I’m sure I will be soon.

The thing that I’ve thought of the most since being here is to never take for granted what we’ve been blessed with. We are so lucky. If you guys could see some of the things I’ve seen here I think you would appreciate what you have a bit more haha. That’s something we should all try to work on. 

This week I’ve been learning so much Spanish and getting used to how the people speak here. They speak so so so fast!! But I’m getting used to it. Every day I understand more and more. The spirit is key with the language though. And I can tell when I have the spirit and when I don’t. Last night we were teaching a lesson and I was testifying of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. I could just feel that I was the instrument that Heavenly Father was working through to teach this lady. Doctrina y convenios 100 talks a ton about missionary work. It’s only a few verses long and you can read it in less than 2 minutes so I encourage all of you to work with it. Sometimes I’m afraid to talk to someone because I don’t know what I’m going to say, but after reading this chapter, I’m less afraid. Because I know that `it will be given to me in the very hour, yea in the very moment what I should say`.

So I was testifying of the Book of Mormon and after I spoke I was just like what the heck. I don’t know how to speak Spanish!! The spirit really is something special.

I have some fun facts about Lima.

1. Peruvian Dogs don’t have hair. Gross I know. I’ll try to get a picture of one this week. They’re just bald. So nasty. One of the members we visit has one and I try not to touch it.. ugh.
2. There isn’t 5 seconds that goes by where I don’t hear a car honk. Everybody always honks always. No matter what.
     - However on Sunday, they don’t honk. It’s interesting.
3. The sun almost never comes out here. At least right now. I’ve seen the sky during the day like 3 times., today was one of those times. And I’ve seen the stars twice. Both in the CCM.
4. Everybody is Catholic. Literally EVERYBODY. 

Well those are all the facts I have so far haha. I’ll come up with some more for next week. I’ve also seen the miracle of tender mercies in my mission. Some days are really hard. And we don’t always have people that want to listen to us. But at the end of every day, we always have an amazing family that invites us in and feeds us and we have a lesson.

Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ are real. They live. I know this for a fact. They love each and every one of us. No matter what we’ve done we can always be forgiven and we will always be loved. How great is that? The Book of Mormon is true. More true than any other book in the world. The testimony of Joseph Smith is so powerful. I encourage you to read it. It will change you. The Book of Mormon has changed my life and the reason I am here is to share this knowledge with others. So that their lives can be changed too through this amazing gospel. Families can be together forever, through heavenly fathers plan. How much more would we want? I know this church is true. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t true. God lives. If you don’t have a knowledge for yourself that God lives, kneel and ask in prayer. You will receive an answer. I say these things in the name of My Savior, the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ. Amen. I’ll try to speak more Spanish in my email next week. This week I just didn’t have much time. 

The yellow building is my apartment. And the Latino in the picture is my companion. Elder Flores.

I love you all!! Life is good in Lima Peru.

Elder Dahlin

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Picture from MTC teacher

This picture was posted by Miluska Loayza Malvaceda, Daniel's MTC teacher with this caption:

Mis amados angelitos..  !!! Es una bendicion conocerles y haber aprendido tanto de ustedes. Se que son misioneros que aman esta maravillosa obra, son del ejercito de Dios. Les amo muchisimo mis pequeños....!!! Gracias por su amor y amistad !!! Hna. Hall, Hna. Weight, E.Foote, Hna. Frame, Hna. Jesperson, E. Mann, E. Arns, E. Dixon, E. Van Uitert, E. Burgoyne, E. Dahlin y E. Christensen

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Oct 22 2k14

Friends and Family,

What a crazy time I’ve had here. Even just being out of the CCM for 2 days. I have some cool stories to share that happened while in the CCM so I’ll share those first.

So since I was a zone leader in the CCM I was in charge of organizing sacrament meeting. I took advantage of that for my last Sunday in the CCM and I asked the elders in my district if they wanted to bless and pass the sacrament. They all wanted to. I blessed the bread. It was so cool to have that experience. I can’t believe I’m in Peru blessing the sacrament in Spanish haha. I love it. So yeah blessing the sacrament was really cool. An experience que no voy a olvidar.

We watched a video and I think it was by Elder Holland in one of his conference talks a few years ago. He said, when we are going through something that’s really hard, and we want to know if there’s an easier way, we just need to remember that someone much greater than us asked that same exact question a long time ago. He’s talking about Christ when he was on the cross and asked if there was another way. If Christ could endure the pains of the world, we can endure the trial that we’re going through.

We watched Meet the Mormons!! I think it’s in theaters right now. But we had it broadcasted to the CCM in English. So that was cool to watch that haha. It’s so funny and it really shows who we are. I encourage all of you to watch it. 

so a few nights before we left the CCM, we were eating dinner and I sat down with my food with my district and they were all being super noisy because they’re excited to get out into the field. So I sit down and I’ve made a habit of saying prayers on my food whenever we eat. And as I’m praying I can hear the noise start to get quieter and quieter around me. Until all at once it’s just completely quiet around me and I can’t hear any of the elders in my district talking anymore. I finish my prayer and I look up and every single one of the elders in my district were praying blessing their food. It showed me that no matter where we are, even when we don’t know if anyone is watching, we need to be examples.

My district was so hard to say goodbye to! They’re like my family. I know that they’ll all do so good on their missions. I’ll include a picture if I have time. 

So I had the opportunity to do an anointing! One of the hermanas in my district was having a hard time. So the night before we left, I anointed and my companion gave her a blessing. It’s amazing to feel the peace when the spirit is present. I’m so grateful for the power of the priesthood and I know that through it we can see miracles. I’m glad I was able to exercise my priesthood power.

So I think there’s like rioting going on right now in Lima. Don’t worry mom it’s not too bad :) 
But the other day my companion and I were walking down the street and a bus pulls up. One of the guys gets off the bus and picks up a rock and starts running towards me and my companion. We step aside and when he had run like 5 feet past us, he throws the rock as hard as he can towards a cop. the cop had a riot shield and blocked the rock but after that happened me and my companion just walked away to a different place. It’s just crazy because if someone did something like that in the United States they would get shot by the cop haha. Which reminds me! Some of the police here carry around huge machine guns!! Haha it’s kinda scary. But yeah the story with the guy throwing a rock, I know I was being watched over. If he had thrown the rock even a second before it probably could have hit me or my companion.

My English continues to go down the drain and I find myself forgetting how to say more and more words. The gift of tongues is real :) I can’t wait to call home at Christmas and speak in Spanish to you guys!

People told me that Peru would be different but I think it impossible to know or even imagine until you’re here. Everything is different. The food, people, cars, showers. So on the shower in our apartamiento, there is this little electric thing right at the end of the shower head. And right before the water touches you, it touches the electrical thing and it heats the water. So this morning we turn on the water and I think the electric shower head messed up the power because the lights all turned off. I’ll probably have to get used to taking cold showers but that’s alright. I’ll live. 

Mom and Dad. So can I select multiple photos at a time and add them to drop box? I’m not sure how that works haha so I just sent a few. Can you print the one of me standing in front of the temple and put it on my missionary plaque? That would be chevere. Cool. 

Alright well I’m out of time! My new P day is Monday so that’s when I’ll be on again. Thanks for all the prayers! Please continue to pray for me. If there’s one time where I need it, it’s now. 

I love you guys all so much! Never forget how lucky we all are. Some of the things I see here make me realize how blessed I’ve been in my life. I will talk to you soon! Todo bien en Lima Peru.

 Elder Dahlin

Ps. mi zona es magdelena