Monday, September 23, 2013

Email, September 23, 2013

how is everyone?!
its p day and all is well
so there is a sister that has been in the mission for about 9 weeks, in fact she is training a missionary, that companionship is both visa waiters, im in a pad with another visa waiter.... so in our area, there are 4 Brazil missionaries! woot! represent!
i heard of a missionary somewhere else in the mission that was perminantly placed here
im keeping the language up, and it is way fun! im in 2 Nephi and am reading a chapter a day, in english and portuguese :)
home sickness is at a minimal but would love mail :)
it takes a while for mail to be recieved here so if u have sent letters i will not get it for a while :)
alot of work needs to be done, the lord needs me here in new york...
i know i dont have my camra here but i dont really have pictures to send, so when i get pictures today i will send them next monday :)
my companion is Elder Jolley, he is way cool... from a small town near ceader city Utah, so he has a twaing... goodbye brazil accent hello twaing :P
he is a awersome missionary, and fearless when it comes to talking to people, he just got back from returning home due to a knee surgery... so that hurts him a little and has a bit of homesickness like me, i should settle in here soon, my area is Patchouge and we live about 10 to 15 minuets outside of our area, well that is where the pad is...
im working hard as possible so wish me luck!
- Elder Buffingon
new mailing adress
Elder Daniel Buffington
85-69 60th Drive
Elmhurst, NY 11373
United States

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Email, Wednesday, September 18, 2013

hi all yall!
its me daniel and i have been given permission to email you all and let you know i have arived here safely! the work here will be super tough... i am in the south shore area.... this is the mailing adress....
85-69 60th Drive
Elmhurst, NY 11373
United States
i wish i could stay on and wait for a reply but i have alot to try to do here.... thanks for everything that you all do... i feel your prayers and know that if it wasnt for yall i wouldnt be able to last :)
stay strong... remember who you are....
i love you all so verry much
i am keeping my hopes high...
i will prob still need all the prayers i can get,
more info will be sent out on my p day monday
with much love,
Elder Buffington

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Email, September 12, 2013


monday september 16th, flight departure 825a arive in phillidelphia airport at 236p
i depart from philldelphia 400p arive 513p

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Email, Tuesday, September 9, 2013

hello there outside world!!!!!!

its lil ol me again! went and did some awesome temple work..... we got
there super early to do some extra stuff :D i needed the extra
blessing from it cause i might not be in a temple for the rest of my

  Obedience is the Price
          Faith is the Power
    the Spirit is the Key
         Christ is the Reason
           Love is the Motive
             Joy is the Reward

i love everyone and hope im making you all proud! im working as hard
as possible! im getting used to the "fire hydrant" of information...
and now i want more!

hang in there and keep strong everyone!

yall are my life line :D

with total love,
Elder Daniel Buffington

ps i will be speaking only Portuguese from now till i leave the MTC...
wish me luck (nervousness)

quick story:
this is Irmão Belchior! he helped me out so much! he has a testimunho
GRANDE (GREAT testimony) he liked that particular tie so i marked it,
in return he gave me this tie... he wore it to every exchange and
transfer... it is well worn and the legacy of that tie will
continue... one of many storys he has with this particular tie is that
he was hit while he was on a bike, and his companion didn't see that
him and his bike was perfectly fine... so when Belchior reached his
companion and places his hand on his shoulder his companion started
crying thinking he was a spirit xD lets hope it will provide me with
the same protection!!!!

also as a update.... i LOVE being Zone Leader....

and also.... for jonathan... i live in the celestial kingdom if i have
not told you yet....
the vending machines have 50 50 bars for 50 cents so i do love them

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Email Tuesday, September 3, 2013

My Dearest Family and Friends,
    these past four weeks have humbled and inspired me to better myself, in hopes of being the best i can possibly be, having the opportunity to visit the the temple every Tuesday morning is an amazing time to pray hard, ponder a lot, and receive personal revelation as to what i should do as a missionary to better prepare myself, to my family, and my closest friends that have sent me notes and letters, thank you so very much for every note, i hear rumors that the leader of this nation we live in is considering making poor choices... revelation from ancient prophets are truly coming to past... wars will be fought... the lord has hastened His work for the hour of his coming is at hand... i know that this generation of missionaries is very important because there has been two apostles speaking to us in the past 4 weeks... this normally never happens... upon this... it has rained quite a bit here... we had to walk half an hour in it. woo! which reminds me i might need a rain coat for when i head to Brazil.. Meu não gusto being wet.. :D 

so the mail room has been closed for the last three days... so i was wayy excited to see all the letters.... aannndd  dear elder will be sent this evning after dinner.... maybe i will have more mail! woo!

just trying to think of the stuff i can type today is overwhelming thank goodness i can write letters.... wich i will be sending letters off today... i hope... 

the one cool story i shall tell in this story, second week in we got a new teacher in addition to Irmão Walker, Irmão Luis Belchior, he returned from his mission about 9 weeks ago, he was born in Mozambique, while he was young his older brother went and served a mission, while he was out his parents passed away, him and his sisters were left to live in a orphanage, long story shot due to my slow typing, he cam to america, where he did a documentary... he served a powerful mission and the tie that he wore to every exchange was given to me as i gave him a tie of my own, no tie could compair to his tie, when it comes to a meaningful tie... he has tons of sweet mission stories... i will have pictures coming soon of it.... but for now.......

Jonathan :D 
   thank you so very much for the EPIC GRAVATA! by far the best tie in the MTC! 

(He sent 5 pictures...3 didn't come through and the other 2 were in last week's email so I didn't include them here)

Pictures Daniel forwarded from another Elder that have Daniel in them:


Sunday, September 1, 2013

Sunday, September 1, 2013-Letter from MTC Presidency


Congratulations on your new calling as a missionary leader! Please see the attached letter regarding your new call.

The MTC Presidency

Dear Elder Buffington,

Congratulations on your assignment as ‘Zone Leader’. You have been assigned by inspiration and given the
responsibility to be an example to the members of your branch. As you personally maintain the high standards
of the Missionary Training Center, and keep yourself spiritually prepared to receive the promptings of the Holy
Ghost, you will be an inspiration to the missionaries in your branch.

This is a special opportunity for you to develop the Christ-like qualities of leadership that will invite others to
follow your example. This means to lead in love. Be sensitive to the needs of the missionaries in your branch.
Some may need an encouraging word to bolster their faith and confidence. Remember to follow the counsel of
your branch president. Make him aware of special needs as you see them and report anything that you may
notice as being amiss.

By your example of faith and obedience, you will encourage and strengthen others to serve with commitment. In
the Doctrine and Covenants 121:41, the Lord counsels: “No power or influence can or ought to be maintained
by virtue of the priesthood, only by persuasion, by long-suffering, by gentleness and meekness, and by love

Be clear and bold in your counsel and your leadership of other missionaries. (D&C 121:43) If you expect and
require the highest level of obedience and dedication, your missionaries will raise themselves to that level.
Please refer to your missionary leader guide book for specific responsibilities.

May our Father in heaven bless you as you serve in this important responsibility.


Lon B. Nally