Monday, May 25, 2015

Email, Monday, May 25, 2015

hey yall! 
i hope you all are doing great! cause i am! :) okay to start, i had a tender mercy from the lord when last Monday during soccer I collided with a bigger guy and his knee hit the side of my leg, so that was hurting and i couldn't bend my leg very well, but i still worked hard durning the week and it is all better now! yay! i felt like it could have been easily worse.  also this week we had the missionary activity night, it was a talent show, not too many people came but it was good for those who came. (that was another worry from the leg thing, that I wouldn't be able to do the act we had) and then yesterday we had the "missionary day" so i got to speak on missionary work, and it was my first "just quotes and bullets" talk given in Spanish, it went well. our Spanish (as a district) is improving, due to our 'Spanish week' so we can only speak Spanish to each other, which is helping me a lot to better my Spanish.  so our investigator Derek had his baptism interview and passed! he will be getting wet next Sunday, we hope by his father but it is up to him :) the work is good! we had a slow week but all in all it was awesome! we do alot of Less active work so i am getting ready for home ;) we have about five less actives that we are working with right now, they all are awesome! Oh! we had Zone Conference this week and my companionship was asked to give a workshop on Bold Invitations and it went really well.  ummm i think that is it :) today we are at a Mets Game! Woooo! the NYMets vs. the Phillies! :) (Jonathan I apologize but NY will have it in the bag :) )

i believe that is all for now, i will place some pictures now and end but i want yall to know that the Lord is loving, and we also have a loving heavenly father, so no matter what, you aint alone ;) i love yall!

Elder Bufi

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Email, Monday, May 11, 2015

hey yall,

we had a amazing experience that i will forever hold close to my heart, we are teaching a less active member that is here working to help his family in his home country, he currently works at a hookah bar (i know its weird to think that is a thing here :P) and hasn't paid tithing in a long while, we taught the eternal perspective of life, (with 100' of rope and a little string) after we taught him about it we talked about his position and where he wants to be after this life, we were very bold, i felt like the sons of Mosiah in the 28th chapter of Mosiah verse three 
"3 Now they were desirous that salvation should be declared to every creature, for they could not bear that any human soul should perish; yea, even the very thoughts that any soul should endure endless torment did cause them to quake and tremble."
we testified and asked truly inspired questions, we helped him realize that he wanted his family more than anything else, just like other lessons, but then we witnessed his heart soften, and the spirit was able testify to him, we offered to give him a blessing to help him to quit his job, he asked me to preform the blessing, after ward, i could tell he was crying, he offered to pray, we knelt before the lord and he offered the most beautiful and humble prayer i have possibly ever heard, i will never forget it either.  

i know it was a short story but i cant get it out of my head. but even that isn't all that happened this week... 

we had zone conference at the mission home, super good... i learned, i believe, how to truly pray, i dont know, but i have always prayed, but something lacked... and thanks to a workshop given there, and some personal studies, i now think i know, and they have changed, and responses have changed too, my relationship with our perfect father in heaven has improved, and its just mmm awesome!

but all in all, this has been an amazing week, it was super fun talking to mom about old times, and i hope to see everyone soon ;) (hinting that yall should extend the family reunion to the following week, ending in SC ;) ) but i miss yall, keep the faith, we belong to the only church that houses the true and everlasting gospel.  and i can promise yall, that i am here to stay, i have truly converted with my heart, and that alows me to help others! #ForeverChanged

Elder Daniel Buffington

hey look! pictures!
1) pano of Manhattan, 

2) the district in the mission home

3) president and sister Calderwood and i

4) pano of Coney Island

5) this is what happens when a missionary happens to be on a empty subway car

6) pano of the mothers day party

Monday, May 4, 2015

Email, Monday, May 4, 2015

may the fourth be with you! #StarWarsDayNY2015

hey yall!
its start of week two and i am in my new area! a lovely place in
Brooklyn called Dyker Heights! a lot of Chinese people, but equally as
many spanish peeps! so im super excited, i feel... different, from
other areas, maybe its hitting me that I'm leaving in a matter of
weeks, i have worked hard my entire mission, but this feels different,
i don't want to leave with regrets i guess, i love these people, and i
can hardly remember their names, (yeah the struggle is real :D) but
this is my final sprint i guess, and to be honest, if president
calderwood asked me to stay, i would say yes, the mission is just
getting good, i can speak the language, i know the material, but that
is just how the cookie crumbles.. these are so far the best two years,
and i know this is just preparing me for my own family, to be the best
father, husband, and son i can possibly be.  than yall for the support
yall have graciously given me!
now, to respond to some questions,
i am not a district leader anymore, but president calderwood has told
me that i was a leader for a long time before the calling, and im in
the area to help this district out.
my companions name is elder Oaks, (some how related to the apostle I
believe its great uncle?)

1) panorama of a view point where we like to fearless families
2) service place, mom! looks like your kind of department (att dept of aging)
3) us saying goodbye to families
4) us catching a ride with our bishop!

yall are amazing!
till next week ;) stay chill!