Kenya is a country in east Africa located on the Indian Ocean. It’s particularly famous for its annual wildebeest migrations in the Maasai Mara reserve.
Tell us a little about Nairobi.
Nairobi is a pretty big city, but it’s not completely industrialized — there is still a lot of traditional culture. I love the city because you can see roadside shops selling all sorts of crafts, baskets, handmade furniture, and food. Sometimes we see camels and horses and one time, when we were driving to the airport, we saw some giraffes walking on the side of the road!
My favorite thing about Kenya is all the animals. Just outside of the main city there is an elephant orphanage– and we adopted one, his name is Ngilai. I’ve kissed a giraffe, and been head-butted by one that shares my name! And just a few hours away are the best safaris ever (in my opinion!). The safaris are just amazing. You are out in nature and it’s actually a really spiritual experience.
What is church like each week?
Our ward is quite large but the amount of people who come differs in size every week. The youth program is pretty big. Most of the young women (we have about 25) go to boarding school, so when they come home, it’s really fun and we have a huge Sunday school class. We have about 50 youth, but we don’t split ages.
We have a lot of land on the church, so during youth activities we usually play games outside that don’t require much equipment. Our local friends taught us some fun games that only require socks or a stick or something. We once wrote letters to missionaries. I do seminary online everyday — my teacher lives in England and so do some of the other kids. We also have students in Poland.
Where else have you lived?
I lived in the Philippines during typhoon Yolanda (the most powerful storm ever to reach land — even my house was flooded and it was well built on high ground), and the missionaries were evacuated, so my mom and I made and brought them a bunch of cookies and sent videos of them to their families to show them that they were ok. Personally, I think my mom is an angel.
I also once went to help paint a hospital in Bogo (near where the typhoon hit the worst) for girls camp. It was super dirty and dark. It was so hot there and there was just one fan. There were ants all over the walls and the hospital was completely open. We got rid of the bugs as best as we could and painted the pediatric center with bright colors. Then we talked with the kids and helped them color. In the end, we painted a tree and everyone put a handprint on it as the leaves. It was a really great experience.
What do you like to do with your free time?
That’s one thing that is kind of limited here. It’s a bit dangerous, so we’re not supposed to go out after dark. My sister and I go to lunch with friends sometimes. We live in a compound with about 6 houses, and there are two girls here about our age, and there’s a park in our compound. Mostly though, we hang out on Saturdays or Wednesdays (we have a half day). When we have a long weekend, we like to go on safari.
What is something you like to do to feel the Spirit and God’s love in your life?
There are a lot of service opportunities here. There are actually a few refugees in our ward, and lots of orphanages that need help. There is one orphanage with about 40 babies (or more), which my best friend Marissa and I like to help out at. Marissa has actually fostered one of the babies, Pristel, on and off for about five months. They want to adopt her, but adoptions are closed to Americans here.
What do you imagine yourself doing in your future?
I want to be a mom, and I also want to go to BYU. I love acting (I’m going to a drama camp at BYU this summer!), but I also love robotics, design, and rugby.
Share with us a few fun facts about yourself.
I can teach myself stuff, and I love to do it. I taught myself how to do hand henna and nail art.
I also love traveling and culture and doing service.
I’ve moved 9 times, been to 8 schools and lived in five different wards and two branches.
Thank you so much Daisy for sharing your Sunday with us. How about you readers? Have you ever wanted to travel to Kenya? Do you have any other questions for Daisy about her life there?