Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Week 56......Who turned on the heater?

What is good my loved ones!!!
Well I pray all is good and you are all smiling because life is the greatest gift ever!
Well to begin as the title reads it has been hot here lately and that has made for some days where I feel like I can’t sweat anymore. I am turning into a tomato from getting a sunburnt from the sun haha! I am putting on sunscreen every morning though so I'm trying. I would not trade it for a thing though because I truly love my mission! Besides the sun other things have happened so here we go!!!

So, during the week we had a blast! This last Tuesday we had zone conference which is always an amazing experience. This time around they really focused in on examples that we have in our lives. We have some of the greatest examples all of us truly do. We can all look at the people who have grown up before us to learn so much. We have the examples of our parents which is huge and then also we are blessed to have examples of Prophets of old.
Most importantly we have the example of our Savior Jesus Christ and he truly is the greatest example that we can look to. We can learn so much from how he lived and what he taught. I invite all of you to look to him and to study about his life and to try to follow his example more often. I promise you all that if you come to do that you will see the good in everyone and you will feel our Saviors love more in your life. It is possible I know it is!

Another thing that happened this week is that we found a new little area in our area to work in. So, we didn't really find it, but we did find out that it’s not as dangerous as people have told us. We had the impression that we needed to go work in the area because we found out and did some math that missionaries have not worked in this area for about a year now. It is the most dangerous part of our area, but we found out that as long as we are out before it gets dark everything is fine ha. We also talked to some less active members who live there about their area and they told us it’s not as bad now. So anyways we spent Wednesday through Friday from 3-6 contacting in that area and then also when we had time when not in meetings with other investigators and during the daylight hours we were there working.

Let me tell you that it has been a blessing to work there. We have come across so many nice people who want to learn. It has also taught me a lesson working there this week. We cannot place a label on things we truly don't know about. Like us thinking the area was super dangerous and then finding out it wasn't, we can also judge things wrong before we know the truth. I invite you all also to keep an open mind towards things that you might not know. Be willing to learn and if needed be willing to change from the examples we have. I know we can all learn and grow every week. That is a blessing we have from our Father in Heaven, we can learn and grow every day. I know our Father in Heaven loves you all. I love you all and hope and pray you have a great week.

Real quick...We also went exploring in a tractor junk yard one day this week and I totally lost my reading glasses for about 20 min in this huge junk yard haha. It was crazy funny because the security guard that works there who we didn't know existed until the very end when we started to search ended up coming out and helping us look for them, he became a friend of ours. We ended up finding them in the dirt oh all places! It all turned out good though, we also remembered to say a prayer and I know we had help finding them. I know I was extremely lucky to come across them again haha.

Then another thing we got invited to a family Reunion of a family in our ward. It was kinda wild because we aren't part of their family, but they truly treat us like we are. I’m so blessed to have these lovely people in my life here in Mexico who treat us so great!

Never forget that you are now closer today then you where yesterday to what you want to accomplish. Every day we can get closer to becoming who our Father in Heaven needs us to be and also who we want to become. Everything is possible and never say "I can’t" because you can do it all.

Always smile, you are all blessings and you all play an important role in God’s plan!

Love your Friend Elder Davis!

Companion Elder Fuentes and President McArthur, zone conference 2 zones, tractor junk yard, Family reunion and repairs to chairs at a school

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

55th Week.....Lessons to be learned always!

What is up my lovely family and friends!!!
Well let’s jump right into the fun. SO, this week was laid back and not much happened so this might be a short one.
So, to start the first week of the change we didn't have meetings until Wednesday. When Wednesday came around it was cool to meet all the new missionaries that are now in our zone, so that was a good time. After the meeting on Wednesday we just started our normal work and worked normally the whole week. It was a little tough this week for us with finding our investigators. They just weren't there at their homes or anything so that was a tough point of the week seeing the work stall with a few of them.

We did though get ahold of an investigator named Mallela who has not been progressing lately. She has been super busy with work lately, so she has kinda thrown religion on the back burner. We had a great lesson with her on Thursday where she told us that she felt a little bad about not focusing on God anymore now that things have gotten better in her life, she said she doesn't want to become one of those people who only prays and goes to church when they are passing through hard times.

The lesson turned out great and we were able to be straight forward with her and we also started over with the lessons to see if that helps her. The thing we did see in her though is that she has the desire to keep learning and she wants to always be on the right path. That helped me learn a lesson also which really everyone I talk to ends up teaching me something here on my mission which has been a blessing to me.

It helped me to really see how much the gospel means to me and how we always need to place it first no matter what. We are always going to pass through times where we feel terrible and life is hard but then thankfully we will reach the point when everything is going great again. Its life with the ups and downs but we must choose now what will be a main stay during all of that.
I know that our Savior Jesus Christ is always there during every single moment of our lives. He is always there not only when we struggle but during the great happy times. We need to always remember him, he and our Father in Heaven always remember us no matter what. I'm so thankful for this gospel. I'm so blessed for the opportunity I have to learn every single day. I will never be able to give enough thanks to everyone who has made my time here possible.

I love you all, I pray for you all! Keep smiling the Savior of the world is on your side and he wants the best for you!
Have a great week!

Love Elder Davis!

Pictures: Young men from our ward were catching fish for their turtle, pictures from our area and making slime with the girls from the ward.  Won this stuff animal at the Claw game in a store here

Monday, March 5, 2018

54th week....Another 1

Well guess who is staying in the area of Los Elizondo for another change!!! I am! Well I hope everyone is happy back in the states and wherever you guys are, I hope you are all having a great time. I love you guys always remember that haha!

Ok so yep like I said above I will be staying here another change. We were thinking that I would stay here with Elder Fuentes and be his last companion because this is his last change but as the time got closer not going to lie I got a little more anxious that I was going to change.
Also, we didn't get the changes until last night at like 9pm so that made things even more crazy. So anyways I will be going on to my 4th change here which in months will be 6 months. It’s been so much fun to serve here, and I truly love it here!

Oh, also to add to the good news for those of you who don't know the last 4 months here in the house I have been staying at, we haven't had hot water. So, the last couple months I have had to heat up water in a bucket and then use that to shower with. It was fun and interesting don't get me wrong and it was a super good experience for me but I'm happy to say this last week someone finally came to fix it Woooo! So now I will be able to shower normally even though it’s starting to get hot and here in about a month and a half we won’t need hot water hahaha. Everything happens for a reason though and I wouldn't trade it for a thing.


Well the rest of the week was pretty normal. It was a little hot though and its starting to truly feel like Mexico again haha. Even though it is nowhere near as hot as it will be in the coming months, so it should be fun!
Love life my friends and family. Never get down on yourself…. everything will be ok. Always try to smile and then if bad thought come push them out with good thoughts because you are all so important and perfect just the way you are!

I love you all and may God lead your pathway this week. We all are so blessed for we have a Savior and a Redeemer who has given everything for us. Follow his example and all will be well. I love you all! Have an Amazing week!

Love your friend Elder Davis!

Monday, February 26, 2018

53rd week.......1 down......less than 1 to go!

Hey fam and friends!!!

 First, I pray that you guys had a great week and that it was filled with great things. Always remember you are all children of a Father in Heaven and you all have such an important purpose here in this world! 

 First off, this week we had interviews which are always awesome. It so great talking face to face with President and hearing the advice he has. Also, I got packages this week and that has a fun story to go with it. So first off, they forgot to bring the packages to our interviews like they usually do. So, Sister McArthur (president’s wife) asked me if Elder Fuentes and I could travel to pick them up the next day where they were having interviews.

 So, the next day we got up and headed by the metro train to go get them. Everything went smooth until we were on our way back waiting for the train. We had to take a suitcase because we picked up the packages for the Zone and there where about 10 packages and just the 2 of us.

So, while we were waiting for the train to come I guess 2 missionaries with a suitcase looked suspicious because 2 police officers ended up coming up to us and asking what we had in the boxes and the suit case. It was an interesting 5 mins but it all ended up fine and they were really nice at the end after they figured out we were just missionaries and that the boxes where from our families. We got all the boxes home safe and to their owners also, so everyone was happy!

 So, another awesome thing that happened this week was that Lizbeth got the gift of the Holy Ghost! It was such a special experience to see how happy she was when she received her blessing and the spirit was so strong. We also got to meet her family this week and they are awesome just like her! They accepted a pamphlet of one of the lessons we teach and then her little sisters that are 11 and 12 went to church with her this last Sunday!

We are looking forward to the opportunity to visiting with them this week and we are so happy that Lizbeth is starting to see the Savior work with her family because that was always something she wanted was for her family to accept the gospel. We shared with her that by her example they were going to have a change of heart and now we can all see it happening it is truly amazing!

  Well lastly, I also hit my 1 year mark this last week! So, this past year has been the greatest of my life and I have changed in so many ways. I am truly thankful for the opportunity I have had this last year to be able to learn everything I have. I know though that this up and coming year will be the same. I will have the opportunity to grow and learn so much and I know it will change my life also.

I know our Father in Heaven loves each and every one of us! I know with all my heart we all have a very big purpose here and that if we ask our Father in Heaven he will help us find the pathway we need to be on.

I invite all of you this week to pray. Pray for answers but make sure you pray with all your heart and then do your part! God loves you all I know he does I can feel his love for you all.

I love you all also and I hope you guys have an amazing, special week! 

   with love Elder Davis

Monday, February 19, 2018

Week 52.....Baptisms are the greatest!

Well hello again! Hope you guys had a great week this last week and that nothing bad happened in the last 5 days since i last emailed! These last 5 days since Wednesday, Thursday-Monday have passed so fast it’s crazy! I don't have much that has happened but the stuff that did happen was amazing.

 So, the biggest and best and greatest thing that happened is Lizbeth got BAPTIZED!!! AHh it was so great and such an amazing day on Sunday. So, her baptism was after church on Sunday and I also had the privilege to be the one to baptize her. Well our church is from 12-3pm, so the baptism started at about 3:30pm. Here in Mexico their big meal of the day they eat at 2pm and usually after church everyone leaves super-fast to go eat ha. So, we were kinda nervous to see who would stay for the baptism, but it turned out amazing because a bunch of members stayed for the baptism!

 The service went great and I know we all felt the spirit so strong. It was so cool also because Elder Fuentes, a member from our ward and I sang the song "When I Am Baptized". Oh, course we sang it in Spanish, but the spirit was so over whelming and we all almost cried. Then we did the ordinance of baptism and it was so special because right after she came up out of the water she looked at me and all she said with a smile on her face was "Gracias". Well it was a special day and I know I will never forget the feeling i had. I will send pictures also because we took some good one’s ha. 

 The rest of the days were normal missionary days full of lots of work. We also had our Zone activity today so that was fun to be able to spend time with the other Missionaries in the zone. Hmmm well that’s pretty much everything that happened to me these past couple days. Well I love you all. Have a great week this week and stay strong. SMile you are all Children of a loving Father in Heaven. Remember to always be safe and to think before you act. There is a great plan for you all and you all have a big purpose here.

LOve you all and ohhhh I will see you guys in 1 YEAR!!!! 

Love Elder Davis!!!

Week 56......Who turned on the heater?

What is good my loved ones!!! Well I pray all is good and you are all smiling because life is the greatest gift ever! Well to begin ...