Monday, December 29, 2014

Happy New Year!! :)

Sister Elmer and Sister Davis
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! This Christmas was so fantastic. I have loved
Christmas in the mission field. Definately one i will never forget.

This week was a great week. Just to start off i had the funniest dream the other night. I was dreaming that we were talking to someone and telling them about the Book of Mormon and i had found in there that it talked about tumbling. and i was telling them how great it was because it even talked about tumbling. Well i woke up from that dream laughing! But it is true you can apply the Book of Mormon to everything in life even if it doesnt directly talk about it. 
Then we were at a members house for dinner last night and we were talking about the activities that we like to do and the mom told us that her little boy liked to do gymnastics but he was the only buy doing it with a bunch of girls. haha so i looked at the little boy and said "sometimes boys make the best gymasts" and the dad said and they get all the girls and the little boy threw his hands in the air and yelled "YES"... this little boy is only 8 years old. but we all got a good laugh out of that one. It was so cute. 

Sister Davis and President Porter

We had an awesome experience on Christmas eve. We went caroling with one of the members and her family. We went to this HUGE house. and When i say huge it is like your stereotypical mansion. The people were so nice and invited us right in. Their home was beautiful. So on Saturday sister Elmer and i decided to go back and talk to them about the gospel. So we went back and told him that we were there the other night. He went on to explain that us coming caroling had made his night. He said his wife had been sick and they had to stay home for the evening and he had been praying that something would liven it up a bit then we knocked on the door. We had a great time talking and he said that he was really interested in what we believed. So we set up a time to come back and keep teaching him. It was awesome. He was so friendly! 

Then yesterday we had a miracle happen. We were trying so hard to get people to church this week. And a whole bunch bummed out on us at the last minute. So we were at church and a less active shows up and brings one of his friends with him. So after sunday school we go and talk to him and his friend and his friend agreed to let us come over and teach him because he had a lot of questions. It was awesome and totally by the grace of God! 

I love my mission and all the things i am learning. I still feel like the greatest lesson that is a constant lesson that i am learning is to trust in God. But i love my Heavenly Father and Savior! I love you all so very much and pray for you always!!! have a great week!! 
Love your sister Davis :)

Monday, December 22, 2014

It is Christmas!!! :)

gingerbread houses :)
yeah we made them on our bedroom floor
in our crazy pants :)
My dearest family and friends!

I absolutely love Christmas in the mission field. We had an awesome Christmas conference this last week. I have always felt like i have known the true meaning of Christmas. Last year i felt like i gained a greater meaning of it being in the MTC during Christmas but this year i think i have felt more of the true Christmas spirit more than i ever have before. Christmas is all about love. The love our savior had for us to come down to this earth to set a perfect example to us, to suffer and die on the cross so we could be forgiven and not have to walk alone in this life, then to rise again the third day for all of us to be able to live again with each other in the eternities. I want you all to know that i love you so much! Your encouragement and love you have shown to me through out my life is one that i will be eternally grateful for.  You need to know that your savior loves you even more. His love is truly the greatest gift we could ever receive. Please keep that in mind as we go through this wonderful Christmas holiday. Know that you are always in my prayers. I know our Heavenly Father is taking care of you he is watching out for you and he loves you too. 

mischief making team in the mtc ;)
reunited on our 1 year mark haha great times
and fun memories :)
Sister Palmer and Elder Mechecern ;)
We had such a fantastic week this week. We met this awesome lady. Her whole life she hasnt really felt any need for religion. When we came by she told us that she feels it is time for her to get into it. She wants to know she truly has such a sincere desire. When we shared the first vision with her. We asked how she felt and she said that she felt it could be true. Then when we share the Book of Mormon with her she told us that she felt that it would help her. It was amazing. She prayed that this would bring her the peace and happiness that she is looking for. I know that it will. This gospel is so amazing. 

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas. Know that i love you and pray for you always. Keep staying strong and having fun with whatever you are doing. LOVE YOU!!!
Love your sister Davis :)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Back in Indiana! :) Area: Kendallville, Indiana Companion: Alyssa Elmer, Pleasant View, Utah

My District
Hey everyone! I just love you all so much!

I am back in Indiana now. My address is 139 1/2 s main street Kendallville In 46755.  I just love Indiana! The people here are so friendly! My companion is such a hard worker and has such a powerful testimony! She is just an angel. It was really fun too cause she is from pleasant view and one night we were just laying in our beds asking each other if we knew certain people from each of our schools and we found out that we know a lot of the same people. It was so fantastic!

The cutest thing happened the other day. We were contacting a referral from someone we had met earlier and when he answered the door his four year old little girl got the biggest smile on her face and was like "I love you guys" (we have never met her before). It was the cutest thing ever. She talked our ear off the whole time we were there. She told us that she came from her mommy's belly and she wiggled and wiggled around in there until she came out. Then when we asked the dad if we could come back the little girl was like "sure sure sure sure" and then we looked at the dad was like is that okay and he was like "sure" In a very less enthusiastic way as his little girl but still we get to go back. The little girl totally softened his heart though while we were there. It was a miracle cause if it weren't for the little girl I don't know if he woulda agreed to let us come back. MIRACLES HAPPEN ALL THE TIME :)

I cannot tell you all how grateful I am for the opportunity that I have had to serve a mission. The time is truly flying by way fast! it is insane. I would never trade this experience for anything in the world. This gospel is truly amazing! I am learning so much everyday. Our Heavenly Father truly takes care of us. He has a plan for all of us. Learning to trust in him can be one of the hardest lessons to learn but it truly makes life a whole lot easier. It is a constant thing we have to work on. There is so much peace that comes from knowing the gospel is true and knowing that we have a Heavenly Father and Savior. Look for that peace especially during these crazy times of the holiday. I love you guys so so much!!!
Love your Sister Davis :)

Sunday, December 14, 2014

A Missionary Christmas

This poem was given to Kirsten from a companion.  I love it!!!

A Missionary Christmas

I skipped the sales after Thanksgiving. The thrill just wasn’t there.
 No pictures taken with Santa Claus. My decorating has no flair.
 His presents are shoes, shirts, and ties, two suits and socks… no fun.
 I’ve bought him all white clothes because this year I’m giving Christ my son.

I’ve spent more time in the temple, my testimony stirred.
 I’ve re-read November’s Ensign, felt strength come from His words.
 Our family prays more frequently. My tears are quick to run.
 Abraham seems closer because this year I’m giving Christ my son.

I wonder how those Lamanite mothers gave their sons to war?
 Or how the pioneers chose Zion—their sacrifice was so much more.
 My loss will be his presence. I’ll miss his smile a ton.
 For two years we will pray for him. I’m giving Christ my son.

I stare at his face when he’s not looking. I memorize his eyes, their shine.
 He’s always hungered for the part of him, that makes his soul divine.
 The stories and lessons he always heard. His choice and mine are one.
 I’ll put my faith in God’s hand. This year, I’m giving Him my son.

Past gifts have lost their glitter. I think I finally understand
 Christ’s birth should be celebrated by giving Him a hand.
 It’s because I know Christ lives and reigns that all his packing’s done.
 My gift has taken years to make. This year I’m giving Christ my son.

I know there’s One who understands the sacrifice I’m making.
 Who knows the gift I willingly give, the toll it will be taking.
 For He has done it all before. Greater love — there could be none.
 For years ago God gave to me His only begotten son.

The hands I washed, the hands I held, the hands I taught to pray—
Now knock on doors to find the ones who will listen to what he’ll say.
 Because I know Christ needs him until all the gathering’s done.
 My gift has taken years to make. This year I’m giving Christ my son.

— Author Unknown

Monday, December 8, 2014

I am so grateful to be a missionary :)

My dearest family and friends!!!

This week has been another week of miracles. I love my mission and i love everything i am learning.

First i will start with my funny experience for the week. We went to an investigators home. Usually when investigators have dogs they usually ask us if we are okay with dogs. Well he has a huge dog which is no big deal but we are in there and talkin for a bit and he says "I hope you are okay with mice..." hahaha WHAT? then he went on to explain that he has this mouse that he found one day in his home and it keeps coming back and he has made a little bed for it and a hole in the floor for it to go outside and everything. He says he lays food out for it and it plays with his dog.  Hahaha we cracked up after that :)

Now for the amazing things that are happening in this area. First off i wanted to share an insight i had in my studies last week. So i was looking in the hebrew dictionary under what miracle meant and the defintion is "points to new and higher forces that have entered and are working in this lower world of ours" Isnt that so amazing? A miracle is literally God and his angels coming and working here on earth through us. We had a huge miracle on Friday! We had this appointment set up with one of our investigators and we went over there and they werent there. So we had to do some planning back at home and when we got there the member that we are living with her house cleaner was there. We told her what happened about how the person wasnt there and she said well how about you give the lesson to me? and we were like okay so we all sat down and we talked about some of the concerns she had in life and about what she knew about God and we were able to invite the spirit and share a powerful message about the restoration with her. She was crying! It was a miracle and definately the grace of God.

I know that our heavenly Father knows exactly where we are supposed to be at the time we are supposed to be there and he provides everyway possible to make sure we are there at the right time. I know this gospel is true. I know that our prayers are answered all the time. I could never deny these things. I have witnessed them personally. I love you all so so much! You are all in my prayers!

Love your sister Davis :)

Mom's notes: Kirsten didn't tell you that she is being transferred.  They are being doubled out so Sister Davis and Sister Lane are both leaving the area.  She said she is sad but is excited to see where our Heavenly Father needs her.

Monday, December 1, 2014

It's December!!

I love you all so so much!!!

This week was a pretty great week. We had a really cool experience the other night. We were trying really hard to find someone new to teach. So we decided to go and contact some potentials. But no one was home. So we decided to say a prayer to see where we were supposed to be. We got the feeling to go and try to contact a former investigator.  So we went there but she wasnt home either. So we started to knock some doors but no one was answering. So we were gonna go try one more door and on our way over there we saw this guy outside working in the garage. He had a fire goin and it was pretty chilly so we went over and asked if we could warm up by the fire for a bit. He was so nice and told us that we could. He even went and got another log to put on it. So we got to talk to him for a bit and told him what we were doing. We asked him if we could come back and he told us that we could. It was a miracle. I know that God is aware of all his children. He knows exactly where they are and exactly where we are (not just missionaries but also where the members are). I promise you that if you are looking for it God will put someone in your path that you can share the gospel with. This new christmas video that they have come out with is a great way to get a conversation started about it too. :)

We also had a neat experience yesterday. We were trying to teach this guy who is from Vietnaum. He is buddhist so we started with the very basic. He knows english but it is not very clear. He was having a hard time understanding us at first but then it was so amazing cause as we were testifying that we were children of God the spirit came so strong and we were able to understand him better and he was able to understand us. We asked him if he wanted to learn more about that and how he is a child of God. He agreed to meet with us again and he agreed to pray. So we taught him how to pray and everything. It was amazing! :) God is so good to us he wants everyone to hear about his gospel. No excuses!! :)

I know that this gospel is so true. I know that our prayers are answered. I know that we are children of God. I wouldnt deny it. I couldnt deny it. I love my Heavenly Father and Savior so much! I love my family and am so grateful to have you all. I love you guys!!! Keep stayin strong!

Love your sister Davis :)