Monday, April 27, 2015

There is not enought time in the day!!! #missionaryprobs

Sister Chaves & Sister Davis
My dearest family and friends! I love you all so much! This week has just been crazy busy! We always just have so much going on which i am so grateful for. I love it so much!! It is the best feeling in the world! 

So i have the funniest story to share! But i am afraid not everyone will get it... so if you have seen the movie "what about Bob" then you will enjoy this but if you havent then you might not get it. So this is especially for my daddy and Kylie :) haha So we were at this ladies house. She used to be a member of the church but she had her named taken off the records but she wants to be rebaptized so the bishop has asked us to work with her. So we were over at her house this week talking to her and she was telling us of these anxieties she has about leaving her house. These anxieties were not very ligitimate anxieties. I mean they could happen but it is like one in a million chances. So she was sitting there telling us all her worries and i thought to myself "Man i feel like i am listening to Bob sitting here talking" I just didnt know what to say to her so then my next thought was "How did Dr. Marvin handle that situation?" haha then my very next thought was "BABY STEPS" hahaha i almost couldnt contain myself with laughter but i kept it in. Then i had this debate in my head "Should i tell her about baby steps or should i not?" then i figured well i thought of it for a reason so i went on to explain that she just needed to take one step at a time during the day. Just focus on one thing that she has to do and take baby steps throughout the day and she will be able to do the things that she wants to do. (I went into greater detail but that is the gist of it)  She looked at me and was like "That is the greatest idea i have heard." She said "I have never heard it explained to me that way" So she said she would try it and see if it works. We havent followed up with her yet to see if it works or not but we plan to. I was laughing so hard inside about that whole sitation though. Unfortuantely my companion hasnt seen What about Bob so she didnt get it. But it made me smile :) 

Next, this lady we are working with is getting baptized on saturday. We are so excited. She is part of the big family that the other missionaries have been working with before i got here. There are now seven in the house that have gotten baptized. This lady is the grandma. She loves the gospel and is so solid. We have so much fun teaching her. She truly knows how to listen to the spirit. That is the greatest feeling ever... teaching someone that wants to act on the feelings they get  from the spirit.

 I had a neat realization this week. So Wednesday we had a district meeting and one of the sisters in our district is blind. Well we were playing a game called four corners in the gym. That is a game where there is someone in the middle of the gym and they close their eyes and point to a corner and whoever is in the corner is out. But we run from corner to corner. Well i was helping the blind sister move from corner to corner. She was hanging onto my hand and we would run all around. As we were playing i thought to myslef "Man she has got a lot of trust in me to run with me around the gym like this" She really has no choice, if she wants to participate she kinda has to trust and rely on others. But it is her choice still if she wants to do that or just sit in a corner and let her diability get the best of her. I think it is awesome that she chooses to trust others so that she can enjoy the fun too. God never meant for us to come to this world to be unhappy. In the same sense sometimes i find it hard to take those "blind steps" into the dark not knowing exactly what is going to happen from it. But that is when i need to be reminded that i am hanging onto my Saviors hand and He is the one that is pulling me forward. That is where we need to draw our faith from. With our hand in the Saviors hand we can move forward even if we cant see what is up ahead. Those steps of faith in the end make us happier than we could ever be. Once again God never meant for us to come to this world to be unhappy. It is our choice though to trust Him or to sit in the corner and let our doubts and fears of taking the "blind steps" hold us back. I had the opportunity to go on exchanges with this sister on Friday. So i got to spend the whole day with her. She seriously is amazing and such a great example to me that anything is possible with God and that we should never let anything hold us back from accomplishing our greatest desires. I know this is true i know as we truly rely on our Father in Heaven and our Savior Jesus Christ, eventually all those "blind steps" will lead us into the eternities with our families. That is my greatest desire of all. I love you guys and feel so blessed to have such fantastic family and friends. Have a great week and know you are in my prayers always!!! I LOVE YOU!!! 
Love your sister Davis :)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Back in Indiana!!!! I love Indiana!!! Area: Huntington, Indiana Companion: Audrey Chavez, Price, Utah

Our zone!!! :)
Holy cow!! This place is amazing!!! I love you all so so much!! So i am now in Huntington Indiana. Which is up north by Fort Wayne. This place is just full of love. My new address is 337 Williams St apt 1 Huntington IN 46750. I LOVE IT HERE!!! 

This week was just another week full of miracles!! We have had quite some adventures this week. So first off we had the biggest spider we have ever seen in my whole entire life in our apartment. We were getting ready for bed one night and i was sitting on my bed writing in my journal and i looked up and there was this spider on the wall. I freaked out just a little then i got a little closer and really freaked out once i realized how big it was. Now let me explain. This spider had the biggest bum i have ever seen on a spider. It also had like a shell for its back. It looked more like a crab without pinchers but not quite that big. We were on family prayer with our zone and sister Chavez and i werent even listening cause of this spider. We couldnt just smoosh it because of the crunch it would have made and it was so big. So we got some cups and we caught it. Then we didnt know what to do with it. We wanted to show someone how big it was but we couldnt keep it in the cups cause it woulda gotten out so we decided to put it in a plastic container. Well when we put it in the container it kinda fell out and it had started to spin a web so it stuck to the cup and was just hanging there so we both started screaming cause we thought it was going to crawl back up the cup. Well the elders live in the apartment behind us so they heard us screaming and they thought we were just really excited for the miracle that was just shared. But we didnt hear any miracle because we were so focused on what to do with the spider. Well when the screaming didnt stop they knew something was wrong. So over the phone call we hear them ask us if everything is okay. So we get on the phone and explain what was happening. Then we realized how ridiculous we sounded freaking out over a spider so we had to keep it so we could show everyone how big it really was. The elders later told us that we freaked them out so bad from us screaming and not answering the first time on the call that they were on their way over to see what was going on. But then we answered and everything was okay.  So we went to bed with the spider in the container and woke up the next day and it had spun a web and layed eggs! So then we were gonna have a whole bunch of baby spiders running around. So we took it to the elders and showed them and they even said we had a legitimate reason to freak out. Needless to say the elders ended up killing the spider for us. Usually i dont have a problem killing spiders but this one was huge. 

Now on the more spiritual side of things ;)   

This is two more in this family of 7.
There is only one more in the household yet to be baptized.
Then we are preparing the grandma of the
family to be baptized on may 2
So when i got here the sisters were preparing two more of this family of seven to be baptized. All that is left in the household that hasnt been baptized is the 16 year old boy and the elders are teaching him and he will be baptized this Saturday. But I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to come here and see this family continue to grow as they all enter into a covenant with our Heavenly Father. then we are teaching the grandma of the family as well and she is preparing to be baptized on the 2 of May. FAMILIES ARE ETERNAL!!!  But as we were at the baptism we had the opportunity to share with everyone the message of Joseph Smith. What we usually do is share the background leading up to the first vision then we show the movie starting at the first vision. But as we were watching the movie i could really just feel the spirit so strong. The line when Joseph Smith says "I knew it and i knew that God knew it and i could not deny it" stood out to me. I realized that is how i felt. That is a testimony i have definitely gained on my mission. I know that Joseph Smith truly saw our Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ. I could never deny that feeling that i have. This gospel is truly meant to bring our families together FOREVER!! This life is just a moment in time compared to eternity. We were able to teach the grandma of this family the Plan of Salvation after the baptism. The spirit was so strong as we taught and shared personal experiences. Questions were answered not by us but by the spirit. I know people say that all the time but seriously as they asked questions they were questions that we did not have straight up answers for. But at the end of the lesson the grandma turned to us and said "I have had so many of my questions answered tonight so thank you" WOW!! What a testimony builder once again that our Heavenly Father is in control. As we taught i had the chance to sit and ponder on my life and the experiences i have had and my heart was filled with comfort and gratitude. I am so thankful to have the knowledge about Gods eternal plan for us. I have no doubt in my mind that we will see our loved ones again. They will know us and we will know them. We will all be reunited in joy and happiness one day when we get to stand before our Savior Jesus Christ. I know it and i will forever know it nothing will take that knowledge away from me. It is way to important to me to ever deny it!! I love you all and pray that you all will have the most spectacular week of your life. I love you all so so much!!! 

Love your sister Davis :)

Monday, April 13, 2015

It is so warm!!!

Well first off.... I love you all so much!!! You are all so wonderful and so amazing!!! I am so blessed to have such a wonderful family and group of friends!!!

This week was so busy but let me first tell you the funniest thing ever!!! So a couple weeks ago we had a competition with the elders in our district. The prize for winning the competition was that the losers got pies in their faces. Well we won that competition!! So we got to throw pies in all the elders faces. It was the funniest thing of my life!!!! I got it all on film but i cant figure out how to send them home. 

We had an awesome growing week. It is truly amazing to see how the Lord blesses us all. Nothing super big happened but every week it never fails my testimony is strengthened. So I just want to share my testimony with you all. I know without a doubt that we have a loving Heavenly Father. I know this is HIS work. He is the one in control. He is the one that makes it all happen we are truly just the instruments. But i do feel so blessed to have the opportunity to be an instrument in the Lords hands. One thing that i have learned is that we must always be prepared to act on whatever the Lord asks us to do. I loved the quote from Henry B Eyring "When we offer succor to anyone the Savior feels it as if we reach out to succor Him" That is so true! I can testify that as we help and serve others the we are showing out love to the savior. 

Sorry this email isnt super long i dont have much time today. But just know that the gospel is true. Know that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God. We have a living prophet on the earth today. I know God knows us and loves us. I love you all so so much!!!!
Love your sister Davis :)

Monday, April 6, 2015


Mission Leadership Council...4/3/15
What a week it has been!! I love you all so much!

Okay so wasnt conference just amazing?! I just love hearing from the general authorities. They are all so inspired and give such great counsel. I thought it was so amazing how focused on the family they have been. Man if that is not telling ya something about how important families are then i dont know what will. Man i just love my family. I truly know that families are the most important things here on this earth. If it wasnt for our families we would be completely lost. I know our families can be together forever. 
So this week the funniest thing happened...except it was kinda driving me crazy but bless this ladies heart. So this lady and her husband came out teaching with us this week. They are members and they were so sweet they drove us around all day and then fed us dinner. But this lady i swear does nothing! So we went to this less actives for lunch and the lady that was with us was like "I dont cook cause i am the girl and it's not my job" Then sister Hatch and i went to put the dishes in the sink and the lady was like "I dont do the dishes cause i am the girl and it is not my job" all day she was saying stuff like that!! I couldnt believe what i was hearin! I was cracking up though after they dropped us off. It was so funny. Not a whole lot would get done if all girls were like that. Thanks goodness our moms have taught us how to do dishes and cook dinner!! 

Specialized Training 4/2/15

MTC Buds!!! 
Then on April fools day we were supposed to have district meeting because we have one every wednesday. And us and the other sisters show up and we waited and waited and our district leader never showed up. So we were like he is totally playing an April fools joke on us. So we call him and were like "where are you?" and he was like "Oh yeah i forgot to send out the text that there was no district meeting" and we were like "Yeah right where are you really?" and he was like "No really the assistants texted us last night and told us and i forgot to tell ya" so then we called the zone leaders to see if they were being serious. Well the zone leaders were laughing at us so hard they ended up coming to the church to see if we really showed up. Needless to say district meeting really got cancelled so we used that time to plot our revenge. 

Then we had another funny experience with the little boy that just got baptized. We were over there on Saturday and we were talking to him about Easter and we asked him if he knew what the true meaning of Easter is. He said he didnt know so we explained it to him and then to make sure he understood we asked him again what he understood the true meaning of Easter to be. And with a mouth full of Jellybeans stuffed in both cheeks he explained it perfectly. I just thought it was so funny to sit there and listen to him tell us his testimony of the Savior with cheeks sticking out to China full of Jellybeans. He is such a cute little boy!!! 

Dancing in the rain!! 

All our chocolate we saved through out this transfer. 
We had an awesome leadership council meeting this last week. President Porter gave each of us time to bare our testimonies at the very end. As i was sitting there i felt the spirit so strong. I was thinking about what i have learned the most on my mission. That is really hard to narrow it down to one thing because i have learned so much. But i was really thinkin hard about it and i really feel that i have come to understand more fully the enabling power of the atonement. There have been so many times on my mission that i have truly felt like i could not go any further. And i drop to my knees to plead for help and everytime i have truly felt the arms of our Savior pick me up and push me along. I know without any doubt that our Savior knows exactly how we feel. He knows what it is gonna take for us to become the children of God our Heavenly Father needs us to become and sometimes it is hard and sometimes it hurts real bad but that is why our Savior suffered. He did it so he could help us. I can not tell you enough how important it is to just cry out to our Heavenly Father. Do it all the time whether you are going through a hard time or not. But dont let your faith falter in the hard times. Remember that it is after the trial of our faith that it grows and we see the miracles. I can truly testify to that. Remember God will never leave you hangin and everything happens for a reason!! I love you all so much!! I KNOW MY SAVIOR LIVES!!!! Keep stayin strong! I love you!!!!! 

Love your sister Davis :)