Monday, May 25, 2015

Leaving again!

Well all you great and marvelous people I am getting transferred one last time. I am really sad to leave this area. I just love it here. That is one of the greatest things I am grateful for is the love that Heavenly father has blessed me with. I have learned to love people that I never thought I would love before. I have especially learned to love the gospel like I have never before. But I will let you all know next week were I end up. 

As I look back at this transfer I have had some of the greatest times and have learned some of the greatest lessons. I have developed friendships here that will be forever. The great thing about this is that God is the one in charge so where ever I go it will be a mission from Him. Sometimes I think I forget that. But that is where the trusting in him come into play. So that is what i will do and if anyone of you are struggling with what ever is comin up next in your life I invite you to do so too. Everything happens for a reason and God will never leave ya hangin! I can truly testify of that! I love you all and sorry this is a short one but I love you!
Love your sister Davis!

Monday, May 18, 2015

54 Lessons!!

Can i just say GOD ANSWERS PRAYERS!!!! Well first off let me tell you that i love you all and am so blessed to have such a wonderful family and fantastic friends. Thank you for all you all do for me and for the Lord. 

So this week sister Chavez and i had made it a goal to teach 50 lessons. Our mission average that we all try to hit is 20. We have been getting in the 30's the last couple weeks and we decided before the transfer was over we wanted to hit 50. Well half way through the week we realized how close we were. Then Saturday came and we realized we needed 19 more to get to 50. We woke up Saturday and we were so tired. It was like the tired you feel when you are a brand new missionary trying to adjust to the schedule. But we prayed super hard for the help of God and we were able to teach 10 lessons that day. So we needed nine more. Then by the grace of God these two recent converts came up to us at church and asked us if they could go on splits with us. Good gad-free!! It was awesome and we were able to teach 13 lessons with them. So we were able to exceed our goal and get over 50 lessons that week. It was awesome. We had so much fun!! But it is truly amazing to see how God answers each of our prayers. 
Look how beautiful this is?
It is called the sunken gardens. 

awesome airplane! 
Funny moment of the week! It happened just this morning. So sister Chavez and i decided to go the YMCA to work out. Well we were super tired and we were in playing racquetball and we took a break for a minute and were reading the words on the glass door. Well since we were inside the court the words were backwards to us. So we read the top words just fine.  But then we got to the words below them. In my mind i was thinking the top words were in English and the bottom words were in spanish of what the top words said. So we were trying to figure out how to say these words in spanish. After about 3 minutes of trying to figure it out sister Chavez is like "Oh sister those words are in english too" It said "Eyewear is recommended." But reading it backwards in our defense could have totally been mistaken for spanish. We laughed pretty hard after that and it woke us up quickly!! 

i couldnt help but think of
grandpa larsson while sitting in the air plane
Okay another funny moment. We were teaching this 14 year old boy. We had taught him a few lessons. But the last time we went by we shared the Book of Mormon with him. He had been praying and everything and we were super excited for him. So we had just finished up the lesson and getting ready to schedule another time to come back and he was like "Sisters i think i get it. I get the gist of it. You can come a couple more times." Then he stopped there. Well sister Chavez and i were super excited. We were like "That is awesome you get it and you want us to keep coming" But we were just building it up and up and getting more and more excited. Then his next words were "but i get the gist of it so you can stop coming"....... Oh man how i would have loved to have been on the outside looking in on that because the expression our faces were probably priceless. Then in the exact same tone and in the exact same breath sister Chavez and i were like "Ohhhhh okay" Then we awkwardly sat in silence for a minute cause neither one of us new what to say after what we had just built up. Haha!! 

Okay on a more spiritual note this week was amazing!! God truly provides for each and everyone of us. We could not do this without him. He is our third companion. So i was laying in bed the other night and my mind was going like crazy. We had so much we had to do the next day and so much that still needed to be done that night but it was time to go to bed. So i felt like i was going to go crazy trying to go to sleep. So i remembered stories that i have heard about people reading the Book of Mormon when they cant go to sleep. So i pulled out my Book of Mormon and started reading. It was so cool. As soon as my eyes hit that page my mind seriously went completely clear. I couldnt understand the story i was reading because i was tired but all i was doing was reading the words and feeling the spirit and my mind was completely at peace. It was like it was washed away of all my worries and stresses. I was scared to put it down because i didnt want it all to come back. But i did eventually put it down and was able to fall asleep. But i know that the Book of Mormon is truly the word of God. It has been given to us as a gift from Him so that we may know how we can keep our families safe in this life and receive that great blessing of being with our families for eternity. 

Next we had kinda a scary situation but it strengthened my testimony so i want to share it. We were walking down the road and all the sudden we hear a voice that sounded like it said "Sisters!" so we turned around and no one was there. So we kept walking and we heard "Come teach me about God" so we turned around again to see someone in the window. So we started walking towards this house to go knock on the door. Well we did and no one answered. So we kept walking and started talking to people again. And as we were on our way again down the road. We heard it again "Come teach me about God" this time it looked like they waved at us. So we started walking toward them again thinking maybe they didnt hear us knock. So we went to the window and knocked on the window instead. Then this teenage kids pulled the curtain back and said "I am atheist" and closed the curtain. So we turned around and started walking again. Well as we were walking away this kid started yelling out the window at us these awful satanic things. I got the sickest feeling in my stomach and started praying out loud so my companion could hear too. But it just broke my heart to see this young man doing that. I prayed that he would one day be able to feel the love Heavenly Father has for him. My testimony was truly strengthened as i felt the comfort of my Heavenly Father as i was praying. I know Heavenly Father knows us. I know He loves us and just because we go through hard things in life does not mean God is punishing us. We each are given trials and challenges to help us grow. A sailboat cant go anywhere without winds and waves. Just as we will not go anywhere without our own kinds of winds and waves. But i know that as we have God as the captain of our sailboat we will be blown in the direction we need to go. I love this gospel with all the fiber of my being. I know it is true!! I love you all so much!!! 
Love your sister Davis :)

Monday, May 11, 2015

MoThErS dAy!!!! YEAH!!!

Well can i just say it was so good to see my family yesterday. (a lot of this email will probably be a repeat for my family who i talked to yesterday) I just fell so blessed to have such wonderful family and friends. Thank you all for all you do and know that i love you so much!!!

This week was just a great week. We had a lot of fun and memorable moments.

So first off... how many girls have ever mowed lawns before?? Apparently it is not a huge thing for girls to do i guess... but i went on exchanges the other day with two sisters in the zone and we went to do a service project for a lady in their ward. Well when we got there the lady asked if i had ever mowed a lawn before and i was like yeah i have thinking it was a normal thing for girls to do. Then she looked at the other two sisters and was like these two have never mowed a lawn before. haha i almost died when i heard that. So i had the privledge of teaching these two sisters how to mow a lawn. Thank you daddy for teaching me how to mow a lawn. ;) I havent gotten to mow a lawn my whole mission so it was a lot of fun.

Next we had an awesome zone meeting this week. Just filled with the spirit. We had an awesome testimony meeting afterwards. While we were sitting there i was trying to figure out what to bare my testimony on and all that was coming to my head was how happy i felt to be where i am at. So that is what i bore my testimony on. I know that this gospel brings true happiness. A happiness like no other happiness that you could experience anywhere else. It all comes from just living the gospel every single day. Applying the doctrine of Christ in your life, continually thinking to God. I truly am so happy to be here in Indiana serving my Heavenly Father. I know this gospel is true i know that Jesus Christ is the savior of the world, i know that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God and that we have a prophet on the earth today. I know God has a plan for us all and i know that He loves us more than we can imagine. I know that our families are FOREVER!!!!!  That is what brings me happiness, this knowledge. I love you all and pray that you have a spectacular week. LOVE YOU!! 
Love your sister Davis :)

Mom's notes: It was so good to see you yesterday!! I thought it would be easier hanging up this time because it is only two more months and i will get to see you again. But it never fails it is still just a pain to hang up with my family. I miss you so much mom but i love this work that i am doing. It is the greatest thing i have ever done in my whole life. I wouldnt trade this time for any tumbling competition even as much as i love tumbling ;)

hey you too fun happy amazing hardworking valiant sweet loving beautiful missionary! I miss you a lot and I'm so so so glad you got to spend so much time helping us in our ward building the kingdom of Zion in Ohio!  Martha Vandemerwe

Monday, May 4, 2015

Miracles! Miracles! Miracles!

Mission leadership Council 5/1/15
Wow! This week has just been so busy! I feel like i say that about every week but i am so grateful that it is so busy. It makes life so fun and really makes you stop and realize how much God is in control because there is no way that we could get everything done if he was not in charge. First off know that i love you so much!!

Carolyn's baptism
So we saw so many miracles this week. First off the lady we have been teaching got baptized. Which is so amazing! I just love that women. It was such a neat experience. So we were standing in the bathroom with her right before she went into the font and we decided to say a prayer with her. We just prayed that it would be a good experience and that she would be able to feel the spirit. Well she then went down into the font and was baptized by a recent convert himself. Which was such a neat experience to see. Then we were standing in the bathroom again with her and she looked at us and said "I feel like my burdens are being lifted from my shoulders. It is working" Both sister Chavez and i got a huge smile on our faces. It was so amazing! She just makes me smile... the gospel just makes me smile... okay it is probably actually the spirit that comes when we talk about the gospel that makes me smile. :) GOD IS SO GOOD!! 
I love her!! 
Another miracle that happened on Saturday. We were on exchanges with the other sisters and the week had been so busy we hadnt spent a lot of time in our own area so we had not found very many new people to teach. So we had like 30 minutes left in the day and we needed to find. So i turned to sister Mickleson and was like "Okay sister we are going to see some miracles happen right now." So we prayed and got out of the car and started walking hoping some people would be outside. We had some referrals on that street so we decided to contact them. Well from that we picked up two new investigators. Then we kept walking and two more people were outside and we picked them up as two more new investigators then as we were walking back we ran into two more boys and picked both of them up as new investigators. So we found six new people to start teaching in like 30 minutes. It was so crazy. God truly puts people in our pathway as long as we are willing to try. We truly witnessed a miracle. 

Then a funny thing that happened this week. We were again on exchanges with the other sisters and i am still trying to get to know this area better. We had a gps but i dont know how reliable they are now after this experience. So we had just picked up a member to go with us teaching. We were following the gps and we turned down this road not thinking anything of it. Except we thought it was a little weird that all the parked cars were facing us on both sides of the road. Then  this member looks up from what she was doing and she was like "Uh we are going the wrong way" and then i looked at the gps and was like "No i dont think so this is the way that the gps is telling us to go" Then the member said "No i mean this is a one way road and we are going the wrong way" Haha we then realized why all the cars were facing us and we quickly turned off onto a different road after we freaked out a little bit. Luckily it wasnt a busy one way road. Good times and times never to be forgotten! 

I love you all so so much!! :) Keep staying strong and know you are always in my prayers!! :) 

Love you!!! 
Love your sister Davis :)