Tuesday, March 20, 2018

March 19, 2018: A Poor Travelling Man of Happiness


This was probably one of the craziest weeks of my mission. But, it was great. haha I was out of my area the whole week!

So, on Monday I was told that I needed to travel to Itabuna and from there I would go to Porto Seguro to attend the Zone Conferences with President Bangerter. For this trip, we had to prepare a TON of material and cut a bunch of paper and stuff. It took hours and was quite interesting. THEN, that night, I went back and packed my suitcase for the week. We then went to the Bus Station and I headed out to Itabuna!

I arrived in Itabuna 5:30 AM and went and took a shower and changed my clothes. Then, we went straight to the Zone conference. We had a Leadership meeting at 7:00 and then the normal zone conference started. It finished about 3:00 PM. Then I went with the Zone Leaders from Itabuna and worked in the area with them. It was a good division. It was a good opportunity to help the Elders in their area. It was really cool because I was able to see Two members that are basically my brasillian parents. They are so awesome. 

That next morning I helped clean up the Elder´s house becuase it was a mess and then at 10:30 AM I left with President and Sister Bangerter to Porto Seguro. It was like a 4 hour drive. It was cool. We listened to church talks and had some good conversations. We ate lunch during the trip and got there around 2:30 PM. I then went and worked with the Elders from Baianão! My first area. It was really cool. I missed that area. It brought up some feelings of nostalgia. I saw some members. It was fun to talk to them more. Because when I was at the start of my mission I couldn´t do that as well. haha 

The next morning on Thursday we had the Zone Conference in Porto Seguro. So we woke up early and got there at 7;00 AM for the leadership meeting. Then after that I went with the Zone Leaders to their area in Eunapolis. We had to take a bus to get to their area. We ended up getting there late at night. We visited some people and then ate pizza.haha

I love SODA so much!!

Friday we worked in their area. It was fun I like both the elders. Elder lee and Elder Hilton. I accidentally put some soda in Elder Lee´s juice and then he drank it... But he doesn´t drink soda.... He had made a covenant to never drink soda again. He was going strong for 7 years.... And I kinda ruined that. lol. Felt bad about that. Technically it was on purpose, I just forgot that he didn´t drink soda. So yeah that was great. THEN, I got on my bus at 7:35 PM and travelled the whole night back to Salvador.

 I arrived 7:00 AM and went straight to the house of Santa Cruz. Took a shower there and changed clothes. Then, I went with my companion to the Open house that was happening for a Chapel that would be rededicated. So from 10-5:00 We were out in the sun doing contacts and trying to get people to go in the church and see what it´s like. I became a lobster. I got so sunburt. Totally forgot to put on sunscreen and nobody there had it. Then we got back to our area and went to work. Crazy huh? 

So yeah this week was pretty crazy. But I had a good time. There was a devotional that I listened to with President and Sister Bangerter that I really liked called "Love is not Blind" by Bruce C. Hafen. It was SUPER good. I really enjoyed it. I would recommend it to all of you. He said some really interesting stuff. 

Well, Thanks for all your letters and support. Love you all!!
Elder Davis

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

March 5, 2018: A Good Ol Week


This week was pretty crazy but it was really good. I really enjoyed it. 

Visit to the Lighthouse
Things are going well here in Salvador. We had a cool little miracle. So we had a meeting with President Bangerter on Monday. We heard some crazy announcements. Elder Bednar will visit Salvador and do a transmission to the two missions. Also, President Bangeter said that I will be the one to direct the meeting.... hahaha So I am excited! At the end of the meeting, he told us that we may find an investigator that will be baptized this week or the next week, so we should give it our all. I didn´t think much of it, but we went to work! We had a great lesson marked with a teenager named Daniel. He is a great investigator and is making a lot of progress. He unfortunately wasn´t there. Which, was kinda weird. He is almost always there. So we kept walking and passed by a less active´s house. Also not there. We climbed a hill and had the impression to visit an old investigator of the previous Elder that was serving in my area. I had passed by many times but she was never home. BUT, as we passed by, HER LIGHT WAS ON! So we called her name (Maria). She came out and asked us to pass by on Tuesday. After that we started heading home because it was getting late... but I had another impression to visit a less active member. We went there and my companion reminded me that she had surgery marked for that Monday to take out some breast cancer stuff. Her husband let us in and she shared with us her experience and told how she had a dream with Christ during the surgery. It was super spiritual. 

Then Tuesday we went and visited Maria. She had already been taught everything. We revised the lessons with her and she told us that she was sad that she wasn´t able to be baptized earlier because she had been travelling. So we gave her a baptismal date for that Saturday. She accepted. We continued passing by throughout the week to ensure that she was fully prepared and ready. 

Saturday on her baptism it was crazy though. I went to a lighthouse for P-day with the other Staff Elders. It was fun. We then had a great lunch with one of the Mission Counselors. We got to our area around 3:30

The baptism was marked for 5:00. A member was going to stop by Maria´s house to go to the church with her. They lived close to one another. We waited and waited. Finally 5:30, the member shows up alone shaking her finger. She told us that Maria was locked in her house and that her mom had left with the key in the morning and still hadn´t arrived. So we ran over to her house. She was on the balcony crying because she was stuck there and wasn´t able to be baptized. We waited and called her family members various times. Finally, right when I pulled out my phone to cancel the baptism, her mom shows up in the car. She got out and unlocked the door and Maria was able to be baptized. It was pretty sweet! haha So it was awesome how all that went together. 

Baptism of Maria
This week I have been studying quite a bit about the Plan of Salvation. I think it is soooo interesting and really helps me understand better who I am and why I am here. D&C is fulll of amazing sections that talk about all that. I studied 76,130,138 and some other sections. LOVE IT. haha

Well, I love you all and hope you have the best week ever!

Elder Davis 

Monday, February 26, 2018

February 24, 2018: Uma Benção de Paz


How is everyone?

This was another great week for me here in Salvador. It was crazy though. It was the start of the new transfer. So, everything got really busy.

Monday we met with President Bangerter and we discussed what would be taught in the New Missionary Training. Also, we talked about what to train to the Trainers. It was great. Then, we printed out and prepared all the necessary documents.

Tuesday, we woke up early and went to the Mission Home. We had the training for the Trainers first. Then, the newbies arrived and we trained them. It went very well. It was fun to see how excited and new they were. Haha It brought back many memories from when I first got on the mission. Overall, this lasted the whole day. We got home at 9:30, planned with our new companions and went to bed. My new companion is Elder Barbosa. He is from São Paulo, Brasil and has 3 months on the mission. He is the newest companion that I have ever had. He still doesn´t know a lot about the teaching techniques that we have. So we have practiced a lot, and we will continue to do so. 
My new companion, Elder Barbosa and Herbie:)
Wednesday, we woke up and did our normal stuff. hahaha We got to work and found some good investigators and the teaching went well. We work together really well. It is weird though. A big part of the teaching depends on me. He doesn´t know what to say yet. But, by the time he leaves here he will be a pro. 

Joshy "writes" again...
Thursday, we had a cool experience. So we worked hard and had a good time. At night, we had been asked to go to a member´s house to dedicate their house. Their new-born baby has been having trouble sleeping and the parents don´t get any rest because of it. We went in their house and they already looked really tired. I explained the basics of dedicating a house and invited the father to do it.... But, said he preferred that I did it. So I did. We knelt down. The mom stayed in the chair with the baby in her arms. In the dedication, I blessed that the house would be able to be a sacred place and a place in which the baby can find rest and peace. When we finished the dedication, the Spirit was super strong... almost tangible. ANND the baby was fast asleep. That was super cool to see. So we quickly left them in peace. After, my companion said that he felt like someone had turned on a light in the house. Like, the surroundings got brighter during the prayer. Our eyes were closed, but he said that it got brighter. So that was pretty cool to hear. 
I love Brazilian Food

Friday, we worked hard yesterday too. Things went well. At one point our lessons fell through so we decided to say a prayer and ask for direction. After the prayer, I asked my companion if any thought came to his mind as to where we needed to go. He said that the thought "The house will shine" came to his mind. AND a light turning on in a house across the path from us. So we went and clapped our hands there. Haha We got accepted in to a family a 6 people! All the kids are teenagers! It was a good lesson but everyone was busy getting ready for school and stuff. So we will return next we to teach them again. It was still a cool experience to find them like that. 

WHELP, Thatthathathathat´s all folks! That was my week. It was great. I love the mission and being about to take part in this work! I love you all!

Elder Davis

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

February 17, 2018: A Good Ol Normal Week!


I have to say I am pretty sore. I have been doing some intense chair dips this week and that just about killed me. I also did a few push-ups. #fitness

I have had a great week though. Honestly, things are going well and I am loving the mission. This week we have worked hard and visited a lot of people. We had some great lessons and found some great new investigators. Unfortunately, a lot of appointments fell through also. So that was rough. But, we kept working hard and doing our best! We found an awesome family through a member referral. Their names are Ramão and Jamili. They are great people. The lessons went very good as well taught them this week. They are very sincere and receptive. They understood the 1st lesson very well and loved the Book of Mormon. That is always awesome when we have the opportunity to find people like them. 
Random sketches...
I have had a great time with Elder Thevenin. He is a great Elder and we are good friends. Sadly, the transfer has come to an end. So I will be getting a new companion. That´s good though. It´ll be a great new experience.
So, today we had the opportunity to help President do the transfer. It was a great learning opportunity. We prayed about the missionaries and followed the Spirit to place them where they needed to go. We ate an american Brunch. That was tasty. haha We had Eggs, Bacon, and Pancakes. It has been a while since I have had a meal like that. 

This week I have been studying about Alma´s counsel that he gave to his three sons; Heleman, Shiblon, and Coriantumr. They are some great chapters and have a lot of amazing things. I thought that reading about the resurrection and the Plan of Salvation was super interesting. (Alma 40-42) These chapters contain a lot of deep doctrine and many eternal truths. I would invite all of you to read it! You´ll love it! 

Well, I know that this week is shorter....also I am aware that I forgot to take pictures this week.... my bad. I´ll have to take double this week! Love you all!

Elder Davis

Monday, February 12, 2018

February 10, 2018: A Fun Crazy Week

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD Morning Apartment.... Goood Morning FLooooor 

(Name that movie) haaha Love that quote. I don´t really know why. 

ANNNYWHO, I hope everyone is doing well! Hope the week has been good for you all.

This week was super crazy and it also was pretty fun! 

So, Monday we had to work hard to prepare all the materials and stuff for the Mission Council that we had on Wednesday. We printed out and prepared a lot of things. So that was Monday. haha 

Me, Elder Gomes, and Elder Rodrigues
Tuesday, we did splits with the Zone Leaders from Porto Seguro. That was a good experience. We worked hard and got to know them better too. I stayed with Elder Lee. He is from Seattle, Washington. We had a great time! We worked hard and I was able to give him advice for some problems that he was having on the mission. We taught a man named Valter Caetano. Love that guy. He is really cool and very sincere. We were able to teach his whole family and they loved the message. However, in the morning on Tuesday, we met with the Mission President to plan what we were going to do for the mission council and to follow-up some other stuff too!

Wednesday, We had the Mission Council. It was a great meeting. We learned a lot of new things that we can do to teach better. We were also able to lead some of the trainings which was a great learning experience as well. The meeting ended around 4. President did some interviews and at 5;30 he went with us to our area to teach and see how our work is going. It was kinda stressful, but is was a great learning experience. He teaches very well and I learned many new teaching techniques. We taught a new family and the spirit was very strong. 

Thursday, We did splits with the Zone Leaders from Itabuna. That was also great. haha I worked with Elder Souza. He is a good elder and is from Manaus, Brasil. We had a lot of fun and taught some good lessons. Also, Thursday, Carnaval started in Salvador. Which is like a HUGE party here in brasil. It lasts a WHOLE WEEK. In it, half the city leaves the city and the other half goes to the crazy party the whole day. Luckily the party doesn´t happen in our area or we wouldn´t be able to go in that area. But, there isn´t too many people in the streets. hahah But, even so we are working hard.

Playing the Piano:)
Friday, we worked and taught a few less active members and we found some new investigators. It was a pretty normal work day. IT WAS SUPER HOT THOUGH... I was dying. Like, seriously, it was soooooo hot. I don´t think I have ever sweat that much. 

So yeah that was my week. This week I have been studying a lot in the book of mormon. I love that book! I find so many important things that help me in my life. I also read an article in the Liahona (Ensign) called "Ask in Faith" Ask in Faith Link It is a new volume of church history that is written in a very interesting way. It is like reading the Way of Kings or something! It is super interesting to read and there is a ton of information in there too! So I really liked reading that. You guys would like that a lot! SO give it a read! I love you all! Have a great week!!

Elder Davis

Monday, January 29, 2018

January 27, 2018: Terminator of the Future: Brotas

HEllllooooo everyone,

This was another great week in the beloved Salvador!

Found Herbie's Sister Maria...
THis week was pretty normal, compared to the past two weeks. We didn´t have any meetings with president. President has been travelling for the week to the other zones to do the zone conferences. He decided to have us stay and work in our area. So we have been working hard. We met with him on Monday though to talk about all this. Also, President told us that Valença (one of my old areas) Is now a Branch! AND that Ednaldo was called as Second Counselor. SO that was awesome to hear. That made me super happy. 

Mayana and Ednaldo 
 We ended up spending all of Tuesday in the office finishing off these Number booklets. We did them earlier, but president wanted to make a couple of changes to make sure it was perfect for this year. So we fixed it all, printed it out, punched holes in the pages, and spiralled it up with that black plastic spiral. 
The rest of the week we worked hard and taught great lessons. Our group is growing and we are meeting new people. We visited a new member named Ana Rita and we met her husband, who isn´t a member... yet. We talked with him for a while and made a friendship with him through talking about Guitars and stuff. Then we talked about the First Vision. We showed the "Ask of God" First vision video and the spirit was very strong. We then taught him about it and bore our testimonies. We were almost crying. Pretty awesome. I hope that he gets baptized, that would really transform him and the family. 

Another great lesson that we taught that really hit me was when we were teaching a man named Omar. He is a member´s friend and is very friendly. He had previously told us that he is 'cold' towards churches and things like that. He stated that he was willing to hear our messages but that he wasn´t ready to go to visit any church. We entered into his house prepared to share the message of the Book of Mormon. However, the Spirit directed us to teach the Plan of Salvation. We taught it. It went super well. He believed it all and was very impressed with how much sense it made. He said that it was similar to the Spirit Religion to which he pertained. He liked it so much that out of nowhere he blurted, "You know what? I will go and visit your church. I need to see what it is like" So he told us he will go this Sunday and we will pass by his house to go with him. 

Yes there is Pizza in Brazil!
We also taught a lady named Edinivalda. She has been an investigator for a long time. She hasn´t been baptized because she had previously been living with a man. But, they got separated and she is able to be baptized. She accepted to be baptized but said that she wants to wait until March to resolve some things. She tried to convince her that she can be baptized much sooner but she wasn´t willing to change. Which can be a problem because she won´t tell us what it is that she needs to resolve. But we taught her and showed her the same video. It was cool. We bore our testimonies and then we talked to her how important it is to read the scriptures and pray every day and to go to church. We told her that these simple things will prepare her for baptism and that she will feel ready. So we made goals for her to fulfill each of these commitments. We will go to her house to take her to church as well. 

We have other investigators that we are teaching but these were the experiences and lessons that stood out to me. 

There are thousands of houses on top of these hills. It looks like a giant wall of houses.
This city, Brotas, is a tiny part of Salvador...it is the poor area. This is where we work:)
Those tiny little lines going down the hill of houses are 'roads'. It is like a labryinth down there. AND there are houses on top of one another. But different people live in every level. So it is super crazy. 
SO to explain the topic of the email. Our house in Brotas has been INFESTED with Cockroaches for years. IT is sooooo nasty. There was so many cockroaches.When we arrived we threw out a lot of the furniture and even the stove. Because it was all really old and fulll of baby cockroaches. We needed to call Midwest Pest Control. But I didn´t have their number. So we took this matter into our own hands. We bought a ton of cockroach poison dens and spread it through our whole house. So the cockroaches would walk into the dens take the poison and bring it to the hive. Then, all of the bugs would eat it and die. IT WORKED. hahaha Everyday, we would walk inside our apartment and see and least 100 dead cockroaches on the floor. It was like that for a whole week. haha

My companion Elder Thevenin does not like cameras
ALSO, this week I have focused my study on the Atonement. I have understood so much more about the doctrine, importance, and effect that it has on our lives. My mind has been opened.. a little. There is still so much that I don´t know. But, I recommend everyone to study this! It is something that every individual has to discover for him/herself. 

Anyways things are great. AAND geez this is a big email. My mom is going to be so proud of me. hahah You´re welcome mom! Also, shout out to my beautiful sister! She is gonna be 17 and is the best basketball player that I know. She super nice and if any boy is looking for a girl to date, She is the one! But, they just gotta talk to each of her brothers first to see if he is worthy of her. ;) hahahha Just kidding. BUT Happy Birthday Sally!

Have a great week!

Elder Davis

Monday, January 22, 2018

January 20, 2018: Good Morning BRASIL!

HEEELLOOOO Everyone! BOM DIA!.... Na verdade é boa tarde agora. Mas eu não comi então ainda é bom dia. 


This has been a great, crazy week. Things are going really well over here in Salvador. I am liking the area Brotas. It is a good area and we are working hard to find new investigators and bring them to church. 

This week was full of field-work, office-work, and zone conferences. It was great. We had to stay in the office for a while finishing all the number booklets. We have reformed all of them to make them look better and be more useful. So I spent the whole time creating Excel documents and making it look all pretty. haha Then I went into the excel worksheet for the numbers of the whole mission and created a new one. The old one had a ton of bugs. So I had to learn how to do all the formulas and spent a good time doing all that. BUT it was cool because I figured out how to make it highlight all the numbers by itself. SO if the numbers are lower than usual they are marked red, and medium is yellow, standard-high is green. So that was cool. It´ll save us a lot of time. BUt yeah so Monday was full of that. It is the day that we stay in the office. The other days we are in the field. 

Good ole Brasilian Food!
Tuesday we had the Imbuí Zone Conference. It went well. We gave some trainings during it and at the end we watched the message from President Nelson. 

Wednesday we had the Salvador Zone Conference. ALSO went well. haha It was basically the same thing all over again. SO it was great. 

On these two days, the conferences went long so we only got to our areas at like 5 or 6:00 pm. Which kinda sucks. It is harder to find new people at night. The péople are less likely to let us in to teach them. But things are going well. 

My comp is awesome. He is a great elder and we are having a great time together. We are putting many new teaching techniques into practice. So it is going great. We also had a little family night I think on Sunday. I am sending a pic of that. The members are great here. We have been receiving many references from them. LOVE IT. haha 

Elder Thevenin (my comp) is on the left, than Elder Gomes, and Elder Antunes
SO this week I have studied about Jeffery R Holland´s last conference talk. Click here to read his talk.  Which talks about the fact that it is a long path to perfection. That we shouldn´t beat ourselves up. BUT ALSO, we also shouldnt let down our standards or stop with our righteous habbits. For example, perfection might take a lifetime or more. SO I shouldn´t beat myself up at every little mistake. However, I shouldn´t take it lightly either. We should always keep in mind the infinite sacrifice that our Savior endured for us. I think that getting too relaxed can be one of the biggest problems. We find so many inactive peopel and the reason that they are inactive is because of the simplest things! haha They stopped reading the scripures, they stopped praying individually and in family. It is sad to see that happen. But, I think that it all ties in to what he said. We can all give our best. Our 100 pence. 

Love you all!

Elder Davis