Monday, January 15, 2018

January 8-13th 2018: Transfers to Salvador

January 8th...Monday

Well, like I told you, this week was crazy. I had to pack up and leave my area super quickly. SO I just said goodbye to everyone and left! But, It was good. I will be serving in Salvador. I was pretty stressed about coming to my new area because I got some new responsibilities...President called me to be his Assistent. So I just have to do my very best. Yesterday during church, a lot of the testimonies and comments that I heard helped me out. So I am excited it will be great and I will work my hardest to do what is right. Well, like I said I don´t have much time today but I will write more on Saturday. 




January 13th...Saturday
SO I am doing very well. I have been super busy this whole week with meetings and trainings and preparations for the trainings... yesterday was the first and only day that I have worked in my area.... hahah But I am loving it. 
Elder Prince and I


I got the package too!! I LOVED IT MOM!! THAT WAS SOOOO AWESOME. I can´t believe they have T-shirts from the Way of Kings. I am still eating all that candy (I really missed our candy..) It was awesome. Made my week! SO thank you all sooooo much! 

Candy "HIGH"!
My new companion is awesome. I love this guy. His name is Elder Thevenin. HE is from the Dominican Republic. He is really funny and a great Elder. We are working hard and had some amazing lessons yesterday. So that was great. I am learning a lot from him. The new area is great too. I want to just spend all my time in my area. I desire to just teach lessons all day and stuff. This next week will be better though and we will be able to do that. 


Our Zone's Christmas Presentation
I make a GREAT Joseph haha
I read an awesome talk that you guys have to read!  It is called "The Purifying Power of Gethsemane" by Bruce R. Mcconkie. It is an amazing amazing amazing talk. You will love it. I am sure you already heard it before but it is great to read again and to break it down part by part. LET me know what you think about it all! 


SO yes, My pday is now Saturdays...Anyways, I hope you guys love the talk. It really helped me understand the atonement and all the doctrine of it all. Have a great week. 

Love,
Josh

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

January 2, 2018: Feliz Ano Novo!!

OLA!!!! TUDO BEM?!

How are you all? 

Wow... It feels like I only talked with you guys last year! 
Merry Christmas!!!
Well this has been a great week. First off, it was super great to be able to see you guys!!!! Yeah skype was great. Loved it. Yeah. That was great. Yep. Don´t need to say anything else. hahaah

Skyping with the Family on Christmas Day!
WELLLLLL let´s see so I don´t have that much time.... because yeah we have to hurry on this email so we can get back to work today.

Let´s see this week was great.... I guess like we said in the skype we have been playing basketball a lot. So I like that. It is super great. Love playing basketball. It really helps wake us up and stuff. BUUUT, for the whole week it has been rough because I have been pretty sick. Like I have a nasty cough.... So that sucks. But, it is getting better... haha I think. 


Also this week we have worked hard and found some great families. We found one that most of the family are members but they aren´t active. So we have been working hard with them to help them get active once again. We have had quite a few bible bashes with the 14 year old daughter though. It was pretty weird. haha. She kept trying to argue with everything we taught. But, it didn´t work. We still taught and she could´nt find an error in our lesson. But it was kinda annoying at times... hahaha
I was going on splits with another Elder and we knocked on doors and one person let us in and when we got in his house, he called his family to listen to the lesson and two ladies walked in wearing churchy clothes. I introduced myself and then one of the lady said "I´m PASTORA Eliane" She said it really haughtily. AND THE BIBLE BASH STARTED...... hahaha It was pretty great. Took forever. But, I just wanted to get out of that house!!!! But she wouldn´t let us and said that we believe in the doctrine of men and blah blah blah. Then at the end, she did a prayer with us and asked Jesus to bless us to get out of our church and all that stuff. It was pretty great. Loved that prayer..... hahahaah


So basically, we are working hard and having a good time. The transfer is next week, so we will have to see what happens. I think that I will leave this area though. 


I was listening to the Joseph Smith paper´s podcast. It was pretty sweet. It talked about what other people wrote and said about their first thoughts of Joseph Smith. It was SUUUPER interesting. It´s interesting to hear what they said. I think it was really cool that either the people said suuuper good things about him and proclaimed that he was a prophet of God. OR they said super rude, terrible things about him. So it was the two extremes. Which, follows the law of opposition. AND it is just like what people said of our Savior. The said that he was either The Christ or that he has evil spirits and didn´t do miracles. So I feel like that is proof that Joseph was a prophet. That he really was a man of God. I hope all that makes sense..... 

Have a great WEEK!

Love,


Elder Davis

December 18, 2017: One Touchful week!

GOOOD MYTHICAL MORNING,

This week was fantabulous. hahah We had a great time!

So this week we have been doing a little more work outs.... so that was fun. We started running to the chapel 6am to play basketball for a little bit. So that has been fun. Definitely good for our bodies. 

SOOOO this week was full of good work. We worked super hard and met some great new people. 


We have been teaching a lady called Irmã Julia. She is our convert´s mom. She is the coolest lady ever. haha She is so joyful and faithful. She told us her life story and MAAAAANNNN she has been through sooooo much stuff. BUT she just kept fighting. Now she´s like in her fifties and lives with her daughter and son. Her son is a special needs child. He is completely bed-ridden. He is 35 and needs constant attention. So for 35 years this women has stayed at home, unable to do what she wants, to take care of her son. Changing his dipers, feeding him, washing him, and so forth. Yet, she has soooo much love for her son and is always happy. I found that a miracle. We have had some great talks about all that she has went through. I think it is awesome that because of her son, she has become such an amazing woman. So that was one of the highlights of the week. TO be able to hear her testimony and learn from her example. The hard part... is that we can´t get her to church... because she can´t leave her son... ALL day she stays home and does sewing to earn money to pay for the bills and food. SO we are trying to find a way to make this all work. BUT, either way, we want to help her understand the importance of the restoration and help her testimony grow. 

ALSO, Friday was pretty fun. We had an exposition in the morning. So we did a ton of contacts, and then at night there was the ward Christmas party. That was also fun.... kinda. We kinda just greeted everyone and then ate some food and left. BUT it was awesome. 


UMMMMMMM welll what else... with the Christmas money I bought two ties, one for me and one for my companion. AND we bought some watches. I have used it to help buy some food and stuff for the Cape Verdian Elders too. So far it has been going well. 

Yeah so this week was great... I don´t have much more to report. But we are working hard and having a great time. My comp and I are getting along. He just is a little touchy.... so that is getting on my nerves. I gotta talk to him about that. hahahaha Good ol missionary life. 


WHELP, I love you all! Have an amazing week and a great CHRISTMAS... I am very excited for skype nexxt week!

LOVE YOU,
Elder Davis

Monday, December 11, 2017

December 11, 2017: Little kids and RAIIIIIIIIIN

HELLLO HELLO HELLO

Alrighty friends and fam. Well this was a great week as always.
MAN I just love the mission it is sooooo cool. It is the best experience I have ever had. I feel like I have changed soooo much and have learned many new things. It´s the best thing that has happened to me.... Other than my parents getting married..... because without that I wouldn´t be born....

Yeah so this week was good. We  played basketball last p-day and this p-day so that is awesome. Let me tell ya... I have lost all of the little skill that I had before the mission. Pretty sad. I would almost even say that CC could beat me. But that would be embarrassing so that isn´t true. 


ANYWAYS... I don´t have all the time in the world. But I have been trying to pay attention to the Sejaaluzdomundo thingy. Where we are invited to do 25 things for 25 days. Our main focus out here is to teach and help others. So we do that every day. But focusing on those little ideas is cool too. One of the days said, "Ensine uma criança a respeito de Jesus Cristo e Seu infinito amor por ela."  AND I was able to do that! ON that exact day I got the opportunity to teach an 8 year old kid with his less active mom. He was a little slower than other 8 year olds and it was hard for him to understand things. I wanted to help him understand the best way I could and at the same time bring the Spirit unto his mom. So that she could be touched by the Spirit and gain the desire to come back to church. My companion started teaching and he talked about prophets and the importance of them on the earth. The little boy didn´t understand much and didn´t really pay much attention to the lesson. But then I had the opportunity to teach. I was able to teach as if I was at a puppet show.... without the puppets.  I just taught in a super simple fun way. My companion saw that it was working so well when I was teaching him that when it was his turn to teach he just told me to keep going. So I did a drawing of Joseph Smith's life and the first vision and the kid loved it so much that he said that he would look at this drawing every day. He really understood everything and the Spirit was very strong.  We have to still work with them to help them continue to grow and change. But, it was a cool experience. I am very thankful for my mother and all the time I spent doing puppet shows and sharing time with her. AT THE MOMENT when I was doing it.... I wasn´t so thankful. But, now I can see that I was being prepared and I became a better person because of that. 

I know the Lord uses us according to each of our given gifts and developed talents to change, bless, and better the lives of those around us. I love you all! Have an amazing week and SEJA A LUZ DO MUNDO!!!  (Be the Light of the World)

Love,
Elder Davis

December 4, 2017: Leadership and Chess


Hello Family!!!

This week was great. I am loving my area. My comp is really good too. We are getting along super well. SO that is kind of a relief from the last transfer. hehe We have new goals for baptisms as a area and a mission so that put some more pressure and responsibility on my shoulders as the Senior ZL. But it is good. It is a nice pressure. I am learning a lot from the leadership opportunities I am getting. haha AND leading everyone is really cool. It is like playing a game of chess or something. You have to know how to use every piece... or elder. To get them to work hard and have success. So that is fun. ANYWAYS life is good here. I am loving the mish. So we are doing good and working hard. I am sending you a voice memo telling you about my week!


But here is a great spiritual thought that our Mission President shared during the Mission Council. He was talking about Nephi building the boat and really applied it to our lives as a missionary. He explained that we may have some missionaries that are similar to Laman and Lemuel. That they would complain at every little thing that we have to do. BUT, that we should be like Nephi. FIRST, he searched to be obedient in All the commandments of the Lord. Then, he exorted the others to do the same. It really showed that our example is really really important and especially our example as a leader. 
 
Love,
Josh





Monday, November 27, 2017

November 27, 2017: Transfer, Sewage, Dead Dog, Uh yeah.



HEY YÀLL,

Man... that is really sad... I can´t do the Yáll abreviation. IT just puts the little thingy above the 'A'. haha Man. Well...  Darn. 

How are you all doing?
Greatest DAB Ever!
I am doing great!! This was a great week. It was the last week of the transfer. SO we finished things up here and worked hard. My comp is being transferred and my new companion is Elder Semedo. He is from Cape Verde, Africa.

Anyways, this week was legit. We had some cool highlights.
Tuesday was the best day of work. We worked super hard and taught a ton of lessons. It was awesome. We were able to find some new families to teach. 

Yes, I am smiling by a dead dog!  It was like some weird witchcraft stuff was going on because next to the dead dog therewas a dead chicken, dead fox, and a dead cat..... Pretty weird.
On Wednesday, We went and ate hamburgers at night while we were on splits with the elders from Itapetinga. IT was pretty sweet. We bought the biggest, juiciest, most expensive hamburger they had. It was really tasty. BUT it wasn´t big enough. SO we were still hungry after. haha But it was fun. 

BIGGEST, Juicest, Most Expensive (But not filling) Hamburger!


Thursday was another crazy fun day. SO we had to prepare to do splits in Poçoes. So I was going to go that night with Elder Cassiano who had served there a year ago. He wanted to visit some people that he knew there. So we were planning on going that night at like 10;30. It was the last bus that would take us there. BUT things didn't go as planned. Because, I was invited to be a judge in a giant activity. It was a mock "Master Chef" for an English learning school. It was a way to celebrate Thanksgiving. So everyone was put into groups. They prepared their tables, decorated them, and brought main dishes from different countries. They wanted the judges to be people who speak English. So a friend of a member asked if I could help out. We went there and I was one of the judges. haha It was so cool. I just went around with the other judges and ate food. Dream job. Then I just gave them a score from 1-10.  It was a great time, but the activity started late and went super long. SO we finished at like 10:20. So we just went home.

"Master Chef" Activity:)
The next morning we woke up early and took a bus to Poçoes. There I went and did some baptismal interviews and did splits with the Elders. It was a lot of fun. THe worst part was when I stepped in like black POOPYmud. I got my brown shoe completely covered in this poopy sewage... It was bad. All the flies went and swarmed around my food. But at one of the investigators houses we asked for a water and I washed it all out. It took a while to come out. But now it´s all good. haha 

Sewage Shoe
THOSE were the highlights of the week. It was a great week. I also had the opportunity to give a 10 min talk in sacrament meeting. It was pretty cool. I focused on 3 Nephi when Christ appears to the people. He establishes his church and teaches many things unto the people. After in chapter 19 the people went out and preached that to all the surrounding areas and gathered up soooo many people that they had to be separated into 12 groups. I related the ward or us to the people in 3 Nephi 11.  Christ has restored his church and brought us sooo many blessings as in the times of old. Now it is our time to be like the people and spread the gospel to others! It was pretty fun. Unfortunately the pulpit didn´t rise electronically... SO I had to bend down a bit the whole talk... haha 

But, I love you all! thanks for all your letters! SHare the gospel like the Nephites! Be a Light to the World! #Sejaaluzdomundo

Love
Elder Davis












Monday, November 20, 2017

November 20, 2017: BUCKETS...and BUCKETS...and BUCKETS...

HELLOWWWWW everyone!

How are you all doing? 

This week was a great week for us. IT was the dedication week. So we woke up at 6:00 everyday and left at 8:00 everyday to work! It was pretty crazy. It went well! Loved it. We worked hard and were greatly blessed. 

Mini Cokes and District Meeting


So on Monday we had lessons marked and were gonna leave at 3:00 but, we didn´t have any more Book of Mormons.... SO we called a bunch of people and it took forever for the Book of Mormons to arrive. The Elder that had all the boxes didn´t really communicate with us very well so we ended up waiting for a super long time for the BoM's. In the end we just went to their area and got it for ourselves. haha It was rough! 

Tuesday and Wednesday were great days. We worked hard and really had a great time. We gave a blessing of comfort to a lady whose grandpa died while we were at her house eating lunch. She got the call and we gave her a blessing to help her out. 

Thursday night we were teaching Gilson and his family and they were telling us how their family relationship has improved since we started visiting them. So that was cool. To see the change that is happening with this family. Then we got a call from the bishop to meet with him. So we met up with him at a park and together we all went to a referral. It was a single mom of three kids who is getting better from cancer and didn´t have money to feed her kids. So we brought food to them and then gave her a blessing. 

Friday morning we went to do a service project. We helped put all the supports in the house so that they could lay cement on the second floor. It is really different than the american style of building houses. I think wood is more expensive here. SO they use blocks and cement. We didn´t do that much just grabbed all the stuff that the man needed. 

Service Project
Saturday morning we went on splits with the Elders from Sumaré to get everything prepared for Giuliane´s baptism. So I went  with Elder Cassiano and we gave a bath to the stake president's dog. My comp and the other Elder went and filled up the baptismal font with buckets... Because the faucet was BROKEN. Then later that day, when we went to prepare everything for the baptism, Mutual was going on. So in the baptismal room all the young men were huddled in there with a Ps4 hooked up to a TV playing FIFA. AND the baptismal font lost half the water! We had 30 minutes until the baptism.... hahah SO I filled it up with buckets while my comp organized the room and got the young men out of there! It was crazy. It took like an hour to do it all. But in the end it all worked out! So it was great. I have pictuers and will try to send it to you guys.

Baptism of Guiliane
Last thing... I have been listening to the Joseph Smith papers. IT is sooooo cool. You guys would love it! It explains the history of everything and what it was like in that time period. I listened to the one about the translating of the Book of Mormon and it blew me away. It is soooo amazing. It is a miracle that we have this book today! Love you all! Stay filé!

com amor,
Elder Davis