Monday, December 30, 2013

A COUPLE OF RANDOM PICTURES

Wheeee!

this ward member who happens to be a taxi driver picks us up if she happens to see us when she is out and about!

"HAVE A GOD-BLESSED NEW YEARS", AS THE TEXAN'S WOULD SAY

I GOT TO HEAR YOUR VOICES! 

Oh it was so great. Thank you, thank you. It sounds like it was a party back home!

It sounds like you had an awesome week though...too much fun. Thank you so much again for all the wonderful gifts. They have already been put to good use.

Well since we last talked I got another flat (total of 4 now!) New bike tires...Christmas gifts to myself. 

Well I shared with you the first part of my week...so as far as the second half goes…...

We went back to see a family we caroled to with some ward members, The Hindry's, and they are amazing! A Christ centered home and they are excited to learn even more about Christ. She called us “servants of the Lord”!

We had an amazing Sacrament meeting. It was centered on Elder Uchtdorf's talk, "Come Join With Us" and the Book of Mormon…… all centered around missionary work! My perspective and purpose in this life has flipped 180 degrees. So many things don’t matter so much anymore…… and so many others matter more. 

Oh, the other day I was cutting some peppers that I thought were just some normal green peppers, well after I touched my eye, found out they were not just some normal green peppers. 

IT IS GOING TO BE A NEW YEAR! My thoughts are crazy of what my new goals are, new challenges etc. etc. It is so neat to see in the gospel that we are continually "starting anew." We have had the privilege of getting to know many Catholics and learning about their background. They have expressed that the gospel is different in the sense that we are continually progressing, learning, and moving forward, whereas there is a lot of routine and repetition in the Catholic faith. As I think back on my time in Jerusalem, almost every church we visited was very similar in this way. What a blessing it is to be learning new things every day, receiving new revelation and inspiration every time we open the scriptures or listen to someone called of God to lead us and guide us. 

Well I am sorry for not updating you all on our investigators...... they are literally ALL out of town for the Holidays. But we have been finding some new ones which has been an incredible blessing. 

I love this work with all my heart. WOW. It is so incredible. I love seeing smiles when people understand it, when people see the light of the Book of Mormon. Often times in lessons we only get to see a glimpse of the joy they feel when they are reading on their own. But that little glimpse of joy is so incredible. I love the thrill the spirit brings to our hearts, and our desire to learn more, our desire to become better. I know this joy come directly from our Heavenly Father, his son Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost. I know Christ's church has been restored to this earth with the priesthood authority. 

I love every one of you and thank you, thank you again for your prayers, and your love and your support. I can truly feel an army behind me when talking with others and inviting them to live the gospel. Thank you. 

Always, Sister Davis


our "Merry Christmas" photo!
Tim Tam Slams on Christmas Eve!
Watching "Finding Faith in Christ" on Christmas Eve!



Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas to the Davis Family!

We received this sweet email and pictures on Christmas Eve from a sister in the ward where Mckenzi is currently serving ....
Dear Davis Family,
I am a member of the Garden Ridge ward here in San Antonio.  On Monday I was privileged to have lunch with sweet Sister Davis and her companion Sister Whittier and take some photos of them for a Christmas card for y'all. 

We are so blessed to have these beautiful sisters in our Ward!  Being a return missionary myself I know how hard it can be to be away from loved ones, especially during the holidays.  And missionary work itself is very difficult.  A lot of sweat and tears go into this labor of love.   But you wouldn't know it from the looks on these sister's faces and their cheerful, positive attitudes!

On Monday, after we took pictures and had lunch I took the sisters to Walmart to get some shopping done before they headed home.  While there we ran into four different people from our ward.  Two are active sisters, one is a non-member sister whose husband is a member and one we didn't know but she stopped us to introduce herself when she saw their name tags, she is new to the area.  I was sort of amazed to run into so many people.  I hardly ever see people I know when I shop there.  Missionary work is a special work and Missionaries are special people!
Thank you for raising such a wonderful daughter!  I am so grateful for her service.
Merry Christmas to the Davis family!
Love,

Liz Roberts




Monday, December 23, 2013

AND HE SHALL BE CALLED JESUS CHRIST, THE SON OF GOD, THE FATHER OF HEAVEN AND EARTH, THE CREATOR OF ALL THINGS FROM THE BEGINNING..."

MERRY MERRY CHRISTMAS FAMILY! 

It is that glorious time of the year, when everyone has softened hearts, when everyone talks to you and smiles, when everyone wants to give and give! Don't let it stop. 

I love every minute I have to serve. I have an incredible companion, Sister Whittier. She teaches me so much and stretches me so much. She is like a little angel on my shoulder guiding me to choose the right. 

I learned a lot about persistence and boldness this week…….. 

We taught the word of wisdom to Sandy this week and the response we got was well...a typical response from Sandy. She is very honest and open with us which we are grateful for. We asked, "Sandy will you live the word of wisdom?" And in her southern black accent she responded, "No, I will not...I will not become a Mormon if I have to give up my coffee." BUT we continued to ask her if she would read about it...
"No.." 
"Will you pray about it?" 
"No..."
"Will you think about the things we have taught today?"
Later that evening we get a phone call from Sandy..."I have a question about this Doctrine and Covenants 89……. is that in my Book of Mormon you gave me? When can I get one of those?"

AHHHHH She not only read the pamphlet we gave her, but called us and another member of the ward, asked us a question, and asked to learn more! 

We have been teaching a gentlemen named George recently...not sure if I mentioned but he’ll be coming into the fold on Jan 11th! We are so stoked for him. He has a great desire to follow, learn, love and live the gospel of Jesus Christ to its fullness. He loves learning, reading and being refined. You will meet him in Heaven someday or hopefully sooner! 

I love this gospel with all my heart. I find so much joy in learning and reading the Book of Mormon. What incredible power and spirit comes into our lives as we just open it up. 

Last thought of the week...our mission president's wife shared with us something President Slaughter often loves to do....wrap up his kids old toys for Christmas that they have forgotten about and watch their cheerful smiles and happy faces as they open then up, again. He challenged us to find those old gifts and talents we have forgotten about, unwrap them, cherish them, and find joy in using them.

I love you all so much and can't wait to talk with you in just a few!!! 

Much much love,

Sister Davis

Monday, December 16, 2013

COME ALL YE FAITHFUL!

Family, family, family! 

The miracles just never end! It was a fulfilling week …..that is for sure. 

Sandy has been doing incredible...she gave us ‘whoopie cookies’ this week....and Mom, it made me think of your favorite toy, the ‘whoopie cushion’. But great news, during the lessons, instead of laughing when we invited her to church, she said "I will be there, I really want to go, I am trying to get Billy to go...I will ask him this week." Say what? It is hard not to be in total shock when those things occur and scream and shout in the lesson…….. (victory dance J)

We were blessed to teach Vanessa twice this week! It is difficult to meet with her but every time we do it is so worth the wait. She has such strong faith and loves everything she is learning. There are a few others we have been teaching that have been struggling to leave their past lives of Catholicism to live a new and greater life. They just don't know how great it will be. I often found myself in this trap in High School……afraid……afraid to ask if we could stop listening to a certain music in the car for fear they will not be a friend anymore (when really they will respect you as an even greater friend), afraid to leave a conversation for fear of not fitting in…..and the list goes on. And still to this day it is not any easier. Fear of inviting someone to be baptized with a date...they will think it is too close, or you are pushing them. In reality you are only denying yourself and them of salvation when you don't invite. 

Its Christmas next week! The Joy the season brings to us all! Soak it up.

I learned how powerful Satan is, but how much more power the spirit has. We taught a girl we met a couple weeks ago, Claire. Her example enlightened me to do and become something even greater. She shared with us how much faith is required for her along this journey. She reads and prays with an incredible open heart, but still every moment she has to resist temptation to push out her logical and scientific thoughts, and her worries of confronting her family. The stronger her faith becomes, the harder Satan works. But instead of tearing her down, it is only making her stronger.

I also learned a lot about desire, and how the spirit can change the desire of our hearts. Claire has a great desire to know and learn, but we met another individual this week, Lorenzo. When we first met him he did not have much a desire to know and to learn. But as it says in Alma 5, the spirit and the power of the Book of Mormon can change that. We can align our desires more with God! 

Oh and my birthday...ha...it was wonderful! We have some sisters from another area living with us b/c their apartment flooded, sadly enough. So one of those sisters made some delicious scones for breakfast and attempted to make a cake...but apparently only the broiler works....the cake was burnt on top and liquid on bottom. Whoops. But it was still a happy birthday with lots of laughs. 

I know this is Christ's restored church on this earth. As we testify of it to others and share our knowledge with them they will want the spirit in their lives. We must do what we have been not only asked but commanded to do as members of his church and representatives, what we covenanted at our baptism to do....to preach the gospel to all the nations. I know we can do all things in his strength! 

I love you all so very much! Please be safe in your travels this week!

Wow this was a looooonnng one....apologies. Love you, Sister Davis
Sisters who stayed with us for a while.....their apt. flooded...whoops!
gifts from a ward member-fluorescent vests so we are even more of a target!  haha!
Oh, Christmas Tree!

Monday, December 9, 2013

"AND NOW THEY WERE DETERMINED TO CONQUER THIS PLACE OR DIE"!

FAMILY!!!!! 
Thank you, thank you for the birthday wishes......aaannnddd YAY! M'Kay is home!!!! Give him a huge hug when ya see him for me....

THIS WAS A CRAZY WEEK...as one our investigators says every other sentence...‘we were runnin around like chickens with their heads cut off”  

We set Vanessa with a baptismal date!!! And she is living the Word of Wisdom and the best part of all she feels her Heavenly Father's love and is growing immensely. 

Miracles from the members....
(1) We had a lesson with Sandy this week. This is the beginning of how much the members help in the progression and lasting conversion as well. The member who came with us asked if Sandy had done her family history...little did we know she was adopted and later that week she was able to find out more about her biological parents and was stoked about it. She came to a RS activity later that evening and couldn't even wait a whole 2 seconds to tell us how excited she was about all that she found about her parents! Can you say the work is hastening? 

(2) More miracles from our amazing members...We taught a family where the wife is Catholic and the husband is a member. She has been shaky on the subject of learning more but has finally opened up. During the lesson her husband was able to share some powerful, powerful testimonies of the book of Mormon. She has tons of questions about it, but is learning quickly. The time to share is now, especially with those who are close to us. Can you say the work is hastening? 

(3) We met a girl named Claire a while back...she said she had lots of friends who were members...but she wasn't quite ready for us to meet with her. We were riding our bikes the other day and she was cleaning her car. We stopped and asked if we could share a message with her. And she responded with a gracious yes. None of this would have happened however without the key ingredient of having lots of members as friends and those friends sharing lots with her about the gospel. Can you say the work is hastening? 

(4) And one more...a youth in our ward was talking with one of her friends and her friend simply asked what do you guys do and why do you do it? And her response was something like I have some friends who can tell you more...lets have dinner and they can answer your questions! Idk, maybe the work is hastening, Wait, I think you said the work is hastening...oh, ok, so the work is....hastening? (sound like anyone we know? Maybe like…Tucker?)The work cannot  move forward without the members

And one last miracle!!! This morning we had a lesson with a man named George. He is incredible. And we set him with a baptismal date for Dec 21st....oh so soon! WOW it was an outstanding lesson. He attended church yesterday and truly felt the love and friendship from the members in the ward...they all naturally introduced themselves because they noticed someone new in the congregation! We didn't tell each member he was an investigator, they made their own effort to notice him. Wow...so cool. 

 I can't be thankful enough for the gospel of Jesus Christ, for every single one of God's children, for the restoration, the Prophet Joseph Smith, for the Book of Mormon, for my testimony and the testimony of others. I am strengthened every day. This is quite the lengthy email, my goodness. But thank you again. I love each one of you and am so grateful for your support. The other day I heard of a missionary who receives anti-Mormon info from his family every week! So sad…...oh how grateful I am for each one of you. I hope to never, never take that for granted. 

I love you so very much! All is well, all is well! 
Love, Sister Davis
A foggy day in San Antonio!
George! He gets baptized December 21st!
Rudy's BBQ-supposedly the best around!

Monday, December 2, 2013

"IT IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR US TO FAIL WHEN WE DO OUR BEST, AND WHEN WE ARE ON THE LORD'S ERRAND." - Elder Ballard

FAMILY, FAMILY! 
This week was filled with member missionary work, holy smokes! It was so incredible! I feel that the members have truly caught the spirit of missionary work, but there is still always more we can all grasp. We have an outstanding Bishop who works right by our side…. Always concerned for our welfare but more importantly for the welfare of those in the ward and those who will soon be coming into the ward! 

We currently have the sisters from another area living with us! We are learning so much from them. (Their apartment had some flooding issues :/ whoops) 

We had some spectacular feasts on thanksgiving. "It was an explosion of flavor." (name that movie). We had a couple with some members and their friends, one with a couple who are investigators (Joe and Nilsa - see picture), and another with a family where the father is a member, but the kids and wife are not. It is so incredible to see the different ages and how open they are to learning. Their hearts are so open. Wow!I hope and pray, and hope and pray some more that I will always continue to learn and not get "set in my ways." I just can't imagine how much the apostles and prophets study and pray and read and ponder about what they will speak of in conference or anywhere for that matter. I’m sure they are constantly learning about not only the gospel, but the world as well. 

We learned how to make Tamales this past week! (see picture) Sitting next to Sister Whittier is Bruna. (whom I mentioned last week). 

We also were able to teach an incredible mother named Roxanne this week. She has two boys and a little girl. They all have so much energy and one of the little boys, Justin, is a clone of my sweet Brody. "Do you have a family?"  “Yeth” (with his arms thrown up). "Do we say mean things to our brother?"  “Noooooaaa”. The mother is amazing and strives to have the best for her kids. We were able to give them a tour of the church this past week and Sister Whittier sang The First Noel. Justin had his eyes just glued on her the whole entire time. So incredible how the spirit can touch a heart and calm a soul, even one with so much energy. 

It was a splendid week. The work is moving forward so quickly as the world is simultaneously degrading rapidly. There is an urgency for the gospel at this time. I know that "I am weak...but in His strength I can do all things." We must draw near unto him. 

Much, much love to you all. You are in my prayers every day and I love you. 

Always,
Sister Davis
Oh and check out the December Ensign 1st Presidency message...so cool……. And the quote on the back of the Ensign…... Can you say MISSIONARY WORK!?!
making tamales with Bruna!
Thanksgiving with Joe and Nilsa,!
Thanksgiving leftovers!

Monday, November 25, 2013

"AND OH WHAT JOY AND WHAT MARVELOUS LIGHT I DID BEHOLD'

Family!
"The farther back we look at our mission, the more it means to us." (Elder Golden) 

AHHH it was such a spectacular week! Transfers are this week on Thanksgiving! BUT good news! I will be staying here in what has come to be my home, Garden Ridge Ward, for the holidays with wonderful Sister Whittier at my side. Super excited about it. She keeps me in line and in check with every detail of missionary work. I am so grateful for her dedication to the work. 

What a blessing and miracle to hear from a member of the seventy this week, Elder Golden. 

I want to share with you some wonderful things he spoke to us about: (1) "The field is white already to harvest." He specifically promised us multiple times that there are people in our areas ready to be baptized today…… it is just a matter of us finding them. (2) When are you greatest in the sight of the Lord??? When you are doing something the Lord has commanded you to do because you want to and are excited to OR when you are doing something the Lord has commanded you to do even though you don’t want to do it! The latter one....now, THAT is having faith in Christ.” (3) “The Holy Ghost is ALWAYS with us. It is just a matter of if we are tuned into it or not. When we feel it in a meeting or reading or praying, that is when we are tuned into it.” (4) Last of all, he mentioned how there has been a bump-up in missionary work. In our mission, every ward has at least one set of missionaries and in many cases 2 or more sets. We must take advantage of this opportunity to be able to train and work so closely with the members and assist them in the work. Many did not have opportunities to serve missions and many have questions and worries and fears of how to hasten the work even though they may want to. We can help in 'training' them to help us. "Help them, help me, help you!" And so much more…………

After listening to Elder Golden, President Slaughter shared a thought with us that described the meeting perfectly.  He said, "How Gentle God's Command". So profound. That’s exactly how we felt we had been taught and what it was like sitting close to Elder Golden and hearing his counsel. 

We had an amazing lesson with a lady named Sandy (see picture). We have been teaching her for a bit now. I was a worried the whole lesson just praying like crazy for the spirit to touch her heart. And then at the end of the lesson she said the most beautiful prayer. She mentioned for the first time that she noticed we had a peace and happiness and asked Heavenly Father to allow her to find that same happiness, she mentioned she was grateful for us coming and being persistent yet patient and so much more. It may or may not have brought a few tears to my eyes. 

I could go on forever about miracles that happen every day like this. WOW 

Ok one more: there is a truth behind this madness. We would be dead in this work without the members and their influence they have on people. This past week we were striving to get a girl named Bruna to progress. She is neighbors to a family in the ward, the Bates, and in-between visits she was able to ask the Bates questions, they offered to give her a ride to church and to come to other activities, they saved a spot for her at church and have been a true friend to her. We have noticed a difference in the progression of those we have taught…. that those who have friends in the gospel and those who struggle trying to get to know people in the church. Huge difference! Some members have gone the extra mile to be a friend to those investigators we have and to be so welcoming. (oh, and another thing Sandy mentioned she was grateful for in her prayer - the love she felt from the member that came to the lesson)

Quote from Sister Slaughter "Many things are done by great people, even though they don't "feel" like doing it."

Just some numbers if you are curious that we heard at the training. We have in our mission 260 missionaries (194 Elders and 64 Sisters - 146 English and 114 Spanish) 

Holy cow this is forever long. Last of all, I know without a doubt this is Christ church on this earth, our Heavenly Father loves me and you. Thank you for all your support. Not a day goes by that I don't think of grateful I am that you taught me particular principles of the gospel. There is just no time to write them all down.

Much love to you all,
Sister Davis

Its freezing here, btw...weirdest thing ever! It’s like its being in the mountains…… it’s that cold when you walk outside, yet, it rains and rains and rains, but there is no ice or snow on the ground. I am wearing my rain boots you told me to get though Adri, thank you, and I finally used my raincoat for the first time! 
Sandy and Billy!
Modeling my new b-day dress from grandma!
Yep! They have Sweet Potato Awareness Month here!
A cold, rainy day....luckily it was our day to have the car!

Monday, November 18, 2013

“FEAR NOT WHAT MAN CAN DO; FOR PERFECT LOVE CASTETH OUT ALL FEAR”

(Someday I will obtain this kind of love)

FAMILY FAMLIY FAMILY! Mom, Dad, Jordan, Cristy, Adri, Tyler and Tucker!
I am just beginning to understanding that this word ‘FAMILY’ is incredible. What it means to have and belong to a family. Wow. It is more than a simple blessing….. it is a miracle, to say the least.

Oh the great things of Texas...let me tell you just a few. They have their own peanut butter proudly made from the one and only Texas peanut……. they have their own car editions........yes, about every other truck you see bears the label "Texas Edition" ……...and most importantly everyone does "Bible Study" YES! Soon enough though, all of Texas will call it BoM Study though.

We had some incredible teaching opportunities this week. I am so very grateful every time we have time to sit down with a member and a non-member and help them strengthen their relationship with Christ. There is nothing else in the world like it. It is like the feeling you get at the beginning of a race. You have prepared and trained for it for so long and the energy and excitement is going crazy inside of you.

We got to teach a very humble young man who has been playing basketball at the church lately. He see's the good in life, strives to do his best with all the temptations around him, and is always grateful for everything he has been given.

This past week I learned a lot about being confident in the message we share with everyone. We talked with quite a few members this week who have set a goal to let everyone they know, know that they are Saints in the Last Days and be open and willing to share things they may be afraid to share. It was so cool because we were also fortunate to see an example of the other side of this in someone whose friend was not afraid to share. We met a man named Chuck. He asked what church we were from. When we replied he said, "Oh, I have a friend named Sandy who belongs to your church." He went on to tell all the great things she had mentioned to him about the church. Sandy had shared her testimony through personal experiences with the gospel and Chuck was able to feel it. He may not recognize yet that it is the spirit, BUT he knew it was good!

Yesterday in Sacrament meeting we learned about the Restoration of the gospel and the great blessings of the Book of Mormon. The feeling in the chapel was so profound. Once again, I was so grateful to receive another testament that this is true. Christ's church has been restored to this earth through Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon truly is another Testament of Christ. I know this with all my heart.

I love you all so very much….every one of you! Have a splendid week.

Always, Sister Davis

Monday, November 11, 2013

HOW GREAT THE IMPORTANCE TO MAKE THESE THINGS KNOWN...

Family!!! 

Well it was Veterans day. Don't have tons of time because we are at a member’s home. Yep...and the kiddos here don’t have school and the library is closed! Say what? That is how big the military is here in SA.

Miracle upon miracle this week. We had so many teaching opportunities. Wow! We cannot ask for more when that occurs. There were a few individuals who attended the Gladys Knight presentation who we were able to drop off the little gifts off to. So amazing! 

One member talked in Stake Conference about her process of inviting friends to the Gladys Knight presentation. So much prayer and thought went into it. Incredible! Well, we were able to deliver one of the packages to her friend and it was incredible to see how prepared and receptive she was to the gospel. We are hoping to meet and teach her family this week! Just as Elder Ballard said in conference ….how critical prayer is and how it can heal our fear of sharing and talking about the gospel with others. 

We have incredible members in this ward who are all so excited about sharing the gospel with their friends and we love to ask them how their friends are doing, what new non-member friends they have made, and what their next step is with them. 

My eyes were truly opened this week of how many blind spots I had when I was younger. 

1) Bruna is the next door neighbor of a member in our ward. She has had a lot of past history with the church, but we met her, not through the member, but through the Gladys Knight presentation. We never know when those right next door to us our prepared! All we can do is invite as we are asked to and they may be the one our Heavenly Father has been preparing. 

2) Sister Driscoll is a convert in our ward. She joined when she was in High School and just this past Sunday shared her conversion story. She mentioned something so powerful that I hope to never forget. She said she had been searching ever since she was a little girl for something she felt was missing. She was introduced to the gospel by a knock on the door, BUT when she attended church and was sitting in the pews for the first time, she looked over and saw her best friend from school...the thought that entered her mind was, "you have the greatest blessing in life and you did not tell me about it?" She said her biggest fear is getting to the other side and having one of her friends tell her, "you had the greatest blessing in life and you didn't tell me about it?"

The knowledge I have now of the "great importance to make these things known" I wish I had had when I was younger. But all we can do is move forward with that knowledge and make different choices now. That fear of sharing when I was younger only came from the adversary and it just doesn't matter anymore, this is so much more important. 

I love you all so very much. Wow. Thank you for the letters and emails. Oh, they are like sweet treats to me. So good and they give me so much more of a push to keep going the next week. Thank you, thank you. 

always always,

Sister Davis

Monday, November 4, 2013

HE WILL TESTIFY THE TRUTH IF IT TO YOU!

FAMILY!

This week was crazy...but soooo, soooo cool! And FYI, Did you know that gas prices are under $3 down here? More money gets to go toward the missionary ipad fund now!

Remember Vanessa? Well a miracle happened this week...she’s had a fear of attending church things because she "doesn't know anyone." Well, she went to young women’s this week and LOVED IT! She texted us afterwards and said it went great and everyone was so kind and she is going to girls camp and a dance and babysitting for a family in the ward and...and...and…and etc. It was so awesome. She texted us telling she has been reading and is stoked to tell us about it too. The joy never ends.

We had the Gladys Knight/Saints Unified Voices presentation this past weekend. SPECTACULAR! I say. We got to attend with a less-active in the ward, and also with a couple of investigators, Joe and Nilsa. The choir was singing like crazy and then Gladys Knight shared her conversion story and her testimony of Christ and His church. At first I had that worry in the fore-front of my mind of, “oh my, what are all these non-members thinking”?...., but by the end, I was so engulfed in everything and forgot my companion was even next to me. I learned so much from attending. First of all, I need more passion and excitement in my belief in Christ! Secondly, this is the truth, so I better not in any way be shy or timid to share it with anyone! I have a lot of lame excuses come to my mind of why we shouldn't approach someone or invite them and I am learning that they all come from the enemy.

This past week we approached a referral house at about 7:30pm and it was already dark outside and this house looked like it had no lights on inside...and I said to Sister Whittier, “I don’t want to wake them up”. (It's 7:30, who has a bedtime of 7:30pm?) She responds, "Is that an excuse?" Indeed it was. We ended up teaching him and are going back later this week! Those missionaries from the MTC have so much faith...I love it!

If you ever get a free moment, check out the Saints Unified Voices website (suvchoir.org?) I believe. And if they have a sample of Gladys Knight speaking on there, check it out. She is a powerful speaker. I wish I could describe how amazing it was, but there are no words.

I love this gospel and the feeling we get whenever we are following Him. I know it is His church.

Always,
Sister Davis


OH WAIT I FORGOT...so funny! So we are on bikes now for half the week...and we got caught in the rain one evening. Well Texas rain is like nothing else. It just pours! So we are riding along and realize that we probably should not take the downhill corner turn in the rain as fast as we are going...but didn't think of this until the last sec. Yep, we just landed gracefully and slid all the way down the hill. Man I wish I could someone got a video of it and I could send it to you. Lol! This might be why so many prayers are said for the missionaries, because at times they can be a bit “blonde”.
Dolphin Kisses!-Sea World

We received 'a fennel'. What does one do with a Fennel?

Monday, October 28, 2013

HAVE THE FAITH TO SAY WHAT NEEDS TO BE SAID!

Family!
What a week of good solid fun! We met some incredible people and had some incredible experiences. Too bad the evil forces in the world today are just getting stronger and stronger. Just means we need stronger and stronger men and women in God's army.

We had some incredible experiences this week! Wednesday we had training on a spectacular event that is coming up! Not sure if you’ve heard or seen these things around but...The Church is putting on a presentation of music and testimony with Gladys Knight (the real one with the pips) and she will be directing her Grammy Award Winning Choir , "The Saints Unified Voices." and Sister Knight and her husband will be sharing their conversion stories! It is going to be so sweeeeeeeet. Most importantly, the non-members who are coming will have the time of their life. It is a missionary oriented program, so basically the members have to bring a non-member to attend. They are doing 4 presentations, each with 1,500 seats. We will keep you posted on how everything goes and what comes of it!

Oh and ps, you should send the word along to the Stake Presidents. This program only goes to places where they are invited and they have to be invited by a Stake President or Mission President because its lots of work for the members and the missionaries they say...really it is just blessing their friends with this great gift of the gospel and making missionary work easier for the members and missionaries.

We spent a lot of the week inviting individuals to the Gladys Knight presentation. And it was a great success!

MIRACLE OF THE WEEK! A couple months ago, a family we were teaching (The Hokenson's) texted us saying “this church is not for us”. Well, we stopped by to invite them to the Gladys Knight presentation and the mother let us in and I asked her what her thoughts were on the church and where she and her husband stood. She said. “we are still open and still searching for a good family church.  My husband has been asking if you guys have stopped by lately and we still read the Book of Mormon every once in a while......????? I was like in pure shock - so cool though. These moments are so powerful because it shows that with all those we associate with, we NEED to invite them not just once or twice but multiple times because we never know when they will accept or when their minds and hearts will be changed to a more accepting or searching mode.

I love you all so much! I pray for you every day and love to read your letters. Thank you thank you so much for them! Have a tremendous week.

Always,

Sister Davis
Spotted this gem recently!

Halloween deco and pumpkin cookies from my momma!