Sunday, November 17, 2013

What a Week of Miracles and Answered Prayers!

What a week it has been! I feel like I say this every week...but every week is just such a learning and growing experience!

Thursday night (what we sisters here call anti-night) was quite the experience! My companion and I were assigned to the main desk in the North Visitors center, which is the closest place to the gate that all the anti's stand outside of and pass out flyers. A young man came in and asked for a tour so we called west gate to send some sisters over. But while my companion was calling them another sister came up and whispered in my ear "Just so you know, that young man is anti. Tell west gate not to send some girls over!" As soon as she told me that I was so terrified! I had never talked with or been near an anti yet so I didn't want to say anything to him, I honestly just wanted to run and hide! Haha:) My companion was great though and took care of things! After that experience, we were talking to one of our friends, Ian, on the maintenance crew and I was saying how scared of anti's I was when he looked at me and just said, "Sister Davis always remember that you are twice as powerful as they will ever be." As soon as he said that I had this feeling in my heart that I KNEW he was right and that I had no need to be worried. The next day my fears were settled even further as my companion and I were asked to cover the main desk at the South Visitors Center. Two men walked in and introduced themselves, they were both members of the church and were in town for a conference for the Non-prophet organization that they are the presidents of. Upon further conversation, we learned that this organization was one full of all members of the church who do research for/and help people deal with anti-Mormon literature! They have the support of the general authorities of the church, and they even were the men who trained the first missionaries for online chat! They told us about a book that helps people who have struggling testimonies because of anti-Mormon literature. This book is called "Shake N Faith Syndrome". If your testimony is wavering because of something you read, I would recommend this book highly. These men were so great! They bore testimony to us, and told us about some of the research they have been doing their entire lives! They have been invited to speak at several mission meetings, and we are hoping they get to come to our mission and speak! Their words were an answer to my un-said prayers. Since then, SO MANY anti's have tried talking to me and now I am not afraid. I've learned how to just smile, testify boldly, and move on. Heavenly Father is taking care of us.

On Friday I went on an exchange with Sister Malavasi from Italy! She says that Italian pizza is one thing that she misses the most! One tip she gave me, "If the pizza is good, you will not be thirsty after eating! American pizza, I get so thirsty when I try it! Is no good!" Hahaha:)

Miracles have been continuing to occur in the call center this week! There are many times a day when we kneel in prayer in the call center and ask for Heavenly Father to help us know what to say. Our prayers are continually answered. On Saturday AND Sunday I received inbound calls from two different women in two different places in the u.s. Both have heard about our religion and wish to know more. BOTH went to church on Sunday and met members, and both have asked my companion and I to continue to call. What blessings!

On Sunday my companion and I received a paper informing us that we will be speaking in a ward here in Salt Lake! I'M SO EXCITED!!! It'll be later in the month, but I just can't wait for it to come! We've been assigned topics and were asked to include a musical number. Now here's the crazy part...we are speaking with two other sisters from our mission...but the assignment has been extended that the three other sisters sing, and I accompany them on the piano. So! I'm breaking out the music! Luckily, we have many pianos here on the square that I can practice on! I'm SO excited for this chance to travel out of the mission and speak in a regular ward! SO COOL!

Because of our early mornings preparing for the concert, our mission president let us sleep in til 8AM ON TUESDAY MORNING! He spoils us so much!

Our musical fireside concert was last night. The Assembly Hall was packed full! Even the General Relief Society Presidency came!!! And this is kinda sad, but I didn't know that we are aloud to invite family and friends to these performances! I'm so sorry I didn't invite you, I didn't know I was aloud to! But we will have more during my mission I'm sure, so if you would want to come to one, you can later, if you want. You don't have to. I would COMPLETELY understand if you chose not to. :) But anyways! The concert went SO well! I feel as though I have been sent to the most talented mission in the world! Some of the musical selections included: A four part piano number of "Stars and Stripes Forever", The Piano Guy's arrangement of "Love Story Meets Viva La Vida", A Polynesian song number (MY FAVOURITE!), and the small group I was a part of sang an arrangement of "Joseph Smith's First Prayer". At the beginning of our small group I sang a solo part for the first little bit, and I was just flooded with memories of singing in the assembly hall before with Chrissy and the high school choir. It was so crazy to me, standing there singing, to think that I had stood on this stage before and heard my voice fill that same room before. But the best part about this entire program was that the sole purpose was to help others "See our good works and glorify our Father which is in Heaven." The spirit was flooding the room all night, it was a night I will never forget.

Today has been a wonderful p-day! This morning we went to the temple. The Salt Lake Temple...I can't even describe my love for the Salt Lake Temple. It was my first time there today. And I loved every moment. :) After, we went shopping at walmart, target and took care of our laundry of course. We got to take a nap this afternoon and it's been super relaxing, just what we've needed. I love logging onto my email and reading letters from family and other friends who are in the field! Thank you all for your words of encouragement! They mean so much!

I know without a doubt that this church is true! This is Jesus' Christ's Church, and He is at the head of it! What glorious news! Share it with someone today!

Sister Davis

Our last district meeting with our sweet Mexico Sisters!

Sister Ochoa and Torres are leaving back to their mission in Mexico this Monday! They are such sweet girls! We are going to miss them so much! :(

My companion and I before our concert!

Sister Bondare and I after the concert! She is from Latvia! I LOVE HER!

After the concert with my companion and Sister Laporte! We were just so happy haha:)

For a p-day activity I learned how to water proof my Book of Mormon that I carry around the square. (Aka We put clear packing tape on the cover haha) :)

Thanks for reading!

1 comment:

  1. Oh Christy, I just wept as I read your post. You are such a sweet and beautiful angel. I love you so much. Grandmommy in Alabama