Sunday, December 28, 2014

BAM! Christmas is DONE!!!

Wow I can't believe Christmas has come and gone! It's so weird! But we honestly had the BEST Christmas EVER! (My favourite one out of the two on my mission.) 

By some miracle we had a white Christmas! It hasn't snow AT ALL this winter until we woke up Christmas morning and there was snow everywhere! Does heavenly Father love Sister Tuiukuafe? I think so. She wanted a white Christmas SO BAD. (: After waking up Christmas morning my companion and I walked a bit like zombies into the living room to open our Christmas gifts (that's right family I DID have the strength to wait until Christmas morning before opening them). After opening them we decided to use one of them, the chocolate chip cookie mix from Katie, for our breakfast! It's Christmas, don't judge. After making/eating cookies we sat by the window for about 30 minutes and just stared outside watching the snow fall. Haha I'm being serious! We sat on the couch and watch snow fall for half an hour! So cheesy! But it was quit enjoyable. Then I ran down the hall to Sister Christensen's room and gave her a pedicure (that was my Christmas gift to her). After which we got dressed and headed for Temple Square for the Christmas program! We used the largest theatre in the North Visitor's centre for our mission to meet in. A lot of sisters came 20 minutes early though so we could run around the empty visitor's centre and take pictures! (We're not allowed to take pictures if there are guests around.) My companion was a narrater for the Christmas program so she sat down in the front and I went up in the control room for the duration of the program since I was in charge of the audio visual and Sister Ueno (from Japan) was in charge of the lighting so we were up there panicking together. (: Basically this was the outcome of the Christmas program...

The perspective of the audience:

The Christmas program went so well! The spirit was SOOO strong in the theatre. All the musical numbers were so beautiful and the videos and pictures were all so powerful. At the end President Poulsen and some sisters in the audience all recited The Living Christ from memory and that was realllly cool. (: It was a really good peaceful way to spend our Christmas morning (: (:

The perspective of Sister Davis and Ueno up in the control room:

WE SURVIVED THE CHRISTMAS PROGRAM!!! Somehow we managed to coordinate all the lighting and audio visual perfectly in sync with what was going on down in front of the audience! We're positive the only reason it worked so well was because we were praying like crazy up there! The spirit was SOOO strong in that control room haha! We also managed to switch off controls while I had to go down into the theatre to sing one of the musical numbers. We were really hoping it would all run smoothly so the sisters would really have an enjoyable Christmas program and it was a success! It was very hectic but the best way to spend Christmas morning! :D

After the program we all went to the South Visitor's Centre down where the mission offices are and had cookies and milk (yay for more cookies)! We then went upstairs and each zone met in a certain spot and we got to give all the sisters in our zone their Christmas gifts! It was so fun!!! When we all finished opening Christmas gifts the square opened up again and we resumed the work of salvation!!!

Long story short: We had a very merry Christmas. I'm glad I was able to call home Christmas eve instead of Christmas day because that just made things sooo much more helpful! (Besides it was already Christmas in Australia so it worked perfectly for Sister Tuinukafe's family.) We're excited that Christmas is over, though because we have a lot going on in the coming little while. Our investigator from England is officially in the states now and she will be flying into Utah this coming Sunday! We are SO excited to see her! AH!

Oh and probably the best Christmas miracle we saw this last week was our investigator in Hawaii got baptized on Saturday the 20th!!! We are so happy for him! Two of his children were also baptized with him as well and they all just seemed so happy! The Elders in Hawaii were extremely stoked as well- they kept texting us all day long in Hawaiian and Tongan things like "Merry Christmas!" and "We love you!" and "Thank you so much!" haha lets just say everybody was super excited!

This email is getting a tad long so I think it's time to bring it to a close but I hope all of you had such an amazing Christmas! I hope you have all been sharing The Gift with others and I hope that your testimony of Christ was strengthened this holiday season. I am so grateful to know that is was this same world that Christ came to and was born on. I love knowing that, and I love knowing the reason He came. I know that Christ wasn't just a great teacher, or a prophet, but that He truly was the Messiah! His coming was foretold by prophets since the world began! And He did come! It's just incredible to me. And I know He's coming again, that is what is even more incredible to me. I'm so excited for that day. Seriously.

Oh my goodness I just love you all! I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and I hope you have a grand start to the new year! 2015 is coming!? AH!? Can you believe it?! I'm so terrified!!!!

Ok bye!

Sister Davis
Strait out of bed opening the Christmas gifts...haha don't judge we were so tired!!!

Giving out Christmas Gifts to the zone!!!​(Don't mind the two creeping elves on the sign...that's President Harmen and Elder Skanky of the mission presidency...#templesquare)

Sunday, December 21, 2014

This week I cried a lot and saw Big Bird in person...#success

I'll try to do this chronologically...

This last Friday night was AMAZING!!! I went with some other sisters in the zone to see the Mormon Tabernacle Choir Christmas Concert with Santino Fontana (the voice of Prince Hans from Frozen) and The Sesame Street Muppets!!!! I SAW BIG BIRD IN PERSON! Everybody stay calm. There were a lot of children in the audience too but I'm positive I enjoyed it 10x more than all the children there. I mean even The Count was there and I was dying laughing! And big bird! Oh...did I mention we were on the 8TH ROW?!?! That's right. You'd think that would be too close but let me tell you, you cannot be close enough when Big Bird is on stage. Ah! It was excellent! I laughed so hard! And I was almost dying when Santino Fontana was singing...that man's voice.... Some sisters were teasing me saying that if he had proposed to me on the spot I would have said yes but we came to the conclusion that is NOT true because I'm obviously getting married in the temple. But if given the opportunity I would have totally given him the Book of Mormon and begged him to read and pray about it ;) ha! Jokes. He's old. And I'm a missionary. Lets change the subject.

Mission Leadership Counsel was amazing! We met in the Jubilee Room of the JSMB and went a little over our scheduled time because we were have some intense discussion about the mission. It was great! We finally all came to a census that the couches in the sisters lounge need to GO! So they will be removed soon and we're really excited because we are remodeling the lounge and making it a large study room! We all agreed that the lounge is an evil place. The A.P's gave me the task of doing the interior design of the large study room which my companion and I are now renaming the Hinckley Room! Haha(: So that's fun! This probably doesn't mean much to y'all but trust me, it's exciting stuff! We also drilled through lots of numbers and statistics to help find solutions to improve the mission. We will be having Zone Conference tomorrow so we'll be passing most of what we concluded in MLC onto the mission there! Zone Conferences are THE BEST! It's great to see the work pressing forward!

Our investigator in Hawaii is being baptized this Saturday!!! He had been praying about if he wanted to be baptized and when we called a few days ago he said that he and the Elders were planning on this Saturday as the day! So excited! We're really happy for him because his wife and children will also be baptized as well. This was the man we met on Temple Square months ago when he was passing through on the way home from his brothers funeral. We had taken him through God's Plan and gave him a copy of the Book of Mormon. So we are really happy for him because now he has the knowledge that he will see his brother again and he seems so happy. (: (: So we are so happy!

There has been, what we're calling, THE VIRUS passing around the mission this last week. We had a sister in our zone coughing up blood, but have no fear she is ok now. Another sister in the zone started showing the symptoms of THE VIRUS yesterday morning. As soon has we heard this we literally ran to her apartment, tore the sheets from her bed and informed her companion to start deep cleaning the apartment. Then we ran down to the grocery store and bought heaps of chicken soup and orange juice so she can be pumped full of vitamin c and liquids. Then we came back bearing our gifts of clean sheets, orange juice, and chicken soup. She is feeling a little better today but we are on guard with all sorts of things in case she begins to worsen! So yes, it was quite an exciting morning!

But alas, last night was the best night from this last week. For our Christmas gift from President Poulsen we were all assigned a family go have a Christmas dinner with, here in Salt Lake City. The family we were assigned to visit was The McConkie family. And yes, the father is the nephew of Bruce R McConkie. Needless to say it was a very spiritually powerful night. Brother McConkie definitely has the "McConkie voice" when he speaks and he always refers to you as "my friend". Haha! He told us the story of about how he had auditioned all those years ago to be the announcer for the choir, he was up against Lloyd Newel (obviously Lloyd was given the job) but Brother McConkie was so close!!! Haha! He also told us about how he is a lawyer for the church when it gets sued and shared with us some funny stories about that! haha some people's children...(: After dinner they brought us in the living room and said he wanted to share with us some of his favorite Christmas songs and then he turned on The 12 days of Christmas (the vocal point arrangement)!!! So funny! He was laughing up a storm he just thought that song was so cute and funny! After the music though he wanted everyone to share their favorite Christmas memory, which was tender. (I shared about the Christmas we spent in Alabama before Granddaddy passed away.) Lastly, before we could share our message he said he wanted to share a message with us! Haha so he went and grabbed a book he wanted to read from for us. It was a book written by his uncle, Bruce R. McConkie. (: The message he shared was really powerful, it actually made me tear up! When he was reading the spirit just filled the room soo strongly. He read about how we always have to remember that, midst all the millions and trillions of stars and worlds and galaxies in the universe, we have to remember that on THIS earth the Savior was born in a humble stable. And on THIS earth, He lived and died for all of us. So yes, it was a really special experience being in their home. When we left we all felt like we had just left the home of prophet!

This morning was pretty interesting and a little emotional as well. I'm not sure how it came up, or why (perhaps it had to do with us discussing wars and things like that in the Book of Mormon), but my companion asked me to please explain to her what 9/11 was and why it happened (my companion is from Australia). I think it was the first time I have ever explained 9/11 to someone before. So I explained what happened and why and how we remember it and she asked lots of questions. I don't think I ever realized how reverent I feel about those events until this morning when we talked about it. I also realized that I never really talk about that unless someone asks me to, which I find interesting, and I suppose it is that way with a lot of people in this country? But anyways, it was good because it really helped me remember how much I love this country, and it really strengthened my testimony of the gospel. It did leave me feeling a bit somber, but I suppose it should. Of course, afterward she asked me to say the closing prayer for morning studies and I just cried and cried all during my prayer haha(: Today isn't a special holiday for our country or anything but today I really feel a lot of gratitude for those people who established this country. And I am also so grateful for those who have died for my country, and those who are currently serving for my country. And I am also very grateful that my religion encourages me and teaches me to love and respect whatever country I live in and/or am from.

Well, I believe that is the bulk of what I wanted to share today. I guess there is just one more scripture that I'd like to include in this letter.

"And it came to pass that he rent his coat; and he took a piece thereof, and wrote upon it - In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, and our peace, our wives, and our children - and he fastened it upon the end of a pole...and he called it the title of liberty..." 

(Alma 46:13/14; The Book of Mormon - Another Testament of Jesus Christ)

Love yous,

Sister Davis

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Nobody really knows how cool the mormons are until they visit their parking garage...

Ok the moment dad has been stressing about all week is finally here! (; Transfer news! Ahaha(: So I'm staying a South 2 Zone Leader, but my new companion is Sister Tuinukuafe from New Zealand/Melbourne Australia! Woo! Don't be deceived though, she was born in Tonga! (I know, Temple Square sisters are so exotic...except when they're that one white girl from Utah...what?) Anyways, yes we are companions and we are so excited! She's in her last transfers so I'm "killing" someone, AGAIN. (Disclaimer: "Killing" in missionary lingo means you're their last companion before they go back home.) We're over West Gate and Guest Services, like last transfer, so it's all busy and all exciting!

This week has been SO WEIRD! Last...was it Friday...I saw Pine View High School Concert Choir. We had gone to lunch at Cheesecake factory and we were walking through the JSMB when I heard this beautiful music and I thought, "Oh how cute, another high school choir!" And then Mamma Meek ran up to me and I was like "Whaaaat!?" (On the inside of course.) So we hugged and then I looked up to see my former choir-mates all around the balcony singing a Dan Forest arrang. and I just wanted to sit on the floor and listen for a good hour and cry because it was so beautiful and they were all so beautiful! Funny enough, it was their last song so right after they all came running down the stairs and I was swarmed by millions of smiling faces calling me by my first name, AH! Weird. Nathan ran up and tried to hug me and I had to jump back into ninja pose and say, "Woah! Nathan I love you dude but I can't hug you I'm a missionary!" ahahaha! I think it was Mckay who scolded him and laughed and showed him how to properly shake my hand hahaha awe man! Tommy was there too! And Shandon and JAKE! Jake made me cry. He didn't even have to say anything he just looked at me and I started to tear up. And Breanne was there and Aliesha and if I listed them all I would get a head-ache haha. It was great though. That night in the North Visitors Centre I ran into them again and Shandon asked me to demonstrate for him how to contact someone, teach a principle, give a pass-along card and invite. So I stopped like the next guy who walked by and they just stood off to the side watching hahaha and then I challenged them to go find someone they could do that for. Great future missionaries, I'm tellin ya!

Enough about that.

This last week we decided to do our Weekly Planning in the church office building. Our weekly planning sessions was on Sunday and the church office building is closed on Sunday but since we're missionaries we have access cards that let us in! So we went to the bottom floor near the cafeteria and planned for the week. While we were there security walked in and said, "Now you sisters aren't going to run outside and try to talk to the prophet are you???" And we were like "What!?" and he told us that the brethren were about to come out of the building and get in their golf carts to be driven down to the conference center for the 1st presidency devotional! But then he reminded us that we're not allowed to stalk them and try to talk with them. Haha(: So we looked back at the doors every once in a while to see if we could catch a glimpse but they must have smuggled them out while we were praying or something hahaha!

Two nights ago we had a neat experience at Harmons! So our beautiful, incredible investigator in Provo works here in SLC at the Harmons across the street. Well, we were running short on time to go home and cook dinner #zoneleaderlife so we decided to run and grab something there, and as we did we ran into her! It was such a tender mercy too because she was having a really hard day/week and we were able to talk through some things with her and just help remind her how much we love her! It was great though, right there in the produce section of Harmons we had a short powerful lesson! Haha(: Ok maybe not short, it was like 20 minutes that we were talking but you get the idea. We were so grateful for that though.

Alright last story. Transfer day, yesterday, was insanity. Sister Tuinukuafe started going a little crazy because our phone was going off the hook and I had to tap her on the back and tell her, "Don't worry will get used to it." And then she gave me this adorable sad face. haha! But part of the reason it was crazy was because one of the sisters in our zone who just got back from outbound was very very sick with a temperature of 102F. So the AP's located President Loos (who was the only Priesthood holder on the square at that time) and they told us we would ride up in his car with him to visit so he could give her a blessing. So! We met up with president in his office and walked down into the tunnels to go in the church parking garage where employees and missionaries park. Well long story short we got lost because president couldn't remember which section he parked his car in and the church's underground parking garage is MASSIVE. So we spent almost 20 minutes walking around laughing about how nobody in the world would even know that the Mormons have such a massive parking garage unless they came and actually saw it. President Loos told us that his first couple MONTHS here he got lost in it every single day haha! But we eventually found his car and drove up to the apartment and he was able to give the blessing. Ah it was just an interesting way to end our insane transfer day haha!

Sister Fuentes is returning from outbound today and her flight lands in less than half an hour!!! I am so excited to see her I don't think anybody understands! I just love her! And Chile! Viva Chile! Speaking of people I LOVE...Sister Garisau (my MTC companion) came back this week to visit the mission!!!! I was SO happy to see her, she is so beautiful! We talked a while and we've come to the conclusion that I WILL be visiting her in New Zealand after the mission. There is no question, it's going to happen!

Anyways, now I'm just rambling because I just love being a missionary so much and I love being on Temple Square so much and I love all the fun, exciting, hard, depressing, immense miracles and events that take place on a daily basis! 

I almost worry sometimes because serving on Temple Square 24/7 you kind of enter this spiritual bubble that cannot be penetrated so if you ever spend lots of time outside of Temple Square you can really feel a strong difference. But it's also a blessing because it helps you to very easily discern the good from the bad. I think that is why the leaders of the church encourage members to visit the temple on a regular basis. The more we do that the stronger the Lord's influence is in our lives and thus the more protection we gain through the ability to discern right from wrong. And the thing is, you don't have to enter the Temple to gain that spirit of the temple. Entering is ideal, but even spending time on the temple grounds can help you gain the spirit. Which reminds me of one more thing I want to share!

Our investigator in England was having a pretty rough week. She had a lot of things thrown at her and by others who have a lot of negative feelings toward the church. It's been interesting to hear about, though, because we can feel that each trial is strengthening her testimony. She ate dinner with some members the other night and afterwards she texted us to tell us about what a powerful spiritual experience it was and that it just reaffirmed and reminded her that she does know this is all true and that she does want this in her life. She also was able to recently visit the London temple. She spent time in the visitor's center talking to the sisters there as well. (: She told us about how she enjoyed visiting the temple and that made us so happy! We KNEW that if she made the choice to visit temple grounds, she would feel the spirit, and have a positive experience. So long story short: The church is true!

Alright I promise this letter is reaching it's end! Mostly because I don't know what else to say. (: But I love you all and don't ever forget that the first vision really did happen. It really did. Don't ever forget.

Love yous!

Sister Davis
My new companion Sister Tuinukuafe and I! She is gorgeous!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

I have a lot of feelings about this last week....

I found it very fitting and humorous that the Christmas season on Temple Square started off with me seeing Katie, Kori, Kallie and Kaitlyn. (: (: That was the best. My companion and I have been discussing it and we've come to the conclusion that Katie is trying to fatten me up before coming home with all of those treats! Ahha jokes...sorta (; Since seeing them, I've seen someone I know every single night on the square, it's an interesting experience to say the least!

This Christmas season we have a new assignment on the square that we call Sing-and-Smile. It's brilliant. Pretty much there are groups of sister missionaries assigned to sing Christmas songs at certain times in certain areas of Temple Square for a bit. A lot of sisters seemed a little hesitant about it but once we did it our first night we fell in love with it immediately! There is nothing more joyous in this world than singing! I think I've realized a part of the reason why I love to sing so much and I believe it has so much to do with the fact that I feel completely myself when I am singing. So anyways, we get to sing several times a week and we love it soo much!

On Sunday morning after Music and The Spoken Word we took our first VIP tour! I was so nervous! The guest we were showing around was the family of a state legislator from Florida. Wow what a neat experience! (It was a learning experience as well.) We showed them the Christus first, then took them through the God's Plan presentation. They have 2 adorable little boys and you could feel the spirit so strong as we were going through. Then we took them to the Tabernacle where we let the little boys do the acoustic demonstration with us (sooo cute). The last place we took them was the Temple Model and we explained what goes on inside temples. It always intrigues me how much people feel the spirit without even realizing it. You can see it in their eyes! Their spirit is just peeking out through their eyes shining sooo bright when you teach truths of the gospel. So it was a neat tour and they were such a wonderful family!

Another neat tour that we took this week was just about two days ago. We met this older couple looking at the Temple Model and began talking with them a lot about just religion in general and how it affects society positively. They asked us a LOT of questions about the 'Mormon' view of different things. We took them to the Assembly Hall (the only building they hadn't already been in) and explained to them about our church services and what we study from in the church. They began talking to us about how they are at a point in their life when they are wanting to get more serious about religion and overcome what they call their 'common man' or their 'common self'. We shared with them Mosiah 3:19 about the natural man and how we can overcome that through the atonement of Jesus Christ. We also shared the story of the conversion of Alma the Younger, which really seemed to strike a chord with them and they began to ask questions about the Book of Mormon a lot! They were really curious so we offered them a free copy and they accepted! It was really cool! After the tour we directed them to the JSMB to see the Joseph Smith which. We really hope they enjoyed that. They gave us their information so that we could keep in touch with them and teach them more.

I don't know if you remember, but a couple months ago at the MAP desk I met a girl who was raised a member of the church but had gotten caught up in drugs when she was really young. She came to Temple Square looking for guidance because she really wanted to be clean again. We were going to meet her every day but we never saw her again and had no way of contacting her. :( Well about 5 nights ago she came back to Temple Square! Oh my goodness I was so happy to see her! I didn't think she would remember me, but she did and she was back because she decided to leave her boyfriend (who was the one dealing the drugs) and get back in contact with her family. That was such a tender mercy to see her again because few days had past since I first met her that I didn't think about her and hope that she was ok.

Yesterday was a crazy day as well. One of our current investigators brought her friend to the square with her seeking a priesthood blessing. We had heard about this friend before but we had also heard that she was really hesitant about the church because of hard experiences from earlier in her life. But, she came, and we were able to have one of our senior Elders give her an incredibly powerful priesthood blessing. I have to tell you though, before we found Elder Burton to give the blessing, a young man (probably 22 or 23) who had just come out of the temple, stopped them and said, "Hey, is there something I can do for you?" AH! He was so in tune with the spirit! He talked to them a little while and offered that if we couldn't find someone, he would be willing to give the blessing. Wow! So prepared! I don't know what happened to that young man after he left but he is going places in life! haha(: It was a neat thing to see.

Alright last thing, I promise. This morning was Relief Society, as always, but this morning it was held in the Relief Society building. The mission met in the president's room and the General Relief Society Presidency came and spoke to us. What a powerful experience...I almost cried like 6 times! haha(: I had a lot of interesting thoughts and feelings during the meeting, which I won't share all of them, but I will share a small part of some of the things I wrote during the meeting. "Throughout the course of my mission I have learned, little by little, why I was called to Temple Square. But when I'm in meetings like this I almost feel like I know completely why. But I think most difficult part of being a missionary here is the feeling I have in these meetings when I wish so badly that Mary, Kathy, and Sarah could be here. (Investigators names have been changed.) I wish so badly that they could see what I see and feel what I feel." And it's so true. I love being a missionary on Temple Square, but it has challenges that no other mission does. Every time I'm sitting in a meeting like that I always think of investigators that I'm closest with and I just wish so badly they were here. Or, when they're going through hard times at home, I wish SO BADLY that I could just go be with them and talk to them in person. It's. so. hard. I just want to be with them but if I'm with any one of them I would have to be in either England or Provo or Kansas or New York or California...and I could only be in one of those places...which means I would only know one of them. So I am grateful that I'm here, where I can know all of them...but it's hard knowing all of them, but never being able to be with them to help them.

Nonetheless... I'm here. And I love it here. (: I love the Christmas lights I love the masses of people! I love the general authority leaders of the church. Haha! I love my mission! By the way, today is my companion's last p-day...and that makes me love the mission even more.

Ok I will stop writing now. I love you all so much! I hope you're having an amazing Christmas season! Thank you for all your prayers because there is no snow here yet and I just know that's because mom and dad you've been praying a lot for me. (; Haha!

Love yous
Sister Davis

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Although I didn't eat turkey, sometimes I feel like one!!!

HAPPY DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING! I don't know about you but I had a wonderful turkey day!

Well...ok so here is what happened: We spent our Thanksgiving at the Lemon home (a hilarious family living up in Bountiful, Utah)! They came to pick us up at around 12:30 and we were able to stay until 6pm. I know, so weird! But it was great. We ate food (of course), we played ping-pong (OF COURSE), and played some card games. It was really weird being around a family though.... The family consisted of mom and dad, their son who recently returned from his mission, their other son and his wife! And like 5 dogs. So it was great! haha(: It was just weird being in an actual's the first time I've been in a house for almost a year! What? I know. But it was great. (:

This last week was crazy, let me just tell ya! Dad, you're probably freaking out wondering why I went to the doctor! Well let me tell ya... So when my alarm was going off in the mornings, I couldn't hear it if my left ear was laying on the pillow. But sometimes I would hear this faint peeping sound so I would sit up but as soon as my left ear arose from off the pillow all of the sudden it was like BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP!!!!! Yeah. Crazy stuff. So we went to the ear doctor to see if I was going deaf (which I'm not going to lie I was terrified because if I loose my hearing I loose my ability to sing....) Anyways! So we went in and he looked in my ear and said, "Ok now tilt your head this way and don't move!" So I did and he stuck this crazy weird looking thing in my ear and then the look on my companions face was really creepy and then he said, "Well, that's all!" And as he made the electric chair sit up again I started freaking out because I could hear every little sound the chair was making and I said, "Woah!" and then I said, "WOOOAAAHHH!" because when I spoke my voice was so incredibly loudly echoing in my right ear and it was nuts!!!! So yeah. Pretty much he pulled a mile of wax out of my ear. NASTY! Ok it wasn't a mile but it was a lot apparently! Maybe I should have put a censor alert on here before telling this story....all of you better not judge my ear.... But anyways I asked the doctor "How the heck can I keep this from happening again?" and he literally said, "You can't. You just need to go see your doctor every couple months and have him check your ears." So there you go. I have issues. I sound super attractive right now.

I have no shame.

So back to missionary work! Missionary work is fantastic! The day before thanksgiving we fasted for our investigator in England who was fasting with her local elders as well about making the decision of being baptized next month! Woot! They are seven hours ahead of us but we all wanted to fast at the same time so they were fasting from 4pm to 4pm and we were fasting 9am to 9am. (: It was good! And we also met with our investigator on the square whom we met last conference. She is doing SO good and she is SO amazing and pretty much she teaches us the gospel. (: haha! We are going to have her meet up with our investigator in England when she comes next month and they can go see Savior of The World together! We already told both of them they're going to be best friends because they would just get along so well! Haha so it's fun(:

We had a really awkward experience with an investigator who texted us on thanksgiving while he was high! Haha! We hadn't taught the word of wisdom yet but now we will definitely be bringing that up sometime very soon! Haha oh man(:

Oh by the way...the Christmas lights are turning on in like....2 hours! AH! WE ARE SO EXCITED! Our p-days are in the morning now (which is SO weird) so we're going to be headed back to the square pretty soon to see the PEOPLE and the LIGHTS and dang we're so excited! Woo!

I also wanted to just let you know about the new short video the church has put out for the Christmas season called He Is The Gift. You can watch it on and if you haven't seen it yet, GO WATCH IT. Then when you watch it you should probably #sharethegift (; We had a big meeting from the missionary dept about it because of the new displays here on Temple Square and the many wide variety of means that they are spreading this abroad and it's pretty great! They have even given us new referral cards for it!!! Call me a missionary but I was stoked when I heard they were doing that!!!!

I'm going to apologize right now for this letter being so short and not very detailed, we are just very busy tonight and in a bit of a rush. Questions, comments, concerns, rebuttals, testimonies? Send me an email and I will respond to you...(probably next pday ha!).

Ok I really love you all lots and I really love being a missionary lots and I really hope that this week is exciting and that your weather is better than ours!


Sister Davis

Monday, November 24, 2014

Here I go again, accusing dad of being jealous!!!

Dad! You are about to be jealous! (Possibly...I'm almost positive...pretty sure...) This morning for Relief Society we had a special guest come speak to us...NO it wasn't the prophet...NO it's wasn't one of the 12... I know what you're thinking...who could it possibly be? It was Clayton Christensen that's who! Only the man polled as the most influential business thinker in the world, a prolific author including the well known book, "The Power of Everyday Missionaries"! Yes! That is RIGHT! Everybody stay calm. It was an immense Relief Society. I took notes like a mad women. And you best believe I was on the front row right in front of him!!! I think the most incredible part about it was the very beginning as this incredibly influential man humbly explained to us that he had a stroke a few years ago so he is in the process of learning to speak English all over again and to let him know if he doesn't say the right wording. Wow. He talked of a few different thing. He spoke of freedom, democracy and capitalism and the religious foundation that is required to have those things. He connected those things to our role as missionaries, especially on Temple Square, stressing the importance of the messages we teach to visitors from all around the world. He spoke of prayer, the power of the Holy Ghost and experiences he has as a professor currently at Harvard. He told stories of missionary experiences he has had just as an everyday member of the church. At the end he shared with us his most powerful testimony of missionary work and I tried to keep it together while watching him cry as he told us he would give up his teaching career immediately if he could go back on another full-time mission. His wife describes him as a man who has never left the mission field. (: They are so amazing! Afterwards I went up and shook his hand to thank him. He was super funny and nice and he laughed when I told him my dad would be jealous when I wrote home about it! Haha(: And by the way, random side note, he is really tall! And his hands are bigger than my face! He's a giant!

So this week was busier than I could ever have anticipated EVER. It was really say the least. We had a couple sisters in our zone who got sick so we were on exchanges a lot and we also has some interesting situations come up! I mean it's a mission full of sisters...what do ya do? But we survived! I just want to say, Mom and Dad, that I now understand so much why you raised me the way you did, and why you handled certain situations the way you did...because you're genius. Even though I was a punk sometimes, you just knew what you were doing that is for sure! That. Is. For. Sure. *cough awkward cough*

We went on our exchanges with the AP's! That was great! We called one of our faithful investigators in North Carolina and talked with him about baptism! We invited him to begin praying about a date to be baptized within the coming months and to talk about it with his local missionaries. He seems very excited and he has already confirmed to us that he believes the Book of Mormon to be the word of God and Joseph Smith to be a prophet! It's exciting and wonderful! Our investigator here in Utah ,whom we teach on Temple Square, has now moved into her knew apartment in Provo and LOVES her BYU ward. OH HAPPY DAY! She has also been able to make plans and set goals for baptism, of which we are immensely excited! We will be getting her a ticket for Saviour of the World AS WELL AS a ticket to Saviour of the World for our investigator in England who will be flying out to come visit next month! It's all just so exciting!

Speaking of Savior of the World! The sisters in our zone were able to go see it two nights ago, the very first pre-showing. And of course we cried It was a powerful experience and I had a lot of thoughts come to mind that have really been an influence on how I look at this coming Christmas season. It's a very interesting presentation as well because one can learn so much so quickly about Jewish culture back at the time of Christ's birth! I now have this burning desire to go to Jerusalem and visit the Temple there! Really though..I think it would be absolutely incredible! Those singing, dancing, and acting on stage were so full of the spirit! Ah! It's just a fantastic show!

Oh one more thing! We had our zone leader reports with president a couple of days ago and that went very well! I was SO nervous for some reason but about half way through it I was fine. I don't know why I was so intimidated haha! But it was cool! Oh and for next week my pday is going to be on Friday, not Thanksgiving day because on Thanksgiving Day sister Stephen and I get to go to a member families home in Bountiful for thanksgiving dinner! YAY! A real live member family! (Those things are rare on the square!) Each companionship in the mission gets to go to a members home for dinner, so we are incredibly excited! Then our p-day will be on black best believe we are going shopping! The car we're taking is already full of sisters headed with us so we are stoked! Oh and also by the way, starting next week, our p-days will not longer be from 1pm to the end of the night...they'll be like a normal missionary pday...10AM to 6PM :( Boo. But that's just because the lights will be on a week from today! AH! Can you believe it!? The Christmas season on Temple Square is back! I feel like it was just Christmas two months ago! AH!

Ok well...I think that's all. Later we're headed to the store to get the things for our zone activity which will be tonight. Yay! Woo! Pictures for next week! Happy day!

Ok love yous!

Sister Davis

Us at Savior of The World! It was a tearful night though so don't judge our faces!

All the sisters on Temple Square are really excited about this picture (which we've been putting on every computer)! Especially the sisters from Italy..(:

West Gate is getting slow these cold wintry we made this...we think it's funny...but we think maybe it's one of those things you have to be there to understand...

You know, in the busy life we live we don't have a lot of time to just sit and talk...but when we do get the chance to talk...for some reason anything I say always goes all over the place and ends in the most random of circumstances! My companion wanted to record the process of a conversation we had this last week...

Friday, November 14, 2014

We've been on so many exchanges I almost died...

...and we still have two more exchanges with the sisters that are training this week and then on Sunday we have exchanges with the a.p.'s. BAH! We feel a little bit like we never see each other anymore but at least we have our pday together to fill each other in on everything that's been happening in our lives! Haha! It's crazy talk.

We had our Zone Training Meeting on Saturday and we thought things would slow down afterwards but HA funny joke! ZTM went sooo good though we felt as though our time was very effective an informatively used. (Does that make sense?) The sisters in the zone seemed to walk away from the meeting with some excitement for the hastening and for the mission goals/changes. We finished our exchanges with all the District Leaders in the Zone and we're planning on exchanging with the trainers this week. We have this desire to exchange with all of the sisters in our zone (which sounds crazy but it's really least we don't think it is.) (:

This morning for Relief Society we had mission-wide training for the upcoming Christmas season on Temple Square! We receive completely new schedules each Christmas season because we have so many new assignments that don't exist throughout the rest of the year (really because we don't need them). They've also added a new assignment that involves SINGING and I am pretty stoked about that. (: Not only that but the director of Savior of The World (the musical production that goes on every year in the conference center theatre) came to speak this morning as well! All the sisters will be going to see it next week. ALSO they've created NEW referral cards that will be just for those attendees of Savior of The World AND they've created a new assignment where sisters will be able to contact guests of the show in the conference center! So in a nutshell we are STOKED for this Christmas season! AH! By the way, if anyone is interested in seeing Savior of The World, tickets are already 80% gone so go online like...right now if you want to get tickets. How about I even give you a link to it, eh? Because you do not want to miss this:

Anyways! Fun little missionary story for ya: One of the sisters I went on exchanges with was Sister Lee from Hong Kong. They had an investigator who wanted to be baptized but was really unsure about it so was setting his date for next February I believe? Well we planned on calling and teaching him while on exchanges together and we were hoping to talk with him a little more about the importance of baptism and hoping to help him have that desire to not postpone that. As we were saying our prayer right before calling him on the phone a thought just popped into my mind! It was the reminder of someone telling me once about how we need to think of a gift that we can give to the Savior this Christmas (maybe it was from a general authority talk or something?). I told Sister Lee this idea of helping him see that this could be his best gift to His savoir this Christmas and we thought it was a great idea. So as we called and were speaking to him we brought up this idea with him. We don't know what it was but his entire attitude changed and he suddenly just got SO excited about baptism! So after talking with him he agreed to prepare to be baptized December 6th, right at the beginning of the month as his gift to the Savior this Christmas! We were so happy, and he was so happy and I'm pretty sure this gospel makes too many people just so happy. (; So that was our little exchange miracle that day.

Awkward missionary story for ya: One of our assignments this transfer is opening and closing the Joseph Smith Movie playing in the Legacy Theatre of the JSMB. Well last time we went to open it there was a huge group of people and we told they were YSA so we didn't think too much of it. We introduced the film, started it and such and such. But at the end of the film when we came back to open the doors and do some contacting, we noticed that the group walking out of the theatre was most certainly not YSA...more like a mid-singles ward, which is fine, but let me continue... So I began talking with some people but then I turned around and my companion was gone and then I suddenly realized that I was completely surrounded by guys and my companion was on the other side of the barrier completely surrounded by a bunch of other men! BAH! So I walked over to her and was feeling really weird but a lot better now that I was standing next to my companion. We were talking with these three men and it was a great conversation...but then when they started talking about their missions it got really awkward because there were 3 men in particular who just started saying things like "Well in my mission I did this..." blah blah blah and we started to feel awkward and one of the guys was all feeling like his mission was cooler and then another guy goes, "Oh wait so when did you serve your mission?" And the guy says what years he served and the man responds, "Well that's like 5 years before I even served my mission!" And then there was this really awkward silence while you could tell everyone was doing the math in their head about how old these guys were and my companion and I just looked at each other and said, "Well we gotta go!" AND WE RAN OUT OF THERE LIKE A CAT RUNNING FROM A DOG!

It was so awkward. And I haven't felt  that uncomfortable since the time I went to that student ward while living in Boise. (You know, the one I vowed never to go back to.) Yeah. It was that awkward.

Anyhow, #missionarylife. I think that is all I will include today. Next pday is zone activity which we have almost completely planned! Yay! And we see Savior of the World so I will be most certainly writing about that wonderful evening next week!

Well....I love you all more than Sister Stephen loves feta cheese! (Which is a whole lot let me tell ya...)

Love yous,
Sister Davis

P.S. It officially started snowing today...send help.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

This week was incredible...

I don't feel like it has been a week since last pday...I feel like it's been 5 years! Not because of time moving slowly but because a lot has happened inside me and I feel like I've grown so much.

For Halloween President Poulsen arranged for our ENTIRE MISSION to attend the temple together. That's right...200 sister missionaries at the same time. It. was. incredible. I don't think I've cried so much at the temple than I did this last week. Those people who were volunteering as workers in the Temple has some incredible testimonies that you could see and feel just as they spoke. Anytime our Savoir, Jesus Christ was mentioned, they would always tear up which in turn would cause everyone else to tear up. I saw things in such a different light than I ever had before. I suddenly understood so many things better than before with the MANY times I had already been to the Temple. Seeing my mission president and his wife in the Temple together was one of the most powerful things. I learned so much just from watching them together... I learned a lot about love and what Heavenly Father wants us to have in this life. And I learned a little more about what I can achieve in my life. It's incredible, I just learned SO much. I learned about spiritual things, things to apply to my missionary work, things to apply to my future schooling, things to apply to my LIFE! Haha(: I cried so much though I'm pretty sure I wiped off all my makeup by the time we left. In other words: It was the best Halloween of my life. (:

Of course, right after wonderful miraculous events comes trials! As far as missionary work goes, this week was great! The trials manifested themselves in other ways, more of inner battles I guess. So it's been a crazy and very emotional week. We've spent a lot more time inside this week because of meetings, trainings, and planning our zone training meeting this week (which we are still in the process of bringing all together). I, being someone who needs fresh air and sunshine, have had struggles with being inside so much, but hopefully after zone training meeting we'll be able to spend more time out on the square.

Speaking of meetings! Missionary Leadership Counsel (MLC) was this last Tuesday and may I say that it was one of the most intense meetings I've been to thus far on my mission. MLC consists of the mission president, the assistants to the president, and the zone leaders. It's amazing to see how much this mission has changed since beginning. It's almost as if everyone is on a higher level recently. Our area authorities challenged our mission president to do some very challenging things with the which we discussed A LOT in MLC. But it was incredible and I just love sitting back and watching all these incredible women from all over the world counseling together about how we can have affective missionary work that will change the world (literally). It's an incredible experience. Many of the principles we discussed we will be sharing with our sisters in zone training meeting.

Miracle missionary story time!!!! Two nights ago as we called to talk with one of our less-active friends we've been helping, he answered the phone in a much better mood than we expected. He told us he had a non-member friend asking him LOTS of questions about the church and that he was doing his best to explain things but was feeling a little inadequate about it. We told him we would be more than happy to call his friend, to which he replied, "Well, he's actually here right now. Can I put you two on speaker phone?" We got so excited as we began talking with his friend. He is SO prepared for the gospel and for some reason he really wants to be a missionary even though he doesn't know a ton about the church! Haha! Another amazing factor was that when we began to talk about baptism, the less-active member started to share with his friend about his experience of getting baptized and bearing his testimony!!! It was so tender! We were so happy!!!! We invited his friend to prepare to be baptized to which he responded, "Well you betcha'!" (They're from the country...haha) It was such a miracle!!! The two of them will be going to church this Sunday together so we're praying that they run into the missionaries there!!!

Last night we had another missionary miracle! We met a young man on chat about a month ago who was SO prepared for the gospel and was already reading from the Book of Mormon. We were getting a little bit sad though because every time we would try to call him he wouldn't pick up and then he would try to call us back when we were away from the phones and we were playing phone tag for about two weeks. Well we called last night and he picked up!!!! As it turns out he has been meeting with the local missionaries and attending church since he chatted online with us!!! We were so happy! We asked him if he had thought about being baptized yet and he said it was something that was on his mind. We talked about how when we're baptized we receive the gift of the Holy Ghost, explained what that meant and bore testimony/shared personal experiences of our baptisms. By the end of the call he was really perked up and he said he was really looking forward to church on Sunday. What a tender mercy!!!

Our sweet investigator whom we met at general conference is doing really well. (: We bought her a small copy of Preach My Gospel to begin studying from. She mentioned to us a couple of things she was really wanting to work on and we felt really strongly that chapter 6 from preach my gospel (Christlike attributes) would really help her with the struggles she's going through. She's starting to study that and it's fun because we can study along with her as well!

This week as a zone we are focusing on developing and studying Humility and it has been very...humbling... Haha(: I had a sister in our zone come up to me to apologize to me for something that I didn't even know about! She apologized for judging me because I never went outbound. Even though she was saying sorry, I felt humbled. I don't really know why...but it just really had a strong impact on me. And it made me have a stronger desire to apologize to others about little things like that. The sisters in our zone are simply amazing, that's the only way to put it. They're all so funny and hard-working and I really look up to them a lot. A lot of them have traits that I really want to have.

So pretty much almost all the Christmas lights are least that's what I think...but mostly likely I'm completely wrong and they're going to put up twice as many between now and Thanksgiving. Of course. (: Go big or go home, right? I believe those are all the things I planned on sharing this's been so good. (:

SO crazy and stressful...but in a fantastic way.


I love yous!!!

Sister Davis

Our Zone at our halloween dinner before going to the temple!!!

My companion Sister Stephen and I! If you look closely at the name tags...we were each other for Halloween ;)

Our first day in Guest Services! So many people call for the most random things...haha(:

Thursday, October 30, 2014

...and then the dentist loved my analogy so much that he asked me to email it to him! Inbox

But really!

Earlier today we had to visit the dentist office because Sister Yo's tooth broke last week! Ah! So this morning we went over and it was such a great time! When they took her back to her room, I of course followed her (must be in sight and sound) and as it turns out there are no extra chairs in those rooms, of course, so I sat on the floor in the corner while they worked on her teeth! Haha! Exact obedience brings miracles! So as I was sitting in the corner I was talking with the dentist and texting our investigator in England. He asked about what it's like being a Temple Square missionary and I explained a little and then said, "Actually, I'm texting one of our investigators right now! She's from England." The reaction look on his face was kind of funny, but I suppose that's because most missionaries don't teach people on another continent. But the coolest part about this story was that as I sat there watching them work on my companions teeth, I thought of this amazing analogy regarding cavities and the atonement! So I started to share this analogy of the Atonement and cavities with the dentist! Afterwards he said, "Wow I really like that! Hey, will you type all that out and email it to me?" So I said sure and he wrote down his email for me hahaha! So funny! I'll type it out soon and send it in my next email home so y'all can hear it. (:

So now to what you're all waiting for... Transfer news!!! Tomorrow is the first day of my 10th transfer (CRAZY) and my companion will be Sister Stephen from Nebraska! She and I will be serving as Zone Leaders this transfer and I'm a little nervous..but Sister Stephen has been a Zone Leader before so she will be teaching and I will be learning very intently. The sisters in our zone will be serving in West Gate and Guest Services which means we get to serve in those venues too!!! YAY!!! Back to West Gate!!! I LOVE IT! Oh and our new p-day will be on Thursday so I'm going to have 2 p-days this week..which is kinda weird but it's good I suppose...maybe I'll just...clean every inch of my new apartment with a toothbrush to pass the time. (:

Sunday was SUCH a beautiful, wonderful, glorious day! It felt like a real Sunday. I say real Sunday because being a missionary on Temple Square, every day feels pretty much the same...even Sunday. I think that's due to the fact that even though it's Sunday we're still taking tours, teaching investigators, contacting on the square, helping guests understand where/what everything just feels like a normal day. In a way I feel that other missionaries are really lucky because their Sunday consists of attending church (like an actual 3 hours of church with Sunday School and such) and they get to be around members at church and work with members and eat a members homes etc.. so it seems a little more like a Sunday. But here, the only difference about our Sundays is having sacrament meeting at 7:30AM. But it also makes me appreciate sacrament meeting much more too. It's just an interesting lot. (Of course, for all I know this might just make me sound extremely naive about how Sundays are in regular missions haha!)

But anyways! My point was it felt like a Sunday because we went to a baptism! Sister Occolier and Sister Tuuhia (who were in my district) had 2 of their investigators being baptized and they needed someone to drive them!!! So I got to drive them and attend the baptism. It was such a powerful experience. In fact, I think baptisms in general are just very powerful experiences. Their investigators spoke french so Sister Occolier gave the talk on The Holy Ghost in French. I could understand parts of it, but even if I hadn't been able to, I know I still would have felt the spirit equally as strong. Sister Occolier talked about how much her baptism meant to her and how the Holy Ghost has guided her in her life. I had to force myself not to cry at some points because you could just feel and hear so strongly how much the gospel means to her. Sister Occolier is a convert to the church and she is one of the only members in her family. She was born and raised Catholic but met the missionaries years ago. It was such a good experience being able to listen as she spoke. (:

Ok one more story! Yesterday was a pretty crazy day, and I was feeling a little..sick and a pretty dizzy. We were downstairs in the south talking with our zone leaders and we got a text for 3 mandarin guests at ef desk. At first we weren't going to take the tour because of how I was feeling but I felt really strongly that we should just take it anyways. My companion was looking at me like I was crazy when I called West Gate and said we wanted to take the tour haha! So we went up and met these 3 cute women from China! When we started the tour we took them to the assembly hall, but I was still feeling dizzy and was a little worried. When we took them in and told them to sit, one of them said, "Well you should sit with us too! You don't have to stand!" So we sat, and I was so grateful! I know that doesn't sound like a big deal but I felt like that was Heavenly Father's way of taking care of me and allowing us to take the tour because I did not want to stand for long periods of time haha! Well long story short we were with them for 2 hours! Sister Yo did amazing teaching them so many things. They told her that they wanted to know what it was like for me as an American to grow up in a home that focused on Jesus Christ, so she translated A LOT for me haha(: But it was amazing and the spirit was so strong. At the end of the tour they all took a copy of The Book of Mormon and gave Sister Yo their number so she can call and teach them more. They have about a month before they have to go back to China so she's going to be calling them a lot before they return! Haha(: But it was a really neat experience and I didn't die! Yay!

Well I think I'm going to leave it at that and conclude by saying I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY! And I love all the wonderful people that the Lord has led us to and allowed us to teach. I love them so much...which sounds weird but I really do. I wish they knew how much God loves them. Because whenever I pray for them I feel like my Savoir is sometimes right beside me telling me, "Hey, I know you love them. It's ok, they're going to be ok." I really feel that our Savoir is with us more than we realize. And when I say "us" I mean anyone. I don't believe that He is just with His missionaries or just with his bishops or just with certain people. I don't know how, but I feel like He makes visits to everyone on a daily basis-IF they will let Him in. 

Oh! I almost forgot to mention! We saw Elder Uchtdorf and Elder Christofferson today in the underground tunnels! When we saw them I just started grinning like a crazy person and waving and I must have looked ridiculous because they started laughing and waving back haha! No matter how many times you see apostles of the Lord, Jesus never gets old. (:

I love yous! Have a wonderful week!

Sister Davis
This is me saying goodbye to Sister McQueen (so don't mind my face because I was crying in the car before this picture was taken haha). She just went home yesterday... :( Sad. But I love her lots and she's amazing(: I want to be like her when I grow up. (Oh and she's from New Zealand).

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Sometimes you just have really awkward experiences as a missionary...

This week went by WAY too fast. And when I say that I say it because I'm having a really hard time trying to remember what things happened this last week or the week before because it all feels like it's just mushed into one big week... but I will do my best.

At the beginning of the week we met with our investigator who lives here in Salt Lake City (she comes to take the lessons here on Temple Square with us). Anyone who meets her will know that she is such an amazing woman, and incredibly talented! When we met early in the week she was in a rough spot needing to make some huge decisions about her schooling and career. She felt like she knew what she needed to do, but it was hard because of all the pressure she was receiving from some friends and coworkers. We asked her if she had considered receiving a priesthood blessings, and she said that was something she really wanted. My immediate hope was the President Poulsen would be able to give the blessing, but I wasn't sure because he is such a busy guy. We took her to the south where the mission offices are to see if there was someone able to give her a blessing. President told us to see if President Loose was there, and if not to come back and talk with him. When we went to President Loose's office and he was gone, I'll admit I got really excited because I really wanted President Poulsen to meet her! Haha! So he came up and we all met together for a little while and talked. Then President was able to give her a priesthood blessing, a very powerful one, I might add. There was such a feeling of love and comfort in the room during the blessing, and I think everyone there could really feel that everything was going to work out for her. Afterwards she said she was feeling really good! The next day we texted her to ask if the decision had been made, to which she responded yes. She came to visit us and explain what she decided and how her coworkers reacted to it. Now, they didn't react very well, but as we were asking her how she felt about her decision, she was just sooo confident and she said to us, "Well, they missed out. I know that I made the right choice and I feel complete peace about it!" We were so happy! :D The gospel is true! :D

The square has really been starting to slow down...and when I say really I mean REALLY! Haha there are not nearly as many people here as before and sometimes I feel weird because I feel as though we're hunting through Temple Square trying to find someone to talk to! And then, because there are not as many guests, you keep running into the same ones over and over and you have to use that awkward line, "Oh! It would seem we meet again!" So awkward... Like two nights ago we had Tabernacle assignment and there was nobody there! So I was just walking around the tabernacle singing because it's really fun to sing in there and then a little before we left some people started trickling in. And then C.J. came through the door with some of his posse, which was interesting haha! They made me do the sound demonstration...*palm to face*. And then they left and it was all fine and dandy. But about 5 minutes after our TAB assignment was over we were asked by the sisters in West Gate to take 4 people through God's Plan! We were super excited because we finally had something to do so we ran to MAP desk to find that it was C.J. and his posse again requesting to see God's Plan. Hahaha! So we took them through it and it was really funny, and a tad bit awkward but that's ok! C.J. is funny so his jokes kinda made it more or less awkward...

On Thursday for Relief Society we had another member of the General Relief Society Board come speak to us. I think this is the...8th one that's come...? I've lost count. But it was extremely good and I love listening to them talk! They're probably some of the most classy, elegant, hilarious, spiritual women I've ever met. They've taught us all the lessons from Daughters in my Kingdom by now so I'm not sure if they'll keep coming of if they're done now. But anyhow, that was a good experience.

For Zone Activity today we went to the Humanitarian Center to put school kits together to be sent out for children all over the world! It was so fun! The guys who work there were making fun of us though because when we were doing the kits we were going so fast and everyone was so quiet because we were so focused! But it was really fun and we put together a lot of kits! I enjoy doing service projects..I wish we were able to do service projects in this mission more often.

Well I'm a little short on time today so I'm going to stop here. But I hope you all continue to have a wonderful week! Give Kaitlyn Amber LOTS of kisses for me and take lots of pictures so I can admire her pure innocent baby face!!!! AH! I am excited to meet her soon. (: (:

Sister Davis

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

This letter is going to make you really happy, dad. So. Happy.

All of my thoughts are very jumbled up in my head right now so please forgive me if this letter is very random. I hope it will still be enjoyable to read!

We've had some exciting experiences from this last week! This morning we went to the temple, finally! Although I went last transfer I still feel as though it's been SO long since going. I sat in the Celestial room for a very long time today because I really didn't want to leave. That is what I love so much about the temple, though! Every time I go I feel so happy and I feel like I don't have to worry about anything. I feel like there's no need to worry because everything is going to work out, obviously! Wouldn't it be great if we could feel that way all the time?! Haha(: Eventually I finally reminded myself that if I didn't leave the temple soon I would be late to an appointment with our investigator, so I got up and we left. I'm telling you, right now the ONLY thing that will make me leave the temple before I want to is knowing that there are people outside waiting for me to come help them so that they can someday come in the temple too. The only thing. Maybe I sound like "such a missionary" but it's true. On the way out of the temple we saw Quinten L. Cook and Niel L. Anderson of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles (with their wives) on their way to a meeting in the temple. So it was worth leaving the celestial room after all! (: Haha!

I believe I told you last week of an investigator we have who lives here in Salt Lake City, we met her at Conference (if that rings a bell)? Well she's doing amazing and we have been meeting with her about every other day! She comes here to Temple Square and we LOVE it because there is no better place with more resources than Temple Square. Last week we watched the Joseph Smith movie with her (which by the way she invited a co-worker with her to the lesson who was a member who hasn't been to church in a while but wants to come back! Isn't she the best!?). But anyway it was such a good experience. Afterwards we spent a while talking about her thoughts and feelings about it and it was interesting how the spirit connect the movie we had just watched to us talking about how we lived with God before we came to earth and we accepted this plan in our lives. We talked about the divine potential she has and how valiant she was because of her choice to come to earth and to live in these last days. I think everyone there was in tears but it was a really neat experience. We just love her so much...she's been through a lot and she wants to be able to be baptized so bad.

Our incredible investigator in England texted us today to inform us that she booked her flights to come to America this winter!!! AH!!!! AMERICA! So we're really excited because that means she is going to come to TEMPLE SQUARE! AAAHHH!!!! AT CHRISTMAS TIME!!! THE BEST TIME TO COME HERE!!!! I want to cry I'm so happy! She told us the other day that the Elders in her ward have been trying to talk her into visiting us while she was here too which made us happy! Yay for those Elders! I don't remember their names but I'm grateful for them! Haha! :D So we're just anxious for winter to come because that means she'll be here! Those of you who know me know that I am NEVER excited for winter to come so this is quite a big deal...quite.

Ok, finally I'm going to talk about why you're going to be so happy, dad. So we had a special guest come to the mission on Sunday night. No, it wasn't one of the 12! No it wasn't the prophet! No it wasn't the piano guys! No it wasn't Mitt Romney! No it wasn't someone from the missionary department! Ok I will just tell was David Archuleta. *take a moment so dad can jump up and high-five mom while he does a fist pump at the same time* Now that we've taken care of that. It was really good! He let us ask him questions about..anything! He told about his experiences being in American Idol and on tour around the country, he told us a lot about his conversion, he told us about being on his mission...and he sang of course! The entire thing was just SO spiritual and uplifting...and really eye-opening. Listening to some of his challenges before his mission when he was really was really surprised. He's a really good person and I'm grateful for his example. I enjoyed listening to him sing as well, although it did make me miss singing a bit. He's so lucky he is able to do what he does. But it was a good reminder for me because when I was listening I realized that I haven't been singing as much lately and I need to sing more. So I have been, and I've been feeling a lot less stressed. (: We all got to meet him afterwards. We only got about 10 seconds each with him (because you know how girls are with David Archuleta) but it was cool to talk to him even if it was only 10 seconds. (Except it was really just me cracking a joke and telling him don't forget how lucky he is to do what he does haha! But! He laughed at my joke!) *fist pump*

Alright well I think I'm going to wrap it up here. We need to go, we have lots to do today. Pday is always the most busy day of the week. #missionarylife
By the way: Y'all made me cry when you told me the baby will be named Kaitlyn Amber. When I come home I'm just going to spend forever with her so that everyone will just start calling us Kaitlyn Amber and Christy Amber... I think we'd be a cool team. (; But just fyi I'm still dead set on naming one of my daughters Amber so we're just going to have a big massive Amber party! We can even bring amber with us! (By that I mean the hard translucent fossilized resin produced by extinct coniferous trees of the Tertiary period, typically yellowish in color...I may or may not have just stolen that definition from Google).
I love you all so much! SEND ME PICTURES OF KAITLYN AMBER WHEN SHE IS BORN!!!! I'm so excited!!!!!! <3 <3 <3

Love yous,

Sister Davis

Thursday, October 9, 2014

..and we were so exhausted that by the end of the day everyone looked like a zombie...

I'm dead serious!

Imagine that you've been given an assignment to go into a giant arena of over 100,000 people and your task is to talk to everyone that you see...literally...everyone...and to listen to the spirit so that every person you meet will be spiritually uplifted so they will be able to receive answers to your prayers! Oh and you'll be doing this for 13 hours strait, only 2 breaks for 20 minutes where you stuff your face with food as fast as you can. By the way, this is a 2 day long event. Oh and you're expected to make sure your hair stays curly, your makeup stays on your face OH! And you're not aloud to hold any adorable babies. Welcome to General Conference as a Temple Square Missionary (a.k.a. Welcome to crawling into bed at the end of the day LITERALLY because you can hardly keep your eyelids open!) And may I just say.... those 26 hours were the best 26 hours of my life.

One of the first people we met on Saturday morning was a lady who lived here in SLC, member of the church and she was trying to find tickets so she could attend conference with her daughter. She was a little worried but we promised her that the Lord was aware of her situation and He would provide a way for them to see conference. Literally two seconds after saying goodbye, we turned around and started talking with another man who was visiting from Washington state. He informed us that his bishop sent him to conference with extra tickets to give to someone who was trying to get in. We got SO excited and told him about the women we had just been talking with and he said, "Well! Let's go find her!" So we ran after her with this man and he was able to give her tickets for her and her daughter to attend! What a miracle!!!

We also met this man in the North Visitors Center who was just spending some time sitting on the couch reading his scriptures. We got talking with him and it turns out he was a former less-active member who was just deciding to make some changes to come back to the church. We talked with him for a little while and he shared his amazing re-conversion story with us! At the end he pulled out an envelope and said, "My prayers have been answered! Look at this letter I received a week ago!" We opened the letter to find that it was from the PROPHET Thomas S. Monson!!!! This faithful man had received a letter from the prophet giving encouragement and congratulations and thanks for this man who was so willing to make these changes and share his testimony with people all around him. That was such a special thing to see. (:

Another SO tender experience: On Sunday morning as we were walking past the reflection pool we met a young lady with her little nephew who was about 1 1/2 old. This adorable little boy ran up to me and grabbed my hand and began tugging on it, saying all sorts of things to me in baby language, as he continually looked at me and pointed up at the Temple over and over again! By the look in his eyes he was SO excited, for some reason, about the temple and continue to keep pulling on my hand until I sat down next to him on the ground and started pointing up to the temple asking him, "What? What's at the temple?!" Then a thought popped into my head and I pulled out a picture of Jesus that I had. I handed the picture to this little boy and he took the photo and just sat there and stared at it for a moment or two. Then, he started pointing at the picture of Jesus, started up the excited baby talk again, and began pointing back and forth from the picture to the temple! I was so excited and I kept thinking, "I wish you could speak! I wish I could understand you and I wish I could see what you see!" It was such a testimony building experience for me to know that children are so pure and heaven is so close to them. He was such an adorable little boy!!

Before the Sunday morning session of conference started, we decided to walk down by the doors of the Conference Center where everyone was waiting in line to go inside. I saw this girl standing in line who was wearing the cutest skirt so I said, "Hey! Your skirt is so cute!" She replied, "Wow, thank you! I'm glad I have it because it was the only modest thing I could find!" That statement intrigued me so we started the fastest contact I have ever done in my mission. I came to find out that she knew the church very well, all her family are members, but she was not a member but she really wanted to be! I told her that, as missionaries, our responsibility is to help people like herself who have that desire to learn more and be baptized. She gave me her number and I told her I would text her! It was so fast, honestly no more than a minute, because she had to enter the conference center for her session. Well she sent us a text last night while we were sleeping and asked if she could come to the square today to begin being taught by missionaries! So about...3 hours ago we met up with her again to teach her. (: Turns out she lives here in SLC and she's had a lot of crazy experiences that has led her to where she is now. She wants to be baptized sooo bad and knows that this is where she belongs. She is SO amazing and so fun! We have so much in common as well. In fact, she was supposed to move to LA last week to begin her singing career but she felt so strongly that she should stay and now she understands why. We'll be meeting her again on the square tomorrow to continue helping. She loves to sing and write music and she's extremely passionate about the human body so we talked for like 20 minutes about The Word of Wisdom and how amazing our bodies are and that was fun! Haha(: It's so cool when you meet others who have the same passions as you because they just GET you! It's awesome!!! So yes. We love her lots. (:

So those are just a few of the little conference miracles we saw this weekend. We were so tired every day...all day...but it was amazing! I got to see some familiar faces over the weekend including the Farmsworth's from the home ward, the Ford family from St. George, Brenna Reimer (wooo!!!), lots of former Temple Square sisters, and the Nicholls family visiting from England!

Conference was such a spiritual experience. I received answers to many prayers and counsel from Heavenly Father. We attended the Saturday afternoon session (best session ever)! Lets face it when you have Elder Oaks, Elder Holland, and Tad R. Callister in the same know it's getting real. Haha! It's funny though because many of the answers I received came, not while I was in the conference center listening to talks, but while I was out on the square meeting people, and laying in bed each night reflecting on the days work. All in all, it was truly immense. I'm very happy...and I know that God is guiding me.

On Sunday night the mission gathered in one of our theaters and the mission president spoke to us. Then, he announced that we would be WATCHING MEET THE MORMONS...AGAIN! Hahah! It was my second time seeing it but other sisters in the mission hadn't seen it yet! So we watch it again! And I cried a lot...again. You all MUST go see it when it comes out to theaters on October 10th! Please! Go see it! PLEASE!

Alright well that is the bulk of the news I wanted to share. I love you all SO much! I pray for you all! See you soon. (:

Sister Davis

The morning of our first day of conference!

In the Conference Center waiting for our session to begin! We attended Saturday Afternoon

​To prepare for conference they p-day before we went to NIELSENS FROZEN CUSTARD! Of course. (:

Oh, and we got tacos because it was taco Tuesday at DEL TACO! And no I'm not trying to give free advertising to these companies haha(: But you're welcome Nielsen's Frozen Custard and Del Taco.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

The word of the day is: productive!

Why do we have a word of the day? Why not!? HA! Jokes we have a word of the day because we are helping prepare Sister Yu for the TOFL test so she can go to BYUH! This is serious business! This morning we sang the alphabet song like 10 times (: I used to sing it with Sister Fuentes when she was learning English too...ah good times!(: I love singing.

This week was SO eventful! Last Wednesday Sister Yu and I had lots of time on the square to contact! When we walked into the Assembly Hall I saw 3 women sitting on a bench near the front looking at the Organ. After immediately seeing them the thought came to my mind, "Hey, go talk with those women." So we made this awkward route to where they were sitting (my companion was looking at me like, "Why are we walking this way?" haha) and started to talk with them. Well they were from the Netherlands so they speak Dutch, BUT they did speak English pretty well, so we started talking! Anyone who has ever served a mission can relate when I say that this experience was one of those times when you don't remember anything you said but you know the spirit was there and they all ended up wanting a copy of The Book of Mormon! Wow! I would go in to more detail but I honestly don't remember most of it except for the end when I told them we could give them a Dutch Book of Mormon and they all wanted one! It was so wonderful! I told them my friend was serving a mission in the Netherlands so hopefully someday they'd meet him! Hopefully they come your way Elder Fowkes!

The next day we went to take a tour texted out at EF desk. We met these two men who seemed to be a little down and one of them was acting a little strange. We introduced ourselves and asked what brought them here but they said, "Oh we're just passing through." I started to keep talking when the one man cut me off and said, "Ok, there's a purpose we're here. We're on our way home from our brother's funeral. I'm a member and my brother here is not, can you please teach him about eternal families?" So we did. We took them to the model of the Temple and explained work for the dead and the sealing ordinance. We them took them to God's Plan for His Families presentation after that. They were both crying a lot. At the end we began to talk with the brother who was not a member and told him that we KNOW Temples really do have the power to connect us to our families forever. I started to invite him to learn more and meet with local missionaries when his member brother cut me off and said, "She wants to have the missionaries come over to your house and teach you the lessons, but you have to let them in the door!" Hahaha! His brother said he wanted to see missionaries and said that we could call him and continue to teach him. They were both so great, and very sincere humble people. We're excited to talk with him again this coming week!

Mandarin Meeting was last week so I got REALLY lucky and was able to go on exchanges with Sister McQueen! (Exchanges with Sister McQueen are rare now because she's the A.P.) But when our companions went to Mandarin meeting she gave me this cute squeal and said, "Ok! Want to go on the square? Let's go teach someone together!" Hahaha we were so excited to finally be companions for a little while!!! While on the square we met this young man who was visiting from Macedonia! He was here visiting his girlfriend (who is a member) and was looking into coming here for uni. We got talking with him, and he's pretty familiar with the church which is neat! At the end we asked him if he would like to be in contact with missionaries and he said yes! We will be calling him later. I told him that I knew one of the only 4 missionaries in Macedonia so hopefully he comes to find you Elder Gierisch!

Our amazing investigator from Ireland got baptized on Sunday morning!!!! We're so happy for him, and he is so happy! Sister Merrill was on the phone with him this morning talking to him about the possibility of him serving as missionary (he's still young). He's just has so much faith and so much desire to serve the Lord! We love him so much!!!

For Relief Society we had a special guest from the Public Affairs Dept of the church come speak to the mission! His name is Michael Otterson and he is actually a convert from Liverpool! He shared his amazing conversion story with us and talked with us about how to respond to those who do not share our beliefs and who's primary focus is to tear down our beliefs. It was an amazing meeting and the spirit was felt so widely! It was also felt strongly on Saturday night when we attended the General Woman's Meeting! I just love Elder Uchtdorf, he is fantastic!

Well, big news this week, an event that we are now calling The Flood of 9/28 just took place this last our apartment! HA! We returned from the square Sunday night to find our kitchen sink had overflowed with water coming up from the pipes. It had flooded all into the kitchen and dining room! WOO! It was eventful...and nasty. So we called the plumber and he came to fix it. As he sat and worked on it we talked with him about the gospel (he was a member). We hope that our gospel discussion helped him continue to feel that he was keeping the Sabbath day holy by helping us out! Haha and we gave him a Lion House roll as a peace offering! He was a nice guy. The next day we were given the time to do, what the mission calls, Operation Deep Clean! So we were able to scrub the floors and walls and everything and completely sanctify our apartment! It was THE BEST! So thankfully, we survived the flood of 9/28.

One more story! Just a couple hours ago I was on the square with Sister Marambio and we were taking a Spanish tour! Yay! Well, some of the guests in the group did not want to hear about religion at all, but there were two who were very very interested. They asked lots of questions and they really liked the Temple. (: At the end while Sister Marambio had just finished explaining the Book of Mormon, just as we were supposed to finish the tour, I had the thought "Ask him if he wants a Book of Mormon!" So, although they didn't speak English, I blurted out "Do you want a free copy of The Book of Mormon?" He looked at me confused and Sister Marambio quickly translated what I said, haha! And...he said yes! Not only that, but he said Sister Marambio can call him and continue to teach him more! It was exciting!

So yes...always follow the promptings of the spirit! I've noticed that when the spirit speaks to me it's usually just appears to be a "thought that I have" so in the beginning of my mission I would think, "Ah but what if he says no?" ect ect...but then in about my 4th transfer I realized...this isn't MY thought, this is the spirit prompting me, so I MUST just do it anyways! Now, every time I act on those thoughts, good always comes of it.

Those were some of the main highlights and experiences this week! I love you all and I pray for you daily! Missionary work is the greatest! AH! I just love being a missionary!

Ok, bye now!(:

Sister Davis

My companion, Sister Yu and I at the General Woman's Meeting!