27 June 2011

Thanks Mom,

Let's see, this week has been pretty long. It is getting harder with Elder Mirabal. He is a great missionary, I just feel like I didn't try to push him as I maybe should have. I was more worried about him staying in the mission then helping him be the best he could be so, he lost a lot of the respect for the work. That sounds like we haven't done anything, we have. The ward loves us because we have helped them in many many ways...but, i don't feel exceptionally stellar about the work we are doing. I don't know, obviously there is something I need to learn. I'm still looking for it. It's all going great though. We still have baptisms planned and people progressing. I am starting to love this more and more. Uruguay, the people, and the miracles of the gospel. I have met a ton of people that have changed my life and I am sure that you and Dad are going to love. I just need to straighten myself out again.

Thanks. I'm looking and waiting for it all ;) Your letter should get there soon. Has it arrived?

Tell Lindy hi, and I'm not sure if she wrote me last or if I wrote her. I can't remember but I'll start another one just in case.

I don't know if you are there or if you have any questions...let me know.

Elder Davies

13 June 2011

New news,

Tomorrow is change day, but with the new training program the President gave us, I already knew nothing would be changing. I'm going to be staying with E' Mirabal for another change. I'm excited. To end this change, we found and placed various baptismal dates with people whom I really see progressing. The ward loves us finally haha. I'm done sucking up. We have had a great time together and have finally found the way to focus at the same time and still enjoy every second. He is a great guy, just really hung up on his home. I know how he feels.

I know things are going to start getting so much better. It is interesting now in church...I feel like we are the nursery haha. The families all come into Sacrament Meeting and we usually search for less active members or investigators to sit by but seeing as we have gotten shafted the last few weeks by everyone who promised to come, we sit alone. But, not for long. Within the first 5 minutes our bench is filled with all the kids in the ward. It is nice. I enjoy every second of it. I don't have a lot to inform about the work since we haven't had an extreme amount for a while but in these next few weeks we'll all see a change. At least that is what we are praying for. We have reactivated a few families...the ward seems to have grown but I think it has a lot to do with a combined effort of everyone.

We had a conference with Elder Foster of the Seventy, this Friday. He helped me understand a lot. He didn't speak much spanish, and that is what he taught in, but somehow we always understand. He showed us some clips about how big everything is...the universe, galaxies and space and how in spite of all of it, our Heavenly Father knows every. single. one of us. By name.

That is my testimony today. He knows before we ask, what we need. He is just very patient. He is thoughtfully patient because he knows what will make us who he wants us to be. It is such a comfort to not only KNOW what he asks of us, but to be able to do it, every day and feel his presence. He loves us and if we can be satisfied with his trials in this life, he gives us exactly what is right and what we need. I know that. He has done it for me every day of the last 10 months. I have begged him to give me what I wanted, and he has always given what I needed. I love you, mom. dad. Keep smiling. I am 43% of the way done. ;) I didn't do the math. A guy who is going home soon did it for me haha.

Elder Davies

9 June 2011

Pictures from Elder Davies' birthday:

Pretty slim week on the computer. I guess everyone took a break the same week haha. Mom, you have got to coordinate that a little better. I got one from Jeff. Tell him the made me pretty content to hear his experience. He has grown up. I didn't believe he typed half the things he said but...then I remembered that he is 14 now...I can't believe it, but I guess I have to. I miss everyone. I have thought about you all individually this week for some reason and where you must be at, what you must be doing, I am proud to be a Davies. A member of such a special family. I realized last night as I talked to the President over the phone how short a mission is. When he told me that with the time I had in the mission he expected more from me...I had a little reality check. I'm not being bad. I promise. I am being a good boy ;) I just was lacking a little bit in...obligating my comp to do his part. I guess it isn't so much an obligation, but what President said helped me understand. He said that my comp voluntarily came. He voluntarily filled out his papers and left his house and agreed to follow these rules. It isn't obligation to remind him haha. So, we are going to get better and enjoy the time...better. I have learned to enjoy it more when I am accomplishing something. 

I'm going to work on the video the rest of my time, I hope it gets through.

Mom, I hope you didn't send the last package yet...I need jelly belly jelly beans. the nasty flavors and the good ones. Also...it would be cool if you sent me like...20 dollar bills. that is 20 dollars in the form of 1 dollar bills. everyone asks me if I have gringo money. If you sent it...don't even worry about it. 

love you.

elder davies.