24 January 2012

Everything is great down here. We had to wait until today to write because the fonds got low and we couldn't make two trips over this week. We had another baptism on Sunday. The daughter of a family we have been working to help get married decided to get baptized now. The mom is unreal, she comes to ALL the activities, even the classes we do on temple work and family history. 

Her name is Elena and soon her name will show up on the new convert list. I'm still constantly amazed at the amount of trust and love these people have for the missionaries. They leave us in charge of everything. Sunday, I taught Sunday school, Priesthood combined with Relief Society and I taught that, and I talked in Sacrament Meeting, and directed the baptism. I teach the classes on instructions for the temple and family history, and I direct the branch family night. I am loving every second of it because I know these experiences are going to benefit me for the rest of my life but it is hard for a branch to grow and develop if they expect it all from the missionaries. I am losing myself every day a little more in this. I know it is where my Father has put me because he expects something to come of it. I love you all and am working my hardest for each one of you.

Elder Davies 

16 January 2012

Everything is TOP NOTCH. We are working hard. Elder Paredes is a

humble, plump, baby faced kid from Ecuador. A picture says a thousand
words but...I don't have a camera and I can't draw very well. We are
working hard. He begs me to give him breaks everyday. I am pretty
soft, but I think he understands that we are expected to do all we can
every minute of the day and that we will only be relieved from the
difficulties if we give every. last. ounce of strength we have. We are
learning together. I will get you some pics this coming week. He is at
the doctor doing his entrance into Guay checkup so I am with another
trainer in the bus terminal and I have no way to send you one or I
would. I wanted you all to know that I love you. Keep working hard and
living worthy. CHAUUUUSKEEEEZ!!!

Elder Davies

9 January 2012

It has been such a ride the last few weeks. I don't know where to start. We are going on our 8th week straight with a baptismal service. I put a New Years Resolution to not let another week pass slip by without using every possible mean to help someone make that sacred covenant with God. It really is the purpose we are here. Wes was right. Without it done correctly, we can't be saved. It's simple. God will judge each of us based on the desires of the heart of each individual, but if we or you or I have the chance to make one step more to bring ourselves closer to him and we deny him, there isn't much he can do. I want EVERYONE to have the chance at the blessings and love I have seen in my life, and you all can have it. just come down to 'Guay for a couple of years and invite everyone you see to be baptized. It's fantastic. 

The big news...I will be training. AGAIN!!! I feel so blessed for the opportunity, but a little stressed. I hope to do a little better the second time around haha. I only have control of myself, but he will have a hard time breaking any rule with this guy as his papa. I am going to work his little turkey butt off. Just like my daddy taught me. 

I also wanted to let you know that miracles happen. This last sunday, I found myself 1 peso short of what I was hoping to pay in my fast offerings. I was distraught. I searched everywhere for one...little....peso and did not find anything. I assure you that I put in my greatest effort. I knew it, and I knew that God knew it, and I could not deny it. I prayed in my heart, aware of the childishness of my worry. Knowing that God would accept whatever amount I gave him...but I wanted to reach that certain amount. I was a little down so I prayed. We hadn't planned our day quite yet, so my comp called me out of my depression to kneel and pray for our planning session. I kid you not and I will defend it to the end that i had checked every pocket and crevice of my clothing for that peso, regardless, as I knelt to pray, I almost cried for joy as I felt the peso in my pocket. HAHA I know how ridiculous that might sound. I know how miniscule that miracle might have been. And, yes, I know how silly it must appear to all of you back home reading this. But, I also know that our Heavenly Father HEARS US. He loves us. He worries about us. AND, he wants to see us smile. I promise you all those things. And, I love you all beyond measure. I understand that that peso could very easily be the result of a careless search or a casual missed touch to realize it's placement in my pocket, but the joy and fulness I felt when I found it is undeniable. I know it was a little reminder from God that he has me in mind. I know each of you are the same for him. I know you are the same for me. Stay classy. 

Elder Davies

2 January 2012

We were forced to take desperate actions today because our cyber was closed for cleaning when we got to it. We are at a terrible little establishment with computers that...struggle to say the least, and I had a lot of things from the office to download, print off and format, and everything else so...basically I am out of time. I did want to write and tell you all how much I have thought about you the last couple of days. I miss you. I am working hard so that when I get home I have a little more to offer each of you than when I left.  Luckily I have such magnificent people to go home to so that everything will be easy to understand and adapt to.  I love you guys.  I'm praying for you all. Always. 

Have the GREATEST YEAR EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Much love, 
Elder Davies