Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Week 47 Happy New Years!!

Happy New Years! I bet our plans beat all of yours tonight! We will be celebrating with our 80 year old investigators!   Nothing says New Years Eve from your 21 year old daughter more than a lesson on the temple, an invitation to church, Scrabble, crackers and cheese, home at 9 pm, and asleep by 10:30! PARTY!!! If we're feeling too crazy we may set our alarms for 11:59 and bang a pot or pan, but sleep trumps must things, so that's pretty iffy! haha.

 

Good week! Everything is kind of getting back into the swing of things after Christmas (well... we are trying to get into the swing of things... the rest of the world is still partying, and for some silly reason people don’t want to meet with missionaries on their vacation. Their loss. ) But everything is good and we've had so many miracles! So we have this awesome girl we are teaching right now!  Sister Boseman and her last comp ran in the Thanksgiving turkey trot race right before transfers and met her! She starts talking to them and says "hey my best friend is Mormon!" Turns out she's besties with our bishop's daughter (who is at BYU).  So the daughter came home for Christmas and we are just best friends with Bishop Boyer and his family and we had the best lesson ever with the friend and them in their home! So so good.  They have been preparing her for years... she's come to all the historic sites, and pageant, and girls camp, and church, and la la la... and now she is ready to learn with the missionaries!!! woohoo!  It was so great and I'm excited to see her progress more!!

 

So the sites have been really busy because a lot of people were home for the Holidays or just visiting, or whatever the case. It was so much fun giving them all tours and having lessons with the people who come to the sites!  And amongst all the visitors I got to take my two favorite groups! (yes, I categorize the people who come in.. --e.g. "Recent converts super stoked to be there", "investigators", "members who have wanted to see these sacred places their whole lives and are really excited", "members who think they know everything and don't want to talk to us" "honey-mooners", and  "awkward dates" to name a few....)  Well I got both an award date and a honeymooner a couple days ago at Hill Cumorah!  Awkward dates are always good... now they don’t tell you they are on a date, but its pretty obvious.. and I am pretty good at telling what date it is--I think this couple was on their second. They sit about a foot apart from each other and they kinda awkwardly flirt and I just find it the funniest thing in the world. It takes a lot for me not to laugh.  (I really shouldn’t cause I'll probably be an awkward RM when I get home, but whatever.. people can laugh at me). And honeymooners are always great as well...  Cause who doesn’t want to spend their romantic get-away with missionaries swarming them and little kids everywhere? oh man, its too good... and I'll stop right here because I am working on the Christ-like attribute of charity this month... and I don’t really remember why I'm telling you all this anyways haha

 

Sunday School/Gospel Principles class was pretty funny on Sunday... so I told you we go to the Spanish one, yes?  Well there are only a few of us in there... 2 members and Hna Boseman and I... well a less active came this Sunday and right now since the year is almost over we are at the end of the book... aka when it talks about all the deep stuff that just confuses the visitors and cause fights among the members... well it goes up 5 notches when it's in Spanish.  Usually we follow along and can contribute and it all works out... but this week we were discussing the book of Revelations.. and I don’t even understand it in English.  So the visitor starts going off sharing completely false doctrine and the poop members are so confused, and poor Sister Boseman and I are so confused because I swear they aren’t even speaking in Spanish at this point, and finally I just decide to bear my testimony and ask what we can do to prepare to go to the temple... everyone just stares at me like "what the heck?" but they answered and we got semi-back onto track and it worked out.  But it was really, really funny and I am so excited for a new year to be starting the book over again... back to topics like faith. and topics that I have in my baby vocabulary haha

 

Love you all! Good luck Grandpa and Grandma in the MTC!!! You'll be the most wonderful missionaries ever! And Have fun at Breennies wedding!!!!!  Love
you!

 

Hna Davis

Scripture of the week: Helaman 12:1.. rang true in so many ways this week

Picture... yes, that is my Sunday meal... eating really healthy now that the holidays are over with my sodium filled sopa! and nothing is more classy than ramen from a tupperware container.. sometimes bowls just don’t cut it.  And then the hot soup burnt through the plastic and leaked all over me. yum. 

 

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Week 46: Merry Christmas!


Christmas was THE BEST!  oh my goodness; everyone made us feel so loved and welcome here and my mission Christmas could nt have been better!  And talking to you was a huge highlite!  Love you all so much!  And even though "'m not homesick" I still miss you haha... I don't know how I scored with the best family/friends in the entire world.  So thank you, EVERYONE! 
There have been a million thigns that have happened, but a picture's worth a thousand words, yes?  and there are just so many pictures, so that is pretty much my email this week!
Highlites from the past couple weeks:
-Last night we got a flat tire.. that was fun.. pitch black outside and 4 sister missionaries trying to put on the spare in the freezing snow.  That's a funny picture for you all!  Luckily we met this nice man who helped us... all of us thought we knew how, but we weren't smart enough.  Dang it.  HOWEVER; guess what saved the day?  My tazer with the flashlite attached.  score.
-Had an amazing Spanish tour at the Joseph SMtih Farm!  A non-member family came from chile and it was SO good!  They want to have missionaries come visit them in Santiago!  so so good.
-Christmas!  So Christmas Eve the entire mission got together and had a huge party--complete with talent show, white elephant gift exchange, yummy dinner, lots of games, and just seeing all the missionaries!  So much fun!  Then that night we went to our Bishop's house for sushi and ugly sweater festivities.  So much fun with all of them as well!  Christmas day we got up at 5:25 am to drive to Webster for Christmas morning with the Finn's and the elders in the ward!  They have 5 boys under the age of 6! There's a crazy morning for us, but it was so much fun being with there family and playing with all of their new toys!  We had a big breafast, and played a bunch of games and then we had permission to watch a Disney movie... Monsters University.  oh yes.  then we came home, opened our presents, got ready and went to lunch at the anderson's and then skyped!  Obviously that was great!  Then Christmas dinner at the Heutmaker's and lots more games and gingerbread houses and Mexican Fiesta and one very tight skirt.  oh boy-everyone feeds us so much and we thought we were going to explode.  yikes.  but it was such a wonderful day and all of our investigators and ward members made us feel so loved!  We got so many thoughtful gifts and cards from them, and also from all of you at home.  Thanks so much!  I cannot tell you how much I appreciate all of you!
-Hna Boseman's Birthday!  also Jopesh Smith's b-day and PRes. Francis... = huge celebration!  we got to serve at the Joseph SMith Farm on Jo's birthday and walk in thegrove and have a birthday party that night and it was just the best!
Life is jsut wonderful and I am so happy!  Here are 7,000 pictures! 
Love,
Hermana Davis
1.  Celebrating after our training finished last week!  1st time Hna Boseman and I gave it together!
2.  Christmas eve Party with Sister Jeanfreau! 
3.  Sister Roberts and I





















Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Week 45


Oh my goodness, such a wonderful week- but so dang busy!  We felt like a pair of chickens running around with our heads chopped off!  But everything was totally worth it, and as always we got extra blessings because of our hard work! 

We had super good MLC (missionary leadership conference) with President Hemmingway and Gonzales (Hemmingway used to be president of the NYRM)  and it was so so good. And now we have had specialized training this week on the material and lessons they taught us. So good! So Sister Boseman and I did training on working with the members. Really fun. We've been out in Batavia all day giving trainings, and we'll do more throughout the week in other zones.  pshh, who needs p-day's anyways? Hopefully we can get back to Rochester and at least buy milk before our appointments tonight!

Last Thursday we had "Feliz Navidad"!  Party with all of the Hispanics in the stake!  Lots of fun and we met this really neat family from Puerto Rico!  And ate really good Latin food.  (side note... NY doesn’t know what Mexican food is... I mean yeah, we aren’t very close to Mexico, but there is absolutely NO Mexican food here.  sad.) 

Then Friday night we had our ward Christmas party!  Lots of fun, and a HUGE miracle because our awesome investigators came!  They are this sweet old couple that up to this point, the missionaries here have mostly been doing service for and didn’t really know how bold they could be with them... but now they are prepared!  And we had an amazing restoration lesson with them and they feel like they finally received answers to the questions they’ve been asking in their Presbyterian church for the past 60 years!  They got a very warm welcome from the ward at the party and some awesome ward members became their friends and invited them to the "Rochester Mormon Tabernacle Choir" Christmas concert on Sunday night.  (side note... the choir calls themselves that... haha..  I think its funny...) So the members picked them up for the concert and they had a rockin time and now they're planning all these activities together and the investigator's are really progressing! And speaking of them... we helped them assemble/decorate their tree this week.  We are becoming profesh.  everyone wants our decorating skills haha.

Speaking of Christmas trees... another miracle.  feel free to laugh because our whole district did.  So we wanted a Christmas tree (a big enough one to put our presents under... I really do love the one you sent though mom... it sits all cute on our kitchen table!)  So as missionaries, what do we decide to do to get our tree?  PRAY of course!  Pray that we'd somehow get a tree.  So we pray and two days later, who knocks on our door?  Sweet Dorothea, our neighbor. We’ve become good friends with her and we do fun things for each other (we give her the random pies people give us, she gives us oranges, and we started teaching her!  Anyways, she knocks on the door and tells us she has a big tree that she doesn’t put up because its too heavy for her and asks if we want it.  Prayer answered!  We told our district and they all made fun of us "who prays for a Christmas tree?"  We do.  And guess who doesn’t have a Christmas tree. Them.  Yep.  Where’s their faith? haha just kidding.  But really.  We were super stoked for our tree!

Okay next miracle... Hna Boseman and I have wanted to study the enabling power of the Atonement more, but haven’t really known how to go about it... Well as I said, we reached a whole new level of busy these past couple weeks... between visiting lots of people in the hospital, and different trainings, and Christmas activities, and the historic sites, and service, and teaching our normal people we visit, and a lot of other random things, we just had no idea how we were going to fit everything in.  So we decided what better way to use the enabling power of the Atonement... Letting Christ help us with all of these things.  And of course, the Savior never fails us.  We've been able to go, go, go, and just keep going,.  Fitting everything in, and being able to make time and just everything has worked out.  I have such a strong testimony of the Atonement.

Last night was the Joseph Smith Farm FHE.... so fun.  We took tours and caroled to the homes and told Christmas stories inside and had 7000 cookies in the welcome center after and it was just so much fun!  Tons of members, investigators, less actives, and everyone came!  Everybody was freezing as we marched through a foot of snow in the 0 degree weather, but totally worth it!  So many fun Christmas activities!

Well I love you all so much!  I'll be talking to you next week!  Crazy!  I feel like mothers day was yesterday!  My p-day is Friday I think next week, so I’ll call you before Christmas to let you know the times and we can figure it out! 

Love you tons!
Love,
Hna D

Pics... good old fashioned pioneer games.  (at the FHE we played games in the barn...) Hna B and I taking on the stick game.  got pretty intense, and ended with us buried in the snow.
And our Christmas tree!  Its not fully decorated in the pic... but you get the idea.

more pics... thanks for the 12 days of Christmas!  Sis Bosemans family did it too, so we open our present’s everyday and have lots of fun.  And we LOVE this book..  We have story time and read one of the stories under the tree before we go to bed each night :)

Tours at the Joseph Smith farm! I love winter!!!!!!  Yes, we were in the process of making snow angels when a bunch of tours arrived.  oops.  Haha


And the other is me and Dorothea, our neighbor... she brought us these sweet little presents last night.  She’s so cute. 



Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Week 44: First week in the Hood!


Super fun week; can't believe it flew by so fast.  Leaving Buffalo was hard last week... we came up with all sorts of schemes to sneak off to Canada, or hide at Niagara, or whatever... and we had the MOST INCREDIBLE lesson with some of our investigaotrs the night before I left... I even got teary eyed when I thought about leaving them (for me that = huge). But hopefully I can go back for their baptism in a few weeks!  BUTTT, I love Irondequoit! Heavenly Father knows me so well (way better than I know myself). Since I had to leave Buffalo, Iropndequoit is exactly where I want to be! Everyone jokes this ward is the Celestial Kingdom... everybody is so great and I already feel so loved and welcomed! Irondequoit is a bit more sketchy than some of the other areas, but thats good because SPANISH! In my email today, Pres told me that there are 27000 Puerto ricans here that only speak spanish! Bring it onnnnn. Last week I told you we teach sundayschool in spanish-false alarm... we just attend the spanish class. HOWEVER, we are teaching a family who only speaks Spanish, and we are starting to teach English classes here! Next week is our first one! Wish us luck! So we still serve at the sites from out here... so we just drive in an hour to get to them... kinda hard taking two extra hours from the day to drive, but the Lord blesses us so much. We always over schedule ourselves, and the timing of everything is literally impossible, but yet it still works out without fail every time, as long as we are obedient and working our hardest. We look back and try to figure out how in the world we were able to do the stuff, and it makes no logical sense.  But it works. So many miralces. And I LOVE Sis Boseman. We came out together and we are on the same page for so many things... where we're at in our missions, goals, exercise buddies, etc We are going to have such a good time together!  She is from Kaysville UT, Davis Dart, Lake Powell lover, really good exercise partner, awesome missionary, makes me dinner... I feel like I'm posting info for a dating site or something right now... whatever. She's awesome. We are going to do work. 
 
But I am so excited to be back at the sites! It is quite a bit slower than it was in the summer... but we still get at least one tour a day and we get to spend more time doing chat when we are waiting. Chat is the mormon.org chat... Visitor Center sisters get to chat with people who go online and teach from there!  It's incredible! We didnt really have any time in the summer because there were so many visitors, but we've gotten to pick it back up again and we are now teaching 3 people online! And one is from Dominican Republic! Hopefully he can understand us... its one thing trying to teach in spanish when we are sitting in front of them becasue we can try to understand each other, but over the phone its a bit more tricky... so wish us luck!
 
Christmas! I was really worried about leaving right before Christmas, but this is going to be so much fun having the Holidays here! This week we have "Feliz Navidad"-the Christmas party for all of the spanish speakers in the stake, then Friday our ward party, and next Monday "Family Night at the Joseph Smith Farm" and a lot of other Christmas parties that I can't think of at the moment. We have awesome Christmas plans with our investigators/members of the ward, and it feels like I'm at home and with family! I love this season so much! 
 
Funny moments this week... I got punched in the face... little demon child at a dinner appointent is giving me high fives and then he does the whole "too high, too slow... blah blah blah thing... and then it turns into "IN your face!!!"  and he gave a big slap/punch thing pushing up my nose...  that definitely brought out the tears.  Also, we go running! woohoo. I've missed it!  (and we're starting out a gym!... so much for everybody gaining weight over the holidays.. we're going hardcore fitness.)  anywyas, I figured I was graceful enough to run in the snow.  haha jokes on me. I slipped and ate it and it was really funny. I get more and more clumsy by the day. 
 
Well all is well!  I love it here and I am really really happy! 
Sounds like you all had a good week!  Surprise trip to utah and all!  And momma, I'm so glad you're feeling better! Anything I can do?  Good luck getting everything ready in the next couple weeks!  Just got your pictures and the ornament! thanks!  And also, thanks for the christmas tree; I dont know if I ever thanked you before!  Love it!  You're the best!
 
Love, Hna Davis
 
new ADDRESS:

462 Ridge Rd.  Apt 1
Rochester, NY 14621
 
PICS
1.  our cute investigator Barbara.  She has a bad back so we decoreated the tree for her! 
2.  HCVC Christmas time!!!
3.  we found footy PJs in our apt.  score.  Merry Christmas!


Monday, December 2, 2013

Week 43 I am a changed woman!

I walked outside this morning and said, "wow its really warm today."  It was 20 degrees.  I am truly becoming a Buffalonian.  And about time I made it... because.... TRANSFERS.  gahh.  I hate transfers.  Hate is a strong word.  They are great?  They actually really are... its just SO HARD leaving.  Breaks my heart every time.  And right before Christmas!!  What is this nonsense?!  But I am going to Irondequoit!  (If anything, I will be really familiar with Indian tribes by the time my mission is over.... I'm leaving Tonawanda/Cheektowaga and heading off to Irondequoit... good luck pronouncing all of those)  Anyways, I'll be serving with Sister Boseman as a Sister Trainer... Sister Trainer= basically a zone leader for chicks.  That will be fun!  I get to go on exchanges with all the sisters each week and party!!!  haha jk. Missionaries don’t party.  Yes they do.  Anyways.  Also I'll be teaching the Spanish Sunday School class.... Feel free to start laughing really hard right now.  Yes.  I, Addison am teaching the Spanish class.  haha  Thank goodness Hna TV is a wonderful teacher.... and I am a wonderful pupil?  hmm.  This will be interesting.  But an AMAZING opportunity, so that's good!  I will miss Buffalo and Tonawanda more than I can possibly begin to describe, but this will be good too... and I get to serve at the sites again!  I've really missed them!

So this week... hmmm. so many wonderful things-I don’t even know where to start.  Thanksgiving was really good.  To say we ate a lot of food would be a serious understatement.  But when people go out of their way to make it for you, you have to eat it.  And then Friday we went over to somebody's home for "leftovers."  It gets quotes because she made a legit Thanksgiving meal again... whole new turkey, pies, stuffing... the whole enchilada (bad word choice, because there weren't enchiladas...)  regardless... a whole other meal.  oh boy.  I think I'll be fasting for the next three weeks.

Also, we had a BLACKOUT!  So we get home one night and the apartment hall is pitch black... this was really frustrating because we tripped down the stairs and the phone was buried in a pocket or purse or something and we couldn't find the keys... and then we found the keys and then dropped them and they got lost and meanwhile we're just crawling on the floor with 7000 things in our arms searching for keys in the dark.. it was actually pretty funny.  Picture Velma looking for her glasses... yes from Scooby-Do... yes I just used a Scooby-Do analogy.  Anyways, crawling around in 800 layers isn't the easiest task.  Finally we find them and finally get into the house and we realize that it wasn’t just the apt. hall light out... it's everywhere.  And guess what saved us? yep-Dad's headlight.  (after I found it buried in a drawer, that is).  Wow, that thing has come in handy so many times with no power.  Thanks Dad!  But no power was fun... we didn’t have it for a long time... and no heat either.  which = a 15 second shower in the cold and sleeping with every pair of pajamas and warming up our hands on the stove.  I love winter.  Oh speaking of no power... so this meant that the next day we couldn't really get ready very easily.. no light, no washing our hair, you get the point... normally it wouldn't really matter... but of course (of all days) we were getting filmed the next morning for "The Work of Salvation!"  I'm going to be famous!  My greasy pony-tail and all!  They videoed us for a special Christmas "Work of Salvation" segment that will be coming out soon!  I'm actually praying mine doesn’t make the cut though... I was trying really hard not to be awkward with the camera, but of course I failed... we only got one chance and then I started laughing and then I tried to cover it up and then go into "I know the Savior redeemed for our...... sins??"  And it was just down hill from there.  They said they can edit out the bad parts.. but still.  I don't know that they can fix all that.  Nicole can just stay the famous one in the family, representing us in the Ensign... which by the way, I was thinking about... the prophet reads it... so he's totally going to be examining your picture.  You're so cool. haha

Anyways.  Lots of snow.  Lots of no power.  But its starting to melt and the power is back, and life is good.  Well, I thought it was a lot.  People take so much pleasure in scaring the girl from the coast of Spain and the girl from CA that "this is nothing!"  Since when is 10 inches in one night nothing????  goodness.

SO MANY MIRACLES this week!  Church yesterday- so many investigators came and that was so great, (especially cause that is our biggest struggle so far away from the church.... the buses literally don’t run all the way up here on Sundays, and the people don’t have cars, and the ppl who do have cars don’t want to spend money on gas, and members don’t live up there so its hard for them to pick them up.... but miracles happen and they made it yesterday!)  but the best of all is Marilyn!  Marilyn Winarske is the sweetest lady ever. (Yes I say that about everyone.  oh well)  She is an inactive member of the church who hasn’t been in years.  Well she went to Pageant this summer because her Jewish friend wanted to see it, and it sparked back her interest and desire to come to Christ!  We've been meeting with her ever since we got to T-town and trying to help her get back!  And she is!! She's getting her Patriarchal Blessing soon and getting back to the temple!  She is so wonderful and I am so grateful that I got to spend so much time with her!  I can't wait to go to the temple with her next month!  She just loved church and everything went PERFECT!  I guess if I have to leave, that was a really good way to end.  Even though I refuse to start packing.  I literally just stared at my suitcase for half hour this morning.  It's also embarrassing... I have so much stuff... We read in the white handbook this morning that I should have two suitcases... oops.  But hey.. when one coat alone takes up your entire suitcase, you're bound to have a lot.. right?  oh well.

Well, I'm out of time.  But I love you all so much!  Glad you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Scripture: Moses 6:33 "Choose ye this day, to serve the Lord God who made you."  so simple, yet we can often make it out to be much more difficult than it is.  when we know who we are, and who we are serving, everything else falls into place.  We just have to do it!

Love,
Addison

 Us and our tree!  And our intense winter gear.  I feel like the abominable snowman walking around.  I'm one huge marshmallow.  Whatever.  I actually stay warm when everything is covered.


OUR CAR. aka my baby.  oh man, I'm going to miss it!  It was without question the best car in the mission.  I guess it's preparing me to come back to Baby Blue.. aka yaris haha


Asian Party!  


 My headlight.  I just had to take a picture.  headlight= best friend.

It's kinda blurry, but I had to send it... We live by a forest; its real cute and we have a little family of deer (deers?  what's the plural of deer?)   that live outside our window.  This one is my favorite because he's really funny and he acts like a dog... He lifts up his leg to pee and he pees on his favorite tree all the time... like a dog and a fire hydrant sort of thing.  I didn't even know deers did that!  They are funny little guys... and lets us get really close and play with them (despite the fact that I paralyzed their brother!)


Thanksgiving #1 with Anne Gret