Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Week 54 Transfers

I'm actually staying the same... in Irondequoit with Sister Day, but I just felt like titling it that anyways. There was lots of talk and anticipation because of cast training stuff starting, but I get to be in Irondequoit at least one more transfer. Thank goodness. I love it here.

Lots of funny things happened this week... probably that are only funny to me. But just pretend to laugh. Starting with this hideous dog. Oh my goodness. It's the by far the ugliest thing I've ever seen in my life.  We visit this family and they just adore it, and we had a lot of fun with it... well mostly making fun of it. Okay, that's all about the dog. Possibly my worst story I've ever told, if we can even call that a story.

Remember how I am baby hungry... definitely has to do with the fact that we aren’t allowed to touch babies ever for 18 months straight (rude).... anyways, I'm not anymore. It all changed this week when we spent our time with little demon children.  Oh boy. A few times I just looked around in shock, I was actually scared of them. So many children that are screaming and loud and pulling my hair and ripping my books and just fat out scary.  If my kids are ever like this, I'm going to have some serious issues and will probably go insane. I'm not kidding, either.

On some positive notes, we have been having some awesome lessons! In person, and on skype!! We are teaching this legit kid who lives in India on skype and it’s a lot of fun! He's progressing so well and wants to get Baptized soon!  We're helping him get into more contact with the missionaries where he lives. And the people who actually live in NY/our area are doing really well also! We've been seeing lots of miracles... especially at church this week!  So we are in the ward choir... which is the best way EVER to get people to come to church. "Hey want to hear us sing this week at church?" They all say yes... and they all come to church and love it and get hit by the spirit and all is well.  You know you're a missionary when the thing you look forward to is singing in choir so people will come to church... or the exciting event we anticipate is the annual Young Women’s spaghetti dinner.... it’s the best.

It was Sister Day's birthday this week! I love mission birthdays! I feel so sneaky, because it is ridiculously hard to surprise your companion for her birthday when you are together 24/7. (and obviously it has to be a surprise or its not as fun). And when you share a phone, and you are literally connected at the hip, it's rather difficult. But I'd say I did a pretty successful job. Even with a surprise birthday dinner at some members home that night!  (okay, it wasn’t quite a surprise... the elders called in the middle of the day to ask her what kind of cake she liked and killed it. Dang it. But it would've been a success if it weren’t for them... nonetheless, it was still a wonderful day!)

Life is great and I am happy and healthy!
Scripture: D&C 64:34


Love you all!!!

Hermana Davis

pics... saying goodbye to my sister Klepinger
-had to get a district picture before we lost some of these elders who are off to Brazil today! (minus 2 of the elders)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Week 53- You're looking at Rochester's Newest Pinewood Derby Champion!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's right. This week was Pinewood Derby. And since my ward is the greatest in the world, they have it as a competion for everybody, not just the scouts.  So of course all the missionaries in the ward had to participate and it was the most intense competition.  Luckily for us, Sister Day's dad has a very intense passion for the derby... aka, he spent 10 hours fixing up his best cars and sent them to us to race.  The elders have been worried for a solid two weeks about us winning (they don't want to get owned by some girls who have never done one before).  But the rest of the ward was excited about the fact that we won EVERY SINGLE one of our races and we had an aweomse cheer team of nursery kids, and now we'll be getting frozen yogurt from our sore loser district.  i love derby.  (maybe just cause we took home the gold, whatever.)
Also, the bigest happening of the week is....... iPADS!!!!!!!!! They finally came. There has been talk of this and when we would get them since August or so, but they are here.  And if we treat them nice, we get to take them home with us after our mission! (well, we'll have to pay a small fee.. but definitely discounted). So it's all fun, and exciting, but not gonna lie... it stresses me out. We need wifi for most stuff and I love my paper and pencil, and we aren't allowed to use paper planners any more. What?? They told us we can burn them (sidenote... one of the perks to being sister trainer... I get to BURN THE AREA BOOKS. Real talk. We're going to have a bonfire.)  We're supposed to have ALL the material from our area books into the online cloud area book within a month... dude, these area books are fat. So all of the inputting, kinda tedious and frustrating... but this bonfire will be legit. But yeah, its all good, and even just within the week of using it so far, I'm getting a lot more used to it.  There are 30 of us missions piloting the ipads (theres 405 total missions, I believe).  It's just really neat to see how the Lord is hastening His work... And technology and social media is one of the ways He is doing it!  He has a lot of trust in His missionaries.
Okay, Saturday, Sister Day and I were serving at the Hill Cumorah, and we had the MOST AMAZING TOUR EVER.  I'm not exaggerating. It was so good. This minivan of young adults came from Queens University (its in Canada) for the day to go to the temple and see the sites.  They came in and I don't even know why it was so good- it just was. Everyone was bearing their testimonies right and left, and spirit was so strong. They were all crying, and we laughed a lot, and three of them just joined the church, and it was all really good. We felt inspired to give each of thema Book of Mormon to give out, and one of the messaged us on sunday saying that she already gave hers! They went out to dinner on their way back to Canada that night, and the girl felt really inspired to give her copy to a guy she met at the restaurant. We felt like proud soccer moms. I love serving at the sites and getting to meet such wonderful people!  The spirit is so strong in these sacred places.  And what I've really learned, is the experience people get from them, is what they put into it. The ones who just care about the history, or how fast they can get through it so they can go eat lunch, don't have nearly as good of an experience.  same goes with everything in life.
Happy Valentines to all of you wonderful people I love!! Have a wonderful week!!
Love Hermana Davis
Pictures:
1 & 2.  another blizzard.  we were on lockdown again.  But we decided to play for a second
3.  Sister Day and I celebrating our year mark
4. ??
5. We went to a science museum today...they had a special math exhibit right now. Obviously I was stoked.
6. Derby. Us and Caroline...possibly the cutest girl I have met in my entire life. (Except for Payten and Livi of course).


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Week 52- Avenue D


Hola familia!!!
So many awesome things and miracles took place this week! (including a heat wave... we hit thirty degrees.. woooo!)   Starting with Avenue D....
 
So Ave D.:  On Friday we wake up to a text from church headquarters... REFERRAL!!  Headquarter referrals are wonderful because it's somebody who went online to mormon.org and requested missionarys to come visit them.  Good start.  So its the 31st, and we havent finished our home/visitng teaching (yes we are home teachers even though we aren't men haha) so we have a lengthy list and not a ton of time... (oh ps, we had district mtg that day with a GENERAL AUTHORITY... no pressure.  We love giving trainings to President Francis and the general authority visiting our mission... haha joke. But it was really good, but still scary).  Anyways, of course we procrastinated and have a ton of ppl to home teach and we had to get it done that day cause it was the last day of the month... so we're out and we decide to break from the list to go visit the referral!  So we look at the address... "Ave D" sounds familiar, probably just cause we've passed it in our area before... SO we go, its dark and kinda late and we are starving cause we didnt eat lunch, but we decide to go anyways... we get there (its a bit sketchy, but we feel fine... but Dad and Mom and Sam and ppl who really love me can skip the rest of this paragraph...)  The HQ referral isn't there, but we decide to help people shovel their snow and talk to the people on the street... and we meet the nicest man who wants to learn with his family and it was just a HUGE miracle... he was leaving, and the timing of everything was perfect and just everything in general was perfect... even the scary ppl we talked to, we didn't feel scared!  So we leave, and we're super stoked.. just met the greatest family ever, and we're driving back home, and we realize, we weren't in our area... dang it.  They sent the refferal to the wrong missionaries, and this is the elder's area... aka they don't like sisters here cause it's not safe... So we call the elders sad/happy cause we are giving them the most awesome family ever to teach, and they ask where he lives... "Ave D"... silence... you were on Ave D?  Turns out it sounded familiar cause it's the most dangerous street in Rochester haha.... then Sturday morning we found out about two shootings and kidnappings that took place there like 20 mintues after we left.  Moral of the srtoy... I'm safe, (got my tazer, and pepper spray and karate moves) and God is always protecting us!  The elders know it's sketchy, so they wouldnt have gone around talking to the people there, and I know that all of this was no coincedence!   And Heavenly Father is always looking out for us... we didn't feel unsafe at all and the spirit was definitely guiding us! 
 
Another miracle... so Saturday morning we had a mission conference from Elder Perkins from the 70 (the GA at our district mtg the day before). It was such a good meeting, and the Spirit was so strong, and we talked all about having faith.  Sister Day and I get in the car afterwards, and start discussing and talking about our faith and decide to see a huge miracle in the next couple hours.  "Ask and ye shall receive", yes?  So we were going to lunch after the mtg and were driving to Palmyra, so we stop at this Thai place in Egypt and it didn't open until noon... and it's like 11:56.  (Sidenote... New York isnt very original at thinking of names for their cities... we have "egypt" "sweden," greece" "chili" (prounouced Cheye-leye  (like eyeballs.. make sense?))  "bath" "liverpool"  okay you get the point)   So we are in Egypt, about 45 minutes from Irondequoit, and we decide in these 4 mintues to go talk to the people in the tailor shop next to the restaurant.  We go in, and have no idea what to say... I could talk about "SEW FUN"... awful experiences in sewing class when I was 10... I'm a little nervous, but all was great!  We just started talking and it wasnt awkward at all, and they are interested in learning more (it's a dad and his son working there, but they want their whole family to learn!), but they get really upset because they actually dont live in Egypt... they live in.... IRONDEQUOIT!!!!!  whatttt?  I almost peed my pants, I was so excited.   Turns out they live about 3 minutes from the church and on the very border of our area (thank goodness.. we keep finding awesome people for the elders to teach). HUGE MIRACLE! We went by on Sunday to teach, and they are all stoked and it's this sweet little family from Turkey.  We are so excited for them, and I am just so grateful for all of the prepared people who want to grow closer to Christ!  When we have faith, we see so many miracles!
 
Other happenings... They are filming part of the new Spiderman movie in downtown Register (aka Rochester... but ppl pronounce it "register").  Its our goal to make the movie... spiderman saving two hermana missionaries? sounds good to me.   
We went to the temple on Saturday!  We got to go with the little branch from the Southern Teir that Sister Day just came from... 4 people went through for their first time and it was so special!  I love the temple! 
 
Scripture: Omni 1:26
Life is wonderful and we are happy and well!
Love you tons!!!!
Oh, ps mom, thanks so much for the Valentines decor.  We have the thing on our apt door and our neighbors love it and give us lots of compliments!  Lots of looooooveeee coming form Apt #1.
 
Pics
1.  temple!
2.  hair dryer... best invention ever. We sleep with them next to our beds and warm up our blankies and sheets every night.