Tuesday, June 24, 2014

June 23, 2014 Summer is here!

Hey everyone!

So I'm going to head to Philly today in about an hour so my e-mail is
going to be a little short today... Sorry :/. I'll update you next
week on all of our adventures, though.

Anyway, I am doing good. The summer is definitely in full force here,
too. It hit mid to high 90's earlier this week! I thought I was going
to die! Our car even registered that it was 103 on Wednesday, but that
may also be because we have a black car with black interior. My
allergies are definitely flaring up, but the greenery is absolutely
gorgeous though. It crazy to think that next week is July! Where is
the time going?!

Yesterday Manuela surprised us by coming to church! She has been going
through a lot lately and we haven't been able to meet with her. It was
such a sweet surprise to see her yesterday though :). Our
investigators are doing good. We don't have any that are progressing
very quickly though. But we're still working with them! I think I
mentioned last week that Jay is moving to St. Louis... He was so
awesome... We'll just have to turn him over to the missionaries there.

I hope you have a fantastic week! Love you all!

Sister Davis :)

Monday, June 16, 2014

June 16, 2014

Hey everyone!

Wow, what a week! Well, first of all, we had a couple of sick days so we didn't really get out much, but what we did get to do was great!

Probably the highlight of my week was going to our investigator's Bible study group on Thursday. I think I told you about Jay last week. (He's the one starting his own church.) Anyway, Jay and some of his friends started this Bible study group a few years ago and it has grown to a group of 20-30 young single adults who love Christ. It was so awesome! I was so amazed that a group of non LDS single adults my age would spend an evening talking about missionary work and building up their communities and they actually loved it, too! Another thing I was amazed with was how modestly dressed they were, especially since it is summer time! (Maybe the rain helped a little, but still!)

So it first started off with dinner and socializing and then we separated into guys and girls groups (like Relief Society and Priesthood) for the Bible study part. It was really neat and they were all very nice. We took a returned missionary with us and she had the idea after leaving to ask if they would like to hold it at our church building so the Spirit that is there could be felt! I think that would be so awesome. It would be so awesome if all of these young adults joined! The Young Single Adults here would be so strong!

Randy and Lisa baptism 5/26/2014

The rest of the week wasn't all that exciting. We just stopped by a lot of less actives and a few investigators but not too much happened. Especially with a couple of sick days we were inside for most of the day. Fortunately though, I was able to catch up on some things that I have fallen behind on like my journal writing ;).

Sorry for the lame email. Hopefully next week I'll have some more exciting news. I hope you had a great Father's Day yesterday, Dad!

I hope you all have a fantastic week! This week here is supposed to be really hot and humid... Yay! ;) Love you all!


Sister Davis :)

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

June 9, 2014 One year this week!

Hey everyone!

I can't believe that this week is my year mark! It is crazy! It sounds like you all have had a great busy start to the summer, though! So fun and exciting.

Sister Davis and Sister Bernards celebrating
their 1 year mark with popsicles

This week has been a rather long stressful week, but also full of miracles as well! The first miracle we had this week was when we went on exchanges. I stayed here and Sister Bernards went to Philly. On Friday we were walking down the street by our apartment when we saw a couple of guys sitting on their front porch. We were on our way to the Borough Building and decided to stop and ask them for directions. We talked to them for a little while and found out that one of them was leading his own church starting this Sunday and that they were both very Christian. We set up a return appointment for the following morning. Sister Bernards and I were able to go back Saturday morning to teach them and we had the most amazing lesson with them! We taught the restoration and showed the first vision portion of the Restoration movie. They both thought the movie was very powerful and asked for a copy of the Book of Mormon before we even told them what it was about! They seemed very interested and said we could come back to teach them more about the Book of Mormon. We were going to go to the new leader's church yesterday, and he was going to come to ours too, but his sister got into a car accident so he gave his speech earlier and we both missed out... Hopefully we'll be able to meet up with him again this week!

We also had a member give us a referral to one of her friends who was thinking about switching churches. We stopped by her on Saturday as well and set up a return appointment for tomorrow! She was a very sweet lady, however, we may think she isn't all there mentally... We're going to talk to the member, though.

Last night we stopped by a less active member and talked to her a little about baptismal covenants and the importance of church attendance. She says that she doesn't feel comfortable coming to church because she smokes. I told her what you said a while ago mom about the church being a place for sinners and not saints and she really liked that. She even set a goal date to stop smoking and said she is considering coming back to church!

Well, that's about it for my week! I hope you have an awesome week! And Happy Father's Day, Dad!

Love you all!

Sister Davis :)

Monday, June 2, 2014

June 2, 2014 Where has the year gone? It's almost half over!

Hey family!

What a crazy week! I can't believe that June is already here and that next week I will hit my year mark! Crazy! Anyway, I know you are all dying to know who my new companion is and what all the details are, so I guess I'll tell you. As you saw on FB Sister Bernards is my new comp. We actually came out together and she was in my MTC district! It was a dream of ours to become companions in the field and look what happened! She will hit her year mark with me next week and she is from Layton, UT. She did a year at BYU-I before coming out and wants to go into elementary education. She has two older brothers and a younger sister who is Megan's age. Her dad is the stake president. Um well, that's all I can think of right now. Any other questions let me know.

As for my new mailing address, I'm not going to give it to you because the elders said that sometimes they wouldn't get their mail. (We live above the garage of the house in front of us, so I think the mail carriers get a little confused sometimes because they are the same house number.) So, if you'll just send it to the mission office that would be great! I'll be going down to Broomall every other week for district meetings now, so it won't take too long to get my mail.

721 Paxon Hollow Rd.
Suite B
Broomall, PA 19008

So, like I said before, this week has been crazy! Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday we spent doing a lot of cleaning. Monday was for my old apartment in Phoenixville and Tuesday and Wednesday was for my "new" apartment. Since Elders have lived in the apartment we moved into, we needed to do some deeper cleaning. (They liked to clean around things rather than move them and clean.) This apartment is not as nice as my one in Phoenixville, but it is starting to grow on my since we've rearranged things and made it home. We also were very grateful for our apartment when we went into Norristown the other day to try to find some people. (Norristown reminds me of Reading--a poorer area) We've spent most of the other days trying to get familiar with this side of the ward--getting to know the ward members over here in the Bridgeport/Norristown area as well as finding the investigators and other people the elders were working with. Not anything overly amazing here this week. I think it will be great to have Sister Bernards here, though, to bump up our lessons. I've never had more than 12 in one week and she has had a record of 40! So, she will definitely help me to build my faith and know that we can get that many lessons, too! 

Mom, I'm glad that you read that CES devotional talk by Elder Ballard! (See https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/ces-devotionals/2014/01/be-still-and-know-that-i-am-god?lang=eng ) It is so good, and we actually talked about it on Tuesday night at Institute and I gained some new insights from it. We talked a lot about the meditating/pondering section that Elder Ballard talks about. Brother Muldowney is the teacher and it is amazing. He is soooo knowledgeable in the scriptures it is crazy! I learned so much about pondering. Something I learned is that it is not good to ponder about anxieties or worries of the world, but we should be pondering on things that are of good report, lovely, virtuous, honest, praiseworthy, pure, true, etc. because if we are distracted by these worldly anxieties, it makes it harder to hear the voice of the Lord. I also learned how vital pondering is. Some of the greatest revelations/knowledges we have received are from those who have pondered.

Sounds like you are going to have a busy summer! I hope Megan has a fun time at EFY. I can't believe that she is a high schooler now! Ahhh!

So, I am emailing on my iPad today so I'm not going to be able to send pictures. I'll send some next week though!

Well, that's about it for my week! I hope you all have a fantastic week! Love you all!

Sister Davis :)

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

May 26, 2014 Happy Memorial Day!

Hey everyone!

So, this e-mail is going to be short today because I have a lot of cleaning to do! Sorry :/.

As for transfers, no I am not being transferred, but I sure feel like I am. Sister Hanson is being transferred and they are "closing" the apartment that I live in now, so I will be moving to Bridgeport tomorrow when I pick up my new companion. So, that means a lot of deep cleaning today! They are also taking the English Elders out of this ward, so that means that my new comp and I will take over the whole ward. I'm a little stressed about this, because where I will be living is not at all central to the ward boundaries where my proselyting area is. I'm on the eastern side of the ward and about ten miles from Phoenixville, which doesn't seem like a lot, but when you have to track your miles and stay within the limitations, that is a lot! I'm thinking I'll only be able to come to Phoenixville like once a week to see the people that we are teaching now... Plus I'll take on all of the elder's people that they are teaching... I'll be extra busy now! I am excited for a newer adventure, though, but I still am stressed about it. I'll be fine though. Give me a week and I'll be fine, ha. 

Sister Hanson and Sister Davis at Magic Gardens

This morning the ward had a Memorial Day "fun run"/breakfast/ward activity at Valley Forge National Park. It was fun to go to and see the ward members outside of church. It was also good for the missionaries who are leaving to say goodbye to ward members. It was a beautiful morning and also a very warm one. By 8:30 it was already 70 degrees. Just forty minutes ago it was 88 degrees! I don't think I'm ready for this heat! Ha

Nothing else too exciting happened this week. The baptism for Lisa and Randy is still on tonight! :) I am so excited for them. It will be a very special night! After the baptism we're just going to stay overnight at the Broomall sisters' apartment so we can save on miles since we'll have to be there tomorrow morning. Oh and did I mention I have to sleep on the floor?.... Wish me luck! Well, that's about it. It sounds like you've had a busy week. So happy to hear that Josh and Kelsie are moved in and that you got the package :). I hope you have a great rest of your Memorial Day and rest of your week!

Love you!  Love,
Sister Davis  

Monday, May 19, 2014

May 19, 2014 What an Interesting Week!

Hey everyone!

I hope everyone has had a great week! Mine has been very interesting. A lot of highs and lows for this week.  


First of all, we had some awesome lessons set up for this week, but a lot of them fell through—one of them being my fault because I told him the time, but didn't tell him the location, so he just assumed that the appointment wasn't going to happen... Frustrating.

Secondly, Femi is having a very hard time. He doesn't want to meet with us right now to be retaught or be involved with any other church activities or responsibilities. He said he will come to church, but that he doesn't want to be involved with anything else right now. He is going through a state of depression and severe stress with his family's visas not going through for the second time. We were informed yesterday that his wife doesn't want to try anymore and that the next possible date for them to come or him to go back to Africa would be December 2015 or April 2016! He is having a really hard time being away from his family and that is one reason, I think, that church is hard for him right now. He has also been advised to rest and stay clear of anything that would cause him to be psychologically disabled. Please pray for him! It makes me sad to see him go through this right now. :(  

Thirdly, I found out that David (convert from Doylestown) isn't as involved with church anymore because his wife is making suicidal threats towards his Christianity....  

Oh Satan, why?!  

Sister Hanson and Sister Davis find the end of the rainbow

Oh and transfer calls come this weekend.... We're kind of thinking that Sister Hanson might leave because she has been here for six months now. But I guess we will see. I'll let you know next week!  

Besides all of these lows for the week, my week has been rather good, too!  


Firstly, Lisa and Randy (two of our investigators) are going to be baptized next Monday evening! A couple Sundays ago, they had set up an appointment to meet with our bishop and we had no idea about it. When we met with them later that week, they told us about the appointment and had an appointment with the stake president all set up. Yesterday at church, our stake president pulled us aside asked us if we felt Lisa was ready and then informed us that the baptism will be next week. (They're going to Lake Tahoe for the summer on the 29th, so that is why it is rushed!) We are so excited, and now we just have to finish teaching them this week. I guess I'm just meant to have last minute baptisms!

Randy and Lisa

Secondly, we found a new investigator this week! Her name is Janice and she is just the sweetest lady. Right now she is in a rehabilitation center, which is great because that means she can't go anywhere ;). Just kidding. But she really is a very sweet lady and I hope she gets baptized!  

Thirdly, we met the cutest elderly couple that lives in the same rehabilitation center as Janice. They are members but are less active because of the situation they are in right now. They had a lot of great stories to tell, and we found out that Sister Funk is from Spain but grew up in Northern Africa in Algeria, I believe, because her parents were asked to help colonize the French colony there, so she speaks French. I was fascinated by her.  

All week long there was a fair going on that was called the Dogwood Festival. Saturday there was a parade for this festival and Sister Hanson and I walked around and passed out pass-along cards to those watching the parade. It was a fun parade and, for the most part, people took our cards!  

And that's about it, or all I can remember that happened this week. Days are all blending together how and I am forgetting a lot of things!  

Well, I hope you have a marvelous week! Love you all!  


Sister Davis :)

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

May 12, 2014 What a Beautiful Day!

Hey everyone!

It was so great to talk with you yesterday! Next time we talk I'll be home! Crazy!

Mother's Day Skype with Sister Davis

So not too much happened this week. It was rather slow like I told you yesterday. Just some highlights/funny moments this week:

·        Sister Hanson and I finally got a hamburger! We have been craving hamburgers for weeks and we finally got one. The funny part about this is that we found it at a pizza place right by our apartment ha. We would have never known this place had hamburgers. We just thought it had pizza.

·        We met with a potential investigator this week and she thought we were Jehovah's Witness so she wasn't going to open her door. Then, she thought we looked like polygamists... And then twenty minutes later some kid asked us if we were Amish haha. Not sure how I feel about that :P.

·        Awesome zone conference on Thursday with six zones! So many missionaries, but it was really neat. I learned a lot!

Today we just spent a few hours in Philly. We went to the Philadelphia Magic Gardens which is just this place covered in mosaics. It was pretty cool. I'll send pictures next week. Then we went to the t-shirt shop after there and then went to the King of Prussia mall which is the largest mall on the east coast.

Overall, it has been a pretty good p-day. Another 80 degree day! Hopefully the weather has already or will warm up your way! I hope you have a great week!

Sister Davis

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

May 5, 2014 Feliz Cinco de Mayo

Hola mi familia!

Parece que has tenido una semana muy ocupada! He tenido una semana de locos, así!

I hope my Spanish is correct. Maybe someday I’ll learn Spanish! Anyway, it sounds like you’ve had a crazy week, but it sounds like it was a good one. I can’t believe you got a bunny! She’s so cute, though :).

First of all, we’ve had a very “wet” and crazy week. Tuesday started the long stretch of rain that we were supposed to receive last week. It rained off and on all day Tuesday and then it rained all day long on Wednesday. On Wednesday it was a pretty steady rain, too, and it caused flooding. We drove over to the church on Wednesday and on our way home we found the road we usually go on closed because the river had flooded. Even the other way we go sometimes was closed. We were a little worried that we wouldn’t make it home... Luckily though we found another way home (even though we had to leave our area to go home...). Even President and Sister Anderson’s basement started to flood a little. Crazy rain! I wish I could send some out to Utah!

Daughters of a Heavenly Father
This weekend Phoenixville was the place to be! Friday was the first of a summer long celebration of what they call “First Friday.” They had bands playing and vendors with tables and all sorts of fun things going on right outside our apartment. We ended up volunteering at the Civic Center that night, though, for their Family Night Out activity. Saturday was the food festival where they blocked off some streets and had supposedly 50 food trucks. There was food everywhere! Sister Hanson and I have really been craving barbecued hamburgers for a long time now and we were determined to get one during the food festival. However, there was a funeral that morning at the church that we asked to come to (It was for an elderly lady who had quite a few nonmember family members), and so we decided that we would get a hamburger for dinner. Well, by the time we went to go get our hamburger, they were cleaning things up… Someday I will get a barbecued hamburger.

Tuesday morning we had a miracle happen. We were supposed to have an appointment with one of our new investigators who our zone leaders found, but he wasn’t returning our phone calls or texts. (He lives in a locked apartment building.) So, we decided to go to his apartment anyway. When we got there we tried calling him again and still no answer. After waiting a few minutes, Sister Hanson asked what we should do. I half jokingly but half seriously said that we pray and ask for someone to come down the stairs. Sister Hanson prayed, and she must have great faith because a few moments after our prayer, someone came down the stairs and opened the door for us. Surprisingly enough, it was our investigator Rob! Unfortunately, he forgot about our appointment and was trying to move things because he is moving. We did set up another appointment for next week, though, without knowing we would see him again later this week. Saturday night we were walking up to the park to find Tom (our homeless recent convert) when we ran into Rob and his buddies. We talked to them for a moment and then told them we had to get going. Rob stopped us and asked if we could teach him something. We agreed, but little did I know he was drunk. So, we sat down on a bench outside of his apartment with his friend Paul who is from West Virginia and knows the Bible inside and out but doesn’t quite live what he preaches. One of the first thing Rob did when we sat down was light up his cigar... Oh boy. It was a long lesson... We then pulled out a Restoration pamphlet and began to teach them the Restoration. Paul interrupted with his preaching and luckily Sister Hanson started to talk to him and keep him occupied, so I could teach Rob. Shortly after, Rob mentioned to me that he had a few drinks but that he wanted to learn. (Now I know what alcohol smells like...) So, I proceeded on teaching him the restoration and he accepted everything I taught him. I’m not really sure how much he retained, but I left him with a pamphlet, Book of Mormon, and a sticky note with some commitments written on it. I’m hoping that he woke up the next morning and read the sticky note and would remember to do the things I asked him to do. Oh boy, that was quite an interesting experience.

Last night I was fortunate enough to watch the CES Devotional with Elder Ballard! It was so good and hit on so many important things going on in the world today! I would definitely suggest you watch it or read it if you get the chance to!

Lastly, some great news I heard a couple of weeks ago, but keep forgetting to tell you is that one of the ladies and her daughter I started teaching in Reading is getting baptized within the next couple of weeks! I am so excited for her and her daughter. It also makes me feel good to know that I was doing something right in Reading ;)

So, for Skyping on Sunday... I still have not heard anything about it... So, I guess just let me know what time would be good for you and the Skype name again and we’ll work around that. Thanks!

Well, that’s about it. I hope you all have a wonderful week and I look forward to talking to you on Sunday!

Sister Davis :)

P.S. Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! :)

Monday, April 28, 2014

April 28, 2014 What a Crazy Week!

Hey everyone!

So, this week has been an interesting one. We've done a lot of finding and we found three new investigators (with the help of our zone leaders)! But that's not really the interesting part. The interesting/crazy part happened earlier this week when we were supposed to take our car to Broomall to have it fixed.

So, Elder Jones, the vehicle coordinator, set up an appointment for our car to be fixed on Tuesday. When we asked him what time he said 'whenever.' So, we just put it into our schedule later in the afternoon because that worked best for miles. Little did we know (we should have just expected this) that the auto body shop wanted our car first thing in the morning. Around eleven they called Elder Jones to ask where we were, so he then called us but we were out tracting and didn't have our phone on us. Then we drove back to Sister Rothey's house and she wanted to take us out for lunch and we forgot to check our phone. When we got back from lunch with Sister Rothey we checked our phone.

We had six missed calls from Elder Jones, one from President Anderson and a text from him, and one from our zone leaders and a text from them as well. Elder Jones had also called the hospitals in the surrounding area, the police, and sent our zone leaders to go over to check out apartment to make sure we hadn't died from carbon monoxide poisoning! Apparently Elder Jones thought that we had died because we weren't answering our phone for a few hours and we never returned his call. He was relieved though when we finally called him back. However, he still seemed a little flustered.

Sister Hanson and Sister Davis with Sister and Elder Smuin

We rushed down to Broomall and we didn't hear the end of it from the office missionaries... They were all very worried. I'm glad to know that we are loved and they were glad that we were okay. After talking about it with Elder Jones, we rushed over to the auto body shop and found out that our car would need to stay over night because it couldn't be fixed until the morning! Now we had no way to get home and to get to the appointment we had that night! Long story short, we ended up taking our car home and bringing it back the next morning to be fixed. Lesson learned... never leave your phone in the car ha.

To add more craziness to our week, our sister training leaders decided to double in on Wednesday and so did our zone leaders on Saturday, both of which we had no idea until the night before. Now, normally this isn't a problem, unless you find out the night before! (They tried to tell us the week before, but we never got their text or FB message.) This meant that we had to double plan for our days and so planning took a lot longer than it should! We also had to get a new phone this week and so we were without a phone for a day while our zone leaders took it Broomall and brought back our new one. (Of course, the one time that we need to get a hold of someone and we can't!) What a crazy week!

Member baptism

Besides the craziness, we had some miracles this week. One of them us that we have three new investigators! We're teaching one of them tonight. Saturday, there was a baptism that we attended for a member's daughter. She is the only member in her family and so some of her nonmember family were there. Yesterday in church she told us that her mom, who she has never got along with and is very strong in her faith, really enjoyed her time here and the baptism. She said that she has never felt so welcome in her church and she has been there for a really long time! Her mom is also starting to ask her questions about the church! How awesome is that?

We also found out that people notice us walking around Phoenixville. The zone leaders tracted into some people that would say “Oh, yeah, we've seen those girls walking around.” It's good to know that we're noticed!

Valley Forge District

Okay, so for calling on Mother's Day, I don't have any info yet. I'll probably hear the info this week during our conference call, but I'm going to assume that we can Skype on our iPads. Hopefully next week I'll have more info!

Well, I hope you all have a wonderful week! Love you :)

Sister Davis

P.S. Congrats Josh and Kels on your graduation and the house! So exciting. Oh and please tell Chad and Becca congrats too! Thanks :)

Monday, April 21, 2014

April 21, 2014 Happy Easter!

Hey everyone!

Happy Easter!... A day late. I hope you had a great Easter though! Mine was pretty good. We started it off with an awesome day at church. First, Femi was confirmed and then we had an awesome Sunday School lesson on the Holy Week. Then we had Easter dinner at a ward member's home with their family. That was fun :)

Happy Easter

As you may have already seen on my Facebook page, we had a mini missionary this weekend. Her name is Sister Dunbar and she is only sixteen! She is from one of the Philadelphia wards, so she wasn't too far from home, but we had a fun time. Since we don't have any investigators at the moment, she wasn't able to sit in a real missionary lesson, but she was able to see some door approaches for meeting potential investigators, do some service, and sit in on a less active lesson. She says that she wants to serve a mission only after spending three days with us, so that's good! I guess Sister Hanson and I didn't scare her or corrupt her too badly.

Sisters Davis and Hanson with mini missionary Sister Dunbar

Earlier this week Sister Hanson and I were out trying to contact some potentials. It was raining earlier in the morning, but by the time we were going to head out it was only misting a little bit. So, I decided that since we would be walking I didn't want to carry around my umbrella... Bad idea. About fifteen minutes into our journey, making it halfway across town, the rain started to pick up. Then a few minutes later it decided to down pour! We were soaked! Everything we had on was drenched! We decided that we should probably go home and change because no one would want to let us in sopping wet. It actually turned out to be a funny experience. Sister Hanson and I laughed the whole way home.  

Caught in the rain

The rest of my week consisted of finding people, service, a couple of Skype lessons with Femi, and a less active lesson. Not really anything too exciting.

The Because of Him social media take over was pretty cool this week. I actually had ideas for things I could post on Facebook. I loved the video that the church produced for it! It was so awesome and we felt it was a non threatening way to get the word out. We showed it to a couple potential investigators and to a lot of ward members. I heard by the middle of the week it had 2 million views on YouTube! That is awesome! I sure hope you had the opportunity to see it. But anyway, I really liked being able to focus on the Savior throughout the week and the true meaning of Easter. I learned a lot about this whole Holy Week, like the events that took place on each day that I didn't know before, and a deeper, greater appreciation for the Atonement and Resurrection. It was also cool to be out here with all the different religions and their traditions.

This morning Sister Hanson and I went over to a member's home to try her T25 workout video (which is like P90x but condensed into 25 minutes). It was intense but such a good workout. We both commented afterwards that we felt so much more healthy and happy. Sister Hanson and I have been joking about doing "six months to sexy" a few months early, but at the same time we were serious, too, haha! So last week we bought a whole bunch of fruit and vegetables and have been trying to
eat healthier. Once our six month mark hits, we're going to try to cut out all sugar and I'm going to try bread. We'll see if I can actually do it, but I really want to. So, for the rest of my mission, please don't send me candy unless I ask for it, ha. Thanks!

Well, that's about it for my week. I hope you have a great week! Can't wait to talk to you in a couple if weeks! I love you! :)

Sister Davis

Monday, April 14, 2014

April 14, 2014 What a Week!

Hey everyone!

Wow! What a week! First of all, this weekend was BEAUTIFUL!!! It got up to 80 degrees this weekend and I didn't have to wear five layers! I loved it! :) hehe

Secondly, Femi got baptized yesterday!!! It was quite a sweet surprise. Thursday night we received a message from Femi asking us if he could be baptized this weekend or next. He told us that he was able to work everything out with his wife and she gave him the "ok" to be baptized. So, we quickly arranged everything and he was able to be baptized. I was actually really surprised at how many ward members came especially on such short notice. Overall, it was a great day (especially since it was warm outside, too) and Femi was really happy and said that he felt like a new person. 

Femi's baptism, April 13, 2014 with the Jenson family

Most of the rest of our week entailed service. We helped a member in our ward clean up some wood in a bedroom that she is renovating and we also helped another member move some things to her new house. We also helped fill Easter eggs for the Phoenixville's Easter egg hunt they had this weekend. (We volunteer at the Civic Center once a week which is just the recreation center for Phoenixville.) Not really anything else too exciting that happened this week.

Oh! We did have a church tour for Chris on Friday and it went really well. Basically the entire time he was just asking to be baptized. He kept asking questions about how we baptize and what he needs to do to be baptized, so we extended the invitation and he accepted. We tried to set a date with him, but he was going to be out of town that day. He did say though that he would come to church on Sunday, however he woke up sick yesterday morning so he was unable to come.

So now that Femi is baptized, Sister Hanson and I basically do not have any investigators anymore... Chris has now moved into the elders area so he'll become their investigator and then Manuela will eventually be turned over to the elders in the other ward since she lives in their ward boundaries. I guess we're just going to have to get to work!

So, I don't know if you heard about the "Because of Him" social media "take-over" that the church is doing this week, but all of the missionaries have been asked to promote this and flood their Facebook pages with it. I want to ask you if you will join me with this to flood the Internet with this. You can go to mormon.org/becauseofhim to find memes, videos, etc. or you can share what I put on my Facebook page. (This started yesterday and it ends on Easter.)

Sister Hanson and Sister Davis at Valley Forge

Oh! I almost forgot! Transfers are this week, but I'm staying and so is Sister Hanson. I'm sure you figured transfers were coming up soon since I received my Easter package a couple days ago. Thank you for it!

Well, I hope you all have a great week! Happy Easter! :)

Sister Davis

Monday, April 7, 2014

April 7, 2014 Spring is really here! And my sinuses are definitely letting me know it...

Hey everyone!

So, spring is definitely here and I love it! Except for the part where I get allergies and my sinuses decide to drain... All week long I've had sinus drainage and my throat is loving it... NOT! Can't wait for when the blossoms start to bloom now. But anyway, my week was pretty good. Conference was soooo good this weekend! I loved it :). It was kind of funny because just on Friday we were talking to a ward member and a lot of the things talked about in conference we talked about with her. That helped me to know that the conference talks were truly inspired!

Sister Hanson and Sister Davis at Philadelphia Temple site

Like I said, my week has been pretty good, although it was kind of a roller coaster week with our investigators. First of all, Femi didn't get baptized yesterday due to a disagreement with his wife over abortion as well as some visa issues. Femi still has a strong desire to be baptized as well as a testimony, but he doesn't want to cause a problem with his wife by being baptized when his wife asked him not to at this time. His wife's visa was rejected and so it's looking like his family won't be able to make it to the US until maybe June now rather than the end of this month. We believe that he may not be baptized now until his family makes it to the states. He knows the church is true and he told us that this church is what he has been looking for since last July! We're going to stay in contact with him though and still hopefully teach him.

We also found out this week that Manuela has gone through a really hard loss of a family member these past couple of weeks. However, we would have never known if she wouldn't have told us because of how strong she has been and she hasn't even shown her mourning. We also found out that she read 1 and 2 Nephi all in one night! She is also trying to keep all of the commandments and "rules" that we have. She is doing awesome!

Thursday night we had a great lesson with Chris (who is another investigator we have who I only met a week and a half ago). We talked about the nature of God with him and helped him to see that God is an actual being and not just a ball of energy, as he was taught growing up in the Catholic Church. We talked to him the next day and he told us that he actually remembered to pray that night (he has been forgetting to pray) and he received an answer to his prayer that day! We're supposed to have a church tour with him tomorrow so hopefully that will help him with a desire to come to church.

Sister Hanson, Lucy, Moira, Jack and Sister Davis at Rocky statue in Philly

Friday night we had a ward activity and one of our members brought a lady that he met just about a half hour before the activity! He said that their daughters knew each other from school and so that got them talking. He found out that Ebony, the lady, is looking for a church and so he invited her to the activity and she came! We talked to her briefly and she said that she is interested in learning about our beliefs. We're going to call her tonight to try and set up a time to teach her.

That's about it for my highlights this week! I hope you all have a wonderful week! :)

Love you all!
Sister Davis :)

Monday, March 31, 2014

March 31, 2014 It's Always Sunny in PHILADELPHIA!


Guess what?! Guess what?! I'm in Philly! I finally made it to Philly :) We were a little worried about today if it was going to work out or not because it has been raining all weekend long... Luckily, though, the rain stopped this morning and the sun came out. (I guess Heavenly Father heard my prayers.) And to answer your question, Mom, I haven't heard of any flooding, but there was a lot of water on the roads yesterday and the creeks were very full.

Moira, a member in our ward who nannies, took us to Philly today with the kids she cares for. We started off at the touch and feel museum with the kids and it was so fun! Right now we're eating lunch in the Reading Terminal Market which is basically just a huge food court place with various types of food. Our next venture is to the temple and then to Liberty Bell and Love Park. I also believe we'll go to the art museum and anywhere else we can make it today. I love it so far and I'm so excited for the rest of the day. I'll send pictures next week :).

Since I'm emailing in the market, my email is going to be a little short today... Sorry,but I'll tell you all about it next week!

Femi's baptism is next Sunday and I am so excited! We met with him yesterday and he is doing so well. We asked how his readings were going and he told us that he is reading the Book of Mormon from the beginning and the end. He is also reading the Bible from Genesis, the Doctrine and Covenants, True to the Faith, and the Gospel Principles book! He is excited for his baptism next week and he finally told his wife that he is getting baptized! He said that he thinks she will be baptized after she gets her "trainings" in. (Femi calls our lessons trainings.)

We were only able to see Manuela on Monday night this week for FHE and it went well. We played Plan of Salvation "Life" with her and her kids. After a little while her kids lost interest in the game so we quickly finished and answered Manuela's questions afterward. She was going to come to church yesterday (she even got work off) but her son got sick. Hopefully we'll see her this week sometime!

I loved the Women's Broadcast on Saturday! It was so good and the best part was when President Eyring said that he was baptized in Philadelphia! :) hehe I can't wait for General Conference this weekend! So excited!

Well, I'm going to end there so I can get back to my Philly adventures! It sounds like you've had a busy week, though. I hope you have a wonderful week! Love you all!


Sister Davis

Monday, March 24, 2014

March 24, 2014 It's Spring Here...Finally!

Hey everyone!

Spring is finally here and I am so excited! Saturday was a B-E-A-UTIFUL 66 degrees. However, today is a little more chilly. More like 30 degrees, but hey it's finally Spring :)

This week has been pretty good. We started off the week with setting up an appointment with Manuela on Tuesday afternoon. However, she had to cancel because a water pipe broke in her house and it started to flood... Sister Hanson and I were beginning to think that we were never going to be able to meet with her! However, a miracle happened and we were able to see her on Wednesday evening after we had our Skype lesson with Femi! Manuela is awesome and has definitely been prepared! She was asking all of the right questions and even had some deeper questions or questions that would be answered in lessons later on. I also found out that she grew up in Yugoslavia (or whatever it is called today) but then moved to Austria. I'm not very good with my geography, but I told her that I had Yugoslavian ancestors and then I discovered that Grandpa Yalovich's family is Serbian and not the kind of Yugoslavian she is ( I can't remember what she said). But, nonetheless, I thought it was cool that she lived in Yugoslavia. Tonight we're teaching her and her kids as a Family Home Evening. 

Sisters Hanson and Davis with Carolyn and Moira, new converts

Like I mentioned before, we had a couple of lessons this week with Femi and he is still set for his baptism on the 6th of April! He is progressing very well and understands everything we teach him. He is willing to keep the commandments that we have been teaching him. He is awesome! Also, the members that allow us to teach Femi in their home bought Femi a quad [set of scriptures] and mini hymn book and had his name engraved on it! How awesome is that! Femi loved it.

Also this week we were trying to contact a potential investigator name Okasha. The description said that Okasha loves the missionaries and loves to cook for them. So, we decided that we would go try  to contact Okasha. Sister Hanson and I assumed that Okasha was a girl for some reason and were surprised to find out that Okasha is a guy. He invited us in and told us that we would need to come back another time when he wasn't busy but that he would make us food. We went back on Friday evening, but not to get food, just to see him and his wife. We found out that they are from Algeria and practicing their Islamic faith. They said that they listened to the missionaries in the past, but that it was threatening to them to change their religion. They were still really nice, though, and offered to make us food again sometime. (I wanted to throw this story in there because I think it is so cool how many people I have run into in this area that come from different walks of life and nationalities!)

Sister Hanson, Sister Anderson (mission president's wife), Sister Davis
and Moira at Stake Conference

This weekend we had stake conference in Broomall. It was really good and focused on Hastening the Work as well as changing and becoming like Christ. Elder Robins from the Quorum of the Seventy spoke and he was amazing! At the adult session on Saturday he talked about the idea of making first connections with people to do missionary work than to make first contact with them. When we make first connections with them we are more likely to teach them and not just a lesson and show them how the gospel can help them and pertain to them. (What Preach My Gospel is all about.) I thought this was so great!

Hump day celebrated by both Sister Hanson and Sister Davis
on March 23. They're halfway there!

That's about all I can remember for this week. I'm so excited for General Conference coming up in a couple of weeks! 

I hope you all have a fantastic week!

Sister Davis :)

Monday, March 17, 2014

March 17, 2014 Happy Snowy St. Patrick's Day

There's no better way to start off the week than to wake up to snow....... NOT! Yes, I did wake up to snow this morning, but luckily it's just a spring storm so all of the snow is melted now.

Sister Hanson and Sister Davis with their Lucky Charms

Anyway, this week was a rather slow week. We talked to Joseph earlier this week and he told us he was busy with some things and to try him again in a couple of weeks... Then we also had the appointment with the Austrian lady (Manuela) fall through. First of all she was called into work, but she found someone to cover for her. Then on her way over, her son got sick in the car and so we had to cancel.. She did come to the Relief Society birthday dinner we had on Thursday night, though, and she seemed to enjoy her time there. She called the member who has friended her afterwards with an hour's worth of questions on Relief Society. She is still really interested in meeting with us which is awesome! Hopefully we'll be able to set something up this week!
We also had another member invite us over for dinner this week with one of their nonmember co-workers. Josie (the co-worker) was super cute and bubbly, but not too interested. She did, however, come to church yesterday, but when I talked to her after church she still didn't seem too interested. Oh well. We planted a seed, right? Oh and to top it off, the members fed us fish for dinner... Even Sister Hanson doesn't like fish!
We did, however, get to meet with Femi twice this week! He is doing sooo awesome, and he is progressing really well. Oh and he now has a baptismal date for April 6th.  We are so excited! :)
We also ended up doing quite a bit of service this week because we had other appointments fall through. Saturday we went to Broomall to help with a youth service activity and we got to go to Olive Garden beforehand. Needless to say, that made my day.

Mural on building in downtown Phoenixville, PA

I realized that I goofed a couple of weeks ago when I said this is my fifth area... It's really my fourth, but Sister Hanson is my fifth companion. Just thought I would clarify that. And thank you for the halfway package! You know, half a bag of Cadbury Eggs is a little cruel, but I guess I'll live ;) just kidding. Oh and by the way, Sister Hanson and I have decided to celebrate our halfway on the 23rd because that's what day we'll leave the mission field. So, you'll get pictures next week. 
Well, that's about it for my week... Not too much that happened this week. Hopefully this next week will be a little more exciting! I hope you all have a great week! Love you all!
Sister Davis :)

Monday, March 10, 2014

March 10, 2014 I'm Almost Halfway!!

Hey everyone!

I can't believe that my halfway mark is this week!! Where has the time 
gone?! Crazy! Anyway, you guessed it, Mom--I am living in Phoenixville, PA with my new companion Sister Hanson! I am serving in the Valley Forge 2nd Ward in the Valley Forge Stake. (Yes, the Valley Forge National or State park is in my area, and I'm about a half hour drive from Philly!) There are three sets of missionaries serving in this ward. One set of Spanish elders, one set of English elders, and then the sisters. This ward is huge compared to my last area where it was just a tiny little branch. I love it so far, though. Sister Hanson and I came out together, so she'll also hit her halfway mark this week too. Sister Hanson considers herself from Seattle,Washington although she was born in California and grew up in Virginia. She also loves Disney and had the opportunity to work or intern (I can't remember for sure which one) at Disney World! How cool is that! She is 21, but will turn 22 in April. She did a semester at BYU-Idaho and lived in Utah with her sister for a little while. So she's been around the country a little bit. We have a lot in common which is awesome! I love her and this area already!

Sister Hanson and Sister Davis in Phoenixville, PA

Phoenixville is fun place to live. We live in a little apartment (I had to carry my suitcases up about 50 stairs. That was... fun) above this coffee house called Steel City where they have bands playing on the weekend until roughly 11 or 12 at night. That was fun this weekend. Surprisingly, though, I was able to fall asleep pretty quick! We also live across the street from a bar called Molly Maguires where there were several crazy drunk people decked out in their St. Patty's Day gear this weekend already. I wonder what it will be like next weekend?! I really do love this area, though. It is a busy area compared to Pottsville, which is wonderful. We have had a few service opportunities this week, which is something I have really missed. I haven't done any service for awhile. 

Molly Maguire's in downtown Phoenixville, PA

We are also teaching an African man from Nigeria named Oluwafemi, but he goes by Femi. His wife and two kids are still in Africa, but will hopefully be coming to the states in April! Femi is here as a computer programming student. Femi is super intelligent and is progressing really well! He calls our lessons "trainings" and he asks awesome and sometimes very deep questions to make sure he understands. (He says he is going to teach his wife and kids so that is why he wants to make sure he understands.) The sisters invited him to be baptized before, but he wasn't sure because he has been baptized before (in another church) and other churches have accepted his baptism. He understands the need for priesthood authority, though. Femi is so awesome! Oh and we teach him at the 
Jenson's home and you'll never guess who was Sister Jenson's grandpa... Gordon B. Hinckley! How awesome is that?!

Just in the few short days I have been here there have been quite a few miracles. Firstly, we contacted a Mormon.org referral named Joseph who actually referred himself and wanted to meet with us! We met with him on Saturday and he told us that God is telling him that Mormonism is what He wants him to do. Joseph has had Mormon friends in the past and he said he did the "Mormon" thing before. He was raised Catholic, but he is going through some life changing and challenging experiences in his life right now and he wants to build that relationship with God right now. We taught him part of the Restoration on Saturday and then he came to church in Sunday! We're going to see him again on Friday. Later on Saturday we met with Femi and had an awesome lesson on the gospel of Jesus Christ! He also told us that he had received his answer to be baptized the beginning of April! Sister Hanson and her previous companion had received the answer for him for April 6th! How cool is that?! (I also had my first Skyping lesson with Femi on 
Wednesday. It was so cool!)

Last night we had a member call us and tell us about an Austrian lady she ran into who had been looking for a church. They initially invited her over for dinner to talk about Austria because they were thinking about moving to Austria and so they wanted to talk to her about it. They talked about Austria for about 45 minutes, and then the rest of the time they talked about the church and they set up a time for us to come over on Tuesday to teach her more! See why I love this area? :)

It sounds like you've had quite the week! I hope you have another great week that isn't quite as stressful or busy! Thanks for everything! I love you all! :)


Sister Davis

Monday, March 3, 2014

March 3, 2014 I'm Getting Transferred...again!

Hey everyone!

Yup, you read it right! After only being in little Hamburg for 4 weeks, I'm getting transferred. It's crazy! I totally thought I was going to stay and train. I thought Sister Maybury was going to be transferred, but she is staying and I'm going! It's crazy to think that in just 9 months I'll have served in 5 different areas. Crazy!

Piles of snow in Hamburg, PA

My birthday was great! I'm not gonna lie, it did feel just like a normal missionary day, but I had some special surprises that made it great! :) Thank you to everyone who helped make my birthday special :).

Happy Birthday, Sister Davis

Sister Davis and Sister Maybury celebrating

The Elders made birthday brownies for Sister Davis

So, this week we had a miracle! We found a new investigator through tracting! I have never found an investigator out of tracting, so this was amazing. Her name is Emily and she was super nice and bubbly. She let us in and we talked to her a little about the Book of Mormon and the priesthood authority. She said that she was really interested and invited us to come back the next day. We left her with a Book of Mormon because she said that she wanted to read it! So, we went back the next day prepared to teach her about the Restoration. The first thing she tells us is that she did some "research" on our religion. She first read the intro and the testimonies to the Book of Mormon, then she visited Mormon.org and a Wikipedia site... The Wikipedia site shared info about the Word of Wisdom (she's a coffee and tea drinker) and that we practice polygamy. She told us because of those things, being Mormon would not be for her. We explained that we don't practice polygamy and tried our best to explain why we have the Word of Wisdom. We also taught her the Restoration because she wanted to know what the difference was between our religion and hers. She liked what we taught, but didn't want to continue meeting with us. She was super nice about the whole thing, though, which was awesome!

Tuesday night we helped serve food at the food pantry here. That was fun :) and it was wonderful being able to serve. I haven't done any service activities for a while, so it was really nice to be able to do that. Tuesday and Wednesday were marathon days--a lot of lessons back-to-back, which was just fine with me! We had a lot of lessons with investigators this week which was awesome!

Beverly is doing awesome! She just finished the Book of Mormon this week (it took her a little less than 6 months to read!) and she is more than excited for her baptism. We're going to see if we can move her date up to the 22nd of March just because of the General Woman's Broadcast on the 29th. We're not entirely sure what we're going to do with Carlee yet. We asked our zone leaders if we could keep teaching her and they said we could until it got closer to baptism. When that happens then the Reading sisters will have to take over because Carlee will have to go to the Reading Ward unless the stake president says otherwise. 

Well, that's about it for my week. Thank you for all that you do for me! I really appreciate it :). I hope you are all doing well and that you have a great week! Love you!
Sister Davis :)