Friday, October 30, 2015

Week 50 - Thou shalt not kill (except cockroaches)

Hey everyone!

You´re not gonna believe it, but I love you all a lot!

So we had transfers yesterday, and guess what?! I am staying with Elder Mejia! I´m gonna kill him! (That means be his last companion and send him home, no os preocupĂ©is!) I´m so glad we get to stay together!

This week has been full of amazing experiences, I wish I had the time to share them all with you! But I can´t, but let me share one incredible story with you. A few weeks ago Elder Mejia and I were running to our church services and we saw a couple with their baby outside the temple just walking so we said, "Hey, do you wanna go in?!" They said yes and we took them to the Visitor´s Center and they took a tour! We snuck out of church at like 1:40 (our services are at 1) to see how they went and they LOVED it! So we invited them to church with us! They liked that too, and they came back the next week even though they live kinda far away! We had already sent the referral, but they hadn't contacted them yet. Well, the cool thing is they are gonna be BAPTIZED! BAPTISM! Wahoo!! A sister from the Visitor´s Center told us and my companion and I were SO happy!!

Today my companion and I decided to murder...all the cockroaches in our house. My companion and I have been living with like 400 of those little guys in the kitchen. Not anymore. We bought some cool paste that they eat and it´s POISON and just took EVERYTHING out of the Kitchen and cleaned, it was a fun time. We had a very similar experience to that of Elder Brown in Argentine which he summed up with a great scripture, Mosiah 10:20 which reads:

"And it came to pass that we did drive them again out of our land; and we slew them with a great slaughter, even so many that we did not number them."

Things are great here in Mexico! I love this work and I know it is the work of the Lord! Have a fantastic week, choose the right, remember who you are and what you stand for! Walk on the sidewalk. Don´t talk to strangers (unless you are a missionary, talk to ALL the strangers!). Love you!

-Elder Davies

Tough guy look

Monday, October 19, 2015

Week 49 - Parable of the Goats

As his Dad, I have to say it's hard not to smile around Kelson :)

Hey friends and family!

Another very busy week!! I learned a great lesson from two goats today, listen up.

As I was talking to an investigator with my companion in her doorway, we heard the sound of goats crying so naturally we turned around. About a hundred feet away we saw a man who was leading two goats with a rope around their neck. As they got closer, we all realized that the man was clearly taking them to a slaughter house to make them into tacos or something. Everyone in the street was just watching. As they got closer, I saw something that surprised me. Of the two goats, a mother and her little baby son, only ONE of them was tied up with the rope, the baby goat wasn't attached to anyone or anything in any way! As the man began to kick the mother a little to get her to go into the door of the slaughter house, I thought, ´Why don´t you run, little baby goat?! You´re not tied up! Don´t you know what will happen to you in there?!´ Then I learned a great lesson.

Just like Satan, the enemy of the family, this man knew that all he needed to to was take control of the mother goat and the baby goat would simply follow her, even to their deaths. Satan has come to know the same truth, and that is why his attack on the family will usually start with the mother and father of a family. If he can simply get them chained up, he won´t have to worry much about their children, they will follow them wherever it may be that he takes their parents. So, let´s be careful what we do. That doesn´t mean that all the responsibility is over the parent´s shoulders, however. The same lesson can apply to friends, leaders, teacher, boyfriends/girlfriends, so BE CAREFUL! There are only two shepherds in this world: one will lead by force, ropes, chains, and lies to the depths of Hell and the other leads with love, example, and invitation. Let us follow the Good Shepherd, the Son of the Living God.

I had another very testimony building moment of Service this week. As we were talking to a mother and her son in the street, we were inviting them to let us come to their home and teach them. We explained that we don´t just teach the Gospel, but we do service as well! We clean clothes, wash dishes, sweep, mop, etc.! As we were saying that, a little old lady walked by and said, "They are telling the truth! After they re-tiled our apartment building and left dust EVERYWHERE on our 5-floor building, they came and swept the WHOLE building!" My companion and I were shocked, but grateful that an act of service had made enough of an impact on someone that she felt to share it in a random conversation in the street. #Service

Last night my companion and I organized a devotional for the Stake for Recent Converts and Investigators! It was FANTASTIC! Over 75 people showed up which is great for very little notice! It´s so important that these people feel support and have spiritual experiences as many are making the choice to be baptized and others have recently made that decision!

Well, next P-day will be the 28th of October (Wednesday), so I´m most likely not dead if I don´t write on Monday. I sure do love you all, have a GREAT week!!


Elder Davies

An interesting decoration on a corner they found

More interesting decorations outside a home. Halloween or "Dia de los muertos?"

Mural on a wall in their area

Monday, October 12, 2015

Week 48 - 18 Investigators at church. WAHOO!

Men of Steel. HAHA! Kelson doing his best Superman impression
but with a "Y" on his chest instead of an "S"

Hey everybody!!

I have 11 months in the mission today...woah. Time is just flying. My companion always says a phrase to the people that say we don´t have time that I LOVE. He says, "We have time, what we don´t have is LIFE." That´s SO true! Just wish I had more life. Ya know? Haha!

Kelson's favorite picture from the
youth choir at General Conference.
Brothers holding hands. Here
is the story that has gone viral
So for everyone that is asking me what part of the conference was my favorite, it was these two little boys (which I assume are brothers) holding hands in the choir. That just melted my heart. I will attach a picture! (Here is the Story Online)

This week we had our Zone Class and it was great! We had a really cool experience because we did Workshops of 10 minutes each and the District Leaders and the Sister Training Leaders and we gave the classes, we all learned lots and lots! We are gonna achieve a lot this month, I love this Zone! We have so many great missionaries and so many NEW ones that are just excited and ready to work!

We had the coolest Sunday this week because we had 18 investigators show up to church! WOOO!! My companion and I were jumping off the walls all day. Literally. I love being a missionary! Our problem is we need like 4 twins so we can go and visit all the people we´d like to....if only!

Today we went with Elder Tolli and Elder Duran to play racquetball and that was SO fun!! The place is literally behind our department buildings so we I want to go there more! It was lots of fun! It´s different here though...they call it Squash and it is with a smaller ball. And this place didn't have a cement roof so the ball can go out above, but it was still so fun!

This week we got a call from an investigator that hadn't been progressing and we just hadn't been able to see her for a long time and then she just called us on Friday and said that she missed us and she FINALLY started reading the Book of Mormon and she wants to be baptized! YEAH! We are gonna work with her a lot more now, it´s so amazing how the timing of the Lord works out!

Kelson's Friends, Sister Wyson &
Jackson heading to France and Russia
I know this is the true church of Jesus Christ and that this is his work. We are in the last days, like our beloved Apostles have repeatedly said over years, the disintegration of the family is what will bring upon us the calamities of the last days, so STAY WITH YOUR FAMILIES! Unless you are a missionary, you can leave for a while (Shout out to Tracie Wyson and Hailie Jackson! #France and #Russia!!)

Well I love you all so much and hope you have a GREAT week!

Elder Davies

Racquetball on Preparation Day

Zone Activity Day

Posers at the Zone Meeting

Super "men"

Elder Davies... From America.

Creepy Santa!

Creepy Santa

Racquetball Court near their apartment

Rules listed behind them "It is prohibited to (put?) feet on the
walls or to sit on the balcony. Those not following the rules
will be thrown out of the club"

Racquetball Club facility in Mexico City

This is such a Kelson / Gentry pose. HAHA!

Preparation Day outside the Racquetball Club

Creepy Santa scares us...

A corner market in Mexico

Souvenir pictures taken at the Temple Visitor Center

More pictures from the Mexico City Visitor Center

At a lesson?

Mexico City East Mission - Zone Activity
Racquetball on Preparation Day!