Thursday, April 28, 2016

Week 76 - Zone P-Day Activity Pics & Umbrella Sharing

Zone Activity on P-Day :)
Hey Friends and Family,

This week was a great week!

We had our Zona Activity today and it was really fun! We actually have some other American people in the Zone, so that´s fun! We are 8 from Mexico, 5 from USA, 3 from Guatemala, and 1 Peruvian. We are diverse! We did a little Minute to Win It competition and ate Pizza! Like Always! #NotComplaining After that we played capture the flag but with WATER BALLOONS! That was pretty crazy! Overall a really fun activity!

"I Hope they Call Me On A Mission" - Video by Kelson's Dad who is missing his little boy...
But is SO glad he is where he is right now!  Music by "Elder Love" & friends - :)

This week was a good week! We found a mom and daughter we have been looking for for a long time right before it started to rain. We started to walk with them toward their house because we had an umbrella and it started pouring right as we were passing the chapel. That was okay thought, we went inside to not get soaked and we got to share with them part of the restoration and they accepted a baptismal date for the 22nd of May. They had been listening to the missionaries a year ago for a few months but in another mission and we just found them at the PERFECT time in their life! The mom´s name is Maria de los Angeles and the 16-year-old daughter´s name is Estrella. They came to church with us too!!

The Vazquez family is coming along well! There are SO many of them...the ones that are progressing most of all are Adriana, Gabriela, Wendy and Diego. You could pray for them and also remember Damian and Gabriel. We are gonna see if we can get everything to line up for a few baptisms this next weekend.

Well, things are great here! My new companion, Elder Cux, is great! I´m having lots of fun with him and we are learning a lot!

I hope you all have a great week and you make good choices!


Elder Davies

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Week 75 - New Companion & Elder Oaks! Elder Oaks! (shook his hand twice :) )

New Companion: Elder Cux (Mayan name pronounced "Koosh")
Hello friends and family,

I have had an absolutely incredible experience this weekend. Well, we had our mission conference with Elder Oaks. We took a group picture with all the missionaries and him and then he shook all of our hands before the devotional started. We were in the choir so we got to sing two musical numbers and after the second one we sat down on the front two rows on the left side and got to hear his talk. Elder Oaks is an Apostle of God, I received that confirmation various times during his visit to our mission and our stakes. I finally understood what Alma was trying to explain in Alma 5 about having the image of God in our Countenance, he sure has that image in his.
Elder Oaks with the Mexico City East Mission
Elder Oaks addressing the Conference
On Sunday we also had the chance to hear from him as he spoke in a special stake conference with our stake (Vergel) and my old stake (Aragon). The conference was to start at 9AM but we wanted to get there nice and early so we actually showed up at about 7:45. At 8:15 I looked up and suddenly there was Elder Oaks walking in the large room of the multi-stkae center. He went and, starting with the choir and then the congregation, shook EVERY PERSON´S HAND. There were about 250 of us there at this time and about 20 minutes later, when he had finished, he left again until the conference started.

I wish I could share with you all the wonderful spiritual insights I received but I think the most important thing I could share with you would be the power and simplicity of his testimony of Jesus Christ. When he testified the Spirit did also that what he was saying was true.

On another note, today we had transfers. I stayed in my area and I´m with and Elder named Elder Cux (pronounced Koosh, it´s a mayan name) from Guatemala! He has 16 months in his mission and is a great missionary from all I´ve been able to see so far! We have a lot of work ahead of us but we are glad for it. Elder Perez was transferred to a zone that´s about 15 minutes in the other direction from the Temple, so he didn´t go too far! Every companionship had a change in our 8-companionship Zone so we will have lots of new people to work with and we are EXCITED!

Highlights of this week:
-Shaking Elder Oaks hand (TWICE!)
-I saw a lady leave her house holding a mapache (That´s a racoon. Yes. A racoon.)
-It´s raining outside, it just started out of nowhere!
-I got a new companion

I know this church is true and I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior and Redeemer of the World. I know that by and through his atoning sacrifice we can not only be clean but we can be better and we can change. I know that God lives and he loves us all and he is aware of every single one of us.

I love you all,

Elder Davies

Monday, April 11, 2016

Week 74 - Lasagna, Choir for Elder Oaks & "noticed that all my weeks are fantastic??"

Zone Picture in front of the Mexico City Temple

Dear Friends and Family and Los Demás,
(Note from dad: Los Demas = everyone else... so not a friend or family, then who? HAHA!)

How are you?!

This week was fantastic!! Have you noticed that all my weeks are fantastic?? I am just so lucky to be on a mission where every week is just FANTASTIC!

Lasagna!  Not a common dish in Mexico City :)
We had a Zone Class on Tuesday and some Elders randomly brought Lasagna! What?! I don´t know where it came from still, it tasted good so WHO knows! It has been many moons since I've eaten lasagna. Mmm.

I am part of a choir of 30 missionaries that are going to sing in our Mission Conference with Elder Oaks on Saturday and it´s coming along! We only have had one practice and we only get one more, but it should work out! We will be singing Battle Hymn of the Republic for the special hymn during the conference and a hymn that is only in Spanish for the prelude (It´s called Oíd el Toque del Clarín for all you Spanish missionaries!).

Yesterday Elizabeth was confirmed by her Uncle and it was so great! After that Sergio received the Aaronic Priesthood during the third hour of church. He´s getting ready to bless the sacrament next week! I´m so happy for him!

Well just so you all know next Monday will be transfers and I will write you that some Monday so I think I won´t have Wednesday P-days anymore, just so you all are aware!

Thank you all for all the love and support! I wish you all a very happy week and don´t forget to pray and read your scriptures!!


Elder Davies