Monday, August 24, 2015

Week 108: I will always be grateful I chose to serve the Lord for these past two years.

Hey this is really weird. I never thought I would have to send the final email. It seems to be going by so fast. I look back and have learned a lot from the experiences I've had. I will always be grateful I chose to serve the Lord for these past two years. I have met a lot of people that have been a strong influence on me and have been able to have several spiritual experiences that have shaped me and molded me into a better person. I love the Lord and all he has done for me to help me become better. I am grateful for the many attributes and skills I have been able to develop over the past two years as I have served him full time. It has been a wonderful experience. It passed away "as if a dream" as Jacob in the Book of Mormon says. I have learned much about feasting upon the word of Christ. I have learned the value of a consecrated life to our savior. I have been helped group all my trials and adversities and I have been able to develop more of the things of eternity. I am so grateful for the experience of my mission. It has truly been a gift to me.

So a summary of the week’s activities: anything else that I miss and next week’s activities will have to be talked to in person. As I was sitting in sacrament meeting it was a weird thought to me that the next time I will partake of the sacrament will be in Idaho. It almost is a sense of denial. I have given myself fully to the work for these past two years and have felt that this was my life. From this experience I have gained many helpful habits. I am excited to come home and use the talents that the lord has given me to further his work back home. It also is hard to think that I am leaving because of how much this has been a blessing in my life. But the Lord has a plan for all of us and it is a plan that is perfect and extends far beyond what my expectations are. I love the lord and his work. I will continue to be an active part of his work as I am home. Thanks for all the support that I have received and all the prayers. They are greatly appreciated.

So the week went really well.
Monday: lesson with Steve. He really enjoyed the subject we shared about the Ten Commandments. We focused on the fourth commandment, keeping the Sabbath day holy. This was an obstacle we had been working in. We planned in weekly planning how to overcome it and received revelation in personal and companion study that morning as well. It was a very powerful lesson. He was able to realize keeping the Sabbath day holy and coming to church was an act of faith. We place our trust in God and not in the things if the world when we make it a point to go to church and partake of the sacrament. It is only by doing so that we are able to feel the fullness of God’s love, forgiveness of our sins, and peace from the spirit as we show God that we are willing to keep the covenants we have made with him. He committed to church and was there on Sunday. The other surprise was that the Mosbys also came to church making my final Sunday a great one with two investigators there. What made that lesson so good was we had one of Steve's good friends there. He was able to testify of his experience about keeping the Sabbath day holy. And the challenges he faces in doing so as he was investigating the church. In this instance it was the member who testified and astonished the investigator. It was the member who was able to help Steve overcome his concerns. Had we been there by ourselves, our words would have been little more than words and would not have had the impact the members testimony did.
Wednesday: taught the Ford family about the 10 commandments, showed their 8 year old daughter about the children's Book of Mormon. After we left we received a message that her daughter had been reading for an hour after we left.

Thursday was also great. We traveled to great falls in preparation for the mission tour meeting with Elder Martino. That night we went on exchanges with Elders from the Roe River Ward. It turned out to be a great night. I went with Elder Hendricks. We started out teaching a less active sister who we planned to teach the plan of salvation to. This was perfect because she had been reading in 2 Nephi 2 and had questions about Adam and Eve. It was a powerful lesson. We then went to another less active family who was mostly interested in socializing. Miracles do happen on exchanges. We got there and by the end they were both willing to study the scriptures daily and committed to do so where previously they had been a bit standoffish about it. The spirit is a powerful motivator, especially when combined with scripture.

After that lesson we had 15 minutes left and we prayed where we should go. We both felt we should visit a family. When we got there, however, things were different. Elder Hendricks felt that he should talk to a person leaning on a car. It turns out he and his friend were interested as we talked about the restoration. They felt it very strongly and were surprised by what they were feeling. They accepted a date immediately and then decided they would be at church on Sunday. It was a miracle. If we hadn't tried to see that family, we wouldn't have had that happen. The lord is mindful of his children.

Friday was great! We were able to receive a lot of helpful instruction from Elder Martino of the 70. The spirit was very strong. As we participated in the meeting, we were all edified together and learned a lot about how to get the work progressing in our areas. We also raised our monthly baptismal goals from 1 per month per companionship to 4 per month. It is definitely possible with the instruction that we received about using members to teach the lessons in the comfortable
and spirit filled setting of the member's home.

Well that was the week in a nutshell. Glad I got to write. It has been a great time to write these emails. I am excited to continue on in the next part of my life. I leave with one of my favorite scriptures.

Moroni 10:32-33
32 Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God.

33 And again, if ye by the grace of God are perfect in Christ, and deny not his power, then are ye sanctified in Christ by the grace of God, through the shedding of the blood of Christ, which is in the covenant of the Father unto the remission of your sins, that ye become holy, without spot.

With love,
Elder Jaden Davis

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Week 107: This week has had several miracles.

I am excited to email today. Before I start I would like to make a note that elder Peterson is right beside me playing a really good song entitled, "Homeward Bound" Must be trying to get the message across to me.

Anyway, this week has had several miracles. I will highlight upon four that are very significant and have led us to see the tender mercies of the Lord and marvel at the situations that he places us in to find those we are meant to touch as missionaries and lead to the truth.

Tuesday was significant as we discussed some of the things we could be doing to get the work moving here in Lewistown. We decided to act in faith and clean up our teaching pool by dropping those who were not progressing and as a result were using up precious time. It was painfully hard to make this decision since many of those that we were teaching have great potential if they choose to follow Jesus Christ. They recognize their need for Him and an improvement in their lives, but are not willing to act to get those blessings. The situation looked bleak at first, but faith "precedes the miracle".

After we made the decision we were on our way to a lesson where we felt that we wouldn't get very far. We had found this person earlier in the week and were heading back. He was a former investigator who didn't want to convert but was willing to talk any time. We decided to go anyway and it was a very good thing we did because miracle number one occurred as we were there. While we were talking with Henry, one of his neighbors, James, came up to ask him for some help. He noticed that we were, "Church people" and asked us if we did baptisms. He then asked us if he could be baptized. It was a miracle that the Lord placed us in that lesson and inspired James to come ask Henry for help. We came back later and he now has a baptismal date for September 19.

In an effort to find more people we decided to start implementing finding through less active and part member families. We were going through the Part Member family list on Wednesday when we decided to go see someone with only 15 minutes left in the day. We decided to go anyway and as a result were able to talk to Bridget. She didn't know who we were looking for, but she did say that she was interested in learning more because her brother is Mormon and works in North Dakota and doesn't get to talk to her much. So she asked us to come back and answer some of her questions. She even asked us if we could give her our phone number. That never happens and we were ecstatic.

Third miracle happened on Thursday. It was really hot out, but we still decided to bike instead of drive. Previous to this time we had been deciding on a place to go tracting for an hour before dinner. I looked at the map we had of Lewistown and decided to place my finger in a random location without looking. It turned out to be the place we needed to be. We ran into two people on the street who was interested in us coming back and sharing more about how the Gospel could bless them and their families. We were also heading back to where we left our bikes and a stranger came up to us and asked us if we could tell him more about what God was speaking today. So we testified of Prophets and the Book of Mormon. He invited us back.

Fourth miracle was on Friday. An appointment cancelled and we were left with a hole in our schedule. We both felt inspired to go see a referral we had gotten from Sister Welton. That referral turned out to be very interested in hearing our message and even promised to come to church. He did and liked it very much. He also wanted to learn more about our church and thinks it’s the one for him and fits with many of his belief system. Later that day we also taught James. He accepted a baptismal date and was so curious about what he needed to do to get baptized that he asked us and wouldn't let us go until we had reviewed the baptismal interview questions with him.

We also met with someone who was walking to the church to meet with us outside. There was a big storm that came through. Had she walked home in it she would have been soaked, but the rain calmed down for the time it took her to walk home.

As if that wasn't enough miracles, the Lord blessed us with one more. We were once again trying part member families and had 15 minutes left. The Lord led us to a home where the family once again did not live there. But a different part member family did live there who had moved from White Hall earlier. They were just thinking about contacting the missionaries earlier that day before we were led to knock on their door. We have a return appointment on Wednesday.

The Lord truly does care for each of us in our individual situations. He blessed us as we made a commitment to strive to be diligent even in difficult circumstances and thus we were able to see his power unfolded in a series of miracles. It was great. I issue a challenge to look for and record those personal miracles that the Lord gives to each of you. Look and you will find them.

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

-Albert Einstein

With love,

Elder Jaden Davis

Monday, August 10, 2015

Week 106: This week marked Elder Peterson's one year mark on August 6 and my two year mark on the 7th so we celebrated.

This week was also a great week.

This week marked Elder Peterson's one year mark on August 6 and my two year mark on the 7th so we celebrated. They were both excellent days and we had some great experiences. In our weekly planning session we were able to bounce ideas off of each other and use our tools we have been given in unity. Elder Peterson put in the plans for the people we discussed while I called and set up appointments and entered them into the area book planner app on the iPad. Later on the day we were blessed with the opportunity to find for some time.
One of our appointments fell through so we decided to go tract an area we had been wanting to tract earlier but had not gotten around to it. Once we got there we were able to talk to a few people about
the gospel. One of them we shared the “Because He Lives” video. She said that it made her day and we were able to talk with her about the Book of Mormon and how it could bless her life. Ultimately she agreed to let us come by again, but said that she didn't want to commit to anything. But the spirit was very strong in the lesson and it helped if only for that moment. It was definitely a seed that was planted. Hopefully as we come back she will be more interested in learning more and the spirit will touch her.

Friday was a great day. The best part was being able to teach Steve a lesson. It was the first discussion with him and we brought a member friend who had previously given him a copy of the Book of Mormon. The lesson went really well. He had already been reading from the Book of Mormon before we got there and agreed to be baptized when he found out that it was true. He has a lot of real intent and understands the purpose of our visits. It is from this and other visits that I have learned the power of not just teaching a lesson, but teaching to the people and their needs, adapting the lesson to have significance in their lives. I have also found the how to begin teaching points in preach my gospel chapter 10 to be an effective way of drawing out their testimonies and questions and concerns. It really makes it easier to adapt to their circumstances if at first we get to know what their expectations are and how they need to be taught.

Another powerful lesson was with a less active named Alvin. He knows the church is true, but wants to overcome things that have been weighing him down. This time as we taught the restoration it was different. Instead of merely asking a few questions and lecturing, we were able to adapt. We helped him see that God loves him no matter what and want him to be a strong example for his family and that it is possible to change ingrained habits through the study of the scriptures and church attendance. We showed him the relevance of receiving personal revelation in his life and being an example for his family by being a righteous priesthood holder.

We talked about how the savior gave the priesthood to his apostles to cast out demons and have power over unclean spirits and how that he could have power over his weakness if he built upon the foundation stone of Jesus Christ. We taught how that sometimes we are in a state of darkness just as the world was before the time of Joseph smith, but that if we do as he did, ask of God sincerely and with real intent we can be brought back to the true fold of God and the light of the gospel. We told how the Book of Mormon was key to building that faith and keeping it strengthened. We committed him to daily reading of the scriptures, not to know if it was true, but to provide protection for himself and his family. That lesson was completely guided by the spirit. It would not have gone that way if Elder Peterson were so concerned about teaching a lesson and leaving that we were not able to feel the still small prompting a of the spirit. From these two lessons I have learned the importance of not rushing through principles to teach, but applying principles as we listen to the needs of those we teach. The latter is much more satisfying and effective. It has been a great week.

Earlier today Elder Peterson taught me how to put spin on a bowling ball. It was much more effective that way than simply chucking the ball down the alley and missing the pins altogether. But we had a lot of fun. Hope everyone is doing well. I love each of you. I am thankful to be able to write to you.

With love,
Elder Jaden Davis

Monday, August 3, 2015

Week 105: There is a lot to report on and several miracles to report.

Hello everyone,

This was a great week. There is a lot to report on and several miracles to report so bear with me.

I am excited to once again email and report on the experience of this week and some of the miracles that we have been seeing. It is great to reflect back on the last few weeks and it all seems like one drawn out day that is going by super quickly. As I near the end of my mission experience I am truly grateful for the lessons the lord has been teaching me and the many memories and friends that will stay with me the rest of my life.

Upon entering the mission I left my camera in the van they used for transfers. I was not able to find it anywhere until last Tuesday. We had permission to go to the temple in Billings Montana for our preparation day. So while we were there the thought came to stop by the mission office and ask them if they had managed to find it or were still looking for it. So we did and as I was describing what the camera looked like, an office sister went over to an envelope and brought out my camera. It was a joyful experience. Because I now had my camera I could take pictures again without using the iPad for that purpose. So I was excitedly going through the pictures that night reminiscing on how much I've changed and also the many different things that I have been able to accomplish on my mission. It was a great reminder of the need to be a missionary with real intent, one who doesn't just go through the motions, but relies on the lord to accomplish his work. As this is accomplished a change occurs and life takes on greater meaning. I look back and am able to see more clearly the reason why certain things happened the way they did even though at the time I was confused by different events that happened such as transfers or a change of companions, or even being led to certain people. It reminded me that the purpose of this life is not just to get through each day, but to improve each day and to learn from those experiences. As I learned this viewpoint and as I was able to accept the lord was in control I have been able to grow much faster and become much more successful than if I had not experienced the things that I have.

The temple was a great experience for me. I was able to feel of the savior’s love for all people and also the sense of urgency to do the lords work with the time I have left. I left refreshed and grateful that I was able to make the trip. It was a total of 2 1/2 hours of driving. This was quite the blessing and gave me time to reflect on certain questions that I wished to answer. As we got ever closer, the spirit testified that what we were doing was a great thing and would bless the lives of another. Sometimes, travel does actually help with the experience of worshiping in the temple because of the time to ponder and reflect on the sacredness of the temple and the many sacrifices it takes for people to get there sometimes. We are a truly blessed generation to have so many temples readily available.
Wednesday was the first district meeting I had in Lewistown. Our district leader, Elder Taukinukufili asked us all to prepare role play discussion practicing various principles of keeping commitments and follow up. It was very interesting because we held the meeting over the phone.  We weren't able to skype this time, but this upcoming district meeting tomorrow will be all together as a district, all four of us. It is us and them that form a district, but more on that later.  I was assigned the topic of bearing frequent testimony. It was wonderful studying for that and learning the blessings that come from testifying frequently and how to testify. It helped me realize that I needed to do more testifying instead of just at the end of the lesson. I was also surprised how much testimony is in the Book of Mormon and the many ways that the prophets use to bear record or testify of things. Often they were simple statements of belief such as, "I do know that Jesus is the Christ, the savior and redeemer of the world.
It was made manifest into me by his Holy Spirit." As I have tried implementing this in my own teaching I have noticed the power of the Holy Ghost come more often into the room to "carry our words to the hearts" of the listeners so that we "both rejoice and are edified together." Wednesday evening we went on team ups (another way of saying splits) with our Ward mission leader and another member. I went with Brother Bent, our Ward mission leader, to the home of the Wood family. Since the last time we had met with them they had a different spirit about them. Brother Wood asked us for a blessing and we gave him one. The last lesson we had with them was so powerful the spirit filled the room and touched every one of us so that we could not deny that the things that were being taught about the sacrament and the importance of this sacred ordinance in our lives could not be disputed. It had a humbling effect upon us all. This time after the blessing he was much more polite, much more willing to commit, and even asked us to write down the chapter in the Book of Mormon that he should read. I know that eventually he will return to church. Friday was a great day as well. Lewistown has a nice trail system that runs through town for bikers, walkers, and joggers.

So every morning we have decided to go jogging on that trail gradually increasing the distance that we go. It is very motivating to try to get across the entire trail that loops back into town and is about 3 miles long. So far we have only made it halfway and about two miles, but each day we go a little farther. Anyways, on Friday we helped out at the local senior center. We helped them serve food and clean up after the meal. Service has really softened the hearts of the people here. I heard that the work had stopped earlier and that two elders decided to spend time every other day picking up garbage around town. As a result the people were friendlier and more open to the invitation to hear the restored gospel. So we are looking for ways to serve in the community.
After our service we had an appointment with Sister Brown. We are able to share the talk by Elder Bednar, "therefore they hushed their fears" it really helped her and I learned later from Elder Peterson over the phone that she came to church as a result. (Okay to explain this we are on exchanges right now. We had interviews in Great Falls on Saturday with President Wadsworth. While there we exchanged with have because it is a three hour drive from here to Lewistown. So we went on exchanges and are still on exchanges and will get back tomorrow when we meet up in Great Falls again for district meeting.) The rest of Friday we taught Sister Bell and the spirit prompted us to testify of the Book of Mormon and the importance in bringing us closer to God and gaining a relationship with him. We shared the introduction paragraph where Joseph Smith promises that a man will get nearer to God by abiding by its precepts than by any other book. It was a powerful testimony and she immediately commuted to read the Book of Mormon that night and asked us to follow up with her in it. Now that never happens unless someone is sincere and we were very happy about that. Her ultimate goal is to return to activity and be sealed to her family. On Saturday we drove the two hours to Great Falls Montana to meet up with the zone leaders and President and Sister Wadsworth for interviews. It was a great interview and the spirit was strong there as we discussed principles that would help me as I prepared for the transition back to life off the mission. He talked to me a little about the upcoming program for returning missionaries called my plan and told me to be on the lookout for it. I am excited for it because it will give me the tools that I need to not worry about the transition to home while still being able to focus on the work and prepare for life after the mission. I am looking forward to experiencing this program.  After interviews we left for the two hour drive from Great Falls to Have. That night we were able to talk to a lot of non-members who came to the ward activity car show. We also were able to teach an investigator nicknamed "auntie" who is very interested in joining the church. Finally after two months of trying to get her to come to church she finally fulfilled her commitment as we came the next morning to wake her up and follow her to the church building. She loved it, felt the spirit from the testimonies, and decided she wanted to come back next week. There were many miracles this week. They are blessings made possible only through the love of our father in heaven for us. I am grateful to be serving him in this great work and look forward to greater experiences in the future.

With love,
Elder Jaden Davis

Monday, July 27, 2015

Week 104: Wednesday was spent traveling all day long.

Hello everyone.

This week was pretty crazy. Tuesday was spent packing and teaching people throughout the day. We also had about two 30 minute bike rides out to dinner with the Turner family and back. It was great.
Wednesday was spent traveling all day long. We left Kalispell at 9 in the morning and arrived in Lewistown at 7. On the way we stopped in Helena and met the Zone Leaders. Elder Raymond from the Sheridan area in the old mission is the Zone Leader here as well as the other Elder Barney. I have been on exchanges with Elder Raymond. He is a great missionary.

On the way from Helena to Great Falls we looked down at our gas gauge and noticed an alarming orange light. We were out of fuel. And we had 60 miles to go through the middle of nowhere. Luckily after about 40 miles we found an exit just in time to fuel up. The only problem was that we were behind the Zone Leaders and two sister missionaries and had no phone to contact them with. We blared on the horn and flashed the lights, but they didn't notice and kept on driving whole we exited the interstate. So we filled up and tried to find some way of meeting them somewhere without getting lost in a town neither Elder Rohwer nor I had ever been to before. We found a McDonalds, looked on our magical I pads for an address and directions to the nearest church building and drove there. When there we discovered it wasn't the right one so the thought came to send an instant message to both Elder Raymon and Elder Barney on our I-pads using the church Wi-Fi. They got our message and came and picked us up. There I met Elder Peterson and we continued on to Lewistown. It was a great experience and proves the influence of the Holy Ghost which made a situation turn out right which could have ended in disaster.

That night we had a powerful lesson with a less active member, Brother Wood. He didn't want to come back to church so we asked some really thought provoking questions that were given to us by the spirit, used several scriptures, and testified of the importance of the sacrament. It was very powerful and there was no way he could deny the importance of the things which we taught him. He didn't want to come immediately to church, but said he would pray about it. We know the spirit is able to help him change and want to return to activity.
Thursday was great. We had our weekly planning session, but we also were able to go to the parade that started the Central Montana Fair here in Lewistown. There we met Travis, one of our investigators with a lot of potential, a few days earlier he had been thinking about being baptized like the Elders had invited him to do. So we had a great discussion with him where we asked inspired questions. It resolved his concern about being judged at church and he committed to come. Sadly, he did not. But we are still working with him. I guess at the last minute he chickened out on us. He promised if we came to the door and walked with him to church he would come with us. Hopefully next week.

Friday was great as well. We went to a neighboring town and got permission to go to a senior couple's area for a 24th of July celebration. They needed help cutting up the large full pig that they roasted. It was a neat experience seeing an entire pig roasted and then cutting it up afterwards. And we even got to take some home with us!

And of course Elder Petersen beat me at bean bag toss and then I beat him at horseshoes so it evened out.
Saturday we met a less active who had been texting us a lot trying to meet with us but never getting the courage to talk with us in person. She really likes texting. But it was great to meet her, although it rained in the lesson.

Sunday was really good as well. We were able to teach Travis again and church was really good.

I am looking forward to the rest of the week. We saw a flash flood today, it happened right on top of us as we were doing laundry. So we ran to the truck and were soaked in 10 seconds. Hail came as well. So it was a big surprise, but no harm done.

Talk to you all later, I am appreciative of each of you.
With love,

Elder Jaden Davis

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Week 103: I am being transferred to Lewistown Montana.

Hello everyone. This letter is going to be really short this week because we are going, to Glacier National Park as a zone to hike the highlands. It should be a lot of fun and then we get to learn all the changes that are happening in the zone because if transfers. 
I am being transferred to Lewistown Montana. So I'll have a new address. I'll get it next week when I can email again. It's been a pretty crazy week. We got two new investigators and two new less active members to teach. It is sad leaving them. I have really liked Kalispell.
We had a great and powerful lesson last night and Walter accepted to be baptized when he turns 8 and his family is returning to activity and considered it an honor to have us the missionaries in their home. This was made possible through almost 6 months of monthly emails by their home teacher. They became friends and then the time was right for missionary visits.

Frisbee golfing on Monday was a lot of fun. We didn't lose any disc this time so that was a plus, but I am still working on my technique for throwing the disc. My new companions name is elder Peterson. He was trained by elder Barney and has also served here in Kalispell recently about two weeks before I got here so we should be able to share a lot of stories.  Sunday was good again.
There were a lot of things I needed to hear.  And the sacrament really helped me as well to focus on the savior and invite his atoning sacrifice into my life. As one speaker put it, "when we partake of the sacrament each week, we invite the purifying power of gethsemane into our lives to become one with Christ." It was a great experience. Kalispell has been a purifying experience for me as well these past 6 weeks. It has proven to be a refiner’s fire where I have learned a lot of lessons. I am grateful to have served here.
Hope everyone back home is doing well.

With love,
Elder Jaden Davis

Monday, July 13, 2015

Week 102: It motivates us to do our best and then rely on the grace of Jesus Christ our savior to make up for what we lack.

Hello everyone, it's once again the time for me to write the miracles and experiences I have had from the week here in the bountiful land of Kalispell Montana.  Monday was a great preparation day and we had a wonderful game of monopoly to end of preparation day. Elder Hansen and I then went and rescheduled with the appointment we had. She had tried rescheduling earlier, but our phone was lost so we had to get a new one and it didn't work. We just got the number transferred over to the new phone today so we are back in business.

Dinner on Tuesday was with the Cassan family, the ward mission leader for Kalispell 1st ward. We had my favorite dinner and dessert as was posted on the sheet/bio this stake had us complete. Every member is supposed to have a family mission plan with our picture on the fridge as well as our hobbies, interests, where we've served and for how long, as well as our favorite and least favorite foods. It really has been a great blessing, especially for dinner appointments.
Wednesday was great. In district meeting we decided to do a 40 day fast from some negative aspect of our lives and focus on the positive by trying to go 40 days without displaying or giving in to that negative tendency. It was powerful as we testified of the importance of scriptures and using questions to resolve concerns rather than just sitting out doctrine at people. That is what the mission is really working on right now.

Later in the day we did exchanges with the zone leaders. We tracked for an hour with each leader. Elder Eddington and I were able to talk to a lady who is a Jehovah's Witness. We asked several questions and learned a lot about their beliefs. As a result she accepted a pamphlet from us and agreed that if we really wanted to we could come back and talk with her. (Although she said that it would be a waste of our time and that she wouldn't convert) but hey you never know.

On Thursday we went down to Polson to observe the weekly planning session of the sisters. We met at the church and went through who they were teaching and their plans for how to help them progress in the gospel. Afterwards all four of us went Tracting alternating every other door. Sisters one, elders the next.  We were able to learn a lot from this experience both them and us on how to find people to teach the restored gospel. We also ate lunch at a restaurant that had horrible service. It took the, 15 minutes to come get our order and then 40 minutes to cook it during which time the waitress never came back. The waitress came three times, once for the order, a second near the end to see how we were doing and the third to give us the bill. Needless to say I won't be eating there again although it was a pretty funny story to tell. After dinner we met with Casey to introduce him into family history. He really loved it and wants to get to the temple as soon as possible to do baptisms for the dead and also to be sealed to his wife. He really has a great spirit and wanted to be baptized. He has real intent and is a great person. I am glad to have been able to teach him the gospel. During this time Elder Hansen discovered a love for indexing and I found out some pretty useful information about one of my ancestors. Family history really is a lot of fun.

On Friday a nice lady bout us son comes as we offered to help her. It was really nice. There's nothing like a snow cone to cool you off when it is super-hot outside. Flavored ice is the best.
Saturday was really good as well. We returned to do some more service out in the middle of nowhere for a lady who is the friend of the librarian here in Kalispell. We hauled lots of junk into several piles of recycling. I sorted through the metal this time. Needless to say we got the job done and in the process disturbed several ants who had been nesting under the metal that had been there for quite a long time.

Sunday was really good. As usual I felt the power of the sacrament working in my lie. I am very grateful for the sacrament. The messages that were shared fit my needs very well. I learned a lot about why we keep improving on things to have another thing surface we need to work
in. It teaches us to trust in the lord in all things and situations that we find ourselves in. It motivates us to do our best and then rely on the grace of Jesus Christ our savior to make up for what we lack. His strengthening power is essential to our success in even trying to do all that we can do to repent and work on weaknesses. We had two 3 hour blocks and two ward counsel meet is which meant that in total we were in church from 7 am to 4 pm with a 5 minute break in between for lunch. Needless to say we were exhausted and greatly spiritually fed. It was a great time for us to reflect upon the things that we needed to do to improve in the upcoming week. So we had a wonderful experience at church and we also have wonderful experiences daily as missionaries. Although challenging, with the help of the lord all things are possible through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Today we played Frisbee golf in the park. We decided this would be better use of time since the zone leaders only had about an hour and a half and monopoly takes much longer than that especially with 6 people playing the game. So we were able to go to the park and play Frisbee golf. It was a lot of fun. I learned how to throw the Frisbee a better. But the best thrower was elder Anderson who had mastered the technique of throwing the Frisbee and making it reach the optimal distance. It was great to watch him throw and learn from him how to improve my own throw. We coordinate together for district meeting each week.

 Well next week we are going to glacier national park as a zone so I don't know if I will get the chance to write. I might just copy and paste from the notes I make throughout the week and send them early in the morning before we go or I might wait to see if there is time after we get back, either way hopefully I get to write next week, but if not I am grateful I was able to write this week. Hope things are going well for everyone else. Things continue to be great here in the beautiful place of Kalispell Montana. Hope to be able to hear from you soon.

With love,

Elder Jaden Davis

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Week 101: There have been a lot of special spiritual experiences this week.

This week we were able to meet our new mission President and Wife Sister Wadsworth and President Wadsworth. We drove down to Helena on Friday to have a meeting with them and there was a great spirit there. They truly have been called to help this mission reach its full potential.

There have been a lot of special spiritual experiences this week. AS we were out tracting we were called out to by a lady who said, "Come over here brothers. Can I get you a glass of water?"
She ended up being very interested in the messages that we were sharing about the Restoration and is inviting us back tonight to share more about the Restoration of the Gospel.

District meeting went really well. We learned a lot about how to ask inspired questions to our investigators and listen to their responses with real intent. We also learned how we can do better in our companionships at teaching in unity. And we received insight on how to teach people who don't know all the terms we use or who have never had a Christian background.
Thursday we taught a lady who wanted to come back to church. We talked a lot about prayer and scripture study and how they will help her. She wanted to come to church as well.

Saturday was a really good day. We had a baptism! Casey was baptized and my last companion came back up to Kalispell from his home to do the baptism. It was really weird seeing him without a name tag and after the service was over not in dress clothes.
It was a great 4th of July. There weren't any fireworks because of the dry weather. The entire Flathead valley had a ban placed on fireworks, but it was more important to celebrate the baptism of Casey than it was to see some bright lights in the sky with loud noises.

Sunday was good. The church was full of people all day because of the holiday weekend. There were a lot of people from Canada who came down for a vacation. We also were able to talk with Ginger again. We recently moved her into her home. She made us dinner as a thank you. She also is interested in learning more about Joseph Smith, the Book of Mormon, and the prophets and apostles that we have on the Earth today.
We have a great week planned for the upcoming week. Hope everyone was able to enjoy the holiday weekend and celebrate the freedoms we have been given.

Oh, and the high councilman assigned to the 3rd ward that we serve in is from Blackfoot. His parents used to drive the bus that I rode to school. It is a crazy small world. I have found that several times in my life and also now more especially as we are serving in the mission.
Hope everyone has a great week.

With love,
Elder Jaden Davis

Monday, June 29, 2015

Week 100: We have been blessed as we have braved the hot weather and biked around.

It has been a hot and a really great week. We have been blessed as we have braved the hot weather and biked around. The Lord has placed people in our path again that we needed to talk to. One lady had questions about how we would find our family after we die. We testified of the Plan of Salvation and the sealing power of the temple. That power is a great blessing in my life and in the lives of all those who accept and live the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Half the week this week was spent contacting a lot of referrals that keep popping up on our referral system. A lot of them were duplicates and also all of the ones that weren't were very old from over 3 months to 2 years ago. So we are still deciding the best way to get in contact with these people so they don't get annoyed with repetitive contact. We had a few last week who were very annoyed and wanted their name taken off a "list" that they didn't put themselves on.
District meeting was great. We were trained on how to use Facebook as a mission. We are now authorized to use Facebook in our missionary work. This will consist mostly in confirming appointments, posting inspiring messages up to 3 times per week, and sometimes teaching a lesson through Facebook. It will be interesting learning how to apply the safeguards against temptation the church has given to us to assist us in doing this work. It will also help us develop good habits with social media and the internet and using time wisely before we go home where there will be no restrictions. I am glad I get this opportunity to develop good technology habits that will be useful the rest of my life.
As far as friends, I had to deactivate my old Facebook account which will be reactivated when I return home. Friends and family are encouraged to follow my page, but cannot be "friends".

There will likely be more information on this later.
Thursday we received a call from our bishop’s wife about a man in the hospital who needed a blessing. He was a non-member from the area who was grateful we came for the blessing. He has a member wife who likely made the call. So we gave the blessing and he thanked us.

The weather here has been quite hot. Yesterday it got to be 105 degrees which people say is unusual for this area in June.
We are going to have a great 4th of July. Former Elder Barney is coming back up to do the baptism for Casey. Also on the 3rd we will be heading down to Helena for an all mission conference to meet President and Sister Wadsworth. The new mission president and wife.

On Friday we had interviews with President and Sister Holmes of the mission presidency. They came up here to Kalispell, fed us lunch and interviewed us. It was the first time I've been interviewed on my mission by someone other than the mission president. It was very similar and focused a lot on getting to know us and helping us recognize that we are doing a great work as servants of the Lord in these last days.
The use of social media is really helping member missionary work here in Kalispell. This stake is big on family mission plans and now we can have them include a fun and easy way to do missionary work by posting inspiring messages at least weekly on their account. They can also prayerfully identify some of their friends on Facebook to ask to friend us the missionaries. It provides an easy invitation and a non-threatening environment for them to decide for themselves to act upon the invitation rather than feeling forced to do so.

Saturday was great. We were able to help the 2nd ward elders out with some service. The librarian here asked us if we could help a friend. We agreed. Because I was wearing pants instead of shorts, I was the lucky one who got to weed eat. The others were sorting through big trash piles and recycling materials. Later that day we were able to testify very powerfully to the Fisher family about prayer and the importance of scripture study. We used Mosiah 1:3-7 to emphasize that even prophets, without constant immersion in the scriptures, would have lost the faith and not been able to endure and would have become like unto the lamanites. The spirit bore powerful testimony to them and they are searching for ways to liken the scriptures to themselves and also find a favorite scripture to use in times of temptation.
Sunday was another great Sabbath day for us. There were some great talks and the best part was being able to participate in the sacred ordinance of the sacrament. One thought that has helped me have a meaningful experience is thinking of the sacrament as though you were in the temple. Treating the chapel like the temple and the behavior during the sacrament as if inside the temple. As well as thinking on how we can improve throughout the week with the savior's help.

I am grateful to have been able to write today. I continue to learn new things each week and have a continual appreciation for the things I have been able to learn in the past. It is this renewal that helps me continue on in faith.
Also in my studies this morning I read Alma chapter 29. Verse 9 was particularly important to me. As we share the Gospel with others, our appreciation for it increases as memories of our conversion are brought back to us and we are able to experience more love for those we serve and teach. Keep up the good work.

With love,
Elder Jaden Davis

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Week 99: I love how the Lord teaches lessons.

Hello everyone, we had a great week this week and there were a lot of lessons learned as we put our shoulders to the wheel, pressed along, and did our duty with a heart full of song.
I love how the Lord teaches lessons. They are unique to the individual and are personal manifestations of his love. These can be during the good times and the bad. Through a warm embrace of the spirit or the hard trials that beset us as we travel through mortality. No matter what the case may be as we put our trust and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ all things work together for our good and our benefit and will be to our advantage and learning.

President Mecham put it best when he told me, "The Lord expects us to develop the talents we have and as we do so, we are promised to receive an hundred fold. One way we receive those additional talents is through the trials that we face and the lessons that we learn."

Many of these "talents" cannot be learned in any other way than the way the Lord has prescribed for our souls. I have learned this throughout my mission and I continue to apply these principles as I seek to come closer to the Lord every day.

The week’s activities are thus,

Tuesday we traveled down to Missoula Montana for a Zone Conference. It was here that we were taught the last time by President and Sister Mecham before President and Sister Wadsworth comes into the mission. It was a very powerful meeting focusing on teaching people principles to answer their own questions rather than just giving them the answer. Sort of like the old proverb, "If you give a man to fish, you feed him for a day. But teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." This same principle applies to our gospel study as we are taught by the Holy Ghost DAILY and that's the key DAILY through personal prayer, scripture study, and meditation upon the things of the spirit.

Wednesday we went on exchanges with the Columbia falls elders. I was with Elder Anderson who came with me from the South Dakota Rapid City Mission. He and I are now going home together on August 29. It was a great exchange and we were able to help out in the community by providing service through project homeless connect.

We are now biking a lot as the month comes to a close and we are short on miles. We bike and as a result the Lord blesses us. President Anderson always said the most successful areas are the ones who bike. I have seen this constantly. We see more people, talk to more people because we are not behind the wheel of a car. Thus we are able to accomplish much more.

We got 11 referrals on Friday which we spent a long time (all day) to contact. With the Lord's help we were able to contact them all. Many of them were repeats and weren't interested, but there were some who were genuinely searching for truth and thanked for caring enough to stop by. One in particular, Sandy, was so glad we came that she was moved to tears. She also asked us for a pamphlet. That's something that doesn't happen very often with sincerity and we could tell she was being sincere.

Later that evening we received an additional 5 referrals which we spent our time the next day contacting. Church was really good. Elder Hansen was able to give a great impromptu lesson in Gospel Principles when the instructor contacted us that he wasn't able to attend. Luckily it was on a subject we are very familiar with...Missionary Work! So it was easy to keep the conversation going and I admire the spirit that he was able to bring to the lesson. It was very powerful and helped motivate everyone to act in some way to help the Lord in his work. (This included me).

It's been a great week. I am grateful I was able to write once again. I appreciate each and every one of you. Keep up the good work.

With love,

Elder Jaden Davis

Monday, June 15, 2015

Week 98: We also had several miracles this week.

This week has been a good one.

Tuesday I spent all day with the Zone Leaders and we were able to meet several of their investigators. It was really cool being able to teach one of them about the importance of reading the Book of Mormon. As we taught the Holy Ghost whispered to us what we needed to say and inspired us to promise specific blessings. It felt great being a tool in the hands of the Lord to teach to the needs of individuals instead of simply teaching a lesson.

I also got to teach Selena one last time before we transferred her over to the Elders in the other area. She has a lot of potential, a baptismal date for the 11 of July and knows the message is true. It was sad to see her go to other Elders, but happy at the same time because they needed someone to teach and she is still making that covenant with her heavenly father. I definitely want to be there for that.

Wednesday everyone headed down to Missoula and then to Helena for transfers. I stayed here in Kalispell with Elder Swenson and Elders Guthrie and Brewster. They went to Columbia falls to proselyte for the day and Elder Swenson and I stayed in Kalispell. We were able to meet Dan who agreed to let us come back and teach him Tuesday.

Later in the day I met my new companion Elder Hansen. He is from Keller Texas. We also had to move houses so we have a new address. That night we went to President Clark's home (Stake President here) to eat dinner and receive training to further the work here. It was great Hawaiian Luau style food.

So we also had several miracles this week. Elder Buntrock, a traveling assistant for the mission, came and did exchanges with us. As a result we were able to put John on date for the 1st. He taught us a lot about resolving concerns rather than just teaching the next lesson like we had planned. It wouldn't have been the same if he wasn't there to help us with the lesson.

It was also funny because earlier while biking Elder Hansen and I were able to talk to 2 people on the street who are wanting to meet with the missionaries now. And while biking back we unfortunately got a flat tire on his bike which we will fix. (We have plenty of spare tires) so the Zone leaders came and picked us up in their truck.

The Lord blessed us on Sunday with 2 new people to go see, but it was only after we had acted in faith and kept going that we received this promise. We talked to over 20 people before we got 2 who were willing to listen. The Lord blesses our perseverance, diligence and commitment to do what is right and promises the power, inspiration, and ability to accomplish such.

With love,

Elder Jaden Davis

Monday, June 8, 2015

Week 97: Monday was elder Barney's last preparation day.

This week has been crazy. I knew it would be since elder Barney was going home and the last week is always the craziest, or so I've heard.  We had a lot of success come from the woodworks.   We ran into several people who are interested I. Learning about the restored gospel. One of them was a door approach where elder Barney had previously told me a goal of his was to invite someone to baptism on the doorstep. We did so and she accepted and a return appointment was secured to learn more. It was a miracle and we were led there by the spirit because she was really happy when we told her it would help her to improve the quality of her life.
Monday was elder Barney's last preparation day. He wanted to get some souvenirs from Kalispell so we got huckleberry barbecue sauce.  We finished off strongly with a zone wide preparation day at the church building playing dodgeball. Elder Barney remains the champion.  We had a great lesson with Selena on Tuesday. She is progressing rapidly and doesn't want to put down the Book of Mormon when she reads it and the message of the plan of salvation answered many of her questions. Later we went out to Kila Montana and taught a family with Brother Parker out in the middle of nowhere.  Wednesday was the last district meeting for elder Barney and it went really well. I played the hymn God be with you till we meet again for him and it was very powerful. We also learned a lot about testifying
immediately when we meet people.
Thursday was crazy. We literally drove all day long. Drove elder Barney down to Missoula and then drove back only for the assistants to call us saying we needed to bring the car down to Missoula to switch out so we ended driving all the way back down.  I was with the zone leaders from Thursday until now and will be until Wednesday at transfers. My new companion is elder Hansen. I don't know too much about him yet. Elder Lancaster is being transferred down to buffalo Wyoming where I just came from so I'll have him say hi to a lot of people for me. 
Had great lessons on Friday that were able to resolve concerns for several people the zone leaders were working with. We also ran into Shiloh a guy on the street with dreadlocks. We asked him if he had heard of Mormons or the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints before. He said yes I've heard of more men. And you guys are like way up here on a ladder trying to become saints. It was pretty crazy he had a lot of funny things he said which didn't actually make sense.  Including a song which went I've got what you need but you don't got what I want. I got what you want but you don't got what I need. Also singing doom doom doom over and over again. He was out of it. But hey add one to the list of funny people and experiences I've had on my mission.
Sunday went well. Had several opportunities for church 1st Ward, Second Ward and lakeside YSA branch with the zone leaders, learned a lot.  Today was the best, we went to glacier national park, this time for a hike and we hiked to Avalanche Lake. It was a great hike and very beautiful. It felt good to go out and hike again. We did not run into any bears fortunately and ended up with some really good pictures. I am grateful to have time to write today. I love the gospel and I also love all of you.

With love,

Elder Jaden Davis

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Week 96: This week was amazing.

This week was amazing. On Monday we were able to bike the going to the sun road almost halfway. It was very beautiful and really fun. Brother Gordon took us there.  Tuesday was a miracle. The first part of the day was slow, but after much prayer we decided to be diligent and continue to serve. As a result we were able to teach 3 powerful lessons on doorsteps. We found someone we had met on the street earlier last week and found the address for someone who had helped us move a member earlier. The Lord was able to also lead us to those who needed to know that God cares about them. Even though some rejected the message they knew God led us to them.  I've been practicing for the hymn God be with you till we meet again for Elder Barney going home to play at district meeting. It will be great.

We also were able to contact many more who hadn't kept their appointments previously. Wednesday afternoon we were surprised by receiving 7 media referrals something that has never happened to either of us before. We were able to contact all but 2 of them.  The Veitch family is doing well.  They moved the baptism to July 4 so that their family could attend. We also were able to teach a referral
from the Carlin family. She was super prepared. She hasn't been baptized and wants to be. The message of the restoration answered many of her questions and concerns. She will be coming to the church on Tuesday for a church tour.

Friday we found a less active family who wanted to have us come back over. They also went to church on Sunday which was super exciting.  And another miracle on Sunday, we needed to contact at least 8 people to meet our goal for the week and we had a half hour left. God blessed us with ten and two of the, we were able to teach lessons to.  I am excited for this week. Elder Barney goes home on Saturday and leaves here Thursday. It should be exciting being with the zone leaders for almost a week to await my new companion. There will be more details later.

Thanks for all the prayers and support.

With love,
Elder Jaden Davis

Week 95: In this mission they have certain things that they encourage us to reach to stretch our potential.

We've had a great week. In this mission they have certain things that they encourage us to reach to stretch our potential. We were down by one this week and the lord gave us a great blessing. As we pondered on how we could reach this particular goal a name came to mind that we should go see and invite back to church, Kateland Benafield. We biked on over there and we invited her and she said yes she would come if we found her a ride to church. We did so and were happy to see her there on Sunday. This was a great blessing from the lord. As we pondered on what we needed to do and then acted, the lord was able to give us revelation on who to see and who to invite to reach those goals. The lord has promised us all who have received the Holy Ghost that if we remain worthy and continue to follow him and keep his commandments, including taking of the sacrament weekly, then we too can receive this revelation for our own lives.

Last Monday we ended up playing dodgeball unexpectedly when we received a call from another area about wanting to meet in the church. They were already here in Kalispell so we forwent hiking, but today we plan on going to glacier national park with the members we live with. The Gordon family. They say it is very beautiful and we are looking forward to doing so.
We had several biking adventures this week. We were on our way to an appointment and elder Barney said he could really feel the contours of the sidewalk. He ended up with a flat. The Gordon family was very nice and fixed it for him. The next day we set out on bikes again and poof he got another flat. So we are fixing that right now. It was pretty funny that it would happen again.
We went on several exchanges this week. We had an exchange for two days with elder Lancaster who joined us in a threesome. His companion did several exchanges with the other members of our district in the meantime. It was a lot of fun. We talked to a lot of good people and were able to get several new people. We have been working and focusing on how to find those who are ready to progress and willing to keep commitments so that we don't waste so much time re knocking on their doors when they are not interested. It has been a trial of faith to stop seeing people who are not ready and won't keep commitments, but as we have done so the lord has blessed us with new opportunities and new people.
One of these people is Casey Veitch. He has a strong desire to be baptized. He and his wife also want to get sealed in the temple as a goal they are looking at. They also went through the Payson Utah temple open house. Basically it is a matter of time before he is baptized on June 20. They also want to have their babies blessed at the same time. We taught them. The gospel of Jesus Christ lesson and they said that answered many of their questions about preparing for baptism and why they needed to be baptized in the first place.
We had a unique experience Monday. All our appointments cancelled so we knew the lord needed us somewhere else. Because we were out tracting we found a member who had some concerns about the Book of Mormon. He invited us back to address them.
Wednesday was also great. We were promised by the zone leaders that if we followed promptings we would find a new investigator that we could teach who was promising. We did so. We both wanted to see a less active member in a certain area here. He had moved according to the current residents. We decided to tract around the area and because of this we ran into someone meant for elder Barney to teach. They only spoke Russian and so he was able to talk to them and they are excited to have us come back and talk about the restoration. It was great.

We also took a member with us that night and as we were visiting Cindy, we ran into a lady visiting her. We taught the restoration, invited her to be baptized only to find out that she had dementia and couldn't remember anything we said. But the spirit was super strong and we were able to accomplish what the lord wanted in that situation.
On Saturday we were on exchanges with big fork elders. Elder Barney went with elder Hastings and I went with elder Brewster. We were able to tract all day long. As we did so we were led to a woman who was less active and looking for an increase in faith and renewed relationship with God. Conveniently she came out right as we were walking up to her yard sale. It was really cool.
We also found a lady Sunday In our area that lives in Columbia falls. She was looking for solace after a recent friend died. She congratulated and thanked us and wants to meet with the missionaries in Columbia falls. She gave us her phone number and address to give to them.
It has been a great week. I've learned a lot and we get a lot done. I love each of you and look forward to hearing from you and seeing you again.

With love,
Elder Jaden Davis

Monday, May 18, 2015

Week 94: It focused on the need for the spirit in our lives and coming to church to receive that spirit.

So I am very glad and excited that now there will be two letters sent to this email to be put in the blog. It has been a very busy and successful week.

Tuesday we had a zone training meeting. It focused on how we can help people progress in the gospel by establishing the expectation of why we want to visit with them. This includes telling them the importance of our message, how it will bless their lives, and helping them understand that as they accept our message they will want to be baptized. We also learned about the power and authority of our callings as missionaries and the responsibility we have to remain true to and magnify that calling and the priesthood that we have received.  It is vitally important that we use our time wisely and to the benefit and blessing of those around us.  As we have applied the teachings we received from the zone leaders we have been blessed with more people to teach. We have been able to help more people decide to keep their commitments and more people are learning to seek after truth. As we live the principles and the advice we receive from the mission president the work soars. 
We also ran into someone while he was helping fix a car. He wasn't particularly religious, but he said we were relatable and wanted to learn more. So we for his phone number and gave it to the zone leaders who cover the young single adult ward. We also ran into a lady who someone said wouldn't be interested but was searching for the truth.  She agreed to have us back after a short conversation about the gospel.

We also taught a very spiritual lesson to Vicki Huescher (less active) this week. It focused on the need for the spirit in our lives and coming to church to receive that spirit. As a result she was at church and brought a friend. It was as a result of the member who came with us bearing testimony and inviting and greeting them at church. It makes a big difference to have a friend in the church to turn to in times of need.  This week has taught a lot about perseverance and diligence. Despite multiple appointments falling through we were still successful as we relied upon the lord. One family also took us to Panda Express for dinner and got us cold stones ice cream as well. It was very good. I tried the pistachio ice cream with coconut mixed into it. It tasted a lot like the Jell-O salad that uses pistachio pudding.
Today for preparation day we are having fun at the church building with the zone leaders and Columbia falls and eureka elders. We will play some games and also some basketball and dodgeball. It will be a great week upcoming. There are a lot of potential possibilities and we are being greatly blessed from the lord. I appreciate the opportunity to write and to share experiences. I know the lord blesses each of us as we strive to do his work. I love each of you and am excited for more learning experiences in the future.

With love,
Elder Jaden Davis.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Week 93: The savior said, "Ye are the light of the world.

This week was a great week. We had a lot happen the crowning moment
being two baptisms on Saturday the 9th of Sage Wilson and Britney
Wilson. They were joined by their 8 year old brother Tyler Wilson.
Their father baptized them and elder Barney confirmed them. We had
many great experiences in teaching as well. We taught Cindy about the
word of wisdom. She is returning to activity and wants to quit
smoking. She's made it five days so far on the stop smoking program.
We also got back in with Roy an investigator who is desiring to read
the Book of Mormon again after we testified of the restoration of the
gospel. We've been led to many people who need to see us with
spontaneous ideas coming to mind from the Holy Ghost on who we need to
see and where we need to be.

On preparation day last week we played dodgeball and also some
Yahtzee. It was fun to relax and take some time to reflect on the
week. I am learning how to use the iPad a lot better as I ask Heavenly
Father for help every day to help me learn the area and also learn how
to use the iPad. It is not an instantaneous solution. It comes over
time and I am learning a lot on how to do different things.

After a long day once we were able to continue tracking despite our
tiredness and ran into John who said we could come back and share a
message with him. He doesn't have a current church and is willing to
read from the Book of Mormon. We also have been blessed to be teaching
a lesson with a less active member and the. A non-member friend or
family member shows up to hear the message of the restoration. These
are the best finding moments.

Things are going great here. There is a lot of potential. We have many
great things lined up for the future. Zone training meeting is
tomorrow so we should have a great experience there. We also got
interviewed for the first and the last time by president Mecham today
and we had a great conversation.

I am constantly reminded by the wonderful example of members here and
elsewhere that the only way for people to gain understanding of our
church and overcome misconceptions is through the example of members.

The savior said, "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on
a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under
a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are
in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see
your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matthew

Monday, May 4, 2015

Week 92: My new companion is Elder Barney

This week has been crazy. The best part was being able to go to the temple again and experience the great peace that was there. We were in Billings for an orientation on Tuesday and we went Wednesday morning to the Billings Montana temple. This new mission is awesome! I enjoy very well my new area of Kalispell Montana. It is very beautiful and there are many people here who are prepared to receive the restored gospel. We run into at least 3 people every day that accept the opportunity to hear our message. It really helps having iPads to show powerful videos and it makes it more nonthreatening for them.

My new companion is Elder Barney. He is from Rexburg Idaho. He has 1 month left on his mission. He has served in 4 missions. He was called to Ukraine. He served in two missions there on account of the political situation. Then they pulled him out completely and reassigned him here. He also visa waited in Georgia. He is a great Elder and I am learning a lot from him about the new mission and how to use iPads.

We cover 2 wards here in Kalispell. The 1st and 3rd Ward. The zone leaders serve here as well in the ysa branch and the 2nd Ward. We have fun here on preparation days by hiking and playing basketball etcetera. There is also glacier national park near here we plan on going to next week. It is different because there are no paper planners. Everything is in the online iPad app. It really helps in finding people and looking at there records anytime we need it. I am learning very quickly and am excited to keep learning.

This area is very religious and as a result many people are searching for the truth. It has been great following spiritual promptings. We have 2 people who are going to be baptized this Saturday. One of them, Sage Wilson, bore her testimony on Sunday. We have also had very spiritual lessons using the resources the lord has given to us. One time as we were riding, we felt inspired to share a video at a random door. The video was very clearly supposed to be for the Mom because they loved it and wanted a return appointment. We also have had several experiences stopping people who are walking and showing a 2 minute video followed by discussion on the gospel.

President Mecham is very inspiring and helping us reach our full potential. He has a great testimony. We also had a great testimony meeting that first night in the mission home. There are many teaching opportunities arising and I feel that I am definitely needed here in Kalispell and that the lord has called me to serve here.  My birthday went really well. We went to dinner with the zone leaders and they surprised me by asking the waiters to sing to me and bring out a free Mexican dessert. Got me good because I didn't know that they knew. I am really excited to be here. The best present for my birthday was the feeling I get from serving the lord to the fullest potential I can. As a result he blessed us with many teaching opportunities and new people. I am excited for the future and for the continued guidance from the spirit.

With love,
Elder Davis