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