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

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