Monday, August 11, 2014

Last letter home

You are so cute I love you all! thank you so much for writing me letters, Trent i forgive you for not writing me because you wrote me a really great letter recently. I love all your letters.  i was cracking up the whole time, but what`s with all the Nacho Libre references?? lol You do all know that SHANE (I mean Elder Davis) is the one in Mexico right?? but i loved it and it made me laugh.
So this week was another contacting week, but we also saw some AWESOME miracles!  Lately it has been really hard for us to find new investigators even though we have been working really hard to do so, BUT this week we did find a new investigator named Lorena, and she is AWESOME!  She was so so prepared when we found her, she confessed to us after the first lesson we had with her that she had been anxiously awaiting our visit ALL week! hahaha

Diana wasn't able to get baptized this week because she got sick and therefore could receive us to get her lessons and couldn't have her interview either.  BUT this week she is going to get baptized, either Saturday or Sunday we aren't sure yet because there is a talent show on Saturday and the Bishop doesn`t want the reverence of the baptism to be tainted by preparations for the talent show, etc. AND the other miracle is that TANIA decided that she wants to get baptized this week as well! It was so so cool! because up to now when we would ask her, she would always say that she knows she is going to get baptized but that she didn't feel ready, but on Sunday when we invited her to be baptized for this weekend she said yes, with out any doubts or hesitation!  It was a miracle! and she is SOOOO awesome!  We are so excited for her. Now we are just waiting for her to ask her parents permission and for them to sign the paper, then she needs her interview and she`s ready to go! :) It`s going to be a busy, AWESOME week!
For my last email I wanted to share part of a hymn that i dont believe exists in the english hymn book, so bear with me dad, you`re going to have to translate. It`s a hymn that i love and that I`ve had in my mind and heart these last couple days, and that has defined my mission.
Himno #88  "Placentero nos es trabajar"
  1. Placentero nos (me) es trabajar
    en la viña del gran Rey Jesús,
    y honroso nos (me) es predicar
    a Su pueblo Su ley y Su lluz.
    Por Su luz, por Su luz,
    placentero nos es trabajar.
    Por Su luz, por Su luz,
    moriremos en El sin pesar.
  2. La palabra de Dios escuchad
    con ahínco, lealtad y fervor.
    Para siempre jamás recordad
    Su pureza, verdad y amor.
    Con amor, con amor,
    la palabra de Dios escuchad.
    Con amor, con amor,
    la bandera de Dios empuñad.
  3. ¡Oh hermanos, adiós, pues, adiós!
    El momento de ir vino ya.
    Si guardamos la fe en el gran Dios,
    nos veremos aún más allá.
    Más allá, más allá.
    ¡Oh hermanos, adiós, pues, adiós!
    Más allá, más allá,
    moraremos con Dios en amor.
It is pleasant for us (me) to work
In the vineyard of the great God Jesus
And honorable for us (me) to to preach
To His people, His law and His light.
By His light, by His light,
It is pleasant for us (me) to work.
By His light, by His light,
We will die in Him without regrets.

Listen to the Word of God
With eagerness, loyalty and fervor.
Forever and always remember
His purity, truth, and love.
With love, with love,
Hear the Word of God.
With love, with love,
Bear the flag of God.

Oh, brothers and sisters! Good-by, then Good-bye!
The time to go has come.
If we keep the faith in the great God,
We will see each other again far Beyond.
Far Beyond, far Beyond,
O, brothers! Good-by, then Good-by!
Far Beyond, far Beyond,
We will dwell with God in love.
I really do love working as a missionary in the Lord's vineyard. It IS pleasing and pleasant to me. I love serving the Lord and serving His children here in Chile, I love being His representative. I love preaching His law and His light to His children. There is nothing better or more fulfilling. Placentero me es ... 
I love you all so much! Take good care! we`ll be seeing eachother soon.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Week 76 (Rancagua, Zona Tupahue 1 [Villa el Sol]

Hey fam bam! Have i mentioned how much i freaking love you guys lately??
Today I woke up with what seems to be the stomach flu, or some kind of stomach virus...yum! I'm sitting here writing to you pretty nauseous (resistiendo las ganas de vomitar) [resisting the urge to ...yeah that].  ¡Quiero mi mama! hahaha  But anyway, I know I´ll be fine and in good shape in no time at all. :)   This trio thing has been pretty rocking!  I love being with Hna Arellano and Hna Parker! They are the best! We all get along super well and spend the whole day laughing our heads off, and it´s even worse in the house, because Hna Nappa and Hna Nokes are crazy! I am living with the highest number of gringas that I have in my whole mission!  Which would be 3 and a half (Hna Nokes, Hna Parker, and I, and the half is Hna Nappa, she rocks english!) Now Hna Arellano is learning english (a la fuerza jajaja)! [by force] I am so happy and I feel so blessed to be with all of them! They really are the greatest, and it´s the greatest combination of sisters that I could have ever asked for.  It´s been especially funny because Hna Parker has been saying that Heavenly Father and Pres. Warne are "reeeeally funny" because Hna Parker was in the zone next door, Tupahue 2, and last tranfer when the cambios were coming up she kept telling me I was going to leave and bet me that I was going to leave and I always told her "NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! It wouuld be TERRIBLE to change sectors NOW, when I´ve only got three weeks left." and THEN she got put with me and my comp in our sector! HA-HA!!  She was wrong.

This week was kind of a slow one, we spent more time contacting and looking for less actives than teaching lessons, and that´s always tough, but being in a trio really helped because we all keep each other pumped up.
This week is Diana´s baptism!!  We have everything planned out and she is going to have her interview on Wednesday. We are all super excited! And we are hoping, fasting, and praying that Tania can get baptized next week, she already has a testimony and knows baptism is important, but she doesn't feel prepared and she is waiting for the answer that she should do it right now, the thing is she is TOTALLY ready, so we have some plans to help her realize that. Once she realizes that, her parents just have to sign the permission form and she´s ready to go!
This week on Sunday, Melissa Campos´s son, Fransico (aka Panchito) finally got his baby blessing (after a year and a half), they hadn´t done it before because his dad prohibited it, BUT he has been coming to church for three weeks now, DESPITE the fact that Melissa´s dad has a restraining order on him, I guess they are trying to patch things up because her dad was the one who invited him to church last week, pretty much giving him permission to break the restraining order (Fransico - Panchito´s dad - tried to fight with Melissa's dad one time).  This week Fransisco was able to attend the baby blessing and at the end he stood up and left really fast, and we thought, uh oh he got mad, but then Melissa told us later that that wasn´t that case, that he had actually gotten choked up and started crying! Score! lol Hopefully something good with come out of all of this. :)

Other than that nothing much is going on here, todo esta ¡bien en el vecindario (all is good in the neighborhood).
Love you guys lots and lots! You all are the BEST! I expect EVERYONE (yes, I mean e.v.e.r.y.o.n.e.) in our immediate family to write me next week and to make it GOOD! 
Last chance!
Hna Davis