Monday, April 25, 2016
The Baptism this last Tuesday was a success. Saudi, the handicapped girl, broke down crying before the ordinance. I pulled her aside and she told me that she felt afraid to fail and wasn't going to be baptized, however, after a few of inspired words she decided to go forward with the baptism. Phew... Now we just have to keep them in the church. They have been wanting us to come over everyday to visit and eat, yet we simply don't have time because they live 45 minutes away and there isn't a bus after 4:30. The difficulty is that here a rejected invitation, no matter how justified, is a huge lack of respect. So I am having a bit of a hard time with that because my comp is completely fine with being there all the time and does a good job of making me the bad guy when I tell them that we can't make it. I also have to be extremely careful because Eidy (30 something) told me she is in love with me... and touches me a lot.
Today we had a joint p-day with 2 other zones. I saw a lot of other friends I have made in my previous zones and had some good fun. I also enjoyed a good American-style meal of a hotdog with chili-nachos. hallelujah
So my comp and I had a good inventory and I put all of things I wanted us change in the air... afterwords he just kept doing the same things, like asking every person we visit to let him check his Facebook or listen to inappropriate music... The hardest part is that when I tell him not to do it the people just think I am being a jerk. I talked to him about it again yesterday and he said that I need to learn to enjoy the mission...and not be racist. I still dont understand how wanting to obey has anything to do with racism, but what can I do. Whenever the Latinos have problems with their north-American comps they just about always pull the racism card.
We just lost power and the computers are turning off one by one... photos next week... Love you all! -Elder Davis
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
To the gang...
To get right into the juicy stuff; our three dates (Eidy, Saudi, Jefferson) are getting baptized tomorrow. The devil has been working hard to make them change their minds, but thankfully they are still on track and animated. We are baptizing them in a river, so that will be a fun first. We dedicated our p-day to making a lunch for the baptism along with other preparations and that's why I am writing later. For that same reason that is why I don't have much time. However, I am doing good here in the Guat. I am having a hard time getting my comp to work and be obedient but all of the mangos keep me going. My comp even calls me "monkey" due to my mango consumption... I am trying hard right now to be a more consecrated missionary, something difficult in an incredibly disobedient mission.
Thanks for all of the love and support, keep me in your prayers. The church is true. -Elder Davis
Monday, April 11, 2016
This week was a really hot one but not without fruits (literally and otherwise; I eat 3-7 mangos a day). We have 3 people scheduled to be baptized the 19th that all accepted baptismal date in the first visit. They are two women and the child that are close to a less-active that we have been visiting. The hard part is that they live in one of the farthest reaches of our area which makes it difficult to work with them a lot. My current district leader is Elder Lagos, the crazy Honduran who lived with me in San Pablo. He is brand new to the position and is doing lots of weird things. For example, I was in divisions for 3 days this week... I hope it just because he's fitting into the boots of DL. I can finally say that I know my area a little bit, but there are still a ton of areas I haven't even seen yet. I want to contact like crazy since there are so many people but my comp doesn't like to walk... we get along very well but he is hard to motivate. Yet its nothing knew and I feel that god is really trying to beat a stronger personality into me. I am so thankful for all of the spiritual and temporal growth I am making in the mission... there is really nothing else that compares. Best decision ever... (Shout out to my cousins of age ;) )
Keep me in your prayers and know that you are in mine. The church is true. -Elder Davis
Sorry for the short letter, didn't have much time... tell Tawni congratz for me, and Katlyn as well.
Monday, April 4, 2016
So it turns out that I did have changes after all... I am now in a town called Genova Costa Cuca. My area is huge and takes hours to cover when driving, to bad we don't have a car. It's really hot here and I have been sweating my buns off but there is an abundance of mangos. There are three trees on the property of the house we are renting... and its season. I ate 4 this morning...I'm in heaven. The area also has an abundance of endowed in-actives, so there is a lot of work to do. As for the active members, they are all very kind and from what I have heard, willing to work. There are some twins in the branch that are really devoted and just about always willing to do divisions with us, I am excited to see how that goes.
My comp is Elder Reymundo from El Salvador. He is really nice and humble. He is a bigger boy and eats a lot...yet It's possible that I will lose him to emergency transfers because he is having problems with his knees.
Next monday I will know a little bit more about the area and give a good report. Thanks to all of those praying on my behalf. The church is true. -Elder Davis