Hello everyone! This week has been great. I had the best birthday ever with the baptism of the Camisona sisters. They are really great. We have been teaching them for a long time now and I am so glad that it worked out to baptize them on my birthday! It was a great spiritual experience. Elder Ioane and I have had a great transfer here in Toboso. But this is my last day here. I will be transfering down to another area in the south part of Negros. I am very very excited to go to a new area but also kinda sad that I will have to leave the people here. I have really come to feel like they are my family here. I will miss them a lot. But I don't have a ton of time right now but just wanted to say that I know that this gospel is true. I have learned so much and grown just in my short time here in Toboso. I love this mission so much and am so glad to be out here. I love you all so much and miss you! I hope you all have a great week and thank our Heavenly Father for all of the wonderful blessings we receive every single day! Elder Davis
Hello everybody! Kamusta man mo!? This week has been a great week. I probably sound like a broken record when I say that the week went by quickly but its the truth. It feels like I am here emailing home like every other day. Haha its crazy. But this week was great. We had another baptism for a 12 year old kid named Neil Villarin. He is super cool. He is super tiny but really fun. His parents are both inactive in the church, but that doesn't stop him from going to church every Sunday. He is setting a great example for his parents. We are starting to focus on finding new people to teach, because our investigators are starting to become recent converts, which is really amazing. I have been so blessed to have such great success in this area. I have really realized this week how much of a blessing this mission is for me. I mean, I get to be out here in this amazing part of the world teaching the gospel every single day for 2 years. I get to learn a new crazy language, meet some of the greatest people on earth, and experience things that I would never experience at home. I am just so grateful for this time I have out here. Pretty funny thing happened to us this week. Elder Ioane and I were waiting for a bus or jeepney to go out to an area and this woman wearing a white wedding dress came up and stood near us. She didn't say a word and wouldn't look at us but stood near us. We eventually got into a Jeepney and she followed us. We were kinda like "okay maybe she just happens to be going this way". But as we stopped the jeepney at the place we were getting out, she jumped out with us. It was so weird! She then sat at the benches with us as we waited for a member to work with us. But the whole time she didn't say anything. But the member pulled up on his motorcycle and asked us where we were going to be working for the day. As he was talking the woman hopped on the back of his motorcycle and said "So where we headed boys?" HAHAHA we were so weirded out. It was hilarious. The member told her to get off of his motorcycle and she started walking home after that. But it was great. haha anyways just a funny story that went down this week. I hope you are all doing great and loving life! We are truly blessed to be here on the earth at this point. I hope everyone recognizes their blessings! Elder Davis
This week has been great. This email will be short because I don't have much time! But it was a good week. We had a baptism for the Ti-in couple on Saturday. I have been teaching them from the beginning and I am so happy that we could finally baptize them. They have truly changed since we first started teaching them. It is amazing to see. We are staying busy with lessons as we have a few others who are preparing for baptism. I love this work and this gospel. I know that as we all live it and love it, we will always grow and change for the better. Sorry I am so short but its all the time I have! Have a great week!
Hello everybody! This week has been a really fast one. It is crazy how the time is really starting to move right on by. We have had a great week in the work here in Toboso. One of our investigators, Ham, committed to baptism on March 7th! I am so excited that he has finally committed to baptism. I have seen such a growth in him ever since we started teaching him. He has really started to gain a testimony. We have focused our lessons on the Book of Mormon and recognizing the Spirit answering questions. He is starting to realize that all of his answers are being answered through the Spirit and the Book of Mormon. Its amazing to see that process. I love him so much and am excited to continue helping him progress towards baptism. I know that the Book of Mormon is the most powerful book on earth. It has converting power and can help anyone at any point in their life. Read it every single day and you will be blessed beyond what you can imagine. Funny story, this week we were at a less active families house and the sister pulled out these pistachio nuts and put them on the table for us to snack on. She said that they came from America because one of her friends sent them over. I couldn't remember what kind of nuts they were for the life of me. She kept asking what they were called in english but I could not remember for the life of me! Hahaha finally after like 4 days of thinking what they were called in English I remembered that they are pistachio nuts haha. It was driving me crazy that I couldn't remember! Haha it makes me worried to what other kinds of words I am going to forget over the course of 2 years haha! Elder Davis
The Anderson's - They are the best
A service project for a recent convert. I thought construction in America was manual labor? Here in the Philippines brings that term to a whole new level. At least in America we have things like a shovel!