So Cold

Hey Fam! Special shout out to Spencer for his birthday! And Dani and mom for one coming up! This week has been a good one but a very very cold one! It’s been tuff to do a lot people here really shut down in the cold. Like no one was outside and nobody wanted to stop and talk or open their door. Soon the finding front not a lot of success. A lot of the days I was wearing almost everything I own haha and had hand warmers tucked everywhere but this week it should be a lot warmer!

On the investigator front, we have a much better week! We are working with this 24-year-old girl named Erica who we found my first week in the area we actually walked right past her on a way to an appointment and I felt we should talk to her so when the appointment fell through we went back to the bus stop she was waiting at and her bus hadn’t come yet thankfully so we talked to her and she is just awesome one of the coolest girls I’ve ever met! She has a super cute daughter also that is a lot of fun to play with at church. She has come to church the last two weeks and loved it and will hopefully be baptized January 28th! She has a few wow issues please pray for her that she will get over them and continue to progress!
We also have been working with Nila! She’s probably one of the most mature and smartest 13-year-old girls I have ever met. She is the niece of a family in our ward the Brinkleys, they were baptized 3 years ago. We have been trying to get her mom to get around but that’s just been a letdown. She was planning on getting baptized January 21st but that’s stake conference so she will probably also be on the 28th.

We have also had a few really cool meals with members, our ward covers se dc which has jab which is a military base so we have a few military members in our ward. 2 3 star generals have moved in since I was here last and both had us over for dinner on the base. One of the couples is like straight Mr. and Mrs. Smith haha. They are older now so she is retired but she used to have top secret cleanse and worked for the state department and had a lot of cool stories and has lived like everywhere and he used to be a navy seal and now he is a professor as the national war college which is pretty impressive but he had some crazy stories also. We also ate at the other generals house but he didn’t talk too much about his career he works at the Pentagon now. They are super awesome brother Harris the ex-seal came out with us on Saturday that was a lot of fun! I love you all I know the Book of Mormon is the word of god and Joseph Smith was a prophet and we are lead by a prophet today. Have a great week! Love Elder Davidson

Whats Good in the Hood Round 3

Hey Everyone! So I was transferred back to Anacostia south! The same area I was in before but not the ward is covered by just two sets of missionaries so the area is a little bit bigger. It has been really cool to come back and see everyone and everything! A lot has changed since I left most things are pretty different a lot of new faces and a few old ones it’s been awesome!

My new Comp is Elder Fuller he’s a great guy from a small town in Utah he’s really cool I am excited about this transfer! It’s been really cold this last week! The bit we had a pretty good week we talked to a lot of awesome people and we are teaching some awesome people! I spend too much on this email because I will talk to you guys next week!!! It’s crazy how soon Christmas came! I feel like it was just last Christmas! I was thinking of calling either 12 or 6 my time so 9am or 3pm your time let me know what works best I can also do later or earlier then those times if needed. Well, I love you all and hope you have an awesome week leading about to Christmas and I am excited to talk to you guys! Have an awesome week! Love Elder Davidson

Cold Nose Cold Toes

Hey fam! This week has been a pretty good one! Transfers are this Wednesday I will find out if I am staying or leaving tonight! I am pretty sure I will leave but ya never know. This is my comps last week so he picked it up a little but also we visited a few people he wanted to say bye too and we had served in a few of the same wards so I got to see some people I knew as well so that was fun. 

It has gotten really cold here this last week we had our first snow on Saturday that was pretty exciting we actually got quite a bit, we even made a small snowman and had a snowball fight with the some of the kids that live in the apartment complex. 

We are still working with Peter I think I talked about him before he’s super cool guy, he’s really energetic so that’s been to teach him just because how engaged he is. He has really grown on the Book of Mormon so that’s been awesome to watch. At first, he really didn’t understand how important it is and why it’s so necessary but I think we have cleaned that up pretty good. He came to church this last Sunday and is on date to be baptized the 30th Which would be really cool to have a baptism for my birthday! plus then I could have chipotle on my birthday haha. 

Not much else is going on. We did a good amount of tracting this week it’s been harder since it’s been getting dark way earlier and people answer the doorway less when it’s dark and they are just much angrier. We knocked one door at like 7 and this dude came out and when crazy and Elder Norris told him to chill out and he didn’t like that much so he started to come at us we tried to fight but we just got out of there it was pretty funny definitely a highlight of the week hahaha. 

Oh, also we have been doing the light the world thing a lot trying to do service every day and invite investors and members to do it with us. That has been pretty successful and a lot of fun! We were also able to go to the temple visitors center with Peter this week they do the Christmas light and a little show thing. It was really nice I wish we got pics ): next time I am at the temple I will for sure! Well, that’s pretty much it for this week! I love you guys and hope you have a great week! image2.jpegThis is our homie Maybel. She feeds us the craziest stuff!

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God Bless America

Hey everyone! These last two weeks have been pretty good weeks. Last week we had elder Ringwood come to the mission and he did a little conference about being better teachers and introduces some changes to missionary work they wrote the 13th chapter for pmg so that’s pretty exciting he mainly talked about that nothing super groundbreaking. But it was really good I feel pretty fired up! 

The work is going well we find this guy named Peter he’s a nice guy and he has a wide and 2 kids they are all awesome he’s the first white middle-class family that I have like seriously taught so that’s pretty wild. They came to church on Sunday and seemed to really like it so hopefully, things continue to go well. It was such a miracle to find Peter his wife’s name is Danielle which is kinda funny. We found the family on Thanksgiving we were out tracking and we were pretty over it like nobody was answering there door but we kept going and boom we found gold! So that made our day! 

Thanksgiving dinner was good we had If African style so that was interesting but I’m pretty confident I’ll never really need to eat African food post-mission. I feel bad for Steven that’s all he eats haha. 

The emotional part of the week was with Remi he’s such a great guy and he came clean and told us that he is actually here illegally and he’s visas expired and he doesn’t want to go back he wants more than anything to bring his family over for a better life and he is working so had to try and stay. It was a good reminder to me how lucky I was to be born in this great nation and it’s so sad to see people disrespect such a great country and also see people crying and willing to do anything to be able to stay. During this Thanksgiving time, I am grateful to be an American citizen! Well, I love you guys and hope you have a great week! Love Elder Davidson

Bounce Bounce

This week was good! It was really good actually! I feel like me and elder Norris is starting to get in a grove! He’s from LA and a big surf guy so he was pretty jealous that I went to BYUH haha he’s pretty tall he’s 6’6 so he’s the first Comp that’s taller than me. He’s super nice 

Well, this week was good we met with Remi and finally had a breakthrough with his brother who he lives with he sat in on the lesson and seemed pretty interested! He came to church with his wife and 3 kids. I forgot what the sickness is but his kid Edwin has it and it’s like something you just live with and here he can get medicine and live till around 30 or older but if sent back to Sierra Leon he wouldn’t get the same treatment and would probably die around age 20. It’s a pretty sad predicament but they find out soon if they will be able to stay so we did a special fast that they would be able to stay if it is God’s will so pray for them! 

We also met this man Norman he’s a pretty cool guy that knows a lot about the Bible and was really nice he didn’t make it to church but we meet with him again twice this week so hopefully, it goes well! 

This week we started playing tennis every morning we live right next to tennis courts but it has been freezing!!!!!!!!!! This week was a much cooler one than last winters is definitely coming! But tennis has been fun! 

Also this week I finished the New Testament that was super awesome! I had set the goal to read all the standard works this year but read the Book of Mormon 4 times and also read preach my gospel front to back. I have completed everything except the Old Testament 😦 I don’t think I will finish it by the end of the year. But I feel really good after reading the New Testament and I can testify that’s we do have a savior and that it’s through Jesus Christ that we can return to our Heavenly Father! I love you guys and hope you have a great week! Love Elder Davidson

Toast

Hey Family! This week has been a little bit of a slow week but a good week. I haven’t written a big group email in a couple of weeks so I will talk about the last few weeks.

Things are good here in Laurel I have been here awhile. I have really come to love the ward there’s a lot of good people. One lady Lucie she’s from Sierra Leon and she feeds us every week! She’s super cool she’s are African mom haha she feeds us lots of different food. I look forward to my weekly African meal.

The work in the area is going well! Remi had his baptism last week it was super awesome, I had the privilege to baptize him that was special. He’s an awesome guy and is excited about his wife and kids to hear the gospel. His brothers family has really come to love us also. It’s so fun to go to his house every Tuesday and Thursday and the kids are always super excited to see us! They are a lot of fun!

We also found this girl named Nina she’s cool. We were just out tracting and we ran into her she went to church a few years back and even went to the temple visitors center. She came to church once and seemed to like but didn’t really connect with anyone. So that was a bummer. But hopefully, we can keep working with her. Other than that we don’t have a lot going on. We are doing a lot of contacting and tracting nothing super promising right now.

This week I have been reading the doctrine and convents and lot and the New Testament. It was awesome to read about Jesus Christ lives and learn more about our savior. I know that’s Jesus is the Christ and through him, we can live with our Heavenly Father again. I love all you guys and hope you have a great week!

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General Conference

Hey Family! This week was a good week! General conference was great! I really enjoyed a lot of the talks. Some of my favorites were elder Holland’s and president Uchtdorfs talk and Bednars. I have really come to love general conference. It’s pretty miraculous to realize we are lead by a prophet and 12 apostles. We are very blessed!
We worked a lot with Remi this week! He’s awesome and plans to be baptized the last week of October! The mission is going well we are doing a lot of tracting and finding we lost a lot of people when we split the area so we are still bouncing back from that. Not much else I happening, I love you guys and hope you have a great week! Love Elder Davidson