Final Interviews with President Cooke

Hey family!

This week has been a pretty good week, last Monday we went to the air

and space museum and that was pretty cool. Today we went to the

national mall and met like all the elders in the mission and played

football, it was pretty cool to play football in front of all the

national monuments. On Tuesday there was this huge lighting storm it

was pretty crazy, I had never seen so much lighting strike at once one

after another it was also raining pretty hard it rained so much that

our metro station closest to us flooded a little bit. It was a pretty

exciting day haha. So we are teaching this lady Betty who can’t walk

and she lives upstairs so she can’t come to the door, but her Window

is open so we have been teaching her lessons through her window, it’s

actually pretty funny us trying to shout though the window and saying

prayers, with a lot of people staring at us. But she has been

progressing and she has read a ton of the book of Mormon so that’s

been great. The struggle has been trying to figure our how to get her

to church, she will have surgery next week tho and after that

hopefully things will get better. We have also been working a lot with

a guy named Darrel, he’s been meeting with missionaries for a long

time has been though all the lessons a couple of times, but has had a

hard time keeping commitments, but he’s been really making progress

lately so that’s been really awesome, to see him grow and really begin

to make change in his life, and him seeing how much better his life

because of him turning his life to Christ. We have also been working

with a guy named Charles a lot we met with him I think every day this

week, he really studies the bible a lot so it’s been fun to get all of

his questions from the bible and trying to search the scriptures to

find them, I feel like I have really learned a lot from teaching him.

Something he couldn’t get past for a long time was when the sabbath

was changed from the 7th day to the 1st day of the week and that was

pretty interesting to learn about. I realized there is a lot of things

that I had never really even thought about. It also helped me realize

that the gospel is about so much more than all of things small details

and procedures, the gospel has been restored in this latter day to

bring us happiness. On Thursday since elder Mellen is still in my

district and is the district leader he goes on splits with everyone so

on Thursday I went up to southern Maryland that was cool, to see more

of the country area it was much different than the city. on Friday we

had our final interviews with president Cooke, that will be the last

time that I saw him. I’m sad I didn’t get to spend more time with him.

He was a really personal president, he would email each one of us

every week we would write Him and he would always respond so that was

really awesome I don’t think many mission presidents will do that, we

also had interviews with him every transfer. He was a super great

president I will defiantly miss him. Next Friday we will meet our new

president so that will be exciting. Things are going pretty good here

me and elder lee are doing good, we are a pretty funny companionship,

he’s this really small Asian kid from Australia an next to him I look

like a pretty large white kid. So we look pretty funny walking around

town Anacostia. The summer is starting to kick in here it’s way humid

and way hot it’s like a different kinda heat than I have ever felt. DC

is super cool it has been awesome to get to know a different city and

be a part of the east coast.

Love Elder Davidson

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