Monday, December 30, 2013

Week 37

December 30, 2013
Church tour...right now?

Oi!
 
Well this week was pretty great. I think the biggest reason why was because I got to talk to my family! That made me so happy. The biggest surprise was definitely getting to talk to Baylee, we both were not expecting that. And apparently we are still very much twins, we were wearing the same sweater ha ha.
 
Yesterday ended up being a little bit crazy. Our district leader and his companion had told us a few days before that one of their investigators and a less active member of their ward who are engaged will probably start going to our ward in the new year because I guess their was some drama going on in their ward. So we asked if we could meet them sometime so we would know who they are. Well at3:45 the elders texted us and asked if we could do a church tour at 4! Our ward ends at 4. We hadnt done a church tour in a long time so I quickly tried to review it with Sister Rasmussen. The building was still loud and full of people when they got there so we just talked for a little while. Then we started the tour. Our district leader disappeared for a little while to get some stuff set up and we led the tour with the other elder. I some how ended up teaching almost the entire thing by myself. I guess thats what happens when you've been out longer than the other 2 missionaries your with ha ha. At the end of the tour we invited the investigator to be baptized and he said that if it feels right he will do it :) So that was awesome! Our district leader showed up just in time for the closing prayer. He called us later and said that he had been ease dropping on our lesson! But that we did a great job for doing it at the last minute. I am so glad it went well. When you let the spirit be a part of your teaching it makes it so much more powerful. We have to have the spirit with us or else we really cant teach. (I hope this makes sense ha ha)
 
 We also went through our investigators and dropped a lot of people this week. But then we started seeing miracles! We got a new investigator! That was awesome and we were able to see some people we had not seen in a long time.
 
 Well I hope you all had a great Christmas and a Happy New Year!
 
Eu amo voces!
 Sister Kaycee Davis

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

week 36 MERRY CHRISTMAS

December 23, 2013
Feliz Natal!

Oi!
 
 Merry Christmas everyone! Can I just say that I am so excited to talk to my family in 2 days! That is going to be so awesome :)
 
 This week was a little bit slower, mostly because I got a little bit sick. Nothing serious just an ongoing headache and my stomach hurt. But I feel much better now :) I stayed in one night because of being sick which was awful. It made me realize how much I love doing missionary work and being a missionary.
 
 So funny story...caution- if there are little children around do not let them read this next paragraph. So Sister Black asked us to help wrap up her kids gifts from Santa and I got put in charge of writing on the tags...but I kind of made a small mistake. Instead of putting from Santa... I put from Satan ha ha. Good thing I caught that mistake there is a big difference between those two people. Ha ha.
 
Yesterday I had a thought that all I wanted for Christmas was for our investigators to come to church. And then guess what! They did come! That was definitely the best gift I could have gotten this week :) It was the Christmas program in our ward too and so it ended up being really good. I'm so grateful that Heavenly Father gave me that simple gift, it made me so happy.
 
Well, I really don't know what else to say since I will be talking to some of you in a few days :) I guess to end I just want to say that we should always remember that Christmas is about Christ. We should always remember the one who gave up everything so that we can be happy and return to our Heavenly Father. I love you all so much and hope you have an great Christmas!
 
Eu amo voces!
 Sister Kaycee Davis

Monday, December 16, 2013

Week 35

December 16, 2013

Caroling



Oi!
 
 How is everyone doing? Well this week was great. We had mission Christmas conference on Tuesday with half of our mission. We talked a lot about the real meaning of Christmas and President Ware talked a lot about the atonement. Something he said really touched me about Christ and the atonement. He said- "He knows your pains, He knows any unfairness you have felt, He heals us." I know that is true. Everything is made fair through the atonement, but we have to be willing to let Christ and His atonement into our lives or else it doesn't help us like it could.
 
 Another awesome part of mission conference was we got to watch 'Monsters University'! It was so weird to watch a movie! I can tell I've been out a while because I started relating all of it to missionary work ha ha. There's companion inventory and districts in it if you watch it with missionaries in mind :)
 
 We went caroling as a district on Saturday. It was really fun! We each picked out 1 or 2 people we wanted to see then we drove around and sang to them all. We went and sang to a less active couple in our ward who we see every week and then the next day she came to church! So that was great :) I think it is so important to remember that this time of year is all about love and showing your love. That is what I want to focus on this Christmas.
 
Well I hope you all have a great week! Keep on smiling :)
 
Eu amo voces!
 -Sister Kaycee Davis
 
P.S.- The picture this week...the Black's have a chinchilla and I got to hold it :)

Monday, December 9, 2013

Week 34 8 months

December 9, 2013

As botas! (Boots!)

Ola familia!

Well this week was pretty good! We stayed kind of busy with two ward activities and it was awesome because some very less active members came to both the activities. It is always exciting to see less actives come to any activity!

We had 2 kind of big miracles this week...

1. One of my zone leaders- Elder Cantrell, has become very worried that I am going to freeze. Last Monday we went and looked for some boots and didn't find any, so Elder Cantrell told us to go and look sometime during the week. So Sister Black (I live with the Black's) took us shopping on Saturday but we only had about 30 minutes. Well the miracle is that we found some boots for me in 15 minutes! Sister Black named that- the miracle of December 7th :)

2. We got a new investigator this week! Her name is Michelle. Her boss actually lives in our zone leaders ward and had invited her to church and she went with him. Then they realized that she lives in our area, so the elders gave us all her information and we met with her on Friday...and we are going back this Friday to teach her more! I am so excited to have a new investigator, we hadn't had a new one in a long time, so this is awesome!

Well I hope everyone is having a great week! Don't forget the real meaning of Christmas...its really all about love if you think about it :) I love you all! Keep on smiling :)

Eu amo voces!
-Sister Kaycee Davis


P.S.- Pictures...my new boots. And Sister Rasmussen and me at the church 2 weeks ago. We spend almost all day at the church on Sundays.


Monday, December 2, 2013

Week 33 DEZEMBRO

December 2, 2013

Ola!

Well this week in WA was kind of slow. We didn't really get to teach any lessons because our investigators were sick and a lot of people were out of town, so that was disappointing.

So funny story early Thursday morning I was teaching in my sleep. So I remember that I was talking about families but I couldn't say why families are important and so I was saying how much I love my family and how grateful I am for them...then I asked a question...then I woke up and I was kneeling on my bed and sitting up. Sister Rasmussen woke up too and we were like, why are we awake? I am definitely a missionary ha ha. But I have to say I am not really a fan of teaching when I should be sleeping, it makes me kind of tired the next day.

Thanksgiving was good. We spend part of it with a family in our ward and they invited over a less active couple and another family. We kind of got banished to the kid table because there were so many adults. But it was fun and I think we had a better time being with the kids then we would have had with the adults.

In our district meeting this week we practiced teaching the Restoration in 60 seconds. It is a lot harder than I expected. But it was good practice because we ended up teaching a little bit of the Restoration on someones porch while we were tracting this week. I am so grateful for all the meetings we go to. I learn so much from them.

Also Baylee reminded me that it has been a year since we opened our mission calls. I was terrified and excited about going to Brazil and I never would have thought that I would be in WA. I dont know whats going to happen with my visa but I am grateful for the chance I have to serve a mission. Its changed my life in so many ways.

Well I hope you have a great week! Keep on smiling :)

Eu amo voces!
Sister Kaycee Davis

Monday, November 25, 2013

WEEK 32

November 25, 2013

 Frio, Frio, Frio!!!!!



Ola!

Well this week was kind of busy. We had zone meeting and zone conference. Both were great meetings and I learned a lot! We set some really high goals as a zone, which is a good thing but it definitely makes us stretch a lot.

At our zone conference Elder Richards from the second quorem of the 70 came and spoke to us. He talked to us a lot about teaching in simple, bold statements because when we do that the Holy Ghost can be there and help those we are teaching feel and know that our message is true. Teaching simply is kind of hard but its really helped me get to know the basic principles of the gospel better.

We have been talking a lot about faith in all of our meetings lately. I have come to realize that faith is a hard thing sometimes. And also that I think everyone has a different definition of faith. To me faith is all about trust. We have to trust that good things will happen when everything is falling apart. We have to trust that Heavenly Father knows exactly what we need. I know that my faith could use a lot of work and so that is a goal I have to be more faithful.

Also it is literally freezing here now. Every night this week has been in the teens! Ahhh! Sooo cold! I've come to realize that skirts are not warm at all ha ha.

Well I hope everyone is staying nice and warm. I cant believe NM is getting snow and we're not...actually I'm glad we're not. Have a great week and keep on smiling :)

Eu amo voces!
Sister Kaycee Davis

Monday, November 18, 2013

week 31

November 19, 2013

Novamente???? (again?)

Hello everyone!
This week was great for the most part, some exciting things happened!
First off I got a visit from a friend- Michael Davenport! He served his mission in NM and he lives about an hour away from Yakima now. It was so weird to see him not as a missionary and me as the missionary. But it was good to see a friend and he gave us some good advice about making every day count. And he brought me a package from home and some pumpkin bread...so that was awesome too!
We also put our investigator- Angie on date to be baptized. She has to give up smoking so her baptismal date is January 1st! We are excited for her!
I think the only bad thing that happened this week was I found out that I have to fill out another background check for my visa. It is definietly frustrating that I keep having to fill out more paperwork and that I still dont have my visa. I wish I knew more about what was going on with it. I guess there is a reason for everything and I just have to be patient and trust that Heavenly Father has a reason I am still here.
We went to a trainer-trainee meeting this week and it helped me a lot! President and Sister Ware gave the trainers good advice on how we should be training and what we should be doing which was great because I had no idea what I was doing. I still dont know what I'm doing but at least I dont feel completly over whelmed anymore. One thing that is said at every meeting we go to with the Ware's is- "this is the Lord's work." I am so grateful that I get to help in this amazing work.
Well I hope you all have a great week! Keep on smiling :)
Eu amo voce!
-Sister Kaycee Davis

Week 30 7th awesome month

November 11, 2013


Brumoso
Oi!
How's it going? Well 2 exciting things happened this week! One- I finally got permission to drive! I know that probably doesnt sound very exciting but after 7 months of being the passenger I was ready to be the driver.
The second thing...my greenie got here! Her name is Sister Rasmussen. She is 19 and from Ogden, UT. This has probably been the most stressful week of my mission so far because I had to completely take control of our area. Since I've only been in Yakima for 6 weeks I really dont know it very well, so it has been really hard trying to figure out things to do with my greenie. But things are going well so far.
The one thing that training has taught me so far is that I do need help sometimes...well actually I need quite a bit of help. I have been really humbled with trying to train Sister Rasmussen, I definitely dont know anything. I know that prayer works though and that I have gotten so much help this week from Heavenly Father and then from my district. Actually today my district leader and his companion are taking us on a church tour as an example for Sister Rasmussen. I am so grateful that they are willing to help us.
Oh! And it is definitely closing in on winter! We woke up on Wednesday, looked out the window annddd....it was brumoso (foggy)! I couldnt see past our back fence. Crazy.
Well I hope everyone has a great week! Keep on smiling :)
Eu amo voces!
-Sister Kaycee Davis
 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

week 29

November 4, 2013

Treinamento...



Oi!
Well this week was a little bit exciting because we got transfer calls. Annnnddddd....guess what? I'm going to be training a new missionary! I am very humbled by this assignment, I hope I can be a good trainer and help this new sister. I am a little bit scared because I've only been in my area for 6 weeks and I dont really know it very well, but I know everything will be ok. President Ware would not have asked me to train if he didnt think I could do it, so I must be an ok missionary to be able to train :)
Our ward had a Halloween party on Tuesday and some of our investigators and some less actives we have been working with came which was awesome! We went as mission fairies. I have really started to love the ward I am in. The members are really excited about doing missionary work and so along with our investigators coming to the activity there was also a lot of other nonmembers there. That definitely kept us busy with trying to meet everyone. But it was fun!
I was reading the ensign this week and found a quote I really liked by Gordon B. Hinckley- "do your best, your very, very, best. Say your prayers and work hard and leave the harvest to the Lord." I loved that. Its so true that when we do work hard and do our best than the Lord takes care of everything else. But we have to do our part too, but the Lord helps us with that too. He really does help with everything :)
Well I hope you all have a great week! Keep on smiling, I love you all!
Eu amo voces!
-Sister Kaycee Davis

Monday, October 28, 2013

week 28

October 28, 2013

A reuniao (meeting)



Ola!

So this week we had a really cool experience! We had a missionary meeting with all the missionaries in the WKM. And the exciting part? Elder M. Russell Ballard, Elder Richard J. Maynes (of the 70) and Elder Resume (area 70) spoke to us! It was amazing! They talked a lot about working with the members, which has been a theme my entire mission. One thing that Elder Ballard said was- "when you shake hands with someone, look them in the eye, smile, people can feel that you have something special." I thought that was interesting. So that is what I am working on now. I learned so much from this meeting, I wish I had more time to tell you about it!

I have also been a little bit humbled this week. We were complaining about not having the car on Sunday because it was cold and raining. Then a thought came to my mind- at least you have the car a few days during the week. Our district leader and his companion don't have a car ever. Then we had some of our investigators come to church and they were sitting in different parts of the chapel and it was a little stressful. But then I had another thought- your investigators are coming to church, that is what you wanted. Its little things like that that really make me realize how blessed I really am. I am so grateful that I am a missionary!


Well I hope you all have a great week! Keep on smiling, I love you!

Eu amo voces!
Sister Kaycee Davis

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Week 27

October 21, 2013

A conferencia de zona


Ola!

So this week went so fast...probably since P-day was on Wednesday last week.

We had zone conference this week. It was so good and I learned a lot.
The main focus was working with the members and how we can get them
excited to share the gospel. One thing our mission president asked us
to do was what is called a 40 day fast. So we get rid of things in our
life that are distracting us from been the best missionaries we can
be. President Ware told us that he had been a little distracted lately
and it really affected how he was working. One thing he said was- "you
cannot have one foot in the Lord's work and one foot in distraction."
I think that is so true. We are a lot more effective when we are fully
focused on serving the Lord and the people we are around. The cool
thing to is the 40 day fast ends around Thanksgiving.

At zone conference we also divided into groups for different classes.
One of them was a game of jepordy with general conference quotes and
scriptures. I was the only sister on my team and sister Ware was
sitting in the room to observe. Well Sister Ware must like me a little
bit because although she didnt directly tell me any answers she did
look at my conference notes and would nod her head when I was on the
right page so I could find the person who said the quote. The Ware's
are awesome, I'm glad I got to see them.

Our investigator Angie came to church again on Sunday and she brought
her brother! They both liked the meeting and are planning on coming
next week.

Well I hope everyone has a great week! Keep on smiling, I love you all!

Eu amo voces!
Sister Kaycee Davis

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Week 26

October 16, 2013

I Love to see the temple!

Oi! Tudo Bem?!

Well this week went pretty well, we had some good things happen.

On Sunday we had 2 investigators come to church for the first time
ever! So it was a lady named Angie and then a man named Ted and his 3
grandkids. They both enjoyed it, which was awesome! It was probably
the most stressful Sunday on my mission so far. Both Sister Love and I
were praying so hard that our investigators would like church, that
they would feel the spirit and that the speakers would give good
talks. Heavenly Father definitely answers prayers because it went
really well and they all loved church!

I also hit my 6 month mark! So crazy...its gone so fast!

We got to go to the temple today and that was so great. And we have
zone conference tomorrow, so this week is full of spiritual goodness!
Going to the temple makes P-days a little bit crazy but its definitely
worth it and something I needed.

Well I hope you all have a great week! Keep on smiling :)

Eu amo voce!
-Sister Kaycee Davis

P.S.- pictures. Our zone at the temple. Sister Love and I with Sister
Black (the members we live with) she drove all of the sisters in our
zone to the temple.



 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Week 25 six months

October 7, 2013

I Love General Conference


Ola!

How's everyone doing? This week was alright. I'm getting to know
Yakima a little bit better, which is good.

Wasnt general conference so good?! I loved it! We were challenged by
our mission president to bring questions to conference and its kind of
cool because some of my questions got answered. We had been wondering
what to do in our area and the answer...work with the members more. So
we are going to try to do that. One thing I loved was Elder Holland
said- "we are infinitely more than our limitations." I think I need to
focus on that more often.

I cant believe it has been a year since the announcement was made
about the changing the age at which missionaries can serve. I am so
grateful that I decided to serve a mission almost exactly a year ago.
I cant imagine being anywhere else than on a mission right now. Being
a missionary is the best!

So there is a family here- the Ricks, who have fed us twice in the 2
weeks I've been here. They are also one of the only families that
knows I'm a visa waiter. So we ate with them on Tuesday and right
before we left Sister Ricks says they have a gift for both of us. They
gave Sister Love a box of lemonade (her favorite drink) and they gave
my a can of hot chocolate mix...so I don't freeze ha ha. They are a
great family :)

Well I cant really think of anything else. Oh! Before I forget...next
week we get to go to the temple! So I wont be emailing until
Wednesday. Have a great week and keep on smiling :)

Eu amo voces!
-Sister Kaycee Davis

Monday, September 30, 2013

Week 24

September 30, 2013

Yakkima

Oi!

Well this week was a little bit crazy with being transferred to
Yakima. So far Yakima is great. My companion is Sister Love, she likes
to work hard so things should go well I'm hoping :)

I don't know if any of you watched the general relief society
broadcast, but it was sooo good! I loved how President Monson made his
talk fit for all women, no matter what stage of life. One thing he
said that I really liked was- "your Heavenly Father loves you, loves
each of you. It never changes." I think thats a good thing to
remember. It seems like everyone is always changing but the constant
thing in our lives can be that Heavenly Father does love us. It amazes
me that He loves us even though we make so many mistakes but I'm sure
grateful that He does.

So in my new area we share a car with another set of sisters which
means....we walk a lot! I like walking but it does make my feet hurt.
But anyways the members here are awesome and so willing to help us and
give us rides. We didn't have the car one day and we were walking back
from the church building (about a mile from our house) it was almost 9
and it was raining. So as we were walking a big van drives past us and
then pulls over. It turns out its a member of our bishopric and his
wife. So they gave us a ride to our house. It was so nice of them and
was definietly a tender mercy that day.

Well I hope you all have a great week! Keep on smiling :)

Eu amo voce!
Sister Kaycee Davis

P.S.- My new companion, Sister Love. And my last picture at the
Perry's house, right before I was transferred.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Week 23 Good bye Kennewick

September 23, 2013

Despedir-se de Kennewick

Oi!

So guess what?! I'm leaving Kennewick...no I did not get my visa but I am getting transferred to Yakima. Its a little bitter sweet to leave since I've been here since May but I am excited. I think the hardest part is saying goodbye to some of the people I've gotten to know really well. But I know Yakima will be just as great as Kennewick :)

I cant remember if I told you about our investigator Vanessa (we took her on a church tour a few weeks ago), but we had a cool experience with her this week. We had a lesson with her yesterday and before it even started she tells us that the Bible study class she had been going to at another church isn't as good as it used to be. She just doesn't like it and loves going to our church. She also told us she is already in 2 Nephi, and that all she wants to do in her free time is read the Book of Mormon! That was so awesome! Its amazing how some people are so prepared to accept the gospel and I am so grateful that I had the chance to help teach her. I would not be surprised if she is baptized soon. I think one of the greatest things about being a missionary is seeing peoples lives change as they accept the gospel. I can definitely feel the joy that the missionaries in the Book of Mormon say they have when someone accepts the gospel...its amazing :)

We had a little bit of an emergency this week. Remember when I ended up in the ER because of an allergic reaction? Well... that family signed up to feed us again on Wednesday and so we called to confirm the appointment and she says that she is going to make pancakes again and that feeding the missionaries pancakes is going to be her new tradition. AHHHH! So after a little bit of thought and me saying I am not eating gluten-free-almond- meal-pancakes-of-death a few times we ended up deciding to do exchanges. So we called the sister training leader and she agreed. I went to her area with her companion and she came with Sister Harris. I am so glad that worked out because I just really didn't feel like using an epipen or going to the ER again this week ha ha.

Well I hope everyone is having a great week! I am so excited for the womens session of general conference this weekend...tell me your favorite part if you watch it. Keep on smiling :)

Eu amo voces!
-Sister Kaycee Davis

P.S.- Pictures: Sister Harris and I. The other one is me, Sister Harris, Sister Gubler, and Sister Zinc. We had a meeting and then we all ended up at Subway (we get it free) and no one had planned it. So we ate lunch together at the church building by the temple. It was fun :) (Despedir-se de Kennewick= farewell to Kennewick)

Monday, September 16, 2013

Week 22

September 16, 2013

Ugly sweaters

Hello there everyone!

Well this week flew by...seriously I have no idea where it went!

So I've heard that a lot of people are having bad weather...well guess what?! We had a big storm yesterday too...it was awesome. It hit right after we got to our dinner appointment. The family we ate with lives on the side of a hill and we got to watch as the storm rolled over the hill, so cool...then their electricity went off ha ha. So we ate dinner in the dark, then sang song girls camp songs with their family. It was fun :)

Saturday was our stakes service day and they put on a huge swap meet, open to the whole community. So all the missionaries in our stake were asked to help with it. We got there at 8:30 and were busy the whole morning. Well at one point things were starting to slow down a little bit and so I suggested we have an ugly sweater contest. So all of us sisters found ugly sweater...you should have seen the elders faces when we asked them to take a pictures. It was fun and a much needed break from helping all morning.

We also had zone meeting this week and it was great. One thing that was said was- "you sacrificed 2 years (or 18 months) in your life, make good use of it." This has made me reevaluate my mission and my work ethic. I am definitely going to work harder and make the most of my mission!

This is kind of long, sorry about that. I hope everyone has a great week...keep on smiling!

Eu amo voces!
Sister Kaycee Davis

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Week 21 Five Months

September 9, 2013

E aconteceu que....

i! Tudo bem?!

Well...lets see, how should I start this? It was a pretty good week! On Tuesday we had district meeting and the elders set up a treasure hunt. So we had to follow a map. It was fun, except for the fact that we had to go down a slide ha ha. Skirts and slides dont mix very well :)

We did exchanges this week and I got to leave my area and go with a sister training leader to her area. It was a lot of fun and I learned so much from her. I asked her one thing that she has learned on her mission and she said that when things get hard, when you get discouraged to remember the good things that have happened. I thought that was pretty good advice and I will definitely have to apply that.

We did a church tour with a non member yesterday. A less active young man in our ward texted us a few days ago and asked if we could take his friend on a tour. Its kind of cool because the young man is starting to come back to church, and he even told us that being able to tell this girl about the gospel and bear his testimony has helped him a lot. So the actual tour did not go all that great. We had prepared but it just didn't run very smoothly. But when we asked her how she felt at the end she said she felt amazing and that she couldn't explain how she felt. I was praying the whole time that she would feel the spirit and its amazing that when you invite the spirit to be with you that it will be there and will help you more than you imagined was possible. The spirit is definitely the teacher and not me. She wants to know more which is awesome! She might not live in our area which is kind of sad but I am just happy that we at least got to teach her a little bit.

By the way the title is "and it came to pass that..." That is one of the phrases I can recognize when I'm trying to study Portuguese. Well hopefully everyone is doing well! Have a great week and keep on smiling :)

Eu amo voces!
Sister Kaycee Davis

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Week 20

September 3, 2013

Yellow peaches and green flyers

Hello everyone!
Well this week was pretty good. We did quite a bit I think.

On Tuesday we did something I've never done before...canned peaches! We have been teaching the lessons to an older couple in our ward just for some practice and we got to their house on Tuesday and they were like- your right on time to help can peaches! So that was fun!

Sister Harris and I were also a little bit sneaky this week. You see we were at the church building and a member of our ward came in and started printing off the programs for Sunday, so we started helping fold them, then we notice that we are suppose to put a green flyer in them about the stake day of service coming up. Well it just so happens that the bottom of the flyer says- "a great opportunity to invite your friends of another faith." Hmmmmm...what would we as missionaries looking for people to teach do to make sure everyone sees this?...highlight it! Ha ha, so yes we highlighted over a hundred flyers (we cover 2 wards, lots of programs). We are just trying to spread the word :)

We also found a new investigator while tracting this week. We had an appointment with a less active couple and they were running late, so we tracted a few more houses on their street and we met a guy named Martin Lotz. He has tons of Mormon friends and we have seen him twice now. It was really awesome because he asked us about church before we even had the chance to invite him to come! I love it when that happens! Hopefully things will keep going well with him.

I know this is getting long so last comment...I forgot my name tag a few days ago when we left the house. You know your a missionary,  when you forget your name tag and you feel kind of lost ha ha. Well I hope everyone has a great day! Keep on smiling :)

Eu amo voces!
Sister Kaycee Davis

P.S.- pictures...One is Sister Harris and I canning peaches. The other- Thank you Los Colinas ward for the package...eu amo voce!

Monday, August 26, 2013

week 19

August 26, 2013

And the Rain came down...

Oi!

Tudo bem?! So this week was interesting, lots of ups and downs.

One up was we had a baptism in our ward. It was a weird situation because the girl who got baptized lived in the elders area so we taught some of the lessons and the elders taught some of the lessons. We tried to get her to go to the right ward but her fellow shipping family was completely against that. So she got baptized in our ward, which was great.I don't know her very well but I am so happy for her! But then last night we got a call from the elders saying the fellow shipping family wants them to teach the new member lessons. So that was frustrating because we were suppose to teach those lessons, that was a down. For some reason the fellow shipping family doesn't like us and hasn't for a while, we don't know what we did wrong. But I know the elders will do a great job teaching her.

Another up was that it rained yesterday! I had been kind of missing the thunder storms we get at home during the summer and then yesterday we were having dinner with some members and this huge thunder storm rolled in and the rain came pouring down...it was awesome ha ha!

Sister Harris was sick for a couple of days this week and so I had a lot more time to study. I found a quote from the August Ensign that I really like by President Thomas S. Monson- "So much in life depends on our attitude. The way we choose to see things and respond to others makes all the difference. To do the best we can and then choose to be happy about our circumstances, whatever they may be, can bring peace and contentment." I loved that and its made me really think that we choose to be happy. Sure sometimes things happen that aren't fair but we cant let those things get us down, we have to keep going. Being happy is so much better than being miserable.

Well have a great week everyone! Keep on smiling and be happy :)

Eu amo voces!
Sister Kaycee Davis

Monday, August 19, 2013

Week 18

August 19, 2013
 
TOWEL!
 
Ola everyone!

This week was kind of crazy. We had transfers and I am staying here in Kennewick. My new companions name is Sister Harris. She actually left the mtc the day before I went in so we've been out for almost the same amount of time. So we are just trying to figure everything out together :)

The best part of my week, and the most stressful part was that Riley got baptized on Saturday! I didn't know how much work goes into planning and preparing for a baptism, but everything went smoothly...except for the fact that we completely forgot to tell Riley to bring a towel ha ha oops. Luckily someone who lived close by ran and got him one. I was praying so much that everything would go well and Heavenly Father definitely answered my prayers because everything went a lot better then I imagined it would. I am so grateful that I had the chance to help teach Riley. He is a great young man and I know he is going to do great things.

I think one thing I have to learn over and over is how important prayer is. I know that Heavenly Father is always listening and I am so grateful He is and for all the help He gives me. I hope everyone has a great week! Keep on smiling :)

Eu amo voces!
-Sister Kaycee Davis

P.S.- Pictures: Riley's baptism. Sister Funk was able to come to it and then there's my new companion Sister Harris. The next one is in the Perry's backyard in their playhouse. And the last one is Sister Funk, Jori Perrins, and me. Jori is the young woman who introduced Riley to the church. She is amazing.
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Friday, August 16, 2013

Week 17


August 12, 2013

Ola!

 So in case you want an update on my allergic reaction, I am completely better now. I have to carry a epypen everywhere I go, but hopefully I will never have to use it.

 Some good news this week is that we are hopefully going to have a baptism this Saturday! Its a little bit of a strange and difficult situation though because Riley (the young man getting baptized) doesn't live in our ward or stake boundaries, so we have to get a lot of permission to get him baptized in our ward. He has been going to our ward for 8 months and is very comfortable in our ward. We had him try out the ward he is supposed to go to but he didn't feel comfortable there, so hopefully we can get everything worked out so he can be baptized on Saturday! It’s amazing how happy I feel about Riley getting baptized. He wasn't sure a few days ago about being baptized on Saturday but yesterday he told us he wants to be baptized then! I don't even know how to explain the joy I felt when he told us...it’s just amazing :)

 Some bad news...we have transfers this week and Sister Funk is getting transferred. So I am staying here. I am so nervous, I don't feel like I know this area very well yet. Our district leader asked me yesterday if I was nervous and he said that's a good thing ha ha...I'm not sure why that's a good thing. It probably has to be with being humble, and realizing that I do need help every day.

 Well, I think that’s about it for this week! Have a great week and keep on smiling :)

Eu amo voces!

 Sister Kaycee Davis

P.S.- The picture...that lid thingy says K.I.D do not drink. We see this all over one of the neighborhoods in our area, we don't know what it means :

 

Monday, August 5, 2013

Week 16 Fouth Month


Who knew pancakes could be so bad?
Hello everyone!

 How's it going? This week was pretty great...well for the most part. Our stake did mini missions for some of the priests and laurels, and so we got to host a girl named Rachel. It was a lot of fun and we really hope she had a good time. The worst part was definitely that a lady tried to Bible bash with us. We had met her a few days before and she invited us to come over, turns out she just needed a few days to get prepared with scriptures. We felt pretty bad that Rachel had to go through that, we just told her that she got introduced to every aspect of missionary work with that experience ha ha.

 Yesterday was kind of scary and crazy. So we had dinner at a members house and she made gluten free pancakes...keep in mind I am allergic to tree nuts and so the pancakes probably had nut flour in them. Well while I was eating my mouth started to itch. I didn't think much about this. Then after our spiritual thought I knew I was having an allergic reaction, I took some benadril and thought I'd be ok. We had forgotten something at home so we when home and my reaction got worse. I got a blessing and then after some thought the Perry's drove us to urgent care. By the time we got there I was bright red, had hives, and couldn't breath very well. I was admitted right away. They hooked me up to an IV and gave me some more benadril and some steroids because my face was all swollen. And I used an epiy pen for the first time ever. So I'm fine now, it just really scared me and Sister Funk too. 

 Besides the allergic reaction we had a pretty good week. I started reading Mosiah and I love reading King Benjamin's words. By the way...the other sisters in our district stole Oso from us, don't worry we're going to get him back ha ha. Well I hope you all have a great week! Keep on smiling :)
 
Eu amo voces!
 Sister Kaycee Davis

P.S.- one picture is us with our mini missionary. The other is my allergic reaction...can you tell I'm super red and my face swelled up?

Thursday, August 1, 2013

week 15

July 29, 2013
Elder Oso

Ola!
 
 So how was everyone's week? This week I learned how amazing our new mission president is. This will take a little explaining...you see there is a giant stuffed animal bear named Elder Oso that has been floating around this mission for about 4 years. Well for the last few weeks the elders in my district have been stealing Oso from each other. Sister Funk and I were feeling a little left out and last Monday we were hanging out with a bunch of other missionaries and someone accidently said where Oso was being hidden...the mission home. We had been trying to figure out how to get Oso for a while and so we called up President Ware, told him that we wanted to get Oso so we would feel more included in our district. President Ware responded- the mission home will be unlocked in 15 minutes, just walk right in...this conversation never happened. Ha ha, President and Sister Ware are amazing! So we still have Oso...we actually put a dress on him and now he is Sister Oso because we cant have an elder in our room. So we definitely feel included in our district now because everyone wants to get Oso back from us...its not going to happen :)

 We had zone conference this week and I learned a lot. The focus was on how to do a church tour, which was perfect because we are trying to get one of our investigators to take a tour. Its amazing how sometimes at training and meetings you learn exactly what you are needing to hear.
 
 So this week I had kind of an interesting experience. Our district went out to lunch at a Chinese place (I wasn't really excited about this because I don't really like eating out and I don't like having to spent money on eating out when we get free Subway once a week and could have gone there). So we had all ordered and a man walks to our table and sets down a gift card for $90! He paid for all of our lunches and we knew there would be money left over. The rest of the missionaries I was with, 5 elders, 3 sisters, started talking about how we would use the rest of the money, who would get in out of all the companionships or if we could get cash back and split it. I didn't think this was right. So I suggested that with the left over money we give it to someone else in the restaurant. Everyone just kind of looked at me then said that's a good idea. I just figured that if someone was willing to pay for our lunches we should do the same. Thank you for teaching me to be charitable.
 
I did find out this week that everyone who got here the same day as me, who were waiting for their visas are gone. Everyone has gotten their visa except me. I actually found this out last Monday too, Sister Funk had known for a few days but didn't tell me. So that was a little disappointing but I guess there is still some reason Heavenly Father needs me here.

 Well, I hope everyone has a great week! Remember to keep on smiling, it definitely helps you have a better week :)

Eu amo voces!
 Sister Kaycee Davis

Monday, July 22, 2013

Week 14


Week 14 July 22, 2013

 

Ola,

 So for some reason I am having a hard time remembering what happened this week...but we did have a funny experience.

 

 We were tracting after dinner a few days ago and were getting out of the car when a door-to-door salesman comes walking up the street. We are suppose to talk to everyone we see but before we could say anything he starts trying to sell us some soap. I think he realized after about 10 minutes that we were not going to buy anything and so he all the sudden turns to Sister Funk and says- "you must be a teacher cause man you've got class" then he turns to me and says- "and you must be a doctor cause you've got patience." Ha ha...we dont look that old do we? But anyways after he finished talking we introduced ourselves and ended up giving him a Book of Mormon. Yep...that was definitely the most interesting experience I have had tracting so far.

 

 We spent a lot of time on the phone this week. We got a new investigator on Monday but he doesnt live in our area or our stake. He, Riley, has been coming to our ward for 7 months with a friend and has now decided to take the lessons, so that was exciting for us and he already knows everything and wants to be baptized soon. So we have been trying to figure out what to do, but it looks like we will probably get to keep teaching him! Also our investigator we got last week, we had to hand her off to a set of elders last night, which was disappointing but we know everything will work out.

 

 I finished the conference ensign this week and that was great. I have really come to love reading the words of our prophet and apostels. I learn so much from their words.

 

 Well I hope everyone is having a great week! One thing I have learned is to work hard, but have fun too. So go out and do that and keep on smiling :)

 

Eu amo voces!

 -Sister Kaycee Davis

Week 13


Week 13 July 15

 

Ola!

 

 Tudo Bem?! Well...I have some really good news... actually its kind of a miracle! We stopped by a members house on Saturday and they told us their sons girlfriend wanted to start taking the lessons! So we had our first lesson with her on Sunday! It went really well and we asked if when she finds out the Book of Mormon is true if she will be baptized...she said Yes! That was pretty awesome and we got a return appointment for next Sunday, which means... we have a new investigator! The only bad news about that is she doesn't live in our area so we might have to give her to our district leader. But they might find some way for us to keep teaching her, which would be great. Another great thing about that lesson is they sent us home with a plate full of cookies...I think I ate about 10 ha ha...probably shouldn't have done that :)

 

 Sister Funk and I sometimes share Mormon messages with people we visit and this week we watched- "Good Things to Come" by Jeffrey R. Holland. Its a really good one, look it up! One thing he says in it is- "It will be alright in the end. Trust God and believe in good things to come." I love that, everything Will be ok if we rely on Heavenly Father. Heavenly Father never gives us anything to hard for us to handle, sometimes it seems like He does, but really everything we go through is to help us in some way, which is why life cant always be easy. So trust God...good things will happen!

 

I hit my 3 month mark this week and let me just say...I love being a missionary! Its hard but its awesome! I hope everyone has a great week, keep on smiling :)

 

Eu amo voce!

 Sister Kaycee Davis

Week 12


Week 12 July 8   Third Month

Hello everyone!

 

 Well this week had a lot of ups and downs. One up was we had an investigator stay for 2 out of the 3 hours of church! He usually only stays for sacrament meeting because he has a lot of pain problems. So we told him we would bring in a soft chair from the mothers lounge if he would come to Sunday school...imagine our surprise when he said he would come, it was awesome! The hard part was getting the chair...Sister Funk and I were trying to carry it ourselves and then one of the ym came and asked if we needed help. Needless to say...he ended up carrying the chair for us ha ha. I actually taught Sunday school all by myself and everyone said my lesson was great...I basically just asked a ton of questions and the class taught themselves :)

 

 We met our new mission president this week! President and Sister Ware are great and I'm so excited to see what happens :) President Ware taught us to be to "clear, honest, and direct" in teaching and answering questions. I thought that was great advice and I will definitely try to do that. 

 

 The worst part of my week was getting a call from President Ware, he actually called around 10:20 and we didn't hear the phone go off, so he said I needed to call him in the morning. I decided in the morning that I would pray to be able to accept whatever he was going to tell me. President Ware told me that my Grandma Davis had died. That was really hard to hear, and it was hard to call my parents but I have realized how blessed I am to have to gospel in my life and to have the knowledge that I can pray and Heavenly Father will hear me. I have been doing quite a bit of praying and I have found so much comfort in that. Also with just getting back to work. Working hard is the best cure when you get bad news I think. 

 

 I think one thing I have learned on my mission so far is how important family is. I am so grateful for my family and all that they have taught me and all they do for me. I love my family So much!

 

 Well I hope everyone is doing well! Have a great week and keep on smiling :)

 

Eu amo voce,

 Sister Kaycee Davis

Week 11


Week 11 July 1

Oi!

 So this week ended up being a lot crazier then we expected. We ended up moving out of our apartment and into the Perry's house. I wont go into details why right now, but we had to do a lot of work on the apartment since there have been missionaries living in it for 20 years. So we did a lot of patching holes in the walls, cleaning, and we painted the entire apartment...so yeah, it was a lot of work. I have also discovered that paint and my running shoes do not mix very well...I somehow ended up stepping in the paint tray ha ha...don't worry my shoes are alright :)

 

 Yesterday we got to teach the 11-12 year old Sunday school class...all girls. I had forgotten how much 11-12 year old girls talk! We actually were asked to teach the class about 2 minutes before it started, so we had no idea what we were doing...it was great! The reason we were asked to teach was the teacher was frantically looking for someone to sub for her and another teacher told her- "ask the missionaries, they can help!" (Do you recognize that from one of Elder Neilson's talks?) We also were asked to come into the combined 5th Sunday ym/yw's and answer questions they had about serving a mission. That was so fun! 

 

 I think it was last week, my amazing sister Baylee, sent me a letter and a poem she got from someone. It had been kind of a rough day and a line in the poem really stuck out to me- "No matter what we go through, when we feel we can't take more, just stop and think about Jesus Christ, He's been there before." I know that is true and I am so grateful for that knowledge. I know Christ has felt everything I am feeling right now, that he has been in my shoes. He did so much for me and I know that I am never alone when I rely on Him. 

 

 Well I hope everyone is doing well! Have a great week and keep on smiling :)

 

Eu amo voce, 

 Sister Kaycee Davis

Week 10


Week 10 June 24

...Paperwork...

 

Hey there everyone! I got you didnt I, ha ha. So yes I did find out something about my visa this week and that was that I had to go get my fingerprints done and sign an FBI form. I thought doing visa paperwork was over with but I guess not.

 

 It was a pretty good week! By the way did anyone watch the world wide broadcast? Wow, it was soooo good! I'm already a missionary but it got me all excited about missionary work, so hopefully all of you got excited too! The work is hastening and we all need to be missionaries! One thing Sister Funk and I talked about yesterday was that if people were just doing their visiting/home teaching then our job as missionaries would be easier. So if you want to do missionary work, do your visiting/home teaching :)

 

 Another thing that happened this week is our alarm clock didnt go off one morning! I woke up and my watch said 6:54, I'm pretty sure we got out of bed faster then we ever have before ha ha. 

 

 I have really grown to love the Book of Mormon! It is full of amazing stuff :) This week one of the chapters I read was 2 Nephi 9. Its a great chapter. Verse 18 really stuck out to me. It basically talks about enduring life well and how if we do our "joy shall be full forever" that sounds so amazing to me. Enduring to the end does not have to sound negative and I think its better to think of it as just keep going, keep improving. Enduring is hard sometimes but I know we can do it :)

 

 I hope everyone is doing well! Have a great week and keep on smiling :)

 

Eu amo voce,

 Sister Kaycee Davis

Week 9


Week 9 June 17

Oi!

 Tudo bem?! We were pretty busy this week, which was great! Most of you probably haven't heard but there was a fire here in Kennewick this week! Imagine our surprise when we got a message from Sister Perry (we live with the Perry's) saying- "sisters we have been put on an evacuation notice". Well that was a little scary. We pretty much went home packed up a little stuff then went right back to work. We didn't end up getting evacuated but that was kind of exciting ha ha.

 

 We taught a few lessons this week. I was getting a little frustrated one day because we visited with 2 families and every time I would try to say something someone would interrupt me. It was so frustrating to me because I wanted to contribute to the lessons a little bit. The very moment where I was thinking- oh well I guess I wont try to talk anymore I looked down at my scriptures and saw a scripture I had marked- "...know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good." For some reason that is exactly what I needed. Its kind of amazing how you can receive help without even asking sometimes. I definitely needed that scripture and it helped me realize that I have a lot more learning to do, and its probably going to be hard, but it will be worth it :)

 

 We also got transfer news this week. Annnddd...Sister Penrod is getting transferred! We were not expecting that at all since we haven't finished the 12 week training program. I think we were all thinking I'd get my visa before anyone got transferred...oh by the way...no word on my visa yet. But everything will be alright :)

 

 I hope everyone is doing well and enjoying your summer! Have a great week and keep on smiling!

 

Eu amo voces!

 -Sister Kaycee Davis