This week was pretty awesome. We got to go back to Hno
Riveras place and start to plant all the corn and beans. It was nice and cool
because we started so early in the morning and just some good relaxing work.
About 10 am or so we ate some mangos for breakfast and
then the brother asked us if we could climb some big trees and cut down all the
branches (corn doesn't like shade). We climbed up and began to machete away at
the branches, but all of a sudden we were getting bit by a swarm of wasps. We
got down as fast as we could and from the ground found the 6 wasp nests that
were in the 2 trees. We knocked them down and then went to keep planting for
about 1 hour more. When we came back to finish cutting off the branches we
assumed the wasps would all be gone. So we climbed the trees, began cutting
again, and then all of a sudden got bit a few more times and got out of the
tree as fast as possible. My comp Elder Tineo in his rush to get down put
his weight on a branch that wasn't strong enough to hold his weight and it snapped
on him and he fell down on his ankle.
We piggy-backed him the 40 minute walk back to the brothers
house, and organized a quick division so I could do a couple visits and he
could stay resting his foot. Needless to say, we weren't able to work 2 days last
week because he couldn't walk, and the 1 other day we did work we walked
miserably slow. haha But I give him lots of credit for going for it
The branch pretty much thinks of us as the gimp
companionship now because we both have hurt our ankles. haha He is getting
better and we hope to work every day this week!
Other than that, we saw lots of blessing this week. The
attendance rose by 3 more and even though less members showed up, the Lord
blessed us with a truck-bed full of investigators to compensate. My goal when I
got into this area was an attendance of 80 before I left in sacrament meeting.
We are going to work like crazy this week to try and give it one last push and
see if we can't achieve it.
Hope everyone is happy at home. Thanks for all the emails!
This week has been sweet. It started out kinda tough when I
rolled my ankle playing soccer on Monday. Then I tried to still go
buy the groceries and placed it bad on the road and it just kinda gave out and
I ate pavement. haha Somehow with the help of my comp we got home and it was
super swollen already. I rested Monday night, but we had important appointments
Tuesday and we couldn't give it another day to rest, so I asked my companion to
give me a blessing before bed. When we woke up Tuesday it still hurt and was
still swollen but I wrapped it up good and we went out to work. We walked
brutally slow but were able to make our appointments. Wednesday I was walking
at a decent pace, and even though the swelling continued, it didn't hurt
anymore. Its such a miracle to be able to be able to receive a priesthood
blessing and see just how fast God heals you when you need it.
Friday we woke up at about 4 am to go help Hermano Rivera
clean up the corn fields because its almost time to plant again. Super fun and
tiring work, but it just feels good to be out in nature and get in some
The work is going well. We are having quite a bit of success
activating people. Then those that we have been helping come back are telling
us about other less actives that we are going to find and teach. It's like a
never ending chain of people and blessings.
Today we went into San Salvador with an investigator and bought
some souvenirs and such. It was a fun day, just bargaining with a bunch of
people who think they can charge you double because you are in a white shirt
and tie. haha
Everything is awesome!
Love Elder Davis
pics: in the corn field
and Ricardo (an investigator) that
bought me a cake when he found out I was going home soon- such a good
This week was full of miracles! Since the beginning of this
change we have been doing anything and everything we could think of to help our
branch grow. President promised us as a mission that if we were willing to give
up anything and everything for the Lord he would consecrate our efforts and we
would accomplish things that have never been done in this mission.
At the end of last week it would appear that our efforts had
been in vain. The best family we had went south, we ended up having to drop
the majority of our investigators, 1 less active family we were working with
stopped accepting us in their home, and the overall branch attendance dropped
to where we were at about 2 months ago. We put in a big self analysis and
searched for anything we could change. In our prayers we told God we were
willing to make any sacrifice and change anything about ourselves and how we
work to please him.
Saturday morning we were cleaning the chapel and decided to
put up 15 more chairs in the sacrament room than what we normally put. It didn't
seem to make sense since the week before we hadn't even filled the normal amount
of chairs, but we went for it.
This week after 3 weeks of not giving up through trials, the
Lord decided to let the blessings flow until there was not room to receive
them. We actually saw that promise come to pass almost literally when there nearly
wasn't enough space in the back of the pickup (we pay this less active guy to
fill his pickup with people from this nearby town we are working in) to hold the
investigators and 1 inactive family we brought to church.
One lady shouted at us to come to her door on Saturday when
we were walking by. She told us she was baptized in the church 10 years ago and
hasn't gone in a very long time, but that she decided to get over her pride and
go the next day. She didn't even give us room to talk, just promising to get
active again. haha
On Sunday the branch attendance was 70 people! Can't tell you
how grateful we are. God has been so good to us and we are more animated than
ever to keep working.
Another truly amazing experience happened in Elders Quorum.
During sacrament a recent convert was called as branch secretary, and 3rd hour
he was to receive the melchizedek priesthood. As we walked in to the class he
told me the mission president's counselor that had interviewed him said he could
choose who he wanted to give him the priesthood and he asked me to do it. The
room was full of such an amazing spirit. I can't describe just how happy you
feel when one of your converts makes such great leaps in the gospel. They
become like your kids. You are always worried about them, always praying for them,
help them learn how to tie a tie, buy them their first white shirt and then all
of a sudden they are self sufficient and you don't have to be hovering over them
and you just trust them to make the right choices. I just love being
Everything is great. I'm happy and working hard. Hope you are
all doing well.
Oh and it was cool talking to you guys yesterday. You all
Pics: Elder Tineo and I
I have a few pairs of socks I should probably throw away. hahaha
This week was awesome and filled with good stuff. Tuesday
Elder Durbin and West knocked on our door about 7 am with a little cake in their
hands singing Happy Birthday. Finished a killer exercise by eating 1/4 of a
cake haha. Following Latin American tradition, I got the cake shoved in my face
haha. Fun morning. The Elders here in Sensunte are awesome. Then Tuesday night
my comp Elder Tineo invited me to pupusas de piña. May be the greatest thing
since sliced bread.
Thursday we had a super awesome multi-zone conference.
Waking up at 4 to get there on time was well worth the effort. The mission as a
whole has progressed so much over the past 2 years and now the Lord is asking
even more of us. I wish I could stay another 6 months just to see the
progression of the work (in case you didn't know, getting permission to extend
your mission is very difficult), but I'm just going to work with all in the time
We have been going through some trials in our area. I don't
know if I told you guys that we opened up a new town about 30 minutes down the
road from Sensunte. We have been working there so much and have a big
investigator pool, but it is tough to get them to progress. As far as anyone here
knows, missionaries have never dedicated much time to try and work there, and
the other churches have strong roots and aren't afraid to down talk 2 white shirt
At church on Sunday we both felt pretty down. We had done
everything we could think of to get people to go, had put into practice various
new ideas, but didn't get even close to the turnout we were expecting.
Throughout sacrament meeting we were praying and seeking guidance and
forgiveness if we hadn't done something we could have done to help more people.
As I prayed the scripture in Ether 12:27 came to mind about how God gives us
debilities to make us humble and search his help. Later that night I read
this quote from Presidente Monson,
"We all have treasured memories of certain days in our
lives- days when all seemed to go well for us, when much was accomplished...
It's not difficult to be happy on such perfect days. Our mortal life, however,
was never meant to be easy or consistently pleasant. Our Heavenly Father who
gives us so much to delight in, also knows that we learn and grow and become
refined through hard challenges, heartbreaking sorrows, and difficult choices.
These and all trials present us with the real test of our ability to
The more I think and look back on things, the more I realize
that the times I have learned most in my mission, the times when I feel like I
have been pushed to become the best missionary I can be is when things weren't
working out great.
My comp and I have new goals and plans and are super excited
to push forward this next week. Whatever it takes we are going to push the work
forward. So excited for next week!!