Sept. 2015 Mean dogs, baptism!

I love this area ha ha. It is so southern! A member is going to make sour krout for me because I’ve never had it. Kinda nervous….
Well, Sister Coon got transferred to Lakeland! I am now with Sister Reed, who I came out with 14 months ago! We are so happy together 🙂 She is from Orem UT. We have had a blast together this week. Last Monday Sister Wright took Sister Coon and I to downtown Dade City and we shopped at some cute antique shops. I found an old post card of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir from the 1950’s! The lady gave it to me for free because I’m a missionary 🙂 Cool huh? Then we went to get soul food at the most southern food place in the world called Steph’s Soul Food. (Aparently soul food is just super home style southern good…meatloaf, chicken, mashed potatoes, coleslaw, etc.) It was good! On Wednesday we went to transfer meeting and most of our mission was there! We got 19 new missionaries 🙂
While we were walking to the church one evening, we were on a dirt road in the backwoods, and three really mean looking dogs got out of their gate. They were just sniffing around and hadn’t seen us yet, and we were so scared. We didn’t know what to do! I said a prayer in my heart and decided that we should run and jump on top of a random dumpster to get away from them. We started moving toward the dumpster right as they saw us and started barking and running at us! We made it on top of the dumpster and the dogs just kept barking at us on it. We called Sister Wright, who came and picked us up. Life saver! Such mean dogs! President Cusick gave us pepper spray.
Sept. 28, 2015
Dear family,

EVA IS NOW A MEMBER OF THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER DAY SAINTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It was such a wonderful day yesterday! Her baptism was wonderful. The spirit was so incredibly strong, and we had such a good turn out. Earlier that day, Blu, her boyfriend and a formerly less active member, was ordained a priest. He is 17 years old. He told us yesterday that he has loved getting to know us and liked taking the lessons with Eva. He now wants to serve a mission and is going to start preparing to go this summer. Of ANYTHING that has happened on my mission, I think that was one of the happiest moments. By Blu going on a mission, that will not just affect the people he will go help convert, but his family at home, and his future family. To get one person on a mission is to save so many souls. His younger brother, Juanpaul, was ordained a deacon. We were able to attend both of their setting apart blessings and they talked about their missions.
After Eva’s baptism, her mom came up to us in tears and was so impressed by how our church, all basically strangers to her and Eva, had taken her daughter in and embraced her. She now wants to take the lessons! And Eva’s almost sister-in-law, Rosa, should be getting baptized at the end of October. We taught her the w.o.w last night and she is sad to give up tea, but ready to live the w.o.w.
Last Monday we went to Happy Cow (the best fro-yo place EVER) and said goodbye to our R.S. president, her family, and her son, Jared, before he was off to the MTC. It was actually really emotional for me because it brought back memories. Remember Iggy’s?!?! And how they gave us a free meal? So nice.
I know that Jesus Christ guides this church. I have felt His influence guiding me. I have felt His companionship out here. I know that He loves His missionaries. I am so happy 🙂
Love always,
Sister Davis

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