July 6, 2015 Fourth of July

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This week has Β been great! Sister Capt, Wilson, and I have so much fun together. We found 12 new investigators this week, so we are staying pretty busy! Port Charlotte is beautiful and there is so much potential here.
All week poor Sister Wilson has been struggling with being sick. Keep her in your prayers! ON the fourth of July she was not feeling well, so we went in at 8pm so she could rest. Sister Capt and I sat in our study room and studied and wrote in our journals while we listened to all the people and fireworks outside. Happy fourth of July! Ha ha we laughed and had a great time together. Who else would be in at 8 reading their scriptures on the fourth of July? Yep, that’s right. Us missionaries! We shared good memories of being together at this time last year in the MTC watching the fireworks from the Stadium of Fire. So crazy, little did we know a year later we’d be companions πŸ™‚
So earlier in the day on the Fourth we went to a barbecue that one of our investigators named Janice was having. She is getting baptized on July 17th and is INCREDIBLE! We met her husband and her husband’s friend at the barbeque. They won’t admit it, but they were totally interested. We showed a mormon message and they had a lot of questions. So cool! We had hamburgers and the best potato salad I have ever had. Towards the end of the barbecue, a HUGE storm hit. It was thundering and lightening so much and you couldn’t even see through the rain and the wind was blowing everything everywhere, so we were stuck at janice’s for another hour. Crazy! But it passed luckily.

June 22, 2015 Port Charlotte

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Last night we got a call (which we already knew was coming, no surprise) and I found out that I was being transferred to Port Charlotte (very bottom of our mission) with Sister Capt (MTC companion) and sister Wilson. Hermana Bryan was transferred to Bradenton spanish speaking with Hermana Gibson and Hermana Jahnel. We were so sad to leave each other, and especially our investigators. Candy, Tina, and Quinton LOVED church and are set to get baptized. It was rough. I am doing fine, I think I like this new area, there is mostly old people (hallelujah.) Plus I’m with Sister Capt πŸ™‚
I love you and hope all is well. I love being a missionary and want to be a good one. Please keep me in your prayers.

Love always,
Laur

June 8, 2015 Christmas in June mission party

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We had our Christmas in June party at the beach last Monday. The Christmas party was a lot of fun, we had so much pizza we could feed the navy, root beer floats, and we took lots of pictures on the beach. I will try to send them to you. I have been sending you pictures every week but I’m not sure if you are getting them. My iPad might be not be sending them right. On our way to the Christmas party we got SOOO lost! It took us 2 hours to get there and it was only supposed to take 1! I was driving, and Hermana Jahnel was doing google maps but because she doesn’t know the language very well it was hard. We drove 2 other sisters who are brand new to the mission, Sister Judkins and Sutton. Sister Judkins went to Maple Mountain with me and we were good friends before the mission! We had so much fun together, I love her πŸ™‚
On the way home from the party it thunder stormed the usual 8 pm downpour on the freeway. I am getting pretty dang good at driving in bad weather. I am totally used to it now, it doesn’t even faze me! The new sisters were so shocked and scared for our lives and I had forgotten that I was the same way when I first got out here ha ha. We couldnt even see 3 feet in front of us on the free way but I drive in it all the time now. Hopefully it will help me drive better in the snow when i get home!
This week was so hard. We dropped basically all of our investigators. We did set a baptismal date with Steven’s mom, Candy/ She LOVED church yesterday and told us that she wants to try and read the entire book of mormon this summer when our ward challenged everyone in sacrament meeting. She is great. She has been living with her fiance for 15 years though and I’m worried that it will be too hard for her to separate from him or get married in order to be baptized. Will you pray for her?
Hermana and I have been praying and fasting to find a family in 7 days. We are having the faith that we can find a family this week! We are faithful and excited! It has been so hard this week because we have been working our tails off and it gets discouraging when you don’t see the fruit of it. We will continue to work hard though. I know the Lord will bless us and wants us to succeed.
Sounds like you are having such a fun week! The pictures from the cultural celebration were AMAZING! Wow. Take pictures outside the temple for me when you and dad go. Have fun! Love you!

June 1, 2015 Sister Kunz engaged!

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MY COMPANION IS ENGAGED TO MY RECENT CONVERT!!!! I never in a million years thought when we were teaching Syd that he would be engaged to my companion in 2 months. NEVER! But he is and they are so happy:) While he was in Utah he really connected with her family and has a HUGE influence for good on them. They are getting married in the Logan temple in March, once he has been a member for a year and can get his endowments out. Right now they are discussing doing a civil marriage in August. God is creating eternal families!

This week we worked hard. We met a guy named John and taught him a lesson and he was GOLDEN! We set a baptismal date with him, taught him the entire restoration, gave him a book of mormon, and committed him to come to church. He was excited and ready. Turns out he was already being taught by the zone leaders and they had already set a baptsimal date with him and basically done the same thing we did 2 days earlier! We have no idea why he didn’t tell us! Anyways, we decided they should teach him. He came to church yesterday and is doing awesome πŸ™‚ It’s all the same work, we are just glad he is getting baptized.

Despite all our effort, we aren’t seeing all the fruits of our labors quite yet. I am trying not to get discouraged. We didn’t have a single investigator come to church yesterday, and we invited over fifty people to church. Our baptismal date we are working with right now, Cindy, had severe social anxiety and so she canceled right before church started. Keep her in your prayers, she really wants to get baptized but has some emotional issues that will require heavenly healing. I am trying to remember that sometimes the Lord sees fit to bless us with 41 lessons a week and 5 baptismal dates, and other times He sees fit to bless us with patience. We are working hard, and although I may not be baptizing nations at the moment, Heavenly Father still blesses us with miracles everyday and peace.

It has been raining like crazy here! The thunder and lightening is amazing! Because it almost always rains at about 8pm everynight, we decide to drive last night to visit less active families in our area. While we were driving around, I missed the house we were looking for and had to flip a U turn. Now, as missionaries, we get really good and U turns because if you back up, your companion has to get out of the car and back you up and it takes a whole extra annoying 30 seconds longer. Plus U turns are great in Florida because nobody has curbs and it is normal to drive of people’s grass. Well, as I was attempting a U turn, there was a boy, maybe 11 years old outside on his front lawn watching us. We had been driving really slow looking at each house number trying to find the less active family, so he probably thought we were kidnappers or something. I waved to him, and he just kind of smiled and then looked away like he was scared. Then he started to walk away. I think he thought we were going to follow him in the car until he got into his house!

Anyways, I love you all. Have a good week!

May 11, 2015 Hermana Jahnel

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This week was great! We worked hard, I have the tan lines to prove it! We talked to EVERYONE and met some cool people. On Saturday, Hermana Jahnel and I literally invited everyone to church. We probably invited 50 people to church! Only one investigator ended up coming, and he was an hour late at that. It was Ramon. Golly. Oh well, the Lord knows we tried!

I love Hermana Jahnel. This week she kept telling me that she was so “tasty.” I was confused… we finally figured out that she mixed up “tasty” and “thirsty.” ha ha ha we had a good laugh.

On Friday, President Cusick had a Sisters Training Meeting where all the sister missionaries in the mission came together. It was great! I got to learn a lot of new things. President told us that there are a lot of sisters that are too hard on themselves. We read in PMG the successful missionary section and it was cool to see how I can be a successful missionary in the eyes of God. Everything that was laid out in order to be a successful missionary is in my control! We all felt very loved by President, in his funny, manly, strict way πŸ™‚ I am very blessed to have such a wonderful mission President.

Well, we are working hard and should have 2 baptisms this month! I am learning that obedience brings blessings, but EXACT obedience brings MIRACLES! I want to be exactly obedient because I love the Lord. I know that He wants to bless me, and when I am obedient, He CAN! So if you ever want a prayer answered, need divine guidance, or blessings…study, and do your part. The Lord will ALWAYS do His. All week again and again in my studies and at church I was taught that God always keeps His word. His word is truth, and because of that, I can trust Him. He will never lead me astray. I love Him and trust Him with my future.

Love always,
Laur

May 4, 2015 New Companion

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Hola familia!

My entire life got turned upside down this week!!!! AH!!!! Change is good. I think.
Changes in my life that I am learning to adjust to:
#1) I got a new companion named Hermana Jahnel! She is from Paraguay and is learning english. She is doing so well! She is theeeee sweetest person I have ever met. She is teaching me spanish! She is 23 and from a big family. Her younger sister is serving in New York, and they got their mission calls at the same time, and went to the Provo MTC at the exact same time! She is one of the most incredible people I have ever met.
#2) I am learning to entertain myself. We are still the only sisters in our whole zone, and there is a small language barrier still between my companion and I, so sometimes it gets lonely. I practice saying: “Yo quero ajudarte a encontrar felizidad. Quieres vener a la inglesia con nosotros?” over and over to keep myself busy and sane. (which means: I want to help you find happiness. Do you want to come to church with us? Hermana taught me!)
#3) Since I have been with Hermana Jahnel, God has just started placing all these hispanic people in our path! We have taught 4 lessons in spanish (and by we I mean she) and it is so cool! A lot of them speak english and spanish. It’s so crazy!
#4) We are SO BUSY and we both get home EXHAUSTED at night. The Lord is blessing us though, and we have set 6 baptismal dates since Wednesday and are setting a 7th tomorrow. I am so happy.
Life is good. I love being a missionary!
Love, Sister Davis

April 23, 2015 Orlando Temple

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Hello everyone! I have hardly any time to email so please forgive me!
This week has had lots of highs and lows. It is hard to send a companion home, lets just say that.
But we did get to go to the Orlando temple today and it was an amazing experience! List of things I learned:
#1) Peace is a feeling ONLY the spirit can bring. When you feel peace, you can know it is from God and no other source.
#2) Going to the temple brings so much spiritual strength and help. It is the closest to Heaven I have ever felt!
#3) The most spiritual experiences are planned. When we prepare to go to the temple, and ask God inspired questions, we will receive inspired answers.
#4) I was called to the Florida Tampa Mission by divine revelation. I am exactly where I need to be right now.
#5) Keeping covenants gives us great spiritual power.
#6) Everyone looks good in white πŸ˜‰

I never wanted to leave the temple! It was so amazing. I felt so strongly while I was sitting inside now aware my Heavenly Father is of me, and there is no other place in the world that He would have me be right now. I felt so much peace and left stronger than I came.

This week was really hard, so it was so good to get the spiritual upliftment. I am going to miss Sister Kunz when she goes home so much! She leaves on Tuesday morning!!!
Love you all πŸ™‚