Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Greetings from Kalispell!

Hello Everyone,

Greetings from Kalispell! It's been a busy last few days but I am really excited to be here! It's so pretty here already I can't even imagine what it'll be like when we get into summer. Everything is so green! Dillon was definitely pretty but this is the cream of the crop of Montana up here. I guess before I get ahead of myself I should back track.

Ok so back to Dillon. This last week went pretty good. Best two lessons were definitely with H F and T. With H (the F's daughter) we were able to teach her the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We talked a lot about baptism and committed her to baptism and she agreed. This made Brother F tear up which was pretty neat to see this big ol' Montana cowboy tearing up. haha. Her biggest issue could be getting Sundays off but I know the Lord has helped him with that so he will help her too. She has a tentative date for June 18th.

The other great lesson of the week came with T. We have worked with T the whole time I've been in Dillon and he's been up and down the whole time. We had him read the story of Enos. As we asked him questions about it. He opened up and said that he wanted that same forgiveness of sins. We talked about how baptism would do that for him and we commited him to be baptized and he said yes! We talked about how he's going to have to make some changes but that it will be worth it. I really hope he can keep this new found fire he has and get baptized.

Interesting news out of Havre. K, who was the one who had to receive permission from the First Presidency to get baptized, had her kids taking the lessons. They were going to get baptized a month ago and the day before the baptism her 12 year old gets arrested and the two other older kids move back to Browning. The missionaries were just thrown for a loop! Then last week K....had a baby. She doesn't have a boyfriend and had never said anything or shown signs of it. I guess every thing is still ok because she is living the law of chastity but it's just kind of weird to hear that and think back 9 months ago. Sad to say but all of that just sounds like a typical native story.

Also J B, who we were working with a lot before I left Havre, her daughter in Reno, NV who last I heard was a druggie, homeless, and a lesbian got baptized last week in Reno. The gospel is truly a gospel of change that's all I have to say.

Ok so Friday we were waiting for transfer calls. Elder Lunt is freaking out. I was pretty calm about it all. I was pretty sure I was leaving and to tell the truth kind of looking for a change. Well the call comes and I'm off to Kalispell. I'd secretly been hoping to be sent up there because of how pretty it was when I passed through there a year ago but was trying not to think about it for fear that I wouldn't get sent there. Luckily that didn't happen and now I'm companions with Elder Shermerhorn from Huntington Beach, CA. Haven't been around each other too long but so far he seems like he'll be a good companion. I'm not covering three ward like I thought. There was a little change here for a few weeks where the Elders did have to take over the area but now the Sisters are back covering 1st ward. So I just cover 2nd and 3rd wards. I'm the District Leader over 8 missionaries. Four of them being Sisters.....this should be interesting. I haven't served around Sisters my whole mission so this is going to be interesting. haha I thought having two sisters was enough but now I'm serving around six of them and over four of them in a district. I'll survive though. Zone Leaders are also in my district but Elder Weight from Kaysville and Elder Wells from Mesa (same area as Hineman) are really great.

I made the long journey of 6 hours up here yesterday. It wasn't that bad. I like the transfer van. You get to see a lot of other Elders you haven't seen in a while and you just tell stories the whole time. We arrived last night and went out to our place which is a loft apartment over the G's garage which is a white garage just down from house (see google for more info) It has a beautiful view and I'm excited to live there.

Kalispell is definitely the largest city I've ever served in. It will take some getting used to but I'm really excited. Well I know there is probably more but I better get going. I hope everyone had a great Easter. I'll update you with more info next week. Talk to you later.

-Elder Davis

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011

Dillon Week 23

Hello Everyone,

Believe it or not this was my 23rd week here in Dillon! That's Crazy!!! Transfers are coming up this weekend. It should be interesting to see what happens. Like when I was in all of my other areas part of me wants to go and part of me would love to stay. We'll just have to see. Any predictions?

The reason I'm emailing so late is because we went golfing today! We had planned it earlier in the week to go with one of our investigators. There is a course that's all par 3s and two par 4's that is owned by a member and he lets the Elders golf for free. We woke up this morning and it was lightly snowing but not sticking so we kept our hopes up. By the time we cleaned up our place and headed in town it had luckily cleared up a little. So we went up there and the weather was just beautiful! I golfed in a short sleeve t-shirt and jeans! It was clear skies and probably 55. It was a lot of fun. We hit range balls to get us warmed up and then we played. It's a ten hole course which was just the right length. We had a lot of fun and it was really good to spend some time with J and just have a kick back day with him. They are one family I would really like to stay around and keep teaching. Dad'll have to look up the course. Its called Sleepy Hallow.

Ok I'll back up now. Last pday Whitehall was here. We had a good time with them. We had another nerf war in the gym at the church. Then we had team ups. We saw quite a few people and had some really good lessons. Elder Owens from Mesa and I went out to Argenta and saw a less active member who we've been working with and the ward has been focusing on. He is really making some progress. We went over Elder Christoferson's talk from conference. He really liked it and I really think if we step up our visits with him and the ward helping out more we can get him to church.

We had another good visit with D. She is starting to make some progress now that her boyfriend isn't around to lead her off course. Interesting thing is he is the member but less active.

So the blog has been coming along this week. I have really enjoyed writing it this month. Last month I was writing more stories about others, this month I have been doing more creative writing. Just wondering what everyones thoughts were on it and the content? Also any other ideas of ways to advertise it?

So we got a nice addition to our house this week. We have one couch in there but it always feels like we are short on seating space especially when other Elders come over. So when we were asked to go move a couch for an older sister in the ward we asked what she was going to do with the old couch she said getting rid of it. So we asked her if we could have it and she said we could so we got Brother F to help us load it in his truck and we cleaned out a spot for it in our place. So now we have two couches in our little apartment and it's really nice to have. One has become my couch and the other is Elder Lunt's. haha

Oh one more thing on blogs. Pres.Gardner called and said he had looked at my blog and really liked it and wondered what kind of response and view I was getting so that was cool.

Well I better get going now. I hope everyone is doing good. I hope a few of you got the letters I sent out this last week. A few more will be sent out soon. Sounds like everyone is doing great and it sounds like Lauren had a great season of tennis so Go Lauren! Transfer news will probably hit Facebook Friday or Saturday so check that out to find some quicker info. I love you all and I'll talk to you later.

-Elder Davis

Monday, April 11, 2011

Monday, April 11, 2011

April Snow Brings May Snow Brings June Snow?

Hello All,

As you can see from the subject line it’s been snowing here in Dillon. April doesn't mean showers it means snow. Maybe May will bring showers and June flowers. haha. More on all of that later though.

This week went by really fast. We were pretty busy getting ready for H's baptism on Saturday. Like I said last week we had Elder Catron and Butler in town. We had a Nerf war at the church. It was a lot of fun. Also played some bball. Then we had dinner out at our place with the Ws. Because we drove back out to our place we really didn't have the miles to drive back into town and then back home so it became in some ways kind of a hang out night. We ate dinner, played a little football with M, upon his mothers request, (she really likes it when we just kind of hang out and spend some time with him because she wants missionaries influences around him because his real dad, not G, could care less about M serving a mission.) We also went on a Jeep ride in G's old 60's willies jeep, and then had a really good Family Home Evening with them. It was a fun night and Elder Lunt said it was a good night for him. Allowed him to get his mind off some stuff back home.

Tues we had district meeting, ate at the taco bus, and then had H's interview. Elder Butler did the interview and he said it went really well but that one of the mission presidencies would need to meet with her. Afterward we told Elder Butler we didn't want any details just to know if he still thought we'd be having a baptism on Saturday. He said he thought we would. Still a little nerve racking. So an appointment was made for Thurs with Pres. Jordan and we went on planning from there. I don't know if I talked about the baptism suit dilema last week but we couldn't find a large enough suit for her. She is a pretty large woman. So after talking to the Relief Society President we finally got it set up that an older sister in the ward would sew her a dress out of sheets. Thank goodness for Sister R who did an amazing job in sewing her a full white dress with inside lined slip in it in three days.

Thursday was the interview and about an hour before we get a message while we are in another lesson from H saying she's sick and doesn't think she can make it. Oh man now were we worried even more. We called her and reminded her President Jordan was coming from Billings. She said she'd make it despite not feeling well. After the interview President Jordan said she was good to go.

So Friday after it snowing all Thurs. but never sticking we wake up and there is probably 4 inches of snow on the ground. After we weekly planned there were probably 6. It was crazy! It was April 8th and it was snowing! So we dug out the cold weather gear again and went out to work. It was slowly melting but this made everything, including the roads, very sloppy. The crazy thing is Saturday. morning it was melting a lot, especially in town, and by Saturday afternoon it was really nice outside.

The baptism went really good. Because H is pretty big we determined that Elder Lunt and I would both baptize her. So we both got to dress in our white clothes for the first time on our missions. She was really excited! To help make things easier we had her sit in the font (we quickly learned she floats), then Elder Lunt held her legs and I kneeled down and baptized her. It wasn't too hard because I only had to dunk her back a little bit because she was sitting. It went really smooth so that was really good. Her friend she grew up near who is LDS confirmed her Sunday.

An update on A. He was called this week to be a ward missionary. He's really excited. He was talking about how he has some people for us to meet with and wants to get a copy of Preach My Gospel. I'm really excited to work with him.

Sunday was a beautiful day in Dillon. Probably the best of the year. Crazy to think only 2 days earlier it was snowing. Bishop H had told us a few weeks ago that he wanted us to come help him and his wife with lds and So after church we showed up thinking we were just coming to help them and next thing we know there is a table set and they say ok elders we're ready to eat. Now normally this would not be a big deal but we had an already scheduled dinner at 4:30 and it was 3:00. I was thinking oh great I better pace myself or this is going to be really bad. After dinner Bishop H said he'd already figured out the stuff. So he showed us the Corvette he's working on and his Chevy Camero. Then as we are walking back into his house by way of this big back porch they have that over looks a big gully next to his fields and he sees a gopher. People here are obsessed with shooting gophers because there are a million of them. Well he gets all excited and goes and grabs his 22 and we sat there for 15 min. watching him shoot gophers. It was a lot of fun! haha I sat there thinking to myself this is the greatest mission! How many Elders get to stand on a back porch after eating with their Bishop and watch him shoot things on a Sunday afternoon. Hahaha

One last thing, we were showing a family and their little girl clicked on a video on It was titled 195 dresses. As we start to watch it I realize that I know the girl that the story is talking about. She went on a few dates with Ricky when me and him double dated and she took him to her Sadie Hawkins at Westwood. So Elder Hineman and Owens know her too. haha you'll have to go watch it. After you watch it you'll get this but I told the Ws girls they should fly down on Allegiant next year and come see me and another elder from Mesa that served here and then they could go rent a dress from her. They laughed and said that'd be a good idea. Here's the link to that story:

Ok I better get going. I hope everyone has a great week. Keep reading the blog (, link on side of this blog) and letting me know what you think. I love you and enjoyed reading your emails. Stay cool while I stay warm. God Bless.


Elder Davis

Monday, April 4, 2011

Monday, April 4, 2011

Howdy Everyone,

Hope everyone had a great week. We've been pretty busy which has been a good thing for Elder Lunt. His mom's surgery went well but they still don't know a whole lot. We started out the week with some good lessons. We were able to meet with the F's daughter H which was a good lesson. She said she's really starting to get interested in attending church. She's just hoping to get work off so that she can start coming. She wasn't able to attend conference though which was a bummer. I was able to finally pull all of Ricky's email off this week. Sounds like he's doing good and enjoying the mission life.

We had zone training last Thursday in Helena. It went really good. They talked a lot about preparing for baptisms which fit us really well because of H's baptism on Sat. Sister Gardner talked to us about using our mission money more wisely. She fed us afterward simple Hawaiian Haystacks which cost her $1.00 per elder. It was pretty good. I had to say goodbye to Elder Goff too which was a bummer. I can't believe the elders that are slowly going home. It's scary because that just means my time is quickly approaching which is really weird. I try to just not think about it.

Thursday night we helped the 1st Ward ward council set up their profiles. It’s amazing how in Montana a lot of people are kind of technologicly retarded. It took us a lot longer to set up some of their profiles. I would like to encourage all of you to get onto and make your profile. It really doesn't take too long if you have your LDS account.

So I sent a message to Elder Unga asking him about meeting you. He said you were an awesome family and he can't wait to come to our house for pizza.

So I'm focusing my blog on baseball this month. Grandma sent me some good stuff that will help and I had some good ideas. I hope it goes as well as the Mormon March Madness did.

General Conference was pretty good. I love conference as a missionary. It’s a great chance to take a little break, watch in a sense some tv, and be taught instead of teaching others. There were a lot of good talks. None that really stuck out as my very favorite though. I wondered what Mom and Dad thought of Elder Robbins talk and how it might apply to some or one of their kids if they catch my drift. See Mom and Dad. She's been placed in your care for a reason.

Ok I better get going. This email feels lame. I feel rushed because the ZL's are here for pday and to interview H and we are trying to get emailing done quick so we can play some ball and have a nerf gun war. I hope everyone has a great week. Maybe I'll send a letter when I can think more. Baptism on Saturday! It should be really good! I can't wait to tell you all about it. Love you all!

-Elder Davis