Monday, April 17, 2017

The last letter...

Hallå friends and family! Well, this is it, my last letter I will be writing home. :) I can't believe it has actually come. The feelings felt can not be described just nu. Ahhh! Almost about the same feeling leaving home. Excited, scared, sad, happy! So many mixed emotions. This has been the greatest thing I have ever done. I am so grateful for the gospel, this mission, the people who have changed my life here, and most especially my Savior Jesus Christ. I am grateful for the time I got to give for His sake. :) God is good.

My family will be coming to Sweden this Thursday and we will be travelling around for a few weeks so that will be a blast! Excited to show them around my swedish homes for the last year and a half. :) I can't believe I am actually going to see them again. Doesn't feel real.

Anyways, this week was a good one because it was Påsk (Easter)! Some sweet members invited us over to their beautiful house and we painted easter eggs and had a little easter lunch. :) We have been showing everyone the Prince of Peace video and talking about how the Resurrection gives us hope, comfort, and peace. Easter is the best.

We had a lot of syster vistors stay with us this week too! There was train the trainers, and this self-reliance class put on for us missionaries going home. It was weird at first to be hearing about all the things we have to worry about when we go home...lol. School, majors, career, job, payments, housing, social life, and many more. It was a little overwhelming at first but good to be getting an idea of life back home haha instead of cold turkey trying to figuring out these things på en gång. Gotta say I'm going to miss not having to worry that stuff, but it will also be good to come back to it as well. It feels time. Made me really want to soak in these last missionary days though.

Later in the week on Påskafton me and Syster Gill went to Näsbypark to swing by this lady. Oh my goodness it was beautiful! We couldn't get over the nice weather and the water view and the birds churping and just the happy feeling of spring! Det här landet är såå otroligt vackert. :) It was a great day to start påsk.

The next day on easter we woke up and it snowed lol. So much for our spring vibes haha. We made the most of it though and walked to church and just had a wonderful time at church with everyone. Us missionaries and many others did musical numbers and then we had a big fika afterwards! It was a great day. :)

Sad to be saying goodbye to all the people I have met here. I can not even express how much I love you all. It's not goodbye forever though. :) I will be back very soon.


Jag vill avsluta med mitt vitnesbörd att jag vet det här är Herrens verk. Denna är hans kyrka. Jag vet det eftersom jag har känt det. Jag har känt friden och glädjen som kommer från det. Kristus är vår frälsare. Om du följa honom kan du också känna det storsta lycka som finns. Jag är en vittne om det. Om du läsa Mormons Bok kommer du att känna sanningen som står där inne. Det vittnar om Kristus och hur vi kan hitta ljuset tack vare honom. Jag är så tacksam för människorna som har offrat så mycket för oss att ha evangeliet idag. Jag är tacksam för att jag kunde vara en missionär här för ett kort stund och delar med mig något som har gjort mig så glad. Gud är så god. Jag älskar honom. Jag ska står för hans namn tills dagen jag dör. :) Jag älskar er och önskar er ett underbart liv fullt av glädje och ljus.

Tack för att ni finns och tack för att ni lyssnade. :) Ha det så bra och vi ses. :)

Med Kärlek,
Syster Davis





Monday, April 10, 2017

Fånga Dagen, varje dag.

Goood morning allihopa. This week was yet another eventful one! We had a fun day at the Mall of Scandinavia! We went to the Disney store and Lego store and just explored around. We walked by Claires as well and I was felling a little spontaneous and got my ears pierced lol. My entire life I was so afraid to get them pierced but finally I did it woohoo! Wasn't even that bad. ;)

We had the Umeå and Luleå systers stay with us this week as well because we had zone conference! Two syster Halls, Syster Eriksson, and Syster Hunter. ;) It was fun to be with them. We got to the Gubbängen chapel and had a big conference combined with Norrland zone. Sad that is was my last conference ever. So many feels. Cute that it was at the same building I had my first one two decembers ago...where does the time go.

The Beckstrands gave a great training on Fånga Dagen! Aka Carpe Diem aka Seize the Day! It was a wonderful training about how we should make everyday count and do our best everyday. The assistants did a section as well on how it's important to share our story, testimony and why WE believe. I think it's been a great theme lately in the mission. Really searching deep in our hearts for our testimony and our personal conversions. I love it! We had a delicious lunch, and a played a fun little game with the Beckstrands. Me, Syster Hall, Syster Haikola, Äldste Pärkää, ad Äldste Christley gave our farewell testimonies since we will be going home in a week...Ahh! It is weird it is actually coming to a close.

After conference we went on splits with the Jakobsberg Systers! I went with Syster Wilson to Jakobsberg! My home! So fun getting to visit that place again. :) Fun getting to be with Syster Wilson too. We talked about how great it was to finally get to go on splits together and how weird it was that we were going home so soon. Craazy.

We went contacting with this new member as well! We found this cute puppy on the way too and though it was so funny that a pillar on light was shining right on its head in the picture lol. It's name was Gucci. ;)

We swtiched back and then went on splits again with the Västerhaninge systers! I went with Syster Hale in Västerhaninge. :) Okay I love Syster Hale sooo much. We both have a Studio Ghibli obsession so all day we were just singing the songs together and quoting all our favorite lines while we were talking to the great people of Västerhaninge and showing the new easter church video. ;) We swungby some sweet people and had a dinner from this cute temple couple! Such a great day.

Me and Syster Gill finally reunited and it felt good being back home in Täby again. :) We got a scary call though saying there has been a terrorist attack in Stockholm on Drottningsgatan. A crazy man drove a truck into a crowd of people and then ran. So scary. President asked all us missionaries to stay home for the rest of the night and stay safe. So sad and stockholm was in our prayers.

A few days later we got to stand outside of the Book of Mormon Musical and pass out real Books of Mormons to everyone that saw it. ;) Everyone was kinda laughing at us and making fun of us but we just laughed with them and told them if they liked the musical they should read the read book, it's a lot better. ;) So many people took books and said they would. lol So great!

Sunday was great too. So many investigators came so that is always fun. It was testimony meeting and everyone was talking about the crazy accident in Stockholm and sharing how grateful they are for the comfort the gospel brings, especially during scary times.

It was a great week. I can not believe I only have one left...So many mixed feelings. I am excited and sad at the same time. Gonna make these last 10 days be the best. Love you all. See you very soon. :)

Med Kärlek,
Syster Davis



Teaching the Restoration through pictures to Ming



Little Gucci with a pillar of light directly over its head. ;)

Monday, April 3, 2017

General Conference weekend!

Hello! This is going to be a short one this week. We had a fun P-Day with some missonaries on a little boat ride around stockholm. It was such a sunny day and a teaser for the summer. We got icecream and just enjoyed the sun.

The next day we had splits with the Hägersten systers! I was with my old comp Syster Christoffersen. :) It was fun being together again for the day.

The next day me and Syster Gill drove far out to the boonies to visit some members! They live so far that they love when we get the oppertunity to come visit them. One of them said she hasn't had contact with anyone from the church in decades! She was happy we came to see her. :) We thought maybe she may of forgetten that people came to visit her because she kept telling us the same things over and over...and over and maybe thought she had memory loss. hehe She was cute.

We had distict meeting. That was fun.

We then had splits again and I stayed with Syster Nelson in Stockholm! I love Syster Nelson! She is so sweet and we had a lot of good conversations. :) And we met some great people and taught some spiritual lessons.

To end the busy week we had Generla Conference woohoo!! A missonaries favorite weekend! ;) Oh my goodness it was great. So much spiritual knowledge gained from it. Loved getting to watch it live a few times. :) Such a blessing to have these amazing leaders who guide the Lord's church. I am grateful for the strong spirit I got to feel listening to them this entire weekend. So much spiritual food this weekend! Pablo invited us over to watch it at his house on Sunday and afterwards we went on the roof and saw the beautiful sunset! Great end to a busy week.

God is good! Love you all. Till next time!

Med Kärlek,
Syster Davis



Min bästa kompis. :)


​Pablos roof.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Because I'm happy!

Hello!! Spring has sprung! Wow, this week was so busy and full of sunshine. We had a blast with Suzie and Pontus this last P-day. They took us sightseeing and we went up this huge tower and saw all of Stockholm. We got some korv and icecream together for lunch and they were giving us all the updates on all our old missionary friends and their love lives lol.

We had a full week of meetings and conferences this week! We had MLC on tuesday and the cute Malmö systers stayed with us for the night. Syster McClatchie and Syster Hansen, love them. We arrived to the mission home and had a yummy lunch made by Syster Beckstrand. We had a great meeting home about the new easter initiative! Woot woot! We got a sneakpeak of it. The theme is 'The Prince of Peace.' It's a video of how the Savior is there for us to give us peace in our lives if we follow Him. Super great film. It was a very spiritual day. :) Me and Syster Gill went home without our jackets and scarves because the weather was sooo nice! Hallelujah!

We did some service this week and helped our friend Sofie move into her new beauty salon. We cleaned some of the machines and windows and just had a nice time together. She is so sweet. Weather was great yet again. ;)

The next day we had zone training in Gubbängen! We met there early with the Uppsala STLs and the zone leaders and went through our presentation. Me and Syster Gill had the 'Introducing the Easter Initiative' section. :) We talked about trials and how it was the Savior who gave us peace during those times. We really wanted everyone to think about in what ways the Savior was their source of peace during their personal trials. It was a wonderful meeting and the ZLs taught more and got everyone pumped for the new video! Great great day.

The next day we got to go to the temple with sweet Jasmine. :) She got baptized about a year ago and was so excited to be able to do some of her grandma and grandpas work. :) I can't tell you how powerful it was to see her get baptized for her grandma who passed. The spirit was so strong. Some of the Göteborg YSA was there too so it was fun seeing them again. Felix was there and the one who baptized Jasmine last year so she was excited that he could help with her grandparents sealing as well. So precious, and such a nice day! :)

The next day we had a full white day planned which actually was kinda refreshing due to all the running around we've been doing the past couple of days. The weather was sunny and breezy so we spent the entire day outside talking to everyone who crossed our path. ;) It was so rejuvenating. Everyone was so happy to talk to us.😊 Thank you solen!!

Sunday was just beautiful as well. It happened to be my last normal sunday as a missionary (since we have general conference, fast meeting, and easter program!) so they had me give my goodbye testimony now haha! Was so not ready for that lol. Crazy how the time is slowly winding down. Cute Veronica came as well (the lady we just invited on the street to come to church with us one day, and now she comes every Sunday!) We love her.

Well, det var en underbar vecka denna vecka. :) Jag kan inte uttrycka hur tacksam jag är! Jag älskar mitt liv. Jag älskar evangeliet. Jag älskar friden som kommer från det! Det är så riktigt. Det är så stark. Kristus lever. Och det gör mig lite ledsen att min tid som missionär är nästan färdig men så måste jag njuta varje dag jag har kvar. Hoppas ni har haft en härlig vecka. :) Ha det gott! Till next week.

Med kärlek,
Syster Davis


Found a friend.


My cute comp.



Temple trip with Jasemin. :)


​Sweet veronica.


rock friend.


​It's true.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Våren kommer! I love syster Gill. :)

Hejsan. :) Det är helt otroligt hur fort veckan har gått! It started with a fun P-day with our good ol assisstant friends! We went to Vaxholm but sadly it was closed so made our way back to Stockholm and met up with some other syster friends.

The next day we got to go greenie contakting! :) We got to meet the three new missionaries who just arrived. We all got some Vapianos and got to know them. Me and Syster May got to take the two systers out talking to people for their first time ever! (Syster DeMourdant and Syster Hall) sweetest girls ever. :) One of them was destined to be my granddaughter because Syster Matwaychuk will be training one of them!! So exciting! :)

Transfer Day came and syster May got all her stuff packed up and we headed to Tcentral! Crazy how fast this transfer went. Told syster May see her in a few weeks. ;) Love that girl and she is going to love Örebro! I waited with the stockholm systers for a few hours and then my new comp syster Gill came!! Woohoo! I have always dreamed of being with syster Gill and it seriously has been soo fun with her. :) Both our trainees are training so both me and syster Gill are grandmas now woot woot! :) We got to see them at the station and take a family picture together. So great. They are doubling into Lund! What an adventure. Love them.

It has been the absolut best showing syster Gill around Täby. :) we already laugh so much together and have had so much going on these past few days it's been crazy! We had distrkt meeting with our new distrikt so that was fun. We had so many members invite us over this week so that was a blast. The members here are the BEST! One of them sewed a dress and gave it syster Gill. :) Life is good here. Time is going too quick.

Me and Syster Gill taught sunday school and hjälpföreningen so that was fun!

Any who, So much more happened but I don't have too much more time here. Hope to give more details next week. ;) Att vara en missionär är den bästa saken som finns! Jag älskar evangeliet och välsignelserna som kommer från det. God is good!

Med kärlek,
Syster Davis


​My daughter and grand-daughter! Syster DeMourdant! :)



​Greenie contakting with Syster Hall! :)



​Me and Syster Gill!


Korv with Pontus. ;)

Monday, March 13, 2017

Day 500 på mission!

Tjena!

This week was a very bipolar one with the weather. We woke up to a pretty normal pretty Monday. We headed down to Stockholm for P-Day with the Jakobsberg systers and went to classic Gamla Stan and me, Syster May, and Syster Wilson all bought the same pair of shoes on sale. woot woot. ;) We went out to the Stockholm lookout point and just had a nice girls day together. Later in the evening we went to swingby a member to give her choklad but she wasn't home so we just tracted instead.

The next day we woke up and there was snow everywhere! We thought spring was on it's way but yeah right lol. We trudged in the snow and went kontakting a lot but no one really wanted to talk.Typical. Me and Syster May just had fun walking around in the snow making it a good time trying to make people happy.

We met with a lot of postive people this week as well so that was a plus! It's nice having people to teach. :)

Later in the week, me and Syster May bought a poster and made a 'Jag är Guds lilla barn' (I am a child of God) song poster for Marimba, Suzanna, and Angela! :) We went over and showed it to them and they were so excited! We colored it together and gave them CTR rings and took pictures and sang together. It was a fun night with them.😊

We had a our last district meeting for the transfer this week as well! Det var kul. Still blows my mind how quick these transfers go. We all went around and showed pictures of our family and gave a little background of our life. Always one of my favorite things, to see everyones families and hear their backstories. Great meeting, and then we had a nice lunch at Pizza Hut lol.

We got to go to the temple this week with Emiliano too so that was a blast! We did baptisms the same time as Norrland so I saw a few friends from Sundsvall! So great. :) We then visited Syster May's släkt again and they made us waffles and we talked about our beliefs with them so that was cool.

Täby ward threw a surprise party for Jereme at the bishops house so that was fun too! We had soup and dessert and Jereme promised he would make us fufu some day. ;) It was a great night. We were happy we could celebrate for him! We had a snowball fight afterwards haha.

Church was good too! We invited everyone we ran into on the way to come with us if they wanted to. This lady with her little nephew was like, 'Why not!' and she came with us. :) So great!

All in all it was another good week! Me and Syster May celebrated our 500 day mark together this week! Ojdå. We can't even grasp how it has been 500 days. Only 40 left now..So weird! Timeisaflying!

OH ALSO! We got transfer calls and Syster May will be moving to ÖREBRO! We had a feeling she was going there for her last transfer. :) I told her all about it and how wonderful it is. She is going to love it! I am going to miss her though. I will be staying in Täby woohoo!! Finally staying in an area for once. ;) I will be getting Syster Amy Gill!!😆 I am so excited. I have always wanted to be companions with Syster Gill. So weird she'll be my last companion. I know it's gonna be so good and I can not wait for what these next 5 weeks have in store.) Till next week! Hejdå!

Kram,
Syster Davis


​Stockholm girls day





​CTR rings


​The district på pizza hut

Monday, March 6, 2017

Mission Tour with President Kearon!

Hey everyone! We had a fun week this week because it was Mission Tour. :) So excited we got to have another one! President Kearon came to visit.

To start the week, me and Syster May had a nice relaxing P-Day at home. We bought our usually naturegodis, explored a little Täby-C and chilled at home for a bit. Talked about life and such. 😊 Decided to attempt a diet for the rest of the transfer so we will see how that goes. Later in the evening we went on splits with the Jakobsberg sisters! I went with sweet Syster Shin and Syster May went to Jakobsberg with Syster Wilson!

It was a good time and fun to be with Syster Shin! We met some nice people and taught some solid lessons together. Her swedish is phenomenal as well! :) We also have a mutual friend! Christin Hickman! Shoutout to Chrisitin. :) I have a picture of a group of my friends from high school and Syster Shin recognized her went we showed eachother our family albums. What a small world!

We switched back the next day and sweet Pontus and Suzie invited us over for some Salmon and pudding! So yummy. :)

We visited a lot of sweet members this week and have been helping a lot of them with spring cleaning! Always feels good to help people clean out their houses haha! They always thank us with all this food which has not been a help to me and Syster May's diet lol.

Finally mission tour came! Norland, Stockholm, Stockholm South, And Södertälje zone met in the Handen chapel. So fun to see so many old friends and companions. :) The special guest was President Kearon who is in the European 70 presidency. He is from Great Britain so he had a fun bristish accent and was just such a nice guy. The things he talked to us about were so inspired. I could feel the spirit so strongly from his talks. Everything just connected to everything going on in this mission. He talked about how the Lord has infinite patience with us, and that we shouldn't be too hard on ourselfs. 'Stop worrying and work hard. The Lord adores you.' It was a wonderful day filled with inspiration.

The next day we have a Missionary Leader Counsil with everyone too. President Kearon came again and talked to us all and we all went around and shared our thoughts and feelings from Mission Tour. The Malmö and Uppsala systers stayed with us so that was fun. :)

We taught a lot of new people the rest of the week and then had church in Gubbängen for this northern europe broadcast! Jakobsberg ward was there so it was fun to see so many of them again! They were happy me and Syster May were together. :) After church the Beckstrands invited us over for lunch so that they could give me and Syster May interviews. It was fun being with them and catching up on life. It was a great week!
Things are going well here in Täby. :) Transfers are coming fast! Next week I will be getting a new companion so it will be fun to see who it is. :) Hope you all had a nice week!

Med Kärlek,
Syster Davis


​Me and my daughter (trainee) Syster Matwaychuk. :)


​Tripan reunited!


​​MTC district reunion! Look how far we've come. :)


Classic Äldste Banks and my MTC systers