Monday, December 26, 2016

God Jul Allihopa!

Merry Christmas!!

This week was sensational. On P-day we had a party at the Ysa center with a lot of the göteborg missionaries and we played some games and we did a meditation game with Elder Cox and we all found out spirit animals. Mine was a dalmation. Det var roligt. ;)

So many sweet members invited us over for dinner for the holiday season. :) It was nice especially when we were having a rough day to look forward to be with members in a nice warm chirstmasy home. We love the people here. :)

This week we knocked on so many doors inviting people to the Christmas Sunday service telling the world how fun it would be. :) We found that to be very effective inviting people from door to door. This sweet old lady opened up and told us we could come back and talk to her more! We came back a few days later and she happily let us in. We taught her about the Book of Mormon and the stories it contains. She said she believed in god but she just didn't really know where to turn. We invited her to read and ask him if it was his word. She said happily and said we could come back another time. :) Toppen!

We got to practice the restoration in swedish this week as well with a member. It was nice getting tips and improving our skills since we don't get to teach it so much. He gave us some language tips too so that was nice!

We had a fun distrikt meeting this week as well! It was the one right before Christmas so we decided to all go out christmas caroling in stan (in town)! We brought some hymn books and sang to the world! This cute little old lady came up to was and was like 'Wow!! You guys sing beautifully. What church are you from?' We told her we were mormon and she was like, 'Oh I don't like Mormons...but that's okay at least you sing nice.' lol. We came back to the center and the Watsons surprised us with this huge lunch! They are the sweetest ever.

We then had Julafton! (Christmaseve)! :) Which is actually bigger celebrated than christmas day in Sweden. :) We met with the elders and watched some disney movies and then headed to the sweet familjen Malm! We played games with their little kids and watched Kalle Anke (Donald Duck) cartoons together. Eva made us this beautifull christmas dinner and we had a grand ol time together. After, we acted out the nativity with the family and and played some charades. :) Then one of the younger sons who was about 11 years old dressed up as Jultomten (Santa) and brought presents for everyone! It was cute because the little sister was like, 'What the! You're not Jultomten, you're my brother...' haha Såå gulig. We then thanked them for everything and they drove us home.

The next day was Christmas! It was fun because we had church that day and we got to see everyone in their fun Christmas outfits and the christmas spirit was so strong! One of the lady's houses we knocked on came for the service too so that was fun! :) We combined with the Utby ward as well so it was fun to see some more missionary friends. Us missionaries sang a musical number and there were many more beautiful musical numbers. It was a great meeting. We then headed to the Johnsons after church and they made us this delicious ham and we had a nice relaxing evening together. :) We got to skype our families while we were there too!! Wow it was so weird. 7 months without seeing my family! Such a treat to see them. :) I love and miss them so much. So many tears were shed lol. Where did the time go? Weird to think the next time I see them will be in person! So excited. We then finished the night with some more disney movies. :) It was a great Christmas!!

Hope you all had a great christmas as well and felt the wonderful spirit of love during it. Grateful to have got to spend two christmas' here in the beautiful land of Sweden as a missionary for the Lord. It's hard not being with my family but it is worth everything being here for Him. I love the gospel and the feeling of peace it gives us not only on Christmas but all year round. :) Love you all and till next time!

Med Kärlek,
Syster Davis

Contakting the swedes

​Singing carols to the swedes

Christmas with my sis. :)

​We love the Watsons.

​Christmas crew.

​Göteborg denna underbara plats... åååh!

Monday, December 19, 2016

My dream come true.

Hello hello everyone! So much happened this week and sadly I don't have much time to explain it. Gonna sum it up quick. :) Had a last few couple of days in Örebro. Said goodbye to some of my favorite people including Syster Christoffersen, Äldste Petersen, and Äldste Richardson. shout out to you all and miss you all.

It was December 13 this past week so we got to see the St. Lucia concert which was beautiful! Feels like yesterday I was watching it last year in Sundsvall. Where did the time go?

We did some service and played some ukulele for Vedel one last time and sang 'Come Thou Fount.'

I then packed all my bags up and hopped on a train to my new area Västra Frölunda!! Still kind of in shock I get to be in Göteborg. :) Always been a dream of mine to serve here. I know it's gonna be amazing.

Met Syster Heaps and Syster Wagner at the station and they helped me with my stuff. :) So excited to get to be with Syster Heaps this transfer! This first week together has been such a blast and she has been showing me around the whole area.

We have this sweet investigator named Yunlong who is from China and got us flowers! Such a sweet guy. We've had so many sweet members invite us over for dinner so that is always fun. It is such a treat to be in peoples beautiful homes during the holidays! Such Christmasy vibes everywhere we go. :)

This is going to be a good 7 weeks.

Sunday was fun too. :) Got to meet the whole ward! Such a big ward full of such nice people. We were in the choir too singing some Christmas hymns. Got talk to Felix as well, eller former Äldste Sahlin who was the assistant when I first came to Swden! :) So fun and so good to see him. It was a nice sabbath and felt the spirit so strong from this returned missionary's talk who just got back from Greece on her mission! So great talking to her too.

Anyways, love you all and hope to be able to give more details next time.
Merry Christmas!! and see you next week!

​St. Lucia!

​Örebro crew

​My new comp Syster Heaps!! :)

Undersökare Yunlong. :)

Monday, December 12, 2016

Christmas Conference in Handen!

Hello allihopa! Such en eventful week I don't even know where to begin. P-Day was pretty normal. We helped Äldste Richardson get some normal person outfits since he will be going home so soon. He needed some fashion tips from us lol. We then find out later in the evening that Syster Christoffersen will be training so that was some fun news! Also meaning I will be transferring out again. I found out I will be heading to Göteborg and greenie-breaking Syster Heaps! :) I am so pumped. It has always been a dream of mine to go to Göteborg. And I am even more excited to be with Syster Heaps. :)

This week was also special because it was Christmas Conference! :) We got together with the Stockholm South Zone and had a huge Christmas meeting. We stayed the night with the sweet Västerhaninge sisters Syster Hansen and Syster Nelsen. They are the sweetest. We all gathered at the new Handen chapel. It was beautiful! We had a spiritual meeting about Christmas and about loving one another. We then had a delicious feast for lunch and I caught up with my good friend Äldste Hart who is going home this week! Crazy how fast the time goes out here. We then did a white elephant game which was a blast. we had some Christmas musical numbers and another spiritual meeting. At the end the Beckstrands came out and told us they had a surprise for us. They said since we all have been such hard-working missionaries this past year we deserve a present. We gathered into the gym and they have this huge projector set up to watch a movie! They let us all watch the new Saturday Warrior movie! haha Even though it was a cheesy mormon movie we were all so pumped and happy to get to watch a movie! :) Such a great present and such a fun conference. :)

After the fun conference we all headed back to our areas. We went to go visit this member in the senior home named Sonja. She was the cutest thing ever and was so happy we came to see her. We read some of the Liahona with her and she told us all about her family. She kept saying she was so grateful we came to visit. Such a sweet lady. :) We promised to come back every week!

The next day we headed down to Stockholm because Syster Christoffersen had train the trainers! That means I got to go on splits with the Täby sisters!! Syster Trotter and Syster Olsen. :) It was so fun catching up with them. We contakting a ton of people togther too which is always fun to do in a tripan. Me and Trotter gave out a Mormons Bok to this guy who said he needed evidence that god existed and we said 'Okay here you go. :)' and He was like 'hmm, tack!' haha. After splits I went back to the mission home a little early to wait for the trainers to finish their meeting. While I waited I had a little fika with Syster Beckstrands assistant Bianca. She made us some hot chocolate and we talked about life and stuff. She is so nice! We then headed back to Örebro.

This weekend we had the Örebro ward Christmas party! It was such a fest and the cute little primary kids did a mini St. Lucia show for us. They also had a swedish trivia game about all these swedish christmas traditions and I literally guessed on almost all of them. They went went through all the answers at the end and the winner got a gingerbread house. At the end, I got everything right even though I guessed and won the prize haha! Everyone was shocked an American missionary won lol. I just said I guessed on everything and they all laughed.

The next sunday was my last sunday in Örebro so they had be share a goodbye testimony. I was only here for 5 weeks but it already felt like home. I thanked everyone for the love and said I hoped to come back someday. :) After church the Lohman's invited us over for dinner since it was my last sunday here. We talked about how much we loved Robert and Tiffany Davis and they showed me this fun Midsommar book with all these photos of them. :) Pär even called Tiffany while we were there haha. The Lohmans are the best. :) Gonna miss the amazing people of Örebro!

Anyways sorry this letter is really rushed and probably a lot of mistakes but it was quite an eventful week! So much happening and excited to get to be in Göteborg this week! Wish me luck!

Jag vill bara lämna er med mitt vitnesbörd att jag vet Kristus lever! Han är där och det här är hans verk. Varje dag ser jag underverken som bevisar mig att Gud är där. :) Han verkligen bryr sig om var och en av oss och vill att vi ska hitta honom i våra liv! Jag är så tacksam för att jag kan vara här för honom. Det finns ingen ord som kan förklara hur mycket glädje evangeliet har givit mig. God Jul alla och ses vi nästa vecka!

Med Kärlek,
Syster Davis

Familjen Lohman. :)

Splits with Täby! my littleTrotter. :)


Örebro crew.

​Camel in stan!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Missionary funerals and Mustaches

Hey again. :) This week was just grand. We had a fun P-day with one of our less-active friends and we went to this cool shopping center and got some IKEA for lunch. We then ended the day with a fun family home evening with the Svenssons and friends. So fun.

Tuesday we had our usual service with Vedel and fika. Gregor let me play the organ so that was cool. Never played one before in my life!

This week our friends familjen Knuttson was moving and they asked us to help move out. We happily said yeah and helped them clean out their whole house!

Sorry don't have a lot of time but to summarize. We had a great last distrikt meeting together! It was Äldste Bailey's and Äldste Richardson's last one so we threw a huge funeral for them! We all did a little musical number for them. Me and Syster Chrostoffersen sang a little song on the ukulele for them and we all took some fun pictures with mustaches after. It was a fun last distrikt meetng.

We visited a lot of members this week too and showed them the new chirstmas video! Love this years initiative about service. :)

We met with former Syster Jackson (Savannah now) and Elias and watched the Restoration film with them. It was fun to see Savannah again.

We had a great Sunday as well too! Lots of new people came to church which is always fun. :) After church the Svensson's invited us over and we all went to this christmas concert together in stan called O helga Natt! Det var jättefint och roligt.

It was a great week and love the Christmas spirit around us everyday.
Till nästa vecka
Med Kärlek,
Syster Davis

​P-Day fun

​Savannah and Elias