Sunday, February 22, 2015

Week of 2/16/15

Hello and good afternoon. So my companion is going to be leaving the area! That means that tomorrow I will recieve my new companion... most likely my last companion!

This last week, I thought that Elder Vela was feeling better, then on tuesday, he started feeling super bad again and we went back to the hospital... and then we had to stay the night there. They stuck an IV in his arm again and gave him a bunch of medications through a tube. Overall we were there about 21 hours. I slept on a surprisingly comfy couch; I didn´t have a blanket so I put a jacket on and curled up in a ball and slept like a rock on the couch nexts to my companion´s bed. During the time that we were there, I think I read about 100 pages of Jesus the Christ.

Right now, we have plenty of good people in teaching, but in these last two weeks with a sick companion, there hasn´t been a lot of time to go out and teach them. Luckily Elder Vela feels better now; he is even eating normal food again.

And I have good news, the other day, the secretaries of the mission told me that I have a package that just got here!! So it looks like the package you guys sent me wasn´t lost after all! It just took double or maybe triple the time that it usually takes. Tomorrow at the tansfers meeting they are going to give me the package.

Anyways, I officially have 6 weeks left in the mission. I still don´t feel different. I feel the same as always. When I tell people how much time I have been out in the mission field, they always look surprised. I plan on working hard until the end. I know that the calling I have as a missionary is important, and I can´t justify getting trunky, lazy, disobedient, or relaxed in these last few weeks. I love the mission. I have learned so much, yet I still have much to learn.

I am excited for my package, I am excited for my new companion, and I am excited to work hard this week!

I love you all!
Until next week,
Elder Shane Davis

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Week of 2/9/2015

Hola mi familia! Espero que todo esté bien en casa! We had a really interesting week

Elder Vela got super sick. We ate tacos on tuesday night, then he woke up super sick the next day (I didn`t get sick at all). On wednesday he was throwing up, he said that his bones hurt, etc. So on Thursday we went to the hopsital to get him looked at (see picture), and they stuck in an IV to hook his veins to a bag of medicine, they took a blood test and he tested positive for Salmonela :0. So he had to take it easy all week. He also has a special diet now where he can only eat boiled vegetables, chicken, and tortillas for 2 weeks (poor guy).

We did splits with the members for a little while where one member stayed with him, and I left with someone else to go out and teach people. It`s a bit hard to work like that because we can`t always find brothers in the ward who are ready, available and willing. Luckily he started feeling better yesterday, so this week he should be good enough to work.

Last week Dad challenged me to do 100 push ups everyday, and last week I did it, except for yesterday, being Sunday. And today I started out the week doing 125. The first day I did it, my chest hurt super bad... but now I hardly feel anything.

Anyways, things are going good in the area. Last week we didn`t have a lot of time to teach the people that we have started teaching because my companion was sick, but this week should be great, I am excited. But this week is the last week of the transfer... and then next week I begin my last transfer :0 !! Time keeps going by fast! In this next transfer, I don`t really care if I´m junior companion or senior companion, I just want someone who wants to work hard. But we are going to work hard this week. I´ll let you know next week who is going and who is staying in the area!

I love you and thanks for the letters!
Until next week,
Elder Davis

Sunday, February 8, 2015


Week of 2/2/2015

Hello and buenas tardes. I hope all is well at home. Thanks for the emails.

Today, my companion and I went to a zoo close by. It cost us 10 pesos to get in (which is less than a dollar). It was pretty cool. I am pretty sure my companion took more than 100 pictures. just about all of the animals were asleep. I was pretty excited to see the bears, but they aleep in a position where we could only see their feet. But it was fun.

We found a great new investigator this week. This lady talked to the missionaries of another ward in the street, then they gave us her address. We started teaching her this week. She already said that she wants to be baptized but first we need to get her to church.

One of the biggest struggles with the people here is that they aren´t home when they say they´re going to be home. We find a bunch of good people to teach, and then they aren´t there for their appointments. After that happens we have to spend a couple of days, sometimes more, to find them and to start teaching them again. It`s always fun doing that, but I love finding investigators that are punctual.

Well, time is flying by. But the mission has really been the best two years thus far. I only have two months left to do as much as can, and help as many people as I can. I love you all! Keep sharing the gospel as much as you can by your example and word! Until next week

Elder Shane

Sunday, February 1, 2015


Week of 1/26/2015

Hey, whats crackin! Luckily this week, everything went well with the family we are working with. They were baptized on Friday and confirmed on Sunday. I had the opportunity to baptize the mom.Elder Vela baptized one of the daughters, and another missionary baptized the other daughter.

the mom, today goes in to get surgery for her eyes. So let`s hope that all goes well, she was pretty nervous. But they three have changed alot since we started teaching them. The daughter (21 years old) was a partier. every weekend she would go to parties and sleep all day sunday. Now she has completely stopped going to parties and has started going to church every Sunday.   The other daughter (16) was starting to follow the way of the average teenager. The mom was a very worried and disappointed mother whose husband died 2 years ago. She is losing her eyesight and therefore can hardly work. So they as a family sell food as a living. The oldest daughter has a three year old son and is a month or two pregnant with another. The gospel brought a new light into their lives. She is now is learning how to be a mother and wants her three year old son to be a missionary one day. And The 16 year old said that she wants to be a missionary when she turns 19.

It`s awesome to see the gospel change lives.

Lately our leaders have started urging us to use family history more especially with recent converts, and they also gave us permission to take extra time on the internet to use the Family Search website to find information. They gave a little booklet called My Family, so today I looked for information to fill out the booklet until at least my great grandparents to use as an example while teaching about family history and temple work. Anyways, I encourage you all to keep working in family history and doing to ordinances for those who did not have the chance to do them for themselves. It is actually a great way to interest some people in the church.

Anyways, The mission is awesome. I love you and miss you all and I´ll talk to you more next week!

Elder shane davis