Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Worn Out Shoes in Linstead, Jamaica

Hello everyone. 
This week was good. Christmas was great! It was good to see my family. Thank you everyone for the mail and support. The Christmas party was great. We played charades and had some American food. Over all my week was good. 
I love you all,
Elder Davis

-I duct taped the Christmas tree to the door.
-I duct taped the bottom of the shoes, so they will last a little while.
-Please send a little digital watch. I'll get a camera here. 

My Christmas Loot!

They said they would last two year... lol 

Wow, doing a lot of biking and walking. I guess?

Linstead, Jamaica - Our bikes

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Christmas Skype 2016

Brodey's Christmas Skype 12/25/16

The thing he misses most about the US is boneless chicken and Mexican food.
Jamaicans are always trying to impress the white people.
People are crazy. They met a man who told them he was Jesus and he lived in Never land with Peter Pan. 
His favorite area was Portmore and then Negril.
All of his companions have been pretty good, easy going. 
His bike was part of a murder crime scene in Spanish Town. He said it is a scarier than he tells us, but it is so different it is hard to explain. 
He is trying to get everyone bandanas with their names on it. He has a list of all of his cousins, aunts and uncles to get them all one. They are only like one dollar each.
One of the elders told him Han Solo dies in the force awakens
Linstead has lots of coconut trees, chicken farms, and cows. It is a lot like napa valley in the US just Jamaican style. 
They celebrate Christmas by having a huge party, drinking, smoking and partying. 
It is foggy in the morning in Linstead and it rains a lot because they are up in the mountains.
He thinks he will go up north to the tourist towns next transfer. 
He loves President Pearson. He is kind and like a friend. 
Tell the Wrights that I love them and miss them.
He takes a taxi everyday to Linstead. He lives in a little town or in the bush outside of Linstead. 
They are teaching a young man who wants to play football in the NFL. He wants to get baptized, but his dad won't let him. He keeps them up to date on what is happening in the NFL. 
He loved all of the Christmas gifts. He got the legos, flowered tie, and all of the other treats. 
He loved the sheets he got for Christmas. His sheets had holes in them. He was very excited about them.
Everyone loves his bike. It is famous in the mission. It has a big seat and wide handle bars. They call it "dog destroyer", "magic carpet", "tie fighter" because of the Star Wars stickers, "the time machine" because if you go 88 mph on it you go back in time.
His camera and watch broke. He replaced the picture in his watch with a picture of Thelma.
He needs good shoes. They don't really have any there. 
He got Grandma's turtle tie. He loves it. 
A member in his area always tells him about what happens on the flash tv show. 
He is happy! 
The elders are going to play monopoly on Pday. Everyone in Jamaica calls it Mun-oh-poly. 
He said there were about 9 people who live in the yard. He was at a member's house handing dinner when he called. 
The house he was in had plywood walls and a zinc ceiling. It is what we call aluminum. 
This is the first area that he can't see the ocean in. 
There aren't any American stores there. 
Jamaicans don't understand what humidity is. They don't know any different. He says people in America think they know what it humidity is, but they don't until they live in Jamaica. You can't even describe it. 
He talked to Elder Gibbons the other day and told him that they were practically cousins. Because  their cousins are dating each other. 
Him and a few other elders from Idaho are going on a hunting trip when they get back. 
He loves the Jamaican holiday drink it is made from flowers. It is called Soral. He loves the food there.
He is really happy. He loves serving others and being on his mission. He is glad he went!
His pday will be on Tuesday this week. 
Lisntead, Jamaica

He's Happy

Thelma Watch

Loved hearing his funny stories

Monday, December 19, 2016

Linstead is Awesome! Time for New Stuff - Linstead, Jamaica

Hello everyone, 
This week was great! Lindstead is awesome. I've seen the train. It is a really bushy jungle! I have been to the Linstead market. I am trying to get bandanas for everyone there. They sell some crazy ones in the market. The market gets crazy at Christmas time. Our ward mission leader is kind of crazy, but so it goes. Shawn didn't make it to church, so we are going to have to beat him up. haha jk. We found a bunch of cool investigators. 
We played football(soccer) today in Spain town. That was pretty fun. This week should be fun. We have our zone Christmas party on Thursday. We will sing Christmas songs and open our presents/ packages. 
My shoes are starting to break. The sole is coming off. I'm going to try to get them fixed, but if you see any cheap ones. I might need some new ones. My camera isn't working, either. i think the button broke. I'm going to try to get that fixed also. Elder Moyes took some pictures. He is going to send me some. So I'll forward them. My watch broke also like last week. haha
If anyone has q's about Jamaica, shoot me an email. 
Love you all, 
Elder Davis

Linstead, Jamaica

Linstead, Jamaica

Monday, December 12, 2016

Coconuts, Brownies, and "Floured" in Linstead, Jamaica

Hey Everybody,
I know elder Gibbons. He is pretty cool. That is hilarious, small world. This week was good. My birthday was good. Just the same old thing, but we did get a bunch of coconuts. So, that was good. We made the brownies you sent. Elder Moyes got sick on Saturday and a little on Sunday, but he is better now. Shawn didn't make it to church which was sad, but we will see what happened. We had Stake Conference. It was fun, we saw some of the old members. So, that was fun. It is weird to be 20 now. That is how my week went. 
I love you all,
Elder Davis

The birthday package was great. The shirt is awesome. The brownies are so good. I got the Cowboys tie. 

Last week the internet shut off, so I couldn't email everyone

Our skype call will be after 10am, our time on Christmas. We are not for sure yet.

Today we are doing the same old thing. Next p-day we are having a yankie swap gift exchange. I bought a poster with fluffly bunnies on it. It should be fun.

Stake Conference with Patrick from Portmore

Stake Conference with Julie from Spanish Town

One of the church members, Brother Muschette, "Floured" him for his birthday!

He is collecting American memorabilia in Jamaica. Obama Perfume??? 

Stake Conference Jamaica - These elders came to Jamaica together 15 months ago.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Chickens and Machetes - Linstead, Jamaica

Hello everyone. It has been another week in Linstead, Jamaica. Shawn, our super prepared investigator, read the plan of salvation pamphlet, and he just started praying and crying. He made it to church, and I think he liked it. So, that was awesome. Last night we had a sleep over with the other elders, so that was fun. I tried to sleep in my hammock, but then my legs cramped up. So, i slept on the floor. But so it goes. Over all it was a good week.
I got a lot of emails this week. I'm excited. It is weird to think that I've been in Jamaica for all of my 19th year. I am not sure what we will do for my birthday. Probably make the potatoes and stuffing that you sent. 
No other mail this week. The mission office is holding all of the packages until our Zone Christmas party. Our Christmas party is on the 22nd.
Love you all,
Elder Davis
Finally get to use my machete

my new hat

Linstead Market

I found a mustang in Jamaica

Killing chickens

Plant in Jamaica

Could have done without that...

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Stew Peas - Linstead, Jamaica

Hello everyone, 
It's me again. This week was good. We had zone conference. That was pretty fun. I got my b-day package and the thanksgiving one. I'm going to make the potatoes this week with the stuffing. We are trying to get the Christmas tree put up. I ate the Reeses. I am saving my birthday package until next week. I made stew peas this week. It is a Jamaican food. It's crazy that Christmas is almost here, and I am almost 20. That's weird! We also found this really cool investigator last week. He has a tattoo, and he really wants to get baptized and repent. He is way cool. I'll keep you updated on what happens. The members are good. My comp is good. We get fed every Sunday, still. Linstead is a more quiet area. We live out in the bush. There isn't much of a town, but the town isn't too far.
Elder Davis

Linstead has a lot of farms and ranches

Food from the market

Stew Peas

Big Banana Spider

Linstead, Jamaica

Linstead Train

Fish Fry with Members

Jamaican Jerk Chicken for Lunch

The Jungle

Monday, November 21, 2016

First Week in Linstead, Jamaica

Hello Everyone,
Lindstead is nice lots of trees and fruit and plants. the people are pretty nice. my comp is good. I'm his mom. haha. He is pretty new on the mission. There is zone meeting this week, so i should get mail there. Linstead is just a small town and there are lots of trees. The members seem nice. It is better then Spain Town

I'm good. There are a few investigators. T
here is one guy we met he was like a gangster, but he is pretty interested. It's been good.

My companion is from South Jordan. What part of South Jordan do Aaron and Angie live? We are going to shop today and do the usual thing. Linstead is better, it is not depressing. 
 There are 6 elders in town, but in different houses. 
Elder Davis
I had to throw up Austin's gang sign.

Keisha our neighbor in Spain Town

Our house in Linstead. No hot water!

Jerk Chicken

Monday, November 14, 2016

I Am Finally Getting Transferred!!

Hello everyone, 
This week was good. I am getting transferred to Linstead with Elder Moys. I am going to be a mom. haha. I am his second companion. It should be good. I have heard good things about Linstead. I'll leave this place tomorrow morning. I am ready to leave. haha Next transfer should be better. Other than that nothing too exciting. Our investigators all fell through so, ya. That was awkward. I'll be out of here soon.
I have to go. I love you bye,
Elder Davis

My neighbor has been copying all the recipes. She has the Ashton Ward cookbook. The transfer should be good, something new!

I met my companion a few times. He seems cool, just really green. I heard the members feed missionaries a lot in Linstead.

I am just excited. No mail this week. My companion is from Utah :/. He seems chill, though.
The Harrison Family

The Moodies -  The lady in the purple is the the one you text every Sunday and sends you pictures of dinner. 

Dinner with the Moodies

Monday, November 7, 2016

Hanging in there... Spanish Town, Jamaica

Hello everyone! 
This week was better. We actually found two investigators. They are two sisters, and they are actually keeping commitments. Hopefully, we can get them to church next Sunday. Transfer calls are this Saturday. So, that is exciting. I hope I get transferred far away from Spain Town. The dogs are good. haha We didn't get to go to the service day. We didnt know where it was, and i think it got canceled. We are going to chill at the church today with the other elders. My companion is good, just different. I have 10 more months, it is going by fast. 
That was my week,
Elder Davis

It helps when you put baggies on all of the treats in my packages. Then the ants and rats don't get into them. 
Tell Grandma that the mosquito net works wonderfully!
What the?
Jamaican Sunset

Amazing Tree in Spanish Town

We found this in a little gully.

Austin - For Pat and Jenn

Monday, October 31, 2016

This Week Was Rough - Spanish Town, Jamaica

Hello everyone
This week was rough, but so it goes. I just have to keep moving forward. Keep the Wright's in your prayers. I am doing good. Make sure that they are ok. The mission president called and let me know. I'm alright, we just have another angel watching out for us now. I am just keeping busy, so there is less time to just fester and think about what happened. An idle mind is the devil's playground.
I haven't gotten any mail yet. Zone meeting is on Wednesday, so i should get a whole bunch.
Someone gave us sugar cane this week and also some coconuts. So, that was good. The puppies are good. This morning we cleaned our house. We sprayed it all out haha.
That was this week,
Elder Davis
Austin was my older brother that I never had

Sunday Night Dinner