Živjo Family and Friends!
It’s finally time! It’s hard to believe that by this time next week I’ll be in Slovenia with my new companion starting my “real” mission. If all goes according to plan, this should be my last post from America for the next two years. Yikes!! On Monday morning, I leave Salt Lake and fly to Chicago, from there, I fly to Frankfurt, Germany. From there I fly to Zagreb, Croatia, where I’ll likely spend the night. Finally, I’ll take a train with Starešina Wise, Sestra Erdmann, Sestra Dutton, and Sestra Robertson from Zagreb to whichever city in Slovenia will be our new home!! 2 of my teachers predict my first area will be Ljubljana. We’ll see.
This week has been great, and very busy. We’re trying to finish up everything we need to do before we go. Today was my last time in a temple for 2 years, and that’ll be something I definitely miss. In addition to that though, my day has been filled with packing, laundry, and more packing! Just a few more things I have to do before Sunday night.
As if the week wasn’t great enough we also had Elder Scott (one of the 12 Apostles) come and speak on Tuesday. It was a fantastic devotional. He spoke on prayer, and I really loved the fact that an Apostle spent the time talking about something so simple and fundamental. It was a real testament to me about how important prayer is for everyone. One of the things I really loved was when he said that “Heavenly Father doesn’t care how you speak to him or how eloquent your prayers are – He just wants to hear from you!”. So, everyone, take that Apostolic advice! Heavenly Father just wants to hear from you every day – it doesn’t matter what your prayers sound like. In fact, prayers (in my opinion) should be just like a conversation with your father, since in reality, that’s what a prayer is. Just tell your Father in Heaven how your day was, what you’re thankful for, what you need help with, etc. Prayers are not made more effective when filled with wordy language.
But I’ll get off my soapbox now (at least ’till I get to Slovenia!).
All in all, this was a great week, and I just cant wait to be in Slovenia. I love you all!
– Starešina Davis