Monday, June 28, 2010

Of Ancient Walls, World Cups, and Baptisms

What's up everyone? Another great week has come and gone in the Bydgoszcz world. So three big pieces of news for you all.

1. Some kind of ancient brick wall has been discovered in Stary Rynek during a renovation dig. It's the craziest looking thing ever. They're gonna be doing a dig to study for the next month or so now. I can actually see it out of the library window I'm in front of right now haha.

2. The World Cup is going crazy! We've been asking anyone and everyone we now about the latest updates (really good contacting method actually) and have been catching little snips here and there on cafe TV's when we walk by or grab something to eat. The US lost to Ghana in double overtime, Korea barely lost to Uruguay, and England got manhandled by Germany. Still many more games to be played though, so we'll see what happens!

3. A whole family here is really close to being baptized. The mom's name is Renata and she has two kids, an 18-year-old girl named Beata, and a 10-year-old boy named Adam. They're the sweetest family on the planet. Renata is just a funny, kind, happy lady, Beata is a karate-extraodinaire (found that out first hand) and Adam is giggly and shy. They're amazing to say the very least.

Anyway, that's what's up from this end of the world. Love you all, and the Church is true!

Starszy Davis

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

About darn time for an update

Hey everyone! I know I've been terrible at keeping this thing updated, but time is precious and short sometimes. I'll get better, I promise. So here's a shout from my new area: Bydgoszcz! It's a great town with a river that runs through it, and a very strong branch of the church as well. For some unkown reason, I have now been made a Zone Leader, despite the fact that I've only been here for five months.....rumor has it that there's a meth lab right beneath the mission office so that could have something to do with it haha

Man, you learn so much on a mission. One very cool thing is the ability to love absolutely everyone. By no means am I fully capable of this, but I try every day. The world completely changes when you view it through those eyes. You start seeing the good in everyone, and forget all the problems that seem to plague everyone. You press forward with hope, you can smile everywhere you go, it's just amazing! If there are any of you (guys in particular) who are still trying to decided whether or not to serve, I have three little words for you "JUST DO IT". It's not the easiest thing to do in the world, but it is by far the most valuable and rewarding. Love all of you!

Starszy Davis