You've gotta love Africa

You've gotta love Africa
Elder Chambers and Elder Kivaya in Oda

Going to Save the World

Going to Save the World
Elder Donovan Chambers

Monday, August 12, 2013

12 August 2013

for all of you who are close to ohio. my family is having an open house (at our house) Wednesday at 7. check facebook or email me for details.

...because im flying home tomorrow! crazy.

see you soon.

-elder donovan

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

5 August 2013

this is one of my last emails ever as a missionary. kinda weird, kinda sad. kinda exciting.

i'll be home next Tuesday evening! this week will be full of lots of goodbyes and "see you laters". I really dislike goodbyes, but they always seem to be happening. and lots of packing, which I also dislike. (and im going back to paying bills and doing hw, which are also on my short list of things I hate. im trying to remember why im coming back lol) AND this week I have a birthday party, a interview with the mission president (when he will talk to me about going home and getting married), a temple trip with all the other guys going home, and a few "last suppers" with some cool members. and my last ward council meeting, hopefully for a long time! *knock on wood*

and my list of things to do in the short time im home is getting bigger and bigger.

everyone should be a missionary. its great! most of the time lol. and the times when its not are good for you!

psalms 118:24

elder donovan

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

29 July 2013

last week I had a lot of updates for y'all. this week I don't think I have very many.

it rained again this weekend, second weekend in a row. that was exciting.

and I got to go down to Pahrump for a baptism, that's always fun. a few of us carpooled down. almost crashed into some wild burros. good times.

and we volunteered at the zoo one morning! that was fun. the zoo is super small and kinda ghetto. but the guy wants us to come back so we can help him repair some stuff, should be fun. im going to try to get a picture with the chimpanzee :)

elder titus is doing great. we are having a lot of fun and have taught a lot of really great lessons recently.

its weird to think im almost done. two weeks left. a week and a half until I turn the big 21. and then a month until school starts. crazy.

remember: God is good! always. He has to be.

sorry this email is short.

elder donovan

Monday, July 22, 2013

22 July 2013

really great week this past week. we were able to stay really busy and get lots accomplished.

mon: we had a successful fun pday of seeing old companions and old members! (an old member made a few of us that are leaving soon a big dinner. it was lots of fun)

tues: we had district meeting, a made everyone sit on the floor and we raced to put together puzzles. one group had a little bit of time to prepare their pieces before they started, the other group had no prep time. needless to say, the first group kicked trash. we then read some scriptures about preparation and we talked about why being spiritually prepared for everyday life (as a missionary and after we're done with our missions) is so important. I think it was fun!

wed: we helped someone move and then had a great lesson with the hjerpes at the bishops house. Bishop's son recently return from his mission in Kenya (aka where the hjerpes are from) so we looked at all his mission pictures. and then we ate cookies!

thurs: we were on exchanges with the Span-Ams. I went to their area, so I just did a lot of nodding and smiling, and didn't say a lot lol.

fri: we had a leadership training meeting for most of the day. I got to see some of my friends and say goodbye to a lot of people. (anyone that isn't going to be at transfers in a few weeks, this was the last time i'll see them)
sat: we had a ward breakfast first thing in the morning. then we had baptisms for Brandon and Ness! that alone would have made it a great week.

sun: Brandon and Ness were confirmed! and then we had great meetings all day!

I don't think this week will be as exciting, but im sure we will find some way to make it fun and get a lot done.

hope you all have a great week!

elder Donovan :)

1 July 2013

its a weird feeling going into my last transfer. but we've got a lot to keep us busy in the next transfer.

elder till is getting transferred up to the meadows zone.  my new companion is named elder titus. hes from Washington and has been on his mission for 3 months.  hes like 7 feet tall. that's all I know about him haha. i'll meet him tonight.

we had another lesson with tyszon yesterday. not sure if ive told you about him: hes 17, and dating a girl in the ward. we've had two lessons with him so far. he's doing great! in this past lesson we had with him, he was telling us all about the great experiences hes been having reading the scriptures. that's always great to hear as a teacher.

Brandon, leslies son, is doing great! he is working towards the 20th for baptism, which is a miracle, because a month ago we never thought he would even listen to us.

we met a new guy named Juan this week. he seems super excited about the things he is learning and had a great time at church this week. I think hes moving soon though. we'll see what happens.

and the hjepes are still doing great. they are awesome people!

I hope all of YOU awesome people are doing great as well! life is going good here. even though its 1000 degrees.

elder donovan

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

15 July 2013

things are going great here in vegas! we've got a big week this week! 2 days of exchanges with the other elders, leadership meeting Friday, ward-missionary activity and 2 baptisms on Saturday! if all goes as planned it should be one of our best weeks yet!

we had interviews with president ahlander this past week. it was weird to have an interview with someone who isn't prez black. but it was fun, we had a good time playing games while we were waiting for our turn.

elder titus and I are doing great, we've been working really hard and having lots of fun.

not sure what else to write. I've never been very good at these emails because I don't know what yall want to hear about. we have lots of fun doing our thing out here teaching and talking to people, but then I sit down to type it out and nothing stands out as interesting.  but it really was a great week!

I hope everything is going great for all of you. keep on keeping on!

-elder donovan

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

8 July 2013

great week this week! elder titus is the man and the work is going well!

Brandon and ness are going to be baptized in a couple weeks. everyone and their brother is excited for that.

we had a super lesson with brian this week. first really good lesson we've had with him in a long time. not sure what made the  difference, but i'm glad it happened. we've been worried about him.

sakina and her family finally have moved out of the shelter and into an apartment that's close by. we are super glad about that!

this week we have interviews with Prez Ahlander, and we'll probably do a couple exchanges with the other elders.

I feel like I have 1000 things to get done, and not very long to make it happen. its good to be busy, kinda sad to be running out of time.

hope all is well! be good :)

pray for my grandpa, he needs it today.

-elder donovan