Monday, December 28, 2015

December 28-Jacksonville, North Carolina

Hello Utah! (And everyone else who may be reading this)

How is everything going? I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas! Christmas in North Carolina was pretty great!

This week was very interesting. Many of our appointments fell through which was no fun. Monday was my first P-day in the mission field. It really enjoyed getting to email everyone. So all my companion's mom wanted for Christmas was a picture of Sister Alldredge with Santa Claus! So we went to the mall and she took a picture with was super awkward!! We waited in line with all of the little kids. That night we had dinner with a family in the ward and they made us Cafe Rio!!

Tuesday was a lot of fun because we went out to lunch with Sister Parker (a ward member who goes out with us each week) and Joyce. Afterwards we went back to Joyce's house and taught her about the Ten Commandments. Our lesson ended up turning into a discussion on covenant making and we were able to help Joyce figure out what has been keeping her from being baptized! We really hope that this week we will be able to help her get over what's holding her back and hopefully set a baptismal date. That night we had dinner with Sister Diaz who actually converted to the church a little over a year ago. Her conversion story is amazing!!

Wednesday, we had our weekly District Meeting. We learned how to teach the lesson on Priesthood better. It was really great because we were able to find several new scriptures that will hopefully help us to teach it in a clearer way. That night we had dinner with Brooke Lopshire! Brooke and I went to junior high together so it was really nice to see a familiar face! After dinner, we met with Robert. The Brooks (Senior Missionaries in our Ward) came with us. When the Brooks come they always bring a different Spirit into our lessons. We ended up discussing baptism with Robert and he wants to be baptized! He is just hesitant because he wants to make sure the Bishop is ok with it and this Sunday he is meeting with the Bishop so we can't wait!!

Christmas Eve was very interesting. In the morning, I still had not received any of my Christmas packages because they had been sent to the mission home. Sister Alldredge was not happy about it and had prayed for a Christmas Miracle. I was just really excited to Skype so I knew that it would be ok! That morning our District leader asked if we could meet up with him. Guess What?? He had my packages!! It was so exciting!! That evening, we definitely had a redneck Christmas Eve. A member in our ward took us to her non-member daughter's house. They served us pizza and oyster soup. The whole night was really awkward. Luckily, the member took us home just as they began to pull out the alcohol. So, when we got home, we needed to get into the Christmas spirit. We put on the Joy to the world movie, made hot chocolate, put up Christmas lights, and made Christmas Cards.

Christmas in the mission field was very exciting!! After studies, we opened our presents!! For lunch, the Mitchell's had us over and made delicious waffles. After lunch, we got to Skype home!! Skyping with the family was really fun! I was so grateful for the time that we had. It really helped give me a much needed boost. That night, we had dinner at the Miller's (Bishopric Counselor's Family). They fed us ham, rolls, stuffing, pies, and FUNERAL POTATOES!! It was delicious! Brooke was there as well and for Christmas she gave me and Sister Alldredge flashlights because we had been talking with her about how it can be scary tracting in the dark!! After that we went over to a lonely lady's house in our ward. She was really happy that we came and gave her some company on Christmas. I am so glad we were able to serve her. It really made me feel like I was losing myself in the service of others!

Saturday, all of our appointments cancelled and we were out of miles to drive. It was a rough day. However, that night, Brooke was really kind and took us to and from our dinner appointment! After dinner, we stayed in the member's neighborhood and did some tracting. We were able to find 4 new potentials so everything worked out in the end!

Well that is about it for this week! I hope all is well for everyone!! I am so grateful for all of the love and support that I have felt. It's crazy to think that after this week, I have been gone for a whole month!!! I love you all so much!!

Sister Paynter  

 Merry Christmas! (mission-style)

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