Monday, April 11, 2016

 April 11-Jacksonville, North Carolina

How was everybody's week? This week has been another busy but fun week! I am loving the work that Sister Smedley and I have been doing here in Jacksonville!!

On Monday, we went to Wilmington with Sister Johnson!! It was so much fun! We went to Wilmington to see some of the sites where the TV Show One Tree Hill was filmed! It was a lot of fun!! That night we did a little bit of tracting and found 3 new investigators!! It was a great day!!

Tuesday, we went out with Sister Parker to stop by some of our potential investigators and some less actives. Sadly, no one was home. We then went to Joyce's! We had a really great lesson about the Plan of Salvation. We explained to her that without baptism by proper authority, you cannot make it to the Celestial Kingdom. It seemed to have an impact on her. She is going to continue to study the Plan of Salvation this week. We can't wait to meet with her again!! That night, we met with our less active Haylie. We also taught her the Plan of Salvation and she really liked it.

Wednesday, we had Zone Training in Wilmington! We had a lot of really great instructions!! For lunch, we went to this place called Flaming Amy's. It is very similar to a Mongolian Grill and it was delicious!! That afternoon, we went and did some more tracting and found 2 more new investigators. That night, we ate dinner at the church and ended up having a really great discussion with the Family History Center couple. That night we went to see Falon, but she had to cancel because her husband was sick...sad day. So, we did a little tracting by her house and found another new investigator!

Thursday, we did our weekly planning and then went to the Mills' home. Sister Mills is trying to figure out who is and isn't here on our ward roster. So we coordinated with her for the whole evening. For dinner, she fed us some really good chicken casserole and homemade brownies. She makes the best homemade brownies!! She helped us get our roster updated, which was a big help!!

Friday, we went out with Sister Johnson to check on some names for Sister Mills. We were able to make a lot of progress on finding out who is and isn't here for Sister Mills. That night, we met with Krisi, Makayla, Damien, and their dad!! We had a movie night with them. We watched Meet the Mormons and their Dad seemed to not dislike it!! It was a really great night!!

Saturday, we ate lunch with Sister Jarman and her non-member friend Barbara. We taught Barbara the Plan of Salvation and she seemed to really enjoy it!! For the rest of the afternoon, we tracted but only found several potential investigators. That night, we went and stopped by some more less actives and a referral.

Sunday, we had a really good meeting with Michelle. We talked about the Atonement! For the rest of the afternoon, we went tracting and found 2 more new investigators!! That night we ate dinner with the Bishop's family. Their non-member friend Alyssa was there and we taught her the restoration. Alyssa told us that she wants to have the same spirit that the Lee's have and has agreed to be baptized next month!!! We are so excited for her!!

This past week was an incredible week!! There were many days that my patience was tested, but overall I felt like I learned a lot from it. I can't wait to see what this week has in store for us!!

I hope everyone has a good week! I love you all so much! Thank you for everything!!

Sister Paynter

These are pictures taken in front of "Karen's Cafe" and some of the houses that are seen in One Tree Hill. The bridge was also a famous scene in One Tree Hill! All I can say is that I thoroughly enjoyed myself on Monday!! :) :)

 These pictures were taken at the "River Court" which is where they played basketball in the show One Tree Hill. Sadly, the court has been taken down. The last picture is the USS North Carolina Battleship that fought in World War 2!!

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