Monday, Sister Parker took us shopping to find Sister Smedley a better pair of shoes. We had a lot of fun shopping with Sister Parker! We even went to Hobby Lobby...my FAVORITE!! For dinner, we ate with Sister Diaz and our investigator Vanessa came too!! Vanessa and Sister Diaz really seemed to connect! Their sons also became good friends. We taught Vanessa the Word of Wisdom and she is committed to quitting Coffee!! Her baptismal date has been pushed back because she is so busy!!
Tuesday, we went with Sister Parker to go to some appointments and sadly, all of them weren't home. It was a little frustrating. For dinner, Sister Reeves, a member we had never met before, took us out to eat at a really good Mexican Restaurant. For the rest of the evening, we went tracting.
Wednesday, we had Southern Zone Conference!! So, all of the areas in the southern half of our mission came together. President James gave us some really great instructions on how to work with members! He also showed us the statistics of baptisms for our mission and the statistics for the missions in Utah. In our mission when we find our own investigators, we have 1 baptism for every 36 investigators, in Utah it is 1 baptism for every 9 investigators!! Why is that?? Well, it is because there are so many members!! Most converts convert because of Mormons they knew! In our mission, if we receive investigators or referrals from members, we average 1 baptism for every 7 investigators! Member missionary work is VERY important! After the conference, we all went to the Airlie Gardens in Wilmington. It was beautiful!! Don't worry, I do have pictures!!
Thursday, we did our weekly planning and then went out and did some tracting. We found one new investigator! We will start teaching her this week! We also met with Patrick tonight. He told us that he prayed about The Book of Mormon and he believes it! It was a very exciting night! Now we just need to get that man to church!!
Friday, we went with Sister Parker and helped a family in the ward move. That night we had dinner with the Johnson's and met with Makayla's family! It has been an amazing experience to watch Krisi come back to church and to bring her children with her. She is a great mom and an amazing example to her family!! I love working with them!
Saturday, we went over to Falon's and she taught us how to make cheesecake!! It was so much fun and very delicious!! For the rest of the night, we went out and did some tracting. We talked to this one guy for almost an hour but he would not schedule an appointment. He did say to come back though.
Sunday was a great day!! We haven't had a Ward Mission Leader for almost the entire time that I have been here in Jacksonville and they finally called one today!! Our Ward Mission Leader is now Brother Johnson!! We are pretty excited about that! After church, we had lunch with the Johnson's and went over the ward roster with Brother Johnson. We also met with Michelle and Jeremy today. They are hoping to move back home to Utah this week which was really sad! I have loved working with them! For dinner we went to the Lee's. We celebrated Alyssa's birthday by having ribs for dinner and cheesecake for dessert!! We taught Alyssa about the Plan of Salvation tonight and she loved it!! I can't believe she is getting baptized in three weeks!!
This week was great!! I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to be serving my Heavenly Father! I am also so grateful for the trust He has in me to allow me to teach and work with those that I am working with! I love being on my mission! I can't believe how fast time is going by!!
I love and miss you all so much!! Thank you for everything!
President and Sister James