Wednesday, May 4, 2016

May 2-Jacksonville, North Carolina

How is everybody doing? This last week I was transferred to Garner, North Carolina and I love it!! It is prettier than Jacksonville. My companion is Sister Beard and she is great!

Monday, for District activity, we went to Onslow Beach on base. We were able to find a lot of shark teeth!! Before our District Activity, we had to get an oil change so Sister Lee took us shopping with her. That night, we met with a new less active family and then went to say goodbye to Krisi and the kids. It was sad to say goodbye to them! I loved working with them and will miss them dearly!!!

Tuesday, Sister Pitt and I drove up to Raleigh at 5:30 in the morning because she had to be there at 8 since she is training a new missionary. Our companions stayed behind with members to go to the appointments we had scheduled. Transfers were not until 1! So, I just stayed in the mission office and helped them with a few chores. Finally, 1 o'clock came around and I was able to find out that I was being transferred to Garner with Sister Beard. Garner is right outside of Raleigh, so you can see the big buildings in the skyline! We first went to meet the bishop and he is great! He loves missionary work and loves missionaries! That night we went to dinner at a members home and then went and stopped by potentials and less actives.

Wednesday, we had our District Meeting in Knightdale. The church building there is a new building so it is set up just like our building in Springville!! For lunch, we went out to eat as a district at Chik-Fil-A! In the afternoon, we stopped by some more potentials. In the evening, we went to the church for mutual so that I could meet more members from the ward!!

Thursday, we had weekly planning and then went to do service for one of our investigators, Kimberly! She is so sweet and loves to call us by our first names because it feels more personal to her! For dinner, we with a family in the ward and played the LDS Seek game. It was a lot of fun. That night, we tried stopping by a couple of investigators that have not been keeping appointments.

So in Garner, they took the English speaking Elders out and put Spanish speaking Elders in because there is a high Latino population here. So, the English speaking Elders gave us all of their English investigators and potentials. So on Friday, we went and met with a couple of the investigators and they were all interested in continuing to learn about the Gospel!

On Saturday, we had coordination with the Elders and our Ward Mission Leader, who is amazing! It is going to be great having someone so invested in Missionary Work! That day, we did some tracting and found several solid potentials that we are going to go back to next week.

On Sunday, I got to meet the rest of the ward and they all seem amazing!! For the rest of the afternoon, we stopped by potentials and less actives. One of the potentials we stopped by is named Betty and she is the sweetest little old lady! We are going to go back next week and teach her a lesson! That night, we had dinner with another family in the ward, the Tait's. They used to live in Maryland and they know Dr. Marshall and Dr. Swenson our dentists because when they were in dental school, Brother Tait was their bishop! Small world!! After dinner, we stopped by two potentials who are from Israel. They let us in and we taught them the Restoration. They seemed to find it very interesting. We set up an appointment to go over next week! They are great!!

I am really loving Garner!! It is so beautiful here and the ward is great!! I have loved getting to know Sister Beard!! I can tell that I am really going to like it here!!

Thank you so much for all of your love and support!! I love you all!!

Sister Paynter

My New Address is:
925 Bryan Place #A3
Garner, North Carolina

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