Wednesday, April 26, 2017

 Pembroke, North Carolina - April 17

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter!!! This week has been a really great week filled with wonderful experiences!!

The Oxendine family is making wonderful progress!!! The mom has finally given up chewing tobacco and the dad hasn't smoked in over a week now! They are just so amazing! As of right now, they will be getting baptized May 6th. Every time we teach them, the spirit is always so strong!! They are learning so much and really gaining such a wonderful understanding of the gospel!! I love it!! When we are teaching them, for some reason they remind me of Grandma and Grandpa Paynter!! It has really been a neat experience!! Sunday, we got to go back to Lumberton! Two more boys that I taught got baptized!! Their parents were against them getting baptized, but the 12 year old (who has "already" been baptized) told his mom that he wants to hold the priesthood, be able to pass the sacrament, and go on a mission. He told her that to do those things he needed to get he did!! It was really such a neat experience to be there!!

Yesterday, we got to share the #PRINCEofPEACE video with a lot of people! I absolutely loved the church's initiative this Easter! Jesus Christ truly is our Prince of Peace! I am so grateful for the time we have at Easter to celebrate the joy he brings into our lives! It's not a time to mourn His death, but to rejoice in His life and resurrection. Because he lives, we too will live again!! What a wonderful message that is!!!!

I love you all so much!! Thank you for everything you do!! Have a great week!

Sister Paynter

PS: Sorry for the short letter this week! ­čśü

Picture 1: Layla's tobacco (round 1) she ended up buying more....but Saturday she gave us the rest and hasn't had any since!!!

Picture 2: Dean and Tristen's baptism!!

Half-price Easter candy!!


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