Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Pembroke, North Carolina - April 10

Family and Friends!!!
How has everyone's week been? I hope all of you who had Spring Break this week enjoyed your wonderful week off!! This week in Pembroke has truly been amazing!

On Monday night, we went over to see the Oxendine's. We had felt inspired to go earlier than we had planned to, but weren't %100 sure if that was what we should do. So, we went to Wal-Mart to hand out an Easter Initiative card. Once we found someone and gave it to them, we headed to the Oxendine's. When we got there, their daughter Mary and her daughter Paris were there. We had met them in the past and they had wanted to listen to more of our message, but we had never been able to get up with them. That night, we had planned to teach the Plan of Salvation because we felt that was what they needed right now. As we shared the Plan of Salvation with them and the idea of forever families and the three kingdoms of glory, a very strong spirit entered the room. Mary began to cry and was overjoyed to know that she could be with her husband again (he was killed a couple of years ago). The entire family told us that they had always wondered why God would put us in families here and not intend for us to be with them after this life. They were all so overjoyed!! We extended a baptismal invitation to Mary and Paris and they accepted!! Saturday night, we went over to teach the Oxendine's again. This time, we had planned to teach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As we were talking with them, they talked about some word of wisdom issues they have and said that they wanted to quit but never felt like God was telling them too. Sister Herr and I both got very strong spiritual impressions that we needed to teach the Word of Wisdom and so we did. We weren't even planning to teach this lesson for like another week! I was nervous that it would "scare" them away, but it didn't!! They accepted to begin overcoming their addictions! Kenneth and Layla were apprehensive about handing over their contraband, so I told them that if they would quit cold turkey, I would stop drinking soda. We told them we would come back Sunday night and discuss it more. Sunday morning, they came to church!!! They missed sacrament meeting, but they made it for the last two hours and loved it!! That night, we went over and talked about faith. We had some soda in our fridge that a member had given us so we took it to their house and gave it to them to show them we meant business. Layla was really tired and fell asleep, so we talked with Kenneth and Porchia. As we talked with Kenneth, he was still very hesitant about handing over his last cigarette. We told him that if he acted in faith, God could then help him even more. So, Kenneth stood up and went to find his last cigarette. Unfortunately he misplaced it.....or God made it disappear haha. Anyways, he was still so willing to change for God! It was so amazing to watch!! I seriously love this family so much!!! I can't wait for them to feel the amazing feeling you get as you use the Atonement of Jesus Christ and truly repent! I just love seeing them so happy!

Overall, this week my testimony of the Spirit was strengthened. I am so grateful for the Holy Ghost and the guidance that he gives each of us! I still struggle with recognizing the Spirit, but when I do recognize it, it's truly amazing!!! I would get no where on my mission and in life if I didn't have the Holy Ghost to guide me.

D&C 11:12
"And now, verily, verily, I say unto thee, put your trust in that Spirit which leadeth to do good—yea, to do justly, to walk humbly, to judge righteously; and this is my Spirit."

Have a great week!! I love you all!

Sister Paynter
We got to go to Airlie Gardens in Wilmington again!! It was just as beautiful as last time!!!

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