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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Chapter 2

July 27 2015

Why did the dinosaur go to the doctor? 
He was feeling jura-sick. 
I hope you all enjoyed that. 

 Wow what a crazy, busy, stressful, emotional, long, shall I go on? Haha no it was a good week, it was just full of random things. First of all, I am officially famous. I sang the national anthem at a professional baseball game. If you watched the Rays baseball game, you would have been very uplifted by my angelic voice. Ha just kidding, it is probably a good thing you didn't. The rays baseball team had a "Mormon night", they invited the Tampa Florida mission to sing the national anthem. Only a select few got to go and sing, and I was lucky enough to be chosen. I know you are all wondering how I was selected to sing, because I don't have the best voice on the block. They selected the missionaries according to their area. They clearly didn't know what they were doing.... ;) 

Saying bye to south Tampa, was really depressing. You really grow to love the people you serve with. It was really sad saying bye to them, but I will be back! South Tampa holds a piece of my heart. I loved the time that I had to serve there. 
 You are all probably wondering where in Florida I am now. I am in Land O Lakes, I am serving in the mission presidents ward! It is just a little intimidating. I am in a trio! Sister Huber- she is from Highland Utah, and Sister De Jesus- She is from Brazil. A trio will be different, but the more the merrier right?! I am excited for this new areas and to see what the Lord has in store for me. 

 Like I said this week has been absolutely insane! It was full of sad goodbyes, singing, and lots of hello's! I am excited for this new chapter in my life! I know this is the Saviors work and this is where he wants me. I love this gospel SO MUCH! I hope you all have a fabulous week! HAPPY LATE PIONEER DAY! 

PS. You can now stick a stamp on that letter you have waiting to be mailed off. In other words, I love getting letters and I would love to hear from you all! 

White Magnolia Place
Lutz, FL 33549

1. Me 

2. Tropicana field 


July 20 2015

Man what a week! missions are emotional roller coasters, that is for sure! I have happy and sad news. Which one do you want first? Ha too bad you cant pick. 
One word. TRANSFERS. Yes, I am getting transferred. I am officially leaving my first area, and getting a new companion. My adventure starts on Wednesday! I would be lying if I said I wasn't scared. So please keep Sister Sutton and I in your prayers. I have really grown to love this area and the people in it! I have had so many funny and interesting experiences here. Man I feel like I am dying.... enough off the sad stuff. Lets hear the good stuff!

Well folks all the hard work has paid off Paula and Da'mya are baptized, and officially a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. There is no better feeling than, watching the people you have come to love choose to follow Jesus Christ. It is such a special experience helping someone progress towards baptism! Watching her come to know that what we have taught is true, is so motivating to keep looking for the people the Lord is preparing. I love this Gospel so much , it has blessed me and my family tremendously. This gospel has made me the person I am today. I love my savior and his work so much. 
I hope you all have a great week!! 
PS. I will be moving areas so if you are currently in the works of a letter to send my way, please hold off. Ill send my new address next week! :) 

1.This is our life.

2. Paula and Da'mya 

sister j

Monday, July 13, 2015

July 13th 2015:

This week was a good one, the weather hasn't been too deathly but that is mostly because it pours for random periods of time so then it cools it down outside..and then it gets super humid and my hair gets nice and fluffy. I have decided I will never be comfortable with any weather here because either it is burning hot and humid outside which makes me sweat buckets and then I go into air conditioning and it feels really good for about 5 min. and then I freeze because I am so wet, or its pouring rain and I am soaking wet and then I am cold. So in general, Florida's weather is dumb. But, I'm sure I will miss it some day!

So last Monday was quite special! Me and Sister Sutton were at the Winn Dixie grocery shopping and as we are walking down the isle the manager of the store comes up and asks us if we are the owners of a silver car with a bike rack on the back. Yep that was us! He said come with me, someone has just witnessed your car being damaged in the parking lot. So long story short some person hit our parked car, took out a piece of paper and pretended to write their information on it and left the lovely blank piece of paper on our windshield. The front left of our car is pretty bad! So that was fun, they couldn't get the license number or anything either so we have no clue who did it. Anyway that made Pday sort of a downer.

Our investigators Paula and her daughter Demiah Henderson are supposed to be baptized this Saturday! We are SO excited!!! It has been almost two months that we've been teaching them and I think this is finally it! They both have their interviews and everything set up this week and the baptism will take place on Saturday at 10:00 am. We have worked so hard with this family and this was me and Sister Suttons first ever experience with teaching anyone or preparing anyone for baptism and we might actually get it done! Keep them in your prayers for us!
Well folks I love and miss you all! I know this is the Lords work and I am so grateful that I have this opportunity to be in Florida for 18 short months! Have a splendid week and remember who you are! 
1. coolest tree ever!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Live what you know to be true.

July 6 2015

I am really starting to love it here, I mean I am getting tan and burning calories all day! Isn't that what every girl dreams of doing!? I get to do it 24/7. No, but really no sarcasm intended. I really do like it here.
It is always funny when a teenager or a college guy answers the door. There expressions when they see two young, blond, sweaty girls at the door is always priceless. This last week we knocked on this apartment full of college boys. They were really surprised to see us at their door step. I don't think they took us very seriously, they were teasing us and being kind of disrespectful. They said they would watch the 2 minute video on Jesus Christ. So we showed them Because He Lives, as soon as the video was over, you could tell they realized we were serious. They were really nice and respectful after. Sister Sutton and I laughed pretty hard. And they got a huge spiritual slap in their face! It was fun to watch. 

The 4th of July was a long day. No one was home, and we had spent the whole day knocking on doors. We knocked on this one house, a lady answered and turned us down. We left and continued down the street, when we heard someone calling us, we turned around and it was the same lady that just rejected us. She felt bad and thought of her son and how he is around our same age, so she decided to invite us over for dinner! We gladly accepted the offer. Unfortunately I think she had a hidden agenda to hook one of us up with her son.
I have come to a conclusion on my mission; Ice cream cures the soul. And when You have the Book of Mormon and Ice cream together, it is a crucial tool in soothing the soul. So If you are having a bad day just sit down get yourself a nice bowl of ice cream, and read The Book of Mormon.
I hope you all have a splendid week :)
1. My homie; Sister Sutton. ( don't tell her I sent this.)  
3. This picture is deceiving, I didn't really jump in.

-Sis J