Monday, March 9, 2015

St. John is da Bomb

Wednesday morning was transfer meeting. Sister Haynes took us to Jacksonville and it was a great meeting! There was a lot of missionaries going home and their testimonies were so strong!  I met my new companion Sister Snelgrove. She's from Provo Utah! Everyone was commenting that we look like actual Sisters! Haha St. John's is a huge difference from Ocala. Ocala is a huge horse country, and St. John's is more tropical, lots of lakes and Palm trees! I'm loving it! The work here is a little slower because we are in a developing community. We only cover a few neighborhoods but new houses and people are popping up everywhere! 
Wednesday night we met with our investigator Bill. He was a member referral and has been taking the lessons. He is so ready for the gospel, he smokes but we helped make a plan for him to stop. He is very sweet and can't wait to be baptized, His date is set for March 28! 

We've been working a lot with less actives and strengthening our active members. We met with a lot of members this week to introduce myself and get adjusted to the area. The members here are awesome! They are so kind and ready to participate in missionary work! Most of them have lived in Utah and have been to Highland, also turns out Elder Daniel Dean has served in this ward too, so whenever I mention I'm from Highland, they ask me if I know an Elder Dean! Hahaha  
We were able to see a less active family no one has been able to get a hold of! We went in and they were obviously irritated that we the missionaries came by. We talked for a little bit and then showed them the Mormon message "you never know" it was really good! The mom and daughter have been arguing about church attendance lately, and after the video they said that's exactly what they needed to hear. They really opened up and we talked about some of their concerns! Using media has been a true blessing in missionary work! 

As always missionary work is the best! We have another mission conference coming up on the 13th! The day before my birthday yay! I love you all and have a great week!!! 
(Here's the view from my apartment!)
(Added from Mom Shari Knudsen)
I received the following letter and the picture up above of Kelsey and her new companion---

Hello from Florida!  We are so happy to Welcome Sister Knudsen to the St. John's ward and thrilled to have Sister Snelgrove stay with us awhile longer.  Your beautiful daughters stopped by for a visit this evening.  We are thankful for their strong testimonies and service to our ward family.  It is a lovely evening in St. Augustine!  
                                           From Sister Giles

Also found out that Daniel Dean is Kelsey's new zone leader.  This is what he said to his mom in his letter talking about being zone leader.  That's going to change! We're having Elder Searle, my trainer, come into the zone. That will be interesting! ZL to my trainer. And then Sister Knudsen, best friend's little sister. I will probably show her some favoritism.


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