Monday, April 22, 2013

Hello again!
Just want to show you how much fun we have doing Missionary Work.
We handed out Invitations to attend the Church Pageant on June 21, and 22 in Bath at the Pirates Fest.  These are only two of the lively folks we found on Town Commons.  We also took our annual ride on the Trolley to learn the history of Greenville.

Sisters are Hoyt and Vasquez

This is our District minus 1.  We lose Elder Henderson on right looking off to the distance.  The rest of us get to stay here in Greenville.  Back row: l-r Elder Balaich, Elder S. Jensen, Elder B. Jensen (our District Leader), Elder Dewey, Elder Elkins and Elder Henderson. We will miss him.   Front row:  Sister Hoyt, Sister Vasquez, Sister and Elder Myers   

Last Thursday, we went to a Missionary Couple's  Retreat and Conference at Atlantic Beach.  After a wonderful  training with President, Marc Bernhisel and his wife, we enjoyed a delicious fish dinner together in Beaufort.  The next morning, our group was to drive to Harkers Island and ferry over to Cape Lookout but there was a Severe Weather Warning for our area. It rained hard through the night accompanied with lots of  wind.  We were told that there would be no ferry ride if the weather was rainy.   As we proceeded to the Island, the sun came out.  We were able to load in the ferry, cross to the Outer Banks and spend time at Cape Lookout, listening to the Park Ranger teach us about the lighthouse, walk along the beach looking for seashells and enjoy our selves in the warm sun - a miracle!
Later, after a wonderful meal and talk on the history at Harkers Island Chapel, we shared our testimonies about the rich blessings that come from serving our Heavenly Father.  Our family has been watched over and we have been blessed with safety and protection as we have traveled around in North Carolina.                  We are so grateful!
Fort Macon

We then went to visit the Fort Macon State Park.  This fort was built from 1826 through 1834.   It saw fighting during the Civil war when the Confederates took it over and the Union fought to take it back.  It also played a part in defending our shores during WWII.  We found it very interesting and well done.

 Walking along the ocean looking for seashells before driving back to Greenville.

    Stake Conference was held on Sunday in New Bern, NC.  We were blessed to hear Elder Robert Hymas of the Seventy.  It was a very Spiritual Conference.
Out enjoying the windy weather afterwards before traveling home.
Have we convinced you to come and serve a mission yet?  We hope all is well at home.  You are always in our prayers and we love you very much!  Take care!

Friday, April 12, 2013

Hello Family and friends!           
           Hope that you are all doing well!  We are having a great time here on our mission and are enjoying Spring with all the blossoms. 
           The pollen has begun its annual visit.  Thank goodness we are not allergic to it like lots of people.  I think it is fun!  It looks like yellow chalk dust everywhere.  Elder Myers washed the pollen off our car one morning after our walk, just to find it looking exactly like it had before we washed it - only a couple hours later.  We had a wonderful rainstorm which helped the pollen situation today.  

          Our Super District plus one.  I guess once a member of the Greenville District always a member.  Elder Gibson joined us for our District picture (4th from right).  We love him too.  He feels related since he is from Price - so close to home.

          This picture was also taken at our Zone Meeting in New Bern.  Look how many sisters we have in our Zone.  We are so lucky to have served with five of them.   
     On April 5th,  the Sisters and Couple Missionaries went to the Raleigh Temple.  The picture below contains only half of the sisters in our mission.  We were in the second group and the session was completely full -quite a change from having only 12 sisters in our mission.  It's so exciting to experience the wave of missionaries coming to North Carolina.  

This was a GREAT DAY for us!!!!  Our LDSSA (Latter-day Saint Student Association) has been officially recognized on both Pitt CC and ECU campuses.  Here we are at Pitt CC's Spring Fling Festival.  Several students joined us in giving out copies of the Book of Mormon as well as our Institute pamphlets, brocheurs and pass-a-long cards.  We have several contacts to follow up with and teach the gospel.  Below are Sis. Vasquez, Sister Hoyt, Jordan Harrell, Aaron Jesmer and James Oliver.                                                                   Thanks for helping with the pictures Brittny.  :)

          Another hike into the Swamp with the Sisters as there isn't a lot to do here on preparation day.   We love the birds and the peaceful quiet of the Park.  This time we got all the way through the park because the water level was much lower.

Don't know what these flowers are but I sure like them.
           Yesterday was our Activity Zone Conference in Kinston with both Kinston and Goldsborough Zone Missionaries. It was a fun warm day to play outside.  Our blue shirts have "Scripture Power" written on the back.  It was a colorful day!  Most every district had their own colors and words.  New Bern District wore Piggly Wiggly shirts (A grocery store) - a must have on some missionaries lists.  

           Time to say, Goodbye!  Wish we could share more pictures - It is hard to choose.  Hope you enjoyed General Conference like we did!  We pray that you are all doing well.  We love you very much and are grateful for your prayers and support in our behalf.   Take care!!