Monday, August 29, 2016

BLESSINS all around 😃🚴🏻💛

Wow this week was full of miracles! I just love Orange Park and I love
my mission. To be able to witness first hand the miracles of the Lord.
I love the spirit and the promptings that we receive so that the Lord
can use us in this great work, to be His hands on earth! But wow what
a crazy week it has been!

Monday... After Pday was over we went to the Smith's for dinner! It
was so good! I just love that family!!! After we tried contacting a
referral. We ended the night seeing Shanequa! We had a good visit!

Tuesday... This morning we had interviews! They were great! The Lee's
are great. We also had trainings on helmets... Everyone kept
looking at me! I guess cause they're jealous of my helmet so I'll
leave it behind in October so sokmeone else can wear it! Anywho's... We found
out what the Lee's had packed themselves for lunch and uh... Yeah we
weren't having it so Sister Rigby and I went to get them Panera. We of
course got ourselves some too! After we delivered theirs we went with
the rest of the missionaries to eat at Zaxby's. After we did service
in a school garden. I had memories of the good ol community garden
back home! Good times, I'll just say ours raised beds didn't have so
many weeds! We tried to chase down a snake but he got away, lucky for
you Dacia! After we had a trade off with the Normandy sisters! This
time I stayed in Orange Park with Sister Smith. We had to run the
Oakleaf sisters out to their place. Since we were out there... We went
to Bruster's to get ice cream to celebrate Sister Smith's year mark!!!
After we tried a referral then went to correlation at Britani and
Cliffs house! We also had supper there! Britani came out with us for
the rest of the night because she is awesome! We saw Burt and also
Bobbie!  Sister Smith is great!

Wednesday... We had district meeting today. I know what all you RM's
are thinking, weird.. Same week as interviews, but yeah it happened!
After we got Chick-Fil-A!!!! Mmmmm!!!!! We then went to trade off with
the sisters! Sister Bedwell and I then stopped briefly by the
apartment for her to grab another outfit and met the Whitehouse
Sisters at the church to do a trade off! Sister Rigby and I stayed in
OP!! It was grand. We did a golden hour of trying to contact the
referrals we have! It was good we laughed the whole time and we think
we got plunked by a LA... This lady came out and we asked for Alisha
and she pointed at a house and said she lived there so we went and
knocked but the guy said no Alisha lives there... Smooth move! LA=1
Missionaries=0!!! Why can't people just be honest I mean seriously!
Anyways... We then went back to see Sam who Sister Bedwell and I met
on Sunday and are ya'll ready for this...... He read everything we'd
asked him to read and some... NO ONE DOES THAT!!! Ah it was beautiful!
I told him I didn't know what to do from there because no one ever
reads. He said he'd enjoyed it and it made sense and it goes with the
Bible... Hmm... Imagine that! We aren't the only ones that realize
that!!! The Book of Mormon and Bible together provide a better and
even deeper understanding and relationship with our Savior and Father
in Heaven! After we had dinner with the Malcolms! We then finally
caught a less active at home and had a good lesson with him. We ended
the night seeing Bobbie again!

Thursday!!!!!!!! So miracle of my mission happen today and it was
amazing to see how the Lord is truly in charge  of His work and it
will continue to go forward whether people are on board or not! Truth
is truth whether people choose to believe it or not! So this day! We
go try Frank who we used to teach. He was excited we were back but
asked if we could come back in 30 minutes. So I was like hey lets go
try Blair. She is someone I used to visit and long story short about
the past. I visited her off and on when I was here before and crazy
things happened but they weren't very interested but was fine with us
coming by. She hadn't been to our church since she was a teenager. So
we go knock on the door and.... Her face was surprise/shock/excitement!
She gave me a huge hug and said I would not
believe what all had happened in the last few months since I had been
gone. She said she couldn't tell us everything right then because she
had to go pick up her daughter for school and she had just stopped by
her house to use the bathroom. She did say she had started working for
LuLaRue which is a LDS company that makes modest dresses for women.
She talked about the values of the company and told us just a lot had
happened. She said us being on her door step was a miracle and an
answer to a prayer. She said she was going to contact the church to
try to find where I was serving and she couldn't wait to tell her
husband who showed up at there door. She told us he had been asking a
lot of questions and she wanted us to come back and sit down in their
home to teach them about the gospel! MIRACLE!!!!! So we are going back
tomorrow night. I'm excited to hear about the last 6 months and see
what all has happened! Wow! Can't wait for "the rest of the story"
(Paul Harvey emoji)! So that is why I'm back in Orange Park! Because
all information was gone on them and no one else knew about them
except me and my companions at the time! Anyways rest of the day! We
got Panera again and talked to Casey at the church and saw Sister
Brian!!! Yay!!! We traded back after! We did district service for a
member in Oakleaf Ward! After we contacted a referral! She was great!
We had dinner with the Hills and guess what Sister Hill gave me.... 2
of the Thomas Kinkade Disney puzzles!! Could this day get any
better?!?! Our appointment after fell through so we stopped by to
talked to Sister Smith, aka the relief society teacher but she wasn't
home. We ended the night seeing the Evans!

Friday... SURPRISE guess who got to go to MLC?!?! Me!!! And guess who
was there to speak to us??? Elder Klebingat! He is in the 1st quorum
of the 70 and gave one of my favorite conference talks in October of
2014 'Approaching the Throne of God with Confidence'! Dacia remember
that talk, we both talked about it after we watched together with the
Bingham's in the tabernacle!!! Anyways, good times!!! So MLC was
awesome! We learned good stuff! After we met back up with our
companions and Sister Bedwell and I went to dinner at the Dicarlos!
She made us homemade pizza! It was great! After we tried a referral
and was able to set up a return appointment. We then had an
appointment at the church and Britani came with us. It fell through so
we went to try more referrals! One wasn't home but we talked to a man
outside. It was an interesting conversation and he talked about how
happy we were and he could never be that happy. Then we tried another
one and she wasn't there but the man that answered the door was
interested in learning more! We then went back to the church and had a
great lesson with Ashlee and Andy!

Saturday... Today we didn't have many set lessons but boy didn't it
turn out to be a productive day! So!!! We started out the day by
buying Casey a birthday cupcake from DQ and singing her the birthday
rap we had made for her but forgot to rap to her. Anyone wonder,
kazoos and rapping DO NOT go together. But anyways... After we tried a
referral and ended up knocking the road. We met an old investigator
named Jeff. He said he was taught about a year ago. But he wasn't
interested. We met one man that had the prettiest Great Dane ever! And
while we were talking the dog ran off so we awkwardly followed him
around the subdivision while he chased his dog! All is well the dog is
safe and yeah guy isn't interested!!! We did talk to a guy working on
his truck and he let us share the whole restoration! It was grand!!!
After we went to try a potential and BLESSIN!!! She was home! And let
us teach her the whole restoration and set up a return appointment! We
contacted a referral after and taught him but he's not interested! We
then visited a recent convert! After we raced the bishop to his house
for dinner! We had a great dinner. After we went to see the Cranks.
And ended the night with my favorite Mrs. Batten!!!

Sunday... Today was grand!!! Joe and Burt were at church and Sister
Batten came! Yay!!! AND!!!!! Nancy and Wayne Walker came to see me!!!
Ahh they are so great! Since the boundary change they are in the
Flemming Island 2nd Ward now! After church we had a lesson with Joe.
We had lunch at the Buchmans! We finished studies! Then walked to meet
the Malcolms to ride to dinner. We met a guy along the way and taught
him. He wanted a Book of Mormon! We had dinner at the La Fontaine's!
They are so great! Sister La Fontaine is Navajo! It is the best! She
made Navajo tacos!! Wendy Smith picked us up from there and we went to
visit a LA! We ended the night at the Lehmans!

Monday... And today we are the church! We are going to have district
pday. We are doing a lot of companionship against companionship games.
Like 3 legged race, wheel barrel race and so on... So Sister Bedwell
and I are going to dominate or die but either way it should be fun!!!!

I love the gospel and I am so thankful for it! Hope ya'll have a great
week! Thanks for all ya'll do! Remember to read your scriptures!!!

Love always,
Sister Jaleta Grissom
Florida Jacksonville Mission

1. District service

2. Sister Smith and I

3. Nancy, Wayne, and I :)!!!

4. My sister trying to make me jealous!!! Ain't she so cute!!!

Monday, August 22, 2016

BLESSINS all around 😃🚴🏻💛

Hello my beautiful friends and family!!! This week was great! So....

Monday... After pday we had dinner with the Hendrix! Then after for
the cotton candy on top Sister Hendrix came out with us and we went to
see Dalton. We had a really good lesson with him and he talked about
how he wants to get closer to God! It was great!!! After we called Joe
and had a phone lesson with him!

Tuesday... This morning we did service at the Clothes Closet. After we
went to see Kristen! However first day of school so she forgot but
after we left she texted and asked us to come back at 7! So wow
blessing we went and knocked doors and we met an awesome lady named
Teryann. She is so great. She kind of gave up on religion but she said
she would try it again. We met another nice guy we talked to but
wasn't super interested. We went and saw a LA! We caught her at home!
Yay! Miracles are all around! After we saw Sis Kohler too! A member
brought us dinner and after we had a split! I went with sister Jensen
to see Kristen! Wow we had a great lesson! And she is cutting back on
smoking!!! Blessin!!!!

Wednesday... This morning we had zone conference! It was so great! I
love the Lee's! They are so fun! At lunch President Lee and I had a
basketball shoot out. It was so fun! Except weird because everyone was
watching! And do ya'll want to hear something completely CRAZY.......
I had to give my departing testimony. Can ya'll believe that....
Because I most definitely cannot... After I had a trade off with
Sister Koener (despite what you might think her name is pronounced
'Cane-Er'!)! Wow she is a trooper! She has only been out 3 weeks and
has been in full car but she was so great on bikes! We biked like the
wind to our dinner appointment! After we headed to meet Casey and
would you believe all of the people that were on the streets to talk
to. So I was like ok we'll give cards and carry on! Would you believe,
one lady we said we would love to share more with you sometime is
there a good time. She said yeah right now... Of course now is when we
are late. Good thing we've been doing 3 minute restorations so bam!
She said she knew we met for a reason. We didn't get a return
appointment though. After we met Casey to pick up dalton for church
and uh... He didn't come he was a sleep. So she went to church and we
went knocking! It was good! We met one nice lady that said we could
come back! After we went to the church for Ward correlation!

Thursday... This morning Ashlee Buchman took us to lunch and after she
went tracting with us. We went and saw a potential, Russ. He has
some.... Interesting beliefs about God and Christ. He just believes
Christ was a prophet and a good person.... I love being able to stand
up for my Savior and bear testimony of Him every day! It's like my
mission scripture Galatians 2:20, I'm so thankful to have to
opportunity to give back to my Savior and live for Him! We met another
lady that said we could come back sometime. After we went to the
apartment and traded back WIH the other sisters. Sis Bedwell and I
called a la to see if we could come see her. She'd had a hard day and
wanted so we stopped at DQ and got here some, then biked there and...
BLESSIN!!! It wasn't that melted!!! After we took the long ways around
and up the only hill in Jacksonville to our lesson with Ryane! But the
lesson was great and SURPRISE there was an easier way to get there...
Oh wells, next time!!!! After we rode like bandits (good bandits of
course) to the Norris's! We had dinner there and then we went to see
Stefanie! We had a great lesson with here. Then we biked back to the
church for a lesson with Ashlee!!! Yay!!!!

Friday... This morning we had a lunch with Britani After trying
Kristen but something came up so we rescheduled for 4! After lunch we
did weekly planning! We went back to see Kristen after and had a great
lesson! We had supper with Sister James, who is from Tennessee!! Casey
came out with us after and we saw Burt and talked about baptism! He
told us he knows it's true! After we contacted a referral who wanted a
Bible! Then we of course got ice cream!!!

Saturday... This morning before studies we traded off with Whitehouse.
I did a trade off for Sister Webb. She is great! We tried people the
bishop wanted us too and then biked to the Nortons! We had lunch with
them and then did service and helped organize their garage! We then
biked down good ol Plainfield to try another person the bishop wanted
us too but the house was empty! We then biked to see Sister Puckett!
While we were there Frederick called and asked if we could meet at 4!
We also met a member from Palatka who gave us a referral! RAININ
MIRACLES!!!! After we shared a thoughts with Sister Puckett, we went
to meet Frederick. He said every since he met us the other day he said
the Spirit told him it was true and he wants to be a part of it. Uh
what? BLESSIN, that's what!!! When we taught about the priesthood he
said well I guess ya'll need to baptize me. I guess so!!!! So we set a
date for September 17! But he's moving to Jacksonville in a few
weeks... Good.. Good good.... But hey the church is true no matter
where you go in the world so blessing!!! After Sister Mandel picked us
up for dinner and another miracle they had a nonmember friend over who
we were able to teach! Then Sister Smith picked us up from there and
we went to see the Cranks. We ended the night at Charlotte Battens! I
love that lady! She had us a treat.... Cheesecake 😳 and butter pecan
ice cream 😃!!!!

Today was mighty fine!! Joe and Burt were at church! After we had a
lesson with Joe and then headed to Caseys for a party lunch! The food
wasn't quite ready so we went to try people close by! After we came
back and partied! We then went and tried a referral and knock doors
and we met 3 people who said we could come back! Yeah!!!!! After we
met Sister Crews and Smith at the church for a split! I went with
Sister Crews to see Burt! And miracle, he is praying/thinking about
September 10!!!!

And today we partied it up with Kristy and Casey today!!! We did our
shopping and then we headed to Jacksonville! We went on a... As Casey
calls it "a food crawl". So we went to Lola's and ate some amazing
Mexican street corn! Wow it was so good!!! And some amazing chicken
tacos!!! Then the next 2 places were closed... But we went to Caseys
favorite food truck! Then ended at a dessert store!!! Hello Orange
Park I love you but stop trying to make eat all this delicious
food!!!! Rest of the day we are just at the gym!!

Ahh this week was so great! I love serving my Heavenly Father and
watching the miracles unfold! He is truly in charge!!! Don't forget to
read the scriptures!!! Love ya'll!!

Love always,
Sister Jaleta Grissom
Florida Jacksonville Mission

1. Can you believe we have been out for 16 months... Wahhhh

2. Zone conference

3-4. President and I and our shoot off

5. Sister Koener and I

6. Sister Webb, Frederick and I

7. Food truck!

Monday, August 15, 2016

🚙😜👗📚💒🏀 and that describes my week

So.... I forgot my calendar thing at home again so... We'll just go with it!

Monday...  So after zone pday ya'll better believe we went to the
Gentle/Gullet resident at 5 and then had dinner at 6! The Culler
family was there too! It was a party! I just love those families!
Ashley Crews came out with us for the night. We had a lesson with
Kristen and it was really good! But Jaden was sick so it was brief.
After we tracted some and Ashley was a champ. We met a man that told
us we could come back but he had a religion so... We'll take it!!!
After we went to try potentials and less actives and though they
weren't home we had a party dodging lasers ok it was really just water
sprinkler system but it was intense!

Tuesday... So this morning we went to do service at the clothes
closet! After we got a new bike rack... Yay! It is the best! Out other
one was special because someone had rear ended our car a few months
back! After we tracted and we met a hateful Catholic! But we moved to
a different neighborhood and met a nice group of people that said we
could come back. After we tried formers and referrals. Well we met
Dalton and he is still interested in learning more! Yay! So we taught
him and set up a time to come see him on Monday evening! After we went
and met the Evans at Golden Corral for supper! Hello cotton candy! I
love that stuff! That night Casey came out with us from 7-8 and then
we went on a split and Casey and I went to see the Lotts! It was
really good! Sister Bedwell went out with Sister Evans!

Wednesday... We had district meeting. After I had a trade off with
Sister Elwood in Oakleaf! It was a party haha!!! We biked to the
Culler's to take something back :)!!! After we tried a lot of
potentials then we went knocking on none other than... Horseshoe
Trails! That blessed place!!! We did meet one lady that said we could
come back yeah!!! After we biked to dinner and we ate with the Gunns
and... GUESS WHAT!!! So we were eating and through talking I found out
they had a daughter serving in Japan and I was like wow a guy from my
Ward I grew up in is serving Japan. After they asked me his name and I
was like Elder Pennington and they said NO WAY.... Penny is in our
sisters district... Say what?! Apparently they call him Penny fondly
haha! But what are the odds!!! So after we were biking to an
appointment and decided to see if Kristy wanted to come with us and
BLESSIN she wanted to come. So we biked to the apartment and met her
there. We were able to contact a part member family! We ended the
night with a little Bruster's!!!

Thursday.... Ok I don't know if ya'll remember Sister Suechen Smith. I
tried her like 500 times during my last time in OP... Well, we saw her!
Blessin! And she let us have some of her blown glass animals! I got
some horses! And we picked out 2 birds for Kristy and Casey! So we
then headed over to Kristy's for lunch with her and Casey! After
Kristy drove us home to meet the sisters! Sister Bedwell and I came
back to Orange Park. We tried a guy who said we could come back then
went to see Kristen! We had a great lesson and were able to set a
baptismal date! After we had a lesson with a referral from the elders
and it was awesome! She has a baptismal date too! But sad story she
actually lives out of our area but we teach her at her brothers which is in
our area! Lame! After we had dinner at the Mandels! We then walked
down to see Michael! We were able to talk to him and set up an
appointment. And.. Yours truly totally wrote his number down
completely wrong but all is well now!!! We then ended the night with a
lesson with Ashlee at the church!

Friday... This morning we did weekly planning! We had a lesson with a
lady, Gwenn, that the elders had stopped teaching. Wow it was SO
awesome!! We are now Sister G and B! After we did service for the
Nortons! Blessin from heaven! We planted a tree and dug up some dirt
and filled it into a hole and then we laid mulch! It was good!
Physical labor is good! After we went to dinner! We did another split
after. I was with Britani Gerald! We tried potentials and la's but
they weren't home. We did get to talk to a lady in the parking lot.
After we had a lesson with the Nortons! It was really good! Sister
Bedwell was with Sister Smith!

Saturday... This morning we went to see Sister Puckett! And after we
picked up the Oakleaf sisters for district service. We helped with the
big clothes closet yard sale they do once a year. And funny story I
helped with it last year! And this year BLESSIN... I found a tennis
racket for free yeah!!! Sister Bedwell and I have been playin! Wow we
stink but... But we are getting better... And now I have a real racket
so... Blessin!!!! After we had supper! They we went to do some
contacting referrals! Well we saw the guy from Monday night! We were
able to teach him. After MIRACLE!!!! We were driving by Charlotte
Batten's street and I noticed her car trunk was up so we swerved up
there! So we then were able to see her I walk in and she says "OH
SWEET BABY YOU GET OVER HERE!" She then hug me and shook me back and
forth haha! I just love her! After we went and saw the Lotts!

Sunday... Today was great! Burt, Joe, Sister Norton, and Sue LeBlanc
all came to church! After we had a lesson win Joe and Britani came
with us! It was awesome! After we had lunch with the Buchman's! I just
love that family! After we finished studies! We then went tracting and
then had a lesson with the Lehmans! We ended the night having a late
dinner with Briana and her nonmember friend! It was good!

Monday... Today we played basketball, Sister Dahle and I with Kristy
and Casey it was a party! Our companions went to get their haircut and to
clean the car for zone conference is Wednesday! It's been good!

This week I was reading about idolatry and how prevalent it is today.
So it talked about how idolatry is anytime you put something before
God. So Sunday's when we decide to boat or do sports or anything else
and decide to do that over church. That is choosing it over God which
is like idolatry because it means more to you. I'd never thought of it
like that but it's true. Like the quote I sent home, "if we choose
Christ we will have made the right choice!" May we "choose the harder
right than the easier wrong"! Love ya'll and hope you have a great
week! Hope you're still reading everyday!!!

Love always,
Sister Jaleta Grissom
Florida Jacksonville Mission

1. Casey and I

2. Sister Elwood and I

3. Glass animals!

Monday, August 8, 2016

August Showers=Missionary swimmin!!!!

Ya'lls prayers have been answered! I was so blessed this week! It's
been so dry in Orange Park a lot of the grass is dead... Well not this
week! We biked all week and we got rained on so much, Blessin!!!! So
this week!!!!

Tuesday.... This morning we had district service! It was fun! We
painted someone's porch and I helped lay some pavers! After we came
home to finish studies. After we got a milkshake from Zaxby's because
everybody got time for a birthday cake milkshake!!! After we biked to
the Evans we had a good lesson with them. Sister Bedwell didn't want
to bike home and wanted to go to Waffle House... Jimmy junior in the
making... As we were leaving Waffle House it became a down pour and we
got soaked but it was so fun! I love the rain! We tried a few people
who weren't home. We biked home and dried off and changed before going
out with Sister Jensen. We went to see Burt! He is crazy and tries to
give you everything in his house. But we had a good lesson! After we
went to see a youth that isn't able to make it to church much! Then
Sister Jensen took us to Dairy Queen... I'm determined not to let
Orange Park make me gain weight haha! Today=fail!!!!

Wednesday.... This morning we had district meeting and district lunch
after at cici's! We then biked to see Kristen. I used to work with her
when I was here before and the elders said she was having a hard time
and it would be good for me to go see her. So on our way we met Amy!
She was interested in learning more and lives close to Kristen.
Blessin!!! After we went to see Kristen. She came out and hugged me
and started crying. She said it was perfect timing! We had a good
lesson with her and set up a time to come back and do some service
this Saturday. After we stopped by Sister Kohlers and were able to
share a message with her and set a return appointment! We then biked
to the Smith's! Once again it became a down pour and we were soaked
when we got there. They gave us some clothes and threw ours in the
dryer! I love the Smith family! They are so amazing!! So weird...
Sister Smith served us a salad with chicken and some wraps but she had
it all sitting on hot pads haha! It was so the table didn't get
scratched!! Probably best if I'm sitting there! After it was still
raining so they drove us to the church with our bikes. We tried
calling people until correlation!

Thursday.... This morning we did service at the Clothes Closet! After
we went and knocked some doors with no luck! We did service for the
Mandel's! We painted and yeah.... I'll have to go get me new BYU Idaho
shorts cause uh... Yikes!!!! Ok anyways!! So they ordered us dinner
and it was going to take a little bit so we went out to knock again!
We met 2 people who wanted to learn about the church. One was an
awesome lady named Bertha! And her husband... Wow can anyone say buff
because I certainly can.... He sat on the ground and then climbed up a
rope about 20ft using only his arms... What on earth.... After we had
dinner with the Mandel's. It was good! After we biked to the church to
have a lesson Andy and Ashlee!

Friday.... Today we had weekly planning! After we biked to the Mitte's
to park our bikes and knock. We stopped to tell them and it started
pouring so we shared a message with them and asked for referrals! We
then went knocking and..... It's the closest I've ever been to be
struck by lightening. The light wasn't even gone before the thunder
boomed.... It was insane... But WE'RE ALIVE, YAY!!!!!! The next door
Sister Bedwell was so worked up still that she rang the doorbell like
5 times... Luckily the lady was nice and... Wow now I know her whole
life! After we met a guy name Joe. He was so nice but.... A little
different but!!! Blessin he wants to meet with us again! We then biked
to Caseys for dinner! After we biked like the wind to the other part
of town for a lesson with the Cranks! They drove us to the Nortons in
their truck and after we biked home! Good memories!!!

*** ok so because of crazy circumstances.... We have 1 STL now and so
Sister Hudson (who I came out with and was an STL once too) and I were
asked to be "assistant STLs" to help sister Rigby with trade offs
so.... I have 5 trade offs to go on... You thought I was done with
trade offs, me too... Sike! But I'm excited it'll be fun!!!! Party!!!

Saturday.... So this morning we were biking to see... STEFANIE!!!!!
But on the way we met Fredrick!!! He is awesome and just got to the
country last week and is interested in learning more so we set up an
appointment Monday night! We then went to see Stefanie! I miss her so
much! She is doing great! After we biked to see Kristen and do
service. We helped her in her house. After we had a lesson and
committed her to baptism and... And she said yes!!! It was great! We
then jumped on our trusty steeds and galloped to meet Sis Mandel at
the nursing home to visit Sister Puckett! After we raced Sister Mandel
in her van to Zaxby's she bought us our dinner. She was leaving but we
stayed to eat... Zaxbys was having interviews and as I was sitting
down Sister Bedwell points outside and I look and Sister Mandel is out
there tying a tie around some random guys neck... As he stood their
awkwardly, it was so funny! She is so awesome and so giving... Her
name should always be associated with charity! After we finished
dinner we had a golden hour with no luck! After we had a lesson with a
recent convert at the church!

Sunday... Today was grand! We had Burt at church and 2 other non
members! And Sue came back!!! Yay!!! After church we had the break the
fast. Well I was over by the door, low and behold... In walks Joe, who
we met Friday. He was an hour early and at the wrong meeting place but
wow blessing we had a whole gym of members to pick from to come to a
lesson haha! Sister Gerald (Nina) came with us... Wow most interesting
lesson of my life and.... Wow I've never had to tie such random things
back into the gospel before! But we did it and he was like I want to
be a part of this I want to be a part of this church. So we set a
baptism date! It was awesome!!! After we came home finished studies
then went to contact referrals! We met family members of the people and
set up return appointments! We had dinner with the Crews! I love the
Crews family!!! We ended the night with the Lehmans!!!

And today we are having zone pday at Adventure Landing! It has laser
tag and miniature golf! It'll be fun! Then tonight we have dinner with
Casey and a lesson with Kristen and Fredrick! It'll be good!

Thank ya'll for everything! I'm so thankful to be serving my Savior
and declaring His gospel to those around me. It's amazing to witness
the change in people first hand as they accept Christ and move closer
to Him! Don't think I've forgot about the scripture reading and I hope
ya'll are all still reading everyday! Even if I don't know if y'all
are or not Heavenly Father does and that's who matters! I hope ya'll
have a great week and find strength in the scriptures! Don't
underestimate the power they can have in your life!

Love always,
Sister Jaleta Grissom
Florida Jacksonville Mission

So apparently I didn't take many photos this week but uh.. This is
from service!

And our lunch

Monday, August 1, 2016

What up OP?! 💛💜💚

This week has been so crazy. I cannot believe I am back in Orange Park
but it is so great! I'm so excited to be here and I love the people
here so much! The boundaries of the Ward has changed so some of my
favorite people aren't in it any more but I get to see them on pday and
church sometimes! So...

Monday... After pday we had dinner with the Dang family! They are so
awesome and made some awesome fried rice! Oh it was so good!
Blessin!!! Sister Dang wouldn't rap for us but whatever! After we went
to see Shirley, she is so sweet! It was sad to say bye to her! One day
she'll come around. After we went to see Elaine briefly and set up an
appointment to come by tomorrow!

Tuesday... This morning we went to see those 2 girls but... Their
grandma said they weren't interested so... But that's ok, they know
some more truth. After we went to see Gail. We had lunch with Sister
Wiggins and Sister Erin. It was great. We did service for Sister
Jenny! She is great! She gave me a dress of hers that I had commented
on! We saw Marla after! We then had supper. We went to see Elaine and
ended the night at Sandra and Rusty Wades! They are awesome. He made
some cookies that were so good!  They also bought me a gator shirt...

Wednesday... Sister Broderick wasn't feeling well so we went to a Care
Spot in Orange Park. After we met with Sister England, Kyrsten, Sarah,
Casey, Sister Malm, Sister McGregor, Sister Gibb, Sister Randle, and
Sister Broderick. It was great. We ate at Chili's. It was so good to
see Sister Malm! I cannot believe she goes home tomorrow! I'm so
grateful for her. She is an awesome missionary and I learned so much
from her. After we went to transfers and Casey took us home :)!!! We
stopped by the Buchman's! After we went emergency shopping! We went to
see Nritani cause she's awesome and... (She's right beside me and she
says I never put her in my email) We had a set appointment with
Sherry, who is a lady they found last week. After we saw the
Lehman's!! Ahh they are so awesome!!!! We had dinner with Casey! Which
was crazy because a year ago this month I first came to orange park
and ate dinner with Casey! BLESSIN!!! Except this time I didn't eat a
giant burrito to prove a gator fan wrong! Double Blessin!!!! AND
TRIPLE BLESSIN, Kristy was there! Ahh!!! And quadruple Blessin, Casey
had her chiropractor friend there and she realigned my back. Oh it was
glorious!!! Who knew I could pop so much! After we went to
correlation. Cliff Gerald is our ward mission leader!

Thursday.... We went to see Burt this morning and..... He said maybe
to baptism... What?!?!?! Oh Burton!!!! After we had an appointment
with 2 sons of a less active! After we went and did service for the
Norris's! She wasn't feeling well so we helped her in her house! We
went to dinner after at Texas Roadhouse with Britani! It was great!
After we stopped by a recent converts. We ended the night seeing the
Ashlee at the church. Another recent convert!

Friday... Today we did weekly planning! After we had to go out and get
something from the sisters in Oakleaf! We stopped by Christina and
Merediths to invite them to basketball Monday! After we did some
service for Casey and went to pick up some stuff she got from the
store for Sister Bedwell. We had dinner with them too. We took a
children's Book of Mormon to a family.

Saturday.... This morning we went to see Sister Puckett she is an
awesome member in the nursing home here. We went tracting after and
didn't have any luck. We didn't find anyone who was interested but
after we saw the Nortons! They are doing good but got rid of a lot of
there toys. They still have the truck and that's what matters :)!!!
After we went to see Sue, but her apartment was empty. We called her,
she has moved to Jacksonville but she said she'd come to church to see
me on Sunday!! After we saw the Hendrix. They are a part member family
and had dinner with them. We saw the Cranks after! The mom recently
got baptized! After we saw Bobby and Robert they are recent converts

Sunday! Church was great but weird cause I only knew half the people!
But it was so good to see everyone! Sue was there! She is so awesome!!
After we came home to study! Faye Mandel asked us to go visiting
teaching with her. We met Sister Todd. She was so nice. After Britani
picked us up for dinner. We put our bikes in the back of the van. We
had dinner at Bishop and Anina's with the whole Gerald family! It was
so awesome! After we biked to the Lehmans for a lesson! We are biking
rest of the week!

It so great be in Orange Park. Guess what we did today!!! Basketball!
Casey and Kristy decided to leave the state for my first pday.... No
big deal... But they will be back this week! Thanks for all ya'll do
for me and the support ya'll give me! Ya'll are the best!

Love always,
Sister Jaleta Grissom
Florida Jacksonville Mission

1. The Dang's

2. The Wade's

3. Elaine

4. Sister Malm

5. Basketball gang reunited :)!!! Missin Shanna, Bethany, Stefani, and Brittany