Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patricks day!!
Happy Birthday Jake!!! (You got something coming in the mail)
That's so cool to hear about Michael! He's gonna make a great missionary :)
It's been a great week! E got a job interview. K came to
Church!! She seemed to like it. This week has been really busy. The
iPad says that we have 13 new investigators this week, but we really
only have 7 or 8. I LOVE daylight savings! The sun stays up till 7:30
instead of going town at 5 - right when prime pross starts.
You remember when we helped an old lady move in last month? February
and 95 degrees outside. Anyway, she's a darling. She has stage 4
breast cancer and is moving in with her grandson so he can take care
of her. He was unfortunately hit by a drunk driver and can't do much
either. So we go over to help her out. She gave us Florida license
plates. She's probably 4 feet tall. Love her!
My poor companion...misplaced...her wallet. So sad. Don't know where
it went. We are now going about the process of replacing the contents.
Kind of stressful.. But we're singing lots of primary songs.
Not much else this week... Love ya!!
Sister Carlson

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Dear Family,
That's so cool to hear about Trevor!!! The Philippines sounds pretty
epic. What do they speak there, Tagalog or something?
This week seemed really long. But at the same time I can't really
think of what we did. We called a bunch of people and set up
appointments and stuff for next week...
We did teach our first lesson on Skype the other day! Remember that
Jamaican lady who moved out of our complex last week? Well, this week
we taught the first lesson to her on Skype. K is going to read
and pray about the Book of Mormon! She's super sweet and I know that
if she does this with real intent, she'll feel the Spirit. She is way
versed with the Bible and knows what the Fruits of the Spirit are
already, and how to recognize its promptings. It was a really fun
lesson. Took us 30 minutes to set it up though. These Sister
missionaries are not the most tech savvy people of God around. The
Spirit can only guide you so far.
I don't know if I've written that much about my companion. Sister
Molly McCann is from Fairfield, California. Around the San Francisco
Bay Area. She is very easily scared, but loves banana bread. When she
thinks that something is cute, she calls it "tiny" in a weird baby
voice that makes me laugh. All of her friends at home are getting
married and she's kind of sad that she isn't going to be there for any
if their weddings.
Ward Conference was this past Sunday! There was "dinner" on the
grounds after the block of meetings in the cultural hall. So good!
Sister A came to church and E was there too. Bishop was
re-sustained interestingly. He kept talking about how he was going to
be released. I kind of feel bad for him. The food was really good.
We're going to drop E this week. He almost moved out last Monday,
but that fell through. It's basically just a waiting game until he can
more out. It's good that he is still going to scripture study class
Wednesday nights and goes to church every week.
I've got to go! Sister Clendon's hair needs to be straightened.
Sister Carlson

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

M'dear Family,
In two days, I'll have been out for a year! It only feels like I've
been out like a couple of months or something.
We met this really nice Jamaican woman when we were dumping our trash.
She asked us if we had another trash bag she could use. We quickly
zipped home and got her two "fresh scented" trash bags that the Vans
(the senior couple) had given us. We got to talking to her a little
more. She'd never heard of the Book of Mormon before! Sister McCann
has this great way of introducing the book with the pictures in the
front that she did. We invited her to be baptized! She seemed really
open to the idea! Totally elect! But then she's moving to South JAX,
which is 45 minutes away. :( I hope she starts talking to the
missionaries down there.
We met another nice lady who lives in our complex who DID set up a
return appointment with us, but her phone died and we didn't check
Facebook fast enough when coordinating the appointment, so it will
have to be next week. We'll see how that goes. J has lived here
for four months, but has gone to 5 different churches during that
time. Do you think she is looking for something?!
We met this really interesting guy in a wheelchair who was fishing in
one of the retention ponds in the middle of this suburb area. We got
into talking with him, and started asking questions like, "what do you
think will happen after you die?”  I don't think they believe in any concept of a soul, or that you go on
existing after you die. You're basically unconscious until you're
resurrected. No pre-mortal life, no nothin. All the bad people just
stay unconscious, good people are resurrected and live on the renewed
Garden of Eden Earth, and 144,000 go up to live in the presence of God
(their version of the Celestial kingdom I guess) and are rulers with
Christ. They also believe that the Father and the Son are different
people, but that the Father is Jehova, and the Son is Michael. It
would make sense to think some of these things if they didn't have a
Prophet and additional scripture to guide them. One thing I do love
about Jehova's Witnesses though, is that everyone in the congregation
goes out and knocks doors. Very missionary oriented. We asked JW if we
could send him the testimony of someone in my first area who was a
"Pioneer Missionary" (full time Jehova's Witness missionary) for 15
years who joined the Church. We'll see how it goes.
Our current investigators have been in a kind of lag this week....
Except for just barely... We just got a call from E. He says that
he wants to move out today... (I started this email at 10, but had to
save it as a draft cause we had to leave... Now we're at the Orange
Park Mall for lunch). That was really unexpected. Gave Brother A
a call. E should be out in a couple of hours.Was not expecting for
this to happen... Go E! There was a baptism yesterday of a guy
named J F. He's been a gator for a long time, and quit dipping
a few weeks ago so he could be baptized. E came to the baptism.
Maybe that has something to do with it. It was a really great baptism!
A guy in our Ward named Brother D works with J and referred
the missionaries to teach him. Brother D baptized him! So fun :)
I'm proud of E. I'm so blessed to be on a mission!! I LOVE BEING A
That's all folks!
-Sister Carlson
Sister McCann has a goal to take one picture a day. We were in Walmart
today. Saw the two best things in the world put together. Jesus +