Monday, February 6, 2017

That time we got attacked by a dog 🐢

Hello everyone!!

Monday we ate lunch at Fratellis with the North Sisters. We ate dinner
with the Bates. Super cute family.
We had the Book of Mormon class.
And that's about it! haha

Tuesday we had District Meeting. I love District Meeting. Our district
leader does a great job. He's awesome.
We had a lesson with the Hammonds. Brother Hammond said that he had
Sunday off but we didn't see them at church yesterday! He is going to
ask his boss for Sundays off. We showed them the temples are a beacon
video and talked about preparing to go to the temple. We talked about
the importance of prayer and building a relationship with Heavenly
Father and praying as a family.
We met with an investigator named Shirley. We told her a little bit of
what we do as missionaries. We told her about the Book of Mormon and
invited her to read it. We also invited her to come to church.
We tried to do some finding/stop bys and couldn't find any of the
houses! The struggle is real haha.
We ate dinner at the Castellanos house and tried to teach Hermana
Castellanos English. I sat there as my companion taught her πŸ˜‚
We taught Claire the Plan of Salvation. Her mom said she would be
baking and listening at the same time but ended up just listening the
whole time! It was way cool. We invited them to pray as a family.
We had a lesson with the Medinas. We read 3 Nephi 27 and talked about
the gospel of Jesus Christ. Maritza wants to be baptized on her
birthday, April 27th. Esmeralda wants to be baptized on May 6th to
have time to think about it and prepare. Their dad said they should
get baptized on the same day.

Wednesday we had a lesson with Julia. We read 3 Nephi 11. I really
love that chapter. She wants to read the Book of Mormon and come to
church. She said she would probably be baptized when she comes to know
our message is true :)
We talked to Sister Kahler about the importance of prayer and read
some scriptures about praying with faith. We read Ether 12:27 and my
amazing companion said that the things Heavenly Father sees as
strengths might not be what she sees as strengths and it made Sister
Kahler tear up!
We had an awesome lesson with Yves (Eve)! Sister Slusher came with us.
We gave her a creole Book of Mormon. We read 3 Nephi 11 and she loved
it. She liked how at the end of the chapter it talked about sharing
the gospel with others. Yves asked if she needed to take classes to be
baptized!! We told her that we teach lessons and that's kinda like the
classes haha. As we were leaving she asked what chapter we wanted her
to read before our next visit! She is so awesome!!
She sadly did not come to church though :( but hopefully next Sunday!
We met with Salif and we read some of Moroni 7 and he seemed to really
like it. He told us he has a daughter and a fiancΓ© in Togo!
We met with Sister Hallyburton and showed her the After The Storm
video and talked about how Heavenly Father helps us through our
storms. We talked about the importance of prayer.
We ate dinner with Minwoo and Megan. We went to chipotle and Minwoo
got really mad when we paid for ourselves. I wasn't thinking and just
went for it πŸ˜‚ he then made us go next door and get ice cream so that
he can pay for it πŸ˜‚ oh and Megan is a recent convert who goes to
school here in Salisbury. She got baptized in her home ward.
We then ended the night at missionary correlation meeting.
I think on Wednesday I started getting a sinus headache cold thingy. Not good.

Thursday, the usual stuff in the morning - conference call and weekly planning.
We went to Princess Anne.
It was this day that we knocked on a door and a little tiny dog came
running out at us! It was kinda terrifying πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
We stopped by Sister Maybury and talked to her and her boyfriend. They
are both members but super less active. It was an interesting visit
We met with the Puseys. They are investigators that met with
missionaries in the past. We mostly just got to know them. We gave
them a Book of Mormon and invited them to read it.
We ate dinner at the Taylors. They are seriously goals. The cutest
family everrr.
We stopped by Sister Hankersons and talked about her conversion story.
We invited her to come to church but she didn't come.

Friday morning I had to get more rest so I slept in. We were going to
go to lunch with Sister Kelley and we were almost to her house and she
texted us and said she forgot and that she wasn't home... so we
decided to go to lunch anyways and we found this awesome place called
route 12 and I got a chicken bacon ranch quesadilla and oh my gosh!!
It was the best thing I ever ate!! And a Reese's peanut butter cup
brownie sundae for my year mark! I'll send a picture but I look gross
because I was sick so just be aware haha.
We met with Sister Hall and Chris. Their puppy is getting big!
We met a new investigator! Her name is paulette and we showed her the
hallelujah video in French. We gave her a Book of Mormon and a
pamphlet in creole to read.
We had a lesson with Sister Russell. She is less active. Mostly just
got to know her. She asked me what is the one thing I love about the
church and I said I love how it is so family oriented and their is
something for everyone and she said she loves that too! We invited her
to read the Book of Mormon.
We read 3 Nephi 11 with Jane and then had dinner with her and her husband.
We taught Claire the gospel of Jesus Christ and used the pepper, soap,
and water object lesson and she loved it. We invited her family to
church and her dad said he will not be there because he is working
nights and her mom said she would drop off Claire and McKenna.

Saturday we had a lot of lessons cancel.
We did meet with Sister Santiago and Megan was with us.
Saturday night the North Sisters had a baptism for Diana :) it was
awesome! She was so happy!
We stopped by the Layton household that night and talked about family

Sunday we got a new bishopric! Bishop Hoppes and one of his counselors
got released :(
The new bishop is young with like 4 young kids and a new baby on the
way, due any day now!! He will do great!
Ryan got the priesthood!! He was so happy!!!
We stopped by to say hi to Tiffany and she let us in and she was
asking about our missionary service. We asked her why she thinks there
are so many different religions and she didn't know and she asked us
why we thought so and we started talking about the restoration and
when we got the the apostasy part she asked us if we thought that Gods
authority was back on the earth today and then we went and talked
about Joseph Smith and the priesthood! It was way cool. We gave her a
Book of Mormon and a restoration pamphlet.
We stopped by the spruills and talked to the dad and he has some
interesting beliefs. Their kids are adorable though and Jacob loves me
We had dinner with Sister Rodriquez.
Did some finding and had some short lessons and it was a really long day! Haha.

Today we are going to Dairy Queen !!

Tomorrow we have Zone Conference up in Newark which is like 2 hours
away and in my first area!! πŸ˜ƒ

I love you all!!!
Sister Gronning

1. Diana's baptism. She is in the back, wearing blue.
2. Picture from a couple weeks ago.
3. Edwin!
4. Me laughing at something
5. 12 monthssss
6. My hair looks super dark. I did not dye it lol
7. My companion handed me this! How cute!