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Dear friends and family,

It has been a long time since I have seen y’all and over the course of a year and half a lot can change. I have pondered what it is I could say this day to y’all. I still don’t really know, so we will see where the spirit takes me. (:

I have learned so much on my mission. I have had ups and down. I was born into the Alabama Birmingham Mission in Hoover, Alabama. It is there that I learned how to be a missionary. I met amazing people, people I will never forget. I spent 6 months of my mission there. When the time came for me to leave, I felt it coming. I was sad to leave, but at the same time, I was excited to try something new. I was a little more experienced, so why not?

After Hoover I had been banished to the wonderful town of Booneville, Mississippi. I never thought I would go to Mississippi because our mission only covered a small sliver of it. And there I was in the boondocks. But it here where I fell in love with country, where I got the full affect of ‘the south.’ I loved it. The area, the culture, and the people. Oh the people, forever locked in my heart. I had spent 4 1/2 months here in Booneville and I did NOT want to leave. How could I leave? Everything was so good, but again, I felt it coming…I only denied it. In Booneville is where I hit my 9 month mark. I was a missionary now.

I was so sad to be leaving Booneville because I just KNEW I was going back to Alabama and that would be it. But little did I know…. I was transferred to West Point, Mississippi!! I was still in Mississippi! I was so excited. West Point is where I became a Disciple of Jesus Christ. It is where I felt the spiritual change. It was hard work in West Point and it really tested me. But I soon came to realize that West Point didn’t necessarily need me, I needed West Point. Here I only spent 3 months, but it was a good 3 months. When transfers came again, I knew there was NO WAY that I would stay in Mississippi now. I had already been here for 7 1/2 months. But the Lord works in mysterious ways doesn’t He. (:

Where did I go next? I think we all know, BACK TO MISSISSIPPI!!! I was in Tupelo! The birth place of Elvis Presley and boy was it fun!! I LOVED Tupelo. It is here where I found the person I knew I was supposed to find. Why are people in the south so wonderful? You just get heart broken whenever you leave. By this time, I really didn’t want to go back to Alabama. I have spent a total of 10 months of my mission in Mississippi, I couldn’t leave. Mississippi is my place! It is MY ‘waters of Mormon’ It is where I came to know my Savior.

Transfers again and guess where I’m going?? NOT BACK TO MISSISSIPPI!!! I am now in Huntsville/Madison Alabama. And boy, has it kept me on my toes. It is has been a challenge because how wealthy people are here, but that doesn’t meant there isn’t anyone here who isn’t prepared. The Capshaw ward is a great place. I can’t get over the people in the South. Really. I’m very grateful that this is where I am ending my mission. (:

I want to end with my testimony.

I testify that there is a God. He is our loving Heavenly Father. He knows us perfectly, he loves us unconditionally and he wants what is best for us. He gave us his only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ. I know he died and suffered for us, but I also know that he rose again on the third day so that we may live again with him and our Father. He did it because he loves us. I know that we can pray to receive forgiveness of our sins, but we must show we have forgiven ourselves. I am so grateful for the Atonement and for the knowledge of repentance. I know that Repentance is real. We can repent EVERYDAY of our sins and wrong doings. Christ is there, he will bear our burdens with us. He will be with us EVERY STEP OF THE WAY. HE is waiting for us to turn towards him and ASK for his help. He is the way, the truth, and the light. I testify that the Book of Mormon is true. That it is, along with the Bible, the Word of God. I know that as we read and study from the pages of the scriptures we can and will find answers to our prayers. I know that if you read the Book of Mormon and ask God, with a sincere heart and with real intent, meaning you are truly intending to act on the answer you receive, if the Book of Mormon is true, He will tell you by the power of the Holy Ghost. I testify that prayer works. I have seen God answer my prayers time and time again. God does hear us, and he does answer, in his own time and in his own way. God even knows the prayers that are not said out loud or in our heads. He hears and knows the prayers in our hearts. He knows what we desire and he wants to give us what we want. I testify that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the one and only true church on the earth. It contains the FULL truth, all the missing pieces. I know that Jesus Christ, himself is the head of this church and that he leads the church through a modern day prophet, just like Moses. That prophet today is Thomas S. Monson. We can listen to him and receive guidance from his counsel if we choose to obey it. I know this gospel is true. I love it, I live it, I share it.

I love y’all so much. I can’t wait to see y’all’s shining smiling faces! (:

Have the best week, see y’all soon.

For the last time,

SISTER Jesselyn Drummond

 

Farewell and God bless y'all
Farewell and God bless y’all
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Pictures Tell a Story

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We did a 'mini MTC' experience with the young women in our ward. (:
We did a ‘mini MTC’ experience with the young women in our ward. (:
Zone activity! Hiking with Charity! I just love her. (:
Zone activity! Hiking with Charity! I just love her. (:
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A caveish thing??
The Spanish speaking missionaries!
The Spanish speaking missionaries!
Hiking on up!
Hiking on up!

 

Sister Neufville and I are going home and these are our last zone leaders!
Sister Neufville and I are going home and these are our last zone leaders!
Sister Neufville and I! It's the lighting and the fact that I'm standing next to her. That's why I look so white. ;)
Sister Neufville and I! It’s the lighting and the fact that I’m standing next to her. That’s why I look so white. 😉
Temple Trip!
Temple Trip!
Sister Nelson has a mini statue of me! o:
Sister Nelson has a mini statue of me! o:
My creative side coming out. ;)
My creative side coming out. 😉
Nothing but trees in the south!
Nothing but trees in the south!
The beautiful Huntsville North Zone! (: #bestzoneever
The beautiful Huntsville North Zone! (: #bestzoneever
Hermana Charlesworth! (:
Hermana Charlesworth! (:
 Hermana Van Dyke! (:
Hermana Van Dyke! (:
More creativity!
More creativity!
Sister Drummond & Sister Nelson
Sister Drummond & Sister Nelson
Birmingham Alabama!
Birmingham Alabama!
TEMPLE!! :D
TEMPLE!! 😀
My last temple trip with the ABM!
My last temple trip with the ABM!
President Hanks! (:
President Hanks! (:
Sister Zackrison! We started this together and we are ending it together!
Sister Zackrison! We started this together and we are ending it together!
This awesome carnival we went to to do some contacting!
This awesome carnival we went to to do some contacting!
General Conference! Saturday sessions!
General Conference! Saturday sessions!

 

Sorry for so many emails! But I love y’all so much! Just another week! (:
Love,
Sister Jesselyn Drummond

IT’S THE FINAL COUNTDOWN!!!!!!

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Sorry about last week y’all I got really busy and ran out of time! Which I’m running out of time again!! I have had a lot of people to email and getting ready for the end! Like my subject says: ‘ it’s the final countdown’ y’all!

Next week you will have many pictures! I PROMISE!!!

I love y’all so much. I’m doing well and just letting y’all know I’m alive. (:

Love forever,

Sister Jesselyn Drummond

Here’s at least 1 picture for y’all to enjoy and a sneak peak of what is coming next week! 😉 Ha.

Sister Nelson and Sister Drummond at the Alabama Birmingham Temple
Sister Nelson and Sister Drummond at the Alabama Birmingham Temple

*Picture below added by Jesselyn’s Mom.

April Cook and Sister Drummond saying goodbye
April Cook and Sister Drummond saying goodbye

Quick Email!

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This week was good!!

Don’t have very much time..
We had zone training and I was very proud of how we did! Sister Nelson and I, I think, nailed our trainings and I’m really happy with what I said. (:
I went on an exchange with Sister Charlesworth!! Do y’all remember her?? She is so great. (:
Anyways, that’s about it. I love y’all so much and I hope y’all have the best week ever!!
Also some good news, IT’S FINALLY WARMING UP!!!! It went from freezing cold one week, to the next week hitting the 80’s like today! (: YAY!!!
#bringonthesunshine
Love,
Sister Jesselyn Drummond
The Huntsville North zone! (: Great missionaries!
The Huntsville North zone! (: Great missionaries!
Random tin people we found while tracting! (:
Random tin people we found while tracting! (:

Got TP Anyone?

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So I totally don’t have very many pictures this week because I switched SD cards from my camera…oops? Oh well they are good pictures. (:
So this week, we obviously had transfers! I was sad to loose Sister Crandall but she went to one of the best places ever!!! Which is Tupelo Mississippi!! How fun! I love that place! She is going to rock it. (:
My new companion is Sister Nelson! She is from Elwood, Utah. When I asked her where that was she said Tremonton…I think that is how that is spelled??? I don’t even know. But she is wonderful! She was trained by Sister Brunner so we have that companion in common! I can’t remember if there is anymore haha. Oh well.
So the fun stuff that happened this week! The first day we were together! An ice storm hit and let me tell y’all, EVERYTHING iced over. Also, the funny thing, we ran out of toilet paper that day.. /: So we decided to walk to Krogers which is only right across the street from our apartment complex and guess what!? IT WAS CLOSED!!!! So we went all day without any toilet paper, we had to use paper towels, let me just say, those aren’t the softest things… (: But we decided to go ice skating in the parking lot because there was a big layer of ice over almost the entire thing! It was so fun and poor Sister Nelson totally biffed it!! It was HILARIOUS!!!! We had fun. (:
We went tracting a lot this week and got a good amount of potentials to start teaching. We just have to go back! Also, church was so fun!!! I think it was the most interesting Relief Society I have ever attended. We had someone say that she thinks she is as close to perfect as she can get without being resurrected. IT was interesting. But other than that. We had an excellent week!
I look forward to seeing what this week will hold! Not sure about the weather yet, but that won’t stop us right!? (:
I love y’all so much! Have the best week ever!! If you are struggling, remember to breathe, pray and rely on the Lord! (:
Love,
Sister Jesselyn Drummond
This cool door mat we saw while tracting! o:
This cool door mat we saw while tracting! o:
Our new investigator! His name is Ape!
Our new investigator! His name is Ape!
APE! :D
APE! 😀

The weather outside is frightful! Transfers??

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Howdy y’all!!

Well, there is so much to say! So I will try to be as short as possible because I will be making up pictures from 2 weeks!
First, the only pair of jeans I came out with…ripped. Yikes!!!!! I had a giant hole in the butt and I didn’t know!! Super sad! ):
Does the second picture look like a hamburger?? well guess what it’s not!! I guess it’s like a view of a landscape haha. From far away it looks like a hamburger!
The first week where it snowed!!
This next picture, Sister Crandall and I went walking in the bitter cold and it was so cold I had to cover my face!!! We felt like arabian knights!! (:
Sister Crandall and I when we went tracting at night when it was 17 degrees outside!! We found this awesome note someone had power washed into their driveway! *ROLL TIDE!!!*
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Look into our eyes. Do you wanna be baptized?
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This is when it snowed last week and it turned all icy, when we were on exchanges, it doesn’t look that bad, but there is a layer of ice underneath that snow!!

Then it was raining and Sister Crandall were contacting for like an hour and we got soaked!! I know it’s a horrible picture ha but hey, looked how wet I got!!
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Alright! Now I can start from last week! So last Monday we went to the Space and Rocket center with April!! (: It was really cool! I plan on going again with my parents! 😀 So there will be lots of pictures from there!
#4 picture is a giant room that has lots of screens and shows like the same thing….ALL AROUND YOU! You literally are surrounded ha.
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It’ll dry. I promise.

 

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The Space and Rocket museum had a lot of stuff you could sit in! It was fun! (:
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Do these suits make Sister Crandall and Sister Drummond look fat?

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Sister Drummond is just hanging around y’all.
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After the space and rocket museum, April then came out with us on a team up! It was fun! (:
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There are two Sister Drummonds in this picture. Two is better than one.

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Blast off!

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Sister Drummond, April Cook, Sister Crandall
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Alrighty! Here is all of our crazy pictures from our snow experience! 😀
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 This is when it first started to snow! Headed on out!
This is when it first started to snow! Headed on out!

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Here we go! :D
Here we go! 😀

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Just pondering in the snow! (:
Just pondering in the snow! (:

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I’m so happy!

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It’s gettin deeper!

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It’s so beautiful! (: A nice quiet place to think

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No one is on the roads!! We walked up and down this road…it took us 45 minutes to contact 2 people!! Because the right side of the road is not our area, the left side is. (:

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The field is white already to harvest!!!! Not always in the way we expect!!

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Look how deep it is! o: This is on our way back home haha!

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I was doing heel clicks!

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There it is!

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Look at all that snow!!

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We made snow angels! (:

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Sister Crandall making a snow angel!

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So we stopped to help make this snowman…sorry it’s blurry, hopefully we will be getting another better picture, but we stopped to help these Indian men build a snowman because they never had before! It was quite fun! To be honest, I think this was my first legit snowman I built too! (:

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This was at about 8 at night, it was still snowing! We were told to stay in for the rest of the night.

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We made snow cream!! (: It was SO GOOD! (:

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We had made a mini snowman and we melted him with Hot water… it was funny. (:

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This is my district!! (: leave it to Sister Crandall to be the only non professional one! (:

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We are so funny!

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We went to Tennessee for district meeting! (:

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Coming back to Alabama! I’ve been to all 3 states our mission covers! (:

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This magnet was on a members fridge…isn’t it hilarious!? I almost peed myself because I was laughing so hard! Plus, this member is old enough to be my grandmother. (:

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Look how cute and matchy matchy we are!! (: We even sound alike it's kinda weird!
Look how cute and matchy matchy we are!! (: We even sound alike it’s kinda weird!

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 I think everyone should have this on their mailbox. (:
I think everyone should have this on their mailbox. (:

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Well that. is it y’all! I hope that y’all have a great week and remember to smile and make the most of the moment!!

Oh I almost forgot, Transfers are this week. Sister Crandall will be leaving me. ): So sad, I will also be over 2 areas now. Crazy right!!?

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I love y’all so much!! Have the best week ever!

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Love,

Sister Jesselyn Drummond