Heavenly Father

‘Til We Meet

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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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Another Week Down!

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Hey y’all! (:

This week my email is not going to be a very long. It’s been hectic!
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This week, Sister Wittwer and I have just been playin catch up. I didn’t talk any about this last week, but from last Saturday til Tuesday we had other Sisters in our apartment. So we’ve been running around like chickens with our heads cut off. We’ve been taking care of sickies! But all is well now. We just hadn’t gotten any of our goals for the week, so Friday and Saturday were all contacting days. Wow. We got tons of contacts and lots of return appointments. It was cool. (: God is so good and knows exactly what we need! He put people in our path, right when we were about to give up, that allowed us to keep going. SO GOOD!
Sister Wittwer is a champ, I love her so much and I am so grateful for all that she does for me. (:
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I hope y’all are excited for Thanksgiving! I know I am!! I love FOOD! especially southern food. 😉 YUM! All that grease, oil, and butter. Who doesn’t want that right??
Let me know what y’all are thankful for! I would to hear!
I am thankful for my Savior and His sacrifice for ME. I am thankful for the restored gospel and the fact that I found out for myself that it is TRUE. I am thankful for my parents and all they do to support me. I am thankful for my dear Grandma Cutler and the fact that she writes me EVERY WEEK y’all. I may not be the best at replying to her (or anyone for that matter) but I am truly grateful for her dedication. (: I am thankful for my brother and knowing that he will protect me at any time. I am thankful to my Heavenly Father for everything He has given me. (: He is so good to me. I am also VERY thankful for all y’all who pray and support me from miles away. I feel the strength from y’alls prayers.
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THANK YOU!!!!
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Y’all are the best. Have a great week and pig out this Thursday!! (:
Love,
Sister Jesselyn Drummond

Miracles all around!

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So as a mission we have a goal to reach 500 baptisms by the end of the year. We have been praying for the mission to reach that goal of 500 baptisms and that we will be able to find someone to help add to that! When Sister Wittwer and I had our meeting in Birmingham 2 weeks ago an Elder gave us a challenge to find someone BRAND NEW by the 15th who will be progressing. Sister Wittwer and I kinda forgot about that for a week or so then 3 days before the 15th(Wednesday night) we prayed to find someone who would become a progressing investigator. Now before I go on, I need to back up for a sec. So last Monday we went to Wal Mart for the last 15 minutes of the night. Sister Wittwer got out of the car and I see her start walking across the parking lot. I followed, naturally, and we helped this woman put her groceries in her car because she had A TON! We told her we were missionaries and that we shared a message about Jesus Christ that will help strengthen her faith and that will help her build her relationship with God. We asked if we could share this message with her sometime this week and she agreed to meet on Thursday. We got her number and address and we told her we would call/text the day before or the morning of before we came by. So Thursday rolls around and we go to meet Aspen. (: WOW! She is phenomenal! She told us that she has had so many trials in life and that she is ready for a change. She wants a change. She said she wants to recommit herself to God, SHE WANTS TO BE RE BAPTIZED! Y’all, Sister Wittwer and I were so in tune that lesson it was crazy! The spirit did not cease for 1 second during that lesson!! AAAHHHH! (: We shared with her Alma 36:3, on page 298 in the Book of Mormon but we told her to say ‘O my daughter, Aspen…’ Instead of Helaman. It was so cool. After she read it all she could say was, “Wow! That was meant for me!” Y’all it was so cool! Then my amazing companion invited her to be baptized on the 30 of this month! She agreed and we told her we will be bringing by a calendar in the next couple of visits. So we set up a return appointment for Saturday(the 15th) and we were praying that she would read from the Book of Mormon. Turns out she did!!! She even came to church yesterday! (: Y’all, there are so many miracles happening here. The Lord is being very generous and helping us achieve our goal of 500 baptisms! It’s going to happen! (:

There have been smaller miracles of course! We had a total of 9 new people to teach this week. (: 1 of which was a referral from Salt Lake headquarters! Let me just say, here in the south, that doesn’t happen very often. It was a fabulous lesson we had with Addine. She told us she didn’t have a church home…hello missionaries attack! (: We pounced, in a gentle loving way of course! (:
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I wanted to share with y’all my short and very condensed testimony.
I KNOW that this church is true. I KNOW that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is Christ’s church once again upon the earth. I KNOW that it was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. I KNOW the Atonement of Jesus Christ is real. I have felt both the healing power and enabling power of it. I KNOW that we can be forgiven of our sins through the Atonement. I KNOW that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer. I KNOW that through Him all mankind can be saved. He is my Lord, my friend, my brother. I KNOW I can turn to him for ANYTHING. I KNOW that the power of prayer is real and that we can pray to our Father in Heaven at anytime and at any place and he will hear us. I love my Savior. I love my Heavenly Father, who I know is VERY VERY VERY proud of me. He loves each and everyone one of us.
I leave this with y’all as my testimony and witness, in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
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LOVE Y’ALL!
Have the best week ever!!! (: (: (:
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Transfers are here. Bets are now being taken!

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Well my transfer instructions are such:
“Sister Drummond, please pack your bags. You will be getting transferred to a new area and receiving a new companion.”
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I’m getting transferred out of West Point, Mississippi! Any ideas where I might be going?
I’ll let y’all know either on Wednesday or next week! (:
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So this week has been a complete blur. I swear as I am out longer on my mission the less I can remember…I now know what it’s going to feel like when I’m old. o: BUT! I do remember some things.
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TUESDAY: We had interviews with the President Hanks. I just want to say, I LOVE THAT MAN WITH ALL MY HEART! He is amazing. Truly amazing. He inspires me to be a better missionary. (: Another great thing that happened is that while we were waiting for our interview time, we were able to watch, “Meet the Mormons” WOW! This movie really is fantastic! For those of you who don’t know what it is or have not seen it, GO SEE IT RIGHT NOW!!! You will not regret it. (Mom, you will cry. ;)) I also have a new dream to go to Costa Rica. (: Haha.
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WEDNESDAYTHURSDAY: I was on exchanges with Sister Kudlacek pronounced Coodlacheck…and she is AMAZING! I was in Columbus, MS and wow it was so much fun. Again inspired to be a better missionary. I think this mission truly has the best missionaries ever! (: Not that I’m biased or anything….
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FRIDAY: We saw an investigator who we haven’t seen in a while! Which was awesome! And we also got ‘dropped’ by another investigator but I don’t think he really means it because for one, he still plans on coming to church and he believe the Book of Mormon to be the word of God! Say what!? There is still something there. I just don’t think he understand that Book of Mormon came from God THROUGH Joseph Smith, because he also doesn’t believe that there could be a prophet, so we know where we need to pick up the missing link. (:
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Over all this week was very good. We have 4 new investigators which is phenomenal! (: It is sad that I will be leaving Sister Merriam. ): I know she is going to do great things here in West Point!
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That’s it for now y’all! Have a blessed week and know that you are loved! Not only by me, but by your Father in Heaven as well. (:
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Love,
Sister Jesselyn Drummond
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Church in West Point. Sister Drummond reunites with Kathleen Larsen
Church in West Point. Sister Drummond reunites with Kathleen Larsen
An amazing memeber whom I will miss dearly, Brother Brown and his awesome sign! (: Y'all, go to church!
An amazing member whom I will miss dearly, Brother Brown and his awesome sign! (: Y’all, go to church!
Brother Brown!
Brother Brown!
Such a cute mug I had to take a picture of it! (:
Such a cute mug I had to take a picture of it! (:
Takin a quick break because our appointment fell through! (: Gunna miss her so much!
Takin a quick break because our appointment fell through! (: Gunna miss her so much!

General Conference!

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This may be a short…er… email. I’m sorry. I run out of time a lot on these computers. /:
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How did y’all like Conference!? I LOVED IT!!! I hope y’all watched it in the first place! If I had to choose my favorite talk…I couldn’t, because they were all just so dagum good! (: But I will try to pick some out…
Elder Christofferson
President Uctdorf
Elder Anderson
President Eyring
Elder Nelson
Sister McConkie
Elder Scott
Elder Kebingat
Elder Bednar
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Those are the talks right of the top of my head that I can think of that I was blown away by and that I think everyone, EVERYONE should look up. #willchangeyourlife
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Sister Merriam is amazing y’all. I love her so much! She really is like a mini me! We have matched…not on purpose…..for like the past 4 days. It has been really weird haha. Funny, but weird.
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I can’t remember what else happened this week, besides, the best lesson I have ever taught on my mission!!! #wow It was with our investigator Mitch. I don’t know if I have talked about him but I’m gunna keep it relatively short, because y’all, I haven’t emailed my mission president yet! /: YIKES! BUT! Let’s just say, he felt the spirit so strongly he thought he was having a heart attack! It scared him. But at least he knows that God loves him and we mean business! We keep him in our prayers and know that his heart will be softened one day soon. (:
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Thanks for all y’all do for me and stay steadfast in Christ! (:
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Love,
Sister Jesselyn Drummond (:
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My 1 year mark!
My 1 year mark!
Sister Merriam even eats the same as me
Sister Merriam even eats the same as me
FALL IS COMING!!!! (:
FALL IS COMING!!!! (:
Right after General Conference!  I want everyone to know about the Book of Mormon!
Right after General Conference! I want everyone to know about the Book of Mormon!
This is THE BEST chocolate milk in the ENTIRE WORLD!! And what is even better is the name of it!! Promised Land!? Um who could say no to the promised land milk!? Enjoy y'all! (:
This is THE BEST chocolate milk in the ENTIRE WORLD!! And what is even better is the name of it!! Promised Land!? Um who could say no to the promised land milk!? Enjoy y’all! (:

Yes Folks, She’s No Longer a Teenager

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Happy Birthday to our beautiful baby girl. Twenty years ago today, Heavenly Father blessed us with a shining star in our lives. You are a joy and a true inspiration to us in our lives. We couldn’t ask for a better daughter.

Our thoughts and prayers are with you on this special day.

Love Mom and Dad.

 

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Crazy Crazy Crazy! Oh how I love West Point!

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I don’t even know where to begin!! I guess with all the funny sayings that I hear!! Ha. First of all, I LOVE blacks! they are so friendly and they say the funniest things! (:
First of all, I have never been called ‘shawty’ and ‘boo’ so many times in my life! And it makes you feel good when you get a compliment from a black girl sayin ‘Oh girl you lookin fly!’ Best compliment EVER! (: Lastly, we were just comparin the differences between white people and black people, because yes, there is a difference! But! We were talkin about what a ‘whoopin’ and ‘beatin’ would be considered. We hear these words ALL the time. And we found out that “A whoopin to y’all is like a spankin’, and I guess what y’all call a beatin’, to us is like a DEATH SENTENCE!” Wow, it was so funny! We were all dyin cause these cute girl were so serious faced! (:
So here is something sad that completely broke my heart! ): Yesterday we were just walkin around this park and in the distance we saw some girls sittin, so we were makin our way over to begin talkin to them, and as we were gettin closer, they looked relatively young. So alright we can get some young women comin to the branch alright! (: Well we walked up on them…and THEY WERE SMOKING!!!!! I was so heart broken it was ridiculous!! We get to talkin with them and of course they are still in high school…but then I asked how old they were and the oldest one was about fixin to turn 17. They next one was 15!!!!! 15 Y’ALL!!! And the youngest one was fixin to turn 14. I was so horrified when I heard this!! THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS OF GOD AND THEY ARE RUINING THEMSELVES!!! Or in the southern terms, RURNT! GAH. Luckily in the end, the 15 year old started textin us and thanked us for stoppin and talkin with them. She had just moved to West Point only a few weeks before and she was really strugglin with fittin in. So we are going to take her to ice cream and see if we can’t get some good influence in her life! (:
Another thing, I have a lot of pictures to send home, so y’all will probably get a ton of emails in y’all inboxes! Sorry haha. But my email will only put like 3 pictures per email…. Sorry. /:
ALSO!! For those who have been askin, you really don’t have to get me anything for my birthday! I’m serious now. Just pray for me and the people we are working with! Or as my sweet grandma put in her letter, I was 20 perfect investigators!!! (: MUhahahaha. Good luck givin me that. (:
I love y’all!!
Sister Jesselyn Drummond
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Tracting in the rain
Tracting in the rain
The house that wasn't there
The house that wasn’t there
Broken alarm clock.
Broken alarm clock.
No one is ever out at night in West Point
No one is ever out at night in West Point
Stop in the name of love
Stop in the name of love
Bubbly anyone?
Bubbly anyone?