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Saundra McDonald
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Blessings and Tender Mercies -- Part 2
The biggest blessing of the mission has been serving with my very best friend.  Younger missionaries serve with several different companions over the course of their mission and are transferred to different areas every few months.  We are based in Jacksonvi...

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Blessings, Tender Mercies and Small Miracles--Part 1
Blessings CHEAPER GAS PRICES Gas prices have been falling  In less than a month prices have dropped  by 50 cents a gallon.  I know other parts of the country have prices below $2.00, but we are thrilled with our cheaper gas prices and hope the decline conti...

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Blessings, Tender Mercies and Small Miracles--Part 1
Blessings CHEAPER GAS PRICES Gas prices have been falling  In less than a month prices have dropped  by 50 cents a gallon.  I know other parts of the country have prices below $2.00, but we are thrilled with our cheaper gas prices and hope the decline conti...

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Shepherds, Lost Sheep and Super Heroes
When we first arrived in North Carolina we were instructed to have business cards made with our contact information to pass along to those with whom we worked.  We chose this picture to go on the card to remind us how important each individual is to the Lor...

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It's About the One
Serving the One On Sunday morning before regular services in the ward, we go to Camp Johnson to hold what is sometimes called "Battlefield Sacrament."  When Marines are unable to attend the local ward because of training or schooling, we hold a shortened se...

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One Year Gone!
Jacksonville District Missionaries, October 2014 It seems impossible, but we have been on our mission a little over a year.  Once we hit the half way point, time has just flown.  We have very mixed feelings about returning home.  We, of course, look forward...

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Hello, September!
How Can It Be A Year Already? Although the temperatures are still warm here, there are hints of fall all around.  The crepe myrtle trees, which have bloomed beautifully all summer long, are beginning to fade and a few of the maples are sporting tinges of co...

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A Southern Girl Returns to the South
Although born and raised in Arkansas, I never really thought of myself as Southern. We lived in the northern part of a border state and my parents were Yankees (from nearby Kansas--but which, by definition, is Yankee territory).  In addition, my great grand...

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Farewell to Spring! Hello Summer!
Looking Back on the First Day of Summer Spring continued to be amazing here in North Carolina. One of the wonderful things about spring in Coastal Carolina is that it comes early and stays late.  We are just now hitting temperatures in the upper 80's and lo...

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On a Mission, Always Expect the Unexpected
The Best Laid Plans Often Go Awry We do our best to plan out our week, scheduling visits and preparation around recurring obligations such as conducting Sacrament Meeting and holding Family Home Evening for Marines at Camp Johnson, working with the Family H...
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