S: South Carolina Columbia Mission
FC: All my heart might mind and strength April 8, 2009-October 28, 2010 | These Moments
1: Doctrine and Covenants 4 1- Now behold a marvelous work is about to come forth among the children of men. 2- Therefore, o ye that embark in the service of God, see that ye serve him with all your HEART, MIGHT, MIND and STRENGTH, that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day. 3- Therefore, if ye have desires to serve God ye are called to the work; 4- For behold the field is WHITE already to HARVEST; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul; 5- And FAITH, HOPE, CHARITY and LOVE, with an eye SINGLE to the glory of GOD, qualify him for the work. 6- REMEMBER faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, brotherly kindness, godliness, charity, humility, diligence. 7- ASK, and ye shall receive; KNOCK and it shall be opened unto you. AMEN.
2: You have been called to serve in the South Carolina Columbia Mission
3: Dear Sister Guymon: You are hereby called to serve as a missionary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. .. You have been recommended as one worthy to represent the lord as a minister of the restored gospel... Your purpose will be to invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end. As you serve with all your heart, might, and strength, the Lord will lead you to those who are prepared to be baptized..
4: February 28, 2009 The day I went to the Manti Temple | "I love to see the temple. I'm going there someday..."
5: Grandma Guymon and myself! | Shaleena Hamblin, me, and Bree Anne Olsen | Me with the Hamblins! Shaleena, Shaunette, and Shane
6: The lei that the Filisi Family gave me in honor of my farewell. | Shaleena Hamblin, myself, and Shalayne Houston. They would both serve missions as well.
7: My best friend since third grade, Kim Bunnell. Two days later she would tell me she was pregnant. | Back Left: Mandy Schramm, Shaleena, Shalayne, Sara Hewlett, Diana Lloyd. Front Left; Kim, Me, and Whitney Teagle
8: Dropping me off at the MTC April 8, 2009
9: The orange dot on my name tag signified that I was a newbie, and may need help getting around! :) | "Feed My Sheep."
10: The MTC!!! April 8- April 27, 2009 My companion: Sister Winters Our District: Me, Sister Winter, Sister Fonua, Sister Welch, Elder Riggs, Elder MacDonald, Elder Eaton, and Elder Parmer
11: You have been sent into this Hospital with your first aid training. You go in the name of the great Physician. Jeffrey R. Holland April 14, 2009
12: President and Sister McConkie and myself on my first day at the mission home. | Left to right: Elers Gauthier, Whatcott, Jones, Goodrich, and William at the South Carolina, Columbia Temple.
13: The fastest way to conversion is through the Sacred Grove. President McConkie had us kneel in the forest by the temple for our own Sacred Grove experience. | Preaching Rock Where the first missionaries came to preach. They would place lookouts to avoid the mobs.
14: Top: First sisters in the SCCM to ride bikes! Yikes! Left: Sister Daniels, Sister Neilson, myself, Sister Padilla. Middle: Sister Padilla my first companion! | Ironically enough this sign was on our way to Church.
15: Blythewood, South Carolina was my first area. I was there for a transfer (six weeks), April 29, 2009- June 10, 2009. It was interesting area that's for sure. Many of the neighborhoods were subdivions, that did not want sales people. Before I got there, they had many problems with the cops being called on the sisters. Luckily that mostly stopped when I got there, occasionally we still did get threatened with it. We met some awesome people there. Charles and Shirley who had been living together for years, and wanted to get baptized. Shirley wanted it to happend so badly, but she had to get divorced and they had to get married, it didn't happen while we were there. Blythewood is where I also had to retrain my biking muscles!!! It was a lot of work, but eventually I caught on!
16: Abby Lesso's Baptism! May 28, 2009 | Left: Abby with the bishop of the Blythewood ward. Right: Abby with her kids, Mikayla and Kyle. | Stand as a witness of God... | at all times and in all things and in all places... | Mosiah 18:9
17: Every baptism on my mission was a miracle. I felt the Lord's hand in all of them in one way or another. In Abby's case she had been taught by missionaries for a year. A friend from another state had called her in for a media. She loved the gospel, but her husband didn't want her to be baptized. We arranged with our zone leaders, and the office elders, one of whom had taught her before to all take a trip to the temple one day. The night before Abby's husband said she couldn't go. We called in for a prayer request. Our entire mission prayed that Abby's husband's heart would be softened. Abby called very early in the morning saying she could go. We had a wonderful time there. A couple of converts talked to her and strengthened her. Through further softening of her husband's heart, Abby was baptized! | Back Left: Elder Hepworth, Elder Adams. Front Left: Sister Padilla, Abby, myself, Elder Robinson, and Elder McMurray
18: Simpsonville 1st Ward | The Beacon is the greasiest place you could ever eat. It's a lot of fun though! Spartanburg, S.C. | Left: Dead possum's are all over the road in S.C. Right: We found these porch steps in an area where we were tracting, and thought it might be fun to knock on the door! | My sweet tan!!!
19: My sweet tan!!! I have never been more tan! | Sister Daniels and I served in the Simpsonville area for 1 transfer. | Sister Padilla and I withCarol Waer, she's an awsome convert. We served in Simpsonville for 1 transfer together.
20: Seneca Ward Sister Daniels and I served one week with Sister Black when were emergency transferred to Seneca. Sister Daniels went home after a week and I stayed there for 1 transfer with Sister Black, and 1 transfer with my trainee Sister Hammond. My transfer with Sister Black was amazing. We set a baptismal goal that took a lot of faith to acheive, but we did it!!! | Jonathan Bridges September 19, 2009 Sandi, Jonathon, Whitney, Emma, and Hunter. Sandi had been a member her whole life. Her daughter Whitney came from a previous relationship, and Jonathan has two children from a previous relationship. Jonathan took the discussions for quite a while, and finally it was time, and he committed to being baptized! They are the sweetest family!
21: Zach and Kailynn Waier September 26, 2009 Lori and Steve had been inactive for years. Sister Black and her previous comp started teaching them before I came. Steve was able to be worthy to baptize the kids. It was a lot of fun teaching those kids! I learned a lot about kids, and how their minds work! | Families Can Be Together Forever | President McConkie would always tell us that it wasn't just about bringing one person into the gospel it was about bring whole families. After all we aren't saved by ourselves! This transfer I really came to know that. The Bridges family, The Waier family, the Lynch family, the Massey family, and the Kruse family all came at this time.
22: Heather Delcore September 26, 2009 Heather was awesome! She walked into Church one day and said I want to be baptized. No one had ever seen this girl before. We sat down and talked to her before sacrament meeting and found out that she had been online dating and met a man who is a member from Florida, and he had talked to her about the gospel. She had been down to visit him and had gone to Church once there. | I was still amazed that after working a night shift at the hospital, she would show up in a place that's unfamiliar, where she doesn't know anyone, and tell them she wants to join. It was fun teaching Heather. Her boyfriend, Joseph was able to come and perform the baptism. He proposed the night before on her birthday. They are happily married now!
23: The Massey Family October 11, 2009 The Massey's were an old media referral that we were not sure had received their Book of Mormon. So Sister Black and I go out to this extremely country road. We weren't sure about which house | it was. The one gate says "No Trespassing." That turned out to be their house, but I got out and really thought the gate was locked. Sister Black, my 65 year old companion is ready to climb the gate. Fortunately I was able to convince her that honking would be better. Keith and Zechariah hear us, and came and talked to us. They hadn't received the book, but Keith was eager to get it. | Tracie came down and talked to us as well. The Massey's were ready! They accepted the gospel with all of their hearts. We hit a few glitches, but they were baptized! It was an amazig day! | They must repent and be baptixed in his name, having perfect faith in the Holy One of Israel 2 Nephi 9:22
24: Reba Kruse September 26, 2009 Reba's husband Derrick had been a member his whole life, and Reba had been investigating the Church for quite a while. Finally on the 25th she decided it was time to get baptized. | The righteous work we do within the walls of our homes is most sacred; its benefits are eternal in nature. It cannot be delegated. It is the foundation of our work as priesthood holders." Dieter F. Uchtdorf
25: Seneca was beautiful in the fall! | Clemson fans are crazy!! Football season was... interesting with the rednecks!
26: Sister Hammond October 14, 2009- November 24, 2009 | I collapsed when I found out I was training. Sister Hammond and I at a cemetary.
28: Moncks Corner Ward | My two companions! Sister Temple and Sister Carpenter Nov. 24 2009-Feb 17, 2010 | It is upon the rock of our Redeemer...that we must build our foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you..." Helaman 5:12
29: Top left: Patty Beiring (nxt to Sis. Carpenter), and some of the girls that lived with her in a foster home. | I honestly didn't think I would see snow in S.C., but it did twice. Those branches were on the car before I swept them off!!!
30: Pray in Faith nothing wavering
31: Judy Olsen Jan 16, 2010 When I first got to Moncks Corner, the sisters had met Rachel, who was living with Brian. Judy was Rachel's mom. Brian was a member, and initially we went to teach Rachel. We tried talking to Judy, and gave her a Book of Mormon, but she didn't seem that interested. When we came back for our next appt. with Rachel, Judy was there, and gradually she became the one we taught and baptized. At that time Rachel and Brian were not living the law of chastiity, and so even though she badly wanted to, Rachel couldn't be baptized. She has since kicked Brian out, and was baptized!
32: MIB: Missionaries in Black Left: Sister Reese, me, Sister Teichert, and Sister Southworth. Sisters Teichert, and Southworth spent the first day together, because things weren't arranged for them in their area for a place to live. We had a lot of fun that day! I served with Sister Reese from February 17 to May 10. | Irmo Ward
33: Top Left: 1. Us with Sister Hendrickson, she took care of making sure we had a place to live. She lived in Irmo and would come out with us regularly. 2. Us with a recent convert Christy Ross. 3. Us with Sister Graham, she would take us to the library and Walmart on P-days. 4. Us with Sister McConkie, we went with her one P-day to a riverwalk park, and to the State Capitol building. Bottom Left: 1. Don't believe just look at all the good looking people in S.C.!!! 2. That spring the pollen was really heavy, and covered everything in yellow dust! It was yucky! 3. Us with two of the Hilton children, Kaddin and . 4. You better believe that one! | REMEMBER
34: Jackie with Brother Goins who baptized her. | Back: Bro Heilman, Sister Reese. Front: Sister Heilman, Lynn Sturgill and myself | Jackie dumping out her coffee!!! | Jackie Maxwell May 8, 2010 | We found Jackie tracting and she prayed about and believed everything we said. One of the best moments I remember of teaching her, was after we taught her the Word of Wisdom she dumped out her coffee. Left Jackie with Brother | Believe in the Promise
35: I served in Irmo for one more transfer with Sister Foster from May 12, 2010 - August 3, 2010 | We met Imam while tracting. He was very excited to meet us as he had been taught by missionaries before. He found this Book of Mormon while waiting at a friends house, near a field. It had been there about a year. He thought it was really cool | Top left: 1. Sister Foster and I with the Hilton family. Brandon and Sharina, Jonathon, Kaddin, and Kailia. 2. Me, Sister Smith, and her Mom. 3. The S.C. temple. 4. Libby and her big fluffy white dog. Top right: Me teaching the wooden man about the Book of Mormon
36: Above: Sister McGrevy was from Tahiti! I served with her from August 3, 2010- October 27, 2010 Top: The first church sign I saw upon arrival in Ridgeway. 2nd: Brother and Sister Dinkins and their grandaughter Addison! We went to their house for Sunday Dinner. 3rd: The sight outside my window 4th: Casey Reid was a YSA in Ridgeway and she came out with us a few times! We had fun!
37: Top Sister McGrevy loved the Gamecocks. I tried to convert her. It didn't work. Middle: Sister Tennis, Sister Beales, myself, and Sister McGrevy at a special zone meeting President called. Bottom: This is a sign by the foundation of the old Ridgeway Church. It talks about the Church's history in the area. That building had been burned down twice, and a tornado tore it down once. It's pretty amazing! | Sister Gilmore after we went out to lunch with her for her birthday! | Never give up!
38: Kenneth Raines Baptized: Oct.17, 2010
39: Sister McGrevy and Sister Hammond found Kenneth from some of the old media's that we had recieved. They taught him once before I got there, and we continued teaching him afterwards. He was very accepting of everything we taught him. | Come unto Christ...and partake of his salvation and the power of his redemption
40: After going to teach Larry one night the Lewis' took us to this place to eat dinner. It was one of those quirky little places that are all over South Carolina!
42: Larry with Richard Baldwin | Left: District leader Elder Hightower, and our Zone leader Elder Cowan with Larry. | The Lewis' | Left: President and Sister McConkie, Larry, Brother Baldwin, President and Sister Koyle | Believe
43: Walter Larry Stewart called the Columbia, South Carolina Temple President, President Koyle one day and said he wanted the missionaries to come and teach him. President Koyle got some background info on him and called our Bishop in Ridgeway, Bishop Ashworth. Bishop Ashworth told Brother Childers our Ward Mission Leader. Brother Childers told us this about him on Oct 12. This is what we knew: He was in the military, 65 years old, and has been talking to a friend about the gospel. So I called him that night and set up an appointment to meet with him, I figured he would want to meet with us in the next couple of days. No he meant tomorrow. So I freak out a little, try to figure out who can be a good fellowshipper for this man. All I can say is I must have been inspired. We had recently eaten with Brother and Sister Lewis. I called them and it turned out to be a perfect match after I told Brother Lewis about Larry's story. He said he had served in the military as well. Larry lives at the top of our area. It was about an hours drive from Winnsboro where we met the Lewis'. We finally got there and found out that Larry owns land and he lets hunters camp on it. Brother Lewis. connected really well with Larry, and we found out a LOT!!! He had served in Vietnam, and when they were out away from camp on missions they would listen to "The Music and the Spoken Word," as it was the only church service that was available on the radio. After he came home from the war he continued to study about the Church. After giving us his history, he said he was ready for the next step. When I asked if he had read the Book of Mormon he said yes, and he knew it was true. I just sat there stunned and unsure about what to do. A neighbor pulled up just then and he went to see what he needed. He came back in the house,
44: we read Mosidah 18:8-10. We committed him to being baptized on October 30. We discussed the baptismal interview questions. He had an amazing understanding of the gospel. A couple of days later we went back with President and Sister McConkie to teach him, we had a Plan of Salvation discussion. Larry brought up D&C 137 and 138. President knew Larry's baptismal date, and he brought it up, asking if Larry knew when I was going home. President said "I'm not going to tell you that Sister Guymon is going home sooner than we would like. Would you be baptized on October 24?" Larry had to get a hold of his friend whom he had having discussions with about the Church and see if he would be able to come to baptize him. It took a lot of faith and hard work to get him baptized on that day, but it all worked out. Larry's friend Richard Baldwin was able to come from North Carolina to baptize him, and it was amazing. It was truly a miracle baptism. When I had our transfer interview, and my last interview, President told me what a tender mercy it was from the Lord.
46: Top left: Sisters Moore, Romney, Wright, Nelson, Hammond, Beckstrom, Guymon Bottom left: Sisters Bukowski, Southworth, McGrevy, Teichert, Beales, Reese, and Tennis | As Sisters in Zion we'll all work together...
47: Right: After the elders had all cut their ties. Back Left: Elders Erickson, Billings, Merrill,Nystul, Richardson Front Left: Elders Kidd, and Hayward
48: Us as we come down the escalator and meet our excited families!!!
50: It was quite the trek to get back home! It's just so funny I think it has to be included. On Thursday October 28 our flight was leaving very early (like 7:30 or something). Because we were late getting up, and then there was a ten car pile up on the freeway, we missed our flight. So we got flight for 7 hours later. We called our parents and told them the news. President and Sister McConkie said "We love you, good luck, and goodbye!" So we sat at the airport for 7 hours. It was an adventure, trying to stay occupied in a small airport for that long. We talked, did crossword puzzles, and sat in the white rocking chairs that overlooked the tarmac. Finally the plane we were supposed to board landed. Immediately they came over the intercom and said that fog was filling the cabin and it would have to be looked at before we could board. We had a connecting flight in Detroit that night, and couldn't wait very long for this plane to be fixed or we would miss it. It took too long. I rescheduled the flight for 5:30 the next morning while a couple elders went to call President to tell him the news. The assistants and office elders came to pick us up in the big van. Without the trailer attached to carry our luggage.
51: So we either held, sat on it, or stuffed it under the seat. We stopped by Lake Murray while President and Sister McConkie went to get pizza for dinner. We told President that we were the missionaries who refused to go home. I think he would have put us to work if it hadn't have been so late! We got up very early the next morning and finally made it home to our wonderful families who greeted us!
52: Some things changed while I was gone... Top: Megan met, dated and got engaged to Kristopher Gossett Middle: Kim had baby Peyton. Dave and Carolina Had baby Zerrin. Bottom: Evan and Megan got engaged. (Don't get confused by the two Megan's! Megan and Evan both got married a month and half after I got home!
53: My Homecoming November 14, 2010 | Elder Bracken and Sister Temple got engaged... | Heather, Michelle, and Terry | Grandma Guymon, Aunt Malynda, Grandpa Guymon, and Uncle Brian | Jalynn and Haley Houston, and Shaleena Hamblin | Brilee, My cousin Bryan's little girl
56: My Testimony | I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior and Redeemer. He came to this earth as an example for what we should all strive to be. He came to this earth to sacrifice for all of our sins so that we wouldn't have to. He died and was resurrected three days later. We too can all be resurrected. Our Heavenly Father has a plan for each and every one of us. That plan continues before we were born and will continue after we die! Death is not the end. We have the blessing of being able to be with our families forever! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Christ's church that has been restored in these latter days. It is a blessing to be able to share it with those around us. This is the path that our Heavenly Father wants each and every one of us to follow. Joseph Smith was the prophet called to restore the Church to the earth. There was a work to be done, and he did all he was supposed to. Through him God worked a marvelous work and a wonder. The Book of Mormon was translated and brought forth. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. That it a long with the Bible
57: can help guide us a long the path. We have a prophet here on this earth to give us direction from our Heavenly Father. President Monson is our current prophet. He is called of God, and receives much inspiration for the not only those in the Church, but people all over the world. The Holy Ghost is a testifier of truth. Without the Spirit this work could not go forward. I'm grateful for the things that the Spirit taught me on my mission. To go forward having faith, and a constant prayer in my heart that we would be guided to those who are searching for something more in their lives. I'm grateful for the time I was able to spend in South Carolina teaching these truths. It is an experience never to be forgotten and to be built upon throughout the rest of my life. All my heart, might, mind and strength, Catherine Guymon