Sister Woodfield

Sister Woodfield

Friday, December 26, 2014

2 John 1:12

My message today can be summed up in a scripture. Please turn to 2 John 1:12.

Thank you.

Hermana Woodfield

(Comment from Lindsey's Dad: Lindsey spent her letter writing time this week on a Christmas Day skype call with her family, thus the short letter. To put the scripture she chose in context, Lindsey's mission ends next week. She will return home to Texas after 18 months of missionary service.)

Monday, December 15, 2014

Feliz Navidad!!

Something that has become very apparent to me during my mission is that the Lord is in the details. It just amazes me how we are always in the right place at the right time. How God cares about every small little thing, however insignificant it is. He laughs with us and cries with us...what a truly loving Father He is. This truth humbles me and makes me so grateful for the PERFECT plan that He has prepared for each of us. Every single detail- every single experience that happens has a purpose. If we always look for the good in it and trust in God´s wisdom and power we will find peace with whatever it is that happens. Just some thoughts from my head lately. :)

Well folks, it is mid December and the heat is steadily increasing. It still makes me laugh to pass stores and see little Christmas trees propped up right next to pool toys and floaties. Those things should never go together, haha. But I love being here and being able to be a full time missionary at such a wonderful time of year. Like I mentioned last week, the church is doing a new program called ´´He is the Gift´´. I absolutely love it! The true meaning and celebration of Christmas has become a lot clearer to me. Our Savior Jesus Chris is the BEST gift we will EVER receive. We should show our gratitude for such a priceless and eternity-changing present. As we have talked about Christmas with a lot of people in the street it strikes me as very sad how MANY say that they are not excited for Christmas. WHY NOT?? Many reply that it is too stressful, time consuming, a waste of money, or an even sadder time to remember lost loved ones. I feel the need to shout out rejoicing that the TRUE reason for Christmas is CHRIST. It isn't about all of the worldly things or about missing people, it is about JOY and GRATITUDE that through CHRIST we can be with each other for forever!!! Let us all be more joyful as we feel the love of our Heavenly Father in letting His perfect son, Jesus Christ, be born in a fallen world to save each and every one of us. What a beautiful message there is to Christmas. :)

I have written quite a bit about my feelings...the experiences this week were awesome too! We are finding new investigators and still helping the Britos family and Romero family to progress. They are doing wonderfully and it is awesome to see the new light that is in their lives from the gospel of Jesus Christ. :)

I wish you all a very MERRY CHRISTMAS! Feliz Navidad!!!!! :) Remember to give Christ a Christmas present. :)

Con amor,

Hermana Woodfield

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Saint Mary's Day in Argentina

Hola todos!!!! :)

Sooooo, today is Saint Mary Day here...a big holiday. Everything is closed down and it was hard to find a place with computers. SO, I am out of time to write. Sorry that this is so short. BUT everything is going really well!!!! Melina and Jose are happy and doing wonderfully. The Romero family is progressing and doing well. They are reading a lot in the Book of Mormon and have gone to church for over a month now. :)

I am EXTREMELY grateful to be a missionary and share this gospel that I love so much with everyone. :)

Okay, I have an assignment for all who read this!!! The church has made a big effort this month to help bring everyone closer to Christ through a program called ´´He is the Gift´´. There is a website that has a 3 minute video that you can share on Facebook. The website is I know that if everyone watches it and then shares it on facebook MILLIONS of people will feel the love and hope of Christ more in their lives. Please do it. :)

Well, that´s all for now folks! Sorry again that I can't write more. I love you all! I know the gospel of Jesus Christ heals ALL wounds- physical and spiritual ones. :)

Con amor,

Hermana Woodfield

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Muchas Fotos

Jose playing with their bird :)

Working on Emma´s hair for her parent´s wedding!

Ready to get married!!!!!

On the way to get hitched! :)

Aren't they so cute!!!

Signing the fancy document


Having rice showered upon them

Cutting the cake

At the baptism!!

Afterwards! She is just beaming!

Congratulations Melina and Jose!! At the party afterwards :)

Hermana Randall decorating our Christmas tree :)

Went to MikiD`s today...never thought that I would miss those golden arches, haha

Best Week Eveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeer!!!

Sooooo, basically, this was an amazing, fantastic and incredible week. WHY?? Our wonderful cute Britos family took major steps!!!! On Thursday they got MARRIED and on Saturday Jose BAPTIZED his new wife, Melina!!!!!

Words cannot adequately describe the pure joy and gratitude I feel. They were EXTREMELY prepared when we met them. I am just so grateful that I was privileged to part of the process of helping them. There were a lot of plans we had to make about the marriage and baptism and celebration afterwards but in the end everything worked out perfectly. :) It truly was an amazing and spiritual experience for Melina and Jose and we could see the joy glowing from them.

These are just some of the most amazing experiences a person can have. Hermana Randall and I were really worn out at the end of the week but soooooo unbelievably happy. I just really feel like I had been waiting to know and help this family. After so much time and work in my dear Santa Fe City, I feel deeply grateful to my loving Father in Heaven to have had such an experience. Like I said before, it is hard to write words to describe it all. I know this email is pretty emotional but I can't help but share the week we had. :)

On a slightly different note, we had to become expert cockroach killers. We showed up the day before the baptism and there was a COCKROACH in the baptismal font. Now that will just not do. So we killed it and cleaned it up. A few minutes passed and there was another one! Killed it and cleaned it up. A few minutes later...ANOTHER ONE. That process went on for quite awhile. Finally we found Raid and got a little crazy spraying it everywhere. :) Eventually we were free of them but I definitely flinched a little bit when Melina opened the door to see the pool before the service. But THANKFULLY it was roach free. The tiny blessings, you know? :)

Also, just want to point out that JOSE was who baptized Melina. He was able to receive the priesthood necessary and do the ordinance. It was wonderful. :)

Okay, was a really good week. I know that God lives and that He loves us. If we trust in Him and work hard He will always guide us! I KNOW that to be true!

Love you all!!!

Hermana Lindsey Woodfield

Monday, November 24, 2014

Heavenly Father knows best

I KNOW that Heavenly Father ALWAYS knows best!!! There have been so many times during my mission when I think we should do something a certain way but we end up feeling impressed to change something and it works out 10 times better then ever imagined!!! Wow...that was a long sentence...but the point is that God always knows better. This past Tuesday we had one of those experiences. Hermana Randall and I had planned out a great family home evening with some awesome recent converts and our wonderful investigator Romero family. We were really excited and looking forward to it. About 20 minutes before we were going to meet up with the Romero family, Leonela Romero sent us a message saying that she had to go to work and that her mom was sick. *Wheeeeeeeeooouuuuuuuu THUD. Explosion sound.* That was how we felt. It was going to be sooo perfect!!! Why did it fall through??

We were both a little sad and frustrated about it but tried to focus on the fact that God always has a perfect plan. And yes...He does. We prayed about what to do instead and felt impressed to visit the Rivas family. They are a part member family that Hermana Fry and I had found contacting about two months ago. They are wonderful but we have been at a stuck place with how to help them progress. We have been inviting them to church now for two months and the excuse has always been until now that they don't get much sleep with their two little girls and it is hard to get up and go in the morning. Well, this evening we had a good lesson about the restoration of the gospel. It was good but we still didn't feel like much progress had been made. BUT THEN Hermano Rivas (the member) started talking about how he first knew the true church had been restored. That started his confession about how he is embarrassed to come back to church after being away for so long. It kept going and it came out that him and his wife are also having a lot of problems with each other and just a whoooole bunch of stuff that we didn't know before. We literally felt like the blinders were taken off of our eyes and the full iceberg had been uncovered. We now know so much better how to help them!!!! We both left their house speechless and humbled. If the family home evening hadn't been canceled and we hadn´t gone to the Rivas house, we wouldn`t have had such a great lesson happen. Hermana Randall and I talked about how we felt a bit like Peter when Jesus Christ told him, ´´O thou of little faith, where fore didst thou doubt? (Matthew 14:31)´´ Why did we ever doubt the reason behind our change of plans? God always knows best and if we trust in Him He will open up even better doors. It was a lesson learned. :)

The whole week was good! Melina and Jose are preparing for the marriage on THURSDAY and her baptism on SATURDAY. It is going to be a good week!!!!! :D Also, the Romero family are doing wonderfully! Leonela and Ricardo took us to the home of Ricardo`s family so that we can teach them as well. Leonela shared her testimony and Ricardo quickly volunteered to do the closing prayer. :) Daniel shared with us on Saturday that the night before the read from the Book of Mormon together and that he just feels good. IT IS WONDERFUL. These people are just so precious and I am so grateful that Heavenly Father has prepared them so much! :)

Well, love you all! Have an awesome week! The church is true, the book is blue, and God loves you! :) :)

Con amor,

Hermana Woodfield

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I love you, Santa Fe!!

Well folks, Santa Fe and I are still going strong!!! I am going to have the same amount of time here as I did in my beloved Capitàn Bermùdez. :) I have pondered a lot about why I have had so much time in my areas and I have felt that I have learned more this way. A few transfers ago I was praying and asking for help to have more patience and be more diligent....what better way to learn then to be in the same area for 7 months??? Heavenly Father knows better then I. :) But really, I am very happy to have another transfer here with these people that I have come to love so much. I know that Hermana Randall and I are going to be able to see a lot of miracles in this next month and half. We have already seen tons!

We are getting VERY close to the marriage and baptism of Melina Britos!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hermana Randall and I are so excited!!! :) She is so wonderful and very firm in this sacred decision.

The Romero family is doing great as well. This past Wednesday was the seventh birthday of little Kimberly. We went by to give her an alfajor (basically the biggest and most delicious cookie ever) and had a great visit with them. On our way out a car pulled up and out went the ward primary president with her counselor and their kids. They had a cake in one hand and a little present in the other. It was a wonderful sight that brought the biggest smile to Kimberly`s face. Hermana Randall and I just felt overjoyed to see the love and support of the members for this new family who is trying to come unto Christ.

Things are going great here in Santa Fe! Being a missionary is the best! :) I know that God lives and that He loves us! Everything is possible if we have faith!

Con mucho amor,

Hermana Lindsey Woodfield

Holding a very small baby kitten and there is a peacock in the back :)

La familia Romero in church!!

With some of the daughters of President Zanni!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Miracles continue . . . . .

Well the wonderful awesome miracle weeks continue!!!! :) This past week was awesome!!!! We have been able to find a lot of new investigators and increase our amount of lessons. It is one of the BEST feelings in the world to teach a PROGRESSING investigator. We have some GREAT ones right now. The members of the Britos family continue to be some of the best people I have ever met. They are just really humble and happy people. They are a very YOUNG family just trying to get right with God and put their lives on the right path. They always are just waiting for our visits with smiles and juice.

Some of the other incredible people are from the family that I mentioned last week. La familia Romero- Daniel, Fabiana, Leonela, Kimberly, and Leonela´s boyfriend Ricardo. The accepted a baptism date and are doing wonderfully! They all went to our ward´s talent show on Friday and to church on Sunday. Their comments fill me with such joy. Fabiana told us that she was really emotional (in a good way) during church. Daniel said that that the people in our church are different and it is surprising. He said that he is leaving the darkness and it feels great. He said that he thinks about the teachings and the church all day. He tried to describe his feelings but was at a loss for words. After struggling for a few seconds he just said in English, ´´happy´´. :) :) :) Fabiana said that Kimberly (6 years old) doesn't get along with the kids at school but does with the kids at church. It all is just so wonderful. :) They have been very prepared.

We have been able to see the Lord´s guiding hand in many ways. An example- the other day we were on our way to an appointment with an investigator named Milta. On the way there there was a woman sitting outside of her house. We started talking to her and soon she bursted out in tears and explained that her husband of 40 years passed away a month ago. We went in her house and had a great lesson. She told us that she just feels empty inside and nothing is taking away her sadness. She said that she just needs spiritual help. We have a return appointment for this week! Afterwards we went on our way super late for our visit with Milta. We knocked on the door only to have her tell us that she had accidentally slept in and had just woken up. Heavenly Father even took care of our tardiness and everything worked out with the timing with Milta. :) Sometimes Hermana Randall and I just smile and say, ´´Wow...He really does just know best.´´

I testify that that is true. I know that Heavenly Father knows best and that if we trust in Him we will never be led astray. He can make sooooo much more out of us- our talents, our time, our LIVES- then we EVER could by ourselves. I love Him!

Have a great week!!!!

Hermana Lindsey Woodfield

Monday, November 3, 2014

Week of Miracles Round 2 :)

These past two weeks have been incredible! :) We have been immensely blessed and I am so grateful! We have found a lot of new investigators who are prepared to accept the gospel. On Thursday we were walking away from our lunch appointment and two men (Daniel and Ricardo) called out to us. One of them wanted to know where we are from. We ended up talking to them for a bit and the wife (Fabiana) of one of them came out to talk to us too. It turns out they have talked with some Elders before and would like to visit with us. :) We went back on Saturday afternoon and were able to have a great lesson with all three of them and the oldest daughter (Leonela) of the couple as well. They shared with us that they have all lost their jobs recently and are going through a hard time. They want to learn more about the gospel as well as some English. :) To our great delight Daniel, Ricardo and Leonela showed up at church the next day!!! :) We are very excited to keep visiting them. I just love how Heavenly Father ALWAYS puts us where He needs us.

The amazing family that I talked about last week are still doing awesome!!! They officially made the plans with the government to be married the 27th of November! :) Melina has started doing a countdown for it. They are reading their scriptures and praying and doing wonderfully. They definitely make us happy! :)

One of the funny things this week was that a cute 6 year old boy asked us for our number. Hermana Randall and I were cracking up! He is this cute little man who was playing soccer in the street with some friends. They stopped to talk with us and we ended up giving them some church cards and pamphlets and stuff. The next time we came by he ran up to us and asked for our number. I asked him ´´what for??´´ He just looked at me and said ´´so that I can talk to you!´´ It was pretty funny...but anyways, a blessing from all of that is that we ended up having a lesson with the grandma of one of the boy´s friends. God works in mysterious ways. :)

A few weeks ago I mentioned that we had been served fish heads and cow intestines....this week´s experience beats it all. Mondongo- COW STOMACH. Yep...the lining of a cow´s stomach. I have no way to recommend this dish. BUT I am just grateful we get offered food. :)

Well loved ones, I love being a missionary!!! This is such a wonderful and amazing experience and words cannot express my gratitude to have such a privilege. I have changed for the better. My eyes have been opened and my heart touched in ways I didn't know could happen. I still have a long way to go but I know that my Lord is helping me and showing me how to be a better missionary and person. I love Him! I love His gospel! :)

Tengan una semana maravillosa! Les quiero!

Hermana Lindsey Woodfield

Monday, October 27, 2014


Oh my dear family and friends!!!!! I HAVE SO MUCH TO TELL YOU ALL! This week was absolutely amazing! I am being completely serious when I say that it was one of the best weeks of my life. There were soooooo many moments were I just felt overwhelmed with joy and gratitude. Soooooo, want to know why??? :)

The biggest reason is an amazing family, Jose, Melina, and their daughters Amy, and Ema. Get ready, I have a lot to write. :) Okay, it all started with the older brother of Jose- Leo. He and his great family were less active when I got here but are active now and doing GREAT. They are such wonderful people and I have gotten really close with them. They have been wanting to have a new start in another house so this past Wednesday they moved to a different part of Santa Fe (reassuring me that they will be going to the ward over there and that they have plans to go to the temple before the end of the year). Anyways, Tuesday night they sent us a message letting us know that his brother (Jose) and his family would be moving into their house. And get this, they also said that his girlfriend Melina wants to get baptized. Okay. Sweet! :)

Wednesday morning we went over to meet them and see what we could do to help them with their move in. We got to the house and immediately met some of the best people I have ever known. Jose is 21 years old and was baptized when he was 12 but stopped going soon after. Melina (his girlfriend) is 19 years old. They have two SUPER CUTE girls- Amy (3 years old) and Ema (1 year and 8 months old). We walked in to see a completely empty two-roomed house with falling apart walls. They don't have much but are super happy to have their own house. We had a great visit with them. Melina told us that about 3 years ago she met some elders who taught her a few things. She listened to them but didn't keep going with it. However, in between that time and now she has talked a lot with Jose's mom (who is a member) about the gospel of Jesus Christ and the church. SHE READ THE ENTIRE BOOK OF MORMON. And the gospel principles book. And a bit of Teachings of the Prophets. She said that where she was living before there isn't a church or missionaries and she has been waiting to be able to learn more and go to church.

We were not even in the house for TWO minutes when she bursted out, ´´I have just been waiting for someone to offer me baptism!!´´ We were speechless. I just stared at her with the hugest smile I think I have ever had in my life. Haha, I couldn't believe what was happening! They also informed us that Jose wants to receive the priesthood and they have the goal to go to the temple and be sealed in a year. Music to my ears. :) After we finished the visit they walked with us a little ways and stopped to buy us juice. Then Jose shook my hand quickly leaving a wad of money in it and told us to take a taxi to our next visit. Before I could even comprehend what he did they walked away quickly. Our mouths were gaping open!! Here was this very young family without a lot of possessions giving us juice and money???? In the words of Hermana Randall, ´´Okay, here is a baptism, temple marriage, and a beautiful family that gives you juice and money!´´It seriously was such a direct and huge blessing from God. I just feel so privileged to be here and know them and help out in whatever way that I can.

Melina wants to get baptized as soon as possible buuuuuuut they aren't married. We explained that they have to be married first and without hesitating they agreed and said they would make the preparations and do it in November. With the government here it takes about a month before you can be married soooo right now the plans are to have the marriage and baptism at the end of November. :D

They just make us so happy!! On Sunday morning we wanted to stop by their house to make sure that they had gotten up and were getting ready for church. Our church service starts at 9:30 so we thought that if we passed by at 8:45 there would still be time to help them get ready and everything. We knocked on the door and only waited for 30 seconds before a man across the street shouted out to us. He told us that they had left walking 20 minutes ago!!!!!!!!!!!!! Whaaaat?? So we headed out hoping to catch them on the way...nope. To our surprise and delight they were in the church when we arrived patiently waiting for it all to start.

Can you say MIRACLE?? BLESSING?? The day that we met them I felt a wonderful peaceful and joyous feeling...and writing about it just makes me want to cry. Haha, I just felt that meeting them has been something that I have been waiting for and that God has blessed me immensely. The pure goodness and humility of this couple is incredible....Jose doesn't have any church shoes and Melina hasn't ever owned a skirt. We were able to help her out with the skirt but haven't been able to help Jose with shoes yet. He didn't like going without them but he went anyways.

Okay, I could go on for hours about them. I love them so much!! Pero. bueno. Basically we saw a lot of miracles and blessings with them and with other people. I don't have a lot of time to share the other things but I will try next week! Just know that Santa Fe is being extremely blessed right now and I am SO grateful to my Father in Heaven to be here to see it! :)

Let us all press on in the work of the Lord!!! Have a great week! Thanks to those who read this veryyy long email. :)

Con mucho amor,

Hermana Woodfield (or ´´Woofy¨ as Amy and Ema say) :)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Fish heads and cow intestines

I am very VERY happy and grateful to say that the family of Jose (the man who passed away last week) went to church yesterday. They have only recently started being active about 3 months ago and we were slightly worried that the death of their dad/husband would be a hard blow and tempt them to stop going to church again. We visited them during the week and gave them brownies (well....the best form of brownies possible) and were very happy to see how Heavenly Father has given them comfort and peace with this trial. The spouse informed us that it was hard but she was at peace and would keep going to church. We were worried more about her son who had seemed angrier with what had happened but he showed up on Sunday as well. I am so grateful that they love God and trust in Him and His will. I know that His will and timing truly are the best and if we willingly let Him take control we will find true peace and joy.

This week we had a great lesson with Bernardo, who is a less active who is returning to church and his wife Laura who is investigating. We talked about faith and how it is like a seed that, with work and diligence, can grow into a sturdy tree. (Alma chapter 32) We asked them if they have felt their seeds of faith growing. Laura shared that she has felt more peace with our visits. Bernardo shared that in the four years that he has been less active they have had more problems but when we started visiting he felt more desires to change and reach the goal of an eternal family. I know that this is the spirit testifying and helping them to feel the truthfulness and importance of the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love their family so much and we are working hard to help them progress. I know that God wants them to progress even more then we do and He will help us find the way to help them. :)

Last week I shared about my fish head food experience. This week brought with it another new dish....cow intestine. I honestly was scared but my brave companion grabbed a piece, cut it in half, and boldly put the other half on my plate. I couldn`t just let my very new companion show me up on trying the local food... haha, it actually turned out pretty well. :) If anyone one wants to try it, I recommend it heated up with lemon juice squeezed on top. :)

I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior! I know that He loves and knows each one of us personally. :)

Have a great week!

Con amor,

Hermana Woodfield

Monday, October 13, 2014

What a week!

What a week! On Wednesday I said goodbye to Hermana Fry and went to Rosario. We had an awesome meeting with our mission president (such an inspired and good man!) and then met our new companions. My new companion is Hermana Randall from a city close to Las Vegas, Nevada. She is an awesome missionary and can already speak the language really reallyyy well. It is amazing for me to see how strongly the gift of tongues is working in all of us foreigners. I am very excited to be able to work with her! :)

We have had a great week but something sad and intense happened too. A dear family in our ward has been struggling and fighting to help out their sick dad. The dad isn't a member and the wife and grown-up children have been less active for a long time ago. About 2 months ago they started going to church every week and being very involved. I saw their testimonies grow a lot as they grew closer to the Lord. The dad was in the hospital for a long time and we would go visit him. This past Thursday his health worsened and early Saturday morning we recieved a message that he had passed away. We called and found out that the funeral would be in the family`s home that day. We felt the need to go and support them. It was one of the saddest experiences I have ever had. The whole extended (mostly non-member) family was there and they were all in mourning. When the man came to close the casket there was a lot of screaming going on and tears were flooding down everyone's faces. The room was thick with pure sorrow. My heart seriously broke for these people. I am very grateful that we were able to be there to support and love them in this hard time.

The whole thing strengthened my testimony even more about the plan of salvation. I know that these people will be able to see their lost one again. I know that God has a perfect plan for all of us. I know that death has a painful sting for the ones left behind...but that they joy and hope of the power of the atonement of Christ is so much more powerful!!! He was resurected after the third day! We will be able to do so as well!!! I am so grateful for that comforting knowledge.

On a different note, I received something on my food plate this week that I have never received before. A fish head. Yep. That was a first. It´s mouth and eyes were looking up at was quite the experience. I am just grateful that we receive food. :) We will see what this week brings... :)

I love you all! Have a great week of October! The weather here is quickly turing hotter as we prepare for the summer.

I know that God is preparing all of His children to recieve the wonderful news of the restored gospel. I am so grateful that He send His perfect son to provide the way for us- how to live in this life and how to return to be with God in the next. :)

Con amor,

Hermana Woodfield

Welcome Hermana Randall!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

General Conference and Transfers!

Cooking with Hermana Fry!!

Argentina has a lot of great graffiti :) haha

Soooooooooooooooo, once again transfers have hit. And change is in the air! Buuuuuuuut, I am not leaving my dear Santa Fe City. Hermana Fry is!!!!! Don don don!!! I will miss her and am very grateful for all of the wonderful time we have had together!

Early this Wednesday morning I will be heading to the mission home in Rosario to meet my new companion from the MTC! :) I have been given the great privilege and humbling opportunity to train again! I feel a little nervous but I know that this call comes from the Lord and that He will help me to fufill it.

Okay. HOW AWESOME WAS GENERAL CONFERENCE?!?!?!?!?!?! Mind blown. Heart warmed. Spirit flooded. It seriously was amazing. If any of you didn´t watch it I personally and strongly invite you to do it. These wonderful messages were inspired from God and are the most recent scripture and instruction that we have from a loving Father in Heaven. I was definitely touched and find that there is a lot for me to improve upon and implement in my life.

This past Monday we were invited by the Young Women´s President in our ward to participate in a family home evening for the young women. We prayed and prepared a lot to be able to share the right message with these dear young sisters. We felt impressed to talk about the full-time mission and searching for guidance and answers in General Conference. We didn't have a lot of time but we felt guided by the spirit and felt good about what we shared. A few days later a young woman named Luz who has recently started being active in the church told us that after our message she went home and asked her mom if she could go on the mission. The answer was positive and she now has that goal!!! Hermana Fry and I were very happy and humbled to learn that we were able to be instruments in the Lord´s hands to help at least one young woman receive this goal. :)

There were a lot of other blessings this week too but I am out of time! Just know that God is helping Santa Fe to progress! I love it and am excited and grateful to be here! And help out someone else to love it too. :) Stay tuned to find out who I will be training! :)

I know this church is true! I love it so much! I am so grateful for my Heavenly Father and Savior Jesus Christ!

Con amor,

Hermana Lindsey Woodfield

Monday, September 29, 2014

Dead Frogs and Working with Less Actives :)

Hola todos!!! :) Hermana Fry and I had an awesome week!!! We were able to teach a lot and on Sunday we saw a looooot of blessings with a lot of less active members who went! :)

These past two weeks we have been teaching a part member family. The dad is a less active member and the mom is investigating. She just had their second daughter about 3 weeks ago so she still hasn't been feeling very well to leave her house and go to church but she will soon! But her husband did go!!!! There were also a lot of others there. :)

I had a really cool experience in one of our lessons with a less active member. She was baptized about 14 years ago but hasn't gone to church in a long time. We were talking about the blessings of the gospel in our families and she shared how she hasn´t had good experiences or relationships with her family. We promised her that she could change that for her future husband and kids. I felt the spirit so strongly as I testified to her that the gospel is what has saved my family. I know with all of my heart that it is the wonderful protective power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I opened my mouth and learned as well as the spirit gave me the words. I heard myself explain that my mom learned every week in Relief Society how to be a better mother and spouse, that my dad learned every week how to honor his priesthood so that he could be worthy to baptize his kids, that us as children heard every week and sang songs about how to be more patient and obedient, that everytime we read The Book of Mormon together we could see the good and bad examples of families and follow the good things, etc. I know that it was the spirit teaching and it helped me to realized even more the HUGE importance of the gospel and going to church every week.

Soooooooo, also had a gross experience on Thursday. We were visiting a great woman who is trying to get fully active and go to the temple. She has the cutest boys- Jeremias (3 years old) and Octavio (9 months old). Jeremias always screams, ´´´HERMAAAANAAAAS!!!´´ and runs toward us to give us high-fives when we come. At one point during this visit Jeremias rushed us outside to show us his frog. To my horrid suprise he bent down at the nasty small river of sewage and other green smelly things that is in front of all of the houses in this part of town and STUCK HIS HAND DEEP DOWN IN IT. HE PULLED OUT A DEAD FROG!! (Not that suprised that it is could anything live after being in that???) Jeremias just shot us a big three year grin of pride and joy. It was nasty but we just had to laugh!

Anyways, I know that the Lord is hurrying His work! I know that there are a lot of people prepared to change their lives and accept that gospel. I am so grateful for my Savior. I know that He lives and is with us every moment.

Con amor,

Hermana Lindsey Woodfield :)

Monday, September 22, 2014

La Conferencia de Estaca!!!!!!!!

sooooooo, we have some pretty cool argentina pants :)

Most of my MTC district was reunited!!!!! Look how we have grown!! :)

During the open house part of stake conference :)


Sooooooo, this week I experienced one of the best stake conferences ever! Seriously, I am so proud of these wonderful members and leaders here in Santa Fe! They are really trying to make a push in the missionary work and share the wonderful gospel truths with others.

The conference started on Thursday night with an absolutely amazing and super spiritual ´´musical show´´. There was a choir that sang incredibly well!! It was about the Plan of Salvation and touched on the Restoration of the Gospel as well. There were a lot of awesome songs, narration in between, and a slideshow and videos going on a screen behind them. The spirit was so strong! We were also really happy because a less active member that we found and started visting the past week went with us. :)

Then on Friday we had a ´´Capilla Abierta´´ (Open church) in our stake center. The church was open for 12 hours (10am-10pm) giving tours and showing people what happens inside. It was really awesome! The Young women, Relief Society,Primary and Family History center had all of their rooms set up with displays and music and members to explain what happens. In the cultural hall there was a big half circle of pictures and missionaries would guide the people looking at them and quickly teaching the lessons- The Restoration, Plan of Salvaction, Book of Mormon, Baptism of Christ, Temples, etc. There was also a table set up with a bunch of phamplets, cards, Books of Mormon, Family History booklets, etc. And in the hallway a member had prepared treats for everyone. :) Around 7pm a filming crew came and interviewed the Stake President. Supposedly it will be showing on TV for a week. Also he did an interview on the radio in the morning. Another woman who is into the newspaper put it in ads. IT WAS INTENSE. :)

Our whole missionary zone was there to help out. There were a lot of missionaries on the nearby streets to talk to the people and invite them to go in. There were some at the door with a big banner saying ´´capilla abierta´´ and other things. They were there to greet and write down names and directions. There were some who would guide the people through and others who would teach in the cultural hall. And finally, some elders were in the room with the baptismal font all dressed in white and explaing why and how we do baptisms.

This was the first time the Santa Fe stake has done something like this and I know that God is pleased with their efforts. We definitely saw a lot of blessings. There were some people who went through and felt the spirit and now missionaries are going to visit them. :)

That was the big event from this week but there were also a lot of other great things! Yesterday we were in the street when Hermana Fry started to contact a woman named Vanesa. She is here in Santa Fe to help her grandma in the hospital. We ended up going into the clinic to meet her grandma. We were able to share our testimonies and a little bit about the Book of Mormon with them. There was a sweet spirit in the room and I felt strongly that Heavenly Father is mindful of all of His children. Afterwards Vanesa said that she felt more relieved and uplifted from the hardship that is going on with her grandma. I am very grateful that we had the opportunity to be God's instruments and help them feel of His love.

I know that God lives and is mindful of everyone of us! I am so grateful to be a missionary!

Love you all!

Hermana Lindsey Woodfield

Monday, September 15, 2014

La Primavera! Springtime!

This week we were very blessed to find new people to teach!!! A while back we contacted a woman on the street and she told us that her son-in-law was a member and that we could pass by. This week we met him and he immediately let us in. We went in to see a very nice woman with two small daughters (5 years old and 2 weeks old) willing to sit down and listen to us. The man (Bernardo) is a member but has been less active for years and his wife is not a member. Yes...yes, I did say wife. THEY ARE MARRIED. That doesn't happen a lot here sooooo we were pretty excited. :) She told us that she has listened to the missionaries before but didn't like how they pressured her to get baptized. With the three lessons that we were able to have with them this week we tried very hard to prepare and teach guided by the spirit so that she could feel the need to have the gospel in her life. In all of the lessons we felt the spirit powerfully and she opened up a bit more. We invited her that when SHE knows and gets her OWN answer (not dragged to the baptismal font by us or her husband) to get baptized and recieve those blessings. She accpeted!!!! If she recieves her answer before the 11th of October she will be baptized. :)

Then on Friday we received a call from one of the elders in the mission office. He gave us a referral and we felt prompted to go there within hours. We went and a woman named Gladis immediately let us in. We had a great visit with her and her 19 year old daughter, Eliana. Gladis is very religious and has a lot of faith in God. But she has trials in her life right now that are very hard- 3 of her 5 children have passed away already. Eliana is also facing some challenges. We had an awesome lesson and they also accepted to get baptized if they find out that this is true. :)

I am so very grateful for the light of the gospel that we can offer to these wonderful people. I know that whatever your trial may be, the gospel is what you need. I know God is mindful of all of His children.

A scripture that I read this morning that I absolutely love is found in Matthew 16:24-27-

24 ¶Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

27 For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works.

I love how it says that even if you gain the WHOLE doesn't do anything if you lose your soul. I know that the wordly things will all come to end one day. What truly matters and is important is our relationship with God and our families. By forgetting ourselves and giving everything to God, we will find the most peace and happiness.

Love you all! Con amor,

Hermana Woodfield

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Planting seeds . . . . . . .

Hola todos! This week we had a special mission meeting with one of the members of the seventy- Elder Zavallas from Chile! It was awesome! He talked some about his conversion story. He was baptized when he was 12 years old. He was and still is the only member in his family. He went on to serve a great mission, be a stake president, mission president, and now a general authority. He said that we never know how many ´´apples´´ will come from the seeds that we plant. That the Elders that baptized him had no idea that they would end up seeing him in a General Conference being sustained as a member of the seventy. We are always planting seeds with our hard work and actions of love and fruit WILL come of it. :)

One of the lunches we had this week was with a part member family. A 19 year old girl that was recently baptized, Rocio, served us some great chicken with her mom and one of her older brothers. Later on her aunt who was also recently baptized showed up. Afterwards we shared with them a message about Jesus Christ from the Book of Mormon in 3 Nephi 11. An awesome moment happened when the aunt who was recently baptized, Guadalupe, started to share her testimony and love for the gospel. She also started to talk about eternal families and about her brother who died seven years ago. This brother is the dad of Rocio. Almost immediately as Guadalupe started in with stories of him Rocio´s mom and brother started crying. You could just tell that they miss him a lot and that there is still a hole without his presence. The Spirit was strong and I was just once again reminded of the greatness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Families can be forever!!!!! We can see each other again!!!! Death is not the end!!! We have plans to have a family home evening this week and help them feel that even more.

I am so grateful for the gospel and the peace and joy it gives us. Let us always keep the faith!!!

Con amor,

Hermana Woodfield

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Hola familia y amigos

Is it September?!?!?!?! Weird! The cold weather here is quickly going away and the intense Argentine heat is settling in fast...I remember how fun it was the last time...bring on round 2!!! Haha, but seriously...the sunblock is going to need to be coming out fast. :)

This week was really good! I don't have a whole lot of time to write but I do want to share a cool experience. On Wednesdaywe were in our apartment studying when Hermano Davalo (the great member I wrote about last week) called us and quickly asked about where we were and what we were doing. He asked if he could give us a reference and continued to tell us about a man in the hospital near by and his family. He ended up just telling us to meet us there and he would go with us. So we quickly departed. At the hospital Hermano Davalo told us that one of these worried family members went to our church earlier looking for some kind of help. There just happened to be a member in the church who quickly called Hermano Davalo who called us. He told us that this man in the hospital, Fransisco, has been in the hospital for 2 months and him and his family are really depressed and worried.

We walked in the room to see about 8 worried faces look at us. We introduced ourselves. One of the daughters showed us the badly injured leg of her father that happened from a car accident. We explained that the Elders would come by later to give a blessing but we wanted to help out in any way we could right then. Another daughter grabbed my hand as she said something about saying a prayer. Everyone grabbed hands and looked at me expectingly. I thought in my head, ´´Well, I am not able to give a priesthood blessing...but I will invoke help from heaven with a prayer to a loving Heavenly Father for these suffering children.´´ I tried hard to let the Holy Spirit quide the prayer as I asked for help and comfort for this family. It honestly was a sacred experience and I am so grateful for the love and help that God shows to ALL of his children. We are staying in touch with them to see what more we can do.

Love you all! I know that God lives! I know that the only way to return to live with Him is through Jesus Christ and His gospel.

Have a great week!!

Hermana Woodfield

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

One Transfer More!!!

Remember this face??? My companion from the MTC! :) We were reunited for a day! Hermana Rasband :)

Hermana Fry and I had a family home evening with an Argentine asado (BBQ) :) sooo good!

One of the cutest girls!!! :) Reminds me of my great little sis :)

My district from the last transfer :)

They love their soccer!!!

This week is transfer week but all is well!!! Both Hermana Fry and I are staying in the great Santa Fe, Rural area. :) I am excited and grateful to be able to work more in the Lord's vineyard here. About 4 weeks ago our ward boundaries were changed and we are seeing a lot of blessings from the help from the added members. We are excited to keep helping it progress. :)

So our wonderful 14 year old investigator Leilen is working towards her baptism!! She has gone to church twice now and has friendships with the young women. :) The new difficulty we have though is that she is doing double schooling right now and can only meet with on the weekends. But we are working with that and she is progressing. ALSO, huge blessing! We were able to talk with her real quick on Friday and she said that she told her mom that she wants to get baptized and her mom said it is okay!!!!!!!!!! :) We still need to get the permision in writing but this was a huge step made. Leilen had the courage and the determination to tell her mom about her desires and Heavenly Father helped her mom to be okay with it. Like I said, we still need her signature but we are getting there. :) Big blessing!

I also want to share about one of the hugest examples I have seen of a member missionary. His name is Hermano Davalo. He seriously is such a great example for me! He always does family home evenings and invites the whole WORLD to go!! Haha, but really...yesterday there were about 22 people in his home. Some members and some friends. He does that quite often. I also always seeing him bearing some kind of testimony to his friends about the power of the Book of Mormon or the counsel from the prophets or how we should be prepared for judgment day. I just love how he is so open and willing to share his beliefs with everyone and introduce the missionaries to his friends. He just tells them straight out that this gospel has blessed his life and that he knows it will bless theirs too. :)

You know...this is the truth isn't it?? That God lives. That He sent His Son Jesus Christ to provide the way for us to return. That through His teachings we can not only find forgiveness and freedom from our mistakes but also joy and peace from knowing our purpose. If it is true, and I testify with my whole soul that it is, then we should be shouting it from the rooftops!! These people who surround us are our brothers and sisters and NEED what we have. We don't have to be weird about sharing the happiness. We can simply invite others to a family home evening or activity. We can share a favorite scripture. This great member Hermano Davalo is another great example that I have found of how to shine your light at all times and in all places. I invite all of you to do the same. :)

Well dear friends and family, I love you all and am grateful for the support. Have an awesome week!!!! :)

Con amor,

Hermana Woodfield

Monday, August 18, 2014

Feliz Dia del San Martin!!

Yesterday Argentina remembered the death of a prominent man who helped Argentina gain independence- San Martin! :) The only difference that I saw was that there were more people on the sides of the street selling choripan (like a hot dog but with sausage)...but I'm not sure if that was for San Martin or because there was a big soccer game going on. BUT anyways, feliz dia del San Martin! :)

This week went well! A huge blessing is that Leilen is progressing a lot! We were able to visit her twice and she is reading in her Book of Mormon and praying every day. She also walked all of the way to the church BY HERSELF on Saturday to go to a young women's activity. :) then she went with us to church on Sunday and took her scriptures and a pen with her. I am just sooooo grateful for te love and acceptance the young women of our ward have shown to her. It really makes such a big difference!!! I invite all of you to find out who the missionaries of your ward are visiting and to get to know them and help them feel loved and comfortable at church! The work goes sooooo much faster when the members are there along the way too. :) We definitely have some work to do with her situation though. She is worried that her parents aren't going to let her get baptized and now she has more school and we can only visit her on the weekends. I know that if we keep working and praying the Lord will provide a way for her AND her family to make this important step. :)

Other great side note! Remember the family from last week's email??? Well, we had our lunch with them! It was great! The mood in the house felt so much better after they had gone to church on Sunday. AND they went again yesterday and asked for another lunch with us this week! WOOHOO!!!!!!!!! It is amazing how the light and peace of Christ enters in our lives when we take steps towards Him and do what He asks of us.

I thought I would take another moment to share some more of the Argentina culture. :) Something that has always fascinated me is that they thoroughly clean their sidewalks. Seriously, not just a little sweeping...they bring out the bucket and mop it! And this is about a 3 times a week thing. I'm sure they would think we are gross in the States for not doing it. Haha, other fun fact- yogurt comes in a bag and is a drink here. :) Sometimes we have it with cereal. It is really good!

Well friends and family, another week has come and gone. Time just flies by! Love you all! Have an awesome week!

Con amor,

Hermana Lindsey Woodfield

Monday, August 11, 2014

A Great Week!!

We had a great week! There are two great experiences I want to share. :)

First of all, a great 14 year old investigator went to church yesterday!!!!! And after a lot of explaining about baptism and the necessary authority to do it, she accepted a baptism date! We are also going to try hard to teach her parents too. The whole family needs to become members! :)

But something I absolutely loved about yesterday was how quickly and lovingly the young women of our ward reached out and welcomed her. We arrived at young women's kind of late but immediately they all smiled and welcomed her. By the end of the class they were telling her to come to activities, asking for her phone number and facebook and then whisking her off to the next class. She didn't even look at us as she walked off with the other girls to the Sunday School class. It was great! Seriously, it made me so happy to see the love these wonderful girls so freely shared to this stranger. It definitely strengthened my own resolve to ALWAYS be a friend and helper to the new people or the ones who are trying to come back. It is sooooo much easier and effective when there are friends to help along the way. :)

Bueno, other experience. Saturday morning one of our plans fell threw and we were on our way to our plan B when Hermana Fry said that maybe we should go visit a less active man that lived relatively close. We first tried our original plan b but they weren't there and so off we went to this less active member. When we got there he opened the door chuckling a little bit. We asked him if his wife was there (so that we could go in and visit him). She wasn't there but it just so happened that his mom was there on a visit! We went in and his mom (an active member that is living in another area) told us that she just knew we would be coming to visit that morning.

We talked for quite some time. This man is having a LOT of problems with his marriage and it is really sad. They were sealed in the temple but especially these past few months have been fighting and having a lot of difficulties and are at a breaking point. We were able to share a talk with him that we had printed out to share with someone else...but now we know that God had planned all along for us to share it with him. We were all crying during the lesson and the spirit and feeling of love that God has for this man and his family was really strong. He said he was looking for direction and we promised him that if he went to church that Sunday he would receive his answer. We prayed hard afterwards that he would go. And to our complete delight, in the church we saw him AND his wife and daughter!!!!!! He came up to us afterwards and shared that he was very grateful for what we did and that he feels a lot better. He said that it wasn't coincidence that we just showed up when his mom was there too and that we just happened to have that talk printed out...he said that all of that was his answer. He then asked us if we wanted to return this week to have lunch with his family. :) It was so great! I am very grateful that Heavenly Father uses us as instruments to help his children feel of His love and that He NEVER forgets them. :)

Well, love you all! I know that God lives and that He is our Father! I know that missionary work is sooooo important! We need to help everyone learn of who they really are and that Jesus Christ lived and died for us so that we can live again with God and our families.

Con amor,

Hermana Lindsey Woodfield

Monday, August 4, 2014

Knocking a lot of doors . . . . .

Well my dear family and friends, the Lord's work is progressing!!! It is amazing for me to be able to be part of such a marvelous work and a wonder! The life of a full time missionary isn't easy but it is so fulfilling. I may not be able to see a sea parted or live through a night in a lion's den but the things I am experiencing and the opportunities that God is giving me is building and shaping and molding me into something better.

My testimony has grown immensely and I am grateful for all of the hard and good times that helps it to do so. It is a privilege to be part of the Lord's team and do what I can to help more of my brothers and sisters know that God EXISTS. And not even far away- HE IS HERE. He is with every single day and in every single thing that happens. I know that He loves us. I know that everything He does is to help us gain eternal life- to be able to live with Him and our families for forever. I love Him!

Sooooo, Hermana Fry and I are working hard. This week we were able to find more people! We taught more lessons in this past week then in any other week of my time here in Santa Fe. I am so grateful! We have had to work hard and knock a lot of doors but the Lord blesses us through the perseverance.

A really cool experience we had is that we found a less active member! We prayed about where we should go and the fourth door we knocked a woman answered with a shocked expression. She told us that when she was young she went to church but had stopped a long time ago. We were able to have a good lesson with her a few days later and she said that she feels like she needs to go back to church. We will keep working with her! :)

Okay, I want to take a moment here and stress the importance of family history work. This past week I had quite a few experiences when I felt like the Lord was telling me to do more to help out all of my ancestors who are waiting for US to help them. I know that the missionary work here on the earth is just as important as the missionary work for those who have already passed away. They need us and we need them. We need to find them through family search and do the saving ordinances for them in the temples.

I KNOW that the Lord is hurrying his work in all aspects. One of them is the family history work. I want to ask a favor specifically for the members of my own family (grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, etc.)- please send me some stories of my grandparents and great grandparents and some pictures of them. I would love to find out more about them.

I know life is crazy and busy but please find a few minutes to send me a favorite or important story about them that you love. :) I would really appreciate it. I extend the invitation to do family history work to all who read this! Use the church website ´´family search´´ and find out more about and help out your own family. :) Here is a great video. Please watch it. :)

Okay, love you all! I am so grateful for all of the love and support I feel! Thank you! Have a great week!

Con amor,

Hermana Lindsey Woodfield

Monday, July 28, 2014

Time is passing faster and faster . . . . .

With my new companion! :) Hermana Fry! and Presidente y Hermana Zanni :)

Just siiiiiiinging in the rain! with a friendly dog :)

Check this out! during the world cup there was a lot of crazy stuff...

Sometimes it gets a little muddy..

With Ana and Julieta- two of the Zanni kids! So cute!

Teaching our English class!

Our oven doesn't work and we wanted to make brownies so we tried to do brownie pancakes...nailed it! haha. not.

Another week in the life of an Argentinian missionary has flown by!!!! It just keeps getting faster and faster!!! But I am trying to live everyday working hard and using the time how my Heavenly Father wants me too. :)

Soooooooo, Hermana Fry and I are working hard! We have been trying to find some new investigators and we have definitely seen a lot of blessings. A week ago we felt impressed to knock a door...actually it was a voice machine thing (haha, I don't know what it is called in English but we talk through a box in front of the house). A lot of the time the people answer the phone box thing and tell us that in that moment they are not interested. But this time was different!!! The woman, Maria, heard the name of the church and came to the door! She said that her husband was an active member when he was little but hasn't gone in a very long time. In that moment she really was busy but told us to pass by another day. Soooo a few days later we went back. She answered the door with tears in her eyes. She didn't tell us exactly what was her health problem but she was distraught and we were able to talk with her some about the Atonement of Christ and how he knows exactly what she is going through. At the end of our time together we told her that we were going to give her the Book of Mormon. She looked at us with big eyes and an open mouth. ´´Seriously, you are going to give it to me? For ME? My own copy??´´ She took it and held it close. She told us that she would start reading it that very night. :) She is really busy this week doing medical studies but we were able to meet her husband in the street a few days ago and he also told us that after all of the busyness with the medical stuff he would like to visit with us. Sooooo. Miracle. Blessing. I really just LOVED how she treated the Book of Mormon like the precious word of God that it is.

Also, things are going well for Alejandra and her step daughter Diana! They both want to get baptized but Alejandra is still struggling with the getting married thing. She already had plans to get married next year and the change to do it now is a bit hard. But we are working on it! Diana, however, CAN get baptized soon! I just love her! We visited her Tuesday and she showed us that she was reading in the Book of Mormon in 1 Nephi chapter 4. Then we visited us Saturday and she was in chapter 9!! :) She remembered her baptism date and told us boldly that she had already told her dad that she is going to become Mormon. :) haha, so she is doing well!

Another change! Our ward is bigger now! Yesterday there was a change in ward boundaries and we now are bigger with more members! We are very excited about this. Our cute little ward has been struggling with having people to fill callings and I know that this change was heaven sent. :)

Well, all is well here! I am once again being reminded of the power of the Gift of Tongues. Hermana Fry doesn't even have two weeks in Argentina and can already speak and understand really well. Her first Sunday here she was already giving a talk in the Sacrament meeting. :) Haha, She is great and I am blessed to be able to be with her!

LOVE YOU ALL! Have the best week ever!!!!

I know God lives! I know the power to act in his name is found in the priesthood. I know the Holy Ghost will lead and guide us if we do what he tells us. I know Jesus Christ was resurrected and because of that all of us will do the same someday. I know He loves us and helps us!

Con amor,

Hermana Lindsey Woodfield :)

Monday, July 21, 2014

New Transfer! : )

I HAVE A NEW COMPANION. :) Her name is Hermana Fry and she is fresh from the States! I went to the mission home in Rosario on Wednesday with the other trainers and had a meeting thingy with the President and then met our new comps and had lunch together. She is awesome and can already speak and understand Spanish really well. I am excited to be with her and see what we can do here with the Lord!

A bunch of last week was doing all of the stuff for transfers but it was still great. I am getting to know the area and the people better. We had a great lesson with two of the stepdaughters of our great investigator Alejandra. They are Diana (16 years old) and Milagros (14 years old). Diana was very happy to show us that she had already read a lot of the Book of Mormon. In the end of the lesson Milagros asked us if she could have her own copy so that she could read it too. OF COURSE. :) So this family is doing well! We just need to help get Alejandra married and then we are good to go! :)

Sorry this email is a bit shorter but know that all is well here and I will share more about the miracles we are seeing next week! :) I know that God is our Father and everything that happens in this life really is to help us be better people and more like our Savior Jesus Christ. I love you all! Have an awesome week!!!

Con amor,

Hermana Lindsey Woodfield

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Soccer, soccer, soccer . . . . . . Vamos Argentina!!!!!!

Sister Evans and me with some of the Zanni Family

Sooooooooooooooooooooo, if you were not aware, the WORLD CUP has been going on for about a month now. And soccer is kind of HUGE here. It has been quite the experience! A lot of times we have had to reduce our schedules so that we are studying safely in our apartment during the games. Argentina was blessed to have gone to the FINALS. That is pretty big! And exciting! And noisy...haha, a lot of car horns have been going on lately. And t-shirts and flags have been sold at every street corner. Haha, crazy stuff. Well. Argentina didn't win the world cup BUT it has been about 20 years since we have even made it to the we are still feeling pretty proud. :)

Well, more then all of the World Cup stuff, this week was good! We had a meeting with the new president (Presidente Zanni) and his family on Tuesday. MAN they are awesome! I love them a lot already!!!!!! There are SEVEN kids in this great family. One is on the mission in Taiwan but all of the others are there. It is fun to have a big family around!

Other awesome and wonderful thing! Our investigator Alejandra went to church again! And one of her daughters went with her too!!!!! :) I just love her so much! We had a lesson with them on Saturday and she started to cry. She told us that she had been reading in the Book of Mormon (she read about 5 pages!!!!) right before she went to sleep. She said that she has been having a lot of problems with not being able to sleep for a long time now but when she read from the Book of Mormon she just felt peace and was able to sleep. She woke up surprised that she hadn't had problems that night. She told us all of that and STARTED TO CRY. YES! Haha, that is the Spirit right there working with her and helping her to gain a testimony of the truthfulness of that wonderful and important book. Sooooo, she is just awesome. AND she excepted a baptism date. Buuuuuuuuut, she isn't married....and she has to do that first. Sooo, we are still working on that. :)

In other news, this week is transfers! These past six weeks have seriously flown by sooooooooo fast. And yesterday I received the call to be a trainer again. Tomorrow I go to Rosario to get my newbie!!! :) I have had a great time with Hermana Evans and am going to miss her but the good thing is that I will see her again in the States. :)

LOVE YOU ALL! I know Jesus Christ lives and is here for us every step of the way!

Con amor,

Hermana Lindsey Woodfield

Monday, July 7, 2014

My Week- Birthday, One Year Mark, and 4th of July! :)

Hello all! This was quite the week of special days! I turned 20 years old! I now officially have been a missionary for a YEAR. And then, you know, there was our great nation's independence day. :)

I seriously had a great birthday! Thanks again for all of the birthday wishes!!! That day was Pday so we were able to relax a little bit and do somethings. Like....go Walmartin'! THERE IS A WALMART NEAR MY AREA. I REPEAT THERE IS A WALMART NEAR MY AREA. I was beginning to think that they really didn't exist and it was just a dream...but nope! There actually is a Walmart here in Argentina! What next? A JCPenny? haha, what is going on?? Haha, but seriously, I never thought before that I would want to go to Walmart for my birthday. But I did, and we went, and it was really fun. :) We also went and got some great Argentine ice cream and my district sang to me. :) And then, two days later, my companion with the elders in the area next to ours and a member family threw me a surprise asado! Or, BBQ! And a cake! It was so sweet! :) Basically, it was great birthday! I am definitely blessed! :)

Bueno, this week was good! We have a great new investigator!!!! His name is Dario and is a friend of a member .He visited with Elders about 3 years ago and even went to church once. But there was a lot of problems with the woman he was living with and he left town for a while and things happened...but he ran into this member about 2 weeks ago and asked if there still are missionaries. YES! We had a great lesson with him and the member on Tuesday and he accepted a date to be baptized!!! The timing of the Lord is really interesting...he wasn't ready to be baptized 3 years ago but the Lord was preparing him and now he is! :) I'll keep you all updated!

We have also been visiting the investigator Alejandra and her kids a lot. She even went to church yesterday and really liked it!!! And another member told her and us that Alejandra´s parents were actually baptized! Alejandra didn't know that! They had both died when she was younger. Soooooooo, she has been through a lot but likes our visits and we have a lot of hope for her!!! :)

Okay, love you all A LOT. Have an awesome week! I know that Jesus Christ lives and loves us! I know that He knows EXACTLY how we feel and that we are never alone.

Like Elder Holland says,

"Brothers and sisters, one of the great consolations of this Easter season is that because Jesus walked such a long, lonely path utterly alone, we do not have to do so. His solitary journey brought great company for our little version of that path—the merciful care of our Father in Heaven, the unfailing companionship of this Beloved Son, the consummate gift of the Holy Ghost, angels in heaven, family members on both sides of the veil, prophets and apostles, teachers, leaders, friends. All of these and more have been given as companions for our mortal journey because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the Restoration of His gospel. Trumpeted from the summit of Calvary is the truth that we will never be left alone nor unaided, even if sometimes we may feel that we are. Truly the Redeemer of us all said: “I will not leave you comfortless: [My Father and] I will come to you [and abide with you].”

I know that is true!!!! I love you all! have a great week!

Con amor,

Hermana Woodfield

Monday, June 30, 2014

20 Years Old!!!

Well, 20 years ago this wonderful crazy life started for me. It is hard to think that my teenage years are officially over. I have been immensely blessed these 20 years and am forever grateful to my Father in Heaven for what He has done for me. Now looking back on what has happened in my life I realize that I wasn't just preparing to serve a mission when the age to leave was changed...Heavenly Father has been helping me to prepare my whole life. And at 20 years I feel like some experiences have finished but a whole lot of new ones are just beginning.

Going into this next phase I just feel so grateful to be starting it as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There is no other thing that I would rather be doing today on my birthday. I woke up this morning and thought, ´´well...this will be a different kind of birthday. This birthday I get to spend it serving others and being a representative of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It will definitely be a birthday I will never forget.´´ So, I thank you all for the birthday wishes I have received! I am definitely blessed and grateful to have such amazing people in my life!!!

One birthday wish I received was from my Mission President, Presidente Guiliani. He told me that I am his last birthday call he is going to make! Him and his wife are finishing their calling here and are returning to the States tomorrow. I am going to miss them but I know I will see them again in Utah. :) Sooooo, yeah. We are receiving a new President!!!! It will be interesting to see if a lot of changes are made or what happens. I am excited to meet him and his family and work with them in this great cause of truth here is Rosario Argentina.

This past week went really well. We have been able to find some more investigators and are really excited about that. :) The past Wednesday we went to contact a reference from another missionary and the lady let us right in. Then about 10 minutes later her son and his two friends that live with them arrived. I thought these teenage boys would just greet us and then leave...wrong! They sat right down and listened and read and prayed and everything! It was great!!! :) We went back and saw them again on Saturday and they were sleeping still but all woke up to listen to us again. The challenge that we will have with them is that the boys are on a soccer club that plays every Sunday morning...when we have church....oh boy. Haha, we will work on that!

We are also working a lot with our investigator, Dardo. He is great! He has now gone to church twice and to three church activities. He likes to listen and learn but is very set in the ideas he already has about religion and God. BUT he is progressing and I have complete confidence that this is just the beginning of his conversion. :) He has plans to go to India in about two months and if he isn't able to be baptized before hand I will definitely be praying that the missionaries over there will find him.

Other great news!!!! I was recently informed that Sebastian was baptized yesterday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you don't remember or are a recent reader, he was the boyfriend of my wonderful 14 year old investigator Andrea from Capitàn Bermùdez. I had the great opportunity to get to know him and teach him some things with Andrea. My last week there was when the missionaries from his area started teaching just him and he got his baptism date. AND NOW HE IS A MEMBER. WOOOOHOOOO!!!! :) SO happy for him! and now....the mission plans....haha :)

Well, things are great here and I am just loving life. The mission definitely is not all rainbows and unicorns...there are definitely a lot of hard parts. But anything worth doing or getting is going to require sacrifice and hard work, right? Right. And THIS is definitely worth it. This mission is one of the hugest blessings I have ever received and these words on the screen cannot adequately describe my gratitude for what I am learning and experiencing. My relationships with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have grown so much and I love them with all of my heart.

I invite you all to celebrate this special 20th birthday with me. Go eat an empanda or alfajor or just a lot of meat. :) hahaha, love you all!!!
Con amor,

Hermana Lindsey Woodfield :)
who is now 20 years old!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Milking Alfajores

Milking alfajores with Hermana Evans

Hola!!!!!!! :)

Things are going well out here in Santa Fe! We are still trying to get the hang of a good schedule so that we can meet with all of our investigators. There are quite a few people to visit and we are trying to figure out a way to spend less time walking and more time visiting. :) We were finally able to have a lesson with a member with our investigator Dardo. He is doing really well but we need to help him a lot to feel the difference and truthfulness of our message. He says he is going to go to India in about 2 months to look for the truth...WE HAVE IT HERE. :) He said he would pray about whether he should join our church or not. We will help him to recognize his answer. :)

A lot of really great things happened this week and one of them was that I finished the Book of Mormon in Spanish. I just want to take a moment and testify that I KNOW this book is from God. I know that is truly is scripture and it was written to help us. Even in another language I can feel of it's power and truthfulness. After finishing this life-changing book I took a moment to ask my Father in Heaven again if it really is true. I knew my answer before I even asked. I can just FEEL that it is truly another testament of Jesus Christ. I love it with all my heart. I invite all of you to read it and pray about it and keep growing closer to God through it. I stand with Elder Holland when he said,

´´I want it absolutely clear when I stand before the judgment bar of God that I declared to the world, in the most straightforward language I could summon, that the Book of Mormon is true, that it came forth the way Joseph said it came forth and was given to bring happiness and hope to the faithful in the travail of the latter days.´´ I testify as well that it is true and that every single person can know that for themselves.

I love you all a lot! I hope you all have a great week! Fun fact- today I learned how to milk an alfajor! Haha, an alfajor is bascially the hugest cookie you will ever see in your life. It is delicious. And it is great to use as a straw and drink milk through. :)

Love you all!

Con amor,

Hermana Lindsey Woodfield

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Go Argentina! . . . . . the challenges of serving in a World Cup crazed nation

With my new companion . . . . Hermana Evans!!

In Santa Fe!!

Hello all! :) How in the world are we already half way through June? Gee, the time is flying!!!! I hope you are all enjoying your summer. It is still kinda weird to me that it is cold here and everyone is still in school. Here the school year starts in March and ends in December. It is different but cool to be experiencing a change.

Another change- this past week the World Cup started. Oh boy! Here in Argentina everyone lives, breathes and loves soccer. There definitely is a lot of nation pride going on with the Argentina team right now. It is going to be interesting to see how this effects the missionary work. We are going to have to work and search a little harder to find the people who aren't watching and who are willing to listen to us. I know the Lord will bless us through our perseverance. :)

This week was really good! Yesterday two less active families and two investigators came to church! We are very happy. :) One of the investigators is named Dardo. He contacted us in the street my first day here and then went to our English class two days later. :) He also came to a ward activity on Friday AND THEN TO CHURCH on Sunday. He says that right now he is not looking to join a religion but likes to listen and learn. So we are going to help him learn and with the promptings of the Spirit he will want to join. :) The challenge that we have is that he lives alone and as Hermanas we can not visit him without another woman with us. We are working with the members to visit him and we have a lesson set up for this Wednesday. Woo!

The other investigator is named Maria. She is awesome! She likes the church a lot and what we share...the challenge here is that she isn't married. She lives with her boyfriend and they have the cutest 3 year old daughter. Her boyfriend is a less active member. In the beginning Maria was telling us that she just doesn't feel the need to get married. BUT we talked about the Plan of Salvation and baptism and a lot of good stuff and she said that she wants to get baptized. We talked some more about the marriage and she eventually told us that she is waiting for her boyfriend to ask her. OH! :) She said that she is willing to get married and will tell him yes but he needs to make the first step. Okay, we can work with this. :) We also have a lot of support. The parents of her boyfriend are very active members who are trying to help their kids. We are going to work with them to help their son make the steps needed to get married. And then Maria can be baptized! :)

Love you all a lot! I love Santa Fe and am blessed to be here. :) Quote of the week- yesterday a sweet elderly woman from our ward told us ´´You who are closer to God need to pray and ask him to help Argentina in the World Cup.´´ Haha, oh dear. :)

Bueno, les quiero! Have a great week!

Also, look up the wonderful and amazing talk by Elder Holland called ´´For Times of Trouble´´. He gave it in a devotional at BYU in 1980. And it is amazing. Here is just one amazing quote-

´´In the gospel of Jesus Christ you have help from both sides of the veil, and you must never forget that. When disappointment and discouragement strike—and they will—you remember and never forget that if our eyes could be opened we would see horses and chariots of fire as far as the eye can see riding at reckless speed to come to our protection. They will always be there, these armies of heaven, in defense of Abraham’s seed.´´

Yeah...amazing. Look it up! :)

Con amor,

Hermana Lindsey Woodfield