I have less time to write today so sorry this is short!!! Buuuuut, this week was really good. We have an investigator named Yair who is going to get baptized this week! WOOHOO! He is 11 years old and is the pioneer in his family. He was nervous that his dad wouldn't give us permission for his baptism BUT the spirit definitely helped us out and his dad signed the form! :) The plan is for him to get baptized this Friday. He is already talking about where he is going to serve his mission. :) I am so blessed to get to work with him!
Also, we had a great contact this week. One morning we went to talk with a woman at her work. Hermana Van Wagenen and I had given her a Book of Mormon a while back but hadn't been able to return to talk with her more. Sooo, Hermana Gimenez and I went to talk with her buuuut she was working and said we would have to come back another time. BUT there was a 18 year old girl there too. We started talking with her and eventually asked if we could share more of our message with her. She said YES and so we had a lesson with her. We gave her a Book of Mormon and have a return appointment. :) It really was just amazing to me how the Lord puts people in our path. We went to talk to someone else but ended up meeting an amazing girl named Loli! :)
Weeeeeeell, have to go! This was a great week and I am looking forward to an even better one! Love you all!!!!!! :D
Hermana Lindsey Woodfield
Monday, February 17, 2014
Hello loved ones!!! I hope everyone had a great week! :) Hermana Gimenez and I had a good one with cool experiences! :)
Soooooo, one of those experiences definitely had to do with stalking. Hahaha, we definitely stalked someone so that we could talk with them. Here is what happened. With we were walking towards a lesson at a recent convert's house with a wonderful member named Cielo when a 14 year girl walked past us from behind. SHE WAS SMOKING. AT 14 YEARS OLD. I freaked out a little about this and Cielo plainly told me that many people start young and that she had started when she was 13 years old (she hasn't smoked now for about a year!). So this girl kept on walking but we felt like we needed to talk with her. We followed her for a ways to find out where she lived but she just kept on walking and walking and walking. Poor girl even looked back a few times at us...who knows what she was thinking. Haha, anyways we didn't want to contact her from behind because that is a little awkward so Cielo came up with a plan. We ended up speed walking past her with my map in hand ``looking for a street``. We then turned around and asked her for directions and then talked to her about the gospel. :) It was beautiful. hahaha
Another cool experience- yesterday we had about 10 minutes after a lesson before we had to be back in our home. We said a prayer for help to know where we should go contacting with our time to find someone who Heavenly Father had prepared. After the prayer Hermana Gimenez said she felt like we should go down a certain street- so off we went. A little ways down we saw a couple outside of their house and went to talk with them. It. was. amazing. :) A contact of gold! The man was sincerely interested in what we had to say! He was asking us questions and at one point even asked us if we were going to leave him anything to read. Hahahaha, we talked to him about the Book of Mormon and gave him one. And they said we could return this weekend. Wow- the power of prayer and the Holy Ghost. :)
Weeeeeeeeeeeell, love you all! Things are going great! Hermana Gimenez taught me how to make homemade hamburgers today. :) Have a great week!
Hermana Lindsey Woodfield
Monday, February 10, 2014
Hello! I am happy to report that this week we have had a wonderful break from the heat! It has rained about everyday here. I am good with that! I would rather be trudging through the mud then slathering on sunblock every time we leave someone's house. The only thing with the rain is that it is harder for people to come to church. The past two Sundays it has rained and our attendance was low. We are going to work super hard this week to help the members and investigators to come to church and partake of the Sacrament RAIN or SHINE. No importa if it is raining. Every single one of us still needs the strength and protection we receive in the chapel! :)
I don't have a lot of time to write but this week was really good! I want to testify that Jesus Christ lives and that Heavenly Father knows and loves each of us. There is no way I could be doing this mission without the strength and help I receive from my Savior Jesus Christ. Just the fact that a lot of the time people here can understand me and I can understand them is a miracle! I am grateful for the opportunity I have to be with Hermana Gimenez. It is fun to learn some of the Argentinian traditions and customs from a native. Also, I now LOVE mate cocido. We are not allowed to drink mate here but we can drink mate cocido (haha, there is a difference). Hermana Gimenez made it for me the other day and it is wonderful. :)
Right now we are teaching a wonderful couple who are waiting for a previous divorce to come through and then get baptized! We also are still teaching Andrea. She is so great! We need to work more with her dad and get his permission to baptize her. We have also been teaching an 11 year old boy named Yair. He is great and wants to get baptized but we want to make sure that he is going to persevere and stay with the church first and isn't just going because it is nice right now. But he has a great testimony and likes our visits and it is going well!
I am very blessed! I love being a missionary and having this wonderful experience. Thanks for all of the love and support!
HAVE AN AWESOME WEEK! :)
Hermana Lindsey Woodfield
I learned to make empanadas today!!!!
The finished product! Que rico!
Monday, February 3, 2014
Holy moly...what happened this week????? Hahaha, I feel spiritually and physically exhausted! One of the most intense weeks of my life just happened people. Hahaha, where do I even begin?! I have had some of the most scary what-in-the-world-am-I-doing moments and some of the most JOYOUS moments this week.
First of all, I have a new companion!!!! Her name is Hermana Gimenez from Entre Rios (I think that is how you spell it), Argentina. She is 17 years old and a mini missionary! And she is awesome! LOVE HER! It amazes me that she is 17 years old and serving the Lord as a full-time missionary for 6 weeks! What was I doing when I was 17 years old?? She also knows quite a bit of English. Such a blessing! We only talk in Spanish and it reallyyyyyyyy helps that a lot of the time she is able to understand my mistakes and help me know where to fix it. I have already learned a lot! I am excited and grateful for this opportunity to improve my Castellano.
This change in companions has also brought the scarier moments. I am now the one who knows everyone and who should know how to do things. The responsibility can be a little overwhelming at times but I know I am growing and learning and becoming more of the missionary that Heavenly Father wants me to be. I need to trust in the fact that He has a plan for me and has prepared a way for me to do this. I know that my Savior Jesus Christ is walking every single step with me and if I put my trust in Him, He WILL lead me through everything.
OKAY OKAY OKAY! CLAUDIO AND NELLY ARE NOW MARRIED AND BAPTIZED! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
Yep, you read it right!!!!!!! My dear Claudio and Nelly! Gosh, I just love them so much! Friday morning Hermana Gimenez and I went over to their house early and helped Nelly prepare for her wedding! We straightened her hair and braided it and did her make-up. And she was excited to wear her new dress and jewelry. :) Then we took a taxi to this official building place where they got married! Marriages are pretty different here. It was pretty short and simple but awesome! We went into a room where they sat down at a table with a man and two witnesses. The man said some words, they signed their names andddddddd boom! Married! Then we went outside and tossed rice at them as they walked out. :)
Later we went and visited them and helped Emeli (wife of their son Lucas) prepare to give her talk for their BAPTISM. Saturday, the very next day, they made a sacred covenant and entered into the waters of baptism. Words cannot describe my feelings. They just don't. I have visited and loved these two wonderful people for three months now and I was IMMENSELY blessed to be able to witness their baptism. And man! What a baptism service!!! The two neighboring branches also had baptisms and wanted to use our church building soooooo we had a combined service. FIVE people were baptized. There were a bunch of missionaries and members there giving love and support. I felt like I was going around like a crazy person beforehand helping out with the programs, baptism clothes, music....and then there was just peace as I watched them get baptized. Lots of tears and hugs were shared. :) It truly was a sacred experience that I will never forget.
Soooooooooo, yeah. Quite a week! Lots of changes, lots of growth, LOTS of Spanish....haha, and memories that I cherish. Oh my dear loved ones, I am grateful for my mission. I am grateful for this life! We are so blessed to have the opportunity to live on this earth and grow and experience so many things! I hope and pray that every day I am a little bit more like my Savior Jesus Christ. I bear testimony that He lives. That He suffered and died for every single one of us and He knows how to help us and guide us every single day. The greatest peace and joy truly come from Him. I invite every single one of you to strengthen your relationship with Him. Let Him help you! Life is SO much better when we use the Atonement of Jesus Christ. I love the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
Love you all! Have a great week!
Hermana Lindsey Woodfield
Final moments with Hermana Van Wagenen...trying hard to keep in the tears! So grateful for my time with her :)
WEDDING OF CLAUDIO AND NELLY! OH MY GOODNESS THEY ARE MARRIED!
AND BAPTIZED THE DAY AFTER! CLAUDIO AND NELLY! OH MY HEART CAN'T TAKE IT! I just love them :)
With my awesome new companion-Hermana Gimenez and a great member- Cielo