Sister Woodfield

Sister Woodfield

Monday, March 31, 2014

A Week of Miracles

Wow wow wow. This week was so good. Hermana Eustaquio and I definitely received a LOT of blessings. :)

First of all, we are teaching a very sweet elderly lady named Maria. She lives in front of our chapel and one of the members works for her. We started teaching her a few weeks ago and she has now come to church twice!! :) This sweet lady is 84 years old and can't walk very well so it takes about 30 minutes to cross the street to get to the church BUT she does it anyways. :) Haha, the other day she told us that she didn't know why she was still living with 84 years old. We told her that God still had things for her to do on the of them being baptism. :) She accepted a baptism date!!!! We will be visiting her a lot and helping her to prepare.

Another thing! Last Pday we were in a gas station to use the computers to write our families. There was only one computer open so I was sitting at a table waiting. There was a couple using computers near me and the women kept looking at me. A few things went through my head- is she looking at me because I have red hair and am not from here?? haha, OR maybe she is a less active member?? Well, after a little while we started talking and she told me that Elders had visited and helped out her family about 2 years ago. She said she thinks the elders finished their missions and left but her and her family still are open for visits. :) woo!! Saturday we found their house and had a lesson with their whole family! They have 4 daughters and 1 son. We are now teaching a FAMILY. La familia Mendez. Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) They are great!!!

Alrighty, another miracle! Seriously, I want to cry just thinking about this. Friday afternoon we were walking to go to our lunch appointment. We saw a woman walking our way and both my companion and I had the thought to talk with her. Hermana Eustaquio said to me ´´contacto contacto!´´ as I was reaching for my pass along card. BUT before we could even say anything this women said to us ´´I have a question.´´ We stopped and asked her what it was. I was expecting her to ask us for directions or maybe ask if we were Mormons but I was wrong. She said ´´When can you come to my house?´´

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?!?!?! haha, I seriously forgot how to speak! Did I hear her right? Hermana Eustaquio quickly replied ´´Si si si! We can come! We can come today!´´ She told us her name is Belkis and she isn't a member but her mom is. She said she wanted a blessing of health for her son. :) We told her we could come at 7. We quickly talked with some Brothers in our ward about giving her a blessing later. At 7 we went to her house with Hermano Esteban and Hermano Rendon. She explained more of her situation. She is 22 years old and has a 6 year old son. And 9 days before she gave birth to a baby boy. Now here is the sad part- this baby boy is a twin. But his sister didn't make it. Something went wrong and he was born but the girl died still in the mom's stomach. I'm not sure how this happened but the baby girl is still in Belkis's stomach. If the baby doesn't come out naturally with the help of injections Belkis will need another operation. Wow. Critical and dangerous and sad situation. Belkis was walking home from receiving an injection when she saw us. The Hermanos from our ward gave her and her sons blessings. Belkis said that she went to primary when her mom was baptized and loved it and wants to go to church more now. She also said the closing prayer for us and started to bawl. She said ´´thank you thank you for all of my blessings. thank you for putting the missionaries in my path today-´´ it was amazing and one of the most spiritual experiences I have had. Yesterday Hermano Esteban gave her a ride to church. She told us she feels a lot better after the blessing. We have plans to visit her later today. She is great!

Yep, yep, yep. It is amazing to me how the Lord puts people in our path who are ready to receive the gospel. Like the family Mendes with the computers and Belkis in the street. I love being a missionary. There definitely are hard times but the experiences like these are life changing. I know that God lives and is watching over us. I know He sent His Son Jesus Christ to help us and show us the way. I love them so much!

I hope you all have a great week! Look for the miracles that God is doing all around you! :)

Con amor,

Hermana Lindsey Woodfield

Monday, March 24, 2014

So sorry . . . . .

Okay, lo siento! Sorry, I don't have time to write much. I know, I know. Sorry!

But this week was really good. We worked with a lot of less active members and some of them went to church this week. BLESSING. Update with the couple Casafu- they are finally able to finish the divorce from a past marriage! WOOHOO!!! They now have to wait a while until they can get married and after that get baptized...BUT they are one step closer to baptism! WOOHOO! :)

Also, quick update with the investigator Andrea. She recently turned 14 and we brought her brownies. :) Haha, but she is doing great! The past Saturday she went with us to one of her friend's houses. She is already a great missionary! :) Things are going great! Love the gospel! Love you all! Have a great week!!!! :D

Con amor,

Hermana Lindsey Woodfield :)

Monday, March 17, 2014

New Companion!

Okay,okay,....everyone is dying to know. Who is Hermana Woodfield's new companion?!?!?! Hahaha, ella se llama... HERMANA EUSTAQUIO. :) She is from Peru! Woohoo!!! Wednesday morning I dropped off Hermana Gimenez at a bus station and then went to the mission home with some other trainers to receive our new companions. I really am so blessed with the opportunity I have right now. I know that I am training so that I can learn and grow a lot too. There are a lot of moments when Hermana Eustaquio shows or tells me something and I feel like the trainee. :) She really is awesome! She has a strong testimony and is willing and ready to work hard. I also am extra blessed because she likes to cook delicious food from Peru. haha :)

But yeah, this week was great! Friday it rained SUPER hard. We had ponchos and an umbrella and were still soaked! Haha, it doesn't rain very much or very hard in Lima, Peru so this was a great new and welcome-to-argentina experience for my companion. Hahaha, but I am grateful that there wasn't a lot of heat. :) While we were in the rain we stopped and talked to a young man named Luca in the street. We shared that we were missionaries and gave him a card and invited him to church. It was a good contact but we were still really suprised when Sunday morning in walked Luca into the church!!! My testimony of talking with everyone was definitely strengthened. You never know when someone is prepared and going to act with the invitation we give. :)

I know Heavenly Father is preparing a way for everyone to hear the joyous message of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ! I am so grateful for my mission! :)

Have an awesome week!

Con amor,

Hermana Lindsey Woodfield

p.s. cool thing today! We were in Rosario with some other missionaries for Pday and a group of people from the United States stopped and talked to us. Turns out that they are members. Turns out that one of them is the Mission President for Boise, Idaho. Turns out that he knows my cousin Elder Tyler Woodfield who is serving over there. He says that Elder Woodfield is a great missionary!!! What a small world! Hahaha, cool moment. :)

Goodbye to my wonderful mini-missionary, Hermana Gimenez!!!!

My new companion Hermana Eustaquio!!!!

With President and Sister Guiliani

Hermana Eustaquio cooking some wonderful Peruvian food!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Feliz dia de la mujer! :)

Well, this week I found out that there is yet another holiday!!! Haha, this one is ``dia de la mujer`` or Women's day. :) hahahaha, why don't we celebrate this one more in the United States?? They don't do much here but we were greeted by many people with ``feliz dia!`` and our district leader gave us chocolate. Do you know that there is also a Kid`s day? It is in August. Growing up I always wished for a kid's day- dream come true. :)

Anyways, BIG NEWS. This week is transfers. Yep, change is upon us again. My dear compañera Hermana Gimenez has to return to La Paz, Entre Rios and finish high school. I am SO grateful for our time together. I learned a lot with her. I learned more about the gospel, about Spanish, about Argentina, and a lot more about myself. I was pretty nervous going into this transfer because I had a lot more responsibility but with a lot of help from my Savior Jesus Christ and guidance from the Holy Ghost a lot of great things happened.

I am truly learning that with the Lord anything is possible. Yes, yes, we have a lot of mistakes and weaknesses but He can and WILL make up the difference. AND this is what I am going to keep saying to myself this transfer because....I AM GOING TO TRAIN A NEW MISSIONARY. Deep breaths. Tomorrow morning I am going to travel to the mission home and receive my new companion fresh from the MTC. I have no idea if she is from the United States or Peru or Russia...nada. I am really excited and nervous. I know that the Lord always prepares a way for us to fulfill His commandments so I am going to trust in that and work super hard. :) ANDDDDDDDDD I am staying in Capitàn Bermùdez! WOO! I seriously love this area and know that it is going to break my heart to leave it...soooo, I am grateful that there is still time for me here. There is a lot of work still to be done and I am excited to be apart of it! :)

In other news, this week was good! Hermana Gimenez and I held a Family Home Evening activity in the church on Friday and a less active member came! :) Also, we had a miracle on Sunday. Wednesday our new ward mission leader went to visit a less active former Bishop. This great man and his family are wonderful amazing people and all the members love them but they haven't been to church in years. Well, our ward mission leader, Hermano Mauricio, visited him and told him directly that we need him. That there are more blessings for them in the church and that they should return. He told him that he was going to bring him to church on Sunday. WELL we were with Hermano Mauricio and a few other people in the church half an hour early on Sunday setting up chairs. Hermano Mauricio started to head out to go find the former bishop WHEN the front church doors opened and in he walked in his shirt and tie. :) Wow. We seriously were all amazed. It was a miracle. :)

Missionary work is full of miracles and I am so grateful to be apart of it. We have some amazing members, recent converts and investigators here. The work isn't easy but it is soooo rewarding. These experiences are changing my life and I am growing and changing in ways that could only happen here serving a mission in Rosario, Argentina. What a blessing. I testify the God lives. That there is a purpose to this life. That we have never been, are not, and will never be alone. We have a loving Savior Jesus Christ who knows us perfectly. I am so grateful for this.

I love you all! Have a great week! Stay tuned to find out about my new companion! :)

Con amor,

Hermana Lindsey Woodfield

Monday, March 3, 2014

Eight Months in the Mission!!!

Wow wow wow! I have been a missionary for 8 months! WHEN IN THE WORLD DID THAT HAPPEN?!?!?!?!?!?! hahaha, I was thinking earlier that I only have 10 more months IN MY LIFE to be a missionary in Argentina. Wow. I need to use every single day to the fullest!!!

Sooooooooo, this week was great!!! Our dear young investigator, Yair (11 years old), was baptized on Friday. It was great and he shared an awesome testimony afterwards. He said that when he started to read the scriptures and go to church he felt good. BUT now he feels great. He also said that he KNOWS the Book of Mormon is true. It honestly was one of the sweetest and greatest testimonies.

The night before his baptism my testimony of how God answers prayers was strengthened immensely. We had planned to have a lesson with Yair to make sure he was good to go for his baptism. When we arrived no one was home. We went and visited someone else but when we returned afterwards he still wasn't home. We went to his neighbor's house (familia Rodriguez- they are members and we always visit with Yair with them). They were worried that maybe Yair's grandpa had taken him on a trip or something so that he wouldn't get baptized the next day. (Back story- Yair lives with his dad and grandpa and his dad gave us permission for his baptism but his grandpa is not a fan of it.) We were all feeling sad and nervous about the situation so we decided to pray. The whole family and us knelt down and Esteban (the dad of la familia Rodriguez) said a prayer. As he was finishing the prayer we heard the car of Yair pull up to his house. :) :) :) About 10 minutes later Yair came over and we were able to talk with him for a few minutes. He felt really bad that he missed our lesson but was ready and excited for his baptism the next day. WHAT AN ANSWER TO OUR PRAYER. Wonderful. :)

Sooooooo, this week was great. Unfortunately I don't have time to write more but yeah, good week! :) Love you all! I know that God lives and always listens to and answers our prayers. You can know this for yourself too! :)

Love you all! Have a great week!

Con amor,

Hermana Lindsey Woodfield


Yair and the Rodriguez family at Yair's baptism!

With President and Sister Guiliani