Monday, June 30, 2014
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!!!
Hermana Lindsey Woodfield :)
who is now 20 years old!
Monday, June 23, 2014
Milking alfajores with Hermana Evans
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!
Hermana Lindsey Woodfield
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
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! :)
Hermana Lindsey Woodfield
Monday, June 9, 2014
Well everyone, NEW AREA. My first change here in Argentina has happened. Wow. There were definitely a lot of strong emotions going on within when I left Bermúdez. I am SO GRATEFUL for my time there. So grateful. :) I had some wonderful moments before I left. The night before I left a GREAT family, la familia Rodriguez, in the ward had a, and I quote, ´´fiesta de pizza´´ for me. :) YES. Pizza party. They know me well. haha, they seriously made about 7 pizzas! It was incredible. And they gave me a surprise- they made me a cake and sang happy birthday to me! They knew that my birthday is coming up and I wouldn't be staying to celebrate it so they celebrated early. And my sweet companion had a surprise stuffed animal gift for me. I felt so loved and it definitely touched my heart! And in the morning we went to give a last goodbye hug to Belkis and her family and Belkis had prepared the cutest breakfast for us. She had set out nice porcelain plates and glasses and everything. These people are incredible!!! :) Okay, basically I love Bermúdez. Haha, okay, I will stop talking about it.
MY NEW AREA. Santa Fe, Rural. Wow. CITY CITY CITY. It just doesn´t get more city then this. Haha, what a change! I recently walked into a supermarket and was in awe of how big it was. It still is only a tiny part of a U.S. Walmart or something but STILL. In comparison of the tiny Chinese stores we had in Bermúdez...wow. Haha, but really, I am in the city. THERE IS A SUBWAY. I repeat, THERE IS A SUBWAY. Definitely freaked out. Subway and McDonalds. Haha, I think we live in downtown Santa Fe! But I really love it! I seriously already love the people here SO VERY MUCH. They are wonderful! We are in a ward here but there are few active member families. We are going to work hard to change that!
We have already seen so many miracles in just a few days. Wednesday we left to go contacting and a man contacted us! He knows quite a bit of English and was trying to talk with us about that. We got talking about the Book of Mormon and everything and took down his direction and number to visit him. We also invited him to an English class we would be having on Friday. HE WENT TO THE ENGLISH CLASS. He was the first one to show up to the church! It was great!!! And after the class he stayed and we had a great LESSON with him and the other elders in the church. He is now a new investigator. :) other miracle- we found a FAMILY. Our mission right now has a plan called ´´Plan Cosecha´´. Everyday from 5:30-6:30 we have to contact a street that we prayed about earlier. It works!! The LAST house that we knocked on Saturday a woman answered the door and after a few minutes of talking told us that we had about 5 minutes to come in and share a message. Yes! We were in the door! :) We thought that maybe only she would be listening but her husband and her two oldest kids (they have 5!) came and sat down and listened too! :) We shared the lesson about the Restoration with Joseph Smith and everything and it went really well. We ended up going over 5 minutes...but it was okay, they were good with it. :) One of the boys gave the closing prayer and they said they would start to read the Book of Mormon. :) WOW. BLESSING.
Good stuff! Also, my new companion is Hermana Evans. She is from Missouri and she is awesome! I love being with her! :)
Well, there is a LOT of work here to do in Santa Fe but I love it and am very grateful to be here. I know that God has a purpose and plan for each of us and if we trust in Him everything will be good! He loves us and knows what is best for each of us. :)
Hermana Lindsey Woodfield
Tuesday, June 3, 2014
Well everyone, my chapter in the wonderful Capitàn Bermùdez is coming to a close. After almost 8 months in this amazing and beloved area, I have been called to serve in another place. Tomorrow I head out for an area called Santa Fe, Rural. I have no idea what it is like but I will give the details next week.
This day is bittersweet for me. I have loved Capitàn Bermùdez with all of my heart and it is hard to leave. I know that part of my heart will always be in this piece of Argentina. I am definitely counting my blessings though. I have been immensely blessed to have been here for so long and grow close to these wonderful people. Capitàn Bermùdez will forever be in my prayers! I have learned and experienced things here that have helped shape who I am. Things I will never forget. Memories I will cherish forever. I am also glad for facebook. I will be able to keep in touch with a lot of people after my mission with it. :)
Soooo, that is the change. Tomorrow I have a new area and a new companion. I am excited to see what the Lord and I and my new companion can do in Santa Fe!! :)
This past week was really good! We had a great stake conference and two general authorities from the Seventy were there. We met them both and shook their hands! There were a lot of good talks about the missionary work. Now is the time for members and full time missionaries to work together! :) Also, three of our great investigators went to the conference. 1- our wonderful 14 year old Andrea. 2- Jose (the young man from the bus who is now living with a member family). And 3- Carina and two of her young children (the investigator we found last Sunday knocking doors). Update with Carina- her and two of her children now have baptism dates for July 12th! So excited for them!! :) Other awesome amazing thing. Remember that Andrea had a boyfriend??? Well, we have sent the Elders in his area to visit him....he now has a baptism date too! For the 28th of June!!!!!!!! :) Wow! So great!
Well, there definitely are a lot of blessings here. I have been changed by my time here in Capitan Bermudez and am forever grateful to my Heavenly Father for what He has done for me and for all of these people. The Gospel is amazing and I TESTIFY that it CHANGES LIVES. I know that Christ lives! I know that He loves us! I know that if we put our trust and confidence in the Lord that He will change us and make us better then what we were. I love Him!
I love all of you! Have a great week! Keep the faith! :)
signing out from Capitàn Bermùdez
Hermana Lindsey Woodfield :)