Monday, September 29, 2014
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 dead...how 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.
Hermana Lindsey Woodfield :)
Monday, September 22, 2014
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
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 world...it 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,
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
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!!!
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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!!