Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Week 13

Hello everyone!  I hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day. It was a prime proselyting day so that's why I'm writing today instead of yesterday. Today is p day this week.  I'm sure you've been having much better weather than we have! It's been super humid and hot outside. There are evil mosquitoes everywhere! We've been outside a lot and have gotten plenty of bites. I've only had a couple, but my companion got a ton on her feet! It feels like a rainforest or something! And it's only 72 outside. The summer will be much worse. But hey, I'm glad it's not cold anymore. And, it's been super nice to see people outside so we can talk to them. My family history chart has sure come in handy to help us talk to people. :) 

Tomorrow is my birthday! I will be so old, haha! We will be going to get some Mexican food to celebrate. Oh, how I miss it! And, as if that weren't awesome enough, Bryan is taking us to Belts tomorrow for ice cream!! Belts is the greatest. :D 

We went on exchanges this week. Sister Taylor and I taught our last lesson with Jimmy before he moves to Tennessee. I'm not going to lie, this was the most epic lesson ever. Long story short, He ended up telling us how worried he is that we are preaching the wrong Gospel and that we will be condemned, and then we were like, we can't deny what the Holy Ghost has etched into our hearts, confirming that these things are true! Tears were shed, and it was awesome. The good news is he agreed to keep reading the Book of Mormon and is still willing to meet with missionaries in the future. Sister Taylor was much more quiet than I'm used to, so I had to take the lead and do most of the talking, which was both terrifying and a good learning experience for me. :)  Missions are very challenging, you guys! 

Tim has been reading the Book of Mormon up a storm! No joke, he was in 1 Nephi on Tuesday and on Wednesday he was in 3 Nephi 14!!! He was up all night reading. It doesn't seem like he retains everything, but hey, he loves it! It's interesting because he thinks everything about our church is the same as the one he's used to. Even though it's not! We were planning on teaching Tim a different lesson this week, but then we felt like we should teach him the Word of Wisdom instead. He was planning on quitting drinking and smoking next February. But after we taught the Word of Wisdom he decided to quit right then and there. He gave us his lighters! Sweet. :) He was doing really well, but then he and Nicole were having quite a bit of stress with their living situation.  They ended up having to move somewhere else becasue things were so bad. But, now that they are in a new place, he will get back on track. Tim is awesome! He has a strong desire to change and we love teaching him. He tries to teach us about the Bible sometimes, which is fun. :P 

Unfortunately, Trish seems to have fallen off the edge of the earth or something because we haven't heard from her in ages!! 

Also, Eric's baptism date had to be pushed back to July because next Saturday won't work for his family, or Abby's. We were very much saddened by that, since we probably won't get to see it! All well. We know that he is still super willing and that the other missionaries will continue to teach him until then. He is still going to be baptized in Stevens Point. 

Transfers are next week, and I'm so not looking forward to that! I don't want a different companion. Sister Pearson is the best!

I'm running out of time today, but I heard an awesome quote at church yesterday that is so true... your future is only as bright as your faith!!! I've found that to be very true. When we have faith we are confident about the future, are willing to trust in the Lord and take whatever steps necessary to secure a brighter future. Faith means we are willing to act. So, if we want a brighter future, we need to brighten our faith!

I love you all and hope you have a great week!!!


Sister Woods

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