Wow. One year in the mission. It hardly feels like I have been here for so long. The best year of my life so far that's for sure. We will be celebrating with Chinese food and martenelis and of course the best part: teaching the gospel. So quick update on president Taylor: he is doing great and is recovering really awesome. We are all praying for him to be back to full duties by March. The doctors think it will take longer but president is determined and so are we! Lots of prayer that's for sure. And we are all doing a mission wide fast this Sunday for his recovery. So I know that the immediate family did it rhis past week but if anyone else feels so inclined we would appreciate the help to call down the powers of heaven for our president.
This week has been amazing as well! Woodland is seriously a great area. We are slowly but surely figuring out the whole two wards thing. We have a system now and are going to be able to devote more time to both wards. Some cool miracle stories this week though. We were able to teach Ashleyanne about the restoration on Wednesday and she wants to be baptized. She is going to go to mutual this week as well as come to church. It's so great, she has been so prepared. We don't have a date set for her yet but we will be inviting her to be baptized this month.
Lawna and Brianna came to church this week! We didn't think they were coming but they said they were on their way a little after church started! So they made most of sacrament but had to leave after Sunday school. We had an awesome meeting that was all about the savior and how to gain a stronger testimony and relationship with him. And it all basically came down to faith. Faith is such an action word because it really motivates us to do something about what we believe. And then it goes back to the Church Pray Read. The gospel, man it's so simple and awesome. And they also talked a lot about how the atonement is for everyone, including us. A lot of times people will say and remember how great the atonement is for every single person...except ourselves. We have to trust Christ and believe him when he says we can be forgiven. Just read Enos. He believed Christ when he said his sins were forgiven because God cannot lie. Anyway they came to that sacrament meeting and loved it. We didn't get to meet with them this week though, so that was sad but pray they will keep progressing.
We had a great lesson with the Martinez family. They are investigators that we tried to meet with last week but everyone was sick. We talked about baptism and what the promises are that we make with God. And also what he promises us, so basically our covenants. They all said they wanted to be baptized after they learned more about it all. Well good thing we know some missionaries who can teach them :) we are going to be giving them a church tour on Friday so they can be more comfortable when they come to church on Sunday.
So many people to teach and it's awesome. We are also teaching a lady named Stephanie who the sisters before us found. Not much to update there...because we haven't taught a lesson yet. So good things happening here in Woodland. We are also working with a handful of less active members but none of them are progressing very much. We did have to confiscate some word of wisdom things the other day so that was interesting. We do what we gotta do. Yup the work is going, it's rainy all the time, and I love it.
Have a great week,
Exchanges with sister McMullin
Got a gift card for dinner :)
I love woodland!!