Monday, October 16, 2017

Week 32 - Curacao

Hellooooo everyone!

Not a super eventful week this week, but good none the less :) I received my transfer call! I will be headed to Bonaire on friday! I will definitely be there for at least 2-3 transfers! craziness. I only spent two months in Curacao but i absolutely LOVED it here with my entire heart. I really hope to come back! I am sure i will probably make it back here, I still have just over 10 months! But i am excited for the new adventures I will have in Bonaire.

Really not much this week, but KIM CAME TO CHURCH! That was beyond exciting! She said she wants to bring her 2 boys next time :D she is doing so well! Boise (I think that's spell check for Guido) as well is doing really well! He basically told us without using the exact words that he believes the Book of Mormon is true. SO cool! He is doing SOOOO well! Something really fun about this last week was that Sister Cole and i were able to teach the plan of salvation Part one (where we cover pre-earth life, the creation, and the fall of adam and eve) 3 times this last week, which is quite a lot in one week. It has been so amazing. Once we explained the fall in each lesson, we could pretty much SEE  a light bulb go off in their heads. I always forget most people don't understand it! The coolest response we received after explaining was: "I have always wondered about that but no one has ever been able to answer that question!" So cool! I am so grateful we have that information so none of us are just mad at Adam and Eve all the time. I am so grateful for the decision that they made with the agency that they had so that we could all be here!

Also, something amazing after we taught Kim this lesson was that she told us at the end of the lesson :"you know, I feel like a lot of things that should be in the Bible aren't there, but they're in this book (referring to the BoM). SOOO amazing!!! She has such a strong testimony of the Book of Mormon already! I love it here in Curacao! Everyone is doing really well! Pray for Denitza and Rodolfo please!

That is honestly about it this week! I hope you all have a great week and i miss you all so much!

Love,

Sis Woodbury
 


 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Week 31 - Curacao

Helloooo!

First of all HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM AND JESSE!!!! I LOVE YOU BOTH SO MUCH! I hope you have a great one, dont party too hard without me haha!

Soooo i forgot to write about some amazing things last week. Fist of all, General Conference!  Amazing right???  My FAVORITE was Elder Owen's about repentance.  So good, but mainly what i forgot was an amazing spiritual experience with Kim, the Jamaican lady!  so she is pregnant right now and has been SUPER sick. like really bad. she hasnt been able to do anything. she has some kind of bacterial infection something in her stomach. soooo sick. we werent able to see her for a long time, like 2 weeks or something, until we were finally able to go see her! It was only like a 5 minute visit and she was not feeling well. We explained and offered to arrange for a priesthood blessing and she said yes immediately.  the next day we went back with two members from the branch and the Parrs and they gave her a blessing of health. wow. we talked to her afterwards and she said she felt a sense of relief run all through her and she was crying. it was really sweet. then, we checked up on her again a few days later and she was doing so well. SO well!  she is still doing amazingly well. she hadnt been to work in months, but now she feels well enough so she has been working. the last time we checked up on her she said the only problem she was having was a headache.  literally no nausea or anything. amazing!  Priesthood miracles. she is doing so great and has so much faith!
Dentiza and Rodolfo came to church on sunday AGAIN! they are so amazing! They want to bring their kids next time! I am so blown away. They had only been to church once before we started teaching them and they had been taught for 5 months, but now? they are coming and loving it!!! we are soooo happy and so blessed.
Also, fun fact - sister garcia and sister hardy were here from thursday to sunday night. This mission!  A lot of the missionaries had so fly out of aruba for emergency immigration stuff. craziness. it was fun to have them here and i love them so much! Also got an update on aruba. so fun. Dario was in colombia when i went to curacao but he brought me back a little bag! I forgot to take a picture of it but it is so cute and i loveee himmm!! Seriously he is amazing. apparently he is doing awesome. So is monchi, whose parents are active in the church and are back together (dont remember if i ever wrote about that), and Marlien and sebastian and eucary and everyone is just doing great! SO happy. so content!
Also Peter, a recent convert/less active. wow. craziness. soooo apparently he got beat up 4 weeks ago by this man who is actually wanted in jamaica! Anyway he has been okay, but then the past week he has just gone down hill. bad. we went by his house on thursday and he was in BAD shape. he could hardly breathe or walk or anything. we offered to arrange a priesthood blessing for him as well and he said he wanted one, so the next day the branch president here, president Browne, came to give him a blessing before he was supposed to head to work, but he saw the shape peter was in and sacrificed everything to take him straight to the hospital. peter was trying to sit up for 20 minutes before president brown got there. i have no words to describe the state he was in. just that it was really, really, bad. So president Browne took him to the hospital and sacrificed everything for peter that night. Then the next day Peter seemed SO much better. it was amazing. President Browne and President Jackson (elders quorum president here, american, REALLY REALLY good doctor.) came to give him a blessing. Pres. Jackson looked at him and he thinks he has a cracked collar bone on one side, and a dislocated shoulder on the other. so bad. he literally cant use either of his arms. they gave him a blessing and it was just really sweet. It was truly so beautiful to watch them take such good care of peter. he has never really had friends before in the church, no fellowshippers or anything. I am not sure if he has ever even felt cared about at church, and now after this experience he can see how much they care. President Browne and Jackson were so sweet to him. They were both so Christlike throughout all of this experience. it was amazing and i am so grateful for them.
That was about it this week! Great week of craziness! I hope you are all doing well and  i love you all so much!
Have a great week!
-Sister Woodbury

Monday, October 2, 2017

Week 30 - Curacao

Hallowwwwwww!!!! How are youuuu???!!!

Guess who hit her 7 monthaversary yesterday. Bleh! Time is flying!
Honestly this week wasn't super duper eventful...but it was still really good! Fun fact, i don't feel tired but i think my body is....my eye has been twitching all day everyday for the past week and a half.  its been fun.  Luckily i dont actually feel very tired!  Hollaaaa haha! 

But so anyway, this week was good! A couple of Highlights (i don't remember what i have already emailed about so i am sorry if i give any repeat explanations!)  Buuuuut so last week we contacted this guy named Wylie. He's awesome. when we contacted him he was just sitting on the side of the road with two different kinds of alcohol and monster drinks, and he was with a really really bad friend.  Well we decided to contact them and we scared the friend away (who was honestly ruining the contact) and then we started talking to Wylie. it was a super average contact but i just looked into his sad little eyes and i could just SEE his searching and his desire for a change. it was really cool. Then we had a lesson with him and he said he knew God sent us to him. we asked if God has ever answered one of his prayers and he said "He has, by sending you".  it was SO cool.

As well, we went to go teach Guido and he hasn't kept up with his reading, but we showed up and he had read two chapters in the BOM and he had been praying about it! That was sooo cool!  He loves the Book and feels that God wants him to keep reading it. Fine by me! :)

Then we visited with Dentiza and Rodolfo and we had given them two verses to read every day from the Book of Mormon. Denitza did a really good job about that and so she was telling us that she shared the verses with someone at work who really needed help and guidance. that was SO awesome!!! That moment when your investigator is already being a missionary! she is so cool. I was so happy when she told us that.

We also taught Niran this week! He was a contact we made a while ago and we had an awesome lesson with him. we taught him the restoration this week and he totally got it. He understood everything. when we asked him what it would mean in his life if these things were true and he told us that that would mean that this is the correct church. We also discovered that he had been contacted once before a while ago but he told us he just didn't have time for it then, but he does now. I was soooo excited about that!!!!!

One last fun little thing that happened,... we were just contacting in our contact area and some guy passed us and we were going to go talk to him until we saw that he was literally just doing cocaine as he was walking down the street. I died. Gotta love Curacao! hahaha!  Well that is just about all that happened this week but I just love missionary work sooo much! I love and miss each and every one of you and I hope you have a great week!

-Sister Woodbury

Monday, September 25, 2017

Week 29 - Curacao

Hellooooo!

Great week over here in Curacao!!!
A couple of fun things about the area that we work in: it is by far the hardest area in all of the ABC islands, and we contact (try to introduce themselves to strangers) all day every day, which basically means that we stand out in the HOT HOT sun all day and yell into peoples houses. How we are not discouraged? I have no idea, but we have been able to have lots of amazing experiences like you all read about last week. But it has been an amazing week. biggest thing of all i think is that ALBERT FINALLY CALLED US THIS MORNING!!!! we were smiling like IDIOTS. it was so exciting. I looked at the phone and I was like, "who's Albert?" and looked at Sister Cole, and then we both realized, and Sister Cole was like, "ANSWER IT." hahahaha it was awesome. He is sooooo cool!!!!!!!!!!!! God is good, people!

Anyway so first off i just want to say a happy happy birthday to Deb V.!!! I love you!!! Thank you for being such an amazing primary teacher and an incredible member of the Woodbury clan! 

So one of the coolest things that happened this week was with an investigator named Guido. I honestly haven't been too sure about him up until our last lesson with him. We pretty much implored him to pray about Joseph Smith in the last lesson that we had with him and he did it! He knows he's a prophet! But not only that, his girlfriend doesn't really love that he is meeting with us. He told us that he explained to her that he knew Joseph Smith was a prophet!!! WOWWW! so cool. She was telling him that we use a different bible but he explained to her that we use the bible, but we also use another book called the Book of Mormon. we hadn't even taught him about the Book of Mormon yet but somehow he explained to her perfectly. that was just so cool.

As well this week, Romeo fed us! It was soooooo good. He is one of the most firm recent converts I have ever met. He received the Melchizedek Priesthood yesterday and he is just soooo happy.  just got called as a missionary work leader in the branch which is awesome because he is a great missionary and is really good with missionary work. he helps us SO much.

Last piece of huge news, Denitza and Rodolfo came to church!!!! wow they are awesome. they have been taught for suchhhh a long time and have only been to church once so that was a huge step for them. they are so awesome and they are progressing so much. I love them so much. I love all of these people so much!!!! other than that not too much has happened around here. we have been blessed with lots of spiritual experiences while contacting so that has been amazing. Major tender mercy from the Lord, because we do that  A LOT. I hope you are all doing well and i love you all soooo much!!!! Please be a missionary this week and share your testimony like Guido did!! :)

love,

Sister Woodbury
 


 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Week 28 - Curacao

HIIIIIII!!!!!! WE HAD A GREAT WEEK!

How is everyone doing??? Life if soooo good over here, or just as a missionary in general. So good. This week was FULL of amazing spiritual experiences. Bur first of allllll... HAPPY ANNIVERSARY CHASE AND KIM!!!! I LOVE YOUUUUUUU!!! You're amazing!

So this week we had so many cool experiences. We first had one really really cool and spiritual lesson with a couple named Denitza and Rodolfo. That was truly amazing. The lesson was about faith and it was just amazing. The spirit pretty much enveloped that place. I really don't have any other words to describe that experience. Just know that it was incredible. We were all on the verge of tears. I walked away with such a strong testimony that Jesus Christ is always there for us and we just have to have faith in Him.

We also had an AMAZINGGGGG contacting experience! So, normally when we contact, we stand out on the street. Everyone here has fences around their houses and they don't usually have doorbells, so you have to yell in. Well we were contacting during the day and we really didn't contact anyone interested at all. The only person who we were actually able to contact for a little bit was this woman from the Jehovah's Witness faith who REALLY wanted to contend with us. that was fun. honestly we felt like we kind of wasted our time because we didn't meet anyone even remotely interested. We went back in for studies and lunch and then went back out in the evening. We went contacting again on the same street. We were yelling into an apartment complex but nobody came out! We walked over to the mail boxes to try to figure out how many apartments were included. Where we were standing, you could see the parking area. There was a man standing in the parking area talking with someone. He waved us back, which is definitely not a thing here. We were so confused haha! We went back to talk to him though, and he began introducing himself. He said "yeah I know. i saw you talking to someone else on this street this morning". He honestly didn't sound too happy with us to be completely honest, but then he said "I was on my knees this morning asking for health, guidance, and knowledge. God sent you to me. Do you have a message for me?"  We. died. I was smiling SO big. We had tried contacting that apartment complex exactly one week earlier but just received a huge rejection. then we came back a week later to recontact it, and little did we know we found someone totally being prepared.  It was so amazing. He plans on coming to church next sunday. His name is Albert! He also actually read the entire pamphlet, which is another thing that never happens! It was so incredible.

Then later that night we street contacted a lady named Evelyn! I told her my niece has the same name haha! (Love you little Evy!)  She didn't end up living in our area but contacting her was still so amazing. When we told her we were missionaries, everything changed. She had to catch the bus so we just started walking with her to the bus stop but we were talking to her along the way and she told us that she is going through a really hard time right now in her life and she has been looking to know God more. She really wants to come to church as well! She knew God sent us to her and she is soooo excited to learn more! That was amazing.

And then just yesterday we had one more really cool experience. We had only been contacting (again re-contacting road) for like 5 minutes when we yelled into a little apartment behind a house (there are a lot of people here who own really nice houses and then just have one or two apartments in the back). The door was open so we were really excited because that meant someone was home! We yelled in and the lady immediately started waving us back. Super weird. Then we walked back there and start talking to her.  We said we have a beautiful message for her that will bless her life and she let us into her house and cleared off her couch so we could sit down! we were all standing around her table and just asked if there was anything we could help her with and she started bawling, cupped her face and said "Dios te mandó hoy" which means "God sent you today".  Wow! Turns out she has been going through a really hard time. She said she has been praying and praying. This lady, Sandra, has SO much faith. So much. But she even showed us a message she sent to someone on facebook THAT morning asking to be in their prayers. Truly it was an amazing experience. She had gotten home from the store like 10 minutes before we got there. Everything was just so perfectly lined up. We were able to be in the right place at the right time  A LOT this week. The other cool thing about that experience with Sandra was that before we left home, we asked that we could contact into a lesson, which is something we never ever ask for and is also something that has never happened. I KNOW God answers our prayers. He wants to help us and all we need to do is ask Him!  Truly an amazing week full of amazing experiences.

Also the Parr's came, the new senior couple here in Curacao! They are awesome and so kind! We cant wait to serve with them! But anyway, that is about it this week! I love and miss you all so much and i hope you have a great week!

Sister Woodbury

***As you can see, she received our Halloween package...early!***




Monday, September 11, 2017

Week 27 -Curacao

Hiiiii friends and fammmm!!! CON TA BAIII????

WOW has my Papiamentu (the language of the ABC islands) gotten a work out the past 3 weeks. I am actually forgetting Spanish a little bit because I have literally only been talking in papi. Weird haha! The branch here is just sooo helpful with learning these languages though! I had the opportunity to share my testimony in front of the branch in papi on Sunday and so afterward I bolted to this member named Aldrich (or something like that to help/correct me and he said he didn't have any corrections for me! that was weird and fun! He said he was listening for mistakes but could find any! WOOOOHOOOOOO!! Slowly but surely getting the hang of this thing. Hallelujah. God is real and is very helpful when we ask Him! Just a fun fact for you!

But I just want to say HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY BIG BROTHER CHASE. I love you more than words can describe!!! Hope you have a good day! 

But so anyway, tbh, this week wasn't super eventful.. I have a new companion!  A little greenie (brand new missionary)! Her name is Sister Cole! She is from pretty much all over the world because her dad is in the airforce. They have lived in so many cool places. Pretty cool stuff! I dropped off my little nugget sister Burrup at the airport as well! I will be seeing her for zone conference in two days hahaha! This mission. So funny.

But mainly what we did this week was contact. a ton. it has been a lot hotter than usual so it has been really funnnnn!!! Truly it has, that was sincere. Haha we havent really found too many people who are necessarily interested buuuut I have really gotten to practice my papi so that has been good! We have actually met a lot of incredible people, but the issue is that those people NEVER live in our area. Always in the elders area. so lame. but that's okay :) we got to find them!

Also, we taught this really amazing amazing girl named Kim from Jamaica! I am not sure if i wrote about her before but honestly that lesson we had with her this week was really cool! We taught the restoration and everything really clicked for her and she asked so many good questions! It was awesome!

So sorry i don't really have more for you today but just know that life is good and missionary work is the best :)

Pasa bon dia!!! (have a good day!)
Ami ta stimábosoooo!!! (I love youuuu!!!)

Sister Woodbury
PS...Finally finished this book! :)


Monday, September 4, 2017

Week 26 - Curacao

Hellooooo!!!

I hit my 6 monthaversary a few days agoooo! So weird! It has been a great week with lots of craziness like usual. Soooo here in Curacao it is pretty much all Papiamentu. My papi is getting QUITE the workout! Its rough but fun and the members here just want to help! Romeo, a recent convert, and Yvonne are so willing to help and I am so eager to learn so it has been really fun. I have learned a lot already! Curacaolanians are really honest so they don't hold back haha! I love it though because I can actually learn!

I met the person who translsated the Book of Mormon into Papiamentu! That was cool! He is nice but honestly he is kinda less active... He is coming back though :) So we have been teaching this guy named Boyci (I have NO idea how to spell his name) and he is really cool! He has a baptismal date for October 7th! He is progressing well and I have high hopes for him! as well this week we had to say goodbye to the Scotts :( That was a SAD day. They have been the most incredible missionaries ever and I truly just love them both so much. This mission won't be the same without them and they are just so loved by all of us and especially by the branch here in curacao! We were actually in a lesson with a less active and he said "I miss Elder Scott" randomly, the day after they left! It was really sweet and just goes to show how much of an impact they left on these people.

So on Tuesday I contacted this INCREDIBLE person named Roy. He lives in the Elders area but he is so cool. He has had a hard long life and I actually teared up as he was telling me about it. It was such a spiritual experience though because we actually went to visit someone else, but we couldn't teach her, so we ended up talking with him and two others.  Sister Hardy was talking to one while sister Burrup was contacting Roy's friend Karen who is actually a less-active from Venezuela! And I talked with Roy, one of the reasons why we needed to be in a trio for sure. I was able to teach Roy and wow he is amazing. I read him a verse in the book of Mormon in Alma 5 and he said he wanted to read that and so I left him with that chapter and invited him to church, and he Came!! He and Karen came to church and he said he read the chapter and loved it. He kept telling me as i was contacting him that he was a lost sheep and he is really searching for God right now. It was just a really amazing experience to know that God puts us right where he wants us.  Also, a lady named Mourine called us and asked where our church was out of the blue! That was cool!  We went to a lunch appointment at a members house a couple of weeks ago and she was there, but she left before we taught the lesson. She was nice but not very interested at the time, going through a lot. Then, she just calls us up and then comes to church and loved it! So amazing! We are hoping to teach her soon but her family doesn't really want us coming by so we will see if we can!  Also DARíO WAS BAPTIZED!!!!!!!!!!!!  I was so sad that I couldn't attend but I am just so happy that he got baptized. He is truly so amazing and I love him with all my heart.

We also had Zone Conference this last week and that was really good! It was about the atonement of Jesus Christ. So good!  We also talked a lot about the Priesthood and I just wanted to thank my Father and my brothers for holding the priesthood. I never even realized what a blessing that was in my life and how blessed i am for having righteous priesthood holders around me my entire life. Thank you so much. I am so beyond grateful for you and for all of the many blessings i have received from you being able to hold the priesthood!  I love you!

Also I never thought about this before, but Sister Egbert taught us about what a sacrifice it was for Heavenly father as well. While His son was suffering in the Garden of Gethsemane he had to turn away his head, even after His son called out to him. He loves us so much that he had to let His son suffer through that. I was also thinking about the atonement this morning, and I realized that if Jesus Christ sinned or transgressed one time, just ONCE, then atonement wouldn't have worked. We sin all day everyday and we have repent constantly, but he was and is completely perfect. So amazing. I am so grateful. I truly love all of you so much and I hope you have a great week! Be a missionary and share the gospel! 

Love,
Sister Woodbury
 


 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Week 25 - Curaçao

Wowwww HI!
So first of all, Curacao is GORGEOUS. sooooo green, especially compared to Aruba!   Unfortunately dont have too much to share about people we are teaching and all that fun stuff because i am so new to Curaçao and dont know anyone yet. we also have 3 areas right now but i will only have one next transfer and all of the people we are seeing right now dont live in my area..  Next transfer the islands will be completely full with missionaries! Curacao and Aruba are each going to have 8 missionaries!!!  ALSO president just opened up Bonaire to sisters and sister Burrup is heading over there next week with sister Montenegro and a greenie!  Sister Hardy will be headed to Aruba and will be companions with sister Garcia, and i will be staying here in Curacao and will be training a greenie...so i am trying my best to learn the area!
This week was really good! It has been so fun to be with Sister Hardy and Sister Burrup! They are so awesome! I was also just informed that I am one 8th Hardy so Im basically serving with my distant cousin right now! It is so fun. These sisters are amazing! They are strong...we have THREE areas. Half the island...and we are on bikes most of the time. it has been funnnn!!! Luckily i enjoy biking (most of the time) so it has been fun. But we have been biking  A LOT. We have also had a lunch appointment ever single say this week so I just miss my hour lunch but it has been nice. We have each gained like 339294 pounds this week from all of the appointments. It has been nuts. 
Curacao is actually quite different from Aruba! The people are a lot more dutch so the missionary work here isnt quite so...fast growing... But the members here are awesome. Sister Taylor's recent convert, Romeo, is AMAZING. I taught one lesson with him when i was here for a day my very first day on my way to aruba. He truly is incredible. He lovessss to go teaching with us but he doesnt have a car so he literally WALKS to all of them! He is so converted and amazing. He also walks to church which is like a 7-13 minute bike ride, so I don't know how long it takes him. He is in my area too >:) haha! Same with this other recent convert named Peter who walks to church as well, but he lives even farther!!! Crazy.
I am feeling very optimistic about this next transfer and I am ready to get hardcore rejected a LOT. Curacao is honestly a really hard place for missionary work but I know my companion and I will be able to find the people that God is preparing :) I am just so grateful for the opportunity I have to serve and I truly love missionary work so much. If you are ever contemplating on whether or not you should go on a mission, JUST GO!! I promise the Lord will make up for whatever you have to leave behind. Even if you cant serve a mission, you are still a missionary! That is a huge part of your baptismal covenant! Missionary work is truly so important. Literally this is these people's salvation. Their eternal life with there families. The opportunity for them to live with their Heavenly Father again. When you really think about it with an eternal perspective it really changes things, doesnt it? Let the people around you feel the joy that you are able to feel through this gospel. Please share the gospel with someone you see this week. Do it for their Father in Heaven! It is our responsibility to  share this message! I LOVE missionary work! I LOVE this gospel. I LOVE the priesthood and I absolutely Love Jesus Christ, our Big Brother. I hope you all have a great week and I love you all soooo much! 
Love,
Sister Woodbury




Monday, August 21, 2017

Week 24 - Aruba (but heading to Cuacao tomorrow)

Hello everybody!

Wow. INSANE week. I don't even know where to begin!!! I received a call on Saturday that I am being emergency transferred to Curacao (neighbor island country to Aruba....and pronounced "cure-uh-so") TOMORROW...so that i can learn the area for the next transfer. I normally wouldn't mind too much but our area is blowing upppp!!! They haven't had any success in this area for almost a year, BUT right now we have EIGHT with a baptismal date!!!! SOOO crazy. These people are so amazing. Eight! That is unheard of.

Also I finally fell off my bike earlier this week! First one! Lots of bruises and a scraped up elbow but I am good! That opened the window to falling off though, so I fell like 3 times after that, one because i couldn't see the curb because everything was flooded haha! It rained like CRAZY!!!! We were all pretty soaked. I am beginning to think i need a waterproof bag because my stuff keeps getting pretty destroyed. As for our investigators? Wow. Hoping to have enough time to talk about the eight with a date!

First off Monchi because she gets baptized this Saturday. Wow!  She is incredible. sooo converted, and she is only 12. Here is a snippit of whats going on in her life: Her puppy died the day she got interviewed for her baptism, her parents just split up, and her best friend/sister just moved to Holland. Her prayers? She thanks the Lord for her family, her parents, her sister, and that her dog can live with Him in paradise. Literally she is SO amazing. So strong. Please keep her in you prayers! Her life is HARD. The elder who did her interview said he bawled during it! She really is amazing.

Then Darío! He is doing great!!!! We had a REALLY hard day this week and we went to his lesson and he had hot chocolate and cheese waiting for us. I literally teared up. That was so sweet. We love him so much. He is always taking care of us. We all decided that we are kind of like his daughters hahaha! He reminds me a lot of my dad so it was really fun to teach him.

Thennnn we have Lusdari! She is incredible as well. She just always says over and over again that this is the ONLY true church and she is just anxious to be baptized. So excited. We gave her Alma 5 which is super long, then visited her the next day and she had read it like 3 times.

Then we have Mirella who is doing great! We actually didn't teach her this week because of who knows what but she is doing really well!

Then there is Jesus who is this AWESOME Venezuelan guy! Words cannot describe him. He is sooooo funny and super quirky. He really gets everything though. When they understand the priesthood and if they are really ready for this message, they practically ask you to be baptized. It is amazing. But he said we are the only people he feels like he can trust and he loves the Book of Mormon and all that stuff.

Okay and then there was yesterday. Wow. Yesterday. So this whole week we had prayed to have 6 people with a baptismal date by the end of the week, but it was already Sunday afternoon and we had five, with no one lined up to accept one. then we went to a lesson with three Venzuelans, and boy did the Lord answer our prayers!!! That lesson was incredible. We taught the restoration and it was the coolest and most spiritual lesson so far on my mission. We were able to teach in a way that the spirit could teach them and they just totally got it. They were each pretty much teaching each other. Ronald, Jose (Aliessar's brother), and Jennifer. Wow. When one of them had a question about something we taught, the other would answer it instead of us. By the end of the lesson the spirit was practically yelling at us to invite them to be baptized! We invitied them and they all just said, "yes, of course".  it was so amazing. I never ever cry in lessons and I actually teared up in this one. The Lord answered our prayers. He always does. I am so grateful for this gospel and for he opportunity I have to teach and watch these people's lives change. Life is so good and I love being a missionary. 

Love,

Sister Woodbury




Thursday, August 17, 2017

Week 23 - Aruba

HELLO FAMILY AND FRIENDS :)
Life is so good. Sooooo much happened this week you would not BELIEVE!!!! First of all though......... The Book of Mormon challenge is officially over!!! I really hope you participated in this one because wow this is important. Sooo important. This is the most important thing you could do, it is literally what our prophet just asked us to do!!!!! If you aren't done yet, that is okay! Just keep going! :) 

I have  ALOT of people to talk about right now so I will do my best!!! Here we goooo:
Darío: Wow this human is amazing. He actually kind of dropped us for a few days and wouldn't let us come by or answer our phone calls or anything! We left notes at his house here and there but it didn't do anything. THENNN we felt inspired to make him a cake and then drop it off right after, and HE WAS HOME! we talked to him and he is still on for his baptism and he is just doing amazing. He has changed SO much and he is just so converted. We LOVE him. Also funny thing about him is that he loves the way I pray for some reason so he always makes me say it. He made me say it both times! 
He is getting baptized on the 2nd.
Then we have an investigator named Ernan who is a semi crazy old man... We don't teach him very much but he comes to church sometimes and this last time we were all standing up singing the Battalion Republic song and he would fist pump every time the chorus started. We started laughing so hard that we cried hahaha!
Then we have our sweet little Monchi :)  She is doing really really well but this week her parents split up and she moved out with her mom so she has been pretty bummed. I feel so bad. She is so tough though. Pray for her please!
Gloria: She is that contact that we made a while ago and she is amazing!!! We cant see her very often buuuut we taught her half of the restoration and WOW she understood it all and just ate it up! She really is amazing and she knows that God sent us to her and that these things are true :)
Cloudie: She is a Hatian woman who only knows Papiamento. She is awesome!! Came to church yesterday! Me and sister Garcia had to teach her by ourselves though. We were able to do it even though we could only speak Papiamento!! So thankful for the help of the Lord.
We also contacted a man this week who is actually the brother of an INCREDIBLE member here who got deported my first week!!!! Incredible.  He also knew another amazing member here who many of you have seen pictures of who got deported this week. That was a really cool prompting of the spirit! We weren't going to talk to him, but then we went and we were glad that we did!
But like I mentioned, another amazing member of the branch got deported. My heart shattered when I was informed. Please pray for the Parra family. I love them so much. Such great people. 

We have alsoooo been teaching this guy named Jose Luis Garcia who is just FLYING through the BoM! He is really incredible! We are going to teach him tonight and I am beyond excited. I knew he was a special person when we first met him. He came here with 8 friends and all of them have gotten deported accept for 2. I hate deportation.
Thennnn we have our lovely Arubian friends Roshen & Nielson!! These people are so amazing. Nielson actually reminds me  A TON  of my big brother Chris!! It is always a little weird when we teach him because I always think about that haha! They are doing really well though! They said that they have noticed a really big change in their home since they started taking lessons. We read Galatians 5:22 with them and explained what Long Suffering means and they said that that was the biggest thing they have felt recently. They believe the Book of Mormon is true but they aren't 100% sure yet!
Thennnn we taught this Arubian man named Deric!  Wow is he amazing! He said he has really been searching for the truth and he just has a lot of potential. He is amazing and he is part of a family of four :)
Thats all i have this week!!! So sorry for the craziness!! I truly love you all so much and I miss you a ton!!! Have a great week!!!
 
-Sister Woodbury
 



 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Week 22 - Aruba

Wowwww What a crazy week. I remember NOTHING. Buuuut first off today is sweet little Linley's Birthday!!!!! Wowwww! Stop growing up!!! As well, one week left of the BoM challenge! time to wrap it up! Love that book and whoever made it to the end of this challenge is just so blessed. :)

I hit my 5 monthaversary this last week! No puedo creer lo!!!!! Haha I cant believe it! A mi no por kere! Wednesday was so crazy my family and friends! We had nine lessons and 13 really amazing contacts. That is nuts. seriously. Especially for the Caribbean/Aruba!! That was a day of miracles honestly. This last week we have really felt the guidance of the spirit. We were always in the right place at the right time. It was amazing. We have also had the opportunity to teach the restoration a lot and man, these last few lessons have been powerful. The people have been completely understanding it. Completely. it has been such a cool experience and I am so grateful that I get to be here first hand experiencing it!! With a series of really inspired questions we have been able to watch the spirit teach these incredible people. The most powerful ones this week were definitely with the following people: Henry, Edwardo, and Fernando (some of our investigators) and it was just so amazing.

Also we contacted some AMAZING PEOPLE this week. One of the amazing contacts that we made was with this lady named Gloria. It was so cool. I could just feel that God sent us to her, so I told her that and she said that that exact thing popped into her mind as well. She lives in a hidden little part of the main road and we never would have gone by her house if it wasn't for divine guidance!! We have also been teaching this sweet little Arubian (Hatian) girl named Besh! She is amazing! Her mom doesn't want her to get baptized but she really wants to! She is incredible. There is also this young girl named Monchi that we have been teaching from a less active family and she is set to be baptized on the 26th! So amazing! She is really cute! I will include a picture of her with the BoM that she made haha!  She really is so cute and sweet and she is going to be a great example to her family.

Okay. We also found this guy named Jose Luis. HE IS SO AMAZING. So prepared for the gospel. I swear. We have been stopping by where he works for like 5 minutes but his boss stopped letting him do that so we are finally starting to get to teach him at his house and have actual lessons with him! We have been leaving him chapters to read, but we just found out last night that when he finishes the chapters he just starts reading from the beginning!!! He LOVES that book! He is all the way in 1 Nephi 18!!!!! Seriously he is the best. We get to teach him about the restoration tonight and i am so excited :))))!!!!! We also had a really cool experience this week with this lady named Mirella! She has been going to church for like 3 months with a really awesome member (I thought she was a member) but she would NOT let the missionaries visit with her. Then she finally told us we could meet with her last Sunday at the Members house, so we left her a chapter to read in the Book of Mormon (even though she was already reading it on her own). We had a lesson with her and then through a series of questions and when the spirit was there she told us she wanted to tell us something. She said she prayed to know if she should be baptized into this church and then she opened up the BoM to a verse in Alma five that told her to repent and be baptized and she took that as her answer. She also went online last week and antimormon stuff popped up on her computer but she just closed it all because she new it was all just there to make her lose her testimony. She is amazing. She has such a testimony that these things are true! She wants to get baptized on her birthday, September 12!

So excited!! That is about all I can think of this week! So sorry this email is kind of rambly! I will try to be better! Our week was just so crazy and busy and I just cant think straight right now hahaha! I love you all and miss you SO much! Big Hugs!!!

Hermana Woodbury


Monday, July 31, 2017

Week 21 - Aruba

Hello everyone!!!!! 
Welp, Sister Petersen is home (in Utah) and I have been with Sister Taylor and Sister Garcia this past week! It has been fun! Honestly not too much happened this week so this is going to be a short email, but the biggest thing that happened was........SEBASTIAN RECEIVED THE PRIESTHOOD!!!! He is so awesome. Sebastian and Marlien were at church yesterday and i just felt sooooo happy. Marlien leaned over to me during one of the classes and just whispered, "thank you for coming to me house". My heart melted. I love her so much people!!!

Also I just realized that this will probably be my last transfer (6 weeks) in Aruba because we can only legally stay on each island for 6 months every year, and I am coming up to 6 months! I will definitely miss this place SO much but i am also excited for the adventures that are ahead!

We have been contacting (knocking doors or meeting people on the street) a lottttt recently and we have actually been contacting a lot of really cool and prepared people!! We contacted this young man named Immanuel. It was a really cool contact because he just let the spirit into his heart and we taught totally by the spirit! We basically taught the entire restoration and he just connected all the dots! It was sooooo cooooool!!!!!!! Just getting to witness the spirit was such an amazing experience. We were totally guided to him as well, because we were supposed to have a lesson with someone else at that time but it got pushed back, so we had a small amount of time to contact. Then, we were guided to him! It really strengthened my testimony that the Lord will guide us to those who He is preparing and that those who are prepared will be able to be taught by the spirit and understand! It was really quite amazing.   
Other than that, not much else happened this week! It has been really fun though and both of my companions are really sweet!!! We are working hard and diligently! :)

Also.... Happy Birthday Felicia!!! I love youuuuu!!!!! And 2 more weeks left of the BoM challenge!!!! Even if you havent started it yet, I know you can finish it because I have read it in two weeks before!!! And i can promise that if life has been tough, this book will help you more than anything else. Read it!!!!!I love and miss you all sooooo much and I hope you all have a great week!

Hermana Woodbury


Monday, July 24, 2017

Week 20 - Aruba

Halloooo con baiiiii? (Hello!  How are you doing?)
Okayyyy soooooooo things have changed with Marlien since my last email.....She pulled the worlds biggest 180 in the universe. SHE GOT BAPTIZED ON SATURDAY!!!! I honestly am still in shock because of the crazy roller coaster leading up to this point. We had no idea what we could do to help her.. The Egberts (mission president) were in Aruba and we got to go teaching with Sister Egbert! While we were out with her we asked her what her thoughts about Marlien were because we honestly had no idea what to do. She recommended to show Marien the short Restoration video, which is exactly what we ended up doing. After watching the video, we asked Marlien if she believed Joseph Smith was a prophet and she said "yes". We about fell over in our seats. Honestly!  She told us that she still wants to be baptized. This all happened on Monday! We extended her original date (last Saturday) and she said yes! Then we just made it happen! Her baptism was amazing. We also taught her temples last week and that lesson was soooo beautiful. She loved it. She said it was the most beautiful lesson we had ever taught her. It was so amazing!!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BROOKS!!!! Love you!!!  Also 3 weeks left of the BoM challenge!!! I hope you are doing it!! It is sooo important that you do so!
Transfer calls were this last Saturday...and I am staying in Aruba! When Sister Petersen goes home I'll transfer to the Oranjestad area and will be in a threesome with Sister Taylor and Sister Garcia! This will be sister Taylor's last transfer before she goes home, and it's only sister Garcia's second!  Crazy!

Also this week we found out that Belkis isn't legally married and she has no way of getting married for a long time.  Darn. She loves the Church though and she will be baptized as soon is she gets married :)
Things are calming down in the Santa Cruz area because the Elders who work in Paradera are going to take our area/recent converts!  We haven't really been looking for new people to teach because the elders wont really be going to Santa Cruz except to visit our recent converts! I'm excited for next transfer though!  The area I will be in is mostly Latinos so it will be fun :)

I hope you are all doing well! I love and miss you all so much!!!!  Have a great week!
-Sister Woodbury
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Monday, July 17, 2017

Week 19 - Aruba

Hallooooooo!!!!

Such a fantastic week oh my goodness!!!!
Family and friends Sebastian got baptized and confirmed!!! That was BY FAR the most spiritual baptism and confirmation that i have ever been able to witness. Everyone who was there kept on talking about how spiritual it was and we were all just absolutely BEAMING. The closing song was "There is Sunshine in My Soul Today" and MAN was that soooo fitting. I just cannot put it into words. That baptism was amazing and I am soooo grateful for the opportunity I had to attend. So the story behind Sebastian is that his mom's cousin and her husband are SUCH strong members of the Church here in Aruba. They are the best. So when we contacted him we didn't know that, but we made that connection a little bit later on. So Sebastian's mom's cousin (Michell Parra- I love her to absolute pieces) and her husband (Jose Parra) have been SUCH a major help. If it weren't for them i really don't think he would have been able to be baptized. Michell told us (before we received permission from Sebastian's mom) that we would never be able to receive permission... well all she really said was that she would pray for him because his mom usually doesn't like this kind of stuff... But he asked her and she was TOTALLY okay with it!!  The Lord has prepared him so much and everything is just lined up so perfectly for him. He is preparing to receive the priesthood next Sunday :) We love this kid.


Buuuut anywayyyy!!! HAPPY HAPPY  BIRTHDAY TO MY LITTLE NIECE ABIGAIL!!!! I LOVE YOU!!
Also 1 month left for the BOM Challenge!!!! I just wanted to include the talk given by Prophet Thomas S. Monson because this incredible man receives direct revelation from the Lord for every person on this earth. He is really really old and weak now, but he had the energy to give us a three minute message back in April. He could have talked to us about anything, but all he really talked about was the Book of Mormon, and the importance of reading it every single day. Please hearken unto his word, because his word is the Lord's word!!! READ THE BOM EVERY DAY!!!
Here's the talk...

The Power of the Book of Mormon

By President Thomas S. Monson

I implore each of us to prayerfully study and ponder the Book of Mormon each day.

My dear brothers and sisters, I greet you most warmly as we are met again in a great general conference of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Before I begin my formal message today, I would like to announce five new temples which will be built in the following locations: Brasília, Brazil; greater Manila, Philippines, area; Nairobi, Kenya; Pocatello, Idaho, USA; and Saratoga Springs, Utah, USA.

This morning I speak about the power of the Book of Mormon and the critical need we have as members of this Church to study, ponder, and apply its teachings in our lives. The importance of having a firm and sure testimony of the Book of Mormon cannot be overstated.

We live in a time of great trouble and wickedness. What will protect us from the sin and evil so prevalent in the world today? I maintain that a strong testimony of our Savior, Jesus Christ, and of His gospel will help see us through to safety. If you are not reading the Book of Mormon each day, please do so. If you will read it prayerfully and with a sincere desire to know the truth, the Holy Ghost will manifest its truth to you. If it is true—and I solemnly testify that it is—then Joseph Smith was a prophet who saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ.

Because the Book of Mormon is true, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord’s Church on the earth, and the holy priesthood of God has been restored for the benefit and blessing of His children.

If you do not have a firm testimony of these things, do that which is necessary to obtain one. It is essential for you to have your own testimony in these difficult times, for the testimonies of others will carry you only so far. However, once obtained, a testimony needs to be kept vital and alive through continued obedience to the commandments of God and through daily prayer and scripture study.

My dear associates in the work of the Lord, I implore each of us to prayerfully study and ponder the Book of Mormon each day. As we do so, we will be in a position to hear the voice of the Spirit, to resist temptation, to overcome doubt and fear, and to receive heaven’s help in our lives. I so testify with all my heart in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.


I LOVE THIS TALK!!! Please read it and let it touch your heart!! I implore you, and so does the prophet, to read the Book of Mormon every single day, member or non member!
Buuuut so anyway hahaha....
This week we went to zone conference in Curacao!! It was such a great zone conference and I felt the spirit sooo strong there as well. I learned a lot and it was just a really really good conference. My companion, Sister Petersen gave her departing testimony and that was sad! She will be HOME next Thursday night! Ahhhh! 




Okay soooo Marlyn still is not doing great... She googled Joseph Smith which is a great thing to do if you are looking for information that is either completely false, partly true, or true but has a skewed perspective. Honestly I don't know what is going to happen with her but we are praying for the best :/

Also Belkis! She knows that this Church is true and she wants to get baptized and originally she wanted to get baptized fast, but after talking with her husband she wants to go "poco a poco" (little by little/ take it slow) so we are working with her now! It has been a little bit challenging because she keeps telling us she wants to be baptized but not anytime soon. Aghhh.
Other than all of that craziness, this week we also did a ton of senior couple stuff! Sooooo fun! We did a ton of senior couple stuff every single day for like half the day. I hardly have a Chaco tan line anymore from being in the car.  haha! Fun stuff! I love you and miss you all so much! Have a great week!!

Love,

Sister Woodbury

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Week 18 - Aruba

I don't actually have too much time to write today so this might be on the shorter side buuuuut here we go! Crazy week. Honestly this week didn't really go as planned but it was still good! We did a LOT of senior couple stuff (taking care of things that a senior couple normally would take care of) among teaching and being taught haha! 

So update on our investigators:

Darryl: we haven't been able to meet with him, don't know if we ever will honestly... So sad but We still pray for him every day!

Marlyn: She took a dramatic turn. We had a pretty rough lesson with her. She just cant feel God's love for her at all and she is questioning everything. She said she was going to pray about whether or not we were actually sent from God and then said she will let us know tonight if she still wants to be baptized. Please pray for her!! There were a lot of tears in our last lesson with her. So sad. We are honestly pretty Heartbroken.
On a lighter note.... Sebastian is doing awesome!!!!!!!!! He had his baptismal interview this last week and he is all good to go! His mom signed the form so we are just anxiously anticipating Saturday :)

Belkis: Not sure how much I have talked about her before but she is doing awesome as well! She doesn't know how long she is going to be in Aruba (from Venezuela and REALLY misses home) but we are all hoping she will be around long enough to be baptized on the 22nd! She is really awesome and has SO much faith! She is incredible. She really wanted to know the commandments so we taught all 3 of the biggest ones before we even taught her the Plan of Salvation. She just hopped right on board! She can't read very well but she loves the BoM and said she wouldn't leave it for anything. She is incredible!
That is about it this week about our investigators! How are you all doing on your BOM challenge????? ONE MONTH AND ONE WEEK LEFT!!!! You can do it, I promise!!!! If you are reading, I promise you will be blessed and you will come to know our Heavenly Father soooo much better!!

Also CONGRATS CARTER HANSEN ON YOUR MISSION CALL (Hanoi Vietnam) !!!!   WOW!!!!!!! You are going to be incredible! :)
Thank you all so much for your love and support, I couldn't do this without each and every one of you! I hope you all have a fantastic week and I love and miss you all so much!
Sister Woodbury
 




 

Monday, July 3, 2017

4 Month-aversary!

Bon Dia Rumanan!
Wow this week was full of fun and some minor bummers but overall joy haha! First off, EUCARY GOT BAPTIZED AND CONFIRMED!!! Wooohooooo!!! One of the elders who started teaching her over a year ago was able to attend and it was just really awesome! She is doing amazing and she is a great example
to me!


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Update on the rest of our investigators:
Darryl no longer has a testimony of the Book of Mormon and whatever his dad said to him really didn't help. He didn't attend church last week for the first time in over a month and we have a lesson with him tomorrow but we just kind of expect it to be a last little super sad lesson. It has been really sad to see his heart harden and he has just changed a lot :( Keep him in your prayers! God loves him and so do I and we are praying that he gets baptized one day because he has already had a spiritual witness that it is true. 

We have been teaching this little 12 year old nugget named Sebastian! Wow he is awesome and really really prepared. We met him because he was always at the house of one of our other investigators from a while ago who never progressed. We gave him a Book of Mormon a while ago and didn't think much of it and then we didn't go back to that house for a while and the we stopped by just to check up on our non-progressing investigator and he came out and said he'd already read through MOSIAH.  We.Died. So then we started teaching him and he is doing so awesome! He came to church yesterday and is getting baptized on the 15th of this month!! He has prayed about everything and he knows it is true and he is just an incredibly prepared little child of God haha!

Then we have Marlyn who is doing so incredible, family! I love her! She is soooo awesome! She is progressing really well and even though she has the craziest life on the planet she always makes time for us and for the Lord! She is really really awesome and we are really excited for her baptism on the 22nd!

We have also been teaching this Venezuelan woman named Belquis that we contacted a little while ago and she is doing awesome as well! She isn't super educated so it has been kind of hard because we have to keep it super duper simple and we have to take it really slow but she is definitely progressing! She is awesome and really sweet and she told us she hates when we have to leave haha! So sweet! We love her!  That is everyone I can think of today... But we are working really hard and we are finding some really amazing people!

Alsooooo 1 MONTH AND 2 WEEKS LEFT OF THE BOM CHALLENGE!!! Keep it up if you're doing it and start if you're not!! I promise that if you take the time out of your busy life to read that book, that the Lord WILL bless you! I know that without a shadow of a doubt! Also, when you read the Isaiah chapters READ THEM WITH THE FOOTNOTES FROM THE BIBLE AND WITH THE BOM STUDY GUIDE! trust me! I actually understand all of those chapters now haha!

I love and miss you all soooo much and I hope you all have an incredible week! 
-Sister Woodbury
 
 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Week 16 - Aruba

Helloooo!!!

Wow. Crazy week. Like always.... Okay soooo where do i even begin??? First an update on our investigators:
Okay soooo about Darryl... Apparently he got permission from his dad on Sunday but he also got quite a talking to...and now he's having second thoughts... doesn't know whether he should be baptized. We have done everything we can think of and he is really doing his part so I am leaving it up to Heavenly Father. He has seriously been breaking our hearts!! We are really hoping for the best and we are already planning for his lesson on Friday so that should be a really good lesson! Pray for him please!! He really is super awesome but he is having a really hard time. He is going to church, praying a ton, fasting, and reading out of the BOM and so are we so we are just leaving it up to the Lord now!
Marlyn is doing AWESOME (picture on the blog). She was really sick for a while so we couldn't see her for a long time!!! We were kind of nervous about that but when we had our lesson with her early this week we decided to take a member with us that we have taken before named Sister Aalsae. We usually have a pretty hard time actually teaching when we bring her because she talks A LOT, buuuut we wanted to bring her because they are super great friends. As soon as we said the opening prayer sister Aalsae just kind of started going off on a super long story and right when i was about to try to say something I Looked over at Marlyn and she was just bawling. At that point I kinda just sat back and let sister Aalsae continue and follow the promptings of the spirit! As soon as sister Aalsae was finished, Marlyn said "I don't know why, but I feel to baptize" in her sweet little broken English. She is SO cute and WE DIED. she has been waiting for an answer about whether or not she should be baptized and then boom. the spirit told her she should. That experience was incredible and it really showeld me how important member lessons are even though they are often a major struggle! She keeps saying she still hasn't changed her mind and she knows she needs to be baptized now! Also, later in the week, we taught her the first part of the Plan of Happiness and we went in knowing that she had concerns about Adam. We really prepared for that part of the lesson more than we usually do and after we explained it you could practically see her brain working. She was able to understand and she kept saying that we taught her something new and now she has a different perspective! That was so cool. We asked her a lot of questions during the lesson in a way that she was kind of able to teach herself through the spirit so that was an awesome experience! She is doing AWESOME though! We loveeee her! Her baptismal date is July 22nd!
Next we have this sweet little Venezuelan named Eaucary that we have been teaching for the past month whose baptism is this Saturday! I haven't mentioned anything about her yet because I thought that we weren't going to get to teach her! We taught he while were working in the other area and when we moved back to our area i thought that we weren't going to get to teach her but We found out that we could! We were soooo happy! She is a little bit shy but she is awesome and she has taken the lessons twice before so she already knew everything. She is doing awesome and we are super excited for her!
Up next is the BOM challenge! You have 1 month and 3 weeks left!!!! Keep reading! I promise that it will bless your life and help you have a better relationship with our Heavenly Father! I PROMISE! :)
Okay so today was awesome and crazy! Sister Petersen and I biked from lighthouse to lighthouse which are located on both ends of the island! It was soooo fun and it rained a lot which was weird because it never rains here. We got SOAKED and i got sooooooooo dirty. Then we ate at a really nice restaurant at the end of our journey and we were exhausted. It was soooo fun though! Seriously so fun!   The storm that passed through was not bad at all. It hardly rained and nothing was flooded or anything! It has been wayyyy more windy than usual though so that has been really hard with the bikes and the lovely hills in Santa Cruz, but all is well! :) 

That is about it this week! It was a crazyyyy week but it was super duper fun and life is soooo gooooood! I love you all and miss you all so much and i hope you have a fantabulous week!

Love,
Sister Woodbury



Monday, June 19, 2017

Week 15 - Aruba

Hiiii!
Got to skype with my sweet "little" family yesterday and it was so fun! They are so precious and you are all SO lucky to have them nearby!! Happy Happy birthday to my sweet Sister Brittney!!! I love you sooo much!!!!

Okay so this week was pretty darn good, like usual :) We are officially back working in our area because the other sisters just got here last night to work in the other area!! We have 2 investigators! Aghhhh!! Haha these next few weeks we are literally just going to be contacting, contacting, contacting, and contacting! It is going to be fun and i am definitely going to get skin cancer if i don't have it already... WOOH!! Hahaha but anyway, our two investigators are doing pretty well! Darryl is doing AWESOME. that kids, guys. He is sooooooooooooooo awesomeeeeeeeeeeeeee. I dont have a picture of him yet but but just picture a super tall dutch kid who sounds really american and prefers English. He is progressing really well and he just knows this is true. Every time we teach him something new he just accepts it right away. To our other investigators we usually ask them to pray to see if what we have taught them is true but he already knows it is! He prayed after our very first lesson with him and he has known since then so nothing new (to him) throws him off at all. It is awesome and he is amazing. We are hoping, praying, and fasting that he can be baptized on the 8th of July but his dad is being tough.... He is super..uhhhh... scary. He needs to give Darryl permission so that he can be baptized but he doesn't want him to.. We have been praying SO hard and fasting a lot and we are really hoping for a miracle here. We will be fasting with Darryl from breakfast and lunch on Wednesday and that evening he is going to ask his dad for permission again. He has to be really careful how many times he can ask just because of the way his dad works so we are making this time extra special. I am not supposed to ask people back at home to join in special fasts buuuut... Uhhhh.. So yeah! ;)

And then we have our sweet little Surinamese mom, Marline! she is soooo cute. She has been really sick with the flu or something bad so we haven't been able to see her much but she is still doing pretty good! Our last lesson with her was really good! We have been really pushing on what she can do to receive her answer if these things are true and then after she said she hadn't really been doing her part! During the lesson she said "i promise the Lord that i am going to read at least one verse out of the Book of Mormon every single day" just out of the blue! That was awesome. She is really sweet and she said she already knows that these things are true but we know she hasn't really received an actual answer about the BOM yet. Well received or recognized, either way! We are going to check up on her tonight and i am hoping she is still doing well! We haven't seen her since Wednesday when she was feeling a little bit better but then she didn't come to church so we don't know what happened there.. But other than that my week was pretty low key!

Just a couple of things before i end... 2 MONTHS LEFT ON THE BOM CHALLENGE! I really really really hope you are participating in this challenge, member of the church or not. I PROMISE that this book can and will change your life and i can also promise you that it is the most true book on the face of the earth. If you haven't started the challenge yet, there is still time! I never really studied the BOM back home and i had no idea what i was missing. It is sooooo important to study, ponder, and pray about that book people! So important! The entire church rests on whether or not that book is true, and I know it is! Also, please try your very best to have missionary experiences this week! I want to hear about any experience you have that is even remotely missionary-esque!

So there are some really crazy political parties here, MEP and AVP are the two biggest. Everyone here is very open about who they prefer. They paint their houses to match the colors of their political party and they have huge flags attatched to their cars and houses! Just thought that was interesting haha!

I love you and miss you all and i hope you have a fantastic week!!!!!
-Sister Woodbury