Monday, April 24, 2017

Week 7 (4/24/17) - Aruba


Okay so I have been counting the weeks wrong so I am actually on week seven this week! My bad! I love it here! Aruba is soooo awesome! It looks almost exactly like Arizona so that is weirding me out a tiny bit.. It looks soooo much like Guadalupe or some parts of Mesa!

Okay so my companion is Sister Petersen (from Utah) and she is super awesome! I have been wayyy lucky with my companions here in this mission. The Lord knows :)   Papiamentu is a super duper weird language, and some of the Spanish speakers here are hard to understand because of all of the different accents! There are just about every kind of Spanish speaker here that you could have! It is pretty cool.

So we are on bikes! I haven't even been on a bike in 5 years since I got hit by a car so i am pretty darn rusty but I am getting better each day! It is hardddd!!!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY KIM!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU!!!!

Hermana Woodbury 11-28
Willemstad, Curacao
Hopefully that will work... Not positive if it will. 
How is everybody's BOM reading??? 1 month left! You can do it!
SOOOOO we went to a baptism for someone who my companion has been teaching for a while and then a few hours after that he got deported (see pics). Crazy. He wasn't even able to get confirmed!! He got deported and so did one other member of the church. The entire branch was crying that wholeeee Sunday and pretty much half the branch went to the airport to say goodbye. So absolutely insane. The branch here is soooo incredible you would not believe!!!!!  This is the strongest branch in the mission and these are the best members in the world. most of them are illegals from Columbia and Venzuela.  Venezuelans are the best humans on the planet. The branch is a pretty good size... idk maybe around 100ish people? maybe? Idk. Its called Oranjestad or however you spell it.

We have been teaching an investigator named Christian. They contacted him with a super super brief little message a little over a week ago and then they invited him to church like they do with everyone, but no one ever comes! He came!! That was a pretty big shock. Sister Petersen and I have been back three times now and he is just eating up everything we have to tell him! He came to church again yesterday and he is just so excited to know everything about the gospel! Every lesson we have with him is just SO spiritual and incredible. It makes me feel bad for kind of taking the gospel for granted for so long. 
Okay well that's about it this week! I love and miss you all sooo much!
-Hermana Woodbury


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Week 6/7 (4/18/17) - Curacao

Hi folks! 

Here's Allie's latest message (below) just received today!  She left the Dominican Republic last Monday after 5 weeks in the Mission Training Center there, and flew to the mission headquarters in Trinidad where she spent a week working and getting oriented before traveling to her first assignment on Aruba, via Curacao.  She was in Curacao today and then flies to Aruba tomorrow.  Because of her language assignment and visa problems in Trinidad it's possible she could spend her entire time in Aruba and Curacao, where the predominant languages are Dutch and Papiementu...which is a combination of Dutch, Portuguese, Creole, Spanish, and African.  Apparently her change in language from English to Spanish was to help prepare her.  Here's a little clip of someone speaking Papiementu:
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Hello everyone!! I hope you are all reading the BOM (Book of Mormon)! 1 month and 1 1/2 weeks left in my challenge!! So this email is going to jump around all over the place and I have a bad keyboard.. Sorry!

Soooo we had another little devotional with Elder Gonzalez! That was fun! I also almost got robbed while on splits (exchanges)  with the missionaries in the Dominican Republic.. The guy was on a motorcycle, but was unsuccessful because my purse was slung across my I am grateful! It could have been waayyyy worse. Let's just say I am grateful to be leaving, and heading to my first assignment in Aruba.

So I arrived in Trinidad Monday of last week to spend a week near our mission headquarters before heading to my first Aruba!  I got to spend the week here in Trinidad as a companion to Sister Kimball! She is seriously the best. I followed her blog about her mission before I came so it was pretty weird seeing her and all of the places she had taken pictures of in person! That was pretty cool. It was a really great week in Trinidad! We met some really awesome people while we were contacting. One guy we met was extra awesome! His name was Warren! He seemed pretty interested! We tried to set up an appointment with him but he works a lot so we couldn't really get a set day and time. We called him later in the week to try to set an appointment, but we still couldn't set one with him. While we were still on the phone with him though, we asked if he read the pamphlet we gave him and he said he did, and he said he had his girlfriend read it too! Then on Sunday we ran into him while we were in the contact area and Sister Kimball said that if it weren't for the spirit, she totally wouldn't have recognized him! We were able to set a day and time while we were talking to him which was awesome, and then we started talking about the pamphlet again. When we asked him about it he got happy and started smiling and he told us that he read it and he took it to work and everything. He also said he didn't want us to teach him if his girlfriend wasn't there because he wants his girlfriend to learn too! Then one of the other people we have been teaching started yelling down the street to us telling him to praise God and give his life to Jesus semi jokingly, and he just turned to us and said something like "She always takes this kind of stuff as a joke...I don't, I take this stuff seriously!" Warren is awesome. That was such a great experience.

I love Trinidad! I wish I could serve there longer than a week! I'm headed to Aruba tomorrow where I will meet my trainer for the next 12ish weeks- Sister Peterson! I have heard great things about her so I am pretty excited! I would say it has been nice to be in an English speaking country but I cant because THEY DO NOT SPEAK ENGLISH THERE!! Some people are easy to understand but some are actually impossible. It usually depends on how educated they are.

Aaggh...I never received any of your mail at the DR MTC.  They said if she gets any of my mail they will forward it over to Trinidad, but I am not hopeful about that.. The Egberts (mission president) said to give the address to my apartment in Aruba for mail but idk if that's correct so don't send anything until i can ask sister Peterson!

I got pretty sick when i got to Trinidad! I know- typical me. Oh well! I am feeling much better now! President gave me a Papiementu book... AHHH!! It isn't Spanish at all! It is a mix between spanish, creole, dutch, english, portugese, and african. That's gonna be rough. I may be coming home trilingual though!  Apparently they speak more Spanish in Aruba than they do in Curacao so I am really counting on that! So Pdays (preparation days) in the field are soooo much better than in the MTC. Way less stressful and much longer! Pdays will usually be on Mondays so that's when I should normally send emails- unless they have some crazy holiday which they do often. Sunday was fun in Trinidad! The wards (congregations) here are TINY!!

Fun information: I learned today that if they hadn't changed my mission to Spanish speaking at the last minute I probably wouldn't have ever actually made it here due to all the visa problems they're having in Trinidad...and would have visa-waited my entire mission in the states! Grateful.

Interesting side note.. I found out that President Monson's patriarch was a Woodbury! How crazy is that??

I had dinner with an insanely wealthy family last night and they invited Sister Payne over! Sister Payne was the first member of the Church in Trinidad so I thought that was pretty awesome! She is my favorite and I love her. She is soooo cute. Anyway, all is well here in The Trinidad mission! I love you and miss you all! Please be sure to send pictures- and that applies to everyone! Have an incredible week!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Allie Arrives in Port of Spain, Trinidad - 3/10/17

Dear Family,

We are happy to announce the safe arrival of your daughter to the Trinidad Port of Spain Mission.  She arrived happy and excited to serve. We will be in orientation tomorrow and then she will receive her companions and go to work. We are very happy to serve with her and promise we will take good care of her for you. Thank you for your support and prayers. She will be writing you next Monday on her preparation day.

President and Sister Egbert

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Week 5 (3/6/17) - Santo Domingo

Hola amigos y familia!!

So I am super sorry but this isn't going to be a very long email! Also I am super sorry if I don't reply to an email you sent last week, I am not sure if I will have time this round but I will try next week!!

So I experienced my first earthquake!! It was a 4.7 and it was actually pretty scary even though it wasn't really that powerful... We were all in our beds when it happened and we were all pretty freaked out!

I went on splits (with the local missionaries) this last week and I am going again tomorrow!! It was pretty fun! It was super cool to get to go out into the field for a day! We took the metro and a bus which were both super cool! I didn't really talk much that whole day but I was asked to say the prayer once so that was kind of scary but fun at the same time haha!

General Conference was soooo awesome!!!! Please watch it even if you aren't a member of the LDS church! ( )   Totally amazing. That's all I really have time to say about it but I really didn't have a favorite talk because they were alllll sooooo gooooood!!!!!!

I have heard that several people have sent me things but I have not received anything yet and I am not sure if I will... I am hoping that if they do end up receiving anything that they will forward it over to Trinidad!!  We had another INCREDIBLE lesson with "Carlos"!!! It was seriously so amazing. Somehow it was even better than the one I told you about last week! Hermano Jimenez said he has been wanting to tell my companionship something for a while and he said he is finally going to tell us tomorrow so I am absolutely thrilled to find out what it is! I don't feel very ready to leave the MTC but our Hermano Jimenez says we are ready soooo hopefully he is right! I am not sure why but every time we have a lesson with him I can talk pretty much fluent Spanish, but when I am not in a lesson with him i have a pretty hard time. It is sooo odd! In lessons I totally have it but outside of lessons I totally don't.

Also found out that in Curacoa they speak Papamiento. Not Spanish. AHHHHH!!! I know nothing about Papamiento other than that it is a dialect of Spanish. I am terrified. Please send help. Welp thats all I have this week!

I love and miss you alllll!!!!