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") 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. 


Sister Woodbury

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