Tuesday, April 7, 2015

General Conference, Easter, and grits

Hello Family and Friends!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend! Easter is the "most sacred holiday" as Holland (I believe it was) said at General Conference. Speaking of which: How did ya'll like general conference!? Oh my, best thing ever. As a missionary, it's like Christmas but it's twice a year as opposed to once ;) haha. It seriously was so inspiring. We had two of our gators (Betty and J) there, both of which just LOVED it. How could you not? 

Betty is ready to be baptized on Saturday! It's been the coolest thing watching her gain a testimony and testifying of the strength she'll receive from the Holy Ghost when she's baptized. YAY Also, the prophet talked about temples in conference and she just LOVES the temple. I can't wait to go with her!!

So from General Conference and things that happened this week I'm thinking a lot more of our Savior, Jesus Christ. It's SO important to have a strong testimony of Him and I hope everyone knows that He is literally there for you and loves you deeply. It's so sad, some of our 'gators are just trying to develop a testimony that He was the Savior of the world. Ultimately, it's their decision to act- to pray and read the Book of Mormon and it's our responsibility to promise them they'll receive an answer. And they will!! I've seen it happen. It's all the little things though: read the Book of Mormon and PRAY. Once you already have a testimony- keep it strong! 

On a funnier note: we went to see our new 'gator Chase on Friday! He's from Philadelphia and we met him at the library a week or so ago. Our Bishop's son came with us to see him and we had quite the adventure! haha. We walked up and he wasn't home right when we got there... wait for it... the Lord always has perfect timing :D Chase walked up a couple minutes later holding a puppy! Turns out it was a stray. So the four of us new friends, 'gator, RM, and two missionaries, walked across town to the police department to return this lost puppy whom we affectionately named Spot. It was a funny situation to be in, especially hearing Chase describe it to his mom on the phone. Hopefully it's semi-entertaining for whoever is reading this haha :) He got a Book of Mormon and was excited about it too! Turns out the puppy's name is actually Leeroy and he's safe and home now :) 

I don't think I've mentioned it before, but there's another Sister Woolley in my Zone! And we showed up to a training meeting matching exactly... so that was funny :) 

It's really neat seeing how the Spirit works. I know I talk about it a lot. But guys, it's SO REAL. J. also loved conference and we gave him a tour around the church which he was just absorbed in! He looked at all the pictures we had in the building and just stared at them as we testified about it all. :D Gives me a huge smile.

Things are going really well! We have two weeks of the transfer left and I pray that we'll keep having success in good ole Leesburg.

Oh!!!!!!! Dale was in the hospital this weekend for some internal problems. Sad, he couldn't come to conference but he accepted having a priesthood blessing! We've talked about the priesthood a lot with him and offered a blessing before and he finally wanted one. Four Elders came with us after conference and it was SO cool. Miracles are happening :) his wife, who's been kind of not happy about us coming over to teach him, was super talkative and happy so that's awesome too!

Well, I'll probably think of more later but that's all for now folks. I pray for ya'll everyday. I love each one of you, thanks for the wonderful example you've been to me. 

Sister Woolley

P.S. before the priesthood session of conference the men had a huge dinner that they invited us too.... consisted of pancakes, bisquits and gravy, sausage, and grits or "georgia ice cream" as he likes to call it. oh boy. stomachs were not super happy later on hahah. <3333

 returning a lost puppy
Sister Woolley with another Sister Woolley! (and they match...)

Hanging investigator Mildred's laundry & eating grits!


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