Monday, May 25, 2015

Fueling Flames Amidst a Storm

Hey ya'll!

Happy Memorial day! To all those camping out in Carpinteria--- swim in the ocean for me and go to Robettille's candy shop please! Haha, I hope it's been fun and not too cold.

We had a pretty great week! Going from a trio to a regular companionship was a slight adjustment but it's been good. For starters, we're super excited for our gator Hannah! Not sure if I mentioned her before but she's 18 and she's getting baptized next week in a lake in Michigan haha. Her mom and sister are members but she had to wait until she was 18 because her dad is not so excited about it. But she's awesome and really happy for her baptism :) she's seriously on fire- whenever we teach a new commandment or anything she's all in committing to it. we're sad we can't go to her baptism but she'll be getting confirmed in the Leesburg Ward!

On Wednesday we got to do service for an awesome less active family in the Ward. They're fixing up their yard and oh boy it's a big job. We helped them pull tons of weeds and chop lots of branches into smaller pieces. It started out insanely hot cause it was the middle of the day haha but then (welcome to Florida) it just started pouring rain! What was really fun was that the member was making a fire to cook dinner outside and we just kept the flames going strong amidst the downpour--- hence the title and knew gospel analogy. If you continually nourish the flames of your faith even when trials and faith pour down, you can keep the fire strong :)

Had an awesome lesson with our gator David. He's the one who works at Waffle House and he wants to get baptized! We set a date and are praying for him but he didn't show at church on Sunday so we're kind of worried. He's very excited to learn and has been reading the Book of Mormon so we're not quite sure what's happened- eek. The members have been really great at fellowship with him so that's a huge blessing. 

I love the members here so much! We're working with a lot of less active members of the ward and we had the sweetest experience saturday night. We stopped by one family, the Murrays, to see how they were doing (the mom had broken several ribs a couple of weeks ago... yikes). She was so happy to see us and came outside to tell us how she is really set on coming back to church finally and getting her youngest kids baptized. One is almost 9 and the other is almost 8. She just opened up about how much she wants to take her whole family to the temple and was just crying. I'm so grateful to be here with her and to help her and her family get to the temple. We're going to start meeting with them twice a week because she wants the family to have the lessons and they committed to coming to church on sunday! Pray for them, they're amazing. :) 

Thank you all so much for your love and support. I really do appreciate it and recognize it. I love you all! Don't forget to help the missionaries out in whatever area you may be in ;) haha. And never forget how much God loves you. Keep pushing forward, like the talk from last general conference-- Latter-Day Saints keep trying. Because, "In the strength of the Lord" YOU "can do ALL things". Have a wonderful week!!! 

Sister Woolley

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