Monday, February 22, 2016

Fasting to find the prepared

Hello hello beautiful people! Life in the sunshine state is, as
always, full of miracles and joy!! Another shoutout for a birthday:
Happy Birthday to my beautiful sister and best friend Heather, woohoo!
I love you!

Here's just a few of the miracles and events of the week!

We taught our Haitian friend again with a Haitian member and she just
took off teaching the whole thing and we just sat there in awe trying
to pick out words we knew and what was going on. He seemed to enjoy it
though! We'll be having an actual Haitian missionary teach him next
week haha.

If y'all remember our Iranian family we're teaching as well, we had
probably the most spiritual lesson in their home this week. We
retaught the restoration and Reza said he felt the spirit most with us
and was considering baptism. We tried extending a date but he wouldn't
accept it just yet. The member who is already scheduled to baptize him
was with us, and Reza just said "he will make me a Mormon" Okay...

We got to teach our gator at the church Thursday night before the
Relief Society activity, which she stayed for yay! A member from the
Belleview Ward was there as well and I was so excited! They had a
professional organizer come and gives us tips! That was pretty cool
but the best part was when she said "what would you do if you had 244
hours of free time in a year!?" She went to one woman in the Ward and
her response was that she'd visit her grandchildren. Then she walked
over to me and asked it! I freaked out a little and all I could say
was, "oh goodness, I don't know!" Everyone laughed. What even is free
Afterwards we tried to teach her about the gospel but she wouldn't
have it. Oh well.

On Saturday there was a stake zone conference for the missionaries,
bishops, and our stake presidency. It was all about the members
working to find for the missionaries to teach and it was so cool! The
stake president committed the bishops and Ward mission leaders to find
and baptized 90 people in 2016 and then promised that we would match
that number with the people we talk to, find, teach, and baptize this
year. HOW LEGIT. I'm so excited. So now we have plans on how to make
it all more effective :) How are each of you finding people for the
missionaries to teach??

After dinner Saturday night we had a member come with us to a lesson
that fell through. While walking through the apartment complex to the
next appointment we had the coolest miracles! This member either knew
or could relate to everyone we talked to. This one man worked in the
same hospital with our member and they talked and laughed for a while.
We taught him about the Book of Mormon and he almost didn't accept it
until the member said "you have to read it!" And handed it to him.
Members have something that we don't, y'all are powerful tools for
missionary work!!

My testimony of fasting was strengthened ten-fold yesterday. We fasted
for our investigators and our area, to help our brothers and sisters
progress towards baptism and GUESS WHAT HAPPENED. We had a few people
lined up to come to church and no one came except the one we least
expected: Kelly!! She walked in at 8:40 and we almost didn't recognize
her. We met her about a month ago and finally had set up an
appointment on Friday which she had to cancel last minute and then she
said she'd come to church. And she did! She stayed all three hours and
she seemed to really enjoy it :) she said she may even bring her 10
year old son next week! Holy cow.

AND THEN as we were wrapping up the evening we went to a scheduled
appointment with a dear member and the investigator wasn't there. Soo
we drove around the corner to our backup plan, knocked on the door,
and the adult daughter of the woman we went to see opened the door.
She looked a little surprised and asked who we were. Very simply we
explained and asked if we could share a message about Jesus Christ
with her. She goes "oh yes! Let me gather my children!" What. She
closes the door and we hear multiple voices in the background and then
she reopens it and we see 6 people sitting on their couch. They set up
chairs for us and all looked at us expectantly. It was twin sisters
and their 4 kids as well as a friend and her child (who turns 8 on
Sunday haha). We taught them the restoration and the spirit was SO
strong. The children asked amazing questions and everyone understood.
I can't even describe it, it was so great. After answering questions
about the restoration the kids even went and asked a ton of questions
about the Plan of Salvation! We laughed and explained that we will
teach that next time :) we are so excited!!!! Please please please
pray for these wonderful families :)

Sorry this is eternally long. I am so excited about each of the people
and the experiences we've had this week. The work is moving forward in
the FOM and throughout the world. I'd like to challenge each of you to
decide on a date when you can have someone taught by the missionaries
in your home. It's a life changing experience for your friends being
taught, for you, and the missionaries. D&C 50:22' "Wherefore, he that
preacheth and he that receiveth, understand one another, and both are
edified and rejoice together." And that's the joy of the gospel :)

I love you all so much! Thank you for all that you do. I hope you have
a fantastic week!! Thanks for the emails and letters and support. Go
forth and be strong <3

Sister Woolley

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