Monday, March 28, 2016

Easter in Olympia

Hey ya'll!

I hope you had a super great Easter, all centered on our beloved
Savior, Jesus Christ. Both Sister Burnette and I had the opportunity
to bear our testimonies during fast and testimony meeting yesterday
and what a great experience that was. Everyone who got up to bear
their testimonies spoke by the spirit and it was such a spiritual
meeting for the edifying of all who were there.

To start off, Sister Burnette is getting ready to depart. She leaves
tomorrow. It's been hard for her because she loves the mission and
doesn't want to leave. I feel so blessed to have been able to serve
these last two transfers with her! She is a very hard working
missionary and we did great together :)

Part of the Florida Orlando Mission culture is to have a member at
every lesson, so we bring members out with us to everything. What's
really funny is that about 5 times this week, members we had with us
bailed at the very last minute for multiple reasons that were quite
ironic: one just completely forgot and one actually broke his wrist
two hours before. What!? He's okay, don't worry.

On one of our finding attempts this week the only people we could find
and teach were Haitians and Hispanics! So we gave a lot of referrals
to the Spanish elders and taught the Haitians. Most of them have
decent English. Between us and the elders in the Ward, we'll have to
start a Haitian branch here haha.

We had a really cool experience with a woman we met last week. She
recently lost her husband and we had shown her the Easter video and
given her a Book of Mormon. We popped in this week and she let us
right in. We shared part of the restoration and she is really open to
us coming back. She's got two daughters as well so we are excited to
begin teaching them!

Thursday night we got a phone call from the mission office with an
interesting request.. A couple from Davenport (out of our mission) was
coming to do temple work for the wife's mom and her dad (who wasn't a
member) was coming and wanted to learn more about the temple! So we
had the opportunity on Friday to teach this man, Dennis, outside of
the temple about what we do inside. He had taken the lessons before
but had never even read the Book of Mormon! We basically taught him
the restoration and part of the Plan of Salvation and by the end he
said he would finally read the Book of Mormon. What a sweet man. It
was a great experience for us as well and I'm grateful we got to do
that. :)

With our Haitian investigator who is taught mainly in creole and we
testify simply in English... He knows that the church is the only true
church! His struggle is that he works on Sunday. Could y'all pray that
Jim can get work off on Sunday's so he can come to church?

Last night we taught the sweet family :) I think they're struggling a
bit so please keep them in your prayers as well.

Saturday night was the women's broadcast! It was amazing and I hope
you all watched it. I loved the theme about service. It really hit
home. One talked about seeing through windows instead of mirrors,
mainly, focusing on others than on ourselves, and I really loved that.
I hope we can each make an effort this week to really focus on others
and therefore focusing on Christ. Because, "when ye are in the service
of your fellow beings, ye are only in the service of your God" Mosiah

I love you all and I'm so grateful for each of you! Thank you for the
uplifting emails and prayers. I am praying for you as well and I know
that God is watching out for each of you. Stay on the straight and

Sister Woolley

Pictures: Sis. Burnette and I teaching at the temple :)
The family! 

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