Friday, December 26, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014

Merrryyyy Christmas to my favorite family and friends!! Happy Navidad today! I hope that everyone has a great day and spends it with their families. I got to talk to mine and it was so much fun! Now I get to help other people's families down here and thats just as fun. People celebrate Christmas here on the 24th so we already celebrated it.  But today  we are gonna have a christmas party with just our zone, so that'll be fun. 

I really have learned so much while i've been out here and a ton about our Savior Jesus Christ and his importance. If we want success in this life we need to go back to the basics, learn from the scriptures and follow his foot steps. Its easy to say but sometimes hard to do, but if we try our best, God will make up for the rest.

I love being a missionary!! I  love the mission so much. I cant believe that its christmas though... i STILL and will forever feel like we are int he heat of summer..but its okay cause it makes me less homesick. I hope everyone has a great day today though, and we'll see ya next Christmas!

So the traditions here for navidad are to eat tamales, pig and torejas which is like bread soaked in eggs with milk on top..sounds gross but its not that bad. The saddest thing is that everyone here in the south decided to buy a whole pig and eat that for I had a pig friend for about 2 weeks and then it ended up on my plate last night, very sad! Not to mention...I was looking into a pot and SURPRISE!!! the pigs head was sitting there...I literally cried. everyone laughed but it was not all that funny to me! The other tradition is everyone and their mothers shoots off firreworks so from 12-1 we were listening to them. happy 4th of july??

I love you all so much, thank you for always writing me, it seriously means so much! go team woods!! have a great day and set some goals for the new year! Until next week :)

Hermana Woods!

pics: we made matching dresses for christmas and won best dressed at the christmas party..wel not really but at least I think so haha my comp hermana Pinel! then christmas night hangin out with my girls.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Dec 1, 2014 Doing Great

hey mom I love you so much! This week was honestly the week that changed my mission. I learned so much and most of all I learned that god is a god of miracles. We had two baptismal services this week and I have never prayed for anything harder in my life. Ill explain it in the group email cause I dont have a lot of time. Glad to hear everything is normal, happy december!! only 24 days and I get to talk to you...and I will cry. I made a voice recording for the family to explain what happened this week. I Love being a missionary. I love my comp more than ever too. She has seriously taught me and she told me that I changed this week for the better. And now I dont just teach to teach but through the spirit I say the things that the people need to hear. I know that Im supposed to be here right now and that Im not juist your average missionary. In the most humble way Ive learned this week that I have a lot of potential and that I have the ability to bring this light to other people. I love being a missionary!!! i love you :) Maybe like 50 should be good. or 100 cause I wanna buy some new shoes or if you wanna send me clarks for my birthday that would be perfect! thanks for everything. have fun in florida...remember when we went the three of us...8 years ago what the heck?! Im growing up :) but I love it. have a great week xoxoxo love Jazziegirl

Nov. 24, 2014 Thanksgiving

Hey family and friends, how are you all doin? I am alive, yay!! I didnt write last week because I was really sick but I am better now and back to work. This was a good week..well we are slowly getting back into the work but we are going to have baptisms this week yay! Glenda is getting baptized on Tuesday and we should have a few others on saturday. I love missionary work!

I dont really have anything super funny this week...except for that every family always watches the news called HCH and CholuVision...and since they're always giving sad news I always pretend to be the news girl and give good news. I have a voice and everything, and its in spanish which is even funnier. My comp calls me choluvision...haha and the people call me Goods still.

yesterday Hermana Torres cooked tacos and we had real mexican was so great!! SHe studied cooking in new york for a year so you can imagine how great it was. Normally we just eat tortillas, beans and salty eggs..and weird chicken. So I was real happy yesterday!

We went to the river again this week to help our friends wash their clothes..well we just made sure they were safe and I got eaten by ants again. This area is sooo sweet! We live at the foot of really pretty mountains. and its a really rural area..animals every where. The people are so humble and its sooo hot here! It's hotter than Arizona...but all is well!

Im really happy here :) I love the mission! Im almost half way done its crazy...but I gotta get off cause we're writing in the stake center and allll the elders and hermanas are in this small room and we are about to watch english yay!!! Happy Jazzie :) love and miss you tons! have a great week and happy thanksgiving!

hermana Woods! 

Dec 8, 2014 Good Times A Keep On Coming!

This week was another great one and miracles keep on comin! It is honestly amazing to see the Lord work progress so quickly. I have changes again and even though we only had a month and a half here we feel like we did what we came here to do! We worked really hard and were blessed to see the progress of our work as well. We had another baptism this week and his name is Fernando. he is a part of our golden family! They are so special and are the people who I really think we came here to find. 

Bessy has become one of my best friends and loves us like her daughters. She has seen her family be blessed as they go to church and are obedient. Her spouse..well almost spouse has made the biggest change that Ive seen on my mission. He has a crazy past but he is starting over a new life. We have really seen a new change and spark in this family. At the baptism Bessy explained how Fermando will serve a mission and before I go they will actually get married and baptized. I love them so much and it breaks my heart to leave them. But I know that they will be taken care of!

On another note...we went to the temple this week! What should have taken 3 hours to get there...took 7 and a half wooh hoo!! There was a huge accident so we couldn't pass this bridge. After 3 hours of waiting and I was pretending to give the news as my famous""Choluvision"" news was pretty funny. we finally got there and it was a great experience. Mario, Bessy and Fernando went and they want to get sealed next year!

I love this gospel!! Im a little nervous for changes but I know that everything will work out how it is supposed too. Also my best friend and older sister Hermana Torres goes home in two days and I will be a mess. but don't worry, you will all get to meet her one day :) love you all and hope you have a great week!!

Hermana Woods 

pics. the family that I love! me putting on Bessys wedding dress to get her more excited about the wedding and to get started on the papers and the baptism!