Monday, February 23, 2015

Jazzie Teaches George Bush

hey team! This week went by even faster than the last....I dont even know what to say. I feel like I blinked and then it was over. We worked harder this week than I have in my entire mission. We honestly didnt waste even a little bit of time and I am really happy with the progress we are seeing. Its not to say that the mission is perfect yet, but I am to the point where there is just so much more good and fun than sad times. wooh hoo!!

Today we spent our pday with our favorite family of grandparents here. We hang out with them when days are hard and I always have my hammock to come to when its just way too hot. But today we decided to climb trees in the comp has a passion for it..who knew? I guess thats what all the little kids do in Peru. she made it almost all the way to the top. I made it half way then got scared haha. Now we are cooking lunch here too so I gotta run and help soon. 

My friend that has crutches went to church again and he was so excited to be there. He calls us Elders...and every time we correct him he just denies the fact that we are just hermanas haha. Also his name is George and this week he was telling me, and screaming that his name is George Bush...thats about the craziest he got this week. but he is changing his life step by step.

I think we are going to have a miracle baptism this week!! his name is Moses and he is so great. We have been teaching him for 2 weeks but he used to go to church with another member family. he loves the church and wants to get baptized this week so he can go to the temple. It would be a miracle! Please keep him in your prayers.

The work is moving forward and so are we. I am learning more and more every day and I love the mission so much. Time is flyingggg and I only have 7 months left to enjoy it while I have it. Thank you for all the support and love. love to all my favorite fans haha have a great week :)

love, Hermana Woods

Feb. 16th last week

hey team, this week flewwww by again. I honestly havent had a more challenging, rewarding, difficult, successful week on the misison. It is hard to explain but everything was an adventure this week. I have decided that God really does give us the added strength that we need and love for the place that we are in. I love Honduras so much...but if I wasnt a missionary, I dont think that I would so much. It is so hot, the people here are crazy and lazy and the food is gross.

But I love that I was called here, I look beyond that stuff and only focus on the good. I love finding the people who need the most help, the people who live in broken families, have addictions, teenage pregnancies (this week our investigator that was supposed to get baptized next week..we found out that she has a husband of 45 and she is 15-..and that is normal here. so sad) and things like that. Every single person here is loved by our Heavenly Father as much as he loves me. For the reason alone, I love the people here! I have learned so much on my mission and I will continue to do so as time goes on. I only have 7 and a half months left so time to get goin!!

We had Zone conference this week and the first half was rough..our misison as a whole isnt doin so hot right now so we got hit hard with obedience lectures, dats and all that. but then after lunch we had a surprise and we got to watch Meet the Mormons! Our president gave us all popcorn, chocolate and a soda and it was great! They love us and we are ready to hit the ground running. }

Everything is going well here! We went to the beach today and I am veryyy sunburned, but thats what life is like here in Choluteca. I love it here! Thank you to all of my friends, and fans. I love you all so much. go team Woods! have a great week, I know I will :)

love, Hermana Woods

here are some pics! my camera works again, yay!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Miracle Week

hey friends and family, what a week!! things are goin great here in Choluteca honduras :) although it is veryyyyy hot..... We are finally seeing progress, and even though the baptisms arent comin yet, we are seeing people's lives change for the better. I have a story to share with you all today!

so first of all, I want you to all meet my friend George. he is a less active member that hasn't been to church in 6 years. We met him when he was walking with his crutches about a month ago when we were on our way to church. He says "hermanas Elderes, I am a member and I want to go to church today. Let's go" After talking we realized he was a little bit drunk..but he still wanted to go to church so we all went.

 A month passed by and he was hard to find. We decided to visit him on Saturday and when we got there he was passed out on the floor of his adobe house. We thought he was drunk but it turned out that something horrible happened. Someone stole his crutches, then another guy came and stole his money ( he had quite a bit because he is poor and always asks for money, he also has a backwards knee and the other one has big screws in it) It broke my heart to see him like that, we decided to share a message with him and say a few prayers as well. The spirit was really strong in the lesson as we talked about how the Lord sometimes teached us lessons the hard way. he promised to put his life back in order if someone would lend him crutches. We left the house and kept hm in our prayers all day and tried to find crutches. the night passes and we passed by to take him to church in the morning in a truck..but he wasnt home, we thought he had gone to the bar. Much to our surprise, we walked into the chapel and who was the person seated on the front row? GEORGE! With a pair of did it happen? I don't know, but what I do know is that God is a God of miracles. i am so thankful to receive his help day after day. George is one of my great friends and its because we look at him, not as an old drunk guy but really as a child and son of God, which he is. 

The mission has really opened my eyes and changed my perspective. I see people differently now, and it's amazing. I love serving and i love helping people. I am so sad that I will be home this year and it will all end one day. So I am enjoying this precious time while i have it.

There were other great experiences this week but those will just have to wait. We met a ton of new people and families. I am learning every day and I love my comp. life is good. thank you for all your prayers and support, I can feel them. Also shoutout to my mom and Aunt Jennifer for the birthday packages! now I dont walk around with broken shoes :)  I love you all, have a great week!

Hermana Woods :)