Tuesday, May 17, 2016

So this week has been a roller coaster, and unfortunately, I have zero time to tell you all about it. So.... Highlights!

I got to see Lele again! She stopped by our apartment, cause we live in the same complex... :) It was awesome to see her again. :D I also see her sometimes at the church building, but it's always fun. 

We tracted into a super solid potential named Carly! She accepted a BoM, and we will hopefully be stopping by this week to see her again. 

We stopped by a less-actives house, then when we got inside, realized that she wasn't the less-active we were looking for, and were able to have a lesson with her anyways! Tender mercy that one. It was a little awkward praying at the end, cause I didn't know her name... 

We were able to go and do some work in another Sister's area while her companion was at MLC, which is always a blast. I love the mini-exchanges we have all the time. :) 

I will be singing at MLC in June! They called and asked if I would be willing to, and I accepted! I'm excited! :)

I don't have much time left! I hope you all have an amazing week! 

1) Roomies! 
2) This is how Sister Phinney walks around the house every morning, and it's my favorite thing ever. :) 



Sunday, May 15, 2016

On Tuesday we went and helped some other Sisters all day, because they were put together for a day, but neither of them could drive, so we wound up being chauffers. It was fun getting to spend some time with them before they got transferred. We went up to transfer meeting, which is always exciting! We had lots of fun, and had to say goodbye to Sister Wolterman as a roomate. :( She's going up to Rancho to be companions with the other Lead STL. It was kind of a sad moment to see her go, but we got Sister Dinning as a roomate, and she's super awesome! 

We had dinner with some recent converts, and they are so awesome! Growing up in the church, it's sometimes hard to see from peoples perspective who didn't, but it was so cool. They bore testimony to us so simply, and the spirit was so strong. The mom went and did baptisms at the SLC temple for the first time, and there she met President Ucthdorf! When she was telling us about her experiences, she just glowed. It was so cool to be in their home, and feel of the spirit there. It's cool to be around people who are converts, because they didn't grow up with this. They had to choose to join the church, and abide by the precepts and standards. They CHOSE to CHANGE. As I was sitting there I had that little epiphany. I was raised this way, and yes I still had to choose to keep the commandments, and be worthy, but they had to change  their habits and the way they lived to become part of the true church of God. It was just a cool night. :) 

We had a farewell dinner/ get together for President and Sister Orgill, because next month they will be going home ( to Orem! woot!) and we will get a new President. It was a surprise, and as soon as they walked in the doors, Sister Orgill just started sobbing. It was so sweet. Then they went through the line, and hugged every single missionary. It was such a fun night, and a sweet experience with them. Hopefully I'll have pictures soon. :D 

We met some really good potentials while we went tracting and contacting this week, so I'll keep you updated on what happens with them. 

I got to talk to my family yesterday, and that was an awesome experience. It was so good. 

That's about it for this week! I was ponderizing a scripture in Isaiah this week, it was Isaiah 1:16-19, 
16 ¶Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil;

 17 Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.

 18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

 19 If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:

I really liked this, because I feel like it helps me understand the atonement better. He first instructs us to do what we can to be clean, then he promises us that through the atonement, we can be made completely clean, spotless with his help. I also love that it says if we are willing and obedient. That is what is required of us. 

I love you all! Have a good week! 

Picture 1) WE FOUND THE TARDIS!!!  So I took a picture with it. :) 
Picture 2) What my roomates/ companion did for "exercise" one morning. 


Sunday, May 8, 2016

Picture 1) Lele's baptism!
Picture 2) Roomies at the temple! 
Picture 3) Sister Phinney and I 
Picture 4) Our District :) 

On Mon, May 2, 2016 at 11:49 AM, Anne Jacqueline Wood <anne.wood@myldsmail.net> wrote:
Hello! Sorry that my subject lines are so lame, I can never really think of what to put there. Today is the start of my 6th transfer as a missionary! That's super weird, but good I think. 

Sister Phinney and I will be together for another transfer!! Woo!!! No changes at all, I'm still driving, she still wants to drive, and we're going to kill it here in Marblehead. :) I love it here, and am grateful I get to stay. 

Um, news... 

I had an interview with President this week! First thing he says to me when I get in his office, "Sister Wood, this morning I felt like you and Sister Phinney needed to stay together for another transfer, now that you are here, I feel even more strongly that you should. What do you feel about that?" Uh... I guess transfers aren't a surprise anymore... :) But I know that it's what is right, so I was happy to agree with him. It was just a pretty funny way to start the conversation. 

We had dinner with this awesome family in Sister Phinney's last ward on Tuesday, neither of them are members, but they have a son on a mission in Canada! So that was a super cool experience. It was really cool to feel the spirit that was there when they let us share he lesson. They aren't interested, but love having the missionaries in their home. I was just an awesome experience all around. 

We had a family history training this week, and I loved it! Every time I hear about family history, I just get really excited. I can't wait til I can spend more time on it. It's just so cool to be able to go and try to find members of your family who don't have their work done, and see if you can do it yourself. Seriously, so cool. :) 

Lele got baptized! Such an amazing experience. It was actually a double baptism, with the Elders. It was so cool to be there for her. We sang I am a Child of God, (we being Sister Wolterman, Sister Corpuz, Sister Phinney and I.)  and it was just super special. After she came out from changing out of her wet clothes, I asked her how she felt. She responded with one word. Happy. :') I know that this gospel does just that, brings happiness. She was glowing, and it was so so so amazing. I am so grateful I go to be there. 

We went to the temple!! I love the temple, and I am grateful that I get to go as often as I do. We had a wonderful time. Then we went and helped Stella go to Costco, which is never boring. :) 

Yesterday we went to the temple music devotional, and I saw some of my friends from South Coast! It was so awesome to see everyone. It was such a cool day. :) 

Tomorrow are transfers! We are going to be helping some other Sisters with stuff so they can get all their luggage up to Irvine, so it should be an exciting day!

I have been thinking a lot about the love of Heavenly Father recently. We met with a LA this week, and she has been having a rough time. Her brother in Ecuador and his two sons passed away when their house collapsed during the earthquake there. She was struggling with her testimony, and knowing that even though bad things happen, Heavenly Father still loves us, and is still there for us. I felt prompted to share Romans 8:35, & 37-39 which says, 

 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

When I read that to her, I just knew it was true. Yes, bad things happen, but Heavenly Father will never, ever leave us. He is always watching over us, and nothing we do, or anything that can happen will lessen his love for us. It was an amazing lesson, and an amazing testimony building moment for me. 

I hope you all have an amazing week! Know that Heavenly Father loves you, and I love you! 

Love, Sister Wood :)