Monday, June 30, 2014

Apple Valley, California -June 30, 2014

Hey family,

Well I know this email is coming in quite a few hours later then normal.  Sorry mom for making ya wait so long.  Since our zone reached its baptismal goal for the first 6 months of the year, our zone leader, Elder Smith, told us he would make us all milkshakes.  So today for our zone activity, we met at the institute building at Victor Valley College and had milkshakes and played pool and ping pong.  It was a lot of fun.  But that was scheduled for 12 to 3 and so we didn't have time to email before.  So that is why it is late and now ya know what we did today as well.  

Here is a cool fact I found out today. There is an elder in my zone who we are related to. His name is Elder Jones and his great great grandpa is William Woodward.  I think his great grandpa is Clair Woodward...Does that sound right?  I dunno.  But we figured that out today.  He asked me if I was related to any of the Woodwards in Preston that had the chicken farm from Napoleon Dynamite....I had to say yes to that one.  

It sounds like Dad had a fun trip to Alaska, probably not what he had planned, but still fun.  Ian sent me a couple pictures from Harry Potter World as well.  I guess he had fun.  And now Mom Ian and the girls are off to Canada for the next two weeks.  When do Camille and Adam move?  Things are just crazy at home, like usual.  Congrats on the baptism Cameron! Good job.  That is wonderful.  

This week was better for us.  Sister Ellis' back has finally started to get better and we have been able to work a lot more.  We did a district blitz in our area this last week.  That is where all the missionaries in our district all come and tract in our area.  So there were 10 of them.  That went okay.  We have one return appointment from it. So we are excited for that.

We actually have 3 appointments set up this week with potential investigators.  One of them is named Thomas.  He is 16 and we tracted into him.  We left him a Book of Mormon and said we would stop by next week.  The next time we stopped by, we couldn't meet right then, but he told us he was already to chapter 8 of 1 Nephi.  We were pretty excited about that.  So we have a lesson set up tomorrow with him and his younger brother Noah who is 10.  We haven't met the parents yet, so I don't know what the family situation is yet.  I guess we will find out.  But we are gonna get some investigators this week.  It is going to happen. 

We had a lesson with the Villarruels this last week.  This is the family with 4 boys.  The boys and dad are interested, but the mom is catholic and doesn't want to change (doesn't go to church, just tradition)  So she has asked us to stick with lessons that both Mormons and catholics believe in.  We had a lesson on the 10 commandments, and the Holy Ghost, as well as a few about Christ and the atonement.  This last week we decided to do the Restoration.  Not quite what she wanted or expected, but it is what we were prompted to teach.  The spirit was so strong the whole lesson. We all felt it. We know the two older boys and Ana (the mom) all felt it as well.  We are just praying that Ana's heart will be softened and she will accept it.  We left them a couple copies of the Book of Mormon and asked them to read and pray about it.  We are hoping and praying the boys will do it.  The dad wasn't home for the lesson so I have nothing to say about him.   

On Saturday night, we were in our bedroom planning and we heard a lot of noise outside.  When we looked out, there were tons of fireworks going on a few miles away.  Both Sister Ellis and I, as well as Sister Ebmeyer and her granddaughter, ran outside to the front yard and watched the fireworks for a good 20 mintues.  It was a long show.  It was early for July 4th but we can't think of any other reason they would be having them.  That was fun.   

Well I think that is all for now.  It should be a good week.  I have been emailing Kenzii and things aren't going well for her.  She has broke up with the boyfriend again, but she isn't going to church either.  Hopefully things we change for her soon.  I just wish I could do more for her.  Maybe I will get transferred back to Santa Fe for my last transfer or something. 

Anyway, I hope you have a great week.  Have a safe trip to Canada.  Work hard and kick some butt! Don't get hurt.  

Sister Woodward

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