Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Apple Valley, California -July 7, 2014

Hey Family

Well it sounds like quite the week you have had at home. I am glad you got cable so that the tv could help keep the kids attention while mom left for two weeks.  That is good.  And who doesn't want to watch the world cup?  Well lots of Americans, but other than that, no one!!  My guess for the world cup is going to my Argentina.  I think they will win.  And I bet Germany will beat Brazil.  Then Argentina will be Germany in the finale.

I can't believe Amber is already coming home! It was during her farewell that I decided to go on a mission and now she is on her way home and I only have 4 months left.  I wish I could be at Amber's homecoming, but I guess I won't have that much luck.  

On to what happened to us this week.  We had about 4 lessons set up with potential investigators.  We also had about 5 other potential investigators we were going to try.  We met with all of them, taught a few lessons and none of them told us to come back.  They all said they were comfortable where they were.  They like their church.  Their parents hated mormons-lots of reasons.  So we weren't able to find anyone this last week. But hey we have one more week in the transfer and lots of time to go and find!!  Miracles happen!

On Wednesday we had a lesson with the Borse family.  They are less active and have 7 kids.  The 2 oldest don't want anything to do with the church.  Usually the mom and the other five are there for out lessons.  This week was girls camp so we were missing the next two oldest.  The mom text us on Tuesday night and asked if we could teach a lesson about borrowing without asking.  So we came up with the idea to take a bunch of the kids things without them knowing.  We warned the mom.  So we got to the lesson and told the kids we had never seen their rooms or their favorite toys.  They proceeded to take us to their rooms and show us everything.  As soon as they put down a toy, either Sister Ellis or I would grab it and stick it in our bags.  We then went back out to the family room and taught the 10 commandments to them.  We told them we were going to focus on stealing though because recently one of the daughters bikes got stolen.

We started to pull out all of their toys from our bags giving different scenarios  for each toy we took.  We asked them out they felt when they found out we had it.  We asked them what they thought other people feel when they get things taken from them.  It was a really good lesson and we had a lot of fun with it.  The mom enjoyed it and I think we got her point across.  

Friday was a great day.  We had to do our weekly planning with our zone leaders-that was fun. haha That took about 2.5 hours.  We went home at about 5:45 because it was the holiday and we need to be in at 6 on holidays.  Sister and Brother Ebmeyer had dinner ready. Sister Ebmeyers dad was there and so was their grandson in law.  We had dinner and then decided to play a game of UNO.  Josh (grandson) and Grandpa Newman both wanted to leave but we talked them into staying for just one game.  This was the craziest game of UNO I have ever played!! It went on for an hour and a half-not exaggerating.  SO LONG.  All of us at one point got down to 1 card and then everyone would team up against them and with in just a few turns we would be at 15 cards.  It was crazy, but so much fun.

Then we went outside and played badminton for a bit.  That was fun.  It was like 830 the weather was in the high 80s and we enjoyed it.  We went inside to plan, but heard fireworks.  We went out side but couldn't see any.  So sadly we went back to our bedroom.  A few seconds later Sister Ebmeyer came running to our room and told us she saw fire works. the three of us all ran outside to the back and found some fireworks.  We pulled their tramp to a good spot and sat and watched them for about half an hour.  Then the three of us just laid on the tramp and looked at the stars for another 20 minutes or so.  We just talked and had such a good time.  We saw a few shooting stars.  It was so fun.

Saturday we had an awesome lesson with a less active.  She is 14 and her name is Maddie.  We watched Joseph Smith the Prophet of the Restoration with her.  She asked so many questions.  She has been reading her scriptures and marking them like crazy.  Every time she has questions she texts us or calls us.  We meet with her twice a week.  She has come so far since we came here.

No other missionaries have ever been able to get in their house.  We were the first.  The first time we met Maddie she was mouthy and mean and back talked everyone.  She said she didn't have any believes and would barely come out of her room to say hi. We kept bugging her (knocking on her bedroom door, calling her, leaving things outside her window) and finally she opened up to us.  She just needed that attention.  She know is super sweet. She has made such a change and she even commented on it the other day.  She is happier and her whole family situation has changed.  She has asked us how she can have the spirit with her more and how to repent.  Her younger brother just got the priesthood and that has made a huge difference as well.  Just have the presence of the priesthood in the home makes a difference even though it is just the Aaronic priesthood and we have now witnessed that.  It was amazing.

Well that is about all for this week.  I hope you all have a good week.  I love you lots.  Keep Maggie safe for another 4.5 months.  Have fun in Canada

Love Sister Woodward

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