Friday, January 30, 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015 - Week 75
Heeyyy!! How are you guys?? This week has gone faster than any other week in the mission! Only 1 month left now! We´ve had a great week. We have a few people really progressing. Ivelice came again with Geresly to church on Sunday and they stayed all 3 hours!! They just made the decision to leave their business for that time because church is more important. Geresly went to a YW activity yesterday and had a lot of fun. She´s definitely ready to be baptized. I´m glad you guys will be here to see it! That will be great! Ivelice has an interview this week to get a calling! :) And she´s going to have her temple recommend interview too. I CONVINCED THE VILLA GONZALEZ BRANCH TO GO TO THE TEMPLE ON THE SAME DAY AS THE TAMBORIL BRANCH AND US!!! IT´S GONNA BE THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE!!!! I´m super excited! A man we've been teaching ended up getting all the money he needed and was supposed to have his surgery sometime this week. We´re going to call him tomorrow to see how it went. We´re really hoping for a quick recovery so he can still get baptized in February. Our inactive friend said he´s going to bring him every single week to church and we´re going to baptize his young son too hopefully! He came with his entire family this week! I´m really excited for his progress. Another man we are teaching is progressing a lot too. When we put the date last week with him he was super excited and asked if we would start coming twice a week to help him prepare. I´m really hopeful. On Sunday we get to go watch a broadcast from SLC by Elder Holland specifically for the carribean. I´m sooooo excited! We´re trying to get our investigators to go too. Wow you REALLY shouldn´t have sent me anything for my birthday! I´m gonna be home so soon. But thank you!! I´m excited to get it! And Dad thanks for the souvenir invitation! Maybe we can go to this place called calle de sol. It´s a huge tourist shopping place. I can´t WAIT to see you guys!!! See ya in a month!! Love you!!
Hermana Woolf

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - Week 74

Hey! Thanks for all the pics! I really enjoyed the rug one. Haha. And yay I´m in the top plaque spot! :) Well it´s been a great week... flew by super fast. We´re working really hard with a few people. We´re putting dates with everyone. We´re also working hard with lots of future priesthood holders so I hope they progress! We did some fun stuff this week. We went out to celebrate an elder´s birthday here with ice cream and we´re about to go celebrate the other elder´s birthday after writing. We also got to do some service this week cleaning up the streets in our zone. We got all the missionaries in Santiago to come help us. It was actually really fun and we got to help out the community a little. We were playing a game to see who could find the coolest thing. There were sunglasses, I found a little shovel, but the winner was the chicken foot. Haha. I gave a talk last Sunday on how to prepare for a more effective prayer. It went good. Hopefully that´s my last talk before my homecoming. Lol. I got my dead letter and plaque this week. :( So yesterday I got to go to Tamboril again! It worked out perfect because it was holiday and no one had to work. We went to see the Rodriguez family and the Nunez family, Ruben and Esther, and Katherine. It was really great. I hope I could give some encouragement to my converts. I have soooo much to do in these last few weeks! I hope I can get it all done. I currently have a stack of 8 people´s journals to write in at home.... Haha. So much work!! But I just hope to finish strong and try to meet my goals! That´s great news about sign ups for classes! That will makes things way easier! And thanks for signing up for all the doctor and dentist appointments. I´ll need those. Well that´s about it for this week. Just 4 more emails left. :O Love you guys!!
Hermana Woolf

Friday, January 16, 2015

             Ivelice's Baptism - Jan 10, 2015

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - Week 73

Hey everyone! Wow today starts my last transfer in the field. Unbelievable. I know these last 6 weeks are going to fly. I´m still with Hermana Harden so it will be a great way to finish! I just ordered my plaques with all my comps and areas on the back to bring home with me! I should be getting my dead letter soon. :/ We have some fun plans for our pdays this transfer. Maybe Tamboril and maybe the temple, a fun zone activity for my bday which luckily falls on a wednesday, and a trip to monte cristi (really pretty areas with beaches). I´m excited. We had a very long week with lots of trips to Santiago, but it was great. On Friday we had a sister conference with all the sisters in the mission. They spoiled us so much. We had a huge breakfast, drew ourselves on paper, played some games (including one where me and 17 other girls had to hold pipes and have other sisters walk over them. I was super sore the next day. Haha. Hope they send you pics of that), then I gave a talk on how embracing the differences in my companions has made me a stronger person (the theme of the conference) and 29 other girls spoke, we had a super good lunch, watched the errand of angels, had dessert, and then Pres and Sister Douglas gave us all real pearls from the phillipines! It was awesome! After the meeting we had to rush straight over to one of the elder´s areas in our zone to do a consecha (help them contact new people because they white washed it). It was fun, but I was exhausted by the end of the day! Then on Saturday we had to go to ANOTHER sister meeting in the morning and when we got back, we were soooo tired. Luckily the elders were very nice and filled up the baptismal font for us. :) That night was so great! So many people came to support Ivelice. My daughter (sister I trained) got permission to come too. We sang more holiness give me and the spirit was super strong (mostly cuz my comp is a killer singer). Ivelice shared her testimony at the end and she did so good. It is really strong already because she finally made the decision for her,  not for anyone else. She already has plans for her sealing next year. (really wanna go! but probably not possible. Ha.). Geresly her daughter came! It was sooo great! She came to church for the first time too on Sunday! We´re really hoping to baptize her next month! We took Ivelice to a fireside by Pres and Sister Douglas about temples on Sunday in Santiago. I think it was really great for her. Thanks for sending me Grammie´s obituary. I hope the funeral went well. I´ve been thinking about her all week. My companion was so sweet and left me a flower and note on my pillow Thursday. So excited to see you!! The time will be here before we know it! I love you all!!!

Hermana Woolf
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - Week 72
Hey. Wow I´m kinda overwhelmed right now with the news about Grammie. When I left for the mission I thought maybe it was possible that I wouldn´t see her again, but just recently I was thinking that I´m almost done and I would get to see her when I get back. It was a complete shock to hear of her death. I know you were always telling me she was sick, but she´s always gotten over everything. I really wish I could have said goodbye. She has had such a big impact in my life. She was such a wonderful person and loved everyone. I´m gonna miss her a lot. I wish I could be there for the funeral. Pass along my love for everyone. Well other than that, it´s been a good week. Ivelice is so amazing! We taught her last week about temples and she really wants to go. The branch is going in a couple weeks and she´s gonna try to go! How awesome is that?? I´m gonna ask President if maybe he´ll make an exception and let me go too since I´ll be in my last transfer and it´s on a Wednesday so I wouldn´t miss proselyting time. Maybe he´ll say yes. She´s already talking about her temple sealing in spain in a year! I´m so happy for her. Just 3 days until her baptism! We talked to her yesterday about getting her daughter to go now to church with her. It´s hard with the colmado, but her mom offered to give up selling food in the morning to stay and help so she can go too!! I hope it works out! She wants to be baptized too, she just needs to start going to church. If it works out, we talked about having her baptized Feb 28, 2 days after Gabriel comes and I´ll still be here! I´m hoping for a miracle! We finally found a man we've been teaching in his house after a couple weeks without seeing him. We had a super amazing lession about the word of wisdom and he agreed to live it. He was kinda ify about going to church for a couple weeks while he´s figuring out some stuff, but we shared with him a passage of scripture when Christ is speaking the nephites and tells them to put the kingdom of god first and not worry about the morrow. The spirit was really strong and at the end of the lession he decided he wants to go in Sunday. He is such a great person and I know he´ll be blessed if he goes. Sunday was a really great day. We had lots in church and then ALL of our plans went exactly how we had planned them which is very difficult to make happen. Monday was a holiday here so we went to Yuvi´s house and made tacos with a bunch of people. It was really fun. I felt an earthquake this week! First one of my life! It wasn´t very big though. We´re having another sister conference with all the sisters in the mission on Friday. I have to speak! Welp. I hope it goes good. Transfers are next week. I hope there aren´t changes, which I don´t think there will be. Hermana Harden is so great! I´m having so much fun! Thanks for finding out the info about classes. I have an interview with Pres Douglas this month so I´ll have him do the ecclesiastical endorsement. I hope it works out to sign up when I get home. That would be great. Well I gotta go. I´ll be praying for everyone. I love you all so much!!

Hermana Woolf

Friday, January 2, 2015

  Toys we sent Hermana Woolf to give to children. She said they loved them and even cornered her in the janitor's closet at church when they found out she had toys.

   Went out with 8 necklaces, now has 24...people keep giving them to me.
                       Oscar loves his cars
                          Branch Christmas party
                      The girls in the runway show
                      Making sugar cookies
                    Christmas Eve zone activity
       My gift from our gift exchange...candy and a DR bracelet
                 Christmas Eve feast
 Had a fever...neighbor cared for me including giving me cactus to put on my feet...cold and slimey!
            With new comp...Hermana Harden...from Denton, Texas!

January 2, 2015 - Week 71 (no email on week 70 due to Christmas)

Happy New Year family! 2015!!!! It was so great to talk to you all on Christmas! Everyone looks great! I think that was and is the first time I´ve felt trunky in the mission. But not too long from now I´ll get to see you all! My companion and I got a special transfer. They called us on Sunday to tell us my companion would be leaving the next day. But anyways, I´m with an American now!!!! Her name is Hermana Harden. I actually met her on FB before we left on the mission cuz we found out we were going to the same place. She just has a transfer less than me. And she´s from Denton! Her family moved though since she´s been on the mission. But we get along SOOO well. We both worked in movie theaters, her mom worked at GTE/Verizon, from the same city, like all the same stuff, both served in Tamboril, etc. This is the most fun I´ve had in the mission up until now. I´m so happy to be with her. But everything else is going great too. Ivelice has her baptism next Saturday! She´s so ready. She finished reading all the conference talks and is in Alma in the BOM. We did a practice interview with all the baptismal questions and she passed everything. I´m really excited! Hermana Harden and I are gonna do a special musical number and Ivelice is going to bring her daughter! I hope it´s a really special day. We just have 3 more visits before then. Another man we are teaching is really progressing too! He came again to church on Sunday. He has a date for the end of the month, but we haven´t been able to visit him for a couple weeks so I don´t know what will happen. We´re gonna try though. But maybe it will end up being in February. New Years Eve was really fun! We had a zone activity and ate and watched movies and played sports and then we went to a members house for dinner and at midnight there were fireworks SUPER close to our house that we went out to watch. Yesterday was pretty crazy still in the streets. Lots of partying and drinking. Our numbers kinda stink this week, but that´s how it goes during the holidays. I just ordered a special plaque with all my companions and areas on the back for when I go home. First time it´s hit me how close I am to finishing. 1 transfer goes by super fast. But I´m getting ready (still not ready, but getting there). haha. I wanna work hard until the very end. No regrets. Well looks like you all had a ton of fun together from all the pics. Wish I could have been there! Looking forward to lots of fun times together when I get home. But, I love you all!! I hope you had a wonderful new years.

Hermana Woolf