HeavenlyCheese

This is the story of a couple of Woods and their wild adventures sharing the gospel in Wisconsin.

Month: December, 2012

Christmas Day 2012

Sister Stewart and Sister Ipson

Sister Stewart and Sister Ipson

Christmas at Bishop Rhodes house.

Christmas at Bishop Rhodes house.

We had a wonderful Christmas Day.  Elder Wood and I are so grateful for the privilege we have of being able to serve this mission together.  We studied and read our scriptures and then opened presents from home.  The gifts were great but the love those presents showed to us was what touched our hearts.  We love our family so much.  (Brent called me on my birthday it was one of the sweet moments I will treasure.)  We then went to Neenah for District meetings.  We try to help the missionaries out as much as possible.  So we told the Sister Missionaries who are serving in Fond Du Lac to drive to our apartment and then they could ride with us to district meeting in Neenah.  This saves about half the gas it would cost them if they were to drive themselves to Neenah.  We love Sister Ipson and Sister Stewart.  They are so happy and positive and love to keep busy serving all day long.  I know they touch the hearts of many people where ever they serve.  I made some Christmas dessert for the missionaries to eat after meeting and gave each companionship a box of cookies to take home.  After meetings we went the  Bishop Rhodes home and had a beautiful Christmas dinner and evening with him, his wonderful wife, a couple of ward members and all the Rhodes family that lived close enough to attend.  We then spent a couple of hours just relaxing before going to bed.  It was a very good Christmas.

On Christmas eve we visited a nonmember in a nursing home who is dying of lung cancer.  Her newphew who lives in another state called the mission home and asked for missionaries to visit his aunt.  We were called and what a choice experience it was to visit Ruth,  she was positive, she is at peace with her condition, and she so appreciated our visit and the knowlege that Her Heavenly Father is aware of her, knows what she is going through and loves her.   This whole Christmas Season has been one that we will never forget.  The Spirit we have had with us and the baptism we experienced and the joy we have felt as we have visited others has made this “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year”.   We love our Savior and celebrate His birth, His life, His example, His atonement, and the love He has for all of His children.

First Baptism

Tim with Elder and Sister Wood and Family that invited Missionaries

Tim with Elder and Sister Wood and Family that invited Missionaries

What a crazy good week.  We thought this week was all planned out and things would go just as planned.  But life, as we all know, does not always go just a planned.  Our baptism set for the 22nd of December took place on December 16th.  I am not complaining it was wonderful, it just made for a crazy couple of days getting everything organized and still meeting the other people we had already planned meeting with for the week.  Some of the people Tim wanted to attend his baptism were leaving on December 19th for Christmas. It worked out for the best because the ward Mission Leader was leaving on the 17th for Colorado to be with family for Christmas.  We just had to make a couple of trips to Neenah, first for the baptismal interview and a couple of days later to pick up baptismal clothes because Tim is 6′ 4″ and there was nothing in Oshkosh for him to wear.  The 16th of December is kind of special in our family anyway.  That is when Mom and Dad were married, it was when Karen and Kim were married, and it was also when Whitney and Blake were married.  Now it is again special because it is the date Tim, our first baptismal canadiate was baptized.  Great Huh!!  Tim will be confirmed by Elder Wood on Sunday December 23rd.  What a great Christmas Season this has been.  We can not think of a better way to celabrate this season of Love and and Birth of Our Savior.  Sorry I did not get pictures of them in their white clothes.  I had to speak and I was so nervous that even though I had the camera in my hands I forgot to take the picture so these were taken after the baptism.

First Snow of Season

Senior Couples

Senior Couples

First Snow

First Snow

Well we knew it would eventually happen and last night we received our fist measurable snow of the winter season.  It was only about two to three inches but it does make it look a little more festive “in keeping with the Season”.  The roads are clear and so I am happy.  The picture was taken just outside our apartment.  We are busy inviting the true Christmas Spirit into the homes of the members, the less active and the investigators we are teaching.  I was not sure how I would feel about not being home during the Christmas season with my family.  Because everyone knows I think Christmas and family just go together.  But you know as Elder Wood and I have focused this season on our Savior, His birth, His life, His gospel, and His Atonement we have felt so much love and warmth and peace and have found these were the same comforting feelings we felt when we were home with family.   So we love serving here at this Christmas Season.  We hope all of you will take time to include Christ in your Christmas this year.  We love each of you so much it’s almost beyond words but we have found out the more love we give the more love and joy we feel.  Hope your holiday season is as happy as ours.  This is the picture I wanted to send last week and did not get it put in our blog.  The Mission President and his wife are on the right and one couple left before the picture was taken so they are not in this picture.  I will get a picture of them the next time we meet together.

Zone Conference

IMG_1076This last week we had Zone Conference in West Bend, Wisconsin.  It takes a little over an hour to drive to West Bend which is south-east of Oshkosh.  We met with the Milwaukee North Zone.  It was good to see Elder Evans who was serving in Oshkosh when we arrived and was transferred a few weeks later.  I included a picture of some of the Sister missionaries as they are few in number.  The meetings as always are well planned and motivating.  It just makes you want to work a little  better and a little harder.  Mormon.org/christmas was introduced.  Anyone who reads this blog should go on to that site.  There is a real push by the church to infuse into the social media our belief in Christ and that we are Christians, at this Christmas season.  The message is for everyone.  We are still teaching investigators, we love the work. We alsoElder Evans love meeting with ward members and getting to know them better and sharing a message with them.  Elder and Sister Wood’s goal for December 2012 is to have the most spiritual Christmas we have ever spent together.  Our focus and desires are to love, serve, teach and testify.  We know the true meaning of Christmas can be felt at home as much as it can be felt here, if you will just dedicate a few hours toward Christ as you plan and prepare for Christmas this year.