HeavenlyCheese

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

Month: May, 2013

Warm and Muggy

Elder Wood meeting people by Fox River

Elder Wood meeting people by Fox River

Well we went from cold to warm and muggy.  I guess last August we arrived at the tail end of the warm and muggy season so now we are told we will go from warm and muggy to hot and muggy and then back to wonderful cool fall but we’re up for it.  The only thing I truly hope we don’t have to experience is a tornado.  Last night there were tornado watches for Ripon and Princeton, two small towns about 40 miles west of us but no tornadoes developed thank goodness.  We visit members in those towns all the time.

We went out street contacting this last weekend, that was interesting.  We drove around and found the greatest concentration of people hanging out in small parks along the Fox River.  So we would walk along and stop and talk to many of them.  They were all very nice but most of them were only interested in only talking about the warm weather or fishing but we (That is mostly Elder Wood) was able to get a good conversation going with about four different groups of people.  One lady was so glad to meet “Latter-day Saints” again.  That was a surprise!  She told us how a few years back she got herself into trouble and ended up having to serve time in jail.  She was desperate to move her belongings out of her apartment or else she would lose them.  She told us no church or individuals would help her.  Then she met two Mormon Missionaries and they moved her belonging into storage for her and taught her a little about the gospel.  They told her Heavenly Father wants to bless her and has a plan of happiness that will help her when she was ready to make changes in her life.

Road Bridge lifted for boat.

Road Bridge lifted for boat.

Traffic stopped to raise bridges for boats.

Traffic stopped to raise bridges for boats.

Well I don’t know if she is really ready even now to totally change her life.  Her husband was with her and he was polite but not interested in our message.  She told us she would come to the Oshkosh Ward soon.  She did take a pass a long card and a Book of Mormon.  I don’t know how that will work out but it was great to hear good things being said about the “Mormons.”

Warm and Cold

Appleton Zone

Appleton Zone

Green Bay Zone

Green Bay Zone

I guess spring by its very nature is a time of change.  We had four very wonderful warm days and then two days of rain when it cooled down a little bit then on Mother’s Day is was just plain cold.  High of about 42 but with the strong north wind the chill factor made it feel like we were in the 30’s and overnight temperatures were between 27 and 32. But they are forecasting warmer weather by Wednesday.

Last Friday we drove seventy odd miles north and east to Mantiwoc, which is right on Lake Michigan.  The Appleton Zone and the Green Bay Zone met together.  The conference was amazing.  The spirit was so strong and we truly felt as if our lamps were filled to overflowing with oil that day.  The work is progressing so fast.  Elder Wood and I spent most of last week inspectin

g missionary apartments and cars because the missionaries in the mission office are overwhelmed with finding apartments and furniture and vehicles for all the new missionaries coming out to our mission.  We are averaging about 30 more missionaries each month.  We love helping whoever and whenever we can.  It has been a wonderful week.

On Sunday I received emails or talked to all my children,  We are so blessed to have such a wonderful family we love them so much and pray for them every single day.  All the talks at church on Mother’s Day were so well thought out and so well prepared  we loved each of them.

Sunday evening Bishop Rhodes invited us over for dinner.  He made every thing (except the salad)  himself so his wife did not have to prepare dinner.  We had BBQ grilled pork, cheesy potatoes, vegetable salad, and parfait of yogurt with fresh pineapple and blueberries, he prepared a great dinner.

I don’t think I will ever be able to fully express in words the love I have for the members of both the Oshkosh Ward and the Winnebago Branch.  They are so wonderful and I truly look forward to seeing and meeting with them each week.  I know the Lord knew what a blessing these people would have in our lives as much as how we could help and serve them.

Sister Rhodes

Sister Rhodes

Bishop Rhodes

Bishop Rhodes

Bitter/Sweet Week

Last snow drift at Lake Winnebago

Last snow drift at Lake Winnebago

Elder Wood by snow drift.

Elder Wood by snow drift.

This last week has been kind of bitter/sweet.  The bitter, on Sunday President Hale, Branch President of the Young Single Adult Branch was released.  It was a very difficult time for many of our young adults because they have so much love and respect for him.  President Hale is such an influence for good and put his whole heart and soul into his calling.  He was not afraid to counsel with firmness, love and concern when he felt things were being said or the branch was not progressing in gospel truth.  He knows the gospel so well and is an excellent speaker on all most any gospel subject.  He was truly called by the Lord and blessed the lives so many young adults.  But as we know in the Church our callings are for a period of time set by the Lord and then we move on to other callings and we grow and develop in our new callings.  I do not know what President Hale will be called to do next but I am sure he will be anxiously engaged in the Lord’s service very soon.

Now for the sweet, President Nathan Munson, is the new Branch President, for the Winnebago Young Single Adult Branch.  He is so kind, very organized, and a very talented and a truly spiritual man.  He loves the Lord and I know he is called by the Lord to serve as the Branch President at this time.  He has been serving as the High Counsel Representative assigned to our branch.  His wife and his young family (If I counted right they have 5 young children) were there and I think they plan to attend as many church meetings together as a family as they can.  They will set a wonderful example for the young single members.  With all the young members in the Branch I am sure Sister Munson will have all the help she needs.

When we first arrived in Oshkosh, the mission office personnel had contacted a cancer center in Green Bay for me to receive my monthly treatment.  We were not looking forward to traveling north 60 or 70 miles to Green Bay each month, specially in the winter months on bad roads.  We could see, as Elder Wood and I were getting to know the Oshkosh area, that there were plenty of hospitals and some cancer treatment centers. (Oshkosh is a town of a little over 66,000 people.)  When talking with President Hale’s wife, Karen, she told me she knew the very person I needed to talk to, her home teacher.  President Munson is a cancer doctor, his specialty is radiation treatment for cancer.  The next night I received a call from a very wonderful concerned doctor, Brother, and home teacher.  We talked for a few moments about my cancer and then he told me he knew of a cancer doctor that he was sure would see me for the 18 months we would be on our mission and he is only a few minutes away from our apartment.  He told me I could use his name as a referral and said if I was not pleased with this doctor or he could not see me as a patient at this time to call him back and he would make sure he found someone to see me.  It was like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders and I knew the Lord was watching over Elder Wood and myself and we would have those special people we needed to meet our needs as we dedicated our time in serving Him.  So as you can see from personal experience I know President Munson will truly be an asset to the Winnebago Branch he doesn’t just speak the words over the pulpit he lives by the words he speaks.  Elder Wood and I look forward to serving with President Munson.

Well spring has finally come to Wisconsin.  It has been beautiful for the last four days.  In one of the pictures Elder Wood is standing by some of the last snow in Oshkosh, this is next to Lake Winnebago.  Our work is going well and we are still very happy to be serving this mission.  There will many changes in the next few months with a new Mission President and many, many new missionaries but we are so blessed to be serving the Lord at this time and in this beautiful place.