HeavenlyCheese

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

Month: August, 2013

“And the heat goes on”

IMG_1681IMG_1750Well since August 5th when I last posted anything on my blog the heat and humidity have returned and are forecasted to stay with us for at least the next week and a half.  Elder Wood tells me not to murmur because this is how it is supposed to be this time of year and it will just make me appreciate the cooler weather when it comes.  After hearing about the hot weather out west this summer on the nightly news I probably should not be making any complaints.  It really is not the heat that bothers me it is the humidity but in a few weeks it will be a distant memory. The weather was quite nice when our daughter Christine and her family came and visited with us for a few days.

We did get to spend some time with them, from Thursday evening to Monday morning, and had a wonderful time.  We went to Green Bay and seen the tall ships that were in port and then we went out to Door County, which is the finger of land that sticks out into Lake Michigan and we went to Sturgeon Bay and Fish Creek and would have loved to visited other harbors but time just would not permit.  It was beautiful out there.  We had a picnic at Menominee Park next to Lake Winnebago and invited some non member friends of ours to the picnic.  We also got to know and love our great granddaughter Addie, we think she is just perfect, and of course her parents aren’t to bad either.

It was so different to be doing other activities besides missionary work, and while we loved every moment we spent with our family we are very content to return to the work that has brought so much joy and happiness into our lives.  We had a super busy day Tuesday, up to Neenah for District Meetings, out to Ripon to teach lesson #3 to the Gustavas family and then back up to Appleton to YSA Missionary correlation meeting, we didn’t get home until almost 10:30 P.M. But it felt good to be busy and back doing the Lords work.

The Sister missionaries did arrive but I forgot to recharge my camera battery and when I went to take their picture Tuesday at District Meeting I was unable to take it so I will have to include a picture of Sister Hansen, and Sister Barnes in my next blog.  We love the new friends we have made out here and know we were blessed to be sent IMG_1742to Wisconsin to serve.  The family members that came out here told us they thought Wisconsin is beautiful and green and they are right.

Great Week

Elder Wood at Farmers Market

Elder Wood at Farmers Market

Well August has been wonderful so far weather wise.  I really thought it might me hotter than July but so far it has be perfect.  We had a very good week we met with some members, taught three lessons, visited less actives, and we have been very involved with YSA missionary work.  We have been driving down to Fond Du Lac and trying to reactive a young man who has been inactive for two years.  He seems willing but like many inactive people he has a difficult time following through with commitments.  He just needs to develop the faith necessary to keep his commitments.  Missionary work takes a lot of patience and diligent follow through and love but the worth of every soul is precious to our Savior,  Elder Wood is still working on the patience part so we all have our strengths and weakness.

This last Sunday we had one of the most inspirational and spiritual testimony meetings I think I have ever been in.  It was at the Winnebago YSA Branch.  And let me tell you if you do not get up early and stand in line you don’t get to share your testimony.  As each member bore his/her testimony our hearts were touched and the spirit was letting each person there know they were listening to truth being testified of out of the mouths, hearts and souls of these young members.  One young man who for some reason had come home from his mission, and let me tell you at the YSA you are loved and not judged regardless of what you may have been through, got up a bore his testimony.  He expressed how much he appreciated the unconditional love our Savior has for him and told us he had heard from someone that at some point in our life each one of us will go through a trial that will give you just a hint of the burden Jesus had to endure in Gethsemane.  He said he has gone through his Gethsemane and he was so grateful for the love and support of family, friends, and the church members.  He bore such a beautiful heartfelt testimony that I cannot even express it in words but it was the spirit of that testimony was surely felt by each of us present there Sunday afternoon.  Elder Clare returns to his mission tomorrow having told each of us how much this mission means to him and how much he is looking forward to serving with all of his heart, might, mind and strength and I know he will be one powerful missionary and an example to all those he serves.

Eating treats Sister Wood provided at end of meeting.

Eating treats Sister Wood provided at end of meeting.

I just don’t know where you can experience just faith promoting miracles as you do in the mission field.  Because as you try to live close to the spirit and invite the spirit to be with you so many times a day it truly has become a life changing time for Sister Wood.  We love the Elders we serve with but “happy day” starting this Wednesday we will be getting Sister Missionaries in Oshkosh, Sister Wood will not be the only Sister at District Meetings any more, isn’t that great.

Our Last District Meeting before transfers

Our Last District Meeting before transfers