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.
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.