Hermana Wood's Missionary Adventures in the "Capital of the Peruvian Amazon"


Monday, October 17, 2016

The Proposal

ice cream sisters for life :)

service as a zone - cleaning out rain gutters!

hola, friends and familia!

interesting story: as we were walking to our last appointment of the afternoon one day this week, a man crossed our path. he stopped us and asked if we could answer a question for him. i said "of course!" he asked what church we were from. we responded "the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints!" then, he proceeded to explain to us that a cocaine company in the united states had robbed him, that they were doing injustices around the world, and that he wanted it to stop NOW! in fact, he expressed a strong desire to go to the states and sort it all out, himself. somehow, that required him to have a north american wife. after he explained that, he looked at me very intently. i stared back at him. :) then, he continued "if you have any gringa friends who would be willing to enter a fictitious marriage with me, please give me their contact information!" ok. long story short, we invited him to church!

when the sisters lock the keys in a sunday school classroom,
and you have two rods of wood and a blue ribbon

this week i learned patience and humility. for those of you serving missions right now, you know those are the two hardest attributes to learn. but, the lessons are worth the difficulty. i love my savior, and i know this is his work! love you all so much!!

hermana wood

More from this week's message to Hermana Wood's dad:
the elders had a baptism scheduled for this weekend, so we were inviting our investigators to attend the upcoming baptism all week. in fact, we were running around for like an hour beforehand to pick people up and remind everyone about the baptism. and, we had FOUR investigators come! we were very excited!! the sad part is that no one came to church on sunday; but hey, we'll take what we can get. :)

river fish!

our investigator, kevin, is doing alright. he stopped reading and praying and won't come to church, but he keeps saying he wants to be the bishop! haha. we're going to try something with him this week - we're just going to go every day and read the BOM with him. we can't advance with his lessons (because he's technically not progressing), but we can help him read! we'll see how it goes. LOVE YOU.

our pensionista keeps chicken babies (chicks?)
under a cake lid, or the mom won't take care of them

More from this week's message to Hermana Wood's mom:
this week we contacted a reeeally old lady, mainly because hermana pac wanted to talk with her. i didn't really see the point, because this woman could barely understand us, but i went with it. at the end of our conversation with her, just as we were about to walk away, a man came out of the house right in front of us and said "sisters! are you from yarinacocha ward or alamedas ward?" we responded "yarinacocha!" "oh good!" he exclaimed. "come with me, I HAVE TWO FAMILIES I WANT YOU TO TEACH." we went inside with him and visited for a while. the next day, we met his wife, and last night we met their two daughters who are AMAZING. what a tender mercy! we received in total ELEVEN referrals from members this week, including like FOUR families. we are being so blessed! LOVE YOU.

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