It was fun to have missionaries come close to Christmas time. We love having them arrive early in the day because then we can relax and enjoy them. They can help with the meal and even get a little nap. We had Elder De Los Santos that made us a native mexican cake. This was another group of faith filled missionaries. We Love Them
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Thanksgiving fell during our interview days in New Orleans and West Bank so we decided to combine that two and have Thanksgiving with 50 or out missionaries and three of our senior couples. We had six Cajun Turkeys from Popeye's. 45 lbs of potatoes, candied yams, dressing, wonderful green been casserole, home made rolls and fruit salad. Not to mention homemade cranberry sauce and the best home made gravy you ever tasted (that's another miracle)It was all home made and it was all made by three women and their sweet husbands (minus president) he was interviewing. It was a hoot and the kitchen looked like a war zone when we got it all on the table but there was such a spirit of love and fellowship, and deep gratitude for the sacred cause that brought us all together it was a joy to there. We had the extra blessing of having Our youngest daughter Sarah, and her husband Glen, here from Utah to be with us which just made all the more special for us.
Posted by PRESIDENT AND SISTER WOODS at 7:25 PM
It is amazing the miracles that can be wrought by the love, patience, and diligence of a faithful senior couple and three sister missionaries. This little branch is in a town of 800 people. When the Vances got here, five months ago, there was no primary , and hadn't been for years, no official Relief Society to speak of, and only 10-12 people at church on any given sunday. The community had long standing families with ideas of how "things are." The Vances started lovingly letting the branch president know they were there to serve him. They were given a list of people to find and visit that were in anywhere from a 10 to 60 mile radius of back roads and Highway mail boxes. They started showing up on doorsteps (with the spirit as their GPS ) with apple bread and cookies in hand and a smile of love and hope on their face. They would spend sometimes an hour or more on a porch learning to "know" the stories of these saints and families that had lost their way. Sometimes hard feelings, sometimes tough times had gotten in the way. Day after day, week after week of calls and visits started to pay off. Sister Missionaries volunteering to serve and help in any way they could with their loving enthusiasm and expert teaching of the gospel. Organizing BBQs for 10 people to show up, but a few more at the next one, special music and loving lessons given by the sisters, and going through papers and files to help organize a bishop's office started to pay off. They now have as many as 30 people to church. They have a primary with children (3-5) every week, a Relief Society with called and set apart teachers, and visiting teaching being done and reported. It is the miracle of the pure love of Christ being exemplified consistently day after day hour after hour. We love you Elder and Sister Vance and Sisters Myer, Bunker, Pedersen, and English.
Posted by PRESIDENT AND SISTER WOODS at 6:46 PM