YOSO – You Only Serve Once

Courtnee had a hard time with the computer she was using and wasn’t able to send any pictures this week. In almost every email she tells us how much she misses everyone especially her brother, Stetson. I always smile when she expresses her love for Stetson because their entire life they have battled. Courtnee would drive Stetson absolutely crazy and if Stetson could catch her, she was done for. Even a couple of weeks before Courtnee left on her mission I had to sit between them at church. It does my heart good to see the love they have for eachother now. So in honor of that I am posting a few pics of the two of them.

Stetson and Courtnee the day of her farewell

Sister Woods letter:

Everyone, I apologize that my letters are shorter haha! My bad! We had to email early this week because the big BRGY. elections are going on right now. Its a big deal, so we have to be in our apartments early and stuff.
This week basically all of the foreign missionaries had to come to Laoag to get finger printing done for our immigration/travelstuff. Which meant we got to reunite with EVERYONE! It was so great. Besides the fact that we were at the Stake Center for 4 hours, it was all good. It was just like socializing forEVER! 🙂 It was awesome. We did that on Tuesday, so it was just the start of a great week!

Oh my heavens, so this week, something happened that is every missionaries dream. We were in the barbecue shop, and this young lady approached us and asked if we were Mormons, then asked if we could visit her. I mean OF COURSE we will! So that was the first thing. So the next day we visit her, and she was the most bubbly, happy, desiring and willing to listen person ever. Makes teaching even more fun I am telling you. Then towards the end before we even invite her she asks, “Can I come to your church?” Well DUH of course you can! So we give her a Book of Mormon and stuff and then we’re planning with her that we would pick her up for church, and then she asks, “Can I just go by myself?” BY ALL MEANS, please do! hahaha. It was so awesome. God has blessed us with some amazing people. Her name is Rose. I will keep you updated on her.   
With her, we have 33 baptismal goal dates after this week. Almost all of them are for November too! The biggest issue is getting them to church. Man, it is hard. But we just have to have faith! We had5 investigators at church this week, so it was really good.
There is a family we are teaching in La Paz, and I absolutely adore them. They are the Patoc family. Nanay and tatay, and 3 kids. They are so receptive, and honestly, seeing them just brings me so much happiness. Sometimes as a misisonary, all some people need is to just feel loved. And when you can do that, there is no greater feeling! 
This week was stake conference, and it sure was good. The speakers did so good, and were very inspired. There literally no more room in the stake center. I had to stand outside to let all the members sit inside. But we found out at Stake conference that there are 29 missionaries in our stake! So many! They had us all stand up, and then all of the returned missionaries, and then all of the ones preparing to serve. Wow, it was cool. Just to see the Lord’s army all standing there. Missionary work is amazing. It really is. Little miracles are happening every day. I hope that you all have an amazing week, and have a Happy Halloween! We will do what we can to celebrate haha. 🙂 
Kita kits. YOSO.
ay-aya ten ken
– Sister Wood
A ginormous spider in Sister Wood’s apartment – 7 inches long

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