Monday, June 23, 2014

Hi family and friends! 
It's been an awesome couple weeks! This week was the last week of the 
transfer and "I really hope I stay in Brownsville....I lovee this 
place and the people here!!! But I've been here as long as ever other 
sister that has served in idk. I wanna stay. I wanna 
stay! Please let me stay!:)"---that's what I said last week....AND 
guess what?...the dream team is staying #farnswood ;) we are here 
staying for many reasons! :) 
This last week was super busy and full of amazing of 
them being we had a mini missionary who spent a week with us! Her name 
is Makena Wadsworth..soo sister Wadsworth :) she is from bend,or she 
is 18 graduated from hs just last Saturday! The group of them that 
came out together consisted of 6 girls and 4 boys. Mind you more girls 
then boys...;) go sistas!! Sis Farnsworth and I are super excited to 
have her with us!! She is super awesome super spiritual and super 
beautiful! For the most part all of them are trying to decide whether 
or not they want to go on a mission and to get a weeks taste of it by 
doing everything that we as full time missionaries do :) whooohoo! She 
was such a blessing to us and she honestly did so much for me as a 
missionary...she just brought a different perspective that was 
We had a lesson with bro Charles Thompson and she did a great job of 
helping him recognize the Holy Ghost. It was so awesome because all 
before that we were having a hard time helping him recognize that. We 
had another lesson with him in pioneer park and read where he is at in 
the Book of Mormon...which is mosiah! He wants to be baptized and what 
brother Evans to do it sometime in July the only thing holding him 
back is we are helping him with that. :) we love Charles 
he is so sweet. We love his honesty if he doesn't understand something 
he doesn't and he lets us know if he's been reading and praying and he 
will tell us "how bout not" when we invite him to get ice cream with 
us! Haha he totally shut sis heywood down! It was on me! Who doesn't 
like ice cream? He's crazy! 
Some Miracles that happened this week: 
On Saturday afternoon, real investigators, less actives, recent 
converts, and other members came and the youth taught them missionary 
lessons. The youth here are amazing. So many little miracles happened 
during the conference. Saturday afternoon, we were talking to the 
Stake president in the church hall way and a man walked in the stake 
center. He had earrings in his ears and was dressed really nice. He 
walked past us then turned and said, " this might be a strange 
question, but do you have a Book of Mormon I could have?" The stake 
president offered to go get him one then remembered that we were 
missionaries and asked us, so we gave him one. He said his name was 
Alex and he was just passing through on the way to his friends 
wedding. He was from Wilsonville which is in northern Oregon out of 
our mission. He said he had to go and started to walk out, and I asked 
him why he asked for a Book of Mormon and he said that a long time ago 
his friend gave him one and told him to read a passage and he never 
did. Now he wants to. So I told him to find missionaries after he read 
it, and he thanked us and left. The night before a young family walked 
in the stake center during youth conference looking for help because 
their member friend told them to find a Mormon church. The sprit was 
so strong there with the youth and it was drawing people in. I learned 
so much helping out with the conference...the youth these days don't 
completely know how powerful they are! 
Our district leader elder Lester who is from the Ukraine mission who 
is super awesome and is totally supposed to be here! For example him 
and his companion elder lee knocked on the door of a lady who speaks 
only Russian and when she opened the door and elder Lester realized 
that she spoke Russian he started to talk to her and she started to 
cry! She explained that she needed help setting up her computer and 
could not. Anyways so those same elders gave us a referral. A man who 
was working in the Lebanon Walmart and he lives in Brownsville with 
his family! His name is Patrick and he gave the elders his address! So 
we went Friday night after youth conference with sis Wadsworth! Let me 
tell you I never have been to this part of Brownsville! It was so 
beautiful on the drive up into the mountains/hills! We pull up to the 
gate and just sit in the car and stare at the posted: no trespassing 
sign or we will be prosecuted. But we figured if he was expecting we walked up and just stood at the gate and then Patrick 
started to walk down the hill! He was super nice and we got to know 
him and tried to say bye like 5 times to let them get back to there 
evening they have planned but he just kept talking! We are going to 
teach them this week..hes so prepared. It's hard explain how great 
being a missionary is and how fun it is. After we got in the car to 
drive away I got really close to sis Farnsworth face and said really 
slowly I'm. Not. Getting. transferred. And so it is..I am not! I love 
how many different ways there are to do missionary work. I have felt 
and continue to feel the many reasons I am here. And I love it! I love 
Christs church and his work in which uses imperfect people to help 
move forward! Let's be prayerful in everything we do! The Lord wants a 
say in our lives and if we invite him In he will make things known to 
us that are important to us in his time! I love you all and hope you 
have a wonderful week! Do most of makes you eternally happy! 
Love sister heywood! 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Why hello!
So last Monday I don't think I told you all but we got the chance to
go to the coast with Kathy, Gina, bro bivens and sis bivens! We got
permission to go outside of our mission to Newport! It was fun and
nice to get away from the pollen...Kathy and the bivens paid for all
of us to go to the Oregon coast aquarium! It was super fun! It was my
fourth time going to the beach on my mission yay! It was quite
entertaining cause the people we were with..crack me up!
We were able to meet with Charles twice this week and he came to
church! He slowly but surely is gaining that testimony of Jesus Christ
and his gospel! A key role in his conversion has been bro and sis
We had our mission tour in Salem on Friday and we got the privilege of
hearing from a general authority...Elder Martino and his wife! Wow wow
wow. So much revelation and training that was much needed and it was
just so exciting because elder martino is so exciting they are from
Texas and had some pretty sweet accents! It's hard to explain the
sprit that was there and how amazing it was! We learned about how
every person we work with needs to have the perfect Amulek! We read
from Alma 8-10 and how alma who was the missionary taught the people
but that when alma found Amulek the "less active membre" and Amulek
came out with alma to teach the people and the people were astonished
when Amulek spake more so than alma! So as members of the church help
the missionaries teach the people are more astonished by the friend
who can relate to them more and have experienced more of life...then
maybe an 18 or 22 yr old missionary! I invite you all to work more
with the full time missionaries serving in your area and being that
Amulek for helping teach someone the gospel! Also to think about the
sister or elders you know right now and what they have sacrificed to
be on a mission and what it means to them to be there!
So one night the whole branch got together and did a huge cleanup
outside...because apparently someone had asked bro hoyer if we are
moving from our building? And he said no why? And the man said well it
looks like you guys have neglected your building.....WHAT. Not basically everyone was there pulling weeds and let me tell
you I love to pull weeds super weird right? They are so much easier to
pull here than Mesa az! The rain loosens them up. It was SO MUCH
FUN...i felt so unified with the members of the branch much like I do
on Sundays when I get to see all of them together:) I want to relive
that night 50 times over! Pulled weeds, spread bark mulch, cut down
weeds taller than me, trimmed trees and bushes that were covering the
"visitors welcome" sign...ahh. It was so sweet at the fast and
testimony meeting Sunday president Glenn bore the sweetest testimony
and said that we buoy him up as we were all together cleaning up and
how he couldn't do what he does without the branch and all that they
That night one of the young women, Kayla hovey came up to me and said
guess what?! And I couldn't think of what...,so she told me! She has
decided to go on a mission! Even though she was planning on going to
the college she was accepted to! (She graduated this week from hs) her
dad is the one that  served with my uncle in Honduras. I was so so
happy and she said the thing that helped her solidify her decision was
when president Samuelian came to speak at the branch and all the
classes that day. She said she had been praying about it for awhile
and that I influenced her life by being on a mission in Brownsville.
Her mom also told me that I influenced her daughters life. It really
means a lot to me.
We were able to find a la named Sandra by following the spirit which
is always cool. Apparently she had asked missionaries to come by
before and they never came. So we really wouldn't have found her if we
weren't out searching. She is super sweet and has a strong testimony
and conversion story and is wanting to come back. Yay.
Charles is doing so wonderfully especially because his Amuleks are
back in town. This week we walked in and he was outback smoking and
reading the Book of Mormon. He seems different and like his
countenance has been changing. We had a lesson on the 10 commandments
and an emphasis on the sabbath day. It went really welll and his
prayers and answers are getting more wordy. In the past he has really
just said very few words or none at all.  We love chuck he is super
great! He has a good sense of humor and is trying his best to
understand. We also explained to him that he doesn't need to
understand everything in order to be baptized which needed to be said.
He is really honest which we love!
One of my very favorite services this week and maybe in my whole
mission was cutting sister Louise smiths hair she has lymphedema and
has been in a wheelchair most of her life and doesn't do anything for
herself besides feed herself. The whole branch loves them. She has the
best attitude about her situation. When you know she is in so much
pain. I got to cut her hair and it had gotten pretty long and we cut
it pretty short and gave her a new style and she LOVED it. And it was
so cute to watch her be so happy about a haircut.
Anyways that is all for now! I hope you all have a great week and are
doing most of what makes you happy!
Love sister heywood.