My son is really reaching his potential more and more in the mission field as evidenced by some of his emails to his mom. I quote just as few sentences from his last one to me: " I do feel a certain spirit when I use Spanish, it has a certain simplicity that is parallel to the plain and clear doctrines of the gospel. But I would recommend studying more the general conference talks, they will strengthen your testimony. They are the equivilent of modern scripture, and they are packed with the Espiritu Santo, or Holy ghost in Spanish."
The Lord is truly teaching and helping my son reach his true potential in His kingdom.
Would like to share some of my FIRST letter from Lee in Guatemala so please indulge me for a minute, thank you.
Thanks Dad! tell the Garbetts and the Bishop and Greg Simpson hi for me! The weather isnt so bad here, i guess spending half my childhood in California prepared me for that, and the humidity isnt so bad. Guatemala city is more mountainous, and the hills outside the city where the nicer houses are remind me a lot of Santa Barbara. Im glad you are having a good time with just you and Mom, that makes me feel good inside. You too are finally empty nesters, and you can truly enjoy each others company! The people here have no idea how to drive. They are waaaaaayyyyyyyy more aggressive than in America. Our bus driver who took us from the airport to the CCM was literally insane, so i think my driving record from the DMV will be pretty useless because I dont want to drive anyway. I hope you enjoyed church.Oh, and my teacher wants me to right a line in Spanish. See if Mom can read it! Yo se que la iglesia is verdadero, y que nuestro Padre Celestial is muy amoroso y su hijo Jesucristo es nuestro Salvador. I think that means that I know the church is true, and that our Heavenly Father is very loving, and that his son Jesus Christ is our Savior. This sounds weird, but when I pray in Spanish, even with the small vocabulary that I have, I feel the spirit more. I just here you say the Spanish words now in the way that bugs Mom so much. I love you dad.
I am so proud of Lee for taking on this challenge in his life. He is an awesome young man and we are looking forward to his speedy return. I love him so much.
All missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are counseled to go to a place held sacred by all Latter-day Saints... the Holy Temple. Here, members in good standing, are taught in sacred matters pertaining to their own eternal salvation. The Missionary Guy (Lee Woods) went to the Temple here in Idaho Falls, ID for the first time last week. There was much to learn for not only Lee but for all of us in attendance. As Lee and his family were being taught, you could feel how near God was. I know Lee could feel it by the look of peace on his face.
Photos inside the Temple are not allowed so I included some pictures of the outside and the surrounding gardens. At the entrance, above the door, words tell patrons how special this "House of God" really is. These words read in totality : Holiness to the Lord; House of the Lord.
Posted by Suzy W.
P.S. - Lee left for his mission in Guatemala last Tuesday, August 5. Our house is not the same without him. Too quiet.
No sleeping in; the alarm clock is your friend.
Donations Were Greatly Appreciated
Our family is now counting down the days (3) until Lee’s departure for his mission destination (Guatemala). In the meantime, friends and fellow Church members have been genuinely generous in helping Lee buy all the necessary equipment for his mission. Necessities, such as, clean, pressed ties, comfortable walking shoes, lightweight socks, alarm clock, etc. All these voluntary contributions have shown Lee just how loved and appreciated he is.
My name is Suzy and this blog is dedicated to our son Lee.