Monday, September 22, 2014

Transfered to Austin

Hi Greenwood family!

It was so weird moving and thinking, "No one knows where I am!" Haha So in the San Antonio transfer meeting, they started call out where they go one zone at a time and call out the new companionships in each area. South Zone (where I was) is always last. So the Assistant to the President gets to South Zone and I'm still sitting there... They finish the call outs and he says, "The rest of you....are going to Austin." WHAT?! Leaving San Antonio?! I had mixed emotions of happiness, excitement, and nervousness. They told us the Austin van leaves at 10:30. I got my stuff, loaded it in the trailer going to Austin, and we packed in the van! Crazy! It was a two hour car ride. We passed right by the Capitol. At Austin transfer meeting we did it all over again with call outs. I'm now in the Oak Hills Zone in the Hill Country Ward with my new companion Sister B. 

 Austin is beautiful. It's so green, lots of trees, clean, and fast paced. This area I'm in is like upper middle class so it's a huge change from South San Antone. Some people from the ward thought that we could be actual Sisters. Sister B sings BEAUTIFULLY. We have so much work to do here. The Hill Country ward is so strong. A FAMILY WARD! I can't believe I've missed cry children and 12 year olds passing the sacrament. It already feels like home. The ward is so nice and supportive. One of the members was like, "Burrows and Greenwood. You need to open a country store or lumber yard or something!" Hahaha Well, I'm in Austin. I love it. We are doing great with so much work to do. Leaving Palo Alto felt like I was leaving home again. But I'm already loving Hill Country. We live with a member who is a return sister missionary. I went to shake her hand the first time I met her and she grabbed my hand and pulled me into the biggest bear hug. It was pretty hilarious. It's really fun here and I'm so happy! Thank you so much for the emails, prayers, and love. 
After a long day, I guess it was time for IN-N-Out! I didn't know they had those in Texas!

In the transfer van to Austin!

New Companion, Sister B.

Love all yall! 
Sister Greenwood

Monday, September 8, 2014

Texas Waffles and Greenwood st

Sister Greenwood on Greenwood st!

Texas shaped waffle consumed in Texas. Doesn't get much better :)
Hello family,

I laugh and laugh when I read your emails and look at the pictures. I makes me feel so happy! I feel like I'm still in the loop. I love your emails. Texans are amazing people, the weather is amazing, and the work is moving forward. I cannot tell you the amazing experiences with prayer that I've had. Writing in down in an email would not to it justice. The Lord hears me. He answers me. He loves me. I'm so grateful that the priesthood is restored. Jesus Christ's power is on the earth to bind families for time and all eternity! The Book of Mormon testifies that Jesus is the Savior of the world. It provides such peace, comfort, counsel, and love. I LOVE being the Lord's servant. 

We were out last Sunday and college football season is starting and people are a little extreme here in Texas. Anyways, there's a group of five older men drinking and standing outside while their kids played in the street. I just knew we had to talk with them. My companion was a little concerned, but we went for it trusting in the Lord. We taught them the restoration of the gospel right there. I could testify that my life was blessed because I have a father who is a worthy priesthood holder. At the end of our short powerful lesson, they wanted to know more. It's amazing the way the Lord steers us to where we are supposed to be and who we are supposed to talk to. We had dinner with this amazing girl in our branch and she took us on St. Mary's University campus to the cafeteria. After we ate, we would see her friends in the cafeteria and she'd say, "Hey! Can we share a message with you?" We had three lessons and she did an amazing job testifying! On the way out this kid asked if we wanted to play some game going on for students. He said, "Want to play the game?" She said, "Can we teach you something?" We had a good laugh about it, but it was so amazing. Turns out he has two friends on missions and wants to learn! Miracles all day long. I'm so happy. Thank you for your prayer and letters and love. 

I'm leaving in all on the field. Hurrah for Israel!

Love you,
Sister Greenwood

Try Stepping Up

Here she is in her "Think Outside, no box required" shirt her dad bought for her in Philmont Scout ranch, NM this summer. She loves it!
 Sister Greenwood sent this email last week. 9/1/14
She explained what she learned from her mission president. He is the man who oversees all the missionaries in the San Antonio mission. Malary loves him and his wife. She

takes to heart all the wonderful things his wife and him are teaching. She is blessed to serve in a mission with such incredible leaders.

President Slaughter did a training for the zone that we are in, South Zone or San Antonio Stake, and he taught us about true worship. He said, "Worship is the soul’s surrender to God. It is more than a simple random or sporadic prayer. It is more than simply participating in an ordinance every now and then. It is living in the light of the Lord constantly. You worship by the way you walk as you share the gospel; you worship as you give service to others; you worship as you offer a smile to a stranger on the street; you worship as you uplift and encourage another." Then he gave us some examples of stepping in up. Moving up a level in faith and worship. Try stepping up one of these this week or think of your own. It's amazing. Also, just every day I pray so hard for certain things. Even when I know I'm not worthy of them. I really have drawn closer to Heavenly Father. I'm learning to change my will, my dreams, my desires, to His will, His way, His time. He can see the servant I am to become. It is truly amazing the answers I receive to my prayers. Sometimes almost immediately. I am a witness that God knows us. He loves us. He answers our prayers in His way. His way is the best way. I love y'all so much and I can't thank y'all enough for the prayers, thoughts, letters, and love. It's amazing here in Texas and to be a representative of the Lord.

It is one thing to "say" a prayer;
It is another to cry unto God with all your heart.

It is one thing to develop love towards others;
It is another thing to be filled with the pure love of God.

It is one thing to participate in the sacrament;
It is another to partake of the goodness and grace and mercy of the Holy Messiah.

It is one things to "have" faith;
It is another to rely wholly upon the merits of him who is mighty to save.

It is one thing to "make" a sacrifice for God;
It is another to offer your whole souls unto him righteousness.

It is one thing to "share" a testimony at Church;
It is another to be a witness of God at all times and in all places.

It is one thing to attend church;
It is another to live in the light of the gospel daily.

It is one thing to listen to a prophet’s voice;
It is another thing to submit to his counsels.

It is one thing to read Book of Mormon stories;
It is another to be changed by Book of Mormon doctrine.

LOVE YOU! xoxoxo Sister Greenwood
Three beautiful daughters of God.