Monday, December 15, 2014

Party Time - Christmas & Birthday this month!


Taylor and her MTC companion together again!

 Zone Christmas Party in Sao Vincente

 Sisters In the Zone

Sister Goss and Sister Gates celebrate their December Birthdays :)


Hey Mom, 

So I am with sister Gates, and she has her birthday in December too!! So we did an early celebration with the cake and all. It was soooo goood. Thank you so much for the food. I have been loving it!

We also had our Christmas party this week and it was super fun! (Sorry I used the skirt you gave to me for Christmas but I thought for the Chirstmas party I could use it.) 

This week was another great one. I did divisions with Sis Gates comp (almost our whole district from the MTC is in this zone) and we had some really great lessons. 

We have met a lot of people who have told us that they are just confused on what church is true. We have done our best to explain that that is why we have prayer and scirptures. If you read the scriptures adn pray you can know what church is true and what chruches aren't true.

 Also, testifying of the book of mormon so much has helped me realize tht my answer that this church was true wasn't this huge bang prayer. I just knew overtime that this was a church with truth and with correct doctrine. I love the misssion mom. I have been thinking about family more as the Christmas season comes around and as my year mark comes around and it just makes me scared. I dont feel ready for coming home in 7 months. I am only looking forward to seeing family. Wow, it is just hard to describe. I love you!

Sis Goss

Friday, December 12, 2014

Temporary area - Sao Vicente





Okay, so we had our leadership council on Tuesday were we learned more about being devoted missionaries. It was spiritual and wonderful.
We left the next day for Sao Vicente, 4 in the morning :) Yay!
When we flew into sao vicente my jaw dropped. They have these amazing mountains that remind me of south america because the are jagged and tall. Next week I will try and send a photo. The water was a blue-green with white sand: more inland the dirt turns to the color of St George rock. Super beautiful. 
Pres. told us that we would be going to this island to the area of Sis G. and Sis H. We would be hleping them in their area but we would be teaching less actives and recent converts specifically. Our goal is to teach the five lessons after baptism and to rescue.
When we got here we got a paper with names and info. And we left and started contacting, finding, and exploring. It was a blessing how many people we found through contacts in teh street. We found almost everyone in two days and had some really great lessons.
 While we were finishing up with a less active we contacted a man sitting in his doorway. He was a quiet young man who lived in an appt. We marked for a day to meet with him which he acepted easily. When we went to visit him with some members he really seemed interested in everything we said. We could tell he felt the spirit.  The second time we met with him was stressful. We had invited him to another members house but the kids were crying and screaming during the whole second lesson. As we finished we asked if he would say the last prayer. He agreed and started a very simple, heartfelt and sprititualy strong prayer. As he closed his prayer he wiped tears from his eyes. He accepted a date for baptism and has already read quite a few chapters in the BofM. He was one of the Nobles prepared for this message. He is a wonderful man.
I am so grateful for the mission and for the Christmas season. I hope we can all give a little more Christlike love around this time of year and keep our thoughts on the real gift of Christmas, Jesus Christ our Savior. 
Sis Goss

Fun Facts
São Vicente (Portuguese for "Saint Vincent"), also Son Visent or Son Sent in Cape Verdean Creole, is one of the Barlavento islands of Cape Verde. It is located between the islands of Santo Antão and Santa Luzia, with the Canal de São Vicente separating it from Santo Antão.

Geography-The island is roughly rectangular in shape with a surface area of ca. 227 km2 (88 sq mi). From east to west it measures 24 km (15 mi) and from north to south no more than 16 km (9.9 mi). The terrain includes mountains in the west, the southwest, the south, the east-central and the north. The area is flat in the north-central, the central part, the eastern part south of Calhau and the northern part in the Baía das Gatas area. The urban area of Mindelo is in the northern part. Much of the island is deforested. Although volcanic in origin, the island is quite flat. Its highest point is Monte Verde (Portuguese for green mountain) located in the northeast-central part with an altitude of 725 metres (2,379 ft). Although a great amount of erosion has taken place, some craters still remain — in particular near the bay of Mindelo. Other mountaintops include Monte Cara and Topona.

Climate- São Vicente enjoys a very rare mild and dry tropical climate (classified as As according to Köppen's and Geiger's systematization), much akin to Santa Cruz de Tenerife or Las Palmas on the Canary Islands with only difference of being somewhat warmer during winter months. The average annual temperature in Mindelo is 23.2 °C (74 °F) which is exactly two degrees more than in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Island is very arid with only 80–130 mm falling annually, somewhat higher only near the tops of the few mountains. These rare climate conditions are due to its position far off the west African coast and because Cape Verde are in the middle of cold Canary Current. The ocean water temperature every year is between 22 °C (72 °F) and 25 °C (77 °F). There are two seasons: December through July is mainly dry, cool and windy, while August through November is a wetter and warmer season.

History-São Vicente was discovered on Saint Vincent's Day (January 22) in 1462. Due to its lack of water, the island was initially used only as a cattle pasture by some proprietors of the neighboring island of Santo Antão. The island remained practically uninhabited until the middle of the 19th century. It was only in 1838, when a coal deposit was established in Porto Grande to supply ships on Atlantic routes, that the population started to grow rapidly. Due to the lack of rain and consequent lack of natural resources, the economy of São Vicente is based mainly on commerce and services

.Population-The population of São Vicente in the 2010 census was 79,374 of which 5,639 are rural. It is the second most populous island of Cape Verde. The annual population growth is around 1.3% (higher than the state (national) level of 1.2%). 92.6% of the population live in urban areas, higher than the Cape Verde's level of 61.8% and is the highest in all of Cape Verde. Life expectancy is 76 years, higher than some other parts of the world. The birth rate is 2.7% and infant mortality rate is 18 per 1000 live births[1] (for comparison 103 in DR Congo, 55 in India, 27 in Turkey, 23 in Brazil, 16 in Russia, 4 in Finland). The majority of the population is young; 66% of the population is under the age of 30, and 8.6% of the population is over the age of 60. The island has 16,000 families, of which there are an average of 3,6 persons per household, lower than Cape Verde's level of 3,9 persons per household. 56% of the families live in houses, the other 30% live in poorly built houses.

About only 11% of the families own automobiles, which is 7.4% of Cape Verde's level.
Population of São Vicente, Cape Verde (1940—2010)
1940[2]1950[2]1960[2]1970[2]1980[2]1990[2]2000[3]2010[3]
1584819576207053157841594512776716379374

Economy

The economy of the island was always based almost exclusively on commerce and services. Due to lack of rain, agriculture is at a subsistence level. Fishing has some relevance, but conditions prevent it from being more important, not only for the catch — lobster — but also for the associated industries: conserves, drying and salting of fish, and naval construction.

Porto Grande is the main port of Cape Verde, through which passes much of the country's imports. It has a terminal of containers, silos, and refrigeration units that make handling load overflow possible. There is also a modern seawater desalination plant, which provides water for public consumption and for naval shipyards.
In the industrial sector, the island presents an abundance of manpower, even though unskilled, resulting from the exodus of inhabitants of other islands to São Vicente. About 27% of the employed population is unskilled. Highly qualified employees — company executives, public administrators, and managers and directors — make up less than 2% of employees. It is distinguished, however, by a bigger participation of women in decision-making positions than the national average.
According to the 2010 census, the island of São Vicente has the largest unemployment rate of the country — 14,8% — while the national average is 11%. Unemployment affects women more than men. The industrial park of the island — the Industrial Zone of the Lazareto — concentrates diverse types of manufacturing, essentially due to foreign investment, in the activities of footwear, confections, and fish processing.
In recent years, the National Center of Workmanship of Mindelo supports local craftsmen in the production and commercialization of ceramic parts, articles made of coconut rinds, and necklaces of shells and rocks.
São Vicente has a great tradition in sports; from here many sports have spread to the remaining islands. Windsurfing, for example, relies on the excellent conditions here. The beach of São Pedro is considered one of the best for windsurfing, as shown by the many world-class champions of the sport. Cycling, walking trails and horseback riding are good ways to explore the island. The English influence on the island is still recognizable today in the golf: São Vicente has an excellent 18-hole golf course. For these reasons, tourism has excellent growth potential on São Vicente and in the rest of the Cape Verde archipelago. Travel between the diverse localities of the island is provided by a system of public transportation operated by five private companies: Transcor.SA, Morabeza Transport, Transport Joy, Friendship, Sotral and Automindelo. However, especially for places farthest from the city of the Mindelo, namely Baía das Gatas, Calhau, and São Pedro, van and bus leasing are the usual forms of transportation.
São Vicente has churches, a post office, a few banks, shops (not as many as Praia), a hospital named Baptista de Sousa and squares (praças)
The Cape Verde Atmospheric Observatory CVAO at the north-east of the island

Language[edit]

Other than Portuguese which is the primary language, Cape Verdean Creole is mainly spoken by the majority of the population. The São Vicente variant is known as Crioulo de São Vicente (in Portuguese) or Kriol d Sonsent (in Creole).

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

"My Heart Will Forever be in Fogo"






So this week was another strange one. We started getting ash in the air again and it was starting to make the 
Sisters sick. So the assistants called and told us to go get some boat tickets and to ship off to Praia. Later President called and told each companionship where they would be going until the volcano settles down. SIs B. and I are going to one of the north islands called Sao Vicente. That's where my comp from the MTC is serving so I am  excited to go see her agian. The other Sisters are going to Assamada and one is staying in Praia.  President told us we will probably be going back but I think he plans to keep us in these areas for a while. 

Any ways, after the phone call, a crazy night of packing, and some cake cookies we made for the trip, we headed on down to the port. We loaded onto the Fast Ferry and began the four hour trip to Praia. During those four hours we just listened to the majority of the passengers throwing up due to the rocking of the boat. Its always a good time on the barco. 

When we got into Praia we unloaded our stuff and went to the Sisters house to eat and rest. Since then we have been doing divisions, and on Tuesday we will have our leadership conference. After the leadership conf we will head off to Sao Vicente. 

This week I have learned so much from all of the sisters we have done divisions with. They all have such wonderful strengths, I hope that I can be able to apply some of the thigns they do to help me be a better missionary. 

Also I want you ALL to enjoy the moments that you have when you have them. You never know when they will end, so make everything you do in life count. I wish I was more grateful for my last area. I already miss Fogo so much and I know that there are some really special people there. Enjoy your moments and give those around you your love. Most of the time you never know who needs it the most until after you have given it.

I will let you know how amazing leadership conf is this next week. I love alll of you so much. 

Sis Goss

Mom's Questions:
Where do you hold your baptisms?  
We have a font in the chapel in Fogo

Did you do anything special for Thanksgiving?
Man mom you would be so proud, I made chicken, potatos, cookies, juice, peas corn, and rice for our Thanksgiving as a treat for all of the SIsters. It was good but I still want to be better on flavoring chicken.

Do you have anything special planned for Christmas?
Sister Mathews has been a sweatheart and organized Chirstmas parties for everyone on all of the islands! We will be helping her in Sao Vicente.

Most interesting thing this week?
We left Fogo because of the ash.

Funny thing this week?
Sister Barbosa and I carried bags and sleeping mats on our head for a couple of blocks to the sisters house, pretending to be the banana lady who always sells bananas, shouting, "Cusao! (Cushon for sleeping) 200$ Escutos!!!" Everyone laughed as we passed by.

Powerful moment this week?
President and Sister Mathews came to our ward in Praia this week and bore thier testimonies. Sister Mathews went up and although she speaks very little port. she has the most wonderful spirit. I teared up a little as she explained that Heavenly Father and Christ live, and they love us. She has so much love when she speaks and you can just feel the love of the savior and God when she speaks. She has been like my mother here on the mission. I love Sister Mathews so much. 

I hope those were good answeres! Love you mom!!
Sis Goss

Except from letter to Dad:
The people here are soo beautiful. Mostly from the island of Fogo. I love my mission and all of my areas but in reality my heart will forever be in Fogo. I will try and send you some more pictures of the people. 

Dad, I only have five more transfers of my mission. I can't tell you how many mixed emotions come when I think about that. The mission is by far the hardest I have worked, the least amount of sleep I have gotten, and one of the most difficult things that I have ever done in my life. But I realized today that I keep going, not because it would look bad if I came home or not because I want to baptise as many people as possible; but because I love my Lord and God.I want to do his will. Even if that means talking to strangers in the street, listening to people telling you youre wrong, or hearing to people mock you for your beliefs. Its all worth it because I know my Father is happy and that I am representing my Saviors name with righteousness. That is what makes me happy. Making Him and his children happy. Men exist that they might have joy. I am helping people find happiness that will last them for eternity. Nothing gets better than that.

 I will be eternaly grateful for my mission. As I know you are as well. I am proud to be your daughter and a part of our family, and I want you to know that I am working the hardest I have ever worked to represent our family well. Our family on earth and in Heaven. I love you so much Dad, nothing will ever change that. I hope your week is a good one and that as the Christmas season comes around you will be generous to others like you always have been. Remember the Gift that was given to us at Christmas, the Savior. 

With lots of love,
Sis Goss

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

News from Sao Filipe


Service that we helped with on Saturday as well. We got water for the ward members and prepared the food while they carved out the place for a foundation of a members home!








Ash is everywhere
 
Ok first of all I just need to say that we baptised one of the greatest people in the world this week
She is a single mom who fell in love with this gospel the moment she heard about it. She has kept all of the commandments since we taught them and she has been showing us all of her friends because she is so excited about the gospel. Even on her baptism day there were so many setbacks but she just smiled and told us that it would be a great story one day. Haha! I love her so much. 

On to the eruption.

Alright so I never thought this would happen to me while I was here in Fogo, but hey, you have to live the adventure, right?

So on Sat we were walking down the street to our other appointment in Ponta Verde and we heard this rumbling sound like a car crash far off in the distance. We both looked at eachother and thought it was a little strange but kept walking. The day went a little rough but we got everythign worked out. 

So the next day in church during sacrament meeting we hear that the volcano went back into activity. We all thought that was pretty cool until we started walking home and we felt all this fine sand blowing around in the air. There was also a sulfury smell in the air. We kept hearing that same rumbling sound from the day before. It was from the volcano. 

We walked home and closed all of our doors and windows as President Mathews called and told us that the sisters from Relva would be coming to stay with us for a few weeks. They and other Elders were being evacuated to the main cities were they could be safe from any harm.  We were finally told that the little volcano (the secondary shaft) had erupted, and lava was flowing out towards a small city. No missionaries have ever served there, so there was no worry about that. I called Sister Mathews to ask if we had any special insrtuctions and to let her know about the ash. She told us that we needed to stay indoors until further notice. So for that Sunday we spent they day together enjoying one anothers company.

 On Monday we were told that we could go out just to do email and food shopping. We printed off emails and got some food for the week, then the power went out. We were then told to stay in our house for the rest of that day. So the time indoors was spent cooking good food and talking about deep doctrine while we did what we could to tidy up the house. 

Yesterday we were allowed to go out teaching. We spent some time looking for ways we could help any of the people who were evacuated. But disappointingly they need help in other cities and we are not allowed to leave Sao Filipe. So we went out and taught people. The day went great with a lot of great lessons. When the sun went down you could see the cloud of smoke, but it had a red glow to it from the lava. Later that night I took a picture of what we could see.  

As of right now, the power goes on and off. But we are all safe and healthy. Just praying and hoping that the volcano will eventually settle down. There have been no reported deaths or injury and the lava is slow moving so thats uplifting. We also have a range of mtns. between us and the volcano so we feel really safe. Quite the story thought. 

Family, don't worry. We are literally the last city that would be hit by lava if it even got that bad. We are all well. 

I will send what pictures I can!
Love you all!

Sister Goss

Fun facts:
São Filipe (Portuguese for "Saint Philip", Cape Verdean CreoleSan Filipe  is a town on the west coast of the island of FogoCape Verde. It is the capital of the island, and the seat of the São Filipe Municipality. The island's airport, São Filipe Airport, is located on the southeastern edge of the town.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Pico do Fogo Volcano Erupts







Good afternoon! 

Here is Sister Coelho. I am serving in Cabo Verde and Sister Goss asked me to e-mail her family because the sisters in that island can't go out today. They have to stay in the house  because of the volcano eruption in the island of Fogo that happened Sunday morning. Sister Goss just wanted me to tell you that they are okay but she won't be able to e-mail you today. If you want to see informations about the eruption and it is going, there is a facebook page called  "fogo news" where they are updating and posting photos.

-Sister Coelho

https://www.facebook.com/fogonewscom?fref=photo

 So hopefully we will hear from her next week  here is a link to an article by the bbc.  It is written in English and has some information and photos of the eruption and lava flow.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-30175986

Have a great week!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Two Baptisms

This week we had a lot of work just like last week. We went to ponto verde and did a lot of walking, contacting, and teaching. 

We had two baptisms this week. E and A. They both have active parents and have such a good foundation of gospel priciples. I was so impressed with their faith and testimonies. The cousin of one of them baptized them both. It was his first time baptizing. He did such a great job, although he had to do it a few times each to get it just right.

Sorry I dont have many great stories this week. 

Just know that I love you all so much. Really though. I am so grateful for each and every one of you. I have learned so much on the mission so far. I am so grateful for this opportunity to serve and learn. Even when we have those moments or weeks that are super hard, we have the memories and the love of those we serve to motivate us to continue in faith. 

I have been studying the Book of Mormon this week. I am in Hel. 6 and I am trying to finish it before Christmas for the first time in portuguese. My love for scriptures has grown so much over these past 9 months. The Book of Mormon and the Bible are proof that this is the only true church of Jesus Christ. Just study and search with an open heart and you will be shown the truth. 

I love you all!!!!!

Sis Goss

Monday, November 10, 2014

Long & Rewarding Days


 Taylor and Sister B

 Ponto Verde District



 Helping prepared dinner in a member's home



Alright this week went by so fast but it was a great week of work. 

We went to Praia for leadership conference on Mon-Wed, which was completely wonderful. We learned so much and are so excited to work hard and to help our zone improve even more. We will be studying in chapter 8 and 9 in PMG and lesson 4 in ch 3. 

So for the rest of the week Sister B. and I have been leaving in the mornings to go to Ponto Verde to teach everyone, preparing and eating at members houses, comeing home at 6 to teach in the area close to our house and returning to the house at 9:30. It has been tiring but it has all been worth it because more and more people have been asking us about the church or telling us that they have already been taught by missionaries and now they want to be baptized. It has been blessing after blessing. 

This week 40-45 people came from Ponto Verde to church. It was so amazing seeing them all there leaning and partaking of the sacrament. Also one of the men received the Aaronic priesthood! We are trying to help that area grow as much as possible.

We had lesson with a new investigator there. We contacted her as we were passing to go to another persons house. As we sat down and talked we told her that as missionaries we help people make the changes that are needed to come closer to Christ. At first she told us she would think about it. After the first lesson she told us she would go to church and be baptized if she felt it was true. Wow. I love the mission. The spirit can just work with the people for a few minutes and they are so willing to follow after. 

Overall we are super tired but super happy.

Have a great week
Sis Goss

Monday, November 3, 2014

Sister Training Leader & Ponto Verde

This week I got called by President Mathews and he told me I would be transfered to the second ward and that I would be comps with Sister  B. (she is from portugal). We are the Sister Training Leaders of the Fogo Zone. I was shocked but super excited to have the opportunity to learn and to serve. 

The week started off with us going to the little town outside of the city called Ponto Verde. We are trying to open a group there with the Elders. So far this week we have been able to find so many prepared people who want to be baptized and who are willing to do what it takes to follow the Savior. 

Everyday we talk with someone in the Hiace ride and we find out that they want to be baptized or they have a freind who wants to be baptized... It has been incredible. We have marked 13 dates for baptism. 3 for this upcoming week and 5 for the next week (the others are further out). I have felt so blessed by the Lord this week. We have so many people to teach that we have to do divisions or we won't be able to teach everything to everyone in time. I just cannot believe how much the Lord has really prepared this little town. This sunday we had 34 people from Ponto Verde come and only 11 were members. I have just been speachless this whole week with all of the miracles that have happened. 

One of these miracles was I. She is 16 and came to church for the second time this Sunday. We pulled her out of the class to talk with her because we had heard she wanted to be baptized. As we talked she kept telling us that she loved the church and that she knew it was true. She was willing to follow the Lords example to repent and be baptized. We taught her law of chastity and the word of wisdom to help her be ready for this Saturday. She didn't have a problem with any of the commandments. We were so happy. When we bore our testimonies she began to cry. The spirit was so strong and I knew that she felt deep down inside that this really is the path of the Lord. It was wonderful. 

I love the mission so much. I love my Savior and my Heavenly Father and I am so grateful for alll that they do for us. 

Have a wonderful week!!!!!!!
SIs Goss

Pics of Ponto Verde



Exactly Obedient

Alright this week hasnt been as exciting as the others, but just as uplifting.

This week Sis L. and I worked as hard as we could and we worked on being exactly obedient. It was a really great experience because although our numbers didn't change the quality and the way we were uplifted with our investigaters did change. We found that we had the spirit even stronger in our lessons, (always a blessing) and we felt that we were uplifted so much more along with our investigaters. We also had a higher frequency at church this sunday.  I feel like the Lord really blessed us this week in sooo many ways. 

We focused our studies on the third lesson and the Gospel of Jesus Christ just becomes more and more real to me everyday on the mission. Faith, repentence, Baptism/Holy Ghost, and to endure to the end. These things are so incredibly important to me. The doctrine I feel like has finaly taken root in my heart. I know I still don't know close to anything but I am just so grateful for the opportunity to learn and gain deeper knowledge of all of these priciples and doctrines.

I would challange you all to study these things this week, just to learn and to be uplifted a little more in your life. I love everything about this gospel and I will never forsake it for anything. I love my Savior and my Father in Heaven more than I have ever loved them before.

Well sorry this was a short one, but I hope you are all well and I love you all so much!

Sis Goss

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Pet Monkey Anyone?







Hello everyone!!!

This week was wonderful just like always! 

Our president and his wife came to the house for interviews and inspections this week.  Stressful but soo awesome. 

So we had a great activity at the chruch this week. It was culture night of Cabo Verde.  People made dishes, we watched native dances, and of course we had a little mini history class on what has happened in the cape verde and what it has become. It was super fun to see all the great dances and foods. It was a blast! I learned this week that the creole from Cape Verde came from the slaves that worked for the portuguese. They didnt want the portuguese to understand what they were saying and so they made up this strange mix between port, and an african language. 

This week we found 2 poeple that wanted to be taught and baptized! It was seriously a miracle. A, we met at a FHE. The whole time members would come up and tell us that she wanted to get baptized, so we marked a day to talk with her later in the week.  When we went back to her house we taught the first lesson to her and her sister. The spirit was so strong and I was super excited to ask her to be baptized. When the time came, Sis Lima asked if they recieved an answer to thier prayers.., "YES!" .... ok so will you prepare for the 8 of Nov? "Yes." Haha it was great to see the excitement in her. We are really looking forward to working with her.

The second person is I. She was a street contact that we made, and we finally found her in her home. As we sat down and began to teach and talk, she expressed how confused she was with all of the churches and she feels like all of the other churches talk about God but they arent really close to God. We encouraged and challanged her to pray and really seek the Lords help in her search for the truth. She said that if she knew it was true she would follow everything and be baptized. We were so happy walking out of that house. It was a true blessing to find her and be there to help her find what she wants. 

Overall the week was great. We are really looking forward to continue with these two and to full fill the Lords work. 

Something awesome that happened this week, we were passing by our recent converts house to go to a family night. As we walked down the road I saw this boy playing and messing around with this monkey..... so I went over to check it out. He told me that the monkey didn't bite (lies. monkeys always bite) and handed me the chain attached to the monkey. By this time my comp and ordered me to take out the camera and she took photos. It was alll super fun until the thing decided to jump up onto me. I got a little freaked out. And so it jumped backed down and tried to run away and I quickly handed the chain back to the kid. It was a little too much for me to handle. Good Memories though.


Love you all,
Sis Goss

Monday, October 13, 2014

Bugs Out - Flood In

Baptism this week

 Flooded balcony




Bed bug update just for mom LOL:
Don't worry we called the night we figured out that we had them. They got people over to spray and everything and durring this, my comp and I slept in a seperate room with different mats. I also went to the doctor to get medicine to make sure I didn't have anything. The bites are fading and practically gone, and I am now sleeping peacefully at night.

Weekly letter:
I love the mission. There are so many ups, downs, twists and turns but they are all worth every moment.
In the past two weeks our house has flooded in the kitchen, we had some cockroaches hanging out in the house, we had a leak in the bathroom, and just yesterday our whole house flooded with water from a pipe burst while we were watching conference. The adventure goes on.
But, this week we did have baptism! J, is a very prepared young woman. She has been talking with the missionaries for a couple weeks now but has kept all the commandments to be worthy of baptism. One day she even missed the car to pick up investigators on sunday and so she walked uphill in the hot humidity for 30 minutes just to hear conference. She is so wonderful.
We have really been focussing on the atonement with our less actives and trying to help them understand a little better the sacrifice that Christ really did for them individually. We have had some really great lessons filled with the spirit of the Lord. I have had wonderful opportunities to study and pray about the atonement and I have felt the power and truth from our Lord and Savior of how merciful He is and how much he really loves us. I hope that my testimony can be of help to others along with the Spirit. I have such a desire to help these children of God understand and feel that God really loves them and that the Son of God suffered for them. That He knows them.
We are preparing two more people for baptism. T and M. They both have the knowledge but we are trying to help them gain a testimony for themselves. They are so close to being completely ready.
So the flood story is a great one. We went up to the church to watch conference and there was no leak at all. Right after conference ended another member came running up to church telling us that water was coming out of our house. The sister training leader and I ran down to our house with our bags in our flats (everyone we passed laughed and told us good work and to keep going). As we came around the corner were our house was we saw the street below wet and water running from the balcany into the street. We ran up the stairs and what we saw first was the first picture. 2 inches of water. We threw our shoes off and went over to open our house door. As we did more water spilled out. Our WHOLE house had at least  an inch of water. The kitchen sink pipe blew and there was a stream of water pouring out onto the floor. We turned the water off and started to look around. Nothing was damaged, so we grabbed some brooms and started sweeping out all the water. It took a good 2 hours but we got it all out, and the floors were once again dry. (In the middle of all of this a man and his kid came over and took a shower in the flood run-off from the balcany. Haha! Glad we could help someone out). Ill get more pictures out next week.
Well I hope your lives were a little calmer than mine this week. I wish you all the very best! I love you!
Sister Goss

Monday, October 6, 2014

Bed Bugs & Back in Fogo!

Mom,
I love the area and my comp who is so kind and patiente with my sketchy portugues. Even though this is the hottest area of the mission, I love it so much. All of those years playing soccer on turf in the middle of the day in summer really helped prepare me. 
We have a lot of rescue work to do here. Pretty  much everyone is less active so we have decided to work on that this month. My comp is from Brazil and has one less trasfer than me, we really like working with one another. We are good friends. 
Man when I got to the house here mom, it was super dirty. But after a week and some hard work we got the house super clean. I now am excited to come home at nights to relax. 
 P.S. I'm sorry for all the times I ever left a mess and you had to clean it up. I actually understand why you were always telling us to pick up our stuff and telling us if you clean it once do it right so that you don't have to do it again. Haha. Patience.  Our pool of investigators are great. We have a baptism ready for next week and should have two more the week after that. Things are going well here.
Love you so much mom!
Sis Goss

Letter to Dad that I wasn't supposed to read  LOL.............

FREAK!!! Kimball looks SO GOOD. The girls are going to be going at him. Watch him close dad.Watch him close.
Thanks so much for the email. I will be hearing conf next week cause of the time difference. I am super excited though. 
So I did't tell mom cause I dont want her freaking out... keep it quiet, but I deffs had bed bugs in my bed here. It is super uncomfortable with all the bites but I think we finally got rid of them yesterday. Man they are not fun.  But it will be  a great story later on. 
The ward here is great we have a lot of less actives in the ward so we are going to focus on that this month. Any tips or advice from the pro?
Thanks for the pictures and I love you so much!!!! Keep up the hard work dad. I love you!
Sis Goss

Transfers

Well yesterday was transfers. 

I got a call from President later that night and he told me I would be leaving Boa Vista and Sis Y, that I would be going to Sao FIlipe Fogo!!! Im going back to fogo to work in a city super close to my last area! I cant wait to work here. Although this area is a little more humid and hot. 

I told sister Y to send me pics of the wedding and baptism of I and N. I'll get those out when I receive them. 

My new companion, SIs Lima, is from Brazil and she has one less transfer than I do. She has been here for 2 transfers and so Im excited to help her continue the work. 

This last week was a real testimony builder for me. The Lord kept putting people in our paths that were ready to hear the message of the restoration. We had a really good inventory to be working from and so im excited for sis yeater to continue that with her new comp. 

I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve a mission. I know the Lord watches us and gives us what we need to learn and to succeed.

I love you all, Ill have a better weekly next week.

Sis Goss

Monday, September 22, 2014

Eight Month Mark

Today is the eighth month mark. Ai. Time.
This week was a wonderful week for us. We had six new investigaters from street contacts. What a blessing. We really needed that. We are hoping and praying that one of them will be a future member.  Street contacting is slowly becoming easier....  more natural. Dad by the time I get home I hope I'm like you. (Able to strike up a conversation about the church with anyone.)
I and N now have all the lessons, and we are now just waiting on those wedding papers. They are still doing well but could use your prayers as these big events come up. Satan will be working hard on them.
As we passed by a house of a contact we saw another contact we had made a couple days before fixing the door. We went up and talking and asked if he had some time to talk. He agreed to talk after the door was fixed. So as we were waiting the owner of the home came out and was getting some fresh air. I remembered that she was a contact from three weeks ago (we passed by MANY times but she was never home). So I began making conversation with her. She kind of just looked at me and said "sit here and teach me the word of God". Don't have to ask us twice! As we began with the first lesson the guy who was fixing the door came in and THEN another contact's sister came in and decided to listen to the first vision. We gave them all booklets and the Book of Mormon. They all had some good interest. We are very excited to continue with them.
We are doing well here in the "BoBista". I love you all so much! Have a great week! 

Keep to the faith,
Sister Goss