Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Faith and Hope- Fix Yo Tie

Dear family and friends,

I love all of you so much.

This week has been quite the week. We made a vision for our area this last District meeting (to have a branch in this city called Figuira Pavao) and ever since satan has really been working hard. But so have we.

My comp and I have been working really hard on having faith and hope in our investigators and menos activos. This in turn has helped us feel happier and has helped us get through small trials with a better attitude. For example, we usually get a car to go pick up these people in FP for church every sunday, but our car has canceled on us for the past two weeks 45 minutes before church. It takes us 30 min to walk there, 30 min to pass by all the houses on foot, then 30 more to walk back, so we have had to say a lot of hopeful prayers that these people would have the faith to come on thier own. The Lord answered our prayers, and we got a lot of people last week. I was so proud of them and so grateful to the Lord.

Ok funny story about this sunday. So a 19 yr old guy was giving a talk in sacrament meeting this sunday. When he walked up to give it, you could tell his tie was just a little crooked. But we all started listening to his talk without a second thought. HALF WAY through the talk this man stands up, walks up to the stand, tells the president "sorry, hold on", fixes the tie on this 19 yr old, waves to the congress and walks back down to his seat. I am trying SO HARD not to laugh, but I look around at the other three missionaries and they either have thier mouth open or are trying just as hard not to laugh. Man, I love the mission.

I know this is the true Church of Christ. I am so grateful that I have been blessed to grow up with this gospel. I know that with Christ, we can repent. We can be clean. And we can be happy. I have a much stronger testimony of church, specifically the sacramnet. I know that going and taking it every week is a commandment of God and that by following this commandment we can find happiness and peace in our lives. Church is where we take our problems to be solved. Church is not for the righteous/perfect but for the sick and lowly of heart. We all need the teachings and the love of God we recieve from church.

I wish you all the best. Have a great week!
Sister Goss

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter and a Baptism

 On the way home from zone conference
 On the way to Baptism of Ze
 Ze's Baptism
 Decorating Easter Eggs
Goodies from the Easter Egg Hunt

This week we had a baptism, which was awesome/it was a miracle. We did the interview and all the paper work 30 minutes before the baptism cause of complications through out the week. Anyways his name si Ze and he is so great. He pretty much kept alll of the commandments before we talked with him. He was a prepared investigator! 

This week was great, just teaching, and trying to communicate with people. 
Easter was great. One of the other sisters in our house went all out and did a easter egg hunt for us and we dyed eggs. It was good. We also made a good meal of braided bread with tuna stuff inside. MMM good.

Hopefully we have another wedding coming up here. They are just trying to get the paperwork figured out! But another active family in the church will be wonderful! After the marrage the wife and son can be baptized! This marrage is a big deal!! 

Looks like you all have had a great easter as well! I miss all of you family and frinds! You have all been such good examples to me!

Shout out to my bro Kimball!!! He is going to be dating here on Thursday! The big 16!  He is the greatest little bro ever!

Have a wonderful week!
Sister Goss

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Prayer in Your Heart?

 Sorry about last week. I had little time to email so I didn't get any 
pictures out or questions answered. I will do better today.
This week has been crazy. So there are four sisters in our house. 
Me my comp, Sister W and her comp. Sister W has had a 
couple of complications and she hasn't had a comp for a week. 
So we have been going to her area and ours this past week. 
Kinda rough but cool to see her style of teaching and her investigators.
 Funny story for the week:
We went to an investigators house but she wasn't there. We asked 
her mom if we could talk with her and she agreed. We had a really solid 
lesson and I felt like it went really well... until the closing prayer. We
 asked her to offer it, and she kindly agreed. She then bowed her head 
as did we... and waited. After a long pause, I looked up and asked if she
 remembered how to give a prayer, she glanced up and me and bowed 
her head quickly again. So I bowed mine and waited...nothing. 
Sister W called her name and she didn't move. So we assumed she was
 just saying a personal prayer......5 minutes went by. By now I had coughed 
a couple of times to cover my laughter. Around the ten minute mark she
 looked like she was falling asleep! Finally we got her to look up and 
explained that we offer prayers aloud so others can hear and feel the spirit. 
She nodded and bowed her head. Silence. In an attempt to just finish 
and leave my comp. just started praying, the lady looked up super 
confused and finally just went with it. Man, it was strange. 
 I haven't gotten the package yet but I am looking forward to it! 
I love you all so much! Im sorry I don't have much time today again. 
The power has been out all day.
Have a wonderful week!
Sister Goss 

Mom's Questions
 Where do you hold your baptisms?  
Those are held at the beach unless we can get a car to drive us to a 
chapel with a font. Our building does not have a font.
Did you get to watch conference? 
We were allowed to watch one session of conf. in portuguese. But 
we downloaded all of it onto a iPod in english so I can understand, yay!
Do they have any Easter traditions there? 
No easter traditions here, but we will be doing some on our own :)
 How do you get from island to island?
 We take boat from island to island unless we are being transferred
 with a big suitcase. Then we fly. 
How often are transfers?
Transfers are every 6 weeks. This is my first day of the 2nd transfer.
 I am staying in Cova Figuiera with Sister C as my trainer.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Prayer is Real

Hello everyone!

 I love all of you soooo much! Especially the missionaries out there serving right along with me. The missionary emails just make my week so thanks to all of you. 

Well... this is the last week of my first transfer. Triste :(  I love the mission so so so so so much. I love this work so much. To all those planning/leaving on a mission soon (Sav, Daniel, Michaela, Shae, Kaylee) you will just love it. The MTC is fun and all, but the field is quite the experience. 

I have been having a really hard time with the language these past couple of weeks, and so it was my goal to start really praying with faith and a desire for the gift of tongues and the interpritation of tongues. Well, that made a difference. I was able to actually have conversations with people and actually understand what they were saying! The spirit was really strong for me this week. Prayer is real. Gifts of the Spirit can be given if we have faith and ask. 

So we have a ton of less actives in our branch... we have more less actives than actual members. So we have been trying really hard to strengthen the branch into a ward so that the work will be more efficiant and we can get help with finding more people. So towards the end of this week we talked with a less active girl named Rosa. She and her boyfriend live together and they have a little 6 year old girl. She has been coming to church every week for a long time now but because of the whole not married situation she cant progress and be considered active. So we decided to ask her what her goals were in life (She wants to go to the temple). Then I asked what her steps were to reach the goal (first was getting married). Then I asked how it was coming along. She replied that it was complicated. So my comp asked if she could see herself ever getting to the temple and getting married with how she living right then. She told us that her boyfriend didnt want to get married, and a lot of other things. But we then had a really heavy but spiritual expeience about how her life was not happiness and if she ever wanted to be truly happy she would have to change. Right then. Suddenly, her boyfriend walked in and sat with us. We told him that he was limiting his happiness and his families happiness. That they needed to get married or seperate.. Let me tell you I have never felt the room be so thick and so heavy but the spirit was there so strong. They know what needs to happen.  

In Ether 12:27 it talks about when you have weakness and pray unto God he will make it a strength. But I think its also when you draw nearer to God you find more weakness within yourself. You know what you are doing wrong and what needs to happen to change that. People who think they are doing fine, they don't have any big things to change about themselves, aren't close with God. And I have had this experience where I didn't feel I needed to change much about myself. But now being on the mission, trying to constantly be closer with God I have SO many things I need to work on. 
Being close with God means feeling that spirit of knowing you have done wrong or have weaknesses, but then commiting to be better and to change. 

I know that this is true. I have felt it in my own life. I try everyday to improve. I just want to be a better person and maybe/hopefully raise some other people up with me as I try to draw nearer to God. 

Love you all! Have a wonderful week! Thanks for all the letters!!!!
Sister Goss