Monday, May 26, 2014

First Fogo Stake Conference & the Ugliest Chicken in the World

Taylor called this the "Ugliest Chicken in the World"

 Missionary leaving Cape Verde to serve a mission in Brazil

First Stake Conference in Fogo

 Taylor's zone

Ok this week has been soooo good!

The island of Fogo now has a Stake. Throughout the whole week we
worked really hard to invite EVERYONE to this conference. So many
came! It was really cool to see all the members of the island gather
into one place. We had around 2,000 show up! Such a blessing. The
Church here is growing so fast, the people here are just so wonderful.

It has been a lot of work getting the members strengthened for this
big step but it has all been worth the work. I know God sends us to
where we are needed and to where we will learn what we need.

Transfers were yesterday. I am staying right here in Cova Figueira
with Sister Cowley! Yay! Our Mission President is leaving on June
27th, so we will probably have more changes here in a couple of weeks.

Earlier in the week we were teaching this boy named To (he is 18). He
is super interested in the church, but the rest of his family is
Advantista. Durring our first lesson his mom came in and started going
off about how God's finger wrote the law of Moses and how we still
should follow that today. When she stopped we kept teaching and it was
fine. Later in the week, we were teaching him the third lesson and he
had accepted to be baptized in two weeks. Then his mom came
I though she was going to pass out she was talking (yelling) so fast
for so long in creole. She kept closing her eyes and she was spitting
everywhere. She talked about how all the words of God are in the bible
and only in the bible, then she went on to say that we were forcing
her son to be baptized, then she told her son its his own choice but
in the bible it says to respect your parents. Que isso!? It was so
insane. The spirit was gone and this little Advantista lady was out of
control. We eventually calmed her down and told her we would just pray
and then we would leave. She finally left the room. We prayed adn the
spirit was back. He still wanted to be baptized. We decided we would
teach To in the Church next time.

I know this Church is the true Church of God. I feel it everyday. That
confirmation that this is the only path that we can return to live
with our Father again.

Thank you all for emails! I love reading each and everyone!

Com muito amor e esperançá em todas as coisas,
Sister Goss

Monday, May 19, 2014

A Temple in Cape Verde & Faith

Sorry the power went out in the middle of emailing last week, and went
out again today. Just barely got electricity. Better late than never.

These past couple of weeks I have been studying about faith. We have
had zone and district meetings on this as well. I have learned a lot
and hope some of this can help uplift some of the missionaries out

Faith is a hope for things which are not seen which are true. Another
word for faith is confidence. It is a gift of the holy ghost. It is a
principle of power. We as missionaries are ordained with power, but
some of us dont know how to use that power quite yet. You use that
power through your unwavering faith in our Heavenly Father and Jesus
Christ. They never falter or diminish in power or authority so you can
always have faith in them. Through this faith/confidence in them you
teach with the power of God. You teach with the power you are given as
a missionary.

When we have faith in Father and Christ we will never become
discouraged because we know they know what is best. When an
investigator doesnt do what they said they would, or when less actives
dont come to church - have faith. Not in them but in God our Father and
Christ our Savior. As long as we contunue to teach doctrine and to
testify of the truth in simple and understadable terms, we have done
our part. We have to show them the path of truth, they must use their
agency to start walking down it.

This gave me so much comfort this last week, I am so grateful for my
perfect example Jesus Christ and in my Father in Heaven. They are
always there for me and you.

We had our last zone conference with our mission president this week.
I am going to miss him. But before he leaves we will be getting a
Stake here in Fogo! That is the third stake in
 Cape Verde, which means we can also start building
 a temple! We will be getting a temple here

These people are so wonderful and I cant wait for the temple
ordinances to be more accessible to them.
I love you all and I hope you have a wonderful week!

Sister Goss

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Church Attendance Blues

This week has been so good! Just the normal missionary life. We have
been trying to mark a baptism for every weekend but Satan is just not
allowing it. We will have to work on that.

We have been teaching a lot of investigators lately, but we still
struggle with getting them to church. This has been one of the biggest
problems here. It makes me so triste when people don't quite catch the
doctrine of attending church. The doctrine of having the opportunity
to become clean every week with the sacrament, and throught the Lords
sacrifice. We will have to work better at teaching that more clearly
to help the people here understand.

I love my mission. I want you all to know that I dont want to be
anywhere else in the world right now.  These people are so special to
me and I know I need to be here to help them find the right path back
to our Father in Heaven. I know I need to be here to better myself.  I
am trying to become more like Christ everyday and to help people do
the same. I love the missioin and the opportunities it brings. These
people are children of God. My brothers and my sisters. This makes me
want to try harder everyday to help my family recieve salvation.

I love you all so much! (I say this all the time but I mean it
everytime I say it.)
Hope you all have a week full of gratitude and joy.
Sister Goss