Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Transfers & Running Water

So last night we got a call from President. We are being transfered. I
am going to the island of Boa Vista (Good Vew) the tourist island. And
sister C is going to sao nicolau. My new comp is sister T.
She is super old on the mission (only has 3 transfers left). I am so
excited but my heart broke a little knowing that I would have to leave
the people here. I made a lot of really great friends here, but I am
excited for the new adventure with all the tourists.

This week was amazing. We have been working with this one investigator
for a long time. We marked a baptism date with
her two or three times, but she really struggled with her desire. All
of a sudden she started coming to church, quit drinking coffee and
came and told us she wanted to be baptized this week! Man the Lord
really works on people. This is definitely His work not ours. Sadly, I
won't get to see her baptized this week but its ok. As long as she
becomes closer to Christ that is all that matters.

World Cup has made teaching a struggle this week, but it is the prime
time to teach alll the woman so that has been a great blessing. We
have taught a lot of great lessons with the spririt and I know hearts
have been touched. I love this gospel so much. The mission is worth
every difficulty. The one miracle is worth the many failures.

I hope you all have a great week. Enjoy your running watter. It is a blessing.

Sister Goss

Fun facts
Boa Vista (Portuguese meaning “good view”) is the easternmost island of Cape Verde. It is located in the Barlavento group of the archipelago. The island is known for marine turtles and traditional music, as well as its ultramarathon and its sand dunes and beaches. The island also constitutes the municipality of Boa Vista, which has two parishes, Santa Isabel and São João Baptista.
Boa Vista has a college (colegio), a middle school, high school, churches, beaches, large hotels, a port, and a square.
Its economy was originally based on agriculture, but desertification led to salt collection becoming more important. Its main industries today are date farming and, increasingly, tourism, with already several touristic establishments being built in recent times.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

First Speaking Assignment in Portuguese & "Woman Up"

Our new President comes in on the 27th of June. Transfers are in three 
weeks. I dont know if I will be transfered to a new area or not.  I feel
like my time here is up though. I am well. Sorry I didnt email yesterday.
It was a crazy day with power going on and off. 

Missionary work is hard. You just have to woman up and push through 
sometimes, but you can be so blessed by doing your best. The Lord always 
makes up for the rest.

This was another great week of being a missionary. Nothing too
eventful, I did give my first talk in sacrament meeting on the
redemption of jesus christ in portuguese. That was really fun.
Challenging but fun.

We are teaching a lot of less actives because most of our references
are less actives. We are focussing on strengthening our wards right
now, so this is the perfect opportunity to do that.

Sorry I don't have much to write about today but I just want to let all
of you know, every single one of you that receive this email, you have
all made a impact on my life for the better. All of you have helped me
become the person I am today. You are all wonderful and I am so
blessed to know you all. Have a great week!

Sister Goss

Monday, June 9, 2014

Mango Season

Hello everyone! 
I love you all so much, I hope you know that!
Sorry about last week. The computers are really slow sometimes and so
it is rough trying to email.
This week had many ups and downs. I want to focus on the ups though.
Earlier in the week we were on our way to a lesson to a less actives
house when this lady named Isabel just started walking next to us
(many people told us not to bother with her because she was constantly
drunk and was always on drugs). We started to talk to her and found
out she was the mother of our less active! So we invited her in to
talk with us. Sadly her daughter wasnt home, but we had a really great
lesson with this lady and her husband who was at home. All but one of
her four kids are baptized but inactive, she told us she loved going
to the baptisms of her kids and she wants them to go back to church.
We got to know her well that week. As of right now she has stopped
drinking, smoking, and has a baptism date marked! She went to church
yesterday and shed a few tears of joy. It was really sweet to see the
Spirit touch her. Im am excited for her future.
Today we went on a little hike and got to see the view of Cova
Figueira. I love where I serve!
Mango season just hit and so we bought a few to snack on... plus a
huge papaya. SO yummy. Im not going to lie, the fruits here are the
best I have ever tasted.
Also you see this every so often. People will carry pigeons around...
they say that they dont eat them. They just keep them as pets. 

Great Mother's Day call - Here is a Farewell Message to Savanah and Shaelie

Two of Taylor's close friends had their farewells on Mother's Day.  This is a message she wanted us to deliver to them about missions and missionary work.

Beautiful People

 I have 0 time this week but we have two families that are in the
progress of marrage and then we can get 6 possible baptisms! Yay! The
people here are just so beautiful. Only here on Fogo you will see
black people with green, blue, and brown eyes.
Missions are the best!
Sister Goss