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May 24, 2013 – TRIUMPH comes from putting a little more “UMPH” into our “TRY”

24 May

Hola mi familia!!! Como le va? Gracious por su palabras y amor! Muchas gusta! Haha, that’s probably wrong but I just love ya all! I love all your emails, letters, packages and most of all love. This week has been pretty awesome. I don’t even know where to start! Mom and Dad, thank you SO MUCH for those amazingly delicious cinnamon rolls (I can’t believe you sent them all the way from Canada! Just kidding- but they were seriously so yummy and completely an unexpected delight!)! I ate probably one or two, or maybe three (yeah, might gain a few pounds here). 2013-05-24 And I gave the rest to my district but they still weren't gone so one night the branch presidency came and visited us. I offered them some but they all said no. But I could tell one of them wanted one so I made him get one- and then the rest of the presidency was like "wait! he's having one! I want one too!" President Jolly said to tell you Mom that you are an angel. I couldn't agree more.

This week with investigators has been pretty good. We got another one. Her name is Alexa. She knows a lot about religion and everything and we haven’t had anyone like that so I’m glad we get that experience. Esmerelda is just pretty amazing. Like, she is still really closed but I think it’s just because she has had a hard life. All she needs is time, love and the truth- and that’s exactly what she is going to get! Oh! I forgot to mention that I am now kind of in a trio. Well, I at least will be this coming week. One of our Hermanas (Hermana Anderson) got her visa to Spain (she’s now at the MTC there where she will serve in the Barcelona mission)! We are excited for her but miss her too! So now Hermana Richardson will be in our trio but not until another Hermana (from an older district) leaves this coming Wednesday. But Hermana Richardson teaches with us in our lessons. Hopefully that wasn’t too confusing! Yesterday we had a lesson with Esmerelda. It was going alright. But it’s kinda hard to teach (at least right now- we’ll figure it out) in a trio. I felt like a lot of the time we were just preaching to her instead of teaching her. And I just wanted to ask her questions and stuff and time wasn’t very long. At the end she asked a question about the Book of Mormon but was like “I have to go now but you can just teach me that next time”. And (well truthfully I didn’t fully understand her haha. But that was a blessing in disguise) I was thinking “No. We can’t end without even teaching her anything.” And I felt the Spirit hadn’t even touched her heart. So I was just like right then even though we were about to pray I was like “Esmerelda,…” and just straight out bore my testimony that I knew the Book of Mormon was true and that through the Book of Mormon I received happiness, strength and joy in my life. I testified that I knew God was real, that he lives and loves me. And I told her that I knew God loved her and that He had a plan for her and wanted to her to be happy. I don’t remember what I said (especially since it was in Spanish ha) but the Spirit was SO strong. I felt it and almost started crying and she too almost started crying. It was really cool to see that in her. I reinvited her to read the Book of Mormon and she said yes. It’s amazing what the Spirit can do and how it enters our lives and teaches us- no matter what stage we are in life and in our testimonies. It’s probably the best feeling ever! I love it and I love this gospel!

I’ve also seen so many miracles especially with the language! My Spanish is improving so much! It’s awesome! I try to talk Spanish as much as I can. When I learn a new word or something I try to just throw out the english one and also try to use the spanish I know. Usually I end up saying wierd things like “I am preparing my toast!” But it works! Even one of my teachers told my last night that my Spanish was getting so much better! I’ve been working really hard and I know that as I do everything I can and work my hardest that through the enabling power of the Atonement (la Expiacion) Jesucristo does the rest! Seriously, there is absolutely NO possible way that my Spanish would be where it is without help from God. Call upon the power of God when you need help. He’s there- for everything. I think that’s something else I’ve been discovering. When we pray Heavenly Father wants to hear us, He wants to bless us and help us but we have to do our part first by working for it and asking for it. Hopefully that made some sort of sense. (Don’t be fooled though – my Spanish is still pretty rough. But considering where I’ve come from it’s pretty good!)

Anyways I better get going! It’s time for some more delicious (that was said with slight sarcasm) MTC food. And then off to the temple! I can’t wait to go to the temple! It’s AWESOME! I just love having the opportunity to go every week while I’m here. It is such a blessing. I hope you all are doing wonderful. Have an awesome week. Thanks for all your love, support and prayers. I love you and pray for you. Thanks for being amazing! Keep up your smiles and just love life! Afterall, we’ve got a lot to be grateful for. Here’s a nice quote from President Gordon B. Hinckley (from his wife’s funeral)- “It isn’t as bad as you sometimes think it is. It all works out. Don’t worry. I say that to myself every morning. It will all work. Put your trust in God, and move forward with FAITH, and CONFIDENCE in the future. The Lord will not forsake us. He will not forsake us. If we will put our trust in Him, if we will live worthy of His blessings, He will hear our prayers.” Yep, pretty awesome quote! How neat is that?!

LOVE YOU!

Love,

Hermana Godfrey

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May 17 – Pictures

21 May

2013-05-17 Which name tagWHAT NAME TAG SHOULD I WEAR!!!?!??!?! haha. Just kidding. I’ll wear both!

Alissa (SUPER DUPER AWESOME PERSON IN THE WHOLE WORLD) made me fresh chocolate chip banana bread and Jordan, her husband, who works here brought it to me!!!! BEST DAY EVER!!!! I’m also washing my clothes. Mom you’d be proud of me.2013-05-17 from Alissa

P-day. Our zone played a game outside and it started pouring – hence we are all wet.2013-05-17 P-day

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My district. The guy on the far left is one of our teachers who left us.

May 17, 2013

18 May

Thanks again for all your emails and stuff.  I just LOVE it!  This week has once again gone by so fast!  It’s been so awesome!  It’s hard to remember everything haha.  But guess what?!?!  On Sunday Elder Nelson himself came and gave a devotional at the MTC.  It was AWESOME!  I feel like I’ve seen so many Mormon celebrities these past two weeks.  We also had Sister Janice Kapp Perry come and speak for our Relief Society meeting and Chad Lewis came and gave a talk (it was incredible).

Well, the language is actually coming.  Yesterday I finished memorizing Joseph Smith’s first vision in Spanish!  Today and tomorrow I’m going to memorize the baptismal invitation.  We finished with our first investigator and now have two new ones.  I’ve got to tell you about one of them.  Her name is Esmerelda.  She is my favourite (I’m not sure if you’re allowed to have favourites but I just love her.  Well, I love all of them but still).  She is so SO SOOOO stubborn!  I don’t love that but she is seriously so closed off.  Our first lesson with her (we’ve only had two lessons so far) was a disaster.  Seriously, pathetic, she asked us this one question and both me and my companion kind of froze and anything we tried to say just didn’t work (it also didn’t help that it was in Spanish haha).  Anyways, it wasn’t good.  I was so scared to teach her again because I didn’t know if she would take anything we said.  But I just studied and prepared so hard for our next lesson, and prayed A LOT.  We went in there and I just asked her questions.  Then I showed her scriptures and testified that Jesus Christ lived and that Heavenly Father loved her and knew her and wanted her to be happy.  She said she thought that he did but could never feel it.  At the end of the lesson I told her that she had to pray and ask God to find out for herself.  We got on our knees right then and she was so hesitant and scared but she did it.  It was amazing.  I have never felt this way before in my life but I could feel God’s love for her SO strongly.  I just started praying to Heavenly Father, pleading and begging, that she would feel it, that she would feel something and know that it was true.  The Spirit was so strong.  After the prayer I asked her what she felt.  She said she didn’t know how to explain it.  We told her that the Spirit speaks to us in quiet, calm and peaceful ways.  I know she felt it and I know she knew it too.  I can’t wait to teach her again.  I just love her so much.  I can’t wait to get to Montreal!!!!  Seriously, it was pretty amazing.

I know that there is so much peace and happiness in the gospel of Jesus Christ.  This is the true church of God.  He lives and loves us.  I know that there is a God.  He is real and there is no way I can deny that.  There is just too much joy and happiness when we live the way He has told us to.  Stay strong.  I love you all.  Have an awesome week!  And go eat some ketchup chips for me!

Love,

Hermana Godfrey

May 10, 2013 – Tiene Fe!

14 May

I can’t believe it’s already been over a week!  It feels like I’ve just got here yesterday.  But I’ve learnt so much already!  The days are so long and the weeks so short!  It’s crazy and awesome!  I love it!  It has seriously been so hard at times.  The language is a bit overwhelming (actually a lot haha), but having entered the MTC knowing about 3 words of Spanish I’ve learnt SO much!  My companion and I taught our first MTC investigator starting last Friday and we’ve had four lessons with her (her name is Yoana – it’s just role play but it’s very very very real).  We can only speak Spanish to her because that’s all she knows.  The first lesson (we have 30 minutes to teach her each time) we just sat there trying to say things and there was like 10 minute silences haha.  But we have learnt so much and each time we have taught we get so much better (including our Spanish!)  It’s awesome!  Our last lesson with her was my absolute favourite.  My companion and I had planned to teach her of how Jesus Christ restored His true church through Joseph Smith.  I still know next to nothing but I was able to tell her, answer her questions and explain it all to her.  And the Spirit was there as I testified of the truthfullness of the gospel!  It was so strong!  And then right after we taught her about it we got her to pray, right there and then, to know if it was true.  She felt the Spirit (we had to explain it to her) and then (it was so scary!!!) we asked her to be baptized.  And guess what?!?!  SHE SAID YES!!!!  Best feeling ever!!!!  It was funny because my companion asked and Yoana said some stuff right after we asked her and I thought she said yes but I wasn’t for sure.  I just looked over at Hermana Lewis and was like “Was that a yes?”  Haha.  But she was getting baptized!  And then the next day….she became our teacher!  Haha.  That was weird but it will be just wonderful!  I love our teachers so much!

My district is AWESOME!  I wish you could all meet them.  They are so much fun and so spiritual and so excited just like me!  It’s great!  We have really grown a lot closer this past week, especially my companion and I.  It’s great.  Hermana Lewis and I work so well together.  I’ve been working on memorizing stuff in Spanish.  I’m doing the first vision today!  It’s so hard learning it all but I have seen miracles already and it’s wonderful.  The Spirit is so strong here at the MTC!  Just everywhere you go you feel it.  The devotionals and teachers are amazing and really bring the Spirit into learning (afterall the spirit is the real teacher).  We lost one of our teachers who was amazing and had such a powerful and sincere testimony of the gospel.  He (Hermono Galvez) is leaving to go back to see his family in Guatemala (he hasn’t seen them in 3 1/2 years).  We’re going to miss him but it’s what he needs to do.  We have a lot of other awesome teachers (I think we just have Sister teachers now).  They are so powerful and amazing!  It’s just the greatest thing ever!  I have to say though, the food isn’t very good haha.  I think food has lost it’s appeal after about 2 days (Mom, I would die for one of your meals!  18 months!)

I love you all SO MUCH!  You’re always in my prayers.  Thanks for your examples and writing me (they are honestly the greatest thing ever.  It’s pretty much the best thing ever)!  You are awesome!  Love you!  HAVE AN AWESOME WEEK!

Love,

Hermana Godfrey

Letter home – April 30,2013

14 May

Guess what?!?!  I already gave away my first Book of Mormon!  It was on the flight from Penticton to Vancouver.  My ignorance of flying turned out to be a blessing!  I sat in the wrong seat & the guy next to me was really nice.  We ended up talking casually almost the whole flight.  Near the end I was like “Have you heard of the Book of Mormon”?  Ha ha  – silly question ’cause I was sure he didn’t but it turned out perfectly.  He actually seemed sincerely grateful.  We talked a bit about it & the church.  It was awesome!  I hope he reads it!  Either way a seed was planted.  I thought it was so cool.  It was a bit scary I guess but not nearly as scary as I thought it would have been.  Right now I’m on the plane to Salt Lake.  I can’t wait to get the the MTC tomorrow!!  Ready or not, here I go!

May 2, 2013

I’m alive!  Today is our first full day.  It’s actually only 1:08pm but I have some time right now.  The MTC so far has been crazy & very exciting!  I love it!  The language…  well, that’s something else.  I think that’s going to be pretty difficult.  Actually, it terrifies me.  But with a lot of work & help from the Lord I know I can do it!  It just seems pretty impossible right now.

May 3, 2013

Today’s P-day.  As a district, we went & cleaned a chapel for our service project.  (I was asked to dust all the light fixtures w/ this duster.  I was like “Sweet, this will be fun.”  And then I came across a chandelier…. well, I started dusting it & then realized the plastic dust bits were melting onto the lights!  And then it started smelling like burnt plastic.  Yep.  haha.  I’m a champ.  Opps.  It wasn’t good but I thought it was kinda funny.  Don’t worry.  I’m making you proud!)

May 3, 2013 – Hermana Godfrey’s 1st P-Day!

6 May

I love the MTC!  It’s only been 2 days, they are long and it’s gone by fast!  Crazy!  I have the best district ever!!!  There are 10 of us, 4 Elders and 6 Hermanas.  My companion is pretty awesome!  Her name is Hermana Lewis from American Fork, Utah and going to Rochester, New York.  Except for 1 Elder we are all going to different places.  Elder Laoto is from an island near Fiji and French is his native language but knows a little bit of English.  I’ve tried to talk to him in French but I’m not very good.  I’ll keep on it!  The 6 of us Hermanas room together which is super fun.  SPANISH….SOOOOOOO HARD.  I really wonder how missionaries learn another language.  We are teaching an investigator tonight in Spanish!  Yikes!  I definitely know a lot more Spanish than I did 3 days ago, although that was practically none but it’s progress!  I know that miracles happen and that Heavenly Father will bless me as I work my butt off.  I have awesome teachers.  One Brother is from Guatemala so he knows the language SUPER well but is also very spiritual and fun.   It makes it really good.  Although he talks really fast and I usually have no idea what he’s saying, when he asks me something I’m just like “Uh…” but I’ve also had some really cool experiences.  One time we were in class and the teacher asked us something.  No one said anything – because we were all lost.  Then I just started bearing a simple – very simple – testimony and it was slow but it worked – I think – and it was awesome!  You could even feel the Holy Ghost which was really cool.  You can feel the Holy Ghost so strongly here and everywhere.  It’s awesome!  I just love being here.  It feels right.  It’s hard thats for sure.  I’m not sure if this is bad or not but I love supper, lunch and bedtime because we kinda get a break.  I really do love class and learning.  I really hope that I can learn this language – not to mention french when I get there.  It’s just a lot, which is awesome because I feel that I’ve learned so much already.  I love it!  This is such a great place to be.  It’s hard but that’s what makes it so great.

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April 28, 2013

6 May

April 28, 2013

Last time with my family!