Archive | June, 2014

June 30 – FELIZ DIA DE CANADA!

30 Jun

HAPPY CANADA DAY! I am super excited for Canada day! I found some maple leaf cookie cutters so my plan is to make some cookies and hand them out to everyone we see tomorrow! And maybe everyone on the bus too! Get a little bit of red and white mixed in with this missionary work 🙂

Highligths of this week! Haha we had a fun serivce activity this Saturday. We went to a less active family, from Peru, and pulled out a whole bunch of weeds. The Elders were there with us and none of us knew exactly what she wanted so we just went at it. Hopefully she liked it 🙂 No te preoccupes, it looked good.

Our investigator, Hermano E, came to soccer on Friday! It was awesome! The Elders always play and have investigators and people come out and play. We had a lesson set up at the church so we were able to see if he came. Its great to have them come out and play and making more friends and feeling more comfortable at the church. E had a lot of fun too!

Oh! We are also working with this one less active young man who is coming back to church. Its not the best home life and he will soon be living in Montreal by himself. But we had a lesson with him and his brother last week. Its heart breaking to see their lives without the support and love of a good family. But yet we were able to be there and bring the spirit and love of Heavenly Father into their lives more. And the beautiful miracle was that he was at church again yesterday! That made us so happy. I was so grateful for his desire and faith to be there at church. You can see he wants change and I really think he knows that true peace and faith come from the blessings of living the gospel.

Well, I can`t think of much else other than I love you guys! If you have any questions or want to know something more let me know haha. I`ll work on thinking of more stories. Hope you have a great week 🙂 FELIZ CUMPLEANOS ELIZA! Love you and keep sharing the gospel! It`s the greatest thing 🙂

Love,
Hermana Godfrey 🙂

This is how I feel everytime I see a Colombian flag... ``Me gente!`

This is how I feel everytime I see a Colombian flag… “Me gente!`

June 23 – Soy Mexicano tambien… en mi corazon

23 Jun

Hola familia 😀

I’m trying to think and be creative with how I start my emails but I feel like its always ‘This was a good week!’. Sooooo… I’ll work on that.

But truly, there were some pretty cool things that happened 🙂

This week had its ups and downs but it was really cool to see some awesome milagros (miracles :D) at the end of the week, especailly yesterday. Hermano E and Hermano J came to church! Hermano J came 35 minutes early and was like “I hope its okay that I came early”. What dedication! He’s awesome 😀

Then Hermano E. He worked until 6 in the morning on Sunday. We talked about church with him and how it will help him come closer to christ this past week a little bit. He said he would come back from work and sleep for a bit and then come at 12 (he would miss sacrament). We were excited and really happy he was going to come especially since he worked until 6 that morning. Well, after sacrament he didn’t show up. We went to class and wondered if he slept through or something came up. But after class we go out there he was! He said he walked way too far and didn’t see the church building. He went to the priesthood class and after church we had a lesson with him. When we asked him about how he liked church he said, “Honestly, i was expecting it to be a bit weird. But I came and it wasn’t. I felt welcomed and a part of everyone.” We taught him a little bit about the Plan of Salvation and asked him to pray to know if these things were true. We gave him a promise and shared our testimonies with him. Then he said, “I have a small testimony too…” and started sharing about how he knew God was real and how he has seen it change him in his life. We all felt the spirit so much when he bore his testimony.

It’s been really amazing to see the Lord lead us to people this week and in finding others who are ready to hear and receive the restored gospel in their lives. But this week (well, every week really haha) I’ve also been able to see it change my life. “The greatest convert we should have (on our missions, or in our lives) is ourselves”. I love that. This gospel, on the good days and on the harder days, is a light and a strength. I am grateful for that.

Well, I love you and hope you hava a very fantastic and awesome week!

Love,
Hermana Godfrey 🙂

P.S. Go Columbia 😀 Me gente! (I’ve decided I’m cheering for Colombia… and it makes a great way to start talking to them :D)

I'm Mexican! She's an awesome member, from Chile!

I’m Mexican! She’s an awesome member, from Chile!

I thought this was a gem. Jesus loves you! And John the Baptist was playing on the TV.

I thought this was a gem. Jesus loves you! And John the Baptist was playing on the TV.

 How neat is that!

How neat is that!

June 16 – Come Unto Me

17 Jun

Wow. What a week. You know that feeling when you learn so much you are just kinda mind blown. Like literally being wind blown over and you just have that dazed look haha. That’s kinda how I feel. Most of it has all been spiritual nourishment. We had zone conference which was awesome and sooooo spiritually powerful. At the end when we had testimony meetings President Patrick didn’t time constrain it and just let everyone who wanted to go. The spirit was so powerful, so very tangible, it was awe inspiring. I felt so much love for every single one of those missionaries, that they were truly beloved spirit children of our Heavenly Father. And so am I. What a wonderful thing.

This week! Let me tell you about our two investigators. Right now we really only have two investigators,Hermano J and Hermano E. They are so legit!!!! I just love them 🙂 Even though we only have two right now they are so sincere and so strong in their desire to come closer to Christ. The other day in our lesson with Hermano J he just shared his testimony about how he feels when he reads the Book of Mormon and how he feels this love and warmth and happiness. We told him that was the spirit and he was just so happy. After the lesson he wanted to see the baptismal font haha. We didn’t have the key but he was like “did you find someone?” So we went a bit more diligently looking for someone who might have the key. He liked it 🙂 Then on Sunday he came and one of the first things he said to me was “they called me into work today but I told them I couldn’t because I had promised I would be at church.” Whooooa. Haha so cool. Hermano J is the type of person who is just happy, sincerely and all the way through. I’m pretty sure if you stuck him in a snow storm he would still have his smile on his face. He just makes you happy to be around. It’s an honor Heavenly Father has put him in our path to teach him the restored gospel.

Hermano E is from Columbia and been here for about two months. He is so kind and gentle and patient. We had a lesson with him yesterday at a park because it was beautiful outside. He told us that back in Columbia even though he had his family and friends and a good job he just felt something missing. He realized that it isn’t a rich house, fancy car or even a good job that brings you happiness but that you need to feed your spiritual self too. Wow. I learn so much from these people. Yesterday on our way home the sun was shining and it was beautiful. A beautiful day in a beautiful world with beautiful people and beautiful miracles. I just couldn’t help but smile, a big smile. I was so happy. So happy. The joy that people tell you about how on their mission they talk about having a perfect sense of joy when they lose themselves in the work of The Lord. I started singing called to serve in Spanish. And couldn’t help but think “how great is your calling”. I’ve realized a lot lately that I’m not here for myself. Not at all. Sometimes I get caught up in things. But I’m not here for myself at all. I love these people. Truly. That love may not be perfect but I am trying and striving to have my will more aligned with the will of The Lords. And over it all, I love my Saviour Redeemer and King. I love my God. I love the feeling of the spirit that softly whispers to my soul that these things are true. I love scriptures and the moment when something finally clicks, the lightbulb comes on and you realize that God is there, truly and in every way. I know that he lives. I know that Jesus Christ is the son of God and that through him we might obtain eternal life. And how great shall be that day. “And I saw that I must soon go down to my grave, having been wrought upon by the power of God unto this people, and declare the word according to the truth which is in Christ and I have declared it in all my days, and have rejoiced in it above that of the world. And I soon go down to the place of my Redeemer; for I know that in him I shall rest. And I rejoice in the day when my mortal shall put on immortality, and shall stand before him; then shall I see his face with pleasure, and he will say unto me: Come unto me, ye blessed, there is a place prepared for you in the mansions of my Father. Amen”

I know that God lives. I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true. I know that the gospel in its fulness has been restored upon the earth and that we have the priesthood on the earth today and that we are lead and guided by a prophet of God! President Thomas S Monson. I love you all so much. Thank you. I love and admire your examples and testimonies. Keep shining, keep going. Hang on to the iron rod and trust in God in all things. He loves you and so do I. I hope you have an amazing week filled with awesome things and opportunities! Go get em 😀

Con Amor,
Hermana Godfrey 🙂

June 9 – For when I am weak, then I am strong

10 Jun

Itès summer! Well, getting close. Itès so crazy how one week you are freezing and within one week it changes and now you are getting too hot. I am quite enjoying the warmer weather, humidity included haha.

So, remember that story I told you about B2É How it was a miracle of the Lord meeting him and especially how prepared he was to receive the restored gospelÉ Well, I need to give you an update! So Sister Gutierrez and her companion, Sister Canady, are doing a great job teaching him… and he wants to be baptized! I believe itès for the 24th of the month! He just moved areas in Montreal (hence wards) and are working with the Sisters of that ward. Itès cool because now he is at the same chapel where Zarahemla meets too. Its just pretty exciting to see him have that desire to be baptized. Heavenly Father truly is mindful and loves his children. And its wonderful to see those we work with come closer to Christ and sincerely have that desire to follow him. 🙂

I canèt remember if I told you about J. I think I did. He is one of our investigators. And he too is super awesome and ready for the gospel! We had a lesson set up with him at one of the chapels. But he never showed up. We were a bit sad about that but knew it wasnèt like J. So we tried calling but didnt get through to him. Well Sunday came and we didnt expect him to come because we didnt tell him (he has come before). And then we turn around and there was J!!! We were so happy to see him! We had a lesson with him that morning and hes been reading the Book of Mormon. One of his questions was like, (sorry this keyboard is in french and i dont know how to switch it haha. hope you understand all these È![the editor decided not to correct this letter so that people could see what Sister Godfrey is talking about]) ÈÈSo if I understand this right, Jose Smith was 14 years old when he saw GodÉÈÈ We were like ÈYepÈ. His response, ÈWhooaa.È He was so amazed and just seemed to see how merciful and loving our Heavenly Father is.

Also on the days last week (canèt remember which one) we were at the Bishops house for supper and to see what his vision of the ward was and how we can help him and see the vision of hastening the work of salvation. It was our last appointment that day. It was so hard to get out of there so we could leave and catch the bus to get home on time. We were trying all we could and be respectful as well. Anyways, we left. It was about 9:10 and we had to get home at 9:30 haha. So… like we usually do when we are running late… we started running to the bus. Well, we saw it stop and we werenèt there yet. We started sprinting but the light changed and it left. We were like, ÈOh no!È So Sister Ruiz and I looked at each other and nodded. We started running… all the way home haha. I donèt think it would have been that bad if we hadnt been stuffed from the meal we ate. I had a huge cramp. We walked for a minute and then I said a prayer in my heart. At the moment it felt like the hardest part of the day haha. I told Heavenly Father, ÈAlright, this is in your hands. I tried all I could. Ièm just going to run and put one foot in front of the other. Please help us to get home on time.È To be honest, we didnt know if it was humanly possible to make it home on time. We were about 15 minutes by bus away. But we just ran. And ran. Hahaha. You donèt know how happy I was to see the park by where we lived. We made it to our doors and you wonèt believe it, it was 9:30! Milagro!!!!! It was awesome! So tired and sweaty but so grateful! Heavenly Father helped us so much. It was kinda cool to see the hand of the Lord in our lives with every aspect. Adn what a complete analogy of the atonement. Something else I learned was that in the middle of challenges, sometimes it feels like the end of the world and all we can see is the challenge and trial we are going through- we lose our eternal perspective. I remember like half an hour after making it home thinking, ÈThat wasnèt that bad. Ièm just fine.È I wish I had more of that eternal perspective everyday and that is someting I want to work on.

I am so grateful for our Heavenly Father. He loves us so much. I know that that is true and I know that this work, the work of salvation, is the greatest thing in the world. Eternal life is the greatest gift of our Heavenly Father. I love the gospel and know that it is true and brings us lasting and complete happiness. I love you guys all so much. Thank you for everything. I hope you have a great week! Go do something awesome! (like share the gospel haha) Love you!

Con amor,
Hermana Godfrey 🙂

June 2 – Templo!

3 Jun

Familia! 🙂 What a beautiful week! This was the last week the temple was open until 15 months later. So! Let me tell you of the miracles 😀 We were able to go to the temple with Sister M, a returning member in the Montreal ward, who was sealed to her husband (who passed away a few years ago). We have been teaching with her since the time I got here and I have never seen her so happy! She was just filled with so much love and peace. It was beautiful and so wonderful to see her be sealed to her husband. How amazing!

Sister Gutierrez, Brother B and I

Sister Gutierrez, Brother B and I

That same evening Brother B went to the temple and did baptisms for his family. He brought eight names of his family members and loved it! He is going to be awesome at family history (he has a whole book of information on his genealogy).

Us with Sister E

Us with Sister E

Friday late evening we got a phone call from Sister E, a sister in Montreal ward. We worked with her family a lot and they are just an amazing family! Sister E said she had just gotten an interview with the Bishop and Stake President and was ready to go to the temple! She asked if I would be her escort. What an honour! So the next day we went to the temple and she took out her endowments. At one point I looked at her and asked, “How do you feel?”. She looked at me with a big smile and said, “I feel awesome!” Hahaha. It was great. Sister E has been looking forward to this and just was so happy to have that spiritual strength in her family.

It was amazing! All of this. We also had stake conference this weekend! Who knew it was for everyone in Canada! That was pretty cool. And the young man there preparing for his mission is in our ward 😀

Que mas? No se! But I love you all and hope you are doing great! 🙂

Wow. This is so short. I’m sorry. Sometimes I can’t think of what to write. But here’s some pictures! Love you!!!

Con amor,
Hermana Godfrey

Hermana Ruiz y yo!

Hermana Ruiz y yo!