Archive | July, 2014

July 28

28 Jul

We had some pretty spectacular things this week! And I have all these photos from them haha but I forgot the adapter. Next week will just be pictures! 😀

This past week was the birthday of a recent convert, A. She works like crazy and does everything for her family. She is just the sweetest and most optimistic person despite circumstances! Such a great example to me. So we decided to do a birthday surprise for her! We had her daughter in on it too. We went to her place (with her two crazy and adorable chihuahuas- which one of them always trys to attack me if I try and pet her. We are working on our relationship. But she’s not the happiest with others too. So I’m not too offended.), got a cake, birthday sign, sparklers and 40 ballons. She walked in and we started singing to her. She was so happy! And surprised too! Haha it was great. I am so grateful we were able to make her birthday special 🙂

And this past weekend we did some moving! It more turned out that the Elders helped with the actual moving and Sister Ruiz and I organized everything which was pretty fun setting up her room and the baby’s. What was really neat about it is that it was a less active member and her husband isn’t a member. He was actually against the church. Probably church in general. And at the beginnning when we started to go see the Sister he would have nothing to do with us. But! As we have been serving this family his attitude is changing too. From baking them cookies, helping A2 out with some things as she is a new mother, helping them pack and especially with the move. He sat down with us to eat once. And even said Amen at one of the prayers from the move. He has a long way to go but he is a good guy and it’s neat to see people change little by little 🙂

And then we had this super duper awesome ward activity! Which is just amazing because there hasn’t really been an activity for awhile, at least one where all the members come. But we had a picnic out at a park. We’ve been planning this for awhile. And so many people came! Like at least 50. We had members, less active members, investigators and a lot of friends that the members brought! We had food and three-legged soccer and real soccer and just a great time. It was super successful! Everyone had a great time. And we got a lot of potential people that we are going to visit. Super awesome. And! It was the best language study ever too! Haha. I actually felt pretty comfortable. Half the time I had no idea what was going on (and some people’s accents are pretty hard too) but I was able to connect with them more and even was able to help out a lot getting everyone excited to play soccer- in spanish! Pretty exciting. And Hermano E was there and had a lot of fun. He came again to church and he wants to attend the single adult conference coming up! Haha it’s great the work of the Lord 🙂

I love you all. Thank you so much for everything you do! I hope you have an awesome week! Go shine your light for the world!

Love,
Hermana Godfrey 🙂

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July 21 – Futbol!

21 Jul

Familia!!!! Guess what?!?! We had a pretty good week! It all started with an AWESOME FHE with the familia A and all of their family plus their cousin (also a returning member) was there, altogether at the same time (milagro!)! We went in and our lesson just was shaped and put together to exactly what they needed (even including the song they chose). The spirit was there and every single one of them particpated. And then we played a fun game too at the end and everyone just had a great time. So coool. Like I wish you could have been there. I wrote that night in my journal (which I am doing so much better at this past week) that it was probably one of the best things|miracles that has happened in this area since I`ve been here. I just felt like I could connect with them too (which isn`t the easiest thing when you don`t speak the same language – but this time Heavenly Father just helped and strengthened me, including giving me confidence to reach out to one of them that needed it). You know its so cool and kinda crazy. But all these things are done to strengthen the kingdom of God. Like, I would never be able to obtain that strength or spanish skills (yeah, I would be able to learn but not like I am now) if it were for myself. To be honest, near the beginning of being transfered to Spanish I was like “Sweet now I can practice this and get really good at it” which is completely true but my desires were probably more along the lines of thinking how cool it would be to know spanish and not as much to bless the lives of Heavenly Fathers children. But, thankfully, Heavenly Father awoke me to understanding why I truly need to learn Spanish. And it is so much more fun too! Like, the complete 100% reason I want to learn Spanish is because I want to be able to reach out to one of Heavenly Fathers children and help them come to understand Him more, help them feel of His love and just come closer to God. I want to build Heavenly Father`s kingdom. And how amazing is it that I can help and do that with having the talent of spanish. And I can`t wait to use it too for eternity. Seriously, love it. Okay, next miracle.

Oh! Side note. We got a text this morning from the Sisters who are teaching our friend P (remember him, miracle from a few weeks ago). Today his first official day not smoking. So cool! Sister Ruiz and I will be praying for him. He`s just amazing.

Futbol!!!! Soooooo much fun?!?! Why did I never play soccer growing up I don`t know. But it is never too late to start! Neither Sister Ruiz and I have ever really played soccer before (actually think I did in grade 5 once, can`t really remember). But! This past Friday we went to the church where they have their Friday night soccer games with members and investigators. We went with our friend Hermano E (who is taking and loving the lessons… he is just progressing so well!) and some members and the Elders were there. It was so much fun! And Hermano E loved meeting and playing with everyone there. Definitely a success!

And last one 🙂 This past Sunday (I guess that`s yesterday) we had a dinner at a members. It was super cool cause one of the sons just got back from his mission. We were sharing a message about missionary work and how members and missionaries need to work together. The son just shared with his Dad about helping and what missionary work really is and how much members and missionaries need to be united. I don`t think whatever we could have said would have worked nearly as well. It was really cool to see him teach his family and help others to catch the vision. And then we had a lesson with M (YM-15 and awesome, son in the A family) and he came with us. It is just so cool and a great example to see him use everything he learned from his mission and go right in and use everything to strengthen the members and area where he is now. He just understands it. I love when that happens. Like also our ward mission leader this past Sunday, after discussing how the importance of members reaching out and being friends (or even just friendly) with our investigators. E came in a bit late to sacrament meeting but our ward mission leader got up from his family and went over, shook E`s hand and then sat by him. Wow. These people are such great examples to me. I can`t wait to use everything I have learned and developed for the rest of my life 🙂 I might serve with a name tag and full time for 18 months (which is the best thing in the world) but this calling is a calling for eternity. And that makes me happy.

I love you guys and hope you have an amazing week! Keep sharing the gospel!

Love,
Hermana Godfrey

P.S. That guy who just returned from his mission is coming to visit his family in Kelowna for a couple of monthsish. I told him about the Latino family that live in Osoyoos and he said he would be happy to help out. He can`t right away but I am going to try and find the missionaries information. If I can`t find it, I will just give him Mom and Dad`s info and if you would be willing to direct him to the missionaries that would be awesome. Also, he asked if I would like him to take anything to give to you guys. I can`t decided haha (hopefully that doesn`t sound shallow) but if so hopefully you somehow get it! Love you all 😀

Also, no time for pictures. But they shall be good when they come!

July 14 – The Gospel isn’t weight, its wings- it carries us

17 Jul

Hola! Well guess what? B got baptized this past Saturday! It was just simply great. He said he had 4 different nightmares about his baptism the night before. But he said that instead of being scared or not wanting to come that morning he said he felt that there would not be so much opposition if it was not true.

There was also a testimony meeting during the time that B was getting changed. That was so inspired. Each person that spoke was lead by the spirit for I and others were enlightened and strengthened. M bore her testimony of the blessings she has felt of the gospel in her almost 1 year of becoming a member. That was so amazing to hear her testify of how the gospel has strenghtened and uplifted her.

Another man who bore his testimony really touched me as well. When he got up he said that when I was speaking he heard the same voice as the Elders who had taught him the gospel. At first I was like, “What do I sound like a man?” But then he said, “It is the voice of the Spirit”. I have heard that been said so many times that all you need is the voice of the Spirit to touch and strengthen others but it just kind of touched me in a different way. It is so true that all you need is the Spirit. Its hard a lot of the time because as I am learning Spanish I can’t say the things I used to be able to say or express myself the way I wish I could. That takes a lot of humility. And the very sense of humility- realizing our shortcomings and trusting in the Lord and his grace to make up for what you cannot do (and not beating yourself up for weaknesses). But with that man (well, the spirit really), I was able to learn a little better that truly all I need, all we need, is the Holy Ghost (which is so cool- we get a member of the Godhead to always be with us if we are worthy). In that same testimony he also said that, “God takes us where we are and begins to edify us,” and that “You can either fight the grace of God or accept it, because either way it is already paid for”. Okay, I’m going off more in my studyings and learnings but hope you don’t mind. Its just what is on my mind right now and wish to share. In spanish there are a few different words that are used to describe redemption. To be honest I forget what they are haha but I do remember the meanings in english which helped me put a whole new perspective on the redeemption from Jesucristo. It said that redeemption is to be bought, paid in full, freed, rescued, (I can’t remember the rest- but I’ll let you know later). I especially love rescued. How beautiful is that! I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is so simple and so perfect. Something that I do not fully understand but am striving to and striving to live it day after day. I love you all so much. I know that the gospel is for every single person in the world. Isn’t that wonderful! Article of faith number 2 or 3 “We believe that through the atonement of Christ all mankind may be saved through obedience to the laws and ordinances of the gospel”.

I love you guys! I hope you all have a wonderful week, traveling, graduating, babysitting Eliza, running, working and all the other great things that come! Remember to reach out and share what we have and know to be true.

Love,
Hermana Godfrey

July 7 – Can`t decide on a title but I`m out of time! Love you!

8 Jul

Hola familia! I am so excited to write you with all this crazy latino missionary miracles going on! First off, P. Actually, he is not latino. But such an awesome miracle. One day we were just sitting waiting at the bus stop. No one was around so I just sat down and starting writing some pass along cards. Then this man come over to wait for the bus. I smiled at him, he came in and we said hello (in english! So happy. French is a bit of a struggle haha. I definitely know more spanish than french but thats okay). He was like, “What are you doing?“. I was like, “Just making cards.“ Him, “For what?“. Me, “Well, we`re missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints!“ And there we go! Sister Ruiz and I talked to him on the bus for the few stops we had. We got to know him a bit and then asked, “What`s important for you in life?“ He said he didn`t know. We asked him some more “soul-searching“ questions and about his belief in God. He thought about each of them and said, “You know, I don`t really know.“Then he asked us, “What `do you believe?“ We told him a bit and shared a little bit of our own experiences about how God has helped us in our lives. And then our stop came! And we didn`t have enough time to ask him for his information but I quickly handed him our card. As we got off, I couldn`t help but think, “Darn it, we lost him.“ But then I said a quiet prayer in my head that he would be blessed and think of our conversation. We went on to our appointment. And then….. right after our appointment, he called!! He was like, “I keep thinking about the questions you asked and I can`t get it off my mind cause I don`t really know. Is there any way we could meet and continue our conversation?“. I almost started crying. Here was this man (oh, his name is P), that even though I didn`t have enough time (well, I forgot how soon our stop was), God touched him enough that he called us. We set up an appointment and guess what?!?! He is awesome!!! We`ve already had 2 appointments with him and he is just sooooo cool. He has a cat named Keyboard. And it just amazes me how prepared these people truly can be. He has all these questions and it`s super funny too because he has absolutely no fear in asking questions and he truly means every single one of them. At first it really took me back. He would always be like, `But for you, how do you feel to be a Mormon?“ What appeals about being a Mormon to you?“, “What has God done for you?“ Haha. I love it. Seriously, I just love it. And the things he says are just like, `whoa! The first time he was like, “I feel this emptiness in me and I want to fill it.“ The last time he told us this crazy story (oh, since the very first time he was like, “Yeah, I want to come to one of your masses. I want to come see what its all about`.“) about how he has been to a bunch of other churches. But he said one time for the church on (he is from Montreal) Rue de Lorimier (where the stake building is and three wards meet.) he helped set up the alarm system. And he was like, “You know, I felt something when I went in the building. I just felt something. Peace, tranquility, like a warm fuzzy blanket`.“ hahaha. What?!?! I`ve only ever heard that answer about the Holy Ghost in primary. We testified that that was the Holy Ghost. And the best part, he just keeps saying, “Okay, okay. I have to do this for myself. I will not do anything until I find out if this is true for myself.“ Oh, P. What a marvelous work this is. And guess what else???? Guess who is getting baptized this Saturday???? Remember that miracle story I told you about on Mother’s day about B who we met at the bus stop. Yes. B is getting baptized this Saturday. I am so excited! He asked me to give one on the talks. It just amazes me how Heavenly Father allows me to have these experiences, to trust me, Sister Godfrey, with His children. “Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold, I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.`(Alma 37:6).

I love you all and wish you a great week! Have fun and keep trusting in God. He is real and I know He truly is right there waiting for us to come unto Him.

Love you!

Love,
Hermana Godfrey