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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

From Elder S. Goff - "What a Week"

Well everyone this week I think was one of the most intense week of my whole mission and one of the weeks most effective as well. Me and my comp now have bike and are able to move around a lot faster then before. We were able to find 13 new people to teach this week along with putting 10 baptism dates. We have baptisms planned for the next 6 weeks and are super excited for it. How our area is set up its a little weird. It goes from one side of the city to the other side but its only 5 streets wide. So it’s really long but super skinny. The bikes are helping out a lot we talk to pres call and she gave us permission to use them so that’s what we have been doing.

We had zone conference this week in witch me and my comp got to teach a little bit and address our zone about what we have planned this change it was really good. Sister call did a little presentation about how we need to have our houses clean to be able to have the spirit with us there. And well she had taken pictures of certain houses that her and pres call had inspected and well guess what our house was the high light of the video it was almost all pics of our house. Certainly it was before I got there :) but it was super gross and our whole zone knew it was our house and were laughing about us but we have been cleaning it step for step and it’s getting a lot better. Today we are even moving the house we found another little apartment and are moving later today everything over then going to finish cleaning the old house really good as well.

There is this man named José Aviles we call him José (amen) cause he used to go to a Christian church so when were talking out of no where he will yell AMEN!!!! He is a great guy he was living up in the states for a long time and was sent back here due to DUIs that he had. He has really changed and I really excited about the church. He came on Sunday and loved and participated in the classes and it was great. We found him cause every time we go by his house he would always yell things in English at me like hey white boy... or even hey nigger (I think I’m getting tan but not that dark yet) hey would yell something every time but I just yell something back and keep on walking finally one time i turned around and went to the door and started talking to him we taught him the first lesson and accepted a baptism date the first day. He really wants to church and understands that baptism with the authority of god is the things most important to help him change. We are really excited for him. He has his date for the 11th of June to get in the water.

Things are going really well here in mante just loving life and sweating like no other I love you all.

Take Care
Elder Sawyer Garrett Goff

Current Area: Mante, Mexico
Current Companion: Elder Dominguez

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

From Elder S. Goff - "Zone of the Change!!!!"

  What a week!! Things have been going great here in mante with my new comp with the amazingly hot weather and just being a missionary. This week all the zone leaders of the mission went to Tampico for a meeting with president call and his assistants. It was great in the meeting we talked about things going on this change and everything and things that happened last change as well. Here in mante we were named the zone of the change for the work we were able to get done. I was super excited and well we have planned to get named the zone of this change as well. We have started off really great. We had the most baptisms in week one and we are planning on keeping that going. I'm really excited. A lot of people in the mish have been scared to come to this zone because before no one had baptisms here but now we have turned that around and things are going great. The stake and wards are growing.
  When we went to the meeting in Tampico we went down there on Thursday night and the meeting was on Friday. We stayed the night at the office elder’s house and in the house they have a washer and a dryer so me and my comp took all our dirty clothes all the way to Tampico to wash them. It turned out great though. Clothes are so much softer when they come out of the dryer. It had been along time since I used one of those so it was cool.
  Yesterday in church things didn’t turn out to well. we were gone to Tampico for about 2 days so we didn’t get to much done here and well we only had 2 people in church this week when the past week we had 8. Well all the members figured that me and elder Dominguez don’t know what we are doing or something. All the members were giving us counsel of what we need to do. Scriptures that we should share with people and how to go about doing the work it kind of bothered me but oh well. We are working super hard though we found 9 new investigators this past week taught a bunch of lessons and well Sunday just didn’t turn out that great. We are working super hard and things are going well but we still need to improve. Me and my comp work a lot the same. Super hard but we have fun doing it so I feel like we will be able to do a lot.
  My comp is a convert of 5 years the only member in his family. His family didn’t and doesn’t want him to be here on the mish but he is here. He is from Sonora auga prieta just below Arizona. Like 3 hour away from glen so I think ill be visiting him someday. He has 15 months in the mish and is in his prime. I love the kid he is super good at playing the guitar and singing that’s what he did to get money to come on the mish he played in bars at night and made pretty good money doing it.
  well our week was really good but this one should be even better we have zone conference and well we are going to get these elders even more excited to get stuff done.
I love you all and hope things are going well. oh and I got my first letter of death this week which asked where I’m flying to and ill be getting home the 15th of September.

Love Elder Sawyer Garrett Goff

We found a drunk guy this week out riding his mo ped and we asked if we could use it and he lent it to us for a little bit. haha:)

Current Area: Mante, Mexico
Current Companion: Elder Dominguez

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

From Elder S. Goff - "CHANGES"

last pic with elder botello

  Well this week has gone by fast. It was great talking to the whole fam last night. I was up waiting for Glen to call and finally got into bed thinking he wasn’t going to call but he did and I was happy to hear from him along with Garrett. He sounds like a little punk from what Glen says but says he is a ton of fun as well. It was great talking to everyone and it will be the last time that I talk over the phone in the mish. I really can’t believe that the time has past so fast.
  My comp just got here into town and I'm really excited for this change I get along really well with him and we are going to get a lot done I think. My comps name is elder Dominguez. He is from sanora México and has 15 months is the mish and he says he is still just a baby in the mish.
  This past week we had a baptism of lupita she was golden and is ready to help this place grow even more. She bore her testimony after she got out of the water and it was really special. We are hoping to find a few more just like her this week. Well fam I love you guys but idk what to say because I talked to yall yesterday but i love you and to take care.

Love Elder Sawyer Garrett Goff

A talent that no one knew I had

Me with a future missionary

 The newest member of Barrio Monterry

la zona mante 

lucha libre

los vatos

Current Area: Mante, Mexico
Current Companion: Elder Botello to Elder Dominguez

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

From Elder S. Goff - "I love being a missionary :)"

Hey fam,
   Well I'm glad to hear that my bro Austin made it home alright. I’m sure you guys all enjoyed being together and seeing him I bet it’s a pretty great feel I’m pretty excited to see the kid as well.
   To start out, for a couple of weeks now I have been praying for something in particular. A while back mi compa was talking about the gifts that are promised in the P blessing and well I got to thinking well what are mine because my P blessing doesn’t say anything and I have been praying a lot trying to figure out what I have. The first one I found is well that I have the gift of the Holy Ghost :) that’s a huge blessing right. the other day in a lesson with a girl that getting baptized on Saturday told me that I have the ability of making people happy when they are down and to help people feel better about themselves. I thought well that’s great maybe that can be one of my gifts. they one more I was able to come across is that mi compa told me that I’m a great leader and I should never be scared to show people how to do it cause they will fallow me for the kind of person I am. That made me feel good and made me think about my P blessing because it says I will be a leader in many way but I didn’t realize that maybe its saying that that’s one of my gifts I have. its been cool studying about it and searching to find what they are I’m reading the articles of fe by James Talmage and its helping me as well thing of things and open my mind more.
  This week here in the stake I’m in they had a missionary activity with the jovenes and me and my comp were invited to give them a little bit of training. We talking to them about effective study and the importance that it has in being a good missionary. It was a lot of fun I love working with kids from the Aaronic priesthood. It went really well. one day we went to talk with them and a couple of kids came with me and mi compa to hit some doors and that day just happened to be the hottest day we ever had here so far it got up to 49 degree C not sure what it is in F but I think like 115 but it was hot and the kids enjoy themselves still so I was happy.
  The 30th of abril here is the day of kids and well we had a fiesta here in the ward and it was a lot of fun. There were dances that some kids in the ward put on and some people that sung including me. I really didn’t want to do it but mi compa was playing the flauta and a sister was going to sing and well then made me do it as well not cool at all. Everyone was telling I looked like a tomato because I got so red and just laughed at the gringo oh well though.
  we have an INV that’s name is lupìta that is getting baptized this Saturday and well yesterday in church I got up to share my testimony then my comp fallowed me then lupita fallow him. She got up and told everyone why she is getting baptized and invited all the members out to the baptism. She is super excited. When we first found her she said she was never going to stop praying to the virgin and los Santos but now she is thinking completely different... she only prays to god now and knows it’s true.
  Me and elder botello started our fast on Saturday and well the last thing we ate were hot cakes. I just want to recommend to everyone that that is a horrible idea and to never do it. Start a fast after a good meal hot cakes feel you up but only for a little whole. We were super full at 2 in the afternoon but by 5.30 or 6 we were dying of hunger. It was quite the experience and we had fun with it.
  Well ill be talking to you will this week and I’m excited to hear how my bros talk goes in church. I love you all take care.

Love Elder Sawyer Garrett Goff