Week 8 – Every Member a Missionary

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Wow this week flew by. The language is coming great. I’m studying hard and understanding more everyday.

We have 9 progressing investigators and have lots of future investigators. The work here is kind of slow because people forget we have appointments or are busy so we have to come back later and because there were some really chueco (disobedient) missionaries several years back who set a bad example, the people don’t have a great opinion of us. But since then, there have been lots of great missionaries who have been great examples and started to change that opinion and we’re working to do the same. Last week, we talked with the Hermanas about how we can strengthen the ward and inspire the members to help with missionary work and since then have been doing lots of Noche de Hogars (family home evenings) with the members and inviting them to help. It’s been super great to get to know the ward and see the members helping each other out.

It’s really cold here which makes it hard to get up in the mornings, but me and my comp both love running and have to find some way to keep from getting fat from all the food Momita feeds us so we get up and run to a really pretty beach every morning. It’s beautiful! From the beach, you can see lots of little islands and the fishermen’s boats out on the water.

Last night we watched the Face to Face live in the capilla (chapel) and before it started we got some amazing pictures of the sunset which ill send when I get them.

I had an amazing experience this week while we were having a Noche de Hogar with some non-members. The member we brought with us shared his testimony and some of his experiences learning why there are trials in this life (the investigator’s child is blind from a brain tumor and only has a year or 2 to live) and even though I couldn’t understand everything he was saying, I felt how strong his spirit was and the confidence he had in the Lord. Seeing this member testify was super amazing and later that night, I remembered part of a quote that somebody shared in one of the CCM talks “Why every member a missionary? Because that is what the Lord has asked us to do.” -Elder Richard G. Scott 

I encourage those of you who are of age to serve a mission. It is the most amazing, inspiring, growing experiences I’ve had and I’m not even 2 months in. If the mission isn’t for you or you’re too young or too old or have already served, remember that you as a member can be a missionary in your own neighborhood. Remember that missionary work isn’t just finding new investigators; it’s serving and strengthening in whatever way you can. You can be a missionary to your friends, family, and ward.

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Sincerely,
Elder Goddard

Week 7 – Arrived in Osorno, Chile!

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Wow, the first week in the field has been awesome.

I arrived in Osorno and was welcomed by President Isom and his wife who are pretty much the kindest most inspiring fatherly/motherly mission presidents that have ever been. We stayed 1 night in Osorno and I got to know some of the other missionaries there and go out contacting for my first time to get a feel for it.

We had a great meal with all the new missionaries and the president then got on a bus to Castro. At the terminal in Castro I met my trainer who is an adventure loving, super energetic, very fun missionary. I am so happy I got such a great trainer! We got on a bus for Chilóe and talked about how awesome the mission is and what the island is like (Chilóe is an island!). After a while the bus drove onto a barge and I soon got my first view of Chilóe! It’s absolutely beautiful, green rolling hills, miles of beaches, and cute little houses.

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We dropped off my bags at the house before heading over to Momitas where we ate a very late lunch. Momita is a member of the ward who is paid to feed us every day (except Sunday and Monday) for lunch except she makes so much food that lunch is the only meal we ever eat. I got to know her family and who are so awesome, they have helped me a lot with my Spanish.

The week flew by, I got to go visit some of the investigators and members plus some contacting and I’m loving it. This morning we (me, Elder Ferrell, the sister missionaries, and the other elders from Dalcalue) took a bus south and saw some really amazing waterfalls and got lots of pictures but I forgot my camera and I’ll have to have the sister missionaries send me the photos.

I love it here and there is so much work to be done. My Spanish is far from perfect but its progressing every day and I have faith in the Lord to help me.

Love you all!

Week 5: Spiritual Experience & Going to the Field

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On Monday we had an amazing devotional given by President Bennet and his wife about the plan of Salvation and how sacred the temple ordinances are. They bore their testimonies and we all felt the Spirit really strong.

Wow! It’s crazy to think I’ve already been gone for so long. I can’t wait to get out in the field.

I had an amazing experience this week when I was teaching a lesson and I felt the Spirit really strong and whereas normally I have to think about/plan out what words I’m going to say in Spanish, this time I was teaching the plan of salvation and I forgot all about planning out what to say or translating over in my head from English and just started talking about the plan, our divine potential, and about life after death. I felt an enormous love for my investigator and desire for him to experience the same joy that I did. It was wonderful.

Another blessing this week is that Elder Christopherson didn’t have to go home – his blood pressure is still very high but the doctor wants to make sure he really needs to go home. They gave him another kind of medication that seemed to work at first but like the previous medication it quickly stopped helping and he went from 133/93 to 157/91. Earlier today we went back to the lab and he had his blood taken to check for what the cause might be and well get the results tomorrow which is likely when we will find out if he is going home or not. Please continue to pray for him.

I love you all so much and encourage you to serve a mission, I know I’m only a little over a month in, but I’ve already learned so much and had so many amazing experiences.


Sincerely,
Elder Goddard