Monday, December 26, 2016

Week 15 Daytona Beach

Christmas is always one of the best times of the year. We saw a lot of Christmas miracles this week. It was just a good all around week.

Of course the highlight of the week was getting to talk to my family. The more I look around the more I am reminded of how blessed I am to have a family who cares so much for each other. 

We had a super sweet miracle happen this week. We were doing some finding on Friday and just didn't feel like we were seeing any success. Everyone was shutting the doors in our face. After saying a prayer, we went to a former investigators house to see if they still lived there. It was an apartment. As we were walking over to find the door we saw this lady standing outside so we started talking to her. She said she was Buddhist and wasn't interested but that her son right around the corner was a member of our church. So of course we went over and talked to him. Right as he saw us his face lit up! Apparently he had just moved here from Washington State for the winter, and he said he had been investigating the church for 6 months now! He thought the missionaries in Washington had talked to us and sent us over to see him but we just happened to be in the right place at the right time. It was a complete miracle! He came to church with us yesterday and we are meeting with him again tomorrow. His name is Jed if you want to keep him in your prayers.

Christmas was super fun! We got up and played Santa clause for someone! It was super cool. There was a member from out of state that donated a suit and some other stuff to him. It was super fun! The rest of the day we went to church and ate. And ate. And ate. We had 3 1/2 meals between 1:00 and 7:00. I felt so Sick! We had some phillipian food, then regular southern food, then a little more southern food from another family, then some Spanish food. I felt so fat!

Elder Goff
Richard - A Member in the Ward

Monday, December 19, 2016

Week 14 Daytona Beach

This week was a pretty good one.  Nothing super exciting or new happened. Well I take that back, everything about a mission is new and exciting but it's just the same new and exciting stuff as normal haha. The weather here has been like paradise. It stays between 65-75 degrees all the time.

I guess that one exciting thing that happened this week was that we had A Zone meeting. I gave a training on how to find people to teach. It's pretty cool because a lot of that is simply just faith. There is an eternal law about faith: Desire -> Action/obedience -> blessings/ miracles. The way to change your desire to receive blessings to receiving blessings is through hard work and obedience just as it says in Ether 12:6 as well as D&C 130:20-21.
I had an exchange with an elder on Saturday that was super cool. We went to a place called Bunnell which is about the same size as Beaver and the people act a lot the same so I felt right at home. They are teaching a guy who loves to hunt (especially alligators). I got to meet him. His house is literally filled with animal mounts. The best part about it all is that he is getting baptized on Jan 7th. 

Our investigators are all in a decision stage I guess you could say. They are all on the verge of either progressing towards baptism or being dropped. It's super frustrating. We do however have one investigator who is super solid. His name is Brett. He hopefully gets off probation this month so he will be able to be baptized the first of next month! Darren Mitchell is doing well also. He says he wants to become a Mormon but he is just super busy this time of year. He works at the racetrack here in Daytona so it's hard to meet with him. He was trying to set something up for us to go teach him during his lunch break at the Speedway so that would be cool. He also said that anytime I want to go to a race, he will get me free tickets for the fancy booth up at the top where they serve you food and all. If you could keep him in your prayers that would be great!
I hope you all have a Merry Christmas! I can't believe it's already that time of year again. Love you all!

Elder Goff

This is the Murray Family! They are super cool and are going to get baptized. Unfortunately they just moved up to North Carolina so it's not going to be us baptizing them.

Exchanges with Elder Haderlie

Monday, December 12, 2016

Week 13 Daytona Beach

I love this time of year. The weather is perfect. It has been about 75 degrees here as the high for the past 2 weeks. I would consider moving here after my mission if it would stay like this all year round! I also love it because Christmas is coming up. Everyone seems to be so much happier this time of year.

We had a pretty busy week this week. We had MLC (mission Leadership Conference) almost all day Thursday, Friday we had a meeting with all the District Leaders in the zone, Saturday we took a couple hours to discuss our plans for our Zone meeting which is coming up this week. So to say the least. Oh also we had transfers on Tuesday which is always a busy day. Besides all the business stuff p, we have been seeing a lot of miracles!

We are teaching an investigator named Darren Mitchell. We meet with him this coming week to set a baptism date. It was a miracle that we found him! He said he was scrolling through his phone one day when a Book of Mormon add popped up. He had met with missionaries in the past and loved the Book of Mormon so he ordered it. Of course when you order a Book of Mormon you get a free set of missionaries along with it. So we showed up a few weeks back but he was too busy to talk. Well, we returned this week and we're able to sit down and meet with him. He testified of how this book is the only book he trusts and that he knows it is from God. We asked him how he knew that and his answer was this, "Because no Book that can change a person so much and make such an impact in one's life if it is not from God." What a spiritual experience. That is so true too! Never before have I seen a Book make such a difference in a persons life as this. He committed to baptism and now is praying about a date. A cool fact about Darren, he works at the speedway and said he could get us free tickets to any race we wanted. Also he said we would get some of the best seats in the speedway where they serve us free food. We would also get to meet the drivers. So I guess that is a benefit of baptizing this guy. Haha

We had our ward Christmas party this week. 7 of our investigators came to it and got to meet a lot of people from the ward! It was great! Unfortunately none of her came to church though :/
I spoke in sacrament yesterday. What I spoke on was the birth of Jesus Christ from the perspective of Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, the people in America, and us at the time of his birth. Can you imagine what it would have been like the day before Jesus Christ came to the earth? I wonder how the Savior felt? Or how Heavenly Father felt sending His son? Or even how we felt up there in the premortal life watching him prepare to save the world? 

I hope you all have a great week!  Elder Goff
Quote of the week: (talking about long distance swimming)
Phil: I would swim 5 miles as a warm up.
Elder Dummer: I couldn't swim 5 miles if my life depended on it.
Me: I can't even run 5 miles!
Paul: I can't even swim!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Week 12 Daytona Beach

There was a lot that happened this week. Transfers happened! Elder Reeves goes home Wednesday and Elder Dummer is coming back to Daytona!!! It's going to be good to reunite with my old comp. It's going to make things a lot easier too because now I'll finally have a zone leader as a companion again rather than trying to both be Zone leaders from 2 different areas. Haha it was a complicated situation.

This week was race week for Ferrari's here in Daytona. You can here all the cars racing at the speedway from our apartment so during personal studies you can hear them in the background. In total this week we counted 34 Ferrari's. It was pretty sweet!  I'll send some pictures.

Today was a pretty sweet Pday. We got the zone together for the day and went ice skating with the approval of President Clark. It was so cool! I haven't ever done it before but I caught on pretty week. I'll send a bunch of pictures.

So I'm super short on time today so sorry if I don't get anyone emailed back that emailed me. We have just been running all day. Our investigators are doing good. We started to teach the Murray family which is a part member family. The wife just got out of a coma and is in recovery. Something must have happened because they are all super down for baptism and everything!

Love you all!!!