Monday, May 29, 2017

Week 7 Sebring

We had a lot of ups and downs this week. So first off, Elder Arnson is a stud! He is from American Fork, Utah and he is a black belt. It's a win win. I get a new friend and a personal body guard for 6 weeks! What more could you ask for!

Unfortunately we had a bad turn with a few of our investigators. Judeler who was preparing to be baptized on June 10th suddenly moved to Kentucky for college without any notice. He was planning on just visiting for art but then I guess they asked him to stay so he did. Damian who also is preparing for baptism on June 10th had a bit of a hold up with some commandment issues. He has been avoiding us so if you could pray that we can get things worked out with him. We are just going to keep working hard. There are so many prepared people here in Sebring. We just need to find them! 

A cool miracle of the week was that one of our investigators that we have been trying to get to church forever finally came! Her name is Mirtha. She is a slightly crazy but super sweet old Spanish lady from Puerto Rico. We called her Sunday morning and she said she was coming then about 2 minutes before sacrament we felt prompted to call her again so we did. She was lost! Somehow she ended up 5 miles away in a retirement community looking for the right street number for our church. We finally were able to direct her to the church although we ended up being 10 minutes late to sacrament but hey Mirtha made it to church!

As I was pondering during sacrament meeting I asked Heavenly Father why this work is so hard. Why do the people we teach not just run to us asking us to baptize them? My answer came in the words of a scripture "...know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good." - D&C 122:7 When life is tough or when we are faced with frustration or depression or sorrow, we can always learn from it and gain experience that shall be for our good. 

I love this work with all my heart and mind and soul! I never want to leave it!

Hope you all have a great week!   Elder Goff

Monday, May 22, 2017

Week 6 Sebring

Got some transfer news this week. Looks like I'm sticking around Sebring for my last transfer! I love this place. There are so many good people here who are just friendly people. Everyone will wave at you which is not normal for Florida. Unfortunately, Elder McKee will be leaving me. He has been here for 6 months so he is ready to move on. Actually he will be transferred to my first area which is Conway East so that's pretty cool. My new companion is going to be Elder Arnson. I haven't met him yet but I've heard he is awesome.

Our investigators a doing well. Judeler is in Kentucky for an art competition so he was gone all week. We reset Damian's baptism date to June 10th which is the same as Judelers so we should have to baptisms that day. Judeler also has a few friends we are teaching too so we call them the Haitian crew because all 4 of them are Haitian. They all come to the church for a lesson on Thursday nights.
Some other news is that we will be getting Facebook to work with. Yup that's that. Should be interesting. Not sure what to expect.

Here is a cool miracle from the week:  Elder McKee and I were headed to a lesson when we saw a guy sitting outside in a wheel chair watering his lawn. We felt prompted to turn around and go talk to him even though we might be late to our lesson but we did it anyways. His name is Bill and as we talked with him I felt an immediate love for him. He seemed depressed. As we talked a bit more he opened up to us and said his wife just passed away and he was getting ready for her memorial service. We asked him, "What if we could show you how you and your family could be together forever even after we die?" His face lit up! We taught him about the Atonement of Jesus Christ and the hope that He brings to our lives. He wanted to know more but was leaving town so we plan to follow up with him when he returns in a couple weeks. We missed our next appointment but it was definitely worth it. I was talking to a young man this week who wants to serve a mission. He is only 16 but was asking some questions about it. I explained how the Lord is preparing people right now for him to teach when he serves his mission. I know that Bill was one of those people that was being prepared for me to teach him when I was 16 because about 3 years ago he had a stroke which confined him to a wheel chair. Now his wife just passed away and his heart is softened. I love this Gospel! "My beloved brethren, have miracles ceased? Behold I say unto you, Nay; neither have angels ceased to minister unto the children of men." (Moroni 7:29)

Hope you all have a good week!


Monday, May 15, 2017

Week 5 Sebring

Another week down. It was a good one too! We are teaching a lot of great people! We got a new Ward Mission Leader. His name is Preston and he is only 20 years old and has only been a member of the church for 6 months! This past week he came teaching with us 3 times for the entire day each time! I have never seen someone so converted to the gospel. He came from a pretty rough life but now is working on his mission papers. It's pretty crazy!
Judeler is doing great. We moved his baptism date to June 10th to give him time to quit drinking coffee and when we met with him he hadn't drank it in over 4 days! We had a lesson with him on Thursday where he brought a bunch of friends. We set baptism dates with them too for June 24th. Their names are Djephsondy "Jeff" and Zoe (not sure what his real name is ha). We also found another part member family a couple weeks ago and challenged the nonmember husband to read the Book of Mormon. Well we taught him Wednesday and he is already to Mosiah so he is loving it. His name is Gildardo and his wife's name is Lady.
Of course the best part of the week was Sunday. I got to hear from my family! I'm so blessed to have the family I do. And especially the mother that I do. As the 2,000 young warriors of the Nephites were asked to face the Lamanites army they said the didn't fear because they had been taught by their mothers not to doubt. As they acted on the faith which their mothers helped them gain, they defeated the army of the Lamanites without a single one of them dying. I feel like a modern day stripling warrior being taught to have great faith by my Mother.
I hope you all have a great week!
Elder Goff
Fishing this morning

Exchanges with Elder Thomas

Monday, May 8, 2017

Week 4 Sebring

Another week has come and gone here in the promised land. I honestly cannot believe how fast time has gone. We saw several miracles this week.

Sister Stichler and Bob, one of our investigators, opened up to us this week. They told us of their experience they had a couple weeks back. Sister Stichler has been less active for over a decade and Bob is a devote catholic. They were having some serious trials in their life. They both were praying for help the same day without telling each other. Well about 2 hours after Bob prayed for help, Elder McKee and I showed up not knowing them at all. We had a short lesson and felt prompted to offer them a priesthood blessing so we did. After the blessing Sister Stichler was crying but we didn't think too much of it at the moment until is past week when they told us of the experience. They have been to church the past 3 weeks in a row and Bob is starting to have a change of heart and accept the gospel! Its super hard to explain the feelings and details in words. This is the Lord's work and w are simply just his hands. There is a reason for everything whether we know it or not!

I taught a few lessons in Spanish this week. I used a lot of google translate and then just a few words that I knew. I'm getting to the point where I can understand a lot of Spanish I just can't speak any of it. One family we taught is Juan and Carol. They aren't married but Juan wants to get baptized before I leave so hopefully I can get something worked out. During one of the lessons we had with him this past week there was a knock at the door and it was Jehovah Witnesses. It got real awkward and I won't get into any details but the good news is that they came to church with us Sunday!

We have a bunch of other people we are working real closely with! The Lord sure is blessing us here in Sebring. The further into my mission that I get the greater appreciation I have for the gospel and the Book of Mormon. We would be lost without it. I'm just about to finish it again and then I'll be starting it over once again.

Hope you all have a great week!

Elder Goff

The District

I Ain't Even Scared!


Golfing Today

Monday, May 1, 2017

Week 3 Sebring

Sorry this week will have to be super short!

I had a great week. Damion and Judeler are both solid for their baptism date on May 27th.  We committed Judelers friend Jeff to be baptized on June 10th this week too.

I went in another exchange to Lake Placid (one of my past areas) and we had dinner with Brother Short and the Bacevic Family which are 2 of my most favorite families in the world! It was pretty great!

Today we went fishing in Okeechobee which is where they have the big bass tournaments every year. I hooked a monster fish that I would guess to be about 10 lbs but as I was about to get him in he shook the hook off. I about cried! It was the biggest bass I have ever seen in my life! I caught a big catfish though so it's all good. Also we had an alligator that kept sneaking up on us but we were up in a bank so he didn't have any way to bite us haha. And he was just a little fella.

Well I had another amazing week! Sorry I can't write more. I'm out of time.

Elder Goff