Monday, August 14, 2017

8.14.17 Skunk in the Courtyard!




Sorry Everyone!



I don't have to much time for a long email this week.
I did want to send some pictures though so you can see what a fun week
we have had.

                                                           
 

I have never seen so many critters until my mission. Yes, that is
indeed a skunk, walking right through an apartment complex.

We have had a ton of rain the last couple of nights. People's basement
s have flooded because their pumps have stopped working. They all have
pumps in the ground so they can drain the water out.






We have been enjoying our view of the Potomac.





 We had lunch there

today and have done studies there the last couple of days.








We got to visit our friend Felicia in the hospital.




Our friend, Thomina,  had her adorable baby. It was so weird not being
able to hold him. She is very excited to get baptized and wants her
sons to learn more as well.




I will definitely send something more spiritual uplifting next week
but for now I want you all to know that I know this gospel is true. I
have seen it bless my life as well as my family’s life. I know that
through our Savior Jesus Christ, we all can change and become better. I
know that God lives and He loves us. In the name of our Savior,Jesus
Christ, Amen

Love, 


Sister Goudy

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

8.7.17 Bye, Bye, Bug Spray


Hey Everyone! 

I hope you have had a great time since the last time we talked. It hasn't been long but quite a bit has happened.  We had our car fast and we've put away our bug spray and pulled out our rain boats today. 






At the beginning of the year our mission started doing a car fast. The first Saturday of every month, we hang up our car keys and pull out our good old missionary walking shoes. I have always despised this day until now. Sister Moore is one spirit following Rockstar! She has taught me that it's okay to not put a ton of plans in the schedule because the Lord WILL place people in your path. As we went out we planned to talk with everyone we saw and it was incredible! Not everyone was interested but we were able to teach each person in some way. 

I might not have explained it very well last time I emailed. Our mission frequently sets goals for the week of how many new investigators we will find in that time. President wanted us to focus on the Book of Mormon and so we came up with the idea to find 531 new investigators in that week. Someone you have taught a lesson to, invited to do something and set up a time to met again.

As our mission has had a focus on the Book of Mormon this week we made sure to utilize a scripture in every contact, if we could. I came to understand that as it says in Preach My Gospel, "The Book of Mormon, combined with the Spirit, is your most powerful resource in conversion." Not only were the people we talked to enlightened by the spirit but they then had physical evidence that they could study and apply for themselves. I know my testimony of the Book of Mormon definitely increased. I would stop myself from just handing out a pamphlet and try to think of a verse or a chapter that would teach the same principle. It was no longer me just teaching what I know and became God’s children learning from His word. 

It has been a fun couple of days! 

I love you all so much and hope you have a great week! 

Love, Sister Goudy 




Sister Moore


Thursday, August 3, 2017

8.3.17 Thursday Prep Day

8/3/17

Hey Everyone! You might have noticed the change in pday for the week. My new companion Sister Moore has a twin sister in the D.C. North mission so today we went to the temple. They were able to go with each other so that was really cool.



We had one of our Senior Couples take us out to lunch afterwards at their favorite place, 5 Guys. 






So you are probably wondering about my new companion. I've always been bad about introducing them to you so I'll try to improve this transfer.  Her name is Sister Moore. She is toward the end of her mission too. She is such a hard worker and loves sharing the gospel. Like I said before she has a twin sister and then 4 brothers back at home. Funny story I actually have met her before the mission. So she is from South Jordan, Utah. My good friend Jessi and I went to her house and her orchestra concert our SR. Year. Super funny. Sister Moore loves to talk to everyone! I'll tell you more things in the coming weeks about her. 

This week has been really fun! We went to missionary leadership council and president showed us this video. It was where they handed out all 531 pages of the Book of Mormon and invited people to look for the references to God in it. It was so cool to see that even though they weren't members of the church they absolutely loved reading the Book of Mormon. Many people we talk to think they have to be members to read it.

After watching the video President said he wants us to use the Book of Mormon more as our main recourse for teaching people. We have been working on using it in every finding approach and I am so impressed by the things it has brought about with it. President asked us what we thought would be a good finding goal to go with our Book of Mormon week and I said 531.  One for each page. He agreed so we are faithful looking for those 531 souls. Keep us in your prayers. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God I know that we will get nearer to Him as we read from its amazing 531 pages. I love you all and leave this with you in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ, Amen. 

Love,  Sister Goudy







Monday, July 31, 2017

Change in Preparation Day for this week


Looks like Sis. Goudy's letter writing day will be on Thursday so they can attend the temple!

Never fear, we'll post when we get a letter!




Monday, July 24, 2017

7.24.17 God's Hand in Our Work!

Okay! It seems like every week I say I have l learned so much about how Heavenly Father is so completely aware of us but it's because I never cease to be amazed by the many ways He truly shows His amazing hand in our lives. This was the last week of our transfer and so it seemed to be crunch time for us. 

At times I was very overwhelmed by everything going on. I think transfers have always been a hard thing for me. They are good but hard at the same time. At times when I was the most overwhelmed, it was incredible to see all the tender miracles Heavenly Father showed to me.   It was from something as small as a delicious dessert to as big as being able to see some of my amazing friends again. I know that Heavenly Father knew just what I needed. 

One of the most amazing blessings this week was getting to see both Robin and Andy speak at our missions fireside. They do it at the end of every transfer. Andy gave me a little shout out saying we sat down for dinner and I said, "So Andy, when are you getting baptized?" There was a lot of the story missing but it was sooo funny.  I’m pretty sure my face went red and the entire room got 10 degrees hotter. Ha,ha!  I think it was a good reminder to me that people definitely listen to and remember the things we say. So be careful what you say!

It's definitely good to be bold but as long as you are loving along with our boldness. We had a zone Conference once where they talked to us about BLT ( bold, loving, testify). If we match our boldness with equal parts L and T it all will be good. When Elder Bennett came to our mission, he said we can never be too bold as long as we are loving. I mean it even says in the scriptures  "whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth" - Hebrews 12:6 

Another amazing miracle and reminder to me this week was how much our Heavenly Father truly loves each one of us. There are times my family will send me something just when I need it and it just lifts my spirits even more. Our families know just what we need.

We had a lesson with one of our friends that we hadn't seen in a good month. He's a really busy guy but he said, "For some reason I was available that day."   We quickly learned the miraculous  reason as the member we brought with us walked in. We introduced them to each other. They both are from Ghana. They started talking about the things they remember from their country when all of a sudden the member looks over at us and says, "He is my brother!"  We thought she just meant her brother in Christ or that they had a lot in common but no! They are actually blood related. They are cousins! Turns out they had been looking for each other for over 20 years! How amazing is that. Our Heavenly Father will NEVER forget any of his children. 

"What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?  And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.  And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost."  - Luke 15:4-6

What a joy it is to be a part of this marvelous work. That we can help the Lord care for our brothers and sisters here on earth. I know that this gospel is true. I know the Lord rejoices in us. Our joy is His joy. He knows what we need and he will truly bless us as we turn to him. I love you all so much and leave this with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen! 


Love, Sister Goudy

3 pics





Yummy dessert at member's home!





A member took us on a tour plus of the military base near here where he works.




Monday, July 17, 2017

7.17.17 Coconuts Anyone?


Wow! 7/17/17 This week was so miracles and eventful. It's getting to be the end of the transfer so in order to fit in 9 different exchanges with all of our sisters we went on 3 exchanges this week. We have such amazing sisters who bring so much excitement to our area. I learned from them that our Heavenly Father does hear and answer our prayers. I don't have too much time but I just want to share a couple examples of how I learned that. I have gone on several exchanges without a problem but for some reason this week I was so nervous for all of them. I have been praying a lot that they would go well and it turns out each of the sisters had been as well. The first exchange I went on was with the sisters from Crystal city. They are in an area that doesn't have a car so for the first half of the day Sister Richardson and I where on foot. I learned so much in that short amount of time. When I thought everything was falling apart, I learned that Heavenly Father was just rearranging it to what it really was supposed to be. As we walked, we talked with everyone. When it was time to stop for lunch we walked up to a store. It's kind of an interesting part of town so we weren't sure where to eat. We decided to go into one restaurant and just look at the menu. Come to find out we weren't there for the food we were there for our dear friend Hudan. She doesn't have a Christ background but she was so excited to meet us. Funny thing was, we really thought we were there for food. but when she kept helping us figure out where to find things we realized we needed to teach her. So we sat down and started getting to know her. Later that day I had found out that Sister Richardson had been praying to just be able to teach a lesson. She was so excited when, later that day, we had a lesson with such an amazing prepared family from Ghana. I know that both of us could not doubt that Heavenly Father was absolutely guiding our day. The next miracle came on our exchange with our brand new sister. This was her first exchange. She is currently serving in a young single adult ward. When she came she told me they had a ton of people that wanted to meet on the day we had exchanges scheduled for. She didn't know how it would happen but she know that the Lord would provide a way. Well he sure did! We saw this guy selling coconuts on the side of the road. We went and had our lesson and when we came back he was still there. We got one and then started talking to people to see if anyone was willing to listen. Our dear friend that was selling the coconuts really was interested. He listened and wanted to learn more. Well you will never guess. He is a young single adult that lives in the sisters area! Wow! It doesn't get more miraculous than that. I know that Heavenly Father is there. I know he hears and answers our prayers. He will never leave us alone. I know this Gospel is true. It is our steps to our Father in Heaven. I love you all and leave this with you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Amen. Sister Goudy

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

7.10.17 Andy's Baptism


Hey Everyone! I hope you all had such a great week! I have loved hearing about all your fun 4th of July celebrations. For our Fourth of July we got to go to the Presidents house for a barbecue and games. It's always so much fun! We had a finding goal the week before of 400 new investigators all invited to baptism as a mission. We were the lucky zone that got to film the video with President. I hope you enjoy it! On the actual 4th of July we got to go on exchanges with two amazing sisters. Ironically enough the sister I was with was actually from Canada. She loved getting to celebrate the 4th here. While we were together we got to go to her area and have a pass of lesson with..........? You guessed it! Sister Von Sayvoe!! It was so fun to see her teach. She is such an amazing missionary. I am so proud of her. She has done so well. I was even more excited to get to go to Andy's baptism this last Saturday! Yep, Andy got baptized! We are so excited for him. He is going to go to the temple for the first time to do baptisms tomorrow, too! That's pretty fast but he has friends that came into town from Georgia for the baptism and they really want to be there for these big events. It was so fun having them all there because we got to hear Andy's conversion story from another perspective. So, a couple of years ago, one of the young women invited her friend named Monica to girl’s camp. Monica had a great time but never came to another activity again. Flash forward a couple of years the missionaries were over at that young woman's house. They asked who they could teach and she instantly thought of Monica. She told them she had given her a copy of the Book of Mormon but hadn't heard anything since. The missionaries went over and were greeted by Monica's father, Andy who politely said they weren't interested. When Monica heard what was going on she ran to talk to the missionaries and told them she had been reading the Book of Mormon. She began meeting with the missionaries and got baptized. She is now serving a mission in California. As time went on some tragic unexpected life events lead Andy to begin on a soul searching journey. Though he wasn't a member of the church, the ward reached out to him in such love. It left a huge impact on Andy and he, as well, began to investigate. His daughter Monica was so excited to be able to Skype him for his special day. I am so grateful to have been a part of this amazing day. It is so incredible to see how one small act can make a huge impact on the rest of someone's life. I have truly seen that through my mission, there have been times where I might have felt someone wasn't interested but if we feel the prompting we just need to act on it. I can't imagine how the course of events would have changed if that young woman would have never invited Monica to girls camp. I know that Heavenly Father has an amazing plan and time table for each of us. I invite each of you to think of a friend you might have felt you should reach out to. Take the opportunity to invite them to something. I promise you it will change the life of generations. I know that the Lord will be with us and fill our mouths with the words to speak. Just as it says in D&C 84:85 ".....and it shall be given you in the very hour that portion that shall be meted unto every man." I absolutely know that this is the Lord's work. I am so grateful to be a part of it. I know that the gospel is true and that Jesus Christ truly is our Lord and Savior. I leave that with you in the name of our dear Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen Sincerely, Sister Goudy