Friday, March 7, 2014

Spoken from a heart that understands loving the people...

Fam bam. 
What up.  Another chill week here in Mexico, teaching Salvation, being the Lord's servant. 
I have only played soccer 5 times in the last 5 months.  It is fun.  The Mexicans like how I play, and always think it is a challenge.  And they never have delt with power kicks, so it is different for them...haha! Sometimes they get really shocked...  straight up megged a couple and they get all suprised! hahahaha! 
Anyway, this wake has been super sick!  Lots of progression, lots of things happening.  We went on divisions (my comp goes to a different area with one missionary, and the other companion comes to our area with me) this week.  We are walking down the streets, and  everyone says, "Hi elders!" and "where is the tall skinny elder?" and "Elder Goodman! We will have the new oranges in this Wednesday!" hahahaha! So as we are walking around to our visits, everyone saying comments like these, my companion (the one from a different area) says, "Ok Elder Goodman,  you know way to many people by their first name... It is creepy." hahahahahahaha! 
We contact many every day, and we are running out of people! But it is all good.  Just thought it was funny.  Also, we are teaching quite a bit.  Sorry I can't update on everyone, but really, we do work hard.  And we have been trying to spread the Gospel here the best we can!!!
Our families are progressing really well.  The biggest problem here is people getting married. They don't have the money or the desire or just worried they will divorce after (which is more money), so it is a little hard.  But we are still working.  Rafael and Sara are two people really special.  Sara can't read but we have been teaching her and pass by her house quite a few times.  Her and her husband have a boy named Israel, who is 10 years old.  He also helps teach his mom how to read.  He told us this week, "Elder Goodman, can I get baptized like all the pictures you show me?" And of course we said yes. They have all been preparing, and are going to church.  They are working so hard to be a better family.  Both of his parents are drinkers and live in a one room house.  I don't tell you that to say they are poor but to say that really, the Gospel is for them too.  We love seeing all kinds of different people here.  It is a beautiful thing to see that it all starts with the first thing we teach, which is that God is our Heavenly Father.
We were learning more of that this week.  We taught a girl we found in the park named Daniela.  She was alone and I felt the prompting to go contact her.  We felt the spirit and as we explained not only our message but who we were, she started to have tears in her eyes.  As we explained who God was... God: The person that created the sun; that created all living thing; created the human body; the heart,the brain, how they work; the solar systems;  the planets, the stars-- And then saying, you are His child.  You are on His priority list and He loves you with all of His heart, more that any creation or beautiful thing on this planet.  That is special to explain.  She started crying and said, "Wow, I never thought of it that way."  I think that is something so important.  We are here to teach them things like that, who our Heavenly Father is, and I am so happy to do it!
Well....those are some of the good things going on. Saul's mom is preparing to get baptized this week, and also Oscar.   We will be sending pictures :) ahhahaha! But really, it is great... The growth here is amazing!
I gained a stronger testimony this week, of my faith,  and of what it takes to recieve an answer.  At times, we just have to ask with a desire.  With a glimpse of faith to just see it happen and then, the miracles come.  It was amazing to see our investiagators continue to progress, to go to church and be converted to Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father.  So many things happen every day, and they are all so special to me.  The Lord helps!  We have the power to speak exactly what the Lord needs us to speak,  and I will always be grateful for that. I am so excited about the Gilbert Temple! It sounds amazing!  Hope all is well. I really hope you guys can find someone, as a family maybe.  Find another family who needs the gospel.  We are always looking and I never thought to look before my mission.  But remember the missionary work.  Pray for missionary expieriences!  I love you all so much! Hope all is well! 
Elder Goodman!!!

Zone Conference...taken from the Mission blog :)  Nice tip-toes Elder Goodman!!

Best 'Area Book' competition!  (Again, taken from the mission blog, but I will take them!!)

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