Tuesday, October 30, 2012

October 29, 2012

As for the mission this week has been crazy!   We had some new people move in from Ottumwa it is sister Gyechis sister Nita who has been taking the lessons since March and is scheduled to get baptized in December.  So we will work with her to get her there.  Her daughter Cierra is 13 and has had all the lessons and wants to be baptized, so we are going to schedule a date with her this week.  Lexi is doing awesome and will be baptized on Saturday. Her family came to church on Sunday and her mom said she enjoyed it and asked for a gospel principles book so she could read for next week.  We are going to work on getting them to come with Lexi and hopefully start teaching her before I leave.  Her family is so nice and Lexis mom Tasha feeds us all the time,  ha ha!  It's usually pizza or taco bell but its nice to not have to cook for ourselves!   We had a a lot of people in church on Sunday that we had to help get to classes and everything so it was pretty hectic but it was a good Sunday.  This week should be even better!   The work here is really picking up and we have some really serious potentials that we are working with.  It will be hard to leave here but  I'll go where you want me to go dear Lord! Ha ha! well I hope everything is going great for all of you back home thanks to everyone for the Birthday wishes!  Love you all!
Love Elder Jach-Goates

Monday, October 15, 2012

October 15, 2012

Things are still going good!   Still disappointed about Tamara, but that's just how things go sometimes.   We still stop by to show her we still care but she still won't have anything to do with us! =(   We did set a new baptismal date with Lexi, for november 3rd.  We have been teaching  Amari , and are going to talk to her parents this week about a baptismal date.  SO exciting!   We have really been getting close to different ward members now that we don't have a car, Ha Ha its really been a blessing actually.  Just sucks for the new elder who comes in November the won't have a car for 3 more months! ouch!... sorry... =) Ha Ha!   I've really enjoyed riding a bike so far.  I've started losing some weight!  HA!  Missionary  life is really something different.  It can change so much from day to day and I'm really starting to see how it helps you for the rest of your life.  So many life changing experiences and a wide variety of family situations.  Really helps you to pick out what you do and don't want to have in your family.  For those of you who are still unsure about a mission just take a step back and look at the people you know who have gone and returned faithfully and how much it has helped them in their lives.  Then find a missionary and ask them if they would trade their missions for anything!
Love Elder Jach-Goates.

October 7, 2012

This was a pretty good week other than we lost Tamara for now!   We weren't able to find her a ride to church. Our ward mission leader didn't do anything to help us!   She was so upset about not having a ride to church that she wont even meet with us anymore! =(   On a brighter note, we have a new investigator Amari she is 11.  She has been reading and really loves to learn!  We also taught  Lexi a few times and all the lessons were at her house with her family.  They went great!   Her mom sat in on the lesson on  Friday and was asking a bunch of questions, it was really good!   Lexi said to her "this is my lesson!" Ha Ha, her mom said " I know but I can ask questions too!"   We talked to her mom about getting Lexi baptized and she was all for it.  We are setting a date with her today.  Hopefully we will be able to with Amari soon as well, we just have to talk to her family first.  Conference was amazing!!!  I'm sure everyone felt the spirit and received revelation on at least one thing!   I know I did!!! What an amazing day and age we live in.  We have the Lords prophet on the earth.  We can receive direct revelation from our Father in Heaven!  No wonder we are the fastest growing religion in the world!
Love Elder Jach-Goates.

October 1, 2012 Car Wreck!

We got in a car wreck on Friday.  It was pretty bad but luckily no one got hurt or anything.  I won't be driving for the rest of my mission and now I guess  I'll have an accident on my record! =( crap!   We were driving from an appointment to go to the hospital to give a blessing and we were following a van who was following another car.  We were going up a hill and came to the crest and the car in front of the van stopped suddenly and took a hard left turn.  The van slammed on her brakes and swerved to miss the car but I didn't have enough time to stop to miss the van.  Smashed the whole front left side of the car.  Luckily the air bags didn't go off and her car wasn't hurt too bad but our car is pretty messed up!   We'll be on bikes now for a few weeks.  On the bright side it is helping us get closer to the ward because they are all offering us rides every where and we are getting exercise riding bikes.  So that's good! =) President was more upset that I wouldn't be able to drive for the rest of my mission than he was about the car getting smashed! Ha Ha I love President Jergensen!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


As you all know Izach has a birthday coming up.  He will be 21 WOW!! time goes so fast.  He is trying to stay away from Candy so has requested that none be sent.  He needs to repair his bike and has a few other needs.  If you feel so inclined to send him a couple of dollars in place of treats I know he will truly appreciate it.    He is doing so great, you can hear his personal growth in his letters.
Thanks for you support.

October 1, 2012

It's been a pretty crazy week!  We've been teaching Lexi and got to go to her house and talk with her mom and her grandma.  They were both really nice and her grandma really enjoyed the lesson.  Her mom wants us to teach at least half the lessons over at their house which will be great!   Hopefully will spark an interest in them to learn as well.   Lexi asked the other day when she could get "bathtised" ha ha it was pretty cute!   She said she wanted it to be soon and that she already picked who she wanted to do it.   She said me until I told her that Elder Bagshaw hadn't baptized anyone yet then she said oh then definitely  Bagshaw, ha ha .  We start teaching another little girl  Amari today.  She's 11 and has already been reading in the BoM!   Crazy!    Tamara, another investigator, is doing great.    All last week she was so excited about the BoM and about being free from her addiction to alcohol!   The first day we taught her it was about 1 or 2 in the afternoon and she had already had 6 beers that day.  Then on Friday it was 4pm and she had only had 2.  She was so excited to tell us how good she was doing and so excited to do better.  She said every night when she lays down to go to bed she hears my voice telling her "I promise you can be free of this addiction!" ha ha wow!   The spirit has some amazing power!   Tamara excepted our baptismal invitation for November 10 and is so excited!  This work is amazing!
Love Elder Jach-Goates