Sunday, March 31, 2013

March 25, 2013

It was a good week!  We were super busy going to Story City for exchanges, having district meeting and then having interviews with President  Jergensen.  Sadly that will be our last interview with him before the new mission president gets here in June.    It will be sad to see him go and the new one will have some massive shoes to fill!  Austin is doing well we weren't able to see him last week because he was in Missouri for spring break but we talked to the Greenes who are going to set up another appointment for us hopefully this week.  We picked up another investigator on Tuesday her name is Elisabeth she's a student at ISU and is very religious.  She enjoyed our meeting and wants to meet again this week.  We'll have a better idea of how she is going to progress and things after this next meeting so hopefully she read and prayed.  Things are starting to pick back up again we got 2 member referrals which this area never sees so that is great.  Hopefully we'll get some more in the next few weeks as well.  We are working a lot with some less actives trying to help them come back to church and we've seen some good progress so far. (yes brother fuller I'm talking about you!) =) The time seems to go faster every week which is scary because I still have SO much to learn! I love you and miss you all!
Love Elder Jach-Goates

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

March 18, 2013

Things are still going good!  Had a tough week last week with depression and all but luckily I'm working my way out of it now so this week should be a good one!  There are 2 greenies in the district now so it adds a little more stress to my plate but I guess that's what I paid for right...? It's spring break for Iowa State so pretty much the town is deserted.  Church was empty, it was like I was in a branch again.  It was a good Sunday anyway!   Austin is still doing really well.  He's struggling to talk to his parents about wanting to get baptized but he knows its what is right and is such a smart kid.  He figured out that the reason he isn't getting an answer to his prayers is because he doesn't fully intend to act on the answer he receives.   He fears that his parents won't approve of it.  He  also attends another church by himself and helps them with things so doesn't want to tell them that he is joining a different church either. Luckily he has a great support system from the Greene family and really wants to do what the Lord wants him too.  It's funny how much fear plays such a huge role in our lives.  Fear that it won't work the way we want it to, fear that we will get an answer to do something that we don't really want to do, fear that we'll make a mistake.  So many fears that hold us back from doing what's right and what we know we should.  When in reality if we lay aside all of those fears everything works out and we are SO much happier because of it!
Love Elder Jach-Goates

Monday, March 11, 2013

March 11, 2013

It was another fantastic week!  Matt got baptized!!!  It was great!  His wife's family came down from Missouri and it was a great turn out.  He is such a great guy.  His mother in law was super nice and made us promise that we would see him every week still because he's kinda lonely since his wife is in basic training right now.  We are running out of investigators cause all of ours are getting baptized,  Ha Ha I guess it's a good thing but at the same time we need more people to teach.  Sorry I haven't been able to get any pictures sent off  I'll try and do that this week on a members computer.  Hope everything there is going as well as it is here. Love you and miss you all!!!!
Love Elder Jach-Goates

Monday, March 4, 2013

March 4, 2013

It was a good week!   We went on exchanges in Marsheltown and got snowed in for 3 days while we were up there ha it was a fun time and luckily we were still able to get a few things done.   Funny story, my comp got hit by a car! Ha ha!  Don't worry he's fine it pretty much just bumped him but he did fly about 10 feet from where he was.  The driver was horrified as you can imagine and it probably didn't help that all 4 of us missionaries were making jokes about it and laughing.  But hey it was funny!   He was ok so it wasn't a big deal.  We had stake conference this weekend and it went well.  Elder Oaks talked to the whole Midwest about missionaries coming in and told the members to step up their game so hopefully that helps. Then on Sunday there was a CES fireside and Elder Bednar and his wife spoke.  It was a great fireside!   Transfers are next week and I think  I'm getting transferred.  We'll find out on Saturday if I am =S.  We've been having a pretty good rise in missionaries coming into the mission and it will continue at least till the end of the year so that's exciting.  We have another baptism this weekend for Matt.  He's doing great and is super excited to be baptized.  We talked yesterday and he mentioned that he was reading the BoM the other day and he said he just felt so good.  He searched for other words to describe what happened but with a tear in his eye all he could get out was that it felt so good! =) Super Awesome!!!!!
Love Elder Jach-Goates