Wednesday, June 26, 2013

June 24, 2013

It was an astounding week!  We picked up 3 new investigators on of which is from Rwanda Africa and is here on a soccer scholarship.  He's a super cool kid and came to church with us on Sunday.  We play soccer with him most Mondays so that's how we found him and he's super excited to learn.  The work here is moving so fast and we are seeing such great success. We went on exchanges in Osceola last week and I went out to a town called Lamoni where a lot of RLDS people live and they have a college called Graceland that use to be owned by the RLDS church.  They are generally nice people just a little confused about a few things,  Ha Ha! If you get some spare time I would love to hear from some of you, I miss you all, and am so thankful for all your support.
Love Elder Jach-Goates

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

June 17, 2013

As for the mission it was a crazy week! SUPER busy!  We had a meeting in Iowa city and than another meeting with the whole zone on Thursday and we have a meeting tomorrow and exchanges this week.  We had a lot happen this last week with investigators.  We got a new one and set a date and dropped her all within like 5 days, ha pretty nuts!   She's a teenager and is struggling with word of wisdom problems which is pretty common here in the Midwest, at least more noticeable.  We have a black investigator named Quashawn he's super awesome and has come to church now for like 4 weeks in a row and really likes meeting with us.  There's a private Quaker college here and we play soccer there on pdays.  We found a potential investigator last week from rhonda.  He's pretty cool!   He's here on a soccer scholarship. There are also some great members here.  It was elder Talls birthday yesterday so some members had us over with another member family to celebrate.  It was a good time!   This zone won a temple trip too, so now next Tuesday  I get to go to the temple.  SOO excited!!!  It's been too long since I've been.   Love you all so much and am so thankful for all your support.  "There are no big problems just a lot of little problems all put together." Henry Ford.
Love Elder Jach-Goates

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

June 10, 2013

It's been a pretty crazy and really busy week!  I am now in Oskaloosa with Elder Tall, he was in Keokuk for half a transfer when I was in Burlington so we already knew each other and we get along great!  He's a hard worker and follows the spirit so it makes life a little bit easier.  We're in a branch here but like most branches there are some great members here to support.  I've already gotten to know a few of them and they are super nice.  Quite a lot has happened since I've been here.  We went finding a few times and found 3 possibly 5 new investigators.  One of them is a really nice family who invited us in for dinner the other night and we were able to have a great spiritual discussion.  On Sunday we had a great surprise when 2 investigators that we thought we would have to drop because they wouldn't return our calls or anything just showed up at church.  We had a lesson with them after and the mom,  Candy decided to quit smoking and broke her cigarettes right there and threw them away.  The son charley is a little slow but is a super awesome really funny kid and is really excited about getting baptized. They'll be baptized at the end of the month.  Today we went to Penn college because there is a soccer pick-up game there every Monday and we got talking to Eric a guy from Africa who has been here for 6 months and he said he wants to learn about our church so we have a lesson with him on Wednesday.   This area is amazing and there is SO much more potential here!  It's so great to be here and be a part of it!
Love Elder Jach-Goates

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

June 3, 2013

It's transfer week and I'm getting transferred already! Ha, but its ok I didn't expect to be here for long anyway.   I'm excited to be in a new area!  We had a pretty good week last week we set up a bunch of appointments with different members and investigators and potentials for this week so we would have plenty to do.  We went to a baptism where 5 people were being baptized and President Jergensen got to perform one of the baptisms so it was a super cool experience for me to see him baptize someone and he said it was the first time he had since college.  What a great experience to have right before he leaves.  Pretty crazy that we get a new mission president this month.  Hopefully it all goes well.  My companion Elder Witham who's going to Brazil is here for another transfer which means that he might have 4 different mission presidents on his mission,  ha pretty crazy.  Well I miss you all and hope everything is going great!
Love Elder Jach-Goates