Elder Goff was called to serve as a missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Argentina Buenos Aires North Mission, from August 13, 2013 to July 30, 2015.
The following posts are his letters home, usually not posted the same day they were received. For convince, at the very end of each post, there is a link to all posts of the similar proselyting area.
December 15, 2014- Mom, It's You're Favorite Sunday of the Year!
As Elder Christofferson said this last General Conference:
"¡Muy buenos días!"
Mom, this last Sunday was your favorite of the entire week!
The Primary Program. If you thought little squeeky English voices was adorable,
just wait until you've heard it in Spanish. But man, it was powerful, too. They
sang an incredible song at the end called La familia es de Dios that
I hadn't heard before. The Spirit hit me so hard. I love the Gospel, and I love
you guys too! I think I'll keep you.
Quick little funny story. We read the Mission Manual every
morning as a part of Companionship Study right? Right. So there's little
scriptures after every section right? Right. Well Elder Rogers starts reading DyC 4:2 "O vosotros que os embarcáis
en el servicio de Dios." But slipped up the word
"embarcáis" (embark) for "embarazáis" (get pregnant).
"O ye that get pregnant in the service of God..." *the three of us
die laughing* No! *puff* No, no no no! *laughing* Try that again, Elder!
*laughing* That's one for the quote book.
I wish I had something to report on Alonzo and the Daix
family, but Alonzo's been buried alive in work all week, and then in his sheets
Sunday morning. Keep praying for the Daix family too. I think their Dad got to
them, and now the mom doesn't want to see us, though all the little kids yell
out "Elder Goff! Elder Rogers!" when they see us. Stupid Satan.
Stupid Sandman. Leave my investigators alone! Yanet moved to Perú. :/ Really
suddenly, but she assured us that she's going to get married with her
boyfriend, or dump him, and we're sending her records up there.
But on the flip-side, the other Elders in Chacarita are
exploding. They had two baptisms this past week with ridiculously prepared
people, and several more in the next few weeks. One man named Sandro came to
the Chapel on Tuesday when Elder Rogers and I just so happened to be there. He
said that Elder Viera invited him to Church, and he got confused what day it
was. The poor guy was hung over, hadn't eaten in 3 days (other than the
sandwich E' Viera and E' Zollinger gave him), lost his job, and lost his
family, but wanted to change his life. We had a powerful lesson with him about
the Book of Mormon, and about baptism, but to be perfectly honest, I wasn't
expecting a lot from it. It's really common to have drunks beg for help, one
day, and continue as if nothing happened the next. But he came to Church
Sunday, eyes clear of alcohol, he got a job, he was weeping for joy, shouting
"I'm going to get my family back, and bring them all to this Church!"
It's only been a week, but I'm astonished by the changes this guy's made. He'll
be baptized the 28th of December. The Gospel is true, and it changes lives.
Remember Louis? We saw him in the street the other day. He's
doing awesome! He got the Priesthood and blessed the sacrament yesterday. He's
living proof that Sandro can make the same changes. The Atonement is
incredible. I know that we can change through Repentance, but it takes an
entire dedication to drop anything that even has "the appearance of
evil." (1 Thessalonians 5:22)
I love you guys. I can't wait to Skype. Hasta la próxima semana. ¡Hurra por Israel!
1780- Birthday lunch in the Epiphania Family's house. And that usually means mini food fight.
1781- This is an incredible Cemetary in Chacarita. We weren't aloud to take pictures, but it's a city in here, with buildings, streets, cars, air conditioned tombs, churches, and everything. I'm convinced that the dead come to life at night and just keep on living like normal.
1773 Elder Zollinger and Elder Viera in his new Boca
jersey we got him for his birthday.