Monday, August 17, 2015

June 1, 2015- Children of God are amazing.


This week was humbling. We had some good success, but I was amazed by the kind of people we met. The other day we met the deaf brother of the first counselor in the Bishopric, Matias. He´s a humble guy, and hilarious. He was patient with our pathetic attempts at communicating with our uncoordinated hand movements, and helped us say in Spanish Sign Language ¨We are from the Church of Jesus Christ. Will you come to Church with us?¨ He doesn´t live in our area, but he was pumped about the pamphlet we gave him. He might be one of the few people who won´t take it for granted.

We have another incredible investigator named Maxi. We met him infront of the house of his member-friend while they were writing a song for their favorite soccer team, Boca Juniors. Maxi was playing on the guitar-- blind. This kid has the most positive attitude that I´ve ever met, and immediately won us over with his countless and hilarious bad jokes. (My favorite one only works in Spanish, so this is for you Cole and Ry-Guy: ¨¿Qué se pone Superman desques de que se bañe? Superfume.¨) He´s teaching me how to read and write Braille, and so far I can read both the lower case AND upper case of the letters A, B, C, and D. Impressive, eh? Four whole letters. Hahaha it´s a work in progress. But it´s so fun to watch him read. (We looked into the Book of Mormon in Braille. It´s gigantic. Like six feet high in eight boxes. For now, an audio disc seems to make more sense.) Yet the most incredible thing about Maxi is his love for learning the Gospel. He remembers key points of the lesson that lots of people have trouble comprehending, he remembers the names of missionaries and members who present themselves to him just by hearing their voices, and he´s the most focused person in Sacrament Meeting. He told his friend the other day that after saying the closing prayer to our lesson about the Gospel of Jesus Christ, he felt warm, peaceful, and secure. He told him that he wants to get baptized more than anything. Please pray with us that his family will continue supporting him.

The Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ is the most magnificent teaching, healing, and unifying force that I´ve ever seen. I´m so grateful to be directly involved in the preaching of it to ¨every nation, kindred, tongue, and people.¨ What a sacred calling it is to be a full-time participant of this uncomparably noble work.

What a blessing you all are, family. I love you so much and for your great examples, and service in your own ways. Despite the struggles and trials, I love you all each so much. I pray for charity and understanding, but I know that everything will work out if each of us just does our part. Glory to God, and ¡Hurra por Israel! Los amo con toda mi vida.

-Élder Goff

P.S. No news on the camera. I don´t have any money to fix it. :P

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