Monday, July 11, 2016

Our Happiness

SO

in t minus 8 days i will have been home for 3 months. Officially 2 transfers in mission speak. CRAZY.

Life has been good in these 3 months. It is funny because sometimes we think that our progression in the gospel wont be as great when we get home, or our happiness wont be the same......or maybe I just thought that.....awkward......

Well I would like to share something that really helped me. Before I left the field we would talk with members who had served missions and see what life was like for them after the mission. It was an interesting thing to do. My favorite conversation was with a recently returned sister missionary....of course right?

She told me that life after the mission is hard. You feel like

you aren't spiritual enough

you aren't as happy

you aren't as close to the Lord

you aren't always with the spirit


These things are all hard for us r.m.s haha. Really though....

So she said what we have to do is find joy and purpose in all of the things that you do.

Going to work?

Know why.

Going to the gym?

How will that help you or others? (for me it's because I am less of a monster to people haha)

So as I was thinking about this I also found a couple scriptures that I really like.

" And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments." (1 John 2:3)

The best way to find happiness in this life is through knowing our Lord. The only way to do that is by keeping his commandments.

This gospel is simple.

KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS.

We can choose this day to have happiness.

Our happiness will depend on our willingness to keep the commandments.

I testify of the joy I feel from keeping the commandments. I know it is the best way to follow the Lord. I am so grateful for the joy I feel from it, and they way we can all feel.

C

P.S. If you want to learn a bit more there is an amazing talk by President Monson that I HIGHLY recommend. Click belowwwww

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2008/10/finding-joy-in-the-journey?lang=eng

Monday, June 27, 2016

My weaknesses, HIS strengths

Well hey there,
 It's me again.

So I have been learning a lot over here in California. It is actually amazing how we don't recognize how much we are learning, but if we take time to stop we can really see it.

So let me tell you guys a secret.....

God loves us so much.

I will now let you guys know why I say that.

Here in my life I have had these moments where I really have to remember that no one is perfect, especially me. I have so many weaknesses and so many moments that God gives me to remember that. I stumbles across a scripture this last week that helped me through some hard moments this week.

"Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us," (Hebrews 12:1)

I HAVE WEAKNESSES. Okay I admitted it.

I have been working a lot in retail and it is HARD. Like not hard physically, but mentally it can be. To be a disciple of Christ who doesn't focus on worldly things, or someone who is constantly nice to everyone can be a HARD thing, but I love this scripture for the support it gives me.

SO God loves us. He wants us to win our daily battles. He wants us to be strengthened but him.

We need patience to bear our weaknesses.

NOT EASY

BUT

POSSIBLE.

Pray for it. Ask god to help you with your patience. Set goals and strategies. Life will not be easier, but you will feel better.

I hope you all can see the love that God has for you even though we are all imperfect humans. Look for his love, Feel of his strength.

C

P.S. If you haven't seen Elder Holland's new video on mental illnesses I invite you to watch it. The spirit you feel is amazing. God truly does love us!

https://www.mormonchannel.org/watch/series/mormon-messages/like-a-broken-vessel?cid=HP_MO_20-6-2016_dPFD_fMNWS_xLIDyL1-A_

Monday, June 13, 2016

EXAMPLES

Can you believe it?

I cant.

Next week it will be 2 months since I got home from my beloved country of Chile. I am still messing up the English language (ahem.....my spelling is atrocious...thank goodness for auto-correct). I am working. I am also trying to find a balance between everything.

I needed some reflection time this week, so I could not wait for Sunday to come sooner.

In my religion class we read some of Paul's teachings again, and the words literally stood off the page to me. The balance I need. Being an example.

In Philippians 1: 27 we read "Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel". 

Well this is what I needed. The balance between my new life and my mission life. I think as returned missionaries we want to still be missionaries, but also live our lives. I couldn't find the balance between Hermana Godown and Chelsie. 

Something I always told the members when we talked about missionary work on my mission was to just be an example. Through their example they would bring many unto Christ. I now need to do the same. 

It can be a struggle to constantly be looking for ways to share the gospel. Though I have noticed that through my diligent example, God has and will put people in my path so that I may share his message. 

I invite you all to find more ways to be an example. Evaluate where you are now to see what you want to become. 

Monday, May 30, 2016

The truth

So here is a not so new question

How as a returned missionary am I supposed to live in the world but not of the world.

Well guys it isn't easy. This last week I have had some fun experiences that made me want to crawl back into my mission bubble.

1. I started back to work

2. I went to my first house party.

Yeah yeah I know it has been a month since I have been home. Yep it's been a month. (yes I said that twice so that I can actually start excepting it.....don't judge). So naturally after a month I should be back to normal right? I should be able to do these two things and conquer them right?

So let me tell you that they weren't that bad, but they changed something in me. While I was studying for my New Testament class (yes I talk about it a lot, but it really hits me when I need it) we were reading in Romans chapter 2. Well in this chapter Paul is talking to the Romans about obedience to the commandments. Many times we think we are the MOST obedient, but it turns out that we are the MOST hypocritical.

WHAT?
Did I really just say that?

Well let me explain.......


I started back to work at a huge fancy department store this last week. Now something in how it has changed me has been more in the way of being hypocritical. I know it is a commandment to love God more than riches. I mean look at the young man that Jesus taught all of his doctrine, this kid was awesome. Then Jesus asks him to give up his riches and follow him. Then the kid freaks out and is like wait I didn't sign up for THISSSSS, and gives up. Well it happens to the best of us actually. We may not be rich........really though I am SOOO far from being rich, but I still would kill for that nice Chanel wallet right? Well then I look at a celebrity on my Facebook feed and judge her for the way she lives and how focused she is on worldly things. Or even my co worker who has like 7 Chanel bags. You may agree that this could also be considered jealousy, hypocrisy, etc.

well it still breaks a commandment, and I am still walking around with everyone knowing that I went and served God for a year and a half.

Well this brings me to my next point.

HUMILITY. 

It is something we ALL lack. Yes you. You lack it too.

Why you may ask?

Wellllllll the only perfect one on this Earth was Christ. Sooooooo ....

Okay please forgive my third grader answer hahaha here is the real one.

As I was listening to a talk given by Elder Steven R. Snow from the April General Conference I learned something about humility,

"We must all strive to become more humble. Humility is essential to gain the blessings of the gospel. Humility enables us to have broken hearts when we sin or make mistakes and makes it possible for us to repent. Humility enables us to be better parents, sons and daughters, husbands and wives, neighbors and friends."

How might we become more humble?

well there is an awesome scripture which God provided to show us, "And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; … for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them (Ether 12:27)".

So let us all pray to see our weaknesses and have them made strong unto us. I testify that it will happen this way. I know that God wants us to be more like his son, Jesus Christ, and we will provide the mediums to do so.

C

Also If you guys have more questions on humility I invite you to read the talk by elder snow
https://www.lds.org/general-conference/2016/04/be-thou-humble?lang=eng

Saturday, May 14, 2016

The new "NORM"

So everyone tells you adjusting is hard and life after the mission sucks. Well I am a glass half full kind of person and say half of that is true. Life is hard, but even in the mission it was. Life after the mission does not suck though. We do the same things to keep us sane. We read our scriptures. We pray (a lot I might add....). And we find solace in our church attendance. Those same three things we told our people.

Can I add though that there might be something else that we learned on our missions that will help us even more?

O B E D I E N C E

It is one 9 letter word that changes lives. This life changing word is something that Paul tried to teach the Corinthians a lot. I have been studying in Acts recently where we learn something. Paul can teach us a lot of stuff by the spirit. We must keep ourselves pure. We must have charity. We must love our fellow man. I can make a list for days, but the main thing Paul was trying to teach them was how to be a better disciple.

You may be asking "Okay where is she going with this?"

Let me tell you. If the secret to discipleship is obedience, then how can we be obedient. Let me tell you obedience is hard, but something I learned in my mission and re-learned from Paul is.....drumroll please.....

find your strength in God, not man. (Corinthians 6:12).

He will strengthen us. He will uphold us. He will love us unconditionally.

We are his children. He gets that life is hard, but he is always there for us.

Use that power he gives us.


PS. Here is a short video I found and loveeeeeee this was Paul's message. This is his truth.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Update

Well hello from California,

About 2 weeks ago I got on a plane from my beloved country of Chile to return to my home her in gorgeous Los Angeles, California. Things have been weird for sure, but I decided to take an online religion class to balance me out.

Well this last week in my class we were studying in Acts 9, 13-15. Can I say how much the stories of these converted missionaries helps? So this week we are talking about Saul/Paul (his name is changed to Paul after his calling as a missionary). Well Saul was a trouble maker. You could say that everyone knew it too. Saul dad some bad stuff, and for that the Lord struck him blind (stay righteous so that he doesn't do that to you guys ;). Well he had this humbling experience, and the Lord saw that he needed a miracle to really convert him. So the Lord decides to inspire Ananias by the Holy Ghost, and get him over there to Saul to take away his blindness. So Ananias follows the spirit, heals Saul, and teaches him about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Well Saul has this miracle, and acts on his faith to be baptized. After his baptism he is called as a missionary where he has many tough investigators (well most of them are anti Christs/atheists). He defends the gospel in every second, and follows the spirit to be inspired to do so.

Well Saul/Paul is a great inspiration to me. He is what my investigators/converts can become if they really are converted. This topic of the conversion is something I studied a lot in the last of my mission. The difference between Saul and Paul is that Paul was the converted Saul. Saul had a testimony, but Paul had the conversion. The real question is what takes to be Paul, truly converted is. Well as we look in Acts is shows us

Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him (Acts 13:9)
 For so hath the Lord commanded us (Acts 13:47)
And the disciples were filled with joy, and with the Holy Ghost. (Acts 13:52)

Paul was filled with the Holy Ghost, like many of us after our baptisms, but the difference is that he acted on the promptings he received boldly. How easy is it for us to do this? Many times the promptings we receive are hard, like go talk to that person about the gospel. To take the time and go out of our way is hard, but the Lord gives us strength to do it. The blessings are great, like we see with Paul. Through testifying boldly, he was filled with joy.

I know the same blessings are promised to us, but we must act to receive them. May we pray for the courage to act, like Paul. I know I will.


Chelsie


I stand all amazed.

Hey everyone, 

Well this is my last email as Hermana Godown. It is a very bittersweet moment to be honest. I would just like to thank you all for your love and support in this year and a half. It makes the difference in the life of a missionary.  In this year and a half I have learned and grown so much with the people here in Chile. I have come to know my savior and I have come to know of his love. I am going to be very chilche but only the words of a hymn can explain how I feel. 

1. I stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me,
Confused at the grace that so fully he proffers me.
I tremble to know that for me he was crucified,
That for me, a sinner, he suffered, he bled and died.

At the beginning of this year and a half I wasnt very strong in my testimony of the gospel, but Chrsit still offerred me his love. I quickly understood that the only way I would make it through this year and a half is to learn more about my savior, and understand how to get his help in this work. I learned of his atonement and I testify that it is only through his sacrifice that  we can find peace in this life. I know that the beginning of my mission set the path for the next step. 


2. I marvel that he would descend from his throne divine
To rescue a soul so rebellious and proud as mine,
That he should extend his great love unto such as I,
Sufficient to own, to redeem, and to justify.

About 6 months into my mission I really apprecaited my knowledge of the atonement. I had a hard sector and I didnt understand how to make the best of a hard situation. I came to learn that the mission was a place to learn about forgiveness. Forgiveness to myself. Forgiveness to my companion. Forgiveness to the people who didnt want to listen. Forgiveness changed me. It changed my attitude, and prepared me to make the best of a bad situation. I testify that it is never to late to ask for forgiveness. It is never too late to change. 

3. I think of his hands pierced and bleeding to pay the debt!
Such mercy, such love and devotion can I forget?
No, no, I will praise and adore at the mercy seat,
Until at the glorified throne I kneel at his feet.

It is funny how there is the saying that the sun will always shine after rain. The difficult times p`repare us for the best of times. I have had difficult moments, but I know the Lord prepared me for all of the good things that I have recieved. I will constantly praise the Lord for the love he gives me. My mission has shown me that our God is a god of miracles. He loves us so so much. ¨HE constantly protects, guides, and puts miracles in our lives every moment of everyday to show his love. I stand all amazed at the miracles of our God. My mission is an example. 

Oh, it is wonderful that he should care for me
Enough to die for me!

I testify of our savior and redeemer Jesus Christ. I testify of his love. I testify that the Church of Jesus Chrsit of Latter day Saints is the only true church on this earth. I testify of the Book of mormon and the miracles it brings if we just read it daily. I testify of the power of covenants. I testify of the love of a heavenly father. I testify of a plan that he has for each and everyone of us. I testify of missionary work. That really the best way to find peace and happiness in this life is through sharing about our savior Jesus Chrsit. 


Oh, it is wonderful, wonderful to me!

Hermana Godown


Zombie territory

Hey everyone! 

As for this last week it went flying by. We had 2 mini cambios. 1 was planned and the other was a suprise, but needed. We did a fun activity with our girls this last week. This cambio was a bit longer than others, and if you want to know it is hard to get through 6 weeks let alone 8. Needless to say they needed an animo boost! So hermana leaders to the rescue! We got our mission mom, hermana arrington to write them each cards, and we as well did it. We read part of the talk from elder nelson two cambios ago and cooked them breakfast. It was just what they needed to help them to see all of the good they can still do if they look for the spirit. 

Through visiting members this week, we can see the toll that satan is taking on the family. It is funny because they always have said it in conference, but I have never believed it, until now. Well we have been sharing something with them that is applied to all of us, a promise from Nefi. 

 27 And it came to pass that we lived after the manner ofhappiness.

okay cool they lived happy lives, but that is not easy to have. We have things like death, loss of jobs, lack of time that keep us from this. So how can we really be happy? Well Njefi tells us

 10 And we did observe to keep the judgments, and thestatutes, and the commandments of the Lord in all things, according to the law of Moses.

so the promise is that if we keep the commandments and works of the Lord we will be happy. This isnt easy. I know. Obedience is something that every person struggles with. I knowwwwww, but the promise is so real. Be obedient and you will be happy. The happiest I have ever been in my life is her in the mission. I know it is because it is the most obedient I have ever been as well. Dont get discouraged. Elder Holland tells us: 

When there was a controversy in the early Church regarding who was entitled to heaven’s blessings and who wasn’t, the Lord declared to the Prophet Joseph Smith, “Verily I say unto you, [the gifts of God] are given for the benefit of those who love me and keep … my commandments, and [for them] that seeketh so to do.”6 Boy, aren’t we all thankful for that added provision “and … seeketh so to do”! That has been a lifesaver because sometimes that is all we can offer! We take some solace in the fact that if God were to reward only the perfectly faithful, He wouldn’t have much of a distribution list.

I add to this promise and testify of it. 

Love you all and have an awesome week

Hermana Godown





Christ like invitations

Hey everyone, 

So this last week was a full and crazy one. Summer is offically over here in Concepcion and it makes me so sad. Part of the fun of saying bye to summer is hello to rain. This is so fun because it means chileans go into hiding! It makes talking to people on the street, contacting, so much more fun hahaha. For example, this last time it rained we still needed 7 contacts so my companion contacted a bus! Wahooooo. I was dying with laughter because the bus driover even stopped the music so that she could talk and pass out tarjetas. oh I wish I could have gotten a video of that. Who knows maybe one of those 10 people will get baptized one day for that contact haha. 

Part of our crazy week was zone conference. I normally am spiritually uplifted by these conferences, but this time it really impacted me. President Arrington shared a class on Peter. Well peter was a great apostle of christ, but he had his dumb mistakes like the rest of us. Each time he made a dumb mistake Christ had an invitation waiting for him. Normally they were invitations to leave what he was doing and follow HIM. Well Christ makes the same invitation to us, and more. He invites us to give up our desires and replace them for his. We each have our own personal invitations from Chrsit in our Patriatical blessings. Through evaluating mine, I have found so many invatations from our Savior and I invite you all to do the same. 

In Conference yesterday we also recieve a lot of invatations from Christ. Some were to be more humble, others were to go to the temple, or spend more time nurtuting our relationships with our family. I hope you all felt that Chrsit personally invited you guys to do something. I know I did. 

I know my savior lives. I know he loves us. I know my family is forever. I know I will see them again in the next life. I know God loves us. 

Hermana Godown




for better or for worse.....

Hey everyone! 

We had some fun times this last week! We finally have hot water in our house after three weeks of cold showers. Love the mission hahaha. We also had a funny lesson with bernard where he spoke chileanismos with our member to understand the law of chastity. Luckily he doesnt have problems with it haha. 

I had a fun experience this week. Well as a missionary you know that you are constantly with our companion 24-7. It is something one comes to love, but also something that stinks when your comapnion gets the flu. Well poor hermana burnham had to deal with me when I got the flu this last week, but there is a twist to this story. In my calling as an hermana leader we have to do something once a cambio where we have a mini cambio with missionaries who have like 3 weeks in the mission for a day. Well the morning I wake up with the flu is the same morning we have this conference. Well I was like this is not going to be possible. So in the morning hermana burnaham had to take some of the hermanas we had to the conference in the morning and she went with one of the other hermanas that live in our house......well presidfent arrington just happened to see that I wasnt there and was like whats up......well hna burnham said I was sick and well president didnt like that very much and said that the two hermanas I was going to be with were coming to our sector either way so I had to get a blessing. uhhhhhh. Well hermana burnham comes home, I wake up and she tells me that and I put my trooper face on. I got a blessing, and the priesthood is true. I went from fever aches and headaches to nada. The gospel is true. haha we had an awesome. We worked in our trio and taught a lot of people. They even told me in my blessing that I would be happy and I sure was hahaha. I got to work and help some new hermanas to have a good experience. 

We also found an amazing investigator this last week named carolina. She is an antiguo investogator of some hermanas a year ago. We found her by throwing a rock at a dangerous dog and knocking the third door. she is awesome. She has been having some hard times as a mom of 2 and her husband is 0our of town a lot. We taught her about baptism and she tolds us that a yuear ago she wasnt ready for it, but she knows it is something that will help her and she needs it now. she is ready to see the changes God can make in her life. She even told us that she was praying to God beofre we got there asking for Him to help her. She saw us knocking doors and she asked him that if we were from him and this was her answer if we would knock her door. Well we knocked it, and God answers prayers. 

I know the preisthood is restored on this earth. I know God loves us and answers our prayers. I know he has a plan. 

Love you all! 

Hermana Godown






He LIVES!

Hey everyone, 

I hope you all had an awesome easter. I think the best part of celebrating easter in the mission is that all week I get to focus on Christ and then really remember the reason for celebrating. We had two family home evenings this week where we did an object lesson and taught about the ressurection. We read about them putting jesus in the tomb, and how they annointed him with oils. Well we made little cinnamon sugar marshmallow empanadas and when you cook them the marshmallow dissolves. They are super delish and shows how Christ lives because he rose on the third day. I know that our savior lives and that one day we will be resurrected just like we was. 

We has a suprise third companion this week haha. Our awesome investigator Bernardo got off the bus in the wrong place the other day, and we happened to be knocking doors. We saw each other and he didnt have anything to do, so he asked to accompany us......He in investigating the church, not even a member yet, and he spent like 4 hours knocking doors and visiting people with us. He is AMAZING. Well I guess we should have known that though because in the first lesson with him he self titled himself as elder vergara. I cant wait until he is actually a member hahah. I think this is a good lesson for us as members to see where our time is spent, and if there is a way we could be better helping the Lord in his work. 

We also had some miralces in church yesterday. For the second week in a row, basically everyone of our investigators came without our help. We got to have a lesson with Henry yesterday. Henry lives with our investigator Arturo, and also the member who gave us the reference, manuel. Henry is from Cuba, and here studying for is docterates degree. He has had a hard life, but has seen the hand of god in getting him here to Chile. He had also tried to be baptized multiple times, but everytime it didnt work out in Cuba. God has literally handpicked him from Cuba so he could find the gospel here in Chile. God really does love us. 

Well this next week is general conference. I hope you all are preparing and thinking of questions for the Lord so that he can answer them for you in one of the 4 sessons of conference. 

Have an awesome week, 

Hermana Godown




cambios, bednar, and hard work

Hey everyone, 

Welcome to another hot week here in Chile. Life is good. I am workin hard wirth my companion, and enjoying life as a missionary. My companion, Hermana Burnham, is awesome. She is so excited to work and has a TON of energy. 

This last week was fun. We had some more bathroom issues so we got to carry a plunger around all day. FUN! Also It is funny because I never have gotten rejected as much in my other sectors as I have here im Collao.....welcome to the city I guess hahaha. We got so excited where we entered two houses this last week and then they realize we are from the mormon church and they ask us to leave.......alright cool.......

Even though we had a ton of rejection we had a ton of motivation. We had a special opportunity to have a conference from elder Bednar for all of south America. In this conference I learned a ton on how to focus on the spirit. Also that sister missionaries are too hard on themselves hahaha. I really see that this is the lords work that we are doing. I have to constantly have the spirit or I wont be able to do anything. I know that is so true. With that motivation my companion and I put the advice to practice. We went to work and we worked hard. We found an awesome guy yesterday, Bernardo. 

Bernardo is 21 and has a lot of questions about god. He was a contact from hermana Love and I. We actually had set up 2 appointments with him before, but for one reason or another they fell through. He is really looking for more blessings and a better relationship with God. It was funny because after teaching him about baptism he looks and says if I get baptized does that make me mormon? hahahah we told him to wait for his answer from God before he gets the answer to that one hahaha. 

I know God watches over us. I know he has so much planned for each of us and for each day of our lives. Nothing is a coincidece for him. 

Have an awesome week and love you all

Hermana Godown



Camila said yes!

Hey everyone! 

This last week was a good one. We are finding lots of people to teach and that is the happiest thing ever for a missionary. Hermana Burnham are working really hard and coming home everyday exhausted. It is a good feeling :) I love working for the Lord. 

Well we have been working with Rosario and raul. Still waiting on Rauls divorce.....I hate divorce. The best part has been teaching their daughter in law camila. Camila is progressing rapidly. We started teaching her last week ands we came back this week and she looked at us and said that yes, she knows this gospel is true. AHHHHH LITERALLY THE BEST FEELING IN THE WORLD!!!!! We taught her about law of chastity after that and it was a bit hard for her to hear that she needs to get married. We invited her to pray about it and talk to Eduardo, her pareja. Well We would like to start teaching him too acutally, but the prayers are in process for that one haha. 

Something else that has really been awesome is that we are making our investigators pray and pray on their knees in the first lesson. It is such a tiny thing, but invites the spirit so so strong in our lessons. We started teaching 2 jovencitas this last week and the first appointment we asked to kneel and taught them to pray. We came back yesterday, and they asked us iof we were going to kneel. The small things really make the big difference. 

I am so grateful for all that I am learning here on the mission. Yesterday we had a contact of a couple who recently had a baby, but also recently lost their jobs. There was nothing else we could do than testify of the love god has for them. I know life it not easy. I know that it is actually really hard sometimes. I also know that God does it on purpose so that we learn how to grow closer to him. I know he loves us. I know he has a plan for us. 

Love you all, 

Hermana Godown




We lost Gerald!!!

Hey everyone! 

So another good week here in collao. Just enjoying every moment while I still can.

Well we had a fun time with our member Gerald this week. Saturday he was supposed to come out with us to Palomares, a campo area of our sector. Well he calls us saying he got off the bus in palomares, but there are two parts of palomares and he got off on the wrong part. Well he gets back on a micro and we are waiting for him on the side of the street where he needed to get off. Well like 20 mins later we call him and well he took the wrong bus and was off in km 10 (by the name i think you can tell that it is 10 km outside of palomares haha) so I am tring to help him get back to palomares and he looses service on his phone....nice. I give him a call back and he is talling me that he is hanging out with the polar bears out by the cordilleras hahaha this is like a desert area so we were like dying laughing. We finally get gerald on the right bus and we go visit our investigator. This story made me laugh a ton, but also really appreciate that Gerald had a good attitude about it, so many other people (me) would get angry and not want to keep going, but Gerald laught and kept going. Sometimes it is so easy to get angry, but it is so important to just come what may and love it. 

Other that our Gerald experience, God blessed us a lot this week. We knocked a lot of doors trying to find, and we lost hope sometimes. We were working in one area, Valle Noble, where I loose hope really easily. Well God blesses us for our perseverancia because that 20th door we knocked, we found Barbara. Barbara is 21 and was trying to find a way to come closer to God. She felt herself pulling away, and she didnt want that. She told us she always had this christian friend who was always so happy and she wanted that. This friend prepared Barbara to listen to our message and accept it. We all have this power to influence those around us. Our example is so important. 

Also last sunday we found Bernardo, a contact from hermana love and I. Well we werent able to meet with him all of this week because of his weird work schedule, but he came to church yesterday! Wahoooooo! He loved church. We also had a lesson with him last night, and he is loving all that we teach him. 

Have an awesome week, 

Hermana Godown





conversion, pajaritos, and blessings

Hey everyone! 

So this week was pretty crazy! Well it was the last week of the mission for my companion, hermana Love. It is hard to see someone finish the mission. It is a lot of mixed feelings. I am so grateful for the time I have had with hermana Love. She has taught me so much, and really has become one of my greatest friends. 

I will be getting a new companion, hermana Burnham. She is from Colorado. 

Well I will just say that summer is a fun time when everyone leaves haha. This last week we taught Rosario and Raul again. Well I just love teaching them so much. We brought a member who really helped them a lot this last week. We taught about the priesthood, and they LOVED it. Raul even leaned forward in his seat and started paying more attention. So cool. Raul alos let us know that he has a bit of a smoking problem, but he got a blessing after our lesson on the preisthood, and he has gotten down to 1 a day. Wahoooo!!! He said that when he got his blessing that he felt a warm feeling come over him.....ahhhhh 

Last night we had a ward family home evening and we talked about conversion. It was amazing. We have been feeling that there has been a bit of disunion between the ward and the missionaries so we talked about the conversion of Alma the younger and related it to now a days. It is something that really helped the members to remember their own conversion, but also how important it is to share their testimony with others. To prepare for the ward home evening I was reading a couple talks by elder bednar. I learned A LOT! Something that really helps me with the conversion is to know that it isnt a one time thing, but and on going process. Elder bednar talks to us about how our prayers should be a sign of our conversion he says
 "Let me provide an illustration of what I mean and extend to you an invitation. We properly pray for the safety and success of the full-time missionaries throughout the world. And a common element in many of our prayers
is a request that the missionaries will be led to individuals and families who are prepared to receive the message of the Restoration. But ultimately it is my responsibility and your responsibility to find people for the missionaries to teach. Missionaries are full-time teachers; you and I are full-time finders. And you and I as lifelong missionaries should not be praying for the full-time missionaries to do our work!"
I really testify that our desires are a sign of our conversion. We must work everyday to be more converted to Chrsit. 

Love you all and hope you have a great week

Hermana Godown



bird poop, lemon picking, and mini cambios

Hey everyone! 

This last week was pretty crazy! There was a lot of going on. This last week we had 2 mini cambios. One was with missionaries who have 4 weeks here in chile, and the other one was with some hermanas from our group. Being with hermanas who just got to chile just reminds me of how far I have come in my time in Chile. Mostly because they couldnt speak spanish and I now can soooooo come a long way hahahah. The other mini cambio just helped me a lot to see things we could be doing in our secotr to help our people. I love mini Cambios. Especialy with the newbies because I got to be in a trio.....I miss my trio hahah

We actually had a difficult week. We didnt find any new investigators......or if they did they were crazies who werent going to progress haha. So is was a lot of self analyzing to see what we could be doing better that we werent. I got down on myself a lot, but the Lord gave me a chance to repent of the things I needed to change so that we could progress in the work. Saturday was the accumulation of everything. I started to just feel terrible and discouraged. We couldnt get members out with us, our invetigators went on vacation, we werent getting our numbers. It was hard. To top it off a bird even pooped on me while we were contacting. It was hard to accept Gods plan in that moment. I told hermana Love I needed a second, and we offereed a prayer. Well God works in mysterious ways because right after a member walked by and I went and washed off the bird poop in her house. God works in mysterious ways haha. In that moment I remembered that Christ was with me in the work and I couldnt get discouraged, and feelings of inadequacy only come from Satan. It was a good growing moment for me. 

The next day in Church God worked miracles again. Our ghost investigator luis showed up by himself for the 4th week in a row. DANG. Then a couple that we are working with, Rosario and Raul, came to church. The testimony meeting was amazing for them. Raul was tearing up because he felt the spirit so strong. They are really a tender mercy from the Lord. 

This week Taught me that we have to put our confidence in God. He has a plan. He loves us. He can change us. That is the faith, confidence in GOd in his plan. I invite you all to work on your faith, continue cultivating it. 

Love you all 

Hermana Godown



food, food, and more food

Hey everyone! 

Okay so as missonaries we kinda eat like A LOT. It is good because we walk all day, but at the same time we justify a lot hahahah. Also members justify for us.......so if you see me one day and I am super fat....blame it on the justifying hahah

I start with that because this morning we had a zone activity where one of the members in our zone leaders ward rented out part of a country club for us. The down side was that there was a golf course and I couldnt play. sad day. We ate a hambergures ribs ice cream. lotssssss of food and volleyball haha. 

This week I had a lot of learning moments again. We had a lot of times where is was just out of our control what was happening and others that we just dumb mistakes. For example, we had our last two mini cambios for the cambio and I stayed in our sector both days. The fun day was when I forgot to charge my phone at lunch and my phone is terrible and died. Well my mini cambio companion didnt have a phone so we went the whole work day without a phone......yep my bad. We couldnt get a hold of any of our members.....that was such a good example of how not to act in a sector hahha. God still blessed us that day because  every house we knocked they let us in. Miracle because normally no one lets us in haha. God loves us. I testify of it. 

We also had some miracles with our investigators. Rosario and raul agreed to pive the word of wisdom and law of chastity befor we even taught it. gotta love them invesatigators who do their homework! The only problem is that raul has to get a divorce before they can get married.....laws her in chile are also different because it is going to take 1 to 3 years for his divorce.......ughhhhhhhh.......Marcela also quit smoking! Wahoooooo 

With all of these miracles, we also saw a lot of hard learning moments because we didnt have members to come out with us this week and none fo our investigators came to church this week except for our ghost investigator luis.....
It was hard for us to not have anyone in church. We finished the sacrament reunion and then went to princpios where we talked about sacrifices and adversity.......well we knew that God was talking to us in that moment. We learned 2 things. 
1 adversity is for our eternal progress
2. if we are completing with the lord and doing our part then we have no need to fear. 

God listens to us. He hears our prayers. He knows how to help us, but we have to be doing the things right so that he can help us. I testify of church attendence. I know it is the way God can speak to us. 

Have an awesome week! 

Hermana Godown


teach repentance baptize converts

Hey everyone!!!

So we had another amazing week here in collao. For reals this sector is GOLD. 

This week started off with a ton of house problems hahaha first was at 2 in the morning. We hared a HUGE thud and thought someone had broken in.....we live on the 5th floor guys....super illogical hahahaha. Turns out we left the window open and the wind was super strong and broke our bookshelf hahaha didnt sleep the rest of that night haha. Second was saturday in the afternoon we came home from lunch and the lights didnt turn on......the opther hermanas told us that we hadnt paid our eletricity bill in a couple months and they cut our services.....awesome. We didnt have hot water or lights for 3 days hahahha so many fun experiences out here. 

We had a special conference with all of the missionaries in the world this last week held in salt lake this last week. It was a really cool experience because they havent done something like this for 22 years now. They talked to us about how to reach our goal of teach repentance and baptize converts. It all begins with working with the members. As members of the church we have a duty to help others to know of the truth of the gospel, but everthing begins with our own conversion. We have to convert ourselves to the docterine befor we convert others. So important. 

Another blessing though focusing more on the book of mormon as we teach is the changes we have seen in our sector. This last week the brother of our convert moved here to conce so we started teaching him. His name is Giovanni. He is 18 and like every other 18 year old looking for balence between studying and family time. We told him how the gospel will help him to have time for everything and even help him have a better relationship with his family. We have been working one being more direct (can you imagine the i would struggle with that hahaha?) and the spirit was SO STRONG in the lesson. He offered the final prayer, came to church yesterday, and is really excitied for his baptism. 

We saw so many miracles this week. Like yesterday we had 4 investigator in church progressing towards baptism (that is not normal by the way normally we are lucky if we get 1). They all have been such a tender mercy to us of how the lord helps us the more that we are humble and come to him. 

Love you all
Have an awesome week, 

Hermana Godown


repaso de navidad y FELIZ AÑO NUEVO

Buenas tardes,

well this week was a super good one. We had an awesome and hot christmas here in Chile. We played a LOT of sports and ate a LOT of food. Once again the Chileans celebrate chrsitmas on christmas eve so that night we had a huge dinner with hermana oporto, the stake relief society president. She had the missionaries over evert year for the dinner as a tradition. So that was awesome. Then the day of christmas we had a zone activity in the morning with pancakes and sports.......if soccer was your guess then you would be really good at guessing. We then after lunch had an activity as all of inner conce where we had water activities and soccer....hahah. Gotta love soccer. Also you would think that I would be good at soccer by now, but just like getting rid of my gringa accent there are some things I will never learn. 

We have been working a LOT this week to find. Really we have been trying to find families because that is something tha our ward needs. Well last week we did a fast, and this week we reaped the benefits. We found an awesome family where they are having a bit of problems and need hope. Well the is all that we share as missionaries, a message of hope. They accepted baptism, they didnt come to church, but we will be working on that haha. We also knocked a door saturday where right away they looked at us and said hey we were jusat thinking about you guys. We were so shocked haha first off that they recognized missionaries. Well turns out that the family is less active, and they have a 17 year old son who wants to be baptized. MIRACLE. I know that God prepares people. I know that this message of the gospel of jesus chrsit is one of hope. I know that it is centered on a loving heavenly father. I love this gospel. 

Have an awesome week and happy new year! 

Hermana Godown




tired, sweaty, happy



hey everyone

soooooo we had an awesome week here in collao! Life is good, hot, but good. It is funny because we made the mistake of asking a member how hot it was this last week and it was like 27 degrees celcius......nothing.....this next week it is supposed to hit like 30 something.....lovely......well enough weather talk

well this week started off fun, shortly after writing you guys last week hermana love got her wallet stolen, so we went through some fun stuff with that. Went to the police.....turns out that they dont keep track of small robberies like that because it happens at least 200 times in one day.......love it hahah she is all good though now so no worries. another fun thing was that we had interviews this last week. I am still good to keep going on my misson. worthiness. check. lat thing.....we realized there was mold in our bathroom today.....I love chile hahhaha (picture included of me cleaning.....good times)

Okay so something really hard for us this last week was that our investigator sergio was supposed to be baptized yesterday. Well this last wednesday we had a lesson with him and he told us that he wasnt ready still. what........that was probably one of that hardest thing to hear. he was doing so well......i still think that the hardest thing in the mission for me is that people have agency. well it was difficult. Through prayer and reading the scriptures I actually found comfort that our investigator felt comfortable enough to tell us. As missionaries we want to baptize converts, not investigators. It is something hard to understand sometimes because as missionaries we love baptism, it is a sign we are doing our job, but if we arent baptizing converts we arent doing our job. I am here to help people to come unto christ, not to change their life for a couple weeks and then forget about it. In my mission I have seen how I have been my biggest convert, I invite you all to do the same, work everyday so that you are your biggest convert. I promise you wont regret it. 

Love you all! 

Hermana Godown




Monday, January 18, 2016

#teamgodownlove

Hey everyone! 

Well we have had an awesome week here in Collao! I am here with hermana love. She is from gilbert arizona and her last name explains her.

 We had a fun day this week where we had hermana santos from another sector with us, and she intruduced us to a member who will be moving to ourt sector in march. It was a strange day where we had a lot of spiritual experiences but a lot of rejection too. We started a saying "todo pasa in collao" or everything happpens in collao. It was something to help us laugh....and oh did we laugh haha we had some really weird rejections, like someone telling us they had to was their dog or cut theur nails.....it was fun haha 

This last week I had a lot of teaching opportunities. Like we have a leaders meeting and my companion and I were asked to teach, then the next day I was asked to give a talk in sacrament meeting, then the teacher for principios de mi evangelio didnt show up. It was a lot of teaching opportunitites haha. Also a lot of learning. We leaned about conversion in this leaders meeting and it was something that helped me a lot. I think something we learn as missionaries is that we should be our first convert. To do this we have to study and meditate in the scriptures everyday. It is something that will change our testimonies and help us to really be converted. I know that through reading the Book of Mormon evryday we will be more and more converted. It is something that has changed me and I know the promise is out there for everyone. I invite you all to try it. I know it is true. 

Anyways I love you all,

have an awesome week

Hermana Godown