Thursday, February 18, 2010

Loving Learning

Hey everyone how´s it goin? K to answer the first part of your email my comp is too trunked out. He´s trunky but that´s just cause he´s so close to going home. We´re still working and trying to do everything we can to keep the work going. The work.....the work is coming....slow. The activity we were gonna have we had to end up canceling because it looked like a storm was coming in. And when storms come here they´re pretty crazy and the activity was gonna be outside. So at the last minute we had to cancel but we´re still gonna have it. We just have to find out when we can do it cause there´s a few other things going on in the next few weeks. So yeah the work is going slow, but slowly we´re finding people. In the last week or so we´ve found a few less actives that weren´t even in the member list so that was way cool cause they wanna come back into activity. We just gotta find the way we can help them do that. And one of them has kids that aren´t members so we´re gonna start working with them soon and see if we can´t complete a family here soon.
We had zone conference yesterday which was awesome. I love conference cause I always learn a ton. President and Hermana Detlefsen are so awesome. President has so much knowledge it´s insane. Seriously he can take any topic and teach me 7 new things about it that I never knew beforehand. I love being able to listen to him, and it´s always a nice humbling experience too which is always helpful. One of our focuses was talking with everyone which is something I realized I don´t do all that well. But it´s something that I´m gonna fix cause everyone needs to here this message that we have.
That´s crazy about the Jergensens!!!! Tell them congrats for me, that´s gonna be so awesome though. That´ll be so cool though. I can´t believe Jergie is almost done with his mission, any idea how much time he has left?
That´s way cool about Alex and Tara too though. Well I can´t think of too much more but I´m glad everything is going well there. Take care! Con amor,
Elder Gaughan

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Working Hard!

Hey everybody!! What´s up? Ok firstly before I forget again, yes mom I have been getting your emails. Sorry if I haven´t really been answering questions. I read everything you all send me first and then write everything after. I should probably change that but oh well. I´m really glad to hear Daniel´s doing a lot better. I got that email you sent me of Kim´s and I was kinda freaking out when I was reading it. That´s pretty crazy but I´m glad he´s recovered so well. That´s pretty nuts about the Saints too. One of our less active members told us that Miami won and I had a hard time believing that one too.
The work here is getting better. One of the new focuses of the mission is finding new investigators. Not going by old investigators that we taught a while ago or going by part member families but finding new new people that haven´t investigated the church before. So that basically means we´ve been doing a ton of contacts trying to find people. It´s worked a bit. We´ve picked up a few investigators in the last week and we´re really hoping that they progress. We also have a ward activity on fri and we´ve asked all the members to invite less actives and non member friends. Please pray for us cause we´re pretty nervous about how it´s going to go and what exactly is going to happen. Hopefully we´ll pick up more investigators from that too. This is our big push to try to get more help from members cause it´s always better to work with them than just go and knock doors all day.
This transfer has been a little crazy cause Elder Hopper is ending his mission and I´ve just barely started. It´s interesting cause of the two points we´re at in our lives and especially in the mission. He´s about to go home and I´ll only have 6 months when he goes. It´s interesting to see how the older missionaries are compared to the younger ones. It´s cool though. I´ll probably be here in Santa Rosa for another transfer too after this one so that´ll make it about 4 months in one place which is fairly rare. It´s all good though. Santa Rosa is pretty cool and the zone is awesome. Well I think that´s about everything. I love you guys and hope your all doing well. Con amor,
Elder Gaughan

Monday, February 8, 2010

Coming Along Just Fine

Hey family how´s it going? What´s been going on lately? How´s winter going for you guys? You were right Dad, it´s been super hot down here lately. It was around 100 for a few weeks straight but we´ve gotten a brake from that for now. It´s been cooler for the last few days which has been super nice.
Sounds like things are going well there. Tell the Killens I said hi and I hope everything is going well with them at the storehouse. The mission is awesome and everything´s coming along just fine. I´ll try to write them more next P Day. I´m glad to hear Bryan´s doing well too. I feel bad I haven´t written him or trev at all really since I´ve gotten here. I´m gonna try to get better about that and hopefully I can send both of them a letter next week. Could you get Bryan´s address for me? I don´t think I have it.
Santa Rosa´s going pretty well. We´re putting together an activity to try to help the mission work. It´s been a little slow and we´re thinking that an activity could boost the excitment and really get everything going a little quicker. We´ve been going by all the members and committing them to inviting a less active family or non member or both. So far that´s been going well and hopefully the activity helps. So please pray for that cause we need some help. The other day we found a really cool lady when we were doing contacts. We´ve been doing a million contacts lately cause we´re just trying to find new people, not go by old investigators or less actives. It´s been a bit of a struggle but hey it´s what it is. But anyway this lady we found is awesome, Valeria, she´s got like 4 kids but she´s super receptive and so far has accepted every committment we have left with her. We´ve only taught 1 lesson and we´re going back tonight to teach more and have more of an organized lesson cause the last one we taught was all over the place. Besides this not too much has been going on. We´ve been talking to a lot of Jehova´s Wittness´lately which has been pretty interesting. They´re pretty tough, like they never let you in or anything but hey you can always talk to them for a while and at least when they reject you they´re nice about it. I can´t really think of anything else that has been going on lately. I love you all and hope everything is going well. Con amor,
Elder Gaughan