The Importance of Study

Wow, well this week was a good one! It was a little slower, but still a good week! Right now we have about 8 investigators and it is still climbing! We had a good week teaching and finding but, when district meeting came, it was very inspirational. It was very minding blowing to see just how important studies really are! There was about 7 ways that we agreed on that would make our studies better:

1: Begin with a prayer. Not just to open your studies but, ask for understanding on what you are about to read and study.

2: We have to work for our studies. You can’t just sit there and expect to learn.

3: You have to have consistency in your studies.

4: Ponder over your studies. Moroni 10:4 says that we have to ponder it in our hearts.

5: Make connections with our studies, not just read and think about it but, make personal connections with the text.

6: Write in a Study Journal!

7: Close with a prayer.

Well, that is about it! I hope that you have a wonderful week and to try and focus your studies! We have to be Doers of the word not just Hearers! James 1: 22-23

Well hope you all have a great week!

Love,

Elder Golder

 Our conversion is like a fire you start small and grow big in a bon-fire!

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The Gospel is True!!!

  Wow what a week it has been! We are teaching lots and finding lots!! It has been such a good week! We have found 2 more investigators to share this gospel with and the truths that have been restored! I just want to bear my testimony that our Savior, Jesus Christ does live and that he loves each and everyone of us! He suffered the pains, afflictions, and sorrows for us so that we can have the chance to live with our Heavenly Father again and that if we sin we can come back to the straight and narrow using the gift of the Atonement in our life! I have come to realize that the more we use the Atonement in our life, the more we want to share the gospel with other people! Preach My Gospel says “As our understanding of the Atonement of Jesus Christ increases, your desire to share the gospel will increase!” I love that! We can use it not just for a better desire to share the gospel but is also there so that we can become more like Christ! I know with out a doubt that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that he did see God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ when he knelt down in the Sacred Grove to find the True Church! I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God and that it was translated by the power of God and that Christ’s authority is once again restored! I love this gospel and I know that sharing it with everyone will bless your life and will bring more happiness and peace to the world! I am grateful for a family that loves me and I am so glad to be serving in the Canada Halifax Mission! It has changed my life for the better! I love this gospel with all my heart and so glad that I am in it!

I love everybody and Hope everybody has a great week!

Also I am always a proud Ute Fan!! “Go Utes”

Love,

Elder Golder

Community BBQ!

Well, this week has been a great one! To start we had a Community BBQ and had 50+ people at our chapel, both non-members and members! It was really cool to see that many people at the building when we only have 10-15 each Sunday sometimes! Well Elder Fullmer and I have been doing lots of finding and have followed-up with people and we found 6 new investigators this week! It was really cool to see the growth we are about to have in Miramichi! Also this week was Zone Conference!! It was really good! We had lots of discussions about different things and how we can better follow-up with people and truly help them be converted to the gospel!

Chapter 11 of Preach My Gospel under the section, “Bear Testimony Frequently” it says, “Sharing your testimony often is one of the most powerful ways of inviting the spirit and helping others feel the spirit.” Also, “An effective missionary teaches, testifies, and invites other to do things that build faith in Jesus Christ.” We as members have that some responsibility for helping others come unto Christ! Everyone of us has taken Christ’s name upon as at baptism and we have committed to follow all the commandments and follow the teachings of the gospel! Also in “Preach My Gospel”, in Chapter 1, the first section in the last 3 sentences it says, “You can help people develop such faith by teaching them the restored gospel by the spirit and inviting them to commit to live according to its teachings. Keeping this commitment prepares them for the covenants of baptism and confirmation and the precious gift of the Holy Ghost.”

Well, that was all about Zone Conference. Well, I hope everybody does their part to invite and help somebody feel of the spirit!

Hope everyone has a great week!

Love,

Elder Golder

Wow!  Time is Flying!

Well this week went by fast! Things just seem to get going faster and faster! It is crazy! Well this week was a good one. I got to come back to Miramichi and pick up where I left off! Elder Fullmer and I are working really hard to find and teach somebody! We have some great potentials that we are following up with! Faith is a big factor in helping people plant their seed and grow in their testimonies! Something really cool that we have been learning in the mission is how deep Alma 32 is and how we need to use verses 27-28 and truly use what those verses say!

Well I hope everybody has a wonderful week! Next couple of weeks will be hectic for emailing…

Next week I will be on Wednesday because of Zone Conference on Tuesday.

Well have a great week!

Love,

Elder Golder

Back to Miramichi!!!

Wow things in Halifax were fun, but I am so excited to go back to Miramichi and get working again! I really don’t have much to say, but I’ve had lots of new trainings over the past week!

Congratulations to my sister and her husband on getting married! That is so awesome!!

Well hope everybody has a great week!

I am so glad that families are eternal! I am grateful for them!!

Love,

Elder Golder

Ups & Downs…

Hey everybody! Well this week is really been full of ups and downs! But, I am in Halifax until transfers which are next week. Well, I went to Peggy’s Cove today. I am bouncing between the Halifax elders and the AP’s! It has been fun but I am missing Miramichi. Halifax is so different than Miramichi but it is good! The YSA branch is awesome I got to go to FHE Last night with them. Well this is really short but I am almost done with the Book of Mormon for the second time on the mission!

Well I hope everybody has a great week!

Love,

Elder Golder

Loving the Savior’s Way

Well, how has everybody’s week been? Mine has been great! We have had lots of fun and lots of finding this week! We found a new investigator out in Eel Ground (1st Nation area) HE is really cool! He had met with missionaries before but, the only thing that stopped him was that he didn’t feel like he needed to be baptized again! So we are hoping to teach him the Restoration and really focus on the Restoration of the Priesthood! Well, I have given a poem by somebody at the soup kitchen and it reads

“I read of a man who stood to speak

at the funeral of a friend.

He referred to the dates on her tombstone

from the beginning… to the end.

He noted that first came her date of birth

and spoke those dates with tears,

But he said what mattered most of all

Was the dash between the years.

For that dash represents all the time

That she spent alive on earth…

And now only those who loved her

Know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own

The cars… the house… the cash,

what matters is how we live and love

And how we spend the dash.

So think long and hard…

Are there things you’d like to change?

For you never know how much time is left,

What can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough

To consider what’s true and real,

And Always try to understand

The way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger,

And show appreciation more

And love the people in our lives

Like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,

And more often wear a smile…

Remembering that this special dash

Might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy’s being read

With your life’s actions to rehash

would you be proud of the things they say

About how you spent your Dash?

I truly now understand how to love the Savior’s way! I know that if we truly help those in need and to be kind and sensitive to those around us that we will live our “DASH” a lot happier and have more peace and joy! I love this poem!

Well I hope everybody had a great week!

Love,

Elder Golder

Uneventful Week

Well this week has been not crazy at all. It was a slower week. Not really much happened and trying to find some new investigators. I have been doing lots of reading in past Ensigns that we had laying around the apartment. There was one that President Monson talk about Obedience and following God’s Commandments. I found out that the more we will the Gospel of Jesus Christ and Follow God’s Commandments the better we will be in reaching our ultimate goal of getting back with our Heavenly Father! 
Well Sorry that this is so sort compared to last week! 
Still want to hear from lot of people just a quick Hi email doesn’t hurt! 
Love yas,

Elder Golder

1 Year!!!

Wow and just like that, I’m a year into my mission and I hit my third area! This past week has had lots of great new beginnings! Well to start off the week I come into my new area and we are volunteering at a Tall Ship Festival (Pirates of the Caribbean ships) and we were outside for a really long time and well I (being my normal self not using sunscreen) got sunburned really bad! But, lucky enough it will just turn into a really nice farmer’s tan the next day! We here in Miramichi, NB and we watch church on Skype from our building. Well since it was a new transfer we had Zone Conference yesterday! It was such a good one! We talked a lot about our goal for church attendance (investigator attendance) and we came to the conclusion that, “Do we as missionaries really know why we go to church? We are out preaching about it but do we as members really now why we go to church?” We had a couple more trainings from the Zone Leaders and STL’s, then Sister Pratt and President Pratt came and gave their training. Sister Pratt talked a lot about our own potential – she put it into this equation;

Potential + Training – Interference = High Performance

I really liked how we all have potential and when we receive training how to become better and use it there will be better performance. But, there is some type of interference (sadness, anger, arrogance, etc.) that we have to put behind us so that we can become the best we can! President Pratt’s training went really along with Sister Pratt’s because he talked about Alma 32 and compared it to Moroni’s promise (Moroni 10: 3-5).

Alma 32:27

 27 But behold, if ye will awake and arouse your faculties, even to an experiment upon my words, and exercise a particle of faith, yea, even if ye can no more than desire to believe, let this desire work in you, even until ye believe in a manner that ye can give place for a portion of my words.

This verse is an action verse and there are four things that tell us what to do to have action.

1. Awake and Arouse our Faculties

2. Experiment upon my words

3. Desire to Believe

4. Give place for a portion of my words

I challenge everybody to give portion to the Word of God and to follow Moroni’s Promise every time we read the Book Of Mormon. I know that our Savior lives and loves each and everyone of us!

Love you all!

Elder Golder

Two Weeks Worth…

Well this week have been a good one! We have been doing lots of work. We have picked up another investigator Steven. He is friends with our other investigator Donna. He is pretty quite but really listens to the teachings. I have been doing lots of pancake making and shoot dang I can whip up some great pancakes! I am pretty sure my skills are up there with chefs (haha jk) but they are some great ones. Can’t believe that time flies when you are having fun! Well also a funny story for the week was I was making pancakes and Elder Phillips went to heat up syrup and when he picked up out of the microwave the glass shatter and syrup went everywhere!! It was Hilarious!!  
Well hope everybody has a great week! Remember to always read the Book Of Mormon! 
P.S. Hope to hear from lots of family this summer! 
Love,

Elder Golder

Canada Day!!!
Well this week was great! We had lots of fun on Canada Day! We had Burger Mania II with the Elders Quorum! It was lots of fun! Our burger that we put in the contest was Papa Z’s recipe and we had an egg, candy onions (we put AMERICAN Mountain Dew with brown sugar and had them soak for the night and also Mountain Dew kick start black cherry for the other onions). We also candied bacon with cream soda! It was really good! Well my time in Saint John is up and I am moving to the smallest branch in our mission (7 members). It is called Miramichi, New Brunswick! I am so excited to have a fresh start and find more people to teach! I have been studying lots about the time when Jesus Christ came to the Nephites and how powerful and how much faith they had! I am so thankful for being on a mission and helping others grow in the gospel as well!

I hope everybody had a great 4th of July and a safe one!

Still would love to hear from lots of people!

Love,

Elder Golder