Author: kimberlygolder

I'm a wife and a mother to three amazing children. My newest adventure is being the mom of a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I love many things and hope to begin blogs for each of those chapters in my life.

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

11+ Months!!!

Wow time just flies by doesn’t it! Well this week has been a Flipping Great One! Lots of fun! We all were sleeping (there’s two sets of Elders in our apartment) and I was against the wall and I pushed against it and the bed came out from underneath me…it hurt but oh well! Well I have been learning lots in the Bible and growing my testimony in that! The Book of Mormon is such an amazing book! It helps us with so much and gives us so much guidance! Last night we had a major storm roll through and it caused flooding and we went and helped push people’s cars who were stuck in the lake that was in the middle of the road…it was really fun!!

We have had lots of good lessons and even picked up some new investigators. One of them is a lady in her 70’s, who is very sweet and knows and believes in the Plan of Salvation. She had lots of questions for us and wants to know more! She started reading the Book of Mormon and we plan on teaching her tonight about it and how it came to be! Well that was the good part! Friday night came and we had games night and when we got home I wrote in my journal and it was about 9:45 when I went and jumped into bed and (there is a spring loose in my bed) I hit the spring and it launched me into the wall and well, let’s just say I gave myself a concussion…..Yeah it was a very long night and it has been a pain for the weekend… I am doing lots better than I was before! (yes Mom, I am okay!!)

Well I just want to bear my testimony to all of you, that I know that this church is true and I know that Joseph Smith did see Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ that day in the Sacred Grove! I know that The Book of Mormon is true and that the teachings in there can help our daily life! I know that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God and that he seeks for counsel on helping us in this day to better ourselves as disciples of Christ. I know that if we truly understand the the Atonement and use it in our life to the fullest and always be calling on the Lord daily that we will be able to feel our Savior’s love more prominent in our life! I know that this work that I am embarked on right now is what I need to be doing and that it has truly changed my outlook on the way this Gospel can change our life! Just a basic knowledge of the gospel (faith, repentance, baptism(sacrament), receive the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end) can truly bless us! I love my parents and family members (extended too) I know that if it wasn’t for their examples that I probably wouldn’t be here on a mission! I love them so much! I am truly grateful for the power of the Priesthood and being able to hold it and use it on a daily basis. I leave you this in the name of our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ, Amen.

Love you all!!

Still want to hear from lots of people!

Love,

~Elder Golder

Zone Conference…

WOW!!!Well, we had Zone Conference yesterday! Shoot dang that was amazing! So much learned and so much that I am changing about the way I look at and see things! It was all about real intent and how do we build and strengthen our purpose as missionaries! We talked about if we have real intent and don’t be PERFUNCTORILY (that’s a really big word)!! We also talked about our obedience and how we as missionaries need to be more WATCHFUL when we have so many standards and rules placed before us! So that Satan (oh that cunning one) doesn’t slowly guide us off the straight and narrow path! One of the quotes that I heard that I thought was amazing was,

“Sometimes one must

 travel far to discover

 what is near”

It is so true! Well, this week was a good one for sure! Can’t wait to see what this week brings!

Have a great week!

Hope everybody had a Great Memorial Day!

Still want to hear from lots of people!

~Elder Golder~

P.S. – Thanks again to Sister Gina Crilley for sending pictures.  She is an amazing friend and support to our missionaries.  

Another One Bites the Dust…

Well, transfers are here and well, I am staying in Saint John for another transfer! I will only have 2 areas for 1 year of missionary work! It is crazy on how time flies and missions are the greatest thing alive! This week we had loads of fun and really good times! Well, this is a pretty short email but I hope everybody reads the Book Of Mormon this week!

Here are some pictures of last week when we were on a hike!

Still want to hear from my Cousins.

Well have a great week!

Love,

~Elder Golder

10 Months…

Well this week has been a great one! First off, sorry for not writing last week things just got a little hectic. Well this week was lots of preparing Lisa for her baptism! She was baptized on Saturday and it was the most amazing thing to see somebody change their life and come to Christ and to feel of His love more promptly in their life! It truly testifies of the of Heavenly Fathers gift to us (the Atonement). It truly is an amazing gift that we are given and to use it in our everyday life is even more special!

Alma 34:8-10

8 And now, behold, I will testify unto you of myself that these things are true. Behold, I say unto you, that I do know that Christ shall come among the children of men, to take upon him the transgressions of his people, and that he shall atone for the sins of the world; for the Lord God hath spoken it.

9 For it is expedient that an atonement should be made; for according to the great plan of the Eternal God there must be an atonement made, or else all mankind must unavoidably perish; yea, all are hardened; yea, all are fallen and are lost, and must perish except it be through the atonement which it is expedient should be made.

10 For it is expedient that there should be a great and last sacrifice; yea, not a sacrifice of man, neither of beast, neither of any manner of fowl; for it shall not be a human sacrifice; but it must be an infinite and eternal sacrifice.

Later in the Book Of Mormon it testifies that Jesus Christ did come to the Nephites and Showed himself to them!

3 Nephi 11:12-17

12 And it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words the whole multitude fell to the earth; for they remembered that it had been prophesied among them that Christ should show himself unto them after his ascension into heaven.

13 And it came to pass that the aLord spake unto them saying:

14 Arise and come forth unto me, that ye may thrust your hands into my side, and also that ye may feel the prints of the nails in my hands and in my feet, that ye may know that I am the God of Israel, and the God of the whole earth, and have been slain for the sins of the world.

15 And it came to pass that the multitude went forth, and thrust their hands into his side, and did feel the prints of the nails in his hands and in his feet; and this they did do, going forth one by one until they had all gone forth, and did see with their eyes and did feel with their hands, and did know of a surety and did bear record, that it was he, of whom it was written by the prophets, that should come.

16 And when they had all gone forth and had witnessed for themselves, they did cry out with one accord, saying:

17 Hosanna! Blessed be the name of the Most High God! And they did fall down at the feet of Jesus, and did worship him.

I know the blessings come from using the Atonement in our life every single day! I am truly grateful that Heavenly Father sent is only begotten son to this earth to die for the Sins of the world and that we can through Jesus Christ we can return to live with our Heavenly Father again!

Still Want to Here from lots of People!

“ATTENTION ALL COUSINS IF SOMETHING IS HAPPENING IN YOUR LIFE THAT IS BIG I WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT!!!”

Love,

~Elder Golder~

Member Missionary Work!

Well this week has been a great one! Not a lot of things have happened this past week but, it was a great one! We had a fireside on Sunday to motivate the missionary work in our ward and I think that it was an amazing thing for those who were there! I learned lots from preparing it and conducting and seeing the importance of members in missionary work! I have grown to love having members come to lessons and to fellowship investigators at church! Members don’t realize that they are so important in fellowshipping people in the church that are learning! They are the key to keep converts of the church active! I love having the members help out here in Canada.

I have grown a greater appreciation for members and how important they are in missionary work! It truly is a blessing to have them be helping in missionary work! It also helps if you have great friendships that create this wonderful thing!

I challenge all of you to go out and find somebody who needs some love from a friend and help them and grow your relationship you will be amazed how it will brighten somebody’s day!

I still want to hear from lots of people!

Love,

~Elder Golder~

P.S. Thanks to Sister Crilley for the pictures! She’s awesome!

I Balled Up My Investigator…

Well this week has been a good one! We had Zone Conference this week which was amazing as usual! Lots about how to get our investigators to church and how we can better their experience at church! We got black boxes (TiWi)… Which is a good thing because now I don’t have to be looking for cops when I speed anymore! That is a plus! Loads of lessons learned, which is a great thing! We have had so many planning action items to get accomplished! We are have a fireside this Sunday for missionary work in the ward! It is going to be awesome! During one of our lessons with our investigator, we got him out of the house and played some good ol’ basketball! I won but, he did have a good fight in him! We also had a service project with the Young Men and we went and cleaned a stretch of the highway! It was loads of fun! I got some new frames for my glasses this week so I was pretty happy about that! (Thanks Mom and Dad)!! Well, I am still studying in “Jesus the Christ” and I read to a section about when Christ rose people from the dead, it was not a resurrection it was a restoration of the spirit and the body because Christ was the 1st person to be resurrected! I thought that was a amazing! Examples would be when Jairus’ daughter had died and he showed his faith by coming to Christ with a humble heart and waiting on Christ’s time, not rushing him! It just goes to show that when we have a question and you’re wanting an answer it will come when you need it and when Christ and Our Heavenly Father says it is right for you!

Well, hope everybody had a great week and I hope you have an even better one this week!!

Remember that we are all Sons and Daughters of Our Heavenly Father and He loves us and cares for us so much! He hates to see us down or sad just remember that our older brother Jesus Christ has felt what you are going through! I know that as we call on our savior and truly live the D.O.C. (faith, repentance, baptism, Sacrament after baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and Endure to the End) We can feel our Savior’s love even more!

Still want to hear from loads of people!

Love,

~Elder Golder~

 

Well, Lots of Travelling…

Well, this week I’ve had to travel a lot and I still more to come! I had to go to Dartmouth for a knee appointment and then had to drive back! It literally felt like I was driving to Saint Gorge for the weekend! Well, this week has been really good! I have been reading lots in the Book of Mormon and seeing and learning new things every time I read it!

Well this email is really short with Zone Conference tomorrow! Next week will be longer!

Well, remember to read the Book of Mormon every night!

Love,

~Elder Golder~

P.S.  Thanks to the Crilley’s for some of these awesome pictures!