I am serving the Lord as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, in the Nevada Reno Mission. Follow my blog as I set out on the greatest adventure I could possibly experience at this time in my life!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Here are some recent pictures of Lori.  She was recently moved off the bike and into the office.  She continues to stay upbeat and has such a great attitude as a missionary.  She works so hard and has received so many blessings because of her obedience and love of the Gospel.  I know she has blessed the lives of many people she has come in contact with on her mission thus far.  I've seen her testimony grow and she never ceases to help me with mine as we write back and forth. Way to go Lil' Sis!

 Everyone in the district came to see Lori on her last day before she will be moved into the office.
 Lori and her bike.
Lori on her last day on her bike.  She said - This is the last day we will be riding through the cow pasture!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Lori on BIKES!

 Lori and her new bike! Her new mode of transportation
 Cool tire swing she saw while tracting...I'll have to tell her you can get those at Tractor Supply
 Two girls she knew in the MTC
Lori's new companion

Hi mom!  The weather is cool in the mornings but pretty warm in the afternoon probably high 60s low 70s maybe. I got sunburned in sparks on Saturday. My new companion/trainee is Sister F------. She is awesome! She's from Alaska! Grew up pretty much on a dairy farm, she loves sports, is 20 years old, almost got married but decided that a mission was right for her. She reminds me alot of Sydney, and honestly is probably my favorite companion so far. She is also super excited to be on bikes.

OK here's my week:

This last week especially has just been nuts! At transfers on Tuesday I drove our car there and left it :( we all got our new companions and they vanned us back to Carson.... yeah it was crazy going the first 48 hours without a mode of transportation. Luckily two of the sets of sister missionaries here still have cars so that was helpful. And the ward members here are helpful as well. Thursday we had some members drive us to Reno where most of the missionaries are buying their bikes. So my trainee and I were able to get our bikes right then. But my last companion (Sister B) and her trainee had to order them, hopefully they will come in today. Then on Friday all the senior companions (sisters) went to Sparks for a leadership training and then all of us sister missionaries in Carson went to a mini mission in Sparks on Saturday, where we tracted all day, I burned, plus then I was super exhausted yesterday... and so we've hardly had any time to proselyte in our own area! I spent more time in Reno and Sparks this week than in Carson.  And I moved homes last Tuesday as so we are still trying to get all organized. So I feel a little frazzled still. But the work will continue to go forward!

Have a good week! Good luck with the wedding! Don't stress too much! I wish I could give you a massage :)
Sister Goodwin

Monday, March 18, 2013

Waterfall Hike

Hi mom!

This week has been crazy! President left it up to us to decide where we are going to split the missionary work in this ward. So we had to decide what areas we are now going to cover! That means saying bye to half the people I've been working with! :(

Plus figuring out how we are going to work everything out on bikes! And getting everything we need for our bikes. I don't think I have felt so stressed as I have for the past week. Well, I guess this is our reward for doing a good job here... hah! We found out at the trainer meeting (I told you I'm training again right? My mind is all over the place right now) that we are the first Sister missionaries in this mission to be put on bikes. I'm kinda freaking out just a little bit... My stomach has been fine lately though as long as I stay away from too much sugar and milk as always. A lady in the ward gave me a jar of almond butter so I use that instead of peanut butter.

We taught 20 lessons this week so we reached our goal of 100 lessons for the transfer!!!
One of our less actives was going through a hard time, but instead of turning to a bottle of wine she called us and we went over to help comfort her. That was a great blessing to us, knowing that she was willing to turn to the things that will make her happy, rather than the things that only numb the pain temporarily. And she got a blessing on Sunday!

I'm glad you guys were able to go through the temple with Kara! Good luck with the rest of the preparations for the wedding!

I love you!
Sister Lori Goodwin

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A little Behind on Blogging!

 HUGE porchlight! Sure makes Lori look tiny
 The people who make Pens.
Having fun with Hats on PDay
 More Hats
Sister B and a Sombrero

I missed blogging Lori's email last week so you get two today


We had another good week, we taught 20 lessons!
Highlights for this week:
We got in contact with 2 more less active members who we are going to have lessons with next week! One lady, her name is S-----, she graduated from BYU (she'd older so that was quite a while ago) but because of family situations has been inactive for probably many years. But as we talked to her about how much Heavenly Father loves her and how special she is, she started crying. She knows that this gospel is true and that she needs to be at church. I can tell that she is a beloved daughter of our Heavenly Father and that good things are ahead!
We taught P----and she wants to know that this gospel is true so bad because she wants to be with her family forever! The struggle is helping her to understand that she is already feeling the Holy Ghost, she just needs to learn to recognize that for herself.
We've also taught K----, he is pretty much a clean slate and knows nothing and it really frustrates him that it takes so long to learn the gospel and to really understand everything. But, we can see that he has great potential.
Yesterday we taught J---- the plan of salvation. When we talked about the Celestial Kingdom he said "I want to go there." I think he is starting to show great faith. He told us that he usually drinks when he goes golfing, but he's "trying to be good" so this last time he didn't. And he still had fun! I was so excited that he made that decision on his own. As we went along with the lesson he kept saying that he wished he'd learned this earlier in life. Which is a response we have heard quite often recently. So S---- (J----'s wife who is a recent convert) shared the parable of the workers in the field. I helped her a little bit. I was so happy when she shared that because Sister G-------- and I had shared that parable with her when she was feeling the same way a few months ago. AHH! Isn't this gospel just amazing!!  I can't describe how happy I felt when S---- shared that. God has good things in store for this family.

So that was my week! And it was great!
I love you so much! Have a fantastic week!
Sis LG


Hi mom!

Sounds like a good week, except for Kara getting sick. Not fun! Thanks for sending her wedding announcement.. Everyone just looks so happy! I'm sad to miss out! Transfers are coming up a week from Tuesday so we'll find out soon what's going on. President decided to put another set of missionaries in this ward! I don't know if it will happen this transfer or next. 

Thanks for all your love and support, things do get a bit tough out here! We did have another good week. 22 lessons! Our goal is 100 lessons for the transfer so we'll need to get another 20 this next week to make it. I'm sure we can :) (If God wills it to be so).
I don't have any super highlights from this week. Mostly I feel like I've grown to feel the Savior's love more for these people. We've been working mostly with less actives this week, but it is amazing to see the change that's happened over the time I've been here. And to hear the people tell me that I've made a difference in their lives. And that they care about me as much as I do about them! I know that it isn't me that's having the success here. The Lord has put me in this place because I needed to be the instrument in His hands to allow the spirit to work. I'm not sure what will happen this next week, but I know that I will love these people forever. 
 We had a lesson with M-----, she has gone through a ton of struggles in her life, but had alot of deep doctrine questions that blew me away. We taught her the plan of salvation the lesson before, so this time we reviewed it and then watched the Restoration dvd. (Yeah I know the lesson was a little all over the place) But she kept saying that by watching the dvd it just made everything feel so real. She rewound it when we got to the 1st vision to see it again, and when Joseph got the plates from the hill Cumorah, she went back to watch that part again. Afterwards I told her she could keep the movie and she was ecstatic! She has such a good heart, life has just thrown her some hard balls. But, I can see good things happening for her in the future.

I love you so much! I hope that things continue to go smoothly with wedding plans and that Kara gets better soon!
Sister Goodwin

Tuesday, February 12, 2013


This week has seemed like it's been a year.... haha we have been so busy but it's been good! We taught 22 lessons :) 
I'll just try to pick out some of the highlights though! 
S------ and C------ are great as always. S-------- had her baptismal interview so we are super excited to see her get baptized on Saturday! 
We taught an inactive lady and her non-member husband the first lesson as our "thought" after having dinner in their home. 
We have a recent convert who can't come to church because of her job, but she is interviewing this week for a new job! And we taught her non-member husband and daughter the first lesson! We have been trying to get the husband to listen to us since I got here, and he came to church BY HIMSELF yesterday! 
There is a less active couple we are teaching, the wife has never said a prayer out loud as long as I've been here. I had her promise to say one before I left. Well, we were in gospel essentials yesterday and she was asked to say the prayer AND SHE DID!! I almost jumped up and ran over to hug her- but I constrained myself. 
And we had ward council yesterday- for the first time they really listened to us and put forth the effort to help us! 

We are told as missionaries that we are to leave the areas where we serve, better than when we found them. As I was sitting in church yesterday I felt that confirmation from the Holy Ghost that I have already helped make this area better. The ward members (active and less active) and the yet to be members. I have seen so much change happen here in the people that I am just amazed that the Lord trusted me with this part of His vineyard, to help the work go forth!! 
I love this gospel and I love seeing how it blesses the lives of those who choose to accept it! 
I love you so much! Thank you for all you have taught me and in your efforts to guide me to do what the Lord wants me to do. You have always been one of the greatest examples to me of how Christ wants us to treat others and help the people around us. 
I love you so much!!! 

Sister Goodwin 

Monday, February 4, 2013

 Lori and her other missionary peeps hiked straight up this hill.  It's called C-Hill
 Superman Band-aid!
At the Top

This week has been pretty good. Our total was 17 lessons! Despite having zone conference on Wednesday and the superbowl on Sunday! We were trying to make it to 20 lessons but it just didn't happen.
So the exciting news for the week is that C----- is worthy to baptize S-----! Yippee!! So that will be on the 16th :)
And we contacted a less active gal.  She and her boyfriend are getting married by the Bishop soon and the boyfriend is interested in learning about the church! So we are teaching them this week!! (They have a couple of young kids and are trying to put their lives in order to be good examples to them)
And we got in contact with another less active who's husband is not a member. And they offered to feed us this week. SWEET! And we gave him a Book of Mormon and told him that when he is ready we are willing to teach him about the gospel. He said he is trying to get Sundays off of work and as soon as he does he's going to start coming to church!
So exciting things are happening here in Carson!
Love ya!
Have a great week :)
Sister Goodwin

PS we found out that not this transfer (which is in a week) but the next one has about 16 new sister missionaries coming in- right now there are only about 20 of us total. And the transfer after that has about the same amount as well. Not sure how that will work with training... but its AMAZING!

Monday, January 28, 2013

Lori's Taking Off!

 Lori and her new companion she is training
Training Day

This week we have experienced so many miracles. We have 3 people set for baptism. We taught 16 lessons and we already have 16 lessons scheduled for this next week! And we have zone conference so that takes out almost an entire day!

Some of the highlights from the week:
We had some time before our lesson with a less active, so we tracted a few houses. No luck there. But then the lesson we went to was amazing!! She had questions about a reading assignment we had given her and her son about the stripling warriors, so we went through the chapters in Alma and helped them understand it. Then she told us she wants to go through the temple soon!! So she has set a goal for herself!! Plus the ward is just about the start a temple prep class & a lot of the members who are in our gospel essentials class are going to go to that class :)

We had a lesson with G----- and her parents. We were planning on dropping them, but our lesson ended up going so well that we are coming back on Wednesday and they are going to feed us dinner. SWEET!!

Then we met with a family where the father is not a member. And I don't think we are going to have any luck with him at the moment, but they have a son who is a senior but isn't planning on going on a mission right after he graduates. So I was talking to him about how great of an opportunity it is for him to be able to go so soon. So I "BOLDDRANK"-ed him (pretty much it just means you are bold about what you are telling them) and gave him a scripture to read everyday this week and to pray to ask Heavenly Father when he should go on a mission. I felt like I was in the Best Two Years movie  there for a second. But I really felt like he needed encouragement to go on a mission.
And, S------- and C------ came to church Sunday!! S----- is just amazing and pretty much set herself for baptism. She contributed to the lesson in Relief Society and offered her home to another individual who is kind of investigating. He isn't quite ready to meet with us, but he has come to church 3 times already!

There is some CRAZY AMAZING stuff happening here in Carson. And I know that it is not us, it is the Lord's hand here in His work!! I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY!!!
Oh and I can't forget, I finished reading the Book of Mormon this week! So yesterday I was reading in sacrament meeting and decided to go through the footnotes in 1 Nephi 1:1 and I learned SO MUCH from that one verse. I couldn't believe how much is packed into that first verse!
I love you mom! Have a great week!

Sister Goodwin  

P.S. Mom - Tell the teachers at work that what I am doing is giving up a small portion of the time I have to be with my family so that other families can be together forever! Like the picture I sent. Also, that through sacrifice we are blessed by God. Serving others and forgetting about ourselves is the example Christ gave us to follow. And, that it is my decision to stay here and miss Kara's wedding. No one is forcing me to do anything.

Catch up time!!!


The lessons we had this week went really well. C----- and S------ are continuing to progress. We invited them to live the word of wisdom last night, so they are a bit grumpy today, but we hope that we can provide them with the support they need right now. We also had a lesson with G----- again, finally! We tried to encourage her to make the decision to want to come to church, but she isn't sure. Hopefully she will open back up to us as we continue to teach, she is really shy so it's hard to know what she is thinking. But, her parents tell us we can keep coming, so hopefully we are doing something good for them.

Also, at church there were a few non-members there that members had invited, so we hope to have some new investigators soon. We have also been focusing on the part-member families here. Looking for interest among those families. I feel like the potential in this area is beginning to really show forth.

It is amazing to see the change in people as they accept the gospel, or work on living it better. C------ and S------are really good examples to me in their willingness to listen to us and to change their habits and put their lives more in line with God's will. We also have a less-active who shared with us some of the ways she was blessed last week (how she was protected when driving), and I know that those blessings came from some changes she made in her life just the week before!
This gospel is necessary for each and everyone of us in our lives. Why prevent God from giving us blessings far greater than what we have right now? I am so grateful to be here right now. For the people who have touched my life far more than I could touch theirs. For Heavenly Father's trust in me to give me challenges that are hard, but He knows I can face. We don't always understand in the moment why some things happen, but there is always a reason.
Have a great week! I love you!
Sister Goodwin

P.S. I forgot to mention too that we got to go to a leadership training in Sparks on Thursday. That was pretty sweet! The Spirit was so strong and President H--------- talked about focusing on our purpose and really understanding why we are out here. Another thing we learned was that we are trying to implement, that I have failed to do before, is to take investigators on a church tour before they come to church so they are more familiar with the building. Because one of the hardest things to do is get investigators to come to church.
Love ya!
Sister Goodwin


This week was also good because Sister N----- who is one of the traveling sister missionaries now came with us on Wednesday and worked with us on every aspect of finding! And helped us set goals. And it was AWESOME!! We were going through the former investigators and trying to contact some of them and experienced a miracle!! Let me back up first. A week ago Sunday one of our ward missionaries invited a friend to church who is going through a rough time. But we didn't get a chance to meet him. Well, then Wednesday we were trying to find this former but the address didn't have an apartment number that matched the information we had. So we took a guess and knocked on a different apartment. AND GUESS WHAT? It was the same man who had come to church on Sunday, only we didn't know it at the time. He said we could come back and leave a blessing on his home in a couple days. We didn't find this out until that night because the ward missionary called us and asked if we had stopped at that man's home. As of yet we haven't started teaching him yet, but he came to church again yesterday and Sister B--------- and I happened to be teaching the lesson in gospel essentials. And to add to that, the Bishop invited a non-member friend to church yesterday and he came to our class as well and we have an appointment with him and his family tonight!! 
I hope you could follow all that! Back again to Wednesday- Sister N--- showed us how to tract, so I did that for the first time. And we set a goal to go tracting for 30 min a week. At first I thought that wasn't very much, but we have tried to do more and we keep having appointments and not having time to tract! I think I like this :)
We already have 10 lessons set up for this next week! That is the most lessons I've have set up in advanced. Our goal is to make it to 20 lessons, so we'll see. 

Things are still hard, but I am enjoying this work more and more everyday :)
I love you! Thanks again for the letter! I think that was the only letter I've gotten in the last couple of weeks... everyone is slackin'! haha! 
Sister Goodwin