Monday, January 27, 2014

Weekly Email - January 27th

So things went well this week I am low on time so this will be quick. We haven't had anything crazy happen, I think the culminating highligh of the week was my interview with President Edgren, he really helped put things into perspective for me. He asked me a lot of questions that made me realize just how much he cares about and worries about the missionaries here. I realized that I have been trying to improve my mission and myself from the inside out, focusing on myself too much. I realized after talking with President that we develop the most when we reach out to help others. It was just something I picked up from some of his questions that he had about the missionaries in my district. We haven't had any crazy new experiences, no new investigators to report, but we search everyday. We generally tract when it gets down to -15 celsius, so that isn't really a problem. I don't think they make "gear" that is meant to survive that temperature for very long, but there are always places to go to warm up, so we are surviving. I have discovered the magic of mittens. Best purchase I ever made on my mission... Why would anyone ever wear gloves is the true question.
I am having a good time. My companion is doing good, we are doing good on hand warmers (we found a stash from a previous missionary and we have re-usable boil ones). All is well in the hood. We are having a good time and I am learning a lot from being a leader here in Warsaw. I realize it still is not my favorite scenario, but I am learning from being here, so I can't complain too much. I wouldn't mind a nice last transfer away from here though. I am tied for the most cities served in in the mission right now (six) my running mate is Elder S. I am hoping for a 7th, Gdańsk here I come! President let it slip that he may be transfering Elder K out of Wrocław soon and he also asked me what a good situation for Elder W next transfer would be, so I think I may be doomed to stay as W heads out.
Well, time is about up. I love you all. I will talk at you again in a week. Żyjcie długo, i rozwijajcie się.

Out tracting. It looks way too cold for me. 

Whiteboard... that looks too cold too. This Arizona boy needs some sun!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Weekly Email - January 20th

So, I have sent a pretty detailed recording this week. I have made a few speech goals recently that I am working on. I am trying to develope more "fluency and character" in my speech. I am also trying to eliminate the word "like" from innappropriate uses, which has unfortunately led to the development of an "um" from time to time, so that has to go as well. I think that the recording process really helps with that though. I want to have a more professional and interesting speech pattern, so wish me luck on that one.
This week went really well all things considered. The temperature here in Warsaw dropped to -5 celcius and snowed, and rained, and partly melted into mud, and snowed again, and froze, and snowed again and then smacked us in the face with a nice bitter wind... I hear in Wrocław it is still +5. but I am not there anymore... I got the pleasure of talking with President Edgren this week over the phone after we called a really interesting former investigator named P. P is British and a PhD and did extensive 4 year studies on the ethographics of Mormons in Poland. He had a lot of very interesting insights. We got into a good discussion so we talked for a while. He began talking about how much of a change the change in mission presidents made in the church in Poland, he compared the different mission presidents and their affect on the church. He was interested to hear that there was a new boss in town and he asked me how he was and if he would like him. I told him that I think he would like him a lot and he would have to come by and meet him. He said he would love to, so I then had to call president and ask when he would be in Warsaw for sacrament meeting. He said in 2 weeks, and I was happy with that. Long story short, P is coming to church on February 2nd and he is a really cool guy (I enjoy the intellectual conversations). There was also a lesson with J, from Africa. We invited Brother G to be on the lesson.

Well, it is an interesting time to be a Poland Warsaw missionary. Things in this mission have changed, there is a new attitude across the mission, and I think it is really good. As president Edgren says "obedience is to be expected as a minimum, we are beyond that, we are a mission of faith and purification." He is a great guy and I really enjoy his presence and Christ-like leadership. He is really personable as well and understands human weaknesses but expects improvement.
I am planning a district meeting for tomorrow that I hope will be good and well received by the district. I have been really focusing on chapter 6 of PMG (Christlike attributes) and I have a personal one I am working on extensively, Elder W and I have a companionship attribute, and I want to set a district attribute, but it is going to take everyone's participation, so we will see how it goes over. I have come to realize with the type of mission we have here, that helping other missionaries can be just as rewarding and effective as helping any other person we come in contact with. Missionaries really need a lot of support (especially here) and in the field, all we really have is each other, so it is a fun time.
I hope all is going well at home and that you get the house sold off soon, I am praying for you all.
Starszy Godwin

Monday, January 13, 2014

Weekly Email - January 13th

Hello all, 
I am safe and sound in the beautiful little village of Warsaw. The trees are green and the pigeons are singing. The bus fumes are absolutely invigorating and the emailing is only a dollar an hour. All in all, it is pretty nice. Well, the district is indeed comprised of just about all of my former companions and friends. Elder W is pretty great.
MOM: His full name is ..... W. He is from Idaho Falls and does indeed like potatoes. He is very book smart, he studies hard and it shows in his Polish. He is pretty cool and already able to handle himself. This is my second comp from Idaho (J and W).
I have already made it to Adam's ties, it was pretty great. They are really nice ties, not "the only" good ties in the world, but they are nice. I bought 5 today and got 6 "skazy" ties for free (ties with small deffects). I am planning on buying about 5 more for me and you should place any orders if you want any, we probably won't be back there for another 5 weeks or so.
We are teaching two investigators, both over the age of 65. Warsawians are pretty kind. The weather is getting cold and rainy (soon to be snowy) so I am not thrilled about that. I am already layering a lot. Hopefully it won't go too far past February and we can get some spring action going on in March and all will be well in our neck of the woods. As for now, the sun is still out most of the time, so it is not the dark grey gloom of years passed.
Our area is nice with many nice parks. Shopping for groceries is our only real inconvenience, our grocery stores are about the most expensive ones in Poland. Our apartment is fairly small but really nice. It is very clean and new compared to my last place. We even have an induction stovetop that boils water in like 1 and a half minutes.
Well, I have to send my recording that has an actuall account of my life. I think this has a pretty accurate account of my current real-time circumstances.
P.S. I can't believe Spencer is back already, he looks exactly the same.

Elder Godwin at Adam's Ties. It's a tie factory in Warsaw.

Could he possibly be sending a letter home? :)

 Elder K. helping Elder Godwin on to the train. Elder Godwin really enjoyed training and serving with Elder K.

 Here is what is left of the Wroclaw district. New beginnings for them as they welcome in 3 new elders and 2 more sisters.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Weekly Email - January 6th


So first thing is first. I am getting transferred. I am going to Warsaw and will be companions with Elder W (Elder K's MTC companion). I am District Leader over Warsaw I. I was really hoping to stay in Wroclaw for at least the next 4 months, and I never had a desire to make it to Warsaw, I prefer the smaller towns.
The rest of the week was prettty normal. We got to teach this really cool guy named M, whom the sisters found for us. He is really philosophical. He speaks English very well, and he is really nice and very well read in a lot of philosophy. I think he would really like hanging out with Ramsey at the University. T joined us on the lesson and she did amazing sharing personal experiences and such, she is a great recent convert and we are glad to have her. We also tracted into a woman by the name of E who could not let us inside because she had guests who were sleeping, but she listened to a really quick message outside her door and then promised to read the Book of Mormon. She seemed really cool and really sincere. That was one of the tender mercies of the week.

Well, I will leave off here and try to get my recording to you (it is very short this week, sorry), I love you all though and hope you have a great week