Month: September 2015

Weekly Mission Report – Sept. 28th

Hi Ya’ll,
This week has been interesting. My comp has spent a lot of time packing and getting ready to go home. He is actually on a plane right now going home. This last Wednesday, everyone that use to be in the Cordele group got together and we had a family night. I directed it and gave a thought. It was a lot of fun and we had a good time with good food. I finally tried pecan pie and it was so good. I thought for sure I would not like it but it was so good. I almost took it and put it in our car so I could eat the rest later. We were able to get some less actives to the family night which was awesome.
So I have some pretty good stories for the week. First was Saturday night. My comp burned all his clothes. Well I thought it would be cool if I put on a pair of his pants and lit my rear end on fire. So I put on 3 pairs of his pants and squatted down in the fire until they started burning. I got a pretty big flame going but I had to drop them and stomp it out because I was beginning to feel it. My comp has pictures and once he sends them to me I’ll show them to ya’ll. It was pretty great.
The second story happened last night. After church we met this lady who was going to take my comp to the mission home. She lives in Augusta, which is about 4 hours away and brought all five of her little kids. Well she got out of the car at the elders apartments in Americus to feed her baby. We were up there because of church. Anyway, as she stepped up the curb she tripped and fell on top of her 7 week old baby. The baby of course started screaming and a neighbor lady came out to see what was going on. She ran inside and called 911. We had a fire truck show up, an ambulance, and 2 police cars. It was crazy and nothing really was wrong. The baby was crying but seemed to be OK. They wanted to make sure everything was OK though, so they took her and the baby in the ambulance to the hospital. We took her kids and met her there. We waited a while at the hospital with her and the kids. Finally, myself and the other two elders had to leave for dinner. Well after dinner we find out they are still there. By this time, the AP’s and President were wanting to know where my comp was. He was suppose to be at the mission home at 4, and now it was 6. Finally I called the AP’s and they said to go pick him up and drive him myself to Macon. So we went to the hospital picked him up and drove him to Macon. After 3 hours, the lady finally got out of the hospital and was able to drive home. I feel bad for her because she came 4 hours just to take him to the mission home because they had such a great relationship and she wanted to say bye before he left. She ended up driving 8 hours round trip just to go to the hospital in Americus. The baby was fine too. She had caught the baby on the way down and had protected it enough that it didn’t get hurt. It was a crazy night! We finally got my comp to the mission home right before 9 and you could tell the President wasn’t to happy with him, but it all worked out and he was glad we made it. Anyway, crazy stuff!
It has been an adventure that is for sure. It almost seems like every week crazy stuff like this happens. It definitely keeps it interesting. Tomorrow is transfers, I will get a new companion and I will be staying in Cordele. Things have started off slow here in Cordele, but I think they will start picking up soon.
Elder Goodsell                  Sept 2015 Columbus Zone Conference                   September 2015 Columbus Zone Conference.  I am in the third row, 6th from the left
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Weekly Mission Report – Sept. 21st

Hey Y’all,
This week has been cool. We have been trying to teach this one guy more regularly and he is starting to progress well. He says every time we come over he learns more and more and comes closer to getting baptized. He is a cool guy who grew up working hard. He is retired now and spends all day everyday out in his yard working. He is awesome. We read scriptures with him every week and help him understand them. He is really doing well and we are excited for him.
This past Saturday was wild. We went to this one guys house because he wanted to grill for us. He had football on and we saw a little bit of the LSU and Auburn game.  That LSU running back is insane!  Anyway, we didn’t see much because we stayed in the kitchen.  He grilled up some awesome food.  We had steak, chicken, pork chops, beans, and mac and cheese.  It was so good!  I had three full plates.  I wanted to go back for more but their was a big problem and it really stinks when this happens. So, we ate at his house at 5 and we were suppose to eat way earlier, but he got behind.  This other lady schedule dinner for us at 6:30 and she also made a ton of food.  She had ham, potato salad, corn bread, cabbage, butter beans, and peach cobbler for us.  She wanted us to eat a lot too!  I was stuffed from the last meal I just had an hour earlier.  I ate two full plates of her food and then thought I would pass out!  It was bad!  The good news though was all the food was really good!  That was a really big bonus, but man, I was stuffed!  I definitely gained weight from that, no question.
Yesterday we had a meeting before church and they were planning out who the speakers for sacrament meeting would be during the next month.  They immediately looked at me and said, hey, your pretty new, how about you speak.  So I’ll be giving a talk on Oct. 11th, I think.  I have to double check the date.  I think I have to speak on tithing.  We will see, that will be fun, I guess.  Being members in a branch like this, you get to speak a lot.  So they are probably glad when they get breaks from new missionaries coming in.
This P-day was awesome.  We went fishing at some pond. We couldn’t cast out past all the lilies so we had to wade out a bit.  We can’t swim but we can wade.  It was great.  I really felt like a redneck standing in the lilies.  Someone caught two small Minos and my companion and I ate them.  The thing was jumping around in my dang mouth and I finally caught it with my tongue and chewed it up.  It tasted really weird.  We had a good time, but unfortunately we didn’t catch any fish.  Maybe next time.
I’m excited, transfers are coming up again here in a week and I’ll be getting a new companion. I’m glad to be out here.
Below is Brother Alexander.  He is the one I talked about a lot and he is the one who cooked us all the stuff on the grill.
Elder Goodsell
                                           Me with Brother Alexander
                                            Me and my companion at McDonald’s.  A member took this picture
                                            and texted it to my Mom.
plate of food
                                             Brother Alexander’s good southern food!!

Weekly Mission Report – Sept. 14th

Hello Everyone,
This letter will be pretty short since I just emailed last Wednesday.  Things are going alright here.  We talked to a few more of the members about church closing.  It was so cool to hear them bear their testimonies again of how they knew it was for a reason and this is what has to happen.  We are working on getting them to church and figuring out transportation.
We went to Americus yesterday for the first time and it was alright.  About 55 people with an organ.  It was weird to hear people singing and I wasn’t preforming a solo.  That part was nice.  I realized something though.  I have noticed that in Utah when we share scriptures or use scriptures to tell a point, we usually share out of the Book of Mormon.  Well here a lot of people use the Bible a lot more then the Book of Mormon.  It’s because that is what they are familiar with and they know it so well.  Its pretty interesting.  So instead of hearing about Nephi doing such and such its about Paul doing such and such.  They do still use the Book of Mormon, just not as much.  I just found that interesting.
Anyway since my companion goes home in two weeks a lot of people want to feed us and go teach with us.  Hopefully, that happens!  That would be really cool.  We have some awesome members down here.
Ha ha, oh man, I got to tell y’all this story.  We have this crazy lady we see all the time and who calls us constantly.  She always talks about the problems she has.  One of them is she thinks every other night someone is trying to break into her trailer.  So she calls 911.  Well, this has happened so much that this one cop shows up and tells her that if she calls one more time that he is arresting her.  I laughed so hard.  I know that’s mean, but I couldn’t help it.  So that joker calls again two nights later and luckily it was another cop and he didn’t hear about arresting her so she got off.  Now all of the sudden she said no one breaks in anymore. Anyway, it is pretty funny and she always makes us laugh.
Glad to be down here and we are hoping to baptize this one lady here in a few weeks.  Thanks everyone!
Elder Goodsell

Weekly Mission Report – Sept. 7th

Hey Y’all,
This week has been interesting. First I’ll start with church. This week was important and we were given instructions by the Branch President to get everyone to church this week. We did our best, but many still did not show up. We did have about 15 people there though because the stake president was there along with the branch presidency and someone from the high council. They switched up the meeting and held only a 2 hour meeting. We started with Sunday school. They did this because they had some really bad news to give us. They closed down our group in Cordele. My companion and I were pretty upset. They did it because their is not enough priesthood attending. Only one Melchizedek priesthood holder attends every Sunday along with one other who comes occasionally. They spent an hour talking about why and that they have prayed a lot about this. Here is the surprising thing though. We were expecting the members to be really mad and decide they were done coming to church. This is because now we have to go to church in Americus which is 30-40 minutes away. The members here don’t really have the money or transportation to do that. Anyway, during fast and testimony meeting the members got up and bore powerful testimonies about how if this is what God wants that they will go to church in Americus. One said she had been praying already about this and knew it was coming. She said if this is what is suppose to happen then she will continue going to church in Americus because thats what she is suppose to do. It was awesome and it blew my mind. Unfortunately, many will now not make it every Sunday because of issues but they said they will be doing their best and the branch presidency has already offered to set up rides if need be. I am really sad they are closing the group, but like the members said, it is for a reason and we just have to trust that.
I had another really cool experience yesterday during zone conference. I met a couple who is on a mission down here in the Southeastern United States. They are doctors and cover several missions. Their names are Elder and Sister Allgaier. Apparently, they and several other LDS families way back when moved on a street together and called it Moroni Hill. One of the other families was my great grandfathers family. His name was Wylie Goodsell. I guess this Allgaier family grew up there and went to church, but the parents never got baptized. The kids all did, but no one knew the parents never were baptized. It wasn’t for years later that Wylie Goodsell extended the invitation to them. (If any part of that story is wrong, I’m sure my Grandpa Goodsell will correct it) It was really cool to meet them and talk to them about it. I did not know the story. We talked for a good while and it was awesome hearing their stories. The mission presidents wife thought that was the coolest thing that we met there. The Mission President had them and myself get up during zone conference and tell the story and related it to what we were talking about.  After all of that, I finished the great day off with an amazing meal from a Polynesian family who stuffed us and then sent us home with food.
It’s been a good week and I still cant believe the testimonies of the members in the small group. They were sad to see it closing because they had a tight bond there, but to see their faith in what was happening was truly amazing. I’m really glad I could experience that. Thank you again everyone for your support and helping make this mission experience great.
Elder Goodsell