Month: October 2015

Weekly Mission Report – Oct. 26th

Hello Everybody,

This week has been good. We have a baptism planned for Halloween. That will be great. It’s for an 11 year old girl, I think. She just told me her age and I already forgot. She is super shy but really excited for it to finally be happening.

We have been really busy this week going through the church roster and cleaning up all the information. Most of the people on it don’t have a phone # or the one they have does not work. So we have to go visit the house to see if they still live there. So far about 70% of the people are gone. Some we found out have died. Others are in prison and some get mad because they don’t want anything to do with the church, ha ha. Its been crazy.

We have also spent a lot of time tracting or knocking doors. We have been out at night in the rain. Its funny how many people won’t talk to us because they are Baptist and they just say I was born Baptist, I’m staying Baptist, and I’m going to die Baptist. We also run into people everyday who ask us a bunch of questions about how the mission works and they can’t believe we would agree to it at such a young age. They think its crazy and can’t really understand it. You think they would get the hint that maybe it’s because we are the one and only true church and it’s because of the Lord will that we do this. Anyway, we had one guy come up to us and ask for the things we hand out and wants us to come teach him. That was pretty cool. We taught someone out there. I cant remember who it was but we were teaching about the restoration and I bore my testimony to him and you could see it in his eyes that he is feeling something. The spirit was strong in the air.

We stopped by Brother Williard’s house. He is super old and has 3 teeth. He is so funny too. He showed us how to eat sugar cane that we picked up at the farmers market. That stuff taste really good.

Our branch fall festival was this past Friday. We were able to make it up to that and had a good time. Brother Alexander and I talked for a while about some deep doctine talks that we gave him. They are pretty cool. We also had a race and man, he is fast! He took first and I finished second.

Today before we came to the library, we found that our tire was flat. So we had to change that. Now our car looks stupid because it has a tiny spare on it. It’s been a solid week. It’s getting really busy and the area of Cordele is slowly starting to turn around. Thank you all for your prayers and support.

Elder Goodsell

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Weekly Mission Report – Oct 19th

Hey Yall,

This week has been pretty good. We are doing really well but nothing to crazy happening. We did have a shooting in Cordele but that is pretty common. They just made a big deal out of this one. It’s dumb. It was between gangs. Anyway we taught these two young kids this week. They were wild but had a lot of good questions. They are only around 8 I think. It was fun talking with them and trying to answer their questions. They kept asking questions though about magic and stuff about the devil. They were wondering all this because they hear foot steps at night in there house and they think it is their grandma. That was a little eerie and weird. We told them to stay far away from any and all that stuff because it is really bad news.

Our recent convert is doing really well and now wants to get his whole family involved with the church. He is really serious about it now. 100% committed. Its cool. We have a young girl that we will hopefully be baptizing in 2 weeks. She is 9 and really quiet but excited to be baptized. On the way to her house we stopped by this cool veteran park that had tanks and planes out. That was really cool and fun to see.

We also had this guy call us and asked to take us out to dinner. I don’t know how he got the number but he use to live here a couple of years ago and was here again on business. So he took us out to eat. That was a lot of fun and he recommend a really good place to go get fresh meat called Striplings. I think we are going to go get there homemade sausage and some smoked pork chops.

Unfortunately, I don’t have any big spiritual experiences this week. We did have an investigators mom bear her testimony on how the gospel flipped her life around and kept her out of the streets. There are a lot of people who have cool stories like that down here. Sister Reeves spoke in sacrament meeting the other day. She spoke when I first got here and I remember thinking that she had an amazing testimony. She was part of the Cordele group. Anyway, she spoke again and the spirit is so strong with her. Its amazing. I love hearing her talk.

They have an awesome farmers market in Cordele. We took Brother Willard there the other day. I love that guy. Anyway it was fun. I got some fresh stuff and it was cheap. Today we went fishing. I didn’t catch anything again. I keep telling everyone I have to catch something because that will be my dinner for the rest of the week but I never catch anything. I’m pretty sure those jokers play with my line. Sometimes I feel them nibble but they never bite. It’s driving me crazy. They just know I’m going to eat them, I guess. That was my week though. It was pretty great. Thank y’all for being so great!

Elder Goodsell

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Weekly Mission Report – Oct. 12th

Hey Yall,

This has been one solid, crazy, and long week. First, it started with the missionary couple who is in charge of housing. They thought they were suppose to bring us a new washer and dryer. When they got to our place they realized they were at the wrong place. Well, then they checked our apartment and decided we needed a new broom, some light bulbs and a few other things. We went to Walmart and taco bell and had a good time with them. They are awesome people. I then let them know that our place wasn’t cooling right. We checked the AC and it was frozen solid. We got a guy out to check it and he turned it off and said he would be back the next day after it melted. Well as it melted it flooded our floor. So the AC unit is in the middle of the house in between the kitchen, hallway and living room. Well, all the water went underneath the walls and into the kitchen, hallway and living room. We were down on our hands and knees soaking up the water with sponges and towels. There was so much water that it made it under our hardwood floor. Those dang jokers (wood floors) have all curled up and are a mess. So we have to deal with that this week. I eventually just had to chip the ice off the AC until it was all gone otherwise it would have ruined the whole floor. That was great fun!
Later that week on Saturday we went up to Columbus to do a service project as a zone. We helped with the american red cross to put in Smoke Alarms in peoples houses around the neighborhood who need them. We ran into some interesting people. It was kinda just like tracting but instead of giving away free eternal life we gave away free smoke alarms. The craziest miracle happened though at the end of the day around 3:10 pm while we were out doing this. First let me give some back story.
We have been working with this guy named Hershal Giliam. His wife is a less active member and he is not a member of the church. He has been investigating the church for years. We took brother Alexander over there on Thursday and had an awesome lesson. Brother Alexander shared some amazing things that I really think helped the guy. Well, Hershal told us that he promised this senior couple that served in Cordele about 4 years ago that if he ever got baptized, they could do it. He has not committed to baptism though, and he just thought he would share that. Now here is what is crazy. I get a call from Hershal around 3:10ish. He said that he had someone at his house visiting from Salt Lake. He then gave them the phone. It so happened to be the senior couple who served in Cordele 4 years ago. They informed me that they were visiting Mississippi. They said they felt that they had come on the trip for a reason but didn’t know why. They decided they were going to visit Florida but on the way they felt like they should stop by Cordele. When they went to Hershals house, the first thing the guy said was I’m here to baptize you. Hershal said that he was ready and knew that the Book of Mormon and the church were true. On the phone, this guy named brother Worthington asked if we could set up a baptism that night. After 30 minutes of calling everyone in Georgia it seemed like, I had the baptism set up for 7 that night!
The baptism was so powerful and the spirit was strong. I gave a talk on baptism and the importance of it. It was so cool to be able to have that opportunity to do that. It was amazing to see him get baptized and the change in his eyes. He offered to give the closing prayer and he cried bad during the whole thing. The spirit was strong. You could honestly feel it throughout the whole room. Here was a man we thought would be an investigator until he died, but now he was becoming a member of the church! I have heard about miracles like this happening to people but always found it hard to believe that it could really be as miraculous as people say. Now I can testify that miracles like this really do happen and are truly amazing! This was no coincidence, but it was the hand of the Lord helping one of his children come unto him at the proper time.
The following day we had the opportunity to see him receive the Holy Ghost. I also had the privilege to give a talk on tithing and felt the spirit strong as it guided me on what to say. I could see him watching intently as I gave my talk and after he came up and thanked me for it. He said that he knows now the importance of tithing and that he must pay it. He also gave another prayer and cried again. He said he couldn’t help it but that the feelings he had were to strong for him to hold in. You could literally see the spirit light him up. That’s how strong the spirit was in him.
After these amazing experiences I thought the week couldn’t get any better until last night. (I’m going to switch gears here a little.) Anyway, Brother Alexander ordered the Carolina Reaper pepper for us. It is the hottest pepper in the world. 10x hotter then the habenaro pepper. Well we went to his house to try it. I was scared to death. It has honestly been awhile since I have been this scared. I have heard stories of these making peoples throats bleed and all sorts of stuff. In preparation for this I ate a habenaro pepper. I found out that its not really the mouth that gets me but its my stomach. I must have a weak stomach because I was on the ground for a good 20 minutes thinking I was going to throw up.
So when we went to Brother Alexanders house to eat it I decided I wouldn’t swallow it because I was positive it would kill me. We went outside and I stuck the whole pepper in my mouth and chewed it. I chewed it for a good 15 seconds and felt no heat. My body though started to shake and feel weird. I started feeling a little light headed. Then I spit the pepper out and thats when the heat started to hit. I started to sweat and then my mouth slowly began to catch fire. The fire in my mouth, no joke kept getting worse and worse! It got so bad that I thought it permanently damaged my tongue. My tongue felt like it swelled up like a big blister. No matter what i did, the heat would not go away, It just got worse. It lasted so long that it started to scare me and I thought it wouldn’t go away. Now this whole time my stomach thank goodness was fine because I didn’t swallow any of it. But my mouth was gone. My lower limp went numb and my upper lip and nose were on fire. I had to stay leaned over because saliva was coming out of my mouth like a waterfall. This lasted a good 30 minutes at least. It was so intense! After it finally went away my mouth never really felt normal until I woke up this morning. I was legit mad at myself for trying it. No way would I ever do that again but it was all worth it because now I can say I have done it.
That was the end of my crazy week. It has been a great week and I hope all y’all are doing well. Thank you for the support you give me and also for the comments on the blog. I do read those and I love them so, thank you! Love y’all
Elder Goodsell
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Weekly Mission Report – Oct. 5th

Hey Y’all,
Its awesome being in Georgia right now. The weather is so nice. Not to much humidity and it is really cool outside. It reminds me of Utah and in the morning the weather is kind of like California. All foggy and wet. This week has been good. I got a new companion who is pretty cool. We have been out knocking on doors a lot this week. We are really trying to find new people to go teach. On my birthday, I was fortunate enough to go to a family night that the members in Cordele put on. I never told them it was my birthday but we had a bunch of fun. They had awesome food and we talked a lot about the church.  I have been lucky to grow really close to all these members.  I really have a good time being with them.  They are all pretty funny to.
We started teaching this 9 year old girl of a less active family.  She really wants to get baptized, so hopefully we can have that all sorted out here in a few weeks.  She is really quiet and shy but fun to talk to.  We also met this other guy in his 40’s who accepted to be baptized after we taught him the restoration.  It was really cool and we had a great lesson with him.
I bought a rebel flag this week to hang over my bed.  It looks awesome and now I have a piece of the history down here.
Conference was great.  I really loved the story about the American surfers in Australia.  I thought that was really cool and how he related it to faith.  Below are some pictures that I said I would send last week.  Oh and I forgot to mention, we went over to Terrance’s house.  He is a member here in Cordele.  We had a really cool scripture study with him and then he asked if I could give him a blessing.  I did, and it was really cool to feel the spirit working through me to help him.  Afterward, he got up and gave me a hug.  He said he felt so much better and that he really needed that.  It was a cool experience to see his faith that this blessing could really help him and also to feel the spirit that strong.
I hope y’all are all doing well and are having a good time.
-Elder Goodsell

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