Month: December 2015

Weekly Mission Report – Dec. 28th

Hey Everyone,

I hope y’all had a great Christmas. We did here in Georgia. Ours started Tuesday with a fun district meeting. We did the nativity, had a gift exchange, and a great lunch.

On Christmas Eve we went over to a crazy ladies house to eat. She thought it would be cool to eat foods that Jesus would have eaten. So we ate fish, some weird stuff, and some more weird stuff. I cant remember the names. Some of it was actually pretty good. Some was well, you know. That night we got together as a mission district to go caroling. I really don’t like caroling. I feel so dumb standing there singing as those people stare back at me funny. But it made some old peoples night, so I guess that was good. It all worked out and was OK.

Christmas was great. We got together as a district (except the sisters, they got left out) in the morning and opened gifts. Then we made a great breakfast. It was a ton of fun. One of the missionaries got brown/green play-doh and a poop maker. He also had some yellow play-doh and a little corn and nut maker to go inside the poop. We had some good times with that. The rest of the day we spent with members eating great food and of course sharing the Christmas message. I feel like I have shared the nativity story a billion times, but it never gets old. I just love what the angel says to the shepherds and then how they act on it with haste. We can relate so much of that story to us.

As for this rest of last week, we packed up the apartment. Yesterday we got to move from our garbage apartment to a really nice new apartment. It was awesome! It’s sad that we wont be with the other two missionaries, but this apartment is almost worth it. It’s a really nice complex to.

Well, everyone have a happy new year and a good week of skiing if you live in Utah!

Elder Goodsell

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Weekly Mission Report – Dec. 21st

Hey Ya’ll,

Merry Christmas. I hope ya’ll are having a great holiday. Enjoy the skiing because I hear the snow is coming. I am in my new area which is Evans, Georgia. It is pretty much in Augusta. We are in the Stevens Creek Ward. The ward and members are great. I am loving it. I have forgotten how loud it is in a ward during sacrament meeting. So many babies crying. Since my last area was so small, that never happened. There were no babies. There is one big problem with this area though, it is a bike area.  Its awful!  My rear end was so sore the first couple of days.  My legs have been fine, but wow, my rear end is in a world of hurt!  On the plus side, my companion and I live in the same house as the Zone Leaders. It’s fun having 4 missionaries together.  My companions name is Elder Wilkins and he just got done being AP two transfers ago. He goes home at the end of this transfer and I will get another companion again. So yeah, it has been fun. We spent one lunch hour deep frying everything in sight. The best was Oreo’s!  We would use pancake batter to dip the stuff in.

We spend a lot of time biking and don’t get to see as many people, but we did get to teach some great lessons.  We taught one lady who broke down and cried saying God sent us to her and she needed help in the area of God. That was cool because we have been able to work with her and help her.  It has also been really fun to share the Christmas story with everyone. We have been emphasizing a new part of the Christmas story. We have focused on the Shepard’s and how as soon as the angel told them the good news they acted on it.  They moved with haste to go see the baby Jesus. We relate that to how we should be in our lives. Great blessings come to those who act fast and hearken to the word rather then just sitting back and hearing the word.

Well, everyone have a great Christmas and enjoy the holiday.

Elder Goodsell

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Weekly Mission Report – Dec. 14th

Hey Everyone,

Hope y’all are enjoying the Christmas season. I just got really bad news. I am being transferred tomorrow. That is a bummer. I was hoping to make it six months in this area and I was hoping not to leave before Christmas. Oh well, we will see where I go next. This week has been great. It started off by eating squirrel at a members home. That was really good. The legs are like small chicken wings. We also had zone conference this week. That was a lot of fun. We sang a bunch of songs and got to watch Ephraim’s Rescue.

The highlight of this week was on Saturday. My comp and I decided it was time for a country boil. We got with brother Alexander and organized it. Saturday we met at his house and made it with crab, shrimp, crawfish, potatoes, corn, onion, lemon, and sausage. Man was it good! We ran into a couple problems. First, none of us have ever done this before so we were kind of experimenting. We cooked the potatoes to long and they fell apart and got all over everything. That was a bummer. The shrimp and sausage tasted like potato. The crab and crawfish turned out great though. We also put to much water in the pot. Once it was all cooked and done we couldn’t figure out how to get the water out so we could eat everything. We all sat around the pot and stared at it trying to figure it out. We eventually did get it.

On Sunday we had to say goodbye to the district leader in our district. He finished his mission and is going home today. He was a cool kid. I liked him a lot. He gave a talk in church and bore a great testimony. Yesterday and today I get to spend saying bye to everyone. I really am going to miss this area. I love the members here and also the people. They are great and have taught me a lot. I have also been humbled a lot by seeing the circumstances people live in and deal with everyday.

All y’all have a great week! Thanks for your help.

Elder Goodsell

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Jose & Charlie, the ones with the pitbull
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Brother Willard
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Brother Alexander’s Son
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This is Stealth. We are super tight.

Weekly Mission Report – Dec. 7th

Hey Y’all,

I hope everyone is doing well and getting excited for Christmas. It is the best time of the year. Most people are a lot nicer and will talk to you. People usually wont yell. Everyone is a little more focused on Christ and of course ski season is rocking right about now! I love this time because when we go out and knock doors instead of saying, “hey, can we share a message, it’s hey, can we share a Christmas message.” People then say, “oh, a Christmas message, well of course.” But if you just say you want to share the restoration they say “No, I’m baptist, I’ll die baptist, bye bye!” So, I love the opportunity we get to read about Christ birth and share the message of the atonement and why that is so important.

We ran into a cool lady this week who has a story that proves miracles do happen. She was taking her really sick daughter to the hospital in Atlanta. She had a flat tire and was stuck on the side of the road. She was not strong enough to change it. After a while a young man stopped. He said y’all look like you could use some help. He went on to change the tire and then he looked up at her and said don’t worry, your daughter will be ok and y’all will make it. At this point in time she said nothing to him about her daughter. Seeing she was surprised, he said go to the latter day saints and tell them this story. It just so happens that at this time in her life she had been praying hard for God to show her what the right church was. She said she knew then that he was sent from God to answer her prayer. How cool is that! This is a testimony that God does indeed help us and answers our prayers.

Another cool experience I had was while I was studying in the morning. I have always wondered why the atonement was necessary. It never made sense to me why that needed to happen. Well, I was listening to a talk called “the meaning of the atonement” by W. Cleon Skouson. It was amazing! It went super deep into the atonement and explained everything. One of the best talks I have ever listened to. I finally understand why Christ had to go through that. If you go over Alma 34 really carefully it explains a lot of it. Basically, what I learned was there are laws. No other man can pay the price of sin for another man. If I sin, my brother can not pay the price for me because that would not satisfy the demands of Justice. Since this is true none of us could ever pay the full price for our sins and therefore could not live with God again. But the reason Christ could pay for our sins is because he loved us so much and he suffered so bad (or infinitely) that everything has compassion on him that mercy would overthrow the demands of justice. Then Christ begged saying can these souls(us) be saved not for their sake but for mine. Then everything had compassion on him and mercy overthrew justice. W. Cloen Skouson gives an example of this that explains it a lot better.

During the civil war a young man was on guard duty. He fell asleep and the confederate army came in and killed hundreds. He survived. He was court marshaled and sentenced to death. He knew he was going to die and he expected to die. He thought it was only right after what he had done. But a young mother came into president Lincolns office right before he signed the papers to have him executed. She said president, before this war I had a husband and six sons. First I lost my husband and then five sons. Now one is about to face a firing squad to pay for what he did. She said president, I am not asking you to save his life for his sake. But President for my sake will you spare him. President Lincoln being filled with compassion let the young man go. This is an example where mercy over came justice.

After going over this and studying it I realize that Christ loves us more than we could ever know in this life. I now know why he had to go through the atonement and how amazing that is that he would go through that for all of us. Even though there are many who reject him and mock him. I just wanted to share that with y’all because it has been on my mind a lot. The birth of Christ is so significant because of the Atonement. Its something to think about as we focus on the spiritual side of Christmas. The hard part I am now having with this is trying to explain it to others. The guy goes over so much deep doctrinal stuff that you wouldn’t share with people who know nothing about the church. Anyway I am figuring it out, kind of.

Switching gears now we have had a decent week. We helped a lot of sisters set up for Christmas. They had a parade through Cordele on Friday for Christmas. Tomorrow we go to Tifton for the Christmas Conference. Transfers are next Tuesday. This should be a pretty exciting week. Again thank you all for your support. Enjoy the Christmas season and go have lots of fun!

Elder Goodsell