Month: July 2016

Weekly Mission Report – July 25th

Hey Everyone,

After last week, not much happened this week. I found out I am getting transferred tomorrow. So that is exciting! It’s a little weird leaving though because after 8 months in this area I feel like I should move into this ward and live here. I know everyone so well here. It’s been an awesome 8 months. This ward is one of the best in the mission! I haven’t had to buy groceries the past 3 months because we are fed every night and sometimes we get lunch too. People also give us food all the time. We also get rides from everyone. It is the perfect area as far as the ward and members go. I’m excited to go to my next area though and to see somewhere else. I found out that I am going to one of the big cities in the mission. I don’t know which one though.

The highlight of the week was saying bye to everyone. Also we had a big bonfire with an investigator. We spent the week teaching and doing service which was great! Lots of people need help in these summer months.

One cool lesson we had this week was with some handicap people. We were able to teach them about prayer. They were all able to do it and it was awesome! It’s cool to see that the gospel is so simple that anyone can understand it and do it. Especially when it comes to prayer and it makes sense that would be so simple.

Thank you all for the support. Ya’ll are awesome! Have a fantastic week.

Elder Goodsell

Bonfire at investigators home
Me and Brother Welch.  He is like a third companion to us.
Me, my companion and the sister missionaries.  We all serve in the same ward.

Weekly Mission Report – July 18th

Hello Everybody,

This week has been nuts. First off, last P-day we went to catch turtles and we did catch two but I also caught a 5-6 foot alligator on my line. It so so cool! I brought him into the shore and we were trying to figure a way we were going to get it out of its mouth the alligator did it for us. He rubbed his snout on the ground and popped the hook out. That saved us a lot of trouble and possible a hand. The bad part about the gator is after he went back into the water he kept coming after our line. Every time we would cast he would swim after it. So we couldn’t get any more turtles after that. It was worth seeing the gator though.

That night we got to meet the new mission president. He is interesting. I started a bible study class a little while ago to try to draw people who weren’t LDS to the church. This last week we saw pretty good success. We had 21 people attend and 3 were non members.

Now, I have the craziest story for ya’ll.

Friday morning we wake up. My comp says he is about to throw up so he goes back to bed. I go and study and then I decide while I plan for the week that I will boil my 2 turtle shells. It smells so bad when you do that so I opened up the doors and sat on the porch while they boiled. I was sitting on the porch spitting seeds and planning when all of the sudden I hear someone scream as if they are getting murdered. I figured it was some kids playing around so I don’t do anything. The screams kept getting worse, so finally I decide to look out my door. I look out my door and the screams are coming from the back of the apartment building. Between the screams though it sounded like someone was laughing so I went back inside. Then the screams got louder and closer. This time, I grabbed my knife and stood outside my front door. As I looked back toward the back of our building down this hallway, I see this guy with red hair, very pale, short, and in a red shirt crawling like the grudge up the stairs toward me. His face was straight terror and he was crying really bad. He suddenly looked up at me, stood up and charged me. I hurried and shut the front door and got ready to stab this guy. I was freaking out! Obviously, something was not right. As he ran at me he was screaming something. It sounded like fire! As he got closer he dodged me fell on the ground, rolled around and then got in the fetal position and started screaming. I thought that who ever was trying to kill this guy was about to come up the stairs, kill me and then him. I walked over to him and asked what the heck is going on. He turned and looked at me and yelled there is a fire at the back of the building and it is hooked up to a propane tank. At this point people were starting to come out. I turned around and could smell it. I ran inside and started pounding on my companion to wake up. He jumped up put on sweats and a hoodie because that was the closest thing to him. By the way, it is a 100 degrees outside. We ran outside. I hurried and turned off the pot that the turtles were in. I grabbed the phone and locked up. We ran into the parking lot and someone just then pulled the fire alarm. We ran into the other half of the building and started banging on everyone’s doors and telling them to get out. I was on the top floor and this young lady comes out crying because she didn’t want to leave her cats. I couldn’t believe it! I was expecting the building to blow up and she was worried about that. I ran into her place with her and we tried to get the cats. I lifted up her bed so she could grab them and they kept running from us. So finally, we left them. I met up with my companion in the parking lot. Also, during all this time I called 911 to let them know. When we met up in the parking lot there were 7 fire trucks, an ambulance, and several police cars. It was crazy! My comp and I went around to the back of the apartments at a distance to see what the fire was coming from. Turns out, it was a carpet cleaning van that had pulled behind the building to clean a unit. The van and all the bushes around it were on fire. Also, the van kept exploding because of the propane. Luckily, it never actually caught the building on fire. It just melted some plastic siding and vinyl fence. No one got hurt and everything turned out ok. The happy ending to the story was that at the end of the day, we went to go look at it and the owner of the company was cleaning up the mess. We helped him and talked to him. We were able to make his day a lot better because it was going pretty bad up to that point.

The only other awesome things that happened this week was we caught six catfish this morning. They are all in our freezer right now. We also caught five turtles which are in our bath tub right now. I don’t want to make this to long, so I will leave it at that but overall this has been a crazy and awesome week. I hope ya’ll have an awesome week and have lots of fun!


Elder Goodsell







Weekly Mission Report – July 11th

Hey Everybody,

This week was another hot one but a good one. This morning we went fishing and I caught two catfish that put up a pretty good fight. I caught one with a beetle that I was using to fish for bass. I was really surprised that the catfish went for it. He was big too! We cleaned them and gave some to a guy that we are eating with tonight. He is going to cook them for us. I saved the rest of them for breakfast later in the week. They taste so good! Later today we are going to catch some turtles. I need a couple more. I think it would be cool to make a drum set out of them with some bamboo. They have a lot of that down here. I’m not going to do that because it would be to hard to get around, but it would be cool.

We met with the new mission president this week. He is from Monroe, Louisiana. He is short, small, and very quiet. It was hard to get a read on him because he didn’t say much. I do have an interview with him today though. I’ll get to know him better during that.

This week we got a call from a Bishop in Virginia. He has a nephew that lives here who had a kitchen fire. His nephew is not a member, so he thought this would be a great opportunity for us to talk with him. We went over to their house and helped them move everything out. The damage isn’t too bad but they have to clean the whole house. It happened because his wife left some bottles boiling on the stove and forgot about them. While we were moving I was able to have an awesome conversation with the wife. She asked lots of questions and they were really good questions too. Like “why does God let bad things happen to good people.” “Why are there so many churches with people twisting the word different ways” and many other great questions. We talked a lot about how a church should work and why we serve missions. She was very impressed that our church has this kind of missionary program and that we would come help strangers with service. By the end of the day she wanted to know more and said they would take us out to dinner.

This week we learned how to put in vinyl tile floors. It is a lot easier than I thought it would be. If you do mess up though, it is really bad.

On Saturday, we had a discussion with an investigator about prophets. He could not grasp the idea of a modern day prophet who speaks for God and can not lead the church astray. So many people think this way. They just don’t see how that could happen and they feel if it did happen the whole world would know about it. They forget how many prophets were rejected in the Bible. Many of the people back then didn’t believe in prophets either. It is literally the same as today. By the end of the night though he was starting to get it a little bit.

Also this week we got to watch the coolest lightning storm. There weren’t too many bolts. It was more like a strobe light in the clouds. There were a couple good bolts though.

That was about the extent of the week. I hope ya’ll are doing well. Good luck with this week and have fun!

Elder Goodsell





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Lightning Bolt


Top view of my turtle shell


Bottom view of my turtle shell


Making my special chocolate chip cookies at a members home

Weekly Mission Report – July 4th

Hey Everybody,

It has been a really hot week and a week of service. We have helped 3 people move this week and more need help this coming week. We have a super transit ward and they all move in and out during the summer. We are losing some really good families, but also it seems that some of the new ones are pretty cool. These U hauls, I swear get several 100 degrees inside of them during the summer. I am pretty sure I could have fried eggs in them or even some catfish. They were so hot! Moving people is always interesting. You never know what to expect. Some house you go to are already to pack and just need to load the truck up, others are half packed, and some you wondering why they wasted time getting the truck that day because nothing is in boxes or ready to move. Its nuts! We had a lot of fun moving people though. We always joke around, nick a couple walls, and sweat like crazy. We have fun.

We also helped a guy screw some boards onto his ceiling. He is building an additional room onto his house and he has let us be involved in a lot of the process so we can learn how to do it. After doing all of this I want to go build my own house now. We also helped a guy mow his lawn. He and his wife took us to Cracker Barrel after for breakfast. I think that is my new favorite restaurant. After going a few times with some people like BJ and this couple I am loving it. The food is southern and really good. We got steak, eggs, hash browns, bacon, fried apples, grits, cornbread, biscuits and gravy, pecan pancakes. It was amazing.

Some other missionaries and myself in the district hit our year marks recently so we burned a shirt. I had an elder start mine while I was still wearing it and then I dropped it off. It almost got caught up on my arms though and burned me. It was fun though and awesome to think we are on the down ward slope. I will be walking out of the airport with both of these guys.

Yesterday we taught primary because some teachers didn’t show up. That was alright. This morning I fried up 2 catfish. We also deep fried some key lime Twinkies. They were pretty good, but I like the deep fried Oreo’s better. Also, I finished cleaning my turtle this week. It looks really great. I forgot to take a picture though. I’ll try to remember to send one next week.

Tomorrow we see our new mission president for the first time. We are excited to see what he will be like. I hope ya’ll have a great 4th of July. Thanks for the support. Have a great day.

Elder Goodsell