Weekly Mission Report – Oct. 17th

Hey Ya’ll,

This week has been great! We have been doing service every day this week. Things are starting to look normal here again. It’s amazing how fast they can fix everything. We still have a lot of trees down and everything is still pilled on the side of the road but things are looking good. Luckily, no one in the ward really got hit that hard. We are planning on going out this Saturday as a ward to go help people. We helped this one guy last week who asked us so many questions while we were raking. He asked so many that we never got to finish the yard. We are going back tomorrow to finish. He asked us to come back to keep talking though. He is Catholic and has lots of questions about our faith. It’s interesting how similar our religions are. All this yard work that we have done has given me two big blisters on my thumbs. They both popped and have been rubbed raw so much that they have turned into scabs. Then they keep splitting in the middle, so I have this deep crack in the middle of the scabs.  Ouch! Basically my thumbs look like they are about to fall off. I refuse to put a band aid on though, because I just don’t wear band aids. To me personally it’s a man thing. I just cant get myself to wear a little band aid. I only dress up a wound if its big enough for a real bandage. They are starting to heal though.

We had ZTM this week. One of the STL’s gave a training on the talk President Dieter F. Uchtdorf gave in the Women’s Session of General Conference called “Fourth Floor, Last Door.” It was awesome! The talk is amazing and the spirit felt from the talk was incredible. This week a miracle happened. We found a couple who wants to be baptized! They ran into members of the church while staying somewhere and met with the missionaries the 3 weeks they were there and now they want to learn more about the gospel and be baptized. We just pray that their fire continues and that they will move forward. We taught them about the restoration and like I mentioned before, we emphasized the priesthood and they loved it. They kept talking about how much it makes sense that people need priesthood authority. Then at the end of the lesson the thing every missionary dreads happened. The guy turned to his wife and said you need to be baptized. I have already been baptized but you need to be. But then she said “um, no you haven’t been baptized by someone holding the proper authority, so you need to be baptized too.” Ha ha!! You should have seen his face when it all clicked. He said your right, I do need to be baptized again. Man it was awesome! We were all laughing. See, this happens a lot in the Bible Belt where you teach them and they just cant get over the fact that they need to be baptized again. This time she got it and saved the day. It was great!

So, its been a pretty good week. I hope ya’ll have had a great week. We have transfers tomorrow and I’ll be getting a new companion. I’m excited to see what happens, but said my companion is leaving because he has probably been my favorite. Ya’ll have a great week. Thanks for all you do.

Elder Goodsell

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Me looking into a beehive

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