Weekly Mission Report – Dec. 19th

Hey Ya’ll,

I hope all ya’ll had a great week. It’s exciting that Christmas is this next week! It will be awesome! I cant believe that I will be having Christmas in the same area that I did last year. This is the best place in the mission to have Christmas. All us missionaries will get together in the morning to open gifts and celebrate before we go to church and talk with our families. The weather this week has been so weird. It was really cold for a few days and now it is warm again. It is driving us crazy. We are all hoping it will snow here though. This was the area it snowed last year. My blood has thinned so much since I have been in Georgia. I am such a sissy in the cold. My comp makes fun of me all the time. I’m going to die when I go back to Utah. Thank goodness I will be going back in the summer though. My comp and I will hit our 18 month mark this Christmas Eve. We are super stoked about that. A lot of us that came out together have become pretty good friends and so when we all meet up we always talk about how awesome it will be when we get to spend that last night in the mission home.

This week has been awesome! We are finding more solid people who will probably get baptized or close to it. We are teaching a guy named Larry who I think I mentioned before. He has a learning disability and so we teach him 3 times a week. He was not born with the disability though. It came as brain damage from an abusive father. We were going over some things with him and he broke down and told us a lot about his past. It was some of the most horrible things I have heard on the mission. The details are just crazy! I felt so bad for the guy. I cant believe some of the things he has been through. I honestly don’t know how he made it. It really bothered me the rest of the night and my comp and I talked and figured out some ways we could help him. So we tried that this week. By the end of that lesson with him though we talked out some stuff and the spirit changed in the room. It was really neat. I have only felt a change that strong a couple times. Its amazing how the truths of the gospel will do that. You could feel that they were real.

We also tried our Windows of Heaven this week. We ran into a lady who broke down and cried to us and talked to us for 2 hours. It was awesome and she said we were a sign from God but yet she felt we were sent to her to get he motivated to find her own path so she didn’t give us her info. It was kind of weird. We also talked to another less active lady this week who broke down and shared some really hard things that she is going through. Her husband went on a trip and ended up leaving her. I feel like we have been an ear this week for everyone to share their problems. It has been super sad but by the end of all the conversations we had this week, those we spoke to always left uplifted. The spirit was always able to touch them by the time we left. It was super cool.

So my district leader right now was my same district leader in my last area. He and I really want to start and grow a business together. It’s our dream when we get home. We have both come to this area together and with my knowledge of the area for the past year we have really been putting our heads together to get some stuff rolling. We have been kinda running this area like a business together. We have been meeting together a lot as a district to discuss ideas and things we want to accomplish. We have come up with a lot of big plans. We have binders where we have everything organized so we can layout time lines and how we are going to do all this. It has been really good for all of us serving here in this area because a lot of people think missionary work in this area cant be done well because it is a wealthier area. That is the culture in this area and we are changing it right now and so far it is working great! We are still at the beginning stages but things seem to be working out. We are really praying that these plans will work. We have taken a really different approach and if things work out this area will be awesome!

I just realized how much I wrote. I don’t think I have ever written this much. Ha ha. Well, I hope ya’ll have a great Christmas. Thank you so much for your support. Have a great week.

Elder Goodsell



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