Month: January 2017

Weekly Mission Report – Jan. 30th

Hey Ya’ll,

I hope ya’ll have had a great week. This has been a great week for us. First, they changed the missionary schedule and how we report. I’m a pretty big fan of it. It lets us have more freedom which is always good. It also helps us focus more on quality lessons. I guess you could say its pretty cool.

We also went on a fun adventure this week. We were driving to go on exchanges and our GPS took us down a dirt road that was pretty much a sandy creek bed. It ended up leading to a road block. The road block was a pile of boulders in the middle of the road. It was pretty wild. We were just chillin somewhere in the middle of Georgia kinda stuck. Eventually, we were able to get the big old van turned around without getting stuck. It was fun and to make it better we also ran into a ghost neighborhood. It was an abandon neighborhood. You better believe we explored some of it and took some sick pics. It was great! It looked like something out of the walking dead.

This week was also a solid week for lessons. We put one of our investigators on date to be baptized. So, if everything goes well we should have two of our investigators baptized in February. We are pretty excited about that. Also, the Spanish side of things is coming along. We had tons of members who usually don’t come come this Sunday. It was really good and they are really coming together. We have a really good amount of work going on right now and we are just praying that it stays that way. We have one investigator who keeps asking us questions everyday about the gospel. She really likes the family aspect of the church. We are pretty confident that she will be baptized.

Also this morning was pretty great. We went fishing and then a few of us got distracted by a creek and a bridge near by. So we went to explore. On the way back I nailed my head on one of the metal beams under the bridge. I didn’t see it and yeah, I hit it pretty hard. I immediately could feel the blood soaking my head and then a little bit coming down my face. I started to walk fast back toward the big group and they all looked at me like I had my head cut off…haha! Turns out it wasn’t that big of a cut, but it sure did bleed a lot and hurt like crazy. It was a great start to the day! The pictures were worth it though. Anyway, things have been great. I hope ya’ll are doing really well. I’m grateful for all ya’ll do. Have a great week.

Elder Goodsell

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Road to Nowhere

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Road Block on Road to Nowhere

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House in Abandoned Neighborhood

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House in abandoned Neighborhood

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Results of hitting head under a bridge

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Weekly Mission Report – Jan. 23th

Hey Ya’ll,

This has been a great week! I hope ya’lls week was great. We had our Bible study again at the beginning of the week which went well. We talked about baptism and the baptism of Jesus. We had pretty good attendance. We had a lot of solid lessons this week as well. We have been using flash cards with one of our investigators who is getting baptized next month to help him remember words and it has been working really well. He is really looking forward to his baptism. We also saw another investigator this week who we haven’t seen in awhile. He is 25 and works with the military and does really well financially. He has realized though that all the stuff he has doesn’t bring lasting happiness and that there is an empty void in his life. He also talked to us about why he met with the missionaries and his thoughts about it all. It was a solid discussion and we hope to put him on date to be baptized soon.

This past Saturday, we had a baptism of two kids that we have been teaching the past couple weeks. They were so excited to be baptized and the baptism was great! Everyone loved it. We had it in Spanish since they were a Spanish family. The kids are awesome and they remembered everything we taught them so well. Even the 7 year old who sat in on the lessons could tell us everything about each lesson. It was really impressive.

Last night was pretty good too. We went late into a neighborhood to try to contact some Spanish people and it worked pretty well . We had some good lessons come from it and some new people to go teach. Its been fun being involved in the Spanish speaking side of missionary work.

Today we went fishing and it was a total bust. We fished two ponds and we didn’t even get a hit. Next week though we should be hitting up a good pond. Its been one good solid week though. I hope ya’ll have a great week and thanks for all you do.

Elder Goodsell

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Weekly Mission Report – Jan. 16th

Hey Ya’ll,

This has been a great week. I hope ya’lls was great as well. My new companion is a Spanish speaking missionary. Between the two of us, we are now running two areas. A Spanish area and English area. We get to travel around the stake to see Spanish members. We have a vision of putting the old Spanish branch back together and so we have been making plans on how to do that. It is going to be awesome! We will be so busy and will have to do splits with members a lot to cover both areas. On top of all, this we have a lot of work as a district that we are trying to do.

This last Tuesday we had our first new Bible study night. Lots of people showed up and it went really well. We used bible videos and had a lot of group discussions. People loved it. We have our second one tomorrow. It was cool to see how successful it was especially after the weeks of work we have put in to create the class. We also hope to role out a new family mission plan to the wards here soon.

On top of all this we will be having a baptism this Saturday for two of our investigators. They are two Spanish kids that we have been working with for a couple of weeks. We had a bomb lesson of the restoration this last week. The kids love us and always give us hugs when they see us. The family is awesome too.  This will be a big step for the branch. We are going to try to get a lot of the less active members there. It should be awesome!

We also had our zone meeting this last week. It went really well and our zone has been catching fire with missionary work. The zone basically has just stepped up their game a lot in the last couple weeks. We are leading the mission in a couple things which always gets people stoked.

We have a ton of work right now and its awesome. It has been nice to be busy, and we are exhausted every night by the time we get home. My bed has never felt so good in my life like it has these past couple of weeks. I sleep like a rock at night which is unusual for me. Its pretty nice though. Anyway, thank you all for your support and all you do. Have a great week!

Elder Goodsell

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Frisbee in the mud.  It snowed for about 20 minutes!

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This is our district showing off the numbers we achieved this week. We set a couple records! We aren’t prideful at all….ha ha.

Weekly Mission Report – Jan. 9th

Hello Ya’ll,

This has been a bomb week! I hope ya’ll had a great week. First, on Saturday we played Frisbee in the snow which was awesome! It didn’t collect on the ground and only snowed for around 20 minutes. It was super cool to just see snow. It was so cold though. We got very muddy because the field was soaked from all the rain we have been getting. So many of us slipped and fell. We finally got to the point that we didn’t even care if we fell in the mud.

We also have 3 people that should be getting baptized in the next month. They are all really solid. All of them can’t wait. My companion found out he is getting transferred this week. We are all really bummed about that. He is the only one in the whole district moving which is really unusual for here. I am almost positive that I am getting a Spanish missionary for my next companion which will be really good. I know him too and he is a solid guy. We need him here because their is a lot of Spanish work. In fact, two of the people getting baptized soon are Spanish. I took Spanish in High School, but I sound like an idiot if I try to speak it so it will be good for him to be here. I’ll have him teach me.

This week was the bomb for our district. We did a lot of contacting and taught over 80 lessons. Usually, we teach around 20 lessons for the week as a district but our Stake President opened our eyes to a concept we never thought of and it changed are view on things and what is possible. It has been crazy! I know it doesn’t sound like a lot but for here, it is. It has caught the attention of a lot of people. Ha ha, our Mission President wants to know our secret and how we are dong it. We have been blessed and have had a lot of miracles come these past few weeks with the work we have been putting in. The Lord is being very kind to us. Tomorrow, we start up our new Bible class that we have been working on for awhile. I’ll be teaching with my companion. We are praying all will go well. This week we will be busy with transfers and our zone training meeting.

Also, our shower hasn’t been draining very well since I got here. I then had the great idea to clean my super muddy shoes from Frisbee in it and it clogged it right up. So I started to clean it out and found the nastiest stuff in the drain. Whoever lived here before left lots of long hair to pull out of the drain. I was gagging the whole time!

Anyway, have a great week. Thanks for all you do.

Elder Goodsell

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Weekly Mission Report – Jan. 2nd

Hey Ya’ll,

This has been a great week. It has been crazy busy. We had 2 exchanges, a baptism, several meetings and a bunch of other stuff. First the baptism went so well. She has been waiting for a year to be baptized. She finally was able to do it on her 18th birthday this last week. So many people came to support her that we had to have the program in the chapel. There wasn’t even enough room in the room where the font was for everyone to watch her be baptized. The best part was that her parents came. They are against it, but no doubt that they felt the spirit!

We also met with an investigator this week who said that he would be baptized once he knows more and feels the conformation that this is what he needs to do. It’s amazing that he said that because when they started teaching him a little while ago he didn’t really believe in a God.

We also met with the stake president this week as a district to talk about some things we are trying to do in the area. He was super open to everything we talked about and gave us some great advice on how to be more effective in the area. He was really successful on his mission and so it was nice to hear what he did to be so successful. We have made plans as a district to try some of the things he talked about. One thing I really liked that he said was to ask people questions that really get them thinking. Such as, how do you come closer to God or how do you strengthen your relationships with your family. They are great questions that don’t make it sound like you are trying to convert them but just asking a general question that makes people think. Also, during this meeting he approved Spanish missionaries coming back into this area which would be huge for us. That was a huge blessing.

This last week we also had a member come up to us and ask if we would teach and baptize his two kids. He used to be less active and is now coming back and wanting his kids to be baptized. This week we will be starting that.

On Sunday, I woke up super sick and threw up several times. That was a party! At church I looked like a zombie from the walking dead. I was so out of it and looked like I was about to pass out. If you didn’t know any better you would have thought I had a bad hangover from new years eve. I looked ridiculous! It all worked out though and I feel great today!

Anyway, thank you all for your support. This should be a killer week! Have a great week ya’ll!

Elder Goodsell

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