Month: February 2017

Weekly Mission Report – Feb 27th

Hey Ya’ll,

We have had a solid week. I hope ya’lls week was great. We had some bomb lessons with two investigators this week. We talked a lot about concerns they had and were able to work things out. They both ended up coming to church. One of them has gotten super involved with the young single adults which has been a huge blessing. People just seem to flock to her and fellowship her really well. Its awesome! Our other investigator has been struggling to feel the spirit and I think he felt it in church this last week. We will be talking to him about it this Wednesday. He is awesome! We have become really good friends. He gave me a huge thing of Gold Standard Protein this last week that he didn’t want. That was a huge blessing because I hate dropping money on that stuff.

My comp and I also had a really cool experience this week. There is a girl in the Stevens Creek Ward area who has wanted to get baptized for years but her mom is so against the church and especially missionaries. It’s so bad that this girl started paying for her own phone so her mom would stop taking it away every time she talked to missionaries. Well, she has been meeting again with the missionaries in that area for the last couple months. When I was here before I knew of her but we didn’t teach her. Anyway, she lives in our area but goes to the other ward because that is where people have been fellowshipping her. We were up around her house and I had the thought to text her and see if she wanted us to knock on her door and talk to her mom. She said to go for it and so we did. I was scared to death. My heart was about to come right out of my darn chest. The plan was to act like we were tracting in the neighborhood and happened to knock on her door. We were also going to pretend that we didn’t know her. So that’s what we did. The mom opened the door and we ended up having an amazing talk with her about Christ and how we can find happiness in life. We talked about prayer and recognizing blessings in our life. It was solid! She was really nice to us too. She didn’t once bring up her daughter meeting with the missionaries though. She kept that secret the whole time. I even tried to say things that would lead her to tell us and she still didn’t crack. I was impressed. So we left and later that night we get a call from that girl and she told us that her mom mentioned that we stopped by. She said her mom was happy and in a good mood and really liked us. She said that she was ok with her getting baptized! She still doesn’t want her too but she wants her to do what will make her happy. The girl said it was crazy the difference in her mom after that. That was a really cool experience for us.

We also had a baptism this week as well. It went super well. The spirit was really strong and he asked me to confirm him. That was a really neat experience. The spirit was really strong and you could see it all over his face. He was so happy.

It’s been a pretty solid week though. Oh, and last thing, you think we would have learned our lesson with fire, but no. We made a bonfire during our service project this week and were jumping it! Nothing bad happened, but we did have a scare. I was the first one to try to jump it and the ground was all wet around it because we had been spraying it down with a hose. When I planted my foot to jump, I slid on the mud and just about fell into the fire. Somehow, I managed to still jump and barley make it over, but wow, I could feel the heat on my rear end. The fire warmed my backside right up!

Thank you all for all you do. Have a great week.

Elder Goodsell

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Our investigator who got baptized this week

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I promise there were legit flames when we jumped it. It wasn’t just smoke.

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Weekly Mission Report – Feb 22nd

Hey Everyone,

This has been a pretty good week. I hope ya’lls was great. So first, we didn’t end up having a baptism. It will be this Saturday at 5  pm. Things came up last Saturday and we had to push it back. Larry is still really excited though for his baptism. It should be a great experience for him. I know he will love it. This last week I was able to go on exchanges to my old area. I talked to a kid I was really good friends with when I was here last. We talked a lot about the church and why we follow all the stuff that we do. It was a really good talk.  A few days after that, he went back to those missionaries and told them he would like to be baptized and asked what he has to do. So that was really neat.

We also have been having another one of our investigators getting really involved in a lot of activities at the church. She has been really welcomed and a lot of the young single adults will text her every day.

So I witnessed one of the funniest, but also one of the scariest things of my life. We were helping a member with her house and she asked me to grill burgers and hot dogs for lunch. So I go out there and get the grill all set up. Well, the darn charcoals would not stay lit. The wind kept putting them out. It was driving me insane.  Another missionary came over and I told him what the deal was. Well, this Bro says “oh, dude I got this.” He grabs the huge bottle of lighter fluid, he squirts half of it into the grill. He then squats down, sticks his hand in the grill with the lighter and lights it. I’m watching this whole thing and thinking like wow he is really about to do this. The grill exploded into a ball of fire. I was 5 feet away and it almost got me. I watched this joker disappear in a ball of fire. Next thing I know, he comes running out of the fire with smoke coming out of his hair. The dude caught his hair on fire for a quick second. Something you have to know about this kid is he is from Las Vegas and cares so much about his hair. So anyway, he is yelling and I’m laughing and so is everyone else in the backyard. They were laughing at what he was saying but they didn’t know what had happened. When he turned around he looked like one of those cartoon characters that blows them self up. His arm hair, eye brows, eye lashes, and hair were all singed bad. He looked terrible and his hand was burned really bad. When he really freaked out though was when he felt his hair and noticed how bad it was. In the end, he ended up having burns on his hand but the rest of him came out okay except for the singed hair. So that was pretty wild to witness.

This Monday we went golfing and I did better then normal, which wasn’t good. To tell you how bad we were, between 4 of us we lost 48 balls by hole 14. So yeah we did really bad. It was legit though and we had a good time. I only threw a golf club twice and hit one house. That game can get really frustrating.

Also, transfers was this week and on the way there we blew a tire. We ended up walking to a tow place and got picked up by a member. Our president called us and told us not to even worry about coming to transfers anymore. They had a senior couple bring us our new companions because they had to drop stuff off in Augusta anyway. So that was an adventure. My new comp is Elder Walker. I took his spot when I came to Evans over a year ago and now he is back with me but on the other half of Evans. Well, I think that’s all for this week. Ya’ll have a good one and thanks for all you do!

Elder Goodsell

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Bible Study

Weekly Mission Report – Feb. 13th

Hey Everyone,

This has been a pretty bomb week. We had the word of wisdom talk with one of our investigators who is on date to be baptized and he was not too stoked about that. Beer is a big part of his social life like most people in the army. We had some members at the discussion who helped share their thoughts and by the end of the night he understood it and it all made sense. He still isn’t stoked about it though. Later in the week we had a great lesson about prophets and faith with this same investigator. The guy is a stud! We also started to set up a baptism for another one of our investigators. It was suppose to be this Saturday, but some conflicts came up and it may happen either Friday or Sunday. We will see. This investigator is so stoked to be baptized. He cant stop talking about it.

This week I got to interview a lady for baptism and it was an amazing experience. She cried during both prayers. She bore her testimony to me, and when I shared some scriptures with her she started crying even more. The spirit was very strong throughout the entire interview. You could tell this lady is ready and prepared for baptism. It was pretty neat.

We also had a cool experience with another one of our investigators this week. We took her on a church tour, which went alright.  However, we finished the tour in the chapel and while we were in the chapel we had an amazing conversation about prayer and faith. The spirit in the chapel is great! You could feel the difference when you walked into it compared to the rest of the building. She felt that difference and she almost cried. We also got her to go to a YSA activity which she really enjoyed. We have tons of work right now which is awesome! Our bible study is going great as well. We have a lot of members, to less actives, and investigators who attend.

Stake Conference was this last week as well and Elder De Feo who is a member of the seventy attended.  He spoke on faith, blocking out negative voices, and going after “the one.” It was awesome!

Today was pretty legit! We went fishing, made a fire, and cooked hot dogs over the fire. Oh, and I forgot to mention, I blew a tire this week which was so dumb. I pulled up next to a curb and a sharp piece of concrete sticking out of the curb ripped the tire open. So we had to change the darn thing and take it to be fixed. We walked around Augusta, Georgia though and saw the front entrance to the Masters. We also had a guy buy us Five Guys. That was really nice! Anyway, I think that is the majority of what happened this week. Thanks for all your support. Have a fantastic, bomb of a week!

Elder Goodsell

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Front Entrance to the Masters in Augusta, Georgia

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Fixing our flat tire

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Bible Study

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Bible Study

Weekly Mission Report – Feb 6th

Hello Ya’ll,

This has been a pretty good week. I felt like we have lived in the car though. We had to drive to Aiken, South Carolina twice last week to help move a car around. We have to go again tomorrow, but this time to talk with some missionaries. Not looking forward to that! We also had MLC, which we had to drive to Macon. So, for three days in a row we probably spent a total of over 15 hours in the car, maybe even more. Probably more to be honest. MLC was pretty cool. We had some people from the mother ship (Salt Lake) come and train us. They did a good job. Afterwards was great because we got to hit up the Panda Express and have their Honey Walnut Shrimp. Its always a good day when you get to have that!

Bible study this last week was awesome as well. We talked about when Jesus asked his disciples to leave their boats and nets and follow him. We had a really solid discussion. We talked a lot about how the nets could be distractions and hold us back from following the Savior.  We also compared that with the blessings to do come when we follow the Savior. We had a lot of investigators come as well.

This week we also did a lot of service. We spent 2 hours clearing thorn bushes out of a ladies yard. I got stabbed by them a million times. I got one stuck in my hand. The following day I was at district meeting and it hurt so bad.  I couldn’t take it anymore and I cut it out with my knife. It felt so relieved after that. We also helped a recent convert and her mom clear a bunch of sticks out of their flower beds. The recent converts mom used to be so against the church but she has opened up a lot the last two months.

We had a really good lesson this week with one of our investigators. In fact, she came to our Bible study. So, she views religion as stories and she doesn’t really believe in God. She really likes everything that we teach her and she really likes how families in the church are so important. She didn’t think families like she saw in the church really existed anymore. Well, after talking and having a good discussion with her she asked if she could talk to two of our recent converts and one of our investigators about the church and their conversion. She has reached out to them and talking with them. As far as we know, it has been really good. She has come a along way though.  One of our investigators getting baptized this month was just like this when they began to investigate the church. We are excited to see what happens. We are going to try to give her a church tour this week.

Anyway, that has been our week. I hope ya’ll have had a great week. Thank you for all the support.

Elder Goodsell

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This is Redcliffe Plantation.  We went here for P-day today.

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