Month: March 2017

Weekly Mission Report – Mar. 27th

Hey Everyone,

I hope ya’ll have had a great week. Ours has been pretty good. We had a bomb meeting with our Stake President this past Tuesday. He talked to us for a while about contacting and talking to people. It’s what we are really trying to push right now. He gave us a lot of really good insights about how to go about talking with people we come in contact with. It’s stuff we were sorta doing and trying to figure out. He just laid it all out for us and gave us everything that we needed. It got everyone pretty fired up.

We also met with a guy this week and may be creating a ward blog post so people can submit missionary experiences. The goal is to help people become motivated and be able to read all these cool experiences happening.

Bible study was really good too. We had a good turn out and talked about the parable of the sower. We talked a lot of how people respond differently to the gospel and why Christ spoke in parables.

We had a really good Zone Conference this past week as well. The mission president is going to start running the mission a little differently. It’s really cool how he will do it. Basically, it will be helping the mission focus on one goal and by doing that it will unify the mission in our efforts. It’s a bomb idea! Our new Mission President is really starting to figure things out. He also had a meeting with me and another missionary to talk about a lot of the ideas we have done in the area. It was a solid discussion.

So last night we had a funny thing happen. We went to Young Single Adult event with another set of missionaries in the area. So, to give you a back story, we all have a lot of inside jokes. Well something during the opening hymn reminded one of the missionaries about an inside joke we have. He started laughing and so did another one. They got it under control but then during the prayer you could hear all three of them laughing. They were trying to stay silent but it was so quiet you could hear their breathing and them bouncing up and down. Everyone looked at them after the prayer. It was so awkward! Then, like a minute later, the one who started it couldn’t hold it in anymore and just snorted as he tried to hold back a laugh. He went running out of the room laughing. It was so embarrassing. We made sure he didn’t come back in the rest of the night. I was surprised I didn’t laugh because usually I would have but in my mind I had to literally keep telling myself how much of an idiot he was making himself look like. I had to get myself all mad about it to keep from laughing. It worked though. I was the only one who didn’t laugh out of the four of us. It was bad, but you better believe on the way home we all laughed about it.Its been a solid week for us.

This is going to be the last week of the transfer. I really hope I stay in this area. I only have two more transfers left before I go home and I would love to have them both here. This area is the bomb! Ya’ll have a great week!

Elder Goodsell

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My hair got singed. I had a grill explode on me. I know crazy. To much gas had come out before we lit it and it made a good fire ball and got my hair.

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Weekly Mission Report – Mar. 20th

Hey Ya’ll,

This has been a solid week. We have been focusing a lot on contacting people. I have been trying to work on my communication skills. It makes it a lot more fun to contact people when you are trying to work on a certain thing such as eye contact, small talk, or matching the mood of the person to help them feel comfortable. It’s neat and it has helped us be able to read people better and to know what they are feeling and thinking. We also have a lot of stories come out of contacting from the other missionaries. Sometimes things just come out wrong and we sound so straight dumb. It’s all good though because we always end up laughing about it. Contacting has helped us move past a lot of fear and it gives you confidence. It’s pretty solid!

We had a solid lesson with one investigator this week. She was still struggling with her faith and getting an answer. She has had some answers but is in denial about it. We were pretty bold and straight forward with her. The spirit was really strong in the lesson though and she was in tears for some of it. It ended super solid and talked a lot about having faith in God and trusting him. Trust in God is such a struggle for people sometimes which makes sense. I have been there and still struggle with it at certain times. It’s hard to work through but it’s cool to witness when people do see the blessings they receive.

Oh, also I forgot to mention that last night the cops were called on us. We were walking through our apartment complex talking to people and some one called and said we were flagging cars down. Which we didn’t do once. So my comp was about 30 yards off talking to someone and I was walking trying to find someone else when a cop pulled me over and told me about the complaint. I was like, wow, really. We had talked to a few people and did not waved one car down. None of the people we talked to were mad that we spoke with them either. It was dumb but kinda funny that it happened. We just ended up leaving.

We went to Macon this week to do exchanges and I was with an old friend. We went contacting and saw a miracle. We were driving and decided to pull over to talk to this couple walking on the side of the road. Turns out she was looking for a church and God. She straight up prayed that people like us would find her. He said he was willing to take off work every Sunday to come to church. They both asked us for a Book of Mormon. We set up a time to meet and said they couldn’t wait.

It’s been a solid week though. I hope ya’ll are all doing well and having fun. Thank you for your support and help.

Elder Goodsell

Weekly Mission Report – Mar. 13th

Hey Ya’ll,

It’s been a long crazy but good week. We slacked with our Bible study just a little bit and didn’t throw the lesson together until right before. It still went decent though. We have been doing it for almost 10 weeks now. It’s crazy how fast the time is flying. Our Bible study has been really good though and a big success. We also went on exchanges with other missionaries this week. That was a good time. The missionary I was with was going to do a team training with me during our missionary meeting that we had last Thursday. We put together this whole training about setting a vision and then a game plan for every week on how you will reach your vision. It is really successful. The zone got pretty stoked about it. We are about to see a lot of improvement with the work in the area like we did a month ago. The overall meeting went super well too. Afterward we had to lunch and I have decided to start eating really healthy. I brought a salad and 2 cans of tuna. I didn’t know you were suppose to drain the tuna before eating it. I just ate it straight out of the can and it was so nasty. I wanted to throw up, but I ate it. It wasn’t until the second can when I found out you should drain it. So that one was better, but still not great.

This week we were trying to contact a referral and they weren’t home so we knocked on some surrounding doors and got into one house. It was an older couple and they were super nice. We were having a great conversation about the church until they turned it to politics and how much they don’t like Democrats.  Once that happened the discussion about the church was over. We did set up a time to come back for tomorrow. Hopefully it will go well.

One of our investigators kinda flipped out this week. The missionaries had a solid lesson with her on exchanges but she just wasn’t sure about everything. She wants everything to be true. She said that she is going through a lot of trails and her life has been really hard. She said she just doesn’t see how she can receive peace and happiness, which she needs, from the gospel. We had a solid talk with her yesterday and were very blunt about stuff. It ended super well and things are all good now.

This weekend we got fed steak twice by two different people. They were the bomb! I had my first one medium rare. The second one I had rare and wow it was so good! The middle looked like it just came out of the fridge, but man, it was good. I think I will be having more of my steaks rare now. I would do fine surviving in the wilderness now. Oh, I also cooked up that bass I caught a while ago and it was bomb! I covered it in butter and lemon pepper. Then I pan fried it.

Its been a solid busy week though. I hope ya’ll had a bomb week. Thank you for all you do. Have a great day.

Elder Goodsell

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The bass I caught last week

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Weekly Mission Report – March 6th

Hey Ya’ll,

I hope all ya’ll are doing well. This has been a great week! We met with Larry (our new convert) a couple times this week and he is still feeling really good after his baptism. We are super excited for him and he seems different. He is a lot happier. It’s so nice to see him happy like this and how excited he is about stuff. We met with another investigator this week and had a solid lesson with her. We talked about who God is and why we have trials. She feels that she is going through and working through a lot right now. We were able to help her see why this isn’t a punishment and it doesn’t mean that God is not there for her. It was really good. She also came to church and enjoyed it.

We met with another guy that we have been working with for a while. He opened up this last week and really told us how he was feeling about everything. He said he still hasn’t felt like he has received an answer that the church is true. Also, even if he did, he would have a hard time giving up stuff to live the commandments. He also indicated that he would have to give up his social life, which would definitely be really hard for him. We have tried so many different things to help him but nothing has worked. He does really like the church though and he recognizes a lot of blessings that could come from it. We are going to keep trying things though and see what we can do. He hasn’t given up yet. Yesterday, a former Orthodox priest from the middle east came to the church to do a fireside and tell us about the struggles of early Christians. It was really neat. He spoke the language that Christ spoke and showed us a lot of neat things. He even showed us how off some of the Bible verses are because of missed translations. It was really fascinating! We also had another interesting experience at a dinner this last week. It’s not to uncommon to meet southerners who are still bitter about the Civil War, but this last week we met a guy who is pretty extreme. He went off for 45 minutes on how terrible Abraham Lincoln was and how the South should still be the Confederacy and all this stuff. It was pretty crazy! The guy was very passionate about it. I have heard some passionate people about the subject down here, but this guys takes it. He has done a lot research and has really studied this stuff. It was pretty wild!

Also last week we went fishing and my first and only cast of the day I caught a large mouth bass. After that I cleaned him up and he is chillin in my freezer right now. I’m excited to eat him. We just haven’t had time to cook the joker yet.

Thank you all for your support though. I appreciate it. Have a great week.

Elder Goodsell

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