Month: April 2017

Weekly Mission Report – April 24th

Hey Ya’ll,

This has been a bomb week! I hope it’s been good for ya’ll. This last Tuesday I was on exchanges. I stayed here in my area and an old friend and fellow missionary in the mission that I’m going home with in June came to do exchanges with me. We had a good time. We went contacting for a while and found some sweet people. One lady that we talked to was sitting in her truck and said she normally doesn’t come to this park for lunch but felt she needed to that day. Another lady said she knew she was suppose to meet us because her day had been a rough one. Another lady tried to debate doctrine.

We then had a great bible study which helped one of our investigators who was starting to be unsure about baptism. After bible study she felt better and will still be baptized sometime around May 6th. We are having a lot of scheduling problems but we will get it all figured out.

The rest of the week we contacted a lot and found some neat people. In total we found three people who seem to have sincere interest. We will see what happens this week with them. We had a really neat talk with a lady that we try to visit each week. She is a psychologist. My companion and I were talking about people who act out and make anti material against the church. We decided they all attack the doctrine but that is not what got them to leave the church. Its something deeper that really made them leave the church and attacking the doctrine is just a way the retaliate. We asked her about this and also why many parents wont let their kids join the church. She gave us some really good insights. A lot of it comes down to fear, never actually understood the church, crave attention, and ego. It would take forever to explain how they all relate to the topic, but it was a good discussion. It gave us a lot of insight on why these people do what they do and how we can help and handle them.

We did a couple service projects this week and I got chiggers for the first time. Those jokers are awful! The itch so bad! I almost made it my whole mission without getting any.

Today was bomb! We started cooking the raccoon last night in a crock pot with water, salt, onion, red bell pepper, and carrots (that’s all we had). It was so good though when we ate it this morning. We also had pulled raccoon sandwiches. They were amazing! It tasted like a pork roast, but a lot more greasy and moist. I would recommend it. The whole district had some. I saved a big plate of it that I will have for lunches this week.  Its been a solid week though. It’s definitely starting to heat up around these parts. The humidity is on the rise. The season of soaking wet shirts and ties is about to begin. Ya’ll have a great week and thank you for everything you do.

Elder Goodsell


Cooking our Raccoon


Pulled Raccoon Sandwich


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Weekly Mission Report – April 3rd

Hey Everybody,

We have had a great week! We started out by fishing for turtles this last Monday. We caught 12 and kept all of them. Everyone in the District wants a turtle shell to keep or send home. I tried to get this one turtle for hours and I couldn’t get him to bite. Finally, I hooked him on the shell and when I was almost done pulling him all the way up and out of the water, he flipped off the hook. It made me so mad! My companion caught a giant one at the very end of the day. It was way bigger than any we had caught all day. It’s pretty cool. Cleaning them was nasty, but I cleaned one in 30 minutes which is my new record. Right now they are chilling on our porch so bugs can eat any leftovers inside. Some time soon we will boil them.

The next day I went on exchanges in North Augusta. We went contacting around some ponds and we saw 3 gators. These gators weren’t to big but I got close to one of them. We wanted to catch a baby one so bad. It would have been legit to hold it and get a picture. They are way faster then you think though. We ran into some nice people who weren’t interested in our message but we had good talks with them.

On Thursday, we tried to commit our investigator to baptism. She said she wanted to pray about it this week and then see. Well, after conference she texted us and said she wants to get baptized! We are super stoked about that. She is ready and has changed so much. She went from not believing in God and knowing nothing about the gospel to knowing a lot and being able to recognize the Holy Ghost really well. It has been an awesome journey! We found her at Walmart right before the new year and she has changed a lot.

Conference was awesome! I loved Elder Ballard’s talk on visions and goals. Its pretty much what we are trying to do in the mission. It’s also what our district did a while back to be so successful.

Today we got to go to the Masters tournament at the Augusta National. It was amazing! Today was the first day of practice rounds and we got to see a lot of the players out hitting. The course is insane! I have never been in a cleaner and more organized place. Nothing was dirty and every pine needle was in its correct place. It looked nothing like Georgia or Augusta. It is so impressive! Pictures do not even come close to do this place justice. So many people go too. It is such a big deal here. It was an amazing experience. Also, I found out that I’m staying in Evans, GA another transfer. So yeah, this week has been the bomb!

I hope ya’ll have had a great week. Thank you so much for all your support. Have an amazing day.

Elder Goodsell


Fishing for turtles


Baby Gator


Masters Golf Tournament


Masters Golf Tournament