Month: June 2017

Weekly Mission Report – June 19th

Hey Yall,

I hope ya’ll have had a great week. This will be my last email. Today is my last P-day. We have had an awesome week! One of the ladies we have been teaching got baptized on Saturday and she loved it so much. It was such a good experience for her. She was soaking it all in. It has been amazing to see the change in her life. She is so dedicated to the gospel and its awesome. She brought a ton of her family as well. We were able to give them a church tour and they loved it.

We have been able to teach a lot of lessons this week though and it has been great. It’s been amazing to see how the gospel will uplift people and help them in their life. I have been able to see many people change because of the gospel. Even if its just for the sort time we are in their home sharing our message. Just in that time you can see it uplift people. I have loved the opportunity I have had to work with so many people and make so many friends. The mission has been the best thing of my life because of how much I have grown and the lessons I have learned. I have developed a deep testimony in the restored gospel and our Savior Jesus Christ. That is something I will cherish forever. I have learned how much God loves each one of us. I have been able to see and feel his love for me. I know that he has a plan for all of us. As I have reflected on these two years I can see how he has put me in certain areas with certain companions for a reason. It’s been amazing to look back on. I know the Lord knows us and puts everything in our life for a reason.

I have loved my mission and I’m so grateful that I have been able to serve. I’m excited to be home and continue on with life and apply the many lessons I have learned on the mission. I want to thank all of you for your support these last two years. It has meant a lot to me. Ya’ll have been amazing, so thank you so much. Have a wonderful day everybody!

Elder Goodsell

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Weekly Mission Report – June 13th

Hey Everybody,

I hope ya’ll have had a great week. Our week has been good. We stayed pretty busy. We started to see a few people more often throughout the week to prepare them for baptism. One of our investigators is Wendy. We love Wendy. She is so funny and makes amazing food. We had great lessons with her this week. These last few weeks she has really committed to the gospel. It’s awesome! She has much more of a desire to follow the commandments and is committed to the church. We have loved teaching her. She will be getting baptized this Saturday. We are so excited for her!

Another lady we are teaching will probably get baptized next week. She is doing well too. One of the items we have shared with our investigators this week how in life we have a vision and that’s the celestial kingdom. We then have goals to get there. Those include the many ordinances we do as well as enduring to the end. We then have plans every day, every week, and every month to hit those goals. Those plans include living the commandments, reading scriptures, praying, going to church, developing Christ like attributes, etc. It put things into perspective and gave a clear direction on what to do and why living the gospel is so important. The plans must be put into play in order to reach these goals. All goals must be reached in order to reach the vision we have of reaching the celestial kingdom and living with our Father in Heaven again. I have loved teaching this to our investigators.

This past Sunday my companion and I both spoke in church. We spoke at the Young Single Adult branch about missionary work. My companion talked about the why behind missionary work. I talked about how normal members of the church can do missionary work. The talks went really well. We also both did training in a missionary meeting we had yesterday. That went really well to. It was my last big training to a large group of missionaries. They had me give my going home testimony as well. I couldn’t help but talk again how I have seen the Lords hand in my life. How I have come to know that he loves me and puts me through everything for a reason. I’m so grateful for it! It was a good meeting. Everyone did a good job on their training’s.

One funny thing that happened this week was my companion and I trying to describe what a pie was to someone who doesn’t speak very much English. So we were in an English class helping the Spanish elders teach Hispanics how to speak English. Well, one of them didn’t know what pie was. So I started out first trying to describe it. I said, “well you see its round and you cut it like a pizza.” My companion just started laughing. I didn’t know what else to say. So then he said, “you see, you take like an apple and you bake it and it turns into a pie”…. I was like really? No way!? He then realize how dumb he sounded and we were both just laughing. Who knew describing pie would be so hard.

Anyway, I hope ya’ll have a great week. Thank you for everything you do. I appreciate the support.

Elder Goodsell

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Weekly Mission Report – June 5th

Hey Ya’ll,

We have had such a busy week. Its been awesome! I hope ya’ll have had a great week. This week has been one of the fastest on my mission. On Tuesday we went to Lanett for an exchange. I gave the training at the district meeting. They asked me to talk about what I learned and what I wish I would have done. It was actually really cool to reflect on my mission. I have gained a strong testimony of 1) The Gospel 2) the Lord has a plan for us and loves each one of us personally and 3) always be progressing forward. It’s cool to look back on my mission and to see how every companion, and area, and person I have met, I met for a reason and needed that experience. I can see how the Lord set things up along my mission that would prepare me for my future. I can see how he has inspired me throughout my mission and those around me to help me. It’s amazing to think about! Everything has worked out so perfect that it couldn’t be luck, but only the Lords hand. After that meeting I stayed in Lanett for an exchange. We tracted into a lady who was looking for a church and already has some family who are LDS. We had a great talk with her about the gospel. It was wonderful! She was excited about what we shared and asked us to come back.

This week we finally met with a girl that we had a lesson with my first week here. She was really interested and came to church that week. We had a great lesson with her. We talked about the Book of Mormon and how important it is. She understood and told us how excited she is to keep learning. We have really been focusing on helping people understand how important the Book of Mormon is in conversion. We want all our people we work with to develop a habit of reading the scriptures everyday.

This week we also had a meeting in Macon which was really good. The training’s were awesome and I was able to see a lot of friends. This is the last time I’ll see a lot of them until they come home. It’s been a great week though. We have taught a lot of lessons and have helped a lot of people. I’m so grateful for how busy we are. Thank you all for your support. I hope ya’ll have a great week.

Elder Goodsell