West Virginia Charleston Mission

West Virginia Charleston Mission

Monday, February 22, 2016

"Elder Higgins nailed some squirrel, so he wanted Elder Norman to skin it..."

Hey there everyone!

This week has been very quick. The weather here remains completely inconsistent. Last Sunday it was 7 degrees outside and snowy. And just 2 days ago it was 70 degrees rainy and humid. It is very confusing. 

Monday: We didn't really do anything since everything was closed down due to snow. We spent a good 25 minutes driving to Walmart in the snow, in a Corolla. I'll just tell you, it's very difficult. Then we walked to the Church that night to get the snow shovels so we could dig stuff out.

Tuesday: We walked to Genealogical Society and helped them move a bunch of bookcases. Later when we went to see Philippe, we ran into Julia, a lady who requested a Bible, and talked to her for a little while! She is going to be out of town for a little while, but she is super nice and wants us to come and talk to her family in the future!

Wednesday: We talked with the Tucker Family, trying to set up a time when we could do a family home evening activity with them, but they're a very busy family, so we'll have to try back in a few weeks. Mostly normal missionary activities the rest of the day, talking to people, then we got a call from Clifton Forge. Elder Higgins apparently nailed some squirrel who failed his road safety classes, so he wanted Elder Norman to skin it. Hence, graphic pictures. You have been warned. 

Thursday: We did some weekly planning and later we had an appointment set up with Sister Carter. Brother Lockhart was signed up on our splits schedule, so he was coming with us, but Sister Carter had to take her brother to the ER. Instead we ended up going to the Dunihue's with Brother Lockhart since they are really close. The Dunihues are a less active family, but they are such nice people and they have testimonies for sure! It was the first time I got to visit with them and we had an awesome discussion on focusing our lives on the Gospel!

Friday: We had a great district meeting and that night we went over to Jodie's again. She texted us a few days ago and wanted us to come over. We talked and realized that she had never learned about the truth of the Godhead. She didn't know that the Spirit was his own Personage, so we taught her how God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are all separate distinct beings, and that the Spirit is the only one without a physical body. That kind of shook her and we haven't seen her since, but hopefully that made sense to her and she could feel the truth of it!

Saturday: We got to visit with the Gibson's for a short while and Brother Gibson showed us his very impressive woodworking garage. We also got to visit with Robert!! Missionaries met with him a while ago, but he was hard to get a hold of. We talked to him and his two sons and he was super nice and wanted us to come back and teach him! He is seriously the nicest guy I have ever met. We are pumped to go and teach him on Wednesday! 

Sunday: So the Arritt's gave their homecoming talk, since they just got back from their mission in Kansas! So many people came and visited to hear them speak! Definitely the most people I have seen in this Branch in one week! Brother Arritt is actually the new Branch Mission Leader so that is very exciting! I taught Elders Quorum and taught about "Help from on High", which was an awesome topic. Something I re-learned was about progress takes time, sometimes more time than we would like. A quote came from Joseph Smith that said "We consider that God has created man with a mind capable of instruction, and a faculty which may be enlarged in proportion to the heed and diligence given to the light communicated from heaven to the intellect; and that the nearer man approaches perfection, the clearer are his views, and the greater his enjoyments, till he has overcome the evils of his life and lost every desire for sin; and like the ancients, arrives at that point of faith where he is wrapped in the power and glory of his Maker, and is caught up to dwell with Him. But we consider that this is a station to which no man ever arrived in a moment"  

It was an awesome week and I hope you all feel the same! Pictures on the way! 

Take Luck,

Elder Goold

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