West Virginia Charleston Mission

West Virginia Charleston Mission

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

"...everything shut down except for Walmart."

Hey there everybody!

Well it's probably weird that I am emailing on Tuesday, but yesterday the Library was closed, not because of President's day, but because it snowed like 4 or 5 inches. It's kinda funny, people freaked out and everything shut down except Wal-mart. Oh well.

Monday: Last Monday we went to Jeff’s with Clifton Forge missionaries and played Axis and Allies, which is super fun. British Empire for the win. Elder Norman was America, of course. He loves America, probably more than anything. We tried visiting some other people near Sister Carter’s home, but people gave us funny looks because it was supposed to snow half an inch and they assumed we would be inside. Silly people. 

Tuesday: We visited Philippe and the Thompsons. The Thompsons were especially grateful for having a working bathroom floor, and they are doing really well. We came back and set up an appointment with Mitzi for Friday and Brother and Sister Becktel would be coming with us! We also talked with Fernando at his door about the Book of Mormon very shortly, he said he was still thinking and praying about it.

Wednesday: We didn't get out to do much, Elder Norman was feeling bad so we stayed in. Lately he has been getting really bad headaches, so we were pretty mellow the whole day.

Thursday: We had our Zone Conference!!! This is where President and Sister Salisbury, along with the Assistant missionaries, come and teach and give instruction for a big portion of the day. It was really dang awesome! President Salisbury taught us lots of really helpful things and is just awesome overall. He is also really good at magic tricks, so he showed us a couple of the tricks he could do. Plus, since he went on his mission to Paris, France (not sure if I have mentioned that before) he talked to me in French very briefly and it went right past me. Sorry Mom :) 

Friday: Friday we were supposed to have our lesson with Mitzi, but sadly her work went late and so we had to cancel. We work a lot trying to find people, but it's quite hard in this area. We did talk to a lady, another lady named Jackie actually, who asked us to come by Sunday, so that was pretty nice! We talked with Tonya, a referral from quite a few months ago, and she is really nice and very open to what we do, she just has lots of kids she watches for her friends and family, so she's hard to catch. It was actually quite a blessing to see her and hopefully we will be able to teach her soon! She was also very concerned for us being out in the cold!

Saturday: Elder Norman unfortunately had another bad headache so we had to rest inside. In the mean time, I'll tell you a little bit more about him. He is from Greenriver, Utah, he played football in High School as well as trap. He loves guns, football and America more than anything. He isn't super talkative, but we get along great! He is pretty good with cooking too, which is nice. He actually worked building houses and closing off old Uranium mines before he left on his mission. He loves to work hard and he is awesome to be companions with!

Sunday: Really great day at church! I'll focus mostly on Brother Southall's lesson. He taught about adversity and challenges in our life, and read how President Hunter related our challenges to a boat in water. Just like the boat cannot move forward without the water for the oars or propeller, we cannot improve or move forward in this life with out things that are challenging! Those things are placed in our life so that, if we push forward with faith, we can become more like the Savior and strengthen our own testimonies. In D&C 121:7-8 there is a phrase that sticks out to me.. "then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high" We are expected and we should use these events as ways to grow, not setbacks. I really liked his lesson, if you can't tell!

It was a really good week, despite some obstacles, and we are hoping to find a new investigator this week! We also just grew slightly since Brother and Sister Arritt just returned from their mission in Kansas! Brother Arritt absolutely loves missionary work, so we are totally pumped to have him in the mission! Keep up the good work and I would challenge you to all learn from those things that come your way! They are definitely there for a reason :) I know for a fact that Heavenly Father watches over every single one of us and He gives us exactly what we need, when we need it!

Take Luck,

Elder Goold 

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