West Virginia Charleston Mission

West Virginia Charleston Mission

Saturday, April 30, 2016

"We were able to find a new person totally by inspiration!"

Hello everyone!! This last week has been super fun but super hard. Everyone this week is prepping for or taking their finals already, so not a whole lot of people are wanting to meet with us or make time.

Last Monday was awesome, we played soccer and it was great. I thoroughly loved just running in circles chasing the ball while most of the other missionaries were dying. Humidity, however, is not very fun.

Tuesday was an awesome day! We were able to teach this guy Brandon. He came to Bert's baptism and was taught a little by the Morgantown Sisters, but now we are teaching him! He is looking for direction in his life and feels like he wants this so he can just start over! We also saw and taught this new guy named Sean. He is super relaxed and has almost no furniture, he just chills on the floor.

Wednesday was interesting. We had a lot of people bail on appointments until later in the day. But that night, we taught Will and Elise, a Spanish couple, and Anthony and Chad. The best part was who came with us! We brought Luther, a kind of less active kid, teaching with us! He is actually super good with teaching and talking to people, so it was awesome to have him with us, especially since he still thinks going on a mission is something he needs to do! It would be so awesome to see the chain reaction from him if he were to serve a mission for the Lord! He does need to work on some things, but we are super excited to see him moving forward! There were also some interesting people partying that night. More on this later.

Friday to Saturday, we went on exchanges with the Zone Leaders again and it was sweet. I went with Elder Kropushek to the Zone Leader area and we had a pretty good time. He is super cool and a great missionary for sure!

Saturday morning, Brunno was interviewed for Baptism by Elder Stoddard! He passed his interview, but his only concern was he's not sure if he wants to get baptized here, or wait to be baptized in Brazil so his family can be there. Luckily there are 20 wards in his hometown, so he'd be in good shape. Anyways, since he's still deciding, his baptism wouldn't be until the 7th if he did it here.

Sunday was Bert's confirmation! It was really cool to stand in while he was confirmed a member of Christ's church on the Earth today. It was such a powerful moment and Bert has been doing really awesome since then! We are hoping to get him to the temple this next month while he's working!

Yesterday was a good day as well, we saw an awesome blessing in the morning! We were able to find a new person totally by inspiration! We were walking to work a nearby area for a short while and on our way, we felt like we should stay at this certain apartment complex and so we did. The first person who answered was Matt. He had met with missionaries about 8 years ago and had frequently seen them around, but never learned anything past the basics of the Restoration. So he invited us right in and we taught him about the Plan of Salvation and he seemed to understand it really well. It was pretty awesome to see that as such an obvious blessing from following the Spirit.

Well, nothing too crazy happened this week. Wednesday while we were walking with Luther, there were about 10 girls out on their front porch ledge place, drinking, dancing and singing along to "Wannabe" by the Spice Girls.   We also had some fun getting a new soccer ball out of some bushes, that way, we can play with a better ball.  We seriously find all sorts of random things here. I have been averaging 2 cents a day from the side walks.

My spiritual moment from this week comes from President Benson, specifically chapter 18, pointed out to me by Elder Kropushek. He talks all about pride and its different forms and how we can recognize pride within ourselves so we can change and be better people. He taught "The central feature of pride is enmity—enmity toward God and enmity toward our fellowmen. Enmity‍ means “hatred toward, hostility to, or a state of opposition.”  I think pride is something that everyone can always be working on and the way we do that is constantly trying to be more like our Savior, Jesus Christ. I have really been thinking about this a lot this part week and I would challenge all of you to think about it and even read that chapter!

So this week is weird because transfers are on Wednesday instead of Thursday like normal. So today is our P-Day and Elder Vai and I are both staying here in Morgantown for part of the summer! I am super excited, except for all of the students leaving...Anyways, I hope all of you are doing well!

Take Luck,

Elder Goold

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