West Virginia Charleston Mission

West Virginia Charleston Mission

Monday, July 18, 2016

"A tour of a local mosque"

So it has been only a few days since emailing last, but we have had a bunch of random stuff happened.

Thursday was pretty good. We were going to teach with Bro. D, but our appointment canceled. So we went and tried a good group of potentials, which turned out well because we got to teach someone! We taught Masood, a guy from Pakistan, about the Restoration and it went really well. And when we were tracting earlier in the day, something funny happened. I'm not sure what it is, but a lot of college dudes here just love to answer the door in their underwear. It happens more frequently than you would think, haha!

Friday we had appointments set up but we weren't able to see anyone. That has happened a lot recently, but it's not the end of the world, we are still doing well! We did get to meet a Muslim guy who had talked to us Wednesday night. He got us our own copies of the Koran in English and then....he took us on a tour of the local Mosque. That was most definitely a unique experience. He did say we can go back whenever we want. 

Saturday we got to see Natalia on the bus! She is doing really well. She has been very busy, so we haven't taught her in a while, but she has been reading the Book of Mormon a ton and going to church every week! She said near the end of the month she'll be more free and will be able to meet with us, so that will be awesome! Then we got to see Wenjie again. It was difficult to explain "service" to him because he just kept thinking of a work service like restaurant service. But eventually we got the point across. 

Sunday we got to have dinner with the Huffs again now that they are back for the weekends, so that was nice! Other than that, nothing really happened. I have been leading the music pretty often in Church now, so that is fun! We've actually had a lot of people at church the last two weeks, which is pretty sweet! The Earls are actually starting to return to activity more because they've set a goal for themselves to be sealed in the temple in November (Gilbert Temple, she's is from Arizona)!! That was pretty awesome to hear!

This next week should be pretty awesome, hopefully we get to talk to a lot of the people coming back for school!!  So a spiritual thought I wanted to send this week is about "How Firm a Foundation". As of now, I think it is my favorite hymn and I actually recently listened to a talk by President Monson with the same name as the hymn. A quote from his talk is really awesome: "Stated simply, if we do not have a deep foundation of faith and a solid testimony of truth, we may have difficulty withstanding the harsh storms and icy winds of adversity which inevitably come to each of us." The more and more I am on my mission and am around all sorts of people, the more I see how faith can change and impact every part of our lives, helping us stay immovable in every circumstance. You just have to always focus on the good and push through the bad!

Hope y'all have a good week!

Take Luck,

Elder Goold

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