West Virginia Charleston Mission

West Virginia Charleston Mission

Monday, October 24, 2016

"Zion isn't built on sermons. It's built by people who show up and put their shoulder to the wheel"

Well. I'm drawing a blank of what happened for a majority of this week. Here goes nothing.

Monday no one ended up coming to basketball (I was devastated, as you could probably guess - insert sarcasm) so Elder Baggett and I had some extra fun. We decided to go bug-hunting and we caught, notably, a giant praying-mantis, a grasshopper, a huge hairy spider unidentified in species, and a stinkbug. Then we threw them all in the same container with the assassin bug. It was a massacre and to save a long story, the giant praying-mantis ended up literally ripping every other bug in half and eating them. Got it on video:) But other than that, we tried to see the Laffertys, who weren't home and then we had a good family home evening with the Plummers.

Tuesday we had another crazy day in Allen and Dwale. Brother Sloan came with us to a ton of lessons and it was awesome. We had some good lessons and then it capped off with an old guy we were teaching getting upset and throwing the Book of Mormon. So that was a bit unfortunate. But overall it was a good day. We found out that Cathy is finally divorced while at dinner with Sister Taylor and Brother Sloan.  She's really close to baptism!!! She's also hilarious.

I went on exchanges with Elder Johnson, which I forgot to get a picture of. He's actually from Elder Normans home ward as well as being his cousin. He's a super cool missionary. We had a bunch of appointments fall through though. But we did get to see Thomas and we taught him about tithing and fast offering. He's doing really well.

We had district meeting on Friday all about planning and goal setting. It went really well and to be honest, it really showed me how planning goes even beyond just missionary work. Planning really just maximizes everything we do, as long as we actually follow the plans we make. Then I got to go on exchanges with Elder Burgener again! I normally would have gone with Elder Hill, but he was in Martin when Brother King was found and since we had a few lessons to which Brother King was coming to, I had Elder Hill go and see him again. Elder Burgener and I had a good time over in Hazard.

We had stake conference as well this weekend. We were supposed to see Sean and April Saturday night but they had to reschedule. We'll be seeing them on Thursday this next week. They've started reading the Book of Mormon more, which is awesome. The lame thing is that our Stake Center is almost 2 hours away and they didn't have a broadcast, so it was hard for any of the people we are teaching to get there. But we are looking to see a lot of people there this weekend.

Stake Conference was pretty awesome. Thomas, Elder Baggett and I all rode in the car with the Bentleys on the way there and back. It was a long ride, haha. My favorite quote from conference was  "Zion isn't built on sermons. It's built by people who show up and put their shoulder to the wheel". That was really cool to me, because just like anything else in life, the Kingdom of God, our testimonies and anything else Gospel related are only going to move forward if we actually work at it. Nothing happens until work is put in. President Salisbury was also there, so that was sweet to get to see him.

Something I just read in our mission Book of Mormon reading is Mosiah 16. I really like the verse that says Jesus Christ "is the light and the life of the world. Yea, a light that is endless that can never be darkened; yea, and also a life that is endless, that there can be no more death" It is just such a strong testimony to me of the Savior and how like an ever-burning light, He is always there. He, like the ground we walk on and the air we breathe, is always there, regardless of whether or not we notice His constant care. He IS there!

Hope y'all have a great week and stay safe.

Take Luck

Elder Goldilocks

Praying Mantis

Elder Bergener and I

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