West Virginia Charleston Mission

West Virginia Charleston Mission

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

"He's a magic wizard"

Well this last week has been considerably colder than usual, but it's not the end of the world, that's why we invented clothes! It also snowed a ton on Sunday, but now it's already all gone, sadly before I got a picture. Also, I'm emailing today because we had interviews with President Salisbury yesterday. Sorry for any confusion! Well, now for all of the adventures:

Last week we got to teach the B family!!! It was so good to actually sit down with their family and share the gospel! Sister B is awesome and even though she'd been away from the church for a while, she understands it and has a solid testimony. Brother B is really cool, he's an ex-bull rider and for a good reason! He's had a ton of broken bones and concussions throughout his life, so now he's retired from that and is on disability. But he is one of the nicest people ever and they are just a great family. The Spirit was soft but strong.

We had a missionary broadcast last week, which was exciting! We had another change, which was completely unexpected, which involves the 4 key indicators as a way to report our progress.

Since I've been here in Huntington, we've had a hard time finding members who are less-active and are open to returning to the church, but in the last week we've gotten to meet 4 who are all really receptive and have a desire to come back, so that's pretty darn awesome, definitely an answer to prayers. We got to visit with Sister K and it went really well. She doesn't have a car, which is stinky, but we've got other members nearby, so we're trying to get her to church again. 

We got to see Bro. R again! We taught him about the Plan of Salvation and he brought up that he's trying to quit smoking so tomorrow we get to do the Stop Smoking Workshop with him! I haven't done it in a while and neither has Elder Webb, so it will be pretty exciting.

Friday we had Zone Meeting and it went really well. We talked a lot about how we can better teach the people, not just the lessons. I think it helped me have a real understanding of how each of us is a child of God and everyone is really unique in their circumstances, and so the only way we can understand the needs of others is to rely on the Holy Ghost. None of us understand others perfectly, but Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ do, and it's by the Spirit we can know what they know. 

Yesterday we had interviews with President Salisbury, which was sweet. President Salisbury is awesome. I really appreciate him and the direction he gave me. It will be real sad to see him leave in a few months. He also showed us a sweet magic trick. I swear he's a magic wizard - haha. 

Anyways, nothing else happened that was terribly exciting so I'll share something before I end. I really, really, really like this video from Elder Holland called "The Savior Understands Me". We've watched it with some members recently and have gotten them to share it with others. It's an amazing video and I testify of the truthfulness of what Elder Holland says. So watch it here:) 

Hope all of y'all have a great week and stay safe!
Take Luck,

Elder Goold

Sunny in Huntington after the snow and super windy!

Elder Webb and I with President Salisbury

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