Sunday, November 1, 2015

Week 63 - Montrose

Hello Everyone,
This was an amazing and exciting week. I am now in Montrose on the complete opposite end of the mission. I am the second farthest area in the mission in the Mt. Sneffles ward, which is funny because before I was on the other end. It is very beautiful and we get an amazing view of Mt. Sneffels which are snow capped mountains in the distance. It is also very pretty with the fall leaves and the rain and sunshine. The members here are also amazing. Very missionary minded. Anyways here is the week.
Monday Oct 19:
We had a great day hanging out with Elder Dean who went home and Elder Jensen. We decided to make giant cookies with frosting on them for all the departing missionaries. I forgot to take a picture though. Overall it was a great day.
Tuesday Oct 20:
We woke up bright and early and piled all my stuff into a car. At transfer meeting I was told I am going to Montrose. Nearly all the people said that I was lucky and that it was a great ward. I was thrilled and very excited. I then got to drive about 6 hours to Grand Junction where I got to see Brother Smith again. It is always a privilege to see him. I then met my companion Elder Forrest. He has been out 6 weeks which means I am follow-up training. He is very optimistic and easy to get along with. The funny thing is that he is from Oroville CA. Fairly close to Folsom. We then got in a car and drove another 1.5 hours to Montrose.
Wednesday Oct 21:
It was a great day. The members are very very supportive and people in general are very nice. We actually taught a new investigator named Tom about the Restoration. He thanked us for getting him to talk about religion. It has been a while for him since he has been to a church and he was excited to do a church tour with us. I also got to  meet a lot of people and investigators that we have.
Thursday Oct 22:
We had an exchange with the zone leaders who just happen to live right next door.  In fact our doors are about a step away from eachother. I was with Elder Noblott the trainer of Elder Forrest. We had a great day starting off with a District Meeting. It turns out that my district leader is Elder Gish. I have served most of my mission around him and he has been my district leader before. I also seem to be the only person who can play piano so I attempted to sight read. Which I have been doing better at. Another intersting thing about this day was that we got caught in a home for 2.5 hours with Bible Bashers. They were actually really nice. They listened to our message and than bashed. Surprisingly this is my first real Bible Bashing session. I really try and stay away from them because they can drive the spirit away.
Friday Oct 23:
We started the morning off by driving to Grand Junction for Trainer's Training. It was really good and gave me some ideas about how I can follow-up train Elder Forrest the best way. He really is a great elder. He is on fire and soaks things in. He also has a very strong connection with the ward to the point where the ward will help us out with anything we need. Most of the rest of the day we planned. Because it is a new area we set some goals and went through the people we teach. Which is a lot. Another experience I had was to do a Church tour with Tom. We brought along a member who seemed to take over the church tour. At first I was freaking out a little because he was jumping ahead to all the commandments and things like that. However I soon learned that he was the perfect member for it. He made an instant connection with Tom and was just being a friend not just a followshipper. He even invited him to dinner and they talked the rest of the night. It was so cool to see.
Saturday Oct 24:
This was another busy day. We tried a lot of potentials and less-actives. We also helped set up for a Elders Quorum BBQ. Which later that night went really well. Other than that though it was a great and normal day. It is really cool to be with Elder Forrest because he has a sincere desire to improve. I also think it is a little funny because he loves the work so much that he took over an entire lesson without realizing it. I am so blessed to be with such a great companion.
Sunday Oct 25:
We had a great Sunday Service. Every single person came up to me to introduce themselves and get to know me a little. It was the Primary Program and Tom even came and loved church. We have an amazing ward here. We are also participating in the ward choir. They are lacking in men so they were very happy to have us there. That night we decided to go and check out our area a little. Most of it is country. There are a lot of canyons and little towns. We were shocked by how much is actually in it. The interesting thing is that we include Montrose, Ridgeway and Ouray. From one end to the other is about 1 hour. We have a lot of beautiful mountains and wild animals all around.
As you can see I am loving my area right now. I am excited to be here and my motivation level is at the top. I hope you all have a great week. Also
Congratulations Rachel and Russel on Emma Jane!
I hope you all have a great Halloween.
Till next time,
Elder Dallin S Pulsipher

Week 62 - Highlands Ranch

Lorenzo and me.
It was a really great week.
Tuesday Oct 13: 14 Month Mark
This was the best day of the week. We started the day off with a church tour with one of our investigators. She really enjoyed it and even said that maybe she will be baptized. It was awesome because there was the Relief Society President with us. We then went out with Lorenzo whom is going on mission soon. He took us out to get some Pho and then we went and tried some people we found a few weeks back and gave a Book of Mormon too. An Indian man answered the door and we explained that we gave a Book of Mormon to his wife. He said, "Please come in, we love that book" They had read to Jacob and loved the Book of Mormon. We taught them the first lesson and they said they would love to come to church and be baptized. We had to teach them very simply because they are Hindu but you could tell they knew the Book of Mormon was true even though they might not understand it. That is one of the great things about the Book of Mormon, it carries the spirit with it. Just be reading its pages one can come to understand the truth. We ended the day off by having a Family Home Evening with a family who has a non-member living with them.
Service project at the Poulsons
Highlands Ranch District

Wednesday Oct 14:
It was a slow day but we got out and tracted and found a lot of potential investigators. It seems as though the work is moving forward here, finally.
Thursday Oct 15:
We had a very good District Meeting. We have three missionaries going home, Elder Rindlisbacher our district leader, Elder Dean, and Sister Smith. They are all great missionaries and I will miss them. I have the district photo attached. The rest of the day was pretty much the same as the previous day.
Friday Oct 16:
It was a long day. We had weekly Planning and ended up helping a member move out. It was fun because they used to do housing for the mission and I stayed in their home the first night in my mission. They took us out to Cafe Rio afterwards which is always great.
Saturday Oct 17:
We woke up and helped the Poulsons move some more. They had two trailers and we basically played tetris to see how much we could fit on there. We fit a ton. I'm surprised how much we got on there. Then we knocked some more doors.
Sunday Oct 18:
On Sunday morning we got a call from our mission President. It turns out that this next transfer that I will leave and follow-up train. Elder Armenta will be staying. I am excited to do this. It reminds me of when I follow-up trained Elder Young. I feel a lot more prepared now. Church was really great. The Falcon Park ward sacrament meeting was very good. There was a sister who got up and gave a wonderful talk on repentance. She likened sin to a wound. Repentance heals the wound but leaves a scar. You can always say that you can repent later, however a scar will be left. The scar is the consequences of sin. However she also brought up that when a scar forms the skin around it is tougher. Essentially The consequences of our sins help us to not make the same mistake. When we sin we learn. It is apart of life. However if you don't repent than the wound will be left open. You should try and stay away from sin thought because no one likes a scar. It was a really good talk. I then got to say goodbye to some people and start packing.
It has been a very hard area, but I have learned a lot of lessons. I learned that I need to listen to the sweet music of the Gospel rather than just do the dance steps. I learned that I can improve and shouldn't expect the work to move faster because I work harder. True success is hard to measure.
I hope you all have a great week. I will send my new address next week when I get to my new area.
Till next time,
Elder Dallin Pulsipher

Week 61 - Highlands Ranch

Plan of Salvation
Hello Everyone,
This was a very good week.
Tuesday Oct 6th:
We went on exchanges. I went with Elder Legler in our area. We ended up teaching a brother of a former investigator. His name is James. He is very receptive and was interested in a lesson that we taught his brother (he was sitting in). We went a little more deep pulling up biblical sources to support the Plan of Salvation (there was a lot more than I thought) so it was a little confusing. We re-clarified some things and he invited us to come back. It also rained all day. Overall though it was a great day.
Wednesday Oct 7th:
It was a good day. Nothing too interesting happened. We did some tracting and found some potentials investigators. That night we had a discussion with a recent move in to our ward. She recently became active and has asked us to teach her the discussions. It is really cool to see someone embrace the gospel and she most definitely has.
Thursday Oct 8th:
It was a great day. We taught 4 lessons which is our record here in one day. We started off with a district meeting which was fun. We then went to go teach James again, but he wasn't home so we went by an elderly member of our ward. He really enjoyed the lesson we gave him on the Plan of Salvation. We felt inspired to share the Plan of Salvation with an investigators son across the street. I made some cutouts of the plan of salvation to make a game basically. I have the picture attached (It is also my new planner cover for next transfer which is on the 20th by the way). It went really well. In fact a friend of theirs came in while we were teaching and sat in. Because she walked in the middle of it she was extremely confused.
Denver
When we left we saw a member we have been trying to get in contact with. She had expressed interest in coming back to some other members and this was the only time we saw her. We talked for a while and set up another appointment. We then planned to do some tracting when a former investigator called us to have us come over for some service. We went over and were able to gain her trust to where she let us come back. We had been working at gaining her trust lately. She has been going through a hard time and we call twice a week to check in on her. We knew that sharing to gospel will improve her life. She is a very spiritual person and knows the Bible well. This morning actually she called us. We asked her how she was doing and she said fantastic. I feel it had something to do with us providing service, calling her twice a week and teaching her. It has been the first time we have seen her this happy.
Friday Oct 9th:
Broncos Stadium
I had a doctors appointment on the other side of Denver (about 1 hr to get there). That actually provided me with the opportunity to drive through Denver for the first time. We got to see the city and the Denver Bronco Stadium. The rest of the day was slow with Weekly Planning
Saturday Oct 10th:
Denver
This was another really good day. I was on exchanges with an Elder Rindlisbacher. He is my district leader and the best one I have ever had. We started the morning off by giving a blessing to a members co-worker. She has been struggling and heard about Priesthood blessings, so he called us up and had us go with him. It was a great experience. She cried at the end and we could tell she felt the spirit strongly. We hope to teach her, but unfortunately she is leaving the country for 2-6 months. We then went to a less actives house and shared a message. It was funny because Elder Rindlisbacher's house had all the same furniture. We also had a lot of unplanned service. It was fun because we got to demolish a coach for it. Overall it was a great day.
Sunday Oct 11:
It was a very long day. We had 8 hours of church with the ward council's added on. We also participated in a Mission Prep Class as well which was fun. In fact the stake is doing a Mini MTC next month which I will be able to participate in if I stay this next transfer.

So overall it was a good week. I hope you all have a great week. Also Happy 18th Birthday Jacob!
Till next time,
Elder Dallin S Pulsipher

Week 60 - Highlands Ranch

Hello Everyone,
This was a busy busy week. A great one too.
Tuesday Sept 29:
I went on exchanges with a new missionary. IT was a good day. Nothing to exciting happened but overall it was a good day. We made contact with people and set up appointments mostly for the rest of the week.
Wednesday Sept 30:
This was a very busy day. We started the morning off by visiting the family history center with one of our investigators. We got her started on it and to our surprised a lot of her family history was done. She was ecstatic and wants to do more. It was pretty cool. We also did some things to prepare for zone conference on Thursday.
Thursday October 1:
We had a very long zone conference. It lasted from 8-5. The major focus of it all was relying on the spirit. We also had a training on love and how love is a major part of missionary work. If you don't love your companion, investigators, or the members then missionary work becomes a chore. We also talked about how many are called but few are chosen. Really God calls us but we must put forth the effort and progress in order to be chosen. We also talked about one way we can be more obedient and sacrifice something. We also decided to write on post  cards and put it in a giant box. This year my sacrifice I believe will be pretty hard for me. I have decided to give up sugar. This basically means I will stop eating candy and sugar while at home. If a member gives it to me that is fine. I have realized my sugar intake has been very high and need to stop that. So if you could please refrain from sending me sugary items until Christmas that would be great. If you have already sent it that is fine. I will thoroughly enjoy them. I will however except candy for Christmas when this sacrifice ends. I can't deny Christmas candy.
Friday Oct 2:
Friday morning we helped out with a food bank at a King Soopers. basically we passed out bags and people would go in and fill them up with food for a food bank. It was cool besides the fact that the store manager had no idea we were supposed to be there. A little drama there. It makes life interesting. We did meet a lot of cool people though. In fact one woman came up and asked if we could help out with another service project she does. The rest of the day was planning and unfortunately we were both under the weather. I am feeling fine now, but Elder Armenta has a cold.
Saturday-Sunday Oct 3:
This was an amazing General Conference. I really enjoyed the speakers and found that I was putting a star next to most everyone's talk with an MP3 so I can listen to them later. I noticed the themes of Increasing faith, following the spirit, keeping the commandments, enjoying the gospel, and The role of woman and parents. There was a sense of going back to the principles. Basically the gospel of Jesus Christ where you increase faith, repent, keep covenants and follow the spirit.
My favorite talks included:
Dieter F Uchtdorf - We need to simplify 
Larry R Lawrence - Ask for the spirit to help you improve
Quentin L Cook - Increasing happiness
Jeffrey R Holland - the major role of the mother and how it is similar to the Saviors
Dieter F Uchtdorf - Daniel's faith
Thomas S Monson - Keep the commandments
Vern P Stanfill - Light in Darkness. How to overcome trials and obstacles using light.
Russell M Nelson - Covenant Keeping Women
Henry B Eyring - Eyring's father's experiences with the spirit.
Devin G Durrant - Ponderizing
David A Bednar - Bassically sustaining the prophets and apostles and a tribute to the last 6 apostles.
As you can see I loved conference. I really enjoyed the new apostles testimonies as well.
Anyways I hope you all enjoyed conference as well and that you will have a great week.
Till next time,
Elder Dallin S Pulsipher

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Week 59 - Highlands Ranch, CO

Hello Everyone,

To Infinity and Beyond
This was a great week. We had some success and it ended with a very rare and cool event.

Tuesday Sept 22:
I went on exchanges on Tuesday with Elder Legler, whom I served next to in the past, in his area. We had a great day. We tried this new method of knocking doors where we only knock on doors we feel prompted to. It worked out great. One door we knocked on the person opened up and said come in. He listened intensively to our message and said he would love to hear more. It was a great day. Meanwhile in my area They found 4 new investigators two of which I will talk about later.

Wednesday Sept 23:
It was a slow day. I had some doctors appointments some of which were on the other side of Denver so it was a long drive. I did get to drive through two different missions though including the Denver North mission where Matthew served. That night we went by one of our investigators who hasn't been progressing. When we were there we met his brother and talked to him for a while. He seems very interested. We had a great lesson and conversation about the Plan of Salvation

Light Sabers from Hump Day
Thursday Sept 24:
Mask from Hump Day package
This was a great day. We had a district meeting and then tried some people. That night however we had dinner with a mother and her son who Elder Armenta found on exchanges. It was a great dinner and discussion. She has an amazing conversion story to her own religion / Jesus Christ. She was in a very dark place and eventually got out of it when a prompting of the spirit came to her to make another decision. It is a long story but is truly amazing. One interesting thing is that when Elder Armenta came to the door, the son answered and they talked with him for a while. When they mentioned Joseph Smith it made her angry to the point when she got up and started going to the door. On the way however she got a prompting to stop and the thought came into her mind, "Don't you dare be mean to those missionaries" It took her aback and she calmed down and went to the door and politely invited us to dinner. We had a great discussion about our common beliefs and are going back this Thursday.

Friday-Saturday Sept 25-26:
These were two very long days but were both good. We found some potentials and met some people on our ward list. Other than that there wasn't too much that happened.

Sunday Sept 27: 
It was a great day. It felt good to report that we have some great people that we are teaching. Our biggest issue here is finding people to teach. It has been difficult. We also had the Primary Program in one of our wards. It was funny and cute. We had the little sunbeams go out one by one to use the bathroom throughout, the kid that yells the last word of every phrase and there was an amazing solo this girl did.

Blood Moon in CO. Not the end of the world
In case you didn't know. Last night there was a rare occurrence that happened in the night sky. There was a lunar eclipse/harvest moon/the point in the year when the moon is the closest to the earth. This made a huge lunar eclipse. We watched it with a member and discussed the creations and wonders that God has given us. This entire week it seems that there has been a focus in the discussions I've had with others. I have appreciated the wonders and beauties of this earth. Colorado is a very beautiful place with a lot of cool rock/natural formations. When we see these it just makes me realize that there is a God who loves us and gave us this world for us to live on.

It was a great week. I can't wait for General Conference. There are going to be a lot of changes, with three new apostles. I hope you all have a great week.

Till next time,
Elder Dallin S Pulsipher

Monday, September 28, 2015

Week 58 - Highlands Ranch, CO

Hello Everyone,
This was a good week. Nothing too exciting happened, but it was good nonetheless.
Tuesday Sept 15:
We decided that we need to find some people in our area. Our area is really suffering as far as investigators go. We have been doing a lot more tracting, which has honestly gotten better for me because we are trying to have more fun doing it. However there is someone we have started teaching. She has a great story. She had been less-active for 10 years and finally decided in June to start coming back. She has been through a very hard time and decided to essentially restart and move out here. She has asked us to help her by teaching her the discussion and to introduce her to members of the ward. You couldn't tell that she has been less-active for that many years. She has a solid testimony and it was great to be able to teach her.
Wednesday Sept 16:
It was a good day. Unfortunately it was one of those days where everything falls through, however we were  still able to teach one of our investigators about the Book of Mormon. She is an older lady who missionaries have been working with for a while. OTher than that it was a slow day.
Thursday Sept 17:
We had a zone Meeting. It was an interesting and a little intense meeting. They are making some more changes in the mission and a lot of them were on how we report numbers and just some new goals. We used to have the goal of 1 baptism and 1 reactivation per companionship per month, but now it is 3. We will see how that goes. After this meeting we went out with a young man is our ward who is preparing for a mission. We are making it a weekly thing. He is really liking it, and I think it will help me be a little more motivated.
Friday Sept 18:
It was another slow day but we did get in contact with a less-active family in our ward. Sometimes it is nice to have a companion that speaks Spanish. The father of this family speaks spanish and Elder Armenta was able to really connect with him. They opened up and told us why they decided to come back and we addressed concerns. We have an appointment with them tonight, so we will see where that goes.
Saturday Sept 19:
It was a good day. We went with one of our investigators to the family history center. It has been hard to get her to keep appointments but we were happy she actually kept this one. Unfortunately when we got there, their hours had changed due to a genealogy festival, So we did a church tour instead. The rest of the day we met with some people, set up some appointments, and did some tracting.
Sunday Sept 20:
We had a long time at church but had some great classes on honesty and pride. At church our bishop gave us a list of all the Young single adult people in our area. So we coordinated with the YSA ward to see if they had any info on these people.
That was our week. Nothing too exciting. I hope you all have a great week.
Till next time,
Elder Dallin S Pulsipher

Week 57 - Highlands Ranch, CO

It was a very very slow week. However it was good.

Thursday Sept 10: 11 Months left
We started the morning off with a district meeting. We have a new district leader who I really like. We are focusing on being more unified. We are doing some fun competitions to be unified such as who can take the weirdest statue or piece of art in your area. We are also getting matching ties and scarfs for the district and the other district is doing inverted colors. We also came up with this thing to do when we drive. When we come to a stop wave at the person next to you as if they are a celebrity. Haven't tried that one yet but I will see how it goes.

Friday Sept 11:
This was a good day. We ended up doing a lot of spur of the moment service. We planned to go see a bunch of people and we met them. The odd thing was that some of them really needed service at that time. We talked to a lot of people and overall it was a good day.

Saturday Sept 12:
We went on exchanges. I was in my area with Elder Dean. He is awesome. We started the morning off doing service for a lady who lives and works at a storage facility. It was long but fun. She has an unlimited supply of cookies and water and she even gave us lunch. We then had a few set appointments where no one was home. We decided to stop by a former investigators house to invite her to go the family history center and when we were there we met her autistic son. It reminded me of when I taught autistic kids. She was impressed by the way we got along with him.

Another interesting thing happened on Saturday. Our dinner had us come to Deseret Book to pick up some gift cards when I ran into Sister Bennett from the Ken Caryl ward, who is the Relief Society President. We talked about the ward and the people I taught. The ward is doing great and most everyone I taught is strong in the gospel still. Before we left she said, "When are you coming back to Ken Caryl. I will have to talk to President and see if he could send you back." This honestly made my day. I felt such gratitude for the opportunity to serve in that ward and I realized why I enjoyed it so much. I learned to love the people. I got to know every member in that ward. It made me realize that I need to start loving these wards.

We also had stake Conference where it was mostly themed on Missionary work. President and Sister Murdock got up and gave talks as well.
Sunday Sept 13: 13 month mark
We had Stake conference in the morning which was great. The stake president here loves calling on people to come up and share his testimony so that his talk is shorter (really just to fill time but it is the joke in highlands ranch that he never prepares a talk.) We then had a successful day trying people and doing some tracting. We actually ran into a guy who almost joined the church and even read the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants. He was very nice and said he wasn't interested right now. He seemed so prepared however sometimes it takes more invites before someone opens up and accepts.

Overall it was a good week, but very slow. I hope all is well back home. 

Till next time,
Elder Dallin S Pulsipher

P.S. Also we are getting a visit from a general Authority. His name is Wilford W Anderson and gave an amazing talk titled, "The Music of the Gospel" I can't wait for that visit. I actually have a quote from that talk on my planner this transfer.

Week 56 - Highlands Ranch

Hello Everyone,
This was an ok week with a lot of success.

Tuesday Sept 1: 
Transfer Meeting
We went on an exchange on Tuesday. I was with Elder Gish whom I served next to a back in Ken Caryl Ward. We had a busy day where we found one new investigator through a fence. We actually knocked on their neighbor’s door who is a member of the mission presidency to see if we could use the bathroom. He actually let us use his bathroom and we ended up talking to his son who is interested. We taught him a little bit and set up a return appointment. We also taught two more lessons that night with two more families.

Wednesday Sept 2:
We had the opportunity to go to the Temple bright and early. I always love going even though it is bright and early. I then had a drs. Appointment. We also met with a lady who has taken lessons before and taught her the Restoration. Other than that the day was slow.

Thursday Sept 3:
I wasn’t feeling very well on Thursday but we had some success. We went with a young man in our ward who is preparing to serve a mission. We did some tracting and found a lady who read the book of Mormon and took lessons thirty years ago. She recently moved here to highlands ranch and is looking for a church. We have a church tour with her next week.

Friday-Saturday Sept 4-5:
I was still not feeling well so work was especially slow. We tried some people and knocked some doors. We did get transfer calls and Elder Armenta and I are both staying.

Sunday Sept 6:
We had a great Sunday. Very long but the Fast and Testimony Meeting along with the classes went very well. Other than that it was pretty slow.

Monday Sept 7:
Due to it being Labor day we basically had an entire P-Day to do what we wanted. Our apartment was inspected early in the morning and we did our shopping before 11, so we went hiking and just relaxed all day. 

Tuesday Sept 8:
It was Transfers. It was an amazing meeting. Many missionaries that I got to know went home including Elder Brown whom I served with. They all shared amazing testimonies and it was a spiritual meeting. We also got a lot of new missionaries so the number of missionaries will be going up back to 200 soon.

Overall it was a long week but we had success. I hope you all have a great week.

Till next time,
Elder Dallin S Pulsipher

Monday, September 7, 2015

Week 55 - Highlands Ranch, CO

So this was a very very interesting week. I would say a mission changing week.

Tuesday August 25:
So on Tuesday I was on exchanges with Elder Brimhall again, my MTC companion. We started the day off by doing service at a Catholic Church. It was a food bank. It was fun and we got to do it with Elder Jensen and his companion. The rest of the day was slow. I was actually having a really hard last two days. We have had no success in this area and we were on week 5. Our mission President even called us about that. I actually had a melt down (You need to have at least one). However being with Elder Brimhall helped out a ton. He is a very good missionary and a good friend. That night Elder Armenta and I also talked about some challenges in our companionship and settled our differences. There was some misunderstanding.

Wednesday August 26:
We decided to rethink our approach to this area. We had mostly just tried people in the area and ward list. So for this day we decided to tract all day. I wasn't to thrilled but realized we had to give it a try. We ended up teaching some which honestly came as a surprise. I started feeling better by the end of the day.

Thursday August 27:
This was a long day because it was our weekly planning day. We decided to completely look at this area with a different approach. We spent hours refocusing our efforts. Putting higher goals and casting a vision of where we see this area by the end of the year. We had a lesson with an investigator planned but he ended up cancelling. That night we went with a return missionary in our ward out to do some tracting and try some people. I learned a lot from him. My biggest struggle on my mission is talking to random people. He showed us a very natural way to do it. It was very beneficial.

Friday August 28:
We had a long meeting on Friday. It was an extra long district meeting where the assistants took over most of it. We also had interviews with President Murdock. It went very well. In the interview we talked about repentance and how repentance is a gift given to us from God and that through our repentance we can return to live with Heavenly Father. The meeting was focused on Planning and knocking doors and Talking to random people. Just what I needed. It was a very spiritual meeting and a huge booster. The rest of the day went really well.

Saturday August 29:
It was a long day. We did some tracting and tried a ton of people. There was a saying that the Assistants used in there training on Friday. "There is a reason you are here, Find that reason." We tried doing that all day. It was cool to see that God really did send us to certain spots for a specific reason. For instance we tried to visit a member Bishop told us to go see. They weren't home but there was a guy taking a smoke outside that we talked to. He was from Georgia so he said he couldn't take lessons. However he was excited when we gave him a Book of Mormon.

Sunday August 30:
It was a great day. We had 6 hours of church again which may sound very long, but I enjoy it. As a missionary you pick up on lessons really well and you enjoy church. 6 hours of it is awesome honestly. We then did some tracting and met a lot of really nice people.

So overall it was a great week. This was a week where I got motivated to work harder and try new things. Just like in anything you get complacent after a while which I felt I was being. However this week was a big change for me and I hope to keep working harder and harder until I drop, because I know it will make me happy and many others happy as well.

Anyways I hope you all have a great week. 

Till next time,
Elder Dallin S Pulsipher

Week 54 - Highlands Ranch, CO

Hello everyone,

This was a slow week.

Tuesday August 18:
We started the day off in a District Meeting. Since everyone is starting to figure out I can sing I was asked to do a special musical number where I just sang Come, Come Ye Saints. It was a great meeting where the spirit was felt strongly. The rest of the day was spent knocking doors. 

Wednesday August 19:
It was a good day. I went to a Drs office in the morning to get some lumps on my neck checked out. They think it might be an infection of some sort that I might have. The question is What? So I have been getting that checked out. Later that day we tried some potentials that the previous elders left. We actually didn't meet any of them but talked to some people who might be interested on the street. So the work is moving along slowly.

Thursday August 20:
It was a very slow and long day. We had a total of 3 people open up their door, and we knocked doors all day. The first was a less-active lady who was very nice and technically we met her outside. The second was dinner and the third was our 8PM member lesson. We did however meet this teenager who had this really cool RC car. We were tracting his neighborhood and talked to him after we finished. He seemed interested so hopefully his parents will give him permission to be taught.

Friday August 21:
It was a good day. We started the morning doing a church tour with one of our investigators. He seemed to like it and had a lot of good questions. We then taught him the Restoration lesson. He liked it but had some concerns about the Great Apostasy. He didn't think that Jesus Christ organized a church when he was on earth. We then explained that he actually did by calling 12 apostles giving them the priesthood, who would replace someone who was missing if one died or fell away, and how these apostles went out to organize the church further. Christ even called seventies. He actually understood after that. We then spent another long day knocking doors.

Saturday August 22:
We had an interesting opportunity to help out with a Hawaiian festival. A member of our ward is the President of this Hawaiian Club and got our church to set up a family history booth. It was cool because the missionaries basically ran it. We had a lot of people really interested in learning about family history. Some even said that they would go to a family history center. Family history really is one of the best ways to share the gospel because people want to learn more about their families. With the tools we have today it hasn't been more easy to find your ancestors. It was fun to just talk about family history with people.

Sunday August 23:
It was a long day of meetings. We had two ward councils about 6 hours of church with a fireside we were invited to that night. Needless to say it was a very long day. However it was good. Unfortunately thought Our investigator we did a church tour with didn't show up to church. We will have to find out what happened.

So overall it was a good week. A couple of other things to note. We have had some terrible pollution from all the fires from the West Coast. I guess it is their way of getting back at Colorado for taking all the rain. It has made for some awesome sunsets and sunrises. It dims the son so much that you can look directly at it and it not hurt your eyes.

Also here is an update to me address. The last one is correct but we have had some issues with stuff not coming so here is a more correct one.

Elder Pulsipher

PS. 
Also I just found out that a girl in my last area that I taught got baptized this last week. When I was in Bookcliff ward her family was in our ward and we tried to get in and teach. When I went back to the Melody Lane ward they moved into that ward and we started actually teaching her. So here are some pictures. Brother Smith who is an amazing person baptized her. I got to work closely with him in both wards.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Week 53 - Highland Ranch - One year mark

Hello Everyone,

Tuesday August 11:
Elders Jenks, Workman, Armenta, Gish and I
This was an interesting day. Interesting in that I got to serve with my MTC companion for a day, Elder Brimhall. It had been one year from when we started our missions and served together before. He is my zone leader so he did an exchange with me. It was a good day. We did some service for a members neighbor and also put an investigator of theirs on date. It was a cool story because she was found by the Elder Brimhall's companion, Elder Baughn getting a prompting to turn down two streets. She was taking her garbage out. It was a very cool lesson. Overall it was an awesome exchange it was great to serve with Elder Brimhall again and to talk about our first year on our mission.

Wednesday August 12:
We had another exchange with our district leader. I was with Elder Workman who has been out about 2 months. We spent the morning taking in our car to get it fixed, dropping off sheet music for the member playing piano for me for sacrament meeting in the other ward this Sunday. The previous day in our area we found a new investigator named Eddie. The lesson with him went really well and they set up a church tour for Wednesday. When we got to the church building however they were painting. Classic. So we had to cancel that. It always seems to happen when we have a church tour. Overall it was a slow day but that night we did an 8PM member lesson with the relief society president in one of our wards. It was an amazing lesson.

     1 Year Mark!  50% completed    

Thursday August 13:
Unfortunately it was a very slow day, but we made some contact with some less-active members and tried some former investigators.

Friday August 14:
It was a good day. We did Weekly Planning and then did some tracting and tried some potentials. While we were tracting we knocked on a door where a teenager answered. He let us right in took a survey and we shared the first lesson the Restoration. He liked it and said he will try church out. He did just graduate so he might be in the YSA ward but we are hoping that might not be the case so we can teach him. 

Saturday August 15:
It was a busy day. In the morning we helped two people move. I was exhausted after the 4 hours of moving. We then made contact with a lot of people our bishop asked us to see. That night we practiced the musical number I will be singing in the Northridge ward this Sunday. Because we cover two wards I get to sing in two wards. Overall it was a busy and good day.

Sunday August 16:
Elder Brimhall and I, Baughn and Armenta
It was a very good day. We had 6 hours of church again. I sang in sacrament meeting and we taught about how to find people as members in Gospel Principles. That night after dinner we felt like we should visit an active member. When we got there this nice man let us in and said, "I am so glad you came" He sat us down and after about 10 minutes of waiting for him to make some dinner for himself he sat down and explained he wasn't the house-owner but is a member living there with them. He told us his story and then told us about a way he does missionary work. He goes on a jog every day. While on his jog he meets a lot of people. He makes friends and after getting to know them or even with strangers he asks if they go to church. He then invites them to check out Mormon.org and gives him a card with his number on it and a q-code that leads to Mormon.org. He has done this with about 500 people. Pretty amazing. We spent the rest of the evening at a member lesson and a coordination meeting where we talked and came up with some ideas about how to progress missionary work in the ward.

Overall it was a good week. I hope you all had a great one as well.

Till next time,
Elder Dallin S Pulsipher

PS.
So another story from Thursday I forgot about. I can't believe I did anyways.  We were eating dinner at a members when one of the many storms this week was coming towards us. They were keeping track of it during dinner on their I-pad. They were concerned that their garden would get ruined. The conversation then turned into how members are blessed for helping missionaries. We then mentioned that they will be blessed for feeding the missionaries. A few minutes later they looked at the image of the storm. The most intense part was supposed to be over us but instead there was a hole in the storm right above there house. It was an odd sight because it was the only hole.



Monday, August 10, 2015

Week 52 - Highlands Ranch - Hump Day

Hello everyone,

 Today is officially 1 year left on my mission. I will be returning home August 10th 2016. It is really weird. I had a dream last night that the last part of my mission went by extremely fast and that suddenly I had 8 days left. I hit my year mark this Thursday the 13th.

 Overall this was not a good week at all. However you have those weeks. This email will take a different format. Rather than talking about my awful week I will rather talk about some ideas/goals/insights I have from the last year.

This last year has gone by so so slow and so so fast simultaneously. It is a weird feeling. I have learned a ton this last year. Some of these things include.

  1.  I would not make a good door to door salesman. 
  2. How to work with people who are very different from me or people I might not get along with and still get work done and have some success. 
  3. I learned what it means to be humble. I read a scripture recently about humility. Alma 32:16. Therefore, blessed are they who humble themselves without being compelled to be humble; or rather, in otherwords, blessed is he that believeth in the word of God, and is baptized without stubbornness of heart, yea, without being brought to know the word, or even compelled to know, before they will believe. 
  4. I have learned that at times we can be humbled by our circumstances but we will be so much better off if we choose to humble ourselves without being compelled to be humble. 
  5. I learned about the Book of Mormon and its power. 
  6. I have grown to love the Book of Mormon and its influence on us. It contains the fullness of the gospel and that by reading it we can come to understand what we need to do in order to put our lives in order with God's will. Through it He will reveal things that we need for our lives. 
  7. I've learned Patience. You have to be patient when working with investigators, less-actives, members, black boxes on your car, and your own companion. 
  8. I've learned that no matter how easy or hard the area may be. God has prepared people to receive the gospel. You just have to do your part and work hard to bring people into the waters of baptism. 
  9. I've learned to love all sorts of people, people I wouldn't think I could love. 
  10. I've learned about the Joy the gospel brings to my life, and the life of others. 
  11.  I've learned about Pain, both physical, emotional, and spiritual. The best cure to these all is by allowing the Atonement that Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father provide to take hold of our lives and change us into someone greater. 
  12. I have learned that God is in Control. This work will go on with or without me and that I am given the privilege to be apart of it. 
I have learned so much more but these are some of the things I have been thinking about lately. I have also set some goals for this next year. The major one I am going to focus on is to read the entire Standard Works by the end of my mission. This will include Finish Jesus the Christ (halfway through) The Old Testament, the New Testament, Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price. This will be about 6.5 pages every day. I will also read the Book of Mormon for about 30 minutes every day. It will be hard, but I am giving myself about 20 days of slack.

Anyways, it is so odd and crazy that I am halfway through.(in three days) I will see you all in a year. I hope you all have a great week. I love you and miss you all.

 Till next time,

Elder Dallin S Pulsipher

Monday, August 3, 2015

Week 51 - Highlands Ranch, CO - Transfer

Hello everyone,

This has been a crazy week. 

Elder Armenta and me
Tuesday July 28:
So Tuesday was transfers. It was a crazy long day. I was able to pack everything up fairly quickly and got to say goodbye to some people. Due to some delays over at the mission office however transfer meeting was postponed from. A couple of days prior we got a call from the Assistants asking us to give a training on whatever we wanted at transfer meeting. We did that and gave a training on the new Book of Mormon skill we got a while back except with a different chapter. It went very well. I then found out I would be moving out to Highlands Ranch, one of the most affluent areas in the nation. I then hopped onto a car and drove out to the mission office. The drive was very long. We got there at about that night. It took another 45 minutes to finally get to our place. I am now with Elder Armenta from Porterville CA. He has been out about 6 months.

Wednesday July 29:
We spent the whole day planning and cleaning. The place we are at is really nice but it was filthy. We spent a lot of the day cleaning. We also looked through the area book. We are serving in the Northridge and Falcon Park ward. We are white-washing and covering two wards which is a first. Another thing is that the previous elders left us nothing. All the did was knock doors all day and kept no record of anything. So we are basically opening an area. We spent a lot of time planning and just looking for anything in the area book.

My study area. I couldn't find a shelf so
I used a small frig as one.
Thursday July 30:
We spent a lot of planning as well and started putting the giant ward list into the GPS. During lunch we got a call from the Bishop who asked us to come help a family, of a person who recently died, move her stuff out. They live in the place called Palomino Park. It was interesting to say the least. They are a community that has very very tight security. Basically the person you are visiting has to call the gate and give you permission to come in. You are then only allowed to see that person and no-one else. This means no seeing less-actives, tracting, or even some members unannounced or else we will be escorted out and on their black-list. When we went they ignored the fact that they called us in. So we had to drive away and get the member to come down to the gate and specifically give us permission to come in. It is a pain and very interesting.
My bent wheel deserves a place of honor.
Look at it sideways.

Friday July 31:
 Elder Brown, Me and the Ramirez's.
An awesome family in my last ward.
It was another long day of planning, some more service and finally trying some former investigators we found in the area book. Other than that though it was a pretty slow day. Highlands Ranch is interesting in that no streets go in a straight line. Like Folsom. It also has a lot of nice apartment style housing and lots of shopping. We are also on the border of our mission so we have to make sure that we don't cross the line if we are driving. If we do it notifies our mission president, because there are black-boxes in the cars (monitors). We would then have to explain and it would just be a hassle. One nice thing though is that we have the Temple really close and the mission office and mission home close as well.

Saturday August 1:
We started the day off with a district meeting. We got lost however and took a very long route to it. We then spent the rest of the day trying former investigators, some very interesting ones, and members. There are a lot of members and because the past missionaries only tracted, and tracted everything twice in the last 4 months, we will do a lot of member missionary work which here in this area seems like the most effective way.

Sunday August 2:
It was a long and crazy day. We started off going to a coordination meeting with the Falcon Park ward mission leader. We talked a little about the are and what to expect. We then went to the Falcon Park ward sacrament meeting. It was a really good fast and testimony meeting. You can sense a strong membership here. We then met with bishop. He has a lot of great ideas for pushing missionary work here in this ward. That seems to be the major focus, so we are excited about that. One interesting thing is that Northridge ward starts halfway through the third hour of the Falcon Park ward so we went to their sacrament meeting and other hours. After the 6th hour of church the bishop of the Northridge ward pulled us aside and asked Elder Armenta if he could translate for him in a meeting with some people who didn't speak english. It was interesting because it was a different dialect of Spanish so he only understood a little bit. The rest of the day was good visiting some members and setting up some appointments to teach and sing in church as well as member lessons.

Overall it was an interesting but good week. I am just excited that to be here in Highlands Ranch. It should be interesting covering two wards and basically opening them. Elder Armenta looks like a good missionary. "He is funny sometimes and is very sleep deprived" ~ Elder Armenta.

Till next time,
Elder Dallin S Pulsipher

New Address:

9622 Timber Hawk Circle 14-32
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126


Saturday, August 1, 2015

Week 50 - Grand Junction

Hello Everyone,

So we have transfers on tomorrow and I will be transferred. It was very unexpected because I have only been here for one transfer, but I guess I need to go somewhere else. 

Tuesday July 21:
Brother Smith and I. I got to
work closely with him again.
It was a good day, very busy. We started off the day by doing some indexing at the Family history Center



. We then had a ton of appointments the rest of the day. That night the Davis' took us out to dinner at this Mexican restaurant called Dos Hombres. It was really good. Other than that it was just a good busy day.

Wednesday July 22:
The Orchard Mesa District
It was another good day with one shocking thing. We started off doing some service and then went to go try some less-actives in the ward that bishop told us to go see. When we knocked on a door a man came to the door and said his wife was ill and couldn't come up. As he finished his sentence his eyes got wide and he fell to the ground and died. Luckily he had a pacemaker that brought him back to life. When he fell it reminded me of a friend who had this same problem. He would pass out in class quite a bit. We went up to this man and I yelled at him, "Are you ok? He woke up startled asking "Why am I on the floor?" We helped him up and he explained that this happens. We made sure he was fine. Elder Brown freaked out a little bit. 

Thursday July 23:
Elder Brown. The All-American Missionary
The first thing we had was a district meeting. It was very good. One of the elders is going home, Elder Krieder. He is an awesome missionary. It was a very emotional district meeting with us saying goodbye and him giving a training. it was great. On Thursday we also started the new member lessons with Natasha and Lizzie. She looked completely different. It is amazing to see how people change after they are baptized. Their whole aura changes to become someone greater and brighter. If that makes sense. Natasha seemed a lot happier.

Friday July 24:
On Friday we had a cleaning inspection. Our place was spotless and we had a 10/10. We then tried some people and had dinner with sister Tanner. She is an awesome lady in our ward. She comes and sits in the family history center with us every Monday so we can email. She will also feed us when we are out of meals. She is awesome. Not much else happened on Friday though.

Saturday Julyu 25:
The Orchard Mesa District
We celebrated Pioneer day as a stake on Saturday morning. It was great. Unfortunately no one we invited showed up. Everyone wanted us to do the activities and challenge them. So we did the three legged race, stick-pull, volleyball, and took pictures with a face cut-out. We then did some tracting and went home for dinner. That night we went to visit Angelo who is very close to baptism but is just very stubborn. Awesome kid though. When we were there we got a call with transfer news. I am leaving and Elder Brown is staying for his last transfer and becoming a district leader. This transfer should be interesting in that a lot of missionaries are being moved around. It is odd but I am excited to see what is going to happen.

Sunday July 26:
Church was great. During sacrament meeting the bishop announced that I would be bearing my testimony to start the meeting. Afterwards many people came up and said we will miss you. This surprised me because I have only been here for 6 weeks and people said they will miss me. I felt good about that. For third hour a teacher came up to us and said, will you teach my primary class. We ended up grabbing our ward mission leader to sit in with us and we taught the kids about How Jesus loves us. It reminded me of teaching the 4 year-olds when I was back home. We then spent the rest of the day visiting some people to say goodbye. 

It has been a pleasure to serve here. I will miss this ward even though I was only here for 6 weeks. I will also miss serving with Elder Brown. He is a great elder. However I am excited to go serve in another area. I am just nervous to see where I am going. Anyways I hope you all have a great week. I miss you all.

Till next time,
Elder Dallin S Pulsipher