Monday, April 27, 2015

Week 36 - Littleton CO

Monday April 13: 8 Month Mark
We had a good preparation day. After P-day we went to go help a lady in our ward move some wood. Having forgotten a change of clothes I worked in my proselyting clothes. I had dirt all over me. After this little service project we went to teach an 8PM member lesson with the Johansens. It turns out that sister Johansen is actually my 5th cousin once removed. She is a descendant of Elias Pulsipher who was Daniel's brother.

Plan of Salvation
Tuesday April 14:
It was a great day. We spent a few hours helping out some of the elderly sisters in our ward mowing lawns. Right in the middle of the day I also went to go practice singing for zone conference the next day. That night we ended up teaching three lessons, with the Trejos, Mariel (who is becoming more active), and John and Kelsey. The Trejos lesson was interesting because it was the Law of Chastity and we were with a bunch of girls. To relief some of the awkwardness we used For the Strength of Youth and tied in principles from that. 

Wednesday April 15:
We had zone conference today. I always love zone conference. They are uplifting and inspiring especially this one. There really wasn't anything new but it was just a very spiritual meeting. I ended up being a little late for a District Leader Meeting before hand because traffic was terrible. It took 40 minutes to get there when it should have taken 20. We started the zone conference off with me, sister Knecht, Elder Taviuni, and Elder Krieder on paino, singing "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing". The overall topic was consecration. They took an analogy of how water boils at 212 degrees and not at 211. We must put forth that 1 degree to consecrate ourselves.

After conference we got stuck in traffic for about an hour, which through off the rest of our schedule, luckily we didn't have any set appointments that it interfered with. That night we also had an 8PM member lesson with the Broussard's (they apparently know the Walker family in Idaho because their daughter married one of them, and the Shepherds who used to live here) It was cool that we had those connections.

Thursday April 16:
We started the day off with a district meeting. It was one of the best ones I've done. I had Elder Lin give a training and he did a great job. I then gave a training on how the Holy Ghost is involved in missionary work and conversion. I made a diagram with it which I'll send sometime. The rest of the day included service, tracting, and contacting referrals. Luckily our ward is doing a great job with giving us referrals. 

That night we went taught John and Kelsey again. It was an interesting lesson in that we had John and Kelsey, and the Meyer teenagers only. We had a lesson on the Law of Chastity and used For the Strength of Youth. The lesson went really well and Kelsey mentioned that we taught it well because she didn't feel awkward about it. At the end of the lesson we asked Kelsey if she thought May 2nd would be a good date for her. She thought for a moment and decided that she would commit to May 30th. Usually when we put someone on date for baptism we don't expect them to be fully committed or even make their date. The fact that she set the date herself was great news. She was actually really excited about it afterwards.

Friday April 17: Happy Birthday Madeline!
Friday was an okay day. We started off with a great weekly planning session. We discussed how we can progress our investigators, and what we would need to do to help them and to improve our missionary work. I'm getting along great with Elder Farley. He is actually really funny which lightens things up sometimes.

Lehi's Dream
After planning we headed to go teach Boyd. He was a potential investigator we found over a month ago. When we met with him we soon found out that he just wanted to prove us wrong and say how we can only be saved by grace. It would have been a great lesson if he would have let us talk. Instead he just pulled scriptures out and tried to prove us wrong also known as "Bible Bashing" except from one direction. Luckily we were able to get out of there quickly. He was nice about everything but not receptive at all.

Saturday April 18:
It was an interesting day. Saturday morning are hard to plan for. People aren't receptive in the mornings so we usually just try some people. We went to Brother Slowcum's house and had a long discussion on morals and standards. It is interesting to see his perspective on teenagers and youth today. We then went tracting in these town homes. It was odd because no one answered the door. People answered the previous week in this neighborhood, but it was cold on Saturday and no one was home. The only person who answered turned out to be a member who had just moved into the area. The odds of that are very small.

We then had a lesson with the Bernals who are on date for May 3. They really are an awesome family. They are so humble and willing to accept this gospel and commandments associated with it. They also have great questions. We taught them the ten Commandments, the Sabbath Day, and the Law of Chastity. It was a great lesson. It looks like they will make their date.

That night while eating in a Chinese restaurant it started to downpour. My in-grown toes also started hurting. Luckily we were able to get a ride home from our ward mission leader. Another interesting note is that my fortune cookie had a Chinese word on it Yǔ which means "Rain".

Sunday April 19:
It was another awesome day. Church was great. We only had four of our investigators show up but everyone else who couldn't make it was either out of time or ill. For third hour we also taught in Young Women's about the Restoration. It was a great lesson because we got a lot of participation.

After church we went to go teach the Bernals. We taught them the Law of Tithing and Fasting. I was personally a little nervous about this lesson. It was the last commitment and sometimes people can get overwhelmed. However when we taught it, they were saying that it makes sense and that they are prepared to pay an honest tithe. Basically all they have left before their baptism is two more lessons and their interviews. I can't wait and they can't wait. I then went to go do a baptismal interview for an investigator in another ward. Our entire district is actually lifting. We have had only a few baptisms in the last few years but now we have 7 planned within the next two weeks.

Overall it was a good week. It was cold near the end and we got some rain mixed with snow. I hope all is well back home. Have a great week.

Till next time,
Elder Dallin S Pulsipher