Monday, June 29, 2015

Week 46 - Grand Junction - Chickens everywhere

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all had a great week. We had a crazy random week. It was awesome. So I will do a different approach for this email explaining everything that happened this week.

  1. We almost caused an accident as we were riding by a car. Someone in the car looked at Elder Brown

    and thought it was her boyfriend and was very confused. They then pulled out into traffic and was almost hit.
  2. We taught a lesson where the girls parents and grandparents were watching TV on one couch and we were teaching her across the room as she was sitting on the other coach. It was very very awkward.
  3. We were riding our bikes when someone pulled their car over and stopped us. It turns out that her sister was a friend of Elder Brown's
  4. We were teaching a teenager, Angelo, When we got in his home there were chickens everywhere. He also had two on his shoulders. 
  5. Some other missionaries went tracting in our area on accident and found two potential investigators.
  6. We ate sushi in the middle of the country. It wasn't even close to the sushi back home.
  7. There was a crazy wind storm that popped out of nowhere. There were a lot of tree branches on the road and dust everywhere. Not necessarily a dust storm but strong winds.
  8. On one day we were late to every single appointment because random people would stop us or traffic would suddenly get heavy.
  9. We witnessed a crime scene.
  10. Another amazing thing is that it seemed that every lesson we had this week was perfect for the people we were teaching and just what they needed. In fact one lesson Elder Brown felt impressed to share a scripture. He decided to start it a few verses before he normally does. Everything in that verse applied directly to her and her situation. It was amazing. It is awesome to be influenced by the Holy Ghost like that. You notice that sometimes when you are on your mission. These simple events remind you that this is God's work and that we are just instruments.
  11. We met a lot of "interesting people." It always makes your week better when you meet "interesting people"
There were a lot more things that happened this week. It was a great week. I'm loving this area. We are able to work hard and come home really really tired at nights. Anyways I hope you all have a great week.

Till next time,
Elder Dallin S Pulsipher

Week 45 - Grand Junction - Transfers

Hello Everyone,

This has been a great week. Typically this happens right after a terrible week. Anyways, I was transferred back to Grand Junction. I just keep going back and forth from Columbine to Grand Junction.

Tuesday June 16:
I woke up early and went to transfer meeting. Unfortunately my alarm was accidentally set for PM rather than AM. So I just had to get dressed and go. When I got there we all sat down and they presented where everyone is going. I am now in the Grand Junction Melody Lane ward. It is two wards away from Bookcliff ward where I served. It is in the poorer part of Grand Junction so it is very very different then my last area. I am also with Elder Brown. He is awesome. He works hard, is obedient and is from the middle of nowhere Idaho (Burley). He has two more transfers left.

Wednesday June 17:
The Larsens and us.
They are great member missionaries.
This area has a lot of work. Last week this area had 20 lessons and in my last area we had 7. I am really excited to be here. We also live in a pretty nice apartment which makes things even better. It was odd on Wednesday we ran into a ton of members just riding around. I have made it a goal to memorize every members name and one random fact about them. I have about half the ward done. We started the day off by helping a member move. We then went around and just visited people. There are so many people we can go stop by in this area that we don't have to do much finding. We also got to teach a Davin who is looking for the truth. He started his journey on Temple Square by talking to two sister missionaries. He then got into contact with missionaries here and has been taking lessons since. Hopefully he will be able to progress.

Thursday June 18:
There is a lot of cotton fluff here but
it makes for some amazing views at sunset.

It was another great day. It has been very hot though. In the 100s and the air is thick and hot. I have probably drank a total of 2 gallons a day. By the end of the day all we want to do is take a shower and sleep. Anyways we had a zone meeting today where we got introduced to the zone. It went very well. My assistant ward mission leader in Bookcliff ward, Brother Smith, took us out to lunch. It was great to be able to see him and catch up. That evening we also got to teach a teenage girl who wants to be baptized, Natasha. We teach her at the top of this hill, the only one in our area, which is very steep and long. By the time we got up there we were sweaty and out of breath. It took us about 10 minutes to cool off and catch out breath. We taught the Restoration and she is on date for July 18th!

Friday June 19:
We had a long day of planning. I am trying to get used to this area as quickly as possible but it is hard because there are so many people. So we spent a lot of time going through the area book and planning for all these people. It took a while but was much needed. Other than that we just visited a lot of people. 

Saturday June 20:
The flowers are in bloom here. Very pretty
The days here have been really long while in it but really fast by the end of the day. Every time I get in the shower at the end of the day I feel like I was just there. It is an odd feeling when time flies and goes the pace of a snail simultaneously. We visited some more people, tried some referrals and did some tracting. It was odd because no one was home, probably because it is summer. However it was very hot so we figured everyone would be inside. We did however meet a lady who is a descendant of the founder of Ricks college (now BYU-Idaho) and Rexburg Idaho. She also liked to talk, a lot. After about an hour we were able to leave. Very nice lady though, just not interested. We also met a less-active member who used to live in my last area. We knew the same people, which was really cool. We talked a while just about the people we knew as Elder Brown talked with the husband about trucks and cars. It was a perfect scenario to meet and connect with someone.

Sunday June 21: Happy Father's Day!
Happy Father's Day. Hope you got the text message.
Church was great. We don't live very far from the church so we were able to ride to church. We sang in the choir because we basically are the only men who will sing. I will be singing in church next month. I was able to meet a lot of people and people kept on coming up to me saying that they used to know a Pulsipher, or that it sounds familiar. After church we got to go teach Natasha again. The lesson we taught we have been teaching a ton here. It is a new Book of Mormon skill that helps people get excited about reading it. We do it with everyone and teach it about 2-3 times a day.

Anyways, I am happy to be back in Grand Junction. I hope you all have a great week.

Till next time,
Elder Dallin S Pulsipher

Friday, June 19, 2015

Week 44 - Littleton

Hello Everyone,

So this was the worst week on my mission. Don't worry I'm fine now but it was a very hard week. We didn't do much of anything this week. We did do a lot of service though. Elder Farley has had a hard time with wanting to get out and work. To be honest I have had a hard time too. When Elder Farley was ill for a week we were home.
Since then it has been hard to get back into the swing of things. It has also been very hard to work with Elder Farley, because he is trunky. Also with summer hitting everyone is leaving town. That is why I have been waiting for transfers. I think a change will allow me to get motivated and get back to working hard.

I also got transfer news. I am leaving. This was not the original plan that President Murdock had talked about so it came as a shock. In fact I was devastated by the news. Elder Farley is leaving and is taking my spot as district leader. I will also be released as a district leader. I have to admit I was full of anger and sadness from this news. The news of this changed made me feel like I failed. I took it harshly. As I was feeling this anger I remembered a talk that my stake president back home in a stake conference about anger. He talked about how anger is a sin because it causes us to not feel the spirit and we aren't showing love for one another. I realized that

I needed to let go of this anger somehow. I knew I couldn't let go of it myself but that I needed to ask for help from God. The most amazing thing happened. The anger left. It didn't leave all at once. I had to first let go of my angry feelings and forgive. It wasn't easy. It also took some guidance from a member of the bishopbric in our ward in a ward council to soften my heart. He challenged us all to forgive someone that day. He said that President Gordon B Hinckley stressed that if everyone in the church forgave one another than the church would be exponentially stronger. As I did this I was able to feel peace. The anger left and I was happy the rest of the day.

Since then it seems as though things that would have made me angrier have come up. However they seem to don't matter. I am so glad that Heavenly Father gave me peace when I normally would have felt anger. So I have been fine since. I am just excited to find out where I am going and who I am with. All I know is that I will be Senior companion and that it is a biking area. So who knows?

Anyways, I hope you all have a great week. I won't find out until tomorrow where I go so you will all find out by next week.

Till next time,
Elder Dallin S Pulsipher 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Week 43 - Littleton, CO

Hello everyone,

It was an ok week. That is normal though after a really amazing week.

Monday June 1:
So on Monday we had our normal Preparation day activities but a difference is that we ended our water fast. for April and May we have only been drinking water and skipping Saturday lunches. We finally ended it on Monday with a great dinner with the Bernals with lots of soda.

Tuesday June 2:
On Tuesday morning we had a district meeting. It went really well and I presented a training on how we should teach people and not lessons. It focused more on the things we can do besides the lessons we teach to make a lesson effective for a person. I found a new visual strategy to do this as well. The rest of the day we did some service and visited some people.

Wednesday June 3:
On Wednesday I went on exchanges with an Elder Tavares. He is a brand new missionary but is really good at missionary work. It also happened to be his birthday so it was a great day. We also got to go to the temple this morning. It was really great. I also got to drive for the first time in months which was very odd. We got a lot of work done on Wednesday and got a lot of referrals. We also did some service at the ARC which was actually a lot of fun. They had us work in the back moving stuff around. After the ARC it started storming. It was down pouring with constant cracks of thunder and lightning including hail. Driving in it was very odd. Overall it was a great day.

Thursday June 4:
We spent the entire day at a specialized training. Basically it was a zone conference that is for a specific purpose. In this specialized training they introduced the TIWI's into our mission. Basically they attach to the car and notify the driver if they are speeding, driving recklessly or are not wearing seat belts. It will also notify the mission office of these and every driver will be given a score. We have these cards to log in and out of cars and if we have so many violations our score goes down. If you drive too recklessly then you will lose driving priveleges. It will also notify the mission if you leave the mission boundaries. They are putting this in all the cars in the US missions. They say it lowers costs and accidents by 50%. Even though I am not driving I was kind of excited for it. It really
Elder Rogers at specialized training
with 38 water bottles. I think we
could have fit more.
isn't that sensitive though.

Friday June 5:
It was an ok day. We had weekly planning and then spent most of the day contacting former investigators. It was odd because no one seemed to be home. That was basically our day. Nothing exciting.

Saturday June 6:
It was a good day. We had to go to the library in the morning to take a survey that our mission wants us to take. After that we went to teach the Bernals. You could tell they just had a tough week. However by the time we left they were lit up and happy. They had a lot of good questions about how the church works. We ended up watching the Restoration film with them and they loved it. That night we also got to teach the Trejos about the Plan of Salvation specifically pertaining to life after death. It went very well. They also had some great questions, ones I had never thought about. It is cool sometimes when you teach. You learn new things.

Sunday June 7:
It was an interesting day. Church was good. A random person came in to our lesson and I guess was looking for a church. At first I thought that this would be great. However the lesson went a little all over the place because it was about all the restored truths of the gospel. I think this man was a little overwhelmed and just bolted out after 10 minutes. The rest of church went great. That night for dinner we had dinner with the Campbells who invited some non-members over. It went really well. It turns out that they let their daughters get baptized when they were in elementary school.

Overall it was just and ok week. I'm excited for transfers coming up on June 16. I think I need a change, which usually provides a boost of motivation. Anyways, I hope you all have a great week.

Till next time,
Elder Dallin S Pulsipher

Week 42 - Littleton, CO - Baptism

Hello Everyone,

It was an Ok week with the best weekend I've had on my mission. Elder Farley has been ill again this week so we were home bound except for our set appointments. Honestly I'm a little tired of sitting at my desk. However Saturday and Sunday was very good.

We also had interview with President Murdock this week. It went well and while we were doing interviews we had an awesome district meeting.

Saturday May 30: Kelsey's Baptism
Kelsey's Baptism
It was an awesome day. This morning we went to go fill up the font early. We made sure it was full this time. Kelsey showed up about one and a half hours early she was so excited. Her mom came with her and it seemed as though she was even more excited than Kelsey. There were a lot of people there. Half of the people there weren't members and friends of Kelsey. The baptism went smooth. Elder Farley baptized Kelsey. While they were changing we passed notecards around to everyone to write a short little message to her. At the end of the baptism we wrapped them up and gave it to her. It worked out really well. The entire baptism was awesome and went smoothly.

She gave me a letter right before the baptism that I read later that day. It was a very nice letter thanking me for teaching her and changing her life. Something in there made me realize that it wasn't just her we were changing but the life of her future children, friends, and family. I was filled with joy seeing her baptism and it just hit me hard while reading her letter. I felt at that moment that this is why I came here.

Things you do when you are stuck at home

We are continuing to have crazy weather
with amazing scenes
We also had the opportunity to teach the Trejos and the Bernals. They have come a long way in the short time I have been here. When someone accepts the gospel and makes changes in there lives you see it. The Bernals just seemed more peaceful. They were happy. I've seen it with the Trejos as well. It is such a blessing to be apart of this great work. It is very hard at times but is so worth it when you get to see others feel the joy you have felt because of this gospel.

Sunday May 31:
It was another amazing day. We had a "Come and See" Sunday. This is where we put an extra emphasis on inviting others. At Sacrament meeting both Kelsey and Sister Bernal got up and shared their testimonies. They did amazing. We also had a homecoming and farewell talk. It was a great sacrament meeting followed by a panel meeting. We had a special second hour where we had a panel and had a MC ask us questions. Both Elder Farley and I were on the panel. Kelsey also wanted to go on the panel. She did amazing. She was confident and answered the questions better than I think I could have. We used as a guide. Check it out. For third hour we had a lunch outside. It was the first day that didn't rain in over a month. After this all I had the opportunity to give Brother Bernal the Priesthood. Afterwards he then turned around and gave the priesthood to his son. It was a very special moment. The spirit was strong. I was just thinking of a video I had seen recently during this experience. Power of God. They have an entire life full of opportunities to use their priesthood in the service of others.

Needless to say it was an amazing weekend. One I will never forget. I hope you all have a great week.

Till next time,
Elder Dallin S Pulsipher