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