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.
This has been a crazy week.
So 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.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
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.
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.
Friday July 31:
| Elder Brown, Me and the Ramirez's. |
An awesome family in my last ward.
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
9622 Timber Hawk Circle 14-32
Highlands Ranch, CO 80126