Thursday, September 15, 2016

Week 105 - Highlands Ranch - On my way home.

Sister Brierley
Hello everyone,

This was my last week. I will be coming home on Wednesday around 5PM. This was a good last week. It still has been difficult but it was a good last week.

Two years has flown by. The mission experience was nothing close to what I imagined. It has been the best two years and the hardest two years. I honestly will cherish my mission for the rest of eternity and it has been the best experience of my life. I have come to grow closer to my heavenly father and have learned his Gospel. I have found that God has taught me very valuable lessons which I can apply for the rest of my life. I noticed there tended to be one lesson per transfer. So here we go

20 lessons of a Full-Time missionary
People can Change
The District
I have learned that change is ever present. Through the atonement of Jesus Christ we can repent and change to become more like him. There is no lost cause. I myself have changed into something much better than I was before, and I can continue to change.

Love the People
I have learned to love the people. People I would have never expected. I will miss them and that is one of the major reasons I don't want to come home. It is hard to say goodbye, but I can leave knowing that I have made a difference in their lives. When we love someone it gives us the opportunity to lift them higher. You are able to sympathize and see where they are coming from. This allows you to see a little bit of what God sees in them.

I Know Nothing / Humility
The Lennburgs
I have learned that I know nothing. I thought I knew the gospel really well back home but I have realized that I can continue to learn. This helped me to make a goal to read the entire standard works. I accomplished my goal with the exception of the second half of the new testament which I will be taking a class on in school. I have also learned to be humble and if you want to be humble, then prepare, because it will be hard.

Patience
This has been the Christlike attribute I have worked on most of my mission. I have learned to be patient with those I teach and with myself. The biggest trial with patience was with companions. I had some challenging companions which required me to be patient. If we are patient we can withstand many of the challenges of life.

I've Been Blessed Beyond My Own Understanding
The Price family with Catherine
I have come to realize that God showers blessings. Just like rain you can't comprehend all the rain at once, however it touches you and is all around you. That is very similar to God's blessings. I often would recognize these as I wrote one miracle of the day at the beginning of my mission.

Hard Work
I have learned to work hard. I had many things that held me back, such as companions and illness/injuries, but I have found that you can still work hard with those. Hard work also encompasses smart work. If you are struggling, God can increase your capacity to deal with hard things.

God is in Control
I have learned that God is in control of everything.
I often would work hard and some of the things I did would miraculously work out. I was never a good finder but God would often lead or put people in our path that we could help. A mission lets you see God's hand in many different things and makes you realize that you are merely a tool in His hands. 

Joy and Pain
On my mission I have been the most joyful and most miserable. It really is a roller-coaster. The Joy out ways the pain so much more but in order to feel that joy you have to understand pain.

Companions: Learning and TeachingThe only thing I remember from my setting apart blessing is "companions" repeated multiple times. I have helped many companions on my mission
with many different things, such as giving them hope, teaching, obedience, and other things. I in return have learned many valuable lessons from companions which many of the things in this list came from. I have understood that you can learn from and teach anyone.

Don't Be to Harsh on YourselfI am a perfectionist and on a mission that is pretty much impossible. A mission is designed to have some failure. This got me really down at times. I realized that I was being very self-critical and that it was holding me back. We often times have to change our twisted perspectives on what success is and  see ourselves through God's eyes. One of the hardest things about repentance is forgiving ourselves. My favorite quote talks about this. It is "Let go of the past and Keep Moving Forward" ~ Walt Disney.

Perspective and AttitudeLike I said before perspective is so important. But along with that we must have a great Attitude. A positive attitude allows us to see the world in a much brighter context. It keeps us happy as well and when challenges come we can conquer it.

Communication and Working in UnityIf you want to work in unity you have to communicate. Most problems come from miscommunication. Effective communication can bring a new perspective into another's intentions and allows you to resolve issues.

I'm Here to Help Other's Come Unto ChristEveryone is on a different part of their journey. I have found that the journey has many steps. Faith, Repentance, keeping and making Covenants and Ordinances, Following the Holy Ghost's promptings, and enduring to the end. Missionaries don't just baptize but bring others to Christ by helping them develop these things. I often found that I helped members Endure to the End by helping them embrace the gospel more and missionary work.

Trials Help us GrowI can't say I enjoy trials, but they help us grow and become more like the Savior.

Godly Sorrow/ Don't Let Mistakes Define YouI realized that I was letting some mistakes of my past define me. After talking about it with my favorite companion, Elder Legler, he taught me about Godly Sorrow. If we can see ourselves through God's eyes then we will understand that he wants us to succeed. He will forgive us quickly. Every night if we account to the Lord the good and the bad and then let go and improve we can have the burden of sin lifted. Forgiveness includes forgiveness of one's self and of others. I have learned to define myself by who I am and not from evil past deeds.

Me MyselfGod sent me here to be Myself and to use my talents and skills to help those around me. There were some people that only I could influence on my mission. I have had the opportunity to use my talents to bless others and to help the work move forward. I have opened up a lot on my mission and if someone can see the genuine feelings and attitudes I have I can connect with them better.

The Will of God, Is Not MineGod has a unique plan for me. That plan is different then mine. There were situations that I was placed in on my mission that I thought would not work at all. However, they each had a purpose. God can see ahead and knows what is best for us, so we must turn our will over to his.

Endure to the EndThe end of my mission has been so difficult. With injuries, and challenging companions, it has been hard. Endurance is not easy, but it requires all the lessons learned above. Really it requires the accumulative lessons learned. We must apply them all to endure to the end. I am at the end now and it was so worth it.

This is the One and only true church authorized to do God's work.
God's Love and the Atonement of Jesus Christ can help us be saved from all things.

I love you all, but more importantly I love God. This has been the greatest experience  of my life and I am sad to leave. I have loved my mission and it means the world to me, But I am ready to move on. now it is time to take the lessons I have learned and apply them as the foundation for the rest of my life. I know that this work is important, that God love's us, that Jesus is the Christ and that this is the only true church of God.

Till Wednesday
Elder Dallin S Pulsipher

Week 104 - Highlands Ranch

Hello Everyone,

This was an interesting week.

I really enjoyed serving with Elder Jaynes. We got along really well and it helped with the tension of the companionship. Unfortunately he went home on Saturday. He made a few mistakes on his mission. I will miss him.

The tension between Elder Robinson and I has been up and down. We get along at times and other times we don't. But I will just do my best.

This week was good. We tried some new people. In one house there are some boys who are active but the father is not and the mother is not a member. We went to visit them. We had a great conversation until the father walked into the room. The whole mood changed at that point. He was cordial but we could tell that he wasn't happy to see us. So I noticed they love Star Wars so I said hi introduced myself and them talked Star Wars. It led into a great conversation about this new 3d gaming software. While it wasn't spiritual it was what was needed to help him trust us a little more. By the end the mood was restored and he lightened up. One of the things I realized on my mission is that you need to connect with people to gain their trust. Sometimes that is talking about Star Wars.

It has been a very reflective week this week. I have been reviewing my journals and writing (to the best of my ability) about each of the lessons I have learned on my mission. I have been writing one major lesson for each transfer and it is crazy how there has been one. Sometimes I don't learn or realized I learned it until later, but there was a message God had for me in each area. Next week my email will be centered on that.

Anyways I am excited to see you all in 9 days.

This mission has been one if not the best experience of my life. I can't wait to see what God has in store for me next,

Till next time, which is the last time
Elder Dallin S Pulsipher


P.S. You were probably expecting pictures. Don't worry I have been taking them but I want you to be extremely excited to see me when I got off that plane so I will forbear :)

Week 103 - Highlands Ranch

This was a very interesting week.

First of all we got another companion for the rest of the Transfer, Elder Jaynes. I like him a lot and it has relieved some of the pressure between me and my normal companion. We still don't really get along but  we try and work through it. Work here has been very slow because of everything that has gone on, but hopefully it will pick up this week with school starting soon.

This is the first time I have been in a trio and I was honestly very anxious about it, but it seemed to work out great. One night we got a call at 8:30 to come to the mission office to pick up our new companion. We didn't talk much that first night, but the next day I got to know him really well when Elder Robinson wasn't feeling well. He is from southern Georgia. We have gotten along great.

There was one point this week that was particularly hard. It seems as though this is one of the most challenging parts of my mission, with the crash, areas and companionships. I can't lie, it has been hard to stay strong near the end, However two things come to mind. During the particularly hard day the words to "Be Still My Soul" came to mind. 

  1. 1. Be still, my soul: The Lord is on thy side;
    With patience bear thy cross of grief or pain.
    Leave to thy God to order and provide;
    In ev'ry change he faithful will remain.
    Be still, my soul: Thy best, thy heav'nly Friend
    Thru thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
  2. 2. Be still, my soul: Thy God doth undertake
    To guide the future as he has the past.
    Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
    All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
    Be still, my soul: The waves and winds still know
    His voice who ruled them while he dwelt below.
  3. 3. Be still, my soul: The hour is hast'ning on
    When we shall be forever with the Lord,
    When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone,
    Sorrow forgot, love's purest joys restored.
    Be still, my soul: When change and tears are past,
    All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.
Honestly, Everything will work out in the end. He allows certain things to happen to help us grow. Keep an eternal perspective. I am at the end and the best is yet to come.

The second thing is something that a wise ward mission leader taught me near the beginning of my mission. His name is Bro Gustavson. He is one of the greatest men I have ever met. He showed a video of a football player making a winning touchdown. When he gets near the end within a yard he starts to celebrate and drops the ball thinking he has crossed the line. However the ball stays in play without that team knowing. The other team then takes the ball and runs across without opposition and wins the game. DON'T DROP THE BALL! You are not finished until you are finished. Endure to the end

I love you all and miss you greatly. It has been an interesting last two transfers. However I intend not to drop the ball.

Till next time,
Elder Dallin S Pulsipher

P.S. also you may be wondering why there have not been any pictures. Well that is because I want to give you some suspense when I see you in two week.

Week 102 : Highlands Ranch

Hello everyone,

This was a hard week. I have learned that the rest of my mission will be very difficult so I will just embrace it and do  my best. My companion and I were not getting along at all. We couldn't even work together. After a while after I cooled down and after he cooled down, he apologized for not wanting to work and some other stuff. The rest of the week went a little better, but honestly no improvement was made. It has been very difficult because he doesn't want to work and is extremely trunky. 

So I will try my best to work as hard as I can. 

This Sunday I sang Come Come Ye Saints in both sacrament meetings. In one ward I sang with our investigator Catherine on Flute and here friend on Piano. The other ward I sang with a 12 year old young man and his mom played the piano. It went very well. 

Catherine had a hard week. A good friend of her's and the students at her school passed away this week unexpectedly. However she i staying strong.

I have been designing a new logo for the mission. The last one was poorly made and I asked if I can make a new one. He said he would let me try and see if he likes them. So hopefully he does.

So I got my itinerary for going home. This is it.

Leave Denver at 10:20 for a three hour flight to LA. I have almost a 4 hour layover there until 3:40. I lose an hour so I arrive in LA at around 12. I should get home around 5:20 in Sacramento. The official itinerary will be sent to you Mom and Dad. So since I have a 4 hour layover I could see some family in Southern California if they would like to go to the airport. Let me know.

Anyways I hope you all have a great week.

Till next time,
Elder Dallin S Pulsipher

Friday, July 22, 2016

Week 101 - Highlands Ranch

Hello Everyone,

This was a good week. 

Tuesday July 12:
I started the morning off with a doctors appointment for my arm. I dont need surgery luckily and might do something called bone stimulation. It includes putting my arm into a machine that using magnetic fields to help with circulation of the blood to heal it faster. I am out of the sling as well.When they took the cast off I didn't feel any better, but the x-rays show a lot of healing going on so that is good.

I just started being able to write so I don't remember a lot of what happened this week except that it was busy.

We had a lot of set up appointments We  had a few lessons with Catherine. She is getting ready for baptism and just needs permission from her parents. She is actually going to be playing the flute during sacrament meeting when I sing Come Come Ye Saints.

I went on exchanges this week on Wednesday. I was a great day because We were running from place to place, which is always fun. I was with Elder Linde who is a great missionary.

It has been going better with Elder Robinson. He wants to work, but has his spurts of Trunkiness. He is actually funny though.

I have noticed that my trunkiness has gone down significantly after the crash. I was stuck inside for 2 weeks and now I just want to work.

Other than that it has been a simple missionary week.

I hope you all have a great week as well.

Till next time,
Elder Dallin S Pulsipher

Also I have one month left as of yesterday. That is an odd feeling

Week 100 - Highlands Ranch

Hello everyone,

This was a good week. There were ups and downs but overall it was good.

Wednesday July 6: Happy Birthday Julianne!
We had an interesting day of walking. Our area is huge and takes a long time to get anywhere, so we decided to spend most of our day in one area. By the end of it I was wiped out. Since the injury I have had no energy. However it was nice to get out and work. We did have a lesson with a Caytherine. She is embracing the gospel really well and has read the Book of Mormon  through once with three notebooks.

Thursday July 7:
We started the morning with a district meeting. It went well. We luckily had a lot of appointments that day and got rides to them. They are teaching a lot more people since I have been here. That night we taught a Nepalese Family (Nepal). They fed us some food, which did not sit well, but was good. It is a young couple and his parents. He translated our lesson with his parents and I had a conversation with the father in broken English that I was surprised I understood.

Friday July 8:
I was not feeling well the first part of the day and then my companion wasnt feeling well the second part. So it was a slow day.

Saturday July 9:
Elder Robinson wasnt feeling very well all day long, so I ended up helping the Palmer's, whom we live with, with some yard work. It was interesting using one arm with limited weight. The Palmer's are extremely nice and treat us like family. We also have a big basement to live in. They also have a dog named Chance who comes downstairs sometimes. He is a lot of fun. She is a doctor, Which is helpful, and the family has done a lot.

Sunday July 10:
It was a good day. I unexpectedly taught a lesson on tithing. The wards have also changed a lot, however I got to see some people I missed. I also found out one of the missionaries out from the northridge ward is staying in the same place I am. They are one of my favorite families. We had dinner with the Price family and Catherine. We then went to mission prep class where we did a demonstration with Catherine.

So it was a good week. I am doing much better. I am a lot happier and am excited to be here. Tomorrow morning I see what they are going to do with my arm. I will let you know what it is through the Palmers.

Till next time,
Elder Dallin S Pulsipher

Week 99 - Highlands Ranch

Daniel's Baptism
Hello everyone, 

This was an interesting week.

First of all Daniel got baptized. The baptism was amazing. He just glowed afterwards, which you see a lot with people after they are baptized. There were a lot of people there and the room was packed. We almost had to use the chapel, which was our goal.

The 4th of July was great. We did soccer in the morning, which meant I was the referee. I don't know how to ref so I just gave people random colored cards for doing certain things, such as kicking it far away is a green card. That night we did fireworks at the Bury's. They had some good stuff and some YSA trying to see all the cool things they can do with fireworks. People have been shooting off fireworks for the last 5 nights. Not just ground ones but huge airborne ones. It was 4th of July weekend pretty much.

I got transferred and so did elder armistead which was a shock. Basically A lot of changes have happened in the mission because we got a new mission president. President and Sister Gifford. They are amazing and seem to be extremely prepared.

I wasn't entirely happy with my changes though. I am now in a Falcon Park and Northridge, Which is the last area I served in Highlands Ranch. 
The Murrays

It is very difficult, I'm with a challenging companion and I am on foot. I go home with this elder so the area is going to be whitewashed at the end of the transfer. This is not what I was told would happen, but that is what I got, so i might as well make the best out of it.

So that was my week. I am glad I am so close to my previous area, because I loved it. We have some new missionaries in the zone and some great ones so that should be great. 

Anyways, I  will see you in 6 weeks.

Till next Time,
The Bury Family
The Karrens
Elder Dallin S Pulsipher
Soccer
The Christensen Family

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Week 98 - Highlands Ranch

Hello everyone,

This was a very hard week and frankly was a rollercoaster. 

My arms are both still hurting, but the swelling has greatly decreased luckily. I had to ice and elevate for 4 days, so that was boring. 

We got out to work on Friday and got a car that evening until I get transferred on the 5th. I will either work in the office or go to a car area.

My follow-up appointment is the 12th of July and there they will determine whether I need surgery or not. It just depends on how it heals.

This week has been an emotional and physical rollercoaster. I was hearing from different sources about whether I was going home or not. I just had to tune out the rest and listen to president. We also had many more challenges with the person we live with. He didnt understand why I was at home nonstop. Luckily these have been resolved the best they can be. I had a few meltdowns this week too but I found out that is because of the pain, medication, and overall confusion. Probably mostly the pain medication, so I stopped using that. It was actually kind of funny how loopy I was with it.

Since then, I have been much better though. I am happy and have two great wards who have shown much love and support. After much prayer I believe "I am here for one or two more things. One of which is a baptism this weekend of Daniel. We are very excited about that.

Another miracle happened with Mike showing up to sit with us. He never comes without his family, who is out of town, but he came. That made us so happy. We love that family and we just want the best for them and any step forward is great.

Anyways. I hope you all havr a great week.

Till Next Time,
Elder Dallin S Pulsipher

Week 97 - Highlands Ranch, CO

Hello
I am typing with one hand right now. so email me questions if you want a response.

i crashed my bike this week. not on purpose in case you were wondering. we were on our way to dinner when a car staryted to back up along the street. it scared me and i pulled my front break. the back brake was broken and we were planning on getting it fixed that evening. when i pulled it the tension was stronger then normal. a came off the seat and hit the handle bars with my right hand and flipped over them. it hurt.

we went to the urgent care and did x rays. no breaks showed up. however  three days later i still could not move my wrist so i got an mri. it showed that my scaphiod bone is broken in the wrist. i saw a hand specialist today and this is  the deal
my left wrist is sprained and may have bruised bones it is in a splint. thr right arm is in a caste and there vmay be a fracture in the elbow, so i am also in a sling. i cant use it for at least a few weeks. surgery may happen in three weeksdepending on if it heals.

this means i may come home this week.

i cant work and i am in pain. i talk to president tonight to see my options. if i do come home it will be medically released fdrom my mission and wont come back out especially because i am almost done. if i go home mom and dad you will recieve a call from me. dont cancel anything though.

i have greatly loved my mission, i have learned so much. i love you all and will t alk to you later,

till next time, 
elder dallin s pulsipher

Week 96 - Highlands Ranch

Hello everyone,

This week was very similar to last week except for the giant storm that came through.

June 6:
While emailing last week a giant hail storm came through Highlands Ranch and south of it. IT caused damage to every house, with screens ripped. Windows shattered on houses and cars, and roofs damaged. While we were at the library Sister Folkman, which is basically the mom away from home in our wards, was there too. That day we were running really far behind to get to emailing which put us there at the same time as sister folkman. She got a call saying that her basement was flooding. We waited a while and then decided to brace the storm out to her car. It hurt. In fact it got up to the size of golf balls.

When we got there a 4th of the basement was flooded so we took buckets and got most of the water out. Her window well had a foot or two of water in it. We used towels and dried everything up. We basically stayed there for dinner until late that night when the rain stopped.

This started the week of service.

June 7:
Tuesday was basically us dressing up in service clothes and helping people out. We met a lot of people and were raking and blowing leaves. At around 5 another hailstorm came through. Luckily it was short and small but it rained for a good while with crazy lightning and thunder.

June 8:
Wednesday was similar but most of the service was in the morning. Around three we took a young man out, Adam. It was his first time and he really enjoyed it, he was introducing us to his friends and tried to help us find someone to teach. It was awesome. We ended up finding some potential investigators.

June 9:
Thursday we rode around to some specific people and ended getting involved in a long service project of a mother whose husband was out of town, in our proselyting clothes. It was fun, and the two little girls are really funny. We visited with Eudie, Who was really afraid of the storm, and also had dinner with the Gilmours. These people are amazing and some of my favorite people to interact with. I have learned a lot from their experiences.

June 10:
Friday we had interviews with President. Mine went great. It was basically an exit interview that he would normally do when a missionary goes home. I wanted one because he has been the longest mission president I have had, and I have enjoyed working with him. He has helped me out a lot on my mission, through guidance, or giving my challanges. (it is funny how challanges can actually help you). We change mission presidents on the 30th. We also had a lesson with Daniel that day. It went well. He is getting baptized on July 2nd right before the transfer ends. I am excited for that.

June 11:
We helped do service for the Folkmans again. I helped her set up some Gmail stuff for a new job and helped clean up some more after the storm. She whitened our shirts for us, so that they look brand new. The rest of the day was fairly normal.

June 12:
It was a great day. We taught about developing talents during Gospel Principles, which is one of my favorite chapters. That evening we said goodbye to sister Gilmore and their daughter laurin, They are leaving town for a transfer and I might not see them. They have been so kind and we have enjoyed going over to teach that family. We just hope that Mike, the husband will one day join the church. She ended up giving us each a book on the first 150 temples and facts about them. It was a very nice book.

This week was good. Elder Armistead and I are still trying to figure out how to work effectively together, but we will. I hope you all have a great week.

Also today is my 22 month mark. This has gone by so fast, it is ridiculous. See you all in two months.

Till Next time,

Week 95 - Highlands Ranch

Hello Everyone,

This was a good and bad week. So I guess just in the middle.

It consisted of just some great stuff and some not so great stuff.

Highlights:
  • We did some service for a lady who is recently divorced. It was actually fun. We got a lot of the youth to participate. Sometimes to do manual labor is good, especially when it is someone in need.
  • Elder Armistead got his bike back. He was very happy about that.
  • Daniel is doing really well and is trying to set a complete date for his baptism, I hope it is soon.
  • I went on an exchange in the YSA ward with Elder Blanchard. It was a great day with a lot of lessons and work going on, It is nice to go to an area with a lot of work sometimes.
Other than that it was a fairly normal week. Elder Armistead and I haven't been getting along to well and we get irritated sometimes, so Sunday we had a long talk about it and what we can do to improve it. This is fairly normal though. You will not get along with every person you meet or are with. You just need to sacrifice a little and talk through the issues.

Well I wish I could write more but we are getting to the library really late today, so I hope you all have a great week.

Till next time,
Elder Dallin S Pulsipher

Week 94 - Highlands Ranch

Hello everyone,

This was a growing week. Basically everything went wrong. But miracles were found throughout.

Tuesday May 24:
In the morning we did the food bank at Pax Christi. After that we went to get a bike tube for Elder Armistead's bike. It went flat on Sunday. We put the new tube on and after a few minutes it went flat again. Our dinner said that they would bring by a pizza around 6:00 to 6:30 but after an hour of waiting they said it would be 7:30 so we just went to subway.
Edler Armistead and the bike tire
Wednesday May 25:
We had a lesson at the church with Daniel in the morning, it went well. He is doing really well. We talked to him about talking to his parents about giving him permission to be baptized. When we went outside Elder Armistead's tire was flat. So he readjusted it and it worked. Later that day we were biking when his chain came off. When he got off to fix it one of the big gears was bent 95 degrees. It was unrideable. We also saw about 5 snakes that day and he hates snakes. On top of this I had terrible stomach pains throughout the week and it was very strong that day. The rest of the day was spent trying to have someone take us to a bike shop, but everyone was busy so we it was right before an appointment that we could go. When we got there, they said it would be 120 - 200$ to replace. Elder Armistead was very nervous about this. When they came back they said that the part was on a sale because they don't make them anymore and that it would only be $30. Miracle number 1. We went to our appointment which went great, and when we got a ride back someone loaned us a bike. Miracle 2.

Thursday May 26:
The Coyote hanging out in our backyard for about 10 minutes
We started the morning with District meeting. It went well, and then after that left for the day. It was a fairly normal day until Elder Armistead noticed a goathead (thorn) in his tire. He pulled it out and then we heard the hissing sound. We rode home before his tire got flat. We then walked for a while, we eventually met a member who was visiting in town who gave us a ride, that was nice because we didn't think we would have time to get to see this person before dinner. After dinner we went to Sports Authority to get another bike tube. We found out that it is going out of business and that the tube was 20% off. That was nice. Miracle 3

Friday May 27:
Honestly it was a slow day and I don't remember much except that I ripped my pants That wasn't fun.

Saturday May 28:
I was just depressed. For some reason I was having a bad day and was just really down and had no motivation. It might have been trunkiness but it was hard to work. I felt this way all the way until we met a member. We shared a mormon message with them a month ago. She told us that was the perfect thing for her. She was planning a trip to see her sister and tell ask her to come back to church but was really unsure what to say. She honestly didn't want us to come over because she was so busy. That night the words to a talk came to her mind. The next morning she watched the talk and it was the talk tied to the mormon message. She then knew she needed to share this talk with her sister, She did and then they went to a womens conference where the same talk was talked about. The speaker said along the lines of, "Oh and before I end and since it is raining just remember not to drop the umbrella blocking the shower of heavenly blessings." See Shower of Heavenly Blessings.
Banner I helped make for orphanage in Combodia.
It was great to know that we were inspired to share that message. You never know the impact you make. Miracle 4.

Sunday May 29:
It was a great day. We didn't have meetings, which meant that we didn't have to wake up early. We had our first ward which went very well. We helped out in primary which reminded me of when I was a Primary teacher.  The second Church I sang, Because I Have Been Given Much. It went well. I have learned that all Times, Talents and Interests are centered on the work of the ministry. I have really been trying to use my talents to help those in may different ways. We had dinner with the Murrays that night. They are awesome. In fact their third child's name is Jacob and he is really into random hobbies just like you Jacob. It reminded me a little of home Miracle 5

Monday May 30:
It was a great day. We went disc golfing with the Murrays. It was tons of fun. After that we went to the Karrens for a Memorial day Party. It was fun and one of the best P-Days on my mission. In fact they say they know Allen Pulsipher from Texas. They say hi Allen. During this party however, We found out that Daniel got permission to be baptized and is being baptized beginning of July. We are really excited for him. Miracle 6

It was a hard week full of miracles. I am greatful that God allows difficult times to help us grow. We go through a refiners fire that will tests us but helps us grow into who God wants us to be. There is a great Mormon message by the title,Refiners Fire

I hope you all have a great week. See you in 11

Till next time,
Elder Dallin S Pulsipher

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Week 92 - Highlands Ranch, CO


Hello Everyone,
I have 12 weeks left. It is crazy. Time has flown by and I will definitely miss my mission. We got transfer news and
I will be staying here with Elder Armistead. Which might mean I will finish here. We get a new mission president this Transfer, President and Sister Gifford. Typically changes are not made when this happens.
This was a good week. I still couldn't find my planner until Sunday when a member gave it to me so I will just give highlights as opposed to the usual.
We met a lot of new people this week. In fact yesterday some members picked up a hitchhiker (not suggesting you ever do this) and brought him to their house. He was interested in hearing about the gospel so they called us up and we taught him. He was a very nice man is was on his way to rifle. We taught a great lesson on the Restoration.
We got a lot of referrals from members this week too. Which is great because the members are starting to catch the fire of missionary work. We did a lot with the youth this week. We helped out with a graduation party. We met a lot of people. We also took some youth out with us as well. 

The work here is going good, it is slow but is on the spiral up which is all that matters. I know that working with members can take a while but it is so worth it because it is more productive, better results but more importantly the members, missionaries, and non-members all can feel the spirit of missionary work and the joy this gospel brings.
We had a zone conference on Wednesday. It was great. The best talk was given by sister Murdock, who talked about what it will be like at home. She said that she felt she needed to train on how to live a life of discipleship back home. The suggestions she gave I want to apply when I get back. We also heard from our counselor in our mission presidency who is doing an intense procedure soon to help get rid of MS. We hope the best for him.
Other than that it was a slow week because it was the last week of school here.
I am glad I am staying. It is hard here but I have found a lot of joy. I hope you all have a great week.
Till next time,  Elder Dallin S Pulsipher

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Week 91 - Highlands Ranch



Hello everyone,
This was a great week. Very busy too.
Tuesday May 3:
We spent the morning baking cookies for people. We got these two new pamplets on Family and

Temples
 and Serving and Learning in the Church, so we made cookies and dropped them off to our investigators with the pamphlets. That night we took a young man out, Bro Foulkman. It was great, we talked to some people and helped get him excited about his mission, which he is getting his call this week.
Wednesday May 4:
It was a good day with doing service at Sister Engles, teaching Eudie, and trying by some former investigators. That evening we went out with Bro Rich, who is a priest. We got to teach the Bullocks, who are some members and practice with Bro Rich for his mission. IT was a great lesson and he did an amazing job teaching. He loved coming out. It feels good to give a good experience to these young men who are preparing for a mission.
Thursday May 5:
When I got home I was exhausted. I went on an exchange with Elder Baughn and they were on bikes. Their area has the largest hills in Highlands Ranch and it hurt. We had a great day though. We talked to a lot of people and taught some random lessons. While we were biking around our car got taken away. They need more cars out in Grand Junction so they took our car, because we have a small area, and we are now back on bikes. I like it though. You come home very tired, but it allows you to talk to more people and you get great exercise.
Friday May 6: 
It was a very busy day. We did weekly planning but also helped out with Mormon Prom. It is a huge thing here. Most students are more excited for Mormon Prom than their school Prom. We helped set up for a dinner party beforehand which was Marti Gras themed. I helped design a logo for it that they are going to use year after year. They really went all out. That night we went to a movie night for the Spring Gulch ward. We helped man a candy station with the bishopric while trying to keep our eyes off of Kunfu Panda. Luckily we left early to go to the Mormon Prom Party. We talked to a lot of people. About 50% of the people there were non-mormons. They had Crawdads and ice cream catering and tons and tons of stuff. After everyone left we helped set up. By the time we got home we were wiped out.

Saturday May 7:
We helped out with an Eagle Scout Project for Adam and Young man in the ward. We dug out a little at a school and placed rocks along a path. We also dug deep deep holes and put benches in with Cement. It was fun and a great opportunity to connect with the youth and ward members.
I think after this week my favorite calling would be in Young Mens. Elder Armistead and I also had a mild argument. He was venting a lot, but it is interesting how through this and by the end of the argument we had a heart to heart. He is one of my favorite companions now. It is true that arguments can lead you to grow closer to each other, because you get out what needs to be said.
Sunday May 8:
It was an excellent day. At church we taught unexpectedly Gospel Principles and then taught in Priests Quorum about Scriptures. We noticed a lot of young men on their phones so we told them to put their phones on the table at the beginning and if anyone touches it they have to teach the rest of the lesson. It worked well. The second ward sacrament meeting was great. Their were three great talks one of which was Daniels. He gave an amazing talk on his experience and how he feels about everything. He is going through a bump right now and is trying to stay strong. We all go through these, so we need to make sure that we stay strong and anchor ourselves in the Gospel of Jesus Christ not other things.
Ultimately the best part of the day was Skyping home. It went very well. Probably my favorite one. It was simple short and sweet. I also got to meet my niece. It is odd to think that the next time I see everyone will be at the Airport.
That night we had a great dinner with the Bartons and the Whipples. I went great.
I love you and miss you all. I hope that you all have a great week. Keep moving forward.
Till next time,
Elder Dallin S Pulsipher

Week 90 - Highlands Ranch

Hello everyone,
This was a good week. It snowed and rained a lot.

Tuesday April 26:
Our Zone
We started the day off with going to a Food Drive at the Pax Christi Church. I was put under Chicken duty, which meant I passed out a ton of bags of frozen chicken. It is interesting how you can tell who really needs the help and who is getting it because it is free. It is sad to see some people be very very picky and a little entitled to better food and more of it. IT reminded me of a talk given in conference about how when a person is given stuff without work people will bcome more entitled but when we have to work for something we not only feel better about ourselves but also have humility.
Wednesday April 27:
We had a zone meeting. It went well. We talked about fear and faith and also got some useful ideas about how to fill our day. It was a good day. That evening we did a youth activity with some priests and Daniel (who is a kid we are teaching who is waiting for permission to get baptized from his parents. He is considered the most active priest in the ward. He is awesome) about missionary work. It went really well. I always enjoyed doing things like this with the youth.
Thursday and Friday April 28 and 29:
These were two slow days. We did some service. Tried by some people and brought out a priest with us. We have been working a lot with the youth lately. We try to bring two or three Young men out a week. Basically these two days were normal days, nothing too exciting.
Elder Armistead with his fungus. He put water,
epson salt (which I am allergic too) and clorox in a bucket.
Saturday April 30:
We had a good day. We tried by a lot of people. I actually wasn't feeling too well though. I was just very weak and I think my body was just fighting something off. However we stayed busy. Other than that is was a normal day.
Sunday May 1:
This was a very exciting day. The Spring Gulch ward was great with some great testimonies. We then went to the Saddle Ranch ward. People were there very early because we got a new bishopric. The entire bishopric was released and a completely new one was called in. It is sad to see this bishopric released since they were doing such a great job but I am excited to see this new bishopric and to work with them. Their testimonies were amazing. That night was good with three member lessons as well.
Work here is moving slow, but it has been good. I really love these two wards and it has been great working with Elder Armistead. He can be very hyper and sometimes we annoy each other, but we are very open with each other and resolve them, which makes us work well together
Well I hope you all have a great week and accomplish great things. I can't wait to see some of you on Mother's Day.
Till next time,
Elder Dallin S Pulsipher

Week 89 - Highlands Ranch

Hello Everyone,
This was a good week.
Monday April 18:
That night
we had dinner with the Burys and watched Meet the Mormons with the Gilmours, a part member family. It was great.
Tuesday and Wednesday April 19 and 20:
These two days weren't too eventful days. We have been going through our area book trying to visit many of the former investigators which did not have any reason why they were dropped. Many of them have moved since. On Wednesday we did some service for Sister Engle who has enough projects for us to do until she is 110 years old. She is an amazing lady. While over there we helped a man cut down some trees from the last storm and throw them in a burn pile. When he first met us he thought we were amish and couldn't use electronics. I guess he didn't see the car we drove up in. We laughed. He was a very nice man and used to live in Sacramento.  That night I was asked to create a logo for a Mormon Prom. Basing it off the GoPro logo. It was fun and they greatly
appreciated it.
Thursday April 21:
We had district meeting where I trained on getting referrals. That night we had dinner with Mike and then had a short lesson afterwards on baptism. He is so close. We had been fasting and praying that his heart would be softened. We can't wait to see him and his wife be sealed together. We know it will happen some day.
Friday April 22:
We had a little road trip. We went up to commerce city to visit Dr. Joseph Smith. It was about an hour drive. I was getting a checkup appointment. We ran into a lot of traffic especially on the way back. Because traffic was so bad we took a slightly longer route which took us right by the Colorado Rapids Stadium. It was cool, we got out a looked a little.
Saturday April 23:
It was a beautiful day. We started the morning off with a ward walk. The entire ward got together for a walk with breakfast burritos and donuts. We ended up with a lot of that food. If I weigh 300 pounds when I get home it is burritos fault. Other than that We did service for some service missionaries who are over the building grounds. The rest of the day was slow.
Sunday April 24:
This was a great Sunday. I was just very very tired for some reason. It was Elder Armisteads first Sunday at church and he got to know a lot of members. That night we participated in a Bishop vs youth seminary challange. They basically have a competition on who can do better at Old Testament Trivia. I was surprised by how well I did. After that we went to a misisonary call opening. This young man who is a great missionary is going to Milan Italy. It was exciting.
Well that was our week. I hope you all have a great week as well.
Till next time,