Sunday, January 3, 2016

Week 68 - Montrose

Hello Everyone,
This week was amazing. One of the best on my mission.
However there is some unfortunate news. We have transfers tomorrow and Elder Forrest will be leaving. I will be staying. He has been my favorite companion. I have grown and learned so much from him. Luckily he doesn't live far from home and might go to BYU or BYU-I. He is definitely a great friend I want to stay in touch with.
Monday Nov 23:
After emailing we hiked with Llamas and the Woodland and Oman family. Pictures are included.
Tuesday Nov 24:
We were going to head out to Ridgway about a 30 minute drive, but Elder Forrest felt prompted to call Tom. We ended up going to his home to teach a lessons. It went very well. We talked about the Plan of Salvation. He even invited us to Thanksgiving dinner. The rest of the day was great. We just kind of followed the spirit. We didn't do a single thing we planned but we were able to teach people and get referrals we never would have expected. I also ended up singing in a little thrift store owned by a member..
Wednesday Nov 25:
It was another one of those days. It is really cool when you get to the point that you are busy all day being led without knowing what you are doing or going. We made contact with people that we haven't seen in a while and even taught someone new. We had lunch at Dennys with a member Kieth and he brought a friend of his. We ended up teaching them afterwards unexpectedly. We also ate dinner at the Iverson's. She just got baptized and we taught her family the 10 commandments using a magic trick.
Thursday Nov 26: Thanksgiving
It was a great day. We started off with a district meeting. During the meeting Elder Forrest and I presented a way to help us teach more simply, which was something we have both been working on. The way we sometimes practice is by teaching a lesson in Charades. When we do this it forces us to think  in the most simplistic way. It works really well and is also a fun game to play.
We ended up having dinner at the Bartons. They are an awesome family. She asked if there were any pies we missed from back home, so I listed a bunch off. It turns out she made them all. We also had our neighbors over (who are the zone leaders). Afterwards we went to Tom's house for some desert. It was great. We met his friend and sang Christmas songs and just talked. He is progressing along great. He is really awesome and has a sincere desire to know if it is true. After all this we ended up helping a member move some heavy things to a new home. We had also helped the Hall's out with their pets for a two days while they were gone. They have a lot. They have two dogs, three cats. five rabbits and about 15 chickens.
Friday Nov 27:
It was a good day. We did some service and some weekly planning. We also had a lesson with Tom again. We brought up baptism again and he said he doesn't feel ready right now, but wants to go through the commandments. We gave him a schedule of the upcoming lessons and commitments involved with them. The rest of the day was stopping by people.
Saturday Nov 28:
It was an interesting day. We went to visit a member in the hospital in the morning. While we were visiting he started to have a seizure. It was a little alarming and luckily he is doing fine now, but it put a damper in our mood the rest of the day. Overall it was very slow.
Sunday Nov 29:
It was a great Sunday service. We had President Atkinson come (2nd counselor in the mission presidency) We also taught 2nd hour about baptism. During the third hour the Bishop and President Atkinson presented the two new videos the church has produced for Christmas. It is something we are using a lot in our work. The videos are A savior Is Born and Why We Need A Savoir.They are on christmas.mormon.org
That was our week. I am excited for this next transfer and just hope I get a great companion.
Till next time,
Elder Dallin S Pulsipher