Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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