Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas!! :D

Merry Christmas everybody!!!

All of my write home energy went to talking to my family over Skype (SUCH AN AMAZING CHRISTMAS GIFT!) so this will be brief.

Christmas was wonderful, it was a p day so that made it very fun :) We got to go give gifts to several investigators last night, which was splendid ^-^

Did you know you can build YOURSELF in Christ? It is quite spectacular. It happens when you shift your view of yourself from what it currently is to how Christ sees you. He sees you for the good in you. He sees you as His. And He loves you :) Seek to understand who he is, who you are, and how it all lines up.

Love you all! Bye!
Elder Poulson

It really was the BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT to skype with Elder Bry!!  He looks so awesome and is happier than ever!  We got to talk to his greenie and Elder Eldredge (his last comp).  
We loved every single minute!!  

Monday, December 18, 2017

It is Your Choice

Hello family and friends!!! :D Frankly, I remember about nothing from what happened this week... Seriously, I am racking my brains and I've got nothing.

Oh yeah! We had a Christmas party on Friday! That was kind of cool! Natalie came to that and to church, with her mom (who hasn't come in a very long time), so I was happy :) She should be getting baptized in the beginning of January, from the sound of things.

We didn't teach too many other people. It is hard to get lessons in around the Holidays. We DID help some random people move some stuff out of their apartment! Which was amazing, because we always offer to help people with stuff, but they always say no for whatever reason. They also said we could come back and share our message, so that was exciting!

Thought of the week: You can choose. Elder Kearon said that SO many times: you can choose to *insert phrase here*. You can choose to be happy. You can choose to live the Gospel. You can choose to follow the Spirit. The second you realize that YOU, you personally, can CHOOSE to do and be whatever and whoever you want to do or be, your life will change!!! Why? Because you decided it would. Now that comes from faith and hope and patience and love and determination and perseverance. But in the end, it is as simple as this: What will you choose to do? Who will you choose to be? 

Choose to come unto Christ and be perfected in Him. Specifically ask for His help to change. He will change you. He CAN change you. Because He performed the Atonement. And he understands exactly your barriers and obstacles and how you can overcome them.

"Repentance is new strength." Repentance IS change.

I love you all! CHOOSE to have a great week!

Elder Poulson

Monday, December 11, 2017

Training + British Seventy = AWESOME!!! :D

Hello family and friends!

I am writing this from a computer today... That feels weird now, I am so used to typing on a phone now. This is a lot better though ^-^ I hope you are all doing spectacular this Christmas season! Lighting the world and such always seems to cheer me up :)
This week was crazy and long but great! I'm typing this a day late because we had the wonderful opportunity to have a zone conference with Elder Patrick Kearon of the Seventy! :D Beautiful accent, even more beautiful advice! What really struck me was just how happy he was! He had a brilliant sense of humor, and you could just feel his love. He was just so... happy! And he essentially told us that we ought to be happy too! That we should work hard, enjoy it, stop worrying, and be happy. Definitely advice that I have needed before and continue to need at times ^-^ Serving a mission isn't exactly an easy thing. But it is something to be enjoyed. And that will come when we CHOOSE to enjoy it.
So I'm training! It isn't super hard though, because I have the one and only Elder Hammack! He is from Ogden area, Utah. I mean sure he is disobedient, trunky, and crazy, but it's okay. He jumped on a train once without me and I had to bike after him, but its whatever.

Naw just kidding :) Super fun, very prepared, we have been having a blast! ^-^ Teaching some good people too. We found a guy named Jose that is 16 and trying to turn his life around. We really want to be able to help him. Faith and hard work should do it :) Elder Hammack and I really do get along well, it makes doing the work so much easier when it happens that way.
In case you were all wondering, confidence is as much a gift from God as it is something acquired. In all reality, ANYTHING we want to improve on can come as a gift from God. When you pray at night, do you ask for God to help you change specific things, through Jesus Christ, by His Atonement? Repentance isn't just something we do when we sin, after all. It is a daily course correction. So if you find yourself feeling inadequate or in need to improve in any aspect, just pray for the strength to do it, for the strength to change IN Christ. When we really understand His Atonement, we will understand that He not just forgives us: He changes us. And that happens when we humble ourselves and ask in faith. For that reason, we are taught to "pray always" in the scriptures. If you haven't heard it yet, I would highly recommend the talk by Elder Bednar called "The Enabling Power of the Atonement". It explains it all SO well! :)
I bring that up because God has given me confidence and a brilliant self worth. And for that I am forever grateful ^-^
I have really learned lately to remember faith and love. Faith is a power that cause things to happen. Love is a power that causes hearts to change. Faith and love can change lives. That is how missionaries do it :) The greatest teachers seek to show how what they have helps those they teach. That is love. But to teach in the first place, you must have faith, for if you dont believe you can make a difference, you wont. Do you believe you can make a difference? Do those around you know they love you? And of course, never forget hope. Moroni 7 will explain that better than I can ;)

I hope you all have a great week! Love this Christmas season. It is a wonderful time to live :) This time is a wonderful time to live. The scriptures of multiple nations are before you. You have the plan of God and the guide to return to Him! You know your purpose in life, and you can accomplish that purpose! You can prepare to return to Him! You can be happy. Not always, but usually. If the Gospel doesn't do that for you yet, don't despair. You either don't yet fully understand it or have not yet learned to use it. Keep trying. Go serve. And remember the baby in a manger that caused legions of angels to sing in JOY!!!
I love you all! Have a wonderful week :)
Elder Poulson

Write me if you'd like ^-^ bryan.poulson@myldsmail.net

The Greenie....Elder Hammack

Monday, December 4, 2017

A New Missionary

1 And it came to pass that in the twelfth month of the second year of the proselyting of Elder Poulson among the people of Long Beach, his heart began to be anxious for the well being of the Californianites. 

2 And to the great astonishment of Elder Poulson, yea, even of all the Elders in the land of Long Beach, their great leader, even he who presided over the entire mission, President Patterson, gave unto Elder Poulson the assignment to... train.

So yeah, that happened. I am going to be training a new missionary! I had finally decided that I had a lot more to learn before I could train a new missionary, and about the same day I got called to do so! Haha I guess that is just how God works. Who the Lord calls, the Lord qualifies, right? ^-^ But I am now super excited for this next transfer! I will be staying here in Long Beach, probably for another 2 1/2 months.

For reasons though, I thought I was leaving... And took pictures with members... And said more or less goodbyes... so those will be some awkward funny conversations! ^-^ I get to spend tomorrow night with my old companion Elder Eldredge and his new missionary who has been with him for 6 weeks, so that will be awesome.

As for our investigators, we actually have a number of investigators making a remarkable amount of progress! Roberto is an enthusiastic investigator who already loves reading the Book of Mormon! He was super excited when we told him about it, and he has been reading. Evelia is a lady we taught on Monday who ended up in tears by the end of the Restoration lesson (funny how that happens when the Spirit is there). She is very willing to listen and find out if it's true, but has lots of questions. Which is great! It means that she really cares about if it is the truth or not.

We are also teaching a members niece, Natalie, who was already going to church a lot and who we thought was a member! šŸ¤£ So we are teaching her, and already set a baptismal date for the 29th of December! :D Super exciting!

As much as a change is sometimes nice on the mission, I am happy to stay here. We are being blessed with "success" (it is something given more often than earned), but the best success is knowing that I am doing what Heavenly Father wants me to be doing. THAT is peace of mind. ^-^

Here are some food for thought questions. With the earlier questions, we tend to have more of a desire to say yes to them, but find them harder to perform. The later questions tend to be easier to perform, but harder to readily say yes to.
1. Are you willing to let your will be swallowed up in God's will for You?
2. Are you willing to live the principles taught in the scriptures?
3. Are you willing to follow the Prophet's counsel, submitting your will to his inspired counsel?
4. Are you willing to follow the counsel of your stake President?
5. Are you willing to accept and follow the decisions of your bishop and local leaders, as imperfect as they may be?
6. Are you willing to follow your parents in every sense in which they are righteous examples to You? (Teenagers, I'm talking to you)
7. Are you willing to trust that the spirit guides you, and gave the confidence to make decisions based on spiritual direction, be it subtle and despite anxiety and fears?

Food for thought. I love you All! I love being here, and I will continue to love it! That said, I also await the day in which I get to see you all again. Until then, "come unto Christ, and be perfected in Him" continually. Turn on the light. Drop the chains that bind you. And be happy. Love you All!

Elder Poulson

Monday, November 27, 2017


Why hello! How are you all doing? Not too much time today, but here I am! ^-^

We had a good week. Learned a lot, of course. Helped a lot of people out. I have been making people cookies, so that is fun! I love service. Service makes a huge difference in the hearts of those we teach, as does the word of God. It really softens their hearts to the Gospel.

Thanksgiving was good. Two dinners, one had people that spoke in total 6 different languages in attendance, the other we managed to finally talk with the kids of our ward mission leader, they are all members but don't go to Church. We are hoping to reactivate them ^-^ We will see how it goes.

George came to church again! He seems to like it. We are having a hard time setting a time to teach him... he won't be back til Christmas break. But we are going to teach him more. I am determined ^-^ We have some good appointments today which is why this is short :P

I'm sure you've all heard of the light the world initiative. Well now take it to a new level! Post that video on social media. And then do EVERY DAY of It! With your families if all possible. I sure would do it with my family if I could... ^-^ I know that small acts of service changes lives. Who's life will you change this year?

We are praying to have a white Christmas here in Long Beach. I'm sure y'all in Utah will haha ^-^ But if I get someone to dress up in white and make a promise with Christ to serve him to the end, manifest in baptism, that will be a white enough Christmas for me. Purer than snow for sure ^-^

I love you all! Have a great week!

Elder Poulson

Monday, November 20, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving

Hello Everyone,

So, we had a really great week!  Lots of growth, which is always the goal!  I learned to build my foundation in Christ.  I feel His power in my life.  True optimism is centered on Christ.  In the end, all joy comes from our Savior.  Rely on Him. He will love you home. 

“Remember faith” too, I tell myself that often now.  If your faith is greater than your obstacles, you can always pull through to the end with a smile! :)

We had an investigator at church, finally!  His name is George, I’ve mentioned him before.  He surprised us, and seemed to love it!  Really, church was just wonderful this week because there was love apparent between each member and missionary.  

I am grateful to be here on a mission.  I have had to learn to love it, but now I can say that I do.  So wherever God has put you, find His hand in it, and BE GRATEFUL!!!  

Happy Thanksgiving,

Elder P

Elder Bry & Elder Price

Bry's former companion, Elder Eldredge & his new compainon

Monday, November 13, 2017


Gooood morning America! (I apologize to the few of you who are not in America: good morning to you too) How are you all doing? :D I am just chilling out here by the pool in my complex (BY the pool, not in it: no worries) and enjoying the sun ^-^ We had a good time this week. Let me tell you about It!

First of all, our investigators! So none of then came to church 

Sooo... Let me just rant for a second... at least every day this week, there was at least one person that saw us and just yelled "MORMONS!" and I just don't understand! Why!? I mean, if they were to say "hello mormons" or "hey mormons" or even something mean followed by "mormons", that would make logical sense. But they just see us, and it's like a dog with squirrels: MORMONS! If I see a random monk walking down the street (which is actually fairly frequent here), I don't just point at him and yell "MONK!" That would be weird!

Anyways, that is that. We put in some work this week, that is for sure. Biking all over this crazy city ^-^ We did get to ride in a car for one day when we had a member with us. That was actually really cool, because we found an investigator who dropped off the face of the planet the other day. This member is a returned missionary, and after he was super excited and shooting off ideas of how to help her. He then proceeded to receive revelation for her in Church! Really cool!

Last night, we stopped to pray to know where to go. We were in front of an apartment, and in the prayer I heard something and looked up to see a lady looking out the door. She quickly closed the door. So after, I kind of told her, "hey, sorry, you can come out now." She kind of peered out, and then out of nowhere just said, "Elder?" I suddenly realized I recognized her, and responded with, "hermana?" It was hermana Chavez, a member from my first ward in Ximeno! It turns out her mom lives in our area, but goes to Ximeno. So I guess that was where we were supposed to go! Haha :)

I enjoy being around people, I've found. I've noticed recently the importance of gratitude. Seeing as Thanksgiving is coming up, it is a pertinent topic ^-^ I love what our mission President shared with us: 

There seems to be an attitude associated with gratitude that requires that we think to thank. I can’t imagine the nine lepers being ungrateful to the Master for his act of mercy, but they failed to think to return and give the proper thanks. The tragedy of the story is that they missed the greater blessing of becoming whole, as was the case of the one leper who returned to give thanks. Perhaps that is why Elder James E. Faust said, “Our thanks are more than just courtesy toward God. Gratitude is a saving principle” (CR, April 1990). 

I realized not too long ago something that kind of startled me. In Spanish, the song "count your many blessings" would translate, in the last verse, to "count your many blessings, and then you will see how many blessings from Christ you have." To me, this time that we sung it, that meant something different to me. I realized an important principle: you can not be blessed by your blessings unless you are aware of and grateful for them. You will receive no blessings if you don't even realize they or there nor be grateful for them.

For instance, imagine a rich businessman. He has about every material blessing he could want. And yet how many rich businessmen tirelessly seek for more money, more power, more things? Why? Because they don't even recognize what have. They don't have gratitude for the blessing, so they don't receive the happiness that could come from it. Their lack of gratitude is to their own downfall.

Now that is just speaking of material things. What about us? We know of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We have the opportunity to lay hold on every single spiritual and eternal blessing God has to offer us. As we follow the path our Heavenly Father has set before us, we receive great spiritual blessings and knowledge daily. But if we are not grateful for those blessings, we WILL NOT receive the wonderful joy, peace, spirit, and love that comes from those blessings. How well said it was, then, when Elder James E. Faust said, “Our thanks are more than just courtesy toward God. Gratitude is a saving principle” To be saved, we must be grateful.

So take a look around in your life. Push away negativity, and be GRATEFUL for what you have been blessed with. Be grateful for a place to live, for a family to love, and for the Gospel of Jesus Christ to follow. And be grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ, in which we will all be saved, and in which we can change daily and find confidence, joy, and peace. Be grateful, and you will be happy. I truly believe that ^-^

Well that is my 200 cents for the day, haha :) I hope you all have a great(ful) week! I would love to hear from any and all of you! Just click here bryan.poulson@myldsmail.net and shoot me something if you would like! Even a couple sentences would be great. I just like to hear from you ^-^ Take care!

Elder Poulson out

Monday, November 6, 2017

The Book of Mormon is True

Hello family and friends!!! :D

How are you all doing!? That's good. Glad to hear it. Who, me? I'm doing great! We have had quite the time biking through downtown long beach! It is fun ^-^ 

The highlight experience of this week... well it was a bit special to just tell, but I will tell you this: I KNOW the Book of Mormon is true, by prayer, through the Holy Ghost. I did before, but I received an added witness and I am so very grateful for it. Remember that the Book of Mormon very plainly teaches the principles of the Gospel, or in other words, the guidelines to a happy life. Search it. Study it. Ponder it. Pray over it. A prophet of God called in this time to guide us of this day has asked you to do so. You probably ought to trust him ^-^

As for investigators... well, she isn’t in my area anymore... but Diana is going to get baptized! That young girl got an answer that she should do so. Wonderful, Wonderful thing! :D As for in our area, we are teaching a cool lady named Tina. She is VERY open, so we are hoping to help her accept the truths of the Gospel. We are also teaching a grandmother, mother, and nephew name Silvia, Guadalupe, and Israel. Awesome people, going through a rough time. 10 year old Israel is reading the Book of Mormon. How cool is that! :D

I would implore you all this week to read the Book of Mormon, and also, to be OPTIMISTIC! Not unrealistic or sugar coated, but to take what you get and see the good in it and be glad, as President Uchtdorf counseled us this last conference :)

Well, gotta go. I love you all! Email me if you get the chance ^-^ Just click this and say hi: bryan.poulson@myldsmail.net


Elder Poulson

Meet the new companion...Elder Price

Monday, October 30, 2017

I Found My Dad

Hello again my queridos family and friends!!! I'm typing this fresh off of visiting the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific, and good news! I found my dad!!! :D (See attached picture) It was great!!!

This week was good! We did a LOT of adjustment. Adjusting to bikes, adjusting to each other, adjusting to different borders, etc. It was good though! Elder Price is a hard worker. We intend to get a lot done here as we rely on the spirit to guide us :)

I have been learning a lot about self worth this week as well. I believe that a lot of it has to do with how we treat ourselves. Kind of how we talk to ourselves in our heads. Your effectiveness in whatever you do will be directly related to how much you love yourself. So love yourself as much as the Savior loves you, and your life will be filled with joy and satisfaction, no matter what happens :) Turn to the Savior's love more fully this week. 

Love you all! Take it easy :)

Elder Poulson

I Found My Dad
(Cuz I'm Nemo & its a clown fish like Marlin)

Monday, October 23, 2017

You Are Loved

Hey family and friends! I companion just laughed at me for writing that line because I'm saying this out loud. But that's okay! Because he's not going to be my companion for very much longer :-) 

That's right! Transfers are here. (DUN. DUN. DUUUUUUUNNNN!!!!) Aaaaand it is a crazy one! Elder Eldredge and I are splitting our area. He is going to be a district leader AND training (He is so stressed haha) and I will be with Elder Price!!! Now that is weird. That is weird because Elder Price has been in my district for the last 2 transfers! My district leader trained him. It should be really fun! We are going to be in downtown and a bit farther up, on bike! In 100 degree weather! #mountainstoclimb I am really just excited though. A LOT of potential in this area still, even half of it.

So I keep procrastinating writing my general email. It is kind of a problem. You would think that we smartphones a tease easier to get all of your emailing done, but when you are the driver and there is rules that you're companion needs to be able to see your scream, it is hard to get all of your emails off before sports with all the other missionaries. And then I get distracted because I'm a social butterfly. But I have gotten better speaking into phones because we have to put all of the records of our entire area for the last 20 years or more into the phone. So that has been quite an adventure.

We got to go to the temples visitors center with the familia Alvarez AND MontaƱez! It was a wonderful experience! I loved it, and so did they :) I have great hopes to help them enter into the temple to be sealed as an eternal family. Nothing could bring me more joy, except for the eternal duration of my own family. I love this work :)

I learned A LOT about self worth this week. I won't go into detail, but sufficeth to say that you are loved. "Just as a mother loves her child solely because he is her's, god loves you solely because you are HIS." Never forget that. President Uchtorf's and Sister Joy D. Jones said it perfectly in general conference. PLEASE go back and read those talks. They have truths we ALL need to understand. Remember WHO YOU ARE. A child of God, a loving Heavenly Father.

I love you all too. And I hope to one day understand God's love, and our saviors love, to the point where I can emulate it. And share it with others. Have a wonderful week. And find follow in the fact that you are HIS.

Elder Poulson

Monday, October 16, 2017

Trouble Has No Necessary Connection with Discouragement

Hey family and friends!!!  I have handled my time terribly and literally only have about 1 minute to write this entire email. Luckily we can speak into our phones and it will type whatever we say for us! So that's really cool!

It was honestly a really rough week. Diana didn't end up getting baptized for a bunch of complicated family reasons. And really just everything else that happened this week was difficult to say the least. But that's okay because I realized that trouble has no necessary connection with discouragement. That's something that Elder Holland said in a talk. I know that when we don't let anything that the world does or anything that happens in our life drag us down or effect how we feel and how we think, we will literally be irrepressible. It will be impossible for us to be dragged down by Satan and his attempts to keep us away from celestial glory. And that is the whole point of the gospel, to help us discover that we can have that happiness and we can have it from the source that will never fail, which is, of course, Christ.

That is all I have time for! All will be well here. I learned simple faith this week. Just have simple faith. Nothing can change the fact that all things will work our for them that love and seek to obey God. I love you all! Stay strong in Christ! 

Byye ^-^

Elder Poulson

Monday, October 9, 2017


Hey family and friends! I used my time unwisely this week, which is ironic since I now have more liberty with my SMARTPHONE! The transition has been crazy, but they really are great to have. Anyways, I apologize for the shortness of this email ^-^

Mayfer's and Hailey's baptism truly was a wonderful experience. His dad ended up giving the prayer at the end, and he choked up in the middle. He felt the Spirit so strong. That family is on the path to sealing, and I am humbly grateful for the opportunity to serve them and be a part of that.

Diana is on date for this Saturday, but didn't come to church... not sure why. We can't get a hold of them. Hopefully that changes.

My break through of the week was that I really am just here to serve. No I know that sounds obvious but the way it clicked in my head this week really changed my perspective of missionary work and how happy I am to be doing it. President Hinckley said, "Why are our missionaries happy? Because they lose themselves in the service of others." I truly learned this week to learn to lose myself in the service of others. And as much as I may have said this, that truly changed my mission. I know now that if I keep my unending desire to help people (which is our purpose, really) as the motivating force behind my work, I truly will change lives, and I truly will be happy.

Now go and lose yourself in serving others. You'll find your life will take on a new light :) Try the teachings of President hinckley, chapter 14.

I love you all! Have a great week! And study those conference talks. They are God telling you His will to you through his chosen servants. Bye!

Elder Poulson

Elder Poulson & Mayfer

Elder Eldredge & Hailey

Monday, October 2, 2017

Faith Unto Repentance

Hey famiry and friends!!! :D I hope you are all doing splendid! I mean, if you watched conference, you should be just so full of spiritual light and knowledge that you can't help but be splendid! ;) I LOVED conference! I watched the Sunday sessions in Spanish, and even though I could technically understand them, it was hard to intellectually put together everything they were saying. But the Saturday sessions were WONDERFUL!!! :D

Mayfer (and his 8 year old sister Hailey) are going to get baptized on the 7th!!! *Everyone cheers* We are super excited for that! Plus he chose me to baptize him, which always is a great honor ^-^ I love watching people enter into the covenants of baptism. I always feel good after a baptism :)

As for other investigators, Diana should be getting baptized on the 14th! There is no reason she won't make that date, so we are excited about that :) Jackie has been... kind of dodgy. We'll see if we can't teach her more this week. We did find a new couple named Octavio and Gilmay! We had something of a miracle finding experience with them, and it turns out they have both been taught by missionaries before and are interested in learning more! They didn't make it to conference, but we are hoping to teach them again this week.

What did I learn this week, you may ask? I learned about FAITH UNTO REPENTANCE! I had always understood the terms, but my understanding and testimony of them shot up this week! I realized some things:

- Faith is a belief in something you DO NOT know, manifested by action.
- It is impossible to have both perfect knowledge and faith.
- Faith in Jesus Christ means you trust Him enough to do what he asks.
- Faith is the process by which we go to a knowledge of truth.
- Repentance is the process by which we assimilate that knowledge into our character.
- Repentance is a positive experience and essentially the reason we are here: to repent.

An example: a principle in missionary work is that if you talk to everyone, you will find people to teach. So I talk to everyone, even though I am scared out of my mind, because I have faith in that promise from God. Then we find people to teach! I now know for myself that is a true principle, so I want to assimilate it into my character, or else at some point down the road I might stop talking to everyone. So I repent and change not only my behavior, but my character. It becomes a habit and it becomes less hard, seeing as I see the fruits of it. It is a positive experience. And I become one step closer to being the missionary God would have me be.

The same thing can be applied for developing attributes of Christ, living principles in ancient and modern scripture, and following the council we received in this General Conference! Try it out ;)

I would like you all to know that I KNOW the Savior is there. I have acted in faith and I have learned that principle for myself. And a large part of that knowledge came from reading the Book of Mormon and praying for an answer, to the point where I now KNOW that the Book of Mormon is true. I have the right to KNOW that because I acted in faith on the promise that he who reads with a sincere heart, real intent, and faith in Christ can come to KNOW that it is true.

Now that is not to say I am not tempted to doubt it sometimes. My knowledge is not so perfect that like the Brother of Jared the veil is lifted and I can see God. But I know what I have seen, heard, and felt, and I gain more and more of a surety of these things everyday. So if you can't say you have begun to KNOW that these things are true, it might be about time to start, don't you think? :)

That is all! Love you all, bye!!!

Elder Poulson

Monday, September 25, 2017

Time Flies When You're Teaching Kids

*Ahem* Is this thing on? Testing, testing, one two three." *Ah Ahem* 
GOOOOOD Morning family and friends and pets! I hope you are all having a great life!

My week just flew by! That is what happens when your last P-Day is on a Tuesday and you're week is reduced by one day. But ALSO because I taught kids a lot again, and teaching kids is just SO much fun! Mayfer and his 8 year old sister Hailey are officially on date for the 7th of October, which is exciting! And Diana shouldn't be too far behind ^-^ We have been teaching a lot recently, and it is loads of fun!

We actually had a really cool experience this week with a member. So rewind, last week we actually did an activity with all of the youth in our ward! There are quite a few of them here. We talked about how to answer different questions that their friends had or would ask them about the church. Then we helped them prayerfully pick a name of one friend or acquaintance to share the Gospel with. Fast forward to modern day, a girl in our area was freaking out when we came by one night because the English missionaries just so happened to talk to a boy on the street that was the friend she had chosen to share something with! They gave him a Book of Mormon and everything! So if that wasn't cool enough, Elder Eldredge and I were stuck on bikes for a couple days, and we talked to a kid on a street corner. He said he had talked to missionaries before. We looked at each other and asked if he knew the member girl in our are. Yep. It was the SAME GUY! If that isn't a sign that he needs to be taught, I don't know what is!

Anyways this week was good, we got a lot done :)

I went on exchanges this week with Elder Schultz, my district leader, who is just SO awesome! I love the guy! Anyways, on that exchange I came to learn a lot about faith. I always knew that faith was to believe in things which are not seen, which are true. I also knew that faith required action. But there is more to it than that. Faith means that you act on things hoped for, and then comes the evidence of things not seen. Faith is like an experiment, Alma says: you open your mind to the possibility of something, you act based on that possibility, and then you receive evidence that is true. That means faith is acting something that is NOT certain. Faith is not a perfect knowledge. Faith precedes knowledge. So if you ever feel something that seems like the Spirit, and you are afraid to act on it because you don't KNOW if it is the Spirit, well that is the point! You aren't supposed to know! We don't KNOW anything when we get here! Why? It teaches us faith. Then with the limited knowledge we can obtain, we must still choose to follow God. So when that feeling comes and you are unsure, quit worrying! If it is good, do it. You will learn very quickly what is and isn't the spirit if you follow that principle.

Well, life is crazy, but it can be fun! Enjoy it :) I love you all! If you get the time, shoot me an email, I will respond within two weeks. I would love to hear from any and all of you, big emails or one sentences. Haha have a great week!

Elder Poulson

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Dying from Hawaiian and Living through Giving

Hello mis queridos amigos y familia! What is down? :D (If you think about it, that makes just as much sense as what's up) I had quite the crazy week, let me tell ya about it :)

Well it all started when transfers rolled around and *drum roll please*....... I'm still with Elder Eldredge! ^-^ We work well together and get along great, so I'm not really complaining :) However, my bro Elder Keeler DID get transferred, which was kinda sad :/ We are actually getting 12 new Spanish missionaries next transfer, which means literally about half of us are training, and since I am older in the mission in Spanish land, I don't really stand a chance. I'll probably end up training. Who knows though! Either way, the Lord is in charge, so I'm down for whatever adventure he sends me on :)

I am exhausted because today was TEMPLE P-DAY!!! :D :D :D I LOVE temple P-days! They only happen once every six months here, but they sure are a blessing to have :) I learned a lot. Revelation is a real thing, and a main medium for receiving support from our Father in Heaven.

What is also a very real thing is smartphones! In 2 Weeks! Who is counting though, right? ;)

We were in a great hurry on Friday night, but Elder Eldredge found the time to make some Hawaiian food, something called "Spamusabi". He took some spam and rice and then wrapped some seaweed around it. The last time he made it he gave me some, and it was okay. Not my favorite. This time he gave me a lot, and I ate it all in my haste to get out the door.

Well, Friday night rolls around, and Elder Poulson doesn't feel too good. So we turn in to bed a bit earlier than usual, and we both clock out. At about 11:30, Elder Poulson stomach wakes him up with some rude painful exclamations. After sitting in the bathroom for about half an hour, the Spamusabi finally decided to make it's way back out of my stomach in a series of five terribly forceful and loud vomit spasms. After fain attempt to sleep again, another five spasms struck. I essentially didn't sleep a wink that night. Unarguably the WORST night of my entire mission! Oh my goodness it was horrible! We headed over to Emergency Care at 5 when I finally caved in and asked my companion to drive me. They were closed. I called the mission nurse, and she scolded me for going to Urgent Care! Haha :P She just told me to drink sips of water every 15 minutes, and I would be find. In the end, all was well, but it took most of Saturday to get over! NOT a fun experience!

In a disguised blessing sort of way, however, I did get to watch all 50 of the life of Christ videos. If you do not yet know, let there be no doubt: Jesus is and was the Christ. He gave us the perfect example of how to live, which consists of one main principle: Do what the Father asks. Do HIS will over our own. We would all do well to seek to follow that example.

Oh, P.S, I also fell really hard on Tuesday during workouts and was hobbling around for a couple days with a bruised hip like an old curly headed man! Life has not been merciful lately! XD

But we had some wonderful experiences this week. Especially last night. We had a family home evening with the familia Jolon and Alvarez, and it was just wonderful :) Mayfer will be baptized sometime next month, with little doubt to it ^-^ So that is exciting!

What did I learn this week? Live to serve. As missionaries, we SERVE to years on a mission. We are here to serve, and when we live to serve, we love to live! It is that simple. Christ has told us that what we do to anyone else we are doing to Him. Ought we not to serve our Heavenly King? Live to serve. There is SO much more joy in it! Forget yourself, and you won't need to worry. So find one way this week in which you can serve more, in your family, job, etc. The best thing you could EVER do for someone is give them an invitation to hear about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. So if and when the opportunity arises, pray for the sensitivity to recognize it and the courage to take it! ^-^

Well, that is all for this week. I love you all, have a great week!

Elder Poulson

Temple P-day

I found a photo online of Spam Musubi.  I guess Hawaiians eat a ton of spam.  I looked online and found that over 6 million cans of spam are eaten every year in Hawaii.  
Poor Elder Bry.....no more spam for him.