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Monday, November 13, 2017

MORMONS!!!

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

Bye!


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

SERVE

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.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Grotesquely Optimistic

Why HELLO! family and friends! How are you all doing today? Whatever the answer may be, I hope reading this can cheer you up a little bit ;)

We had a great week over here in Long Beach! We did a fair amount of teaching, which is always something to be grateful for :) We actually have a baptismal date set for Jackie, and we have high hopes for her to be baptized next month! So we'll see how that goes :) As a general whole, our investigators are doing great. The Romeros, Mayfer, and a new one, Diana, are all doing well!

The other day, we had a brief conversation with some random guy, and then started talking to his friend about the Gospel. The friend wasn't super interested, but as we finished talking to him, the other guy came back. He stopped in front of my companion, took of his shoes, looked him up and down as he walked in a circle around him, put back on his shoes, and then handed my companion a banana. And then he walked away. XD We have NO idea why that happened, but I'm not complaining, because GUESS WHAT!?!? The sticker on the banana says I can enter to win a FREE BANANA COSTUME!!! :D :D :D :D :D Just imagine it! I walk down the escalator on the day I fly home, in a banana costume! XD It was really just kind of funny though, that entire situation! You get all varieties of people in Long Beach ^-^

Tangled gets the credit for the title of this one. "Call us brutal, cruel, sadistic, and grotesquely optimistic, but way down deep inside I've got a dream!" Haha yup, welcome to my mind ^-^ I learned about optimism this week. I've always considered myself an optimist, but I don't think I quite understood what it truly means. I learned this week that to be optimistic is to expect good things to happen, yes, but then to act under that assurance. Meaning, essentially, "do many good things of your own free will." (D&C) I have found that when I am consistently putting away all negative things and seeking to find the good and do good things, I accomplish good things, and I feel good :) If we look to the light, and seek to reflect that light, we ourselves will be filled with light. I had a great week because I chose to :) Now optimism does not mean you are never sad. The joy of the Gospel doesn't even prevent one from being sad sometimes. But optimism means you can pull out of it by the strength of your determination that everything will be alright AND your commitment to seek to do good.

Well, hope that made sense. It all made sense to me ^-^ I hope you have a great week! Love you all, don't forget to be truly optimistic!


Elder Poulson






Monday, September 4, 2017

Put Your Hands in the Air!!!

To My Dearest Friends and Family,

Good Morrow good fellows! I expect that you had the most splendid of weeks! I, too, enjoyed myself this remarkable week in the great city of Long Beach! 

On this end, we actually had a REALLY good week! Not just because we had fun, but we were super focused on our purpose, and just followed the Spirit. Newsflash: that is what makes a week in the mission good!

By following the spirit, we found some people to teach with GREAT potential!

Great story of the week: the little niece of a less active member was holding this big nerf gun when we came over. There was a huge pile of them that the kids had. Well this little girl, Sophia, walks up to me with the gun and yells, "Put your hands in the air!!!" I acted all scared and threw my hands in the air. The thing is, as I'm assuming most if not all of you know, my left arm locks at a certain point when I try to put it in the air. So I am standing here with one arm all the way up, and the other a little over halfway. Well Sophia of course notices, and yells out, "No! All the way up!" I more or less distraughtly said, "I'm sorry, I can't!" She proceeded to put the gun down and show me with her own arms. "Like this!" I kept trying to explain I couldn't, but she just wouldn't get it. It was hilarious! XD

What did Elder Poulson learn this week, you may ask? Well, our purpose it to bring souls unto Christ. Already knew that. But I have been studying the first chapter of Preach My Gospel, which is all about our purpose. It elaborates a little bit more. I have been told that Elder Bednar once showed that manual to a group of Elders and said, "This was supposed to be called 'Preach My Gospel by the Spirit.' We didn't like how it looked, so we changed it. But that is what it was supposed to be called. If you search the scripture reference on front, that is what it says." My ONLY responsibility is to do God's will, and I know God's will how? By the Spirit. So my commitment to follow the spirit has increased drastically this week. And I really saw the blessings of it.

I'm being that guy who is using someone else's email time, so I'ma go. Love you all!!!


Elder Poulson :)





Monday, August 28, 2017

U-Turns and Turning Out

GOOOOOooooOOOOD Morning family and friends! Oh wait my bad, it is good afternoon, because it is afternoon. I would be publically shamed if I had said that to a Hispanic here :P

I am doing really great today! Elder Eldredge and I are just moving along, working hard here :) It is a good time! We have recently started counting of U-Turns Elder Poulson makes on the daily. And by counting, I mean lost count :P Haha let's just say that my navigational skills are slowly but surely improving! ^-^

One of the exciting things around here right now is that we have been watching all of the training videos in anticipation of receiving smartphones! I know it probably sounds like I am just a technology-thirsty teenage missionary who is excited to get a real phone back in his hand, but I am actually more excited about the implications for the work! It seems that we are going to be able to do online proselyting using Facebook, teach lessons through facetime, and have all of the information we need on our phones! It is going to be especially useful to be able to teach those who really don't have time to have lessons twice a week at their house. But everyone has a 20 minute lunch break, right? ;) I am super excited! They will be initiated October 2nd.

As for investigators... Well Mayfer and Jackie both did NOT come to church this week... Sadly. But we are going to keep working with them! The familia Romero and Jose are doing good, so it is all good :) Jose is a seventy year old one eyed man that loves to talk and has great questions! ^-^

One thing I have really been learning this week is the necessity of focusing on those things outside of ourselves. The hardest times in my life have been when I have been focused on my own needs and desires. Similarly, the best times in my life have been when I have been focused on the needs and desires of others. That is what makes times of trial so hard: it often forces us to focus on ourselves. But in this, Jesus Christ showed the perfect example. There is not a single instance in the Bible in which he did anything for himself. He only ever looked to help those who he loved: that is, everyone. And so should we. "I would that you should be perfect, even as my father is perfect" comes right after talking about loving even your enemies. And love is a verb. To love is to serve. 

Thus, I am striving not only to serve a mission, but to love my mission :)

I hope you all are doing well! Seek to serve, and you'll do even better! Love you all! Peace :)


Elder Poulson

Monday, August 21, 2017

This Week's Subject is Just a Light Topic

Hello Family and Friends!!! I always say the same thing here, so I'm just gonna hit the skip button.

And here we are! This week was great again! Well at least pretty great. We were inside a lot somehow, but it turned out alright :) We made some really quality plans for how to help specific people accept the Gospel and be baptized, and it kinda has me pumped ^-^

We had two people come to church this week! Mayfer came again, the son of the familia Alvarez. He is 9 years old, so it falls to us to teach him if he wants to be baptized. We have been helping that family come back to church, and it worked out :) It is amazing the influence the habits of prayer and scripture study can have on someone, especially when done as a family. When they start, people come to church and grow in happiness. When they stop, the opposite happens: inactivity and artificial happiness, until something happens to make them lose that happiness. And then they turn back to what once worked and always will work: the basic principles of the Gospel. Anyways that was exciting!

The other person that came is named Jackie. She is the great niece of our Bishop's wife. She is super open and has a bunch of member friends, whom she kind of gravitated to intentionally. Anyways, we convinced her to finally come, and she loved it too! So that is exciting :)

I don't really have any stories this week, but I am working on something I call the Allegory of the Light. Sounds funny, but you'll see what I mean. I'll probably put it on here when I finish it. But it is essentially a huge symbolic discussion spawned from scriptures about light. It is gonna be awesome!

But for now, I will just reiterate something: obtain as much LIGHT as you can. By light, I mean knowledge. Good knowledge. Knowledge of good things. The more we learn, the more we can grow. If your knowledge is coupled with action, you will receive more light, "and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day."(D&C 50 24) "When you have light, BELIEVE in the light, that ye may be the children of light."(John 12:36) "And if ye BELIEVE all these things, see that you DO them."(Mosiah 4:10) And what is our job as missionaries and your job as members? "Therefore, that we should waste and wear out our lives in bringing to light all the hidden things of darkness, wherein we know them; and they are truly manifest from heaven— These should then be attended to with great earnestness." D&C 123:13-14 Go find those who are in darkness, and show them where the light is! Step by step, their eyes need to adjust. But show them where the light is. Then they can have a Tangled moment! (And at last I see the light) ;)

Stuff like that. Anyways, I love you all! Have a light-filled week!


Elder Poulson


"I may or may not have started wearing a spoon on P-Day to make me feel good and remind me not to care what other people think ^-^"



Monday, August 14, 2017

Taking in Long Beach, One Step at a Time

Huh? Oh, hello there family and friends! I didn't see you there! It's me, Elder Poulson!!! *Cheering* Haha I hope you are all doing great today! I had another great week, which is always great! What's not great is my excessive use of the word great. My apologies. I'll expand my vocabulary.

So this astronomical week included some awesome and crazy experiences! A crazy one first:
I was playing soccer in the cage in the morning at the park by our apartment. I looked over to the side and saw a guy juggling a soccer ball on the grass. It became very rapidly apparent that this guy knew what he was doing. What also became apparent is that this man was very very DRUNK. So I just kind of gaped in amazement watching a drunk guy juggle a soccer ball ten times better than I ever have been able to, and rethinking my life. 
Meanwhile, a random ginger guy comes in from the other side, walks in the cage, and starts talking to me. He has some form of cigarette in his hand. He began to account to me how he had recently been hit off of his bike by a semi truck and was on his way to the hospital. His left leg was swollen to about TWICE the size of his other one! Despite that, he began to play soccer with me! He then went and played basketball with Elder Eldredge. He further enlightened us to the fact that he was J. R. Styles, a lifelong jock, coach, and genius that was sponsored as a surfer buy Huntington Beach for 5 years. XD He told us to search him up... So if any of you are down, you could always search it and let me know if this guy actually exists!

But really, this week was wonderful! We found a lot of new investigators again, one of which sincerely seems prepared! So that is exciting :) She felt and recognized the Spirit. That is key. We are going to help her with her son, who is addicted to drinking. Her name is Raymunda. Her son actually requested a bible, which is how we found her :)

My thought for the week: slow down. Take things one step at a time. Live in the moment. I wish I had my quote book on me, but basically, President Monson tells us to live in the moment. The past already happened, and the future is but an idea and a dream. But what we do right now: that is what controls our lives and our fate

The thing is, I've always been very stressed on my mission. But Elder Eldredge (who is great at giving counsel), really helped me with that. He said as much as we have to do every day, take it one step at a time. He explained it like learning a football playbook. Me being me, I would say it also works with learning forms in marching band (we call it a dot book). If you tried to learn them all at the same time, you're toast. It's not happening. But you start with one, and you make it happen. Then you move on to the next one. That especially applies to applying principles and counsels from our many different sources, including leaders, scriptures, and personal revelation. But as overwhelming as that all can be, we start with one thing, and make it habit. Then we move on. If we aren't good at it yet, we practice until it becomes a skill. Then it becomes a habit simultaneously. Then you can move on to the next one. Like plays or formations or whatever sport or hobby you have, life is designed to be taken one step at a time.

That's all I got. Have a great week and such!


Elder Poulson


Elder Bry & Elder Eldredge (the new comp)





"Mom....I had to buy a new soccer ball!" :)