Monday, January 9, 2017

This Week was a Piece of Run-Over Cake

Good Morning Family and Friends! Or good evening... Whenever you happen to read this, I hope it is a good whatever it is! And with that choppy beginning, here is what happened this week:

My new companion is Elder Harward! He is from (where else?) Utah! Riverton, actually, about ten minutes from my house... So that is super weird. But he is so awesome!!! When he got here, we had to spend like a billion years cleaning because Elder Valenzuela couldn't fit about half of his stuff in his suitcases! (Hence the picture of a bunch of garbage) Luckily Elder Harward likes stuff clean, and saved me from the filth I didn't realize I was living in... It is a whole lot easier to study when your apartment is clean.

It was kinda sorta super rough starting out this week, because Elder Valenzuela pretty much had the map and area book in his head, which made planning and driving really easy... But now that he is gone, I had failed to take the time to memorize everything. So we got lost like 6 times, and it has been quite an adventure! But it is gonna pick up this week, we got a list of all the members in our area, and we are going to start working with them. :)

Because it was a rough week, I correspondingly have a whole lot of funny stories where my companion or I totally goofed up. Mainly this one:
-So we ended up at a person's house on Thursday night eating cake and arroz con leche (basically rice in hot milk). Anyways, I guess there is a former investigator and two less active members living in this house, which was great. We made a pretty good impression. After we left, we got to the next house we were going to (at like 8:45), and Elder Harward was super confused because his cake wasn't in the car. And then we panicked, because we realized that he left it on the roof and it probably fell off in the nieghborhood in front of the nice people's house... And chances were, they would see it and think we disgracefully discarded of their generous helpings of cake, and that we are jerks! Also, we threw out our arroz con leche on the grass by where we parked... So they would probably find that too. So we went back at like 9:25 (we need to be home by 9:30), and it is chilling RIGHT IN FRONT OF THEIR HOUSE all smashed. Weren't quite sure what to do with it, so I took it in the car. Because I am an airhead, I held it upside down, and it fell out of the ziploc bag and onto my pants! Meanwhile, Elder Harward's discarding almost empty cup of arroz con leche spilled it's dregs on my seat in pants as well!!! It was just a huge mess... We hope the investigator/less actives didn't see it before we got there.

We taught the Arabians again!!! They saw us as we were walking by and invited us in! We met the dad, who can speak broken English and who lost his arm in an accident here about 18 months ago. It is healed as much as possible now, but he was asking us if we could maybe find him a job. It is pretty sad, we want to help him as best we can. We hope to get a Book of Mormon in Arabic to give them. Also, I got some popcorn that same day from a member, and then some kid wanted it, so I tossed it up the balcony to him! It was super funny for some reason...

You would be AMAZED at the lengths old Hispanic Catholic people go to to get us to stop teaching their children without "seeming rude". We knocked on an investigator's door the other day, and her mom answered. She said that the investigator, Maxima, wasn't there. Well Maxima's son yells, "oh you want Maxima!? I'll go get her!" The lady insists she isn't there, but the kid comes running back saying "she is here!" to which the lady responds with a shout of "MENTIROSO!!!" (Liar!) Meanwhile my companion is in the backround cracking up laughing, and I am standing there trying to decide how to gently tell this lady that she is actually the liar... But we just left, it wasn't worth it. Another lady once told us two of our investigators didn't live there, when we had gone by like 3 times and taught them there. The next time we came, we taught them at the door while the lady sat on the couch in the backround... Super awkward!

So besides all of those stories, we pretty much just searched for formers and investigators all week. A whole lot more knock-knock-knocking than teaching, but we got a bunch of return appointments ^-^ So next week should be better. 

We didn't teach Jessi this week, she was way busy with work, but she did come to the second hour of church! Which is good, but sacrament meeting is more important... We will keep working with her! Beatriz keeps inviting random people over when we teach her so that we can come in, but then we end up talking with them instead. Which is kinda good (except one guy that was drunk), but we hope to teach just her soon, maybe at her door. We need one on two lessons to get her to progress.

Our district is super new now! There are two missionaries in training, Elders Myers and Endemano (who also lives in Riverton). Elder Myers and I have about the same piano skill level, so that is pretty fun! But it is low-key kinda nice to not be the worst guy at Spanish in the district ;) By the way, Elder Harward has only been out as long as me, but his Spanish is FANTASTICO! So that is a blessing ^-^

If you look at one of the pictures that I sent with this email, you will see that I do in fact drink ranch dressing for breakfast. Very nutritious ;) Naw, it is my shakes, I just thought it was funny how much it looks like ranch dressing ^-^
Also, there was a super cool guy that gave us each two ties this week! He was a member, and he spent like his whole life collecting ties, and he let each of us take any two. It was way cool :)

Thought of the day: "Remember it will always be better in the end. So if it's not better, it's not the end yet." Keep on keeping on! ^-^

Well this is like 10 pages long, so I am gonna go ahead and finish it now. I hope you all are doing good and find my emails entertaining, if nothing else! Hasta luego!

Elder Poulson

Elder Poulson & Elder Harward

Picture of all the "filth" left from Elder Valenzuela

"Run-Over Cake" 

Ranch dressing??  haha!  You drink shakes now Bry?

All the tie choices from the Super Cool Tie Guy

Has there ever been a more perfect pair of socks for Bry??? :)

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