Monday, April 24, 2017

Life is Good Until you get Stabbed

Goooood morning family and friends! How are ya'll doing? I'm doing great, thanks!

So this week was pretty exhausting, but it paid off! I did in fact get stabbed, but only by a needle so that they could take my blood... Which didn't help me to be less tired! But hey, it was fun!

The main event this week was that Alfonso got confirmed! Elder Harward came back to do it, so that was fun too. Alfonso felt SUPER good afterward, I loved it! I don't know if he has ever felt the Spirit so strongly. It was pretty amazing :)

Other than that, this week was strangely eventful. We went to the temple on Tuesday as you know, which was also our p-day. Elder Ramirez had to go to some papers stuff in another zone, so wen went there on Wednesday. Thursday I got stabbed by some Lady. Friday and Saturday were pretty much just spent trying to find people to teach, which was unusual for us. Usually we have someone to teach.

We actually made a game to try and get each other to talk to more people! You get points mainly for talking to people. The zone leaders ended up joining in and everything, it was great!

Umm... Yeah. Not too much more to report. Just moving along, doing the work!

I learned something really cool the other day! Someone was talking about how someone had asked them why our church doesn't used crosses. They responded that we don't just not use crosses, but any other symbols. That is because it is not necessary to use a symbol to show the rest of the world that we follow Christ. Our symbol is who we are and how we act. If we really are members of the true church of God on the Earth (and we are), it should show in everything we do and say and are. So yeah, I thought that was cool!

Well that is about it. Love ya'll! Keep up the faith!

Elder Poulson

Easter Package from Home

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Habits, Happiness, and Habits OF Happiness!

Hey family and friends and everyone, how are you all doing!? I realize I ask that every week, but it is a good question! I hope ya'll are doing good: I think you all have the Gospel of Jesus Christ, so you should be happy! More on that later :)

The highlight of this week was easily that ALFONSO GOT BAPTIZED!!! :D It was actually kind of a close call, he got worried right before, but he ended up doing it and felt so happy afterwards! So anyways, that was an awesome experience :) He got baptized on Sunday, so he will get the gift of the Holy Ghost next Sunday. He said he won't feel complete without it ^-^ 

As for other eventful events of eventfullness, I got to go to the Newport Beach temple this morning, which was beautiful!!! I felt so spiritually rejuvenated, it was amazing! Really, the Spirit is wonderful in the house of the Lord. Don't take for granted the blessing of a temple all of you Utah people: it is one of the greatest blessings we have.

I learned something wonderful from Alfonso's baptism this week. After seeing his countenance change, I realized that that has already happened to me: I have already received that happiness. And in reality, I can still have it. Think about it. For all of you that are baptized and have received the gift of the Holy Ghost, you literally have everything you need to be happy. Relying on the Savior, and having faith in him, will permit us to be happy all of the time. Honestly, we don't take advantage of this enough as latter day saints.

I also learned the power of habits. Habits allow us to move on and work on something else without worrying about the thing we just improved, knowing that by habit we will keep whatever redeeming quality we obtained. So if we can develop a HABIT of happiness, we won't have to worry about it all the time: we will just be happy! I think part of that would be obtaining an habit of optimism and work. Ask President Hinckley about that ;)

Well, that is about it. Bye love ya! Be happy for 30 days, and you'll build the habit! It is a choice.

Elder Poulson

Alfonzo's Baptism

Newport Beach Temple

Monday, April 10, 2017

It's All Fun and Games... All the Time!

Hey everyone, how are ya'll doin'!? I hope you're having fun, because I sure did this week! We destroyed stuff and played games all week! Haha before you all think I have just given up on being a missionary or something, let me explain.

So we had service on Tuesday at this nature place, and they gave us two options: trim the fence, or destroy a kiva. I had no idea what they meant by a kiva, but I volunteered to destroy stuff without hesitation! :D It ended up being an Indian-style shelter that had collapsed in a recent storm. So we just go to go to town on this thing, cutting ropes and smashing branches! It was great! :D I didn't have my camera on me, or else I would send pictures, but I'm sure what you're imagining is way cooler than it actually was. Side Note: destroying couches is also very fun!

Me and Elder Ramirez don't feel like we talk to near enough people here, so we decided to start a competition. We made a points system and everything, but basically, if you talk to someone you get a point. So that has been fun! I am currently behind by... A little bit... But I will catch up!!! :D Anyways, we have already found some new people to teach just from that motivation to talk to people, so that is great!

We talked to Alfonzo's dad at the beginning of this week, and he said that HE CAN GET BAPTIZED!!! WOOT! So we set a date for the 15th of April. He came to church this Sunday, and it is looking pretty set. So I am SUPER excited for that! If all goes well, I will even have the honor of baptizing him. When he told me that I could baptize him, Elder Ramirez said my face just lit up like the sun! XD So stoked!!!

Jared is also doing awesome. He didn't come to church this week, unfortunately, but we have been working hard to help him find joy in going to church, even though it might be boring, especially for a 10 year old. It's fun to teach him ^-^ We love him.

"Do you love me?" I have been thinking about that question a bit recently. Do we really love Christ? Do we really KNOW our Savior? There is a talk called the Mortal Christ that I was listening to last night. It basically said that when you truly know the Truth, or the Savior, that will set you free. HE will set you free. But to truly get to know him is not easy. It takes study, yes, but also action and prayer and pondering. But I strive to truly know him and to develop the true character of Christ in myself.

Another thing that talk made me think about: it said that Satan wants us to sin, yes, but that isn't really his main goal. Satan's main goal is to keep us from doing good. If he can stop us from doing good things, he has won. We can't be content with just NOT breaking commandments. We have to do good continually. And the more good we do, the more good we will see in ourselves, and the more joy we will have. I am no longer content with just not doing bad: I strive to become a warrior for the Light.

Well, that is it for this week! I love you all! Go destroy something or play some games or something. Life can be fun and fulfilling at the same time! Bye!

Elder Poulson

Monday, April 3, 2017

Sleep is for the Weak

Good morning family and friends and such! I'm checking in from a very uncharacteristically cloudy California, so that is fun!

This week was pretty good! Elder Ramirez is my new companion, and he is quite the character. He is from Argentina but grew up in Virginia. He is very observant and bold, which are two things I am definitely NOT, so I am hoping to learn those things from him. Within the first week, he has told me "I do what I want, when I want, how I want" at least twenty times, but he is totally full of it ;) He likes to mess with me, but most people do, so that is nothing new.

The first few days of this week were remarkably successful, but for some reason, my mind just decided to stop working on Friday. We made about 10 u-turns, I almost ran 2 red lights, and I couldn't really speak Spanish. By the time we got home for dinner, my companion just made me take a nap. After that I was better. But yeah, that was an adventure!!! :D

April fools day was fun! Well at least for my companion. He rigged the sink so that when I turned it on, the little sprayer thing shot right onto my pants... It was pretty funny ^-^ I tried to get revenge by putting ceran wrap on the door, but it was a pathetic attempt and he avoided it without trying :P I guess I'm just not set out to be a prankster for life. But I can live with that!

Let me tell ya, General Conference is just FANTASTIC! I went into it this time with a list of questions, things that I wanted to work on or that had I have been struggling with. I found answers to almost all of my questions! :D And I am sure I will find even more when I go back and watch the Sunday sessions in English. (Straight Spanish for 4 hours is terribly difficult to comprehend) But really, I was blown away with all of the inspiration that I received during conference. We really are blessed to have a prophet and apostles to guide us today, because I am more and more thoroughly convinced that I would be terribly lost without that guidance.

By my count, the common themes in this conference were the Plan of Salvation and building more faith in Jesus Christ. I always pay specific attention to common themes, because none of the speakers talk with each other and decide on a theme. They just prepare whatever the Spirit guides them to prepare, and when they show up, they find that they all have common themes. I believe that the scripture "God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on Him might not perish, but have everlasting life" at least three times. I truly believe that if we consistently look up to Christ, and stretch out spiritually to Him, we will grow in capacity and joy in ways we could never imagine.

Yesterday, there were ten minutes left until 9, and we had yet to find any new investigators for the week. We were about to leave, but then decided to go back and try a couple more doors. We tried by a potential investigator we had recorded, and to our surprise, they let us in! My point in sharing this is that I truly believe that God always pushes us to our limits, or lets us get a little desperate, before he helps us. "...for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith." Meaning, don't expect God to bless you until you act despite a bit of uncertainty.

Well that's all that I have for this week. I love you all! Don't forget to apply something from General Conference. Let the Spirit guide. K bye!

Elder Poulson

Elder Poulson & his new companion Elder Ramirez