Monday, June 13, 2016

6-13-16 BMW reporting in. VW is the real ultimate driving machine.

What's up everyone! Did a lot of service this week. Tuesday we helped brother Fike with some yard work most of the day, Wednesday we helped the Liechty family move some stuff out of their house because they are moving to Utah :(, Thursday we helped a lady in the ward with her lawn and I mowed a fat lawn with a janky push mower that barely worked it was great! Just like a true Pennsylvanian yaimshayin hahahahaha really tho it was a pleasure. And on Saturday we helped the Chibante family
pack up their house all day because they are moving to Utah too :(. We are losing two of the best families in the ward! Dangit Utah!

Now among all that service we did, believe it or not, we did do some missionary work! It's like we were actually missionaries instead of Elders Quorum members or something. After making that sarcastic comment I would like to add that I really did thoroughly enjoy all the service we did last week haha. On Thursday I was on exchanges with Elder Hinckley here in our area we saw our new investigator Nick and his wife Tara joined us for the lesson this time! We taught them the restoration and answered questions they had about the church while they sat on their porch and rolled and smoked cigarettes for days haha. Brother Fike came with us to the lesson and it went really well!  They committed to read the Book of Mormon as a family! Nick has been to church with some friends, but that was like 15 years ago. But yeah they are super nice and have 3 cute little kids! One of them is like 5 his name is Abram and he's got some wicked long hair it's pretty raw!
Haha little grom killin the hair game.

On Saturday night we finally saw C! The guy I talked about last
week that we met and was like you guys are coming right? So we went on Tuesday when we had scheduled the appointment but that fool wasn't there! And then we tried back like 3 or 4 times over the course of the week and then on Saturday night we rode over there and there he was leaning against his red Jetta smoking a cig preparing to set off some fireworks! He told us he wasn't doing very good and that he was slightly intoxicated, but that we could share a message with him. We taught him the restoration and it was a way good lesson. He has pretty limited knowledge on religious topics but we were able to use the pamphlet to help him understand the message we were sharing with him.  We invited him to read and pray about the Book of Mormon. He told us he really wants to commit to this and that he knows meeting with us is what he needs. Even though we were outside and there was noise around including some loud rap music down the street, the spirit was so strong as we talked to him. As he expressed to us his struggles and desires to change, I felt an overwhelming sense of love for him and
for probably the first time I really really really wanted to do
everything I could to help him strengthen his faith in Jesus Christ.
It was so cool to see the spirit work on him throughout the lesson. He went from being in a not very good mood and not too happy to see us, to him really listening and asking questions and thanking us and telling us that he really liked us. He said he was going to come to church but he didn't which was disappointing but we'll hopefully see him again this week!

On Friday we had zone conference in Lancaster (didn't see any Amish people unfortunately) because the Harrisburg stake center was having some remodeling done. It was a super sick conference. We received some awesome training on how to better use the pamphlets and the Book of Mormon in our teaching! Definitely got me hyped to preach dat word.  Also I wore the super sick 2-tone tie I made and got a million compliments so that was cool. I also got to see some friends that I haven't seen since last transfer which was really sweet.

Have a good week everyone, thanks for all your love and support

- Elder Poulsen

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