Monday, January 23, 2017

Welcome Back to 100 Different Types of Monkeys


today is monday

it is 1:58 pm. Actually after rereading this email it is now 2:17pm.

I am wearing shoes.

All of our appointments fell through this week but we worked our butts off trying to find new people to teach. Got yelled at, got smiled at, and pet a couple cute kitties. Went to this one house to try this former investigator named "Tata" I was not about to ask for tata, that wasnt gonna happen. The lady that lived there was not tata so thank goodness I didnt ask for tata. Her name was Debbie and we got another appointment so that was cool. She had a nice kitty.

We are trying to share a message with people that will literally CHANGE THEIR LIVES but they usually don't care. Feel like a worked my butt of for no results this week. That's alright though

This is a wall and a door

This is Elder Elkins on our exchange this week

This is me with a toilet

This is me when I found an Independent trucks authorized dealer in front royal!!! Whaaat? Tiny little "skate shop" in the back of an antique store hahahah. VA rippers holding it down...kind of
SPOTTED IN VIRGINIA BEAUTIFUL SILVER FD MAZDA RX7. SOmething other than a rusted f150 thank goodness
this is Elder Schick walking through an alley
this is Front Royal. Please enjoy all details of this photo

"Virginia is for lovers" - Virginia license plate...

" "- Alma 29:5-6

With love from my bananas to your oatmeal
- Elder Poulsen

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Broken Things of Front Royal

Dear Spike,

Hello frends. Sorry I didn't write yesterday, or the day before. Sometimes libraries close & then you get real busy doing wissionary merk. Today I am writing an email, this is that email.

Elder Schick and I hit it hard this week! We did a lot of street contacting and tracting and came up on 2 new investigators. The first one's name is Anthony, we met him on the street on Friday night and had our first lesson with him the next day and probably another one later this week. Only problem is im 99% sure he was high when we taught him. Hi investigator, high investigator. The other one was a member referral from the ultimate ward missionary, Brother Selino. He called us the other night and was like"Hey elders I met this guy at the gas station today and he wants to come to church and he wants me to bring you guys over." So he did! We showed up and met Charles, a really nice guy who told us he needs Jesus. Teaching him again on Saturday. He has lived in front royal his whole life.

The snow ran away this week, thank goodness.

In other news, we saw a guy get hit by a truck the other day, like pretty bad. We pulled up to see if he was ok and when we got closer, he sprung up after laying motionless since the impact, and ran off after the car that hit him...20 minutes later tha truck rolled up with the guy it hit in the passanger seat...super bunk. Welcome to front royal.

Please enjoy this week's 4 -part photo series, "Broken Things of Front Royal"

here is "downtown front royal" hahahahhaha

here is elder schick mobbin

here is the only pic of me this week

unless you want this junky screenshot of me doin a little thing in the little pool

much love and good tidings, enjoy your january and your banana pudding

- Elder Poulsen

Monday, January 9, 2017

We Have it Made in Virginia

Hello creatures and swamp critters of the north and south and everywhere in between

On Wednesday I was picked up in a Dodge Ram and driven to Virginia. I'm still in Virginia. It's freezing cold and I'm pretty sure my toes have been frostbitten. Some people in Virginia haven't been trained on how to talk properly. This town has a target, a taco bell, a surprisingly good skatepark, and not much else. Front Royal is in the Shenandoah Valley and has some nice scenery and the closest things to mountains I've seen on the East coast.

We have some great members here in the Front Royal ward that are really willing to help us out and do missionary work. One of our ward missionaries, Brother Selino, is pretty much as close as you can get to being a full-time missionary without being one. He calls us up and is like "Elders! Come talk to my neighbor!" Or "Elders! I'm going to come pick you up to visit people that I think might be interested." And then he feeds us pineapple and hot chocolate. We've already received a couple referrals this week from members and have talked to their friends, so hopefully we can start teaching them soon. We're also working hard to find people on our own. We're out in the cold talking to people we see and visiting former investigators. Got a couple loosely set up appointments for this week.

here's pix

1&2. hidden in the Shenandoah valley, around the corner from our apartment is the greatest contribution the state of Virginia has given to Front Royal. This beautiful skatepark.

3. here is my killer companion, Elder Schick from Chandler, AZ. Him and I don't really deal with the cold well, so we get along well. Also once again ignore my hair. It hasn't been the same ever since i tried cutting it myself like 4 months ago

4. E Schick mobbin the streetz of front royal

5. a couple months ago when i was in maryland i bought this virginia pin and put it on my hat. It was funny to wear it in maryland, and now its reality. We Have It Made In Virginia

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Slappy New Year

Hello rangers of the deep sea. Transfers are this week and we got a surprising phone call on Sunday night. Elder Meyer and I are both being transferred out of the CYSA, or shotgunned or whitewashed or whatever term you wanna use. I'm being transferred to the middle of nowhere to the Front Royal ward in Virginia and will be the district leader there. My new companion, Elder Schick, just finished being trained by my good friend Elder Garcia so he's pretty fresh out. I was only in the Columbia YSA for 2 transfers and I really thought I was going to stay one more. I'm pretty upset to leave so soon but I guess the Lord needs me somewhere else.

In other news I found out this week that Dylan Reider died in October but I didn't find out until this week, missionary life. RIP Dylan, one of the hardest shredding skateboarders of the past 10 years.

So yeah starting Wednesday the 4th I'll be in Virginia. My new address is
512 W. Main St. Apt. C
Front Royal, VA 22630

Sorry this one's a downer, hopefully I can develop a better attitude this week

slappy new year, spend some time on red curbs for me

- Elder Poulsen

1. Rylan King, the ultimate YSA

2. Last district meeting here, goodbyes

3. Goodbye Columbia

bunk hair all the time ignore it