Tuesday, August 26, 2014

week #15 -Linstead

Hey fam,

First off, I got your package.  I hung nathan and lydia's drawings up on the wall.  I have enjoyed the snacks too.  It is sooo good to have clean shirts.  I feel a lot less grimy now.  We will see how long that one lasts.  Thanks though! 

The picture I sent from Kingston was actually me and the three other elders I live with at Tracks and Records, a super nice restaurant started by Usane Bolt.  I was able to get a good burger there.  It reminded me a lot of America.  I have not been many places that nice in a while now. 

Zone conference was great.  Elder Cornish came and talked a lot about conversion. He also talked about how we, as missionaries are the only ones who have the keys to find, teach and baptize converts other than the twelve apostles.  So without our efforts, no one else would be able to enter into the covenant of baptism by the proper authority and make it to the celestial kingdom.  It sort of puts things into perspective.  This work is so important.  I really enjoyed seeing some of my old comps and friends there too.  It is always good to get back together with other missionaries.

I did manage to get a guitar in Kingston.  I will have to send a pic next week.  I am considering sanding off the finish and painting on the top, then re-applying an enamel.  We will see what I end up doing though.  I have really enjoyed playing it this week. 

This week, elder Biddulph got into a bad bike accident.  He was coming down high mountain in the dark.  He hit a pothole and his handle bar snapped.  He chipped out half of his front tooth, got a lot of road rash, and had to get a few stitches.  He is doing a lot better now though.  I am grateful that it wasn't worse.  He was able to get the care he needed, and he is ok. 

We also had one of our investigators hide from us this week. I am sure that others have hid before, but this happened to be the saddest attempt I have ever seen, considering the fact that I saw her poke her head out the door and make eye contact with me on the way down to her house.  We went down and called at her house and her two young boys came to the door.  We asked if she was there and they said no.  We finally convinced the little boys to "Ask their mom what time we could come  back".  The smaller one did.  He came back around crying and holding his hand because his mom smacked him.  We took the opportunity to tell her how ridiculous she was, and left.  Haha.  It made for a funny experience.

That is my week for you.  All is well.  I am working hard. 
I hope you are all good.  I love you very much.
Love, Elder Pullan

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

week #14 - Linstead

Hey fam,

This week has been a good one. Elder Runyan and I have been working very hard. We have a lot of good investigators. I really really hope that they can go somewhere. It all comes down to their desires though. It is almost annoying sometimes. They won't give up a bad thing simply to allow a good thing to come into their lives. Even when they know that their life would be better when the accept the gospel. 

To explain the pictures, two nights ago, we had a fry chicken cook off. We whipped it up with breadfruit and festival and enjoyed a late night meal on the veranda. The night finished with a quick clean up, and playing guitar. 

The other picture is of me and my friends, planting a tree. This tree was actually a dead branch off of a breadfruit tree, but we attempted to make the kids believe that it would grow. It didnt work, but I think that they did enjoy the fun. Crazy white guys planting trees. I doubt they will ever forget it.

I will be going into Kingston on Thursday for zone conference. I am really looking forward to it. It should be a good one. I will also be getting a guitar in Kingston. I figure it will be best to learn on six string rather than five, so I guess I will probably sell the new one off before I go home. I really do love the guitar though. One thing I have learned about myself out here is how much I love music. I really can't go without it. Back home I would just listen to it while I drew, but now that I don't have that, I have to make it myself. I am having a great time with it too. Thanks for all your efforts to teach me music mom. Sorry I couldn't stick with it. I guess with me, if I lack the motivation, it won't  happen. 

I hope that your first week of school is good everyone! Tell me how it goes.
I love you all!
love, Elder Pullan

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

week #13 - Linstead

Hi fam -

My week has been pretty good.  Elder Runyan and I have been working very hard.  We have found a lot of new people who are willing to listen to the message of the restored gospel.  Hopefully they will be willing to make some changes too.  It breaks my heart when people begin to see the truth, and then are unwilling to make the changes necessary to live the commandments.  In a way, it is much like the story of Cain.  It is in a very literal sense "loving God more than satan".  This is not to say that a change in lifestyle is easy for people, but if they truly loved God, they would be willing to do what it takes.  And the only thing that could come from such a shift is happiness and blessings.  I hope that some of these people I teach will be ready to make the change later on in life, even if they are not willing to now.  
Lydia- We do have three people with a baptismal date right now. They have each agreed that when they know it is true, they are willing to make a promise with our Heavenly Father to keep his commandments.  It is a huge step for them, but a very exciting one.  I hope that they will do what it takes to find out if this is true for themselves, and then change whatever needs changed.  
We have been teaching a great family.  They have four younger daughters.  The daughters are fun to be around and are really great kids.  The parents really do want to follow God and set a good example for their kids.  They have a lot of potential.  I am excited  to see where they go. 
The week has been great. It flies by when you are working hard.  
I guess the cool experience of the week is the fact that the mother of the kids I mentioned recieved a dream in which an angel told her that "those white guys" that she has been meeting with are representatives of Jesus Christ. It was cool to see that she had that experience. 

I am doing well. I hope all of you are good too. Get feeling better nathan!
Love, Elder Pullan

Thursday, August 7, 2014

week #12 - Linstead

Hey fam, 

This week has been pretty good.  Transfers happened on Friday. My new companion, Elder Runyan is awesome.  He is a great missionary and an incredible teacher.  We are going to have a lot of fun together.  It is a shame he only has six weeks left.  We are going to work hard with what we got.  My new district is great.  It is mostly the same, but I have really enjoyed getting to know everyone here.  

I don't think I have all that much to report on otherwise.  I am just enjoying the time I have here.  Elder Runyan has a guitar that works.  He plays all the time.  I may drop a likkle money and get one for myself.  Learn some more skills before I get back.  We will see. 
I dont have any big news on our investigators. We are working with a lot of people and trying to help them along the way. 

I was studying conversion this morning.  Conversion is a process in which those with righteous desires are able to build their faith through studying, coming to church, and keeping other commitments, finding out if the gospel is true, and then change their lives accordingly.  This change comes through the application of the gospel of christ which consists of faith, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the holy ghost, then enduring to the end.  True conversion comes later on after trials and testing.  A good show of someones conversion is their desire to share the gospel.  With what we have, and all the joy it brings, How can we not share?

I  love this gospel. I know it is true. I am going to try and live up to my potential.
I love you all.

Have a great week! I seems like the last week was a pretty good one for you all. Enjoy my mountain home for me.

Love, Daniel