Friday, July 18, 2014

Happy 4th of July!

This week was another great one, I am definitely in the happiest time of my life right now! On Tuesday I was lucky enough to go back to Waterford on exchanges again. This time I went with Elder Bradley, he is a great missionary, Waterford is lucky to have him. I can't tell you all how much fun it is to go back to my first area and see the people that I grew to love. I was able to see Sister Whitehead and Sister Liz Chase and found out they will both be going through the temple to receive their Endowment in a few weeks and I am planning on going with, which will be an awesome experience. We also were able to have a lesson with Sovong and Sabrina, and of course the Wesemans. 

We did have some reeaaaallly crazy experiences on that exchange though. First on Tuesday morning some potential investigator named Terrell called us up and asked us to come and give him a blessing, because he was possessed by a demon he thought. Then when we got there he had his neighbor over as well, because he thought she was possessed as well. Anyways, before we start the blessing he sits us down and shows us this youtube video of some crazy guy on the streets of New York doing some wild things and acting like he is casting a demon out of someone. In the video the guy is like just screaming "In the name of Jesus I command you to depart!" and he says it probably like 20 times throughout the video, you could tell it was just something staged. Then Terrell turns to us and is like "I want you to do this to the both of us, you gotta do it just like that, you gotta engage with the evil spirit, you gotta talk with it, command it to leave in the name of Jesus" and all this wild stuff haha. I am pretty sure they weren't posessed, they had a few bad things happen to them that week and then just assumed they were possessed or something. Idk haha but we then just explained to him what the Priesthood truly is and read a few scriptures of how Jesus used His Priesthood to heal the sick and cast out devils, and let him see that it wasn't this huge, energetic ordeal, but just a simple blessing in the name of Jesus Christ would do the trick. Then we gave them each a blessing, and lets just say he wasn't satisfied haha he just REALLY wanted us to engage with the evil spirit and what not. It was pretty wild I wish we could have just recorded the whole experience haha.

Then later that day we were giving a less active woman a blessing because she was in a super deep depression and her children were going to put her in a psych ward if she didn't improve in the next two days. So we start the blessing and then like 20 seconds into it the woman just goes into full seizure mode and is just out of control, falls off the chair onto the ground and seizes there for like 2 minutes straight. Luckily Elder Bradley was there to catch her kind of so she didn't hit her head or anything. None of her family was around or anything and so it was just us there to take care of this woman. Then when she woke up the first thing she says is "Oh man I am embarrassed, I wet my pants." Yikes! So she got that taken care of and we finished the blessing and left. Apparently that was a pretty normal occurrence for her, not so much for us though haha. But hey, she was much happier after the seizure and blessing so one of them helped with the depression, hopefully it was the blessing haha.

On Wednesday we spent the entire day up in Boston at Mission Leader Council (MLC). The ZL's and STL's all meet there with President and talk about how the mission is doing and what we need to improve on, then we receive some trainings that we have to turn around and train our missionaries in our zones on the Friday after MLC. The MLC meetings was amazing though, our mission set a goal to have 70 baptisms this month which is just a crazy huge number. The record in the past 10 years for baptisms in a month is 59, so it will take a miracle to reach 70 but we really feel like we can do it! We will have a mission wide fast tomorrow to Wednesday to start us off on working towards this goal. And a few of my former companions (Elder Batts and Elder Calvert) are Zone Leaders now as well so I was able to see them and talk to them which was pretty sweet. So then on Friday which happened to be the 4th of July, we had our Zone Meeting where Elder Jones and I had to train our Zone on the things we discussed at MLC on Wednesday. I was pretty nervous for it because most of our zone has been out a lot longer than me and have a lot more experiences than me, but it went really well. Our zone is pumped up and ready to do our part in achieving the 70 baptisms this month, which was the main purpose of the meeting! The rest of the 4th of July was pretty lame because Hurricane Arthur came at us and dumped rain the entire day on Friday so all of the firework shows were cancelled. We did go to a members home for dinner and they fed us lobster, that was my first time. We tried to get a picture with the lobster before we ate it but it didn't work, so maybe next time!

Our investigators are doing well, we had 4 of them at church on Sunday which we were excited about with it being the 4th of July weekend. Zach was confirmed a member of the church by is Step-dad, we were able to stand in the circle. The next few weeks we should have some more baptisms. We have Ethan's this weekend. Ethan is just such a solid investigator, it is crazy! We have only been teaching him for a month, and he has just progressed sooo quickly. He is just completely converted and is willing to do ANYTHING to fully live the Gospel, because he just knows without a doubt it is true already. It has been sooo cool to be a part of it. He goes out to sea on his submarine next week, so we gotta get him baptized before he heads out there! So that should happen on Saturday probably! Love you all and thanks for all the love and support!
Elder Pulsipher

We went out to Newport last week for pday and chilled along the ocean.  There were these rocks that we had to kind of climb down to and then they went quite a ways out into the water.  It was pretty fun to just go chill out on the rocks and get as close to the water as we could without going in haha.

This is a throwback picture, might need to wait until Thursday to post it for #tbt haha no just kidding.  I was in Waterford 1 day this week and Pops was showing me this picture, this was from my first month in the mission!
Pretty much our whole zone after zone meeting on Friday...there were a few that didn't stick around for the picture though.

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