Monday, September 29, 2014

Two posts this week since I missed last week. Read the other one first so they go in order.

Its been good but also disappointing because we had a talk with Michael and were straight up with him about picking a church and we told him to pray and ask Heavenly Father and then to get back to us and he didn't for quite a while so we called him and he said that he hadn't had the time to pray and think about it so we may not have any investigators if he decides to go the other way.
So we get to see all of conference except the Sunday evening session but the Saturday evening and the priesthood session are not live but we still get to see them. when we have conference though we have to go to the stake center in Lichfield so its not really anything special for finding investigators.
I am really excited for tonight because I am always supper pumped after talking to you guys back home and it makes it easier to step out of my comfort zone knowing all is well at home so I am excited to see how we will do tonight as we go out finding.
Love you tons have to go
Elder Poll
Sept 22,
So this week not a lot happed we had a few lesson with Michael in which we learned that he still had not stopped going to a Jehovah witnesses church so we had to push his date back. Micheal has been to many diferent churches and just basically has a belief in Christ, baptism and God and he goes just about anywhere for church but before the missionaries ran into him he was attending the jw church and yes he comes to church with us every sunday but the jw meeting is after ours and so he goes there after he gets back from going to church with us. His mental state is similar to Katie and Megan's but a bit more high functioning and so getting him to understand that he can only go to one church and that is ours if he wants to be baptized I hard to get him to understand. and he lives right next to the jw church and so after we leave he says that they come around and pick him up for church and that he has responsibilities there that he can't just leave but he also makes a lot of stuff up so we don't really know how to proceed. We also went on exchange this week and I was with elder Michelson who does not talk at all unless he decides to talk to some one on the street and so I suffered through a day of silence, but it sort of helped as well to get me to talk to other people because he wouldn't talk so if I wanted to keep my sanity I had to talk to others. Then we had general priesthood meeting in our stake on Thursday night and that was good and inspiring then on Friday we had weekly planning and fixed elder Montague's bike and did some finding.  Then on Saturday we spent most of our day with sister Smyth digging her pond for her with a really small shovel and just one shovel. She is a less active sister and she dosen't get around well and she needed to get the pond dug and the fish in befor winter or they will freeze she is really nice always gives us a goodie bag to take home and to its always fun to go over and help her and she is a little crazy but she always tells fun stories of when she lived in spain with her late husband. Then on Sunday we had church and some finding and then dinner with John.
love and prayers Elder Poll

Monday, September 15, 2014

Hello Family,
The baptism went really well he was supper nervous and worried before but it all went well and when he got done he had such a peaceful feeling. then yesterday Brother Watson gave him the gift of the Holy Ghost and confirmed him a member then we talked for a long time after sacrament meeting and now he is gone. He moved down to London this week and we passed him on to the missionaries down there and to the bishop, so now our teaching pool is just down to Micheal who we put on a date for September 27th so by the end of this transfer we will have no one to teach if things continue as they are. so this week we will be doing a lot of finding and I'm praying that we find at least one person to teach but I'm hoping for 3. this week has gone by really fast but I think that is just because we had so many meetings we had zone meeting and the follow up training meeting then we had the baptism and then church then pday so the last half of the week has gone by like nothing. and it was a GREAT week.
So I have a dentist appointment tomorrow with the private dentist in Sutton Coldfield and I'm not sure how long that will take but they say that it is just an evaluation to see how much work they need to do then I will set a return appointment for the actual work I will keep you posted on that.  (He had a crown fall off a couple of weeks ago)
There wasn't a lot to talk about this week and I'm not good at coming up with things to talk about so if you want more info ask more questions.
Love you loads and pray for you always Elder Poll

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

So not a lot to say this week we had a pretty normal proselyting week by that I mean we did a lot of trackting and had very little success. We had zone conference on Saturday and that was good but no huge news to report no ipads and no members of the quorum of the twelve or any of that but it was good still but it just felt like church. Then we got home and had a lesson with Michael and that went good then we had a ward activity which was a quiz night. then we had church on Sunday and had a baby blessing and here that is like a home coming and they have dinner after and we got invited to that then we did some try by's with less active members and no one answered had our call in and then after that we chilled in the flat had district prayer. Today I got a hair cut we shopped for food then played some basketball with the other elders walked around a bit and now were at the library emailing that's about all that's happened this week but I'm really excited for this week though because we have a baptism and we will probably put Michael back on date this week because he really wants to be baptized but he is a lot like Katie and Megan with his mental state so we have to be sure that he really understands everything and get the go ahead by president.   We also have dinner with john this week and those are always good as well as zone meeting and we have a follow up trainers meeting on Saturday and I should be getting my tooth fixed in the next couple of weeks at this private dentist. I'm mostly excited to see some of the elders from the mtc because they were awesome and I only saw some of them at zone conference. they all have to come for the trainers meeting that's about it for this week.
Love and Prayers Elder Poll

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

So the couple that we tracked last week and her husband are in Florida on holiday and wont be back until the end of September so we haven't gone back yet. Jonathans baptism got pushed back till the 13th so that his family that lives in Summer Set could come up for it so no baptism this week but we have zone conference this Saturday. Last week at district meeting president told us that we will have two special guests and that all he said so we have been wondering who it will be because according to elder Montague they usually tell us who it is that is speaking so that  leave a few possibilities for us. One they just aren't telling us and its a 70 or it could be one of the 12 or it could be the apple ipad guys because the England missions are supposed to be getting ipads sometime towards the end of the year but we will see.
Things are better on bikes to a point but bikes get stolen all the time here so unless be are going to a known investigators house or church we don't usually bike. Elder Montague is on his 4th bike and he has only been out one year and a month..
We are the only ones in our flat and our flat is kind of crappy it looks ok on the outside but on the inside its crap and we have a noisy family that lives above us. Right now they are just fixing the mold problem we have. Our shower has been leaking into the wall and has caused mold onto the wall behind. So we have had to take bathes instead of showers for the last week and 1/2. They are just caulking it this afternoon so by tomorrow we should have our shower back. It rains a lot almost every night but not usually till we are back in but it also is just cloudy all the time and rains at random so we don't go anywhere without umbrellas and rain coats and rain pant (which are basically snow pants without the insulation). 
Our week here has been good and wow a month has already passed since I left home.
Love you, Elder Blake Poll