Wednesday, December 24, 2014

I Have Moved to Worchester

So we got our call last night I am moving to Worcester with elder Devit who I here is a really good guy. I think we will get on just fine and we will work hard to get the work going there. I'm a bit more sad to go now though. Earlier we got another media referral text so I am hoping that we have at least this much or more going for us in Worcester we will see. I will let you know whats up with the Skype on Monday. well got to go say my goodbyes to the members.
So my new companion is great he is from alpine Utah. and yes he is a hard worker so we are getting along good. we don't have a lot of things going on in Worcester at the moment but there is a lot of potential for some investigators. We have 3 at the moment but only one is progressing so we are hoping to fix that this week and also find some new people to teach.

Love Elder Poll

Monday, December 15, 2014

Transfer Week

That's cool the rodeo sounds like loads of fun. that's kind of sad that you didn't get to go to the temple I would kill for a trip to the temple OK maybe not kill but it would be awesome I didn't really go that much before I came out and with the temple being only an hour away and with members willing to take us it would be cool but its out of our mission boundary. Before coming out I used to use excuses to get out of going to meetings now I would use any excuse to go to a meeting and feel of the spirit there. Some times I wish we were the Lichfeild elders because they have the stake center and get to go to all of the stuff that they do there for the stake and some of that stuff sounds really good. But oh well that's not us. As for transfers we get the dodge tonight, if and where we are going and I will get on tomarrow and let you know if I am leaving and where I am going. I have come to the conclution that I could be anywhere and that would be fine with me, but after having this experience with my companion I have learned that it's who you are with that really matters so every night I pray for a obedient, and easy to get along with companion.Ya it will be sad leaving after just having got some investigators. The referral that we got was for this girl named Lucy she seemed really excited at first but she has a really busy schedule so she said that she couldn't really meet with us til the new year. But we left her our number and told her to call us with any questions. She also wanted to try to attend church with us this coming week so we had planned to stop by and see her later this week and remind her and answer any questions.The Romanian family that we went by last Monday night turned out really solid we taught them the Restoration and when we said the opening prayer the mother cried from the desire to go to church and feeling the spirit I knew that the lesson was going to go well. It was a challenge because they don't speak any English but lucky for us their son was there and he speaks pretty good English so he translated for us and they seemed to take it really well. We were able to teach them again on Wednesday and their son Iones came to football with us on Friday night and he brought two of his friends. I think that Iones is key to getting a lot more investigators here in Burton because when we were talking to one of his friends, in his brioken English  he told us that all the Romanian people here in Burton love and respect Iones because he is really generous and tries to help everyone. Like right now he has another family that just moved from Romania living with them till they can find a place to stay. We are hoping to be able to teach Iones separately from his parents so that he can focus more on the lesson and not on translation for his parents. I have also talked to president about it and he is checking to see if we may be able to do a Skype lesson with elders in the Romanian mission to help us teach the parents. The family is really cool and they deserve to know the truth and really understand it.
On Monday we don't have pday ours is moved to Friday because of the crazy Christmas schedule here and with having boxing day right after Christmas most of the missionaries want to go out and shop because its like black Friday here. Speaking of that I had planned on getting a couple of pair of trousers on boxing day to fit my new waist size so I don't have to cinch my belt up super tight to keep my trousers on. 
I will still be able to email you on Monday to set up what time and the other details for the Skype on Christmas.
Love and many prayers Elder Poll

Monday, December 8, 2014

 A Referral Finally

So this week has been pretty good we have done a lot of service. Monday night we helped John get part of the way set up for the Christmas party. Wednesday we helped Ildcko paint her house some more. then we had dinner with the Kinnards and then coordination. Wednesday we had district meeting then we did some finding. then we went up to visit Paul a former investigator and his family. He is a really nice guy but he is heavily involved in his church and doesn't see the need to change but loves Christ and is good he just needs to realize that the restored gospel is not at the church he attends and I think that will take some big change in his life. Then we went to dinner with the Barry's and that was good. then we went around and invited some of the less active members to Christmas party. Thursday we did some finding and met this guy that is Italian and Muslim but he seemed open to talking about religion. Just wondering if Matt Miller ran in to a lot of Muslim Italians on his mission or if that's just a England thing with all the mix of different cultures here. Any way then we met up with Joe and Sean and played some football and taught a short lesson and invited them to the Christmas party. Then we did service for the Oldham's helping them get there outside Christmas lights up, they fed us dinner and we then went by some more less actives to invite them to the Christmas party. Friday we had our weekly planning then we went by more less active and invited them to the Christmas party and we helped John finish setting up the Christmas party decorations and it looked really good. Saturday was a bit interesting we had planned to do service for a sister in our ward helping her move stuff from her moms house to her sisters house because she was moving out, however the other team in Burton b were going caroling in Lichfield with some of the other elders there trying to get the news out about the Church Christmas  program. They were doing that last night. We were invited and couldn't go but the other team got in a big argument and so they needed time to cool off so I went with one to go sing and the other stayed with Elder Bolingbroke to do service. then we came back from singing and did flat inspections with the Hiltons. This is there last week before they go home on Saturday. Atter we were supposed to be practicing the nativity program with the primary because we were supposed to be in it  but when we got there we just ended up being stage help, closing the curtains and changing the set but it was good. We had the ward party and Sean was there and that was good we were able to finally set up something to start actually teaching him not just short spiritual thoughts but an actual lesson this Friday. Oh ya and earlier that morning before we switched with the other elders we found some new potential investigators. One of them we have a lesson with tonight. he doesn't speak very much English so it could be interesting. He is Romanian so we gave him a restoration leaflet in Romanian to read and he seemed very keen to have us over so I hope this goes well. On Sunday we had church then we did some finding and we found a cool guy named Sam, we asked him to watch the Christmas movie and then tell us what he thinks and we also invited him to sports night and he said that he would come. I'm a bit worried though because he said that he lives in Hilton which might be out of our area we are not sure so we will check tomorrow at the Christmas conference. then we had dinner with john and talked with him for a bit on Sundays we have call-ins and after call-ins you are supposed to be in your flat or at a members or a teaching appointment and sitting at our flat is boring so we usually spend that time at Johns. While we were there we got a text from the church for a media referral for a lady that had requested a book of Mormon so we were supper excited we are going by there tonight after our lesson to give her the book of Mormon and see if she would be interested in us teaching her. Elder Bolingbroke has had a lot of success with media referrals in the past so we are excited to see where this goes, hopefully a new investigator and potential convert.
Our week this week is looking pretty ok we have zone conference tomorrow. Wednesday we don't have anything planned so far and that means lots of finding and so that will not be fun, I am praying that something comes about from our lessons tonight to fill stuff up Wednesday. Thursday we are doing service again for the Oldham's and I think that we may be redoing the light because he is the one that helped us put them up, but she doesn't like them so we may be changing them. Friday we have sports night and Saturday and Sunday we have stake conference. I am praying that our week fills up more with stuff. Transfers are on the 17th but we could find out if I'm moving today possibly because if elder Bolingbroke trains then he will stay and I will go most likely. They give the trainers calls today for the next transfer, if not then next Monday night they will let us know who, what, and where. and I will email you on Tuesday if I leave and were I'm going and that stuff.
well I think that just about covers it this week pray that things go well with Lucy and Ian tonight and that we can begin to teach them.
Love you Loads
Elder Poll

Monday, December 1, 2014

Well this morning we put up the tree for Christmas and we are helping John set up for our ward Christmas social tonight and on Friday then we will help him take it all down Saturday night after the lots of Christmas trees are in my future. and last week we helped John put up his trees in his house he goes all out for Christmas so it was fun. Thanksgiving was good we has it at Johns with the other elders and I helped him make the pumpkin pie like I always do with you at home mom. and I have to say it was probably one of the best that I have ever had. mostly do to the fact that he home made the pastry and so the crust made the pie taste awesome. We didn't have any whip cream to put on it but that was ok because when we had the pie it was still a bit warm and that actually made it taste even better and I'm not sure weather I like that better or not then with cream. Speaking of Christmas let me know when the package gets there and you can't eat any of it till Christmas eve but there are some cards at the bottom those you can read but don't eat any of it till Christmas eve. And save some for grandma and grandpa when they come for Christmas so I can have all of your guys's opinions on the best stuff. and mom I think the shoe thing is just in Holland or places close over there because its not here as far as I can tell but I have heard of that and we did that in elementary school around Christmas when we talked about Christmas around the world. but I think the traditions here are pretty similar to America as far as I can tell I will let you know as we get closer to Christmas.
This week has actually been really good and seemed to go by really fast mostly because we weren't out finding all day and night. we didn't make a lot of progress with teaching new investigators but our friendship with one of the ones that we have and his friend Joe who is less active definetly grew this week. Monday always goes well because it pday. Tuesday I went on exchange to Burton B with our district leader and even though I have been in Burton for a while it was the first good look I got of their area in the day light. The only time that I have been there before was to ride with John to drop them off after coordination or sports and games nights so that was cool. It also made me realize that I am ready to move to a new area because even just spending the day there made me want to go some were new and try some new things so I want to move, but at the same time I want to stay for Christmas. I wish that our transfers were right after Christmas instead or right before but oh well. Oh and on Tuesday I missed out on a dinner at this family in our ward who usually don't make the best food and this week was espesally gross I was told so that was nice. We had a oven frozen pizza intead... yum.  Wednesday we had zone meeting and it was cool they showed us the new video that the church has put out for Christmas and we got some new pass along cards with the birth of Christ on them that we are supposed to use so that was cool. Oh and we did a kind of Christmas gift thing. We all brought flat find gifts and then we pulled names out of a hat and we get to pick one and open it. I kind of cheated because we had to be there early for district leader council so we got to see the Hiltons put there gifts on the table and kind of know what gifts were given by who so when it was my turn I picked one of the Hiltons and as they are leaving on the 10th they were getting rid of some decent stuff so I got a nativity set and some Nesquick chocolate milk stuff which is usually a couple of pounds booya grandma good stuff. On Thursday it was good we haven't really been able to get to know Joe one of our less active members we are working with and he asked us to come play football (soccer) with him on Thursday and so we got to know him a bit better and left a spiritual thought with him at the end. Oh ya and I got a bit of a surprise this week Jonathans sister just got a new puppy and he was able to find a really cheap coach ride up form London so he came up and we spent time talking to him and catching up because it was the last time that I might see him so that was nice. Then we had Thanksgiving with John that night and it was awesome. Friday we had a service project with this Hungarian family that is moving back into our ward. We were helping them get there house all painted and carpeted so they can move in. We have been going there for the past couple of weeks once a week helping them and they are just about to get the carpet down and then they can start to move in. They were in the ward before but had to move for work and now they are back so that's cool. Then we had dinner with the Watsons, an awesome family in the ward and then we had sports night and it went great. We had lots of peoples there and most importantly we had Joe and Sean there and so that was great. Saturday we did a lot of finding and we thought we had a solid guy that was a cage fighter coming to church but he gave us a fake number and didn't show up so darn, but we went buy a less active guy who is not really less active at heart but because of health reason he can't come to church so we went and visited him. He likes the company so we go and talk to him. He usually tells us some stories from (back in the day) when he was younger and it is pretty cool. Then we had games night and that went really well. I was in for a surprise again because Jonathan missed his coach back to London so he stayed and came to game night and to church on Sunday. Sunday we had church and then we went to the Manners for dinner she is American and she made Thanksgiving and it was good for the fact that it was American but I think that Johns food was better, but it was nice to be there and enjoy a more American experience then at Johns. The food back home is definitely  better especially the yams. John didn't make us any because we told him not to worry that we were going to the Manners and she would make them. but she tried to be healthy with them and so they weren't very good but they were American so I can complain.
Tell Macey that I am proud of her for getting baptized and that I'm sad I can be there for it but thanks for the announcement and that a letter is coming but I will be late due to slow mail around Christmas.
Love you Elder Poll