Wednesday, March 30, 2016

No longer in a Tri... yea

This week we had some really good days we were able to see 9 less actives this week and 6 of those were all in one day. It was awesome we went with brother Hansen to see some people whose records have recently come into he ward and they wanted us to check and see if it's the right person or not living there. One of those was really good the guy was nice not interested in  having us coming back to church but really nice. And then we went by another guy and his wife was the head master of this private school and they didn't want anything to do with us, and pretty much told us to get lost. But then later we went and visited some other less actives and it was really good nice day. On Monday night we got a call saying elder D was Leaving and then we went and did some swaps with a member since there was three of us
they took elder D and went home teaching and elder S and I went and did some visits. On Tuesday we did some finding in the morning and then and did some stop byes and then we had dinner with some members and then a lesson with a less active.I already told you about Wednesday and then Thursday we had district meeting and stopped off in Ledbury and did some work there and then something that elder D has wanted to do since a member suggested it and since he is leaving we did it. And it almost killed elder S he can't bike much so it took us forever. Then that night we had a lesson with a less active member and it was good her husband isn't a member. Elder smith got a flat tire on the way back and so we were almost late for curfew but then a member helped us out. He took the broken bike and elder D. Elder S and I biked back home. Friday we went and did some visits to some less actives and then we did service for a member and did some planning. Saturday we
went to Wolverhampton to a baptism that elder S set up before he left and got permission to go back to and so we went with him.then we had dinner with a member. Sunday we went and visited some members so elder D could say goodbye. Then today he has been packing and we went and climbed a hill so we could get a better view of the whole city so we could take some pictures.
We also went and did some service for a member this week and got there kids petting farm ready to open for the year and they told us on Sunday they had over 700 people come on the first day. That is the biggest they have ever had.
I am so excited for conference this week it is going to be awesome. The only part that isn't going to be so cool is that we have to be in Hereford for the whole thing because they have asked us to run the broadcast here for them because bishop is going to be out of town. And so are lots of the members so all the other missionaries in the stake will be in Cheltenham and we have to stay in Hereford.😢😢 that means it may be a bit less exciting because it will be only us. But I will survive.

Love you guys. And I pray for you always.
Elder Poll

Saturday, March 19, 2016

Staying in Hereford for now...

I am staying in Hereford for now not sure how long though because we are going into a trio again for me this is the third time on my mission. We will add elder Smith he is from Jamaica. He will be with us after tomorrow. Trio's don't usually last very long.  The longest one I have had so far was 7 days so I might still move somewhere else I don't know yet. 
Monday we did some stop bys and visited some people in the area because we thought it might be my last week here and so we wanted to see everyone that we could and invite them to church and possibly say good bye. 
Tuesday I mentioned about going out to do some visits with our ward mission leader he helped us to get out to some of the addresses in the unknown file that live quite far out of town that morning then we went and did some work in Ledbury one of the larger villages that is in our area that has a train stop.  
Wednesday we helped bro H with some service he has really injured his back and also really appreciates our help with big jobs and so we helped him wash his big classic car and then he made us lunch and talked a bit about things that are new to him and about the church because he hasn't been a member for long and with his health he misses a lot of Sundays when he is really bad. As thanks though he took us for a ride in his car on Friday that I thought was just going to be a run around the block but turned into a lot longer ride than we planned but while we were gone for a ride his wife cooked us dinner. 
Thursday we had zone meeting in Cheltenham and that was a long travel day. and do you remember how I mentioned that I took that other bike to the shop to have them fix it well they did and I sold the other bike to a missionary in Worcester and so now I have a new bike and its really nice, Anyway after we got back from zone meeting the bike was ready for pick up and we needed it. We had planned a visit a bit farther out of town someone that needed contacting and it was a good first ride out on the bike. and we did contact them but it was a address unknown file person and the person we thought lived there didn't actually live there he moved a year or so before so it was a fun ride but not as much success and we had hope for. Friday we had quite a few appointments one with someone who is an active member of the ward that we are helping her to stop smoking then we saw a member who has sever health problems that keep her from coming to church and then we went out to brother H's to help with one more project and then that's when he gave us a ride in his car and then we had another visit that evening as well and so that has been a pretty good day.
Saturday was good but really tiring we had an appointment with a less active an his family that aren't members in the morning and that went really well. He wants to get back to church and she is interested in hearing the lessons. then from there went to Leominster a large village in our area and did some visits there and then we biked back from that and did some more visits along the way back in other villages that we have been to before and had some people that told us to come back then we had dinner with a less active family there. Then home to wait for transfer calls. We got told that we were staying and that we were getting another elder.and to be honest I wanted to go but it didn't feel like I would but I did know that something would change, because when it came to weekly planning right before transfers if I am going to go I don't seem to feel much inspiration on what to teach and things and so even though I kind of wanted to move I knew that I wasn't going to go quite yet so ya thats what happened.
Sunday after church we did some stop by's and the spirit I believe led us to go the way we did because on our way towards home we were still stopping by everyone on our map that was along our path and so we stopped by this guys that a month a go we ran into and went to visit and he was sick but his friend wanted to listen and we taught him but he was just on drugs at the time so we told ourselves we wouldn't go back, but I felt like we should give the guy another shot and so we just decided that we wouldn't go in we would just try to set up a time that we could meet him at like a coffee shop in town and talk there. When we got there he invited us in and it just felt okay so we went in and the place was completely different and the guy we found out wasn't his friend at all and that he was gone. This guy was actually a really good guy and so we had a lesson with him and it was really good.

That is it for this week. 
Love you Elder Poll

Monday, March 7, 2016

Its's March

This week we had zone conference on Tuesday and it was interesting i learned a lot we talked about pride and how we shouldn't get caught up in it. That night we had ward council and pec as well and so it was a very long day full of meetings. so as you can imagine by the end our brains were fried. Wednesday we had a good day Brother Hansen took us out to lunch then we had coordination with him after, One thing we learned at our meeting on Tuesday is that in the next 4 months we are supposed to contact as many if not all of the less actives in our areas. We have lots and they live in obscure places and so we decided to hit a few of them this week so we biked out to Madley a village in the middle of nowhere and contacted a cool guy and we are going back out there on Thursday to see him again and see if we can't get him back out to church. Later that night we went to young mens and they went bowling this week and it was fun we had a bit of a bonding experience with them and it was good, I think I can see the influence we are starting to have by being at the youth activities and its good. Thursday we did some finding in the morning then we had exchange with the Worcester elders I stayed here this time with elder S. He is a funny guy but can't bike to save his life, and we had to bike out to a members house that lives out of town for a service project with them straight after we got back exchanging in Worcester. Friday we did some visiting of some less actives that we have been working with and then we were supposed to catch a train back to Worcester to swap back but we missed the train and so we did some street contacting for about and hour then caught the next one. but that then made us late for our lesson with Allan. Cool but sad news about Allan he had a surprise meeting on Thursday and had to leave for china on Saturday because his nursing home company that is expanding into China want him to be the manager there and so do all the Chinese people in the deal so he had to rush off to China this weekend so that's the cool part the sad part is that he was supposed to be coming with us to church this Sunday but couldn't because obviously he was in China. Saturday we moved a piano with Bro L he and his family have been wanting to get a piano and they found one that some one was trying to get rid of so he jumped on it and we helped him move it man I forgot how heavy a piano is and this one felt heaver than grandmas piano that we have moved a couple of times. and then later that day we went out to Credinhill to do some work out there, lots of people didn't want to talk to us. 
Sunday we had church and it was a really good fast Sunday then we went out to see a few more less actives out in far places because we are taking advantage of the good weather. That night we had call ins and right after call ins we had a referral come in so we are planning to go and see them today and hopefully it goes well.
Transfers are next week on Tuesday they have moved it up to Tuesdays now because some thing to do with them increasing the mtc time back to 3 weeks and all of that stuff and so now we will get our transfer calls on Saturday night and then leave on the Tuesday. As for leaving I have a feeling that I am but we will have to wait and see. 
Love you guys and will talk to you next week

Elder Poll