Monday, April 24, 2017

Short and Sweet - April 24, 2017

Hey Everyone!

Sorry this emails going to be short. We were sick for a few days so
not very much happened.
Unfortunately Louie doesn't want to take the lessons anymore. We're
sad about it but we can move on and find someone who's ready to
receive the gospel ☺️

Alyssa is doing really well! She stayed for all 3 hours of church this
week! Woohoo!!! We hope to set a date with her soon!

Okay if you haven't watched this last Conference yet, and even if you
have, go listen to Elder Holland's talk, "Songs Sung and Unsung." I've
listened to it over and over and every time I do it's amazing. We live
in a crazy world and sometimes it seems hopeless. There are so many
voices saying you have to look or act a certain way or else you're not
good enough. Guess what? YOU DON'T HAVE TO LISTEN!! Everyone is unique
and everyone is needed in this world! Don't you dare think you're
replaceable because you're not! We all have our own talents! Every.
Soul. Is. Precious. Don't ever forget that!

I love you all and you're all very important to me! Don't forget that!
I love you! Seriously!

Love,
Sister Poulton
Texas Fort Worth Mission

Pictures!
1. Awesome quote!
2. Wait, 9 months already?!
3. Is that Justin Timberlake in a Bible Video?

Howdy from Texas! April 17, 2017

Hi Everyone!

Hope you all had a good week! I know I did! Sorry I didn't send a
group email last week, but I'm emailing now! Repentance is real!

Yesterday was Easter and I love Easter time! It's a great time to
think about the Savior and His resurrection. He lives so we can all
live again! I loved sharing the church's Easter video "Prince of
Peace" with everyone. The spirit is SO STRONG whenever you watch it.
Honestly when the church announced a new video I was being a little
skeptical. I kept thinking, "How could this one be better than
'Because of Him?!' We use that one all the time!" Then I watched the
new one and felt the Peace that comes with it and thought, it IS just
as good. I love being a missionary and having the opportunity to talk
about the Savior all day everyday ☺️

On a more sad note, Louie doesn't want to meet with us anymore. We're
really sad, but everyone has their own freedom to choose.

In other news transfers are this week.....and me and Sister Giles are
staying together! Yay!! We're so excited to be together for at least 3
months! Yay!

The 20th is this week and that means I've been a missionary for 9
months 😳 WHAT??? How did this happen?! My mission is half-way over!
Where has the time gone?! The past 9 months have been the most amazing
9 months of my life. Yes there have been good times and hard times,
but I've learned so much everyday! And the crazy thing is, there's
still 9 months to go! Woohoo!

Being a missionary is the greatest thing I've ever done. I'm so
grateful for the opportunity I have to serve the Lord and testify of
the Savior Jesus Christ everyday!

I love all of you! Keep being awesome and remember when the hard times
come, the Lord is always with you. He never abandons you even when you
feel alone. That's when you get on your knees and pray. I promise you
He will answer.

Sister Poulton
Texas Fort Worth Mission

Pictures!
1. Selfie!
2-3. 3rd exchange with Sister Havea!
4. Love this quote. Remember it.

New Way to Update! - April 3, 2017


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Yes I still have pictures!

1-2 kidnapped!
3. Tornado debris
4. The little cutie in the purple dress made us all flowers!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Ask, "What can I learn from this?"

Hi everyone!

Wow this week was amazing! So much happened! First off, we had Zone
Conference again and as always it was one of the most spiritual
meetings ever ☺️ We talked a lot about the power of prayer and I've
definitely noticed a difference in my prayers this week. Rather than
just listing a lot of things when you pray, take time to think about
what you're praying for and express how you really feel about that
situation. Then once you've finished praying, don't just stand up and
get to work, take time to think and listen for the spirit and the
answers Heavenly Father is giving you. It's taken some time, but I can
now say I enjoy praying and listening for the spirit that comes with
it.

On Saturday we had the opportunity to hear from the apostle Elder
Ronald A. Rasband! And I got to shake his hand! Aah! It was amazing to
hear an apostle speak to us about how we can improve ourselves as
missionaries and allow our faith to grow. One thing he focused on was
the fact that you're where you are and with the people you're with for
a reason. When things are bad, don't ask, "Heavenly Father why am I in
this situation?" Instead ask, "Heavenly Father what do you want me to
learn from this?" That's so true in life! We all have challenges and
hard times, but we can all agree that we come out of those hard times
stronger than we were before. Some other general authorities came and
spoke too! It was an amazing opportunity that not many people have!
I'm so grateful for it!

Today is the 20th which means I entered the MTC 8 months ago. Wow. Has
it really been 8 months?! Time is going by so fast! You can learn so
much in just a few months it's CRAZY!!

I'm so happy I have the opportunity to be a missionary and be a part
of the Lord's work. I've seen God's hand in people's lives and feel
the love He has for everyone. He loves all of us so much we can't
fathom it! Not only does He love you but I do too! You're all amazing
and I'm so glad you're a part of my life.

Be safe! You're amazing! Keep praying and being awesome! You're really
good at it!

Love,
Sister Poulton
Texas Fort Worth Mission

Changes! Week of March 13, 2017

Hello Lovely People!

Lots of great things have happened this week! To start off, I have a
new companion! Her name is Sister Giles (pronounced Jiles) and she's
from Saratoga Springs, UT. She's super awesome and really fun to work
with!

Something cool is happening this week! ONE OF THE TWELVE APOSTLES IS
COMING TO THE MISSION!!!! WOOHOO!! Elder Ronald A. Rasband is coming
to talk to the missionaries on how we can improve the work and be the
best missionaries we can be! I'm beyond excited! It's not very often
you get to be in the same room as an apostle! It's going to be so
cool!!

In other news we set a baptism date with Raymond for March 25th!!!
Yay! We're so proud of how far he's come and the baptism he's going to
have. This area hasn't had many baptisms until recently so we're so
happy the work is progressing.

Speaking of baptisms, about a month or so ago someone from missionary
headquarters came and had a meeting with all the Zone Leaders and STLs
and taught a new way to plan. Then the Zone Leaders showed us and it's
made a HUGE difference in the mission! There's been an enormous
increase on the number of baptisms in this mission. We had another
zone meeting this week and realized two companionships have a baptism
date set for April 15th. After looking at the numbers and thinking
about how much everyone's improved, we all made it a goal that EVERY
companionship in the Lewisville zone will have a baptism on April
15th. If someone would've said that in a meeting a month ago I
would've said, "ARE YOU CRAZY???" But after seeing the results of this
inspired planning method and the increase of baptisms, I really
believe we can accomplish this goal. With the Lord's help anything is
possible. I have faith and I'm DETERMINED to have a baptism on April
15th!

Well that's all that's happened this week! You're all amazing and I
wouldn't be who I am today without any of you! Lots of love!

"You have not failed until you quit trying."  ~Gordon B. Hinckley

Sister Poulton
Texas Fort Worth Mission

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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Update! Week of 3/6/2017

Hello Everyone!

To start off, we have some super exciting news! RAYMOND'S GOING TO BE
BAPTIZED!!!! We're still trying to figure out a date because of some
things that came up but we're SUPER excited!!! He's come such a long
way and we're so proud of him!

Something else really cool happened! We were looking through our area
book and found a man named David and went to go see him. He was so
excited to see us! He kept telling us how he has so much respect for
missionaries and loves the people of our church, he even asked us for
a Book of Mormon! What?!! When does that happen?! Uh, NEVER!!! He was
so nice! We're totally going back!

On a more sad note, transfers are this Wednesday and Sister Thomson is
leaving 😢 We've both learned so much from each other and I've loved
serving with her. I know she's going to do great things!

Again so many people to email, so little time. I love you all so much!
Keep being amazing and remember: you're a loved child of God.

Pictures/Videos:
1. Selfie!
2. SO MUCH BANANA BREAD!!!
3. It was a really long day.



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Deep in the Heart of Texas - Week 2/27/2017

Hello Lovely People!

First off, you're all amazing! You've all played a big role in my life
and I wouldn't be the person I am today if you weren't a part of it!

Okay now onto this past week! Good news! Raymond came to church again!
Yay! Yay! Yay! He really enjoyed it and made some friends in the Ward!
Earlier this week we talked to him about baptism, and he said he'd
think and pray about it. Oh my gosh! That is HUGE!!! He's come such a
long way! We're really hoping he'll gain that desire to follow the
example of Jesus Christ and be baptized.

We saw Aidan and his family this week! We haven't seen them for a few
weeks because they were all sick. This week we had a really good
discussion about the atonement. The spirit was really strong and you
could tell they all felt it. I love talking about the atonement! (As
you all know. I talk about it in most of my emails 😉)

Crazy to think I've already been out on my mission for 7 months! Time
goes by so fast! It feels like yesterday and yet it feels like a year
ago I was in the MTC freaking out about being a missionary! What the
heck happened?

Well it's a short email this week, but I mean every word! You're all
amazing! I can feel the power from your prayers all the time! Thank
you for all the love and support! I love all of you SO MUCH!

"Those who move forward with a happy spirit will find that things will
always work out."
~Gordon B. Hinckley

Love,
Sister Poulton
Texas Fort Worth Mission

Pictures!
1. Exchange in The Shire!
2. Jk it was in Denton.
3. Love the welcome mat.
4. Texas name-tag. I'm official ☺️