Friday, August 11, 2017

Seven???? August 7, 2017

Howdy!

Wow this week was amazing! I love this area so much!

On Thursday we got together with the elders and did a tracting blitz
at an apartment complex. Wow! Whoever said tracting isn't effective
hasn't served in a YSA Ward! The experience was AMAZING! We contacted
15 people and got 7 new investigators! Wow! Nothing like that has ever
happened my whole mission! The Lord truly strengthened my faith to
find those who are ready to receive the gospel. Honestly, for the past
few months my faith to find was really lacking. But after this
happened, I know without a doubt that the Lord is preparing people and
placing us in their path!

Now let's talk about some of the people we met! We met a man named Bob
who's here for grad school. He was standing outside his apartment with
his HUGE cat! Perfect conversation starter! We talked about the cat
then that led to religion and he said he was raised religious but
isn't religious right now, but he's willing to talk about it with us!
We gave him a Book of Mormon and he told us he's actually been wanting
to read it. Woohoo! We had an appointment with him on Sunday and it
went really well! We hope we can strengthen his faith in Christ and
the gospel!

We had an amazing lesson with Wesley about the Plan of Salvation! He
had so many great questions and he understood everything! We extended
a baptism invitation and he said he'll think about it! Woohoo! I love
Wesley! Again so many people prepared by the Lord!

Unfortunately Deandre still hasn't come to church so we moved his
baptism date 😢 But it's okay we're still teaching him and he's still
super awesome!

This week I've been pondering on our gifts and talents. All of our
talents are gifts from our Heavenly Father. They didn't just appear
out of nowhere! Yes most of them are from practice but who helped us
practice? God did. Our talents are gifts from God we need to
acknowledge that. We should be humble and remember: every good thing
is from God and we need to thank Him for them.

Love y'all! Have a great week! Miss you! Remember who created you and
just how much He loves you! ❤️ He created all the stars and planets
in the universe and still decided to create you.

Sister Poulton
Texas Fort Worth Mission

Pictures!
1.) Matching for Zone Conference 🔴⚪️⚫️
2.) Arlington Zone!
3.) Bob and his huge cat Babalu (yes that's the cat's name.)
4.) Texas pride!
5.) Our new friends at Waffle House.



1 Year Down! July 24, 2017

Hello Friends and Family!

Wow! Have I really been serving my mission for a whole year?! Where
has the time gone?!?! I've had some amazing experiences and met
incredible people. And the best part is, I'm not done! I still have 6
months to enjoy all of it! It's amazing how time flies. Don't waste a
second because you won't get it back!

Now onto this week! I totally forgot to talk about Jason last week.
He's an investigator who's been taking the lessons for some time now.
He's amazing and has a really strong testimony of the gospel. The only
thing stopping him from being baptized is his parents. His dad is
Atheist and his mom is part of another faith and DO NOT approve of
Jason taking the lessons and coming to church with us. During district
meeting someone suggested we fast for him. We brought it up in our
next lesson with Jason and he thought it was a good idea. So the three
of us, Jason, the elders, and the senior couple serving in our ward
met up and started a fast. We fasted for his parent's heart to be
softened and see how happy he's become, and for Jason to have the
courage to talk to them about baptism. We don't know if he's talked to
them yet, but we've been praying for all of them everyday.

A miracle occurred! Knocking on doors looking for YSA aged people is
kind of tricky, but we decided to anyway. We found an amazing guy
named Deandre! Well, first we knocked on his door and he had a blanket
wrapped around him and said, "Sorry I just woke up. Can you come back
in 45 minutes?" Haha! Sure! We came back and taught him an amazing
lesson! He was so excited to read the Book of Mormon when we gave it
to him! He told us he's gone through a lot of rough things in life but
he's in a good place now. He then said, "I feel like God sent you here
for a reason." Wh..wh..WHAT??? This is the kind of thing you only read
about in the Ensign of something! I felt prompted to ask him to be
baptized by the Priesthood authority and he accepted!! He's going to
be baptized August 19th!!! AAAAHHH!!!! The entire time I was sitting
there thinking, "Is this real life??" I wanted to cry! Follow the
promptings!

God really loves all of His children and wants us all to return to
Him. That's what we're here to help with. When you work hard and
follow the promptings you receive, you'll see miracles. I promise you
that.

I love all of you! Have a great week and keep your chin up! Love you ❤️


Sister Poulton
Texas Fort Worth Mission

Pictures!
1.) Cowboys Stadium!
2.) Selfie
3-4.) I don't know which one describes our companionship better 😂
5-7.) Was this really a year ago??









Arlington July 17, 2017

Hi Everyone!

Wow so much has happened this week! It's been CRAZY!!

So the Arlington YSA (young single adult) Ward was just the zone
leader area, but now what we're doing is taking half of their Ward. So
we're pretty much opening a new area IN A TRIO!! Let me tell ya, this
past week was STRESSFUL! But it really helps that I already knew the
other two sisters in the trio really well. And I already know the Zone
Leaders who have pretty much become our best friends since we keep
bothering them about information. Haha!

But let's not focus on the stress! Arlington is great! All of my areas
have been so different from each other! Arlington is the metroplex of
the metroplex. It's great! And I love being in a YSA Ward. You feel
comfortable right away because everyone's your age. Also college
students are great at missionary work!

We have a few investigators! First is Kiemorean. He's 19 and when we
first met him I totally thought he was 23 or 24. He's so mature! He
really wants to be baptized so if y'all could keep him in your prayers
that would be great!

We also have Kevin who has a baptism date for August 19th! We haven't
actually met him yet but according to his teaching record he sounds
great!

Well because of all this craziness going on, I've really seen the
importance of relying on the Lord during rough times. I asked Heavenly
Father, "Why did you ask me of all people to be in this trio to open
this area? Why me?" Then the answer I got was "Because I trust you
with this." We may not know why and sometimes we may feel like there's
a lot on our plate, but Heavenly Father gives us trusts us with hard
situations. And if we turn to Him we'll be able to handle them. He
trusts us so we should have trust in ourselves. We can do anything
with faith in the Lord.

Well that's all for this week! Love y'all! Until next time! ❤️

Sister Poulton
Texas Fort Worth Mission

Pictures!
1.) Texas Rangers Stadium!
2.) Coulson! (Our trio name. Trios are a party!)
3.) Arlington Star
4-8.) Scrubbing our nasty apartment. 😫


Transfers July 10, 2017

Hey hey hey!

This week has been awesome! First off happy 4th of July everyone! It's
an awesome time to remember all of the freedoms we're so blessed to
have in this beautiful country! We have the right to worship our God
freely! I truly am grateful to live in this country!

It was pretty much a Jones week! For 4th of July we volunteered at
something called the Freedom Fest. It's a huge celebration Flower
Mound has every year. There's booths with food, a car show, bands, all
sorts of stuff! We just stood at the gate and showed people where to
go. While we were doing that, guess who shows up at the gate? Alyssa
and her family! They saw us and said, "Hey! What are y'all doing
here?! And you're wearing pants! I didn't think y'all owned pants!!"
😂😂😂 They're my favorite! Then on Wednesday we had a lesson with the
Jones family but Alyssa had to work so we didn't see her. Friday we
brought David (Alyssa's dad) a birthday cake, then Saturday we helped
set up for a birthday party they were throwing him. So yeah we saw
them almost everyday this week! It was awesome!

In other news I'm being transferred to the Arlington YSA Ward! I'm so
excited I've been wanting to serve in a YSA Ward for a long time! I'm
also going to be in a trio with Sister Clonts and Sister Thomson. Yes
it's the same Sister Thomson I was with my first transfer in Flower
Mound! I'M SO EXCITED!!! And Sister Clonts was in my district here a
little while ago so I'm already really good friends with both of them!
I'm so excited!!!! Aaaah!!!

I am excited to go to Arlington, but I'm really sad to be leaving
Flower Mound. My 6 months here have had its ups and downs, but I've
loved it. The people here are amazing and I'm so glad I've had the
opportunity to serve around them for so long. I'm excited for new
adventures and new things to learn!

Hope y'all have a great week! I'll let you know how it is in
Arlington! Remember I pray for you everyday and you mean a lot to me.
Love you!

Sister Poulton
Texas Fort Worth Mission

Pictures!
1.) 4th of July!
2.) Lewisville Zone
3.) They tried to kick Elder Herod out of the picture haha!
4.) 4th with the Jones family! (Alyssa's the one on the very end.)




Week of Miracles July 3, 2017

Hi Everyone!

Hope y'all had a great week! I sure did! The Lord truly loves His
children and blesses His missionaries for their hard work!

First great thing that happened, we saw Alyssa! She still doing so
well! We were worried since she's been gone for so long, but she's
reading and praying! She told us in our lessons that she knows the
Book of Mormon is true! That's amazing! In church yesterday someone
was testifying and said, "The Book of Mormon brings lots of peace to
your life." We looked over and Alyssa was smiling and nodding. I'm so
glad Alyssa's back and she's strengthening her faith in the Lord.

Next miracle! We had 4 investigators at sacrament yesterday! 4!!! I've
always struggled with investigators coming to church so yesterday was
great! In the 5th Ward it was Alyssa and her brother Chase then for
the 1st Ward it was Robert the one who randomly came to church last
month and a teenager brought his friend. We were so happy! I'm so
grateful for the Lord's blessings He gives everyone. They're not
always obvious blessings like these, but He blesses everyone in all
sorts of ways.

Throughout life, especially on a mission, we all need to learn to
submit our will to God. We all have dreams and desires in life, but
are they the same as His? It's hard to learn and it takes a lifetime
to understand, but once we do we understand that He truly loves us and
knows what's best for us. His plan for our lives is so much better
than we could ever imagine.

Well that's all for this week! I love all of you and I know your
Heavenly Father loves you too! Until next time!

Sister Poulton
Texas Fort Worth Mission

Pictures!
1. Selfie
2. Didn't think Texas had these views did you?
3. Quote



Howdy Y'all! June 26, 2017

Hi Everyone!

Exciting news! Alyssa's back in town! Woohoo! We're seeing her this
week and we're so excited and happy!

We saw Susan and she told us about some family problems she's been
having. As she did so I remembered something we talked about in
District Meeting a few days before. When you read scriptures with
them, tell them the background of the verse and how it relates to
them. Then I felt like I should read to her some verses in 1 Nephi. I
told her the prophet in this verse had some brothers who were
rebellious and whined to their father when he asked them to do a hard
thing. I then read 1 Nephi 3:5-7 and told her that when she asks for
the Lord's help He will give her the strength she needs to handle this
situation. She was really touched and the spirit was really strong.
The Book of Mormon is amazing and I know without a doubt it will help
you through ANY situation you're in! Trust the Lord and turn to Him in
times of need. I promise He'll help you!

Well that's all I have this week! Sorry it was kind of slow so there's
not much to update on. I hope y'all have a great week! You're amazing
every single one of you! Love y'all!

"Repentance is His gift to us purchased at a very dear price." ~Elder
D. Todd Christofferson
(Repentance is a happy thing. Don't be scared of it.)

Sister Poulton
Texas Fort Worth Mission

Pictures!
1.) Bowling p-day!
2.) I knew Texas was the best place for me!
3.) our companionship in a nutshell.

video

Father's Day June 19, 2017

Hey Everyone!

Sorry about the lack of emails last week. Nothing eventful happened so
there was nothing to email about. So..... But don't worry I'm still
alive!

I want to start out by thanking all the wonderful father's in the
world. Wherever you are you have a huge impact on your children's
lives. And that includes father figures as well. Most of all I want to
thank my dad for being the greatest dad in the world. He's taught me
so much about faith, living the gospel, being a missionary, and
remember to laugh and smile everyday! I'm proud to say my dad is my
best friend. He's the greatest dad I could ask for. Love you! 😘

Now if our father here on earth feels that way about us imagine how
much our Heavenly Father loves us. He's always here and never leaves
our side. He wants to hear from us so don't forget to pray to him
EVERYDAY and listen for what He tells you. He loves you so much. Don't
you ever, ever forget that.

We had an exchange with the Sister Training Leaders (STLs) in Denton
and we didn't know this but they had Stake Conference that day. Guess
who was there? The apostle Quentin L. Cook! So we unexpectedly heard
from an apostle! He's the cutest little old man and you can tell he
genuinely loves everyone! The spirit is so strong around him! You
couldn't doubt he's an apostle! Such a cool experience!

Alyssa is still in Oklahoma so we didn't meet with her this week. But
don't worry we have her phone number and she's doing well.

Hope y'all have a great week! Keep praying and striving to be the
person God wants you to be! You're all amazing and I love you!

Sister Poulton
Texas Fort Worth Mission

Pictures!
1. 🎶 I like to ride my bicycle! 🎶
2. Gray bar! (If you were in my drama class senior year you get it 🤣)
3. Strange rubber duck.

Update time! June 6, 2017

Hey Everyone!

Hope y'all have had a great week!

We went to see Robert one of the people who came to church last week.
He asked, "Do you have an extra Book of Mormon? I lost mine." Heck
yes!!! He was telling us things he thought were great about the church
and the people. He said he loves that it's so simple. For a while I
struggled to have that mind-set. I've always had a bad habit of making
things more complicated than they need to be. But it doesn't have to
be that way! The gospel is simple! Don't overthink it! As long as
you're doing the little things everyday that keep your testimony
strong, don't worry about all of the little details.

We met with Susan yesterday and she's been reading the Book of Mormon
like she said she would! Yay! We showed the video, "He Lives" and the
spirit was so strong she cried a lot! She said it was a good reminder
because she's been feeling really lonely lately. All of her kids live
far away and she loved being reminded that Christ is always here with
us. We were so glad we stopped by.

Unfortunately there is some bad news. We need to move Alyssa's baptism
date but we don't know what day to move it to yet. Her parents are
divorced so David is her dad and Tracy is actually her step-mom. Her
birth mom lives in Oklahoma and she asked Alyssa to come stay with her
for a month. We don't know what day she's going to be back, but if
everyone would PLEASE keep her in your prayers! We really hope
everything will work out!

Thank you for praying for our goal as a mission of 100 baptisms by the
end of July! Right now our mission has 92 dates set! That's amazing!
We are so grateful for everyone praying for our goal! It's been a huge
testimony builder of prayer! Thank you thank you a thousand times!

Hope y'all have a fantastic week! You're amazing and I pray for you
all the time!

"Remember the worth of souls is great in the sight of God. 💗"
~Doctrine & Covenants 18:10

Love,
Sister Poulton
Texas Fort Worth Mission

Transfer Surprises! May 28, 2017

Hello Everyone!

Hope y'all had a great week! I know we did! A miracle happened at
church yesterday! A lot of our investigators went out of town and we
were really bummed we wouldn't have any investigators at sacrament.
Then two people we never met before come up to us and say, "Hi my
name's Robert and this is my friend Tracy. I came here once a year and
a half ago but I usually work on Sundays but I didn't today. And I
thought I'd bring Tracy with me today." 😳😳😳 WHAT??? We found him in
the area book and he was taught by missionaries a year ago! Oh my
goodness! The Lord really does bless you for your hard work!

On Saturday we had permission to leave the mission and help with the
tornado clean-up in Canton, TX. The man we were helping had an amazing
attitude! He said, "Well we needed to get rid of a lot of stuff, so we
just got rid of it all at once!" or "This all happened because my wife
wanted a new couch because we definitely need a new couch now!" That's
incredible. If I was in his shoes I wouldn't have that attitude. It
was truly eye-opening.

Exciting news! We set a baptism date with Alyssa for June 17th!
Woohoo!!!! We're so excited!

More news! Transfers are this week and me and Sister Giles are
actually staying together! I've never been with a companion longer
than 2 transfers! This also means I'll be in Flower Mound for at least
6 months! I'll be my first two areas for 6 months! Crazy!

Hope your week is great! You're still in my prayers! And please pray
for our mission to reach our goal of 100 baptisms by the end of July!
He more prayers the better! 100 souls to Christ in such a short amount
of time! Yay! Love you!

Sister Poulton
Texas Fort Worth Mission

Pictures!
1. Fun with the STLs!
2. I've always wanted to wear a "Mormon Helping Hands" vest!
3. First we're cute....
4. Then we're FABULOUS!!!

Hi There! May 8, 2017

Howdy Everyone!

Sorry I've been slacking on emails. Monday's are crazy!

This weekend we had Stake Conference and two special guests were
there: President Whitney and Elder Larry Lawrence from the Quorum of
the Seventy! On Saturday when President Whitney got up to speak, he
asked for all the full-time missionaries in the stake/zone would stand
up. We felt really awkward but stood up. Then he asked us all to come
up to the stand 😳 We all went up and he introduced all of the
companionships and told the crowd a few facts about us. We were all
embarrassed and laughing then President said, "These are all wonderful
missionaries and great teachers. Please have them in your home. They
will do a wonderful job teaching your friends and family." Awww!!!
President! I just love President Whitney! There couldn't be a better
mission president for me! Then when we sat down Elder Lawrence said,
"Thank you President for your work. And thank you for your
missionaries." If you know me, you know I hate being put on the spot.
But that was really great that he took the time to do that. He let the
people of the Lewisville Stake how great we are and how much He loves
us. I've never doubted the fact that President Whitney loves us
missionaries. He's amazing.

Okay now I'll stop bragging about my mission president 😂 We met with
Alyssa and we were hoping to set a baptismal date with her, but she
said she wants some more time to be ready. That's totally fine! We
want her to feel ready for baptism so we'll continue to work with her
until she feels like she is ready to take this next step in her life.

Exciting news! Elder Lawrence is actually going to be speaking to our
mission! It's really rare to hear from two general authorities back to
back like this on your mission! I'm super excited!

Other than that there's not much to update on. It's great to be a
missionary and find those who are ready to receive the restored
gospel! Have a great week! I love you all! Keep praying and remember
the important things in life!

Until next week! Love you ❤️

Sister Poulton
Texas Fort Worth Mission

Pictures!
1. Love this scripture
2. Bike time!
3-5. Fun with chalk!
6. Selfie ☺️