Monday, February 27, 2017

Companion #2

So these last few week have been crazy busy, and I have had quite a
few cool experiences.
Elder Brock went home, and is now home with his family in ohio. Its
crazy to think that he is home already.
And now I have my new companion. Elder Hunter. He is from Pleasant
Grove, Utah. And he likes to lift weights (which means he cool)
Haha we got along like two peas in a pod. I was kinda worried about it
at first because I didn't know much about him. So I kind of pre judged
him a little. And I feel badly, but the atonement is real, and I can
Elder Hunter and I have set some sweet goals for this transfer, and
I'm super excited for this transfer. Its going to be legendary.
Also, I have been studying out of the Preach My Gospel a lot during my studies.
And may I give some advice to those preparing to serve, or those
planning on serving some day. READ THE PMG! Oh my gosh! Its so
amazing. And I love it so much. I too was told to do this, and for the
most part I ignored it. Because I didn't know how to study out of
something that wasn't the standard works. So I just didn't really read
it on my own.
If you just open it up and start to look at it and study it and learn
from it. It. Will. Change. Everything.
Anyways. So I'm no longer the designated driver (the church is true)
and so Elder Hunter was driving on an over pass and a wonderful
daughter of our Heavenly Father pulled out in front of us, and hit
us/we hit her. And did quite a number on our car.
The spirit however warned me to stay calm before any of this occurred,
and moments before the collision I verbally said *this is gonna suck*
and boom we collided. We are all ok. And no one was injured.
So now we have a temporary vehicle whilst our vehicle coordinator
assigns us a new one. #firstworldproblems
But, during all of this I didn't freak out like i normally would have,
and same with Elder Hunter, because of the spirit.
The spirit couldn't have been there if we were say listening to loud
music, or doing things we shouldn't have. But because we were
listening we were able to hear it.
The spirit is a still small voice, and if we aren't paying attention
we won't hear it.

I can testify of the importance of the spirit in our lives. Always
remain worthy of it. Always be in environments where it can dwell. And
constantly be seeking its companionship. Because it will guide us,
protect us, comfort us, and above all else, testify of the truth.

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Love you all,

Elder Poppleton

 A member gave him a leopard skull!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Bibbity Bobbity....BACON!

So that family you saw that I was with!
They are way cool, and they gave us bacon! Bacon in Alaska is different, it's HUGE!!! I'll show you...

-Elder Poppleton

Received this picture yesterday from Monty Bird (husband of Ethan's cousin) telling me he was in the house of one of his good friends who lives in Alaska.  This is the picture Cody is referring to in the above comment!  It sure does a mom's heart good to see him with good people and smiling!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

My Toe!

Sorry about not putting anything up last week, we were crazy busy!

But this last week has been insane. Both in good and bad ways.
Awhile ago we were at a dinner appointment, and this family had a
gigantic massage chair in front of their dinner table...well, we had
to move the massage chair before we could eat. Well lucky for me it
was on wheels, and on a hard wood floor right?...wrong.
I went to move it, and without my acknowledgement my companion was
behind the chair and pushed it. Aaannnddd boom. This sucker lands
right on my toe.
No big deal. It hurt but we were having orange chicken and rice, so it
was worth it to suck it up.
Well, the next day we go on exchanges. So I was with Elder Frey,
serving in the Hmong branch for a day. Well, that next morning, my toe
was so swollen I couldn't fit it in my shoe. And it also happened to
be green. Not black or purple, but bright green.
So we go to Elder Moss (the mission doctor)
He said I had to go to the hospital because it might be broken.
So we go to the hospital. We get x ray, and go through that whole
process. We FINALLY see the doctor. And her eyes go huge. She said
~you have so much blood pressure built up in your toe, that its about
to explode~ so she drills 5-6 holes in my toe to release blood
pressure and we are good. I was on crutches for awhile, but all is
well now, my toenail is definitely falling off...but it wont happen
for a few more days.

Just this last Thursday was eventful. We were on our way to a dinner
appointment, (I don't know why these things happen at dinner
appointments) and we were trying to find the house, and we were on the
right street, we just didn't know what house it was.
So we pull over, and start looking on our iPads. And Elder Brock is on
the phone with the member we are eating with.
Well In the rear view mirror i see a man behind our car, looking at
our license plate, and talking on the phone.
The spirit tells me to get out and ask the man for directions.
Well, me being a stubborn male didn't think I needed directions so i
ignored it.
Again, the spirit said, get out. And ask for directions. Begrudgingly
I step out of the car.
Next thing I now, this man has his gun out and has it pointed right at
my chest.
~Well gee! Thanks a lot spirit, look what you've gotten me into. ~
I asked him if he could help us find a house we are looking for.
He spoke into the phone, and said hold on I gotta go. He took a closer
look at me, gun still up, and asked ~are you Mormon?~
Full of gratitude proclaimed that i was, and all of his tension left,
he holstered his gun, and proceeded to tell us about the shooting that
had happened the previous night, and was just being cautious.
He befriended the man, and he helped us find the house. It was marvelous.

I want to testify of the importance of the spirit.
Although it may be difficult to recognize its prompting, its always
there. Always.
And it will never. EVER. Lead you astray,(although it may temporarily
appear that way)
I pray that you will do whatever it takes, to have the constant
companionship of the Holy Ghost.

I love you all,

-Elder Poppleton

Apparently this is what they like to do on their P-Day!

 Cody and the Comps!

His awesome Aunt Megan sent him a "Hangry Kit" and boy did he LOVE that!