Sunday, May 31, 2015


May 31, 2015

Many come to Temple Square on Sunday to listen to Music and the Spoken Word inside the Tabernacle.  As the crowd exits the doors from the Tabernacle they are greeted by Sister Missionaries singing and are invited to take a tour. 
Today Sisters Shih and Pi were able to give a tour to some of our Mandarin speaking visitors from China.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015


May 27, 2015

Its Transfer time again!!!  We have 8 sisters going Outbound, 16 sisters departing, 25 sisters will be coming to Temple Square from the MTC and 11 sisters will be returning from Outbound Missions.

OUTBOUND SISTERS:                                                                                      MISSION
Sister Helton                                                                                                      California San Diego
Sister Vasi                                                                                                           California San Diego
Sister Leavitt                                                                                                      California Oakland
Sister Sonku                                                                                                       California Oakland
Sister Atchu                                                                                                       California Oakland
Sister O’Dell                                                                                                       California Oakland
Sister Aquino                                                                                                     Arizona Tempe
Sister McDaniel                                                                                                 Arizona Tempe
 We are so happy to have our new sisters arrive from the MTC!!  They are all anxious to learn what their assignments will be and begin their missionary labors on Temple Square.

After dropping off their luggage at Deseret Apartments and having their pictures taken at the Mission Office, a luncheon was held for our MTC sisters.  Burton's and Richardson's, two of our senior couples on Temple Square, prepared and hosted the luncheon. 


President and Sister Poulsen enjoy lunch with the Sisters


                        Sister                                                               Mission

Mahoney, Rebekah                                                     Georgia Atlanta

Fluckiger, Alyssa                                                           Georgia Atlanta

Brooks, Kazjana                                                             New York Utica

Rasheed, Shereen                                                         New York Utica

Hadzik, Anne-Sofie                                                        Pennsylvania Pittsburgh

Quidiman, Camila Andrea                                           Texas Houston South

Yunda Espin, Andrea Elizabeth                                   Texas Houston South

Tuuhia, Rautea                                                              Washington DC North

Wu, Yan                                                                          Washington DC North

Juntilla, Niera                                                                 Washington Spokane

Mafi, Seine Tokanga                                                      Washington Spokane

Returning Outbound Sisters

Carminiaperi C. Asuro, Camilla L. Elizabeth Bomgren, Li Ying Chen, Precious Mae S. Dimatera, Carolina Javiera Fuentes, Emily Diane Gearheart, Vanessa Hoffmann E Souza, Misuzu Ichikawa, Ma. Teresa Dilao Jamito, YangziJin, Soklina Kang, Hanna-Martta Ilona Lampinen, Tamires A. Silva Moreno, Krystine Sariha Nath Guerrero, Seen Yee Tsang and Yutong Wu.
Departing Sisters and President and Sister Poulsen attend a session at the Temple
President and Sister Poulsen with Sisters Dutra and Isaksen, our AP's this transfer

 We Will Miss You All So Very Much!! We Love You!!!

A week later on June 3rd we welcomed some additional missionaries from other missions to Temple Square.  Sisters Lin and Lee joins us from the Arizona Tempe Mission.

Later the same day we welcomed the arrival of Sisters Pan, Zhong, Lo and Lin from the Oakland California Mission.  We look forward to getting to know all these wonderful new sisters to our mission.



Monday, May 25, 2015


May 25, 2015

Sisters met at their assigned Zone spots at 7:00am to find out about next transfer and announcements.  Afterwards we met at 7:30am in the Assembly Hall for Transfer Conference and to say good-bye to our departing sisters. 
Departing sisters were asked to share their testimonies and share advice they might have to their sister missionaries.  Following are some things they shared with us.
1. Give your will to Lord and have His heart be your heart.
2.  Work hard, smile and do your best. 
3.  When life gets too hard to stand then kneel.  Forget yourself and go to work.  Love God and love others, our mission is not about us.
4.  There is power in basic fundamentals.  Print out ‘’check your progress’’ and put on face page of your planner. Law of Farm: Whatever you plant you will sow.  You can’t have investigators if you don’t work hard.  The formula for heartaches is faith in Jesus Christ and His atonement and repentance.
5.  Thank you for taking care of Chinese people when they visit Temple Square.  Your smiles communicate to them that they are loved and welcomed.  Ask yourself:  Can Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ count on you?  How will you answer them?  Stay busy, stay tired.  The Spirit will bless you to overcome physical problems.  When you pray you show that you have confidence in Heavenly Father.  Pray for your imperfect companion and learn from them.  Love them.
6.  Alma 17:11  Endure to the end.  Heavenly Father called you to this work.  When you experience afflictions pray to Heavenly Father for strength. 
7.  Do all you can do and trust in the Lord.  Work, Work, Work, there is no substitute for work.  Heavenly Father’s plan is a Plan of Happiness so be happy.
8.  Learn the language of the Spirit.
9.  Be grateful!
10.  Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ lives.  It is important to help each other.
11.  Jacob 1:5 is about our divine potential.  Don’t have to worry about anything or fear.  You have a testimony of the Book of Mormon which is the keystone to our religion.
12.  2 Nephi 22:3  Speak by the power of the Holy Ghost and message will be brought to heart of people.  Personal study is time to treasure up word of Lord and then you have it for Temple Square and can speak by the power of the Holy Ghost. We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust our sails, said Thomas S. Monson. We can speak by the power of the Holy Ghost with right attitude and He will bring our message to the hearts of the people.
13.  You don’t have to spend many hours on what you wear and your appearance, instead work harder on the language of the heart.  Know your master Jesus Christ and follow His example.  Read 2 Tim 4:2.  We are always missionaries and representatives of Jesus Christ.  The Lord can change you if you have a willing heart.
14.  Be a Christ-like missionary and don’t just do missionary things.  Truly represent Jesus Christ.  Read 1Nephi 3:7.  Be yourself, don’t compare and love your companion.
15.  Rely on the Lord.  Pray with all the energy of your hear.  Work smart and remember your covenants.
16.  No greater joy than being an instrument of the Lord.  Pray for desire to work hard.

When our Transfer Conference was closed Sister Poulsen walked to the podium with President Poulsen to announce that they were celebrating their 43rd anniversary today.  She invited all the sisters to find a wonderful husband like President Poulsen and President Poulsen declared than when he enters the Celestial Kingdom it will be because Sister Poulsen is holding his hand. 

Happy Anniversary President and Sister Poulsen

Sunday, May 24, 2015


Look Whose Excited About Mail Delivery


Working hard in Guest Services


May 21 and 22

Yesterday and today instead of zone conference we held a mission tour and Elder Arnold of the Seventy was the visiting General Authority.  He shared with us that his assignment from the President of the Quorum of the 12 was to lift and teach. He brought the love of the 1st presidency , quorum of the 12 and brethren and sisters of the auxiliaries.  He also said he brings the love of the Savior who thanks you for your diligent, kind and hard efforts. 
Elder Arnold spoke to us about the Atonement of Jesus Christ.  He emphasized that our handbook for being effective missionaries is Preach My Gospel and we should learn it well from cover to cover.  He referred us to chapter 2 to learn how to study effectively.  Following are some insights he shared with us.

As we understand the atonement we will want to share the gospel.  Atonement means change for me and others and that’s what repentance is.  He referred to 3 Nephi 27:27 the last part of that verse where it tells us what we are to become. He asked, what kind of change can the atonement bring in my life?  President Kimball said that the atonement brings a change from the natural man.  The atonement allows us to repent and that means change.  When we give ourselves to Christ we give up the natural man and focus on change—we give up things that don’t really matter.

We were to ask ourselves what we have done to be like a missionary and what we can do to become more like a missionary.  He referred us to the self-evaluation exercise in PMG, chapter 6.  He invited us to concentrate and focus on having the Holy Ghost with us always and then asked for responses to the following question.  What does the Atonement mean to me?  He referenced the following scriptures: 2 Nephi 9:18, 20, 21 and Alma 7:11-12.
When we extend an invitation to an investigator to commit to do something we should expect them to do it.  If they don’t we should be devastated, in a good way, when an investigator doesn’t keep his commitment.  We are struggling for the eternal souls of men and if they don’t keep their commitments they probably won’t commit to baptism.  . 

After our discussion he asked us what we got out of the meeting and our discussion on the atonement that we can take with us.  Following are some of the comments that were made.

1.       Don’t take gospel lightly with people.

2.       Consecrate and give will to God

3.       Extend powerful invitations to others.

4.       Keep teaching simple.

5.       Begin with the end in mind (see them dressed in white at the temple)

6.       Keep eternal perspective

7.       Our thoughts are recorded in heaven in the Book of Life as well as our words and acts.

8.       Better understanding of the Atonement

9.       Study harder, feast

10.   See people dressed in white

11.   Love everyone out there

12.   Rely on Savior not ourselves. It’s His work and we are here to help Him.

13.   Be persistent

14.   Improve self-esteem, each has talents, don’t compare,  D&C 46.

15.   Forget myself

16.   Plan better, don’t waste time

17.   Atonement will change and strengthen you

18.   Review Christ-like attributes often, try to be like Him

19.   See everyone as lost sheep

20.   Don’t look back.

21.   Be accountable to the Lord
Our time over the past two days has been inspiring, uplifting, encouraging and the seed was planted in our hearts to do better and be better.

President/Sister Poulsen and Elder/Sister Arnold teach

Sisters help Elder Arnold with a lesson demonstration

President Loos and President Poulsen



 Lunch Break During Our Mission Tour