Monday, October 16, 2017

Oct 16, 2017 Zone/Leader Conference Results

Dear mom and everyone,

So, this week was an interesting one. We started out by going to the leadership council we talked about a lot of things how we can be better as leaders and how we can better help the other missionaries progress, in the work and personal. President told us that we need to have a model area, that everyone can look at and say, that’s how things should be. He also gave us the goal to baptize 10 people a month. That's crazy, I have 12 in the whole mission, so we have been working really hard to bring the area up to that level. 

Wednesday, we had our Zone conference, we talked about the same things that we talked about in the council. He told us to have more faith to work harder to set high goals, so that's what we did. Thursday, we had our weekly planning, we set goals and specific actions to gain those goals. To gain the goal of 10 baptisms we are looking for families, and we want to baptize them all together. So, we are trying to find people more at night, when everyone is done with work and home with their family. 

Thursday, we put the actions into practice looking for families tracting in the night and we had a little success but not a lot. We ask everyone for referrals we have had more success with asking everyone even the people we just met for people they know. That night we came home really tried.

Friday was the same we didn't have too many lessons this week just getting to know people, teaching them in front of their door, setting appointments. It's been fun but exhausting. 

Saturday more of the same and Sunday we kind of calmed down a little, but at the end of the week we ended up contacting and 20-30people and we have this week full of appointments. 

Huatulco is beautiful. being a ZL is cool but nothing really special. My comp is cool, we get along well and he has till march for his mission. Yes, the members feed us, they usually give us money here too. We haven't done splits yet but we are planning them on Wednesday. we have to go all the way to Rio Grande, it 3 hours away. cooling is fun we have an over but I’ll have to see if it works, I’m going to make some biscuits and gravy soon so that should be good. They've given us shrimp twice now but they don’t skin them so that makes it harder to eat. They Johnsons work more with the Less active but we do family home evenings together at a less actives house. and we live like 2 mins away from their house, it’s like having grandparents next door. The church is super close too like 1-minute walking. 

Well I love you all, I found a restaurant that’s really interesting it’s not open yet but we’ll see if I can go. And I found something amazing in the store today.

Elder Olsen

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Oct 10, 2017 Huatulco and Tag Picture

Here are more pictures Mitchell sent from his new area of Huatulco.  Now you can see why he didn't want to serve a mission in a beach area.  We now definitely need to plan on going back and visiting his mission after he gets home. Oaxaca, Mexico is beautiful.  He even has members that love us so much already that they want us to come and visit.  I received a Messenger Message from the family that Mitchell lived with for 5 months in Atyoac and says how much she loves him and how much she misses him.  She says he is a very special Missionary.  

Oct 10, 2017 Salina Cruz Zone Leader Conference

Dear mom and everyone again,

So yesterday we left and we went to Salina Cruz for leadership council it was cool. We left yesterday at 5 and we got there at like 8. We stayed at another elder’s house, it was in the middle of the damaged area but it didn't look like it. I sent pictures of the church ceiling. the council was cool we talked about training and our role in it and the district leaders and stuff like that it was cool. 

Huatulco is supercool its very pretty and it makes me want to not be a missionary here. Remember that I said that I never wanted to go to a mission with a beach well now I’ve had it twice. The earthquake didn't hit here. the work is slow we are trying to find new investigators I’ll let you know as the time goes by. Welp I love you

Elder Olsen

This is the same church that Pres. Conde was at when the earthquake hit.  Mitchell had a Zone Leader Conference there 

The following pictures are from Pres. Conde's Facebook Page.  He posted pictures of the Zone Leader Conference Mitchell attended in Salina Cruz

Thursday, October 12, 2017

October 9, 2017 Elder Vasquez and Huatulco

Dear Mom and everyone,

So, I've been here for a week, it's been super cool. The area is cool we have an older couple named the Johnsons they beach is very beautiful, more than Zicatela. The members are cool, my comp is Elder Vasquez an ex assistant. The Johnson’s have a washer and dryer that that’s wonderful. We baptized this week. but today we have to go to Salina Cruz for a leader’s meeting and now I don't have time to write we leave in about a half hour so I love you hope you enjoy the pictures and I’ll see is I can write more tomorrow

Love you bye

Elder Olsen

October 5, 2017 Letter From Pres. Conde

Mexico Oaxaca Mission
Oaxaca de Juárez, Oaxaca

Dear Olsen Family:
This letter is to inform you that your son, Elder Olsen, has been called to serve as a Zone Leader here in the Mexico Oaxaca Mission. He has the responsibility to teach, take care of, inspire and edify the missionaries in his zone. His service has qualified him for this responsibility.
There are high expectations for your son in this new assignment. A Zone Leader must be an example to his zone in every aspect: for example, the work in his own area, his personal worthiness and his obedience to the Lord. The missionaries in his zone will follow him and I trust that your son will be a great example to them.
Your son will teach the missionaries and district leaders in his zone monthly. He’ll meet monthly with the Stake President/ District President and, sometimes, with the Bishops/Branch Presidents to coordinate and improve missionary work in his zone.
He’ll represent the Mission President in many situations and will make decisions that will increase the level of commitment of the missionaries and priesthood leaders with whom he associates. I’m sure your son will inspire his zone to follow the Lord and to fulfill the high standards that He expects of them as His representatives.
I congratulate you for raising such a responsible young man and I thank you for sending us such an excellent missionary. I only ask that you continue praying for him so that he can fulfill his new assignment in a way that pleases the Lord. Your son has all my support, love and trust while he continues to progress as a servant of the Lord.


President Félix Conde Beltrán
Misión México Oaxaca

October 3, 2017 Huatulco-Elder Vasquez Zone Leader

Dear Mom and everyone,

This week was cool with conference and everything. 

Most of the week I was saying goodbye to everyone because I kind of knew I was leaving. 

Conference was cool. I need to go and download them because I had to watch some of them in Spanish which was cool but it made me tired, I didn't sleep but it was hard to pay attention. I can’t remember what happened so I’m going to listen to them again. But I really enjoyed the First session lots of great talks.

Oh, we had met this guy named Fidel last week he’s a friend of a member named Sol. He’s super cool he was progressing really well but I had to leave him but I’m not too worried about him. 

Oh, yea I’m on the coast again in Huatulco, they put me in as a zone leader which is cool but the assignments like this don't really matter, just jobs that need to be done but I think that he put me in at this because of a district meeting I gave. I was talking about teaching with power and authority and Pres came in and listened. Well, I wanted to read some scripture but I had written it down wrong so we read in aAlma instead of Mosiah but it was cool because my district saved me with a bunch of stuff that had to do with the topic. Someone said it was for that but who knows?

My comp is an ex-assistant again name Elder Vasquez he’s from Monte Rye. I watch conference in an office in the church but for some sessions, they didn't make it because they had to be in the mission office so I had to watch it in Spanish. Elder Chacon is on his way home tomorrow he just finished his mission.

Sorry, no pics this week I don’t trust this computer. 

Los quiero mucho

Elder Olsen

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Sept 25, 2017 A Sick but Productive Week

Dear mom and everyone,

This week was interesting, I had told president about my headaches so he wanted me to get checked up at the doctors, So we went to the doctor’s office this Tuesday he said that they are probably just headaches but he wanted to run some tests, so Wednesday we went to do the test but they told me that it had been too long since the last time I ate so we went Thursday and they took out some blood and I got the test the same day but I we haven't been able to go to the doctors so well see what he says tomorrow. This isn't for anything besides me normal headaches so I think I’ll be just fine. But that ate up most of our time this week but we did get some good lessons in. 

Tuesday, we were in a bus so we didn't even feel the earthquake so we were super confused when everyone was asking if we were okay, almost nothing happened here just some scared people that’s all. It happened more in Mexico City, my comp's family is fine but there was a lot of damage done over there. 

Wednesday, we had a cool lesson with a youth named Marisa, she’s in the first picture. The spirit was so strong that she cried. We’ll keep working with her. 

Friday, we had a cool lesson with a guy named Ybram, He's been listening to the missionaries for years because his wife is a member, but we found out what he really needed and we are going to help him feel that he really is a child of God. 

Saturday, we ate with our new bishop, he was just put in a week ago and he is really excited to help us. We are going to have a lot of support from the ward. That recent convert Citlali didn’t want anything to do with the church but after with bishopric visited them she was super excited.

Sunday, we found this lady Hulga, she’s been having a ton of problems with alcohol mainly, but also her son is in jail under false accusations. We gave her a blessing of comfort and helped her realize that God listens to her prayers. We also went with the youth to visit less actives. That was cool

Welp that’s about it, everything here is safe and sound,

I love you all 

Elder Olsen