Tuesday, August 15, 2017

August 7, 2017 Save it be one Soul

Dear mom and everyone,

This week was super busy, Tuesday we had a great lesson with the part member family we talked about prophets and the importance of them. They really paid attention and accepted a baptism date for sept 2. 

Wednesday, we realized that the ward isn't supporting us as much as it could be, so we planned in the morning ways that we could help them to help us. We have a program for FHE trying to have one every night to have an event to bring our investigators so we are going to start teaching them how to share the gospel. Also, we are going to have mission activities every month. oh, and I bought a new set of scriptures because my others were breaking and I wanted the triple and the bible separate

Thursday, we had a really cool lesson with the family that let us in from the rain last Saturday we had a cool lesson because the son just came up and listened to us we weren't expecting him to do that. Friday, we were planning on talking to our ward mission leader on the changes we wanted to do but he snaked out on us. Saturday, we had a cool fhe and made pizza.

Sunday, in ward council we had an experience that was interesting but that’s how it is some times. After we went to help a member to the hospital. He has high blood pressure been fighting it for a while now. After we did what we could we went and walked about 2 or 3 miles because all the people we went to weren't home. 
 This week we walk and work a lot so I'm exhausted but I feel good about the work we've done I hope you guys can help and feel the joy promised in DC 18: 15-16.
(15 And if it so be that you should labor all your days in crying repentance unto this 
people, and bring, save it be one soul unto me, how great shall be your joy with him in 
the kingdom of my Father!
16 And now, if your joy will be great with one soul that you have brought unto me into 
the kingdom of my Father, how great will be your joy if you should bring many souls unto me!)

I love you all 

Elder Olsen

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

July 31, 2017 Finding Nuevos

Dear Mom and everyone,

This week was a little slow again, we are still looking for new people to teach but we were able to find some more people. Wednesday, we did have a Zone conference so that was cool. Pres. taught us the blessings we can have if we magnify our calling. It was super interesting he mainly taught us from DC 84. You guys should really read it. We finally got out of there at 4 o’clock ate and waited an hour and a half to get a bus to go to an FHE. When the bus finally gets there, we are an hour late for it. That was a little frustrating but it’s alright. 

Thursday was cool, we climbed a huge hill to get to a part member/less active family. We taught the importance of the Book of Mormon and challenged them to read it. Then our appointment at 6 canceled on us but it was ok because were running late so we had a good lesson with some recent converts.

Friday, we had interviews with Pres. so that was cool. He was super direct and I learned that we can run in the morning. In the afternoon, we changed our tiny fridge to a nice bigger one. and we started to go through our old investigators and found a bunch that we are going to contact this week. 

Saturday, we were going to an old investigator and so we walk into a really big neighborhood and walked and walk finally it started to rain so we took shelter and someone let us in their house gave us mole negro and cake because it was their son’s birthday, that was super cool. It ended up that they were old investigators so we talked a little and set an appointment. 

I'm super close to the temple but the new Pres. says we can only go if our investigators go through so that’s a bummer, the closest one I have can go through in about 4 months so we'll see what happens. My comps good Elder Jimenez is his name, he’s from the state of Mexico and is super cool. Cooking is really hard now because I have to report in the nights so that takes up most of my time at night. This kitchen is nice with the new fridge and table we have a gas stove and oven so that’s nice but we have to use the oven as storage or a cat gets in and eats our bread.

Well I love you all,

Elder Olsen

Monday, July 24, 2017

July 24, 2017 Working Hard and Hardly Working

Dear Mom 

This we was a little tough.

Tuesday we were going from one side of the area to the other. We went with a member with a reference that he had given us but 30 pesos and a walk later they wheren't there. So we went to meet some lessactives over there. After that we went to a person we had contacted in a motorcyle shop. she ended up being super busy nd we rescheduled. 

Wednesday was similar, some less actives that we had looked for sunday where still gone, but we did meat a drunk on the street which was cool. After lunch went to our appointment cancelled on us but we were able to get in a cool lesson with a less active named felix and his nonmember som sebastian. They are going well. 

Friday, I got to interview someone for baptism but it was so delayed that we couldn't go to the ward activity that night. But she passed which is the good thing. 

Today, We went to the centro to buy me pants (love you dad) and a little toy to figit with caled a spinner so thats cool. Oaxaca really is a beautiful city, We should really comeback after my mission to see the guelaguetza it's really amazing. 

Training is going well, I think Ive finally got the hang of it and being dl and trainer. everythings good and ive got pants that fit now.

Well I love you all 

Elder Olsen 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

July 1, 2017 Surprise Goodbye at the Airport with the Madsen's

On July 1, 2017, Pres. and Sis. Madsen headed home to Utah after serving as Mission Presidents of the Mexico, Oaxaca Mission for 3 years.  Mitchell, Elder Olsen, was fortunate to be at the airport to say goodbye as they left.  What a wonderful opportunity.  The Madsen's were wonderful Mission Presidents, and they will be missed but look forward to the Conde's as they begin their 3 year journey.

 President Conde and President Madsen

July 17, 2017 Guelaguetza

Dear mom and everyone,

As you all probably know this week has been a little different. Tuesday after writing we went to the members house that I knew introducing my knew comp. We didn't do much more because we had to do our shopping. 

Wednesday, I gave my first district meeting. I focused on sharing the time equally in the lesson and I think it went well. 

Thursday, In the morning we had a super cool meeting with Pres. and the assistants basically telling us what we had to do as trainers and trainees. Then in the afternoon I asked a member to show us where some less actives live but he was busy so he said that he would give us breakfast and then we would head out in his motocopter (he modified a bike to have spinners) I can't send the pic this week for the computer but I’ll send it. soon. 

So, Friday we get up early to get to his house on time we ate and left. He showed us where 3 less active families live and one of them had 6 nonmembers in the family so we are going to be working really hard with them and the other families to get them to church. 

Sunday, we woke up even earlier to go pick up the less active family in the truck of the member to bring them to out 8am church session. Only 3 came but we just met them so well see what happens. In the afternoon, some of the young men offered to show us around a different part so we went with them and met two more less active families. And 2 more investigators

Today we got up early again to go to the Guelaguetza which is this super cool culture event when all of the cultures of Oaxaca dance and put on a show. It was amazing and something you guys should see one day. I was able to download some photos of that. 

Well that was my week, I now have to report in the night with my district and make sure they are all ok.

Well I love you all

Elder Olsen

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

July 11, 2017 Another Baptism & Big Changes

Dear mom and everyone,

This week was crazy, we had to work super hard to get this family baptized this week, Citlali and her kids. We visited them every day to get all of the lessons taught. The last day we went was the craziest. They had invited us to Her youngest's birthday party, so we went and taught them before we celebrated. We had a good time sang to the little one and ate cake Jello tortas and leche con arroz. The father had come unexpectedly in the morning and he had expressed that he didn't want them to be baptized, but the other members defended really well and left fine. Friday, they had their interview and past. so, on Friday they got baptized which was super great. (pics below).

Sunday, we went around to all the members so Elder Valenzuela could say good bye to everyone. There’s this crazy family that always fights with the missionaries about the doctrine and they really love the Elders. that was the last visit we did and we stayed there for almost 3 hours. 

Okay now they told us the changes Friday night and I couldn't believe it, So I get a greeny Elder Jimenez, and I'm DL (District Leader). So, this will be the first comp that has less time than me and my first assignment so I’m a little nervous. Oh, and the new pres. is a rule follower. I had changed my backpack to the other one I had brought a few months ago because it's more comfortable on my shoulders and when he saw it he says you have to change your backpack elder, remember the rules. Well that was basically my week, crazy things are happening in the mission.

Whelp I love you all,

Elder Olsen

So Long Missionaries!

June 28, 2017 Atoyac Zone Conference (last with Madsen's)

Pres. and Sis. Madsen always did wonderful Zone Conferenences and lunch and post pictures.  This was the last Conference they had on their mission.  They worked hard all the way up to the end.  We sure will miss random pictures of our missionaries.  But we look forward to getting to know the new Mission Presiden and Wife, Pres. and Sis. Conde