Monday, December 11, 2017

Dec 4, 2017 Conference & Mattresses

Dear Mom and everyone,

This was an interesting week, Like I said last week we had a p day Tuesday to go to Copalita, it was cool its ruins and nature preserve. There were a lot of cool sights and I got some cool pictures.

Wednesday, we had a lot of appointments fall through. We left a few investigators so we are looking for new ones and we haven't had a lot of success. Oh, and we had divisions with the assistant that was fun and in the night, we had both of the assistants in our house so Elder Johnson bought us and the sisters tacos so it was a cool end.

Thursday was the conference, it was cool We talked about if we can’t handle the law how could we handle the glory, it was interesting. In the afternoon president bought new beds for everyone.

Friday, we lost the whole day because we had to go to Rio Grande for a baptism interview we left at 8 am and got back to eat at 4 and started working at 5 then a 7 we had choir practice so that was a cool. 

Saturday, we had most of our appt fall through but we had the district conference in the afternoon it was cool and the choir sung well. Then In the night they brought us the mattresses.

Sunday, we only have two investigators come to the conference so that was disappointing, we actually went to pick up an investigator and she said well now I don't want to go. and in the afternoon, we went with some less actives.

Today, we had a bunch to do. We started to wash and then we had to take some of the mattresses to Santa Maria an area about 30 mins away, then we had to pay the rent in a bank kind of far away, then they called us randomly and said our bunk beds would show up at our house in 20mins so we went and got those, then the Johnsons took us out to eat because it’s one of the sisters last Pdays in the mission. We got a bunch of food, He bought appetizers of empanadas and guacamole, and I got a shrimp pasta with a tomato cream sauce, it was super good, I miss eating out like that. 

The package got here they are going to send it to me tomorrow, The Johnson’s had the shirts made they are really cool. The family’s date fell but there are a few people that we are planning to baptize in Coyul is the little prayer house the 16th. My comp goes some on my birthday, and I get home September 5th (probably)

Happy birthday Grandma and Happy baptism Erin!

I love you all

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Nov 27, 2017 Copalita District Activity with the Johnson's

Dear Mom and everyone,

This week was pretty normal, Tuesday we had divisions, it was weird because I had to go alone. I walked from the bus terminal to the church alone because they were having their district meeting, the bus got late so nobody could come pick me up, but I got there Okay. After the meeting I had to talk about they things from the leadership meeting. After that I went with Elder Hirsch to Rio Grande and Elder Ochoa went to Huatulco to be trained as a dl. They divisions were cool, I got sick but threw up and felt better. I got to know Elder Hirsch and help him out a little, He’s doing really good for the time he has. 

Wednesday, I got back late because we left after lunch and its about 3 hours to get there. So, we couldn't do much. 

Thursday, we had Thanksgiving with the Johnson’s, it was good but I was missing your rolls. After we had a cool Lesson with Marisol and put another baptism date.

Friday, we had to go over to Santa Maria Huatulco to do some interviews over here. Then we went to practice for a talent show for a branch activity. we sung angel we have heard on high with the sister missionaries. Saturday was a little tough but we got through, almost all of our appt fell threw but we ended with a cool lesson with a recent convert named Nancy.

Sunday, we went to that other branch and met 3 new investigators that was cool. We have two of them ready to be baptized Dec 16th. We ended that day with a choir practice.

Today, we are doing divisions and our real Pday is tomorrow because we are going to have a district activity, but we decided to write today anyway. We are going to some ruins in a little place call Copalita. It should be a good time.

The cooking it good, I was going to make chicken tacos but I didn't have salsa so I made and BBQ chicken ranch salad it was a little weird but tasted good. The piano is coming, I don’t have a lot of time to practice but I’m pretty good on the right hand, Not good enough the play in sacrament. 

Well, that’s about it,

I love you all

(sorry no photos don't trust the comp, they will come more frequent when I get the camera)

Elder Olsen and Elder Whitney before he was transferred

 Elder Whitney and Elder Olsen at Zone Conference before he was transferred
 Elder and Sis Johnson and Elder Olsen's District take a trip to Copalita

Nov 20, 2017 Concilio de Liderazgo (Leadership Council)

Dear Mom and everyone,

So, this was a pretty busy week, we had a Leadership council in Oaxaca.

The beginning of the week was pretty cool. We had Divisions on Tuesday, I went to an area called Pochutla, I went to help out a kid named Elder Sandoval. It was a cool day.

Wednesday, I got back and I got to work here and we found a whole family named Victor Raquel and their kids the dad is a little hard but the rest are doing well We have their baptismal date for Dec 16. Then that same day they told us that we were going to Oaxaca the next morning so we had to go and cancel a bunch of appt. 

Thursday, we traveled all day from 9.30 to 9.30, It took long because we were stopped by a blockade for about 2 hours. When we got to it we had to walk to the other side of it and find another bus to take, but the cool think is the asistentes bought us pizza when we got to the offices.

Friday, we had the meeting. It was cool we talked about how to help the other missionaries have a baptizing culture. After the meeting we didn't have anything to do because our bus left Saturday, so Elder Vazquez went to buy a suit (If it’s possible I'd like to get one to coming home, they're about 100-150 for a full suit.) I also got a cool tie. Then we just hung out with the asistentes in the office because they had stuff to do.

Saturday, all day travel

Sunday, we had church a few lessons and then choir practice.

I know Elder Hirsch, I’m going to work with him on Tuesday in divisions Elder Ochoa is from my generation and the DL in the other district here. Not a whole lot new but a lot of hard work.

I love you all,

Looking forward to getting these beautiful blouses from Oaxaca

 Root beer Floats
 A Day at the Beach


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Nov 13, 2017 Finally a Normal Week

Dear Mom and everyone,

This was a pretty normal week, no conferences no crazy divisions nothing too strange. Okay we did have Elder Van Tassell with us for a day and a baptism but I’ll talk about that in a second.

So, Tuesday we had our district meeting and the sisters gave it is was interesting. They talked about the forms and the agendas we use and how to use them and everything. In the night we had choir practice, Oh yea we are in the branch choir so we had practice in the night. But before the practice we had a super cool lesson with a family we are working with. They put a baptism date for Dec 9th. I think they can make it, the only thing is they go out of town almost every weekend to see their daughter, the good thing is there is a church close to where they go so we just have to have them go over there.

Thursday, we had divisions, The DL wanted to be in a trio with another area so we took his comp. It was interesting but cool. Oh, I forgot, we had been trying to prepare someone all week for the baptism on Saturday actually two people, one of them was ready but the other wasn't that much so we were trying our best to get him ready, so we went Thursday and he didn't want to participate at all so we let it go to the interview on Friday.

Friday, we couldn't do much because we had the interviews and a ward activity so we did our best to be productive. We went with an eternal investigator to eat, the only reason she’s not a member is because she can't get married to her husband because he’s already married to someone else. So, we ate and gave a lesson to help them out. Then we get a call from President Conde. He wanted us to go to another area the same time as the baptism so we didn't get to go, we said it was better that the sisters go because the investigator likes them better. 

So, Saturday we went to the little branch in Coyul to teach some people in the church. We were expecting like 5 or 6 people but only 2 came. it was sad but they are almost ready to be baptized over there. 

So, it was an interesting normal week.

Well I love you all,

Nov 6, 2017 Elder Valenzuela the Area 70

Dear Mom and everyone,

This was another interesting week. Tuesday, we had a pretty busy day we taught twice standing up in a little store which was cool but my legs hurt afterward. Then we had to go and cancel a bunch of appt because we were going to a conference on Thursday and the had just told us that we left Wednesday so that was a bummer but we ended the day with a cool lesson with a family that’s progressing well. They are called Ruben Marisol and Rut. They actually gave us ties too, the ties are from a travel company that we use a lot. Mine is green and it says sur.

Wednesday we just got ready to go to Tehuantepec. We left at 300 and got there at 730. 

Thursday was super long but really cool. We had a conference with the area seventy Elder Valenzuela. He talked about how to find investigators and to always be finding new investigators. It was really cool I learned a lot and we having been applying it and having success. 

Friday, we came back in the morning and started working again right away. We went to look for some people to teach and found a few. Then in the afternoon we went to look for a river because we have an investigator that wants to be baptized in the river but I’m worried that she isn't ready. 

But Saturday we were super busy we ended up with like 6 lessons that day.

Sunday, we went to another branch that we are in charge of called Cooyal. It’s in a little prayer house that the church rents in a field of jicama. It’s a cool branch. 

Nothing really happened here for Day of the Dead. Neither for Halloween but it’s okay. The mission goes on.


I love you all.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Oct 30, 2017 Cruise Ship and Puppies

Dear Mom and everyone,

This was another interesting week, Tuesday we gave the district meeting and it came out well. We talked about leaving commitments. After the meeting we had Divisiones with the DL and I stayed here with his comp named Elder Van Tassell. It was cool, has a cool greeny that is going great, I think he'll be a leader soon. 

Wednesday, we had to pick up the Assistant, Elder Knapp, that stayed with us for divisiones. There was a blockade and nobody had service so we had no idea when he got here and he was traveling alone. They said he was probably getting there at like 10pm so we went to ward council and all of a sudden, he walks in. The Johnsons had found him and wanted to pull a joke on us. 

Thursday, we heard that a cruise came in so we went to the beach to check it out. It was cool and really big. We also went to a member’s house and she had a bunch of puppies. Then all of our appt fell through so we went looking for some referrals and they weren't interested but that doesn't matter just on to find new investigators.

Friday, we dropped off Elder Knapp at the bus. Then we looked for some more referrals but they weren't home, so we had an interview so we went to that it was cool we got back and it started to rain really hard. That was fun.

Saturday Pres calls and he says that he was here and wanted to go out with us. So, we went out and went tracting with him because our appt fell and it was super cool the way he talked to the people.

Well I love you all 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Oct 23, 2017 A Hard Week's Work

Dear Mom and everyone,

This week we have been working super hard, in the area and in the zone. Tuesday, we had an appt with a lady that has problems with her husband drinking, we went Tuesday because that’s his day off of work. We got there at noon, but he had to go to the doctor so we came back in the night and he was drunk, so we just left, but it was cool because we met someone else named Marisol. She is a young mom and she was super receptive, she’s just looking for the truth so we're going to see if we can teach it to her and if she'll accept it.

Wednesday we went to Puerto Escondido to do divisions with the district leader over there, the trip is expensive so we both went and stayed over there. My comp went to Rio Grande with the DL and I went to Zicatela to help out a greeny over there. It was cool. They have some cool investigators but they are struggling to help them progress, and to find more to teach. I was able to say hi to some members and my converts over there. They are doing well.

Thursday, we had an appt with a guy that had studied to be a catholic priest. He stopped studying because he found out the church wasn't true, but he didn't like us either. We came prepared that he might want content with us but he ended up listening until the end he pulled out his phone and looked up contradictions in the Book of Mormon and the bible. They were all super easy to explain very calmly and he accepted to see us again. 

Friday, all of our appt fell through so we went tracting most of the day and got some more appt for next week. 

Saturday was cool, we found 3 new investigators and 2 potential families. We had another lesson with the guy from Thursday Dasajev (dasahef). He had a problem with the celestial Kingdom but we talk him to pray about it. In the night we talked with a family that got really interested it was a cool lesson the really accepted the restoration but only the kids came to church on Sunday.

Sunday was crazy, we met a member from Tijuana Baja California. He had come late and wanted us to give him the sacrament the branch president said it was fine, then he wanted us to come with him to pick up his wife from the airport and that he had reference for us over there so we went he said that he had a bunch of care packages for the Istmo for the people that needed it for the earthquake. so, he came over in a boat and his wife came over Sunday. Then he asks if they could eat with us in the members house, the members said it was ok, and he invited the taxi driver to eat too. then they left it was really weird. But that’s the mission sometimes

Today, I got my hammock, its super nice it from the best string, it usually costs 2000 2500 pesos they gave it to me for 1100 its really comfy and handmade, they just got the color wrong, I wanted blue and black but they gave me like and orange and yellow but its fine. I also got a speaker because mine broke it’s a nice little Bose blue tooth and USB speaker, I think I’ll use it a home too. OH, and the ATM was just out of money so there was no problem, they didn't charge me so I took it out the other day. 

Well I love you all

Elder Olsen

Misión México Oaxaca

The first one it from a place called Argentinos, it Argentine food and of course I got BBQ ribs

 Then an iguana that we found in an abandoned house
 The people on the right is the guy from Baja Cali and the others are some members (they gave us a really good meal like a orange fish casserole)
 The last one is my hammock.