Thursday, November 2, 2017

Fall in San Antonio...teaching the gospel and some fun p-day activities.

August 28, 2017

Hello Everyone!

I can't believe that i have been out for 15 months! 
We are all safe here in San Antonio. Hurricane Harvey didn't affect us too bad. Everyone was prepared for the worst, but luckily it wasn't as bad as people expected. They did cancel church and the activities for the weekend. They were planning on having a stake women's conference on Saturday. We had helped a member prepare a big pasta salad on Friday. I am not quite sure what she did with 36 hard boiled eggs. 

This week we had interviews with President Polley. I always love being able to talk to him. He is always so encouraging. We have zone conference tomorrow and I am super excited. We also were able to talk to a man this week. He told us his whole background story and how he used to spend his time with a bad group of people. It was a pretty interesting conversation. We left him with a couple scriptures from the Book of Mormon to read. We had met him briefly a couple of weeks ago and had stopped by last week when he wasn't home. We left a note and he said that it meant a lot to him. He was having a bad day and he appreciated that someone cared about him. It was another one of the many example that I have had of how we can impact people for good and never realize it. 

Hope y'all have a great week! 
Sister Olsen 

September 4, 2017

Hi everyone!

It was a great week here in San Antonio. The big news for our mission
this week is that we will now be able to use Facebook and Skype in our
missionary efforts! I am looking forward to the different ways that we
will be able to use the additional technology. I know that it will
help us, especially in the young single adult ward.

This week we went on exchanges. I had the privilege of being with
Sister Wells her last full day as a missionary. I have learned so much
from her from the different exchanges that we have gone on for the
last 5 transfers. We were able to talk to a lot of people including
one lady with adorable puppy.

 We also had a less with a new investigator in the family ward.
Whenever we have a lesson, we carefully consider who would be the best
member to bring with us.  We decided to ask a member who was baptized
a couple months ago. She was so happy to be able to go with us. She
said that she was struggling because her husband just left for basic
training. She prayed for an opportunity to serve and help her get her
mind off of him being gone. That night we called her to come to the
lesson! We both we able to see how Heavenly Father was able to answer
her prayer. I know that Heavenly Father always hears and answers our
prayers. He may not always answer in the way that we expect, but it is
always the best way.

Have a great week!
Sister Olsen

Pictures: exchanges, Sister Loveridge (it has been over a year since
we have seen each other), and zone conference

September 11, 2017
Hi everyone! 

It was a great week! The weather hasn't been as hot and we have a couple new Investigators that we are working with! On Saturday we got a text about someone who has been meeting with the missionaries in New Mexico. She is going to be in town for the next couple of weeks and wants to be baptized. She wants us to teach her while she prepares for baptism. She will probably will be baptized back in New Mexico, but I am excited to teach her and help her prepare for baptism. 

Yesterday we also had a man that just showed up to church! He has a friend who is at BYU and he wanted to learn more. He enjoyed church and how friendly everyone is. We have a lesson set up tomorrow. :) I know that situations like this are a blessing from Heavenly Father. As we try our best to find people to teach and do what we can, Heavenly Father blesses us with people who were prepared by other means. 

We went and hiked Enchanted Rock which is in Fredericksburg. It is a huge pink granite rock. It was super fun! 

September 18, 2017

Hello Everyone! 

It has been a great week! Sister Swarts and I are going to be staying together for another transfer! The only difference is that I will be a Sister Training leader again.  It is a little crazy for me since I have been here since January, however I am excited because we have some great new people that we are working with.  We had a great lesson Tuesday night with one of our investigators in the YSA ward. I loved teaching the Restoration and helping people when they are just first learning about the gospel. 

This week we also had stake conference. It was super great because they spent a large part of the time talking about how members and missionaries can work more together. It was great to see the excitement from the members.  I know that the Lord's way to do missionary work is having the members and missionaries working side by side. 

This morning we also got a call that there is a YSA in another ward who is ready to be baptized! He has been attending another ward for years and now is ready. He is on date for Oct 7 and so we should be really busy the next couple of weeks teaching him all of the lessons. 

I know that Heavenly Father always is watching out for us. His way is always the right way. As we follow our Savior we will be blessed with peace and hope. 

Have a great week! 
Sister Olsen 

Picture 1 zone picture
Picture 2 Today we went to El Mercado, it reminds me a lot of old town in San Diego :)

September 25, 2017

Hi Everyone, 

It was another great week here in the TSAM! We were able to teach one of our investigators Preston about the Plan of Salvation. The funny part about his lesson is that when we went to to unlock the church building for the lesson our key didn't work. We had given our building keys for a couple of the other church buildings to another set of sisters. We thought that we must of had given them the key to our building on accident. We ended up having the lesson in the pavilion. That night a small rainstorm decided to come through. The lesson ended up being a little extra windy and rainy, but it still went really well. The best part was that a couple days later we realized that the door was broken and that we had the right key after all. 

We also had a couple lessons with our new investigator Jacob. He isn't on date for the 7th of October, but he still wants to he still wants to be baptized. My favorite part from his lessons is that after we invited him to read and pray about the Book of Mormon, he told us that he already had! He then told us more of his experience of how he received an answer. 

The Encino Park ward had their primary program ( the primary program is when the little kids are the ones singing and speaking during the main meeting at church). The little kids were super cute. A couple of the members brought their friends to watch and we were able to talk with them afterwards. This week I wanted to share part of one of my favorite primary songs. We shared part of it in Preston lesson and we could tell that he really like it too. 

  1. I am a child of God,
    And he has sent me here,
    Has given me an earthly home
    With parents kind and dear.
  2. Lead me, guide me, walk beside me,
    Help me find the way.
    Teach me all that I must do
    To live with him someday.
I know that we are all children of our Heavenly Father. I know that as we pray, attend church, and read our scriptures that he can guide and direct us in our lives. 

Have a great week!

Sister Olsen

It is currently raining really hard/ Sister Swarts and I realized we hadn't taken any pictures this week.... 

October 2, 2017

Hi everyone! 

It was a great week! On Tuesday we had a lesson with one of our investigators and taught the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Spirit was so strong! It really was one of my favorite lessons from my mission. The members that we had there bore powerful testimonies of the Book of Mormon and on baptism. This week we also had MLC and General Conference! It was a great weekend.

Here is a couple highlights from those conferences 

President Polley gave a training about how Christ is the Good Shepherd. He explained how sheep know the voice of the Shepherd and follow him. They can recognize the difference between the voice of the Shepherd and someone trying to imitate the voice of the Shepherd. This analogy taught me how important it is to come to know the Savior so that we can recognize and heed his words. We then must help others to recognize the voice of the Savior. 

What a better way to come to learn the voice of the Savior then by listening to his chosen servants and Apostles! 

General Conference
There are so many things that I could share, but this was one of my favorites.  

"Lasting joy is found in focusing on our Savior, Jesus Christ, and living the gospel as demonstrated and taught by Him. The more we learn about, have faith in, and emulate Jesus Christ, the more we come to understand that He is the source of all healing, peace, and eternal progress." - Sister Bingham 

Overall I felt that one of the main messages of conference was that there is peace, happiness, and hope for all those who seek to become more like Christ. I know that serving others truly brings happiness! I love all of the opportunities my mission has allowed me to serve others. 

Have a great week!

Sister Olsen 

Pictures: 1. MLC 2. YSA that we watched conference with 3. Zone p-day 

October 9, 2017

Hello Everyone!

It was a great week here in Texas! We had another great lesson with Pete this week. He accepted a baptismal date of November 24th! The members have been super great at reaching out and fellowshipping him. They all encouraged him and bore powerful testimonies which helped him set a date. I love lessons in the YSA Ward. It is fun to be with a group of YSA and to feel the Spirit strongly as we all talk about how faith in the Savior has blessed our lives. 

This week I had the opportunity to go to Fredericksburg on exchanges! It is a cute little country town that I have been wanting to go to since I got to Texas. I was with Sister Rice and she is an amazing missionary. I enjoyed exchanging ideas about missionary work with her. 

I love the opportunity that I have to focus on helping others come closer to Christ everyday. Sometimes it seems like a sacrifice to serve a mission, but it really isn't. It is such a blessing and I am going to miss it when my mission is over. 

Hope you have a great week! 
Sister Olsen

Pictures 1-2 exchanges 
3 Halloween package
4 The river walk 

October 16, 2017

Hi everyone!

It was a great week! We were able to continue to teach Pete this week. He is doing great and is super ready to accept all of the commandments that we are teaching him. We also were able to have a Skype lesson with Ryan this week. It is nice to be able to option to Skype because it helps us work around people's busy schedules. 

This week we also had zone conference and our Mission President invited us to study and ponder the Book of Mormon everyday. They invited us to focus on the Doctrine of Christ and to highlight whenever it talks about faith, repentance, baptism, the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the end. It was great because earlier in the week I decided that I wanted to work to increase my love and testimony for the Book of Mormon. 

Later this week we had a lesson with a less active YSA who I have taught a couple times. He has a desire to come to church, but finds it difficult to be motivated to come. In the past we have talked about the importance of Church attendance, but this time I felt that we should just focus on the Book of Mormon. I know that as we read the Book of Mormon everyday that we receive many blessings. One of them is that we have a greater power to accomplish our goals.  I told him that the Book of Mormon helps us do the things that we can't make ourselves do.  I could tell that this resonated with him. He left happy and motivated to read the Book of Mormon. He saw the Book of Mormon as a tool to help him accomplish his goal of coming to church. This Sunday he was able to come to Sacrament meeting and renew his baptismal covenants.  I know that coming to church is important because it allows us to have the Holy Ghost with us more throughout the rest of our week.  As missionaries, we can't make people do the things that will bring them closer to Christ. I love and care for all the people that we teach. However, I can't make people's choices for them. I am so grateful for the Book of Mormon because I know that if people will simply read and ponder the Book of Mormon that their faith in Christ will increase. As their faith increase, they will have a desire to make the further choices in their life to bring them closer to Christ.

Hope y'all have a great week!
Sister Olsen

October 21, 2017

Hi Everyone, 

It was a great week. Last Monday night we had a lesson with one of our investigators, Jacob, on the temple grounds. The spirit was so strong. I love the temple and being able to walk around the grounds. The San Antonio Temple has really pretty stain glass windows. We have a lesson with Preston at the temple this week. I am excited to be able to go with him and go to the temple again. 

In our mission we are working on going ministering visits with the ward members . We had a meeting this week with all of the missionaries,  ward mission leaders, a couple of the other Stake leaders in our stake this week. We were able to discuss the ways that we have been successful in working together with the members. I feel that we all learned a lot and we were able to come out with new ideas. We also had the Fredericksburg sisters stay the night with us. So that was a lot of fun! 

We had a lesson with Brenda this week and taught the Plan of Salvation. As we taught, she kept saying that it makes sense. I am so grateful that Heavenly Father has a plan for us. It is his work and Glory to bring to pass our immortality and eternal life (Moses 1:39). I know that he has a perfect plan for us and that it is centered on Jesus Christ. 

Have a great week!

Sister Olsen 

The temple, Zone picture, and carving pumpkins :) 

October 29, 2017

Hi Everyone!

It is crazy that I am now entering my final transfer.  I am going to be finishing out my mission in ... Alamo 1st and Encino Park ( the area that I have been in since January) !  I will be getting a brand new missionary on Thursday.  Sister Swarts is going to be the senior companion in one of the other YSA branches in San Antonio. It has been fun to be her companion and to see her learn and grow. I know that she is going to great things in her next area. I am excited to stay with the people that I have grown to love so much. 

This week we had a lesson with one of our investigators Brenda. As I studied on how we could teach her about how you can recognize the Holy Ghost, I felt the Spirit testify to me how important it is for us to learn how to recognize the Spirit. We learn from the scriptures that the way we feel the spirit is through feelings of "love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, [and] temperance" (Galatians 5:22-23).  The opportunities that I have had to really feel the Spirit are my most cherished memories. I recognize what a privilege and a blessing it is to help other learn to recognize the Spirit as well.  In the lesson, I was able to share my testimony of the Holy Ghost and share how much we want her to be able to experience the blessings of having the Spirit. 

As I was studying I read part of one of Elder Packer's talks that was addressed to missionaries. "Now, as a missionary, you will mature, develop a confidence, learn to speak up, to organize, to set goals. You will learn about people and places, you will learn to learn, and many other things. These are lasting benefits that come as something of a reward for your dedicated service.
But these things do not compare with the most lasting reward. The choicest pearl, the one of great price, is to learn at an early age how one is guided by the Spirit of the Lord—a supernal gift. Indeed, it is a guide and a protection." (Candle of the Lord)

As I have served my mission, I have experienced the blessings that he first talks about. I add my testimony that the greatest blessing has been to learn how to be guided by the Spirit. I hope that we may all be able to seek to have the Holy Ghost more in our life so that we can all be able experience the love and peace that the Spirit brings. 

Have a great week! 
Sister Olsen 


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Fruits of Sharing the Gospel

July 24, 2017
Hello everyone!

It was another great week here in Texas!  We had zone conference this week and it was one of my favorite zone conferences that I have had on my mission. We talked a lot about different questions that we can ask people in order to have a gospel conversation with them. A lot of the questions that we came up with were centered around family. Families are so important and most people want the very best for their family. In this day and age, it can be difficult to know what you need to do to protect your family from the craziness of the world. I know that the message that I share as a missionary, the message of the Restoration of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, is a message that will bless families. As we rely on the Savior, we can draw closer as a family. As we try to model our lives after the Savior, we will be filled with lasting peace. 

On Sunday night we were able to gather some of the recent converts from the YSA ward and do family history! They were able to find out more about their ancestors and add them to their family tree. The reason why it was so exciting to do family history is that they are then able to take the people that they found doing family history and take them to the temple. In the temple they can be baptized in behalf of their ancestors.  I know that so many of our relatives that have pass on are able to learn about the gospel in the spirit world. I know that they are waiting for us to find them so that they can receive the ordinance of baptism.  One of the family history consultants that was there was even able to help me find family names. I realized that even though, my family tree is able to go back many, many generations that there is still a lot of family history work to do. I look forward to learning more about how I can do my own family history!

Have a great week!

Sister Olsen 

Exchanges with Sister Wells

July 31, 2017
Hello Everyone! 

We had a great week this week! On Wednesday we had a meeting for all of the new missionaries and their trainers. I enjoyed being able to learn more how I can help Sister Swarts. She is doing so well and is already an amazing missionary. I love being able see her grow and become more comfortable with Missionary life. On the way back we stopped by Buc-ees. It is the the largest gas station I have ever seen. Sometimes the quote "everything is bigger in Texas " is really true. 

This week we also went on exchanges and I was able to work with Sister Giles for the day. We went by and visited a couple of our new investigators with a member. The member recently moved into the ward and is a convert to the church. She has a great story and is more than willing to come out with us. One of our investigators we met street contacting earlier in the week. When we went by again with the member, he was about to head off to work. However, our member was able to share her testimony of Moroni 10:3-5. She told us how it blew her mind the first time that she heard that "By the power of the Holy Ghost ye may know the truth of all things".

On Sunday in the family ward, we were able to talk to all of the adults about our new initiative for the ward mission plan.  We called it "finding our flock" I also like to think of it as our personal ministry. Basically, it was an invitation for everyone to write down all of the people that they interact with on a regular/ semi regular basis. By doing this, you are able to identify people who are in your sphere of influence. Once you have your list of people, you can pray and ponder on how you can serve these people. You can ask yourself how can I be a better friend? How can I share my testimony with them or uplift them?  I have a strong testimony that every one of us has people in our lives for a reason. It is our opportunity and privilege to reach out and serve them. I know that as we look beyond ourselves and serve those around us that we will be filled joy and love. One of my favorite scriptures that goes along with this is Mosiah 27:36-37 "And thus they were instruments in the hands of God in bringing many to the knowledge of the truth, yea, to the knowledge of their Redeemer.And how blessed are they! For they did publish peace; they did publish good tidings of good; and they did declare unto the people that the Lord reigneth."

Hope y'all have a great week! 
Sister Olsen 

Pictures 1-2 new missionary meeting/ Buc-ees
Picture 3 exchanges 
Picture 4 how many cats can you see in one yard? 

August 7, 2017
 Hi everyone!

It is crazy that another transfer has come and gone. I am grateful for
the opportunity to serve in this area with Sister Swarts for another
transfer.  I love the people here so much it will be hard to ever

This week I was reminded that everything works out in the Lord timing.
We had an appointment with a less active member last week and it ended
up getting pushed back a week. This week we had planned to go with our
ward mission leader to visit, but he ended up not being able to make
it last minute. Luckily, we were able to ask a member that lived on
their street if they could come with us. They were able to come and
got along really well with the less active member. Their kids are
similar ages and both go to the same charter school.  I know that it
wasn't a coincidence that everything worked out the way that it did.

We have been reteaching the missionary lessons to a less active
members for a couple months now. He hasn't been able to go to church
in awhile because he works on Sunday. However, yesterday he came! He
was able to work it out so that he could come to sacrament meeting. He
also has a family that he takes care of and the mom is interested in
her kids going to Sunday School. Hopefully, we will be able to help
her come to church sometime soon.

One of the scriptures that I read this week was Alma 37:6 "That by
small and simple things are great things brought to pass". I know that
many of the things that we do are simple. We serve people, we listen
to people, and we teach people about the Savior and the way the gospel
blesses families. I know that as we do the small things and exercise
our faith, we are able to see the tender mercies of the Lord all
around us.  I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve and to be
filled with the joy and the peace that comes from Christ-like service.

Have a great week!

Sister Olsen

Pictures1:We volunteered at a senior center and found giant playing cards
Picture 2: District/ zone picture

August 14, 2017

Hi everyone!

It was another great week here in Texas!  I have come to learn that
the mission has it difficult parts and some amazing moments that make
everything all worth it. Wednesday was a classic example of this. We
started off by driving out to service excited to help sweet old ladies
play bingo. However, once we got there, we learned that the activities
director wasn't there that day. So, service was canceled for the day
and we had an extra couple of hours to go out and work in the Texas
heat! We tried our best to make the most of our extra time. We weren't
able to find anyone new until the very end of the night. We went to
stop by one one person before heading in, but once we got there we
didn't think they would be home. Instead, I parked the car and went to
talk to someone who was moving. On our way there we met Lector. He had
a lot of misconceptions about the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith. We
were able to clear them up as we taught about the Restoration of the
Gospel. We invited him to church and then headed home for the night.
This Sunday he came to church! He was able to stay for all three hours
and meet many of the ward members. We are excited to continue to help
him gain a testimony of the Book of Mormon.

Talking to everyone always creates interesting experiences. This week
we talked to someone who was outside picking pears from his tree.
After talking to him, he offered us some and end up giving us 20
pears!  We then able to share some of the pears with another family in
the neighborhood.

Our Sacrament meeting this week was focused on gratitude.  I know that
when we take time and remember what we are thankful for we are
happier! We are able to see the way God has blessed our lives. There
are always things that will be difficult in life, but there are also
always things to be thankful for. I know that we will always have a
loving Heavenly Father and Savior to be there for us.

Hope y'all have a great week!
Sister Olsen

August 21, 2017
Hi everyone!

        It was another hot and humid week here in Texas. This week we were able to go out and talk to a lot of people. Our mission has been trying to talk to 10 new people a day. It can be difficult because there are not always a lot of people outside. However, on Saturday we were determined to meet our goal. That night, after being outside for most of the day, I could feel myself becoming really tired. We continued to talk to people and eventually met a nice older woman out working in her yard. We were able to share the Prince of Peace video and she loved it! She had met missionaries before, but we were never able to meet her because her gate was always locked. She is open to meeting with us in a members home and hopefully we can set something up soon. The part of all of this that touched me the most was that after we had finished talking to her I no longer felt tired. For me, it was a personal example of how our burdens can be made light as we remember the Savior. Throughout scripture we learn about how Christ can strengthen us. In Matthew 11:28 the Savior says, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest". In the Book of Mormon it says  " the burdens which were laid upon Alma and his brethren were made light; yea the lord did strengthen them that they could bear up their burdens with ease" (Mosiah 24:15).  I know that these scriptures are true! I know that no matter how small or large life challenges may seem that they can be made light as we remember our Savior. I am so thankful for all of the small and simple ways that I am blessed as I serve. 

Picture: All of the sisters in the zone!  This week we also had a stake meeting with all of the missionaries and the Ward members who are called to help the missionaries. It was a great meeting and we learned how we can plan/ work together to meet the needs of others. We had some Sisters stay at our apartment that night and it was fun to spend time with them. Unfortunately we spent all of our time talking that we forgot to take a picture. 

Have a great week!

Sister Olsen 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Second Summer in San Antonio

June 12, 2017
Hi everyone, 

It was a great week here in San Antonio. This week we were able to see the Holy Ghost work in a couple of the people we are teaching. 

One of them was a less active member name "Nathan".  Sister Humphries had met with him back in November. When they met him the first time, he felt the Spirit. Sister Humphries described the experience as if he had been wrapped in a warm blanket. You could visibly see the relief. In the months to follow, we could tell that Nathan wanted to make the necessary changes in his life. However, by himself he didn't have the strength or capacity to do so.  In last couple of weeks, he has been praying, reading The Book of Mormon, and coming to church. The Holy Ghost has come into his life more and has given him the power to overcome temptations. He is so much more happier. He testified to us of how he has come to know the Savior. As he has turned to God and repented he has been able to be filled with Joy. It hard for me to me to adequately describe the change that we have seen in him. It is night and day. It is truly miraculous.  In his words he has "tasted of the fruit (The love of God and our Savior) and it is so delicious". I know that this change was only possible through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.  

We were also able to meet with Bryan again this week. He has been busy working and hasn't been able to meet/ go to institute since his baptism. We really want him to continue to strengthen his testimony. He told us that since receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, he can tell when he makes a bad choice that the  Spirit leaves him. He wants to have the Spirit with him because without it he feels empty and incomplete. His experience has increased my gratitude for the gift of the Holy Ghost. We can't always be with him to tell him what choice to make. However, the Spirit can always serve as a guide and a warning so that we continue to keep the commandments. 

I am so grateful for all of the experiences that I have everyday that teach me how I can become more like my Savior. I am learning so much and I can see how the Gospel is able to improve every aspect of our lives. 

Hope y'all have a great week!

June 19, 2017
Hi everyone, 

It was another great week in Texas. I have been in Texas in for 1 year now! This week we were able to have many opportunities to serve our members and other people in the community. We helped clean out a garage, get ready at scout camp, and teach about personal progress at Mutual. We also helped a family move. His sister is a member, but he has never been to interested in learning about the church. She thanked us afterwards and said that it is the little service opportunities that missionaries have given that have helped to soften his heart. 

This week we were also able to have zone conference. Elder Cornish came and told us the secret to life. He said, "The big things are actually the small things, and the small things are the big things". This means that the big headlines today will be soon forgotten.  However, the little things, like reading our scriptures, staying true to the gospel, and serving others is what really matters. The small things are what have potential impact generations in a positive way. He also said, "The second your life is all about you, it will feel hollow".  

We were also able to help Jasmine after zone conference, here is what happened from the words of my amazing companion, Sister Humphries, 
"We were back at the church building where we'd heard from Elder Cornish earlier that day, and a teenage girl wandered up to us in the parking lot and asked for help. It sounds as though she ran away a few days ago and now needed to contact her sister to pick her up. She doesn't know her sister's phone number and communicated through the Messenger app. Just then our stake president pulled up (for a meeting with Elder Cornish) and she used his phone to send her sister the address. Fast forward an hour, we're still at the church with Jasmine, and she wants to use the phone again to see when her sister is coming. We find our stake president - thankfully there was a break in the meeting - and he hands us his phone to give to Jasmine (who's down the hall). So we walk past our mission president holding the stake president's smart phone, and needless to say he gives us a slightly confused look. I'm glad President Polley trusts us.

The best part:

We talked with Jasmine about God, and looked at the pictures inside the church building. Where before she was sad and frazzled, at the end she was smiling. I know that as we simply testified of Christ that she felt the Spirit, and most importantly she felt loved. We'll probably never see Jasmine again, nor did we gain a new investigator after sitting with her at the church for an hour and a half, but we helped a precious daughter of God feel her Father's love for her. I know this is an experience that will stay with her."

I know that as we continue to reach out and serve others that we can find true joy and happiness.  I hope y'all will be able to experience that joy by also looking for ways to serve and show kindness to those around you!

Have a great week!
Sister Olsen 

(Animals of Texas...adding a little country to my city girl;)

June 26, 2017
Hi everyone!

It was another great week here in Texas!  We received a call from President Polley this morning asking us both to be trainers! We will be both be getting new missionaries. I will be staying in Encino Park ward and Alamo 1st YSA ward. The sad news is this means that Sister Humphries will be leaving and serving in a different part of San Antonio.

 Sister Humphries is amazing companion. After serving with her for the last 6 months, I have grown quite attached. However, I know that this will be a great opportunity for both of us to learn and teach the new missionaries.  Sister Humphries has helped me in so many ways. To name a few, she has helped me to rely more on the Spirit and the blessings of writing in a journal. 

This week we had a wonderful time working with the members. We were able to visit a couple different less active members with other members from the ward. I love having the members with us because they are able to connect with the people that we are teaching. 

This week I was also able to go on exchanges with Sister Giles. She was trained by Sister Martin after I left Stone Oak. She is an amazing missionary. I loved her testimony of how the Savior is able to give us hope and help us all progress. We were able to teach a new investigator in the YSA ward while we were together. 

I look forward to this next week and being able to meet my new trainee!

Have a great week!

Sister Olsen

July 3, 2017
Hi everyone!

So much has happened this week! Sister Humphries and I worked together until we got our trainees on Thursday! I will miss her so much! She is an amazing missionary and 
I have learned so much from her these past six months. We had so many wonderful memories together. It has been an adjustment leading out the area without her.  However, Sister Swarts and I have already seen so many miracles. 

Quick background on Sister Swarts. She is from Draper Utah and loves whales.  She has an amazing testimony and is doing a great job adjusting to the hot Texas weather.  I am looking forward to this transfer with her.  I know that we have a lot that we can learn from each other!

Saturday we got a text from a Less Active YSA member who wanted to come back to church! She was baptized a couple years ago and hadn't been able to attend for a couple years. We were able to meet her at Kneaders. Her family isn't supportive of her going to church at all.  However, a member was able to take her to church yesterday and she really enjoyed it!  She is so sweet and admire her faith and courage to choose the right even when she is facing opposition.

Also, Saturday night we were able to meet a man street contacting. He never had heard anything about the Church. I found that a little weird most people have met a Mormon at some point in their life. Anyways, I proceed to teach him about the Book of Mormon and the Restoration. He was really interested so we invited him to church on Sunday. AND he CAME! It is not everyday that we can meet someone and that they come to church the next day. He really enjoyed it and we have an appointment with him tonight. 

So basically, Sister Swarts and I have already seen so many miracles. I am excited to see what else is in store for this transfer. My testimony has grown so much this week. I know that the Lord can strengthen us and that as we rely on him we can see tender mercies all around us. 

Have great week and a Happy 4th of July!

Sister Olsen 

July 10, 2017

Hi everyone! 

It has been another great week here in Texas! On Tuesday we had interviews with President Polley. He invited us to talk to 10 new people a day. We have spent a lot of time this week walking and talking to people that we see as they are outside.  I love Texas because everyone is really nice and friendly.  A lot of people already go to church so they aren't always interested, but are always really nice. 

This week we ran into one of Sister Swarts' Mom's high school friends. It turns out that he lives in our family ward boundaries and was just up the street from our dinner appointment.  They have friends that are members here in Texas too and have been trying to find Sister Swarts since she got here.  They aren't members of the church so they invited us in and we were able to answer a lot of their questions about the church. 

Last week we were able to visit a new YSA that moved into the ward. She was baptized a year ago in Wyoming and recently moved to San Antonio a couple months ago. We were able to visit with her last week and help her get reconnected with the YSA ward. She came to church on Sunday and really enjoyed it. We look forward to working with her more and helping her increase her testimony of the Savior. 

One of my favorite scriptures this week is 2 Nephi 32:9 " But behold, I say unto you that ye must pray always, and not faint; that ye must not perform any thing unto the Lord save in the first place ye shall pray unto the Father in the name of Christ, that he will consecrate thy performance unto thee, that thy performance may be for the welfare of thy soul". I know that as we pray to Heavenly Father that he will strengthen and support us. 

Have a great week! 

Sister Olsen