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 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Teaching and serving in Texas

May 15, 2017

This week was a great week! Sister Humphries and I both will be staying for another transfer! This is longest I have ever been with a companion or in an area. 

We Jennifer was baptized on Saturday! Her Baptism and confirmation was simple and beautiful. She was so happy! I am excited to continue to work with her and see how her testimony continues to grow. She has been able to recognize the many different blessings she has been receiving from her Heavenly Father. I know that when we make promises to follow our Savior and keep his commandments, we are blessed immensely. We are able to have peace and comfort no matter what our life circumstances are. 

This week we also had the opportunity to teach Carrie before institute. During the lesson she asked, "How can I feel the Holy Ghost more in my life". It made me so happy to see that she desired to have the Spirit more in her life. We had a member with us there who is a convert of 10 years. She was able to help Carrrie see that as she continues to build a relationship with Christ, that she will be able to recognize how the Spirit speaks to her. Also, on Sunday she  told us that she went to do baptism at the temple! 

Bryan continues to progress as well! At institute on Wednesday we talked about Coming unto Christ. It was the last day of the Book of Mormon class, so we talked about the main invitation of the Book of Mormon- to come unto Christ. I find it amazing that my main purpose as a missionary is the same. One of the phrases in our purpose statement is that we "help others come unto Christ". I love being able to see the changes that Bryan has made in his life as he Comes unto Christ. 

One of my favorite scriptures from the Book of Mormon is Jacob 1:7 "Wherefore we labored diligently among our people, that we might persuade them to come unto Christ, and partake of the goodness of God, that they might enter into his rest". There is no greater joy than helping others come unto Christ. I know that as we work come unto Christ ourselves that we can help others to do the same. 

Have a great week!
Sister Olsen

Picture 1: our zone/ district picture. Everyone is staying!

Picture 2: Jennifer's baptism 
Picture 3: we continue to serve at the Ranch. On of the perks is that they have a lot of different animals. This week they had a baby prairie dog. 

May 22, 2017

Hello Everyone, 

It was another great week! We had our first recent convert lesson with Jennifer and she is working towards doing baptisms for the dead in the Temple soon. It was amazing to see her be baptized last week. Now she can be baptized on behalf of her ancestors who have passed on. I look forward to hearing about how she feels when she goes to the temple. I know that she will be able to feel the same peace and happiness that she felt when she was baptized. 

Bryan's baptism is this Saturday! We are going to be busy finishing planning the details and helping him be fully prepared for baptism. 

We are always looking for new people to teach and to help receive all of the blessings that Heavenly Father has in store for him. This week we met a family outside their house. The parents were not very interested, but we supportive of us sharing a scripture with their daughters. After sharing the first scripture, they asked us to share another one. (I don't think I have ever had someone ask me that, so it was really sweet). The girls are really nice and the parents said that we could come back to teach them more about the Book of Mormon once school gets out. I look forward to seeing how we can them learn more about Christ and what he did for us through the Book of Mormon. 

Being a missionary always gives me an opportunity to try things for the first time. This week, I washed horses for the first time. It was a lot of fun especially since it is starting to get hot again in Texas. 

Hope y'all have a great week!

Sister Olsen

May 29, 2017

I hope y'all have a happy Memorial Day. We have had a great week! Ryan was baptized and confirmed this past weekend. We were busy preparing him this week and making sure all of the details were planned out. His baptism went really well. His family was there supporting him which was really great. At first he didn't know how supportive his family would be, so he waited to tell them that he was being baptized until a week ago. They are happy to see how the changes he has made in his life has made him happier. I hope that Ryan can continue to be a good example to his family.

This week I also went on exchanges with Sister Wells. This time I was able to go with her to her area in Canyon Lake.  Canyon Lake is more out in the country, so it was nice to be able to work in a different type of area. It is also super pretty and has a lot of trees. We talked to this one lady who has Alzheimer's. She doesn't remember everything about the gospel even though she is a member. We told her that she could be sealed in the temple to her husband who has passed away. That way she could be with him again. It was as if she had heard it for the first time. She was visibly relieved and said, " You mean that God made it so I can be with my husband again". We assured her that when we are sealed in the temple we are married for all eternity. This experience made me remember how fortunate I am to have an eternal family. 

This week I hit my 1 year mark as a missionary. It has definitely been the best year of my life so far. Not because it has been the easiest, but because I have learned so much. I have grown so much closer to My Heavenly Father and Savior. I have gained a greater understanding of the gospel and the blessings that come from living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that the things that I have learned and the experiences that I have had will shape the rest of my life. 

Hope y'all have a great week!
Sister Olsen 

Pictures 1: Us laughing at Bryan's baptism
Picture 2: exchanges 
Picture 3 Canton Lake (Canyon Lake?)

June 5, 2017

Hi everyone! 

It was been a great week filled with rain, thunderstorms, and a couple of new investigators! 

We were able to have a lesson with two girls ages 13 and 10 on Saturday. Their mom says that she isn't interested in our message, but she is very supportive of her daughters. The girls so sweet and it is a fun opportunity to teach kids. It helps us to teach really simply. I love how the gospel is so simple and can be understood by everyone. 

We were also able to have a recent convert lesson with  Sienna. She has been busy since she just graduated from college. It is always so much fun to teach Sienna. We talked about Patriarchal Blessings ( blessings that are guidance from Heavenly Father). Sienna always loves to learn and goes home and studies more about what we talk about. 

We have been learning a lot about what it means to minister to others. I have come to learn that each of us has a great influence to bless those around us. By serving people in simple, Christ like ways we can bring the Spirit more into their lives. I know that there are many people who are in our sphere of influence and are ready to accept the gospel. We can find them as we serve those around us. 

Have a great week! 
Sister Olsen 
P-day pictures

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Spring in Texas

April 17, 2017
Hi everyone!

I hope that everyone had a great week and a Happy Easter. It was
another great week here in Texas. We have continued to visit some of
the families in Encino Park in and effort to help them share the
Prince of Peace video. A couple of the youth have mentioned friends
who they have shared the gospel with. We are working with them to help
them know how they can continue to help their friends.

Saturday was one of those days where you have three meal appointments.
We started off by having lunch and teaching the restoration to
Brenda. She is friends with a couple of the YSA who are returned
missionaries. She is mostly interested in learning about our beliefs,
but we hope that when we have our next lesson we will be able to help
her see how the Gospel of Jesus Christ applies to us personally. We
then had an early dinner appointment with in the Family Ward. She has
a couple of friends who she was able to send the Easter video in a
private message. We then went to our second dinner appointment. There
we met Bryan and Craig. Craig is a convert to the church and has recently
returned from a mission. He has spent a lot of time with his cousin,
Bryan who isn't a member. Bryan has come to institute a couple of times
and is in the early stages of feeling and recognizing the spirit. In
his words the spirit is similar to the patriotic feeling that you feel
as you watch the fireworks with you family on the 4th of July. We had
a great first lesson with Bryan and were able to talk to him how we can
become like our Heavenly Father. He came to church yesterday and we
have a lesson with him on Tuesday!

Easter was really nice after going to our two different wards we were
able to visit a couple of less active families. I loved the
opportunity to reflect on all of the blessings that we have because of
the resurrection. I know that because of Jesus Christ we can have hope
and peace.

For were it not for the redemption which he hath made for his people,
which was prepared from the foundation of the world, I say unto you,
were it not for this, all mankind must have perished.
But behold, the bands of death shall be broken, and the Son reigneth,
and hath power over the dead; therefore, he bringeth to pass the
resurrection of the dead (Mosiah 15:19-20)

We have also started to do service weekly at a horse ranch. Right now we are helping them paint a railing. They have us using black oil based paint so it is really sticky and comes off eventually. We also do service sometimes for meals on wheels. We help package the meals that they send out to the elderly people in the area. There are also some elderly women there at the senior center who have adopted us. They are hilariously sarcastic. Anyways, we were about to leave, but I thought that we could share the Easter video with them. They all really liked it and I could tell that they felt the spirit. 

On Easter we visited an elderly woman who recently lost her husband. She isn't really interested, but we thought that she might like having us come by on an Easter. I have decided to that I have grown the love for visiting the elderly on my mission. 
Hope y'all have a great week!

Sister Olsen

Exchanges with Sister Holt. She is such an amazing sister. I love
being able to work with the other sisters and be able to serve in this
capacity :)

April 24, 2017
Hi everyone!

It was another great week here in Alamo 1st and Encino Park. In the YSA ward we have been busy teaching Bryan, our new investigator.  He is great! We have met with him a couple of times this week and also went to institute with him. It has been amazing to see how his testimony has grown and how he has changed. I know that his ability to make changes in his life comes from the power of reading the Book of Mormon, praying, and attending church.  He is steadily progressing because he is keeping the commitments that we extend to him. 

As for the Encino Park ward, we continue to work more with our members to help them in sharing the gospel. Also, One of our investigators who we haven't been meeting with, but has been coming to church said that she wanted to work towards baptism. She has been coming to church with her husband, praying, and reading the Book of Mormon and conference talks for the last couple of months. I am not sure exactly the time line of when she will get baptized/ be ready to meet with us yet.  However, it is just a testimony to me that if we are doing the little things (church, praying, and reading the Book of Mormon) then we will progress spiritually. It is such a blessing to be able to watch the miracle of conversion first hand in the lives of others. 

My understanding of why doing the simple matters has grown so much while I have been on my mission. All I can say is that it works! We are able to change and become better people when we focus on the simple principles of the gospel. I know that any doubt, fear, or struggle can be overcome as we rely on the Lord and seek to exercise our faith to do the simple things. Problems that seem overwhelming can become smaller as we seek to more fully live the Doctrine of Christ (faith, repentance, baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, and Enduring to the End). 

Hope y'all have a great week!

Sister Olsen 

1 Exchanges with Sister Wells. She is so amazing and I love talking about the gospel with her 
2-4 We went on a nature walk/ hike today with the Sonterra sisters 
5 We got to hold ducks at service 
6 We took the back way to Bryan's house. Texas is actually really green 

May 1, 2017
Hi everyone!

It was another great week here in Texas! Bryan has decided to be baptized on May 27th!  We are so excited to continue to help him work towards this goal. We also have Jennifer on date for May 13th! She is in the family ward and it is great to have an investigator with a baptismal date in both wards. Last Monday, Jennifer was struggling with a trial in her life.  She was discouraged, but decided to pray. She said that after praying she felt peace and that her burden was lifted. She told us that she was so grateful for the opportunity to feel the Holy Ghost. She learned that in order to have the Holy Ghost in her life consistently she needed to be baptized and receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost.  Hearing her story taught me once again the importance of praying to our Heavenly Father. He wants to hear from us and bless us. As we pray to him, we can feel the peace and comfort that comes from the Holy Ghost. 

On Sunday in the Singles ward we got to hear from 9 recent converts! They all had joined the church in the last 2 years or so. It was interesting to hear their different stories. Some of them said that they were at a good place and were happy. They thought that they didn't need anything more in their life. Other converts said that they were looking for a second chance or something more out of life. Either way all of them testified of how happy the Gospel made them. They said that it was the best decision that they had made in their life. Many of them needed multiple invitations from the missionaries or from their friends to learn about the Church. It takes time for people to see how prayer, reading the Book of Mormon, and church can change their life for the better. 

Conversion ( people changing to more closely follow Jesus Christ) is a miracle. It always blesses and changes our life for the better. It doesn't matter what our background is, we can all receive the joy that the Gospel brings.  I am so grateful to be able to see the miracle of conversion in the lives of others. It is why I love serving here in Texas. It is what keeps me going when it is hot and humid (summer arrived in Texas this week).  It has also been a blessing to see the Gospel of Jesus Christ work in my own life. As I have served for these past 11 months, I have been able to come closer to my Savior. My desires and perspectives have changed to be more inline with my Heavenly Father's will. It's hard to put into words the joy that comes from living the Gospel. So all that I can say is that it comes to all that seek it. 

I hope that y'all have a great week!

Sister Olsen
Exchanges with Sister Christiansen. She was so amazing and I learned so much from her!

May 8, 2017
Hi Everyone!

It has been a great week.  We have been busy teaching Jennifer all of the lessons in preparation for her baptism this upcoming Saturday! We finished the lessons and she had her baptismal interview on Sunday so she is all ready to be baptized this next weekend. She is so great! I am happy to have played a small part in her conversion process. I know that it has been her consistent effort to pray, read the Book of Mormon, and attend church that has really helped to develop her faith.  While I was studying this week a particular line from Preach My Gospel stood out to me. It says, "Faith in Jesus Christ is a gift of God and comes through studying and living His word and His gospel".  Our faith grows as we study the scriptures and then apply the principles taught in it. Both of the people that we are teaching right now didn't start out with a strong religious background. They were able to learn and strengthen their faith as they started to live the Gospel. 

This week we also continue to volunteer at a horse ranch.  This week we were tasked with cleaning out the horse troughs.  They get algae build up and so we were scrubbing it off. The best part was that they put goldfish in them to help with the algae. We would catch the goldfish and put in a bucket while we were cleaning. It confirmed to me that while I love Texas and being able to experience new things, I still am a Californian who loves the water and fish. I also learned that horses can be really friendly. They would come right up to us and nudge us so that we could pet them. 

Most of the lessons that we taught this week were the commandments. I love teaching the commandments because I always come to realize that Heavenly Father gives us commandments because he loves us and wants to bless us. We are abundantly blessed by keeping the commandments. The more I realize this the greater desire I have to keep the commandments. 

Hope y'all have a great week!

Love Sister Olsen
Pictures 1: We went on exchanges and I worked with Sister Garza for the day. She is a great missionary! We taught Jennifer that night and she was able to relate and connect with her really well. I know that some of the things that she said really helped Jenna understand the blessings of the commandments more. 
Picture 2: We were able to eat dinner at Panera :) 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

April conference, a baptism and finding Peace through the Savior

Hi everyone!
Somehow this didn't send on Wednesday...

Transfers were this week which is why our p-day got switched to today. Sister Humphries and I are both staying! It is extra exciting because we have a baptism on Friday! Carol has been in Mexico for the last month for work. Missionaries have been teaching her for a couple months now. We met with her on Monday and she told us that she wanted to be baptized on Friday! It was quite the surprise. So this week we have been busy planning the baptism. We had her baptismal interview yesterday and met with her to finish teaching the lessons. She bore her testimony to us on how she decided to be baptized. It taught me that the way people become truly converted is by reading the Book of Mormon and praying. In short, it was the time that Carol spent reading the Book of Mormon on her own and reflecting that lead her to the water of Baptism. 

Adventure Story of the week: There were a couple of guys that we met who aren't members, but have been coming to activities. We talked to them a week ago and planned to watch conference with them on Sunday. Long story short, Sunday came and we set off across town in a thunderstorm. It was pouring rain and at one point we stopped off on the side of the road because the visibility was bad. We also eventually found out that the address was wrong and that they didn't live in our area. We ended up watching conference at a church building in East zone. So, it didn't quite work out in the end, but we certainly tried! 

This past week I also had the opportunity to learn a lot. I was able to go to MLC on Thursday. We spent a lot of time learning how we can help people have spiritual experiences. In essence, prayer, reading he Book of Mormon, and attending church are the three things that we need to do in order to become closer to Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. This all of course went really well with Conference this weekend. There were so many amazing talks. Some of the themes that I found were how to be a better disciple of Christ and the Holy Ghost. I loved that our Prophet counseled us to read the Book of Mormon. I would encourage everyone to continue to do the simple, daily, acts of worship. I know that they will bring us closer to our Heavenly Father. 

Have a great week! 

Sister Olsen 

Proof I am in Texas:)
Mission Leadership Conference

Two hilarious women at the senior center that we volunteer at. 

Hi Everyone!

It was a great week! Carol's baptism came together really nicely. Her uncle baptized and confirmed her in Spanish. I don't think I ever expected to go to a baptism for one of my converts and have it be in Spanish. Even though I didn't completely understand everything that was said, I could still feel the Spirit. She said that she wanted to be baptized so that she could be "Good with God".  After her confirmation we asked her how she felt. She said that he heart felt hot. What a sweet way to describe the Holy Ghost :)  On Sunday she had an extra happy glow to her. I look forward to helping her now to go and do baptisms in the Temple. 

The rest of our week was spent trying to find more people to teach! We have decided to work more with our members and help them in their missionary efforts.  We have been helping them share the new Easter video with their friends. I would encourage y'all to watch the Prince of Peace video and to share it with a friend. (You can find it by going to We shared it with a woman one night and it helped her have peace as she was going through a stressful move. 

Have a great week!

Sister Olsen 

Carol's baptism

Filling the Font

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Spring in Texas

March 6, 2017
Hi everyone!

This week was amazing! I was able to go to MLC (missionary leadership council). I drove up with Sister Philpot (my first companion in the field). She is so great. It is crazy how much has happened since we were companions. President Polley talked a lot about how we can work more with the members. He invited us to go with the members on ministering visits. I am so excited to start working more with the members to go on these visits. I know that there are so many blessings that will come as we go on these visits. 

This week we also have been using our recent converts more when we need people to drive us around and visit potentials. One blessing that I have seen is that we are able to help uplift them while we are driving around. We also are able to find more people to teach. After driving to a couple people last night, Yessenia said that she had a friend who she had been texting and was willing to have a lesson that night. So we drove back to the church and had a great first lesson with Jason. We were able to answer a lot of his questions and invited him to church next Sunday. He seems very sincere and I am excited to start working with him! 

At church yesterday a woman bore her testimony about how she was studying the scripture in Matthew in which the Savior teaches "My yoke is easy, and my burden is light". I know that the Savior is always there to help bear our burdens. This doesn't always means that life is easier. However, I have come to know that the really blessing comes from being yoked with the Savior. This is how we come to know him personally. I have become so much closer to my Savior as I have served here in Texas. I love it so much. I love the people so much it is crazy. I hope we will be able to continue find people so that they can draw closer to the Savior. 

Have a great week!

Sister Olsen 

March 13, 2017
Hi everyone!

This week was amazing. I was able to go on exchanges with Sister Wells
and Sister Dalling. Both are an amazing sisters. It was so much fun to
be with them and I learned so much from them. It interesting to me to
see how different each of the sisters are. Everyone of us has our own
individual strengths. I loved hearing how these sisters are using
their talents to bless their areas.

This week we got a call from the Stone Oak sisters. Apparently last
week when we went to In-N-out there was a man who saw us there. He was
thinking about investigating the church and when he saw us there he
knew it wasn't a coincidence. He referred himself to the missionaries
and the Sisters had an amazing lesson with him. It was a powerful
reminder to me that we have that we all have a much greater impact on
people then we see. Often times it is easy to think unless  you see
the results of your effort, that there isn't a positive outcome.
However that isn't faith. Faith is a "hope for things which are not
seen, which are true" (Alma 32:21) .  I would encourage y'all to
continue to seek to serve those around you. Know that no matter if you
see the positive effect or not, that you are making a difference.

The work here continues to be amazing. Sydney, our recent convert,
went to the temple to do Baptisms for the dead on Friday. She is so
great and it was excited to hear about what a wonderful experience she
had. I know that baptism is the first step that leads us to the
temple. I am so happy to see her continue to progress and to have her
eyes set on the temple.

Hope y'all have a great week!

Sister Olsen

March 20, 2017

Wow! So much has happened this week it is crazy. The week started off by working with Sister Holt for a day. She is a brand new missionary and is so amazing! She has such a sweet spirit and is an amazing missionary. We were able to talk to a lot of people. I enjoy being able to work with different sisters because I learn so much from each of them.

This week we also had a mini-missionary with us, meaning we had a Sister who is in High School and preparing to serve a mission come with us for 48hours. So we were in a trio for a little bit. Sister Nelson was great she has such a strong testimony and will make a great missionary one day. 

Saturday we had zone conference and Elder Christensen of the Presidency of the 70 spoke to us. He has the opportunity to work closely with the twelve apostles. He talked to us about how conversion is a process and how important it is to work side by side with the missionaries. 

We have a couple of new people that we are teaching right now. One of our investigators name is Betty she is a cute grandma who used to be in the Elder's area, but has moved into ours. We had a lesson with her this week and read in the Book of Mormon. She loved stopping and discussing the scriptures. Our other new investigators' name is Jose. He is friends with one of the YSA's. We taught him on Sunday and helped him understand that the blessings of the gospel come from acting. 

I know that Heavenly Father is always seeking to help us and that he does answer our prayers. I also know that if we really want his help we have to be willing to do what he asks us to do. I would invite y'all to seek the Lords counsel more in your daily life. Alma 37:37. 

Have a great week! 
Sister Olsen 

March 27, 2017
Hi everyone!

It was another great week! It started off by going on exchanges with Sister Garza. She is a new missionary.  I loved being with her for the day. She has so much energy and excitement. While I was with her, we met a man who was sitting in his car. We had knocked on his door a couple of weeks ago looking for someone else. He was excited to see us again. We talked to him briefly about the Book of Mormon and he was excited to receive a copy. Sister Humphries and I went back on Friday and taught him about the Restoration. Long story short, he has such a sincere desire to change and follow God's will. I am so excited to continue teaching him and to help him keep the commandments. I know that God gives us commandments because he loves us. 

It reminds me of the scripture Mosiah 2:41" moreover, I would desire that ye should consider on the blessed and happy state of those that keep the commandments of God. For behold, they are blessed in all things, both temporal and spiritual; and if they hold out faithful to the end they are received into heaven, that thereby they may dwell with God in a state of never-ending happiness. O remember, remember that these things are true; for the Lord God hath spoken it"

Other Highlights from the week:
1. We didn't realize that there was a meeting for the new missionaries the morning that we were going to exchange back. So we got to get up super early and drive out to the country at 6 am in the morning. 
2. I went on exchanges with Sister Jones. She goes on exchanges with all of the Sister Training leaders. It was nice to be able to learn from her and learn ways that I can help the sisters that I am over. 
3. We were able to go to women's conference with our investigator Betty. She is a grandma. It was fun to see her get to know the different people at the ice cream social before the conference. 

Have a great week!
Sister Olsen 

 Leadership conference pictures:

 Lunch at In and Out...Yum!