Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween and What's Been Happening the Last Two Weeks

Hi y'all!

It has been another great week. This week week Sister Atkins and I had
a couple of funny experiences. One afternoon we knocked on a
potential's door. He wasn't there, but his friend was there. Every
once and awhile we meet people who just want to argue with us and this
man was one of those people. He seemed surprised when we didn't argue.
He was also really surprised to see sister missionaries. He had never
seen sister missionaries before and asked if he could take our
picture. We didn't know what to do so we said yes. A couple days later
we were biking home and another guy stopped us and asked us if we
could interview us. He writes for some online newspaper that focuses
on cultural diversity. He hasn't called to set the interview up yet,
but hopefully he does. It would be fun to do an interview. Either way
I guess we were pretty popular this week.

This week we had a lesson with a man that we met going by potentials.
He wasn't the potential we were looking for, but was interested and
invited us to come back.  We went by this week and he let us right in
and we were able to teach him and introduce the Book of Mormon.  He
seems pretty interested and was asking good questions. He also kept
saying that it wasn't a coincident that we came by. Hopefully, we are
able to meet with him again this week.

Funny story Lindsey shared:  Also this week we were at a member's house for dinner and they had broccoli. She asked if anyone wanted anymore broccoli and Sister Atkins said that I loved broccoli. So I got the rest of it. You can be proud to know that I now eat vegetables. So that is one good thing about being on a mission. You learn to not be picky.

Spiritual Thought:

This week I have been studying the Gospel of Jesus Christ (faith,
repentance, baptism, receiving the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and
enduring to the end).  This morning I studied Elder Oaks talk, "The
Challenge to Become" .  His talk was about how we need to be truly
converted. He gave two examples of how we can know that we are
becoming converted.
     "After King Benjamin’s great sermon, many of his hearers cried
out that the Spirit of the Lord “has wrought a mighty change in us, or
in our hearts, that we have no more disposition to do evil, but to do
good continually” (Mosiah 5:2). If we are losing our desire to do
evil, we are progressing toward our heavenly goal.
      The Apostle Paul said that persons who have received the Spirit
of God “have the mind of Christ” (1 Cor. 2:16). I understand this to
mean that persons who are proceeding toward the needed conversion are
beginning to see things as our Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus
Christ, see them. They are hearing His voice instead of the voice of
the world, and they are doing things in His way instead of by the ways
of the world."
 I know that by applying this the Gospel of Jesus Christ into our
daily lives that we will be able to change and become more like our

Have a great week!
Sister Olsen

From Last Week:
Hi y'all!
It is crazy that I will hit 5 months on my mission tomorrow. Time
continues to fly by! This week we spent some of our time serving at a
place called Providence Place. It is a place that teaching independent
living and job skills for people with disabilities. We were able to
help them out by doing yard work and other tasks that they have around
their facilities. The woman who is the volunteer coordinator said that
they had been praying to have more volunteers. Their facility is
getting old and they needed volunteers that could come regularly to
help with the different projects. She was so grateful for our service.
It is always a nice feeling when you know that you were an answer to
someone's prayer. :)

Also, let me take a second to say how much I love Sister Atkins. She
is so much fun and l love being her companion! We laugh so much. She
is an amazing missionary and I learn so much from her. I am so happy
that we are companions again.

We had a pass off lesson this week with May, the woman I wrote about
last week. Since we no longer cover the area that she lives in, the
Elders will now be teaching her. We gave her a tour of our chapel and
then taught her with the Elders. She has a lot of great questions and
is studying the Bible and the Book of Mormon together. The lesson went
really well and I look forward to hearing about her progress during
district meetings.

I cant remember if I have mentioned it before, but I love the Because
of Him video. Since we are mainly trying to find people to teach right
now, we have been sharing it a lot. I have seen it way too many times
to count, but it never gets old. I love watching people watch the
video. You can see the smile on their face and the happiness that
comes as they remember their Savior Jesus Christ and how we have
everything because of Him.

Link to video:

I love serving here in the TSAM and I look forward to the upcoming week!

Love y'all
Sister Olsen

Monday, October 17, 2016

Two Great Weeks in San Antonio


It has has been another great week here in the TSAM. The weather is cooling down and is starting to feel like fall, or San Diego. 75 degrees really is the perfect temperature. Transfers are next week which is crazy. Time goes by so fast! I am curious to see what will happen. Hopefully, I can stay with Sister Atkins because she is an amazing sister and we have a lot of fun together. Either way, I am looking forward to next transfer and all of the adventures and blessing that will unfold. 

We continue to try to find new people to teach. This week we got a text that a woman in our area that she wanted a Bible and a Book of Mormon. We get these referrals every once and awhile, but usually people aren't interested and just want a free Bible. Anyways, we bike all the way down to her area she lets us in and we start teaching her. She used to be of a Non-Christian religion and has recently converted to Christianity. It was really interesting to hear how/ why she converted. It was sincere prayer and scripture study that helped her come to know her Savior. While I was teaching her, I felt especially guided on what to say. I knew that I couldn't leave until I had shared with her the restoration, specifically Joseph Smith's first vision. She seemed pretty receptive and interested our message. Hopefully there is more to come on her in the coming weeks, but either way it was an amazing lesson. 

Spiritual Thought: This week I have been reading the new conference talks and studying them to find the invitations and promised blessings. One of them was Elder Kazuhiko Yamashita's talk, Be Ambitious for Christ. In it he invites us to be ambitious for Christ, which he  explains as being " motivated, focused, and dedicated to his work. It " means that we serve faithfully and diligently... without complaint and with joyful hearts". I echo the promise that he gives that as we are more ambitious for Christ we will find more joy in our lives. 

Sister Olsen 
Pictures 1-2: Sister Atkins and I with the sisters we live with, Sister Redd and Sister Gillespie

Hi y'all!
So much has happened this week!
The crazy: This week has been crazy busy. We have received 5 media
referrals in the past week and a half ( People can go on and
order a Bible and then we deliver it to them). We have been biking all
over in order to contact him. We also had another lesson with Pam and
her son this week. We were going to go by on Tuesday, but that morning
we felt like we had to change her plans. Sure enough Tuesday didn't
work for her and we were able to reschedule the lesson and bring a
member. We had a couple of other lessons  this week too. So we were
busy going to the different lessons and contacting the Bible

The amazing: There have been so many different ways that we find
people to teach. Most of the time it is through referrals ( either by
members, family, friends, or themselves), however sometime we are lead
to people and we don't even know it. That was the case for Mary.
We knocked thinking it was another potential. She told us through the
door no thanks. We started to walk away when she came out. We told her
we thought she said no thanks and she said "I did, but God told me
told me to ask you to say a prayer". She then let us in side and then
explained how she was going through a very difficult point in her
life. While she could be very angry, she has chosen to be very humble.
Her heart was so soft and she was so ready and willing to hear our
message. We said a prayer then introduced the Book of Mormon.  She
asked about our church location and came to church yesterday! I walked
out of May's apartment speechless and filled with gratitude. I am
amazed at how God was able to direct us to her when we weren't even
look for her.

The bittersweet: Transfers news was this morning. Sister Atkins and I
are staying together! I am so happy to be with her for another
transfer. We work well together. We have a lot of fun together while
still working really hard. However, we will be doubling out of Leon
Valley and only working in the 9th ward area. This transfer the work
has really picked up in Leon Valley and we have met a lot of amazing
people. I will miss working with them so much. I have grown to really
love people that live there. I look forward to being able to focus
solely on 9th ward and help the missionary work progress there this
upcoming transfer.

Have a great week!
Sister Olsen
Picture: 3-5 We also went on exchanges this week and I was able to
work with Sister Judd. :)

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Conference, Flat Tires, and the Restoration

Hello everyone!

It was another great and eventful week here in Texas. This weekend was
General Conference ( when our Prophet, apostles, and other church
leaders speak to us). It was so nice to hear their words and counsel
for us. All of the sessions were so good and I would encourage you to
go back and read or watch it ( I really enjoyed President Nelson's talk
on Joy. He talked about about how we can always have joy no matter
what our life circumstances are as we focus of Jesus Christ. He
mentioned how as missionaries we teach people so that they can have
joy. That couldn't be more true. Over the last couple of months I have
seen that as people focus more on Christ, they become happier no
matter what.

Our adventure of the week was when we biked down clear to the other
side of our area ( about an hour bike ride). We parked our bikes and
were talking to  some people in an apartment complex. When we came out
we realized that my tire was completely flat. It took a while, but we
were able to be picked up by a member and fix everything.

In addition to getting a flat tire...Sister Atkins ran into a construction sign biking home this
week and was sore for a couple days. She is fine, but has a big bruise
now. Biking, especially in this area is like those computer games
where you have to avoid all of the random stuff in the road and where
if you run into something you loose a life. They should make a game
about sister missionaries where you have to avoid signs, thorn bushes,
trees, cars, bumps, logs, dead animals, trash cans, mailboxes and
getting your skirt caught . Then you could get a bonus when someone
gives you a ride or water or there is shade. The goal would be to get
to your lesson on time.  (Note all suggestions come from experience
and that we aren't always successful at avoiding these things...)

This week we went by to see Mary. She was referred to the missionaries by
another member who met her while she was working at a gas station.
When she first answered the door, she sounded like she was busy. We
asked to share a quick video (the Because of Him video) and after
watching it we were able to go inside and teach about the Restoration.
( I love that video so much). I could tell that she appreciated how
simple and straightforward our explanation was of how Christ's church
was restored. Her work has her scheduled to work on Sunday, but she
says that she is trying to get Sunday's off so hopefully that will
happen soon. :)

Picture 1 & 2: flat tire :(
Picture 3: giant asparagus
Picture 4: sunset