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

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