Thursday, January 5, 2017

Happy New Year from San Antonio (and a doggie adventure)

Hi y'all

This week we continued to help her prepare for baptism. We were able to help her start her family history work and teach her about tithing. We had her all set to go to church on Sunday. We show up to church about twenty minutes before it starts and get a call from Jeanne that she wasn't going to make it. She wasn't ready by the time her ride was coming and told them to go ahead. We weren't going to let Jeanne get off that easy since she needed to come in order to be baptized on the 14th. So, we called Jeanne and asked if she was ready then. We said great we will be there in 10 minutes. We then grabbed a member and drove down the street to pick her up. We there just in time for the Sacrament hymn. Jeanne loved it and later told us that she was grateful for the second chance. 

Adventure story of the week: we were walking our bikes on through the brush on side of the road. All of a sudden we hear a pack of dogs behind us. We look and there are three big dogs that are pit bull mixes behind us. We jump on our bikes and bike into a parking lot. The dogs all follow me and so I just bike as fast as I can to get away from them. Meanwhile, Sister Atkins is calling the dogs to get them away from me. She isn't paying attention to what is in front of her and somehow catches air by going off a bump in the road. They followed us across the street until we were eventually able to get away from them. 

This week we also got a referral for an investigator family that was moving into our area. They had never seen sister missionaries before (I always find it fun when people meet us for the first time). I could tell that they we shocked to have us show up on bikes and help them out.  We literally biked 30 mins, moved them for 15mins,  and then biked like beast to our dinner appointment which was another 30 mins away. We came, we moved, we leave. While helping them out meant a lot of extra biking for us, I was happy to do it. I know that in many ways we share the gospel in our actions and not our words. I would encourage y'all to find simple ways to serve. I know that it is the simple acts of kindness that really brighten people days. 

Have a great week!

Sister Olsen 

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