Monday, August 29, 2016

Two weeks in one letter

Hello!!

So sorry for the lack of an email last week, I was having some minor technical issues with my iPad and major issues with having the motivation to get it fixed, hence no weekly email haha.

And it has been a longgg couple of weeks let me tell ya. Last week we had our first zone conference with President Lee which was a lone shining moment for us. We were just getting absolutely shut down on the doors, none of our investigators seemed to be home and several of them dropped us. With only an hour left in the day on Saturday night we had 0 new investigators for the week and had taught 0 lessons to investigators. You could say that was a little discouraging, but to be honesty it was really discouraging. In the end the Lord blessed us and we were able to teach some lessons on Sunday and we had a surprise investigator show up at church (tender mercies) but it was just one of those weeks. Missionary work isn't supposed to be easy though, so we just did our best to reload and do better this last week. 

This most recent week has been much more productive!! On Tuesday we did some service helping a new investigator of our move, and they had so much stuff!! We were the only ones helping them and it took almost all day, I was so tired afterwards. We were planning on helping them move for a little and then teaching them the restoration but that obviously wasn't going to happen so instead they invited us over for dinner on Sunday, which was great. 

They are pretty receptive and we had a good but a little off topic lesson with them. The husband works for this black ops undercover type private corp. that tracks down terrorists so that the military can take em out. It sounds pretty intense but the guy wouldn't stop talking about it!!! We got through the restoration with them though, and we really focused on the whole idea of the Book of Mormon being the keystone of our faith. 

The keystone concept is something that I love so much, and to me its just a testimony of God's love. The gospel can be so deep and complex and there may be a lot of things that don't quite make sense to us but all God asks is for us to answer one question: is the Book of Mormon true? And then the rest of it all falls into place.

I was thinking a lot about that this last week. On Saturday we street contacted a woman who described herself as "an apostate mormon". We'll call her Diane. Diane grew up in the church and went to the temple and everything but she came across some anti about polygamy and just got wrapped into it and it literally consumed her. Like when we contacted her she was listening to an anti-mormon podcast on her iPod. She was super nice though and threw a lot of anti at us in a very educated and factual way. Obviously it didn't phase us, and we eventually just ended the conversation and told her to have a good day.

The scripture Helaman 5:12 came to mind (which I know we have all heard like a bigillion times but its still a good scripture haha) which says :

"...it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall."

Was Diane reading her scriptures and saying her prayers when she came across this anti? Was she going to church every week and magnifying her calling? Diane probably wasn't living the basics, and so her foundation became weak, and when things got windy in her life she fell and she fell hard. 

In our mission we talk a lot about spiritual CPR: Church, Pray, Read. Its literally just the basics that keep us strong and bring us joy. I love the gospel because its literally that easy. 

Sorry for the super long email lol, making up for last week I guess. 

Love you all!

Elder Olson

Had 2 say goodbye to my favourite mission friend @ ZC :-(

Jax West #toaster

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