Monday, March 20, 2017

New Iowa Friends

Hello hello,

This week started off with a treat when Jackson Averett (formerly Elder Averett) came to visit us. We just walked around campus and showed him the football stadium and made a neat little video. It was some good times hanging out with him again :^)

On Wednesday we set up this family history booth that we have at Turlington Plaza, which is at the heart of campus. But there was this huge group from some church in Iowa that came down and was street preaching, and then a bunch of people were just blending in and talking with students. We aren't really sure what their purpose is, because none of them really knew either haha. But a lot of them were being soooo bashy and it just made the afternoon pretty inneffective. And
because they were going so hard in the plaza, everybody on campus was pretty burned out when it came to talking about God.

The  best part about it though was that these two girls were telling us that since we grew up in the church we weren't actually converted to it, we were just blinded/brainwashed by our parents. But then one of the sisters' investigators, who was kinda hanging out with us, came up to us and said, "I actually just met the missionaries last week, and they gave me a Book of Mormon and I KNOW that it is true. Also their church matches the church found in Acts more than any other church I have ever been to, and I know that they have a prophet guiding their church." Then he threw down on them with the Bible, which isn't what we were going for, but it was still pretty awesome haha. They just kinda ignored it and changed the subject. Vintage.

But apparently the sisters met one of them that was actually interested and they set up an appointment with her and her "mission team" at the institute, and the sisters called us in for back up. I was expecting it to be a big bible bash, but we set expectations that we just weren't going to do that and it actually turned out to be a really positive experience! 3 of the 6 of them took copies of the Book of Mormon so hopefully we planted some seeds.

All of our investigators are kind of dropping off right now which has been frustrating, and it's been a tough week for finding, so things are a little rough as far as the work goes. The cool thing is at UF is there is just SO many people, so anyday at anytime we could meet that one person that is super prepared for baptism, so we're just pushing along trying to find them!

Love you all!

Elder Olson

Iowa Friends

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