Monday, March 19, 2018

The Lines of Life (week 73)

HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEY FAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAM!!!!! How was your week, I hope it was just sooooo CHEVERE!!!!!!!!! My week was tenaz, lots of little errands to do hahahaahah

Buuuuut yeah this week I planned a chill district meeting using object lessons to prove my point. I had Elder Gardner open the chapel up early and we used a whiteboard to make a maze and we made it BEYOND IMPOSSIBLE to was pretty rad!!! Buuuut we talked about all the problems in the mission.......trunkyness.......when you knock on a ton of doors but nobody answers......that annoying gringo companion.....etc!!! Anyways the lines of the maze represented all of that and we had Elder Castro try to finish the maze it was pretty funny, he sat there staring at it stuck for like 5 minutes hahahaha then I talked about how all the lines are in our heads, if we wanna have a CHEVERE EXITOSO mission it, I erased the board which made a point to the finish line and Elder Gardner was able to complete the maze. It just demonstrated that when we forget dumb things, important things start to work out!!! The same works in real life.

We are killing it as a district teaching English classes....this girl that always comes brings her little boy, he really likes Elder Pulver and is always distracting the class swinging and climbing all over him hahahahaah Elder Gardner literally kicked the kid outta the class and stood in front of the door in front of the mom......crazy kid!!!!

My investigators are doing well!! We are actually making progress with a few!!! We decided to change D's Date (for the 18th time) to the 7th of April.....we figured he would be able to get his testimony better of the prophet after he hears the prophet.....seemed logical to me soooo we are gonna do that!

The grandpa of gold that Elder Gardner and I found is progressing soooo good too!! He's the kind of investigator that will read EVERYTHING without being told too......buuuuut of course he has attended his church for 11 years and he can't leave that church to come to ours even though he knows the Book of Mormon is true. We have plans to explain the authority and priesthood of God just a tad bit more in should be good, I am excited!

All is well family....thank you so much for your support and for your prayers, I appreciate that a lot. I am sorry I write group emails that are chichi!!! I always have plans to write good letters but then I respond to all you guys's not my fault, I just miss you all soooooo much!!

Stay radical,
Elder Olsen

Elder Castro making his way through the maze of "missionary life" 

When I erased all the obstacles hahahahaha


 Gotta love English class

This little boy really gets along with Elder Pulver bahahaajajajajajaja

 New Nacional jersey I bought today!!!! Only 25 thousand pesos!!!

 We ate some really good fish today

Monday, March 12, 2018

Progress and More Progress and a Little More Progress (week 72)


This week was good.....kinda complicated but it was good!!

To start things off...NO I did not get transferred, I will be staying here with my hijo!!! It's kinda complicated....when its all said and done I will have had 9 months here in Popayan soooooo it should be good. I am almost certain I will be leaving after this so I'm gonna make it the BESTEST!!! Elder Lopez totally died and is on his way back to Guatemala!!! And Elder Echevarria left to Zarzal....and he's totally a district leader!!!! SO PROUD OF HIM

Things were a little complicated with John this week....I exploded a few times, buuuuuut it's all good!!! We are working things out slowly buuuuut surely but it's just hard because he has the most unrealistic expectations sometimes.......buuut I am happy he wants to work hard!!! He wants to contact hard and find all the people that HE CAN teach soooooo I am happy about that.....he's also pretty obedient so no issues there!!!

The other day I called Elder Gardner and we talked a lot about our journals (we are both really decent about writing) and I decided to go back and read what I had wrote a year ago that was when I was in Ciudad Modelo with Elder Brizuela!! We had gotten into a big fight that day and I also wrote about how worried I was that I wasn't going to progress in Spanish......lots of things have changed, I am growing and even though I can't see those changes in myself or those skills that I am gaining....IT'S HAPPENING!!! I am so grateful for all the opportunities that my Heavenly Father has given me in the mission......¡¡¡QUE BENDICIÓN!!!!! 

Love you guys so much!!! Stay rad and have the bestest week ever,

Our last district meeting.....of course I bought pizza!!!

Claudio the chicken!!! He's pretty sweet!

Hermana Carmen and Claudio


This little boy just shot the crap outta Elder Gardner!

We taught how to tell time in English

 Ciaaaaaao Elder Lopez

Ciaaaaaao Elder Echevarria

The two new ties I bought (same pattern different colors)

Monday, March 5, 2018

All Over the World!!! (week 71)

Heeeeellllllllllllllllllloooooooo faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaMIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIILIAAAAAAAA!!!!!!! 

Como Estan? Espero que estén MUUUUUUY BIEN!!! This week was supppper good! Kinda long but it was super good!!! As far as work goes it was a harder week but its fine!!! You learn and you grow and you do better the next week!!!

I had divisions with Elder Gardner and that was so fun!!! The 2nd day of divisions when we all have to get together me and Elder Gardner surprised the CRAP OUTTA Elder Ancalle and did the usual Colombian tradition of egging the person fulfilling years!!! And we have stairs so it worked soooooo perfectly and then the 4 of us wasted an hour cleaning the entire house......and it still stinks.....chevere!!!

We also had interviews this week and that was really cool.......President basically told me that I would be finishing training and that I probs wont be transferred! Soooo yeah for 9 months in Popayan.....buuuut he also made it seem like I would be going somewhere HOT after so we shall see!!! My hearing aid is currently broken and it has been for about a month now, I was gonna bring it to Hermana Whitesides buuuuut I forgot lol! It's just kinda whatever.....I am getting used to being deaf again!!! Ohhhh and HERMANA BROUGHT CHEX MIX TO INTERVIEWS.....SHE IS LITERALLY THE BESTEST PERSON EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEVER!!!! Elder Ancalle hated them but I thought they were delicious!!

Today for P day I picked up my ties....I LOVE THEM!!! I loved the picnic blanket one, I wanted that kind of plaid in more colors so I asked the guy about the price of a red one and a maroon-ish one and he told me that they were $2000 (the price for the amount we need is usually $4000) soooo yeah bought them both hahahahahahahahahah then it costs $6000 for the lady to make it's about 2 dollars total :) the problem is that I keep taking more and more money out of my account, so if anyone wants to donate to the "Elder Olsen is poor and loves ties" fund talk to Dad......he will be happy to send your donation through ;)

I am also using a lot of money because if someone in my district has a birthday or is going home I feel obligated to throw a bomb party for them......tomorrow I am ordering in pizza for Elder Ancalle's birthday and for Elder Lopez because he is going to go home this week. It's gonna be sooooo raaaaaaaad!!!!

We are working hard on D!!!!! If all goes well...he will be baptized SATURDAAAAAY!!!!!! WHOHHOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

Buuuuuut I am gonna struggle this next week!!!! We have transfers and there are gonna be changes si o si in my district and I am just not about that!!! Being a leader is a little hard but it brings soooo many blessings, and each and every single one of those elders I consider to be like my family!!!! Being a missionary is sooo cool because you just kinda meet and start to love people from ALLLLL OVER THE WORLD. It's rad!!!

Anyways I love you guys!!! Stay rad!!!


(Whoops...another recording that Garrett didn't want on the blog! It's better to ask for forgiveness than permission 😉 (JOKES!) I just know that Garrett will look back on these and thank me because I'm such a good sister and didn't respect his wishes!)

Bahahahahahahah Elder Gardner and I got Elder Ancalle sooooo good for his birthday!!! 


Elder Echevarria and I 

Love them 

Cleaning up this mess hahahaha
(LADIES!! Garrett has learned to clean! (I knew a mission would be good for him haha!) Now that he can clean he's a catch so if you would like to date him come October please email me personally and we can work something out 😉)

 Stilllll cleaning


 These are the two ties I bought.....LOOOOOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM!!!

Waiting for Elder Gardner while he makes recordings for his family!

 Just gonna leave some selfies here #Soyguapo

Monday, February 26, 2018

BAPTISM YAAAAAY!!!! (week 70)

Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeey you guys!!!! Don't have a ton of time because I was busy loading photos soooo imma do a POWER TYPE hahaha!

Buuuuut yeah this week was kinda insane because we had DIEGOS BAPTISM!! Sooooo we were on errands one minute after the other. Elder Stucki came out of that interview and said that he felt really good about we are very happy for him!! We are happy for Sandra too. The baptism was interesting basically Elder Ancalle had to baptize him 3 times cause the font wasn't filled up all the way. Each time he got more and more frustrated and the very last time he was screaming the ordinance at the top of his lungs.....Elder Gardner was a witness and he gave me a look with the widest eyes hahahahahaahah

Elder Lopez got an ingrown toe nail and because of that we had some emergency's alright, I got to know Elder Pulver really well!!! He's from North Ogden (no he doesn't know the Piersons) but he's really cool. We just did favors allll dayyyy long hahahaha

Today was a pretty cool p-day because we went as a district to buy FABRIC!!! Basically there is a lady in Elder Gardners area that makes ties super cheap if you bring her fabric, so she's doing that for us!!! Imma have two super sick ties next week and they were only about 5 dollars each so that's fun!!! 

I am really excited about how the area is going!!! We had a baptism and our other investigator has a date!!! If we keep working hard and being obedient I KNOW THAT WE CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN DO IT!!!!!!!

Anyways, love you guys thank you for all you do!!


Popayan Views

When Hermana Whitesides leaves the saw in the chapel after zone conference hahahaahah

Lasagna that Hermana Katherine made, mmmmmmmmmmhhhh!

 With Elder Pulver

 Hijo mio




 Looook who we found

 Yaaaay so our ceiling caved in today bahahahaha

Lunch with the gringo crew

With Elder Gardner 

Here is something new! Garrett decided to do voice recordings to put on the blog. He wanted me to type it up but I thought you all deserved to hear his voice. Am I good to my (I mean Garrett's...) blog followers or what?! (; So here it is...
A Spiritual Rant of Sorts

Book Club: Why did Heavenly Father want Lehi and his family to have the brass plates?
This question isn't really easy to answer but it's not complicated either...the plates of brass contained the five books of Moses which talked about the creation of the world, our first parents and had a record of the Jews, in other words this record was part of the Bible.
Another thing that is talked about in 1 Nephi 5 is that these records gave an account of Lehi's genealogy..he learned that he was a descendent of Joseph and after finding it all out he was "filled with the spirit and began to prophesy of his seed" (1 Nephi 5:17). One of these prophecies was that "these plates of brass should go forth unto all nations, kindred's, tongues and people who were of his seed" (1 Nephi 5:18). This verse interested me so I looked up one of the cross references (Alma 22:12) about when Aaron had used these brass plates to teach the king about the creation...and that verse interested me so I looked up one of its cross references (Alma 18:36) about when Ammon was teaching the king when the king thought that he was a "great spirit". Obviously the sons of Mosiah had a ton of knowledge from these plates and were able to help a lot of people. 
I believe that Heavenly Father wanted Lehi and his family to have the brass plates for the same reason that he wanted us to have the Book of Mormon and the Bible so that we could learn more about him...and then take this knowledge to be able to help other people learn about the gospel!
Challenge: But why do you think Heavenly Father wanted Lehi and his family to have the brass plates? Read 1 Nephi 3-5 and write about it in your challenge journals!