Monday, December 20, 2010

December 20, 2010 letter

well hello family!! first things first, i got another package but i have no idea who its from so if its from some relative of mine, thank you very much!! another crazy week in bolivia, my trainor got transferred and i stayed here in riberalta! pretty crazy my new comp is another chilean but is not the best! i´m basically the senior companion and had to take charge of everything! i don´t know spanish that well and i´m not familiar with the area that well and he doesnt know the area at all and doesnt want to work that hard! so i just jumped in to gear and took the iniciative and work work work because its so stressfull but when were at an investigators house, i feel so much better because of the love i have grown for them! its pretty stressfull, not gonna lie! but its coming along! i miss snow so much!!!! but also something important!!! this tuesday or wednesday i am going to call you in the morning sometime only for 5 minutes to give you my number so you guys can call me this thursday i believe it is! so be home tomorrow or wednesday in the mornings so you can recieve my phone call! well not much happaned this week because of transfers but i´ll be talking to you anyways soon!!!!! love you all
love elder olsen

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

December 13th letter

well hola familia!!!!
sounds like everything is going pretty good!! what a shame to hear the snow melted that makes me sad!!!! but if there is one thing i want, its pictures of everyone and utah and the temple and just home!!! i didn´t realize how amazing logan was until i got to bolivia!!! but about the people, their just poor and lazy and dont want to brush thier teeth! but the mission actually tells us not to have our family send charity stuff to the people so sorry mother, but thats sure nice of you!!! so we had another baptism saturday, a 17 year old girl named Glesia Yuamona Antelo, it was amazing!!! its still super duper poor here, nothings changed yet! my spanish is coming along alright and i´m learning alot! i´m sick of rice i eat it everysingle day! so its good to hear that your keeping in touch with michelle and her family! she always tells me that she talked to you and she says your so nice and cool and she wants to hang with you!! what a mother i have!!! so all the kids sound like they are doing good!! congrats to ty with swimming and jake with band and alec for being so bored!! if you think your bored, come to bolivia, then you´ll really be bored, there is absolutely nothing to do in this town that i am in! just do whatever you think is fun and have fun doing it!!!! i want some pictures so bad!!! but hey i got your package! just to let you know the packages are guaranteed to get here and it takes roughly a month! it comes straight through the pouch and to the zone leaders house then i go pick it up!! its guaranteed to get here so dont worry! and thanks for the candy and letters and gifts! loved them! so ya jake has been out over a year, his year mark was december 2 and austins year mark was november 18 pretty crazy!!!!! well bolivia is going good and were teaching lesson after lesson after lesson!! we have transfers on tuesday so we´ll see if i´m staying or going!!! thanks for everything mother. i love you muchisimo gracia por cada cosa que haces! es bueno que te mejores y esporo que tengas mas fuerza para que puedas hacer cosas que necesitas! te amo madre mucho y gracias por su amor! ojalá que mis hermanos sean ejemplos a los demas!!! estoy animado y les extraño muchisimo! pero mi tiempo vendrá! les amo
love elder olsen

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Letter written home by Brady on November 22-sent from Bolivia, received 12/6/10

November 22, 2010

Hello mother and family. How are you all doing? Let me know when you get this letter so I can know how long it took to send to the USA. OK? Sweet! So I'm here in Bolivia and yes it's super crazy poor! I'm here in Riberalta, which is ghetto poor, about 2 hour from Santa Cruz by plane. I'm in the jungle literally it's the Amazon here. Like monkey's, tigers, gorillas. All sorts of crazy animals. And right in front of the jungle is the Beni River. It's pretty huge. It flows from Peru and Brazil. There are crocodiles and pirannas in there too. Pretty gnarley! Well, I had my first baptism 2 days ago it was amazing. I baptized two little brothers named ENRIQUE LIMPIAS MUELLER and DANIEL LIMPIAS MUELLER ages 8 & 9 and my comp Elder Navarro baptized a 14-year-old girl names THEODORA MACHICADO CALLE. They all went really well! Bolivia is pretty crazy and it’s super hard to adjust to this culture/lifestyle because of me coming from such a rich country which has everything, literally everything you need. Trust me, we Americans are extremely blessed and lucky, people here are so, so poor. Some children don’t even have clothes and all the teenagers are either pregnant or have a baby and it’s crazy. They all breast feed no matter where their at. If their child is hungry they whip it out. Like in the middle of a bank or a big group of people, and even in church it’s definitely a lot different than the states. Nobody has teeth or if they do they’re all chipped and rotted. They don’t shower, they only wear sandals and their feet look like dead road kill and bugs crawl up and down them so yes it’s definitely not Utah! But I’m adjusting. The people are extremely humble and everyone loves talking about God. We teach so many lessons a day! Basically everyone we talk to lets us in! The juice here is so dang good. It’s all freshly squeezed and wow it’s good. As well as the ice cream. There’s no freezers so they make it all fresh. Mmmm mmm good. Every single lunch starts out with a bowl of soup. Then rice and some sort of meat. It’s usually pretty good. The milk comes in bags. It’s perfectly fine to sit out until you put it in the fridge. The language is slowly coming. It’s really hard and the first week or two I was struggling really bad!!! But it’s moving along pretty good. I’m finally getting more comfortable with the mission and it’s getting better and better each day. My comp helps me out so much. He’s a great trainer and keeps me motivated. So I wont lie, the mission is super, super, hard! But the blessings and watching the Lord change people’s lives is definitely worth it! I know it’s just cause I’m still new and it was a bit overwhelming at first but now it’s getting so much better, I’m getting a lot better and can finally speak some Spanish and teach! The Lord really has helped me a lot! Now the days just fly! Well how are all you doing? I’ve been praying for you all! How was the surgery mom? Well, I love you all and miss you all a lot!
Elder Olsen