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February 27, 2012

Well hello family

So i wasn´t able to write you guys last week becuase we were all stuck
in the house for three days straight. Like last year, there is
something here called carnival where the people go crazy and party for
days straight so they didn´t let us leave the house for three days.
But now were all safe and sound and ready to work again. So
yesterday every single person that has a baptismal date came to church
and they all had their interview and so this satruday we are going to
have 5 baptisms. Everysingle one of them is so excited and its going
to be a good Saturday. So get this. There is the 12 year old kid
that comes to church every single week, he never misses, he isn´t a
member and we cant baptize him because he´s too young and its much
better to baptize him and all of his family. So yesterday we met his
mom and invited her to church, and she came and she loved it!!!! She
didn´t want to leave, she learned a lot, then that night we went and
visited the entire family, all 5 of them and the father was also
there, he has gone to church a few times but he has a problem with the
word of wisdom but yesterday they all told us that they have always
liked the church. We invited them to get baptized the 24 of march and
they accepted, but thanks to this little kid, he has been sharing
with his family everything that he has learned, his mom got excited
and decided to go to church and now she feels the same way!!! What a
miriacle. And I don’t know if you remember me telling about Milton,
he´s the 27 year old that we found the first day I got here, he went
to church every single Sunday after and has had his interview and now
is going to get baptized, he just has been progressing since day one!
Literally. The mission is amazing, all of the miracles there are
every single day. I absolutely love it. I cant believe how much the
gospel really does change the lives of these people.
so ty sounds like a maniac. he´s just having some fun!! thats so
awesome that his papers are already in!! i cant believe it!! i´m
super proud of you dude!! and alec, have some fun in tryouts, all you
gotta do is be super aggressive, thats all gurney wants. just run and
run and run and dont stop and you´ll be fine!! but wow, bob is going
to be 50, what a youngster!! thats pretty cool, brett is already
going, that surprises me!! i cant believe that he´s already 19!! and
of oakley, glasses, ha thats cool!! you´ll have to send me a
picture!!! well mom thanks for applying me to usu, i guess we´ll see
this next week or so. thanks for everything!!!
love elder olsen

March 4, 2012

Querida Familia!

How are things going back at home?? This week for me was wonderful,
we were able to have 5 baptisms!! And everything went super great!!
Cecilia, Miguel, josseline, Milton and lupita all were baptized and
confirmed!! So we had a little spiritual experience with lupita, so
her family got baptized like a month ago and she was going to as well
but the day of her baptism she got scared and chose not to get
baptized so we had been working with her a lot and she finally had
made the decision, and wow does satan work hard or what!! So her
parents have recently been separated and her dad has been arguing a
lot with her mom and has been reeeeaaaly hard on her, she just would
cry and cry, and one night he was there and she was in her room just
bawling away and she said that she was so sad that the only thing she
could do was say a prayer and the moment she finished her prayer, her
phone was ringing and she answered it, and well it was me. I had
called that moment without knowing, just to see when we could pass by
her house to visit them, I had no idea but I guess the lord knows what
he is doing right!!! Very interesting!!! The next day we went to
their house and she shared that story with us. She was sad still and
well, I guess the lord knows what he does because I was able to bare
my testimony and tell her that everything was going to be a.o.k.
because I had passed through the same thing but now i´m the happiest
person alive!!! Cool eh?? And as for the Antesana family, I don’t
know if I told you but the first time we met the dad he was drunk
outta his mind and now he is super excited to get baptized with all of
his family, yesterday all 5 of them came to church and then we went
later that night and taught them about repentance and baptism and
confirmed the baptisimal date for the 24th of march and he got
excited, both him and his family!! So we are working hard with them
because they are wonderful people. Yacuiba is super beautiful!! You
have to see it!! But i´ve been trying to send photos through e mail
and its not working very well so i`m going to print a bunch and just
send them to the house!! Things are going well with my comp Elder
Lines!! Hes super cool, a great companion. Just your typical
Idahoan!! Were having a lot of fun here!! Were finding a lot of good

so i have been accepted to utah state huh?? sweeetttttª!!! now what
do i have to do? do i have to sign up for classes or how does that
work?? well i told dad to talk to you about $ so you can apply me to
the other universities. let me know if he says anything!! so kessley
got glasses, i thought it was oakley for some reason that was going to
be getting them!! but wowsers, oakley is going to turn 4!!! the same
day as one of our investigators, this saturday were going to go to
their house to eat cake so i guess i´ll celebrate oakleys birthday
there too!! and as for you too mother, very soon its coming, what, 28
years old now right??
well thats about all for this week, i´ve been studying alot from
mosiah, and king benjamin, wow there is alot of doctrine in mosiah 3!!
read it and enjoy!!

love you guys
love elder olsen
p.s. let me know what i have to do to sing up for classes.

March 12, 2012

Helloooooo family!

This week was a Little bit of a rocus. There isn´t much to say
because all of the zone leaders had a reunion in santa cruz so we
took a plaine and went to santa cruz Tuesday to Thursday, then
president calderon came to yacuiba Saturday Sunday and Monday and we
had more reunions with him so it was kind of a busy week. But I
guess I could say that I have learned a lot from my mission president
he is very very spiritual. Everytime we meet with him he brings the
spirit in so strong. Its nice to be around him. Well as for the
Antesana family, everything is going well, we visited them yesterday
and they are more and more excited, we just have to keep helping the
father, hugo, with the word of wisdom but he is already trying super
hard, from the day we taught them he hasn’t taking one sip of alcohol.
What a miracle because the day we met him he was drunk outta his
mind!!! But it seems like that was his last one! Things are going
well here in yacuiba, the members are good, the branch president is
good, a little new and is still learning but he´s trying his hardest.
Church here is nothing like the states, its completely different, but
i´m way to used to it here. Its going to be different when I get
home! The zone is doing good, there are 8 people in the zone and we
are all best of friends, today we are going to play soccer like we do
prettymuch every single p day. Its always interesting flying in an
airplane here. The airline is called aerocon and its super super
tiny, like 20 seats but its quite the experience, I love it,
everymonth all of the zone leaders meet in santa cruz with president
calderon to see how the zones are doing and what we can do better, and
so for the next month my comp and I are going to see if we can go to
santacruz on a train!!! That would be quite the experience. It
takes about 10 hours if we go by train but I sure would love it!!
Things are moving along. You have to read the liahona from November
of 2011, the talk called ¨love her mother¨by sister Elaine S. Dalton!!
It is super amazing and it will help out any person that has a
family!! I´m excited to put it to practice when I get home!!
so as for USU. sign me up for the generals, i´m not sure what that
consists of but all i know is it would be good to get them outta the
way. and a spanish class. because i am going to minor in spanish!
when is the deadline to chose classes?? would i be able to do it the
begining of august or do i have to do it before?? i will be able to
finish the begining of august. but thanks for everything, seriously,
keep finding out things about college, your doing a great job. i
think for the first semester i´ll just be taking the things that i
need to, then i´ll be chosing classes reffering to my profession,
whatever that may be!! thanks mom, seriously thanks bob for the note!!

LOve you guys
Elder olsen

March 18, 2012

Well i´ve got alot of news for you this week!! During the week, everything went very well, lots of contacts and visits, the antezana family passed their baptisimal interview and they are all ready for this Saturday, hugo is doing very well, as well as the rest of the family. They all went to church and well things went great. But now the fun kicks in, do you want to know how my Sunday went, because I can assure you that you have never had a Sunday like I had yesterday. So my comp and I arrive at church at about 8 30, and the district president (because its not a stake, it’s a district, a little bit smaller) shows up and says, “did the mission pres talk to you guys”? we told him no and he took us to a small room and said, well we are going to release the branch president, the new branch president is going to be brother Nava, and you Elder Olsen are going to be the 1st counceler and my comp is the secretary!! Dude, I am the 1st counceler in the bishopric, get a load of that. So we went and sat up on the stand and my companion prepared a talk while the district president was talking because the person who had to give a talk didn’t know she had to give a talk (ya welcome to Bolivia) so he whipped something up about tithing, and while he gave his talk, the branch president gave me the manual to teach the Sunday school class, so while he was talking I whipped something up for Sunday school, it was about baptism and the doctrine of Christ, and so while I was giving my class, my companion had to whip something up for priesthood class, so you can say we got a load of church yesterday. Lots and lots of work, then afterwards we had to do things that a bishopric does, like tithing and printing stuff etc. yeah, quite fun. But I guess you could say that it is quite the learning experience right????

so Happpyyyy ¨Birthdayyyy!!!! dont worry you are still young!! i sent something in the mail so it should be there probably this week!! love you thanks for everything!!!!! hope you had a great birthday as well as oakley!!

so just a thought, when does SOAR start?? isn´t it like a week before classes?? so my release date is july 26th which means i would be home about the 27th or 28th so i´ll have all of august i believe!

mother, thanks for everything you have done and are doing!! love you very much. but just to be sure, i am registered and i will be able to start classes without any problems right??

Love Elder olsen

March 26, 2012
Familia MIA!

How are things going??? This week has been a little stressful for
us. As for the antezana family, they weren’t able to get baptized
because the mother is pregnant and is very sick and wasn’t able to
even stand so we had to postpone it until the 7th of April. We have
been working a lot with them, Hugo, the father as fallen a few times
in the word of wisdom and we have had to teach repentance a few times
and it kind of gets a little stressful when they don’t do what we tell
them to do. But the good news is that they will be getting baptized.
This past week we had transfers and of course I stayed here with my
companion and we are excited for this next transfer. We have found a
few people to teach, one of which is Selva ¨Veliz, she has heard a
little bit before about the church and we went to her house yesterday
to teach her and she was very interested and asked very good questions
so I think that she might be a candidate. Not too much has happened
this week because of transfers we have been running all over the place
to get the elders situated but I am reading in the Old Testament about
Joseph in Egypt. It’s quite interesting because in my patriarchal
blessing it says that I need to learn a lot about him and his family
and be like them because of the love they have for the lord. So I’m
going to put it to the test. I am also reading in mosiah, the story
of amalekí and Alma. It’s crazy to know that someone would give up
their life for the lord like amalekí did. He totally wouldn’t deny
anything. And so they burned him and well that’s quite the story
isn’t it. But as for that like I said there hasn’t been too much that
has happened, next week will be a little better and more interesting,
things are going good in the branch where we are at, were helping out
the branch president a lot and we haven’t had any problems yet so I’m
enjoying it quite a how is the family doing, whats new with ty, has he sent his papers
yet or whats the hold up?????? hows alec, kessley and oakley and
hayden doing, have you got my letter yet?? is it possible to arrive
late to soar or do i have to be there on august 2nd. let me know!!!!!
tell everyone hello for me love you very muchhhhhhhhhhh

love elder olsen

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