Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Elder Olsen 21 June 2009

Hello Everyone!. . well i had a good week. Allright so i am pretty excited, I got a call from president 2 nights ago. And i am staying here!! i will be training a new missionary. i am really excited that i will be able to be here for at least 6 more weeks. and the other elder that I am living with is training this transfer as well, so we are going to have the most obedient hard working pad in the misssion! Elder Brough, one of the elders that i live with is going home this wednesday, his 2 years are up. he is a really cool kid. i am not sure if i have ever talked about him before. but he says that he is going to come and visit you guys when you get home. he likes our family he took one of my family pics and hung it up over his desk haha. President also assigned me to be the district leader this transfer. So steve or anyone if you have any advice for me on how to run a good district please let me know. Church was good yesterday. we had 4 investigators there. both keith and cynthia have been to church 3 times now. and baptism is definitely very close for both of them,. they both are a little scared of committment so please pray for them. this last week pastor yousuf and his wife seraphim moved to brooklyn. we helped them move. they found a really cheap apartment next to a friend. it is really small and in kind of a bad neighborhood. not bad though. it is amazing how much that family has given up to join the church! they were living in a 4 bedroom giant house, everything paid for! car, gas, food, insurance, and they were sponsoring them and their kids. the lutheran church was doing ALOT for them. and they gave it all up. he pretty much has no money. the elders in the area that they live in now are okay. one of them is really kind of a peice of work. but the other one is a good missionary. they will be working with them now. but they should be getting baptized really soon. I hope that the new president will let me attend the baptism. especially because javed wants me to baptize him. I love you all thanks for your support and love and prayers. i couldnt be doing this without you all
Hurrah For Israel!!
Elder Michael Olsen

Monday, June 15, 2009

Elder Olsen pic 15 June 2009

Elder Olsen letter 15 June 2009

Well this week went okay. this is week 6 of this transfer, and i have been here for 3 transfers now. so it is possible that i will be leaving this area. but who knows. we had president interviews last week and they went really good. it was my last interview with president bennion the next one will be with president nelson. that will be weird. president gave me alot of good advice, it was nice talking to him. he asked me if i wanted to stay in this area and i said yes. but that doesnt mean that i will be,. but i think i will. i will let you know next week. lazaros kids were able to come to church yesterday, it was really cool. and lazaro bought craig a Quad scriptures set, it was so nice. craig was so thankfull. no one else made it too church :( i seem to be having the same problem that tyler is having at the moment. getting these amazing people to church every week! but the work is definitely moving along. i really hope that i get to stay here for another transfer. Tomorrow we are going to help pastor yousuf and his wife move to queens, they finally found a place there. so he will be getting baptized there. it is amazing how much that man has sacrificed just to join the church, i am just amazed. all of our other investigators are kind of on hold until they come to church. cynthia is still doing good. we are meeting with her tomorrow and are going to re committ her. we have a missionary fireside coming up on the 28th of this month. to present the ward mission plan. i hope that i dont get transfered. If nyone has any good ideas for a powerfull fireside.. please let me know. it sounds like everything is going great back home! i am glad that everyone is alive after what sounds like a pretty crazy camping trip!! sammy is a tuff kid. So you guys are going to be gone for 2 months.. where are you going? what are you going to do? i didnt even know that christina and Ligi were in korea! haha that is crazy, but really cool too. sounds like tyler is doing great! i will definitely write justin! i love you all! sorry i dont have more time to write more. thank you so much for all of your prayers and support. i love you all
Hurrah For Israel
Love Elder Olsen

Monday, June 1, 2009

Hey everyone!!
well we had a really busy week!actually this whole transfer has been really busy. Craig was confirmed yesterday and was baptized the sunday before that. he is way solid. he was ordained a priest yesterday as well. he is doing great. we have alot alot of investigators right now. so we have been really busy teaching alot. We set a goal at the begining of the transfer to hit mission goals every week this transfer(reaching mission goals is pretty rare, not very many missionaires do it often). As well as to get 7 Baptisms.