Monday, February 2, 2015

New Companion, Good Week, Getting My Hood Swag On in Ocoee!

I've Got My Bling!

Well....I made it through my first week taking over Ocoee, with my new companion, Elder Walker.  He is from Ogden, Utah and came out the same time Elder Davis did, so 7 months!  I will say….this just might be an awkward transfer, but hopefully a successful one!!! We've been doing quite a bit of work this week and unexpectedly pulled a lot of lessons, picked up a solid new investigator, and set TWO baptism dates!!! I am so ready!

Elder Walker isn't too bad!  He is slightly on the shy and awkward side and he doesn't really like Ocoee, but no worries! Things are looking up haha!   On the second day of the transfer he was upset because President called and asked if I could be Senior Companion of us two. Since Elder Walker has been out longer, he apparently wasn’t happy about that. Oops.. Really though Sr/Jr means absolutely nothing!

This week was probably the perfect week to bring in the new Elder too..(NOT) On his second day here, we had a drug dealer ask us at a crosswalk why we were dressed up…then he turned and sold Cocaine to another man..So yeah, that was quite the weird situation!  And the next day we saw a total fight break out. Welcome to Ocoee!!

You will be happy to know...I'm getting my "Hood Swag" on. I FINALLY got my grill!! And got a picture with the biggest chain! WOO! Good week!  Also, I hit my 6 month mark this week as well!!! YAY! Overall it was a pretty solid week. We had a good time, and were impressed on how well this first week went. We are surrounded by some other amazing Elders as well so that always makes life easier!

And My Grill!! 
If there's one hard thing about missionary work, it's being bold!  It’sgetting out of your comfort zone and telling EVERYONE about this Gospel, and your beliefs! Like stated in this scripture: Romans 1:16 "For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ..."  We must need not to be ashamed of what we believe. We must declare to all we know about our beliefs. Share with everyone you can because you never know who wants or needs this in their life right now. The way it will bless their lives is beyond our comprehension. I've seen what it can do, and it makes me actually WANT to go and share what I know to everyone I can!

Thank you all for everything! I am so blessed and sometimes it takes time to realize all that I have. I'm thankful for this opportunity to serve those around me and I’m thankful for the love and support I'm receiving from back home! I love and miss you all!

-Elder A. Olson

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