Monday, July 13, 2015

More Sumterville, Taking Down the Tree, Plantains and The Sacrament.

Hey everyone! How has everything been going? It's been a pretty average week around here actually.  We did a lot of service for our members this week! We were asked to cut down a HUGE rotten tree that was seriously like 10 feet around! So it was stinking awesome getting to do that, although sadly,we didn't get to operate the chainsaw, but no worries!! We also just moved some furniture and cut up some carpet his week!

There was some confusion about teaching our new investigators Zoey and Damian (Branch President's grandchildren). They technically live in another missionaries area, but they are being baptized into our stake. So they got to teach them this week, and we teach them next on and so forth I guess?!

The cool thing about missions is that you get to pick up customs to the area in which you serve..mainly food, but that's still fun! Like fried plantains... Mmhmm... It's a large green banana with high starch and low sugar and sounds gross but it's SO GOOD! Also, I was introduced to chicken gizzards..gross..but delicious!!

We were able to get the transfer call Saturday night too AANNNDDDD... Elder Uber and I are staying together another transfer!! Which doesn't sound all that exciting, but the unique thing about it is there are only 6 companionships staying together in the entire mission! I guess that makes us special. hahaha! It's Kind of a bummer though, because that means all of the missionaries I WANT to see will most likely be there...dang. No complaints though! This area is moving right along and at the end of the week we look back and are happy with the progress that has been made!

AND Linda was able to have her baptismal interview this week! She passed and is ready to go Saturday for her baptism so that's going to be an awesome time. Along with that, Zoey and Damian are on schedule for August 8th as well!! WOO!!

In church this week it was focused on the Sacrament and truly the importance of it. We had some guest speakers and it really was a good sabbath day.. "The ordinance of the sacrament has been called “one of the most holy and sacred ordinances in the Church.” It needs to become more holy and sacred to each of us. Jesus Christ Himself instituted the ordinance to remind us what He did to redeem us and to teach us how we may avail ourselves of His Redemption and thereby live with God again....""....Thus, with bread and water, we are reminded of Christ’s Redemption of us from death and sin. The sequence of bread first and water second is not inconsequential. In partaking of the bread, we are reminded of our own inevitable personal resurrection, which consists of more than just the restoration of body and spirit. By the power of the Resurrection, all of us will be restored to the presence of God. That reality presents to us the fundamental question of our lives. The fundamental question facing all of us is not whether we will live but with whom we will live after we die. While every one of us will return to the presence of God, not every one of us will remain with Him."

This is an AMAZING talk given by a seventy that came to our mission.  It's called "The Sacrament and the Atonement" by Elder Hamula. Also, if you'd like, go listen to "This Do in Remembrance of Me" by Elder Holland!

Anyway, we have a good looking week ahead of us, and I hope you do too! I love and miss you all. I am VERY thankful for everything you guys do! Keep it up. Love and miss you guys!

-Elder A. Olson 


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