Monday, February 8, 2016

Week 83 in Paradise!!

Well.. It's another week down and a pretty typical one at that with a lot of teaching, finding, etc. We actually went like crazy with service this week though! Tuesday we did some service for a lady in our ward. We were told to bring some muscle and buckle up because she had A LOT of stuff...and that she did! We could only stay for a few hours, because we had a lesson with Melody later in the afternoon. So we helped load like three 26 foot U-Haul trailers full of stuff, and unloaded it as well! So that was kinda crazy. After that, we had our lesson with Melody, which went okay.. She's so stinkin' awesome and progressing SO well in the gospel. But she told us that due to some family situations and work troubles that she will most likely be moving back to Puerto Rico within this week... So that was kind of a bummer! She was basically our most solid investigator too!!

Wednesday we had an exchange. I was with Elder Rowley in Lake Placid. It was a pretty solid day, and Rowley is a cool missionary!! So we basically had a blast all day long! Nothing too fancy though! Thursday we went back to that same members and helped move some more furniture for her and then had meetings as so on..

Saturday we went to the local Flea Market, because there are some members there that have us help them set it up or take down their stuff. Plus there are lots of non members there that absolutely love us and so we try and help them out!! So Saturday we spent like 4 hours packing up and loading lots more furniture and boxes for a few of the older ladies in the flea market. So that was super awesome! One of the ladies helping out was actually interested in the church as well, so we were able to give her a Book of Mormon and briefly talk with her about that! So that was definitely a big seed planted and hopefully we will be able to see her again and start teaching her about the church and strength her faith!

We got transfer calls on Saturday as well, but we both knew that nothing would change, and nothing did!!! Because of the week extension of the MTC starting this transfer that means this transfer will be 7 weeks as well!! WOO!! And well...everyone is aware that yesterday was super bowl Sunday, which was fun. We just went to Jay and Amy's house. They had all of Jays less active kids there and some non members so that was super awesome to meet them. Plus there was LOTS of good food, so of course missionaries will be there:) It was a good time hanging, talking, catching a glance once and a while. Broncos Won!!!

Also... Just for your Information, cause this is flippin' awesome, when we woke up this morning we checked the weather and it was 28 degrees!!! So we ran outside with joy in our hearts and there was FROST on the roof tops!!!! It was amazing.

Frost on our roof!!
Anyways, here is a quick message... Our souls should be so deeply rooted in Christ that we will be able to endure any challenge, triumph over any affliction, and withstand any attack on our faith. We learn from Helaman about how the promise of rock-like strength depends on our building our lives on the Redeemer: “And now, my sons, remember, remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation; that when the devil shall send forth his mighty winds, yea, his shafts in the whirlwind, yea, when all his hail and his mighty storm shall beat upon you, it shall have no power over you to drag you down to the gulf of  misery and endless wo, because of the rock upon which ye are built, which is a sure foundation, a foundation whereon if men build they cannot fall.”

I hope you all have a wonderful week!  I love you all!

-Elder A. Olson 

The Swamps of Florida!
Hiking with the Elders

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