Date

January 5, 2015

Area

Cassville, MO

Companion

Elder Peter Lopez

Lots of things

this one will do just fine, i just thought you guys should know that you have it nice over there, so i dont want to hear a single complaint haha anyways i need to run, we have an appointment in about 20 minutes and thats about how long it will take to get there, so ill talk to you next week. love you!
do you want me to send the big puffy coat?

one last thing that i forgot to say. its super cold here. its a whole different kind of cold. it may say that its like 20 degrees warmer here. but its not. its about 20 degrees colder. its bone chilling. ive never experienced a cold like this. its extremely bitter. and as soon as that wind hits, its done for. youll be cold for the rest of the day. so if you look at the temperature and think that its warmer here just cause it says so, its not. and they all say its only going to get colder too. they say february is our cold winter month here. haha just wanted that to be known.
-Elder Olsen.

9 hodge dr. cassville, MO 65625
thats the address to send me letters and packages and stuff in the mail. thanks! love you!

-Elder Olsen.





On Mon, Jan 5, 2015 at 12:30 PM, Andrew Olsen <andrewo@myldsmail.net> wrote:

​so here is our MTC district up behind the temple. from left to right. Elder Hunter (comp.) me, Elder Helsten, Elder Landgdon, Elder Gehring, Elder Stubbs, Elder Wilde, Elder Miesenbacher, Elder Kartchner, and on the ground, Elder Naef.

On Mon, Jan 5, 2015 at 11:23 AM, olsenpeggy <olsenpeggy@comcast.net> wrote:
I also think a lot of missionaries think there testimonies aren't strong enough in the beginning. It will get there. I can tell you are really relying on the Lord to help you. You can do this!! You are so amazing and wonderful!!

I love you!

Mom
-------- Original message --------
From: Andrew Olsen
Date:01/05/2015 9:59 AM (GMT-07:00)
To: olsenpeggy
Subject: Re: Lots of things
So this is it. Cassville, Missoura. super tiny town, population: 3,266. the members here are amazing, we get fed every night so thats nice. there have been some interesting people but you know what, thats perfectly fine. so what happened in denver was our flight was slightly delayed from salt lake to denver, so when we landed in denver, we sat on the tarmac for about an hour waiting for our terminal to open. so they delayed our flight from denver to tulsa until we were able to board the plane. it was pretty much just grab our bags and run as soon as we got off the plane. and they totally left one of my bags in denver, one of the checked bags. so when i got to the mission home i didnt even have all of my luggage, but about half of us didnt get our bags back so thats fine, when we woke up the next morning we had them so it all worked out in the end.
So that picture you received was from our mission presidents daughter. it was nice that you finally got a picture of me. ive been trying but the stupid MTC computers suck. but oh well. So my companion is a great guy. i really couldnt have asked for a better trainer. his name is elder lopez. he is from san francisco. he has been out for 6 months as of like thursday i believe? but yeah hes super knowledgeable of the gospel and has a very strong testimony. and is always very positive, which is nice, since im usually not haha. but i dont show it, im trying to look on the positive side, its something ive been working on.
The mission home was amazing. President shumway talked to us for a while, sister shumway talked to us all as well. then the assistants spoke to us, then we all were interviewed by both president and sister shumway. then they let us go take a nap! it was glorious. they had what was called the bunk room upstairs, and there were like 2 rooms, each had like 8 beds in it. then after our nap we ate dinner. sister shumway prepared a special oklahoma style brisket. it was pretty much one of the greatest briskets ive ever had. So the shumways are from American fork i believe? but they are super nice. and the rules arent ridiculous over the top strict either. so after he gave us our calls we all went and got ready for bed, cause we had to get up at 5 the next morning for transfers.
Like you said, im not very close to tulsa. so tulsa was where i had to say goodbye to most of my MTC district. I miss those guys a ton, but theyll do great. so to get from tulsa to mount vernon, which was where my transfer point was, took about 3 hours. then from mount vernon to cassville was about 30-45 minutes. so i arrived there by about lunch. so i got to unpack for a little bit, then eat lunch and head out to the field. i was super nervous and anxious that entire day, i struggled really hard through that first day. but ive kept up on my prayers and that helped me through it. we had a referral, so we went there and gave her a book of mormon, so that was the first thing in-field i did. we didnt have a lot going on, so we tracted in that area. i must say, that is probably my least favorite thing. the very first door we went to got slammed in our face. thats what kind of made me realize, this is it, this is what the field can be like, this is happening whether im ready for it or not.
So we have a branch, instead of a ward. The members are super strong and supportive, its amazing. one of the members of the branch presidency bore his testimony about something i did. they had us over for dinner and his youngest son wanted to say the dinner prayer, so he asked who he wanted to help him say it, he looked around the room and pointed to me. i was a little shocked i wasnt quite prepared for that. so anyways i got out of my seat walked over to him, kneeled by his son, and helped him give a prayer. i didnt think much of it. but that impacted him pretty hard, and that set the tone for the rest of the testimony meeting. so i then got up and bore my testimony of basically the same thing but from my perspective, like i said, i didnt think much of it, but little things have an impact. just like it says in alma 37: 6-7. by small and simple things great are brought to pass. that scripture has impacted me a ton since i stumbled upon it the other day. before heading out and all through the MTC i was feeling inadequate and like i didnt know enough and how my testimony wasnt strong enough to go be a missionary. but that scripture has meant a lot to me since.
That is pretty much how my first week went. it was pretty great i had a little bit of some struggles but i made it through. thank you for the support, i love you!

-Elder Olsen.

On Sun, Jan 4, 2015 at 11:27 PM, <olsenpeggy@comcast.net> wrote:
Hello!!
Well I am very interested to see how your first few days in the mission field have been. I watched your flights out to Oklahoma and realized as soon as your flight to Denver was delayed that you wouldn't be able to call me again. I was very surprised when your flight out of Denver was delayed for so long. Do you know what had happened? Did you board the plane and have to sit there for that long?
Tell me about your Mission President. Where is he from? What is he like? How long were you in the mission home and what did you do there?
I loved the picture that I got of you and your mission companion. Who sent it? It was so nice to get it!! I decided that this a whole different world than when your brothers served their missions. I didn't hear anything from them for at least 2 weeks. I think this is great!! I couldn't read your companions name very well but it looks like Elder Lopez. Is that right? Tell me about him. Where is he from? He looks very nice. How long has he been out? Where were you? It looked like you were probably in a members home. Where do you live? Do you have an apartment or do you live with members? What did you do on New Year's Day? I am assuming that it probably took you a long time to get to your district. I googled it of course and it doesn't look very close to Tulsa. How long did it take to get there?
You looked pretty happy also. You had a great smile. I hope it is still that way. Do you have any investigators? Tell me how your days are going. Is it could there? I did look up the town that you on in. It doesn't seem to be very big. How big is the area that you are working in? I think this seems like a prefect spot for your first area. How was your first Sunday there? Is the church very big there? Do they have a ward or a branch? I am so excited for you to have this experience!! You will be such an amazing missionary!! If there is anything else that I forgot to ask that that you want to tell me please do so!!
How are you feeling? Do you need anything? We got you a pillow and decided to wait to mail it to you because I think you might get it faster if we mail it to you there. Where do you think we should mail it? Did you have to buy your own blankets and things? Did you get a bike? How much did it cost? Do you need Dad to transfer any money for you or can you do that yourself? I would assume that you can do it yourself but let us know if you can't.
We had an amazing testimony meeting today. It was all about missionary work. It was interesting because of course it wasn't assigned but just ended up being that way. Sister Pam Thomas talked about her mission and how she has never been sorry that she served a mission and how because of her wonderful experience she wanted to try to do more for the missionary efforts in our ward. Bro. Erb talked about a convert baptism that he had 17 years ago today actually began many years before that by someone who had given this man a Gospel Essentials book years before that. I really enjoyed hearing all of their stories.
I went to Brigham yesterday to have lunch with my sisters and Dee. No one else was able to come this year. We went to Maddox and then to see Mocking jay. I really enjoyed seeing and being with them. I wish I could see them more often.. Dee is having her knee replaced on Tuesday this week. Please pray for her. I really enjoyed the movie. I didn't get to see it when Phil and Anna were here so it was good to get to go.
Ryan and Carolyn didn't come out today. Ryan isn't feeling well. I actually haven't seen them much since you left. They were out last Sunday but that is all since you left. Robert and Hilary stayed today and played five crowns with us tonight. We haven't played Canasta since you left.
I have decided to share a scripture from our Sunday School lesson today. We will be studying the New Testament. I love the New Testament because it is about Christ and the things he did while he lived on this earth. I read the New Testament when I was pregnant with you. It was when I was the Stake Young Women's President and all the young women and their leaders were challenged to read the scriptures everyday. We were studying the New Testament that year and so I chose to read that everyday. I really love it!! Anyway the scripture is John 20:31. It talks about how the scriptures are written so that we might believe that Jesus is the Christ. That is so true of all the scriptures.
Well this is probably long enough now so I better go. Pray always, be obedient, work hard, eat healthy and enjoy your mission!! You can do this!!
I miss you but am so happy that you have chosen to serve a mission!!
I'll love you forever!!
Mom
this one will do just fine, i just thought you guys should know that you have it nice over there, so i dont want to hear a single complaint haha anyways i need to run, we have an appointment in about 20 minutes and thats about how long it will take to get there, so ill talk to you next week. love you!
On Mon, Jan 5, 2015 at 4:10 PM, <olsenpeggy@comcast.net> wrote:
do you want me to send the big puffy coat?
From: "Andrew Olsen" <andrewo@myldsmail.net>
To: "olsenpeggy" <olsenpeggy@comcast.net>
Sent: Monday, January 5, 2015 12:05:55 PM
Subject: Re: Lots of things
one last thing that i forgot to say. its super cold here. its a whole different kind of cold. it may say that its like 20 degrees warmer here. but its not. its about 20 degrees colder. its bone chilling. ive never experienced a cold like this. its extremely bitter. and as soon as that wind hits, its done for. youll be cold for the rest of the day. so if you look at the temperature and think that its warmer here just cause it says so, its not. and they all say its only going to get colder too. they say february is our cold winter month here. haha just wanted that to be known.
-Elder Olsen.
so what happened in denver was our flight was slightly delayed from salt lake to denver, so when we landed in denver, we sat on the tarmac for about an hour waiting for our terminal to open. so they delayed our flight from denver to tulsa until we were able to board the plane. it was pretty much just grab our bags and run as soon as we got off the plane. and they totally left one of my bags in denver, one of the checked bags. so when i got to the mission home i didnt even have all of my luggage, but about half of us didnt get our bags back so thats fine, when we woke up the next morning we had them so it all worked out in the end.



So that picture you received was from our mission presidents daughter. it was nice that you finally got a picture of me. ive been trying but the stupid MTC computers suck. but oh well. So my companion is a great guy. i really couldnt have asked for a better trainer. his name is elder lopez. he is from san francisco. he has been out for 6 months as of like thursday i believe? but yeah hes super knowledgeable of the gospel and has a very strong testimony. and is always very positive, which is nice, since im usually not haha. but i dont show it, im trying to look on the positive side, its something ive been working on.
The mission home was amazing. President shumway talked to us for a while, sister shumway talked to us all as well. then the assistants spoke to us, then we all were interviewed by both president and sister shumway. then they let us go take a nap! it was glorious. they had what was called the bunk room upstairs, and there were like 2 rooms, each had like 8 beds in it. then after our nap we ate dinner. sister shumway prepared a special oklahoma style brisket. it was pretty much one of the greatest briskets ive ever had. So the shumways are from American fork i believe? but they are super nice. and the rules arent ridiculous over the top strict either. so after he gave us our calls we all went and got ready for bed, cause we had to get up at 5 the next morning for transfers.
Like you said, im not very close to tulsa. so tulsa was where i had to say goodbye to most of my MTC district. I miss those guys a ton, but theyll do great. so to get from tulsa to mount vernon, which was where my transfer point was, took about 3 hours. then from mount vernon to cassville was about 30-45 minutes. so i arrived there by about lunch. so i got to unpack for a little bit, then eat lunch and head out to the field. i was super nervous and anxious that entire day, i struggled really hard through that first day. but ive kept up on my prayers and that helped me through it. we had a referral, so we went there and gave her a book of mormon, so that was the first thing in-field i did. we didnt have a lot going on, so we tracted in that area. i must say, that is probably my least favorite thing. the very first door we went to got slammed in our face. thats what kind of made me realize, this is it, this is what the field can be like, this is happening whether im ready for it or not.
So we have a branch, instead of a ward. The members are super strong and supportive, its amazing. one of the members of the branch presidency bore his testimony about something i did. they had us over for dinner and his youngest son wanted to say the dinner prayer, so he asked who he wanted to help him say it, he looked around the room and pointed to me. i was a little shocked i wasnt quite prepared for that. so anyways i got out of my seat walked over to him, kneeled by his son, and helped him give a prayer. i didnt think much of it. but that impacted him pretty hard, and that set the tone for the rest of the testimony meeting. so i then got up and bore my testimony of basically the same thing but from my perspective, like i said, i didnt think much of it, but little things have an impact. just like it says in alma 37: 6-7. by small and simple things great are brought to pass. that scripture has impacted me a ton since i stumbled upon it the other day. before heading out and all through the MTC i was feeling inadequate and like i didnt know enough and how my testimony wasnt strong enough to go be a missionary. but that scripture has meant a lot to me since.
That is pretty much how my first week went. it was pretty great i had a little bit of some struggles but i made it through. thank you for the support, i love you!
-Elder Olsen.
so here is our MTC district up behind the temple. from left to right. Elder Hunter (comp.) me, Elder Helsten, Elder Landgdon, Elder Gehring, Elder Stubbs, Elder Wilde, Elder Miesenbacher, Elder Kartchner, and on the ground, Elder Naef.




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