Wednesday, July 30, 2014

England MTC #2

I'm heading to the field today, and since today is the day that I'm supposed to email, I can only send this short one. Time in the MTC flew by, but I'm super glad to be leaving. I need to go, but I'll email when I can. I think it'll be on Monday. I'll let you know about everything, I have a lot to say.
Elder Olsen

Monday, July 28, 2014


Taylor's MTC zone

We received an email from President Edwards,
the England MTC president.
Taylor will leave the MTC on July 30.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

England MTC #1

Wow. This is so weird to be on this end of a missionary letter. How are you everyone??
I guess I'd better start at the beginning. First, airplane food is gross. Mom, the beef jerky has saved my life. Thank you so much. Our flight took off from SLC and we flew to Chicago. That flight was ok, I sat next to another Elder going to the Manchester mission. The layover in Chicago was good, although Chicago style deep dish pizza is not as good as it sounds. Like at all. It's actually quite mediocre with a bad crust. The flight from Chicago to Manchester was a party. 7 hours, airplane food, missionary clothing, I didn't sleep a wink. Because of the 7 hour flight and 8 hour time difference, we got here at 7:00 in the morning, so I was up pretty much 2 days straight. But that's ok! I'm a missionary! The first couple days at the MTC were pretty rough. I was super tired and it was painful to try to stay awake during everything going on, especially personal study and devotionals. I came into the MTC with 29 other Elders, some going to Manchester, some going to Leeds. We more than doubled the number of people in the MTC. There are 10 sisters and 56 elders total, so it's probably a way different experience from the Provo MTC. The first couple days were rough, study, devotionals, food, etc. On Saturday we went to the temple. YAY!!!! I love the temple! We actually saw a film that I had never seen before. It was one of the old original ones. Oh! FYI my companion is Elder Cxxxxxx. (I'm senior companion)  Currently we have 4 "investigators." Oliver, Megan, Patricia, and Jo. Megan has accepted the invitaion to be baptized, and we extended the invite to Oliver, who said he needs more time. I won't give you details about them because, honestly, no one cares. The food here is awful! Like a slightly better (sometimes) version of scout camp food (the other times it's a step down). Someone needs to teach these people how to cook for a large party. I've lost 5 pounds so far. Sunday was the turning point of my MTC experience. I had been looking forward to Sunday since I got here. It was such a relief to finally get a moment of personal time, instead of having everything planned out for us. I hadn't had an exercise period yet, so I was feeling awful. I had just been sitting and studying, and studying, and sitting... it's exhausting. It's basically the Lord's spiritual boot camp. But Sunday provided such a relief from the monotony. We still studied and everything, but we had half and hour of personal time! We've had exercise periods every day this week, and it's been super nice. But I forgot shoes!!! I've been playing basketball in my shower sandles. :) whoops.
I don't know if I mentioned this, but the food is awful. Oh! There isn't water! Just milk and soda! I've had to fill my cup from the drinking fountain. I've been spiritually punched in the face. I'm just drained. I thought I knew my stuff! I've learned so much and it's pretty much great.
I love you guys. Thanks for those of you who emailed me. If you didn't, you should. And write letters! I can get letters every day of the week! if you send them...

Thursday, July 17, 2014


First, I love you.
Second, I'm in England.
Third, I still love you.
Fourth, I'm safe.
I wasn't able to sleep a wink on the plane, so I've been up since Tuesday morning with less than 5 hours of sleep, and I'll need to stay up the rest of the day here (it's 10:30).
I'm doing ok, trying to keep busy. This is so great! It's crazy here, driving on the wrong side of the road in a bus, sorry, it's a coach here. I'll email more when I can but I have to go now. I love you.

Drop off Day

July 16

The day for Taylor to leave finally arrived.
We left our home bright and early
and arrived at the airport with plenty of time.

The line wasn't very long, but it seemed to take a LONG time to get his luggage checked.

The missionaries headed to England all congregated before the security line.
It gave us plenty of time for pictures and tears... 

and then he was able to go through security without about 5 or 6 other elders.
We were so grateful that he was able to meet up with the other elders headed to England.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Family gathering and setting apart

 Great Grandpa Jacob Burton and Taylor Jacob
at family get together after church

Olsen family just before Taylor was set apart.
(We miss Ailee!)