Monday, June 8, 2015

Ashton #21


We had a wonderful week full of beautiful sunshine! There were a whole 2 days this week that we were able to go out with out jackets, the whole day! It was amazing! So on P-day this last week I went and got new shoes to replace these bad boys. 

Ya it was about time for those to be replaced. After preparation day finished we went to go to an appointment that we had, but unfortunately this person wasn't home. So we spent the rest of the evening getting rained on. 
Tuesday was a day that changed my life as a missionary. It was the day that the iPads came in! What?!

See! Look how happy I am! These iPads are going to be amazing. Unfortunately we don't have facebook yet so we can't proselyte online, but it's already revolutionized the way we study and teach. It's been amazing. We had a few lessons this week where we were able to pull out the big guns and show them videos of prophets and apostles. The few times that we have showed videos changed the course of the lessons. It brings the spirit and it's so powerful. Instead of showing the 20 minute restoration video, we can show just a 5 minute clip and it just hits them with the spirit. It's been amazing to see. 
Wednesday was nothing special. It's so hard to see people reject the gospel. We stopped a man in the morning and taught him the whole first lesson. We taught him the restoration and the nature of God, how we can receive answers, and the whole time we were just testifying over and over again. It was one of those lessons where you can just feel the spirit tell you what direction to take, what to say, and it was powerful. He was participating and getting excited about it, but at the end, he wouldn't accept a return appointment, wouldn't give us his number, nothing! 
Thursday was weekly planning. We changed things up a bit and went to the church instead of staying at our flat. We planned and downloaded stuff on the iPads. We don't have internet access in many places so I was grateful we were able to download all that stuff. But there is still so much to do! 
Friday we had a few more tea appointments fall through. We spent a whole lot of time finding people, at least trying to find people. 
Saturday morning we had service, they needed our help. Sometimes ward members will say, "Hey Elders, can you come help me out with..." fill in the blank, and we get there and it's a menial task that they could've easily done on there own. Washing windows, changing lightbulbs, folding laundry, they don't need us! But this lawn was completely out of control. So that was a lot of fun. :) 
Sunday was AMAZING! We didn't have normal church. Elder Holland was in Scotland, and so we got a broadcast of that meeting. They showed it to stakes in the Nordic curve, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, as well as the UK, Ireland and Iceland. It was an amazing meeting. Elder Holland lit it up as he always does, but it was a more personal experience. At the beginning he was reminiscing the time that he was in England and a missionary, then as area president over that area. He's such a funny man when he gets going, and he testify's with such power. That evening we were at an investigator's house and he started going off with some Anti-lit about the Book of Mormon, which is what Elder Holland spoke about. The Lord has perfect timing. With renewed testimony and power we were able to defend the Book of Mormon. It was really good. 

It's just been a good week overall. I feel happy and things are once again starting to pick back up. 
Well there you have it! 
Hope you all have a good week!
Love, Elder Olsen

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