Sunday, October 21, 2012

Oct 15, 2012 Langue 1 ANO!

Well, Elder Olsen has made it a year now!!!  Can you believe it's gone by so quickly!!!! He is so happy and he sure is being rewarded for the trials he has endured the past few months!!! I can't wait to get the next email to find out what he has found out from the Lawyer!! He looks great and I think as time goes by he will look even better.  I think he is finally getting it all.  It's amazing how you send out a boy and they turn into a man while they are serving the Lord for 2 years.  Have fun reading this one!  It's a good one.  This is better that a t.v. show!

Hey mom and everyone,

So yes my area is called Langue. I can take a bus for about 35 minutes and I’m in El Salvador. The part of the boarder in my area is called Amatillo. My area is just really far from everything. When we were headed down in the bus they told me that there were more pigs than dogs. I thought they were kidding... but they weren’t hahaha. 

Ok so my comp, his name is elder De Leon (of Lion). He is from Guatemala also. He is from the very north of Guatemala by the boarder of Mexico. He told me that there is a mutual agreement with that part of Mexico and Guatemala that he can pass through Mexico whenever he wants. He is a cool kid. He just seems a little uncertain at times. But it might just be that its new changes with a new comp. But out here he is going to help me lose weight and go running with me in the morning which will be nice.  I’m not eating much and sweating a ton. It’s unreal right now (how hot it is) and it is winter here, and I’m going to be here for the hottest week of the year which is the week of Easter. That should be interesting. 

I’m not there with any of the people you have told me about. I was hoping to be in the same zone as Cizmas because he goes home at the end of this change.  It was so much fun being in the same zone as Cizmas 2 times in my mission. He is a really fun kid. The gringos in my zone are Adams, Gonzales, Meckeehen, Edwards (his family live in Sonoma ranch I think, but does live really close to the house) Andrus, Hna Mangoon, and Hna Reyes. All the others that you talked about are in the city. I wish I could have been with Cizmas because this is his last change, so in the middle of November he will be home. 

We went to go see Dani and Lani on Friday, and come to find out they live on the same street as us but... they live like 20 minutes up by bike. So they live kind of far away. But tomorrow I’m going to start everything over I’m going to check on all the papers and get in hold of the lawyer and find out what we need to do to get Lani divorced.  But they are doing great. The one big thing for right now is that Dani, her husband, is going to go work in Danli in the coffee fields out there until they go back to high school, which starts in February, but I’ll still be here. So it’s not that big of a deal right now. 

The house is actually a hotel. We live in a hotel room. The president of the Relief Soc. is the land lady of the place so she has given us the place really cheap. And she is also the cook lady. So it works out really well. She lives in a house connected to the hotel. So it’s kind of worth. The one bad thing is that here in my area there aren’t many members. There are so few members that we don’t have a chapel. We have a house, and the baptismal font is a water tank, hahaha, that is above ground. But they say if they can get the attendance to 90 the church is going to build a church from them. But on Sunday there was less than 40 people and that included new born babies. 

But we are doing well. I have felt in my 1st week and a half here I have lost like 5 pounds haha. But I’m doing well. I’m having the time of my life. It should be a good 4 changes. I love you all and tell dad ill write him next week. 

Elder Spencer Olsen 
ps just to let you know the official day that I get home will be Oct 17 2013. Every missionary has an extra 5 days added to their mission and that fits exactly with the day of changes.

The tradition in the mission is at the year mark is to burn a shirt and here’s mine, hahaha.

 The other day we helped make tamales for a branch activity. Man that carp is hard and I found out really fatting. They used a whole liter of pork fat to flavor it. 

- Last night a drunk guy came up to us and wouldn’t leave us alone. So we had a little fun with him. We made him hold his breath, dance, sing, and pray. His name is Andréa’s I hope we can find him and change his life for the better . 

This is my comp with the drunk guy.

Monday, October 8, 2012

October 8, 2012 He's been Changed-San Lorenzo

So I had to wait all day for Spencer's email and boy is it exciting!  Read and you will find out why.  For those of you that are new to Spencer's blog, he worked really hard to get a little family baptized in his first area in Monjaras.  If you get confused about this letter, go back to his posts in February to find out what it's all about.  What a way to celebrate your first year in the mission!  Pictures to come next week!

Hey mom and everyone,

I hope you told all those from that side of the family I say hi and that I’m doing really good. 

Any way... hoy si papa!!!!!!! I had changes I got sent back to the south but it is not Choluteca. It’s a place called San Larenzo. So before I tell you about my area, there is a story and a miracle that happened with my changes. So I don’t know if you guys remember about Dani and Lani the couple I was trying to divorce in Monjaras. So the missionaries that went in after me continued with everything but at the end they didn’t end up getting baptized. So I kept in a little contact with them and found out they ended up in Langue in May while I was still in Danli. So where they ended up moving to was one of the areas in the zone I’m in right now. 

So on Tuesday we got home and the zls didn’t want to tell us where we were going and who were the missionaries that were coming. But I did know that I did have changes. So than at about 10pm they finally told us, and they told me that I was going to go to Langue en San Larenzo. And that happened to be the place where Dani and Lani moved too!! I told the dl not to play with me cuz I had told a few people that I want to go to this area, but I couldn’t remember if I had told him or not. So I told him to not play with me. But it ended up being true. So the name of my area is called Langue. It is in the middle of nowhere. It is a small branch of about 40 people. And the branch president is a very timid man his wife basically runs the branch. 

But this place is really cool it reminds me a lot of Monjaras just a little more out of the city. To get to district meeting we have to take 2 buses and it takes about an hour to get there to makes sure that we can get there by about 830 or so we need to take the bus at about 7am so we have to wake up a little earlier then everyone else. 

So the big thing that kind of sucked about this week is that is that we got out to the south at about 5pm or so and the elders that are in the area next to us that we have to pass through are opening the area so my new comp had to show them where a few people live so we had to stay there. And then on Thursday we had to go to the main city San Lorenzo, and we had district meeting and ate lunch so I didn’t get to my area until 2pm on Thursday. We worked all that day and Friday. But on Saturday we had a baptism of a mom and her daughter and we had to go to this place called Nacaome which is the font closest to us. And after we had to go to SL to go watch conference with all the others and then on Sunday we got back to Nacaome and me and my comp were on divisions so I could watch conference in English. (I did have to watch the 1st session in Spanish but it was way cool to hear what is going to happen with the whole missionary ages.) And when I got back to Nacaome I found out that my comp had gone back with one of the ym to my area to confirm that lady and her daughter. So he wasn’t there on Sunday so I had to wait for him. So I basically I have only spent like a day and a half in my new area. 

But it is a huge miracle that I am here because I’m going to finish the work I started nearly 8 months ago. I don’t have much time so next week is just probably going to be pics I hope that ok. and by the way the next time I write you guys I will have less than a year left in the mission. But who’s counting hahahahaha. 

Well I love you and I’m doing good 

Elder Spencer Olsen

October 1, 2012 Last Week in Danli?

Hey mom and everyone 

Well, for me this week has been just a normal week. It’s just a little different now. It’s sometime hard to want to go out and find people because I might be leaving on Wednesday. But there is nothing special. We have a few dates set but I won’t be there for them. 

So there is something up with the email I tried to send you last week. The system doesn’t want to send it and I have 8 photos attached to it for you its weird. So for sure you will get like 15 photos next week. 

Umm but I’m excited for combios this week it should be way awesome. I’m excited to get to know another part of Honduras. I really want to go to a place call Launge (Langy). It is Where Danny and Lanny moved to after Monjaras, and I want to finish the work I started on. But anywhere right now would be fine. 

Ok so I emailed grandpa a month ago but I’ll try again and I literally just remembered what grandmas email is so ill will wet those sent out really soon they are just really starting to come down on the hour thing to write people. So I’ll try to get everything off in the next week or so. 

I love everyone I’m doing the best I can 

Elder Spencer Olsen