Monday, July 20, 2015

como estas?‏

i don't even know what to say about this week. it feels like the longest week but also it flew by! i feel like just yesterday was Monday, but i feel like it was a lifetime that i last emailed ya'll. 

But i think the biggest thing that happened this week that was pretty random is that i now have a sweet peacock feather in my room now! right over my picture of Jesus Christ. it is beautiful! we went to a dinner appointment to the Worthington's and you know he reminds me a lot of my Uncle Jim. Very knowledgeable and a veteran in the Vietnam war. I loved talking to him, it felt just like home, its funny because i may be on the other side of the country, but i feel like i am right at home, #HomeIsWhereYourHeartIs. ;D anyways they raise peacocks and their house is about a quarter of a mile off of the main road. they literally have a zoo in their yard. peacocks, horses, dogs, cats, bugs. etc. but so that is the story of my peacock feather. 

Something that was bitter sweet this week is that Robin who was baptized last week by the elders is heading off to Ohio bordering Kentucky. things weren't working out here in North Carolina so he moved back with his mom to Ohio. but luckily we got to see him randomly at the church the night before he left to take a picture and to say goodbye. i sure am going to miss that guy! i am grateful for perfect timing and the hand of God to place in each others path one last time!

The thing that i have learned most this week is that i really am not perfect. I ... well every one knows this about me, but i am really hard on myself. so i have really high expectations that everything i do should be 100% perfect... even if i have only been out for almost 3 months. so i was getting pretty discouraged ya know and i wasn't able to feel the spirit (because discouragement weakens the spirits ability to testify through you) so that was discouraging me even more. urgh but the good news is that through the scriptures and prayer, and a few tears all is well! Heavenly Father truly will provide no matter what circumstance you are in, as long as  you turn toward him for guidance. 

WE also had dinner with the Jennings family and took pictures of course and little Colton had his peanut butter. (he was not letting that go, that is his love!!) but i am glad we got pictures! they even came to church this sunday! 
Ann, who is getting baptized in September was flipping through the Gospel Principles Book and flipped open to a baptism picture and turned toward us and grinned!! haha it was great! 

I know that all of these stories may not seem very significant to all ya'll but just know that this is the Lords work, We are his children and no matter what challenge we are faced with he will provide a way to get out of it.. even if it is a simple as having a craving for icecream. if it is important to you, it is important to him!!

-sister Olesen

H I G H L I G H T S :

mon; dinner with the O'dells the husband reminds me a TON of my Brother Gregory
Tues: took pictures in the shack that we had to change in after having lessons with Margaret. 

Wed: Ann Pointing at baptism picture with a huge grin!!

thurs: Gregs birthday (my brother)  learned a little bit more in depth about keeping the sabbath day holy, sacrament is the only ordinance we can repeat for ourselves.. think about that!! and we said goodbye to Robin

Fri: found People in the park and taught them the restoration! they thought we were crazy at the beginning, but by the end, they were very glad we stopped by, and you could really tell that they knew heavenly father loved them!!

Sat: it RAINED!!!! i was soaked all day long

Sun: had my epiphany that i don't need to be perfect to do the Lord's work.

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