Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Well first off I want to throw a shout out to my sister for getting married this week! I am happy for her even if I was only present as a card board cut out. This week we saw some great things, even miracles, happen. We have really been working on finding lately. We haven't had too many people to teach but this week as we continued to work hard the Lord blessed us. We got a referral from a member for a family. Their names are Autumn and Chris. We went over for the first lesson and they said that they had been waiting all day for the lesson. They were super willing to listen and the spirit was definitely in the lesson and they even committed to be baptized. We taught them later in the week and they said they would be at church on Sunday. But he went to the hospital Saturday night so he wasn't able to make it. They are awesome though. We also we are able to find a lot of LA members to work with. We just stopped by and a lot were home and wanted to start meeting with us. Kay was one of the people we stopped by and when we invited her to church she said sure! She was there and even brought her niece who we will be teaching as well. It was a great week in Altoona.

Thanks to everyone and the support you give. Have a great week!
Caves we went to.

A member on P day took us to a Freemason temple and let us wear his stuff.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Well this was a great first week in Altoona. It is weird not being in Pittsburgh, but I know that this is where I need to be right now and I have loved Altoona so far. I have gotten to know a lot of the ward already and they are great people and have made me feel very welcome. My new companion is Elder Kap. He is from Syracuse Ut. and has been out for about a year now. We served in the city of York together about a year ago! We were in different areas but the same city. He is awesome and we get along great. 
This week we were able to have some great experiences. We were invited to do a presentation about the LDS faith in a Presbyterian care center. There were a lot of residents and workers who were there. It was such a cool experience. We went up there in front of a crowd of people and were able to testify of Joseph Smith and of the Restoration. Some people had questions and objected what we said. We just put it all on the Book of Mormon and it being the keystone of our religion. The spirit was really strong and some of the workers asked us afterwards if we had a Book of Mormon that we could give them. It was a pretty awesome experience.

We were able to teach a lot of great people in this area this week as well. I am excited to be here in Altoona and to work as hard as I can for the rest of my mission. I know this is the Lord's work and I love being a part of it. I love Pennsylvania and know this is where I need to be out of any other place in the whole world. Thank you for all of the support!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Well it happened... On Saturday I got the call that I am going to be transferred from the Green Tree ward. After 13 total months of serving here I am going to be leaving for my last transfer. It is pretty crazy. It was pretty hard saying goodbye to the ward. I almost felt like I was leaving on my mission again. For my new area I am going to be serving in the Altoona ward. It is a pretty small town so that will be a pretty interesting change up from Pittsburgh. My new companion is going to be Elder Kap. I already know him super well so I am really excited to serve with him. Well I don't have much time today but thanks for all of the support. I am excited to serve wherever I am called! Have a great week.
Our investigator Marlon who is going to be baptized in a couple of weeks.

Bro. Olson and Julia

The Smith Family