Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

October 13, 2014

Surprise!  Today is Thanksgiving in Canada.  We just found that out this weekend.  So unfortunately, we will not be able to get our winter clothes until next Monday.  But la famille Baker is having us over for Thanksgiving Dinner!  They are seriously the best.  We feel so loved by them.  It's just what we need!  Heavenly Father is so good to us two nineteen year-old Americans in little Gatineau.

Okay so this week was crazy again with the buses.  We are having a hard time figuring out how all this works.  But it is so good!  We are learning so many amazing missionary skills and we have so many more opportunities to connect with people and share the Gospel!  I love it so much.  It isn't coming all at once.  It is definitely going to take some more practice, but it's the coolest experience to meet a person, make a connection, and share a truth all between a few bus stops!  We have to be careful though, because otherwise we'll get kicked off the bus.  But it's so fun!

We had interviews with President this week!   We got super lost on the buses on the way there.  Interviews are in Ottawa, which is in Ontario, which is a completely different state from Quebec but it's like fifteen minutes away from where we live.  We had to get to Ontario and then buy new bus tickets there and anyways, we got really lost.  We also had a few incidents in between on the way.  By the time we finally got off our last bus we were way off the mark.  So we were marching through this wooded area fifteen minutes before my interview was supposed to start.  Miracle of the story, we somehow ended up on the road just around the corner from the chapel five minutes before my interview started.  I wish I could convey to you what a miracle it was!  We were so lost and so late and we were never going to get there.  Heavenly Father is so good to us!  He is working full time to make up for all my mistakes that I make throughout the day, but He loves us and blesses us anyway!
The interviews were awesome.  I love President and he still loves me. He just spent the whole interview complimenting me and uplifting me.  He's the best!  It sounds like the mission is down a car.  If they open up an area that needs a car more than us then it will go to that area but if not we'll get one.  But I have no idea when.  So we'll see!

I'm really learning the principle of line upon line, precept upon precept.  I know I gave my farewell talk about that and I thought that I learned that lesson last year.  But Heavenly Father is so much wiser than me and He loves me so much that He continues to give me opportunities to learn about it.
French is definitely an example of that!  It is definitely coming little by little, but that's okay!  It's so fun!  I love speaking it so much!  I learn new things every day and I am just having a blast with it.  The real problem for me is understanding people still.  Everyone has a different accent and they are all so darn thick!  I love the Quebecois and I can't wait for the day when I become one of them!  I think we are all going to have to move up here because I don't think I can ever go home!  Start learning your French but it's okay if not.  Everyone is bilingual that is from here.  There are a lot of Africans that don't speak English and some that don't even speak French but over half of the Quebecois we meet speak both.  I told you that the Quebecois are descendants of the Indians right?  I just think it's so cool that we are sharing the Book of Mormon with the Lamanites!  Fulfilling prophecies up here! We are so blessed.  I feel like the luckiest person in the world every morning to be a missionary here!  Even though it's hard and we are still very much figuring things out over here, I know how much Heavenly Father loves us and how much He loves these people!

Elder Ballard is coming  this Saturday!  Did I tell you that?  We are getting a new stake President in Ottawa so he is coming to call him.  He is holding a special meeting for our recent converts, less actives, and amis Saturday!  I can't wait.  Please, please, please pray that these people will have the desire to come!  This could shake the lives of these people if they come. I just know it!  We are doing everything we can to get people there.  I am so excited!  We are so blessed to have living prophets and apostles today.  It is usually the truth I share with the people I connect with on the bus.  What better news than Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have restored their Church and speak to us as their children today through their prophets and apostles?  I love it so much!

We have a new ami this week.  His name is Amid.  He is a former Muslim.  He is another person who believes that it doesn't matter how we worship, just that we do.  I can't wait to share with him all the blessings that come with joining himself to Heavenly Father and Christ's Church.  Of course they love us no matter what but because They love us so much, They have given us the way to receive the fullness of the blessings that They have for us!

Okay, I think that's all I have time for, I love you all so much!  Thanks so much for your love and prayers!  Have a wonderful week!  We'll try to start taking pictures again so I have something to send!

Love love love,

Soeur Olsen

Happy Conference!

October 6, 2014

Hi family!

My goodness, this computer does not work.  Thanks so much for all your emails though this week!  It was so good to hear from all of you!  I am glad you had such a wonderful conference weekend!  I got to watch conference at the Church- in English- hurray!  It was wonderful.  We had a couple of investigators come but most were no shows.  That’s okay because Elder Ballard is coming in two weeks to call our new stake president!  He is going to hold a fireside especially for missionaries and their amis!  Yaya!  We are going to be doing everything we can to get everyone their possible.  Please pray that we can have angels helping us to get these special people there!

So... car.  We don't have one.  We had to drop it off at the shop and leave it there.  Rough.  On the plus side, buses are amazing!  My goodness, I have no idea how to bus contact, so I am learning, yay!  It's really fun.  We get to talk to so many more people!  It is such a blessing!  We have had some really cool experiences all ready.  We have also gotten lost/stuck a few times.  But it's okay, it always works out.  We have seen so many miracles!  I don't know whether or not we will be getting our car back.  Hopefully we will find out this week.

Sister Carpenter is awesome!  She is so excited to get out and ready to work.  It has been a difficult adjustment from trainee to trainer and car to bus. Our area is so huge, that we are pretty cut off from a lot of people now.  It will take some time but Heavenly Father will help us learn how we can do His work most effectively and He'll help us get to where we need to be!

The French is soo much better!   Don't get me wrong, it is still very beginner.  I have found that Heavenly Father has really blessed us to be able to communicate with these people!  He is so good to us.  He loves us so much!

Have a good week family, I’ve got to go and try to buy some winter clothes now!  Thanks again for all your love and prayers!  Right back at ya!  Don't forget to watch those hastening of the work videos and apply the things you learned at conference!  We are so blessed to have the Gospel, don't forget it!

Love you so so so much

Soeur Catherine Olsen

September 22, 2014

September 22, 2014

Okay everybody! Sister Wright left this Wednesday and I got my greenie!  Her name is Sister Carpenter and she is SOO cute!  You'd just love her.  She is from Temekula, CA and she's a blonde!  She fits right in here in Gatineau because Elder Jenkins got another blonde too!  How fun.  Still a blonde Gatineau family.  She's Anglophone but it is really fun teaching her French!  (I just hope I am doing it right).  Since she's arrived I have really had to step it up and I have been really blessed.  The French hasn't been TOOO much of a problem yet.  We are really blessed to be serving in such a bilingual area.  I have really seen how much Heavenly Father is blessing me with the gift of tongues.  It's so amazing...and really fun even though it's hard.

So we made it to a new week!  We didn't die.  Yay!  It's hard because I'm in charge of planning how we use every minute of the Lord's time every day.  It's been really hard this week cause we have had lots of things fall through and lots of things we would like to do we are not able to because of klicks (the amount of miles we are allotted).  I'm just really, really trying to rely on the Lord and follow the Spirit because I don't really know what else we can do.  We don't have a lot of experience to go off of.  I know that Heavenly Father is really putting us through the refiner’s fire and preparing us for something greater.  I know that He loves me and my cute little greenie and He's going to be with us, helping us and guiding us, even if it's hard at first.

We have been trying to focus on the members.  We really want to get into their homes and get to know them and help strengthen them.  We also really need them to come teaching with us so keep praying for us and our ward so that we can have success in our area!  There are so many things to do and hardly any time to do it, or any klicks!  We are just taking it one day at a time, and little by little we are going to see the Lord work wonders in the area. I am sure of it.  I love you all so much!  Thanks for all of your prayers and support!  Have a wonderful week!

Yes it is starting to get cold!  I am thinking I have got to go find a heater blanket somewhere!  Sister Wright says that is something I am going to want to have.  Thanks so much for the package; the GPS and treats are a Heaven send!  I loved getting all of your letters Laura, they made my whole week.  Thanks so much!  I love you! Happy birthday next week cute girl!  Thanks also for grandpa's blessing, the missionary dolls and sunglasses!  I loved it all so much and really needed it.  Thanks for taking such good care of me through packages, letter, and prayers. I love you all so so much.  Tell grandma that I hope she gets feeling a little better!

Love love love with all my heart,

Soeur Catherine Olsen


This is Catherine's new companion :) 

Baptism of Denis and Ines Coulibaly 09/12/2014 Missionaries from Left to Right: Sister Craven, Sister Wright, Sister Olsen