Tuesday, March 20, 2018

03/20/2018 - So We Set a Goal to Change It...The Results Were Amazing


Well we had a good week. It was a quick one to be honest. Things are going good. It’s funny how the Lord gives ya a tough one, only to follow it up with one full of blessings. We found two new investigators this week and are really excited to find some more. But the big news I just wanted to share is what has been going on in our zone. The greatest zone in the mission is the Cardston zone, but finding usually is a little down compared to other places. So we set a goal to find 45 new investigators at zone conference with our zone this transfer. That is more than anything reported at MLC this last month. The simple fact is, and President would agree, we aren't finding enough. So we set a goal to change it.

It was fun at zone conference. President gives an hour to the zone leaders and STLs to teach the zone. And we set this goal. I got them all fired up (using 3 Nephi 7 and the idea that nothing is impossible) and I swear we were about to blow up before we finished! It was super fun! But the results were amazing. Our zone found 10 new people between Thursday and Sunday!  So when you have faith, the Lord does provide. It was exciting to see everyone’s faith build. And the best part is we are totally on track to find 45 new investigators this transfer. I am so excited to report that one at MLC!  So, yes things are going good! There is so much energy in our zone right now and the Lord is blessing us!! Hope y'all have a good one!

03/07/2018 - Mission Leadership Council

Thursday, March 15, 2018

03/13/2018 - I Was So Ready to Partake of the Sacrament This Week

Hey everyone

Well another week is gone, and glad to put this one behind us. It was a tough one. Which is good. I hadn't had one of those in a while and we gotta grow, right. But anyway. It was a crazy week, we had so much to do and it seemed like all I could do was mess up scheduling. So it was stressful. Also our new cell phones were turned on last week Tuesday, and we didn't have mine or our SIM card so we asked to have ours wait to be activated. Well there was a mix up and we had no phone to communicate for nearly 2 days. So that was stressful haha. But it is all behind us. I was so ready to partake of the Sacrament this week and it was a great experience. I even got to bless it, which I hadn't done in a long time so that was a highlight of my week. 

What also was really cool, Our investigator Deanna is doing awesome. We met her mom and she had a lot of questions, but was interested in family history which is exciting. And Deanna also brought another nonmember to church! She is sharing the gospel and it is so awesome! We also were surprised when our other investigator was able to come to church. Surprised us! It was super exciting. The lord surely blessed us.

Another strange thing happened this week. President challenged us to tract in Cardston. Which is so strange since over 80% of Cardston is LDS. But we did and it was awesome. Maybe I am one of those weird missionaries but I like tracting. I thought I was in Cardston because president once told me I tract too much. haha but it was awesome. We were able to share so many lessons, since there are so many members and believe it or not we found a potential investigator haha! So that’s fun! We also had a member tell us he wasn't interested in a message at all. Which was super funny.

03/09/2018 - A Surprise Visit from Mark Broadhead!

But things are going better. It was a grinder but there’s nothing like taking the sacrament and getting back out there. It’s all you need. But I also wanted to mention it was so cool to be able to see Mark Broadhead, my neighbor back home! It worked out so well, we had interviews and I was able to ask President if I could see him and he said sure. So it was good to see someone from home! Love you all. Hope you have a good week and hope things go well! I love this work!

Elder Ollis

03/13/2018 - Received another picture via text of Elder Ollis and Elder Del Molino putting down some wings!

Friday, March 9, 2018

03/06/2018 - If You Can't Draw Them to Christ, You Drive Them

Well hello everyone. 

Hope your week was good. To update you on what has been going on. This week was super weird. It was Transfers. Elder Crockett got transferred sadly, we worked really well together, and he was one of my more favorite companions. He went to Okotoks to finish training a new missionary, and he was super excited. Probably will be his last area. I got Elder Del Molino. He is from Spain, Bilboa. So how my mission has been, I always have a Utah comp and then a not Utah Comp. But it should be good. He is good, people like him, probably because he isn't from Utah. But anyway on the more exciting news, I finished my bullwhip, about 5 weeks and 400 feet of paracord later and I got it done. It was worth it. 

But as for the other stuff, transfer week is always weird as its scrambling to figure things out a bit when you take over an area and we had a lot of administration to do like training district leaders and all sorts of things. But we are doing good. We also were on a big conference call yesterday with all the zone leaders and STLs in the mission and someone from salt lake to learn how to set up the phones. Ours are up (except me, I don't have one yet) and we are going to have to train our zone at some point about how to set them up (haha, which is funny since you all know how good I am with that stuff) and we have MLC this week. It has been crazy and a blur. But we were able to see Deanna this week. She is still doing good, she had a rough week as it was the anniversary of her fathers passing. But our bishop was able to give her a blessing and it really helped her. But we have a lesson with her tonight. As for that, our other investigators are still going, not progressing too quickly but super slow, so we will see.

But I wanted you all to know I love this gospel. I love being a missionary. it has brought me so much peace and joy. I am here to work hard, and I have been working as hard as I can. The Lord has asked me to serve, and so I give him all I can. And I know that my saviour has been helping me along the way. I love this work, It is the Lords work and I know that it will bless someone. Love you all! 

(Also quick little doctrine moment. Those of us that have been baptized have been adopted into the house of Israel and become part of the Abrahamic Covenant. Another reason to share the gospel is to fulfill this covenant the seed of Abraham have to share the gospel. No one since Abraham who has shared the gospel and not been part of his seed. So to fulfill your covenants share it!)

This is how we get people to church in the Canada Calgary mission. If you can't draw them to Christ you drive them.

This video is me cracking Elder Crocketts whip. The popper of mine broke off right before the video.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

02/27/2018 - Through Our Savior We Can Find Peace, Joy and Reassurance

Well hello everyone, 

Well to be honest I don't want to be long, I am running out of time but I wanted to share with you a little about our week. Seems like lots of you back home could use some uplifting.

This week was great and we were able to find a new investigator. It was that kid I told you about who turned nine right on our appointment with him. That is exciting. Our investigator on date is doing great, we had to move the date back to April 7th but it should work. our other investigator is doing well, we were worried about his intent but we taught him the plan of salvation this week and he seems to be eager. All in all it was a good week. Other updates is we get our smartphones this week, Elder Crockett is getting transferred and everything is going to be new next week. so I will let you know how it goes. 

But Brothers and sisters I just wanted to let you all know that our Saviour has an incredible love for each and every one of you. He is the Saviour of the world and we need what he has. And that is his Atonement. I just wanted to tell you all I love you too. I know as each of us strives to live like the saviour, strives to have his help, through prayer we can have his help. I love you all, my thoughts and prayers are for you. But I know that I am called to this work, at this time for His reason and I love the opportunity I have to share this gospel. I give it everything I have every day. Love you all and always remember your saviour!

Elder Ollis

From Elder Ollis' mom:  Elder Ollis' Grandpa Stan unexpectedly passed away yesterday. We were able to talk to President Miles so he could share the news with Thomas prior to our emails today.  We are so grateful for his kindness and concern for our missionary and our family! It's no wonder Elder Ollis has a deep respect and love for him and his dear wife!  In true missionary fashion Elder Ollis shared many words of testimony and comfort to his family and we felt they were words that bring comfort and peace to all who may read them and have included some of them below!

In an email to mom: Thanks mom. Just know I have been thinking and praying about those back home. I love you all, and I know this is a tough spot but I do know it is all part of God's plan. I got the call from president and it was good to hear the news from him instead of email. Thanks for that. But I have peace about it. We were able to teach the plan of salvation about 30 minutes after the call and I know that plan is real. Tell everyone I love them. 

In an email to his Nana: Nana, I just wanted to leave you with what I can. I am sorry I can not be there in person but I can leave you with words of comfort and hopefully words of peace. This week we were able to hear from a stake president in cardston at a ward conference. He shared about our Saviour. And particularly, he shared about how he is absolutely the prince of peace. Nana I love my Saviour. I know that he has overcome all. I am so grateful for him and his great, eternal atoning sacrifice for each and everyone of us. He loves us and he loves you. I know that he does. I am so grateful for my chance to represent him on this mission and I do have a testimony that through our Saviour we can find peace, joy and reassurance. He truly knows what we go through. And I know that gift is available for all, that gift of peace. I Love you Nana and I will pray for you continually. I love my Saviour and my Father in Heaven. I love in the scriptures Isaiah 12 verse 1-2 as it gives me comfort in what he has done. "And in that day thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise thee: though  thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my son; he also is become my salvation." I know all those promises are available to each of us. I love you Nana and I have peace with the knowledge of our Saviour. I will continue to pray for you! Love, Elder Ollis

Thursday, February 22, 2018

02/20/2018 - Kinda a Weird Day

Hello everyone. 

All I can say is I am grateful it is p-day. I really am so glad. This was a crazy week. Let me explain. We went on exchanges after p-day last week. I was in cardston with one of our district leaders, elder Higashi. It was a good day. It snowed like crazy and when we had to drive to Fort Macleod to exchange back. (its a 30-40 minute drive) it was super sketchy. We have to drive through the reservation and I think the province is upset with the laws past on the reservation and we don't think they plowed much. So it was a good drive. We had plenty of time to do it and we were safe but it was a good day. We then went on exchanges again on Friday to Saturday in Calgary with the APs. It was a great exchange, learned a lot but once again we drove 2 and a half hours there Friday and back Saturday. So it was a lot of driving this week. It was good though. Learned a lot. Then the crazy part. 

Sunday we wake up and it had snowed since Saturday at probably 6. So we get ready like regular and ward council cancels. Not that big of a deal. Then we get a text from our Stake president and ward mission leader and all of church in cardston was called off. Two whole stakes with no church. It was the strangest thing I have had happen. We cover 5 wards, church from 8-4:30 and it all is cancelled! It was a weird day. So Elder Crockett and I called President Miles to let him know what was going on and got permission to do district meeting on Sunday. So that is what we did. Kinda a weird day. We shovelled so much snow. We didn't have anything to do as church cancelled and so we picked as many non members as possible and went and shovelled their snow. It was a long day but it was good. We got dumped on. probably over a foot of snow. Cars were getting stuck everywhere. It was a lot of fun. 

But as for that, everyone I am doing good. It wasn't crazy cold and things are going well. We heard from our investigator who kinda went missing in action and were able to meet with her. She is facing a big decision so our bishop and us helped her know how to get answers from prayer and she gets to make it on her own. So its going good. Thats all I got. Love y'all

Elder Ollis

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

02/13/2018 - This Week was Bitter Sweet

Well hello y'all. 

Well this week was bitter sweet. So lets start with the sweet. First off today has been a good day. It started out like I said last week. Biscuits and Gravy, Lets go. Then we drove 20 minutes south to a members home, brother Kormos. Well Brother Kormos's property is on the border. So we went for a nice hike up a mountain to the US border. LETS GO! we saw freedom today. It was pretty fun. Brother Kormos is one of my favourite members, he is a farmer, and to be honest that life sounds good to me. We couldn't cross the border, as that is illegal but we were there. It smelled like freedom. It was glorious. I was just hoping to see a bald eagle. It was crazy windy though and super cold but it was worth it. We also climbed it in our white shirts and ties. LETS GO

02/13/2018 - View from the US Border!

02/13/2018 - Brother Kormos

02/13/2018 - The US/Canada Border!

But as for the week we had a tough one and a good one. The good was we found a new investigator. The situation is a little weird. His name is Collin, he is struggling and he needed to get away from Calgary so he moved down her to live with his aunt. Who is a recent convert we have been helping get to the temple. Well the situation is weird because we aren't sure how interested he is and he might be just being nice because he is living there and getting a lot of help but none the less it is a new gator. Bad news is we weren't able to get our phones, they have been taking a long time to ship to Canada, because Canadien post takes a long time. But our other investigator on date had a rough week. She has been hard to get a hold of but we will keep trying and see what happens. Probably won't happen on the 10th but we will see. 

I was super excited to get a package this week. A surprise valentines gift from my family. And the chicken was so funny. Haha what the heck. I put my name tag on it so it now is one of my companions. I am going to keep that chicken around. (thanks dad!)

But as for that just wanted to let you all know I love you all. Each and everyone one of you. I know the Lord does too. I love this work and am so happy to be a part of it. See ya, Elder Ollis

Note from Elder Ollis' Mom: Just in case you are wondering what Elder Ollis is talking about see the chicken video below.  His dad thought it was hysterically funny and thought it might be a good way to laugh off the frustrating moments!