Well another week has come and gone... and I’m going to complete a year in the mission on Wednesday. Not much to say there, just wow! Where did the year go? ha ha. So this was another really difficult week. The people are really stubborn here. They just want to keep doing what they are doing and don’t want to change their lives, but luckily, we have the greatest tool to change lives.... the gospel of Jesus Christ. I really have seen people’s lives change because of the things I get to teach. It really makes me sad that people don’t want to accept it, because I know it can bless their lives so much. So that’s why I have to keep opening my mouth. And with one year down, I still have to keep working hard, harder actually, because August is more than halfway done and I’m pretty sure it started a week ago. Time is flying, and it’s weird because after a year it’s different. Time is running out. I don’t know how to explain. All I know is that I want to give my all everyday, so I can look back and say that I left it all in Honduras. I hope that I can do all the Lord wants me to do and that I can be an instrument in His hands. I’m so glad that I have had a year to grow and learn, and that I have one more to keep on going. I’m excited to see what I will learn. I know it’s not going to be easy and I will get discouraged, but there are things I have to improve, things I need to do before I get home.
I’m so very thankful that I have this time to progress and to grow my testimony, because it really has grown. I honestly have a great fear that I will look back and have regrets, and I don’t want that. So I’m just going to keep working, and practicing being positive. And with that, faith, and more prayers, I’ll make it through. Love you all and hope you know that I love this work even though I get discouraged sometimes. I know this is the true church, that Christ is my Savior, and is guiding a living prophet today. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and I know that if we read it and act on its teachings, we will grow closer to God. I know that one day, if we do what God asks, we can return to Him and have eternal life and happiness. And that’s what we should all be focused on. I know that Joseph Smith is, and was, a prophet called to do a work that has blessed the world. I know part of that work was to restore the power of God to the earth, which is the priesthood. I know that power is real, and I’m thankful I have the opportunity to use this power to bless others’ lives. So I’ll just keep going on!
Love you all, Elder Ollis