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Hi I'm Kyle Olsen

I'm a potter, a runner, a soccer player, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently serving a mission in the Colombia Bogota North mission. Athletics and sport are a huge part of my life. I ran track and cross country in high school. Running is extremely special to me because it's all about you, your attitude and mental will power, and your physical condition. Running has taught me that there is always room for improvement in our life. I also played on the High School soccer team. I am so happy to be somewhere where football actually means football. I've played soccer ever since I was little and it's funny how easy it is to connect with people through a game. When I return I will be attending College to get a BFA with emphasis in Ceramics. I took my first Ceramics class in High School and ever since I've yet to stop play in the clay. There's something special about taking something as raw and simple as clay and turning it into something beautiful, like a giant pot with elegant curves, or a dinner set. Pottery and the whole process of turning dirt into pots is a great reminder to all of us that no matter how rough our edges are, if we put in the work, add a little faith, we too can become something and someone new, better, and completely changed for the better.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up, for the most part, in the church. It's true that my mom did only took me to primary just so I would have friends in the neighborhood, but that decision my mother made has changed my life forever. My father has not been an active member since his early teenage years, and trust me, that was a long, long time ago. Even though I didn't have the most active family, other members of the ward, such as my bishop, sunday school teachers, and most importantly scout leaders became the leading light in my life. It's because of the love that my ward members showed me that I am now out spreading the gospel in Colombia. Touching just one life will start a domino effect and touch everybody around their life as well.

How I live my faith

Before I started to serve my Mission I was called to be a Primary teacher. I taught the youth of my ward for about a year. Over that time I had two different classes, the 4-5 year old kids and the 7-8 year old kids. I learned so much from them and my experience teaching them the gospel. It's funny because I taught lessons as simple as being kind or how to express our love for our family, and though these seem like simple topics it amazed me how much I soon realized how important these things are in our life. We sometimes forget the simplest of things in our life because we sweep it under the rug as we think it to be so rudimentary and mundane that we actually forget to do them.