Date

September 21, 2015

Area

Pampa Texas (South)

Companion

Elder Knapp

I have no patience for learning the attribute of patience in the Lords time.

Well, there were a lot of ups and downs with this week, but I like to focus on the positive aspects more because those are the ones that are remembered most.

So we were able to teach quite a bit this week, even though our investigators have started to slow on thier progressing. The members here are awesome and they always volunteer to come to lessons with us. I'm so grateful that they want to help further the work and I know that they are going to be blessed for that!

So Pedro and his family are the fastest progressing investigator family that we are teaching! They have come to church 4 Sundays in a row and they are reading from the Book of Mormon every day! They accepted to be baptized on the 26th of this month, this coming Saturday! They are truly a remarkable family. Pedro recently lost his job and hasn't been able to make payments on his car. So he lost his car and we thought that that was it. That it was over because his family lives 12 miles away in Lefors, an outlying city. But he texted us on Sunday and said that he is borrowing his brother's truck and that they will be at church! And they made it so that they could attend the lessons at Brother Grote's house and Bishop Guymon's house! That was a huge testimony builder for me because that is telling us and the Lord that they want this in their life! They are feeling something that they can't get anywhere else! There was one question that Elder Knapp and I were pondering about, " Are they married?" If they weren't married, then they couldn't get baptized until they were, or until one of them moved out. So we had the Law of Chastity lesson with them and of course, they AREN'T MARRIED. That was the one thing holding them back... And to find out, Pedro never had the means to divorce his first wife, and he left her 10 years ago. Pedro and Cindy have had at least three kids since then and I was left in awe. Ao when we got home, I called Bishop Guymon (he's an attorney) and asked him what it takes to get a divorce. Holy cow there are a lot of things that need to be done. Pedro and his first wife were married in Mexico, moved to Pampa and then separated. Bishop said it takes a couple months to get things sorted out and finalized, so they aren't getting baptized this transfer:/ That was a huge bummer because I wanted the first people that I helped come closer to Jesus Christ to be a family. But it's all good, I love them and they understand the situation. They aren't going to stop progressing because they know that they need this in their life. It's been a huge blessing to see a family so ready for the Gospel, and honestly, as a missionary, it's not about the baptisms. It's about who you bring closer to Jesus Christ and that's what I'm doing.

Kiara and Andrea are doing great! We had a shaky lesson with them earlier in the week, but then later they had that re-spark for baptism. All they had to do was to come to church yesterday and they could be baptized this week, but of course they were in Lefors with their cousins. We went over Sunday evening and talked with Oli about it. He was sincerely sorry and we told him not to make another dumb mistake like that haha. We can joke with Oli like that so that's always nice. We're meeting with them tonight and we're going to have a good lesson with them.

We had 7 investigators at church this week! That is the most that have ever come to church here in Pampa. Pedro and his family came and then Christy and Anthony came as well! It was a sweet blessing seeing them there and that they were able to feel the spirit and the love of Christ! That was one of the highlights of the week!

So we went from 7 baptisms this transfer to 0. It's pretty frustrating but I know that this is the Lord trying to get me to learn something. And I know what it is: It's Patience. Now ya'll know back home that I never was the most patient individual. I hated waiting and I always needed to be doing something with someone. Patience is a Christ-like attribute that I am trying to develop and acquire. It's super difficult but I know that I will be blessed as I continue to try.

I know each of you probably take time each day to look at how you can develop and forward your Christlike attribute, as there are many. As you find which one you are struggling the most, take it, look it up, find scriptures on it and see what you can do to strengthen that attribute. I'm still working on developing patience as much as I can, but I have a testimony that when you do so, you will be able to see that particular attribute bless your life. I love you all and I'm so grateful for this Gospel, for this chance that I have to serve the Lord for 2 years. I hope that I have a positive effect to all those who I can reach and I hope to learn to bless your lives as much as I possibly can. You guys are the greatest. Be sure to do what is right, for you know that is right. ;)

Elder Bollwinkel




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