Date

October 5, 2015

Area

Pampa Texas (South)

Companion

Elder Knapp

Conference from another Perspective

Wow this week was crazy! It was the last week of the transfer and we got so much done! This was such a great week because of conference and it was great having conference in the field! I loved viewing it from such a different perspective on everything and the spirit was so strong! Also we've been getting pretty cold weather; so enjoy this picture of us in sweaters. (That rhymed, unintentional)

This week we did so much service it was ridiculous! We started off by driving to the Panhandle and helping out Brother Pools. Now, Brother Pools is the greatest guy you'll ever meet. He is hilarious, loving, and he drives a big red Tundra. He recently moved to Salt Lake but came back down to help his daughter move some stuff around. We came and helped him and he took us to lunch. He asked us, "What does it take to be the best missionary possible?" He told us that it takes confidence. When we have confidence, we can overcome everything. We have confidence in the Lord and we can achieve all things. I've really been able to take that to heart and apply that to my life as a missionary.

Ok so this was the last week of transfer 2, so you know what that means: Transfer calls. Every missionary's nightmare! Elder Knapp and I have been pretty positive that he's leaving, but it's still scary to think about losing your trainer. That’s probably the most climatic event in a missionary's life haha. Well, after the priesthood session, we just started freaking out. We didn't get our call right when we thought we would so we just sat around the apartment and waited. Then we got a knock on the door. We looked out the door and saw a Domino's pizza guy standing out of the apartment. We were so confused, and then I thought to myself, "what if someone bought us pizza?" We opened the door and the delivery dude said that a guy named "Skullpounder" bought us pizza. I asked, was the name "Skullcrusher"? And he said ya ya, that was the name. I looked over at Elder Knapp and said that that's my dad's Snapchat name. Then we opened the box and it said "Love, Skullcrusher" Thanks dad for the pizza it was well appreciated:) So then we didn't get our call and it was 10:30, which is lights out. Then we get a voicemail from President saying that he’s been trying to call us. We have poor reception, so we called him back and then he said that Elder Knapp is going to be a Zone Leader down in Lubbock. We were so pumped! Then he said, "Elder Bollwinkel, the Lord has called you to train a new missionary that is coming fresh out of the MTC. Also, the Lord and I would like to extend an assignment to you to be the District Leader in the Pampa area." I was so surprised! I've only been out for two transfers and I'm being made a District Leader! I guess that doesn't happen very often, so it was some pretty shocking news. I thought to myself, I'm going to be leading a district full of missionaries that are older than me. Time to pony up! It was super cool that the President and the Lord trust me to do this.

At conference the next day, I was so comforted by the Testimony of Elder Stevenson when he says that the Lord will qualify those who need callings. I really needed to hear that, it was such a relief. I know that the Lord will help me and guide me so that I might be able to lead this district with His spirit. I'm also training a new missionary, Elder Nielsen and I can't wait to meet him on Tuesday!

I love all of you guys and I would like to quote Sister Marriott from conference when she says," Put your trust in God. Then, it will all work out." I know that as I continue to put my trust and faith in God, He will help me accomplish all the trials that are put in our path. I'm so grateful for this gospel and the progression of the work. I know that Thomas S. Monson is the man who has been called of God to lead and direct His church on the earth today. Heed the words of the prophets and seek to apply their teachings to your life. We can do all things through Christ, who strengthens us. Philippians 4:13

Elder Bollwinkel





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