Date

November 2, 2015

Area

Pampa Texas (South)

Companion

Elder Neilsen

Blessed Week

Wow this week was just incredible! It was hands down the greatest week of the mission so far! The Lord has blessed Elder Nielsen and I so much and I'm so grateful for that! You must have heard that sometimes a set of Elders go and teach someone, they prepare them to join the church, but they just can't get them to commit all the way. Well, it seems that was what was happening with Elder Knapp and I. Don't get me wrong, I love my trainer Elder Knapp. He was able to do things for this area that no one else could, but for some reason there were things that him and I just couldn't do. We were pretty good at teaching and preparing, but we could never get anyone to commit. But then Elder Nielsen came in and he's just a fireball of the Spirit! We get along so well together and we're starting to solidify our teaching unity. People recognize that him and I are ordinary guys that just want to teach people about Jesus Christ. I like that.

With that being said, I have some amazing news! Kiara and Andrea Ponce were baptized and confirmed members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this last weekend! I had the blessed opportunity to baptize and confirm Kiara and Elder Nielsen was able to baptize Andrea. The spirit was so strong and it testified greater than it ever has to me before. Of course there needs to be something funny that happened and that would be, that after this amazing ordinance I tripped up the stairs when I was walking out of the font...typical. Then to boot on Sunday, I had no clue that we were going to confirm them members. I thought that we were just going to be in the circle until Bishop Guymon handed us the microphone. So I thought, "Let's do this." and I did! It was great! Rookie mistake.

After their baptism we drove over to Amarillo and spent the night there, because we had a mission tour Saturday! We stayed with Elder Dacayunan and Elder Elies and they are some funny people! We went to bed at 11, woke up at 4 and I had to drive for two hours down to Lubbock. We had a sweet road trip down to Lubbock! All I got to eat were two pop tarts and half of a PowerAde. But the Lord helped me and guided me to keep me awake during Elder Foster's (GA) instruction towards us. He talked a lot about member involvement with investigators and that we need to implement that more, which is exactly what we're going to be doing! I'm ready to kick butt and take souls to Christ (in the most humble way possible of course). He addressed the district leaders and everything that he said to us I was just soaking it all in it was incredible! I got to talk to Sister Heap for a little bit and it was awesome! Her & President are wonderful.

On Sunday, we went and saw Mark and his wife, whom we're teaching. We taught her the Plan of Salvation and she had such great questions about it. We were able to help her understand it and she loved every bit of it! I invited her to be baptized and she said yes! She is going to be baptized on November 28 and we're going to make sure that she's going to keep that date!

The Lord is truly blessing us in the work and I'm so grateful for that! I would challenge ya'll to look to the Lord in all things. As a missionary, I would like to leave you with this scripture given by Ammon, one of the greatest missionaries of all time. He was exclaiming to his brothers about the greatness of their success. His brother rebukes him and tells him to stop boasting of himself. He then says, "Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength, I am weak; therefore, I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God. For in his strength I can do all things" I want to boast of my God and say that we can do all things through Him and as we rely on Him and His infinite wisdom, He will bless us and help us with everything that we're struggling with.
I love you all and remember to do your best!

Elder Bollwinkel


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