Date

December 7, 2015

Area

Pampa Texas (South)

Companion

Elder Neilsen

His Light saves lives!

Well, there was a lot that happened this week, both good and bad things. I'll get the bad stuff out of the way first so we can focus on the good stuff!
So Melba did not get baptized this week due to marriage issues. Her and Mark aren't legally married because if they do get married they lose like $500 of income a month since they are both on welfare. If that happens they feel they won't be able to pay any of their bills and will be put in a bad situation. We got on a bit of a rant with them about how God can provide for little minuscule things like that because Eternal Life is at stake! Mark spoke most of the time, even though this was for Melba. I know my siblings know this about me but when someone starts arguing with me I quarrel back and they know I get pretty passionate when I get in disputes. Well, I rebuked mark a couple of times and called him out on a couple things which shut him down a few times. I Regret every word I said because the Spirit wasn't there at all... and it was sad. Melba told us that in spite of everything she is interested in the church, which is good, and she is still reading from the Book of Mormon, which is awesome! Elder Nielsen and I talked about it for a while and we decided that Melba needs to gain her own testimony and take that trial of faith and put her trust in the Lord. We will continue to try to help them.

I was able to go on exchanges with one of our Zone Leaders this week and I got to go up to Borger to do a couple of Baptismal interviews! It was exciting! I never thought that missionaries got to do those; I only thought that it was the bishop. But I was privileged to interview a set of 11-year-old twins and they are so excited for baptism! And I got a text that I get to do another one this week! It's always good to go on exchanges because you get to see how other missionaries teach and if you like something that they do, you can apply it to your companionship! So much to learn out here.

I loved the First Presidency Christmas Devotional so much! Our bishop invited us over for it and we had such a good time! I loved when David A. Bednar was having us envision ourselves like we were in the Americas when Christ was born. I love when he asked, "Can we truly understand the waiting of Christ's birth?" Now that's an obvious question because we can't. But I thought to myself, "Well, we can understand the waiting of His return!" And I felt the Spirit overwhelm me when I thought of that because he truly is going to come again. We are starting to see the signs of His return and it is going to be glorious and magnificent! One of his comments that blew me away was when he was talking about light. When President Bednar said, “His Light save lives”! I got chills all over my body and I knew that was the Spirit confirming to me that His Light and His countenance literally save lives. Jesus Christ is the light that dispels fear, provides assurance and direction, and engenders enduring peace and joy. I would like to invite all of you to look for the Light of Christ in your lives and thank Him for 'Lighting' up your life. I love you all and remember to enjoy what this Holiday season is really about!

Elder Bollwinkel


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