February 13, 2017




Elder Garlick

18% Left

HI Mom,

So I tallied up all the months and days that I've been out and found out that I have 18% of my mission left!! That's crazy to think about! So I'm not going to think about it haha

Man, so it was ridiculously hot this week! Like we were in the 80's and it felt like an Arizona winter #thebest! And today it's dumping rain and it's supposed to snow at some point and then we're supposed to be in the 70's in the next couple of days! Don't ask me I'm just as confused s you are haha. Texas weather is not something that I'm going to miss when I leave haha.

So the Lord has blessed us a TON this week! We've been hitting the streets and we found a few new investigators and two of them have baptismal dates!! one was a referral, her name is Ashlie. She has a husband that is an inactive member and wants nothing to do with the Church, but she wants to learn more because she wants an eternal family! She has talked a lot with the mother of the inactive member and she tried explaining things and then said that she should talk to the professional’s. The Spirit was SO strong as we talked about the Plan of Salvation with her and Eternal families and she was crying for most of it! She needs approval from her spouse though to get baptized and she's kind of worried but she has faith that the Lord will help her!

So I've been studying a little bit on having the faith to wait for the Lord's timing. I always want to go and get stuff done, have people progress in the gospel, see the change in their lives and fulfill my purpose as a missionary. Most of the time I don't work with the Lord's time. I want it done when I want it done. I want to see progression at my pace. And even though I've been out for over a year and a half, I still fail to recognize the pace that the Lord is working at. Sometimes he likes to work fast, sometimes He likes to work slower than normal, and it can get discouraging at times because you know that you don't have that much time left as a missionary and you want to get everything done as fast as possible. I have realized that as we synchronize our work ethic with the Lord's, He will make sure that everything will get done in his time. I love the scripture in Doctrine and Covenants 88:73 " Behold, I will hasten my work in its time." because He will. And we need to have faith in that. I often don't feel like I'm progressing if I don't see any outward results of my labors. But we need to understand that everything that is physical is temporal. And everything that is spiritual is eternal. Everything will work out in the end, even when it feels like there will never be an end. Keep enduring, keep praying, keep hoping in God's light. Love y'all and hope you see the blessings of the Lord in your lives this week

Elder Bollwinkel

PS. I can ride my bike with no handlebars lol


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