March 13, 2017




Elder Garlick

The Weeks Roll On . . .

Hey mom! So this week was pretty slow, but not too bad! We didn't get to meet with too many of our investigators, but we got some solid potentials that we're seeing this week! Everyone was getting ready to leave for spring break and they weren't able to sit down with us, so that was a bummer.

We went to the food bank and we helped out Lalo, one of the main workers there. He loves the missionaries and many have tried to teach him, but he isn't a huge fan of religion. I've been in Lubbock for about 6 months now and I've been able to establish a pretty sweet relationship with him; we joke around a lot, he's given me a nickname "Blondie" (it's pretty fitting) and we were eating lunch at the food bank and he told me to come sit by him. I thought that it was pretty normal, but then he starting talking about life: his life, my life, my family. I was able to talk to him about why I came on a mission, the things that I'm going to take away from it and apply to my life when I get back home. He gave me his Facebook and phone number and told him to call him when I get home! It was a pretty sweet experience and I'm glad that we’ve been able to put that kind of an impact on him!

We had a linger longer after church on Sunday (my idea - food!) And it went pretty well! There were quite a few people there and it was good to visit with the Ward and get to know them more!

I started the Book of Mormon again this week cause I finished it last week! And as I was reading about Laman and Lemuel and how badly they desired to go back to Jerusalem, I thought, "Why didn't they just go? If they wanted to leave and take the daughters of Ishmael back to Jerusalem, why didn't they just up and leave? They have their agency, they are strong dudes, (they tied Nephi up on multiple occasions), why didn't they just take their bags and leave?" I was sitting there, pondering about it, then I thought of a pretty sweet scripture in 2 Nephi 2:11 " For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, my firstborn in the wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither holiness nor misery, neither good nor bad. Wherefore, all things must needs be a compound in one; They couldn't leave because they were the opposition that Nephi and Lehi needed to test their faith and testimony in Jesus Christ! And we all need that, no matter what we're going through. It helps us know that whatever we're doing is worth it. They are compounded in one. I've had to come to that conclusion on multiple occasions and it was pretty hard to understand why. But I know why, and I hope that y'all will understand that too as time goes on! Love y'all and I hope you have a great week!

Elder Bollwinkel


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