August 14, 2016


Songino (onion)


Sister Olsen

I Love Mongolia!!

I love Mongolia!
We got my was a lot of waiting and following but we did it, we talked the tax price and storage fee down to 30,000 T ($15) so that was great! I love it all thanks! hairtai shuu! we were waiting there, trying to figure out what to do...when this guy looked at us and started telling people to help us bc we were just standing in the middle of the ware house....he was like, "someone please help these cute little Americans" and they did! heyyo! people are awesome! quite the little adventure. It reminded me of week three here trying to find my lost baggage with Sister Cleveland!
My stomach is still in the ruts....but what can you do.
We don't have any progressing investigators right now, but we're finding people left and right, it is amazing. (new opportunities) People treat us so well. I wish I had been better to missionaries....not that I was ever mean....but I never helped them. I love when people help me. They become a miracle in my life. Help the missionaries!

I have to remind myself to take a step back and see the big picture. This is God's work and I am so blessed to be able to do my part! I don't think my language will ever be anything amazing or great. But I am able to understand most things and I’m speaking. That was one of my biggest fears, not being able to communicate, but I can. And it’s not credit to me. It's a gift from God. The gift of tongues is real. I’m not good at learning languages....this is so hard. But its amazing everyday. I can only say what I need to, what he needs me to. I came across this scripture in my personal study,
‘Yet in the church I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach others also, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue.’ We met with a less active this week and talked to her husband who isn't a member....he was amazed at what we could say and our ability and he recognized it as a gift from God. And yesterday this really cute emee (grandma) came and she was afraid to talk to me at first....but we understood each other perfectly, a miracle. I’m so amazed by this work. and I’m so grateful to be here. I forget sometimes how crazy it is. I love it! I know Heavenly Father loves me.
Culture note: Its customary to give your seat up for anyone older than you...usually much older or to someone with small kids and such. Mongolians are also really good at sharing. They share bags so you don't have to carry them by yourself. Kids are awesome too. they find as much joy in sharing candy as they do eating it and they share with everyone they can. The older ladies are so cute, it's not uncommon to be walking down the street and have one come link arms with you to help themselves cross. They also never know their own schedule...sometimes they don't know the day before.....they don't really like making plans.....that's ruff on a missionary planner.
bakaa! hairtai shuu!
xoxxoxox, Sister Bollwinkel


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