Date

September 4, 2016

Area

Songino (onion)

Companion

Sister Olsen

Alma 37: 6-7

Highlights of the Week:

1.We met this little boy in the ward (he's like 4 or 5, the cutest) He loves missionaries and is always running around getting in trouble. The elders taught him to give high-fives and fist bumps and he loves it! It is so cute. He chases us down to give us high fives and say "ta shuu" (you rock) and during ward conference yesterday (I was sitting on the stand.... I’ve been the ward chorister for the past month or so...not an official calling) and he kept saying "ooii sister enee" and doing a fist bump from far away.... I couldn't look at him because I couldn't do it back.... it was all during the sustaining part of the meeting haha

2. We did A LOT of English. Like everyday...all day on Thursday. We’re finally finishing the project we were assigned!

3. We finally got to meet with a less active family...we've been trying since we got to the area. They’ve been too busy or had work or other problems. They have a whole in the floor of their living room, but I convinced them that I like floors with holes in them and they let us come over. They were great! We ate with them and played some games. The dad is a carpenter and made some cute games and such. Then after we ate their son said we had to get to his house for the spiritual thought because "it was more spiritual" and it was... he had pictures of Christ and he drew a picture of the temple on the ply board wall. His house was a little shack right next to the house. They were really ready to learn. A great family. We want them fully active!

4. I also got to go to my first area this week. The two sisters that are there this transfer don't know the area so we got to go on a split and show them around. It was so much fun being back there. We went to my new members house and were about to knock on the fence when one of the girls popped up over it. She was so cute; she yelled my name and smiled so big. No one here can say my name and the fact that she remembered it meant the world to me. They are a sweet little family.

It’s the little things that mean so much. I love Mongolia and I am so grateful to serve here. I was so amazed and a little overwhelmed yesterday when I realized how blessed I am. The Lords way isn't always our way, but it is perfect. It’s not always comfortable, but there is no growth in the comfort zone and no comfort in the growth zone.... but there is, because Christ is always with us. He’s our biggest fan and cheerleader. We have his support and the support of angels. I know that to be true. I wouldn't be able to do any of this by myself...and I am beyond grateful that I don't have to. I love my life. I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve. I'm grateful that He sees the big picture.
It’s just like President Monson said, "Heavenly Father never looses sight of our true potential, even when we do."
Alma 37:6-7: Now ye may suppose that this is foolishness in me; but behold I say unto you, that by small and simple things are great things brought to pass; and small means in many instances doth confound the wise.
And the Lord God doth work by means to bring about his great and eternal purposes; and by very small means the Lord doth confound the wise and bringeth about the salvation of many souls.
xoxo, Sister Bollwinkel




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