Sunday, February 25, 2018

Week 72

Minnesota State Capitol - St. Paul


Hola! Transfers are this week. Yikes! Probably the fastest transfer of my mission. Luckily, I am staying another 6 weeks here in New Brighton. I'm getting another companion, so I'm sadly saying goodbye to Elder Barrett. 

Today, we just got back from the St Paul Cathedral and Capitol Building.  It was great! And very spacious. Ha. I got lots of pics for ustedes.

This week was pretty slow because of appointments that fell through. Sadly, all our citas with the cute family we found last week, the couple from Cameroon, and the Hispanic guy named Jose we invited to be baptized last week. There's nothing more frustrating! But the work goes on. We saw our blonde Peruvian friend Cristian and his wife. We talked a lot about covenants with God, and how important they are in our lives and for our eternal families. They've been struggling to keep commitments but we were blessed because this week they came to church!

Some good news, our date set Alana is doing a lot better! She came to church, and we had a lesson afterwards. We worked through a lot of struggles she's been having and she's still progressing well towards her baptismal date. She told us, "I know I've made some mistakes recently, but I need to be baptized on March 10th. What do I need to do to be baptized?" Her desire is so strong. We are so blessed to have the atonement of Jesus Christ to rely on him and his grace to heal and change us. Keep Alana in her prayers!!

Other highlights of the week: Wednesday we had exchanges with the elders in St Paul. Found 2 new investigators! We gave them a Book of Mormon, and they gave us some deer meat!! Get this… we set up a return appointment to have a barbecue and a lesson with them. Haha! We also gave a powerful healing blessing to their investigator who accepted to be baptized. The spirit filled the room! Thursday we had another noche de hogar (Family Home Evening). Pretty good turn out again!

Also, a sister in our ward is the daughter of the mission president in Australia (President Norman) who broke his neck and is in critical condition. So, keep them in your prayers as well!

Thanks for all of your love and support! I say is often, but I really do mean it. I know God lives and loves us. Have a good one!

-Elder Bolinder

Noche de Hogar
Elder Bolinder and Elder Barrett
Capitol Building - St. Paul
Inside the Capitol

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