She is home!
From now on this blog will be run by Angelina Esther Ione Winkler personally. Thank you everyone for your support during her mission. We are ALL so appreciative and we couldn’t have done it without you…
John, Brenda, Jackeileen, Angelina and Clifton Winkler
I will see you in a couple of days. It doesn’t seem real. Makes me sick not because I don’t love you, but because it is so much change. I am so excited to see you all!
GENERAL CONFERENCE WAS SO AMAZING!!!!!!!! I loved it so much. We’ve been sharing it with everyone. We watched it with a less-active family in their home. B——– is being baptized on the 25th and she has promised to send me her pictures and testimony. I am so excited for her. She is so solid.
I love being a missionary. I know the gospel of Jesus Christ is meant to bless my life and will help everyone. I know God’s grace is sufficient for each of us. I love doing His work. Got much that needs to be done today. Love you lots and lots. Sister Winkler
General Conference has been great! Loved it.
We had a rough week, but it was for the good. We had many tender mercies.
I am excited to see you all soon. Little over a week! Nervous to go home and sad to leave here. Love, Sister Winkler
Sister H——- is sweet and quite cute. She sets a good example and is a hard worker. We are doing great. We picked Z—— H——- back up and he has got lots of questions that I cannot answer. He called us to come back after we had done all we could at the time. We agreed to meet and teach him again but we are not sure he is ready to learn?!?… He is a difficult one.
We went to the Zoo here today, it was a lot of fun. I am treasuring these last few weeks in Florida and as a missionary. So many forever friends and dear places here. I cannot do all the miracles justice that are happening here. It is so good. Crazy how fast people come home from their mission. Eighteen months or two years, it passes so fast! Anyways, I love you. Sister Winkler
Thanks for all the updates from home! This week has been great. Exciting things have been happening here and in the mission. We had a family history Convention and we got to help people getting started on Family History and we also got to attend some classes. They have come out with some new apps for Family History and it is really neat to read some of those stories and see what happened in their families.
I read about Sarah Neat Passey who joined the church in England and travelled to Paris, Utah to escape the persecution. Her whole story was really interesting and funny. Almost everyone there was not a member of the church. In reading her story, she told her grandchildren (who sometimes attended the Presbyterian Church). ” Remember girls and boys I could have stayed in a better country than this and been a Presbyterian.”
I am proud of you giving your talks on minutes of notice. That is how it feels out tracting. hahaha Here we are at the Ward Hawaiian Party last week.
AND mixing with the locals…”this little piggy”…so cute. Love to all. Sister Winkler
This is Karl before going to the temple for the first time, (along with our ward mission leader, Brother J—— on the right). To quote our Mission President Craig, “I hope you all feel like I do in sitting in front of a spiritual fire hydrant. What an incredible week we have had with the visiting General Authority. Late Sunday evening before he was about to leave we asked him if there was anything he would like to offer in the way off suggestions about our mission. He said, “When I asked the question at the first of the conference I asked, “What are one or two questions that you have? Where your questions answered?” Of course I told him that they were. He said, “Then that is your answer. It is not about what my suggestions are that matter, it is what the Spirit has suggested and taught you that matters.”
Thank you for the email and sharing those wonderful experiences shared about Calgary West Stake Conference. It is true, “If The Book of Mormon is true, what else matters?”
You can’t tell from this sideways photo, I got so burnt in the sun! These tan lines are here to stay! We had Elder Kopishka come to our mission. It was mission changing. We talked about the faith cycle in Alma 32: 27-29.
We talked about the power and the action, how we have control over the action and only after we do not cast it out (ye have no witness until after the trial of your faith) do we receive the power. Faith always goes through action first Faith= Action + Power. Maybe I can share this in Family Home Evening for a lesson? He also talked about our purpose two parts as missionaries. To INVITE and to HELP. He was a divine example to, “As many as I love I rebuke and chasten” ( Revelations 3:19). He had Doctrine and Covenants 121:41-43 written on the fleshy tables of his heart.
We talked about things that we liked about the prophet Joseph Smith. One attribute we discussed was his determination to go against the status quo. I am not sure if he said this or if I just wrote it in my notes, but I wrote, “I am here because of a man that has these attributes.” When I reviewed my notes this stuck out to me. Personally, I look back on the times when we read The Book of Mormon together as a family as a strengthening time. I am grateful for the good.
I got the care package before the 14th of March so brother probably got his too. Thank you! Our Ward Luau was a huge success. We had one of our investigators sign for it and she was really good. We also had many members bring friends, plus we had two investigators come to the baptism afterwards. It was so great! We have a lot of people progressing towards baptism in this area right now. Keep praying for us!
I am sad that I will not be released by President Stephen Miller but I know the new Stake Presidency will be great too. Here is a photo of a turtle a family in our Ward found in their pool. They adopted him. He is about three weeks old.
Here is a link to The Gospel Principle Manual where I was studying this week. It really struck me and I felt like you would like to read it as well:
These flowers remind me of you. I know you love poinsettias! Reminds me of the primary hymn, I often go walking…Love you, Sister Winkler
We biked a whole lot this week and loved it! We had to climb a fence to get to our destination so we threw our bikes over the fence then over we went. We now are sporting the ripped tights look! We met a new investigator biking down Blanding Blvd. and just waked along with her as she talked about her life as a recovering addict. She told us that previously she had given up on the idea of God, but in recovery you have to believe in a higher power to overcome it.
I believe that is why God has made us the way we are. When we come to the very edge we have to reach out for some kind of help.
We had three people at church this Sunday. We are hoping for five this coming week. We may have to stop teaching L—M— so he can grow. Elder Kopishcke of the Seventy is coming on Friday. We are having a Ward Luau this Saturday that we will hopefully have a bunch of investigators at. The young men are doing the Haka and we will be cooking two pigs in the ground.
Melissa has moved to Lethbridge!????!!!Nooooo, who will cut my hair when I get home? hahaha. Okay I won’t stress. All will work out, I’m just focusing on the work. Thank you for being so supportive and reassuring sister. I love you all so much. MUAH! Sister Winkler