SPEEDERS, Matthew is the Man, Wheelchair Service, and the BEST Love Story…

Aw, ya’ll are so sweet!  That is so awesome that Jamie came over to help put up the Christmas trees.  Mom was always saying she wanted to see him more.  Jackeileen  SPEEDERS!  We will have to go there when I get back! Dibbs!  hahaha Sometimes my companion scares me when she drives…but then I compare it to when mom would drive. (She is quite a scary driver, I miss it)…then I am okay.

You know a lot of funny things happened this week, but I cannot remember them all!  I didn’t bring my journal this time so I can’t read through it like normal!  One thing is we got to meet with one of our investigators this past week and make some fudge!  I was in charge of stirring the pot and I stirred for quite a while and none of us really thought about it but we had used a plastic spoon. hahaha  By the time we realized half of the spoon was gone!  So yeah, that is the little lesson that I learned this week.  We got a new set of Elders this transfer!   They are the Zone Leaders!  Six missionaries in our Deep Creek Ward now!!!  It is crazy.  Our area goes all the way up to the Georgia border so we gave them all 40 miles North of town cause they get more miles than us per month!  Missionary work is crazy…

We also did some housework for a member who is in a wheelchair.  She was just needing some little things done.  But right before we left I asked, “Is there  anything else we can do for you?”  She said, “Oh, one last thing!  Cut my toenails”…so, I cut her toenails.   They were very long and there was lots of dead skin.  I can truthfully say I love the people here now.  hahaha

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That is cool Auntie Susan came by, she is WAY cool.  hahaha  I hope that her soup cleared up your system Dad, from what I hear your cold has gotten better.  Ya’ll will look so great in your tulle and matchy matchy stuff at the Christmas Party!  You are so creative!  Let me know how it goes…Some people here invited us over for Family Home Evening and brought some investigators.  It was an awesome opportunity for missionary work because they are being fellow-shipped while learning more, so they don’t feel it is all on them.   Working through the members is definitely the best way to be a missionary.  When we go tracting it is really hard to find investigators and IF we find them they usually don’t last very long, but we like to think we are planting seeds!   Thanks for that piece from Elder Holland as he says…

AHHHHH!!!! I’m so proud of Matthew!!! Getting his mission papers in.  Tell him that!  I will email Rebekka that too!  Aw Dad, that is so cute what Grandpa wrote to Grandma, he is so amazing.  Let him know I love him.  I am going to print it off so I can read it again and again.   They are the best love story!

I love you all so much.  Ya’ll amazing and I miss ya’ll.  I’ll continue to share the gospel right here in Florida, sharing His light with those that are around me.  Have a blessed week!  I love you.  I love you.  I love you.  -Your Daughter

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LADY WITH THE GUN, THE FROG, AND LIVING ON THE EDGE OF REPENTANCE.

Hey Ya’ll, the South has been AWESOME!  Tell me about where you are at!  This week has been great.  One of our focuses as a mission is to have a “Golden Hour” each day where basically you focus on finding.  That can mean finding in any way.  Like door to door or with members getting referrals or walking around a Walmart

parking lot.  (Sadly there aren’t any shopping centers or parking lots in our area because the Elders get most of that stuff cause they are on bikes.)  Anyways we have had amazing “Golden” hours this past week that have helped us reach inspired goals.  Not all days, but some days.

Last night there was a Stake Relief Society dinner, where they had four speakers who gave some of the funniest talks I ever heard.  The South is so awesome.   They talked a lot about how happiness is a choice.  One of the sisters spoke about an age spot she had on her hand and how she chose that that age spot was just a huge freckle.  By doing that she was able to choose happiness.  It reminds me of what mom always says, “Choose your love, Love your choice” and that is so true.  I applied that to being out here on a mission.  Sometimes things are tough when nothing seems to  be working out, but I like to remember that this is a choice and I love that choice.

One of our main investigators has some very bad health problems.  We found out last week that both of her kidneys are failing her.  (This is the lady who has the bunch of birds and calls us her “Little Angels”.)  She has been to church twice and really wants to get baptized so as of this week we are working with the Bishop to see if she can get baptized without coming to church three times.  It’s sad to see her so upset and in such rough circumstances, but she never lets go of her faith.  She knows God is watching over and loving her.

We have been working with many less active members and some of the sisters have been able to make it to church.  There are many sick people in our ward.  The ward members are good about visiting them.  We went by to one sister’s home to do service for her.  She was very tired so we just called some of her doctors and set up appointments.  After we were there for an hour she fell asleep mid-sentence and we slipped out after that.  It was so cute and funny.

It has been very foggy and humid here.  Just walking outside, you get your hair wet.  Training calls are coming up this week.  I am nervous that they will call me to train…we’ll see.  We are getting many new sisters into our mission this transfer. HEY! I almost caught a frog!  It was cool.  Next time frog…Next time…AND the other exciting thing is our mission might be getting IPADS soon!  That’d be way cool.  If you get an IPAD for missionary work, you have to be SUPER accountable for all the goals you set because your Mission President or whoever can just look you up and see what you are doing.

Elder Foresyth and I are the only missionaries in our mission from Canada.  We may be related through the Petersons!  Hey do you know the population of Canada?  Americans here seem to think it is uninhabited!

While tracting last week it was almost pitch black outside even though it was 7:00pm.  We went to this single lady’s home who the Elders had referred us to see.  When we knock on doors, we knock twice.  Once for their salvation, twice for ours.  After our second knock we hear someone coming to the door and ask, “Who is it?”  We answer, “It’s the Sister Missionaries.”  She says, “I was sleeping.  I have a gun.  I was ready to shoot.” hahaha  We said, “All right, we’ll try back later.” and she shuts the door. 

 One of our investigators came to church last Sunday and brought her new born baby.  She hasn’t been baptized because of some little things…but we are working towards it.  Because of American Thanksgiving and Black Friday coming up I haven’t thought about Christmas at all.  Thanks for all the news from home.  Tell Sister Brown, I will keep my eyes open for her family. Thank you all for your support, emails and I love you.  You know there is another Southern thing I thought of, “Have a Blessed Day.”  Everyone here says it so I hope ya’ll have a Blessed Day.  All and all I am happy out here and learning so very much each day.  Keep up the good work.  Much love from Sister Winkler    P.S. Photo of our our Wonderful District once again.

DUCK DYNASTY, Bible Study Class and “bless the little bitty birdies”…

Thank you for the Happy Birthday wish.  18 more days until I am 21, then I will be old!!!  Here is the promised photo of us Wonderful Lake City District Missionaries…

Primary Children church presentation we had a couple of weeks ago.  The children were so good!  This past week the women of the Primary Presidency gave talks.  In the South they do everything differently. hahaha  They talk to the congregation and sometimes the congregation talks back.  It is funny.

Bishop Blumell was such an amazing Bishop.  That is so sad about his early passing.  I hope Sister Blumell is doing okay.  Let the Comforts know that I love them and thank Sister Comfort for her “dear elder.”  I am working on writing Sister Turner back, but I am not the best “penpal”.  I will pray for the missionaries  in the Phillipines.  It sounds like a tragic typhoon.  Elder Lethaby is serving there from our Calgary West Stake.   Please tell Bishop Lee my favorite scripture is Mosiah 20:19-21 (so far).

Thank you for the article from Apostle Holland.  He is amazing.  I shall print it off.  I think some of our investigators will enjoy it.  One of our investigators couldn’t come to church this Sunday because she thinks she got bit by a brown reclus spider.  These bites are 

very common here in Florida.  One of the sisters in our zone has two in a jar.  (They found them in their apartment.)  The results of the bites can be very graphic.  Just google it.  It is not something I want to put in the blog.   This sister has a lot of illnesses that prevent her from coming to church.  She has so much faith and calls us her angels saying, “I hope you don’t give up on me.”  We tell her we never would.  She is a cute lady with a ton of birds and cats.  She talks with them and thanks God for them in her prayers, “thank you for the little bitty birdies and the bees.”  Her prayers are so adorable.  You know Dad, my companion and I, we talk about what you wrote about, how we are planting seeds.  Lots of people are not interested or straight out don’t like us at all but that is fine.  We love them anyways and try to make that time we get to interact with them positive.  Have a great Remembrance Day.  You are all such a great example for me.

Hi OLD Sister! hahaha Nope, no fish eye soup!…yet.  I am loving it here.  Some hours take forever!!!  But it is all amazing work.  Everyone here LOVES DUCK DYNASTY. hahaha  It is like religion for some people and everyone hates OBAMA.  One lady we taught the Plan of Salvation to yesterday told us that, “he is the anti-Christ.” hahaha  I don’t know about that.

 This week we are getting a Bible Study together in the neighborhood called, “Cedar Park” (this neighborhood has tons of drug deals and stabbings going down and is just all-in-all shady).  Someone asked where it was and Brother Miles (member of the Ward Council) was like, “Just check the newspaper.” hahaha

We shared Sister Kasteler’s favorite scripture with a lady in our Ward.  This lady is less active because of her health.  She cannot make it to church at all.  We came by and the Elders pulled up with their trade off companions at exactly the same time, so we went in with them.  They gave her the sacrament and then gave her a

blessing.  In the blessing she was told to, “get ready to go home.”  Then the Elders and Brother Clary left.  Then we shared Sister Kastlers scripture which is 2 Nephi 22:2 and she said, “Oh, I love that, will you read that at my funeral?”

My companion has a blog too where her sister posts her emails.  She is pretty cool so you should check it out:

http://www.sisterlaurenkasteler.blogspot.com

We both love chocolate so we are a pretty good match.  We run in the mornings though, so it is all good. hahaha  I am SOOO focused on learning to teach by the Spirit.  Personal and Companion study are the best because then I can learn and grow.  It will be hard for your to believe but now I love to sleep.  When it is time to go to bed at 10:30pm it just never seems early enough.  We are up early each morning to study.

 Sometimes the middle of the day is hard because you feel sleepy. No worries though, one of the ladies in Price Creek Ward gave us pixie sticks at Halloween and we have them in the car for that emergency mid-afternoon pick me up.  Love you all.  You are beautiful!  Be safe.  Thank you everyone for your spiritually uplifting emails and support too.

         Love,   Sister Winkler

“I know I am wicked”…and then they pass the record.

 Hey Ya’ll, we drive a white 2013 Chevy Cruze.  It is nice.  hahaha  They definitely take care of the sisters.  The Elders have bikes!

I am having a lot of fun!  We had a zone conference on Friday and it was amazing.  Elder Zwick came and he and his wife were like BOMBS of knowledge AND just what I needed to hear.  They are amazing!  God definitely knows us individually and sends the people we need, in our lives.  My companion knows Elder Zwick.  He gave a talk at her father’s funeral, so she was super excited to see him.  When you talk to them you can just see the love in their eyes.  Now I’ve officially had conversation with another member of the Seventy!!  Elder Zwick said, “Don’t limit yourself by what you think is your capacity.  Allow the Lord to expand your capacity and He will.”  BOOM!!  Truth.

You should read Ether chapter 6 verse 5.  I love how it says, “…and the Lord caused that there should be a furious wind blow on the face of the waters.”  The Jaredites have left their homes and

friends and are travelling in these barges to the “promised land.”  They are living in these uncomfortable circumstances for a long time with the waters “raging” and the Lord is causing all this to happen and it is not because He doesn’t love His children, but because He knows it is pointing them towards the “promised land.”  God has a plan for each of us but sometimes it feels like we are going through all these “raging waters,” but it is always directing us to a “promised land.”  He will continue to bless us if we are faithful.

I heard this scripture from my sister training leader and I thought it was mind blowing.  I love you my sister.   It is nice to hear the little updates from home.  We had a fast day for missionary work as well.  Mainly for baptisms in our mission.  We didn’t break our fast until 7:00 pm with the Young Single Adults.  It was hard.  I like our kind of family fasting where we eat dinner at 5:00 pm.  That is exciting Berni is moving on up.  I’m proud of him.  Definitely Calgary weather you are having.  It is just hot and rainy here.  hahaha.  We are starting jogging in the mornings.  It is fun.  You almost feel like you need to jog cause the people love to feed you.  I have a new love of fast Sunday and fasting in general. hahaha   Dad, I am glad you are still working the Stampeders Games even though it is cold, snowy and not many people showing up.  I’m glad we won!!  People here are really into football!!  Our ward mission president’s bathroom is “GATOR” themed!!  I’ll send you a picture when I can.  I find it very

funny.  Toilet, towels, wall and all!  hahaha   I recently read Enos, Jarom and Omni in my personal studies and love how it goes in Omni.  The people that aren’t keeping the word of God and how they still preserve the record.  They plainly admit…”I am not keeping the Lord’s commandments and I know I am wicked”, and then they pass the record.  This is the Lord keeping His covenant with Jacob that the record would be preserved.

I am working on putting my trust in God and giving Him all my time.  I get frustrated when I feel like nothing is happening because I could just be doing that at home and be with my family.  But good things take time and I am working hard, being obedient and learning more each day.  I AM DEFINITELY GOING TO BE A LOT NICER TO MISSIONARIES WHEN I GET BACK.  BEING A MISSIONARY IS HARD!   I love you mom and dad for the example that you have set for me.  Mom for all that you do, service and for the hard work ethic you and dad have impressed us with.  Love you all a lot!!      Sister Winkler