“G”(He came to Church) after 6 Months of Invitations, Moving Day, Us 6 Sisters, Baptisms and…More Friends!

“G” came to church this Sunday!!!  Us missionaries have been working with him for six plus months and he finally came!  We had a really good lesson  with him last time we saw him even though his friends were there.  I am so glad he used his free agency and came!  One of our ward missionaries picked him up and took him to church.  The only thing was they showed up two hours early and went to the wrong ward. hahaha  At least he went!!!  Next week is Stake Conference so we’ll all meet together at 10:00am, we hope he will keep coming!

I heard about the Fort Lauderdale Temple being almost done!  We will not be able to go to the Temple Open House as it is outside of our Mission area.

It has been cold in Florida the past few days.  It is a different type of cold than Canada.  The cold here sticks to your bones because of the humidity.  My fingers always freeze.  Everyone that shakes my hand says they are like icicles.  Nothing like Canada though.  Most of the time I don’t wear a jacket unless it is raining.  The good news is we found a new solid investigator this week, she actually doesn’t have much of a religious history (which is rare), so we are excited about that!  Anyways, I love being a missionary!

We’re working hard and hopefully we’re at least planting seeds.  I am definitely learning a lot more training than I did being a trainee.  I am actually retaining things now whereas before I felt like I was just barely getting through.  There is a lot of need for service in our ward right now,  we actually got to help out lots with redoing one of our ward members houses they are moving into.   It is looking really good and we have just about everything moved in.   When we first started doing service she was scatterbrained telling us what to do.   We got her to make lists and that really helped things move along for everyone.

Honestly, thanks to all for the advice on how to be a successful trainer!

  Jackeileen, yes, I will be clean so she will love me!  Look at our room.

Love you all sooooo much!    Sister Winkler 


1 thought on ““G”(He came to Church) after 6 Months of Invitations, Moving Day, Us 6 Sisters, Baptisms and…More Friends!

  1. Dear Sister Winkler

    I have been praying for missionary opportunities to Hasten the work for you and for me. But to my knowledge nothing has come, and frankly I was wondering why. However, today I had a client stop by the office to talk about projects and while he was waiting for me to get off the telephone conversation I was on, he ( my client ) started leafing through a copy of the Book of Mormon (large print edition) that I had lying around the office on a spare board room table that I have. He was just passing the time until I was free and able to meet with him. This was all done out of my field of view and unbenounced to me. My phone call was longer than I expected and he got a chance to read quite a bit of the Book of Mormon. Upon closing my phone call I turned around to see him kind of cradling this large print copy of the book of Mormon , and before I could say a word he said “Where can I go to get my own copy of this “Book of Mormon”? to which I responded , will you read the whole Book ….his response was YES . I said well then, in that case you can have this copy for free under one condition……..That you read it and ponder and pray about some highlighted points I will point out to you, and that if you ever stop reading it or no longer have an interest in it, that you bring it back to me so that I can pass it on to some else that may be interested, just like yourself. He promised that he would. The offered to pay me $50.00 for it, but I refused saying the monetary value in of the book is worth about that much, but the spiritual value is priceless, that is why I want it returned if ever his interest should wane in this book.
    This particular client I have known for about 1 ½ – 2 yrs but we have never ever yet got a paying job from him, yet he always comes by and has potential projects, that never seem to come to fruition. I have often asked myself why is this guy here. On another previous occasion I saw him intently reading “ The Family A proclamation to the World” which was conveniently hanging in a prominent position on my office wall. On a previous occasion he (this same client ) had asked me where that came from and who wrote it. All of a sudden an light bulb came on as if a switch had been turned on and I came to realise in an instant that this was my missionary opportunity and this was someone I could share the Gospel with. All of a sudden in the milli-second of time it took to process all this, I came to realization that “this was my missionary opportunity” that has been staring me in the face for the past 1 ½ – 2 yrs and I had been blind to the passive and blatant maneuvers to get my attention regarding , the church and missionary work. What a humbling moment as I thought back in retrospect. This opportunity had been staring me in the face for so long and I had been absent mindedly bumbling along wondering why missionary opportunities were not coming my way.
    He said you know I am one that does not go to sleep real easy,……. Every evening I have to read for a couple of hours before I can go to sleep. I don’t watch TV so I read a lot I will read this whole book in very short order. Funny think eh ? I know that the spirit of the Lord will work mightily on him and the rest will be easy . I highlighted Alma 32 & King Benjamin’s talk in Mosiah and Moroni’s promise as well as the complete introduction with all the witness’s testimonies. I know he will be back, and after a few more sleepless nights, and wanting to know what to do next.
    Isn’t missionary work great ? I am lifted and inspired by this experience. I also recognise that I was the weak link in this whole process and promise to do better next time.
    What a lesson for me in this. Sometimes I am so distracted, by my day to day routine that I fail to see the opportunities right in front of me. What kind, and loving, and most of all patient, Heavenly Father we have, that sits back and waits until our eyes are opened enough that we can see, what is right in front of us.
    Thank you, thank you, thanks you, Heavenly Father
    Hope you have as great a week as I am

    Love always
    Uncle Rod

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