Believe God…Tossing Bales of Hay…Come to Jesus Moment…President and Sister Carter answer the Door!…

I have lost count of how many people we have asked to be baptized.  We are finding some lately, but it’s hard to get them to progress.  We really need the the Spirit with us and the power of discernment.  I have been more conscious about where we spend the Lord’s time, because I know it is precious.  Pray for our success in getting people to progress cause everyone just seems to be at a standstill.  It is hard because these everyday things like, read the scriptures, pray, keep God’s promises (pretty much “Believe God,” not just, “Believe in God” (there is a difference)) are the things that make the difference.  It’s crazy.  I am learning, and loving it.

In Mission President Craig’s email he shared something one of the missionaries sent to him.  I will share it here.

It is obvious the conversion power of this Book is making a difference.  When I think of the most treasured “things” in my life I have thought of all the “things in life that I have been given.  I thought if I had to give it all up and only keep one “thing,” what would I want to keep most?  I could give up a home, a car, a computer, the luxuries of life. My most treasured possession I realize has become my Book of Mormon and my scriptures.  It has all the answers, It inspires, It motivates, It brings comfort, It brings the spirit, It helps me to hold fast to the iron rod, It keeps me close to my Savior Jesus Christ.  Many in the world have other “things” that they treasure that are valued differently than things that are important to us.  I wanted to share a comparison of the value of the Book of Mormon vs. a cell phone with you.

Wonder what would happen if we treated our Book of Mormon like our cell phones?  What if we carried it around in our purses or pockets?  What if we turned back if we forgot it?  What if we flipped through it several times a day?  What if we used it to receive messages from its text?  What if we treated it like we couldn’t live without it?  What if we gave it to kids as gifts?  What if we used it as we traveled?  What if we used it in case of an emergency?  This is something to make you go…Hmmmmm…Where is my Book of Mormon?  Oh, and a few other things;  Unlike our cell phones:  One plan fits all.  Unlimited usage.  No roaming charges.  You always have reception.  You don’t have to buy batteries.  No weak signals.  And you never have to worry about being disconnected.  Our Savior already paid the bill.

We had trade offs with the STLs a couple of weeks ago.  I went with Sister C—– this time.  I know like everyone there now.  hahaha  It is funny.  The members remember my name cause I have been there so much.  (One of the benefits of being in an area so long.)  We had the best trade off. We tossed bales of hay to feed this widowed ladies bucking cows that live on her farm that she runs by herself.  She asked me if I had done it before ’cause apparently I am a pro…

We had a, “Come to Jesus moment” with G—- finally and were like, “We saw you smoking” kind of thing.  We went with a member and at the end, after all the talking about it we all had the same impression that he still wasn’t sincere.  Time without us will be good for him and will not waste God’s time.  It’s going to be hard though because he wants to meet with us.

Last night the Cannon creek Sisters were not answering their phone so the District Leader called and asked us to run over and check on them.  We ran over, my companion wasn’t wearing running shoes so to keep up she took her shoes off and while running she stepped on a frog!  There are pond everywhere where we live.  When we sleep all we can hear is frogs and crickets.  It is kinda soothing to sleep to.  Anyways, she steps on it and keeps on running cause it is almost 10pm which is when we need to be in.  We knock on the sister’s door and Mission President and Sister Craig answer the door!  The sisters there have been having some craziness happening in their companionship lately and I guess they were checking up on them.  It was just a crazy situation…

Every time I log onto my missionary Facebook page there are Filipino persons wanting to be my friend.  It is amazing!  I have so much to tell you!  I wish I could wear a gopro camera all day with some of my thoughts attached then just send it out.  Love you forever, Like you for always, Sister Winkler

“One Must Not Roam Through Garbage…Barbara Barrington Jones…Alligator Lake…and Heartburn.

Hey Ya’ll I miss ya.  We went to Alligator Lake last week on P-day and I saw a gator!

A member in Price Creek Ward had all of us missionaries over to their home that day and we BBQ’d deer meat and all that.  It was fun, but a really hot day.  We all got sunburns but it was worth it!

Zone meeting was amazing this week.  Last month we got 16/20 baptisms as a zone!  That’s one short of the mission RECORD!  And we are one of the smallest zones!  It is amazing what having faith in a goal can change!

One of our “Gators” crushed my heart.  He has been telling us  he has been living the Word of Wisdom for months, but something has been up lately.  We had a lesson after a long time of not seeing him and he bore his testimony to us about the Gospel and Joseph Smith and him receiving answers.  We drove past after the lesson and he was smoking…We are going to have a lesson with him tonight and talk with him about how if he is not being honest we can’t help him.  Really to find out where his desires are.  It’s just a silly situation!  At first I was just angry with him lying to us!  But, now I am calmer after praying much about it.  It is going to be a difficult night…

We watched all sessions of General Conference at the church.  It was awesome!  Somehow we ended up being super tired both those days.  Maybe it’s because laziness promotes laziness but we were super tired.  A lady in the Ward offered to feed us and on our way there the Elders told us to tell her to “share the love.”  Wonderful Sister C——- seemed to think this was funny so she called them and told them they could come and eat on the porch.  So they did! hahaha  The Elders never get fed!  Sister C——– has met Sister Barbara Barrington Jones!  She is my favorite!  I loved her at BYU Education days.  I want to be like her someday.

Barbara Barrington Jones

We are doing a 90 day Book of Mormon read and this morning I read in first Nephi 16:23-25 where Nephi breaks his bow and Lehi and Sariah and all the family are complaining and murmuring against him and God.  Nephi is like, “no sweat” and builds a bow out of wood and an arrow out of a stick.  Then goes to his father who has been complaining and asks, “Whither shall I go to find food?”  Lehi then humbles himself before God, prays and gets the direction from God.  Sometimes I just want to do things all by myself, being like, well ya’ll are wicked, I am just going to do this thing right and get all I need to done, then from these works ya’ll see that you need to rely on God. hahaha  But no, we need to rely on others, allow them the chance to straighten themselves.  Allow them to humble themselves by calling on God.  Let them know they are important and needed.   Awesome lesson 493 pages left! hahaha

Hahaha, So there is this man the Elders have been teaching and he is a trip.  Seriously the oddest person, I love it!  He got baptized two weeks ago and the Elders had talked to him about his baptismal program and he said he wanted a picture of himself with his cowboy hat on standing out in the country (which is your front lawn pretty much here) AND He wanted the scripture MATTHEW 5:28 on the front…hahaha  It says, “But I say unto you that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.”  After much negotiation he got his picture and scripture on there. hahaha  He was baptized and received the Holy Ghost the following day at Church.  He seemed to be confused about what would happen when he received the Holy Ghost, knowing it was a baptism by fire.  Before going up to the front in Sacrament meeting he told Elder H—-,”If I die today, I am prepared to meet my Maker.”  hahaha  After he told us in Gospel Principles Class that he thought maybe he would get heartburn or something like that, but what actually happened was better.  He is going to be a great member of the Deep Creek Ward!

Another fun story…Well this week we met with V——.  We had prayed with her husband F—– MONTHS ago in his driveway and we stopped by twice after that on Ace Lane and she would talk with us through her door.  A couple weeks ago we finally met her!!  We were driving down into the area to have our golden hour and I see Ace Lane!  I never think much when I am driving past but, “Vivian and Frank” popped into my head!  So, we made a quick turn, drove down the street right up to a lady walking her dogs.  We drove right up beside her and asked, “Hello, Are you Vivian?”  She said, “Yes!”  We set up an appointment with her!  Amazing right? hahaha  We came back to meet with her.  It was the toughest lesson we’ve ever had!  She was just talking about slavery the whole time.  (She is black.)  It was so hard to get the Spirit in there.  At one point she was referencing to “google search” and saying she had all the information right in front of her.  I was sitting there like, “Did you really just say that?”  hahaha  But with the Holy Ghost there we got through the first half of the restoration with A LOT of side canyons.  Now she is reading AND praying about the Book of Mormon AND watching General Conference!  We will see her again tomorrow!  Anyways, I’ll be praying for ya’ll.  Keep being amazing!  Lots of Love.  Sister Angelina Winkler

 P.S. Favorite quote from General Conference, “One must not roam through garbage” -Marcus A Aidukaitis https://www.lds.org/church/leader/marcos-a-aidukaitis?lang=eng

Marcos A. Aidukaitis

So Happy to be Staying in Lake City…Opportunities for Serving…Live Rat…General Conference…

No transfer for me.  I am so shocked I get to stay here.  It kills me…I AM SO HAPPY TO BE STAYING IN LAKE CITY!!!  I love this ward!  

We have had many opportunities for service this week.  We cleaned this lady’s house in the ward who had a minor stroke.  We are doing it as a ward and the house really needs this cleaning.  It smells like the flood jobs that we worked when Calgary flooded last summer.

There was a live rat in their bedroom.  

Lady on Mobility Scooter

B—-G—-, who got baptized in December is becoming such a member missionary.  She said if she felt better in the summer she’d come out on a scooter with us!  hahaha  She is so cute.

We are making these cards to invite people to General Conference.  I am so excited for this coming weekend.  It is so hot here.  I think I am melting down because of the heat.  I miss hot yoga very much, but it feels like I am in hot yoga everyday here.  Tracting is like hot yoga in the heat.  We exercise for 30 minutes each morning.  hahaha  It is sooo hot!  My hair is going black people curly.  You just got to love it. 

Keep being happy and healthy!  Love you lots!  Sister Winkler