This Area is So Elect…Bit by a Snake…Power of Every Day Missionaries…Taco Bell…

Well this week was…I don’t know what to call it…hahaha.  By far the most interesting week.  We had so much happen, I felt like it was a month.  I’ll start at the beginning and try to keep it short but long enough so ya’ll get the point.

So Monday Sister M——— wanted Taco Bell…Tuesday her and Sister S——- get sick from Taco Bell.  I vow to never eat there again.  I got to study for 4 hours though while she slept.  I’ve never stayed home before so I wasn’t sure what to do but I loved the study time and got a lot done.  We got to go out later that day. We were on foot because one of the tires got a flat.  We did so  much contacting because of the flat tire AND got  a lot of new investigators. Moving on to… Wednesday we did a full day of service!

Thursday we had Zone Conference!  It was so good.  We are now allowed to do family history on our iPads and to learn how to do it so we can teach it to others.  I feel like we are learning everything all at once.  It is a lot to balance, iPads, Facebook and Family History now.  It keeps things interesting and I’m learning much.  Especially when we have opportunities to teach.  That is when I learn the most.  Our Misson President’s wife, Sister Craig is my absolute favorite.  I cry at pretty much everything now.  She is such a boss at just bringing in the spirit and changing my life.  Hahaha.  We got home and found some more new investigators!  Then walking to the front of this neighbourhood for the sisters to pick us up…I was talking to Sister M———– and I stepped on something alive and mushy and it bit my ankle!  I grabbed my companion and ran.  I GOT BIT BY A SNAKE!  WHO DOES THAT EVEN HAPPEN TO ESPECIALLY IN GAINESVILLE IN A POPULATED NEIGHBOURHOOD!?  Luckily the sisters got there in a couple of  minutes and our Ward Mission Leader is so in tune with the spirit that he called us like 2 minutes after I got bit.  WE WERE IN THE ER FOR LIKE 4 HOURS!!  We got home at 1:30am.

When the Ward mission leader (Brother D—-) and a companion, (Brother A——–) gave me a blessing there were no rooms so we had to do it in the parking lot.  There was this drunk man out there who was all into this blessing I was getting and he wanted to bless me too.  It was  kinda funny.  So I am on amoxicillin now and some other drugs, but it wasn’t poisonous.  It was just the craziest night of my life.

We were on bikes again on Saturday and it was 100 degrees, I have never sweated so much.  We biked 5 miles home.  I felt like taking my name tag off because I looked so gross, I was unworthy.  That night before we went to bed my companion was talking about how horrible the day was and all I could say was at least I wasn’t bit by a snake…

I thought lots this week about doing things because I am suppose to do them and doing them because I want to do them, with being a senior companion for the past while.  I’ve done a lot where I just think to myself okay, I have to set the example, so I’m doing it because I am compelled to do it rather than because I want to do it.  I read the talk, “Becoming a Consecrated Missionary” by Tad R. Callister (he is 

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AWESOME) and he says, “If you only change your behavior, then you will be the same person you were when you left home, subject to the same problems that plagued you then.  But if you change your nature you will go home a new man or woman, with the power and discipline to conquer your old Goliaths.  If you only get up at 6:30am because your companion does, you have merely changed your behavior.  If you also change your thoughts you have also changed your nature.”  That means changing what it is I want, doing those things not just to set a good example, but because I know I need to do them and I want to do them.

Anyways, this is what has been happening in the Florida Jacksonville Mission…I love my mission, I love the people I meet.  I know good things are about to happen here in Gainesville.  You should get a book called, “The Power of Every Day Missionaries.”  It’s awesome!  This week it just felt like again and again tough situations kept coming up and it was just a hard week.  I was thinking about, “I love tough things,” and I thought how God says to His people, “I will consecrate thine affliction for thy gain.”  (2 Nephi 2:2)   I thought, “Okay good things are about to come!”  I know it.  I have felt it since I have come here.  My companion and I are going to baptize A——!  This area is so elect.  I also thought of Joseph Smith’s First Vision… the little scripture mastery version where you memorize verse 15-20 of the JSH where he says, “I was destined to prove to be a disturber and an annoyer of his kingdom; else why should the powers of darkness combine against me?”  

I love the Book of Mormon and modern day revelation.  I can honestly say I would not have gotten through this week without that Book and prayer.  I love that I get to learn each day.  Thanks so much for all that you do.  We have had some good success with Family History so far.  I love and miss you all.  Sister Winkler

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Gainesville!..Training again…Rich people…Car-panionship…And testimony of obedience.

Guess what!!!????!?!??!?  Sister Winkler is on a bike!  Woo!!!  Watch out Gainesville hahaha.  It’s mad.  We are in a car share so we get a car every other day.  We have to meet up at 8:30pm every night to pick each other up and put our bikes on the nike racks which takes forever because our bikes are meant for kids…my bike says “tiara pro” on the side…it’s for real.  I Iove biking though, it’s so awesome.

Our main working areas are in Gainesville and a small town named Archer, which is about a 20-30 minute drive away which makes things really tricky because itis our main working area and we can only get there every other day.  The people in Gainesville all have super mansion houses.  They are generally Catholic from what I have noticed.  It’s nice though because there is a bunch of people outside so we can finally street contact.  So so sweet!  Archer is way Ghetto.  There are lots of fights and drug deals going on there.  Most of the “clean living” people stay inside their homes and don’t answer their door to people.  In that way it is difficult.  There is this lady we met there who wants to pimp us out I think…She keeps offering for us to move in with her.  At first we thought she was kidding, but now we are not so sure.  I am not sure if she has much true intent.  We are going to stop by with a Ward member and see what’s up.

Sister M——– is my new companion and she is my new favorite person!  She is exactly what I have been praying for.  I am second half training her.  She got out 6 weeks ago.  Her and her trainer did not get along at all.  There was a lot of disobedience issues.  I am so happy to be here though.  It is a big adjustment from Lake City though.  Her birthday is tomorrow!! Today is birthday P-Day!

In all honesty I am having a rough time.  We have zero progressing investigators.  We do have two very recent converts though.  One of them got into a fight with one of the Ward members and didn’t come on Sunday after saying that was all she wanted to do with us.  It was sad.  I was frustrated Sunday because we had church starting then it seemed like everything was blowing up and Sister M——— was alright with it and I was like, “This is not okay!”  I am learning to choose my battles though.  She hasn’t been trained period.  From what I understand, she is very smart though and for the most part wants to do what is right. Just building a testimony of obedience.

I have been learning lots this past week.  Just kinda keeping my feet on the ground.  Ya’ll are pretty awesome people.  I hope your May is going good.  Time goes so fast with transfers and all…There is so much I wish I could just upload it all from my brain.  I am learning so much.  Ya’ll are amazing.  Love ya’ll, Sister Winkler

Transfer to Gainesville Florida…Temple AND Missionary Work…Thanks for teaching me everything awesome I know…

Transferred to Gainesville, Florida!  This is a picture of the skyline. Yeah!!!  I am so excited!  I am now serving in the Gainesville Second Ward.  This area is not far from Lake City.  The map following shows the distance from Lake City to Gainesville.

It was great to speak with you all on Mothers Day!  Thanks for teaching me everything awesome I know and encouraging me to go on a mission.  I love being a missionary!   Gainesville is the home of the Florida Gators Football Team and Florida University.

Keep up the good work with finding the Family History names and doing the work in the temple for our ancestors too.  I am looking forward to going to the temple here soon.  Love, Sister Winkler

Happy Birthday Dad!!!!…On the brink of baptisms…Looking forward to that Mothers Day phone call home!

I love you so much.  What did you do for your birthday?  Happy Happy Birthday!  Thank you for your words of wisdom.

 

This week was awesome, things have been great lately.  We have a couple of people right on the brink of being baptized.  B—– has lots of Word of Wisdom problems, she is really working on them though. 

Looking forward to that phone call home this Sunday on Mothers Day!  Talk to you then.  Love you lots!  Sister Winkler