Dorks Rule!…Lead..towards goodness…Strengthen our Faith in Christ…Lessen the pain of poor choices and bind up wounds.

I had such an amazing week!  My new companion  Sister P——- is a big dork!  It’s awesome, she is sooo ready to learn and it helps me so much!  

Our new investigator R———- read and prayed about The Book of Mormon and then…Got  Antied…She said we were always welcome in her home.  We went by to work through her concern to help her get out what it was that was really holding her back.   BUT, she is not much interested in the Book of Mormon any more.  We have another lesson with her this Friday and a ward member is going to come with us…

S——F——, our investigator is doing awesome.  He is growing but he has only been to church once.  His wife is a pastor of her church.

Yesterday we had Elder Christoffell Golden come to Gainesville.  He is amazing!  He is from South Africa, and he and his wife had thick accents.  He talked about how the Holy Ghost talks to us, and how to discern what is from God and what is not.  He talked about anti- Mormon literature.  Something that stuck out to me was that even if 95% of the anti Mormon stuff out there were true, it still would have been written by the spirit of the devil and will not lead you towards goodness.  Elder Golden was so wonderful to be around.  I just wanted to listen to him answer all our questions.  He was super funny and he also corrected us immediately when he had to.  Soooo good.  When I was reading today in Alma 25:16, thinking about all he had said to to us about faith and how essential it is.  He answered one of my big questions while talking on faith.  Many people have told me on my mission that we are trying to earn our way to Heaven, but The Book of Mormon and Elder Golden say differently.  Salvation does not come by living the word of wisdom or by keeping the Sabbath day holy.  Those commandments serve to strengthen our faith in Christ.  The restored gospel of Jesus Christ is the only thing that will help gain enough faith to return to our Heavenly Father.

I was reading this CES devotional this week by Elder D. Todd Christofferson and it meant a lot to me and I thought it might mean something to y’all:

“In reality, the best way to help those we love—the best way to love them is to continue to put the Savior first.  If we cast ourselves adrift from the Lord out of sympathy for loved ones who are suffering or distressed, then we lose the means by which we might have helped them.  If, however, we remain firmly rooted in faith in Christ, we are in a position both to receive and offer divine help.  If (or I should say when) the moment comes that a beloved family member wants desperately to turn to the only true and lasting source of help, he or she will know whom to trust as a guide and companion.  In the meantime, with the gift of the Holy Spirit to guide, we can perform a steady ministry to lessen the pain of poor choices and bind up the wounds insofar as we are permitted.  Otherwise, we serve neither those we love nor ourselves.”

I love you lots and lots.  Sister Winkler

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