Hey Y’all! This week we were dropped more than I have been my whole mission. It has been a whirlwind of craziness. We really had members step up though and come out with us to lessons. We’ve still got some miracle investigators to work with. At Stake Conference a couple of weeks ago we had a recent convert come up and share his conversion story with us. He spoke of a time 30 years ago where missionaries came and shared the first lesson with him and his wife. They both talked about it and his wife was not in favor of them coming back. So, even though he felt the Spirit when they shared the message with him, he did not continue to be taught by the sisters. His life went on for thirty years, his wife and he got divorced, he cleaned up his life, stopped drinking and smoking and when he was ready, the thought came back into his mind of the message the Sisters had shared with him. He picked up the phone and called some number which directed him to the http://www.Mormon.org website. He read the Book of Mormon,
prayed about it and knew that it was true. He called the Elders in 5th Ward and told them that he knew it was true. Keep sharing the gospel, the little things you do make the biggest impact and do not get discouraged.
We taught in Relief Society this past week. We were reviewing Elder Klebingats talk from this past General Conference.
We talked about step number four. Becoming really, really good at repenting thoroughly and quickly. We talked about the steps of repentance and how we need to acknowledge the need we have for the Savior as we repent, as we acknowledge Him we can feel the true joy of repentance and the burden it relieves. One of the the sisters in Relief Society spoke about forgiveness and she said, “Be ye therefore FLEXIBLE that ye be not bent out of shape.” I loved it! hahaha. Someone had shared that with her the night before when she was serving in the temple.
We taught this amazingly elect guy named E______ last week and we set up a return appointment at the church for this past Wednesday. We called before and he never showed, which was sad. We got to see our members Home teachees though and it was a complete miracle that we got in to talk to them and the wife told us we were always welcome back and committed to come to church, but never showed up. Halloween was spent at Sister M_______’s home where my companion carved a pumpkin and I ripped up carpet and painted a floor. I am pretty much going to know everything about house maintenance after my mission. I also re-cut our recent converts hair and one of our investigators. They are both glad I am staying in Gainesville so I can continue to cut their hair.
This winter in Florida is COLD! I probably shouldn’t say that because I know it’s much colder for y’all. We are getting some biking gloves though. It is much colder than last winter but, maybe it is because I am on a bike. My companion and I are praying for miracles this week with our investigators. We had some pretty amazing experiences this past week. Everything just starts to blur together and I am looking forward to sharing them with y’all in person some day. Lots of love from Florida, Sister Winkler