“Can I get an Amen?”…Book “The Power of Everyday Missionaries”…Last Transfer.

 

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We swapped churches this week.  We attended the Orange Park Baptist Church.  It was really loud.  The man who we attended with started praying for us and talking about how it is a sin to read The Book of Mormon.  The preacher was condescending to us, the people were very nice.  They had brightly colored banners hanging around the chapel bearing the names of Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father.  During the meeting, people were proclaiming aloud, “It’s true!”  “Amen.” and “Hallelujah!”  After the meeting the man who invited us was just beaming and told us that the preacher was “on fire.”  Some of the doctrine was off.  An experience.  An older man in Gospel Principles Class a few weeks ago brought up that you used to be able to tell specifically the differences in doctrine and be able to pinpoint what religion others were right away off the bat but now they are all over the place.  Many accepting the same teachings that we have always accepted and known because of a modern day prophet and The Book of Mormon.  Crazy how an extra witness can solidify the truth.  Can I get an, “Amen?” hahaha  Anyways these are my thoughts on that Sabbath experience.

Last transfer happened and I am staying here in Orange Park with Sister Hatch which is great.  Sister Jeanne L—– told me Dad wrote her on Facebook.  She loves you guys.  She needs to have her name on the prayer roll of the Calgary temple too.

We met this man yesterday after being stuck in traffic FOREVER and learning every single verse to, “Follow The Prophet” and learning how to rap better.  We got out of the car just desperate to walk and talk to people.  We met this awesome man washing his car and he was really excited about the Book of Mormon that we gave him!  He told us that he had a lot of extra time on his hands of late and was excited to read and PRAY about it.

Sister T——- W—– is such a mother to Sister Hatch and I.  She has a daughter on a mission and we are teaching her son.  She is a single mother and gives most all her time to her children.  She cares so much about them.  It is so sweet.  There is a book called, “The Power of Everyday Missionaries” by Clayton M. Christensen.  If you have got it specifically on page 67.  He goes through these different things he’s noticed and gained a testimony of by sharing the gospel.  What’s worked and is logical.  The gospel can be applied to all situations in life.  Such a good book!  Well that is all I can share with you for now.  I love you sooo much. Sister Winkler

Off Facebook for two months solid…Baptism…Crazy to hear about all the missionary homecomings there…Elder Zwick

I just posted this picture and link on my Missionary Facebook page.  We are going to be doing a Facebook reset in the mission.  So we will all be off Facebook for two months solid.  It will be a good switch up so we can get trained.  It will also be the last transfer that I am a missionary.  I will get trained up then who knows how I will be able to use that after my mission. 

http://www.mormonchannel.org/blog/post/putting-power-in-your-prayers-al-fox-caraway

We are all going to the Temple in Hawaii and Arizona when we are back.  What do you think about that plan Sister?  Looking forward to each day.  Good to hear about all the missionaries coming home.  I heard that Mikayla H—– is going on a mission.  Great!  One baptism this week.  It was a miracle to see how everything just worked out.

I took the photo sideways and (mom cannot stand them upright) decided better sideways photo than not at all.  We had Mission Conference this past week.  Elder Zwick came and so did Elder Hemmingway.

https://www.lds.org/media-library/video/2014-04-2080-elder-w-craig-zwick?lang=eng

This visit they spoke about being protected online.  Elder Zwick talked about our personal accountability.  He also talked about being on a positive personal trajectory for our entire lives and how that starts on our missions.  It was so nice to see Elder Zwick again.  He’s so incredibly nice and being in his presence is the best ever!  Florida is doing well.  I keep sitting down in front of this computer on Monday and can’t remember everything that I wanted to tell you, then I remember the next day!  I love you lots and lots.  Sister Winkler

Covenant making and keeping…2 Nephi 10…Success and Failure…Always have Florida in my heart.

W—– came to church!  He is growing and learning quickly.  At the end of our Saturday lesson with him we invited him to pray.  He wanted me to be the voice, it was interesting to think about how an investigator would need to pray to receive an answer.  When we organized a ride for him to get to church, another investigator that the elders were teaching brought him.  They came together!  That was a miracle!

A—- is preparing to be baptized next month!

G—– has prayed about The Book of Mormon and has started to read it!

We are using a survey about families and GodWe got to share our testimonies of The Book of Mormon with a lady this week because of it.

C——– our previous baptism date person has been missing of late.  We saw him last week and set up a ride for him, but when the person came by to pick him up at 8:30am he was not there.   We just keep loving him…

I am learning more reading through the Book of Mormon this time.  Covenant making and keeping.  I was just reading 2 Nephi 10 and all I could think about was making covenants. 

https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/2-ne/10?lang=eng

I love The Book of Mormon.  As missionaries we see some people try to put it to shame or throw confusion at it, it stands alone as a witness of Christ.   I will always have Florida in my heart.  Love ya’ll more each day.  Sister Winkler

I Love Life…30 Years Later Book of Mormon Changes lives…He is in the details of OUR lives.

Gainesville Zone Is GRRRREAT!!!!  How we are going to miss those cute Juett's!!

I love you each so very much.  This week was crazy.  Our Bishop in Orange Park is a Clifton and there are lots of “Cliftons” and “Cliffs” in their family.  Sometimes we have challenges communicating in Ward Council.  Working on that… 

Sister ——– is working towards going to the temple.  She is so wonderful and  sweet.  Another lady I have wrote to you about (L——-) was a investigator we tracted into in Gainesville.  Sister Kasteler told me (she is in our old area now) that L——‘s first experience with the church was 30 years ago when she did a favor for a man she worked with in Lake City.  To show his appreciation, he gave her a Book of Mormon and she read it. 

She didn’t have any contact with missionaries or any formal teaching.  She had mentioned this experience a number of times.  It was what had softened her heart towards the church.  This week I asked her what that man’s name was.  She said his last name was Henderson, but she didn’t remember his first name.  She explained exactly where he lived and I knew EXACTLY where she was talking about and it is Deep Creek (my first area)!!   I couldn’t remember if there was a Henderson family when I was there.  L—– had also said that it was possible that he was not alive any more.  I had the thought to ask someone in Lake City if they know a Brother Henderson.  That we would love to let him know that The Book of Mormon he gave L—– had planted a seed in her heart and that she was getting baptized.  Well, the short of it is, after contacting someone in that past week on Facebook, we find out that this Brother Henderson is his step father, AND his first wife and son are still in that Ward!  WOW!  Brother Henderson is not alive but he has family who is.  It was so incredible that I was transferred here from there and then I just happen to message this man who is the stepson of the very man who had started it all!  It was divine.  God’s hand is definitely in L—-‘s and my life. 

I know I am to be here in Gainesville.  I am so blessed to be a missionary.  I love it so much and I know I have served with those I have served with for a reason and that God is 100% aware and cares about the details of our lives.  I LOVE life!  

As much as I miss you and home, I am just soaking up Florida and loving serving The Lord.  I am happy to know that it will continue after my mission.  There is lots of work to do in Calgary and wherever life takes me.  I am grateful for the relationship I’ve formed with the scriptures and My Savior, Jesus Christ.  Sister Winkler

I love tough things, I am the first to do tough things, I do tough things first, I LOOOVE being a missionary

Just as we have the OLD Testament and the NEW Testament , we also have ANOTHER Testament of Jesus Christ. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God!  #DiscovertheBook

The Book of Mormon Musical is coming to Jacksonville.  They are letting some missionaries teach people while they wait in the lines.  I’m not sure if I told you about that yet.  C—- is getting baptized this week!  We are seeing miracles.  I love the Old Testament.

Sister-Brooke Stockett

I am so grateful to be a missionary!   What am I more grateful for???  Serving with my companion, Sister B———  Have I told you about her before?  She is the best!   I think I actually want to move to Logan Utah to go to school and live with her.  What do ya’ll think about that?   I think we could do great things and see a lot of miracles just like we do here!

I love tough things,

I am the first to do tough things,

I do tough things first, (even though living with Sister B——- wouldn’t be tough…it would just be great!)

I LOOOVE being a missionary.

Love you lots, Sister Angie Wangie Bear Winkler

Fast Week…Faith.Hope.Charity…”I am not going to be able to sleep tonight”…Moroni 7

Wow, this week went by fast, this month went by fast!  This week was great!  Wednesday and Thursday the weather was BEAUTIFUL!  Sunshine and almost 80 degrees!  Although the weather was beautiful we were really struggling to teach lessons.  But we just kept on a workin’.

#discoverthebook

I just found out that an investigator in my past area is preparing to be baptized!!  her name is L—— and when I last saw her she had lots of questions.  God is preparing people, I have faith in that.

We had a lesson Tuesday night at a member home and taught C——- the Plan of Salvation.  His reaction was to what he was being taught was fun!  Some of his words were, “I’m not going to be able to sleep tonight!”  He was so excited about Heavenly Father’s Plan for us.  We set a baptismal date of the 31st and we are preparing him.  He got a job and is busier than normal.  We might have to push the date back a week to teach all the lessons.  When he was asked to introduce himself in priesthood he said, “Hi, I am Brother C—— and I am looking for a new church home.”

Here are some thoughts I had about faith, hope and charity and how it relates to missionary work (mainly member missionary work) as I was studying part of

https://www.lds.org/scriptures/bofm/moro/7?lang=eng

Moroni chapter 7 to prepare for a training.  We must have faith in the converting power of the gospel, in The Holy Ghost, and that God is currently preparing people in our sphere of influence to accept this good news.  We must have hope that because all of God’s children here on earth once chose God’s plan, they will choose it again if given the choice.  Then we must have charity, the pure love of Christ as we show an interest and sincere love for the people that are in our lives.  Faith.  Hope. Charity.  We must have all three!

This man stood up for what he believed in, and ended up changing the world. You never know how big of an impact you can make. #sharegoodness #mlk

That is about my week.  Love ya’ll ta bitz, Sister Winkler

Henderson Haven Inc. Service…Four different families of investigators at church…Cleanest apartment…Apostle of the Lord

Here is some of us missionaries with a wonderful family spray-painting a play park with bright happy children colors. it is a place called Henderson Haven Inc. 

It is an organization for kids with autism.  We spray painted their play place.  It was one of the best days of service…well wheel chair rugby comes close.  I love spray paint!

 I feel I haven’t done the last few weeks justice because we have really seen so many miracles!  Today I am actually on a computer instead of just on my iPad so we figured now is the time to repent and catch up.

We started teaching that guy I mentioned last week who was a big miracle.  He just walked into the church building asking the times for services.  We talked for a bit and he committed to come.  We were excited for this miracle and hurried around to the rest of our appointments that day.  Later that night he called and asked to talk to me.  (He did not understand much about missionaries and that we were a companionship and wanted to meet.)  We set up an appointment with the member who was coming out with us that night.  We taught the first half of the restoration and that is about all we could because he had so many questions.  We set up an appointment for two days later and had our lesson at the church building again with member present.  This time it was in the foyer…which attracted many people…not the best idea.  One of the men that just joined into our lesson said, “I don’t feel the Spirit here!” and, “A Bible!  A Bible!” was repeated a couple of times. hahaha  BUT our actual member present Sister A—- pulled us through!  She said simply, “If you want to learn, will you stop and listen to the message these sisters have prepared for you?”  It was such a good lesson for me.  The gospel is true.  The Book of Mormon is true, it just is.  Anyone that sincerely desires to learn, WILL.  Those qualifications for getting an answer about the Book of Mormon  are truly stated in Moroni 10:3-5 asking in the name of Christ with a sincere heart and real intent.  Otherwise they have no promise.  Z—- has studied on line about Mormons for 40 plus hours, which seems like a lot!  But because he would not go to the right sources for that information, in fact refused to!  He learned things from unreliable sources which held him back from learning and growing with us.  We had to drop him at our third lesson but we will continue to keep contact.  He’s devoted and when he’s ready to start learning and keeping commitments we will be there.

I MET AN APOSTLE OF THE LORD!!!  I forgot to tell ya’ll about that last week.  He came this past Wednesday and all of us missionaries got to talk with him!!!  Elder Anderson and his wife are amazing.  I don’t know what it is about the wives of any leader but they are so amazing.  Maybe it is because I am a mama’s girl or maybe they are just amazingly blessed.  I feel they are select individuals.  We talked about many things.  Mostly about faith and the Prophet Joseph Smith as there has been A LOT of investigators with questions about him of late.  Living in the Bible belt people are pretty intense too.  One of the things that he said that really hit me was, “You are nothing.”  I feel this though has helped me in my own faith.  Accepting that there is much to learn from the Lord and that I have the need to grow.  When doubts come, instead of being quick to count on myself, I go to the source and I am patient with answers I receive while still asking, begging and pleading with the Lord for those answers.  Elder Anderson IS an apostle of the Lord and I was blown away to be there.

C—- is going to be baptized soon!  He is ready.  He’s got lots to learn still but he is ready.  What a miracle.  He was just riding his bike past us and we stopped and talked to him.  He told us he had prayed for someone to help him and then we came!  I have seen soooo many miracles here in Orange Park!

A wonderful family took us to St Augustine today.  Sending a photo.  Sister H— and  I won cleanest apartment award last week.  We got this trip for an award!  This week Brother Bell (who is my favorite because he reminds me of my own brother) in our ward referenced this talk.  I love to hear talks about gaining a testimony of anything.  Here is the link:

https://www.lds.org/general-conference/1983/10/what-think-ye-of-the-book-of-mormon?lang=eng&query=book+of+mormon+podestent+ministers

We had FOUR investigators at church all from different families!!!  One reading and praying every day AND CAME TO CHURCH!  She is the the sweetest, funniest lady I’ve met (not counting you mom)!  She told us this week, “I am so happy you kept asking me to read the Book of Mormon.”  She has been a member since she was 30 and never read it through.  She has just always jumped around reading.  It is a miracle that she read it and I feel so blessed to be a part of her feeling the joy that she expresses about it.   I love being a missionary so much.  I mean we get rejected LOTS.  People yell and chase after us and we do get into some seriously awkward conversations, but it is so worth it.

 

This week I have been studying every spare minute I can.  My time here is ticking and  I don’t want it to end.  This is that last stretch and I don’t want to waste it.  Doctrine and Covenants Section Four, “See that ye serve Him with all your heart, might, mind, and strength that ye may stand blameless before God at the last day.”

https://www.lds.org/scriptures/dc-testament/dc/4?lang=eng

I love y’all, you each have amazing talents and I am so blessed to know you.  Lots of love, Muah!  Sister Winkler