Monday, October 16, 2017

Night of Music

Hello Family,

I can't believe it is Monday already. 

To start off I went on two great exchanges with Sister Graff (my redheaded twin) and Sister Nebeker.
Sister Graff is amazing. This is her second transfer but you would never have guessed it. We learned more about the role of the spirit in missionary work and the importance of serving a mission. 

Sister Nebeker is a sweetheart. We had some really powerful lessons with Jelina and Jacob and also Khoa. They were both focused on the Book of Mormon. We studied and did the best we could to prepare for those lessons and the spirit guided them both. It is amazing how different lessons can be when you prepare and role play verses "winging it". The spirit will always guide when we do our part. 

Also this week we had a great lesson with one of our investigators, Keshon. He is Muslim, but as we taught about the Atonement his heart softened and we could see that he was understanding that Christ was more than a prophet. I knew that the spirit touched is heart and that his faith in Christ is growing. 

Saturday night we had a Night of Music. Sister McClellan and Sister Zavala came up with this idea in May and it worked so well the first time that we did it again. So we had about 9 musical numbers.  Sister Taylor and I sang "Savior, Redeemer of My Soul" with 3 of the young women. I am so grateful for everyone who performed - all of the performances brought the spirit. It was a great turnout - we had about 6 non-members, 5 or so less-actives, and the rest members. So that is what I call a success. 

On Sunday Bruce was confirmed! Later that night we had a great lesson with him. At the end of the lesson one of the guys in the house asked us if we were Mormons. We told him "yes" and he continued to tell us that his sister is a member and he has seen how it has changed her life. He also said that he would love to sit in on Bruce's next lesson and learn more about the gospel. Bruce is already a missionary and Heavenly Father is continuing to prepare the hearts of his children. 

I love you all and am grateful for your sacrifices. 

Much Love,

Sister Wynder

Bryn and Sister Taylor

Monday, October 9, 2017

The Power of Not Knowing

Hi Family, 
Well it has been another wonderful week in "Warshington" as 1 in 500 Washingtonians say. I am so grateful for the things that I have learned this week. 
To start out, district meetings this month are all centered on the Holy Ghost. We discussed how understanding truth only comes by the Spirit as we experience it. One Elder shared an experience where one of his companions said "Elder how do you know when you need to go to the bathroom?" He responded "I just know, I can't really explain it." His companion went on to teach him how that is similar to the way we feel the Holy Ghost...we can't always explain it but it is a feeling of knowing. We then went into role plays where we helped the investigator recognize that they were feeling the Holy Ghost. I learned so much from the role play and Sister Taylor and I really felt the Spirit guiding our role play. It is amazing when you take role plays seriously that the spirit can help resolve concerns for investigators and teach you new insights and ideas. 
This week I went on an exchange with Sister McCrae. She is such a great missionary. She is from Idaho but has not been to the Potato Museum. After our exchange she said she is definitely going to go when she returns home. I learned a lot from Sister McCrae including honoring our sacred calling. I could really see that she understood her purpose and knew that she truly is a representative of Jesus Christ by her example. 
In Mission Leadership Council we watched an amazing talk by Liz Wiseman called "The Power of Not Knowing." I learned so much! Her talked is focused on leadership. She talks about "The Rookie Zone" and how that is when we are given a job or task that we don't feel qualified for but that is when we learn the most. I could relate because that is basically what a mission is. Everyday I do something that makes me get out of my comfort zone but that is when I grow because I had faith and relied on Heavenly Father. I encourage everyone to watch this talk. 
It is amazing how the Holy Ghost is truly the teacher. I can only create an environment where the Spirit can be there but I am not the teacher. It is amazing thought how the Spirit works. We had one of Bruce's new member lessons this week and we went over the Restoration. As Sister Taylor recited the First Vision tears filled my eyes and it was another strong witness that I felt from the Spirit that Joseph Smith did in fact see Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I have learned that the Holy Ghost doesn't just carry the message into the hearts of the investigator but also the missionaries. I am so grateful for that important lesson I learned by experience.
I am loving my mission more and more everyday. It is amazing to be a part of this work!
Much Love, 
Sister Wynder
Halloween Decorations

Mission Leadership Council


Bryn and Sister Taylor watched the Sunday afternoon of conference at their ward mission leader's house with another family in the ward, a new convert, and an investigator and they had dinner after conference. While he was getting dinner ready Bryn found his phone and proceeded to take several "selfies" - he posted this one on the Facebook mission page!

Monday, October 2, 2017

Best Weekend Ever

Hi family,

Wow, my heart is so full this week. 

On Friday night Bruce was baptized! Bruce is a character and has been a pleasure to teach. It has been so neat to see the changes he has made and then to see him dressed in white. I felt the tender spirit of the Lord as we gathered together for his baptismal service. Sister Taylor and I gave the Baptism and Holy Ghost talks, and Brother Avila performed the baptism. I am so grateful for the members that helped and made it all possible. Our ward mission leader - Brother Hampton is so on top of things. He even brought extra towels..and good thing to because Brother Avila and Bruce both forgot theirs. Haha! Bruce is the manager of a program that helps men that just come out of prison to get back on their feet. When he got home Friday night one of the guys asked Bruce what he had been up to because he looked different. The was a testimony to me and Sister Taylor of the change that really does occur. Due to General Conference Bruce will be confirmed a member and receive the gift of the Holy Ghost next Sunday

This weekend was amazing! I love General Conference so much. We are truly blessed to receive counsel from the chosen servants of the Lord. We watched the first 3 sessions at the stake center and then the last session we went to the Hampton's house. Bruce, Gib, and the Avilas all came. It was so much fun and the first time Bruce and Gib had watched General Conference. We also had dinner afterwards at the Hamptons and had birthday cake for Sister Taylor. 
I learned so much from the spirit as I watched General Conference. I received many revelations and was taught from on high. I loved too many of the talks it is hard to choose a favorite. These were the highlights that stuck out to me: 

Always focus on what matters most. 
Continue to LOSE myself in the service of others. 
Raise a family in righteousness. 
Make decisions in the context of helping others. 
Take time to be holy. 
Look through the lens of the Gospel not social media.
Maintain my testimony & read the Book of Mormon everyday. 
The Lord does not do things by coincidence but by divine design. 
Look to God and live. 
I can't control everything, but I can control how I respond.
Put Christ at the center of my life today! 
Fear not to do good.
Always follow prophetic counsel. 
I don't know everything but I know enough. 

I especially love the last quote that was given in Elder Neil L. Andersen's talk. It is so important to remember that we are given knowledge and inspiration line upon line. I also love this quote when thinking about what I know about the gospel. I have come to understand that the more I know, the more I know that I don't know anything! There is so much to learn in this life but we should never let the things we don't know change what the spirit has confirmed to us as truth. I am so grateful for my testimony of the Gospel and a loving family that only strengthens it. 

I hope everyone had a chance to watch ALL of the General Conference sessions. I have the priesthood session downloaded on my USB ready to listen to. General Conference is a blessing that we should never take for granted. 

Much Love,

Sister Wynder
Pictures from Bruce's baptism



Monday, September 25, 2017

Love Knows No "Bounds"

Well hello there family,
I am just going to jump into it. We had some awesome things happen this week! First of all, Bruce is on track for his BAPTISM on Friday! I am so excited for him. Yesterday at church he wore a suit for the first time since we have been teaching him (thanks to Brother Avila). 
On Friday we had a ward potluck and it was a great turnout. Linda and Gib both came. I love the Star Lake ward - they are so friendly and welcome everyone.
We had another Festival of Finding as a mission on Saturday! We met together as a zone and then split off and went finding all day. Sister Taylor and I were able to teach on the spot a lot. We also contacted a media referral that we received. The dad is an inactive member that is married to a non-member. He wants his kids to be baptized. So when we stopped the dad opened up to us. He said this is the first time ever that sister missionaries had stopped by. He was grateful there were sisters in the area. We met his kids and committed them to come to church. 

The second part of Festival of Finding I was with Hermana Van Leuven! I still can't speak I just prayed while Hermana Van Leuven taught. We found some awesome potential investigators for the Spanish branch. We also taught a man to pray that had never prayed before. After he prayed he said that it felt good and he hadn't experienced that feeling before. It was such a testimony builder to me of the power of prayer!
The General Women's Session was wonderful. I loved it so much. I am so pumped for General Conference!!! #ldsgenconf
At Church on Sunday Linda, Bruce, and the 2 kids came - Jalina & Jacob. It was awesome! The youth helped out so much with Jalina and Jacob. I don't think they had ever been to church before but they liked it! 
Sunday night we had a stake meeting to announce boundary changes... The Stake President spoke about building up Zion and he walked us through the process of how they came to the conclusion of the changes. By approval of the First Presidency they consolidated 9 wards to 6 wards. Three wards were discontinued and divided into the other wards in the stake. It was pretty crazy because now there are 3 sets of missionaries that don't have areas. The next few weeks will be interesting. Star Lake got bigger but we aren't sure if Elders will be serving in the ward with us or Redondo.
As always I love serving the Lord and feel my Father in Heaven's love everyday!

Much Love,
Sister Wynder

Enjoying a treat at a place called Legendary Donuts

Bryn's new coat that she loves so much she is going to wear it for the rest of her life!


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

And I Cut Her Hair

Hi Family,

Well it is rainy and cold here! I almost forgot what fall and winter was like in Washington...the key word is ALMOST! 

So this week Sister Sellers went home to get some medical things taken care of. I love her so much and was so grateful I was able to serve with her! 

So Sister Taylor and I were double covering (covering 2 wards) by ourselves for the week! It was fun - I love the Federal Way ward. We taught Ariik and Quoll - they are on date to get baptized for October 14th! Sister Taylor and I will be back for their baptism. They are the cutest boys and they love the Book of Mormon! 

We also had two lessons with Bruce! He is on track for baptism on the 29th! One lesson was tithing which was perfect because Sunday Sister Taylor gave a talk about tithing. Both wards had high counselors speak on tithing so we got a double dose! Something new I learned about tithing is that we don't give our tithing to the Lord...We give it to a member of the Bishopric or click submit online and we give it UNTO the Lord. There is a big difference and it is all about if our hearts are in the sacrifice we are offering to the Lord. Within all things we sacrifice it is important that we give it unto the Lord. 

I also gave Sister Taylor a haircut this week... about 6-7 inches! We did it in two parts just in case I messed up... It turned out pretty good! 

Today is transfers and I am staying in Star Lake with Sister Taylor! We were so happy! During transfer calls we were sitting on the couch eating ice cream nervously waiting! The odds were in our favor and we are so blessed we get to serve another transfer together!!! 

Peace and blessings! 

Much Love,

Sister Wynder

Sister Wynder, Sister Taylor, Sister Sellers


Ariik and Quoll

They are pretty excited about the new Chick-Fil-A that just opened in their area!

But they still love Cafe Rio!!

The haircut

And she is still pretty goofy!!

She said this is what happens when you have two phones because you are covering two areas.

And here is a super short video with the transfer news that they are staying together.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Another Moist Week in Washington

Hi Family,

Well we had our first official rainfall this season! Temperatures have been dropping but we haven't lost the sun yet! 

This week was really great! Our investigator Bruce is doing awesome. We committed him to baptism on September 29th! He also committed to living the word of wisdom. I am really grateful for our assistant ward mission leader - Brother Avila for being his main fellowship! We have so much fun teaching Bruce. It is so neat to see the changes he is making week to week! We are starting to really notice the changes he is making :) 

We also had zone conference this week and I learned the importance of remembering spiritual experiences we had. Remembering the time the spirit testified to us that the Book of Mormon was true or that the church has been restored, etc. Those are the times that help us get through those trials in our life when our faith may seem to shake! As I have been reading the Book of Mormon I have been circling the word "remember." It is amazing that the Book of Mormon is really a book of remembrance of how merciful the Lord has been to the children of men. More importantly - remembering what the Savior has done for us. 

I was on an exchange this week with Sister Ericson in Park Orchard! She is awesome, I love her so much. We saw miracles and learned from each other. She also gave me a haircut! Let me tell you that was much needed after 7 months...Mindy would be disappointed in me - haha!

Also we are teaching a part member family in the Federal Way ward. They are from Sudan and the two youngest brothers aren't members. We taught them about the Book of Mormon and committed them for baptism in October! 

Sunday night we watched the YSA devotional with Elder David A. Bednar. It was really neat - he talked about being a strong link in the chain of our generations. I loved it! I thought a lot about Brooke as I watched it. She is such a strong link in this generation and has affected so many people and will continue to do so! 

Hope you have a great week! 

Much Love,

Sister Wynder 
D&C 128:18


Tuesday, September 5, 2017


Hi Family,
So you know how GENTRI is "Gentleman Trio!" Well our trio is now SISTRI!!!
There was a lot that happened this week but 3 miracles I want to share.
1) Tuesday one of our lessons fell through and I felt prompted to visit a member that the Federal Way Bishop asked us to see. When she opened her door I immediately recognized her.  I met her once when I was in Sumner with Sister Hollingsworth. Sister Hollingsworth served in Federal Way and got close to this one member. For the past few months she has been working a lot and hasn't been to church. We helped her to start reading the Book of Mormon again and she even came to church on Sunday!!! I met her over a year never know who Heavenly Father will place in your path.
2) We had a lesson with Bruce this week and we read Alma 36. The spirit was so strong and really taught Bruce as we taught out of the scriptures. At the end of the lesson Bruce committed to BAPTISM!!! I really learned the importance of teaching out of the scriptures. 
3) I was on an exchange with Sister Secretan in South Hill this week. We tracted one apartment complex for over 2 hours and didn't have a lot of success.  We then were led to another apartment complex and as we were walking we heard a baby crying from inside an apartment. Sister Secretan stopped and I knew she received a prompting to knock on that door. The spirit then prompted me to follow her. We knocked on the door and a woman answered and said "Hi Sisters!' I asked if she was a member and she said no but that she took the lessons from sisters in Hawaii when she went to school there. She is now married and has a 6 month old baby. She has a lot of family members that are members of the church. She was so kind and we set up a return appointment with her. I am so grateful we didn't give up finding that day. Heavenly Father blessed us so much and led us to her. 
Heavenly Father is so aware of his children and as we have faith in him and his timetable everything will work out. In fact everything will be better than we could ever imagine. 
I am also incredibly grateful for the Book of Mormon. I know that it is the word of God! 
I hope you have a great week! 
Much Love,
Sister Wynder
Alma 26