Monday, August 29, 2016

Three Months Down

So this week I felt that I really relied on the Lord. We are teaching a 7th day Adventist and she is so smart. We love her! She has a lot of truth which is good but she is having a hard time with the Book of Mormon. For some reason I was so nervous for her lesson. She has a lot of questions about The Fall and Joseph Smith. We Focused on the Apostasy and the foundation Christ had when he was on the Earth. We were going to bring a picture of the apostles today but I left it in the car and my palms were sweating even more. I prayed so hard during that lesson. We brought a member with us that taught seminary for 23 years - which was great until she brought up that the Sabbath Day is Sunday...At the end of the lesson I bore my testimony on the Book of Mormon and the Restoration. I felt the spirit and I knew that Heavenly Father was using me as a tool in her conversion. I don't know if she will join the church but we are going to continue to teach her. I have faith. 

This week I have been thinking about the temple a lot and I have received the revelation to work in the temple after my mission. I think that will be wonderful and I hope you all can go to the temple regularly.

We had dinner with Sister Dorsey and Sister Adams this week. They are single sisters and we just love them. Sister Dorsey was the one that made us toasted PB&Js. 

We had a lesson with Daniel which went really well. We invited him to be baptized on Oct. 1 - However, he is moving back to Nebraska soon but we told him that missionaries are everywhere. He has a wife and 2 kids that live in Mexico and he told them that he was going to share with them the things we have been teaching. He also came to church on Sunday and he really enjoyed it. 

Church was great. I really enjoy relief society (so tell Becky Clark thanks for making me go before I left). Angela Wheeler's friend taught the lesson on the talk Do I Believe? by Bonnie Oscarson. IT WAS AMAZING. I felt the spirit so strongly and I was humbled. The Atonement is real and it works. 

We also got more salsa this week and a member gave us a cute little personal sized watermelon! It was delicious. 

Have a wonderful week. Love you so much. Families are FOREVER!
Much Love,
Sister Wynder 

And here are a few pictures . . . . 

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Testimony Glove - Week 10

WOW!!! last week was a crazy week. I am so excited Mason is home. The pictures were so great and I seriously love all of the welcome home posters! He did a great job on his talk! I love the Holy Ghost principle. I'm not as sad as I thought I would be not being there when Mason came home. That is a good thing though - I thought I would get homesick but not too bad. This week Sister Walker (Sister Hollingsworth's trainer) was in town and she has been home from her mission for about a year. So she came and met up with us and she was trying to find me on FB and found Sydney first. She showed me the picture of Mason and Sydney at the airport so I think that prepared me for today. I am sure Sydney was thrilled to see her 'wombmate'!

We have been using the testimony glove this week it is great. We teach with it at dinner appointments for families with little kids and they love it. It is honestly the best - THANK YOU!

We had the missionary devotional last night and Lisa (our cousin who lives in Federal Way) found me. It was fun to met her and the family!

We have been teaching Isaac more this week and it's been going good but he said it will probably take him a while before he gets baptized.

We have a new investigator Daniel from Mexico he is an artist and really sincere. We had 3 lessons with him including a church tour. He didn't come to church but he said he would next week.

Sister Hollingsworth woke up really sick today so hopefully she gets feeling better.

There are so many Kia Souls in Sumner! Every time we see one we call it out - it's our new game we play - spot the Kia. It reminds me of Blythe (Bryn's friend she worked with at Waffle Love) because she drives a Kia Soul.

On Saturday it was about 100 degrees and we were contacting outside from 12-2 so we were drained the rest of the day. But I didn't get sunburned and I am still taking my vitamin D.

Love you so much! Hope this week isn't too crazy.

Much Love,

Sister Wynder

Psalms 4:5

Bryn with my cousin Lisa (who lives in Federal Way) and her daughter Danielle

Bryn and Sister Hollingsworth at the missionary devotional


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Things are heating up!

Yello Family,

So this week has been pretty toasty. It has reached about 90 degrees this week and there is no AC in Washington...good thing we have fans and our car has AC. 

We had Zone Conference on Wednesday! It was so great! During the conference President Rasmussen started by handing out Safe Guard for Technology booklets...We were starting to get excited and President just said don't get your hopes up because I am just going to crush them! We aren't getting iPads and he doesn't know when that will happen. But the booklet is wonderful and is a great tool to know how to use technology for good and not becoming addicted to it. He also gave the analogy about a toddler and a staircase. "If we put the gate up the child will be protected from the stairs. However, what happens when the gate isn't there and the child doesn't know how to go up or down the stairs? They will fall." He wants to focus on teaching us how to use technology now so then when we go home we won't fall back in to old habits or be addicted and misuse technology. He also used that analogy with Elders and Sisters relationships. 
He told us to study the Beware of Pride talk by President Benson. I was grateful grandma sent me the church news on the mission president seminar because the main thing President talked about was Teaching Repentance and we watched Bishop Waddell's talk.
A family in the ward made Cafe Rio this week! They told me that they went to the grand opening in Kent so I am so pumped that there are 2 now! Hopefully the odds will be in my favor! 

So on Wednesday night after daily planning we got a text from Sister Willits saying they were at our door to drop some groceries off. They sure did! I have never seen so much food for two people before. We couldn't thank them enough. Sister Hollingsworth and I won't have to go to the store for the rest of the transfer due to the Amazon pantry box and the Willits supply. 

I also went on exchanges this week to South Hill. The Sister I was with is going home at the end of the transfer. Towards the end of the exchange we were turning into the church and she hit a small pole that we didn't see. It was rough for her because she had never gotten into an accident before and this was going to be her last day driving because her companion is driving the rest of the transfer because she will be taking over the area. I felt so bad for her but we called the mission office and Elder Young that is in charge of the cars just laughed and said we will get it taken care of. 

TIM WENT TO TEMPLE SQUARE!!! He took a lot of pictures and went to the visitors center. He told us that he didn't feel the spirit! Don't know if that is true or not but he said that everyone he talked to on the square said that they knew the Book of Mormon was true. We talked about it with him and told him about General Conference and gave him President Monson's talk to look up. When we said a prayer at the end of the lesson he said he was speechless and Sister Hollingsworth and I knew he felt the spirit. He says he still doesn't believe in God but his heart is softening. 
Isaac came to church and stayed all 3 hours, Brother Whitman came. The Whitmans are moving so we have been helping organize and pack. We also are still reading the Book of Mormon with them. Cody was at church also. He is having a hard time so we are focusing on loving him and his mom and helping them read and pray. 

Also will you tell Elizabeth (our cousin) thank you for the letter! I also got G'ma's package so thank you. We haven't gotten to use the kid stuff you sent but we will this week - Tate, Riley, and Isaac were out of town but they are back now. 

At choir practice today Sister Roberts who left the MTC for medical reasons was there. She came back out this transfer. Sister Tayco was also there so it was a little reunion. I love those Sisters! 

This week I have been studying the talk What If Love Were Our Only Motive by Russell T. Osguthrope - I LOVE IT!!! 

Tell Elder Wynder I love him and am happy he is home! I love and pray for you all. Thank you for everything! 

Much Love,
Sister Wynder 

Here are some pictures - she sent some of these last week and I somehow missed them in between a couple of e-mails.

Sister Wynder, Sister Roberts, Sister Tayco

Monday, August 8, 2016

Summer in Sumner

Highlights of this week:

There are so many blackberries and produce growing all over the place here. While we are contacting we have been eating a lot of blackberries - you would love them mom. We also met some super nice Lutherans that hooked us up with apples and pears from their trees. I also have been blessed with the love of watermelon! We volunteer at the food bank each week and we have gotten watermelon a few times - I am obsessed! So this week was a produce overload! 

Since we are teaching a lot of kids, we have been doing object lessons. This week we did the "Stacking Cups" - worked great. I am looking forward to whatever you sent to help teaching kids. 

We have been parking our car and walking around more. It is great because we have been able to meet a lot more people. It is starting to feel like fall here - high 60s and rainy. So much for summer but I don't mind because I got my vitamin D! 

This weekend was awesome! We had the Northwest Women's Devotional. It was broadcast from Bellevue. Speaking were the area seventies and the 1st counselors of the Primary, Young Womens, and Relief Society General Presidencies. I was filled with the spirit. So powerful, I loved it. All the talks were wonderful. Elder Murray talked about how his favorite song is the Hokie Pokie and how we need to "put our whole self" in the gospel. The other topics included... being a peacemaker, pressing forward, participating in the work of salvation, and that angels are all around us guiding and helping us. I loved it!!!! 

I took a lot of notes and after the conference I was writing in my journal/reflecting. I had such a strong impression of what things I need to continue when I get home and standards for my future family. I always knew that I wanted to be a mom but my DESIRE to be a mom grew. I know that one of my future responsibilities is to raise children in righteousness. 

I am grateful for you mom as well as both Grandmas and aunts that have been amazing examples and influences in my life. 

Blessings of fast offerings are real. I paid fast offerings at USU but never much before because I lived at home. However since paying fast offerings on my mission I have seen so many blessings. For example, Sister Hollingsworth and I both gave the envelopes to the bishop at the beginning of sacrament and at the end of Relief Society Sister Willits told us that she would like to buy our groceries this week. I love the Willits. They are an awesome missionary family. Her sons are RMs and all of them help teach or are willing to have lessons in their homes - They are great. 

Also this week some hooligans walked across our car while we were at a lesson and left a dent in the hood. It was small but a lady in the neighborhood saw them do it and called the cops and reported it. So we were grateful for her. 

At church yesterday we had our new investigator Isaac, who is 13, come. We didn't think he was going to because he told us he had family stuff so when we saw him walk in Sister Hollingsworth and I got so pumped. He also met the Bishop and the young mens 1st counselor. He told everyone that next week we was going to be there for all 3 hours!!! 
Much Love,

Sister Wynder 

I encourage you to read "AlwaysRemember Him" - by Elder Gong