Monday, March 27, 2017

Hi Family, 
A lot has happened this week so let's begin... 
We had a lesson with a part member family - the Scotts. Brother Scott is a convert of about a year and his wife isn't a member and is super nice. They are so hilarious! Brother Scott was asking us questions like "Is it true that 3 Elders = 1 Sister?," "Isn't Utah Zion?," "Where are you from? Let me guess - West Jordan!" It was a fun lesson. Sister Scott came to the Relief Society this week. We had a dinner to celebrate the 175th Birthday of Relief Society and Sister Decker from one of the Enumclaw wards spoke. She told us her story about when she was pregnant she got a disease which made her go blind and became an amputee from it. She was inactive at this time in her life and she told us about her recovery after rehab and all the challenges she went through. She also talked about her recovery back to the church and how she learned to pray again and turn to the Savior is such a dark time in her life. It was amazing, the spirit was so strong! 
We were teaching a less active and asked if there was anyone in her neighborhood who could benefit from our message. She told us we could try her neighbor across the street, but didn't think he would be interested. We knocked on his door and he told us he "I am good thanks, I am a Mormon. You know Latter-Day Saint!" Sister Schiess and I looked at each other and said well we are Mormon missionaries. He replied "Well I am a jack Mormon. I am old and I can't afford it." I was trying so hard not to laugh. He said thanks for stopping by and closed the door. After, Sister Schiess and I just started laughing and asked what does he mean by that he can afford it? It was a funny encounter and we are going to go back soon!
After the cake auction we have continued to get cake this week from nonmembers and members. We have been giving the cake to the Elders and when we saw them on Sunday they told us they are on diets now because of all the cake we have given them. Haha it was pretty funny!
We had Zone Conference in SUMNER this week. I almost started to cry when I drove into Sumner. I miss Sumner but I love Buckley too. Zone Conference was great we focused on the Doctrine of Christ, Being a representative of Christ, planning, and the Easter initiative #PrinceofPeace. The video comes out this week on the 31st. I am so excited for Easter! It will be a special time to be a missionary.
I loved the Women's Session of General Conference. The main thing I learned from the spirit is that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ I can be made pure. I have been studying a lot about holiness and purity. 
Sunday morning we got a text from Lisa saying that she doesn't want us to come over and that she will call when she is ready. We were really disappointed because she was suppose to get baptized in April. We have been working with her a lot this week. She is going through some things right now that are making it hard for her to commit. We really had to rely on the Savior that everything will work out. We were disappointed but there is always hope. I know the Lord is preparing people in Buckley we just need to find them.
The members are great though. When we were in some members homes this week they told us about the work they are doing to share the gospel and there are a lot of good things on the horizon.
I am so excited for General Conference this week. It really is like Christmas to me.
My testimony of the Savior has grown this week and I know that He lives and loves me.
Sister Wynder 


Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Hi Family,

Here are some of the highlights of the week: 

Last Monday we found a new investigator named Sara. She let us in and we talked to her for a bit and then transitioned into the Restoration and Book of Mormon. When we told her what the BoM was she said "I should probably look into that." That is music to our hears! We haven't be able to have another lesson with her yet but we are working on it. 

We had a follow up training for the new missionaries on the Doctrine of Christ. It was so great. I love President and Sister Rasmussen, they always give wonderful counsel. The Doctrine of Christ is SO IMPORTANT! That is something I have learned on my mission for sure. I have been highlighting in the Book of Mormon every time it teaches a point or more of the Doctrine and let's just say there is a lot. It has shown me how the Book of Mormon truly teaches the D.O.C.

We were driving to a members and a different route came to my mind so we went a different way and right before we got to the members house we drove past a girl (in her 20's) that looked upset. We flipped around and asked if she needed any help. She told us some of the things she was going through and it was a lot. We asked if she was religious at all - she said no and that she never had learned about any religion. We taught her a few simple truths and prayed with her. We gave her our number and gave her a website to checkout. I hope she calls us. We asked if we could stop by she was a little hesitant due to her living situation. It was really cool though that we met her. I know that the spirit was telling me to go a different route so that we would cross paths with her. I love how Heavenly Father guides us to find those that are in need. 

Our ward had a fiesta/cake auction to raise money for girls camp. It was so much fun! The members go all out for cake decorating and it was awesome. The members gave us so much cake by the end of it...grateful the Elders live across from us so we could pawn most of it off to them!  A member also brought their cousin which is a non-member. We invited her to church and she came!

Sister Schiess and I gave talks on Sunday. Sister Schiess talked about the Book of Mormon and I spoke about the Restoration based off the talk "A Choice Seer Will I Raise Up" by Elder Christensen. They went really well. I gave a 16 minute talk - the youth speaker timed it! It is weird being the adult speaker. I still feel like I should be giving a 3 minute youth talk. 

This week was super rainy!!! A lot of flooding in the farms and on the side of the roads. Yesterday it was sunny and it actually felt like spring! 

Lisa our investigator is doing well. She was sick yesterday and wasn't able to come to church. We are doing our best to help her prepare for baptism but it is a little frustrating when things don't go as smoothly as you plan for...but that is mission life! 

Love you all so much,

Sister Wynder

Here are a few pictures she sent . . . 

St. Patrick's Day - 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Sorry, no time . . .

Hello Family,

This week was really great (I need to work better at time management on the computers).

We found 5 new investigators!!! Our District's goal was 12 and we reached it.

Sister Schiess is doing great - she is awesome and a super diligent missionary.

We ate CAFE RIO with the Woods (a family in the ward) this week. She texted us and said "what do you want from Cafe Rio?" Seriously the best text I have ever received!

We had Stake Conference this week and Elder Sitati of the Seventy came and spoke - really neat and I learned a lot about the spirit.

We have prayed a lot this week to find "the one" that we need to teach this week and that has happened pretty much every day. Heavenly Father has placed so many wonderful people in our path.

We had a church tour with Lisa our investigator and the spirit was really strong when we were in the chapel.

Sister Schiess and I have been focusing on teaching people, not lessons and it is amazing how much the spirit takes over.

Love you so much,

Sister Wynder

P.S. a new first vision video just came out called "Ask of God: First Vision" - go check it out. 

Monday, March 6, 2017

Prayers are Answered

Hello Family,

Highlights of the week:

A member in the ward is from Chile and she actually served her mission there. She had us over for dinner this week and mad the best Chilean food!!! I loved it so much!

Since I love cows and there are a lot of cows in Buckley, my dream is to convert a dairy farmer and his family. So I will keep you posted on how that goes - prayers are appreciated! 

There is a British lady named Joy in our neighborhood who we run into often and she sounds like she just came from Downton Abbey. I think of Sydney every time I see her. 

We had interviews this week and I got a lot of great counsel from President and Sister Rasmussen about helping Sister Schiess and what I can do as a trainer. Also we found out we get to go to the temple at the end of July/early August!!! Miracle! I am so excited - once a year is just not enough. 

We had companion study with Sister Rasmussen one night. President went with the Buckley 2nd Elders to a lesson so Sister Rasmussen came with us. I learned a lot from her. Two men from the missionary department were here this week and trained President about teaching the Doctrine of Christ. Sister Rasmussen gave us some of that insight. and the spirit testified to me so strongly that I need to really work on that. She taught us how to weave in the Doctrine of Christ as we teach the Restoration and it has helped a lot. I read the talk in the Ensign of this month titled "The Power of Teaching Doctrine." It is so important to focus on the Doctrine of Christ and as a missionary that is literally our purpose. 

Last night we stopped by to meet a part member family and they live on a long road with lots of land. After the visit we drove down the road to flip around and what looked like grass was actually MUD! We got stuck, and I mean stuck. It was starting to get dark also. After 5 minutes I told Sister Schiess we need to say a prayer and about 10-15 minutes later we got out. It looked like we went off roading but the main thing is that our prayer was answered. 

Love you,

Sister Wynder

P.S. I am also trying to teaching myself to play the piano again. I have almost mastered I Believe in Christ - the simplified version of course.​

Stuck in the mud . . .

Practicing the piano . . .