FW: Words from the Elder

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Dearest Friends and Family,

Hey :) 


I miss you all very very much. I'm having a little bit of a homesickness relapse but it's still got nothing on the first week. I just miss hanging with you folks. But no time to reminisce lemme get to the content my loyal fans want to hear. 


We met this homeless guy named Angel who had no idea what was going on and really wanted us to buy him some Clam Chowder. We got him some garlic bread and he gave us his phone number. We tried calling him and every time he would answer the phone he would be like "GJWFEHCIPWJDOIHWOEJC" and then we'd be like "whoa whoa whoa it's the missionaries" and then he'd be like "Hello." It was quite amusing.


We got taken by some filthy rich couple to Clint Eastwood's restaurant, Mission Ranch, where we were treated to Filet Mignon and Chocolate Mousse. The husband then proceeded to pay in cash out of an envelope with 4 thousand dollars in it. So that was super super dope.


We also had a virtual temple tour with our Korean friend and the sister missionaries doing the tour were cracking me and Elder Andersen up. Let's just say they had some pretty apparent companionship issues…



A new person that moved into the ward did magic tricks for us and played us a Ukulele song that tied perfectly into our lesson with the other people we were having dinner with. It was sick. He's an actual wizard, there's no other explanation. 


And finally we got transfer calls...I will be staying in Monterey with Elder Andersen who is now the District Leader making me the "district fairy." Not quite sure why that's my new title but whatever I'm chilling.


We talked to this guy named Lynn E. (kinda like Lenny but not quite?) who lives out of his car. He's a really funny and fascinating gentleman but he seemed a little overcome by the cynicism of our society and just had a really pessimistic view on life and the state of the world. We tried our best to lift his spirits to moderate success but I left feeling a little down. I just kept wondering what more I could've said. Was he right? Did I really have any reason to think what I was doing was making a difference? 


Later that night Elder Andersen shared with a completely different set of individuals a scripture that entered into my heart with great potency. 


Ether 12:4 

Wherefore, whoso believeth in God might with asurety hope for a better world, yea, even a place at the right hand of God, which hope cometh of faith, maketh an anchor to the souls of men, which would make them sure and steadfast, always abounding in good works, being led to glorify God.


My mind was put at ease. Despite the ever growing chaos that seems to be inducing widespread hopelessness I did have reason to hope, not only for personal peace, but for a better world. And the reason I'm able to have this hope is because of my faith in Jesus Christ. Because of him I can hope for a better world. And that's really what my purpose is here. To "abound in good works" if you will. To help bring to pass this better world by loving and serving individuals just like Christ did. Most often one by one. 


And it's not just limited to missionaries either ;)

I would encourage you all to continually turn outwards. Serve and Love those around you. As you do so you will find your own character changing as well. 


Now here's your songs you zealots:


Sell Out--Real Big Fish

Latter Days--Big Red Machine

Major Tom--Peter Schilling

Stand by Me--Ben E. King

More--Electric Guest

Little Dark Age--MGMT

Diane Young--Vampire Weekend

Ladies and Gentlemen--Blue Rainboots


See you In a few


Elder Winegar



I hate technology so my mama is probably gonna send the email this week. So probably email me directly if you're planning on responding. Unless you want her to see. Then do whatever you want I guess. 


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