Missionary Type Beat

Monday, October 18, 2021

Hey ya'll.

Phew my perseverance and endurance is really being tested. This pace is gonna be tough to keep up for two years is all I'll say. But there's no place I'd rather be. I love the people of Monterey like none other. 

We went down to San Jose twice and because of traffic spent a whopping 12 hours driving total. It was tough. Real tough. We drove through some of the most beautiful landscapes I've been through. Also we witnessed the fight against a decently sized wildfire from a pretty close distance. It was thrilling. It was insightful to see how fickle even the most magnificent, ancient, and stalwart of creations can be. 

We met a woman named Cheryll who wants to make her way back to being an actively participating member of the church. She has some pretty intense struggles with mental health and is lacking a support system. We were able to share some really hopeful verses and sentiments with her and give her a blessing. There was a powerful spirit present and I hope we were of help to her. We set up a weekly time to come and chat :)

An old friend of Elder Andersen's came down to visit from Livermore. He was an absolute scriptural scholar and had some VERY strong opinions about backing your teaching and testifying with Scripture. He low-key roasted me over it lol.

We spoke for a long time with our friend Victor who is from North Korea. We've been helping him and his wife practice English.  We talked with him for a really long time about some really deep questions of the soul. As I've mentioned previously I can't share many details about him because of the unique nature of his situation. But I just am captivated by his life experience and have developed such a deep love for him even though I don't really know him. 

Here's some songs for you:
Pretty Boy--Joji
Manic Depression--Jimi Hendrix
Mississippi Queen--Mountain
Come Together--The Beatles
Hard Work--Theo Katzman
Lovey Dovey--Otis Reddings
Swampers--Fearless Flyers

Sorry they're kinda rowdy this week
I'd like to share some beautiful words from a hymn called I Know That My Redeemer Lives (love you aunt Jenny) that eased my weary soul. 

"I know that my Redeemer lives.
What comfort this sweet sentence gives.
He lives to bless me with his love,
He lives to plead for me above.
He lives so silence all my fears,
He lives to wipe away my tears. 
He lives to calm my troubled heart,
He lives, all blessings to impart.
He lives and grants me daily breath,
He lives and I shall conquer death."

Those are just a few of the many profound insights contained in the full lyrics.

Jesus Christ has dedicated his whole existence to calming our troubled hearts, wiping away our tears and loving us to the ends of the earth. These words help me feel of his love for us all but really his love is so deep and profound that it simply can't be described in words. 

Just remember; if everyone and everything you love fails you, Jesus Christ never will. He will love you always. 

Keep on Keeping on everyone.
Much love,
Elder Winegar

-Some sights
-Me and Elder Andersen Secret Agent Style

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