Elder Winegar, Holiday Edition

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Hello my friends,


Quite the week. I felt rather unproductive because we had so many Christmas activities and things but it was a good time to say the least. Twas the Season after all.


We had a missionwide Christmas party and we all converged at the most enormous church building that I have ever been to in my life. I'm really bad at parties so I went and watched the polar express in the dark chapel. Good times.


We had dinner with a member that had a sick parrot named mango. Me and him are tight now. Picture included. 


We played some fun Christmas minute-to-win-it games on Christmas Eve as a mission over Zoom. Me and Elder Romney just acted like goons the whole time though mostly. They tried to teach us a 12 days of Christmas dance but Elder Romney decided to do Fortnite dances instead. It was quite amusing if I do say so myself. 


Christmas was good. I got to talk to my cute family. Some highlight gifts were a toga from Mike Chidsey and a Saint Candle with my cousin's face on it. We went to a sick party with the Sister missionaries and we ended up outnumbering the regular guests. So we started jamming out to some Charlie Brown Christmas music. It was radical. 


A simple, profound, and oft quoted verse,


"25 Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy."


As I have pondered much of what I am doing here especially in this time when the work can seem like drudgery, I realized the core of what I am doing here and what Heavenly Father was doing when he sent us here, was very simply to make us as happy as we can be. 


I go and share truths that have brought me immeasurable joy because I want other to partake. 


Heavenly Father sent us to have an Earthly experience so that we can fulfill the measure of our creation, to have joyful experiences here, and to grow and eventually inherent eternal joy. 


That sounds quite spectacular doesn't it. To me it does. 


Even though we may suffer or struggle or perhaps even feel like Paul who "despaired even of life," we must remember that we were created for happiness. Even in the worst of circumstances there is joy to be found. And when we can't seem to find it, may we find comfort knowing that in our trials we are being prepared for something magnificent. 


I love you guys so, so much. I mean it. From the bottom of my heart. You are my light and my strength to press onward. 


Now, indulge me if you would:


Orange Sky--Alexi Murdoch

Cannonball--Damien Rice


Peace ✌🏻 


Elder Winegar

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