Job is back in town

Monday, January 31, 2022

(I hope Elder Winegar doesn't mind but I snuck in an extra pic this email. A friend of mine was visiting her in-laws in Monterey and was able to hear him give the talk he references. She said he gave an incredible message on the priesthood, covenants and family that had a profound impact. Elder Winegar and his companion were able to work with the zone leaders this week and made 13 new contacts that they will be teaching. One of them met with the missionaries some time ago but was still able to recall teachings of the Book of Mormon and restoration of the gospel. - Elder Winegar's Mom)



Thank you for supporting me by reading my two cents for the week. It's been a whirlwind of thoughts and emotions for whatever reason these past couple days. 


I absolutely appreciate my companion. He brings me a lot of joy. He supports me in my desires to labor diligently, but also makes me laugh. I will be sad to leave him. 


I freaking talked to so many crazy people this week. But one of them actually ended up being Job from the Old Testament so that was pretty cool. Glad to see that he's still around. 


I'm still ridiculously bad at athletic activities. Just thought you should know.


I woke up on Sunday morning and had forgotten that I was speaking in Sacrament Meeting that day. I just drew up some points about the subject I was given to speak about and went for it and I was pretty astonished at the result. It wasn't too shabby. 


This transfer (6 week period) we've been challenged to read the Book of Mormon cover to cover. It requires a lot of reading but I have relished the opportunity to appreciate the stories and the unique instruction we can receive by examining some of them from a broader perspective. 


Right now I am reading through some chapters that detail some severe and deeply saddening wartime circumstances. One small detail that stood out to me was a small four year period of peace amidst the many wars where it can be read that "there was never a happier time among the people…" I was taken aback to learn that these people could be so happy directly following such desolate times. 


As I pondered this story throughout my work, I came to realize that truly there is happiness to be found in every circumstance. No matter how dark the hour may seem, there is always light to be found. It may seem as dim as a star in the night sky, but of course like stars, when examined alongside its fellows, none can deny the splendor. The words of John Greenleaf Whittier come to mind, “Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these: ‘It might have been!’”


Don't let the days you have pass you by. There is always joy to be found. Truly the grass is greener today. An old phrase that has developed deep meaning for me could help us all, "Carpe Diem" or "Seize the Day." If you will seize each day and put in whatever effort you can muster to find even just a measure of happiness, I promise you, you will. 


The correct order becomes crucial in my musical selection today, top to bottom:


Secretariat--The Moss

Off and Away--Vulfpeck

June--Briston Maroney


I miss you. So much. 


Talk to you later. 


Elder Winegar

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