Fwd: Elder Winegar- I came, I saw, I conquered The Pizza

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Hey there,

I had a pretty sweet week I should say. A couple cool experiences and a few amusing ones.

I met this sick bloke called "EA" so he says. He gave me many nuggets of wise counsel throughout our dialogue, the most frequently stated being "You gotta knock yourself a million-dollar woman…" Gave me a good chuckle I must say.

Mobbed around the Stanford campus and talked to a bunch of youths. They didn't want anything to do with us, but the campus was pretty vibey and there were a few students who were at least friendly. Good experience overall.

I ate a whole little Caesars pizza in one day as a result of peer pressure. It was a bad choice.

Our cute 9 year old friend Bridget got baptized. She's an absolute stud. Super dope kid.

One of our friends, who I'll call George, had an emergency this week. His mental health had taken a turn for the worst and he called us in crisis pleading to speak with the Bishop, who was at the time stuck in Egypt. We made some calls and got some friends there to keep him safe while we made arrangements to get there ourselves. Once we arrived, it was evident that he was completely void of hope and in a state of deepest despair. We tried uplifting him by reminding him of the light and hopeful truths he knew about Jesus Christ, but at that time he was beyond logical or even spiritual consolation. But we refused to leave him. We stayed with him the remainder of the evening until his mother arrived to watch over him. 

What happened over the course of those few hours we stayed with him was miraculous to me. We didn't teach him, we didn't advise or counsel him in any way. But we stayed with him. We were his friends. We played some games with him, listened to some peaceful music, talked, and occasionally prayed. And by the end of our time with him, his countenance had completely changed. His burdens were a little lighter, his mind more at rest, and his soul more still. 

Is not this our charge to "bear one another's burdens, that they may be light;...Yea, mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort." When we choose to unite ourselves and bear each other's burdens, we can save one another from being crushed by the often crippling weights of mortal experience.

TheSavior has declared to us all, "I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you." Truly there was One who bore all of our burdens and triumphed so that we might do the same. Let us always strive to be those through which Jesus Christ can manifest His promised and perfect compassion to His weary and beloved people.


Thomas County Law–Iron and Wine

Love you heaps. I really, really do.


Elder Winegar

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