Why hullo, 

I hope your Christmas was merry and bright! Truly this will be one of the Christmases long remembered in my life. To me, there is no better way to celebrate this Christ centered season than spreading service, compassion, and "good will toward men." After all, as the carol goes, "Truly He taught us to love one another." 

It is marvelous to see that there are still wise men and women seeking "The Messiah of the Jews" (JST Matt. 3:2). I met many of them this week. Some from Iran, some from Russia and Ukraine, and many from here in the bay area. I testify that the worship of the wise is just as tender and heartfelt today as it was in days of old. 

I was blessed to bountifully receive this season and I am humbled by the loving support of so many. But most meaningful to me, even above generous gifts, was the time I was able to spend in grateful prayer and pondering concerning the matchless gift that our Heavenly Father gave us all in His Son. A most sweet and joyous spirit pervaded the proceedings of the day. 

I testify that very long ago, in humble and impoverished circumstances, was born of divine and mortal heritage a baby, whose, "name was called Jesus." (Luke 2:21). I testify that Jesus was indeed the Messiah, Christ, and Savior prophesied of by all the Holy Prophets since the world began. I testify that He lived a perfect and sinless life, just as He was anointed to do, so that He could pay our debt to justice and encircle us in the arms of His mercy. I testify that He died and that He rose again and lives today. 

As we commemorate the advent of Christ's birth it would do us well to remember that His meek and lowly arrival was only His first appearance. Let us remember and prepare for that great and last day when, "the desire of all nations shall come [again]" (Hag. 2:7).I testify that just as surely as the Messiah did come before He will return. Surely, at that final day it will be said as it was at first, "Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation" (Isa. 25:9). 

Songs 🎡 

With You–Jonathan Ogden

Robbers–The 1975

Have a Happy New Year,

I love you.

Elder Jacob Winegar

Joy to the World!, Elder Winegar

Tuesday, December 27, 2022

"Why seek ye me? Ye seek not me, but my master, who hath sent me, for that which I give unto thee is that which was given me by Christ.

"That which ye seek is light. Therefore, I say unto thee, seek not the light which is in me, but seek ye Christ who is the light of the world, yea, even the Son of the Living God."

There is a lot of admiration and expectation that comes as a result of being a missionary. Some weeks you don't live up to what you are called to be. I am grateful for a merciful Savior who has and will always give His all for us, even when we don't do the same for Him. 

I've had better weeks as a disciple. But the greatest gift of Christ's birth, life, and Atonement, is the gift of repentance. A new slate. Another try. Again and again and again. This Christmas season I'm grateful for the hope of second chances, made possible when our Redeemer descended from courts on high into the humble and fallen world of earth. 

My friend Seth from my old area in Blossom Valley was baptized this week. Baptism is the ordinance of the second chance. It is the expression to God that, despite mortal weakness, one is determined to follow Jesus Christ's example as best as is possible. He in turn grants us greater access to His power and a deeper knowledge of His love. I was privileged to confirm Seth a member of the church and confer upon him the Gift of the Holy Ghost. The feelings that accompany the administration of such ordinances is always a powerful assurance to all present that God's promises to us are real and binding.

Met up with some young missionary leaders for a meeting. It is always nice to learn and be edified after working really hard to teach and edify others. And of course it's always good to see old friends. 

The beginning of this week was…exasperating. It can be frustrating when one is really trying to be guided by the divine in order to help other people be happy and live better lives, but is still met with rejection or even malice. My week began with a few of those days, one after the other. The weight gradually became surprisingly heavy to bear. 

As one might expect, while I was thus weighed down, my mind was caught away in pondering the meaning of hardship in our lives. Many times we ask, "Why do bad things happen to good people?" However, we know that, "God is no respecter of persons" (Acts 10:34) and that "all are alike unto [Him]" (2 Nephi 26:33). Even when we choose to do evil, because of His supernal Fatherhood His perfect love for us will remain. So perhaps a better question is, why would a loving God allow His children to suffer at all? 

In answer to this primal question the Book of Mormon teaches, "For it must needs be, that there is an opposition in all things. If not so, my firstborn in the wilderness, righteousness could not be brought to pass, neither wickedness, neither [happiness] nor misery, neither good nor bad" (2 Nephi 2:11). Our perfectly knowing Father understands that without suffering to juxtapose joy, joy has no meaning at all. Could any one of us truly appreciate happiness if it was the only thing we had ever experienced? Thus we see that God allows hardship not out of neglect, but because He loves us and wants us to appreciate the pure joy He has in store for us. Contrary to our natural intuitions about God we learn, "...whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth" (Hebrews 12:6).

And yet, when we are in the midst of that chastening it can be hard to retain faith in these truths. If we let it, the exquisite pain can extinguish our hope in a loving God. But, Our Heavenly Father did not leave us without consolation. He sent to us a Son.The Son. His Firstborn and Only Begotten in the flesh. He sent us Jesus Christ. When we are weary on our way and feel we can't press on another step, it would do us well to remember that baby born in humble circumstances so long ago, who would grow up to walk down the thorniest road of all, through Gethsemane and then to Calvary. Let us remember and never forget that somewhere along that dusty path He walked our road too, all of our roads, so that we wouldn't have to walk them alone. 

Finally, after days of desperation Elder Prestwich and I did find some very incredible people to teach. And we taught nothing save it was about Christ, the one who made it all possible. Just as my companion's and my challenges didn't last forever, because of Jesus Christ, we are assured that one day all suffering will end and we will dwell in glory and perfect, untarnished joy, forever. I know these things to be true. 

Songs 🎡 

Reflections–Joshua Hyslop

O' Little Town of Bethlehem–Clara Campbell

[On Youtube or in Gospel Library under Christmas Music :) ]

I love you my friends.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, 

Elder Winegar

Merry Christmas from Elder Winegar

Wednesday, December 21, 2022

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You missed so much. I'm so sorry. I didn't write and now EVERYTHING changed. I'm coming home from my mission. jk it didn't change that much. Your heart was racing though eh?? Lemme tell you about it.

So. I got transferred away from my family and friends in the Blossom Valley Ward. I shed a tear. I moved up to the cats, or in other words Los Gatos. She's chill. Like one of the main spots we work is across the street from a lambo-bentley-rolls-royce combo store. But also there's not nearly as much shnob as Atherton. Happy balance of clout and contrition. But anyways, as you might guess, I have also been joined together with a new companion. He's exceptionally weird and so we complement one another quite nicely. The synergy is off the chain. πŸ“‘

I'm unsure whether or not it is happening over here yet. Like there's some movement in the water but the ball ain't quite rolling from what I can tell. There are some interesting individuals however. In particular Jesse and Diana. 

Jesse and Diana are very faithful believers in Jesus Christ and the Elders knocked on their door one day. When I arrived I was unsure what had been taught but we entered in and explained the essential and unique aspects of the Church of Jesus Christ including Priesthood, Ordinances, Prophets, Divine Organization, and so on. We left them with those thoughts and an appointment to return after some time to ponder. 

Upon return it seemed initially that they were very gently trying to turn us away. We explained that, "we claim the privilege of worshiping Almighty God according to the dictates of our own conscience, and allow all men the same privilege" and that we intended to unite with them under our shared faith in Christ regardless of differences that might arise between our theologies. We then explained to them that they could know for themselves that what we taught really was truth by receiving a witness from God that the Book of Mormon was true.

We expounded that the Book of Mormon was the "keystone of our religion" and that the veracity of our every claim rested on this Book.

If the Book of Mormon is not the word of God then it must be, no matter how remarkable, a work of fiction making Joseph Smith's claim to prophethood fraudulent, thus falsifying The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as God's church. Strikingly, the converse is also true.

I testified then and I testify now that the Book of Mormon is indeed the word of God. I know so because God Himself by the power of His Spirit has made it manifest unto me and no power of earth or hell can separate me from this knowledge that I have now received. Because of the knowledge I have obtained I can also testify with conviction that Joseph Smith translated that record by the gift and power of God, which he exercised under the mantle of prophet, seer, and revelator. I know this same prophet restored Jesus Christ's new testament church and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's Kingdom on earth. 

I know that this same witness that I have received is available to any humble seeker of truth who will read the Book of Mormon and "ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true" with a "sincere heart" and "with real intent" (Moroni 10:4). I know this promise is from the Lord who is, "powerful to the fulfilling of all his words" (Alma 37:16). 

Following this promise is, in my mind, is the most pure and comprehensive admonition in all of scripture, "Come unto Christ, and be perfected in him" (Moroni 10:32). As I spoke these same words to Jesse, in a moment of spectacular clarity and light, he received his witness from God before our very eyes. He began to tear up and he exclaimed something along the lines of, "That's my faith described in one sentence!" We made sure he realized that it was no coincidence that such a concise declaration came from the Book of Mormon.

I testify that the Book of Mormon will help any man, woman, or child come to a knowledge of their Redeemer, Jesus Christ. No knowledge can bring joy and peace as exquisite. This volume has planted in me a love of Christ that has grown into a beautiful life-sustaining tree whose fruit is sweet above all that is sweet. I know Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father live and they know and love each one of us in a way no other being can.

Songs 🎡 

Want Me Back–Cody Fry, Cory Wong, Dynamo

New Guru–Vulfpeck

I luv u :)

Seriously though, don't doubt my sincerity.


Elder Winegar 

Elder Winegar, This Life

Tuesday, December 13, 2022


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