Tuesday, November 26, 2013

November 25 (Out 6 months)

Hello family!
This last week has been a great one! There have just been so many miracles and so many sweet things happening! Leaving Frederick was kinda weird. I will definitely miss the members there, they are awesome! We were pretty busy those last two days I was in Frederick. I didn't really take the route of going around saying goodbye to people, I just stuck to business as usual. And I got lucky. haha We had dinner with the Kippin's Monday night. That was great. They have a tradition that they give all of the elders a shirt from his store, "if the shoe fits". So I got a sweet shirt from the coolest shoe store in Frederick. Then, later that night we had an appointment with the Ferguson's. Brother Ferguson said I need to marry Diondra Ensign. haha That's his plan to keep me in the family. Then, Elder Dorsey was going to marry Nicole, the older sister, because he is the senior companion. haha We all had a good laugh about that.
The next day, we had a sweet miracle. If you remember the Robert's, they were the ones with all the signs and we mowed their lawn. They found out I was leaving and desperately wanted to feed us. Their neighbor told us that they were wanting to contact us, so we stopped by and they were super excited about it. We already had a dinner appointment that night so we set up a desert appointment. We went over and had a great visit with them. They were sad to see me go and they were very complimentary of Elder Dorsey and I. It was neat. We had the chance to do some teaching and we said a prayer with them, which was huge because they really aren't interested in the gospel but the spirit was definitely strong while we were there. It was sweet. This time we visited, I really felt like we brought a special spirit into their home.
Earlier that day, we met with Ed. haha He was super sad that I was leaving. We can't travel to Thurmont because of our restricted miles, but he came down to Frederick and we met at the stake center. So this was another sweet miracle. We had just had zone training that day and our zone leaders talked asked us how often we bear testimony of Christ in our lessons. And we talked about how powerful bearing testimony is. So we met with Ed and at first we were just talking with him about whatever. So then, the conversation turned to one of Ed's favorite topics, what I will do when my mission ends. He likes to bring that up because I told him it's never going to end. haha So we told him about transfer meeting and I said I would go up and bear my testimony. He thought he was being funny and he asked me how long that would take. I just said "start your timer." And then I just bore my testimony. The spirit came in super strong and Ed was all tearing up. haha Funny, in retrospect, because he is never like that. While I was talking he kept saying that he would have brought in his video camera so he could of recorded it. I ignored him and just kept bearing testimony. haha We had to get going to another appointment so we were wrapping up. So I finished and on that note we asked if we could close with a prayer. We asked him to say it. This guy has not prayed outloud in years. The last time we really pushed for it he took time before we came and wrote out a prayer... in German. Then he prayed in German. So we caught him this time and he prayed! It was sweet! This guy hasn't prayed outloud in all the time I was there and he has told us that it has been years since that last happened. It was an awesome miracle! haha
So transfers went well. Packing wasn't too much fun, but it all worked out. haha Elder Plumb is a pretty cool elder. I think we will be a good team here. Annapolis is cool. Full bike area! I love biking, but it has been cold. Last night it was in the twenties. Thank you so much for sending out the coat and gloves! Just got the second package you sent; just in time too. haha The ward here is much smaller than Frederick. Still a ward though. We get to work with all of the students at the Naval Academy, apparently called Midshipmen. They are pretty cool and are a great fellowshipping crew. haha We have a midshipmen investigator named Ryan. The mids are great fellowshippers for him. It's like the ideal situation. Anyway... it is crazy that I am literally on the East coast. And the naval academy is sweet. We also have a senior missionary couple here, the Hilliard's. They are in charge of military relations and they work with the midshipmen a lot.
So the night I got to Annapolis, we had an amazing miracle! The Annapolis elders recieved a media refferal at the start of the week for a Toni Cain. This lady had visited the Salt Lake temple visitor center and was blown away by what she learned and felt. So she requested missionaries to be sent to her house here in Maryland. That's when we come in. We had an appointment for that night on Wednesday to meet her and see what's going on. We did not have a ride though and it was really far away... so our plan was to visit a member and beg for a ride. haha Luckily, it totally worked out. The Wallwork family is an older couple who recently returned from serving a senior mission. They hooked us up with a ride and we went to see Toni. Toni turned out to be really cool. She has a crazy story, you need to google her. She is a trauma surviver turned motivational speaker. She lived on the streets for nineteen years and is now doing quite well. So she visited Utah on business and happened to stop by the temple. She loved it and wants to learn more. She also has a boyfriend who is LDS. He lives in Utah but he is going to be at our next appointment this Friday! haha Crazy! We had a great visit with her. The Wallworks were a huge help in this lesson! She shared a sweet experience about how here husband joined the church. She told us how when he was not a member that her and the kids would group up and pray that he would join the church everyday while he was in the shower. Years later he told her that everyday when he would take a shower he just felt like he was being told that he needed to join the church his family belonged to. haha Crazy story! The spirit was super strong. I know that the spirit spoke through me in this lesson. We were talking about God's love and I just bore solid testimony that God loves her and the spirit was super strong. So she seems awesome and it was a great start to the transfer. haha. This Friday will be sweet. 

Anyway, have a great week! Have a very happy thanksgiving and, Mom, have a very happy birthday! It was great to hear from you today. I always enjoy your letters. I also enjoyed the letter you sent in the package. In the spirit of thanksgiving I want to tell you what I am thankful for. Just before I left on my mission I was was in the temple and I came across   1 Tim 1:12. It says "I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry." I love my mission and I am so thankful to be a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. Alma 34:38 says, "worship God in whatsoever place ye may be in, in spirit and in truth, that ye live in thanksgiving daily for the many mercies and blessings he doth bestow upon you." I am so grateful for our Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ. I am so grateful for their constant involvement in our lives. I know they are helping me each day and I know that they are helping you too, because they love us. That tops my gratitude list. Have a great week! I will talk to you this monday! I gotta go!
I love you guys,
Elder Hinkle

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