The Norman Transcript


December 15, 2013

Mission is daunting yet rewarding for young LDS elders



“You’re giving your children to the world,” said Ric.


Not just anyone cuts himself off from friends, family and entertainment for two years to do a full-time job like this without any sort of monetary compensation. This is why it’s impossible to doubt Buhler and Winterton’s sincerity. It’s clear they must truly want to do this.

This dedication to the mission grows out of a devotion to their religion. Buhler and Winterton were brought up in the church, but they say that’s not the only reason they’re devoutly Mormon.

“We have to have our own conversion to this Gospel,” said Winterton. “We had to learn about these things ourselves and really decide and pray and ask our Heavenly Father if it’s true.”

Winterton references Galatians 5:22-23 to explain the feeling he gets when he consults God about the truth of his faith. The verse speaks of peace and joy, feelings he has always experienced while praying and reading Scripture.

For Buhler, verification has come in a string of events throughout his life, in each of which he believes the Holy Ghost helped him.

He says when he was about 5 years old, he got lost for five hours while exploring his father’s farm. He says he prayed for guidance and received directions that led him back into his mother’s arms.

“I knew from there that Heavenly Father loves every one of us,” said Buhler.

Buhler says God was revealed to him again later in life, “because we need reminding.” Once, when he was struggling with his studies, he asked God for a sign that would show him he cared. After his prayer, he got a phone call.

“It was one of my dear friends,” said Buhler. “He was a high school buddy that I hadn’t talked to in such a long time, and he told me ‘I don’t know, I just felt like calling you right now. I wanted to see how you were doing.’”

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