October 28, 2013

This week’s letter… The past few weeks have been kinda crazy! (Lots of opportunities to give service) We spent our entire Wednesday helping someone move, and then working at the bishops store house, Thursday we were at Bernice and Ryan’s friends house all day (8-6) helping them move, and Friday (10-6) we spent at a sister in the wards house helping her move! It’s crazy! We are the Mormon Missionary Moving Company lol. The four elders will move your furniture, while the two sisters help you pack! Sometimes the sisters will even move the furniture! And all you have to do is feed them! What a stellar deal! I’m grateful we were able to help those families, and I hope we left a good impression!
I don’t know if I’ve said this before, but everyone talks about Hurricane Katrina like it was yesterday. It was almost 7 years ago. There is a lot of healing that needs to be done in this area. The hard thing is that is has to happen one person at a time. I wish I could just hug every hurt and struggling person I meet and help them feel of Christ’s love for them. I want people to know that they have somewhere to turn when things seem so horribly hard, but some people just refuse to listen. They want help that I can’t give. The Lord is the only one that can truly heal them, and only if they allow Him to.
This past Sunday there was a really good lesson given. The title was Christ Wants to Forgive Us. The teacher focused on allowing us to forgive ourselves. Sometimes we stop our own progression because we are unwilling to lay down our burdens at the feet of the Savior and move on. We want to leave the hurt behind, but we are unwilling to forgive ourselves. So we find ourselves stuck because we don’t just let go of the pain. We won’t give our hurt to God and let Christ heal us. Even though Jesus thinks we are worthy enough to be forgiven, we are unwilling to forgive ourselves. I had never thought about sin and forgiveness that way before, but I think it is so true. When we forgive, we also have to forgive ourselves.
We were also able to visit a wonderful older couple that are home bound. I asked if we could sing a hymn for them. We harmonized with Nearer My God to Thee. I hoped it helped. I hoped it brought the spirit into the home. They really are such fantastic people and I wish there was more I could do more to help them. I really do feel lucky to know them.
I love you all, and I hope you know that!!! I am so blessed to have you all in my life, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the awesome support I’m getting from back home Thank you for being wonderful!
I love you and the gospels true!
Sister Mignonne Rogers missionary mignonne spiderman mignonne and Maria mignonne rigby and tia

October 17, 2013

I know that God gives us our different experiences, not just for our own personal growth but also so we can help His other children. Our Heavenly Father is aware of each of us no matter what the circumstance or how far we have fallen. He wants to help lift us. Part of how God shows His love for His children is by sending others to help. Sometimes we are used to be the hugging arms or kind words that someone may need at that time. We are never alone. Christ knows our pains and Gods loving arms are always extended. Sometimes we need to be willing to humble ourselves enough to except His reaching hand.
Oh I love you all so much and I’m so very grateful for the wonderful example you are to me Keep being awesome and sharing the love God has given you!
I love you and the gospel is true!
Sister Mignonne Rogers
…….For those of you who don’t know. Mignonne’s Great Grandma Vivian Boyd was a wonderful missionary, and convert to the church, who served 7 (or missions with her dear husband, Bob, my Grandfather. During her missions and life, she faithfully wrote to her family and friends, always ending her letters with “I love you, and the gospel is true!” Often when you visited with her in person or on the phone the conversations would end like that too. It is her legacy of love and service that Mignonne is honoring as she ends each letter with those words: ) Tamara