January 27, 2014

leslie Sister Rigby, (soon to be) Sister Leslie Smith and Sister Rogers!
My goodness….I should be getting a new companion this week! That is going to be super weird because I’ve been with Sister Rigby since I got to this mission! My new companion is going to be Sister Totterer, and apparently she is fabulous 🙂 Transfers were supposed to be tomorrow, but due to terrible weather they are being postponed to Thursday. That means two more fun filled days with Rigby 🙂
This past week has been filled with tearful goodbyes between Sister Rigby and the people here in Slidell. Tears aside, it has been a good week though-
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On Wednesday night Trace Hearn (we ate the raw oysters at his house) took us out for a goodbye dinner to Rigby. When we got there his wife Artis gave Rigby a hug and told her happy birthday. Rigby just looked confused and we all went and sat down to eat. As we finished up our meal the staff came out singing happy birthday, and placed a huge sombrero on Sister Rigby’s head! It was so funny I nearly died laughing! Sister Rigby was sooooooo confused! As the staff walked away Brother Hearn explained that he wanted to make this going away dinner extra special for Rigby lol Nothing more special then getting happy birthday sang to you at a Mexican restaurant when it isn’t your birthday lol Trace is an inactive member of our church and Artis isn’t a member. All through dinner they drank quite a bit and by the time we were finishing up with our meals they had quite a bit of alcohol in their system. Trace started laying into us with what he felt like was wrong with our church. He pointed out changes that have been made in the times since the church was restored. One of the things he pointed out was the age change. He said that the church just makes changes as it feels like. He really doesn’t understand modern revelation. Atis also had quite a few questions. I was given the opportunity to share my testimony of the importance of having a prophet on the earth today. I know that Thomas S. Monson is a prophet of God. As I shared I know that the spirit was there. The experience was able to strengthen my testimony so much! I hadn’t even realized how strongly I knew some of the things I testified until I was saying them! I know that Christ has restored his church on the earth today. I know Joseph Smith did in fact see God the Father and His son Jesus Christ. I know Thomas S. Monson is the Lords Prophet on the earth today and he receives revelation to lead and guide God’s children. I know that I am serving the Lord in and this is the work he wants His children to be involved in. Shall we not go on in so great a cause?! The worth of every soul is great in the eyes of God. They all want to know this glorious message we have to share with them! Don’t be afraid to open your mouth and share the good tidings of great joy that we have been given 🙂
I’m sorry this letter isn’t super long this week! Mostly we went around saying farewells.
I love you and the gospels true!
Sister Mignonne Rogers 🙂 (This silly shirt was a gift from Sister Rigby:) sorry misterlouisianna sunset

January 21, 2014

Another intense week in the mission field
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Monday we had our new missionary training meeting. It was interesting to get to hear how all the other newer missionaries are doing and what they are loving and possibly struggling with. As we were heading home from the meeting we got a call from a member in our ward letting us know that Sister Garcia (the woman we have been visiting in the assisted living center) was in the hospital. When we had tried to visit her last Saturday she wasn’t in her room and a nurse told us that she wasn’t positive but she thought she might be in the hospital. The member informed us that she had been put on a ventilator and wasn’t expected to make it much longer. We hurried over and visited with the family and were able to see Sister Garcia but she was asleep and we didn’t want to wake her. On Wednesday we were able to go visit with her one final time. Her children aren’t members of our church, but they were very kind to us as we visited with them. We asked if we could share a hymn with them before we left, and they said that would be fine. We had prepared Nearer My God to Thee. The song was able to bring the spirit so strongly into the room and I think bring some peace and comfort to the family. Sister Garcia passed away Thursday morning at 1 in the morning. She is now with her husband in heaven. She would talk to us about how much she missed him every time we went to visit her. She told us once that her husband and she never went to bed angry. They had plenty of fights, but before they went to bed they always had to tell each other, “I love you,” and give a kiss. They were married for 70 years! That is a true love story 🙂
We spent quite a few hours in the hospital this past week. We went to visit a brother in our ward that was in the hospital with pneumonia. We had to put on a mask in order to go in and visit with him. He is a temple worker and so he spoke with us for quite a while about the importance of genealogy and family history. He has some very spiritual stories from the temple and also from genealogy work. We had an opportunity to go back again while he was in the hospital because he needed two Book of Mormons. He was sharing the gospel with his nurses! There is never a bad place to share the Restored Gospel with the people we are around. He was sick in the hospital and he was still being an amazing missionary and such a wonderful example to all those who spoke with him 🙂
Being a missionary is a wonderful thing but it can also be challenging. We have the amazing opportunity to be involved in so many people’s lives. We get to see their triumphs and their challenges. In the month or so that we knew Sister Garcia we grew to love her so very much and she will be greatly missed. We attended the stillborns memorial a few weeks back. I didn’t even know the family and my heart was breaking for that poor mother. This upcoming Saturday we will be attending yet another funeral for a woman that used to live in the area. She was elder and it was her time to go, but we will be attending the funeral with people who have no understanding of the plan of Salvation. We see families we love being torn apart from stupid decisions that are made without thinking. People tell us of their struggles and desires and the only thing we can do is listen. Then if they are willing we can help lead them towards Christ, but they have to take those steps. There is so much pain and grief in the world, but it truly is such a comfort knowing that Christ understands it all. When I feel at a loss for understanding, I can always turn upward and know that I will be heard.
The gospel brings so much peace and comfort into our lives. I’m so very grateful for the knowledge that I have and the opportunity I have to share it with those around me. My brothers and sisters, God’s children 🙂 We truly are so blessed to have the fullness of the gospel here on the earth once again. We should never take that incredible gift for granted.
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We had a very exciting thing happen this week… Fletcher was baptized this past Saturday and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Sunday the 19 of January! We couldn’t be more excited for him! When he got to the church for the baptism he expressed, “I’m so excited that I’m nervous.” After the baptism he told us that he felt different and he couldn’t stop grinning from ear to ear 🙂 So happy for that kid and the awesome choices that he’s making! When we first started teaching him we had to do the stop smoking workshop with him. When we sat down to give him the stuff for the workshop he didn’t seem to terribly enthused. Sister Rigby explained what we would be going over with him and he didn’t really answer her. I asked, “Yay?” and he responded, “little yay.” I told him, “No! This needs to be a BIG YAY!” and now that is our running joke between Fletcher, his girlfriend Dria, and Sister Rigby and I 🙂 So Fletcher get a BIG YAY for all of the wonderful decisions he is making 🙂
I love you and the gospels true!
Sister Mignonne Rogers 🙂eldersisterfletchermailboxtraining misswamp

January 14, 2014

Hello friends 🙂

This week is full of stories. I’ll start with my personal favorite…

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So I was attacked by a cat on Tuesday. We were over visiting a woman in our ward and when we got there her cat was outside. As we sat talking the cat started scratching at the door to be let in. I went to let it in and it jumped through the door and then turned around and glared at me. As I started walking back to my seat the stupid thing rammed into the back of my legs, but then the dog started chasing it around the house so the cat was too distracted to be mad at us. Suddenly the cat came sprinting for the couch we were sitting on. The sister we were visiting said it won’t jump on the couch just as I yelled, “Crazy cat!” and the animal sprang onto the back of the couch. It sat on the back just glaring at me and my companion. I whispered to Sister Rigby that I was afraid it might attack our faces. The Sister told us that the cat was mean and she reached out her hand to prove it to us. The cat swiped at her hand leaving a long scratch down the side of her hand. This made the Sister angry so she grabbed a glove and Rigby and I jumped off the coach as she grabbed the cat and carried it screaming to another room of the house. After a while the lady wanted to show us something that was in the cats room. She went and grabbed the cat and held it so she could show us. The cat was growing and hissing the entire time! AS we left the room the Sister threw the cat on the bed and as she was going to shut the door the cat sprinted out the door and launched itself onto my foot! It bit down on my ankle and started to scratch me with all four paws. I had no idea what to do! I didn’t want to kick the thing because I was afraid I’d kill the lady’s cat! She then kicked the cat off from me and the cat turned around and tried to attack me again but the lady was able to kick the animal into the room and slam the door shut before it could attack me again. The woman felt so horrible, so I didn’t want her to know how bad my foot was. I kept it hidden behind me the rest of our time at her house and then one we got in the car I was able to take a good look at it. 19 punctures from that darn cat and my foot was a bloody mess. We headed home so I could clean it up and then we headed back out.

The cat story continues…

We had asked the lady who has the evil cat how we could help her when we had visited with her on Tuesday and she had asked if we could come back and help her clean her house. We, of course, said we would love to and we scheduled to come back on Friday morning. When we got there we asked where the cat was and the lady told us that the cat was outside and we shouldn’t worry because it would be out there all day. Just as she was saying this Sister Rigby saw out of the corner of her eye something moving outside. From about a football field away she saw the cat jump up onto a fence and start making its way towards us as quickly as possible. I think the cat had seen us through the window. The cat was very quickly scaling fences and springing across yards towards us. The Sister had a window open to allow the cat and dog to go in and out of the house as she pleased. Rigby and I started yelling to close the window. The lady just said ,”The cat will stay outside all day, she never comes in,” and Rigby and I started running to a back room so we could shut ourselves behind the security of a door. Just as the cat came sprinting to the window the woman finally realized that the cat was coming in and she slammed the window shut. As we cleaned her house the cat just stood at the window watching us. I’ve never seen an angrier looking cat! As we moved from room to room the cat followed us so it could always see us clearly through any window. It was terrifying! When it was finally time to leave we had the lady go get the cat and put it in a room so we could make it safely out to the car. I found this picture on the internet and this is exactly how the cat was glaring at us through the window the entire 2 ½ hours we were there. Creepy!  sis feetfeet soak

The Parrot…

Thursday when we went to have lunch with Maria the Guatemalan lady, she wanted us to help her take down her Christmas tree. Happily we agreed and began helping her. As we worked on cleaning it up her parrot came out from the back room and watched us. It is an African Gray so not the littlest bird. I kept my eye on it because it was acting funny. Suddenly the bird put down its head fluffed up its feathers and started charging at me! I screamed and ran right out the front door practically crying! I think the cat attack might have traumatized me because typically I never would act that way. You have to understand that Sister Missionaries were skirts and flats. As far as animal protection we have none! Pretty much this has not been the best week for me and animals :/ Which is strange because I love animals, they just hated me these past few days :/

Time to switch gears… While we were out tracting this week we met a young woman that seems very interested in the gospel we are supposed to come back and see her later this week 🙂

Saturday and Sunday was stake conference and we had Elder Giddons there from the seventy. I share an analogy he gave. The story comes from his own experiences…

There was a man who found an old used cabinet for sale. He had just enough money to purchase it so he did and then brought it home to his wife. The cabinet was covered in an old green paint, but they knew that if they could get through the first layer than it would look at least decent for their home. The husband got out the materials and then went out to begin working on the cabinet. He looked and looked at it and then went back inside. A few days later he went out and looked at it again and after some time went back inside. After the third time of doing this his wife finally said, “Fine I’ll do it.” She went out and began scrapping away the green paint. As she finished removing the paint she was disheartened to find another layer of paint. She set to it and after removing that layer she found yet another layer. After that layer was done she found another layer, and then another. Her husband suggested that they just throw that one away and get a new one that would take less work, but by this time she was determined to get to the bottom of all of that paint. After five layers of paint and many hours of hard work she finally made it through the paint! After applying the finish she stood back with her husband to admire the beautiful cabinet she had discovered. Now that cabinet sits inside their home and as people enter they come in and look straight into the heart were all of the family treasures are found. The Lord is much like the wife in this story. Though many might not be able to see out true potential the lord is willing to work with us to polish us. Through his help people will be able to look right into our hearts and see the treasures he has placed within.

I love you all very much and I hope you work hard to see the good in all the people around you. Even the most frustrating people we know are still children of God and he loves them. He’s wants us to try our best to love them as well and seek to see the treasures that are hidden within 🙂

I Love you and the gospels true!

Sister Mignonne Rogers 🙂 awesome

January 6, 2014

 

This week has been pretty crazy! For New Years Eve we went and had dinner with the Bascom family. They are the sweetest people and I’m so grateful I have gotten to know them! For our thought before we left I asked the kids if they knew the story of Nephi going and getting the plates. Both the boys, who are pretty young, wanted to tell the story. They knew it so well it was wonderful! One of them said, “Laman and Lemuel couldn’t get the plates because they didn’t have enough faith.” How perfectly put. Laman and Lemuel limited their own ability by being unwilling to trust God. I was so impressed with those two little boys 🙂 Someday I hope to raise my own family with that same faith and trust in the Lord that I see in those two little kids 🙂

Thursday we went to a horribly sad funeral for a still born little girl. The couple that lost the baby are not members of the church, but their sister is and she offered the church for the memorial service. A brother in our ward that is very close to the family offered to conduct and he asked us to attend so that there could be missionaries there. He wanted the sisters and not the elders because he didn’t want us to seem intimidating.  The two of us and the Brother conducting were the only two that were not family. He spoke first and tried to give words of comfort and then the time was opened up for members of the family to stand and give their condolences. The grandmother said a few words and by the time she was done the mother was just sobbing on the dad’s shoulder. No one else stood to talk for a good five or more minutes and all that could be heard was the mother’s sobbing. The brother conducting then asked me to stand and offer my condolences and share some words that might bring comfort to this poor hurting mother. I had no idea what to do, but just as I was rising to stand a woman stood and motioned for me to sit back down. She then said that she didn’t feel like anyone should have to say anything. She said that the couple had everyone’s number and if they needed to talk to someone they could just pick up the phone and call. She made it very clear that she didn’t feel like we should be having the memorial service at all because none of us had even known the baby. There was nothing about the way she talked or what she said that made it seem like she was hurting for this poor couple.  The room was uncomfortably quite after she sat down and no one got up to speak. Then the brother conducting asked me again to stand up. By this point I had tears just streaming down my face. The pain I felt for that poor mother was so real. All I could say was how sorry I was for her and that I knew God was aware of her situation. I felt impressed to promise her that she is very loved, not just by those in that room, but by her Father in Heaven, and that she had not been forgotten. The savior said to mourn with those that mourn and comfort those that stand in need of comfort. The mother needed people who were willing to mourn with her. She needed to be told that her pain was important. Then the brother conducting asked Sister Rigby to stand and say a few words. Sister Rigby has two still born siblings. She was able to share her testimony of the Plan of Salvation and promise that hurting mother that she would be able to see her child again. After the service ended hugs were given and then everyone went their separate ways.  The knowledge of the gospel gives such amazing peace and comfort. That couple’s pain was very real, and even more intensified by their lack of understanding. I hope and pray that we will be able to share the gospel with them soon.

That evening we went and visited a woman that has been battling cancer for over a year. She was told that she would be dead by last February, but she has proven them wrong. She told us that in more than one blessing she has been told that she will recover from this. The doctors say differently, but her faith is incredible. She says, “In the blessing they told me I’ll get better, there must be something I’m supposed to do down here, so I’m not going anywhere.”  He positive attitude during these horrible adversities is so inspiring. The entire time we visited with her she was happy and grateful. Grateful she has been able to live this long. Grateful for her job. Grateful she is out of the hospital. She spent Christmas in the hospital and I haven’t heard her say one negative thing about anything! The chemo has made it so she will never be able to have children. She isn’t married because her man is afraid of commitment, and she just says oh well. God is good and he is looking after her. What an incredible woman! People like that are just a such wonderful inspiration. She is happy, loving and patient in all things!

Saturday we went and tracted our lives away! Good news though… We found a potential investigator! She had lots of questions about Mormons and then we were able to lead her questions into a doctrinal discussion 🙂 Right before we ended with a prayer she shared that she had goen through a rough time were she had been angry with God. Now she wants him back in her life 🙂 It was so great! Everything just flowed so perfectly! When we offered her the Book of Mormon she was wanted to pay for it! We are supposed to go back and talk with her again next Saturday and I’m so excited.  The Lord was truly there helping us with that tracting experience 🙂

I love you all so much and I hope you are all doing many wonderful things! Remember every member a missionary! You don’t have to go door to door to be a missionary, just be a friend. Lift someone up today 🙂 Simple words and loving action go a lot farther than you know 😉

 

I love you and the gospels true!

Sister Mignonne Rogers 🙂

 

P.S.  1 John 4:18-19

Don’t be afraid to love your neighbor 😉

 

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