What a crazy fun week!
So many stories to share so I’ll just try and focus on one good one from each day or so-
Monday we went and had dinner with a sweet family. It was me and my companion, the three car Elders (Adams, Benge, and Henrikson) and the wife that is a member, her husband, his brother that lives with them (who just was baptized!) and then the couple’s two little kids ages 5 and 3. When we got there the two little kids went to show me some of their toys in their room. I found myself a sword and the little, boy age 5, found a shield for me. What ensued was one of the most epic battles known to mankind. We started dueling, but then I ran out of the room into the front room, where we got the Elders involved. They all found weapons and everything got super intense lol. Our battle had fire breathing dragons, witches, Darth Vader, magic, giant robots, and just about everything else a child’s imagination feels like throwing into the fun. My sword fighting battles as a child really came in handy and the only person that was able to defeat me was the 5 year old Darth Vader! It was super fun and hilarious! I really love that family!!! For the spiritual thought afterwards we shared the story of the 2000 stripling warriors and the faith and courage they possessed. We also talked about putting on the full armor of God from Ephesians 🙂 It was a fabulous dinner appointment 🙂
Tuesday we went and visited the woman with the devil cat. (This is a real picture of it!) We called ahead to ask her to please makes sure it was locked up. When we got there I reaffirmed with her that the cat was in fact put away. She said it was and not one minute later I see the cat outside glaring in at us. She didn’t put it away! It was outside! I was completely distracted by the cat and the thought that at any moment someone could open the door and we’d all be goners. Sister Totterer didn’t know to be afraid of the cat so she chatted it up with the owner while I kept my attentions fixed on the psycho animal. As we were sitting there, the woman’s son went to go outside and as he opened the door the creature came sprinting inside. You better believe it took me less than 5 seconds to jump up, grab my bag and dart into a back room slamming the door shut behind me! After the son grabbed the cat and finally locked it up in a room then I ventured out of my hiding spot. Sister Totterer was dying on the couch with laughter. When I ran into the back room she pulled her feet up on her chair because she didn’t know what else to do. She said that the cat ran in and then stopped in a crouch searching for me!!! That cat is absolutely psycho!!!
Wednesday we went and worked at the storehouse for a good while. While we were there I dropped a stack of boxes on my knee where a nice heart shaped bruise has now formed. I was so sore the next day it was crazy! We had dinner with a nice family and taught our Book of Mormon class so it wasn’t too eventful.
Thursday we went tracting (door knocking) in the sleet which was pretty intense. We also went and tried to meet some of our less active members. We were able to get into the house of one of them. She is very sweet and has an incredible testimony. She said we are welcome back anytime 🙂 If it wasn’t for the fact that she hasn’t been to church in years I would say she is an incredibly strong member. She was offended by members on more than one occasion and finally she had just had enough. Now for years she has been denying herself and the members of her ward so many blessings. She would be such an asset if she would just be willing to come back. It is so important to remember that this is the Lord’s church. Yes, it is made up of imperfect people. Elder Uchdorf said that we are all hypocrites and he is so very correct, but THIS IS THE LORD’S CHURCH. The Lord is in this work and as soon as we forget that we lose sight of what is really important and why we go to church at all. We go to partake of the sacrament. We go to lift our brothers and sisters and be strengthened through their testimonies. We go to worship our God. Church is so important. Don’t ever let yourself be so offended that you then deny blessings for yourself and those you love. It is selfish and harmful. We have all been given so much to share and to learn from others. Don’t ever let yourself stop seeing that. Yes we are imperfect, but God helps to make weak things become strong.
Friday was wonderful. We got to go visit a couple that are just the sweetest people you will ever meet. He has ALS and she is incredibly devoted to him 🙂 We came and sang them a hymn and then listened to the wife talk about how blessed she is to be married to such a wonderful man, the entire time he was just gazing at her with such love. He is an incredible man and I have yet to meet one person that has anything but the utmost respect for him. She is just an angel. I am so grateful that I have been blessed to get to serve in this wonderful town and meet such amazing people. My mission is truly teaching me so very much. You don’t need the world in order to be happy. Happiness comes through gratitude and faith in Christ. The wife said that she hasn’t heard her husband’s voice in years but she doesn’t have to. All he needs to do is give her “that look,” and she know he loves her. She is grateful she still gets to enjoy being with him every day. Happiness is a simple things. People try and make it so complex, but really it is all dependent on your faith and willingness to listen to the Lord. That couple has shown me that you can be happy in any situation. What a blessing they are to all those who know them.
Saturday was interesting. While tracting we talked with a man named David. We told him about the Book of Mormon and he listened to us all the way through. Then he said, “I just don’t know about that whole Joseph Smith thing.” I then asked him if he believed in the Old Testament. That book has some pretty incredible things that happen in it! Sea’s are parted, God speaks to a man through a burning bush, a woman is turned into a pillar of salt, a man is eaten by a whale and then spat up again, and the list goes on and on of incredible things that God was able to do. If you can believe those wonderful miracles from God then why on earth would He not still have miracles like that happening today? People are so funny. They try to limit God. He is still all powerful. He still works mighty miracles in this day and time. Whether we choose to see them or not is our own choice. The man’s response to my question was that he isn’t sure what he thinks about the Old Testament and he is currently in the process of rewriting his own version of it. What? Since when was it okay to just rewrite your own version of God’s word? That is the most epic form of plagiarism that I have ever heard of! People these day… anything goes I guess…
Sunday a young man gave a very good talk about faith. He said, “I know everyone in this room believes IN GOD, but do we BELIEVE GOD?” What an interesting thought. He went on to explain that it is easy to believe and trust the Lord when things are going our way, but as things get difficult we have to have faith that God is in charge and aware of our situation. He told a story of a man that asked a general authority to give him a blessing after he came down with cancer soon after getting married. The authority came and sat and talked with the young man for a while. Then before giving the blessing he asked him, “Do you have faith not to be healed?” The young man was confused and the authority went on to explain that if it was the will of the Lord to not have him recover, could the young man understand that it was all in the Lord’s control and what was going to happen was how it was supposed to be. Could he trust the Lord to have faith in what His will was going to be? That would truly take incredible faith and I will strive to gain that faith in my own life. God has been so very good to me and I know that He is in charge and always watching over me and all of His children 🙂
My tracting epiphany- While tracting this past week it struck me that we are engaged in the very same work that Christ was doing. He came to a people that thought they already had the truth. In reality they were grasping on to the shreds of the Law of Moses. They had some truth but were missing key things that would help them far more than they even knew. Some were willing to listen to him and others thought, we have the Law of Moses, why should we listen to a carpenter from a little town? Here in the south these people believe they have been saved. They are hanging on to the bible and they have many truths, but they have also lost truths. We are here to show them that yes, they have many good things, but we have the fullness of the Gospel. Just like with Jesus, these people think that they have it all, but they are missing very basic principles. Christ worked on bringing the people back to the basics and then building upon that, and that is exactly what we do as well 🙂 What a wonderful work to be involved in! As doors are slammed in our face, we can take comfort knowing that we are literally going about the Lord’s work. The exact work that he was doing, just 2000 years later! How neat is that!
I love you and the gospels true!
Sister Mignonne Rogers 🙂
P.S. Mosiah 18:8-10
If you don’t have an e Book of Mormon then go get one (download free at http://www.mormon.org and http://www.lds.org) so you can read the scriptures that I share 🙂 They are all wonderful and all a gift from the Lord our God 🙂
This is a Book of Mormon printed in 1879. Owned by a descendant of Joseph Smith. My new bike!!