March 31, 2014

My week was absolutely fabulous as always 🙂 winky face
The Lord’s hand is in this work! Sister Banidawa (Bonnie-dowah) and I were sitting in the car getting ready to tract when this woman drove by us slowly and looked at us like a psycho. A few minutes later a cop car drove by and Sister Banidawa said, “I bet that is because of that lady.” “No,” I responded, “Look he’s turning down that road.” Wrongo! The cop turned around and as he pulled in behind us another cop car came around the corner and parked in front of us, pinning us is. Sister Bani was already digging for her passport as the cop walked up to the car and I rolled down the window. “Hello officer,” we beamed up at him as he came to the door. “We got a call that there were some suspicious looking people parked out here.” “Oh goodness how awkward,” I responded, “We are missionaries for our church and we are out here today to knock doors and share the good news.”scarf “Do you have your licenses available?” He merely glanced at our license and passport and said we were good to go. Well we felt sufficiently uncomfortable so we decided to move to a different neighborhood. As we began down the road in this new place Sister Bani said that she felt like we needed go the other direction so we headed down the road knocking doors and sharing the gospel. We were able to talk with multiple people that were actually truly interested, which isn’t all that common. One of the last people we talked to not only excepted a Book of Mormon and said that she would love to have us come back, but she also expressed that she knew a Mormon named Josh that she had really been impressed with. He was a coworker of hers and she made it a point to mention more than once what a great person Josh had been and that she would be very open to learning more. May the Lord bless you Josh! This experience taught me two major things! 1st – Everything that happens in life may not make sense at first but the Lord is directing you to where you need to be. If we hadn’t had the cops come we wouldn’t have moved to that other neighborhood and we may never had met these fabulous people. If we had tracted the other direction instead of listing to Bani’s feeling we also wouldn’t have had the opportunity of meeting them. 2nd – You never know who is watching you and what an influence you might have on their life later on down the road. Thank you Josh, whoever you are, for living in a way that impressed this woman enough to be open to learning more about this incredible gospel!sisters and girlwesleys room
This week while we were tracting we knocked on a door and this man opened up. “Latter Day Saint?” he asked. “Why yes we are, what church do you belong to?” we replied with huge grins on our faces. His response, “I’m Baptist. You belong to the wrong religion!” and he slammed the door. That was sad to see him be so rude and mean towards people who literally have Christ’s name written on their chests. Have you seen the badge? The biggest print is Jesus Christ.
Another miraculous story from this week – We were out tracting and we met this 14 year old girl that loves the Bible. I explained the importance of The Book of Mormon to her and then told her the story of Nephi when he breaks his bow. Nephi had to be a leader, even to his parents, and have faith in the Lord that everything was going to work out right in the end. Through Nephi’s faith the family was able to obtain food and humbly return to the Lord. The girl loved the story and then she shared Jobe, one of her favorite Bible stories, with us 🙂 She wanted a Book of Mormon so we gave one to her and set up a time for us to come back and visit with her again. When we got there her dad was home and he was totally okay with us teaching his daughter. Before we started teaching, the girl wanted us to meet her brother as well. She then told us that she had downloaded the Book of Mormon onto her phone and had been both listening to it and reading it. When we asked her about her reading she was able to tell us the main theme of what she had read. She had totally understood her reading! We then began to teach her the Restoration and she felt strong connections with Joseph Smith, since he was a 14 year old kid as well. While we taught her, her dad ended up joining us and so did her brother. As we finished up the lesson we asked her what her thoughts were and her response was, “Like I said, I’m totally open to learning more. So far what you have been telling me feels right and I believe it’s true.” Oh my goodness how incredible is that! We finished by singing All Creatures of Our God and King which brought in the spirit so perfectly that I was then able to share my testimony with them of the truthfulness of what we had taught them! It was absolutely amazing! We set up a return appointment with all three of them and I can’t wait to get back there 🙂
God is amazing and He is in this work! I’m grateful for the work He is allowing me to be a part of. He has all power and could teach His children without our help but He allows us to be part of this marvelous work and I couldn’t be more grateful for that 🙂
I love you and the gospels true!
Sister Mignonne Rogers 🙂
P.S. John 8:32
tracting in the dark Getting in our last 30 minutes of tracting for the week:)sisters in rain We had been dancing in the rain!

March 24, 2014

Well hey there!tracting
Learning a new area is just a bundle of fun. I have met so many people this past week, it is fabulous! I keep looking around me and it is very clear the I am not in Slidell anymore lol
The night I got here we went to Wendy’s to get something to eat. It was late, I was tired, and completely emotionally exhausted. I ordered and the guy over the counter said, “smemrlr?” Umm, I wasn’t quite sure what he said. I thought for a moment and then realized he must have said small medium or large. The next question from him was, “erterga?” I wanted to cry but after concentrating my brain sorted out, “Is that for here or to go?” And that was the moment that I realized I was no longer in Slidell, but was now on the streets of Bossier.
Bossier is a world of a difference from what I’ve grown accustomed to. We tract in the Ghetto. I’ve never felt more like a pathetic little white girl than I do on some of the streets here. I stick out like a sore thumb. Little Mormon girl wandering the streets trying to help thugs come closer to Jesus. It’s pretty fabulous. Inside I feel like I’m dying but on the outside I try really hard to smile and talk with everyone! My companion from Fiji has no fear and is so great at chatting it up with every person we see. BossierWe even talked a little gospel with a man who is definitely a straight up druggy. Good times lol.
My first day here we went to visit a potential investigator. When we got to the house she had left, but there was a ton of people sitting on the porch that we got to talk with a little bit. I have never seen so many gold teeth before in my life! We were able to have a pretty great discussion about the beliefs of our church and the group asked some great questions. All around a different but fabulous experience!
I can not begin to tell you all the miracles that have been happening this week! When the Lord gives you challenges, it is to help you grow! I have definitely seen that throughout this past week! The Lord has helped my teaching skills to increase drastically in these past few days! Whom the Lord calls he qualifies! I completely believe that because I am watching it happen in my own life 🙂
A funnier story from the week – We were out tracting this trailer park and we came to a rickety porch. Sister Banidawa went first and I stayed on the steps, unsure if the porch could hold more than one person. This man came to the door, missing teeth, hair a mess and in a wife beater. He said, “I don’t want you all wasting your time on me. I’m a lost cause.” Of course our response was that no one was a lost cause and that we were sure that this message could benefit him. He told us that he didn’t need our message because he already knows Jesus. He said, “Jesus reached out his finger and touched me,” as he said this he socked Sister Banidawa in the arm, “and he spoke to me from the walls.” At this point I was wondering what kind of drugs he was on. After that weirdness we ended the conversation and headed off to find whomever the Lord had prepared to hear our message that day. Maybe it was that guy and we did share with him so no worries. He had a chance to hear about the truth as well 🙂
Something that I find so interesting is people’s reactions to our church. We come with a message of love and peace, and some respond with anger and hate. They claim their feelings through their religion, and express how Christian their views are while tearing down another person. Christ taught with love. It saddens me that people feel so much hate towards the message that we share purely to help lift and comfort our fellowman. If people don’t agree with us they don’t need to mock what we have to say. I think for me the meanest people make me the most sad. They are filling themselves with feelings towards their brothers and sisters that are not helping them to draw closer to their Lord and Savior. I wish there was a way to help them understand that we aren’t trying to take away their beliefs but just share the message that has brought us so much! We share because we know what the gospel has done for us. This isn’t something we do because we get paid, or because we have to. We do this out of a love for those around us and an understanding of the incredible truths that we have 🙂happy tracting
One more thing before I have to bounce- The Atonement is such an incredible thing! It helps through our worst trials and everyday life. I have seen the atonement working in not only my life, but also the life of those that are around me. It is an incredible gift that has been given to us and whether we use it or not, it will remain sitting there, waiting for us. As we use it we can grow closer to Jesus Christ and feel peace and comfort that only He can give us. Using the power of the atonement may seem like a challenging thing at times, but honestly the Lord has made it so simple for us. It reminds me of the story of the flying serpents in the bible. Moses is told to put a brass serpent on a pole and all that looked at it were healed. It was so easy that some people chose not to look at the snake and died from their snake bites. All we have to do is use the atonement in our lives and it will bring us so much peace!!! It can take work, but it is so very worth it! Christ wants to help us. He wants us to include him in our lives! What an amazing thing that is! “Oh it is wonderful that He should care for me enough to die for me. Oh it is wonderful, wonderful to me.”
I love you and the church is true!
Sister Mignonne Rogers 🙂sis. rogers and amy

March 18, 2014

So I have so much to say and absolutely no time to say anything 😦
Surprise, I’ve been transferred! Believe me it was a complete surprise to me as well. On Sunday Sister Totterer and I were running into the church for a meeting early in the morning and what should happen just as we are going in, we get a call from our mission president, President McDonough. He said there was a situation and then informed us that last week a Sister had entered the mission field from Africa. Her name is Sister Povanho and she doesn’t drive. The trainer they’d put her with, Sister Banidawa, from Fiji, doesn’t drive either and they were in a full time car area! So President, after thinking it over and praying about it decided to send Sister Povanho down to Slidell and put me up in Bossier LA with Banidawa. From the time I got that phone call to the time I left was just over 24 hours. So 24 hours to say goodbye to the town and people that I have grown to love so much in these past six months and get everything packed to go. Let me just say I saw many miracles that day! After lots of tearful goodbye,pamdria and fletchersis werb and her rock collectionalex and anna mobleybascomsinvestigator Sarahracciopas 2Brandon and Nikki and girlsD'Angelo's a night full of packing, and hours of driving I am now in Bossier with Banidawa Sis Banidawaand I’m excited for this new adventure!

I love you and the church is true!

Sister Mignonne Rogers

My new area looks like home!new home 3 I got Sis. Totterer good!silly stringdrowning her sorrowsDrowning my sorrows with cream soda….(notice the blood shot eyes from tears:(

March 11, 2014

March 11, 2014district
I’M STAYING IN SLIDELL FOR ANOTHER TRANSFER AND I COULDN’T BE MORE THRILLED ABOUT IT!!!!!!!!! There is so much awesome work to get done here and I’m so grateful that the Lord is allowing me to stay just a little longer and witness the miracles that are happening here!
Tuesday was Mardi Gras and it rained all day. Did you know that in Louisiana the mail doesn’t run on Mardi Gras and school is out for the entire week! They also get a spring break! How unfair is that! I think the rain was the Lord trying to calm down some of the insanity down in New Orleans lol. We tracted a little but were so freezing cold (and no one was taking pity on us) so we found other work that needed to be done on Mardi Gras 🙂 Funny story- that night when we got home my companion and I got scared half to death because of my companions balloon from Valentine’s Day. She was talking to me and the balloon floated past her and that scared me which in turn scared her and there was plenty of screaming and so much laughter my sides hurt! It’s the little things in life that help get you from one moment to the next!
Wednesday- We got to go and help move some storage for a member into her attic. Her little boy who is about 4 or 5 was helping us. He really wanted to go up into the attic, but his mom didn’t want him up there so she told him there was a ghost up there. Oh my goodness it was the funniest thing! He then decided that he needed to prove that he wasn’t afraid so he kept making ghost noises and then asking us, “Did you hear that?” He was the cutest! We also got to go visit with a family in our ward that are just the greatest. They are so in love and it is just fabulous! They have offered to help with fellowshipping new members in our ward which is just the greatest. Slidell is such a great place!!!
Thursday- The silly thing that people always say is be careful what you wish for because God always answers prayers. If you pray for patience then you better believe you are going to be given something that will try your patience. I was thinking about that on Thursday. I had a friend ask me once, “Why would the Lord make things harder for you when you ask to be strengthened in a certain area of your life?” I think the answer to that can be explained in a simple parable. Two young men went to the gym and told the physical instructor that they wanted to get huge. The instructor led them to a set of weights and showed them how to use the weight set. The next day the two young men were so sore they could hardly stand it! One of them made up excuses to not go to the gym and instead stayed home. The other man went back to the gym and tried again and again every day until he got to the point where the pain was no longer there. His friend decided to join him again weeks later for another gym day and was frustrated the next day when his friend felt fine and he was yet again in pain. The Lord gives us the “weights” we need to strengthen ourselves, but then it is our choice whether we continue to strengthen ourselves or sit and wait for the strength to come. Yes we might feel growing pains, but that is normal. The Lord will not hand us “weights” that we can’t handle and He is always there spotting us if we need a boost.
Friday- We visited with Brother Pritechett and Brother Pritechett was full of some of the silliest stories and jokes! My personal favorite was-
How do you get down from a horse?
You don’t get down from a horse you get down from a duck!
It may not seem that funny to you, but Sister Totterer and I were practically rolling on the floor we were laughing so hard! It might be one of those; you’d have to have been there, moments 🙂
Saturday- We got to go to a jewelry store that a member in our ward owns and play dress up! Oh my goodness that was probably the most expensive game of dress up I think I’ll ever play in my life! slidell wedding ringSister Totterer and I probably had too much fun 🙂 We then got to go to one of the most spiritual baptisms I think I’ve ever been to! This man had gone through so much opposition to finally get baptized! He is an incredible asset to the ward and just such a wonderful person! We are lucky to have him 🙂 I was so blessed to get to be at his baptism 🙂 So incase everyone hasn’t heard yet – I’M AN AUNT!!!!!! Little Eleanor Celeste Rogers was born last week! I didn’t hear about it until Saturday. A member in our ward, Brother Bascom, knew that I was waiting for my little niece to be born any day and on Saturday he called us up and said, “So I hear you’re an aunt.” As nonchalantly as you please. Umm… I started screaming and crying and laughing and possibly hopping up and down in the middle of the road (we were currently out tracting). Pretty much I looked like a crazy pants, but I really didn’t care, I was so excited!!!! If anyone look out there window they probably thought I was going crazy, but I was so excited I couldn’t help it!!! Ya so I’m a aunt now to a absolutely gorgeous little girl!!!aunt mignonne Congrats to Chauncey and Becky! The Bascoms were kind enough to let us come by their house later that evening and see pictures of the beautiful little girl!
Sunday Brother Bascom and I presented a musical number in sacrament meeting which went over very well 🙂 The spirit was able to be there and that is definitely the most important part 🙂 I’m so incredibly grateful that the Lord is allowing me to sing while out on my mission. He is allowing me to consecrate all the time and talents He has given me to His work! What an incredible blessing! Sister Totterer and I got to give the lesson in Relief Society this week and that went pretty swell and well 🙂 The lesson was about strengthening the family and we got to share our testimony about how important it is to have a strong gospel centered home! I’m so very grateful for the strong Christ centered home that I was raised in! I know it has truly made all the difference in my life! We went out tracting and might I say it was not our most fabulous tracting experience yet! We had two, count them, two people tell us we are a cult! The silly part is that one of the ladies said it in a very polite way. Let me clarify that it is not polite to tell someone their religion is a cult. It was just all around a very frustrating experience, but through the entire thing I never felt angry. Sure I was frustrated that people were so closed to this wonderful message that we bring, but all I felt was peace. I can promise you that the Holy Ghost goes with you when you are worthy. Though God allows people their agency, He promises that as we follow him we can have the Holy Ghost and the peace he provides, with us at all times. Though frustrating things happen in life and sometimes you don’t always have control over what is going on around you, you can always find peace in the Lord. What an incredible blessing that is for each and every one of us!
I love you and the gospels true!
Sister Mignonne Rogers
P.S. 2 Thessalonians 3:16 stellaWe had to say goodbye to our car. “Stella” was a good one, but we’re grateful for her replacement.district p day Our last P-Day together.

March 3, 2014

B I B L E
Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth:)

Ya, so it is Mardi Gras week! Tomorrow the entire town will shut down for the craziness, but luckily most everyone will travel down to New Orleans. That is one sketchy place lol but at the same time super intriguing. I’ve heard so many stories about that crazy town!elder sister mardi gras

Wednesday – We tracted in the rain and I must say that the spirit was with us so much that day! We were being leaded and guided to exactly the people who needed us at that time 🙂 The Lord’s hand is in this work and it is fabulous and incredible to get to be allowed to be a part of that.

Thursday – We got to go to a crab/crawfish/shrimp boil!!!crabs Oh my gosh it was so delicious! I am definitely a fan!!! I really love crawfish! crawdad 2The crab was fantastic, but very difficult to break into.The south has the BEST food 🙂

Friday- We got to go to a Mardi Gras parade!mardi gras missionaries No worries we had permission and this one was family friendly 🙂 elder mardi gras 2Our ward was tailgating before, so we went with the ward and tried to bring as many investigators as possible. the ParkersThe parades here are intense. SO much money goes into the floats and stuff that they throw.mardi gras 3 The costumes are incredible as well! They throw beads, stuffed animals, plastic swords, ext. little boyPretty much they are a moving carnival. So funny story about the parade, my companion and I totally got into the spirit of things and were just having a great old time 🙂 On Sunday a member in our ward came up to us and thanked us for being a little crazy. She explained that her daughter (who is less active) thought we were “cool” sister missionaries and almost more entertaining than the parade itself lol She was impressed by the fact that we were normal people and not acting stiff and awkward! That just is a testimony to me that it’s okay to be yourself on a mission. The Lord called Mignonne Rogers to be a missionary, not a cookie cutter sister missionary. Being yourself and having fun in the work of the Lord is the best way to go about being a missionary 🙂mardi gras sisters Another funny story- One of the families that were there had a friend in town and he happened to mention to his friend that he thought we were hot. His friend immediately said, “Those are the sister missionaries! You can’t call them hot or you’ll got to h***!” hahaha too funny! Slidell SistersThe dad told us, “It just goes to show you can still have it, even as a missionary lol Oh I love this place. The members here are just so fabulous! Always great for a good laugh 🙂

elder mardi gras
Tis’ the season to celebrate Mardi Gras!
Twas the weekend before Mardi Gras, and all through the town
Excitement for the Selene Parade soon to go down
The children were decked out with glow sticks galore
And still they kept asking their parents for more
Visitors from far and wide had arrived
The hours of plane ride they’d bravely survived
The missionaries were there to join in the fun
Ready to cheer as the parade then begun
Turning the corner the first float came
The float riders then began to practice their aim
Beads came flying left and right
The floats right before us were dripping with light
Purple and green and gold raining round
Colors of Mardi Gras fell to the ground
Shouts from the crowd, music from the band
You had to dance you couldn’t just stand
Join the fun and offer a shout
Go catch a bead, that’s what the parades all about
Laugh out loud at the craziness near
Be grateful your Mission President lets you be here
It was nice to join in the fun and the play
And we got to have a taste of the Mardi Gras way
By Sister Mignonne Rogers 😉

Saturday- While we were out tracting we had some interesting things happen. First we found a pretty large turtle in a small ditch. I don’t know how the crazy thing got in there.sister turtle I’m still looking for an alligator though :/ While we were going down the street a car flew past us and parked a few houses up. As the car came to a stop three big rough looking guys came flying out of the house and a girl (intense blue hair) jumped out of the car and started telling some very angry animated story to the boys. Sister Totterer was like, “Let’s go talk with them.” I did not feel like that was the greatest idea and as we approached one of the guys looked at us and said, “You really don’t want to be here right now.” We turned and started walking the other way as a car driven by a young man came flying up and stopped in the middle of the road. The guy jumped out of the car and one of the other guys came over and threw the driver up against the car. To not say much more about the entire thing, it was intense to say the least. By the time we had gone just a few more houses down the entire mess had cleaned itself up. I’m sure having some sister missionaries there at that fight definitely added an entirely unexpected dimension to that fight that the spectators weren’t planning on lol

That was my crazy week lol

I love you and the gospels true!
Sister Mignonne Rogers 🙂

P.S. John 15:10 🙂
crocheting We were lucky and were able to crochet scarves for some elderly people this week too!