Happy Mother’s Day!!!
I am so very grateful for the fabulous mother I have been given! She works hard to bring joy to all those around her and she is such an incredible example to me 🙂 Moms are the best!
This past Tuesday I got to go on exchanges with our Sister Training Leaders and spend a day in Minden learning from the fabulous Sister Cottrell. It truly is such a blessing to serve with such incredible missionaries 🙂 We had a chance to go teach a young girl that is preparing for baptism in a few weeks! She is from a family that wasn’t attending church, but the entire family came this past week! We also went and visited with an older woman that hasn’t come to church in quite a while. We went with two awesome woman from our church and when we got to the house the woman told us that she was actually leaving right then so it wasn’t a good time but then the women that came with us started talking to her and she totally opened up and showed us her garden and told us we could come back and invited the women back as well. It was super great! Member missionary work is so important! Every member a missionary 🙂 We wouldn’t have been able to get to know her if those two sisters hadn’t come with us and helped her to feel at ease!
Wednesday we went and visited with one of our investigators. At the beginning we asked her to pray and she said she wouldn’t because she felt uncomfortable and that she doesn’t even pray out loud with her son. She was just fine with us praying, but she wasn’t going to herself. So during the lesson we really focused on prayer with her. She explained that she feels like prayer is a very intimate and personal thing between her and the father and she also said that she never felt comfortable asking the Lord for anything because he has given her so much. She has three grown children so I asked her, “When you kids were younger did you prefer them going to their friends for advice or to you?” she laughed and then replied, “Actually my kids would often bring their friends with them to get advice from me.” She couldn’t have given us a more perfect response! We explained, “Praying out loud with us is just like taking your friends with you to your father for some advice.” The Lord knew what she needed to hear 🙂 After that discussion and an explanation on how we pray she ended our meeting with a sweet and humble prayer spoken from her heart 🙂
Thursday we went out and knocked doors for four straight hours! It was the coolest thing because it didn’t feel like four hours but instead it felt more like an hour because we were able to talk with so many awesome people that day 🙂 One door we knocked an older woman answered and expressed, “Oh I belong to a church already!” She was ready to close the door as quickly as she had opened it but then we said, “That’s so wonderful! We saw your sign (it was a sign that read ‘I love _______ Church’) and we think that’s so great. We were wondering if we could sing you a hymn.” To our surprise she didn’t just want us to sing for her, but she also invited us in. We sang and then were able to have a great discussion with her about reading the bible and the church that she is currently attending. As the conversation was wrapping up something inside me (the spirit I’m sure) kept whispering, “don’t leave this house without telling her about the Book of Mormon.” So that’s just what we did. I held up a copy and asked her, “have you ever heard of the Book of Mormon?” “Actually I think I have one of those,” and she got up and went to find it. She came back explaining that she had no idea where she had gotten it from, but that when we showed her the cover she knew she had seen it somewhere before. She knew nothing about it except that it was in her home. We then we able to explain to her where the Book of Mormon had come from and that it was another testament of Jesus Christ and more of God’s words to his children. This got her very excited and she expressed her desire to read more of God’s word! It’s crazy to me to think that we might have left that home without mentioning the Book of Mormon. It was exactly what she needed and had been searching for. We are excited to get to go back and visit with her again 🙂
Saturday we went and visited with an awesome guy that we had tracted into about two weeks ago. He is at the farthest corner of our area so it can be hard to get out to him. We had walked to his house just to find that he wasn’t home, but then as we were heading back down the street we passed him on his way to his house. We turned right around and were able to visit with him for a while and have an awesome conversation with him about the Bible and the Book of Mormon. He is such a great guy! Next week we are going to try and go visit with him and his girlfriend. He has already started reading the Book of Mormon and he likes what he’s read so far. He explained to us that he always prays before he reads the bible because he feels like there are things that have been misinterpreted or left out over the hundreds of years of translation and he want the Lord to be able to explain to him exactly what it is he s reading, and so he does the same thing with the Book of Mormon when he reads it! The Lord has definitely been preparing him, to receive this gospel 🙂
Sunday was the best day ever! I got to speak to my wonderful family which was such a blessing 🙂 Like any kid away from home, I miss them, but I know that the work I’m engaged in now is so very important. I have the chance every day to help others come closer to their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I know the Lord is blessing me, my family and my friends for my service and I wouldn’t trade any of this for what the world has to offer. I am so blessed 🙂
I love you and the church is true!
Sister Mignonne Rogers 🙂
<img The kitty went tracting with us and this is our current car. Her name is “Loloma” which is Figian for “Love”:) Oh, and that is someones pet pig!!
Happy Mother’s Day!!!