May 28, 2014

Another fabulous week! Sorry this email is a little later than usual. We had Zone Conference (one of our big missionary meetings) yesterday and so our preparation day was moved to today ๐Ÿ™‚bossier zone
On Monday we were blessed enough to get to go fishing at a members house!pdayfishing I didnโ€™t catch anything, but Sister Banidawa with her mad Fiji skills caught 4 fish! Since she is my companion I claim at least one of those since I was there for moral support lol. successWe also got to see some super cool cars. The members that had us over for fishing restore old mustangs. Both the husband and wife have completely restored two 67 mustangs, two 66s and also a 65 convertible. mustang couplemustang memberEvery part of those cars were beautifully done. It was so cool! For dinner we went to another members home in our ward that fed us some super delicious etouffee with crawfish and sausage. I truly am going to miss all this scrumptious cooking down here ๐Ÿ™‚etouffe with crafish and sausage
Wednesday we got to go back and visit with a woman that we had tracted into last Sunday and we had a super great visit with her ๐Ÿ™‚ She is reading the Book of Mormon and understanding it! In the evening we went to an investigators house that had invited over some of their friends. Turns out all these friends wanted to do was bash us because our investigator is really beginning to gain a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel. As their voices just kept raising finally I said, โ€œAs missionaries we only teach with the spirit and it is not here,โ€ and then I bore my testimony of the gospel. After that things calmed down a little. The man that was really going at it at first said, โ€œAt least with the bible I know I have a person I can turn to and find an answer.โ€ We were all like, โ€œya, of course, God.โ€ But the man said, โ€œNo, my mom.โ€ Our response was, โ€œYou donโ€™t ask God?โ€ and he truly doesnโ€™t ask Heavenly Father. If he has any questions about the Bible he asks his mother and her word is law. I think itโ€™s great that he has such incredible devotion for her, but there comes a time when you have to find things out for yourself. The woman that was there to bash talked about “once saved always saved” and she said something very interesting. She spoke about how she was saved as a teenager and has made some mistakes since then. She then went on to say that she knows she is saved, but she also knows that she will one day have to stand before God and account for all for her sins even though looking back now she would take them all back. What a horrible thought! I am so grateful that in our church we understand how to use the power of the atonement in our lives. It is an enabling power that helps us to become clean. If we are truly repentant than we can be forgiven now and not have to live with that guilt. We can take care of our sins and stand pure and white before the judgment seat of God, as we work and continue to repent and try harder each day. What an incredible blessing that is ๐Ÿ™‚
Thursday we got to go help build a flower bed and that was super fun ๐Ÿ™‚ We had delicious hamburgers at one of the members houses. It was a hamburger with bacon, cheese, BBQ sauce, grilled pineapple and avocado. Soooo good! If you havenโ€™t tried it before I would strongly suggest it! The members are the Kings and they are just absolutely fabulous people. They also invited another member family, the Sloans and I just love these people so much! They are such wonderful examples of happiness as you work to have Christ be the center of your home. Iโ€™m grateful for the example they have been to me ๐Ÿ™‚
Saturday we were blessed with another service opportunity. A family in our ward was staining their deck and other such business and we got to go help! I totally fried, but I also got to know quite a few of the ward members a lot better! Best part of the whole thing- We got to go back to their house Monday evening for family night. All the families that had helped with the work were there and they let us share a spiritual message at the end. We were all outside enjoying the newly stained deck. Neils homeThere was a fire burning and it was just the prettiest night. Sister Banidawa and I sang Abide With Me โ€˜tis Eventide and the spirit was there so strong ๐Ÿ™‚ Before we started to sing one of the little girls that were there said, โ€œI want a princess song.โ€ So I promised that after the church song we would do a princess song. So when we finished I sang The Little Mermaidโ€™s Part of Your World. Oh it was so much fun ๐Ÿ™‚ All the little girls came up and gave me a hug after wards ๐Ÿ™‚ Iโ€™m so grateful the Lord has placed me in such a fabulous area with so many wonderful loving families. It makes being away from home a little easier to know that you are loved by the people in your ward. That being said, I want all people everywhere to know that it is hard being a missionary sometimes and kindness from the people we are serving is the most wonderful thing ๐Ÿ™‚ I know I am so blessed!
Sunday we had some miracles happen! Before Sister Banidawa and I left the house we prayed that the Lord would help us to find someone that really needed to be reminded of His love for them. As we drove to begin door knocking we talked about who we wanted to find and teach. We said that we would teach a teenager, a family, and a single person. Within the first few houses we met a woman that needed to hear that God was still aware of her and she even said that she knew we were sent from God. A little bit later we met a teenager that had just gotten home from church and when we explained the Book of Mormon he seemed very interested! We then met a mother that we were able to teach and it was just incredible to see how the Lord was aware of her as He used us to say the things she needed to hear. We also got to teach a single elderly lady ๐Ÿ™‚ The Lord helped us to find all those we had set out to teach! We have appointments to return and teach 3 of those people ๐Ÿ™‚
Like I said before, Monday was Zone Conference, and my companion and I had been asked to sing ๐Ÿ™‚ We got the other sisters in our district involved and the 6 of us presented This Is The Christ. It went really well and Iโ€™m so grateful that those awesome sisters were so willing. district in BossierMusic is the best! Zone Conference was absolutely incredible and exactly what I needed ๐Ÿ™‚
I love you and the church is true!
Sister Mignonne Rogers ๐Ÿ™‚ girlsHildalgos

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