June 23, 2014

sis 1So today as we drove to the library to email I just about hit a turtle that was cruising across the road. This guy was a good foot long and 8inches across, so no small boy by any means. One lesson that can be learned from a turtle is that they never go anywhere half-heartedly. With every step they take they don’t tip toe along, but they really lift up their foot and go for it! This particular guy was racing as fast as he could over four lanes of traffic! So if you’re going to do something crazy you can’t chicken out half way through, you have to be willing to bust it out to the end. I sure hope he made it safely to the river!
Monday Sister Helms and I got to go with a wonderful lady in our ward and her little girl to the science center. It was so much fun!!! A list of all the fun things we got to do-
Lay on a bed of nailsbed of nails
Drive a river boat (okay it was fake, but it was still fun to pretend)sister captain
See a baby alligatoralligator sighting(my first alligator sighting!)
Become an architect (I built my very own tower!)tower
Travel through discovery tunnel (I’m sure it was designed for children much younger than I am but who cares lol)discovery tunneldiscovery tunnel 1
Sat in the worldsitting
Land a space shuttlegame
And play twinkle twinkle little star on a giant piano!anya
All in all it was an absolutely stellar time 🙂 science center sis. king anyaAfter our super fun trip to the science center we got to meet with a man that we had tracted into the week before that had asked us to come back on Monday. We had an incredible lesson with him where he told us about his search to find the truth. As we spoke with him the spirit was there to witness the truthfulness of our words and we were able to say things that truly touched him. He told us that he had just been praying earlier to know the truth and the path that he should be on and when we spoke to him he felt like we knew exactly what he was thinking. We were able to promise him very specific blessings that pertained precisely to things that he had been asking the Lord for help with recently. It was amazing. I always feel so blown away when the Lord uses us so directly in this work. We truly are no more than instruments to sing the song of redeeming love to all God’s children 🙂
Tuesday we went out with one of the sisters in our ward to visit some less active women. It is always so sad to visit with women who have no intentions to put in the effort anytime soon to come to church. People think they will feel happier if they don’t have as much to do in the church. They think things will be easier, if they don’t have to try as hard. They make themselves believe that they are being wronged in some way because they are expected to serve those around them. To those people I will firmly tell them that they are wrong. Christ gave his entire life to serve us and very little is expected of us especially when we take into consideration that God has given us everything we have and are. As we serve those around us and make an honest effort to put the Lord first we find a different happiness that fills us far more fully than the momentary pleasures of the world. During this short time that I have been serving as a missionary I have definitely seen that. Less active members who once again put the Lord first then begin to notice the Lord’s hand in their lives. I’ve notice how the Lord is there to lead and guide me as I try my best to make this His work and not my own. There is a calm assurance that comes with knowing that God is at the helm of our lives and we are not merely sitting in a rickety old paddle boat in the middle of the ocean being tossed this way and that by the waves of the sea, but we are actually in a grand cruise ship with a set destination and power behind it to cut through the waves of the ocean. I’ve included the link to an awesome talk by Gordon B Hinkley that talks about this 🙂
https://www.lds.org/ensign/1993/07/its-true-isnt-it?lang=eng
Thursday we got to meet with our Relief Society President and talk with her about the different sisters in our ward. It was so great to learn about the people we are trying so hard to serve down here 🙂 Now that we have a good base we can really dive into helping even more with the members in our congregation 🙂 I know his may seem like a simple thing, but I feel like it helps so much!
Friday we went out tracting and ended up sitting with a very interesting woman for a good 50 minutes. She told us that we looked like we were Pentecostal, because the Pentecostals don’t wear makeup or jewelry, which was funny because both of us were wearing both makeup and jewelry. She then went on to tell us her entire life story! I’m pretty sure she didn’t breath in between chapters. It never ceases to amaze me just how open people are with missionaries that they just met. People tell us very personal things that I would never have asked to know. It’s crazy! We walked out of there thinking, “What in the world just happened?” She didn’t want to hear our message, she just wanted to tell us everything about her life. It was… interesting to say the least.
A super cool experience from Friday came while we were at the store. We had gone there to see if we could find people to teach. We were walking around and just felt super awkward and nothing seemed right. After about 15-20 minutes of no luck we suddenly remembered that we had forgotten to pray. So in the middle of a deserted isle we said a simple heart felt prayer asking the Lord to give us the courage and direction we needed to talk to the person He had prepared that day to hear the message. We began again to look through the store and Sister Helms suggested we talk to this lady who was down an isle that no one else was on. We walked up to her and before anyone could say anything the woman turned to us and said, “Hey!” in a very excited voice with a big smile on her face and she grabbed Sister Helms into a big loving hug. Of course both of us were a little confused because we were the ones that had planned on starting the conversation and here this lady is hugging my companion like they are long lost friends. The lady explained to us that she had talked to missionaries before, but they hadn’t left her with anything to read and they had never come back to her house. She basically asked us to come visit her, made sure we took down her information and told us that she can’t wait for us to come by soon! It was incredible. The Lord answers prayers, there is no doubt about that! They don’t have to be complex prayers they just need to have our faith in them 🙂
Sunday we had another wonderful teaching experience. We taught a man that we had met while tracting a few weeks ago. We happened to be in his neighborhood so we dropped by his house and got to meet his beautiful daughters and also teach him about the Restoration of the Gospel and the Book of Mormon 🙂 It was an awesome spirit led visit, where we were able to be guided to teach directly to his needs. Missions are so wonderful!!! I’m so grateful that I get to be out here teaching at this time!
So one crazy story from this week- Yesterday night while we were out tracting we met a 72 year old man named Jerry. As we were chatting with him he had us guess his age and then he decided he wanted to guess our ages. He said Sister Helms is 21 (correct) and then he guessed that I was 14 (definitely not correct). Jerry then went on to explain why he had guessed the way that he had, “A woman is like a pie. I use a pie because I really like pie. In order to make a really delicious pie you have to have all the right ingredients. haha 1 To look like a woman you need all the right ingredients. That’s how I knew she (meaning Sister Helms) was 21.” big eyesSo pretty much, according to Jerry, I don’t have all the right ingredients to be a woman lol. He then went on to say that I shouldn’t worry thought because the men in the world today like all different kinds of women. So it’s okay if I don’t have all the right ingredients because someone who is as picky will eventually want me. He told us he was a very good judge of women back in his day. One of the last things he said before we ended the conversation with him was that one of these days some man is going to just grab Sisters Helms up at one of these doors and leave me standing on the front porch for all the world to see.angry Well that comment was finally too weird so we told him we had to run and then we made a hasty exit.

Well I love you and the church is true!
Sister Mignonne Rogers 🙂winky face 1

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