July 28, 2014

So blessed to get to serve in Bossier City Louisiana 🙂
This past Monday we had the opportunity to go over and make skirts at a member’s home.making skirts The skirts are not quite finished yet, but they are going to be so cute when they are done! Since there was only one sewing machine, one of us would sew, while the other one got to play with their 3 year old daughter, who is just too darn cute! We played princess and put together a mind blowing princess puzzle.
Tuesday we were lucky enough to get to go do some service out at a members barn. This cute sister has three kids! You’ve never guess from looking at her.sis hodges She has just as much energy as a 19 year old girl 🙂 She is just so wonderful and I absolutely love her! As we began our drive out to the farm the kids were all fighting, but then I asked their little girl Lucy, if she knew Jesus Wants me for a Sunbeam, and the rest of the car ride was filled with all of us singing primary songs 🙂 It was so nice to get to be around horses again!horse funTheir little girl wanted to ride and I got to be the lucky one to get the horse ready. I went and caught that mare and saddled her right up like I had just ridden yesterday 🙂 All those years of riding are paying off, even if I can’t actually get on the horse lol. These people had 6 beautiful horse and it was just so much fun to get to play with them 🙂 horse kissWe also spread a whole bunch of dirt out to add on a new part of the barn, so it wasn’t all play, but it was all fun! It’s healthy to get to go shovel some dirt around every now and again 🙂
Dinner that night was at the Hidalgo’s house and I just love those two! It is always so much fun getting to visit with them and then before we go we get to go through the chapters of the Book of Mormon that they have read that week. The Book of Mormon is such an incredible book! The spirit of the Lord can truly be felt within its pages. I love getting to explain the stories to people! It just makes me so happy to see others understanding, learning, and loving the stories and direction found in the Book of Mormon 🙂 We also saw an adorable lazy squirrel on their back porch 🙂
Wednesday Sister Helms and I got to teach our district development meeting again 🙂 The night before our district leader shot out a text at around 9 in the evening saying that there had been a miscommunication and no one was teaching the lesson. We told him that if no one else volunteered then we’d been willing to do it and not even a minute later he let us know that we would be doing it. The lesson ended up going really well though. This time we used bubbles for our visual aid. We had everyone line up side by side and then try and blow as many bubbles as possible onto a piece of paper that was hanging up in front of the group. They had two minutes and they all tried very hard. Most of the bubbles didn’t make it to the paper of course, but everyone cheered for the few that finally made it. Some bubbles came right next to the paper and then veered off in a different direction just before touching it. We related this back to missionary work. Each bubble was a person that we talk with it what was most important was that we kept trying and kept a positive attitude. We then steered the conversation in the direction of how we could help encourage each other to keep going. It was a fabulous lesson because everyone was so willing to share their thoughts 🙂
We visited a less active family that two adorable twin baby boys and a little girl named Emma. While Sister Helms was having a conversation with Emma’s mom and Grandma she and I played make believe and then took a whole bunch of selfies lol It was too much fun! She even made me wear her silly crown for most of them 🙂 I just love little kids!selfiesselfies 1selfies 2
Our evening ended with a less active man and his wife. It never ceases to amaze me what some of the crazy weird stuff that people believe about the Mormon’s. When people start telling me about my religion it typically makes me want to laugh because some of the things they say are just so off the wall. After a very lengthy discussion with them we made it home just before a big storm blew in that evening.
On Thursday we visited with some less active members. One of them is married to a man that isn’t a member. He brings his wife to church most Sundays because she is in a wheelchair and can’t go herself. In the few months I’ve been here I have seen such a change in him. He used to never sit in the same room as us when we came over. He would always just hang out in a different part of the house. Then my companion and I started to sing every time before we left. The man began to make sure he was always nearby when we sang. He then started to sit in for part of our conversation. The he sat in for all of it. Next he started asking about what he had heard about in church. Then he started asking other questions. Now when we go over he wants his wife to skip the small talk and get to the doctrinal discussion! Talk about a change! They are even working on praying together at night! I love missionary work 🙂 Sometimes the progress is slow, but it is so totally worth it!
Friday we had lunch with Elder Chadwick, Elder Anderson, and Carlie our neighbor and her little girl Jessa 🙂 lunch with jessaIt was all super last minute. The elders had some information that they needed to get from us and it was going to take a while so we invited them to stay for lunch. As we were setting things up outside for lunch our neighbor came out and we asked her she’d like to join us 🙂 It was super fun and a great opportunity to share more with our neighbor about the church. Her little girl is just the cutest! She wandered into our house and found my camera and the she came out of the house saying “cheese!” Little Jessa loves to get her picture taken! Every time I snapped a shot and then showed it to her she would squeal with delight and say momomo, which means more 🙂 Then when the camera was pointed her way she’d say “cheese” with a huge grin on her face 🙂jessa 2 Too cute 🙂 She is 18 months. My goodness she has grown so much since I’ve been their next door neighbor. When I first got here she was so quiet. Now she’s discovered her voice and talks all the time! It is too cute! She loves bubbles and whenever she sees us she starts saying “bubble?” because she knows that we almost always blow bubbles with her 🙂
We didn’t have a dinner appointment Friday so we planned to head home for dinner after going out and visiting. One of the ladies in our ward found out we didn’t have dinner plans and invited us over for dinner as a surprise 🙂 It was so sweet of her. Then as we sat down to give the spiritual thought she surprised us again. We gave a prayer and started sharing a thought when suddenly she jumped up and wanted to take us over to her neighbor’s house. We headed over there and were able to have a lesson with her neighbor and set up a time to meet with a different neighbor that she wanted us to go meet. When all that was over we headed back to the house, finished our spiritual thought, and left with a prayer. It was a total inception lesson! It was awesome! I just love that lady 🙂 She’s so fantastic!
I’m so grateful for nice people! Saturday everyone was so nice to us while we were tracting even if they weren’t all that interested. It was so hot outside and we were sweating like crazy!hot tracting I even got a tan line that day from where the strap of my bag went across my chest. While knocking doors we saw this adorable little girl and her dad outside just hanging out together. We went over and began talking to them. The little girl (she was about 4) asked what we were doing and we told her that we were talking about Jesus. We then asked her if she knows anything about Jesus and she replied, “I know that he loves me so much,” said while throwing her arms out as wide as she could manage to demonstrate. It was just too cute. She sang for us a few different little songs and I just thought how precious it would be if she knew a couple primary songs. When we were saying goodbye she told us how happy she was that we had stopped by and talked with them 🙂 We have an appointment to go back and visit them again next Saturday! A few houses down from them a man who wasn’t interested in our message was concerned that it was too hot out so he very kindly filled up our water bottles with water and ice. I love nice people! Then a little bit further down the street, the man we had talked to earlier came by pulling his little daughter in a wagon and they had brought us two bottles of water because they were worried we might be thirsty 🙂 That is a true Christian 🙂
Sunday we met a very weird man. He told us that he is from a planet where the sun doesn’t rise. He is Catholic, Jehovah’s Witness, Mormon, Lutheran… whatever suits his fancy that day. Pretty sure he isn’t actually any of those things; he is just some crazy guy. He told us that the Bible is super wrong and then he told us all about the Garden of Eden and what really took place there. When we asked him how he knew, he told us it was because he just knew. He also told us that we live in heaven. Last I checked he is wrong. The craziest part of all of this was when he decided to tell us about how our religion came to be. He asked us if we knew and my response was, “Please tell us.” I just wanted to know what totally insane thing he was going to say next. According to him our, “religion began at about the same time Christ was on the earth, after Christ died the people of our faith went into a temple and killed a bunch of priests to steal their pamphlets. Then they traveled down to South America and that’s how it all began.” That’s the sparks notes version because we listened to him tell us about our religion for a good 15 minutes. Once he finished I told him he was wrong, and then handed him a http://www.mormon.org card and a restoration pamphlet and told him that he should go check his facts. I also made sure to clarify for him that the Book of Mormon actually started 600 before Christ was even born. He was very confused, but then again he was pretty darn confused before we even began talking to him. Crazy people always make for interesting tracting experiences.
I would like you to know that our tracting ended on a very good note 🙂 We met a wonderful lady who seems super interested in learning more about the church. She had great questions and she had actually seen us a few days earlier when she was out driving around with her son and he had been asking her why we would go out like we do. We were able to answer his questions for her and by doing so helped her to understand the importance of our message 🙂
I love you and the church is true!
Sister Mignonne Rogers twinkle twinkleB52squirrelcupcake

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July 21, 2014

What a wonderful week 🙂
It rained quite a bit this week, but that doesn’t stop the work from progressing! Transfers were this past week and pretty much all the missionaries in our area stayed. We have some awesome people serving here so I am so grateful 🙂zone leaders best district evahWe also had our interviews with our mission president this past week and that was fun 🙂
While tracting this week we met a young man named Bobbie. I gave him a mormon.org card and told him to go look up the website. Well silly me forgot that our number was on the back and now we keep getting weird voicemails from him. The last one ended with, “you are a sexy mama.” Not cool Bobbie, not cool! The worst part is that we have some potential investigators that live down his road and every time we go down that street he comes over and wants to talk to us and tell us all about how he knows everything about Jesus. The kids only like 17 or 18.really
We got to go visit with a less active member that is trying to start coming back. Her daughter as two adorable baby twin bows 🙂 I feel like the hardest rule we have as missionaries is that we can’t hold babies. These little guys are so cute, and I just want to scoop them up and rock them to sleep. Instead I am privileged enough to get to watch their mom and grandma love on them 🙂 We had a great lesson with them and are going to go back and visit with them later this week 🙂
Our tracting on Friday was rather eventful. At first it didn’t seem that way because no one was answering their doors. While turning a corner a bird flew out of nowhere and almost hit us. This just kept getting more and more interesting after that. As we were about to leave the street that one of our investigators live on that we haven’t been able to get in contact with for quite a while he pulled onto the road and stopped his truck calling us over. We had a great discussion with him and we set up an appointment to go back and visit with him this week 🙂 While we were talking with him a random man came up to us in his electric wheelchair and started talking to us about how we can’t trust men. surprizedThat made for an awkward goodbye to our investigator since this man was already talking to us :/ Once we were able to say goodbye to the man in the wheelchair we went out to continue our tracting. This black cat started following us which was weird. We never saw it move, but every now and then we would see it in a new place, just sitting there and staring at us. Creepy. We knocked on one door and a Jehovah’s Witness came outside and told us all about her life for a good 45 minutes to an hour. People really love to tell random missionaries their entire life story. Sometimes all we say is, “Hi we are missionaries,” sweetand before we can say anything else they are off and going. She was a very sweet lady though 🙂 The very next house we knocked on a bunch of high teenage boys answered the door and pretty much made us say a prayer with them. One of the boys said the prayer and at about the point he was thanking the Lord for his Kool-Aid I was about ready to deck him in the face.no I restrained myself, because there were little kids there and a missionary probably shouldn’t do that, but my goodness I was angry. Plus there was like 8 big guys there and they could have killed me, but you better believe I sure did weigh my options. To finish off our adventures Sister Helms and I saw an albino cockroach! We would have taken a picture but both of us were too busy being disgusted to even think of pulling out our cameras.
One of the families that we visit in our congregation is a part member family. Typically her husband isn’t all that interested in what we have to say about the gospel and he really just wants us to get to the part where we sing (he loves to hear us sing) but this past time he had quite a few questions that he asked us about the gospel! It was so awesome. The people in the south can be slow movers, but heck, at least they’re moving! It’s like the turtle and the hare thing. As long as they eventually finish the race then I’m all down for them to keep pushing forward 🙂
We got to go visit with an investigator that we meet with every week and this time I was a little bolder then I usually am. The wife is investigating the church and the husband is very southern Baptist and usually the conversations with him end with, “Well as long as we both believe in Jesus Christ, that’s all that matters.” Well this time, that answer just wasn’t going to work. We talked about the baptism and the differences between his church an ours. They believe that you must simply claim Jesus as your Lord and Savior and then you will get to heaven. Well that is a great thought but it isn’t doctrinally sounds since Jesus himself said that you must be baptized or you can in no way enter into the kingdom of heaven (John 3:5). We had a pretty good discussion about it, but when it all comes down to it, our God is a just God. He wouldn’t tell one person that they have to get baptized and then tell another that it isn’t necessary. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. I could go on and on, but I don’t want to bore you. I would definitely suggest going and checking out this super awesome talk by Elder Tad D Callister though 🙂 He very clearly lays out what God’s church would need to have in it-https://www.lds.org/broadcasts/article/ces-devotionals/2014/01/what-is-the-blueprint-of-christs-church?lang=eng
We met a super awesome less active member of our ward and his family. He hand makes instruments! How cool is that! Violins, guitars, banjos, ukulele, dulcimers, and a whole lot of instruments that I don’t know the name for. They are so cool! Already I love that family and I just met them lol
One Sunday we visited with a man that is obsessed with the fact that “the Sabbath day is supposed to be on Saturday.” He went on and on about it for a good 30 minutes. He is also very stuck on the fact the anciently the day began at sundown instead of sunup. These things, just seem like very silly matters to be stuck on. They were obviously important to him though so we are going to go meet with him again next Sunday and see if we can steer him towards things like Christ doctrine instead of what day the Sabbath was on in the ancient Hebrew calendar. We also tracted into a very rude young man. He told us all about his thoughts on God, which was great. Then we asked him if he knew anything about Mormon. He then went on to tell us that miracles can no longer happen because God said so and that we follow a false prophet. About the whole miracle thing, go read Moroni 7:26-37. After he had done everything in his power to offend us he then said, “I sure hope I haven’t offended you.” Really? We responded with, really there isn’t much you could say to offend us. This isn’t our first day on the job and you aren’t the first horribly rude person that we have met. Even though you are blatantly mocking our religion it is not going to change our faith. He then went on to tell us that miracle only happened while Christ and now we have been left to find faith for ourselves, because if you see a miracle then you instantly believe. I didn’t mean to but before I could catch the words flying out of my mouth I said, “You’re wrong. The Pharisees saw Christ miracles and did not believe.” Oops, I hadn’t met to tell him he was wrong, but it came out before I even knew what I was saying. That pretty much ended that debate. I know that miracle still happen today though. I know that miracles are not what make our faith, but they happen because of faith. Poor confused young man. Too bad he wasn’t at all interested in listening to us, but simply wanted to mock our faith.
I love you and the church is true!
I know it’s true more than I know anything else! God has given me evidence enough as he has spoken to my spirit and directed my paths. I’m so grateful for this missionary opportunity that I have 🙂 Missions are not an obligation, but a privilege 🙂
Sister Mignonne Rogers 🙂signthe glory of God

July 15, 2014

What a wonderful week 🙂
Tuesday I had the opportunity to go on splits with a wonderful sister in our ward and I have a new found testimony of the importance of Relief Society. The Lord is in the organization of this church. We are given stewardship over the members in our wards not to have it be an extra problem for us to worry about. There is true purpose behind each of our callings. The sister I went out with planned to meet up with her her visiting teaching companion and sisters she visits. The woman that they visit taught is currently going through an extremely rough situation in her family life and it was incredible to watch as the Lord worked through these two humble sweet sisters to give this woman the strength and encouragement that she needed. The spirit was there so very strong and there was so much love, charity and humility within that room 🙂 From this experience I’ve learned the extreme importance of doing your visiting teaching and truly caring about those you visit. Do your visiting teaching! You never know when you are going to be needed. 3 Nephi 18:32
Wednesday we had an incredible lesson with a friend of some of our members. We were up in the far part of our area at a stadium. There were people yelling down on the tract and mosquitoes buzzing around everywhere. We opened our lesson with a prayer and everything just melted away. The spirit of the Lord just engulfed us and we were able to have this amazing lesson. sis. mignonne rogersWe talked about feeling the spirit and how we can understand answers to our prayers. Experiences were shared by multiple people and the spirit witnessed to the heart of each of us the truthfulness of the doctrine we were sharing. I loved what one of the girls said, “The spirit witnesses to us in the way that we will best understand.” What a profound thought, but there is so much truth in that. As a member of the God Head the Holy Ghost knows us perfectly and he knows how to talk to us. How cool is that! As we finished up our lesson the friend we were talking with said that we said exactly what she needed, and that is just another testimony to me that the spirit was there leading that lesson. The Holy Ghost isn’t a random unexplainable or unexplained member of the God Head but he is truly a personage of spirit and his presence can be felt in our lives as we live worthy of his company 🙂
Saturday during our visit with one of our investigators she really opened up to us about how she is beginning to finally understand what she is reading. She has been studying the Book of Mormon for a few months now and she has read the Bible many times, but she couldn’t really grasp what she had read. We have continued to encourage her to read and pray before she reads and this past time we visited she very excitedly told us that she is starting to really understand what she reads in the Book of Mormon. When she realized that understanding was coming she then went to the Bible and started to read and could understand that as well! The Lord is blessing her from her diligent efforts and it truly is a miracle happening in her life and she knows it. She even mentioned to us that she has spoken with missionaries before, but this is the first time that she’s really starting to get it. I’m so excited for her! I’m excited that she is understanding and that she is also noticing the blessings that are coming to her 🙂
We also met an incredible woman while tracting. She asked all the right questions and seemed so interested in our message! We laughed when she said, “Wow, you guys are actually normal!” Yup,, us Mormons aren’t the spawn of Satan though we understand that that is a common confusion lol We are so excited to get to go back and visit with her again 🙂
I love you and the church is true!
Sister Mignonne Rogers 🙂

7-7-14

Hot, hot, hot!!!sippy
This week our car was in the shop so we got to get very familiar with the footpaths here in Bossier. lol Actually we had multiply members who were so amazing and willing to drive us around so were very blessed in that regard 🙂
This past Wednesday Sister Helms and I were in charge of our District Development Meeting and we really wanted to do something out of the box. So we thought and thought and then thought some more and decided to do an activity. It went as follows-
We had everyone pretend that we were camping. Sister Helms and I were adventure instructors. sisters compassFirst we taught them how to use a compass, then we gave them their instructions and set them off to accomplish their task. They had a list of coordinates that they had to follow and at each stop there was something they had to find. The thing they were looking for was something that stuck out to them as they searched around. By the end of their journey they had found everything that they needed to make the treat that is the most desirable treat above all other treats when camping, s’mores. We then had a great discussion about how the compass is like prayer and the Holy Ghost. If we don’t know how to use it then what good is it to us? Also we talked about how our answers can come in many different shapes and forms as did the items they were searching for. It was a fun little activity followed by a spirit filled discussion 🙂 Something we have been encouraged to do by our mission president is to introduce the spirit to the people we are teaching and to help them to understand how they can receive their answers. The Holy Ghost is a powerful member of the God head and it is through the testimony that he gives us that we know the truthfulness of all things. Something I’ve noticed on my mission is that a lot of people don’t seem to have a full understanding of what the spirit is. When asked how they feel the spirit often times the response is, “Well it makes me want to stand up. Sometimes it makes me want to shout an Amen. It moves me.” and other such answers. As described in the Book of Mormon- “And it came to pass when they heard this voice, and beheld that is was not a voice of thunder, neither was it a voice of great tumultuous noise, but behold it was a still voice of perfect mildness, as if it had been a whisper, and it did pierce even to the very soul-” It isn’t something that makes you want to get loud, but instead it causes the hearer to stop and listen. It doesn’t make us party, but it causes us to be still. The adversary will try and make people think that adrenaline is the Holy Ghost. Experiences with feeling the Holy Ghost don’t just bring us a moment of fun happiness; they cause feelings of true joy to grow within us that can be reflected on again and again. The Holy Ghost is so wonderful and powerful 🙂 I’m grateful for it every day! I’m grateful that it helps me to stop, breath and then to know what my next step should be 🙂
Thursday we walked all the way to go get our car so it was about 4 miles down a very busy stretch of road. We even had to go under an over pass! That was absolutely terrifying!!! But don’t worry, we survived the adventure 🙂 In the evening we were waiting outside of a subway for a member to come pick us up and we ended up talking with a preacher and his wife. It’s amazing to me that people are actually afraid of the Book of Mormon. It’s a book that testifies of Christ, “And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to the prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.”(2 Nephi 25:26) But people don’t seem to understand that. They bash our beliefs without having a full knowledge of what they are fighting against. I am grateful that we are allotted our freedom to worship as we wish 🙂 That is such an incredible blessing!
Friday we got to celebrate our independence!!! We knocked doors most of the day 🙂 One neighborhood we had a pretty cool experience. We had just parked the car and we were getting ready to climb out and begin knocking. From a house at the end of the road we saw an adorable family come out to their truck. Something inside me said, “go talk to that family.” I started to go and then my key fell in between the seat and so Sister Helms and I scrambled to find it. When I looked up the car was already pulling out of the driveway. In my mind I said, “If you really want us to talk with them have them come back.” Within minutes here comes their truck back into the driveway and everyone piles out and heads back into the house. So we went and knocked on the door. Turns out that the wife had quite a few friends in high school that had been latter day saints, but they had never really talked about religion. They were getting ready to leave again but said that it would be totally fine if we came back and taught them a little about our beliefs. Once we walked away the family was back into the truck and headed off again. Literally they were only home for a few moments so we would have that opportunity to share with them. The neighborhood that we were in is on the farthest reaches of our area so we don’t get there often. It was imperative that we spoke with them then or who knows when we would have been all the way back out there since none of their neighbors were interested. The Lord is in charge of this work 🙂 I get to see that every day!
We had dinner with a woman that is in the air force. She is just so awesome! I love that girl 🙂 Before we left we sang The Star Spangled Banner. I don’t know if I have ever sang all 3 verses before, but they are fantastic! My favorite is the 3rd verse
3. Oh, thus be it ever, when free men shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation!
Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the heav’n-rescued land
Praise the Pow’r that hath made and preserved us a nation!
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust!”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
I think my very favorite part is, “And this be our moto; In God is our trust.” Our nation was truly founded upon trust in the Lord. I’m grateful for the freedoms we are able to enjoy as citizens of this country and I’m also so very grateful for the sacrifices that have been made by so many courageous people to maintain the blessings we enjoy now. We truly are a blessed nation 🙂 God Bless America 🙂
Sunday we had a day full of miracles and all other kinds of wonderful things 🙂 One of our investigators was given a blessing of healing and the spirit was there so strong it was incredible! I’m so grateful for the priesthood and worthy priesthood holders. At our dinner appointment Sister Helms and I were going to sing Be Still my soul and as we were preparing to sing 3 other people jumped up to sing with us. We had our own little 5 part version of Be Still My Soul! It was so much fun 🙂
It had been a wonderful week filled with hard work, tender mercies, and miracles 🙂 I’m so grateful!
I love you and the church is true!
Sister Mignonne Rogers 🙂beans beanspizza yum

June 30, 2014

Happy Birthday America! unnamed (9)
This week has been pretty crazy! I think Saturday was the most insane so I’ll start there-
It started out with an incredible lesson with one of our investigators. When we got there she explained, perfectly, what she had read in the Book of Mormon. Then she told us how the scriptures she had read totally related to her life. She went on to tell us that she has seen a difference in her life and the way she feels about herself and her relationship with God since we started visiting with her and she’s been reading from the Book of Mormon. It was so wonderful 🙂 We then had the opportunity to tell her about baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost and she just loved all of it! The spirit was so strong in that house, it was marvelous 🙂
After our visit with her we began to walk to the other side of town to knock some doors. The sky was blue with big puffy white clouds and there was a gentle breeze blowing. Suddenly it started raining! We looked up and right above us was a little gray cloud. What are the chances! So we walked along in the rain for about 5 minutes, just long enough to get us damp, and then it stopped raining.
When we finally reached the place we had previously decided to knock doors we had mostly dried off. The first door we knocked a woman answered and as soon as she saw who we were she started saying, “No! No, no, no, no, no! You have it all wrong!” Slightly confused we responded with, “What’s wrong?” “Your doctrine! It’s all wrong! Do you even know what you believe?” With smiles on our faces we happily told her that we do know what we believe and then we asked her what it is that she believes. “I believe that Jesus is my Lord and Savior. That he died on the cross for me, and that he is God’s son.” “Perfect,” we responded, “That’s what we believe as well.” “No you don’t,” came her quick reply, “You don’t even know your doctrine.” I must through my commentary in here. It really seems silly to me when people tell me that I don’t know what I believe. For clarification I am well aware of what I believe. Not only have I taken both high school courses, college courses, and Sunday school lessons on what I believe, but I have also studied the for myself. Do I know everything, of course not! But do I know more about my church than these confused and slightly rude people that I meet, I can confidently say that I do. The lady continued, “You people are brain washed!” That seems like a slightly confusing statement to me since we encourage our members to ask questions and we tell the people that we teach that we really can’t tell them what they should believe. We give them what we have and then we encourage them to pray for themselves. We don’t force people to read from the Book of Mormon, we simply give them the opportunity to read it if they’d like to. All around the entire brain washed idea is completely unreasonable. I have a testimony of this church because it was something I worked to have, not something that was forced upon me. Sister Helms tried to make things a little less awkward and asked, “Have you heard of the Book of Mormon?” To this the woman scoffed, “I don’t know how you can even believe Joseph Smith. It all ridiculous!” I then asked the lady if she believes in the bible. Of course the answer was yes. I then went on to say that the things that happen in the Bible are incredible, but we don’t doubt that they happened. Moses talked to a bush that was on fire. David killed a giant with a little river stone. Daniel survived a night with a bunch of man eating lions. The woman just looked at me like I was something evil. WE then asked if she believed if there were other people on the earth at the time of Jesus. Yes she did believe that but she knows that they were all the spawn of Satan and heathens. She then finished with informing us that what we believe is evil and that she thinks that God wouldn’t even want us on her property. I said, “Well thank you for your time ma’am,” and I reached out to shake her hand, but she drew back as if I was a snake and shook her head in disgust at me. So we thanked her and said that we hoped she had a blessed day and we left. It hurt to see that someone had so much hate. She didn’t care for our souls but instead she loathed our very existence. How can someone claim to be Christian and then act that way? Christ ate with sinners, and cast devils out. Even if we were what she has been made to believe we are, how would sending us away and treating us like scum serve her purpose. Matthew 25:40 – “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” My heart hurts for her. As Sister Helms and I walked away we wanted to cry, but not because what she said hurt us but because of the hatred she had for us that was so apparent in both her face and words 😦 Hatred is exhausting. Love is rejuvenating. I truly hope that woman finds room in her heart to love.
After a bit more door knocking we say lightly over in the blue sky. Then someone we were talking to made the comment that we were about to get very wet. We looked back in the direction our car was parked and after listening to the heaven grumble angrily we decided to head back to the car before we got struck by lightning. Very quickly the sky filled with dark clouds and while we were still a good half mile away from our car it began to rain. Not just rain, it began to dump buckets right on our heads. Within minutes we were completely soaked though and our makeup along with the sunscreen we had put on thinking it was going to be a sunny day, was streaming into our eyes and down our faces. Lightning was striking everywhere, and the thunder was almost deafening. I’m happy to say we made it back to our car alive 🙂not the best day Once safe within the car I just laughed and laughed and Sister Helms could not figure out what was so funny. I had a mission companion tell me once, that sometimes you just have to laugh at your situation. At that moment all I could do was laugh at our predicament. Here we are, two missionary sisters in skirts, soaked to the bone and rather frazzled. It seemed like a laughing matter to me 🙂
We then got to go visit with another investigator that we have. It was a wonderful lesson 🙂 She told us that she liked the things she read in the Book of Mormon and they made since, but besides that she wasn’t really feeling anything. We asked her if she had ever tried to apply the scriptures to her life or find the parallels that lie within. She hadn’t. People, I cannot stress the importance of this enough. Daily scripture study is very important, but if you aren’t apply what you learn of realizing what you can learn from it, then it does you about as much good as reading straight through a math book and not stopping to figure out the problems or seeing how it even relates to real life. You can read the entire book and not gain anything from it. Apply the teachings! Notice the similarities! I promise they are all over the place and they are just waiting to be seen. God has given us our road map but if we don’t stop to see what road we are actually on then what good is the map. Study, apply, pray 🙂
This gospel is such a blessing in my life! I love that our doctrine isn’t changing. I love that our God is the same yesterday today and forever. I love and know that there is a prophet on the earth today that leads and guides the church through divine revelation from our Heavenly Father and His son Jesus Christ. I know I can rely on God to answer my prayers and I know that things are easier for me as I put my trust, faith, and will in His hands. I am weak and could do nothing without my God, but with His love and forgiveness, I have the strength so accomplish all the tasks that the Lord sees fit to put in front of me 🙂
I love you and I know the church is true!
Sister Mignonne Rogers 🙂 sis adams