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

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