October 27, 2014

This week has been wonderful πŸ™‚sweet sisters beautiful pond
A lot of our craziest things happened on Thursday when we went out to our far area. We went door knocking in the morning and the first door was a young mother who didn’t seem very interested in our message. She told us she was super busy right then. Typically we would only leave a card, but randomly instead we decided to leave a Restoration pamphlet.
Later that day we got to go visit one of our investigators that lives out a good ways. One of the members was taking us out there. As we pulled up we could see out investigator and her husband splitting wood next to a huge pile of wood that is already split and some that has yet to be split. The member marches right over there (She is both pregnant and in flip flops) and asks them if she can help. They turned her down at first but then she asked, “What is it that you eventually want done with this wood?” They explained that they are going to hopefully get it all stacked some day. So she goes and starts stacking the wood. Of course we are right behind her, in our skirts, moving and stacking wood as well.woodpile The member has a little toddler so Sister Griffeth helped keep the toddler, along with a dog that they had, entertained, while we stacked wood. It was so much fun! We did that for about an hour and then the husband of our investigator suggested that we all take a break. The member replied, “Great! We can all go in and have a gospel message about Jesus Christ.” This is significant because the husband had never joined us for our discussions before. We all went in and had a wonderful lesson. The husband asked all sorts of fabulous questions and the spirit was there so strong! When we left, they all promised to come to church. And guess what… they came!!! It was so wonderful to see them come and enjoy their time there πŸ™‚ And they promised they’ll come back!!! So wonderful πŸ™‚
After we left their house we got a referral saying that someone wanted a Book of Mormon near by. Turns out it was the same girl we had talked to that morning who hadn’t seemed very interested! So we went to give her the Book of Mormon, and she seems genuinely interested! There were so many miracles happening that day πŸ™‚
As far as other news goes, This past Saturday Sister Griffeth and I had the opportunity to sing at a funeral for an elderly lady of our congregation that had passed away last week. The service was very nice, filled with memories, shared by family and friends who loved her so very much. Towards the evening of that day I started feeling a little under the weather, but not too bad. When I woke up on Sunday I was completely wiped out! That night I had barely slept at all! Sister Griffeth and I were supposed to sing in church, but my throat was so sore that it just wasn’t going to happen. We went to church and Sister Griffeth played a piano solo while I tried very hard to not fall asleep in the pew. After church, all I wanted to do was go home and sleep, but we had an appointment scheduled with a member to go visit a less active so we went to that. The member took us to the appointment, and I slept in the car all the way to the appointment. The visit went really well, but I fidgeted in my seat the entire time trying to keep from falling asleep. I really don’t remember most of what happened there. After the visit I slept all the way back to the members home, then Sister Griffeth and I drove home and I totally crashed went we got back to the house. Then I slept for a good 3 hours, got up, had dinner, and crashed again. I’m happy to say that I am feeling quite a bit better today. Blessings πŸ™‚
I love you and the church is true!
Sister Mignonne Rogers πŸ™‚

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October 20th, 2014

So I have quickly found that this area is very different from anywhere that I have been so far. Just about everyone is Baptist, and strong believers in Christ πŸ™‚ Also I have NEVER had to ride a bike so far. Let me tell you a bit about how that goes.

At first I was prideful – “I’m going to look so stupid riding a bike in a skirt!”

Next I was vain – “The helmet is going to mess up my hair.”

Then I was embarrassed – “I am totally flashing everyone right now!”

After that I was humiliated – trucks full of rude teenage boys honking and shouting and me thinking “I wish I could find a hole to crawl in.”

Somewhere in there I was terrified – sidewalks really don’t exist in the south. “Is this road always this busy?”

Eventually I was sore – “Sister Griffeth, my butt is killing me!”

Last I was grateful – “It would have taken forever to walk everywhere that we went today. Thank you, Heavenly Father, for giving us our bikes and keeping us safe today.”

My faithful steed is named Maximus and he is very good at getting me from point A to point B safely πŸ™‚ maximusSo far we only got into one power struggle and that was when he rudely got black all over the bottom of one of my favorite skirts. No worries though, Sister Griffeth had this magical stuff that saved my skirt and now it’s practically back to new πŸ™‚ Last week I told you about the mother of three kids that we had tracted into and had a super fabulous lesson with. Well, when we went back to see her we found the Book of Mormon sitting in a chair on the front porch with a note that read something to the effect of, “I did some research and I’ve decided that I have my bible and I think I’m going to stick with that.” 😦 Thus goes the work of a missionary. Not always easy when people tell you they don’t want to meet with you anymore. It’s even harder when they are unwilling to tell you in person 😦
This week was full of adventures, but it was definitely a harder week in some regards. Thank goodness for a good companion πŸ™‚sisters zone That truly makes all the difference πŸ™‚ I have been very blessed on my mission to get to serve with some pretty fabulous people. Even when things are rough if both members in the team are willing to pull the load and help each other, trusting in God, then there is nothing that we cannot do πŸ™‚ I know I’m not married, but I am quickly learning how crucial it is to communicate with one another and set similar goals so we can help one another progress and change as we do this work πŸ™‚ Also, I have a testimony of the importance of companionship study. Getting in the scriptures together, and praying together are so important in being able to have the spirit with us throughout the day! I’m grateful that Heavenly Father is giving me this opportunity to learn these important truths while on my mission πŸ™‚
So one cool experience from this past week –
We were walking down the road and knocking doors. We had been out doing this for about 2 hours and no one had let us in. Everyone was happily Baptist. They were mostly kind to us, but they were set in their ways. We had decided to head back and as we were going down the road Sister Griffeth said, “How about we knock on that door?” We had another appointment in about an hour and we had planned on just knocking the doors on the side of the street we were currently on for organization purposes. I asked her, “Was that a spiritual prompting or did you just randomly pick that door?” She replied, “I just liked their wreath. So we kept walking. We hadn’t gone more than 5 steps when Sister Griffeth decided, “Oh lets just go knock it.” So we turned right around and went and knocked. When the door opened a sweet little older lady was there in her wheelchair and she invited us right in! We came and sat down and she just started talking. Telling us all about her husband who had passed away a few months a ago and other things that were happening in her life. She just needed to talk and Heavenly father knew that she needed company. I completely believe that the Holy Ghost speaks to us in whatever way he needs to, to get us to listen. At that moment it was a wreath on a door that got the job done πŸ™‚ sky5
Another thing I learned this week is that you can’t hear the whispering of the spirit if you don’t stop talking! It was about 7 at night and already pretty dark outside and we still had two more hours of work that we needed to fill. We headed out and I began to tell Sister Griffeth some random story from my life to pass the time as we went. I was still talking as we came into a very sketchy looking apartment complex. We were about a five minute walk away from our house. Sister Griffeth asked, “How do you feel?” and for the first time since we’d left the house I stopped talking. Immediately a feeling of uncomfortableness washed over me and I knew that we needed to get out of there. Just as this realization came, a door behind us creaked open and a large man came outside.scared sisters Sister Griffeth started walking very quickly and with purpose towards a door she had knocked on before. She had only met the lady once but if she had to she was ready to knock on that door and ask for us to be let is. Just as we came towards the door we both turned around and could not see anyone outside anymore. We left that complex with pepper spray in hand and headed back to the house. We decided that there was other work that could be done from the safety of our home that night. I know that the spirit had been trying to talk with me that entire time, but I was too busy talking to listen. Sometimes we just need to close our mouths and listen!
One last story from the week. Last Sunday the second counselor in the bishopric asked me to speak the following Sunday. He asked in a very joking way so I thought he was kidding. Then on Wednesday night he thanked me for excepting the call to speak and again told me in a very joking way that I would be talking on Sunday. My companion told me that he was a big jokster so I shouldn’t worry about it, and I didn’t. Then on Saturday night it finally hit me that I might be talking in church the next morning. I was getting ready for bed and I just got pretty worried. When I give talks I spend a good amount of time compiling information and then I take all that and write out my talk word for word. I was a little afraid that I would not have the time I needed to prepare. I knelt down to pray and I asked Heavenly Father for help to know what I should talk about and where I should focus my attention. I didn’t have to sit there for long when suddenly my mind was flooded with scriptures, quotes and stories that I could share all based on the principle of Charity. I grabbed the closest piece of paper and started writing all the ideas down as they continued to pour in. Once I had written down a good sized list, my mind was completely blank and I felt as if my Heavenly Father told me, “Alright I gave you all that you will need in the morning, now get some rest.” And I was able to get to sleep without the worried feeling, like it had literally been lifted off from me. The next morning I gave the talk and about a quarter of the way through it I felt the spirit take control. I didn’t finish giving the talk, but the Holy Ghost did πŸ™‚ It is always so wonderful when the Lord allows us to be part of His great work πŸ™‚ I know that God loves me and that He carries me through the hardest challenges in my life. I know that this great work that I am apart of is His work. I am not just out here to let people know that there is a Jesus Christ, but to help them understand how to use the atonement in their lives. This isn’t on a “once saved always saved” basis. The Atonement is real and the matchless power of the atonement is meant to be used in our everyday lives! How blessed we are to have that knowledge πŸ™‚ How sweet a gift it is πŸ™‚ I am so grateful that I get to share my testimony with others about the strength the Father has to offer πŸ™‚ Truly this work is full of miracles and I pray that the Lord will be able to continue using me as a tool in this marvelous work πŸ™‚
I love you and the church is true!
Sister Mignonne Rogers πŸ™‚

P.S. A cheesy little quote I heard this week πŸ™‚
“Seven days without scripture study and prayer, makes one weak.” sleepoversleepover 1

October 13, 2014

Welcome to Missouri! Oops I mean Mississippi lolFlorence Mississippi looks like home
It looks a crazy great deal like back home and I am currently in a small town that can’t be much bigger than Lathrop Missouri. Quite the change from the areas I’ve been in previously. I am surrounded my rolling hills, trees, and pastures full of gorgeous horses. Also I am in an area where we share the car with the elders. That means that every other week I’ll be getting to ride my cute little bike, which I have yet to ride on my mission. This should be a new kind of adventure! Since you didn’t really get to hear too much about my week last week because I didn’t have a ton of time to write I’ll throw in a few things about that real quick…
While out teaching we met this crazy couple. They invited us in and we had a chance to sit and talk with them for a moment. Let me set up the scene for you… The home had once been nice, but was now warn down from years of not being cared for. Along the yellow walls crawled baby cockroaches from one crack to the next. A dog that they owned was aching for attention, but the smell from the unclean animal made the desire to show it affection slowly diminish to nothing. This couple began to ask us question about our faith, which we happily answered, but then they started sharing their own thoughts and imagined facts. They told us that the Pope was the anti-Christ, and so they choose to follow a Jewish man instead. Another subject they seemed fond of was the idea that everyone is going to have to have chips implanted in them in order to use electronic devises. All in all it was, to say the least, interesting.
Later, Sister Helms and I were out knocking doors and without warning it suddenly began to pour! We began the long walk to the car, already so soaked that it didn’t matter if we hurried, when a car pulls up beside us. Who should it be, but an investigator that we had not been able to get in contact with for ages! She offered us a ride and during the drive to the car we were able to talk with her a little. As we were getting ready to make a mad dash from her car to ours we talked about the possibility of us coming over to visit her and she gave us the best times to catch her at home πŸ™‚ Blessings! The storm was truly a gift from the Lord!
Leaving Bossier City was not easy. I had been there for 7 1/2 months and I have truly grown to love those people. awesome familyThey are my family and I will miss them so much. I’m so grateful that I had the opportunity to get to know and learn from all the people that the Lord allowed me to come in contact with πŸ™‚bossier friends I feel so blessed to have been able to spend so much time in such a wonderful place. I know I was also blessed with truly awesome companions and I am so very grateful for that πŸ™‚ sad partingI got to give hugs and say goodbye on Tuesday morning, and then I was off on a new adventure, headed for Mississippi-
My new companion is Sister Griffith and she is just the sweetest thing you could ever meet.Sis. Griffiths I don’t think she could ever say an unkind word about anyone πŸ™‚ She is from Boise Idaho and the oldest of 5 kids. Umm… she likes to do ballroom dancing and she can play the piano and sing super well πŸ™‚ Pretty much she is fantastic! She has only been in the area a few weeks, so we are both pretty new here. We’ve only been together a few days and already we are having all sorts of adventures πŸ™‚
People here in Mississippi are a little less kind when compared to the people in Louisiana, or at least the places I have been so far. In just a few days we had three doors slammed in our faces. One door the woman opened and said, β€œI’m getting ready to go to church,” and with a scowl on her face she slammed the door. A man opened the door and said, β€œMormons? I’ve had multiple people come knocking on my door in the past few months,” and just as he was slamming his door I quickly said, β€œWell I just got here, I don’t know anything.” That might have made him feel a little bad because he came out to his yard and was at least descent to us when we passed by later. We also had a little old lady let us right in when we said we were sharing a message about Jesus. Once we were in the house she asked us what church we belonged to and once she knew we were Mormons she sent us right back out the door and refused to listen to our message. So it has been a little crazy here, but Sister Griffith and I are still having lots of fun πŸ™‚ Other people don’t determine your happiness. Whether you are going to be happy or not is completely up to you πŸ™‚
We did have a few really good experiences πŸ™‚
While door knocking we met a super cute wife, and mother of three. She was busy when we came by but told us we could come back. When we came back she came right outside and sat down for us to talk with her. We had an awesome lesson with her and she seemed to really love everything that we had told her. When asked what she was feeling she told us, β€œUsually when I talk to other churches I feel like something is missing, but I don’t have that feeling right now.” I am so excited to get to go talk with her more on Wednesday. She asks the best questions and she is just so super awesome!
This ward seems full of fantastic people πŸ™‚ Our ward mission leader is awesome, the Bishop is fantastic, the members are willing and wanting to help! I feel so blessed to get to be here at this time of the work πŸ™‚

Stake Conference was this past weekend and Elder Nash of the seventy was here. It was a wonderful and spiritual meeting and I just loved it! They talked a lot about needing to make the family a major priority in our lives. Speaking of which, family I hope you all know that I love you! I am so very grateful for each of you and I was thinking of you and missing you during stake conference when they were talking about having family prayer together and reading the scriptures together. I am so grateful that mom and dad made that a priority in our home. I know their example has greatly influenced my decisions this far in life πŸ™‚ I love you all and don’t allow the world to make you forget the peace that the gospel can bring into your life. There is light in this gospel that fills the soul with hope even during the times that we lack complete understanding. I hope you all can see that. If not, then get on your knees and pray to the God who created you. Put your heart in front of Him and he will fill it with peace and direction like you have never had before. Is life easy? No. I have hard days all the time. I have pain, and sometimes I feel the darkness creeping in, but I know that the light is better than the dark. It is easy to give way to the darkness and allow it to encompass your mind, but it is not the darkness that we have been made for. We are children of light and as such have claim to the peace that comes through allowing the Holy Spirit to whisper to our souls words of comfort and peace. I know this church holds the true doctrines of Jesus Christ. I know I will be with my family for eternity. I know the Book of Mormon gives understanding to things that otherwise would be lost and confused. I know that I am on this earth for a specific purpose and the Lord has many incredible blessings in store for me and any who choose to live worthy. If you don’t believe me, if you think that I am simply living on a fairy tale then I charge you to open your eyes and look around you. Look at those who are truly giving their life to Christ. Look at those who are living worthy of the covenants they have made with God. I promise you their lives will not be perfect, but I also promise you that you will see a happy people. When we live worthy of God’s blessings we will have light and joy even in times of difficulty. I know this to be true. I have seen it. I have lived it.
I love you and the church is true!
Sister Mignonne Rogers πŸ™‚
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October 8, 2014

I am now in Mississippi, near Jackson! Yes, I have finally made it to Mississippi on my mission! For a second there I thought I might spend my entire time serving in the Mississippi Jackson Mission in a state other then what you’d assume lol My new companion is Sister Griffith and she seems like a true sweet heart πŸ™‚
This last week in Bossier City, Sister Helms and I, worked hard trying to contact people we had met last week and finding new people to teach. We were also very busy trying to meet with as many members and less active members as possible. My typical missionary life each day is made up of going out and working hard from earlier morning to late at night. My days are filled with miracles, blessings, trials, embarrassment, humiliation, conviction and a strong testimony of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Sometimes we get to see the fruits of our labors and sometimes the simple tender mercies from God are the things that get us through our days. This week my companion and I experienced trials that we really were not expecting or ready for, but I can testify that the Lord is aware of all things and He will send His comforter (the holy spirit) to help you see how He is leading you. Thank goodness for the atonement of Jesus Christ. Thank goodness for the power and liberation that comes through repentance.
As a side note –
Missionaries are not perfect. We are humans. We are servants. We are trying. Almost always our minds are on a thousand different things at once. When we come to church we are hoping and praying we will see a less active person that we are working with or an investigator coming through those church doors as well. We spend hours and hours out each day teaching, finding, praying, and hurting for those that we meet. Sometimes we do not do everything the way that others might think it needs to be done because they have done it differently or seen it done differently somewhere else. We do not teach lessons, we teach people. We are not each manufactured to work the same way, which in all honestly is a complete blessing. We are truly working. We are trying our best. We are away from our families and we are giving all the love we have to those we meet. I think in most situations if a missionary does something you don’t like it isn’t to spite you, but it’s probably because they are oblivious to the issue. Actually I think that can apply to most situations, not just dealing with missionaries, but with others in the church or even just everyday people. We are not all out to get each other! At least last I checked that wasn’t the case. I know I am even guilty of thinking this sometimes and I am going to try very hard to not assume that anyone is trying to do me harm. That is just such an exhausting way to live.
Miracles happened this week! We had 4 of our investigators watch General Conference with us!!!!!! It was incredible, and such a wonderful way to get to spend my last weekend in Bossier City πŸ™‚ What a wonderful, awesome blessing!!!! I am running short on time, but if you didn’t have time to watch conference or you don’t even know what it is, go check it out! It is an marvelous spiritual boost for the next 6 months of your life! Who could ask for more than that!? – https://www.lds.org/general-conference/sessions/2014/10?cid=HPSU100514465&lang=eng
I love you and the church is true!
Sister Mignonne Rogers πŸ™‚ 1 year