February 23, 2015

Happy Mardi Gras!!! last mission district
This week has been wonderful as always πŸ™‚ truly there is never a bad week as a missionary! Sometimes rough hours or days, but the Lord always makes sure to give us what we need to continue onward with a hop in our step and a smile on our face. Sometimes the smile we have isn’t for us, but it is to help lift another who might be worse off than we are. My mission President told me this week rather emphatically, “The gifts you have are to bless the lives of others. Not your own.” I feel like that goes for sunny dispositions and infectious laughter as well.

So I suppose I can start with our terrifying story this week – we were out door knocking and we were coming up to this house. We were almost all the way up the drive when these two massive dogs (a pitbull and a bloodhound) came sprinting around the corner!killer dogs Before we even had time to blink they were literally right in front of us and I seriously thought, “I am about to die!” Lucky for us, they didn’t rip out our jugular vein, but instead they bounced around us wagging their tails and lifting up our skirts as they tried to kiss our faces. Honestly when we got to the door both of us were still trying to swallow our hearts from where they had jumped into our throats so when the lady answered we sounded like idiots as we struggled to keep our skirts down while the dogs bounded around us and we tripped over our words. It was probably the worst door approach that I have ever been a part of!

We had a lesson with an investigator this week that went pretty well, and kind of interesting. Any confusing part of the gospel that could have been brought up, was. Like β€œwhy was the Book of Mormon written in ancient Egyptian?” That is easily explained but not really pertinent to our salvation. Even though the lesson went every which way he still came to church this past Sunday πŸ™‚ Truly the Lord is in charge of this work. If it was left up to us missionaries, then it would be a mess lol The man that we were teaching lives with a recent convert. As we were explaining the Book of Mormon to our investigator the recent convert spoke up and said, “Really man, if you want to know if it’s true you just have to read it and then pray. That’s the only way you’ll know.” Yay for having a testimony of the Book of Mormon! I love that book so much. That and the Bible are what help us to have a full understanding of Christ’s gospel. Reading one without the other is like only reading Matthew and Mark, but leaving out Luke and John. They many all tell about the life of Christ, but if you left one or two of them out you would be missing so much! The same goes for all of God’s scriptures and that includes the Book of Mormon and the Bible πŸ™‚ They truly are both the word of God and we are so very blessed to have access to both of them πŸ™‚

Also I learned a new form of measurement this week, “It’s within hollerin distance!” That means they live close enough they could hear you yelling at them. Oh the South, how I love thee πŸ™‚

I love you and the church is true!

Sister Mignonne Rogers πŸ™‚ moo

P.S. β€œIt doesn’t do me any good to figure out what other people’s problems are. I can’t change them. I can only change myself.” – Sister Ava Price (one of the ladies in my current ward)

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February 16, 2015

My fabulous week!landscape
As always a wonderful week full of miracles! Lately in this area it has been difficult to find people to teach because the houses are mostly spread pretty far apart and door knocking is kind of illegal, but this week the Lord truly did provide πŸ™‚relief society pres. sweet country girl
We went out visiting with a member and she told us, “There is a lady that works in a jewelry store and she told me that she wants a Book of Mormon.” Of course we were super happy to hear that! When we asked a little more about the situation we found out that the conversation with the woman about the book had taken place 3 years ago, and randomly the sister had remembered it and thought that it was worth a try! We drove out to the Jewelry store and the sister said she would go in first to talk with the woman and if the situation looked promising she’d invite her outside to meet with us. She went in and the conversation went something like this –
Friendly greeting to each other and then,
Lady – “Hey, you still owe me that book! Someone was just in here the other day and I told them that if they see you then they have to remind you that I still want my book.”
Sister – “Well (name) that is exactly why I’ve come. I brought the missionaries with me and I’m sure they have an extra copy of the Book of Mormon with them right now. If you’d like, you can come outside and meet them.”
Lady – “Of course!”
Stuff like this doesn’t typically happen! She came out and we were able to have a wonderful conversation with her and exchange information. We are really looking forward to getting to go visit with her again and answer some of her questions. Anyone that is still that interested after 3 years is going to have to have some pretty great questions πŸ™‚
We also went to visit a lady that we’ve taught a couple of times, but it had been a while since we’d been over there. As we were visiting with her she told us that she has actually been reading from her Book of Mormon and then she told us about what she’d been studying!!! Not only that but she also told us, “I know that book is true!” Yay for miracles πŸ™‚
Well as always I’m running a little short on time… sorry. I love you all and I hope you know that Christ lives and that He still speaks to us today πŸ™‚ I know that Heavenly Father is very aware of each of us and He is always ready to send His love to us as we look up to Him πŸ™‚ We are so blessed! We just have to take the time to open our eyes, see the blessings, and be grateful πŸ™‚
I love you and the church is true!
Sister Mignonne Rogers πŸ™‚ current district

A little old hymnal I found at an antique store:) hymnalhymnal 1

February 10th, 2015

My last transfer calls… can you believe it?! Transfers are every 6 weeks and that is when we find out if we are going to be moving around or staying where we are at. I am so very grateful to be able to say for the first time in over 4 months my transfer calls came and I will be staying in the same area with the same companion πŸ™‚ SO very very grateful!!! I love the area I am in and I love my sweet/crazy companion πŸ™‚ I feel so incredibly blessed right now! crazy fun companion
Our music devotional that we have been planning for the past month was Saturday evening. Truly miracles happened and it was even better then we had thought it was going to be πŸ™‚ Lot and lots of prayers went into the program. The main goal was that everyone would be able to feel the spirit while they were there. images of ChristWe had other missionaries that were willing to come and participate and also a few other people from other areas that came to help out as well πŸ™‚ Typically at church there are about 25-30 people. On Saturday we had over 40 people there! It was wonderful πŸ™‚ Sister Winkel and I were practically in tears because we were to happy with how it all turned out. We had one lady come up to us afterwards and say, “It was a crazy day today. This was exactly what I needed.” Another person went on and on about how strong the spirit had been during the devotional. Also, one lady who hasn’t been to the church in over 20 years, possibly close to 30, came to the devotional! Not only did she come, but she brought her sister in law with her who isn’t a member of our church! Not only did they enjoy themselves while they were there, but later than night we got a call from the lady and she was telling us that she wants to come back to church!!! When we went over to visit with her yesterday, one of her friends came over and told us that she has been talking all about it since she went! Miracles my friends πŸ™‚

A door knocking story from this week – We were out in the middle of no where trying to share the gospel when we came upon a skinny dirt road that led to a beat up looking trailer. We started the long walk to it and from the back we could hear this ferocious dog barking insanely. Nailed to a tree was a sign that read “BEWARE OF DOG Dog eats anything owner shoots” Just as we knock on the door yet another dog, this one is inside the house, starts barking like it wants to eat us. As we began the second knock, a rifle shot is heard not too far off from where we were. This was about the time that we turned tail and walked very quickly away, praying the entire time! Thank goodness the Lord watches out for His missionaries or else I would probably have been a goner. out in the field
I LOVE my mission and I’m so grateful all the many lessons that the Lord is teaching me daily πŸ™‚ I couldn’t feel more blessed or taken care of! This work, the Lords work, is an incredible thing to be able to be apart of πŸ™‚
I love you and the church is true!
Sister Mignonne Rogers πŸ™‚

February 2, 2014

What a week πŸ™‚
While door knocking this week we had some pretty… interesting experiences. We came to house where a sweet looking elderly couple was sitting outside shelling pecans. As soon as we walked up they offered to let us join them for a little chat. At first the conversation started out pretty mild with us getting to know each other. Then the man said that he wanted to do some scripture study with us, which we thought was awesome! He went and got his Bible and what commenced was a 45 minute conversation where he preached to us about the fact that we are both ignorant idiots who are blindly following after the traditions of our fathers. The thing is, he said it in the sweetest way possibly and if you weren’t listening to the words coming out of his mouth, you would have thought he was praising us for our missionary efforts. The verse he held to and kept going back to is Matthew 7:28, “And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine.” His interpretation was that the people in this story were too stupid to comprehend what Christ was telling them because they were too set in their old traditions of their parents. We simply listened to him and then bore witness of having worked to gain our own testimony of the things we are going out to share. Once we’d finished he replied, “You are a perfect example of this scripture.” What a frustrating man. The scripture doesn’t even mean what he thinks it means, but it is really hard to talk with someone that is unwilling to listen to anything you have to say. At the end of the conversation he told us that, “God will not be mocked,” and also, “I’m sure when judgment day comes this conversation will come into play.” If there is any doubt in any ones mind that reads my emails that I am simply following the traditions of my parents and that I am ignorant of what is in the world, I would like to clear that up really fast. I have spent the past 16 months on a mission for Jesus Christ wearing His name on my name tag because I know that this gospel that I go out and share with people holds powerful truth. I’ve lived these truths and I’ve felt of the power that comes from them. I have prayed to God more than once to receive answers and He continues to give them to me. Do you think God would do that for me again and again if I was so mixed up in my beliefs? Missions are not easy. They are wonderful and incredible but they are not easy. Everyday in this work missionaries have their beliefs tested, abused and tormented. But still we go forward. For what? We don’t get payed for what we do. The rewards from the world aren’t over flowing by any means. We continue on because we know for ourselves the importance of the message that we bring. Even on rough days we are still able to find joy in the work, because this is not our work. If it was the work of man we would probably all quit, but this is the Lord’s work πŸ™‚ What a comfort it is to go out each day knowing that if I do my part, then He will always do His πŸ™‚ I am so grateful to get to be a missionary and teach people about our Lord and savior Jesus Christ πŸ™‚ We are a blessed generation! I would strongly suggest going to the Lord for answers when you have questions. Pray for direction and then search the scriptures. He answers in many different ways, but He does answer. If we do our part He will always answer πŸ™‚
I love you and the church is true!
Sister Mignonne Rogers πŸ™‚
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