March 16th, 2015

What an incredible miracle week!!! My heart is truly filled with gratitude for the many blessings that the Lord has provided 🙂
rhonda
One of the most incredible people I know was baptized this past week in my last area. even though we were no longer in her area anymore Sister Winkel and I were blessed to get to still teach her and her two children, who were baptized with her and we got to attend her baptism! I think one of the neatest things that we got to witness with this situation was how incredible the ward is that she has come into. They love her and her family so much and for good reason! She is strong, faithful and a wonderful testimony that miracles do happen every day! I’m so grateful I’ve had the opportunity to work with her and learn from her beautiful example 🙂
rhonda and children
On a sad note… this week Sister Winkel and I were informed that our area would be closing. There will no longer be missionaries here in the Sand Hill branch. Truly it has been an incredible blessing to have been able to serve around these wonderful people. You will never meet a more charitable, patient, and diligent people than those that are here in this little town. I have learned so much from them and I don’t think they will ever know the extent of my gratitude for them 🙂 The branch only has about 25 members that attend each week, so that means that we have lots of opportunities to help out. Every Sunday it has been my privilege to lead the hymns in sacrament meeting and this past meeting I couldn’t help but cry a little as I stood at the front looking at all of these incredible, faithful saints. I really can’t express in an email how much they each mean to me, or how I have grown to love them.
lunch date
A really neat thing happened this week! We went to visit a man who never come to church and is never home and surprise surprise, he was home! He came out on the front porch and we had a wonderful lesson with him and he even pulled his scriptures out so he could study along with him. Just as we were finishing up our lesson with him his son came down the hill with his teenage daughter and they sat down to visit with us as well. We then pulled out the scriptures and started reading and the man that never answers the door turned to his granddaughter and says “We should do this more often,” and she just beams back at him 🙂 it was so wonderful and the spirit was there super strong! I love sweet simple miracles like that 🙂

Sister Winkel and I learned something new this past week as we were teaching a lesson. We were speaking with this family about trials and miracles, and suddenly it dawned on me, before every single miracle that Jesus preformed there was a major trial that had to take place before hand. it may seem silly that it has taken me this long to realize that, but it truly struck a cord for me. Before Christ could heal the blind man, the blind man first had to go through years of dark days and struggles. Before the leper was healed he struggled through a horrible disease that caused painful soars to blister all over his body as his own flesh rotted right in front of him. The trial proceeded the miracle. I know sometimes I’m guilty of getting frustrated when things get challenging, but the challenge is simply a beautiful opportunity for us to see the mighty hand of the Lord.Miracles come! Not always in the way we expect them, but they do always come! And if we remain faithful through the struggle then our eyes will be prepared to witness the glory of God 🙂
I love you and the church is true!
Sister Mignonne Rogers

March 9th, 2015

What a week!fun sisters
While out door knocking this week we had a rather eventful experience-
We had parked our car on one of the many country roads that cover our area and began knocking on doors. Since there weren’t many houses we decided to knock on some on the way down and then hit up the ones we had skipped on the way back so we would have something to do besides a straight mile walk back. Well we would knock and then skip and then knock and then skip, when we came to a nice brick home at the top of a hill. A very sweet elderly lady answers the door and tell us that she has company over at the moment, but we are welcome to come back at another time. Apparently missionaries had visited with her before and she had been very impressed by them. Just as we are saying goodbye and turning around a white car pulls up and a rather angry looking llady with dark curly hair gets out of the car. The conversation with her went something like this –
Winkel – with a big smile, “Hi I’m Sister Winkel!”happy
Lady – not smiling, “What are you all doing?”
Me – smiling, “We are missionaries.”
Lady – still not smiling, “What are you doing?”
Me – still smiling, “Well we’re sharing a message about Jesus.”
Lady – “Why did you skip my house?”
Winkel – “What?”what
Lady – “Why didn’t you stop at my house? You walked right past it why didn’t you stop?”
An awkward moment followed where we tried to explain that we would be knocking on doors on the way back up the road as well, where she didn’t listen to us at all.
Lady – cutting us off, “There are a lot of scammers going around. I’d hate for ya’ll to get shot.”
Me – “Thank you for your concern-”
Lady – “Stay away from my mothers house.”
Us – “What?”
Lady – “Stay away from my mothers house.”
Me – “Is this your moms house?”
Lady – while shaking her head yes, “Stay away from my moms house. I’m serious. I’d hate for ya’ll to get shot.”scared
and with that she disappeared inside her moms house leaving her elderly mother looking confused and us feeling slightly frustrated that she was so ready and willing to shoot us but not to listen :/ farther down the road we met her sister who was super kind and spoke with us for a good minute. When we told her tat we thought we might have met her sister a little earlier she suddenly got grim and told us, “Oh,… that’s a sad situation. She’s not saved…” so I’m guessing she’s just having a hard time right now 😦
Also on the route of funny stories we were out visiting people this past week with one of the members. Do you remember a few weeks ago when I told the story about the lady who had been wanting a Book of Mormon for years and then we finally got her one when she was at work at the jewelry store. When we gave her the book we had also swapped numbers but it turned out later that the number was had gotten was incorrect. We didn’t really know where she lived, we only knew where she worked so we went to her work with the member who had originally promised to get her the Book of Mormon and just as we were pulling into her work we saw her car pulling away. So of course naturally we go into oober big creeper/ secret agent mode and start tailing her. We followed her through winding country roads for a good 20 minutes!!!! When she FINALLY pulled into her drive way we pulled in right behind her. I was terrified that she was going to be slightly annoyed or even scared since we had followed her for so long, but the member we were with just rolled down her car window and yelled, “Hey girl” and everything was all right 🙂 The south is truly a wonderful and unique place 🙂 Where else can you stalk someone for 20 minutes and have them be totally okay with it?
A wonderful mixed blessing had happened this past week! The last area I was in had two sets of missionaries in it, but when Sister Winkel and I left from there the area we had then become covered by just the one set of elders that were there. A week ago they ended up having to leave the area which left the people we had been teaching without missionaries. One of them was about to get baptized, but without missionaries there it made it a little bit of a challenge for her. So here is the wonderful part… We got permission to teach her over the phone and she will be getting baptized this upcoming Sunday!!! That lady is so incredible and we feel so very blessed to be privileged enough to get to help her prepare to enter the waters of baptism 🙂 What a beautiful blessing she is 🙂
I hope you all know that I have a strong testimony of my Savior Jesus Christ. I know that it is through him that people are able to turn darkness into light as they are cleansed from sin. I know that as we diligently search for knowledge and continuously pray to our Heavenly Father, he makes all things possible. Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is not passive nor is it easy, but I can tell you this much, it is very worth it. The world offers happiness that will not last, but the joy we can find from being truly and completely cleansed of sin is all encompassing and worth more than the grandest worldly mansions. I love the gospel so much! It teaches me how I can be healed. I love my Heavenly Father, He gave me the ability to be healed by sending His son for a sacrifice for the sins and pains of the world. I love my savior Jesus Christ, he made the healing possibly. I love my family, they have taught me to use the healing power of Christ’s Atonement in my life. I love being a mission, because this has been an incredible opportunity for me to share with other the truths that I know and love 🙂 Truly there is no better place to be than in the service of our fellow man, because when we are in the service of our fellow man we are really in the service of our God 🙂

I love you and the church is true!

Sister Mignonne Rogers 🙂ward mission leader

March 2, 2015

This week has been… a wonderful learning opportunity 🙂

Have you ever studied the attributes of Christ? There are many and He was/is the perfect example of every virtue. At a first glance it is easy to say that one is more important than another. Perhaps it is our nature to assume that one thing is more important to attain than other, but I’m not sure that is the case.
When working out you don’t just bench press or only do pull ups, but you try to be well rounded. Back in high school I remember working out for sports and the coach would always have different exercises that we did each week so we would be well rounded in our heath. Some days would be agility, others endurance and my least favorite was core. The coach provided us with the work out plan and then it was up to us to give it our all and actually work and progress. In life it seems that Heavenly Father is the coach and He gives us the work out plan to increase and grow, but it is up to us to actually make the best out of the work out that we are going through. Some athletes that I have worked with would resent the coach and slack off if they were not being guided every single step of the way. Others took little to no prompting to push through and make the most of the opportunity they were given because they understood that it was all for their benefit.
This week has been an endurance workout and I have learned a lot 🙂

Enough random stuff. Let me tell you a wonderful thing-

One of our investigators has come to church not just once, but twice now! He brought his daughter with him and she told her primary teacher that she was surprised to see her father in a church and about how much she had enjoyed coming 🙂 It is so wonderful to get to teach this man! In the few weeks that we have known him an incredible change has been taking place. Literally every time we meet with him there is a tangible increase of light within him that can be clearly seen. He doesn’t just understand what we are teaching him, but he remembers and applies it as well! It is such a blessing and privilege to get to work with him and Sister Winkel and I could not be more grateful 🙂 The gospel is true and it changes lives! The light of Christ chases away darkness and illuminates possibilities that would not be accessible to us if it wasn’t for the atoning blood of our Savior Jesus Christ 🙂

I love you and the church is true!dock

Sister Mignonne Rogers 🙂