Monday, April 11, 2016

Week 19: Gander Ranter to the MAX!!!!

Hey My Dearest, Favorite, Family and Friends!<3

So if you have never heard of a "gander ranter" before you are missing out. Definition: A citizen of Michigan who talks so much they barely breathe and you can barely get a word in. And that is totally what happened to me and Sister Lau on Saturday! 4 hours of finding and door knocking and we knock into this OLD grammy who is in her underwear and talks for 30-45 mins while we just stood there listening, nodding, and occasionally getting a "yes" in! Bahahahaha! That was the longest one Sister Lau has ever seen on her mission and she goes home after this next transfer! It was so funny! The lady was sweet, but man. The Spirit told us to listen and be kind for a while, but I think she could tell we were not all there by the end of it. Haha! So she let us go! How kind of her!;)

Anyways, Meridian Ward already feels like home and like I have been here forever. Funny how each ward you are in on your mission feels like home instantly. I love it! And me and Sister Lau laugh a ton and get along great! I may or may not be a little jealous that my family is taking her out to dinner when she gets home!;) (She is super excited about that, Dad.) As long as she doesn't replace me I am good with that! I told her that! Bahahaha!;) I had a hard time with change before my mission, but now I love it! It has been so good! This emergency transfer to Okemos has been a blessing in so many ways, even though I do miss my family in East Lansing. BUT! I got to go to a baptism for our Zone Leaders which are the elders in the Lansing Ward on Saturday so I got to see everyone! It is so nice, but weird! Being so close, yet so far away! But I am having a blast, loving every moment of my mission. Taking it all in because it is just flying by! I can't even believe it is almost Mother's Day and I get to talk to my family again soon. Sometimes I feel like just yesterday I left, but then I feel like a different person so it feels like years ago at the same time! 

Anyways, now I am starting to "Gander Rant" so here are "Momma's Questions of the Week";)

1.) Update us on any investigators. Who can we pray for?

David- He really needs prayers! We put him on date for baptism this week and was so excited but has been texting us about his doubts! He really needs to "Doubt his doubts, before he doubts his faith!" as I told him! But we are meeting with him tomorrow! So I am hoping we can have a really good lesson on baptism and its importance. But please pray that he can strengthen his faith, and that his doubts will disappear! Especially because he has been so good about reading The Book of Mormon!

2.) How has it been teaching/finding with a new comp?

It has been a little difficult getting used to it! Especially because I was so used to being in a trio and used to how Sister Nelson and Sister Child taught. But we are definitely getting better with time!:)

3.) Any successes this week? What have been the challenges?

We have scheduled a ton of lessons for this week! We just need some solid, new investigators! Prayers for this area!

4.) Have you seen any funny stuff this week?

The Grammy with the panties! And some crazy stories that will be told when I get home!;) Don't need Momma worrying about me!;)

5.) Any scripture passages that have caught your eye?

My ponderize scripture for this last week was Mosiah 13:9. It is when Abinadi is talking to the evil King Noah and calling him to repentance. "But I finish my message; and then it matters not whither I go, if it so be I am saved." I love this scripture. What great faith Abinadi had! He did what the Lord asked him to and then didn't worry about the rest! He lived his life to make Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ proud of him! Little did he know that because of him, Alma was converted, and then thousands of others. We may not see the effect we have on someone's life, but that's why we have to be such good examples! Just yesterday a member of the ward, Sister Leeson (also an elderly,couple missionary who works in the office and is from Tuscon, AZ) told me she met someone at the store the other day who remembered my name. I guess I talked to him months ago walking down the street in East Lansing. I couldn't believe he remembered my name. It touched my heart and showed me how much people remember when you are kind to them and love them! And little did I know the effect on him that it had! Sister Leeson told me he was even thinking about meeting with the missionaries! So my challenge to you this week is to be a good example! Do something kind that makes you go out of your way. And if nobody sees the effects, even if you don't see the effects, who cares! Heavenly Father does and he will be proud of the daughter/son of God you are becoming!

I love you all so much! Have a STELLAR week!;)

Remember the church is true and I love you!
<3Sister Rogers<3
Michigan Lansing Mission

The longest icicle ever! It didn't even fit in the pic! It was like double that length!

Me with that super long icicle! (Momma note: remember The Christmas Story movie?)

Me and Sister Lau with a super awesome, sweet, recent convert named Audrey who came out door knocking with us!

Creepy, statue heads we saw while door knocking on Saturday. I really don't know what's in the water here.......oh wait, lead.......ha.....sorry, bad joke.

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