Sister Rogers is officially 5 months old today and freaking out because I am almost 1/3 done with my mission and it makes me want to cry. Sorry family. But I never want to come home. I think I might just stay here in Michigan forever. Jk. Kind of. Not really. Bahahaha! ;)
This week has been awesome! Me and Sister Lau have been having a lot of fun lately and been super happy! We even made a song! We are super excited to sing it to our families on Sunday! And oh my! I can't believe I get to talk to my family on Sunday! I am not sure if it makes me want to laugh, cry, or scream! It is going to be a good day!<3
We got a new district leader and new Elder in our ward! I think I mentioned it a little last time, but they are awesome! Elder Corneilson is our new district leader and Elder Hoover is in Meridian Ward with me, Sister Lau, and Elder Olsen. I love my district! I have loved all the districts I have had! You just always add new members to your family! And man! For those of you who have served a mission, you love and appreciate your companions SO MUCH MORE after you leave them! Me and Sister Nelson are closer than we have ever been! I just love her! So glad she is my mom! <3
Here are "Momma's Questions of the Week":
1.) Update us on investigators:
David- We weren't able to meet with him this last week, but we meet with him tomorrow! He is stellar and I feel like a horrible missionary sometimes because he is such a solid, golden investigator that he texts us and reminds us of our appointments, texts us scriptures, asks us on Sunday's "What did you learn at church today?", etc. His testimony is slowly getting there. He used to be on date for baptism, but isn't anymore because he wants a sure foundation and testimony. He is so serious about this commitment and I am so proud of him. He's wanting to do this for himself and God, and not anyone else. He is even writing us a song and singing it to us when "his guitar gets out from getting her nails done" as he likes to call it!;) (Meaning his guitar is in the shop!)
Jesslyn- We met with her on Saturday and she is just wonderful! She may just be the sweetest and most gentle woman I have ever met in my entire life. She knows our purpose as missionaries, loves learning about the gospel, and loves us! We are just working on knowing what she wants out of all this. We are going to talk to her about baptism again soon. We have mentioned it, but he hasn't said much about it.
Russell- Oh my gosh! So I LOVE Russell! Me and Sister Lau just go and knock on his door whenever and we teach him then and there! He is talking about how he has to "do one more thing", before he can move forward in the gospel! He wants to talk to Father Gregory (from the Russian Orthodox church) to see if he can get his membership withdrawn and talk to him about this. We are kind of in shock and hoping it goes well. We got to meet his kid, Ruslan, on Saturday though. He is 7, SUPER SMART (like Russell), and is a soccer player! So cute!
Timmy-So Timmy we found less active hunting in the Elders' area in our ward. (We are allowed to be in their area for less active hunting and member lessons.) BUT.....while less active hunting, instead of finding Timmy Mroz, we found Timmy Mroz Jr. He isn't a member of the church and he is my soul brother! He did ballroom for 9 years and is awesome! He has a really hard background though and he loves meeting with us because he feels the Spirit and tells us he feels like we are his "therapists" and he loves having someone to talk to. We can see the light of Christ starting a spark in his eyes and he is happier. We taught him the Restoration then and there and taught him 3 nights in a row! We lost contact with him for the rest of the week, but his phone got turned back on and we got in touch with him last night. He still wants to learn, he was just visiting his brother in Charlotte for a couple days! But he is also on date for June 4th! Please pray for him! And funny story...when we begged President to keep letting us teach him even if he's in the Elders' area he said, "Finders keepers! Keep him! The Elders will mess it up anyways!" We died laughing! Luckily the Elders are cool with it!;)
Please, please, please pray for all our lovely brothers and sisters we are teaching! I am getting so attached to the people here in Michigan! I totally understand the scripture that talks about even the very thought of their brethren not having the gospel caused their souls to tremble. I totally feel that way! I love these people with all my heart, even the ones I haven't met yet. It definitely makes doors getting slammed in our faces more easy to get over knowing they are my siblings and a child of God.
2.) What's been your inspiration lately when you get discouraged?
Just knowing and remembering all the times Heavenly Father has shown his hand in my life and knowing that bad times don't last forever. They can't. Good and evil is in this world, and knowing the outcome that good will win is so comforting. I just have to make sure I am wearing the right jersey. We all have to make sure we are wearing the right jersey.
3.) It seems like you've had a lot of experiences lately of people feeling the light of Christ thru the missionaries? Has that been strengthening your testimony?
ALL THE TIME! There have been rough days where we are door knocking and I feel grumpy and someone tells me they can see us glowing with the light of Christ and it builds us right up. Sometimes missionaries forget how good of a job they are doing! Don't forget to remind them! That is my challenge to you all this week! Do something nice for the missionaries in your ward!:)
This week has just been awesome and we went to 2 firesides last night which was stellar! One was with the BYU Football team and I got to meet and talk to the coaches and some of the players! It was so neat! I was a bum though and forgot to get pictures! But it was so fun! Their testimonies were so strong!
One of the football players said something I love, "God cannot let us down, because he only lifts us up." With God's help, we can do anything! "All good comes from God, so if you are feeling down it is not from him. Pray for his help. "Be patient. Be humble. And keep on trying." Are we humble enough to ask and then faithful enough to do? Sometimes the answers we have in our minds are so loud, we can't hear God's answers! Make sure you listen to the Spirit and do what Heavenly Father asks you too and you will never be disappointed in yourself even if disappointing things happen! Love you all and I hope you have a STELLAR week!
Your Favorite Sister Missionary Ever;)
Remember the church is true and I love you!
Michigan Lansing Mission
Me saying goodbye to one of my best friends, Elder Wolfenden! He is from AZ and I met him when I first came out! He was in the Lansing Zone and then ditched us to go to the Midland Zone! We were so sad....you can't tell by our faces though! Haha!
Me saying goodbye to Sister Mathis who I have also known since I came out! She left us here in the Lansing zone to go up to Petoskey to be an STL! So proud of her, but I will miss her a ton! She was our neighbor in our apartment complex when I was serving in the Lansing Ward.
Saying goodbye to Elder Dorrough was the saddest thing ever! I miss him! He was such a great district leader!
Someone literally made us a sandwich on the doorstep! Funniest and best tender mercy ever! And it was a good sandwich! God bless that kind, chicken sandwich man!
Me having a blast in one of our member's trucks!;) We were doing service and helping her move!
Me and Sister Lau with Elder Dorrough!