Monday, September 5, 2016

Week 39: Miracles, Miracles, and more Miracles!:)

Family and Friends!:D

HOLY MOLY. THE FIRST WEEK OF OUR TRANSFER WAS STELLAR, BUT ALSO EXHAUSTING! It is rough not having a P-day the first week of the transfer, but we were able to get lots of work done! Here's a little recap on how all of our investigators and less actives are doing:

-Floyd: Is doing as good as ever! He hasn't moved yet so we are hoping he will still be in our area on September 24th when he gets baptized!:D He got his own car and is crusin' it to church now! He had a member show him the way to church and he just loves the gospel! He is doing good but keep praying for him. We still want to make sure he has a strong testimony in the gospel and Book of Mormon so he has a real, true conversion.

-Sara: We see tonight. She is on the struggle bus. We are still trying to help her stop smoking and come to church but Satan is throwing a lot at her with school and family drama. Keep praying for her  and pray our lesson with her tonight will soften and change her heart as well.

-Arul: He is a Hindu guy we are teaching and he is so cool! We had a lesson with him last night and he looks so much happier! He has been reading the Book of Mormon and the pamphlets we give him. He even asked us, "What do I need to do to accept the gospel of Jesus Christ here on earth? I don't want to wait until the spirit world!" He should be coming to church this next Sunday, but it is kind of a bummer because he is going to India for a month and a half! If we stay for one more transfer, he can probably get baptized while we are still here, but we will have to see. It was so cool though because he asked us if we wanted something from India and of course we said yes! Haha! Hopefully we will still be here or he will just mail it to us! Haha! But it was really cool because in his closing prayer he said, "Please help me know and accept the gospel so I can make it to the celestial world." It touched my heart!<3

-Samantha: I don't think she really knows what she wants and she is super busy! Every time we have a lesson there are screaming kids running around the house! So.....we will see.....and she doesn't want to come to church without her husband because he works on Sunday........we are hoping she will just have the faith and do it!

-Ian: We saw Ian this week and that was a throw down lesson! Like man! He is pretty much scared that our church is like "every other Christian church" and we all tell him "have faith" and "pray to know". But I kind of threw down on him when he said that and said, "Well you won't know because you have never even come to church or given The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a chance. You are judging it on your other experiences." And as scary as it was to say that, I wasn't scared and it must have been by the Spirit because he is going to try and come to church this next Sunday. And then we didn't even mention scheduling another appointment with him because we thought he just didn't have a desire, but he asked before we left if we could come back next week and teach him more! The Spirit definitely can cut like a knife!

-Aster: A new investigator who is so sweet and super cool story on how we found her! We were super mad because a guy had just kicked us out of an apartment complex (even though we have legal right to be there), so we started walking home and we found this little 5 year old boy who was lost. We were talking to this man who knew him and his family and said he would take care of him finding his brother again. Well....we start telling him who we are and a lady yells through the apartment window, "YOU ARE MORMON?! HOLD ON. I AM PUTTING PANTS ON AND COMING DOWN." Well....little do we know she took lessons from the missionaries 5 years ago and lost contact with them. She knows Sister Wilkes from the ward and when they reunited they started BAWLING! We were all bawling! It was so cool! Pray that she has the ability to listen to the lessons though because she has major PTSD and anxiety problems from all she has been through. She is from Africa and has had a hard life, but is such a sweetheart.  She even bore her testimony and it was a little wild....but she was saying how grateful she was for us! It made my heart happy!<3

-Vicktor: He is doing well and is such a sweetheart! He has slight autism and a speech impediment but is going to try to be coming back to church this next Sunday, if he can figure out his work schedule since he has been less active for a while. You can so feel the Spirit around him though. It is the best!:) Our faces always hurt from smiling and laughing so much when we leave his house.

-Johnson's: Jodi came to church yesterday! The kids were out of town but she came for sacrament meeting and we are so proud of her! She got here late and we didn't even know so she sat out in the foyer the whole sacrament meeting!:)

-Sister Zacha: She is doing alright...just super sick because all of her health problems! But COOL MIRACLE! Her son, Alex, came to church by himself yesterday! He was like against the church when we first started meeting with Sister Zacha. But I guess his heart was softened. He wouldn't even sit in on our lessons, but he started acting more happy and then one day (yesterday) he just showed up to church. It was cool because I bore my testimony yesterday and I saw someone smiling at me from the back of the chapel that looked familiar and then afterwards Sister Zacha texted us to tell us Alex came and I made the connection! He wanted to talk with Bishop and he came to Gospel Principles and sat reading and was engulfed in that book the whole time! It was so cool! We hope he comes again this next week!:)

-Kim, Emily, and Rebecca: Some new investigators that we taught for the first time this week that we will keep you updated on.:)

But that is a long and good update on all my cute, lovely siblings that Heavenly Father has blessed me with!:) 

ties at a member's hours Friday night. We had a bonfire and dinner and it was their kid's 5th birthday! It was so fun and nice of them to let us come over!:) It was a blast!

We also got invited to Grand Valley's mutual to teach their girls! It was so cool! They were so excited to come have sisters teach them since they don't have sisters in their ward. It reminded me of being in Young Women's. It literally feels like just yesterday.

Oh! And dad, I met Brother Rameriz (a friend/elder from your mission) last Sunday! We took a pic together and I think he sent it to you! It was so cool! Tender Mercy!

But I love this gospel and I know this church is true. It's Christ's church. Not man's. And if you don't know/want to know pray and ask Heavenly Father and I can promise you in the name of Jesus Christ as his servant that it is his church and that it will make you happier than anything else in this world. I love you all and hope you have a STELLAR week!<3:)
Remember the church is true and I love you!
<3Sister Rogers<3
Michigan Lansing Mission

Elder Laaksonen's tie before it's death and Sister Gardner wrote this on it: "Sister Rogers' mid-life crisis! Got a kid and burned this're old! Haha! I am your favorite and trial run!" She is such a dork!;) Gotta love her!

"Burn baby burn....." I guess my veil isn't that thick...haha! Jk! Or Sister Gardner's new mind could be corrupting me! Haha! I am remembering a ton of songs lately!

Love my mini fam!<3

Isn't Michigan gorgeous?!

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