Monday, November 9, 2015

He Can Make All Things Happen

Hey family!

This week went by so fast! Monday and Tuesday we went to Kingwood for
the mission leadership meeting!
We learned a lot in the meeting about unity as leadership, and worked
a lot with our zone leaders and all the district leaders. We were able
to spend some time planning with each other, and focused a lot on
communication and vision. We set a goal as a zone to baptize 38 people
this transfer, and the way we set that goal was really cool. We went
into a separate room and said a kneeling prayer about what we could
accomplish with the Lords help. I felt the Spirit so strong testifying
to me that God loves His children here and wants them to receive His
saving ordinances. HE CAN MAKE ALL THINGS HAPPEN! I think that so
often we as missionaries focus on ourselves and what we can
accomplish, instead of turning ourselves over to the Lord and seeing
what He can accomplish through us. But as we were praying with all the
leaders, I felt so so so strong that I need the help of the Lord, and
I have to act in His strength. I know that we can do all things with
the Lord and His power!

One of the biggest miracles of this week was on Thursday, We went on
splits and I went to Lake Charles again, where we have been working
with the Hispanic members over there to bring their friends to the
chapel while we are there so we can teach lessons. We have gotten 4 or
5 referrals from them, and they were planning on all coming, but
unfortunately most of them had to work late. BUT one of their friends
Pedro did come and he is INCREDIBLE! :) Within a few minutes of being
at the lesson, he told us how open minded he is, especially after
hearing what his friend had to say about the church! He told us that
he wanted to learn, and was very accepting of everything we taught.
After the Joseph Smith story, he said, "WOW. Those words are
beautiful." He felt so strongly and told us that he was going to pray
about everything we taught and would be there next week. It was so
cool, and the Spirit was really strong. :)
While I was gone, Hermana Andrus got back in contact with Josue!!! He
had told us over general conference that he was distancing himself
from us, and then wouldn't answer us, and was never at home. But
Hermana Andrus saw him AND one of his friends that they had already
told about the church! :)

We also had an amazing experience with a less active family that had
been....a little less than enthusiastic about having Hermanas in the
branch. We have been trying to work with them since I have gotten
here, and there has been a lot of ups and downs with them. But this
week, we had set up an appointment to meet with them (we found out the
husband in the family that is a recent convert had been talking to
Jehovahs Witnesses because he felt he hadn't been learning in the
church). When we went over, neither of them were home, so we were
about to leave. There was someone in the garage and she was cooking
for his birthday! As we were walking away, the husband pulled up and
asked if we had our phone because he had called us to invite us to his
birthday party! So we helped set up and stayed for a bit and it was a
really positive experience.

There is a quote I read this week that I want to share about facing
the future with faith. And becoming who He wants us to be.
"You have a choice. You can wring your hands and be consumed with
concern for the future or choose to use the counsel the Lord has given
to live with peace and happiness in a world awash with evil.
As you continue to center your mind and heart in Him, He will help you
have a rich and full life no matter what happens in the world around
As a young man or woman, though life may seem difficult now, hold on
to that iron rod of truth. You are making better progress than you
realize. Your struggles are defining character, discipline, and
confidence in the promises of your Father in Heaven and the Savior as
you consistently obey Their commandments. You are so important. You
are so needed. There are so few willing to make the sacrifice you are
making to live righteously. You can develop the sensitivity, love, and
kindness to gain supreme happiness within the covenant of an eternal
marriage. You will bless your children with insight the world can
never give them. Your example will set the course for their successful
life as the world becomes even more difficult. You are needed to
strengthen the growing kingdom of the Lord and to be role models for
so many who lack the light of truth you have"
Richard G Scott

I love you all! Thanks for everything sorry this is so short!

We have to go to dinner, but I want all of you to know that I love you
so much! You are the greatest family ever :)
Hermana Rogers

Hermana Rogers

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