January 12, 2009

its cold .. its cold out here ! [11.10.08]

The winter is HERE ! oh man .. its insane how COLD it is ! its def NOT like UTAH cold .. it goes straight to your BONES ! I am okok with it so far .. my amazing mother sent me my scarf's & my red pea coat and that is def helping ! THANK YOU MOMMY !

Also speaking of my MOTHER .. her BIRTHDAY is NOVEMBER 16th ! this coming weekend .. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOTHER !

we saw the FIRST SNOW here in Green Bay ! it didn't stick but s'hood keeps praying for it to snow WHILE i keep praying for it NOT to snow ! haha

This week we taught a group of women on HOPE. We used President Uchtdorfs amazing talk, "The Infinite Power of Hope" [http://lds.org/conference/talk/display/0,5232,23-1-947-7,00.html] as the basis of our message. It was something i needed to hear for me personally this week and it reminded me how aware the Lord was of me.

"Hope is not knowledge, but rather the abiding trust that the Lord will fulfill His promise to us. It is confidence that if we live according to God's laws and the words of His prophets now, we will receive desired blessings in the future. It is believing and expecting that our prayers will be answered. It is manifest in confidence, optimism, enthusiasm, and patient perseverance."
i have realized more and more how my mission is the BEST opportunity i have ever received. its not a decision to be here it is and opportunity that i am able to give 18 months of my time to be here in beautiful Wisconsin and how blessed i am to have so many people back home supporting me to do this ! thank you !

i've never been happier as a missionary and i love being in the WMM [even with the cold ! PAPA - i feel almost as cold as those ICE TRUCKERS - im just sayin !]

me & s'hoods time together is coming closer to an end which makes my heart sad BUT she has helped me really understand HOW to be the best missionary ever & we are gonna work HARD until the end ! for those of you in UTAH .. she is from WEST JORDAN & her homecoming will prob be NOVEMBER 30th so keep that date open and i will give more info when she knows so you can hear her speak and tell funny stories and of course get the update about ME haha !
we finally have everything together for the "TORBY DELUXE" as we like to call it ! Sister Susan Torbenson [in our ward] is a Doctor of Education and she is doing a presentation at UWGB on 11.23.08 about Mormons and their place in US History. its going to be FANTASTIC ! we are publicizing like crazy .. we are going to have a booth the whole week on campus with flyers/candy & movies such as Legacy playing .. we got a prime SPOT too on campus where there is a lot of student flow happening !

s'hood & i were putting up the flyers for this event at UWGB the other day and she said to me "WE ARE BOLD" haha we started talking about how we have done a lot of things on campus and have been really bold in approaching the situations .. BRO. JAMES MARKER [ he is in our ward, is a professor on UWGB & over LDSSA ] said WE have gotten FARTHER then any other missionaries have on campus .. with our working with the LDSSA & E.C. and talking to students ! its amazing to see the work REALLY going forward ! one day i KNOW they will have missionaries just assigned to UWGB !

mission life is good .. it def goes in up & downs .. we dropped a lot of investigatiors this week and some even dropped us .. we are needing of some FINDING to teach some quality people who will progress .. that is what we are working on !

CORRY is still AWESOME .. she is still set on JANUARY 12th for baptism .. we are working with her to realize the blessings she is missing .. she had her interview with Bishop Huzzey to apply to BUY and that when great .. she has had the flu this week so that has not been good but she is ever so strong and pushing forward ..

SCOTT HUNTLEY started reading from the BOOK OF MORMON .. which is a HUGE step b.c. when we met last time he didn't even believe in Jesus .. we are working with him on prayer and to know of Gods love for him .. the HUNTLEY FAMILY is SO amazing !

we went to WOMENS CONFERENCE this weekend in Apppleton/Neenah & then it was in Green Bay the next day ! the whole conference was AMAZING ! the guest speakers were Gary & Joy Lundberg ! s'hood & i drove down with Lisa Robertson & Amy Rich in our ward and what we talked about on the hour drive down, ALL OF IT, was what Gary & Joy talked about .. talk about spiritually creating something ! we just looked at each other and laughed A LOT ! it was so GREAT !

we had interviews with Papa Barr this weekend too and that made me so happy ! it felt good to see him and talk to him and have him uplift me in missionary work !
the work is going along and i am so happy to be a part of it ! it is truly a blessing !
pray i dont turn into a popsicle ! i LOVE you all !
sister warner

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