January 12, 2009

the newest in the WMM ! [12.01.08]

i am SO blessed ! i have the greatest family on earth and i want you to know i love you dearly. thank you for your letters and support. really i would not be here without you all ! THANK YOU !
i am also blessed b.c. i have another amazing companion !
the details :
who : Sister Pamella Jo Black
from : Phoenix, Arizona
Sister Black is 21 and goes to BYU, she is majoring in Spanish and business !
she is SO fun and SO cute. she reminds me a lot of one of my bestests HOLLY TIMMERMANN [even down to eating frosted mini wheat's ALWAYS !] I LOVE HER.
we are having SO much fun together and enjoying every minute of missionary service ! its def diff not having my mama hood around but the Lord has blessed me with another wonderful companion that has a strong desire to serve the Lord and be a missionary. she is BOLD and invites at every opportunity for others to learn more about our Savior, Jesus Christ. the good and the bad thing is we are are both ALWAYS COLD ! good = we agree on the heater all the time .. bad = its both our 1st winter in Wisconsin ! she has phoenix blood and me .. LA all the way ! the other part of my newest adventure is DRIVING ! Sister Hafen [mama hoods other "baby" - she trained Hafen after she had just been out for 2 transfers !] told me this mantle falls on you when you receive more responsibility and the Lord is aware i can testify He truly is aware ! i know my way around Green Bay ! its just like i am driving in my hometown EXCEPT the snow ! my first time driving in Wisconsin snow was yesterday and lets just say its the slowest Ive ever driven .. Wisconsin snow is def diff then Utah snow !

this past week has been full of goodbyes and hellos ! sister hood said goodbye to the WMM, she is back in the great state of Utah safe and sound ! she called me Friday night for a minute to tell me how great and diff being home is .. i love you mama hood ! i met a lot of missionaries in the WMM while i was in Milwaukee this week ! that was a good time .. you hear names in the mission and then at some point you get to put a face with that name ! i also met some of sister hood's converts and former investigators in Milwaukee. I LOVE MILWAUKEE ! we also went and saw the Milwaukee Art Museum just for me .. its such a cool building ! we also had Leon's Famous Frozen Custard, the first frozen custard place in Wisconsin !

Wednesday November 26th was the big arrival and revealing of which trainer goes to which greenie ! 2 sisters came from the MTC .. sister black and sister murray. sister murray is with sister hafen in Madison and sister black is of course in the BAY AREAS with me !

THANKSGIVING was so good ! [i missed you all back home .. in the monrov and the spanish fork] we woke up at 6am to go do service at the Turkey Trot [people actually were running outside in the Wisconsin cold .. they are crazy !] We met Wendy & Zerek [mother & son] at the service .. we talked to them a lot and they told us to call them ! we went to CORRY'S house and spent some time with her and her mom .. which is a big step with her ! [we are preparing Corry for her baptism in January and she is doing so good .. her mom told her she would be at her baptism !] We spent some more time that day visiting members and then we had a TURKEY FEAST at the BRUDNICKIS over in Pulaski. after that feast we had hot chocolate and pecan pie with the HUNTLEY'S ! the day was so productive and so wonderful ! i hope everyone ate lots of turkey ! [i def missed making my famous deviled eggs !]

the day after thanksgiving was the annual Green Bay 1st & 2nd Ward Turkey Bowl and s' black & i were SO in. we were the only girls BUT we def held our own. i got kneed in the stomach by 17yr old football star Brandon Robertson and then i got tackled [mind you we were playing 2 hand touch] by his dad Adam Robertson ! BUT in the end i made up for it by scoring a TOUCHDOWN ! who knew i could play football ?? those defensive skills i got in h2o polo helped i think !

we met this great lady DIANE ANTHONY on day st. she called the referral center for a dvd of Joy to the World and wanted the missionaries to bring it to her ! we have a return appointment to teach her this week !

we went on splits with 2 YW this saturday for s' blacks first time TRACTING ! it was def an eventful time. i met LARRY on RAVENSWOOD ST who tried to bible bash with me and whitney dean [one of our YW in the GB 1st Ward] we told Larry about our faith and he just wanted to argue so we just bore testimony and told him to check out mormon.org or come across the street to our church service to find out for himself ! sister black and diantha andrus met a nice man named JO and she invited him to church and he CAME .. all the missionaries spoke in church yesterday and it was great to have him there .. we are going to meet with him this week !

in church i talked on becoming a missionary .. Elder Bednar said in October 2005 General Conference :"We are missionaries every day in our families, in our schools, in our places of employment, and in our communities. Regardless of our age, experience, or station in life, we are all missionaries." let us be missionaries EVERYDAY ! Elder Bednars talk made me think of WHY i am a missionary .. this is why ..
1 Nephi 8:10-1210
"And it came to pass that I beheld a tree, whose fruit was desirable to make one happy. And it came to pass that I did go forth and partake of the fruit thereof; and I beheld that it was most sweet, above all that I ever before tasted. Yea, and I beheld that the fruit thereof was white, to exceed all the whiteness that I had ever seen. And as I partook of the fruit thereof it filled my soul with exceedingly great joy; wherefore, I began to be desirous that my family should partake of it also; for I knew that it was desirable above all other fruit."
i am SO grateful to have this opprotunity to be a full time missionary and spend every hour of everyday dedicated to the Lord .. it has been and continues to be the best experience i have gone through.

THANK YOU for your support and love !
i LOVE LOVE you !
sister warner

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