February 02, 2009

life changing .. [02.02.09]

THE BOOK OF MORMON CHANGES LIVES. i know this because it has changed my life. i understand and know more about the atonement. i feel my Heavenly Fathers love for me so strong. life is clearer as i read and ponder the teachings of The Book of Mormon.

The Book of Mormon Introduction says :
"We invite all men everywhere to read the Book of Mormon, to ponder in their hearts the message it contains, and then to ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ if the book is true. Those who pursue this course and ask in faith will gain a testimony of its truth and divinity by the power of the Holy Ghost. (See Moroni 10: 3-5.) Those who gain this divine witness from the Holy Spirit will also come to know by the same power that Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world, that Joseph Smith is his revelator and prophet in these last days, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Lord's kingdom once again established on the earth, preparatory to the second coming of the Messiah."

as i have invited people here in GB to read this special book i have seen it change their lives. their journeys in coming to know the truthfulness of The Book of Mormon is amazing. to see the light of Christ radiate through them as their testimony grows and their faith is strengthened is an amazing blessing and opportunity for me. i wouldn't trade going through this journey of helping others find everlasting happiness and in the process have my testimony strengthened each day for anything in the world. I LOVE WISCONSIN.

the forecaster said this week, "good news in Green Bay, temperatures will be WARMING up to ABOUT FREEZING !" the past 2 days have been about 32degrees WHICH IS 70degrees warmer then 2 weeks ago when it was -40 ! i never thought i would say 32degrees felt warm !

we had an INTENSE PDAY VOLLEYBALL game last week ! team warner and team black are pretty competitive ! i think it was a tie last week but today TEAM WARNER will win !

we had NOCHE DE HOGAR [fhe] with IRIS & FARRAH last monday night .. we talked on the family proclamation and it was really good. afterward i had a wonderful conversation with just farrah and i about the BofM and how it can change her life. she has been coming to YW's every week and the spanish branch plays volleyball every thursday eve and she also comes to that ! iris and farrah are in LA this whole week for a little vacay and for some business BUT i told them to DEF go to IN-N-OUT and PASADENA and of course MONROVIA ! [marmie .. i gave them our address so they could go visit you for me ! ]

s.black and i had a special experience on tuesday 01.27.09 .. we spend most of our day on tuesdays at UWGB .. there is Soup 4 the Soul and Institute and we try and do a lot of campus work that day SO .. s.black and i prayed that we would would be able to find 1 new investigator that day at UWGB .. right before we walked into the EC that night i looked at s.black and said, "we are going to find 1 new investigator here, do you have faith we will ?" of course my baby girl blacks faith is SO strong and THE LORD BLESSED US .. not only with 1 new investigator BUT 2 ! RACHEL & SARAH are amazing ! we gave them both a copy of The Book of Mormon and they loved the message we shared with them. the Lord truly answered our prayers b.c. of our faith in Him. it was such a blessing and amazing experience for s.black and i.

we had a wonderful time at WOMENS VOLLEYBALL ! s.black and i talked to JONI and BONNIE a lot about the gospel and The Book of Mormon. they were both interested in what we had to say. it is amazing to be used as an instrument in the Lords hands.
the YW New Beginnings was this week .. CORRY & FARRAH & NIKKI came ! the spirit that abounds in the youth is amazing .. they shared their testimonies and talents and it was beautiful. sweet corry got up and bore her testimony on the gospel of Jesus Christ and how her life has changed. she is such and example to me ! HEATHER MILLETT is the Laurels President and a Ward Missionary and comes out with us a lot. she said at YW's one of the best examples to her was the SISTER MISSIONARIES .. my heart was full of love for that girl .. i am so grateful i can be here !

another amazing experience with HEATHER MILLETT is back in December i challenged her to ask her friend JEFF to take the lessons from the missionaries. JEFF is SO prepared .. he has come to a lot of youth activities and different broadcasts and he has felt the spirit SO strong. so my sweet heather millett took on my challenge and jeff said he would think about it .. holidays came and went .. he was still thinking .. 2 weeks ago heather told me, "jeff said he would take the lessons .. BEFORE he went to college .." which is some time away .. BUT yesterday she said jeff decided he wants to take the lessons NOW ! a meeting is in the works ! heather millett is such an example to me .. i told her if i was 17yr and a missionary asked me to ask my BF to take the lessons i prob would of said no .. i would have been too scared BUT my heather millett is amazing and did it and is seeing blessings ! she also told me one snowy night while she was out with us "i am walking in your footsteps" I LOVE THAT GIRL !

we had dinner with the DEAN FAMILY .. they are amazing .. brother dean is the 2nd counselor in the bishopric here in the gb 1st ward ! SARA DEAN and our little VANESSA are the same age and love playing together. we had a lesson with VANESSA at the dean home on friday night .. we talked about Jesus Christ and the many miracles he preformed .. she enjoyed the lesson and her time with the dean family !

i was able to use the talents i have been given this week ! i took family photographs for the MILLER FAMILY .. they have the cutest 3year old IDENTICAL twins EVER ! they were SO fun to photograph and they love to throw footballs and play !

we are also matchmakers here on the mission .. we got the STRUCKS hooked up with the MILLERS and they took us out to lunch to the TEXAS ROADHOUSE .. it was so good and it was funny to see BART MILLER and SAM STRUCK ask each other for their phone numbers ! oh the friends we make !

we stopped by CORRY's house on saturday to drop off a pictures of the Savior and the Chicago Temple a member in the ward wanted her to have, she was not home b.c. she was with the youth on an outing in the UP and her mom, NARRI came to the door and just asked very calmly, "i thought corry was with you !" we quickly explained she was with the church just not us missionaries ! it was funny but we were able to have a good talk with her about corrys baptism and her experience !

we also got to see YASMIN and MICKEY [yasmins bf] .. yasmin has been really sick and we gave here some herbal tea and taught mickey about the restoration ! mickey came to church and enjoyed being there .. we are gonna teach him more this week and have corry teach yasmin and him as well !

SUNDAY 02.01.09 was the BEST DAY EVER ! s. black and i DIVIDED AND CONQUERED ! she went up to STURGEON BAY with heather millett and i stayed in GREEN BAY with jrib !

so many people came to church in the GB !

VANESSA and MICKEY came and loved it. our quiet nessa answered a question in primary. mickey enjoyed hearing peoples testimonies and President Biolo introduced him to everyone in the ward !

HEDEI is the ZL's investigator that s.black and i taught once ! she bore her testimony on the power in the priesthood and coming to the knowledge that the BofM is true. she is getting BAPTIZED FEBRUARY 14th !

it was amazing to see the RIBBENS all at church .. jrib was very happy and i def loved seeing them all there !

i def missed mi hermana black for the day so it was nice getting to come back and share all our experiences of the day together !

s.black had a wonderful time in SB. we got a referral for a PHILOMENA who was just baptized 3 weeks ago in ALASKA and now she lives in SB ! she is 16 and is coming to school out here in wisconsin .. s.black met her at church and we are going to be working for her a lot. she is such a blessing to the SB Branch !

the work is flourishing here in GB and SB. there is so much going on.

.UWGB. UWGB. UWGB. UWGB. UWGB. this is a huge week of promoting ! MORMON MYTHBUSTERS is on 02.10.09 ! we are so excited for this event. we are having a panel answer any questions the students have on the Mormon Faith ! i also love when students recognize us on campus and say hi to us ! its amazing what is going forth on the UWGB campus !
the Lord is blessing us. life is amazing. i couldn't be happier. i know i was supposed to be here in WISCONSIN ! i know i said for the longest time "WISCONSIN IS SO RANDOM" but just like my papa told me on May 8th, 2008 when i received my mission call to the WISCONSIN MILWAUKEE MISSION, "its not random, its inspired." i truly believe and know that i was called by a prophet of the Lord, Thomas S. Monson, to serve as Heavenly Fathers instrument in the WMM.

sister warner

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY LITTLE BROTHER .. MONTE SOLOMON MEMMOTT JR. i can not believe you are 7 years old ! i miss you sol and love you and hope you have an amazing day !

also HAPPY GROUNDHOGS DAY ! my papas FAV holiday ! [or maybe is it labor day b.c. of RIBFEST ??]

1 comment:

  1. melanie! looks like your having a great time on your mission. You look beautiful and glowing! Keep up the hard work.