May 26, 2009

believe .. [05.26.09]

Alma 32:16
"Therefore, blessed are they who humble themselves without being compelled to be humble; or rather, in other words, blessed is he that believeth in the word of God, and is baptized without stubbornness of heart, yea, without being brought to know the word, or even compelled to know, before they will believe."

this is our theme of the week ..

with Zone Conference and with our missionary work in general !

[sorry no email yesterday .. memorial day !]

today is going to be short .. REAL SHORT .. sorry ! [or you might like it b.c i know i can TALK/WRITE A LOT SOMETIMES !

zone conf was AMAZING .. like always ! we learned A LOT about how to use the church building to teach and how to interacte more with our investigators to help them learn for themselves !

we had many blessings this week ..

one in particular was ALEX RECEIVED THE ARONIC PRIESTHOOD ! it was amazing !

we are going to the Chicago Temple this weekend to take all our recent convert YSA ! I AM SO EXCITED !

i know this gospel is true and its complete fulness is found here. it is truly amazing the way it changes lives.

sister warner

May 18, 2009

this is my joy .. [05.18.09]

Alma 26:11-12, 16

"But Ammon said unto him: I do not boast in my own strength, nor in my own wisdom; but behold, my joy is full, yea, my heart is brim with joy, and I will rejoice in my God."

"Yea, I know that I am nothing; as to my strength I am weak; therefore I will not boast of myself, but I will boast of my God, for in his strength I can do all things; yea, behold, many mighty miracles we have wrought in this land, for which we will praise his name forever."

"Therefore, let us glory, yea, we will glory in the Lord; yea, we will rejoice, for our joy is full; yea, we will praise our God forever. Behold, who can glory too much in the Lord? Yea, who can say too much of his great power, and of his mercy, and of his long-suffering towards the children of men? Behold, I say unto you, I cannot say the smallest part which I feel."

Alma 26:35, 37

"Now have we not reason to rejoice? Yea, I say unto you, there never were men that had so great reason to rejoice as we, since the world began; yea, and my joy is carried away, even unto boasting in my God; for he has all power, all wisdom, and all understanding; he comprehendeth all things, and he is a merciful Being, even unto salvation, to those who will repent and believe on his name."

"Now my brethren, we see that God is mindful of every people, whatsoever land they may be in; yea, he numbereth his people, and his bowels of mercy are over all the earth. Now this is my joy, and my great thanksgiving; yea, and I will give thanks unto my God forever. Amen."

i feel just as Ammon did !

my joy is full and i have many reasons to rejoice ! i know it is only by the strength of God that i can be His instrument. i continue to see many mighty miracles in this land of Wisconsin. the Lord brings salvation unto His children when they repent and believe on His name. i have witnessed this great miracle just this weekend. Heavenly Father IS mindful of ALL His children, wherever they are ! i am SO thankful i get to see His love to His children here in Wisconsin !

ALEX JAMES PINGEL entered the waters of baptism on May 16, 2009 and he received the Gift of the Holy Ghost on May 17, 2009. IT WAS AMAZING ! he could NOT stop smiling. his faith has increased day by day and His love of the Book of Mormon is insane ! i have never met anyone quite like Alex. he taught with us right after his baptism and he is an AMAZING missionary. i am so grateful i have been able to meet him and see his journey onto the straight and narrow path back to our Heavenly Father. he knows it doesn't stop here at baptism .. he is excited for this path he has chosen .. whenever he prays he thanks Heavenly Father for this 'second chance' he has been given. His sister Brandie has and is an amazing example to him of the blessings the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ brings to our lives.

IT IS AMAZING ! i am so blessed to be a missionary and especially to be here in WISCONSIN ! it is beautiful here. i love it !

this week was SO full of the spirit and the Lord truly blessed us .. he does every moment of everyday ! i love finding the MIRACLE OF THE DAY !

i loved this last week ..

* PDAY & FHE was so fun ! we played a little baseball with the elders .. baseball is not my strong point but it was still fun ! FHE = making a game out of foam swords and a dodge ball .. it was intense ! i gave the lesson on last minute notice and i am so grateful for the Spirits guiding influence to have of say what needs to be said at the very moment it needs to be said ..

* teaching ALEX about the importance of the TEMPLE .. i love the temple so much and he is excited to get to go !

* taking a walk to the church building to plan ideas for the YSA and to street contact .. we met a couple people along the way and it was wonderful to bear testimony to them and invite them to learn more ! i also LOVE walking ! Appleton = beautiful !

* TRANSFERS ! s. v.johnson and i are staying in the Winnebago YSA Branch and Appleton 2nd Ward ! i love her and i love this area ! i know i was supposed to be here just like i felt when i was in Green Bay !

* VOLLEYBALL ! it is by far my new fav sport .. FOR SURE ! the YSA that come are so fun and make it amazing. s.v.johnson taught us how you can relate any verse of scripture to your daily life. it was amazing !

* SATURDAY MAY 16, 2009 = SO FULL OF THE SPIRIT ! the spirit at alex's baptism was AMAZING. everything was so beautiful. i cant express enough the joy alex had on his face and in his heart !

* alex teaching jeremiah james and dan franz about the book of mormon and coming to the knowledge of the truth fullness of this gospel ! IT WAS GREAT !

* WINNEBAGO YSA ROCKS ! alex's confirmation was preformed by President Miller and it was beautiful. specifically for alex !

* working with the appleton 2nd is so fun ! THE TWINS .. slyvia and selina came to church and we went to their house last night and they finally LIKE the girl missionaries ! haha it was an awkward missionary transition and they are 13 so it took them a bit longer to warm up to us ! they are amazing though !

* we also taught a YW's boyfriend from the APL 2nd .. LAZ = way down !

* 3 elders are extending their missions by 3 weeks .. e.jolley, e.tryon and e. oldham ! they are going around interviewing RECENT CONVERTS and their testimonies ! they interviewed our MISSY BLOOM and ALEX PINGEL .. they ROCK !


because we have ZONE CONFERENCE. i heart zc.

i heart all my family and friends back home supporting me and loving me as i am here in wisconsin. THANK YOU.

this gospel is true. the Lord loves each of us individually and knows each one of us. it is amazing.

sister warner

May 11, 2009

i do not doubt my mother knew it .. [05.11.09]

Alma 56:47-48
"Now they never had fought, yet they did not fear death; and they did think more upon the liberty of their fathers than they did upon their lives; yea, they had been taught by their mothers, that if they did not doubt, God would deliver them.
"And they rehearsed unto me the words of their mothers, saying: We do not doubt our mothers knew it."

Alma 57 :21
"Yea, and they did obey and observe to perform every word of command with exactness; yea, and even according to their faith it was done unto them; and I did remember the words which they said unto me that their mothers had taught them."

HAPPY MOTHERS DAY .. yesterday !

it was an amazing day for me ! talking to MY MARMIE and SARAI !

MARMIE .. you are such a great example to me in my life and i wouldn't be who i am now without you. thank you.

SARAI .. thank you for your dedication to the YW and never giving up on us. you have taught me so much.

i have been blessed with amazing examples of women in my life. the women i know have survived many trials and have put their FAITH and TRUST IN HEAVENLY FATHER. from their example i have learned to give everything to my Heavenly Father. I DO NOT DOUBT THAT MY MOTHER AND THE WOMEN I KNOW KNEW IT .. THAT GOD WOULD DELIVER THEM AND BLESS THEM !

this last week was beautiful .. not just the GREEN of Wisconsin BUT the smiles and cheerful hearts of the Wisconsinites !

* Monday FHE we reenacted Book of Mormon battle stories with our home made [foam] swords ! of course mine said "LA" on it ! it was a good lesson about preparation and standing strong !

* Oshkosh Institute is so good ! Alex and our new investigator Matt came ! the class is called "the power of the word" and Brother Hale is an excellent teacher !

* ALEX PINGELS baptismal interview went AMAZING ! that guy is SO solid .. he continues to amaze me ! his baptism will be this Saturday MAY 16, 2009 @ 3p in Neenah ! we and he couldn't be more excited !

* GOING TO YW/YM for the Appleton 2nd ward ! i love the youth program ! they are so amazing ! almost EVERYONE of those youth brought a friend with them ! its fun serving in a family ward as well !

* teaching ADAM .. another new investigator .. he is friends with Jenna Benyo .. one of our YSA who is off track at BYUi right now .. we taught him about the restoration and the spirit was SO strong ! every time i teach the restoration the spirit floods the room .. the restoration is KEY to everything we believe and know to be true. know the proper authority was RESTORED or brought back new to the earth is an amazing blessing and THE BOOK OF MORMON is EVIDENCE of the truth of the restoration !

* BYU DANCE COMPANY came to APPLETON, WISCONSIN ! the missionaries were at the show to help pass out programs and seat people ! it was SO fun .. the dancing was WAY good AND one of the BYU dancers happened to be my s. blacks roommate back in provo ! we talked for a bit about how amazing s. black is and it was so good !

* YSA VOLLEYBALL = always amazing ! we have so much fun .. s. johnson has continued the tradition of getting hit in the face by the volleyball .. the poor girl .. she wears glasses too .. we are trying to stop the tradition so we will have to see how it goes this next week :) after playing we talked about ..
2 nephi 2:25
"Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy."
our Heavenly Father sent us here to have joy and some ways our YSA said to have joy our :
go to church, read, pray, ponder, good friends, see the positive, and rely on the Lord. those primary answers are the most crucial and basic for us to have joy in this life !

* the twins = SELINA and SLYVIA .. they are 13 and we are working with them in the APL 2 .. they are very fun girls, very strong willed and need the gospel .. we all made our own title of liberty like captain moroni !

* i love the sabbath day ! its so nice to renew our covenants and receive spiritual strength to go on in the week ! i love the YSA branch ! its still small but yet its strong !

* DINNER AT THE BOYLES ! they are half Hawaiian and half white ! they are in the oshkosh ward and they are SO AMAZING ! we had a wonderful dinner with their family and the oshkosh elders ! they also gave us an amazing show of ukuleles and hula ! it DEF brought me back to the good times at BYUh for me ! oh how i miss Hawaii !
we have lots to look forward to this week .. ESPECIALLY ALEX'S BAPTISM !

i thank everyone for their support and love to me. i appreciate it SO MUCH.

have a beautiful week ! [we got to go take our car to the shop now and play an intense game of baseball for e.fergusons bday !]

sister warner

May 04, 2009

the word of God .. [05.04.09]

Alma 31:5

"And now, as the preaching of the word had a great tendency to lead the people to do that which was just—yea, it had had more powerful effect upon the minds of the people than the sword, or anything else, which had happened unto them—therefore Alma thought it was expedient that they should try the virtue of the word of God."

i have seen the word of God move Wisconsinites to change and grow in the gospel of Jesus Christ. it is beautiful. this gospel is true. the Book Of Mormom is true scripture that leads us to do that which is good and just. the fulness of the gospel that is contained in that ancient record brings everlasting happiness. i know thses truths for myself and it still continues to amaze me when we share these principles and doctrine and challenge others to KNOW for THEMSELVES and it changes their lives.

our week was full of miracles because of the word of God !

one in particular was ALEX PINGEL ! that guy = amazing all the time ! we taught him on 04.28 about the Word of Wisdom and what it prohibits and he had a question about wine and we told him no to wine and he said "okay ! ill do it !" we taught him again on 04.30 about the Priesthood and the spirit was SO STRONG. we had Becky and Burke Anderson [brother and sister] there and it was just beautiful. Burke was exactly who we needed to teach him about the Priesthood and the sacred responsability it is .. Alex said a couple times during the lesson, "i have goosebumps" the spirit was teaching him within his soul and he felt it and loved it. we also taught him the law of tithing and before we could even finish the lesson he asked if he could pay his tithe .. RIGHT THEN AND THERE ! it was amazing. he came to church on sunday .. he was even FASTING .. which he had told me 2 weeks prior to yesterday that he could never do that ! he paid his tithe and fast offering to President Miller and his eyes were glowing with the light of christ. Alex is amazing ! that is all i can say !

another cool thing that happened it my SISTER V. JOHNSON got her HMONG NAME ! she was named by pang kou yang's mom and it was crazy ! sister v. johnsons hmong name = PAJ DAWB = WHITE FLOWER ! the reason why this is crazy is b.c. that is my 1st daughters hmong name ! sister black has the same hmong name and was named when i was with her ! crazy ! both my daughters are PAJ DAWB ! i love it !

the other big news of the week is we are now part of a family ward ! we are still in the WINNEBAGO YSA BRANCH but we are now also part of the APPLETON 2nd WARD ! we live with the bishop of that ward .. THIELS .. they are amazing ! we will be working a lot with the the YW and RELIEF SOCIETY of the APL 2nd ! we had our 1st sunday there yesterday and they welcomed us with open arms ! thank you President Barrett for being inspired !

i love you all. i am SO excited to talk to my family next week ! sorry this isnt much detailed of the week but we had a late start today ! one other news i heard and want to say CONGRATULATIONS to is HEATHER KATHLEEN WARNER GOT ENGAGED TO BRADEN HATCH ! i love you sister and soon to be brother in law ! congrats !

i love the words to this HYMN #263 GO FORTH WITH FAITH .. this is my motto !

Go forth with faith to tell the world
Of Jesus Christ, the Lord.
Bear witness he is God’s own Son;
Proclaim his wondrous word.
Go forth with hope and courage strong
To spread the word abroad
That people of all nations
Are children of our God.

Go forth with love to tell the world
The joy of families—
That we may be with those we love
Thru all eternity.
Go forth to serve and do your best
With no thought of reward;
Then you shall know the boundless joy
Of serving Christ, the Lord.

Go forth with pow’r to tell the world
The gospel is restored,
That all may gain eternal life
Thru Jesus Christ, the Lord.
Go forth to preach his glorious truths
Of peace, of joy, and love,
That all who heed his holy word
May praise the Lord above.

sister warner