September 28, 2009

THE RESTORATION ! [09.08.09]

THE RESTORATION ! all thoughts .. conversations .. teaching opprotunities this week turned to the restoration.

on sunday morning i was questioning why a restoration was so important. i said a prayer before reading The Book of Mormon and that question was on my heart .. we had some time before our meetings at church and i decided to just read from my personal reading .. this was where i started reading ..

2 Nephi 9:1-3
"And now, my beloved brethren, I have read these things that ye might know concerning the covenants of the Lord that he has covenanted with all the house of Israel— "
"That he has spoken unto the Jews, by the mouth of his holy prophets, even from the beginning down, from generation to generation, until the time comes that they shall be restored to the true church and fold of God; when they shall be gathered home to the lands of their inheritance, and shall be established in all their lands of promise."
"Behold, my beloved brethren, I speak unto you these things that ye may rejoice, and lift up your heads forever, because of the blessings which the Lord God shall bestow upon your children."

my simple but important question was answered in these 3 verses. the true church of God and His Son Jesus Christ would be RESTORED to the earth AND IT IS ! we have a living prophet on the earth today, Thomas S. Monson, the FULNESS of the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored through the prophet Joseph Smith, Heavenly Fathers children are being gathered back to His fold. I KNOW THIS TO BE TRUE BECAUSE I HAVE FELT THE BLESSING OF THE RESTORED OF THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST IN MY LIFE.

i love sharing this message. i am so grateful the elders came to our home and shared this message with you Laura and Heather and of course me ! b.c. of that message you Marmie came back to church with us nad b.c. you came back to church we had the opprotunity to be SEALED as a family for ETERNITY. all these blessings go back to the blessing of the RESTORATION. it has changed my life and i have the beautiful opprotunity to see it here in WISCONSIN in action changing lives ! i love it.

this week was good ! it all def pointed to the restoration ! we are truly getting into the milwaukee area and working our hardest ! yesterday was Labor day so that is why today is email day ! i love hearing from you. it brightens my week and helps me continue going ! thank you.

both pdays [08.31 and 09.07] were fun ! we had a good volleyball game LAST pday and some good thrift shopping happened ! this pday we had a north vs. south zone football game but us sisters didnt get to play too much .. thanks elders ! its ok we got a volleyball and started playing with that ! i realized again why the Lord didnt send me somewhere HOT .. i felt so sick after being out in the heat all afternoon but i am now ok.

AMALIA is wonderful. she was my investigator in appleton and now goes to Marquette University in Milwaukee .. we went to MU on 09.01 and it is a Jesuit school but we got to talk to some cool people. our lesson with amalia was good .. she needs to pray specifically about Joseph Smith and then everything else will come !

SAMI MENTOR is such a fun 13 year old. we set a baptismal date with her for 09.12 [this coming saturday] as of right now its going through but her dad is not so happy with this decision of hers and now that its coming closer its getting harder for her and we need his consent .. we are working on that today .. BUT PLEASE KEEP SAMI AND THE MENTOR FAMILY IN YOUR PRAYERS .. she needs this and i know the whole mentor family will be blessed b.c. she will bring the Spirit with her full time into their home .. that will mean her and her mom will both have it [her mom has been a member for some time, kim was less active but has been so strong in the last months] and it will bless their family .. her dad and her older brother !

09.02.09 = SEPTEMBER 2nd .. the day i left the MTC and flew out to WISCONSIN 1 year ago ! it was so fun remembering that day and all the emotions that i felt and being here now. I LOVE THIS PLACE. we had a sweet experience that night .. we went out with Natalya, a YSA preparing for a mission, to go see some YSA and we couldnt find the house # to the persons house we were trying to see when a nice man told us it was the next house .. we tried the person we planned but he was not home SO we went to go talk to the other man and he let us right in ! FRANK was so cool .. his wife was not home but we talked of eternal families and the restored gospel .. we sang him, "i am a child of God" and said a prayer with him .. the spirit was beautiful ! he didnt give us a return appt but he did say we could stop by again so i feel like that was ! it was a miracle !

another miracle was on 09.03 when we were planning in the park .. we were sitting on a blanket and planning for the upcoming week when this lady walked by and she asked us if we were doing homework .. we told her no we were missionaries and she came to talk to us .. she invited us to dinner and we went the next day ! it was really good .. eye opening to sister earl b.c. she doesnt know anything really about other religions .. REBECCA is non denominatinal .. she invited us to her church this past sunday and we went .. she should be coming to the LDS Church this next week .. right now she is trying to convert us to her church which is interesting but when she feels the true spirit of the restoration she will understand the blessings that await her !

on saturday we were invited to SISTER HECKS BBQ ! it was so much fun ! we got to talk to ALL of her family. they loved us and we loved them. i love being around families .. we talked TONS about the restoration .. sister heck is the only mormon in her family and she is amazing ! she doesnt hesitate one bit when its about the gospel ! such a fun day !

sunday = 7 hours of church ! gotta love back to back meetings and wards BUT the coolest part was when i walked out of the Muskego Lakes Ward to go to a meeting IN WALKED MICHELLE MOORE[now ARREOLA] it was such a blessing ! we hugged and we in such shock ! she just moved to WI and just happened to go to the ward where i serve ! i remember going to YW stuff with Michelle there and then YSA Dances with her there too ! crazy how your worlds collide ! i loved it !

as for this week lots of goodness planned like always ! SAMIS BAPTISM !

i love this gospel. i love serving.

sister warner

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