July 27, 2009

it can be done ! [07.27.09]


BLESSINGS UPON BLESSINGS ! the restored gospel is true !

1 Nephi 17:50-51
"And I said unto them: If God had commanded me to do all things I could do them. If he should command me that I should say unto this water, be thou earth, it should be earth; and if I should say it, it would be done."
"And now, if the Lord has such great power, and has wrought so many miracles among the children of men, how is it that he cannot instruct me, that I should build a ship?"

we see miracles each and everyday .. i know i say that A LOT but it is TRUE ! i couldnt be happier .. lives are being changed daily and mine is as well .. daily !

MONDAY = FHE BBQ/BONFIRE FAREWELL TO OUR MISSY ! she is moving out to utah for school and work [ this week :( ] and i will miss her so much ! she is spritutally grounded in the gospel and it is amazing ! the Lord has told her He needs her out west right now AND i got her hooked up with my BFFL JOSE ROMO JR and i know he will show her the ropes ! also it was a night for such a good turnout of our YSA .. lots of friends were brought and lots of gospel centered discussions were taught !

TUESDAY = service to those we love. we didnt have any teaching appts but we did go and show our love to LEXIE WRIGHT and her family by helping move around their furniture [i LOVE the Wright family .. they are adopting me into their family .. Lexie goes to BYUH and makes me miss Hawaii every time we talk .. she is wonderful and SO funny ! ] and also a recent convert DAN FRANZ called so we could teach him .. strengthen where we serve !

WEDNESDAY = SISTERS CONFERENCE ! such a good time .. my sister johnson is such a solid and bold teacher .. i love her and learn so much from her .. i love teaching together .. its been amazing to be with her for almost 3 whole transfers .. ive been able to watch her grow beautifully in missionary work ! we taught about CREATIVE FINDING .. tracting vs. member referrals and it was good .. from day one with my MAMA HOOD i was taught that when you work with the members of the church your results and influence are far more reaching .. b.c. of her training i have been blessed with amazing opprotuntities to find the Lords prepared through working with the members of the church ! i love you my hai hai hood ! i love this work ! [ i def love the WMM .. there is NO doubt about that !

THURSDAY = lots of weekly planning ! planning i continue to see is essential in the work of the Lord. good thing i dont mind it too much .. sister j and i are gonna plan at the park we live by this week :) after planning we went to see BETH ROE ! oh how i love beth ! she just became active again and we were teaching her about the importance of prayer .. she is amazing and SO FUNNY ! across the street from beths house is a family who sister j and i tracted into when sister j first got here .. we decided to go sing to them .."i am a child of God" .. at first NICOLE seemed apprehensive and we told her we wanted to sing .. she went in and got her daughter .. as soon as we started singing the spirit surrounded us on the porch .. it was amazing .. small miracles !

FRIDAY = PIONEER DAY ! i love the pioneers .. i dont think i am related to any who crossed the plains but i am sure thankful for all they did to pave the way for us now ! in honor we had a PIONEER PAINT BALLOON WAR ! we filled up water balloons with paint and water and just went after each other .. then REIDYNN one of our ysa decided to involve the pond mud and throw it at everyone .. needless to say we taught about pioneers and the fun they had while crossing the plains !!!

SATURDAY = help missy move out of her apt ! i thought i had A LOT of stuff when i moved out of my apt before the mish but i was wrong ! it was a fun time .. her sister was there so we got to talk to her about the gospel ! our BML [branch mission leader] made us fajitas for dinner .. so yum .. thank you ben slade !

SUNDAY = lots of church goodness. i truly love the YSA Branch and know the Lord needed me there ! also i love APL 2nd .. we taught primary there about MISSIONARY WORK ! it was so fun .. then sister j and i made LANAE [our old roommate/mother figure] and AMANDA [our investigator] DINNER ! it was so good. we watched THE TESTAMENTS ! i love that movie .. sister j not so much .. haha ! it was wonderful !

the weeks go by WAY too fast ! today will be fun .. RANDALL IS TAKING US TO GO MILK A COW .. my mission dream besides preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ !

this work is amazing. i am so grateful to all of my warner and memmott family .. the monrovia ward and all my friends who make it possible for me to be the Lords full time representative ! THANK YOU ! I LOVE YOU !

I LOVE YOU.
sister warner

July 20, 2009

all through the Lord .. [07.20.09]


the adventures never cease when you are with sister warner and sister johnson working with the Winnebago YSA Branch ! [ especially the fact that i can still get lost WITH a GPS .. thank you mark ! but hey its me so it is possible ! story to come .. ]

1 Nephi 15:11
"Do ye not remember the things which the Lord hath said?—If ye will not harden your hearts, and ask me in faith, believing that ye shall receive, with diligence in keeping my commandments, surely these things shall be made known unto you."

all things are possible through the Lord .. FAITH .. HOPE .. DILIGENCE .. those are just some of the keys .. through those all thing will be made know unto us and all things are possible. i know it. i have seen it. miracles happen each and every day. we just need to take the time to recognize what that little miracle of the day is .. that has been our week .. little miracles each and every day to keep us going and teaching the Lords children in WISCONSIN !

i truly love this work. there is no greater calling then to be a representative of Jesus Christ. we can all be His representatives each and every day .. i see that everywhere with the Saints here in the Midwest .. they truly "stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places..." [Mosiah 18:9]. it is remarkable ! small but strong ! i love being a part of it all and seeing it go forward each and everyday !

* Mike Grant is the best ! he has recently come back into activity and is just stellar ! its so great ! he made us sisters and a couple other YSA dinner before FHE !!! how great is that ! we also got to talk to his roommate Z [zokoye] for a bit and that is always good ! FHE is always fun ! elders crane and horrocks gave a great lesson on SERVICE !

* FAMILY HISTORY LIBRARY ! i have such a great desire to do mine when i get home .. [MARMIE WE ARE DOING IT !] we took SHARI there ! SHARI is the new volunteer coordinator at St. Joes Food Program where we do service at ! we have built such a good relationship with her .. she is awesome ! she loves family history and we got her started it was SO good !

* FOX VALLEY TECH ! this is the tech college in appleton and a couple of our YSA go there .. we got the impression we needed to go there and see if we could work out getting LDSSA set up there .. we go we walk around and talk to the student life and as we are leaving we see GEORGINA .. she works at the photo lab at wal mart so we have seen her on PDAY .. she is from PERU and she speaks amazing english ! she wanted our # so we can tell her of activites and things going on ! THE LORD BLESSES US !

* we miss our LANAE .. she lived with us at the Thiels and we def miss having her around us all the time .. so we had a date with her this last week to HUHOT .. mongolian bbq and SO good ! she also brought ALEX who is 14 and doesnt believe in God .. we had a good discussion with him on how God is real .. i think he opened up a little bit .. we shall see.

* UWO is gonna happen ! the Lord is really lookin out for us on this one ! FAITH IS ESSENTIAL ! we went and talked to some students on thursday just chillin around campus and we had a really good discussion with SARAH and she wants us to come back ! OF COURSE ! we are so excited ! UWO needs the LDSSA on campus for sure !

* MATT came back from COSTA RICO and CALLED US ! it was sweet ! he is moving to Minnesota in 2 weeks though .. but he still loves the Mormons .. we are making an impact even if we dont always realize it !

* FRIDAY GIRLS NIGHT ! the RS wanted to have a sleepover and girls night .. sister j and i showed up for the movie .. EMMA SMITH but had to leave before it was over .. it was so good ! i love being a girl and a sister missionary !


* SATURDAY = LOTS OF DRIVING AND FUN !
1st .. LAUREE ENTERED THE WATERS OF BAPTISM ! she is going to UWO in the fall and is our in for sure .. she is the RHODES friend in oshkosh .. the oshkosh elders taught her but she is going to be a part of the branch and a great asset to the LDS Church ! she is solid ! her baptism was beautiful ! she is beautiful !

2nd .. APPLETON STAKE PIONEER DAY PICNIC ! we missed out on most of the fun b.c. we had some meetings to attend after the baptism but it was in the city of FOND DU LAC [which means .. foot of the lake .. LAKE WINNEBAGO THAT IS] but i still love pioneers.

3rd .. YSA SHEBOYGAN BEACH PARTY ! so this is where the story comes .. LOOK AT A WISCONSIN MAP WHEN READING ! LAKE WINNEBAGO is a big lake .. on the upper west side of the lake is appleton ..then you hit oshkosh .. then bottom of the lake is fond du lac .. to the east of fond du lac is LAKE MICHIGAN .. sheboygan is on lake michigan .. so now you have that .. we went down to these events from oshkosh with christina [one of our ysa] and she is the driver .. sister warner .. navigator with a gps [bad idea] .. the beach party was fun .. we played HARRY POTTER CLUE in accent in honor of the movie and we got rained on and it was time to go home .. so we go and WE GET LOST FOR OVER AN HOUR b.c. of me .. haha we went ALL THE WAY UP AND AROUND THE LAKE .. so we hit MANITOWOC and i realized we went the TOTALLY wrong way ! but all in all it was a good time and christina still loves me ! we did realize HOW BEAUTIFUL WISCONSIN IS ! so that was a blessing .. and know i can say i have seen all sides of LAKE WINNEBAGO ! go sister warner !

so all in all the week was good .. i love missionary work .. this week is gonna be amazing .. one highlight is SISTERS CONFERENCE ! all 11 of us sisters get to teach each other and be with each other for a morning/afternoon ! I LOVE THE WMM !

I LOVE YOU !
sister warner



July 13, 2009

THE FIELD DEF IS WHITE ! [07.13.09]


there is SO much work to be done yet in WISCONSIN ! the field def is white and ready to harvest !

Doctrine and Covenants 4:4
"For behold the field is white already to harvest; and lo, he that thrusteth in his sickle with his might, the same layeth up in store that he perisheth not, but bringeth salvation to his soul"

Alma 26:4-8
"Behold, thousands of them do rejoice, and have been brought into the fold of God."
"Behold, the field was ripe, and blessed are ye, for ye did thrust in the sickle, and did reap with your might, yea, all the day long did ye labor; and behold the number of your sheaves! And they shall be gathered into the garners, that they are not wasted."
"Yea, they shall not be beaten down by the storm at the last day; yea, neither shall they be harrowed up by the whirlwinds; but when the storm cometh they shall be gathered together in their place, that the storm cannot penetrate to them; yea, neither shall they be driven with fierce winds whithersoever the enemy listeth to carry them."
"But behold, they are in the hands of the Lord of the harvest, and they are his; and he will raise them up at the last day."
"Blessed be the name of our God; let us sing to his praise, yea, let us give thanks to his holy name, for he doth work righteousness forever."

we had a wonderful week full of teaching the word of God ! the experiences are amazing .. feeling the spirit so strong is beautiful .. i truly love this work !

* FHE = lots of YSA running around ! we had a lesson centered on FREEDOM .. anything we were grateful for about freedom ! i know i am grateful to have the freedom to worship my Heavenly Father as i may ! what a blessing !

* DISTRICT MEETING + INTERVIEWS with PRESIDENT BARRETT & SISTER BARRETT = THE BEST !
district meeting was full of good training from our DL e. dunn but i kept going in and out for interviews ! this was my first time having s.barrett come with pres.b for interviews and she interviewed us too ! i LOVED it ! pres.b strengthens my faith and energy each time i talk with him ! i love that man !

* YSA FIRESIDE .. key speakers = PRESIDENT & SISTER BARRETT ! wednesday night there was a special YSA fireside from the Barretts .. it was an open forum of Q&A and they had 3 YSA recent converts [alex, dan, jeremiah] bear their testimonies and it was amazing ! i love being a part of their lives and seeing their eyes light up with the restored gospel of Jesus Christ !


* FREE LEMONADE ! we tried a finding technique down by UWO .. we had a free lemonade stand ! it was fun ! we worked with the oshkosh elders and had some success ! some people yelled things at us .. some people actually wanted free lemonade .. and some people talked with us ! it was fun and now we know how and what to do to make it better !

* FRIDAY = lots of fun .. we were teaching all day basically ! lots of unplanned opprotunities came about for us to share the message of the restoration ! the Lord works miracles according to our faith .. thats for sure !


* SATURDAY = MOVING DAY ! in the morning we went to the Appleton Farmers Market .. SO COOL ! [reminds me of the monrov and our little farmers market there ! we also got honey sticks just to make it feel like back home for me :)] we talked to a flower lady who asked where we were from and she told us her niece and nephew were in utah trying to convert people to their church but it wasnt going so well ! after the market we PACKED AND PACKED ! we had a couple brethren from the APL 2nd Ward to come and help us move out to DARBOY [south appleton area] we got it done surprisingly fast .. the only prob was we didnt have BEDS ! haha the office elders came up from milwaukee to bring us 2 twin beds ! thank you OE's ! we got settled in our new room which is a little less spacious then our last but it works ! we still live with a member ! we live with ROSE THIEL .. the THIELS sister in law ! love family !

* SUNDAY = missionary time ! sister johnson and i planned a sweet combined sunday school lesson for all our YSA about MISSIONARY WORK ! the spirit was SO strong and they loved it ! motivation is key ! i also gave a talk on following the savior in sacrament .. its crazy how i do not get nervous anymore to stand up and talk in front of people ! its a huge improvement ! i love being a misisonary !

this week is gonna be good .. lots of work to look forward too ! I LOVE WISCONSIN .. SO MUCH !

I LOVE YOU !
sister warner

July 06, 2009

FREEDOM ! [07.06.09]

Ether 2:12
"Behold, this is a choice land, and whatsoever nation shall possess it shall be free from bondage, and from captivity, and from all other nations under heaven, if they will but serve the God of the land, who is Jesus Christ, who hath been manifested by the things which we have written."

WE ARE FREE ! what an amazing blessing it is for us to be in America where we are free from bondage and we can worship God and Jesus Christ ! what also is amazing is that The Book of Mormon testifies and prophesies of this freedom ! ITS AMAZING !
i love this work .. SO MUCH ! this week was FANTABULOUS and FREEING !

here is the goods :

* YSA FHE = the hot spot in town ! GB hosted this week .. it was at amy browns apt .. it was so much fun and Dan [RC] gave an amazing lesson on friendships and he asked sister j & i to teach with him .. solid ! WINNEBAGO YSA DEF REPPED IN THE GB ! [ also sister j and i went thrift shopping and found real treasures ! so much fun ! ]

* OSHKOSH INSTITUTE was amazing too ! bro. hale is the best teacher for those YSA ! we were able to teach CRAIG before institute about recognizing the spirit .. i LOVE hearing the YSA [i.e. missy and jenna that night] bear THEIR TESTIMONIES on HOW THEY RECOGNIZE THE SPIRIT ! its so powerful !

* tuesday & wednesday WISCONSIN dropped back down to 59 degrees ! WHAT ? last week that time it was over 90 degrees and the humidity was killer ! JULY 1st in WISCONSIN = JACKET WEATHER ?! its true !

* the MIRACLES OF THE DAY are amazing ! i love them ! on wednesday i got the sudden impression to go visit a YSA BETH .. she is a recent convert of 2 years and just came back to her home in the APL .. so i pulled over to her house as quick as i could and sister j was WAY confused and i just said "we need to visit beth" .. so we park and we say a prayer .. as we are getting out of the car HERE COMES BETH WALKING UP TO HER HOUSE ! our miracle of the day. THE LORD BLESSES US !

* i heart zone conference ! sister j and i drove with the oshkosh trio of elders down to west bend ! it was an AMAZING ZONE CONFERENCE ! i learn so much from Pres and Sister Barrett ! and also from all the missionaries ! it left me with a renewed amount of FAITH and DILIGENCE to go forth ! [sister j and i also WON THE CLEAN CAR AWARD ! go us sistas !]

* after ZC we went and put to test the training we received @ ZC .. we were bold with RYAN [the sisters before met him at the sprint store] and we told him the Lord sent us here to teach him .. he is now letting us teach him ! its great ! Pres B is so inspired !

* i love when our YSA get together and have bonfires and just want to be with eachother .. i also love when they call up us sisters and see if we want to be part of the fun ! CRAIG was there so of course we wanted in ! i love that they love us and even more that they love each other !

* FRIDAY NIGHT YSA GAME TIME ! [it use to be volleyball every friday night but we are switching it up a little !] we played some ALL AMERICAN FOOTBALL ! TEAM USA vs. TEAM BRITIAN ! it was a good good game ! I, SISTER WARNER SCORED 2 TOUCHDOWNS ! each time i caught the ball in the end zone i was SO shocked ! then craig taught me how to do a victory dance ! needless to say .. 1 i suprise myself all the time and 2 the YSA know how to have fun !

* FOURTH OF JULY = INDEPENDENCE ! this 4th was awesome ! there is nothing like being a missionary on holidays ! we spent the afternoon in ONEIDA NATION for their annual POW WOW ! it was amazing ! we even got to go and dance in it ! BEN ANTON - one of our YSA is part of ONEIDA NATION and he danced in it ! [video on my blog !] it was so FUN ! then that night we went to the CHRISTENSENS house .. the mother joined the church a little over 1 year ago [in the apl 2nd ward] and we teach her daughter AMANDA ! we played some volleyball at her house along with a BBQ and OF COURSE a fireworks show put on by BROCK [dad] ! it was so much fun ! i love that family !

* HOLIDAY WEEKEND CHURCH = STILL GOOD ! we thought EVERYONE would be out of town for the holiday but we still had a SOLID turnout at church ! it was beautiful !

another amazing week is for sure to happen ! the Lord truly is blessing this area .. its remarkable !

i love this gospel. i love america. i love freedom.

I LOVE YOU. always.
sister warner

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