August 24, 2009

sufficiently humbled .. [08.24.09]


with emails come news from President Barrett .. the Assistants [we work with them in the YSA Ward] hinted at some new changes yesterday BUT only kept saying "hypothetically" so that wasnt much help so i just brushed it off till i got the DL from President !

so the "hypothetically" is now REAL.


sister black and sister behrends will be going full time down to Racine/Kenosha to do english/spanish work AND ..

i am getting a NEW SISTER ! a visa waiting sister on her way to MADAGASCAR !

how crazy .. we will stay here in the Milwaukee Area and work the Muskego Lakes Ward and the Milwaukee 3rd YSA ! i am not sure any more details then that except she should be coming on Wednesday !

missions are crazy .. changes could happen all the time and they do ! i am sad that my baby girl black will not be with me anymore .. i just love serving with her so much .. we are BFF. seriously ! i am also gonna miss the sister behrends .. her crazy ways that bring us all so much laughter will be missed !

so with all of this news i am feeling SUFFIENTLY HUMBLED ..

i am still way new to the area and am SO GRATEFUL FOR MY GPS so that i dont get too lost [btw .. i kinda learned how to read a map the other day !]


Ether 12:27
"And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them."

i have FAITH that the Lord will strengthen me as i am obedient, humble and faithful .. He will show us through revelation how to work with the wards and get to know everyone and how to help Sister Madagascar feel the Spirit of missionary work in the field before she goes off to Madagascar ! its all so exciting and sad at the same time. I WILL DEF MISS MY TRIO NATION !

without them it just wont be the same BUT lets not think of that .. lets look at the miracles from the trio this last week !

* President and Sister Barrett giving us a referral ! i love serving around the mission home ! its wonderful ! Chandra is her name and we are gonna meet and teach her !

* CHAPEL LESSON TOURS ! they are amazing .. we had a training on them a couple ZC's ago and i was able to do A LOT of them in Appleton .. the spirit is so strong while you teach using the entire church building .. sister black and sister behrends havent done it so it was fun to be able to teach them and then do it with them ! we set it all up for MARK [the library guy !] but he cancelled .. havent heard from him since he called us later that monday night .. maybe he got finally understood what it meant to be a representative of Jesus Christ ! BUT we still did the CLT with Lauren Squires [a recent convert] and it was AMAZING ! the Spirit truly testifies of all things and it testified of the truthfulness of the restored gospel.

* we spent a day in RACINE ! it was so fun ! the sisters dont teach in Spanish yet BUT sister black is already so good at it ! i have been able to help her study a little but .. sister behrends is still workin on hers .. but now that they will be down there full time they will be able to be more engulfed in it all ! i am glad i am doing English .. sarai told me when i received my call to Wisconsin and English, "there are just some things you can express better in your native tongue." i believe that to be true .. the Lord knows me personally and He knows that i needed to speak English and work my WHOLE MISSION WITH YSA ! [there are so many sweet people in racine though ! i am glad i got a little tour of it !]

* another reason to live close to the mission home = sticky note it for President and Sister Barrett ! we did a little service project for them .. we cleaned the kitchen while they were up in the UP and put sticky notes every where .. it was fun !

* MEXICAN FIESTA ! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints loves GENEALOGY and so do I ! the LDS Church was invited to have a booth at the Mexican Fiesta and teach people about Family History ! it was a lot of fun and we were able to teach a lot of people about their family history ! i even got into my own ! i loved searching for my grandparents and finding out more about them ! it was like a treasure hunt ! it was also such a good opportunity for the LDS Church to be seen and get out of obscurity ! i love this gospel.

the adventures of SISTER WARNER & SISTER MADAGASCAR will be in full swing later this week ..

SHOUT OUT ! my lovely sister HEATHER KATHLEEN WARNER is getting MARRIED to BRADEN HATCH on FRIDAY, AUGUST 28, 2009 ! CONGRATULATIONS ! i am WAY jealous i will not be there to party it up in the AZ but look out for a little cardboard cutout of me ! i love my family ! you guys are truly the best. seriously.

oh btw .. we just talked to President Barrett on the phone and we ALL 3 get to go to the airport this wednesday [dont know yet when or really what is going on .. haha] to pick up the new sister ! how fun ! i love my mission !

P.S. oh and another thing .. you might laugh at this picture of me and my sisters in scarfs and coats in AUGUST but it was seriously SO COLD ! the Mexican Fiesta was on the Lakefront and the wind chill here is insane ! this summer has been a mildly cool one with a couple days here and there of pure heat and humidity BUT we were cold ! haha

on and that is BRITTANY KOZLOSKY ! we live with her .. i took some of her senior pics for her .. we love her ! I LOVE YOU ALL !

sister warner

August 17, 2009

the work goes forth .. [08.17.09]

nothing feels better then doing the work of the Lord ! seriously.

coming into a new area always puts me back to the basics of missionary work. i love getting to know more Wisconsinites and feel the strength of the saints here in this part of the Lords vineyard !


we are working hard in this TRIO that covers 4 units ! its crazy fun. key thing i've always known and am learning even greater is PLANNING ! especially in a trio .. we all 3 have ideas and getting them ALL on the same page is the fun part ! LOVE IT.

lots of highlights and special events this past week !

* UWM = university of wisconsin - milwaukee ! i am OBSESSED WITH UW's ! i continue to have the wonderful experience of working with college campus' ! we toured UWM this week so i could get familiar with my surroundings ! UWM is located close to the LAKEFRONT [lake michigan that is !] it is beautiful !

* BETH SCHWENKER = amazing ! she joined the church 6 months ago and we were able to have dinner with her and 10 other YSA from the milwaukee 3rd ward ! it was so fun. beths testimony is amazing ! she radiates the restored gospel of jesus christ ! also a YSA who is from this part of wisconsin attends BYU and sister black actually knew him in provo .. SPENCER TWILMEYER .. he is really funny and i started asking him about who he knows in provo and he knows all of the PROVO NATION that i know ! so shout out to PROVO NATION .. i miss you but i got some of you here in MILWAUKEE !

* WISCONSIN STATE FAIR = lots of cows, goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, etc .. ! we went to the state fair here in milwaukee and it was a lot of fun ! people saw our tags and asked tons of questions ! it was really fun ! also lots of good food !

* we live with the KOZLOSKYS in muskego [which is a suburb town of milwaukee area] and they are amazing ! i took brittney [oldest daughter] senior pictures ! it was really fun ! i love being able to use my degree on my mission ! i love mom and dad kozlosky and britt and becky are like our younger siblings ! its so fun !

* AUGUST 13th 2009 = 1 YEAR AS SISTER WARNER .. full time representative of Jesus Christ. i love wearing my tag that bears my name along side the Saviors .. its an amazing feeling .. i get excited to put it on every morning and remember the sacred call, trust and setting apart that i have. in celebration of my 1 year .. I BURNED PANTYHOSE ! it was great ! also i thought we had ZC that day but it was not true but even BETTER was we got to go to the CHICAGO TEMPLE ! the other 2 sisters had a recent convert go and so we went with ! Lauren Major from the YSA ward went with us too ! it was an amazing day. I LOVE THE TEMPLE. I LOVE BEING A MISSIONARY !

* ZC .. zone conference = SO GOOD ! it was on 08.14 ! it was with the MILWAUKEE NORTH & SOUTH ZONES. wonderful trainings were presented about the tools we need to continue to use as missionaries .. such as chapel lesson tours, using the book of mormon in everything and much much more ! our transfer scripture is pure gold !

Alma 26:20-22

"Oh, my soul, almost as it were, fleeth at the thought. Behold, he did not exercise his justice upon us, but in his great mercy hath brought us over that everlasting gulf of death and misery, even to the salvation of our souls."

"And now behold, my brethren, what natural man is there that knoweth these things? I say unto you, there is none that knoweth these things, save it be the penitent."

"Yea, he that repenteth and exerciseth faith, and bringeth forth good works, and prayeth continually without ceasing—unto such it is given to know the mysteries of God; yea, unto such it shall be given to reveal things which never have been revealed; yea, and it shall be given unto such to bring thousands of souls to repentance, even as it has been given unto us to bring these our brethren to repentance."

* VALERIE RISSE was baptized in the Milwaukee 3rd YSA ward on saturday 08.15 .. it was a beautiful baptism and she could not stop smiling. i was able to talk with her quite a bit last week and she said from the moment she walked into the LDS church building she knew it was true and she said she felt like she was home. that really is the restored gospel of jesus christ !

* MUSKEGO LAKES & MILWAUKEE 3rd YSA = my focus ! i love working with these 2 wards .. we go on exchanges every sunday and it is fun .. i will always go to these 2 wards b.c. i will be permently up here in the M-TOWN !

i love this gospel. i love being in the full time service of my Heavenly Father. i love being a representative of Jesus Christ.

sister warner

August 13, 2009

the TRIO nation in MILWAUKEE ! [08.10.09]

sister behrends .. sister black .. sister warner [the trio for one transfer !]

THE LORD BLESSES US ! i feel so blessed .. this describes my feelings perfectly ..

1 Nephi 1:15
"...I have beheld his glory, and I am encircled about eternally in the arms of his love"

it was SO hard leaving my beloved GREEN BAY & APPLETON AREAS but i know the Lord sends us where He needs us .. He needs me here in MILWAUKEE with sister behrends and black ! [which is just the best trio EVER .. how great is it that i get to be back with my 1st girl ! crazy. WE LOVE IT]

i miss my little sister j SO MUCH ! she is still holding down the winnebago NICE AND STRONG ! she is with sister bryner now .. who actually busted [your 2nd comp] sister black .. sister bryner took my spot in the GB and now in the Winnebago ! crazy good times !

MILWAUKEE IS SO DOWN ! the really cool part is that MY MAMA HOOD was trained here and trained another missionary here and NOW I AM HERE. everyone KNOWS & LOVES THE HOOD and its so great b.c. I LOVE THE HOOD. thanks mi mama !

so start sending me the goods .. MAIL THAT IS to here ..

5651 Broad St. Ste #1
Greendale, WI. 53129

[this is the mission office i know but that is where i am now ! i live 5 minutes from the mission home and the mission office ! its so great !]

ALSO .. i CANT believe this BUT i entered the MTC almost 1 YEAR AGO ! august 13, 2008 ! this coming thursday will be my 1 year ! we will be at Zone Conference on august 13, 2009 ! i love ZC so what a good day for me ! i have so many thoughts and feelings about being out for this long.


it truly is indescribable ! i love this work and I KNOW IT IS TRUE IN EVERY WAY !

on to the goods of missionary work in milwaukee :

* right now we cover 4 units .. 2 in milwaukee [ Muskego Lakes .. which is the ward President & Sister Barrett attends & Milwaukee 3rd YSA Ward .. i love the YSA .. we get to work with UWM ! also the sisters here opened Racine/Kenosha and are working down there in 2 units part time b.c. we only have 11 sisters .. we have 1 more sister coming to the WMM at the end of this transfer so after we are even sister b&b will go down to racine/kenosha and i will stay in milwaukee with another comp !]

so basically life is CRAZY right now .. President Barrett called our trio .. "DYNAMICALLY RECONFIGURABLE" .. we are going to be SUPER BUSY .. on exchanges A LOT .. and DIVIDING AND CONQUERING ! life is great ! i love both these sisters SO much ! i already know my sister black so its really fun to get to know sister behrends !

life was kinda crazy LEAVING the appleton area .. I MISS THOSE YSA SO MUCH ! they are small BUT so strong ! they helped my faith grow leaps and bounds ! i was so blessed to be in that area ! President Barrett is truly an inspired man.

coming to milwaukee has been a joy yet .. i am learning how to be a missionary all over again ! I LOVE IT ! i am meeting lots of the members and getting aquainted with BIG CITY LIFE !

oh and btw .. AUGUST = HUMID like no other ! and the rain/thunder storms are amazing !

i truly feel blessed. there will be more good info this coming week on all the work we are doing here. i am still in mega learning mode about the area and wonderful saints of milwaukee !

i do know this .. milwaukee has A LOT of suburbs to it .. we LIVE in MUSKEGO .. the CHAPEL is in HALES CORNERS .. we WORK in FRANKLIN, NEW BERLIN, WEST ALLIS, HALES CORNERS, MUSKEGO and many more i am sure i am not familiar with yet ! and just think this week i will go to racine and get to know more there ! I LOVE THE WMM !

i am on my 9th transfer .. which is INSANE and this is what i am remembering and focusing on as i am GOING and DOING the Lords work.

3 Nephi 5:13
"Behold, I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. I have been called of him to declare his word among his people, that they might have everlasting life."

1 Nephi 1:20
"...But behold, I, Nephi, will show unto you that the tender mercies of the Lord are over all those whom he hath chosen, because of their faith, to make them mighty even unto the power of deliverance."

this gospel is true. i know it is because i have asked my Heavenly Father. each one of us have that beautiful opprotunity to speak directly to Him. how amazing !

thank you for your support, love and faith in me.

sister warner

August 03, 2009

i will GO and .. [08.03.09]

PACK MY BAGS ! a NEW AREA is where i am being called too ! but i KNOW this ..

1 Nephi 3:7
"And it came to pass that I, Nephi, said unto my father: I WILL GO AND DO THE THINGS WHICH THE LORD HATH COMMANDED, for I know that the Lord giveth no commandments unto the children of men, save he shall prepare a way for them that they may accomplish the thing which he commandeth them."

the Lord knows me so well AND i know that i can do ALL that the Lord requires of me if i am continually FAITHFUL, OBEDIENT, and DILIGENT !

its gonna be an new adventure BUT i am ready .. we have lots of sisters changing this transfer .. 5 out of 11 of us are moving around .. SO I HAVE NO CLUE WHERE I AM GOING ! we can usually figure it out that night of where we will all go but this time there is no guessing .. its kinda fun this way ! we find out on Tuesday night where we will be heading off too and then on THURSDAY AUGUST 6 is TRANSFER DAY ! its exciting. i feel really good about leaving here now .. i am spent almost 1 YEAR of my mission in the GREEN BAY AREA ! being in the fox cities and being able to still work with the GB Stake has been a blessing. i have realized more and more each day of how the Lord, MY HEAVENLY FATHER, knows ME .. personally. its amazing !

the beginning of the week with be filled with 'see you laters' to the APL CREW and 'hellos' to MY NEW AREA ! i am sad to leave my little sister johnson BUT she is a stellar missionary and will do amazing things here in the WINNEBAGO YSA with whoeves her new compy is ! what a blessing she has been to ME and the YSA these past 4.5 months. I LOVE MY SISTER J !

this last week was SOLID ! so much fun and being in the APL community and being strong representatives of Jesus Christ. I LOVE WISCONSINITES SO MUCH !

my MISSION DREAM was fulfilled this last monday ! I GOT TO MILK A COW ! i am a true wisconsinite now ! it was a cool expereience .. i milked MAGGIE .. the best cow there they said ! there was a goat named JERRY who kept trying to eat my clothes .. that was funny ! we also fed baby cows [sorry they are CALFS !] one was named PENNY and she was just born the day before ! they own horses as well and i know my LALA is jealous b.c. i got to be around those pretty creatures but hey you were just in THAILAND L .. hope you didnt forget to bring me something back :) i have learned all about cows and farms .. THANK YOU RANDALL HESS FOR MAKING OUR DREAMS COME TRUE ! FARM LIFE IS SO FUN ! seriously.

FHE was the BEST ! my JEREMIAH yelled at me for part of the lesson but it was on purpose .. they were stagging something and i had no idea and i was about to cry b.c. my recent convert hated me ! but it was all a joke and he apologized ! thanks jer ! the YSA rocked it at the carlsruh .. such a solid turnout .. FHE = lessons about the gospel .. food .. games .. BONDING ! i love it !

OSHKOSH B'GOSH ! i love the city of OSHKOSH .. its just so unique and cute .. the saints are amazing ! ESPECIALLY our RC [recent convert] LAUREE and the WHOLE ENTIRE RHODES FAMILY .. they love missionary work and talk about the gospel and live the gospel 24/7 .. they are such a good example to me ! we have 2 more potential investigators just from them and our day we spent there ! the best was we brought samantha and ben rhodes lunch with lauree at the pool they work at and sam and ben kept telling their coworkers to come and talk to us about the LDS FAITH .. it was SWEET !

BFK = the building for kids ! its a childrens play time museum and its so much fun ! we did helped at the CHILDRENS PARADE service for them in downtown appleton and we were able to talk to so many appletonities about the gospel ! it was a great event to be seen at !

MY JRIB IS BACK IN THE WISCONSIN ! thursday was non stop teaching and being with our members .. i love days like that ! the ribbens girls came down to appleton to see us and say hello .. i love them ! we had amazing solid lessons with brittnie and katie klemp ! i love this area ! [its gonna be hard to leave !]

ADRIENNE THIEL got MARRIED and we went to her reception in appleton .. she is the youngest thiel and is so awesome .. AMANDA came and we were able to talk to her LOTS ! she is getting closer and closer !

SATURDAY WAS AMAZING ! JEFF AND BONNIE BOTH GOT BAPTIZED ! sister black and i found them BOTH while we were together in GB and to see them enter the waters of baptism was BEAUTIFUL and such a TESTIMONY to me that this work truly is real ! being in GB on saturday felt so completing .. i was driving where i did when i first came here almost 1 year ago and i just felt completed .. so when i got the call that night that i was being transfered i just smiled .. it felt good .. i felt the Lords love surround me and say, well done. i have done all that i can for these 2 stakes and i feel good about being transfered now. I LOVE THIS WORK !

fast and testimony meeting was beautiful and such a great way to end your service in an area ! the YSA Saints here have taught me SO much .. i will never forget .. they are the next leaders of the church and you can see it everyday as they truly live the gospel of Jesus Christ.

i know this work is true. i know this gospel is true. you can see it in the eyes of the Saints !

I LOVE YOU ALL ! new adventures coming sister warners way ! i will keep you posted !
sister warner