February 22, 2010

the standard of truth ! [02.22.10]


i love this work. its so hard to describe. you just have to FEEL IT ! i hope you can feel it through my writings.

time is ticking and we are running hard. we hardly ever have time to plan. i LOVE mad town and working with the UW and being involved with the start of the LDSSA on campus. THINGS ARE HAPPENING. its just the beginning ! there will be no end with the work of God !

we have good plans for this week to FIND and INVITE ! we are going strong yet !

ALSO .. this is the BEST news of ALL !

ELDER L. TOM PERRY is coming to speak to the WMM ! we get to go to Milwaukee on 02.24.10 and have an apostle of the Lord instruct us personally. I AM STOKED !

as i have thought about this prior week i have thought a lot about THE STANDARD OF TRUTH. we quote it every week and it is ingrained in my heart.

“The Standard of Truth has been erected. No unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing. Persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame. But the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, til the purposes of God shall be accomplished and the Great Jehovah will say, ‘The work is done.'” - Joseph Smith Jr.


my purpose [missionaries purpose is to ..]

"Invite others to come unto Christ by helping them receive the restored gospel through faith in Jesus Christ and His Atonement, repentance, baptism, receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost, and enduring to the end."

as we invite the truth goes forth. IT IS REAL. this is how i know ..

* we were on a panel at the UW for the students for social welfare. it was a religious panel. there was the SISTER MISSIONARIES [meaning s. johnson and i], a CATHOLIC FATHER, MUSLIM MAN AND WOMEN, an ATHEIST, and a RABBI !

* it was such a cool event and exposure. i LEARNED so much. it also helped not only the UW students to learn about LDS but it helped solidify my own personal testimony.

* no snow for once on our way to platteville !

* we worked the day in MINERAL POINT with JEREMIAH JAMES ! i love that guy. he is so solid and continues to grow in the gospel each day. when i met him a year ago at UWGB he was not down with organized religion and then he found the truth of God.

* jeremiah introduced us to a bunch of his friends in point and we got to teach them what he knows changes his life. we also had dinner with his parents and they love the mormons now and i can see them coming to the fold one day too !

* we also had another dinner that night with the ROSES ! heidi rose is actually from BURBANK ! L you actually know her .. funny ! she knows justin stevenson .. remember high school drama ! well hedei is so down ! i am positive we were at the same youth dances. oh my HANNAH HAMILL she knows you TOO ! crazy cool.

* PHO ! i love pho. #1 hmong dish. i will have to make it for you family !

* after we had pho with chia [he just returned from his mission in roseville CA !] ethan and SHYLINA. i love that girl. questions bring about such change and understanding in a person. we asked her if she thought she could have a clean slate, a new start and she said she did not know. we are teaching about Christs Atonement and we taught her the truth that SHE CAN BE BORN AGAIN. she accepted a soft baptismal invite that when she did find the BOM to be true she would be baptized. she is amazing. tears were flowing from her eyes and the spirit was SO strong.


* we had a lesson in the AM and while we were there we got a call from our big JP. we were planning on teaching him later that after noon after our FIRST EVER BOOTH AT THE UW ! so the story goes on ..

we call JP and he tells us his dad is flying out to bring him home. we panic. crazy. hopefully this will make sense.

* lets talk about the UW booth real quick ! IT WAS SO GOOD. sean is way down for it and his testimony is growing and he is standing strong as a LDS ! so we were at the booth for a bit and then we went to go talk to JP.

* so here is the story about JP ..

he is from WASHINGTON. he actually knows where you live uncle rick ! he is like 45 mins from there. so his family sent him here to the WIS to play hockey. he is good. he is 18 and was finishing his senior year of HS here in WI to play hockey. 6 months ago when he came the missionaries got a referral for him b.c. his GF is LDS and goes to BYU. so the missionaries start teaching him. he loves it and is so solid. fast forward to now .. we committed him to bridge the gap between BELIEVING and KNOWING. he did and he found out it was right. he told his parents that he knew the BOM was true and that he applied to BYU and they came to WI to take him back to WA. how crazy. we were really sad but we KNOW the truth of God will go forth and nothing will stop it and JP is diligent and KNOWS it. but we are sad yet.

* i love teaching ericka and nitasha. we are helping them find there way back to the Lords path and great miracles are happening.

* THE HOUSE OF THE LORD. THE CHICAGO TEMPLE ! we got to go b.c. the madison YSA and the MILW YSA were doing a baptism trip and SARA HASKELL, HEATHER BOESE and GRETCHEN FAILE were there and were able to participate. also SHYLINA came as well and studied in the waiting room. how amazing. the spirit was so strong and the love of the Lord abounded. it was an amazing night.

* oh and the naperville 5th YSA were there and i met someone that knew the CANNONS ! go cannons !

* teaching camille is always a blessing. she will be baptized sometime in march when her husband receives the priesthood. she is stellar though. i also slipped on ice on the way to her door and sister b.johnson and i could not stop laughing. I LOVE TEACHING BY THE SPIRIT. its the way to go. her needs were met and it was a powerful lesson.

* BAHA'I GATHERING. so cool. so a couple diff faiths get together and there is a subject we discuss. we discussed LOVE. it was cool b.c. the Baha'i family who hosted this lived in Pasadena for about 8 years or something ! what a small world. i got to learn a lot about the Baha'i faith and it was really interesting. i love learning about other faiths b.c. then i better understand truth and the truth i have found.

* SUNDAY ! i love sundays.

* we taught linda r. and she is amazing and is so strong. she has been on and off about the gospel and now she is back on the Lords path and preparing to go back to the temple. it was so great to hear/feel her testimony. i love her.

the adventures for this week will surely be doubled ! i feel so blessed to be apart of something that will not end. its amazing.

have a good week and remember we are the Lords instruments in blessing the lives of those around us.

sister warner

3 Nephi 5:13
"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."

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