Hello! This week has been fun! I am really learning how to be patient with others and see ALL of God's children as He sees them. It isn't hard for me at all to love those that I teach and even those that I just barely met. Sometimes I feel so much love for them I can't help but cry when I testify to them that they are a child of God and He wants them to return to Him. But... sometimes it's hard especially when people are rude and slam the door in your face or worse get in your face and make completely false statements but it's alright. On occasion, if I feel prompted, I will be bold and give it right back to them. I probably have a nicer tone in my voice, but you would all be surprised to see "people pleasing" Adrienne who doesn't want to step on any eggshells, tell someone that what they are saying is contrary to Heavenly Father's plan and they need to repent and obey His commandments. So yes I am learning haha- to be patient & love everyone with as much love as I can muster in difficult moments and be bold. :)
Michael was baptized on Friday and it was such a wonderful blessing to be apart of it. He came to church on Sunday glowing. The Spirit that is at a baptismal service is special and strong and I couldn't help but feel overwhelmed by the love that our Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ have for all of us. We had two of our investigators come to the baptism, John and Mala! I hope they could recognize the Spirit testifying to them that they just need to get baptized for crying out loud! Either way I am so happy that they were able to make it because I am sure they felt something. Our members are awesome. Many of them helped us plan the service and they tons of them attended in support of Michael. On behalf of the ward, Michael was given a nice new scripture quad. He was really grateful... it made my heart melt. There is no doubt he felt the love. We are excited for him, he is doing wonderful!
Guess what! This is a cool story. The other day Sister Workman and I planned to go sing and teach the elderly in a nursing home across the street from our apartment. We made a special note to go visit some members who were living there. The first person we were going to see was Margaret Peterson. She was laying in her bed playing a hand game when we walked in and asked if we could share a message with her. I introduced myself and she perked up. She went on to tell me that her cousin married a Rogers and they live in Gooding. I about died. I quickly told her that my grandparents live in Gooding and there names are Bob and Caroll. She told me Caroll is her cousin. I'm telling you I was immediately kicked in the heart with the Spirit of Elijah hahah the tears were flowing. She told me how she used to babysit grandma when they were young. And also told me that Grandma's brother had just passed away. I laughed and cried while we talked about grandpa and grandma. She wanted to show me a picture she had of grandma Rogers but she wasn't able to find it. I told her I missed them a lot and I am so happy to have made this connection. My family means the world to me, even more so now, and to have a connection like that was overwhelming and a tender mercy from Lord. I gave her a big hug and we sang her a song. We plan on going back to sing to her soon! Woo hoo! Family history is cool. I plan on doing much more of it when I get home.
Let me tell you a little more about Sister Workman, my trainer and awesome companion. Mom was asking about her. She is so cute! She is from Kaysville, Utah and has been serving for almost 6 months now. Her birthday is on the 18th! So she and I are going to go out to dinner this weekend to celebrate together. She is a year younger than me but you wouldn't know it. She is so mature and wise. She knows her scriptures! I am working on that myself haha it is going to take a little while but for right now this is working out perfectly. In moments of need she can just flip right to the perfect scripture and I bear testimony. I am learning a lot from her and I'm grateful for it. There are moments where I think we have little disagreements or rub each other the wrong way but I don't know what else you would expect when you are with someone literally 24/7. That can be rough sometimes but we get along great. We laugh our heads off everyday and that is what I love most about our companionship is that we can be obedient and work hard but have so much fun. A mission blesses you with a lot and one thing is really meaningful relationships with others. Sister Workman and I talk about how we are going to be friends forever and go out to lunch in the future when we need a little break from our kids :) I love her!
Thanksgiving is coming up. I am thinking of all of you and sometimes I wish I could just fly home for the holidays and be with you and then come back but I love it here and I hear Thanksgiving and Christmas are on awesome as a missionary. I hope you have a great week. I will send pictures next week, one of them is with Grandma's cousin.
I love you!
Love, Sister Rogers