Monday, March 24, 2014

Pointing People Toward The Temple

Sister Tanner's Mission is flying by too fast! When you are doing the Lord's work, you lose track of time! "I can't believe the month is almost over already. Time won't slow down at all", Sister Tanner said. 

Sister Tanner had a fun day on Monday! The Senior couple who works in the Mission Office was moving back to Las Vegas. The Missionaries all held a going away party for them! "Love them", Sister Tanner said. "The office won't be the same without them". They will definitely be missed! The remainder of the day was spent playing sports and having Family Home Evening with a wonderful family from the ward! 

Happy St. Patrick's Day from the Sisters

Tuesday was a hard day for Sister Tanner and her companion. Most days are amazing, but Missionaries are human too. Sometimes they experience hard days as well. It is through these hard times, that they grow as people and as Missionaries. Sister Tanner knew that a heartfelt prayer would bring peace to their hearts and the spirit to their souls. "Me and Sister King went to the bathroom and lost it! I realized that it's times like these that we need our companions. We stood in the bathroom and cried and hugged. Then we got down on our knees (yes we are still in the bathroom) and said the most heartfelt prayer ever because we needed to be able to move on. Heavenly Father helped us. He strengthened us to be able to pull ourselves together and go back. I know this sounds like we were being babies, but it was a really hard day and we were really struggling and just like always, Heavenly Father was right there helping us through it", Sister Tanner said. She is such a great example of how prayer can comfort us, and lift our spirits when we need it most. After the Sisters heartfelt prayer, they got back to work hard! They were able to contact and visit a lot of people! Oh, how amazing  the power of prayer is! Sister Tanner said that the harder they worked, the less they cared about the troubles from earlier. They ended their day with dinner and a lesson with the woman who is being baptized! Another Sister from the ward came as well! It was a wonderful night!

Sister Tanner taught a lot of lessons on Wednesday! Her favorite was with an investigator, and a family from the ward. The family has recently been reactivated after over 20 years. It is amazing that they are inviting the missionaries over to share the gospel with one of their friends. Sister Tanner loved being in their home and feeling the strong spirit they have! "If absolutely nothing comes of that investigator, it was all worth it to hear the family, whom after 20 years of being inactive, bear their testimonies of the gospel and the Book of Mormon. It strengthened my testimony to know that it's possible and that everything happens in the Lord's time. They are awesome and have such powerful testimonies", Sister Tanner said. What an incredible story! It is amazing at how much this sweet family has progressed in the gospel. They are now missionaries themselves! Sister Tanner ended her day by having dinner with a family from the ward. The husband, who is less active, committed to read the Book of Mormon every single day! Sister Tanner is so excited for him!

Thursday was a very productive day of planning, and contacting people. A sweet Sister from the ward was kind enough to drive them around. It is much easier to get work done when they don't have to wait around for each bus! Sister Tanner is so grateful for those who take the time out of their busy lives to help them in so many ways! After a successful day, Sister Tanner received a call from the man they have been teaching at the library. He had been praying to find out for himself if the Church is true, and he received his answer! He knows the Church is true! "He said he was praying and then someone turned up the heat", Sister Tanner said. She couldn't be more happy for him! She is so grateful for pass out cards, and even more grateful that he contacted them! 

"We had a good day of contacting referrals and finding new investigators", Sister Tanner said of her day on Friday. Finding new investigators is always exciting! The Sisters got lucky and tracted what seemed like "the nicest street in America"! Sister Tanner said that every person they talked to was so kind and sweet to them. Kindness is contagious! The Sisters ended their day with a wonderful meal from a sweet Sister in their ward.

On Saturday, Sister Tanner taught a bunch of lessons! It was yet another productive day! Sister Tanner and Sister King also prepared talks for Church, as they were asked to be back up speakers. Later that day, the Sisters had to go into a not so great part of town. They saw some scary things go on in front of them as they rode the bus. "Gotta love Milwaukee", Sister Tanner said! Luckily, the Sisters made it through the scary bus ride and had a wonderful night!

Sunday was a wonderful Sabbath! The lessons and talks were all about the Atonement and Missionary work! It was a very spiritual Sacrament meeting! After Church, Sister Tanner taught a lesson to the woman who is being baptized soon. She taught her all about tithing and fasting. "She loves it", Sister Tanner said. She can't wait to one day go to the temple! "It makes me so happy to see how far she's come and how much she has to look forward to! I can't wait to come back when she gets married in the temple. This is what Missionary work is all about! Pointing people toward the temple", Sister Tanner said. There really is nothing more important than going to the temple. That should always be our ultimate goal. The temples bring families together forever. Sister Tanner will forever bring blessings into generations and generations! Families can be together forever because of her and because she is bringing the gospel into their lives. That is Missionary work. That is what it is all about. How incredible! Sister Tanner is such an amazing Missionary! "I love my life", she says. "Everyday is such a blessing!"

Sister Tanner's Favorite Scripture of The Week:

Alma 31:31-35

31. O Lord, my heart is exceedingly sorrowful; wilt thou comfort my soul in Christ. O Lord, wilt thou grant unto me that I may have strength, that I may suffer with patience these afflictions which shall come upon me, because of the iniquity of this people.

32. O Lord, wilt thou comfort my soul, and give unto me success, and also my fellow laborers who are with me- yea, Ammon, and Aaron, and Omner, and also Amulek and Zeezrom, and also my two sons- yea, even all these wilt thou comfort, O Lord. Yea, wilt thou comfort their souls in Christ.

33. Wilt thou grant unto them that they may have strength, that they may bear their afflictions which shall come upon them because of the iniquities of this people.

34. O Lord, wilt thou grant unto us that we may have success in bringing them again unto thee in Christ.

35. Behold, O Lord, their souls are precious, and many of them are our brethren; therefore, give unto us, O Lord, power and wisdom that we may bring these, our brethren, again unto thee.

Photos from last week when Sister Tanner visited the frozen over Michigan Lake. Gorgeous!

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