Monday, March 17, 2014

"She Said Yes"

What an unforgettable week Sister Tanner has had! "This has been probably the best week of my mission", she said. "Miracles and exciting things are happening." The wonderful woman whom Sister Tanner has been teaching, has chosen to be baptized next month! Sister Tanner is so excited and happy for this amazing decision she has made! Also, the sweet family that Sister Tanner was teaching when she left Prairie du Chien, is also being baptized on the very same day! Miracles truly are happening! Lives are changing, and families are being strengthened by accepting the gospel. This is what missionary work is all about, and Sister Tanner could not be more thrilled to be a part of it. 

Monday was a fun day spent at the Milwaukee Zoo! Sister Tanner loved being able to see all the fun animals! Afterwards, the Sisters had a lesson with one of their investigators. They went over faith, repentance, and baptism with her. Then Sister Tanner invited her to be baptized. "SHE SAID YES", Sister Tanner said. "She's so excited!" We could not be happier for Sister Tanner and this wonderful woman who has graciously accepted the gospel into her life. What a miraculous day! As the Sisters headed home after their exciting evening, they were delivered beautiful flowers from a sweet Sister who works in the Mission Office. It was the perfect ending to the best day!

Sister Tanner and Sister King worked with the Elders for a bit on Tuesday. On their way home, the Elders took them by Michigan Lake to see how it was completely frozen over! Sister Tanner said it was so pretty! Later that night, the Sisters had dinner with a recently reactivated family. They have started coming back to church after 20 years of being inactive. It truly is amazing to see the progression they have made in their life, and as a family. Sister Tanner just loves them! "They are amazing and the most fun people ever! We had a blast with them", she said. 

Unfortunately, Sister Tanner got really sick on Wednesday! She decided to go to the Mission home and ask for a blessing. "We had way too much to do and no time to be sick", Sister Tanner said. "I LOVE Priesthood blessings. In the blessing, I remember him saying that I would get a good night sleep tonight. What a blessing, because Tuesday night I didn't sleep at all! So grateful that Heavenly Father knows exactly what we need." We are so grateful for the power of the priesthood and the blessings that it brings to all of our lives! After her blessing, Sister Tanner and Sister King stuck around to see all the new missionaries as they arrived for the new transfer! Sister Tanner got to meet Sister Osmond. She is the niece of Donny and Marie Osmond, and is now serving in the same mission! "She's so sweet and gorgeous", Sister Tanner said. "So between her and Elder Erying and Sister Packer that are related to apostles, we practically have a mission of celebrities." 

Sister Osmond on the right.

After leaving the Mission home, Sister Tanner was able to push aside her sickness and work. "We went out and worked hard. There is no way I would have been able to do it without a blessing. We got a lot done and contacted a lot of people we have been trying to contact for weeks", Sister Tanner said. A mini miracle even happened! A couple that the Sisters had been trying to contact for weeks, seemed to have fallen off the face of the earth. It was near impossible to get ahold of them, and they had almost given up. However, they didn't. They dropped by and left a copy of "Restoration" on DVD for them. About an hour later, they received a text message from the wife who thanked them and asked them to come over on Saturday. "Such a blessing", Sister Tanner said!

Thursday was a great day of teaching for Sister Tanner. She was able to teach one of the inactive men she has been visiting with. She taught him about the importance of sacrament and attending church. "He loved learning more about his baptism covenant and he feels like he finally understands it", Sister Tanner said. The lesson went very well! After their lesson, the Sisters did a lot of contacting and weekly planning. They ended their day with a wonderful dinner and lesson with the woman who is being baptized! Sister Tanner just loves her so much, and always enjoys the time they share together. "She made us steak! So delicious! We taught her the Plan of Salvation. The spirit was so strong. She loves it", Sister Tanner said!

Friday was an amazing day! Sister Tanner had her interview with the Mission President. It went so well! "He asked me what changes I've seen in myself on my mission and my goals for the rest of my mission. President is Amazing. So grateful to have President Cutler as my President. He truly cares about us and the people we are working with", Sister Tanner said. She returned home to lots of mail from friends and family! She thanks everyone who takes time out of their busy lives to write her sweet cards! It means so much to her! That night, she was able to attend the Polish Community Center's Friday Fish Fry! It was a blast! She was able to meet with the community directors and talk to them about family history. She wanted them to know that their community can use the church library for family history research! How wonderful!

President and Sister Clark with their daughter.

Sister Tanner with the President's family.

Sister Tanner met an amazing man from Africa while riding the bus on Saturday. She taught him about the entire Restoration of the Church! How amazing! Sister Tanner also had a lesson with one of her investigators at the library. They invited him to attend a baptism with them that night. He came! "It was great! He loved it and felt the spirit", Sister Tanner said. That night, Sister Tanner finally got to meet with the couple whom they delivered the DVD to! It was wonderful for the Sisters to catch up with them. "He wants to take it a lot more serious this time and really study the Book of Mormon for himself"', Sister Tanner said of the husband. "They want to be baptized but want to gain a witness first." How amazing and exciting for this couple! I'm sure Heavenly Father is looking down with gratitude that Sister Tanner did not give up on this sweet couple. You can never give up. The Sisters ended their night with a fun game of marshmallow wars with a bunch of families in the ward! "I LOVE our ward", Sister Tanner said!

"Sunday was so good", Sister Tanner said. "The best 3 hour block of my life! I was just so spiritually fed! I love Church!" After the wonderful meetings, the Sisters had dinner with a bunch of friends from the ward. The woman who is being baptized was there as well! Sister Tanner was able to teach her the gospel of Jesus Christ in more depth. "She's amazing", Sister Tanner said of her. "She is so excited for her baptism. She was already starting to plan the logistics and wanted to make invitations and everything. She's amazing and I love her so much. I feel so lucky to be a part of her conversion and that Heavenly Father has trusted me with his precious daughter. It's amazing." It truly is amazing. What a wonderful Missionary Sister Tanner is. She is blessing so many lives, and changing them for the better. Even a family that she taught 6 months ago in Prairie du Chien, has now accepted the gospel into their lives. Share the gospel with everyone you meet, because you never know who is ready to hear it. Even if they are not ready at that moment, it could spark something in their hearts years later. We are all missionaries, every day, every hour, and in every place. Sister Tanner is the most amazing example of this! We are so proud of her.

Sister Tanner's Testimony

"This week has been so great! The gospel is so true and this work is the greatest blessing and brings more happiness than anything! I told President during interviews that the more I lose myself in the work, the happier I am. I truly am here to do Heavenly Father's work and be an instrument in his hands to help others achieve Eternal life. I love it! I love you all so much and miss you every day. You are in my prayers and thoughts. Read the Book of Mormon, be and example and share the gospel with everyone you meet! I love you!"

-Sister Karlie Marie Tanner

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