Instead of the normal sports activities on Monday, the Sisters and Elders played Marshmallow wars with a family from the ward. Everyone had so much fun! "Marshmallow wars will forever be one of my favorite memories from West Allis", Sister Tanner said. After the fun game, Sister Tanner and Sister King enjoyed a wonderful dinner at the Bishop's home. They ended their day by having Family Home Evening with a less active teenage girl whom they have been working with. "Monday was awesome", Sister Tanner said.
Sister Tanner and Sister King had fun tricking everyone on Tuesday for April Fool's Day! The Sisters wore each other's clothes and switched name tags! At their Zone Training, Sister King was playing the piano. The closing song was, "If You Could Hie To Kolab". She got up and started playing, "Joy To The World". How funny! That day was also one of the Sister Missionary's last Zone Meeting. "Sister Stuart. LOVE HER! She shared her testimony and she's such a great example to me", Sister Tanner said. She will definitely miss her! The remainder of the day was spent visiting less active members. Sister Tanner helped everyone prepare for General Conference, and committed them all to watch it!
The sun was out and shining bright on Wednesday! Sister Tanner was able to work out and go for a run for the first time since being in West Allis. "It felt so good to be outside to work out", she said. She received wonderful news that day! Both an investigator and a less active member whom she has been teaching, told her that they have been reading the Book of Mormon every day! This is amazing, and a huge step for both of them! Sister Tanner was overjoyed!
Thursday was a great and successful day of contacting people. Sister Tanner was able to have dinner and a lesson that evening with the woman being baptized. "We taught the law of Chastity, which she already knew everything about and we also talked about obedience and went over logistics for her baptism. She's so ready", Sister Tanner said. She is so excited! After that lesson, the Sisters met up with the Bishop. He came with them that night to teach one of the less actives they have been working with. He just recently came back to Church for the first time in YEARS, and he loved it! "He said he's noticed a difference in his life from reading the Book of Mormon. He's totally changing", Sister Tanner said. Having the Bishop there with them was very special. What an amazing day!
"Friday was General Conference Eve! Yay! We're dorks and were way too excited", Sister Tanner said! It was a great day for the Sisters! They set their minds on meeting new people to teach that day, and they did just that! "We went out to try to find new investigators and met a lot of really cool people. Some creepy 16 year old boy chased after us and tried to hug us and get our number, but besides that, it was a really good day", Sister Tanner said. Later that night, as they were walking to their apartment, they came across a man whom they had run into before. This time was different though. He wanted to talk with them, and the Sisters even ended up teaching him right then and there. They got his information, and invited him to watch Conference. He told them, "Obviously I need to listen to you guys if I've run into you this many times!" The Lord always leads them to who they need to teach!
Saturday was the start of Conference weekend! Sister Tanner was so excited for this day! "The first session was my favorite", she said. "Holland was amazing as usual! Such strong messages for us! I love it!" The Relief Society President was so sweet and took the Sisters out to lunch in between sessions. The afternoon Session was amazing as well! "All my questions were answered during conference, I love it! I had this random questions about Mary and Jesus when he appeared to her, and I was like, I'm not going to write it down, but I did anyway, and it was answered by the Asian guy. Crazy! I know every question, no matter how random can be answered during Conference", Sister Tanner said. If we have questions or troubles, we can turn to the General Conference talks like we do to our scriptures. They are words of God being spoken through our apostles and our Prophet. Many of our questions and troubles can be solved by studying the General Conference talks. If you didn't have the chance to watch Conference, or you missed some of it, visit www.lds.org. You can watch or just listen to each talk individually.
Sunday morning, Sister Tanner attended the correlation meeting for her ward. They went over the logistics for the baptism this coming week. "Everyone was shocked we had everything organized already", she said. In between Conference Sessions that day, the woman being baptized had her final interview. "She came out with a huge smile on her face, and gave us big hugs", Sister Tanner said! The Elder that gave her the interview, told the Sisters that it was the coolest interview he's done. He told them that she answered all the questions before he could even ask them. She even bore her testimony to him. "Ah, makes me so happy", Sister Tanner said! " He said she's the most prepared person he's ever interviewed. She's so ready!" Sister Tanner is so excited for this sweet soul to be baptized this Friday! She has been so touched and blessed to be able to teach her the Gospel of Jesus Christ. For the Sunday afternoon Session of Conference, the Sisters watched it with one of their favorite families in the ward! "It was so good", Sister Tanner said. "I seriously can't get enough!"
Sister Tanner had a spiritually fulfilling week! General Conference inspired her as a missionary, and strengthened her testimony even more! She feels so proud to be a Missionary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Teaching others and bringing the gospel into their lives, is the greatest calling. We are all so proud of her service to Heavenly Father and the people of Wisconsin. She has an exciting week ahead of her, as she watches a sweet Sister be baptized into the gospel. What a great and amazing Missionary she is!
Sister Tanner's Testimony
"Miracles are real. She is getting baptized because of her prayers, *(name removed)'s prayers, our prayers, and your prayers! The gospel is so true and brings more happiness than I could ever describe to someone. I'm so grateful for the messages we heard at Conference. I loved the concept of "living true to the faith" spoken of by our prophet, and many others. My favorite talk was Hollands about defending our beliefs. It's not easy, but it's WORTH IT! If my mission has only taught me one thing, it's that living the gospel brings more happiness than anything else in the world. Staying true to our faith and beliefs is hard when people every day are trying their hardest to tear us down and rip our faith apart, but as we hold fast to the rod and live the gospel, we will be the best example and receive a hundredfold later. I love being a missionary and literally wearing my religion on my chest every day. I love that I get to represent Christ every day and go around telling people of the glorious truths we have and preaching the Gospel. I love it! I love all of you so much! Thank you for your prayers and support and love! I couldn't do any of this without you! I love you!"
Sister Karlie Marie Tanner
Sister Tanner's Favorite General Conference Quotes