Monday, July 21, 2014

To Be Perfect In HIM

Sister Tanner had a wonderful week! It started off with a really fun P day. A Sister in her ward gave Sister Tanner the most amazing massage! It was very relaxing and much needed. After the massage, Sister Tanner went to play sports with all the other Missionaries. It was a bittersweet day saying goodbye to her dear friend Sister Hancock. She is being transferred to the opposite side of the Mission.  Sister Tanner was so happy to see her one last time before transfers. That evening, the Sisters spent Family Night with 3 families in their ward. "It was super fun", Sister Tanner said. She ended her day teaching one of her investigators. "She spent the whole time telling us how much she loves feeling the spirit! She's so cute", Sister Tanner said of her investigator. She just loves her so much!

"Tuesday was long, but great. We got a lot of work done", Sister Tanner said. While the Sisters were out and about, they ended up at the gas station to get some water. As they were paying for the water, a man came up to them and looked at their name tags. He said, "Can your church save me girl?" Sister Tanner looked up at him, and proudly said "Yeah!" Sister Tanner said he was a really cool guy. She gave him their info and invited him to come to church. What a perfect example of being in the right place at the right time. After that amazing experience, Sister Tanner went to teach one of her investigators. She taught her all about the 10 Commandments and keeping the Sabbath day holy. She ended up already knowing all about both topics! "She's so ready", Sister Tanner said. 

Sister Tanner enjoyed a perfect princess tea party on Wednesday with one of the less actives she has been working with, and her daughter. "It was so fun and fancy", she said. After the tea party, she taught a lesson to the mom and daughter about developing our spiritual gifts. "It was so good! I love them", Sister Tanner said. After that fun lesson, the Sisters went tracting. They went so far that they ended up at the border of Wisconsin and Illinois! After a wonderful dinner with a fun family, Sister Tanner attended Institute. She brought all the recently baptized members of her ward with her. She feels lucky to have such an amazing Institute teacher! That night, the Mission President called to talk to Sister Tanner and Sister Reed. He called to see if they would be okay with having a third Sister Missionary companion for a few days! Of course they said yes! Sister Barnes will be with them until Tuesday!

On Thursday, Sister Barnes came to join Sister Tanner and Sister Reed. It is definitely different being in a trio, but fun as well. Sister Tanner had a lesson with the woman who is going to be baptized soon. It went really well. "She's so excited for her baptism", Sister Tanner said. She is definitely ready!

Sister Tanner was able to volunteer at the Shalom Center again on Friday. She came across a girl whom she had previously met there about a month ago. The girl wanted to talk to Sister Tanner, and exchange information. "She said she's going to invite us over for a cookout soon! She knows what we do, so we are hoping this leads to a teaching opportunity! She's so fun", Sister Tanner said. How amazing it would be to find someone to teach the gospel to, while providing service to their community! After volunteering, Sister Tanner went and helped a family in her ward move. Sister Tanner even surprised herself with her own strength. She was lifting some heavy boxes! Later that evening, the Sisters went to visit a family in the ward. Sister Barnes started her Mission in Kensha, and wanted to visit some of the people she had taught while she was there. So they went to one family in the ward's home. It ended up being the husband's birthday! They were surprised to see Sister Barnes! Then right after, someone showed up with a cake! A lot of their family was there, including nieces and nephews. It was a lot of fun! "We read from the Book of Mormon with them, and they loved reading it! The little boy even asked us what sin meant and what things he needed to repent for. He's adorable", Sister Tanner said. What a fun night, and rewarding day it was!

Saturday started off on a funny note! "Sister Reed started the morning by coming out of the bathroom with her shirt on inside out and backwards and she had gone to sleep with it on the right way, so we cried laughing for like 30 minutes about it", Sister Tanner said. Silly Sister Missionaries! Then they got to work, and worked hard! Sister Tanner taught a great lesson to a special family. "They told us we always share exactly what they need to hear. We love the spirit", Sister Tanner said. She is always inspired by the spirit on what to say to people as she teaches them. This helps her to know exactly what it is that they need to hear. The power of the spirit is so strong. The day continued with lots and lots of lessons! During a lesson with one of their investigators, they taught her about tithing. "She's so excited to pay tithing", Sister Tanner said. How amazing! She is so in tune with the spirit and ready to be baptized! That night, the Sisters ended up in a scary part of town just before 9pm. As they sat in their car, they saw a huge group of people just hanging out outside. They decided to say prayer before having to leave the car. The group of people ended up trying to talk to them. "So we go talk to them, and it wasn't the girl we were looking for, but they were SO cool! We ended up teaching a group of 8 people the Restoration and giving them all Book of Mormons. The Mom said, "I was just talking to my daughter about how I need something different in my life, and I prayed for direction and here you guys are." Totally inspired! It was wonderful! We invited them all to be baptized! Not on a specific date, but it was still really cool", Sister Tanner said. What an amazing experience! Prayer can bring the greatest miracles. Sister Tanner went from feeling afraid, to feeling comfortable, to teaching these people about the gospel! Not only did she just teach them, but they all accepted Book of Mormons AND want to be baptized! It's moments like this that strengthen testimonies beyond imaginable.  

"Sunday was amazing! Church was great! It was our Ward Conference. The whole 3 hours was amazing. I learned so much from our Stake Presidency here. I love them! We were running around like chickens with our heads cut off in between meetings, because we had so many things we needed to do at Church and so many people that needed our help. But once we sat down, I was able to breathe and learn so much", Sister Tanner said. One of the less active members whom Sister Tanner has been teaching and working with, came to church for the first time since Sister Tanner has been in Kenosha! Church was perfect for her, and everyone was so happy she was there! Later that day, Sister Tanner had one of the most amazing lessons ever. She taught a lesson to the 2 less active sisters and their children. One of their sons is 10, and Sister Tanner has been able to start teaching him. "He loves church and is so excited to be baptized! We set his date for August 23rd, so really soon! The whole family got really excited and I think having a date to work toward will help them be more committed! I love this family! I seriously feel like they are "the ones". Every time we leave their house, I just feel so happy that I am here teaching the people Heavenly Father sent me here to teach. I can't really explain the feeling, but it's amazing", Sister Tanner said. This family truly is so special to Sister Tanner. She knows they are part of the reason that she is serving a Mission at this time and in this particular place in Wisconsin. 

Sister Tanner's Testimony & Quotes of The Week:

"Here's some great quotes from the Week."

"When trials are not consequences of disobedience, they are evidence that the Lord feels you are prepared to grow more." -Richard G Scott

"We will never be perfect but we can be perfect in our effort to be perfect. The world expects us to be perfect, the Lord expects our desire to be perfect in Him." -President Mortimer (Sister Tanner's Stake President)

"This week I've realized that I am far from perfect, yet I still strive every day to be better than I was yesterday. Sometimes I beat myself when I fall short or feel like a failure if I don't do things right, but Heavenly Father knows we aren't going to be perfect, all he expects is our best efforts and reliance on Him. I love you all so much! I miss you every day and pray for you every day! Have the best week ever!"

-Sister Karlie Marie Tanner

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