Week 2

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Hello!

Well I made it another week! It seems crazy to me that this is my last week at the MTC and that by this time next week I will be in Canada. I have learned so many things this past week. Seeing as how I can’t remember what happened last Thursday- Saturday I will start on Sunday. Sunday we had the opportunity to watch the 9am session of the Provo City Center Dedication. It was such an amazing experience and being at the MTC heightened it. The Hosanna shout and singing The Spirit of God gave me goosebumps!!
Church works very different here so we had our sacrament meeting a couple of hours after the dedication. The theme was the Atonement and the two talks that stuck out to me the most were by the first counselor and his wife in our branch. Sister Bradford is from Germany and converted to the church when she was around 16 I think. She reminds me so much of Grandma Silvia. I just adore her! Her talk was on repentance and it was so simple and so powerful! I got so much out of it. She said that in German to repent means to make a Uturn or to turn around. I love that image because that literally is what repentance is. It is turning away from that which takes us away from Christ and turning back to Christ. It is that turn to Christ that makes us want to follow him and do all that he has asked us to. Repentance with the atonement makes it possible for those who are surrounded by sin to be able to dig out of it. Repentance makes the good man a better man. Repentance is for everyone not just sinners. I love sister Bradford so much!! After sacrament she was saying goodbye to us, she is going out of town. She said, “you know Sister Warner, you and I are Kindred Spirits.” That just made my day! Brother Bradford also spoke on repentance and he said something that I really loved as well. He asked us 2 questions. Do you believe in Christ? Do you believe Christ? I want everyone to think about those questions and if you believe in Christ, think of what is holding you back from believing Him. What I mean by that is when Christ says he wants to help heal you and promises you certain blessings, why is it so hard for us to believe that he is going to keep the promises. Just something to think about, maybe it was just for me. On Sundays, we can watch devotionals or movies. Our district watched Character of Christ by Elder Bednar. I don’t know if you guys can find it, but I really want you to try. It has changed my outlook on life. The biggest things I learned was to get over myself by turning outwards instead of inwards in tough situations. Like Christ did every single time. He also gave us a challenge and I want all of you guys to do it too. We were challenged to get a paperback BoM and to write down a question we want answered. For example, my question is, how can I put away the natural man. Then you read the BoM and mark every time you find some sort of answer. When you finish, you write a summary of what you learned on the inside page. I am working on this and boy is it changing my life.
Monday we got new TRC investigators!! Sister Kiser and I are teaching Miranda and Haley. In addition, we are still teaching Emily. Emily is progressing really well!! We have committed her to thinking about getting baptized, she is reading the BoM and is praying!!!! Seeing the gospel change her is one of the best feelings ever, even though she is a teacher. It’s the craziest thing!  We know it is our teacher, but the experience in teaching Emily is so real. We met our new TRC’s and we have our golden investigator!! It’s Miranda, oh my is she prepared for the gospel! She answers a lot of her own questions and she is understanding everything we have been teaching her! We have only met with her twice and she has agreed to be baptized!! She still has a lot to learn but she is eager and willing to learn all she can! Haley is a bit harder though. She is from Korea and is getting a business degree from BYU. Her friend is Mormon and she wants to know more. The thing is, she doesn’t believe that she will get an answer because she hasn’t gotten one in the past by doing the things we have asked her to do. But she is willing to give it another go. We are trying to help her figure out how the spirit talks to her. Its been difficult because there is a bit of a language barrier. We are teaching her again tonight so we are hoping that she felt the spirit.
Tuesday we did some role playing and it was a disaster! Sister Kiser and I left that lesson in tears. It kind of threw a wrench in our day because it was so bad. The Lord is amazing though and he helped us get through it and we learned a lot from that lesson. That lesson is where I got my mission motto. Love, Listen, Testify. It is those basic principles that will help us get through any lesson with any person we encounter. Even though that lesson was so hard, I am glad I went through it so that I could find my motto. Our day got much better! I am so grateful for the elders in my district because they made me laugh so hard through out the day and it just make it better. Laughter really is the best medicine. We taught Miranda again and she paid Sister Kiser and I the best compliment a missionary could ask for. She asked what our day was like and we told her that we spend a good portion of our day studying for her and our other investigators so that we can be better prepared to help meet their needs. That hit her so hard and she said so you guys are like Jesus then. That meant the world to me as Sister Kiser and I pointed to our name tags and said we are doing our best to be His representatives. I feel like that was a huge tender mercy. After such a rough morning to have someone say that we are like Christ made it all worth it. It made that horrible experience worth going through. If people can recognize that we are trying to help them come unto Christ and be healed and to have lasting happiness and peace then it makes every rough moment worth going through.
I hope everyone is okay and doing well! I would love to receive some emails or letters from you guys. I want to hear how everything is going! I hope Abbey’s procedure went well and that Anna’s foot is okay and hopefully Matthew isn’t beating up everyone with his cast. How is the house doing? How is grandma doing? When is her surgery? Please tell me, I was so sad when I got on this week and I only had one new email. Even if I don’t get to respond I still want to hear about what is going on! Your letters make my day! I love you all very much!! And I miss you all!!
Camero Ferrari (Love)
Sister Emma Warner
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My First Week (Mission Training Center)!!

Hey Guys!!

Well I have survived my first week here at the MTC and all I can say is that this has been the longest week of my life! But not in a bad way. They weren’t joking when they said that we were going to be fire hosed with information. It is insane how much we are able to learn in such a short period of time! As I said in my first email, I have an awesome companion! Her name is Sister Kiser and she is going to the same mission as I am! In addition to an awesome companion, I am in an amazing district! We act just like a family. We can feel the spirit really well with each other and at the same time we are the biggest goof balls!!
Here at the MTC, they waste no time in getting you comfortable with teaching investigators. On day 2 they said “okay we have an investigator for you guys (meaning my district) and you’ll be teaching him in an hour. Prepare for a 15 minute lesson, here’s some info about him. His name is Nathaniel and he recently moved here from Canada and all of his roommates are LDS and he just wanted to know more about us and how he could rebuild his relationship with God.” Man let me say my adrenaline was going! I was so nervous!! Sister Kiser and I were planing to teach him about faith and prayer. Well when we got in there, we quickly found out that we had prepared the wrong lesson. That was such a long 15 minutes!! We learned a lot. We were able to teach Nathaniel a few more times and each time got better as we learned to use the spirit. Our last lesson came and it went spectacular!! He was finally willing to commit to praying on his own and with us! I felt so much love for Nathaniel and it made me so happy to see his faith growing! He sent us a video that told us what he liked about our teaching and what he thought we could improve on. At the end of the video, I felt the spirit so strongly and I was so happy to see that he was progressing! When our teacher Sister Priday said “so I have to tell you all something, Nathaniel is actually a member and a teacher here at the MTC.” There was a collective sigh of disappointment from the entire district! We thought he was a real investigator! I was really struggling with it, but as I thought and prayed about it I began to feel better and have a better understanding of why. Well “Nathaniel” aka Brother Gardner came into our class and he explained that we were an experiment and he saw such and improvement in how we taught in comparison to other missionaries who knew that it was their teacher. I think they might start playing around with it and more missionaries might have the same experience that we did. It really was a great experience.
I have been called as a sister training leader, which is the equivalent to a zone leader but for sisters. As if I didn’t already have enough stuff to do. Its really not that bad but it is very interesting how the Lord seems to trust me and Sister Kiser so much.
In the one week we have been here we have taught 3 investigators (including Nathaniel) and it is one of the coolest things I have ever done! I have never felt the spirit so strongly and consistently in my life before. It is amazing how we are able to know which lesson to teach and how to do it so that it makes sense to the investigator.  I learn so much everyday that one day feels like it is at least 2. Sister Lillie, one of the girls in my district, said one of the most insightful things i have ever heard. “The spirit is not a tool for us to use, we are the tool the spirit uses” How powerful is that!! Sister Kiser and I have added that to the list of things we want to be able to accomplish when teaching. We also are striving to have Christ’s name on our lips. I feel like those are some of the most important lessons I have learned in regards to teaching people. That and LOVE!! Love is the answer to everything! We were meeting with a girl named Emily and I was super frustrated with her because she would just butt head with us at everything! Before we went in, we prayed that we might be able to feel God’s love for her, and he answered our prayer. As soon as we walked in, I felt so much love for Emily and the spirit was so strong. That was the best lesson we have had yet!
Our third investigator her name is Katie and Katie is so cool!! I think she is FANTASTIC! She had great questions and was so willing to learn that we committed her to read the Book of Mormon and if she learns for herself, if what we told her is true, she said she will be baptized!! And this was all in the first lesson!! I was so scared to extend the invitation of baptism, but I felt so strongly that we needed to do that. When she said that she would, I could hardly believe my ears!! We are meeting with her again tonight and I am so excited!!
So, Sunday by far was my hardest day! Through out the week I have had several moments when I felt like I couldn’t do all that was required of me, and i really wanted to give up.But each time I turned to the Lord in prayer and I found the strength I needed. Though on Sunday it all came to a head and I was just a puddle of tears. A rash came out of no where and I wasn’t able to see a doctor so Elder Buckhannan gave me a blessing and in that blessing it had exactly what I needed to hear.  So many times that day the Lord showed me how much He loves me and my testimony grew so much. On Sunday’s they show movies and the movie we chose to watch was Joseph Smith Prophet of the Restoration. There was not a dry eye in the room. Watching that movie as a missionary gives it a whole new meaning. I know that Joseph Smith was called of God and that he did restore the gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth. I know that Jesus is the Christ and that it is in and through His atonement that we can find lasting peace and happiness in this life and we can live with Him and our Heavenly Father again in the life to come! I know this church is true and even when I have my hard days and moments, there is no place I would rather be. I love you all so much and I hope everything is going well!!
Camero Ferrari 😉
Love,

Sister Emma Warner
P.S. Oh we love the treats you have sent us!! Sister Kiser is wondering if you are trying to make us fat because I share the treats with her and our entire district!P1000034P1000038

My First Day!!

Hey guys!!!

I bet you’ll be super surprised to see this! My PDay is on Wed while I am here at the MTC. Today has been crazy!!  I have an awesome companion her name is Sister Kiser. I think we get along very well. I have an awesome district and we are all already great friends. 4 out of like 10 of us are going to Canada with me!! I was so afraid that I was going to be alone. It is amazing to see how much everyone here loves the Gospel and how eager we are to share it. We did an activity where we got to teach some investigators as a huge group. My district spoke the most.

The food here is pretty good and I am loving every second of this experience. Today has felt like the longest and shortest day of my life!  So much has happened. I am having a hard time remembering all of it. I miss you all very much and know that you are in my heart and prayers.

Camero Ferrari 😉

Sister Emma Warner

Farewell Address and A New Call………..

Hi Family and Friends!

I will be giving my Farewell address on Sunday January 31, 2016 at 9:00 a.m.

Following the meeting, we will be having an open house at my parents home. Their address is ……….. We are so excited and cannot wait to see you all!

We have had some exciting news!! A few weeks after I recieved my call to serve in the Washington DC South Mission, my parents Stake President called to let me know my call had been changed and I would be receiving a new envelope within the next few days. I have now been called to serve in the …………. (check back to find out where or you can find out in Sacrament Meeting January 31. Lets hope the envelope arrives by then)……………..

Love, Emma  🙂