Friday, August 22, 2014

Blood, Sweat and Miracles!

What an amazing week in the GKLM!!! !(great Kentucky Lousiville mission). I love this and hate this keyboard so my apologies in advance for the craziness of this email!!

So we had an investigator sleep on our porch! What?! You ask....ya I know I ask myself that too! So we have an amazing investigator. I wont use her name for security purposes. She has come from a really hard life. She has had a serious problem with drugs..and when I say drugs I'm not talking about the light stuff...anyway she got herself in a really deep hole. She came in contact with the missionaries, and she is learning of the gospel and REALLY wants to get baptized. She stopped drugs a about a month ago with no help from anything besides God. She truly is amazing! so she comes to our house, at 10:25ish...and we had been worried about her because we were supposed to have a lesson with her earlier that day. Anyway we hear a knock at the door...and there she is. She was standing there apologizing over and over and over again for missing our lesson, and she said that she showed up to the park that we meet in 2 hours early just to read her scriptures! But things happened and her friend came and got her because her friend needed help with something. So she went. And when she did she took her somewhere shady, and on their way back, he was beaten up by this man in a parking lot that had a gun and was trying to get money from her due to her past with things. It was insane. So she came to us with a dislocated arm and sore all over. We couldn't really do anything for her...ALSO you should know...1) investigators aren't supposed to know where you live. (another missionary told her)..2) they aren't allowed in your house 3) you are supposed to be in bed by 10:30. SO we talked with her for about 2 hours while blowing up an air mattress getting blankets and providing this woman who couldn't go to her house because he roommates allow drugs in the house and she is trying to get away from them. We sang with her, read scriptures with her, and prayed with her and allowed her to sleep on our porch. It was a crazy situation. She has been trying so hard to turn her life away from her past and move forward, but hard times always come when you are trying to do what is right. The Lord kept her safe, she could have easily died or gotten way more hurt than she did. I have seen such a growth in this woman it is insane, she has given up so much to be where she is right now and all in such a short time. But the Lord has really snatched her from the place that she was. And if she can quit smoking cigarettes she will be on her way to baptism and changing her life forever. We want to get her out of this town because she needs a fresh start but she is amazing and the sweetest woman you could ever imagine. And NO me and my companion are not in any danger :)

I am also now a professional knife that's no big deal.. our Ward mission Leader.. Brother Johnson, is the best! We went out to his house last monday and he had a wooden target, and we started throwing knives. Like...BIG ONES. 12 inch long knives... I hit the target and made it stick in be warned..No one is gonna be messing with Sister Wagner. I got the skills. But not really. I probably threw the knife at least 50+ times.

This week I also got a chance to talk to a dog whisperer for an hour on the side of the road. He didnt want to hear about Jesus Christ, but he was really concerned with how we will treat our future pets and making sure that we knew to be the LEADER OF THE PACK. So with all your the leader of the pack. He also told us how to be financially aware in the world we live in.. so that was pretty cool! Mom you would have loved to hear what he had to say about the dogs, and Dad you would have loved his little political financial rant :) He was a really awesome guy for sure!

OH! so quickly in ending this email...sorry it's so short this week! EEKS! an explanation of the subject:

Blood: The bike I am riding scrapes my legs like no bodies business. OW.

Sweat: My bike causes some serious body water to fall out from my pores. And the humidity here is like...a bathroom when you get out of the night you can breath in water particles. and you can see the humidity in the air. What is that all about?

Miracles: Being a missionary allows you to see so many miracles. I don't even have time to mention them all. But the Lord truly does provide. His work and his miracles have not ceased. Day after day after day it is a constant reminder that GOD LIVES. He provides us with lessons when we can't find anyone to teach. He shows us people who are prepared, people who are willing to listen, even when you think that there is no one that care. This is his truth, and people want to hear.

I just want to leave with a quick scripture: Alma 5:60

And now I say unto you that the good shepherd doth call after you; and if you will hearken unto his voice he will bring you into his fold, and ye are his sheep; and he commandeth you that ye suffer no ravenous wolf to enter among you, that ye may not be destroyed.

He is calling you, he is calling all of his children on this earth to come unto Him, unto Jesus Christ, that he can protect you from the dangers of this world, from the dangers of trials and tribulations, from dangers of life, physical and spiritual. But you need to trust him, the good shepherd, you need to take action. When he said run away from something, run, and he will fight them off. Just like sheep running from a wolf while the shepherd protects. But that sheep that doesn't run, that doesn't trust in the shepherd, is going to be taken. I hope and pray that all may look to the good shepherd, to Jesus Christ and head his call to turn and run from those things that hurt you. He will protect you. But remember we must always do our part.

I love you all more than you can know. And I support you in all the things you do. I couldnt be more blessed to have such awesome people cheering me on.

God Bless, and in the worlds of Brother Johnson, "Praise the Lord!"

Love always,
Sister Wagner


SHOUT OUT TO MY AWESOME COUSIN TANNER! Who has officially started his mission in Peru, and I can't wait to hear all about that!

SHOUT OUT TO MY OTHER AWESOME COUSIN SHANNON who has been updating my blog! woohoo!

And to both of my awesome families at my Mums, and my dads for making sure I have delicious food to snack on!

And to Haleigh and Lindsey for sending me letters in the mail this week!

And a CALL OUT to my lovely brother Matt..who wrote me a note and SPELLED MY NAME WRONG...and also put bagel-bite sauce on that was cool. And He also has really awesome 'Q-tip people' making skills. Ask him for a Q-tip won't regret it. It made my whole week. ALSO! Matt! this is for you....Missionaries that I serve with actually call me Sister Swagner.. Which is pretty great and it always makes me think of you. ( and please dont eat in my bed)


(For some reason I am not able to upload the pictures that Sister Wagner sent me from August 11th and August 18th When I put them in the post, it just tells me that an error occured and the post couldn't be saved or published. Any ideas why this might be?) 

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