Thursday, January 11, 2018

Wir wollen Männer sein

    This week was great!! We were able to meet with two of our
investigators and they are both so ready it’s crazy!! One of them is
married to a German lady and she is totally agains us visiting with
him. We gave him a card and a Book of Mormon the first time we met
with him and she threw them away by the time we came back!! She’s
crazy! She just thinks that we are Jehovas Witnesses and we want to
still stuff in their house... i don’t know what the JW‘s are trying to
pull, but we aren’t that desperate! Anyways, he said that it will be
hard to keep meeting with us if his wife keeps getting in the way. But
he said he will have a come to Jesus  talk with her, so we will see
how that goes!

    Besides that stuff, we met with our other investigator with a
member and it was siiiiick! The member that came was acting on so many
spiritual promptings it was nuts! At first we thought that we
should’ve brought a different member with us because they have a
pretty big age difference, and just do totally different things. But
that doesn’t matter! As long as the member that you brought is up to
date on what the lesson is going to be, all they need to do is have
their scriptures and listen intently for the Spirit too tell them when
and what to say. Of course you need to study so the Spirit has
something to go off of, but most important just listen!

    Well as far as anything crazy this week, there wasn’t a whole lot!
It was just a good week! We have been making a big push on speaking
more German, especially because elder Adams and I are in an American
area. It’s been going great too! It sucks to speak German all day and
then all of a sudden have to speak English at member appointments, but
I love being here and it was been a ton of fun!

    Well that’s all I got for the week! I know that Christ lives and
that He is the Son of God! And that God is a very loving, giving,
kind, and powerful God! He is always there to hear our prayers and to
answer them, so long as we listen for His answers. I hope everyone has
a great week and always remembers Jesus Christ and what He has done
for you personally! Ciao!!

Elder Rogers





Thursday, January 4, 2018

Viele Wunder in Landstuhl!

 Hey this week was great!!! We taught a couple new investigators.
Two of them are retired military and the other one is just a Buddhist
guy that likes to chat with us! We visited them all on the same day
except one of them we talked with earlier! The retired military guys
are so open and ready for the gospel it’s crazy! We taught them both
the restoration and history of the Book of Mormon, and one of them we
taught the plan of salvation! They said that everything just makes so
much sense to them, it was great! The Spirit was totally there and
guided us so well!!

    This week was super quick, but it was just great to work with
people that have been prepared for who knows how long. I’m very
grateful for be here and I am so grateful for the knowledge that the
Lord has blessed me with! We have a very loving and giving God!! I
testify that he will help us achieve our goals, of course if they go
along with His teachings.

     Also, President Monson recently passed away. It was a huge bummer
to hear, and I know that i along with many other will miss him tons!
He always had awesome stories to tell and I’m so grateful that we are
able to read back on what he has spoke and taught us! I invite
everyone to study all of his teachings! Everyone have a great week!!

Elder Rogers

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Die zwei Weihnachten Räuber

 Hey everyone! This week was super great, but it was crazy! Just to
start off and explain my weekly title, Elder Adams and I were going to
the church at 6:30 in the morning to meet up with the other
missionaries in the district to play some basketball. Well when we had
gotten to the church we were the only ones there at the time. We went
inside and from the front doors we noticed that there were two guys
with a flashlight who looked like they were working on something. The
lights were off, they were speaking German, and it was 6:30 in the
morning. It made no sense for anyone to be working at the church,
especially where they were crouched down at. They were doing something
to a door and from we were they were about 50 feet away. We decided to
just flip the lights on and see what happened. And as we flipped the
lights on we saw 2 robbers stand up and stare at us. Elder Adams and I
started running at them and as soon as we did the went out a door that
was just a couple feet to their left. Luckily, as all that happened
the other elders had pulled up in their car and had just gotten out of
their car when they saw the two robbers bust out the door on the side
of the building. After that they ran after them, but lost them. They
eventually found two guys that looked like the robbers so we will see
if that was them or not.

    Anyways, as you can see we are staying on our toes for now on! We
are super lucky that we didn’t get hurt or anything, but would’ve
loved to have actually caught them redhanded. I’ll definitely let you
guys know if we hear anything about that!

    Also in the week, was Christmas!!!! I can’t believe it was over,
it didn’t really feel like Christmas to be honest, but it’s sad that
it’s over. It’s also sad that Light the World is over as well! It was
great to see all the blessings from that and to be able to do
something simple for our fellowmen. I hope that everyone can keep the
spirit of Christmas and Light the World in their hearts as we continue
on to the year 2018.

    Today for pday we went to the border of Germany and France (which
is only an hour away) and we hiked up to a super sweet view at these
castle ruins. It wasn’t a crazy long hike but it was still a hike
nonetheless!! I’ll throw in some sick pics and let them speak for
themselves. Besides that, we are still working with our recent
converts to help them stay in the spirit of being converted so they
experience more blessings. The holidays are sadly making everybody to
busy to either meet with us or just stop and talk with us. We are
continuing to work hard and to get stuff done!

    I hope everyone has a super awesome week! I’m very grateful for
the Savior, Jesus Christ and that He was sent by a VERY loving Father
in Heaven. Because He came, i know we can become clean again, by
relying on His Atonement. I know that Jesus Christ also knows the
exact pains that we are going through, which means the He is able to
comfort us and help us know that everything will be alright! I love
Christmas time and the awesome excuse that it gives us to give to
others!! Keep the spirit going!

    -Elder Rogers









Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas emails

We enjoyed having your awesome Elders over for dinner tonight. Merry Christmas.
Porter family

(I can't get it to flip.  Not sure why)

Hi Sister Rogers,

I know that you do not know me but your son stopped by our house the other day. He left such an impression on us. He was friendly and personable and great to talk to and a great representative of Jesus. I just wanted to say thank you! Thanks for doing such a great job raising a fantastic son. It must be a huge sacrifice to have him gone but he is doing a great work here in Germany. I hope you have an incredible Christmas and a very blessed New Year.

Love,

Jenna Layton

Monday, December 18, 2017

Christmas!!!!

This week was great!! To start off I will be staying in Ramstein
for another transfer! I’ve been here since may and I absolutely love
it! Elder Adams and I have been getting along just great!! We have
been talkin to tons of people and it’s been pretty easy with the light
the world initiative that has been going on.

     One really cool thing that we did was go to the store and we buy
100 pieces of chocolate, wrapped them, stuck a light the world card on
them, and just gave them out to people on the street! It was was cool
and tons of fun! Surprisingly a couple people didn’t want to take any
chocolate.

     Also in the week, we met with our recent convert Lester and he is
doing pretty good. He went through a little bit of depression a while
ago, but he is doing a lot better! We had some very spiritual lesson
with him and I really hope that what we were impressed to say will
help him.

      Well it snowed pretty good and we have had a good time. I have
no time left, but I am super excited to skype on Monday! I love the
Christmas season and the chance that we have to share the blessings of
Christ’s birth with our families. December is always the fastest month
of the year which is a bummer, but the spirit of Christmas doesn’t
only have to be shared in December! We can always lend a helping hand
for someone or bake a simple batch of cookies for a neighbor! I hope
everyone has a super great weekend leading up to Christmas and do your
best to keep Lighting the World!!!! Have a good week!

Elder Rogers








Thursday, December 14, 2017

Winter wonderland

This week was super great!! It was so fast but I feel like we got so
much stuff done! We do have transfer calls coming up this saturday, so
I’m getting a little worried about that. But I’m here to do the Lords
work and He knows exactly where I’ll be able to do that work best at.
I’m very grateful for the area I am in now and for all of the work I
have been able to do here.

  Anyways enough about transfers! Earlier in the week we got to got
finding a lot! We went to the university a couple times and it was
super fun! It also snowed a ton on Sunday and because it snowed so
much on and a half wards got cancelled. So we only went to 1 and a
half wards which was nice, but driving in the snow was awesome! I miss
snow. Sadly it melted and got washed away by the rain the next day.

  We also had two awesome ward Christmas parties on Saturday. One was
a brunch that we got a less active to go to! We were really happy to
see him there and he seemed like he had a good time. After that ward
party we had the second one that night. There was some awesome steak
and a lot of non members.

   One of my highlights of the week was when we went on splits with
the Zone Leaders and elder Clarke was with me! We went to the Tanner
family’s house. Which was super fun, it’s also funny because brother
tanners first name is Stephen and his last name is Tanner and my first
and middle name are Steven Tanner. Anyways just a fun fact, haha. But
while we were there we had some edamame beans and elder Clarke ate the
whole thing!! If you have ever had edamame beans then you would know
that you just pinch the bean on the inside of the pod out and you
don’t eat the whole thing, but elder Clarke had no idea and just did
his beast to get them down hahahahaha!

  Also in the week we had a super awesome Zone Conference! We talked a
lot about the Atonement of Jesus Christ and of course Christmas as
well. We learned some amazing things about how we can become comforted
through our hard times and also to repent and become clean again! To
me there is no greater gift, then Jesus Christ and His Love for me.

   Well that was about it for the week!!!! I hope everyone has a great
week and remembers CHRIST this CHRISTmas!!!!!

 -Elder Rogers







Thursday, November 30, 2017

Taufe!! 🤙

 This week was awesome!!! The highlight was definitely Jeffs baptism, but not only was he baptized, but the other missionaries in our district had their investigators baptized as well!! So there was one investigator from each companionship (3) that were baptized over the weekend. It was an awesome weekend here in Ktown, the Lord is really blessing not only us as missionaries but more importantly his children as he put us in the right place to be able to help them find their way towards Christ.

     Before the baptisms, Elder Adams and I have been working hard to find more people to teach! Although we had the baptism coming up, we always want to be teaching people. We have a couple other people that are really ready and we are excited to teach them as well!

     We also had super awesome member appointments. The members here are amazing! At first I wasn’t a huge fan of being over three American wards, but I learned real quick that we get to meet so many awesome people that want to be a part of the work! It’s awesome to see the miracles of their hard work, and it’s even better to be able to learn from them.

     Today we went to Heidelberg for pday and checked out the Christmas markets!! It was super awesome and not too cold, we got lots of pictures too. It’s crazy that Christmas time is already here again! I can’t believe it will be my last one in Germany, I’m really excited to talk to people about Christ’s birth.

      Speaking of which! I just wanted to end by talking about the Christmas initiative that the church has introduced! If you haven’t heard of Light the World then definitely go to Mormon.org and watch the launch video!! I challenge everyone to watch the videos (starting tomorrow) that will be for the next 25 days, and follow the 25 ways you can spread the Christmas Spirit! I hope you all have a great time as you do this! I know that we are all on earth to do good things for others, I know that Heavenly Father will help us out as long as we ask AND act on the promptings that we receive from Him. I challenge you all to pray for the opportunity to do something good and act upon what the Lord tells you! Have a good week!!

Elder Rogers