Thursday, July 20, 2017

Same team

Well this week was great!! It was really fast and again I'm low on
time.. just like every freakin weekly I send out! I'm just terrible at
procrastinating and I don't wanna lose my streak!!!

As far as the week goes, I finally got my new bike so it's been a lot
easier to get around now!! Elder Forsey and i have been working hard
to keep in touch with our potentials and investigators! We did meet
this one guy on Saturday who is super cool!! He will only be here for
another 3 weeks which is a bummer because he is heading back to the
states, but we are working extra hard to get him and the others to
church! We had a huge talk with him about the church. We were able to
share the Restoration, Plan of Salvation, and a little of the
Atonement of Jesus Christ. It was super awesome to be able to answer
all of his questions to the best of our knowledge and the Holy Ghost
was right there to help us out!!!

We also met a couple people outside of a casino who were amazing!! One
was a German, another was Romanian, and the last was from Iran. They
all spoke German, and aren't with the military, so we gotta hand them
over to the German missionaries. Which isn't a big deal, but the lady
from Romania was super ready for the Gospel of Jesus Christ and I so
wish I could get to know her more!! It's all good though, because we
are on the same team! And that's the Lords team!

I hope that everyone this week can get onto the Lords team! There
aren't tryouts or qualifications or even an entry fee!! We are all
entitled to be a part of his team, because we are His children and He
sent us here to become more like Him. He loves us. He wants us to be
happy. He even gave us His perfect Son so that returning to Him was a
possibility! Just think about how much love that is!! And it's all for
us individually!! I hope everyone has a great week!!

Elder Rogers
Elder Forsey and
i ridin bikes!! (He is behind me a bit).
Just some pics of pday with the Karlsruhe Elders and Elder Forsey

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Dropped... but wait!!

Well this week was great but super crazy!! We had the transfer call on
Saturday night already. I can't believe how fast time has been going!!
I get to say, but sadly Elder Robinson took off! There used to be four
Elders here in the area, but now that elder Robinson is gone and one
of the other Elders is going home this week me and the other elder
staying will be in the area still. But we are over all three American
wards... which is a lot! Sundays are going to be crazy and so are the
weeks! We are a little nervous to see how it's all going to work out,
but we are excited to get to know and work with so many people!! The
wards here are awesome and very helpful, so it shouldn't be a big

Also this week, we were dropped by one of our investigators. Not the
one with the tattoo of Mosiah 24:14 on his arm, but another one that
was actually progressing very well! He struggled a lot with faith and
finding that desire to keep looking for his answers through prayer and
scripture study, but we are still going to stay in contact with him
for now. As for the tattooed investigator, he just got back from
vacation and work and then he got a little sick so we weren't able to
see him for a couple weeks. Well we saw him yesterday and got to talk
to him a little bit! He's doing really well and wants to keep meeting
with us. He is really stressed and trying his hardest to keep studying
in the scriptures and pray.

Well besides all that, my new companion and I are workin hard to get
our potentials into investigators! My companion is Elder Forsey and he
is from Logan Utah. Surprisingly he is only my second companion that's
from Utah! I was on a streak for a while, but it's nice to be able to
talk about the best place on earth with him! ;) well that's about all
the exciting news for the week! I hope everyone knows how awesome and
forgiving our Heavenly Father is. He is always willing to work with us
and always willing to listen to our prayers! I hope that everyone will
be able to not blame Him for our trails, but instead that you will
come to Him in humble prayer because of your trails. He loves us and
wants the best for us. He is constantly blessing us every day, and the
blessings won't stop because we are doing something bad, but we just
gotta try a little harder to be a little better to receive all the
blessings possible. It's simple: be good, receive blessings, be
better, receive more blessings!

Hope you all have a great one!!

Elder Rogers

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Happy 'Merica day! 🇺🇸

Hey this week was great!! We visited our potentials a couple times and
one never answered and the other did, but sadly isn't actually
interested. Which is ok! A ton of people here are ready they are just
hiding from us. It's like one big game of hide and seek for 2 years!!
But we have a cheat, he's called the Holy Ghost ;) haha just kidding,
we are doing our best to always act on the help of the Holy Ghost!

So this week we met with a really cool family on Sunday. They are
members and have 9 kids I think. They are really awesome!! They are a
really funny, and kinda weird, couple in their 30's but they are
really strong in the church! They had a rough start in their lives
growing up, and went to many trials. But they always knew that they
had to be in the church! Their faith is so strong and I'm very
grateful to have been able to hear about all their experiences.

Other than that, we were able to meet our new mission president and
his family!! They are super cool and I'm very excited to work with him
and learn from them!! He gave a great talk to us on the 4th and he is
really excited to be here along with his family!

Well that's about it for the week! I know that this church is true! I
know the more we bare our testimonies the closer we will come closer
to our Savior Jesus Christ!! Which is a big deal! He gave His life for
each one of us. We all have the Light of Christ, which allows us to
gain our testimony and to receive a witness from the Holy Ghost.

Everyone's have a great week!!

Elder Rogers

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Fahrräder 🚴

Hey! This week was super sweet! Just to start off, we have had a ton
of member appointments lately! The members here are really awesome and
have been very helpful! We were able to visit a couple investigators
because they offered us rides, sadly no one answered this week, but we
keep trying!!!

We have been staying really busy and trying really hard to meet with
our investigators, sometimes people are just so dang busy it's a joke!
But we know that the power of prayer helps them realize that God truly
loves them! And I'm so grateful to be able to help others come closer
to their Savior, Jesus Christ.

Well besides that, we have been biking a lot this week. My bike has
always been a little old and beaten up. Well we were going up this
hill to a members house and just at the top of the hill the chain
busted in half and the gears got destroyed. Obviously now it's
completely not usable, obviously. I realized that I learned something
from my bike breaking. Just like the bike, we need to keep ourselves
maintained and taken care of so that we can always be able to perform
at the top of our ability! I know that because of the Atonement of
Jesus Christ we are able to use that to keep ourselves in the best
shape and able to be closer to Him and our Heavenly Father.

I hope everyone has one freakin swaggin week!!!

Elder Rogers

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Rides from an African brother

This week was sweet and so was today, which means I'm out of time and
this is going to be short! I also have no pictures this week, my bad
I'm starting to suck way bad at taking pictures. To start off, Elder
Robinson and i were able to meet with a couple of our investigators!
Sadly we only got to make an appointment with our tattooed friend
investigator, he has been so busy with work we haven't been able to
meet. We are going to the beginning of next week though so we are way
excited! He's a great guy. Another investigator is going in for
surgery today so shoot him a prayer if ya could!

Other then that, we were walking home from the institute building one
night and an African man pulled over and offered us a ride! He said he
knew our brothers so we got in. In our car ride he told us that he was
taught by missionaries earlier and used to go to church! Crazy! He was
super cool and lives way close to us!  We aren't sure if we are able
to teach him, but if the other Elders here do then it's all good
because we on the same team!

Well I can't think fast enough to remember more of the week, so I'll
just end it here! I just want to leave a challenge with everyone, the
next time you hear a talk from conference or a lesson at church or
whatever. After you learned and took personal notes from it, think
about how you are going to apply what you learned! For me, I always
forget to think about how I'm going to apply what I learned or look
back on what I wrote down. Do your best to look back on notes and
goals! Have a good week!

Elder Rogers

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Zone conference

This week was super great! Our tattooed investigator was to busy to
meet with us so we weren't able to sit down with him, but we were able
to chat on the phone with him and he's still doing great!

We have also biked a ton lately! We went on a five hour bike ride on
Saturday so that we could visit a couple investigators and inactive
members, sadly only a couple people were home and they didn't have any
time. It was still fun though! We talked to a bunch of people and were
able to find a couple people that wanted us to come back!

Yesterday we went to a smaller city looking for a potential named Mr.
Pinero, we had his address so we were excited to meet him. We got to
the address and they didn't answer so we just started knocking doors
down in that town. During that time we accidentally doored into a less
active member, an active member, AND Mr. Pinero!! Hahaha it was crazy!
And kind of embarrassing because we didn't know the less active member
was a member... but Mr. Pinero was so funny! We is really busy with
life right now, but we had a good quick chat at his door and told him
to call us when he had time.

We also had Zone conference this week and it was our last one with
President Stoddard! It's a bummer to see him and Sister Stoddard
heading out. They are amazing people and I am so happy to be able to
get to know them better and to rely on their advice.

Well just to wrap this puppy up I'm very grateful to be in Germany
serving the awesome German people! Elder Robinson and i are doing
great and working hard together! A miracle that i saw this week was
simply being in member homes! I love getting to know the member more
here because our ward is so big! I hope that everyone that invited the
missionaries from the ward over will remember how much they love
visiting with you! Be the best friends you can! We love members!

Everyone have a freakin sick week!

Elder Rogers

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Planes and Tattoos

This week was awesome! Ramstein definitely takes a little while to get
used to, but now that I'm warming up to the ward and getting to know
the area more it's been going way good! We also have some sweet
mountain bikes that I am always down to ride, I'm just a bit sick of
walking everywhere! And the buses here are crazy! I never know when
they are coming or leaving or even going!! I'm excited to figure that
out though.

As far as the week goes! I'll just hit the highlights so you don't
have to skim through my email to find them! ;) last Saturday we did
service for a non member friend. She was moving just down the street,
and she had soooo much stuff! She rented a big shipping truck to get
it all there and it took us just about three trips! We started at 9
and got done around 5 or 6. it was definitely hard as heck, but soooo
satisfying when we got done! But we finished the night off with some
awesome Chilis! I definitely miss them American restaurants! While at
Chilis we were asked by the Elders Quorum teacher to teach the lesson
in Elders Quorum the next day. And the topic was Service! It was
pretty easy to teach about!

Other than that, we had a pretty funny lesson with one of our
investigators. Last week we shared a scripture with him that he really
liked, it was Mosiah 24:14. which is completely understandable. Well a
couple days ago we met with him and he was excited to tell us that he
got Mosiah 24:14 tattooed onto is left arm! Hahaha! He said he wanted
it tattooed so that we can always just look to his arm for strength.
Hahaha! We didn't say anything about tattooes to him, and he has no
idea that our church is against them, but next time we will break the
news so he doesn't end up getting another scripture on his leg!
Hahaha! He is way awesome though! He is here alone and is with the
airforce, we love meeting with him. He has gone through so much in his
life already and he is only in his mid 20's.

Well that's about all I got for the week! I'm very grateful to be
teaching people and their families about the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
My favorite appointments are the member appointments. There is no
feeling like the feeling you get when you walk into a families home
and the Spirit works through you for them to feel our Heavenly Fathers
love! I'm very very grateful to be a full-time servant of the Lord,
but I know that we can all serve the Lord through the people that we
run into every day! My challenge to you guys is to look for those
small and simple but yet powerful ways to serve people! Have a great