Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Elder Rogers made it safe and sound to Frankfurt

Dear family Rogers,

We just wanted to inform you that Elder Rogers made it safe and sound to Frankfurt. We are so excited to be able to serve with him. Thank you for your faith and prayers on his behalf.

President and Sister Stoddard

Saturday, May 28, 2016

2 days away from Germany!‏

  holy crap ive never been so nervous then i am today!! i am so nervous to even fly to Atlanta and then i have to fly to Germany! but anyways im pretty excited! well i guess ill tell you the funny stuff of the week and then the spiritual stuff.

     haha so on tuesday when we were doing service i noticed that my supervisor dude had a yoyo on his table and not even messing around i had the biggest feeling that if i just asked whos yoyo that was then he would give it to me. so i asked him and he said that someone left it on a couch and hasnt picked it up. so i asked if he was going to use it and he said no and threw it at me! haha ask and ye shall receive! hahaha! so now ive been freaking yoyoing like it aint no thing! haha!

     so this week we got 33 new Germans and they all looked so terrified once we finally got to meet them! yesterday me and Elder Deus (not my companion but if we were there wouldnt be one person that wouldnt be getting splashed) haha! we were going to class to class just getting to know them and just relax them a little bit. we met an Elder named Jaden Clarke. and he is from Taylor! anyways we were talking to his class for a long time and bore our testimonies and stuff like that. later that night (this was yesterday) we were chillin in my room and Elder Clarke walked in. we went outside to talk to him and he said that we were an answer to his prayers. we went around the corner away from everyone else and talked to him for a little about teaching lessons to investigators and stuff. before we went to bed we asked him if we could do anything for him like give him a blessing and he said that he wanted one. so we moved into his room and shut the door. Elder Deus gave him a very good blessing of comfort, and the spirit was so strong there. 

     if there is one thing that i have learned completely here at the mtc its that everyone has a problem and no one is perfect. when i first saw Elder Clarke i thought that he was so comfortable and just fit right in! i thought that he knew all this German and that he was already ready for the field. you never know what people need to hear. and i know that not only in the mission field can we find out peoples needs and help them but we can at our jobs or school or where ever!

     so thats about my week, ill have a lot more to tell you guys next week because ill be in fetchin GERMANY! 

Elder Rogers

Saturday, May 21, 2016

23 months to go!!‏

well i be honest its crazy that its been a week yesterday! time flies when you dont look at a clock and stress yourself out all day!! but its alright cuz its all worth it... i freaking hope!!!

well this week we didnt get dropped by an investigator and our lessons have been going a lot better so thats good. oh we got our travel plans for Germany. i dont think ive ever been so nervous... so we wake up at 6:00 in the morning, get to the travel office by 6:30 to get everything figured out. drive to the SLC airport to catch the 11 oclock plane. fly to Atlanta stay there for 30 minutes then fly straight to Germany.... so the total flight time from here to Atlanta to Germany is 19 hours...MEINE GUTE!!! and ive never even been on a plane!! and once we get off the plane we go straight to procelighting or however you say that. haha! but i dont think its going to be too bad. we have been looking up pictures of the Frankfurt area and it is sooo sick! but little to no mountains! im crazy nervous but i know its all going to be good! 

well thats pretty much it.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

100 weeks to go!!!

 well i dont think ive ever realized just how big the number 100 is!! hahaha but honestly it is totally fine! this week has been really fast but ive never learned so much about the church, the language, and especially teaching our investigators! 

      just to get the bad news out of the way. Elder Zaugg and I taught one of our investigators on tuesday, his name is Steven and he was really interested in the church but we were struggling to find his needs and teach to them instead of running through a lesson. It was our third lesson with him so far and he dropped us like a rock. he told us that we were great guys but that our message wasnt for him. we immediately dropped our heads and said good bye. lucky our teacher was pretending to be our investigator so he called us back in the room ot evaluate what just happened. so we get back in there and the first thing he says is well guys, that "lesson" really sucked, simple as that. at that moment i was thinking about how easy it would be to just be home workin my butt off and getting paid with money and my family would be there and everything would just be sooo simple. well we got a lot out of the conversation and it was actually a huuge learning lesson. so the week goes on and we got a new investigator. however, we taught our other investigator Doris that following thursday. we were teaching her about the Apostasy, Restoration, and book of mormon. we got telling her about how Joseph Smith was 14 when we went into the grove to pray for an answer and he saw the Father and the Son, and they spoke to him. she had this look on her face that there was no way a 14 year old with a terrible education could do that. at that exact moment i felt the biggest impression of my life to tell her my testimony in Joseph Smith and that it doesnt matter how old, young, or what we have done in life. God will always be there and will always answer us if we are listening. the Spirit was indescribably strong in there, and we all felt it so strong.

       lookin back to teusday and the thoughts i had about just coming home and taking the easy way out, i now know my purpose and there is no other feeling like the one you get from letting the spirit speak through you. im very lucky to be out here and i am so excited to serve the Lords mission and be a representative for Him.

       so thats my freaking week!! haha
        -Elder Rogers
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Saturday, May 7, 2016

Nothing really crazy happens at the mtc!

hey everyone!!

well to be honest nothing really crazy happens at the mtc! its really just the same thing every day: wake up, go to class, eat, go to class, eat, work out, go to class, eat, go to class, go to bed... pretty lame hahaha it honestly sounds like the schedule at a prison! haha! but its definitely not a prison. we have all been working way hard and bustin our butts to get this language down and every time i start to feel comfortable with it something gets harder. i know that this is the way its supposed to be. not just to constantly ruin our self esteem, but to make us grow and learn a lot faster. 

so as the district leader im pretty much just in charge of makin sure my district is happy and that no one is struggling. its honestly the easiest thing ive ever had to do in my life. and the elders in my district call me Betsierk Mister, which means district master... hahaha just so you know i did not come up with that name at all! so anyways we are in class one day and one of the sisters wanted all of us to tell us about our first impressions of each other. so we are going around and we would all just start with one person and then everyone would say what they thought. well it gets to me and they all said something like the first few days i was here they all said something like i looked really mad and they never saw me smile even when i was laughing. i felt exactly like that. but then they all said that im the total opposite of that now. and when i first got there i thought that they had no worries , they all knew the language so well, and i never saw them without a smile on. well the week goes on and ive been noticing that they have all had struggles big or small.

i know that we all have struggles so we should never think that no one else struggles like us and that we must not be normal. struggles are a good thing, whether you find that out in the classroom, work, or even the freakin mtc like me. struggles make us stronger and without them we would never learn to push ourselves!