Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!

Well This week was flippin fast!! I can't believe November is
tomorrow! Time really does cruise by when your not thinking about it!
But as far as the work goes it has been awesome!! We got a list from
our bishop that has tons and tons of inactive members on it. We call
it the home teaching list! Haha! Sadly a lot of them don't even live
at the address we have or they just didn't answer. But it's all good
because the members here are keeping us on our feet!

We had a member appointment with a part member family and they made us
some pretty boss sushi!! We were a little worried because we pictured
sushi from a German not being very good, but we were dead wrong! We
had an awesome lesson and left the spirit in the home! After that we
got a ride home in the dads mercedes benz! Man I need a fast car one
day.

Anyways I'd love to leave my testimony with you all that I simply know
that our Savior lives and loves us each personally! He is our older
brother and literally gave His life for us! He is and was perfect, and
so is His example. I hope we can all try to be like Him more and more
everyday by using the power of the Atonement! I hope everyone has a
good week!

Elder Rogers

Monday, October 24, 2016

Fetchin' JW's

This week was pretty fast!! I can't believe that there are only two
more weeks in the transfer! And I can't believe that I hit my 6 month
mark this past week! Time seriously does fly when you stop looking at
the clock!! Hahaha!

Well this week was crazy, but we are finally seeing some success from
our hard work! We finally get to meet with a potential tomorrow and we
are way excited! Hopefully the best works out with this guy. Also we
had some really good appointments with some recent converts and we
helped them to set some really good goals to quit smoking!

On Saturday we had a street display with the district. It was pretty
cold, but we got a bunch of potentials out of it! It was also the
first one I've been to that had JW's at a stand on one side of us and
on the other side was Muslims and their stand. Haha and it made it way
fun, because all they can do is stand there and only talk to people if
the person comes to them. But as missionaries for the TRUE church, we
can talk to people when we want, how we want, and where we want! So
just to make fun of the others, we first and got a book from the
Muslims (the Quaran, because they are cool not gunna lie) then we
started contacting people right in front of their stands! Haha the
Muslims didn't care, but the JW's kept moving! Haha I guess that's
what happens when you have 19 year old boys as missionaries haha!

Anyways, we also had zone training on Tuesday so I'll send pictures of
that, the video is from that too and it was a little lesson we did
about how Christ will put us on his back and carry us. I testify that
He will and He quite does daily! This church is the true church
people, it just makes sense. Its so simple but insanely powerful,
which is how it should be. God is there and hears each one of our
prayers, we can never waste His time because we are His children! His
love for us is imaginable. I hope everyone has an awesome week!!

Elder Rogers

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Zone training


The zone


Monday, October 17, 2016

Freaking huge triangle

Well I'll be dead honest this week was really fast and sadly we didn't
see the success we wanted from the week. We got to go on a split with
the Herne elders and I got to go to Herne with Elder Kenley the
district leader! It was a little crazy but way fun! We had a German
class with some investigators and others then after we had a lesson
with a recent convert and talked about serving others! It was very
spiritual and the recent convert is definitely on the path to Christ!
Everything just makes sense to him it's great!

Anyways in Gelsenkirchen we did a ton of go by's on less active
members and sadly they either didn't answer or had no interest! It
makes me so mad that someone can be baptized and then years later just
give it up for some dumb cigarette or whatever. But we have free
agency and can't change anyone's so it is what it is.

Well today we arent doing anything crazy, but during the week we were
finding in the area of a triangle thingy that you can climb into!!
I'll send pictures so it makes sense! Haha this week was honestly
really fun, but was really just a lot of inside jokes and things you
just had to be there for! That's a bummer about the mission, it's to
hard to explain the stuff that happens!! I hope everyone has a great
fetchin' week!!

Elder Rogers

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Just another week at the office!

Well I be pretty honest it was another solid week in the Gelsenkirchen
hood! We had a bunch of member and recent convert lessons, but sadly
our only investigator in the moment is out of town till the end of
this week.

One thing that was pretty wild is when we did our weekly planning on
Friday we set a goal to have two new investigators and two referrals
received. Well come to find out at church yesterday, the bishops
sister came up and told us that she has two coworkers that have
interest. So if things happen to work out with these homies then boom
that's two goals achieved! Hahaha! But missions aren't about the
numbers, in reality it's about "helping others come closer to Christ!"
It's not whoever reactivates or baptizes the most people win in the
after life, it's the little things that turn into big things later
down the road or in the near future!

For something funny this week, we went out to a city clear out in the
middle of no where to go by on an inactive. Well we didn't realize how
far he was till we pulled up the map and he was almost 3 miles away
from our bus stop. We were probably just under half way before we
turned around and came back! Haha it was a real bummer but the walk
was pretty cool and we only got to talk to about 3 people the whole
way! Haha!

Well sorry for the short lame email this week! I worry about putting
everything into my weekly because I don't want it to end up in the
ensign! Hahaha I'm totally joking! I hope everyone has a schön and süß
week! (Gleichseitig) haha!

Elder Rogers

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our long walk in the middle of no where
my Aussie comp and I throw' food down!
our district and zone leaders

Monday, October 3, 2016

Up in the Gelsenkirchen hood!!

This week was freakin crazy! My new area is way cool and it's definitely taken a lot of adjusting! I honestly hope I'm up here for a while because I hate packing!! But I do miss the south of the mission! But the Lord will send us where He wants us so you get what you get and you don't through a fit!! Haha!

We were really busy getting me situated into the new city and have been meeting new people and running to catch busses and trains, but it's been great!!!! My new comp was born in Australia and moved to Ireland 3 years ago, so he has an Australian Irish accent that is pretty funny! He is really chill and has been a lot of fun so far!

Well first of all let me tell you how hard it is just to watch conference in Germany! We ended up getting home past missionary bedtime the past three nights due to having a busy schedule as a missionary, but I am so glad!! This is probably the first conference that I have actually paid attention to and I am so lucky we were able to watch it (even though we didn't get to watch the Sunday afternoon session) and learn from the Lords wisemen!!

Anyways I think I'll just end with bearing my testimony on how I know that we have a living prophet today. Although he may be human and a little aged, he still has more power (on earth) then any man!! This conference he talked so quietly but yet his words were powerful. I know he is the living prophet today, I love him, testify of him, and sustain him, his counselors, and the twelve. They are all so much more wiser then us and completely put their trust in God. I hope that we can all follow their amazing examples and when we do I know that we will come closer to our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ.

I hope everyone has one swaggin' week!!!

Elder Rogers

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Courtesy of the old man Elder Fultz

Who said there wasn't baseball in Germany!?

Our swaggin' bikes

the view from our roof (the Schalke soccer stadium)

Just another view.