Thursday, November 16, 2017

Transfers!!

  Hey everyone! This week was good. We did have transfers and my boy Elder Forsey headed out! It was a bummer to see him leave but this will be his first time in a German area, so that’s good for him. My new companion is elder Adam and he’s a great guy! We’ve already been working hard so there has been no problem getting along. He is also only a couple transfers behind me so his German is great and it’s easy to just get stuff done.


     As far as the week goes, we have been really busy meeting with investigators and members. Kind of a funny story, last night Elder Adam and I decided to go by on some part member referrals from one of the wards here. The member that referred them, said that she had recently talked to the mom and she told us that the mom wanted to have the missionaries over so that she could be reactivated and get the rest of her family to church. This lady has a couple kids that we aren’t sure are members or not and her husband isn’t a member. So the member told us that they just lived across the street from them so we decided to run by!

     Well we get there and they answer the door. All we tell them is that we were friends of their neighbors (the members) from across the street and they said that we should just stop by and see how they were doin! Their daughter said her parents were home so we just came in. Well we get talking with the parents and the one kid and they were telling us about the mission that the husband served in Guatemala and how they talk to the members every day. They also asked why they haven’t seen us at church on sundays. I had only met them a couple of times, so I didn’t remember that they were active members. In my defense we are over three American wards and it’s hard sometimes to keep everyone straight!! Haha! Anyways, they got some Chinese food for us to eat with them and then we left for our next appointment.

     So the reason why that’s so funny is because the people that we thought we went by on actually live next to the people that we accidentally went by on. So we will be going back to that town to meet the actual people that we meant to visit.

     Well other than that it was just a crazy week and I’m about out of time. I hope everyone has a great week and remembers the importance of Thanksgiving that is next week! I hope everyone can think of something that they are grateful for leading up to Thanksgiving AND after Thanksgiving. I know that if we recognize those simple things that we take for granted or even the big things that we can’t live without, our gratitude for so much will be deepened. And everything will mean more to us. Everyone have a great week!!!

Elder Rogers

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Planes, trains, and Mexican food

     Hey everyone!! This week was great and I don’t have much time, but a lot happened so I’ll try to get you all informed!! To start off, last week after pday we went and taught a members son that is currently 9. we are preparing him for baptism, and he is a great kid!! We started the lesson by asking him if he was excited to be baptized and he said no, but as the lesson went on and the spirit got stronger he got more and more interested in what we had to say about baptism. We had an appointment with the Carmichael’s right after so we had to keep the lesson kind of short. The Carmichael’s were awesome and we had a super great time!

      On Friday we met with Jeff and he is super close to setting a baptismal date!! Keep praying for that homie!!

      On Saturday we helped out a little bit with a move with someone in the ward here. They are a really young family that didn’t have a ton of stuff so it was pretty easy compared to the ones we have done in the past. After that we headed over to the Lawerences and had amazing casserole with them. They are a great family and are always a great time!

      Sunday’s was a crazy day, just like always, but it was awesome! Fast Sunday’s are great and the Spirit is always booming! After church we had an early thanksgiving dinner with the McLarens and a couple other families. It was sooooo good! I really wish germans celebrated something like thanksgiving. They should just do it for the food because I know they would do a great job at it!! Haha anyways, that was a blast and we ate waaay to much and even took some food home. #overblessed

     Monday night got a little crazy. Monday itself was pretty normal, but when we got home for the day the police knocked on our door and at first we had no idea who it was so we turned all the lights off. But they are police so they weren’t about to leave. Eventually we saw it was them and came outside in our PJ‘s. They were talking to another guy about our car and they asked us for our licenses. They then explained that three guys were going around the neighborhood and breaking into cars and the guy they were talking to saw the guys going through our car so he called the cops quick. Luckily nothing was taken, except for my sunglasses!!! (Which were actually only $15 so it wasn’t a huge deal). I am definitely grateful nothing else got stolen, but I gotta say that these guys suck at stealing things!! Both of our jackets were in the back and they are both over a hundred bucks, our credit card for gas was in there, our gps was in there. There were so many things and all they took were crappy shades.

     Anyways, the story goes on and the cops called us later and told us they found the shades so we went and picked them up, it was wild and the police were super friendly. The next day we went to Frankfurt and stayed over night for the elder Sabin conference with a lot of our mission! Elder Sabin was awesome and a very intelligent guy! I can’t believe the memory that some of these guys have! The spirit was strong and we loved it. Elder Forsey and I then booked it for the train and we barely caught our connection to get us close to home, but the train was slow and we were late for our last connection so it took us an extra hour to get home. Anyways, once we finally got home we got some amazing Mexican food. We have transfers next week so we figured we might as well go on our bro date before Elder Forsey dips. Hahahaha man I’m gunna miss that guy, the last three transfers have been bomb!

      Well just to wrap all this up, lately Elder Forsey and I have been listening to talks that I have on my Flash Drive as we drive places. So far we have only listened to three, but they have been so amazing! I just want to simply testify about how we individually are here on earth to help specific people at a specific time. The Lord knows us PERFECTLY, He needs us to always be listening for the still small voice of the Spirit to be there for the people He puts in our path. I know that we can not only help other through their trials, but that we can get through our own trials as well! And guess how easy it is. All we need to do is pray and ask Heavenly Father for help and guidance, attend church and listen for the Spirit to whisper to us, and to study and ponder the teachings of the scriptures! That easy!

      I know that when we do these simply things our spirits will be lifted and that great never ending power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ will always be there for us in our hard times. I invited everyone to just try a little harder to say that one prayer or read that one chapter or give church another chance. I know your life will be touched.

Elder Rogers






Thursday, November 2, 2017

Weekly

Hey what’s up everyone! This week was great! I don’t have a lot of time, but I’ll just hit the highlights!! First off, we don’t quite have a baptismal date set just yet with Jeff, we will find out tomorrow on that one! So keep praying for him if you have been! Also, we met a guy named Jim that one of the YsA’s here brought to church and he is a great guy! We were able to talk about the Book of Mormon with him and he said he would get a hold of us if he had questions. Which is great!

We also had an awesome district meeting and while we were there we learned more about Facebook and how to use it. We also learned about how careful we need to be while using facebook. The big thing is is that we should never be on it while our companion isn’t right there, which is totally true! Facebook has been very helpful and we have been able to save a lot of time because of it.

Last week we got to go to three trunk or treats that the three American wards had put on. They were sweet and we got to meet some cool friends that members brought! It was also fun to get some good chili and tons of treats. We didn’t do much for Halloween, Elder Forseys mom sent him some Halloween decorations a couple weeks ago so we definitely celebrated it! Hahaha!

Well just to close, I just wanted to let you all of you guys know how important it is to be a friend! And I don’t mean just to be nice to family and friends, but to everyone! I know that the more we are nicer to others they are more likely to be nice to someone else they come in contact with. So give it a try! It never hurts to be nice! Everyone have a great week!!!!

Elder Rogers




For some unknown reason, these pictures will not download correctly.  Sorry


Saturday, October 28, 2017

I saw these cute Elders at a party last night. (email)

I'm here in Germany visiting my daughter and visited with these cute Elders.  I don't know the guy in the middle, but he had a good costume. 


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Knock before entering

This week was awesome! We were trained on how to use Facebook, which is a little crazy because I never even used it at home. It’s been very helpful and has saved us a lot of time, I’m glad our mission was one of the many that has been selected to use it. We have to constantly be on the ball with it though because of how distracting it can be, but we have been trying our best to use it to fulfill our purpose better!

Other than Facebook, we met with our investigator last week and he is doing good! His name is Jeff, and if you guys could pray for him to be able to find truth in the Book of Mormon that would be great! He wants to be baptized in November, we just haven’t quite found an exact date yet. But we will! He has that desire and a testimony as well!

Well just to wrap it up I thought I’d share a funny story from the week. So we have a landlord that will just come into our apartment to fix things. He has a key and it’s pretty convenient, but really creepy and kind of intruding. Anyways, this morning I woke up to go to the bathroom just like every morning and when I walked in he and another guy were in there fixing something!! It scared me so bad, I thought someone broke in and we were dead! They were fixing our heater and I guess they rang our doorbell but no one heard it. But dang, this guy doesn’t know what privacy means. He is old and nice so it’s not a huge deal.

WELL! Everyone have a great week! Christ lives and is very mindful of us! He is aware of our needs as well as our wants. He wants us to be happy and He wants to help us achieve that happiness! I hope that everyone can forget the bad in the world and the bad experiences they have had and we can all remember Christ and His Atoning sacrifice just a little but more. I testify of that Atoning power of Jesus Christ, I have experienced it in my own life, and I have seen it change the lives of others. I know it’s real and I know it’s never ending. Because Christ went through all our hard times that means we can endure them with Him because he experienced all of it! Have a great week!

Elder Rogers





Thursday, October 19, 2017

Elder Ballard Conference!

Sup everyone!!! This week was awesome and a toooon happened!! I’d say the highlight of the week was going to the elder Ballard conference and being able to learn so much from him and the Europe Area Presidency. They are very smart and inspired men and they said a lot of awesome stuff! Elder Ballard talked a lot about Miracles and how to more simply teach as missionary’s. I’m very grateful to have been a part of that conference and to be filled with all their awesome advice.

      Other than the Elder Ballard conference, we had an awesome district meeting with our district, and we also have had some really awesome member appointments lately. Not that our member appointments before weren’t awesome, but the last couple have been really awesome! Elder Ballard also encouraged us to teach more, whether that’s members or investigators, but to simply just teach more so that we are able to become master teachers. He said the more we teach and use what we have learned in our Personal Study the more we will teach with our own words so the Spirit is their and able to testify of what we say. It was awesome to hear the encouragement of the Apostle to promise us that we can become master teachers.

      Well other than that we were able to meet with one of our investigators named Jeff! He’s awesome and knows a lot about religion so it’s been cool to talk about the church in different ways. We are hoping to be able to set a baptismal date with him pretty soon, we are just waiting on the Spirit to testify to him that the Book is true!

Anyways, I’m grateful to be here in Germany at this time. It’s definitely hard to do what the Lord needs us to do instead of what we want to do. But the Lord knows it will benefit us greatly! I’m very grateful for Him and His patience, love, and willingness to keep working with me. He loves us, this church is true, Christ lives and His power is eternal, and I know that we are able to get through our hard times because of Him!! Everyone have a great week and make sure to read in that good Book of Mormon!



Elder Rogers







Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Awesome Elders!!

We received this email today!  We love surprises like this!

We love your sons!  Hey are working hard and it was great to get to know them.  We just moved here, so let us know if you need us to do anything for them.

Take care, steph myers

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Great week!

Hey everyone! This week was great! We were able to attend a baptism that happened within our district and it was amazing! It’s always awesome to be a part of spiritual moments, especially a baptism. Other than the baptism that we helped out at, we did a lot of missionary work!! Just like any other week, but I can’t think of anything crazy from this week!

Sorry for the short email, but I just wanted to end by talking about general conference!! It’s amazing how much revelation and answers we can receive just from studying the general conference talks over again!! I hope everyone can come closer to the Spirit by reading the words of inspired wise people in the church! Have a good week!!


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Wings on wings on wings

Hey everyone! This week was great, we got a lot done and had a ton of fun! Hope you all had a great week too! We were able to meet with our recent convert, Lester, and he is doing great but is pretty depressed! Pray for him please! We are trying to get him more involved with the members his age and hoping those friendships will get him more fellowship and people to lean on. He is visiting Ireland this weekend to let off some stress so that should help.

We also had conference this past weekend! The mission has definitely helped me to appreciate Conference a lot more. Back when I was a normal human being I used to just watch Conference in my PJ‘s on my couch... which means I didn’t really get anything out of it. Well as a missionary this is where we receive our revelation to better help the people we are trying to help, and a bunch of other things. I’m very grateful for the Prophet and Apostels and all the people that helped make general conference possible! It’s so cool that we can watch it just about anywhere in the world! The church is true!

Other stuff that happened in the past 7 days, we had our transfer calls and elder Forsey and I are both staying! This will be our third together and we are really happy about it! Elder Forsey is a great guy and I’ve learned a lot from him! I love how no matter how long you have been in the mission field or how much knowledge you think you may have as a missionary, we can all learn from each other! There are something that I’m not very good at that elder Forsey is and somethings I’m good at the maybe elder Forsey isn’t the best at, just how it goes! I’m very grateful for the revelation that the latter day prophets have received to help further the work of the Lord.

Well that’s about all I got for the week, if you skimmed through and are reading this paragraph, good to ya. Or if you read the whole thing and are now reading this, you’re the real MVP. Or if you just saw my pictures and called it good, don’t worry, I do the same sometimes. Anyways, have a good one!!!

Elder Rogers




Thursday, September 28, 2017

"Make smart choices!"

Hey!!

This week was super sick and a lot happened! Just to start off with the highlight, Lester got baptized on Saturday! It was amazing and you can already tell that he is changed and started a new, better life! We are very happy for him and excited to see him progress. Oh and the reason why I put make smart choices for my title is be abuse he always tells us that every time we leave his house! Haha and he has made a very smart choice by being baptized! I hope that we can all reflect on our own baptisms and realize how important they are for us. When we were baptized that opened the door to eternal life and many many blessings. Lester is aware that it won’t be easy, but he knows that Christ is with him every step of the way! I’m very thankful for the opportunity that we have to be able to be baptized for a remission of our sins!

After the baptism Lester was given the Holy Ghost and ordained a member the next day, which was super cool! Then on Monday we had our Zone Conference. It was great to learn more about how we can better ourselves as missionaries and become more like Christ when we are teaching. I’m very grateful for our Mission president and his awesome testimony of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon. He is a huge example to all of us.

Besides that, we have our transfer calls this Saturday so we will see what happens. We are hoping that we are both staying, but Elder Forsey has been in an American area his whole Mission so far (6 months). But you never know what will happen. That’s about all from this week, so I hope everyone has a good one!



Elder Rogers

Zone conference

Elder Forsey and I got some ice cream


Lester's baptism


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Great week!!

This week was awesome, but so stressful!! We are just making sure our investigator is ready for his baptism this Saturday! It’s funny that as members we work so hard to help people progress towards baptism, but when it comes time for them to be baptized it’s so stressful! We know that his baptism will be perfect and he will be comforted by the Holy Ghost for sure! Please pray for him so that it all works out! His name is Lester, or the tattooed investigator. Haha!

Anyways, another highlight from the week was meeting with our Mission president and having interviews! He’s such a great guy and I’m very grateful to be able to get to know him and work along side of him.

Besides that, we had quite a few member appointments! I love the members here! They do so much for the missionaries and are always offering us something from off base! I’m very grateful for all that they do and for them letting us into their homes to help invite the Spirit.

Well I know it’s short, but I can’t think fast enough for anything else to say! One of these weeks I’ll think of more than 5 sentences to write down! One last thing I do have for y’all is my testimony! I know this church is true and that Christ leads it! I know that we can be healed through Christ and because of baptism we are able to start life on His path. Because we are on His path after we are baptized we are given His help to help us through this life! I hope everyone will be able to reach out to His outstretched Hand and simply follow Him. Have a great week!!

Elder Rogers



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Your Sons (Random email)

Saw your Elders tonight at a single adult function while wife and I are visiting friends in Deutschland. They are both happy, healthy & thriving. Thank you for sharing your Sons with the people of Germany.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Super schnell weekly!!

Hey! Well if you could tell by my Weekly title, I got no time and I'm
makin this quick!!! Ok so first off, we were able to set a baptismal
date with on of our investigators!! (The one with the Book of Mormon
scripture on his arm). He is doing really good and is so ready to
follow Christs example and be baptized! We are very happy for him!
That will be next Saturday so pray for that homie!!

Another in investigator said he wanted to be baptized but he wants to
see a baptism take place before he sets a date. He is also very ready
to follow Christ, so I know that if we get him to our other
investigators baptism next week he will feel the Spirit and know what
he needs to do! We are very excited to see the progress of both of
these guys!

Besides that, we have been working with a couple of less active
members that are amazing people! Life is hard, and it's not easy to
stay grounded in the Gospel of Christ. I hope we will be able to help
them as best we can to get them back onto the path towards Christ!

Other than that stuff, and I probably missed a lot, we...

Well I accidentally hit send on my weekly, but I had nothin else for
ya so have a good week! Hahaha


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Libelle und Nerf Guns

 Hey this week was great!!

We met with a couple of our investigators again and they are
progressing very well!! We are very excited to set some baptismal
dates here in the next few days, so please pray that those will work
out! I'm very grateful for a God that is so rewarding! I know that He
is aware of our needs and sometimes even our wants. He wants to help
us be happy, so let Him help! He's not there to hurt anyone!!

Ok so we had a crazy week, but since I finally have some time to write
a solid weekly, I'll run you through the highlights. Last weekend we
had a split and I was lucky enough to have Elder Clarke come to my
area for a day! It was awesome to learn from him and get to know him
better! He's a great guy and huge example to me! The funny thing is we
lived 15 minutes away from each other back at home! He knows all my
cousins and my little bro a bit, but we never met! It was awesome to
chat about the good old days in northern Utah and stuff.

Anyways, after that split not much happened until about Tuesday and we
met some cool people on the street! Germans are funny people,
especially the old ones! I love talking to the old Germans, but I
don't think they like me as much haha! The best way that I can explain
it is if you have ever had that crush on that girl of your dreams, but
didn't like you back (or if your a girl then the other way around).
Hahaha it's a lot like that!!

On Wednesday we were super busy!! It's so weird, for some reason our
slow days are Monday and Tuesday and then from Wednesday to Sunday it
gets so busy!! Anyways, we met with a less active that was really
awesome and wants us to help her build her faith! We then met with an
investigator that just got back from the states and she is really busy
with a bunch of stuff, so we just said hi, but it was great to see her
again! Following that we went to one of the coolest member families in
the world, the Parrys! They are such a fun family, I'm soooo lucky to
have met them!! We had some amazing fajitas and ice cream and were
able to share a little thought with them! After that we went to
institute and chilled with the young single adults!

Well that's about it! We are very excited to set some baptismal dates
soon! Our investigators are sooo ready, im very grateful to be in this
place of Germany at this time to be able to meet these awesome people!
I know that the Lord puts us where we need to be and helps us talk to
who we need to! Which is amazing! Because of that we meet lifelong
friends, help others find Christ, and simply do His will. But there is
a little work that we have to do to be able to be a part of this
amazing life changing work, we need to simply pray for the missionary
opportunity, study the scriptures, and do what our Heavenly Father
wants us to do. I am so grateful for the peace I'm able to find in my
hard times and I hope everyone else can find that too!! Have a great
week!!

Elder Rogers

Me and Elder Clarke



Thursday, August 31, 2017

Weekly

This week was super great!  We were able to meet with some new investigators and a couple of other investigators!!  We met with a young couple that were super chill and are so ready!!  We also met with a young single adult that had a lot of questions for our church as far as what we believe!

 Well I'm so sorry, I wish I could've wrote more!! A lot happened this week, but I just have no time to write it all!!  The members here are so helpful I love it!!  I hope every member, or just simply good person, know that they do a lot!  Sometimes it may feel like we are not doing much and that when we help people it's not a big deal, but I know that we have a huge impact on everyone's lives that we help!!  So keep being the good person you are and just follow the Spirit that's within all of us!  Have a good week!


Elder Rogers