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






Thursday, August 24, 2017

Shoppin for Jesus!

 This week was great!! We had our transfers and Elder Forsey and i will be staying here for another!! We are super pumped to keep working hard and do what we know best!! We also were givin a car! Its nothing amazing, but it is a car so we are super grateful. Our area is super massive, especially that the sister missionaries are not here to help us out anymore. But we are having a great time and meeting a lot of new people in all three wards!

  So last week we were on splits with our zone leaders and it was a great time! we talked to a tooon of people and had some great conversations. One lady we talked to was from the States and was a homie!! She gladly took a book of Mormon. She had just got done shopping so when I put the Book of Mormon in one of her bags she said, "shopping for Jesus!" Sadly she was on vacation here so we told her to look up the missionaries when she got back to the States. She then randomly took a pic of us and put it on Instagram! i have no idea what her name was so I have no idea where the picture would be. Anyways we ended up teaching a couple great people after that and had a great time.

  Well as far as investigators, all of ours are so busy its ridiculous. We are currently working super hard with less active members and its been really cool to see people want to return to Christ! I dont have much time left, but I just wanted to testify of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!! I know that we can never get too far away from Christ because His power is eternal and always there for us. Im so happy for the knowledge of the Plan of Salvation and that we are able to live for eternity with our families and our Father in Heaven. Christ lives, and loves us so much that he came to the earth to suffer and die for each one of us. He was resurrected so that we may conquer death!! The Church is true, and I know that the Atonement of Jesus Christ is for everyone one of Gods children!!

hope everyone has a great week!!

-Elder Rogers





Wednesday, August 23, 2017

A wonderful missionary and a delight

Hey. This is Wynette Bodily, Carl Jensen's daughter. Your son is in my ward in Germany and I decided to take a picture of him and record his talk on Sunday. I hope these both go through so that you can see them. Brother Rogers is a wonderful missionary and a delight to have in our ward boundaries.

Love, Wynette

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Schnelle Woche gehabt!!

Hey this was a fast week and so is pday!! Like always I'm rushed on
time so I'll keep it short! We are working with our tattooed
investigator to get him to progress closer to baptism! Sadly he had a
schedule change and won't be able to meet with us for the next 6
weeks!! He said he might have time on the weekends, but it's still
even a gamble. So we are bummed about that! We see our other
investigators when we are walking around, but they never answer their
phone or door when we try them. It's just a little frustrating to get
people to reply answer and so you can meet but they never answer!

We have been getting a lot of good work done here, the wards are
awesome and very helpful! They always make sure we have enough stuff,
especially when it comes to food. So I'm happy about that! Haha!
Anyways, we met as a Zone on Monday, but no one took a pic so I can't
chuck it in the weekly. But it was awesome!! We learned a lot about
finding and how we can improve it by doing a bunch of little things!
President Boyer talked to us about talking to the young single adult
aged people instead of others. Of course we must follow impressions
from the Spirit, but he told us that the YSA's are very great to talk
to because they are in an important spot of their life! And I agree!!

I know that the Lord wants us to reach out to as many people as we can
and help them to become closer to Christ. I know that we are all in
this together and because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ we are able
to share His amazing message with all of Gods children! The world may
be forever changing, but our Lord and God will always be the same they
have been, before this life, during this life, and following it.
Heavenly Father is very wise and completely aware of what we are
dealing with every day. He wants to help us and wants to forgive us,
but it's our own thoughts and desires that keep us from offering that
simple prayer to Him.

I hope everyone has a super sick week and the you can all feel the
love of your Redeemer, Jesus Christ! Ciao!!

Elder Rogers

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Weekly

This week was super awesome!! We were able to meet with our
investigator who has the scripture tattooed onto his arm. He is
awesome! He's been really busy with work lately, but he found some
time to chat with us. A couple days before we met he said he wanted to
talk with us about baptism. We weren't sure if that was a good thing
or bad thing so we just hopped for the best! We ended up answering his
questions best we could and eventually he told us that he is ready!!!
We were and are so happy for him!! I totally agree with him too, he is
so ready and I'm excited to see him progress! He gets a new work
schedule today and said he would let us know what day he wants his
baptism to be on. We are really excited and can't wait to help him
along the way to follow Christ.

Besides that! We had a great day at church and learned a lot from the
members!! I'm very grateful to be here and to be able to help the
people that the Lord needs me too. I know that we are all on the Earth
to grow and learn from each other!

Sorry for the short email, but I'm gettin stuff done today!! Have a good one!

Elder Rogers




Thursday, July 27, 2017

Eternal happiness

This week was a good one! We weren't able to meet with the people from
the casino because they all happened to be on vacation. And let me
just clear up, we have not gone into any casinos to talk to people,
they were outside when we talked to them. Haha although it might be
pretty effective to walk into a casino and whip out the word of
wisdom. Haha but then again probably not.

Anyways, we ran into one of our investigators! He was getting in the
train we were getting off of, but he hasn't been answering our calls
or texts lately, so it was good to be standing on the other side of
the train doors waiting for him. Haha just kidding, he has been really
busy lately, and said he wants to meet again! We set something up for
this evening so hopefully it works out!!

Other than him, we have been working with the members a lot lately.
Since us and the sisters are over 3 wards now, we have to divide and
conquer on sundays to catch every meeting. It's pretty long, but I
like being even busier and meeting new members! One of the bishops
brought a coworker to church with him, so we were real happy about
that! He's a great guy and lives really close to us, so meeting up
will be really convenient. Plus he is really ready for the gospel.

Well that's about all I can remember from this last week! Before I
send this baby off, I just hope everyone realizes how much love our
Heavenly Father has for us! He sent us here so that we can learn and
grow, along with our family and friends. He knew that we would endure
trials, and because of that He is always just a prayer away. I'm
eternally grateful for the Atonement of Jesus Christ, to me there is
no greater blessing then His redeeming love. Because of that love, our
families are to be eternal. I know that there is so much more in the
life after this, this is just the preparation. I am very grateful for
the wisdom of eternal families, it all just makes perfect sense! The
gospel of Jesus Christ is true!!! It's simple, powerful, and eternal!!
I hope everyone has a really great week and is able to feel the Love
of God through personal prayer!! Tschüss!!!

Elder Rogers
We went to the best city in the mission today, which is Mannheim of course!




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
deal!

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
week!!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

US

This week was great!! I got the call to be transferred, and so did my
comp, Elder Bahr! We came in together and now we are leaving together.
I'm pretty upset about it, I don't like how we came in for 12 weeks,
built relationships with new people, and now we are leaving all that!
They needed to close down one of the elder apartments in Cologne so
the other Elders moved into ours. I am way bummed to not be in Cologne
anymore, I really did love that city, but the city I am in now is
great! It's called Ramstein and it is a lot smaller than Cologne for
sure, but it's an awesome city! The coolest thing about this city is
that there is a military base! So there are Americans everywhere here!
It just feels like I'm in America, which is super weird to adjust to!
I'm just so used to German people and not hearing English all the
time, but I think I'll adjust ok!

Not a lot happened after Elder Bahr and I got our transfer calls. We
had to clean the whole apartment and pack everything so we were
hustling to get it all done by Tuesday! On Monday night we had an
awesome appointment with our favorite members! They made great food
and we were able to feel the Spirit with them in their home. Last
appointments are awesome but suck way bad! It's even more weird when
both you and your comp leave! Traveling was pretty tough in Tuesday,
but I made it and I'm very grateful to be working with Elder Robinson
in Ramstein!

Yesterday we had an awesome chance to go by on a couple investigators
with a member! All of the investigators were women so we brought the
member so it was all good! Sadly not to many of them answered, but we
were able to sit down with one of the investigators and chat for a
little bit. She had to leave soon, but she was really nice and it was
awesome to hear her answer when we asked her about the Book of Mormon.
She said she really likes it and is excited to learn more, she said
that it just makes sense to have the Bible and the Book of Mormon
together.

Later that night we had institute and it was awesome! The members here
are super cool and I'm glad to be able to meet them! I'm very grateful
for this church! I know that wherever we go, whether that's a small
German ward or a huge American ward in Germany, the church is the
same! It's true everywhere you go and I'm so grateful to be sharing
that with the people here! Hope everyone has a great week!

Elder Rogers
Farewell pic

Pic with Akbar
Photo credit: Elder Bahr

Before we left

Last dinner appointment

Comp pic

The Dome