Thursday, March 30, 2017

 Alright this week was an interesting one! After pday last week
we waited on people to show up to the church for German class, but
sadly they never showed up. By that time we had to be home so we just
talked to people on the way back to the apartment.

         Friday we had a meeting with our ward mission leader and
talked about how we can better do missionary work. Our ward mission
leader told elder Bahr and i to always be finding. We were like, "yo
homie, we have been talking to everyone possible!" It's whatever
though, it's always good to be reminded to do something we do every
day... I guess. Haha after THAT, we left to go get some lunch and talk
to people. We later had an appointment with the family Nowaks and they
are super cool!! They have 8 kids but only one was with them, the rest
are already moved out, and they made some really good dinner. Sister
Nowak told us that in a couple weeks on pday she is going to take us
and 4 more missionaries to a monkey petting zoo!!! Freaking sick!!!!

         On Saturday we did a finding activity with the district and
it was super sweet! I went with Elder Hays and we talked to a ton of
people about Christ! We talked to some interesting people, but also
some really cool people that were open. After doing that for a couple
hours we had an appointment with one of our Afircan investigators
named Mike. He is seriously one of the coolest, smartest Africans I've
ever met. He has been coming to church for a while, and we are just
now getting to teach him. We talked about the plan of salvation and
how important of a role it plays in our lives! It went really good.
After that we headed home, had some lunch, went to meet with two
investigators and got stood up. We then tried meeting with another
investigator and got stood up again. Really a pain, but it's all good
we talked to some cool people! After that the day was over.

         Sunday was a great day! I hate to skip it because it's the
best day of the week, but I'm tryin to get this thing done!!

         Monday, freaking sick day!! Our district leader called us the
night before on Sunday and cancelled our scheduled split for Thursday
to Friday. We were a little bummed and just said hey why don't we do
it from Monday morning to Tuesday morning. He had another split
scheduled for Tuesday morning to Wednesday morning, which means he
would have to do a back to back split which are very tough and very
long! Haha but thankfully he was down! Elder Bahr went with elder Hays
and elder Allan came to our apartment with me. We both work in the
same area so it's kinda weird but it works out. Anyways, we tried
meeting with a potential but it fell out. We ran into a former
investigator that we planned on going by on this coming Friday! He was
way happy to see us and is happy to have us over! We went by on a
couple of inactive members. One of them didn't answer but one of their
neighbors came to the door so we just talked to him! He was way
interested to talk with us so we will be visiting again in the near
future! After that we just went walking around talking to people, as
we were walking we came up on a couple basketball courts and there
were two teenage kids playing on them, but not together. We walked
over and asked if they were down to play some ball with us! They said
ok, but we made a bet with them. We told them if we beat them then we
get to talk to them for just 5 minutes about Jesus Christ. They were
down so the game began! Haha we played a couple games and smashed
them, we made sure it was still ok to talk to them for a bit and they
said sure. The lesson was short, but very powerful, we testified
strongly about the Plan of Salvation and about the Atonement of Jesus
Christ. One of the boys wasn't really interested, but the other one
was really engulfed into what we were talking about. After that we
headed home and had some good dinner. That split was hands down the
best of my mission! Hahaha

         Tuesday is when the title of my weekly comes in. In all
seriousness somewhere between all the walking and playing basketball
mixed with the warm weather, I chafed super bad. So bad that even just
sitting down the next day was straight painful!! Hahaha! The worst
thing about Tuesday is that elder Bahr and i scheduled to go dooring
on this street. We even prayed about it and everything and felt that
it was the right street for the 2 hours we had set apart for it. I
decided to just suck it up and go for it!! We started on one side of
the street and began knocking and knocking, but sadly no one on the
entire side of that street wanted to talk to us. We got let in a
bunch, but when we got in the front door, (because they are all
apartments and not houses) we had to run up stairs to get to their
actual front door. It was a huge trial of my faith in missionary work.
We we got done with the street I wanted to just call it and get outta
there! But my freakin awesome comp Elder Bahr wouldn't let me. I was
never mad at him, which is surprising because I was in soooo much
pain!! We got through the other side of the street and ended up with 3
really solid potential investigators that all told us to come back the
next week. Looking back I am so glad that Elder Bahr was there to keep
me going and not let me be a sissy! But if those 3 potentials don't
get baptized I'm going to be pretty upset!! I literally gave my groin
for those people!! Hahahaha!!

         I'd like to end with my testimony of prayer!! The night after
we went dooring forever, I prayed and asked Heavenly Father to help me
with the pain. It sounds so silly, but the next day I woke up and I
was perfectly fine!! My mind was blown and I know it's because I said
a prayer about it the night before. It sounds so weird that i prayed
for my groin to heal, but think about it. He is seriously our Father
in Heaven! He gave His Perfect Son so that all of our pains and
afflictions could be taken away! He wants to help us and He loves to
help us! I'm not saying he will answer all of our prayers that
quickly, nor will He give us anything we want. I know that He will
always give us what we need. So if you feel like you need some
physical, mental, spiritual or emotional healing then please pray to
Him! Trust me, saying a meaningful prayer won't hurt ya, so why not
give it a try. Through the Grace of God, all can be made right. Just
remember to show your Loving Heavenly Father how much you know He will
answer your prayer with faith :)

         Hahaha ok well I hope everyone has a freakin sweet week and
trust me be careful with the warm weather!! It'll get ya if you ain't
ready for it!! Hahaha ciao!

Elder Rogers


Thursday, March 23, 2017

Africans, gotta love 'em


          Well alright this week was way awesome and we weren't lost
as much!! We explored more of our huge area and we met a ton of people
that were way cool, but a couple were a little crazy. It was fun
though!! We met a ton of Africans, which is always my favorite. I wish
I was African.


        On Tuesday we met with an African potential investigator named
Jeremiah. He is super sick and of course he is a homie. We talked with
him about the restoration, Book of Mormon, and Jesus Christ. He was
very happy to answer questions he had, and even though he looked a
little confused and like he had a lot of questions he was comfortable
talking with us. He told us that he was really stressed with multiple
things goin on right now. Elder Bahr and i both promised him that the
Lord would help take his stress and worries away if he would just pray
to him and show him the faith that he knows that the Lord will answer
his prayers.


       On Monday we got to meet with a bunch of missionaries from
around our area! It was super sick to see all the homies in the
mission. I got to take a generation picture with my golden and my
trainers new golden! Haha it's super sick I gotta say. After zone
conference got over we dipped hard back to Köln to meet with an
investigator, we still didn't make it back on time. We called him when
we got to where we planned to meet him and he forgot about our
appointment, so we scheduled a new one. After that we decided to call
people and get appointments set up. After that we had dinner.


        Other than that, last week we went to a castle and today we
just walked around from store to store lookin at stuff that we can't
afford!! Hahaha well just to end, we had interviews with our mission
president a couple days ago. It's always awesome to have some one on
one time with the mission pres. He is an outstanding guy and sometimes
I don't know how he does it! At the end of the interview he asked how
I have came closer to Christ lately. To be honest the question caught
me off guard, but I told him by the daily routine of repentance. We
talked a lot at our zone conference about repentance and how when we
first hear it we think of it as something terrible. Elder Bednar said
that another word to assist repentance is redeeming. We become
redeemed every time we repent, thanks to the Atonement. What a
blessing!! As Easter approaches, I constantly think on the Atonement
of Jesus Christ and how much meaning it has to me. The power of the
Atonement gave me a new life and I know it can do the same for
everyone!


        Everyone have a good week.

Elder Rogers







Thursday, March 16, 2017

Durchfall

This week was straight crazy!! It was the last week of the
transfer/first week of the new transfer so elder moon and I were
workin hard to get things finished up before the next transferred
started. Unfortunately we couldn't do anything for two days straight
(Friday and Saturday) because of elder Moons bowels... I don't know
what he ate, and whatever he ate I ate too, but I guess his stomach
really did not like it. Once we got home Thursday night he was on the
toilet until 2 in the morning, then he got a little sleep. Next day,
Friday, he counted and went to the bathroom 25 times!! Hahaha man I
felt so bad for this kid, he was in and out of that bathroom seriously
every 5 minutes! Hahaha yeah, so we were in the apartment the whole
day... well kinda.

As far as missionary work goes! On Friday we had an appointment with
two of my favorite members in the area and i did not want to miss out
on a possibly last appointment with the, because of elder Moons butt!!
So the Herne Elders helped us out and we did a little power split so
we were able to make it to that appointment. After that elder moon and
I were at the apartment the rest of the day, getting in studies and
all that.

On Saturday, it was pretty much a repeat of the day before. Elder moon
was asked to still stay in the apartment. He was givin the ok to have
food that was only light on his stomach so we had some really good
enchiladas. They were delicious as heck, but it set elder moon back to
square one!!! Haha disappointingly he didn't break his streak of 25
the day before, i think it was only like 10 or so, but come Sunday he
was a lot better. Oh and the last thing about Saturday that I forgot!!
It was transfer call day. President hit us up in the morning and
released me as district leader and that was the only BIG news. Then
later that night we got another call about if we were leaving or
staying and all that. They told elder moon he would be getting a new
companion and that I would be white washing an area with another elder
in Köln (Cologne)!!!! Holy crap I was nervous as heck!!! Btw whit
washing just means you go into the apartment but the last missionaries
there leave... so pretty much the elder I'm going to be with (Elder
Bahr) and i have no idea where we are or how to get to places or
anything. Definitely wasn't expecting that phone call, but yeah Köln
is pretty dope so I can't complain.

Sunday, we went to church, I said good by to a bunch of members and packed.

Monday, packed a little bit more, went and got elder Moons visa, set
up stuff for a street display, and yeah that was it.

Tuesday, most stressful day of the week, transfer day!! I had a train
that took me straight to Köln and holy cow, I was nervous as heck.
Köln is the biggest city in our mission, and it's a little nerve
wracking being by yourself with two heavy bags and hoping that other
missionaries will be there to pick you up... which they weren't there
by the way. It was cool though! I just borrowed some homies phone and
called them, and they found me. We went to the apartment and Elder
Bahr and i were told we had an appointment in an hour. We got to the
apartment, dropped our stuff off and then headed out for our
appointment. The Elders that were with us took us to where we were
meeting the investigator and then the peaced out. Hahaha we just
waited for this guy we never met, but eventually met him and had he
decided that we would meet on Saturday with his friend because his
friend can speak English and french (they are from Africa. Brothas).
Which we said was cool. After that we got some Burger King for dinner
because we have no food.

Wednesday we went to the city building and got stuff figured out
there. We then had our studies and went finding/on an adventure in
this huge city that both of us have never been to! Hahaha we got lost
and decided not to look at our maps. We eventually (after 3 hours of
walking) found where we needed to go and by that time we had ward
council soon so we headed to the church. We got there and met with the
leaders of the ward who are way cool! Elder Bahr and i introduced
ourselves and we met all of them... I just said that... anyways after
that we came home.

Today for pday we are going hiking

Well thanks a ton for all the emails!! Hahaha if you don't send me an
email about your week then do it!! It takes like five freakin
minutes!! Hahaha hope y'all have a good one! I'm very grateful to be
in this area with a missionary that wants to work! It's going to be
really fun and I'm happy to always be able to go to the Lord in prayer
for help and for thanks. The power of prayer is real and I know that
it doesn't matter what we have done or how bad we may think we are,
our Heavenly Father wants to hear from us! He loves and misses us!
Have a dope week, I'll hit y'all up next week!!

Elder Rogers
Pictures with members after church






Our bomb enchiladas

Last dinner with Elder Moon

Last Doner with the district

Koln

Koln

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Uhhhhh

    What is freaking up!! This week was super sick, but to be
honest it was a pretty normal week... so I don't know why it was super
sick... I guess I'm just running out of names for my weeks. Anyways!
The end of the transfer is next week! (On Monday). So I'll have no
freakin idea if i should stay or should I go, but it's goin to be a
Clash. Hahaha but yeah I guess that will be the surprise for next
week, for y'all and me.

         Well to start off with the coolest thing this week! Since
there are sooo many JW's here and just about everyone mistakes us as
them, it just makes missionary work a little harder. (JW's haven't
left a good impression on the German people). So Elder Moon and i
decided telling people straight up that we are Mormons! Haha not a lot
of people have heard of Mormons, but you'd be surprised at how many
know what a Mormon is. And I know your probably thinking, "Elder
Rogers you turd! That's not even the real name of the church!" Yes, I
know, the churches name is on my left peck every day... thanks. But!
We have found out that when we say we are Mormons and want to share an
amazing message with you, they actual listen longer then a door to the
face.

         A cool example with that was on Tuesday! We were dooring a
HUGE apartment building and somewhere down the doorbells some guy
walked up and told us that no one in this whole apartment wanted to
talk to us. I kindly, but in a very German like way, told him that
they can make there own decisions. He came back with some German sass
and said they have all had a bad experience. He started getting
frustrated so we just let the old fart when and we went across the
street hahaha! We started dooring some actual houses, telling everyone
who answered that we were Mormon and wanted to share an amazing
message with them. Well we got a couple house down and this older
yelled through the door, "who is it!?!?" I thought, oh boy one of
those people that don't answer the door they just yell through it. We
yelled back, "Mormons! We have an amazing message for you!" She opened
the door and said please come in please! We were like what the
heck!?!? We gladly went in and talked to her. Come to find out she had
visited Utah and saw the temple and all that. She was a little over
80, had been born catholic, and just like every other German, was
dying catholic. Which is ok! We don't want to convert people, we just
want them to see that the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
can make it better haha! We just chatted with her for a bit, about
random stuff and the Book of Mormon, then left.

         Besides the cool old lady! It has been raining for the past 5
days here!! Gotta admit, if there was some thunder in with it or it
stopped raining here and there throughout the day I'd be cool with it.
But it just won't stop!! I guess that's just how spring is in Germany.
It is cool to see the weather slowly changing, and it doesn't start
getting dark at 4 in the afternoon. Anyways, i hope everyone had a
great week and that you don't hesitate to send me a quick email!

         I know this church is true!! I wish people were more
accepting and that they would at least just let us teach them only one
lesson. I know that if they let us just teach one they would not be
able to deny the Holy Ghost. I love being able to feel it every day as
a missionary and to be able to work so closely with it! He's a homie!
I hope everyone tries to feel the spirit this week! (One of the best
ways is bearing a testimony to a friend or helping someone in need ;)
). And let me know how it goes!! Just cuz I send stories every week
doesn't mean you guys can't send me any!! So please! Bis nächste
freaking Woche! #danglish

Elder Rogers
Just a funny garbage can I thought my dad would like.






Thursday, March 2, 2017

The brotha is back... and still black!

 Yo what up homies!! I hope I can make up for the sucky weekly
emails I've sent out lately, and luckily this week was a good one! It
was really fast so I hope I can remember everything!! Sadly we haven't
been able to work with any of our investigators this week, but the
week ain't over yet!! We did however, run into one of our former
investigators named Wisdom at a gas station. It was seriously the
weirdest thing. We had an appointment with a member around 3 o'clock
so we got there around 2:45, knocked on the door, and got now answer..
At first we had no idea what to do. I don't know if it was an
impression from the Holy Ghost, or I was just thirsty, but there was a
gas station across the street and I was craving a drink. Elder moon
and I started walking towards the gas station and as we turned to
approach the door our old brotha, Wisdom, was walking out!! We
immediately recognized each other and did the typical, "my brotha! How
you doin!?" Followed by the homie handshake and the typical African
snap afterwards. Haha we just chatted for a bit with him, seeing how
he was doing and stuff and then he told us that he needs to come to
church. Hopefully we can meet with him and get him to church, but we
will see. This is one tough African.

         Other then that we had some awesome appointments with
members! We were out and about with my boy Karlheinz, he is pretty
much the hardest working member I've ever met and he is pushin 80
years of age. We went by on a lot of people and Karlheinz told a lot
of people about how we are mormons. He loves telling people we are
mormons and takes every opportunity that is given to him! Haha I
absolutely love this guy, our bishop told us if he was to pass away
one day or even be in the hospital for a while our missionary work in
the area would come to a stop. And I totally agree!! The members
really make the difference, for example. We are out all day tryin to
talk to people about Jesus Christ, and sadly that name scares people.
We tend to get down as missionaries/members as we share what means so
much to us, but when we as members pick each other up the work will
keep moving and people will soften their hearts more and more.

         Also, sometime in the last 7 days, I can't really remember
exactly. We went to a members house that lives really close to
surprise visit them and to ask them if we could shower in their
bathroom... let me explain though so y'all don't think I'm some
freakin weirdo goin over to members houses askin if we can use their
shower. Elder Moon and I haven't had hot water in our apartment for a
while and at first we were like ehh it's not that bad we will just
tough it out. Well a while passed by and our first world problems got
to us. We called the owner and everything to get it fixed, but it was
staying the same. So that's why we asked these homie members. Which im
glad they were cool with it, because their bathroom is so freaking
sick! I can't even explain it it's so cool! Pretty much the husband
remodels crapy original bathrooms into super dope bathrooms that you
would throw a party in. If our hot water wasn't back on I would go
take a picture of their bathroom next time I'm in it, but
sadly/luckily our hot water is back on. Hahaha man members are
awesome!

         Well just to wrap this little hush puppy up I'd like to just
simply share my testimony on the Savior, Jesus Christ. Every time I
see or hear his name everything goes quiet and I feel at peace. His
name has so much meaning to it: happiness, eternal life, eternal
families, peace, love, perfect, mercy, wise, kind, example and tons
others. I am still trying to understand why when some people hear us
tell them that we are sharing an amazing message about Jesus Christ
they get scared and shut their door on us. It breaks my heart that
they don't want to at least give Him, the Savior and Redeemer of the
world, just one chance. But I feel a type of happiness that I don't
feel doing anything else when someone does want to learn about how
much love the Savior has for them. I testify and know that Jesus
Christ loves each and every one of us. He will always be there for us,
in times of joy and times of sorrow. He lives! His mercy and
forgiveness is endless, I know that especially to be true! He has
given me a new life and continually shaping me every day. I know that
He will be there, right next to our loving Heavenly Father, waiting
for us just to simply pray and ask for comfort. Life is hard, but it
doesn't have to be without the perfect love of Christ that we can feel
everyday.

         Well I hope everyone has another freaking swaggin' week!!
Shout out to my Grandma and Grandpa Rogers!! ;) hahaha! Love you all,
unless you think that's weird then I don't... anyways I finna but
y'all up next week, Ciao! 🤙

Elder Rogers
The district



We look like we just did drugs, but we just had some A&W root beer.


Zone pic

we had some for real burgers