Thursday, April 27, 2017

Monkeys 🐒

Hey this week was sick!

To start off, today for pday we went to a zoo with a member. It was
super sick and pretty much destroyed all the time I had on pday, but
it was so worth it!! The best part was the monkeys. They have monkeys
that just climb all over you when you walk around with some food. It's
super sweet and I have pics to explain it better.

Besides pday, we were able to meet with one of our investigators
twice! He's a really cool guy from Syria. He lives alone here in
Germany, but he is way nice! The first time we met we started talking
about the restoration, but he is a little caught up on prophets
because he is Muslim. The second time we met he had already read 7
chapters in the Book of Mormon, so that was a big step. He is super
friendly and we are workin extra hard to get him on the path towards
Christ!

We were also supposed to meet with a couple other of our African
investigators, but they were a little busy doing something. We are
trying to meet with him to let them know we aren't messing around so
they will take us more seriously.

A highlight of the week had to be my personal studies. I was thinking
about how lucky I was to be a missionary and be able to feel the
Spirit more than once day. But them I realized that you don't have to
be a missionary to feel the Spirit everyday! We can all study in the
scriptures and we can all receive our own personal revelation. I'm
very grateful for the Spirit and all that he teaches me!

Well it was a fast week and it's also been a fast pday so I gotta head
out! I hope everyone has a great one!

Elder Rogers




Thursday, April 20, 2017

Meine Güte... 50% Fertig

Hey what's up!

This week was great!!! We had a lot of appointments set up, but sadly
a lot of the people didn't actually show up to our appointment either.
I do have a good story though!! Last week we left the apartment and
before we even walked down our street a guy stopped us and said he
knew who we were and he was in a hurry. He told us just to give him
our number so we whipped a card out, gave it to him, and he took off.
Not even 10 minutes later he called us and asked if he could come to
our church and we said for sure you can! We told him where the church
was and we also set an appointment up with him.

For some reason he wasn't able to make it to church on Sunday and he
didn't show up to our appointment on this last Tuesday either. We were
really bummed and way confused, because no one asks us for our number
and never shows up. We have been praying to be able to come in contact
with him again, and are still going forward! So no worries!

We also talked to a lot of people on the street as well!! I'd say the
highlight of the week was our appointment with a recently baptized
member from Africa. He teaches the Sunday school class at church so we
meet with him once a week to help him prepare for that. When we met
with him this week he made us some African soup. It was really good,
but it was just insanely hot!! He had some African pepper mixed in
with the soup and it made it real hot!! We couldn't even finish the
soup! It was great though! We had an awesome lesson preparation with
him.

Besides that we also celebrated Easter!! On Monday we had a big grill
party at a members house and seriously threw down the food there! We
talked and laughed a ton, but more important then food and friends,
was celebrating the new life we receive through the Atonement of Jesus
Christ. It really doesn't matter what we have done in our lives, or
how terrible of a person we may think we are. The redeeming power of
the Atonement can completely and eternally cleanse us, we just need to
let our Savior and Redeemer into our lives! He lives. He loves us. And
He wants to help us. I'm personally very grateful for the opportunity
I have to share this message with as many people as I can.

I hope everyone has a great week!! Feel free to email me with any
questions, whether it's about church, mission, or just whatever it don't matter!!

Elder Rogers








Thursday, April 13, 2017

Easter!! 🥚🍳

This week was such a weird week!! Kinda one of those weeks you just
wanna forget about, but at the same time it's way crazy!! Im only
going to hit the highlights of the week, that way I don't have to
write that much. Sorry I'm lazy, just happens when your a 19 year old
boy and would rather do fun things on pdays instead of type an email.
Not saying you guys aren't worth the writing!!! But you know what I
mean.

Anyways!! Last Saturday was really cool. My companion and I received a
couple referrals from one of my friends back home (and in the Alpine
mission) and they wanted us to just go by and say hi for them! We went
by on the first family and the dad answered. I simply told him my name
and that I knew a family from the US and they wanted us to stop by and
say hi for them. He seemed a little uneasy so I made sure he knew we
didn't want to talk about Christ we just wanted to say what up. He
said he had no time in the most German way possible and shut the door.
Haha whatever we tired.

The second family, we went over and the same thing happened. I made
sure they knew my name and that we didn't want to talk about Christ
with them we just wanted to say hi for the family that I was friends
with. After I told them that they said to come in! My comp and i were
so pumped to be able to visit with them! They were really cool! The
family was the mom, dad, and there son and daughter. Sadly we didn't
get to meet the kids cuz they were at school at the time, but we got
to talk with the parents for at least an hour. It was so awesome! We
just talked to them about our homes and just some small talk stuff. We
never just started teaching them a lesson about our church though, we
were able to teach them the most important points of our church simply
through their questions. It was the most amazing thing ever. I am so
grateful for the chance I had to be a part of that. I'm very grateful
for the family at home that trusted my comp and I enough to go by on
their friends. I pray and hope that the family we visited will be able
to find eternal happiness.

Fast forward in the week. On Monday we were able to meet with a member
in our ward to go give a widow member in the ward a blessing. I feel
so bad for this lady, she is not yet in her 70's, but she has had
health problems her whole life. We talked with her a little bit, and
the gave her the blessing. The Spirit was so strong and i am so glad
to have been able to stand in on that blessing. I swear that in every
blessing there are more hands on top of ours. I know that the true
church is restored onto the earth today and because it is we are able
to use the Lords authority to bless the life of others as well as our
own.

Ok well there was more in the week but my new baseball glove is
calling my name. I hope you guys all have one freakin sweet week! If
you haven't seen it yet go watch the video the church put out for
Easter! It's way awesome! Also, if someone could tell me who one March
Madness you'd be my favorite. Bis später y'all!

Elder Rogers


Thursday, April 6, 2017

General Conference!

   This week was super sweet!! We did a lot of finding and
actually met some cool people!! We met a guy on the street this week
that was really open to talk with us! He was kind of in a hurry
because he said his mom was waiting on him to cook food for her,
pretty important so we didn't wanna get in the way of that! We did
manage to set an appointment up with him next Monday so we are pumped
for that!!

         I feel like so much happened this week, but I just can't
think of anything! It was just a really fast week!! We did have a
super sick pday today!! I was able to find baseball mits and a ball at
a store here so now me and my future comps can play catch! (I bought
two). We threw today and it was probably the best day in Germany just
because of that. Besides that we had a really solid week and got a ton
done!

       Just to end, I am so grateful for Conference!! I don't know if
it's just me, but I feel like they get better and better every time!
Which is crazy!! I'm very grateful for our prophet today, President
Thomas S. Monson! He is a huge example of courage for me, I hope that
we can all be inspired by the awesome examples of the living apostles
and general authorities! But more importantly is that of the Saviors
example. I'm very excited to celebrate Easter really soon and I will
forever be grateful for his perfect example! I challenge everyone to
pray sometime, before or after Easter, it doesn't matter. But ask
Heavenly Father to show you the love that Him and His Son, Jesus
Christ have for you. Then all you need to do is have the faith that He
will show you! I know that They love all of us, and miss us, and love
hearing from us!

Elder Rogers