Thursday, June 29, 2017

Fahrr├Ąder ­čÜ┤

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