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Monday, November 25, 2013

Baptism and A New Companion!​!!!!!!!!!!​

November 25, 2013

       Loretta was baptized! Here is just a little more background on Loretta.  She was referred to us by a 92-year-old member (who still drives), Sister Moses. She is from Jamaica and has the simplest most amazing testimony of the gospel.  Every time we ask how she feels about it all she says is, "I'm going somewhere. I can feel it.  God wants me to get baptized."  The service was amazing. She was baptized three times. After she was worried that she had done it wrong because they had to do it so many times.   Her experience was so amazing that after all she could say was "I feel so light!”  The service really took off from there. With someone singing a solo......Humm......  Yes, somehow my companion decided to put me down to sing a solo. I was somehow able to sing “How Great thou Art.” My companion had to give a talk after 3 people canceled on her (mostly because of sickness).  The Bishop and Relief Society President spoke and we were lucky enough to have our wonderful mission president speak.  It was incredible the way he spoke to her and he told us that he could feel the most amazing spirit just radiating from her. Everything was great.

Later on President Jeppsen pulled my companion aside and told her that she was being transferred to become the next Sister Training Leader.  I'm going to miss her so much, but this is an amazing opportunity for her. So I'm getting another trainer soon and I hope next week I will get the pictures of my (now old) companion up and going.  It’s been a fun six weeks to spend with her and now she is off to new adventures. 

P.S. Sorry such a short letter but a lot has gone on this week. But I’ll write a long one next week.

Monday, November 18, 2013

My First Baptism and a New GPS

November 16, 2013
I got a new GPS!!!!!!!!! So happy, maybe we won't get lost as much. For P-Day most of the elders and my companion played sports, while I spent my time working up my skills on Apples to Apples and Uno.  Let’s just say I totally won.  The most exciting news of the week........Are you ready for this......We have a baptism next Sunday!!!!!!!!   Lorretta!! She is one of the most prepared people that my companion has met on her mission so far.  Today we were finishing up the last few lessons and we asked her to pay tithing after baptism.  Her response was "10 percent is not very much to pay."  She is so incredible.  In her prayers she always goes on about how happy she is and how she is so ready to be baptized.
I did something so interesting last week; it’s called a Blitz.  It’s where a large group of missionaries get together in an area that is really struggling for investigators and they go around contacting people in that area for an hour or more.  This area just so happened to be a Spanish-speaking area, so I spent about an hour smiling at people while Hermosa (Sister) Clark did all the talking.  The people thought it was very funny that I could not understand a single word that they were saying.  There was even one lady who started crying as she was talking about her son that was not being kind to her.  I was so excited for the missionaries to teach her.

Sister Rogers

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

My First Exchange and Halloween

District Sisters
November 4, 2013

            Well on the night of Mischief (October 30th) and on Halloween we had to be in our homes by 6:00.  Which meant glorious sleep.  I know sad, but we did have two trick-or-treaters that were beyond cute, so we have been eating the rest of our candy all week. 
            The first exchange was this week.  I switched companions for a day.  We went to Caldwell in New Jersey.  So much fun!  Exchanges are just like sleep overs with another missionary.  The place I went to felt exactly like Washington near Grandma and Grandpa Rogers’ house.  It felt like going on vacation all over again. 
            The Church Building is a condemned old building that is falling apart.  The ward has been there for 13 years.  They are building a real church house and if you so desire you can even look it up.  It’s called the Englewood church building.  It is supposed to be this revolutionary building that is eco-friendly and has some amazing underground parking.  The ward is super excited to get into the new building.

            The work is not super-fast in this area, but I am really amazed at the people that God has put in our path to teach.  We were trying to find less-actives in a sketchier neighborhood late at night (which means about 8 o'clock) when we met the less-active we had been looking for.  Marcus was on his porch smoking.  He told us that he was hoping that we wouldn't come over here because he was sinning.  We had a really great conversation that lead him to realizing that he would like to change.  It was amazingly cool and powerful.  The spirit was so strong.

Sister Rogers

P.S.  Someone please send me pictures of their Halloween costumes.  Send it to  I miss dressing up.

My Zone

Falling asleep on the train

Me just chilling with Samuel