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Monday, April 14, 2014

Ellis Island and More Fun Stuff

April 14, 2014

I saw the statue of Liberty and drove to Ellis Island.  That is how cool the New Jersey mission is.  Well we had the unique privilege of helping people find their ancestors that came over from other countries and were on ship records.  It was amazing to watch as people got so excited to find their history.  The first lady that I watched had a lot of problems with the computer, but fortunately we had an expert at technology and history.  It was amazing to watch her shuffle through files until finally we found this lady's grandfather’s name on a ship record.  The spirit of Elijah was so strong there.  I love Family history!

It was such a great experience this week to contact so many of the Lord's children.  We had a lot of contacts and the best part is that our mission had over 8,000 contacts this week.   My new companion is teaching me how to street contact and I'm getting better a little bit at a time.

This week we finally set Brother Yoon on date.  I mentioned him previously.  He is one of the most prepared people I have ever met.  He asks the most amazing questions.  He wants to know so badly.  We asked him to be baptized and he said “Of course” and he hasn't even experienced a witness from the Holy Ghost yet that this is the true church.  It is going to be so amazing when he gets his answer.  Well this week our Spanish Elders had a baptism and it was such a neat experience to watch as a 12-year old girl took the next step for that salvation. 

We are going to the Zoo today.  I'm going to pet a stingray (2nd time) and a shark.

Exciting news for next week:  Elder L. Tom Perry is coming to our mission!  It is going to be awesome!

Love Sister Rogers

The Sister Missionaries got together for special training. 
The theme was, "These Shoes are Made for Walking."


Monday, April 7, 2014

It’s New Companion Time!

April 7, 2014

This week I traded my blonde-haired, Rapunzel companion for a blazing red-headed companion (pictures next week) by the name of Sister Houser.  She is a great missionary and has progressed the work a lot.  We have 3 with baptismal dates and it is the first time since I'm been here that we have had so many.  

We pick up a new investigator this week and she is so cool.  Every time we come over she feeds us and it is usually super healthy and good.  She was taught by the missionaries ten years previously and wasn't baptized because she couldn't stop smoking. The lesson was amazing as the spirit was filling the room as we gave the First Vision lesson.  Afterwards she couldn't believe she hadn't accepted this before and committed to be baptized.  It was an amazing moment and she was so excited.  

I loved conference so much especially, the talk by President Uchtdorf on gratitude.  It made me realize that if I want to be happy in this life I need to go around with a thankful heart.  My companion shared a story with me about a woman that was going through a really hard part of her life and was falling into depression, but instead of praying for her needs she began to thank God for what he had given her and the miracle of happiness started to come into her life.  

From Sister Rogers

Weird thing about New Jersey:  The 7-11s are convenience stores, not gas stations.