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Monday, July 28, 2014

July 28, 2014

            It is so strange, but my companion is going home in a week. Crazy.  It has been so much fun serving with her.  We have had some crazy ups and downs, but it has helped us grow so much.  

       This week the church building was almost closed due to something about there being a crack in the ceiling.  There was a huge deal about it with caution tape and everything.  We were thinking about setting up a huge tent in the park and having our meeting there, but the church magically became safe on Saturday, so no church in the park experience.

      This week was incredible; we were able to have so many members come out with us to visit our less-actives.  One experience included a member taking the lead in inviting the less-active to church.  It was such an amazing experience and the members have such strong testimonies.

      We were doing some tracting this week and I was a bit nervous as usual.  But the Spirit was ready for me to speak, so when the door opened, I (somehow) boldly proclaimed, "Jesus Christ’s church has been restored to the earth today. What do you think of that?"  That started a good 30- minute conversation with the man and concluded with him wanting to see what our church was like.  Conclusion: the spirit will give you the power and the words if you desire to share with others, but you must first open your mouth and exercise faith.

“If we desire more faith, we must be more obedient. When we teach our children by example or precept to be casual or situational in obeying God’s commandments, we prevent them from receiving this vital spiritual gift. Faith requires an attitude of exact obedience, even in the small, simple things.”                Elder Kevin Pearson

Sister Rogers


Monday, July 21, 2014

It’s a Rainin’ in Jersey

July 21, 2014

            I don't know what it is about New Jersey, but the rain here is crazy.  We have had so many flash floods in the last week it was crazy.  The rain is so bad that the windshield wipers are not fast enough so that we can see.

            The miracle this week is that our less active, Sister Papin, came to church again for the second time.  It is so amazing because she is reading her scriptures all the time.  She loves them.  But unfortunately she was in the position that she didn't have time last week to read and she told us that her week went horrible.  She said, “You need to come over, it is horrible.”  She expressed that when she read her scriptures that everything worked out, but nothing did when she didn't read her scriptures.  Let’s just say she is planning on reading her scriptures from now on.

            We don't have many investigators right now, but we have some ineradicable less active that are progressing so well.  One of them gave a talk on Sunday and gave us a shout out a few times during her talk.  

Sister Rogers

Monday, July 14, 2014

New Mission President

Saying Goodbye to the Jeppsons

My new Mission President & His Wife - Paul and Jane Taggart
July 14, 2014

            Well everything has been going crazy with the New Mission President and his wife.  He has some big changes he wants to start implementing in the mission.  We are really focusing on using all finding our ideas, even if they are a bit crazy.  This last week we met them and it was such a neat experience.  

            We were eating banana pancakes in the kitchen and Sister Taggart walked in.  Of course, as the good missionaries we are, we offered her some so she sat down at the table and started eating off the plate that had clearly been someone else’s not long ago.  She even picked up a fork and asked us how many people had used it.  We had determined that less than 5 people had been eating with it, so obviously it was still usable.  She is so awesome.

            President Taggart is a spiritual walking faith bomb.  He has great ideas and he is ready to really help this mission step up its game.  One thing that he said that really stuck in my mind is that he reads his scriptures as long as it takes to feel the spirit.  I know before my mission I sometime read my scriptures because I felt like I was supposed to, but to think if we could start every day feeling the spirit how much happier we could be every day.

            This week we had the privilege of doing lots of service.  We were able to help a lady move in to our ward plus we started organizing a storage area for a less active, which basically added up to 5.5 hours of service, so we might have been a little tired at the end, but it was completely worth it.

Love you all.
Sister Rogers

Just being silly with my Comp

Mansion house..... Yes this is what my area is like

When you don't have parking do it the Jersey way

Being crazy in the car.  These are the Jersey Sisters

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Me and Sister Walton
July 6, 2014

Alright this week and I ran out of time to write, but this is what we did for the 4th of July.

We went and watched the fire works on an 11 story balcony over the beach. To say the least it was awesome.