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Monday, November 24, 2014

Been Blessed

November 24, 2014

            The work isn't always easy.  Actually it is never easy.  That is what makes us grow.

            Well this week I've had a run-in with my lack patience.  The Lord has been trying to teach me this lesson my whole mission and I've had a hard time learning it.  We have been contacting at least 10 people a day and the promise that we received was that we would double our investigators.  It had been a hard week and half of contacting people with no success.  I was ready to give up a bit.  But thankfully the Lord blessed me with an amazing companion.  She talked to everyone, even those who were a little less than friendly.  This is not her typical nature but she decided to give up insecurity and do what the Lord asked her to do.  Mostly because of her, we were able to speak to over 70 people and we got some great potentials.  She is such an example of being patient in the Lord's time.  I'm so grateful to have someone like her to teach me that the Lord fulfills his promises.

            As we have been consecrating ourselves this month, it has been a new experience of sacrifice.  I've discovered as I give up my imperfections (pride, selfishness and fear) to my Savior I have become a much better happier, person.  It has been a wonderful experience.  

            Sorry the letter is so short.  Our time was cut short.  I love you all and am so blessed to have you as family and friends.  Thanks for all the prayers.  I know they have carried me more than once.  I feel your love even all the way out here.  Have a great Thanksgiving.  I love you all.

Sister Rogers

Monday, November 17, 2014

Bury Your Weapons

​My First pair of shoes that I got a whole in. 
For awhile I put tape on the hole so rocks wouldn't get in. 
Missionaries wear down soles to save souls
November 17, 2014

            This week was great.  We talked to almost every single person we saw, which is something that has always been super-hard for me, but the Lord called me to “bury my weapons" just like the Anti-Nehi-Lehi people did.  My weapon has been fear.  I've tried to bury that weapon this week and we talked to 74 people this week on the street!  The Lord helps us to lay aside our weaknesses.
            A cool miracle on an exchange happened.  Sister Shiman and I had driven to find a less-active and as we got out of the car, I said hi to someone getting out of their car, but I did not try to talk to them.  I felt super-guilty.  But there is proof that the Lord gives second chances.  After we were unable to find the less-active, the same girl we saw before was walking her dog.   Miracle!  We talked to her and she was so excited to hear more about the message we had to bring.  God is always planting people in our path to help.  The greatest help we can ever give someone is the gospel.  

            On Saturday our appointment that we had set cancelled and being tired, I wanted to move our dinner up.  However, the Spirit had other plans; I am grateful for my companion who was listening.  We still needed 9 people to contact before we could go home, so I said a prayer pleading for people to be outside that we could talk to (people are sometimes annoyed when we knock on their doors.)  We found four people to talk to us, which was a saving grace.  Even the people behind the doors were nice to us.  The spirit was so strong as we drove home.  We had kept the promise that we made to Heavenly Father.

            We taught the young men this week how to teach the first lesson.  They did such a great job bearing their testimonies.  The spirit was strong, especially at the end where they each got to teach one other about the gospel.  They are going to be great missionaries one day.  Even those new 12-year-olds were so good.

Sister Rogers from the Shore

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

My New Companion

I got my ears pierced!
November 10, 2014

            Well I forgot to inform all of you, but I got my ears pierced a few weeks ago.  I don't know how I got the courage, but my companions had to hold my hand.  They even took a video of it.  

            Sister Rigby is from Rexburg, Idaho and her Dad works at BYU Idaho in the computer technology department. She is the oldest of four siblings with the next oldest being 17, 12, and then 10.  She love books and talking with people.  Sister Rigby has been out for 6 months, but she has spent all of those in the little area of New York that is part of our mission. 

            Sorry it is super short, but I need to go.  There will be more next week.  Hope you enjoy the pictures.

Sister Rogers

My new companion - Sister Rigby

My new apartment

Furniture inside my apartment

The chandelier

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Out with the Old and In with the New

My old companions that left October 29th
November 3, 2014

            So change has come.  Transfers took 2 companions and brought me another awesome one, Sister Rigby.  She has so much energy it makes me tired just watching her.  We've had so much fun together.  This week was her first walking day with a walk about 4 miles.  It tired her out a bit, so that makes me really excited when we do the average walk of 8 miles on walking day.

            The miracle this week happened while I was comparing the updated ward list with the old one and I noticed a name that I had never seen before.  We scheduled to see them on Sunday, then at ward council the Bishop asked about them.  We felt the urgency of going to see the family by then.  We arrived at the house to find the Grandma there who is an active member of the church.  Her daughter (the member) was getting engaged to a Jewish man and that was why she was not home.  Though the daughter is not active, her 12 year old son was back in their last ward.  It was amazing how the spirit prompts up to find those who need us. 

Sister Rogers