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Monday, March 30, 2015

March 30, 2015


      All I wanted to say this week is the Savior's atonement is real.  I have felt him in my darkest hours of need and I know that he cares for each and every one of us.  If you haven't felt his love or you need to be healed right now in your life,  start by simply asking.

This is an amazing video produced by the church.

Sister Rogers

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Working with the Ward

Here I go!

March 23, 2015
 Family (believe me, you all are family),

            Hair chopping day!  You can see from the pictures that I got a new look.  I wasn't planning on it ‘till yesterday when my companion saw my pics when I cut my hair last summer.  She kept telling me to do it again and lo and behold our t-up is going to school for hair.  Sydora was just so sweet I couldn't resist giving her a shot at my poker-straight hair. Everyone at the school thought I was crazy for cutting so much off.  They had to cut it 3 times to get it the length I wanted. That was the first time I have ever paid for a haircut and it cost me
a whole 12 dollars.  So worth it.
            There were so many changes in our work this week.  We establish expectations with Bishop because he had the authority over the work. After that things seem to all fall together.  We were able to teach more and see the people that really needed our help.  This ward has a hard time with keeping the new members active.  We addressed the common problem that no one was being their friend.  The key to the work is we must strengthen the ward before we bring anyone new into the church.  It seems that as we have had that perspective as our focus then the work starts to really progress.  We are no longer afraid to drop those who are not ready for the gospel at this time. We are truly doing what the Lord has called us to do.
            Amazing quote that was shared in the YSA Sunday School about the Savior.  “He came to pay a debt he did not owe because we owed a debt. we could not pay.”
Love you so much!

Sister Rogers



Me and my companion, Sister Brown

Monday, March 16, 2015


Me with my new compaion, Sister Brown
March 16, 2015

            So everyone gets an apology if I didn't write them last week.  I got locked out of my email and they just barely cleared it today.  I was also sick this week and so I wasn't able to write letters.

            I have an amazing companion, Sister Brown. Of course, she is from Utah, but her heritage is from Samoa and Tonga. Her current course in school is physiology at the U.  There are 6 in her family with a brother on a mission in South Africa.

            This past week I was sick with major congestion, sore throat, and headaches.  Basically my nose is leaking like a fire hydrant and I've used my fair share of the toilet paper.  Church was still a lot of fun because we are over the Young Single Adult ward and they are so much fun.  It is amazing how we are teaching someone from every age 60 to 19 about the Christ's Gospel and it truly applies to every one of them individually.  The Savior can truly heal all wounds.

2 weeks ago
             Miracles happened the first teaching day I was here.  We were teaching Allen, an investigator who had been taught since November, and he was bringing up so many concerns about the word of wisdom and just prophets in general. We started asking him soul searching questions and it was revealed that there was something missing. Finally we asked him "Allen, have you ever felt that God loves you?"  He said no. Why would he accept Joseph Smith as a prophet if he first didn't know that God cares? The Spirit works miracles.

            The next teaching appointment was equally as powerful.  Sister Brown committed our new investigator to pray about God's vision for his life and next time we would teach him about God’s vision and how he can achieve that.  There was such a powerful spirit.

Sister Rogers  

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Maplewood, NJ 07040


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Saying Goodbye

Brother Thiong, Brother Jacob, and Me
March 2, 2015

            I'M LEAVING.......  Actually, both my companion and I are leaving.......In fact all the missionaries in the branch are leaving and they will have 4 new missionaries tomorrow.  I'm not sure what happened.  So basically it has been a bit of a hectic week.

            Well since I didn't send a letter last week I'll give you an update. Tuesday we got a phone call from our mission president's wife saying that she wants to go do missionary work with us.  That night we met with our investigator Agya and taught him about the book of Mormon.  Sister Taggart was amazing.   The not so exciting thing we did at district meeting was eating Balut ( it is a half incubated duck egg).  It tasted a little like a gross egg--very horrible.

            New York pizza is the best in the world.  So our awesome member brought a pizza all the way from New York for us to try.  I have never had such good pizza.  The crust was amazing.  Don’t get me wrong Jersey pizza is amazing to, but there is something about NY pizza. Everyone says its the Brooklyn water and I think I believe them.

            Had the coolest experience on my mission.  Camilla(our investigator) prayed for the first time in her whole life.  The spirit was so strong.   God cares so much about his children and it is amazing to see how even the most simple experiences help change us.

            Spending there last couple of days saying goodbye to all.  I’m going to miss this place.

Signing out
Sister Rogers

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Grossed Out

Having fun in the car

February 17, 2015

            So at District meeting today we ate balut which is a half-incubated duck egg.  I still feel sick.  Our District Leader made it for us because he and the rest of our district are from the Philippines and that is something they eat over there.  Google some pictures or if you have a weak stomach it might be better not to.

            I’m having a good time here in Elizabeth with my companion, Sister Clarke. We had an awesome Valentine’s Day because a single sister in the ward took us out for Chinese food and bought us Valentines donuts.  They were really good.

            I'm running out of time, but I love you all so much.

Sister Rogers
Bad picture of the donuts we got on Valentine's Day

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Another Week in the Garden State

February 9, 2015

            NO time to write this week, so maybe I will actually get some letters out to you.  We finally have a branch mission leader.  We haven't had one in about 3 months, so we are super excited.  They actually had to move him from the Spanish ward to the English ward because our ward is so small it needed to happen.

            Our investigator who has cancer went to the hospital because he got the flu.  It is so horrible and he is so sick.  His name is Rafael and if you could pray for him that would be great.


            We were about to check out some referrals that had been given to us when right outside the building, a man and his wife were trying to get their car off the ice. They were having a really hard time of it so we spent about 15 minutes pushing the car back and forth to get it on the road.  Afterwards, the husband said we could come back over and we taught them and their five-week-old baby girl the next day.  It was such a neat experience.  I love how God puts us exactly in the places we need to be.

Sister Rogers

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Snow Miracles

February 2, 2015

            Well if anyone was watching the New York or New Jersey news, you would know on Monday when I last wrote they were predicting this crazy storm.  It was supposed to be so terrible that they shut the bus and subways down; In addition, if you were caught on the street past 11:00in New York they would give you up to a $300 ticket.

            The storm was nothing to be alarmed by.  In fact, it blew over and we only got about 10 inches. So I have learned something in New Jersey. Never trust a weather man.

Miracle This Week

            Recently we had received a headquarters referral that a man wanted a bible.  We dropped the bible off, but it became very hard to get in contact with him to see when we could come visit him.  Many times we stopped by and either he would be at work or sleeping.  Of course the night we stopped by, he was sleeping, but his college-aged daughter started asking us questions.  It was amazing how she had grown up in such a strict church (They are not allowedto wear pants or make up).  She was discovering man's truth and God's truth for herself.  She was actively trying to understand what God wanted her to do.  We are so excited to teach her next week.

            We also had called a random less-active in our phone that was not on our branch list.  We met with him on Saturday and found out he had never been baptized.  He just likes being called brother with his last name.  He also came to church on Sunday.  So awesome.

I love you all.

Keep sharing God's love,

Sister Rogers

Monday, January 26, 2015

Snow, Snow, Snow

January 26, 2015

            It has finally snowed in New Jersey.  It looks as if it will be a blizzard.  I'm excited.  I've heard we will be getting everything from 6 inches to 3 feet.  As I'm writing, the library is closing due to the storm, so I better make this quick.

            We spent two days walking because the walking elders needed our car so they could go to a transfer conference.  Gratefully, we met some really cool people along the way or else it would have been a long day.  One of my favorites was a Haitian man by the name of Kola like the drink. He shared with us that on the day of the ice rain he had almost been killed in a car accident, but God protected him.

            I was also able to talk to Sister Papin from my last area today and she lost her job so now she is super excited to come to church all the time.  God works in mysterious ways.

            Crazy thing about Jersey—because of the snow it is really hard to find parking, so in order to save a parking spot, people put out trash cans and chairs in the street so they can have somewhere to park.  It is really funny.

            We had the best surprise Thursday morning.  A member gave us a call and asked what we were doing.  It was about 9, so obviously we were studying.  "Well I'm at the diner right next to your house; come meet me there."  We had the best breakfast every.  I love how much the members care!

            Got to go, the storm is coming.

Sister Rogers

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Nothing to Say

January 19, 2015
Well family I ran out of time this week, but know that I love you so
much.  Miracles are happening everywhere.
Sister Rogers

Monday, January 12, 2015

3 Months to Go

Elaine and myNew Blanket
January 12, 2015

            I learned this week about the power of the atonement in the lives of all God's children.  We have many people that are trying to make it back to church and a lot of them are struggling with addictions.  One of them, Brother Elco, expressed to us his concern that he could not come back to church because he smoked.  We talked to him about how that was a false notion because the Savior wants us to come to church no matter what and he wants us to repent.  The next week we brought a recent convent who also is struggling to stop smoking and her advice to him was to read his scriptures and just keep praying.  It is so amazing how God asks us to do such simple things and miracles come that would never have happened on their own.

            The picture below is one of our beloved members that made me a blanket that is around my shoulders.  Elaine has some special needs, but she is so funny.  She gives all the missionaries nicknames. Some of the names are not so appealing like no-no, turtle, drum, and rice ball.  Lucky
enough I got the name of Singer.  She makes blankets for all the missionaries that serve in Elizabeth and likes to call us 5 times a day.  Elaine is working on going to the temple this year.

            So many of you have noticed that I have been on my mission for quite a while and don't worry I still have a few more months left.  You might be pleased to note that my companion that I am currently serving with reminds me every day that I only have 3 months left and when missionaries leave the mission we call that dying.  So every day I get to hear "You are dying soon."

Sister Rogers


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Miracles in the New Year

January 5, 2015 

To my Favorite People,

            The week has been amazing.  The Lord blessed us with 23 lessons and usually the area only get 18 on a good week. 

Miracle this week: We were walking home for correlation when a mother and her son started walking with us.  I asked her how her New Year's went which lead into a conversation about how she is changing her life with the Savior. Before I could even ask if we could visit her, she was giving us the address to her home.  On Saturday we taught Lena and her husband about the restoration.  We asked her husband, Roberto how he has felt the spirit. He told us that as we were talking to Lena he felt the spirit telling him to go listen to what we were talking about.  It was so spiritual.  They even said they would be baptized and Roberto came to church on Sunday.  Sadly they live in the elders’ area, so they will continue to teach them.

            That was the big miracle for the week.  New Year’s we were out contacting at 8 at night.  People thought we were crazy.  It was so cold, but so worth it for the Lord.

            I ;ove this great work.  See you next week.

Sister Rogers