Wednesday, June 22, 2016

My Last Week

My Zone
June 21, 2016

Hey everybody,

          I`m doing really well.  I feel really weird though.  I can`t believe that today and tomorrow are my last days in Uruguay. It is crazy to think that my mission is already finished.  I have learned so many things here on the mission. 

          I don`t know how I can explain my mission in just one letter, but I`ll try to give a brief message.  I am so grateful for this opportunity that I have had to serve a mission and to be able to help people know more about the gospel.  I am also really grateful for all of the gifts that God has given me that I have been able to develop.  I know that everybody has so many gifts that God can help us develop.

          One of the biggest gifts that has changed me is ability to serve other people and to love them. I have been able to see such a big change that has happened to me over time by serving people.  I have learned to stop just thinking about myself. I know that I`m going to miss the people here and all of the things they do. I`ll see you guys soon.  Love you guys, 

Elder Rogers


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Ups and Downs

 

 
June 13, 2016
          This week was full of ups and downs.  One of our investigators stopped the lessons but we were also able to see the miracles of Lourdes and her son Fernando. They both went to church this week and they are doing really well.  Lourdes has been a member of lots of different religions, but not too long ago she stopped going to her religion and a member from our ward talked to her and we have had a couple of lessons based on The Book of Mormon and the Restoration.  She prayed about it many times and also read a lot and this last lesson we had with her her she bore her testimony about The Book of Mormon.  We put a baptism date with them for the 9th of July.

          Something we have been doing in our zone is to try to have more investigators progress toward baptism. We have been doing lots of different plans and in the zone, the amount of investigators that are progressing have doubled! It is incredible to see how some of the small things like lessons with members can help investigators attend church.
Love you guys,
Elder Rogers
 
Our house
Giant hot dogs

milking alfajores and concilio

 

 

Chocque de Fuerza

Me in front of our house (we live on the top floor)

June 6, 2016

Hey everybody.

          We had a super great week, Hugo went to church for the third time!!! We have been having lessons with Hugo.  He has a baptism date for the 18th  of June.  We were even able to start on his family history work and he is really excited to find his ancestors. This week we are going to start teaching the commandments.

          We did a choque de fuerza this week.  It is when all of the missionaries from the stake come and work in one ├írea for like 2 hours and this week we did it in our ├írea.  The missionaries found a lot of people so this week we have been focusing on trying to find those people and set up dates to visit them.

          Everything is going good here I hope you guys have a great week,

Elder Rogers

Our neighbor's dog that always put his nose through the fence


Monday, May 30, 2016

More Miracles



Our multi-mission conference
May 30, 2016
 
Hey,

          We are doing really well here in El Bosque.  We have been seeing a lot of miracles here. Hugo (our investigator) went to church this week even though it was pouring rain. We have been able to have a couple lessons with him and he has a big interest in family history work so we are going to work on that this week.

          Another miracle is our ward missionary is really excited about missionary work and she invited us to give a blessing to one of her friends, Maria, that is from a different religion. We gave the blessing and she was very happy to receive it and the member invited her to go to church and told her that she would pass by in the morning. Maria and her son both went to church this week!

          With Elder Brumble we have been having a lot of ideas for cooking stuff.  Right now I`m not able to send any photos that are on his camera but I will send some in the next weeks or so.

Love you guys,

Elder Rogers

 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Miracles


May 23, 2016

Hello everybody,

          This week went really well.  We had some miracles happen, especially with the investigators that we found recently. Yesterday we went to church and there was a non-member that showed up, Hubo.  He has been going to a lot of different churches trying to find the truth. The members were really excited to see someone in church and the helped him feel comfortable there.

          The other miracle we had was we were able to have a lesson with an old investigator, Claudia.  She has a different religion, but her sister is a member and she is reading the Book of Mormon.  Claudia believes that it is scripture, but still believes that almost all of the churches are true and good. But she said that she will pray and ask if she needs to join our church.

          This week our zone has been focusing on talking with everyone.  We have been able to see a lot more success in our zone due to talking with everybody and also asking for references.

          I hope you all have a great week,

Elder Rogers

Monday, May 16, 2016

Good Times with Elder Brumble

May 16, 2016

Hey everybody,

          This week was a very good week, we were able to find some new investigators that are really cool. It can be very difficult sometimes when their religion is very similar in some ways and in other ways it is completely different. But we have a message that is very different than just convincing people.  It`s all about them asking God.

          This change is going to be really fun.  I`m with Elder Brumble from West Valley (Salt Lake City) and we have had many crazy things happen.  It is insane!  First off, I got bit by a dog, but don`t worry it`s not infected or anything.  And we also saw a porta potty that is by our house that got knocked over and nobody came to take it away, ha ha. Yesterday in Uruguay was Mother’s Day, so happy mother`s day from Uruguay yesterday!!!

Love you guys,

Elder Rogers

 

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The Final Change

May 9, 2016

Hey everybody, 

          Changes is this week and I`m staying in my area and my companion is leaving and going to Rocha. My new companion is Elder Brumble, I kind of already know him.  He has 6 weeks less on the mission as I do. Something crazy is that this change (6 weeks) is my last change. Don´t worry I´m not trunky.  I am really excited to work the best I can in my area and finish the mission strong.

          Happy Mothers Day to all of those mothers out there, I hope your day was very special. Something crazy is that here Mother’s day isn´t until next week, so it was kind of weird to do skype last Sunday and for everybody else it was just another day. 

          Well, I would love to send you some photos but the computer I´m using doesn´t have a USB drive that works, so until next week.

Elder Rogers