Monday, January 26, 2015

Multi-Zone Conference and a Miracle

A Picture of our Zone
January 26, 2015

            This week has flown by for me. We have done so many things lately.  First for our last p- day we had an activity at the church and we played volleyball for a couple of hours and after we ate snacks. It is crazy for me how I can walk all day long, but when it comes to really playing sports like volleyball, I´m sore for the rest of the week.

            We also had a multi-zone conference that was really good that talked a lot about urgency and having a lot of backup plans.  If we have a lot of back up plans, when something falls through, we don´t have to think and think about what we are going to do next.  We can just go and do it.

            A miracle we had this week was we went to see an old investigator.  This old investigator was progressing and everything, but he could not give up smoking, so he couldn´t get baptized and then he kind of lost contact with the missionaries. But anyways we went to the house and just knocked on the door and he told us we could come in. We started talking a lot about the Plan of Salvation and he had a lot of profound questions and we just kept on talking and he seemed really interested. Then at the end of the lesson, he just started talking about baptism and how he could give up smoking and get baptized in like 3 or 4 weeks.  We were like yeah, you should totally do that. It is crazy to me how God prepares people to receive the Gospel and he does it in time. 

            Hope you all have a great week and I´ll write you next week!!!


Elder Rogers 
These are the kids of a member that we visit a lot.
These guys are awesome, crazy and super-funny

Monday, January 19, 2015


The grave we dedicated last week
January 19, 2015

            This week has been pretty crazy.  First we went and had a family home evening with a lady named Morena. Morena is basically the grandma of all of the missionaries.  She is super funny.  During the family home evening we talked about patience and we showed that video of the kids eating the marshmallows.  It was really good. After we were done with the family home evening, Morena made us some cake and she made a ton of it.

            We dedicated a grave a couple of days ago.  The grave is of a recent convert’s brother. The family is really sad about what happened to him.  He died from a car accident and they all visit him every month. That is actually how she found the missionaries and got baptized. The graveyards in South America are very different.  The caskets are stacked up on top of each other and the middle of the grave yard is very open. It is very different than the states and also the caskets are not in the ground; they are above.

            We have been working with an investigator and her name is Maria.  She is awesome.  We had our first lesson a week or so ago and we told her to pray about our message and the Book of Mormon and she did.  The next day we talked with her and she received an answer to her prayers. I know that she knows the Book of Mormon is true, she knows the rests of the gospel is true as well.  We schedule her date of baptism on the 6th of February. 

            So this week has been pretty great for me.  Well I hope you all have a great week, Ciao.

Elder Rogers

A grave yard in Uruguay

Monday, January 12, 2015

Hello Everybody

January 12, 2015

            How is everybody? How was your week?

            So this week we had a holiday called Dia de los Reyes and it means “day of the kings.” It is celebrated on January 6th.  What they do for this holiday is the kings give the children presents (so basically like Santa Clause but instead it is kings).  A lot of kids here have their new toys and everything.

            It is kind of weird being in a different area than my other area, but I´m getting used to it now. My area isn´t huge, so I´m starting to learn where everything is. We have been focusing really hard on trying to get families to go to church and also work on Family Home Evenings. It is crazy—when I got here we didn´t even have a Primary, Elder Araya and I have been working really hard on trying to get more young people to go to church and this week we did pretty good. We had almost as many people in Primary as we did in all of the other classes. With the Family Home Evenings we have been trying to invite as many people as we can to try to get the members closer and become better friends.

            Today we played soccer with some members and some investigators and it is so weird because as missionaries in South America we can walk all day but when it comes to running, that is a different story. We run out of energy pretty fast, especially when it is so hot outside. It was really fun to play and just have a good time. 

            Hope you guys all have a great week and I´ll write you next week!!!

Elder Rogers


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Transfer to Vergada

Cbristmas in Melo
January 5, 2015
          How was everybody’s New Years Eve? Mine was very relaxing  just watching fireworks and stuff. So we had changes last week and now I am in a place called 33, the actual city I am in is called Vergada.  It is a small town.
          So I left Melo.  It was hard to say bye to everybody but, I don´t know it’s weird that I was sad and happy at the same time. It is sad to say goodbye to everybody but I felt like it was time to leave Melo. 
          Vergada is a lot like my last area I am still kind of close to Brazil and still really close to my last area. So Vergada is a small town for sure.  We have about 12 or so active members, and here it is really hot and humid. 
          Here in Vergada we have been focusing on family home evenings and trying to get families to go to church. We also are doing a challenge reading a chapter in The Book of Mormon every day until July or so. We are sure that is going to help the ward out a ton and we will have more spiritual strength here.
Have a Great Week!!!
Elder Rogers 

This is the asado I was talking about last week

Cooking the asado