Thursday, July 27, 2017

Week 75--Sweet is the work!


I'm not quite sure what has happened this week, but we've been keeping busy! in the 98 F and humid weather!

Friday was a big day, we were working on service projects from 7am-2pm, then went out teaching!

We had Joey at church this week again which was great, he's really starting to fit in here!

And on Sunday we went to church with our friends, the Rodgers at their Sunday night service! It's always interesting going to churches of different faiths, because it gives me a vision of how I can help people feel more comfortable when they visit.

I know I promised a letter, but I hope this will do, although unlike my cousin I did not get to shake President Uchtdorf's hand! 

All is well here!

Elder Rodgers

Week 74--Staying put and working hard

Hey everyone!!!

  So I finally have a 6 month area!! Transfers came and I'm staying, I've been in Ava Missouri from March to the present day and will be until September unless my companion decides to go rogue. Haha

   It's been quite a week, and if I had my planner I could tell you what happened, but it's been such a blur I can't even remember. This transfer went by super fast for me and I only have five more... Pretty weird.

  One thing that was awesome was that we took the time once again to pray over the map and choose streets to tract on at certain times. We both came up with three of the same streets. We knocked part of the first street then talked to some of our investigators there. They told us we could go see a certain man named Howie who lives down the street. We hadn't knocked on his door yet. We ended up going there, and it turns out he used to meet with the Sister missionaries a few years back, and he wants to go to church. We invited him to go the next morning and he came with his two kids. They loved church. 

   We went fishing today, and I didn't catch anything better than a few pounds, but I had a good time!

   As we head out to work this week, have us in your prayers!!! We'll have some good things to write about next week I think, so we'll see.

   Stay funky!

Love, Elder Rodgers

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Week 73--Bringing light

Hey there eh buds!

This week was pretty dang good! Independence Day was sweet, shooting off fireworks in the rain and eating ourselves to death. Elder Ostler said it's a day of freedom from limitations on what we eat, so we pigged out that day.

We also reviewed with Joey the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and for someone who has been saying he doesn't know if God is there, he has sure made a lot of changes since we've begun teaching him that shows he is growing in faith a little bit at a time, but surely.

   We found a new investigator, she had been taught in the past, her name is Carol. Her late husband was a member of the church but he didn't know much about the church. She naturally has many questions about what we teach and she's really enjoyed the feeling of having us around and she has looked at things from a much greater perspective. I see a lot of potential with her.

We had some good lessons this week. We talked to Nora about the Gospel of Jesus Christ with an emphasis on baptism. She isn't quite ready to set a date for baptism as a goal, but she has the desire to follow God, and we will continue to teach her as long as she is willing to make progress at whatever pace she takes.


We took part in a funeral of a woman who passed about a week ago here in Ava, a new experience on my mission, and we were asked to be pallbearers.

We took a priest out with us teaching on Sunday and we met this girl, Kari. She was trying to question God with science, and Elder Ostler had a lot to say because he likes to get into science and so ultimately it came to the point where she wanted us to look up something about the age of the prophet Noah if she would study the restoration pamphlet we gave her. She agreed and we got her phone number so we could follow up!

   It was an interesting day all in all, and one thing I would add this week, a thought I would leave with everyone is that we need to focus on the simple things of the gospel before we go deep. A testimony of Jesus Christ and his gospel - faith, repentance, baptism, the gift of the Holy Ghost, enduring to the end - must come first before we go into a study of deeper and more trivial things. Christ is the rock on which we must stand, "a foundation whereon if men build, they cannot fall."

Elder Rodgers

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Week 72--The Lord is Preparing People

Elder Ostler decided he would prepare me for the Canadian Winter that awaits me when I return home, by covering me with cotton and turning the AC on full blast. 

   This week we had lots of meeting, and lots of driving. It was a great week, and I'm ready for some miracles. After all the meeting this week, we had a day full of teaching to make up for the days we were sitting down all the time. We have a lot of people who are taking the lessons with us, and there are a couple who should have a date for baptism sometime soon, I'll keep ya'll posted. 

From the mission blog

   There have been some neat experiences this week. I'll share one with you. We were going to see if we could find some people who had been taught by missionaries before, so we went to an apartment complex and parked, and there was someone parked next to us. We said hello, and talked to him for a little, and he said he's baptist, so there are a lot of differences between us. We asked him what he believes, and he said "Jesus Christ" and we said "Us too!" then he asked us to come in and visit with him. We set up a time to come back and teach him about the restoration, and that lesson went super well with him when we came back. When he closed the lesson with a prayer, he made sure to ask that he would know if what we taught him is true, the key part to anyone's conversion is asking in faith.

   Another cool story, we were once again looking for former investigators, when Elder Ostler felt like we should knock on the neighbor's door, we rarely had been doing this. He answered and looked shocked to see us, and said, "Come on in!" 2 for 2! We went in and like before, we invited him to learn about the restoration, we'll be teaching him this week. He had been watching TV and saw something about our church, so when he saw us, he really wanted to talk. We told him that God intended for us to visit with him so that we could share the message we had prepared to teach. He agreed to have us return and he explained that he has family that are members of the church, including his Grandfather who has passed.

From the mission blog

   We also taught the restoration to another guy this past week, he's someone who has known members of the church his whole life and has spent time around them, but somehow was never invited to learn. Now we're here and we taught that lesson. He loved it, his grandmother not so much, but he was willing to accept a Book of Mormon and read it even though his Grandmother wasn't. I'm excited to see how much light comes into their lives as they study and pray about these things.

   I know that the Lord is hastening his work, and whether we are a missionary, a member of the ward, leadership, or anyone in between, the Lord is preparing people in our lives to hear the restored gospel NOW.

Love, Elder Rodgers
Route 6 Box 6470 Apt 15
Ava, MO 65608