Monday, October 16, 2017

Week 86--Rarin' to spread the good word in Joplin

Hi, everybody!

This week so far in Joplin 1st ward has been sweet. My companion and I feel strongly about the work here. Our Bishop is suuuper on board, and he is excited. Our Stake President is the same way. They have told us we have their support. The second counselor to the Bishop took us out Sunday night to people he has found, and got us four investigators in a couple hours. 

We've been introduced to some people with a lot of potential. There's a member who has a lot of non-member kids/grandkids who seem to be ready soon, and there's a recent convert whose parents also seem pretty receptive to the gospel. 

We went to see a man by the name of Robert, who asked for a bible to be brought to him. We taught the restoration to him and we have a return appointment.

We went through our former teaching records, people missionaries stopped teaching for one reason or another, and there are lots of people who are willing to have us come and continue teaching!

Before we shotgunned in (my companion and I are both new to the area) the previous elders were ready to go home and the Bishop could tell, things just weren't getting done, but he knows we're ready to work hard. I've felt prompted to record the things we do and the ward's efforts, and the experiences we have, and have the feeling things will explode here.

Watch out for some exciting news.

We helped out with a ward activity, a hoe-down, and talked to some non-members there, inviting them to church. 

It's been a blessed time here in Joplin so far, and I know much more is to come!

Elder Rodgers

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Week 85--Bye bye, Ava!

After 7 months in Ava I'm getting transferred to Joplin 1st ward! I'm so excited because I have a lot of missionaries I love in my zone and district!

This week since last Monday has been a good time. 

On Saturday we went to a Pioneer Heritage Festival. Lots of people gathered together, and had booths for selling things that are related to the theme. We brought a portable display about families, and added some foam board with family history themed messages to attract people who wanted to  learn more. We had many people come who were interested in Family History and those who have hit dead ends on one of their lines. We got some of them hooked up with a family history center.

Carol came to church which I was super happy about. She came for fast and testimony meeting, which I always get a little anxious about in case something a member says makes the investigator scared. It was interesting because lots of people went to the temple that weekend so that was an over-arching theme of the meeting. She said she liked it, and would come again next week.

The last few days in Ava, we've been super busy, and I feel like I've done well here. I can't wait to blow up the work in Joplin!

Also I found this sign and I had to take a picture with it. Missionaries especially will get the humor in this.

Week 84--Conference is AWESOME!

Hi, Family and Friends!

We met again with a relatively new investigator,we taught the restoration to him last week. This morning at 6 am we read the Book of Mormon with him before work and he noticed the importance of what he is learning and thanks God for it.

We also found a guy close to our age and his sister. We taught the restoration last night in their home and he had a lot of questions because of the things he's learned here in the bible belt, and we were able to answer his questions and he was willing to read and pray about it and so was his sister. He told us to call him Friday and set something up to meet with him again.

General Conference was amazing and I learned a lot. Perhaps my favorite talk was about Seeing people the way the Lord sees them, for "man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart." 

I know that the messages from these men are truly from God. 

Love from Elder Rodgers

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Week 83--Power of setting goals

Hello, everyone!

So this week, shortly after getting back from the conference with Elder Cornish a member of our ward invited someone he met to do the discussions with us. We taught him the restoration and the spirit in that lesson was so strong. At the end he gave the closing prayer and we paused for a moment and our member asked him how he felt. He replied, "I feel really good." He is golden.

Sunday night at about 8:30 we decided we would find three new investigators. The first door we knocked in the second neighborhood, we found a family of 3. They're so solid. The father invited us in and we taught a little bit about how the restoration of the gospel will bless his family. He was very willing to have us back and he was very open and sincere.

We went on an exchange with the assistants, and I went with Elder Atkinson. 

He's a good elder, we had a sweet exchange, and we found two new investigators, which was our goal that day as well. I've noticed there is so much power in setting goals, and doing everything you can to find people to teach, and praying that the Lord will put someone in your path. I know he will. 

Also we got our blood taken!

Love to you all!
Elder Rodgers