Monday, 18 December 2017

Seeking Charity, For Without It We Are Nothing ...Week 36 in Lapeer

     Well my spiritual insight this week was what our mission president had to say at our Christmas zone conference. 'When you are filled with charity, you obey God’s commandments and do all you can to serve others and help them receive the restored gospel….Charity is a gift from God.' The prophet Mormon said that we should "pray unto the Father with all the energy of heart, that [we] may be filled with this love" (Moroni 7:48). As you follow this counsel and strive to do righteous works, your love for all people will increase, especially those among whom you labor.….You will come to feel a sincere concern for the eternal welfare and happiness of other people. You will see them as children of God with the potential of becoming like our Heavenly Father, and you will labor in their behalf. You will avoid negative feelings such as anger, envy, lust, or covetousness. You will avoid judging others, criticizing them, or saying negative things about them. You will try to understand them and their points of view. You will be patient with them and try to help them when they are struggling or discouraged. I know I have echoed Charity before but this is what I really struggle with and am striving to develop it even more then I have now. 

     Tuesday and Friday were the last opportunity I  had to serve at the food pantry here in Lapeer. It has truly been a blessing to serve.

     Wednesday was a snow day, as in we received 6+ inches of snow. It was wonderful and because it was a little cold outside and I'm going home I bought the ingredients for a taco soup for Elder Weinand to make, it was great!

     The highlight of the week was our Christmas Zone Conference. It was great to be with some other Elders and see them before I go home. In summary, this week we received 7+inches of snow and I had to write a talk for  Sunday and pack. 

     The talk I gave was good and a member of the ward asked for a copy of the talk, that's a first! I'm packed and suitcases are in under weight. I am ready to dip out and begin my the next chapter of my life. See ya soon!

If you want to continue to email me, my email will change to 

Lots of Love
Elder Rodgers

on way to zone party

not bringing these shoes home

taco soup is gone


ready for home!

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

"He will lead us to them or them to us" ...Week 35 in Lapeer

     Please Note that when I come to email I don't usually remember what goes on during a week, I forget. I often refer to the missionary planner. Unfortunately I dropped it in water and it was then trash, so bear with me. Preparation day we went to Doughnut Burger and I got a Cinnamon Doughnut and it was Delicious. Finishing off the P-Day we went to the Zone Leaders chapel to play games and have fun with them and other Elders. 

     Continuing through my week we went to do service and then went to cookie splits. I had no luck and the other companions got cussed out, but hey that's half the fun! 
     For District Meeting (MY LAST ONE) The Zone leaders came and we had a discussion from preach my gospel pages 182-184. It was helpful to do that because we are going to be teaching this man this upcoming week. Afterwards we went to service and contacted. 

     My exit interview was Friday and its hard to believe that but its true. We got there at 9:15 and I didn't get in till like 10:20ish. I had a good chat with President Cleveland then Elder Weinand and I did some computer work for Sister Cleveland. I made the Christmas slideshow, for the upcoming mission Christmas party. So during all this Sister Cleveland bought us Subway and we worked. I finished it close to 2:45ish.  Elder Weinand was still doing his project. Since I'm going home soon I called some members to get their information and one wanted to meet up so he came to the Mission office and we had a great chat. Its been close to 18 months since I've seen him. So we got back home at 7pm, a long day. 

     Last week I forgot to mention something really amazing. We went to church and during priesthood class the 2nd councillor pulled us aside and introduced us to a young man who moved here from California. While living there he went to church and met with missionaries. He came back to live with his father. He wants to be taught and inquired about what he would have to sign in order to be baptized. We explained the process, and he was exited. So this Sunday he came to Church again so we have a lesson with him this Wednesday with a returned missionary and intend to extend the Baptismal date for Dec 30th. The Lord provided a miracle. I know it comes from the hard work I have shown the Lord as I  strive to talk with everyone. We read in Preach My Gospel.  "He will lead you to them or He will lead them to you." The Lord has lead him to us!! 

Lots of Love
Elder Rodgers

Doughnut  Burger!

MY district .... Elder Jones, Rodgers, Quick, Myer, Weinand

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Elder Rodgers Week ...Week 34 inLapeer

     Another week has come and gone, but still enjoying the time. We had a good week y'all could say. Starting off the week we cooked a turkey at the Bluewater Elders apartment and we had stuffing, potatoes, gravy, and pudding pie for dessert. My first time... well all of our first time cooking a turkey but may I say we did a mighty fine job! It filled us all up. 

     Continuing my week... bright and early Tuesday morning we drove to Southfield to a DLTM (district leader training meeting) for three hours and that was great and I learned lots. Some of the things I learned was that we need to be urgent in finding our brothers and our sisters. Other things I got from the meeting was we need to be more accountable in our work. That night we applied it and talked to everyone, it felt good you could say :). 

     My week continues as follows ...Wednesday was the Chinese Buffet, and then we blitzed the Bluewater area. 

     Thursday night we conducted an exchange. I was to be with Elder Myers and the reaming three are together. Starting off the exchange we had a lesson in their area and then we came back to Lapeer that evening.

     Friday as we continued the exchange we did service and more service. Dinner that evening was with a friend of ours who took us three out to dinner (we went as a companionship to dinner). After dinner we exchanged back and then we contacted former's. We came back to the apt and then Elder Myers taught me the lessons. 

     The last part of the week was Sunday where we had the opportunity to watch the first presidency Christmas devotional, which may I add was great to watch. 

I want to ask a question to all that read this letter to send me any thoughts you have about these questions in a SEPERATE EMAIL! 
1) how you reconize the spirit personally 
 2) how it can be an influence in our lives
 3) a cool story you have with the holy ghost. 

Lots of Love
Elder Rodgers

I'm not counting.... lol

Our Turkey dinner.... note no veggies!

New tie!

Monday, 27 November 2017

I'm Not Stuffed ...Week 33 in Lapeer

     Our week has come and is now gone but it was good. We went to Great Lakes Crossings Outlet. While there I ended up buying another tie and another Elder bought a rain coat. I almost caved and bought one myself but I didn't. 

     We had the opportunity to serve on Tuesday and then that night we were planning on going to visit less actives for cookie splits but instead we ended up being tied up at interviews because president was tied up. We got there at 5:30pm and left at 8:30pm. I didn't get in till 6:40ish. My interview with president was short due to the fact that my exit interview will be in 2 weeks. Elder Weinand had a 40 minute interview the longest I have seen in a while. Usually it is like 20 min max, so with that we had to cancel cookie visits. 

     District Meeting was good, we discussed our take aways from Zone conference. 

     Thanksgiving was great! We went to a members home and I ate lots but "I'm Not Stuffed" for those who dont understand some members in Monroe told me that when she was on her mission that when people would say they are "stuffed" it meant they are pregnant. So hence "I'm Not Stuffed", just was very full. I tried 4 types of pie that day, Pumpkin, Chocolate, Apple, & Pecan the only one I didn't like was the apple. This apple pie was different from most but don't ask me what because I'm not sure. Another fun thing that happened was I went on exchange with a zone leader, and that was chill, had fun and learned. 

I want to ask a question to all that read this letter and please send me any thoughts you have about these questions in a SEPARATE EMAIL! 

1) how you recognize the spirit personally 
2) how has it been an influence in your lives
3) a cool story you have with the holy ghost. 

(homecoming talk will be Dec 31 at 11:00 am at Mt Heights Chapel)

Lots Of Love 
Elder Rodgers 

Elder Weinand, Rodgers, Elder Lauracilla

Elder Weinand's homemade pumpkin pie

A little big for the back seat!

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Lockdown In Lapeer? ...Week 32 in Lapeer

     This week was good. I forgot to mention last week but the Bluewater Elders have been staying here with us since the 8th and they left on the 18th (their car was in the shop and so they bunked with us) so preparation day was good. I got my haircut, then a Chinese Buffet and then games at the apartment. We cleaned the car also in prep for zone conference the next day. 

     Zone conference was great, it was full of great insights, including the need to invite people to be baptized in the first lesson and then to help them if they say "no" and find their needs and address them. We also talked about setting meaningful plans throughout the day and then talking about being more obedient in the mission. This was also my last Zone conference as a missionary πŸ˜ but that's alright that means I'm almost finished .😎 Tuesday night I went on an exchange with Elders Jones & Elder Quick.

     The following day we got a call from the zone leaders saying that we are to follow these rules (they gave rules) and that we are in a "lockdown" My next thought was "lockdown in Lapeer? There was an incident in the mission boundaries that caused some us to be in a "lockdown". Not all the mission was in "lockdown" just some certain areas, president wanted to keep us safe, part of our area was in the affected county,πŸ”« so since we had the other Elders there we deep fried potatoes to make fries and played board games. It was a really great day but it all came to an end when we got a call from the zone leaders. Sadly there was no real action. 

     Since we didn't finish the exchange Wednesday, Thursday we finished it. The Bluewater Elders thought they were going to get there car back today but nope they did not! 

     Continuing the week, we served Friday at the food pantry, and since the other two Elders for most of the week were on bikes Elder Jones and I biked that evening to our soup kitchen service and then contacted that evening around town. Today in the late afternoon like 4 'ish' they got a text from the driving coordinator saying they can get there car tomorrow. 

     So Saturday we contacted and ate at another Chinese Buffet  πŸ±πŸšthey are so good my weak spot.

     Sunday a less active we saw during the week came to church that was great and then that evening we had a member dinner. It was real good, cranberry chicken. That was something I have never had before but like I said.. real good!

Elder Rodgers 

New haircut

Making Fries!

Elder Jones guarding the fries!

I may..or may not...have broke my chair

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Its the the final countdown! ...Week 31 in Lapeer

     We changed things up on preparation day and we went to a pizza hut buffet instead of a Chinese buffet. It was still great. It's been a long time since I've been to pizza hut. For the remainder of Pday we played some games. 

     Highlight of the week are as follows...  Tuesday we had service at the food pantry and that was great. As I have been working on "my plan" (missionaries who are close to going home do this program) I have made a decision to find somewhere in the community to serve when I am home!! I'd like to invite all who read this to do likewise, service will help us focus on others and not just ourselves.

    The next highlight, we had a lesson at Brother G's home. It was good but I still had a headache that I had most of the day. Later that night transfer calls came.... and results are we both stay in Lapeer but we gain a third member, making this the 5th trio of my mission! Now It's the the final countdown! My 17th transfer.

     Next highlight was after district meeting we went to a Chinese buffet. We had to take the other Elders to a car repair shop (their car needs a little repair) and when we got there it had just closed so we came home and finished with a little bit of contacting. 

     The best highlight was Thursday. We drove to transfers and Weinand and the new Elder, Elder Quick went to the Bloomfields area to contact and I stayed at the mission office for lunch! After we went to the Cleveland's home and President gave us a departing chat on what to do when we go home. We concluded the night by going to the Temple with all departing missionaries and missionaries from my transfer so 8 in total. After the Temple my companions were there to take me home (that's why they were in Bloomfield, that's where the temple is) 

     The last highlight was Friday. We drove the other Elders to the shop so they could get their car done and we then went to so some service at the food pantry. All 5 of us and then the soup kitchen as well, all 5 again. Later that night and on Saturday we were just contacting.

Lots Of Love 
Elder Rodgers

Final Temple trip on my mission 

Halloween Scare ...Week 30 in Lapeer

     On Monday our preparation was great! Once again I come to the realization that my mission "P-Days" are limited..... but soon they will be unlimited! We went to the Chinese buffet #yummy and then we went to Great Lakes Crossings Outlet for a fun mall trip.

     Tuesday, Elder Myers and I exchanged. It went good but the highlight was that evening we ended the exchange, it was a highlight because I didn't want to exchange and it was over now.  Elder Jones and myself wanted to go checkout some graffiti so we drove down the big lake in Lapeer.  We walked to the path that leads to the graffiti and we were not sure if we should go but being missionaries we felt tough, so we walked further and then we felt an impression to leave, so no, there was no Halloween Scare tonight! So we went back to the apartment and in the morning we went back and felt better about being there. 

     Another great part of my week was district meeting. We discussed how to begin teaching points. It was helpful. Then I did some "my plan" (my plan is what missionaries going home do to prepare for the world) and that was FUN. 

     Another part of my week that was good was Friday we had service at the food pantry and the soup kitchen. I love it! The opportunity we have to reach out to the community is such a blessing, we have so much doing that

     Saturday was fun. We had a thunderstorm while we were in a Lesson with a less active family. The thunder was loud, but our lesson went well with the family. Unfortunately, they still didn't come to church. A spiritual highlight I had was... I was in the isle at Walmart and walked by a lady and her child and felt prompted to talk to her so walked back and shared my testimony of the Book of Mormon. We set up an appointment to see her Sunday afternoon but when we showed up no one decided to answer. The moral of the story was that I needed to act on the prompting, even though nothing came of it physically, spiritually I gained the Lord's trust. 

Lots of Love, Laughs and Lolipops
Elder Rodgers

On the roof of the tunnel


Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Lots of Talking ...Week 29 in Lapeer

     Monday!! Another great week! We went out to Port Huron, tossed a Frisbee at the beach (50ΒΊF) and after of course went to the buffet. You just can't beat $7.99 buffet! Nearing the end of preparation day we had an exchange on the spur of the moment, Elder Myers & Elder Weinand went to Lapeer and Elder Jones & myself stayed in Blue water. I stayed to help in the area. That night we talked to 14 people who let us bear testimony many others didn't let us talk. 

     Continuing on exchange the next day we contacted less actives and talked to some people at stores. Then we had a member dinner, it was great. 

     District meeting was great. This week we discussed the goal of talking and bearing testimony to 10 people each day was going. It has been 11 days since that challenge and as a companionship we are at 85/110, not too bad!

     Thursday was good, we had a member teaching visit and that good. Then we got back into Lapeer to realize that our phone was left at the members, so another drive back up there to grab it before he left. That evening we had another member teaching visit.

     Friday morning and afternoon was service. On a side note I love how our Saturdays are always serviced filled! Later that night we talked to lots of people.

     Saturday after we talked to people we went to the ward chilli cook off.  Even though this year I was not a judge I did enjoy the chilli.

     Finishing off the week we had church and another member teaching visit. 

Lots of Love
Elder Rodgers

at the beach

changing colors

See the witch?

Monday, 30 October 2017

Week of exchanges ...week 28 in Lapeer

     Week of exchanges. Monday the other Elders came to our area, for preparation day. Elder Weinand and Myers played "Magic" (1) So then Elder Jones and myself went to stores, got the car washed and did some stuff . It was a great day. Then that lead into the exchange with Elder Jones and Myself, we talked with some people and saw success and we had a good evening.
     The next day we did some service and teaching to a less active and it was late in the day and we were both a little off of our goal of talking to people so we crammed it in and accomplished it.  

     We ended the exchange and had district meeting and that evening we went down to Rochester to exchange with with the big wigs (2) and it was a great one. I had the opportunity to exchange with Elder Prows and Elder Lauricella. It was great, we taught their investigator who speaks Chinese - its dope, but hard to teach with the language barrier. He is preparing for baptism! Then more finding. We knocked on this door she looked at us weird and let us in and she let us teach and then we invited her to baptism and she accepted it was hecka (3) sweet.

      Later that week we did service for the food pantry and on Saturday I had a headache and that was no fun. I couldn't think straight or do anything lol ...can't win em all!

     Sunday was Stake Conference and that was awesome. Our stake presidency is really awesome, they are cool. 

     In general it was really hot week here it was like 70 all week but this time of year it should be in the 50's or lows 30's ....any way ta ta for now!

Lots Of Love 
Elder Rodgers 

(1) Strange game you play with cards
(2) Zone leaders 
(3) hecka = like supper sweet 

Bye to Elder Woods

Elder Prows, Elder Rodgers, Elder Lauricella 

Fall is beautiful

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

What A Blessing ...Week 27 in Lapeer

     In my studies this week I have been reading in late Alma and into Helaman. I was thinking how we could apply this to us and I came up with the conclusion that sometimes we are doing well and everything is going well but in turn we sometimes forget our God and we fall into the routine of simply forgetting the basics. Then we sometimes fall off the track and it at times can be hard to get back in the game. What a blessing it can be that we have the words of our prophets and leaders and they can help us get back in the game!  

     This week was great. Monday the Elders in the district came out to Lapeer for preparation day and we had a good time playing games. I even won at my own game that was great. Then another Elder and myself went out to taco bell... and he payed what a blessing! 

     The next best event of the week came Tuesday. We had service and that was great, what a blessing that is to serve! Then we had interviews with president and that was great. While my companion was in I got to talk to Sister Cleveland and she is Great!  What a blessing she is to this mission. To top off the day we had dinner with a member who is returning back to the gospel it was awesome! t

    The next best thing of the week was district meeting. We discussed Conference, which may I add was fantastic! Then we discussed the zone conference we had and that all was awesome. I learned a lot from both. Some great talks which I cited in a previous letter. Later we served that afternoon. 

     Another great part of the week was Thursday, we went to the mission office and Elder Weinand burned all the general conference talks on to cd's for the mission because the new office couples didn't know how and he was the only one that knew how. 

     Then the next best part was church. That was great and the talks were great! It was about being all in and standing up in the inside. 

     It's getting colder here at night, its in the 40's and its been raining all weekend and in the high 50's

Lots of Love
Elder Rodgers

Elder Myer, Elder Weinand, Elder Jones
and ME

I liked this.. 'Be-a-ranger' rd

new hat!

Zone Leader Elder wood, served with him in Monroe

Go Forth With Faith ...Week 26 in Lapeer

     Starting off our week we ventured out to Port Huron for a preparation day with the Elders. Of course keeping the good times going we went out for the Chinese buffet, that was great and satisfying. 

     Tuesday was my highlight of the week! We had our Zone conference, and this one was great! We discussed the visit from Elder Bennett and what he said we can improve on, it was being urgent with our Fathers business. Also in the conference we discussed what we can do to improve our ways in being more obedient as a missionary. We also had a great lunch provided by a ward in the zone. Later that night I talked to everyone I saw and it was great! We saw some success because from those visits and it was because I was trying to be more urgent. 

Thursday we had a great lesson with a returning member. Also we had a great dinner with him and some yummy banana bread. 

     Friday was full of service and I love to serve! 

     Saturday was the miracle! We went to contact a referral and  we didn't have the apartment number so we knocked on the complex. We didn't find her but we found a brother who wants to learn and we have an appointment to come back this week. I am exited about that and it will be great, hopefully his wife will be interested also! 

     Sunday was probably the next greatest day. I was asked to give a sacrament talk so I gladly accepted and spoke today in sacrament. It was the first time I have in 93 weeks! It was on faith so that was an easy topic and I was told it went well. 

Go forth with faith!

Lots of Love 
Elder Rodgers

Service Couple, the Hills

I cannot confirm or deny if I did this!

Thursday, 5 October 2017

I Love Conference weekend ...week 25 in Lapeer

     Let me start off by using the words of the President of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, "The Book of Mormon provides the fullest and most authoritative understanding of the Atonement of Jesus Christ to be found anywhere. It teaches what it really means to be born again. From the Book of Mormon we learn about the gathering of scattered Israel. We know why we are here on earth. These and other truths are more powerfully and persuasively taught in the Book of Mormon than in any other book."  

     Then the words of the Sunday School General President "The Book of Mormon is not only the keystone of our religion, but it can also become the keystone of our testimonies so that when trials or unanswered questions confront us, it can hold our testimonies securely in place. This book is the one weight on the scales of truth that exceeds the combined weight of all the critics’ arguments. Why? Because if it is true, then Joseph Smith was a prophet and this is the restored Church of Jesus Christ, regardless of any historical or other arguments to the contrary. For this reason, the critics are intent on disproving the Book of Mormon, but the obstacles they face are insurmountable, because this book is true." 

     These talks to me really hit the mark and re emphasize the words of our prophet last April. 

     This week started in the low 90's and ended in the low 50's its been great. This week we had to go to Southfield for a District Leader Training meeting for all DL's. That was good I guess,  great insight on what we as a mission can improve upon and the need to be more urgent in the work and in our areas so we can find those willing to hearken and read the Book of Mormon and become converted with its power. 

     This week I also conducted my first District meeting and that was good I guess. I talked aboot daily contact with our investigators and the importance of it. It was good. We also had the privilege to serve at some food pantry's and as I was relating the service we did the talk by Sister Oscarson comes to mind, "But I also think that sometimes it’s easy to miss some of the greatest opportunities to serve others because we are distracted or because we are looking for ambitious ways to change the world and we don’t see that some of the most significant needs we can meet are within our own families, among our friends, in our wards, and in our communities."  Her talk just really hit the need to serve everyone. 

Anyways, y'all have a great week. 

Lots of Love
Elder Rodgers

Wild Turkeys we found driving.
Thanksgiving Dinner maybe?

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

The Call To Serve ...Week 24 in Lapeer

     What a week! We started off in Port Huron playing games with our district and having a great time, because that's what it's all about on preparation day! Then we came back to Lapeer to Contact. 
     But now for the highlights of the week.... one of the highlights was serving at the Food Pantry two days this week for a little bit in the morning. I love it there and they love having us there and its a great way to be in the service of our fellow brothers and sisters. 
     The next highlight this week was when we went with a member of the ward to visit some less actives and deliver cookies. It was alright, this time the people that answered were not the people we were looking for, they were friends, but ya cant win em all! 

     Another great part of the week was the last District meeting of the transfer. We discussed what we learned from the Elder Bennett meeting and it was good. The insights were great! One insight that stood out to me is that the adversary will lie to us and make us want to follow the lie, even though its a lie. So we need to be aware of the lies of the adversary. After that was a long drive and wait at the mission office to get our TIWI replaced because she was acting up, she was turning off and on every few minutes.

     The next best thing was transfer calls! I don't have to pack just yet, I have to wait I guess. That's great cause I didn't wan to leave! So Elder Weinand and Elder Rodgers will be staying in Lapeer. 
    Then Saturday after some contacting The Call To Serve came from president Cleveland asking me to serve as a District Leader! I was caught off guard, mainly because I'm an old missionary, but hey I guess on the bright side it will help me have responsibility and stay more focused so that is a win.

     Sunday was great, it was fast and testimony meeting. That was a great meeting and it was the first time in a while I got up and actually did it. Later we had a good correlation meeting and a great night.

Lots Of Love, and Laughs and Lollipops  
Elder Rodgers 

His working hard face. At the food pantry.

Elder Weinand has a working hard face too!

Food Panrty


Still way hot here!

Foe Dad!