Friday, 21 July 2017

578 Days Completed ...Week 14 in Lapeer

     This week has been good. It was an awesome preparation day last week. We spent it with a member playing all types of games, truly a great time. 

     This week has gone by fast, some of the highlights of the week include but are not limited to... we did service for and investigator and it was lots of fun and after the fact he fed us lots of salad and it was good! Next highlight of the day was that evening we went out with Mike, an RM in the ward. We visited some less actives and afterwards he took us out to Sonic for ice cream. It was a great day. 
     
     Next highlight I shall include is district meeting. That was a fun time! The district leader and his companion were late but when they got there we had a great meeting, then we had lunch with Mike. Next highlight was dinner that day as we had pizza with the former ward mission leaders family and they are great!

     Another highlight was the service Thursday morning at Habitat for Humanity. That was fun and good. Later that evening we had dinner with Mike and that was a highlight.  Also another highlight of the day was cookie visits. They were good with some success again. 

     One unfortunate highlight was this morning Mike left us... he left to Tennessee for GOOD. That evening we volunteered at the Soup kitchen and then had dinner with an investigator at a restaurant. It was great, I had Alfredo with spinach and mushrooms in it, really unique. These both were some highlights of the week!

     Saturdays highlights were that we got a new investigator who is willing to listen as we help her around the yard. And the last highlight of the day was I made some BBQ Chicken drumsticks and they were amazing! I got 3 pounds for $1.66 it was great!!!!

     On Sunday the highlight was Church. Then an hour drive to teach a member the restoration and also today was 578 Days Completed! 

     While these were the main HIGHLIGHTS OF MY WEEK  one insight from a study I had this week was  " Effective daily study must always begin with prayer. Study is an act of faith requiring the use of personal agency. Our gospel study is most effective when you are taught by the Holy Ghost. Always begin your gospel study by praying for the Holy Ghost to help you learn. He will bring knowledge and conviction that will bless your life and allow you to bless the lives of others. Your faith in Jesus Christ will increase. Your desire to repent and improve will grow." (Preach my Gospel)

Lots of Love
Elder Rodgers



Elder Rodgers & Elder Shultz

Saying bye to Mike

Elder Shultz, Mike, Elder Rodgers

My steak and eggs breakfast

Sunset in MI

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

The Hand Of A Special Witness ...Week 13 in Lapeer

     This week has been a good one! It was a lit preparation day, we spent it with a member playing all types of games, truly a great relaxation time. This week has gone by quick. Some of the highlights of the week include but are not limited to... Monday night we went to a members home and shared the restoration with him and in conclusion he gave us each $10 to McDonald's. Sweet ya know because they are always busy and can't always feed us.  

     The next highlight we go contacting and I introduce myself to a person in the store and she actually thought I was asking her out, no way gross 😷 it was supper awkward! Then later she was staring at me... weird. 

     Next event of the week was TRANSFERS ....WHAT A BLESSING! We had a member drive us and get me a new companion who goes my the name of ELDER SHULTZ from Smithfield Utah. When we got back we had a 4th of July breakfast. I told them they were 3 days late but no one was buying it. The next highlight I wish to address was District meeting. It was a lit one with a lot of laughter and learning and a good discussion on repentance.

     Another highlight was Thursday morning when we went down to the temple with Mike, a member who we have spent some prep days with and some Sundays with and some dinners with. Anyways, we were able to go to the Temple in Bloomfield, it was a great morning. After he took us out to Taco Bell (my favorite fast food joint)  Another event of the day was that evening we taught a member the restoration. 

     The highlight  I wish to address next is when we served at the soup kitchen. It was a great experience and I always enjoy serving. I would like to share a paragraph from preach my gospel related to service. " One of the great blessings of membership in the church is the opportunity to serve. When we give loving service to others, we are serving God. When we are baptized, we covenant to give such service (see Mosiah 18: 8-10) We are able to become aware of others' physical and spiritual needs. We then give of our time, talents and means to help meet those needs. we follow the example of the Savior, who came to serve others. We are to do what Jesus did and become like Him." So as members and in general what a blessing it can be to serve. 

     The next highlight I want to share I think tops the week and maybe even all mission highlights. We were told to travel to the Westland Stake Center. For us it was a 2 hour commute but the speaker was worth it. He goes by the name of "Dieter F Uchtdorf", It was amazing! Before he spoke we got to shake The Hand Of A Special Witness of Jesus Christ. Here a few highlights from what he said.
  1. We are a part of the restoration of the gospel. The end of the restoration occurs when the Savior returns.
  2. Know your purpose and wax strong in the Lord (D&C 121:45).
  3. Continue on, don’t turn away, 4th floor last door will come.
  4. Endure to the end.
  5. Don’t underestimate the impact you will have as a missionary.
  6. Preach My Gospel will tell you what to do!
  7. “Your obligation is as serious in your sphere of responsibility as is my obligation in my sphere” President Gordon B. Hinckley (PMG pg13). Your service is as significant as the prophet… make sure you remember that.
  8. The Father’s work and glory is what you and I are doing now!
  9. Move forward with Faith.
  10. Help each other and we will succeed.
  11. When we repent He will not remember our sins.
  12. Clear things up and trust in the Lord.
  13. Three times he said “The Lord is pleased with your sacrifice.
It was an amazing meeting!

     The next highlight was our Sunday where we visited 4 member family's and taught the restoration to some and the plan of salvation to others. It was filled with lots of teaching the doctrine of Christ.

I hope y'all have a great week and enjoy whatever weather we may receive!

Lots of Love
Elder Rodgers 



Elder Shultz and I at the Temple

After meeting with President Uchtdorf

My new shoes!

Breakfast...mmmm









Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Another transfer down 4 to go ...Week 12 in Lapeer

     This week has been good, it was a legit preparation day. We spent it with a member playing all types of games, truly a great relaxing time. 

     This week has gone by quick, some of the highlights of the week include but are not limited to... Cookie splits, where we went out with a just graduated youth to stop by a family and give them cookies and share the gospel with them. They seemed like they would be interested in having us come back to share more with them, so that is great! 

     Another highlight is after District meeting on Wednesday we had to drive all the way to Southfield to get our new car. The old one needs to be repaired because the door was bent, so we picked up a almost new car, 16000 miles, a Ford Escape "17" Then we had to drive all the way back up but of course we hit the dinner rush hour and that slowed us down, but that was a cool event. 

     The next highlight or event that was good was the service we do at Habitat for Humanity, they even fed us lunch! The next highlight I wish to share was a member family who made us "dinner to go" because of timing and all. It was chicken and rice with broccoli, it was good! 

     Next highlight of my week was Fridays dinner. We showed up for dinner and they had 3 full racks of ribs! That was heaven! There was only 4 of us so they told us to "dig in" so I probably had like 3/4's of a rack, it was legit. 

     Leading into the next highlight of the week.... we drove to Port Huron for exchanges. The exchange was so great, I was with Elder Smith and it was one of the best exchanges I've had since being here. It was just because of what went on that day. I was close to Canada on Canada day, don't know if they were gun shots we heard or fireworks, I could not tell but probably fireworks cause we were in a safe part of town. 

     The last highlight of the week was church, and then member visits. We were able to share a message with two family's and then I also broke my fast with SPAGHETTI ! I haven't had pasta in a while, it was so tasty and great! 

     Oh another highlight, I forgot transfer calls came in..... Elder Meyer is leaving to an unknown area and I am staying and will be getting another companion, another transfer down 4 to go!

Have a great week
Lots of Love
Elder Rodgers


In Lexington by Lake Huron 

Lake Huron

Elder Smith


That flag is in Canada... so close

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Gotta go out in style ...Week 11 in Lapeer

     Detroit on our last weeks preparation day was amazing. We started off by going to an abandoned factory, it closed down in the 1950's. It was so sweet to see what it used to be and then see all the modern graffiti. After that we headed into downtown Detroit and played some Basketball and then shopped at some shops and I bought a cool Detroit hat. It is sweet, Detroit was amazing and I also had the opportunity to see CANADA! On our way back home we stopped in and bought Chick-fil-A for dinner. it was great, loved it. That night we taught the restoration to a member family, it was great and the spirit was there.

      Elder Wolfe's last full day, gotta go out in style. Today me and him talked to 40+ people combined it was crazy, we had basically the whole day to contact so we did. For dinner we had Hamburgers at a members home and it was great and so filling but that was Elder Wolfe's last day talking to people and eating lots of hamburgers. 

     Early this morning we saw Micheal off. I am using his first name as he is going bye now. We went to District meeting and that was great, lots of discussion. Then we stopped by a less active and then contacting. 

     Thursday we did service in the morning after our two lessons failed us then we taught a member the restoration and it was great. He is only a young adult but is a recent convert and he is on fire, cool to see him.  

     Friday in the afternoon we went down and offered service to a person who has reached out to us and we are hopefully going to begin teaching. There are some initial hangups but we will see, then we went to the soup kitchen and that was legit, I love to serve there. Then contacting and companion study. 

     Saturday was good. We talked to lots of people. 

      But Sunday was the best day of the week, probably the most spirit filled day of the week. Our schedule Sunday went as followed... we attended PEC then Church, Lunch, member visit, travel, member visit, stop by someone, Dinner (baked asparagus with a pork chop) travel member visit, travel, member visit and teach the plan of salvation and then companion study. We taught members the whole day and ended the day with like 100 miles driven. It was great to see the ward accept the invitations that we left with them on behalf of the stake and mission president. I hope this will continue to lead to an increased faith for the members to share the gospel. In preach my gospel on page 160 we read President Gordon B Hinckley taught " So many of us look upon missionary work as simply tracting. Everyone who is familiar with this work knows there is a better way. That way is through the members of the church. Whenever there is a member who introduces an investigator, there is an immediate support system."

Y'all have a blessed week. 

Lots of Love
Elder Rodgers

Old factory in Detroit

Old factory

graffiti in the factory

 downtown Detroit skyline


Elder Wolfe on the factory

Me with the Spirit of Detroit

Sweet hat!

My Sunday meal!

I made this too

From Elder Wolfe, my best smelling hand lotion!





Monday, 19 June 2017

700 cans = Free wings! ...Week 10 in Lapeer

     Monday starting off the week we travelled and hour to Port Huron to spend the p day with the district. It was sweet. We went to the beach, mall, and played games at the apartment. That evening Elder Clayden, Elder Meyer & I exchanged. Me and Clayden talked up a storm, it was sweet. In like 2 hours we talked to over 25 people about the gospel in parking lots, and the boardwalk that separates Canada and USA. It was a great night! 

     The next day we continued the exchange. First a bit of backstory.... so in their apartment (in Port Heron) in the kitchen they have a year supply of pop cans stacked on the wall from former missionaries! There was like 700 cans so $70 worth, so we tore them down and returned them for cash and what we did with the cash will come up later. After we went to contact and talked to even more people today, it was great. We stopped in at multiple people and Elder Clayden and I wrecked it again (did great). For dinner, we took the cash form the cans and we all met up to go for buffalo wild wings! It was sweet and tasty! Then some more contacting before comp study and bed to end the evening. 

     In the Morning, District meeting. We learned about teaching the doctrine and then asking questions to understand if they understand, then we travelled home and a former missionary in the mission friend of Elder Wolfe took us out for lunch with his family. That afternoon we helped a non member do some service and then he took us to dinner! After we had our scheduled lesson fall so we had our companion study. 

     The next day, Thursday, we did service in the morning and then that evening we had dinner with a member family. It was an awesome meal! Then we drove to Oxford to go with members to deliver cookies to less actives, it was a great visit. That wrapped up the day. 

     Friday, Elder Wolfe had to go to Southfield for an exit interview and so he went down with another missionary so we went on exchange in the other Elders area and served some people. I got myself a Trump sign, it was sweet. Then one set went to a members home for dinner and an Elder took me out for dinner, it was also my 18 month mark.

     Saturday we contacted all day and it was great.

     On the Sabbath day we went to two members home to teach the restoration. Also we had a member dinner, it was a great day. when we were teaching the restoration it is awesome to always reflect on the true nature of it and how and what really did happen, its great. 

That's my week! It was also way hot at times one day this week reached 97ºF (36ºC)...that's warm! Another day it was 73º F and that felt like paradise! Anyway, have a great week y'all!

Lots of Love
Elder Rodgers


Souvenir 

My $7 back pack!

Trump sign

Steak and eggs for breakfst

The wall of cans in the kitchen...before

The wall... after!




Wednesday, 14 June 2017

What a blessing ...Week 9 in Lapeer

     Monday for preparation day we travelled to Flint and went to the mall and some stores and I'm am deeply sorry mom but I didn't get pictures....but it was cool! We really didn't see anything picture worthy. Later that evening we went to the library for Elder Wolfe and he worked on his prep for school and the "My Plan" thing departing missionaries do. Then we talked to people. 

     ZONE CONFERENCE on Tuesday was a blast. We discussed accountability to the mission president and to the Lord and how we will retain it  after our missions as well. A paragraph on accountability from preach my gospel says "The principle of accountability is fundamental in God’s eternal plan. We will all stand before the Lord at the last judgement and give an accounting for what we have done with the opportunities He has given us (see Alma 5:15–19; D&C 137:9). There is much you can learn about accountability on your mission that will benefit you throughout your life. The principle of accountability will bless you..." Then we talked about repenting often and that in the mission field it is a sin braking the white hand book. Later we had some famous shaved ice and I also got to sit in Presidents Mustang. Then we saw Sister MJ and talked a little about Family History and how she can do it! What a blessing!

     The next day for dinner we went to a members home and it was great!! We saw Sister MJ and taught the Restoration and it was great. She is so awesome and is starting to share it herself with her sister.

     Thursday was service day at habitat and then some contacting.

     Friday we had three lesson set up from people we met on Wednesday and all cancelled, one rescheduled and one said he is not going to drive that far to church, its like 30-32 minutes. So then we planned and went to the soup kitchen and it was grand!! Also some members fed us that night home made pizza it was grand! Then some members who buy us food gave that to us, I got some pork chops, steak, chicken, brats and oranges... it was great, I love it!! That evening we saw Sister MJ and taught the plan of Salvation and she remembered it and loved it all.

     Saturday was HOT, it was 90ºF (32ºC). We went to the church in the morning for a pancake breakfast and a car wash/bake sale fundraiser. A member bought us breakfast and treats and a car wash, it was awesome! What a blessing! Then we saw a potential investigator down south and did some service for her before we travelled to Detroit for the Battle of the Choir at a baptist church. It was the BEST 2 1/2 in a while. It was great, lots of singing! Then when that was over we made it home just before 9pm.

     Sunday was Awesome! President and Sister Cleveland came and for the 3rd hour they talked about missionary work to the ward. It was awesome and uplifting to the ward. That evening we had another meeting with Sister MJ  and taught the Gospel of Christ, Jesus and the Sabbath Day and it was a great lesson. She said she is going to invite someone to church!!! What a blessing. Tt was 91ºF today...... HOT!! 

Lots of Love
Elder Rodgers


President Cleveland car!

Sister & Pres Cleveland

Elder Wolfe and I

Sr couple Sister & Elder Rushton

In Detroit







Saturday, 10 June 2017

"Detroit Special" ...Week 8 in Lapeer

     Starting off the week we went to Great Lakes Crossings, the largest mall in Michigan. It's like a mile to walk around. It was fun and a great way to spend our preparation day.  That's where I got my cool new shirt :) That evening we sat outside and had a lesson with our investigator M, we taught enduring to the end, one of the last commandments we had to teach her. The lesson went great and she accepted everything and is on route to baptism. Then we called a potential investigator and he hung up on us because he was in the middle of watching some games shows! 

     In the morning we had interviews with President Cleveland and they were on time what a blessing. Normally we wait like an hour to get in but things were on time today.  We came back home for lunch and then contacted till we emailed home that evening. (Monday was Memorial day so had to email home Tuesday)

     Wednesday was M's baptism interview but before that we had district meeting. The interview went well, she passed with an A+ then we exchanged, Elder Wolfe, Elder Clayden & I taught her learning and serving in the church. It went great, she is ready to accept a calling! Then we had an hour haul back to Port Huron. For lunch we stopped in at little Ceasers and got the Detroit Special (its a $5 hot and ready covered in butter and parmesan) It's great! We went and talked to people that evening and after dinner we talked to tons of people and even set up some great appointments. We even walked alongside Canada on the USA side. Tonight I crashed, I was so tired. 

     The next day we were wondering what we should do then we got a referral so we contacted him... but he was not home so they will try again later. This evening we saw M our investigator and had a great lesson with her and continued her on her path to baptism. It was in general a great day. 

     Friday for weekly planning we called like 60+ people to invite them to the baptism on Sunday morning, there should be a good turn out. Tonight someone took us out for dinner. We went to a Mexican joint and Elder Wolfe took the challenge of the El Grito... a 5 pound plate with a big burrito and nachos all around but he couldn't do it, he was close though. 

     The next day was the Funeral service for our ward mission leader. While waiting I was pondering how come the word "funeral" has the word "fun" ...maybe because it is a fun time because we know the truth on where people go after they die, feel free to send me your input. The service was a great one and it really reflected and celebrated his life. It was a great day. Later we went to a graduation dinner party and then saw our investigator and finalized some small details before her baptism the next morning.

     Sunday, THE BAPTISM! It was great,  there was over 60 members of the ward attending and even some of her family. It was amazing and the Spirit was great. This scripture I think reflects "baptism"   2nd Nephi 9:41
' O then, my beloved brethren, come unto the Lord, the Holy One. Remember that his paths are righteous. Behold, the way for man is narrow, but it lieth in a straight course before him, and the keeper of the gate is the Holy One of Israel; and he employeth no servant there; and there is none other way save it be by the gate; for he cannot be deceives, for the Lord God is his name.'
The rest of the day was great. We went to a ward members home for dinner and it was great. They are a cool family. Then we talked to some people and finished off the night with companion study. 


Lots Of Love 
Elder Rodgers 

exchanges with Elder Clayden

cool sunset


my new shirt

it was ... different 

Friday, 9 June 2017

Miracle In Lapeer ...Week 7 in Lapeer

     This week was great, we have met with our Investigator M like 6 times since I last emailed. She is amazing and will be baptized June 4th. 

     On Tuesday we drove to pick up are new companion Elder Wolfe and that was great! We had to go to Port Huron to get him and that was odd, his stuff was put in the wrong car with other members of the district haha so after the confusion we finished off the day and met with M, our investigator. We had a great lesson and then went to visit less actives. 

     Wednesday we had district meeting and that went great. It made us realize what we need to change about keeping up to date records. We saw a referral who was legit CRAZY! She was like yelling at us because the government took her children, it was weird.  Later that night it was pouring rain and we had dinner at our ward mission leaders home,  it was taco night... YUM. After we saw more less actives.
    
     On Thursday we volunteered at the Habitat and that was a great. We continued to help our investigator to baptism and that night we contacted and talked to tons of people!! 

     Friday was great, we planned and then offered service at the soup kitchen and it was a BLAST ! Then we did lots of contacting and it was a great night. 

     Saturday was tough. Our ward mission leader passed away last night and it was super sad, I loved him and his family. It was so sudden that we were all shocked, we had just seen him on Wednesday. Later we had to work some things out and then we finalized the day of our investigators baptism, its sick!! Sunday June 4th ...it will be awesome! The rest of that day we had some lessons and some contacting, so in general long and sad day. 

      Sunday was a blast. We had church service which was amazing, and also sad because of the loss of a member. That afternoon we split and Elder Meyer went to see our investigator M with the Bishop and me and Elder Wolfe contacted. Then we had Mexican at  members home and we then went to Southfield for choir practice which was great! 

-- M  is the Miracle in Lapeer


Lots Of Love 
Elder Rodgers 


sunset

cool car

a poster from Detroit

new calendar





Thursday, 25 May 2017

Unexpected Answers ...Week 6 in Lapeer

     A week full of UP'S! Allow me to explain. Monday, we had our prep day and that was an UP and then we had dinner with a member that was an UP and after that we had a lesson with a potential and taught the restoration and that was an UP. So Monday was and UP day. 

     Tuesday we started off the afternoon by having a lesson with our investigator M and a member came with us. We extended a baptism date and it was well received, so that was and UP. Later, after some finding and getting our car fixed we travelled to a members for dinner. After that we went out with their sons to deliver cookies to some Less active members, so that was and UP.

     Next day we had a district meeting and that was an UP. We learned about personal revelation. A quote from Preach My Gospel that stood out to me reads "salvation cannot comwithout revelation" I pondered on this quote and know that it is true. We need to always be seeking personal revelation. We read the Book of Mormon with someone later today and then we had correlation and dinner so that was and UP. Later we did some finding. 

     Thursday was an UP! We went to the temple this morning with some members who drove us down. It was truly a great experience and refreshing one. Then the members after having taken us to the temple came with us to a visit our investigator M. We had a great lesson as we discussed the Gospel of  Jesus Christ. She informed us that she would not be able to attend church this week as she had a class at 10! the same time as church. We were a little bummed but the lesson was an UP! That evening we had another member dinner and that was an UP. Then some finding to conclude the day. 

     Weekly Planning was and UP because we got to plan for M! After we concluded I closed with prayer and in that prayed I asked if it was the will of the Lord that her class would be cancelled and she would be able to come to church. That evening we had an opportunity to volunteer at the soup kitchen before we went to a members home for dinner so both of those were UPS. Then some finding. Tonight was transfer calls and I found out that I will be in a trio next transfer. It will be with my same companion, Elder Meyer and another Elder coming into Lapeer with us. So that was and UP. 

     Saturday was long but it was good. Nothing happened but I didn't collapse so that was and UP. 

     Sunday, we didn't see our investigator M at church so we continued to our next class, Gospel Principles and a member walked in with our investigator!! She had slipped in and we didn't see her come in, she had been there for sacrament. When we asked her about the class she was like "oh it was cancelled not sure why, so I felt that I should come here" That was a major UP!!!!! I had prayed more then once that her class would be cancelled and it was. It was an unexpected answer and a testimony that the Lord will answer any righteous prayer. Later that day Elder Meyer Skyped home as his parent were out of the country last week. A member brought us dinner as he skyped so that was and UP. Then we drove to a members home for dinner again, that was and UP. The mission is doing this battle of the choir thing with some other Baptist churches. The mission was asked to participate and my companion is in it so we went to practice and that was and UP. The performance is in the middle of June. 

A week of 21 UP'S 



Lots of Love
Elder Rodgers



Went to the Temple

Our Chapel

Our home!

interesting.....

My treat!

Interesting  benches


Monroe in Lapeer!