Monday, 11 September 2017

Reunited, I Never Thought It Would Happen ...Week 22 in Lapeer

     Starting off this week I got some highlights. First Highlight was pday. The Elders from Port Huron came here, instead of us going there. It was a nice change. We went to a Chinese buffet, its tradition. Then we played board games and basically just had a chill day. That night we needed to buy more cookies for cookie splits so the nearest GFS (Gordon's Food Services) to buy them was in Burton, an 18 mile trek out of our area. When we got there it was closed due to Labor day so drove back... awkward. 

     Another highlight was our service on Tuesday. It was good, we got to take some people through the food pantry and talk to them. It was a great experience, and we got some free bread out of it so that was good. Next adventure was that night and we did cookie spits with the last bit of our cookies and they went well, except one was interesting. We knocked on this one door and the son of the man answered and said he couldn't accept the cookies on the behalf of his father because he felt uncomfortable and that his father didn't belong to our church, and he wanted to "just" remove his record. It was interesting.

     More Highlights include our District Meeting. It was our first with a small district. We stared with 6 and now down to 4. It was a great meeting, we discussed daily contact and the need to establish it with our investigators. Later we had an interesting lesson with two members and our investigator (A), when we got there to teach A through the whole lesson he was telling us why he isn't joining the church. Sad lesson but hey... keep trying. t

     The next best part of the week was Thursday evening we taught a less active who is progressing so fast and is exited to be preparing for the temple. He is such a great man with a strong spirit.

     Friday brought a great adventure as we went back to the food pantry. It was great, they gave us some packaged food they couldn't give away because of the packaging, so it was great. That evening the best part was exchanges or basically the drive out there was. This time I was going on exchange with Elder Myer! We were Reunited, I Never thought it would happen, but it did. It was alright, not a lot happened other then the baptism in their area which was a great experience. After that we treated ourselves to a Chinese buffet to celebrate. Also today we lost a member we bring teaching with us, he is heading to school out west, cant win em all!

     Ya'll have a great week

Lots of Love
Elder Rodgers


I'm driving!

TIWI

Chines Buffet!

Breakfast









Michigan Driving ...Week 21 in Lapeer

     Here are a few of my "Highlights" of my week. They include but are not limited to... Preparation day - we went to Great Lakes Crossings Outlet, and there I had Panda Express for lunch and got a custom made hat. It's pretty cool I think. That's was a great part of the week.

     Next highlight was Interviews with President Cleveland. They are always good, usually short but in that time he helped me understand more of my purpose. 

     Next Highlight of my week was District Meeting. Our Zone Leaders were there and we had a good practice of how to gain referrals from members, while teaching our short messages. Another highlight was cookie spits that evening. We went out with a Priest and talked to 1/3 people but the first one was good as she was home and let us come in and share a scripture. I shared Omni 1:26 and if you dont know it go read it!

     Thursday was the biggest news of the transfer, Elder Shultz got a call from the AP's saying he was leaving and had to pack today and be at the mission office Friday at 9:00am. There was another Elder who had to go home so Shutlz was being transferred out to be the other guys companion. So Thursday was spent washing and drying clothes and packing and saying farewells to members. We had a member teaching visit that evening and some contacting to finish the day. 

     But some also big news is, I have never driven on my mission. The old mission president told me I can't (being from outside the US) but president Cleveland said OF COURSE YA CAN, you had a valid drivers license. So I get to do some Michigan Driving, YAY!! So I drove home!  The the rest of the highlights from that day were our lesson with a less active returning member. For our drive out to Port Huron for exchange tonight I drove on my first Interstate I-69. 

     More highlights for Saturday was Elder Smith and Myself exchanged and the whole day was great. Our two lessons fell through so we did a lot of talking about our mission experiences and even talked about home, I mean its 15 weeks away. 

     Last highlight was Sunday, we had a member dinner and had TACOS! YUM! I love tacos, can't get enough. 

HOPE Y'ALL HAD A GOOD LABOR DAY 

Lots of Love
Elder Rodgers


Bye to Elder Shultz

Canada coast Guard while on exchange in Port Huron

My custom made hat

Michigan Detroit Mission

Elders Weinand, Smith, Rodgers, Shultz and Myer



Mission picture with Elder Renlund






Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Waking up at 4:00am ...Week 20 in Lapeer

     8-21-17 - 8-27-17 ....This week has come and gone! My highlights include: Monday we went to Port Huron and went out to the Chinese buffet, but what I thought would be a good highlight was the solar eclipse but you could put that as a big disappointment, it was lame! With no glasses you couldn't see it happen and when I saw it, it was lame, cant win em"all! Side note, the 21st was our beloved prophets birthday, Happy Birthday President Monson!

     Next Highlight of the week was we volunteered at the food pantry and it was just like the service we did in Monroe at the food pantry there, it was great. Another highlight of that day was we went on cookie spits with ward members and had a good visit. 

     More highlights include Wednesdays District meeting. There we discussed sharing missionary moments with ward members, before class starts. It was great! 

     Next highlight was Thursday evening when we did more cookie spits in a different part of the ward, and that went well also! 

     Another highlight was on Saturday we meet with an investigator, read the Book of Mormon and helped her a little but with some yard work. Then that evening we had a lesson with a less active that we were assigned to help. I love him, we taught the atonement and how he can gain a testimony of it. Also it was a hot air balloon festival, great night!! 

     Next highlight was Waking up at 4:00am! Yes it was a  highlight because we were driving to Westland to listen to the words of Elder Dale. G. Renlund, and Elder Randell. K. Bennett of the Seventy, and their wives. It was a great experience to listen and be taught by an apostle who was so close and in person. It's been a blessing to hear the word of Two apostles in the last two months. Next highlight was Stake Conference where we heard the words of our stake presidency and some others but when Elder Randell. K. Bennett spoke it was great, and I cant wait till he comes back to the mission to spend the day with missionaries! The closing highlight was dinner with bishop, it was great!!


Lots of Love
Elder Rodgers


Zone Conference

New shoes!

Yumm...Taco Soup






Wednesday, 23 August 2017

One Hundred and Twelve ...Week 19 in Lapeer

     8-14-17 - 8-20-17 highlights of this week include BUT are not limited to...

     Monday we went to get Elder Shultz a hair cut then we napped for like 2 hours and lounged around GREAT P-DAY!

     Next highlight of the week was Elder Weinand our new companion from Gillette Wyoming came. It was great. Then continuing the highlights, we started service at the Stone Soup kitchen in Lapeer. It was great. After we got some study in, a great member dinner and a good discussion with our neighbor. We made who wee sticks... pictures NEXT WEEK. 

     Next Highlight of the week was our District meeting, and then service that followed. It was a great day. At the service we met some cool people. To finish the highlights of the day highlight we had another great member dinner and some great cookie visits with members of the ward. 

     Another great highlight was Thursday. We had a great lesson with a less active and a member of the ward and we taught the ATONEMENT. It was one of the greatest lesson I think because we taught him about it before and he didn't remember what it was but after he could share what it meant to him. Great lesson and a great guy (BG). 

     Fridays highlights include our volunteering at the soup kitchen, and then visits with former's. This highlight was a great one, today we drove One Hundred and Twelve miles as we visited former's all day over a good percent of the ward boundary, great day! Other then that we didn't do much. 

     Sundays highlights included church and then a great member teaching visit to an awesome family. 

Y'all have a great week and as a sneak peak into next week... we are having a general authority come to the mission. 

HAVE A BLESSED WEEK 

Lots of Love
Elder Rodgers



cool view

state flag

steak and beans for dinner!


GOLDEN CORRAL ...Week 18 in Lapeer

     8-7-17 - 8-13-17 highlights of this week include BUT are not limited to.... 

     Monday we went to Port Huron for exchanges and had our preparation day with them also. We went to the Chinese buffet, played Settlers of Catan and napped and then more Catan. It was a great preparation day. From 6-9 we exchanged and I had the opportunity to learn from our district leader Elder Smith. We just did some former visits. That was highlights from Monday. 

     Some highlights from the week include.... a lesson to their investigator with Elder Smith and then a pre birthday dinner at GOLDEN CORRAL. It was amazing and the last time I was there it was with the Hartley family on the day I entered the MTC, so it has been a while!  It was a well needed visit, we went as a district. 

     Another highlight from the week was District meeting. There we learned how to teach just doctrine no fluff. Next highlight was that we found another place to serve at a food pantry in Lapeer that was great. Then a great lesson with our investigator (A)  And then another great lesson with our investigator (D). 

     Next highlight I wish to include was on Thursday we were coming home and someone talked to us and we were able to sit down with him on a bench and teach the book of Mormon to him. Later we had cookie visits with our ward mission leader and then some Ice cream for my birthday at cold stone creamery. 

     MORE highlights include... Friday we volunteered at Stone Soup and that was great. We now have many places to serve and are finding success as we serve. Oh yeah... I guess this was a highlight... TRANSFER CALLS!  NO ONE GOES. LAPEER GETS JUST ONE OTHER ELDER, here we go again back to a trio...  

     The best highlight was MY BIRTHDAY... I'M 20! This morning was great, I got to open a package from a family that lived in Monroe at the time I was serving there and a family package with lots of cards and candy. It was a great morning. Later that day I bought some T-shirts and we contacted and had dinner with some members and then contacted more, that was a good day. It was also President Cleveland's birthday!

     Sundays highlights were CHURCH and then correlation with our ward mission leader and Dinner at Bishops home. He is an awesome man and has a great family, and then some visits to family in the ward.  


Lots Of Love 
Elder Rodgers 



Before...

... After


confetti cupcake ice cream!


Birthday socks form Hales family!



Monday, 7 August 2017

"Cant Wait" ...Week 17 in Lapeer

     This week has been good! It was an awesome preparation day, we spent it at Great Lakes Crossing Outlet and I did some shopping. 

     This week has gone by quick and some of the highlights of the week include but are not limited to: We went with a member of the ward to visit a less active member and it was a great visit for us. We read and discussed a chapter from the Book Of Mormon. 

     Next Highlight of our week included us going to district meeting where our zone leaders were there and we were instructed on how to help our investigators have a spiritual experience at there baptism. It was lots of fun and we learned some good things! Another highlight was we found a place at a local food pantry we can help out at and that was great. 

      Thursday was the highlight of our week. We served again for LIFE REMODELED in Detroit. It was supper cool and a great experience. We cleaned up the yards of abandoned homes so that it looked clear for cops, when they be chasing people...lol We really do it to help clean up the neighbourhood so it looks great. A lot of people come together and volunteer to clean and help renew the area. It was also a WARM day but ya know ya cant win em' all. Later that night as we were preparing for our lesson SHE CANCELLED! That was not a highlight. 

     Next highlight was we went to see A, our investigator and taught some commandments. He ordered a plastic liahona from some church website, and is already in 2 Nephi 5. He is doing great. Continuing with today's highlights, we volunteered at the Soup kitchen and that is fun but the biggest highlight of the day was we received a referral the other day and we met with her today and we taught the restoration and she is really looking for a church that she feels is right so when Elder Shultz extended a baptism invitation she replied "Cant Wait" It was really cool to hear and witness that the Lord is really preparing the people here and everywhere for the gospel. 

     Saturdays highlights include a child of record baptism that we spoke at and A our investigator came also, that was sweet. 

     To cap off the week the last highlight was that we had correlation with our new ward mission leader, it was great!! We had a great week and this week we find out, the night before my birthday, all about transfer news! We also have exchanges this week so it shall be a great one! 

Lots of Love 
Elder Rodgers



In Detroit

some of the crew


all done selfie!

Elder Clayden

Elder Mikelson

car ride...get in

first time I wore my jeans!











Monday, 31 July 2017

Because of Kolob ...Week 16 in Lapeer

     This week has been good. It was an awesome preparation day, we spent it with the other members of the district in Port Huron, and then exchanged. 
     
     This week has gone by and some of the highlights of the week include but are not limited to: The second day of exchange Elder Clayden and Myself were teaching and found a new person to teach for them. Then that evening we were knocking and a family let us in and it was supper cool, that we got to teach right then and there. 

     Next highlight of the week was District Meeting. We taught each other how to better introduce the book of Mormon and we took parts we learned from our last zone conference, it was good. Another highlight was that evening we went out with a member of the stake presidency and dropped off cookies to some less actives. It was some good visits and he is a cool member. 

     Then more highlights were... today we got a referral and this guy was on the computer watching a video or playing a game and it referenced Kolob. He searched it up and he ended up talking to missionaries in Salt Lake. So because of Kolob we are now teaching him (A)

     Thursday we served and that was great! That evening we taught a part member family and that was really great! Defiantly a highlight. 

     Next highlight was interviews they were great!! We got there and president was behind so we were there for 4 hours but it was great. He also gave us a good talk on what the missionaries in the zone need to improve. Later that day we served our other investigator, and then served at the soup kitchen. A great day!!

     Next highlight was we went back to teach (A) our investigator and he has read the intro and testimony's and the first 12 chapters! It was great and he has been grasping it all and wants to live the commandments, its great!! For sure my favorite highlight of the week. 

     The last highlight was on Sunday we got a new Ward Mission Leader. It was great, Also A came to church, it was great! He even stayed for the pot luck afterwards and sat with some members while we were with other members. It was great!! 

In general it was the nicest week for weather it was  66-77ºF all week, that's like 21-25ºC, so nice not the 35ºC weather they are getting back home!  


Lots Of Love 
Elder Rodgers 


New haircut


with Elder Shultz

Mmmmm breakfast


Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Not the best winning streak ...Week 15 in Lapeer

     This week has been good. It was an awesome preparation day, we spent it with the other members of the district in Port Huron. This week has gone by fast and some of the highlights of the week include but are not limited to: We went to subway with a gift card a member gave me, and it was good. I tried the Chicken bacon ranch and it was really good!! Always trying new food! and then we played 5 rounds of Settlers of Catan and I was 1-4 in winning... not the best winning streak! That was the highlight of our preparation day,.
     Next highlight of the week was our Zone conference on Tuesday. It was so awesome and from what I got from it was that we need to be eliminating our distractions that keep us from being exactly obedient. So from that I have eliminated most of my distractions and I am working on the others. For lunch we had Chicken Shawarma, Mediterranean food provided by the Cleveland family. It was good, different but good.  Another highlight on that day was we taught a lesson to a part member family and their son is interested in being baptized so that is way cool and we have another appointment with them this week,
     Another highlight of the week was Wednesday night we went out with a member and delivered cookies to some less actives and had two great visits so that is always fun and an exiting thing to do.
     Thursday had a highlight, we served at Habitat and it was a good time! Most of Thursday didn't have a note worthy highlight. 
     But the next highlight was Friday. I will combine Fridays highlights together. We served our investigator and then taught her, and then served at the soup kitchen in Lapeer and then had dinner with a member, we had sweet and sour pork with veggies YUM! and then we tracked there neighborhood and found a potential! Those were the highlights of Friday!
     The next highlight was Saturday. We stopped by some former's and one was interested in meeting back up with missionaries, and then another highlight or a moment that was good was that we had a less active lesson and dinner, so that was good. 
     Sunday was a highlight! We were fulfilling preach my gospel and what we have been asked to do by the mission, its in Chapter 9 under the importance  of members 
  • Teach Church leaders and members the message of the Restoration and other lessons.
So that is what we did. We taught 4 member families the messages of the restoration and other lessons and it was great! A highlight indeed!


Lots of Love
Elder Rodgers


The great opportunity I had to shake the hand
of an apostle of our Savior
Dieter F Uchtdorf 

President Uchtdorf visit our mission



I love dark chocolate almond milk!







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